Of Superheroes and Time Machines

I’ve talked about the movies I was looking forward to in 2010.

For some reason, I did not happen upon this precious until recently.

The visual treatment is simply AMAZING! It currently ranks right up there with Kick Ass for my movie to watch this summer. It might even ride slightly up the charts due to the simple fact that it is an original screenplay.

Too many movies have leeched off successful comics as it is already.

For some masochistic reasons, I am actually looking forward to this as well….

I know it looks lame. But how can I pass up something that potentially looks like a successful cross of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure with Dude, Where’s My Car.

I was sold on the “Must be some kind of…. Hot Tub Time Machine” *dead pan face*

Of course, Hot Tub Time Machine should not be confused with either of the 2 gems below….

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Dancing Between Raindrops

Most of the releases from the Big 2 this week revolves around their respective mega crossovers/events/whatchamightcallits  (Siege for Marvel, and Blackest Night for DC, for those of you living under a rock).

And like all major cross overs that came before, this means that a majority of their other titles will be considered “tie ins”. And these “tie-ins” SHOULD flesh out the ongoing soap opera in the main books for the Event.

There is an inherent Problem with this approach for Siege and Blackest Night.

Siege is essentially one Giant Brawl for Captain America’s goodie-two-shoes vs Norman Osbourn’s baddies-bad-boots-posing-as-goodie-two-shoes.

Blackest Night, while intriguing and shocking thus far, is at its heart a giant brawl between the Black Lanterns and the Rainbow Brigade.

Below are Marvel’s releases with the “Siege” Banner this week.

Just a sidenote: I love the way the “Siege ” banner sits on the cover.

Anyway. what’s inside these covers are essentially the Director’s Cut for Siege#2. They let the fan boys know where all the other major combatants not showcased in the main series are fighting their fights. I admit, it can be pretty awesome if it is your kind of thing, but somehow, it just did not work for me.

Next, we have the biggest disappointment of the week.

Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corp have been the cornerstones of the Blackest Night Series. We saw events develop in these books that that were not seen in the main Blackest Night Series, events that were essential to the development of the whole saga and gave the series an unexpected dept.

I expected more of the same from Green Lantern #52.

We all knew that Sinestro became the first (only?) White Lantern from the events of Blackest Night #7. I was excited to find out more about how Hal Jordan and the rest will react to this new development. Instead, we have a weakass story of how Ion, Parallax and the rest of the mascots for the various rainbow corps came about, and a rather lame buildup to the Final Showdown that is sure to come down in Blackest Night #8.

I’m not asking for these tie-ins to advance the ongoing saga. I think it is hard to toe the company line, and at the same time try to tell a reasonable story between the heavy hitters.  I just think it is pretty f-up to make fans pay 4 x $2.99(at least) for essentially the same story. Hell, they even share the same dialogues between the different books!

I guess, it is not that surprising that my book for the moment is this:

Besides the pretty awesome cover, the story tells the evergreen tale of love lost and the descent into the abyss that follows. The twist in the tale is pretty frickin fine as well.

For your consideration, when you have $2.99 to spare, you can do worse than to invest it in an Amazing Spider-Man book.

By worse, I mean any of the Siege tie-ins, of course.

I hate Grant Morrison

I hate Grant Morrison.

Grant Morrison’s story lines are weird, convulated and difficult to understand.

Before all the Grant Morrison fans out there get their panties in a bunch and accuse me of being narrow minded and not seeing the genius of His Excellency’s method in breathing new life into a genre exhausted by cliches and cheesiness, let me clarify something…

I do enjoy Morrison’s independent works. He shows people why the medium is unique in bringing to life abstract ideas and images not possible by any other. He also shows us what amazing story telling potential the medium has.

Unfortunately, my gripe with him involves all his dabbling into established franchises. To be fair, the Big 2 has been actively seeking out “sexy” (read:popular) independent creators and putting them onto projects which might or might not suit the creator’s personal style.

To be fair, some of these “imported” creators have been bloody brilliant. Examples that spring to mind includes Garth Ennis’ bloodiness and gore in Punisher and Ed Brubaker’s penchant for writing noir and fleshing out the irredeemable hero in Daredevil.

Morrison’s weirdness just does not sit well with franchised work. His decision to make the X Men wear black leather, while sexy and in line with the movie at that time, has been quickly flipped flopped once he was off the line. Batman R.I.P. while quaint, just did not appeal to me. I think my tolerance stopped at Ninja Man Bat Assassins.

Morrison’s big shakeup for the DC universe was “TECHNICALLY” killing Batman during Final Crisis.

But we all know that Bruce Wayne was too big to kill. Everyone knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne and Bruce Wayne is Batman. Nobody expects DC to try to establish Dick Grayson as Batman. It was simply a matter of time before Bruce Wayne returns as Batman.  Batman came back for a cameo as a zombie in Blackest Night but he couldn’t stay to play. So the question on everyone’s mind is “Where the hell is Bruce Wayne?”

If you pause to think about it, Bruce Wayne had not featured prominently in the DC Universe in some time. He “disappeared” along with the other Big 2 for a year during 52. And quickly after, he was “killed” in Final Crisis.

Personally I am starting to warm to the concept of Dick Grayson as Batman. Bruce Wayne’s Batman, while not Superman was invulnerable, in his own way. He was dark and scary and totally BadAss. He could take on serious big guns like Darksied and even Superman through tactical (and Toys… i mean equipment) superiority.

Back to Grant Morrison. The latest issue of Batman and Robin marks the start of the “Return of Bruce Wayne”. So far in the series, we’ve already seen the Batman of Britain, the Squire (Robin of Britain), Doppelganger Batman, Lazarus Pit-rified Batman, Failed Clones of Batman, dead Batwoman, revived Batwoman. Morrison seemed to be writing wierd for wierdness’ sake again.

That is until issue #10. All the Batman storylines of the past 2 years seemed to be finally coming together. True. The issue is still weird as hell, but it seems to suggest that minor plotlines and unresolved issues from Morrison’s run on the whole Gotham franchise ties down to one big bomb that is going to drop on us in The Return of Bruce Wayne.

I know a whole lot of weirdness is going to come down from that. But maybe, just maybe, I might enjoy this Morrison run.

Spring is here…

Spring is here.

Life is Skitters and Life is Beer, I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring, I do. Don’t you? Of course, you do…

It’s a new year. And with a new year, most people want to wipe their records clear of any black marks that they might have accumulated.

I’ve always been fascinated by lawyering. One of my favorite show is Boston Legal.

Personally, I’ve never thought about entering the profession. Guess I neither have the inclination nor the predisposition to do it.

Having said that, one of my weird favorite past time while surfing the internet is to look for law related articles.

This brings me to the seemingly out of point starter to this whole blog entry. Apparently, there is something out there called “record expunction”. What is “expunction” you might ask? Besides being a thoroughly fun word to say over and over again (try it, I dare you!), it is a word that spellcheck squiggly underlines.

Anyway, an expunction is a chance to wipe your records clean. Most individuals’ criminal histories are used by various agencies, including potential employers and credit firms to judge one’s character. The discovery of any criminal history may result in denied opportunities. According to Baker and Dameron, based in Fort Worth, Fort Worth record expunction gives you the chance to wipe this slate clean and start afresh.

Besides record expunction,  the attorneys at Baker and Dameron also provide services for  fort worth theft attorney and fort worth possession lawyers to make facing fellows like this…

less of a pain.