One of the greatest covers in all of comics. Days of Future Past. Uncanny X-Men 141.
There’s plenty that could be said about X-Men:Days of Future Past. That’s why I’ve been highlighting it on our Tumblr this week, and am writing multiple posts about it. Expect another on Friday, focused on Kitty Pryde.
That means the goal for me tonight is simply to focus on our LitFlix style: comparing the movie to the comics. These comics are some of the X-Men’s finest, and come in at an astounding 2 comics. That’s it. For as enduring an idea and a storyline as it was, for as many characters and situations as it opened up, it accomplished an amazing amount in a short amount of time.
The movie goes both bigger than this, and smaller. It’s a time travel story, set both in a dystopian future and what is now decades past. The movie makes the future big, with no holds barred. The past, meanwhile, is pared down to only a few characters, and spends a lot of time going in-depth into their souls. Quick review? Great comics, read them, no question. Great movie, go see it, and enjoy.
Spoilers to follow for both!
Posted in Comics, LitFlix, Movies, Time Travel
Tagged Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Days of Future Past, Kitty Pryde, Ultimate X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, X-Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class
After my LitFlix of Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday, I wanted a bit of time before writing my next one on X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, I have a lot to say about this movie (well, I had a lot to say about Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well…) and so I am breaking it up into three posts. So consider this my X-Men: Days of Future Past week! I have X-Men related posts queued up all week on our Tumblr as well, so check them out!
Despite having a lot of known characters used again, there were a lot of new characters in the film as well. While they weren’t exactly pivotal to the plot, they were phenomenal additions, given a chance to use their powers, to have great scenes, and made for a really fun summer blockbuster.
So between these known characters and new ones, there were a number used really well – and a number that weren’t. Here are some of my thoughts on all the mutants! (Spoilers!)
Posted in Comics, Lists, Movies, Rant
Tagged Age of Ultron, Beast, Bishop, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Charles Xavier, Colossus, Darwin, Days of Future Past, Emma Frost, Forge, Iceman, Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Magik, Magneto, Mutants, Mystique, Patrick Stewart, Portal, Quicksilver, Rachel Grey, Review, Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Shaw, Shadowcat, Storm, Sunspot, Telepathy, Teleportation, Ultimate X-Men, Warpath, X-Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand
Recently, the Battle of the Atom – an X-Men crossover event – just finished up, and I read my way through it. I had been flagging on several of the X-Men series, including Uncanny X-Men – the comic about Cyclops and his post-villainy days – and All New X-Men – the comic about the original X-Men coming forward to the present. (I have reviewed both of these comics before here.) However, I decided to stick it out through this event.
At first, I thought this was just a crossover event for the sake of a crossover event. Entirely possible. I also thought it might be the end of some of these comics, in the same way the X-Termination event ended a couple of comics earlier this year (which I also reviewed). However, one other thing came to light: this is the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the X-Men, of their first issue, and this event was both homage and a way of looking forward to the future.
As such, this event was just kind of fun. It set up the future of several of the series, of the characters, of the whole X-Men world. Except, hopefully, all those things will be changed. We’ll see! For now, Here’s my review of the Battle of the Atom! Spoilers to follow!
Posted in Comics, Good and Evil, Time Travel
Tagged All New X-Men, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Cyclops, Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past, Dazzler, Mystique, Review, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men, X-Men 50th Anniversary, X-Men: Battle of the Atom
I recently came across a lit of the top 100 Comic Book Villains from IGN. I was working my way through, seeing who I knew, agreeing and disagreeing with the various rankings for the villains. The top ten is pretty excellent, but the top spot is a surprise. I’ll give you a minute to look at the list, go ahead.
Okay, you might have guessed from my post topic, but beating out the Joker for the top spot was Magneto. What is it about this villain which so fascinates us? Is he truly a villain – or a victim? Is he right in all of his fears? After all, none of this tension has been resolved yet – in the comics, in the movies, anywhere.
And what about the group he surrounds himself with – his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants? Any group that includes “Evil” in the name is problematic, because does the truly evil person consider themselves to be so? Or is this Magneto just playing into society’s expectations – calling themselves evil because the humans will call them so?
Posted in Character Studies, Comics, Good and Evil, Movies
Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Charles Xavier, Cyclops, IGN, Magik, Magneto, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Men: First Class, Xavier's Dream