Wednesday, May 22, 2019

X-Men and Batman and the Outsiders

Apparently, Marvel is cancelling all of the X-Men titles and re-launching the X-Universe with Jonathan Hickman at the helm.  Hopefully they will streamline the line - I gave up a long time trying to follow along, with so many team variations, offshoots, and multiple versions of characters running around.  It will be interesting to see what he does with the team, he's a talented writer.  With the X-Men coming to the MCU at last, I can understand Marvel wanting to make the comics more reader friendly for fans just beginning to discover them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Kirk

I loved when the Original Guardians of the Galaxy showed up in the second movie in the franchise, and I hope we will get to see more of them in the future.  The third film already sounds pretty full, but it would be nice to see them show up again - this time in action and not just a cameo.  It's probably a long shot, but I can hope!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Black Canary and Black Cat

I'm glad when I get a chance to showcase the artwork of Alex Toth on this blog.  His artwork has amazed me since I was a kid.  I remember taking notice of his inventive panel layouts, something he had mastered years before most other artists started getting as experimental.  His character designs on the Super Friends cartoon really elevated that show for me, even with its limited animation, and they are the reason I'll still pop in an episode every now and then.

These two first met as members of the Black beauties way back in STF #299...

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Raven and The Hulk

Avengers Endgame spoilers follow...

The Russo Brothers have said that The Hulk's arm wont heal anytime soon, so the character has been taken off the table like Iron Man, Captain America and Black Widow (after her solo flick), but I'm not buying it.  There are still plenty of places for the character to go in the movies.  I've already discussed my desire to see him join Dr. Strange and Valkyrie in forming a team of Defenders.  Then there's the Grey Hulk, how cool would it be to see Mr. Fixit on the big screen.  How about a trip to the Micro World with Ant-Man and the introduction of Jarella? There are still plenty of great Hulk villains to use as well.  Most of all, when the Fantastic Four are introduced, there simply must be a Thing/Hulk battle!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Superman: Red Son and The Winter Soldier

The CW Supergirl series has been presenting their own version of the Red Son storyline, making it about a Red daughter instead.  That's fine with me, because I think we have seen enough of evil Superman in live action for now.  Hopefully his next cinematic outing will present a Superman that embodies kindness, optimism and hope.  Now that a new Batman has been cast, they can figure out whether they want to go forward with Henry Cavill or go with a new actor in the role and finally get a proper new Superman movie underway.

Thank you to Marc Tyler Nobleman, comics historian and Patron of this blog, for suggesting this team up!

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Human Torch and Sandman

I think it's time for DC to consider a period piece for their next streaming show.  My choice would be the original Sandman.  The great 90's series Sandman Mystery Theater was a favorite of mine and with its story arcs would be the perfect template for such a show.  It could be very cool if they stick close to the source material.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Bartman and Batman

When The Simpsons first began airing, I was so taken by the show that I decided to record each episode on VHS (yeah, it was that long ago!), and each Christmas I would make copies of these tapes and give them to my family.  They were a big hit - we were binge watching the show long before that became a regular thing to do with popular series.  Little did I know that the series would never go off the air!  I think I kept up the practice for the first six seasons.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Justice League of America and Warlock in: "Termination Times Two!"

The Third Guardians of the Galaxy film looks to have a lot going on in it.  There's the search for Gamora, integration of Thor onto the team and the introduction of Warlock (plus rumors of a romance for Rocket and the discovery of Drax living daughter).  I imagine we will have to wait until James Gunn is done with The Suicide Squad before we hear of any casting though.  For Warlock, they will need someone who can portray a genetically perfect human specimen, while having some comedy chops which these films call for.  Maybe if Zac Efron's profile rises with the new Ted Bundy film that he is getting praise for, he'll be considered for the role.

Warlock first met the JLA in STF #1478...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Green Lantern and Jack of Hearts in: "Hidden Homeworld"

So, on Arrow, we have recently learned that John Diggle's father was not such a nice guy, and his step father who helped to raise him and with whom he had been feuding had been covering for John's Father to protect his memory and spare John some pain.  His step father has the last name Stewart.  So how long until John takes his uncle's last name to finally become John Stewart?  After the season finale this week, they will only have next seasons 10 episodes before the series ends... I'm guessing they will wait right until the end.  Will it just be an epilogue moment - or could it lead to a John Stewart Green Lantern show?  Probably too big a budget for the CW, but that would be cool to see!

Jack previously met Green Lantern John Stewart (along with Guy Gardner) in STF #2243 and Hal Jordan in STF #587...

