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Nov 20 2014

Is Constantine the Best Comic Show on Television?

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Comic book culture is on a major roll these days with an almost constant stream of films and television series making household names out of their characters. But let’s forget about movies and just look at TV. We’ve got The Flash, Arrow, The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD, Gotham, and no less than five new Marvel shows upcoming as Netflix originals. And that’s just live action series.

All of the shows I mentioned get discussed in an almost water cooler fashion amongst both nerds and mainstream viewers, but you know what? I’d take Constantine over all of them. It’s got the mythos, it’s got the source material, it’s got the perfect lead, it’s got a great mix of humor and grittiness, and it’s arguably got more potential at this point than every other comic-based show on the air. It was put together by David Goyer, the co-architect of the Dark Knight and Blade trilogies. That’s got to count for something (or at least 2/3 of something). Plus Neil Marshall directed the pilot. The talent is there. Continue Reading »

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Nov 19 2014

James Cameron’s ‘The Potential Spider-Man’: What Almost Was

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In June of 2002 I had my first real Spider-Man experience. Seeing Raimi’s web slinger swinging through New York City was a spectacle that really struck a chord with me. And it obviously stuck, because Spidey has been a subject of a number of my articles on Unreality. And today I want to talk about the Spider-Man that nearly was.

Jump back another 10 years to 1992, where the world is still basking in the metallic glow of Terminator 2 (I was three at the time, so I’m taking some atmospheric liberties here). James Cameron had stoked a fire under the simmering blockbuster wok, and now had his pick of recipes. Would he stick to the sci-fi world where he’d found comfort with his aliens and robots? Or was it time to scale new territory?

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Nov 19 2014

What’s Wrong With All The Spider-Man Games Out There?

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Spiderman Games

How many Spider-Man games must we go through before a game developer out there *cough ROCKSTEADY cough* will do the web crawler some much needed justice!? I’ve only played a handful of the web slinger’s escapades and I can tell you that I’ve played enough to know that I don’t need to partake in the rest of them. I thought we could take a moment and go through some of the reasons why these games never seem to capture the gaming frenzy as others like Batman or The Last of Us do.

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Nov 18 2014

Casting Choices for Captain Marvel Other Than Katee Sackhoff

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Captain Marvel

For the record, there were/are a lot of versions of Captain Marvel. I’m personally glad that Marvel (the comic peeps) decided to run with the Carol Danvers version for the upcoming film. She is by and large more interesting and relatable than say the Kree who started it all, Captain Mar-Vell. (Kree is an alien race – see Guardians of the Galaxy – Ronan the Accuser or Korath the Pursuer) I seem to have one qualm with the announcement of this film, it’s coming out in July of 2018, well after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and the Avengers Infinity War 1. If anything I would have switched Dr. Strange and Captain Marvel around so that she could make cameo appearances within the upcoming films and really bring everything together in one cohesive mashup! Sorry, did I lose you? Ok, let me back track a bit and explain a few things before we proceed with the casting.

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Nov 14 2014

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Posters That Own

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Iron Man Lego Poster

As a child, who didn’t play with LEGO’s at one point or another? Better yet, who doesn’t still enjoy playing with LEGO’s? My son, who is around 2 and a half years old, loves to use his DUPLO’s and who can argue with him, they’re awesome! I think that every day for the past month, when I come home from work we build a “house” as he would call it and then he proceeds to destroy it with a train or truck. Endless fun had by all. Now I’ll consider myself to be in the dark on this, but I had no idea that there were Marvel Super Hero sets of LEGO’s?! I knew that the video game was out there and even a movie or two but I had no idea that people still had the same love for LEGO as much as I did. (when I say people I’m referring to people over the age of 20) What’s better is that while I was looking for some gifts for myself, er I mean my son for Christmas, I happened upon these posters! People’s creativity and sense of fun will never cease to amaze me.

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Nov 10 2014

Which Heroes Will Die In The Marvel Civil War?

