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Monday, April 14, 2014

RODSKI PATOTSKI is a Good, Fun Comic

If I could describe Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby, Gerry Alanguilan and Arnold Arre's two-fisted team-up of a comic in one word, it would be the word fun. There's a lot of positive energy flowing out of this book, from Gerry's writing to Arnold's art, and it leaves you with smiling from the moment your eyes hit the first page until you reach the last one.


Born under extraordinary circumstances, Roddelyn "Rodski" Rosario is a child unlike any other. Able to speak complex sentences by her first month and understand Physics and Calculus by age three, Rodski is soon found by the Philippine military and trained to become their best scientific asset. Now in her early 20s, Rodski still has genius-level intellect...and still as child-like as ever. But soon she will have to choose between her brain and her heart...with the fate of the world at stake!

One would think Gerry Alanguilan doesn't do these kinds of 'fun' comics, being the guy behind the deeply personal Wasted and the tragic Where Bold Stars Go to Die. Yet here he was, writing Rodski Patotski with the sort of child-like wonder his bubbly heroine was capable of.

Gerry juggles a lot of genres in this book, and he does so effortlessly. Rodski is not just a sci-fi heroine, she's also caught up in a blossoming love story (and awfully kilig-y if I do say so myself!). Then it shifts to action-comedy mode, and you find yourself giggling at sight gags that's undoubtedly Pinoy in taste and holding on for dear life as it races to an explosive climax. But for me, the shining moments didn't come from the exploding bombs or the flashy gadgets, but from Rodski's relationship with her parents. I feel for Mommy and Daddy Rosario, two simple folk blessed with a genius for a daughter, never really understanding Rodski's way of thinking (or anything scientific for that matter) but having plenty of love to give anyway. It's that sort of tug-at-the-heartstrings storytelling that makes Rodski Patotski not your usual comic book.

I wouldn't be surprised if this gets optioned for a movie, my country being what it is. Knock on wood, of course.

Material like this in the hands of any less-capable artist and the whole thing could explode in our faces. But thankfully, Gerry found a match in Arnold Arre. This is arguably Arnold's best work; his line art is sharper here, tighter, and every page is lovingly colored and rendered. Arnold's mastery of emotion and expression works hand-in-hand with Gerry's imaginative storytelling, and his art will get you laughing at funny bits and gnashing your teeth in suspenseful ones.

This delightful done-in-one proves that the Gerry Alanguilan-Arnold Arre team-up yields solid gold comic books. Rodski Patotski: Ang Dalagang Baby is the type of feel-good entertainment you don't see in comics these days, and is a worthy addition to any comic book fan's library.

Rodski Patotski is Php450 and will be available in all Comic Odyssey branches soon.

And if you're a Whovian, be sure to spot Gerry's Doctor Who homage in this book. :)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

So I Just Saw 30 Minutes of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Footage



I was pretty stoked to have been invited by the good people of Columbia Pictures' local office to get an advanced look at some footage of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This is the first time I've been invited for such a thing, so imagine my fanboy glee to be sitting in a swanky movie preview room surrounded by well-known bloggers! They then gave us high-tech 3D glasses to wear, and we were on our way!
We first come face to face with...The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb! Well, a videotaped recording of him anyway. He welcomed us to the screening and introduced us to the footage we were about to see.

The first footage shown was the first 10 minutes of the movie, where we saw some very spoilerish things involving Peter Parker's parents and The Amazing Spider-Man zipping and winging and flying across New York City in pursuit of Paul Giamatti's Rhino, who has hijacked a truck carrying another truck that's carrying stolen Oscorp goods. You've actually seen most of Spider-Man's high-flying antics in the full trailers, but they all pale in comparison to seeing it in 3D. I actually had to catch my breath during some of the dizzying death drops! It's like Spider-Man: The Ride!


Next was this sweet clip with Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone) trying to rekindle their relationship after the events of The Amazing Spider-Man, and it hammers home just how much better this Peter-Gwen dynamic is than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst's Peter-Mary Jane. Garfield and Stone have so much chemistry together that watching them flirt and skirt the issue was unbearably kilig-y! Of course, Peter Parker can't have a normal date without dudes like Electro (played by Jamie Foxx) raining bolts of electrical mayhem on your parade, which leads to a one-sided showdown between Spider-Man and Electro. This sequence once again displays some awesome cinematography and CGI work that lets you see the world of Spider-Man through his eyes and looks amazing in 3D.

The last clip we saw was a scene with Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) trying to convince Electro to join forces and destroy Spider-Man. Some of you may have laughed at the concept of Electro being in this movie, but the people behind The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have taken the concept of electricity-based powers to their terrifying conclusion, and this clip now makes me both scared and excited to know how the hell Spidey will defeat him!

And just like that, it was over. Never has thirty minutes of 3D footage made me want more. Bottom line is, Spider-Man was born to be 3D, and the 3D in this movie is killer. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be one of the very, very few movies I will watch in 3D first. 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in the Philippines on April 30.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Hot Toys Captain America from The Winter Soldier
is Cool as Ice



Hot Toys has done it again! The Hong Kong-based collectible company has just released exciting preview pictures of Captain America's Stealth S.T.R.I.K.E. suit and Steve Rogers in his civilian garb as seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

More pics after the jump!

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