Saturday Night Showcase: Milo Murphy’s Law

Fans of this show are probably wondering why it took so long to mention it. (1) I didn’t know there was an official posting of the pilot. (2) It took me a long time to finally check this out. I’ve spent my own time recovering from crisis after crisis the past year, but I could have used this show while I was in the hospital. Which would also be fitting given the show.

While Cartoon Network seems trapped in one style of cartoon to the point that any exceptions (like Transformers: Robots In Disguise or Justice League Action are treated as an afterthought in their schedule) Disney XD is more than willing to bring variety to their lineup. I don’t just mean that they actually have action shows they treat with respect, but that they’re willing to create various kinds of action shows, and some really good ones. Take for example tonight’s offering, Milo Murphy’s Law.

Created by the same team that created the breakout hit Phineas And Ferb, Milo Murphy’s Law follows the title character, a descendant of the first victim of Murphy’s Law. You know, “anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Only in Milo’s case (and his father’s) that goes to insane levels. It doesn’t help that Swamp City is pretty much on the crazy side to being with. This is a town where llama’s perform Shakespeare and the theme park is centered around lard. But the conflict for Milo and his friends Zack Underwood and Melissa Chase is dealing with the crazy fallout of Murphy’s Law. Tonight I am able to bring you the pilot episode as Zack first meets Milo and the crazy life he is about to become part of.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Superman Adventures #17

The prototype for Milo Murphy.

Superman Adventures #17

DC Comics (March, 1998)

“Superman’s Pal’s Pal”

WRITER: Chris Duffy

PENCILER: Neil Vokes

INKER: Terry Austin

COLORIST: Rick Talyor

LETTERER: Lois Bhualis

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Maureen McTigue

EDITOR: Mike McAvennie

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Friday Night Fights: Just Don’t Take The Phantom Boating

It’s another fight with the Ghost Who Walks, and it’s on a boat again. It’s like every time he goes on a boat he runs into drugrunners and pirates.

This time he went looking for them…no, wait, that happened last time too, only now he’s after someone hijacking yachts and killing the crew while kidnapping the rich people and captain for torture and presumably raping the women, or at least torturing them as well. Luckily I’m just showing the fight between the Phantom and the pirate captain.

Dog Days round 5

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> The Phantom #3 (DC ongoing)

This is not how you treat the fire department!

The Phantom #3

DC Comics (May, 1989)

“Pirates”

WRITER: Mark Verheiden

ARTIST: Luke McDonnell

COLORIST: Anthony Tollin

LETTERER: Bob Pinaha

EDITOR: Robert Greenberger

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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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