Archive for Superhero

I’m doing a Chloe Sullivan!

Posted in All Blogs, Comics, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2008 by Mao

Yes, I joined my school’s journalism group for their online magazine!

And guess what? I get to do whatever I want; blogging or podcast. Blogging fer sho!

Much to my geekery, my first article if on American (Superhero) Comics! and my very hard attempt to try getting more people reading it. :)

Please feel free to point out at gramatical mistakes, or rephrase some sentences.
(it’s not published yet)

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American Comics,
… not just for fat men with orange-stained Cheetos fingers.

Let’s face it, most of you will stereotype American comic book readers as either obese or skinny guys, who live in their mother’s basement and are 40 year old virgins. But after the recent flood of movie adaptations of comic books, the younger generations are now more familiar with superheroes such as; Ironman, Hulk, Batman, Hellboy etc.

What about those heroes still stuck in monthly issues?

Most non-comic book readers are still unfamiliar with characters that are considered as major characters by readers, such as Nightwing. Don’t know Nightwing? He’s Dick Grayson. Still doesn’t ring a bell? He’s the first of Batman’s protégés! Right now, Batman’s up to Robin number three.

What got me interested in comic books, namely DC Comics, was the in-depth character history. American comics are more like soap operas, and don’t have a concrete storyline, so it has all the time in the world for characterization.

Let’s use Dick Grayson as an example. People who have read Detective Comics since the 1940s would know him since he was Robin: wearing green-scaled underwear and fighting crime with Batman while shouting “Goly Gee Batman!” But since then he has “grown-up”, picked up a new superhero identity, found his own city to protect, and now leads a team. He also has his own monthly issue series!

If you’re a manga (Japanese comic book) reader, you know what I mean when stories just drag on and never reaches the conclusion! Annoying innit? This never happens in American comic books, because of the reason I mentioned above: it’s like The Bold and the Beautiful, without the whole load of drama, abortion and your husband coming back alive three years later after what you thought was a fatal snake bite while he was on an expedition in Africa. Furthermore, I bet you’ve wished for a crossover between two different manga titles, just for the sake of wanting to seem them team-up. Well, this happens quite often in American comic books! There are many crossovers within the institutions, as well as out of the institution, for example Justice Society of America (JSA) and DC vs. Marvel.

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Maybe superheroes comics aren’t your cup of tea, but don’t let that stop you from reading them.

You like chick-flicks? Try the new series called Spiderman Loves Mary Jane, which is basically about MJ and her high school life. Juggling around school, friends and her relationship with Spidey.

Dear female readers… find yourself your favourite hot superhero, and I guarantee you that you’ll enjoy reading comic book a lot more!

If you’re looking for a superhero comic not as dramatic as Superman, try Runaways. It’s about six teenagers (who thought they had a pretty average life), finding out their parents are super villains, and runs away from home. During their adventure each individual either finds out about their hidden powers, what they really are, or obtain these awesome power gloves that can blast fire. But since they are teenagers, there’re tons of dramas! I’m sure manga readers will love this series, since the art-style is greatly influenced by manga.

And no, they don’t have eyes half the size of their heads.

How about something waaay more realistic? Then checkout Marvel’s recent title called Kick-Ass. It’s rated mature for violence, but I’m sure Year 11+ can handle it. It’s basically about a high school comic-geek becoming a vigilante. But it’s not your average success story. He gets severely beaten up by gangs and gets into a whole load of trouble.

Want something with more flare and Tarantino-esque? Grab a copy of Young Liars! It’s institution is Vertigo (which goes under DC Comics’ umbrella) because of it’s rating. So much like Tarantino’s movie, I can only recommended it to mature readers or Upper school students. But it’s an amazing read, and I can go as far as saying it’s one of the best series I’ve read.

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I’m sure you’re wondering where you can purchase these comics. If you’re looking for trade paperbacks (TPB), which are basically 6/7 issues put together, you should be able to find/order it at any bookstore. But beware, major cooperates are out to rape your wallets! They will most likely charge $20 more than the original price.

