Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Mightor and Captain Caveman Vs. Godzilla

I was surprised that Godzilla: King of the Monsters was not a bigger hit with critics or at the box office.  The trailers for it looked great, and everything that I wanted from the first film but did not get.  Even so, I hear that even if the plot and the humans underwhelmed but the actual monster battles are epic.  That's all I really want out of the movie though, so I am still inclined to pick up a copy for my home collection.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Firestorm and The Beast

Firestorm was one of the first superhero characters that I was able to follow from the very beginning, so I have always had a soft spot for him.  I loved the student/mentor relationship between Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein - while one had control of immense power, the other had the know how to use it.  Only by working together could Firestorm operate at the peak of his abilities.  Plus, what a cool costume design.  He's one of the few characters to pull off the puffy sleeve look!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Metamorpho Vs. Wolverine

So, Marvel wants to give the X-Men a rest for a while before introducing them into the MCU,  I'm sure they are also eager to use Wolverine, one of their most popular characters.  The solution to me is simple.  Introduce Logan and the concept of mutants in an Alpha Flight movie!  He started out on that team anyway, right?  Then they could move on to a Wolverine / Hulk fight, another key moment from the beginning of his comics career.  That's what I'd do, anyway!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Jessica Jones and Casey Jones

I enjoyed Jessica Jones on Netflix, especially the first season.  I also got a real kick out of her interaction with the other heroes on Defenders.  Krysten Ritter did a great job in interpreting the character.  The second and third seasons weren't as strong, although I did enjoy Patsy Walker's transition into a vigilante of her own - until the resolution of that story arc which I would have liked to have seen present her in a more positive light. 

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Katana Vs. Storm Shadow

Katana is an interesting character.  Since her debut in Brave and the Bold #200, I've always tried to keep track of her.  Once she left The Outsiders, she seemed to move around as a supporting player in various teams, with plenty of costume changes.  I was cool to see her in live action in Suicide Squad, but unfortunately she was given very little to do there.  I never did get around to reading her short lived solo comics series.  I'd like to see her working alongside Halo again, I really enjoyed their big sister/little sister relationship from the Batman and The Outsiders days.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Northstar Joins Infinity, Inc.

With the Justice Society ready to  make their return to comics and DC continuity, I am hoping that Infinity Inc. can find some love as well.  There are too many good characters on that team to let them flounder about in limbo.  Maybe a title that deals with both teams and their familial relations could be cool.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Joker & Harley Quinn Vs. Man-Thing

The trailer for the animated Harley Quinn show was released at Comicon, and it looks like a lot of fun. I was surprised to see how many other DC characters were included in it, and I thought that Kaley Cuoco did a good job at voicing Harley.  I wish I was as optimistic about Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), but I have not been very impressed with what I have seen from that movie so far.  Hopefully a full trailer will change my mind once one is released.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Dr. Fate and the Silver Surfer in: "Twist of Fate!"

Marvel has announced its Phase Four plans with no mention  of The Silver Surfer.  Kevin Feige did mention that Fantastic Four is in the works, but that will be in Phase Five, at least a couple of years away.  My hope is that they mix things up though, and that the Surfer is either introduced in a film of his own or as part of a Defenders team with Dr. Strange, Hulk, Valkyrie and an also newly introduced Namor.  Then they can build to the arrival of Galactus, where they can bring in the Fantastic Four in a big team up movie.

These two first met in STF #2030...

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Captain Marvel and Thor (Vs. Ulik & King Kull!)

Probably the biggest surprise Marvel announcement at Comicon was that Natalie Portman will be returning as Jane Foster in Thor:  Love and Thunder - and will even possess the Power of Thor in that film, reflecting some of the recent comics.  I enjoyed what director Taika Waititi did with Thor: Ragnarok (except for unceremoniously killing off the Warriors Three), so I look forward to seeing what the next chapter holds.  I really was hoping for Beta Ray Bill, though!

Thor and Captain Marvel have met in the past on the blog.  The Marvel Family got a boost from the God of Thunder in STF #1958...  Thor and Captain Marvel  clashed in STF #990 and they first crossed paths in STF #120... Thor and The Avengers met the whole Marvel Family in STF #1518...

