Saturday, August 30, 2014

Review of Superman 32-34 (Men of Tomorrow)

Jason Book from the Wrapped in Plastic podcast joins me to review the current Superman run (DC Comics, New 52) by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.

Johns does a solid job of bringing back Superman's cast of characters at the Daily Planet and effectively introducing a new character and new villain while giving us some action and building some intrigue for later. This was my introduction to Romita Jr's art and I wasn't sure about it at first glance, but it has really grown on me. You can hear us discuss how his art takes effect in the video. Overall, we are both enjoying the series quite a bit.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Reviews of Superman Wonder Woman 11 and Supergirl 34 (Doomed)

See my reviews of the latest installments in the Superman: Doomed comic book storyline. Superman Wonder Woman #11 (Soule, Silas)  is the third to last issue in Doomed.

Supergirl #34 (Bedard, Moline) is the second to last issue in Doomed. Both of them are primarily geared toward putting things in place and setting up the anticipation for the big finale of Superman: Doomed #2 on September 24. At that time, I'll also post a review of the story overall.

Doomed Covers

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Comic Haul for August 20 2014

I picked up Supergirl #34 (Bedard, Moline, Lupacchino), the next chapter in the Superman: Doomed storyline. I've been enjoying the ups and downs of Doomed and am curious about how they're going to wrap it all up in the next few weeks. Once Doomed #2 comes out, I'm going to post a review, so check back for that.
Supergirl 34

I also grabbed Batman #34 (Snyder, Scalera), which came out last week, because it's a one-shot story and a chance to pop in to see how the Snyder Batman run is going. I loved the first two volumes but haven't kept up with the stories since the Court of Owls, but this issue might get me back into the series.

Finally, in the mail today I was pleasantly surprised by some merchandise from Yeti Press. They're an independent comic publisher run by a friend of mine, formerly of Chicago, now out West. Be sure to check out their Pecos title if you like Westerns with wry humor and if you'd like to support independent comics.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ninja Turtle Reviews: Film and Comics

My reviews of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (Paramount, Nickelodeon) and the ongoing comic book series (IDW) are now posted on YouTube.

In summary, even with its flaws, I had a great time at the movies watching the new take on the turtles, and the comic series, with its new trade paperback "Northampton" (Vol. 8), continues to excel as the best take on the turtles in any medium! See the video reviews for details.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bruce Wayne's Age in Batman v Superman

The great folks over at have helped bring clarity to some differing rumors on Bruce Wayne's age in Batman v Superman. The first images I captured of Ben Affleck as Wayne garnered a lot of attention, largely because of the gray hair on his temples. Is he around 40, or perhaps in his 50s, having fought crime for nearly 30 years?


Executive Producer Michael Uslan seemed to confirm that Bruce Wayne is in his mid-40s. So we know he is quite experienced and tested, but he also should be in great shape for a 40-year old and still quite able-bodied. See the Asbury Park Press interview for more.

More footage of Bruce Wayne on the Detroit set (SPOILER)

After my luck on August 4th (see previous post), I returned to the Batman v Superman set in Detroit and got lucky a second time. On August 5th, I managed to be the only one with a video camera who captured Ben Affleck, again dressed as Bruce Wayne, rehearsing a shot in which he seems to rescue a little girl from the Metropolis wreckage.

Affleck is in the first run-through in the video below, and afterward his stunt double came in for the other takes. Other photographers were on the scene to capture the stunt double, but I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time to catch Affleck in action.

This footage also went viral, hitting 500,000 views in a few days. It was covered by Superman Homepage and many others.

First images of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne

While visiting family near Detroit last month, I was excited to stop by the Batman v Superman movie set. They had rented a skyscraper in Corktown, Detroit, and constructed a pavement crater and wreckage outside the building.

As luck would have it, I not only got to see the set but happened to get there during 1st unit filming. My family and I caught glimpses of Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck in his Bruce Wayne costume. I also managed to get some video footage of Ben Affleck next to a crumpled Metropolis City Bus. This turned out to be the first images of Affleck as Wayne and it went viral that week (August 4th).

The building is Wayne Financial, but the setting seems to be Metropolis. People on the comment boards are speculating that this might be wreckage from the Superman-Zod fight at the end of Man of Steel, but we're seeing where Bruce Wayne was at the time.

The footage was covered by Batman-News, Superman Homepage, AMC Movie Talk, and other news sites.