Megamind

Megamind: Bad. Blue. Brilliant. #2

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 2011

in Comics

megamind-2-coverApe Entertainment’s second issue of this Megamind mini-series gives us three more tales including the continuation of “Minion’s Day Off” where Megamind has unintentionally activated and unused plan of evil to shoot Metro City into space. Whoops! Where’s Minion when you need him? Limboing on the beach, obviously.

In “Bad Minion, Bad” one new experiments goes awry when his newest machine (designed to turn evil people good) has an unexpected effect on Minion – who becomes the new master villain of Metro City. With the help of Roxanne, Megamind tries to track down his sidekick and even attempts to replace him (in an effort to make him jealous), but in the end must face the new master of crime in battle.

The final short tale involves a field trip of school children accidently setting off various inventions in Mega Mind’s lair. Much like with the first issue of the series (but thankfully without a high school story this time around), this one should provide some fun to fans of the character – even if it is grossly overpriced for a comic aimed at younger readers. Worth a look.

[Ape Entertainment, $3.95]

Megamind on Blu-ray

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2011

in Home Video

  • Title: Megamind
  • IMDB: link

Anyone who ever enjoyed old Silver Age Superman comics and always wanted to see Lex Luthor beat the Man of Steel should go grab this movie right now. Megamind asks a simple question: What happens to a villain after he’s vanquished the hero? DreamWorks answer is as much fun on Blu-ray as it was in the theaters.

After giving us a short background on Megamind (Will Ferrell as our villain) and Metro Man (Brad Pitt as our hero) the movie quickly moves to the villain’s latest plot. Everything is going as usual, the hero is ready to save the day, rescue the girl, and thwart the bad guy. And then the unexpected happens – the villain wins.

The rest of the film focuses on Megamind trying to redefine his role in the world, his evolving relationship with intrepid female reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), and his own hero’s journey to be the next champion of Metro City.

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Megamind

by Alan Rapp on November 5, 2010

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Megamind
  • IMDB: link

“Our battles quickly got more elaborate. He would win some, I would almost win others! He took the name Metro Man, defender of Metro City. I decided to pick something a little more humble – Megamind, incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy!”

What makes a hero? DreamWorks latest animated feature Megamind, scripted by Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, and borrowing heavily from the Golden and Silver Age of comic books (most notably a certain Man of Steel), asks that question. The answer they deliver is highly entertaining.

Metro Man (Brad Pitt) is the beloved hero of Metro City. Shot into space as a baby to escape a dying world he arrived on Earth with good looks, great hair, and abilities far outreaching those of the average man. He’s a hero with the powers of Superman and the ego of Booster Gold. But he’s not who this film is about.

There was another shuttle, another dying world, and another orphaned alien child who took his first steps on the planet we call home. He wasn’t as good looking (being blue and all), and lacked the cool powers that made others swoon for Metro Man. Always painted as the bad boy, the trouble maker, this child would grow up to accept and cherish the role by becoming Metro City’s greatest menace: the super-villain Megamind (Will Ferrell).

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