Welcome to the fifth year of All the Rage. We?ll start with the usual round-up of news, gossip, rumors, and entertainment, then take a look back at Rages past?

Iconography

There?s word going around that Marvel?s Icon imprint isn?t the exclusive club many thought it would be. Apparently there have been some casual offers made to creators, inquiring if they would be interested in bringing their creator owned books to Marvel. Surprisingly, a number of creators have turned them down. Why? For starters, the ancillary rights (video games, movies, and so on) are in some cases more profitable than the comics themselves, and some creators don?t want to risk having to share those rights with Marvel. Though they may be worrying over nothing. It?s believed that Marvel?s Icon contracts are similar to Image?s deal, but that hasn?t stopped some creators from being wary. Then there?s the issue of content. As in what?s allowed in the books. While Brian Bendis and David Mack appear to have no complaints, others just don?t want to deal with Marvel?s editorial department.

All of which isn?t to say that there won?t be new Icon books in 2005. J. Michael Straczynski?s Dream Police and The Book of Lost Souls are both expected to be released through Icon. Additionally, a few other Marvel exclusive creators are said to have Icon projects in development.

This Has A ?Powers That Be? Factor of Eight Out of Ten


Silver Stars

Just over a week ago, DC finally came out with the official word on DC All Stars, their answer to Marvel?s Ultimate line. While the Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely Superman and Jim Lee on Batman & Robin announcements came off as expected, there was nothing said about the Geoff Johns and Adam Hughes Wonder Woman project. Not to mention Jeph Loeb?s sudden absence from B&R. The lack of information here is somewhat puzzling. We had more information on the creative teams coming out of Wizard World Chicago than what appeared in the magazine itself! Either they?re holding back to feed the hype or plans have changed.

As it stands, the line seems half-formed and just screams of decision by committee. From what I?ve heard, it took them quite a while to even settle on the name. At one point they were actually going to call the line ?DC Silver.? Not that DC All Stars is much better. The problem with the current name is that it kind of implies that the creative teams on the core DCU titles aren?t on the same level as their ?All Stars? counterparts.

Which isn?t exactly the message they want to be sending. At least, it shouldn?t be.

This Has A ?Mixed Signals? Factor of Seven Out of Ten


All Over the World

Over at his newly refurbished website, Warren Ellis has posted a two page preview from Planetary # 22.

According to Ellis, the issue is currently being printed.

This Has A ?Fourth Man? Factor of Ten Out of Ten


Angel Investigations

Remember a while back, when Rich mentioned the license for Angel possibly moving from Dark Horse to IDW? Well, it?s happened. The deal just went down recently and the first Angel miniseries from IDW will hit in Summer 2005. A creative team hasn?t been finalized yet, though Joss Whedon will be onboard as an advisor. Whedon isn?t currently expected to write any of the stories himself, as his time is still divided between Astonishing X-Men and the Serenity feature film. So he?s already got a lot on his plate even if those Wonder Woman movie rumors don?t pan out.

Incidentally, this doesn?t affect the Serenity license at all, which looks to be set at Dark Horse. Nor does it cover the rights to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In fact, certain characters like Buffy (and possibly Willow) can?t be used by IDW at all, at least under the current deal. However, a Faith miniseries may be in the cards and certain lingering cliffhangers from the Angel series finale may finally be resolved.

This Has A ?Wolfram and Hart? Factor of Nine Out of Ten


X Tech

Here?s a quick preview of Across the Pond Studios? upcoming Image title, Armor X, with two pages by Andy Smith and a back cover by Bart Sears.



The fourth picture is the artwork being used to design an Armor X bust. The bust is being sculpted by Hal Saville of ATP Sculpts, and will be unveiled at MegaCon in Feb with the release in early summer.

This Has A ?Goodskin? Factor of Eight Out of Ten


Land of the Free

There are a number of new comic publishers starting up in 2005, including Alias, Kandora and Ludovico Technique. And now it appears that another company is about to join the fray as well. Andrew Dabb (Ghostbusters: Legion) and the Grafiksismik creative studio are rumored to be teaming up on a new line of comics called Free Zone. According to what I?ve heard, Free Zone will be a mix of brand new concepts and licenses from other media.

This Has A ?Who Ya Gonna Call?? Factor of Six Out of Ten


Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Mike Oeming?s charity auction for victims of last week?s massive Tsunamis is currently up at the Bendis board. The auction is for a Powers cover and three interior pages by Oeming. The bidding is currently at $305.00, with the auction set to close tomorrow, the 3rd.

