Jack Black Vulnerable To Yellow?
WE GET A PETITION STARTED? IF THAT DOESN'T WORK CAN WE POOL
OUR MONEY AND HIRE A HITMAN TO TAKE OUT WHOEVER OK'D THIS
PROJECT TO BE DONE AS A COMEDY OR JUST TO TAKE OUT JACK
BLACK? I DON'T THINK HE WOULD BE MISSED BY ANYBODY AT ALL.
I MEAN LET'S FACE IT HE'S NO BELUSHI OR EVEN A RONALD REAGAN
Heavy Metal Maniac
I completely agree that Jack Black is wrong for Green Lantern,
but I do think he's funny in the right parts. School of
Rock was great. More importantly, he actually does a lot
to help out those that don't have the clout he does; witness
his producing and hosting the upcoming FX show "Channel
101," which gives comics a chance to do five minute
I really wish that his integrity extended to telling Warner
Brothers, "I'd love to do a superhero movie, big fan,
but I'm not right for it." Of course, as more than
one internet writer has pointed out, fans hated the idea
of Michael Keaton as Batman, and look how that turned out.
It took three whole movies to completely destroy that franchise.
Hero Happy Hour Doesn't Sound So Happy...
your review of SHHH. I totally disagree with your opinion
of this book. And, while I can understand that there are
"different strokes for different folks", and that
you don't like it, you could at least appreciate the originality
of the concept of the series. Would you be happier if the
characters just flew around the city and fought robots from
the future? Or maybe battling another villian that was supposed
to be dead for the fifth time? Saying you don't like it
is one thing, but telling people not to bother with it is
for sending some feedback, even if it is of the negative
variety. It's nice to know someone reads these things every
once in a while.
would stipulate that there isn't a lot of originality in
the piece. The characters themselves aren't original, but
rather archetypes of the characters that we've all grown
up reading. The Guardian is a Superman clone. Feline is
Catwoman for intents and purposes, or Tigra if you like.
The Eradicator is a far less interesting Punisher. And if
you don't know who Night Ranger is a bad homage to, you
haven't been reading comics long. While it may be difficult
to avoid these comparisons in modern comic book writing,
there are more creative ways to use the archetypes than
to simply place them in a bar to talk. Not even their names
(Guardian and Eradicator are both well known to fans of
Superman, and gee, a girl with cat powers called Feline?
must have dug really deep for that one) are original.
for the idea of putting superheroes in a bar? Not exactly
the newest thing. Super Crullers/Common Grounds from Image
places them in a coffee shop commiserating. Crack open ASTRO
CITY: CONFESSION and you'll notice a superhero bar or two.
And anyone remember Warriors from GREEN LANTERN, the bar
run by Guy Gardner and meant to cater to superheroes? Warren
Ellis's run on STORMWATCH was full of bars which were full
of superheroes. It's not a new concept.
it didn't have to be. A comic doesn't have to be new and
groundbreaking to be a good comic; comics rehash stories
and concepts like heroin addicts looking for one more good
vein. The problem with Hero Happy Hour is that it never
tries to be good. It never comments on the archetype characters
it employs, never pokes fun at some of the funnier bits
of superheroing that should be pointed out in a barroom
setting. I am really astounded that so many people (2) liked
this comic enough to even e-mail me, because nothing happens.
There's no comedy; there's no drama; there's no action because
the artwork and the story couldn't even put together a decent
bar room brawl. Even the snarky comments made by the supposedly
grizzled and world-weary bar super-patrons are barely below
"polite" and I can't figure out why anyone would
waste their hard earned money on it. The characters are
just there, they just drink, and nothing happens. Money
well wasted I say.
to make yet another point: I review graphic novels. It is
my job to recommend or not recommend them. So it's not "assinine"
for me to suggest that people not buy a book that I did
not think was good, because maybe, through some great coincidence
or cosmic influx, if they stop buying badly written and
badly drawn comics, those bad comics will no longer see
print. What a literary utopia the industry could become.
But they'd have to execute Chuck Austen.
again for writing.
just didn't "get" the book, you should have admitted
it in your review. You made it quite clear that you were
looking for this book to be something it's not. You also
made it quite clear that you believe that if characters
wear costumes, it should be just like every other super-hero
book out there. This book isn't JLA, it's "Cheers"
with costumes. If that's not your thing, fine. But don't
call a book bad simply because you missed the point.
makes me wonder: how does a reviewer know if he "gets"
a book or not? If he doesn't like it, does that automatically
mean he doesn't "get" it? I don't "get"
necrophilia but I think I'm still on pretty safe ground
saying it's bad.
for sending feedback. It's nice to get some, even if it
I "get" the book? Yes, I think I did. I wasn't
looking for the book to be anything but a good comic,and
the fact that I found it lacking in this respect is the
reason I gave it a bad review. To describe it as "Cheers
with costumes" certainly lends itself to my point of
view. Cheers was a funny show by itself, with a robust and
great sense of its characters. Making a comic book in imitation
of that comedy and slapping superheroes into the text is
hack writing at its most obvious, beacuse the addition of
superheroes adds nothing to the comedy; it's simply window
not write a story about funny people in a bar who aren't
superheroes? Because the writers would have to be far more
creative and actually attempt to make humorous situations
out of the ordinarily mundane world. Like "Cheers"
did. All Mr. Taylor and Mr. Fason did was to drudge out
every stereotypical superhero pastiche and situation and
threw them into the script hoping to grab some readers from
a market already inundated with the superhero genre, with
little or no attempt at humor, let alone human interest
or drama or even the occasional deep philosophical moment;
qualities that, once again, could all be found on "Cheers."
would argue that this book is nothing like "Cheers"
for all the reasons stated above, but more pointedly because
"Cheers" was funny. "Hero Happy Hour"
would also like to point out that I'm kind of supposed to
call a book "bad" or "good" because
I review graphic novels. A pesky, but important part of
the job I think. But hey, it's only my opinion. Which you
took the time out to read, digest, and respond to.
again for writing.
myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ggggggggooooooooooosssssssssssh jeremy
supter is the boy alive you need more pics of him, any girls
out there like my man and youll get the beat down i love
you jeremy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo holla cutay
is why I had to return to teaching English....so there would
be fewer letters like that floating around the internet.
