Month: April 2013

Verily, thou should watch this trailer

Here’s the first trailer for Thor:  The Dark World.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us

InjusticeTraditionally speaking, I’m not a fan of fighting games that don’t have Smash Bros. in the title.  Sure, I played several incarnations of Street Fighter 2, but so did everyone.  And like everyone else, I’ve been brutally maimed in Mortal Kombat.  But since those games on the Super Nintendo, I haven’t bought any “traditional” fighting games.  Honestly, I just was never that good at them.  When Injustice was announced, I didn’t really pay much attention to it.  So what if it was a fighting game with DC characters.  I didn’t buy DC vs. Mortal Kombat after all.

But then I started seeing some videos for the game, and it gained my interest.  The interactive backgrounds looked fun, the transitions to different sections of a stage looked fun, and the super moves looked amazing.  Still though, it was low expectations that I downloaded the demo.  And while, there wasn’t a lot to the demo, it was a good taste of what the game had to offer.  And it also was the final thing that convinced me to buy the game.

So, I bought the game early Thursday afternoon (had a couple days off from work) and finished the main story later Thursday night.  I don’t really have an hour estimate for you, but it wasn’t that long.  But really, it’s a fighting game.  What do you expect?  But what there is of that story is fantastic.  I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but it does involve elseworlds, which explains heroes fighting other heroes.  And yes, you can assume that some of those heroes have turned evil because of events that have transpired in this world.   (more…)

Trailer of Steel

The new Man of Steel trailer is here.  What do you think?  I’m holding onto my cautious optimism.  And by the way, any arguments against putting the origin story in the movie are invalid.  Superman’s origin hasn’t really been explored in film since 1978.  Smallville doesn’t count.  It was a television show, and only 2-3 million people watched.  I imagine Warner Bros. is hoping more people than that see the movie.

Comic Book Movie Review – Superman vs. The Elite

Superman vs the eliteSuperman vs. The Elite

Directed by Michael Chang

Written by Joe Kelly

Starring
George Newbern as Clark Kent/Superman
Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane
Robin Atkin Downes as Manchester Black

Superman vs. The Elite is based on the story “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way” that was written by Joe Kelly, and appeared in Action Comics #775.  I am not certain how much this movie deviates from the comic, because I’ve never read it.  Maybe when I read the digital copy that came with the Blu-ray I’ll comment on it.  But for now, we’re focusing solely on the movie.  And overall, it was a pretty good movie.  Maybe one of the best that DC has produced.  Spoilers after the break.  (more…)

1992’s Where Are They Now?

I started my X-Men fandom back in 1991 when my brother picked up Uncanny X-Men #275 (featuring my all-time favorite cover), and then had me buying them just three issues later.  1991 was a big year for the X-Men franchise, as the three big titles – Uncanny, New Mutants and X-Factor all went through major changes.  With the release of the cartoon shortly after, the X-Men became an even bigger sensation for young fans, even for a line that had for some time been THE book of the comic scene.

A lot of my time in late-91 and most of 1992 hanging out a small local comic shop about three blocks away from my house hanging out with the local solicitor, a guy I only knew as Steve.  Steve had opened a comic and card shop along with a small art gallery in a building next to Louisville’s Clifton Pizza, which is why to this day I associate the smell of a sit-down pizzeria with comics.  Steve was an amazing contributor to my fledgling comic fandom, one of the three people that _ my love of comics (along with my older brother and my friend’s Aunt Jane – who was my comic mentor).

I spent many a dollar in Steve’s shop, and he gave me numerous deals that helped me build my collection of both comics and cards.  For the entire summer of 1992, I spent dollar after dollar on packs of the first-ever X-Men trading card set.  This 100-card set (not counting the bonuses) was drawn completely by Jim Lee, and reflected all of the X-Teams, even Excalibur.  This card set let me learn about all the X-Men characters, in a time when Al Gore had yet to develop the Internet.  Back then, you had to read the issues yourself or find some kind of resource to get your knowledge.  And this one was mine.

At a dollar a pack, I spent most of the summer of ’92 piecing together this set.  Steve was nice enough to buy back my doubles as I slowly but surely worked on the entire set.  In fact, two weeks was spent looking for two cards to finish the set – Shatterstar and Danger Room Gambit – until one fateful day I bought one pack that had BOTH cards in it.  I was one happy camper.

In fact, my biggest regret of the numerous lost pieces of my youthful comic collection is that I managed to lose this set somewhere along the line.  It was probably pitched or given away by my mom, but I can’t really blame her as it likely took place during my down period of comic fandom in the early 00’s.  I could actually buy the whole set now for not that much, but I can’t say I have the money for it right now.  (If any reader would like to…just saying, ha!)

But I occasionally go back and look through the set, via a site of scans at comiccovers.com, and reminisce about the fun I had collecting them.

But today when I did so it dawned on me that there are some characters that were highlighted back in this boom period of X-Men that have been lost into character limbo over the years.  After all, it’s been over 2 decades since this set came out.  So let’s look at some of the featured characters from this period that have been largely forgotten over time.

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Wolverine: Adamantium Frustration

My roommate managed to destroy the apartment’s supply of HDMI cables, so I found myself searching for other means of video game boredom relief.  I fired up the ZSNES emulator and took a nostalgic trip back through the adventures of the 90’s favorite band of merry mutants, the X-Men.  I gave both X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse and Wolverine: Adamantium Rage a playthrough…well, as much as I could in the latter’s case before I simply wanted to rip my controller from my laptop and hurl it across the room.

The X-Men’s tenure in the 16-bit era was interesting in that with one exception (Spider-Man and X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge), there were no direct ports between the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis.  All games that came out for either system were exclusive, and different developers were usually responsible for the titles.  You might think that since Wolverine: Adamantium Rage was released on both systems, it would buck the trend, but you’d be wrong.  The Super Nintendo version was developed by LJN, the same that put out Wolverine for the regular Nintendo, and it’s the inferior of the two, to be blunt.

But that’s the one I played, so that’s what we’ll be looking at today.

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