Tag Archives: X-Men

HOUSE OF X #1 – MARVEL COMICS

WRITER – JONATHAN HICKMAN
ARTIST – PEPE LARRAZ
COVER ARTIST – MARTE GARCIA
LETTERER – CLAYTON COWLES

Ambitious. That was my first thought when I heard that JONATHAN HICKMAN was being put in charge of the X-Men re-launch. It’s the one thing that brought me back to a universe that I stepped away from about 4 years ago after multiple re-launches. I’ve read Hickman’s runs on the Avengers, and Fantastic Four and knew , with  him being one of the best “world builders” in the business, that he could get the franchise back on track. JONATHAN HICKMAN  is a novelist who just happens to have illustrations with his novels. For wordsmiths, him just being named to the project was a win. Now onto the review.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I read it twice as there is a lot there to unpack as someone who has been outside the X-universe for a while. A few of the characters look different (will take me a while to get used to seeing Professor X look like that) and there were some new faces(both human and mutant), but I never really felt lost at any point in time, and upon my second read I had a much clearer picture of where this group of X-Men were at and the threads that tied them together. Some of your favs aren’t front and center, but it’s a 12 part series between HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X and there is plenty of time to get the roster fleshed out. This first chapter had a nice slow burn feel to it which is what it should have.

The first chapter also laid the groundwork very methodically to show you the culture that has formed around the X-Men. Each transitional scene ends with a look at a new language, new power levels, new olive branches to a human race that may yet bridge the divide(vague I know, but I meant what I said by “non” spoiler),A look at the lands, factions of mutants and much more. This book clocks in at about a 45 minute read and HICKMAN fills every minute and details and character driven dialogue. It felt a bit like a chess match where the board was being set for the long term game to come.

There is always that question with any re-launch I find. Is this a good jumping off point, as much as it is a jumping on point?Overall the groundwork JONATHAN HICKMAN has begun to lay feels like this is for folks who have not been long time followers of the X-Men, and it seems continuity from the previous X-Men series was not a high priority in his mind. There’s was one glaring example of this, but it was not anything I really minded and made for an interesting new direction for the character.

There is a much different vibe to this re-launch then previous ones in that it seems the mutants seem to feel they are on much more equal footing with the human race then ever before. Magneto’s demeanor through the entire book is not one of fear, hostility or divisiveness. I could say the same for Cyclops. It’s simply a statement of -this is how mutants are going to exist with humans and this is how their idea(and a brilliant piece of story telling idea that it is)is going to work. Take it or leave it. This first chapter  feels as much a societal story , as a political one and the point, counterpoint dialogue between humans and mutants in the story over mutants place in the world and the distrust that is still there makes for some wonderful conversation.

PEPE LARRAZ’S art was a wonderfully detailed addition to this story. I’ve noted before that facials expressions can say so much and they had plenty of opportunity to do so this issue. From Cyclops firm stance with some old friends, to the last panel of the story, some beautifully rendered art told a secondary story without words. The X-Men felt both gritty and elegant this issue which suited the story. Also, of note, Beautifully done illustrations of the landscape of Krakoa also. I felt this was also a pretty cool nod to Giant Size X-Men #1 which also felt like the beginning of a new era.

If you’ve been looking to get back into the X-Men your probably not going to get a much better opportunity then this. JONATHAN HICKMAN seems like he has a long term plan in mind. I’d be pretty happy if we could get 50 really good issues out of this run. Time will tell.

Til next time

Scott

 

Coming to Netflix Canada In November

November is just around the corner and Netflix Canada has some very interesting new show and movies. As well as some returning movies you won’t have to pull of the shelf to watch.

For most of us the highlight will be Marvel’s The Punisher.

Avail 11/1
21 Thunder – Season 1
A Cure for Wellness
A United Kingdom
A Walk in the Woods
Ali
Bad Boys
Bad Boys II
Beginners a
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Brojects – Season 3
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Frank & Lola
Greenleaf – Season 2
Hancock
High Anxiety
Hitch
I Am Bolt
In a Valley of Violence
In The Heart of the Sea
Julia
Logan
Men in Black
Men in Black II
Miss Hokusai
Office Christmas Party
Phantom Boy
Rebel Without a Kitchen – Season 2
Romeo is Bleeding
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Silver Streak
Stranger – Season 1
The Doors: When You’re Strange
The DUFF
The Matrix
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Shawshank Redemption
Under Arrest – Season 7
Waking Life
Wall Street
Where the Day Takes You
Young Frankenstein

Avail 11/2
Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight
Dynasty – Season 1 – Netflix Original – New Episodes Weekly

Avail 11/3
Chelsea – Season 2 – Netflix Original – New Episodes Weekly
The Big Family Cooking Showdown – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Avail 11/4
Band Aid

Avail 11/5
It’s Not Yet Dark
The Dinner
The Veil

Avail 11/7
Fate/Apocrypa: Part 1 – Netflix Original
Project Mc²: Part 6 – Netflix Original

Avail 11/9
Cowboys & Aliens
Jetsons: The Movie
Riverdale – Season 1 – Netflix Original – New Episodes Weekly