Punctuation, people. Simple punctuation.
Spider-Man 2 / 3 Conundrum
saw 2. It rocked. I think that you're wrong about Connors
though...The film basically smacked you in the face and
said that we are returning the goblin...Whether it's the
Green Goblin or a Sam Raimi Hobgoblin, Harry Osborne will
be the next villain undoubtedly.
Raimi decides to destroy the continuity of the series he's
created...Goblin was primed... although they teased us with
Connors...I think the Osborne saga ends in Spider-Man
am not a Hollywood playa (though Harry Knowles gives hope
to us all), but my guess is that Spider-Man 3 will feature
The Lizard as the villain, mainly because we've already
seen a guy flying around in that armor. Or at least we'll
have both, bowing to studio pressure to be a little more
like the Batman franchise with more action figure possibilities.
Why else make Dr. Connors one-armed, if not as a plot point
we didn't even know would be a plot point?
prefer that Harry at least become The Hobgoblin instead,
but what have we seen that would lead us to believe that
the character would show that much creativity or originality?
He'll follow perfectly in Dad's footsteps.
saw Spider-man 2 tonight. I thought the movie was great
and that you were too hard on it. Where the movie suffers
(from no fault of it's own ) is that we expected it to be
great. Sam Raimi after making such a good movie the first
time had removed the trepidation that all comic book fans
have before going to see a super-hero move (see Daredevil,
Phantom, the Hulk, Superman 3 and 4, Batman and Robin; etc.)
in a way that even Bryan Singer did not in the first X-men
movie. the first Spider-man was great. I too found myself
going into the movie thinking "allright Raimi, show
Yes, I picked up on the Superman 2 theme (Super-Heroes can't
get laid and have superpowers at the same time) but Raimi
did it better. Even the fight scenes were better and I up
until now considered Superman 2 (minus the sex subplot with
Lois Lane) to be the best super-hero movie to date. Now,
kneel before Zod! I also noticed that even more people,
know Spider-man's secret I.D. than Batman's but once again
Raimi did it better. New Yorker's are apparantly the greatest
people in the world and will rally around their own like
no other people in the world.
The greatest part about Spider-man 2, however, are the scenes
without Doc Ock. I've always made mine DC. I've never liked
the perpetually whining of the Marvel characters. For the
first time ever, Sam Raimi has made me understand. I get
it now. I understand why people like Spider-Man and more
I understand why people like Peter Parker. For a long period
of time in the middle of the movie Doc Ock is nowhere around
and I didn't miss him. Compare that to the first Batman
If this movie suffers from second movieitis it is only because
you are dying to see the third (and fourth or fifth film.)
It seems clear that Raimi will have to deal with the Harry
Osborn situation but he has also introduced us to the Lizard.
Now even though I never expect to see Man-Wolf or Dr. Strange
it was cool to have them alluded too. I want to see More
Green Goblin, I want to see the Lizard, the Vulture. Venom,
Carnage. Black Cat. Sam Raimi has made me think that Spider-man
is cool and for the second time he has had me leave a movie
theater feeling the same way I did when I was eight after
seeing Superman the Movie. Tonight I believed that a man
could climb walls.
-- Troy Benson
P.S. The Computer special effects on the characters needs
to get better.
we can agree on without fear of reprisal.
read your on-line article on Linda Vista Hospital and the
filming of Jekyll there. I went there with a friend who
worked on that film as well to scout a movie location we're
scheduled to do soon. We went there and it was open, and
this deaf-mute caretaker walked us through...THAT shoulda
been a movie itself!
dead are watching you. And signing insulting things behind
Villikon Chronicles of Riddick - ulous...
I also noticed the similarities between The
Villikon Chronicles and The
Chronicles of Riddick. Could there be more to this than
we know? I read a synopsis of the Riddick character. He
is told to be a legendary warrior foretold in religious
prophecy. Sound familiar? I am a long-time VC fan, and I
hope that if/when Villikon becomes a feature
film that Riddick hasn't spoiled much of Villikon's originality.
I know that you would probably argue "What originality?"
Be honest, have you read anything other that the graphic
novels? The VC universe is an intricate story spanning 4
feature length screen plays. The novels just scratch the
surface. Did Riddick steal some of Villikon's fire? I certainly
hope not, but I'm very suspicious. There are too many similarities
to not raise an eyebrow. This just can't be pure co-incidence.
I haven't read anything other than the graphic novels (or
rather, the 3-part single graphic novel). In truth, I wasn't
aware that they had anything else out there for public consumption.
I'll have to look them up at Comic-Con.
again, I think the similarities are just coincidence --
a warrior foretold by prophecy is nothing new or original,
and I don't mean that as a bad thing. Heck, you'll notice
that both Anakin and Luke Skywalker have a hint of prophecy
it up: it's all laid out by Joseph Campbell in Hero With
A Thousand Faces.
it for this week -- but we've got a lot coming your way
as a result of San Diego Comic-Con. Write to us; let us
know how we're doing. And heck, go ahead and ask about the
WB's Tarzan again. Live dangerously.