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Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 19:34 By Dave Michaels

2562451-comic_tv_640There was a time when television was filled to the brim with superhero TV shows! From Superman, to Wonder Woman to Incredible Hulk to Batman, and even original superhero TV shows like The Greatest American Hero and the Six Million Dollar Man…it seemed like supers ruled the airwaves.

Then…they all went away.

For a decade and a half or so it seemed capes were banned from TV (with the exception of a few Superman series spattered here and there). Well, that has definitely changed.

With the success of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (or at least the first episode) and the steady ratings of CW’s Arrow, it seems almost EVERY network has at least one superhero show debuting or returning and once again comics are going to rule television.
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    Sunday, July 13th, 2014 at 18:32 By Dave Michaels

    76058-158300-mary-jane_superSo, here we are! I’ve let you wait an ENTIRE week and it’s finally here! Part 2 of my ultra-super list of the single panels that speak a thousand words!

    The entries #20 to 11 had so many classic panels from Superman getting kissed in the face to getting punched in it! And from Cyclops killing the man who pretty much raised him to Wolverine getting ripped in two! Can you believe there are ten more that are even better than that?!

    If you missed Part 1 or need a refresher, here it is.

    Notice that Part 1 contained absolutely ZERO panels from Spider-Man comics? That’s weird!
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      Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 09:18 By DAMM

      d 3Hello DAMMnation faithful, eXPress Legions and comics fans of all ages and types to the pages I call home.  Once again it is time for me to review a direct-to-video DVD release from Warner Home Video that seems to set the pace for animated superhero tales in the animated movie department. While Marvel has had a couple of heroic but flawed efforts recently with Iron Man/Hulk and Black Widow/Punisher (two films I reviewed right here so hit the search and check them out) DC/WB has had several hits in a row with Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War and Son of Batman. In DVD and downloadable video (unlike comics often times) – numbers don’t lie. These have been huge hits selling 12 million units domestically alone not including overseas and digital downloads.

      However while I have watched the last few releases I found the material lacking in some key characterizations and really only enjoyed one of them…Son of Batman. This surprised me despite my feelings on Damian Wayne. With the release of JLA: Trapped in Time it seems my reservations about the future of DC Animated may be a lessened.

      So let’s get this monkey smoking…

      *SPOILERS LIKE CRAZY…you dig?*

       

      Synopsis from Imdb

      d 6“The Legion of Doom are attempting to use space satellites to freeze the Earth’s oceans, creating more land mass at the coastal regions for which they own. The JLA quickly arrive and the two teams engage in a classic battle of wills. This clash leads to Lex Luthor becoming trapped in a glacier of ice. In the 31st century Legion of Superheroes trainees; Dawnstar and Karate Kid are tasked with minding the Legion’s museum.

      d 4Their tour leads them to Lex Luthor’s memorial; his body still encased in a large chunk of ice discovered in the 29th century. Karate Kid Inadvertently frees Luthor who secretly explores the museum himself, and soon uncovers the shrine to his greatest nemesis Superman. There he learns of the Kent’s involvement in Kal-El’s discovery. Luthor following the voices of Dawnstar and Karate Kid takes possession of an hourglass which holds the Time Trapper within. Whoever holds the hourglass controls this entity who is the master of time. Luthor returns to the 21st century, but not without the young Legionaries close behind. The Legion of Doom regroups with a new plan in place; they will prevent the Kent’s from ever raising Kal-El, and with no Superman the JLA will cease to exist as well. The JLA arrive but Luthor’s efforts prove to be successful, and the Time Trapper causes the time paradoxes to vanish from this reality. Now it’s up to Dawnstar and Karate Kid to stop Luthor’s plans for worldwide dominance. They find a loophole freeing the Time Trapper from Luthor’s control, but now nothing is preventing him from wrecking chaos throughout reality. The JLA return, but well their power combined with Dawnstar and Karate Kid prove to be enough to stop this new menace, or has our time just run out?”

      d 2What happens when you combine the New 52 and the Super Friends? What happens when you add a Batman: the Brave and the Bold tone to a WB Premiere story? Trapped in Time is the result of that experiment and not since Bruce Timm left WB/DC has the characterization of these classic iconic characters felt so right.

      The most appealing element in this feature is the way the heroes and villains interact. It is just fun. From opening to end it is riveting. Like sitting in front of the tube on Saturday morning all those years ago for Super Friends in wide eyed awe I was glued -these heroes felt huge and the threats felt real but I wasn’t depressed by it because good was going to triumph.

      d 1Michael Ryan (whose credits include Scooby-Doo Mask of the Blue Falcon and many other episodic animated entries) does a masterful job juggling multiple sub-teams and mini missions while keeping the larger story moving. It is testament to him that so many people cannot write these characters without making them dark or changing their histories that he did not. What is more the entire first third of the 52 minute feature is a tribute/homage to not only Challenge of the Super Friends and Brave and the Bold in general but there are some references to specific episodes.

      Secret Origins of the Super Friends was such a fan favorite episode I can’t imagine anyone not seeing the nearly shot for shot homage done in Trapped in Time around Superman’s origin in Smallville. Sure some of the players have changed (Flash and Cyborg, for instance) but the spirit of pride in those shows is there.  It is testament to director Giancarlo Volpe and his passion to make an animated superhero film that recaptured the spirit of these heroes. The voice cast has many alumni from Brave and the Bold including Deidrich Bader as Batman, but the entire cast was beautifully directed and assembled.

      d 5There are some flaws though and not the least of which is the animation – specifically in character design. Aquaman and Cyborg look hideous and the bright spots are Dawnstar (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) Superman. It takes some getting used to because it seems clear they were trying to “serious up” the B&B look and “lighten up” the recent gritty universe instead. This first experiment has mixed results but I urge DC/WB to continue this line of thought because while not always appealing to the eye it lends itself well to the tone.

      Overall if you are enjoying the grit and darkness of the current DC animated films this may not be for you. But, if like me you long for the light to shine brightly in your DC icons and the vile to ooze out of their villains then I think this is worth picking up.

      I give JLA:  Trapped in Time 4 out of 7 X’s

      Tell the monkey to crush his butt…


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        Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 15:04 By Dave Michaels

        10305964_10152135268861633_3437155507672352790_nAre you ready for the most super-tastic Fall season of all time in 2014?

        With Constantine, Agent Carter, Gotham and The Flash debuting in the 2014/2015 television season, as well as the existing comic book TV shows such as Walking Dead, Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returning…it’s clear that comic book TV is in full force!

        So, just in case you’ve missed all of the great trailers that have been hitting the internets over the past week, we at ENR thought it would be cool to bring them all to you at once! Because we’re awesome like that.
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          Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 14:25 By TheMiXX

          Suicide_Squad_Vol_1_1These 8 people will put their lives on the line for our country. One of them won’t be coming home!  Sounds ominous , doesn’t it?  Those words were written on the cover of February 1987′s Suicide Squad # 1!

          The 1987 version of Suicide Squad took a unique idea a team of super villains undertaking missions for the US Government, that was full of potential.

          Whereas MOST super teams had someone ” behind the scenes “,  The Avengers had Jarvis, and the Outsiders had Dr. Helga Jace  (at least, until the Millenium miniseries). The Suicide Squad had an entire GROUND CREW to give them support.  There were mechanics, a pilot, and a small team of mental health professionals to handle the Squad’s functions.

          The Squad’s headquarters was not in a cave , or a satellite 22,300 miles above the Earth . The Squad’s base of operations was a PRISON — Belle Reve. And, unlike other super groups, the Suicide Squad was made up of mostly criminals.

           


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