Beyond the Merge, 7/27/09

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Greetings, guest-poster Evie Nagy here. While the Beat and half the known comics universe have been in San Diego for the past four days, and the rest of us have been following their reports closely (and maybe the tiniest bit grumpily), we may have overlooked some bits of fun. Oh, and as a native of that fair and sprawling city, I titled this post in tribute of a beastly landmark that every San Diegan has tattooed on their soul—if you can explain it in the comments, you’ll win some comics-affiliated stranger’s whimsical business card that Heidi collected at the Con. Alrighty, so:

– For my fellow junkies of the DC Animated Universe (a.k.a. Timmverse), Green Lantern: First Flight is available tomorrow (July 28) on DVD, Blu-Ray and on demand. The movie stars Victor Garber, Christopher Meloni, Tricia Helfer, Michael Madsen and John Laroquette. Yes that John Laroquette. It was written by animated DCU favorite Alan Burnett, and re-tells the story of Hal Jordan’s recruitment into the Corps and Sinestro’s turn to the dark side (cue John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band). Now, for all I know this was mentioned at panels and promoted like crazy at SDCC, but I’m making special mention of it here because I saw an advance copy, and, well, I’ll just give you this preview:

Hal: So, now what?

Sinestro: Now? I own your ass.

It’s pretty much 80 minutes like that.

J. Caleb Mozzocco tries to salve his wounded essence after seeing Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen by reading old school Transformers comics, and discovers that all of the source material is also surprisingly atrocious.

– IGN finally has an official trailer for the upcoming film based on Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber’s fantastic Antarctica graphic suspense novel Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale as U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko. I highly recommend watching this if it’s hot where you are.

Sean Collins reviews the wonderful first issue of Iron Fist spin-off Immortal Weapons, in which Jason Aaron undoubtedly had the time of his life brainstorming absurd kung fu-titled sex acts such as Heaving Tiger Love Tug and the Tickle to End All Time.

Fashioning turtles into comic book teenage boys was apparently not that far of a stretch (warning: you might not want to watch this at work, it destroyed me and I had to sit with my head between my knees for five minutes to regain the ability to process oxygen into carbon dioxide).

Possibly more later, safe trip back home from the Con everyone.

Comments

  1. Torsten Adair says:

    The Merge is where Interstate 5 and Interstate 805 meet.

    I understand that the initial backstory for the Transformers was created by Marvel Comics staff, specifically Dennis O’Neil.

  2. Synsidar says:

    Here’s some more on the history of Marvel’s TRANSFORMERS series, via Bob Budiansky and others:

    Again, I’m still not involved yet, but the editor-in-chief at Marvel at that time-his name is Jim Shooter-I believe he wrote the initial treatment which created the whole world of Cybertron. Again, I don’t know which names he actually had and which names Hasbro might have given him, but the whole concept of Cybertron, Transformers crashing into earth millions of years ago and so on and so forth. Then working with one of the senior editors at Marvel-a person named Denny O’Neil who was also a very experienced long time comic book writer-they developed the profiles and the characterizations of the initial line of Transformers. I’ll show up in the story very soon. So far it’s everybody else.

  3. Simon Jones says:

    Aww, the poor female turtle looks soooooo boooored.

  4. That’s the best review of Green Lantern I heard yet…

  5. Zena Metal says:

    I applaud any and all mentions of John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.

  6. michael says:

    Evie!!! :)

    Cool links! Finally Whiteout looks like it may come out, and really, process that h2o, it’s just the birds and the bees! ;D

  7. mark coale says:

    When I talked to Rucka about the movie, he seemed to be glad it would finally be out, maybe so people would stop asking him about it.

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