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New Thor Promo and News!

 My friends, we have some new imagery from Thor! Brought to us by Marvel and the LA Times (The LA Times article is well worth the read), we have some news too. It has been officially announced that both Thor and Captain America will be finished in 3D.  Perhaps in an attempt to stop us from wondering if this is a good thing or a bad thing, they’ve also released a shot of Odin, Thor, and Loki!     My thoughts below the cut, as usual! edit: There’s another image from this week’s EW article here!  […]

On The Set of Thor!

 Oh man, my friends! The dam has burst, and Thor media is flooding the internet! At the risk of this being the only thing I ever write about on GeekaChicas, I can’t imagine letting anyone else get the jump on sharing the latest with you loyal fans! (At least, it is my greatest hope that you will all come to love Thor as much as I do!) Just days after getting the nod about the Captain America and Thor movie logos, there’s more!  You can all imagine my excitement to hear that ET went on the set of Thor. And we have video!  My thoughts beneath the cut, as usual! […]

Thor Concept Art!

 Just the other day I was shaking my fists to the sky wondering why we were getting Concept Art for Captain America and not for Thor, when obviously Thor was coming out first! (Don’t get me started on the fact that the time for concept art was BEFORE the first image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor was released…) But thankfully, Marvel, or whoever is leaking something that looks like it could be the real deal, didn’t let me down! Yesterday these renders were released, in the exact same style as the Captain America art, and we got our first unofficial, and possibly (but probably not) false, images of Thor’s full costume and Mjolnir!   The photoshopping leaves something to be desired (I think this is like the uncanny valley phenomenon), but the overall look is great!  I’m really pleased with the way Chris Hemsworth looks as Thor so far and the only question I have left is this: Where the heck is his iconic and awesome helmet?! You know– the one that inspired this fabulous and incredible winter hat on etsy?  (Which, by the way, I’m dying to get for myself even though I no longer live in a place with real knit-hat-wearing winter weather.)  I can’t wait to see more real images, and if Marvel doesn’t give us a teaser trailer at Comic-con I might cry.  My thoughts on Captain America’s concept art beneath the cut! […]

Thor Stills!

 My friends, if you do not know it by now, I am a fan of Thor. So imagine the level of geeking out that just took place in my home when I saw that the FIRST Thor still had been released of Chris Hemsworth in costume! Guys. This movie could make all my dreams come […]

The Essential Thor: Another Geeky Norse Mythology Moment

 I’ve been working with the character of Thor, the Norse god of thunder and lightning, for years. Years of research and reading and false starts and conversations in the dark with the ceiling that resulted in terrible stories and drafts while I struggled to pinpoint what was there. Years of trying to understand what was at the heart of this god, who was so loved by his people, honored even in many ways above Odin the All-Father. Loved so much, even now, that he was re-imagined and transported into the medium of the comic book for the modern world. Thor, who we will soon be over-saturated by, in the quest for world domination and movie marketing schemes. Hollywood always knows how to run a good man into the ground. But for myself, I’m hoping they do him justice, because after years of trying to find the answer of this god’s character, this god’s essence, this god’s spirit within the scraps of mythology we’re given, he became my most favorite of all mythological heroes. (Theseus may be coming in at a close second, but don’t tell Thor. I think he’d be hurt, after all our time together.)  I think that there was a very good reason that Thor was the preferred god of the everyman, and I don’t think that it was because he was stupid, or because he was always getting into brawls and slaughtering giants, or because he was often drunk on mead and loved to feast with the best of us. I don’t even think it was because he cross-dressed, although Mimzy tells that story better than I’ve ever heard it before. I think the reason Thor was so beloved was because he always helped his people. Thor was the god that could be depended on, no matter what had happened, to go out and do what had to be done– whether that was beating down on Loki, or killing off giants, or drinking a ton of mead, or dressing up as a woman. Thor was intensely loyal, unwavering, and good.  That’s not to say he couldn’t be led off track every so often. Loki makes this perfectly clear in all the stories where they travel together to accomplish some task, or just for the sake of getting out and about. Perhaps Thor is trusting to a fault. Certainly he doesn’t seem to take to deception very easily when he’s forced to employ its arts. He’s not at all like Loki in that way. He’d much rather bust down the door and employ a frontal assault, even if he can’t win. And that in itself is something admirable, too– it’s one of the things that I, as a woman, have always respected in those men who also share that characteristic. The men who throw their punches and then shake it off, and buy one another a drink afterward. […]

