DC Comics "Rebirth" is supposed "to reaffirm to fans the company’s commitment to readers," according to publisher Dan Didio.
An ... interesting way to show that commitment is the book New Superman, "a comic that is set in Shanghai and whose main character is a 17-year old Chinese teen who finds himself with Superman’s powers."
Wow. I can't think of a more interesting superhero comic than one whose setting is on the other side of the planet in one of the few remaining authoritarian regimes, and whose protagonist represents a whopping 1.2% of the total US population.
But hey, what do I know. This is the industry which could care less if its creators treat those who sustain it like what your dog just excreted in the backyard.
But at least their SJW bonafides aren't in any danger.
"I stopped buying comics not only b/c they weren't good anymore but because of the people working in the industry and the fans who buy them. The new generation of creators are just the nastiest people. They have this sense of grandeur about them, like they are gods or something and I'm like, if you were so great, why is your work turning so many people away. Just b/c a few sycophants crowd around you in a comic shop or at a convention, does not make you a god. Get your head out of the niche comic box and no one knows your name." (Source)
As if on cue:
(h/t to FCMM)
Due to my spring break I was able to actually get out and enjoy a must-see comics film on its opening weekend. I was a bit wary, natch, as many reviews had trashed the film, but I kept a "must see for myself" attitude as many I know who know comics said the film was rather good.
To be sure, there are some definite weak spots, but as a whole the film is enjoyable.
--Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Yeah, I can't quite believe it either, but honestly, Affleck is the BEST Batman we've seen. Yes, better than Christian Bale. However, Ben is only slightly better than Adam West. (I'M JOKING!) I'm serious, here. Affleck was sensational.
--Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Not only is she beyond gorgeous, during the climactic battle scene she showed the zeal for combat that we've come to associate with the Amazonian.
--Nods to comics stories. I'm not nearly as versed on DC as I am Marvel; however, the obvious nods to the alternate reality tale Injustice were very well done. And need I mention The Dark Knight Returns?
--Tie-in to Man of Steel. The first cinematic DC Universe meld was executed very well. The opening montage with Bruce Wayne zipping through a battered Metropolis during Superman and Zod's epic confrontation in MoS was almost perfection (aside from Wayne having to tell a subordinate to vacate his building which is almost right next to the Kryptonian world engine leveling the city!! WTF?).
--The Supes-Lois Lane love affair. Good idea, but needed more fleshing out. Given the length of the film, what's the deal? I'm also not keen on Amy Adams as Lois -- it reminds me of the looks mismatch between Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. Almost.
--Doomsday. A villain this big deserves more development and attention. Plus, his first incarnation looks like a huge pile of shit.
--Why is Wonder Woman around? Are we really supposed to buy that she's trying to get that photograph back from Luthor? Because that's all we were really fed, given her response(s) to Bruce Wayne. But I don't mind much -- again, Gadot is breathtakingly gorgeous!
--Sneak peeks at upcoming Justice League members. They seemed quite forced: Wonder Woman checking out each (video) file that Batman sent her? Yeah, maybe. But it came off as rather cheesy.
--Lex Luthor. Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal is really the only -- but significant -- downside of the flick, in my opinion. It's as if he's trying to be the Joker. Luthor is a cut-throat, amoral (thanks, Duff!) businessman, not a raving lunatic, but that's how Eisenberg plays him. And it's awful.
The film is long, yes, but it pretty much needs all that time to adequately establish everything without coming off as rushed (aside from the Doomsday plot). Some of the flashback and dream sequences perhaps could have been edited down (did we really need that additional -- and repeated -- young Bruce Wayne scene?), but as a whole they worked.
I read one review that compared (negatively) the "busyness" of the film to Spider-Man 3. I disagree. Outside of the time needed for a better development of Doomsday, BvS is far superior.
Be sure to check out Doug Ernst's review as well.
Remember the ranks of the marginally employable agitating for $15/hr and unions to protect them? They have sown the seeds of their own demise.
“We could have a restaurant that’s focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person,” Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider.
Puzder says the automated restaurant would be cheaper since he wouldn’t have to worry about rising minimum wage.
“If you’re making labor more expensive, and automation less expensive- this is not rocket science,” Puzder said.
