Month: January 2017

Superhero poses

There are certain poses you find repeated in comics.  From time to time, I will highlight some of them, and mention what I like and/or dislike about them.  This is going to be a comparison through the years of a pose, as that would take a lot of time and effort.

This first one is from Batgirl #4, written by Hope Larson and art by Rafael Albuquerque.

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First, there is the pose itself.  I find it to be a fairly graceful pose.  It is not a speed or power pose with an outstretched body that you often find with Superman or Batman.  It is not an acrobatic pose like you often find with Nightwing, where the legs are at odd angles to show how agile and acrobatic he is.  This is pose showing Batgirl gracefully flying through the air.  She is not falling or gliding.  She is flying/swinging with a purpose.

Next, there’s the angle of the view.  By making it so that the reader’s perspective is below Batgirl, she appears as a goddess soaring above us.  If the perspective was from above Batgirl, this pose would not look nearly as majestic as it does.  Viewing her from above would make her seem like someone below us.  Someone we can look down on, because we the reader be literally looking down on her.  Instead, we are looking up, seeing her in the skies like we do with the other great heroes.

Then there is also the kids in the window.  They are side characters we can identify with.  The look of awe and adoration are evident on their faces.  They do not care that this is not Superman or Batman.  Instead, they are in awe of Batgirl.  They are in awe of seeing this hero before them.

This is why I really liked this page.  Yes, upon closer inspection, the placement of the rope does not make a lot of sense.  How does it go from being between her and her cape and then behind her cape.  But whatever.  Just enjoy the page.

Riverdale Pilot Review

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Let me start out by saying that I have never, ever read an Archie comic book before.  I have no idea what is contained within those pages.  I was always under the impression that Archie was a pretty lighthearted series, but have not seen any real evidence of that.  Sure, I am aware of the characters.  Could easily recognize them as they debuted in the show, but did not have any base of characterization to judge what I was seeing.

Adding to this lack of knowledge about the source material, I did not watch any previews for Riverdale.  So, I really had no idea what I was in for when I started this episode.  I give this info because I think context is important with reviews.  Someone that is an avid Archie fan may have a different opinion about this episode than myself.  But for myself, I was pretty surprised by what I saw.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)

Rogue One Review

rogue-one-posterAs the release of this movie grew closer, my level of skepticism kept rising.  I liked the premise of the movie.  The thought of following a group of spies around the Star Wars universe interested me.  It is something that had not really been shown before.  Yes, I am certain there is probably some expanded universe stuff with this view point, but nothing that the wider audience had been shown.

With the last trailer shown, my skepticism grew more. This was the trailer that revealed that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) was the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), the man that designed the Death Star.  Instantly, this plot point worried me.  I wanted to see a movie about spies being spies, and trying to steal secret information.  Not a movie about a daughter trying to find and/or redeem her father.  I was worried that Disney, presented with an opportunity to give us a different type of Star Wars movie, would play it safe in the end.

In the end, we did end up with some type of spy/war movie set in the Star Wars universe that I’m fairly certain I liked, but not entirely sure it did as much as it could have.  Spoilers follow.  (more…)

Podicus Wrecks #20 – How We Want Stories to Start

In this episode, we discuss what we look for when we start a story, be a book, television, comic, or movie series. We specifically discuss the recently released Hawkeye #1, having Anthony take a look at it since he has never read a Hawkeye comic before and has no idea who Kate Bishop is.  We also do a little bit of year end wrap up, and something we’re looking forward to in 2017.