What the Tranktastic Four owes to the comics (spoilers)

I've seen it. It is objectively bad, not just as an adaptation, but as a film in general. The iFanboy review pointed out a lack of fan service, which was true, but not entirely.

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[personal profile] history792015-08-07 10:14 pm

Jupiter's Circle #5

"But what I thought with "Jupiter's Circle" was telling that story that looked slightly old-fashioned, superficially, but once we go behind it and see the interpersonal relationships, it starts to feel deeper, or more like a European movie from that period. It's like a '60s French film about what's going on in these heroes' private lives. Not in a crass way, but I love the idea of looking at what happens between alien invasions with everyone's wives and children. It's all about how they feel about each other. It ended up feeling very different than any superhero comic I've ever read, and I think that's what will be fascinating for the readers."

- Mark Millar

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[personal profile] espanolbot2015-07-05 09:56 am

Captain America on France

Since it's the Fourth of July Weekend, I thought that I'd post this and give my commentary on it.

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man: "Down Among the Dead Men"

In 2004 Marvel released a Spider-Man title under the 'Marvel Knights' imprint. The basic idea was to make a more "hard PG-13" Spider-Man title with Mark Millar and Terry Dodson delivering a 12 issue arc in three parts. There's no official title for the whole thing but it's been called "Shush" by the fans given the obvious similarities to 'Hush' that was running around the same time; an "epic" about a mystery villain causing havoc that happens to involve the majority of the hero's rogue gallery.

FWIW, while both are a lot of 'style over substance', I enjoyed "Shush" a lot more. You may think differently.

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[personal profile] history792015-05-20 09:28 pm

Jupiter's Circle #2

"We thankfully live in a world that’s reasonably progressive now, at least in the West. the last ten to fifteen years has seen major strides in LGBT rights to the point where it’s kind of odd NOT to regard another human being as having the same rights you have as opposed to this just being a fringe issue. This is especially true among young people, which is a fantastic glimpse into the future, and most sit-coms or dramas now have one matter-of-fact gay character, which is fine. However, 1959 was quite different and I like the idea of a guy who essentially has two secret identities. On the hand he’s a superhero, in his other life he’s an old school professional who’s respected by his peers, but secretly he’s got a private life that could ruin everything. From a dramatic point of view there’s something much more interesting about a gay superhero in 1958 because the shockwaves it would create if he came out the closet would be enormous in the period. This opening story is kind of an analogue of what was happening to the carefully managed movie stars of the day like Rock Hudson or Montgomery Clift."

- Mark Millar

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[personal profile] history792015-05-15 07:37 pm

Chrononauts #3

"I love Rod Serling. I generally don’t read modern sci-fi, but I love the humanity and simplicity in his sci-fi and we saw it in the guys he worked with like Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. The mechanics weren’t interesting to them. It was the human consequences that engaged us and I think that’s how you do sci-fi for a mass audience. Chrononauts owes a lot to those guys. A simple idea using real world events and people."

- Mark Millar

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