Thursday, October 31, 2013
I was a big fan of the X-Files when it first aired. I loved the moody atmosphere and the chemistry between the main characters. Unfortunately, the show began to meander after a few seasons, and it started to become clear that the writers did not have all the answers to the mysteries that they had presented. By the time David Duchovny left, I began to lose interest. They have had a couple of movies, but they didn't really answer a whole lot of questions either. There's been talk of a third film recently, and it might be interesting to revisit that world after so long. Could they once again capture the magic of those first few seasons? Or has the moment passed?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Elizabeth Olsen has been cast as The Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, and I don't really know what to make of that yet, as I have not seen any of her previous performances. I know that she has received critical acclaim for films such as Martha Marcy May Marlene, so she shouldn't have a problem holding her own with Robert Downey Jr. and company. I hope that she uses an appropriate accent for the character, it would seem odd to have Wanda Maximoff speaking with an American accent. It will also be interesting to see how Joss Whedon deals with her hex powers. It's always been a little confusing to me understanding exactly what the limits are in the comics.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
These guys all know how to save the day even if they have to break a few rules along the way It would be cool to see them join together to take down a criminal empire or two. I like the idea of Bond having the best back ups ever, and it would be fun to come up with an interesting reason for each member to owe him a favor, leading to the creation of the team. This isn't the last we will see of the Bondsmen.
Monday, October 28, 2013
These two both fall under the broad category of "super-hero", but are quite different from one another. I think that the differences they have are what would make for an interesting pairing, though. I am sure they could eventually find some common ground, as they are both virtually indestructible and age more slowly than those around them. Plus, when you get down to it, both of them are all about doing the right thing no matter what the personal sacrifice may be. Yeah, the more I think about it. the more I would like to see them interact.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
One of the sequels I am most looking forward to is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it turned out to be my favorite movie from 2011. Still, the sequel seems to be a tougher film to pull off, and it will be interesting to see how they approach the continuing story of an ape populace gaining intellect as the human race is dying off. Hopefully, it will live up to the standards of the first installment.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Daredevil as a live action property is back in the hands of Marvel, and it will be interesting to see how they proceed with the character. While I think that it would be cool to have another cinematic outing, this time with Marvel Studios at the rein, maybe there is another route they could take. Of all of their most popular characters, I think Daredevil would be most suited for a TV series. His powers, adventures and adversaries are larger than life, but for the most part still down to earth enough to adapt to a weekly series without having to water down the concept. Add in the legal aspect and you would have all the ingredients for a successful series. Whether they decide to go with the big screen or the small screen, I hope that Marvel doesn't wait too long before they give DD another shot.
Friday, October 25, 2013
The trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been released, and I like what I see so far. The costume looks better than the one he wore in The Avengers and the Winter Soldier looks like he stepped right out of the comics. I wish The Falcon's outfit was closer to the classic version, but the brief glimpse of the Ultimate Comics-inspired suit looks pretty cool to me. It will be fun to see more of the Black Widow, not to mention Robert Redford back in a big blockbuster. I was not crazy about Iron Man 3, but between this trailer and the one for Thor: The Dark World, Marvel looks to be back on the right track. I hope that the films live up to the promise of the footage I have seen thus far.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
This cover is continued from yesterday's entry, and while it may seem like a far fetched tale with mis-matched characters, it's the kind of Bob Haney-style concept that I would have loved back in the day. Sure things could get a little wacky and would not jibe with established continuity, but that devil-may-care attitude lent the stories a sense of unpredictability and fun. Wildcat was the star of quite a few Haney-penned Brave and the Bold issues, so he is a fitting choice to anchor this two-parter.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
For a guy who was created as a non-powered boxer who moonlighted as a masked hero, Wildcat has managed to increase his power over the years. First, he had the prolonged life due to magical exposure and suspended animation along with the rest of the JSA. It was later revealed that he had some sort of "9 lives" thing going on as well, explaining how he made it through so many scraps. Then there's his power in the hierarchy of the DCU. Once a third-stringer, Ted Grant became more than just a crime fighter, but a trainer to other heroes like Batman, Catwoman, Black Canary and more. I like that aspect of the character and I am glad that it has been picked up on in his animated appearances in Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
By the way, a story this epic cannot be contained to a single issue. Stay tuned for the second part tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This is a character that should just be ridiculous, but for some reason I think he is really cool. A frog with the power of Thor? It sounds crazy, but Marvel made it work. He's a nice reminder that you can't judge a hero by their size. I say thee ribbit!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Given the power sets and the family aspect, it's clear to see that The Fantastic Four was a major inspiration for The Incredibles, so it would definitely be fun to see the two teams meet. Pixar seems to be open to sequels with Toy Story, Monsters inc., Cars and Finding Nemo receiving follow up installments, so I hope they finally give The Incredibles another cinematic outing. I would love to see what director Brad Bird has in mind for the next chapter in their story. The FF are currently in line for a cinematic reboot, but too little has been released yet for me to determine whether they will be improving on the previous franchise or straying further from the original concept.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Well, it has been announced that DC is cancelling Katana. I'm glad that they took a chance with her but maybe the timing was just off. Perhaps if DC had given Katana more time to shine in the pages of Justice League of America and in the Beware the Batman TV series, interest in a solo series would have been greater.
