July 20 2015

What I’d like to see in the next Green Lantern movie

The first Green Lantern movie didn’t do very well, either critically or financially (it broke even). I know it had a lot of problems, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

Now that Warner Brothers is planning on making a new Green Lantern movie focusing on the entire Green Lantern Corps (which is the intergalactic peacekeeping force that Hal Jordan and all the other Green Lanterns belong to) I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to see in the next movie – besides a 400-part epic retelling of Geoff Johns’ entire GL run.

Supposedly, the new movie isn’t going to follow the same continuity as the first GL movie. However, that doesn’t mean it has to contradict it either; there’s not much to contradict. The Eric Bana Hulk movie isn’t necessarily in the same “universe” as the Ed Norton Hulk movie, but they don’t contradict each other.

But anyway, here’s what I want to see:

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April 7 2015

I predict that the next big fad in parenting will be naming your kids after ancient Egyptians. Don’t be surprised when little Khemut and Montuherkhopshef knock on your door in 10 years, selling Christmas wreathes for their scout troops.

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December 31 2011

Warning: Old Posts Below

The posts below this point are at least 4 years old. The opinions expressed in them may not still be the opinions I currently hold.

A lot can change in 4 years, after all.

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November 6 2011

Teen Titans #1

Like all the other New 52 team-up books, this one focuses on assembling the team. Leading the team is Red Robin (formerly Robin #3), and he sets out to recruit other young people with superpowers, some of whom seem to be accidentally causing trouble (like Kid Flash).

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November 6 2011

Voodoo #1

What the hell is this? I honestly have no idea. Is she good or bad (or neither)? Is she even a she? Is this a pre-existing character?

This whole book takes place in a strip club, which gives the inkers an opportunity to show off their ability to draw curves. All joking aside, I really love the artwork in this. The line work is top notch, the imagery is very clean, and there’s some great use of gradients for depth.

There’s not much else I can say about this. The story so far is intriguing, and I’ll probably keep reading this series – at least, until I can figure out what’s going on. It’s not that it’s hard to follow, it’s just that it’s completely unexpected, and I don’t know where it’s going.

Verdict: I have no idea…

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November 6 2011

Supergirl #1

I’ve never had any desire to read Supergirl comics. I just haven’t been interested. I’ve never even been all that interested in Superman comics either, nor Superboy. Well, add yet another item to the list of pleasant surprises in the New 52, because I really enjoyed this book.

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November 4 2011

The Flash #1

Well, so much for the Flash’s expansive back-story. Seems that most of it has been cleared away and everything reset, except that Barry Allen is already The Flash. (There’s no re-telling of the splashed-with-chemicals-while-simultaneously-being-hit-by-lightning origin story here, thankfully.)

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November 3 2011

The Fury of Firestorm #1

Yet another superhero I know very little about. I know him from Blackest Night and Brightest Day, and it seems to be a pretty clever idea: two people fuse to become Firestorm, one temporarily becoming a disembodied mind that can only communicate with the other, and they have the power to transmute elements – though it’s dependent on them actually knowing how to do it. In other words, at least one of the two minds needs to be a scientific genius. So, awesome, a science-based hero.

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November 3 2011

The Savage Hawkman #1

It’s hard to say how much of this is “reboot”, and how much is a continuation. Hawkman certainly retains the broad strokes of his past – he’s still an archaeologist with a bird costume. But in this book, he’s fed up with being Hawkman and sets out to rid himself of his superhero alter-ego.

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October 31 2011

Nightwing #1

I’m going to blow through the rest of these as quickly as I can.

I haven’t had much exposure to Nightwing beyond his occasional appearances in Batman comics, but I’ve had plenty of exposure to the man behind the mask, Dick Grayson. He’s the original Robin. He filled in as Batman for a while. So, I didn’t know what to expect from a solo Nightwing book, besides Batmanesque crimefighting and daring-do. And that’s exactly what we got. No complaints here.

This book also does a great job of filling in new readers about Grayson’s past and present, when his old circus returns to town. And the new villain is pretty cool – sort of a Special Forces version of Wolverine.

My only complaint is that they changed the color of the symbol on Nightwing’s chest. I liked it better in blue.

Verdict: Cool. Looking forward to more.

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October 29 2011

Blue Beetle #1

This re-introduces Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle, which seems entirely unnecessary to me. He was introduced in his own series just five years ago, and those books were great. I know a lot of people don’t care for this new version of the 72-year-old superhero, but I was surprised by how much I wound up liking him.

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October 25 2011

Captain Atom #1

Captain Atom is one of those characters who’s not familiar to mainstream audiences. In fact, he sounds like a stereotypical Cold War superhero. And…that’s true in a lot of ways. But I’ve come to like the character, first through his appearances on the Justice League animated series, and recently through the Justice League International: Generation Lost series. I thought he was great as part of the JLI, so I’m sorry to see that he’s no longer with the team.

I can’t talk about Captain Atom without bringing up his connection to Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen. Atom and several other Charlton Comics characters were going to be the main characters in Watchmen, but new characters were created instead, closely based on the originals. Atom has never reached the godlike power of Manhattan, but he can fly, absorb energy, and blast people with energy.

However, this comic seems to be taking the character in some interesting new directions. His powers are growing and changing, and he finds himself able to manipulate matter itself at the atomic level. And he has commented in the past about feeling more and more disconnected from humanity, which makes me wonder if DC is gradually making him into Doctor Manhattan (not literally, of course). That’s one of the big mysteries that this series seems poised to address.

Anyway, he’s a surprisingly likable character, and I do want to see where this goes.

Verdict: Sure, why not?

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October 24 2011

Superman #1

I’m skipping ahead a little here, which shouldn’t be a problem, since I’m already so far behind.

It surprises even myself to admit that I’ve read very few Superman comics in my life. I watched his most recent animated series, I watched the Justice League series, and I’ve read numerous cross-over comics with him in them, but the only time I’ve ever read a Superman comic was the “Superman: Sacrifice” TPB (which is excellent, by the way).

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