This past weekend I decided to treat myself to a double a feature. I hadn’t seen a movie since Captain America:The First Avenger. Well, I hadn’t seen a movie in theaters since then anyway. Nothing really tickled my fancy. There were two movies that I was excited for. The new Sherlock Holmes and Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol.
It’s no secret that I loved the first Sherlock film. I loved it. It was a real mystery, and I like that in a Sherlock film. However while this second was good, it felt more like a spy movie than it did a mystery movie. There was deduction, but no real mystery. Other than that the film was great. It had good one liners, and was very true to the nature of Sherlock being a sociopathic genius.
Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. were on top of their game and returned to the roles like they were wearing an old pair of shoes. I was sad at the departure of a cast member, and was thrilled at the introduction of Mycroft.
While I liked the first two issues of Superman, this issue did not fully do it for me. I like what the writer is trying to accomplish but issue three seemed overly long and disjointed in places.
Issue three starts off with a colleague of Clark and Lois’ giving a presentation on Superman. He brings us the question of whether Superman is a friend or foe. The presentation to the reader is way too long. Not only that but it spoils a future issue of Action Comics. However, it does get better with Clark getting a call from Perry, his editor, about going to help Heather Kelley, a reporter, on her feature. He forgot, and races off. The scene then goes back to the Daily Planet. Lois and Perry duke it out, and Lois then gets to producing the news. The scene moves to Kelley out in the field. She is waiting for Clark but decides to start because she might freeze to death. Jimmy and Miko are wondering why she feels she might freeze to death when it is over 80 degrees outside. Superman then fights his villain. She is an ice monster who freezes the entire city. For some reason, Kelley is inside the monster. She is almost possessed by the ice monster. Superman has to make a decision to shoot her with his laser beams. It is a well-handled scene, and is interesting because it comes from the perspective of journalists. It is then revealed Kelley is either working with the same mysterious Kryptonian force from the previous issues or she is still possessed. I want more……
George Perez is doing an above average job on the writing. This certainly was not his best issue but still an above average one. Nicola Scott fills in the art duties, and does a usual fantastic job. She can pretty much capture any character, and tell a story through her great sequential art. This series continues to be doing good but I hope more issues are not overly long like this was.
8. Adam Cole: The CZW and ROH star had a banner year in 2011. He rose up the ranks of ROH’s tag division alongside Kyle O’Reilly and seems poised to be a contender for the titles in 2012. At the same time, he won CZW’s Best of the Best and held their Light Heavyweight title for well over a year. His feud with Sami Callihan was easily the best story in the Combat Zone for the entire year.
7. MVP: Outside WWE, Montel Vontavious Porter found success at his first love: New Japan Pro Wrestling. At the same time, he became involved in what could be the most interesting new promotion of 2012, the Wrestling Retribution Project.