Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DC Comics Relaunch

Man, just when I was starting to think DC was being the smarter and more fan respecting company they pull this. What the hell, redesigned costumes really? I love Jim Lee art as much as any comic lover, but come on how long well this new costumes last before we they go back to the classic designs, and why do they all have collars?, and all new #1's when they'll eventually go back to their original numbering not far down the line.

Basically their trying to pull a Ultimate Universe but as the main universe. I'm not mad at this, but like Dr. Manhattan in Ozymandias I very disappointed cause we know this cleansed continuity and costume redesigns aren't gonna last long, and they say their doing it to pull in new fans, but at the same time pissing off the current and long time fans. Hopefully your ready for dropping sells DC as you slowly release "woops, maybe we should of not given them new costumes, made them younger looking, and wiped their histories clean" just to attract some new "elementary to early teen" fans. Luckily I am and will continue to a TPB/hardcover collector, and glad I am almost completely caught up on all the good Batman and Green Lantern books before this "Reboot" happens and still have tons of back catalog trades to read while I sit out this "Nu-Universe" fad and see how it turns out.
Source:  Comicsalliance
DC Comics to Relaunch All Titles at #1 
May 31st 2011 By: Andy Khouri

The entire DC Comics line of comic books will be re-launched with new #1 issues and feature "younger" and cosmetically redesigned versions of the heroes of the DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee, Justice League will be the first of the more than 50 titles to debut in September, each of which will go on sale with same day digital releases via DC's various mobile applications and Web store. The initiative is designed explicitly to make the DC Universe more palatable for new readers and, in the words of DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, "today's audience."

Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman are among the DC Comics characters who will be "injected with new life," according to Dan DiDio, who spoke with USA Today.

In September, more than 50 more first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character's specific legend but also reflect today's real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.  
"We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line," says Dan DiDio, who co-publishes DC with Lee. "This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today's audience."
DiDio's remarks would seem to indicate that existing DC readers are going to see major changes in the status quo and continuities of their favorite characters and titles. Among the major events that have informed various characters' modern histories include the death of Superman; Clark Kent's marriage to Lois Lane; the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd; the activities of Damian Wayne, the son of Batman and Talia al Ghul; Crisis on Infinite Earths, Infinite Crisis and 52, the stories that defined the nature of the DC Multiverse itself; the crippling of Barbara Gordon, the original Batgirl; the defeat of Batman at the hands of Bane, resulting in the installation of the homicidal Jean-Paul Valley as Batman; the fall and redemption of Green Lantern Hal Jordan; The Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night and the rest of the Green Lantern "emotional spectrum" mythology; Final Crisis and the journey of Bruce Wayne across time; the emergence of Batwoman Kate Kane; and the consolidation and reconciliation of dozens of characters from the Golden Age of DC Comics and their descendants, as depicted in books like JSA, Justice Society of America and Starman.

A DC spokesperson declined to comment on questions of continuity or the fate of Grant Morrison's Batman comics at this time and directed ComicsAlliance to The Source blog post.

USA Today suggests that DC's intentions are at least in part a response to the success of Marvel Comics, whose market share has eclipsed DC's every year since 2002, and that Lee, Johns and DiDio consider the plan integral to the company's continued existence in the publishing market.

"We're trying to set the table for the DC Universe's future success and health," said Lee.

DC Entertainment's Senior Vice President of Sales, Bob Wayne, issued a letter to retailers addressing the announcement. While no prices were discussed for the new books or their digital counterparts, Wayne addressed the question of narrative continuity:
"We have taken great care in maintaining continuity where most important, but fans will see a new approach to our storytelling. Some of the characters will have new origins, while others will undergo minor changes."
More on this as it develops.

Monday, May 30, 2011

June DVD Anticipation

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (June 7th) Definitely day one pick up for me on Blu-Ray. Another great DC Universe animated movie sure not to disappoint.

Battle: Los Angeles 
(June 14th) A movie I wanted to see in theaters but missed. Want to see but might rent Blu-Ray before deciding to buy.


(June 14th) Has Liam Nesson in it? A must see for me, and if it's anywhere as good as Taken then it will become a welcome part of my movie collection.

