So Comic-Con came and passed so there’s a great amount of awesome that came out during the four day period so for those who didn’t absorb everything already, here’s a quick run down of what happened at Comic-Con International 2008:
Afro Samurai: Resurrection: Yes, Afro Samurai is going to premiere next Spring on Spike TV in North America, and Fuji TV in Japan. Apparently Afro gets tired of killing and is forcing to fight his destiny as the number one warrior. So look forward to more fast paced action and violent fight scenes.
Reason to Care: It’s Afro Samurai, what more could ask for? Well that and the villain is a well endowed woman voiced by Lucy Liu.
Watchman Movie: Okay so this wasn’t announced at Comic-Con it’s still awesome that it was there. I first saw the trailer after seeing The Dark Knight, and it looked amazing. Zach Snyder, the guy behind 300, is directing the most cirtically acclaimed graphic novel of all time. The movie, regardless of Alan Moore, looks really good. While I am slightly wary of Mr. Snyder, from the interviews of the cast and that sparkling trailer things are look really good. If you want check things out for yourself, here’s a link to some information and Interviews.
Reason to Care: The Integrity of all comic books are at stake here. If Zach can’t make a good movie out of this, then it’s proof that comic books are media best left to themselves, and thus they shouldn’t be made into movies. Or at least that’s Alan Moore’s position.
Heroes: They showed an entire episode of season 3 of Heroes at Comic-Con and I did the evil deed and spoiled it for myself. It’s amazing. It has all of the spark and ridiculous cliffhanger crazy that the first season had. There are no stupid attempts at romance, and it looks as if they’ve corrected everything the second season did wrong.
Reason to Care: It looks great. I really can’t say much without spoiling it but that one episode was better than the entire second season.
God of War Movie:Unfortunately this happened. Yeah it’s another video game movie being written and directed by Rush Hour 2/3 director Brett Ratner. While the quality of his films is debatable, I did enjoy Rush Hour 3. I have no idea what this entails, as God of War never really had a plot in the first game. I understood it as more of a go into the next room and brutally murder everyone kind of game.
Reason to Care: Well God of War was a good game, whether it can be made into movie has yet to be seen. the real highlight is that it’s not being made by Uwe Bole.
DC Comics: Interesting how comics are lower on the list of things at COMIC-Con. Anyways DC announced a new book for Zatanna, a new Final Crisis comic called Resist, and Kevin Smith is doing a Batman miniseries called Batman: Cacophony. They also mentioned a couple of Elseworlds comic are due out before the end of the year.
Reason to Care: The Batman miniseries sounds good, and Kevin Smith isn’t too bad himself. I never really liked the whole bastardization of all the Crisis stuff, but Final Crisis is doing well for itself. Not much of reason here, then again I don’t read DC all that much.
Marvel: Okay so there’s second season of Spectacular Spider-man (surprise!). X-men looks good with their Ex Infernus (basically Inferno 2), and their Original Sin and Manifest Destiny coming along by September. Wolverine and the X-men looks pretty god as a television series, they announced a Hulk vs. Wolverine which will apparently be a much more violent version of that. Also a Next Avengers cartoon movie of all things. Of then that there wasn’t much on the Marvel side this time round.
Reason to Care:Well the Spectacular Spider-Man was pretty good so I’m looking forward to a second season of that, the X-men comic has been doing really well as of late with the Messiah Complex and its aftermath. I’m not too keen on the other animation stuff, but a violent X-men cartoon is well overdue. I haven’t seen Ultimate Avengers personally but from what I gather Next Avengers seems to be in the same vain, which might not be a bad thing.