Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Recent interviews with Simon Kinberg, writer of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past have hinted at some possible ramifications of the time-altering film. He explains that along with DoFP, The Phoenix Saga is his other favorite X-Men story from the comics, and he was disappointed that the story was not served well when it was combined with the "mutant cure" plot for the third film. Might this new film reset the pieces enough that a proper telling of the X-Men's greatest story line ever is a possibility?
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Given Victor Von Doom's affinity for medieval architecture and dark magic, I think that he would would be a good match for Etrigan. Whether they were battling one another or joining forces, you just know that a tale featuring them together would be a Hell of a good romp. I would have loved to have seen Jack Kirby take a crack at it.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I featured the JLA against one of the Avengers' villains yesterday, so it's only fair that to reverse that idea today. I have always liked that the Crime Syndicate were not just evil versions of the Justice League members, they were from a whole parallel universe where everything was flipped on its head. Writers like Grant Morrison really had fun with the concept of that alternate reality. Based on the most recent line-wide event, it looks like they are right in the center of the current goings on in the DCU these days.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I have always loved giant bad guys. Galactus, Chemo, Starro, Fin Fang Foom, The Sentinels, even the Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man... it always made for a cool visual to see my favorite heroes up against a Godzilla-sized opponent. I think that John Byrne's creation Terminus was a nice addition to the ranks of colossal villains.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
One of the lessons I learned from reading How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way by Stan lee and John Buscema was to select the most dynamic poses to depict action on the printed page. Gil Kane was an artist who really illustrated this point for me. whatever his characters were doing, there was an unmistakable sense of power that his figures provided. It's no wonder that he became my all time favorite Marvel cover artist.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Scarlett Johanssen's Black Widow is an interesting case. The super-spy has been fleshed out onscreen as a supporting character in three separate superhero franchises, becoming as big a star as the heroes that have had their own self-titled movies. Can a Black Widow solo film be far behind? I imagine she would have some cool guest stars of her own if such a film comes to pass. Or will she be relegated to supporting star in a Nick Fury film first?
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I remember being frustrated when Infinity Inc., first came out. The new characters were introduced in the pages of All-Star Squadron, and I was looking forward to following their adventures in their own title, especially since Jerry Ordway would be handling the art duties. Unfortunately for me, the series was in DC's "New Format" and was only sold at comics shops, not on the newsstand. I didn't live near any such shops at the time, so it would be years before I was able to check out the series. It's too bad that the new characters created for it have all been wiped out with DC's "New 52" reboot.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Here's another in my series of Iron Man/GL covers. I usually have them at odds so this time around I thought I would have them working together against a common foe. I like the idea of these two together - Test pilot granted the most powerful weapon in the universe and billionaire genius who builds the ultimate armor. I just feel that these two strong personalities would butt heads even when they have to join forces.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
These two guys were both performers who received powers and an altered appearance as a result of getting mixed up with demons from the underworld, then decided to use those new abilities for good. Their personalities are quite different despite these similarities, and that would make for an interesting pairing, I think.
Monday, April 14, 2014
A red union suit with a blue towel tied around it, topped off with signature head gear? These guys already looked like they were part of the same team anyway, so I decided to make it official! I'm not sure about how much crime they would actually prevent, but it would still be fun to see them all mix it up together.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
It really is crazy how writer Ed Brubaker took what could have been seen as just a huge gimmick - reviving Bucky Barnes, one of the few Marvel characters allowed to "stay" dead - and turned it into one of the greatest Captain America story lines ever. Just a few years later, we get to see a movie based on those comics, and it is one of the best superhero films to date. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next with The Winter Soldier in his print and film incarnations.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I remember being very excited when X-Factor was first announced. X-Men spin-offs were still an uncommon thing in those days, and here was one that promised to unite the original team! It was a strange book, though. They had a wonky set up - "we'll disguise ourselves as mutant hunters in order to secretly protect them", and then they changed Angel to Archangel and Beast back to his human form, neither of which I was too crazy about. Still, it was always enjoyable to see the first five together. I do remember the Walt Simonson run of the title fondly.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Often Marvel movies will have subtle Easter eggs hinting at future projects, and there was clearly one unambiguous one in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When a list of people that HYDRA considers to be a threat is mentioned, Stephen Strange is name-checked. I am sure that is not something that was inserted lightly, so I consider it to be the first true confirmation of a Doctor Strange film, something I have heard rumored for years. Now let's start hearing about some Directors and actors....
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The mid-credits extra scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave us our first official look at Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch from the upcoming Avengers: The Age of Ultron, referred to by Baron Strucker as "the twins". The quick glimpse we got of them was indeed a tease and did not show much. Wanda was looking spaced out as she levitated some objects and Pietro was smacking himself against the sides of his cell at super speed. It looked cool, but I really want to see what his speed abilities look like when he really gets room to move. I am sure that Joss Whedon will come up with some cool visuals.
Stay tuned tomorrow for part three tomorrow!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Well, I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I thought it was great. I would put it right with Avengers and the first Iron Man as the best of the Marvel Films - and it may just be the best one, we'll see how it holds up to repeated viewings. The action scenes were great and we finally saw the full extent of Cap's abilities. His relationship with Sam Wilson was a highlight of the film for me, and I loved every second of The Falcon in action. Black Widow and Nick Fury were had their best roles of their Marvel movie tenure here as well. Plus, the villains were all great - The Winter Soldier seemed as if he was ripped from the pages of the comic, Batroc actually came off looking cool, we got so see the evolution of Crossbones, Redford was great to see in a huge production again, and best of all (spoiler) - I loved the appearance of Arnim Zola, and how they pulled off such a crazy character from the comics. I hope we see more of him. After the disappointments of the last Thor and Iron Man films, Marvel has rebounded in a big way!
Stay tuned tomorrow for the second chapter of this 3-part epic!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Superman's team ups with Swamp Thing in DC Comics Presents were cool issues (one co-starring Solomong Grundy and the other written by Alan Moore), so I think it might make for a fun tale to see him paired up with Marvel's resident muck-monster. For some reason I like the idea of them fighting side by side over some kind of battle between the two.
Monday, April 7, 2014
I was watching Toy Hunter on The Travel Channel the other day, and they came across some Micronauts. It really brought me back to my youth. I had Acroyear and my brother had Biotron, and we had others as well - those were some of the coolest action figures ever made. Too bad they never had an animated tie-in - we might be watching live action Micronauts movies these days!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
This was a suggestion in the comments section and and I just had to give it a shot. I haven't revisited the Cheech and Chong films so I don't know how well they hold up, but I remember liking them as a kid. I think it is cool that Kevin Smith has been able to take the characters that he and Jason Mewes played in his breakout film, Clerks, and spin them off into other genres. Hmmm, maybe I should have thrown Bill & Ted in there as well.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I am looking forward to Jeremy Renner's return as Hawkeye in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. He was sidelined for most of the first film, so Joss Whedon has promised to beef up his role the next time around. Hopefully we will see some really cool trick arrows and some of the brash attitude he displays in the comics.
Friday, April 4, 2014
I think these two would be a natural for a story together. They each come from an amazing hidden society where their parent is the ruler. They are founding members of the greatest superhero teams on Earth where they are among the strongest members, due to their physical strength as well as their signature weapons. It would be a blast to see them share an adventure.