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The Marvel Civil War is probably one of my least favorite comic arcs that Marvel has ever produced. I just want to make sure that everyone is clear on where I stand with this. While the idea of tackling relevant modern day issues was provocative, I was never able to really buy into all of my favorite heroes battling one another. I trudged through the pages of the limited series and felt that for all the turmoil and destruction that was caused it all seemed a bit silly. It was as if the heroes themselves were completely unaware of what the ultimate price the war would cost them in the end.

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Nov 10 2014

10 Characters We Want To See In X-Men Apocalypse

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X-Men Days of Future Past definitely played their cards right by “re-setting” what happened in a few of the other movies that came before it. Now Bryan and company are able to pick up where they’ve left off and continue on with the popular Marvel franchise. Unless you live under an internet rock then I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the next installment is going to be called X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. If you want to get a sneak peak of what’s to come watch DOFP till the end of the credits and you’ll see some guy in a robe building the pyramids and a bunch of slaves worshipping him. Boom – Apocalypse has been revealed. (here’s hoping he’s all grow’d up by the time the movie comes out though) Oh and his henchmen, the 4 horsemen, happen to be in the background all blurred out. Should I have said spoiler alert? Nah, you already know all this!

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Nov 06 2014

Five Deadpool Cosplay Masks We Wish We Had

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It seems that Deadpool is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite comic book character. Clear evidence of this is the overwhelming amount of fans dressing up as the Merc with a Mouth at the comic conventions. I would care to guess that the popularity of the cosplayers portraying Wade can also be attributed to the fun Deadpool clips you can find on YouTube. These cosplayers run around performing silly antics among other patrons at the conventions and everyone seems to get a good laugh from it. Rummaging through the pictures of said costumed fans on Flickr, I started to notice that some people really have a knack for coming up with great alterations of Deadpool’s classic look. Hell, I almost made this a post on the most outlandish Deadpool Cosplay Masks because I found quite the interesting collection. You can find anything from IronMan/Deadpool to Batman/Deadpool to DeadMau5/Deadpool, it’s a never ending list. There were so many that let’s just say my finger was worn out from the continuous scrolling.

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Nov 05 2014

A Themed Pizza and Other Crazy Green Lantern Stuff We Must Own

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5 Green Lantern Items I Would Own

For those that know me, you know that I side more with the Marvel world than I do with DC. Yet, that doesn’t mean I can’t partake in the bounty from both comic book camps. I own a variety of comic trinkets such as a Flash t-shirt, a Batman mask and utility belt, Spider-Man webbing, Deadpool bobble-head, action figures from each respective powerhouse and plenty of other miscellaneous goodies. Looking through my small yet adequate collection I realized what I don’t have is anything from the Green Lantern Corps.

I must fix this!

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Oct 27 2014

Robbie Rodriguez Inspired Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman Fan Art

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There might be those of you who look at this post and wonder – WTF? I don’t blame you. Comics in general are hard to keep up with and I for one have to remind myself that’s what the internet is for. Yet, for the most part, if it’s Spider-Man related, I typically try and stay on the up and up.

I first found out about the Spider-Verse back in March and still didn’t really grasp what it was going to be. I finally got my hands on the first issue not too long ago and I’ll admit that I was a little less enthusiastic. It’s a fun idea but I’m glad that it was a short lived series. However, there was one great thing that came out of it…Gwen Stacy.

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Oct 22 2014

Great Power, Maybe…But Who’s Responsible?

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I’m fairly new to comic books. I started reading because I’ve always wanted to write my own, and I’m a big fan of passing procrastination off as study. I’m also now within walking distance of new editions for the first time. But I’m no authority on the subject, and I look forward to comments filling any gaps I may leave. Despite my freshness to the medium, I’ve been left slighted by my mates at Marvel this week.

I understand there’s a whole lot of artists – pencillers, inkers, colourists, all that – in the industry. As Marvel’s characters criss-cross their way through the universe, it makes sense that artists will need to share timelines to an extent. And given that there’s a whole multiplex of Spider-Men (whom I’m only loosely familiar with), there’s need of an army of superhero sketchers to pull all the strings of that particular web into place.

