This is welcome news! A new Godzilla film in November 2023. The King of the Monsters will be celebrating its sixty-ninth anniversary. Shin Godzilla was an imaginative departure of the dai-kaiju, but I look forward to seeing a return to the older style of the creature. Monstrosities of YouTube takes us through a few early rumors of the production and designs of Godzilla. After the slow burner that was Netflix’s Godzilla CG anime trilogy, I am really stoked to see a return to a live action film from Japan. What about you? Does this news excite you, or is it just another Kaiju movie that you can take or leave? Let’s discuss.
Remember when Marvel’s New Universe was the coolest thing on the spinner racks back in the day? Yeah, me neither. Sure, bagging on the MNU is low-hanging fruit, and there may actually be fans of this imprint, I am not among them… yet I don’t go out of my way to hate any of these books.
This “new universe” began in 1986 and lasted three whole years… I know, I don’t recall much of it either. Sure, I jumped on at the ground floor like many others did. I was a two company man, not counting my TMNT obsession at that point, and if Marvel was going to chart new frontiers I was going to be right there with them. Well that ground floor entry took me straight to the basement. While I still appreciate the level of effort of the creators and the marketing, the end results were less than stellar. The consistency of the titles also left something to be desired. If I had to choose a title from the list of the MNU, I would probably go with Strikeforce Moritori. It seemed to be the more interesting option out of all of them for me.
I still think that Marvel trying something new was an awesome move, but it seemed like it was more of a vehicle to see what concepts would stick with the “new” gimmick, instead of just bringing them into the MU proper. As a sixteen year old, I had already been collecting comics for eight years by this point and back then new number one issues were not as common as they are today. That being the case, I picked up every one of these issues. It felt like I was doing my due diligence as a collector, and I still think it was the right move. Would I do it again… well no, I no longer collect actual floppies (as the hip kids call physical books). I have a few hundred old issues and none of them are MNU.
This could be the day when I look for some digital Strikeforce Moritori comics and see how well they hold up, if at all. Perhaps I will, if any exist.
How about you? Did you get into any of these titles? Were you all in, like I was? Do any of these characters resonate with you? Drop a comment and let’s discuss.
Superman… but which Version? There are two pre-existing characters that can be featured in the upcoming project produced by J.J. Abrams and penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The search is on for a director and it seems like Michael B. Jordan is being sought out to play the title character, Superman. As I have stated before when this was more rumor than a possibility, this excites me. Something new! From the medium that normalized the concepts of interdimensional stories through the use of the Multiverse, now the Omniverse, it’s about time we break with the meat and potatoes of these tales of modern gods and get into expanding the pallet. A good story will carry a film with such concepts of “unexpected” or “out of the ordinary” that they fear a general audience wouldn’t be able to follow.
The reliance on some sort of informed audience has led to some serious lazy writing. Watered down plots that they hope everybody can keep up with makes for some less than memorable tales. Relying, instead, on visually stunning imagery to carry a project is doing nothing to lift the comic book movie as a genre… I digress.
Superman… but which Version?
The term “REBOOT” is being tossed around. It’s not going to be a reboot. This will be it’s own thing. There are established characters to pull from and lets not over look the fact that Warner Brothers would in no way possible replace Superman’s original form. So the two existing characters are Val-zod of Earth-2, the “New 52’s version of Earth-2”, and Calvin Ellis of Earth-23. Calvin Ellis, whos Kryptonian name is Kalel a.k.a. Superman, is the president of the United States. Calvin was based off of the 44th President of the United States, Barrack Obama. The Earth-2 version might be more likely, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Another option is to come up with a whole new version of the Man of Steel. While this would annoy fans of the previously mentioned versions of the titular Superman, the blank slate approach is going to give the audience an option to have something new. The thing that everybody wants, until they get it… NEW. Having grown up in the seventies, I am used to getting versions of established characters that are anywhere from Just Off to WAY OFF. Just give me a good story and it’s all good. Ta-Nehisi Coates never disappoints when it comes to good story telling, AND as long as the “suits” can keep their uninformed opinions out of the whole process, we may just get something very special out of this. Honestly, if they could get their Kryptonians in a roll, we could actually see a Multiverse team up of Supermen in the same vein as the Arrowverse cross-overs.
Years ago, the planet Krypton was annihilated in a cataclysmic explosion, leaving almost nothing left. Shortly before the catastrophe, young scientists Jorel and Lara managed to rocket their infant child, Kalel, into the depths of space, where he would eventually land on the planet Earth. Found by the poor but kind Ellis family, who christened him Calvin, he was raised to stand up for himself no matter the odds, and to fight for what’s right. When his star-spanning Kryptonian powers emerged under Earth’s yellow sun, he became Superman, champion of the oppressed and defender of peace around the world.
Superman would fight many battles against the likes of Lex Luthor, construct the citadel of Fort Superman, and inspire a generation of superheroes by his emergence who would form the Justice League. But his greatest adventure of all may be, in his identity as Calvin Ellis, becoming the President of the United States of America, where aided by his long-suffering assistant Courtney and the reprogrammed alien intelligence Brainiac, he works to protect the world with political as well as superhuman might.
