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Nightwing to Take One for the Team in 'Forever Evil'

Nightwing to Take One for the Team in 'Forever Evil'

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on June 26, 2013

The central character to be affected in DC's upcoming Forever Evil/Villain's Month will be Nightwing. (Updated)

Review: Superman/Batman #1

Review: Superman/Batman #1

By ThanosCopter in Reviews on June 26, 2013

A review of the debut issue of Greg Pak and Jae Lee's DC series.

Stupid Dogs Don't Know How to Wear Superhero T-Shirts

Stupid Dogs Don't Know How to Wear Superhero T-Shirts

By Stoneman in News with Benefits on June 26, 2013

Dogs pictured in promotional photographs for PetSmart wear Marvel and DC comics t-shirts backwards.

Red Lanterns #21 Preview

Red Lanterns #21 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 26, 2013

It’s recruitment time for the Red Lanterns, and no one in the universe is safe...especially with the most volatile Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, suddenly in their corner! But why has Guy turned his back on his own Corps?

Justice League Of America #5 Preview  (SPOILERS)

Justice League Of America #5 Preview (SPOILERS)

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 25, 2013

Reeling from the traumatic death following issue #4’s cliffhanger, the “world’s most dangerous team” discovers what the Secret Society is ultimately after—and who they are.

Gail Simone Won't Be Writing Batgirl's Zero Year Tie-In

Gail Simone Won't Be Writing Batgirl's Zero Year Tie-In

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 25, 2013

The popular creator was informed on Friday that though the book will be involved in the crossover, Simone herself will not be.

Aquaman #21 Preview

Aquaman #21 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 25, 2013

DEATH OF A KING CONTINUES as Aquaman uncovers a shocking secret — and a potential ally — that could change everything Arthur’s ever known about the Seven Seas!

Yet Another The Wolverine Brushy Character Poster

Yet Another The Wolverine Brushy Character Poster

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on June 25, 2013

Now with shades of Grey.

A Journey Through Skyrim #47

A Journey Through Skyrim #47

By Jeremy Shane in Webcomics on June 25, 2013

Kol gets pulled deeper into the College of Winterhold's drama as he's pulled away from his search for the Elder Scroll.

Kyle Baker Unveils

Kyle Baker Unveils "Mass Murderer of Steel" Video Game

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 25, 2013

The game allows you to destroy Metropolis.

Not Exclusive! Major Doctor Strange Plot Details REVEALED!

Not Exclusive! Major Doctor Strange Plot Details REVEALED!

By El Presidente in News with Benefits on June 25, 2013

The Hollywood rumor site Latino-Review.com claims to have plot details for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie!

Headsets Not Included with XBox One

Headsets Not Included with XBox One

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on June 25, 2013

Two steps forward, one step back.

Marvel Shocker: Studio Plans to Continue to Make Movies

Marvel Shocker: Studio Plans to Continue to Make Movies

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

News that the date for another Marvel Film has been set a couple years down the road has the interwebs abuzz.

DC Shocker: DC Shortens Final Order Cutoffs by One Week for 3D Covers

DC Shocker: DC Shortens Final Order Cutoffs by One Week for 3D Covers

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

Retailers will have little margin of error for the risky DC event.

Justice League #21 Preview

Justice League #21 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 24, 2013

THE MARCH TO TRINITY WAR CONTINUES! This is it! Shazam’s origin story concludes in an extra sized extravaganza!

'Pacific Rim' Offers Up New Posters, Images and a TV Spot

'Pacific Rim' Offers Up New Posters, Images and a TV Spot

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

Along with a new IMAX Poster, Pacific Rim has released new stills and a tv spot with new cutscenes.

Will Smith Won't Return for Independence Day Sequel

Will Smith Won't Return for Independence Day Sequel

By El Presidente in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

The actor is too big a name with too high a price tag to appear in the sequel to the popular action film.

'Deadpool' Gameplay Launch Trailer

'Deadpool' Gameplay Launch Trailer

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

The Deadpool Video Game hits shelves tomorrow and a new launch trailer featuring gameplay and cameos teases what's to come.

BOOM! Studios Acquires Archaia

BOOM! Studios Acquires Archaia

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

'Tis a merger of the indies.

Batman/Superman #1 Preview

Batman/Superman #1 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 24, 2013

A new epic begins with the debut of this new, ongoing series! Don’t miss the first fateful meeting of Batman and Superman in The New 52!