This is fine, as long as there’s a logic to the madness. Continue Reading »

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Oct 21 2014

Casting the Amalgam Universe Movies Phase 2

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Fire up your Tamagotchi and pop on The Spice Girls, we’re bring the 90s into today by casting Phase 2 of the Amalgam Universe comic book movies. For you Unrealtors who may have missed the first edition of this article, the Amalgam Universe was a once-in-a-True-Believer’s-lifetime event where the big two comic publishers, Marvel and DC, decided to throw their respective universes into one big blender and publish books with whatever came out. It was fascinating, it was fun, and it’ll never happen again.

However, happen it did and in this wild world of comic cinema who knows who will be trading quips on the silver screen. So, assuming we’re following the Marvel Studios system, let’s see who’d be donning tights, capes, and maybe a helmet or two for Amalgam Universe Phase 2. Continue Reading »

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Oct 16 2014

Rant Time: Why the Double Standard for Comic Books?

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One of the most tiresome ongoing internet debates is the representation of women in various forms of media. While I would certainly argue that this is an issue worth addressing, the tiresomeness stems not from the topic itself, but from the approaches of the people doing the debating. Exhibit A: the recent kerfluffle regarding artist Milo Manara’s variant cover (shown above) featuring Spider-Woman in a classic Spider-Man pose in what I like to call the Spider-Woman Initiative.

The cries of sexism began long before the issue hit the stands, with the entire premise being that NOBODY would EVER draw a MALE superhero in that pose -the obvious response to anyone who has ever read a comic book being “whaaaaaaa?” because anybody who knows who Spider-Man is (a popular comic book character) and what Spider-Man does (whatever a spider can, I hear) has likely seen him in that pose, which is presumably meant to accentuate the spider-ness of the man (or woman in this case), countless times. I own a t-shirt that has Spider-Man in that pose. Well, that was easily settled. Thanks for playing.

But the hate kept coming….and coming…..and coming. It became so intense that Marvel Comics actually fired the artist from the upcoming projects he was slated to work on. And that’s exactly where I’ve personally got to draw the line. Internet shit talk is one thing, but damaging peoples’ careers is just plain wrong unless they are violent offenders like certain professional athletes. But spiteful crushing of another human being’s livelihood aside, the real issue I’m wondering about today is why is it specifically comic books that are singled out for sexualization of the female form when this is clearly an across the board kind of deal? We’ll get to that later. First, some observations.

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Oct 09 2014

Five Characters Who Would Make Fox’s Gotham a Better Place.

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I definitely had my doubts about whether giving Batman the Smallville treatment was the best idea, but after a few episodes, I think it’s safe to say that the approach they came up with for Fox’s show about the formative years of Gotham’s most famous residents is shaping up pretty well. But there’s always room for improvement.

Although the show predictably opens with the fateful night at the theater that led to the eventual creation of the Batman, rather than focusing on young Bruce Wayne the star of Gotham is a rookie James Gordon, still many years away from being the Commissioner, making his way through the mire of corruption that is the Gotham City Police Department. Naturally, our heroes split time with some of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, who occupy various stations around the city prior to their eventual rise to supervillaindom.

Many of the usual suspects are already accounted for at this point, but we’ve seen them all time and again in countless incarnations. Gotham represents a whole new approach to the Batman mythos; one that’s more down to Earth and character-based than what most of we’ve seen in the past. In a weekly serial format, that opens up a lot of possibilities for characters that often get overlooked in film or animated adaptations in favor of more recognizable or zany alternatives. Here are five characters I’d like to see from Batman comics that could help make the show a real winner. Continue Reading »

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Oct 03 2014

Classic Superhero Pin-Ups

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Artist Stephen Langmead has made it to the site once or twice, I believe, but now he’s back with a rather excellent batch of superhero pin-ups, set back in time from the ’40s to the ’60s.

Classic costumes, and classy ladies, and a fair amount of…pointiness in some of these costumes. Hey, it was the style back then!

Check out the full collection for yourself above, and see more of Langmead’s excellent work on his site here. Continue Reading »

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