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Friday, July 28, 2006

July Month End Reviews
posted by jepster2006

Oh yeah! That was one hell of a month to start up this blogsite! We’ve got movie trailers, movies, great comic books, and most of all the San Diego Comic-Con! We weren’t exactly able to get there (um plane ride, entrance fee, plus we don’t get paid to do this), but we were able to get some juicy info on upcoming books and movies.

Well, what do you know, it’s the end of the month. The time where we review the rest of the books released this month. I get to read and review, for free! Well, not exactly, my money’s being spent on all these books. Oh well, let’s start with the big ones!

Black Panther #18:

I wasn’t expecting this until next month. But thanks to IGN Message Boards (thank you skinky!), I was properly informed of it’s shipping date. (Marvel better fix their solicitations…) Ah, the Wedding of the um… decade! When was the last superhero wedding?


Anyway, Storm and Black Panther star in this touching and quite “controversial” pairing as to be husband and wife. It’s got mostly everything a wedding ever has. The guests, the relatives, crying parents, drunk people at the reception and of course, the magnificent wedding gown designed by people from Hollywood just for the goddess of weather.

It’s a fun book if you ask me. It’s got humor, sweetness, drama, action (in a funny way), and yes, the issues of Civil War are here. I won’t ruin it for you but the Civil War moments are full of angst. But no fear, some heroes have stopped the fighting just for the sake of a peaceful wedding.

Now, let’s chatter about the wedding. The entrances were wonderful, colorful and can burst your eyes into tears. Not because it hurts the eyes or anything. It’s because it’s so full of glee and joy that somehow anything that would stop this wedding would want me to personally get into the book and beat the crap out of the naysayer.

But the book is not without flaws. The art is sketchy on some pages but the wedding itself was fabulous (oh crap, I sound queer). The staging of panels seemed off at some parts but you won’t get that lost at all. Also, the transition between moments of seriousness and laughter feel like a TV episode. But all in all, I had fun and that’s all I expected. I’m glad it wasn’t as mushy as I expected it to be.

If you’re a fan of superhero weddings, this is a nice book to have to your collection. Some pessimists or continuity sensitive people complain a lot about it, but me, I had a lot of fun reading it. But one thing’s for sure, I’m going to get this for an ongoing title. It’s a good issue, but not as great as one would expect.

Overall Rating: 7.4/10

Daredevil #87
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Penciler: Michael Lark

Finally, the first DD arc from Brubaker ends, and it ends with a bang. This book has a lot of revelations and the identity of the false Daredevil is just at the bottom of the volcano. What makes this issue explode into greatness is the big reveal at the end. Some may have expected it but Bru (Brubaker) was kind enough not to talk anything about it. Let’s just say, you though you did, but you’re so very wrong.

The art is fantastic. What I like more about Lark than Maleev is the sense of motion. The action is felt even with the dark tones of the book. Also, the dialogue is so good, the Punisher is getting cooler at the minute. This title just shows how neutral the friendship between Matt and Frank is. Also, the reveal of who the faux DD isn’t as big, but his intentions of covering up for Matt is more mysterious and creates a bigger question for us all. “What the $*#& is going on?”

I was supposed to drop this book after this arc because I was getting interested in more titles as of now. But due to the immense nature of the ending, DD will not leave my list and Brubaker satisfies my hunger for noir like a box of chocolates.

Overall Rating: 9.8/10

Batman #655
Writer: Grant Morrison
Penciler: Andy Kubert

One of the greatest creative team-ups ever joins forces to bring about an interesting old-school story to our collection. I’m a big fan of We3, and loved it so much that I wish so much that Grant would write a character I am more familiar with than his Seven Soldiers. Best of luck is, he made my dream come true. He wrote my number one character of all time, BATMAN. Yes, you heard it right, the BATMAN. The result is a love it, hate it sensation that makes you want to read more just to know where this is going.

Gotham is free of crime due to the results of “Face to Face”. Well, not 100%, but the Clown Prince of crime is thought to be dead with a shot in the face. That alone should drop the crime-rate from 50% to 8%. Bruce is now faced with the opportunity to be “himself” again, meaning it’s vacation time for the cowl and cape.

The book starts awkwardly and ends with a slight “WTF?!?” Obviously, it’s called Son of the Batman for a reason which is, Batman has a kid. Re-read Son of The Demon which I think comes out in a reprint for $5.99. For Filipino readers, I saw a copy of the old trade in National Bookstore for only P250. Still not sure if it’s there. Trust me that’s a bargain price.

I grew up with Andy’s art, reading his run on the “Standard” X-men during the 90’s. So, his stuff is cool with me. My problem with the art in this book is there’s quite a lot of pastel colors going on, but that’s me nitcpicking.