The Venture Brothers 5.04: Spanakopita

The Venture Brothers 5.04: Spanakopita

By Zechs in Features on June 24, 2013

Come journey with Rusty Venture to the greatest tropical paradise event ever.. SPANAKOPITA!!!!

The Enthusiast - Episode 21: That's What I Do

The Enthusiast - Episode 21: That's What I Do

By Kieran in Podcasts on June 24, 2013

A fairly reasonable show this week.

More Doom for DC Comics as Robinov Departs Warner?

More Doom for DC Comics as Robinov Departs Warner?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 24, 2013

How might things at DC change with the departure of the Warner Bros. executive who restructured the company as DC Entertainment?

The Outhouse Pirate Podcast Episode 166

The Outhouse Pirate Podcast Episode 166

By sdsichero in Podcasts on June 24, 2013

This week: Wild & Crazy Zechs Edition

Moment of the Week 6/19/13 *Spoilers*

Moment of the Week 6/19/13 *Spoilers*

By Zechs in Features on June 23, 2013

The polls are open!!

Jim Carrey has Second Thoughts about 'Kick Ass 2'

Jim Carrey has Second Thoughts about 'Kick Ass 2'

By Jeremy Shane in News with Benefits on June 23, 2013

Of all the comic book movies he's been in for him to have second thoughts about. (Updated with Mark Millar's response)

"Under The Dome" Premiers Monday June 24

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on June 23, 2013

CBS debuts their new sci-fi thriller this Monday

All-Star Western #21 Preview

All-Star Western #21 Preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 22, 2013

The old West meets The New 52 as Jonah Hex visits the 21st century!

William Fichtner Is the Shredder

William Fichtner Is the Shredder

By Zechs in News with Benefits on June 22, 2013

The mysterious role William Fichtner was playing in Michael Bay's TMNT, isn't so mysterious any longer.

