Archive for X-Men

The Most Perfect Superhero Film Casting Jobs (so far)

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2015 by Charlie Brooks

Iron Man and the AvengersSuperhero movies vary from extremely faithful adaptations to the realm of, “Why bother calling that giant cloud Galactus in the first place?” Similarly, casting our favorite superheroes has been a grab-bag of terrible choices, ideas that seemed bad originally but turned into pleasant surprises, and actors that so perfectly fit into their roles that it’s hard to imagine anybody else taking their place.

The list below deals with the latter, focusing on ten perfect casting choices in superhero movies. These are all obviously in my opinion, and they focus around actors that so thoroughly nailed their role that they wound up defining how the general public sees those characters. Those criteria do leave some great performances off the list, such as Adam West’s Batman or Heath Ledger’s Joker, since those characters have so many different interpretations that it’s hard to embrace just one.

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4 Reasons I don’t get the X-Men

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags on May 9, 2013 by Charlie Brooks

There are too fucking many of you.In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a bit of a comic book fan, particularly when it comes to superhero comics. One franchise that has never quite clicked with me, though, is the X-Men. I loved the 90s TV series and enjoy two and a half of the movies, but beyond that I’ve never really gotten into the franchise. Am I mutant-phobic? Does Wolverine origin as a Hulk villain leave me naturally predisposed against them? Or does the franchise have some serious flaws that keep people like me away? Here are the main reasons I just don’t get the X-Men.

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Review Roundup: Hulk versus the X-Men

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , on January 8, 2012 by Charlie Brooks

World War Hulk: X-Men #1I’ve only got one review up on CMRO this week, but at least it’s a decent comic this time. For those who thought that World War Hulk should be about the Hulk smashing some things, here’s the Hulk beating up on the X-Men. All the X-Men.

World War Hulk: X-Men #1

In non-review news, my short story “My Fair Lady” will be popping up in character i. Stay tuned!

Crowning Moments of Fatherhood

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Bruce Banner and favorite father-son duo in comics.Superhero comics are filled with daddy issues. Be it parents who have died as part of a character’s origin story, abusive stepfathers, or children who are somehow their own father, a lot of superhero comics place focus on the importance of father figures. Here’s my list of the most awesome and heartwarming father-child moments in superhero comics. All of these moments, of course, get the asterisk next to them that good parenting in comic-land is vastly different than good parenting in the real world. For example, Batman serves as a father figure to Robin, but in real life he’d be considered a monster for putting a child in harm’s way every night. So, placing on our reality-altering filters that allow spandex-clad vigilantes to be considered responsible figures, let’s dive into the list.

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Crowning Deaths of Awesome and Sadness

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah, Superman is on the list.Comic book deaths are a punchline these days. A few years ago when Captain America died, no one expected the death to last more than two years, even though Marvel swore up and down that it would stick (sort of like how Spider-Man unmasking during Civil War was supposed to stick and not get retconned away thanks to a deal with the Devil). Despite the fact that a comic book death currently translates into little more than a cheap sales gimmick, there have still been some really good ones over the years. Even if they didn’t stick, they were chilling, touching, or otherwise hugely influential. What follows is my totally biased opinion of the best deaths comics has had to offer.

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The Biggest Damned Fight Ever: Rounds 71-80

Posted in In This Corner with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Bruce is gaining confidence as he approaches the finish line.Round Seventy-One: A Slinky
Still in the process of relaxing, Bruce brings out his favorite toy, a slinky, and starts playing with it. He has it walk down stairs and such, and derives some inexplicable childhood joy out of it like any red-blooded American would. But this is no ordinary slinky. This slinky has been possessed by pure evil and is out to break Bruce’s mind. First it causes him mental anguish by falling down and causing its coils to get twisted into one another. After hours of painstaking work untwisting the slinky, Bruce sits in an easy chair and takes a break. That’s when the slinky strikes. It leaps at Bruce, trying to cut him with its sharp metal edges and working its way around his neck like a boa constrictor. Bruce is stunned by the attack but fights back, slowly stretching the slinky out as the battle reaches its height. Finally, Bruce manages to straighten the slinky with one mighty pull. With its coils gone, the slinky is left powerless. Dismayed at the loss of his toy, Bruce throws the piece of wire into an incinerator. He then looks to another form of relaxation, his old NES… Round Seventy-One goes to Bruce Campbell.

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The Biggest Damned Fight Ever: Rounds 61-70

Posted in In This Corner with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Refreshed and ready to continue kicking ass.Round Sixty-One: Shirley Temple
Seeking to end Bruce Campbell’s rampage, his enemies send out their secret weapon: a cloned version of a young Shirley Temple. They figure that Bruce will die of cuteness exposure given enough of the young blonde’s singing and dancing. However, Bruce is in the midst of the Biggest Damned Fight Ever and is not about to pause for entertainment now. He walks right by Shirley Temple without giving her a second look. This causes her to try harder to gain his attention, tapdancing more and more ferociously. Bruce continues to ignore her, and Shirley Temple sits and pouts. However, since neither side actually started fighting, we’ll have to move on to another round and decide the outcome of this one later. Round Sixty-One has yet to be decided.

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