Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I'm talking about *another* Zero Year title, Action Comics #25. Can Superman use his amazing powers to help the people of Gotham from the oncoming super storm heading their way?
More details are revealed on where the Justice League have gone! What's this? Lex Luthor and other villains are banding together against the Crime Syndicate? Today, we look at Forever Evil #3.
This weekend, the latest movie entry into the Superman mythos, Man of Steel, opens in theaters. I was fortunate enough to see an early sneak preview of the movie last Sunday. Among other things, I came away from the movie thinking that there are going to be certain people who don't like this movie. Read onwards to find out which people those are.
1) People Expecting This To Be The Christopher Reeves Superman movies
For me, when I get to thinking about what Batman is, I always think of the Batman portrayed in "Batman: The Animated Series". That was "my" Batman - what I base all other portrayals of Batman against. For some people, probably a good many people, the Christopher Reeves movies are "their" Superman. Therefore, I would imagine that there is a decent number of people that are going to see this movie hoping that it will be like the Superman movies that they remember. Those people will probably be disappointed. Times have changed, and Man of Steel reflects that change. While the core character and what he stands for are similar in both movies, the overall tone and feel of the movies is very different than the tone of the 70s movies.
2) People Expecting This To Be The Dark Knight
Having directed The Dark Knight trilogy, many people seeing Christopher Nolan's name on the Man of Steel movie poster may be concerned that this movie attempts to "Batman-ify" Superman. I can see how someone could think that - Superman movies havent done very well recently, but the Batman movies have, so lets just put some of those appealing Batman aspects into this Superman movie. However, Christopher Nolan and Zack Synder did not do that. The tone and universe may have a similar feel to The Dark Knight, which is the way it should be since both movies take place in the same universe, but Superman shines like a beacon, being the man of hope when the world plunges into darkness. What you end up with is a movie that shows how a man like Superman can exist in the same world as Christain Bale's Batman (by the way, in one of the space shots, look at a nearby satellite for a small Easter egg).
3) People Taking Small Children
Typically, for big comic book movies, Ashley and I are of the belief that we should watch the movie first, then take Chloe to it later. This way, we know what's coming and we can shield her from any scenes we feel are too young for her. Most of these movies she really wants to see, yet most are rated PG-13, and this way she can still see the movie with me still holding on to some sense of "good parenting". For Man of Steel, we thought about bringing her along with us for this one time - I mean it's Superman, how bad could it be? I'm glad we decided not to bring her, because I don't know if she's ready to see the movie. As I alluded to above, this movie gets pretty dark. In order to bring out the best traits in a character, you need a villain who is really good at the opposite. In Man of Steel, General Zod is a dark, evil man who will stomp on anyone who gets in his way or who he deems "inferior". This works in the sense that it lets Superman's goodness shine, but the result is a few intense scenes that I believe might be rough for some small kids watching the film.
4) People Who Hate Good 3D
I've heard it explained to me plenty of times that the best 3D is the kind that is not completely obvious to you. Our eyes see in 3D everyday, so if done correctly, good 3D movies would look very natural to us, adding depth to the experience. The preview of Man of Steel we saw was in 3D and this is exactly how I felt watching this movie. There were no cheap gimmicks of objects being thrown at the screen or other effects that other movies use because they are being shot/rendered in 3D. Overall, the 3D felt very natural and did not distract from the movie, which I believe qualifies it as a good usage of the technology.
5) People That Hate A Good Movie
I really liked this movie. Superman has never really been a huge character for me: i consider the other movies to be "alright", I did enjoy "Smallville", but I don't regularly read Superman comics either. While I still prefer the Batman movies, I had fun watching the movie and it did make me want to go to the comic store to look at Superman comics, which for any comic book movie is a good judge of how good it was.
Go see the movie, for most of you out there, you'll enjoy it. If not, comment below and let me know what you thought about it.
This was supposed to be a special bonus episode of OCD, but with us moving to a "every other week" format (is that bimonthly?), I decided that there's enough stuff in here that it deserves to be its own episode. With all the news cropping up last week about the DC Universe relaunch, we gathered a couple of people to talk about what they thought. In addition to Cathi and I, we brought on DrQuest and Erik Fisher to see which comics we would be interested in getting. Here's the best article on all 52 titles that are coming out (thanks iFanboy!): http://www.ifanboy.com/content/articles/The_Definitive_Guide_To_The_DC_Comics_Reboot
Let us know what you think!
Nine hundred issues ago, the world was introduced to the superhero known as "Superman" with a now-iconic cover of him raising up a car. Decades later, DC celebrates a huge milestone with this 96 page tribute to the Man of Steel. But, here is the question: is it worth buying? Read on to find out.
Let me start off by saying that I'm not a big Superman fan. I read the "World of New Krypton" and "War of the Supermen" storylines last year and wasn't that impressed by them. Whenever I see a good Superman title (for ex. Superman: Earth One), I'll pick it up, but I'm not a regular subscriber to any of his titles. However, this is a special issue, so I knew that I would be picking it up, if nothing else but for the historical value (to myself, not as a collector thinking it'll be worth something). Unfortunately, right off the bat people who pick up this issue who don't know what's been going on with Superman will wonder if they wasted their $5.99. The comic starts out by concluding the "Black Ring" storyline that's been going on in Action Comics with Lex Luthor; tying it in with the "Reign of Doomsday" storyline that has been going through some of the other Super-books. Therefore, if you haven't read those books, you might be confused as too what in the world is going on. While you may not quite understand everything that is going on, this is a pretty cool storyline. It shows Superman and Lex Luthor at their best, each one bringing out in each other the qualities that people enjoy most about these two characters.
I won't give away the whole story, but the part that I enjoyed most about this storyline is that Lex and Superman end up showing each other how they are the opposite of what the other one thinks they are. Superman may consider Lex to be simply a human, but Lex has acquired some tricks up his sleeve and shows Superman that he might be more powerful that he is. On the other hand, Lex believes Superman to be an alien, unable to understand what its like to be a human, but ends up finding out that Superman may be more human than he is. All in all the storyline is very cool, and Paul Cornell draws in even new readers to this compelling storyline. Even the ending is one that you wont see coming until you turn to the last page, and its one that might have me picking up future issues of Superman/Action Comics as Superman comes face to face with a serious challenge.
Then of course, no anniversary issue would be complete without the remaining pages being devoted to smaller Superman stories written by various DC all stars such as Paul Dini, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer to name a few. Some are pretty good, some are just fine, but the one labeled "The Incident" is probably the second best story in this book behind the main story. It attempts to connect Superman to some of the political events (riots/protesting) that have happened here in our world of the past few months, and does a good job illustrating how standing up for "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" might not be enough for someone of Superman's power and influence.
CONCLUSION: Buy. Unless you hate Superman, you're probably gonna want to pick this up and read it. The price is a bit steep at $5.99, but there is more than enough here to justify that price.
Agree/Disagree? Tell me in the comments below, or send them into firstname.lastname@example.org to hear it mentioned on the podcast!