Friday NIght Fights: Evil Can’t Code Good AI

For this week’s Fight we’re going back to Threa for the second time today. John Celestri may have problems coming up with original names but he does draw some fun fights…which you wouldn’t expect in a Christian comic.

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“Battling Jack” round 6

I’ve been writing “Murdock” but apparently the tournament is “Battling Jack”. Oops.


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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Christian Crusader V2

Christian Crusader V2

“When was the last time this place was dusted?”

The Christian Crusader: Web Of Lies…Chains Of Sin

CC Comics (September, 1993)

WRITER/ARTIST: John Celestri


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Morning Article Link: Chris Sims Pitches Future Batman

Batman Beyond (comics)

Batman Beyond (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chris Sims of Comics Alliance returns to where it all began…his Invincible Super Blog…to pitch his own idea of how to fit Batman in the Legion Of Superheroes, a group that is usually inspired by Superboy/Superman/Mon-El (formerly Valor–anyone else remember that?), depending on the continuity. It’s not a bad idea.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Bio-Booster Armor Guyver part 6 #5

Bio-Booster Armor Guyver pt 6 #5

“Who’s Jenny Craig and why should I meet her?

Bio-Booster Armor Guyver Part 6 #5

Viz Comics (1989)

originally published by Tokuma Shoten Publishing

WRITER/ARTIST: Yoshiki Takaya
COVER DESIGN: Viz Graphics
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Toshifumi Yoshida
EDITOR: Annette Roman


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Optimus Prime: The Icon

Here’s another redo from the late Transformers fansite I used to have. In light of the Transformers comic I reviewed earlier with the return of Optimus Prime I felt like bringing this one over, with some tweaking and updating. The original version was posted in April of 2001, after all.

You will see references to a “spotlight” feature. When I was doing my Transformers site I had the idea of spotlighting a different Transformer each month, altering the banner and backgrounds for the featured Transformer. I never got past Optimus although I did create some of the backgrounds for a Bumblebee spotlight that didn’t come about. I’m mostly fixing grammar mistakes and adding any new thoughts I had. Enjoy.

The Transformers #42

“And the reason that she loved him was the reason I loved him too. He didn’t wonder what was right or wrong. He just knew. He just knew.”
“Hero” – David Crosby & Phil Collins

For the inaugural edition of the new spotlight section, I wanted come out the gate running; to make this section a reason to visit every update. (By now I know better than to call this monthly–it takes me so long to update–darn real world. :) ) So I had to decide which character was worthy to debut the update-ly spotlight. But how does one choose from 15+ years of fascinating characters and toys?

Well, the first thing is the fact that the spotlight is more than one article. The whole site is dedicated to the spotlight character, including the backgrounds and title banners. His or her influence is seen until the next major update. So the first choice has to be the one who arguably made the greatest impact on the Transformers Universe as a whole. Also to be taken into consideration is how those backgrounds are made–using the toys rather than just screen captures or comic scans. Of course, should I use non-toy characters like the humans, that will be a tad difficult. Heh. (By the way, more of that kind of artwork will be part of my GALLERY section.) [There aren't a lot of gallery pics to show you. In fact you've seen the only good thing that was in the gallery, and all I did was letter someone else's translation. - SWT 2014] Therefore, I also had to select a character that I had a toy of. Luckily, there is one character who I not only have the toy of, but may be arguably the icon of the Transformers…

Optimus Prime!!!

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Today’s Comic> TMNT Color Classics V2 #6

TMNT Color Classics V2 #6

He looks like he’s going to hurl.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Vol. 2 #6

IDW Publishing (April, 2014)

originally published by Mirage in black & white for issue #20 (April, 1989)

“Return To New York” book 2
WRITERS: Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird
PENCILER: Jim Lawson
INKER: Eric Talbot
LETTERER: Steve Lavigne
IDW COLORS: Scorpion Studios


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Morning Article Link: Invincible But Not Unrapable?

Cover of "Invincible: The Ultimate Collec...

Cover via Amazon

I have no “Imagery” for Robert Kirkman’s Invincible, and Zemanta wasn’t a lot of help at first, either. I wonder if there’s a connection? Finally this popped up and I still would have posted this link if it didn’t, because I didn’t want to let this story go unnoticed because apparently the current Invincible (not the one pictured above but the guy who took the identity–I don’t know the details) was raped in a recent comic and nobody seems to have noticed. Well somebody did at The Outhouses, contributor “BlueStreak”, who tries to figure out why there doesn’t seem to be as much outrage as usual when rape is (mis)used in a story.

And no, having rape happen to men isn’t some sexual fantasy or an acknowledgement that rape doesn’t only happen to women. It’s still a cheap plot device instead of being treated as the ultimate violation of the victim. The only other male character that was raped in comics that I know of is Nightwing. Usually rape is used to give backstory to a female hero and that’s NOT how it should be used in a story. So please stop doing that.

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