Smallville Season 11 #26

Smallville1126-1Smallville1126-2The 26th issue has Lois paying Lex a visit who seems to be controlled by Tess in some fashion. It Lex or Tess leaves a note for Lois “HELP!” Meanwhile over The Atlantic Ocean, Superman and The Flash/ Kid Flash, Impulse (which ever you agree with that he is, use, but for each time he’s referenced from here on out, he’s Impulse/Bart) do their normal routine of racing each other to Mumbai, India. Somehow Impulse beat him there. Later Superman fills Impulse in on the radiation issue caused by Lex, over ice-cream. They end up having a real bromance moment. Seconds later, Watchtower summons the two to Paris to deal with art thieves. The two agree to make it a “best two outta three” race, this time Bart gives Supes a head start. Just as he is about to take off, something calls out….

Smallville1126As you can see in the sample here the art is a lot better overall, Minus the part in the story with Lois, Jorge Jimenez (Carrie Straghan on colours) really craft a nice tone to the book it’s a very loose looking anime style (which I think I said in the last issue review). I think its safe to say that since the first arc, we are gonna see less and less likeness to the actors in particular to Tom Welling as Clark. which isn’t such a bad thing, but its a tad annoying to me anyway. I mean, for 10 seasons we’ve seen Tom, so I was hoping the artist’s would do a little more justice to the source material… but meh, life goes on right?

Bryan’s clearly setting us up for  something. This issue really just felt like a filler or a bridge even. With Bart in this issue, we’ll see a lot more “fast paced” action (really as fast as one could imagine for a comic). Expect a lot of mexican slang, and some back story, I’m sure, later about why he had Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, etc., I.d’s. I’m sure whatever is calling out to him is gonna be something from the speed force. which recently caused Barry Allen to make a return from the dead in Final Crisis (which totally sucked by the way).

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #28

Smallville Season 11 028 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 01On the moon, A new Watchtower is being constructed as seen in the first episode of season 11(not the first issue). There Superman and his then guardian (see season 6 and onward), Martian Man hunter are supervising the construction being made by the robots from S.T.A.R. Labs. Suddenly, an alert warns him of the Psimon incident and he rushes off to be Superman. Martian Man hunter(aka M.M) then leaves to head back to his alias’ home John Jones where we met his neighbours. When he finally reaches his apartment, we see the effigy. A small portrait of him, his wife, and his child. Then a whispering voice “J’onzz” (his real name is J’on J’onzz) calls out to him and he nightmarish memories flood his mind causing him to revert back to is Martian form. In Gotham, Batman and Nightwing stop members of the “mutants” gang (yes, the mutants from the Frank Miller story/animated feature). And just as Nightwing stops her share of mutants, a scream is hard a short distance away. When she reaches the source of the scream, she encounters a white Martian like alien who severely wounds her. Batman was just a little to late to stop the attack. Back at Wayne Manor aka the batcave, Nightwing is in some rehabilitation chamber, and Batman has cross referenced with his own database, a symbol that was left at the scene. Out of no where M.M shows up, to confirm “… Its Martian”. To be continued.

This issue came out roughly around the same time the “Batman: the Return of the Dark Knight” animated movie came out, I believe so it was a nice small promo that Miller did with the mutants. Be it intentional or not. I even enjoyed the mention of Clayface (he’s my fave batman villain). All in all this was a fine way to start an issue. Not the best, but it works.

Smallville Season 11 028 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 02

New artist Axel Gimenez, does a Really good job here. It’s not perfect, but it was still good in comparison. Would I pay to see him on a monthly, no. His Batman is much better from panel to panel from the character’s debut in “Detective”. Where the issue shines, is later. The art takes more from the show in terms of how each character looks.

The effigy word using is a little confusing for me. The meaning is clearly seen, early, but right now, I don’t think it was the appropriate title.

Rating:

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

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #27

smallville1127-1 Lex visits Psimon, which Lex is hoping will bare fruit from having Psimon read his mind. Psimon sees Tess… He then reveals that Lex is just an evil person. In Paris, Superman and Impulse battle monkey/ape art thieves. They want the art to fund creating their own nation. The leader of the thieves, Mallah, is controlled by a brain (I think the ape may be Gorilla Grodd) sees he’s fighting a loosing battle, so in a last-ditch effort, he shoots a machine gun which makes Impulse run faster.. Which the voice from last issue is slightly revealed. Impulse saves the day, but not without being a little shaken up…. To be continued.Smallville11

