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.

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).

Star Wars Forces of Destiny Animated Micro-Series

 There’s never been an all-star lineup like this in any galaxy.Rey, Ahsoka Tano, Jyn Erso, Princess Leia, Sabine Wren, and other icons of a galaxy far, far away will take center stage in Star Wars…

Source: Rey, Ahsoka Tano, and More Iconic Heroes to Star in New Star Wars Forces of Destiny Animated Micro-Series | StarWars.com

   This has a very DC’s Superhero Girls vibe to it. I love it when good ideas are emulated by companies. I, personally, am looking forward to this 😊

Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell

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   Watching this for the first time. It’s not bad. It is aimed at a younger audience. I am already digging the fact that the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. are involved with the show. While I write this, I am also watching the show. At this point I won’t hold my breath for Dum Dum Dugan to make an appearance.

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   The Howling Commandos was one of the best things that Marvel has put out in years. Having said that, it was also a short lived title. So seeing some of them show up in the animated universe is a treat.

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   This direct to video presentation is entertaining enough, but don’t expect anything too deep. It’s fun for what it is. If you like Doctor Strange, the Hulk, the Howling Commandos, and don’t mind simplistic plots, then this show is for you. It really is worth a watch.

Turtle Power (2014)

 pizza-gyoza  This is a wonderful documentary on the full history of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It’s a great, and informative, watch. You can’t beat the rental price of $2.99 either. I was onboard the TMNT train back in 84, when I discovered the 2nd printing of issue number one at my favorite comic book shop, Comics & Comix, in Citrus Heights, California.

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Higher Res: Marvel’s new Animated Spider-Man

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Spider-Man is getting back to his roots in a new animated TV series.
   "Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic 
character whose duality  makes him both relatable and  aspirational for 
the  Disney  XD  audience,"  says  Marc Buhaj,  senior vice president, 
programming and general manager for Disney XD.     He promises "a fresh 
take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey 
fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense 
of comedy."

  More about the next Spider-Man series here:  Exclusive: New ‘Spider-Man’ animated series coming in 2017

New Animated Hulk movie coming this Fall (2016): Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell 

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   I just heard about this animated movie this morning. It’s supposed to be released this month and there is absolutely NOTHING on it. Just a small snipit on Marvel.com about it.

   For fans of the meanest and greenest super hero in the Marvel universe, 
Hulk gets his very own animated feature, "Marvel's Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell"! 
Hulk teams up with Dr. Strange and the Howling Commandos to explore some of the 
uncharted corners of the Marvel universe.

an INCREDIBLE HULK fan web site

Marvel_animationHulk: Where Monsters Dwell was announced by Marvel Animation for a Fall release last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. No sneak peeks or plot revelations but who cares, it is more Hulk to fill the gap until Thor Ragnarok next year. With the Hulk being “killed” in the recent Civil War story I will take any real Hulk (not name Cho) that I can get. I am hopeful that they story will be well done – consider me anxious. The story will include Doc Strange which undoubtedly will be used to build up the hype for the Doctor Strange movie in November.

More news below via Marvel and Newsarama links:

“For fans of the meanest and greenest super hero in the Marvel universe, Hulk gets his very own animated feature, “Marvel’s Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell”! Hulk teams up with Dr. Strange and the Howling Commandoes to explore some…

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Best Read of the Day: Doctor Strange Comics A Reader’s Guide to the Mystic Arts

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   The Geeks over at Den of Geek put together this reader’s guide last year. Now is the time, with the movie coming out, to get caught up on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme. As a character concept, I’ve always loved Doctor Strange. He has a great design, a smashing origin and, with Ditko’s art, some wild adventures. The books after the 1970’s have fallen flat for me from time to time while the animated feature from 2007 was a great adaption that I enjoyed. With the new movie on the horizon I am anticipating a great visual mind bender.

   While you wait for Benedict Cumberbatch to hit screens in the Doctor Strange movie, we’ve got all the Marvel Universe comics to check out.

Source: Doctor Strange Comics: A Reader’s Guide to the Mystic Arts