Power Girl #26

In this day of trade paperbacks and extended story arcs, the single issue story is becoming a lost art form. Power Girl #26 proves that a single issue story can still be just as compelling as a longer one.

As the cover to your left shows, the story is fairly simple. Writer Matthew Sturges has Power Girl signing autographs to a bunch of her fans, all dressed up as their fans. One of her fans is from a race of aliens that captures Power Girl–along with the rest of her fans–in order to taker her DNA and use it to start an army of super powerful soldiers. It’s up to Power Girl’s adoring fans to step up and save the day and get everyone back home to planet Earth.

Guys, this is the perfect comic to get your girlfriend or lady friends hooked on funny books. Every character in this book is a woman, so everyone is relatable. It’s not tied up with years of continuity and you get a full story that makes sense. It’s also very friendly, artistically speaking. Sami Basri’s art style is superb, and all the ladies in the book have realistic body types. Come on, everyone knows that those BABEALICIOUS~! pin-up super heroines discourages women from going to comics stores. This issue of Power Girl is something any lady can be proud of reading.

My co-workers took Green Arrow hostage!

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This should serve as a reminder to those of us who keep toys at their desks and make promises to our co-workers that they forget about. Your action figures will become pawns in the game of cerebral chess, being held hostage until you uphold your promises.

Poor Ollie has been taped down and disarmed. Unfortunately for his abductors, they forgot to tape his mouth shut and I bet he’s been ranting pretty fierce.

For the record, Green Arrow is safe and has been returned to his rightful place, protecting my printer.

About that new Thundercats series

It’s a pretty well-known fact that I’m a sucker for 1980s cartoons. Many an evening with my girlfriend have devolved into us watching Transformers or GI Joe, sometimes even Jem. As much as I love these characters and concepts, sometimes I find myself not enjoying the updated versions. When I heard that Cartoon Network was relaunching Thundercats, I didn’t know what to expect.

When I saw last week’s two-part debut, I was hooked.

This new version of Thundercats is very faithful to the original concepts, but is telling a new story. Most noticeable is that its set on their home planet Thundera as opposed to Third Earth. Oh, and the fact that Lion-O is a young adult as opposed to a full-fledged man. This gives them a lot more room to explore his character. Will Friedle is the voice of the character, and at times reminded me a bit of his earlier role of Eric Matthews.

Larry Kenney, who was Lion-O in the original series, lends his voice to Claudus, the king of the Thundercats that dies at the hands of Mumm-Ra. This leads to Lion-O, Tygra and Cheetara fleeing to find the Book of Omens in an effort to stop the evil mummy and gives the framework of the show’s story.

The animation has grown on me, as I’m not usually a fan of the more anime stylized cartoons. I will say that it looks nothing like any of the other modern cartoons. I like the new character designs, but Lion-O’s hair seems a little too Dragonball Z for my liking.

One of the things that fans of the original series like to reminisce and joke about was how they forced social themes into the episodes. We did see a bit in this, when Lion-O pleaded to his father to not kill their enemy Lizards, preaching peacefulness and tolerance of those who are different. This scene played out very well.

Consider me hooked. I can’t wait for the next episode.

Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Review..FINALLY!`

This Sunday I finally saw Captain America: The First Avenger. So what did I think?

I really enjoyed the film. It reminded me a lot of The Rocketeer, as both films may have been set in the 1940s but felt modern. This comparison makes a lot of sense, as both films were directed by Joe Johnston. What carried this film was Chris Evans, who made Steve Rogers super likable in the way that Christopher Reeve and Robert Downey Jr. respectively made Superman and Iron Man compelling characters. You really wanted to see Rogers succeed.

This version of Cap really hit home how much he loved America, whether it be him getting denied entrance into the army, or him being upset that he was created to be a super soldier and all he wad doing to help the war effort was being a fundraising mascot. And in the final scene of the movie, as he put aside his own life to make sure that Red Skull’s doom machine wound up crashing into the ocean around Newfoundland then destroying Manhattan.

I really like how they made Captain America show that you can be patriotic and selfless, without having to be an overbearing, flag waiving caricature of the American spirit. I’m sure this will help the movie be a success overseas.

Getting to the casting and characters, I enjoyed everyone else in the film. Hugo Weaving was a very maniacal Red Skull, and I love how they toyed with the big reveal of his disfigured face through the first half of the movie. Sebastian Stan’s Bucky was a great supporting character. Johnston did a good job showing the dynamic change between Steve and Bucky, as at first Bucky was the protector to the weaker Steve, and how that changed thanks to the Super Solier Serum. With Bucky’s off camera death, I wonder if he may return as Winter Soldier in a later film. Hayley Atwell and Tommy Lee Jones were also fun characters.

There was even a nice nod to fans of Timely Comics era Marvel, you can spot an android Human Torch Jim Hammond in the Stark Expo.

Anyway, the movie was fun, and it was a great way to connect-the-dots on how we get to the Avengers film. That hidden clip at the end officially starts my countdown. Check out Andrew over at ComicBookMarks and Todd Lyden who had some interesting opinions on the film.


I realize I’m a bit late with this one, but it’s a fun splash page from Uncanny X-Men #268 by Jim Lee. This has become an iconic depiction of Cap. They’ve used this image for t-shirts, posters, covers, you name it.

With the Captain America movie that just came out, they’ve even used it as a reference for some of the movie merchandise. Don’t believe me? Check out this birthday set. Clearly a homage to this image.