Month: April 2014

Double Jeopardy for Jean Grey!

It’s a terrible feeling when someone holds something you did years ago against you as if it just happened.  It’s probably a worse feeling when someone holds something against you that you are going to do in the far future.  It’s one of those sci-fi deals that pop up – if you know someone is going to do something terrible in the near future, isn’t it your responsibility to stop them now?  Then there’s moral ambiguity and lots of running around, explosions, etc.

That is not what this story is about.

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A crossover between Guardians of the Galaxy and any team of X-Men might not be an obvious one, but with a movie coming out of pretty obscure characters, any kind of publicity is good publicity, and when it comes to Marvel characters, X-Men and Avengers are about as high-profile as it gets.  So here we are – space story with the X-Men so the Guardians can get some spotlight time.

The problem here is that there’s really no reason for the X-Men to be getting a space story.  Sure, the Shi’ar are originally X-Men creations, but they’ve since parted ways, especially now that Marvel went through this big long story to make the Phoenix Force a non-entity.  So instead, we get something kind of stupid.

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Words of Wisdom

Remember, you are only one person.  I know that this is a crazy idea, but just because you know or think something doesn’t mean that everyone else knows or thinks the same thing.  I’ll give you an example.  Last year, before Man of Steel came out, I got into a discussion with a friend who thought that it was pointless to put the destruction of Krypton into the movie because everyone already knew the origin of Superman.  By including the origin, they were just wasting time.  We went back and forth for a while, with my argument being that they hadn’t shown the origin in a movie since 1978.  Even if you consider Smallville, it had been 10 years since they had gone over it.  Like most arguments amongst our friends, it ended with an agreement to disagree.  A little while after that, someone asked said friend’s girlfriend to say what the origin of Superman was.  Needless to say, I laughed hysterically when I was told the story.

But as much as I like making fun of friends, that’s not the moral of the story.  Ultimately, each one of you are only one person that has created your individuality in what you have experienced and what you believe.  This individuality is great, but you have to remember that it is your own and no one else’s.  You may think that anything relating to Marvel and DC and superheroes is ridiculous crap, and that’s fine.  You may think that all webcomics are utterly terrible, and that’s fine.  You may be averse reading anything not published by the “Big 2,” and that’s alright.  Those are all your individual opinions and likes/dislikes.

Everybody is different.  And different is good.  Different is alright.  It is good to have variety within the comics community.  Having variety means that you may come across a creation that you would never have thought you’d like.  I mainly read superhero books.  That’s where my comic focus has always been.  Roughly 7 years ago, I came across a little title called Fables.  Up until reading Fables, I only thought comic books should be about superheroes.  Fantasy is great as a genre, but I thought it should be reserved for movies, television, and books.  Comics were a place for superheroes.  If everyone shared this belief, then Fables would not exist.  And that would not be a good thing.  Fables has become my favorite title, and 10 years ago, I would never have imagined that I’d ever read anything other than superhero titles.  It was good that not everyone shared my opinion of what content should be in comic books.  Had there not been variety, I never would have had the chance to buy books like Fables, Mice Templar, and The Circle, to name a few.

I think I’ve gone off on a tangent, but my point is that not everyone knows and thinks the same things that you do.  And that good.  When you find yourself not interested in something, that’s fine.  Maybe it’s not for you.  Maybe you’re not the target audience, and that’s okay.  Everything shouldn’t be marketed to you, because you are not everyone.  You are one person, and everyone doesn’t have to think or already know everything you do.  The world is better that way.

eXaminations, 4/23/14 releases

While eXaminations is usually a column for X-Men books, this week the only X-Book on my list was Uncanny Avengers and I don’t have a copy of it yet.  So instead you’re just going to have to deal with the other three books I read this week.

  • Avengers Undercover #3 in which the kids hang out with some villains.
  • Justice League United #0 in which I read a DC book for the first time in a long while.
  • Original Sin #0 in which we get to know the Watcher a bit.

It’s been a while, so in case you have forgotten, there will be some SPOILERS for any who are reading about new comics they haven’t read yet for some reason.  Weirdos.

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Star Wars gets a rebooted future

One of the most fun parts of any sort of fantasy/sci-fi establishment is that usually there’s a whole lot of content for those willing to look for it.  Take Star Wars for example.  Sure, six movies in 37 years may seem like not a whole lot to base an insane fanbase on, but in the time that George Lucas hadn’t been making Star Wars, other people and groups expanded the franchise through books, games, comics, and pretty much anything else you could use to tell a story.

So even though the main story stopped with a group shot in a tree village, tons more went down beyond.  Did you know Han and Leia had twins, only for one of them to go all Dark Side and kill Luke’s wife who just happened to be a former assassin that tried to kill him?  How about the Emperor being cloned?  Chewbacca being crushed to death by a planet?

All of this happened, and all of it was considered canon.  It was one of those things that Star Wars fans held over the Trekkies.  OUR expanded universe actually MEANS something, nerds.

Oh, wait.  Hold on there.

You recall that Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars and immediately announced a new trilogy of movies, right?  It was sort of a big deal.  One of the big questions was how was the new material going to fit into all the material that has been put out before?  After all, the Expanded Universe has had decades of material and a whole crap ton of material put out.  Would we be seeing movie versions of established content?

Not so much.  Instead, those makers of Star Wars put out an OFFICIAL notice saying that the only things in the Star Wars Universe that are CANON are the six movies and the Clone Wars TV series.  All books, comics, video games, etc. are right out.  Sorry, Dash Rendar fans.  Going forward, any NEW Star Wars content will be considered canon, as the new owners begin to tell a whole new tale moving forward.

Sorry, EU enthusiasts.  Your asses just got rebooted.

But that’s not a bad thing.  No matter how many books or video games get knocked from the official continuity, the main message still remains that we are getting NEW STAR WARS MOVIES.  If that doesn’t excite you, then you really should re-think your fandom of the product.  Of course, Star Wars is that odd little thing in which so many of the fans absolutely hate everything about it and think they could do it better, but that’s beyond the point.  Star Wars was and remains a movie franchise, so nipping the “how does this play with the secondary stuff” questions officially in the bud is great.  It’s a definitive move that any franchise looking to reboot should establish.

That would include you, DC.

So while for now Boba Fett is once again dead in a Sarlacc belly yet midiclorians are definite, it really is a good thing for a franchise that is finally growing about a decade later than it should have.