Friday, December 20, 2013

Trailer Watch: Transcendence

To be perfectly frank, I had never heard of this movie until the last few days. I probably heard or read some things on it at its start but nothing comes to mind. That being said, this looks pretty cool and I'm in.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NB of the Week


Switching things up a little, I wanted to further sell the amazing title that is Saga. This week saw the release of issue 17 and it's ridiculous how brilliant each issue gets. If I haven't filled you in before (and I speak a lot so it's possible to have forgotten), here's the jist:
Marko and Alana are from two different species who are at war. They have fallen in love and have sired a daughter, making a lot of people angry and wanting them dead. Alana was in the military and she is the one who helped Marko escape, branding her a traitor along the way (though Marko breeding with her has also put a sentence on his head). The two are on the run with their newborn daughter, making friends with a ghost girl who has become something of a nanny to Hazel (their daughter), mercenaries are on their trail with cat's that tell if you're lying, trees that are rocket ships, princes who are robots and dream about weird sex (which we get to see on their tv heads). This book has been described as a combination of Star Wars, Romeo and Juliet, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones and I'd actually say that's a very good description. It's scifi love mixed with magic and fantasy and odd sex (that the Thrones connection, if ya didn't know) and I truly believe it is the best written comic being published today. The art of Fiona Staples, whom I never even heard of before this book, is an absolute perfect match to what Brian K Vaughan writes and I would argue that her art is the most complimentary art to a story out of everything published today as well.
Vaughan and Staples have created a masterpiece of a book. Almost two years of story and everything just keeps getting better. Every book has a slow point. Every story and character has a point where things are just not as good as the last. Not to say it's bad but that it loses it's excitement and flavor for a bit. Saga has lost nothing. Every issue makes you want more. Every death brings a tear. Every kiss brings a smile. It plays on your emotions in every direction and I can't wait for more after every read. There is some really good stories being told in the comic world but in my book, nothing is better than Saga. This is a title that I absolutely recommend to anybody who wants a smart, mature, eloquent story that makes you forget you're paying 2.99 for a comic book.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Trailer Watch: 22 Jump Street

If you haven't seen this yet, you need to. If you have seen this yet, watch it again.
Naughty language is in this red band trailer. Please be careful and responsible.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

NB of the Week

Montezuma's Revenge!

Justice League #25

DC continues to tell a few good stories as their whole line suffers from Dick Editor Syndrome. This one kinds falls in the middle. Essentially all we get here is Owlman telling Nightwing that he wants to stop Ultraman from enslaving all of humanity. Nightwing chooses the lesser of the two evils and says he'll help Owlman. All while Superwoman just happens to be listening. (amazing variant cover shown)

Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #2
Galactus has destroyed New Jersey (not much loss there) and it's up to Spidey and his gang to try and stop him. Only not in this issue. Cloak and Dagger get close and try to shoot light in his eye but that's about it. Big ending, though, as Miles reveals himself as Spider-Man to his father, not wanting to hide anything from him if this may be their final moments together.

Cataclysm: Ultimates #2
Down on the street level of the Galactus fight, Fury and his Commandos are going against the Gah Lak Tus swarm, which is turning all it touches into part of it's hive mind. After some great fighting, that includes Hulk, Abigail Brand, Emil Blonsky, Stature and Punisher. Fury, Dum Dum and Danny Ketch are left with no choice but to flee. All Seems lost as this mini has become the darkest and most bleak of all 4 Cataclysm minis.

Captain America #14
Cap and Falcon are left fighting Nuke and, no surprise, defeat them. Falcon has to stop Cap from crossing the line (I assume playing on how dark the last 10 years in Dimension Z have been) and Falcon, after letting a photographer leave with her camera intact, finds that she published those photos, claiming America was part of Nuke's murdering the whole time. Things look bleak in Cap's world right now.

