Monthly archives: June, 2013

Catching up on Comics

sinestro as parallax green lantern 20On April 10th of this year, I moved out of the United States.

I left behind my friends, my family, and, most importantly, my comic books. Living in a new country on the opposite side of the planet from what I’m used to is very strange in many ways, but the one thing I’ve had a particularly hard time adjusting to is not having a comic shop nearby, where I can spend more money than I should every Wednesday afternoon.

Luckily, as Dr. Ian Malcolm so eloquently put it in the first Jurassic Park movie, “Life… finds a way.”

So now, nearly three months since I left America, and over five months since I stopped reading comics (I had to prepare myself), I’ve finally found a way to get caught up, and it is amazing. It hasn’t been that long, in the scheme of things, but I feel I’ve missed out on so much. (more…)

Mondo Makes Really Cool Movie Posters

Are you familiar with the company “Mondo?” They make some of the most consistently cool stuff I’ve ever seen. Seriously. Every few months, I go visit their blog, and it always just blows me away. According to their website:

Mondo creates limited edition screen printed posters for our favorite classic and contemporary films, in addition to vinyl movie soundtracks, VHS re-issues, and apparel. We also have a permanent gallery space in Austin, TX featuring a mix of original artwork and limited edition screen prints.

Take, for instance, this limited edition alternate poster for The Man of Steel, created by Mondo’s Ken Taylor:

ken taylor mondo man of steel

Click the image for full size. (more…)

Spoilers Spoil Everything

marley & me spoilerI hate spoilers.

They’ve gotten progressively worse over the years, as people try harder and harder to be the first to get the scoops on all the latest movies, comics, TV shows, whatever, and I just don’t get the appeal.

It’s gotten so bad that discussions of spoilers of major plot points now come up months before the thing that’s being spoiled is even ready for mass consumption.

A few weeks ago, I was talking to some friends online about a recent blockbuster movie, and one of them mentioned a MAJOR plot detail, one that only appears after the credits roll, only to follow it with a non-ironic spoiler alert for what she wanted to talk about next. She’d grown so numb to spoilers that she didn’t even realize she WAS spoiling something for those of us who hadn’t seen it yet, as that post-credit detail was leaked online about six months ago.

To be fair, we’ve been guilty of spoilers here on Doomkopf from time to time, but we’re not alone. And the spoilers aren’t debuting on our blog, by any means, but I still find their presence here annoying. (more…)

Whatever Happened to the GD Batman?

all star batman and robinBack when it was coming out on a “regular” basis, All-Star Batman and Robin (or ASSBAR, as we used to call it) was consistently one of the best-selling and most hotly-debated comics of its era.

From 2005 to 2008, DC released 10 issues, written by Frank Miller and illustrated by Jim Lee. The release schedule was sporadic, with issues coming out once every six months or so.

The series was most famous for two things: First, Batman referred to himself in nearly every issue, at some point, as “The Goddamn Batman;” and, second, the tenth issue was recalled for accidentally going to print without properly editing out some colorful language.

Along with All-Star Superman, it was supposed to be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Ultimate line – – a starting point for new readers, where the biggest names in comic book publishing were going to be creating classic storylines for the uninitiated, free of the decades of continuity that had bogged down all of the other main DC titles, which had made them nearly impenetrable for people trying to break in.

But after those first ten issues, they just… stopped. Which begs the question, what happened? (more…)

Sony REALLY Hopes You Liked The Amazing Spider-Man

amazing spidermanLast summer, The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, was released by Sony Pictures, and, if I’m not mistaken, it wasn’t exactly considered the best comic book movie of all time.

Matter of fact, I seem to recall it getting completely lost in the shuffle between The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. And now, a year later, I don’t think I could tell you a single major thing that happened in it. I just remember disliking it a great deal and hoping to never have to watch it again.

A quick browse through our archives shows that, indeed, I hated it, though Jim Doom thought it was pretty great.

Let’s look at some facts first, before I get to my point.

Hit the jump, and let’s get down to business. (more…)

The Guardians of the Galaxy Movie, On the Other Hand, Will Be Great

guardians of the galaxy

Yesterday, I had some fairly negative things to say about the prospects of an upcoming Justice League movie, because of how different it’s going to be from Marvel’s The Avengers, which was a huge success last summer.

