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Big Hero 6 review

Big Hero 6 is loosely based on the Marvel comic of the same name. The plot revolves around 14 year old boy genius Hiro Hamada, voiced by Ryan Potter, as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his older brother Tadashi.

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X-Men take on One Million Moms

US conservative group One Million Moms have launched a campaign against DC and Marvel asking them to stop featuring gay characters in their comic books.

Gay characters have been included in comic books for years, but later this month, in Astonishing X-Men issue 51, Northstar will marry his long term partner Kyle.  Though this won’t be the first time a same sex couple has gotten married in comic books, it will be the first time it’s happened in the Marvel universe.  This, teamed with DC’s decision to make Green Lantern gay when he is reinvented in the New 52, has sparked controversy with the conservative group One Million Moms, who think that by showing children positive representations of gay people they will grow up to think that it is okay to be gay, which the group believes ‘is a sin’.

‘Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, ‘I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?’’  A common misconception with comics is that they are for kids.  There are some aimed at children, but not all of them are and some are pretty dark and have sex scenes.  Yet somehow the group has no problem exposing their children to this, providing it’s with members of the opposite sex.  Every form of media show relationships between men and women, yet most little boys don’t say things like ‘I want a girlfriend or wife’ and that’s because they are little boys not little adults, they want the heroes superpowers not their lovers.

One Million Moms recently launched a similar campaign to stop Toys R Us stocking the issue of Archie Comics Life with Archie were Kevin Keller and his partner get marriage.  However, their plan failed and attention brought on by the groups boycott may even have helped sales as the issue sold out.  Hearing of their campaign against Marvel and DC, some comic book writers contacted the group on Twitter.  Dan Slott, author of Spider-Man, sent them a message acknowledging the effects of their previous failure ‘Dear @1milmoms, thank you for the boycotts. They increase sales as people buy extra copies to spite you. PLEASE boycott my book too. :-)’.  Kurt Busiek, another of Marvel’s writers, took it even further by questioning the group itself ‘One Million Moms: There aren’t a million of them and their board is mostly men. If they lie about who they are, they’ll lie about anything’.

In their statement, One Million Moms says that featuring gay characters in comics ‘is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitise and brainwash them into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable’.  It’s clear that the group, who are a Christian group, hold a strong religious view, which seems backwards in today’s society, which, as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said in a statement to Newsarama, is what Marvel try to represent.

‘For over 70 years, Marvel’s comics have reflected the world outside your window and Astonishing X-Men #50 carries on that tradition. We’re proud to create stories that are not only relevant to the issues facing a modern audience but that also explore these nuanced subjects in a compelling manner. We’ve planned the release of this comic for over a year but the recent discussion of gay marriage, spurred by the comments of President Obama, makes the release of Astonishing X-Men #50 even more timely. The passionate discourse between our fans on both sides of this matter shows that we’ve struck a chord with our millions of fans around the world.’

Issue 51 of Astonishing X-Men will be release later this month, on the 20th of June.  While it doesn’t seem like One Million Moms will convince Marvel to ‘change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters’ like their letters demand, it will be interesting to see what effect they have on sales.  Having gay characters in the media can be really positive for young gay people, so stamping them out would be a huge step backwards.  Hopefully, this issue will sell out and One Million Moms will learn that their hate is only inspiring people to go against them.

What do you think?  Are you going to pick up Astonishing X-Men issue 51?  Do you enjoy seeing representatives of various minority groups, not just gay people, in comics?  Would you prefer if comics avoided dealing with real issues?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, please subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.


Smallville Season 11

Following in the footsteps of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, the hit television series Smallville will be continuing in comic book form.

After 10 seasons, Smallville ended on a high just last year.  Now fans of the show will be able to see Clark Kent in his first year as Superman as the comic book, Smallville Season 11, picks up just six months after the final episode.  The first chapter will be available digitally from the 12th of April and in physical form on from the 16th of May.

The story is being written by Bryan Q. Miller, who was a long time writer for the Smallville TV series’.  When asked about the comics Miller said,

‘New allies abound!  New enemies afoot!  And old friends’ return where they’re least expected!  Pere and colourist Chris Beckett have done a fantastic job of capturing the look of the show and the players and Gary and Cat are knocking it out of the park on covers. I couldn’t be more excited to help give seasoned viewers and new readers an all-access pass to Clark’s first year in the cape.’

