21 June 2008

The Readers Have Spoken and its Clobberin Time, Er I Mean, Hulk SMASH

We Hulked out today in honor of our 5th wedding anniversary (we got married on the day Hulk 03 came out). The movie was good, no Iron Man, but still quite enjoyable. In honor of Mr the Hulk, I thought I would repost this story I found at Marvels website, highlighting the top 10 incarnation of Dr Banner. Oh, and did you know that the Hulk is red now?


10. The Rick Jones Hulk
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK v1 #325 (1986)
Why He Makes The List: "Rick Jones Hulk: Big. Green. Mullet. Really, is there anything else you need to say? The Hulk mythos started with Bruce saving Rick and becoming a monster in the process, so for it to come full circle, even for just a bit, was satisfying. Now, if only A-Bomb (Rick Jones as Abomination in the current HULK series) could have a mullet…" - Cabal Member RunawayJ
Spotlight Comic: INCREDIBLE HULK v1 #331—Rick Jones has transformed into a Hulk and only Bruce Banner can stop him!

9. Earth X Hulk
First Appearance: EARTH X #5 (1999)
Why He Makes The List: "The dystopian world created by Alex Ross and Jim Krueger put the screws to most Marvel mainstays in one way or another, but Hulk's change was one of the more drastic. Physically split from each other, Bruce Banner was blinded and de-aged, while the Hulk morphed into an ape-like creature, acting as Banner's eyes. The twisted image stands as one of Hulk's coolest metamorphoses." - Cabal Member Agent M
Spotlight Comic: EARTH X #5—Bruce and Hulk make their entrance.

8. Banner-less Hulk
First Appearance: ONSLAUGHT: MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 (1996)
Why He Makes The List: "Hulk proved he was the strongest creature around during the Onslaught saga when he turned the tide for Earth's heroes. But his heroism came at a price: Hulk's battle with Onslaught physically split the Jade Giant from Banner. Though Banner leapt to aid the other Marvel heroes, jumping into Onslaught's energy void, Hulk was left behind. The now untethered Hulk smashed through the Marvel Universe, causing a heaping amount of trouble—and fun stories—before merging with Banner during 'Heroes Return.'" - Agent M
Spotlight Comic: ONSLAUGHT: MARVEL UNIVERSE #1—Hulk beats the tar outta Onslaught!

7. Zombie Hulk
First Appearance: ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #23 (2005)
Why He Makes The List: "The only way to make the Hulk—the biggest, meanest, scariest Marvel character—even wilder is to zombify him. You just can't go wrong with zombies. It's a fact." - Agent M
Spotlight Comic: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1—Zombie Hulk and friends set their sights on a shiny feast.

6. The Maestro
First Appearance: HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT #1 (1992)
Why He Makes The List: "The Maestro, a future version of Hulk who's more or less conquered the world is older, wiser, stronger, meaner and just plain better than Hulk in every way. And he's crazy. Like, super mega crazy. Having slaughtered every hero and villain in his way and jacked up on excess radiation, Maestro was only defeated by his own hubris. Well, that and the crazy." - Agent M
Spotlight Comic: WORLD WAR HULK #1—See what a conquering, über-powerful Hulk is capable of.

5. Ultimate Hulk
First Appearance: ULTIMATES #4 (2002)
Why He Makes The List: "Hulk's physical state has always been driven by his psychological and emotional issues. Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch took that to the next level, making Ultimate Hulk the personification of Bruce Banner's id. Bristling with rage, lust, hunger and manic insanity, this Hulk really is the ultimate." - Agent M
Spotlight Comic: ULTIMATES #5—Hulk, naked and angry, tears New York City apart.

4. Gray Hulk
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK v1 #1 (1962)
Why He Makes The List: "Not as powerful as your 'standard' Green breed of Hulk, Gray Hulk makes up for it with a good chunk of Banner's IQ intact and a mean streak three miles wide. This difference in attitude and skill-set (he acted as a Las Vegas leg-breaker named Mr. Fixit for a time!) turns a simple shift in hue into a classic incarnation." - Agent M
Spotlight Comic: HULK: GRAY #1—Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale put their signature stamp on the Gray Goliath.

