Month: August 2011

Chuck Austen’s X-Men: Sacred Vows

We’ve come through the holy muck and now it’s time for some matrimony!  Be those wedding bells I hear?  It’s time for the wedding of Havok and Polaris!  Chuck Austen style!  What could possibly go wrong?  Let’s take a look at the specs:

Took Place In
Uncanny X-Men #425-427

Team Line-Up
Archangel (Leader), Havok (Leader?), Nightcrawler, Husk, Iceman, Northstar, Jubilee, Polaris, Juggernaut

Others You Should Be Aware Of
Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nurse Annie, Carter, Sammy the Fish Boy

In a Nutshell
After courting forever, Havok and Polaris plan to marry and the festivities go abound with strippers, strippers, and more strippers.  Havok, Polaris, Nurse Annie and Iceman all get caught up in a romantic mess and the whole thing stinks.  Oh, and we get an epilogue of the death of Skin.

It is assumed that you have accepted Nurse Annie Ghazikhanian into your heart as the greatest character ever created by this point.  Seriously.  If not, then get with it.  Jeez.

Anyway, you are cordially invited  to the wedding of Alexander Summers to Lorna Dane.  What could possibly go wrong?



X-Men teasing follow-up, X-Force style

Wouldn’t you know that the day after I go into the teaser images Marvel has been pushing to promote the new direction for the X-Men books, another one goes up?  Oh well – here’s the one for Uncanny X-Force.

Unlike the other five teasers, the shadowed out images in this one are easy to figure out.  They’re regular cast members Psylocke, Deadpool and Fantomex.  And that’s great – there’s no need to shake up this book’s roster.

The real mention here is that the featured character is the Age of Apocalypse variation of Nightcrawler.  I mentioned yesterday that I spotted what looked to me like Nightcrawler’s tail on the cover of Wolverine and the X-Men.  Having him here pretty much disproves that theory (since the covers of Wolverine and the X-Men, Legacy and X-Force seem to link up like the other three did) but who cares?  He’s HERE!  Bringing the AoA Nightcrawler into the mainstream is an interesting way to get the character back.  It will be an interesting adjustment period should X-Force not keep him a secret from the rest of the X-Men.  I’m going to have to pull my four issues of X-Calibre and check out the differences between the deceased Nightcrawler and the AoA one.

Teasing the post-Schism X-Men

Marvel certainly does love its teaser images.  Whenever one of its books has anything coming up – be it which member of the Fantastic Four will die or who is the new female Black Panther (whatever happened to that one?) – Marvel tosses out teaser images to get the fan base hyped.  My co-writer J.R. occasionally jokes about this practice, yet he’s often the one who alerts me to them.  He can’t dispute their effectiveness in gaining buzz.

Following the conclusion and aftermath of Schism, the X-Men line looks to be getting (yet another) shake-up.  Comic Book Resources has previewed all five of these teaser images featuring the covers of Generation Hope, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, X-Men and the new launch Wolverine and the X-Men with one character shown and the rest of the apparent roster shaded out.  Even neater is that the covers of Uncanny, Hope and X-Men seem to line up to make one big picture.


After the jump we’ll take a look at each of the five teaser images and do some guesswork, as well as taking a look at the line as a whole.


Comic Book Movie Review: Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is a tale about cowboys….and aliens.  The movie gets its name and basic premise (very, very basic) from the comic created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley.

Directed by Jon Favreau

Written by (screenplay) Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby & Steve Oedekerk

Daniel Craig as Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford as Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde as Ella Swenson
Sam Rockwell as Doc
Clancy Brown as Meacham
Paul Dano as Percy Dolarhyde
Adam Beach as Nat Colorado
Noah Ringer as Emmett Taggart
Keith Carradine as Sheriff John Taggart

Spoiler filled synopsis and review after the break.

X-Men in Video Games: Part 3

It’s been quite some time since I got around to my X-Men in Video Games feature, but I was set on having the Paragon Software PC games be the next ones covered and that meant Madness in Murderworld.  But to play the game, I had to figure out the controls, which needed my wireless keyboard for my laptop, and it took me a while to get it back.  So finally I got around to it and here we are.

This game launched in 1989, the same year the rather horrible NES debacle did, but this game is superior in every single way.  That’s really not saying much – the NES game was a failure on almost every level (in it’s defense, it did have music) – but Madness in Murderworld is a decent game…assuming you can play it well.  And you can’t.  Because the game is hard and it cheats.  And it hates mutants.