Overall, the book feels like a touch of Frank Miller and “Batman: The Animated Series” in one issue. When was the last time you read about a group of Ninja Man-bats?

Overall Rating: 9.2/10

MINI REVIEWS:

ETERNALS #2 (GAIMAN AND ROMITA JR.): One of the most terrific reads I’ve read this month. The first few pages seemed slow, but we’re getting a lot of story here. The last few pages really sold me, especially JRJ’s art. The book is pacing up to be a great read. It’s a must Buy. Overall Rating: 9.7/10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #534 (STRACZYNSKI AND GARNEY JR.): Still the best ongoing Spidey-book or any book with Spidey I’ve been reading so far. The art is getting to me and I’m starting to like it. But it’s Spidey’s monologue’s that keep me intact and loyal to this series. His actions in Civil War #3 were justified here in a matter of Peter’s actions towards Iron Man. And the Shield Bit with Cap was the best moment of this whole Civil War reading I’ve read so far. Overall Rating: 9.6/10

WOLVERINE #44: (GUGGENHEIM AND RAMOS): Now, that’s what I’m talking about. A bunch of setup issues result in one hell of a fight. And seeing the last page made me want to continue this series more and more. Guggenheim’s view on Wolvie’s character is spot-on. I totally dig this series. The art is getting better in quality, but I’m really having a hard time loving it. Great issue so far. Overall Rating: 9/10

X-MEN #189: (CAREY AND BACHALO): Rogue said “SUGAH”. Finally, we get her accent back a bit and the pacing of the story is picking up. Although, there are quite a lot of plots going on with this book namely, Mystique’s relationship with Rogue, Sabertooth being followed and the return of Northstar. It kind of makes my head ache, but still it’s an interesting read. I’d still like to know what’s going on. My biggest complaint with this book is the freakin’ art. Why does everyone look like teenagers? Mystique looks like Rogue’s sister for Batman’s sake. Overall Rating: 7.8/10

Thursday, July 27, 2006

New Posters of TMNT and 300
posted by Bahoot Studios

Warner Brothers has release some real cool pics for two new comic book movies namely TMNT and The 300

TMNT
After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Master Splinter, becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient monsters to apparently take over the world. The movie opens on March 30 next year.

300
Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite.


Ghost Rdier Blog
posted by Bahoot Studios

Everybody is doing it BLOG, BLOG, BLOG. But really now, the only movie that actually profited from this gimmick is Lucas. I mean look at what happend to King Kong and Superman Returns. Oh, well...

Ghost Rider movie (another movie with video blogs) has two blog entries in thier site. The first has nothing much in it but the writers, dircetors and producers talking about the film. The next video blog on the other hand has new clips of the Ghost Rider and an interview with a drunk & high Nic Cage at Comic-con.


Click on the site to view the blogs http://www.ghostridermovieblog.com/archives/video_posts/

Click Below to view the new footages

Interface and Design Updates
posted by Monthly Retconn

Hi everyone,

Needed to do a bit of revamping. Someone posted a message on one of our articles and mistook Jabs as the primary owner of the site. (I hear someone complaining now...) So, I had to place the Categories on the left and placed the staff members on top of the right side bar. Previous posts can be found under the staff section so don't worry. Also, there's a set of links UNDER the header. I'll be fixing that soon. Seems the color confuses people.

Also, we added a Monthly Poll to see what you guys think of the latest news. Vote, vote, vote people. You have the right to. Also, around next week or next, next week. We have a surprise for you guys and we hope you like it. Provided by Jepster and Jabs. :)

Chow!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

NEW SPIDERMAN 3 trailer LEAKED
posted by Bahoot Studios

The exclusive Spiderman 3 trailer that was shown in Comic-Con 2006 was leaked in the internet. Youtube.com a popular site for videos in the web , have several footages of the said trailer.

The trailer starts out with a voice over of I believe to be Aunt May's. Then shows Eddie Brock (played by Topher Grace) walking to a church and prays. After which a montage of scenes are shown of Spiderman kicking the ass of Sandman, Sandman mixing with water, Spiderman saving Gwen Stacy, Pumpkin Bombs being used by Harry Osborn and many more unfinished FX shots. In the last seconds of the trailer it shows VENOM in his fully black costume jumping towards the screen with his mouth open.

Here are some of the links of the video
Mirror 1
Mirror 2
Mirror 3
Mirror 4
To view a clip of VENOM converted into a animated gif click here

Click below to see the trailer

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

See Aquaman and Green Arrow for $1.99
posted by Bahoot Studios

The WB's pilot for an Aquaman TV series is now available for purchase at Apple's iTunes for $1.99. The pilot stars Justin Hartley (Green Arrow on Smallville) and Ving Rhames. You can download the episode here!

