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Last Minute Excitement

19 May
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Alexia’s early birthday gift, Huntress!

It is now May 19th, which means that my next post will be all about Comicpalooza with Holly, Ryan, and Carmen! They’ll be getting to my house on Wednesday night, and the fun will stretch over into Monday. I’m looking far beyond forward to having close to a week with them, and the fact that we’ll be at Comicpalooza having fun and selling great jewelry makes it even more exciting!
On top of that, the post after next will be telling you all about Alexia’s super birthday party. I cannot believe my baby girl is about to turn two years old, but I am so looking forward to this party! I and my best friend, Tabitha, have put quite a bit of effort into everything already–seeing it come together will be very exciting. Hopefully she loves it, and loves every present that is given to her!

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Iron Man 3 Review

8 May

Iron Man 3

I’ve been decompressing “Iron Man 3” since watching the finished product because I’m conflicted as to what to think about it. A big part of me wants to go balls deep into loving this film to death, but there are just too many things wrong with it for me to grant my full devotion. There is a lot to like in this film, but I’m hard pressed to say that there is a lot to love. The writing alone wanted me to give this film a full compliment of five stars, but a few story decisions created a pothole to my enjoyment. There were also some other, more minor, factors that I didn’t enjoy, but one or two major flaws always has a way of highlighting the smaller ones.

Most of the film is very well written and contains a healthy amount of brains, humor, and guts to remind us why we like the Iron Man movies to begin with. The script creates a really strong pace and wastes no time getting down to business. Taking influence from Warren Ellis’s “Extremis” story and the inclusion of A.I.M. made this movie a treat for comic fans, and those aspects are explained well enough to audience members who don’t read. The Mandarin also starts out as a terrifying and intelligent villain, but it is that character that the film most flounders on as the movie unfolds. I won’t spoil it, but there is a plot twist about two-thirds of the way into the film. And it quickly becomes the singular worst scene in the movie. Plot wise it is confusing and the scene itself isn’t executed very well. They try to play it off like a joke, or how the movie “The Sting” ended, but it just falls flat on its face. Maybe if they hadn’t recruited such a great actor like Ben Kingsley I wouldn’t have had such a negative reaction to it. It’s like if you paid three hundred for a really good pie, but then just used it to slap in someone’s face.

The aforementioned plot twist was when IM3 really started to take a downwards turn for me. It never really got bad, but it is when the film lost the flavor for greatness. The film continued to be smart and witty, but never as much as it was before. The pacing and clever splicing of the Mandarin’s tapes was something that was deeply missed by the time the film’s final act ensued. What we end up with is a fairly cliché final battle where most of the action happens off screen because the film is too busy following Tony trying to rescue the princess. And to point out another flaw that really bugged me, the musical score was terrible. It doesn’t have to be Hans Zimmer every time, but they can do much better than this. Iron Man 3 - Iron PatroitAnd with this being the second film in a row with horrible music, it is something Marvel really really really really really really needs to work on. Plus, as a personal preference, I really missed the AC/DC. Tony’s love for classic hard rock was not only great acoustically, but it helped define him as a character.

However the big question everyone asks is: How does it rank among the other Marvel movies? If you read my “Avengers” review, you’ll know that I considered the first “Iron Man” to be the best of the franchise up to that point. So is IM3 better than IM1? No. But the problem is that I really wanted to think IM3 was the best so far. It opens so much stronger and has so much going for it that I spent the first hour thinking Marvel had actually outdone themselves. It even has a nice resolution at the end that would leave fans satisfied if this happened to be the last Iron Man film. But treating the Mandarin like a plot device rather than a character in his own right doesn’t do the film justice. It ranks up there with “Avengers,” but the first “Iron Man” is still king.

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Mom's Basement Movie Article about Iron Man 3 by Bruce Osborne

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Age of Bendis

27 Apr

Age of Ultron #6

Age of Ultron #6

“Age of Ultron” might be some of the best stuff Brian Michael Bendis has done in a long while. I loved his run on Avengers, but the longer it dragged on the more it seemed he was running out of ideas. And this Ultron comic feels like the Avengers story Bendis always wanted to write, but never got the chance to. While some of the ideas don’t feel totally original, they are blended together in a way that makes everything look fresh and engaging. My own doubts about it involve the needless tie-ins and wondering if this story is going to remain in elseworld or is it going to affect Marvel Universe proper by the end of it. But you don’t have to buy the tie-ins, and I suppose we’ll find out if anyone is going to die and come back to life two weeks later by the end of the series.

