Wednesday, November 26, 2014

"You, you have, you have me."


It does seem like the sort of thing Kurt should know, doesn't it? But not all of us can spend all day listening to classical music.

On that romantic note, have a good Thanksgiving, and I'll see you on Monday! Barring disaster, I should be getting married this weekend...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TV has pilots, comics have random events referencing defunct brands...


If not for Wikipedia, I don't know if I'd have realized this issue was related to Madame Xanadu: from 2012, National Comics: Madame X #1, written by Rob Williams, art by Trevor Hairsine.

This issue was one of four issues published by DC in their New 52 but referencing (per CBR) National Comics, which was DC's name before they became DC. The other three featured Looker, Kid Eternity, and Rose & Thorn; but Madame X's one-shot reads very much like a pilot, and not a bad one. The titular "Madame X," Nima, used that name as a Tarot reading star magician, predicting the future for fun and profit until she was sued by a billionaire for predicting his house would be robbed. Although she's starting to bounce back now, working for a New Orleans law firm; the question remains as to how much she believes in her own abilities. (Another question was, why did the law firm hire her, but that was brought up and left for another time that probably won't ever come.)

The case she works here could be from Law & Order or a similar show, if not for the zombies and the voodoo. But that's a little Scooby-Doo, though. Still, cast right, this could've been stronger than the Constantine pilot...actually, I really like the hook that while Madame X is magic, and wants to believe there's others like her; most if not all of her cases would be frauds, hoaxsters, and charlatans.

Note to myself: keep an eye out for that Rose and the Thorn one-shot.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Aside: I don't think Kitty is a good listener...


...since she doesn't have ears: they didn't bother to sculpt any under her hair, which fell off when I got her out of the storage bin.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Still waiting to see "Arkon IV" as a Marvel Easter egg...


Once upon a time, the idea of Marvel's Avengers becoming a movie--on film with actual actors, that people might pay cash money to see!--was a pipe dream. And like yesterday's Moon Knight Special, this issue has a weird view of Hollywood around about 1990: preening, talentless egoists trying to make money by piecing together films from the latest fads and biggest names. (Probably, but they're pretty up-front about it here!) From 1991's Avengers West Coast Annual #6, "A Wasp in Hollywood!" Written by Roy Thomas, pencils by Jeff Moore, inks by Mark McKenna.

Janet Van Dyne takes a meeting with a big-wheel/little man producer, pitching her screenplay the Coming of the Avengers. Her origin, which included a giant alien that killed her father, is the first thing on the cutting room floor; or at least set for a rewrite: a giant alien not being in the budget, the producer rolls the idea into Egghead instead. And that's only the first of many rewrites; as Ant-Man is made Giant-Man a little early, and what the hell, why not make the Wasp a giant Queen Wasp instead? As a Schwarzenegger-type is offered the villain's role, Jan's shown the door, but a writer's input is probably never especially welcome anyway...

Mind you, "Dr. Pimp" may not be the worst change I've ever heard...

I didn't scan any, but there are Arkon posters in the producers office: I've mentioned the character Arkon the Imperion before, but in the Marvel Universe, his brief appearances on earth were enough for someone to swipe, um, inspire, several sci-fi movies; one of which was Wonder Man's big moment as an actor. Blue Devil was on a movie marquee in a recent episode of Flash; I don't think Arkon has been mentioned in the Marvel movieverse yet!

This issue is pretty awful overall (the West Coast Avengers recap "West Side Story" is a terrible title recapping mostly terrible issues...) as was most of the "Subterranean Wars" crossover, although one chapter was pretty great and we may come back to it soon...
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

I don't think I appreciated these enough at the time:


The lead story in 1992's Moon Knight Special #1 was "Explosion at the Center of a Madman's Crown." (Written by Doug Moench, pencils by Art Nichols, inks by Chris Ivy.) It guest-starred Master of Kung Fu Shang-Chi and featured villains and settings from that book, so it felt more like it than an issue of Moon Knight. But, this was about midway through the run of Marc Spector: Moon Knight; I had mis-remembered it as being between the short 1985 Fist of Khonshu and 1989's Marc Spector.

But although there's a not-terribly-funny "Moon Blight" the movie spoof that wastes Marie Severin art, there's also some fun retro covers from Ron Frenz, John Romita, Don Heck, Ty Templeton, and Gene Colan! Those are pretty great.

Man, I would've read the hell out of Gene Colan's Moon Knight. Or Ty Templeton's, for that matter!
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Hands-Free."


Guys are icky, Kitty! Don't trust them!

Anyway, while I don't think Star Trek: Insurrection is anyone's favorite of the series (it's middle-of-the-road, but not without merits) Pool still steals a line from Riker in the last panel. Proving that if this storyline goes on long enough, I'll be able to swipe from every sci-fi space battle trope that I can remember.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This looks like a job for the Human Bullet! Er, Bulletman. Whatever.


Bulletman! Another member of the G.I. Joe Adventure Team. Not to be confused with the Human Bullet.

Since the original figure is from the late seventies, there isn't a lot of back-story or origin for Bulletman, who may or may not have been stolen wholesale from the Fawcett comics character. I think some writers have used the Adventure Team characters to expand G.I. Joe's history, but mostly just cameos.

Sadly, Atomic Man Mike Power didn't come with a little stickered piece to represent a boxed version of himself; which I realized after about fifteen minutes of looking in my Kre-O bin.
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