Tuesday, May 1, 2012

DC vs Marvel Part 2

Hey everyone, I'm here today to talk about the newest development in the battle between DC and Marvel.
OK, so in my last post I talked about DC Nation and in this post I'm going to talk about what Marvel is doing in response. DC used its connections with Warner Bros. to create DC Nation on Cartoon Network. Marvel used its connections with Disney to create Marvel Universe on Disney XD. During this hour block, Marvel is showing its new season of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and its brand new series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Here's my review for them:

Ultimate Spider-Man:

This show take place one year after Peter Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider. Spider-Man, voiced by Drake Bell, has got some experience now, but he's still a rookie and trying to figure out this whole hero business. Early into the first episode he's approached by Nick Furry, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., and offered training so that he can become a better hero. At first he turns it down, but after being attacked at his own school because he clumsily let a villain he was fighting get a tracker on him. After defeating the villains he agrees to train with S.H.E.I.L.D, but after he is assigned to a team of rookie heroes including Nova voiced by Logan Miller, Power Man voiced by Ogie Banks, Iron Fist voiced by Greg Cipes, and White Tiger voiced by Caitlyn Taylor Love, he decides to leave S.H.E.I.L.D. Shortly after leaving he is attacked by the villains that attacked him at his school earlier. He is saved however by the same heroes he left at S.H.I.E.L.D. After the battle Spider-Man realizes that he should joins the team and agrees to come back to S.H.I.E.L.D. as long as he can still do solo missions as Spider-Man. When he returns to school however he finds his new team mate have been enrolled at his school by S.H.I.E.L.D. At first Peter's mad, but eventually comes to the realization that this could be fun.
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Ok, so I was a little skeptical at first when I found out Drake Bell was going to voice Spidey, but he's been doing a great job. The show is a lot goofier than I thought it was going to be.The show has made some pretty big updates to the classic lore of Spider-Man. The Daily Bugle has gone from a newspaper company to an Communication business that includes news. So now you have J. Jameson yelling about how the web head is a menace on a big screen in time square. Aunt May has also transformed from a shriveled old lady to a younger yoga-doing, protein-shake-making aunt. Peter doesn't seem as nerdy as he used to be. He's more dork than nerd. Overall it's a pretty good series. It's not the top of my watch list, but it's still on there.


Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

For those of you that have been living under a rock, the Avengers is one of the best super hero teams of all time. Taking place in the Marvel Universe, the show stars Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Ant Man, Wasp, Hawkeye, the Black Panther, and the Hulk.

In the all new season the plot progresses with the Skrull invasion and introduces more heroes such as the Fantastic Four and Ms. Marvel, and The Vision who eventually get added to the team. Will Kaang's prediction about Captain America causing the world to end come true? Will the team survive? Tune in to find out.
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This is easily Marvel's best TV show. It's a great success with a lot of potential. I love this show and I hope to see Marvel make more shows like this in the future.

And that's about all there is. 

Who do think is better Marvel or DC? Leave a comment below about who you think is best.
 I'm Petertwnsnd and I'll catch ya later!

Friday, April 6, 2012

DC vs Marvel Part 1

Hey, it's been forever since an update, but I realized I've got some nerd stuff to review, so here it goes.

Hey everyone, I'm here today to talk about the newest development in the battle between DC and Marvel. Recently, DC used its Warner Brothers connections to get an hour block on Cartoon Network on Saturdays mornings for "DC Nation". DC Nation includes the all new episodes of Young Justice and the brand new series Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Here's my review for both shows:

Green Lantern: The Animated Series:

