Age of Ultron, From the House of Idea

Hey Ultron, the 80’s called. They want their “Days of Future Past” back.

Ugh.

Does anyone give a shit about these giant crossovers anymore? I guess they’re making Marvel some money since they keep doing the stupid things, but honestly, after Civil War, I just stopped collecting Marvel books. And I’m a fucking Marvel man! Age of Ultron is the latest from the House of Idea which sounds a lot like Days of Future Past except instead of two awesome issues, we’re going to get months worth of slowly plodded crapola with lots of talking heads and complicated twists and turns that will eventually be erased by the next big event.

The only reason I can think of picking this stuff up is because Bryan Hitch is drawing the beasty. Hitch is one of the finest comic book artists working today. His pages are absolutely gorgeous. And though I am loath to support another stupid event book, his art alone will guarantee that I at least pick up the first issue of this mess.

Leave It to the Cartoonist Olds to Continually Shit on Webcomics

I apparently live under some kind of boulder.  Until reader Kurt Griffin wrote in, I totally missed Gary Trudeau shitting on the web.  February 2’s Doonesbury poses the question, “What happens to comics if newspapers go away?”  Panels two and three are left blank.  Panel four delivers the sucker punch, “Feel how empty your life became? If only for a second?”

Yes, yes, we know. The web, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.  Ugh.

The idea that comics can only be properly enjoyed in print is laughable, especially when the ones usually making this argument are syndicated cartoonists whose work regularly appears on their syndicates websites!  I will concede that reading comics in print and online are much different experiences.  But I don’t think one is more rich than the other.

The funny thing is, by leaving those two panels wide open, Gary has created the perfect platform for a webcomic meme.  A number of cartoonists have decided to fill those empty panels with their own punchlines.

Thanks again to Kurt for sending this my way.  I can’t wait to see those blank panels filled with more webcomic goodness!

This Kid Revived My Love For Gangnam Style

I never thought it would happen, but when I saw Psy shilling for pistachio’s during the Super Bowl, I was done with “Gangnam Style.” I was so upset that I walked out of the room. Fucking pistachios? I guess a paycheck is a paycheck, but I was hoping he’d avoid Tag Team’s fatal mistake. When they did “Whoomp, the Adams Family, There It Is” there they went and ensured that Tag Team would forever be a one hit wonder. It would be one thing if they just used the song in the background, but Psy showing up to crack dem nutz in person just fucking ended it.

And then this girl:

Her sister’s reaction is pure gold! And I’m back loving this song. Oh Psy, I’m sorry I ever doubted you!

The Extended Iron Man 3 Superbowl Trailer

If you were too busy watching the Baltimore fight its way to victory against San Francisco to go to the facebooks and look up the extended Iron Man 3 trailer, here it is in all it’s sassy glory.  We get some new clips mixed in with things we’ve seen in previous trailers.  Nothing terribly revealing, but as I suspected, the more I see the new suit in action, the more I like it.  And I still think the Mandarin’s rings look like low budget, Cracker Jack toys.  Blech.

The Fate of the Justice League is in the Hand of the Man of Steel

The Man of Grey

The Man of Grey

According to this report in Variety, Warner Bros will be watching the Man of Steel box office numbers very closely.  If the reboot performs well, they’re all set to break out their OA Battery and greenlight a Justice League film.  If it performs badly, we’ll probably never get to see Wonder Woman on screen.

I don’t like the way Warner Bros is approaching this project.  It feels like a blatant cash grab.  Marvel planted the seeds for The Avengers across five movies, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger.  Though each movie was a complete entity of its own, they all felt like they took place in the same universe.  Warner Bros hasn’t established any connection between any of their super hero films.  From the previews, I can believe that Man of Steel takes place in the same grey universe as Dark Knight.  But how does Fail Jorden (Ryan Reynolds) fit in?  The Green Lantern version of Coast City has way too many colors.

Filling out the rest of the Justice League lineup are Flash and Wonder Woman.  This means at least two origins will need to be told.  And honestly, since we don’t know what version of Bats or Green Lantern we’re getting, we might need refreshers on those two jabronis as well.  Two origins is kind of pushing it.  Four would be a fucking nightmare.

My biggest problem with all of this is the appalling lack of a proper live action Wonder Woman movie.  DC’s trinity is Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.  So many Bat flicks.  So many Supes flicks.  Both have had reboots, refreshes, recasting, refuckeverything.  Wonder Woman, not so much.  We got Linda Carter and that aborted TV pilot and that’s it on the live action front.  There’s CW series in the works which sounds bloody awful.  But no movie!

This is a crime against nerdom.  We’ve had Ripley, Sarah Connor, Buffy, Leeloo Corban Dallas Mooltipass, Selene, Jane Smith, Nikita, but we can’t have the baddest badass woman of them all?  Bull. Shit.  In general, I’m dismayed at the lack of women in super hero flicks, but it’s an absolute travesty that we haven’t had a live action Wonder Woman film yet.  In the new damn millennium.  We get new Star Wars but no Wonder Woman? How does that shit make sense.

From: Variety

 

LEGO’s Palace Cinema, Remembering the Glory Days of Hollywood

It’s been a good few years since I last picked up a proper LEGO set (man, I really want that Iron Man minifig), but that may soon change. The LEGO Palace Cinema from their Creator line is absolutely delightful. It totally captures the feel of 1930’s Hollywood. And apparently, there are other sets that you can hook up to this one to create an entire town. Oh, LEGO, how you tempt me.

Stephen Chow Journeys to the West

Journey to the West is the most well-known Chinese legend.  It’s the story of a monk’s journey to bring the sutras back to China with the aid of Pig, Friar Sand, and the legendary Monkey King.

There’s a whole lot going on in this trailer.  And if you’re not familiar with the story, you can’t really tell what this thing is about.  But if you’re a Stephen Chow fan, you know you’re going to be in for a treat.  This looks like a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see it!

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