Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2003

‘The Matrix’: A comic book adaptation, a total rip off or both

Most think that “The Matrix” is a comic adaptation and, while the Wachowski Brothers have deep roots into comics (Larry wrote on the Clive Barker title Ectokid), gets lumped into the comic category. Some argue that story is based on Chris Kubasik’s story for a role-playing game, but this screenplay actually pre-dates their debut “Bound”.

Matrix comic book preview 1999The 1999 comic book was released as a promotion to be handed out at the movie theaters, but was recalled by Warner Brothers “due to content.”

A sex scene, without nudity, and the words “vagina” and “fuck” got the comic pulled from moviegoer’s hands to ensure that underage kids wouldn’t get their mitts on this excellent little mag. The original print run was reportedly 500,000 copies, but no one knows exactly how many survived to the homes of fanboys around the world.

The comic delivers a Paul Chadwick story with an awesome Geoff Darrow cover. I’m sorry that I don’t have a scan, but copies are resurfacing, of course, on ebay — you should check it out. The story has little connections to the movie, but falls in line with the concept. I believe that the current generation will look back at “The Matrix” the way many of us view “Star Wars”, and Star Wars #1 reflects that.

On a related note: I anxiously await the first showing on the fifteenth of May (I have five kids, I can’t go to the Wednesday night showings), but my lovely wife could care less. She has NEVER seen the first movie. That’s right. Not once. Not that I haven’t tried. So, we catch a promo for the FOX broadcast of “The Matrix” and she gives me the look, but I say nothing. “Aren’t you going to try to convince to watch it with you?”, she says.

Well, a network broadcast of this movie is sacrilegious if you ask me, but I say “No.” I paraphrase what I went on to say: I not only don’t want her to see it now, I’m making a vow that I’ll do everything I can to prevent it. After four years of trying, debating, arguing etc….all to no avail, then no. She can’t see it. I can then say that I’m married to the one person who’s never seen it. That’ll be my new intro. “This is my wife Laura, she’s never seen ‘The Matrix’.”

I may be tough, but it’s better than selling out to a FOX broadcast of the Wachowski masterpiece.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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