Invincible Volume 10 arriving soon!

It’s due out February 25, but you can get it from Amazon March 1.  Does this annoy anyone else?  Anyways, it’ll be out and I’ve been craving Invincible like mad.  The cover art below.

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I Want My TV Back 2009 pt 2

We got our TV back, and now they’ve already started taking it away again.  So, when can we expect to see some of our favorite shows again?  Here’s a short run-down of the shows, whether still on the air and soon taking a hiatus or already taking their hiatus:

SMALLVILLE Despite how I loathe Clana, the send off was amazing and powerful and after all that we get no new episodes?!  Well, not until March 15 with Infamous.  As opposed as I was to an eighth season, I’m actually crossing my fingers for a ninth to be the final.  According to Kryptonsite.com we should have new episodes until April 2 and then another pause, but with the season finishing up in May.

FRINGE Geh!  This one kills me!  No new episodes until April 7!  Talk about a drought.  Although, they did get the greenlight to continue on with the season a bit late in the game, so my guess is they’re hurriedly filming some more eps for us to enjoy.  I haven’t seen any news via TV.com or other as to how many more episodes we’ll get (April 7 will make 15), but let’s keep our fingers crossed for at least 20.

HEROES I’ve given up on this show.  You can’t build up the story arc and kill it mid-season and start with a new plot.  I’m hoping Bryan Fuller can fix things since they destroyed his previous show (Pushing Daisies), but I’m done at least until all the episodes are out.  Anyways, the point you’re here: new episodes every week until the end of March–which may turn out to be the end of the season, since that will bring the count up to 22 (but they could make a couple more).

24 Jack Bauer and friends will be with us at least until March 9 with new episodes every week, but traditionally they’ve shown new episodes until the 24 hours are up.  Still, just wanted to let you know only the first 12 hours have been confirmed.  And I know the show follows pretty much the same type of plot each season, but I still think it’s amazing they can pull it off.  Aside from there being nothing new under the sun, how many of our popular books and other TV shows follow similar patterns.  My point is, yes, we know how it’ll likely turn out, but I still find it fun to watch. 🙂

THE OFFICE Is on hiatus until March 5, with at least 2 new episodes confirmed.  We’re up to 15 broadcast episodes, so we can probably expect at least 9 more, which probably means the possibility of another small hiatus in March and finishing up in May, or just finishing early in April.

PUSHING DAISIES Still unscheduled officially and only with rumors of a June airing or a direct to DVD finish (which from a marketing standpoint would rake in $$$ for DVD sales…)  I’ve been rewatching season 1 with friends who I could never get to watch it while it was on, and of course now they’re sad it’s canceled. *SIGH*

BSG New episodes until March 20 which is probably also the season finale.

That’s really all I’m keeping track of.  You can find your own shows and episode dates at TV.com–which may or may not be reliable, unfortunately, but often the good fansites will at least have some decent info (aka Kryptonsite for Smallville).

Is there anything to look forward to in the summer as far as TV goes?  Anyone know?

Christian Bale = Psychomuch?

I’ve worked on a movie set, an independent with some notable but much smaller names than Christian Bale, but still around “celebrities.” While there are many of them who are very nice and pleasant people, no matter what character they’re playing, the fact is there are enough of them like Bale out there who think common decency in the way they talk to others is below them.

What am I referring to? If you haven’t heard the buzz around the net, then take a listen below. Although this is old news in the sense of when it happened, the audio has only recently been released. This is Christian Bale going very psychomuch on the supposed DP (director of photography) or someone for fixing a light. WARNING: Extremely explicit language–or Bale using the f-word every other word, literally.

For those who’d prefer to skip the profanities, basically we get nearly 4 minutes of Bale ranting and swearing for someone upsetting his scene, which according to most was perhaps at most a minor adjustment of a light. They’re trying to play it off to him being “in character” or “just doing an emotional scene.” But for all the demands Bale makes for professionalism in his rant, he comes up sorely wanting and a complete hypocrite.

I suppose this shouldn’t surprise us, since he was charged with an assault on his mother (and sister?) around the same time, but still… Can we let him off the hook with “having a bad day?” I mean, how many of us would still have our jobs if we acted that way at work?

I know a lot of us willing to shrug it off to being a “movie star,” but I think we shrug off too many things these days. Anyone in the public eye, be they celebrities, policitians, even presidents seem to get the shrug because, well, they’re “dealing with a lot of stress right now.”

I think it’s time to hold these people to the same value we hold ourselves. To be honest, I wasn’t all that thrilled with his acting in Dark Knight (Heath’s what made the movie for me). And all my motivation for a Batman 3 with him in it has gone to maybe-catch-it-at-the-dollar-theater.

