I started collecting comics in Junior High School. Ok I’ll admit I started, to impress a boy but I’ve never regretted it. I’ve come to appreciate them more now than I did back then. The plots are complex, the artwork is amazing and they are a great escape from the daily grind.
My collection is mostly Marvel. I’ve never gotten into any of the heroes from the DC world. My favorite are the X-Men especially Gambit. The idea that humans can have these incredible powers intrigued me. Ok yes that was the comic the boy from junior high liked so sue me. Since then I’ve come to appreciate the X-men and their complex stories. With the rising prices of comics I have pared down what I collect and X-Men is my main title. Others that I have collected recently have been the Supernatural Comics. They didn’t get great reviews from the fans of the show. If you look at them from just a comic book perspective they were great!
My favorite artists are Andy Kubert and his brother Adam. I just loved the way they drew Gambit. The first artist to draw Gambit in his debut issue was Jim Lee.
Movies and animation from comics have been around for a while. The very first one I remember wasn’t for theatres but for TV. It was Adam West, Burt Ward in Batman. Even today I still think it’s fun. I never knew, as a kid, that all the bad guys were Hollywood legends. Julie Newmar as Cat Woman, she’ll always be my favorite. You had Caesar Romero as the Joker, Frank Gorshin as Riddler, Vincent Price as Egghead and Burgess Meredith as Penguin. Just to name a few.
Only recently have studios been willing to tackle the more complex series. I remember when the X-Men movies were announced. I was excited, then disappointed when there was no Gambit. I was never a fan of Jean Gray, or Scott Summers. What the movies did bring us was Hugh Jackman as Wolverine! I remember arguing with one of the guys at work because he kept saying Hugh was too tall to be Wolverine. Everything worked out and Hugh Jackman was launched forever in my heart as Wolverine.
I thought it was great when Hugh Jackman got an all Wolverine movie. The only thing I found odd was that Gambit was added to the movie. Gambit and Wolverine never met before the X-Men. I wasn’t going to look a gift horse in the mouth and I waited to see whom they would cast. I have certain standards I expect in Gambit and I just couldn’t see anyone playing him. Finally it was announced that Taylor Kitsch would be Gambit. I had no idea who he was so I searched for him and the only thing I could find on Netflix was Friday Night Lights. I ordered them and fell in love with Tim Riggins. Taylor’s portrayal of Gambit wasn’t bad but I sure did miss his Cajun accent.
I would love for Gambit to get a stand-alone movie but I don’t want them to ruin it. Whoever they get to play Gambit would have to be able to pull off a Cajun accent. Taylor was smart to not even try. He just went with a southern accent instead. I guess I really don’t want them to mess with my image of Gambit. So I change my mind, I don’t want them to make a Gambit movie.
The Fantastic Four movies were decent. I just could never accept Jessica Alba as Sue Richards. Michael Chiklis was great as Ben Grimm so was Chris Evans as Johnny Storm. I have to wait and see how Chris portrays Captain America. Cap is a very serious character and Chris Evans is known more for being funny. I remember all the guys at the comic book store I go to grumbling when he was finally picked. I kind of agree with them but I’m willing to give Chris the benefit of the doubt. You’ll have to watch for my review when Captain America comes out in July.
Now brings me to the movie Thor! This movie blew me away. The look of the Asgard home world was fantastic. Sir Anthony Hopkins was perfect for Odin. When he rode in on Sleipnir for that one scene I was cheering. Well in my head anyway. I hate to look like a fool cheering at the movies. Chris Hemsworth had a very small part in the reboot of Star Trek but the casting people must have seen something in him and he landed the role of Thor. I’m glad they did because he was perfect for Thor.
What I love about movies based on Marvel comics is how they sneak in Stan Lee. Stan Lee is considered a god in the comic world. Ok maybe not god but there sure is one hell of a line for autographs whenever he’s at a convention. Comic book fans worship him, so then I guess he is a god.
On June 17th Green Lantern will hit the theatres. I’ll admit I know very little about the character because he’s part of DC Comics. What I do know comes from some of my co-workers. I will go see the movie because of Ryan Reynolds. So watch for my review Friday.
So I call out to all the fangirls out there. Let yourself be heard! Please, because I really need to know I’m not the only one.