Here is another timely dvd review from Tony at his blog Cinema Viewfinder:
Nothing new to say here. As many of you who have read my reviews before on these direct-to-video animation efforts by comics’ Big Two, it basically boils down to this: DC good… Marvel bad. And while Marvel deserves a Most Improved award for their last release, Hulk vs., DC—by way of Warner Premiere—just keeps getting better and better. Their latest release, Green Lantern: First Flight—designed to prime the pump for the parent company’s upcoming live-action movie starring Ryan Reynolds and directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale)—streamlines the traditional superhero story to get right into the good stuff.
On the rare night that I get to watch LIVE tv, I just happened to catch the second episode of The Celebrity Apprentice. I’ve stopped watching the show after the third season because after a while the novelty of the show wore off. However, I wanted to see this one show specifically because of the comic book aspect. In a nutshell, the men (team KOTU) and the women (team Athena) had to create a comic book character to promote Zappos.com.
The focus of the company was their customer service. Both teams had the idea to have a female character to embody this trait. If you watch the episode way at the bottom of this entry, you’ll see how similar their concepts came to light. However, the execution was less than stellar but then again with the time constraints and major egos got in the way of the creative process. To quote The Princess Bride, “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.” In the Apprentice’s case, they both had rotten super-heroines.
Not content with giving us the first Battlestar Galactica spin-off with an all-new cast of characters, the comic book versions of SciFi Channel’s hit depressathon continue to give us what the SciFi Channel can’t: worthwhile spin-offs to the show. While we wait to see whether Caprica will be as much dull soap opera as origin of the Cylons, the comic book brings us Cylon War.
The four issue Cylon War, which launches next year to accompany the final episodes of the TV show, takes the saga back to the beginning – or the beginning that we care about, anyway. Eric Nylund, co-writer for the series with Joshua Ortega, explains the premise:
So, here is the finally work to officially mark the end of this project. If I did not have to do this library event, I would not have done this on my own. Well, to some degree at least. I really got a sense of seeing the idea, putting it on paper, send it off to someone to make the illustrations and then put it all together. For an first effort, I am quite proud of the work accomplished. And yes, I am no way through with the story as I fleshed out several episodes to take this project if need to revisit or redo this event in the future. I love the idea of this online comic and the pros and cons that go along with it. Let me know what you think and if reading my blog on this topic helped you.