Issue six doesn’t have as many surprises as the first five comics, but still remains entertaining and doesn’t suffer from feeling like filler. We’re six issues into this twelve part series, and I’ve barely noticed a trace of fat on it. This particular issue follows two story lines as the Avengers split up and tackle this Ultron problem in different ways. Everything is paced extremely well and ties together better than I anticipated. The ending is even surprising by crossing a line I didn’t expect to cross. But the beauty of writing in elseworld is that you don’t have to worry about how it’s going to affect the other comics. And I would want to sit down with Bendis and ask how long he has been planning this series. I’m willing to bet he had to write the draft over a dozen times before it reached this level of craftsmanship. “Age of Ultron” is a very well built story and this will probably be the most fun you’ll have with mainstream comics all year.

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Ultron Elseworld

16 Mar

Age of Ultron #1

Age of Ultron #1

“Age of Ultron” is the crossover event of the year… I think. Usually a major event comes through the comic universe like a category five hurricane, but how AoU has, or will, affect the Marvel Universe is still unclear after reading the first issue. Not that I mind a standalone story that brings one of Marvel’s best villains back to the forefront. In fact, being by itself is why I ended up liking it so much. Setting AoU apart from everything else going on seems to have given writer Brian Michael Bendis free reign to completely open up and deliver a solid dystopian drama. This comic depicts a world where the evil AI Ultron is king and the Avengers are powerless to stop him. And issue one mostly focuses on Hawkeye engaged in a desperate rescue mission while dispatching henchmen with an almost Hit-Girl level of efficiency. Just without the buckets of blood Mark Millar’s comic is famous for. But that doesn’t make AoU any less intense as issue one jumps straight into the action and doesn’t let up for a single page. I was on the fence about getting this comic, but after reading issue one I practically jumped onto the bandwagon as fast as I could. The writing from Bendis is some of his best with strong art from Bryan Hitch to back him up. My only complaint is that we are still getting the completely forgettable tie-ins without any obvious need for them beyond boosting comic sales. However that doesn’t take away from the quality of the AoU main title and I advise everyone to pick up a copy. AoU is the event of the year. Not because it’s going to change the Marvel Universe dynamic, but because it’s just really good.

Mom's Basement Comic Article about Age of Ultron by Bruce Osborne

Also, in a shameless plug to myself, check out Bruce Osborne on Facebook. I post/link all my stuff there, including chapters on a book I’m working on. Feel free to hit the ‘Like’ button as if you’re an addict.

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There are too many movies for me to review in full, so I created a twitter account to give brief opinions on the many movies I view. If you wish to read my smart ass remarks, follow M.O.V.I.E. Reviewer @MutantOpossum.


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For the Kids

13 Mar

My son loves video games and geeky things and for Christmas he asked Santa for a gyroid from Animal Crossing. That’s not something you can pick up at WalMart. I ended up crocheting him one and he loves it. But not everyone can create obscure (and awesome) geeky toys for their kids. That’s why I love places like Etsy and Deviantart. They connect you directly with artists that are offering unique things you’re looking for or can custom make it for you.

If your kid is a geek-in-training, this gallery is sure to provide you with awesome creations they approve of. Many of these you’ll be tempted to buy for yourselves!

Jedi Baby Rattle Lightsaber by HandmadeMonster

Jedi Baby Rattle Lightsaber by HandmadeMonster

Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore

Baby Geek Toy Teether by 3PrincessesStore

Level 1 Human Hat  by geeklingdesigns

Level 1 Human Hat by geeklingdesigns

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The Birth of Starlord Revisited

9 Mar

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1

First off I have no idea what the point one thing is about on this preview issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Most preview issues are only numbered with a zero, but whatever we’ll roll with it. I think this issue is labeled as a point one because the story in this comic is somewhat important if you plan on picking up GotG when the proper issue one comes out. This entire issue is a prologue that reestablishes the origin of Starlord. It spans over several years beginning when Starlord was just a twinkle in his alien daddy’s eye as he crashes on Earth and steals one of our women. The only downside to this approach is that it kind of skips over how Peter Quill became Starlord and mainly focuses on the why. Starlord’s Batmanesque origin just feels unimportant to the larger scheme of things, but I’m sure it will tie in to the main comic once everything gets rolling. Brian Michael Bendis really sets the tone of the Guardians starting over. I think it’s not a real mistake to assume that everything that has happened before will be mostly forgotten as Marvel reboots their off-Earth Universe. Especially the part where Starlord and Nova died fighting the Cancerverse. Long time fans of the Annihilation War might not like the lack of continuity, but Marvel has a movie franchise to think about. So far I’m liking the reboot even if I do miss the good old days of Gamora dressing like a stripper. Anyone who is new to this team will probably enjoy this comic a great deal. Old schoolers might need some cheese to go along with their whine.

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