Wow, another week has passed and we still don’t have a co-host for the Book Report. While we work on that little glitch, I’m continuing The Weekly Round Up so I can vomit my opinions on this week’s comic book news.
Okay, this kicks much ass. I’m a big Alpha Flight fan and to hear that the team will rise again is pretty spectacular. Add to that the news that one of my favorite writers, Greg Pak, will be handling script duties (alongside Fred Van Lente who is no slouch either) and Doug Eaglesham is slapping out with his art skills, well, you have one happy nerd. I’m not really all shitty in the pants for Fear Itself because I’m tired of Marvel turning every time the sun comes up into a multi-issue series featuring a nauseating number of tie-ins. That being, said, Alpha Flight returning is the nuts!!
Who are worthy? So Marvel has deepened the Oh Shit factor on Fear Itself by releasing two teaser images, both featuring characters gunning for Thor’s hammer. I’m guessing this means Thor gets his ass slapped and the hammer is up for grabs. In one teaser it’s Captain America and Iron Man jumping for it, in another the Juggernaut is trying to break Hercules in half to get to it. While I’m still not sold on Fear Itself, this does peak my interest. I mean seriously, the Juggernaut with Thor’s hammer? That might be the one.
While the What If? fan in me has lovely thoughts of Spider-Man joining the FF, I feel like that’s where it should have stayed. It’s no secret that I think that Marvel’s handling of the death of Johnny Storm sucked ass but this, this just feels like Marvel trying to throw Spidey into as many mixes as they can because of the movie. I’m also not a huge fan of the fact that Spider-Man’s FF outfit makes him look like Storm Shadow from GI Joe. The only thing that might be cool is seeing how they get Spidey on board.
In a move that can only be called brilliant. In a burst of creative power that will go down in history as something for us to all pontificate on with great awe, the folks at Columbia pictures have broken the imagination barrier by deciding to name the new Spider-Man reboot movie….Wait for it….The Amazing Spider-Man!! Holy shit, I can’t believe the collective minds at Columbia, so gifted. As for the costume, well, much like the actor playing Peter Parker, it’s just too damn good looking. I no more believe a teenager made that outfit then I believe I could win a game of pick up sticks with my butt cheeks. The Spider-Man reboot wasn’t made for comic book fans, so I guess I should quit bitching.
RIP JOANNE SIEGEL
Sadly this week, the wife of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel passed away. Mrs. Siegel was not only the inspiration for Lois Lane; she also spent most of her life fighting for the rights that her husband deserved. Every scum sucking, money grubbing shyster tried to get something off of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s creation. Lots of people got rich; those two weren’t part of that. It sucks Mrs. Siegel had to spend her years fighting instead of enjoying the fruits of the first superhero, but it wasn’t to be. Her passing is a sad day in comics.
I won’t front, I used to watch Smallville every week. To be honest I never missed an episode. Somewhere after season seven the show lost its way and I tuned out. This being the last season, the folks over at CW have thrown everything but the kitchen sink into the show in order to go out with a bang. Apparently this season will see the introduction of Conner Kent (Superboy), though how is anybody’s guess. In bigger news Michael Rosenbaum, after years of saying no, will return as Lex Luthor for the final season. Why you ask? It could be the fans, it could be the money or it could be that he woke up one day and realized he had nothing else going the f**k on.
So after languishing development hell for years, Garth Ennis’s beloved Preacher series might get director. Apparently if the movie “I Am Number Four” does well then the man behind it, DJ Caruso, might get to direct Preacher. Personally I don’t give a shit because I am one of the four people on the face of the planet that didn’t like Preacher. It was convoluted, boring and all it really showed was that Ennis never got laid and got picked on a lot because his main protagonist was just a little too super alpha male. As for the movie, who knows if this “I Am Number Four” will do well but if it does they could call Preacher “I Am Number Two”. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Kilowog, Sinestro, Abin-Sur…Oh my!
These are a few of the characters that will get prequel comics before the new Green Lantern shitfest…..ahem….movie opens. I’m guessing these are to establish with the general public who the fuck is who in the movie. I mean seriously, you have to give the guys something to do while the ladies rub their clits over Ryan Reynolds’s abs. This will also allow all the folks who love to say, “I always dug the Green Lantern, he’s my favorite” when these movies come out to sound a little like they know what they’re talking about.
This will be big news to both of you that remember Static Shock. For the rest of the world, here’s the skinny. In 1993 Dwayne McDuffie and Paul Leon created a character in the mold of Spider-Man. A young kid, Virgil Hawkins, gets the power to control electricity (kinda like Storm from the X-Men only with 1/16th the powers) and goes on adventures. He became a big part of the Milestone imprint and even had his own TV show for a while. I’m assuming the comic will have to do with Hawkins trying to get his powers back since he left the Teen Titans in order to reclaim them.
PULL LIST FOR 2/16/11. This is what I’ll be reading this week.
- Batman #707
- Green Lantern #62
- Green Lantern Corps #57
- Amazing Spider-Man 654
- Daredevil Reborn #2
- Hulk #30
- Silver Surfer #1 of 5
- Wolverine #6
That’s it for me this week. Hopefully soon we’ll have the Book Report up and running again. If not I’ll be back next week with The Weekly Round Up #3.