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Spider-Man Presents: Gwen Stacy or a Hostess Fruit Pie?

Review: Batman Begins

I started avoiding the new wave of super hero movies (mainly the marvel onces) since Spider-Man 3. I don’t have time for such perpetual disappointment. That’s not to say I won’t watch anything based on a comic but I do avoid most of them.

Normally, I’d avoid Batman movies as well since they too have all the makings of a bad super hero movie: a huge budget, several big name actors, merchandising out the ears, a ton of promotion, limitless cg based special effects, and or course it’s a summer blockbuster. All of these things make me want stay home.

Batman is different from the others somehow. For starters, I’m a huge fan of Christian Bale since American Psycho. His portrayal was very refreshing since the last few Bat movies which have ranked from bad to utterly horrible.

Watching the Dark Knight gave me the impression that the story had been lifted directly from an issue of Detective Comics. In that sense the movie really kicked ass above and beyond any of the other Batman movies. (I still think the 1989 Batman movie was the best overall.) Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker was superb and refreshing as well. They dared to be different and it worked while still maintaining the spirit of the comics.

In short this movie was great. I’d really like to have a look at it in IMAX. I’m less than optimistic about the next movie though. It seems they’re falling to that old trap where they’re picking their villains before they even write the script.

Batman Begins

After seeing American Psycho at least a dozen times, it was hard to keep a straight face while watching Batman Begins. The two characters were incredibly similar (spoiled neurotic yuppies). I hope the latest Batman sequel is the same way. It was hysterical.

The Walking Dead

It’s 5am and I’m about to read the Walking Dead #46. I’m almost afraid to. It’s a story I’ve followed closely since the very first issue. It’s the best comic I’ve read in ages. All I know about this one is that it’s a devastating issue. For anyone who hasn’t read this story, I strongly suggest reading it from issue #1. In short, zombies are backdrop to a survival story where the real horror is in the survivors themselves.

I go read now.

*reading*
*reading*
*reading*

Finished reading.
The suspense is so high right now. I’ll die if I have to wait another four weeks for until the next issue.

The Incredibly Helpful Hulk

So I’m channel surfing on the old satellite this morning and I stop on an episode of the Incredible Hulk. There’s this guy banging on a soda machine because it ate his money. Then here comes Hulk, calm as can be, tears open the soda machine as only Hulk can. The guy who lost his money who should be running away in horror by now grabs his soda from the machine.
“That’s pretty neat”, he says “What kinda soda do ya want?”
He tosses a cold one over to Hulk. The guy promptly puts some more change in the machine to pay for the second pop. They guy shows Hulk how to pull the tab on the can and they stand there and have a soda together.

I just can’t believe that this was the same show that caused me to leave the room when I was a kid because I was horrified of the Hulk.

Here’s a longer version. The soda scene is towards the end.

Calgary Comic Expo

Man, I haven’t been to a good comic book convention since 1990 or so in Vancouver. I’m damn tempted to check this one out. I used to know and party with a lot of people in Calgary but that was years ago as well. Anyway, I thought I’d post it here so I don’t forget about it.
Calgary Comic Expo
April 29th, 2007
Roundup Center (I wonder if they’re affiliated with the pesticide)

One of my favorite comic creators, Brian Wood will be there which really turns me on to the idea of attending.