Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The New Young Justice

My disdain for how things have gone down for this Young Justice cartoon has been pretty well-documented, but I've moved on because the show is happening whether I want it to or not, and Greg Weisman has a track record of making good cartoons.

I love the fact that this has brought back interest in Young Justice, plus they're having a comic book that's in continuity with the cartoon.

Anyways. There was a thirty second trailer I intended to post last night, but decided to postpone till this morning. This turned out to be a good idea, as they've released an extended trailer with basically part of the episode now. Have a look. It's pretty much the already leaked trailer from before but dialogue's been added and the quality's better.

Still makes me want a new Justice League cartoon though--16 members, just like this one.

Also I'll toss in the trailer of the G.I. Joe cartoon airing the same date as the Young Justice premiere, November 26th (my birthday!). The series will be airing on the new Hasbro network, The Hub.

Art needs work, but I like it a LOT better than that Transformers Prime trailer.

Feel free to comment on how you like these two shows in the comment section, folks. I'll be trying to be a tad more regular with the updates over the next month or so.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Year of the Green Lantern

So DC and Warner Bros. hope. DC has expanded to three monthly ongoings for the Green Lanterns, with a fourth on the way based on a different Corps, AND a mini-event scheduled for next year.

DC Entertainment has backed this up with Green Lantern: The Animated Series (scheduled for late 2011), and a Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game.

Warner Bros., however, has a LOT more riding on it all, what with their tentpole HP ending this year, and Batman being over in two years, it's necessary for them to find a new blockbuster franchise...and currently, they appear to be betting on my favorite superhero, Green Lantern, to be that franchise.

In my opinion though, things haven't exactly looked great. From that Entertainment Weekly cover shot of Ryan Reynolds in the Green Bacon suit that looked more fit for Dr. Seuss books, to the shot of a fairly ridiculous actual Lantern, to the slightly low budget clip from Entertainment Tonight, I've had my doubts. Everyone said wait for the trailer though, which has apparently hit a few weeks early. (At least, that's what the Twitter updates I've seen from comic writers/artists tells me.)

So, with a few minutes handy, I thought I'd give it a watch, post it here if possible, and see what everyone thinks.

Wow. Okay. Well, OA looks...awesome. Sinestro was pretty cool looking. That suit STILL sucks, but now if I go see this movie, it won't be merely because I'm a Green Lantern fan. This COULD be a decent film. (Especially if a lot of it is set on OA...)

Kirby Krackle

I'm a music lover. I confess. It's in the very fiber of my being. When I hear a good song, I lose myself in it like book lovers do stories. I find myself only able to hear that song, so if you see with my earphones in I'm probably not even able to notice you exist at that point.

I'm ALSO a comic book lover, video game lover, and just an all-around fan of most things geek. So naturally, Kirby Krackle is like freaking crack to me.

Kirby Krackle is, as mentioned on their website, a Nerd Rock band from Seattle, Washington. What makes them different from most nerd rock bands though, is their focus on comic books. With both songs about what it's like to be a comic fan (Another New Crisis), and the lives of superheroes, Kirby Krackle is currently my favorite English-speaking band.

But their website can do a better job of giving a biography. This entry is just to give you awesome music:

A song about the life of The Thing (Ben Grimm) of the Fantastic Four.

I usually write off "burnout" for events as fan whining, but somehow, when Kyle Stevens sings about it in "Another New Crisis", I feel like he might be onto something.

I'll end things with "Marvelous Girls". I won't spoil that one--just give it a listen. These aren't my favorite Kirby Krackle songs (saving those), but they're still fairly awesome--the rest are over at their website for streaming, or on iTunes if you want to buy them. It's definitely worth it.