Can’t deny the picture does look at lot like Tom Welling, which suggests that DC paid to use his likeness.  Hopefully they’ve done this with the other characters too or there may be some disappointed fans.  Miller did say the artists had captured the look of the ‘players’ not ‘player’, which indicates that the rest of the characters, Lois, Chloe and Oliver, will look like they did on the TV show.

The only problem I have with this is that once characters cross into a different medium they tend to change.  For instance, the Buffy comics, which also continue the TV series, contain storylines that I do not believe would have happened had the show continued on television.  This change is enough for me to consider them not canon, despite what Joss Whedon says.  Fans have enjoyed watching Smallville for 10 years and now that it’s continuing in comic form I worry that the new medium will change it too much.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the comic series?  Would you like to see more shows continue this way?  If you could make a comic series to continue one show what would it be?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, if you liked this post, follow and click the like button.


Watchmen Prequel

DC has announced that they will be making a prequel to Alan Moore’s comic series Watchmen.  In the words of South Park’s General Disarray, I am forced to say ‘Simpsons did it’.

Maybe the Simpsons joke was the inspiration for the new comic series or maybe the Simpsons writers can see the future or travelled back in time to ensure that they always have ideas first.  We may never truly know for sure.  One thing we do know is that money is playing a big part in getting his series made.  The original comic books are extremely popular; this popularity was boosted by the 2009 film, but creator and writer Alan Moore will have no involvement in the prequel, so will they be able to live up to the original series?

Alan Moore has spoken out about his disappointment that his series will be given a prequel as he feels that the story of the Watchmen has already been told from start to finish and there doesn’t need to be any more, an argument that a lot of fans will probably agree with.  Though, in the past Moore’s comments were not able to stop fans of the comic from watching the movie, so it’s hard to predict if his angry will once again fall on deaf ears.  Moore doesn’t trust Hollywood and has never seen the movie adaptations of any of his work.

It may not be what Moore wants, but if DC believe that there’s a market there, which they obviously do, then they are going to go ahead with it and technically they’re not doing anything new by getting different staff to work on the project.  It seems harsh, but in the comic world it isn’t uncommon for different writers to take up comic book series and continue or expand on them.  If that wasn’t the case heroes like Superman would no longer be around and can you really imagine living in a world with no Superman (comics, movies and TV shows)?

It all really comes down to what the fans want.  If people are willing to buy, then who knows what future Watchmen projects could be on the horizon?  Sure it starts as a prequel, but that could give rises to another movie or a TV series.  Then even maybe a spinoff comic series or a sequel, though I hope there’s no sequel.  The possibilities are endless, except for a theme park; they’re not going to get a theme park.  Maybe a ride, but that’s it.

What do you think?  Are you a Watchmen fan?  Do you plan on reading the prequel?  Would you like to see the series continue or maybe even get a theme park?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you liked this post or you could follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


New Superman and Catwoman Costumes Revealed

It’s a good day to be a comic book geek as we finally get a look at the stars of two upcoming superhero movies in their costumes, English actor Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman.

Though it resembles the classic Superman suit, there are some noticeable differences.  The costume is darker and made of a different material, also the single curl, which is normally on Superman’s forehead, has been cut off.  Having seen the reaction to the new Wonder Woman costume a few months back, I am curious about how people are reacting to the changes.  Personally, I do think that the costume looks more manly and will fit the big screen better, especially considering that this movie is intended to be darker than previous Superman films.

Catwoman without any catlike features?  That’s an interesting choice.  If I’m not mistaken, the goggles have some sort of cat ear, but that’s about it.  Since she’s on, what is speculated to be, the bat-cycle, it’s hard to judge the costume.  However, if the rest of the suit is completely lacking in the feline department Nolan’s going to have some pretty disappointed fans on his hands.  It’s thought that the reason pictures of Catwoman have been released is because Nolan knew paparazzi would snap a few photos while they were filming, so he beat them too it.

What do you think?  Are you impressed by the costumes?  Do you think they should have gone with the more classic version of the suits?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Bane Promo Picture

A lot of movie goers will have seen Bane in the 1997 Joel Schumacher film, Batman and Robin, but way he was portrayed in the movie is far from his original comic book persona.  The bane of the film is a mindless bodyguard for Poison Ivy, in the comics, as well as strength, Bane has a keen mind.  He uses this mind to work independently to fight against Batman.  In the comics he is the only man to ever have ‘broke the bat’ which basically means he put Batman in a wheelchair.  He also once thought that he and Batman, Bruce Wayne, shared the same father, but it turned out he was wrong.

