Brief Comic Updates.

I’ve really been behind my comic book reading as of late, (anywhere from 2-4 weeks per book title), but as a brief highlight I can give you my take in the following highlights:

  • Darkest Night cross overs happening with the Green Lantern family of books over at DC is much better than Final Crisis and Countdown combined.  Awesome artwork and a really grand and episodic format that weaves amongst all the books makes this the best thing DC has put out in a while.
  • What the hell is happening with Teen Titans?  Ever since Superboy died mid Identity crisis this book just can’t seem to find it’s footing or traction.  I’m giving up.  Too many roster changes and silly arcs to keep me going.
  • Same with Batman and the Outsiders….it just seems stalled….giving up for now.
  • Secret Six…A ‘B’ book which can easily be considered one of the better B books DC is putting out.  A lot of good stories, twisted and bizarre and good character development…of course courtesy of Gail Simone.
  • X-Force and Messiah War crossover – So far very good.  Artwork on X-Force shines, and nice solid story.  Too bad X-Men Legacy and Uncanny are suffering right now.
  • All Avengers books and Dark Reign ties in are really good.  I’m liking this better than Civil War.  Norman’s Dark Avengers is a fun read. 
  • Dare Devil always seems fresh, even though Kingpin is back yet again.
  • G.I. Joe from IDW…’meh’.  The origin one-shots and Cobra mini series is better than the core title.  The idea of Destro with little bots infiltrating the PITT for the first three episodes seems too campy and drawn out.  Where’s Cobra Commander already?
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Is this the face of the new Cobra Commander?

New Cobra Commander?

New Cobra Commander?

Uh, oh.  I am not one happy Joe.

In this preliminary image of the forth coming ‘Combat Heroes’ toy line from Hasbro that will tie into the new “G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra” movie due later this year, we get one of our first glimpses of the costume change up for Cobra Commander.

If you look closey at the picture above, note the 4th picture from the left, directly between Joe, ‘Heavy Duty’ and Cobra ninja ‘Storm Shadow’.  Yup, that a glimpse of the new mask and hint of color scheme and body armor for Cobra Commander.

I may reserve my judgement until I see the whole image, but I’m seriously having my doubts and my heart sank a little bit.  Now I heard the original stories that the film makers wanted to steer away from the Commanders original hood design, as it was ballied about as being too Ku Klux Klan like.  Personally, I never got that for the sheer fact that his hood was never pointed, was blue in color (not white) and had a red cobra emblem stitched on the front.

Cobra Commander in chrome

Cobra Commander in chrome

And what could be possibly wrong with his combat blue helmet and chrome, featureless faceplate.  That costume was iconic to anyone who grew up with Cobra in the 80’s and really lent to the air of mystery of the man behind the mask.

This new movie stylized incarnation looks like a cross between a hockey mask and *sigh*, dare I say, something that reminds me to Cobra-La?  The nostril slits, questionable holes, along with the segmented look and pastel purple body features has me squirming.

It’s bad enough Scarlett and some of the other Joe’s costumes look nothing like their 80’s versions, but I’ll admit that both Snake Eyes and positive changes with Storm Shadow look great. 

But in the end, Cobra Commander is an iconic character and very important to the Joe’s 80’s mythos and revival from the old 12″ figures of old.  To mess with him now can possibly really retract many’s opinions on him.  I’m curious to what long time scribe, Larry Hama thinks of these changes?

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If you’re a fan boy like me, then maybe you were the only one in the room with your die hard sports fans who got butterflies in their stomachs and a chill down their arms when they saw movie trailers for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (see clip here), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and finally Star Trek.

I know my own father had no clue why I was a giddy little school girl when I first saw the Joe trailer.  Those BATS looked awesome as they jumped through the crowded city streets, as did the underwater shot of all those mini subs headed for an undersea fortress.  The Baroness all clad in black leather, and the gleam of Snake Eyes sword.  Such a tease.  And am I wrong in thinking they pushed the movie back until August?  I could have sworn it was coming in May.

Star Trek was exciting as well.  Nothing that I hadn’t seen before in online trailers, but the action and scenes they highlight never seem to get old.  Zachary Quinto as Spock is just dead on, and he always looks so impressive in the ears.  I’m very excited for this as well.

