Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Meet The New Blog...

No idea how many (if any!) people will catch this as it's been 18 months or so since I last posted here at Crisis on Earth-Prime.

As mentioned in the last post, I did sign up for a Twitter account . . . and took about half an hour to realise that I really, really dislike Twitter and so killed that off pretty much instantly.

However, you can't keep a good blogger down but rather than start up this old thing again, I've gone and bought myself a domain and set up a site not only to babble about comics, but to get back to the annotations side of things that I started even before this blog.

Come join me at Crisis on Earth-Prime.com (because I'm nothing if not consistent) and say hi.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Time For A Change?

Haven't been around for a while fr a couple of reasons but mostly (for the last month or so) it's been due to getting promoted in work and just not having the time to write those wonderful, in depth posts you've all come to know and love.

Though it may not seem like it, this blog took up a fair amount of my time. The weekly Cocktail posts alone often took a couple of hours to prepare - scanning the covers of the books, combining them into one picture, typing out the heading and quote, posting that along with my reviews of the comics themselves. Sometimes I could get them done on a Friday afternoon, sometimes I was frantically writing them on the Sunday morning just to meet my self-imposed publishing deadline of 1pm on a Sunday.

I know - it's hard life, isn't it?

Self deprecating sarcasm aside, it's been bugging me that I've let this blog sit without an update for a few weeks. So, in an attempt to aim for brevity, I'm heading off to experiment with Twitter. You can find me over at @CrisisOEP though, at the time of writing, there's nothing there except the bare bones of an account. Hopefully over the next week or two I'll find out whether that's for me or not - if not, I might end up back here anyway!

So, for now at least, this'll be the last post here at the blog. If you tweet and want to come see me, feel free to follow me and I'll return the favour.

One way or another, see you soon folks!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Sin City II Trailer

Damn this looks good:

Been a long time coming but it looks like it'll be worth it.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Forever Evil's Prisoner Revealed

The issue's been out for days and the reveal's been all over the internet but, because I'm a nice guy, be aware that if you click the read more link below, there be spoilers ahead.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Change Ahead?

Haven't had time to go through Previews this month in any great depth - my fault for getting promoted in work and being damn busy, eh? - but I decided to live up to my pledge at the start of the year and step away from DC's new offerings.

I'll probably get Futures End but will probably pass over Secret Origins - new versions of origins of versions of characters I'm not interested in? No thanks.

I'll pick up Justice League United because I like Jeff Lemire's writing but I think the new Sinestro series will end up being one I'll look to get in the trades; I like Cullen Bunn's writing on The Sixth Gun which I've picked up in the collections, but don't feel the urge to get the ongoing.

I will, however, be ordering three new series from Image:

C.O.W.L. simply because the premise of a superhero union intrigues me.

Nailbiter by Joshua Williamson whose work I liked on the (in my opinion) cancelled too soon Voodoo.

Trees because while Warren Ellis's superhero stories aren't that good, Transmetropolitan remains one of my favourite comics ever so I'm willing to give this a go.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Oh No! Constantine Actor Not From Liverpool!

So the new NBC show Constantine has cast its lead - it's Matt Ryan, a Welsh actor who, according to the linked article there, has been "seen in Criminal Minds, The Tudors, Layer Cake and other reputable productions."

Honestly, I don't really care one way or the other whether the actor happens to come from the same locale as the character they're portraying but David T.G. Riches obviously does. He says in the comments on the linked article:
While he is British he is also Welsh and I see visions of people in the U.K. specifically Londoners who will point out to the Star Trek episode of “Futurama” where Scottie was replaced with Welshie it just wasn’t the same.
True it is better than Keannu Reeves in the role but still was their no one from central England available? Maybe someone from Eastenders, Emmerdale, Law & Order U.K., or any other number of programs loaded with talent pool?
Matt Ryan might be British but "he is also Welsh" which, thanks to a handy line from the excellent Futurama, Mr Riches is able to point out that it just isn't the same as being English. Thank goodness it's not another American like "Keannu Reeves", eh Mr Riches, but still . . . a Welshman playing a character who wasn't Welsh? It's almost unheard of, isn't it?

Apart from Ioan Gruffudd who played Mr Fantastic in the last couple of Fantastic Four films . . . I don't know why they didn't get an American to play that part.

And that Rhys Ifans chap who plays Mycroft Holmes in Elementary . . . I don't know why that didn't get an Englishman to play that part.

And that John Rhys-Davies bloke who played Treebeard in The Lord of The Rings . . . I don't know why they didn't get a real Ent to play that part.

And that Anthony Hopkins fellow who played Hannibal Lecter in several films . . . I don't know why they didn't get a real cannibalistic serial killer to play that part.

Oh wait, yes I do - it's because they can act. You don't need to be from the same place as the character you're portraying, Mr Riches - that's part of the joy of being an actor, having the ability to take on different roles. If you didn't allow Constantine to be anything other than what his creators based him on, there would be only one man for the TV series's main role and that would be Sting:

And he hasn't looked like that since 1979 so unless you have a time machine handy, I guess we can discount him.

Am I, as a Welshman, being overly sensitive here, or was there an implication that Welshman just aren't quite as good as, presumably, Englishmen?

And who wants to be the first to point out that James Doohan who played Scotty (not "Scottie") was Canadian? Another example of an actor playing a role who came from somewhere different from the actor.


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