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Comic Issues Presents: Thor – Review

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Comic Issues Presents: Thor – Review

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screening of the Marvel Comics latest hero-turned Hollywood movie, Thor. In following the successful Iron Man franchise, and the soon to be released Captain America and Avengers movie, Marvel seems to be getting their continuity together for a very good set of films, which is a nice change of pace being that Marvel hasn’t been able to do the same for their latest books to save their lives. Perhaps Marvel needs to brake down and have a “Crisis.” That however, is not what this is about–this is about The Mighty Thor. Thankfully, here Marvel has another strong film on their hands. “Thor” is everything you’ve come to expect from a Marvel movie; it’s fun, action-packed, epic and widely accessible to comic fans and non-comic fans alike. As with all Marvel films to date, you should stay to the very end. Yes, suffer though the horrible Foo Fighters song–trust me, it’s worth it!

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I am certain no two people in the theatre were more ignorant of the Marvel comic title Thor than my companion and I. We gamely let the film unfold before us with zero preconceptions and (to be honest) pretty low expectations. The fans around is seemed to feel pretty good about it as a whole, and we both found it entertaining and pretty well self-contained.

The story takes place in two worlds: ours, and the far-off realm of Asgard, where the personages of Thor (Chris Hemsworth(, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Frigga (Rene Russo), and Heimdall (Idris Elba) live. The presence of these space gods in our Norse folklore is explained as long-ago visits to Earth where their advanced science seemed magical. Naturally, back in New Mexico, we have Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd as a Swede who knows the stories, though a children’s book is still needed to explain the extra bits.

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The Thor Meet Up!

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The Thor Meet Up!

Greetings True Believers!  The upcoming Thor movie is nearly upon us and we want to celebrate the Thunder God’s arrival with all of our Comic Issues listeners.  This upcoming Saturday (May 7th) Comic Issues will be having a Thor Meet Up and we’re encouraging every listener who can make it. To attend and watch what may very well be the greatest comic book movie of the year with your favorite podcastin’-pals.

After the movie we’ll be recording viewer’s reactions of the movie that we’ll be posting on the website, and if that’s not enough incentive, the Ci Crew will be going right to their not-so-secret hideout of Keith’s Restaurant to record 2 podcasts where YOU are invited to be our first live audience!

We love our listeners, and we wouldn’t love this podcast as much as we do without all of your support. Hope to see you there.

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Top Picks in Comics for 4/27/11

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Top Picks in Comics for 4/27/11

I have returned from Wizard World Anaheim and I am charged up!  It was an amazing event with all the love of comics reminiscent of the older conventions from the late 90’s.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our photo gallery full of cosplay goodness and keep your eyes on Comic Issues for upcoming interviews and articles about our time there.

But that’s not why you’re here, you’re here for some comic books and I’m the man to drop some knowledge on some of the books that came out last week.  It was another good week for comics, the Age of X came to it’s conclusion, Flash is catching up to the Flashpoint Event, and The Mighty Thor debuts his underwater action figure.

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Comic Issues #10 – Take a look it’s in a Comic Book

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Comic Issues #10 – Take a look it’s in a Comic Book

It’s Wednesday again which means two things, new comic day and a new episode of Comic Issues. Join our heroes this week as they talk about the latest Green Lantern and Thor Clips from Wondercon. Recap the 3 geekiest items with your viewer comments. Then delve into the depths of our early days of comic book reading as we pick the most impactful single issues.

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Comic Issues Special: Comic Book Movie Update

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Comic Issues Special: Comic Book Movie Update

We hope you’ve been enjoying Comic Issues so far and what better way to celebrate our official launch week then with a special Comic Issues Podcast episode. Though be warned this episode is double special. As it features a Trivia Question worth 50points that can be used to Leech some Loot from PixelatedGeek.

On this exciting episode of Comic Issues join our heroes as they go through all the recent comic book movie casting news and trailers. Especially those that were just featured on the SuperBowl including Thor, Captain America, Battle of LA, Rango, Cowboy vs Aliens among others. If that wasn’t enough there is also some amazing Green Lantern news :)

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A Black Heimdall? Thor Controversy and Ethnic Tokenism

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A Black Heimdall? Thor Controversy and Ethnic Tokenism

So, a black Heimdall, huh?

I’m going to join with Penny Arcade by saying that the racist groups currently protesting the casting choice aren’t really to be taken seriously. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been recognized as a hate organization; their interest in the issue lies only in their bigotry.

So we can dismiss the issue of agreeing with racists and the underlying awkward shame. It’s ridiculous to seriously believe that the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall is some sort of sinister attempt to deny Europeans their cultural heritage. It’s far more likely he was chosen simply because he was a good actor fitting the role of Heimdall for the movie than the producers are out to indoctrinate children and young adults.

It does, however, raise an interesting question: do authors and creators of media have a responsibility to enforce diversity? And how important is ethnicity to verisimilitude when it comes to a setting? Read On

Thor (The Movie) – Trailer hits the web

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Thor (The Movie) – Trailer hits the web

The folks who were lucky enough to get into Thor panel at Comic Con have already seen the trailer for the movie.  Unfortunately for us, we were one of the many that didn’t get in. But, everyone can enjoy it past the break now.  The trailer clocks in at about 5 mins of footage and gives you enough preface to the story to help those that don’t already know what Thor is about.

Update: New video source

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