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Sunday Show: Still Guarding The Galaxy

More action, more laughs and my enthusiasm gets cranked up yet another notch.

Dudes and dudettes, if this movie bombs I’m going to be extremely Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-Poster-High-Res-570x844disappointed. Because, so far, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy looks to be a-frakkin’-mazing!

A science fiction/superhero mash up with some of Marvel Comics’ cosmic characters, Guardians is a relative newcomer to the comics scene. In fact, most of the members had been languishing in limbo until just a few years ago when several creators hauled the various characters out into the current Marvel Universe, dusted them off, polished ’em up and then sent them on to success.

But, enough of me yakkin’. If you haven’t seen it yet. . . What’s the matter with you? This is the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, starting Aug. 1, 2014.


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Avenge This

by Richard

It’s something I find myself saying a lot: I’ve waited more than 33 years for an Avengers movie and this one was worth the wait. No, really.It’s true. Why I find myself repeating that all the time is another question entirely.

In all seriousness, the Avengers movie from Marvel Entertainment and the House of Pain (Sorry. I meant, Disney) came out about two weeks ago and blew past $1B in box office like it wasn’t even trying.

I’m not sure if this movie will have the staying power to surpass Avatar, which brought in about $2.78B in box office, but it’s certainly looking to be the highest-grossing movie in the superhero genre.

But, dudes? I really couldn’t care how much money this movie makes. It was magnificent! It was brilliant! It was explodey! It was funny! It was, in short, everything I ever wanted an Avengers movie to be. Mostly because it was real and not one of those movies that continue to exist in my imagination.


Building on the backs of the previous Marvel Universe movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America), this movie brought together these disparate characters, along with Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye and the omnipresent Nick Fury, mashed them all together with Loki, an invading army of aliens and a surprise villain, and produced a two-hour shot of pure awesome.

You know how, when a movie’s really, really, really good, people will clap when it ends? Yeah, the entire audience in my showing was hooting and hollering and clapping and cheering during the movie. In fact, there were two scenes (both involving the breakout star of the movie — that 7-foot green rage monster known as the Hulk) that were possibly the funniest scenes I’d seen in years at a movie. And that included several alleged comedies.

This one had it all. Great dialogue. Actual characters. Amazing spectacle. Humor. Danger. Action and thrills. And even a tiny bit of pathos.

And, like any good entertainment based on the eternal now of comic-book storytelling, it left us with goosebumps with the small mid-credits cameo scene of the bad dude behind it all. You might not know who it was if you weren’t a big Avengers fan prior to the movie, but, trust me, this is a big deal.

If you don’t recognize that character, just run your select over the following white text: Thanos, the mad god of Titan. He’s so bad, his girlfriend is Death. Literally.

So, yeah. It’s a big deal.

Even with all the explodey bits, I think it remains a great family film provided your little dudes are older than, say, 5 and can handle the loud noises.

Go see this now. In the theaters. When it’s as big a spectacle as it should be.

As big a spectacle as it needed to be, after I had to wait most of my life for it.

You’ll be glad you did.

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Dude Review: The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules

by Richard

I’m going to keep reviewing these until at least one of you drops by the comments section to let me know that you actually bought a collection of the best comic book being published today. And, no, that’s not damning with faint praise. I love The Incredible Hercules: The Mighty Thorcules. It pushes all my buttons. It’s got humor, mythology, humor, butt kicking and smart alekry up the wazzoo. In short, it’s incredible. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Oh, yeah. And this collection has the best sound effect ever committed to paper. Take a look.

Come on! How can you not love the purple nurple of the gods?

Let me explain. For reasons too complicated to go into right now, the Incredible Hercules has to pose as his rival, the Mighty Thor (hence the title) and, this being a superhero comic, the two get into a fight. Now, Thor isn’t used to fighting bare chested. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem. But, see, Hercules isn’t above fighting dirty to win and is willing to give out a purple nurple (notice the sound effect “nurp” is, in fact, purple).

Being a serialized comic book, this could be a bit confusing, if it weren’t for the fact that The Incredible Hercules has the most inventive and fun recap pages ever speeding people up to brought. Basically, Herc has to impersonate Thor to stop an invasion of Earth by some particularly dire elves. Things do not go as planned and Thor has to impersonate Herc to stop the whole thing. Once again, things do not go as planned.

Dude! That hurts just looking at it.

Thor, normally one of the most noble fair-fightingest of the Marvel universe takes well to playing the part of Hercules. Perhaps too well. And, of course, notice the sound effect which, if sounded out, will sound suspiciously like nut crack. Hmm. Wonder where they got the idea for that sound effect? (To get a better look at this and the next picture, make with the clicky to enlargen.) [What? That’s a word, right?]

In the series, Herc has been accompanied by a young genius named Amadeus Cho, the seventh-smartest person on the planet. And someone who has even worse impulse control than the notoriously scatterbrained Hercules. In alternating issues, this collection follows Cho as he tries to find out what really happened when his parents were killed.

He’s looking for the man who planted the bomb, not so much for revenge, but to find out if his sister is really alive and, if so, where she is. When Cho finally does find the mastermind behind his personal tragedy, he’s confronted by an aged, bitter and more than slightly insane version of himself and forced into a no-win, life-or-death situation. His solution to the dilemma is uniquely his own.

Because this is a comic book, I wanted to say a little bit about the art. Reilly Brown on the epic Thorcules arc is absolutely fantastic. I mean, you get the expressions you’ve been hoping for when someone describes the action. While Rodney Buchemi doesn’t quite reach those heights on the Amadeus Cho sections, it still does a nice job of telling the story.

In all, I’ll give this book five (5) dudes out of five. It’s, sorry again, incredible. Go out and buy it now. Read it and laugh.

Otherwise. . . Well, let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be you.Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes.

Or your underwear.

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