Monthly Archives: November 2010

It’s Cartoon Day!

Apparently all of the networks decided that a lot of kids would be sitting around today and tonight itching for something to watch, which is really the only explanation for these four–yes, four–cartoons to be premiering today (technically, three are premiering and the fourth is a special hour-long episode).

Check ’em out:

Transformers Prime (The Hub, 4-5 pm EST)

As a rule, I hate CG animation on television. It looks worse than it does in feature films (which is pretty bad, in my opinion). But, this is Transformers and Beast Wars/Machines were both pretty cool, so what the hell.

 

G.I. Joe Renegades (The Hub, 5-6 pm EST)

This looks like a weird combination of G.I. Joe and The A-Team, with several well-known Joes (and Tunnel Rat) being forced to go underground in their fight against COBRA Industries. This show already gets points for including Scarlett.

 

Young Justice (Cartoon Network, 7-8 pm EST)

I saw some footage from Young Justice at New York Comic Con and it was SO GOOD.

 

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes “Gamma World” (Disney XD, 8:30-9:30 pm EST)

I love this show. And, this two-parter (airing back-to-back) has Jeffrey Combs as The Leader.

 

*Transformers Prime appears to be a 5-part mini-series, while G.I. Joe Renegades will have a 26-episode season. Young Justice is a special one-hour preview episode, with the series premiering sometime in January. It looks like Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will finish up its first season on December 5 with “Masters of Evil.”

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Top 10: My Favorite Comic Book Supervillains

Sometimes, you just want to make a list. And, I figured what’s a better topic for a Top 10 list than “Favorite Supervillains”…everyone loves a good villain (writers claim they’re the most fun to write and actors almost universally agree that they’re the most fun to play).

So, for absolutely no good reason whatsoever, here are my favorite comic book supervillains:

10. Juggernaut (Cain Marko)

As a general rule, villains who bounce back and forth between good and evil were not eligible for this list (it’s why Catwoman doesn’t have the honor of being included). Villains should be villains. Done and done. Despite that caveat, I had to include Juggernaut. Sure, Marko’s tried his hand at being a hero…but, to me, Juggernaut will always be a villain.

9. Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch)

I love the look of Batman’s Lewis Carroll-obsessed opponent.

8. Darkseid

Ignoring all of that Final Crisis nonsense, Darkseid is a pretty solid villain. When you think about it, no matter how much of a pain in the ass Lex Luthor might be, he’s still no match for Superman. But, Darkseid rules a planet. A planet of evil. And he’s searching for the Anti-Life Equation so he can enslave all of creation. All. Of. Creation.

7. Zoom (Hunter Zolomon)

Not really a fan of “evil twin” villains–Bizarro is obnoxious and Venom is annoying–but I love Wally West’s Reverse-Flash, Zoom. I love how DC decided to make Zoom’s speed the result of time manipulation, rather than the Speed Force (something Marvel would do later with Quicksilver). I also really dig that Zoom’s reason for being is to totally fuck with Wally in an attempt to make him “a better hero.”

6. Clayface (Basil Karlo…I think)

There’s been a lot of Clayfaces over the years. The first one I really remember is the Clayface used in the Batman cartoon (he was pretty much the Karlo version with Matt Hagen’s name). Again, he’s a visually interesting character with a really cool power set. I think the current Clayface running around the DCU is Karlo, but I’m not entirely sure.

5. Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane)

I’m sure thousands of people have done the whole “Batman uses fear and the Scarecrow turns his greatest weapon against him” thing…but, I’m not that boring. Nope. Instead, one of the reasons I like Scarecrow (and The Riddler, who’ll appear later) is that they’re intelligent villains. Sure, they’re six kinds of insane, but they’re also thinking villains. And, despite what certain people in Hollywood might want you to think, Batman is a genius and deserves to face villains who can potentially give him a run for his money.

4. The Lizard (Dr. Curt Connors)

I love a good Jekyll and Hyde story–it’s why I like the Hulk–and Spider-Man’s scaly foe fits the bill.

3. The Riddler (Edward Nigma)

Love me some Riddler. The green suit, the domino mask, the bowler. Awesome. Too bad he’s a private detective or whatever now. Lame.

2. Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)

In or out of costume, Norman Osborn is a ruthless dick…and I love it. There’s nothing this guy won’t do, whether it’s seizing control of America’s military or banging his foe’s girlfriend.

1. Doctor Victor von Doom

Doom’s a genius. If people would just recognize his brilliance everything would be fine. But, no. Everyone’s all about that infernal Richards. Fools!

Sorry, Ames…

…but, The Human Target‘s new resident thief–

–is no Parker…

But, who is?

THE GOOD GUYS Gets Better

I’ve been a fan of Fox’s The Good Guys since the very first episode. With an ad campaign like this–

–how could I not?

As if Bradley Whitford’s Dan Stark and Colin Hanks’ Jack Bailey weren’t enough, creator Matt Nix has decided to reward me with CSI Samantha Evans:

 

CSI Samantha is a much better addition  to The Good Guys than this guy was to Nix’s Burn Notice.

Thank you, Mr. Nix. And welcome to the party, Angela Sarafyan.

 

 

Huh…

Why did it take me this long to realize that the version of Gwen Stacy from The Spectacular Spider-Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

–was clearly influenced by the version of Debra Whitman that appeared on Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the ’90s?

Who’s Your Favorite Companion?

Yeah…so, I’m bored. Here’s a poll. Pick a Companion. Any Companion.

Thank You.

To the brave men and women who protect and defend our country, to those who served in the past, and to those who gave their lives so that people like me could dick around on the Internet…

…I salute you. And, I thank you.