Posted in comics on 07/16/2009 04:27 pm by Zachary
Today I swung by my local comic shop to pick up the copy of Asterios Polyp I had ordered. As usual, the guy behind the counter tried to push the new releases on me (when did independent stores start modeling themselves after Gamestop?). I had no intention of buying the first issue of Blackest Night because I’m so far behind in the ramp up, but then the clerk dropped the bomb: you get a free Black Lantern ring with purchase.
What is wrong with my brain that I thought I needed this? Or, more importantly, why do I think this is awesome?
On the plus side, I never have to worry about girls liking me ever again.
Posted in comics, movies on 07/15/2009 05:59 pm by Zachary
That’s a drawing of Hal Jordan. He’s the silver age Green Lantern. He’s pretty awesome, one of my favorite characters. An experimental jet pilot who, in the 90s, freaked out and killed millions and then became the personification of death. He reminds me of my dad a bit. He’s an older dude, but he can still kick some ass.
Who would you choose to play him in a film adaption?
Not this douchebag, that’s for sure.
Listen: I have nothing against Ryan Reynolds. I’m sure he’s a nice guy. But based on his work in such films as The Nines, Van Wilder and Definitely Maybe… this dude is not Hal Jordan. He’s not even a good actor.
Green Lantern could be not only a great movie, but a great franchise. Are you seeing this Blackest Night shit? Motherfuckin’ Zombie Batman? Warner Bros, you have an opportunity to make something amazing here. Don’t waste it on pre-teen girl cred.
Posted in comics on 05/11/2009 05:22 pm by Zachary
Okay, okay, okay… okay. Excuse me as I have a major geekgasm.
Barry Allen, the Flash, died in 1985 during Crisis on Infinite Earths. He saved the entire frickin’ universe by running so fast that he transcended time and concentrating the entire speed force into a single bolt of lightning… which ended up being the same lightning bolt that connected him to the speed force in the first place. Very La Jetée, right? His death was meant to signify the end of Silver Age and the dawn of modern, darker stories in comics. He’s one of the few comic book characters that died and stayed dead.
Until last year, when he popped up during Final Crisis and ended up playing a huge role in the story. It was awesome. So, he’s like alive again. And last month DC Comics launched a new series: Flash Rebirth. The first issue wondered “Why did Barry Allen come back? What is his purpose here? What does this signify?”
The last panel of the second issue answered that question. And, spoiler alert: it is awesome. I got seriously giddy. You can tell because I ran to my laptop and wrote this post. I didn’t even put pants on first.
Posted in comics on 04/27/2009 09:53 am by Zachary
If you were not aware, Free Comic Book Day is this coming Saturday, May 2nd. All you have to do is walk down to your local comic book store, pick out a participating book that catches your eye, then go home and enjoy it. For free! This year that book should probably be Blackest Night #0.
I know what you’re thinking: “Blackest Night number zero? What the fuck you talking about, Ron Mexico? There ain’t no book like that!” And you’d be correct, because for the first time ever in Hell’s Kitchen an all-new, never before seen book is being released to coincide with Free Comic Book Day. It’s basically a prelude to the Green Lantern event Blackest Night, or as the fans are calling it “Everyone Is Going To Die And It Will Be Awesome.”
Other books of note include the DC Kids Mega Sampler (containing a Tiny Titans story, which is the most adorable comic in the world) and a 25th anniversary reprint of the totally badass first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (25th anniversary? Shit, I got old).