This is when the dingy little comic book stores’ awesomeness comes in!They don’t charge any additional price, and you can order TPBs too. But the fallback is that the stores are really hard to find, and super tiny. So far I’ve only found two stores, which happens to be in the same building…

Sugar Street is right behind Windsor House, the building with Toys R Us.

Metro Comics: http://metrocomics.com

Shop 112, Causeway Bay Centre,

15~23 Sugar Street, Hong Kong

Clark’s Comics: http://www.clarks-comics.com/

Shop 1, B7 Basement Causeway Bay Centre,

15~23 Sugar Street, Hong Kong

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To find out which comics are out this week, visit the institution’s websites

DC Comics… http://dccomics.com/dcu/comics/

Marvel… http://marvel.com/catalog/

Image Comics… http://www.imagecomics.com/schedule.php

Dark Horse… http://www.darkhorse.com/Comics/New-Releases

I can haz acshon-figers?

Posted in All Blogs, Cartoon, Comics, DC Comic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2008 by Mao

*le sigh*

Don’t you just hate it when you want something but know you can’t have it? :(
No, not talking about lurve~

But…

*le sighs again*
:(

Out of stock!
“I is dunno wen it cum back!”
“D:”
“sori!”
“D:”

To make it clear it wasn’t out of stock at the store… but at wherever they order all the stuff from.

T_T

But on the positive note, Udon Studios (the awesome people that brought you an anime-fied Cheetah), is releasing Posion Ivy next!

Scheduled to be released on 8th April 2009.
I think it’s the best out of all of their Ame-Comi figure produced!

hah, here’s an idea!
How ’bout an anime for the DC superheroes?! No, not like Teen Titans or Totally Spies, but a full of Jap-anime (imagine Furuba, Gundam Seed or something!). So all the male characters will be bishounens!!! Not a stretch for Nightwing, but oh boy… Superman… *throws up in mouth a little*

-_-”

I have yet to buy this week’s comics. I think Titans and Nightwing’s out, unless Titans got pushed back again. I went to the store on Thursday, but because of labour day it wasn’t out in HK yet :/

… stupid labour day <_<“

What it takes to be a Hero.

Posted in All Blogs, Comics, DC Comic, Marvel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2008 by Mao

Lets face it, being a superhero nowadays is a hard business.

Everyone seems to have a fucking problem with each other. Everyone seems to have possession of a nuclear weapons. Everyone has their own army of deadly ninjas.
They all want to fuck each other up.

You’re running around saving people’s lives, but they’ll take a mick outta ya costume.

People will write slash fanfictions of you and your drinking buddies.

People will compare you with your Marvel counterpart. Now now, no one likes sibling comparisons.

If you get a bad writer, your reputation’s gonna go doooown hill. *shifty eyes at Beechen*

and we all know that comic book sales hasn’t been it’s best in the past few decades. Namely blaming the increase in cost, and younger generations not being interested in them.

… oh, and if the Didio-man hates ya, YOU’RE OUT!

In desperation to save the comic book sales, we’ve got Power Girl’s boobs growing bigger in every issue of JSA.

From modest-boob-no-cleavage…

to each-boobs-bigger-than-her-head…

Also sexual innuendos…

to kick-ass gay superheroes,

And also reviving silver-age characters… (who should just stay dead),

As well as “dramatic and tragic” deaths of the most loved superheroes, in attempt to strike up controversy and to get a “buzz” going…

… sadly, no one really cares about Connor’s death anymore, except for that whiny WW-wannabe.

But I think the biggest attempt to boost superhero comic books sales is a Multiverse/DCU/Marvel-Universe/Big event… like the Final Crisis and Civil War.
I’m not sure how Civil War’s doing, but so far Final Crisis hasn’t been as good as people were anticipating it to be.

I actually think FC: Rogues’ Revenge is better…

And lets not forget to kill/de-power/rape the super heroines and superhero-wives. :)

I don’t know… but most things in comics are now from a cookie-cutter.
See, it’s hard to be a superhero. If you’re a genuine, nice, smart do-gooder, you’re most likely to fail. But if you’re rude, dark and brooding, you’ll get Hollywood directors willing to kiss your hiney to make a movie about ya.

w0rd.
I feel like dying right now.

