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Oct 282014

wolfby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Aging publisher Will Randall uses the werewolf curse to take back control of his life!

This is truly an amazing movie, one of the finest pieces of werewolf lore I’ve ever had the great fortune to come across. It has everything: the one liners, the full werewolf transformation, the keen razor-edged senses, a love interest in the form of Michelle freaking Pfeiffer, even a climactic battle with would-be Alpha Stewart.

It seems highly unlikely that Will Randall (the forever amazing Jack Nicholson) would have this happen to him, being bitten while out on some New England road while returning from a conference, but the movie doesn’t concentrate on that. Instead, everything starts off with the bite and then we get to be witness to just how Randall is mistreated by everyone around him, and how clearly that gets turned around when the wolf begins to change him.

Randall’s wife is cheating on him, literally sleeping with the enemy; Randall’s boss Raymond Alden considers him expendable, and basically offers Randall the choice of, “no job, or a job nobody wants,” at a big party held at Alden’s house. Something good does come of it though – Randall meets Laura Alden, his boss’ daughter, who seems to fated to be his eventual mate. And then there’s Randall’s protégé, Stewart Swinton (the always-oddball James Spader), who wants Randall’s everything – his job, his wife, his new mate, even his life at the end of the movie. It’s incredibly gratifying to see that little prick get his just desserts. Who says the new would-be Alpha always runs down the current Alpha with the scars on his hide? This adaptation of the Werewolf curse clearly demonstrates this.

For the film itself, a lot of the movie is shot in beautiful slow takes, with dark colors and shadows and light used to maximum gothic transformation effect. The soundtrack and score are reminiscent of early black-and-white werewolf Lon Cheney films, almost a tribute. The setting is completely modern, there are no vampires or other Supes (that’s Supernaturals for you not-so-geeks), the world doesn’t need to be saved or anything, it’s just Randall and his world: a brilliant choice for the movie.

Somewhere in the background, when the wolf out in the wilderness bites Randall, or when Alden decides to join him, one can almost imagine the presence of the spirit Wolf simply deciding that if anyone needed this, if anyone deserved it, it was Randall. It may not be epic as far as the world is concerned, no crossing dimensions or lasting consequences for all the supernatural races, but it is epic enough to rock the boring, tense little world of Will Randall. And maybe a few ripples to those around him, especially the ones who deserve the consequences of how they treated him, too. Will Randall learns to embrace the inherent power and passion of the wolf, and use it to his advantage.

There are some rather adult themes wandering through the film, including an attempted rape scene that Will managed to stop, and plenty of cursing, but not much in the way of real violence until the third act. Even then, it’s mostly a matter of Will Randall cleaning house before his final transformation into full wolf status, which should be completely understandable – he had to pave the way for his mate, the one with the memorable eyes, she’ll come loping through the woods by the light of the full moon soon enough!


May 162014


Four-Color BulletWelcome Kryptonics and comics fans to Four-Color Bullet. “Four-Color Bullet?” You’re asking, “What happened to The –”

SHHHH! We don’t say that any more.

Your humble staff at Krypton Radio insist that our content be fresh and original. You’re part of the Krypton Radio family and what you want, we want. You deserve it. After all, Kryptonics are discerning and intelligent readers and listeners.  And frankly, “The Pull List” was not original. Everybody and their grandmother was using that moniker, so it was time for a change. So I and the ever-alert Krypton Radio editorial staff hooked our big brains up to the Collaborative brainwave Generator (C.O.G, for short). And, after we put our hair out with the fire extinguishers, Four-Color Bullet was born. And the title is all that’s changed. You’re still getting the best comic book reviews of the week. We just wanted to make sure we were original. Not a clone of a clone of a clone. Besides, you know how bad the degradation is at about the fifth clone. They start drooling and picking their nose and licking their feet …

Well, you get the idea. We strive to be the template from which all other copies are made. Anyway, enough about that stuff. I’m still twitching from being strapped to the C.O.G. I’m told it will pass, eventually. Let’s talk comics!

Over in the Marvel Bullpen this week, someone is hunting Nightcrawler’s loved ones, and Nightcrawler and Wolverine won’t rest until they find out who and why, in Nightcrawler #2;  Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, the Black Panther, Namor, The Beast, and Black Bolt once again reassembled the Infinity Gauntlet and erased Captain America’s memories of the event.  But no secret stays buried forever. And Steve Rogers is not a happy camper in Avengers #29, an Original Sin tie-in; and the Wrecking Crew is back with souped-up powers and they’re out to get the Fantastic Four, in Fantastic Four #4.

Over at the Distinguished Competition, a new Justice League is formed to protect the galaxy, in Justice League United #1; it’s the New 52 five years later and the heroes of the DC Universe gather to mourn a fallen hero, and Terry McGinnis scrambles to protect his future, in Futures’ End #2; John Constantine takes on a demon that’s feeding on the American Southwest, and the last vestiges of his humanity are at stake in Constantine #14; and in  in Batman ’66 #34, Batman and Robin must stop Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, from acquiring her latest prize: the giant Bat-diamond that powers the Bat-computer.


