Thursday, May 28, 2015
I always wondered why more was not done with Dolphin as a character. She eventually joined Aquaman's cast as a love interest for Aqualad, but even then she never really made a splash, if you'll pardon the pun. I remember being kind of intrigued with her as a kid - but maybe that's just because she was a hot chick in cut off jeans and a wet t-shirt.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
When John Byrne jumped from Marvel to DC, it was cool to see him work with so many characters. One hero that I wish he wad worked with more is Green Lantern. I enjoyed the GLC showing up in Action Comics during its team-up phase and really liked Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale as well, but I wish he had gotten the chance to work with him on an ongoing series. Byrne always had a knack for designing alien characters and space epics so it would have been a fun read, I bet!
GL and The FF have met before - the last time it was the FF that were possessed... at least they were working together during their first meeting.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Flash had its season finale and it was a great capper to a fun season. The show really stood out among the current superhero crop in that is truly embraced its comic book roots and each episode was packed with guest stars, high concepts, and action. With the tease of Earth Two and Jay Garrick, I am eagerly looking forward to what the series has in store for its second season.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Chriss Pratt has denied rumors that he has been approached about replacing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, and indeed news of another Ford-starring installment has resurfaced. I don't mind this news - despite Pratt's talent, I just can't see anyone else in the iconic role. I have also read that Tomb Raider may be headed back to the silver screen with a rebooted franchise. I enjoyed both of the Angelina Jolie movies and would welcome more theatrical outings for Lara croft.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I have enjoyed Scarlett Johansson's performance as The Black Widow in the various Marvel movies that she has appeared in. She has nice chemistry with all of the large cast and holds her own in the action scenes alongside her super power enhanced costars. I do wish that she sported at least a slight Russian accent, as that is always how I imagined the character might sound. Still, for a live action red haired super-heroine, my favorite has to be Yvonne Craig's Batgirl. I don't think anyone has ever looked as good in a superhero outfit as she did.
Batgirl and Black Widow previously teamed up in a more standard comic adventure.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Oh, for this to have been a TV special back in the day starring Lynda Carter and William Shatner. I would have loved to seen Debra Winger's Drusilla swooning over the Captain, or Kirk taking Steve Trevor down a notch or two. Of course, Wonder Woman would be sure to keep him in check. I wonder what she would ask him with the aid of her magic lasso?
Friday, May 22, 2015
Alan Scott has always been a favorite character of mine. I like that he has a power ring, but is separate from the Green Lantern Corps. I always liked that he ran a radio station and called Gotham his home. But the main reason I really like him is that he is the one hero that I can think of that is a confirmed southpaw! As a left handed kid growing up, I definitely took note of which hand he wore his ring on. Are there any other characters that have been established as being left handed?
Thursday, May 21, 2015
I gotta say, I'm not sure who I would predict winning this match up. Hex might have an advantage at longer ranges, but if he gets into close combat, Sonja would make short work of the gunslinger. Am I crazy to hope that this battle might ultimately end up as a romance? Could these two warriors tame each other's hearts?
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I am expecting Warren Worthington to play a major role in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie. Given his experiences in the comics with the title character - becoming a member of the Four Horsemen, having his wings replaced with metal and becoming Archangel - there is a lot to mine from for memorable cinematic moments. in X-Men 3, The Angel didn't get much to do, but I don't think that's going to be the case again.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
When I think of my favorite super-heroes, its interesting how many of them do not fit the standard mold of the square-jawed leading man. In addition to the two above, some of my personal favorites include Metamorpho, The Thing, The Beast, Swamp-Thing, and Beta-Ray Bill. While those guys are all certainly heroic, none of them are going to win a beauty contest any time soon. I think it is probably just that juxtaposition that interested me in those guys in the first place, their monstrous appearances gave them an added depth - and plus they just looked really cool!
Monday, May 18, 2015
Wondering where The Hulk flew off to after Avengers: Age of Ultron? Well, here you go!
The sequel that I have always wanted but never expected to actually see is a thing of reality, and I can't wait to take it in this December. The teasers for Star Wars, The Force Awakens thus far have shown me precious little of what I really want to see - Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie... but what they have shown has been enough to ramp up my enthusiasm. I realize that this new trilogy will be about passing the torch to a younger group of protagonists, but I hope that at least for this first installment, the classic Star Wars heroes will be front and center.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
I have been wanting to make a cover featuring this foursome since I began the STF issues. I have always enjoyed buddy teams in comics and these are my two all-time favorites. The upcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist series on Netflix are definitely connected and hints have been dropped on the CW's superhero shows about a missing test pilot from Ferris Aircraft, so I am looking forward to seeing these teams operating in live action as well.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
I have to admit that I have not read any T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comics, but it is a team that has always intrigued me. They seem to be very much in the classic DC mold and many talented creators such as Wally Wood have contributed to their tales. The have had a handful of revivals over the years and the latest one looks pretty interesting from the artwork and covers that I have seen. I'll definitely have to check them out one of these days, I'm just not sure whether to start with the new stuff or the old stuff.
Friday, May 15, 2015
A team up between the Hawks and The Doctor could be a lot of fun. At first is may seem like an odd combo, but I think it works. Given the Doctor's frequent time travel and the reincarnation aspect of Katar and Shiera, the story could span several time frames. They are all no stranger to epic space battles, so I can imagine the tale ending in a blaze of glory with lots of laser blasts and last second rescues.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
As a giant fan of the works of J.R.R. Tolkein, I absolutely devoured the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson, especially the extended editions. Still, I had my reservations about another trilogy of movies based on The Hobbit, a single novel. While each of the new films had their share of cool moments, I do feel that the story would have been better served if it had been told in perhaps two movies instead of three. By the time I watched the third one, it did begin to feel a little repetitious. Still, it's great that one of the masterpieces of fantasy was brought to life with such care.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The X-Files is set to return to TV next January, and despite the wonky final seasons of the series and the movies that followed, I have to admit I'll be tuning in to see what Mulder and Scully are up to. I was hoping that The House of Mystery would be getting a little more TV exposure, but that does not seem likely with the cancellation of Constantine. There is talk of the show moving to a different network or its characters showing up on Arrow, so maybe there's still a glimmer of hope.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Now this is a team up that really should have happened - in animation! Fleischer Studios was not only responsible for the classic Superman cartoons that inspired Bruce Timm and Paul Dini to create Batman: The Animated Series - they produced over a hundred Popeye shorts as well. How cool would it have been to see them pair their two superhuman characters together for a crossover cartoon?
Monday, May 11, 2015
Of all of the famous water-dwelling heroes, Abe Sapien has my favorite design. You can tell immediately where he belongs even when he is presented in an above ground scene. He looks at once other worldly and heroic. I shouldn't be surprised though, Mike Mignola's amazing ability to create unique looking characters is part of what has attracted me to his artwork for decades.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Marvel says that the new cinematic Spider-Man with have a costume that will stand out from the ones worn by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. I'm not sure how much different they can go without departing from the classic design too much. My guess is that it will look more low tech - silkscreened webs instead of raised webbing? Or would that look too cheap? Maybe they will include the classic Ditko under arm webbing? I doubt it, but that would be kind of cool.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
I was not surprised but very happy to learn that Daredevil has been picked up for another season by Netflix. I have been re-watching some of the episodes and they hold up to repeated viewings. I'd be interested in seeing Daredevil regulars Bullseye and Elektra making appearances... but the what I would really like to see is Black Widow show up in an episode or two. The issues where they would share cover billing were my introduction to the hero of Hell's Kitchen.