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Thursday, 19 April 2018

What Can We Expect From The Return Of The Fantastic Four?



By now, you should all be aware that the greatest superteam in comics, Marvel's First Family, the Fantastic Four are finally returning to the rightful place - front and centre in their own title once more!

Today, Marvel published an interview with scribe Dan Slott (writer of Amazing Spider-Man for the last 10 years!) and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski, discussing their love for the title and what readers can look forward to.

Quotes that took me to my happy place included:
"... first and foremost, they’re explorers. They’re out to see new planets, dimensions and universes! They live to push the boundaries of both science and the imagination! More importantly, they live to do that together, as a family."
"We will absolutely mix it up and give you classic FF goodness and all-new, modern-day weirdness, too.

I’ll be honest with you, though: we’ve been away from the Fantastic Four for years now, and I am dying to start off and lean into the most FF-ish stories possible! Stan and Jack, Byrne, Simonson, Waid and Ringo, Hickman and everyone in between—I have so much love for every era of this book, I really can’t wait to play with all the toys in the toy box!
"
Obviously, with the first issue not due for several months yet, they're not going to give too much away.

But Dan Slott is saying all the right things to make me think this will be an iteration of the Fantastic Four, the team that got me hooked on comics in the first place, that I will be very happy to read about for many, many more years to come.

Artist Appreciation: Walter Molino...


I have to thank Clare for tipping me off to the wonderful mayhem depicted in the works of Walter Molino (5 November 1915 – 8 December 1997), Italian comics artist and illustrator.

His distinctive work graced newspapers, magazines, and comics. It would appear that there wasn't a scenario that Walter couldn't make just a bit more exciting and dynamic!

Walter was cover artist for La Domenica del Corriere from 1941

Final, Amazing-Looking, Potty-Mouthed Trailer For Deadpool 2...


"This Is The Most Dangerous Creature That Ever Walked The Earth!"



It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.

Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Documentary Of The Week: Look To The Sky (2017)


Continuing the amazing work he began with 2013's Legends Of The Knight, filmmaker and documentarian Brett Culp's Look To The Sky focuses on the inspirational positivity of the most famous superhero of them all: Superman.

Beginning outside the "birthplace of Superman" - the Cleveland home of writer Jerry Siegel, who created the character with his artist friend Joe Shuster 80 years ago - the 72-minute film is a journey around America, meeting incredible young people with powerful stories to tell.

Every tale is different, but all these youngsters have endured - or witnessed - dark, tragic, or dangerous times, be it because of disease, death, accident, society etc

And, yet, they have all come out the other side "by finding the superhero within them", through their own strength of will.

From the ballerina who lost a leg to cancer and learned to dance again, through the family inspired by the loss of their youngest sibling to create care packages for other children who have lost brothers and sisters, to the 14-year-old that swam Lake Ontario to raise money for Camp Trillium, a camp for children with cancer.

Interspersed between these emotionally-charged, very personal stories are the talking heads of academics, psychologists, and authors (including the wonderful Neil Gaiman) addressing the importance of aspirational role models, optimism, and hope for the future.

Even though the film touches briefly on the 'death of Superman' in comics - and how it's a metaphor for our obsession with 'bad news' - the message of documentary is the complete antithesis of Zack Snyder's nihilistic reworking of Superman in recent cinematic outings.

Without referencing it even obliquely, Look To The Sky highlights just how wrong and misguided Snyder's take on the iconic character was.

Yes, unless you have a heart (or head) of stone, the often harrowing stories here will probably move you to tears, but ultimately every single story is inspirational and uplifting.

Towards the end of the documentary, it's made clear that one of Superman's key powers is his ability to inspire others to be the best person they can be and that's exactly the point of all the extraordinary stories in the absolutely beautiful Look To The Sky.
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