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Avengers 2 and Free Comic Book Day

weekendOh I hurt.

Achy. Tired. That was a long weekend. We’ll get to 12 hours of terror and the zombie walk later, but for now I just want to talk about Free Comic Book Day. This actually seems like the perfect place to discuss Avenger Age of Ultron a bit too. I’m not reviewing this movie. If you want that, there’s literally thousands of reviews out there. I just have a couple minor observations.

I like this movie. I liked the first one as well, there’s some confusion about that because I do say some  negative things. Like the first film, I don’t think this is the greatest comic book film ever, but I like it.

It’s long though….man it is long. They spend a lot of time trying to introduce new characters and in a lot of ways really end up trying to cram too much into one movie. This actually might have been better served as two 90 minuet films instead of the two and a half hour long opus we get.

I like the new characters, don’t get me wrong. I like them and I enjoy seeing returning support cast like War Machine and Falcon .The end where we see the potential “New” team lineup is exciting, but man it really did feel like they were trying to shoehorn them into this narrative. Just too long. absolutely failed the watch test.

The other thing about this movie is the fight sequences. There’s a trap that action sequels frequently fall into. It has to be bigger, better, more explosions, more fighting, bigger conflict. That’s fine, but there’s also such a thing as too much scope. Revenge of the Sith had this issue with the beginning space fight. There was so much going on I couldn’t focus on anything, it was just amass of shapes flying around the screen, occasionally punctuated with a burst of light. Transformers constantly does this. The Matrix Reloaded is perhaps the most infamous example actually, with fight sequences so long and confusing I got bored.

AOU isn’t quite this bad, but they really did overload thier set pieces. With all the metal and debris and smoke flying around, I kept getting lost, trying to figure out what was going on. Joss Whedon needs to rein it in a bit, cut a few more seconds here and there and stop moving the camera so much.

A good film though. I love their versions of vision and Scarlet Witch and I again, Avengers manages to be a better Iron Man film than any of the ACTUAL Iron Man movies themselves. I am really eager to see what comes next.

17428_10153157401347278_1743001585121382801_nSo anyhow, I got off work, grabbed dinner and hit Carol and John’s to get in line for the Midnight release. I arrived about 6:45 and the line had already started. The party officially begins around 10 when the doors to the art show and the guests opens, then drinks and snack are at 10:30, but people get there long before that and by the time it got dark, the line stretched the length of Kamm’s Plaza. I found myself with some Pop members hanging out and discussing movies and comics – the time flew by fast. People had started to get smart here too, there was a Heroclix game going on in front of us (I was invited to sit in, but politely declined because let’s face it, I suck) along with card games around us and a group right next to us that would frequently break into singalongs.

No, not kidding. In fact, When the Ghostbusters car arrived, they all ran out into the street singing along with the song blasting from the automobiles speakers.

I broke out the Mr. Freeze costume around 9:45 and then barely sat down again untill it was time to head in for comics.

Between the midnight event and the day itself I got about 25 titles, but missed out on a few I had wanted (poor planning, and I though York wasn’t doing it this year. They did NO advertising and wern’t on the FCBD website) but still managed to have a great day constantly running into friends and freezing my way through the night!

Of course, Freeze wasn’t the only costume I put on this weekend…but more on that later. right now, here’s my photos for the event, and don’t forget, a new Violent Blue will be posting today!

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