Sunday, October 28, 2012

Random Thoughts #19

Well, since it was a productive day, I thought I might end it with a couple of random thoughts.

Superman Month(s)
Well, it's the end of SUperman Month. That was one heck of a long month! The whole battle was nuts. It actually took three months to do all of this since I started writing stuff in August. That being said, I'm happy with how it turned out. Will I ever do this again? Yeah, but it won't take two frakkin' months  to finish it! I do have one more Superman post to finish and then the month (or months) will be over. I am definitely going on a break after all of this...

Grad School
"Now the fun begins." I have officially started on my research paper for my capstone class. The paper is on security violations in the workplace. I have about 2 pages written and am hoping to be done this weekend. The whole paper isn't actually due till December, but our teacher wants to do an assessment on our paper to see if we're on the right track. Here's hoping I'm on the right track. I also have the other two classes do deal with, so I'm pretty busy. And then there's my full-time job...Dang, now all I need is a girlfriend and that'll fill the "BUSY" quota.

A while back I said I was going to give a brief review of all of the movies I saw this summer. Well, here it is:

  • The Avengers - As I said before, "'Nuff said." This movie was awesome!!!
  • The Dark Knight Rises - This was good. On how it stacks up against the other two, I have no clue yet.  
  • Prometheus - This looked really interesting and started out well, but it got weird towards the middle and kept going on with the weirdness. I definitely think someone was right in naming this movie "Don't Touch That!"
  • The Expendables 2 - This...was pretty epic. All of my favorite action heroes were in it and it ruled. 
  • Snow White and the Huntsman - Yes, I saw this. I saw it with a friend. It was okay. Hemsworth was awesome, Theron was wickedly evil, and Stewart was bland but cute (Did I just say that?). 
  • Looper - The movie had a great premise and reminded me a lot of The Terminator. It does drag in the middle, but it picks back up towards the end. 
Now, there were some movies I wanted to see but just didn't like ASM and MIB3. I'll probably talk about those later.

...yeah, I got nothing to say tonight about them. 


Well, I need sleep, so Peace and God Bless. Watch out for a somewhat detailed look at that thing JMS wrote about Superman two years ago.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: The Story/Conclusion

Well, after two freakin’ months, I’ve gotten to the end of this long and arduous battle. It didn’t go too bad. I know I will definitely want to do something like this again I have a few ideas on what things could get matched up against.  When they’ll come out, I don’t know. I got a 3,000+ paper work on.  I do know that it’s not going to take two months to get through it!
Before I start the final round, here a few interesting facts on these writers:
  • All have worked on a Justice League comic of sorts.
  • All have done a run on a Superman comic book (except Waid. Come on DC!!!!)
  • Waid, Morrision, and Johns worked on the mini-series 52.
  • All of these guys at one time or another did work with Marvel.
  • Morrison and Byrne are known for having worked on an X-Men book.
  • Waid and Johns are known for working on The Flash.
Well, as Batman and Superman tend to say in every DC animated movie, “it ends tonight!”

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: The Art

Well, I’m finally toward the end of this battle and it’s looking close. Will something come out on top or will a tiebreaker be needed? Personally, I have no freaking clue, but it looks like I’ll be finding out soon. Today’s post is going to look the art and I’m going to try to choose the best one. It’s hard because the artwork in all four origins is more than decent. So, I’m going to do this in a straightforward format: Art team, pros, cons, and the decision.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Superman - Part 3

The Superman

Finally, here is the section about Clark in Metropolis. His reasoning for coming to the city is still the same: he comes to Metropolis to help people in need. They are all determined in fighting for their cause. All the versions also treat everyone the same way. He treats Luthor the same but he ain’t afraid to choke or punch one.  He regards his parents in the same way and he kind of treats Lois the same way. Of course, there are still differences. His friendship with Jimmy in the Nu52 is different and the way he treats his true heritage is different. In MoS, he doesn’t embrace his Kryptonian heritage like he does in all of the others. He’s like “So I’m an alien with knowledge of my home world? Meh, I’ll pass.”

Insert Wayne Brady joke here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Superman - Part 2

The Reporter
In this section, I’m going to look at the reporting side of Clark. It’s something that has been with the character since the beginning. All of these versions became reporters for a reason. For MoS Clark, he did it get to the first word on trouble. It’s a lot like how it was in the Golden Age. Since technology has stepped up during that time, there had to be another reason. With Birthright Clark and Nu52 Clark, they became reporters because they liked it. It's shown in their respective origins. Secret Origin Clark’s reason is vague and not mentioned, but I can guess it’s because he likes journalism as well. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Superman - Part 1

And now we have gotten to the main star of these books: Kal-El, the last son of Krypton. We also know him by other names: Clark Kent and Superman. Out of all of these “battles,” this one is probably one of the hardest to do. I mean, it’s Superman! The book revolves around him and he’s actually pretty good in all of them.

Instead of doing what was done before, I going do something different. I’m splitting up this battle into three sections:  Pre-Superman, the Reporter, and Superman.  My decision will be in the final part.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: "Clark Kent: Mild-Mannered Reporter"

Today’s post is going to talk about something a little different: “Clark Kent: Mild-mannered Reporter.” Oh yes, I’m talking about the disguise that Clark has to have in order to have some sort of a normal life. Is Superman the real deal and Clark Kent the disguise? I’m not here to answer that question, but I do believe that there is a part of Clark Kent that is a disguise. So with all that being said, let’s get “Swell”.

...Swell. Who even says that? Oh well...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Other Supporting Characters

Today’s post is going to look at the rest of the supporting characters that show up in these books. These are pretty much the friends and co-workers that appeared in some books and didn’t appear in others.

The supporting characters in MoS that are of some sort of importance are Perry White,  Lucy Lane and Lana Lang. Lucy shows up during the fifth issue and you can read more on that HERE. To sum it all up, Lucy was pretty much a damsel in distress. With Lana, it’s much more different and more personal to Clark.  She is pretty much the girl Clark left behind in Smallville. I talked about this in my look at MoS. This, as well as other things that happen in the book, makes Clark wonder about his place in the world and about whether he could have a future with Lois or not. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Random Pics of the Month - October

Well, it's October so you know what that means: Presidential Debates...Ah. Also, it's Halloween. So here are a couple of pics that are in the theme of the season, and here is one pic that shows that I haven't forgotten about my "battle" of the origins.

This is what happens when you threaten  to destroy PBS, Mr. Romney. 

MTSU is even weirder during Halloween.

I wonder what these guys would think of the debate...