Michael B. Jordan: Taking it to the house.
Michael B. Jordan knows whats up, fuck every racist bitch out there.
Michael B. Jordan: Taking it to the house.
Michael B. Jordan knows whats up, fuck every racist bitch out there.
Today is the big day. The first volume of ZERO, the exploration/dissection of the spy thriller genre that sort of erases the genre borders as it moves along, is now out in comic book stores all around the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and hopefully some other territories as well.
This is a big one for me. ZERO is my first ongoing series. Every issue is simultaneously a self-contained story and a part of the big overarching narrative. If you want to know more about it, I recommend reading this interview, which came out before the first issue even went on sale, or this interview, which came out recently. And if you don’t have enough, then this interview takes you through my creative process from a different angle.
This comic is a success. We set out to do something special and we’re achieving it. So this post is, in a way, also a thank you to everyone involved with ZERO: Jordie Bellaire, our astonishing coloring chameleon. Tom Muller, whose wonderful design sensibility inevitably affects how I think of the story and how I feel it. Clayton Cowles, for delivering lettering that is precise and adding storytelling value, something that is rare. Mike Walsh, Tradd Moore, Mateus Santolouco, Morgan Jeske, Will Tempest, for creating the world with us, for being excellent artists and splendid collaborators. To Paul Pope, Becky Cloonan, Chris Burnham, Christian Ward for the variant covers. To Garth Ennis, Warren Ellis, Ian Fleming, James Ellroy, Jim Thompson, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Terence McKenna and plenty more, for creating works that molded me and ZERO. To Kieron Gillen for the advice and friendship. To the retailers for ordering so many copies. To all the websites and magazines who decided to talk about the comic. To everyone at Image Comics for believing in the comic, and to Eric Stephenson specifically for greenlighting it and for always believing in me. To Ron Richards for giving me support in hard times.
This isn’t just a comic book coming out. This isn’t just a first chapter of a story. This is proof.
I can make whatever I want. I can find new wonderful relationships along the way. I can use pop fiction as a vehicle for self-exploration while keeping it very entertaining and commercially successful.
This is proof that comics can be anything.
You can find ZERO Vol. 1: AN EMERGENCY in your local comic book store. If you don’t have a comic book store nearby (see here), or simply prefer a different option, you can buy it on the US Amazon, the Canadian Amazon or the UK Amazon.
Everything is awesome; everything is cool when you’re part of the team! Directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller team up again for their 3rd excellent comedy, this time living the dream of an awesome Lego movie! The story is about Emmet (Chris Pratt), your average yellow-faced construction-working lego man, but wait! He is special! The chosen hero! The Neo of the Matrix! And thus begins the quest to save Lego-kind from the evilness of President Business (Will Ferrell)!
Everything is better when people stick together and thus Emmet is accompanied by the Master Builders: Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), the Wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), the Pirate Metalbeard (Nick Offerman), an Anime Cat-Unicorn hybrid Uni-Kitty (Alison Brie), 1980s-something Space Guy (Charlie Day being his awesome self) AND THE GOD DAMN BATMAN (Will Arnett). Other characters include Superman (Channing Tatum), Green Lantern (Jonah Hill), Wonder Woman (Cobie Smolders), Good Cop/Bad Cop (Liam Neeson), Abraham Lincoln on a space chair & tons of super awesome cameos done in good Phil Lord & Chris Miller fashion, coming out of nowhere for a nerdgasm!
Lego Movie is a beautiful looking movie, creating a variety of different realms from the Old West to Middle Zealand to Lord Business’ evil lair. The backgrounds and characters are a delight to the eyes, having a clever way of depicting the Lego movements, showcasing really great animation when it comes to building with bricks. The explosions are especially awesome looking. Batman’s ridiculous theme song and the music, overall, is good for the background. Plus, “Everything is Awesome” is an incredibly catchy tune to flute!
