New Thing #255: Wolverine Anime Series

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To say that today has been a taxing one for me is an understatement. Suffice to say, I was exhausted when I finally made it home tonight so I thew on Netflix and decided to watch the first episode of the Wolverine Anime series.

Boy, that was something else. And not in a good way.

You have understand that Wolverine was my first. And when I say that, I mean that he’s the character that made me care about comics when I was a kid. He wasn’t perfect like Superman or a goody two shoes like Spiderman. He was vicious, brutal, mysterious and deeply troubled. But he also had a heart and a need to protect the ones he loved.

Although X-Men Origins: Wolverine might still be one of the worst movies I’ve ever sat through, and an abomination to his storyline, this series is right up there for getting everything wrong about the character. 

I understand that it’s meant for a Japanese audience, but making him into a generic, tall skinny anime dude with the voice of a twelve year old was wholey unneccessary. 

The only saving grace is that he actually kills his enemies, so some of the brutality that makes him what he is makes it to the screen. But when you hear that iconic “bub” come out of his mouth you can’t help but just laugh. 

And that’s not the Wolverine I want to have any part of.

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New Thing #248: Superman Annual 11

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Tonight I was in the mood to dive into some comic book that I’d never read before. Maybe a something featuring a character that I’ve known through the zeitgeist but never actually delved into their story before, like say, Aquaman.

But when I couldn’t decide what to read I went to the expert: my friend Tom.

He suggested I pick up Superman Annual 11. Partly because he knew how much I loved Alan Moore’s writing in Watchmen and partly because…well…he just thought I’d really like it.

The whole one-off reads a bit like a Marvel What If issue, placing Superman back on a Krypton that never exploded. And it’s a weird take on things. Ultra conservatives wanting society to return to the golden years, family infighting and a world weary Jor-El are not what I expected.

And it’s all a bit heavy handed, mirroring our own 1985 world troubles a little too closely.

All the fun bits happen back in the real world with Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman. As always, Superman himself still manages to bore me at almost every turn.

But the artwork was wonderful and the goofy plot device to put Superman back on Krypton made me smile.

But what I think is the best thing I took away from all this is the realization that iOS autocorrects misspellings of Krypton.

New Thing #153: Read Kingdom Come

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Even though I’ve never followed the DC Comic universe very closely my friend Tom insisted that I read Kingdom Come. This seminal book follows a world where Superman’s retired and the new generation of superheros have run amok. When he comes back form his self imposed exile things, well, things don’t go so well.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that Superman isn’t my favourite comic book hearo. He’s not nearly as boring as The Flash, but he’s still pretty bland in my eyes. The only two DC characters I really enjoyed as a kid were Batman and Lobo of all people. 

But reading this book made me wish that I knew the history of every character in this universe because I’m pretty sure every one of them shows up in one panel or another. It’s an unabashedly beautiful looking book and the writing is unrelentengly. Every page is a meticulous painting; every word is filled with weight and meaning. I just wish I knew who more of the damn characters were that I was seeing. 

I’m really glad that I read this one.

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