Jan 29, 2010
Pantozzi: “I think people aren’t used to or comfortable with women in a starring role where they are all-powerful. More often then not, if a woman has a starring role in a film it’s a romantic comedy. That’s what people expect. I also think name recognition is a big deal. ‘Elektra’ was a flop because to the non-comic reading public she was a nobody. Why would they bother going to see the movie? Because she was seen in another superhero film that didn’t do that well either?
Pantozzi: “Some people are shocked to learn I read comic books or love sci-fi, but most people, if they’re into the same thing, will just think it’s cool. Of course every once in a while you’ll get a smart aleck who thinks you must be lying and tries to test your knowledge of said culture. I take great pleasure in flexing my giant geeky brain to put them in their place.”
Power Girl, a DC heroine infamous for being drawn with large breasts showing a lot of cleavage, is a character Pantozzi said she has “recently grown to love.” “I’ve always thought she was a cool, tough chick, but since Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Amanda Conner started her solo book she’s really become one of my favorites. Some people, men and women alike, shy away from her because she’s famous for her rather large cleavage that’s out there for the world to see and gawk at. But if people actually took the time to read the book and get to know the character you’d see past the giant chest,” Pantozzi said. “More importantly, it’s a fact of life. There are women in this world with large breasts and yes, some of them choose not to hide them,” she added.
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
A high-profile amateur writer takes a stab at reinvention while a high-profile professional tries to recapture his past magic. One fails, one succeeds but which is which? Reviews for The Outsiders #26 and Starman #81 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!
Click here to check out DoubleDCoverage #43.
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
How cool is that? So, buy the hardcover Days Missing and get yourselves a little Nerdy Bird in the process! Ok you get a lot more than that. You get a really original sci-fi story brought to you by these guys too: Phil Hester, Frazer Irving, Dale Keown, David Hine, Chris Burnham, Ian Edginton, Lee Moder, Matz and Hugo Petrus. Plus, you get these never-before-seen special features:
- A foreword written by the legendary Warren Ellis, award-winning creator of graphic novels such as Fell, Ministry of Space, Planetary and Transmetropolitan.
- A gallery featuring all 16 covers of the five issues.
- A collectible poster on the reverse side of the dust jacket, joining together all of Frazer Irving’s complete chase covers to Days Missing.
- Interviews with all of the writers and Roddenberry Productions’ Trevor Roth , creator of Days Missing.
- Revelation of the secret code contained in the Days Missing logo.
- A stat sheet of The Steward, plus a tour of his library.
- The evolution of a comic page, from script to pencils, inks and colors.
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Women read comics. I'm living, breathing proof. Not all female comic readers are like me, though. I'm knee-deep in continuity driven, rough-and-tumble, superhero comics on a daily basis.
Some women like stories specifically about women, maybe they have special powers, maybe they're just like you or me. Some ladies prefer unique, original stories. One thing is for sure, there's no instruction manual for comic book publishers to look to when they want to reach out to female readers. That doesn't mean they're going to stop trying.
This week, Marvel announced Marvel Her-Oes. Excuse me for a moment while I gag.
Read the rest of this week's Hey, That's My Cape! over at Heartless Doll where I discuss whether or not Marvel Her-Oes is a good thing and how the Birds of Prey are grown-ups.
Jan 19, 2010
They say cats always land on their feet, what about when they land in their original series? Also, a cat and a tiger fight like cats and dogs. Anyone know where I can find a demonic gargoyle? Reviews for Catwoman #83 and Secret Six #17 are ahead. Also, check out my star ratings for my other pulls from last week!
Jan 18, 2010
Last week was amazing for DC. They put out tons of exciting news for fans. And then Marvel had to go and sit on DC's proverbial hat by offering retailers Seige Deadpool variants for returned issues of Blackest Night tie-ins. I try to stay away from controversial comic book related news because I find it annoying to chime in on. And frankly, it kinda gives me a headache. But I could not pass up the opportunity to share with you this gem I found thanks to Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat. (Click the video to view directly on YouTube if the subtitles are too small here.)
Jan 15, 2010
It's good to be a DC.
- There's always sunshine after the storm and there's a Brightest Day after the Blackest Night. It's a biweekly, 26-issue series written by (who else?) Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi, starting this April. Also big news, the cover artist will be newly exclusive David Finch. Speaking of exclusives, Tomasi just extended his exclusivity with DC for a few more years. Hooray!
- Besides the new biweekly, you can also expect several other titles to display a Brightest Day banner. The relaunched Flash series with Johns and Francis Manapul, Titans with new creative team Eric Wallace and Fabrizio Fiorentino (and fictional team leader, Deathstroke), Justice League of America with ultra-secretive new characters and one more I'll get to later.
- Johns is also taking on something even more positive and uplifting than something called Brightest Day. He's joining the Tiny Titans crew, Art Baltazar and Franco for issue #25 titled...wait for it..."A Brightest Day In The Afternoon."
- I bet you thought DC was taking it easy with a biweekly this time around, right? How about two biweeklies? The second will alternate with Brightest Day and is called Justice League: Generation Lost. Who does it feature? Justice League International members Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice and Rocket Red. This one is being penned by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick. "He had me at Giffen," said Winick. Giffen and JM DeMatteis are also taking over Booster Gold. AND Paul Levitz is relaunching Legion of Super-Heroes in the spring.
Not only are they back. They're back with Gail Simone and Ed Benes. Can you even comprehend how happy this makes me? Well, maybe you should refresh your memory. "It's going to be a blast. It's Black Canary putting her boot in bad guys' faces and the Huntress taking no *&^% from anyone and Oracle being smarter than anyone else in Gotham," Simone told Comics Alliance. "It's classic 'Birds of Prey' but maybe just a little tougher and a little naughtier. I've been given some really surprising approvals and I think long-time readers and newbies will find it quite unlike any other comic on the stands." Birds of Prey is the other Brightest Day influenced book to be announced.