Other Tsunami benefit auctions can found here:
http://www.newcomicreviews.com/auction/

This Has A ?Helping Hand? Factor Of Ten Out Of Ten


Isotope Dreams

On January 22, James Sime (CBR?s The Comic Pimp) will be running an event at the Isotope lounge, the details of which will be announced shortly. Suffice to say, several comic creators will be attending. And I?ll be covering it for ATR.

That?s right. The Rage is headin? to San Francisco.

You?ve been warned.


Rage Retrospective

First off, I?d like to extend a HUGE ?Thank you? to Rich, Ian, Alan, j. and Markisan for contributing this week. I started reading ATR way back in 2000 and it wouldn?t have lasted this long without their hard work and dedication. Hat?s off, guys.

What follows is a history of ATR, written by the very writers who made the column what is it is today. Each has their own distinct voice and approach to the column, and each made their tenure notable, however brief or expansive.

Rich Johnston

All The Rage started after The Gutter Press died. After Rich’s Revelations had run for a few years at Twist And Shout Comics, Dave Bogart (now Managing Editor at Marvel) contacted me asking if I’d like to do the column for proper money at the newly-starting NextPlanetOver. With Eric Stephenson (now Executive Director of Image Comics) editing me (he managed to to get rid of one Erik Larsen-related story I believe), it wasn’t that long until the column was killed – I understand that this was either down to DC withdrawing advertising over my presence, or Kurt Busiek and Mark Waid’s decision to organise a boycott from the site.

But before I was able to revert the column back to Twist And Shout Comics, up stepped Jason Brice offering me payment, depending on site performance, though his then-associate Alan David Doane was dead set against bringing me into the site.

It seemed that All The Rage made an impact on the comics industry in a big way. Companies started having meetings about how to deal with it. Confidential memos were passed around ordering people not to contact me? which they then forwarded to me anyway. From the Joe Illidge expose on racism and sexism within DC Comics, to the repeated and continual breakdown of Paul Levitz’s bowlderisation of The Authority . The very first rumour column kicked off with Paul Levitz refusing a Cobweb story for Tomorrow Stories and it kind of kept that spirit throughout. Paul Levitz became All The Rage’s first mascot, in the way that Bill Jemas would for Lying In The Gutters. All The Rage was a wieldy sword that sometimes got a couple of cuts in, while making a mess of everything around it. The insecure-about-his-sexuality Tom Cruise rumours, the
letter from Amnesty International to Todd McFarlane, anonymous rage in defense of Bob Harras, naming Howard Mackie as Writer X even before Brotherhood had shipped, competition over charity exclusives that only seemed to pre-empt the current Marvel/DC relationship… all good fun.

Eventually Jonah Weiland at ComicBookResources asked if I’d be willing to move the column for actual dollars. So I did. And despite other websites simultaneously courting me and criticizing Jonah for taking me on, Lying In The Gutters would go on to get a far larger readership than All The Rage did under my authorship – with all the problems that would bring with it.

Still, it was handy to have around, always good to have a competitor biting at my heels. I suggested that the column continue without me at Silver Bullet Comics. And while my initial choice, Ian Ungstad, was more likely to cover them with pornography, it continues to this day, with a variety of contributors. A pattern emerged, where a new contributor may have one or two columns worth of stories in them to tell, but by the third or fourth, it would peter out, get later and later, a family member or pet would die and eventually the column would be restarted by someone else with a bunch of fresh stories. Blair’s managed to knock that on the head considerably, though I do feel his reliance on interviews loses the subversive nature the column can embody, and it becomes more reportage than gossip and rumour.

I do like to think of writers for the column being able to look back on all the columns that have preceded them, by myself and all the other writers. So when they feel the need to cut and paste something from a message board that’s already been reported by Fanboy Rampage or The Beat, they may think twice.

You know, I hope Ian’s got some porn with him.


Ian Ungstad

Wow… it’s almost crazy to see how many people have drifted in and out of this column over the years. I was probably one of the more “infamous” writers of All The Rage due to my artistic use of hardcore pornography, poor writing and the ability to offend people. (After the column, I began writing professionally under the name Mark Millar.)

Anyway, I’ve never been a writer and never plan to be, unlike most of the good chaps who have had their reigns on this mishmash of rumors. So in hindsight I was probably a pretty bad choice.

