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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 2/8/14

What a fun comic book week this turned out to be! Four Marvel comics debuted their new #1 issues this week, keeping the All-New Marvel NOW! going strong. Will they be as good as Black Widow? Or will they tank like…some other comic that was so bad I can’t even remember what it was. You’ll have to read on to find out!

Or I could just tell you now. I think Loki: Agent of Asgard, Wolverine, Punisher and Ms. Marvel were all good comics, well made and with some direction in mind, but only Ms. Marvel stood head and shoulders above the rest as a legitimately exciting new series. Out of the four, that’s the only one I’m definitely going to be buying from here on out. Ms. Marvel lived up to all the hype and easily won Comic Book of the Week!

My fan fiction was never this good

As for the rest, it’s probably a matter of taste, and I’m sure other people will love those comics much more than I did. I’m sure people will keep buying Wolverine comics no matter what I say.

Comic Reviews: Forever Evil #5, Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, Ms. Marvel #1, Punisher #1, Wolverine #1.

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I May Have to Take Back My Support of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

Screen Junkies have hit the nail on the head for why Eisenberg might not be the best choice for Lex Luthor.

I’m still going to keep an open mind and hope for the best though.

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred; The World is What It Is

Breaking news in the world of superhero movie casting: Warner Bros. announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons will be Alfred in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman movie. This is the kind of news that’s going to send fanboys foaming at the mouth. And after casting Ben Affleck as Batman, the fanboys are already up in arms about this flick.

Personally? I’m cool with it.

Eisenberg, of course, famously playing Mark Zuckerberg in that Facebook movie, whose name escapes me. But he was awesome in that film, and how much you want to bet that performance is what landed him the role of Lex Luthor? He’s going to be a young, smarmy, too-smart-for-his-own-good sort of Luthor. I’ll grant you, he doesn’t really give Luthor any gravitas, and Eisenberg probably isn’t very imposing, but so what? I think it’s easy to see what the studio is going for here, and I think they can make it work.

Though he’ll probably look like a twerp bald.

Speaking of bald.

Of course, Jeremy Irons is Jeremy Irons. No explanation necessary. He’ll probably do as good a job as anybody.

Here’s what Director Zack Snyder said today, officially:

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.” The director added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

I’m down with both of these casting decisions. Bring’em on.

Now hurry up and cast Dick Grayson already!

Your New Justice Leagues!

Big changes are in store for the various Justice Leagues (there are more than one) coming out of the Forever Evil storyline, and I felt it might be fun to share.

First up, the bad news: Justice League Of Canada has been changed to Justice League United. If that’s not depressing, I don’t know what is. DC was gonna do something fun and weird, and instead they’re making it boring and generic. Though writer Jeff Lemire promises that the first story arc will indeed take place in Canada, in this announcement interview with USA Today.

They would have made Canada proud

Considering how much I’m loving Lemire’s Green Arrow, I might have to start picking this up. I was never happy with Geoff Johns’ Justice League of America, but then I don’t think that was ever actually its own comic. It was only ever the road to Forever Evil.

As you can see from that photo, the team is going to be Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Supergirl, Stargirl, Animal Man and the new Adam Strange. I don’t particularly care about anyone in that line up, though I am absolutely fascinated with the New 52 Martian Manhunter, and, like I said, Lemire’s Green Arrow is pretty great. Lemire is also going to introduce some new Canadian characters, so more power to him. The stories in JLU are going to focus a lot on outer space, according to the interview. And just a word to my readers, saying ‘outer space’ is just so much more fun that simply saying ‘space’. Unless you’re using ‘space’ as an adjective.

Speaking of team line-ups, the good news is that Lex Luthor is going to join the roster of Justice League, Geoff Johns’ flagship book. That’s actually pretty darn cool, in my opinion.

Too much green and purple

I can’t say that Johns has been writing the best Luthor in the pages of Forever Evil, but just the idea of Luthor on the Justice League is a fun one. He’s a new, Alpha personality, and no doubt he’ll have his own particular brand of heroism. Although why any of the other heroes would let Luthor join the Justice League is anyone’s guess. It’s not like he can force them to accept him, right? Anyway, I’m kind of excited to see what Johns does with this shake-up. And he’s adding Captain Cold too, so that’s kind of neat. You can read a deeper interview with Johns at Newsarama.

I actually kind of like what I’m seeing out of DC Comics…so surely it’s all going to be terrible in the end.

Fans Make the Coolest Trailers

An enterprising geek named solyentbrak1 put together a trailer for the Batman/Superman moving starring Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight and Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor. It’s quality stuff.

For the record, I’m still cool with Ben Affleck as Batman. I’m also cool with Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor. I’m currently watching the entire Breaking Bad series, so I’m big into Cranston right now. Though I have to wonder…do people want Cranston as Luthor because he’s a good actor? Or because Walter White is badass and bald?

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