Now why am I telling you any of this?  Bane is going to be one of the villains in the final instalment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.  From what I’ve heard, this version will be much more loyal to the source material than the previous movie was.  Tom Hardy was cast as Bane and I’m pretty confident in Nolan’s casting abilities so I’m sure he’ll be great.  The first promo picture of Bane was released.  It doesn’t really show much, but it does give an idea of the look they’re going for.  Check it out.

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Songs That Inspire greatness

I’m really stressed out at the moment, because college is nearly over and I have millions of thinks to do.  I know that lately my blogging has been, lets just say, odd.  I don’t really have time to write a big post today, but I’m kind of obsessed with Scott Pilgrim at the moment and I found out that the whole thing was inspired by a song called Scott Pilgrim.  The song is by a band called Plumtree.  Don’t get me wrong, the comic is not just based on the song alone, but it’s just crazy to think how big an effect songs can have.  So anyway sorry about the lack or normality lately, enjoy the song and let me know if you know of any other great stories that where inspired by songs.  Also just a note if you watch the Scott Pilgrim movie or read the comic you’ll notice that Scott ocasionally wears a Plumtree t-shirt, which is a cool tribute and the song featured on the movie soundtrack.


Favourite Superheroes and Villains

 

Today I saw a list of the top 100 superheroes.  I didn’t look at which one was number, because I actually want to go down the list and see them all.  While I probably won’t know some of them, I’m still curious to see were my favourite heroes placed on the list.  I then start thinking about making my own list.  I remember how long my 100 things about me post took so I’m not going to do 100.  Instead I’m going to stick with five, but I’m also going to include my top five villains.  I’m already debating on the order so I’m just going to leave the order random. 

Anyway, let’s start with the heroes.

 

Superman; I know it sounds boring, but I’ve always been a fan.  The first comic I read was actually a Superman comic so I guess that has a lot to do with it.  Some people say he’s too powerful, but I don’t see the problem with that I don’t want to back a weak superhero, besides Krytonite seems to be readily available in the DC universe, plus he’s affected by magic.

The Flash; I just really like the character.  I have for years.  I remember my friend even recorded the movie for me when we were kids.  What’s cooler than being the faster man in the world?  Nothing, that’s what.

Nightcrawler; It all started in 2003 when the second X-Men movie came out.  He was one of the new characters and I just thought he was really cool.  Ever since he’s just been one of my favourite superheroes.  His powers and the flaws in his powers are just so well thought out.  Then again, after seeing The Fly, the remake not the original, I don’t think I’m ever going to want to teleport (no one ends up with a fly head in that version, for people who have never seen it).

Batman; You’ve got to love a spoiled rich kid that uses his money to fight crime.  Big fan of gadgets, pure and simple.  I think Batman is one of those heroes that everyone knows about whether they want to or not.  Who doesn’t know his back story?

Iron Man; I generally prefer my superheroes with superpowers, but, to avoid sounding prejudice to non-powered heroes, I’ve included another.  Also, the 2008 Iron Man film was great and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Avengers movie.

Now on to the villains

Dark Phoenix; I was actually going to put Phoenix in the hero section, but I realised I like her better as a villain.  She wasn’t done justice in the third X-Men movie, but it wasn’t completely horrible.  Her storyline is a pretty interesting part of the X-Men comic and animated series’.

Black Cat; Forget Batman, Black Cat is the real anti-hero of the comic world.  Her philosophy is that she is the Black Cat and Felicia Hardy is just a character she plays.

Juggernaut; I just always remember him from the cartoon when I was a kid.  He just stuck with me so he made the list.  He too was not done justice in X-Men 3.

Venom; Definitely deserves to be on anyone’s list of favourite villains.  It’s kind of like Dark Phoenix when I think about it.  The idea that an external force can just sort of takeover, or at least influence you, is really interesting.  Also, both he and Phoenix have infected more than one person.

Doomsday; Though I was let down my how Smallville ended Doomsday’s storyline, the character was done very well.  However, the comic book version is very different, for one thing there is no Davis Bloome.  I do think that adding the human side worked for the show, but either way the villain that killed Superman should be on everyone’s favourite super villains list.