This is predictable as it is sad. Automation is going to have some seriously disruptive effects on entry level jobs very soon. I don't know what the solution is or how we are going to absorb these changes but I'd by lying if I said I wasn't concerned.
Isn't the following tweet by the gnomish Dan Slott oh-so sweet?
The news and the reaction is too intense, sad, infuriating, and overwhelming. Wishing peace and love to all.— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) March 22, 2016
And logging off the internet.
Meanwhile 'ol Ron Marz has the cojones to tweet this:
Still counting bodies in #Brussels, and Ted Cruz is scrambling to score points by blaming Obama and going after Trump. Shameless.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 22, 2016
Other than these, it was fairly quiet on the creator front regarding Belgium. Which also says something.
io9 has a list from a couple years back, and while some of the entries are head-scratchers, there are a few worthy mentions.
Here it is, in their order, with my occasional comments:
#30. ZARDOZ. io9 says "The only way a person could properly appreciate this movie is with cult status, and a handful of LSD. But it's absolutely something you have to experience at least once."
#29. TREMORS. Funny and scary at the same time. What more could you want? And despite io9's complaint that the monsters' origins weren't explained, they actually kinda were -- mutations due to nuclear bomb testing. It was the Nevada desert, after all.
#28. THE WARRIORS.
#27. LOST BOYS. Classic 80s entertainment. Ahead of its time.
#26. BORN IN FLAMES.
#25. SHARKTOPUS. Nothing from SyFy should be on this list, sorry.
#24. TALES FROM THE HOOD.
#23. DEATH RACE 2000.
#22. THE HUNGER.
#21. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
#20. DARK STAR.
#19. SLITHER. A surprisingly good, and funny, horror yarn starring "Castle's" Nathan Fillion.
#18. THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI. Been a while since I've seen this, but it's way ahead of its time -- sort of like "Max Headroom" was as a TV series.
#17. TIME BANDITS. Didn't like it as 1) it's British, and 2) they only go back in time. Boring.
#16. EVIL DEAD 2.
#15. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. A true classic and worth repeated viewings. The one that started it (the zombie craze) all.
#14. BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET. Absolutely sensational film about black-skinned alien who's pursued by a pair of white-skinned aliens. Not-at-all subtle analogy, natch, but Joe Morton (who played Dr. Dyson in Terminator 2) is terrific as the The Brother, whose empathy and caring you can almost feel yourself.
#13. CHERRY 2000.
#12. ALTERED STATES.
#11. REPO MAN.
#10. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. A true classic in every sense of the word. First saw it when I was eleven, and even then laughed my ass off.
#9. THEY LIVE. John Carpenter's parable about (supposed) Reagan-1980's greed features one of the longest (and needless) fight scenes in movie history, and one of the coolest-ever premises. But you'll be left wondering why in the hell super-advanced aliens, who can travel between the stars using some sort of gravitational lens, headquarter their cloaking tech in an easily destroyed, ground-based TV studio.
#8. PRIMER. You'll have to watch this one numerous times to figure out WTF is going on. And it's well worth it as this is one of the better time travel yarns on film.
#7. NAKED LUNCH.
#6. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. The book is way better, but a young David Bowie does a good job as the alien who poses as a wealthy businessman in hopes of acquiring needed H2O for his desiccated planet.
#5. RE-ANIMATOR. A dude tries to get the right amount of "freshness" in order to bring back the dead. Great fun.
#4. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
#3. ERASERHEAD. I've watched this a few times and remain eeriely intrigued. Still can't figure out what it's all about, though, really.
#2. DONNY DARKO.
#1. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Never a fan, and never got the appeal. My fondest memory of it is when the college band I was in opened up for its midnight showing at the local theatre.
"Man-caused disaster caused by radical adherents to a religion with whom we're not at war results in life-function stoppage of at least 23."
Boss Obama may send the name of Merrick Garland to the Senate for US Supreme Court consideration, but if you believe in the Second Amendment, beware.
[...] Garland has a long record, and, among other things, it leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.
