Top 5 things i liked about Man of Steel

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1. I did like the costume in Man of steel but i wished the red was a little brighter. The colors seemed far too dark for a hero meant to inspire hope. The silver embellishments on the suit also felt unnecessary and looked rather dull. Ideally i think they should shoot for something along the lines of the new 52 suit currently in the comics. You don’t need the collar but there are places where red could be utilized to shake things up a little like the belt. They could even incorporate some of the subtle armor pieces from the comics in to it make it appear more Kryptonian.

2. Smallville was damn near perfect looking. There have been many iterations of Superman’s hometown over the years but many felt either too big or too small. This Smallville is just right in my opinion. The Kent farm itself also falls in here.

3. Baby Kal-El’s ship is great looking it obviously fits the aesthetic of the other Kryptonian ships we see while still having a distinction to it that feels like it’s one of a kind. As much as i liked the original Superman films i always thought the weird crystalline ship just didn’t make sense from a practical perspective, even if it’s an object of pure science fiction. Here the ship seems both practical yet easily reconciles as alien in appearance.

4. Russell Crowe as Jor-El easily stole the film in his sheer presence. While i didn’t like everything that occurred on-screen with his character he invoked the role entirely. He gave many facets to the character that were sorely missing from Marlon Brando’s iteration most obviously emotion. His Jor-El felt far more like a hero at the start of the film than just a simple supporting character. Crowe brought gravitas to the role that i doubt anyone else could top.

5. Clark destroying the belligerent truckers semi was pretty great. It immediately brought back memories of Superman 2 where after regaining his powers Clark basically beats the crap out of a similar character at a diner. I didn’t actually like the fact that he physically assaulted a guy for petty reasons in Superman 2 mind you it felt supremely out of character. What i liked here was that Clark basically took a high road in not simply destroying this guy in front of everyone. Yes he gives in to a petty urge and demolishes his truck but that shows how human Clark actually feels just like everyone else.

My personal top 10 issues with Man of Steel

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  1. Zod was born and bred to be a soldier. He was in his own words trained his entire life and yet Jor-EL is able to best him in hand to hand combat. Jor-EL is a scientist…
  2. Zod and his army of rebels are sentenced to the phantom zone but are first placed in weird space coffins that freeze them. Then they are launched into an awaiting spaceship which then finally launches itself into the phantom zone. These are vicious criminals that staged a bloody coup why not just launch them directly into the zone? It’s clear the council has no intention of ever releasing them this is basically a death sentence and they go about it in such away that makes no sense.

  3. Clark’s powers seem to develop slowly over time as he grows up on earth. It takes him time and effort to learn to control them. Zod is able to master his powers in the last 30-5 minutes of the film with seemingly little effort. Even though he was wearing a suit designed to block out earth’s atmosphere and probably other environmental factors like say radiation.

  4. The atmosphere on Zod’s ship disrupts Superman’s powers. Powers he developed after years of being saturated in the radiation of our sun. Lets think about that for a moment… The atmosphere counteracts radiation that Superman had already absorbed and yet when the atmosphere is set to mimic earth’s his powers suddenly return. They are in space by the way.

  5. Amy Adams is a terrible Lois Lane and Henry Cavill isn’t much of a Superman either. They have no chemistry together at any scene in the movie. Cavill wears a single expression throughout the film a kind of indifferent scowl. You can count the number of times he smiles on one hand. Amy Adams as Lois has no edge to her character there is no way you can believe she is a pulitzer prize winning writer from the way she acts.

  6. It takes almost no time for lois to track down Clark’s hometown and earth mother after an extremely short montage. It’s clear from this that several people already know that clark has abilities. It also shows that at least one has no issue telling people about them. We know that Lana Lang, Pete Ross and Pete’s own mother are aware of Clark. Pete provides Lois with the Kent farm Address. Later the Kent farm is destroyed by Zod and his soldiers then a battle takes place in Smallville. Clearly there is a reason they are so interested in Kansas. Superman later tells a General that he grew up in Kansas. It seems like just about anyone could put the pieces together.

