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Opening Today: “Thor” (5/6/2011)

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor….”

Those are the words inscribed upon the legendary Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor and the only weapon worthy of a Thunder God. Today the film that presents his adventures to the world will open as Marvel Comics continues their delivery of live action super hero films.

The film stars Chris Hemsworth as The Mighty Thor and his is joined by Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). I’ve tried to avoid any advance insight but its been reported that the film will take place both on Asgard and on Earth which is good to find being the case. In terms of comic book characters I have always enjoyed Thor as a super hero even if I was not following him as long as I was the likes of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four or Hulk. Needless to say I’m pretty excited for this as it brings us one step closer to “The Avengers” which they say will be coming at us in 2012 some time. So far they have been doing a bang up job with these films and each one has led us into the next thanks to the closing teaser scene. My hope is that you readers have seen “Iron Man”, “Incredible Hulk” and “Iron Man 2” already and if not, what are you waiting for? “Thor” is directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Kevin Feige.

To avoid spoilers to the larger plot of the film I’ve closed the ability to comment on this posting. Should I end up posting a review of any kind on the site, you will be more than welcome to leave us your own thoughts on that post. Hopefully I will see the film before I hear too many details myself. I seldom get to go on the opening day even though I would love to for stuff like this.

Airing Tonight: “That Metal Show” Season 7

I guess its fair to view “7” as a lucky number when you are a Metal fan and you realize that Eddie Trunk and the VH1 Classic “That Metal Show” program will begin its seventh season this evening. As expected it will also feature his co-hosts since the first episode comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine.


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Reading Rob Dukes’ “I Am Become God” by Terminal Press

Most of the Metal Community  knows that singer Rob Duke’s is the deadly vocal force behind the band Exodus, but did you also know that he is a writer and has his own comic book? Yep, he is the main creative force behind the Horror themed comic called “I Am Become God” which is available from the folks at Terminal Press.  You might remember the company as the one who did a Dimmu Borgir comic about a year or so ago but that never was released beyond previews based on all of the band member changes shortly before it went to press.  Talk about a bummer.  Anyways, where was I?  Oh yes, my overview of “I Am Become God”. It’s based on a story by Rob Dukes script and letters by Keith McCleary art by Garrett Adderley colors by Adam Street.

rob dukes, i am become god, terminal press, comic book covers

The book focuses on the daily activities of an unnamed serial killer who we meet on the first page where he defines himself as being a truly crazy and disturbed individual.  I was convinced by the artwork on the cover which shows the protagonist pouring blood into a puddle on the ground out of a disembodied skull.  If the reader is not believing this, the killer proudly shows off the skeleton of a kitten that he had killed as a small boy as he introduces himself to us.  The rest is horrific history for lack of a better term as the killer gives us his “origin story”.   The killer is not really breaking the “fourth wall” of comics and talking to the reader in as much as he seems to be talking to the next victim on his list, but one does not realize this until the final pages of the story. My guess is that he plans on returning to this scenario with other tales of his bloodstained 9 to 5.
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Opening Today: “The Green Hornet” (1/14/2011)

Today is the release of the long anticipated “Green Hornet” film in case you were wondering.

Poster - The Green Hornet - 2011

Without going into too many details about it, the film appears to be more of an Action Packed Superhero Comedy as opposed to the playing it on the dramatic edge like the original television series was. Part of me is not too sure how this will work out because I really liked how the series was first presented as a crime drama and of course in that episode of the way classic “Batman” series where the two teams butted heads. If you’ve never seen it I can tell you with some certainty that it is on YouTube.com, just search for “A Piece Of The Action”, oh heck just click HERE 🙂 The crossover episode was the lead into the Hornet’s own short lived series and it starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee. To me it doesn’t seem smart playing it up as comedy but who knows, maybe it will be a fun ride just the same.

I’ve been a fan of The Green Hornet for a few years now and always enjoyed how he was on the side of the right but played it up as a master criminal. It was clever to see it done that way and when they issued a comic book title on the long defunct NOW! Comics, I bought a copy each and every month. I still have them somewhere in my collection. I am not too sure if the collected edition of some of those tales is still in print but if you can find one its a recommendation. Hopefully the movie does good, only time will tell.

Starring:
Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet
Jay Chou as Kato
Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky
Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case
Tom Wilkinson as James Reid
David Harbour as District Attorney Frank Scanlon
Edward James Olmos as Mike Axford
Jamie Harris as Popeye
Chad Coleman as Chili
Edward Furlong as Tupper
Analeigh Tipton as Ana Lee
Reuben Langdon as Crackhead
Jerry Trimble as Chudnofsky’s man
James Franco as Danny “Crystal” Clear”

Sadly the referenced classic sixties “Green Hornet” television series AND the “Batman” series where most fans of a certain age got their first glimpse of the character are NOT yet available on DVD for purchase. The movie serials that preceded them are however as are a number of books which I have embedded here for your perusal.

NBC Dons “The Cape” To Fight Crime & Injustice (1/9/2011)

I’ve touched upon my interest in the superhero side of the entertainment realm by mentioning about my almost lifelong appreciation for the comic book medium and the adventures of great heroes such as Spider-Man, Batman, Superman and The Fantastic Four to name a choice few. It was one of the main reasons that I enjoyed being a member of the press at the 2010 NY Comic Con & Anime Festival and all of this brings me to the reason for this particular posting. It seems as though NBC is taking a plunge into the heroic action-adventure line of programming once again by offering us a show called “The Cape”. The show poster is below.

Poster - The Cape TV Show

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