Sovereign Seven: “12th Night”


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Chris Claremont is most popularly known for his extensive association with the X-Men franchise of comic books published by Marvel.  However, his works vary from genre to genre throughout the decades.  In the 90s, after his 17 year run on Uncanny X-Men unfortunately came to an end, Claremont was involved in a project called Sovereign Seven, a title published by DC Comics that ran for 36 issues between 1995 and 1998.

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Sovereign Seven was primarily written for the ones who were still fans of classic comic books, books with 80s vibes. Although it was set within the DC universe, and featured guest appearances by numerous established characters, but the main cast was copyrighted to Claremont.  This series had its own sub-continuity, and the characters had guest appearances in other DC comic books like such as Mister Miracle and Genesis.

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One of the best aspects of Claremont’s work on the X-Men titles was that his characters were so diverse and colourful that they almost felt real and part of the world we are living in.  He took that to this aspect to the next level in Sovereign Seven, as his cast members each came from different worlds, different dimensions.

United to fight the insidious threat of “The Rapture,” these seven rulers & aristocrats found refuge on Earth.  Their new home was the Crossroads Coffee Bar, an inn & restaurant located in rural New England run by the enigmatic sisters Violet and Pansy.  The seven exiles had to learn about one another, as well as their new home world.  They also had to adjust from being heads of state & monarchs to assisting the two sisters with the much more mundane tasks of the day-to-day running of the inn. Religion is one of the important aspects of his writing. The book takes time to observe the faith of every world and its culture. Religion and faith adds more colours to a character, just imagine Daredevil without his Catholicism.

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Sovereign Seven was an enjoyable title.  Claremont told some interesting stories working with several very talented artistic collaborators.  He did excellent work developing a unique cast of characters. For anyone who is looking forward to read a more rugged and classic title, this is a must read.

 

Logan Trailer Breakdown: A Peek into Wolverine’s Last Days


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Logan has been talk of the movegoers for a while. Confirmed as Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, Logan is said to be inspired from Old Man Logan storyline and the trailer certainly has vibes of the classic tale.

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The basic description of movie suggests that it is set in a dystopic future where mutants are extinct. In this future Professor X’s powers are malfunctioning and Logan is on a run from a new group of villains. We meet a much older Wolverine, who is under guilt of going something that is eating him from the inside.

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The movie opens as Johnny Cash’s hurt plays in the background; the track perfectly sets the tone of the film.

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Professor X asks, ‘what did you do?’

We meet Logan. Is he under guilt of not being able to save to X-Men or is he the one who killed them?

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This is the world from where Wolverine time traveled in Days of the Future Past. While X-Franchise has made it clear that they don’t believe in the concept of timelines, it is more confusing to understand that if Wolverine saved mutants in Days of the Future Past then why did they die again.

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The scene fades into more glimpses of the post-apocalyptic world. Something happened, something bad.

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Logan sports a beard, he looks broken, drinking in a cemetery, may be this is where his x-friends are buried. This Wolverine has scars, he is aging and it is clear that healing factor is not working anymore.

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Here’s our first look at Professor X himself, and it’s noteworthy for two reasons. First of all, it’s genuinely painful to see a character known for his great power, a man who has led and mentored some of our favorite superheroes, dying in a filthy hideout in the middle of the desert after his life’s mission has seemingly failed. Second, it’s kind of astonishing that Patrick Stewart looks so good at 76 that they’ve literally had to cover him in makeup to sell his old age.

We meet a girl standing in a building overlooking a desert. Wolverine asks, ‘what is she,’ Professor X replies, ‘she looks a lot like you.’

X-23 was born through experimentation on Wolverine’s DNA. X-23 was successful after 22 clones died. We saw in the after credits of X-Men Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister of Essex Corporation might be responsible for her creation in this timeline.

We meet convoy of armed mercenaries on a hunt. It seems they are after Laura who is seeking refuge with Wolverine.

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We then meet a man in a shawl and faced covered with a mask and shades who may be Stephen Merchant’s Caliban. I am again not sure how he lived this long because he was last seen in X-Men Apocalypse.

‘She needs our help’

‘Someone will come along’

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It is clear that Professor X wants Logan to help her but he is reluctant to get into the fight. He thinks someone will come help her. He looks at his old dog tags, he wonders if he should help or not.

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The scene is cut by arrival by arrival of armed guards lead by the Donald Price. It might be possible that Logan cut off his arm and this is the reason why he has a hatred for mutants.

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We see the room shaking, Laura crawling, Logan carrying Professor X in his arms. It seems that either that they are in the middle of a big fight or just running away from it.

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While the trailer proceeds and we see some happy moments, Laura Watches Wolverine as he sleeps.

