It was the Tweet heard around the (comics) internet. Brian Michael Bendis, arguably Marvel’s biggest writer is jumping ship to DC Comics. It is an announcement that has be met with equal parts surprise, excitement and hate. This is because this is the comics part of the internet were everyone needs to hate everything that happens. Personally I am really excited because I am a huge fan of Bendis’ work at Marvel over the past couple of decades and I cannot wait to see what he does in the DC Comics sandbox.
I really should get back to writing about all the nerdy things in my life at some point.
The past year has been a busy one for me so sadly I had to put pretty much all forms of writing on the back burner due to work (I got the role I wanted!) and life commitments (babies are hard work!).
I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon, so watch this space!
No Men Beyond This Point is a pretty fun looking mockumentary that tracks an alternative history where men are dying out. What I really like is that it is rightfully poking fun at the notions of things like men’s rights activism. Painting a semi-nightmare scenario for those types where the few men that are left have restricted laws and rules placed upon them. It’s almost like the film is inverting traditional genre roles! (I am SHOCKED by this! 😛 )
You also of course get things like, if men aren’t in charge of the world suddenly all wars stop idea/joke. Society adapting and leaving men who refuse to change with it as outsiders. All that stuff looks like it in there. It’s a simple and fun concept for a film than can and probably will provoke some food for thought. All while it explores how society and relationship dynamics could change if such a thing actually happened. You know just like the majority of similar films.
However what will be interesting is if and how the angry man side of the internet reacts to this. I’m predicting them loudly claiming it to be a propaganda film that pushes the anti-male agenda or whatever bollocks wording they have for it these days. We will see…
The online narrative around Batman V Superman is that it is the worst thing ever committed to film and that by watching it you are a terrible person. Like the worst. Especially if you found yourself enjoying it. If that happened then you need to revaluate your whole life and consider changing your name to something like Hitler. The film is just that bad you guys! In reality though it seems there is a disconnect between critical and fan reaction that I have not seen before.
The short-ish version is:
If you enjoyed Man of Steel, Batman V Superman is a good followup. It continues to expand the somewhat darker take on the DC characters that DC Cinematic Universe is building in a fun and very different way to the Marvel Studios movies and their slate of characters. Like Man of Steel it has a slower pace than other superhero movies and a lot of it is dedicated to building up the big conflict at the end of the movie. Ben Affleck makes a great Batman, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is different in a good way (for me at least) and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman steals the show in the brief appearances she makes in the movie. The film also does a good job of building out the DC Cinematic Universe in a couple of cool ways. It is far from perfect and it has its flaws like Man of Steel had but it is still a good and entertaining movie.
Personally I really enjoyed it and would say it is on par with the majority of Marvel’s movies. For me it is a case of the critics and reviews being overly harsh with a lot of them boiling down to “This isn’t the same as a Marvel movie so I don’t like it!”, “This is not how I personally perceive these long established characters to be or behave, therefore this film is a crime against nature!” or “I hate Zack Snyder and everything he stands for so I hate this movie by default!” There is also the typical regurgitation without thought of certain lines of thinking that seems to plague all discussion on the internet these days. So much so that you could make a bingo card and have some fun reading through the comments and reviews for Batman V Superman. (FYI: “Zack Snyder loves Ayn Rand!” is the free space.)
If you are interested in the characters or the concept of the film, go watch it and crucially, form your own opinions on it because it has been given a bad rap by many.
The long version is a bit more complicated…
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“I love this world… but there’s something missing.”
That is the line that will be kicking off DC’s upcoming Rebirth event and initiative. In the above video Geoff Johns breaks down the general idea behind Rebirth. It looks like it is going to be a continuation of the New 52 but reincorporating the classic and iconic elements from the legacy of the older DC Universe. Pretty much what he did with Green Lantern and Flash Rebirth. However this is a line wide initiative that Johns is overseeing. Which is an interesting move.
At the centre of it all is a doubling down on DC’s most bankable properties. (Yay!) At the cost of loosing some of the more interesting side books and character. (Boo!) Lowering the price of all the books back down to $2.99. (Holding the Line once again!), Signing new teams onto books and gaining some new exclusive creator contracts. (Yay!) Taking Action Comics and Detective Comics back to their original numbering. (Yay!…I guess…) Then finally, shifting a large portion of their series into a biweekly release schedule. (Yay! but my bank account says nay!)
Deadpool is a fun movie. If you like superhero movies and want to watch something a bit different within the trappings of people in costumes punching things, go see it. That is all you really need to know.
Okay, okay, you’ve twisted my arm I’ll give you a bit more!
It may have taken me over two years but I finished the main story of Pokémon X! I still don’t quite understand why it has taken me so long to achieve this. Whenever I play, I go really deep into the game’s systems and become obsessed with min/maxing stats and seeing/doing everything. So you would think that would keep me glued to the game non-stop. Instead it has been periods of manic playing with intervals lasting many months between the peak times.
Every week I throw my money into the bottomless pit that is regular comic book reading.
Here is what I will be entertaining myself with this week along with snippets of my feelings towards said books prior to reading them:
- Action Comics #49
- The saga of powerless Superman continues!
- This crossover of sorts between the various Superman books is surprisingly entertaining and is paying off on the last year’s worth of stories.
- Batgirl #48
- Bright, colourful and always fun to read.
- Batman & Robin Eternal #18
- The answers are slowly coming! Some a good, some are a bit…boring.
- Detective Comics #49
- Robo-Batman minus the Robo equals some solid detective work from Jim.
- Amazing Spider-Man #7
- I love Dan Slott’s Spider-Man but so far this has felt like it is too big of a departure from classic Spidey for me.
- It is like Peter Parker is trying a bit too hard to be Tony Stark.
- Captain America: Sam Wilson #6
- This book is crazy in a good way.
- It is full of pulpy ideas and has great moments for both character and story.
- Invincible Iron Man #6
- Loving Bendis’ take on Iron Man, making him feel on the cutting edge again.
- It will be interesting to see the contrast between Mike Deodato Jr. art for this issue and David Marquez’s from the first arc.
- Nova #6
- I love this book.
- It is where the fun is at!
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin
- Issue one introduced us to an old fashioned adventure story that explores the Post Episode I Obi-Wan/Anakin dynamic.
- I’m interested to see how it plays out.
- + Steampunk airships in Star Wars!
- Spider-Man #1
- Miles Morales is finally getting his dues as a mainline Marvel Prime Universe character!
- Uncanny Avengers #5
- Its been a bit of a rocky start so far but I am willing to follow it for one or two more issues.
- Klaus #3
- It is the Secret Origin of Santa Claus!
- It is written by Grant Morrison!
- It is actually a good read!
- The Walking Dead #151
- After finishing another calm before the storm stage The Walking Dead is getting exciting again!
The CW has announced that they are giving the long gestating Archie TV show a shot and have ordered a Pilot for Riverdale. (Head to Comics Alliance for the details!) Which is great!
Because Archie is a beautiful property that despite its age has kept up with the times and trends of America, albeit in an idealised fashion. However the past year has seen an reinvention of Archie as a brand and it has recently been relaunched in comics with a more young adult focus by Mark Waid, Fiona Staples and friends. The results of which are some of the best comics I have read in the past few years.
Seriously do not be put off by the Archie wrapper and your notions of what that means. Go buy the first few issues and thank me later.