With all the resurrected titles hitting the stores this month (Suicide Squad, Power of Shazam, Starman, etc.) and now the Birds of Prey ready to strike again, I query you dear readers: If you could resurrect one title, not just for one issue mind you but for a new ongoing, which would it be? Go back as far as you like (I know some of you have been reading comics a LOT longer than I have). And don't feel like you need to limit yourself to DC either. I'd bring back Catwoman and possibly Checkmate.
Jan 13, 2010
I expect great things and so should you. Surprisingly, my first HTMC! column is not about superheroes! Here's a taste:
From Vertigo Comics, The Unwritten appeared on almost everyone's lists for best new comics of 2009, and I'd have to agree. I don't take in too much non-superhero fare in my weekly trip to the local comic shop, but Mike Carey and Peter Gross' tale pulled me in immediately. I'd seen a preview of the first issue in another Vertigo book, and although it looked like a blatant rip-off of Harry Potter, it had the kind of twist I couldn't ignore. Something else I couldn't ignore? The one-dollar price tag. Sold!Head on over to Heartless Doll and read the rest of HTMC!: The Unwritten.
Jan 12, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
Nerdy Bird here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of the superhero elite. Hal Jordan has a girlfriend! Her name is Blake Lively, she's only 22-years-old and, get this...she's a blonde. Couldn't you just dye! I mean, die! And what's going on with Thor, Spider-Man and Jonah Hex? I mean, get it together guys, you're supposed to know what you're doing.
Why am I talking like a Page Six columnist? You've probably heard by now, Carol Ferris has been cast for the upcoming Green Lantern flick and the actress is none other than Gossip Girl star, Lively. The Hollywood Reporter said the roll called for someone slightly older but the studio was impressed with her audition. Fans however, seem to be in an uproar about the casting saying Lively is too young and too blonde for the role. True, she looks closer to Hal's other gal pal, Cowgirl, but that's what wigs and hair dye are for.
Kerri Russel, Eva Green and Jennifer Garner were all said to have been considered to play Carol at one point but it's the youngster who gets to play opposite Ryan Reynolds. I would have preferred someone a little bit older and I've never seen Lively act but I'll tell you why I'm not up-in-arms. I like that she's not a big name actress. This is going to be Reynolds' movie and we all know it. To add to that, Carol isn't as vital to Green Lantern as say, Lois is to Superman or Mary Jane is to Spider-Man. Hal is out in space by himself, at least until the sequel when Carol gets that pretty pink stone (presumably). Hector Hammond, Abin Sur and Sinestro have yet to be cast but with production starting in just under two months you can expect word any day now.
Speaking of Spider-Man, what the hell are they doing? The fourth film in the franchise has given away their May 6, 2011 release date to Thor because according to THR, Sony and director Sam Raimi can't decide on a villain. Really? Shouldn't all of this have been decided a while ago now? "Like anything, it's a process," Maguire told THR. "We're just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We're just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward." Translation: We ain't got shit.
EDIT: Apparently John Malkovich just told the world he'll be playing Vulture in Spider-Man 4.
EDIT (Again): Spider-Man 4 is no more. Sam Raimi and Toby McGuire are out. The next Spider-Man film will be a complete reboot with script by Jaimie Vanderbilt. According to Deadline.com Raimi "felt he couldn't make its summer release date and keep the film's creative integrity." A statement from Raimi via THR, "Working on the Spider-Man movies was the experience of a lifetime for me. While we were looking forward to doing a fourth one together, the studio and Marvel have a unique opportunity to take the franchise in a new direction, and I know they will do a terrific job."
Meanwhile, Thor is having it's own issues. THR reports Stuart Townsend, set to play Fandral, has left the film because of "creative differences." Considering shooting begins today, it's a good thing they've already replaced him with Joshua Dallas. Babel actress Adriana Barraza also just joined the cast last week. The troubles aren't limited to Marvel, Warner Bros. is also having some difficulty. They're bringing the Jonah Hex cast back for re-shoots at the end of the month. "Although no test screenings have taken place, the studio has decided to work on story and action during the shoots, working in 12 pages of additional script mixed in with some re-shoots," says THR. People, this is no way to make movies.
If I hear any more juicy news, you'll be the first to know!
Jan 8, 2010
Jan 7, 2010
Jan 6, 2010
Here's another shirt I found myself immediately drawn to. This one is considered a "Batgirl Costume T-shirt" by 80stees.com. "This Junk Food Brand shirt features a design just like Batgirl's costume from the waist up!" according to them. But, seeing as how Batgirl doesn't feel the need to display her name across her chest, they get a FAIL and do not get my $28. (Secretly, I still kinda want it.)
Right now, I'm sure you guys out there are thinking, "Gee wiz, Nerdy Bird, I wish there were some Batman apparel I could wear!" Never fear! I haven't forgotten about the fellas. How about a nice Batman G-String Thong? You can thank pmtreasurechest from Etsy.com for the thoughts this one puts in your head. "Lined for comfort. The size is one size fits most (medium to large)." Sorry small and extra-large, you're just going to have to find your Batman G-String Thong elsewhere.
Jan 5, 2010
On New Zealand's New Year's Honours list this year is Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his "services to film," Peter Jackson. The director's work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy "broke box office records around the world, won Jackson international accolades, and prompted a spike in tourism to New Zealand," according to the Hollywood Reporter. "I didn't think anything would surpass the 2004 Academy Awards," he said, "but I was wrong." The 2004 Oscars was where Return of the King took home a record breaking 17 awards.