BW’s Morning Article Link: The Prime Wars Trilogy Goes Titan

Machinima, the web group behind the Transformers: Combiner Wars webseries is preparing to bring the next toyline in the Prime Wars Trilogy, Titans Return, to animation. The Bleeding Cool report also features a list of voice actors, including some internet celebrities we’ve mentioned here at the Spotlight like MatPat. However, I’m linking to a Transformers fansite on the report because Bleeding Cool’s site has those stupid auto-running videos that have nothing to do with the article it’s posted to. Who thought that was a good idea?

Examining The Iron Fist Intro

The poll is in…with two results as I write this. I’m not sure why I have such a problem with audience participation but what can I do? No, really, what can I do?

But while this isn’t Wertham related it is tangentially connected to comics, so it’s not a total withdrawal. Longtime BW readers know that I love a good intro. A good intro sells the show to curious people coming across the new episode but not familiar to the series. It also draws you into the world that the show is creating, especially important the further from the real world you get. I have an article series dedicated to the best and worst intros I know. That’s why it disappointed me to learn that Netflix had a “skip intro” option now.

My fellow former Reviewers Unknown colleague Chris “Rowdy C” Moore was surprised to see Netflix asking him if he wanted to skip the intro for Animaniacs, which he thought was silly. One of the responders to his Facebook posting suggested it was a response to users who thought the intro to Marvel’s Iron Fist was too long and complained to Netflix about it. So of course I had to check this out. With modern TV shows (or streaming shows like Netflix originals) putting out a lot of weak intros lately could they have a point? Well….

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Transformers: Escalation #5

“Darn it, I need an extension cord!”

Transformers: Escalation #5

IDW Publishing (March, 2007)

WRITER: Simon Furman

ARTIST: E. J. Su

COLORIST: Zac Atkinson

LETTERER: Robbie Robbins

EDITORS: Chris Ryall & Dan Taylor

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Ultra-Fake!

A Chinese movie studio is producing a movie based on Japan’s famous superhero Ultraman. Too bad they didn’t consult the actual company that makes Ultraman in Japan. Apparently this war has been going on for a while over the rights in China. Now Tsuburaya Productions has released an official statement on the matter.

Chapter By Chapter Special: Seduction Of The Innocent ch. 6 part 3

I know kids are impressionable but what impresses them and inspires them are as different as…well, kids. Not all kids are into the same thing just like not all adults have the same interests, which is a benefit to the species as a whole. It’s how we have advancements as varied as airplanes and air conditioners, various kinds of arts, and numerous recipes for every possible taste bud. Variety isn’t just the spice of life, it’s essential for humanity to progress.

It’s the way Dr. Wertham is portraying the more graphic comics as well as slams against the entire medium that makes it hard to agree on the points that he’s right, because he then takes it too far and the end result is that he comes off to modern comic fans as going overboard and being some kind of kook. Wertham is pushing all these horrible tales of crimes committed by kids and teens and blaming comics not as the inspiration but the source of why these kids are behaving as they are, despite numerous other things going on in the 1950s, especially in the cities.

Read along with me because there is more to go through in this chapter as Wonder Woman continues to be blamed, and oddly the bondage stuff isn’t what’s bothering him.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Voltron #0 (Devil’s Due)

Ready for the fashion show.

Voltron #0

Image Comics/Devil’s Due (May, 2003)

“Revelations: A Prologue”

WRITER: Dan Jolley

PENCILER: Mark Brooks

INKER: Clayton Brown

COLORING: Danimation

(the artwork is credited to Dreamwave with Art Direction by Devil’s Due Studios

LETTERING: Dreamer Design

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Hal Jordan And Colonel Sanders

Sanders remains the official face of Kentucky ...

Colonel Sanders remains the official face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and appears on its logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, for reasons I can’t explain, DC Comics’ crossover with Kentucky Fried Chicken is a big hit at San Diego Comic-Con (maybe because DC forgot how to have fun for so long?) that they’re doing it again. Don’t ask me, folks. I just report them.