The basic premises of the series is that Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Kilowog steal a prototype Green Lantern ship with an experimental A.I. (dubbed "Aya" by Hal) and get stranded on the outer reaches of the galaxy where they fight of the impending threat of the Rad Lanterns. Within the first two episodes the beat and capture a Red Lantern by the name of Razer. The take him onto the ship and are currently trying to rehabilitate him. Although he still wields his Red Lantern ring he fights along side Hal and Kilowog in battle. Aya also developed a way to download her consciousness into a robotic body to help in the fight. Can two Green Lanterns, a Red Lantern, and a robot stop the Red Lantern Corp before they get to the main systems? Tune in to find out!
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The series is very different from what I initially thought it was going to be like. They took a risk making a series about Green Lantern and not having him fight Sinestro. In addition, they took Hal and Kilowog away from all the other Green Lanterns and stranded them in the far corner of the galaxy. However, it seems to have payed off. The series, although taking a very unorthodox look at the Green Lantern franchise, seems to be going very well. The character of Hal Jordon has been a little fuzzy in the past and has had to be redefined many times, but this version on Hal Jordan seems very natural and works well in the series. Experienced voice actors Josh Keaton and Kevin Michael Richardson are perfect for there roles of Hal and Kilowog respectively. Grey DeLisle brings the all-new character of Aya to life and Jason Spisak's character of Razer gives the show some great conflict. The animation style through me off at first, but once you get used to it, it's a great series.


Young Justice:

For those of you who don't know, Young Justice is about a team of young heroes and former sidekicks teaming up to take down threats. The show star Jesse McCartney as Robin, Khary Payton (previously the voice of Cyborg in Teen Titans) as Aqualad, Jason Spisak (who also voices Razer in GL:TAS) as Kid Flash, Nolan North as Superboy, Danica McKellar as Miss Martian, and Stephanie Lemelin as Artemis.

In the all new episodes we have added on Zantanna voiced by Lacey Chabert to the team as well as Red Arrow (formerly known as Speedy) who's voiced by Crispin Freeman. As we approach the end of the season we're finding out more about Miss Martian's past as well as Artemis' true identity. Things are also heating up as Red Arrow is trying to figure out who the mole on the team is.
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The brand new episodes are great. They continue to uphold their excellent standards that they've set for themselves. I'm loving the plot developments and can't wait to see what happens as we end the season. This  is one of my favorite shows on the air right now and in my opinion the best show DC has made so far.

And that's about it for DC. Make sure you watch for Part 2 where I review what Marvel's up to. Catch ya later!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger Review

So I finally saw Captain America and here's my review:

Plot (Without Spoilers):
The movie starts in present day time where a few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents make an amazing discovery in the arctic. At this point the movie then transitions over to T√łnsberg, Norway in March of 1942 where a Nazi officer Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) is looking for an artifact of Norse origin. Meanwhile in New York City, a puny Steve Rogers (Chris Evens) is getting rejected WWII duty. He goes and sees a movie where a heckler in the crowd is being disrespectful towards the men fighting in the war. Steve stands up to him and the next scene we see is Steve getting beat up by the Heckler in the ally. Steve is very brave and wont give up.The Heckler is about to continue until Sgt. James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan) steps in and helps Steve. Steve and Bucky go on a double date to the Modern Marvels of Tomorrow exhibition where famous inventor Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is demonstrating his newest invention: The Hover Car. Steve sneaks away while everyone is distracted to another recruitment center.When Bucky find him there they argue about why Steve wants to sign up so bad.Meanwhile unbeknownst to them, Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) is listening in.Steve explains to Bucky that he wants to help his country. Bucky leaves and Steve goes in for his examination. Dr. Erskine walks in during Steve's examination and offers Steve one last chance to serve his country. Steve excepts and is sent to boot camp. There, under Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and SSR officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), one will be chosen as the first in a "super-soldier" experiment. Phillips suggests Gilmore Hodge (Lex Shrapnel), but an act of self-sacrificing bravery by Rogers convinces Erskine to use Rogers. In a secret lab behind a Brooklyn antique store, Erskine and others gather with Senator Brandt (Michael Brandon) and U.S. State Department employee Fred Clemson (Richard Armitage) as Rogers is given micro-injections of serum and doused with what Erskine calls "vita-rays". Rogers emerges from a chamber tall and muscular.

