Finally! IGN has Godzilla trailer out now, which you can watch here!! I am so super excited! I can hardly wait! I’m sure you know about my Godzilla adoration already from my post: Gojira, my love for you is radioactive, but I do luvz to talk about the big green every chance I get!
About Wonderwoman….she’s not in Godzilla! *snort* Why would she be?! Hehehe, but I have I finally bought volume three of the New 52 Wonderwoman and I’m catching up on my reading there! It is great so far! Cliff Chiang is a wonderful artist. I think I’ve become a fan of his almost as much as I like Ian Churchill! I’ll have to catch up and write a review of volume two and then this one as well when I’m finished. I already reviewed Wonderwoman Volume One: Blood, and I feel like volume two and three so far are just as great! Brian Azzarello writes so well and I’m going to keep my eyes open for his name anywhere else from now on!
I luv Ian Churchill’s work in a certain run of Supergirl comics that are my favorite ever Supergirl story line! It starts with Supergirl: Power. The other artist that works in that one, I think, is Norm Rapmund. All the art in there is just breathtakingly gorgeous! I have a lot of faith in Jeph Loeb as a writer for this Supergirl fun as well!
Well, that’s what I’m up to right now, and sorry I’m taking so long to add more reviews. As far as gaming, I’m totally addicted to Diablo III on the PS3 , and when I can finally pull myself away from it I’ll have to explain why I love it so much! I’m also going to try Borderlands 2 shortly, and I’ve been giving Batman Origins a try!
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I love Godzilla.
It’s true! He’s so, so, so awesome!!!! If Godzilla was the true end of civilization, I don’t know how I could not secretly enjoy running through the streets in a panic screaming, “AGH! Gojira! GOJIRA!!!!” Good times.
Have you heard about the new US Godzilla movie that’s scheduled to hit theater’s on May 16th, 2014? Oh, yeah! I saw a teaser trailer and it looks awesome! Way more awesome than the 1998 version of a US Godzilla. In fact, though I enjoyed watching that one, in the Japanese Godzilla Final Wars movie it’s clear that they don’t accept the US one as a real Godzilla in the canon, but they did include him as one of the monsters that Godzilla has to fight when he arises to find that every monster he’s ever faced is up and trying to move in on his turf. He didn’t have much trouble with New York 1998 Godzilla, and I found that a very humorous way to let us know they thought the US failed at trying to make a worthy Godzilla to rival the Japanese versions. I can’t find a teaser trailer out there yet. Not even the one from Comic Con. *sigh* I’m so excited! It seems they’re going to be true to his original Japanese shape, size, and even have radioactive breath! The trailer I saw awhile back before it disappeared even had his roar perfect…though chilling! Ermegerd! Check out this movie poster. It gives me the shivers!
Godzilla Final Wars, by the way, is my favorite Godzilla movie other than the very first one, (Japanese and English versions.) It is the most action packed, Godzilla glorifying, pleasantly cheesy yet hard-core Gojira movie EVER!!!!! It is definitely a to-own movie.
My favorite monster that Godzilla faces is Anguirus. He reminds me of a hedgehog. He runs on all fours, and then he can curl into a big ball of spikes and keep smashing in a chosen direction, leveling everything in his path!! That would be a useful skill to have during Black Friday sales.
There’s a Godzilla animated version, and I tried watching a few episodes, but it’s way targeted for kids. I almost feel guilty as a Godzilla fan for not watching them all anyway. Almost.
Something I really would like to try are the Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters comic books published by IDW! It seems there are several runs of Godzilla comics out there, and as a comic book lover it would probably be a great new hobby to try out. I’ll let ya know how it is when I finally get around to ordering them.
Oh! Something I can NOT forget to mention: They have these Gojira-like PJ sets on Etsy for under 40 bucks! They also have kewl house shoes that match and many other adorable ones you might want to surf through! I’ll link the picture to the Etsy store:
Speaking of the big green, I think my butt wants to be Godzilla. You see, I’m not clumsy. I’m an artist and I pretty much always have extra fine control over my limbs and digits, but for some reason my bottom has a mind of it’s own. It’s not like my booty is huge or something. I’d say it’s an average woman’s healthy hind-end. Maybe that’s why it goes out of it’s way to knock things over and cause such carnage and chaos. I can be shopping through art supplies at a flea market, thinking about all the intricate detail I wanna add to my next painting while in the back of my head I reflect over how well I did on piano practice this morning, [You’re so great, fingers!], when all of a sudden I hear a Godzilla chair-scrapping roar and turn around to realize that my butt has demolished a shoe table behind me! It’s anarchy! The shoes and the merchant are running in a herd to warn the next booth! *sigh* I make my way along, expertly placing my feet while I dance around piles of cluttered crap in the next booth, but if I don’t pay attention to Godzilla butt for two seconds, “Wham! Screeeeeech!” Gojira has leveled another town!
