Geekstuff: Superheroes in the News

My finger is, as always, on the pulse of entertainment newsTechnically, my RSS feed reader is on the pulse., especially where it pertains to all things superheroic. A couple of things have recently caught my eye:

Stan Lee has signed on to create superheroes for Disney. I love Stan Lee as much as the next guySo long as the next guy is a huge superhero geek., but I’m wondering if Disney has taken a good look at some of Stan’s more recent creations. Mosaic was decent, but Lightspeed (starring Jason Connery) was positively abysmal. I haven’t seen The Condor yet, but the trailers prominently feature a half-pipe and Tony Hawkish skateboarding sounds, all of which reminds me of Night Thrasher from the New Warriors, and that’s not a good thing (sorry Night Thrasher).

City of Heroes

Tom DeSanto (producer of the upcoming Transformers movie) is reportedly working on a live-action City of Heroes movie. City of Heroes is the MMORPG that sucked up massive quantities of my time a couple of years ago until upgrades to the game surpassed the capabilities of my computer and puny dial-up Internet connectionI’ve switched to a cable Internet connection, but my computer is still only barely capable of running the game.. One of the things I really liked about the game was the massive backstory NCSoft built around Paragon City and the surrounding area. Quotes from DeSanto lead me to believe that the movie will cover the alien invasion that takes place before the game begins. Color me interested.

Soon I Will Be Invincible @ Amazon.com

Soon I Will Be Invincible is Austin Grossman’s first novel, and there are already rumors that it is being adapted to film. Grossman is a game design consultant who has worked on two of my favorite video game franchises: Thief and Deus Ex. According to the official site, Invincible is “[a] wildly entertaining first novel, brimming with attitude and humor, featuring a cast of dozens of super-heroes and super-villains…” The buzz I’m hearing is very good, perhaps even good enough to make me break my “no hardcovers” rule.

8 thoughts on “Geekstuff: Superheroes in the News”

  1. You have a no hardcovers rule? I love hardcovers.

    I find hardcovers to be inconvenient. Softcovers are easy to read in bed and take up very little space in a carry-on or laptop bag; there’s also no dustcover to keep track of or worry about ripping.

    Hardcovers are fine for coffee table books like The Making of Star Wars or RPG books, or picture books like Nick Bantock’s The Egyptian Jukebox and Terry Jones’ Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book. When it comes to novels, though, I much prefer softcovers.

  2. Heh. I have a very different take on hardcovers, of are 90% of my books. And, to put it simply, kids.

    Before marriage and children, that majority of my books had been paperback, for all the reasons stated already. But, I got married, and the wife and I had a long talk. And here’s how she put it:

    “Honey, when our kids start pulling your books off the shelf and using them to stand on to reach things, would you rather they stood on your (at the time) pristine paperbacks or hardcover books?”

    And so, I’ve switched to hardbacks. Kids get into things, no matter how hard you try to stop them. So rather than always worrying about covers being ripped off of books, my kids just need to remember not to spill on them and to put them back when finished.

    Voila!

  3. And so, I’ve switched to hardbacks. Kids get into things, no matter how hard you try to stop them. So rather than always worrying about covers being ripped off of books, my kids just need to remember not to spill on them and to put them back when finished.

    Voila!

    I guess I’m a little more cavalier with my books. Most of the books I’ve had for any amount of time are dog-eared and well worn, or will be eventually. I’m not at all concerned with keeping the covers pristine. Hardcover or softcover, they’ve all got the same papery guts ripe for little fingers to tear. Better those fingers rip the pages out of a seven-dollar softcover than a twenty-five-dollar hardcover.

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