Or – “DESTROY!”
Or – “DESTROY!”
Way back in 1986, when George Lucas was still high on the fumes generated by all that Star Wars money, he started a little journey to bring Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck to life. To help hype the movie, Universal created a 900 line where people could call in to get a taste of what was to come…
Or – “What Do These Characters Have In Common?”
I don’t know if it’s coincidence that Marvel has revamped their old-school Frankenstein the same month that DC gave their Frankie his own limited series, but in any case, it’s fun to see this many 70s characters together in a book that isn’t written by Bendis. And while I’m still a little bit shaky on the entire ‘Fear Itself’ event, it would probably require some sort of injunction to keep me away from a book where 80% of the cast was created, defined or written by Steve Gerber…
Marvel teases us this morning with word that the Fearsome Four are getting in on the Fear Itself action.
Or – “WAAAUUUUUGH!”
Of all the heroes of the various comic book universes, I find myself drawn to those who are the most human in their makeup. I’m not talking about “Batman Doesn’t Have Any Powers” human, but the characters who are able to express real human emotions in a way that I find relatable. Honestly, normal humans don’t lose a parent and then vow to spend their entire life fighting crime, they usually descend into booze, drugs, and unhealthy relationships which leave them scarred for life. I appreciate Bouncing Boy’s struggle to fit in with the cool, thin kids. I appreciate the ways that Bruce Banner has to deal with the curse of the Hulk. I love the fact that Luke Cage’s first thought when he got superhuman powers was how to make a buck off them. Today’s entrant is, in an Alanis Morrisette ironic kind of way, the most human of all and his adventures are among the most unique in comics history. Trapped in a world he never made, he still had to fight to survive, dealing with issues of money, sex, identity and mental instability just like the rest of us. This, then, is your Major Spoilers Hero History of Howard, who fell through a dimensional portal one afternoon, and ended up in the middle of a battle to save the universe, and has become forever known to the hairless apes of his new home world as Howard The Duck!
As cool as some of the scenes from the new Punisher movie looked, the movie flopped at the box office this past weekend, bringing in an estimated $4 million.Â To twist the knife even deeper, this opening was even worse than Howard the Duck – another Marvel property that has become a joke of the movie industry.
For those worried that this is a death knell for Marvel, keep in mind this movie is not a Marvel Studios flick, but rather release by Lionsgate, who probably shot themselves in the foot by releasing Transporter 3 last weekend.
Anyone see this?
It seems a little sureal having Howard the Duck reminding you to vote, but considering this is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen of the United States, I’m gonna go with the flow.
For those of you in other countries, do your comic book heroes remind you to vote too?
Here is the New Comic Release list for comics scheduled to be in stores July 16, 2008. There may be items on this list that are not shipped at the last minute, or new material may be added. Check with your local retailer for more details.
This list was last updated July 14, 2008.
DeviantArt is a great place to find works by the talented (and not so talented) artists of the world. Fortunately, “Jolly Jack” falls into the talented category and scores bonus points for the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull dig.
What is it about George Lucas’ ability to create a character(s) that bring up so much hate per generation? Be it Admiral Ackbar, Jar-Jar Binks, Howard the Duck (admittedly not created by Lucas, but destroyed by him none-the-less), and now CG Gophers, Lucas has done wonders in getting the fanboy community to stop fighting amongst themselves over whether a movie is good or bad and rally around awful characters. One good thing about the vitriol surrounding the CG Gophers is it is deflecting a lot of the hate around CGI Shia LeBeouf swinging from tree to tree with monkeys.
Or – “The Vertigo Problem.”
Recently, Gatekeeper Manager Deon (who doesn’t get Howard The Duck, but somehow loves XO: Manowar) explained to me his problem with Vertigo comics:Â They’re just weird for weirdness’ sake.Â I don’t know how true that assessment is, but I can clearly see the kernel of truth at the bottom of that statement.Â I love classic Swamp Thing, I have read Hellblazer religiously since day one, I have all the Sandman trade paperbacks, I even loved Shade: The Changing Man.Â But there came a point where Vertigo seemed to have found a niche, a hook, and that hook was “Get the weird Gothy types.”Â House of Mystery is a very old-school Vertigo comic book, but is that necessarily a bad thing?