3. The Green Scar
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK v2 #92 (2006)
Why He Makes The List: "The Hulk has almost always gotten by on strength alone—and why not—so 'Planet Hulk' provided a nice change of pace as the Green Goliath found himself needing to learn new skills in order to survive the savage planet of Sakaar. Resultant training in the use of weapons and battle tactics, as well as a reliance on allies, provided us with perhaps the deadliest Hulk incarnation of all: the Green Scar. With a monster fueled by more rage than ever before, but able to back that anger up with the savvy of a combat veteran on the rampage, it's a wonder the Marvel Universe survived 'World War Hulk.'" - Cabal Member Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: INCREDIBLE HULK v2 #92—Hulk lands on Sakaar and gets more than he bargained for.

2. Savage Hulk
First Appearance: TALES TO ASTONISH #64 (1965)
Why He Makes The List: "With the strength of a god and the intellect of a child, savage Hulk has become the most iconic Hulk iteration of all. Nearly unstoppable, the big green guy has been pouting and pounding his way into the hearts of comic readers for decades, providing for some of Marvel's most amazing battles and pathos-filled stories." - Annihilator882
Spotlight Comic: INCREDIBLE HULK v1 #181—Savage Hulk tangles with Wolverine and the bloodthirsty Wendigo!

1. The Professor
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK v1 #377 (1991)
Why He Makes The List: "After three decades of a mindless, childlike Hulk smashing his way through the army and throwing tantrums, fans were ready for something new by the time the '90s rolled around. The intelligent 'Professor' Hulk, who combined the strength and extroverted bravado of past incarnations with the intellect of Bruce Banner, stood from what had come before by acting like a true super hero. There's something just flat out cool about a Green Goliath who can back up his inimitable strength with witty one-liners and suave comebacks." - Annihilator882

Name That Simpson

If you havent been to Sporcle, you should check it out. They have lots of memory games like Can you name the elements of the periodic table? or the state capitals? They also have ones like Tom Hanks movies, or Monopoly properties etc. Every day they they have a couple new ones, and today I found this gem! I did pretty well, naming all but 6 when my time expired. How will you do?

20 June 2008

Yeti Another Mummy Movie - TheTrailer

Couldn't resist the abominable snowman reference. Now say what you want about the Mummy movies. They are cheap rip-offs of Indiana Jones, then again Indy 4 was a cheap rip off of itself from what I hear (I have seen the Nuke the Fridge scene on youtube - Yikes!). But they are also pretty fun. Even the Scorpion King was a decent sword and sandals romp. I proudly had all three on DVD until the unfortunate incident with Allied.

The main problem is that the films all retcon each other. In Mummy 2, all of a sudden Evie was reincarnated and Brendan Frasier had some tatoo he had never noticed that made him the chosen one!? Also, now the Mummy who almost destroyed the world in part 1 was a minimal threat that needed the armies of hell to be powerful!?!? In Scorpion King, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson AKA The Scorpion King is a good guy. Huh!? Because if I remember right he was an evil tyrant in Mummy 2. Maybe you are only meant to watch one of these movies because alone they aint bad (aside from pygmy mummies).

Anyhow... This Mummy 3 looks actually pretty good. Don't worry, there is an all new Evie with new personality and a grown up kid to keep the retcons alive, but any movie with a sasquatch or albino sasquatch cousin, gets my vote. Check out the trailer:

Radar Blips - Back to the Future II

The Year: 1985

The Players: Michael J. Fox as old Marty, young Marty, Marty Jr, and Marlene, Chris Lloyd aka Professor Plum (not Colonel Mustard), Lea Thompson, and an expanded role for Daniel Stern as Biff, old Biff, young Biff, and Griff. Oh yeah, and a new Jennifer swapped out with Elisabeth Shue, but Marty didn't notice.

The Take: $118 million

Did they really go to the Future?: This time they did to 2015. Also to alternate 1985 and "back to the past," 1955.

Why you should see it: This is essentially 3 mini-movies. The first part (2015) is a fantastic peak what people in 1985 thought our time would be like, complete with the fantastic 80's cafe and Max Hedromesque Ronald Reagan. The middle portion in alternate 85 is intriguing, but not quite as good as the beginning or end. The third act, back to 1955, creatively and masterfully revisited the first film from alternate angles. This is was a lot of fun and the final scene of Marty running to Doc Brown just after the first De Lorean got sent back, was a perfect cliffhanger. I also just noticed a hint at how Marty beats Wild Bill Biff in BttF3 via a Western being watched by 1985 Biff on TV. Clever indeed.