Born to Jorel and Lara in the science capital on Vathlo Island on Krypton, baby Kalel was sent to Earth to escape Krypton’s destruction. Found by the poor but kind Ellis family, who christened him Calvin, he was raised to stand up for himself no matter the odds, and to fight for what’s right. When his star-spanning Kryptonian powers emerged under Earth’s yellow sun, he became Superman, champion of the oppressed and defender of peace around the world.
One day, inhabitants from an alternate Earth came through to his Earth, fleeing from their universe’s Superman, whom they had created. When the evil Superman came through, Superman fought him and won, with the help of Lex Luthor. (“The Curse of Superman”)
Superman also interferes directly in his country’s international affairs, using his powers as Superman. Shortly after the encounter with the alternate Superman, he destroyed all of Bialya’s nuclear facilities, and then invited them to join the international community. (“Executive Power”)
Becoming the last of his House after his parents’ execution by Krypton’s court, Val quickly made friends with fellow orphan Kara Zor-El. Moments before Krypton’s destruction, Val, Kara, Kal-El and another child managed to escape and survive their planet’s destruction thanks to Jor-El and Lara.
Through his trip, Val was educated by his parents’ knowledge recorded on his capsule, teaching him that violence was the least rational way to overcome issues, driving him to become a pacifist.
Falling on Earth, he was found by Terry Sloan who offered him asylum to “protect” him from the outside world, becoming a recluse.
He was found by the new Wonders who were looking for the mysterious alien to fight a brainwashed Superman and they discovered that he too was a Kryptonian. Suffering a panic attack after being freed, Val revealed that he spent most of his life on a capsule, thus he was afraid of open spaces. So Lois told him that it was okay to be afraid and that, being a Kryptonian, he could do something to help everyone.
Starting to develop his abilities, Lois tried to teach Val how to use his powers by finally going outdoors and try to fly. He was doing his best when they were attacked by a horde of Parademons lead by Superman who was behind Val. Saved by Lois, he and Hawkgirl were alone against the Parademons until they were saved by Green Lantern who took them to safety. Worried about Lois, Val told Batman that they must save her, but their plan was interrupted by Apokoliptian forces who forced them to evacuate the Batcave and escape to Amazonia. Batman blamed Val for not using his powers and letting Red Arrow die, saying it’s all on him. When Jimmy approached him, he told him that it wasn’t his fault before asking him what he was hiding beneath his hoodie, to which he revealed was the symbol of the House of El.
SNIKT! Wolverine claws his way to the top of the One:12 Collective. The X-Men Wolverine One:12 is a beautiful piece… one improvement would be an optional accessory pack that would give us his brown and tan suit that John Byrne introduced.
The One:12 Collective Wolverine – Deluxe Steel Boxed Set is brimming with accessories, including a defeated light-up Sentinel that Wolverine can stand atop. Originally created to save humanity from mutants, this pile of scrap metal never stood a chance. The Sentinel’s eye is removable and can be held in Wolverine’s hand.
Recreate distinct looks from different eras! The iconic hero wears an X-Men issued suit with shoulder armor and includes two removable belts, one with interchangeable buckles. Wolverine features eight head portraits including two unmasked portraits and a battle-damaged portrait, as well as a range of interchangeable hands including both metal and bone clawed hands. Multiple slash FX are included and can be attached to all claw hands.
A mutant with an unstoppable healing power and adamantium metal claws, Wolverine’s no-nonsense attitude makes him one of the most ferocious heroes in the universe.
How often to we read the phrase “… was better when I was a kid”, or “… was the best time to grow up”, or something to that effect? I call this Nostalgia Bias.
For some reason the ages between six and nine are a time that many of us latch onto. Whether it is television programs, activities, or playtime, that short three years seems to resonate the strongest with me and many of my peers. Now there are earlier times that I still recall fondly, and many times after, but nothing seems to be as strong to me as my post five and pre ten years.
To this day I am surrounded by things from my past. Toys that I had, and some that I wanted. Sure, there are a few new items because they are just awesome. I also, from time to time, make a Saturday Morning Cartoons playlist which is populated more often than not by programs from 1976 through 1979. It is a pattern that I began to notice more and more over the past year.
I find that music appreciation falls between ten and eighteen. This is why I love music from the 80’s over most other decades, although you wouldn’t know it if you peeked into my audio library.
Once upon a time I was one of those “Things were better when I was a kid” types. Then I began to open up to newer stuff and made room for some fun and entertaining new things in my life. Acknowledging that I have a bias was my first step to halting the behavior of bemoaning the current and yelling from the rooftops about “Back in my Day”. The truth is today *is* my day, it is your day. You can enjoy old stuff and still get into something new. Nothing old ever changes and you may revisit it whenever your heart desires. It’s impossible to “kill a childhood” just as continuing with things unchanged from your childhood cannot make those old days any better.
I have a saying, that I’ve probably said here before… “It’s more fun to have fun than it is to get bent out of shape over things that are meant to be fun.” Just enjoy what you’ve got while you can because this is a short trip and you only get one ticket to ride.