By Jimmy Palmiotti
No dirt here, just sunshine.
I have been very busy these past few weeks and writing this piece for the good people at Newsarama has to always come second to my work… so I hope you all can understand my situation. Believe me, if I could dictate it, it would be that much easier. Anyway, a lot has happened in the last few weeks with the big two companies I happen to be working for… that is the Marvel/Disney deal, and DC Entertainment. I declined to add to the wall of comments that were out there the past few weeks till I got to speak to friends and read what was written online and get a better grasp on what is going on. These are all my opinions and not facts, but I will try to relieve some fans and freelancers of some worries… I am doing this also to help me get some peace from having my phone ringing every 20 minutes from people freaking out here and there. So here goes… and I will say this now… I look at both of these things in a positive light. Also included are delayed movie reviews.
MARVEL/DISNEY: I think this is a good thing. Simply because Joe Quesada and I were working at Marvel when they were in Chapter 11 and saw a lot of people lose their jobs and worry about things that were not the content of the books. And with us doing the Marvel Knights line at the time, it was added pressure for everyone. I look at this deal and I see a fantastic future for the characters and the creators to expand and grow with the company. Doesn’t Disney own a few studios and TV channels? Well… I am guessing they now have over 5,000 characters to pick from and develop some cool shows and games and so on and they will need guys like me to help out at some point… at the very least, they will make more work for everyone. I personally don’t worry about the content of the books because my friends Dan Buckley and Joe are there overseeing things, and from what I hear, that isn’t going to change anything to the negative one bit. Not only that… all those silly fears about not getting original art back and so on are just silly and completely untrue from everything I hear. Dan and Joe understand the company, the business and especially what freelancers needs and fears are and I know these two personally… to be stand up guys that fight for whatever rights might be in peril. Honestly, nothing is going to change on that end… it’s business as usual with our guys in charge of the books and characters and with that info, I am totally relaxed and look forward to the new cool things coming down the road, and hope I can be part of it. Really… I see this as a good thing all around and am surprised at others that can’t see that. I am excited for all my friends at Marvel Comics, and you should be too!
DC ENTERTAINMENT: The good news is that a guy I have known and worked with for years, Paul Levitz, is going back to doing what he always loved doing since day one, and that is writing comic books. Anyone that knows Paul on any level or have dealt with him in business, knows and understands how much he loves the DC characters and understands that he has always had a better grasp on the bigger picture of publishing than most, and that I always admired. I personally have found him to be open, honest and very giving each and every time we have met or spoken. For the past 10 years, DC comics have let me create, expand on and have fun with their characters and have allowed me to share in their success. This year alone, we have in development two past projects we created, Warner Brothers is shooting a Jonah Hex movie, a book Justin and I have been lucky enough to write for almost 50 issues, and we have been involved with writing the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe video game. How cool is that?
Honestly, it’s a place I still feel I can pitch a wild concept to, whether it’s the DCU, Vertigo or Wildstorm and it will get a fair shake. This is all possible under Paul’s watch and I personally thank him for it.
Now, the forming of DC Entertainment is a good thing in my eyes and I will explain why in a few weeks… at this stage I know only what I read, and it seems cool… but I will have a better-formed opinion over time… so till then I wait .
THE QUICK AND THE REVIEWED: Catch up…
EXTRACT: If you saw the commercial, you saw most of what’s good in this movie. It never gathered any pace to me and by the time it was over, it felt like my time would have been better spent elsewhere. Some good bits, but overall, not enough story here for my tastes. Will be a fun cable movie at some point, unless an uncut version hits, then maybe it will have a bit more edge.
MUTANT CRONICLES: I know this is a renter, but I enjoyed it. After a shaky start and riddled with too much CGI, it got going after the war scene and reminded me of a video game in a lot of ways… and for a change, I enjoyed that. Thomas Jane is the star in this one and he was great as usual. He is a natural to me in so many ways… and comes across as the “hero” on every level here. It’s a B-movie all the way…to be clear, but it’s a fun silly one. It’s worth the rent.
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS: If you haven’t seen this yet, you are nuts. I loved it on so many levels, and it’s just wonderful madness. Great cast and great story make this an instant classic for me. Can’t wait for the uncut version… there will be one, right? Honest, Nazis are the best bad guys. They are just so easy to hate. This was a great movie to watch while Justin and I were working on TIME BOMB for Radical Comics.
G.I. JOE: Candy store of silly action made for a light movie viewing. Was it horrible? No. Was it good? No. It was exactly what you would guess it was. Over-the-top action, horrible story and decent actors on speed. Made for kids and teens, as you figured. I was never a G.I. Joe collector as a kid… I had an Action Jackson doll that I would throw under trucks on Flatbush Avenue… you know, for the goof.
FUNNY PEOPLE: Funny movie that is 2/3 wonderful. That’s 1/3 more than most of this summer’s movies. If you like the cast, you will like the film. If you hate Sandler, why bother? Again, this movie had a trailer that gave away just about everything, which was a shame. Trailers should be more teaser than explainers.
500 DAYS OF SUMMER: Cute overall… the male character was written like a cartoon, the female character dead-on, and the storytelling and format was excellent and clever. I left with a good feeling, but now weeks later, can’t remember much.
HALLOWEEN 2: Didn’t see it because I am hoping Rob Zombie goes back to doing his own films and stops doing this. Wasn’t Halloween enough? Why go back? Rob…you only have one life, my talented friend… go do what’s in your heart and create your own legacy… you got it in you. This coming from a place of love… because I do love Rob’s films. Oh… and yeah, I will try to catch this later this week, lol.
And now, some preview Power Girl pages from issue #5. Till next time…
- Jimmy P