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I’m a fairly geeky girl. There are not too many pies of geekyness that I haven’t had a finger in. For the most part, however, a finger is all I’ve ever had. I think I would rather know a little about a lot than a lot about a little.

I love comic books, but I don’t really collect them (except for 1602 but that’s a cross over into my Neil Gaiman obsession). However, I can keep my head above water in any conversation dealing with comics books (it’s interesting, though. Most of my friends are Marvel fans to the end. I will probably be a DC girl until I die. Remember this: It comes in later). I love the medium of comic books, I love the story arcs of heroes and villains (I love a good villain more than anything else), and I love how people can discuss these things and actually have an intelligent conversation.

With that being said, last night I went and saw “The Incredibles” over at St. Anthony Main (a wonderful theater for those who have not been there) with my friend Graham. The movie had been much touted by my parents and friends alike. Graham and I, being the comic book geeks that we are, were excited to go and we were not disappointed at all.

Comic book movies have become big within the past few years. I owe a lot of this to the geek culture that is emerging as our thinkers and creators. Comic books are becoming mainstream in a way that’s new to them. It’s becoming okay to discuss character development in public and comic book stores are no longer dens to adolescent males who are afraid of soap (okay, maybe some things haven’t changed). More and more are we seeing comic book characters in the movie. “The Incredibles” works so well because of the groundwork set up by movies such as “Superman,” “Batman,” “The X-Men,” etc.

There are no origin stories in “The Incredibles.” It drops you right into the midst of things. And you don’t HAVE to know where these supers got their powers, because you already know who they are. The Parr family is basically the Fantastic Four and all of the side characters are blatant copies of familiar heroes. So much so, that we were amazed that Marvel hasn’t sued them for copywrite infringement.

And Speaking of Marvel – it is SO OBVIOUS that this is a Marvel world, and not DC. In a stunning scene with Mr. Incredible and the marvelous costume designer, E, Mr. Incredible says he wants a cape. E says no cape, and then goes through the deaths of supers caused from the use of capes. All of the heroes mentioned were pretty much DC heroes. As Graham pointed out, no marvel characters have capes. This was a delightful jab at the two worlds of comic books.

The voice talent was phenomenal all throughout this movie. And just so you guys don’t beat your head against your fists wondering why the voice of the villain, Syndrome, sounds so familiar – It’s Jason Lee, who is just made for the role. Holly Hunter plays the ultimate mom, and Sarah Vowell (in her first animated movie, she’s well known for contributions to This American Life brings angsty teenager to a whole new level.

Overall, this is probably my favorite pixar movie to date. As with any pixar movie, keep your eyes and ears peeled. There are a lot of side jokes that could get missed if you don’t pay attention (such as the whole chase scene through the jungle. Yeah, there’s totally a reason why the 3rd Star Wars episode trailer got tagged onto this movie…). But if you’re a fan of comic books, make the effort to go see this movie. It is totally worth it. My only regret is that Samuel L. Jackson’s character didn’t get as much screen time as he deserved.
pfft.. marvel characters don't have capes..

Hello, Storm? Vision? Dr. Strangelove? Thor? Magneeeeeto?

And yes, Magneto was a hero at one point, remember the "Age of Apocalypse," where he was dabbling in affairs with Rogue and later on during the Onslaught where he only knew himself as an enigmatic "Joseph"?

Haha, I just live for Marvel, so I take any chance I get to go all off about it.
AH - perhaps I should have editied, capes are more prevelant in the DC world than they are in the marvel world. Captain Marvel, the first DC comic book hero, had a cape and started the whole trend. Batman, Superman, Robin, (even catwoman for a time).

But really, honesty - what IS the point of a cape?
Fair's fair.

I think the point of a cape is to pay tribute to all those little latchkey kids who ran around with their blankets. I mean, at least it gave the children something to do with it other than suck on it.
but I think the capes came before the latch key kids (there is this ADORABLE picture of me when I am about 3 years old wearing a red cape and huge sunglasses).

I think capes just look more dramatic - DC=more dramatic than marvel.
Dr. Strange, Dr. Strangelove is a bond movie, Joseph was a clone, Storm hasn't had a cape for a long time, but Emma Frost does

And AoA is alternate continuity
arrg.. so I tried.

I never got the chance to read the end of the Onslaught. And Jean Grey and Rogue had a cape at one point, too. I'm stuck in the glory days of the bright and gaudy costumes of the late 80's/early 90's...

There's a reason I switched over to Looney Toons, my friend. And it wasn't because animation is better pay than comic book art...
Dr. Strangelove is Kubrick.
But Marvel has the Punisher. . . THE PUNISHER.

I can see all the blatant ripoffs . ..the sarcasm is amazing.

"honey, have u seen my super suit?"

And it gets into a fight about superheroiing and Frozo is having a domestic dispute and meanwhile a robot is trashing the city. This movie was excellent.