 The Adjustment Bureau  
(June 14th) Seen previews that has peaked my interest.  On my rent list.

Galaxy Express 999
(June 28th) Yes! Finally! Anime fans and I have by waiting for this movie and it's sequel to be released on DVD for a very long time. It seems to be subtitled only not including the English dub I'm used to hearing, but I'm still over joyed it's coming out.

Adieu, Galaxy Express 999
(June 28th) I'm not sure if I'll be able to find both DVDs in normal retail so I'll probably end up getting them off Amazon.

Rideback Complete Series
(June 28th) Watched this series on my computer, really enjoyed it. Not your normal Mech anime, has a really nice mix of drama, and action perfectly told across twelve episodes. Can't wait to hear the dub voices.

Sucker Punch
Another movie I really wanted to see in theaters but missed. So this movie is a Blu-Ray must have for me.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Green Lantern: Rage of The Red Lanterns Review (Part 1)

Green Lantern: Rage of The Red Lanterns (GL#26-28, 36-38, & Final Crisis: Rage of Red Lanterns #1) 

On Oa Hal talks to Sinestro in he's Sciencell, Sinestro says creating he's own corps and the whole war was to set the Guardians on the path to enable the Green Lantern power rings for lethal force, which they did. Hal then reveals to Sinestro that thanks to that new law he is now a inmate on Death Row. Salaak ask the Guardians for permission for the Lost Lanterns to personally deliver the remains of Ke'Haan to he's homeworld, they allow it, and the Lost Lanterns arrive on the planet Varva only to find Ke'Haan's family slaughtered by Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur.

Amon confesses, saying he did so to spread fear in other Green Lanterns that their family could be next, enraged Laira cuts him down in cold blood for he's crimes. Hal and John are then made aware that a Sinestro Corps ring is on it's way to Earth to chose a replacement, which they follow to Arkham Asylum in Gotham City and stop it before it reaches the hand of the insane villain Scarecrow. On Oa there is great debate on whether Laira's execution of Amon Sur was a justified action or murder, when the other Lost Lanterns are asked what they think, they all agree it was murder, which enrages Laira to set Amor Sur's body aflame.

As Jordan restrains her, the Guardians enter and tell Laira she is suspend and her final fate will be determined at he trial, and then announce they are creating a new division within the Corps that will enforce their new laws, the Alpha Lanterns. The Guardians create six power batteries to seek out Lanterns that have the ability to enforce justice, the batteries choose Boodikka, Chaselon, Green Man, John Stewart, Kraken and Varix. John declines while, the other five accept and are guide to a room for Cosmic surgery, while Hal and other Lanterns escort Laira to the Sciencell Block to which she resist and tries to escape but is stop by the newly cybernized Alpha Lanterns.

On the planet Ysmault, Atrocitus kills he's last fellow Inversion Qull with a red power battery, while back on Oa at Laira's trial which after review of the evidence and the the added charges of assault and resisting arrest, she is found guilty and discharged from the Green Lantern Corps. Will alot of the Corps gathered at the trial the Guardians unveil their next new law, full lethal force is enable against all enemies of the Green Lantern Corps. Hal goes to talk to Sinestro again, who says he knew that's what the guardian would do, saying he lead the Guardians to that action though he's war to make the universe fear the Green Lantern Corps in he's own twisted way to actually help strengthening the Corps.

The Guardian Scar arrives to tell the other Guardians about "Agent Orange". While in their binary star system The Controllers contemplate needing a power source to create their own Corps, so they seek The Orange Light. Hannu pilots a small ship to transport Laira to her homeworld when it is destroyed by a red ring which slips on to the hand of Laira who has great rage in her heart making her a Red Lantern

Ok, gonna cut this review in half since all that happen in just three issues, and we haven't even go to the Red Lantern Corps yet. The addition of The Alpha Lanterns as Internal Affairs is interesting, which I think is extremely harsh and overpowered to police their own Corps but hey it's freaking dramatic and damn near freighting thinking of having one of them on your ass. The ultimate boon of this trade so far worth the price of admission is the conversation between Hal and Sinestro at the beginning where Sinestro says "I never called anyone a friend except Abin Sur... and then you.", that was an awesome reading moment for me.   

