The day was upon us! The last day of Image Expo! I was so pumped! I just knew today was going to be great. We get down to the hall and are almost immediately let in. But before we would go in, I would ask that the people at the ticket booth take a picture of my family with John Huyler. John was the man that we met when we got there. He was actually working at the convention. He saw our family and our kids reminded him of his.
We started to talk and the guy was just really nice about everything. The guy was so nice and just a pleasure to be around so we had to get a picture with him. He had made the weekend a lot better just by being the guy he was. We took the picture and parted ways for a few. Continue reading “Image Expo — Day Three”
Redhead of the Day: It’s hard for me to describe Mark McGwire‘s overall contribution to baseball. What a shame that he and several of his fellow hitters fell into the steroid temptation. However, that didn’t stop me from finding these:
Pi is a film about a man who is pushed outside his comfort zone and pays the price for it. Like the name suggests, there’s plenty of math discussed but the highlight is Max Cohen’s obsession of numbers and how out of touch he is. The grainy black and white presentation assures that the movie isn’t pandering to the mainstream. However the movies looks less dated and anyone who’s interested in the movie can focus on the themes presented by director Darren Aronofsky.
Pi features the nagging of three sides trying to influence Cohen: religion, capitalism, and rationalism. One big struggle over a 216-digit number that either validates Cohen’s genius or insanity. Film scholars and math lovers may have fun digging to the deeper, sometimes number-crunching, meanings. I, however, feel that Cohen should’ve been a gambler, a profession where randomness and chance are at least tolerated. He would be more human and not a fleshy part of a mad machine.
Kaine. Who would have thought ANYTHING from the ‘Clone Saga’ blunder could affect the here and now? Regardless, it’s a good read. ‘Scarlet Spider’ #1 takes place immediately after the events of ‘Spider Island’ (get it while you can!). Now a fugitive from the law, Kaine must now remain on the run from everyone…EVERYONE. You name a group, faction or agency, they are after him. If you can’t get all of the ‘Spider-Island’ series, at least pick up Marvel’s ‘Point One’ one-shot. This issue marks the official start in the new life of the Scarlet Spider.
Now that he is cured of his mental ailments, Kaine now has a chance to live his own life. And being a genetic clone of Peter Parker but not having the same upbringing, he must now figure out why he has this “nagging” sense of responsibility. It gets him into trouble half-way through the book after he hears a lady buried amongst the dead and digs her out. Even though he was trying to do the right thing, it just causes him to get into a problem that wasn’t his to begin with. Or at least not the brooding Kaine were just introduced to. Though he is cured of his mental problems, he still looks to the mental image of Peter Parker for approval. You can tell he looks up to him like he was his bigger, more popular, brother. With a new costume and some newer powers, THIS is the dark vigilante character that the Spider-family has been in need of for a long time.
Speaking of new powers, can Kaine possibly be Earth X’s “Spider-Man”? Time will tell.
I was intrigued to see my favorite action star take a major dramatic turn. The action sequences are handled realistically and they serve the plot beyond showcasing Chan’s awesome skills. Somewhere is some social commentary about Chinese-Japanese relations and even a romance or two. Those may have been lost at sea, however. Continue reading “March Media Madness – Shinjuku Incident Review”
Ultimate Spider-Man issue 7 is a spectacular read. The inter-weaving of the Peter Parker Spider-Man mythos with Miles Morales is an astounding piece of work which teases the reader with surprises for the long haul.