The Babylonian Captivity - Survivors (1x11)

Shenanigans abound. There is sabotage and chief of security Garibaldi is implicated. This episode and the last one are starting to build up the depth of the main characters. The real bad guy was pretty obvious, so much in fact that it seemed like I was watching Scooby Doo. Babylon 5, where is this epic and groundbreaking story arc that fans rave about?


The Babylonian Captivity - Believers (1x10)

Science versus God in an epic showdown. A young alien boy will die without surgery but the family believes surgery will kill the spirit. The doc surgers the boy, the family kills the left over "boy shell." Sort of a cliche plot, but done well.


18 June 2008

Arcee Pro Ma'am / Pretty in Pink

Take a look at RC from the upcoming blockbuster Transformers 2. Now the ladies have something to be excited about... other than little Shia La Beef.

17 June 2008

The Mediocre Hulk Opening

Click on the image to see how the Hulk opening compares to other Superhero openings. If Hulk avoids the disastrous drop off of Hulk '03, the movie should be on course for about $150 million. Lets just see how they spin this. Hulk '03 made $132 mil on a budget of $137 mil and was deemed a bomb. This one cost $150 mil, so would $145 mil be a "hit?"

16 June 2008

Radar Blips - Batman

The Year: 1989

The Players: Beetlejuice, John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson, and Kimmy Basinger

The Take: $251 million

Bat Nipples?: Not yet, this was the Tim Burton goth style Bat dude.

Why you should see it: In 1989, this was the greatest comic book movie ever (but really there was only this and the Supermans). Batman Begins redefined the Batman films, but this one is still strong. Michael Keaton is a surprisingly good Batman (though his Bruce Wayne isn't as good). Jack as the Joker is another great performance and the Joker origin is iconic (but dont get me started on the Joker as killer of the Wayne parents, boo). And Batman's toys are cool. I especially enjoyed the scene were the Batwing flies in front of the moon. Also, whenever I see Batman in any incarnation, this movie's theme music will come to mind. There are some unbatmanlike things in this movie (guns, killing, etc) but overall this was a great showdown between two of comicdoms juggernauts

The Babylonian Captivity - Deathwalker (1x09)

I literally fell asleep twice trying to watch this episode. It waxed political about a war criminal / vampire. It was just a lot of arguing and bad CG space ships. C'mon Babylon5, lets get the main story going.


15 June 2008

Hulk Smashes Box Office

Well, Hulk is out and did about as good as the last one (with similar mixed reviews), but not quite. This time its a victory though because they expected less. This puts big green smack in the middle of the pack near the debuts of the Fantastic 4 films and the original X-Men. To be fair, the true test will be in the legs. If Hulkster makes $150 million, they will be pleased. As long as those damned Hulk hands keep selling, Marvel will be making bank.

The Panda is now a bona fide blockbuster, kung-fuing through $100 million. There was some other shuffling around in the ranks, but nothing radical.

Next week is the potential double bombing of Get Smart and Love Guru, who no matter how they do will be cannibalizing each others audiences. Get Smart indeed.


#1 Iron Man - $297,428,000
#2 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $275,329,000
#3 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $131,744,000
#4 Sex and the City - $119,919,000
#5 Kung Fu Panda - $117,998,000
#6 What Happens in Vegas - $75,788,000
#7 You Don't Mess With the Zohan - $68,790,000
#8 The Incredible Hulk - $54,538,000
#9 Speed Racer - $42,018,000

The Babylonian Captivity - And the Sky Full of Stars (1x08)

The plot thickens. The main story involved a virtual reality hostage taking of the Captain, which might as well have been on a holodeck. But the interesting part of the story was an exploration of what happened during a 24 hour period 10 years previous on the eve of Earth's near loss in the Earth-Minbari war. The Captain was captured and something done to him. Then the Minbari surrendered!? And the Minbari ambassador currently on B5 was there! duh duh duh. What does it all mean? I am intrigued.