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Michael Turner is God

The Cover that started it all and Aspen Mathews

Michael Turner to my mind is a comic book God, creator of the most stunning comic series ever, Fathom.  I have my mother to thank for getting me into this series.  After months of admiring this Graphic Novel cover my mom said I had to buy it, it looks right up my alley.  Well WOOF, scantily clad people who live under the ocean and manipulate water.  So pretty.  Fathom was created by Michael Turner in 1998 for Image Comics after his successful run on his first co-created comic series Witchblade. (also very pretty).  After plus minus 20 issues, Michael Turner left Image Comics to start Aspen Comics with his signature series Fathom as its main title.  After a couple of years of tedious waiting, in 2003 Fathom Series Volume 2 was released along with two new series; Soulfire and Shrugged. 

Aspen Mathews, cover from 2nd volume cover from 1st volume

 Fathom follows Aspen Mathews, a Marine Biologist, who after a traumatic experience can’t remember anything before the age of 10.  Years later she joins a group of scientists studying a strange vehicle found on the ocean floor.  A freak accident destroys the underwater facility she is working at but Aspen manages to be one of the few survivors.  The question is, how?  Soon Aspen meets Killian, a freedom fighter for an underwater society called The Blue, Aspens people, who needs her help. But is Killian who he claims to be? 

later covers, aren't they pretty

The original run at Image Comics was illustrated by Turner.  The later Fathom runs released by Turners new company, Aspen Comics, were illustrated by new artists, Koi Turnbull on volume 2 and Ale Garza on Volume 3. While Koi Turnbull and Ale Garza did not have similar styles to Turner, they were able to instill the beauty of the world of Fathom created by Turner, which is what made the series so appealing. The overall story was still controlled by Turner, and was just as exciting as the original, with lots of romance, intrigue and epic watery action, with hot guys n girls. While Turner no longer worked on the title he did create variant covers for each and every issue up until his death. 

covers by Koi Turnbull and Ale Garza

Michael Turner also found a protégé in Talent Caldwell who had worked on Turners backgrounds when he was still working at Top Cow. It was Caldwell who illustrated the first Fathom mini-series, Dawn of War, which Aspen comics released. /Caldwell is my other favorite artis,t and the one who’s style most suits Turners imagination. Stupidly, I think the two had a falling out, because Caldwell left Aspen and never really successfully broke out. 

My favorite Caldwell cover, Dawn of the War issue 1

While running Aspen Comics, Turner focused his time on producing issues for Soulfire, which took him forever because his cancer came out of remission. Turner had been battling cancer since 2002. This unfortunately brought a halt to the production of Soulfire, which was eventually taken up by Joe Benitez. While unable to continue with the hectic schedule required for producing a comic, Turner started doing more covers for other companies. I’m not saying he hadn’t done covers before, he just did more. In his lifetime he illustrated the Supergirl re-launch mini-series, which was absolutely stunning; covers for the Superman Gofall mini-series illustrated by Talent Caldwell, also breathtaking. He produced covers for Image, DC and Marvel, making variant covers for their epic event mini-series like Marvel’s Civil War and DC’s Identity Crisis (plus covers for their other series.)

Supergirl cover

 Michael Turner died on June 27, 2008 due to complications from bone cancer. I was completely shocked and heartbroken when I found out. Michael Turner was a rock star, who’s portfolio, although impressive already, was still very small. I wasn’t done with him yet, and the bastard died!!!

Soulfire

Aspen Comics is my only Fantasy fix after Crossgen Comics went under. (I really must write about Crossgen one day). I will always try to support their comics, even though they’re a bit sporadic and take forever to be released in Graphic Novels.

Final Fantasy 13

 

GASP!!!!!!!!! So last night was Genshiken’s Annual Box event. The Box is this gaming place next to Cavendish, where they have rows of booths with flat screen TV’s hooked up to X box 360’s so people can play the games and not have to buy them, and also, they can play multi-player games. So my friend and I decided to go. We suck at actual gaming, she’s more into puzzle computer games and I need cheat codes so I don’t die and a walk through! But we wanted to play Final Fantasy 13, the latest Final Fantasy games only available for Xbox and Playstation 3.    

IT’S SO PRETTY!!!!!!! *drools a bit* I want this game so badly, it’s so pretty. The resolution is just mind blowing for a game, Playstation 3 is HARDCORE GRAPHICS. I love Final Fantasy, I can’t play it, I only have 2 of the games, but I love collecting the figurines. I have Yuna from 10-2, Yuffie and Kadaj from Advent Children and a little Zidane from…… actually I don’t know, I just know he was one of the earlier games, maybe 6. I aspire to owning at least 3 of 13’s characters. One is the main character Lightening, the other two are Vanilla and Hope, personality wise they’re absolutely useless characters, but they look so pretty!    