Look for part two of the synopsis and review of Rage of The Red Lanterns soon.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New IMAX 3D Green Lantern Trailer

OK, I now officially declare this movie is gonna be awesome. This movie is gonna kick ass in Brightest Day and Blackest Night, and it will definitely not escape my sight.

She-Ra: Princess of Power

She-Ra! She-Ra!
For the honor of Greyskull
Alt. Head: Mask Down
At. Head: Mask Up
Fighting evil by the moonlight... Wait wrong show
Most powerful siblings in the universe
Bought She-Ra on Monday off Mattycollector, decided I don't need the remodeled She-Ra coming out that can ride her horse Swift Wind, cause I honestly don't think I'm ever gonna get Swift Wind. Saw it as a great chance to get She-Ra cheaper then anywhere else on the net. She-Ra comes with an alternate interchangeable head, golden Sword of protection, a small gold shield, and a small gold axe.

Alot of MotU collectors were pissed that She-Ra came with a gold colored Sword of Protection instead of the proper silver and gray colored, but I don't mind, it matches the rest of her weapons, and her original figure from 1985. I am not fond of the alternate masked head, and the heads are hard to pop on and off, so the alternate head will be going in the extra weapons box. She-Ra is another wonder figure from the Masters of The Universe Classics line with great paint, sculpt, accessories, and articulation with brings me up to 8 MotU Classics figures.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review

Four words: Wait. For. The. DVD.

On Stranger Tides is nowhere as good as the previous three, this movie falls into the category of unneeded sequel. The story is mediocre, more fit for a book or a video game. The only real highlights of the film are Jack Sparrow and Barbossa, everyone and everything else is bland. Ian McShane had a couple good lines as Blackbeard, but could of been more ruthless and intimidating, and I feel Disney could of got a better actress then Penelope Cruz for Angelica, but she was probably the best they could afford.  

Don't get me wrong, I did not hate this movie, but I'm giving my honest opinion that it is not the summer blockbuster it is being set up to be. My advice save your money, and wait for the DVD, or if you do go see it, just see it on a regular screen not in 3D or 3D IMAX. I give this movie 2½ Cursed coins out of 5.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Zaku II F2 100% Done

Ready to take on some Fedies
Who goes there?
Other rifle and missile pods
Zeon Buddies
Oh shit
Well I finished up the detail and small paint apps on the Zaku II F2 today, I'll be adding him to Model Kit Completed Page. So now it is on to the next model kit, Master Grade Gundam Ez8.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thor: Tales of Asgard Review

Tales of Asgard shows Thor as a teenage boy that have come to see that he's life in Asgard is pampered and he's weekly arena fights are staged for he's benefit. He goes to he's father Odin, to ask why he's warriors do not fight him seriously, to which Odin replies as Prince of Asgard he has no need to endanger he's life and to one day be King is to know when not to draw your sword. Thor wanting to prove he abilities to he's father and friends sets off on a journey with he's brother Loki and The Warriors Three to find the lost Sword of Surtur in the realm of Jotunheim

The latest movie from Marvel animation I have to say is their best so far, the animation is top-notch this time around, and a great original story. Every character was portrayed perfectly, as in the live-action movie Loki was a real highlight, and it was nice seeing Thor and Loki getting along as brothers, bickering and all. I was really impressed with this film, and loved seeing all the young renditions of the Asgardians, it would be great if a TV series was made to continue off this film and get more adventures with Thor in that time of he's life.

Action packed, funny, perfect characterization, and stellar HD picture make this a must have for any Thor fan, and if you have all the previous Marvel Animation films then you'll need this one to complete your collection cause this looks to be the last Marvel Animation.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Smallville Finale Review and Thoughts


Damn man, that really pisses my off, and I crash coursed all of Smallville in under a year, it must hurt fans even more who watched the show since the beginning 10 years ago watching for the day Tom Welling would don the suit and finally get he's moment as The Man of Steel, but NO, they and I were cheated. The series finale was on par with any of the previous season finales, a lot of building up with drama, suspension of disbelief situations, little change, and bam! quickly resolved at the end, only this time without the Clark in danger cliffhanger. The finale, the very last episode of the TV series, and we did not see Tom Welling in a full physical Superman suit for any length of time, WHAT THE HELL writers and producers? 