In the, early days of the Smallville show, which is one of the major reasons it was so successful, they would deal with a lot of morals, and how he was destined to be Superman through these morals. Basically, every episode wasn’t just Superman pushing people (ok, well maybe the first season was), but it had something that the viewer Could take home and apply to their life (usually in all superhero mediums, this is the case). Right now, I feel like the comic isn’t living up to that legacy. It has its moments but not as much as it probably should . Bryan Q. Miller came on to the show late so he may have missed the memo about that. This however is very much a day in the life of Superman. Which is just as good. But I think one of the many issues Superman has faced in his later years is that he’s isn’t very relatable. Other than the fact he’s from a different world and migrated to earth for a better life, not many can relate to a god of sorts. (apparently “El” means God in Hebrew. Read the fourth, 4th, paragraph if you click the link. Or something along those lines). Now I get he stands for truth and justice (and the American way, though which American way is really important to know in my opinion) but, that’s really hard to relate to for different reasons. Right now, in this issue, so far into the “season” this isn’t what I expected. I’m entertained, yes, but I do miss the Smallville of old. And since the last arc was with a poorly portrayed Batman, I would have hoped to see a solo arc for a bit. Note, I’m not dissing the appearance of Impulse, loved his character in the show, I just feel it’s gonna be special guest overdrive for a bit before we get to some real Superman development.

Jorge draws a decent Impulse in action, there’s a moment in the issue where he’s in his “Speed time” which was a frequently used gimmick in the show for episodes featuring Impulse much less, the earlier seasons of Clark’s days at Smallville High. It was a nice touch to give that nostalgic feeling. Be it artist idea or writer’s it worked. Plus I could fully see that happening right before the cliffhanger ending. The art of Jorge is one I’m hoping stays around for a while.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art: 3.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 3.8 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Olympus Has Fallen: Movie Review.

The start of the blockbuster movies is early this year. With the release of Olympus Has Fallen, it’s the worst day in American fictional history.


Director: Antoine Fuqua, Writers: Creighton RothenbergerKatrin Benedikt Run Time: 120 mins

I saw this trailer and the title a few weeks back and loved the idea. Olympus being the golden jewel of Roman/Greek mythology, the place where gods would sit and control mortals fates and destinies–which happens to be sort of what any and all governments are. But, this isn’t in any way a brain teasing movie. This is Gerald Butler kicking ass, short of kicking a man down and instead saying this is the White House! /this is America!

I thought the idea of this was crazy, and from the trailer above, the action would be too. And it is. This is bringing back solo, gun-toting heroes to the forefront once again, like back in the 80’s-90’s; A one man army goes and saves the day, the way action movies should be. But it’s not only great with action, everything seemed very plausible. The stunts weren’t crazy and over the top, nor were they under performed. In all honesty, if you’re a gamer and have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this is the movie you wanna see. It really has a drastic effect from the minute the crisis starts until the end credits.

Not only is it heavy in action, but the two-hour long (on the dot) story is well written too. Some time passes in the movie, and the way they catch you up is beyond natural. Seamless even. Oh, and there are one liners. What’s an action movie without one liners? Morgan Freeman has a very bad ass moment, one you wouldn’t expect. But again, it’s very logical and evident of the times. The cast was very believable in each role.

The  flaws I noticed, was a minor use of CGI. The place setting for this movie is in Washington D.C., and I can only imagine the hardships faced to film a story like this there. That being said, for one scene there’s a CGI modelled scene and it’s honestly lazily done. Also, given the clear holidays of in the movie, I wonder if releasing it now was the best choice.

Bottom line: This is one of the movies that wrap you in and make you wanna clap in the climatic battle. Is it a movie that leaves you guessing? Of course not. You’re not gonna have the white house under siege and have the bad guy win. But for the story, the potential to relate to characters, and the action/entertainment value, this movie is well done. Probably the best of its class (class being terrorism in America type action movie).

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Audio: 5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  Worthy of every penny for entertainment value. would suggest adding to any action movie lover’s dvd/blu-ray collection.
I just found this trailer looks like well be seeing more horrific White House stories this year.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #25

smallville25-1The 3rd story arc commences with this issue and it starts with the elements seen in Fracture (Se.7 Ep.12 ), Run (Se.4, Ep.5), and of course the ever relevant fact Lex no longer remembers anything prior to the series finally thanks to Tess.smallville25-2

In Fracture, we saw Clark gallivant in the mind of Lex, and now Lex has to do the exact same in his own mind. He’s interrupted by Otis, his assistant, and told that there’s a super battle going on with Superman and  Psimon (an actual DC character) who is some how connected to Lex (this is Psimon’s first appearance on the show/comic), who has now showed up offering to stop the fight somehow. Angered by Lex’s presence, he attempts to strike him only to miss, thanks to Superman rushing in to save Lex and taking him to Mexico (or a Mexican owned region). When Superman returns, Psimon outsmarts him. At random, Impulse (or the flash, depending who you ask) helps take him down, since his actions and thoughts are basically registered simply as impulses versus normally processed thoughts. To help with his high metabolism, he gets everyone ice cream in typical Smallville fashion.

