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I’ve mentioned my distaste for mixing vampires and superheroes in the past, but this preview image from X-Men #2 actually gives me a little hope. It features the X-Men “bumping” into Blade, the vampire hunter.

X-Men and Blade team up

I really love the character look and style of the art from Paco Medina.  Not only is it perfect for the X-Men, but it brings a striking look for the vampires and his fights have life to them.  I might be changing my tone on this story…

Posted on July 16th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The Mid-Week Pit, Wolverine, Star Wars, Lost, Harry Potter, Action Movies

Welcome to an all new (midweek) Pit! Enjoy…

  • Our friends at 141tv have posted the 2010 Emmy Nominations along with predictions.  I don’t agree with them, but he makes some interesting picks.
  • The Examiner is reporting that Mike Judge is at work on 30 new episodes of the cult animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. This is only a rumor for now, but I think that would be a pretty cool move by MTV. They are trying to move from their slate of reality shows and into more scripted series. What woul dbe better than bringing back their most famous scripted series. The site says that the show will retain its original format with music videos cut into the show with B&B doing their usual commentary.
  • A few more actors join X-Men: First Class, including Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee and Nicholas Hoult as the Beast. They join previously cast James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbenderas Magneto.  Other rumored casting includes Kick-Ass‘ Aaron Johnson coming onboard as X-Men’s team leader Cyclops, and Alice Eve as Emma Frost.  Johnson could make a pretty awesome Cyclops, but Eve is way too old to portray a teenage Emma Frost.
  • James Cameron’s Avatar is returning to 3D theaters on August 27 with 8 additional minutes of footage. The special edition includes some new creatures and action scenes. Will you be seeing the flick again?
  • Hollywood the Game has been surging with creativity with more than 4 virtual films being released a week in the Hollywood simulation game and writing community.  Read, review, and make contacts by visiting the site and signing up for an account!

I’m sure that Marvel Comics is going to release a ton of these types of teaser posters for the upcoming X-Men #1 and the universe wide vampire crossover, but this one is really cool. I love the noir yet romantic style of it, and Emma Frost works perfectly as a vampire.

X-Men, Poster

When I first read the preview for X-Men #1 I was annoyed. It reads: “MUTANTS VERSUS VAMPIRES PART 1 – When a suicide bomber strikes in downtown San Francisco, it gets the immediate attention of the X-Men. But this is not your garden variety terrorist – and he’s not acting alone. Vampires from around the globe are descending en masse on the City by the Bay, staking a brutal claim for the patch of land the X-Men call their home. What is their agenda? Who is their mysterious leader? The X-Men are about to find out, as they brace themselves for a war of the species that will wrack the Marvel Universe.”

If there is only thing that superheroes (and the X-Men) don’t mix well with, it is vampires. And now, we have the beginning of a large vampire crossover likely inspired by the success of Twilight and True Blood, which makes it even more disturbing.  If you want to do vampires right, you have to make them a threat. You can’t have people turned into vampires and than cured, you have to make turning them count. You’ll have to up their power level to even be able to stand toe to toe with people like Wolverine and Colossus.  In a world where mutants can go out in the day and destroy cities in the blink of an eye, how are vampires scary?

“Second Coming” has gone a long way to make the X-Men enjoyable again. I just really hope that it isn’t wasted by pitting mutants vs vampires.

Check out these X-Men related products…

Posted on June 10th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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Grant Morrison “killed” the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, and now he is bringing him back in “The Return of Bruce Wayne”.  The first issue of the six-part series hits stores next Wednesday, May 12th. Since the events of “Final Crisis”, Bruce Wayne has been displaced through time. This is his journey. Each issue features the cape crusader in a different era of time with a different artist giving each issue a distinct style. Issue #1 features art by Chris Sprouse.  Meet… “Caveman Batman”.

Other comics on sale Wednesday include:

  • Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 from Marvel Comics. Warren Ellis continues his run with the X-Men, now pulled away from the main Marvel Universe.
  • The second issue of Dark Horse Comics’ sci-fi series Hellcyon comes out. The series reminds me of Avatar and is written and drawn by Lucas Marangon.
  • Image Comics has Savage Dragon #160 and Sam & Twitch: The Writer #1. Dragon sees the brutal end of the “Dragon Wars”, while Sam & Twitch is a new bi-weekly crime mini-series.