What I did like was the return of Lex Luthor, and both of he's scenes were great, and definitely loved how they solve the problem of him knowing everything about Clark. All the scenes with John Schneider as Johnathan Kent was a welcome sight in this final episode. Loved the wedding vows Clark and Lois wrote for each other, but I felt the whole second guessing and doubting by the both of them was totally unneeded just to stretch the finale into two hours, a whole hour that could of been used for more action, like Clark and friends fighting the Prophets, then Clark being the only one that can fight the actual physical Darkseid would of made a great two hour finale.

Which brings me to my one real moment suspension of disbelief that was hrad to swallow was not only does Green Arrow finds out or remembers were the Prophets are, but he easily deposes of all three of them with a triple arrow shoot, and none of them try to stop the arrows with their powers, really that simple and quick? All things aside I am not saying this was a bad episode, just it was a badly executed series finale this if handled just a little differently could of made all the difference in it being more memorable for the right reasons instead of what it's now gonna be remember as. Let's look at how many of my hopes for the finale came true...

Hope Clark defeats Darkseid as Superman not The Blur (Verdict: Nope, took out "Darkseid" as Clark Kent) 
Hope Clarks defeats Darkseid, not one of he's friends (Verdict: Yes, him all by himself, he did)
Hope we see a solid full body non-smoke Darkseid (Verdict: Nope, more smoke, and a possession)
Hope Darkseid is not defeated quickly and easily (Verdict: Nope, one foul swoop, gone!)
Hope Clark starts flying before the final battle, not during it or just before it (Verdict: Arg! Nope, was technically during he's non-fight with "Darkseid" possessed Lionel corpse)
Hope Lex has more then just a couple quick scenes (Verdict: No, just two, but both were great)
Hope Chole doesn't die (Verdict: Yay, she survived)Hope the wedding is not a dream (Verdict: Yes & No, Wedding was not a dream but not completed)
Hope Lois and Clark actually do get married, not put off to be destined to happen later (Verdict: Nope, seven years in to the future and they're just now about to get married)
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for more than a minute (Verdict: Nope, the total amount we see of CGIman is definitely under a minute)
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for more than 5 minutes (Verdict: Nope)
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for more than 10 minutes (Verdict: Nope)
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for at less 15 minutes (Verdict: Nope)
Hope we finally get a cameo or at less a proper name drop of Bruce Wayne (Verdict: Nope, not a Bruce, not a Mr. Wayne, hell I would of settled for a Wayne Enterprises mention)
Hope we hear the John Williams Superman score at less once during the show, not just at the very end (Verdict: Nope, heard it on the ending credits, what we did get was a bastardized electronic version during Clark's flashback)
Hope Lana Lang does not make an appearance (Verdict: Nope, woo, not a sight, sound, or mention)

3 ½ out of 16, man I was hoping for at less 8 at the most, well I guess that's better then no hopes come true.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Smallville Finale Hopes

Ah Smallville, a show at first I really didn't care for, but was still on my might watch later when the season sets are cheaper list. So I started watching this show about under a year ago thanks to a couple of friends, and I was hooked from the first episode, now it wasn't the acting, writing, or special effects that attracted me at first, it is the deliberate word play and continuous foreshadowing of Clark's future superhero persona. One of the best ones what in the first season, Lana as Clark what he wants to do when he's older, he's answer "Well I know what I don't want to do, I don't want to put on a suit and fly around everywhere.", I was on the floor laughing, looking for those little innuendos and easter eggs is defiantly one of the main reasons I've watched every episode of this show.

Since this isn't my thoughts of all of Smallville, maybe a later post, here are my hopes for the series finale:

Hope Clark defeats Darkseid as Superman not The Blur
Hope Clarks defeats Darkseid, not one of he's friends
Hope we see a solid full body non-smoke Darkseid
Hope Darkseid is not defeated quickly and easily 
Hope Clark starts flying before the final battle, not during it or just before it
Hope Lex has more then just a couple quick scenes 
Hope Chole doesn't die
Hope the wedding is not a dream
Hope Lois and Clark actually do get married, not put off to be destined to happen later
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for more than a minute
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for more than 5 minutes
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for more than 10 minutes
Hope we see Clark in the Superman suit for at less 15 minutes
Hope we finally get a cameo or at less a proper name drop of Bruce Wayne 
Hope we hear the John Williams Superman score at less once during the show, not just at the very end
Hope Lana Lang does not make an appearance

Now let see how many of these actually come true, Smallville Series Final review coming tomorrow.

