Batman: Ascending Knight

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One:12 Collective’s Batman: Ascending Knight by Mezco Toys

   This Batman is gorgeous. It updates his original 1939 look, perfectly. At only $80 (US) it seems pretty affordable for what you get. Will I pick one up? Probably not. I don’t usually go in for higher end collectibles. Vintage is where my money usually ends up 😉  As they say, never say never, though.

Wolverine and the X-Men

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Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)

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   Today, in the Quantum Cave, we are screening the first few episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men. This is a show that was pulled off of the air far before its time. Well animated, and perfectly plotted, the series took a new spin on an old favorite. It wasn’t a continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, nor was it related to X-Men: Evolution. The only  thing unchanged between this iteration and the previous, Evolution, was the return of Meghan Black as the voice of Rouge. Along with that link to a previous show came the voice of Steven Blum, as Logan, to firmly anchor us into this new reality for the team. His voice gives the show a solid amount of gravitas from the very beginning.

   I won’t get through the entire series today, we have a Back to the Future trilogy marathon planned, so I’ll jump forward and praise the finale. The show ended on such a strong note that it’s even more unfortunate that we didn’t get a second season. No spoilers if you haven’t seen it, but a nod and wink to those who did. Like Young Justice, this one deserves another shot.

Drawing Spider Woman, Bruce Timm Style

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   It’s been awhile since I posted a piece. I was adding some Bruce Timm images to a Pinterest board, last week, and I found a Spider Woman (Jessica Drew) that he had done. What struck me about was the simplicity. The line from the should to the knee inspired me to take a shot at re-drawing the piece.

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   I added more detail, moving away from the simplicity that had so inspired me. It worked out though. Usually I go way overboard, and become tired with it. This one was fun to do. It’s nice to get back to my roots, pencil/pen to paper.

Jim Henson and the Ninja Turtles

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   I don’t have much to say about this photo, other than I was going through my, now, decades old  digital archives and ran across this awesome picture. Jim didn’t feel comfortable directing some of the action sequences for the first film, but he did it well and actually enjoyed the experience. He was a great guy who gave us so much. For that reason I felt like sharing this image. Now I feel like watching this one. Sounds like my Sunday movie is is now chosen.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 3

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   Good news, everyone! Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 3 begins on Friday, August 4th on Netflix 😎👍

   If you haven’t seen this program, then you just don’t know what you are missing. I was 14 when Beast King: Go-Lion was repackaged as Voltron: Defender of the Universe for an American audience. I was into Anime, then known more commonly as Japanime, and anything with a Mech was right up my ally. The treatment wasn’t that great, but they didn’t have a lot to work with. That being said, I have fond memories of enjoying the show for what it was, and drawing the combined robot for a while.

   You have a week, and a day from now, to fire up Netflix and catch up on the fun. If you don’t have Netflix, you can always purchase the first two seasons from Google Play (it’s far cheaper to sign up for Netflix for a month).

Freedom Fighters| The Ray on the CW Seed

   So intense. The Multiverse expands on CW Seed. I cannot wait to see who else they have on the “Reichsman” team. Having Red Tornado in this dimension is an interesting choice. My only question is where is Uncle Sam, and Plastic Man? This will be a MUST Watch show.

Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo on TMNT

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   Today on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Usagi Yojimbo is featured. This tickles me beyond all feathers! Not only is he the main character, the story is done in a VERY Kurosawa style, AND written by Stan Sakai the creator of Usagi. I’ve always enjoyed the Usagi stories in the comics, and whenever he was brought into any incarnation of the TMNT, but this one is very special. It’s on Google Play right now. Check it out for yourself.

   The ending is incredible ✌😉