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Friday, June 28, 2013

We Cast Lex Luthor for Man of Steel Sequel (If He's the Villain) - Choice #1

Let the Unsourced Speculation Commence!

Reports came out weeks ago that the 'Man of Steel' sequel was being fast tracked based on the enormous box office business that Zack Snyder's reboot accumulated. The only available information was that Snyder and writer David S. Goyer would be back. Christopher Nolan's involvement is very tenuous because of other film commitments. Regardless, the question on everyone's mind was who would be the villain? Would the villain be Brainiac, Bizarro, Metallo or someone else? I would imagine they'd save Darkseid for a Justice League movie perhaps. Like in Nolan's monumental sequel to Batman Begins, 'The Dark Knight', it featured Batman's most iconic rogue, The Joker,  played brilliantly by the late Heath Ledger and it would be fair to speculate that the same could occur in MOS2 by introducing Lex Luthor. 

Easter eggs in Man of Steel already mention the name on a building and a truck so it's not a stretch to actually see him. He could be paired with one of the other villains mentioned and I can guarantee we won't see another campy version we saw in the Richard Donner classic or the lame Bryan Singer 2006 effort. (A complete waste of Kevin Spacey's talent). But who would it be if in fact they chose Luthor?

It's never too early in the blogging world to take wild guesses at who would be a great fit in the Luthor role. He'll require a strong presence and a confident swagger. 

This is the first in a series of recommendations that we at Spartantown think would work.

Suggestion #1: Stephen Moyer


Stephen Moyer is best known as vampire Bill Compton on HBO's popular True Blood. Yes, he's British but he's a classically trained actor with the acting chops to give Lex Luthor some credibility as a brilliant, menacing, and calculating foe. He would have to add some beef to his frame to be more intimidating and a haircut to have the legendary bald head but all you have to do is look at the piercing glance to know that he's up to no good. 

What do you think?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

'Hawkeye' #11 - Every Dog Has It's Day - Comic Book Quick Review

The Creative Risk Taking Continues in One of the Best Books in Comics
'Hawkeye' #11 (Marvel NOW)

SYNOPSIS:
“Pizza is my Business” …before it’s too late for us. THE breakout character of 2012… becomes the breakout character of 2013... as PIZZA DOG gets his own issue.Literally… the entire issue… it’s all from the dog’s point-of-view.Pizza Dog gets hired to solve a crime -- the grizzly murder that shocked Team Hawkguy -- and the only thing more shocking than THAT… is what happens the end of THIS.Seriously. This is not a joke! Even the coloring. Dog issue. We’re all gettin’ fired. PLEASE READ…

REVIEW:
As stated in Marvel's synopsis, the dog - Pizza Dog - gets an issue all to himself. In inferior hands the premise would seem ham-handed, gimmicky and a little lazy but under Matt Fraction's skilled script the result is nuanced and engaging. Taking the dog's perspective is a big creative risk if it doesn't work but with David Aja's imaginative pencils with facial expressions and symbols it works flawlessly. Hawkeye really is a unique book in the Marvel NOW universe. A hero that rarely is in costume and storylines that are character driven are  unusual to say the least but Fraction and Aja pull it off seamlessly. 

'Lazarus' #1 by Greg Rucka - Badass Woman in a Brave New World - Quick Review

Forever Carlyle is Rucka's Newest Muse and They Both Rock
"Lazarus" #1 (Image Comics)

SYNOPSIS:
"FAMILY," Part One

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family's holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever's day goes downhill from there....

REVIEW: Greg Rucka and Michael Lark have created an interesting world of feudal Families that reminds me of the Mob families of the Godfather. In this future the result of the class war hands the 1% control with only each other to battle. We are introduced to Forever Carlyle who is seemingly invulnerable and skilled at beating the crap out of her attackers. It's her story and there is more going on than meets the eye. Questions arise with issue one. What's Forever's brother up to? Is war looming with another family? Rucka aptly sparks our curiosity and draws us into this dark mysterious future-world that isn't too far-fetched. Lark's pencils perfectly match the gritty tone of the characters where nothing is crystal clear or totally defined.  Rucka has once again birthed a gripping tale with a female lead worth following. 