I suppose that’s it for my Gojira-luv rant for now! Feel free to comment your favorite monster, movie, or book!
Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)
Confession: I used to avoid Wonder Woman comics because I was afraid it would be filled with sexist-against-guys femi-nazi hatefulness. If that’s the way it used to be, (I don’t know), then it sure isn’t now! I would not be ashamed for a man to read this comic at all! The story of Wonder Woman’s plight, the vicious, back stabbing nature of the gods, and the strength and loyalty of the Amazons makes a story worth getting lost in whether you’ve been a previous comic book fan or not! It is one of the greatest examples of the DC Comics New 52 reboot at it’s finest! I have been impressed with the fresh perspective and beginning feel of so many DC titles so far, but Wonder Woman really takes the cake! (Make your own Wonder Woman cake here.)
It really feels like a lot of research and thought went into creating the gods for this story. They are deliciously selfish and make very hateful, unique, and powerful villains. (Not to mention there seems to be some god for every type of fan to relate to! Take your pick for your favorite!) I am excited to turn the page just to find out what god may be introduced next and what awesome way they’ve chosen to portray them! The way they interact with one another seems natural and very psychologically deep. As a writer with interests in mythology, ethics, and morals it is very intriguing to study this particular spin on the world of the gods and their role in man’s world. They’ve taken the already existent mythological stories and blended them into a very nice ongoing soap opera for us to enjoy!
Now to speak of villains! Though Hades, Strife, Poseidon, War, etc…are very thrilling, wicked bad guys to contend with, the one that makes me shudder the most is Hera! When she is against someone she is everything dangerous to fear from a woman scorned, and the Wonder Woman comics are the perfect place to have such a strong, beautiful enemy. I find myself empathizing with the jaded queen of the gods, desperate to find a way to make Zeus love her the way his man-slut-self seems to spread his love out to everyone else. With Zeus’ disappearance she has the weight of the world, (and more), on her shoulders. I can really appreciate and respect her as a villain even though I can understand that Wonder Woman is in the right with her duty to her own conscious and her own self respect.
Hermes is my favorite so far! He is super cool with his talon feet!! I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll say that one of my favorite lines is after he asks a girl what shape Zeus disguised himself as to get her to want to have sex with him. (That’s a thing Zeus does. He’s always shape shifting to woo chicks.) The girl lists off several different men because she gets around and isn’t quite sure which one Zeus might have been. The look on Hermes’ face is priceless!!! The girl then says, “I like men, Hermes, and I’m not gonna apologize for that.” Hermes says, “As you shouldn’t.” Such a great guy! No judgement from him!
Wonder Woman is drawn much more feminine that I expected, though she is in no way dainty or meek like a Victorian lady. I love how being a woman, being a girl, is not frowned upon here! Wonder Woman and the Amazons are women with purpose and are very much people to admire. They are not jaded and living their lives the way they do out of fear or anger toward men, but rather that they are embracing what it is to be a woman. I have seen Amazon-type stories completely ruined by making the women all victims acting out of vengeance or fear, but Wonder Woman is no wallowing victim! She is a woman to be respected and she shows this by the way she values herself and treats others with respect as well. (When it is due them, of course. If they don’t deserve respect she lays the painful smack down on them! Yes!)
The artwork is very pleasantly colorful, shifting from light settings to creepy dark settings as needed to very efficiently set the mood. It seems like all the characters are very, very flawless and beautiful for the most part, which is understandable sense they are all gods, mix breed gods, or people the gods are coveting/consorting with. I very much appreciate how the sad/crying/anger faces in this are also decent to look at and beautiful in their own pitiful way, unlike some comics which make their heroine a snotty pinch-faced ugly mess when they’re upset. *Cough* Catwoman New 52 Vol 1: The Game. *Cough*
The drawings are not super detailed on every page, meaning that the light and shadow are sometimes simply outlines rather than catering to every muscular curve and crevice of a body, but I like the affect it has, so it’s a good thing! The background in places also looks like it was hurriedly added in at the last minute as filler, but it wasn’t distracting. What WAS distracting was the way Strife was drawn. Maybe she’s supposed to look unnatural and like she just doesn’t belong, because she’s strife, after all, but that’s just what it looks like. Her character seems to float on the pages as if she was drawn by a completely different artist and just penciled in on top of the story. The way she stands sometimes, it’s clear in real life she should just tip over. There’re several panels of her walking through the forest at one point, and her arms and legs do NOT remind me of something walking, but rather she seems to be a manikin posed to pretend she’s moving. It’s a consistent thing throughout the comic that the way Strife is drawn is a tic distracting.
