Hey peeps. I was just fuggin around and thought I might chuck up a post about some shiz you may or may not be interested in. *NOTICE* this post may potentially contain spoilers and cause nerdgasms. Yeah I said it, I’m an obscenely large geek inside… that enjoys chocolate cinnamon waffles.
Before anything, some nice news for my nerganites. GL (yes abbreviations will be used, don’t hate I’m just being real) promotionals have been put up online now. The ball is rolling for what could be one of DC’s hottest properties on the big screen:
Also in news Robert Downey Awesome was spotted in Hollyhood doing a bit of research for his reprisal of Mr. Stark in the upcoming Avenger’s film. Filming will begin for this after Downey finishes up Sherlock Holmes 2.
Speaking of the Invincible One, my first review I want to give to everyone is of the first volume of Ultimate Iron Man. I’m gonna assume that people understand the dichotomy of the MU and if you don’t then well then I’m gonna write this review objectively in the hopes that you become open minded and maybe convert you to reading the wonderful literature that is comic books.
Ultimate Iron Man – written by Orson Scott Card with art by Andy Kubert
For those who don’t know, the Ultimate universe is pretty much a plateau for Marvel to restart a lot of their signature series to being a fresh feel and appeal to some of them and most importantly in their rationale create a medium for a contemporary audience. To be honest it was half a success, half a failure, but I have to commend the excellent writing on my two favourites: Iron Man & Spiderman/
SYNOPSIS: It is revealed that Tony Stark’s genius is caused by an accident his mother suffered while she was carrying him in her womb. He has neural tissue throughout his body, as if his entire body is a brain, giving him tremendous mental capacity but at the cost of chronic pain akin to severe burns due to the over stimulation of neural cells in his skin. His father uses a newly invented biological armor to ease Tony’s pain. Despite the pain, he is endowed with regenerative capabilities due to the same mutation that caused the neural cells to differentiate all over his body. The biotechnology armor is constructed out of genetically modified bacteria that are able to group together to dissipate kinetic energy when impacted upon, and is able to dissolve any metal that can be oxidized. The disadvantage of this biotech armor, however, is that it will dissolve the wearer’s skin after a few hours and will need to be washed off with water and soap.
REVIEW: So I’ll make this pretty brief. This piece is quite compelling as a new take on the Iron One’s tale, traversing into issues such as the corruption and exploitation of scientific advancement and research and how it ties into the re-rise of the Stark empire after going through a siege of sorts via the hands of the Stane family. In this respect it pulls off this message-laced story quite well, admittedly at times using a little too much shock value (Tony undergoing torture, an attempt on his life involving a furnace) but respectfully this allows for the audience to really form an affinity to the character of Tony Stark in understanding his journey to “the suit” as well as the sacrifices of refrenced-but-little-known father Howard Stark. As noticeable with the trends with MUU the relationships of characters are dramatised seemingly abstracting from the behaviours of modern society. The formation of a friendship between Tony and James “Rhodey” Rhodes for instance is something that would only work in the 21st Century where racial divide, as widely known as it is, is also overlooked for general humanism. All in all this first volume is more engaging as a drama than it is an action (although it contains it’s fair share of it). Cop it definitely if you feel you’re keen on seeing a character stereotyped by his movie adaption in a slightly different, more provocative light.
Howard Stark: What did we learn from this?
Nifara ?: Pick safer friends.
James Rhodes: Stay out of the furnace room.
Tony Stark: I need a better suit.
BTW peoples (like the Shaft villain) we got a guest on tonight/today’s edition of WUD, Young Andrew. Young:
With a review of his own…
Anthony Bourdain – Kitchen Confidential
Contrary to my photo caption i actually do quite a bit of blogging, check comehitthis.blogspot.com for your daily fix of racism, pasty chicks and now for some reason raps (who is 3pac?!?). Anyway I’m here to review Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, a great novel for anyone who is really interested in the inner workings of the restaurant industry or who wants to have a good laugh.
REVIEW: To be fair though I’ve been a fan of Bourdain ever since his show No Reservations premiered on the travel channel about 5 years ago, so don’t mind that a large majority of this review is biast towards me really liking Bourdain and by default this book. To give some background into who Bourdain is his basically a chef with 20+ years experience, he smokes, he drinks and generally has a very cynical outlook towards life. Sounds like a bit of a douche right? Well through it all he has learned his fair share of life lessons and in the end has a good grasp of the ‘big picture’ (though their is a lot of Rachel Ray and Jaime Oliver bashing to get to that point).
Kitchen Confidental is what started it all, his book deals, his television shows and status and pseudo celebrity chef (Think about it as kinda like his Illmatic/Reasonable doubt). The book chronicles his life as a young drugged up hopeless to becoming a semi successful head chef at a New York restaurant. The book is very candid and tells of Bourdain’s open drug addiction, period of unemployment, and ‘dodgy at best’ methods at getting food from the kitchen to the table. Sprinkled throughout are also little insights to the secret to how the kitchen works (my favourite being to never eat seafood on mondays) and do’s and don’ts of the trade (the best advice being to never open a restaurant). Its interesting going through all the phases of his life as he literally takes you back to when he was 8 to his now late 40’s, by the end of it you feel like you literally feel like you lived some of the events he writes about. My favorite being Borudain’s 48 bender of two 10 hour shifts back to back and then scoring smoke cocaine at Coney Island and watching the sunrise on the beach (i know extreme right?).
So yes a great book, its got laughs, some cries, some stone cold realities, and a fair share of D&M moments. If you want to check out his other books A Cook’s Tour and Nasty Bits, both very enjoyable books but never as good as the original.