Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bone and Concrete

I was very happy to read that Bone is finally being adapted into a movie by none other than mark Osborne, the director of Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince.  I am a huge fan of Jeff Smith's epic tale and can't wait to see it reach an even wider audience.  It really has everything - humor, adventure, suspense, romance, action and gorgeous visuals.  I could say the same thing about Paul Chadwick's Concrete, another character that is long overdue to make the leap to the big screen.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Mr. Spock and Space Ghost

I liked the tribute to Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek Beyond.  My favorite part of the new incarnation of the original Enterprise crew is that through Spock Prime, they were able to avoid undoing all of the previous continuity.  The photo he gave the young Spock of the classic cast was a nice way to give a nod to Shatner and the rest of the original crew, while underscoring the importance of loyalty for their successors.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Invaders Vs. The Brotherhood of Evil

It's a small comics world.  The Brotherhood portion of this issue comes from a cover by Ed Hannigan and Jose Delbo for of Mayfair Games' Blood Feud, starring the New Teen Titans.  It is a Role Playing Game written by none other than than Jeff O'Hare, a Patron of this very blog!  That was a very cool discovery to make, nice work Jeff!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Black Canary Vs. Klaw

*Spoilers* for those not caught up on Arrow.  Before Laurel Lance, the Black Canary of the CW died last season, she whispered a request to Green Arrow.  This season we finally learned what it was, "Don't let me be the last Black Canary".   The question is, who would that be?  We now know that Artemis is a traitor working for Prometheus, so that rules her out.  Speedy seems to prefer the world of politics, so I would be surprised if it was her.  The final chapter of the 4-night CW crossover reunited Oliver and Sarah Lance and they have lots of chemistry.  I'm hoping she switches back from the White Canary to Black Canary and joins Arrow again, where she really belongs.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Zatanna and Magik

I remember picking up the Magik mini-series because it was X-Men related and really digging it.  I have always enjoyed the relationships between Illyana Rasputin and her brother Colossus, as well as best friend Kitty Pride.   Here's hoping that she will be part of the in-development New Mutants film.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sgt. Rock and The Phantom

I am waiting for DC's Legends of Tomorrow to have a WWII era-based episode featuring their stable of wartime characters.  They have so many great ones to choose from, the Unknown Soldier, The Haunted Tank, Madamoiselle Marie and of course Sgt. Rock and Easy Company.  I loved when the animated Justice League had an adventure during that period, and it would be great to see the Legends try something similar in live action.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Poison Ivy Vs. The Hulk

I have always thought that Poison Ivy was one of Batman's greatest villains and iI would love to see a live action version finally do the character justice.  Uma Thurman's turn in Batman and Robin was a campy mess.  The Poison Ivy arc going on in Gotham is a little creepy - a young girl with the body of an adult seducing men... whatever happened to the plant angle?  Hopefully one day we will see a comics-accurate version.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

He-Man Vs. ROM

My first encounter with Masters of the Universe was seeing He-Man showing up in DC Comics Presents and being annoyed that an issue of one of my favorite comics seemed to be devoted to a toy advertisement.  I never really got into the cartoons back then for that reason.   I will say I did check out some of the more recent animated episodes and they were a lot of fun, I can see the appeal of the characters now.

Monday, November 28, 2016


I was hoping that since The Atom's suit was destroyed on DC's Legends of Tomorrow, there would be a new streamlined version closer to the comics once he rebuilt.  From footage I have seen of future episodes, it looks like he will be back to the clunky Iron Man-type design with the ugly helmet.  What's worse in the upcoming Justice League of America comic, the Ryan Choi Atom appears to be adopting a costume to more closely resemble the TV version.  They're doing it backwards, it's Hawkeye all over again!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ghost Rider Vs. Robin

I have to admit, I have kind of enjoyed Ghost Rider on this season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L,D.
While I prefer the motorcycle riding Johnny Blaze version, the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider they have featured looks pretty cool for a TV budget (And the Blaze Rider himself did show up for a cameo).  It will be interesting to see where the character goes during the second half of the season.

