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You Commin‘ DC? We‘re Going to the Movies!


As a comic expert my friends regularly ask me about the WHYs and WHOs in superhero movies and about stuff they didn‘t understand. That’s fun! I can explain something, my friends learn and maybe eventually get interested in the comics. The other day one of the kids (12 years old) that are regularly attending the playroom in our local comic shop asked me, if I could help him finding the right Batman comics for him. He saw The Dark Knight Rises and now wants to find out more about the comic characters. It was hard for me recommending him the right Batman series. I am not into Batman that much, because I find him a bit boring. HUH, look at me, I wear a black suit and dress up as a bat! CROISSANT! Additionally he is only 12. Telling him to read Detective Comics where the Joker cuts off his face in the end of issue #1 didn‘t seem suitable to me at all. (read on…)

I Can Count to Superman

By the way, DC has relaunched/rebooted/rererererererered their comic universe. And since I finally finished Flashpoint (I‘ve read the German issues and the third issue arrived me like 3 months too late, because of reasons, so I couldn‘t read issues 3 – 5 till like two weeks ago) and I finally know what happened to create the New 52 universe. Well, I KNOW what happened, but I don‘t UNDERSTAND it. Hah, something about three divided timelines, which would explain the different story arc universes. And the hooded woman from the end of Flashpoint actually appears in all 52 #1 issues which blew my mind when I finally found her sitting in a corner in the first issue of Justice League. But I want to talk about Superman. Superman… the most boring superhero ever! (read on…)

Lobo-Bo Bo-Bobobo

Well (I did it again, I started a post with well), Lobo is one of my most favorite comic book characters. Ever since I saw him in the Superman Animated TV series like back in the 1990ies I really love this guy. He is a hero, and he is not! He is funny, and he is an intergalactic asshole! He is just doing his job even if what he is doing might not be really nice! He is immortal, can‘t be killed by anything, even Superman can‘t. He has a healing factor faster than Wolverine from MARVEL’s X-Men. He is a bounty hunter. Normally he doesn‘t know what to do with his time and money so he is just drinking booze, killing people or (frankly) having sex! Lobo comics are really violent and normally a Lobo is adult material. And Lobo always is a lot of fun! When I talked about the New 52 the other day here on the blog, I mentioned I was still missing Lobo. Some days later in the Comic Planet I grabbed the PREVIEW catalogue and checked what was coming up in the USA in the next months. And I saw something really surprising: Deathstroke #10. And I was sooooo excited about that because it has Lobo on the cover. But then I read the book… (read on…)

Gay Lantern

DC introduced a gay character. Speculations were around the internet for about a time and I didn‘t know enough to actually take part in this. As far as I understood the few things I heard about this, DC said that an „iconic character“ will be revealed as gay (as in homosexual) during June, and that this character has still not appeared in the New 52. One theory said that Alan Scott (the Golden Age Green Lantern) could be the one. Well he appeared briefly in Earth 2 #1 (almost as shown in the post-related pic, I only slightly modified it) so I thought maybe it would not be him in the end. It is, though!

I don‘t care if any of the characters in my comics is homosexual. I don‘t even care if they are straight. I admit I like the art of Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in the comics from the 1990ies. That’s a men-thing, men like lesbians making up. But that’s far away from a personal sexual orientation thing. Let me put it down like this: it should be unimportant if somebody prefers men or women. And announcing to introduce a gay character is like putting the sexual orientation into the center point of interest. It is like: look, this guy is gay! It would be easier if DC would just put a GIANT arrow pointing on the character (whoever it will be in the end) saying „GAY“ all the time. Cause I don‘t think that they will come around with a decent story around his relationship.

Can you at least name one gay MARVEL character? No? But there are some! For example Hulkling and Wiccan are a couple! There are some more, I don‘t remember atm. Why can‘t you not name any gay MARVELs? Because they don‘t have that giant arrow! The sexual orientation does not matter for a superhero. Even though MARVEL takes a much bigger look into the private life of all their heroes, sexuality does not really appear. OK, I admit we saw Spider-Man after sex with Black Cat several times. But that counts for DC, too! Seeing Black Canary dressing up for fighty-fighty in Final Crisis and Green Arrow still laying in bed only wearing his trunks in the same picture somewhat disturbed me. I bet you, they won‘t show any scenes like that with gay characters. So why even have them?

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Follow the little green LANTERN!!!

