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Superhero Makeovers: Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern

Posted in Comic Books, Rants, Superhero Makeovers with tags , , , , , , on February 16, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

I've got a man-crush on Hal Jordan.In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might beware my power…Green Lantern’s light!”

Next to the Incredible Hulk, Hal Jordan is my favorite superhero. As a kid, I liked him because he had the coolest costume and the coolest superpower. As an adult, I like him because he’s fearless and heroic but also a believably flawed character. He doesn’t have a huge defining character flaw, but is rather just kind of a hard-head and a tool sometimes. I can sympathize with a character who is kind of a jerk at times but who has a good heart and will do the right thing when the chips are down. I don’t really know of too many other characters in comics who are believably flawed like that. Arguably, there’s Guy Gardner, another Green Lantern, and over in Marvel there’s Hank Pym, who is like that but veers more toward overt mental illness at times. But overall Hal Jordan is a strong enough and believable character that he’s managed to cross over the nostalgia filter and move from my childhood hero to my second favorite superhero ever.

The journey hasn’t been easy for Hal, though. While he might not have changed powers or costumes all that much, he was victim to one of the biggest cases of character derailment in comics, and it took him a full decade to recover from it. So let’s take a look at the history of Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern, as he went from hero to psychopath to hero once again. Continue reading

Superhero Makeovers: Wonder Woman, part two

Posted in Comic Books, Rants, Superhero Makeovers with tags , on February 10, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Wonder Woman prepares for battle with the 90s.

Through the 1980s, Wonder Woman changed a lot due largely to editorial laziness and inconsistent writing. People just couldn’t be bothered to try and keep her consistent from one issue to another up until Perez’s post-Crisis reboot. Going into the 90s, though, Wonder Woman changed even more, not due (entirely) to creator laziness but rather due to attempts to repeatedly market her or reinvent her for a changing crowd.

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Superhero Makeovers: Wonder Woman, part one

Posted in Comic Books, Rants, Superhero Makeovers with tags , on February 9, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

In her satin tights, fighting for her rights...“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.”

Okay, here we go. I’ve done my research and taken the psychotropic drugs necessary for me to understand Wonder Woman’s history.

Wonder Woman has changed a lot in both powers and looks in her 70 years of existence. Even today, in an era where creators try to keep continuity more or less consistent, she changes radically from writer to writer. So let’s look at the greatest of the female superheroes, her origins, and the changes she’s been through over the years.

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Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , on February 2, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Proof that there need not be only one when it comes to good Highlander films.There is one more.

Twenty-one years after the original Highlander showed off potential that would never be fully realized, a decade after the TV series had hit the skids, I watched the Russian version of Highlander: The Source and completely gave up on this franchise. Then, in the midst of my throes of agony, someone tipped me off as to the existence of an anime called Highlander: The Search for Vengeance.

This movie has all the elements that make up a bad Highlander film. A post-apocalyptic future. Magic. Ghosts. But you know what? It is awesome.

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Highlander: The Source, part two

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on January 27, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Adrian Paul looks so pissed off to be in this movie.Picking up from where we left off last time

After forcibly kidnapping Duncan, Joe reveals two facts. First, the Watcher organization no longer exists. Wait, what?! Second, Methos and the other remaining immortals are looking for the Source, and Duncan is required to come along because Anna is joining up with them. Wait, what?!

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Highlander: The Source, part one

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , on January 27, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Oh God. This exists.Highlander: The Source is the suckiest thing that ever sucked.

Believe it or not, it is worse than Highlander II. It has worse characterization than Highlander: Endgame. It was intended to be the first part of a trilogy of films, but instead stands as one final middle finger to fans. It systematically goes through everything that is iconic about the Highlander franchise and destroys it.

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Highlander: Endgame, part three

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 22, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yes, I'm still complaining.Okay, I’ve recovered from my near-psychotic break from the first half of this movie, and I’m ready to finish it off.

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Highlander: Endgame, part two

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 22, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah...I'm depressed too, Connor.Now that I’ve gone over all the behind the scenes crap that Highlander: Endgame went through, it’s time to dig into the movie itself. But first, I’m going to mention something positive: I like the opening. It follows along with the first Highlander movie in providing just text narrated by one of the main characters – in this case, Christopher Lambert as Connor.

In the days before memory, there were the immortals. We were with you then, and we are with you now. We are driven by the endless fight to survive in a game which knows no limit of time or place. We are the seeds of legend, but our true origins are unknown. We simply are.

That’s some pretty good stuff, focusing on the immortals as beings of magic and legend who have followed humanity through the ages. The last bit is admittedly a little out of place in this movie, which never touches on the origins of immortals. It would probably fit better in a film that tried to explore the source of immortality

Did somebody say The Source?

Did somebody say The Source?

No! Go away! You don’t exist yet!

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Highlander: Endgame, part one

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 22, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

This poster once seemed so awesome.I hate Highlander: Endgame. I don’t hate it because it’s a bad movie – it is, but not the worst film in the franchise. No, I hate this movie because it stinks of lies.

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Highlander: The Series, seasons five and six

Posted in Film, Rants with tags , , , on January 8, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

The Four Horsemen, key villains in season five.One thing I forgot to mention last rant was that Adrian Paul took over as the director for a couple of episodes in season four (“Homeland” and “Methuselah’s Gift”), and he also got behind the camera for two episodes in the fifth season (“Revelation 6:8″ and “The Modern Prometheus”). Probably not coincidentally, three of the four episodes he directed are among the best in the series. Again, Adrian Paul isn’t a terribly great actor, but his contributions made Highlander: The Series the success it was. Unfortunately, as he lost interest in the series, the show also went downhill.

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