Written by Brian Wood Pencils by Stephane Crety Inks by Julien Hugonnard-Bert Colors by Gabe Eltaeb Cover Art by Victor Manuel Leza DARK HORSE COMICS

Written by Brian Wood
Pencils by Stephane Crety
Inks by Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colors by Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Art by Victor Manuel Leza

Despite the impending loss of the Star Wars license to Marvel, and despite the fact that the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, Dark Horse Comics continues to make good on their pledge of bringing readers the best Star Wars stories they can publish. In Star Wars #17, and the third part of the current story arc, Leia continues her plan to marry the prince of Arrochar, in order to give the Alliance a home base. But things are not as they seem on Arrochar, and when Luke Skywalker is grounded from flying (again) because of insubordination, he is assigned to the Arrochar Rangers as a sort of military exchange program. And it’s there that Luke discovers Arrochar’s secret — and deadly — agenda.

Star Wars, set directly after the events in Episode IV, continues to be one of the consistently well-written books out there. Writer Brian Wood continues the daunting task of adding to the mythos, as well as expanding on the characters’ backgrounds.  Luke is a hothead, Leia is portrayed as a warrior in her own right and not afraid of a fight, we see the birth of Rogue Squadron, and still more. And don’t let the fact that these great stories aren’t officially canon. Call them what they are: great stories. These are obviously a labor of love for Brian Wood and his love for Star Wars comes out in every issue. And I love well-written mystery and intrigue, and this current story has it. Star Wars is one of my must read titles, one of the reasons I show up early at the comic shop, and will be until it wraps with with issue 20 in August.



Written by Tyler James Art by Fico Ossio COMIX TRIBE

Written by Tyler James
Art by Fico Ossio

Sometimes, I like to check out the indie selections. Some are hit and miss, but sometimes you can find gems. That’s how I found two of my current favorites, Watson and Holmes, and Steam Engines of Oz. This new beauty, called Epic, is from ComixTribe and centers around a Miami teen named Eric Ardor. Eric’s a picked-on high school kid complete with swirlies in the toilet, he’s got a genius best friend, and all the other problems that high school can bring. But when Eric is involved in a freak accident and gets himself some super powers, things go from bad to confusing. He can fly, he’s super strong, he shoots optic blasts from his eyes, and beautiful girls render him powerless. Literally.

I can’t adequately explain how much I like this book. I picked up issue #0 on Free Comic Book Day and really just enjoyed how fun it was. The first issue became available this week and now we see that there’s an established superhero-verse set up, in which Eric and his Epic persona are new. Writer Tyler James is funny and there’s just so much wit and charm and zany super-villains and fun super-heroics, the book is like fresh oxygen to an industry that’s almost forgotten what fun is. The art is fresh and clean, easy to see, and complements James’ writing superbly. The story is well-paced. We get to see the fledgling Epic botch the apprehension of a criminal when he mistakes a new hero for a criminal, but totally makes up for it. And we get to see Epic as Eric, getting by in school, dealing with family, and some subtle foreshadowing for what’s coming later.  Very much one of my surprises for the week. This is one I’ll be adding to my pull list.

And that’s the end of this week’s Four-Color Bullet. As always, let me know what you folks are reading, and if there’s anything I need to be reading or paying attention to, leave comments below or send me an email.  And go see Godzilla this weekend. I hear it’s awesome. Maybe it’ll get that Amazing Spider-Man 2 taste out of your mouth. 

It’s a great time to be a comics fan. Happy reading!



Nov 212012
"Epic", due out May 24, 2013.  It's being directed by Blue Sky's Chris Wedge, and  stars Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson and Beyoncé Knowles.

“Epic”, due out May 24, 2013. It’s being directed by Blue Sky’s Chris Wedge, and stars Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson and Beyoncé Knowles.

The creators of the Ice Age trilogy, Robots and the upcoming Peanuts movie are working on something new, and it looks epic.

Well, actually, it’s called that too.  Epic. Which we certainly hope the film lives up to.  It’s got all the fixings – coming of age story where a jaded teenage girl manages to get herself magically transported to an alternate world that only her father had any inkling of before.  The crazies are vindicated, there are heroes, and villians who want to destroy the forest, a bittersweet love story woven through it, and all manner of magical and semi-magical creatures.  The cute creatures are cute, the scary creatures are scary.  It looks well animated and well crafted – but will it be Epic? We hope so, because we’ve seen the coming of age story where a child visits a magical world only he/she can see more times than we can remember – Ferngully: The Last Rainforest did it in 1992.  The Ant Bully did it in 2006. Coraline did it in 2009.

Epic is due out May 24, 2013, is being directed by Chris Wedge (who has directed pretty much everything Blue Sky has ever done, and was even the voice of the accident prone “Skrat”), and stars Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson and Beyoncé Knowles.

The song on the trailer is “What If The Storm Ends”, by Snow Patrol, in case you’re curious.  And yes, you can hear it on Krypton Radio if you listen.

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