But all that negativity got me to thinking. Maybe DC/WB shouldn’t try to copy the formula that made The Avengers so successful. One doesn’t have to look hard to find a formula that might work much more to their advantage: The formula Marvel is currently working on in regards to next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Guardians are a pretty well-known team to comic book fans, but the general movie-going public has no clue what they’re all about, a fact that I don’t think is inevitably going to matter all that much. Whereas the Avengers took the long approach to developing each individual of their team in their own standalone movies before adding all the parts together for the team-up, Guardians is instead just throwing as much talent as they can possibly muster into a gigantic cast for a movie that will eventually, presumably, somehow tie into everything else in the Marvel Universe.

It’s a huge gamble. But I think it’s going to work. Let me explain why. (more…)

NEWSFLASH: The Justice League Movie Will Not Be Good

justice league

Now that Man of Steel has broken the record for largest opening weekend for a motion picture in the month of June, the talk of the town has turned to building toward the Justice League movie, as WB has said they want that property in theaters by the summer of 2015. Now, if you haven’t seen Man of Steel yet, don’t worry about me offering up any spoilers here, because I haven’t seen it yet either. But I CAN offer up spoilers for the Justice League movie, as you can probably guess from the title up above:

It’s not going to be very good.

How do I know this, you might be wondering? Simply put, it’s going to be compared to The Avengers constantly, and, as I keep saying, it won’t be good.

Comparisons between the two properties are inevitable and perfectly fair. As soon as Iron Man was released back in 2008, people started buzzing about the inevitable Avengers team-up, and some of us knew that could only mean an equally inevitable Justice League team-up.

Whereas it seemed that Marvel Studios had a master plan for how to make their movie happen, DC/WB released The Dark Knight a couple months later, a movie so grounded in its own realism that the notion of a team-up with Green Lantern or Hawkman seemed absolutely ridiculous to even think about. Indeed, DC/WB showed with that movie that they had absolutely no plans for anything even resembling the Justice League. Marvel not only fired the first shot, so to speak, but they did so at a time when the other side didn’t even know they had a gun. (more…)

Book of Doom: Green Lantern Corps #21

I’ve never liked John Stewart. More often than not, he’s just the token black character. He was the token black Green Lantern back when he was introduced and he was the token black character on the Justice League cartoon. His military background never really interested me. He killed Mogo (although I think he/it is back now) and apparently destroyed Fatality’s homeworld, but what Green Lantern hasn’t done some horrible things in the srevice of the Gaurdians? He’s just boring to me. Green Lantern Corps #21 didn’t really do anything to change my opinion of him.

Thankfully, this book is called Green Lantern Corps. John Stewart might be the star, but the supporting cast is a lot more interesting. I’ve always liked Soranik Natu as the Lantern who has to represent Korugar after Sinestro gave her race such a bad name. I liked Salaak as the protocol officer, but I like his new mission to search for the Gaurdians other hidden plots even more. That could be a really interesting subplot that builds up slowly. And I can only hope Kilowog will become a regular member of the cast as well.

I’m not sure about the four new Lantern recruits introduced in this issue. Granted, they’ve only been given a page of introduction each, but some of them seem miscast as Lanterns. Jruk, the gladiator seems like he’d be a better fit as a Red Lantern. Feska, the mother, seems like she might be a better fit as Star Sapphire. Maybe this will play into the story in the future, maybe not. These two characters also seem to have been recruited against their will. The Green Lanterns are supposed to derive their power from the strength of their will…so if they’d rather be at home with a child or battling in an arena, how effective will they be? The only specific example I can think of someone turning down a power ring is when Batman rejected the Sinestro Corps ring, but I guess I always assumed being a GL was a choice. And if it isn’t, then what’s with all the talk of Salaak and Stewart quitting the Corps?

I did really like the artwork in the issue. Bernard Chang has a great classic superhero style. The coloring by Marcelo Maiolo was also really nice, and I have a feeling that the color schemes in the new Lantern introduction may have been very intentional and a hint as to what may come with these characters.

In summary, this issue didn’t amaze me. Sorry, Van. What it did do, though, was set up a lot of story possibilities. Why did Stewart and Fatality’s power rings go wonky? Was this related to the Durlan attack or a complete coincidence? What’s Salaak’s place in the Corps going to be? Will Kilowog take over as protocol officer? How are these new Lanterns going to react to being recruited against their will? And that (coupled with the fact that I don’t have a lot of monthly titles I follow anymore), is enough to bring me back next issue.