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A few cuts to Pierce and The Reavers, we see Wolverine with his claws pointed at Pierce faces. There are shots of him chasing armed guards, killing them one by one. This scene is followed by Laura doing the same thing.

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We see Logan trying to control Laura, he is blocking her claws, in the comics she was created with a trigger scent that will activate her to kill anything in her path. May be this is why Logan is trying to control her.

Professor X tells him that he still has time. If he killed X-Men then saving Laura is probably the only way to his redemption.

Logan opens in theaters on March 3, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Times Deadpool Ripped Apart The Fourth Wall


 

Deadpool has a thing for the fourth wall. He doesn’t only rip them apart, but blows it into threads. As Ryan Reynold’s said in Deadpool movie, sometimes it is 16 walls.

Since his inception, different writers have tried using their own style when it comes to breaking the fourth wall. Some take potshots at the popular culture while others just make him take jibes at competitor brands.

Here are 5 instances where Deadpool took on the fourth wall and destroyed it.

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Deadpool has been taking potshots at Batman v Superman. In the ongoing Spiderman/Deadpool series, he made fun of the movie using Marvel’s in-house Superman & Batman counterparts Hyperion and Nighthawk. What follows after are some of the funniest panels, where Spidey and Deadpool made fun of ongoing X-Men franchise, Deadpool’s own movie and a lot more.

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Deadpool meets Dawn of Justice

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Deadpool, again took on Dawn of Justice where he interacted with a character named Dawn from Justice department. He finds the name amusing and cannot stop laughing.

 

Do I look like Ryan Reynolds?

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Deadpool writers always had a thing for Ryan Reynolds. Even before he joined the cast of horrendous X-Men Origins, Deadpool had announced that he looks like an abominable version of the actor who’ll play him on screen in the future.

Deadpool has all the details

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Who else will tell you the exact details of the last time when they met?

 

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Deadpool assaults his opponent with their own health and hyper combo bars.  Then he makes fun of Capcom and mocks the player’s skill level.

What is your favorite moment when Deadpool broke the fourth wall?

Review – Batman: The Killing Joke


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The Killing Joke is one of the most popular Batman graphic novel that is even playing a huge role in shaping DC’s mythology till date. When it was announced that this classic tale will be adapted in a animated movie there are no reason for comic book fans to get excited. This 28 year old graphic novel has been one of the finest works of Alan Moore.

Batman: The Killing Joke, centers around Joker and his dark psyche that makes him one of the most popular villains in comic book history, The movie dwells deep into The Joker’s life (Played by Mark Hamill). We meet him as a struggling comedian, to his encounter with Batman (Kevin Conroy) that changes their lives forever. The Joker escapes from The Arkham and now wants to prove that one bad day can make anyone as crazy as him.

Bruce Timm uses killing joke as a foundation of the DC Animated Universe created by him in the 90s. He explores the mythology of Batman Beyond and how Nightwing finds out that Bruce slept with Barbara Gordon. Honestly, I felt that the 30 minutes of backstory does no justice to Batgirl. She could have come out as a strong character, but instead we meet a reckless teenager.

Apart from this backstory, this movie gives you no reason to complain. The moment Joker comes on screen you know that this is where shit is going to get serious. The movie does justice to the Joker’s character and Mark Hamill proves why he is and will always be the voice of The Joker. So many segments of this film had made me feel Goosebumps: Barbara being paralysed, the emotional and sympathetic flashback segments, and the final, immortal panels of the comic brought alive by director Sam Liu,. Also full credits to the voices Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, no one could have done a better job. Trust me when I say that these moments make Batman: The Killing Joke worth watching. Mark Hamill simply outshines Heath Leadger’s joker, because he is so brilliant.

There are a couple of moments that could have been a lot better. Barbara waking up in hospital could have been a lot emotional but she sounded like as if someone reading a book.

Batman: The Killing Joke is awesome if you forget the first half of the film. If not then I hope that it doesn’t repeat again with any other character in future.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

Movie Review – Suicide Squad


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What happens when you hire a director known for his colourful cinematography and ask him to make a movie set in a dark sadistic world? A world where colours don’t exist and daytime is on an average of 8 hours, where everyone goes to work after the sun goes down and the only time people saw the light of day was when a man in blue and (a little bit of) red suit demolished a city to the ground.

What happens when a director with so much creative control is later decided to tone down because a competitor movie studio is successful and well know even with the lighter tone? So what do they do? They decide to reshoot some key scenes and add jokes to the movie.

I think you guessed it; the movie is Suicide Squad (I mean that is the title of the blog.)