Do you agree/disagree?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Thor Movie Review

Marvel’s latest pre-avengers film hit cinemas recently.  Was it all just a mindless action flick or does it also have a good plot?

The movie takes place in three worlds; Asgard (Thor’s world), Jotunheim (a land populated by ice giants) and Earth (the place where you’re computer currently is).  Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to |Earth after he leads his friends into battle with the ice giants, thus breaking the peace.  Thor lands on Earth only to be run over by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her research team.  Knowing that she’s onto something, S.H.I.E.L.D agents confiscate Jane’s research.  They also seal off the area around Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, which you may remember from an after the credits scene of Iron Man 2.  Back in Asgard Thor’s father Odin becomes sick and falls into a coma and Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes over, with a confusing plan that doesn’t make all that much sense.

The graphics were great, especially the weather effects.  There are plenty of explosions to satisfy action fans.  I liked how a large amount of time was given to show how Thor got banished, but after the movie was over I couldn’t help but think that time could have been better spent.  The actors were great.  Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth were excellently cast and the two have so much chemistry together.  Ultimately, the audience is left dissatisfied at the end.  I went with two other people and they both agreed that the end was disappointing.  This disappointment was increased when I told them the news that Portman would not be appearing in The Avengers movie.

The movie differs from the original comic series.  Portman’s character, Jane Foster, has been given a modernised role.  In the comics she is a nurse, which made sense because Thor was trapped in the body or a doctor named Donald Blake.  In the movie Thor gets to keep his own identity when he arrives on Earth.  I think this decision really paid off as much of the humour comes from his lack of knowledge of Earth customs.  The name Donald Blake is actually used in the movie briefly so keep an ear out.

While the ending wasn’t exactly fulfilling, the rest of the journey was exciting and full of action.  Some of the plot was hard to follow; it kind of felt like it was rushed or just not thought through enough.  The actors have been signed on to reprise their roles in two more Thor films, which will hopefully be made.  I’m not entirely sure how the ending will fight in with the Avengers film, but if they can find a way to bring Captain America into it, despite that fact that he should be an old man in the time period the movie is based in, I’m sure they’ll fit Thor in too.  Just a note, there is a scene after the credits, I missed it and if you do too you can read about it online.

What do you think?  Do you like the changes they’ve made to the plot?  Did you like the ending?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Cowboys and Aliens

When I first put up the ‘westerns’ category, I had no idea if I’d ever get to use it again, yet here I am using it for the third time in five months.  Is this a sign that westerns are making a comeback?  I hope so.

Cowboys and Aliens will hit American cinemas on the 29th of July and then waddle its way over to Irish, and UK, cinemas on the 19th of August.  If you’re a comic fan, you might think that the name sounds familiar, and you’d be right about that.  However, the name is one of the only things that the film has in common with the 2006 graphic novel that it’s based on.  Producer, Robert Orci, has said that they didn’t want fans of the comics to feel like they’d already seen it.  Clearly this guy doesn’t know fans.  The closer it is to the source material the happier the fans are, hasn’t he ever read a Resident Evil forum.  Not even the characters names were brought over; basically they just thought that a familiar name would bring in fans.

The premise of the film is that a loner named Jake Lonergan (yeah that’s right LONERgan), who is played by Daniel Craig, wakes up with a mysterious device on his arm and no memory of his life.  He soon learns that he’s a wanted criminal and is locked up by Colonel Dolarhyde (yes the names are terrible), played by Harrison Ford.  When aliens attack, the two must put their differences aside if they want to protect the world from the invaders.

The trailer doesn’t look all that appealing and I’m pretty sure I seen a wire at one point pulling a guy off a horse.  I’m not saying that the movie won’t be good, but even the names don’t sound western to me.  To make the film more western they shot it on film rather than use digital so why couldn’t they spend a little more time thinking of names.  I hope I’m wrong, I really do, but for the time being, I have to say, I don’t see bright things in this films future.  I think it’s going to have to be really really good to avoid being rip apart by fans of the comic.  However, people might go to see it for the cast alone.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde all star in the film and all have a pretty good fan base.  Only time will tell whether this film will sink or swim.

What do you think?  Are western films making a comeback?  Will comic fans tear this film to pieces?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.