Dynamite has sent over a writer’s commentary from Sholly Fisch on Mighty Mouse #4. The issue has cover and interiors by Igor Lima.
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Y’know, when you’re writing these commentaries late at night, you start to wonder (or, at least, I start to wonder) whether anyone’s really reading them, or whether you’re just entertaining yourself. I wondered the same thing a couple of decades ago, when I was writing for Marvel’s in-house promotional magazine, Marvel Age, and one of my regular columns was a year-by-year history of what happened in Marvel’s comics during a given year.
After a while, to see if anyone was paying attention, Marvel Age editor Jim Salicrup (now editor-in-chief at Papercutz) suggested, “When you do the next one, why don’t you just make it all up?” So I wrote an entire column about Conan fighting animal gods named after Winnie the Pooh characters, the debut of a fictional Marvel hero called Lectronn Master of the Atom, an issue of The Avengers drawn by famed illustrator M.C. Escher, Captain America’s sidekick Bucky returning from the dead (How crazy would that be?)…and on and on, illustrated with fake covers by my good buddy, longtime penciler James Fry.
As it turned out, we learned that people were indeed reading the column but not necessarily getting the joke…when I inadvertently drove up the price on an obscure back issue of Avengers because fans were finding it in stores for two bucks and snapping it up, thinking it was the nonexistent M.C. Escher issue, worth hundreds of dollars. (As amused as I was, I did feel a little bad about them spending their money. But, realistically, it was a cheap back issue and the real story in that issue was pretty good, so there wasn’t much harm done.)
All of which is a long-winded way of saying that I’m kind of tempted to just make up the whole commentary this time, without any regard for what’s actually in issue #4. (“OMG! Did you see Mighty Mouse kill that guy?!”) But I’ll resist the temptation…probably. I guess you’ll have to go read the issue to be sure…
Oh, by the way, an amusing postscript to the Marvel Age story popped up around 20 years later, when I was stunned to find James’s and my fictional Marvel superhero, Lectronn Master of the Atom, fighting alongside Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the rest in the middle of Marvel’s Civil War crossover. So I guess he’s a real, fictional Marvel superhero now. Who’da thought? I figure we’ll be seeing a big-budget Lectronn movie any day now.
But I probably should start talking about Mighty Mouse, shouldn’t I? Well, let’s see… Out of necessity, Mighty Mouse #3 was a fairly talky issue as Mighty Mouse and Joey figured out answers to lots of questions about how Mighty Mouse came to the real world, how to get him home, how cartoon physics work in the real world, and so on. So I decided to compensate this time, with an issue packed wall-to-wall with all-out, hoo-hah action.
I bet that, when you first started reading a story about a lonely, bullied kid in issue #1, you didn’t expect that, a few issues later, the Earth would be under attack by an alien invasion, did you?
Here, in the space of a few panels, we really see the heart of who Mighty Mouse is: Without a second thought, Mighty Mouse forgets about getting home, throws himself into danger, and flies off to defend a planet that he didn’t even know existed a couple of days ago. And, at the same time, he’s concerned about Joey’s safety too. Why? Because Mighty Mouse is a hero.
More all-out, hoo-hah action. The invasion intensifies! Mighty Mouse joins the fray! Kapow!
Remember how Joey kept trying to protect Mighty Mouse by keeping him a secret? Well, that cat (or, I guess, “alien cat”) is pretty much out of the bag from this point on. Despite the shock you can see on all of the humans’ faces when they first encounter this super-powered cartoon mouse, they’re no fools. They’re awfully grateful for anything that saves their lives (and their day, of course).
Okay, imagine you’re a big-city cop. You’ve seen it all, you’ve done it all, and despite its dangers, you figure the street holds no more surprises for you.
And then your world’s invaded by cartoon alien cats.
These pages are designed to capture two things: First, to make this feel like the real world despite the insanity that’s going on, we needed to establish the cops’ incredulity and their initial refusal to take an invasion by cartoon alien cats seriously. Then, immediately afterward, we needed to show exactly why this really is a deadly threat – namely, cartoon invaders don’t fall down and die when you shoot them. All of the weapons that humans rely upon to keep them safe are useless.
