I spent the morning working on the Atlantis script and hit the 90 page mark. From the looks of things, we should have a first draft by Monday. There are a lot of BIG moments throughout and the last third of the movie will be nothing short of spectacular. Action, humor, drama, and at least one character’s life will be forever changed! Yeah, I know. I’ve been watching too many network promos.
Then, this afternoon, I was down on Stages 3 and 5 to say hi to Michael Shanks and get the update on his work south of the border on the CBS pilot Eastmans in which he shares the screen with Donald Sutherland and Jacqueline Bisset. It’s always nice to see the SG-1 alum make their return to familiar territory. A lot of fun on set. Andy Mikita was directing second unit while…
Over on Stage 4, Will Waring was directing main unit on Water. I stopped by and chatted with Justin, David, and Bobby, of course steering the conversation toward food in general and chocolate in particular.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been re-immersing myself into the wonderful world of comics. A lot has failed to impress, but some titles definitely have…
Wolverine Weapon X – Writer: Jason Aaron, Artist: Ron Garney
Despite the glut of Wolverine titles out there, I have to say that this first issue felt fresh and interesting. We get to see our anti-hero as a true bad-ass (in an inspired subway scene) while also beginning to deliver into his past with the Weapon X program. I’m cautiously optimistic.
Destroyer – Story: Robert Kirkman, Art: Cory Walker
Issue #1 of 5
To be honest, this book’s over-the-top violence came very close to quashing my interest. It’s so extreme it’s downright silly and, as a result, undermines the drama. Still, the basic premise in intriguing in that our dark (again) anti-hero is, in reality, a senior citizen. Some nice moments focusing on his home life hold promise, so I’ll stick around for now.
Ms. Marvel – Writer: Brian Reed, Pencils: Patrick Oliffe
A nice, tight script with a couple of surprising twists and turns including an eyebrow-raising ending, marred only by lack of understanding re: the whole Captain Marvel b-story. The way it spins off at the end of the last issue promises some dark tidings ahead.
Wonder Woman – Writer: Gail Simone, Penciler: Aaron Lopresti
Okay, to be honest, I didn’t hold up much hope for this title, mainly because I don’t find the character all that interesting and really dislike any mythology-centered storylines. Well – surprise, surprise – writer Gail Simone held my interest throughout. Even though the Greek deity-centered B-story failed to win me over (who the hell was that guy who got his heart ripped out by Zeus?), the A-story was solid enough to keep me around for the time being.
Marvels: Eye of the Camera – Writer: Kurt Busiker, Artist: Jay Anacleto
Issues #1-3 of 6
The best of the bunch! Busiek’s follow-up to the equally excellent Marvels focuses on the world of superheroes as seen through the eye of the unlikeliest of protagonists, photographer Phil Sheldon. The public perception of these heroes as shaped by an unforgiving media is fascinating but, ultimately, peripheral to the heart of the story which is Phil himself – his home life, his health, and the twilight of his career. Beautiful.