Comics 101 Is in Session
Alan K. writes: Rumors abound about a Hank Pym appearance in The Avengers movie. Keep the faith, sir. Keep the faith.
Tipton: I'll believe it when I see it...
Michael W. writes: A great tribute to Gene Colan. His DD and Iron Man runs are still amazing but to me, Tomb of Dracula is his masterwork. I find it interesting that the "Essential" volumes are better than the color trade paperbacks as in black-and-white, his amazing flow of pencils leaps even better at you and you can appreciate his great shading as well. A true master who inspired so many artists, a real loss to us all but at least he left some masterworks behind.
Tipton: Yeah, I was reading some of his '80s WONDER WOMAN on my iPad this week. So great.
Ron B. writes: What will all of this revamping / denying / cluster[redacted]ing of the DC Universe mean to the DCU Online? I have a couple of friends who really love that game (and I was giving some serious thought to getting into it once I know for a fact that PSN has the kinks worked out in regards to no one being able to use my credit card information to buy voodoo dolls of ex-girlfriends and what have you), but now isn't the entire premise of that universe (that the powers that be, including Jim Lee if memory serves) is being dropped like a bad habit. Are they going to completely revamp the game or have it be a pocket universe or what exactly?
Tipton: If I had to guess, any changes will be minimal. That game took so long to develop to begin with, I can't imagine sweeping changes would be easy to carry out.
Shawn K. writes: Please tell me that the upcoming changes in the DC Universe are a result of a pocket universe created by Franklin Richards.
Ray C. writes: I was a lot less blown away by the Captain America film than you were. Don't get me wrong -- I enjoyed it. I thought it was a good film, but far from a great film. I think it all stems from the director. I think his action sequences are always consistently missing something. Jurassic Park III is a great example. Pretty good special effects, great cast of actors, but something was missing from it to make it a more entertaining film than it was. I just went to IMDB and I see that he is the director of one of your faves -- The Rocketeer. I think maybe the good will he has built up in you may be clouding your judgment on this one. The action was just very generic to me. And Chris Evans, who I really like a lot, was far too serious the whole time. Maybe Robert Downey, Jr. has spoiled me for any superhero interpretation for the rest of my life, but I just wanted Cap to be more fun.
Overall, I just expected more from this film. The big winner of the superhero sweepstakes this summer is still X-Men: First Class. I don't think Cap comes close.
Now, I won't say I wasn't blown away by the post credits segment...
Tipton: Agree to disagree. No blinders on me. Johnston has made plenty of movies I didn't like, JP III being one of them. But everything here worked for me. The action was well shot and exciting, and I thought Chris Evans' Cap was spot-on: humble, serious and sincere. Cap shouldn't be a wise-cracking guy like RDJ's Tony Stark.
As always, your mileage may vary.
Picture of the Week
Hmf. How do people not see that the red shorts look cooler?
See you next week.