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Listen to the archive episode of Kieron Gillen on Graphic Policy Radio

This past Tuesday was a special episode of Graphic Policy Radio with writer Kieron Gillen. Gillen is a comic book writer who has worked on the X-Men, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, his critically praised Phonogram, Three, and is currently writing Iron Man, The Wicked + The Divine, and more!

For almost an hour and a half we chatted comics from the beginning of his time growing up listening to music, how he got into the industry, how the loss of his dad impacted his latest work, and more.

There’s tons of interesting tidbits, especially insight into how he sees diversity in comics (and helps make it happen), the thoughts on commercial success, class, his process, and so much more.

So listen in below, or download a copy and listen to it on the go.

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Facebook Fandom Spotlight: X-Men

With X-Men: Days of Future Past debuting in theaters, it felt appropriate to look at how the film stacks up as far as demographics and popularity to other X-Men films and even the various cartoon series.

For this report, I dive into Facebook’s data using key terms and analyzing the “likes” as reported by the system in the United States.

What’s interesting in how this marketing has gone is, Fox for their movie series has focused on an individual page, driving as many folks to that one page as possible. There’s also pages for each individual movie, but you can see they are nowhere near the same amount of likes, the exception being The Wolverine. That movie along with the overall movie page is the most diverse, but still about 2/3 men, 1/3 women. When you take all of the data together, including the movies, generic term, and the cartoons, this 2/3 and 1/3 breakdown is about the average for all of the terms together.

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Around the Tubes

It’s a nice long weekend! Hope everyone enjoys it.

Around the Tubes

CBLDF – Oishinbo Manga Suspended Amidst Nuclear Furor – Sigh.

AV Club – A brief history of the alternate histories of the X-Men – This is awesome.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Amazing X-Men #7

CBR – Batman Eternal #7

Talking Comics – Brain Boy: The Men From GESTALT #1

CBR – Daredevil #3

Comic Vine – Devilers #1

Talking Comics – The Last Broadcast #1

Talking Comics – Magneto #4

Talking Comics – MPH #1

 

Movie Reviews Around the Tubes

CBR – X-Men: Days of Future Past

iO9 – X-Men: Days of Future Past

iO9 – Edge of Tomorrow

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

days of future past movie posterBased on the classic Marvel comic story, X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the 1981 storyline, and updates it a bit for the big screen. The story is simple, to prevent war in the future, the X-Men send Wolverine to the past in hopes of stopping an event, and changing history.

Days of Future Past brings together the original X-Men trilogy, with X-Men: First Class, as well as the two Wolverine films, creating a movie universe, filled with some continuity bumps here and there. The film is a comic geek’s dream, with more than enough Easter eggs to excite, though there’s more than enough to entertain those who might not be as familiar with the extensive X-Men history.

x-men-days-of-future-pastFrom the opening moments, you know this film is going all out, introducing us to new characters, many who didn’t exist when the original comic was written. It kicks off a visual feast, taking advantage of each member’s powers, and more importantly how they work as a team, to provide a roller coaster film ride that generally doesn’t let up.

But, through all of that action, there’s heart, lots of it, especially from James McAvoy as the young Professor Xavier, and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto. They each have numerous moments where they get to show off their acting chops, giving us more than just punching and powers. Those two, along with Jennifer Lawrence‘s Mystique make up the core of the film. While it’s Wolverine that travels through time, he’s more of a device, than the focus of the movie.

What’s amazing though is the film doesn’t seem to be overcrowded. With a massive cast, and potentially enough story between future and past to each have a movie, the film balances both quite well.

The fun of it all for me, was seeing this classic story, that still holds up well, come to the big screen. The adaptation, of not just it, but many of the new mutant’s powers was just spot on, especially Blink who is a welcome addition to the movie universe and provides some of the most exciting action sequences. Those sequences especially lend themselves to 3D which really works when it’s used effectively in the film.

Overall, the film had more than enough moments for long time fans, and should be entertaining to new ones as well. It also sets up the X franchise to an eXciting future.

Direction: 8.5 Acting: 8.25 Plot: 8.5 Overall: 8.5

 

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