Aphelion Editorial 070
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
Well now, that war didn't last long, did it?Unfortunately, I get the feeling that the road to a lasting peace in
the Middle East is going to be a long, rocky one. Let's welcome our
returning soldiers home and see to it that they are honored for doing
what they were called upon to do. And let us also honor those who gave
their all, those who won't be marching home, those who gave their
lives. No matter which side of the war debate you were on, the men and
women of our armed forces deserve our respect. Thank you, those who
answered the call to duty. You have my respect, and my deepest thanks.
I'd also like to take a moment to thank Bob
Moriyama for seeing to it that Aphelion was listed in yet another
writer's resource website. Thanks to Bob's efforts we now have a
listing in Ralan's
SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza website.
Ralan has a great site going and I'm proud that Aphelion has been
included within it. There is quite a lot there for we writers to
ponder. Thanks, Bob! Take a bow!
OK, the big buzz on the street is the new X-Men
2 movie. Is it any good? Does it live up to the first movie?
Does Hollywood have a new blockbuster comic-book movie franchise? Does
Wolverine have any good fight scenes? Is there a touch of romance
between Rogue and Iceman? Are there any new mutants introduced? Are
there any appearances by other characters that we have seen in the
X-Men comics? Does X-2 pave the way for another sequel, X-3? Do we, as
fans, want a third X-movie?
In a word... YES!
I've just come home from the theater, from
watching X-Men 2, and I've got to tell you that I was impressed. Some
of you may already know that I used to collect comics, that I was a
huge X-fan during that time, and a few of you may also know that I'm very
picky about comic-to-movie adaptations. But I'm here to tell you--
people, the X-movies have been done even more correctly than I ever
thought I had right to hope for. Naturally, not every nuance of the
comics is faithfully transfered to the big screen, but the adaptation
that was done is by far the best I've ever seen. This movie series
rocks! X-2 takes the stories begun in X-Men and continues the tale of
Marvel's Merry Mutants at their best. One of the strengths of Stan
Lee's work has been that he creates characters that are easy to
identify with, that are human in every way, apart from their powers.
All the characters in the X-movies are like that. They are easy to see
as real people, with real, normal, everyday problems. Bryan Singer has
treated Stan's characters with reverence and care. The movie versions
are just as real-to-life as the comic versions, and so close together
that it takes someone really nit-picky to tell the difference. The
story is engrossing, compelling, entertaining, and thrilling. And
what's more, there is a great deal of foreshadowing that leads me to
believe that an X-3 will be in production soon. If I'm wrong, there is
going to be a lot of very unhappy fans out there. First off, go see the
movie. Secondly, write or e-mail the studio and rave about it. Thirdly,
write or e-mail Stan Lee and thank him for inventing the X-Men, lo
these many moons ago. Fourthly, it wouldn't hurt to go see the movie
again... Hollywood likes it when you give them money.
You know? One of those X-Men combat suits would
look really good with my motorcycle... I gotta look into that...
We now return you to your regularly scheduled
Thanks for your time.
© 2003 Dan L. Hollifield
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