Came across this graphic novel, Irredeemable. Written by Mark Waid (yes, the same Mark Waid who is responsible for DC's Kingdom Come, with artwork by Peter Krause and published by Boom! Studios.
Irredeemable introduces a question of "how does a man go from being the world’s greatest superhero to its greatest supervillain?"
It ought to be tragic, alright.
The central character is the Plutonian who previously was the world's greatest superhero due to unknown events have been twisted into becoming the world's most powerful and merciless supervillain.
The puzzles his former teammates face (and ought to solve pronto, if they are to survive his wrath):
1) What could have made such a selfless and benevolent individual into an irredeemable maniac
2) How to stop him, considering he is more powerful than all of them, knows all their secrets and has no known weaknesses.
The book suggested age group is 15+ but I am not surprised if the (truly graphic) novel were to be banned in Singapore.
In one of the emergency conference of United Nations, the chairperson (soon killed by the Plutonian) seeks to encourage the members to propose ideas on how to stop the supervillain.
Instead, the debate soon turns out to be how the UN members are arguing on how to make the Plutonian part of their nation.
In this comical situation, the Plutonian asks one politician from Singapore:
The Plutonian (TP): You. You're from...
The spectacled politician (Tsp): Singapore.
TP: Singapore. Tell me, Singapore, you want to be my home because...
Tsp: Because we seek your strength and your guidance in a hostile world.
TP: Do you understand the expression "a tiger by the tail"? Do you?
Tsp: We do. But we also recognize your long history of service to our nation. We embrace you because...
TP: I'm listening
(HERE THE HEARTBEAT OF THE SPECTACLED POLITICAN FROM SINGAPORE IS SHOWN)
TP: Go on.
Tsp: ... because we are grateful to you.
(THE HEARTBEAT OF THE LYING POLITICIAN SHOWNS A RAPID PATTERN INDICATING THAT HE IS, WELL, LYING)
And the next few pages till the end of the Irredeemable Vol.1 show Singapore is in the process of enduring a diamond (yes, you read it right. Diamond, not meteor) shower till the whole island.
The diamond shower serves as a foundation with which the Plutonian used to pummel the island nation to underneath the sea.
Singapore is the modern age Atlantis--a legendary island sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune"?
Sinking of Singapore is totally an irredeemable act! Mark Waid has something against Singapore, huh?
Still the whole plot of the story is intriguing. Looking forward for Irredeemable Vol. 2.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". This is one of the movies that I ought to get the DVD one day. Came across the show last Sunday night on Okto channel part of FilmArt. Curious to see how a show featuring Jim Carrey can somehow be part of the supposedly artful FilmArt (well, with the exception of "The Truman Show", I always feel his movie is just a plain, hilarious comedy).
I also had a vague sense of recognition about the movie's title. After browsing my own posts in the past (yeah, I can be that pathetic, alright), I realize that there was a post almost related: "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind | Picture a day for 39 years".
Rotten Tomatoes has Tomatometer (heh, cute) indicates 93% for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". More about the plot (and spoiler, and so you've been warned) in Wikipedia post on the show here.
PS. The YouTube trailers of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind": here and (longer one) here.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
After immensely enjoying "The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite", I'm so glad I manage to get hold of "The Umbrella Academy: Dallas". You'll love to see how one of the protagonists, "Number 5" (or The Boy) is mostly featured and 2 of the futuristic (and psychotic) agents, Hazel & Cha-Cha are introduced. Heh.