Today's Tom Sawyer (or) My Final Thoughts On Man of Steel

Today's Tom Sawyer (or) My Final Thoughts On Man of Steel

By Starlord in Blog on June 22, 2013

It's been almost a week since I saw "Man of Steel" or as I nicknamed it, "We're Going to Prove to You That Hope is Dead." Well that seems a bit long for a nickname so I'll just go with "The Movie That Raped My Childhood". Yeah... that's better. Let me start with the usual disclaimer that there are HUGE SPOILERS!!!!!  I'm not repeating that or scrolling down to give you time to consider whether you want to continue or not. You were warned. Both of you had better have payed attention. In the week since I saw this movie I've read and been a part of several interesting discussions about this rather dark take on what many would argue to be the super-hero that stands above all others. I've heard people tell me that theaters erupted in applause and shouts of enthusiasm as Superman snapped the neck of General Zod. (BTW, that was the HUGE SPOILER!!!!!) The theater I was in was deathly silent at that linch-pin moment - except for this total dork who actually whispered the word no in the darkened theater. My children will probably never let me live that down. That reaction, however, came after nearly two hours of a film that introduced a literary character that I had never seen before, nor do I ever want to see again. Before I go any further, it was pointed out to me that many do not consider Superman to be literature. I reply with this: In a world where young, rottenly spoiled, rich daddy girls with no real redeeming morals or aptitude for anything remotely resembling real intelligence can be considered celebrities,  I think an argument for Superman being a real literary figure is a moot point. This movie showed, within fifteen minutes into it, that this Superman will not have the very foundation that it was built upon. A foundation that is put in place by Ma and Pa Kent, two mid-western Americans whose gentleness and belief in the human spirit gives Clark the love for his adopted planet and its people that he later swears to protect. No, we are shown a Clark who easily steals another persons cloths for his own needs without even a backward glance. If anywhere in the film they had shown a moment where he returns to leave money or perhaps the same cloths nicely cleaned and waiting for the victims of his larceny that moment could have been easily forgiven. I suppose this shouldn't surprise me since this Pa Kent has raised his adopted son to apparently distrust mankind and protect himself above all others. "Should I have just let them die?" Clark exclaims after saving his fellow schoolmates who were drowning in a bus accident. "Maybe..." Pa mutters with the wooden voice of Kevin Costner who shows us that after all these years he's still too amazing to really give anyone a real acting performance. I suppose we movie goers are still not ready for him to actually... you know... act. So is it any wonder that by the time we wrap up most of his younger years which include his birth and subsequent exportation from Krypton ( which is really the absolute best vision of this part of the story that I have every seen in any Superman movie or television show) the movie goers are well prepared for a Man of Steel who will focus on his own needs and desires while rationalizing it as being the American hero that his Kansas Father (who may have been a super-hero himself since he can pretty much hold his own in an oncoming tornado) has raised him to be. The rest of the movie then shows you what a hero of that caliber can really do. Actually we get our first glimpse when Zod attacks Smallville and our now self absorbed Superman decides to take out most of his hometown instead of worrying about these humans he supposedly loves and wants to protect by taking the battle out of town to begin with. Lesson learned? Uhhhh.... noooooo.... note above picture of Metropolis which gets its just desserts forty five mind numbing minutes later. By mind numbing I mean a senseless and constant visual of nothing more than mass destruction for the sake of making several billion dollars for the company. They also want to make sure we do not confuse this Superman movie with that milquetoast dud that came out a few years ago. Hey guys! No problem with that! We already figured it out when Clark let his dad die because the old man didn't believe in him that much. I still believe that this movie fails on its most basic levels of this character. Some have reminded me that back in the eighties (when pastel sweaters tied around your shoulders was all the rage) comic writer/artist John Byrne actually wrote a Superman story where he "has to kill" and swears never to do it again. Yeah I remember that... I stopped buying the book for about five years, after that. Why? Because in no way should Superman be written into any story where he "has to kill". Where the destruction is so massive that the hundreds of thousands that have been mercilessly slaughtered in the cross-fire can in no way out weigh Superman's "win". When you do this you have stripped away the fundamental structure of why this character was created. You have stripped away the hope for mankind. You have dragged Superman down into the mud and muck that we live in on a daily basis. Oh I hear both of you saying it at this point. "This is just a modern day reflection of Superman." (Note at this point that I've used Superman much more than Clark for one good reason.... Clark (or the humanity side of this character) is rarely acknowledged. Perhaps you are correct. Perhaps I am wrong with my thoughts on this mega-hit. So I'm joining the party. Here is my broad outline of my first screenplay I am going to write. It's called "Today's Tom Sawyer": Act I: A young Tom Sawyer meets his buddy Huckleberry Finn behind the elementary school where they exchange cigarettes and talking crap about someday being old enough to get a hold of that hot Becky to give her a big stiff one.  We also meet Aunt Polly who has just recently returned from the methadone clinic and Tom's half-brother Sid, who spends his days steeling from department stores and his evenings smoking grass and playing X-Box Live. Act II: We find a seventeen year old Tom now disenchanted with his wonderful life and not coping so well with being a father. Really it's all Becky's fault and Tom isn't too sure he really is the father. After all there was that night that him and Becky and their friends got hyped up on ecstasy before Becky happily let everyone take their turn with her as a coked up Tom tried desperately to "get it up". (Nobody told me that would happen!!!) Add to this the fact that his good buddy and his own personal Huckleberry has finally come out of the closet and has begun a rather violent relationship with "Big Jim" has him yearning for the good ol' days of cigs and blunts behind the High School. Note that I am using the word "Big" here since in no way do I want to be fired from The Food Network. Act II ends with Tom selling his ass for money so that he can buy the one thing that all kids his age knows is the ultimate happiness.... heroin. Act III: A now twenty-four year old Tom spends most of his days still living in Aunt Polly's home, playing Playstation with his buddy Huckleberry whose own relationship with Big Jim has finally gone south when Jim left him for an hermaphrodite transvestite. Aunt Polly, miraculously still alive, (because it really is true! Only the good die young) lays in her bed, and in her own waste, begging Tom to go buy her a pack of cigs and a bottle of Johnny Walker. Becky has fared no better, her two year old daughter wanders around the house unsupervised while she lays on the couch shoving needles between her toes and making sure she has enough money for her own cigs and Jack Daniels while wondering how long before somebody comes to take this brat away like they did Tom's punk ass son. Movie fades to black as Tom declares "Fuck the rest of the world, they're just jealous of everything we got over here!" There you are. Another piece of literature that has been updated to reflect our times. This baby is going to sell!!!  Now I'm lost. I may have went off on a tangent. The words I use to sum up this movie for me are not my own but come from a friend Eric Palicki: "It was not the Superman movie I wanted, but I suppose it's the Superman movie we deserve, alas." Originally Published at Starlord's Corner  http://starlordscorner.blogspot.com/2013/06/todays-tom-sawyer-or-my-final-thoughts.html

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