Normally, I try and avoid the hype when it comes to comic-book blockbusters. I get excited, sure, but I try and stay away from the buzz, the clips, the photos, the early reviews and specuations that the Internet churns out.
It’s not that I don’t like that stuff, I’ve just been hurt too many times before.
However, with the Avengers release inching closer and closer it’s hardnot to get caught up in all the hype. Especially since almost all early indications have been overwhelmingly positive.
Many North American reviews of the movie are being embargoed until the week of official release, but a few international ones are out and that excitement and buzz is hard to ignore (some of the links below contain spoilers, by the way, so be warned!). The aforementioned North American reviewers seem to be unanimously leaning in close to one another and whispering “IT’S AWESOME” until their full views can be heard.
Couple that with the fact we still have The Dark Knight Rises (who’s predecessor made about a billion dollars) to come and it’s beginning to feel like it’s going to be a very good summer.
Today’s blockbuster page was done by Jeff Zornow:
Jeff Zornow possesses a maniacally twitching death nerve inside his brain. As a result, he suffers from horrific seizures which fuel his uncanny artistic talents. When he awakens from these debilitating attacks, he maintains his grip on reality through creating art for T-shirt companies (such as Fright-Rags and The House of Mysterious Secrets), film projects, and obviously comics. He has been stricken with this terminal case of twisted genius since 1999. His comic projects include “Gene Simmons’ House of Horrors”, “Vampirella Magazine”, “Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery”, “Grimm Fairy Tales”, “Godzilla”, “Jurassic Park”, ” ’68”, “Warhammer” and “Halloween”. Most notably, he created and illustrated the acclaimed “Long Night of the Full Moon”. He regularly showcases his deviously creative urges in the pages of Cryptic Magazine. He is also comic-book-biographer to the mad scientist Dr. Gore. Zornow has also supplied art for many underground Metal bands and record labels including Fondlecorpse, Gruesome Stuff Relish, Blood Freak, Razorback Records, Profanatica, Calabrese, and Ex Dementia.
Be good, my friends and we’ll see you here Wednesday!
PS – A few folks were questioning my exclusion of Swamp Thing & Animal Man from my top New 52 books. I assure you, Animal Man and Swamp Thing are numbers 4 & 5 respectively, with Green Lantern, Action, Flash, Wonder Woman and Batman & Robin rounding out the top 10.