Four quick thoughts on Looper
Being totally slow to bat, here are some quick thoughts on Looper. I’m still fully in love with anything Rian Johnson and JGL do: 1) I think we need to see more “futuristic” sci-fi movies like this. I’d totally file this under a realistic portrayal of the future a la 2001, based on the information we have currently. Both say a lot about the time those respective films were...
Kathryn Immonen on Sif and her Journey Into...
"We talked at length as far as what her story could be, and it came down to a single question: What does she want? For Sif, what she wants above all is to be a better warrior. How far would she go for that? She makes some terrible decisions and puts a lot of people in peril."
"One of the really interesting things about Sif to me is that she's defined by absence, with her lover, Thor, and brother, Heimdall, always away from her."
"There will be familiar faces showing up, but none I think anybody would expect."
"What's most interesting to me about the Asgardians is the inevitability of them. So much of their conflict is internalized because they don't have alter egos. They're also almost more human because of that."
"Sif is not just a warrior. We've often seen her leading the charge, but I don't feel like we've ever seen her in charge. Bear with me, but she's kind of like my dog. He's very committed to his pack, but never looks back because he assumes everybody else is as committed as he is. Sif is the same way"
"I see a similarity between Sif and Loki because neither of them can ever be Thor. I think that has more effect on her then she'll admit. She's been told she's capable of anything, but at the end of the day, she will never be Thor. It's a matter of finding out how to be enough anyway."
“Sif has been an important but ancillary character and I think there’s a lot of her that has yet to be explored.”
"It would be disingenuous of me to say what Kieron did wasn't daunting. I loved his approach. Having said that, my fervent hope is to follow the same spirit of adventure, but there is not a 23-issue arc currently planned out."
"Sif is an action hero. Loki is not. They're fundamentally different. I don't use the talking to get to the fighting, I use the fighting to get to the talking."
[Kathryn will be exploring the relationship between Sif and Heimdall in more detail than in the past.]
Sif will be battling "lots of monsters" and falling in with "a group of fellow warriors with a different outlook on what's right and proper...they're a little out of touch."
Becoming more interested in this, despite losing what has been an unbelieveable run by Gillen and what will likely go down as one of the definitive takes on Loki. More female leads is a definite plus, and Sif is the kind of character who has plenty of depth to explore that others have largely left fallow.
The Greatest Comic in the World (This Week)
Apologies to Matt Fraction and David Aja — because I loved the new Hawkeye series that launched this week — but my favorite book of the week, by far, is Fraction’s Defenders #9. The series when it launched late last year to great fanfare promised answering big questions and having a big cosmic romp through the Marvel universe. The results out of the gate were….eh…. ...
Batman’s voice will forever be Kevin Conroy for me, so this just doesn’t sound right. Looks like they’ve captured the spirit of Miller’s original work though. comicsalliance: The First ‘The Dark Knight Returns, Pt. 1’ Animated Movie Trailer Arrives By Caleb Goellner Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 was announced not too long ago, but fans have been looking...
theavc: This is so gorgeous there’s not really anything more we can say about it. If you enjoy The Band, Glen Hansard, or beautiful harmonies, you will be delighted. I’m always a sucker for good The Band covers, and I’m sure Levon Helm would approve of this.
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The Dark Knight Rises...kinda...a review in two...
You’d think Dark Knight Rises reviews would be beat to death. But I think there’s room for at least one more. This time, Maria Aspan — you can find her Tumblr here — was gracious enough to provide a bit of point-counterpoint argument about the film. Maria is the devoted movie geek. I, of course, will fight the good fight for comics until the end. And on to the...
Man of Steel Teaser trailer
There’s a lot of links floating around on Zack Snyder’s new Superman movie, due out next summer. A couple quick thoughts: 1) Did it remind anyone else of one of those odd Levi’s commercials from a year-or-so ago.. like this? Not exactly the best first impression for a movie about a guy who can fly and shoot lasers from his eyes. 2) I’ll admit the flight bit at the end...
DC names New 'Tec Writer
dcwomenkickingass: DC announced today the new writer of Detective Comics this morning and as I said earlier this week it may surprise some folks — John Layman of Image’s award-winning Chew. While Layman was once an editor at Wildstrom this is his first ongoing for DC Comics DC also named Jason Fabrok artist. Here’s a look at his cover for issue #13 the team’s first issue. I’m looking foward to...
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dcwomenkickingass: Here’s some Bat/Cat setting off sparks
Even a blind man could see this is awesome...
Yes, a Daredevil review starting with a horrible blind pun. It gets better, I promise. TL;DR SYNOPSIS: It is fantastic. IDW’s best work yet in the Artist’s Edition format. So what makes Daredevil, Born Again the best of publisher IDW’s efforts to highlight seminal comic artists and stories in a unique format? Read on… Nearly three decades ago now — frightening, I...
APE IN A CAPE: Brutal Tips On Breaking Into Comics... →
About as real as it gets, and worthwhile advice beyond comics themselves. gailsimone: Brutal Tips On Breaking In To Comics All right, recently, I lost two very dear friends of mine, writers who were intelligent, inspiring and endlessly supportive to me. One was Perry Moore, author of the lgbtq YA superhero novel HERO, and the other was Dwayne McDuffie, one of the…
When is more not a good thing?
One common theme from HeroesCon this year was Marvel creators noting how the company has reduced its number of limited series, and is instead “doubling up” on the number of issues being published for popular books. Daredevil, for example, being written by Mark Waid is already a couple issues ahead of Greg Rucka’s Punisher, even though both books were relaunched at roughly the...
The Complex Case of Stanley Lieber
My friends and I are slowly recovering from HeroesCon this weekend in Charlotte, which was by any standard a fantastic comics convention. And despite hundreds of creators there for the weekend, the belle of the ball for HeroesCon’s 30th anniversary show was Stan Lee. Lines for his signature snaked out the main entryway and his main panel session was packed. As one of my friends said on...