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Film Club: 'Kick-Ass'

This exchange really hit a nerve. It's suprising that professional reviewers (with the exception of Beth) continue to use labels like "comic book movies" as if comic book were a genre rather than a format or medium.

As if 300, Sin City, Road to Perdition, Kick Ass, 30 Days of Night, A History of Violence, V for Vendetta, Whiteout, American Splendor, Ghostworld, Scott Pilgrim... were all cut from the same cloth as each other, let alone Spider-Man or Iron Man, which couldn't be further from the truth.

The simple truth is, that every genre that exists in literature and film also exists in comics and many prose and even film and television writers are flocking to the format because of the freedom, power, immediacy and dynamisim this format affords them over all others.

That so many comics are making the move to the big screen, including many of the most successful films of the last decade, is a tribute to the caliber of work being delivered in panel form.

As to when Hollywood will give up make "comic book movies"? Why would they? Look at the box office on Spider-Man and Batman. How about the interest in Heroes and the Incredibles, original comic book style productions not sourced from comic books.

Considering that the surface has barely been scratched in terms of available material, I can't believe that we'll see a cessation of "comic book movies" any time soon.

April 28, 2010 at 10:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


Well at least the review helps explain why nothing in the trailer seemed familiar to me and shame on you for not having read the whole book. ;)

More's the pity too, because both Whiteout and and the sequel Melt, were excellent graphic novels. You are spot on about Leiber's use of white in his art, where the imagery of the snow actually became a character all it's own, much the same way that Frank Millers use of black was so evocative in Sin City..

Oh well, even with it being a bad movie, at least it has earned Rucka and Lieber's work some much deserved recognition. Sales here at Comickaze are fairly brisk on both books as well as the multi-volume Whitout spinoff, Queen & Country which features British agent Lily Sharpe.

I wonder if her exclusion from the movie means that someone else is working on the adaptation of Q&C? Maybe someone who will do it justice.

Robert Scott
Comickaze Comics Books and more

September 11, 2009 at 2:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )