Only three series debuting this week. Silk is the latest entry into Marvel’s Spider-verse. Venom: Space Knight showcases a very different Venom learning about his role as a cosmic agent in the third solo Guardians book. And one of Jack “King” Kirby’s wacky 70’s creations, Devil Dinosaur, gets re-inserted into the ANAD Marvel U in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
All New All Different premieres Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #1 Silk #1 Venom: Space Knight #1
Continuing the original Star Wars Trilogy breakdown, 10 mins at a time – starting with the first 10 minutes of A New Hope and ending with the last 10 minutes of Return of the Jedi. Each segment will include a brief synopsis, some truly nerdy trivia, thoughts about the scenes, as well as the moments that were Good, Bad, and Bantha Poodoo. All this leads to the premiere of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens!”
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) 01:00:01 – 01:10:00
“Where did you dig up that old fossil?”
• This one line perfectly sums up Han Solo: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
• Luke is already displaying Jedi skills with the remote.
• In the scene where Grand Moff Tarkin says, “She lied. She lied to us.” Darth Vader replies by saying, “I told you she would never consciously betray the Rebellion.” Watch Vader’s hand after he says that; it’s still moving like he had more to say but it got edited out. He was probably saying, “You should have let force choke her!”
• During this 10 minute stretch of the film Obi Wan Kenobi suddenly turns into “Know-It-All-Kenobi. Behold…
Han – “It’s been totally blown away.”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “Destroyed by the Empire”
Han: “There’s another ship coming in”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “It’s an Imperial fighter.”
Luke: “It followed us!”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “No, it’s a short-range fighter.”
Han: “Chewie, jam its transmissions.”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “Be as well to let it go, it’s too far out of range.”
Luke: “Look, it’s heading for that small moon.”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.”
Luke: “I have a very bad feeling about this.”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “Turn the ship around.”
Han: “They’re not gonna get me without a fight.”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “You can’t win, but there are alternatives to fighting.”
Han: “Damn fool – I knew you were gonna say that.”
Know-It-All-Kenobi: “Who’s the more foolish? The fool? Or the fool who follows him?” What does that even mean?
• Ben Burtt created the sound effect for the Tie Fighters by combining an elephant call with a car driving on wet pavement.
• As they are getting closer to the Death Star, Han asks Chewie to “lock in the auxiliary power.” Chewie either doesn’t hear him or is doing something else because Han has to ask him again to “lock in the auxiliary power.” Finally Chewie locks it in but by then it’s too late; they are caught in the tractor-beam. Chewie could be responsible for them getting captured. If only he had locked in the auxiliary power the first time!
• Those Stormtroopers might be riding the slowest elevator ever!
• Dudes, get a dolly for that scanner! Thing looks like it weighs a ton!
• TK421 must have been some kind of slacker Stormtrooper for them to keep tabs on him like they did. The Good: Probably Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill’s best scene together in the whole trilogy – when they are dressed up as Stormtroopers wondering how they are gonna get out of the mess they are in. The Bad: ILM still hadn’t perfected the effect of turning the light-saber on and off. Bantha Poodoo: Know-It-All-Kenobi Continue reading Episode IV: A New Hope – The 3D Breakdown, Part 2→
I will be taking the original Star Wars Trilogy (no “Special Editions” here) and breaking it down 10 mins at a time – starting with the first 10 minutes of A New Hope and ending with the last 10 minutes of Return of the Jedi. Each segment will include a brief synopsis, some truly nerdy trivia, thoughts about the scenes, as well as the moments that were Good, Bad, and Bantha Poodoo. All this leads to the premiere of the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens!” Lets get started!
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) 00:00:00 – 00:10:00
“This is madness…. were doomed!”
• We get the opening crawl (written by Brian De Palma no less!)
• Space battle! Although by today’s standards it moves a little slow and static, it still packs a punch.
• First appearance of C3PO and R2D2, the only two characters to appear in every Star Wars movie filmed. (No, I’m not going to count the character of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader. To me they are two different dudes.)
• First appearance of Darth Vader
• First appearance of Princess Leia
• When Princess Leia places the plans in R2 and then goes to hide, it sounds like R2 says “Okay see you later Princess Leia” in his beep-beep tones. Don’t believe me? Go listen to it again.
• Droids crash land on Tatooine The Good: Opening shot of the Star Destroyer. This scene changed everything! The Bad: C3PO and R2D2 walking across the laser battle without a scratch. Bantha Poodoo: Threepio leaving R2 and going off on his own. Whatta jerk! Continue reading Episode IV: A New Hope – The 3D Breakdown, Part 1→
We’re through seven weeks of the All-New All-Different Marvel era. The total number of relaunched or new titles is now up to 36, halfway to the anticipated total. Truth be told, there are a few team members in the Idle Time ANAD focus group grumbling about the “seventy-two and counting” announcements. The griping is understandable when a turd like Black Knight hits the shelves. But for every clunker, there’s a Spider-Woman and a Mighty Thor. So keep reading, true believers. We will too. And then we’re going to rank the whole damn lot of them.
All New All Different premieres Black Knight #1 The Mighty Thor #1 Ms. Marvel #1 Spider-Woman #1 Star-Lord #1
Week six of Marvel’s All-New All-Different relaunch puts that mouthful of a moniker right smack on the cover of at least one flagship title. Waid and Kubert’s Avengers title isn’t New or Uncanny, or even Ultimate (also debuting this week), but it does feel like the focal book of the Avengers line. We got out first tease of this series back in May with a Free Comic Book Day edition, and now, in its full-length glory, Earth’s Mightiest kick-off a galactic romp that hearkens back to the pre-Disassembled Kurt Busiek days.
The seven new series hitting shelves this week brings the total up to an even thirty. X-23 takes up the Wolverine mantle. Team Hawkeye picks up from Perez and Lemire’s 5-issue run earlier in the year. A psychopathic super-villain gets top-billing. A cluster of Spider-people are the new Exiles. Heroes for Hire gets worked. And more! Including The Mandarin in a sweet suit.
All New All Different premieres All-New All-Different Avengers #1 All-New Hawkeye #1 All-New Wolverine #1 Carnage #1 Illuminati #1 Ultimates #1 Web Warriors #1
This is arguably the most exciting week yet in Marvel’s All-New, All-Different era. Four continuing titles serve to illuminate more of the post-Secret Wars world. Seven premieres run the gamut from some of the worst books Marvel has produced in years (willing to bet Drax gets cancelled before we’re even able to round-table our rankings) and some of the most refreshing and entertaining takes on both classic and modern superheroes (Hercules and Vision). We also get a funnybook that is genuinely funny (Howard the Duck) and the first real look at how The X-Men figure into Marvel’s new world order.
This brings the running total of new titles in Marvel’s relaunch up to 23, of a rumored 60+ series.
All New All Different premieres Deadpool #1 Drax #1 The Extraordinary X-Men #1 Hercules #1 Howard the Duck #1 Nova #1 Vision #1
Three more All-New All-Different titles debuted this week, alongside three number-two issues.
Marvel’s new Blade was meant to hit the shelves this week as well, but as reported by Bleeding Cool, the title has been delayed for an unspecified time, presumably to allow more time for the Marvel media engine to align its plans for the next Blade film. This could be another opportunity to bemoan the grand Hollywood takeover of Marvel characters and storylines, but we’ll instead try to focus on the positive.
This week, unfortunately, that means a pair of goofy premieres and one confusing tale that, based on the Idle Time focus group, is completely inaccessible to anyone unfamiliar with Angela’s (albeit brief) Marvel backstory (“what the hell did I just read?!” “rarely am I this confused by a Marvel book”).
All New All Different premieres Angela, Queen of Hel #1 Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. As far as the Holy Bee is concerned, every Halloween should be on a Saturday. (A dark, rainy Saturday, preferably. Not one of the sunlit 80-degree days that so often characterize late October here in the central valley of California. The last Halloween that combined Saturday and the requisite gloom was 1998, and it was mostly wasted by me working the afternoon shift down at the old movie theater. At least we were showing Bride of Chucky…)
Especially since I’ve had a grown-up, Monday through Friday type of job, Saturday Halloweens have retained their special cachet, and now another is upon us.
Given the choice between doing something and not doing something, the Holy Bee would tend to choose the latter course every time. I’ve often said to my sons (who share this philosophy) that our family crest should contain the Latin…
Only three new series debut this week, but with the second issues of two of the more high profile All New Marvel titles, it has made for a fairly engaging week 3.
The Inhumans are becoming a more integral part of Marvel’s bigger picture, so it makes sense to see them getting the star treatment in the comics as well. Karnak is featured in a Warren Ellis book, and the Uncanny Inhumans, first teased both in a “zero” issue and Free Comic Day preview earlier this year, hits the shelves courtesy of Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.
All New All Different premieres Astonishing Ant-Man #1 Karnak #1 Uncanny Inhumans #1
Six more All New All Different books hit shelves this week, bringing the total number of new series launches up to ten. Week 2 features two more books from the Spider-verse, and our first official full-length look at two of the Avengers teams.