I wasn't a huge fan of martial arts comics growing up, but I did like Shang-Chi because he was rooted in the Marvel Universe and could interact with their heroes and villains. The great artwork didn't hurt either. Artists like Gil Kane, Mike Zeck and Paul Gulacy produced some very memorable covers for the character.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Here are two guys about to be reinterpreted for the big screen, and I hope that the filmmakers will have learned from previous attempts. While I can't fault Michael Chiklis' performance, the bodysuit that he wore in the previous Fantastic Four films never worked for me. It's time for a fully realized CGI Thing. And Christian Bale did Batman proud, but I am ready for a more detective-based caped crusader with a somewhat less distracting voice, so I hope the Ben Affleck version moves in that direction.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Forget the grim reaper - when it comes to the living embodiment of death in comic books, the depiction is sometimes a bit more attractive than a skeleton wearing a cloak. I guess it only makes sense to soften the image of death in comics, as it is not nearly as final a state of being that it is on the real world. If you are a comic character who passes on, usually you just have to bide your time until you are resurrected in one manner or another. In the meantime, you get to hang out with a cute goth chick or a leather clad temptress - doesn't sound so bad to me.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
These two wise guys may have been created a generation apart, but I think they would work perfectly well in a story together. They both see their respective worlds differently from any other hero and neither ever seems to take things too seriously, no matter how dire they situation they find themselves in. Whether they would get along or be at odds, it would be a fun story to read!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
When I first heard that DC was going to be giving their continuity a reboot, I thought that it would be the perfect chance to simplify the history of the multiple Robins. Instead, it just made matters more complicated, keeping all the Robins around and condensing the timeline. While I do like all the characters that have taken on the title, I still believe that so many Robins just serves to dilute the concept. Now they have even thrown Carrie Kelley into the present day mix! This is definitely a job for a time-travelling Kitty Pryde!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The All-New X-Men and Legion of Super-Heroes had a secret weapon in common: Dave Cockrum. Not only was he a dynamic artist that flourished in team environments, giving each character in a large cast their own distinct traits - his amazing knack for costume design made for some of the best looking teams in comics. How cool would a crossover between these two groups have been with Cockrum on art, depicting so many of his cool designs at once?
Monday, October 14, 2013
I featured a more Golden Age style cover that paired these two mystics in an early issue of my STF run, and I thought I would go for a Bronze Age vibe this time. And if you think that a giant rodent isn't enough of a challenge for these powerful mages, well you've obviously never been in the New York City subway system! They grow 'em big down there!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
This cover came from an idea that one of this blog's regular followers posted in a recent comment section (Mr. Acer, I believe). I got a kick out of both of these shows, and I thought that given the concepts of their series, it was only natural that they would eventually bump into each other. Throw in a cameo by DC's alternate timeline cop, and you would have a story that would've had my VCR primed and ready to record!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I'd love to see a story that unites these two characters. Once human, each was transferred into an incredibly powerful new body and status quo. Despite the extreme change in their outward appearance and altered perceptions, their intellect and thoughtful natures are constant reminders of the men that they once were. Their stories are filled with beautiful artwork and mind bending ideas, and it would be a treat to see them cross paths some day.
