Smaville Season 11 #13

Finally..

It’s been some time since we last saw the boy scout, and when the story starts, we find ourselves at the famed “Fortress of solitude”. Here we find a shadowed Naked Lois in Clark’s bed. How you may ask, well somehow the Fortress can “block” it (which makes sense since when ever a satellite tries to find the Fortress, it can’t be seen on any form of tracking), but how he got there is a bit more of a mystery..or utter confusion. Basically, Oliver Queen’s satellite passed through the lane of vision to allow Superman to use the caves (see season 2 of the show) to beam himself there. This is the first time Clark also explains a bit of his flight ability.  Cut to Gotham where Nightwing is stopping a crime, but when one criminal decides it’s time to high-tail it out of there in a car, in comes Batman to save the day. As he interrogates him, he confesses a name, Joe Chill; who also happens to be connected in Metropolis. Guess where Batman is headed? To be continued.

THANK THE STARS ABOVE MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED!!!! With the new arc comes a new artist, Chris Cross, who shows some promise. It’s a bit of a rocky start, but its may just be a relief to not see Perez any more. The art work at the start of this book is great. When it gets to Gotham, I fairly enjoyed seeing how they blended all the versions of Gotham from the recent movies to the ones in the animated and video game versions as well. Oddly, it felt like the “Lady Vengeance” episode in season 5 after Johnathan Kent’s death, w ith how she was introduced, and all that. The best part of this issue is when you first see the full body of Batman, and the trademark pose of him just standing there looking with thunder and lightning cracking the night sky(made famous by the “Batman: the Animated Series” that ran in the 90’s & bled into a justice league series… Fyi). The character design of Nightwing is a bit troubling. All signs point to a girl, which to me is just sad. I miss the black and blue outfit of Dick Grayson. Hopefully, however long his run is, it’s better than Mr. Perez.

Miller introduces Batman in a very crafty way, and has the Lois-Clark love thing down pretty well, though his explanation for Clark seems flawed (it does make sense however). The way he introduces batman is pretty clever, but expected. After I watched the Avengers, I went to see all of what I could find from Joss Weadon about that film and one thing stuck out to me “characters need to feel like they actually have a life outside of the 1+ you see them for”, and he certainly covered that. I say that because, when we are introduced to Batman, you instantly always go to the best moment of Batman according to you, the reader (Go ahead.. Bet you just did it). His Nightwing is a bit tacky. Nightwing is a female in Smallville, and thanks to that, Bruce Wayne seems more like Tony Stark now. But either way, I’ll give it a piece of my time, so let’s hope the next issue is better

Enjoy your week!!Rating 3
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.3 out of 5
  • Art:  3 out of 5
  • layout*: 3 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.5 out of 5
  • Story: 3.3 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

SPOILER – Iron Man 3 Confirmed to Include Iron Patriot!

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANY MORE, WALK AWAY NOW!

Updates!!!

TRAILER!!

 

Captain America’s shield.

First look at “the Mandarin”

did anyone else notice this in the trailer? >>>>
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(22.10.12) Iron Man gets a teaser poster

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Here’s the synopsis:

Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

If you want you want to know more, then by all means continue reading.

*SPOILERS START HERE*

Various sites have confirmed reports that one of the villains will be in fact a recently used character from the Marvel mainstream comics, ‘Iron Patriot’.

The armor made its first appearance in 2009’s “Dark Avengers” #1. Following the events of the “Secret Invasion” crossover, Norman Osborn was mistakenly heralded as an American hero and tasked with leading a group of government-sanctioned Avengers. Taking the technology from Stark Industries, Osborn designed his suit to represent the then-recently-deceased, Captain America.

Due to Spider-Man being owned by Sony (movie rights), the man behind the mask won’t be William Dafoe or anyone named Norman Osborn, but actor James Badge Dale (The Grey, Shame), who recently joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3.

“Dale will play Eric Savin. In the Marvel comicbooks, he’s a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army put in charge of Project: Ultra. After stepping on a land mine, cybernetic surgery is performed on him and he’s resurrected as the cyborg Coldblood.” – Variety

Also noted by ‘Variety’, is that this movie will feature more elements from the ‘Extremis’ story line (comic book), which the first movie took ideas from as well. Though to my personal understanding, the only thing that was based off that story was the design of the suit for the movie.