Good night ~.~

A Cup of Superhero: Batman

Posted in All Blogs, Batman, Comics, DC Comic with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by Mao

Hah, the first drink that came to my mind was…

Espresso

Or better yet…

Double Espresso

Can it get any manly-er?

Espresso usually comes in shots, or in a smaller cup than your average coffee. This is because it’s REALLY concentrated. People at Starbucks won’t tell you this, but a whole liter of Espresso will probably kill you.
It’ll deprive you of your sleep. And without sleep your body will slowly lose it’s function. THEN YOU’LL DIE! … or it’s gonna clog your artery or something.
Who knows.

Give a cup of Espresso to a zombie. It’ll motherfucking sprint at your ass, and kill you! And being undead, it can run at your ass for the whooole day.

So how is Batman related to a shot of Espresso?
For one, he probably drinks a whole load of it. By day he’s Bruce Wayne, by night he’s Batman. Go figure how he goes on without sleep.
… And you know that evil doesn’t sleep!

You could say cappuccino, macchiato, lattes and other caffeine drinks are bitches of Espressos’… because espresso is the base of those drinks. It’d be pimping! And you know Batman, he’d rather be the leader. If he isn’t the leader, he’ll make himself the leader. If Batman goes to a S&M club, he would probably be a sadist. And when he tells you to shut up, you better shut up. Or else he’s gonna ice you… or papa spank you?

As a female, I think Batman’s hot. Bruce Wayne’s hot too. Fucking hell, I like the mysterious thing going on with him, as well as his masculinity. And you know what people say about espressos… it’s the most manliest thing you can drink… and by “people” I mean me. Some might argue and say beer’s manly. No brotha! That’s where you’re wrong. When I think of beer, I think frat boys. Espresso? Mysterious manly sexiness.

So next time you want to impress a woman, order a double espresso, loud enough for her to hear. Next thing you know, she’ll be saying “Ooooh baby, serve me a smokin’ hot shot of your espresso!”
… I didn’t know you were a barista.

But it would probably help if you look like this

Have a killer bod like this

and have a pimp chair like this

I hope I turned straight men gay.

:)

Oh, and if you’re in a relationship with Batman, you have to be bitch. So when Batty-boy wants a sandwich; “BITCH! Go make me a sandwich”, you go make him a sandwich. :) Or else he’ll denounce you and get his way because he’s “goddamn Batman” (refer to the picture below).

Some of you may sum him up as a spoilt brat who got everything and anything whenever he wanted… But think about it, he didn’t have a mommy or a daddy growing up. He’s still traumatized and felt inferior about the whole tragedy, and I’m well sure he has superior complex. So when he’s being a bossy-boot, think of him as a retarded kid with a tantrum.

That fucking Batman!!! He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum… He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum… He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum… He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum… He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum… He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum… He’s just a retarted kid with a tantrum…

Click here to Apply/Join Flash’s Rogue Gallery

Posted in All Blogs, Comics, DC Comic, The Flash with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 18, 2008 by Mao

Hello there, Captain Cold here. Besides being famous for my dashing attire from Gucci’s Winter collection, I’m one of most well-known rogues from Flash’s rogue gallery.
… and the Scarlet Speedsters got a whole bunch of ’em rogues, so that shows how famous I am.

Just to point out, there are a few visual-aids to help me through this recruitment process. If you have a hard time reading them, you can click to make it bigger.

So why should you join Flash’s Rogue Gallery?

Well I’ll tell ya why!
This gang functions like a brotherhood. Bros before hoes. We stick by each other, even through the roughest time. We respect each other.

… Fucking hell, we sound like frat guys.

The key members of the Rogues, other then myself, are; Mirror Master, Weather Wizard, Heat Wave and the new and annoying Trickster.

We have our differences, but together we’re Flash’s rogues… actually we just want to get rich and famous, but Flash gets in the way, so we result to fighting him.

We’re looking for someone who we can trust and know will stick around… certain level of ass kicking is required.

