Will DC comics reboot everything?

18 05 2011

DC has promises changes after Flashpoint that will forever influence the DCU. But what changes will they be? Gossip website Bleeding Cool says that DC is looking to reboot their entire line after Flashpoint #5 http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/05/17/dc-looking-to-relaunch-everything-in-september/. Arguments in support, according to the article, include major story arcs closing and other titles pushing forward multiple issues in the same month. As if the end their run.

I find this very unlikely. It’s no secret that many of DC’s more recent characters, such as Damien Wayne, have been very large successes. Will they really wipe them so readily out of existence? Many mini series that DC has been advertising for weeks, such as Gates of Gotham, run alongside flash point. But this does not mean the article is entirely wrong.

When Barry returned, one of the first things done was the de-aging of Iris, and Reverse-Flash saying this was a result of the speed force. And Barry isn’t the first to get a de age upon return. Hal came back younger, and some may argue Jason’s age is still uncertain due to his own resurrection. Merging of timelines and changing character histories is nothing new to DC either, especially as a result of a major cross over. Infinite crisis, Crisis on infinite earths, and Zero Hour are just some of the events that results in drastic changes in character status quos and origins.

So what is likely to come from Flashpoint #5? Another annual DC face lift. Many of DC’s characters have appeared in different forms in recent media. We have Bart Allen drinking a juice box in Smallville and Aqualad leading Young Justice. DC may try to shift some characters into roles that are easier for new readers to jump into. Others characters may get their powers altered a bit, or personalities. Such as Aquaman. At one point Aquaman was primarily associated with a hook for a hand. Perhaps we’ll see him sure his magical Trident more often than before.

With so many of the recent changes, it’s hard not to understand why DC would take an opportunity to iron out some wrickles. Like Green Arrow living homeless in the woods or Martian Manhunter’s weakness to fire being something the guardians of OA put on him. True story. Those lil guys are dicks.


Thor movie review

6 05 2011

I’m honestly not sure why I’m even writing a review of this film. The three of you that read this blog have all probably already seen the film. But what kind of comic book nerd would I be if I didn’t voice my opinion about a comic adaption?

So how does Thor hold up? Really F’n well! At the end of the day, this is a comic book blog, so I’m looking at this movie as a comic book fan. It didn’t let me down. The film’s sense of humor was just right. All the jokes and puns where fun, but never took away from 1) any serious moments or 2) Thor’s credibility as a strong protagonist. The story was very well done. It was obvious that a lot of thought went into the script and the visuals. As one of Marvels more established and veteran heroes, seeing Thor “learn the ropes” of being a hero is a story that cannot easily be done right now. And the team behind this film knew it. They took this moment to make Thor’s origin story stand out as much as possible from the many other super hero films recently release.

But let’s be honest for a moment, no one is going to Thor for humor or romance. When I go see Thor I want to see two things, stuff getting smashed and stuff blowing up. If Thor’s the one doing it, even better! We are given plenty of fight scenes, and a variety of fight scenes, which is surprisingly rare in comic book films. For example, in Spider-man 2, Spider-men only really fights one character. We never see Spidey fight through a mob or fight a variety of enemies. In Thor, we have Thor and friends duke it out with small armies, big ass robots, and punk-ass gods. And none of the fights feel at all forced, they were all very organic.

As far as the adaption of Thor itself goes, they did a great job in several ways. By now Marvel has established a movie universe. We have the Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow, and soon Captain America. This has created three types of fans. The fan that is new to all comic books, and Thor is their first Marvel movie to see. The fan who is already a comic book reader and knows Thor and the other Avengers very well. And the final, and probably the most common fan, the one who has seen and enjoyed marvel’s other films, and is excited about Avengers. This fan doesn’t know all the cast, but they know there is a team coming and they are pleased with the other heroes so far.

What Thor did was made it easy for any new fan to jump into. Fans what saw previous films will enjoy references to past characters like Tony Stark or phrases like “Gama Radiation.” Finally, the fan who is an abet comic reader will get a comic boner when another Avenger makes a cameo.

Although they made a few changes to the character, Loki was very true to form. A fantastic villain that you almost feel sorry for. Almost. But by the end of the film he is established not only as a Thor villain, but as a Marvel villain.

If you haven’t seen Thor, you’re missing one of the most entertaining films of the summer. I always away more excited then ever for both Captain America and Avengers