Marvel’s big summer event, Avengers vs. X-Men, is more than halfway over now, so I thought it about time I chimed in on the title. Having read it from the start, and having purchased several tie-in titles, and having followed most of the characters involved for 2 decades, I can stand by my decision to tell you DON’T READ THIS BOOK. AvX is one of the worst company crossovers I’ve ever had the chance to read, and I’ve read Atlantis Attacks and Reign of the Supermen.
Fact: I’ve seen every comic book movie.
Fact: Many of them have been very, very good.
Fact: I have not particularly cared for Spider-Man since I was a little kid running around in Spidey pajamas.
All of that being true (and it is – those are all facts), I can honestly say that The Amazing Spider-Man is the best comic book film ever made. Bold statement, I know, especially considering the high regard in which people hold movies like The Dark Knight and X2. I won’t argue that those aren’t great movies – they are. But Spider-Man gets everything right, and it does it without being a slave to the source material.
Ok, first of all, I apologize for having gone missing for so long. The job switch, scheduling conflicts, and holiday all got the best of me. That was totally my bad. I’ll be more careful from now on. So sorry.
Now that the apologies are out of the way, we can move on to the next order of business…Friday Flashbacks! As always, I present to you a few entertainment suggestions to help get you through your weekend. Follow my advice this week – it’s way too hot to be outside. Onward…
Another problem with the American comic book industry is the issue of price. If you haven’t purchased a comic book lately, stop and check out the pricing next time you see one. Your average book will cost you three to four dollars. For about 23 pages. It only takes about 15 minutes to read a comic. That’s 15 minutes of enjoyment for the same price as an On-Demand movie. That’s a hard purchase to justify month after month, especially if you read multiple titles.
Yeah, yeah, I know – it’s not actually Friday. I’m still getting adjusted to writing with my new job and new schedule, so I’m a little behind this week. I hope I didn’t ruin your yesterday by not posting.
This week’s Friday Flashbacks is all about sci-fi. You can thank my little brother for that. I woke up this morning to a picture message of a comic book cover. It was my brother’s first comic book that he actually read for enjoyment, and the first title he followed on a monthly basis. Consequently, it’s going to be this week’s comic book flashbacks choice. I thought I’d tie it in with a piece I’m doing for a group called The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, a group I just joined. It’s a collection of like-minded bloggers who, once a week, take a shared theme and write their own take on it. This week’s theme: Kurt Russell.
On to the picks!
This week on Theatre Thursdays…
This CBS show was one of my favorites growing up. A lot of people don’t remember it, and it definitely hasn’t stood the test of time, but I just watched it again recently and realized it’s a lot of fun, if you can get past the production values. Check it out online, or be a good citizen and buy the whole series on DVD!
First of all, I like Batman. Before any of you out there try to reach through your computers to beat me, I like Batman. I like his movies, I love the Arkham video games. I even like the current crop of comic books. He’s a big scary guy who beats up criminals and plays with sweet toys all day. What’s not to like?