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

'Batman/Superman' #1 - Comic Book Hot Pick (6/26/13)

The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel Join Forces in a Beautiful New Series
This new monthly series from writer Greg Pak and artist Jae Lee brings  a fast paced story of Batman and Superman's first meeting. Along the way they encounter Catwoman and a mystery begins to unfold in Metropolis. I enjoyed the last time these characters were paired in 'Superman/Batman' by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. The personal dynamics between them are part of what makes them so enjoyable despite being virtual opposites. This should be no different. The beautifully rendered pages from Lee and the smart writing of Pak should make this a pull-worthy selection every month. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

'Man of Steel': The Spartantown Review (Spoilers and Some Profanity Ahead)

A Conflicted Alien Rises to Battle Evil While Ridiculously Handsome

PREFACE: I don't usually review movies, even comic book movies, and I had no intention of reviewing Zack Snyder's Superman epic, Man of Steel, but because of the inanity of reviews of movie critics and the disparity between them and the movie-going public I felt compelled to throw in my two cents. Now on occasion I'll do a quick review of comic books that are noteworthy but I've refrained from movie reviews because who wants or needs another blogger sharing their opinions on the latest superhero movie? It wasn't until a movie reviewer, someone actually paid for their published opinion, wrote "I like my superheroes light and sweet" and Man of Steel "skimps on fun and romance" that I was so enraged that I looked closer at the critics and found a disconnect between what they expected and what was actually on screen. The final evidence was found on Rotten Tomatoes where critics' aggregate score was 56% (four points short of Certified Fresh) while the Audience score was 82%. Something was amiss and I soon realized that many were hoping to see a remake of the 1978 Richard Donner classic, Superman: The Movie. A film that also told the origin story of Superman and along the way found romance with Lois Lane while battling a campy version of Lex Luthor. Critics were rudely awakened this time when writer David S. Goyer brought the famed Kryptonian to a cynical Earth. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Adventure Time/ Avengers Mash-Up by Marco D’Alfonso


It's 'Avenger Time'!

Marco D'Alfonso (m7781 on deviantArt) does amazing work, a lot of it with Deadpool, and here he's taken Adventure Time characters and made them the Land of Ooo's Mightiest Heroes. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Another 'Man of Steel' Epic Trailer

Release Draws Near with Another Action-Packed Preview


If you haven't been thoroughly convinced to watch what could be the defining modern movie adaptation of the Superman legend by now then hopefully this trailer will help change your mind. By the amount of footage already released it should be clear this is going to be the best produced Superman feature since the Richard Donner original. Take a look.
A child sent to Earth from a dying planet is adopted by a couple in rural Kansas. Posing as a journalist, he uses his extraordinary powers to protect his new home from an insidious evil. Next summer, "Man of Steel" is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. - joblomovienetwork

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

'Star Wars' Trilogy as Pulp Covers by Timothy Anderson


Timothy Anderson re-imagines A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as pulp novel covers. These great illustrations hearken to a time of tough guys and dames in trouble found in pulp stories of the early twentieth century. Check these and other great pieces for sale on Tim's site. 



(Source: Laughing Squid)

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo Tickets Now on Sale

Los Angeles' Very Own Pop Culture Con Returns in November
Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, the Los Angeles-based comic book, sci-fi, horror and gaming convention, returns on November 1st for three days of geek paradise. Tickets are now on sale for a discount for individual and 3-day passes. Kids under 12 remain free to the event. This upstart show continues to grow with more vendors and guests scheduled to appear as well an expected jump in attendance. The early guest list includes some recognizable faces. 


The refreshing approach by a fledgling pop culture expo like this is that it hasn't been overrun by corporate and media behemoths yet and still feels small enough to not completely overwhelm fans. You can navigate the floor without the crushing wave of humanity impeding your perusing of comics, t-shirts, costumes, toys, or other vendors. Panels still fill up fast but you won't be spending half the day waiting for one and miss the rest of the expo. Stan Lee makes an appearance on stage to take questions from fans on the floor. Elvira herself, as co-sponsor of the expo, will also be on hand and is always a big draw for photos and autographs. Artists and writers are also on hand. The expo will be taking over more of the convention floor this year to make room for more gaming tournaments and more as of yet unannounced events. Expect more updates as Comikaze adds more guests, events, and probably another cast reunion or two. Stay tuned!










Monday, June 3, 2013

DC Comics Releases Covers for Villain Month in GIFs

Villains Takeover in September and Here are the Covers to Prove It

Courtesy to DC Comics on Google Plus, they've released a gallery of covers appearing in September for their 'Villain Month' where the baddies take the spotlight. As a cool bonus they animated the images creating a unique and fun preview of what's ahead. DC loves gimmicks and this one actually pays off. 











Justice League "Bad Days" Cartoon Short from World of Heroes

Another Cute Short Featuring DC Comics Heroes

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