Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cap Has A Rough Time Adjusting In A New Deleted Avengers Scene

Another deleted scene has been released by Marvel just ahead of The Avengers September 25 home release and I can honestly say that this one should have made it into the movie. Now I understand why Joss Whedon didn’t want it in there. There were time constraints and this is something that could be told in the Cap sequel but this sequence is just so great it should be seen by everyone. We all knew he would have a hard time adjusting to his 70 year absence and seeing him go through the files of all his deceased comrades and seeing that Peggy is still alive brings the difficulty of his transition into the forefront.

Also it introduces us to when Cap met Ashley Johnson’s waitress character which would have helped when you saw her like four times during and after the end battle and wondered why they kept showing this random waitress chick.

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Pull List 8/29/12

Green Lantern Annual #1- 9.0

Justice League #12- 8.5

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3- 9.5

Aquaman #12- 8.5

Winter Soldier #9- 8.0

X-O Manowar #4- 7.5

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #4- 7.0

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

This was a great week for what I read. A whole lot of big happenings and an almost perfect issue!!

The Green Lantern Annual released this week and all I can say is that Geoff Johns has some balls. With all he has done with the Green Lantern universe including: bringing Hal Jordan back, Blackest Night and Brightest Day, he can still construct stories that make you go holy s***. This issue is insane. As in like Hal and Sinestro die. Now we all knew Hal would be going that way since the prophecy that was revealed in Green Lantern #12 and the fact that we knew we would be getting a new Lantern with the #0 issue but Sinestro biting the bullet to was a bit of a surprise. But we don’t need worry, we have a new Arabian Green Lantern coming and seeing how badass Hal is going to look in Black Lantern armor.

Justice League ended their storyline with Graves…or did they? Sure they may have defeated him and had him locked up but seeing Amanda Waller waltz in and tell Graves to write a new book about how to defeat the Justice League tells me we still have dark times ahead for the super group. Of course this was the big issue that got so much press because Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up officially. Man, Steve Trevor can’t catch a break. He almost dies trying to protect the League and Diana still ends up with Supes. Oh well, at least he gets to be in the new JLA.

Aquaman is heading towards his showdown with Manta. Manta found the source of Atlantis’ destruction and Arthur and The Others tried to stop him but one of them ended up kicking the bucket which, of course, reaffirms Aquaman’s drive to kill Manta. It was a very good penultimate issue that I hope pays off in two months after the #0 issue.

Winter Soldier is still on the search for Leo and even though you think a lot is solved by them finding Black Widow and de-brainwashing her by the time the issue ends you realize Leo is like five steps ahead of Bucky and every operative. The last page was the right way to end the issue. I hope this title can still be consistently good after Brubaker leaves.

X-O Manowar was good but had a bit of an off issue which is weird because it was the first issue where Aric has the armor the entire time. It was cool finding out that their were alien operatives still implanted on Earth even 16 centeries later when Aric arrives.

Deadpool finished killing the Marvel Universe this week and it was the weakest of the four issue series. While the first three were balls to wall straight murdering folks, the final issue had an underwhelming kill of The Punisher and a fight with The Taskmaster that isn’t as good as it should be. And the ending, while completely Deadpool like, left a little to be desired.

The book of the week goes to Minutemen. It amazes me how DC has so much talent combined on these books yet Darwyn Cooke is writing AND doing the art for Minutemen and is hitting out of the park every month. This is the most human of the Before Watchmen books. Hollis Mason was the best character to tell this story through and Cooke is doing exactly what BF was intended to do which is add new layers and depth to characters. He is crafting a great back story that echos especially deep since we know how these characters have met their end so we can dissect their every decision and see how their decisions led them to what we already know. A near perfect issue.

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Alternate Avengers Opening Scene Paints A Much Darker Picture

Here is a new deleted scene from the upcoming release of The Avengers on Blu-Ray and DVD. It changes not only the opening but the entire feel of the film altogether. Now I may be in the minority but I really like this scene. Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie and like the opening we got in theaters but this seems to add much more weight to the final battle especially seeing this as the film opens you really get a grasp of how large the fight will be. I think it give Cobie Smulders a great scene and shows that Maria Hill is not just Nick Fury’s “yes” woman.

What do you think? Does this scene add or take away from the movie? Would it have taken away some of the lighthearted feeling during some of the movie?

 

The Justice League Goes Amurrrica. Again.

Geoff Johns loves writing comics. That should just be the beginning of every article involving comics because seriously….the dude writes A LOT. And I am not complaining cause he is still one of the best around. So it should come as no surprise that DC just announced a new title being written by Johns along with art by David Finch and they are going to be bringing a new Justice League team into the New 52 world.

Justice League America is launching next year and has a very….varied….cast of members. Let’s look at the rundown.

Green Lantern- not Hal Jordan but Baz who will be replacing Hal in the upcoming months.

Martian Manhunter

Green Arrow

Hawkman

Catwoman- interesting

Katana

Stargirl

Vibe

Steve Trevor- Wonder Woman’s old boy toy who I guess isn’t dead.

The new JLA will release next year and you have to think that they will tie in big with the upcoming Trinity War next year. David Finch will be leaving The Dark Knight to do this series which kind of sucks cause he has done such good work on the series.

Pull List 8/22/12

Supercrooks #4- 9.0

The Dark Knight #12- 8.5

All-Star Western #12- 7.5

Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1- 6.5

Star Trek #12- 7.5

 

This week was a mixed bag with one great read, one very good one and three that barely managed average.