Superman: Red Son

 As an aspiring author, it behooves me to support the publishing industry. Usually this means that I just overspent at the bookstore, and almost always this means I came home with a new comic book trade. This weekend, I picked up Superman: Red Son, and let me tell you my friends, it was totally worth the cover price. I love a book that makes me think, and Superman: Red Son delivers that in spades. Red Son is an alternate reality story answering the question “what if Superman had crashed in the USSR instead of Kansas?” and I think they tackle it in incredible ways. Superman is still Superman, still struggling to find a way to give the world the peace he knows it deserves, to give humanity safety, security, the basics of food and shelter, and he is still very much a sympathetic hero, communist dictatorship aside.  The really incredible thing for me, in this story, was realizing that the differences in Superman’s choices are ultimately very slight. These are choices that Superman might have just as easily made as an American–the difference is not the politics and economics of his homeland, but the cries of the people he loves. The results of those slight differences, however, are incredibly large, and in Red Son, we see Superman take the world into his hands as a political leader, as a lawmaker, as a ruler. Instead of choosing to lead by example and allowing humanity to make it’s own mistakes, he tries to keep humanity from making any mistakes and fix the systems in place that are already broken through his own personal interference. Superman decides he knows what’s best for the world, and sets it into motion. It would have been very easy for this story to have been made into the typical pro-capitalism propaganda, and they didn’t escape those overtones entirely, but they did succeed in writing a story that at least allowed the reader to consider that capitalism and America’s Way isn’t the only way. In Red Son, there are glimpses of what communism and the Marxist revolutions were meant to be– a chance at utopia and an ideal world.   […]

Being a Hero Sucks!

 It seems that no matter what mythology we find them in, being a hero is the crappiest of all lives to live. Maybe if you’re a demigod and particularly lucky, you’ll end up not entirely dead, but for the most part being a hero means one thing: years and years of struggle, conflict, and death defying acts of courage to be repaid with some kind of betrayal and a really pathetic and ignoble death. Let’s start with the men, shall we? The most classic of heroes!  Three Case Studies: Theseus Son of Poseidon and King of Athens, Theseus fights his way through monsters as a young man when his trip to Athens takes him by the six entrances to the Underworld. Once in Athens and recognized by his other father, he defeats the minotaur, freeing his people from paying tribute, in lives, to Crete. He takes the amazon queen for his wife (he kind of has a history of womanizing). He battles centaurs. He travels with Pirithous to the underworld and comes back again! When he gets back he goes into retirement. Why not, right? He’s had a long and busy life, and after a trip to the underworld, he probably isn’t interested in continuing to push his luck. He makes arrangements with a King friend of his to move back to the country island lands of his ancestors. When he gets there, he’s either betrayed and pushed off a cliff, or, worse, he slips and falls on his own. To his death. Lame Factor: 4 (out of five) if he was pushed. 5 if he fell. But 3 if someone can find me proof or hearsay that Poseidon rescued his immortal self and turned him into a god. […]

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Movie

 Let me start this review with a few disclaimers.1) I am usually a very forgiving movie-goer. Especially about movies made from books. I know that things have to change, and for the most part, I have no trouble accepting those changes. 2) This forgiveness of sins doesn’t make me a very critical reviewer. But occasionally, I see a movie which raises my ire, and for which I can also tell you EXACTLY what I thought was wrong.3) Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is one of these movies.The Quick Version: If you never read the books, you might not dislike this movie– but if you have read them, you’ll hate it.  I’ll be honest with you, I read a lot of YA and middle grade fiction. I’m not afraid of it. One of my favorite series was ANIMORPHS (why haven’t they turned THAT into a movie yet?), and I got totally sucked into Twilight (which I don’t recommend, in spite of the fact that I read it compulsively). I was a little bit late to the Percy Jackson parade, but once I started reading the books, I was hooked. Why? Because as a Classicist and a writer who works a lot with myth, I thought Rick Riordan did an amazing job of updating these myths and heroes and making them accessible within a modern world. He made me believe that Poseidon was hanging around dressed up like one of the captains from Deadliest Catch, and Hermes had embraced modern technology to make sending messages back and forth more efficient. He made me believe the gods were alive on Olympus watching reality tv.I was excited to see the movie, even when the previews showed that Percy had been cast as someone much older than 12, and the plot was a little bit messed up from the book. I could overlook it, because man, it would be awesome to see how they dressed these gods up in modern clothing and characterized them in updated ways!I was, unfortunately, to be disappointed. […]

