John Ary On Joss Whedon's ASTONISHING X-MEN Motion Comics!!
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Nov. 12, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST
I watched the first story arc a year or 2 ago on Netflix. Motion comics arent that bad.
Nov. 12, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST
That is how the material was designed and meant to be experienced.
Nov. 12, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
I remember watching Gifted on Hulu 3 years ago (didn't realize it had been that long ago until I just looked it up). Streaming must not have been enough of a revenue source to keep it going, even so hopefully these next ones make their way to netflix or hulu too at some point. I liked it, but not enough to drop any money on it.
Nov. 12, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST
Even worse than comic booth deaths/resurrections, renumbering and reboots. If you want to tell a story a in another medium to reach out to more people who don't necessarily read comics that's fine, then go balls deep and fucking animate the thing properly. Do things right the first time.
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
To me its just like visual audio books. The problem I find with animating them fully is, in my opinion, the animation usually looks pretty cheap, it takes the great artwork from the comic and then turns it all into the same the generic tv-animation style we've been seeing for decades, and on top of that the comic gets hugely truncated that its basically not worthwhile. That said, if they could do the whole comic arc WITH some quality animation, I'd be on board. But as I imagine budget must limit them, I think I'd prefer a full motion comic over the direct-to-dvd animated movies we've been getting (though I realize that's a comparison of picking the least worst, I'm just saying...)
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST
...you're all the same person, aren't you?
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST
outside of writing the comic.
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST
Those were basically "motion comics," as well.
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST
Nothing left out, seek it out! This i'll buy too.
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST
by Junior Frenger
Why don't they just make an actual animated movie (or two... or three)? I don't understand the need to waste time money on resources on this. It won't sell as much as an actual animated film would. Joss Whedon is on fire right now. Why not? It would certainly make more money than that Avengers Babies animated movie they released.
Nov. 12, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST
by Gabe Athouse
Good job! It's a big secret they build up to revealing in the comics, and you just mention it casually while also spoiling the line-up with the accompanying image. By the way, to anyone considering buying this - do not buy it. Don't disgrace yourself and cheapen the medium by watching comics. Read them.
Nov. 12, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST
It is a gimmick and some people like it, but, I don't prefer it. I'm not a fan of using 3D maps under 2D surfaces. Instead of a head moving, it looks like a structure moving under the skin..weird. And motion comics is such a misnomer. Call it animation. Cheap animation.
Nov. 12, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST
by John Ary
I wouldn't consider the Hellfire Club a spoiler considering that image is from the cover of Astonishing X-Men #15, an issue that came out in 2004. http://marvel.com/images/gallery/character/1009340/images_featuring_hellfire_club/image/238439
Nov. 12, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST
There are 4 of them. Gifted Dangerous Torn Unstoppable That's the BESt way to experience his epic run on the book.
Nov. 12, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST
You may a bit young, but check out the Maxx by Sam Keith. It's a mix of 'barely-animation' and quite a bit of 'motion-comic' using a huge amount of Keith's original work. It's done extremely well for what it is considering the year (1995), and that's from a big fan of the book. The key to quality was that Sam Keith himself handled the animated parts. http://liquidtelevision.com/video/the-maxx-1/ Besides that, this Astonishing X-Men motion comic was pretty OK. Totally agree with your analysis.
Nov. 12, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST
by John Ary
Very true my friend. Liquid Television was a staple for me growing up and The Maxx kicked ass. Instead of "new" I probably should have said "different."
Nov. 12, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST
same old shit...
Nov. 12, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST
But I can't for the life of me see why anyone would buy this unless they are some kind of X-Men collector who just had to have it.
Nov. 12, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST
To WATCH it...
Nov. 12, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST
I loved the Watchmen motion comic as it actually made me more aware of what the artwork was trying to do in places e.g. the transitions into and out of the flashbacks during the Comedian's funeral where their postures in the past match their postures in the present. The only criticism I have was the narrator tried to do voices for all the characters. This was fine for the male characters but naturally when he tried to do the voices of female characters the illusion of a full cast was lost. If only they'd hired a woman to perform the lines of the female characters... Still, I might get this if it's a decent price but I just finished reading the entire series via Comixology so I'm not in a rush to revisit it at the moment.
Nov. 12, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST
by Beosker Posey III
I think these are cool. Just a different way of story telling for me. I've watched a few of them on Netflix. Thor, Iron Man, etc. I think it keeps the fell of the comic book.
Nov. 12, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST
Don't mind the style, it's what I expected from the term "motion-comic"
Nov. 12, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST
Read a couple issues while loitering inside Barnes & Nobles. Surprised me a bit in a good way. I think Whedon was made for an X-Men movie.
Nov. 12, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST
If you're going to do animation, do it properly!!
Nov. 12, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST
The unspoken fastball special = great. Kitty pulling the same pose as Wolverine after he emerges from the sewers (and before he rips apart the Hellfire club) = great. But the truly epic moment, making fun of the “inner monologue while fighting” sequence. Wolverine: “I like beer.” = genius
Nov. 12, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST
by ben sheppard
...has anyone ever seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyQ8efKQG4
Nov. 12, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST
That said, I think the Astonishing X-Men ones were pretty well done.
Nov. 13, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST
by Andrew Bates
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POXxmaJ_cV8 The Death of Spider-Man Motion Comic Fan Film. I'll admit...it made me cry.
Nov. 13, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST
It's going to be worth the wait.
Nov. 13, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
That THOR LOKI motion comic on NETFLIX was pretty damned good. Black panther was good and was pretty much a motion comic with more motion than the average motion comic
Nov. 13, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST
by Norman Colson
Such a sad ending too. Loki finally started to change for good when he was ruler of asgard he finally understood that all his misdeeds and bad behavior meant nothing. no one respected or liked him as king. it wasnt that he was a frost giant he was just being a complete asshole when everyone loved him. Thor got fed up with his bullshit and he put the HAMMER down! Also the extremis story is on netflix too. fucking awesome. if the movie can pull off the new transformation im gonna fucking flip out!
Nov. 13, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST
by the Green Gargantua
I could see Eva Green playing her in a film
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