By Jimmy Palmiotti
Hey crew, want to thank everyone that came to visit Amanda and I at A COMIC SHOP in Orlando last week and wanted to give a heads up to the people in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area that Amanda and I will be at TATES COMICS this Saturday the 16th from 1-3 to sign just about anything you have, including Power Girl and Jonah Hex. If you never have been to this store and live anywhere nearby, well, you are in for a treat! Its one of the biggest, best run and beautiful comic shops in the country…take a look at the web site and tell me it isn’t! Anyway, come on by to hang out and have some fun!
STAR TREK: If you didn’t see the movie yet… there are spoilers here… so skip this part. If you did, like me, well, let’s talk, shall we? We did the geek thing and my friends Brandon, Shawn, Amanda and I hit the IMAX theatre for the first showing.
OK. I enjoyed the film, and it’s a good film, and I will give it a 7/10 for pure fun… but honestly, there were a few things that kept nagging at me while watching the film other than that females really don’t pay an important role in the film except Uhura and Spock’s mom. Winona, please eat a cheeseburger and some fries, OK? We love you, and your body needs some weight to it.
Anyway, the casting was excellent all around and to me, that was the best part of the film… now, The idea that our bad guy is so undeveloped… and honestly, no background about him is given, made the movie and the “screw you” at the end mean nothing to me, except it shocked me how heartless Spock and Kirk were, killing a whole planet-sized ship of people. I am not a big Trek person, but this struck me as something they would never do. Am I wrong? Help me out, Trekkies.
That and the fact that Nero waits 24 years for older Spock’s ship to come out of the black hole thing [black holes are not wormholes] and get revenge, and what does he do? Why he grabs him, his ship and his giant red ball [from Alias, someone told me on Twitter] and then, before they are about to destroy Spock’s world, he sends him to a violent monster-filled planet to “maybe” stay alive long enough to watch Nero do the job on his home planet… and runs into Kirk in a cave and fights a monster off with a piece of “wood” on fire. I didn’t see trees, did you? Did I miss something? Where is the satisfaction of watching Spock suffer by keeping him on a planet where you can’t see him?
Even worse, the idea that instead of putting Kirk in the brig, they shoot him to the same “violent” planet as a matter of coincidence. Boy, Spock is a real dick!
Hell, Nero kept Pike around, why not the same for Spock Prime? Because it would mess with their moments… and for me, it’s a bad story cheat. This movie was so close for me, but these major things plus a few others distracted a lot. I thought all this cheated the movie and after I left, they nagged at me the whole ride home.
Because you didn’t ask, here is what I would have altered: first, make Nero a woman… a mother, and show her in the flashback talking to her children from the ship as the planet unexpectedly gets caught in the supernova. She is heartbroken and angry and blames Spock… therefore we understand the extreme rage, have empathy for her when shit goes bad and we have a better villain to deal with because Kirk is a son that lost his parents and understands the way she feels. Hell, everyone does, which makes for a better villain. Next, when they capture Spock and the ship 24 years after [ugh] Spock manages to escape to the planet below and the drilling has already started on the Vulcan planet, so she [ Nero] sends scouts to hunt him and bring him back… while she destroys the planet, which she knows is in his view from down there.
Next, Kirk gets a rogue signal from the Starfleet outpost and its information about himself no one would know but him and we watch a young Kirk, against orders, jet out of the ship and pick up Spock on the planet and fight bad guys while young Spock gets pissed he went against orders and they leave him there while Kirk and old Spock do the outpost thing with Scotty and the cabbage patch doll and all four of them go back to the ship. Hell…keep Spock Junior losing his shit as well… it can still work.
Yeah, you can argue these points with me, but overall I really had a fun time and it’s nice to see Trekkies so happy. I just know the second film will be much better and maybe, just maybe, time travel will not be happening. Please God.
LAST NOTE GRIPE: IMAX people, get your shit together and start looking after the theatres and the projectors. The theatre in Saint Pete Florida showing the movie not only had light and clarity problems with their IMAX projector, but had dust on the lens as well. When we spoke to the theatre owners…as usual, kids in their 20s, they had no clue and shrugged and said that they don’t run those projectors, blah, blah, blah, its not my job, etc., etc., etc. Well guess what, morons? It is your job! It’s your theatre where you work and get a check from each week, and I paid good money to see this movie. Please, people, hire experience and not these drop-outs that could give a crap what’s going on around them. It’s the generation of “ I don’t know” that really scares me. You smart people in your 20s, you should be making millions by now. Lol…
THIS WEEK’S COMIC BOOK GEM: BLAZING COMBAT published by Fantagraphics books features a collection of some of the most beautiful black and white comic art you have ever seen. Frazetta, Toth, Wood, Severin, Williamson, Heath Crandall and Colan… all written by the awesome Archie Goodwin. Little known fact, Archie and Mike Carlin are a couple of the first guys that encouraged me to try my hands at writing and gave me a shot at pitching. I will eternally owe these two… unfortunately Archie is no longer with us. Anyway… Blazing combat was originally published by Warren in 1965 and this is a collection of the four-issue run of those hard-to-get magazines. It also features interviews and some of the most beautiful printing I have seen. Honestly, put down those monthly comics for a week and buy something you will enjoy a lifetime. From cover to cover, this book is what keeps me in comics. Check out the solicit and a side show.
POWER GIRL #4 COVER: The DC website has had it up for a bit so I figured I would spread the love. Anyone who hasn’t checked out the cool thing artist/super editor to the stars Mark Chiarello is doing over at the DC boards, well, here is the link. He is posting what he picks are some of the best comic covers of the month. Give it a look…the man knows his illustration art.
Oh, and anyone else think Leelee Sobieski could play Power Girl in a movie? Suggestions?
THE LAST RESORT: This is solicited now, so please ask your local retailer to give it a shot and reserve yours. More about that next blog. ..
As usual, please post your thoughts below. See you guys and gals in a few.