And to finish out the trifecta of future Blue Ray titles I will someday get was the unexpected trailer of Transformers 2.  Of course I was thrilled and excited, but sometimes these trailers are so in your face and fast with so much going on, I could only steal a glimpse of a gigantic robot before I figured out what was going on.  No doubt I’ll have to watch this on the internet, frame by frame so I can digest and comprehend the randomly fast actioned packed images dancing before my eyes.

Oh, to be a kid of the 80’s again.

Big Bang Belt Buckles

Stylin' & Profilyn'

Stylin' & Profilyn'

I suppose I owe some credit to CBS’s sophomore comedy “The Big Bang Theory’ for my latest geeky pop-culture grab at youth.

Belt Buckles.

If you get the chance to ever watch this brilliantly funny show for all comic and sci-fi fanboys, the character Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) sports some interesting attire (as does Sheldon…love his T’s).  In addition to his regular clothing, if you pay attention to his accessories, you’ll note that he has quite a variety of superhero belt buckles, generally DC based.

The more and more I watch this show I noticed that I am becoming enamored with the belt buckles, and thus decided I needed to buy me some.

Amongst one of my favorite 80’s properties, G.I. Joe, I discovered a sweet looking Cobra emblem buckle on a black background.  I was more surprised to find many on line stores that sell novelty buckles were currently out-of-stock on this item, so I paid a premium of $18 for this gem (cheapest I found was $14.99).

The other one I purchased was also directly from the show, the metallic and stylized ‘S’ from Superman Returns.  I was also surprised to find how many Superman belt buckles there actually are, and it was hard to remain with my original choice but I did. 

Cobra!!

Cobra!!

I purchased them both from styleonline.com who have quite a few fanboy properties to choose apparel and accessories from.  They probably have the biggest selection I’ve come across so far, but they kill you on the shipping.  I was a little bummed to discover that the cheapest method on two belt buckles was going to be $9.  I don’t understand that seeing that Amazon can ship for free on anything over $25, and other stores shipping are 1/2 that.  Oh well….Anyway, I can’t wait to sport my new buckles at work and around the neighborhood.  I’m sure my wife will raise her eyebrows and shake her head, but who cares…..she watches The Real Housewives of O.C., so she has no room to talk.

Comics: G.I. Joe #0 (IDW)

Joe #0, Cvr A

Joe #0, Cvr A

Oh, boy.  Oh, boy.  Was I ever excited to walk into my local comic book store yesterday and pick up the teaser issue for the new G.I. Joe imprint from IDW Publishing.  There are two covers for issue #0: cover A and cover B.  Of course, for just $1 each, I picked them both up.

Issue #0 can be best described as a preview or introductory issue of things to come in a newly re-vamped G.I.Joe universe.  One thing you’ll note from the start is that classis Joe scribe from the original 1980’s Marvel version, Larry Hama is back.  He is re-envisioning the Joe universe into contemporary times and while it’s a fresh take on most of the character we all grew up with, he promises to add a few new ones in due time as well.  The biggest teaser Larry Hama indicated in a brief interview at the back of the issue was that he is creating a new bad guy that will even give Destro and Cobra Commander a run for their money.

It’s also promising to see a return, although again an updated look to their classic costumes.  While Devil’s Due did a makeover on some of the characters that were positive (Cobra Commander for one), other Joe’s looks took off in a completely other direction.  And clearly, there doesn’t seem much influence from the upcoming movie (2009) incorporated in their duds either.

But I was also happy to learn, there just won’t be one Joe title, but three.  One of them, G.I.Joe: Cobra will only be a 4 issue series however, but we’ll get to see things from the viewpoint of our favorite terrorist organization. 

Oh and Hama reports there will be no Cobra-La either.

Anyway, there are three seperate sneak previews contained within the issue…just enought to get you excited and the characters are pretty reconizable, although they’re all Joe’s…no Cobra’s.

I got the impression that the Devil’s Due run, especially the last 12 part arc ‘World War III’ will be ignored (thank God, as the series ended horribly) as this is a re-imagining of the franchise.  There were hints dropped that the Joe’s are just forming and just learning of Cobra.  To be honest, I am not exactly sure how I feel about that as there is some classic history and lore that I just won’t be able to dismiss that came out of the 80’s, and ever some decent arcs from Devil’s Due as well.

But all in all, the Joe franchise is back and I couldn’t be more excited.