Monday, July 22, 2019

Taskmaster Vs. Bane

Taskmaster has been announced as the main villain in the upcoming Black Widow solo film.  There had been speculation for weeks, but now it has been confirmed at Comicon.  This is good news, because he is a great villain with a unique power set that should result in some exciting fight sequences.  Production art indicates that he will have a costume very close to the comics (minus the cape).

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Jesse Quick and Quicksilver

I always got a kick out of Quicksilver's attitude.  It was a nice contrast to the usual nice guy hero to have someone who, while still a good guy, could be kind of snotty at times.  I did wonder what Crystal of the Inhumans ever saw in him, though!  I quite liked the eventual explanation that the world seemed to move in slow motion to him, so he is always feeling impatient.  That made sense to me and also made him a little more of a sympathetic character, rather than just a jerk.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Question and Dick Tracy

Is Vic Sage around in the comics any more?  The last time I was aware of him was when he was killed off and replaced with Renee Montoya as the new Question.  Still, we have had The New 52, Convergence, and Rebirth events since then (not to mention the ongoing Doomsday Clock), so there have been plenty of places for him to make a return.  Has he, though?  I haven't seen many headlines about either Question in a while.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Shade the Changing Man and Grimjack

Here's a cover featuring a couple of characters that I need to get to know better.  Grimjack always looked cool to me, and I enjoy the writing and art team of John Ostrander and Tim Truman, but I never got a chance to check out any of the comics, what's his best adventure?.  I've read very little of Shade, I think only when he was a member of Suicide Squad.  Is this new version  the same character that Ditko created in the 70's?

A big thank you to Bob Sanders for supporting the blog and suggesting this team-up!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The X-Men and Amanda Waller

I am very interested in what James Gunn will be doing with The Suicide Squad.  As some actors and characters will be returning from the first cinematic outing, it can't really be seen as a reboot, even though it is said that he will be going in his own direction.  One aspect that I really hope he addresses is the depiction of Amanda Waller.  She is a tough as nails character, willing to go to extreme ends to achieve her goals - but the first film went even further and made her into a cold blooded killer, which did not sit well with me.  Hopefully, Gunn will find some way to fix that.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Superman and Ghost Rider

I understand that the upcoming Hulu Ghost Rider series will be featuring the newer Robbie Reyes version of the character.  I liked him on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so I'll give it a watch.  Still, I hope that the show dives deep into the Ghost Rider mythos and we get to see appearances by Johnny Blaze and Dan Ketch as well.  Heck, let's even get the old time western version in there!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The IMProbables

There were plenty of characters to fill up this team with, I could probably have had twice the number of members.  I wonder why it is such a common theme - diminutive sidekicks or antagonists with amazing magical abilities.  One would think it was for marketing purposes, but I haven't seen many toys or stuffed animals featuring these imps over the years so there must be another reason.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Adam Strange and Doctor Strange in: "Strange Atonement!"

I'm still waiting for Adam Strange on Krypton to in some way resemble the Adam Strange from the comics.  Hopefully it won't be one of those cases where on the final episode he puts on a jetpack and that's all we get.  Krypton's Lobo didn't quite work for me, although he did have a few good moments.  The voice seemed off and I would have preferred a physically larger actor in the role.

This is the third appearance of the Strange boys on the blog.  They were last seen trying to escape from Limbo in STF #2146, and they were first revealed to be brothers in STF #370...

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Teen Titans Vs. Sub-Mariner

It looks like Marvel Studios will have the biggest presentation at next week's Comicon.  We will finally hear some of what they have planned for Phase Four of their cinematic universe.  Dare I hope that Namor is in the mix somewhere?  Titans will also be having a presentation for their second season on DC's streaming service, hopefully there will be some footage of new members joining the team (or the series at least).

Regular followers of this blog may remember that Namorita joined the Teen Titans in STF #1714...

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Jonah Hex and Werewolf by Night

Does Marvel Studios own the rights to Marvel's horror characters like Werewolf By Night, The Living Mummy and Satana?  I can just see them going ahead and adding them (and public domain charactes like Frankenstein's Monster or Dracula) to the MCU.  Universal's attempt at copying the Marvel movie formula with a series of connected films starring the classic monsters, Dark Universe, has not gained much traction.  What if Marvel could pull it off instead?

