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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or Whatever Happened to The Man of Steel 2?

Oh where, oh where, did Man of Steel 2 go, oh where, oh where could it be?

Funny thing happened in the Internet, Man of Steel 2 is officially not Man of Steel 2. The film is now titled, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice because Batman rules over all in the land of Warner Brothers. The comedy of this is simple, Man of Steel didn’t bring Warner Bros. the billion dollar figure so Batman here to save the billion dollar day. As this has been announced, I am legit laughing. Yes this sets this as a prequel for Justice League, that’s fine and I see where they’re coming from. That’s respectable enough that they want to boost up that upcoming movie, now I wonder whatever happened to The Man of Steel 2? Superman it seems has been crowded out of his own movie as Batman has taken the lead away from The Man of Steel. While I understand title flow at least Superman should have had a more prominent place in what was originally his movie. To be honest at this point the evolution of this film from Man of Steel 2 to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice leaves me less than enthused.

As with my lack of enthusiasm for the Justice League piece, I want to be proven wrong. When I see the trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice I want to see myself wanting to be in that theater day one. As of right now though I’m just amused at this stage of the film. I will go further in stating that yes I like the Batman costume and Batmobile and I can’t wait to see those pictures of the film as they get released. Believe me until that trailer hits I will be keeping tabs on the progress of Batman V Superman. When the only thing I’m really enthusiastic about is the fact that the Batman costume looks cool, that’s not a good sign. There’s a lot to prove here too, this is Warner Brothers/DC Entertainment’s big set up to Justice League. Outside of Batman though, I’m not seeing much else to be Yay Batman V Superman yet.

Now if this turns out to be a cool movie come 2016, I’ll be happy to say I was wrong in my lack of enthusiasm. I will do the darned Dance of Joy if Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice turns out to be great. I joke that the surname here is as subtle as a hammer as to what they’re going for. While this will be our sequel to Man of Steel 2, I wouldn’t expect as much follow up as you realize. Man of Steel introduces Superman, Batman V Superman sets up Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and more, boy this movie is going to be crowded with characters. Every character introduced in Man of Steel probably won’t be in the movie much taking a back seat to whatever other things are happening in the film. Oh they’re all back but as bit players, at least from what I can gather.

Aye yi yi, I don’t know at this point. Maybe I am being a bit cynical about this movie, the name, and everything else Justice League surrounding this. If this movie turns out to be amazing, I will be as happy as anyone else. I’m not kidding about doing the dance of joy outside of the theater if this turns out to be wonderful. Until then, let the first trailer of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice be my guide to see how much enthusiasm I will end up having for this movie in the interim.


Spoiler filled thoughts! Justice League #1

Just posted up a review of Justice League #1 and couldn’t help but think of an idea for an interesting new idea for my blog. This is where you’ll get my more spoiler filled versions of thoughts I have on different comics I review throughout the week. Let’s get this started shall we?

Okay the alien in this issue fascinates me, I kind of wish at Fan Expo no one would have talked about the fact that Darkseid is going to be the main villain of this first story arc. I would have loved to have been surprised by that, but hey it was still cool to hear the alien spit that out before he burned to a crisp. That entire segment was a lot of fun to read, just seeing how Green Lantern of this universe interacted with Batman was absolutely priceless. The “You’re just a guy in a bat suit!?” made me laugh my head off. Yes I know it was kind of cheesy but really, you can’t deny that wasn’t a pretty good line. Though the counter to that was hilarious when Batman just grabs the ring. Perfectly paced piece and made me just keep smiling. The character interactions are what make this first issue shine.

I’ve heard comments on lackluster writing but I don’t see it, this is actually some of my favorite Geoff Johns writing in quite a long time. I feel like he’s having fun. There’s something liberating about having a blank canvas to play with, just making sure to keep the core of the characters alive. You still know all these characters, yet they’re in a brand new and dangerous world. Jim Lee is doing some of the best work I’ve seen of his recently, he’s giving his a-game for this book and it shows in every panel. I loved the Green Lantern constructs he created, and the giant flying bats at the Police helicopters was priceless.

The Vic Stone introduction has had many opinions across the net, and I liked it as you know from my review, but there’s this great segment I didn’t get to mention. I loved how he was looking at Green Lantern’s plane as it was flying over metropolis and his sadness over his Dad, yet this sort of wonderment across his face caught my attention. I can’t wait to see just what in the world happens to end up making him Cyborg in the relaunched DCU. This story strikes me as Vic Stone’s as much as the formation of the Justice League, for everyone else it seems is established except for him. Cyborg will more than likely be our point of view character when the team is up and running.

