So, here’s the thing: I’m generally pretty open about my distaste for the X-Men. What I generally don’t let on to my comic-loving chums is that I find Wolverine to be one of the worst of the lot. I’m still not sure exactly what it is about Wolverine that I don’t like – though I must confess that I really enjoyed Wolverine: Origin and Origin 2 for the sheer tragedy of Logan’s early years.
So, unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, chances are you’ve noticed that Marvel has put out a new movie: Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s unique about GotG is that chances are that when you first read the name, your first reaction was probably something along the lines of “Who?”
Despite their inability to create a live-action movie series that doesn’t deviate substantially from the source material, DC can certainly churn out good quality animated movies when they want to. They’ve put out plenty of gems over the years, from classics like Batman: Mask of the Phantasm to more recent efforts like Justice League: War, based on Geoff Johns’ excellent run on the relaunched Justice League book.
Who doesn’t love Deadpool? It’s hard not to, really. Despite starting out as a blatant Marvel parody of DC’s Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke), the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ has (arguably) gained a popularity beyond that of Deathstroke himself. Depending on the situation, Deadpool can be funny or utterly vicious – usually a satisfying combination of both. I’m a huge fan of Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn’s run on the current Deadpool series – having Deadpool re-kill zombified US presidents was just nuts!
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves – it’s a new era of all things PULP. Cameron has moved on to greener pastures, so you’ll have to put up with a double dose of my ramblings from now on! Suckers. This week I’m delving into the dark and outright scary world of Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, written by the excellent Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man, She-Hulk) and drawn by Ryan Sook (Seven Soldiers: Zatanna). Strap yourselves in; it’s gonna get spooky.
As you might have heard, DC is making a few changes to their titles. Gail Simone is off Batgirl, Brian Azzarello is finishing up on his excellent Wonder Woman run and Scott Lobdell is (rather controversially) back writing Red Hood and the Outlaws. Most controversially, however, DC decided to fake Dick Grayson’s death at the end of their annoyingly long Forever Evil arc. Yup, the vast majority of the DC heroes (sans Batman, naturally) think he’s dead. Nightwing is no more, replaced by the new series Grayson, written by Tim Seeley (Revival, Batman Eternal) and former counterterrorism officer Tom King.
So it seems that despite helping to make some awesome comic book movies, David S. Goyer’s a bit of a douche. In a recent panel interview for the Scriptnotes, Mr Goyer decided to proclaim that, a: anyone who’d heard of Martian Manhunter was likely a virgin (so mature) and, b: She-Hulk was merely an extension of a male power fantasy and was a character that existed solely for the Hulk to have sex with. Apparently he decided to gloss over the rather important point that She-Hulk (aka Jennifer Walters) is actually ol’ Hulky’s cousin. So, yeah, doubt that’s ever gonna happen.
Ave Satani! Hail Satan! And of course his demonic little offspring, Damien Thorn. When people think of director Richard Donner they tend to think of 1978’s Superman, but only two years before that he directed one of the greatest horror films of all time – 1976’s The Omen. With Friday the 13th having recently passed I was planning on watching one of the Friday the 13th sequels and writing a thematically solid column, but before this could be done I found my wife had never seen The Omen. That was enough of an excuse to purchase the trilogy on Blu-ray.
For years I’d been aware that Days of Future Past was considered one of the great X-Men storylines, so I could barely contain myself when picking up a trade while visiting America. The Future Past storyline, it turns out, is only two issues in length, with the rest of the trade being filled with Nightcrawler visiting the nine circles of Hell and also some other stories that weren’t very memorable. But hey, I thought, even if the DoFP story is a little shorter than I expected, it’s still meant to be incredible. Then I read it.
So, despite missing out on the main event on Free Comic Book Day, I lucked out and was able to get my hands on two of the freebies on offer – the Sherwood Texas/Boondock Saints double feature and Grimm Fairy Tales: Age of Darkness issue #0. The verdict? Well, I’ve got mixed feelings.