Back in 2007, Judge Garland voted to undo a D.C. Circuit court decision striking down one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. The liberal District of Columbia government had passed a ban on individual handgun possession, which even prohibited guns kept in one’s own house for self-defense. A three-judge panel struck down the ban, but Judge Garland wanted to reconsider that ruling. He voted with Judge David Tatel, one of the most liberal judges on that court. As Dave Kopel observed at the time, the “[t]he Tatel and Garland votes were no surprise, since they had earlier signaled their strong hostility to gun owner rights” in a previous case. Had Garland and Tatel won that vote, there’s a good chance that the Supreme Court wouldn’t have had a chance to protect the individual right to bear arms for several more years.
And Boss Obama has suggested he'd nominate a "moderate." Right.
The back-asswards tumble of American society down the toilet drain continues:
A Miami woman shot and killed a teenage home intruder last week, authorities said. Now, relatives of the teen are saying she acted unjustly and should be prosecuted.
Trevon Johnson, 17, burglarized the home of a 54-year-old old woman last Thursday, according to Miami-Dade police.
“She observed a subject leaving the home through the rear,” police Detective Dan Ferrin told WFOR-TV.
A confrontation then took place, according to police, and shots were fired. Police said they were on scene seconds after the shooting and performed CPR on the teen. Johnson was then rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
“What’s wrong with her?” Johnson’s sister Nisha Johnson asked. “She did not have to shoot him.”
Johnson told WFOR her brother was a student at D. A. Dorsey Technical College. She and other relatives are outraged by the shooting.
“I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law … way beyond,” Johnson’s cousin Nautika Harris told WFOR. “He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals … he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.”
“You have to look at it from every child’s point of view that was raised in the hood,” Harris continued. “You have to understand … how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point of view.”
No one, but no one who illegally enters a house to rob it has any expectation of personal safety. None. Period.
There appears to be a tad bit more of a gray area here in that the suspect had already exited the home. However, if the homeowner confronted the suspect as noted, and the suspect responded with hostile intent, well, again, see above.
But the response of the suspect's relatives is beyond amazing. Is this what we're to expect next in American society? That merely because someone was raised in the "hood" others should have a "reasonable expectation" that such individuals may rob them?
What do you think the reaction would be from the media if Donald Trump (or Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio) supporters actively sought out Hillary Clinton/Bernie Sanders rallies and loudly protested them?
Here's a sample: Just recall the coverage of protests over ObumbleCare from 2010.
Among other things, despite ZERO evidence that racial epithets were hurled at members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the MSM dutifully repeated the accusations every chance it got.
Remember folks, no matter how bad a candidate Trump is, the mainstream media will make him (seem) far worse.
According to this post from the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers, it seems so.
Which is a shame. I rarely agreed with Al, but between him and afternoon guy Rick Jensen, it gave the station a good "yin vs. yang" feel. Not to mention, Al was always willing to bring on those with opposing views and give 'em a fair hearing. He was always friendly and respectful to me in email and phone correspondence, at public meetings when I bumped into him, and at an occasional sighting out and about somewhere in the First State.
Best wishes to you, Al. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Socialist Bernie Sanders at last night's debate:
"If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves."
Comics moonbats Kurt Busiek and Erik Larsen really like Barack Obama:
@ErikJLarsen When I was born, Ike was still in the White House. There's some competition, but I'd say Obama's the best of my lifetime.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) February 28, 2016
ObumbleCare? You mean the preposterously flawed "overhaul" of which only 15% of the public say they're satisfied??
Did Obama have anything to do with marriage equality? Remarkably, somehow, Mr. Obama believed marriage was only between a man and woman when running for president.
It's true the White House filed briefs before the Supreme Court when it heard the case on the issue; nevertheless, it was the high court, not Obama, which made marriage equality a reality. Does anyone really think just because Obama outed himself with his real stance on gay marriage and filed briefs in favor of such that it would significantly sway what the justices thought? If anyone deserves "credit," it's the usually conservative-leaning justice (Anthony Kennedy) who ended up voting with the (liberal) majority.
As for "hauling us out of a recession," um, yeah, ok.
Remember, these creators think they're really smart. And if you disagree with them, you'll be blocked or worse -- like told to "f*** off."
I mean, whoa -- who can legitimately argue with such a profound statement like "Only a seven-year old can legitimately claim that Barack Obama is the worst president of their lifetime"?