The greatest lesson that I’ve learned from my experience on the column was to be a more ethical person. Towards the end I realized that I was using my friends in the industry and asking them to compromise their careers so I can write this little column. I guess it goes with the territory, but it’s really quite a poor value to learn. (But hey who wouldn’t whore their mothers out for a buck) It’s nice afterwards to just talk with people without any lame pretenses.

I don’t really follow comics that much anymore, so I don’t really know who’s doing what; but I suppose that’s for more ambitious people to follow. I’m very thankful to Alan, for taking over the column. He did such an amazing job on such short notice. Alan, come to Canada and I’ll buy ya a beer mate. You rock.


Alan Donald

Thank you, Ian.

When I gave up ATR I made a promise to the readers and myself that I would never return. A few months later I was dragged back for just 1 last week! That was it NEVER again. Until now. I’m Alan Donald your host for this section of All the Rage.

Before I took over the mantle of the Rage-meister I had written a number of articles and reviews for SBC and for 2 years my wife and I ran a comic book shop. It was a fascinating time and I say, without blowing my own trumpet too much, that our shop was awesome!

Just as the shop was winding up, a former customer and my contact at SBC, Craig Johnson (nee Lemon) called me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: All The Rage.

During my time as a comic book retailer I had gotten to know several creators and I used these connections to forge further links in the industry. All the same I never really felt that I had made any of the crucial links that Rich had. Part of it as it was also true that I lacked the killer instinct for stories. This had been a fault I had shown in my reviews too. I don’t like being nasty.

The nastiness shouldn’t have been an issue. ATR had changed. It was a conscious decision early on that I couldn’t match Rich for sources so instead I’d have some fun with it. The plan was to be entertaining; to review and pull together the week’s news; to highlight any underrated series; to try and ‘outwrite’ Rich in terms of accessibility; and to pop in a few rumours.

I did need an outlet though. I want to be a writer. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I needed an outlet that involved writing. Towards that end?

Finally a damned rumour. This is as bad as when I was writing the column.

So here is my big rumour.

Be careful you don’t have a heart attack as it is really exciting.

I’ve written and submitted three maxi-series to Pantomime Press (two for Richard Dr. Ripper’s Multiplex Nairn and one for Rob Pride of an Angel Martin). The first issues of 2 of these will hopefully be on sale at the Comics’ Expo in May. I’d happily pimp them some more but it feels cheeky to do so.

And besides, I’ve other stuff to mention too. I’ve had several stories accepted by Dogbreath, the 2000AD (Strontium Dog) fanzine, some of which may be in the May issue. I have also made four submissions to the Solar Wind group of titles. Oh ,yeah and I’ve made a submission to the guys who did Brodie’s Law but I’ve yet to hear anything there. And I’m about to send four submissions to Future Quake (another 2000AD style comic).

Is that it?

I’m also working on a children’s book and a sci-fi series both of which I’m aiming to publish in the mainstream. Gotta aim high!

This Has A “Post Rage Ambition” Factor of Nine Out of Ten


j.hues

?j.hues? Hey, yeah, I remember you. All The Rage? That?s right, you did do that? for like a minute or two. It was the fallout from that fan-participation column switch, right?.? That?s right. See, I wrote SBC?s surprisingly popular Rolling With The Punches satire/humor while Alan Donald was doing ATR and then we switched for a week as part of a fan poll and then the switch became permanent only it wasn?t so permanent because then I got a job offer to go work for Future Comics as their PR/Marketing Manager and so I was only on like ATR for a few weeks or so? don?t ya know. Frankly, I?m flattered and honored to even be a part of this, considering my impact and contribution was so minimal.

Blair asked for us to give a quick recap of our own lives, so indulge me and pretend to care for a paragraph or so (or skip this entirely and move on to Markisan?he probably mentions drinking a lot!). As most readers can surmise, I am no longer working for Future Comics, as Future Comics is no more. However, I wouldn?t trade the experience for anything; working alongside such industry luminaries as Bob Layton, Dick Giordano and David Michelinie was an experience that I will never forget, and friendships that I hope to never see end. But I couldn?t? stay away from you too long, and I felt the call of ?Rolling With The Punches.? Get back to being creative, it said, humorous, bust-a-gut laugh-out-loud retarded! And so RWTPv2: Rolling With The Punches was born (see: http://www.rwtpv2.com). This web strip was born at SBC where it ran for several months before spinning to its own site where it continues strong to this day. Updated five days a week, the strip was inspired by my five years managing a comics shop, where it is set. Then, the words started whispering again and Rolling With The Punches: Version 3.0 came out (see: http://punches.blogspot.com). Yep, I jumped on the comics blog bandwagon (never an innovator always an imitator!). Featuring Shipping List previews (with a skewed slant) along with Previews Reviews, this satiated for awhile. But the trinity was incomplete.

