animation

The Return of the Justice League

Wednesday – 27 July 2016
For nearly a year, the folks at Cartoon Network and Warner Brothers have been dropping breadcrumbs about a new Justice League-related series that seemed like it would be called “JLA.”

Check out the far right end of the posters...

Check out the far right end of the posters…

Then this much less oblique picture popped up a few months ago:

Justice League Action

The Justice League is back…

The poster below came with the news that Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman for over 20 years, would be returning to the role for this series.  We would later find out that Mark Hamill would also be reprising the voice of The Joker.

Justice League Action... and this time, they brought friends!

…and they’re bringing some friends…

 

Some of the faces - friendly and otherwise - that you'll see on Justice League Action.

…probably even more friends than this!

At Comic Con, last week, they even trotted out one more picture…

I like Wonder Woman's slightly edgier look in this one.

Just in case you forgot who the big guns are…

…and a synopsis…

Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to start, each eleven-minute episode jumps in with lightning-paced action and heroics. Whether defending the Earth, facing invaders from space, or battling the bizarre forces of magic, the always-rotating team of Justice League heroes, are up to any challenge.

…before presenting an actual teaser trailer:

No premiere date has been announced, as yet.

“Alone and bored, on a 30th Century night…”

Tuesday – 01 March 2016
For a team/comic that hasn’t had their own title in nearly two-and-a-half years, the 30th Century’s  Legion of Super-Heroes has been popping up in a bit of comics-related press in the past few weeks. (As far as I’m concerned, this is far from a “bad thing.”)

There was a cover shot of LSH #300 in DC Comics’ press video for the upcoming “Rebirth” event/non-event

30th Century super-team

LSH #300

…apparently, there was a nod to the Legion in last night’s episode of Supergirl

Some of the 30th Century's finest technology...

Legion Flight Ring

…and the team – or, at least, the founders – are featured in the upcoming LEGO Justice League: Comsic Clash… which means it’s pretty much a shoo-in that I will watch this video.

After watching the above clip, I went to heat up my lunch. Waiting for the microwave to do its thing, I noticed I was humming Madonna’s Material Girl. In and of itself, that’s not so bad… but not really Legion-related. The thing is: I caught myself reparsing the lyrics from:

‘Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl

to

‘Cause we are living in a material world
And I’m an immaterial girl

…referencing Phantom Girl and her abilities.  Thankfully, I stopped before I started changing the verses to fit a 30th Century theme. For now.

Send help.
Please.

Tim Miller + Justice League = Deadpool ?!?

Wednesday – 17 February 2016
Today is “New Comics Day” across the land. Amen.

Today is also the day that I learned a bit of news that I found interesting. Over the past week or so, people have been flocking to see Fox’s Deadpool. (Yes, some people have even taken their kids to see it, but that’s story/issue for another time.) Tim Miller, the film’s director, has also gathered accolades for not only bringing Marvel’s “Merc with a Mouth” to the big screen, but also for not pulling the punches (um… sorry) and bringing an R-rated superhero movie to the screen. What I did not know, until earlier today, was that Miller directed a short film featuring the Justice League that attracted the attention of the-powers-that-be at Fox and put him on their radar as a candidate to helm Deadpool.

DCUO-Wallpaper

What was the short film?

This:

That’s right. Miller, during his tenure at Blur Studios, directed the promo trailer/intro cinematic for DC Universe Online, a long-time favorite game of mine.

The Hand of Nefer-Tem in Metropolis

The Hand of Nefer-Tem in Metropolis


 

The Hand of Nefer-Tem in Gotham City

The Hand of Nefer-Tem in Gotham City

For more information on how the Justice League helped Miller get the Deadpool job, check out this article on Comics Alliance.

Gail Simone, Geekery and (Power of the Force) Girls

20 August 2012
Gail Simone (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman) wrote today’s strip for The Gutters. It’s funny and good (duh) and worth a minute of your time:

(click image for larger version)

And, by way of Big Shiny Robot‘s Bryan Young comes a link to the opening sequence of The Power of the Force Girls. If you like Star Wars and The Powerpuff Girls, it should put a smile on your face:

Four-Color Coverage: So, it’s been a while…

…and that “while” was a lot longer than I had planned to go without some kind of a post.

There have been many good things that have come out in the past few months. I’m going to take a 10,000-foot view of most titles or groups of titles, with spotlights/highlights from a select few. And with that said, let’s get to it:

  • Young Justice/Teen Titans/Tiny Titans
    • Because I missed writing about it before, we’ll start, out of alphabetical order, with the animated Young Justice feature that aired a couple of weeks ago.

      It was the premiere for the new YJ series that will air on Cartoon Network, starting in January. In the opening, we meet Aqualad, Kid Flash, Robin and Speedy, sidekicks to Justice League members, who are about to begin their first step to full membership in the League…. or so they think. After a disagreement with the senior Leaguers, Speedy quits and the remaining three undertake a mission – correction: an unsanctioned mission – to investigate a government-run facility. By the episode/feature’s end, the kids have formed a new team, sanctioned by the League, with new rules and a new mission. All-in-all, this was a good take on the Teen Titans… I would say even better than the Teen Titans ‘toon from a few years ago. If you have the opportunity to catch an encore presentation, do so.  It’s good. Very good.

