Okay, so it’s Bishop. He, along with Cable, sums up just about everything I was not fond of in the X-Men comics of the late eighties and nineties. I will not go so far as to say I hated the characters, because they had some interesting stories at times. That said, these were easily the most poorly conceived characters in the history of the X-Men.
First you throw in the mess of time travel. The only franchise worse than the X-Men with time travel is Star Trek. What a crutch. This is such lazy storytelling. It basically says you can’t get the story done with your regular characters. Plus, it constantly paints you into a corner because you have set up the future for your characters. Unless you cop-out and say it is a possible, alternate future. Even crappier.
Second, this was the dawn of the militant uniform for the X-Men. I like my superheroes to have costumes, not fascist police uniforms. Bishop wore this uniform forever.
Third, he has a mutant power. a kind of cool one. Yet he insists upon carrying around a gun. I swear for the first five years I didn’t even know what his mutant power was.
I will just leave the Jerry-curl alone.
Anyway, Randy Bowen of Bowen Designs has shared some painted sneak pics over at Statue Marvels of the mutant from a future, but not our future because that would have tied the hands of future X-Men writers and they just chose to ignore that. It is actually pretty cool looking, but that is to be expected from the Kucharek Borthers. Continue Reading
Twentieth Century Fox has released an international poster for the upcoming “The Wolverine” film. I think it is possible that James Mangold’s poster is actually better than the entirety of the previous Wolverine movie.
You can also check out the motion version of the poster here.
Bowen Designs has posted a sneak peek of the digital museum statue of Astonishing Wolverine. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell, this is definitely a high-demand version of the feral Canadian mutant. It is still a work in progress, so some changes will be coming. You can head over to Statue Marvels to discuss the statue. Click after the jump to see more pics! Continue Reading
Yeah. Not sure what to make of this. I have enjoyed a lot of Millar’s work. His Ultimates is the template for Marvel’s Avengers film. And it works.
My problem with Millar’s work is that it always feels to me that he has to shock. Whether through violence or character, there has to be shock. His characters are always taken to not just their own personal depths, but perhaps the worst places humanity can go. And that’s the heroes. I don’t feel that it is always organic to the story. Often it feels like the story was just an excuse to get to that point of shock. I grew tired of this and gradually stopped reading his work.
So, I am a little uncertain how to receive the news that he will be Fox’s Marvel guru. It makes sense, but I have to wonder which Millar we will get and what influence he will have. His Ultimate X-men run is likely to have impact on the X-Men franchise at Fox. I’m not so certain his Fantastic Four work connected with the comic audience as much.
Every studio that deals with superhero flicks is trying to emulate the Marvel way. At this point Kevin Feige should just make a book called “How To Film Superhero Movies The Marvel Way.”
So, what do you think about this move by Fox?
The mutant cop from the future is finally getting his statue due from Bowen Designs. Randy Bowen posted a sneak peek of the Bishop at Statue Marvels. The Kucharek Brothers are sculpting the only mutant with a more confusing timeline than Cable.
Oh, and don’t worry, the jheri curl will be added. And if you have a favorite alternate look for Bishop, be sure to voice your opinion in this thread at Statue Marvels.
Personally, I never cared much for Bishop. He is a mutant with energy manipulating powers, but almost always carried a gun. And Chris Claremont, for all the good he did on the X-Men, should always feel guilty for introducing time-travel to the X-Men.
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Randy Bowen has shared a photo of the upcoming Beast statue from the X-Men.This is the human form, which includes three variants; X-Factor, Original and Neal Adam’s costume!
Sculpted by the Kucharek Brothers and painted by Danno!
You can discuss the statues at Statue Marvels.
Randy Bowen has posted some sneak peeks over on his Facebook page. We get a new shot of the upcoming Doc Samson Statue, a profile of Dracula and a variant paint scheme of the upcoming, human-form Beast statue, in his X-Factor uniform. A nice batch. Great to see some unusual character choices. Bowen Designs truly is the best at representing the WHOLE Marvel Universe.
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Randy Bowen has posted several new sneak peeks of potential products. None of these are written in stone, so head over to Statue Marvels and post your thoughts and appreciation if you want to ensure that they get made. There is a Ms. marvel statue by Jason Smith, Mojo statue by the Kucharek Brothers and Randy continues to work on his Tomb Of Dracula piece.
Check after the jump to see them all! Continue Reading