Monday, October 29, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers Screen Cap's Which You Never Saw!

Besides a very few, I think everyone enjoyed Marvel's The Avengers. But I know while I was watching it, I wanted several screen shots to be my computer wallpaper. Thus with the DVD release, I decided it was time someone made some nice HD wallpaper for everyone to enjoy. Feel free to pick out which ones you want or look at the entire album at imgur. 



















Ahhh, the best one for last. Time to Photoshop some Civil War fan posters, right? But that's not it, be sure to click on the source for the full album or use the embedded version below. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

IRON MAN 3 Poster Debuts! And First Look At Mandarin!

It's finally here! Click on the image to view the first official Iron Man 3 in full glory! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Superotherside Reviews: ARROW

When I first heard about that DC was planning on developing a show based off of Green Arrow, I was intrigued. Not excited just intrigued. I have held my judgement of the show for a while, not sure if it would be good or bad. With only seeing one live action superhero show, NBC's critical failure The Cape, my expectations were very low. But I have to say, for the first episode, it has made a pretty good impression on me so far. 

To be clear, I know next to nothing about Green Arrow. I've seen him on some shows, I know he's a billionaire and some of the usual things. I might have read one or two of his comics. So I don't know much about him and I'm not going to pretend to be an huge fan of him. But I have to say I do like this show... so far. The dialogue is good, it's probably better than most TV shows, but at the same it's not anything extraordinary either. The story is good but very ordinary. I felt Stephen Amell did a good job at Oliver Queen, but while his character is very reminiscent of other superhero's, Batman or Iron Man for example, he sets his own spin on a familial tale. While you see his back story, the pilot leaves his origin very unexplored. I was actually glad of this, as I figured I would be sitting though a forty minute origin story and leave the good stuff for later episodes. Thankfully, this is not the case and it leaves the perfect amount of explanation, yet mystery around his character. Katie Cassidy plays her character well, yet her character falls into the usual Bruce Wayne type girlfriend. Hopefully she'll get to do more in future episodes. It will be interesting how Colin Donnell's Tommy Merlyn will develop in future shows, as his is actually Green Arrow's archenemy. Yeah, I just Googled his character, that's how I know that. David Ramsey, Willa Holland, and Susanna Thompson receive honorable mentions on their acting, doing well with the characters with their limited screen time. The action is well played though out the episode and is quite good especially for a TV series. Stephen Amell seems to do a good job at seemingly doing most of his stunts. My interest is peaked to find out how the action continues when Arrow meets more experienced foes. 

Overall: With good acting, interesting characters, and smart dialogue CW's Arrow hits the target when it comes to compelling story, tone, and action. This is one superhero show you must not miss!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Superotherside's Classic Review: The Thanos Quest

Being one of my favorite villains, when I heard of this Thanos solo series, I couldn't stop myself from checking it out. Was it worth it? Did it ruin everyone's favorite purple colored titan? Read on. 

In case you don't know, The Thanos Quest is a two issue limited series featuring Thanos, who looks into the Infinity Well discovering the true nature of the Infinity Gems. Thanos convinces Death the gems would aid him in his quest of killing half the universe. She gives him permission to seek out the cosmic entities who hold them. 

Pretty much everything about this book is brilliant. The art is stunning, capturing all the emotion and the mind bending realities Thanos's quest takes us to. It's epic from the start and only gets better. 

Often, writers struggle with cosmic tales, especially at this time, but this book has little, to no problems handling everything. The expressions, mood, and dialogue is actually cinematic. It's amazing at how these characters who at times in other comics had come off as very goofy, are all well scripted, yet never act out of character. Jim Starlin wrote these characters how they were supposed to be written. He captured all their selfishness, and greed, yet ultimately made you feel sorry for them. 

Told in his own thoughts, Thanos makes a deeply interesting protagonist for the story. To those who have read The Infinity Gauntlet you are probably wondering, why you should bother with a intro into a storyline you have already read. Well, I'll tell you. Because it's worth it. Not only will the Mad Titian actions not come off as "mad" as they did before you read the book, but you will also appreciate The Infinity Gauntlet much more. 

There is actually quite a bit of action as well. Thanos goes up against seemingly impossible odds, and yet each time ultimately out matches them though with each of their gems give his opponents a huge advantage. It is amazing to see how easily Thanos tricks each of these cosmic beings into falling to his mercy each time. Thanos has a sort of humor with the way he lives up to his bargains. 

By the end of the book, you understand Thanos does not actually have as much ill will to the universe as most think. You realize he actually wants to be able to understand the whole universe, so that he might use it to understand his own emotions. He believes power will ultimately satisfy him, yet realizes it never will. For this reason he loves Death, for when dead, he does not have to deal with the problems of life. He truly wants to die, to be rid of his problems. He only needs to realize the only true way to be satisfied with your life, is to do good. A choice he might never make. 

Having little to no mistakes, fantastic art, excellent writing, and great characters, The Thanos Quest is hard not to recommend this story to any comic fan. 


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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thinking Logically About Paul Ryan

Okay, now I don't usually like to get into political debates but this is so simple I can't understand why some can't grasp it.

Lets look at what is now happening under the current plan:

Businesses lay off employees because of harsh taxes to fund welfare systems. In turn, the employees can't find jobs, because there are no businesses able to hire them. The employees are then forced to take welfare which is less than their own pay. From here matters only get worse. Since the employees are now on welfare, a dramatic cut in their funds, they are forced to only purchase essentials from businesses. The would be employee, is therefore forced to starve on welfare and the business has to let go more even employees, if it hasn't already gone bankrupt. Where does it end? Where everyone is forced rely on the government for food, clothing, homes and jobs. But the government can't pay for everything because of the huge number of people relying on them. A lower quality of living is forced on everyone making everyone poor except a few high up officials.