Ok so what is suicide squad? Suicide squad is a movie that Warner Bros decided to make because an animated movie called Assault on Arkham got such rave reviews that fans actually demanded for a suicide squad live action movie. Suicide Squad is 40 minutes of flashbacks and 30 minutes of gunfight against monsters (because it makes so much sense). Also Suicide Squad is a movie where Batman and Joker show up in the most abrupt ways without any sense or context.

Suicide Squad suffers the same problem of Batman v Superman, unnecessary cuts and one of the most poorly written villains makes the movie simply intolerable. The soundtrack is really good but at times it doesn’t go with the sequence of the events.

The movie went through unnecessary cuts and the audience was left to understand the chain of events happening one after another by themselves. The film could have been way better if David Ayer was given some creative liberty.

I personally didn’t like Harley Quinn’s costume, while Deadshot, Boomerang and Katana were totally awesome. I was expecting to see Deathstroke in the mix but I am happy that he didn’t show up in the middle of everything that unfolded. I hated how Killer Croc was turned into a comic relief material. Amanda Waller is probably the best part of this movie, she is a dark brooding character and the way she is portrayed really gives a reason for her motivations and mission.

One of the standout characters in the movie for me and for everyone else was Diablo’s character. Jay Hernandez handles his role of a pyromaniac who is seeking redemption very well. I don’t understand why filmmakers go through so many attempts to make a character fan favorite only to kill him in the end.? This is like a growing trend only to get boring in the coming future.

I hope this is the dawn of the age of darkness in DC movies and I hope they have understood the fact that their films need hope and colours rather than silly jokes. If this issue is not resolved quickly then they are going to fail their universe disappointing a lot of fans in the process.

 

5 Good and 5 Bad Things about X-Men: Apocalypse


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The latest entry to the never ending Saga of X-Men Franchise failed to make the same impact like its predecessors. There was hardly any buzz during the release or any impact after. I got to catch up the movie a lot later. It might be one of those underrated movies that you end up watching after renting home video and realize it could have been a lot better in the theaters.

Here is what I liked and disliked about the movies

The Good

  1. Apocalypse’s story – This movie seems to have done judgment with Apocalypse’s backstory. His arc is fairly dealt with and he comes out at a formidable villain with his own agenda to cleanse the Earth and give a fresh start. He is not presented as one of those sympathetic villains with a tragic backstory that a lot of movies are going with. He is evil, pure evil.
  2. Introducing Xavier’s institute – Xavier’s institute is introduced as if it has come straight out of the comic books. Cyclops is recruited and as he enters the compounds of the institute he goes through the same experience that Wolverine went through in the first X-Men movie.
  3. Meeting Weapon X – When Wolverine comes on the screen, for the first time he seems to have come out of the pages of the comics. He is feral, vicious and in the most animalistic way you can imagine him. The way he cuts and slashes through the armed guards and goes on this rage mode is something that I was dying to see for a long time now.https://i2.wp.com/www.cosmicbooknews.com/sites/default/files/x-men-apocalypse-hugh-jackman.jpg
  4. Justice to Phoenix – If Wolverine was well dealt with then we also got glimpses of phoenix when Jean Gray gets in the battle with Apocalypse. We see her in Phoenix mode of which I can hope that is done justice to in some future installment.https://i1.wp.com/static.srcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/X-Men-Apocalypse-Jean-Grey-as-Phoenix.jpg
  5. Quicksilver – The X-Men universe Quicksilver is seriously OP. He saves an entire school in a few seconds. What other franchise can think about doing the same with their speedsters?

The Bad

  1. No impact on status quo – X-Men: Apocalypse makes no impact on the status quo of the X-Universe. The school is destroyed and repaired again. Magneto becomes good and then leaves, the world is almost destroyed and then the movie pretends that nothing happened. Think about other cinematic universes, Superman is dead, The Avengers are disbanded, we know the impact these events are going to make. Fox faces a problem of no actual paradigm shift in their universe.
  2. Underused Jubilee, Psylocke and Angel – Why was Jubilee present on the promo material when they used her just for a shot? We didn’t even get to know if she was alive or dead after the mansion exploded. Same with Angel, he is criminally underused. His arc is written just to serve as a member of the Four Horsemen otherwise he serves no other purpose. I hope Psylocke gets a better role in X-Force movie.

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  1. So much Mystique – Mystique holds the same status in the X-Universe that was once held by Wolverine. Without any character development she clings as the center plot point of most of the story. Her presence is simply irritating and feels forced upon the audience.
  2. Cringy Second Half – While the first half is the strongest point of the movie , it becomes dull and forced in the second half. Evil villain and his evil plan, mass destruction and good guys win. As predictable as it can be.
  3. Timeline still confusing – The X-Timeline still leaves us with many loopholes. If Wolverine was captured by Mystique masquerading has Trask then how did the actual Trask got hold of him? What happened to Sabertooth and rest of Wolverine’s crew? What timeline do Deadpool, Colossus and Negasonic exist? Can’t they simply hit the reboot button and start afresh?