Let’s see what Jim Doom has to say:

I’m late adding my thoughts to this based on some unexpected family stuff that came up this weekend, so I apologize for that.

Going into this issue, I can tell you I wouldn’t have bought it if it weren’t for the fact that Van wrote it. I’ve tried in the past to get into the greater Green Lantern universe characters and they’ve just never really held my interest. I’ve been able to stick with Hal Jordan, but that’s it.

I took this issue (along with the rest of last week’s haul) to my usual Wednesday afternoon comics-reading spot (Don & Millie’s, Saddle Creek & Farnam, 99 cent margaritas) and pulled it out of the bag first. I started reading it, sort of stumbled through the opening pages where John Stewart is talking to Fatality, thinking “This is kind of clumsy exposition,” but at the same time, “I need this exposition because I don’t know what’s going on here.” So anyway, those first few pages, I’m thinking “Yeah, I just still don’t really care for these characters.”

But then a funny thing happened. I got to the part on Oa where that guy with all the arms was resigning his position, and I forgot this was a comic written by my friend that I was trying to fairly assess, and I got sucked right in. I was reading these characters I knew (even though I can only remember him as “that guy with all the arms”) and I was reading the development of a universe I’m familiar with and I just completely forgot the Van aspect. And honestly, I can’t think of a reaction that could make me more excited for my friend who wrote this.

One of the things I liked most about the assembly of this new Green Lantern Corps is that these people seemed almost abducted by the Corps. I guess that kind of always happens, but it seemed especially jarring. I think one of the things that worked well about it was the subtlety of the coloring. Based on the reds, the oranges, and so on, I thought we were seeing recruitment of all spectrums. But instead, we’re getting personalities that would’ve maybe worked better as red, orange, blue, whatever lanterns, but because of the relative decimation of the Corps, they’re being chosen as green. I don’t know why, but I find this much more compelling than the new Green Lantern who has shown up over in the main title (which I subsequently dropped after a few issues).

Another thing I really liked about this issue was the little hint where the multi-armed guy was talking about the Guardians’ secret projects around the universe. I am hoping that was alluding to some pursuit and discovery of those projects and that got me pretty excited too.

This review is unfortunately vague because I don’t have the issue beside me, but I came away from it wanting to read the next issue and being happy for my friend who wrote it. And these days, I’m really happy to find a book I want to keep reading that only costs me $2.99.

Book of Doom: Green Lantern Corps #21

We haven’t done a Book of Doom for quite a while here at In fact, we haven’t been doing a whole lot of anything lately. But from time to time, motivation hits us and we feel the need to blog about something. So what’s so special about Green Lantern Corps #21?

Well, it’s the start of a brand new era in the Green Lantern universe. There hasn’t been one of those in at least eight or nine months…so it’s probably not that. Well it’s starring John Stewart, everyone’s third favorite Green Lantern of Earth (sorry, Kyle Rayner)…so it’s probably not that either. And there isn’t a new superstar creative team, so it can’t be that…or can it?

You see, I KNOW one of the new writers. Well, perhaps “met” is a more apt word. Jim Doom “knows” him. His name is Van Jensen, he of Pinnochio: The Vampire Slayer fame. But to me, he’ll always be Jean-Claude Van Doom. Way back in the day, JCVD was a founding member of the Legion of Doom, the precursor to [Note: Doom Deluise is embarassed by the truth about what happened and edited my post. No, really. Follow this link to view JCVD’s old posts] Van Jensen has since moved on to bigger and better things. Namely, getting paid to write comics instead of writing ABOUT comics for free. And Van’s got his first gigs for one of the major publishers as the new co-writer of Green Lantern Corps.

I’ll be honest, I don’t have high hopes for this issue. Van’s a nice guy and a talented writer, but the concept of the GLC without Guy Gardner or Hal Jordan kind of bores me to death. But maybe he’ll surprise me. Of course, you can rest assured that we won’t pull any punches just because our friend is writing the thing.

So come back this weekend for my review (and hopefully at least one from Jim Doom) of Green Lantern Corps #21!