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Weekend Aside: Justice League Task Force (SNES)

May 9, 2010 1 comment

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One area where Marvel’s always had a massive, massive edge on DC was in the fighting game department. Marvel had the good fortune to have their characters licensed to Capcom, who produced first the X-Men fighter (complete with voices from the animated series) and later the vs. series (which is apparently getting revived fairly soon). DC, on the other hand…

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Categories: Weekend Asides

Static Shock 036: “Toys in the Hood”

May 3, 2010 1 comment

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Story by John Semper Jr., Ernie Altbacker
Teleplay by John Ridley
Directed by: Another weird uncredited director
Originally Aired: May 3rd, 2003
DVD: (grumbling)

Summary: Toyman arrives in Dakota on the trail of an old friend, but it turns out that they’re conspiring to threaten Static’s girlfriend.

Arc Notes: Static’s first meeting with Superman. Some loose ends are tied up from Toyman’s second S:TAS appearance, “Obsession.” Read more…

Categories: D, Static Shock

Justice League 2×17-18: “Hereafter”

May 2, 2010 4 comments

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Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Butch Lukic
Originally Aired: November 29, 2003
DVD: Justice League, the Complete Series

Summary: Superman is apparently killed, and while the League mourns his loss he has to team up with Vandal Savage to fight killer cockroaches.

Arc Notes: Aquaman is established as the unofficial “eighth member” of the team (explaining his presence at some sessions of the “inner council” of JLU); Vandal Savage’s final appearance; Batman is confirmed to only have part-time membership status. Read more…

Categories: B-plus, Justice League

Weekend Aside: Blackest Night Thoughts

April 11, 2010 1 comment

I swear, this is only a somewhat transparent grab for page hits on a slow day. But feel free to skip this one, it’s more of a mini-rant on my part. But let’s put it this way: this is completely unnecessary reading if you’re here for the DCAU stuff, even moreso than the usual weekend asides. And, frankly, if you liked Blackest Night, you may not want to click past this, as I don’t have much in the way of kind words for it.

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Categories: Weekend Asides

Batman: The Animated Series, Episode 51 – “The Man Who Killed Batman”

April 10, 2010 5 comments

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Written By: Paul Dini
Directed By: Bruce Timm
Originally Aired: February 1, 1993
DVD: Batman: TAS, Volume Two

Summary: A small-time criminal finds himself the most wanted man in town after word gets out that he’s the mastermind behind the death of Batman (R.I.P.).

Site Notes: There will be a Weekend Aside tomorrow, but it might be briefer than originally intended; I’ll shunt the Superman #75 discussion forward a week. Other than that – Twitter for updates, subscribe to the feed, and don’t forget to hit the Retweet button. Read more…

Superman: The Animated Series, Episode 36 – “The Late Mr. Kent”

April 8, 2010 4 comments

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Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Kenji Hachizaki
Originally Aired: November 1st, 1997
DVD: Superman TAS, Volume Two

Site Notes: As usual, don’t forget to use Twitter to be informed of updates. And a belated RIP to Dick Giordano, one of the men most responsible for shaping the DC Universe as we know it and a damned fine inker in his own right. Thank you, sir, and good afternoon.

And I think I’ve been screwing up the title formatting recently, so you may want to check your bookmarks since some pages might have moved since they were originally published.

Summary: Clark Kent is killed while attempting to clear an accused murderer’s name. This is a problem for Superman. Read more…

Weekend Aside: The Death and Life of Superman

April 4, 2010 2 comments

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Written by Roger Stern
Amazon.com entry is here.

Well, this is going to be a rather morbid stretch of updates, since the obvious theme of the next Justice League is how to deal with loss – whether it be on a micro (the death of a close companion) or macro (the death of everything you know). But since the centerpiece of “Hereafter” is the first animated rendition of the most famous ‘death’ in comics history, let’s look at the first time it happened. Read more…

Categories: Weekend Asides