A comic book geeks summer to remember

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I'm like a kid in a candy store.

This summer is going to be a smorgasbord of action for movie at the cinema.

I've mentioned before that I grew up a comic book junkie and still today maintain a small collection of the books and graphic novels I just couldn't part with after my wife demanded I get rid of them after moving them cross-country.

So as you might expect, this summer I'm ready to dig-in to this all-you-can-eat buffet of calorie free movies.

Things get underway this weekend with the introduction of another Marvel Comics character, God of Thunder Thor. Playing on the mythology of the Norse Gods, "Thor" will be joining Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and more in next year's heavily anticipated Avengers effort. Later this summer, we'll be introduced to good ole Cap, a wimpy kid given a super soldier serum to fight Nazis during World War II.

Both of these characters were among my favorites growing up, now I get them on the big screen.

Then of course you have another Marvel entry, "X-Men First Class" which will be the newest addition to the series, offering a look at how the whole mutant/human conflict began, while also exploring the beginnings as the origins of its two polarizing leaders.

DC won't be left out, as the comic company's "Green Lantern," after many theatrical trailers, will hit the screens this year. I was always a bit challenged with this guy who made giant golf clubs out of his powerful alien ring then used them to smack the bad guy. Just thought it was a bit too goofy - which sounds really odd coming from a guy who indulges in comic books, but nonetheless, it just struck me wrong. I'll reserve judgment until I see how they handle it on the big screen.

Then there are also a couple of lesser-known graphic novel characters coming to the theater this year. "Cowboys and Aliens," set in the old west, is based on a graphic novel as is the futuristic religious warriors versus vampires flick, "Priest."

If that's not enough, the reboot, "Conan the Barbarian" will give you the Ahhhhnold-less muscle man as he cuts and dices his way through kingdoms in search of treasure and chicks.

All this plus the action sequels for Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, wow, us comic book geeks have a lot to look forward while we hide out from sunburns in the air-conditioned confines of our local theaters.

Pop some corn, grab your drink and settle in, it's going to be a fun summer.

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