By |February 25th, 2010|MyBlog|6 Comments|

Marvel’s Thor, Volumes 1 and 2

 I’m a sucker for comic books.I love the art. I love the story telling. I love the combination of art and story telling. I love that they use art to tell a story just as much as they use dialogue and narration. And I love bulked up superheroes, flawed and perfect. I love that we’ve taken the richness of classical myth, and recreated it for our modern world in a way that people who would never otherwise pick up a book on the topic can find meaning. The reinvention of myth and even the reinvention of what it means to be a hero. I love it all.Lately, I’ve been taken in by the relaunch of Marvel’s Thor title. It started innocently enough. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology, pantheons, and the cultures that worshipped them were always my favorite part of history classes. I took a class on Norse Mythology in college, in fact. It’s impossible to ignore the influence of the Scandinavian people, and their heritage when you live in North Dakota for any extended period of time– but I’m pretty sure my love for Norse Myths, and Thor in particular, came before I fell into that Midwestern (and I say it lovingly) black hole.The Thor title in its previous incarnations (588 issues? really?) never attracted my attention, though. For one thing, it wasn’t until my teens that I cultivated any real independent taste for comic books that wasn’t influenced by my older brother, and for another, it’s a little bit hard to jump into those titles when they’re on issue 500 and counting, and you have no idea what the heck is going on. In my opinion, this is the number one problem with the big titles, today. Superman, Spiderman, X-men, Avengers– you almost have to know the entire history, as well as read every other title in the universe to have a context for the story in the issue you picked up off the rack, but that’s another post altogether.  But I was totally blown away by Ultimate Thor– that is, Thor as he appeared within the Ultimates 1 & 2 titles (3 was a catastrophe that I’ve been trying to repress). The idea of turning Thor into a hippy conservationist using his powers to try to save the planet, ecologically, while boozing it up with his fellow activists was so alarmingly different, so incredibly unique a take, that I couldn’t resist. Who can say no to a thundergod smiting a whaling ship with a bolt of lightning? Not only that, but this incarnation of Thor didn’t feel at all compelled to speak awkwardly in the third person with outdated language! I was hooked! So naturally, in my casual stroll through the graphic novels section of the bookstore, when I happened across volume one of this new title in trade paperback form back in August of ’08, I had to pick it up. Why not, I thought? I had a long train ride ahead of me to go visit my sister, and some reading material was in order. But once I read the first couple of pages, that was it. Marvel had me. Again. Just when I had given up on them because of that horrible Ultimates 3 fiasco. Here was a Thor I could respect! And more importantly, a story that treated him as more than a musclebound oaf. […]

By |January 30th, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|

The Precedent of Dual-Fatherhood, and Jesus

 Remember that show, My Two Dads?Not really an original theme. For instance: Theseus has two fathers. And he isn’t the only Greek (and when I say Greek, I also mean Roman) Hero suffering from a redundancy of dads.To understand this, maybe I need to go into the philosophy a little bit. You see, back in the day, men in their infinite wisdom (a la Aristotle) operated under the common misconception that women really weren’t more than just an oven. The sperm did all the work of making a baby, and the wife contributed little if nothing at all to the resulting offspring, other than providing the space for incubation. Semen was the provider of all…well, they didn’t really consider it genetic material then, so lets say life-forming matter or spirit. As a result of this understanding if a woman had intercourse with two men in the same day, or the same night, the child born was believed to be a mix of those two men–fathered by both.In Greek Myth and History we see the Dual-Dad syndrome in children born of the gods, pretty exclusively as far as I know, which is convenient because it relieves them of the burden of being illegitimate heirs. I have to admit, I’m not exactly sure what the lot of an illegitimate child was, but the fact that the children are labeled as such in works like The Iliad leads me to believe that they were probably not given the privileges of their legitimate brothers and sisters. Certainly Hera had no love for Zeus’s bastard children, and legitimacy seems at the very least to be required of one who will inherit any kind of land, wealth, or kingdom. […]

By |January 26th, 2010|MyBlog|5 Comments|