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Beware the Batman

I approach this new Batman series with both trepidation and resentment. We’re getting this series as not only a replacement for the old “Brave and the Bold” series, which gave us an intriguing and entertaining new direction for the character, but also a replacement for the much loved, and inexplicably ended “Green Lantern” and “Young Justice.” I would have much rather had either of these series back, or a JLA spin-off from the later than anything else Cartoon Network is offering lately, especially the superdeformed mutilation called “Teen Titans Go!” or this newest version of Batman.

“Beware the Batman” is a bit of an oddity, with, in my opinion, very little to like. The animation is CGI style like the aforementioned Green Lantern series, and there seems to be very little reason to have it done in this method. There are no wild scifi elements that this style would benefit. Batman’s head is odd and his whole costume has a wet, almost slimy, vinyl rubber look.

It is also quite violent. I was surprised at how violent, and I’m pretty desensitized to that sort of thing, especially when it comes to superheroes and cartoons. This is also a very different concept for Batman. He is, once again (groan), early in his career and therefore inexperienced. Why can’t we have the confident and competent Batman? That’s the one we like, not the bumbling amateur.

I said this was a new concept, well, young and dumb isn’t what I was talking about. Alfred is very different. More than a butler, he is an Australian ex-spy who looks like cross between Lex Luthor and Vin Diesel. It’s an intriguing idea, but I don’t like it.

Also in the way of change, I understand that the standard rogues gallery is being jettisoned for this new series. I think this is a very odd decision as Batman’s bizarre enemies are as much a part of his popularity as everything else. In the opener, he fights the very strange Grant Morrison creations, Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad. I was not impressed.

Also featured in the episode were a non- Mr. Terrific Michael Holt and a decidedly pre-Metamorpho Simon Stagg. Was this just for the Easter egg name drop then? Let’s face it, Mr. Terrific and Metamorpho are what makes these characters interesting, without them, why use them?

I’m giving this series a wait and see option. I haven’t really decided yet. It could go either way after watching just one episode, but I really don’t know.

I did however like the DC Nation short featuring the Tarantino-esque Aeon Flux style retro Wonder Woman short. Can’t wait to see more. Instead of another Batman, why not a series based on this, of one of the other better shorts like Amethyst, Sword of the Atom, Plastic Man, or Thunder and Lightning? Or if you insist on Batman, how about Batman of Shanghai?

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 1-9-13

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast features co-hosts Allison (Three Marvel Girl) Eckel, and Glenn (Reading As Fast As He Can) Walker, as they discuss the new comics out this week! You can see the show here, or check it out below.

Discussion featured in this week’s Special Family Boobies Episode includes: The Walking Dead #106, Godzilla #8, Bizarro Buffy, Detective Comics #16, Earth 2, Phantom Stranger #4, Stormwatch #16, ever changing Green Lantern hair, Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #16, Superior Spider-Man #1, Avengers Arena #3, Punisher Vs. Thor, clown warning, Allison and Glenn try to figure out the X-Men books of the week, Augmented Reality, Allison’s kids comics, superhero chapter books, and the trades and toys of the week.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the newly revamped All Things Fun! Blogs, written by Allison and Glenn, featuring The Vidcast Drinking Game so you can play along at home, and watch ATF! on YouTube (don’t forget to subscribe to the channel while you’re there, and leave a comment or two on the Vidcast as well!).

And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the South Jersey/Philadelphia area’s best comics, toys and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ. Don’t forget to visit us at Facebook!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 3-7-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Fearless) Evans, Allison (Fairest) Eckel, and Glenn (Bald) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

This first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Action Comics #7 by Grant Morrison, Green Arrow #7 by ‘Annie’ Nocenti, chopping block comics, Detective ‘Horror’ Comics #7, Red Lanterns #7 and the gay athletic Trekkie TIVO, Night Force #1 by Marvel fan Marv Wolfman, more DC, Swamp Thing and Animal Man vs. The Rot, Huntress #6 and thoughts on the new Earth 2, and Fairest #1 by Bill Willingham and Phil Jimenez.

The discussion continues here in segment two including: Age of Apocalypse #1 question and answer session, the other X-titles including X-Club #4, the Avengers Vs. X-Men Event at All Things Fun!, Avengers The Children’s Crusade #9 by Allen Heinberg and Jim Cheung, more Avenger-y stuff including the oddly titled Nick Fury’s Big Week, Ed’s Marvels and indies, trades and manga, and Allison’s kids comics. Schism.

