April 24th, 2010

Dinosaur betrayal

Strange Losers

Some of you may remember my graphic novel-related moral dilemma. It turns out that the time to finally buy Doctor Strange: The Oath, by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, was this Wednesday.

I was not very familiar with Doctor Strange, but the book assumes very little knowledge and, in fact, retells and expands on his backstory. I didn't realize that he was a real doctor before he became a sorcerer! Thus, the titular oath is the Hippocratic one.

The story revolves around a magical elixir of magic that has magical powers. During the theft of said elixir, Strange is shot and brought to none other than the Night Nurse! Who totally joins him on an a detective adventure! I love the Night Nurse's appearances in Daredevil, so it was really cool to see her out of her natural environs being awesome. Personally, I would recommend this book just because of her. It is a good Strange story, though, in that it digs into his past life and tries to reconcile the doctor with the sorcerer in interesting ways.

I wasn't a huge fan of the art—a definite step down from Darick Robertson, I'll tell you what—but it was passable.

The guy at the comic book store says this is his favorite thing written by BKV, but I wouldn't agree. It's a solid, well-told story, however.

The Losers, similarly, is a solid, funny, action flick in which many things blow up. It's quite amusing, really, with the comic relief characters providing laughs throughout the entire movie. There is also a particularly hilarious musical choice.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan! Chris Evans! Idris Elba! Zoe Saldana! How can this movie not be fun times, right? All the actors I came to see were good (Chris Evans was especially funny and got to wear the best T-shirts), and the guys who played Pooch and Cougar were good as well. Jason Patric, who played the villain, was...not good. I could see what they were going for, a kind of psychotic sociopath who never loses his cool, but it felt off. Maybe a different actor could have made him a cooler villain with a little more menace and fun. You know who would have worked? Sam Rockwell. But he was busy with Iron Man 2, so we'll see how that goes.

Anyway, it's a very enjoyable movie, and if you liked the trailer, you'll like the movie. Unfortunately, most of the best bits of the movie are in the trailer. Not all, however. I'm looking forward to reading the comic eventually; it's a nice group of characters with a fun dynamic. Plus, Andy Diggle is currently writing Daredevil, so I've been wanting to check it out.