Green Lantern: Tales of The Sinestro Corps Review

Green Lantern: Tales of The Sinestro Corps 
Tales of the Sinestro Corps collects side stories that were originally released as secondary short stories in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Crops single issues, four one-shots, and The Secret Files of The Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps. The short stories are tales told by Lyssa Drak, keeper of the Book of Parallax, about Sinestro Corps members Despotellis, Karu-Sil, Bedovian, Sinestro, and Kryb, and an additonal tale of the Green Lantern Crypt Keeper Morro told by Guy Gardner to Kyle Rayner. The real draw for the trade are the stories from the one-shots of Parallax, Cyborg Superman, Superboy-Prime, and Ion, which with the exception of the Ion story which takes place after the war, the other three take place during the war, and I personally wish they were inserted in the actual Sinestro Corps War trades.

The Parallax story is the perspective of Kyle trapped inside he's own body watching Parallax hurting he's friends and killing he's fellow Lanterns, while being tormented by Parallax over he lost loves and the death of he's mother and striving to fight Parallax to try regain control of he's body. Cyborg Superman's story shows him on he's way to Earth on board Warworld talking to Sinestro and readying he's Manhunters but he's mind is on he's origin that gave him he's powers, becoming the Cyborg Superman, and he's previous battles with Superman, then starting he's attack on the Justice League and getting the upper hand on Superman. Superboy-Prime's story start's with him defiling Bart Allen's memorial statue as the combined force of the Justice League and the Justice Society teleport in to try and take him down before he's fully recharged by Earth's yellow sun, though is only truly challenged by fellow Kryptonians Superman, Supergirl, and Powergirl but even fighting them off he still makes it to sunrise in New York and grows even more powerful and sees a new challenge in the newly appointed Ion.

The last one-shot story starts Hal, Guy, and John at a campfire waiting for Kyle whose talking with the Guardians of The Universe about their recent decisions and actions, after Kyle gets he's answers they ask him if he could talk to the new Ion, Sodam Yat, and give him some advice as former host to Ion, and help him over come he's defeat at the hand's of Superboy-Prime. Kyle meets with Sodam and they talk in space above Oa but suddenly come under attack by Alex Nero, who want revenge against Kyle and The Guardians of The Universe, Kyle and Alex are evenly matched, but Sodam uses he's new Ion powers to take control of Alex's constructs which momentarily connects Nero to the Ion entity and overloads he's mind allowing him and Kyle to take him in. Kyle then meets up with he's fellow human lanterns campfire on an asteroid , and tell them what took him so long, and he's new assignment as an Honor Guard as Guy Gardner's partner.

Then there's one last short story about Morro, the Crypt Keep of Oa, of how he got he's pet dragons that are always with him. The rest of the book are the secret files of the Green Lantern Corps, and the Sinestro Corps, which are just pics and short bios of all the various GLs, SCs, and other equipment and entities, that have appeared in GL stories so far. Like I said the great part of this book is the one-shot stories that gives better insights and more action to the villains, especially the Super-Boy which I felt should been in the main story cause it lead directly in to he's fight with Sodam Yat and explains why he's not in he's full armor at that time.

So if you loved the Sinestro Corps War, and want more stories with them, or just want to see more action with Superboy-Prime and Cyborg Suserman, then you'll need this, a great companion book to the two Sinestro Corps War volumes.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War Volume Two Review

Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War Vol.0 (GL #24-25, GL Corps #16-19) 
Volume Two continues with Kilowog's force defending the planet Green Lantern Mogo from the Sinestro Corps and the sentient city Ranx, Mogo compiles all he's energy to protect he's core from Ranx's Gravity Disruptor Cannons. Kilowog sends a team to Ranx to shut down he's weapons while continuing to fight Arkillo and coorinate he's force to stop the Children of The White Lobe suicide blink bombers. The Green Lanterns fight their way to Ranx's core, and attempt to disrupt he's power settings to shut him down, but are continuously keep from doing so by numerous Sinestros, when their rings are suddenly enabled for lethal force.