Now the last page with Superman is going to be interesting. I know there’s going to be a fight in the next issue, but I get the feeling it’s going to play differently than what we’d expect. I’m hoping as much since I’d rather it not be the typical Superhero misunderstanding fight. We’ll see though. If anything Jim Lee will be able to draw some amazing action sequences which will be awesome. So we win either way. I loved how Superman took out Green Lantern, just one fast red and blue blur of the over confident hero. That’ll teach you to underestimate Superman.

and that does it for the first installment of Spoiler filled thoughts. Every review I do for mycomicnetwork will get a treatment on here for the most part. Oh and really I can’t wait to find out what’s up with the  purple girl from Flashpoint #5 and how she relates to the relaunched DC Universe. Till next time!

How to get into Characters: Superman Part One

This comes from a twitter message from @T3h_Kaiser about him being intimidated by DC Continuity and how to get into certain characters. Here’s the thing it’s not as hard as you’d imagine but for the new comic fan or a comic fan getting back into it it can be seriously intimidating. His idea was a wiki but I’m not sure how to create wiki’s but I can do blog posts on each one and give you all ideas as to how to get into certain characters. I figure to end my small hiatus with a sort of how to on different characters done one at a time.

Superman I choose to do first because he’s one of my favorites and also dear sweet lord is his continuity an absolute riot to figure out. You think I’m kidding but my sweet lord it is not easy for the neophyte into the DCU.

Superman: Secret Identity: It’s an elseworlds book written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by Stuart Immonen is a story involving a kid just named Clark Kent and reading about Superman and how he deals with that in his own life. Showing how it influences him and going from all of that. What’s interesting about it is if you’ve not really ever understood the appeal of Superman this is one of those books that can make you go, “Hey..I get it!” for it is absolutely amazing and one awesome read. It’s sadly out of print but if you can stumble upon it it’s absolutely one great read. It’s an absolute shame that it’s out of print for it’s one of the greatest gateway Superman introductions out there.

Superman for all Seasons: This one is actually pretty good it’s written by Jeph Loeb (considering I’m not a big fan of him nowadays this is big for me) and drawn by Tim Sale. It’s another origin story but it gets into Superman’s life as a kid and into him going into Metropolis. Showing his development of powers and his interactions with people going along the way.  It has a great retro look to it and it is still in print and easy to find. Definitely go and grab it if you can.

Superman: Whatever happened to the man of tomorrow: Written by Alan Moore and drawn by Curt Swan for this being the closing out of the Silver Age Superman it’s also one solid look at Superman and his general impact on the world. See the big part of this story was also Curt Swan was the major artist during this period of time before John Byrne came on and did his big revamp so this was the big swan song. What is surprising is it seriously is a great intro into it at the same time. If you want to understand more of the aspects of Superman that could be a bit more obscure this is fascinating. Definitely go for it. It’s collected in either the DC Universe collected stories of Alan Moore or in one separate hardcover edition of the story.

Superman: Birthright: This one is written by Mark Waid and drawn by Lenil Francis Yu and it’s very much modern age based in how it handles everything. They go into a lot of how Clark develops into being Superman and more into his travels as Clark Kent leading to it all. It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at too. Very much good for the Superman newbie too.

In each of these books I go for one accessibility in writing and two accessibility in art. Meaning is it easy for anyone to read and get into and is the storytelling clear for the person as well. These four definitely are some major parts of it. I know I’ll think of more so I’m making this part one so if I miss anything you might want me to look into or if I just forgot something let me know. Merry Christmas everyone and thanks again to @ T3h_Kaiser for me starting on this project. For this makes me want to go on one massive re-reading spree.

Oh and yes this will rotate around for there’s a lot of characters to play with and a lot of DCU to cover. I will end up doing this for Marvel too since I’ve been getting back into that world myself lately.


Looking toward the skies: A view on Superman: Earth One.

Full disclosure as I begin this look at the book.

I am an admitted Superman nerd.

I’ve dressed up as Superman.

I will at least try out anything that involves Superman in a series at some point.

He’s honestly one of my favorite characters in comics.

For me this character is one of my favorites in just the aspect that yes he’s one of the most powerful characters in comics period and yet at his core he likes being human and one with humanity to be with them. The classic Superman is the Mask while the real person is Clark Kent. For that’s a big part as to who he is.