What makes this movie so especially beautiful is that not only is it hilarious, but it hits you right in the feels with its excellent 3rd act. The movie makes fun of the classic chosen hero with the world coming to an end trope that Hollywood seems to love, but at its core this is a tribute movie. It’s a tribute to everyone’s childhood, every child having their wild imagination and creating the most awesome adventure time of their life. Go see it. It’s one of the best comedy movies of the past decade. Not to mention a darn awesome Batman movie!
Dogs and lions, living together…mass hysteria!
A lion and a miniature sausage dog have formed an unlikely friendship after the little dog took the king of the jungle under his wing as a cub.
Bonedigger, a five-year old male lion, and Milo, a seven-year old Dachshund, are so close that Milo helps the lion clean his teeth after dinner.
The 500lbs lion dwarfs little Milo, yet after the dog took the disabled lion into his protection as a cub, Bonedigger has rarely left his side.
Miniature sausage dog
Here are my top 12 films of 2013, it includes some that are technically 2012 films, but weren’t released over in Europe until in 2013, which also shows will also reflect on my 2014 list. Movies such as see 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Inside Llewyn Davis, American Hustle, Prisoners or Out of the Furnace are movies I won’t see until later on 2014, but I don’t wish to wait to publish my list for that long. Hence because of the two 2012 films I have on my list, I decided to extend this by two slots.
1) Django Unchained: Tarantino’s grand revenge epic about a once slave turned into the fastest gun in the South, with one of the best movie soundtracks for years to come, smooth dialogue and magnificent performances all around from Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo Dicaprio, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, this spaghetti western literally made me a nut for the genre. Thank you Tarantino.
2) Hunt: It’s a cruel world, when people become suspicious of Mads Mikkelsen’s character as a pedophile; a small village turns against its own. It’s a nasty take on today’s social world where even the tiniest rumors can make people so afraid and confused, they will turn their backs on their friends and see them as enemies. Utterly brilliant movie with Mads Mikkelsen’s strongest performance to date.
3) Filth: It might owe a lot to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting movie in regards to storytelling & music influence, but James McAvoy’s performance as corrupt detective Bruce Roberts is the best black comedy I’ve seen all year. It’s crude, disgusting and downright vile; I loved every single moment of this movie.
4) Only God Forgives: Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling team up for the Revenge hunt movie, where the hunted is the perspective and the hunter is antagonist, but what chances do you have when the Hunter is literally the God of Vengeance? Brutal, intriguing and downright addicting, this is Nicolas Winding Refn’s spiritual successor to Valhalla Rising.
5) Big Bad Wolves: It’s an Israeli film about torture; do I even need to say more about this brilliant black comedy? Tzahi Grad’s deep voice makes him the badass father of the year, while Haim Ilfman’s score gives a haunting atmosphere to the gruesome sceneries.
6) Silver Linings Playbook: Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence give an optimistic movie that deals with the heavy subject regarding mentally ill people, it had my tears flowing at the end!
7) Don Jon: Joseph-Gordon Levitt’s movie about today’s sex addiction, sex culture in general and the true values of relationship. Scarlet Johansson’s subtle performance as a manipulating bitch to Don Jon going the Cougar Path is nothing short of true romance, I would have preferred if Don Jon could have gotten his hardcore porn fantasy come true, but perhaps American cinema isn’t ready for that just yet.
8) The Place Beyond the Pines: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper & Dane DeHaan give a story of choices and the impact they leave behind, a great drama on consequences & legacy.
9) Spring Breakers: The gangster movie for the MTV generation, bikini glad bitches chasing for the American Dream with James Franco as a rapper, what’s not to love?
10) Pain and Gain: Michael Bay’s 90s Gangsta movie offended critics & people alike and I love it. Dwayne Johnson & Mark Walhberg are cynical narcistic dumbasses who will go thru anything to gain the American dream, and I love it.
11) Escape Plan: This movie is hands down the best dumb action movie I saw, full of chemistry between Sylvester Stallone & Arnold Schwarzenegger, I will never buy into the idea of Stallone being a genius, but it’s one of its strong charms that makes me appreciate this action flick.