Avail 11/10
Blazing Transfer Students – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Dinotrux Supercharged – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Glitter Force Doki Doki – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Gold
Greenberg
Lady Dynamite – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir – Season 1
Mea Culpa – Netflix Original
Scandal – Season 7 – New Episodes Weekly
The Killer (O Matador) – Netflix Film

Avail 11/13
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

Avail 11/14
DeRay Davis: How To Act Black – Netflix Original
Hickok

Avail 11/15
Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas
Point Break
Star – Season 2 – New Episodes Weekly

Avail 11/16
Green Zone
Midnight Run
The Case for Christ

Avail 11/17
A Christmas Prince – Netflix Film
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton – Netflix Original
Longmire – Final Season – Netflix Original
Luna Petunia – Season 3
Marvel’s The Punisher – Netflix Original
Mudbound – Netflix Film
Shot in the Dark – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Spirit: Riding Free – Season 3 – Netflix Original
Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Avail 11/21
Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers – Netflix Original
Saving Capitalism – Netflix Original

Avail 11/22
Cherry Pop
Godless – Netflix Original

Avail 11/23
Bushwick
Deep
Field of Dreams
Religion of Sports – Season 1
She’s Gotta Have It – Season 1 – Netflix Original
The Dilemma

Avail 11/24
Cuba and the Cameraman – Netflix Original
The Girl from the Song
The Many Faces of Ito – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Avail 11/27
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Avail 11/28
Glitch – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Good Morning Call – Season 2 – Netflix Original
Prison Playbook – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Avail 11/30
State of Play

Last Call – Titles that will be rotating off the service in November, 2017.
11/1
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Killing – Season 3
The Returned – Season 1
The Sixth Sense
Troy
11/13
Mission: Impossible 5
11/14
The Seven Five
11/17
Bridge of Spies
11/20
Magic Mike XXL

Source: Netflix

 

First Official Look At Cable

Ryan Reynolds is a marketing tool on his own.  Reynolds has since the first Deadpool movie Ryan has constantly tweeted, Instagram images and updates. I truly believe that Ryan was able to get people out to see Deadpool because of the use of social media. Once again he has done it with Deadpool 2. Earlier he used social media to introduce us to  Zazie Beetz as Domino.

 

 

 

 

Now this weekend  Reynolds posted 2 pictures of Josh Brolin in full Cable gear. Brolin’s Cable has the cybernetic arm, and eye along with an adorable teddy bear attached to his belt. This version of Cable is trimmed down but looks dam good.

Brolin is looking dam good.

 

The Gifted

Byran Singer is once again playing in the X-Men universe this time with The Gifted. The Gifted focuses on a suburban couple, Reed Stucker (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin Stucker (Amy Acker), who are forced to go on the run when they find out their children Lauren and Andy (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White) have mutant powers.

Additional casting details announced by Variety include Sean Teale as Eclipse, Jamie Chung as Blink, Blair Redford as Thunderbird, Emma Dumont as Polaris, and Coby Bell as Jace Turner.

The trailer shows that the  whereabouts of the X-Men and The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are unknown. Reed and his family face additional complications due to his job being part of law enforcement crackdown on mutants, which ups the ante on keeping the kids safe from themselves and others while trying to fond someone who can help them control their powers.

The trailer has that original feel of the first X-Men film where this explores the feeling of been hates and an outcast. If the show can keep this feeling and Fox doesn’t panic this show has some potential.

 Source: SyFy, Youtube

Finally The ‘Wolverine’ We Always Wanted

If you are to believe to all the reviews that have been out so far from the critics, Logan is finally the movie we have waiting for.  Logan won’t be out until March 3, 2017 but with the advance reviews Logan is presently holding a 96% score at Rotten Tomatoes.

logan-tv-spot-cb-fb
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

The film has been compared to a contemporary western. The film has been given a R-rating, thanks to Deadpool that showed a superhero movie with a R-rating can make a money and be a hit. The film is tracking to make $60 million on it’s opening weekend. According to Jackman this will be his final appearance as Wolverine a character that he has portrayed since he originated in 2000’s X-Men. There has been some rumors coming out that Hugh Jackman is having a hard time letting go of Logan. True or not it be nice to see him do it one more time. Hey Ryan think you can get him out for a quicky in ‘Deadpool 2’.

You can check to reviews here Variety and Heroic Hollywood

Logan also stars along with Jackman, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dafne Deen, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq LaSalle, Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Source: Variety, Herioc Hollywood

Cosplay Thursday 1/19/17

Hey gang how you doing? So after a long time of hiatus from posting some amazing  Cosplayers it is time to get back to posting.

Source: Cosplay

Movie Monday – Cable: Chronicles of Hope

According to Deadpool himself at the end of his movie they plan on having Nathan Summers a.k.a. Cable. But if you can not wait until then people at KandkFilms from the U.K. gave give you a fix until then.

This short film is very well done and well in better terms….awesome. Another cool thing that happens is a very well choreograph fight scene featuring the elf, Nightcrawler. Not many shorts suck me in but this one did.

What do you think?

You can also check out this behind video on the making of video.