Now that we’ve gotten all that out of the way it might come as no surprise to you that I really did enjoy the heck out of this book. I read it and was surprised at to how much I really did like it. I had heard little views here and there and at my own comic shop I’ll get a bit of flack for liking this as much as I did. J. Michael Straczynski is a bit of an controversial person in comics in a way because of well different things over the years. From his Spider-Man work, Thor work, and onwards you either get the you either love it or sweet lord above you hate it. I’ve liked a good bit of his work and hated some of it too but this one really struck me.  The way JMS looks at Superman and Clark Kent are fascinating. He spends the early part of it just giving you the foundation of this character and giving you the history of this organically. Instead of trying to blast it all out in the early pages and cram it he lets it flow. Organically doing an origin story and still letting the story breathe. For there’s a curse with the first books of any series like this is some people are trying to cram in everything under the sun with it and this book doesn’t try and cram it all in at once. It’s a relatively realistic look at the character and his development. What’s interesting is the showing of Clark trying out different job interviews for it got me curious in how JMS had him in different job interviews just trying to see what he could do. For the thing is Clark knows he can do whatever he wants. If he wants to play football he could do it, if he wants to work in a high end corporation he can do it, and yet the one job that always fascinates him and yet eludes him is the Daily Planet. Minor Spoiler but not too big it’ll derail your enjoyment of the book. That’s one thing that struck me in this title.

One part I absolutely adored and I mean adored was the conversations that his parents had with him about his powers and himself.  Being on the outside looking in with his abilities and all he can do is a major part of this. There’s a few other the conversations that I don’t want to spoil for you because they’re so beautifully done. I’m not kidding if they decided to either use this as basis for the live action movie or even an animated movie this would strike me as stuff that should be in there as much as the epic battle scenes in the book. See the one thing about Superman is you get into conversations about how he’s so overpowered and he has no real character. I call pure and simple you just haven’t read enough into him. This book would be one of the books I would show people that Superman has a lot of character if you look into him further. Seriously I would look at it this high as being one of the more interesting modern looks into the character. These sort of Elseworlds stories in which I know it’s not but these alternate world stories can be all over the map but this one really got me. It uses great elements of what I loved in Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek in how to humanize Superman for he is truly human if the right writers get a hold of him and get that. I digressed a little there but I had to put that in.

Now before I forget I have to add in the artwork to this story. I had read a few things on this and I’ve also looked at a great bit of the work that Shane Davis has done and this is probably one of the  best showcases of his work to date. His abilities with this are astonishing. You can see a bit of everything with this book as to what he can do. From the great little character pieces in this title in conversations and just the subtle looks and into the great battle sequences in the  second half he does it all. One segment of the character pieces I enjoyed was the job sequences and also the great last segment that once you see it well I don’t want to spoil the last few pages for you but needless to say it was beautifully done.  All I can say is whatever DC has in store for him next it better be one great follow up since this is one great looking book in addition to being well written.

I’m going to also get into the details of the first full reveal of Superman and how that’s handled. For his fight is against a character named  Tyrell that well I won’t spoil why the fight but needless to say I’ll get into that a little more next paragraph. The whole sequences of his first fight to the last parts of it were handled nicely. There’s one part of their fight that in showing the intensity of it I couldn’t help but be impressed by how it was handled. Then in the homage in the book from Action Comics #1 which you’ll know it when you see it.  The full reveal I mention in the first part of this segment is well just this nicely handled panel to panel reveal of the costume and then that “Oh wow.” moment of Superman shown with all the ships of the invasion of Tyrell’s fleet of Earth is impressive to say the least. There’s more than a few segments I’m dying to mention with the looks at Krypton but the spoilers would be intense and all sin and I’m keeping this to minor spoilers and that’s it.

There’s one major thing that if I don’t mention it it will drive me nuts later is the explanation of what happened to Krypton. It’s one of the more different ones and the way it’s retold is pretty cool and I liked it. It was one of the ones that I know some people are going to have fits over it in one way shape or form but I thought it was interesting. You’ll see what I mean when you read this book but it is definitely different. Same conclusion just done in a different fashion. The ship too plays a different part too for there’s a few extra elements that make sense as to why they’re there and how it all works out. I liked the new twists put into the origin story and how it all comes together.

In closing definitely get this book. It is worth every penny. Strangely enough and I was surprised  by this I put it in the tops of my favorite Superman stories. Not number one but definitely at least in the top ten if I was keeping track. So run don’t walk and get this book. It is beyond worth your time.