Be sure to check out the cool new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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This Week’s All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (The Fearless) Evans, Allison (Dawn of the Jedi) Eckel and Glenn (Magic The Gathering) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Red Lanterns #6, Men of War #6, OMAC #6 and the impossible bra, Grant Morrison’s Action Comics #6, the rest of the DC number sixes, Ed’s Marvels including the Red Hulk, the Fearless, the Punisher, the X-titles and Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier #1, and no X-Club for you.

The discussion continues in segment two including: JMS’ The Twelve #9, more dinosaurs, Defenders #3, Invincible #88, Ed’s indies, Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi #0, Angry Birds fight, the John Carter books, Lone Ranger #2, Magic The Gathering #1, saucery, Allison’s kids comics, Ed’s trades, Batman Gates of Gotham, Colossus and more Angry Birds.

Be sure to check out the brave and the bold new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 1-4-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (iZombie) Evans, Allison (Silver Swan) Eckel and Glenn (Batman Surprise) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Batman surprise, Huntress #4, Glenn has more comics than anyone else, Allison’s DC books, Action Comics #5 and other Grant Morrison goodies, Ed’s Marvels, outdated New Jersey references, Defenders #2, and stretch streeetch wrap it.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Ed’s X-Men titles, Ultron War?, Rick Remender’s X-Force, Avengers Annual and Academy, Fatale #1, Flash Gordon German lesson, John Carter goodness, Atlas Unified #1, Irredeemable #33, Godzilla goodies, Allison’s kids comics, Life with Archie #16, Marvel action figures, and new manga.

Be sure to check out the outrageous new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 12-21-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (Santa) Evans, Allison (“Holy Codpiece, Batman!”) Eckel and Glenn (The Grinch) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: A little something something for the holidays, the Last Minute Midnight Madness Sale at All Things Fun!, Justice League #4 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, Scott Snyder’s Batman #4, Judd Winick’s Catwoman #4, the rest of the Bat-books, Batman Inc.: Leviathan Strikes, DC Comics Presents #4 featuring Deadman, Blue Beetle #4, and Nick Spencer’s T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #2.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Pop Heroes, Han Solo and X-23, the X-titles, Ed’s Marvels, Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man #676, Deadpool and the Hydra muu-muu, how to use a comics index, Brian Michael Bendis’ Avengers #20, more Marvels, Ed’s indies including G.I. Joe, Invincible and the death of Optimus Prime, Allison’s kids comics, Ed’s trades, and the Last Minute Midnight Madness Sale.

Be sure to check out the crazy new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

And don’t forget The Last Minute Midnight Madness Sale at All Things Fun! in West Berlin NJ – 30% off almost everything in the store! It starts at 11:00 PM Friday, December 23rd and goes to 1:00 AM!

Meet and talk with comic creators Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle), Harvey Award winning Bryan J.L. Glass (Thor, Mice Templar), Tony DiGerolamo (Super Frat, Jersey Devil), Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Koni Waves), inker Tom Schloendorn, and inker, artist and writer Bob Petrecca!

If you’re in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, come on down, and if not, join us here to watch the live interviews and vidcast with Allison and Glenn!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 11-2-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (Duke Nukem) Evans, Allison (Strawberry Shortcake) Eckel and Glenn (Stilt-Man) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Action Comics #3, Flashdance from Hell, Hawk and Dove #3, new DC horror comics, X-Men Regenesis, Avengers Origins Ant-Man and the Wasp #1, and everything you wanted to know about the Stilt-Man, and more.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Halloween fairy tales, Little Mermaid not for kids or biologists, Invincible #84, Duke Nukem vs. Hitler, indies including more fun with Hitler, Steve Niles’ Wulf vs. Ironjaw, Allison’s kids comics, and Ed’s trades including Batman: Noel.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The New Superman

Most everyone involved in the comic book world, and those who are just well informed about pop culture, know about the big doings if DC Comics this month. The eight decade old comic book company is relaunching their entire line of comics, starting with all new #1 issues with mostly new characters and continuities. One of those most anticipated and in some cases dreaded is Superman.

In reviewing DC’s new 52 initiative, many of the titles looked impressive or at least interesting to me – except for one. Superman. Beyond the erasure of the Lois and Clark marriage (shades of One More Day), I found the previews simply visually unappealing. Now this isn’t the first time Superman has been rebooted, and it won’t be the last, but I don’t mind telling you I’m worried, just a little.

The advanced images for the new Superman were not promising. Either of them. Just for the record, we are getting two distinct Supermen, even though they are the same person. Action Comics will be exploring the early years of this new Superman while the Superman title will be telling current tales of the man of steel. Action will be featuring an angry and careless young man, almost Peter Parker-like, whose superhero costume consists of a red cape, a blue shirt with the red S shield on it, and jeans and boots. I hate this look.

