Quick Week in Review Comic Book News -Dec 15- Dec 22

1) Paul Rudd is confirmed to play Hank Pym in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. 470_2736058

2) Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman is scheduled to receive a re-write from Argo writer Chris Terrio before filming begins in 2014.

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3) Apparently Warner Bros. is pursuing Joaquin Phoenix for the role of Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel.

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Alan Moore’s Rant about Adult Superhero Comic book fans being “Emotionally Subnormal”

All learning has an emotional base.”
— Plato

 

Any Guy who writes comic books and dresses like this, shouldn’t get the right to claim what’s normal.

 

Alan Moore's Werid ass

 

Recently, Alan Moore, Legendary writer behind such works of art such as The Watchmen and V for Vendetta, went on a rant about how adults between the ages of 30-60 years of age are “Emotionally Subnormal” -Whatever that means? Here’s what he had to say:

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience.”

OK, Now while i understand his defense on the exploitation of comic books and the culture, He ideas not only categorize fans of the genre but also he criticizes what people take away from it. He also makes up a fictitious disorder. I took the time and tried my best to look up what “Emotionally Subnormal” could possibly mean. My search lead me to the study of emotional intelligence and emotional competence. Emotional Intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions, while, emotional competence is basically the study of self efficacy and caliber of a one’s morals. These two studies usually go hand and hand. Moore also says:

I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

A psychologist could prescribe comic books to a emotionally unbalanced child in order to give strong examples of moral support, something a child can identify with. A parent could encourage a child to read in order to reinforce wholesome ethics. From early ages, people have connected superheroes with an infinite symbol of good in the world. Comic books represented that righteousness could always triumph in a world wasn’t always a very friendly place. As a person ages, certain subjects become more of an inevitable reality such as our relationships, jobs, bills, unkind people and even death. But to have the ability to go to the movies and see something that you are not only emotionally attached to, but also entertained by, it could be considered a blessing.

Captian America: Winter Solider Trailer

Who is more  excited than me about seeing Steve Rogers back in action? Man have I haven’t been so pumped about a comic book movie since Avengers. This trailer gave me so much more than i expected, not only did it give a first look of the winter solider in action but also it gave some key information. What is the time setting? How will Cap fit into modern times? How has the world adjusted to his presence? This trailer lightly brushed upon all these questions. So behold!

Quick Man Of Steel Review

 

Soooo, my young lovely friend and comic book fiend Sophia wrote this short but sweet review on the Man of Steel. Not only is it informative but it raises questions that i know everyone has had with the recent adaptation of Supes. Tell me what you think ?

So yesterday I saw the Man of Steel and it was fantastic! I was a little worried about this movie because the trailer wasn’t exciting (for me at first) and I didn’t know the actor (Henry Cavill). Also the suit modification, though taking out the red undies was a smart move lol. Anywho, it was a great movie because, well when I say this don’t be alarmed, it was like Skyfall (which I loved) and when I saw that I mean it brought a new tone to Superman, it was fresh and new but still having a classic touch. It was darker, not too dark like Nolan Batman Dark but to reassure this is the Superman of 2013. Christopher Reeve’s flawless 1978 Superman had a lighter tone (nothing wrong with that) but if we were to imitate that (like in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns ugh) it would be a disaster. It’s 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes is ludicrous, the film was not bad it was different in a good way. It had some faults like too many action scenes like tone it down bit and make this scene more about triumph (SPOILERS: like that scene when he destroys that thing that weakens his powers and have a VoiceOver by Jonathan Kent or Jor-El I dunno that would be touching). That was one thing that bothered me but overall this movie was fantastic and totally recommended to anyone! #manofsteel #henrycavill #superman #moviereview

MOCCA Fest 2013

MOCCA Fest 2013

I’m pretty late on this but its cool. Last, Last Sunday 04/07- I had the opportunity to go to Mocca Fest that was held in Manhattan NYC at the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Book Art . Mocca Fest is a independent comic book festival held by the Society of Illustrators. It is a celebration of the culture of Indie Comic Books as well as the ingenuity it takes to develop a Comic. It was an enriching experience, between meeting talented, emerging comic book artist and authors, to actively engaging in Q&A from the many different panels, I had a wonderful time. Within the next couple of days, i will be uploading some of the Comic Books and Illustration i received while i was there.

Superman: Red Son Review

Superman: Red Son Review

My girlfriend and I just finally got the opportunity to read the three part mini series Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kililian Plunkett. It was a superb take on the classic, iconic character. My girlfriend, Rachel, was kind enough to write a quick review, so enjoy it!

Hey! I’m Rachel, I’m just passing through to give you guys a quick review of DC Comic’s Elseworld story, Superman: Red Son.

We all know Superman is as American as apple pie and the Fourth of July, but what if he wasn’t? What if Kal El’s ship went into orbit a few hours later and he crash landed on one of the collective farms of communist Russia? Writer Mark Millar takes this concept and runs full speed with it. The story reshapes the World War II/Cold War history that was so instrumental in shaping Big Blue’s creation and history by giving the super-powered edge to the USSR. Superman is a loyal supporter of Josef Stalin and the communist ideals and would defend them to his last breath.

Millar’s use of familiar characters in unfamiliar roles is fresh and exciting. Of course you will see Lex Luthor (as the symbol of hope for the American people), Lois Lane (Luthor’s dedicated wife), Jimmy Olsen and Mrs. Kent. Most of the Justice League make appearances as well, notably Batman and Wonder Woman, though not in ways you might expect.

I would give Superman: Red Son a solid 9.5/10. There’s a few small questions unanswered at the end of it all which is why I can’t give it a perfect 10 but Millar pushed Superman to a limit, playing with a side of him we don’t get to see in continuity. It’s ideal if you want to get some Superman literature under your belt but you don’t want to pick up in the middle of a story arc and risk missing something.