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.

Without further ado, here’s what I believe to be the ten best casting jobs in superhero movies so far: Continue reading


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 Z Fighters versus the X-Men

Posted in In This Corner with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Lots of cool concepts here. Lots of bad execution, too.The Z Fighters are uber powerful anime characters from the extremely long series Dragonball Z, while the X-Men are a group of mutant superheroes from the extremely large franchise of the same name. Since both teams have too many members for me to care to write about, the fight will be narrowed down between the following eight contestants:
Vegeta versus Wolverine (again…and this time I won’t cop out of it like I did last time)
Krillin versus Professor Xavier
Gohan versus Rogue
Goku versus Cyclops

The fight will follow the same rules as the Knights of the Dinner Table versus the Fantastic Four battle that I did some time ago.

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The Tyranny of Good

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah...these are the guys who want running the world.The greatest minds in the Marvel Universe are complete morons.

In 2005, Marvel ran a series of issues featuring the Illuminati, an elite group of superheroes who had banded together following an intergalactic war. They were to stay in the background, using their combined intellect and altruism to guide the world in the name of good. The problem was, unfortunately, that every one of these greatest minds was an immoral douchebag.

The Illuminati consisted of Black Bolt, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Mr. Fantastic, and Professor X. Let’s take a moment to review their respective accomplishments in the Marvel Universe. Continue reading