Amongst the other bad guys that the Comic Catch-Up came up against this week, we had to deal with aliens, Doombots and a lot of decapitation. With no DC stuff this week (don’t worry, we’ll be looking more in-depth at Blackest Night eventually), we take a look at some annuals coming at the end of the year, with Dark Avengers Annual #1 and X-Force Annual #1 as well as Siege: The Cabal, Strange #2 and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #5.
Anyone who watched cartoons in the early 90s should have fond memories of Fox’s “X-Men” cartoon which ran for five seasons between 1992 and 1997. Of course, it was a bit later than that by the time it hit shores outside of the US, and lasted longer than that in re-runs, especially when the success of the movies brought the animated series back onto TV.
This Flashback Feature is dedicated to a look at the 90s TV series, and most importantly, its ties to its comic book origins. But before we start looking at the show and its characters, why not remind yourself of the very first reason why the show was so beloved to begin with…?
The “X-Men” animated series has very close ties to the storylines of the comics at the time, right down to the cast of characters. Part of the reason it has proven so successful with the X-Men fanbase has been because of how faithful it remains to its subject matter, even adapting whole storylines for plot points, both large over-arching plots and individual stories. Over five seasons and 76 episodes, Fox’s series provided many people with their first introduction to the world of the mutants, in many ways paving the way for the movies to take over the box office (not to mention two further animated series that have followed in its footsteps.) But to appreciate everything that “X-Men” was, it helps to know what went before. Read more…
I made no qualms about how poor a film I thought “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was, but that I was somewhat excited about the video game. Having downloaded the demo for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged Edition” I got my hands on the full copy of the game and have been enjoying fighting my way through it ever since.
The game’s significantly better than the movie, and has actually given me quite a few “wow” moments of awesomeness, as it picks up on a lot of comic-book story arcs that the film ignores, and does a much better job of steering close to the comics and the first three movies (and previous X-Men games) than the movie does.
The game itself gets a B, highly enjoyable, but with some flaws…you can find out more in the full review below.
Well “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” might have been an incredibly disappointing game, but it looks like something good might come of it.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged Edition” is the tie-in game, and it looks like it’s doing everything the movie didn’t (as in, doing things right!) It occurred to me whilst watching “X2” on TV the other night how hopelessly pants the fighting was in the movie, where Wolverine didn’t even use his claws to do anything more than cut a door, and a sink, and a few other nonsense things like that.
Anyway, I’m pleased to report that the game looks slashy, bloody and awesome. I’m gonna try get my hands on it when I can, but until then, I’ll leave you in the very capable hands of IGN and their video review, most importantly because it has some pretty awesome gameplay footage which gives you an idea of what this game has (and what the movie was lacking.)
So no, I’m not going to talk about the fact that “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” leaked on-line, nor about the fact that that this will kill the film’s box office takings. This will just be an honest, impartial review of the film. Personally, even just from the ads, I’m irritated at how they seem to have forgotten all about why these films are being made, all about the other films in the series, all about the original comics, and all about the original characters in them. So instead, the fan-boy in me looks at “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as a film that shouldn’t necessarily have been made.
Having watched it, I’m glad that my opinion hasn’t been unfounded: it really validated my incredibly low expectations of it. I honestly don’t know how films this…okay, I’m not gonna say bad, but I don’t know how films this mediocre can be made, passing through so many producers, actors, directors, writers…
Anyway, my ‘proper’ review is below: I really rather hope it encourages you not to go see it…but maybe that’s cos I’m a bit mean. Short answer: 2/5.