Friday, October 11, 2013
I recently checked out the animated Star Trek series on Netflix. I had only seen one episode decades ago and I only had dim memories of it. The animation is very limited with a lot of re-used footage and static poses, but I must say that it was fun to have the original cast providing the voices. I also liked the addition of truly alien looking crew members years before such a thing would happen in live action. It's a fun glimpse into the past, but I would only recommend it for die-hard Trek fans. The Looney Tunes cartoons are a different story altogether. While they predate the Trek series, they hardly seem dated to me at all. I can pop in one of the collections and they impress and amuse me as much as the first time I watched them.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
This is another team up that I am surprised has never happened (unless I missed it). Not only do they have the suits of armor in common, master of metallic heroes Bob Layton is closely connected to each hero. If they ever really do cross over, Layton should definitely be at the top of the list to be involved.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
It's going to be very interesting to see how Captain America: The Winter Soldier turns out. On the one hand, it looks to be a crowded film with the title characters interacting with The Falcon, The Black Widow, Arnim Zola and more, and the directing team is an unknown quantity to me. But then, the movie is said to be following the excellent Ed Brubaker-penned comics, some of the best Captain America issues ever. I have high hopes and look forward to seeing a trailer soon.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Usually I want film versions of comic characters to look as close to the source material as possible, but in the case of Electro for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I can understand the need for a change. I like the old lightning bolt mask on a nostalgic level, but there's no way that would work in live action. The pictures released of a blue, glowing with energy Jamie Foxx look pretty cool to me. Spider-Man's costume is a huge improvement over the one he wore in the first film, hopefully the script to the sequel will be an improvement as well.
Monday, October 7, 2013
When it came to Harvey Comics, I was more of a Ghostly Trio fan, but I did read plenty of Richie Rich. I remember getting a kick out of the high-priced hi-jinks, but thinking that Richie was a bit of a show off. We get it, you're loaded, you don't have to shape your hedges into dollar signs! Would Bruce Wayne have grown to be so frivolous with his money had his parents never died in Crime Alley? We'll probably never know.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Ever since I saw John Wayne smack George Kennedy upside the head with an ax handle in The Sons of Katie Elder, I have been a fan of a good revenge fueled western tale. It's been nice to see that genre upheld over the years. Wayne's films were followed up by the great contributions by Clint Eastwood, and today Django Unchained carries on the tradition in Oscar winning fashion. I think a tale that got all these guys together could be pretty awesome.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
I'm a little surprised that these two have not met already, it seems like a natural pairing. I've always loved Guardian's costume, it's definitely one of the best flag-based outfits in comics. His death was a shock back in those pre-internet spoiler days - but like so many other heroes, he got better.
Friday, October 4, 2013
I love the idea of Booster Gold as a guardian of the timeline. It gives him the chance to have adventures anywhere and anytime and explore all the corners of the DCU. Hopefully Booster will be brought back in that capacity soon. The only thing better would be if he could investigate timeline disruptions for other universes in addition to his own...
Thursday, October 3, 2013
This cover is inspired by my admiration for the classic serials from cinema's early days. None of these characters starred in those great black & white cliffhangers, but I think they would have fit right into that genre. Start out with concept art and storyboards by the amazing Art Adams and you would have had a continuing adventure sure to thrill young and old!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Aside from the obvious differences in their power sets and preferred locales, these two are quite opposite when it comes to personalities. Aquaman is a serious authority figure with the weight of an entire kingdom on his mind, while Johnny Storm is an impetuous maverick, full of youthful angst. It would be interesting to see the two try to operate effectively together.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
There have been a bunch of super-powered funny animal characters over the years, but I think the first that made an impression on me was Mighty Mouse. As I kid I loved watching Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons, and here was a cartoon who was also a superhero! Sure, Daffy, Bugs and Donald had all put on a super suit for an episode, but Mighty Mouse was a hero full-time, not for just a single short. They didn't play a lot of MM cartoons in my area when I was growing up, so it was always a treat to get to see one.