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Monthly Retconn mainly aims to involve people outside of the comic book community and inform them of the best things, comic books have to offer. We are dedicated to also serve the rest of the comic book community with the most reliable information possible. We aim to give truly unbiased views on what’s going on in the industry today. We aim to give the people more of what they need than just of what they want. Monthly Retconn believes that the comic book community can grow to its fullest potential by providing the people with what they truly need.

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Monthly Retconn sees itself to be one of biggest news provider in terms of comic book related information ranging from Films to Graphic Novels. Monthly Retconn envisions the comic book community to become one of the largest group of intellectual individuals. Most of all, we believe that comic books are one of the greatest social pieces of fiction around. LONG LIVE COMIC BOOKS!

What is a Retcon?

Retcon means Retroactive Continuity.

A retcon is the alteration of facts or history stated in a piece of fiction. It can either be additional information or even an extreme change of information. Retcons commonly happen in comic books due the long history of characters especially those of mainstream brands. Retcons also happen on fictional materials that are episodic in nature, like Television shows, film sequels, video games, and even novels that are part of a series. In the case of comic books, issues are what we call the episodes.

Why Retcon? And… what’s with the Double N?

Well, retcons happen very frequently lately especially now that some comic brands rewrote the history of their universe after a major crossover event. Take for example DC, who solved most of their continuity issues with their latest effort called, Infinite Crisis. Also, most people don’t really know what’s going on with comic books right now, so everything they thought they knew about their favorite comic book character is now a retcon. Retcons can be good or bad but it really depends on the reader. We at Monthly Retconn neither support or dislike retcons. We just think that they are some things we can look back to and talk about it. The other N? oh, that’s just for kicks. You got a problem with that?

Jepster
  • Real Name: Perfecto Gregor Togle
  • Other Aliases: The Man with too many nicknames
  • Got into comics: "When I was a kid maybe 1989, then I couldn't afford it. Jumped back in 2005"
  • What makes comics cool: "The art and the amazing stories. Non-formulaic stuff."
Jabs
  • Real Name: Jay Sarmiento
  • Other Aliases:Bheng Bas
  • Got into comics: "Around 1989 too, it was kind of the year of animated comic books on TV that time."
  • What makes comics cool: "The stories-- because mostly the stories are bigger than life yet contemporary in nature. Its like mythology with in a modern setting"

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Jepster's Wallpapers
posted by Monthly Retconn

Hello Everyone, Jepster provides us with his cool rendition of Daredevil in 3D and made a version for wallpaper download. You can view the whole image here:

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Green Latern Movie Script
posted by jepster2006

There have been rumors of a Green Lantern Movie Script written by the guy who voices Triumph the insult comic dog. I'm not sure why it was given to such a person, but Green Lantern is a big DC Franchise and I doubt this script will see the Silver Screen.

Based on the article the script revolves around Jud Plato. He gets the ring by joining a Fear Factor Contest and the ring chooses him for eating a raw coyote. That's just the beginning, since I couldn't bear reading the rest of it but just few glances at it. I'm not even a Green Lantern fan and what I've read is an insult to comic book fans in general. The Duck Dodgers parody was even better by a mile.


There are rumors of Jack Black being involved in writing the script but I can't believe it. Jack Black can be unfunny at times and if he is indeed involved in this, it's not funny at all. I like Jack Black, but this is too much. I hope that his involvement is truly untrue.


Here's a link of a "review" for the script:
First Look At The Green Lantern Script!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

DVD Review: V for Vendetta Two-Disc Deluxe Edition
posted by jepster2006

"Remember, remember the 5th of November"

Ah, yes. The phrase that a lot of people keep saying after watching a trailer of V for Vendetta before featuring their favorite movie. It really sticks to the head like snot on a sick man's nose, or like crap after you stepped on it without knowing it was there. The phrase is quite catchy that a lot of people were intruiged with what the hell was with the 5th of November. But alas, the supposed "5th of November" release date of the film was delayed until the 17th of March the next year. The movie, written by the Wachowski Brothers of the Matrix fame, delivers well but it still cannot escape some flaws that plague the "from the makers of" curse.

Anyway, let's quit talking about the Wachowski's and their obssession with slow motion. This movie wasn't at all directed by the siblings but rather one of their unit directors in the Matrix Trilogy, James McTeigue. Let's talk about the packaging of this packaged deluxe edition DVD.

Packaging

The Deluxe Edition consists of a nicely done box, the standard DVD case that contains the two DVD's and lastly a sneak preview of V for Vendetta. For Filipino buyers, this is quite a really good bargain for P650 (around $10+). The standard two disc edition costs P550 or P590 (can't remember, colds gave me amnesia) which is just around 100 pesos more. For DVD collectors this is a no brainer.

My main complaint though is the box. It isn't strong or thick enough as protection for the contents. Sometimes you even have to take care of the box itself. But that's just being the nitpicker in me. Overall, the packaging is cool and an improve look from WB since the Constantine special edition was hard to pack the contents into.