Plus, while all of that is going on, Officer Betances is starting to put the pieces together…
Some more all-out, hoo-hah action. The police might not be able to hurt the cartoon invaders, but Mighty Mouse can. Of course, they can hurt him too…
In thinking about the aliens’ weapons, I purposely gave them some “straight” science fiction weapons, like ray blasters that demolish streets and buildings, and some goofy cartoon weapons, like the giant tennis racquet. All of it’s intended to strike a balance between making readers see these guys as a genuine threat while also keeping their cartoony nature very much front and center.
Mighty Mouse is caught on news video. Yup, there’s no turning back now.
In my commentary on issue #3, I talked about planting stuff early in the series that only becomes important later on. There are a bunch of examples in this issue, as we pick up on things like whether and how cartoon physics work in the real world, Joey’s drawings, or even the running gag of Joey’s indignantly correcting people every time they call his action figure a “doll.”
But one of the biggest examples is Officer Betances. When she first showed up last issue, I doubt many readers guessed that she’d turn out to be our female lead. (“Or at least one of our female leads,” he said, hinting mysteriously at issue #5.) But, as I was plotting out the series, I realized fairly early on that we were going to need someone who could be the link to hook Joey up with the authorities. Otherwise, there’s no way that a kid like Joey could ever get the people in charge to listen to him — especially in the middle of the carnage that’s tearing through the city — even though he knows much more about what’s going on than they do.
Betances actually wound up being one of my favorite characters in the series – smart, capable, and courageous. I suspect that, sometime after this series ends, she won’t be a beat cop forever.
The cavalry arrives! But all it really does (at least, so far) is up the ante by escalating the firepower…and show how dire the threat really is. Even a full-scale artillery barrage just leaves the invaders shaking off some soot.
Incidentally, if you remember the scene in issue #2 where Joey worried about the police or military finding out about Mighty Mouse and maybe dissecting him, well, we’re pretty much there now. The police know. The military knows. Is dissection waiting in the wings? I’m afraid that’s a question that’ll have to wait to be answered next issue. Right now, everyone’s kinda got their hands full with this alien invasion, y’know?
Speaking of which…
Okay, so maybe the humans are helpless against the aliens, but it’s no big deal, right? After all, Mighty Mouse is on the job, and he can beat them singlehanded, can’t he?
Mmm…maybe not. As Joey points out, Mighty Mouse can fight the aliens, but there’s a full-blown invasion going on, and he can’t be everywhere.
At precisely that moment, we see Mighty Mouse doing his level best to save the day, only to start to fall under the crush of the invaders’ overwhelming numbers. (Funny how that timing worked out, isn’t it? It’s almost as if some guiding, writerly hand was trying to prove Joey’s point.)
Yet, even while risking his life against overwhelming odds, Mighty Mouse still takes a moment to thank the troops for their service. Why? I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Because he’s a hero! In your face, [fill in the name of your favorite dark vigilante antihero here].
Then, when everything is at its darkest, and it looks like all hope is lost…
…it’s Joey to the rescue! Joey’s inner heroic nature – the aspect of himself that he’s fantasized about since issue #1 — finally emerges. He even enters with the exact same line that Mighty Mouse used when their positions were reversed last issue.
At last, the battle is joined, and the stage is set for our senses-shattering finale next issue, loaded with – you guessed it – all-out, hoo-hah action!
Oh, and while you’re anxiously waiting to read next month’s thrilling climax, feel free to leave a comment or something to let me know if you’re actually reading this commentary. Hey, if you leave me wondering, I really may be forced to make everything up next time.
Assuming I haven’t already made everything up this time, that is…
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Out today, Batman: The Red Death #1 by Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico has already sold out from Diamond Comic Distributor and gone to second printing, for October 18th. Though the second printing will not include the cover enhancements of the original first printing, and will be a recoloured version of Jason Fabok‘s cover artwork
Mister Miracle #1, the hit new series from Tom King and Mitch Gerads which is doing the impressive trick of adding numbers with each subsequent issue, will get a third printing, also on October 18th. Mister Miracle #2 will get a second printing on that date, too.
Mister Miracle #3 is out on October 11th. So those picking it up for the first time, driven by strong reviews, will only need a week to catch up.
