Saturday, March 6, 2021

Captain Comet and The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

 


The incredibly entertaining Wanda/Vision has ended and 

MILD SPOILER FOLLOWS



The Scarlet Witch did not usher in the age of Mutants as some had guessed may happen.  Still, there seems to be some hope for X-Men fans - there's been a rumor of Marvel moving forward with plans for a movie titled The Mutants.  Not much to go on, and not even verified yet, but it's nice have some indication that the wheels are in motion to bring the Children of the Atom to the MCU.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Impulse Vs. Gorgon

 


Bart Allen was a fun addition to the Flash Family.  It was amusing seeing the hyperactive speedster interact with his older mentors and the other teen heroes from Young Justice.  Since then he's been aged and de-aged, changed his hero ID to Flash to Kid Flash and back to Impulse (I think).  I'm not sure, I lost track of him around the time the second Wally West as Kid Flash showed up and took his place on the Teen Titans.  I think Brian Michael Bendis may have brought Bart back in a new Young Justice title.  Sheesh, the Flash Family history is as confusing as Hawkman's at this point!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Superman Vs. Homelander

 


I had never read The Boys in comic form so did not know what to expect from the Amazon Prime series.  I have to say that I like the show quite a lot, which surprises me, as I prefer my superheroes to be presented as people of virtue.  Even so, it's interesting to see this take on a corporate based group of supers with their own personal motivations.  I'm not a big fan of gore, and there's usually at least one scene an episode where I have to avert my eyes, but other than that, I find it to be an engaging series and I look forward to a third season. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Aliens Vs. The Phantom Stranger


 It will be interesting to see what becomes of the Alien and Predator franchises now that they have been acquired by Disney.  I've read that they are interested in creating new streaming series for each.  Can such show work on Disney+, or would they have to be too watered down?  Maybe they'll go to the Disney-owned Hulu instead?

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Defenders and the Legion of Super-Heroes

 


I'm surprised that I haven't paired up these two teams until now, I had to go back and check just to be sure.  There's enough variety in the memberships of DC's premiere Super Team and Marvel's official Non-Team that any number of line ups could make for an exciting tale with lots of contrasting personalities and power sets.  I'm still hoping to eventually see big budget live action treatments for either team.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Xena and Valkyrie

 

Fraiser joins the ever growing list of series that are coming back for new seasons after a run that concluded several years ago.  Some of these have been welcome and some should probably have not returned  Xena is one show that I would love to see revisited, at least as a streaming movie.  Lucy Lawless is still in good shape and it would be cool to see what has become of  The Warrior Princess as well as Gabrielle and Joxur.  It would be nice to see at least one episode with today's special effect capabilities, too.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Hellboy and Lobo

 


Lobo doesn't really get along with a lot of characters, but I think that he might not mind working with Hellboy.  The last Czarnian always welcomes a good fight and Hellboy knows where all the best monsters are hidden.  I can definitely see the two of them cutting a wide path through the nether realm.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Justice League of America and Doctor Strange

 


Cat Blanchett's Hela is probably my favorite Marvel villain to appear thus far.  Her performance was spot on and she looked amazing and comics accurate in her various costumes.  I especially appreciated that they did not shy away from Jack Kirby's extravagant helmet design.  I'd love to see the her return down the line, although I am guessing that's tougher to do with such a powerful character.  

Friday, February 26, 2021

Stripesy and Dum Dum Dugan

 


Not only are these two of my favorite supporting characters, they both share the same last name, so why not have them share an adventure together?  I'm looking forward to the return of Pat Dugan on the upcoming second season of Stargirl.  Dum Dum Dugan may not be returning to the MCU unless they present another period piece... or feature the Zombified Version that runs with the new Howling Commandos!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Starman Vs. Iron Man in: "Knight Terrors!"


