Thanks to a post from Joystick Division, I’ve discovered the joy/absurdity of beat ’em up montages. In this video, a roster of bizzare characters beat the shit out of Barry Allen in MUGEN, an open source fighting game framework.
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 01/13/2009 04:00 pm by Zachary
This year’s New York Comic Con is quickly approaching: February 6-8 at the Jacob Javits Center. Some of the notable guests include…
Carmine Infantino (creator of The Flash, Batgirl, and Poison Ivy)
Gabe & Tycho (Penny Arcade)
Bruce Timm (everything in the DC Animated Universe, like Batman and Justice League Unlimited)
Geoff Johns (Infinite Crisis, 52, Sinestro Corps Wars)
George Pérez (uh, everything ever)
Grant Morrison (52, Batman RIP, Final Crisis)
Jerry Robinson (creator of the Joker, Robin, Alfred and other Batman staples)
Ramona Fradon (the only female Golden Age comic artist still alive)
Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick (creators of The Venture Bros)
Dan Jurgens (Death of Superman, Booster Gold, Justice League)
N’Gai Croal (superhero of new games journalism)
Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Batman RIP)
Dave Gibbons (the saner half of Watchmen)
Peter Mayhew(he was CHEWBACCA)
… and that’s not even a fraction of the the famous guests. There’s also a screening of Bruce Timm’s new animated Wonder Woman movie, some DC Universe Online stuff, a world premier of Astro-Boy footage and even a panel called “Men Are From Kyrpton, Women Are From Paradise Island.” In short, it’s not a bad way to spend thirty bucks.
I’d love to go myself since it’s so close, but I have no money and no friends who like comic books. Experiences like this are meant to be shared. If only so you can have someone to say “Dude, we just met George Pérez and then Gabe drew a penis for us!” to.
Posted in movies on 01/06/2009 08:46 pm by Zachary
Reading Roger Ebert’s review for 1978’s Superman: The Movie, I was reminded that it was actually good. This scene depicting the death of Lois Lane in particular. Please note that the ridiculous super power depicted here was retconned after 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths along with a number of other stupid things like freeze breath and Aquagirl.