If I had any kind of clout, I think I’d demand he publicly apologize to the DP or whomever he’d gone off on, and realize that those of us who invest in him through movies don’t want tantrum-throwing babies playing an iconic figure like Batman. I’m not saying fire him from Batman, I’m saying tell him to clean up his act.

Anyways, I’m disappointed. 😦

Invincible: Finally a Better Use for that Name than Football!

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I love comics, not in the way the otakus standing outside the comic shop eager to buy the next issue love comics, but despite the usual stigma you can catch me reading them on the train.  The trouble for me is time.  Much as I would love to read everything, I just can’t, so I’m selective as to what I spend my time reading.  Lately I’ve been into manga (Japanese comics), but when a friend recommended the Invincible series I put a pause on my manga addiction.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Invincible is the story of a young superhero with Superboy-like roots, but with a less kryptonian interesting twist.  Created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker and published by Image Comics, this comic series is nothing you want to pass up.

NOTABLE CHARACTERS (sans-spoilers):

invincible011Invincible, alias Mark Grayson.  The teenage son of Nolan (Omni-man) and Debbie Grayson.  At 7 years old, Mark’s father told him he was Omni-man, an alien from a planet called Viltrum and that he’d probably start exhibiting powers after puberty.  The comic starts when Mark receives them and decides to be a superhero like his father before him.

invincible07Omni-Man, alias Nolan Grayson.  Member of the Guardians of the Globe (think Justice League), and alien from the planet Viltrum.  According to conversations with his son Mark, Viltrum is not disimilar to Krypton, in that they gained peace and technology and the Viltrumites decided to share it with the world.  Nolan was assigned to protect Earth from any alien threats and took on the persona of Omni-man, and secret identity of Nolan Grayson, a travel books writer.

invincible02Atom Eve, alias Samantha Eve Wilkins.  Classmate of Mark and a part of the “Teen Team.”  At first I wanted to lump her into the usefulness powers category of Jubilee, but a later issue explains what is is Eve can REALLY do and it’s pretty cool.  Her origins story is also pretty interesting.

invincible03Allen the Alien. This character is a pleasant surprise to the plot.  A victim of empire-like destruction and take-over of species, Allen and Mark become friends in protecting the world and eventually the universe.  Aside from being just as strong and tough as Invincible, he’s just cool.

invincible06Robot. Leader of the “Teen Team,” and eventually becomes involved with the Guardians of the Globe.  He’s super intelligent, and also becomes more than he seems.  Another character with a great backstory.  That’s probably why this series works, they put a lot of effort into the important characters.

invincible05Mauler Twins.  Two villains I never get tired of.  They’re always bickering over who is the clone and who is the original, while being mad geniuses and some fun foes of the superheroes.  They seem to creep into issues being both unexpected but fitting at the same time.

invincible04Angstrom Levy.  Another villain that makes for interesting twists in the series.  And with a name like that, you’ve gotta be destined for supervillainess (it just works, don’t you think?)  His powers are being able to teleport from dimension to dimension, which also makes for probably my favorite villain/hero interaction in the series.

There are loads others, but this gives you a quick idea of the Invincible universe.

Still wondering why you should read it?

Well, aside from being another well-written superhero comic, if you’re into the show Heroes, this just takes it a step further when the world actually has superheroes in full costume hanging around.  It’s got witty humor, fun sarcasm, farse, and I think offers as real a view you can get (I mean, this is a superhero comic) on what it might be like to suddenly become a bonified superhero.

We usually see the superheroes as superheroes, but what about the rough starts?  Think of this as more of a Peter Parker, I’m a superhero but I’ve also got regular problems too.

It just works.

So give it a try.  There are several ways you can do this (and praise your local library if they’ve got it).

You can go issue by issue, which may be harder now that we’re nearly 60 issues in (as of Feb 2, 2009), though you’ll get the story the quickest at around $2.99 per issue.

You can get the paperbacks (what I recommend) at around $11 and up a piece which usually contain 4 issues.  So basically once 4 more issues have come out you can expect another paperback.

Or if you want something more collectible, there’s the Ultimate Collections, which contain usually 3 paperback’s worth of issues at around $23 and up per book, though this takes the longest, since you’d need a lot more issues to have come out.  (The 4th one is supposed to come out this month or soon, it varies from source to source).

You can check out the first issue online at Image Comics here and see what you think.  (For how long, I dunno).

It’s a good series though, and if you’re feeling burnt out on comics or animation, well, this seemed to help revive me.

Rating: A+

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