X-23 // artwork by Ivan Jose Negron (2013)
X-Men: Days Of The Future Past - First Trailer // By 20th Century Fox (2013)
The X-Men: 20 Minute Sketch // artwork by Peter Simeti (2013)
Artist Peter Simeti put himself through a challenge. to make a series of recognizable sketches of some of the most popular X-Men characters under a 20 minute time limit using classic resources and tools like pencils, pitt pens, black copic markers, white gel pens. This is the second time I feature this artist who recently did the same challenge under a 15 minute frame. You can check the first round here!
Magneto & Sentinel // artwork by Nathan Szerdy (2013)
The Avengers & The X-Men: The 50th Anniversary! // artwork by Jack Kirby (1963)
Well the day is coming to an end but I didn’t want it to let it go without sharing a little comic history around here. You see in this very day on September of 1963 (that’s 50 years ago bucko!) Marvel Comics unleashed to the world what it would become the premiere superheroes teams in comic history of this modern era. Yes, you may argue that slot was already filled by the almighty Justice League Of America featuring the Pantheon of Olympus taking care of the world. But the dynamics of team books had already been redefined by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in The Fantastic Four two full years prior to these releases. Here we had nothing but a brand new take on a basic idea. The Avengers was a team of heroes that really didn’t get along but nonetheless gathered together to resolve a crisis that none of them could handle alone. The X-Men however was as it’s tittle aptly put it “The Strangest Superheroes of All”. While every hero in the Marvel universe got his/her powers because of radiation or accidents, these guys were born this way and they were hated and feared because of this. Most outcasts could relate to this concept and as time proved the brand was Marvel’s ticket to success in the comic business (for almost all of the 80’s and the 90’s the top selling book was Uncanny X-Men, the only comic that could challenge those numbers were the New Teen titans of DC in the 80’s and Spawn of Image in the 90’s).
As the 21 century approached and The X-Men had their day in the sun, now it was the time for the Avengers to shine. Blessed for most of their story with the top notch talents of the industry, The Avengers became a franchise in the early 2000’s with multiple books and the basis for the Cinematic Marvel Universe a move that was so brilliantly executed that it made the team as recognizable and loved for the casual viewer as Marvel’s main staples (Spider-Man and Wolverine) and DC Powerhouses Superman and Batman.
Today you can find The Avengers and The X-Men all over the place and in every flavor you may like (Animation, Action Figures, Movies, Video Games, etc.) But to the true fan their legacy lives on in the Comics where we met them, the Comics that have chronicled their victories and defeats, the Comics where we learned to love these characters, The Comics where we still have some of the greatest talent in this world telling the best stories they can with these awesome characters.
Here’s to 50 years more! Congratulations guys!
So I Just Watched… The Wolverine (20th Century Fox/ Marvel Studios, 2013)
So! I took my time with this one mainly because this movie took his time to get here. The Wolverine was released in July 25 over the good ol’ USA, but we got it here in Latin America around August 25 (with a better name than you guys! “Wolverine Immortal” does sounds better!) by then I had read multiples reviews (good and bad) I though for a moment “what’s the point?” but there might be a few of you out there waiting on the fence to know if this is good or a total bust. Let’s be blunt to begin with so we can follow with the details: Wolverine is an AWESOME film!!!.
A direct follow up of X-Men: The Last Stand, this film has nothing to do with X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Thanks God for that and lets give a round of applause to whoever though that was a brilliant move, because you know… it actually was). Although we saw Logan with the best disposition at the end of X3, It appears his remorse over killing Jean Grey has gotten the best of him. He has since retired to the wild mountains of Canada to live like a homeless under a cave with no will to go on. He’s even pals with a grizzly bear (?) after the mandatory badass intro scene enters Yukio a character that will be mighty familiar for comic fans. She’s coming on behalf of Lord Shingen an old friend of Logan whom he saved from the Nagasaki atomic blast (yup Wolverine was there bub!) and who wishes to say goodbye before passing away. When Wolverine gets a hold of the old man’s granddaughter Mariko Yashida things get a little bit complicated.
Before this release most of the people involved in the film offering interviews said this was gonna borrow heavy from the Frank Miller story published in 1982. And they were right and wrong at the same time. Yes, there is a lot of Ninjas. Yes, the whole tale is set in Japan. Yes, Wolverine does get involved with Mariko. Yes, Wolverine battles Lord Shingen to the death. That’s where the coincidences end. The struggle that Logan suffers when he loses his ability to heal, Jean Grey invading his dreams perpetuating his suffering, Viper, The Silver Samurai. All these new elements make the story feel familiar and within the loose continuity established by the past 4 films (I’m not counting Wolverine Origins, you can’t make me).
All in all, The Wolverine is a solid film. It fulfills his purpose of entertaining fans and casual viewers alike. Most hardcore audiences should be pleased now that we got a Wolverine film that actually does justice to the character. Following this trend of adding a bonus scene in the end in every Marvel film coming from whoever has the rights to them, we get a glimpse of Xavier and Magneto recruiting Wolverine back in the fold and building expectations for next year’s X-Men: Days Of The Future Past. Now that the team it’s back into Bryan Singer’s hands I can’t hardly wait!