Whenever I see it, especially the promotional image, I am reminded of the Earth-One Solomon Grundy, whose only wish was to fly like Superman and was given a cape and sent to the moon, where the lower gravity allowed him flight. That’s what I see whenever I see that shadowy image. It’s not a good memory. The current day version of Superman wears a bizarre segmented armor version of the original costume, with new red belt, and sans underwear-on-the-outside pants. It should be noted however, that at least this version, in the pages of the new Swamp Thing #1, acts like Superman. Just don’t get me started on the guy who shows up on the last page of Justice League #1.

The protagonist in the new Action Comics #1 is a brash young man, who while doing good, is dismissive of the police and is an arrogant grandstanding wisecracker. What’s most intriguing about what may be a polar opposite of what most folks may want in their Superman – is that the real Superman does shine through. It’s all there, baby, you can still see our hero underneath this kid’s immaturity.

This is the work of writer Grant Morrison. Often controversial, but always showing a passion and love for the comics of his youth (and mine as well), Morrison is notable for writing what I consider the best Superman in decades in the mini-series called All-Star Superman. Even in other comics like Final Crisis, Superman Beyond and JLA, he shows that he understands what Superman is all about, should be all about.

I have faith in Grant Morrison, despite this unorthodox representation of the man of steel, I have faith that we will eventually see this punk kid mature into the Superman we know and love. And as the author of “Supergods”, as well as the above-mentioned comics, I think Morrison is the man to do it. For those who doubt, have faith, Superman is coming, back.

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 9-7-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (Batwing) Evans, Allison (Batgirl) Eckel and Glenn (Animal Man) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales, Detective Comics #1 by Tony Daniel, Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone, Batwing #1 by Judd Winick, Paul Cornell’s Stormwatch #1, Justice League International #1 and Men of War #1.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers Annual #1 with Wonder Man and the Revengers, Spider-Island, New Thunderbolts vs. New Invaders, Ed’s Marvels including Wolverine week, Ed’s indies, the rest of this week’s new DC 52 including Green Arrow #1 by J.T. Krul, Swamp Thing #1 and Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire, and Ed’s trades.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The Death of Batman


So Batman’s dead. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Been there, done that. Superheroes die and superheroes come back to life, it’s a cyclical, almost cliche thing with comic books. Maybe Batman’s dead today, but he’ll be back. After all, he’s been dead before, many many times, in many different versions and many different ways – and he always comes back. Hell, he survived Joel Schumacher, he can survive anything.

The real buzz began just over a year ago when DC Comics announced the next big story arc in Batman would be called, ominously enough, “Batman R.I.P.” It portends much just for a title. Writer Grant Morrison had been on the book for a while and had been mining some old and forgotten stories and concepts with the Batman mythos. It’s something the writer is known for, but he was pulling some weird stuff out of his creative hat, like outlandish stories from the 1950s that had been by and large no longer even considered in continuity. But then again, as I said, it was something that Morrison does best.

There were old 1950s tales that told of a Club of Heroes, inspired by the caped crusader, and so the writer theorized there might also be a Club of Villains with an equal hatred for the Batman. The Villains put together a plan to not only kill Batman but to break him psychologically. I won’t go into the details but they really did a number on the guy, but of course, despite an explosion with no bodies and a torn cowl and cape pulled from the wreckage of a blown-up helicopter – they failed to kill him. We all knew he wasn’t dead. Batman had walked away from worse things than that. The real result was an amazing jigsaw puzzle rollercoaster ride story by Morrison, which I enjoyed the hell out of, despite some scary and screaming bumps along the way. He told a good story, which was his job.

Problem was that folks in the know, people who read more than the comics, but peruse the comics press online, knew that the worst was yet to come. Batman had of course survived and was to be featured in DC Comics’ line-spanning crossover series Final Crisis, and was rumored to really meet his end in issue #6, which dropped this afternoon.

This time it was for real. This time we saw it happen and we see the body. Batman falls in battle with DC’s ultimate villain Darkseid, the self-proclaimed god of evil. While the caped crusader does manage to take out Darkseid, the evil god does the same to the dark knight.

The final issue of Final Crisis will be out roughly a month from now and we’ll see how this all works out. Current plans in the Batman titles indicate a ‘battle for the cowl’ to see who will replace him. Old fanboy and comics geek that I am, I see hints of a possible way out of this death in the pages of FC #6, but I’ll keep them to myself for now – but if I had to put money on it, Bats will be back and is watching to see who does what in his absence.

Batman is dead, long live Batman!