    • Teen Titans #89 – I picked this up because of the introduction of Robin (Damian Wayne) to the team. I wasn’t disappointed… not because it’s natural to have a Robin on the Titans. In fact, quite the opposite: Damian isn’t really a team player, which doesn’t sit well with the other Titans. I may give this a few issues and see if it is worthy of becoming a regular addition to my subscription.
    • Tiny Titans and Tiny Titans/Little Archie and His Pals – This book/these books are still just plain “fun,” and I must admit the TT/LA crossover came off much more smoothly – and more entertaining – that I had thought.
  • Action Comics With Superman going on walkabout in America, Lex Luthor has taken over as the protagonist in this title.  And the story – following Lex’ quest for a power ring – has been good. Including his brush with (Neil Gaiman’s version of) Death.

  • Batman/Batman and Robin/Batgirl/Batwoman/Red Robin
    • Batman titles – Bruce Wayne is back from his trip through the timestream… and he’s broadening his view on his war on crime: He’s going global and recruiting others to his cause.
    • Batman and Robin: Dick Grayson still wears the cowl in Gotham City, while Damian Wayne maintains his role as Robin
    • Batgirl – College student by day; crimefighter by night, Stephanie Brown patrols Gotham City as Batgirl, with the assistance of Oracle and Oracle’s new protege: Proxy.
    • Batwoman – We’ve only seen the zero issue, but I’m liking this take on Kate Kane.
  • Birds of Prey #6 – When Black Canary leaves the team to train under the mysterious newcomer who calls herself “White Canary,” Huntress and Zinda travel to southeast Asia to find out what’s really going on. This, in turn, leads to a spectacular fight between Huntress and Lady Shiva, one of the world’s most accomplished – and deadly – martial artists.
  • Captain America – With his past as Winter Soldier exposed, James “Bucky” Buchanan – the current Captain America – is now preparing to stand trial for his crimes.
  • Fantastic Four #584 – Ben Grimm, after taking a formula created by Reed’s new Future Foundation, takes a formula that allows him to be human again… for a week. Jonathan Hickman writes a good story about Ben and Johnny, two regular guys out on the town. Oh, and Galactus pays Reed a visit, too.
  • Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corps/Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors
    • Green Lantern – The quest for the Avatars continues.
    • Green Lantern Corps – Ever wonder just who it was that fashioned Sinestro’s first yellow ring? That question is answered. And, we learn he’s not all that happy with Mr. Sinestro, either.
    • Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors – Exactly what is the Lanterns’ mission in the Unknown Sectors… and how do Atrocitus and Bleez fit into the picture?
  • Legion of Super-Heroes/Adventure Comics
    • Legion of Super-Heroes – The Legion and Science Police team up to take on a group of Durlan assassins, out to “avenge” the death of R.J. Brande. And, in a bit of a surprising twist, Earth-Man hooks up with [SPOILER DELETED].
    • Adventure Comics – Paul Levitz has done a fantastic job of recounting early Legion stories and returning a young Clark Kent – as Superboy – into the Legion mythos, including a story where Brainiac 5 leads the young LSH on a mission to the past to take on [SPOILER DELETED]. Also, the new Green Lantern 2814 is named.
  • New Avengers #6 – In the aftermath of the fight with Agomotto, the New Avengers try to chart their new direction. For Jessica Jones-Cage, that means finding a new nanny for Danielle. The line-up of applicants is impressive (and a little scary), but the winning dialogue of the story comes from Squirrel Girl. (Yes, I said “Squirrel Girl.”) And it’s not just one item, but three. In one issue. Read it.
  • Spider-Girl #1 This re-kickoff issue of an Arana/Spider-Girl series was fun. Teenaged superhero – with a little angst-laden fun. (Besides, how many titles have captions/asides in the form of Twitter posts?) I am really looking forward to seeing where the series goes; I just hope that it holds up to the high bar set by this issue.
  • Superman/Supergirl/Superboy
    • Superman – The Man of Tomorrow has been continuing his very human journey across America. I’ve been quite happy with J.M. Straczynski’s storyline and will be interested to see I, Zombie writer, Chris Roberson’s, take on it when he assumes writing duties with Issue #707.
    • Supergirl – I’m going to jump to Supergirl Annual #2 here. Why?  Because it features the LSH. The classic Legion, that is; not the 247-Legion where she spent the “1 Year Later” timeframe. As an added bonus, this issue also served to not only return (or would it be “insert”) the modern incarnation of Supergirl into her classic role with the Legion, but also respark her classic semi-relationship with Brainiac 5.
    • Superboy – To paraphrase the old Oldsmobile commercial: “This is not your father’s Superboy.” But, in some ways, it is. This time it’s Conner Kent, not Clark… but Jeff Lemire and company are establishing his friends and rogues gallery, all while keeping Conner rooted in Smallville.
  • Wonder Woman – I’ve liked the direction that the altered time line has taken. In many ways, it’s giving readers a sort of origin story on the new Wonder Woman, showing what forged her into from “princess in exile” to “warrior princess.” (And, yes, I still like the new costume.) There are signs that characters have noticed the changes to the timeline, but the question becomes: “How can they repair it?”

Hello!

Welcome to Four-Color Coverage!

This blog will be dedicated to all (or at least “most”) things comic book, graphic novel and comics-based animation related.