Is this the future you want?

Lets start thinking of what would happen with Paul Ryan's plan using the example above.

Businesses hire more employees because of tax cuts. Suddenly jobs are found. Employees no longer need welfare and can work to fulfill their dreams. Employees are able to be promoted in the businesses increasing their pay. This in turn, allows them to purchase more, which increases the businesses's profits. Businesses will hire more employees to meet demand. Since the economy is stabilized, government gets more funds because of the amount of people who are able to contribute taxes, instead of being forced to take welfare.

The Obama campaign has brought up the point of Welfare being done away with for the elderly under Paul Ryan's plan. Let's look at what would really happen.

Woman and men both would be able to get higher paying jobs easier because the businesses would be hiring more employees.

The change in senior's Medicare wouldn't change until 2023! Read more: here. By this time there would be no reason to worry about it. Why? Because companies would now have enough to give a suitable retirement since the heavy taxes would be lifted.

The middle class wouldn't need medicare because they would be able to get jobs and have a better chance at going up into their business and participating in retirement or savings plans.

Students would be able to find work easier and have better funds to pay for their schooling. More people would be able to go to collage, because of more job availability. In turn, collages would be able to lower their rates.

Immigrants would be able to find jobs easier and wouldn't need welfare.

Some have complained that Romney's choice for Vice President is racial. Why? Would it be racial if he was African American? Just because he's Caucasian, does this make a difference in what he stands for? And is race really a qualifying reason for Vice President? And why African American? Why not Asian? Indian? Or Jewish? It doesn't matter what your skin color is, it matters what you do.

Some have complained that both Romney/Ryan are in the 1%. The rich. Well, think with me a moment? Aren't Obama/Biden in the 1% as well? So Romney, being successful businessman, is bad because he gives employees jobs?

Obama complains about the Romney/Ryan plan, but what plan has he got? Have you felt the change his Stimulus plan made? I have. It has increased the national debt and has made Obama the most costly president ever. Not only that, Obama is trying to make gasoline even more expensive! Read more: here.

The change Obama has promised has come. Are you happy with the change? Are you ready to try something different?

What future will you choose?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Superotherside's Classic Review: BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN

Now, mostly I lean to Marvel in being my favorite publisher of comics. But I have to say when DC gets stuff right, it's fantastic. I came across this book at the library and decided to read it to see how I liked this classic story.

Well, I did. Not just being an amazing Batman story, this is an amazing comic period! I didn't honestly realize at how much The Dark Knight took from this book. In fact the scene on the roof top with Gordon, Dent, and Batman is almost lifted from the panel.

I really loved the writing because it made you feel like you were Batman. The tone reminds me of a mix between the new Batman Arkham games and Snyder's Batman title. It is obvious that Batman: Long Halloween has influenced these Batman stories a great deal.

I couldn't believe at how many villains made their way into this book either. Even Solomon Grundy makes an appearance! What's great about it, is that each character is handled well and adds something to the overall story. There doesn't seem to be much of throwing stuff in there, just because the writer can. Something that irritates me very deeply when writers do that. But instead most everything fits into place in the plot of the book.

They also went into the deep psychology of Dent, which in The Dark Knight was played brilliantly by Aaron Eckhart. Sadly when you read this book, you realize the film should have developed his character a bit more.

The art is great as well. It allows enough character expression, yet doesn't define it too much and gives you an over all impressionistic art.

With a great story, good art, and a definitive Batman story, Bat fans everywhere should be sure to pick up this classic.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Issue 1-3: Black Widow Strikes 

What I love about Black Widow Strikes is that it delves more deeply into a character which story has just been teased in the Avengers. I wish they would do some books like this for Hawkeye! 

First off Natasha Romanoff aka the Black Widow is on an under cover job to find some stolen Starktech where she meets Sofia, a rival spy determined to prove her superiority. After killing several agents and nearly killing Natasha herself, Natasha stops Sofia from seemingly selling the Starktech to the Ten Rings. 

Seriously this book is really good. Some thought it made the character sappy or something but I would say it made her more interesting. No one wants a character who is perfect or who doesn't have doubts. Well, maybe some do... 

But at any rate this book teases how great a Black Widow film could be. While some may not like it due to it's simplicity, it's an enjoyable book to look more into Natasha's character. 

Besides that, it gives a teaser of the Ten Rings! I think some of the things talked about in here seem to be linked with Iron Man 3. It seems Sofia was hired to steal the code of the targeting software for Hammer's bootleg version of the Jericho missile for the Ten Rings. To me this is beyond cool. 

Not without it's faults but having several redeeming qualities, I give it: 


Issue 1-2: The Amazing Spider-man 

I have to admit I was skeptical of this one but I've got to say it won me over completely. The drama, artwork, and story are all top notch. Which gives me much more hope in this reboot. 

I have get one thing clear. I personally dislike hate the suit in the Amazing Spider-man. But I have to say, it does look very good in this comic. 


But it's not just that. The story is were things begin to get interesting, Peter's thoughts of just wanting to help and prove to Captain Stacy Spider-man is not a dangerous vigilante. 

The story with Gwen is interesting too, I'm wondering if she knows he's Spider-man at this point... 

What's bad about it? Nothing really. A minor complaint is that I doubt thugs could have beat him around so easily. But then he's very much a novice so it's honestly not against what happened in the comics. So the complaint doesn't have much if any bearing. 

Another complaint is it doesn't have enough actual action. He never gets to fight a real threat in the series, it's mainly just a teaser for you to see the movie. Not that that's bad in any way. 

I give it: