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Not a lot of things came out this past week that caught my attention. I picked up Superman: World of New Krypton #5 and  X-Men Legacy #226 (I really wish they’d revert the name back to just X-Men), but overall it was a slow week.  DC Comics is gearing up for “Blackest Night” and I’m sorta interested in that, but it is not quite here yet. While I haven’t followed Batman since Gotham was ravaged by an Earthquake and declared a “No Man’s Land”, a lot of people have been recommending that I take a look at “Batman: Reborn”.  With Bruce MIA and thought to be dead, Dick Grayson has finally taken over as the Dark Knight.  In Batman #688, which hit stores on Wednesday, both Two-Face and the Penguin make their move against the new Batman.

What else is worth your time? This week was as slim as summer television.

  • Marvel: Uncanny X-Men: First Class #1 – a lighter look at one of my favorite teams of X-Men.
  • Dark Horse: B.P.R.D.: 1947 #1 – a vampire hunting down survivors of the Third Reich? Sounds interesting.
  • IDW: A few G.I. Joe titles and an an adaptation of Angel‘s final episode. I’ll pass.
  • Image: Eh…

Posted on July 10th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (3)
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This Wednesday (June 17th, 2009) Captain America #600 hits stores from Ed Brubaker along with Roger Stern and Mark Waid, and art from Alex Ross, Dale Eaglesham, Butch Guice and Luke Ross.  The cover on the left is by Steve Epting and the variant on the right is from Alex Ross.

In the new issue, it is the anniversary of the death of Steve Rogers and the book looks at the life of the former Captain America and includes what Marvel is calling “the most wicked plot twist since” Steve Roger’s death. Also in the milestone issue is an essy from Joe Simon, a story from Captain America’s Golden Age, and a gallery of covers from all 600 issues.

Other interesting comics coming out on Wednesday…

  • Marvel: Cable #15 – Part 6 of the “Messiah War”. Cable is one of only a handful of ongoing series that I anticipate every month.
  • DC: Batman: Streets of Gotham #1 – There is a new Batman, how will Gotham react to him?
  • Image: Invincible #63 – Will Invincible be able to save the planet?
  • IDW: Angel #22 – Will this series finally be good? I keep giving it a chance in hopes that it’d begin to feel like the show. It hasn’t yet.


Check out these Captain America related trade paperbacks for sale…

Like most of the country, I saw this film on opening weekend. But unlike most of the country, I didn’t think it was going to be the best film of the year. I didn’t love Batman Begins the way most people did and therefore went into this film with lower expectations than everyone else.

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight

Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is back as Batman and teaming up with Lieutenant Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and new district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to take down the mob once and for all. In doing so, the mob turns to a maniacal criminal mastermind, The Joker (Heath Ledger), who unleashes chaos into Gotham. Seeing the film in theaters, I really enjoyed it, but didn’t fully love it. Upon repeat viewings, though, I began to realize that it truly is a fantastic, well made film, and easily one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. There’s not a whole lot I can say about this film that someone else hasn’t said before, so let’s just get right to it.

Nominations:

Best Supporting Actor – Heath Ledger
Ledger is probably the biggest shoe-in in the awards this year and it’s impossible for us to know if things would be different if he hadn’t had such an untimely death before the film came out. Still, it’s one hell of a swan song and I’m looking forward to seeing who will accept the award for him at the ceremony.

Best Cinematography
This film has got some beautifully filmed action sequences, but it’s also got stiff competition with Benjamin Button, Changeling, and eight time nominee Roger Deakins for The Reader. The first film didn’t take home the gold back in 2006 and I don’t think this one will make the cut either.

Best Editing
This is a great nominee here; even though the run time is nearly 3 hours, the story never loses its pace. It’s like watching a comic book with all of its different arcs and stories that weave together to make the whole of the film. I think it’s a strong contender here, but the award could go to something a tad more concise such as this year’s award show darling Slumdog.

