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January 19, 2012 3:04 pm Beddard needs a raise and Tomasi needs to be fired. Having people use "damn" in the middle of sentences does not constitute character development. I really don't see the purpose served by having the Corps title at this stage, particularly when it's just the same old thing and both Hal and Kyle's titles are really forging ahead in new, interesting and different directions quite different from things pre-New 52. Giv Beddard a raise, but don't ever take him off the book. He gets Kyle and manages to give his take on the GL world and themes a completely different slant, taking the story off into places and themes that just wouldn't work with were they tried with Hal, John or Guy. I may actually prefer this over Action Comics as my favourite of the New 52. In fact, I definitely do, much as I usually love Rag Moreles, the art here really makes the difference and Beddard's writing lately has been on a par with Morrison's.
January 19, 2012 12:11 pm I confess that I know next to nothing about the character or his history, but surely it can't be insignificant to note that I seem to recall he was able to hold his own/survive unscathed from alliance/master plan involving both Darkseid AND Dark Phoenix at the same time. Dude *clearly* punches above his weight and then some.
January 19, 2012 12:02 pm I was kidding about him drawing the boots on part. That would involve illustrating the character's feet, after all.
January 19, 2012 12:00 pm When Lifeld begins to deliver pages for the Deathstroke series, what are the odds that some unused/recycled/lightbox traced Deadpool art manages to find it's way in there somehow, only recoloured and with boots drawn on..?
January 17, 2012 10:50 am Shymalan insisted at the time and since that when he wrote it, he intended for it to be the first act of a trilogy and the twist ending would kickstart the action/mythology in the subsequent movies and give you renewed appreciation for what you had just seen in the first part. I think it's an interesting enough premise, to present the audience with an origin story that, while you're watching it, you don't actually realise you're watching an origin story, but the pay-off is just a little too weak to make it worth it. It does however nicely play off the extreme annoyance and frustration that most comics readers feel when familiar characters get the big screen treatment in that at least the first hour of screen time will be taken up by retelling the origin, with the second hour consumed by them "finding their inner strength" as a hero to carry on, rather than punching things. The first Spider-man movie was a great adaptation and faithful to the character, but he only actually got to *be* Spider-man for the last 20mins and then it was all over. Plus, as we know, they *always* change things in the origin, however minor, and they're always annoying or disrespectful to something iconic (Bucky fell out the side of a speeding train? Really..? Jeez... ). Unbreakable, for all it's faults, didn't have that and was all the better for it, as Willis' character was new and a completely unknown quantity. (Also, Dr. Doom is completely unmutilated/turns into living metal/stays pretty somehow..?? What?? Whatever you do with this movie, young women/teenage girls are not going to want to see it, so just put the pretty man under the metal mask, scar his face up some more and stop being silly. And try to get Alba to keep her clothes on for just 5mins, while you're at it...)
January 17, 2012 10:28 am Now that Disney actually owns The Fantastic Four, along with the rest of the Marvel characters (which they didn't when The Incredibles was produced), I doubt you will see another Incredibles feature anytime soon. The option window for another FF movie to go into production must be either over or about to be over very shortly, at which point (I presume), Disney/Miramax will want to retain the rights in-house and try and get something going again there (maybe a Golden Age / Human Torch solo feature - how awesome would that be?). That will likely be on going for most of the next decade or so. While that's ongoing, your unlikely to see a new Incredibles feature, at least theatrically. Straight to DVD is more likely. Otherwise, the two projects will just cancel each other out. This brand ain't big enough for the both of them.
August 9, 2011 12:35 pm NextWave: Agents of H.A.T.E and Skrull Kill Krew.
July 11, 2011 9:05 pm Doom has difficulty accepting the opinions and criticisms of others, those who would dare to question Doom.

Thor understands. Thor gets it. Must be hard for Doom. Doom is strong, yes, and Doom is smart. Thor is as well. Thor also is strong and sometimes smart too. But Thor not so strong and not so smart as Hulk.  Hulk is strongest there is. But Thor has learned to live with it.  In time, Doom will too, Thor thinks. So say I, speaketh Thor.

Thor is there for Doom if Doom need Thor, Doom can count on Thor. Then, one day,  maybe Thor and Doom together learneth to properly useth first and second person forms of address and sentence construction.

For Thor's part, Thor is getting very tired of referring always to Thor as Thor and to Doom always as Doom. In fairness though, Doom did start it. Thor does not know why Doom always does it to Doom the whole time but Thor is up to Thor's neck with it and Doom anyway should be setting a better example, if not for Thor's sake, then for Doom's

Doom is Doom's worst enemy it seems to Thor.
June 3, 2011 1:28 pm Having seen the new Issue Ones, I don't have a problem with any of those - most are characters that have recently been revived / worked over by the events of Blackest Night/Brightest Day/Generation Lost etc., ones that had lost their way to a greater or lesser extent and really needed a shot in the arm. After several recent relaunches in the last couple of years that have come up short (Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash being the key ones), a back to basics approach, acknowledge continuity but start with a clean sheet of paper and just tell the best stories is the way forward.

I think that there is plenty of opportunity for this to go wrong ( as with something like One Year Later, its just an editorial nightmare to have that many new directions kicking off and keeping them consistent, I think a streamlining, rather than a reboot is what's called for.

When people say reboot, the analogy they usually mean or a have in mind is more like reformat - start again from scratch and none of it ever happened, as with the Ultimates, Smallville or Earth One model. That's unfulfilling for the fans and throws the baby out with the bathwater and after tweaking, adding to and referring back to Hal Jordan's origin for the last 7 years now, no one is in the mood to have it told again the same year the movie comes out.

But that aside, other than messing with or retelling the origin, what Geoff Johns has done in cherry picking characters and storylines from the previously overlooked stories of the 70s, 80s and 90s of Green Lantern has to be the best way forward. Kevin Smith's relaunches of both Oliver Queen as Green Arrow and Daredevil have also set the high water mark for encapsulating the fun, well-remembered or likewise obscure and oft-overlooked aspects of continuity whilst mocking the bits that seem corny or ridiculous now, like Nightwing's disco collars or that giant typewriter. 

Personally, I can swallow a relaunch of that kind, provided it can provide some tongue-in-cheek mockery of those silly bits of continuity, questionable retcons of the past (Bart Allen and Conner Kent's return to the Titans stand out, as does *ahem* Countdown). 

Mark Waid cited it in his commentary for 52 as a piece of writing theory called "hang a hat on it", i.e., when the characters directly question the inconsistencies and plot-holes.

Basically, it's all fine provided someone just walks straight up to Batman says "Why the hell haven't you done a damn thing to help Barbara walk again? "

(Although, the same question applied to Reed Richards as regards restoring Ben's human form gets answered differently by ever writer, so who knows what answer will really satisfy people...)