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Disney/Star Wars: Top 10

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies

Admiral AckbarStar Wars/Disney jokes were old the second the deal for Disney to acquire Lucasfilm was announced, but that won’t stop anyone, especially me.

A meme went around on Facebook earlier this week started by screenwriter William Martell. What are the best/worst Disney/Star Wars movies?

I joined in, thinking what a great idea, and then so I didn’t monopolize the thread, I started keeping my thoughts to myself to share them here because I can.

Here are my Top 10 Disney/Star Wars mash-ups. But be careful!

As Admiral Ackbar will say, “It’s a Parent Trap!”

10. The Scarecrow of Romney Maul

9. The Computer Wore Light Sabres

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The Situation: Top 10

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Television

SituationWhat’s the biggest comic book coming out this year? Is it Before Watchmen? AvsX? My Little Pony? Nope, the most exciting news out of comics this year is that The Situation, the gym-tan-laundry rehabbing co-star of Jersey Shore, is putting out his own comic book, called, simply, The Situation.

Not many details have been released about it yet, other than that fell behind schedule. After debuting his comic in September on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Situation will show it off at Wizard World Austin on October 27.

Our imbedded industry spies have revealed to Comix 411 that a number of new characters will be making their first appearance in the first issue. How many? At least 10 (coindence... or not?) Here, then, are the Top 10 new characters featured in The Situation’s upcoming comic:

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Top 10: Arrow On The CW

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Television, DC Comics

ArrowAre you looking forward to Arrow as much as any other comic book or archery fan?

It debuts October 10 on the CW. Arrow is loosely-based on Green Arrow, the venerable and outspoken liberal DC Comics' super-hero blessed with the powers of a longbow.

The mark of any successful show is whether or not fans can start quoting favorite lines like they do for Monty Python, The Simpsons and, of course, Mike And Molly.

Our spies at Comix 411 were able to get a copy of the script for the first episode and gave it an immediate reading to see what dialogue gems lurked inside. What we found are 10 sample dialogue snippets from Arrow that we’re hoping will catch on as easily as Monty Python’s “It’s just a flesh wound,” The Simpsons’ “Batman was a scientist” and Mike And Molly’s “You gonna eat that?”

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The Situation Makes A Comic Book

SituationWhat’s the biggest comic book coming out this year? Is it Before Watchmen? AvsX? Archer & Armstrong?

Nope, the most exciting news out of comics this year is that The Situation, the gym-tan-laundry rehabbing co-star of Jersey Shore, is putting out his own series, in association with Wizard.

Not many details have been released about the series yet, but our imbedded industry spies have revealed to Comix 411 that a number of new characters will be debuting.

Here then are the Top 10 new characters featured in The Situation’s upcoming comic:

(10) The Macaroni Rascal

(9) Hook-Up

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My Name Is…Shazam!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, DC Comics, Marvel Comics

Whiz Comics 2As you may have already heard, DC Comics is changing the name of Captain Marvel, a superhero who dates from the 1940s.

He’ll now be officially called by his magic word: Shazam! That’s the word that changes poor red-shirted newsboy Billy Batson into the fully-grown Captain Marvel.

That’s the equivalent of changing the name of Superman to “Up, Up And Away!” but DC says it has to be done. There’s confusion in the marketplace since Marvel Comics also has a Captain Marvel of their own.

Marvel’s Captain Marvel was created after DC Comics sued the original Captain Marvel’s publishers (Fawcett) and drove them out of business, leaving a Captain Marvel void in comics. Years later, DC acquired the rights to the Fawcett Captain Marvel, which they could publish, but only under the Shazam! name so as not to compete with Marvel’s trademark. Are you following all of this or do you need a moment?

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Top 10 Changes In Superman Reboot

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, DC Comics

Action Comics #1There are those in the industry who track these kinds of things who believe that DC Comics has been making significant changes to the Superman character over the years in a continuing effort to thwart claims by the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster about the character.

A good place to start with this story is at Comics Beat.

With DC’s newest relaunch/reboot/do-over of their universe this fall, they are making more changes to Superman, and it's not just his costume or his fresh L'il Abner look. A lot of the changes won't be clear until you actually read Action Comics #1, on sale September 7. I've read that first issue, and here are the Top Ten changes to Superman's mythology.

10. Able to leap Kim Kardashian’s butt in a single bound.

9. Fights for truth, justice and the Military/Industrial Complex’s way.

8. Bottle City of Kandahar.

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Top 10 Changes In Planet Of The Apes

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 2As everyone knows by now, 20th Century Fox has rebooted their nearly-50-year-old Planet Of The Apes franchise with a brand new movie: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

It monkeys around with Ape continuity, and while respectful to a lot of the original Ape lore, the movie does make some changes to modernize it for a contemporary audience.

We’ve put together a list of the Top 10 of those changes.

10. Sacred Scrolls now on iPad

9. Forbidden Zone is the name of a strip club

8. Hasslein’s Curve used to measure Freida Pinto

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Top 10 Surprises In Captain America

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Marvel Comics

Captain AmericaTo some people’s surprise (that would be me, if you’re asking), Marvel Comics made an excellent movie about Captain America.

Who’d’ve thought that the shield-slinging WWII hero would translate so well to the screen? It’s so good, that they may wait at least 8 years before rebooting it.

But for those that watch the movie a second or third time (that would be me, if you’re asking), there are some surprises lurking in the margins.

Here then, are the Top 10 Surprises In The New Captain America Movie:

10: His shield is made out of Reb Brown’s career

9. It’s not just the skull that’s red

8. The Falcon calls the studio every day. "I'm in the sequel right?"

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Top 10 Surprises in Green Lantern

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, DC Comics

Green LanternAdmit it, ever since Warner Bros. announced the possibility that Jack Black was going to take DC Comics Green Lantern and give it that Nacho Libre feel, you've wanted to see a green man fly.

I did too, but I was a little surprised by what was in the film once Jack dropped out and muscular heartthrob Ryan Reynolds jumped into the CG tights. Here then are the Top 10 Surprises awaiting you in Green Lantern.

10. Due to product placement deal, Green Lantern now referred to as “Coleman Green Lantern”

9. Green makes everyone's ass look big

8. Oa has a Starbucks and a McDonald's

7. Next Green Lantern chosen by internet vote

6. Did anyone tell Hal that most of his new friends are CGI?

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Top 10 Observations From X-Men: First Class

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Movies, Reviews, Marvel Comics

January JonesWe’ve all seen Marvel ComicsX-Men First Class by now, right?

And if you haven’t, then you’re hardly a fan worthy of our time. Go. Now. See it.

Despite the film’s soft opening, you can bet they’ll make more. I saw it, will no doubt see it again.

As you watch the film, maybe you’ll have some of the same thoughts that I did. I walked away with 10 observations about the movie - see if they match your own:

10. January Jones will be getting offers from Playboy (now) and Wizard World (5 years from now)

9. Sequel: X-Men: Gym Class

8. Finally! We can talk about something other than DC Comics’ reboot

7. You say Magneto, I say tomato

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