What will you be picking up this coming week?

Remember when I posted this image?

Bryan Singer X-Men First Class

I was gladly announcing that Bryan Singer had kissed and made up with Fox and would be returning to direct the newest X-Men flick (X-Men: First Class). Over the past two weeks, I have kept tight lipped with all of the news regarding the project. First Singer had to give up directing due to a commitment to a Warner Brothers film, then the rumors were flying that Singer would still produce with Matthew Vaughn directing. I didn’t want to get excited about the idea (hey, I was just burned by Singer being pulled off the project).

Now, Hollywood Reporter is saying that Matthew Vaughn will indeed be directing X-Men: First Class with Bryan Singer producing the film, which is expected to relaunch the X-Men franchise and get the bad taste of X3 and Wolverine out of our systems. I loved Stardust and very much enjoyed Vaughn’s latest effort, Kick-Ass (see the Mini Movie Review sidebar for more of my thoughts). I can’t put into words how excited I now am for this project. Lets just hope that Fox buds out and lets Singer and Vaughn go wild and make a truly memorable X-Men film.

The film will hit theaters two weeks before Green Lantern on June 3rd, 2011.

Nation X Issue 2 and Spiderman Issue 617

It has been a while since we’ve done comic spotlights, and sadly, it has been weeks since I’ve been able to pick up any of the new issues that are collecting dust in my pull box. I’m going to work hard to rectify both counts. Among the crowd of books coming out today are two very different titles from Marvel Comics.

First up (pictured on the left above) is Nation X #2.  I have not read Nation X #1, and I have no idea what is currently going on in the X-Books. The reason I’m spotlighting this title is two fold, 1) the promised return of Jubilee and 2) Gambit (the cover looks pretty cool also).  The issue is written by John Barber, C.B. Cebulski, Becky Cloonan, and Tim Fish with art by Cloonan and Fish. The official description: Jubilee returns to the X-Men,returns to the X-Men, Gambit has trouble adjusting to life on Utopia, Northstar deals with the distance that island living necessitates and No-Girl has to save all the X-Men from a foe living right under their noses.

Also coming out today is Amazing Spider-Man #612 from Joe Kelly with art from Max Fiumara. In the new issue, “The Gauntlet” continues with Spider-Man stuck in the middle of a battle between two Rhinos.  I’ve always been a fan of the original Rhino and I can’t wait to see how this issue unfolds.  Next week “Gauntlet” brings us the return of Mysterio.

Posted on January 13th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Bryan Singer X-Men First Class

I have been waiting for this news for a while! Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men film series and will be helming an origin/prequel X-Men: First Class.

The film will likely be Wolverine-less and focus on Professor Xavior’s first class of students, established in the prior films as Jean Grey (maybe now they can call her Marvel Girl), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Hank McCoy (The Beast), and Ororo Munroe (Storm). This differs from the comic’s first class, which included Angel and Iceman, who joined the team later in the movies.

Going back to an origin/prequel is both good and bad. It lets us avoid the horrible conclusion of X-Men: The Last Stand, and gives Singer the freedom to do something new with fresh young faces.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bad film, but some of the young versions of the team worked well. Tim Pocock as Scott Summers was a good fit, and Tahyna Tozzi looked the part of Emma Frost. What are the chances that First Class could be the team against the Hellfire Club? Would be awesome, but I doubt we’ll ever see it. I didn’t like Taylor Kitsch as Gambit upon first viewing, but he has been growing on me in repeat viewings. With a better script, and better director, I think he could be good.

X-Men vs Mr. Sinister? The “First Class” meets the Morlocks? There are so many possibilites for this film and sequels. Maybe they could have Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine pull a “Days of Future Past” type of deal and come from a Sentinel run future to stop it. Hopefully, with Singer back at the helm, X-Men will be as great as it can be.

Posted on December 17th, 2009 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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