Alright kids, I've been talking up Mark Millar for years but now it seems people outside of the comic fandom have taken notice, this dude is about to take the world by storm. I posted this on my original site last year, on November 5th, in anticipation of the KICK-ASS movie. Here's the original post:
Mark Millar is a favorite comic book writer of mine. He€™s written such gems as Superman: Red Son (which I loved, despite my hatred for Superman), Wanted (the comic book was much better than the movie), and the Marvel summer blockbuster series Civil War a few years back. So when I enter a comic book store and I see his name on something, I instantly pick it up and walk right to the register.
So about a year ago when I saw Kick-Ass issues #1 and #2 sitting on the shelves and understood the premise, it struck a nerve with any nerdy comic book fan like a blade to the heart. Kid loves comics, wants to be a superhero like the one he reads about, gets a costume, goes out and gets his ass handed to him €¦brutally. Hospital ridden for months but more determined than ever to keep up with the vigilantism, he goes back out to do his Batman impersonation and that€™s the basis for the comic.
Now, since Hollywood hasn€™t had an original idea in years, and continues to pump the comic book industry for fodder they're making this into a movie as well. Even though I sound a little pessimistic about the Hollywood/comic industry connection, I actually enjoy it because it brings to the big screen some stories I€™ve cherished. These fantastic stories that aside from the nerd sect wouldn€™t get the time of day are now flooding theaters everywhere.
Kick-Ass is next on that list and from the trailer, it has some serious potential and looks to follow the comic book to the letter. Check out this site for more information and the very kick-ass trailer€¦ was that lame of me? Yea, well€¦ fuck you. Haha.
OK, so with that being said, I'm about to educate you folks on something else that I'm sure is going to be huge, NEMESIS. I already got my first issue and its written by the same dude.
This book is going to be insane in the best way possible. Mark Millar is top notch at everything and when he and Steve McNiven did Marvel€™s Civil War, it rocked my fucking socks off. McNiven is an amazing artist, definitely one of my favorites in the industry. His work is just beautifully detailed.
If you like comics, educate yourselves on both of their previous works. Millar joked about this project, "What if Batman was a total cunt?" meaning, what if someone like Batman wasn't the good guy, but on the other side, with no one to stop him? The first issue goes big and really takes a no-holds barred approach. I don't want to ruin it for you so if you're able to find the first issue, pick it up and see what happens.
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.