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Hello again! I am back, Roman, your comic book guide to the stars. We haven't spoken since Watchmen and I have to say that it's certainly good to be back again in time for the summer. In this latest installment of Suggested Reading, we'll be looking back at the world's favorite X-Men - Wolverine. That name is synonymous with the X-Men. He is getting to be as recognizable as Superman or Spider-Man. People who have never read an X-Men comic can tell you who Wolverine is. There are a lot of layers to the old man, and we're going to touch on a few today, but first I'll tell you about my love for this savage, yet noble character.
Well guys, it's upon us. We are just days away from seeing the most celebrated graphic novel of all time, Watchmen, come to life on the big screen. Many of us have been waiting for this moment for years. They said it couldn't be adapted. That it was the impossible comic book movie to bring to theaters and we all believed that. I have a friend who just started reading it, and two issues in he wondered, "How are they going to make this into a movie?" I told him, "It looks like Zack Snyder found a way." I keep getting asked why this film is such a big deal, so I'm going to take you on a little journey of what Watchmen means to me.
Hello again from the world of comic books and comic book movies. It is I, Roman Chavez, your comic book guide to the stars. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Today we're look at the latest comic-to-film adaptation, Will Eisner's The Spirit. Now, I'm not going to lie to you. I do not have a huge wealth of knowledge on this particular character or series. However, I have read some of the past publications and a bit of the modern stuff. Some of the old timers that first got me into comic books have talked to me about The Spirit for years, so I got the gist of it. What I can tell you is that I was in San Diego this past summer for Comic-Con and saw a lot of footage for the film and was witness to the panel with Frank Miller and crew.
Hello again comic book fans and cinephiles! It's Roman, your comic book guide to the stars, back again for the holiday season. We've had a bit of a slump in the comic book movie genre, but with a full stomach and a season's greeting, I hope to lead us back home. And what better way to start off the Christmas month than with a bit of bloodshed - Punisher: War Zone! I am with you all. I too have this nagging feeling towards this movie. Marvel puts out two really kick ass movies this summer and then the Punisher: War Zone trailer rears its ugly head. I want it to be awesome, but can't ignore its seemingly numerous flaws.
Anticipation was only at about medium last week during Lionsgate's panel for The Spirit at the San Diego Comic-Con. Most people really didn't know what to expect. As for me, I found myself unimpressed with the first teaser trailer from a few months back and really needed some reassurance on it, especially from the film's writer and director Frank Miller. While Alex already live blogged the entire panel as it took place on Friday, I thought I'd recap all that took place and give my own opinion on Frank Miller's solo directorial debut. Although I wasn't exactly excited before I arrived at Comic-Con, Frank Miller's presentation has instilled just a bit more confidence in me. I truly hope it delivers!
Earlier today we attended the panel for the upcoming Red Sonja movie, scheduled for a fourth quarter release in 2009, with producer Robert Rodriguez, director Doug Aarniokoski and star Rose McGowan. This was my first ever movie panel at Comic-Con and it truly was exciting. Rodriguez was very entertaining and full of fun comments, some of which you can hear below. McGowan looked amazing and had a very humble feel to her. And director Aarniokoski just seemed real happy to be there. You're probably already familiar with this adaptation of Robert E. Howard's classic work, as it was just announced about a month ago and we published some news about it earlier today. Included below are a few of the details and updates that Rodriguez and company brought about our favorite "she-devil with a sword."
"I am vengeance, I am the night, I am Batman!" As a kid, those words sent chills up and down my spine. They are from Batman: The Animated Series, and so began my love for Batman. There is literally no hero that can compare to Batman. He is respected, but feared. Loved and hated. More than that, he is truly what goes bump in the night - a modern day boogieman for mobsters, thieves and murderers. It may be a little cheesy, but I'd like to walk you through some of my favorite Batman moments growing up before we look at some of the best Batman comics. From the cartoon to comics, to the much anticipated film The Dark Knight, I want to share with you why it is that I love Batman so much.
Born of fire, a boy falls to Earth. His right hand large and stone-like. Anung un Rama. It is said that his arrival signals the end of the world. Well… not on his watch! Hellboy is a great character to read about accompanied by an amazing cast of teammates at the B.P.R.D (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). He looks like a big red ape, smokes cigars, has a huge stone hand and wields a big ass gun called the Samaritan made from melted down church bells and fragments of the True Cross. Hellboy just rocks!
We all know the Supermans and the Spider-Mans of the world, but how often do we get a completely fresh superhero idea? Not as often as you think. The market is pretty much tapped out. I believe that Hancock will reintroduce the superhero genre back to the public who may have some reservations about superhero-related material. I know I've had my dreams crushed by a few superhero movies and it took even me a while to bounce back. I watch them all even if I think it may ruin a character for me. I'm a fan, what can I say? Let's break Hancock down this week and even throw in some great indie comic suggestions.
Super heroes. Super villains. The never-ending struggle. But what if that battle could end? The world would rejoice. No more bad guys endangering the innocent. People could walk the streets feeling safe, just enjoying life. But who's to say the heroes would win that fight? We always just assume that good prevails over evil. What would happen if the final battle was waged and the villains came out on top? Wanted answers that question. Published by Top Cow Productions, Wanted is a vision of a world where the big fight happened and the bad guys won. Not only do they win, but they either kill or horribly defeat the heroes and remake the world to their (The Fraternity's) specifications. And that's not even giving away the plot.
I believe it's safe to say that the majority of us thoroughly enjoyed Iron Man. I felt that it was a fanboy treat. We saw Robert Downey Jr. give an amazing performance as the booze drinking, lady-loving Tony Stark. Terrance Howard made a good James Rhodes, hell we even got to see Harold "Happy" Hogan (Tony Stark's head of security) played by director Jon Favreau himself. There were nods to War Machine and a very possible Avengers movie in the making. I say "possible" because, as you know, we as fans have been given hope in the past about comic book movies that we want to see and it just never happened. I have very little doubt that an Avengers movie will not be made, but I will hold my excitement until I get a teaser. With that, let's take a look at what I think would be the perfect series of upcoming comic book movies.
Suggested Reading is a new column written by our comic book expert Roman Chavez that provides suggestions for comics to read in relation to upcoming comic book based movies. We hope you find this is a worthwhile addition to our regular fare.
All right, here I am, back again! Roman, your comic book guide to the stars. I got a little flack for my Iron Man comic book suggestions, and that's great! I’m trying to get people to look into more comics, and everyone who left comments both positive and negative had some good ideas. Think of this column as more of a suggested reading section, not required. This week we're going to look at Louis Leterrier's Incredible Hulk and in honor of its release I've listed some of the best Hulk stories to read.