12) The Dark Knight Returns: Jay Oliva’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s grand Batman story is a true homage, Jay Oliva delivers the drama and action with this superhero epic that turns into the battle of the gods, with Jay Oliva the second star of this movie has to be Christopher Drake, who gives us a grand synth album full of 80s film vibe.
Honorable mentions in no particular order:
- Seven Psychopaths
- Ninja: Shadow of a Tear
- Blue Caprice
- The Frozen Ground
- 2 Guns
- Wolf of Wall Street
- Captain Philliphs
- Call Girl
- The Conjuring
- Adéle: Chapters 1 & 2
- Metallica: Through the Never
- This is the End
- The Wolverine: Unleashed Extendet Edition
- Devil’s Pass
- Superman Unbound
- Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox
- Behind the Candelabra
- The Master
- What Maisie Knew
- Zero Dark Thirty
- The Croods
- Desciple Me 2
- World War Z
- Man of Steel
- The Iceman
- Fast & Furious 6
- Fruitvale Station
- Kick-Ass 2
- The Counselor
- The Pacific Rim
- Gangster Squad
- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
- Olympus Has Fallen
- G.I Joe Retaliation
- The Evil Dead
Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the 2nd part of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. The 1st film has a quote from Gandalf regarding storytelling: “Well, all good stories deserve embellishment.” If that was the case for “A Long Journey,” then “Desolation of Smaug” is where young Frodo Baggins has to interrupt Bilbo; “Bilbo! Stop smoking Pipe-weed! Legolas can’t do all that!” because, this is the most over stretched fantasy action movie that just never seems to end.
There really isn’t much of a depth story. You have the two central plots. Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thorin (Richard Armitage), Balin (Ken Stott) & the rest of the Dwarves are on the quest for Erebor to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch). The secondary plot is Gandalf’s quest to find out the truth behind Dol Guldur & who really is behind all this evil.
I can’t say any of the characters I mentioned get any sort of development, besides arguably Kili (Aidan Turner), because he is introduced into a love triangle between him, Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) & Legolas (Orlando Bloom), but there is no advancement to the character. Speaking of Legolas, why did Peter Jackson ever think we needed him in this movie? It’s one thing to have fan service, but when you make Legolas & Tauriel the ones with most action sequences, with the elves pulling so many over the top stunts, surfboarding not only on shields this time, but on Spiders, Barrels, Orcs & Dwarves. I guess Jackson tries to compensate since Thorin gets to surfboard on melted gold, because why not? Stories deserve embellishment?
The biggest issue the movie has is its excess amount of action sequences from the Orc raiding party led by Bolg. Why an issue? This legion of Orc horde can infiltrate the Kingdom of Mirkwood, go unseen by anyone in Laketown, how did Sauron manage to have an army of Ninja Orcs and why didn’t we see the Orcs pull off these tricks in the Lord of the Rings? How can hundreds of Orcs manage to be so unseen when the 13 Dwarves are always spotted instead? There had to be at least over 300 Ninja Orcs, since Legolas kills about 180 of them during the course of this movie.
What Peter Jackson always does best is showcase the gorgeous landscapes of Middle-Earth. Beon’s Hall, Mirkwood, Laketown & Dol Guldur all looks beautifully detailed. The new characters also look stunning: Beorn is a behemoth, Bolg’s huge stature mixed with his destroyed face makes him the brutish Orc you’d never want to see & of course how could I not talk about how magnificent Smaug looks like? The eyes, the glorious wings & every little detail about him is just what the fans wanted, his booming voice with the Englishman mannerism is perfect. It’s just the biggest insult for the character to be completely humiliated, because Jackson felt the need for the 3rd act to have some big action sequence, so Smaug is trying to play cat & mice, only the mices outsmart the heck out of Smaug, making him into a bitter sad fool.
“Desolation of Smaug” is also a badly paced film; it doesn’t have a conclusion of its own, which is disappointing because this means the first 40 minutes of the 3rd movie “There and Back Again” have to be spent on concluding the story arcs of this movie.
