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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

JUSTICE LEAGUE vs LEGION OF DOOM - ROUND 2


I didn't want to post too much news here but this is too exciting not to share. ALL NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED cartoon loglines.

Episode #27 - We Are Legion
Original Airdate - September 17th 2005 - Season Premiere

Lex Luthor escapes from a maximum security prison, only to be invited to join Grodd's unstoppable Legion of Doom.

Episode #28 - Shadow of the Hawk
Original Airdate - September 17th 2005

Batman is suspicious of Shayera's new boyfriend, a mysterious archeologist with sinister ties to her Thanagarian past.

Episode #29 - Chaos at the Earth's Core
Original Airdate - September 24th 2005

Supergirl, Stargirl and Green Lantern go to Skartaris, the fantastic, hidden world at the Earth's core, to help free it from the rule of a brutal dictator.

Originally titled "Heart of Stone."


Episode #30 - To Another Shore
Original Airdate - September 24th 2005

Wonder Woman stumbles onto a plot to steal the powers hidden inside the 3000-year-old, frozen remains of the legendary hero, the Viking Prince.

Originally titled "Elegy."


Episode #31 - Flash and Substance
Original Airdate -

Batman and Orion see a different side of the Flash when a rogues’ gallery of villains attacks the museum that is opening in his honor.

Episode #32 - Dead Reckoning
Original Airdate -

The ghost of a circus performer convinces Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman to help him retrieve the stolen souls of a mystic order of Monks.

Episode #33 - Patriot Act
Original Airdate -

When an out of control super soldier threatens Metropolis, Green Arrow leads seven non-powered Justice Leaguers, including Crimson Avenger and Shining Knight, in a battle they can’t hope to win.

Episode #34 - The Great Brain Robbery
Original Airdate -

A mystical accident leads to Lex Luthor and the Flash’s minds being swapped into each other’s bodies.

There are 5 more episodes after that - and then that could be it for JLU which most likely looks to be what is going to happen since next year there are the 2 big DC cartoon announcements of a certain movie hero getting a new series and a team of youngsters from the future.

Back to JLU - I was at the panel at San Diego where they showed the teaser to the I AM LEGION season premiere - and man was it awesome. Well since it was metioned in the logline - you'll be happy to know that GORILLA GRODD has asssembled a new LEGION OF DOOM with EVERY FREAKING DC VILLAIN in it! I mean this is the evil version of the JLU so there are hundreds of villains to fight. What Bruce Timm said was that the Legion will be the overlying arc for this entire season even if they are not in every episode!

This will likely be the best season ever, I mean read those loglines again....DEADMAN, WARLORD, HAWKMAN!!!!! This is what a DC cartoon should be like. I bought all the 3-packs of the new JLU action figures from Mattel - and now I set them up in front of the TV when I watch new episodes - that is what you have done to me Bruce Timm you have regressed me to childhood again!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

GIVE IT UP FOR JESSICA!


Because of the homoerotic tones of the last post as noted by friends of Viva...we ask you to absorb the beauty of Jessica Alba here. Nope, no story - just have a look at her...FF2 is on her plate plus apparently she will be the genie in a I Dream of Jeannie remake. Best casting idea ever especially with that bare middrift costume.

Ummm, yeah she was on the MTV VMA last night...

IS she the Anna Kornikova of movies? So hot but hasnt really been in any big movies or won any awards. I guess we let that slide right guys?



This is a photo of TOM WELLING for some publicity for the upcoming season of SMALLVILLE! First time I've seen him with his hair slicked back and yes doesn't he look even MORE like Superman now. I just hope this Brandon Routh guy is good because I think all Smallville fans wished it was Tom in the Superman Costume. Here's hopiong that Season 5 is better than the Season 4 which I will say was somne of the worst TV ever, that would be grounds for cancellation. The only characters the writers need to worry about is Clark, Lex and Lana - stop bringing in these lame characters...OK I disclaim that with the casting of Spike as BRANIAC this season! Please make him a cool villain and bring the show back up.

Fans of the show or of The WB should check out this video which shows the new look for the station this season and gives highlights on some of its shows. Wow - there is so much on the WB that I don't even watch.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

FIREFLY HAS FOUND SERENITY


The show was called FIREFLY, the ship that the crew flew around in is called "Serenity" hence the movie coming in Septmeber is called SERENITY. Yes, they should just have called it FIREFLY: THE MOTION PICTURE like our Federation friends but what are you gonna do?