The only reason Apocalypse failed to make an impact despite being a good movie was that people have stopped caring about the franchise at all. It needs a shift in the status quo or some collaboration like Sony did with Spider-Man. The world is changing, we all know that the mutants exist in ‘everything gets right by the end of the movie’ and no one is interested in knowing that.

Justice League Trailer Breakdown


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Let me tell you a story. After failure of Batman v Superman DC exes sat down with Zack Snyder. They asked Snyder to analyze why their movies get so much bashing while Marvel keeps winning. The same MARVEL THAT ONCE HAD A PLATHORA OF MEDIOCRE CHARACTERS AND THEIR ONLY TOP PERFORMING CHARACTER WAS SPIDER-MAN.

Snyder thinks, he tells the execs – ‘I think it’s the jokes,’

‘Marvel has a lot of jokes in the movies,’ Snyder continues, ‘I think we should add more jokes and shoot a major chunk of the movie during the daytime.’

And hence we got Justice League.

DC is desperate. The early trailer at SDCC proves that the company is trying to gain the trust of the fans one more time. Only this time they have added the element of humor and jokes in their trailer. Finally they have joined Marvel in the line of making funny trailers, on which the fans used to take pride in one calling ‘our movies are dark and serious’ and ‘we don’t make funny movies like Marvel does.’ They can proudly join the bandwagon of DC loves fun and humor.

My only problem is that these jokes are on the level of Green Lantern.

Despite all the hate, I have learned to hold my horses. There are parts of the trailer that made me feel intrigued and like every DC movie that has disappointed me in the past, I am going to watch this movie as well.

Here is my analysis for the trailer

Meet Aquakhal

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Probably the worst addition to the team, Jason Mamoa’s casting was happened in a time when DC was ruled only and only by Zack Snyder. He thought Mamoa will be as dark and brooding character like every character in DC universe. Only then time changed, now he has to be a fun character and it simply doesn’t come out. He looks out of place Old Spice model. Everytime he shows up in the trailer is a cringeworthy moment, but I’ll talk about the cringiest moment later.

A Motherbox

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We move to another scene where we see an ancient king buying a secret. Somehow I hope that he is King Arthur and this leads to a Justice League Dark movie. He and his army men bury something deep underground that looks like a mother box. Either this is the same mother box that gave Cyborg his exoskeleton or it is one of the hidden one that Steppenwolf is seeking on the Earth.

Wonder Woman in action

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If Aquaman is the worst part of the trailer than Wonder Woman is the best. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman personified, whether she is in her costumer or not. In the trailer she looks fierce and battle ready. She stares at a foe out of focus from the scene as Diana emerges from behind the shield.

An Alcoholic Aquaman

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If he was not forcibly trying to be dark and brooding, he is also a drinker. We will get to see some tragic backstory may be in a very Snyder style.

Meet Cyborg

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I have never seen Ray Fisher act. We get to see his character before he met with that horrific accident. Here Victor Stone is the high school football player studying at Gotham University. His collage’s name can be seen on both his jacket and in the background. This scene may be a flashback as we have already met a fully transformed Cybog in Batman v Superman.

Meet Barry Allen

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We get to see the best part of the trailer. We meet Barry Allen, Erza Miller is Barry Allen defined on the screen. A confused, one liner cracking superhero who has his own issues. He needs friends.

Now this is the part that worries me. While the scene looks a lot similar to Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker in Civil War, the jokes are simply out of place. A dialogue sounds forced and the ‘I need friends’ part creates a very Green Lantern’esque nostalgia in my mind. I hope his dialogues are better than this.

Otherwise Erza Miller is the Barry Allen personified, with a sequence he wins the whole trailer.

Justice Four in Action

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Finally we meet the first four of Justice League. Cyborg’s suit looks unfinished while I am still wondering why Barry has an armor suit. They head into an underground tunnel to fight something unknown. Aquaman is not here, he’ll be saved for the final battle to emerge has the king and tell everyone, ‘hey look I am here to help you peasants.’

I am more excited to see Superman with a ponytail. I hope they don’t spoil that in the trailers.

Aquaman talks to fish

Just what I feared, there are a lot of worries regarding Aquaman already. I hope they don’t make him a joke in the team. Right now he sounds like a character who his forcibly trying to be serious but his teammates don’t take him seriously.

I can just hope that Aquaman’s baddassery is shown to the audience and we get to see Jason Mamoa wearing his golden armor and in blonde hair.