“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Darkstars #0

“I told you I don’t care how good it is I don’t want to watch Game Of Thrones!”

The Darkstars #0

DC Comics (October, 1994)

“Wayward Son”

WRITER: Michael Jan Friedman

PENCILER: Mike Collins

INKER: Ken Branch

COLORIST: Steve Mattsson

LETTERER: Bob Pinaha

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt

EDITOR: Paul Kupperberg

When DC dropped the Green Lantern Corps (by killing most of them off, turning Hal evil, and making Kyle the sole Green Lantern) they created The Darkstars, who are basically the Green Lanterns except with different powers granted by their costumes. John Stewart was even a member of this team at one point.

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Han Solo’s New Director

English: Ron Howard at Tribeca Talks After the...

English: Ron Howard at Tribeca Talks After the Movie: A Beautiful Mind, Presented by Tribeca Film Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week I posted an article link that the directors for the Han Solo prequel flick had been fired, Lucasfilm citing creative differences. In other words, they didn’t quite match the house style, which was one of my complaints against Rogue One, an otherwise good movie, and fans complained about the prequels, which usually weren’t so great. So they found someone they can work with. Ron Howard will be taking over the film.

The writer of the piece shows some concerns about this, as if they were in favor of any good movie whether it fits the tone of the franchise or not. While I’ll wait for the movie to come out to judge Howard’s performance (he is a good director), if it doesn’t feel like a Star Wars movie, it doesn’t matter how good it is. It can be one of the best movies, but not feel like Star Wars, and thus it will not feel right. This results in a movie that is better served not being part of another IP and thus will be ruined for the audience, especially fans who have an expectation from the name. When you’re creating a piece of an existing property this has to be considered or you’ll be shooting yourself in the foot. And you can’t complain the foot shot first.

Jake & Leon #322: Webcomic – The Enemies part 1

Done in by your own title.

Thanks to a family gathering there was no clutter-cleaning this week. Also I didn’t get to finish the comic the day before, which I’m trying to work on. Doing it the day of means being early on Patreon means nothing. Added to the list of things I need to schedule better but I’m getting there.

I’m hoping this week’s installment of the Seduction Of The Innocent book doesn’t require two chapters. It feel like I’m wasting space but while I went into this book with an open mind, only two chapters in and I’m already convinced Wertham didn’t know what he was talking about. And we haven’t gotten to the part fans bring up the most about this book. As for the comic reviews, nothing really new to report.

Well that was a short update.

Saturday Night Showcase: Voltron – Legendary Defender

I have seen most of the previous versions of Voltron. Of course I grew up with the original Voltron: Defender Of The Universe, and was there when The New Adventures Of Voltron was simply season two of the Lion Force. I’m one of the few people who liked Voltron: The Third Dimension even if the CG was hit or miss. Voltron Force kind of lost me but I gave it a real good try. And I’ve been reading the comics since small publisher Modern put out the three issue miniseries, although the only one I got from the shelves was the first one. (The other two were back issues.) Suffice it to say I’m a Voltron fan. I even like the Vehicle Team and have their Japanese counterpart on home video because I got lucky one year.

But until last night I haven’t been able to see the newest incarnation and the first full reboot since the Devil’s Due comics. (Third Dimension and Force were continuations of the original and I’m pretending the Dynamite comics didn’t happen. Hunt down my reviews of the ones they put out and you’ll see why.) And yet many people I know have both seen and loved Voltron: Legendary Defender, the new incarnation from Dreamworks currently only available on Netflix. All except one episode that recently showed up on the official Voltron YouTube channel maintained by World Events Productions, who turned the original Go Lion into Voltron. So at long last I get to see this incarnation that has become a fan favorite. Or at least the one episode.

They didn’t even release the first episode, unless this series lacks an origin episode. Heck, we don’t even get to see Voltron fight a RoBeast, which just feel wrong to me. When I see Voltron I expect to see him fighting a giant monster, even if it’s in a dance-off. (Yes, I’ve seen the Robot Chicken skit.) And there’s only so much I can judge on one episode. Still, it’s one episode more than I’ve seen before so let’s run with it.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Superman Adventures #16

“Oh no, not another Miracle Machine!”

Superman Adventures #16

DC Comics (February, 1998)

“Clark Kent, You’re A Nobody!”

WRITER: Mark Millar

PENCILER: Aluir Amancio

INKER: Terry Austin

COLORIST: Rick Talyor

LETTERER: Lois Buhalis

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Maureen McTigue

EDITOR: Mike McAvennie

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Friday Night Fights: Out Boating With My Dog

This is another one of those stretches, but I have a busy weekend ahead and need to get something out fast. Besides, we haven’t had enough appearances of The Phantom in Friday Night Fights so I have an opportunity to fix that.

Tonight we join the Ghost Who Walks and his dog…okay, Devil’s actually a wolf if you want to get nitpicky, are hunting drug dealers and a murderer, and they’re on a boat (no, we aren’t doing the song–PG site, remember) in the hot jungle. Good enough for government work.

“Dog Days” round 2

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Phantom #2 (DC-Miniseries)

“Yeah, right. ‘Shortcut’ my foot!”

The Phantom #2

DC Comics (June, 1988)

“Across The Great Divide”

WRITER: Peter David

PENCILER: Joe Orlando

INKER: Dennis Janke

COLORIST: Anthony Tollin

LETTERER: Todd Klein

EDITORS: Mike Gold & Robert Breenberger

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