Posts Tagged ‘Superheroes’

I guess the question is, who would be her running mate? In any case, this SHOULD happen! Right? I’m all for Bernie, but the closer we get, the less likely a Bernie Sanders presidency seems. But Wonder Woman as president? Yes, yes, a THOUSAND times yes!

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But, who knows, she may not have even consider running for such an office. She does get a little mift at American’s inability to adhere to compassion and fairness. So, if nothing else, we could go with another set of presidential possibilities who have PROVEN political and military skills, as well as bringing down the evil surrounding everyone and being a pivotal piece in ending tyranny!

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Mothma/Ackbar 2016

Mon Mothma as President and Admirel Ackbar as her running mate? I mean, really! Mothma has, on multiple occasions shown her leadership abilities with true integrity and passion. She’s also not someone to beat around the bush, lie, or do anything that would give us an inkling she’s not on the side of the people. And Ackbar, always loyal, always true to the leadership, but never forgets about the people he serves. This is the dream team of politics!

What are your thoughts? Who would YOU vote for? Who would YOU rather see running for the highest office in the nation?

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Rob Liefeld. Creator of Deadpool. The biggest douche bag in the comics industry, and the fans are going bat shit crazy over his pride and joy’s first movie. I wanted to hate this film so bad.

But I didn’t.

I worked on so many levels – the casting was extraordinary, the jokes fit well, the editing worked, the music was chosen perfectly, and overall the movie looked great! I can see why everyone fell in love with it and have seen it multiple times in its opening weekend.

I won’t be.

See, I’m truly conflicted here. The creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld, is someone I truly dislike. His outspoken ways about the comics industry in general are enough for me to think he’s a tool, but the way he’s called comic creators out doesn’t help his case as well. He’s also a shitty artist who really needs to stop.

I’ve also never been a fan of Deadpool. I tried to get into the comic a few years ago, and while the first few reads were fun, after a full year of reading the book, it never turned into anything except pages of cheap laughs, stupid one liners, and a character who’s purpose never developed further than what I’ve already listed.

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With that being said, I also recognize that Deadpool is meant for a certain type of audience. I’m not against violence, sex, or other adult oriented material on the big screen, but my cinematic appetite craves something more substantial than simply that.

And don’t worry, I wasn’t so jaded that I didn’t notice an emotionally driven plot, giving the character a much sympathetic persona. He was tormented, scared, and had to deal with a certain level of low self-esteem. That, in and of itself, was something I appreciated.

With the combination of disliking the creator, and disliking the character of Deadpool just as much, I had very low expectations going into the film. But here’s where my conflict comes into play. I always try to go into a movie and rate it as an entity by itself – not judging how well it stays true to the source material, but based on what it was trying to accomplish as a film. And the truth is, Deadpool, as a film in and of itself, was good!

I won’t go into the hype of the R rating. It seems the majority of people like it mostly for that reason. I also won’t go into the how parents who takes their children to an R rated film really aren’t paying close attention to the rating system anymore. What I will say about the film is that, while I do think it was good, it isn’t great.

Deadpool’s story is fun, but predictable. it’s smart, but typical. It does most things right, but isn’t innovative or necessarily creative. All of its elements work exactly the way they should, but nothing that happens is new or different. The writing works great, but nothing about it screams exceptional. Everything about Deadpool works, and it works well. But nothing about Deadpool merits the hype its received.

It’s fun. Plain and simple. And that, by itself, makes the movie worth going to see. I did find myself a little bored in some spots, and I also wondered if some of the jokes (like the repetitive use of Christmas) was a little TOO repetitive. But, as always, Ryan Reynolds kicks major ass, and the references he makes, as Deadpool, to…well…everything, was so well done.

So, how do I, in my own mind, make it OK for me to have enjoyed a movie about a character I don’t like, created by someone I think is a bad mark on the comics industry overall?

