Mar 022015

First time doing one of these under the Mecha Monday banner, but it’s merited under the circumstances.

At this point- debates about individual title quality aside- it’s been a pretty good few years for Gundam as a brand. Yeah, it was already in a good spot with the AU reboot starting with SEED back in the early 2000s, but with the boom brought on by Unicorn and last year’s 35th anniversary, the amount of material for the brand has been at a peak. Even the underwhelming sales of AGE haven’t slowed the momentum.

In the middle of all of this, Sunrise announced something last year that had been hinted at to varying degrees for some time – an animated adaptation of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s hit manga retelling of the original series, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.

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Feb 282015


I used to be something of a fan of Mark Millar. Back in the early 2000s, when he was making Wanted and The Ultimates, I almost started to think of him as this generation’s…well not Alan Moore, but maybe Garth Ennis? Anyway, a few years on, after the disasters that were Kick-Ass 2 and Civil War, I think that my enjoyment of him has soured a bit.

My enjoyment of director Matthew Vaughn remains unabated however. Kick Ass was a pretty solid movie, X-Men: First Class is one of the best X-Men movies and I don’t care what anyone thinks, I liked Stardust. So when I heard they were reteaming up for another action vehicle I was…I guess somewhat interested, is the best approximation. Continue reading »

Feb 272015

Yes, we’re going to be asking the same question everyone else asks just after the Academy Awards, because every year it becomes more and more pertinent. As far as the industry is concerned, it’s all a political play that’s as much a shot in the dark as it is a calculated move. So should we keep watching it? Should they even keep having it?

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Feb 262015

I never gave a damn about the Green Hornet. Probably my first exposure to character was as a child playing recreational soccer, where every team had its own name “voted on” by the team (and, usually in reality, chosen by the coach and other parents). One year, our team played against another named The Green Hornets; as an eight year old born at the tail end of the 1980s, I didn’t understand the reference, and had it explained by my parents.

That said, I never really pursued the Green Hornet. Even after hearing about his background, I never tracked down the TV series that saw Bruce Lee’s explosion into American media, nor did I even realize that pulp stories starring the character existed. With the advent of the critically panned film a few years back, my interest in the character couldn’t have been more minimal.

And then Bleeding Cool featured the first issue of The Green Hornet by Mark Waid and Daniel Indro for free on the site. And after that, I was hooked.

The Green Hornet #1

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