Monthly Archives: August 2012

Follow now; Yenny- The Mighty Titan

For most comics are an escape; a way to remove themselves temporarily from their own reality and immerse in a fictional reality
of someone else’s creation. Sometimes, we’re drawn to stories that in some way reflect our own struggles and obstacles. And more often than not, creators and writers draw from their own experiences and pour it into their fictional world. Because sometimes, reality is the best source of inspiration for fiction.

Joe Martino, writer/creator of Shadowflame and Ripperman, just launched a Kickstarter project called The Mighty Titan, the story of a superhero who is told he has cancer. Joe said it best: “Isn’t this the perception that we all have when not touched by cancer? We are all under the belief that we are invulnerable.  Aren’t we all someone’s protector? Aren’t we all everything to someone?  Not until that lump, or pain, or (un)lucky scan.” Joe started working on this a few years back as he battled his first bout of kidney cancer.

More so than ever before, this is a phenomenal project to invest in and Joe has less than a month to get this first issue out there. Cancer is a virus that has affected us all somehow; either we know someone who has been affected, or we hear about it in the news, or we ourselves may have suffered at the hands of this un-discriminatory evil.


My verdict: Get your copy now!!!

Hypocrisy of DC comics’ fanboys

The Dark Knight Rises came out and went, didn’t did that magic like the previous movies did, and the time when I felt how hypocrites and shallow are DC comics fanboys, no different than those working at that company.

This was the third Batman movie by Christopher Nolan and is supposed to be the last, of which I am not sure because chances are that he may return for a reboot and spoil Batman’s stories once again. Dc comics are not going to give a Justice League movie, neither a decent Green Lantern movie right now nor they have such plans to do so in future.  There is hope that they are going to do Superman right.

In past few years Superman didn’t got any decent storyline as all the love and attention after Batman begins went to Detective Comics only which Action comics kept coming out with average stories and nothing more than that. Today a average reader who goes to buy DC comics knows only Batman and because of that he knows Justice League. These average movie retards think that DC comics publish only Batman and there is no need to make other movies because they are not cool, too lame and not realistic.

A comic book company should make movies to sell its comic books and get new readers, but in case of DC comics vice versa is happening and other than Detective Comics all of them have average sales record while Marvel is reaching new heights day by day. One must not ignore its other characters just because one of them is more popular than others. Marvel never ignored any of its characters just to popularize and sell one.  DC fanboys simply accept anything that they get and they know that they are never going to get a Justice League movie ever so they are pitching in with Batman series. Something is better than nothing it seems.

The Dark Knight Rises spoiler-filled review

We’ve waited 4 years for this movie since they announced about making it. Was it worth the wait? Well, I will give my thoughts on the film, while discussing the spoilers in full detail so please leave if you don’t want to read about them.

First of all, let me begin by saying that this is a very beautifully shot film and hats off to Wally Pfister (who started out making low-budget erotic thrillers and is now one of the most sought-after cinematographers out there and lets hope he won’t disappoint with his own feature film either). The dark places are very dark, the lights are “blinding”, as Bane would say and in the middle of all the despairingly grey Gotham we get big fires and explosions of bright red, orange and yellow, which create an interesting visual sense of contrast, which tells us about one of the many themes of the film: mirrors (be they psychological, thematical or otherwise).

From the first scene where Bane kidna’s a scientist and then crashes a plane the message given waas: escape is impossible and bane is totally in control.The pit scenes were brilliant and reminder of batman begins at the same time and show that Bruce Wayne actually has to grow up and best the fear he never had: the fear of dying because, ultimately, the idea of batman is a deathwish: the legend that can go on without the man implies that the end of the individual is something that Bruce Wayne is totally comfortable about. He has to learn to fear dying (=appreciate living) in order to lay down his life for others so that it feels like a proper sacrifice and Nolan understands that difference.

