There was a time back in the 1980’s that the X-men were the coolest thing in the entire world! They were like mutant misfit punk rockers and and growing up they were the unique team that you felt you were part of. Today the X-men are fuckin’ corporate whores with like a dozen different titles, huge blockbuster movies and cartoons. They’re still swell guys but they don’t have that dangerous charm to them that they did back in the eighties. They didn’t fit in and because of that they were cool. It was an era of the team that simply can’t be recaptured. They weren’t the Avengers, they were a tight knit family with a lot of problems that you could relate to especially as a teen. The main reasons why they were so awesome during this era was direct result of Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr. Here’s an awesome cover Romita did during that very special time and this one still to this day remains iconic to me and my eleven year old self. This was back when wolverine wasn’t a pretty boy, he was mean and dangerous!
Daredevil to me has always been Marvel’s answer to Batman. He’s a vigilante searching the streets at night for whatever scum may be lurking in the shadows. He’s also had some pretty dark story lines over the years and this particular comic book cover drawn by John Romita Jr. is about as dark as it gets. This particular issue follows Matt Murdock during his “nomadic” spree where he wanders around the city after burning his belongings. He stays in a small bed and breakfast and helps a married couple in need sever their ties with their criminal family. During this period we get a very dark Daredevil indeed. This cover is a fave of mine…
Ahhhh the X-men of the 1980’s…..it just doesn’t get any better than that. Which brings me to my pick for comic book cover of the week X-men #195 drawn by Bill Seinkeiwicz. Just knowing Bill did this cover is a no brainer that’s it’s gonna totally rule. This issue features the X-men trying to save Power Pack the kiddie mutant team from the eighties from the Morlocks, the inner art of the issue is drawn by the fabulous John Romita Jr who was even more spectacular back in the 1985. Don’t worrry though folks, Katie Power wasn’t harmed by Wolvie but it did truly make for one stunning must have comic if not only for the cover alone! I miss those days of the X-men!
Remember when The X-Men were really bad ass? Back in the 80’s they sure seemed that way-with Storm sporting her mohawk and Wolverine tokin’ on a cig reciting Clint Eastwood lines on their beautifully drawn John Romita Jr. covers. Man those were the days I tell ya! This amazing cover is taken from the “Mutant Massacre” storyline that ripped out the souls of their readers back in the 80’s. The same storyline that took Angel’s wings away from him and introduced Sabretooth as one of the most frightening villains the X-men and Wolverine would then continually face off with. Anyway John Romita Jr. was putting out some of his best artwork ever back then and this cover is a reason why to this day he’s still in the lime light as one of the best in the industry!
The last week I have been on an epic cross country road trip with a good friend of mine so I haven’t been able to hit the bloggin’ at all. But now having arrived safely at home in Portland Oregon this weekend there was really only one last thing I needed to get accomplished. Go see Kick -Ass! Yeah I have been covering the movies developments pretty heavily here since the comic book has been one of my favs for quite some time. So the wait was finally over and I walked into the theaters with my fingers crossed.
Did the movie deliver? Well sorta if you’d never read the comic book. In fact if you have never read the comic book this may be one of the best “superhero” comic book movies you’ll ever see. Continue reading
I have been having a great time so far getting into The Fall of the Hulks series that Marvel has just launched. One reason in particular is their choice of villains they’ve got teaming up against the Hulk, or should I say Banner since technically he can’t change into the Hulk anymore (that’s not going to last for long though). But aside from awesome old school villains like the Leader and Egghead appearing the one that always gets me pumped is MODOK! Yeah that’s right the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. He’s just one of those weird ass villains I think everyone adores! His involvement in the Fall of the Hulks inspired me to re-read one of my favorite Hulk storylines which transpire in issues #287-290. If you haven’t already read these I suggest you run down to your local comic shop and pick up these back issues asap! It will give you a little more insight on his hatred for the Hulk.
I read an article at Ign.com today about the Kick-Ass the movie and the new movie posters! I am so damn excited about this movie I can’t even put it into words. If you have ever read the comic book then you totally understand why. It’s one of the best comics I have ever read and sadly one of the quickest reads too. I have always wondered what it would be like in the world if we had real life superheroes and I’m not talking about those guys that walk around the streets in costume giving food to homeless people. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good deed but I am talking about real life masked crime fighters. Well as you probably already know this book answers that question in a world where nobody has super powers. Hopefully the movie won’t be a watered down Hollywood version of the the comic. Anyway here’s one of the posters. Ign has a cool article there about the movie and three more versions of the posters.
As you may already know I am huge Incredible Hulk fan yet It has been at least a year since I have followed the comic book. I will admit I was hooked on Planet Hulk & World War Hulk. Infact I must admit those were some of the best Hulk stories I’ve read in years. Then what happens to my Hulk title that Greg Pack had so magnificently written? Well for some reason the title tuned into The Incredible Hercules and we start following the exploits of Hercules instead of the Hulk. Um ok…then a new title simply called Hulk emerges written by Jeph Loeb. Well I have to be honest about Mr. Loeb, he’s pretty hit or miss. Usually a miss in my opinion. I read maybe the first two issues of this title and was less than impressed. In fact so unimpressed I never picked up an issue again.
One of my all time favorite X-men stories has got to be in issue #183 entitled “He’ll never make me cry” from 1984! The X-men aren’t in outerspace or saving humankind from Magneto’s twisted plans. This is the type of story I wish I would see more of these days in comic books. A day in the life type of story where you really get to know the characters. What it would be like if you could call up Wolverine and have him meet you at your local watering hole and drink yourselves silly together. This issue’s plot is simple Colossus, whose returned with the X-men from outerspace, dumps Kitty Pryde pretty harshly as he explains to her how he fell in love with another woman when on the most recent adventure with the team.
I knew it wouldn’t be long before Kick-Ass, Marvel’s Icon Imprint Line comic book sensation was made into a movie. Kick-Ass is easily one the BEST comic books to have graced our shelves in the past five years and coming from Ultimates writer Mark Millar I would expect nothing less. Even though this comic seems to have a real hard time coming out on time and takes about five minutes to read it’s always worth the wait. If you haven’t checked this out already you need to get your booty down to the comic shop and pick up the first five issues. I promise you WON’T be disappointed.