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Comic Review: Tony Stark Iron Man #1

 

APR180665_1024x1024Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 (Marvel Comics)

He's been dead, then an AI program, but now Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man is back in the land of the living, and that mean's it's time for a brand new #1 issue! Yes, Tony Stark: Invincible Iron Man is another part of the Marvel “Fresh Start” initiative, but with Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti on the writing and art duties, the time is right for the Iron Avenger to make a new lease on life, and with an opening issue like this one, we're in good hands.

From the opening pages, it's clear that Tony Stark:Iron Man is going to be a fun book. Presented from the eyes of a new member of Stark's "Stark Unlimited" crew, we're introduced to all kinds of things that we expect from an Iron Man series: new armor, insane technology, and of course, action, this time in the form of Fin Fang Foom, who emerges from the coast of New York City and starts attacking everyone and everything around him. But Tony Stark knows something is up, because Foom is being uncharacteristically quiet. But who, or what, could have gotten control of someone so large?

The answer to that mystery is one that Slott provides at the end of the issue, and if this series ends up being anything like his Amazing Spider-Man run, we know that it'll be setting the stage for stories for years to come (provided Slott stays on that long). Those worried about jumping into this issue cold will have no problems at all, as Slott sums up everything that's happened in Tony's life in a succinct and hilarious way, and his voice for Tony is eerily similar to his big screen counterpart. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I hear some of these lines from Robert Downey Jr in the next Avengers film, it's that good.

Valerio Schiti's art can be pretty hit or miss with me, but I'm happy to report that it looks pretty solid here. His Iron Man armor designs are extremely varied and impressive, and there's a lot of detail to his facial expressions that aren't typically seen in his work. He also has a great sense of action with the Fin Fang Foom scenes, giving them a great sense of epic scale. I was initially hesitant about Schiti being on this series but I'm happy to report that he's actually a pretty great fit for this new start.

It's good to see Tony Stark back in the suit, and that Slott can stretch his wings and invigorate another Marvel mainstay. While his movies may be huge successes, that's never translated to a really great series (Matt Fraction's run being the exception). But, with Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti behind the armor, it looks like the Iron Avenger is in good hands again.

Comic Review: Lost City Explorers #1

Lost City Explorers #1 (Aftershock Comics) index

A modern spin on the lost city of Atlantis, Lost City Explorers is yet another title in Aftershock Comics' long list of series. They've certainly become a pretty major force in the comic book publishing field, but unfortunately the Zack Kaplan and Alvaro Sarraseca debut issue, while having some interesting parts, doesn't have much to make it truly stand out.

After her father goes missing, Hel is approached by his assistant to help track him down. Even though he's dead, the assistant doesn't believe that he's gone, even though everyone else involved in the secret project he was working on believes he's dead. With the mysterious company that backed his research haunting her at every turn, Hel is shocked to find out just what her father was researching: the lost city of Atlantis, where he just may be residing in.

This modern day take on the search for Atlantis is pretty interesting, but this opening issue barely touches on any aspect of that. Instead, Zack Kaplan focuses more on introducing us to Hel and her family, which is fine, we need a character to be interested in, of course, but by the time the Atlantis angle o the story is introduced, the book is already over. I get why we spend so much time with Hel and her family, but at the same time, there's not anything about her story that I found interesting enough to keep me coming back.

Alvaro Saraseca's art is a good fit for the series, and he's able to handle the smaller emotional moments of the issue pretty well. His character designs and panel layouts are all effective, but it remains to be seen how he'll handle the more fantastical elements of this story, provided that there are any, of course.

Not every comic that comes out can be one that I want to follow, but I'm sure that this book will find a following with some people. There's plenty of comics out there that I'm not into that people love, so hopefully Lost City Explorers will end up being that book for you. For me though, this opening issue was enough.

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Waugh's Bag, Volume 7, Issue 24!

 

Waugh's Bag

Volume Seven, Issue Twenty-Four!

“Warner Bros' Infinite Crisis”

 

It's no big revelation to say that Warner Bros' slate of films based on the world of DC Comics are in a weird spot. After the muted response to Justice League, news of any film connected to the DCEU has become so scattershot that it would make anyone's head spin. Sure, Wonder Woman's sequel and James Wan's Aquaman are coming down the line (and both look pretty cool), but then there's also the currently filming Shazam, Ava Duvernay's New Gods film, a Batgirl movie, a Nightwing movie, Matt Reeves' untitled (and possibly unAfflecked) Batman film, and not one, but three films put into development starring the clown prince of the crime himself, The Joker.

 

Yet I get the sense that not all of these films are actually going to get pretty far in the long run. In fact, since AT&T just recently purchased Time Warner, I'd go so far as to say that these announcements were made just to showcase that Warner Bros was a viable purchase for AT&T. Now that the deal is done, I don't see a lot of forward momentum for these movies, mainly because many of them seem like an awkward place to start in the first place.

 

Let's use The Joker movies as an example. Last year it was announced that Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese were going to work together on an 80's set origin movie for the Joker. Joker not needing an origin aside, we were told that it would take place outside of the DC film universe, which again, a weird choice since that universe was only three movies old by that point, but sure, why not. A short while later, the studio announced that they were also going to be making a Harley Quinn Suicide Squad spin off movie. Makes sense, since she was the breakout character of the film. Initially pitched as a Gotham City Sirens type film that would feature Catwoman and Poison Ivy, it then morphed into a Harley AND Joker movie that would star Jared Leto's Joker as well. AND THEN a week ago, Warner Bros announced a Jared Leto solo Joker movie.

 

Confused yet? I'm sure you're not the only one. It's these kinds of decisions that make you wonder what exactly is going on over at DC Films and Warner Bros. While Suicide Squad certainly made money, the reaction to Leto's Joker certainly wasn't met with overwhelming acclaim, with many people citing his small performance being one of the worst things about the film. So WB's solution? Give him an entire movie! It's a move that honestly feels less like an actual filmmaking decision and more like one to keep one of their stars happy so they don't have to recast him in the future.

 

With a new president leading the studio now, it's his job to sort through the many announcements that WB has made and figure out just what ones should actually be put into cinemas, which I'm sure is no easy task. But it needs to be done, or else that “superhero fatigue” we hear about every time a bunch of superhero movies are being released in a calendar year could become a very real thing. Here's hoping they get their act together, because Justice League shows that audiences were starting to tire of their decisions.

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