Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Madam Fatal: The Movie

In 2009 I wrote about the old Quality Comics character Madam Fatal. I argued that the original premise of Madam Fatal (a man dresses as a little old lady in order to fight crime and find his kidnapped daughter) would make a fantastic movie. I still believe this! Just imagine, it's May 1941, exactly a year after Madam Fatal debuted in Crack Comics #1. A new film starring Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney hits the movie theatres!

Madam Fatal appeared most recently in James Robinson's The Shade #4 (2012). I urge you to buy it!

(Also, check out my poster for a 1960s Green Lantern film starring Warren Beatty and Christopher Lee here!)

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Just Imagine... that DC Comics predicted the New 52 in 1976!

I thought I'd use Photoshop to make the cover of Superman #300 (1976) look like it depicted the DCNu Superman costume. Don't ask me why.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Sneering at Super-Hero Comics; It's Not Big and It's Not Clever!

UPDATE: It's been a few years since I wrote this and I think I was being overly harsh to Max Landis.  View my more recent thoughts here. 

"Look, Elijah Wood's in it, it must be hilarious HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Max Landis, writer of the upcoming movie Chronicle, has made a new film about the '90s DC Comics storyline The Death and Return of Superman. Everyone on the internet seems to find it hilarious. Personally I found it tedious and annoying and could only manage to watch about half of it. It seemed to have nothing unique or particularly funny to say. The only thing that seems to differentiate it from about a million blogs and message board posts was the fact that a few celebrities were involved. The film spoke in the same supercilious and sneering tone as every other git with an internet connection who decides to take cheap, obvious digs at bits of pop culture in a misguided attempt to appear clever.

This film really touched a nerve with me. When did we all become Beavis and Butthead? Doesn't anyone actually enjoy pop culture any more? I've got nothing against taking the piss, but it's the sneering I can't stand. Taking something inherently a bit silly, like super-hero comics, and pointing out it's silliness in a sarcastic manner does not make you a genius! It makes you an arrogant twat. By all means criticise. By all means highlight where you feel the genre can be improved. By all means laugh with, or even at the silliness of the genre. But don't make out that you're somehow superior to everyone because you've noticed some plot-holes in a story about two flying men punching the crap out of each other.

Seriously internet people, it's getting tiresome. Mainstream comics can be silly, lazy, and rife with desperate ploys for cash, we get it. But sneering at something that's designed to be fun doesn't make you clever or funny, it makes you look like a bell-end. If you don't get any genuine, pure, joy from the genre any more then, quite frankly, fuck off and sneer at something else.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Before Watchmen: My Tuppence Worth

Today DC Comics announced their new series of Watchmen prequels, Before Watchmen. It's hard to get too excited about them. Watchmen is a perfectly complete story in it's own right. Everything that needs to be said about those characters and that world is said in the original story. Anything else would be fan-wank. Creatively speaking I don't believe there's a need for these prequels but that doesn't mean I'm against them.

These prequels will give DC Comics some mainstream press coverage and (who knows) maybe some curious noses through the doors of comic shops, which is good for everybody. Also, while Alan Moore is against the prequels, the other half of the original creative team, Dave Gibbons doesn't mind, and his opinion counts too. And DC haven't done this half arsed, they've put one hell of a good creative team on board. As I said, it's hard to get too excited about all this but I'm a little tempted by Darwyn Cooke's Minutemen. It'll be fan-wank, but fan-wank can still be entertaining. It's just a shame that DC aren't getting mainstream press coverage and new fans from something as new and original as Watchmen was all those years ago.

I'll leave you with what immediately popped into my head the minute I saw Andy and Joe Kubert's image from their Nite Owl mini-series.