If “A Long Journey” is a drinking game where you have to take a shot whenever Gandalf saves everyone with deus ex machima, then “Desolation of Smaug” is a drinking game whenever the heroes get captured.
Marvel Studio’s Thor the Dark World is a sequel to both Thor & Marvel’s the Avengers. It’s a story about Thor (Chris Hemsworth) being the ox-headed warrior his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) claims to be, while also being a romantic comedy. The story centers around Jane (Natalie Portman) who gets her hands on this ancient dark power Aether, which is the McGuffin of the storyline; this sets the Dark Elves led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) on a hunt for her, endangering all the 9 realms.
Alan Taylor is the director & the man has his eyes on the detail, because this is such an exciting world to see, it’s a mixture of fantasy blend together with science fiction, it is heavily influenced by Star Wars & Jack Kirby, the Dark Elves especially look like vile ravagers, especially Kurse. Asgard in itself looks glorious, so do the Asgardian warriors, especially Heimdall (Idris Elba), Taylor does have a good sense of where to put the camera. However the believability of Asgardian warriors taking out “Orcs” with Bazookas with their swords & shields could have been executed better, but I had a nerdgasm, it was so Jack Kirby.
I admit; I went in with high expectations. I love fantasy settings, I think Thor is a great comic character & Alan Taylor’s work on Game of Thrones really set my hype factor high… & the film failed to reach my expectations. The script really falls flat. Cliché after another, plot holes that utterly break the movie apart, scenes that don’t make sense, the lack of spirit, because it’s only Loki who has a well written character arc, everything else is circled around the Aether, so while the actors give a good performances, they’re just assets for this “romantic comedy movie”. The movie is watchable enjoyment, if you want to turn off your brains and simply enjoy great scenery with action sequences, romance & comedy blend together for a good casual night with friends after a bar visit, to learn the important morale: It is easy to fool others, but even easier to fool yourself. That is the tragedy of Loki Laufeyson.
I must warn you however, as usual, there are post-credit scenes to anticipate fans for more goodness, but this time, the fans receive horrible “acting” from Beniccio del Toro & awful Romantic Comedy cliché at the very end.
Marvel’s Original Graphic Novel series to capitalize on the success of their film studios launches with Avengers: Endless Wartime by the author Warren Ellis & Illustrator Mike Mckone. A Standalone story that offers a lot for both the casual and longtime readers, with extras like a quirky Marvel video & a free digital copy, not to mention (shamelessly advertised) Clark Gregg’s introduction on this book.
The story offers all the Avengers you’re familiar with from the movies, with an added extra of the Wolverine & an introduction to the spiky Captain Marvel, a witty tongued super heroine.
Captain America, Thor & Iron Man are the central figures, with their pasts all catching up to them, acts done, regardless of good intentions or not, come with consequences this time and the past comes back biting their tails. The chemistry between all the Avengers feels very natural, while the start of the book has a lot of exposition dialogue to introduce Captain Marvel & new concepts for the movie fans. Once that part is done, the dialogue feels right for everyone. Thor’s dialogue has that very mighty tune, while no one writes a better douche Tony Stark than Ellis. Hawkeye & Hulk are the scene stealers however; you’d really want to read more about these two in fights.
Wolverine gets a bad rap in this, he’s the enforcer who maims & kills their foes, much like our Avengers do in the Marvel movies, but here Thor & Captain America hold a begrudging relation to him for that, which results in Wolverine of all people being the voice of reason. He points out how futile their actions will be: there is no long-term accomplishment, the Avengers are just a group of vigilantes out there “avenging,” they acknowledge dire problems, but they don’t act, they simply react once the enemy does the first strike. The ending is so bleak; it feels like a harsh criticism on modern superhero comics.
Warren Ellis manages to utilize the page count as best as possible, Mckone’s art works in its photo realistic style not becoming too fantasy, but being very hyper real, much like the movies. The action sequences are fun, but it’s the tone that Ellis sets that delivers because the best part has to be that, on the surface this is a comic book about Avengers fighting militarized Nazi Dragons (seriously), but in truth it’s superheroes simply running around in circles mixed with military complexes & evil corporations in today’s comics. We need the Authority, which is why I love this book.