For what happens next you'll have to go see the movie, now in Theaters.

In movie Easter Eggs:
  • Those of you that stayed after the credits in "Thor" and other comic book fans will recognize the Cosmic Cube which has a fairly large role in this film.
  • In the fight between Puny Steve and the Heckler, Steve grabs a trash can lid and tries to use it as a shield.
  • Steve and Bucky go to what looks like the 1942 version of the Stark Expo, very similar to what we see in Iron Man 2.
  • There is some definite foreshadow of the fate of Arnim Zola early in the movie.
  • In a chase scene later in the movie, Steve uses a Taxi door with a star in the middle as a shield as well.
  • Steve dons his classic Captain America outfit. Tights and all.
  • A pretty famous Captain America comic book cover makes an appearance.
  • The Howlers appear in the movie. The team is Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan (Neal McDonough), Gabe Jones (Derek Luke), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi), James Montgomery Falsworth (J. J. Feild), and Jacques Dernier (Bruno Ricci), James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and of course Steve Rogers aka "Captain America" (Chris Evens)
  • After the credits there is a trailer for "The Avengers". If you want to see it check out my last post.
Overall it was an awesome movie. 4 1/2 out of 5 Vibranium Shields.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Avengers Trailer

So Comic-Con is in full swing and a trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie has been leaked:
It's looking awesome!!!
Well that's all for now, Catch ya later!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Green Lantern Review

Hey guys, what's new?
Ok, so I just got home from Green Lantern and I have to say I really liked it. A lot of people out there are saying the movie wasn't that good, but I have to disagree. I believe that movie found the balance where it's a good movie if you've never read the comics, but also true to comic book fans that have been following Hal Jordan's adventures for years. There where some nice nods back to the original series too.
  • The character Tom Kalmaku (aka "Pieface")
  • Carol Ferris' code name during the flying exercise in the beginning of the movie is "Sapphire" (a referance to Star Sapphire) as well as the Star Sapphire symbol on her helmet.
  • Amanda Waller appears in the movie.
  • A VERY cool scene after the credits that is HUGE to Green Lantern fans.
Like I said earlier, I loved the movie. I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 Power Rings.

Well, that's about it. Catch ya later!

Friday, June 17, 2011

E3 Update

So there were a lot of cool thing talked about at E3, here are some of them:
  • Halo 4
  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition
  • Kinect Disneyland Adventures
  • Spider-Man: Edge of Time
  • Rayman Origins
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Star Trek
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • The 25th Anniversary of The Legend of Zelda
  • Luigi's Mansion 2
  • Star Fox 64 3DS
  • A new Super Smash Bros game for the Wii U and 3DS
  • The Wii U
  • Prototype 2
  • Sonic Generations
  • Super Mario 3D
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • X-Men: Destiny
  • The Lord of the Rings: War in the North
  • Mario Kart 3DS
There was a lot of cool stuff, and there's still a lot of stuff I'm going over.
Well that's about it. Catch ya later!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sorry it's been so long

Hey guys, it's been a while. I've been trying to keep up with all of the E3 excitement, so I will be posting some more updates soon. But today I saw X Men First class, so I'm going to give my quick review.
X-Men: First Class
The movie starts off with a scene that will be very familiar to those of you that saw the first movie. It goes on to show us how Charles (Prof. X) and Raven (Mystique) met and how Erik (Magneto)started down the path to become the villain he is today. There's a nice cameo of Wolverine and possibly Storm in the movie. Stan Lee doesn't make an appearance and there's nothing after the credits, so that's kinda lame. Overall the movie is pretty good, violent at some points and there's a few scenes in strip clubs, so it's a good thing this movie is PG13. I liked the movie, had some major plot holes, but still good. I give it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

So that's my review of X-Men. Like I said, I'll give some update from E3 soon. That's about all for now. Catch ya later!