Friday, May 08, 2009

Hugh Jackman *IS* Wolverine!

My friend Sean M. Murphy and I went to go see "Wolverine" last night. I'm a huge Marvel fan (as might be obvious from my Marvel tarot drawings,) and I wasn't disappointed.... entirely. Entertainment Weekly had me expecting never ending battles with no meaning, and I have to say I must have seen a completely different movie. Or maybe there's something visceral for a long-time fan like me to actually see the stills of comic panels turned into live-action.

Despite my initial hesitance regarding the casting, I ended up being really impressed with Gambit/Remy LeBeau -- mostly *because* the cinematographer totally NAILED Gambit's look in motion.

The story of Wolverine also had its moments of "Oh! I've seen that!" too, and he wore my favorite Wolverine "costume" of cowboy boots, big brass belt buckle on dusty jeans, and muscle shirt.

And Jackman was naked a lot, which always works for me.

But later, on the drive home, I started ruminating. I started wondering where all the cool Marvel chicks were. There were some characters on "Weapon X" team I didn't remember, including "Agent Zero" who bore a stricking resemblance (in terms of powers) to "Domino." And I asked myself, why would a director/writer say to himself (and I'm sure it was a *him*): "I know, teenage boys, my core audience, would probably prefer a dude instead of a hot Asian chick with super-marksmanship and probability altering powers!" Seriously?

Then I remembered what they did to Storm. No offense to Halle Berry, but Storm was the biggest disappointment for me in the first X-Men movie. Storm is the original a$$-kicking heroine in the books, but she was completely wimpy as portrayed in the movie. As was Rogue. As was Jean Grey/Phoenix. Hmmm, pretty much all the women sucked. And the trend sadly continues.

They need to hire up Chris Claremont.

He knew how to write hot, strong, complicated heroines.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Bitten By Books Interview and Contest

Tomorrow, Friday, May 8th, I'll be giving and interview over at "Bitten By Books"... if you're on Facebook, you can sign up here: Facebook Events Page.

Hope to see you there! I'll be checking into the comments periodically during the day, so feel free to stop by and ask questions or whatever. There's a chance to win a free, autographed copy of DEAD IF I DO!!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Podcast, Reviews, and More

Hopefully this week will be full of fun stuff involving the new release DEAD IF I DO. Don't forget that the newest Garnet Lacey adventure officially went on sale yesterday, May 5, 2009. If you'd like to hear me chat about the book, my life, Witchcraft, and various other sundry things, check out the podcast I did over at "Vampires, Witches and Geeks," Interview with Tate Hallaway. Or read the latest review of the book at Monsters & Critics.

Monday, May 04, 2009

One More Day...

Until DEAD IF I DO officially comes out!!

Today I'm sitting in a nice little coffeeshop in downtown Valparasio, Indiana sipping a latte and taking full advantage of their free wifi. I'm here visiting my "in-laws," Mason's grandma. We're leaving tomorrow morning, and hope to be back to the Cities by Wednesday.

It's kind of strange to be out of town so close to the release date, though really I suppose it hardly matters where I am in the world. It's not like the book ONLY comes out in my hometown or that I need to sit by the computer to watch the sales rank fluctuate.

Hope you all are well and had an excellent Beltane.