Saturday, October 31, 2015
The New season of The Flash is continuing to entertain me. I love how unapologetic the show is about its comic book roots. Sure, there are a lot of melodrama and romantic entanglements thrown in, but just when I start to roll my eyes, something awesome happens like King Shark suddenly appearing and attacking The Flash in a scene that looks like it was ripped from a comic book page! I am looking forward to the return of Grodd and some more Jay Garrick action in future episodes.
Friday, October 30, 2015
A new Nighthawk ongoing series has been announced from Marvel. I'm not sure which Nighthawk it will be but my suspicions are that it will revolve around the Nighthawk that belongs to The Squadron Supreme. I hope I am wrong though, because it would be nice to see Kyle Richmond getting the spotlight after being a supporting character for decades.
These two teamed up once before in an early B&B MS Paint cover...
...and this isn't the first time Batman has let a pretty face distract him from his mission... it's happened with Dazzler and Little Annie Fanny as well...
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Upon repeat viewings of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's clear that Tony Stark's ego is the true villain of the movie. He acts pretty reckless throughout and it will be interesting to see where the Russo Brothers take the character in Captain America: Civil War. If they are taking sides, right now it is hard to root for Iron Man, hopefully he will be redeemed a little by the movie's end.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Red headed males in comics have had a tough time, often being killed off or reintroduced as a non-redhead. Aside from Daredevil, it seems like no one is safe! Fortunately Red haired women seem to have fared a bit better, and there were plenty to choose from for this team.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
As much of a bomb Waterworld turned out to be, I remember a few moments that stood out to me. Watching Kevin Costner speed-swim or come leaping out of the water made me think that with a few years of technical advancements, an Aquaman or Sub-Mariner film could be pulled off. Well, decades have passed and nobody has tried it yet. DC's upcoming Aquaman film will be the first to attempt an undersea superhero and if they can pull it off, it will be unlike any action picture before it.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Even though five movies have been made there is still a lot of untapped potential for Spider-Man now that he is joining the Marvel cinematic universe. Mysterio, Kraven and The Vulture have yet to be used, and the Sinister Six as a whole was talked about but never realized onscreen. It will be interesting to see which nemesis will be the first to face of with Tom Holland's web-slinger.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
When I was a kid, my older brother Gregg liked the Dick Tracy newspaper strip and decided to collect them. He got a spiral notebook and each day cut out the latest installment of Chester Gould's comic strip. In those days before collected editions of comic were commonplace, it was great to be able to read entire adventures in one sitting, and that notebook made me a fan of Dick Tracy ever since.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Between DC's film and TV slate, nearly every Justice League member has found a live action home in the next few years... except for The Martian Manhunter. It's too bad that a founding member is getting left out of all the fun. I assume that he will eventually show up somewhere, but I don't get the hesitation to use him. He is a pretty unique character and I loved his characterization in DC's animated properties - there's no reason he can't be a success in live action as well.
These two shared a Silver Age adventure back in STF #936
Friday, October 23, 2015
Deadpool was on my radar, but it took a while for me to become a fan. What did it for me was not a comic book appearance, but the Deadpool video game. It was a blast to play and made great use of the character's humor and tendency to break the fourth wall. I watched the teaser for the upcoming movie, and they seem to have struck the perfect tone for Deadpool - not to mention a costume that for once looks like it leapt right off the comics page.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Call me crazy, but I am really hoping to see Spider-Man's armpit webs when he makes his Marvel movie debut. Sure, they are a little weird and don't seem to serve any useful purpose - but I always thought they were kind of cool. Besides, they need some way to clearly differentiate int from the previous cinematic costumes.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
I'm not sure why I have always liked Jocasta. Maybe it is because she is from my favorite era of the Avengers, or that she has ties to Ultron (my favorite villain of theirs), or maybe just because she has a really cool design. At any rate, I always enjoy when she makes an appearance in a story.
These two shared an adventure once before, with Machine Man along for the ride...
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
I have always enjoyed Mike Allred's take on various characters and his recent work on Silver Surfer is no exception. The outer space backdrop to the series really plays well with his talent for creative designs and page layouts. His art on the comic is modern yet evocative of Kirby. I think he would do a great job on a Plastic Man series as well - I hope he gets the chance one of these days.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Jimmy Olsen is set to be a character in the upcoming Supergirl series, but from descriptions, it sounds like he will not be the awkward redhead we know from the comics. Come to think of it, in all of his various live action movie and television depictions, Jimmy has never been accurately portrayed as having red hair. Just another example of DC's anti-ginger bias, I tell you!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I am liking that Marvel's movies are becoming more and more like the comics in that any character can pop up in another's story. First it was announced that Captain America: Civil War would be a Cap/Iron Man match up (not to mention appearances by a small army of other Marvel movie heroes, old and new), and now comes word that Thor: Ragnarok will also be starring The Hulk as well as the God of Thunder. I like the interaction between the two characters and it is going to be cool to see that fleshed out further.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
I remember watching Super Friends and the Filmation Batman cartoons as a kid, it was cool to see one of my favorite superheroes on the screen, but I always wanted more. As I grew older and was exposed to some more adult cartoons from Japan end elsewhere, I wondered why a Batman cartoon could not be produced with those sensibilities. Finally, Batman: The Animated Series was announced and it sounded like just what I had been waiting for. Boy was I right. I can still clearly remember watching the premiere episode, "On Leather Wings". Not only did it show a Batman miles closer to the comics than any other attempt, it featured Man-Bat, a character that never would have shown up on earlier incarnations. I was hooked, and that first episode still remains a favorite.
