December 25, 2008 |
Hard-boiled and half-baked, The Spirit mashes vintage comic strips with new-fangled CGI, sucking the very life out of a mid-century pop icon in the process. Frank Miller, who began his career as an artist for Marvel (Daredevil was one of his early assignments), now seems bent on transposing the multi-panel, word-balloon format of comic books to live-action film in the most soul-crushing ways. Having collaborated with Robert Rodriguez on the green-screened, pinup pulp of Sin City, Miller takes his solo directing shot with The Spirit.
December 5, 2008 |
Punisher: War Zone wastes no time in getting down to its nasty business. The opening credits have barely stopped rolling when our title character, a vicious vigilante, bursts into a mansion straight out of a bad Godfather fantasy and wastes every gangster and button man in this casa nostra . They're human garbage and the Punisher (Ray Stevenson, Titus in HBO's Rome ) is here to take out the trash. Oops, sorry. This film gets you thinking in hardboiled cliches.
October 27, 2008 |
Just in time for Halloween, Zenescope has launched perhaps its most chilling comic yet. "The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West" is a six-issue miniseries that adapts the classic H.P. Lovecraft story "Herbert West: Reanimator. " It complements the Fort Washington-based publisher's other dark titles. Zenescope president Joe Brusha was such a fan of the source material that he decided to co-write the title with Ralph Tedesco, Zenescope VP and editor-in-chief. The results are impressive.
October 16, 2008 |
Basing movies on video games is like basing the world economy on adjustable rate mortgages. Yeah, there's a quick payoff, and the smart guys probably get their money out the first week, but in the long run, isn't the whole process bound to be exposed as a fraud? "Super Mario Brothers?" "Doom?" "Resident Evil" has yielded an entire trilogy, each entry worse than the last. When will folks realize they've been had? Not until next week, hope the makers of "Max Payne," another laughably bad movie based on a popular video-game title.
July 16, 2008 |
"The Dark Knight" stands poised to dominate the box office this weekend, for reasons that it's hard to feel completely good about. The movie has its built-in comic-book audience, of course, but also a joker in the hole: a TMZ culture fixated on train-wreck celebrity, anticipating Heath Ledger's Joker as some kind of suicide note. Will we see evidence of the bleary, reckless spiral that claimed his life? Is he Hollywood's Van Gogh, a mad genius appreciated now in death?
June 13, 2008 |
With the Hulk poised to smash the competition at cineplexes this weekend, it would seem the ideal time for him to do the same in the industry that gave him birth. However, while Marvel's comics division undoubtedly would like to capitalize on the film's release, there really has not been one Hulk ongoing title - except the character's "Marvel Adventures," which is aimed at very young kids - that have had the Hulk everyone knows as the star. His longtime ongoing "Incredible Hulk" series has been taken over by Hercules and his new "Hulk" series has starred a red Hulk and focused on a murder mystery; it is totally unlike what people will see onscreen.
December 24, 2007 |
What happens when the ultimate killing machine faces off against someone virtually impossible to kill? That question isn't merely philosophical, it's a storyline being played out on printed comics pages as one of the baddest girls on the block, Painkiller Jane, faces off against the meanest machine of them all, the Terminator, in a 4-part crossover that starts in the just-released "Painkiller Jane" No. 4. The crossover will then continue in...
October 21, 2007 |
The comic-book character created by Al Wiesner has the superhero M.O. He can fly, wears a leotard over bulging muscles, and can save the world on his lunch break. But when the plot requires a feat of derring-do, this superhero emerges from his secret identity at the sound of a distinctive call to action: "Oi-Vay. " Within seconds, it's Shaloman to the rescue. Wiesner, of Warminster, is the artist behind what he calls a pioneering "Kosher Crusader. " Shaloman wears a yarmulke, and the insignia on his chest is a Hebrew letter.
July 27, 2007 |
IT'S COMIC-CON WEEK in San Diego, so today's Tattle will address the inner geek. "Watchmen," created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and one of the most lauded limited-series graphic novels in comics history, finally has a cast. The Hollywood Reporter says Patrick Wilson (as the Nite-Owl), Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), Matthew Goode (Ozymandias), Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the Comedian) and Malin Akerman (the Silk Spectre) have signed on for Zack Snyder ("300")
June 18, 2007 |
The Vindiola Brothers swaggered into the Convention Center yesterday after tying on cloth masks and draping pastel capes over their T-shirts and shorts. People gawked, smiled, and snapped pictures of the duo. But one onlooker had the audacity to shout: "Who are you supposed to be?" A more elaborate Spider Man and two Ewoks who had walked by earlier were a lot easier to recognize. The real-life brothers, Rigo, 25, and Brennan, 14, of Drexel Hill, didn't miss a beat. "We're the Vindiola Brothers - Neighborhood Super-Heroes," came the reply.