So, look for the return of the one and only original Rolling With The Punches weekly column right here at SBC. All the same insanity you remember hitting you every? Tuesday it looks like.

But enough about me (for now). You don?t care about me. Hell, I don?t care about me. You care about juicy New Year?s morsels of comics goodness. So let?s see what Santa left under the Hues tree this year?

Dakuwaka-waka-waka

One of the prettier independent debuts of the past year has to be Dakuwaka?s Helios, published by Dakuwaka Productions, co-creators Mike Penny and Jason Rand did as much as any small publisher can to raise awareness of their project. I picked up the first issue based on the ads in Previews as well as the distinctive style of the cover art.

With only one issue under their belt and the second forthcoming, I thought I?d check in with this fledgling publisher and creation to see how the industry has been treating him. The web press is relentless in declaring that the Direct Market is extremely skeptical of new properties and new untested publishers, so I hoped to see how Dakuwaka?s experience had been thus far. I managed to track down co-creator and publisher Mike Penny for some of his thoughts.

j.hues: First off, give a quick synopsis of what Helios is for those of our readers who may be curious to find out more about it.

Mike Penny: Here?s a quick synopsis: The Neogenic Task Force (NTF), or Neo-Force is a unit of the US military, tasked with policing rogue neogenics – superhumans – the world over. When the goals of the ruthless Senator David Strickland turns the NTF into a political prize, can Colonel Jack Shiels and his team foil Strickland’s ambitions? And what will the consequences be for the world when a third, secret faction takes a hand?

jh: Alright, what do you think makes Helios stand out from the rest of the pack?

MP: I think at this time the mix of super hero and political thriller genres makes it stand out from the typical super hero comics. As a creator-owned comic, Helios is not under tight constraints that many mainstream super hero comics are forced to operate under; forcing them into predictable storylines. This allows us the freedom to tell an original story that we feel readers will really enjoy.

jh: How has Helios been received by the fans and retailers?

MP: Helios has been received really well. It’s really neat to get e-mails from fans with their positive feedback & support. The momentum has really started to pick up as online sites have become aware of Helios. The reviews overall have been good, in fact, Helios #1 got a FIVE BULLET Review from Ray Tate of SBC. In regard to the retailers, I’ve gotten e-mails informing me that they?ve sold out and needed to get more copies of Helios.

jh: Sounds like it?s going over pretty well. How did you get the attention of the retailers in the first place?

MP: [By having] a plot and [publishing] in color. Before the first issue came out, I launched the Helios title with a preview issue at Phillycon, my hometown, and the San Diego con. I then exhibited at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Baltimore. Next, was a direct mail campaign where I sent out 2,000 preview issues of Helios to comic shops throughout the country. I took out a 2 page color ad for Helios #1 that also featured 1 page of interior art in September’s Previews. Every issue of Helios following # 1 will have a full page color Ad in Previews. I am also trying to use the internet to more effectively market Helios. And I just recently upgraded my website at http://www.dakuwaka.com.

jh: So, is Helios an ongoing saga?

MP: Helios is a 30 issue bimonthly maxi-series containing three story arcs, and that is all it is planned out to be at this point.

jh: Are there were solid plans for trade paperbacks of Helios in the future?

MP: At this time, I haven’t decided. There are a number of questions that I am wrestling with on this topic. I want to continue to build single issue readership as the Helios story is told. I don’t want people not buying single issues, because they are going to hold off and maybe buy the TPB. So I feel that it is important that each successive issue of Helios be new-reader friendly. To do this, I’ve included a ?Previously in Helios? section and ?character bios” on the IFC. Generally, we?ll be summarizing as we go along ? not within the story itself, though you can almost guarantee that if you have any questions about the climax of one issue, it?ll be explained in the next ? gotta love military debriefs. There?s always the website (http://www.dakuwaka.com), which contains a lot of background info on the series and a section where I’ve included a “Back Issue” purchase page. I am trying to more completely understand the growth in the TPB area on the comic market and its effect on single issue sales, I’m sure that I’m not the only one that is confused on this. Is this where comics are moving to: TPBs away from single issues? Are the people buying the TPBs new customers? Is this an evolution in the industry? Can it be compared to the music industry where people buy the artist’s complete CD containing 12 cuts, instead of a “singles” CD that only contains their hit song? Why would a customer that sometimes complains about shelling out $3.00 for a comic be more willing to pay $16.00 or more for a TPB? This is a great question , and I am looking for answers on it, in fact I’m going to make it a forum topic on my website. I can tell you this, I am not ruling out having TPBs for Helios. If I decide to do them, I would not wait until the project is completed to do them. This is planned as a 30 issue bimonthly series. That’s 5 years from now. If it makes sense, and I get strong feedback that Helios has just got to be made available in TPB form, then I’ll do it.

jh: I know it?s early in the game, but has the book and response to it met your expectations, thus far?