This may be the best start to an arc so far, and that’s from the start of the cover, to the end of the issue. From the small nods, to past events and characters like Bert, the C.S.I. photographer (which Bryan Q. Miller also wrote the episode he was featured in). I loved that Superman took Lex to Mexico. Too often is Superman the “good guy”, where as admirable as that is, it gets MAD boring. Sometimes, within reason, Superman should be able to do some asshole things like that. For example… “I don’t like you villain, let me just hit you into space for a second just because I can”. But anyway, I’m curious to see where this arc takes us in writing.

The artist again is new in this issue and is probably the best that’s ever worked on the book so far. Jorge Jimenez’s art with Carrie Straghan on colours. Jimenez captures the same flair that was in the episode “Fracture” with the creepy hallways and even the look of the younger Tess Mercer. And, this Lex IS MUCH MORE like the Lex from the show, much better art in this first issue. Let’s hope it continues.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Story: 4 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Good Day to Die Hard: Movie Review

Going into this movie, all I knew was that it was called “Die Hard” and that it had John McClane’s son.

Director: John Moore, Writers: Skip WoodsRoderick Thorp, Runtime 97 mins.

That all worked for me, until the movie started with dialogue. It probably had the worst written script of all of the Die Hard movies, or even all action movies of all time. Granted, maybe the director is garbage, (WHICH HE IS, HE DIRECTED THAT VERY POORLY DONE “Max Payne” motion picture) but from the lines said by all the actors, it was trash. Suffering from poor editing didn’t help either, but I’m jumping ahead too soon. Little to no plot is given as to why anything happens, it kinda just starts and you’re expected to tag along since you bought a ticket and try to understand why a grown man has daddy issues from a father clearly in his elder age (but in good form still). While he sorts out his daddy issues, the new father son duo must escort a Russian nuclear terrorist (wasn’t this the plot of expendables 2 minus the family aspect?). The biggest issue was the delivery of the lines and the way they’re shown. In the first 30 or so  mins, we’re treated to a brilliantly crafted car chase sequence, but it’s poorly visible thanks to my old friend (being sarcastic) “shaky camera” and the editing…

The editing was just as bad as the writing. Well somewhat. It had more flaws than it did positives, but I catch almost everything when watching movies. The car chase scene is very poor when it comes to continuity, and then just overall small things like make up, use of dialogue, stunt men for Bruce Willis, etc.

Stunt wise, I was very pleased. There were incredible feats done. A little hard to believe, but then again, in the last installment, a helicopter was taken out by a car.

Bottom line: The general idea of “Die Hard” is having an average Joe in the wrong place at the wrong time do the right thing. This entire format is found in all previous installments, but this one seemed more forced than a jedi mind trick (I’ve been waiting to use that.. Let me be). Nothing about this story is good, but thanks to the action it’s worth a peep. If you’re a legit Die Hard fan, this movie fails you. If you just wanna see things explode, and see bullets fly, then you can’t go wrong…. P.s. The yippee ki Yay line was the hardest thing I’ve ever seen Bruce Willis pull off.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Editing: 0 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2 out of 5,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  SKIP IT ENTIRELY. Or just download it.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

21 and Over Movie Review

What happens when you combine Project X, The Hangover, and Old School? You get a young adult Hangover/Project X/Old School movie.

Directors: Jon LucasScott Moore  (also wrote the film.) Runtime: 93mins

Cast:

I didn’t know a thing about this movie, other than it sounded boring, and for the most part it is. Largely because it was unrelated to me, nor did I have any reason to really care about these characters. These movies are so typical. I believe that this film is made by the same people who brought you The Hangover and Old School, which if so, they’re becoming like the writer of Training Day, and Tyler Perry. Very one dimensional with what they’re producing.

Maybe it’s the stage of my life right now, but I’m not really into these movies anymore. But, I still gave it a chance, which I shouldn’t have. I may have laughed maybe 10 times. That may seem like a lot, but for a movie that runs just under two hours, it’s not.

This movie has poor acting that I thought I would only see in an American Pie “direct to dvd”. Miles Teller was basically acting like Vince Vaughan, so unless that’s a certain acting skill, then by all means. Skip a few oddly funny/typical pranks and scenarios, you get a slightly forced moral of the story at the end, and then you get something very similar to the last Lord of the Rings movie. It just doesn’t want to end.

