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RE:Animation – Batman the Animated Series

“One thing and one alone keeps Gotham from drowning in a sea of corruption and despair. It is a grim being cloaked as much in mystery as he is in shadows. Like a bat he dives out of the night to feed on Gotham’s evil. To some, he is merely a legend. To others, he is a dedicated, driven avenger. And to criminals, he is their worst nightmare. He is … BATMAN.” – Introduction to Batman the Animated Series,...

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Queen Dani’s Stupid Comic Book

Starbucks. The coffee of queens Emilia Clarke of Terminator Genisys/Solo fame has proven that she still can’t pick a project. And before any of you mentions Game of Thrones, that was obviously luck.  Wanted: English actress for HBO series.  Must have little girl anime eyes and be five foot nothing.  Acting is optional, nudity is not. All of her side projects have been failures.  She is slated for a Marvel series; Secret Invasion, on Disney+.  But given Marvel’s record on Epic Mickey’s Streaming Service, I see no reason...

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The Collapse of Gaming Journalism

Last month, IGN decided that the hill to die on this week was Palestine.  They printed some article on giving aid to Palestinian Children* that I didn’t care about and didn’t read because I haven’t read anything from IGN for years and I wasn’t starting now.  However, IGN Israel did read it and screamed at the corporate owners. Ziff-Davis roused itself from its dreamy lassitude and made the accurate but surprising decision that this article had nothing whatsoever to do with...

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Blogs and Ends: The Speed Blogging Edition

Busy day to today so I’m speed blogging.  Please forgive any egregious spelling and grammatical eros.  FIRST First Impressions: Loki This is the first Disney+ Marvel TV series to star one of the A-Listers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  True, Loki is a villain A-Lister but he’s definitely not on the prep-squad, he’s a starter. The series opens with Loki’s escape from Avengers Endgame.  He then gets picked up by the Time Variance Authority.  Loki does a fish-out-water thing for a while, which didn’t feel like Loki...

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Movie Theaters Are Making a Comeback?

Last year the future of the movie house looked pretty dark.   Every theater in the country was locked down for most of last year.  American theater chains hadn’t been doing well before the trouble started, so losing 100% of their income for months on end looked to be an extinction-level event. I’ve gone over this stuff before but if you’re a new reader you might have missed it.  My old readers can skip down to the last few paragraphs. Theaters have been in an...

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What is Marvel Doing to Captain America this Week?

There is a certain comfort to be found in having no hope whatsoever.   Stoicism as a philosophy has its place because there are some things that you simply have no power to change. You can rage against the rising of the tide, or you can accept it but I assure you it will make no difference at all to the tide either way.  I am not saying be a fatalist and that the motherboard will work whether it’s plugged-in right or...

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This Week’s Arktoons Roundup is Now Live

Go read it on Bounding into Comics Drama has a history of getting the short shift in comic books. Understandable of course, the bread and butter of comics publishers in the U.S. have always been superheroes. And neither superheroes nor supervillains freely lend themselves to prolonged deep self-examination leading to an existential crisis that finally resolves itself in a cathartic release. Source: Superboy #68 For the most part. .

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The Dark Herald Recommends: Army of the Dead

The one character that I really wanted to die, didn’t. That sums up this movie in a nutshell. Army of the Dead is a tragic film and by that, I don’t mean that it is a Tragedy.  I mean there was a good script here at one time and it's tragic what the studio did to it. This isn’t Snyder’s first foray into zombie movies.  That was Dawn of the Dead (2004), it was about a group of people that have to hold up...

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So How Bad Is Gotham High?

For those of you whom fortune smiled upon and delivered unto you the gift of ignorance concerning the graphic novel Gotham High, turn away now. Read another of my posts. Or read anything else. A John Scalzi novel or the label on a tube of toothpaste (of the two I recommend the latter). But don't read this. You won't be the same afterward. For those of you who already knew about this Young Adult parody...

