Friday, December 09, 2016
Comic Cuts - 9 December 2016
What I actually did was watch Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, which was pretty good; I also enjoyed the two episodes of the Arise series that I've managed to catch. I think the number of different versions it has gone through (movie, movie 2, Stand Alone Complex and movie, Arise and movie, PC games and even a theatre production) proves that Masamune Shirow's original comic strip was a fantastic base from which to jump off. And early... the original manga was serialised in 1989. Mind you, I read Neuromancer in 1985 and had read 'Johnny Mnemonic' when it originally appeared in Omni in 1981. Thirty-five years ago. Oh, boy. Where do the years go?
Anyway, Ghost in the Shell is the kind of cyber-thriller series I enjoy. I'm looking forward to the movie that's due out next March. It looks like it will be a good year for big-budget comics-based movies, with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets due in July, the Kingsman sequel due in June plus the usual plethora of DC and Marvel tie-ins.
I haven't been impressed with DC's recent crop (Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad) but Wonder Woman – based on the trailer – could put them back on top. I'm definitely looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor:Ragnarok and I'll give Logan and Spider-Man a look-in. The second Wolverine movie (the one set in Japan) was OK but I haven't been a huge fan of the X-Men franchise. At the end of next year there's the Justice League movie, but if it's as bad as Batman vs Superman (seriously: Martha?) and Suicide Squad...
And while we're about it, can movies please stop with the anti-gravity power beams? Why does every movie have to have electric blue beams shooting into the clouds, which darken and swirl around to make a hole, through which rubble and junk shoot. The Avengers, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men and even the Ninja Turtles have all used the same trope, as did Ghostbusters, Transformers, Independence Day: Resurgence and even Big Hero 6 (see some examples here). There might have been one in Warcraft, too. It was cool when the ground started breaking up and rising in Akira twenty-five years ago, but it's becoming tedious in the extreme now.
With blue power beams filling my thoughts, here are today's random scans on the theme of the colour blue.