George R.R Martin, well-known for the ASOIF (A song of Ice and fire) series, winner of many accolades and a renowned and highly praised author, is known and often the source tribute for producing a stellar fantasy series which has received critical acclaim. However, while it is not wrong to admire George R.R Martin’s appalling prose and his creative and highly imaginative world, one must simply not forget J.R.R Tolkien’s contribution to the fantasy genre. Labelled by many as ‘the father of the fantasy genre’, Tolkien’s writings are almost universally praised for being innovative, refreshing and having a tinge of eye-catching appeal to them, all at the same time. Continue Reading
So a couple of weeks back I reviewed three titles from the new 52. This week I’ll continue with the Batman titles. All in all, there are eight batman titles in circulation in the new 52 (not counting Batman Inc., Batman Beyond Unlimited and previously ongoing titles). Now obviously I’m not going to review all of them,or even half of them for that matter… because (a) I can’t bother reading the back stories of all the superheroes (sorry Batgirl, Batwoman and Red Hood) (b) some of them have been consistently getting bad reviews (Batman: Gotham Knight) and (c) screw it! I’m lazy.
To start things off: BATMAN!Yes the original (nothing else added to the title) Batman. I think I’ll stick to the Plot, Artwork, Character format for reviewing like last time. Now this was easily the best Batman title out there, and for good reason! Starting off with the plot… just epic. It’s starts off, and ends with, a bang. The first comic sees Batman team up with Joker to kick some ass and as we’re adjusting to this crazy opening we realize it’s Dick Grayson (Nightwing) in disguise. This is followed by a huge social gathering in which the whole (or most of) the Batman family gets together. As the story moves along we’re met with a strange new foe/organization, The Court of Owls. Huge props to Snyder here for creating such a bad ass new foe. He could have gone with the tried and tested method of using the classics like Joker, Penguin, Bane or Scarecrow. It was always going to be a hit or miss and lucky for him it was right on the money. We slowly uncover how deep the Court of Owls runs through Gotham and how so many of the characters are entrenched in it’s bloody history. ‘Course i’m not gonna give anything away but the ending to this epic saga is mind blowing, and a little outrageous but hey!
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I’ve never read the Bleach manga, but I’m a fan of the anime, though I do believe that it’s good that it finally ended. Dragging a story can lead to horrible circumstances, hence ruining the entire plot and making it seem awfully complicated.
Anyway, we all know that Ichigo is the strongest character in the series, so a “Top 5 Strongest Bleach Characters” would not be fair. Instead, lets do a Top 5 Shinigami Captains. We all loved the Captains, right?
5. Jūshirō Ukitake & Shunsui Kyōraku
I consider both of these as one Captain. After all, they’re inseparable and they fought the Arrancar side by side. They seem equal to me in terms of strength, and they make a good team because of this. They may not be as strong as the other Captains, but they’re still a formidable team.
Bankai: Not yet revealed.
Written by Meiraj Najm Khan
“They call us the Black Mark, Your Majesty. We whisper in the night, hear wrong and right, and answer to who so ever we believe is within our sight,” explained the leader of the group of gypsies. The King and the whole courtroom of the castle fell silent at her words.
I noticed she was the only one among her people who was old and ugly. The rest of the gypsies on the other hand were a sight to gawk at. Their skin shined like white gold and their eyes gleamed as if made out of gems.
There was no doubt that these women were no mere human beings, as an aura of mystic magic surrounded them. Every man in the court seemed entranced mercilessly in the enigmatic beauty of these women.
“Do you have a name, maid?” the King, my father, asked at first. It seemed odd to me that father would call such a woman a maid, because for everything the woman could be, she was no maid.
The hall grew silent as the old crone shuffled towards the King’s throne and whispered audibly. Her confident voice clearly identified her as the spokesman for her people.
“You need not know, sire. We go and come with the wind.”
“Then shall I know why do I owe such an unexpected visit from the Black Mark?” questioned the King; a little annoyed for the first time since the women had entered the castle. But the old woman answered unbothered.
“We bring sad tidings for you, Your Highness,” they paused and a cold shiver passed through everyone’s bones.
“And what are these tidings?” the King asked, incredulously.
The crone seemed to have taken offence to the king’s tone because her toothy grin suddenly turned grim and she answered “On the fourth full moon of this season, a youngling will enter this world through this very kingdom and your own will pass to the next.”
I`ll start off by saying that I`m not the biggest or oldest fan of comic books out there and aside from DC, Marvel and Vertigo I haven`t read much else. Even among these i`ve only kept track of the more iconic titles. Now a friend of mine is a huge Batman fan and after watching the Dark Knight Trilogy he got me to take up comics. For those of you who don`t know, last year was a huge milestone in the history of DC Comics. They cancelled all their on-going titles and decided to start fresh with 52 new comics, hence the name `New 52`. Now all those iconic stories are starting again from issue #1. This a great time to get into the DC universe and into comics in general.
So this summer I decided to start reading the more famous titles and over the last three months I’ve managed to read around a dozen series including Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Justice League, Nightwing, Batman and Robin… so yeah I’m a Batman fan! and I wasn’t disapointed! (ok maybe a little). Almost every series I’ve read so far has been thoroughly interesting and the artwork… just wow! Now that doesn’t mean that the “new 52” were all good but if you’ve read some of my other posts you’ll know that I like to be well-informed before venturing into anything new. Apparently the best comic books sites (as far as I’ve been able to find) are IGN and comicbookresources. After going over their rankings and reading a multitude of reviews of the new 52 series (and ofcourse picking up some of my favorites like Nightwing) I was able to decide on which titles to select… I’ll start by reviewing the first three I read.
Ever noticed how several movie franchises have three main movies? That’s a trilogy. And most trilogies are fantastic and revered for their amazing execution. The logic behind producing trilogies is easy: A movie is released, it’s a big hit. Since people are now aware of this movie and how good it is, the studio decides to create a sequel to earn more money. And guess what? The sequel earns a lot of cash which ultimately convinces the studio to finish off with a third movie, after which people get tired of the franchise. Sometimes, a fourth movie is released, but it’s hardly ever as good as the first three.
Also, there is a particular pattern I’ve noticed in trilogies: The first movie is good, and the sequel is better (Most of the time. Exceptions include Iron Man 2 and Matrix Reloaded). Also the sequel is sometimes a cliffhanger which makes the audience more eager to watch the third movie. Lastly, the third movie is never as great as the second, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless. You will notice this in the top 5 trilogies that I shall mention below.
5. Toy Story
Pixar rose to it’s peak with the Toy Story movies. A fresh concept at the time, Toy Story captured the attention of many viewers and introduced them to the CGI world. With memorable characters like Woody and Buzz, this movie is never forgotten and never becomes boring to watch. It is also interesting to note that the first two Toy Story movies have received a 100% rating on the movie critic site, Rotten Tomatoes, while Toy Story 3 has received a 99%. Both these scores are amazing and not a lot of movies have touched them. Compared to all other trilogies that I will be mentioning below, Toy Story possesses the highest ratings. Despite this, it is last on my list because at the end of the day, it’s an animated movie which means that there were no live actors involved. It is in the acting that the ratings are sometimes dropped. Also, this is a personal opinion.