Jul 172014
 

Silverwolf: Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting roundtable! I’m Silverwolf, the awesome editor!

Elessar: And I’m Elessar the awesome…I just realized I don’t know my offiical title? God Emperor?

Silverwolf: Sure, you can take that one, but stay away from my Psykers! Anyway, 40K jokes aside, we’re here to talk about comic book fans requests vs. actual purchases.

In short, Internet forums (and local shops) tend to explode with vitriol whenever either Marvel or DC publishes a “derivative” title (i.e. another Avengers or Bat-family title). They demand “something different” more often than not. Yet, at the same time, whenever those companies do try something off the beaten path (such as All-Star Western) the fan following is merely a trickle, whereas the umpteenth X-Men title sells well enough to survive despite a lack of “innovation.” Your thoughts, Elessar?

Elessar: Oh that’s not just comics fans. That’s everything. It’s a commonly known phenomena. When asked what kind of coffee they want, they’ll say they want a rich dark roast, because they think it sounds good but that’s not what they buy. That’s why American Hustle (a good, but totally generic movie) made 250 million while Cloud Atlas struggled to even match it’s budget.

No, I'm not bitter about it, what made you think that?

No, I’m not bitter about it, what made you think that?

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Apr 232014
 

captain-america-vs-batman-superman

In lieu of Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn’s admission that they are “struggling with” their decision to debut Captain America 3 the same day as rival studio’s Batman vs. Superman on May 6, 2016, I decided to compile a few reasons why I believe the onus is on Warner Bros. to change their release date, not Disney/Marvel.

Full disclaimer: I want both films to succeed, and even if both were released on the same day, I’d probably see them both that day. These are just my realisitc views on the matter from the perspective of an average moviegoer. Not a comic book nerd.

1. Captain America is now a “mainstream” hero.

After the critical and commercial success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (see Silverwolf and Elessar’s reviews), Cap has now solidified himself as a mainstream hero. Up until this point, Cap was looked upon as a secondary hero to his Marvel counterpart Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has no doubt made Iron Man a household name, and I believe Chris Evans has done the same with Captain America. In other words, in the eyes of the mainstream audience, he’s not inferior to Batman anymore in terms of popularity.  Continue reading »

Jan 212014
 

Fans of Damian Wayne rejoice! The next DC Universe Animated Original Movie, titled Son of Batman, will adapt Grant Morrison’s famous 2006 Batman arc “Batman & Son”, which introduced the comic book world to Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul’s headstrong son. The principal cast includes Jason O’Mara as Batman, Morena Baccarin as Talia, Stuart Allan as Damian, David McCallum as Alfred, Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke, Xander Berkeley as Man-Bat, and Giancarlo Esposito as Ra’s al Ghul. The film will debut at WonderCon 2014 before being released on home media late spring.

 

Nov 072013
 

Green Arrow #25 cover

The Batman title has focused on a story titled “Zero Year” for the last few months, retelling Batman’s origin for the New 52. This month, DC is rolling out a number of “Zero Year” tie-ins, including not only the standard Bat-family titles, but also the likes of Green ArrowGiven my love of Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Marcelo Maiolo’s work on the character since February, I was very excited to see how the team portrayed the Emerald Archer’s early days. Continue reading »

Oct 292013
 

Time for another NYCC 2013 interview! This time, we bring you an interview with comic book artist Dustin Nguyen, whose more recent popular works include Li’l Gotham.

You can find Dustin at his official website, Facebook, Tumblr, and deviantART.

Oct 192013
 

NYCC 2013 banner

Since I’ve moved to the Midwest, I was unable to attend New York Comic Con this year as I have regularly since 2008. Even so, I still wanted to keep up-to-date with the latest news from the convention. Several of my fellow MoarPowah writers have already voiced their reports on the Con, so I decided to compile a list of the top 3 announcements from NYCC 2013 I’m excited for, and the top 3 that made me groan. Continue reading »