Bottom line, it’s funny but, I don’t encourage anyone to watch to watch it. Unless however you’re a wacky tabacy smoker or in the same age group as the title implies, otherwise this just isn’t for you.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 0 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  SKIP IT ENTIRELY.

For your viewing pleasure Hangover III

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

IRON MAN 6

The God Killer.

IronMan 6 cover
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Tony killed… Destroyed…. Fragmented the all powerful Phoenix Force  and now he has to deal with this on an intergalactic level. He travels to “The Voldi Tear” where he defends an ancient artificial world from “Mechanoid Pirate fleet”. Afterwards, Tony meets an attractive female alien whom he seductively convinces to take him back to her palace for some one on one time. But things go south and he is kicked out of the woman of the night’s room. He is, no sooner caught by the “police” of this foreign land for “Decide”.

Have you ever watched the original Star Trek with William Shatner? Well one of the things about that show, was that he could seduce any woman on any planet. And somehow these women all had the right working parts for people of earth… Yeah odd. So this issue even mentions it. It’s nice because of all the Marvel heroes, Tony is the most like Captain Kirk. He is the Marvel male whore. Clearly his libido  knows no boundaries… In this world or the next. I was gonna drop this book book the issue before, because I felt Matt Fraction’s run was a lot better and closer to the movie version which is the definitive version of Tony since his inception (arguably). His had company espionage, huge stories which lead to a big payoff, sex, Pepper, sex with Pepper and Maria Hill…. I could go on. Just know it had a lot. The first arc of Kieron Gillen was based off a previous story. (extremis) But it just didn’t really work for me. I decided to read this because it deals with the aftermath of AVX… Which kinda seemed to be swept under the rug so to speak. (unless you’re reading an ‘X’ book. The first issue is cool and that’s what I’m sticking with in terms of writing. I do fear what the outcome will be, seeing as how it’s a short arc (three issues)

Greg Land is a new artist that I’ve never heard of. Well maybe not new new…. But I haven’t heard of him. (maybe due to the books I was reading before the creative switch). But he can draw an amazing book. A lot of great detail to not just the characters in the book, but the background. Which is often lost in the medium I find (often I see characters on plain backgrounds). Even though their purple, the females are very elegant in terms of style and appearance. Just the lever of work is worthy to make Greg Land an artist to follow regardless of what he’s attached to. The work of” Guru efx and Jay Leisten, colourist and inner respectively, are great addition to the penciler.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Art: 5 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.01

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

The second chapter to the “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” saga concludes with this story and it’s all kinds of amazing (see what I did there?) Loaded with great themes and even a poster to Christopher Reeves Superman.

Dark Knight Returns

Batman sure can take a beating at the old age of 55. Starting out right where the last left off with the Joker now becoming aware of his surroundings, he gets the Batman to lose control in the eyes of the public… To which point Superman is brought in to stop him.

The themes from the last one are reintroduced, and then put into practice. One being the story of Pearl Harbour as told by Jim Gordon to Ellen Yindel of how that event sparked a nation to get behind sending troops to World War 2. That’s probably the most paramount theme in this half story. It has the most weight to it aside from the propaganda that may be in the book/movie.

This one, I remembered more, and loved that I either registered more scenes from the comic or the animators used more. The joker scenes were the best, (see above) whereas the ones that seemed to be flat were the Superman scenes right after the nuke explosion. I think that scene was better in the comic whereas you get to read it versus seeing it without the narration.

One thing I didn’t mention in my part 1 review was the actors. Peter Weller as Batman for 99% of this movie is incredible. The breakthrough performance however was the Joker. Just for the way that he was drawn in the book and how he is known to act was superbly presented through the work of Michael Emerson. Andrea Romano, the voice director, is way past “infinity and beyond” in terms of greatness (if I’m ever so lucky to work with her, I will have to first not act like a crazed fan) the only one I felt could have used more, was Oliver Queen’s actor: Robin Atkin Downes.

Another thing I didn’t mention in part was the use of music. In the Nolan directed Batman saga, Hans Zimmer was the man who made everything seem even more epic in those films, notably the best batman movie, T.D.K. Here, the work of Christopher Drake captures a great essence to carry you through the hour 15min motion picture. It’s very close to T.D.K. in terms of how to explain it, especially with the Joker scenes. A lot of the reasons why I like this one, is because of the music.

The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).

  • Overall: 4.5
  • Art/Animation: 4.8
  • Voiceover Work: 5
  • True to the Source Material: 4.8

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW