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mersnai

July 20, 2008

Chapter 7 discussion thread

News! We've got ourselves a RSS feed, visible in the address bar. This feed will list NEWS UPDATES ONLY. I will never, ever, put the comic in the feed. Sorry guys, you get to visit this site that I daily slave over.

I would also like to welcome more comics to the SpiderForest network! Nahast: Lands of Strife officially moved over today. Check out Al-X's new site! If you like my comic, you will LOVE Al-X's. Lots of swords, intrigue, and great characters. His comic is probably much better than mine, now that I think about it!

Cooties also officially moved over to SF, so welcome aboard Nick Perkins! His comic is about school kids dealing with parents, school and friends, and an alien invasion. That's a tall order for a family-friendly comic, but Nick pulls it off beautifully! Check it out!

Another awesome comic that moved over is Avernyght! Perhaps some of you guys read it over on Comic Genesis, but mvmarcz's over with us now! 'Cause we're awesome! Well, MADE awesome due to all these great comics joining us!

There are a couple more comics coming, but I'll wait until their sites are ready :D Onto the movie reviews!

THE DARK KNIGHT: I saw this opening day with my sister and her boyfriend. There was so much hype surrounding this movie that I went in with really high expectations...and seriously, the movie lived up to all of them. Christian Bale played the role better than he did in Batman Begins, I really loved the actress they got to play Rachel Dawes (she actually looked liked a REAL woman. Amazing!), Harvey Dent's character was great, and of course, Heath Ledger played the craziest SOB bad guy ever. He was so very bad, but not evil. Twisted...but they made sure to make him human, to give him motives, even if they were crazy motives! I really love it when antagonists are PEOPLE, not just the evil fall guy.

The only complaint, and it's not really a complaint, I have is that the movie was LONG. I had to race to the bathroom once, and missed the "magic trick" scene. >< But the movie covered everything from the Joker to Two Face, and it never left me wanting. There was a perfect mix of action, dialogue, and mystery. I LOVED how, even though you already knew what was going to happen (c'mon, fans! OF COURSE you know!), you watched in wondrous anticipation the pieces fall into place like it's fated. I'd go see this movie again in a heartbeat! 9.5/10!

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY

I'm going to start out by saying I'm not a rabid-mad Hellboy fan. Heck, I'm not rabid about any comic book turned movie (except maybe Prince of Persia, and that's game-turned-movie, if you keep up with events in Hollywood.) I was REALLY put off during the first 20 minutes of the movie, where a young Hellboy is being read a fairy tale entitled "The Golden Army." Hellboy as a kid is ugly, weird, and scary, and the reenactment of the fairytale in CG puppets was, in my opinion, lame.

The rest of the movie quickly made up for it. If you've seen Pan's Labyrinth, damn did Hellboy II feel a lot like it. That's good if you loved Pan's Labyrinth, as I did. Freaky, but cool, costumes, sets, and creatures. And, weapons and fighting freak that I am, Prince Nuada made me squee with glee. Speaking of the prince, I really liked the twist on the traditional/Tolkien "elves" theme. The fighting scenes involving Nuada were intense and incredibly cool.

I did not like the high use of CGs in this movie, but they were high quality. The movie overall had much less of the original Hellboy movie flair, and much more of a dark fairytale feel: trolls, goblins, fairies, the whole thing. I preferred the occult feel of the first, but Del Toro did a fine job. The movie was an exciting ride, more dramatic than the first, and a total set up for the next movie, which I am already excited to go see. Overall, I give this movie a 7/10.

BUT WAIT! I'll post this now. PRINCE OF PERSIA IS BACK!

SO COOL. Playstation 3 only, I'm hearing. dammit.