The Death Of The Iconic Superhero

What happened to superheroes? I grew up with superheroes in comics and on TV. A few made it into the movies but these were how I was introduced to the genre and what hooked me on them. From old shows airing before my time to the paper sheets that would inspire me to make my own, superheroes were always a great source of entertainment and teaching basic life lessons kids could take with them into adulthood.

However, nowadays the superhero is under attack. Only it isn’t a supervillain they have to deal with but creators and commentators who don’t seem to want to make the traditional superhero story. While some kids shows continue on it’s rare to see a kid-friendly superhero comic, much less one targeted directly to kids, and if there is it’s too expensive to spend your allowance on so you better hope you have a relative or family friend willing to expose you to superheroes. Guys like Bill Maher rant about the evils of the superhero movie while many comic creators want to write adult stuff targeted more at people who share their ideology rather than the classic “hero’s journey” or superpowered adventure.

To set the stage I have a video from Michael Critzer, aka Professor Geek, about the lack of a core version of the character for other interpretations to use as a template, what I refer to as “multiversal continuity”. However, I think there’s a reason for this that he’s missing in his commentary. Luckily I can fill in that gap.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Star Trek #74 (DC 2nd series)

“Just admit we’re lost, Jim.” “I’m not lost!”

Star Trek #74

DC Comics (August, 1995)

“Star-Crossed” part 2: “Loved Not Wisely…”

WRITER: Howard Weinstein

PENCILER: Rachel Ketchum

INKER: Mark Heike

COLORIST: Ray Murtaugh

LETTERER: Bob Pinaha

EDITOR: Margaret Clark

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BW V-Log: Dealing With A Fair Use False Flag

It’s a good thing I gave myself time to calm down and properly look into this. The v-log also gave me a chance to play with some software for future products, so there’s that too. Here’s that video I mentioned that goes into what Molebeat is.

Playing Card Games To Collectible Card Games

The card battle game. From Magic: The Gathering to Yu-Gi-Oh to Pokemon this new form of card game has taken off in both the real and virtual space. When I was a kid you had the regular playing cards but you also had specialty card games like Old Maid or Uno. I have one around here somewhere that featured dinosaurs, and over at The Clutter Reports I looked at a Godzilla game called Godzilla Stomp that I have not actually played because you need someone to play with and I’m not sure about the rules anyway. We also have a copy of Mille Bornes around here someplace. And of course you have the card games most people think about when they think of card games. I’m pretty good at Blackjack. Not enough to hit the casinos probably but enough to enjoy it as a video game.

In a discussion of “rougelike” card battle games, the team at Extra Credits looked over the history of card games from the traditional through trading cards and into the card battle games that take elements of both. Since I’m not in a good mood today (I’ll explain why tomorrow) I need something fun and some interesting trivia should do nicely.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Iron Man: Bad Blood #4

Justin Hammer doesn’t like his portrayal in the MCU.

Iron Man: Bad Blood #4

FINAL ISSUE

Marvel Comics (December, 2000)

“Terminal Space”

PLOT: David Michelinie & Bob Layton

WRITER: David Michelinie

ARTIST: Bob Layton

COLORIST: Steve Oliff

LETTERER: Troy Peteri

EDITOR: Bobbie Chase

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BW’s Morning Video: Godzilla Vs Kong Delay?

Chapter By Chapter: Transformer Armada–The Battle Begins prologue

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

Yay, more Mini-Cons! Even though these chapters are only six pages long, they’re still longer than the chapters in our last book. Heck, the prologue is longer than most of the chapters in our last book, and I want something easy to get through before the next big novel. This is a book for kids. I expect the chapters to be shorter here.

In previous reviews I’ve already looked at how the Armada Mini-Cons were introduced in US comics, minicomics, and the UK comics. Now we’re going to see how the prose world introduces us to the little Transformers with this book.

Prologue: Cybertron, Four Million Years Ago

Oh no, not more timestamps!

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