This marks the third adventure between Starman and Iron Man - They joined Black Widow and Black Canary in STF #2491 and first appeared together in STF #2190... there's something I like about putting these two heroes together.  Maybe it's the juxtaposition of cosmic based abilities and science based weaponry... or maybe just because I think they look cool together.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Darth Vader and Galactus

 


The last time these two appeared together, way back in STF #40, Vader had begun working for Galactus.  I thought that it might be interesting to flip that dynamic for a second meeting between the two. I'm very interested to see how Darth Vader is handled in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series.  I'm glad that Hayden Christiansen will get another crack at the role of Anakin Skywalker, hopefully he'll be given better dialogue to work with this time around!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Huntress and Mockingbird

 


Continued from yesterday's cover, we see that Clint Barton's time in The House of Mystery has perhaps had some lasting effects... Regular visitors to this blog will know that Hawkeye and Huntress are siblings on Earth-STF, and I figured that is was high time that Helena shared an adventure with her sister-in-law.  I'd like for Bobbi Morse to show up in the Disney+ Hawkeye series, but I think a version of the character appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may rule that out, since apparently Kevin Feige was not a fan of that series.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Hawkeye in the House of Mystery

 


I saw that Can and Abel have been cast for the upcoming Netflix series, and I an glad that they will be a part of the mix.  DC's most famous horror hosts have entertained readers for years, and it's high time they received a live action treatment!  I'm not familiar with actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry, but I hope they do the roles justice with equal amounts of mystery, darkness, and humor.

This is only Part One of a Two-Part Tale, so make sure you come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Blade and Green Arrow & Black Canary

 


Thank you to Blog visitor Wolfhammer for suggesting a Blade/Green Arrow pairing.  It's a pretty natural one that I am surprised I had not done before.  I figured that I would let Black Canary join in on the fesivities.  As much as I like both her and GA as solo characters, I think they work the best when they are together.  It always bothered me that writers seemed determined to break them apart in the comics.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Moon Knight and The Elongated Man in: "Fracas on Fat Tuesday!"

 


The MK/EM team returns!  This is the eighth meeting of STF's greatest crimefighting team:

MK's desperate treatment for Ralph was conducted in STF #3169... Concern about Eclipso's lasting effect on Ralph arose in STF #3098, Ralph fell under Eclipso's influence in STF #2908, They faced an angry underworld in STF #2831,  Psycho Pirate turned them against each other in STF #2732, Ralph came to the rescue in STF #2518, and they first started working together in STF #2169...

Friday, February 19, 2021

Master of Kung Fu Vs. Storm Shadow

 


News about Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been somewhat sparse.  Other than some casting and a bare outline of the plot (and a few unconfirmed rumors), next to nothing solid has leaked about the production.  I saw one distant photo of Simu Liu and Awkwafina shooting a scene and a blurry long distance shot of a movie set, but little else.  That's not a bad thing, I feel like I already know too much about the upcoming Black Widow.  It's nice to go see a movie with no preconceived notions as to what is going to happen.  We'll get a trailer or teaser in the next few months, hopefully nothing too spoilery.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Blue Beetle Vs. Dark Phoenix


Blue & Gold, a proposed buddy superhero movie starring Blue Beetle and Booster Gold was one of the many potential DC movies that was mentioned once and then never again.  Marvel has buddy show Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well as a She-Hulk show with comedic elements coming up, so maybe the suits at Warner Brothers should reconsider the concept for an HBO Max ongoing series instead. Just as long as the heroes are presented as capable - Ted and Booster can still be funny while still being effective heroes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Challengers of the Unknown Vs. The Hulk

 


Pavement sure had some strange properties in the comics I read as a kid.  Characters like The Hulk, Superman and The Thing would often pull stunts like the one above, whipping a sidewalk like it was a towel.  Another move was to roll the street up and wrap your opponents in it.  These were always visually impressive displays, if not always scientifically sound.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Swamp Thing Vs. The Punisher

 


The recent Swamp Thing series was imperfect - the pacing was pretty slow and some of the performances veered over to the cheesy side - but I still don't believe it deserved to be cancelled so abruptly.  Swamp Thing himself was realized well and the show seemed to be finding its footing and building to some interesting storylines by the final episode.  The sets have been destroyed and talent as moved on to other projects, so the show will not be returning.  Swamp Thing may well be a part of the upcoming HBO Max Justice League Dark series, it will be interesting to see if it will be a new iteration of the muck monster or a continuation of the previous show.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Superman and Donald Duck

 


As far as Disney characters went, I thought that Mickey Mouse had the best adventures, Goofy was the funniest and Donald Duck was the most relatable.  Nothing he tried ever went according to plan, he had tons of energy and felt every emotion to the ultimate degree, not unlike me as a child.  How could I not root for the guy?

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