Of all the redesigns that took place for DC's "New 52" relaunch, the one that was most disappointing to the staff of ComicsAlliance was undoubtedly the one that hit Amanda Waller. Rather than the short, stout, and impossibly tough woman who appeared in the pages of John Ostrander, Kim Yale and Luke McDonnell's Suicide Squad, the redesigned Waller was young, slim and sexy. She was, in other words, just like every other "idealized" body type in superhero comics, and lost a bit of what made her unique.
Well, it seems our disappointment has found us in good company, alongside no less than Ostrander himself. In a column at ComicMix that went up this week, the writer expressed both a love of the character he shaped for over 60 issues, and a dismay at how the character's redesign conflicts with his original intent.
We all love The New Yorker's sometimes funny, often obtuse, impossibly refined cartoons, don't we? But it has always seemed that they were missing something: The human touch.
The staff at Late Night with Seth Meyers looked to add that missing element in a bit this week that looked to break the magazine's famous cartoons out of their one-panel shells and make them full-on stage productions featuring the Late Night Players. Check out a video of the piece, which includes commentary from the man who picks the cartoons himself, New Yorker editor David Remnick.
He's not quite there yet, and his costume looks a little bit like some leftover wardrobe from the Dune movie or a really fancied up seatbelt buckle, but the version of Deathlok fromAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.is definitely starting to look more like his comic counterpart.
Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well into its second half, and the despair has been turned up to eleven. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and oh my god the horror.
This week on The Walking Dead: nothing. Nothing happens. Carol and Tyreese and all three kids just have a nice, chilled-out episode where they point out shapes in the clouds and stuff. Literally nothing at all happens, so we can talk about something else now. Something pleasant and uplifting, like Darfur, or terminal cancer.
Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well into its second half, and the despair has been turned up to eleven. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and who gets an apocalyptic case of stomach flu that reduces them to a shuddering lump of meat for four days.
It's all about isolation this week, as our stomachs spasm and fluids leak out of everything while our bodies flash back-and-forth from hot to cold!
Not everybody's stoked on The Flash's crimson TV costume, and so far The CW's iZombie sounds like a pretty big departure from its Vertigo source material, but judging by the first photo of Matt Ryan from the filming of NBC's Constantine pilot, the show's main character will be easily recognizable to those who've read Hellblazer or the New 52-ified Constantine comic -- especially compared to the 2005 Constantine movie.
Look, I haven't cleared my TV-watching schedule to enough to catch Once Upon a Time or Masters of Sex, but if there's one thing I've watched it's the 2009 Power Rangers R.P.M. So I can say with some degree of certainty that The CW's upcoming iZombie pilot starring former R.P.M. Yellow Ranger Rose McIver could perform quite capably as Olivia “Liv” Moore (*ba-dump!) on the Rob Thomas-produced drama that sounds almost nothing like the Vertigo Comic by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred -- that is, if this show includes martial arts and mecha.
Yesterday, DC Comics gave fans their first full look at the costume lead actor Grant Gustin will be wearing in the new The Flash TV series on The CW. But the view was a little obstructed.
Today, leaked photos and an Instagram video from the set show the costume in action. We even get a chance to see Gustin running (at regular human speed, if not even slower). More importantly, we get to see him look like he's doing a kickflip sans skateboard... although Tumblr has already seen to making that Photoshop happen.
In tonight's Agents of SHIELD: Sif happens. Yes, for the first time since the Nick Fury cameo in episode two, an actual non-Coulson-shaped major character from the Marvel Studios movies makes an appearance! Everything's going to be great from now on!
Actually, despite claims from some corners of fandom that viewers will never be happy with Agents of SHIELD until Iron Man appears in every episode, I never expected Iron Man to appear, nor did I ever ask for it, and I'm surprised to see Sif in an episode. The main thing I ever wanted from this show was some decent TV. So, I'm grateful for Lady Sif, but let's see how this episode fares on the other front.
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