Monday, April 15, 2013

Indestructible Hulk!

I spent the better part of yesterday lying on the couch, listening to Hawkwind on Pandora and getting caught up on Indestructible Hulk.  Although I'm not one of those fanboys who follows artists from book to book, buying the title only as long as said artist is on said title, so I don't want to give you the wrong impression when I say the only reason I bought into Indestructible Hulk was because I heard Walt Simonson was signing on as artist as of issue six.  Having said that, I literally bought into Indestructible Hulk because I heard Walt Simonson was coming in as of issue six.  I feel like such a whore, but I digress.

Mark Waid, the writer, ranks among my favorites.  He is, after all, the guy who gave us Kingdom Come, a brilliant but short run on Captain America and a long box full of Flash comics.  His storytelling for Indestructible Hulk is rapid fire and a lot of fun, unlike some writers who like to linger for years on one stroy line.  I won't say too much about the plot for fear of ruing it for anyone, but Waid's new take on Banner's change in attitude towards his alter ego is handled quite well, though it's sometimes hard to believe it's actually Banner talking.  As is evidenced by the cover above, the Big Green Cheese gets a visit from Marvel's resident God of Thunder in issue six.  I don't know who's idea it was to let Simonson draw Thor in his traditional, non-movie tie-in wardrobe that Simonson is famous for, but it was a good one.

As for the art in issues one through five, it's my humble opinion that Leineil Yu's talents are better suited for a more "reality based" comic book, something like Punisher or Daredevil.  He just can't seem to make the Hulk "Hulk Out."  He also has problem making people look distinct from one another.  They all kinda look the same.  And there's this nasty habit he had of drawing way too many single and double splash pages.  That gets annoying after awhile and cheats the reader out of the hard-earned cash he had to plunk down for the book.  Simonson's only shortcoming on the title so far isn't even his own fault.  Just like when John Romita Jr. was drawing Thor back in the day, Simonson seems too restrained by page size.  Simonson could've filled the book with a number of splash pages, but instead filled most pages with a staggering amount of panels.

Whether I stay with this book or not depends on if Waid can keep me entertained and who comes in after Simonson steps down.  I don't really have a rating system for comics, but this one's on my "maybe/maybe not" list, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed... 

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

True Story...

About a week ago, finally fed up with my cable bill, I bought a Blu Ray player so that I could stream Netflix and all kinds of other junk.  I didn't own any Blu Ray disks at the time and figured at least I can still play my apparently antiquated DVDs on it.  Well, upon returning home from the store, I checked my mail and, sure enough, someone sent me my very first Blu Ray disk!  How jacked up is that, right?  The story behind that goes like this...

A few weeks ago, while on Facebook, I answered what I didn't know was a prize-winning trivia question from Mike Mutt Lavender.  I just thought he was having fun, little did I know that knowing the name Seven Zark Seven would win me my very first Blue Ray disk.  Mike messaged me for my address and, not to long later, while opening up my mail box, there was my prize.  So, props to Mike for making good on his promises.  Check him and his review page out on Facebook.

How was the movie, you ask?  Well, it's a zombie flick so that's usually a good thing.  It's called "Osombie" and it stars my new obsession Eve Mauro and was filmed in Utah.  I must say, it was a fun movie.  I never once glanced at the clock and asked, "When will this thing ever end?!" so there's that.

Eve Mauro, ladies & gentlemen...

You're welcome.

So, what it all about, you ask?  Well, the story goes a little something like this:  "Osombie" follows Dusty, a yoga instructor from Colorado on a desperate mission to save her crazy, conspiracy-theorist brother Derek, who is convinced Osama bin Laden is still alive. In Afghanistan, Dusty falls in with a NATO special forces team on a secret assignment. It turns out Derek is not so crazy after all, and that Osama has returned from his watery grave and is making an army of zombie terrorists. When the group crashes headlong into the growing zombie apocalypse, Dusty and the troops must find and destroy the root of the zombie insurgency before it infests the rest of the world.  I'm not exactly sure why one of the special forces guys always has to take his shirt off, but hey, I guess that was for the ladies.  As far as CGI blood & gore goes, it ranks better than any of the horrible movies I subjected myself to on the Sci-Fi Channel, you know, when I had cable?

Behold the trailer:

Overall, I enjoyed the movie for more than my obvious bias towards Eve Mauru and Mike's a stand-up guy in my book.

Keep it here, boppers.