The two differences is the man behind the mask and the colour scheme.
Iron Patriot as the suit appears in the comics

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #7

So… No more Avengers right?

see this for issue credits

Cyclops, Namor Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have all hit and laid siege upon different Avenger “bases” (headquarters if you will) from the tower, to the mansion, to the Avenger Academy (and anything else I’m missing), following what Cyclops said, “No more Avengers”. Where ever Magik is, is where action starts, and all while everyone is fighting, Tony Stark is back in Wakanda studying the effects of her powers against the Magik to see how to beat the PHX.5. Avengers start to be on the losing side, so trying to make an escape plan & trying to buy his team more time, Hawkeye goes off and gets a piece of Emma Frost. He’s set on fire. The avengers and X-men both leave the fight, X-men taking Hawkeye as prisoner knowing they can heal him. Back at Wakanda, Black Panther “bitch” slaps Stark who is trying to create something that will allow himself to die if his plan fails. Dr. Strange and the rest of the Avengers devise a plan to appear like Wanda Maximoff if ever needed. Which it is, in another battle the Avengers take one of the X-men known as “Transonic”. And with 2 simple words Wanda, Makes Namor “Go Away” back on utopia, Namor and Cyclops exchange words, which leads to Emma Frost informing him that The Avengers are in Wakanda, who are planing on leaving to go to the mystical realm of Kun-Lung, when a great wall of water shrouds Wakanda. “WAR” shouts Namor… To Be continued.

Well, as much as I like Matt Fraction, this issue really didn’t feel right. Yes things are still crazy, but it just didn’t feel he got anyone right besides Tony Stark. It’s also kinda pointless what happens to Hawkeye,  actually a lot of it is pointless. It just feels like after the last issue there should be WAY more fights happening. More “chaos” more Avengers versus X-men. I don’t know Fraction to be boring, but it just felt that way, not even Fear Itself was this bad (However I really enjoyed it.. Even though it was RANDOM as hell). Maybe this issue is plagued by having tie in issues to fill in the gaps. One upside is the convo with Stark and T’challa.

Oliver Copiel. I may have hyped his art work a bit, though still very impressive for what it is, it just misses til the last two pages. It may be the placement/use of the panels/frames but something was off. Thankfully, it’s not dreadful, it just doesn’t have the same flair as it usually does. I remember at Fanexpo one year, he said that they finally have him drawing things he likes to draw, and that was around the “Siege” event (So was Soca Explosion 3 folks), so maybe that’s the issue with his work in this one. To further explain it, picture a movie with a lot of quick edits.

Ps. Matt Fraction explained a little what the whole Namor Emma Frost thing was and he basically said it was a long time coming since his uncanny X-men stint, and it’s why he added Namor to the team. So I’ll go out on a limb and say that is issue holds more meaning if you’re an X-men fan.

Enjoy your day,
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.2 out of 5
  • layout*: 2 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5
  • Story: 2.7 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #12

I love when a story comes together, or when it creates a twist. But I do have my let downs.

So it’s the next day, but from all the drama in the last issue, one would think has been a week or two, with all that’s happened in the last 11 issues. Superman decides to pay Lex a more cordial, formal, human visit. He tells Lex that even though he’s the cause of Hank’s current condition, he believes he was doing the right thing, in some kind of “Lex Luther” way, and his apologies for the windows. But Lex has something else in mind (This is where you may want to revisit *issue 6**). When the shuttle carrying Hank Henshaw’s team into space, blew up and caused a radiation leak, it covered Superman. Though non lethal, it does act as a tracking device, which has just finished the calibration process. Oh, and it can track him for roughly the next 500 years. Later Supes informs Lois that Clark is on extended leave, and he confesses to his fiancé what Lex has done to him. Back at Smallville General Hospital, where Chloe saw her Earth 2 counter part, Ollie tells her the last words were “tell Superman it’s coming”. The Crisis, back in Metropolis, Tess tries to see if she can make Lex move from her side of the mind, she gets a finger to move. High above the city, Superman is watching and listening, as he hears Lois tell him, she loves him. The end.

