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Sunday, August 1, 2010

What's up with Quasar?

A few days ago, I spieled a little bit about my relationship with comic books and the heroes therein, while covering the fact that Mark Ruffalo (who The H-Bomb totally loooooooovvvvveeeeessss) would play The Incredible Hulk in The Avengers. In said post, I mentioned that I grew up loving the ideas of the heroes more than the actual heroes, because I only had like 7 comics growing up. Well, I checked the pile of comics, which I still have, and found that one of those 7 books featured a fellow by the name of Quasar.

The issue in question is the 25th issue of Quasar, and also was the 7th part in a 7 part series called "Cosmos in Collision". In it, it appears that Quasar is fighting a dude named Maelstrom, but the battle is actually between Infinity and Oblivion, and these two are simply their avatars. These aren't blue, tailed, horny, James Cameron Avatars....they're just normal avatars. Anyway, they battle inside a black hole and there's talk of kinetic motion and turning things inside out and it's to the point that even the Watchers, led by Uatu, can't control what's going on. I had more faith in you, Uatu.

My understanding of Quasar, built through this issue and the joys of Wikipedia, is that Quasar has control of Quantum Bands that give him cosmic powers, and basically make him the guardian of the universe. The gems on the bands let him control cosmic forces, even giving him the ability to overpower the likes of Silver Surfer. I dunno about that, if this were my battle royale then Norrin Radd is probably coming out victorious.It should be noted that, when this comic would have to me, I'd have been about 10 years old. And considering how little I understand about Quasar after thumbing through it now, I can see why I never remembered Quasar from my childhood. Heck, there's even one part of the story in which Quasar himself, whilst listening to the debates between Infinity and Oblivion, states that he can't understand what's going on! And he's supposed to have Cosmic Awareness!

In researching what exactly Quasar is, I've found that some call this "the best cosmic epic published by Marvel". And, maybe if I'd read 7 parts and understood science, I might agree. Today, I'm more confused than anything. So here's to you Quasar....because I completely forgot that you existed in my childhood. Your scenes were cut from my memory's personal movie, because I just don't understand you and science.

One good thing....this issue did have a cameo appearance by Galactus. I LOVE MY GALACTUS. More on that in the future......

Chimps on Ice=Amazing!!!

Quote of the Day

"I never apologize.
I'm sorry, but that's just the way I am."
- Homer J. Simpson

Movie of the Day-Alice in Oz....aka Alice in Wonderland

I had the pleasure of sitting down this afternoon and viewing Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland with my awesome friend and fellow movie lover Lindsey Christensen. Like Burton’s other films this movie was definitely unique, visually stunning, and superb music. “Tim Burton movies have great soundtracks,” stated Lindsey. This loosely based sequel to the first Alice in Wonderland felt like more of a redux of The Wizard of OZ. In fact the more I think about it, the more I think Tim Burton copied this classic!!

The story follows Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska. The story starts with Alice at a party being proposed to by a dorky Lord with hundreds of onlookers watching her. Society was telling Alice she should say yes, while deep down you could see she wanted to say no. As this was all happening, Alice saw the white rabbit and ran after him, and then falls down a hole…again. And oh wow…she’s back in the magical world of Wonderland. Alice’s journey leads her to meet up with many interesting characters that questioned if she was the real Alice. These characters included Absolute (the caterpillar voiced by Alan Rickman), the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp), The Red Queen (played by Helena Bonham Carter), and The White Queen (played by Anne Hathaway). I almost expected to see the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow at times. The Red Queen and the White Queen, being sisters and one good and one bad, were essentially the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. As always, Johnny Depp was amazing. “His versatility is off the charts,” stated Christensen.

Although Lindsey and I liked the film overall, we did have some complaints. First, the thick and over-exaggerated accents were annoying. We found ourselves not understanding much of the dialogue throughout the film. Two, the violence may have been inappropriate for a younger audience. In one scene we found a mouse stabbing out an eyeball of a dog-like creature. “The speared eye reminded me of a speared olive in a martini glass,” stated Lindsey.

The end of the film finds Alice returning home, following her heart, and denies the Lord her hand in marriage. The message of the story was plain and simple-be yourself-be the real Alice and don’t conform and the underlying message was, “There’s no place like home.”

Morning Music: Complete Control

Artist: The Clash
Album: The Clash ('79 US Release, originally released as a single in '77)

If you're having trouble making out the lyrics, try this version.....