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Things for this Weekend

Happy Friday, Four Colors readers! Boy, oh boy! Have some interesting things happened in the past few days. Of course, the biggest news is the release of the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ho. Lee. Crap. This is one nice trailer. Marvel had planned on releasing this trailer next week, during the broadcast of Agents of SHIELD (which I should probably write more about because it has gotten pretty good). But the trailer was leaked earlier this week and so… Read More »

Days of Marvel Present (Part 2 of 3)

The following first appeared in the June edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it (and totally spaced on re-posting it), so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 2: Cracks in the Mark 42 Armor The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is basically the first post-”Avengers” superhero film. The three films Marvel Studios has released since (“Iron Man 3″, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) were already in motion, as part of their oft-mentioned “Phase… Read More »

Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in the April edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it, so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 1: Nothing Lasts Forever The first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, in fact Spidey’s first tussle with a super villain, features the Fantastic Four. In what is clearly a classic Stan Lee market move (their introductory caption begins “Extra Bonus Extra!!”), Peter Parker tries to get a job with the team as a… Read More »

The BIG Debate of “Man of Steel”

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THERE ARE SPOILERS FOR MAN OF STEEL. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! I saw Man of Steel last weekend. After failing to see the midnight showing (my theater only offered it in 3D and I wisely decided against that), I wanted to wait and get some distance from the film’s initial outrage and controversy before I waded into the film. I did and I think it was the right call because now I can better focus on the failings of the film (of… Read More »

More Man than Iron – Comic Film Reviews

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What does the world look like after “The Avengers?” In our world and Marvel’s, that is the question facing the characters in “Iron Man 3.” Following the huge success of Marvel’s “The Avengers,” how can these films return to their original, stand alone nature? Is that even possible? And, for Tony Stark, as the trailer suggests, even he isn’t sure how to continue after fighting an alien invasion alongside a god, a beast, and a legend. How do you deal… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Four Colors Rises

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It seems that I have been wanting to talk about the current goings on of the mainstream over the past few days. This post will be the third on DC properties. I promise, we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled programing in the near future. But I must speak on the third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. The title alone is less than stellar in my opinion. It was fun from the first movie’s title to be Batman Begins… Read More »

May 7th, 2010

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May 7th, 2010. Remember this date because it is when “Iron Man 2″ comes out. There is a great trend within the superhero genre and that is that the first sequel is always spectacular when compared to the original. “Superman” vs. “Superman 2.” “Batman Begins” vs. “The Dark Knight.” “X-Men” vs. “X2.” With all these movies, the sequel has surpassed the original in every way, thus the excitement for “Iron Man 2.” The first brought Robert Downey Jr. back to… Read More »

Don’t blame me. It’s the name…

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(Because of the more filthy nature of the book, I may be using a little more colorful language than usual. Not gonna use too many curse words, but the language in the book is on par with Pulp Fiction, so its a little hard to avoid when talking about it. Just putting a little warning out there) “KICK-ASS!” This is a book you are going to be hearing about in the near future. Trust me on this. Written by one… Read More »

In Brightest Day

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Part 1 of the 3 part Green Lantern blog series Welcome to the first multiple part blog series on Four Colors. The first mini-series, if you will. The topic is Green Lantern, who is currently enjoying the spotlight over at DC, being at the center of the DC’s summer crossover, “Blackest Night,” and is the star of the most recent Warner Bros. Animated film “Green Lantern: First Flight.” The first part of this post will be about “First Flight,” which… Read More »