Perez he drew a much better Tom Welling Superman than he has up to this point. The best scenes are all the Superman/Lex scenes. Every face made was right for the emotion. I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but I believe an artist gets the script, and the artist chooses the best moments to draw where everything would make sense. From the story to the characters feelings, to small details that lay in the background. With that said, another scene that was well crafted, was the reveal of what Chloe of Earth two said. In the background, it’s all red; In all the major crises, at some point the sky’s turn red (the reason I don’t know.. Just does). Now that may have been intentional, or just a something that was added for flair of causing more drama.

The scenes with Lex were also the best scenes written, but this is where my flaw comes from. We’ve done this story already, well kind of. If you watched Smallville season 8, then you may know where I’m headed with this. If you haven’t, well go and watch it. Not all of it, because it was a very garbage season, but to give you a brief recap. In season 7, Lana Lang left the show, or was written out. Either way she left, then somewhere in the early mid season, she came back in season 8 as her love for Clark was rekindled. Lex devised a plan to separate his ex wife from Clark (who has loved her ever since season 1) for good. Some way or another, Lex made an invisible suit that would absorb & store Kryptonite, which means it would kill Clark if he tried to be with her (at the end of season 7 Lex figures everything out about Clark; Spoiler), so Lana absorbs the Green K, and thus ends Lana’s story. This is KIND OF the exact same thing, minus hurting anyone thanks to the radiation, but separating him from the one woman who actually loves him. The best thing about this, is that I didn’t see it coming.

So, this officially ends the Hank Henshaw story, for now and well, the next issue is interesting. As far as continuing Smallville, it’s been a love-hate thing, but thanks for reading 12 reviews.

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.8 out of 5
  • Art:  3.6 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.1 out of 5
  • Story: 3.8 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Avx #6

“This is your Dream Charles, I have given it to you”

10 days after the events on the moon, the “Phoenix 5” (here on out, known as the PHX.5) have created a more tolerable, livable, and PEACEFUL earth, creating a source of food where it once couldn’t grow. On a newly erected X-men Utopia, Charles Xavier, visits his old student Scott Summers aka Cyclops and they discuss how this “accepting” of mutants will cost nothing since it’s almost like a dictatorship. The PHX.5 give reason to be more terrified of mutants who are just mutants, now more than ever. All across the world the PHX.5 are creating peace. It’s a new era from the world, much less, the X-men. At Avengers Tower, Cap.A is having a debrief with Iron fist, who tells him as a battle was ensuing, Colossus showed up, and convinced Zazz to power a PHX.5 power source. In the next room, Stark, Beast, Logan, and the Black Panther are all discussing the possibilities that the PHX.5 may take in a “worst case scenario”, whereas Beast and Black Panther figure, ‘who says they’ll do anything?’ So far they have only made the world peaceful. Days later at the White House, Stark, Cap.A, Obama, and Black Panther, discuss what the PHX.5 meant by a “Pax Utopia”. Elsewhere, Wanda Maximoff foretells the future, or sees, or even creates a possibly deadly time line. Later, the Avengers devise a plan to break into Utopia and snatch Hope away from the PHX.5. Emma Frost senses them, and her and Scott go to violently greet them. Just as the plan seems to be a bust, Wanda shows up and wants to take the Avengers away. Hope wishes to go but as Scott tries to stop Wanda by grabbing her arm, he feels, for the first time since getting the Phoenix Force, pain. After realizing that most of the problems mutants face, stems from the hero’s (in this case the Avengers) protecting the humans against anything, he says 3 words… “No more Avengers”.. To be continued.

Hickman, who wrote issue 4 in this series, and may have given the best opening so far in this crossover event, wrote this issue as well. I’ll probably go out on a limb and say this is my favourite issue to date. The talk with Xavier and Scott really has a certain weight to it. Not only was Professor Xavier a teacher to Scott, but he really was a father figure to him (Scott grew up in an orphanage before his powers came to be). So when he says “here’s you’re dream, I have given it to you”, it’s not intended to be an insult, but I’m sure it is. In the first Superman movie, there’s a saying “the Father becomes the son, and the son, the Father”, which has this never ending cycle. In those words, there holds a lot of meaning for those two, which later it will hold even greater meaning. Another part I loved about this was the Black Panther, and Beast. They give that non superhero feel, meaning they aren’t all, “let’s just go fight”. They give the reader a more rational realization of the entire thing. Fighting is basically all Cap.A and Logan now. In part, due to his weapons manufacturing, so does Iron Man but, BP(Black Panther) is the Head government official of his nation of Wakanda, and Beast hasn’t ever liked fighting, he just did when it was absolutely necessary. He brings up a great point as well about how these are his friends. Honestly, Hickman just does a good job with each character, and ends the issue great with the “No more Avengers” line.

