You’ve got to wonder sometimes how the brains behind the big comic book companies work, some of the decisions they make are so screwy. Due to the value of the intellectual property of all characters not even z-list heroes like The Creeper are allowed to be put out to pasture. We’ve already covered that when we talked about the death of Superman and it’s effect on comics, but in a world where Dick Greyson and Bucky Barnes only get to take over their mentors roles for a month and a bit, Marvel’s recent run on Spider-Man has got to be the most confusing thing they have ever done.
Ok, lets over look the frankly stupid method of how it was done, because I don’t get it myself and look at what happened. Basically, for those that don’t know, Doctor Octopus has managed to remove his own psyche from his body and place it in Peter Parker’s, leaving Peter to die in Octopus’ cancer ridden body, with only Peter’s conscience surviving in his old body, Octavius soon gets rid of that. This means that Doc Ock is now Spider-Man and he is trying to be a superior Spidey to Pete, by going around and killing bad guys. Now, call me old fashioned, but I kinda liked Pete as Spidey and Doc Ock as Doc Ock (mainly because he was a classic villain). What they’ve done, in my opinion, is confusing and pointless, Spidey never needed to be shaken up to revive sales, he’s Marvels most constant best seller. What they’ve done there is dropped sales. You’ve also got rid of one of the top 3 most popular heroes of all time and one of his greatest nemeses. All whilst bringing back old heroes from the dead because you don’t think people will like someone else replacing them.
Now, I know that this is probably only going to be temporary, but I felt it was so stupid and badly thought out it deserved highlighting. Even a temporary major screw up is still a major screw up and Marvel has majorly screwed up here.
Ok, I’ve decided to bring on of my things over from the forums onto the main blog. Basically I ask a question, you guys discuss, like the old share days but different.
My question for this week is: How important are the actors in making a good superhero movie?
Before anyone says anything I’d just like to remind people that Robert Downey Jr. had pretty much no career before Iron Man, Christian Bale wasn’t exactly a top draw leading man before Batman Begins either and who knew who Chris Hemsworth was before Thor? However, if we look at some of the biggest names in hollywood, George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Halle Berry, Nick Cage….. These guys can make a good movie, but unfortunately not a good superhero one (half discounting Halle Berry, I don’t think her part in X-Men fully makes up for Catwoman). Then again, would Iron Man, or even The Avengers, be as great if it was someone other than RDJr. in the tin can?
Discussion below please.
Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, let’s hear what you have to say about her.
Let’s talk Kid Flash today. Wally West was Barry Allen’s sidekick until Barry vanished and then he became the Flash. He was one of the first members of the Teen Titans and later a member of the Justice League. Bart Allen became Wally’s Kid Flash later on.(about 25 years later in real world time) Kid Flash is one of my favorite sidekicks out there. Let’s hear what you have to say.
Let’s talk Bucky, Captain America’s right hand man. I don’t know much about him to tell you the truth. I do think that he got a raw deal in the latest movie, why would they want to make him older then the Cap? Let’s hear what you have to say.
This week’s characters are The Hulk from Marvel and Blockbuster (#1) from D.C.. I want to start off by saying that this kinship would take place in another universe and not in any that we know. Think of the characters living in this other universe and see if you think they could be kin.
Alter ego Robert Bruce Banner
Species Human Mutate
Place of origin Earth
Team affiliations Avengers
Horsemen of Apocalypse
Notable aliases Bruce Banner, Joe Fixit, War, Green Scar, World-Breaker, Sakaarson
Superhuman strength, speed, endurance, and durability
Immunity to diseases and viruses
Adrenal activation and anger empowerment
Accelerated healing and longevity
Resistance to mind control
Skilled hand-to-hand combatant
Alter ego Roland Desmond
Team affiliations Underground Society
Black Lantern Corps
Abilities Genius-level intellect
Superhuman strength and stamina
Thanks go out to Wikipedia for the information.