Click below to view the trailer for Aquaman

Frank Miller to direct Spirit
posted by Bahoot Studios

Frank Miller would use the techniques he learned during the production of Sin City to be able to bring to life Will Eisner’s Spirit. He plans to make Spirit a scarier character which would definitely be a departure from the gentler and kinder persona of the character in the books.

So does this mean Spirit would start hanging out with hookers and cursing at kids?

Here is a brief history of Spirit. Denny Colt was presumed dead but later revealed to his Police Commissioner friend that he had in fact gone into suspended animation. Having gained ambiguity, he then pursued a life fighting crime as Spirit.

Ants!
posted by Bahoot Studios

Marvel had recently announced that they are indeed making an Ant-Man movie to be directed by Edgar Wright. Wright who claims to be a fan of the Marvel Premiere stories of John Byrne would like to clarify that the movie he would be making is not a spoof.

Ant-man would feature both Henry Pym and Scott Lang. Pym. The story would start off with Pym during the Cold War and then flashing forward to the present with Lang, who steals the suit.

Well, it’s a neat way to interpret the Ant-man history but I would really rather have an Ultimates movie than just plain Ant-man.

Hulk again?
posted by Bahoot Studios

Louis Leterrier, the director of Transporter 2 and Unleashed would be directing Hulk. They plan to make Hulk more like the TV series with Hulk being chased around. Leterrier during the Comic-con stated the movie would be like "Frankenstein meets Jekyll and Hyde with a little bit of Edward Scissorhands."

He even added that he wasn’t sure how much Hulk would talk, "But I just met Lou Ferrigno and he said he'll do the voice,"

I do hope they bring Eric Bana back to give consistency to the movie at the same time have them cast Jet Li and do Kung Fu moves with Hulk while being chased by the Transporter, now that’s complex.

Iron Man fighting Mandarin
posted by Bahoot Studios

John Favreau, the director of Iron Man the movie recently announced the villain in the movie and it’s Mandarin. Personally I would have like the Crimson Dynamo but since the Cold War ended along time ago, I think it would be better for Iron man to be fighting a Chinese guy with rings.

Cullen primed for Prime
posted by Bahoot Studios

Finally!

Peter Cullen, the original voice actor in the Transformers animated series had been cast as the voice of Optimus Prime in the Michael Bay Transformers movie. Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots. The live action movie is set for 2007 release.


VENOM
posted by Bahoot Studios

Nuff Said

Monday, July 24, 2006

Mirrormask (DVD Review)
posted by jepster2006

A fantastical story guided by amazing visuals, a fantasy treat!

Neil Gaiman does it again. A fantastical story accompanied by the wonderful vision of Dave McKean. It’s not often we get masterpieces like these. A visual treat added with a deep but linear story that will surely touch everyone’s hearts.

Mirrormask focuses on the life of Helena, daughter of a Circus master who dreams to go big with the circus. Unlike many children, Helena despises or is bored in helping around or performing in the Circus that her father manages. She’d rather choose to live a life in the real world. Her mother has a serious talk with her and that is where the whole story evolves into a wonderful tale of mystery and adventure. Their talk involves her mother saying that she (Helena) would be the death of her (Mother/Joanne). Helena’s answer leads to an event that any child would feel guilty of.


What is most astonishing about this film are the visuals. Dave McKean creates the most unique characters and envisions a world that only a few people could ever imagine. The best part is a lot of the creature effects were done utilizing only a $4 million budget. Also, the live footage was only shot for two weeks in a blue screen studio. The movie also started with 15 animators. From what I heard, they were all fresh graduates, which means they get to work on a film for their first jobs. But weeks went by until the budget slowly diminished and had to let go animators until Dave McKean was left. Dave McKean was now in charge of, Pre-production, Production, and Post production. This leads to conclude that Dave McKean was in fact almost 100% involved with making the film. Watching the film and realizing these points make you appreciate the film a whole lot more. For the visuals truly guide the story in a fantastic way that you’ll never want to gaze your eyes on something else.


This film though, isn’t for everybody. It has very less action, and killing, or karate Kung-Fu. It’s more for those fantasy fans and for those who have a great sense of imagination. Also, this film is more for the audiences who like to talk about their interpretations on films rather than what scene they liked or how hot Brad Pitt was in Troy. This movie is very deep and for audiences who like their movies weird, but sensible.

I love this film. It is certainly one of the best films ever conceived on screen. With a tight budget and a small staff, this film is a masterpiece. A lot of films are given a very large budget but result in a mess. Congratulations Neil and Dave, you have a big fan in me. I wish for more.

Rating: 10/10