Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Big C

If you haven't caught the first season of Showtime's The Big C you are missing one of the best shows on TV. Following a woman who has just received a terminal cancer diagnosis this show is funny and has more heart than anything else on the air today.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Full Green Lantern Trailer

So the full Green Lantern trailer is definitely better than the sneak peak I posted earlier. My biggest concern though still hasn't been rectified. The costume still looks a little cheesy, especially the mask. Watch for yourself, hopefully they still have time to fix the effects.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

WARNING: 1st Green Lantern Footage Highly Questionable

Entertainment Tonight just debuted the first look the the Green Lantern Trailer and I am extremely concerned. The costume looks lame, the projections of the ring are just ok, and the tone of the film seems immature at best. This could be one of the biggest disappointments for fans of the Lantern comics. I am holding out hope though.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why the Walking Dead Matters

"When the dead started walking, we had to start living."

AMC premiered its graphic novel inspired zombie epic the Walking Dead two weeks ago and the show is already slated for a second season. It appears that suffering zombie fans have finally been vindicated with a serious, mainstream treatment of their beloved subject matter. If you haven't seen it yet I encourage you to get onboard with the best show on TV Sunday's at 10pm on AMC.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Where Frank Miller Went Wrong

If Watchmen was the graphic novel that introduced me to the medium then Frank Miller's Batman epic The Dark Knight Returns sold me on the genre for life. An aging Batman who has stepped away from the cowl for ten years taking up his mantle to right the wrongs modernity has perpetrated against Gotham City, who could ask for anything more. Batman is by far my favorite comic book hero and TDKR really made the character of Bruce Wayne into something along the lines of a serious literary figure. The issues tackled by Miller demonstrate an unparalleled command of his craft and an emotional maturity that Batman has lacked in the past. The scope of this particular book is noteworthy as well because it incorporates the second most famous character from the D.C. comics universe into the plot's climax.

Naturally I jumped at the chance to read Miller's follow up to The Dark Knight Returns entitled The Dark Knight Strikes Again. This longer effort delves into the events that occurred a few years after the presumptive death of Bruce Wayne at the hands of Superman. Brainiac and Lex Luthor have taken control of the United States by subjugating Earth's heroes and using the public's suspicion of there powers to convince those they could not conquer to simply leave the planet (i.e. Hal Jordan/The Green Lantern). While the story is certainly epic in scope, it's reliance on the entirety of the Justice League/D.C. Universe roster makes it incredibly hard to follow for casual readers of graphic novels like myself. In addition the plot left me feeling as if I missed a pivotal chapter in the lives of these characters between the two books. Ultimately though the biggest problem I had with The Dark Knight Strikes Again was the lack of the Dark Knight in it! Batman himself is not seen until nearly a quarter of the story has already gone by. Further it never really feels like a Batman story, the entire plot revolves around a city of shrunken kyptons, Supergirl, and two classic SUPERMAN VILLIANS. The one attempt to link this story with the Batman heritage is an awkward tie in with yet another "Robin has gone mad" tale. This may be the worst manifestation of the trend that was the focal point for the animated feature Batman: Under the Red Hood because this evil sidekick has been genetically altered making him virtually indestructible, for no apparent reason. If it isn't broken, please don't fix it Frank Miller. I am afraid the only thing this graphic novel can do for your legacy with Batman is to tarnish it.