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Batman animatedI recently acquired all four boxed sets of Batman: The Animated Series at a yard sale for $20. (It’s ok to be jealous.) Needless to say, I have since been watching the crap out of those DVDs. I’m sure most of you remember the show, but if you’re like me, you haven’t seen it since you were a kid. Well, I’m here to tell you that the show is just as good as you remember; nay, better. In fact, I come to you today with a bold proclamation: that the animated series version of Batman is the best version of Batman there is, and if you disagree, you are wrong.


I should probably mention up front that I don’t fully understand how arguments work.


Disclaimer: I will be comparing animated Batman to the more current and popular interpretations of Batman, since I shouldn’t have to explain why Adam West’s Batman or the Batman from Batman and Robin aren’t as cool. You should have no problem accepting that.

 

human torchIt seems as though with the title of superhero (or even supervillain) comes invulnerability the likes of which an Olympian would be jealous of.  Heroes face great odds on a normal basis, and statistically speaking, there’s going to end up a time when their skill—or luck—won’t be enough to keep them from paying the ultimate price.  In fact, this has happened so often that it’s created a trend that is nearly laughable, even to a point where it is poked fun of (within the confines of the storyline) by very minor and throwaway characters.  I am, of course, speaking of heroes and villains dying due to a battle gone wrong...and then coming back to life in extraordinary ways.

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21 Jump StreetIt’s an old adage of comedy, and I wish I knew who coined it in order to give due credit:  Only the truth is funny.


In other words, any sort of material that isn’t based in real, genuine human behavior by definition can’t be funny.  


So, when Jonah Hill, playing a cop going undercover as a high school student, has his cover blown by a friend of his mother who a) knows he’s a cop and b) knows he’s working undercover yet continues to blab his real identity to the teenage drug dealers he’s trying to infiltrate leading to Hill shoving her into a department store display, it’s painfully unfunny.  The punchline is as cheap as it gets (old lady falls down), but the scene could work by simply making the old lady oblivious to what’s going on.  But, the script (by Michael Becall with a story credit to Hill) has established this old lady knows Hill’s character, so her insistence to keep blathering about his undercover status is behavior only motivated to deliver a gag.  No human being whose spinal cord is attached to their brain would ever behave this way.  It isn’t truthful.  And, it’s painfully unfunny.

Justice League Dark52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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The Justice League can’t combat all problems, despite their diverse roster and power-set.  There are mystical and magical enemies and threats that have no basis in science or technology, that disrupt the world on a profound level.  When such threats emerge, those who have experience must form together to take them on.  They are the Justice League Dark.

 

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SW Dawn of the JediFor those who have not yet read the first issue of this series, I’ll give a small recap:  The time is set well before the formation of the Galactic Republic, and the great Schisms that have torn apart the Jedi Order have not yet taken place.  On the planet Typhon, within the Deep Core, beings from several species throughout the galaxy have come to better understand the ways of the Force.  Lightsabers are not yet known to these users of the Force, and balance between Light and Dark in all things is taught to the Je’Daii (Jedi).  And then, the Infinite Empire catches wind of these mystical users and set their eyes on Typhon.

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FarmvilleI’ve never really understood Facebook games. Everyone’s heard of Farmville and its ilk, all the big time casual games on Facebook that are built to appeal mostly to the middle-aged women demographic. These are video games designed for people who don’t like video games, in that they can only be defined as games in the loosest sense of the word. As an example, Farmville and all of its copycats are civilization sims stripped of most of their gameplay elements: you obtain structures and place them wherever is most aesthetically pleasing to you while you’re working towards unlocking the next thing you can get and place in your farm or town or whatever. The game spurs you on by presenting you with “quests” like “Build a henhouse!” or “Harvest 30 carrots!” and that’s essentially it. Don’t get me wrong, I see the initial appeal. I’ve played a few of these games on Facebook, and they’re great time wasters, but, eventually, I get bored and stop, because I realize that what I’ve been doing is uncomfortably close to cleaning and redecorating my room, only far less productive.                                                                                            

But, Marvel Avengers Alliance is different.

The Flash New 5252 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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A police forensics scientist was once struck by lightning, allowing him to now become the fastest man alive by tapping into the Speed Force.  He uses his scientific knowledge to better understand his powers, as well as utilizing his new gifts to fight crime in the Gem Cities.  Most of the time, he’s the quiet, seemingly shy Barry Allen, but when he’s needed, he becomes...The Flash!

 

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Bunny in the MoonNot being a comic reader prior to reading Bunny in the Moon by Tara McPherson, this was certainly a good place for me personally to start. It was pretty art, with no specific story to follow, and a super easy and enjoyable read! It was right up my alley with colorful and feminine art. Bunny in the Moon is a perfect place to start, if you are looking to get into comics.



Green Lantern New Guard52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Members of the 7 emotional spectrum teams must band together to protect the universe against a threat never before seen.  Due to the conflicting nature of the individuals and their respective organizations, the group has a hard time working together despite their mutual goals; however, due to the special relationship that Kyle Rayner has with his power ring and the old Guardians of Oa, only he can find a way to lead the group and form them into the New Guardians of the universe.

 

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Smash TVNew on the Tube is a series devoted to reviewing relatively new television shows and determining how they may (or may not) appeal to their intended audiences, where the shows are going, and what can be done to make them better. 

 


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A couple of NYC writers come up with the idea to make a musical about Marilyn Monroe and hire on a spectacular director with the financial backing of a divorcing producer.  Two actresses vie for the lead role and face off against one another and the circumstances of their own lives as everyone’s individual worlds collide in this behind-the-scenes look of creating a (hopeful) Broadway show.

 

 


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