Oliver Copiel, has done a lot of Marvel cross overs. If I’m not mistaken, he was the lead artist for House of M, Siege, and I’m sure he’s done a few Avengers (New) runs. His work in this book is good, but it’s not the best showing he’s ever had. I don’t know if he had other things going on, but I wonder why it’s not as great as others. Most of the flaws are small though. The Scale of Utopia is MASSIVE in this issue. The reveal of that, and the Utopia battle may be my favourite moments in this book.

As I said, this is my fave book, and this is the start of all hell breaking loose. Enjoy your week.
Rating:
  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4.7 out of 5
  • Story: 4.7 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville S11 #11

This was the conclusion.. To the first set of issues. Almost all plot/story threads are tied off in this issue.

The fight that started in S.T.A.R. Labs is an all out brawl (and dialogue) between Superman and Hank Henshaw. Which ends with Superman saving Hank from himself. Then back at the lab, there’s a mild debrief and Terri Henshaw seems to be okay with everything… (Which is a let down for the issue considering how adamant she was in the last issue to end Superman) Back in Smallville, the Queens are aware of being followed so they agree to part ways and try to out smart their predator. Two “love you’s” and a panel later, we’re at the mysterious helmet wearing visitor and then they fight, as they always do. He learns that they have fought before, on a different earth. Enter Chloe; who shoots her in the arm and then tries to heal her (yes, she has the ability to heal people. Very pointless and to be honest, I could have sworn she got rid of it). Some weird repulsion thing happens and then they separate. Where ever the mysterious travel landed.. The she’s met by the same person who was following the Queens, then a loud thunderous sound occurs and as they rush over to the visitor, pull off her helmet.. It’s CHLOE! She informs them that the other earth.. Earth 2… Is gone.

Alright to kind of clear up that madness, in season ten.. They introduced a new “Earth” which just so happened to be written by Bryan Q Miller. I don’t believe Chloe was in the episode.. But it does not matter. The point that was trying to be made was that it’s gone. In the comics (bare with me here) “Earth 2” is an Earth similar to ours but more peaceful. If you can think of your golden age of comics (think 1930’s to about 1950) then you know what I mean. In Smallville Earth 2 is where Clark isn’t found by the Kent’s, but by the Luthors. Chloe wasn’t in those episodes. If I’m not mistaken, she was dead.

Artistically.. Perez has slightly gotten better each issue… Not by much, but slightly.. This issue is well done with all the action. And the shocking discovery at the end. Though.. At first read, it’s a little hard to figure out who it is.. But through process of elimination, it’s clear.

There’s a thing about comic books I’ve always been at an impasse about. If you watch a movie, for example, the Toby Magurie Spider-man series, the one draw back that was sadly consistent, is that the action scenes never had any of spider-man’s banter.. Because  well, he was off fighting. Any fighting/action movie rarely has banter/any other form of dialogue unless its a war general shouting out commands or something like that. Go ahead think about any movie, it’s rare they have dialogue during the action or if there is they both stop to talk. In comics, they fight and talk.. ALL THE TIME! Never really makes sense to me, but each panel is to represent a moment in time of which either the dialogue or the “action” takes place, which could range from a group of people walking to someone throwing a jeep into a building window. Miller and Perez use their talents well to craft great scenes because when Hank and Superman go at it they show you a level of how strong willed Superman is, and how lost Hank became in such a short period of time. This is easily the best part of the book. Then when they’re back at S.T.A.R. Labs, the remainder of that feud, though not over, seems… Well pointless.. Just becomes… Irrelevant. Mostly in part to how Terri Henshaw reacts, this issue wasn’t Miller’s best showing. In any regard, I do find it funny that he wrote one of the earth two episodes, and he brings it back. I think this may become less like the show.. And more like a Regular DC comic book.

Rating.

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5
  • Art:  3.1 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 2 out of 5
  • Story: 3 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AVX #5

AvX continues. Not on Utopia, but this time on the Moon.