You've probably heard of this show by now, and like me had dismissed it as one of those shows you didn't want to get into because its by that "Buffy" guy. Your guard has been dropped since you started reading Joss Whedon's ASTONISHING X-MEN because its the best X-Men since Claremont and Byrne but you still don't want to commit to a series that got cancelled.

Well I tell you, I sat down with the PILOT (Hmmm..also entitled "Serenity") and was sucked in. I had to watch the rest, as it went along it got better and better. Dare I say that Mal Reynolds is the best captain since Kirk or Solo? He's got the best crew since the A-Team? Definitely an amazing show that will captivate you, no vampires and no real sci-fi techno-babble and no weird aliens - it really is a live-action Cowboy Bebop or Outlaw Star. If you like the idea of a Han Solo series (Jayne is a human Chewbacca) but set in a futuristic cowboy back drop then you need to get yourself up to speed on this series before the movie SERENITY hits September 30th. If you need the sex appeal to lure you in - Serenity has its own on board hooker played by the SUPER HOT - Morena Baccarin - that if slightly taller would be a dead ringer for Diana Prince.

And speaking of the movie - Whedon has already preached and won over the converted with these special advance screenings - and now they are getting the rest of you webheads; with special viral mini films going out in a Blair Witch sort of way. You had me already Joss - this kind of stuff just puts it over the top and how legends are made. Damn, now I have to watch 7 seasons of Buffy and 5 of Angel - if you dissed him before I'd say you were missing out.

Monday, August 22, 2005

ALL-STAR BATMAN BEST SELLER SINCE 1997


One of the things I like about Comic's Buyers Guide is that it isnt necessarily filled with hype like Wizard is. It talks about the indutry as a whole and actually it looks at the value of comics and why prices go up and down - really a guide for speculating - which is strange seeing as to old-school comic fans that was the problem in the 90's, but I digress.

According to their new report - ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN - is the biggest seller sine Image's DARKNESS #11 in 1997 which had 11 covers. That is absolutely incredible and amazing to learn and why CBG will always get my money for its interesting articles (especially written by Crimson Dynamo scribe John Jackson Miller)

And to prove that JIM LEE is no one trick pony, he really is the best selling comics creator of all time:

The top-selling DC comic book prior to 2003 was Superman: The Wedding Album, which had Diamond preorders of 346,000 copies in its November 1996 release. A contemporaneous Marvel peak could be found in the “Heroes Reborn” Fantastic Four Vol. 2, #1, which had preorders of 314,000 copies from Heroes World Distribution. The comic book with the largest print run of all time was 1991’s X-Men Vol. 2, #1, with 7.1 million copies across five covers.
His FF Heroes Reborn was #1 and X-Men Vol. 2...including the ALL-STAR BATMAN all 3 were truly terrible reads - but the art can't be beat! Which leads me to the diappointment on READING ASBaRtBW...Frank Miller pretty much cannot write for anyone else and looking at Dark Knight Strikes Again cannot write for himself...I think that sequel should never have been done because you know it would never hold a candle to the original and just tarnish the integrity of the first one. Poor Jim Lee - his best partner is Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello screwed him over completely with the terrible Superman "For Tomorrow" story and now "comics-God" Frank Miller is going to waste an amazing chance to push Lee to top his "HUSH" work - we'll see of course but for the best selling comic (so far) of the 21st Century I'm a little disappointed with the result.

VIVA THE UPDATE

I just wanted to chime in here because I just got my latest hit report and it seems the traffic is actually GROWING since I slowed down the updates, then when I actually updated daily. Are people now finding this blog or what?

As you can see I am probably going to sway closer to commentary than actual news since that takes up a bit of time to do. If I read or see something really cool I'll blast it here.

Let me know if you like this new format or rather it go back to news or if you have some other suggestions.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, August 19, 2005

THE ISLAND SWIMS


I really hate it when critics have some kind of personal vendetta against a film maker or actor. Micheal Bay has his enemies - everyone loves The Rock but felt so ripped off by Pearl Harbour. He made his bones on BAD BOYS and then screwed up the sequel...so now its time to crush him. Given that maybe audiences were tired of all the action movies, I have to say that I totally enjoyed THE ISLAND and thought it was along the lines of MINORITY REPORT. I like the close idea and thought the first half of the film was great, when it goes all crazy chase movie from that point - its OK but loses alot of pwer in teh sappy ending. All in all aI was entertained more than I thought I would be. I know there are plot holes but tell me one action movie that doesnt have any...if you like any sci-fi like LOGAN'S RUN, BLADE RUNNER chances are you will like this for its sheer escapist fun and pseudo science of the future - and most importantly to see Scarlet Johansen running around in that T-shirt. I hope this didnt sour her on making more action movies because I think she is great fun to watch...OK and so are you Obi-Wan.

