Last night, three members of the NNAR team went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Why, you ask? Because it was preceded by the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Rises! The third (and final) Batman installment will be released in the summer of 2012, a full four years after The Dark Knight, but we just couldn’t wait.
The first six minutes introduces Bane, a powerful masked villain who clearly has few qualms about crushing his enemies into oblivion, and hints at the epic scale of this film. Check out the video of our thoughts after the jump.
We all know that Batman is a master of stealth, and that’s great when you’re sneaking up on Gotham’s criminals, dispensing justice with your fists. But, Batman also has a well documented penchant for using his stealth capabilities against his own allies. When was the last time you heard Batman say “goodbye”? The answer is never.
This past weekend on SNL, Andy Samberg (as Batman) and Steve Buscemi (as Commissioner Gordon) took that appearing/disappearing act and followed it to it’s inevitable, horrifying conclusion. Did we really think it could end any other way? Embedded below for your viewing pleasure.
Is third time really the charm? Last month’s issue of Detective Comics left both of us wanting more. With such a strong start in issue #1, our hopes have been high that the return to greatness will come sooner as opposed to later (…if it comes at all). With Tom as Someone Old and Jon as Someone New, we resume our quest in search of the brilliant Detective Comics turnaround.
So you worked yourself up into a New 52 fever and bought every debut issue you could get your hands on. Now, the adrenaline high of seeing so many new titles simultaneously has worn off, and you’re wondering which are still worth pulling. And, since no one other than Bruce Wayne can afford to buy all 75 Batman titles DC puts out, you’re going to have to make some Bat-Choices.
Does Detective Comics suffer from a sophomore slump? Or does it remain a perpetual paragon of parables? Should you keep consuming this classic chronicle? The dynamic duo of Tom and Jon, the Boy Wonder, are back to let you know! Same nerd time, same nerd channel!
Friday was the first day of New York Comic Con that was open to the majority of the general public (those who paid extra for VIP passes got access for a little while on Thursday), and my was it busy. The Javits Convention Center was packed to the gills with cosplayers, creators, fanpersons (we are nothing if not PC at NNAR), and even us humble members of the press. While we aren’t able to be everywhere at once, we did try to get around and see what we anticipated to be some of the cooler stuff today. Check out the highlights after The Jump. Read more
Say what you will about the recognizability or historical significance of any other DC Comics character, but there’s only one whose book the company named themselves after. And it ain’t this one. After Detective Comics #27 introduced “The Bat-Man” in May of 1939, he soon became the star of the title and, arguably, the company’s most successful character. As much as we were looking forward to, and have been pleasantly surprised by, several titles in DC’s The New 52, there was never any doubt that the entire endeavor would succeed or fail based on the strength of one comic. Haven’t checked it out yet? Leave it to Someone Old (Tom) and Someone New (Jon) to convince you why you should.
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
Someone borrowed, someone blue? Nice guess, but no: what we’re doing here is hopefully something you’ll find new and interesting and unique. We’re taking on DC’s New 52, from both the perspective of a veteran reader of comics and that of a new-comer to the super-hero genre. Jon will be taking on the task of providing that all-important new reader opinion – all-important because it is precisely that demographic that DC has bet the house on. One of the rest of us (or maybe all of us, if we want to gang up on the new guy at some point) will give the old hand’s opinion of the reboot. Third will be providing that perspective to start. We have decided to kick this off with the first issue of the New 52, Justice League #1, so without further ado… Third and Jon’s tandem review of Justice League #1.
Legendary Entertainment has just released a motion comic-esque trailer for Frank Miller’s upcoming graphic novel Holy Terror. Originally titled Holy Terror, Batman! (Burt Ward’s Robin FTW), the book was meant to be a story in which The Caped Crusader fought Al-Qaeda. Yes, you read that right.