Category: rants & nostalgia

300: Rise of an Empire Looks Orange, Blue, Terrible

300 rise of an empire teaser poster lena headeyBlue and Orange.

Orange and Blue.

What would Hollywood do without you?

As is the case with nearly every major Hollywood release these days, 300: Rise of an Empire only has two colors in its palette: Blue and Orange.

It’s one of those things where, once you see it, you can’t un-see it.

You can’t just sit through a movie anymore without noticing it.

So, up front, before we go any further, let me just say, if you haven’t noticed this before, if this is the first time this has been brought to your attention, I’m sorry.

I really am.

I kind of just ruined movies for you. Forever. Hit the jump. (more…)



Wars and Rumors of Wars

walking dead volume 20According to Rule #34 of the Rules of Acquisition, “War is good for business.”

That’s entirely different than Rule #34 of the Internet, but I can’t really get into that here.

But war is good for business, in a lot of ways.

Especially in movies and television and, of course, comic books, war drives profits up with every appearance, practically, which is why comic books, in particular, always seem to be building toward the next big war.

Not only is it good for business, it’s also, incidentally, a really easy storytelling gimmick to structure these books around.

Once a year, we’re treated to at least one giant war per company, and this year will be no different.

In DC, we’re being treated to the Trinity War, which pits the Justice League vs. Justice League of America vs. Justice League Dark.

For those of you wishing this would be where that “To be Continued” tag at the end of Justice League International finally picks up (which we were left hanging on prior to the New 52), well, sorry, there’s only room for three stupid Justice Leagues in this universe, and that ain’t one of ’em. (more…)



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…)



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…)



Skip Ender’s Game

The trailer for Ender’s Game, which hits theaters this November, was released this week. As a geek and a sci-fi fan, I should be excited. But as a gay man, I have a different reaction:

SKIP ENDER’S GAME.

You see, Orson Scott Card, the creator of the book and executive producer of the movie, is a rampant homophobe. I could give you the details myself, but you can find them better written and researched here and here. In short, he’s a crusader against marriage equality, claims all homosexuals are that way because they were molested as children, and writes stories punishing men for having gay sex. What a guy!

Do you really want to give this guy a single penny to add to his existing fortune? Me neither.



Wrestling & Comics

When we started this little blog 7 1/2 years ago (WOW!), comic books were a lot more exciting than they are now. DC was going through a revolution, with Geoff Johns reviving the Green Lantern franchise and then bringing back the multiverse in Infinite Crisis. Marvel, my first love in comics, had become my whipping boy, with Joe Quesada giving Brian Michael Bendis free reign to destroy everything I loved about the House of Ideas. There was a lot to praise and a lot to complain about. Today, comics just aren’t as exciting. Sure, series like Invincible, Daredevil, Aquaman and The Walking Dead still keep me interested enough to go to the comic shop every week, but there isn’t really that buzz around the industry that there was back then.

DC’s New 52 really sucked out most of my interest in the company. Suddenly, all the characters I’d spent the last decade getting to know weren’t themselves anymore. Infinite Crisis, the story that got me interested in DC in the first place, probably doesn’t even exist in the continuity anymore. Of course, we don’t know for sure, because DC won’t frakking explain what happened and what didn’t in their new universe. For continuity buffs like myself, that’s a hard pill to swallow.

Marvel hasn’t really evolved much over the last decade either. It seems like they have a mega-crossover event that changes the status quo forever twice a year now, which makes you wonder what the status quo ever was to begin with. Instead of ruining the Avengers for me, Bendis is now ruining the X-Men, but they’ve really been ruined for a while anyway. Ed Brubaker, the best thing going at Marvel, has stepped away from superhero comics for the time being. And for some reason Marvel thinks it’s their responsibility to make me angry.

The declining frequency of our posts is a clear indication of how much we’ve really stopped caring. Back in the day we’d have a new post everyday, sometimes twice a day. We’d do weekly reviews of comics. We’d do Books of Doom that we’d review as a group. Now we can barely be bothered to post a Podcast of Doom transcript or bitch about stupid crap. Which brings me to the title of this blog post.

Jim Doom, Doom DeLuise and myself, Doomkopf’s version of the DC’s Trinity (before you make the joke guys, I realize I’m Wonder Woman), have two foundations to our friendship. One is comics, and the fact that we seem to agree on most aspects of storytelling and art styles. The other is professional wrestling, and the fact that we seem to agree on most aspects of storytelling and in-ring styles.

Tonight is Wrestlemania night. As I’m writing this in Austin, TX, I’m a little sad that I’m not sitting next to my buddies at DJ’s Dugout in Omaha, NE. We’ve been watching the big pay-per-views together for as long as we’ve been doing this blog. Now I’m in Austin, and DeLuise is about ready to leave the country, and we’re not going to be able to do that together anymore. But one thing we CAN do together is bitch about it on the internet. So as of right now, Doomkopf is officially a blog about comics AND wrestling. And I can’t think of a more appropriate day to do it than on Wrestlemania day.

I’m not sure if this means we’ll be posting more frequently, but it does mean we’ll have a lot more to talk about. Starting tomorrow with a review of Wrestlemania XXIX, naturally. I hope my fellow wrestling buddies will do the same.