The Inhumans is a fantasy mixed science fiction maxi series, originally published in 1998. It takes place in the kingdom of Attilan, located in the Atlantic Ocean atop the raised island of Atlantis. Inhumans undergo a coming of age ritual; each Inhuman exposes themselves to the Terrigan Mists that unlocks their hereditary mutations, which can be from awesome fire powers & or wings to becoming a monstrous looking brute. Led by their undefeated king, Black Bolt & his Royal Family, consisting of the Queen Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Tritan, Crystal, Lockjaw & Black Bolt’s mad brother Maximus.
Jae Lee’s art is well known for its gothic atmosphere, silhouette characters, but it must be said this is the early Jae Lee, so his style isn’t as defined or iconic with the silhouette infused characters. He still pencils the hell out of this comic. The characters are highly detailed, the facial emotions are well drawn and photo realistic, the weather gets stormy with it’s atmosphere, the Attilan interiors are wonderful.
Paul Jenkins’ story is told by point of view characters, the story is interwoven regarding the internal & external invasion of Attilan, from the point of view from the Alpha Primitives, a slave race created to serve the upper cast, the new royal guards, the common folk and the Royal Inhunman Family.It’s an engaging story, because it’s told from such various different perspectives & thus it engages you to see the conflict unfold, Black Bolt’s sacrifices to make his strategy work out for the greater good, Maximus’ diabolical scheme of revenge, the conflicts in the invasion, it gets all in the humanity, the raw emotions in turmoil. It’s the “War of the Roses” of Marvel comics & it makes everyone see just how awesome the Royal Inhuman family is.
Warcraft is a high fantasy game series from Blizzard Entertainment; the Horde is one of the two major political factions, composed of misfits who fight together for freedom & prosperity, in a land that hates them.
Orgimmar, the capital city of the Horde, home of their Warchief, is surrounded by the rocky, cracked soil, harsh lands that demand fighting for survival every day from marauding centaurs to desperate attempts of harvests, but now the once loose Centaur tribes seem to have become organized, who is behind this & what can it mean?
The Warchief decides to create new military elite called the Garad’kra, to patrol their lands & report any potential threats back to Orgrimmar. The Garad’kra is composed of: Shagara the Orcish Shaman, Ironhoof the Tauren Warrior, Rada’jin the Troll Druid, Felgrim the Undead Warlock & Ashra the Blood elven Paladin. They are accompanied by Malgar, a once proud Orc Hunter of the Horde, now reluctant to be part of them, due to his personal demons.
Doug Wagner hits immediately the theme of the Horde in the opening pages & continues it through the end. What it means to be part of the Horde, whenever you’re a monstrous Troll or a walking corpse Undead, is that these races, hated by their enemies. Bonded together and forged their own lands in such harsh lands, but they won’t give up a fight & persist on going forward because they’re a family of outsiders.
Jheremy Raapack’s art is gorgeous to look at; he brings the fantasy alive with his penciling from the detailed armor pieces the various races carry to the detail of the cast, the action is exciting with good panel layouts to visually good looking splash pages. Warcraft comics have never looked so good.
The comic book also contains pages detailing the backstory of the Horde, chunks of dialogue that come off as exposition & some are just references to the games, it can cause questions/annoyance, but it didn’t bother me much, the book works perfectly as a standalone story regardless if you’re into Warcraft or simply fantasy.
For what it’s worth Wagner & Raapack deliver a fantasy team book with action, humor and a central theme, setting up the Garad’kra perfectly for future stories, I’d definitely want to read more about the Garad’kra.
“Lok’tar ogar! Victory or death – it is these words that bind me to the Horde. For they are the most sacred and fundamental of truths to any warrior of the Horde.
I give my flesh and blood freely to the Warchief. I am the instrument of my Warchief’s desire. I am a weapon of my Warchief’s command.
From this moment until the end of days I live and die – FOR THE HORDE!”