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.

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!

Call for Artists!

So I am officially looking for an art team for new creator owned comic projects. I have an ad up on Digital Webbing per the link provided with the specifics.

http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164205

 

So if you or anyone you know is a Penciller, Inker, or Colorer and are interested drop me a line at chris@thecomicsbleed.com

Review: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1

Batman is back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have more than eagerly awaited The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1. After Rises left a terrible and plot hole filled taste in my mouth it’s nice to get back to the real meat and potatoes of what Batman really stands for.

First lets get the technical stuff out of the way. The animation in TDKR is pretty much comparable to most of the DCU animated films. There are some adjustments like a slight graininess to it that really helps sell the tone. It is extremely dark at many moments but as any real Batman fan knows the dark serves its purpose well. The character designs are basically torn from the pages of the comic they are based on. There is some terrific exaggeration done with many of the characters that really sells the world they are living in. The run time may seem too long for some and too short for others but at the end you are left wanting more either way. Story wise TDKR is one of the most faithful adaptations that DC animated has put out. It is quite obvious the amount of care and respect that went in to this movie.

The voice acting is tremendous and most of the character fit perfectly. I will say it does take a while to get used to Peter Weller’s Batman there is no shortness of grit and attitude but he is far gruffer than any previous incarnation in tone. By the end of the movie it didn’t bother me nearly as much as it did at the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal of the Dark Knight but deep down i still wished Kevin Conroy was voicing Batman. That may just be personal preference talking of course but i know there are many who feel the way i do.

There are few moments that are slow in the film. So much happens in such a small amount of time but it all flows so organically that it doesn’t feel overly long or stunted either. After it’s all said and done The Dark Knight Returns is a tremendous accomplishment for DC animated.

If any of you doubt see this movie all i will say is this. If you hated the Dark Knight Rises this film is for you. If you loved the Dark Knight rises it’s time for you to see Batman done right and this is the film to show it to you. If your just a Batman fan period this film is for you and for all of us.

The Dark Knight Returns: Part 1 gets 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t believe me? Then you haven’t seen it yet.

Review: Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Mini-Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Wilson’s wild ride has finally come to it’s end… kind of… sort of.. i guess. “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” shot straight to the top selling out almost immediately and going in to second printings in no time flat. We finally get a good look at what would happen if the merc with the mouth set out to do what we all secretly hoped he would kill literally everybody of note in the Marvel universe.

At no point during the series did the action or kills disappoint. We get four issues of Deadpool showing that he is the best he is at what he does maybe even better than Wolverine. The story itself is scene dressing nothing more. We jump right in to the bloody, awful and some times just plain brilliant ways he chooses to off Marvels heavy hitters. Some are definitely better than others mind you but they are all visceral and totally plausible ways to take these characters out.

There are some subtle hints as to what is pushing Deadpool towards these actions during the story but we get no real answers as the series rolls to it’s odd conclusion, calling it fourth wall breaking or Meta would be a huge understatement. But it seems at least to me to be setting something bigger up for this particular incarnation of Wade Wilson. I have the feeling they “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” maybe heading towards the direction of the “Marvel Zombies” franchise. And i don’t mean actually showing up in said title but that this Version of Deadpool maybe seeing way more action in the days to come. Crossovers? always a possibility, Killing the Multiverse? why not? Showing up in 616 and causing untold mayhem? who knows…

“Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe” is 4 issues of supreme awesomeness. Final Score 4 out of 5(due exclusively to the ending).

Things change.

It’s been a crazy few months and things are moving around a bit. The blog in it’s current iteration thecomicsbleed.wordpress.com is just too damn long and clunky. So in the interest of branding and productivity the site will now simply be thecomicsbleed.com

Carry on.

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