HOUSE OF M - IRON MAN


I had to pick this up because of this amazingly cool cover and you know what - this Iron Man is better than the Warren Ellis IRON MAN...In the House of M, Tony STark's Dad is still alive and they all "wrestle" in a Sapien Death Match with Johnny Storm...when Tony of course goes out in the IM armour his Dad comes in a Sentinel armour to take him down...wow and that is the first issue - the second issue keeps the excitement going!

I read all 4 issues of Warren Ellis' Iron Man and its crap - only saved by the amazing Adi Granov art. How can this be??? House of M Iron Man is done by 2 crap creators Greg Pak and Pat Lee...oh the humanity. If only Dreamwave comics read this good it wouldn't have gone bankrupt. I'm starting to not look at credits any more and go in without any preconceptions of the talent and let it stand on its own.

GI JOE - NOT BAD!


Damn this is fun! I liked Devil's Due's original run on Joe but this new one written by Joe Casey is pretty darn fun if not a bit more grim and evil. Just by looking at that cover you can tell the Joe's are a bit more battle worn which is a good thing and it has that layer of realism - so much so that I forgot this was a toy line for a minute. How did Hasbro allow this kind of re-working in beyond me.

And lets give it up for the art find of the year Mr. STEFANO CASELLI - stand up and take a bow! Your style totally fits the Joes and gives them an edge that they need - I mean check out this panel of STALKER and STORM SHADOW - that is your incentive to pick up the book, if you don't think that looks cool then nothing will get you to buy it.


All in all with AMERICA'S ELITE #2 - I have to give this Joe a thumbs up and its OK if you want to wait for the trade because it's a double buy for me - singles and trade - its that exciting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

THINGS THAT NEVER WERE: ALIAS COMIC


Did you kow that Rob Liefeld had a comic planned on the Jennifer Garner show ALIAS? Who knows why it never came out because the pages by Andy Park are amazing and looks like they follow events in the first season - I guess no chance of these coming out now.

And since we're speaking of ALIAS, I really think that their hype machine is sending out funky rumours to get people talking. I HIGHLY doubt that either of these are real but they do stir up debate.

1) The upcoming 5th season is the last.
2) In season 5 Sydney trains a new spy and she will take over in Season 6 as Jennifer Garner leaves the show.
3) Michael Vaughn is really a double agent.

I doubt the first 2, but #3 sounds pretty real. I didn't like any of season 4 - the format changed to self-contained episodes and had no real interesting storylines or doublecrosses. The reason I got into the show was teh cliffhanger format and that I was rewarded for paying attention. Now the show, no doubt to survive, has to be dumbed down and made more accessible. It's funny because LOST isn't that accessible - unless you count in one season that nothing happens other than you know these people are stranded on some freaky alien planet..or something - and its doing double the ratings ALIAS is. So since they are working Jen's real life pregnancy into the season, give it a shot and I will be there as well to see what happens this year that Season 4 season finale was fantastic (Although Season 2's was still the best!)

Friday, August 12, 2005

DAMN YOU DC


I'm sorry - but Damn You DC, Damn you for making comics so exciting again! I was really all fed up with comics in my 24th year of reading them - but you have sucked me back in with this damn INFINITE CRISIS series - I have never bought crossovers EVER but dammit - every single one of them (Well maybe except Rann-Thanagar War) are so good even as stand alone series.

And now I read JLA #117 and it just gets better and better - look at this last page - I don't care if you read #117 or not - just look at it! It's so beautiful that you just can't wait and its not drawn by Jim Lee or written by Alan Moore - so it must be good. I cannot stress enough how much fun I am having reading these comics. I am all for the new series 52 if it keeps this level of quality up and is a rollercoaster of fun.

Dan Didio - I can safely say, more than Joe Quesada, is definitely the most important man in Comics! For him to use company resources to put together an epic like this is just amazing! I just hope it can stay this exciting AFTER the last issue of IC. Also my $10 is that they kill Wonder Woman and reboot her with a new #1 after this is all done and she becomes as cool a character as Batman. ITS ABOUT TIME!