All- Star Western finished up it’s story with Jonah and company taking on the Crime Bible gang. It feels like I should be getting behind this series more but I just can’t get past the feeling that this is just simply a pretty good book (not bad mind you). I do have some excitement about the inclusion of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the next issue so let’s hope it picks up.

Star Trek ended their Trouble with Tribbles storyline on a bit of a down note. It was a good first issue but the conclusion just felt thrown together like the last five minutes of a cop show that tries to solve everything in one swoop. Even though I was disappointed with it the big disappointment of the week goes to the first issue of the Dr. Manhattan series. The reason for this Before Watchmen series is to give us new looks at the characters from the times only talked about in the graphic novel but what JMS gives us is a re-worded version of the middle of Alan Moore’s work that really doesn’t shed anything new or revealing on our favorite blue donged hero.

Best two books of the week were easily The Dark Knight and the finale of Supercrooks. Man has The Dark Knight been really good since Gregg Hurwitz took over a few issues ago. Scarecrow is back to being ultra creepy especially with the look into his childhood. I liked how the issue did not conclude when it didn’t need to. Batman begins the issue strapped to a torture table and it ends that way also. But Supercrooks is the best book of the week in a big way. It’s been a longer wait in between issues but Mark Millar certainly made the wait worth our while with a conclusion that has so many twists, blood and lost limbs that it is insane. I beg you if you are a fan of comics please pick up these four issues.

Also, if you did read Supercrooks how completely badass was The Gladiator in that fight with The Praetorian? Yeah…exactly.

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Guess Who’s Super Banging?

 

Yep old Supes and Diana are the new power couple in the DC Universe. Since DC relaunched last year with their New 52, Superman has been sans his normal nookie Lois Lane but Geoff Johns apparently thinks it is about time the Man of Steel gets some Amazonian fun time. And don’t think that this will be a quickie sort of affair because according to Johns this relationship is how things are gonna be in the new DC universe for awhile.

This move honestly doesn’t bother me. Even with all the Lois and Clark history, Wonder Woman has always made for the better mate for Superman. Don’t believe me? Let’s let Brodie explain it.

 

 

 

Nintendo Power Is Closing Up Shop

File this under more childhood memories that are dead. News today has surfaced that Nintendo Power is going the way of the Virtual Boy. Future Publishing said they were going to halt the monthly magazine and that Nintendo showed no interest in picking up the licence again to try and save it. Now granted I didn’t read Nintendo Power on a regular basis anymore but this is sad news still because it was such a huge part of my childhood.

Who didn’t love reading about the awesome new Zelda game that was promised to be out by the end of the year and wasn’t seen for three years more (i.e. every Zelda game) or keeping up with the continuing adventures of Captain N? Memories….light the corners of my mind. Misty, water colored memories. of the way we were.

So let’s all shed a single Indian tear and pour a 40 for our dear departed childhood friend Nintendo Power.

 

Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Trailer

Robot Chicken has squeezed all they can out of Star Wars with three hilarious specials and now Seth Green and company are turning their attention to the DC Comics universe. It’s good to see that Aquaman will always get a raw deal no matter what is going on. I have to admit that I did laugh quite hardily at the bat signal being robot humped. Let’s face it anything being robot humped is funny.

The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special airs September 9. Set your DVR’s accordingly.

Pull List 8/15/12

 

The Walking Dead #101- 8.5

Nightwing #12- 8.5

Catwoman #12- 7.5

Green Lantern #12- 9.0

Saga #6- 9.0

Before Watchmen: Rorschach- 8.5

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #3- 8.0

 

Ok this was a great week comics wise. There really wasn’t a weak title in the bunch. The Walking Dead had an emotional and satisfying followup to their huge 100th issue. The final page leaves you with a sadistic smile on your face knowing that maybe some messed up stuff is coming. Catwoman and Nightwing each had villain reveals this week as Selina found out who Dollhouse was and Dick uncovered the secret of Paragon. Nightwing had a stronger issue because the Catwoman reveal left a little to be desired.

Rorschach got off to a brutal start as it should. Lee Bermejo’s art is always so stunning so it is good to see it done with a character I like so much. I would place the title in the upper tier of the Before Watchmen titles with Minutemen still remaining the best even after these couple of months.

The best titles of the week were definitely Saga and Green Lantern. I still don’t know how to describe Saga after six months but I do know that it is such a trip to read and so freaking imaginitive. Marko and Alana finally get off the planet as Prince Robot IV happens to make the wrong kind of enemy in The Will. Brian K. Vaughn is writing some seriously good stuff.

I think my title of the week has to go to Green Lantern. This issue sets up something HUGE for the forseeable future. Like HUGE HUGE and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds. Needless to say the Green Lantern annual is going to be a must read in a few weeks. Oh Hal, you poor bastard. Can never catch a break.

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The Avengers 2 Has A Release Date…..(Now Exhale)

 

Today Marvel announced that The Avengers 2 will release in theaters on May 1, 2015. So we just have to be patient for about 2 1/2 more years. This was the next logical move for Marvel who locked up Joss Whedon to write and direct the sequel last week.

For me I have to think that after Avengers 2 opens up Marvel is going to have some serious thinking to do because Robert Downey Jr. has been saying that even he doesn’t know where to go after Iron Man 3 so it seems to me that they could convince him to do Avengers 2 but after that it’s anybody’s guess.

The Avengers 2 will close out Marvel’s “Phase 2” and the releases have now all been announced:

Iron Man 3- May 3, 2013

Thor: The Dark World- November 8, 2013

Captain America: The Winter Soldier- April 4, 2014

Guardian of the Galaxy- August 1, 2014

The Avengers 2- May 1, 2015