DC made several announcements over the weekend, including titles coming out over the next year and just who’s going to be working on them. But let’s be real: what we all wanted to hear about was the publisher’s response to fairly fervent fan furor about the portrayal of women in a few of the New 52 titles. They certainly had a response, and it was disappointing, promising, and hilarious all at the same time. Hit the jump to get the details.
Well, we’re off and running. The Con got started officially at 12, but the convention floor opened to all the non-professionals at 4 PM. The lines were nuts. And yes, there were two of them – each easily over 500 or so people, and that’s a conservative estimate. This is only a good thing, as it means plenty of people to make this year more interesting and next year even bigger. Of course, all those people may well have depleted the reserves of swag for the rest of the weekend – okay, maybe scratch what I said about it being a good thing. But there were plenty of other unarguably good things the first day. Get the full recap after the jump. Read more
Comic book stories are, at times, confusing, especially if you haven’t been keeping up recently. I started X-Men: Schism #1 and immediately knew that I had not been keeping up much at all with the X-Men Universe. But soon, that didn’t matter. The story briefly summed up the current state of affairs, and then quickly shifted to the central characters and their own concerns. The center of this story is the relationship between Cyclops and Wolverine, and (in case you didn’t guess it based on the title of the story arc) their inevitable split. This conflict has been so continuous in X-Men stories that it’s just about become a joke by now – but Jason Aaron is not joking around. He totally sold me on these two as partners turned ideological opponents. And if you can re-make the over-used trope turned corny joke and cause readers to take it seriously, then good job: you may have just re-invented the franchise.
Here at NNAR, a lot of us are jaded as hell about Star Wars, and wish George Lucas would just go away. And we think that we’re pretty representative of the Star Wars community as a whole. But every once in a while, a day comes when something reminds us why we became so passionate about the whole thing in the first place. Today is one of those days. Watch a four-year-old boy experience the mind-blowing amazingness of Star Wars in a way that we cynical types have long forgotten about, courtesy of io9, after the jump.
Sometimes, to do justice to a work, you have to get into the nitty gritty and analyze the hell out of it. But sometimes, it doesn’t take all that much to explain what makes something awful or great. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a blast. I’ll explain why for anyone who won’t take me at my most basic word, but there’s actually not much more to it. Read more
I had an incredibly difficult time deciding where to begin in writing this review. So I’ll start where Frank Miller started. The epigraph of his newest graphic novel, Holy Terror, is this: “If you meet the infidel, kill the infidel. – Mohammed.” I did some searching but was unable to find where that exact phrase is located in either the Qur’an or Hadith. Sure, there are some variations and translations that sound similar, but that exact phrase? Nope, not there. And Frank didn’t provide us with a citation, either. We are left with zero context for this phrase, a context that would entirely change its meaning. And that ends up being the greatest issue for Holy Terror – the lack of context. Read more
If The Notebook made you fall in love with Ryan Gosling, you may not want to see Drive. That said, the one thing both of those movies have in common is the intensity of Gosling – intensely romantic in The Notebook, and an unstoppable force in Drive. As it turns out, Drive is not just an action movie – it is a self-aware reflection on, and deconstruction of, 80s action movies. It does for movies that starred people like Van Damme, Cruise, and Stallone what Watchmen did for superhero comics. Bold claim? Maybe. But I think you’ll believe me by the time I’m done. Read more
Say you take one of my favorite scenes of all time, and then you re-dub all the music and voices and sound effects using solely your own voice. And you do a bang-up job of it. You’re going to make me a happy person. After you check out this video, you will know that Matt Mulholland has made me a very happy person today. Mulholland is an A Capella singer with a long list of YouTube postings, that range from fun to cheesy to amazing – sometimes all three at the same time. He’s put out a few multitracks, as he refers to them – re-dubbings of movie scenes or songs with multiple tracks of his own voice, creating a choral or orchestral effect. He’s done a multitrack of the original Matrix lobby shoot-out scene, and also of the light-saber battle between Qui-Gon, Obi Wan, and Darth Maul. Clearly he knows how to get the attention of us nerds. But this might be his best showing so far, or at least my favorite: the skateboard chase scene from the first Back to the Future. Check out the video and let us know what you think after the jump. Read more