…does whatever a woman can

I promise I will write about other topics than comics again soon! And enough for DC here is a MARVEL topic: Spider-Woman. One of the comic characters with some mystery to her. Well. I first saw Spider-Woman in the Iron Man TV cartoon series. I never thought her to be like the female version of Spider-Man. Basically I didn‘t know much about the supporting characters in Iron Man. As far as I remember they are the Avengers to that time but I might be wrong. Hawkeye also appeared there regularly. SO I guess they were the Avengers. But whatever. Like a year or two ago I was reading my monthly Spider-Man comic book (Amazing Spider-Man #648). And my brother took a look over my shoulder to check what I was doing. He doesn‘t know much about comics, he only knows the movies. He was able to recognize some of the characters though but finally pointed to Spider-Woman. He was like „Who is this?“ I answered „Spider-Woman!“ He looked at me and asked „Why does she fly?“ And I was like „I dunno!“ (read on…)

Girlpower… uhm… Powergirl

Yes, I love her. I am a man, I am heterosexual (mostly) and I like boobs! So Powergirl definitly is one of my favorite DC heroines. Well… let us say WAS! (read on…)

Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Batgirl!

Well, I wanna add something to my last blog post about the New 52. Um… maybe it is not as bad as I thought. First of all I found out why Barbara Gordon can walk again:

One of the Joker’s goons called the police and told them where Barbara was. So Gordon didn‘t find her laying on the floor after he was „raped“ by the Joker but she was found much earlier and could be saved from beeing paralyzed.

What do I think about this in the end? Hmm… I dunno. I mean DC has completly changed their universe many times in the last decades beginning with „Crisis on Inifinite Earths“ in 1985. So this event is nothing special. They even already released new #0 or #1 earlier. For example after the „Crisis in Time“ event in 1994. And they always came back to the original numbering later. Here’s an add released in „Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #0″

When I started reading this story I started at #0 and noticed I was doing it wrong when I thought back to „Countdown to Final Crisis“ which also had to be read from #52 to #0.

In the past events they always changed MAJOR things: different origin stories, new costumes, new powers, new earths, deleted earths, kill characters, bring back characters! THEY! OFTEN! CHANGED! FUCKING! EVERYTHING! Flashpoint seems to have changed only details. And those details, like the phone call the Joker’s goon made, changed the characters and/or major things. And I really like that approach! Often nobody knew about even the biggest changes after the last events. Now we have at least the Flash who remembers what happened before the reboot. He’s the only one remembering everything. This is quite interesting when he meets people he knew before the reboot and who are now different. So he really has to deal with that, while everybody else does not seem to know what was going on. I can‘t wait to finally experience one or two series myself when the reboot hits Germany.

Follow the little chaning EVENT!!!

DC’s New Over 9000

Yay, comics again. At the moment I am reading the German run of Flashpoint. THE DC event that will truly change everything. I‘ve already heard about this relaunch/reboot last year, when it happened in the US. And I followed the news via DC’s Facebook page ever since, not too careful cause I didn‘t want to spoil myself. Everything I got: DC ended all their ongoing comic books and completly started over with 52 new #1s. Even Earth’s most tradtional comic books „Action Comics“ and „Detective Comics“ started with new #1s. Actually this is really risky but I didn‘t think about it that much in the beginning. (read on…)

Heroes in a Nut Shell

Basically I didn‘t want to write about comics and their movies again. But certain things happened recently so I saw myself being forced to write about this topic again.

I mean, cartoons and comics always were a part of my life! A huge part. I always say that the TV raised me and not my parents (and you have no idea how true that is). Watching cartoons all weekend and some hours after school was normal for me. And just like every other boy in my school I loved the Turtles! And I am not talking about any random raptile (I mean I later had snakes as „pets“) but about the „Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles“. That was their European name, because the term „Ninja“ was thought to be too violent for poor European kids. TMNT was awesome, it was colorful, funny, had cool actions! TMNT was just the right thing for a <10-year old boy. And who did not have a crush on April O‘Neal?!?!?!?!

Well, many years later I saw the early 1990ies live-action movies. As I mentioned in the Muppets article some weeks ago, Jim Henson’s creature shop even did the puppets for this movies. Whatever, as a kid I loved, I adored, I enjoyed, I dunno what else I did with the three Turtles movies. I can still speak certain lines along. Then in 2005 or so, German TV broadcast the new TV show in the kids-block. Unfortunatly we only saw the first 2 of 7 seasons of that. In the meantime I learned that TMNT started as an underground comic in the USA and even read some of them (I now have them all, thanks to the interwebz!). The 2003 TV-show is based upon the comics much more than the original series. In 2007 there even was a new movie in the cinema. Completly computer animated but as awesome as the 2003 TV-show. I actually like the 2003 show better than the old show. I dunno why, maybe I grew up and the darker undertone in the 2003 installment fitted me better than this funny little piece of kids entertainment. Who knows?! I won‘t be talking about the Power-Rangers-like TV show that came up in the late 1990ies, it just sucked.

Well… and short time after I started reading the original comics about 2 weeks ago… I can‘t even talk about this. It hurts. I mean, I heard that somebody was planning to do a new live action movie. I‘m not sure if I already heard who wanted to do it, and if so I seem to have forgotten it for my own good. Well, IDW Publishing relauched the comic franchise with a new #1. They created a new origin story with a lot of ideas I knew from the movies. But I was interested in the original comics. And I found them online. Thanks to the internet you can get everything. I mean, this stuff is more than 25 years old and I didn‘t want to spend tons of money for black/white comics. I was so pleased with the first books and I guess I‘ve read the first 20 books in a row. But when I started dreaming of them I had to do a short break of them.