  7. Krypton has spaceships and an abandoned interplanetary colonization project but no one flees the planet as it’s destruction begins.

  8. Jonathan Kent is entirely out of character. Instead of molding Clark in to the man who will save the world he keeps enforcing the idea that humanity will simply reject him once he makes himself known. Even as he is about to die he makes clark not intervene or reveal himself.

  9. Kryptonians are born in matrix style incubators and all come from a magic burned skull fragment which is later somehow ingrained into Kal-El’s cells. The unborn of Krypton are being stored in his cells. I can’t even begin to state everything that’s wrong with that. Consider this though if Kryptonians are anything like humans as they grow and age their cells are constantly being replaced with new ones. Which would mean that none of the proto Krypton babies are in his cells anymore.

  10. Superman doesn’t kill EVER for any reason. This is one of the backbones of the character. The comics, animated movies and cartoons even the previous films that show Superman will do anything to ensure he doesn’t kill someone. By forcing him to kill you are basically taking away from Superman’s greatest belief that there is always hope. In fact there are plenty of stories where Superman crosses the line and things end up taking a turn for the worst. Take the recent Injustice video game or go back to the Justice League cartoon show in the episodes featuring the Justice Lords. Once Superman crosses the no kill line he is no longer Superman.

Updates!

Ok so first “A Ghoul Named Gus” was shelved… then the artist jumped back on board and is now redrawing all the art. Not sure how this will pan out but we shall see. I have been really slacking on comic reviews lately and in fact pretty much all writing honestly. Then suddenly out of no where i begin writing “Ghosted” an idea i had for a novel i have been messing around with for a while. It’s all clicking all of the sudden and i like it a lot. 

That’s pretty much it for now.

PEACE!

Blargh… No more Gus but the horizon is still bright.

Well it seems “A Ghoul named Gus” just wasn’t meant to be. The french artist i was working with essentially lost interest in the project which is a bummer honestly. For now i’m shelving the script and am going to start focusing on something else. I have been kicking an idea around for a novel for quite some time, I may take a swing at that.

As for current works i’m still writing reviews for Fanboybuzz.com and i have been applying for my press badges for Conventions for this year through Bleedingcool.com, which will be super fun and hopefully allow me to do some much needed networking. I have had an idea for a weekly or semi weekly column i may pitch to a few sites also.

One more thing i kind of want to try is a new way of choosing what i put my efforts into developing as far as comic projects go. Basically on a site or the blog i put up a brief concept or outline a week for like a month or so. Let people vote on which one they like the best then write a short script up and hire an artist to produce 8 pages. There would be posted online for free. After continuing this process until i have 4 or so of these 8 page mini stories done i would collect them into an anthology and look for publishers. It could work out well or backfire terribly but either way it sounds fun to me.

So… yeah

Well i haven’t been posting here for a while due to working on a bunch of different projects at once. Which is not easy but still pretty fun i think. I have been writing weekly comic reviews for fanboybuzz.com and working on a backup story for A Ghoul Named Gus. 

Any who i will start posting links to my reviews on fanboybuzz. Lets start off with my most recent one Young Avengers #1. 

http://www.fanboybuzz.com/2013/01/young-avengers-1/

Announcements!

OK i have been sitting on this for a while so time to get it out there. I will be now doing weekly(probably) comic reviews for fanboybuzz.com . Maybe even some articles if i get the chance. On top of that “A ghoul named Gus” my new creator owned book is coming along nicely. I’m working with really talented artists and will post art when i get the chance. We may launch a kickstarter for it sometime soon. There is also going to be a backup story in issue #1 featuring a certain Noh Mask… All that and this year i will be doing some convention coverage for bleedingcool.com!

Missed a milestone…..

So yeah we just hit over 1500 all time views and i wasn’t paying attention. My bad.

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