Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
It’s Christmas Eve and if you’re reading this, then you’re looking for a distraction and you’ve found it! Print out and make these superhero-themed snowflakes, they will keep your loved ones busy for at least an hour. Just like last year, each one is based on a different hero, this time we’ve got; Captain Marvel, The Flash, Spider-Man, Phoenix, and Wolverine.
This past year with The Walking Dead continuing its ratings domination, the high profile debut of Agents of Shield, and Arrow getting a good deal of praise as it upped its game, it kind of felt like comics were really taking over TV a little bit, especially with all the gossip about books (and concepts) that were being considered and optioned. But if I’m counting correctly in the next year (or so) we’re looking at about
EIGHTEEN NINETEEN ongoing shows adapted from comics (and that doesn’t include three mini-series for Syfy, or the Netflix Defenders mini-series “event”, or the Heroes Reborn nonsense).
That is INSANE. From about three properties to
Wow. So very little is known about most these new shows. We’ve seen a trailer for GOTHAM and we got a trailer for CONSTANTINE this week and we’ve seen casting and teasers for a few more shows. Right now, most are big question marks, but based on what we know, let’s take a look at them. To make things more fun, I’ll rate my interest level via the official* Taco Bell Rating System.
“In war we’re tough and able / Quite indefatigable / Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable”
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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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If miracles have been so rare since the appearance of Christianity, the blame rests not on Christianity but on Christians. (Mircea Eliade, from The Myth of the Eternal Return)
but I do like this gallery of Flash images from the long in the making DC Universe game, which can be found at Kotaku. I especially like this one. Since I avoid MMOs like I do other addictive drugs I’ll probably never play this. Even if this screen, showing the Flash running with two player created speedsters (one of whom looks little like Speed Demon) does a good job of communicating the idea that you can interact with the DC icons.
I’m as suprised as you, but Bill Mitchell did it, and it’s up there. It’s a retrospective not just on Waid’s career but his life in comics, starting with the first one he ever read, detailing how he went from writing about comics for Amazing Heroes to becoming a superstar writer in his own right. You get background info on the creation of Kingdom Come and his Flash run. He also talks about the problems he ran in to working at Crossgen, Bill Jemas’s Marvel, and Dan Didio’s DC, including the fact that Didio wasn’t a fan of one of Waid’s (among others) biggest recent projects:
EIC Dan Didio, who first championed the concept, hated what we were doing. H-A-T-E-D 52. Would storm up and down the halls telling everyone how much he hated it. And Steve, God bless him, kept us out of the loop on that particular drama. Siglain, having less seniority, was less able to do so, and there’s one issue of 52 near the end that was written almost totally by Dan and Keith Giffen because none of the writers could plot it to Dan’s satisfaction. Which was and is his prerogative as EIC, but man, there’s little more demoralizing than taking the ball down to the one-yard line and then being benched by the guy who kept referring to COUNTDOWN as “52 done right.”
It’s a hell of an interview, and thanks to the Savage Critic’s David Uzumeri for pointing it out in his review of Detective Comics #853, which certainly has the best use of MMA slogans in a Batman comic review I’ve ever see.
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