This is by far my favourite cover for the series. PERIOD.

As the two teams head to battle, Hope Summers is off to the side trying to see if she’s able to handle the entire Force of the Phoenix. The two teams engage in battle, while Logan tries to end the connection between Hope and the Phoenix, by killing Hope Summers. Meanwhile, Stark who is off preparing his “end game” weapon (If you will), a “Phoenix Buster” suit. As the battle rages on, Logan finally reaches Hope to kill her… *OPTIC BLAST*. All around Earth and slightly beyond, different characters are feeling the immense power of the Phoenix. Back on the moon, the Phoenix Buster is ready. Stark launches it towards the fire bird, he initiates the “Big Bang Cannon” (Stark & Pym believe the Phoenix Force was the “result” of the big bang.. Which may be the single most powerful “bang” in history) and just like the atom bomb, there’s a shock wave… Silence.. and questions. For as Cap.A looks around, they notice something that was far from expected. Cyclops, Namor, Magik, Emma Frost, and Colossus have absorbed the Phoenix. To be continued.

Well this issue was similar to the way issue two played out with the narrative, but instead of every hero, it was solely coming from Hope Summers. It really does ask great questions about life. Kinda like what came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, what is responsible for a gun shot victim? The bullet, the gun, or the hand? It really takes a deep look at what is happening. Fraction has been a writer I’ve been following for awhile now, since he took over the Invincible Iron man book to “reboot” it, to make it closer to the Robert Downey Jr version of the character (Which has been a major joy to read).
I believe he did a brief stint as an X-men writer (he “created” the Utopia the X-men have at the time of this issue). He tends to write stuff that makes you think, all while being able to give you great super hero moments.

JR. Jr draws such brutal scenes of violence. It’s probably why he decided to join Mark Millar in creating Kick-ass (which is now a major motion picture being filmed in Toronto… Again). When Hope goes a little berserk, Logan gets MESSED up and it’s so helpful to have an artist that can draw so well. All the previous work, I haven’t mentioned any of the great work that the inker has done. But he, Scott Hanna, has been phenomenal. The last 3 issues have just been so well done by showing how huge this event is, and how much of an impact each action has for each character. If anyone knows John Romita Jr and is reading this, tell him/her Xavier says thank you (Unless of course you are John Romita Jr.).

Again, this was a “fight” issue, but this was way more of an emotional issue as well. Hope, she is like 15 years old, and having all this chaos around her; wanting the phoenix force, having others wanting to kill her, protect/detain her. Not to mention that she is the “mutant messiah” so her “pain” and her “chicken or the egg” comparison is pretty on point, all things considered. This is the turning point issue. It’s no longer “AvX”, But Avengers Versus the Phoenix Five.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.2 out of 5
  • Art:  4 out of 5
  • layout*: 4.7 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 3.8 out of 5
  • Story: 4.5 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

RTRVol.V [Dancehall Edition Part 2]

Ladies & Gents,
The time has come for you to download the mix that you’ve been waiting for. If you enjoyed the first “Dancehall Edition” then I don’t see why you wont love this one. Just a little of an hour full of Dancehall tracks from 1996-2000. So, don’t waste anymore time… download now and enjoy!!!

Click HERE to download!!