Something I really don’t like, though, is the way I see feet drawn in here from time to time. They do it nicely all the time, so I know the artist(s) know how to do it! Then out of nowhere they revert back to High School concept are and have these triangular cartoon feet that give the limbs a swollen allergy appearance. It’s just a pet peeve of mine, and I bet most people don’t even notice. I, on the other hand, am looking at this powerful image of Hera standing over a shamed worshiper, looking down at her disapprovingly in all her naked, confident queen-of-the-gods glory, and I scan down her lovely frame and cringe when I see those doofy feet they added at the end! *Miff* It doesn’t match the detail of the rest of the body art.
This New 52 comic has really wet my appetite to read much more Wonder Woman! I’ll be getting the next volumes as they come out, and at some point I may even start back tracking to the older comics to compare. I highly recommend it! I give Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood five hearts! You can click on the picture of Vol 1 up there and it will take you to the amazon link where you can buy your own copy! (Or you can just click here.)
Marvel Masterworks The Mighty Thor Vol: 1
With Thor being my favorite comic, I’m glad for the opportunity to go back and collect all the comics from the start with Marvel Masterworks. The first volume includes the Journey into Mystery comics where Thor first appeared as Dr. Donald Blake and then continues on, including all the comics he was in! There are also a handful of Odin-centered comics included in this collection. There are a LOT of Thor-related comics, though, so there are a whole bunch of Mighty Thor Masterworks volumes I don’t yet have.
The Masterworks books can be pretty expensive sometimes, but I got mine for a pretty good deal on amazon.com. They have new ones for under $15.00, last time I checked!
When reviewing this collection, I have to keep in consideration that these comics back in the 1960s were targeted towards kids.
Marvel uses the Journey into Mystery comic to try out new characters a lot and gauge the reaction to them before investing a lot of time on a stand alone comic, which is a really great way to do it! It seems to me that the Norse mythology and the conflicts that Thor finds himself in are not extensively researched at this point in Thor’s comic life beginnings, nor are his powers and weaknesses completely mapped out. For these reasons there is an overall feeling a lot of the time that they were struggling to come up with a new villain, and when they did Thor would suddenly have a weakness that wasn’t clear before, or the foe would suddenly have a super power that could counter Thor’s might. For example, Mister Hyde in issues #99 and #100 was boasted to have the strength of twelve men. Anyone familiar with Thor as the god we know him for now would laugh about such a puny adversary. I can see, though, how all these random powers and weaknesses, even though they can get really confusing, worked perfectly later on when they realized this comic was a keeper. They had to go back through these comics and make sure to permanently endow them all with these characteristics or explain why it is suddenly different. I think the labyrinth that was created here worked to the advantage once deeper mythological research was done, Asgard was brought to life in the comics, and all the other gods/monsters began to take on a comic book form out of the ashes of their dormant mythological state.
Perhaps I am wrong and this was all extensively researched right off the bat, but reading it I get the impression otherwise. Sometimes the conflicts seem to move along like two eight year old kids battling in the back yard. The first one says, “I attack with a blast of ice!” The other laughs and counters, “I use my fire shield and it bounces right off back at you! Now you are frozen!” The first kid hadn’t remembered anything about the second kid saying he had a fire shield, but he throws himself to the side anyway to avoid the blast and yells, “I use my super speed to dodge the blast!” The second kid is all like, “You don’t have super speed! But fine! I jump into my super car that can go faster than super speed!” This collection seems to move like that at times, but as I said before, I really think that works out for the best later on because once it’s in writing they have to get creative on how to elaborate or annihilate the reasons for it happening in the first place.
I have heard some people say that this collection is too simple and cheesy. Well, I ADORE these parts of the battles, and if you’re a true Thor fan I can’t see how you could not be eating up every page of this! Maybe Loki would be nice enough to turn the book into candy for you to make it more tasty just like he mischievously turned everything into candy in Journey Into Mystery #88: The Vengeance of Loki! He does that right before he just so happens to choose to stop a Russian nuclear bomb test that was meant to intimidate America. Perfect!
Loki was so crafty and definitely did not disappoint! So mischievous!!