 With lethal force authorized the Lanterns quickly clear the core of enemies, rookie lantern Sodam Yat tells the others to evacuate while he stays behind and overloads Ranx's power systems, but he miraculously survives and rejoins he's comrades. With Ranx, and all Children of The White Lobe destroyed, The Sinstro Corps retreats and Mogo is now safe and can now protect himself, but then all Green Lantern's hear Hal Jordan's transmission that the Sinestro Corps is attacking Earth. The entirety of the Sinestro Corps lead by Sinestro, Cyborg Superman, and Superboy-Prime descend on to Earth and engage all of Earth's heroes. 

In Coast City Hal stops Parallax from assaulting he's brother and he's family, and sends Guy to get a painting Kyle's mother left for him hoping seeing it will break Parallax's hold on him, just as Hal's ring runs out of energy leaving him defenseless, giving Parallax the chance to absorb him and only John to keep him at bay. En route Guy runs into a bunch of Sinestros at Mt. Rushmore, but the whole Green Lantern Corps drops in to aid Guy and Earth's heroes. Guy brings back the painting and shows it to Parallax and as hoped stuns him long enough for Kyle and Hal's indomitable willpower to break out out him as the former Guardians Ganthet and Sayd arrived with each Earthman's Power Battery and trap Parallax in four pieces in each battery since the Earth born Lanterns can resist fear the most. Ganthet gives Kyle he's original power ring and ask him to step down as the Torchbearer and be an officer of the Green Lantern Corps with he's Earth brothers once again, which gladly accepts as all four Lantern recharge their rings while saying the oath.

Arkillo renews he's duel with Kilowog in San Diego, which Kilowog ends by dropping a Navy aircraft carrier on top of him and breaking off he's power ring and finger disarming him. When the Anti-Monitor comes down out of Warworld in New York City Sodam Yat recklessly tries to attack him and is easily blasted away. Sodam finds himself surprisingly not dead, and barely wounded as The Guardians of The Universe arrive and appoint him as the new Torchbearer and bond Ion to him, getting the attention of Superboy-Prime.

Sodam and Prime battle all across the New York state, with Sodam slowly getting use to he's newly activated Daxamite powers thanks to Earth's yellow sun, given him the same powers as Prime, while having flaskbacks of he's life on Daxam. Even with identical powers and the power of Ion, Prime is still the stronger and after a long bloody battle of destruction and posioning Sodam with lead, knocks him out and turns he's attention back to the rest of Earth's heroes. With Parallax imprisoned once again, Ganthet tells the four humans Lantern's the importance of Earth as the keystone of the Multivere, and the coming rise of other emotion powered Lantern corps which will lead to a War of Light, and the prophecy of The Blackest Night.

Before heading to New York Hal transmits a video announcement over all TVs in Coast City to evacuate the city, but all citizens decided to stay and shine green lights to show they believe Green Lantern and he's Corps will protect and save them. Back in New York City The Guardians of the Universe attack The Anti-Monitor to stop him from turning the world in anti-matter, a female Guardian is burned by he's touch. The power of the Guardians is not enough to stop The Anti-Monitor, so Guy and John come put with the idea to drop Warworld with the Sinestro Corps Central Battery atop of it on him, as it hits the ground near him every available Green Lantern help generate a huge force field around it, The Anti-Monitor, Cyborg Superman, and numerous Manhunters androids to protect the city and the planet from the explosion.

Still The Anti-Monitor is not fully destroyed and continues he's attack, surprisingly it is Superboy-Prime that comes in and flies through what's left of he's armor and then throws him in to deep space with Cyborg Superman's remains attached, saying he was gonna turn on him anyways after they took over Earth. With Cyborg Superman and Warworld destroyed all other Manhunters deactivate all over Earth, but not before Sinestro used two of them to drain the energy of Hal and Kyle rings when they arrived. Hal then uses a yellow power battery Manhunter skull to drain Sinestro's ring making it a two versus one fist fight, while the Guardians attempt to bring down Superboy-Prime, Prime grabs one and notices light is breaking out of him as the other Guardians encase them in a force field as that Guardian self-destructs to rid the universe of Superboy-Prime. After brawling through many walls and glass, Hal finally knocks Sinestro out, and arrest him as he's corps without it's leaders retreat, ending the war.

