BW Episode 1 Review> Young Justice: Outsiders

When Young Justice first aired on Cartoon Network, back before the channel was taken over by someone who only wants to air wacky hi-jink shows that only last around 10 minutes an episode, I very much enjoyed it. It had action, great characters, character development…it was a good show for teens, although clearly not for younger audiences who would either be bored or a bit freaked out. I however am not a younger audience, despite the fact that I occasionally watch preschool shows, so I got into it.

When season two, subtitled Invasion, was also good. While I was disappointed in the ten year time skip it was still an intriguing show that continued the theme of “the team” handling dark plots and conspiracies, only now they had new younger members and still good character development and plot advancement. I enjoyed it and was as disappointed as everyone else that there was no season 3.

Recently they finally released a season three…but it was on their DC Universe streaming site. Not having any money I couldn’t subscribe to it and so I didn’t really think about it much. However, as reported earlier this week, DC Universe is offering the first episode of their original series free for a limited time to help promote the service. This includes the darker and more violent take on the Titans, the slap in the face of the Doom Patrol–I’m sorry, have you seen the latest trailer? I’m not very familiar with the team but are fans bothered by watching Niles making pig noises at one of his heroes who suffers from multiple personality disorder? Is that comedy now? Well, the only DC Original I was interested in was the new season of Young Justice, subtitled Outsiders. I can safely say that everything fans loved about the first two seasons seems to be right there.

So why didn’t I enjoy it?

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Gumby Free Comic Book Day 2007

Next issue: Gumby versus Unicron. (I’d have used “Dodekain” but how many of you were around for those reviews?)

Gumby Free Comic Book Day Special

Wildcard Ink (May, 2007)

WRITER: Shannon Wheeler

ARTISTS: Shannon Wheeler, Rick Geary (also cover art), Mike Hersh, and Mark Bode

COVER COLORIST: Steve Oliff

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Bob Burden

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Paul H. Birch

EDITOR: Mel Smith

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BW’s Morning Article Link: If Soda Were People

Sorry, I don’t have anything to go with this article.

One popular art trend is to take inanimate objects, food, drink, or non-human characters and anthropomorphize them into human beings. It’s just a fun concept, and sometimes a scary or perverted one, but let’s not talk about that crap. Instead we have an interview with an artist who took soda cans (and the soda inside) as inspiration for creating anthropomorphic versions of them. In this case we aren’t talking about living soda but fashion and personality choices based on the soda itself. It’s pretty cool really.

The Negatives About Metal Gear Solid

He couldn’t find a good cardboard box to escape our cameras.

Metal Gear Solid may not be the first game in the franchise but it is the one that made it popular. It’s often crazy story, the stealth missions, the crazy story, the cinematic feel, and the crazy story (yes, it’s that crazy) have made it a favorite among gamers. How could anyone find something wrong with it, especially if they liked the game? Well, I never played so I’m not the one to ask. Shane Luis of Rerez however is.

Nothing is perfect, whether it’s perfectly good or perfectly bad. That’s why Luis created the show Positives, to find the good things in bad games. He followed that up with Negatives, a show that found the bad in really good games. The more we can find good in the bad and bad in the good the better our chances of avoiding the bad and making better games and stories. So when his review of the negatives of Metal Gear Solid showed up in my feed I thought I would share it with all of you, even though it’s a old show. Old is still good.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Robotech: Booby Trap

Breetai doesn’t like show-offs.

Robotech: Booby Trap

Academy Comics, Ltd (March, 1996)

WRITER/ARTIST: Sean Bishop

While Comic The Comic Company released adaptations of all three Robotech Wars back in the 1980s I own an incomplete set. “Booby Trap” is an adaptation of the first episode of Robotech titled “Boobytrap”, and is one of the issues I’m missing from the Comic run. So when Academy released this new adaptation I ordered it. Unfortunately it’s the only one produced, just as Academy was losing the Robotech license. From here out we’ll be doing Comico and a few other issues from other publishers set during this period but right now the early years are done and the Macross Saga begins.

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Viz Embracing The Manga-Inspired

Viz Comics have been the distributors and translators of many Japanese comics in the US, and even released some anime on home video. They’re a large part of why manga and anime have become so popular and the various Japanese art styles have influenced Western artists and comic creators. Now they’re embracing that new artistic culture and announcing plans to release manga-inspired graphic novels by American creators.

Scanning My Collection: Transformers Armada, The UK Comic Magazine

I never truly leave Cybertron…if only in my spark.

For those of you who weren’t around at the time I was reviewing the various comics, Transformers Armada is based on the toyline in which the Autobots and Decepticons were joined…quite literally…by, or rather to, a third faction called the Mini-Con. If you only know them from the recent Robots In Disguise series it’s a modified version of the original concept. By connecting to certain “hardpoints” on the larger figures the Mini-Con would activate hidden weapons and such, but on the “dead points” kids could pretend they were giving them a huge burst of power, which extended for the next few toylines until the 2010s RID. (Interestingly a couple of toys from the 2000s RID, which came from Car Robot, were able to accept Mini-Cons due to the molding.) To me the gimmick was never fully showcased however.

I wrote about the little Transformers and my love of them over at The Clutter Reports, where I noted that these were small Transformers who turned into vehicles that had things like headlights or little jets. (And as we’ve seen in Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy headlights can double as water cannons, but since they’re headLIGHTS you could argue they’d make for good lasers.) Some of them not only turned into weapon-bearing vehicles but the toy itself may have launching projectiles. The helicopters had spinning blades. One Mini-Con team had a gimmick that they turned into mounted or hand-held weapons, but the only ones anyone following the media would know are the ones that combined into the superpowerful weapons like the Star Saber, Requiem Blaster, and Skyboom Shield. There was so much more play and fight scene potential in the Mini-Cons that was never realized, nor was their non-weapon potential realized outside of being referred to as “smart tools” in the cartoon. This has constantly bothered me but with the gimmick altered after Power Core Combiners (which didn’t even have a non-toy appearance) to what it became in Robots In Disguise it’s just more wasted potential. It’s a sore spot for me because I really love the classic Mini-Con toys and wish we could see the full extent of the gimmick beyond robo-steroids.

Enough about that though, because this getting too long intro hasn’t even touched on UK comics. I’m not from the UK and I’ve only seen a small number of comics from the UK but they don’t appear to come in the traditional comic size but in more of a magazine format. Someone actually from the UK (Gary?) can correct me if I’m wrong. I’m not sure how because my memory is only slightly less damaged than Sam Beckett but I ended up with the first issue of Panini Comics’ Transformers Armada, a comic adapting the toys into comics for the UK rather than simply reprinting the US comics from Dreamwave. And it does appear to be a magazine, as you’ll see from the cover. There are a few character profiles and an activities section that includes how to draw Megatron. Not that this is the artist I would choose to draw Megatron but I’ll get to that. I’ll be focusing on the comic story, which makes four versions of the origin of the Mini-Cons on Earth I own, along with the Dreamwave comic, the cartoon, and a junior novel I may get to some day. Also, this is Simon Furman’s chance to do his own telling of the origin since he came in during the second story arc of the US comic. How well did he do?

I also don’t remember if this had a sticker album but I get the feeling it didn’t.

Transformers Armada #1

Panini Comics (May, 2003)

“First Encounter”

WRITER: Simon Furman

PENCILER: Jon Mitchell

INKER: Bambos Georgiou, and Martin Griffiths

LETTERER: Neil Porter

Oddly there is no coloring (or in this case colouring) credit despite the whole magazine being in full color.

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