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The Sons of Jason – The Explorer Heroes

This is the third part of my series on the heroic archetypes. Parts one and two can be found here, and here. Today, we’ll be examining a heroic type that has been quietly banned in America.  The Explorer hero. There was a huge boom in Frontiersman fiction in the America of the 1950s.  Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Jim Bowie were suddenly back in the limelight as well as a host of fictional heroes from the Old West. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland it...

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The Dark Herald Recommends: Shadow and Bone

This is an odd one to review. I should hate it on general principle, but I don’t. It is completely Woke-washed.  Every checkbox is ticked. Every card in the aggrievement pack is dealt. And yet it was a surprisingly good TV show. Any show with this much Woke is invariably too busy battling strawmen, delivering sermons and demanding that everyone love it’s Mary Sue protagonist, to remember to tell a good story. The Woke laundry list is the first reason it should have...

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Ghost of the White Man’s Burden

REPOST: I have old friends over this weekend. Which has left me zero time to write today. Hope you had a good weekend. The American game studio Sucker Punch is launching a new game for the Sony Playstation 4 called Ghost of Tsushima. The story takes place on the Japanese Island of Tsushima during the Mongol Invasion.  Here's the backstory, Kublai Khan decided to invade Japan and lost.  Yeah, there was a little more to it than that, but it's not...

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Heavy Gamma

UPDATE: They are still doing it!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo9W-SdYgJ0 Bounding Into Comics brought this one to my attention. The character of Taarna the Tarakian was first introduced in the movie Heavy Metal (1981).  It was an anthology movie whose various stories were stitched together by an evil green ball called, the Loknar.  The Loknar’s powers were whatever they needed to be so the stories could happen.  Fine. It wasn't a great film. In the final segment, the Loknar lands on some random planet and turns the locals into...

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It Came From the Nineties: Unforgotten Science Fiction from the End of the 20th Century

None of these are in this article TV tends to lag behind film trends.  The 1980s is arguably the best decade ever for science fiction and fantasy movies.  In the 1990s the small screen followed suit. This is a list of 1990s sci-fi series that I decided weren’t obscure enough to qualify as forgotten.  I’ll do a different list for stuff like Time Trax and Mantis another time.  These shows were well known at the time but have fallen off the radar since. Regular readers will...

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Blogs and Ends: The Stuff I Didn’t Believe Edition

I don’t run with every rumor that crosses my radar, despite the ever-hungry beast that is the need for daily content.  I don’t want a reputation for being Little Doomcock.  So, once in a while I pass on posting a rumor that I’m not buying into on common sense grounds and it turns out to be true.  This week there have been a couple of things that I didn’t go with that turned out to be true. FIRST The Powerpuff Script I’ll start by saying...

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RE:View Highlander

The sword fighting is T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E! After the first five minutes of this movie and I was wondering if I’d made a mistake.  Some things just play better in the halls of memory. Henry Cavil’s commitment to the Highlander has instantly injected a lot of interest into what has been a dead franchise since the early 2000s.  On the face of it, he is perfect for the role. Consequently, I decided to watch it for the first time since I was dating my wife,...

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Yeah, It’s Gonna Suck – The Eternals

It's finally here! The trailer for the long hidden, soon to be Marvel's first (but hardly last) bomb; The Eternals Here it is. Look at it. LOOK AT IT!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxYno8x7ES4 That. Was. Awful. It leaves the audience lost and confused. Plus, there's a Bollywood dance number! So has Disney given up on China and now it's going to snobbishly condescend to India? Not sure they are going to do that with this History Channel movie. But at least we will finally learn the Hindustani word for...

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The Gamma Boss: Director Josh Trank

Gamma Males simply can’t handle success, they just aren’t designed for it.   But few Gammas were so completely destroyed by hitting the big time as Fantastic Four (2015) director Josh Trank.  Back in 2012, 21st Century Fox was facing a problem.  The superheroes they had licensed from Marvel came with a ticking time bomb clause.  If a film wasn’t in the theaters or being filmed before the clock reached zero, the license exploded, and the rights reverted back to Marvel. Up until that time, the...

