Chapter By Chapter: The Merry Adv Of Robin Hood part Second ch. 2

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.

Remember, the book is in public domain. Download or read the ebook online legally and for free at Project Gutenberg, Google Books or the Internet Archive among other sites, or check out the audiobook from LibriVox. You can also use a print copy. In either case my copy may not match up with yours chapter-wise. Follow along with the very-long subtitle. For this chapter:

Part Second

Recounting Three Merry Adventures That Befell Robin Hood and Certain Others, by Which He Gained Sore Bones and Three Good Merry Men All In One Day

Well, we already saw one new Merry Man last time, but only Little John ended up smacked around. We have two new men and one sore Robin to go but the day’s just getting started. Apparently we’re going to meet this book’s version of Will Scarlet. I haven’t seen every take on Robin Hood that’s ever been made. I’m not that big an enthusiast. However, I have seen Will Scarlet be everything from a Robin Hood fanboy barely out of ye old high school to the former leader of the band who isn’t happy about being deposed by Robin and basically becoming his Starscream. Since this one came out when Robin’s legend was still relatively new and only slightly toned downed for younger readers I wonder what his backstory will be in this one?

II: Robin Hood And Will Scarlet

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Justice League Adventures #3

“Oh wait, I thought this was the Justice LORDS world. Boy am I embarrassed. Still friends?”

Justice League Adventures #3

DC Comics (March, 2002)

“The Star Lost”

WRITER: Fabian Nicieza

PENCILER: John Delaney

INKER: Randy Elliot

COLORIST: John Kalisz

SEPARATIONS: Heroic Age

LETTERER: Kurt Hathaway

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Steve Wacker

EDITOR: Dan Raspler

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Tim Drake Pulls A Bucky

There are time I think something can’t get dumber and soon realize I’m underestimating the power of stupid. Take for example Tim Drake. They made him Red Robin as an homage to Kingdom Come, then gave him that dumb bird cape in the New 52, and now they’re giving him a new hero name. Yes, Tim Drake will now be calling himself…Drake, at least if Newsarama is right. This is a new form of stupid. I guess Spoiler will now be going by Brown? Will Batman just call himself Wayne now? I here Kane is getting her own CW series. I know some people have an issue with “Red Robin” as it’s both too close to Robin and the name of a restaurant chain, and DC is still trying to play to the cool kids but seriously?

Oh it gets dumber. Why is he calling himself Drake, or least why did an alternate universe Tim call himself Drake? Not because of his last name. Because of the duck. Because a male duck is a dangerous bird. Granted we’re talking Earth-3, where evil not-Justice League comes from but really? Ducks are dangerous? To what, bread? Darkwing Duck maybe. Dick Gray…sorry, “Rick” Grayson (DiDio!) went by Nightwing, Spoiler went back to being Spoiler, and Jason took over the Red Hood costume to pay back the Joker. There have been other bird-named additions to the team (one of whom was killed off) but there were also bat-named ones and ones with connection to neither. (Knight and Squire come to mind.) So even the reason Tim turned his last name into his superhero name is stupid. Who thought all this was a good idea?

Brian Michael Bendis? I should have known. Even people in the comments of that article were coming up with better names! Redwing (the name of his Robinmobile in the pre-52) is probably my favorite. Matches the history, ties in to Nightwing. That takes thought and thought is apparently not Bendis’ strong suit sometimes.

Jake & Leon #424: Iron Wardrobe

I think we’d all like Tony’s wardrobe in either identity.

I wish I could have given myself more time to do a better job on those armors.

Over at The Clutter Reports my going over of the Transformers Universe figures in my collection reaches our first Micromaster Combiner, the Railbots. Wince at my occasionally subpar renames.

So what’s going on this week. I’m hoping to get another Finally Watched movie off my list and thus onto an article. The Robotech reviews return to episode adaptation comic reviews for a while. More action with Robin Hood, and the Japanese G1 Transformer cartoon intros. Plus whatever grabs my attention this week. Hope it’s a good one for you!

Saturday Night Showcase: She-Ra: Princess Of Friendship

I’m going by what I’ve heard since I lack Netflix but it sounds like their She-Ra’s idea of stories about friendship involves slumber parties and proms while her totally not gay buddy wants to turn her evil again. When CLASSIC She-Ra does an episode called “Friendship”, they have Adora rescuing her best friend and her father from an island full of monster while her new friends go along to help even when she says she wants to go alone despite that being a really dumb idea. Tell me again why classic She-Ra is so bad for girls and lame cheese?

In this episode Adora learns her never before mentioned best friend from her days being tricked to serve the Horde is in danger and she goes to rescue her. Bow wants to help but Adora insists this is personal and not Great Rebellion related and goes alone. This goes about as well as you’d expect, showing nobody is perfect and why we need our friends to help us in great situations. Also, She-Ra befriends a not-dragon because of course she does. It’s what I found this week but I think you’ll like it.

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“Yesterday’s Comic> Amelia Cole #1: Unknown World part 1

At least that’s the comiXology version of the title.

Hermione really did grow up into a hottie!

Amelia Cole And The Unknown World

Monkeybrain Comics (2012)

WRITERS: Adam P. Knave & D.J. Kirkbride

ARTIST: Nick Brokenshire

LETTERER: Rachel Deering

TITLE PAGE DESIGN: Dylan Todd

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The Many MANY Intros Of The Transformers (G1 US)

Premiering in 1984 with a three episode miniseries, The Transformers went on to become one of the cartoons of the 1980s, lasting three original seasons, a three episode miniseries finale (it ended as it started), and two rerun seasons. At least in the US, but I’ll get more into Japan next time. Between the two countries there have been many Transformers cartoons, and for the next I don’t know how many Fridays I’ll be looking into the intros for all of them. There are a lot of them, more than Superman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Batman–possibly combined but I haven’t done the math. Those “Many Intro” articles took one or two parts, but this is going have a lot of them.

And my apologies for those of you on slower connections for most of these installments, including tonight’s. Even with the smaller groupings this is going to take a while to load. I considered doing separate pages but how many times do you want to reload my host’s advertisements? Granted they could use the money even if I don’t get any of it (still hoping for advice on the Patreon rewards…I need a moment to redo that) but I think this is the easier option. Load it once and get on with it. Just for the US run we have six intros…seven if you count the addition of Transformers: Generation Two, which was just reruns anyway and where else am I going to put it? So let’s get on with this.

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