VF Cast Special: X-Men First Class: The Movie

This week we discuss comic book movies, pretty blue things, and what it’s like to be a cad. It’s time for X-Men: First Class!

DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn
PRODUCED BY: Bad Hat Harry Productions
IMDB for more info?: Here!
RELEASE: June 3, 2011

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We discuss the perfectly and surprisingly delightful X-Men: First Class.

I promised a link to Movie Bob’s review and discussion of the film, as if you really need anyone’s opinion of anything that is not ours. Cretins!

There are problems with the film, which of course we discuss, but it really ends up being a a super positive podcast. Sorry haters, I guess you are gonna have to find somewhere else to get your hate on. Try Limbaugh.

I do have one problem with the film that is only tangentially touched on in the podcast. We discuss that Professor X is a bit of a dick, but I never mentioned how much I hate watching him use his powers.

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I don’t think I’d have been bothered if he did the ol’ finger to the temple thing when he was really focusing or, like, when it was really important for us to know he was using his powers, but for some reason it was decided that EVERY DAMN TIME Xavier used his powers, which was in almost every single damn one of his appearances on film, he had to put his damn hand on the side of his damn head. As you can tell I found that slightly annoying. Pretty good movie though.

Vestrymen Grade: B

Some people like to download the podcast: VFCast! Special – X-Men: First Class

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. Intro music “The Future Soon” by Jonathan Coulton.

Season 2: Special Episode 2: ANNIHILATION!

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We take some time out from our normal review schedule to talk about Nova, Drax, The Silver Surfer, Annihilus, Ronan, The Kree, Thanos, and… and other space opera duders and ladies.

Our Books

Annihilation: Volume 1

76a1WRITTEN BY: Keith Giffen , Dan Abnett , Andy Lanning
ART BY: Mitch Breitweiser, Scott Kolins, Ariel Olivetti, Kev Walker
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: September 26, 2007

Includes a Drax story, a Nova story featuring Drax, a prologue featuring Drax and Nova, and the foundations of an epic. We rather enjoyed it, and it made us read two more volumes of Annihilationy goodness!

Vestrymen Grade: A –

Annihilation Volume 2

Annihilation Book 2WRITTEN BY: Keith Giffen , Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Simon Furman
ART BY: Renato Arlem, Jorge Lucas, Greg Titus
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: November 14, 2007

Was volume one not enough for you? Volume Two is more, with stories featuring The Silver Surfer,  The Super Skrull, and Ronan The Accuser. The Silver Surfer has great character design, too bad his stories are ALWAYS so boring! The other stories are silly, silver age-y and fun.

Vestrymen Grade: B

Annihilation Volume 3

Annihilation%20tp%20book%203-01WRITTEN BY: Keith Giffen , Christos Gage, Stuart Moore
ART BY: Andrea Di Vito, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Mike McKone, Scott Koblish
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: December 5, 2007

Then the *$&t hits the fan, like what. The United Front is collapsing, Nova is boning down with Gamora, and moral ambiguity abounds! Fun, dark, and interesting. Thanos and Annihilus’ motives are fleshed out, and are AWESOME!

Vestrymen Grade: A

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature The Hentchmen – “Green Sabbath Dance Party”, Frank Bango – “Defenseless”, Oskar Schuster – “Sneeuwland”, and Octopus – “Signal B”. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.

Season 2: Grab Bag Special: That’s So 80’s! Get it? Its a “That’s So Raven” joke. It’s not very good. I’m sorry.

This week instead of our normal podcast we bought a grab bag of random comics from Astro-Zombies. The 80’s was a strange, strange time for comic books. The books we read are almost universally bad, but they all have something endearing about them. Give us a listen.

Reviews:

Boris the Bear #11

WRITTEN BY: Mike Richardson
ART BY: James Dean Smith
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: A month in 1987

Vestrymen Grade: C

Like most of the books we read this week there is a ton of interesting history captured in this book. The actual text is a little heavy handed, but this book is a black and white satire comic from the late 80s, what do you want?

The ‘Nam #17

WRITTEN BY: Doug Murray
ART BY: Phil Hugh Felix
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: April 1988

Vestrymen Grade: C-

The ‘Nam is a book that is boring, pointless and sometimes surprisingly painful, much like the Vietnam war. I suppose in that way it does its job well?

Evangeline #1

WRITTEN BY: Charles Dixon
ART BY: Judith Hunt
PUBLISHER: First Comics (Deluxe Series Imprint)
RELEASE: May 1987

Vestrymen Grade: C

This is a story about a nun fighting dinosaurs and possibly religious intolerance in a dark future, in space! She reports to Cardinal Zsn at the Vatican and sometimes shoots dudes in the back of the head. What more do you want out of life?

The Adventures of Superman #425

WRITTEN BY:  Marv Wolfman 
ART BY: Terry Ordway
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 1986

Vestrymen Grade: C

We talk about the impact of Marv Wolfman’s name on comics for a long time. It is much larger that you expect. Also the comic reads a lot like Crisis on Infinite Earths. If you like that very second Crisis, go read this. If you, like us, find that Wolfman overwrites and under-produces, don’t.

You can download the podcast here: VFCast Season 2 Special 1
Music for today’s podcast provided by Trans Atlantic Rage, – “Leaps of a Butterfly,” Here Comes A Big Black Cloud!!-“Vietnam,” Eigenheimer – “When Crows Cry,” Alice Rose, “A Poem in Slow Motion,” and 8in8, “I’ll Be My Mirror.” All music featured on Vestrymen from the Future! is licensed under Creative Commons. Lots of ear candy for my good little kitties this week!