Once there was a time when we screwed up big time… when we killed Kid Flash. Everyone was like “fuck the rogues.” and ditched us. But we rogues, we stuck by each other. Fuck Libra. Fuck Secret Society. We just need each other to make things work again, and we did.

If you want to join us, you have to follow the rules. Yes, we’re “villains”, but we do have rules.

Rule #1
Never kill a Speedster.

You better be a quick learner, coz we don’t have hard-copies of the rules.

Other rules include “don’t leave the toilet seat up”, “don’t chew chewing gums in the clubhouse”, “Friday’s a pizza night”, “Thou shall respect each other”, and we’re all allocated when to water the plants.

Because we function like the brotherhood, we have dos and don’ts. We want everyone to be happy and healthy. So one of the most important rules include…

When I punch ya, it’s out of love.

After this event, we decided to make an addiction support facility, a rehab center, but only for the rogue members. We even have our own confession circle too!

Heat Wave: “I’m here because…- …”
Mirror Master: “C’mon Mick, you can say it.”
Heat Wave: “I’m here because…. because… I accidentally killed my family!”
Weather Wizard: “There there Mick,… it’s okay… we’re here for you”

If you think you can follow our simple rules, proceed to the next page.

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Ok, glad you’re still here with us.
Now for the benefits of joining The Rogues.

We have matching jackets! If you qualify as one of us, you’ll recieve a welcome gift, via mail or hand.

You could say the Catcher in the Rye is the closest thing we have to a rule book.

We’ll also send you a fruit basket.

So what is the main function of this villainous group and how do we avoid Flash?
We, The Rogue Gallery (that’s our official name), just do our thing. Rob banks and jewellery stores, hack into a data warehouse, create havoc in Keystone City… just evil schemes to get rich quickly.
Oh, and we aren’t planning on taking over the World anytime soon. The doors right behind you.

To answer the second part of the question, we can’t avoid that nitwit Flash.
He’ll come zooming out of nowhere, and POW, he got your right at the jaw. But if we work as a team we have a chance of escaping and/or hurting him… thus the formation of the Rogues.

We offer medical insurance.

and After a long hard day, we like to party… hard!

As much as we like Mirror Master’s party, no party’s better than Flash’s. Citizens of Keystone knows how to throw an awesome one!

Gotta love that chum!

You gotta be thinking why and how the Rogue Gallery still exists since Barry Allen’s time.
That’s because we don’t get personal with the Flash. Sure, we hate his guts! But we hate the Flash, and not the man behind it.

We don’t go around killing their spouses you know?

Sometimes we’re reffered to as roaches. But without us Rogues, Flash won’t be as great and loved by the citizens. I think he knows this, and sometimes even goes easy on us.

Don’t get me wrong, he throws us into Iron Heights time to time.
We just get out from there.

… and that, ladies and gents, is how we stay in business.

and we’re also proud to quote…

“They may have goofy names and wear bright colours, but that doesn’t mean they’re idiots.”
– Flash

Hypocrite!

There you go. I hope you read this over, and consider applying to become a Rogue. Just send your curriculum vitae to the e-mail below, and if we want to meet you, we’ll give you a call.
Don’t call us, we’ll call you.

But if you have any inquiries, please do call.

E-mail: fearsome_rouges@hotmail.com

Telephone: (930) 273-2665

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ahaha, a cute Dick and Wally moment

A Cup of Superhero: Impulse (Bart Allen)

Posted in All Blogs, Comics, DC Comic, The Flash with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by Mao

ok. A Cup of Superhero is going to be like a series of filler posts, in which I compare a cup of drink to a superhero. My posts tends to be a bit long and messy, so I decided; one post, one cup, one hero.

Ooooh, sounds so Olympicy!

Hah, lol, k, so…

If superheroes were a drink, what would they be they be~?

Lets set the benchmark; Impulse (Bart) would be a tall glass of good ol’ Chocolate Milkshake!
With whip cream, and of course, a cherry on the top.