G.I. Joe movie update (part I)

Cobra Commander

Cobra Commander

The following excerpt was taken from a recent interview with Joseph Gordon Levitt (who plays Cobra Commander) with MTV news:

At this point, we have seen a shot of just about every character from the upcoming “GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” except for Cobra Commander himself, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In a recent interview, Joseph revealed that he does wear a mask and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura later added that it wouldn’t be the classic hood.

The cool thing about my character was that it’s not that digital,” Gordon-Levitt told MTV News. “I get to put hours of prosthetic makeup on and see a different creature altogether. I’ve seen how he looks and it’s really cool.

Di Bonaventura earlier stated that the film will tell the origin of a “very twisted” Cobra Commander and that Gordon-Levitt will provide his own take on the character’s famous high-pitched voice from the 80’s animated series.

I love that voice [from the cartoon],” enthused Gordon-Levitt. “Chris Latta is a fantastic voiceover artist, but if you did that exact voice it would sound ridiculous in a live-action movie. I guess it’s half Chris Latta and half me.

He added that it’s not only the voice that will sound unfamiliar to the fans. “Everything is different. I think it maintains the spirit of it and all the fun, but it brings the character into three dimensions,” said Gordon-Levitt. “It wouldn’t look good if you did an exact replica of the cartoon. You wouldn’t want me wearing a skin-tight bright-blue dictator’s uniform. It would look silly.

Kablams thoughts: While I’ve always like Joseph in ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact he’s playing Cobra Commander.  I expected a somewhat older and more established actor who embodies both sinister and meglomaniac tendencies.  I may well indeed be proved wrong.  I never thought anyone could top Jack Nicholson as the Joker, and then when I saw Heath Ledger’s portrayal in The Dark Knight, I accepted it.  Too bad Gary Oldman isn’t a few years younger…

 

I am a bit worried that they are discussing a lot of prosthetics for Cobra Commander…are they thinking Cobra-La origin here where he really does have reptillian features?  God, I hope not.  I’m glad they are keeping the voice somewhat similar to the cartoon version.  But I am disapointed with the departure of the traditional costume.  The uniform of Cobra Commander is iconic to any kid who grew up in the 80’s and lived for G.I. Joe.  From the costumes I have seen so far, perhaps only those of Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow pay somewhat of an homage to their 3.75″ counterparts.  The rest of the Joes costumes look very generic as of now and the rumored idea that G.I. Joe stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity is bad enough for this purist.  I just want ‘A Real American Hero.’

Tell me your thoughts on the rumored costume and who’d you pick to play the Commander in the film.

Transformers: Concept C7 Corvette

More than meets the eye

More than meets the eye

Rumor has it that the new GM concept Corvette, the C7 will debut on the silver screen in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen due out sometime next summer, with the car itself possibly hitting show room floor that September (2009).

Personally, I do think it looks like a pretty cool car, and my early money is that this will most likely be a Decepticon but which one, I have no idea.  Bad ass cars, usually of black and silver design with sleek lines usually go to the bad guys.  The bad news is I hear there will be no Megatron in the sequel which is a bummer to me as there are only two other viable Decepticons, but still can’t hold a candle to Megatron: Starscream and Soundwave, and neither of those were a car.

It appears Shia LeBeouf also re cently hurt his hand so some of his scenes will be postponed upwards of four weeks while they adjust the schedule to film around his injuries until he is better.

Sadly, no new news on my other favorite Hasbro franchise turned movie: G.I. Joe.  I’ve been scouring the net for any news or leaked images for Cobra Commander, but have come up with squat (so if you guys come up with any, please send them my way).  I’ve seen the pics for Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and The Baroness and I approve.  However, and this is a big HOWEVER, I am not so keen on the Joe’s black leather clad uniforms. 

What made G.I. Joe so ‘fantastical’ was their unique fatigues, outfits, and costumes that the Joe’s would wear.  In the movie adaptation, they look more like the X-Men movie leather uniforms.  While it worked for Charles Xavier’s mutants in the movies, it really diminishes from the characterizations that made these 3.75″ plastic action figures so fun when I was growing up.  Now they just look like any other black-clad action team.  I dunno, I’m just getting really scared about this.  The Cobra Commander outfit better make up for it and stay close to its comic book roots.