Alternate Takes 02.02.13: Top 10 Replacement Heroes (#10 – 6)
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The people complaining because Peter was dying and they knew he was coming back makes the least sense to me to stop reading the book. When you read a comic, you know the good guy is going to win, so you should hate reading those books too, right? Isn’t the joy of reading comics to see how the characters deal with adversity and overcome them to become stronger heroes. Sure, Peter will be back, but isn’t seeing how it happens what reading comics is all about?
Anyway, I also love the fact that I called it in Amazing #700 when I figured that Carlie was going to play a HUGE role in bringing back Peter. This issue, she realized something was wrong with Peter and remembered when Doc Ock told her he was Peter. I don’t think this will be a really long storyline (ala. Clone Wars), but I am enjoying the ride and the nice dynamic between Peter and Octopus, as they try to figure this out.
With that in mind, here is this week’s list – part one of a two part look at the best replacement heroes.
Come back next week for Part 2 of the countdown, as I look at the Top 5 superhero replacement characters.
In last week’s Knockout matches, She Hulk beat Green Arrow 303-130 (Arrow had nothing to pierce her Hulk skin), Wonder Woman grounded Nova and beat him 285-143, Wolverine was able regenerate himself enough to dispatch of Ghost Rider. 335-99, and Professor X was able to mind-blast Supergirl and win 329-105.
Welcome back to the 6th week of D-Rock’s Corner!! This week we will discuss the significant meanings behind Disney/Lucasfilms decision to hire J. J, Abrams. The reactions to Abrams directing Star Wars VII has been heavily divided. I must admit my own skepticism when I heard this news. What worries me most as a moviegoer is having two major space franchises having the same stylish signature in their experiences. So what does this decision mean? Here is a few possibilities:
J. J. has a Strong Unique Vision
We all know the accomplishments he made with his Star Trek reboot. Is it possible that his take on the property can be boldly different from that universe? A part of me is curious what exactly he said to Kathleen Kennedy to make her fight for him on taking director. It was reported recently that she was the actual person who talked him into the job. I’d give an arm and a leg to see a video of that full conversation.
Michael Arndt and Larry Kasdan Have a Solid script
So far, Disney has a tremendous writing duo tackling the famous property. Michael Arndt is most notably famous for Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3. Larry Kadan is a familiar face with my favorite Star Wars entry on his resume, The Empire Strikes Back. Did these two guys have an outline for Mr. Abrams that changed his mind?
Star Trek Into Darkness IS Amazing
This is the biggest item on my list. What does the hiring of J. J. Abrams say about Star Trek Into Darkness? I find it hard to believe Disney would bring him into Star Wars, without first knowing how the other space-saga sequel was shaping out. Lord knows you wouldn’t want fans losing hope. It makes me wonder if Star Trek Into Darkness is in-fact an improvement over the 2009 film.
The Safest Decision for the Property
If Disney/Lucasfilms chose him for this reason then it certainly would not surprise me. Star Wars fans are the most cynical of all the fanboys and they have every right to be after the “Prequels.” Going the safe route is likely the best marketable decision for an audience that needs a restoration of faith in the franchise. Taking a risk on an unproven director was probably scaring the shit out of the Mickey Mouse club. If the hiring of J. J. still aggravates you, just remember… They could always bring back George Lucas.
Overall, I’m excited for Star Wars VII regardless of my feelings on J. J. Abrams in the driver’s seat. What do you think though? Is J. J. the best choice for Star Wars?
February 1 – Bullet to the Head
March 1 – Jack the Giant Slayer
March 8 – Oz: The Great and Powerful
March 29 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation
April 12 – The Evil Dead
May 3 – Iron Man 3
May 17 – Star Trek: Into Darkness
June 14 – The Man of Steel
June 21 – World War Z
June 28 – Kick-Ass 2
June 12 – Pacific Rim
July 3 – The Lone Ranger
July 19 – R.I.P.D.
July 26 – The Wolverine
August 2 – Red 2
August 2 – 300: Rise of an Empire
August 6 – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
September 6 – Riddick
September 13 – I, Frankenstein
September 13 – Machete Kills
October 4 – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
October 25 – The World’s End
November 1 – Ender’s Game
November 8 – Thor 2: The Dark World
November 22 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
December 13 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
April 4 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
May 2 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
July 18 – X-Men: Days of Future Past
August 1 – Guardians of the Galaxy
March 6 – Fantastic Four
May 1 – The Avengers 2
November 6 – Ant-Man