Theoretical Spoiler: Flash’s Zoom Could Be…

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The Flash — “Enter Zoom” | Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

   Zoom. Who, on Earth-2, could Zoom be? While at work today I heard an interesting theory from one of my managers that began a very short trip to the identity of Zoom. My manager was in the ballpark but it just didn’t add up. Why would Zoom not just take Barry out, himself? What is the purpose of blackmailing other metas to do his dirty work? Obviously Barry can thwart his plans, whatever they may be.

   For a possible “Spoiler” read more…

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Supergirl on CBS is Sci-Fi Fun! All of a sudden Mondays don’t seem so bad any more.

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   Supergirl is a lighthearted, good time. Melissa Benoist is awesome at playing a quirky, sometimes dorky and awkward Kara Danvers. The scope of the show seems a bit small at times but I am betting that once the popularity of it increases, so too with the budget. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Kara next week 🙂

   All of a sudden Mondays don’t seem so bad any more.

Vintage Collection: Ultraman | ウルトラマン Family Poster Set (circa 1970’s)

IMAG2887   Back in the early 80’s, 1981-ish, I had a “friend”. Well I thought he was a friend. I was more his friend than he was mine. That is either here nor there. He let me borrow this awesome poster set while he borrowed a prized comic book of mine. It was a Captain America that I had picked up from 7-11 the week before. It was drawn by one of my favorite artists, John Byrne. Many times I attempted to make contact with this kid, but he had moved away. He stayed in contact with a few others I knew but blew me off.

   In hindsight, I got the better part of the deal, obviously. Heck, I replaced that copy of Captain America vol. 1 #254. Couple that with what I am about to share, well I think I came out on top. I don’t know a lot about the set but it features the Ultraman Family up to that point in time. It also shows a ton of the monsters (kaiju) that they fought.

   With no further ado, I present to you the ultimate Henshin Heroes (no offense, Kamen Riders), Tsuburya’s very own…

ULTRAMAN, err men, errrrr people.

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Gallery: Superheroes Done Right

   So there I was, again, searching through random image on Google when I came up with the idea to do a post about the WORST attempts at live action Superhero shows ever. Well, I found several lists along with images and the world has enough negative posts about everything.

   I decided to post a few images of, what I feel to be, the best executions of  superhero(ish) characters to make it to the small screen. I won’t list (Green) Arrow, the Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or the bad-assness of Dare Devil, since they all go without saying that they are some of the best shows to date based on comic book material. So without further ado I bring you, in no particular order, my favorite heroes that can be found on television.

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The #Flash Finale On The CW

Grant Gustin as The Flash

Grant Gustin as The Flash

Pepsi Super Series Collection The Flash (Moon) Glass 1976

Pepsi Super Series Collection The Flash (Moon) Glass 1976

   The Flash finale on the CW network hit ALL of the right buttons. This was the fledgling show’s opening swing and it hit home-run after home-run. Ever since Grant Gustin’s (@grantgust ) introduction as Barry Allen, on the Arrow, I’ve been excited about this show. It works. The inclusion of John Wesley Shipp (), the original Flash from the 1990’s, as Barry’s father is one of many nods to the past. Not only the old show received the hat tip, the comics were heavily referenced. The Flash is a love letter to the character’s fan base and an open door with flashing welcome sign to those who know next to nothing about him.

My anatomy isn't quite right but here is my Flash...

My anatomy isn’t quite right but here is my Flash…

   You don’t have to watch each episode to enjoy them either. Unlike some shows, if you can keep up at any point then you are along for the fun ride. It has a very Babylon 5 vibe to the way the stories are set up and is quite possibly THE best live action show I’ve seen on TV… ever. This is coming from a Trekker/Trekkie and hardcore Marvel fan.

   WB needs to see how this show is built and rethink their humorless dick policy for their theatrical releases. Barry doesn’t take everything to seriously. He cracks wise and a smile quite often.

   If you want to be entertained at a fast pace, do yourself a favor and watch the first season of The Flash. Head over to read Rob Bricken’s take on io9:

Hey Other Comic Book Shows, The Flash Finale Just Kicked Your Ass!

   As Cisco said, May the Speed Force be with you.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

   So we are a few weeks into the new series which airs each Tuesday night. The first week was strong and the second with action packed but with an added dose of Nick Fury. There is Agent Coulson’s ongoing mystery as to his recuperation from being, well, dead and that is highlighted by some of his field skills being “rusty”. Still a pretty good show.

   As of this third episode, however, the only thing tying the program to the Marvel universe is Clark Gregg. If he were not a part of this show then I wouldn’t know that it occupies the same universe as the Avengers and that is a bad thing. I am a die-hard Marvel and DC comics fan (yes Arrow is back tonight on the CW!) so I will support this show with every fiber of my being since it is pretty good. That being said, as an hour long action/drama program it would be on my “I’d watch it if there wasn’t something better on” list if it wasn’t Marvel. Bring in more Super Beings! Showcase some of the B-List heroes. Marvel doesn’t apologize for super powers it their movies so let’s not tip-toe around them on the small screen. This would be a perfect place to introduce Heroes For Hire and test the waters for spin-offs or whatever. Bring the heat, Marvel!

Once Upon a Time Gathers the A-Team of Fairytales

   When the show first began I wasn’t all that into it. My wife, on the other hand, loved the whole thing from start to finish. So as the old saying goes “Happy wife, happy life.” Now the damn show has pulled me in. Well it had been ever since the end of the first season. As far as last night’s premiere I wasn’t too impressed with Pan, the actual flesh and blood Pan not the shady specter that rips peoples shadows from them. Other than that and the glowing mermaids, who are apparently related to the vampires from “Twilight”, I enjoyed the show. I am really excited to see more of Mulan and Robin Hood in the mix and hope that they have larger parts to play in the unfolding story. Also the dynamic of heroes working hand in hand with villains is pretty interesting. I am not sure how it will all play out but it should be a fun ride.

   ABC is really producing some great stuff and I hope they continue the trend 🙂

The Comish, Gordon, Crime Ally Blues?

  I know that commissioner Gordon wasn’t a commissioner when he first began his career but when you take the Bat out of Gotham what are you left with? A very dark and corrupt city that is devoid of hope. Would the comic book spin make you a fan of the cop show genre? Other than the uber detective shows, such as the Mentalist and Monk, I am not and never shall be a fan of the plain police dramas. What could possibly make a show about Jim Gordon unique? I’ll give it a shot but as far as comic book TV goes, S.H.I.E.L.D. has set the bar very high. Even Arrow will be including meta-humans.

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   Tonight is the big night. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiers tonight on ABC at 8 PM. I can’t wait to see what Marvel does after a prime-time absence of a few decades. The last Marvel show was probably The Incredible Hulk. They’ve produced a few made for TV movies since then but nothing that great. Back in the early 2000’s there was a show called Mutant X that was produced by FOX but had NOTHING to do with any Marvel property other than Mutants. Now the time for apologies for comic book geekery is at an end. Superheroes and comic book plots are very mainstream now and that is awesome. Tune in tonight to show your support 🙂