Well, Deadpool is a douche nozzle. Rob Liefeld is a douche nozzle. Could it be possible that this movie, while being entertaining, is also giving us a clear representation of the type of person Rob Liefeld actually is? He’s a tool, smart mouthed, a smart ass, knows how to market a property no matter how bad it is, and always uses insults as a way of compensating for his own inadequacy…..yeah, this seems like Liefeld. In turn, like Deadpool

While I know this is not what the film was trying to do, something small, deep inside of me wants to believe it to be so. So this movie, for me, sums up Rob Liefeld to perfection.

I know this is me finding an excuse to hate on Liefeld, but when you don’t like someone, it’s hard not to find an excuse to do so.

Oh, beware of full frontal nudity, if you care about that. And for the most part, the violence isn’t that bad. Some scenes MAY force you to slightly cover your eyes, but if you’re use to Tarantino films, Deadpool’s violence doesn’t hold a candle to it.

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Andreas Englund, a Swedish artist takes us through the life of a superhero who probably reached the end of his illustrious crime fighting career a couple of decades ago. Without intending to, he follows the same idea that Alex Ross had with his masterful book, Kingdom Come. However, the difference is THIS anonymous superhero isn’t in any position to reclaim his vigilante status.  Yet, here he is, kicking in the faces of evil doers everywhere.

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Determined yet tired. A proud moment for this chap indeed.

A statement was made by Philipp Windmüller describing point of Englund’s gorgeous oil painting series, talking about how the accomplishments of the elderly need to be remembered and recognized:

In a kind of tender comic on a huge canvas, Englund describes the hero who is slowly but surely spending his remaining years with human traits as a link between the artist himself and the viewer. It was extremely important to Englund to portray the aging process with an intensified presence. If you want to accord credibility to a character, the character himself needs to face up reality and the aging process. He has to acknowledge to himself that he cannot live up to expectations and that the “perfect life” is nothing more than wishfulness. Englund’s artworks are focused on the maturing process. Even in the old age it is still possible to achieve something valuable although someone’s drive and vigour won’t bluster out explosively. Nevertheless everybody in his advanced age deserves to be recognised and respected for what he has achieved in life.

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Even superheroes get scared.

Englund’s photorealistic paintings can be found on his website and are available for purchase.

I’ve always been fascinated by stories that depict the superhero lifestyle in realistic terms, making it seem not so glamorous as many comics tend to do. I love superheros. Everyone of you who follow me here at Heretical Jargon should know that. However I also understand and accept the ridiculous and unrealistic nature of the superhero genre. Superheroes have a direct connection to the classical Greek and Roman “Heroes Quest” type of stories; a hero has to face him or herself against immeasurable odds, coming to terms with their inner demons…that and fighting giant monsters, space baddies, and intergalactic evils which threaten the very existence of humanity. (More or less) So I can appreciate artists and storytellers taking a step back to remind us that superheroes, if they were real, would be a laughable lifestyle.

But Philipp Windmüller is right on target with his comments about the elderly and recognizing their achievements in life, no matter how small or big they are.

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The man himself, Andreas Englund, hard at work in this incredibly ambitious piece.

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Alan Moore is a weird man, that much has always been true. He’s also been exceptionally vocal about his dislike of the comics industry since the 90’s and continues to publicize his viewpoints in questionable ways. It’s obvious he has his own ideas about what superheroes should stand for and is unwilling to allow for change and evolution of the genre.

In an interview with the Guardian a few days ago, Moore is quoted as calling “adult” comic book fans as subnormal. Whether or not he meant this as an insult or a simple “statement of fact” is uncertain, but it’s clear he has no intention of rethinking his opinion on the current state of the superhero genre.

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen,” he told The Guardian. “I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations.

“They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their 9-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.

“These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not 9 to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year-old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it – they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.

“This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

Genres change. Sometimes for better, sometimes not so much. However I do believe that the evolution of story telling is necessary in order for new ideas to come about as well as to meet the literary needs of readers. While Alan Moore remains as one of my favorite authors, I can’t respect an opinion which hopes to keep the superhero genre stagnate and unwilling to grow into something more than what it used to be.

I hope Moore continues to pump out more LXG books as well as any more fun stories that he’s famous for producing.

Alan Moore is best known for his graphics novels, Watchmen and V for Vendetta.