Thee Comic Column #31: GIJOE Retaliation

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Okay, at first glance you might think, “Hey, why are you reviewing a movie in a comic book column?” Valid point, however this isn’t so much a film review as it is a commentary on how the just-released GIJOE movie sequel drew heavily on the Marvel comic GIJOE series from the 80’s, written by the all-powerful Larry Hama. I wanted it to be more of an exploration, however to really do that I’d have to sling out a bunch of spoilers and honestly, if you are reading this you’re probably somebody on the fence of seeing this flick and despite some fairly heavy problems I think those spoilers – and the aha moments they created in me as a fan of that comic – are worth the price of admission.

Thee Comic Column #30: Thanos Rising

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Well, ask and you shall receive.

It was only last week when I contemplated the admittedly classic yet undeniably flawed Infinity Gauntlet. In said article I waxed philosophical about attempting to re-read the juggernaut event book from the perplexingly uneven year in comics 1991, only to find it’s not really all that good.

What? Blasphemy? Don’t worry, I’m not as hard on it as it sounds. Read the original article here before you brandish hate.

Spring Breakers

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This past Friday a friend of mine and I went to see Writer/Director Harmony Korine’s newest film Spring Breakers. I have to admit, when I first heard about this film – or perhaps I should say with the first images I saw of the film – I was taken aback. If one were to believe the trailers and ads or contemplate the mainstream selections for the cast (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens) then fairly avant garde filmmaker Harmony Korine had just made a mainstream film.

Rule #1: Never trust the trailer

Thee Avid Reader #2: Joe Hill’s NOS4A2

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Wow. Just wow.

THEN – Although I still have not read Joe Hill’s debut, the anthology 20th Century Ghosts, I’ve read and loved both Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, the latter being one of the best modern horror novels I know of. I was late getting into Mr. Hill, had in fact somehow kept him perpetually on ‘The List’ despite several friends’ rabid recommendations/threats to “Get to it already!”. This continued until an advance reader copy of Horns fell into my lap sometime around 2009/2010. I loved that book and considered it quite different than anything else I’d ever read. In a pinch the closest comparison I could come up with was Palahniuk, not for the rhythm or perverse obscure knowledge but for the tone. However comparisons can be dodgy, and I’d never want to do Mr. Hill a disservice by branding his book with one that wouldn’t really represent his deftly wrought tale of love and loss, regret and revenge and of course that creepy, creepy extra-sensory awkwardness that in different ways claims both Ig and Lee in the book.

International Film #3: 5 Broken Cameras 2011 (Palestine)

5 Broken Cameras

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Chiang Mai – The Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival brought me three and half hours southeast from Pai on motorbike via Thai route 1095. Discussions, screenings, lectures and photograph galleries of Thai and international artists scattered throughout the city. What’s not to like? There are a number of topics I could review (and may) but it’s the recent documentary 5 Broken Cameras from Palestinian Emad Burat and Israeli Guy Davidi that makes cut for International Film #3. And to the think, I was “this” close from going back to my hostel room.

Thee Comic Column #29: 1991 Part 2: The Infinity Gauntlet

The Infinity Gauntlet

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Oh you didn’t think I was done with 1991 yet, did you? No, there’s no way to sum up everything about a year in the comic business in just one exploratory collection of paragraphs written casually over the course of a week, especially not a year as polarized as 1991 (Go here for Part 1).

Thee Comic Column #28: The End of Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing

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It’s been approximately a year and a half since DC launched the New 52 and Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette took on the daunting task of reinventing Swamp Thing. This week that run ended with its 18th issue. I’ve got to tell you, I’ve become quite a fan of Mr. Snyder’s, all largely due to this particular book. I missed the boat on American Vampire – as good as I kept hearing it was upon initial release I’ve suffered from Vampire burnout for the last few years and just have no interest in the fictional species. I missed the boat on his Batman revamp too, however when I tried to remedy that I found that I really didn’t care for it at all. No, with Snyder it was Swamp Thing and a little book called Severed - which is phenomenal – that made me a fan.

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