MP: Yes, it’s off to a good start, and hopefully the positive reviews and widening fan base will encourage those cautious retailers to give Helios a shot.

This Has A ?Reaching Out Is Hard To Do? Factor Of Seven Out Of Ten


Alias Comics? Not That Alias? Or That Alias

Mike S. Miller rocked the indie world to its feet (or should have) when he announced Alias Comics, a conglomeration of known and unknown independent publishers and creators coming together under one umbrella. Including the likes of Digital Webbing, DBPro, The 10th Muse, Javier Saltares and Mike Miller himself, Alias Enterprises is launching boldly, with twelve books in their debut month of April 2005. I chatted up a whole bunch of the creators involved, starting with head honcho Mike S. Miller himself.

I asked Mike if he thought the market could support such an aggressive debut and he responded that because Alias is diversified and brings to the table properties and publishers with existing fan bases, that he feels the industry can embrace Alias. He says: ?Be it Ted Noodleman with 11 million fans on Moviepoopshoot.com, or The 10th Muse who has thousands of fans, not to mention the soon-to-be-announced celebrity who will be modeling as the Muse who has millions of fans. Each partner brings a fan base to the table of one size or another, so we’re not trying to create a new breed of ‘Alias fans’, but to bring many fans of many partners under one roof. Each has a genre they specialize in, so we pretty much have something for everyone. Besides, the future of the comic book market will be diversified. Japan doesn’t have the biggest per-capita comic/manga readership in the world because all they do is superheroes…?

Mike went on to say that they are in talks with other studios, and will not put a limit on how many books could come out under the Alias banner on a monthly basis. The intention was to have all of their properties reach the trade market, and do so in the less than ten dollars key price point; a price-point that is driving so many manga bookstore sales.

A bold facet of Alias? debut is that four of their titles will be hitting with seventy-five cent cover prices. You hear me? three quarters for a full-sized full-color comic book from an independent publisher. A bold move, indeed. I asked Mike what led to this idea and again the answer provided a great deal of insight into the small publisher?s position. ?I talk to a lot of retailers. I had toyed with the idea of doing a series at 50 or 75 cents, because of the fact that all the books that I got hooked on when I was a kid were about that price. Meaning, they were affordable. I thought, there’s no way to get a new fan-base of a hundred thousand people picking up your books right off the bat when you’re competing with hundreds of other titles coming out each month, all for the same price. I mean, with new titles, and new creators… It’s just not possible. So I wanted to do something that would get the attention of retailers and readers. 1985 prices on a third of our launch books. How can that NOT garner more readers? How can a retailer NOT pick up more copies? It’s 4 for the price of 1, for Pete’s sake! If retailers pick up 4 times as many books as they otherwise would have for the same money, then hopefully 4 times as many people will pick it up and check it out. That gives those books an instant bump up in readership that it might otherwise take years to get to. Look at Image?s Invincible. One of the best superhero comics out there right now. Yet it’s only selling about 10 thousand copies. Now, that’s a really good number for these times in this market. But it’s taken two years of growth to reach that number! If they had been able to get 4 times as many copies of #1 out to the stores and into readers hands, they probably could have gotten to that 10 thousand mark within the first 6 months. Possibly by this time, two years later, they could have been reaching 15 thousand readers. More, maybe.?

So who else might be signing up with Alias? Mike was pretty tight-lipped, but did let slip that another MoviePoopShoot.com property was coming, T? Campbell?s Brat-Halla, as well as Mat Broome?s Digital Broome studio.

This Has A ?Bold, New Enterprise? Factor of Nine Out of Ten


Markisan Naso

When Blair asked me to contribute to this “very special All the Rage,” I told him I didn?t feel like it. So he said I could write whatever I wanted. ?Dude, you don?t have to do rumors. You can talk about your time on ATR if you want.?

