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I was in shock when I saw this on the Comics Alliance website recently. Sad news for sure. It was Norm Breyfogle's artwork that drew me into the world of Batman after seeing Tim Burton's Batman movie back in '89. Yeah, I'm old. He along with regular scribe Alan Grant created some of the very best Batman yarns at DC during the early 90's & they still resonate today. He's also co creator of Batman fan favorite antihero, Anarky. I also fondly remember Breyfogle's work on super hero title, Prime over at the short lived Malibu Comics during the mid 90's too. Read on more @ the link below.…
    While it's not totally horrid as so many of the reviews would have you believe it's also sadly, not great. I'd been eagerly awaiting this movie after 2007's TMNT & 2009's very awesome 2K animated series finale, "Turtles Forever". With other movies out on the horizon this past year like Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy, & Transformers 4, this was the one movie that was at the very top of my list of "must see's". I wasn't in complete shock being well aware of Platinum Dunes' deficient filmography but still had some faith since it was being directed by Jonathan Liebesman who's also responsible for the very underrated period/action flick, "Wrath of the Titans". Seeing the turtles move & fight truly shines here because it show's why they're a force to be reckoned with & certainly with a lot less comedic fight moves as the original films. Despite some great action scenes & special f/x that are absolutely top notch, it isn't surprising that this movie is more a Megan Fox vehicle than a TMNT movie. Outfit designs aside, the turtles themselves look absolutely jaw droppingly spectacular as does Splinter & while many complaints were targeted at the turtles themselves as appearing too hulking with flared nostrils, this is all just total nonsense. If your a long time fan you can see right away they look like a cross between the artwork of Michael Zulli, & those incredible A.C. Farley paintings from the Mirage Studios era. This movie's flawed because it moves at such a swift pace & then it's over just as fast which would be fine if we got to know the characters a little better but the script obviously didn't leave room for any of that. Also not sure why they decided to alter the turtles traditional outfits or why they played up the "superhero" aspect by making the turtles superhuman strong & bullet proof. Seeing one of the turtles throw a truck trailer & Raphael smashing out from the side of a van left me scratching my head. What made the TMNT special in the fist place was that they sort of broke the mold of the traditional superhero. They were basically outsiders because of their physical appearance but who also happened to be very skilled fighters. They WERE NOT ever Superman or the X-Men. The lack of character development kills any attempt at the story they're trying to tell here so everyone in the film comes across quite flat & one dimensional. This takes all the various iterations of the turtles world & tries to create something all together new which is fine but it's still quite a botched, celluloid mess. As a long time fan I can honestly say that many of the changes they made to the turtles origin's or Shredder & the Foot were completely unnecessary & un-innovative. In fact, this new film's origin story seems heavily influenced by IDW's current comic book series yet the film makers still can't get it quite right. Their lazy bright move? They sever any ties the turtles & splinter originally had with Japan, ninja's, Karai, & Oroku Saki (The Shredder). In the film, technically they're not even ninja's just because their "superhuman/intelligently fast learning mutation" allows them to photographically memorize all the moves & exercises from an old ninja manual that Splinter found in the sewers. Yes, horrible alterations to their origin. Unforgivable & an insult to the source material. Not everyone but certainly most old school fan's will dislike this movie regardless if they either grew up with them through the comics books or the infamous campy cartoon that followed it. Casual viewers will see it as disposable popcorn entertainment perfect for one viewing. They should really just do all the fans a service & make a brand new movie, do it correctly, & forget this one even exists.
     Great "under the radar" comic from the minds of the Men in Black films & one of DC Comic's premiere architects. A wonderful & original tale set during the age of the dinosaurs. The title itself pretty much states it's premise but it's all done all very neatly & alluring to appeal to a broad audience. The magnificent artwork is another excellent highlight. Mukesh Singh's illustrations is perfect & what really makes this a standout comic book among the monthly many. If you enjoy indie comics this is an excellent premiere. I'm quite eager to check out the second part because this first volume is a very fast read & the sketchbook section at the end is another plus. If you're curious what else is out there besides the Marvel & DC roster, this is as a perfect place to start as any. I picked up the 1st volume in digital format on Amazon.
     People are just way too critical. Love the movies or hate them because rightly so, the director just doesn't give a s***.  And the box office numbers don't lie so obviously Michael Bay & company are doing something right. I hope the next Transformers film makes another huge lump sum of cash on it's opening weekend so fanboy's can still moan & groan about "how it's ruined the franchise", but they'll still go & watch it. These movies are pure fun & escapism. Something I think this movie going generation seems to have forgotten because they probably never had it in the first place. Something that maybe seems to have been misplaced after the mid 90's or so. Fortunately, the Transformers movies are still smart enough to appeal to adults & kids alike. I absolutely disagree with the degrading reviews calling these movies "mindless & dumb" because they do in fact contain a very original & imaginative story. If you want to see dumb, feel free to check out any Jason Statham film or some of the more recent work from Stallone & Schwarzenegger. Wow, talk about dumbing it up for 90 minutes. The first Transformers movie was a scifi, superhero epic that blew down the doors on action & special effects, & more importantly put to shame what other previous films had only dreamed of or aspired to (eg; The Matrix or TriStar's 1998 Godzilla flop just to randomly name a few). It raised the bar for other movies to follow. So this new film pretty much moves along those same lines as the last three entries. It's a globe spanning, alien invasion, chaotic, & dizzying laden movie. The escape scene with the space ship across the skyscraper left me feeling nauseated & edgy. Well done Michael Bay!
     It was Michael Bay's first Transformers movie that got me more interested in these characters, delving more into the IDW comics, & even got me to back track to the classic cartoons that my older brother & I grew up watching though I was never as drawn to them as much as my brother. I was more of a a Masters of the Universe & ThunderCats fanatic. But I digress. Growing up in the 80's we would've loved to see a movie like this so I think some us, myself included really appreciate these movies for what they are. An action packed, science fiction space opera & a welcome addition to the Transformers mythology. Fan boys & snotty critics will never  understand that not everything translates to film very easily & the transformers are a prime example. People just need to be glad that it even got made & enjoy the movie's for what they are. The core mythology is all still there no matter how much "it's been changed in the films".  I like these versions & their obviously using the current state of the world as it's  template. This movie is about massive, sentient alien's & fan boys still wanna complain? Just be glad it got made after all this time & kids get to enjoy it like we did more than 20 years ago. For this reason alone, I think is why I enjoy these movies so much. Naturally the movies differ when compared to the original cartoons (both American & Japanese versions) & comics but that's how it should be. The cartoons & comics have their own place so making a film that its own thing only add's to the mythlogy & to just make a straight up 100% replica adaption of a  previous cartoon storyline would be just kind of dull. I'm not a big Michael Bay fan outside of these series of films & maybe The Island, so despite some of the choppy acting, this is really all about the Transformers so it's only right that they take center stage & seeing an embittered Optimus & his legions in all they're superhero glory truly shines.


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