The Movie


The Movie based on Alan Moore's Graphic novel of the same name is good on its own and actually, I prefer the film more than the GN. My main qualms about the book were thrown away in the movie and that was a good relief. There were a lot of changes in the film but it certainly didn't punch a whole into the film's idea at all. The hardest thing about making a movie based on a GN is convincing the fans that the film is an "adaptation" and not really an exact translation. When I watched the film on theatres I swore to watch it on DVD with subtitles since I was distracted with my thoughts about the book. Gladly, my second viewing was a hell of a lot better than the first considering that the cinema I watched was worse than the headphones I use for my cellphone.

Gladly, only a few of the sequences in the film were Matrix-esque (somebody better put that word on Webster...) contributing in making the film more intellectual than a dead-beat senseless wonder with cow-punching effects. The cast wasn't as popular as your average summer flick except for the two main characters but it still delivered more energy and wit for a comic book based film.

Sadly, people treat this film as a Sci-fi actioneer. The truth is, V is a masterful political masterpiece. I like movies like these as opposed to my boredom for novels/graphic novels of the same theme. The best thing about political thrillers are the shocks and awes in plot twists, every death having a meaning, and most of all, it's reflection to today's society in general.

V is a great film, if watched properly. Those looking for popcorn cinema will not be disappointed either. This is a fun and witty film for those people who like to make their head hurt and eyes bleed when watching films.


Sound


My main irritation from the film when I first watched it was V's voice behind the mask. The british accent is cool, but it is quite muffled and the accent really makes it harder to understand. The DVD quite improves on that matter and like I said, the film is best watched with subtitles to truly grasp the true potential of film. The sounds were crisp but the silent and soft sequences were quite a mish mash and had that feeling of being "too silent". But the quality is good especially when things go "boom" and "badadatdat" and "slashhhh".


Visual Quality


On the TV, it looked great but when I played it on thy monitor it seemed dark. Must be my settings but well, the video is crisp even in dark places (which is um, 70% of the film). The colors are well transferred from film and the explosions are a sight to behold. The skin tones are done well and the set props and background are perfectly clear and not a single scratch can be seen in sight. Nigh perfect translation from film is what I can say






Extras


Well, comparing the darn thing to LOTR:Extended Editions would be too much. The extra's are more on the idea of the film rather than the technical aspect such as stunts, effects and etc. I was expecting like how some of the shots were made but these extras were quite of a let down. And least number of spoken dialogue was well, from the most talkative character V, Hugo Weaving.





Overall


I liked it. But not loved it. It's a good price for Alan Moore fans and bashers who liked the film. The extra comic book is an added extra but if you've read the book, there's no point in buying the deluxe edition aside from the nice box. It's just a good box that contains a great film without it.

Packaging: 8/10
Film: 9/10
Audio:7/10
Video:8/10
Extras:6/10
Overall:7.6/10 (Average)
Not a must buy, but more for big fans of the film.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Nightwing #122
posted by jepster2006

Nightwing #122
Writer: Bruce Jones
Penciller: Paco Diaz

Ah, yes. I'm going to review the
unreadable, the unbearable, the improbable and incoherable comic for the past year. Nightwing pre-crisis was already not that good, but compared to one year later, pre-crisis is Eisner quality.

Honestly, I didn't read the rest of the issues for this current arc, but I can't help myself but see what the fuss was all about. I've read books that I started in the end of the arc but still understood what happened. This book? Hell, no. But yes, I bought it out of curiosity. Contrary to what other's say, it's quite a good book, since it was so bad. Get it? It's so Bad, it's Good.

As most comic book reader's know, especially Batfans, Jason Todd, the Second Robin, came back to life due to the continuity punches Superboy Prime did before the start of Infinite Crisis. That itself was an absurd idea, but people had learned to accept it, since Jason was being treated as an ok character. That is, until now.

First of all, from what I understand after reading this book, Jason came to New York posed as another Nightwing where in Dick Grayson, the original Nightwing, investigates. They battle some villains, a chick comes in and they battle until the book ends.

What makes this book so bad is that they turned Jason into a freakin' Octopus. No, not just octopus arms, a real octopus. What's also worse is, it's got Jason's eyes and hair. It's just like your Saturday morning cartoon show. Oh, did I mention that in the end, he turns back to normal and tells Dick that he only wore the Nightwing costume just to know how it's like to be "family" again. Well, dramatic as it comes, he follows up with a "PS" saying how hot the Lady nightwing was. In the words of Dick Grayson in the book itself, all I can say is "Please, Stop."

But never fear! Take this book as a comedy, at it will be quite a fun read! Pointing out a lot of mambo jambo and crap scientific "molecules" terms, is quite fun. And firguring out who's who among the evil twins is fun too. Which means, this is the perfect "game" comic book. It's like a "Where's Waldo", but with different things to do. Things like finding out how many times the word "molecules" was said, and even finding out where the hell they are. You'll laugh at how many times the background disappears for no reason! Or better yet! Count the times the background is blank!

Nightwing #122 is the best comic-activity-book in the market right now. You can learn a thousand things and even learn the best lesson ever. This book is just that plain, absurdly,bad. Buy it at your own cost, or if you enjoy scrutinizing the life out of the book. If there was any life at all to begin with.

Rating: 1.5/10 (I gave + 1.5 for "effort" for the artist in drawing a hot chick. The rest? 'twas utter crap.)