I reluctantly agreed to participate, but I told Blair I would not write some kind of ATR memoir. ?Well, you can rip something from 2004,? he said.

Rip something? Ah, that I can do, Mr. Marnell.

When I think about the year in comics, nothing was more disappointing or more bash worthy to me than Blade: Trinity. Here is my review of the film.

Unsharpened Blade

In Blade: Trinity, Blade returns to battle legions of the undead with a little help from Hannibal King and Abigail Whistler ? the Nightstalkers ? who discover a sinister plot to resurrect Dracula, the daddy of all vampires.

After watching Blade: Trinity it?s apparent that one of two things happened to the film ? Director David Goyer decided to play it safe with his first big studio gig or he just plain ran out of cool ideas to fuck up vampires. Either way, Trinity really suffers from unimaginative fight scenes. There?s nothing in this third installment that is unique or memorable when it comes to slaying the undead. Not once was I compelled to let out a ?Damn!? or ?Holy shit!? in the theatre. When I watched Blade and Blade 2 I bellowed those obscenities as often as a jolly pirate plundering a wayward sea vessel. In the first two films, Blade exploded vamps with coagulant syringes, sun-beamed a lard-ass librarian bloodsucker and fought ?ber-vamps armed with Predator mouth and a taste for McNosferatu meals.

In Trinity we get substantially less creative material. Not only is most of movie made up of recycled concepts from the previous Blade films, it?s also poorly directed. Goyer?s choppy cuts and messy choreography make many of the hand-to-hand battles extremely difficult to see. In one scene Blade?s new chums, the Nightstalkers (played by Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds), bust Blade out of the big house. This has to be one of the most uninspired fight scenes in action film history. Watching my girlfriend?s one-year-old nephew throw cheese at an Elmo doll this Christmas was more stimulating. Wesley Snipes moves in slow motion for five minutes and Ryan Reynolds rolls around on the floor like he’s a bearded seal frolicking in low, ocean tides.

Goyer also makes a critical mistake by dividing fight scenes between Blade and the Nightstalkers. Biel and Reynolds obviously lack the athletic ability and confidence to pull off the action sequences. Biel, a doe-eyed WB doll, looks skittish at some points; almost like she?s Bambi searching for her mother in a Transylvanian forest. The only time she seems completely comfortable is when she prepares her iPod for battle. She actually listens to this thing when she fights. I don?t know if there?s an Undead Battle Tactics handbook lying around anywhere, but if there is I?m pretty sure it says hearing is essential when attempting to destroy creatures of the fucking night.

The decision to inject new blood into the Blade franchise doesn?t completely backfire. Surprisingly solid comedic performances by actors Ryan Reynolds and Parker Posey save Trinity from total fuckery. Goyer, who wrote the scripts for all three Blade films, pens some hilarious lines for the physically ineffective Hannibal King. Reynolds deftly delivers insults like ?cock-juggling thunder cunt? and comebacks such as ?Well, we were going to use the name Care Bears, but it was already taken? throughout the second half of Trinity. Parker Posey?s improbable turn as quirky vampire vixen, Danica Talos, is equally compelling. I understand Goyer fought with the studio to have Posey play the role. His instincts were right. Posey?s strange tics and Breathy commands, along with the biting sarcasm of Reynold?s character, offset much of the ho-hum plot in Trinity.

The humor also allowed me to tolerate the laughable portrayal of Dracula. Goyer?s Vamp King seems better suited to play a WWE muscle dick than the most popular horror villain in film history. Maybe actor Dominic Purcell and wrestling superstar Triple H (who portrays a vampire lapdog in Trinity), could form a tag team at Summer Slam.

Blade: Trinity isn?t a very good film. If you are a fan of the first two movies like I am, you should be disappointed by this third effort. If you haven?t seen Trinity and you?re on the fence about going before it leaves theatres, do yourself a favor and wait a couple weeks for it to move to the dollar cinemas. You know, I can?t help but think Goyer?s original idea for ?Blade 3? would have made for a much better film. In that early concept Blade was to do battle in a world taken over and ravaged by the undead. For Whatever reason, this ?Planet of the Vampires? idea was scuttled in favor of Trinity?s sub par plot. Too bad.


Alright people, that?s a wrap. Special thanks to John Voulieris, for filling in last week.

Happy New Year!

Blair

PS If anyone has any rumors, stories or news to share, please email me at blairm@silverbulletcomicbooks.com. Thanks to everyone who has been sending stuff in. It?s greatly appreciated.


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