In The aftermath many Green Lanterns stay on Earth to help rebuild cities, as Hal and John discuss the Corps new use of lethal force. Superboy-Prime awakens in another universe, Ganthet and Sayd find a planet to create their new Blue Lantern Corps powered by hope, Cyborg Superman skull is found by Manhunters in deep space, and the Anti-Monitor, armorless, lands on an unknown planet when suddenly a huge black lantern forms around him. On Oa Salaak makes new power rings to seek out new recruits, as Kilowog takes leave on Mogo and shares a meal with ring constructs of he's deceased family, and on Earth Kyle talks to Guy about being possessed by Parallax, as Guy helps him feel better and tells him he's glad to have him back.

Woo-we, that was an awesome read, my favorite part in the whole book was the Sodam Yat/Superboy-Prime fight, it was a long and bloody fight, exactly what a battle between two super powerful beings should be. This story was just full of fricking cool moments like Kilowog and Arkillo fighting at the San Diego Convention Center that was set up for a San Diego Comic-Con, Superboy taking out The Anti-Monitor, and Hal and Sinestro's end of war fist fight. Of course if you read vol.01 then you need vol.02, Sinestro Corps War was is full of awsomeness, writing and visuals all perfectly put in two books with the GL and GL Corps issues in proper order to form a whole seamless ongoing story, highly recommended.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thor Movie Review


Saw Thor last night, and it was GREAT! Chris Hemsworth was joy to watch as Thor, but Tom Hiddleston damn near fricking nailed Loki dead on. Thor and friends fighting in Jotunheim was pure comic book action perfectly brought to life, Thor's fighting style, hammer spinning, throwing and flying was awesomely executed, and the Frost Giants, Jotunheim and Asgard was all presented remarkably re-envisioned, even better then in comic art I dare must say.

I truly believe every actor portrayed every character extremely close the to comic source material, I don't think anyone other then Anthony Hopkins could of played a better Odin, and Idris Elba as Heimdall and Stellan Skarsgard as Dr. Eric Selvig were surprisingly likable supporting characters. I would of like to have seen Jane Foster as a paramedic or showed she was trained and still thinks as one, I think it would of better shown Thor learn the lesson to think of and help and defend others while doing so with Jane trying to help scared and hurt people during The Destroyer's attack. I understand why they didn't do the whole Donald Blake identity, it's barely understandable even in the comics, and wouldn't have connected us to Hemsworth as Thor if a different actor got half the movie unless Hemsworth played both, each with different physiques and body language which would of been interesting.

There was one scene I felt could of been longer and more action packed, the fight with The Destroyer, I think after fighting him in the air and hitting him in to the ground Thor and Destroyer should of had a good ol' fist and hammer fight with Thor just knocking chunks out of him 'till he was busted apart into tons of scrap metal. As a Marvel comics fan I love hearing and seeing little hints of other Marvel characters like "fellow scientist in Gamma research" and "Agent Barton with a bow and arrow" (aka Hawkeye), who played by Jeremy Renner, I can't wait to see more of in The Avengers next year, he was a real treat for those few minutes and the all-time greatest after credit scene with the Tesseract (better know as the Cosmic Cube), that's going to appear in the Captain America movie in July. I give this movie 9 out of 10 Golden Apples, I highly recommend this movie to not only Thor and comic book fan, but also to fantasy action lovers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pic of the Day 05/05

Awesome, just awesome. Excuse me I have go reread my Thrawn trilogy books now.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Green Lantern Theatrical Trailer

Finally some new footage with Sinestro, Kilowog, Hector Hammond and even the Guardians of The Universe. Micheal Clark Ducan sounds great as Kilowog and Mark Strong as Sinestro is still spot on. Hal's costume is looking better with all the constant tweaking they're still doing, love seeing the variety of ring constructs, and am I the only one that thinks Blake Lively's acting is on par with a speaking Barbie doll?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War Volume One Review