Friday, October 16, 2015
I remember thinking Wildcat was cool when I was young, but he didn't seem to fit in sometimes. He was basically a really good boxer amongst heroes of incredible power in the JSA. I am glad that he later found his niche as a mentor and trainer to many younger crimefighters. It gives him added depth and a unique place among DC's pantheon of heroes.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The one thing we know about DC's plan to bring back Green Lantern on the big screen is that he will appear in a movie titled Green Lantern Corps. That's a good sign though, because it clears the way for other Earthbound GL's to appear in addition to Hal Jordan (who deserves another chance). Let's hope that the always awesome Chaselon gets more screen time too. I can't get enough of that mohawked sentient diamond.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
These two teams of societal outcasts using their abilities for good under the direction of wheelchair-bound leaders seem like naturals to spend a story together. Despite the similarities, the Patrol see their powers as a curse while the X-Men are proud of their mutant traits - which could make for some interesting conflict.
These two teams met once before on the blog in an early MS Paint attempt....
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Presenting the conclusion to the Three-Part Epic!
More rumors are floating about Netflix having trouble adapting Iron Fist. I am hoping that this is just unfounded speculation because much more difficult Marvel characters have been successfully brought to live action. Besides, if you are going to give us Luke Cage, you can't hold out on Danny Rand. Power Man and Iron Fist are one of comics' greatest teams and the promise of seeing them in action together was one of the most appealing aspects of the original Netflix plan.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Continued from yesterday's cover, we now see what Luke Cage's partner has been up to...
I am hearing great reviews for the pilot of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage continues to impress with its casting decisions, so I hope that Netflix can keep the streak going with Iron Fist. There have been rumors of difficulty in adapting the character, but if those are true I am sure it isn't anything that can't be overcome.
Make sure to stop in tomorrow for the exciting conclusion to this three-part saga!
Sunday, October 11, 2015
It's hard to believe we are just over two months away from the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I am sure that a huge media push is just around the corner, but so far there has not been a lot of footage released. I am fine with that - this is one film that I want to go into knowing as little about it as possible. I am hoping to be pleasantly surprised by what I see.
This cover is only the beginning of a three-part saga, so be sure to check in tomorrow for Part Two!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Marvel's Thunderbolts was one of the best ideas for a series ever. The concept of members of the Masters of Evil disguising themselves as a new hero team was pulled off very well by writer Kurt Busiek, with each member reacting differently in their new roles. Some would maintain their villainous ways, just more secretively. Others came to embrace the heroic side and truly made a change of heart. Screaming Mimi/Songbird was one of those characters, and it made for an engaging story arc.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Black Panther is expected to have a big push in popularity through his various Marvel movie appearances, so there's no surprise that a new ongoing comic series is being readied. The creative team definitely sounds good - Ta-Nehisi Coats will be writing, with art by Brian Stelfreeze. Coates is a new name to me, but I have been a huge fan of Brian Stelfreeze since his amazing work on Batman: Shadow of the Bat. He seems like a perfect fit for The Black Panther, and indeed the promotional image he provided for the upcoming series looks incredible.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The next season of Netflix' Daredevil can't get here soon enough for me. One of the aspects that I am most looking forward to is the introduction of Elektra into the series. The relationship that she and Matt Murdock share in the comics is one of the greatest and it will be nice to see another take after the first theatrical attempt. I mean, a plain clothes battle in a playground? I still shake my head at the thought of that scene.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Red Tornado will be appearing in the upcoming Supergirl TV series and the first picture of him has surfaced. Not bad, but I do wish he looked a little more robotic - right now he looks like what he is, a guy with his face painted red. As cheesy as it is, I do miss the arrow on his forehead. Still, I have only seen one picture from the chest up - perhaps it will look more impressive when his powers are in use.
The Vision and red Tornado have crossed path before in The Lost Issues - back in Issue #971 as well as an early MS Paint job in Issue #44
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I'd love to see Leave it to Chance make a return. James Robinson and Paul Smith's tale of Chance Falconer trying to fit into the footsteps of her powerful mage of a father as an exciting read with dynamic visuals. Even if they are too busy to produce new issues, it is a perfect property for adapting into animation or live action.
Monday, October 5, 2015
I'm looking forward to seeing the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. The movie looks like it will be jam-packed. Cap Vs. Iron Man in a film echoing one of Marvel Comic's biggest events, featuring tons of other Avengers as well as the resolution to the search for Bucky and the debuts of Spider-Man and The Black Panther? Sounds like way too much to cram into a movie that is still supposed to be about Captain America - but I was so impressed with what the Russo Brothers did with The Winter Soldier that I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
I get that I am an adult comics fan, but I have to admit that it really made me feel old to learn that Marisa Tomei is going to be taking on the role of Aunt May when Spider-Man is introduced to the Marvel movies. I guess it fits with the teenager Spidey that they are going for, age-wise - but, man, it seems weird to be attracted to Aunt May!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
This is a crossover that I would have loved to have seen back in the day. Jim Aparo was making a name for himself with his amazing depiction of The Phantom for Charlton Comics when he moved over to DC Comics to take on Aquaman. Those comics hold up just as well today as they did decades ago, due in no small part to Aparo's incredible artistry.
Friday, October 2, 2015
It has taken three seasons, but we are finally going to see Green Arrow on TV - he's been referred to as The Hood, The Vigilante and The Arrow on the show of the same name, but previews for the upcoming season have him finally going by his comic book name. It will be interesting to see what the final phase of his transformation will be. Now let's hope Ollie grows out his facial hair a bit so that we can see him with his signature beard and moustache!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
I am looking forward to the new season of The Walking Dead hitting the airwaves in a few weeks. I have been watching the prequel series Fear the Walking Dead, And while it has a talented cast, I do not find it nearly as exciting as the main show. The idea of showing how the zombie outbreak began is an intriguing one, but by concentrating on such a small group of characters, the series lacks the kind of scale which that story really demands.