Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I was glad to see Ragman step back into the spotlight with his inclusion in the Shadowpact series. I don't think that he has been seen since the New 52 reboot though. Hopefully, he will find a home in comics again, I always loved his cool costume and back story.
Monday, March 10, 2014
I featured a cover with these two teams meeting before, but when I saw the chance to have a reunion featuring all Gil Kane artwork, I had to give it a shot. I still love stories set in World War Two, that era fascinates me. I think the best superhero epics that take place in that time are the ones that still manage to give the non-powered soldiers their respect and due.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
The WB Network has released the first image of Grant Gustin in his Flash costume for the upcoming series, and even though it was only a profile head shot, it was very well received among comic fans. That's because it is an honest to goodness superhero cowl, and not just red sunglasses or something, you never know when a TV adaptation will go that route. Even the Scarlet Speedster's ear pieces were there, and the tweaked version that uses the lightning bolt insignia works nicely. Hopefully the rest of the outfit will look as good.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
We've seen a bunch of superheroes sport the "jeans and T-shirt" look at this point, but when Matt Wagner's Mage first hit the stands back in 1984, that style was one of the things that made Kevin Matchstick stand out. Mage was a fun comic, a cool spin on the traditional superheroes and the King Arthur legend that is well worth seeking out.
Friday, March 7, 2014
I remember seeing ads for Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali when I was a kid, and being fascinated by it. Treasury-sized comics were a rarity at the time and it was cool to see that the great artwork of Neal Adams was going to be presented in such a large format. Plus, superman was teaming up with a real life guy, probably the most famous sports figure of the time. I thought that was so crazy that I just had to read the story to find out what was up. That turned out to be a long wait because I never saw a copy on sale. It took decades and the invention of the internet before I tracked down a copy. The story is just as nuts as I was expecting it to be, and the Adams artwork was gorgeous - well worth the wait!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
We're still waiting to see an official photo of Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman costume, but there have been some hints from the designer, Michael Williamson. While he says that he looked at all eras of the character and will try to stay true to the classic iconography, that's pretty much the kind of thing we always hear. More interesting were his references to Roman gladiators' garb and the costumes from 300 and Thor. I am glad that they are going in that direction, it seems like the best way to bring her costume to live action.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Leave it to Chance was one of my favorite series ever. James Robinson and Paul Smith presented tales of a master magician's daughter learning the ways of the mystical world. Aside from her daring and pluck, Chance Falconer has a pet dragon. I think this makes her a natural for an adventure with Kitty, I'm sure they would have plenty to discuss.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sure, we all know about Captain Kirk's weakness for the ladies, but what about Spock? Vulcans aren't ones to brag, so I am sure he would keep any such dalliances to himself. The new Trek movies have Spock in a relationship with Uhura, and I don't really get that. Sure, the timeline has changed and the two met earlier than they supposedly did in the classic TV series - but they are still supposed to be the same people. Wouldn't there have been some sign of an attraction before?
Monday, March 3, 2014
It will be interesting to see how well Guardians of the Galaxy does at the box office. If it is the success that Marvel is hoping it will be, it may open the doors for more varied and risky comic book films. I'd love to see more comic-based space epics on the screen, introducing new audiences to the great characters that I grew up with. Nexus and Warlock would be a good place to start - perhaps Warlock cold even be featured in a GotG sequel.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Here are a couple of great supernatural heroes that artist really seem to have fun with. The flowing cape, the flaming hair, and the mystical surroundings they found themselves in all lend themselves to visually interesting creative interpretations. It's a shame we haven't seen more of either character in animation.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Who among us comic fans haven't envisioned ourselves as the heroic avengers that we read about? Many of my favorite cartoon characters have shared that desire and created costumed alter egos for themselves. Though their identities may be shrouded in secrecy, their thirst for justice always shines through. They would be a formidable team if they joined forces.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy has been released, and while it doesn't reveal much in the way of plot, it looks like a lot of fun. I really liked the designs of all the characters, Nebula looked especially cool in the quick cuts that were shown of her. Of course, what I was really curious about was how Rocket Raccoon and Groot would be handled, and I was not disappointed. What a blast to see Rocket scurrying around Groot's back, firing a machine gun! The humor seems front and center here, hopefully the film will have it's share of action as well. I thought that too much wacky humor was a detriment to the latest Iron Man and Thor films, but it looks like it might just work with this movie.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
There's something about the original Batwoman that I always got a kick out of. Maybe it was the the way she flustered Batman and Robin by involving herself in their adventures, or maybe it was just her cool looking costume, complete with Bat-Purse, that you could never get away with today. It might have been fun to see her mix it up with Dick Tracy the way she would with the caped crusaders. They both looked great in yellow!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Zot! was a comic by Scott McCloud that was published from 1984 to 1990, just as comics were getting into the grim and gritty phase, so its bright visuals and upbeat attitude really stood out. McCloud later went on to write and illustrate the great Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, must reads for any fan of the genre.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
It would be interesting to see Marvel put Moon Knight up on the big screen and present to the viewers their version of a Batman-type film. Moon Knight's costume would be a huge challenge, I think. It looks great in the comics, but I don't know how they could make a white uniform give off the cool shadows that it does on the page. Then there's the mask, which completely obscures the character's face, and we know how Hollywood hates that. Despite these hurdles, I'd love to see an attempt to bring him to live action, either in the movies or on Netflix with the other street level Marvel shows.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Iceman was a fun character to play as when I was a young kid. My ankles never handled ice skates too well, but I didn't mind because I could slide along the ice just like Bobby Drake... not to mention create and hurl snowballs! The New England winters gave me all the props I needed.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
When I stumbled onto this Joe Kubert Spider-Man from a printing company's promotional comic, I had to team him up with one of the characters that Kubert was famous for illustrating. It's a shame that we didn't see Joe Kubert do more work at Marvel, I would have loved to have seen a his art on an issue of Thor or The Hulk. At least we got to see his sons, Andy and Adam, work on a lot of Marvel characters over the years.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
One of the frustrating things about DC dragging their feet in getting their characters up on the big screen is that they look like copycats even when their concepts may have come first. A JLA fim is being planned, but there will have been two Avengers movies by the time it hits theaters. The Flash is sure to be included, but Quicksilver will already have had his moment to shine. DC waited too long to feature Brainiac in a Superman movie, and when they ultimately do, he may come off as an Ultron rip off, since that robotic Despot received a starring role first. Then of course there is Darkseid, DC's big villain.... who is going to look pretty similar to Thanos of the Marvel movies. C'mon, DC - it doesn't matter if you have great characters if you keep getting beaten to the punch!
Friday, February 21, 2014
I continue to enjoy AMC's The Walking Dead, even though I tend to watch half of the episodes with my hands covering my eyes - I'm not a big fan of the gore. Still, I love the tension that is built up over the course of the seasons and the core cast of characters give solid performances. I've read of plans to spin off the show, and I don't know how wise of an idea that is. They have good thing going now, and I wouldn't want to see it diluted.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Quicksilver will be featured in not one but two upcoming movies. It will be interesting to see the two competing versions of the character that directors Joss Whedon (Avengers: The Age of Ultron) and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) put forth. We haven't seen anything from Aaron-Taylor Johnson's version, but there have been a few photos released of the X-Men's Pietro... wearing a garish silver jacket. I don't think Whedon has much to worry about.