This film is much closer to Batman Begins than the Dark Knight where theme is concerned as Bruce wayne is the main focus and the entity of batman creeps in as a sort of afterthought.  Nolan gives the events of TDK enough momentum to have a lasting impact on the everyone including Batman and whoever is around him and the story works. Bruce wayne lost the love of his life but had no time to really let that affect him in the previous film. now the threat of the Joker and Two-face has been defeated at least superficially and batman has retired. That choice did not seem odd in the least bit, especially in a world of “heightened reality”, as the hero has been physically and emotionally crippled and the city has tasted the first breath of fresh air since…probably ever. but that air may just be poisonous because Bane recognizes the lies by reading a kidnapped Gordon’s speech the latter had originally prepared for Harvey Dent Day, decides it’s an undeserved achievement and does everything he can to bring down the lie and burn the city down. So batman obviously has to come back. The fact that the final fight takes place during daylight seems important enough to be mentioned: the night is over and dawn is finally upon us.

Coming to the cast Hardy is phenomenal and intimidating as Bane and it’s all in his eyes and body language. the way he looks, the way he holds his vest, the almost casual way in which he snaps Ben Middleson’s face. Tom hardy presents a very different form of terror: he is a sympathetic villain. Audience feel connected to him and feel bad fr his condition. Bane is the anti-batman, both mentally and physically. But it’s not just that: this version of Bane has a link to the League of Shadows, he does everything he does to prove his love and devotion to someone else (very much a motivation that Bruce embraced in Batman Begins to show Rachel his good nature, albeit with an objective that considers also the happiness of others) and even his voice is rough and grumbling (I could understand him perfectly by the way). Bane just wants to show how evil he can be so he can be loved, and maybe save the innocence of a young child born in hell. Which is totally in line with how that relationship was approached in the comics. Does this character suffer if one compares him to the joker? Yes but ONLY because peope expected a similar kind of villain, when bane and the joker could not be any more different.

Miranda Tate, as played by marion Cotillard, is a nice addition and does bring everything full circle and there was very little that made you see the big twist at the end unless you had been on the nternet beforehand and seen pictures of her in the Talia outfit.

Anne Hathaway is good but still no closer to her comic book counterpart. I hardly recall if she was called Catwoman in the movie,I my opinion she was just added to fill in too many non comic book lesser casts in the movie. Her outfit was solid but still no tail no cat eyes mean no Catwoman for me. She was just a feline theif who wanted to start a new life.

Michael Caine as Alfred got some of the best emotional depth out of the character and it is an understandable reaction that Alfred would, eventually, leave Bruce because that’s what people do in real life and John blake says so as well: they want you to get over your problems and they’re understanding until they see that the problem doesn’t get fixed, at which point they leave you. John “Robin” Blake (JGL) is a character that was another forced addition to the film adding the Robin reference in the film sounded forced and out of context. He was one of the most useless character in the entire trilogy just to be part of a cliched ending. Morgan freeman and Gary Oldman all have their moment to shine and now cannot imagine the characters looking any different in teh comics because that’s what this review inevitably boils down to: Nolan “gets” batman and his supporting characters, be they friend or foe.

Now some of the negative points (and they are few): the film is a bit rushed (some scenes could have been improved by devoting more time to them and it would have fleshed out the characters even more. The way Bruce wayne’s broken back gets fixed asks us to suspend our disbelief almost to the breaking point but Bale’s and Tom Hardy’s acting save it. The villain’s death is not all that spectacular but in this world of hard truths and inevitable consequences it’s easy to believe that people die in rather stupid ways sometimes. Also, since anne Hathaway is so good you miss her whenever she’s not on screen but that’s just a testament to the incredible character Hathaway and Nolan have created. Some minor continuity issues and moments of suspension of diselief were also there but had i not read about them before going into the film i wouldn’t have noticed so take that with a grain of salt. A good movie is one that makes you forget about this sort of stuff.

Not the best of the series yet an awesome movie. That’s why I give The Dark Knight Rises a well-deserved 8.0/10.