Today’s Sidekick is Speedy. Green Arrows right hand man/woman. I really like the first Speedy, then I found out that drugs missed him up, I wasn’t reading GA at the time. I believe he has made a good recovery. What do you think about the Speedys over the years? Who do you think was the best? What do you think about what happen to them after GA?
Today we are talking sidekicks. For years Robin has been in Batman’s shadow, but he is more then just that. There has been more then just one to wear the Robin costume and some of them have moved on to wear another costume. I think that Dick Grayson was the best, and I think he was done wrong, he should of been the one to fill in for Batman when Batman’s back was broke. That is just something that has bugged me for years. So let’s hear about what you like and/or dislike about Robin, and which Robin you like the best. Tell us about which costume you like and/or dislike the most. Give us your opinion on the direction that the Robins took after leaving Batman’s shadow.
You can now watch on YouTube some of the greatest super-hero cartoons ever produced — the 1940s era Max Fleisher Superman cartoons!
In 1941, just a few years after Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel sold the rights to Superman to Detective Comics, Inc., for $130, Paramount Pictures bought the film rights to the superhero. Paramount then asked Fleischer Studios to produce a cartoon series, and provided them with an unusually large budget to do so. The result, according to one survey of distinguished animators, was the 33rd greatest cartoon of all-time. The first, 10-minute Superman cartoon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. (It lost to Disney’s Lend a Paw, starring Pluto.)
I just watched the initial installment and it’s really great. The score is fabulous, and while the story is simple be today’s standards it’s still a lot of fun. Some of the elements of the mythos we take for granted today are missing (Superman was raised in an orphanage, not by the Kents) and some are different (Krypton was a planet that glowed like a star), but it’s still unmistakably Superman. And unmistakably fun. Enjoy!
The wonderful thing about Iron Man is his odd sense of purpose. Here is man who has always been intellectual, a tinkerer, a weapons designer and most notably, an adventurer. He really is the living embodiment of an Arthurian knight. He has, especially in recent years, been a man on a quest to rid the world of evil in many forms. With Extremis back on the black market, one of Tony’s worst fears is coming true, that his inventions will fall into the hands of those who wish ill of and would seek to harm the world at large. There’s no doubt that he’s a hero and his heart’s in the right place, but then there’s always been the question of where his ego is at any given moment. He’s become a hell of a tactician in the decades since his debut, but then there are moments when little things slip past him. He may well become the Galahad of S.H.I.E.L.D., or at least their Lancelot. That being said, Maria Hill really needs to hide the (other) women and booze and let the man do his thing, which would be saving the world.
This is what Kieron Gillen has brought to Iron Man. The writer of the last volume of Uncanny X-Men is starting out Iron Man as though he were a classic knight-in-shining-armor hero. There’s a bit of history shown in this one that long-time fans would recall and that gives us insight into what Tony thinks of other inventors. The dialogue and narration are pretty freaking good and there’s really not much to pick apart as far as pacing or characterization. All of the characters we see in this issue have the potential to really mess with Tony’s life, both in and out of the Iron Man persona. It will be very interesting to see where Gillen goes from here. There is a lot of promise for future arcs and the possibility of new Iron Man villains.
Greg Land’s pencils are fantastic in this, just as they were in the first issue of the new volume. There doesn’t seem to be too much wrong with this at all. Then there’s Jay Leisten’s inks, which aren’t really required in this issue, except for backgrounds and bits of the new armor. The base art by these two is really good, despite some fans complaining that it doesn’t match the cover. The colors on this issue were just phenomenal. There’s no panel in this issue without great colors and art in general. This is one of the most beautifully illustrated Marvel comics in a long time.
Iron Man #2 gets a 5. It leaves a lot open for more issues in the story arc and the potential for more stories of its kind in the Iron Man series. Hyper Geeky definitely recommends this issue for any and all Iron Man fans.
Iron Man #2 (2012)
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten
Colors: Guru Efx