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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Movie Review (Not) - X-Men Days of Future Past

The entire list of X-Men characters (and a couple who aren't) are finally out. I've also included their images from the comics so non-comic fans can see how well/badly Hollywood has done with their character designs. 
This is a very good version of Kitty by a cosplayer, but then, I love Ellen Page, so, I'll just have to wait and see.Based on the 2 mugshots, both Blink and Bishop look pretty good so far. FASSBENDER! 'nuff said!

 I have hated the Hollywood design for Mystique since the very first X-Men movie back in 2000 but viewers seem to like it so much that the look stuck. I guess people would like looking at a virtually naked blue chick on the big screen. Sigh....
 Nope, don't like the funky long hair.
 Nope, don't like the not-so-funky short hair.
 Sunspot was 1 of the founding members of the 2nd Generation of X-Men called the New Mutants (introduced back in the late '80s) but have since graduated to become an X-Man along with fellow New Mutant - Sam Guthrie (aka Cannonball). Both Sunspot & Cannonball are coincidentally also current members of the Avengers. 
Unless you're a long-time X-Geek, most cinema-goers or even new comic fans may not be familiar with this character called Bolivar Trask, as he was created waaaaay back in the '60s. He was the creator of the Sentinels, 1 of the X-Men's perennial enemies.

Warpath is the younger brother of 1 of the earliest New X-Men - Thunderbird, who died very early on in one of their missions. Currently, Warpath is a member of the black-ops arm of the X-Men called the X-Force. I'm not quite sure why he is listed as having the power of flight here in the image.
Here are some more non-character images but are from/for the movie.

Monday, February 24, 2014

My path to geekdom (aka trip down memory lane) Pt 2

Following on from my previous "My path to geekdom" post, this is the continuation of my journey on my road towards geek county.

So after I received my 1st batch of comics from my neighbour who was moving away, I started my comic buying binge. Being a resident in Ipoh Garden at the time (circa late 70's) and a student at the La Salle School near Canning Garden, my only access to comics was then a famous little neighbourhood book store call Ariff Book Store. A tiny little half shop-lot that's located right behind the Canning Garden Wet Market. Anyone living in the neighbourhood would know where it is.
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The regular issues were still going for USD 0.35 per issue (as you can see from the covers below). This translated to RM0.60 per issue (based on the exchange rates at the time). Some of the issues were also denominated in UK currency and thus we can see that they were priced at 12p per issue.
It was at this point that I was exposed to the artwork of John Byrne (who was my favourite artist for many years and was the major influence on my own art style.). He was doing books like Avengers #165 & 166 where the Avengers were basically defeated by Count Nefaria until Vision and Thor showed up to save the day. The other books that John Byrne was doing at the time were the Champions, Marvel Team-Up (Byrne's MTU issues were the best ones in the entire run of the 1st volume.) & Power Man & Iron Fist.
Of course, no mention of John Byrne would be complete without mentioning the book that shot him to Mega-Super Stardom - Uncanny X-Men! And due to some dumb luck, I managed to buy the very 1st issue Byrne did for his legendary run - Uncanny X-Men #108.
I can't really recall exactly when I started to expand my reading habit to include DC titles but I'll get there in an upcoming part on my path to geekdom.