Astro City #7
After some female villains are stopped and captured, they reveal to all that they have been working for the hero Winged Victory the whole time. As a strong feminist, Victory vows to stop these lies on her own. Problem is that her powers come from the strength of females so with her loyalty in doubt, she may be stripped of her power. Not to mention the Confessor is now on the trail. Great old Astro City just as it should be.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Trailers Watch

Two awesome trailers were released in the last day. The first was Jupiter Ascending by the Wachowski Siblings. It visually looks amazing, as they always do. My only problem is that I'm not quite sold in Tatum and Kunis being stars  of a scifi action movie. But it looks damn amazing

 The Next is the teaser for the new Godzilla. I've been a pretty big Godzilla fan for a while and can't wait for this one. It's just a teaser so there's not much but it's enough to get my excitement going.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

(Late)NB of the Week


Much like last week, I had two comics that left me wanting more for one specific reason: jaw-dropped ending. The first comic I'll definitely spoil the ending to while the second I'll leave much more open.

DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe #3 (of 6)
Written by Keith Giffen/Tony Bedard
Drawn by Dexter Soy/Derlis Santacruz/Andres Ponce

Skeletor is now all souped-up and trying to steal magic from the DCUniverse. Last issue, He-Man stabbed Superman clean through the chest as he and the League had been taken over and attacking the Masters. Evil-Lyn high-tails herself and the Masters out of there before anybody else can overreact, leaving the League lost and wondering how to stop their new foes. Shortly after, Man-At-Arms and other Masters arrive in the DC looking for Adam and the others, which of course leads to another fight. We end the issue back with Skeletor, giving the villain monologue and revealing his new, powerful master... Dark Orko. Shoulda been nicer to the little guy.
In theory, it's a little lame and worn out to turn a hero bad and turn on the other heroes but I could care less. This is fraking Orko and he looks evil and pissed and I can't wait to see what actually happens with this story.

Inhumanity #1
Written by Matt Fraction
Drawn by Olivier w/ Yu and Weaver

I won't say anything about the big ending but it's a whopper. After the events of Infinity, Black Bolt has released the Terrigen Wave across the globe, seemingly killing himself to so. As Karnak explains to the other characters, at the dawn of civilization, the Inhumans were created. From there, a portion left the city, wanting to live a different life than what was given. Hundreds of thousands of years later, Inhuman DNA has been spread and moved throughout the world and bred into the human race. What the Terrigen Wave did was unlock that code in all those descendants, creating a new breed of Inhuman, in the hopes of hiding Thanos's son from Thanos himself (which is what Infinity was partially about). What all this leads to in this issue is a big death and a lot of unanswered questions that make me want to read wherever it is that Fraction is going to take the Inhumans in the new ongoing series (that was pushed back to April, gosh-darn-it). This issue was pretty heavy in dialogue as it's a lot of back-story and explaining but it's totally worth it. If you have any interest in the Inhumans, now is the time to start following.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Clif-Notes: Now You See Me

When I first saw a trailer for this one, I figured it's be a big flop cuz nobody wants to see the Facebook douche as a magician, somehow stealing money from banks and just being an all around nuisance (or at least I didn't). What I got was much better than expected, though still nothing worth running to.
Now You See Me is the story of four magicians (in one way or another) who are brought together by a mystery person. A year later, they are the biggest magic act on the scene. As their first of three final acts, they rob a man's back from across the globe. As the feds (Mark Ruffalo and Melanie Laurent) get involved, they begin chasing after the Four Horsemen (original) and soon find that they are always two steps behind this silly show that has to be more than they see. Cuz magic isn't real, right? -dun dun dun-
The movie isn't anything amazing and I'm glad I waited until after the theater run but it was worth a watch. I won't give anything away but I will say that this was one of the few movies that won me ovber with it's ending more than the rest of the movie. I was having some problems with the story and decisions characters were making but by the end, you see it all in another light and it does make more sense. Again, nothing too grand but it definitely won me over with it's reveals. Which is the perfect way for a magic show to end.