Johnny Blaze and Dick Grayson have eyed each other suspiciously ever since Ghost Rider joined the Teen Titans in STF #828... and their rivalry will continue once Robin becomes Nightwing, as we saw back in STF #149...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Supergirl and Thor

Now that Supergirl has made the move to The CW Network, it's been even more fun than last season.  The Parasite was surprisingly well realized and I loved the revelation of The Cyborg Superman.  The Martian Manhunter/Ms.Martian subplot has been great as well.  I also really enjoyed Roulette and the return of Dean Cain and Kara's Earth Father.  I am really looking forward to next week's four part crossver between all the CW shows, it should be fun.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Watcher and Amanda Waller

John Ostrander truly created a unique character with Amanda Waller.  Without any super powers, she's been able to go toe to toe with some of the most powerful characters in the DCU, just through her attitude, smarts and determination.  I wasn't crazy with the New 52 makeover that transformed her into yet another hard bodied model type, and I am glad that they seem to be getting away from that depiction.  It only served to make her a little more generic, in my opinion.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Nick Fury and The Unknown Soldier

Today is Thanksgiving, so what better time to thank all of the visitors to the blog.  The site continues to grow in popularity and I truly appreciate all who make the time to stop by and check out the covers.  Thanks for all the cool comments, kind words and interesting suggestions, It's always great to see what people have to say.  A very special thank you goes out to the Patrons of the blog, your support means a great deal to me!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Justice League of America and The Beast

The Beast had such a great look up until Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely decided to give him a makeover.  That cat-like design didn't last too long, and while his current appearance is a bit of an improvement, It's just a bit too generic looking for me.  Give me the classic hairline of the Avengers-era Beast again!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wonder Woman and The Black Widow

I am very glad that Wonder Woman will be a period piece film.  It serves to add to the mythic aspect of the character and I have enjoyed the superhero movies set in different decades that I have seen like Captain America and the recent X-Men films.  It will be interesting to see how much contemporary action, if any, she sees in the film.  I have heard rumors of a Batman appearance so there may be at least a little.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hawkman and Spider-Man

Spider-Man has always had a love-hate relationship with the police, so I think it would be interesting to see him interact with space cop Katar Hol.  I can see their different approaches lending conflict to a situation even if they ultimately share the same goal, and it would be fun to watch them bounce off of one another.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Crime Syndicate Vs. Squadron Supreme

Lots of heroes face off against dark reflections of themselves, so why not an entire team?  The Justice League of America has inspired more than a couple of  doppelganger groups, and it's been interesting to see writers take them in different directions that the traditional JLA.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Maestro Vs. Parallax

Here are two classic examples of the "hero gone bad" storyline.  The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect was a ton of fun and one of my favorite Peter David Hulk tales, made only better by the ultra-detailed artwork of George Perez.  I wasn't crazy about Hal Jordan losing it and becoming Parallax, and I liked him as a host for the Spectre even less.  I have to say, however,  that Geoff Johns' Green Lantern: Rebirth resolved the whole story brilliantly and made it make a lot more sense for me in the end.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wolverine and Robocop

A teaser trailer for Logan has been released and it looks to be quite different than any other cinematic Wolverine story that we have seen so far.  It will be interesting to see Hugh Jackman's final performance as the character in what seems to be more of a grounded western than the usual mutant-filled affair. I am glad we will see Patrick Stewart's Professor X one more time as well - even if he doesn't look in very good shape in the footage that has been released.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Data Vs. The Anti-Monitor

Continued from yesterday's cover, we se that our heroes did indeed retrieve Data.  The Data and Picard-centric episodes were always my favorites from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It's too bad that the natural aging of Brent Spiner probably prevents him from playing Data any further - there's only so many times they can drop in lines like, "Captain, I have initiated the double chin and love handle subroutine to more closely approximate the human experience."

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