GL: The Sinestro Corps War Vol.01 (GL #21-23, GL Corps #14-15, GL: Sinestro Corps Special)
 Volume 01 starts with Hal and the Justice League trying to capture Professor Zoom to see if he knows where Sinestro is since they were both in the Secret Society recently. Zoom gets away from them, and Hal figures Zoom is a dead end and decides it's time to report this so called "Sinestro Corps" to the Guardians of The Universe on Oa. Meanwhile Kyle Rayner now empowered as Ion captures a yellow power ring that was flying through space, and brings it to Oa to show the Guardians but is told to wait, while waiting in the Mess Hall the ring receives and executes new orders to transport Kyle to the Anti-Matter Universe. The ring takes Kyle to the planet Qward, but he overpowers it before it delivers him to it's destination, Kyle then looks down in to a valley to discover that Sinestro has indeed created he's own Corps and composed it of fear mongering aliens from all across the universe.

 Before they can further investigate what happened to Kyle, the planet comes under attack of the Sinestro Corps, but the whole attack was a distraction to break free Superboy-Prime and Cyborg Superman. Back on Qward Kyle is overpowered by the Sinestro Corps and Sinestro cuts into he's chest and pulls out the Ion Entity which he was bonded to, and then tells him that is was Despotellis a sentient virus that killed he's mother, now broken mentally and physically with fear in he's mind he is able to be possessed by the Parallax entity. Sinestro brings Parallax before he's corps "Guardian", The Anti-Monitor and he's other new heralds, Superboy-Prime and Cyborg Superman. 

Attempting to recover and access the damage after the attack on Oa, Hal, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart hear that the Guardians are sending The Lost Lanterns to go rescue Kyle, they decide they should go with them but need to charge their rings first, as they go to do so they are pulled in to the Central Battery by Parallax and transported to Qward. Hal is immediately confronted by Parallax with the entirety of the Sinestro Corps behind him, but is just as quick joined by the Lost Lanterns, they all escape in to under ground tunnels, Hal wants to go look for Guy and John, but The Lost Lanterns have orders to recover Ion, so they split up and Tomar-Tu and Graf Toren join Hal. The Lost Lanterns find Ion being experimented on by The Anti-Monitor who easily vaporizes Ke'Haan but is then blinded and knocked back a powerful blast from Hannu, giving them a window to save Ion, while Hal's team frees Guy and John from Lyssa Drak, Keeper of the Book of Parallax, who was making them relive their past failures over and over again.

With Ion, Guy, and John free the Lanterns make their escape and transport back the Positive-Matter Universe. The Guardians prepare for attack from the Sinestro Corps on two fronts, on Oa and on the sentient Green Lantern planet Mogo, who if lost the rings of fallen Lanterns would no longer be guided to new sentient beings for recruitment. Kilowog leads a huge force to defend Mogo, but the Sinestro Corps has sent the sentient artificial city Ranx now nearly planet size to destroy Mogo with a plan to drill into he's weakest area and flying in planet-destroying Blink-Bombs to he's core.

Realizing the Sinestro Corps is killing their Green Lanterns, since the Lanterns can only defend themselves with non-lethal force, The Guardians enable all power rings for lethal force against Sinestro Corps members. As The Lost Lantern bring Ion back to Oa, Hal, Guy, and John materialize back on Earth, but right behind them materialize the Sinestro Corps's Central Battery, Parallax, and nearly all the Sinestro Corps. Sinestro has targeted Earth cause he has learned it is the Earth is center of the new 52 Earth Multiverse.

Great action pack read, I loved the return of Superboy-Prime, Cyborg Superman, and shockingly The Anti-Matter, who was last seen in the original Crisis on Infinite Earth back in 1985, all aligned with Sinestro. I loved the dialog between Hal, Guy, and John, they've been through so much together and know each other so well, the camaraderie between is a real joy to read. Also seeing Kilowog is action as a field leader, fighting along side and ordering around Lanterns he himself trained and he's new rivalery with the Sinestro Corps drill instructor Arkillo is another great sight. Stay tuned for Volume 2.

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