Hope

 I had such fun playing. We didn’t get very far, only played for 2 hours. We got stuck at this giant crystal engine that had rotating arms and we kept on dying so it was a good time to give up and go home. I left my fellow Genshiken members to play Gears of War 2, which is fascinating to watch, as they are all multi-playing and we got to see the game from 5 different views. Eeew that game is violent, I would often look up to the sound of a chainsaw as it could cut up really weird looking beasties, blood flying everywhere. ick!    

Vanilla

The Karate Kid

So who hasnt watched the original Karate Kid or at least heard about it?

Well guess what? They’re remaking it!

Yes its true that Hollywood is stuggeling to come up with its own original ideas and has taken to making ‘remakes of classics’ and cashing in on the ‘based on a book’ trend, BUT this looks cool.

Jackie Chan plays Mister Miyagi, wasn’t sure whether Jackie Chan was capable of keeping a straight face. The original Mister Miyagi was stunning, so I hope that Chan takes the character and makes it his own rather than trying to compete with the original.

It is Daniel-san that has had the biggest make over. Firstly, we actaully get a kid playing the correct age, not a 20 year old trying to be 13! (I might be exagerating the ages, but its something along those lines).  Secondly, Daniel-san is black and has been renamed Dre.  Ok, now I’m a bit worried, I don’t want to see a little ‘wannabe gangsta’ learning karate, that’s just wrong! Well fear not, Dre is played by the ever cute ever talented son of movie royalty, JADEN SMITH. If you have no clue who he is or who his parents are, please just leave! Another change is that instead of being set in America, our Dre travels to Beijing ( I think thats right). Somehow that just feels more appropriate a setting.

So whithout further ado, I present to you the trailer. It looks to be a fun and exciting movie. I might even pretend it’s not a remake. 🙂

Iron Man = AWESOMNESS

This is quite ironic coming from me considering I cannot STAND the comic book character. When the first Iron Man movie came out, Tony Stark was on my hit list. He (the comic book character) had just created a Super Hero registration initiative where all the super heroes had to reveal their secret identities to the government, thus causing a rift in the hero community, those who agreed with the law and those who opposed it. Which meant that all the super heroes started fighting each other! Yeah, I didn’t much agree with the idea of superheroes signing up with the government, it’s not right. So I was seriously anti-Iron Man, but because of Robert Downey Jnr I don’t mind the comic character quite as much.

So to the movie. I saw the sequel on Saturday, which ironically enough was also the same day as Free Comic Book Day. How awesome is that? Oh, for those not in the know, FCBD is held on the first Saturday of May every year, and it is a move by the comic publishers to promote comic books to those who otherwise don’t read them. Each publisher produces a special free issue which all the comic stores then offer. Everyone gets to choose a free comic and then shop the comics stores around the world, which hold sales, raffles, costume competitions etc. Its great fun, and promotes comic books to the public while rewarding its followers with sales etc. Unfortunately, this year, because of that bloody volcano in Iceland, the free comics didn’t ship in time, so Readers Den had only a few of the titles and had to offer left over stock from previous years. 😦

Back to Iron Man 2. It was good, it can’t compete with the first, but what sequel can? It was successful in carrying the story forward, and, in showing how the characters have evolved and changed since the last movie, not only introducing new characters. Hey, who was psyched to see Samuel L. Jackson play Nick Fury? Again for those not in the know, there are two versions of Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe, the original bad ass, and then the Ultimate Marvel time line bad ass Nick Fury. The Ultimate comics are like a retcon, a revamp of all Marvel comics but setting them in current times and making them even more hardcore than the originals. So there is Ultimate Spiderman (which is hysterically funny and action packed awesome), Ultimate X-men (dropped after they started doing weird things with the characters), Ultimate Fantastic Four (very well written with awesome artwork), and Ultimate versions of Daredevil, Elektra, Avengers, Thor, Iron Man etc. So in the Ultimate X-men series, Ultimate Nick Fury was based on Samuel L. Jackson. No clue why, but hell he looks cool. So I’m sure you can imagine all the little nerds (myself included) having an absolute field day when watching the little clip after the credits of the first movie.

Classic Nick Fury Ultimate Nick Fury

So the effects in this movie were, yet again, top notch. I also liked that they took the interactive 3D tools that Stark had in the first movie and put them on speed. Who how cool are his toys? I want holographic computers that you can play with :(. Yet again Iron Man is a tightly told story with no meandering, and ideas that are hinted at and yet not expanded upon, which is often a problem with movies based on comics. I just had 2 problems with that movie. 1. Rhodey was not played by Terrance Howard, but was replaced by Don Cheadel. This is because the bastard got greedy and demanded more money and was dropped. I like continuity in who plays my characters. 2. Sam Rockwell is frikken irritating! I know he did it on purpose, he is meant to be a wannabe Stark, but that still doesn’t stop me from wanting to cream him!

So Iron Man 2 is a bad-ass movie go watch.

P.S. stay till after the credits for some comic nerd squealing!