Anyways, I was looking for the last issue that came out on like March 21th and accidently I found a news about the upcoming movie. I was confused. I thought they had skipped the plans to do a complete movie in favor for the new cartoon series on Nickelodeon (TMNT now belongs to VIACOM). The first word I read was „BAY“ and I was like „OH NOOOOOOO, NOT HIM, PLEASE!!!“ and then I read the news that came up with like a day before: Michael Bay wants to make the Turtles to aliens. And I was like:


There was a keynote or so where he actually tried to promote this idea and the whole internet must have been like I was!

Michael Bay talks Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles von stuffwelike

Bay’s statement was „Chill!“ He mentioned we hadn‘t read the script, and it would make perfect sense, he had talked everything through with one of the inventors of the franchise. As Kevin Eastman sold all the rights to the Turtles some years ago, it means that Peter Laird must be OK with the idea. I mean, I will link some interesting comments on this matter I saw on Youtube.

Here’s Blunty3000’s comment on the matter:

When I first heard what Bay wanted to do, I said on Facebook (and I quote myself) „Bay is butt-fucking“ my childhood!“ Blunty’s right when he says that Bay is doing nothing to the stuff we liked in the old times. It is his vision (or the vision of the screenwriter) and maybe some new ideas can even improve an existing universe.

Well, as far as I remember this only worked once: „The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy“ always was changed and adapted to fit the medium it was on. Compare the radio play, the books, the TV show, the textadventure and the Disney movie and you will find many differences, new story lines, new characters, new monsters/aliens whatever. And it worked everytime.

I mean the Turtles franchise never was out of the minds of the kids. The Turtles always were there in the last 25 years. With TV shows, toys, comics! So I guess Laird doesn‘t need to bring them back with a blast, like maybe Akira Toriyama had to do it with Dragonball. This is another example. Toriyama worked really close with the screenwriters and producers and supervised everything. And he actually said something like „You have to see Dragonball Evolution as a different approach or an alternate universe“ I don‘t remember exactly. But as a hardcore fan you want to see what you know from your childhood on the big screen. That is why so many people feel „raped“ by Bay. I mean, I even felt „butt-fucked“.

Here is another statement from Youtube.

He’s got a good point: If you make the Turtles aliens, it can not be the Mutant Ninja Turtles anymore. Everything that is left over are „Teenage Aliens“!! No more Turtles, no more Ninja and, first of it all, no more Mutants! Barely Teenage Aliens! Well, that basically sums it up. It will end in a hell of a shitty movie! Bay also did the Transformers movies. I‘m not too familiar with this franchise. But except for certain aspects he did a quite good job in my opinion. And I am a man, I love it when stuff blows up and when Megan Fox lays on a motorcycle. But I mean, I‘m trying to think myself into the place of Peter Laird. The big producer/director Michael Bay standing in front of him, talking about the story and his ideas for the movie, throwing stuff into the air and shouting „KABOOOOOOOOOOM!“. Would you say „No I want it differently, I want it like the original“? Of course you have to adapt stuff to the „now“. Stuff that worked in the 1990ies may not work today.

But what if the guys at Universal suddenly had made the Hulk pink or so, just because pink is fashionable at the moment???? So the Turtles being MUTANTS is a basic element just like the color of the Hulk, how stupid it may be! I mean, Blunty is fully right in his point, we have to think before we react and just because something new made of stuff from our childhood, how important it may have been for us, can‘t spoil what we‘ve experienced already! But movie makers have to understand, that they take a certain responsibility when they work with a franchise with such a high popcultural meaning like the Turtles.

I‘m really expecting this movie fearfully. I mean, I sort of enjoyed the Dragonball movie too in some way, cause it brought many ideas to live action I always wanted to see on the big screen. But it simply was not what I expected. The transfer from cartoon/comic/game to a movie always means a lot of compromises, especially when it comes to money and special effects. But please, making „Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles“ into „Teenage Aliens“ is not a compromise at all.

Follow the little raping BAY!!!

The End of Sex and Violence

I don‘t know how often I already mentioned it, but I love puppet comedy. Why is that so? Well, pretty easy: because of The Muppet Show and the Sesamestreet. I mean the Sesamestreet of course was part of my childhood. I loved Ernie and Bert, Kermit, the Cookie Monster (whose actual name is Sid) not so much Elmo (honestly I hate Elmo), Big Bird (Bibo in Germany) and this Vampire Count. Count von Count I think. I still make jokes when it comes to counting like this: „1, 2, 3, 4 – 4 sometings! HA HA HA HA HA *thunder* *lightening* *bats flying around*“ (read on…)

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