Friday, June 21, 2013

Man of Steel Review

Superman breakin sum chains! Lines by me

Line up of Superman cast in my style

I'm a little late to throw my 2 cents in on Man of Steel, but I can't go another day without weighing in on it. First off I gotta say that I'm a huge Superman Fan. You probably already know that, but I figure I have to get that out in the open. I went into this bad boy as open minded as I could. I wanted to leave all my Superman baggage at the door and just take in the flick and let it be it's own thing.

So I gotta say I flat out loved the movie. I think some of the critics have been overly harsh and really missed the point of the movie. Zach Snyder and crew set out to tell a fun, fast paced action story and they did a hell of a job. The entire movie was just breath taking and the visual effects just blew me away. All the actors did a great job. Amy Adams was a fantastic Lois. She really brought heart to the character and made her believable and relatable. Lois wasn't just a damsel in distress. She was a touchstone for Superman's humanity. Henry Cavil as Clark/Superman was amazing as well. I wasn't sure what to expect from him, but first off he was huge! He put on a lot of muscle to fill Superman's boots. It was a huge jump from the last movie I saw him in (Immortals). He did a great job on his American accent and his acting was on the money. There where opportunities for him to really show some range and emotion and I was totally sold.The Kryptonian villains also brought their A game. I couldn't have asked for better casting in a Super hero film.

I won't go to deep into the play by play of the movie, but i think the big thing that rubbed critics the wrong way was the violence in the movie. SPOILER ALERT At the end of the movie's climactic battle with Superman and Zod a huge chunk of Metropolis has been reduced to ash and the 2 Kryptonians duke it out over what's left of the city. Things really get amped up and the fists fly. The scene itself is pretty brutal, but I think that it's totally necessary to lead to the films ultimate conclusion. When all else fails and it is obvious that Zod will never stop trying to kill Superman and destroy the human race Kal has no choice but to kill Zod. The tension at this point of the movie was so tense in the theater that everyone in the audience gasped at the sound of Zod's neck breaking. I know that on it's face peopl are expecting that Superman would have found another way or maybe that is something Superman simply wouldn't do. I would argue that Superman has actually killed Zod in the comics before ( in an execution no less). I honestly feel like it was best for the moment in the movie and I think the makers of the movie pulled so much from the comics to make a good movie that this was something they simply couldn't ignore. Not to mention it's tough to surprise people when it comes to Superman and they did just that.

Ive seen Man of Steel twice and I'm hoping to catch it in theaters at least one more time. I actually liked it better the second time! So if you are on the fence I say you gotta get out there treat yourself to one great movie.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Back From Wizard Philly Off to Heroes

The Franchize and Superman? who needs the JLA?

Amanda sketch cover commission
Flash. Peng, and Me.

Batman sketch cover commission. I had waaaay too much fun on this
just the inks
more Bats!

TheFranchize bot 2031

Amanda cosplaying as Harley Quinn!

another fun commission piece!

I hardly know where to start. Wizard World Philly was just amazing. The ID Comics team and I had a great time and we probably did more commission pieces than we ever have at a single show. I really want to thank everyone who came out and hung with us. You all really made this trip to Philly an amazing one. I really can't wait to go back next year.

The photos I'm posting are from all the great stuff that happened at the show, plus all the cool commission pieces.

Oh yeah, and maybe most importantly, I got to meet Superman! yup Brandon Routh in the flesh. It was fantastic.

Up next is Heroes in Charlotte. We always have a great time at Heroes so I figure this trip is gonna be pretty bananas. Peng and I will be hanging out at the BOOM! booth chatting and doing sketches while Flash holds down the fort in Artist Alley at tables AA218/AA219. So if you are gonna be in the area you gotta come out and say hey. 

See ya there!