1. Dangerour – Mr Dangerous
2. Strange things – Mikey Melody
3. Silent violence – Beenie Man
4. Joyride – Wayne Wonder
5. Basement girl – Wayne Wonder
6. Rubbers – Frisco Kid
7. Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet – Tanya Stevens
8. Sycamore tree – Lady Saw
9. Allegation – Lady Saw
10. Anything for you – Nadine Sutherland & Snow, Beenie Man, & Buju Banton
11. Hardcore Lover – T.O.K & Lady Saw
12. Cyaa Sleep – Red Rat
13. Number one – Beenie Man
14. No Limit – Beenie man
15. Woah – TOK
16. Bruk Out – buccaneer
17. Dick – goofy
18. Bus di door – general degree
19. Nike air – mr Vegas
20. Infiltrate – Sean Paul
21. Who am I – Beenie man
22. Naah watch nuttin – Beenie man
23. Haters – ward 21
24. Drop top – ward 21 & boom dandimite
25. Position – mr Vegas
26. Faded – Sean Paul
27. A fassy dem – Harry toddler
28. Halls halla – lexxus
29. Watchin pum – elephant man
30. Watch your friends – Harry toddler
31. Slew dem – capleton
32. Eagle & the hawk – bounty killer
33. Suck yuh mumma – baby Cham
34. We nuh like – spragga benz
35. Hypocrite – Beenie man
36. Gal splurt – mad cobra
37. Gal pon the side – frisco kid
38. Hot gal – shaggy
39. Gallong yah gal – baby cham
40. Rain again – mr easy
41. Searchin dem searchin – Wayne wonder
42. Bashment party – red fox & rayvon
43. Dolly house – spragga benz
44. Many many – baby cham
45. Worthless bwoy – bounty killer
46. The best – Wayne wonder
47. Dreamland – frisco kid & Wayne wonder
48. Do you wanna – tony curtis
49. Go go wine – captain barkey
50. Girls anthem – David & tony Kelly
51. Girls dem gizada – merciless
52. Hot gal – alley cat
53. The Mass – Baby Cham
54. Old dog – Beenie man
55. Filthy riddim – version
56. Traffic blocking – general degree
57. She nuh ready yet – spragga benz
58. Breeze off – lady g
59. Heads High – Mr Vegas
60. All I Have – Christopher
61. Your bad luck – Beenie man
62. Crazy notion – Beenie man
63. Cyaa Mek you worry – mr Vegas
64. That way – christopher
65. Pum pum cut inna 2 – scalalee
66. Nah bow to nuh gal – elephant man
67. Gwaan so – Beenie man
68. Tings a gwaan – mr Vegas
69. Faith riddim
70. Yuh sure (nah go bow) – me Vegas
71. Faith – tony Curtis
72. Bookshelf riddim
73. Dat sexy body – sasha
74. Say wooee – tanto metro & devonte
75. Watching you – Wayne wonder
76. Bookshelf – Beenie man
77. Jack it up – mr Vegas
78. Deport dem – seal Paul
79. Dwayne – red rat
80. Who yuh wanna dis – Beenie man
81. Nah get no Bligh – Sean Paul
82. Everyone falls in love – tanto metro & devonte

Looper Review


Every so often there’s a movie made that changes the idea of what cinema is. That’s where you can use the term ‘groundbreaking’ for a film (fyi, The Dark Knight Rises ISN’T ONE OF THOSE FILMS!). But, as I was saying, the 118 min movie was outstanding.

Writer / director: Rian Johnson

The story you see in the trailers is there, and it’s clear, but after a while, the story gets SO MUCH DEEPER. The tale deals with time stream continuum which is a fairly simple concept (It’s when you start to think of crazy ideas that makes it complicated) from the start to the last frame (which gives me reason to watch it again), that part of the story is always evident. The story gets to this point where it kinda becomes guess work, and then not to mention trying to figure out what “Joe” is going to do next. Honestly, it’s just so well written, everything is clear (though, I do have an advantage thanks to comic book reading), it’s emotion felt, and the ENITRE MOVIE is a play on its title. There I said it, that should help you figure out the entire movie.

The visual fx and cinematography.. man, the way it all plays out just seems so right. In the trailer you see the part where he falls? That scene was one of my many favorite moments(though I may just say the entire thing was my favourite), though there isn’t much change in what the trailer shows & what the movie itself shows. Like, there weren’t any new cuts, or added sounds etc. The make up of JGL was shockingly well done. He really looked what one would guess is a “young” Bruce Willis. The make up artist deserves an award. When the movie gets to the end, it’s where a lot of AMAZING things happen.

JGL. He…the dude has been one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. I don’t know his entire career, but when he was just a kid on “3rd Rock From the Sun” I knew (a kid myself) that he was a wicked actor. Inception, being as good as it was, just pushed 90% of his current fan base into overdrive. The work he did was amazing. There’s only one time where his voice breaks character, it’s when he’s yelling, but you can’t entirely change your yelling voice and still be able to give a heartfelt performance. Go ahead.. Take a pause and try it (You may just end up doing a Darth Vader, as seen in S.W. Epi. 3). But he had a younger Bruce down pat, added with his charm which is so good of an actor to do. Cause it’s not a bio pic, it’s a created character, but a moment in time of a character. Great casting on the two of them, and I love how ruthless “Joe” gets later. Then there’s a surprise hit in the film. Everyone In the theatre & I was with (basically the TSM team) I’m sure was shocked by one actor in particular. It’s why I didn’t put the cast of the film.

