This week the guys wanted to watched a Batman flick; they chose the 2000 direct-to-video film, Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker, set in the future where an old Bruce Wayne helps the new the Batman deal with an old foe from the past, The Joker. It’s one of the better direct-to-video flick from DC Animation. Also the guys hit all the recent movie news. So please download and enjoy. Read On
This week both DC and Marvel dropped interesting chunks of knowledge on the nerds: we got to see the first official image of Jared Leto as Joker, and Bobby “Iceman” Drake came out as gay. Join the Comic Issues crew as they break down both reveals; what they liked and what they thought was pretty damn stupid. (Spoilers: we’re totally cool with Bobby being gay.)
Along the way they also discuss Angel’s new wings, Convergence #3 (…speaking of things we thought were stupid…) and Star Wars #4.
There are times, when words are not enough. I am an eternal proponent of the written word, and I am at a loss when I find myself in a position where this happens. I admit this only under times of extreme duress – I am speechless. I am at a loss for words.
This is one of those times. I don’t need to say anything about the above. I don’t need to critique it. Your brain is doing it for you. You have taste. You understand what is acceptable, and what is not.
The question, is, naturally, how and why on earth did this design concept make it past the drawing board, let alone through the approval process? If you have an answer, and if that answer is cogent, and well reasoned, please let us know. Please. Read On
The biggest news of last week comes up in today’s podcast as Anthony and Elizabeth take a look at the controversial Batgirl #41 cover by Rafael Albuqureque that was quickly canceled after a short time being infamous on the internet. Listen in as your favorite comic book hero and heroine take a look why the variant is offending people and debate if DC made the right decision.
First up though is the exciting adventures of Elizabeth and her first trip to Disneyland and Anthony’s mild-time in Sin City.
This week Anthony and Ashley are moving to an awesome new place, so Elizabeth takes a turn at hosting, with guest star Leland from Movie Issues! Join us as we pick Leland’s brain on all things DC, and he drops knowledge all over the place.
First we talk about Open Season on Comic-Con tickets and whether or not Nerd Mecca will move to Los Angeles. Then we discuss Aquaman’s new look (Leland’s not a fan, Elizabeth just thinks Jason Momoa is pretty.) Then we break down Joker’s “immortality,” Superman’s flaws, inconsistencies in Harley Quinn, and Wonder Woman having a beer in a bar.
Villains. Can’t live with them, can’t live when they conquer the world and murder you. But still, we need that special someone who can light a fire in our hero, as well as get his face punched in. So here are my top five villains in gaming. (Special shout out to Bobby Kotick from Activision. So evil but alas, not digitized)
I just don't understand why some people hate clowns
When Batman Arkham Asylum was first announced people were weary. Batman games haven’t exactly been great in the past. In fact many of the games make Batman and Robin look like Citizen Kane.
No lie, I loved this when I was eight.
So when the good people at Rocksteady dropped a bomb of awesomesauce all over us with the release of Batman Arkham Asylum we were, needless to say, surprised. The game was amazing from head to toe but the feature that stood out the most was Mark Hamil’s performance as The Joker. At once hilarious and terrifying his voice acting had viewers glued to the television set. Everyone knew Joker was a great villain (some may say the greatest of all time) but we hadn’t seen him fully realized in video game form. With Arkham Asylum, and the upcoming sequel, he earned a place on this list.
These five characters are a cut above the rest, mostly because they all have a great hand at what they do best. But who would win if they were hit with the right cards? And if they if they weren’t given the opportunity to whip their cards into the faces of their enemies, could they hold their own? (By the way, I shuffled these into no particular order).
Bullseye First appearance: Daredevil #131, 1976
Bullseye is popular from the Daredevil series and he’s more popular for his unusual precision of, um, throwing things. While he enjoys throwing sharp objects, he’s perhaps notable for his affinity of throwing playing cards. In fact, if he never decided to pick up a set of cards, we’d see him throwing other things that come in bulk — like sunflower seeds, paperclips and Costco toilet paper rolls.
Yugi Mutou First appearance: Yu-Gi-Oh! #1, 1996
I know what you’re thinking. Yu-Gi-Oh is an Anime. Au contraire: the franchise began as a Manga back in 1996. And although he doesn’t use a standard set of playing cards, an absence of his deck would make Yugi nothing but — oh! — a plain kid with funky hair. Certainly his deck of cards requires fast-thinking and problem solving — perhaps the same skills can be used in a gentleman’s game of poker?
Royal Flush Gang First appearance: Justice League of America #43, 1966
The Royal Flush Gang is suited for victory. Seeing as how these supervillains can throw down in a fight, certainly they’d have the guts to throw down in a Poker game. This gang would perhaps bend the rules while bending their cards, competing with five Poker faces instead of one. Is that an advantage or a disadvantage at hand?
Joker First appearance: Batman #1, 1940
If you try to play a Poker match with the Joker, you’ll get freaked out by his antics, creeped out by his jokes, and thrown off by his permanently-smiling Poker face. He’d be willing to insanely contrive an idea to fool you into losing not only your money, but also your appetite. Careful with the Joker — he most likely has a few wild cards up his sleeve.
Gambit First appearance: Uncanny X-Men Annual #14, 1990
Gambit was originally a thief — if you’re not careful, he’ll steal all of your money (if he doesn’t steal your heart first). This Ragin’ Cajun has a seemingly endless stack of cards stacked somewhere away in his trench coat. Gambit hurls charged playing cards at his enemies with utmost accuracy. Granted, playing a game of Poker with him just might make your head explode.
We all expected this to happen and now it finally did. Heath Ledger wins Best Supporting Actor at this years Oscars for playing our favorite villain, the Joker. Congrats sir. You deserve it. Your legacy is now solidified.