The official trailer for upcoming movie R.I.P.D. hit the internet last week, and sparked a stampede of people rushing to label the supernatural buddy cop romp as stepping a little too neatly into the swanky shoes of the Men in Black. Some went so far as to write R.I.P.D. off as a poor MiB rip-off. Here’s why they’re wrong.
Okay, so looking at the actual trailer, the argument for R.I.P.D. being a MiB clone is actually pretty strong. Dagnabbit. But wait. There are two reasons the comparison is flawed. But let’s look at the similarities first.
While much of the comics and film press has been focusing on various men of metal (iron, steel and adamantium respectively) alongside promising sequels and the lovely Thor, one comic film is being a tad overlooked. Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer, this looks set to be a very different kind of comic book film, and perhaps a surprise blockbuster.
Based on the popular bande dessinée Le Transperceneige, this is the story of a future world where the remnants of humanity live on board a single train, powered by a perpetual motion engine. The Earth is encased in a bitter Ice Age, induced by a failed attempt to halt global warming. The train, one thousand and one carriages long, holds an entire society within; the last society, segregated by class via position. The further away from the engine, the more poverty and tension can be found. Revolution is in the air.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get in my job as a bookseller who specialises in, amongst other things, graphic novels is “where do I start?”. Well okay, that's the question most frequently asked after we've established that yes I'm a woman, yes I read comics, yes I've actually read all of these ones behind me.
As we settle down to a monster year of comic book films coming to our cinemas, let's have a look at an ultimate guide for beginners to the stars of the year: Thor, The X-Men, Green Lantern, Captain America, Conan, and Judge Dredd. Heck, I'll even throw in a little Priest, Cowboys & Aliens, and Tintin for you.