You get to your local diner, a very familiar place, and push open the door. You hear everyone greet you as you make your way to your stool. You simply smile and nod. You pull out your stool, and sit on it, not only for your ass to fit perfectly into the ass-groove you’ve made over the years. The waitress was already there to take your order, and you say “Ya know what ah’m gunna sey Jenneh, the usual!”.
She flirt-giggles and replies “Jus makin sho hun! Buhger, frahs and chocolate milkshake cumin’ up!”

See, everyone likes chocolate milkshake! Even Jack, the big truck driver.
Chocolate milkshake will always manage to bring a smile to your face. If it was a person, it would be one of those people who everyone likes hanging out with, because it’s fun! :) And that person would be Bartholomew “Bart” Allen, as Impulse!
But too much of chocolate milkshake can give you a toothache, in Impulse’s case, a headache. You know it’s uber fattening, but you just can’t resist it!

Chocolate is an essential food group in your life, and milkshake… god, it’s mother fucking milkshake! What I’m trying to say is, we need chocolate milkshake! As Young Justice needed Impulse to keep the series fun. <3

ahaha, cute kid.
His cuteness is the cherry on the top.

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But as we get older, some people tends to prefer a less sugary Chocolate Milkshake, and instead prefers it a bit more creamy and darker. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a bloody good chocolate milkshake!
That’s when we say bye-bye to Impulse, and hellooo Kid Flash!

It’s the same chocolate milkshake. But instead of using chocolate which is 70% sugar and 30% chocolate, we’re now talking about 40% sugar and 60% chocolate.
It’s still sweet; Kid Flash is still full of awesome. But we have a less chance of getting obese and becoming diabetic; Kid Flash is more ‘settled’ (… hah), less impulsive and more knowledgeable compared to Impulse.

Bart manages to become this new and improved milkshake after he reads the whole San Fransisco library in 20 minutes, which felt like 18 months to him.

Shouldn’t the bookshelf get empty as he reads those books? Just felt like pointing out…

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… This is when your favourite chocolate milkshake gets really bitter and gross, when Bart takes on the mantle of The Flash.

I really like Bart, but he’s just blergh as Flash! He ain’t bitter like the counter-part, but plain boring. Nothing much to say… he lost his charm.

I also think he got a bit dumber.
,,, and excuse me for my less than average scanning skillz.

… I guess the San Fransisco library didn’t have a book on that.

But what I liked about his run as the Flash was the last two issues. Tragic ending, but I really liked it. As much as I didn’t want Bart to die, I didn’t mind Flash dying…

!!! But we all know he’s gonna revive soon! :) *crosses finger*

This is why…

Posted in All Blogs, Comics, DC Comic, Nightwing, The Flash with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2008 by Mao

I love Nightwing.

… and you should too. :)

You should checkout Philip Tan’s Deviantart. But this one’s the most amazingest by far.
I hope it’s going to be used for an issue cover, crossing my finger for a Nightwing and Flash crossover (notice the lightening?)… but I highly doubt it. But nothing wrong with wishful thinking.

GREAT NEWS FOR WALLY WEST FANS!
Even though Barry Allen came back and is probably “becoming” The Flash again, Wally isn’t going no where! My worst case scenario was Wally dying, and Barry replacing him. But thankfully that’s not happening.
And Wally’s costume is getting a makeover!

Are there any changes in store for current Flash Wally West’s costume? “I’m redesigning Wally West’s costume right now, and it’s terrifying.” While Sinestro’s costume, with its seemingly random blue color and “jester collar,” was ready for a redesign in Van Sciver’s eyes, “Wally West is the most perfectly designed costume ever, aside from Green Lantern’s costume, in my opinion.” Van Sciver said the challenge was to redo the costume without either making it less cool or more cool than Barry Allen’s and thus implying that one character is better than the other.

You can read the full thing here.

Ahhh! OMG, I’M SO EXCITED!!!! x)))))))
I really hope Wally’s new costume’s cooler than Barry’s old Flash costume! And man, now I have to follow the Final Crisis story! I don’t like big tie-ins and major events, but I seriously need to know what’s gonna happen (Buy FC #3 on 6th Aug)!

You can read my other blog on Return of Barry Allen.

Gosh, I can’t sleep tonight! o.o