Dallas arguably hit their peak with “Who Shot JR Ewing”, a season ending cliffhanger that has earned a spot in pop culture and is still homaged and parodied to his day, even by people who never watched the show. While the country wondered who took out the big jerk a DJ in Cincinnati decided to make a song about it and everyone discussing who did it.
In America The Transformers was a three-season cartoon plus a theatrical movie. Generation Two the cartoon just misused computer graphic transitions to re-air those episode “through the magic of the Cybernet Space Cube”. Beast Wars and Beast Machines took place in the future of that continuity while it was arguable just where the first Robots In Disguise took place. Every show since then has been in different continuities, some sharing continuities like “The Unicron Trilogy” and the “Aligned Continuity” while the “Prime Wars Trilogy” by the now-defunct Machinima took a few looks and cues from the classic G1 cartoon and not much else. Outside of the video game Transformers: Devastation the G1 cartoon universe has only been touched in fan works and convention comics (which tend to be official fan works).
In Japan however the G1 continuity not only went further with two new shows and a handful of specials plus their original “Beast” shows, but unlike Marvel most of their comics continued the G1 cartoon universe as well, and is still being built upon. With the recent announcement that Viz is bringing us some of this G1 manga previously only available in fan translations, I though it would be prudent to show off this episode of Transformers: The Basics which goes into the extended G1 universe in the home of the pre-Transformers toys.
Iron Man volume 3 #35
Marvel Comics (March, 2001)
“Remote Control” part 2
WRITER: Frank Tieri
PENCILER: Althia Martinez
INKERS: Mark Pennington & Rodney Ramos
COLORIST: Steve Oliff
COVER ART: Kaare Andrews (not credited in the comic…if I didn’t have to look up first names online I wouldn’t even have noticed the credit on the cover
LETTERER: Jason Levine
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Brian Smith
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
I don’t get to talk about theater much it’s usually a very local experience unless they release a video of it like Nunsense or that version of Pippin with Willam Katt. I did find this one interesting though. During a recent blackout in Manhattan a bunch of musicals couldn’t put on their show, so they brought the show to the streets. I hope they were good performances. Too bad none of them were a rendition of Fame. It would have fit. 🙂
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.
We are half-way through this book, but given that this is a young reader book that’s not too surprising. I needed something short but good and thus far this book has delivered on that. I think I read this back in the day but either I didn’t come upon any more books in the series (I think I ordered this through Previews but I’m not sure…it’s been a long time) or didn’t want to keep collecting books for kids…which given what I read and watch nowadays seems odd.
In our last installment our three kids met our three robots, but a signal was sent to Cybertron telling them that the Mini-Cons are awake. So what’s been happening on the old Transformer homeworld of this continuity since the prologue?
Chapter 4: Arrival
Batman Beyond #21 (volume 2)
DC Comics (July, 2001)
“In Blackest Day”
(don’t worry, no notazombies here)
WRITER: Hilary J. Bader
PENCILER: Rick Burchett
INKER: Dan Davis
COLORIST: Shannon Blanchard
SEPARATIONS: Digital Chameleon
LETTERER: John Costanza
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Michael Wright
EDITOR: Bob Schreck
If you were here for my reviews of the New 52 Superman written by George Pérez you know I was rather critical of the whole run. These were not good stories, but if what the man now says is true I might have been a bit harsh on him. These were the first stories I saw of him as writer although I have nothing but praise for his artwork. He’s truly one of the best in the business but corporate meddling during his Superman run ended running him out of the genre. One complaint I have heard him mention elsewhere is that whatever Grant Morrison was doing on the origin years Pérez was not informed and couldn’t keep up. It’s a shame he was scuttled, but I do wonder if what he was actually writing was any better? Although given how DiDio’s ran this sinking ship I wouldn’t be surprised if he telling the truth.