For me, this may be my new all time fav movie. One reason “The Dark Knight” is so great, is because it isn’t just a super hero movie. It branches and touches all these different genres, and its performances. This film LOOKS like a film fest kind of movie (it was screened opening night at Tiff), BUT.. You can clearly see it’s one that got the right budget to be a hit. I love sci-fi stories but this had so much realism it’s crazy. The way the city blends with it all, it’s crazy, then it gets to the rural areas, it’s all just something to cherish. Honestly, it’s the best movie of the year. Can you guess what my rating for this film is? I’m gonna go out on a limb & say its Oscar worthy for best picture.

Rating:

For a second opinion see @Mr_STiXX‘s review on the film.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4.7 out of 5,
  • Editing: 5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
  • Acting: 8 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. then grab it on blu-ray for sure.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

AvX #4

I love how this book started out.

You remember star wars (I love star wars btw folks), well think The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke cuts open that animal. I don’t know, it’s what I’m reminded of when I read the first page. So as seen in last issue’s review, Logan got booted, and is now “lost” in Antarctica. While every other avenger and x-man is off looking for Hope..Summers that is, in Latveria, the Savage Land, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, and Wundagore Mountain. Logan is following a trail of beers, which eventually leads him to Hope herself, who cunningly convinces him to help out. In Space, the team charged to stop the Phoenix Force, seems to meet its end by the hands of Thor, only to witness it will take more than the might of Moljnir, at the Hellfire Club. Emma Frost is using Toad to access Cerebra (Cerebro’s sister computer mutant tracker thing). As she scans, she sees that even though she is looking for hope, she sees none, nor the girl she’s after. As this happens, Logan at some point decides to inform Cap.A that he has the girl. As Emma Frost was controlling him/reading his mind, she also discovers the whereabouts of Hope Summers. At A.I.M Worldworks, where they take a shuttle to reach the “Blue Area of the moon” (an artificial Environment created by the alien Skrulls). Moments after landing, the Avengers meet the two, and Logan meets an optic blast to the face. Just as a new fight is about to begin, the MIGHTY THOR crash lands on the moon. “BA-BOOOOOM” HE POINTS… THE PHOENIX IS HERE… TO BE CONTINUED.

Sorry, I got excited. You’ll see why shortly.
So the writer, is another that I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing very much. I believe he’s currently working on Fantastic Four (FF4), where he killed off Johnny Storm. Don’t worry though, he’s back now (I stopped reading that book, before he died, so I’m not sure about how he died, or how/why, he’s back but I’m sure it was in that typical comic way where we never seen anyone actually “dead”). If you noticed, I kept using hope as a thing instead of a name, the writer does that a lot here, and it’s great for it. It’s something I’ve expected to happen since her purpose was reviled years ago. The name is so fitting to the character, and all the supporting cast who has to deal with her. This is another “fight” issue, but there’s not much of it. It’s almost a filler issue, but not at the same time. The writing is great though, if you like small plays on words like I do anyway. Some of the characters do seem outta place at times, but its ok. The highlights are the first page, and the Thor moments.

The 4th issue is by JR.jr is even better than the last. Not as great as the first, but worth every penny paid for the artist and the book. He draws a very erie looking Wolverine, when Logan needs to hack and slash. Only Steve McNiven rivals the look of a bad ass looking Wolverine doing what he does best (From what I’ve seen). The Fear he draws in a characters face is also second to none. The look on Thor’s face when he’s fighting the Phoenix… CLASSIC. You have to seriously wonder, when a “god” who is eager for a fight, gets shook. How powerful is the thing/person in his sights? If you don’t know about the Phoenix Force (which you should… Again its on Netflix), then you may not understand. X-3 wasn’t a good example. But point is, it strikes fear in a god of thunder, and it’ beautifully done by JR.jr.

Even though this book feels like a filler, it’s not a filler you wanna miss. It has a lot of info in it all the same, and it helps set up the turn of the tide that’s soon to come.

Enjoy your week!

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5
  • Art:  3.5 out of 5
  • layout*: 4 out of 5
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5
  • Story: 4 out of 5

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW