Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Thought on Thor

So, here's a confession - I've never been much of a Thor fan (A Doors Fan, yes, A Thor fan, no). I was coaxed into buying a couple issues back in the 90's due to a few timely Excalibur and Spidey crossovers but I never really got into the whole Thor scene. Well, until recently, that is. The current J. Michael Straczynski run is charming the pants off of me, mostly because I find the idea of Asgardians and Oklahomans interacting hilarious. Fraction's mini based on the original mythology - which I quite enjoy, ironically - is also quite decent.

Still, the reasons for this post are twofold. First off, I just heard the movie news about Thor and against all expectations, I'm kinda excited. Kenneth Branagh in talks to direct and a screenplay by the folks behind the surprisingly affecting I Am Legend? Even cynical little old me's kinda intrigued by that one-two punch. But the real reason I had to make this post was the most awesomely, terrible idea I've ever had. An idea that won't leave my brain alone.

Thor's alter-ego is Dr. Donald Blake. He started out as a curse from Odin to provide Thor with humility, given that he's a healer with a bum leg. Now take a minute and think about pop culture - who's the first person people on the street think of when you say "Doctor who walks around with a cane?"

Try to wrap your head around this insane, fanficcy notion that all non-Thor fans are going to immediately jump to, people - Dr. Gregory HOUSE with THE POWER OF AN ASGARDIAN THUNDER GOD.

Coincidentally, that right there? Is the face I made when I first came to this shocking notion.

To borrow a line from Kevin Church - think about it, won't you?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Grrrr, Arrgh

Newer EXALTED cover colors
by *AdamWarren on deviantART

So, apologies for Teh Interweb Silence, gang. Things have been a trifle less than rosy in the House of The Lookout and it is you, my loyal readers, whom have suffered as a result. Don't worry, I am not dead from some horrible fate. Just not blogging overmuch.

As way of apology, please enjoy this brief preview of Empowered, Vol. 4.

More to come as time allows . . .

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Saving Superman's Home

I know I've been embracing Blogging Silence for the most part lately and I'm sorry about that. It's been a busy, busy month with the DNC being in town. Luckily, I've just come across something that puts a big smile on my face.

Over at his blog, the always excellent Greg Rucka has done two things in one awesome post. He's offered up a touching defense of Superman as a concept and pointed out a massive celebrity auction to help benefit the preservation of Jerry Siegel's childhood home.

Even if you don't find the cause worthy (because you have no souls), the amazing amounts of talent lining up at this auction should grab your attention. If I had the cash, I'd be totally ponying up for a wide variety of these auction prizes. I'd especially want a role in Rucka's new PI series, Stumptown, or for a Jim Lee pin-up with me and Superman (I'd totally have Lee draw Supes as about to kick my ass, just because I find the concept hilarious). Oh, and VIP tickets to The Colbert Report? Wouldn't suck.

Go and read. Hell, donate for free if you've got the spare cash. It's well worth your time.