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This Week’s All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast features co-hosts Allison (Deadpool) Eckel, and Glenn (Red Lantern) Walker, as they discuss the new comics out this week! You can see the show here, come see it happen live at All Things Fun! in West Berlin NJ on Wednesday afternoons, or check it out below.

Discussion featured in this week’s Special No Trades Episode includes: Young Avengers #1, Uncanny X-Force #1, Wolverine and the X-Men #24, Avengers #3, FF #3, A+X #4, Deadpool #4, Masks #3, Star Trek Countdown Into Darkness #1, Batman: Death of the Family, Justice League #16, Superman: H’El on Earth, Green Lantern: Rise of the Third Army, Volthoom!, Allison’s Amethyst update, ski-jacket Orion, Doctor Who toys and goodies, and what happened to the trades this week?

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the newly revamped All Things Fun! Blogs, written by Allison and Glenn, featuring The Vidcast Drinking Game so you can play along at home, and watch ATF! on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe to the channel while you’re there, and leave a comment or two on the Vidcast as well!).

And be back here every Wednesday to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the South Jersey/Philadelphia area’s best comics, toys and gaming store – every Wednesday afternoon, located on Route 73 in West Berlin, NJ. Come on down and see the show live!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 12-21-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (Santa) Evans, Allison (“Holy Codpiece, Batman!”) Eckel and Glenn (The Grinch) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: A little something something for the holidays, the Last Minute Midnight Madness Sale at All Things Fun!, Justice League #4 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, Scott Snyder’s Batman #4, Judd Winick’s Catwoman #4, the rest of the Bat-books, Batman Inc.: Leviathan Strikes, DC Comics Presents #4 featuring Deadman, Blue Beetle #4, and Nick Spencer’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Pop Heroes, Han Solo and X-23, the X-titles, Ed’s Marvels, Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man #676, Deadpool and the Hydra muu-muu, how to use a comics index, Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers #20, more Marvels, Ed’s indies including G.I. Joe, Invincible and the death of Optimus Prime, Allison’s kids comics, Ed’s trades, and the Last Minute Midnight Madness Sale.

Be sure to check out the crazy new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

And don’t forget The Last Minute Midnight Madness Sale at All Things Fun! in West Berlin NJ – 30% off almost everything in the store! It starts at 11:00 PM Friday, December 23rd and goes to 1:00 AM!

Meet and talk with comic creators Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle), Harvey Award winning Bryan J.L. Glass (Thor, Mice Templar), Tony DiGerolamo (Super Frat, Jersey Devil), Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Koni Waves), inker Tom Schloendorn, and inker, artist and writer Bob Petrecca!

If you’re in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, come on down, and if not, join us here to watch the live interviews and vidcast with Allison and Glenn!

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Green Lantern

Green Lantern ~ My earliest memory of the superhero Green Lantern is from the Justice League of America comics, and he was awesome. Hal Jordan was a space hero who had a Power Ring that could do just about anything – shoot an energy beam, make a force field, allowed him to fly, and he could make stuff with it, just about anything he could imagine. Like I said, awesome.

This will date me, but Green Lantern also seemed inextricably linked to Green Arrow and Black Canary and they were always doing something political or with social relevance (a big word back then) and other stuff I wasn’t old enough to understand. Also I knew he was buddies with the Flash, they were a team like Superman and Batman, maybe not as old as them, but they were friends and teammates. Such good friends, that when GL’s comic got canceled, Flash let him appear in the back of his comic – now that’s friendship!

Green Lantern has been through some changes since then. He’s been replaced, replaced again, turned evil, killed, brought back to life, and turned into a moneymaker by genius comic writer Geoff Johns. With that last turn of events, we all knew it wouldn’t be long before Green Lantern hit the big screen. The wait is over.

Being a comics geek, I usually look forward to most films based on comics, Green Lantern was no different. If you ask The Bride, she’ll tell you I’ve keeping a mental countdown clock. Advance reviews were not good however, and as I waited until Saturday to see the flick, I can tell you I was a little bit worried. Now, having seen it, I have to wonder what film the critics saw.

This isn’t Iron Man and nor is it the first two Superman films – it is so not the perfect superhero movie, but it is great. Personally I think Pat Travers of Rolling Stone must have lost a bet on this flick the way he ravaged it – it’s really not that bad. As a matter of fact, I thought it was pretty good.

The story is pretty simple, close to the comics with a few differences. Hal Jordan is a reckless test pilot who finds a dying alien whose Power Ring has chosen him as the new Green Lantern. He trains on Oa with other Lanterns and eventually faces off against the villain Hector Hammond and the evil alien entity Parallax. There are spoilers coming, so some folks might want to skip to the end.

Ryan Reynolds is good as the clunky Hal Jordan but even better as the hero Green Lantern. This is a facet of the reason I like origin stories in movies. I don’t want to see the young, reckless untrained hero – I want to see the complete good guy fight for right hero, and in this case, I am validated. Reynolds is so much better at the latter. Blake Lively is just pretty, and other than that, not believable. I wanted more of Taika Waititi as Tom Kalmaku. And Angela Bassett – wow, who would have ever thunk that Amanda Waller would have shown up in a Green Lantern movie?

Peter Sarsgaard is properly creepy as Hammond. But, while he is good, it’s the make-up and the CGI that goes too far with the character. Does Hector Hammond need to be a drooling monstrous maniac? He’s just got a big head in the comics. Really, for me, that would have been disturbing enough. Parallax, is all CGI, and basically a Galactus cloud with the Wizard of Oz’ face crossed with the Akira monster. This is not pretty. Again, a reference to the comics – Parallax’s real form, that of a giant insect is also pretty monstrous and scary, and of course accurate. The Guardians too could have been less scary. Details like this might put some folks off this flick, and sequels if it goes to franchise.

The voice acting of the CGI characters is dead on. Mark Strong is fantastic as Sinestro, playing him with just the right amount of contempt and menace. I loved Geoffrey Rush as Tomar-Re (one of my fave Green Lanterns) and Michael Clarke Duncan is a perfect Kilowog. I didn’t think I would say that after I loved Henry Rollins in the role in the animated Emerald Knights, but it’s true.

There are as many plot holes in this flick however, as there are Easter eggs for comics fans. Unfortunately the former seems to overshadow the latter. The plot jumps rather quickly from the main story with Hal to the subplots with Hammond and Parallax, which is fine, but too much time is spent on minor details that could have been deleted for meatier bits with other characters. Did we really need the flashbacks of Hal’s father in a bad homage to the opening of Speed Racer? Did we need to know all of Hal’s family? I would have rather had more interaction with Carol, Tom, Sinestro and the other Lanterns quite frankly.

I would have rather had more of a fight against both Hammond and Parallax, their defeats seemed too easy to me, and the fact that Hal doesn’t even really defeat Hammond is very bothersome. Come on, he’s supposed to be the hero here, ya know? But I suppose these are things that happen when a film has so many writers credited. The 3-D, while in the previews it made me want to see it in 3-D, was unnecessary. Save your money.

All in all, I had fun, and with a movie that cost upwards of thirty bucks all inclusive, that’s what counts. I came out of the film excited and hoping for a sequel. Not a great film, but a great superhero adventure, visually stunning. And for the folks who liked Thor and Wolverine for certain reasons – Ryan Reynolds is shirtless quite a bit. Recommended.

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