Category Comic Books

The New Astonishing X-Men

Newsarama posted some new images of the second run of Astonishing X-Men, one of the best things in comic books these days. Currently it’s being written by Joss Whedon and drawn by John Cassaday, both incredibly talented people, but their run ends with Giant Size Astonishing X-Men. That leaves the reins falling to two other extremely talented guys, Warren Ellis and Simone Bianchi.

Warren Ellis has helped to change the landscape of comics over the last 10 years or so. His creation of The Authority brought a more mature, grittier edge to comics (along with others of course) and one of my personal favorites, Planetary, showed everyone how a brand new comic book could have an immensely rich past and a mystery that unravels after every issue. Simone Bianchi on the other hand is a relative newcomer, who’s only mainstream work that I know of was a few issues of Wolverine. But as you can see in the image above he’s definitely got an amazing style.

Together I think these guys are gonna’ make some rad comics, hopefully just as good as the previous run.

Bobby

Official Watchmen Promo Images

For about the last 10 years now comic books have become one of the hottest places to find good material for movies. Very few of these movies though have been based off comics that are considered to be “classics” by fans. That all changes next year with the release of Watchmen, a comic written by Alan Moore in 1986 that changed the very notion of what a comic book could really be. The story is set in the United States in 1985, where a world filled by super heroes is on the brink of a nuclear war. The story begins with one of the Watchmen being murdered, leading into a journey of who did it and the bigger implications of why.

The movie is going to be directed by Zack Snyder, know for his true-to-form adaptation of 300, which was a graphic novel by writer/artist Frank Miller. Snyder did a great job visually, though the screenplay was way too wordy, probably an attempt at making up for the fact that the graphic novel had very little speaking. I have a feeling that he’s going to do a good job of sticking to the book, and seeing the images above make me all the more confident. I think the Comedian (the guy with the shotgun) looks absolutely spot on, and the changes made to Nite Owl and Ozymandias present a good update to the original outfits.

The movie is supposed to come out 1 year from today, so hopefully they release some trailers soon to quench my thirst for more! For more info about the movie, check out the official Watchmen movie blog which is written by Zack Snyder himself.

Bobby

Brand New Iron Man Trailer

A new Iron Man Trailer has popped up onto the web, and man-oh-man they keep getting better and better! This time around you get a better idea of the general story, that the people who capture him use his Iron Man schematics to make a bigger, scarier kind of Iron Man. I’m guessing it’s supposed to be a variation of The Crimson Dynamo, but in the movie he’s called Iron Monger. The trailer is absolutely mind blowing looking, especially in the special effects department. The part where he opens those flaps to create drag and goes zipping behind the jets… so effing rad.

Two other exciting things to note that I noticed on IMDB. Sam Jackson is going to be playing Nick Fury, which is coo because the NIck Fury in Marvel’s Ultimate universe is modeled after Mr. Jackson. The other odd cameo is Ghostface Killah as a “Dubai Tycoon”, who’s first album was also named Ironman, so I’m guessing his cameo isn’t exactly a coincidence.

The movie comes out May 2nd, and I’m totally ready to camp out for this one.

Bobby

Live-Action Akira Movie Coming in 2009

That little headline got me all excited. A week ago FirstShowing.net revealed that the most well known anime in the world is getting the Hollywood treatment next summer. The rights were purchased by Warner Bros. who describe the film as “Blade Runner meets City of God”, which when you think about it like that, it sounds even better. They’re also saying that the movie going to be based more-so on the manga than on the anime, which should make for a much bigger story. One thing that FirstShowing mentions is that it might be taking place in “New Manhattan” instead of a neo-Tokyo. This would be pretty damn annoying if it was, Japan is the perfect setting for this movie, and always will be.

I think as long as they get a good director, don’t butcher the screenplay, and give it a decent budget, this should be awesome. They should just let the Wachowskis do it since they’re already directing Japan’s other most famous anime, which is also being produced by Warner Bros. I don’t even care for them that much, I just don’t think they’d screw up.

Who else would be cool for this project? Leave me some suggestions in the comments.

Bobby

The New Fantastic 4

I picked up the new issue of Fantastic 4 last week, #554 to be exact, where writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch have started their run on the comic. These guys are only household names if you live with someone who reads comic books, but they could be compared to a guy like David Fincher, who makes movies that are not only smart, but flashy and edgy as well. The two worked together previously on a comic called Ultimates, sort of a contemporary take on The Avengers, but filled with the moral and political issues of our modern day society.

But now they’ve set their sights on bringing back one of Marvel’s most recognizable heroes to the glory they haven’t experienced since the 60’s or 70’s, honestly. Their run is slated at being 16 issues, almost a year and a half, and the first issue doesn’t disappoint. Within the first 10 pages, you’re subtly shown what each character’s powers are, and even a slight nod to how they got them. After that, it starts to feel extremely real. Millar’s characterizations are spot on, and you don’t feel like you’re reading a comic, it’s like you’re reading an issue of your favorite well written TV show.

That idea is also helped entirely by the amazing art of Bryan Hitch, who is hands down one of the best artists in the industry. His character’s feel absolutely real, such as seeing She Hulk sitting down on the couch with a more normal sized person. She Hulk looks like she’s 7 feet tall because she is 7 feet tall. Or when Sue (The Invisible Woman) is sitting on the opposite couch relaxing, suddenly an old love of Reed’s (Mr. Fantastic) teleports into the room. The first thing Sue does is put up her hair, realizing that she looks like she a mom and not the hot chick from the F4. It’s these subtle details that really make this something different from normal comics.

At the end of the issue you’re left with a pretty big reveal, drawn in a typically epic style that only Bryan Hitch can do so well. If you have any interest at all in comics, pick this up. If you’ve never read a comic in your life, go pick this up. This is a great place to start and should lead up to some pretty exciting things over the next year or so.

Bobby

I Want Those Flashing Lights by Colin Munroe

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I Want Those Flashing Lights by ColinMunroe (mp3)

I’ve never been a big Kanye fan, but I noticed he had this sneak peek of his new video Flashing Lights floating around, so I checked it out, and it was kinda lame. But I read that it wasn’t the real video, so I went looking for the real thing, and stumbled upon

Alex Lukas

Being a person who loves prints and comic books, it’s natural that I would like this Comic SFans poster by Alek Lukas. Alek is a RISD graduate and currently has a residency at Space 1026. There’s also a really great interview with him over on Fecal Face, which is where I came across him. The rest of his work doesn’t look anything like this, but as consolation, you can purchase the print from Cantab Publishing for $20.

Can anyone guess each of the character’s names on the poster? I’m having a problem with two of them, but I don’t want to say who just yet. A no-prize to the person who can figure them all out first!

Bobby

World War Robot / Bertie Figure

Yesterday, Ashley Wood put up some new photos of his upcoming Bertie figure, and they look so incredible! I think they’re going to be around 18″ tall with a ton of articulation, a bunch of weapons, and amazing paint jobs. There are also going to be two versions, Dirty Deeds (what you see above) and Desert Combat Bertie, with a special edition version to be released at the New York Comic Con.

The official release date has yet to be announced, only the general date of April 2008, but I definitely want to pick one of these up when they do come out!