Friday, July 12, 2019

Spider-Woman and Hawkwoman

Jessica Drew is long overdue to join the MCU.  There are plenty of ways to introduce her, given her ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and  her thematic similarities to Spider-Man.  She's even been wearing a far more movie-friendly costume in the comics for the past few years.  She had her own cartoon in the 80's, surely some of the viewers of that show are now adults in the movie business that would be happy to work on her live action adventures.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vs. The Confessor

I lost track of it in later years, but I was a big fan of Kurt Busiek's Astro City for its first few runs.  The Confessor story arc was among the many highlights of the series for me.  With such a rich world that Busiek (and artists Brent Anderson and Alex Ross) created, I am surprised that I have never heard any talk about adapting it for TV.  It seems like a perfect candidate for either a live action or animated treatment.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Calvin & Hobbes and The Flash

If you are a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, I definitely recommend checking out the documentary Dear Mr. Watterson.  It follows the career of the reclusive Bill Watterson and the influence his phenomenal comic strip has had.  It still amazes me that it has been almost 25 years since the strip ended.  I don't think that it will ever be topped.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hawk & Dove and Doctor Strange

The Hawk and Dove costumes on Titans look great to me.  Hawk in particular has one of those superhero costumes that seemed to me to be very difficult to translate to live action, but I am surprised and impressed with the results.  It gives me hope for other characters with tricky looks like The Creeper or Moon Knight to be done justice on screen.

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Spirit and Deadman

One of my favorite episodes of Justice League Unlimited is "Dead Reckoning", featuring Deadman. It was the first appearance of the ghostly character in other media, and it did not disappoint.  I loved his animated design and the scene where he uses a gun while inhabiting Batman's body (and Batman's reaction to that).  The best decision was to give Boston Brand a distinct accent, which the voice actors for the various posessed JLAers would use as well, a very effective device.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Falcon and Metamorpho

Here there be Avengers: Endgame spoilers....

It was very cool to see Captain America hand over his shield and title to Sam Wilson, but it does raise some questions.  I can understand the honor not going to Bucky, given his history of mind controlled acts at the behest of nefarious actors.  But Bucky has super-powered abilities and a bionic arm, while The Falcon has no special abilities despite being skilled with the use of his mechanical wings.  Will he be able to wield the shield in the way Cap did?  Could any human do so without benefit of the Super Soldier serum?  It will be interesting to see how this is addressed in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney+ show.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Moon Knight and Martian Manhunter

The "Detroit Era" Justice League gets a bad rap sometimes, but there were some parts to it that I really enjoyed.  I liked that The Elongated Man got a chance to shine and that his wife Sue Dibny became an important ally to the team.. Most of all I was glad to see J'Onn J'Onzz back in action.  I thought that it was crazy to keep such a cool character off the table for so many years, and it was great to see him finally have a home again.  I am still holding out hope the the CW will give us a live action version of the Detroit JLA team, since most of the characters have been introduced on one show or another.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Superman and The Whizzer

I always got a kick out of the Superman/Flash races, so it might be fun to see the man of Steel go up against some other speedsters.  I also get a kick out of reading  Superman's earliest adventures, and the closer race would be with him at the beginning of his career, before his powers started to dramatically increase during comics' Silver Age.  Plus, I love those cool original boots and "S" shield of his!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Captain America Vs. Predator

Of all of the potential Predator vs. superhero battles, this is the one I think that I would most like to see.  It would definitely be a close match up. Both combatants are at their peak physical form and will do whatever it takes to win a fight.  I'm thinking that Cap would be standing at the end, but not before withstanding a lot of damage from his opponent.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Godzilla Vs. the Iron Giant

Despite Godzilla: King of the Monsters underperforming at the box office, it looks as though Godzilla Vs. Kong will be coming to theaters in a few years.  I know that Kong was given a significant increase in size in Kong: Skull Island, but will he big enough to take on Godzilla?  I'll be rooting for the big ape so I hope he finds the way to even what seem like lopsided odds to me.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hellboy, Gargoyle and Constantine

For me, John  Constantine has become the best part of DC's Legends of Tomorrow.  The rest of the cast can get a bit too goofy for me, so I like the more serious occult sub plots that he gets into.  I liked his solo series as well, for as long as it lasted.  Now if they could only find a way to bring back The Spectre, who was teased in that show!

Monday, July 1, 2019

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