Best Art Direction
The dark, gritty look of Gotham is striking, but also old news. The first film wasn’t even nominated here and while there’s more Gotham this time, I think it’s more likely to go to film with more practical sets such as Revolutionary Road or Benjamin Button.

Best Makeup
This is a very diverse category this year and I don’t yet know which way it will swing. The Joker’s streaky, eerie face paint is perfect for the villain, but the nomination belongs to the special effects make up on a certain burn victim. His brief face time (no pun intended) after said burns may not be enough for a win here.

Best Sound
This is a serious contender here, as this category tends to go to big, booming action films, but it’s got company with another comic book adaptation- Wanted. I’d like to give The Dark Knight the edge here, though, as it’s a far more popular film with a larger audience. Plus with all its nominations this year versus Wanted’s one, I’m sure more Academy members have seen it as well.

Best Sound Editing
In a normal year I’d give this category to the same film I’d give Sound to, but this year is different.

Best Visual Effects
This is a tough category as The Dark Knight’s super hero is a guy in a cape and the villains are some Italian guys and a maniac covered in grease paint. When put next to a guy that ages backwards and an iron suit that can fly, it kind of pales in comparison.

Snubbed?
First there are the obvious categories that most were pulling for: Best Picture and Best Director, which would have been really refreshing to see. But my biggest beef with the Academy is failing once again to recognize Gary Oldman’s amazing performance as Jim Gordon. His material in this film was even better than it was in Batman Begins, but he has been completely overshadowed by Ledger and therefore has failed to get the recognition he deserves. Yet Amy Adams and Viola Davis are recognized for the same film. Dear Academy- you’re not as progressive as you think you are.

****½

I only just heard of Batman Arkham Asylum this past week, but I’ve been getting more and more excited for it. This game has everything going for it for fans of Batman. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill from Batman: The Animated Series reprise their voices for Batman and the Joker, while the game was written the BTAS’s mastermind and fan favorite, Paul Dini. As Batman you get to freely roam the halls of Arkham Asylum fighting your way through his rouge gallery as all of the prisoners of the Asylum have been freed from their cells.

Confirmed villains include the Joker, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, Killer Croc, and Bane, with The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, The Scarecrow, Two-Face, and Poison Ivy also rumored. The game forces you to use detective skills along with combat, ensuring that it isn’t just another fight and destroy everything in site game. And best of all, this game isn’t a movie adaptation game; it just pulls from Batman’s 70 years of history to form a game that is very true to character.

Batman Arkham Asylum comes out on May 1st, 2009.

Posted on January 31st, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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I have to admit, I am honestly surprised by a lot of the winners. For the full list, continue reading…

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Earlier this week, Batman #683 hit comic stands from DC Comics, writer Grant Morrison, and artist Lee Garbett, with a cover by Alex Ross. The new issue follows up on the recent “Batman RIP” storyline that saw the death of Bruce Wayne.

DC Comics’ Official Description: This special two-part tale narrated by Sir Alfred Pennnyworth reflects upon the life and times of Gotham City’s most celebrated citizen – and hints at what’s next for The Dark Knight. Grant Morrison delivers a story of past memories, present heartache and future promises. A spectacular, unforgettable farewell to The Dark Knight, mixing memory, dream and speculation as Alfred closes the casebook on the greatest crimefighter of all time. With guest appearances by Batman friends and foes from every era of Batman’s history, this epic adventure cannot be missed.

To check out four preview pages from the new issue, continue reading.

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Posted on December 27th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Oddee is hosting a gallery of some really cool face painting designs. The bizarre art is by James Kuhn, a “self-described drag queen, former nudist, born again Christian, and 46-year-old artist from Michigan”. Included in the mix of designs is Batman and Robin (as seen above), popcorn box, King Tutankhamun, sundae cup, cheeseburger, zebra, corn, and a kit-kat clock to name a few.

You can check out the full gallery  here.

Posted on December 8th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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