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The Dark Herald Recommends Mortal Kombat

“Such a promising start.” A phrase that is up there with “if only” as the saddest of words, isn’t it? A young man that was an athlete at the top of his class and ends up in the gutter.  A roaring small business that is ready for the big time, destroyed by the lawyers.  A great first scene in a movie but the rest of it… Motal Kombat opens in 1619 Japan.  There is an idyllic scene of medieval Japanese life.  A contented wife and her...

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RE:View Starship Troopers

I always get the shakes before a drop. I’ve had the injections, of course, and hypnotic preparation, and it stands to reason that I can’t really be afraid. The ship’s psychiatrist has checked my brain waves and asked me silly questions while I was asleep and he tells me that it isn’t fear, it isn’t anything important — it’s just like the trembling of an eager race horse in the starting gate. I couldn’t say about that; I’ve never...

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Kentaro Miura 1966 – 2021

Kentaro Miura, the legendary creator of the manga Berserk passed away today at the age of 54. "His US publisher Dark Horse Comics, describing Miura as a “master artist and storyteller”, said he had suffered acute aortic dissection and died on 6 May. “He will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family and loved ones.” The Japanese artist was best known for Berserk, which he wrote and drew. It first launched in 1989 and has been running...

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First Impressions: Shadow and Bone

Upfront, this is a first impressions post, not a Recommends. So far, the show is actually good, and it shouldn’t be. It looks like it's soaked in Woke but they seem to have forgotten to let the Woke destroy the plot. This a gas-lamp fantasy that takes place in a Russia-based fantasy nation called, Ravka.  For those of you not familiar with gas-lamp fantasy, basically, it’s steampunk but with magic. Ravka is in a centuries-long war with its neighbors, Fjerdland (Scandinavia) in the North...

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Brie Larson Cast as Mara Jade?

I'm calling this rumor, (which is absolutely rampant at moment) as bullshit. It's from We Got This Covered and they have a terrible track record for rumors that pan out. They are big fangirls of Both Brie and Mara Jade. I got duped by them once when they reported that Karen Gillan was in talks to play Mara Jade a few months back. But as far as I can tell they have no inside track at...

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Chasing the Twenty Billion Dollar Dragon

About once a decade, some star-struck CEO gets huge, Scrooge McDuck dollar signs in his eyes when he sees how much money Hollywood claims it’s making. Despite the fact, their corporation is no conceivable way an entertainment company, the aforementioned CEO picks off a studio. And right on cue, Hollywood proceeds to treat him like a barefoot hayseed who fell off the turnip truck in the middle of Times Square.  It’s never pretty and it always ends in tears. In the Sixties, it was...

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Is Bob Iger Finally Out?

Everybody keeps asking if Kathleen Kennedy is out, but the fact is, she isn’t the important one.   Bob Iger is the one who transformed the middle-class-family-friendly Walt Disney Entertainment Company into the Woke world consuming void monster; Mickey the Great and Terrible.  He’s the one that diluted the Disney brand by buying up IPs left and right no matter if they fit with Disney’s traditional image or not.  He is the one that has protected senior executives from a well-deserved firing.  He is,...

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Vampire Rules: Woke Dracula

Doctor Who’s season finale was a nosedive in the ratings for that series. It didn’t even crack 4 million viewers in the UK and it only hauled in about 400,000 of the Whovian faithful in America. These are the lowest numbers yet. Jodie Whittaker’s turn as the Time Lord (Lady?) has been a ratings disaster.  She is reliably rumored to be bailing  It’s not her fault… Not entirely her fault. Chris Chibnal, the show’s showrunner has turned in the most...

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Cheap Thrills: The Audio Drama Edition

  Where has the audience gone? That is the increasingly terrified cry in Hollywood.  In past times, if one form of media lost customers, you didn’t have too much trouble figuring out where they went. Which was to another form of media.  In the twenties radio bit in to publishing.   In the fifties box-office receipts for weeknight showings, dropped severely, while the number of TVs in homes increased.  CD sales fell through the basement at the same time that iPods started appearing under Christmas trees.  DVD...

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