Archie is a simp

Massive credit to the social network crew over at Archie Comics for attempting to invoke the Streisand effect. They had people engaging with the tweet and the YouTube channel, other people trying to explain to them that they were causing damage to themselves, and geek blogs covering them. It’s a very simple thing, but not everyone can get it right. The problem is sustaining it. If you click on the link above, you’ll see that they turned it into a promo code not good for subscriptions, portraits, or bundles. I have a feeling it’s already petered out. In other words, Archie bungled it again.

Why ‘Batwoman’ Star Ruby Rose Left the CW Series – Variety

https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/batwoman-ruby-rose-exit-1234612077/

So apparently the mystery of the fleeing Batwoman is resolved. It surprisingly has nothing to do with injury – which would be reason enough – and everything to do with working hours she found disagreeable. Considering she did crossovers with people already working those hours, it’s baffling that she may not have known what she was getting into.

I call shenanigans. While it’s believable that a show and its star can soon part, I’d be surprised if this were it considering it’s not coming from official sources. Someone’s either looking for attention (you got it) or trying to make her look bad. Thing is, it doesn’t matter why things happened unless it involved incredibly foul behavior. Otherwise the important thing is what everyone does next. How does the show move on? How does Ruby Rose move on?

Batwoman exits Batwoman – Ruby Rose calls it quits

Key art poster of Ruby Rose as Batwoman

One does not need to be a viewer of the Batwoman show on the CW to be shocked by the news that the lead performer, Ruby Rose, is exiting the show after one season. It’s not like this never happens, but this rarely happens. It’s not something one often sees of a show in which the lead character’s name (or pseudonym) is the show’s title. How do you recover from that?

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X-Men: The Arcade Game – theme vs mechanics

X-Men is one of the most popular beat-em-up games to have ever existed in the arcade. It helps that the game featured one of the most well known comic book teams and was often housed in arcade cabinets allowing 6-player simultaneous gameplay, but a bad game wouldn’t have managed to muster the staying power this game had. Actually, I should say has, as the game continued on in the minds of players who encountered it in the early 90’s. When perfect translations of arcade games starting finding their way onto home consoles, X-Men was one of the ones people were most eager to see.

In revisiting it on the Playstation 3, I found myself transported back to a more simple time in video game history. While each of the six characters – Cyclops, Wolverine, Dazzler, Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler – were individuated by design, animation and the effect of his or her power, every character played almost exactly the same way. The point of the game, for the most part, was to clear the screen of enemies and move to the right. There was a story to follow, sure, but it’s not one that needed to be followed. Save Kitty Pryde and Charles Xavier from Magneto and other characters were comically made blatantly evil. Sometimes it seems like the game lampshades just how evil it made the characters, although this is made worse by the horrible translation. Magneto spouts some very infamous lines, but none more than, “X-Men, welcome to die!”

In retrospect, that’s pretty polite. Continue reading “X-Men: The Arcade Game – theme vs mechanics”

The Superior Spider-Man

“That’s stupid!”

“It’s just going to return to the status quo in a year anyway!”

“Worst thing since ‘One More Day’!”

Those are the most common reactions to the conclusion of The Amazing Spider-Man #700. Continue reading “The Superior Spider-Man”

Avengers vs X-Men

This year’s Marvel summer event was Avengers vs X-Men, a series of missed opportunities and character derailment. Early interviews with those involved said that this event was supposed to finally lock the X-Men into the proper Marvel Universe instead of in their own bubble of experience. While that mission has certainly been accomplished, the execution certainly could have used some work. This series is probably the ultimate example of a plot driving the characters instead of the other way around. Continue reading “Avengers vs X-Men”

Dredd

Without hesitation, I can say that Dredd is the best comic book movie of 2012. Put away your bat-shaped pitchforks and mighty hammers so that you can hear me out. Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers were both considered fantastic epics that were the culmination of years of build-up. Both were huge and explosive. When you walk out of the theater, you comment on what a rush it was. Then what do you walk away with?

Dredd is a much smaller film. Not only is the budget smaller but the length doesn’t even attempt to touch the other two films. If the other two films were explosives, then Dredd was a bullet from a sniper rifle. It is exactly that precision that I appreciate about the film. Continue reading “Dredd”

Avengers assemble a world

The opening weekend box office for Marvel’s The Avengers (yes, Marvel is a part of the title both for branding purposes and to differentiate it from poorly received The Avengers film of 1998, which was based on a popular British television series – which ultimately leads to the current film’s being titled Avengers Assemble in Europe…) pretty much means that a review is of absolutely no value to anyone. Everyone who wanted to see the film has already seen or plans to see it soon, and everyone who did not want to see the film really did not care. A review about the film is not beneficial because everyone’s mind was made up well in advance of the film’s actual release. Plus the film has so little in substance going for it aside from the action that there really isn’t much to mention.

Which is great because the circumstances of the film’s immediate success is incredibly interesting to me. None of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe come close to the gross profit of The Avengers‘ opening weekend in their opening weekends. Truth be told, aside from the spike in the almost miserable Iron Man 2‘s profits due to the popularity and accessibility of the first, each Marvel movie has done worse than the one preceding it. So it is clear that The Avengers is an amazing gestault film that truly is greater than all of the films before it. Continue reading “Avengers assemble a world”

Buffy and attention whoring

From my February 9th post called “Buffy pushes boundaries”:

They’re not going to go through with it. No mainstream comic has the gall to go through with something so taboo. Something is going to happen to stop it, or she is simply going to change her mind. After all, it is probably a magical pregnancy, and Angel‘s fourth season shows how that can go.

But I just don’t think Whedon will do it. This strikes me as nothing but attention-seeking. It’s clearly working since I’m writing about it, but I’m mostly setting this in writing so I can call back to it in disappointment. I want Whedon and company to prove me wrong, though. How far are they willing to go?

As it turns out, not very far. Continue reading “Buffy and attention whoring”

Young Justice: Season One

The original Young Justice comic was the perfect source material for an animated series. It sadly never came to happen, but the Teen Titans cartoon was a good substitute. It still would have been nice to see Tim Drake’s Robin teamed up with Impulse and Superboy in an ongoing animated series.

A couple years ago an announcement was made for a Young Justice cartoon, featuring an Aqualad of color and a lack of overall humor. The latter was a deal breaker for YJ purists with the former being a deal breaker for DC purists. I was of course interested in the series, and it did not disappoint. Continue reading “Young Justice: Season One”