Thursday, March 15, 2007 

Heroes in Fashion

From this article.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 

Spidey Alternatives

Peter Parker will be seen in the black suit in the upcoming film. However, our friendly neighbourhood Spider-man (yes, the hypen - is official) through the years, has worn many other costumes. Obviously, that is Aunt May on the right, please, a man in tights does not mean that he is entirely a drag. Image and article from Wizard.


Is that an SG flag I see?

For the fans, Wildstorms' The Authority series was started by the team of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch who incidentally killed off the previous Stormwatch unit and placed the fate of the planet (and its many dimensions) in the hands of The Authority, a team of supers that will do anything to save us. And I mean anything - which includes wiping over thousands in the River Thames.

Then led by the Spirit of the 20th Century Jenny Sparks (think of her as a incarnation of a chain-smoking Keira Knightley from Domino) with the team of Jack Hawksmoor, Swift, The Doctor, The Engineer and the controversial gay couple Midnighter and Apollo, a Batman and Robin/Nightwing/Superman pastiche. After the first series (spoiler alert: death of Jenny Sparks), the new team of Mark Millar and (one of my favourites artist) Frank Quitely continued the story with the team battling a thinly disguised The Avengers in our little island of Singapore and eventually saved the reincarnation of Jenny Sparks.

I have stopped reading this series since that last arc by Millar and Quitely as the series faced heavy censorship and much controversy post 9-11, and the story seems to lost its spark. It has been one of my all time favourite series along with Watchmen, Rising Stars and Frank Millar's Dark Knight.

In recent times, Jenny Quantum (the child saved by the team earlier) has grown up. And just like Ms Jenny Sparks who dons a Union Jack t-shirt, she wears in a manner reminiscent our nation flag. Our very own ass-kicking superhero. I have not started on this new arc myself so I have no idea what it is about. So guys with 1819, please take note.

Perhaps our Tourism Board should note this as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 

Recommended Reading: Y-The Last Man

An ultimate male fantasy, what happens if you are the only living man left on the planet (not totally, there is your pet Monkey Ampersand). We are talking about the complete wipe-out, spontaneous death of all everything possessing a Y chromosome. You are going to be rather popular.

Written by one of the writers from LOST, Bryan K Vaughan, and unlike LOST which is kind of getting really lost, this series actually has closure come book #60. And it doesn't have any silly spin-off titles with the likes of the Ultimates, Astonishing, Uncanny X-men Evolution Revolution.

Fantastic artwork from co-creator Pia Guerra and told like a real storyboard of a television series. Actors reactions showed in multi-frames, a backward counting clock tracing the events that led to the fall of man and then there is getting his asses kicked by the single-breasted Daughters of Amazon.

With all the comic-books-into-film phase going on (Nic Cage as Ghostrider, please? At least there is very WETA The Sliver Surfer coming soon.), this one apparently has been picked up by New Line Cinema. Although, personally, it pans out well as a television series if given a tighten edit.

Thursday, March 01, 2007 

Life of Mann

"The Life Of Mann is a global collaboration in creative storytelling. Every 5 pages will be attempted by a different artist/writer. There will be no restrictions to the style of drawing, direction of story, or way of presentation. However, the story must CONTINUE. Characters can be included or excluded along the way, but the story must always revolve around the central character - Mann."
A fantastically brilliant initiative by Josef Lee. Visit the main site and spread the word!