Saturday, June 25, 2011

"Constantine" First Thoughts

I have never read Hellblazer or Swamp Thing, the only thing I ever read with Constantine in it was Brightest Day #24. So I went into this with an open mind, and not knowing what to expect. But I thought it was great. I think Keanu Reeves did an excellent job in this movie, playing the title character John Constantine. Finally showing emotion in one of his movies.

This movie makes me want to read the comics, and learn more about this character. The movie itself is more of a horror movie, as if "Ghost Rider" was mixed with "The Exorcist." Once again I never read the book so I don't know how faithful of an adaptation it is. However on it's own merits it great.

Rating: 4/5

P.S. Is the Lucifer in this movie the same Lucifer from Neil Gaiman's Sandman? I was just wondering since their both from DC's Vertigo line.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Death of Spider-Man: Ultimate Spider-Man #160 Review


Back when I was a kid I grew up watching the 90's Spider-Man TV show that came on Fox kids, and I played the Spider-Man game for N64. So it's kind of a coincidence that the day I graduate high school is the day Spider-Man dies.

Sure it's not the main universe, but ever since "One More Day" something just didn't feel right about Spider-Man. Spider-Man dies during a fight with the Green Goblin even though he was wounded after being shot, and beat up. Successfully killing the Green Goblin before dieing himself. Before he dies he tells Aunt May he couldn't save Uncle Ben's life but he redeemed himself by saving her.

This is why I like Ultimate Spider-Man, despite Peter being a Teenager in the Ultimate Universe he is ironically the most mature. Dieing a heroes death in order to save the ones he loves, once again restoring my faith in Marvel comics.

The only question I have to ask is who is going to replace him? There is already an Ultimate Ben Reilly. I read a comment about this and they suggested it might be the ultimate universes Miguel O'Hara. Only time will tell. Until then, keep on swinging.

Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Comic Panel of the Week? Matt Smith Batman

I just couldn't find anything that would top that. Matt Smith popular for his role as the Eleventh Doctor from Doctor Who playing Batman. That. Is. Awesome!

Monday, June 20, 2011

"Green Lantern" First Thoughts

I went to Green Lantern last night, and it was good. I mean it wasn't the worst comic movie ever. But I liked it, and had a good time. The story was  good, and they set up some things for a sequel. A major problem I had was Ryan Reynolds portrayal of Hal Jordan didn't feel like like Hal Jordan.

I liked Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond, he was a very relatable villain and I thought he was a better villain then Parallax. He's not evil because he want's to be he's a nerdy guy with a crush on a girl but gets infected by Parallax.

Another problem I had was the ring and the lantern. It just looked organic and i think it would of been better if it looked more like it did in he comics. But that's just a nitpick, at least they did a better job then Smallville:

I thought the movie was good. If you like the Green Lantern comics it's worth going to the theaters and see it. It's not as good and The Dark Knight or X-men First Class but it's worth a viewing.

Rating: 2/5

Friday, June 17, 2011

Uncanny X-men #329 Review

Today I'm going to review Uncanny X-men #329, which was the first X-men comic I read.Jeph Loeb is one of the writers. You know the guy who wrote such quality Marvel comics like "Ultimates 3" and "Ultimatum". To be fair to Loeb I liked Batman Hush, and to be completely honest Hush is what got me into comics so let's give him the benefit of the doubt. Back to the comic:

The cover is not that bad. Wolverine and Archangel are attaching an unknown person in a robe. The only problem that I have is that it doesn't have a n number on it so at first I wasn't sure if it was part of the main line or a special. We open with fingers pointing to a pool of an unknown green liquid with an Old man, Wolverine, Archangel, and an injured Psylocke reflected in it.

The fingers belong to Doctor Strange, who is having a vision. He thinks the X-men need the help of his "CATASTROPHIC MAGIC." It is here we see the first problem with the art in this book, no one has eyes. Either their eyes are completely white with no irises, or the eyes are just lines like their Brock from Pokemon.

Doctor Strange goes to look for Wolverine and Archangel. Meanwhile in Little Asia, Archangel is with Wolverine who thinks he knows where to fine an elixir that might help Psylocke, who got injured in a fight with Sabertooth. Archangel thinks he should be at Psylocke's side but Wolverine tells him to shut up, and that she'll be fine.

Both of them go into a restaurant. Outside the Japanese (Or Chinese) letters from a sign start to climb up to the roof. They are being controlled by a guy with snake eyes, who isn't surprised that Wolverine and Archangel is there.

Archangel isn't happy, and is about to leave. Wolverine tells him to sit back down, and they get attacked by steam ninjas. What are Steam Ninjas? I have no idea, and apparently neither does Wolverine or Archangel. Luckily the narrator explains that they are ethereal mist. I don't know about you but i still have no idea what they are. All i know is they look like CGI, so they will be known as the CGI Ghost Ninjas.

 Wolverine and Archangel start to fight the CGI Ghost Ninja. Wolverine discovers their weak to metal, and Archangel attacks causing the CGI Ghost Ninja to split into more CGI Ghost Ninjas. An old woman is seen watching the fight, so Wolverine stabs her. Yeah bit of an overreaction there Wolverine.

It turns out she was controlling the CGI Ghost Ninjas so they disappear. Archangel tells Wolverine that he shouldn't of killed her. But Wolverine revels:

Anyway it's the old man shown in the pool of water, his name is Gomurr the Ancient. Wolverine tells him there looking for a pint of Crimson Dawn, Gomurr refuses to help them. So Wolverine "persuades" him to help, the only way Wolverine knows how, by threatening him. Then Doctor Strange shows up, and the comic ends. Ok..

The comic wasn't that bad but there was a lot of bad things about it. First off the art it's not the worst but the characters lack of eyes and the computer generated ninjas make the comic lose some points. Another thing that's wrong is the fact everything written in CAPITALS like everything is in CAPS LOCK. Finally the story is a bit confusing, and nothing is explained. So the final score for Uncanny X-men #329 is a: 2/5

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"X-men: First Class" First thoughts

As you should know X-men First Class came out yesterday and it was amazing. This is what a X-men movie should be. After movies like X-men Origins Wolverine i kind of lost faith in Marvel comic book adaptations. That's why i didn't go to see Thor or Ironman 2 but First Class gave me faith in Marvel again.

Michael Fassbender was great as Magneto, and Kevin Bacon's portrayal as Sebastian Shaw was awesome as a villain. Thank god Hugh Jackman wasn't in this movie (well he was but only as a 10 second cameo) Not that i hate Wolverine, but i find he has evolved into his own character, so it was refreshing seeing a X-men movie that was actually focused on the team and not just Wolverine.

This is basically a reboot, without the Hugh Jackman cameo this has nothing to do with the rest of the X-men movies. Hopefully if they make a sequel they follow this movie as an example. In Closing, I think this is just the movie Marvel need. This is my second favorite superhero movie now right behind The Dark Knight. Now all we need is a Deadpool movie so that everything from Wolverine Origins is undone. Until then Green Lantern will have to do.

Rating for "X-men: First Class": 4/5

Friday, June 3, 2011

Young Justice/Batman TBATB Super Sampler Review

Hello, and welcome to my first comic review. Today were going to look at the "Young Justice/Batman the Brave and the Bold Super Sampler." This comic was given out free during Free Comic Book Day and it is advertising the comic book adaptations of both Young Justice and Batman the Brave and the Bold. so let`s get started. First off the cover isn't to bad it's your standard team running at the reader, but the look on Robin's face looks weird and makes him look like a monkey. Aqualad is far in the background so he isn't very detailed, one arm looks to big and the other one is moving like it's a worm trying to escape the rest of his body.

 The comic starts with Young Justice running at the screen again while Robin narrates the premise of Young Justice. Basically a bunch of sidekicks want to be heroes like there partners, there partners won't let them, so they become a new team under the supervision of Red Tornado.

Red Tornado get's a call from Batman, and he sends the team to Colorado. There they discover the Psycho Pirate trying to seal Plutonium while using alliteration to piss off Kid Flash. Robin however is wondering why Pcycho Pirate would need Plutonium as it doesn't fit his M.O.

For those of you who don't know Psycho Pirate is a villain that uses several golden faceplate's with the power to controls others' emotions, these faceplate's are known as the Medusa Mask. Psycho Pirate uses the Medusa mask to make a couple scientists attack the team. While the others are fighting, Kid Flash tries to take the plutonium from Psycho Pirate but fails due to him not being able to get there before the Psycho Pirate activates his Medusa Mask.Which makes me wonder just how fast Kid Flash is, if he can't move faster then the speed of thought he is slower then Superman at this time.

The team starts to doubt there ability's due to Psycho Pirate's powers. Kid Flash snaps out of it quickly due to his sped-up metabolism, he manages to take away the Medusa mask, and get back the Plutonium. However he is stopped by the Atomic Skull who was behind it all along. However due to the team snapping out of it they all work together to get the Plutonium back. Despite Atomic Skull getting away.

Well where not done yet, this is after all a two part comic. The second story starts off at a charity ball where a  couple of snooty rich people are wondering where Bruce Wayne is. They start to discuss how all Bruce Wayne cares about "--is Bruce!"

However the reason Bruce isn't there is because he's out as Batman saving a people from a burning building with the help of the Flash. The Flash puts out the fire by making a vortex and Batman thinks one of the Flash's villains, Heatwave, is behind it. This is right next to snooty rich people talking about how stupid and selfish Bruce Wayne is.

Flash runs around Gotham, eventually finding Heatwave along with another villain Firefly, who shines a green light at the Flash which makes him as thin as paper while Heatwave tries to make roasted Bat. Heatwave however didn't count on Batman's cape to be fire proof, Batman throw's a Bat-a-rang at Heatwave severing the fuel line to his Flamethrower. Flash starts to vibrate in order to speed up his metabolism so that Firefly's light wares off.

Flash then  run around the villains which strips them down to their boxers, and Batman punches them. The comic concludes with Alfred apologizing for Bruce's absence, and gives one of the snooty people a blank check saying that Bruce said to fill out the check with double the earning they made that night. Alfred leaves saying that Bruce "hates publicity for his good works."

The comic wasn't to bad. It did seem to cartoony at some points but i liked it. It reminded me of the times i use to watch old superhero shows like Teen Titans and the 90's Spider-Man tv show as a kid. The art isn't too bad but it looks weird in some places.

Young Justice rating: 3/5
Batman rating: 2.5/5

Anyway i guess I'll see you tomorrow where i will give my opinion on X-men First Class.

Comic Panel of the Week: The Spirit

I think this panel alone makes up for Frank Miller's The Spirit movie.

I will have my first review up later today or tomorrow. As well as my opinion on X-men First Class.