Monday, May 13, 2019

Blue Beetle Vs. Venom

What a weird movie Venom is.  The usually nuanced Tom Hardy was hamming it up pretty strongly - I'm still wondering how they thought that scene with the lobster tank was a good idea.  Some of the action sequences were fun, but the overall production seemed a little off to me.  Venom looked pretty cool though, even if he was missing his spider symbol.  I can't say it's a bad film, I was entertained.  It was just... weird.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Green Goblin Vs. The Atom

Another season of DC's Legends of  Tomorrow is about to conclude, and once again we have barely seen Ray Palmer in costume, let alone use his shrinking powers.  If they just wanted a goofy guy to run around on adventures with the team, they should have used Snapper Carr or something.  It's a frustrating show that teases fans with characters they love, only to have them completely under-utilized.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Green Arrow and The Wasp & Yellowjacket

There has been a lot of speculation about what the next cinematic team of Avengers will look like.  If it was up to me, I'd give the team a rest and instead have Hulk and Valkyrie join Doctor Strange in introducing Namor and The Silver Surfer for a proper Marvel Defenders team.  But more Avengers movies are an inevitability, so when they return there's only one character that I feel needs to be on the team - The Wasp!  She really should have been introduced in the first Avengers film, as she was a founding member in the comics not to mention the leader of the team for a good long stretch.  I know it's Hope Pym in the movies and not Janet Van Dyne currently operating as The Wasp, but I still want her to be a part of whatever new line up Marvel Studios comes up with.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Luke Skywalker and Optimus Prime

I had many issues with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the biggest one was the treatment of Luke Skywalker. I had waited decades to see him back in action, and a brief hologram battle followed by his unceremonious death was underwhelming to say the least.  I know that he will be a part of the next installment in some way, so maybe JJ Abrams will find a way to redeem him - With a name like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I hope so!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spider-Man and Krypto

OK, we've seen Chewie/Goose/Flerken make his big screen debut, it's high time that Krypto gets his moment to shine.  I guess DC felt like there's no room for such a character with their dead serious take on the Man of Steel, but hopefully they have since learned their lesson about keeping the whimsical side of comics out of their movies.  I thought we might at least see Krypto on TV's Supergirl, but no sign of the Pooch of Power there, either.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Xena Vs. Sauron

I'm not sure what to make of Amazon's upcoming Lord of the Rings series.  It is supposed to take place in the Second Age, the Age of Numenor - which is well before any of the main players in the original trilogy, or even The Hobbit, were on the scene.  I don't know whether JRR Tolkein had a blueprint for this era or if the new writers will be weaving their own tales from scratch.  Hopefully, we'll see some new information soon which will shed more light on the show.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Nightcrawler Vs. Warp

This would be an interesting battle.  Warp probably may be a slightly more powerful teleporter, but then again Kurt Wagner has amazing acrobatic abilities as well, not to mention that awesome tail.  It's definitely a match up I would have like to have seen if X-Men/Teen Titans crossovers had continued.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Black Panther and The Justice League of America in: "Wakanda's Most Wanted!"

It will be interesting to see where Black Panther goes in the movies after the events of Avengers: Endgame


With his missing for five years, what will his standing as King of Wakanda be?  Certainly new leadership was formed in his absence.  And speaking of leadership, he seems to be at the top of the list to lead The Avengers going forward, given his financial resources, diplomatic abilities, and sister's technical know-how. There are lots of story possibilities.

Black Panther first met the JLA in STF #195...

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sgt. Fury and The Unknown Soldier

When did Nick Fury lose his eye in the comics?  I'm sure the story has been told but I forget where.  What about the new comic book Fury that looks like Samuel L. Jackson?  However it happened for either version of the character, it has to be better than "a cat scratched it" like we got on the big screen.  I guess that moment was supposed to be funny, but I was just kind of annoyed that that was the best they could come up with.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Iron Man and Doctor Fate

Iron Man has had a lot of armor variations in the MCU, and I have to say that I like his most recent Avengers: Endgame look the best of all of them.  It is the closest it has appeared to his classic bronze age armor that I loved so much as a kid.  I'd have gone full on old school with the hip-discs, shoulder pads and a full widow's peak helmet, but I was still very happy with the latest design.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Superman and The Galaxy Trio

Superman has been off-world in the CW shows, raising his newborn son, but I figure they have to bring him back for next year's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover.  The real question is whether they will do some version of the death of Supergirl in that event, which was one of the biggest moments in that original comic series.  Hmmm... there's also the death of The Flash in there... but maybe Green Arrow will be the big TV death since his show is going away.

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