In a summer chock full of comic book adaptations and many significant genre contributions, I really did lose X-MEN: FIRST CLASS in the shuffle. There are a couple of reasons for this, I imagine.
One would be that between Thor, Captain America and Green Lantern we are getting new properties. Films based on characters that have never gotten the big Hollywood treatment. X-Men already has. Another reason would be that it is a prequel and I have a standing to-hell-with-all-prequels policy. The studio also put out horrible posters and the publicity for the film has been some of the worst put behind a big summer movie that I have ever seen. Nevertheless, the biggest reason for this film to stay off my radar though is that it has been awhile since I liked an X-Men film.
Early reviews for X-Men: First Class have been quite positive, though, much to my surprise. But why should I be surprised? They have an all-star cast, a tested director and an interesting premise. Have I truly become so cynical that I cannot believe Fox is finally giving their comic book movie properties the proper attention they deserve?
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Well, last week’s video edition of the Best Covers of the Day was by most accounts a big hit. And honestly, what inspired me to do it was pure laziness; I just didn’t feel like writing that day! But that plan kind of backfired because video editing is WAY more work than writing, and the Best Covers desk is severely understaffed right now. (Only TWO summer interns?? Are you serious??) But no matter, I will try it again real soon. Hopefully, video won’t kill the Best Covers star. On to this week’s business!
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #225
Variant Cover by Tracy Yardley
With this issue of Sonic I am enacting a new rule, not unlike my longstanding Always Include Punches to the Face rule. The rule is this: whenever some kind of tragic melodrama is being played out on the cover of Sonic, include it in Best Covers of the Day!
It all started a few months ago with Sonic #220 — BETRAYED! At the time, that cover inspired me to create a mature readers Sonic line. (Keep your minds out of the gutter, please.) And this cover takes a few more steps in that direction. Poor, sad Sonic. Someone’s life is on the line and our hero is powerless to do anything about it! LOOK AT THOSE EYES!! Like a lost puppy. Is this really a kids book??
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