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Comic Issues #197 – Rocket to the Comet

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Comic Issues #197 – Rocket to the Comet

Surely you already know that humans, the second greatest species on Earth, has landed a probe on the comet, Rosetta.  I’m sure it’s the talk about the town and the only thing people are talking about… wait, who’s fat ass did what now?  Well Anthony and Elizabeth are excited at this amazing technological event and this week the two get nerdy over Philae and dread the oncoming of the “Big One” that’ll destroy the West Coast.

Also this week we read Avengers / X-Men: AXIS #5, All-New Captain America #1, Superior Iron Man #1, and the greatest comic you’ll read all month (may year), Rocket Raccon #5.  Join in on the fun and find out why these were our favorite comics of last week.

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Review: Iron Man Vol. 2 – The Secret Origin of Tony Stark

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Review: Iron Man Vol. 2 – The Secret Origin of Tony Stark

San Diego Comic Con starts in two days, and the entire cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron will be there. To get us in the mood, lets review an Iron Man graphic novel, shall we?

At the start of Iron Man Volume 2, Tony Stark is literally flying high: saving an alien world from space pirates and being fawned over by beautiful alien women. By the end of the first issue, he’s rejected, arrested, and presumed guilty of deicide. By the end of the book he’s an accessory to genocide, in league with the person who put the genocide into motion, and most of what he knows about his origin may be a lie. It’s been a bad few days for Stark, and it looks like things are just getting started.

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Review: Avengers – Endless Wartime

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Review: Avengers – Endless Wartime

When it comes to comics, especially Marvel comics, I’ve usually focused on the Transformers line, with occasional forays into X-Men in the 90’s. Most of my knowledge about anything related to the Avengers comes from the recent movies (*waves madly* Hi, Mr. Hiddleston! You’re awesome!), and when I wanted to try to jump into Avengers comics, something by Warren Ellis seemed like the best place to start. I’ve read Ellis’s Transmetropolitan several times through, I’ve heard lots of rave reviews of Iron Man: Extremis, the man is a god of comic book writing, so I thought the recent Avengers:Endless Wartime would be a great introduction.

The final verdict? It was okay. 

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Preview: Iron Man #17

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Preview: Iron Man #17

From Marvel’s Press Release:

“You think know the story of Tony Stark. Billionaire genius. Armored Avenger. But this October, everything you know will change in an instant as The Secret Origin of Tony Stark comes to its shocking conclusion in IRON MAN #17!

From blockbuster creative team Kieron Gillen, Carlo Pagulayan, and Scott Hanna, evil android 451 has all the answers when it comes to Tony Stark — or does he? Nothing will ever be the same as the true secret of Tony’s past is revealed!”

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Preview: Iron Man #15

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Preview: Iron Man #15

“This September, Tony battles for his life on the edge of the galaxy as the Secret Origin of Tony Stark continues in  Iron Man #15!  From blockbuster writer Kieron Gillen and red hot artist Carlo Pagulayan – Iron Man finally gets his chance to take down 451, and he’s bringing some friends! It’s a showdown for the ages, and you’ll never guess who comes out on top! Plus, as the Godkiller heads straight for Earth, Tony must give it his all to stop it from destroying his home planet… but can he? All leading up to the biggest life changing event for the armored avenger, no fan can miss Iron Man #15!” ~Marvel

Straight from the mouth of the House of Ideas, Iron Man’s history has been forever changed.  Will the change spread to the other heroes and villains of the Marvel U? Who’s next to be flipped on their head and what will become of the Earth when the Godkiller gets there?  Get a little taste below?!

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How Iron Man 3 has failed Marvel Studios

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How Iron Man 3 has failed Marvel Studios

In 1999, Fox released the movie X-Men, a remarkable achievement considering the previous track record with big budget comic book movies (BatmanForever, we’re looking at you). Fans of the franchise got to see reasonably accurate portrayals of their favorite characters. Spider-man quickly followed, proving to the world that comic book properties were money making landmines. Since then, the people have been given a wide variety of comic book movies from Hulk to The Avengers.

Iron Man has long stood out as a shining star of Marvel Studio’s rooster. Built on the back of Robert Downey Jr.’s astounding performance as Tony Stark, as well as Jon Farvreau’s realistic vision of a man with a nightlight in his chest and a suit of high tech armor, Iron Man took the genre to the next plateau, leading the charge to what many could only dream of: The Avengers movie. Once again Tony Stark returns to the big screen this year for the first time since his epic journey into space strapped to an atom bomb. Director Shane Black has taken over both partial writing and directing duties, but with it he has also taken Iron Man from the fans and given him to the masses.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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Review: Ultimate Iron Man Volume 1

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Review: Ultimate Iron Man Volume 1

After four separate posts about Adam Warren I figured I’d take a break from the 24-Hour Adam Warren Station (“All Adam Warren, All The Time”) and write about somebody else. Not that I couldn’t go on and on about the guy’s art, but I’m edging into creepy-fan territory, and people are starting to talk.

So I finally saw Avengers last week, and afterwards I was seriously hyped up on a superhero high. I floated around on this dreamy cloud, remembering all my favorite bits (Hulk’s transformation, Tony’s quips, Hawkeye’s arms, etc.) and talking non-stop to all my friends about what a completely amazing movie it is. It really was like being on some drug. A really awesome drug.

So when the crash came (less than a day later) it hit hard, and I was just jonesing for more Avengers. I figured it was a little too soon to go see the movie again (though that will happen, trust me) so I hit the library to get a quick comic book fix.

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Iron Man 2 Motion Graphics Videos (UI and VFX) by Perception

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Iron Man 2 Motion Graphics Videos (UI and VFX) by Perception

Over the weekend, I, just like many of you, have watched Iron Man 2.  While there were mixed reviews about the movie, I personally liked it.  Sure the ending battle between Whiplash versus War Machine and Iron Man wasn’t a climatic ending, but I felt the action throughout the movie was well balanced.  After leaving the theater, I was happy.  But as I got back to my MacBook and moved windows from the primary screen to the secondary, I thought, why can’t I have cool touch screen gadgets, UIs, and animations like Tony Stark? While we are at it, throw in a hot legal assistant as well.

But, alas, it’s just motion graphics done by Hollywood. (Don’t worry. Scarlett Johansson is not CG. Shes ALL real.) Well, actually, by a motion graphics company named Perception up in New York City.  Below are some videos showing the awesome UI and motion graphics work they did for Iron Man 2.

This first sequence was not actually used in the movie. But, it just shows how cool they could make your fingers and a piece of clear plastic look like.

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More videos after the break.

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