New Aquaman Poster

So the new Aquaman film poster’s been released . . .

. . . and while I really, honestly hope that the film’s good, that poster just . . . you know . . . just didn’t work for me.

They’re clearly going for a “Hey, Aquaman’s king of the seas, he fear no creatures” sort of vibe but the difference in colour between Aquaman and the background, not to mention the clear cut between the rocks/coral he’s sitting on and the background just makes it look more than a little fake.

There’s just no real sense that he’s actually in the same water as those sharks and whales and things.

It’s almost like he’s . . . I don’t know . . . posing in front of an aquarium?

Monday Mash-Ups #2

Back on my old blog, I ran a series of related posts on Mondays – there was Monday Covers where I just picked out random, favourite covers; Monday Memes where I picked out covers that shared a theme; Monday Memories when I looked back at random comics from years gone by; and Who Was Who Is Who during which, just after the launch of the New 52, I went through every issue of Who’s Who and tried to predict whether they’d appear in the New 52 or not.

I’ve been thinking about doing something else for a Monday post and so, HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis, I’ve mashed up a few comic covers.

I randomly generate two years and two months and then compare the titles I own from both those dates, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together.

This was the one that, after I did it, I decided I had to own the issues rather than having them marked in my database as wanted; I could only find a low-res scan of the Green Lantern cover, hence the size:

Heroes In Crisis – Who Dies?

Last week’s DC Nation magazine had a two-page spread about the forthcoming Heroes in Crisis event:

and among other things, it asked three questions which I thought I’d take a stab at answering:

So three characters in that two page spread will be accused of murder – here’s my guesses:

Lex Luthor and Deathstroke seem fairly obvious choices to me – they’re both villains, neither of them are above killing so why not? Booster Gold – he’s there as a wild card. He hasn’t been seen around the Rebirth DCU so if he comes back just at the point someone’s been killed, he seems likely to be blamed for something.

So who gets to die? Because it’s not a big event unless someone dies, is it? And preferably someone people care about – that makes the event even bigger. Here’s my guesses:

When it comes to Kyle Rayner particularly, I hope I’m wrong. Pretty much every other character on that board is much too big a name to get rid of – even Damage who’s one of the stars of this new wave of heroes in his own title so I can’t see him getting killed. Kyle and Ray Palmer, though? Both of them have other heroes carrying the same names so, sadly, I think they’re expendable.

But again, especially with Kyle, I hope I’m wrong.

If a couple of heroes get killed by a villain, where’s the shock in that? That’s why I think it’ll be a hero who ends up being revealed as the murderer, and my guess is one of the two characters on that board that use lethal weapons as part of their heroics:

I don’t know what Arsenal’s up to lately, but I’m putting him forward as the killer.

Why? Who knows?! But if Tom King can suddenly make Kyle Rayner a devout Catholic as he did in Omega Men, he can probably come up with some crazy-ass reason why Arsenal becomes a killer.