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Well comic book fans, I went to see Iron Man and I'm pleased to report that it lived up to expectation -- funny stuff, good action, vital critique of the military-industrial complex, only one or two plot points that made no sense, etc. Among other things, Iron Man stands out from many other comic book characters in having a costume that doesn't look ridiculous in a live-action context -- no spandex, etc. In particular, Jeff Bridges, in particular, stands out for an excellent performance in probably the role that demands the most in terms of silly comic book dialogue.

But beyond that, I saw new previews for The Dark Knight and The Hulk, both of which looked, if anything, better than the previously seen previews. All in all it seems to me that we can look forward to a summer of excellent comic book adaptations to make up for last year when we had to put up with clunkers like Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer. I am, however, still a little upset that the Hulk preview doesn't feature anyone saying "you wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Doesn't that seem like a no-brainer?

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