Overall, the search for new bad guys is hit or miss at this point. The main villain throughout is Loki, whether he is directly facing off with Thor or if he is manipulating other villains to target Thor while he watches and laughs. This really helps develop Loki as the central, ultimate conflict in Thor’s life and helps to mold the hero into who he is, (and the other way around). Thor and Loki need each other to play off of in the Thor world, and I think that the time and intensity that goes into Loki from the start of these comics is one of the foundations that makes it so great. Loki does all he can to point out that Thor and the other gods are flawed, and I think people can identify better with flawed heroes. In the same sense, Loki really believes himself to be justified for the things he does. He isn’t some two dimensional passing villain that was tossed into the story only to be forgotten. It’s made clear even in these early comics that Loki is a central force that is vital to Thor’s entire world. Journey Into Mystery #88 is one of my favorite issues because it really shows Loki’s versatility. What does Loki choose to do once he has Thor incapacitated? Why, turn everything into candy to confuse people and then turn people into blank ‘nothings’ so they panic. He laughs at their terror, but states to himself that he’ll change them back in a moment. Then there’s the whole accidental hero thing he does when he stops the Russian nuclear bomb in the midst of his anarchy. Loki’s character development early on is one of the best moves I believe that Marvel (Stan Lee) ever made.
The artwork is basically what’s to be expected from classic 60s comic books. It’s colorful and fun, but not super detailed at all. Often times there isn’t even a background behind the characters at all. It is all in color. I had heard of another comic company reprinting their old issues in large tomes and making them black and white for no reason at all. I would’ve had a stroke had I opened this comic and found out I’d been cheated from the seeing the rainbow bridge in all it’s glory!
It’s hard for me to empathize with Donald Blake, Thor’s human counterpart who walks with a cane and has an eternal crush on his nurse, Jane, who he is too frightened to confess his feelings to early on in the story. Maybe it’s because in current times no one is calling someone half a man just because they walk with a limp. Maybe back in the 60s things were different and a secure job as a very sympathetic doctor who respects your female nurse was frowned upon if one of your legs didn’t work like normal.
Or maybe Jane’s weird attitude has something to do with it. She’s always thinking to herself that she knows Dr. Blake likes her and how she thinks he’s not much of a man because he won’t confess it. Of course he can read that on her face when he walks up to her and thinks about coming clean about his feelings. Then she does things like wish for Dr. Blake’s attention and then in the same breath leans on the desk and starts talking out loud to Dr. Blake about how manly and powerful Thor is. I’m sure he fills in the blanks of what she means. The worst part of that, the thing that irks me to death, is that Dr. Blake is really brave and pretty hardcore. For instance, they go to a warring foreign country to give medical aid to people that need it. They all get captured, but Dr Blake can’t turn into Thor without giving himself away, so he stands up to the rebels in his mortal form and challenges the leader to fight like a real man and let Jane go. I mean…that’s balls right there, and does Jane remember any of that later? No. All she remembers is how awesome Thor was and how much of a wimp Dr. Blake is for not confessing his love. See Jane. See Jane run from rebels. See Jane be a superficial prep. Later this romantic situation is complicated further when Odin forbids Thor to tell Jane who he really is and says he may not marry a mortal.
Now is where I need to remind myself that these comics used to be targeted towards kids. I notice that everyone states what they are doing in the pictures just to make absolute sure we’re understanding what we’re seeing, even when it’s super obvious! As a Thor-obsessed fan, I find that so charming, but I could see how it could drive others crazy. I found I can even read the comic out loud to Master Betty (my husband) and he can see what’s going on in his head just by the statements alone without even glancing over at the pictures. It gets pretty repetitive in places, though. I feel like this is what’s going on: Thor wants to throw his hammer, so he thinks to himself that he wants to throw his hammer. Then he throws it and states out loud, “Verily, I throw my hammer!” Then a bystander says, “Look! He’s throwing his hammer at the bad guy!” The hammer hits the bad guy, and sometimes there’s an editor’s note that says something like, “Editor’s note: Thor’s hammer is so heavy that no one can pick it up or stop it’s force once he throws it!” Then a bystander will say after the panel where it obviously knocks out the villain, “It knocked him out cold! That must be a super heavy hammer!” And…so you get the picture.
The villain and hero talk, though over the top, is very pleasing to me. One of my favorite comic conflict dialogues ever comes from Journey Into Mystery issue #97: The Mighty Thor Battles the Lava Man!
But suddenly, like a blazing streak of unchained fury, Thor, God of Thunder, leaps to the attack!
[Thor says] “Back, you demon from the nameless depths! The surface belongs to mankind, and Thor is their protector!”
[Lava Man counters] “Your words are as futile as your deeds, costumed one! The day of the humans is over! Do not prolong their agony!”
All in all, as an avid Thor fan, I give this volume a green heart, (which means if you’re already a fan and can’t get enough then this is perfect for you, especially as far as history/origins go and definitely worth the buy), and a three heart normal rating.
One last thing! Remember that picture I drew where I made Master Betty = Thor, and I was Loki and hiding behind him because our pet Turtle had turned into Turtle=Hulk and she was mad at me again? Yeah! That was fun. The end, lolz!