DC Comics has had midnight release events before, in which comic stores are given permission to sell a new release at midnight on the day of release, rather than waiting for the store’s general opening hours. These generally happen when there are special variant covers available, that sort of thing. Well, because this is Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, playing up on the Watchmen imagery, they are releasing it three minutes early.
The Doomsday Clock is meant to indicate how long humanity has to its destruction, based on the lifespan of the human race so far. In Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the imagery on the cover moved from 12 minutes to midnight, to midnight, over the length of the series.
In real life, the Doomsday Clock was moved forward from three minutes to two minutes to midnight after the war of words over Korea.
The 11:57 PM release event for Doomsday Clock on the evening of Tuesday, November 21st (hrm, an unexpected birthday gift) will see participating stores receive Gray Frank lithographs, badges/pins, a black-and-white 11:57PM release
Which might, at a guess, look a little something like this.
Doomsday Clock is part of the DC Rebirth line of comics and continues the narrative established with 2016’s one-shot DC Universe: Rebirth Special #1 and 2017’s crossover The Button. The miniseries will introduce characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen into the DC Universe. Doomsday Clock will feature twelve issues releasing over a year-long period.
The story will include many DC characters but has particular focus on Superman and Doctor Manhattan. Johns felt like there was interesting story to be told in Rebirth with Doctor Manhattan. He thought there was an interesting dichotomy between Superman—a character who embodies and is compassionate for humanity—and Doctor Manhattan—a character who has detached himself from humanity. This led to over six months of debates amongst the creative team about whether to intersect the Watchmen universe with the DC Universe. He explained that Doomsday Clock was the “most personal and most epic, utterly mind-bending project” that he had worked on in his career.
It is possible that Alan Moore may disagree. Indeed this will now be released three days after Moore’s 64th birthday, It is always possible he may be minded to say something.
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Playing as part of this year’s Fantastic Fest is the zombie Christmas musical(!), Anna and the Apocalypse, and right now we have your first look at the teaser trailer and more. Dig it!
Directed by John McPhail, Anna and the Apocalypse stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as Anna, with Mark Benton (The Halcyon) as her father Tony and Paul Kaye (“Game Of Thrones”) as the wicked Savage. The cast also includes up-and-comers Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins and Marli Siu.
Teenage Anna’s life is typical enough. Chafing against the narrow horizons of her small town, she dreams of bigger things. It’s not so much that she doesn’t love her friends and family — she does — it’s just that they’re all so… familiar. So typical. So predictable. Her childhood best friend aches for a romance that she has no interest in, no matter how close they might be. The school jock that she had a fling with is proving to be disappointingly predictable in his behavior. And it’s becoming progressively harder for Anna to conceal her disappointment with just how satisfied her widower-father is with the blue collar simplicity of his never-changing existence. And then it all goes to shit.
The night of the high school Christmas concert marks the arrival of the undead in Anna’s small town. And so begins a struggle to band together and survive. Future dreams are forced aside by the overwhelming need to survive the present in this winning Scottish musical-horror-comedy.
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Playing as part of this year’s FEARnyc Film Festival is Brandon Graham’s film Flesh Blanket, and we have a naughty NOT SAFE FOR WORK look at it right here!
Ramsey Moore stars as the film’s title character, Flesh Blanket, alongside Randal Reeder, Christina DeRosa, and Kato Kaelin(!). We’re told that Flesh Blanket is what might happen if John Waters, Harmony Korine, and Eli Roth took a drunken bubble bath together.
A selfish filmmaker inadvertently unleashes holy hell from a 500-pound comedian while shooting a cutting edge documentary on freedom of speech. A big fat dose of nightmare fuel for the politically correct!
The one I used until today: http://www.downloadvideosfrom.com/m/
I need a good, Web based tumblr/insta/various porn site video Downloader from a url
Thanks! Pirate from 1980 (Atari 400 cassette games), first time poster!
I've been thinking of something to play GameCube and wii games on,now there's two options I see,I can upgrade my computer to play dolphin emulator more than likely allowing me to also PS2 emulation which I'm rather not interested in.Or I can use USBloader GX by buying a wii and home brew it.Which should I do I'm only interested in wii and GameCube games since there's a lot of rare and expensive games that I sadly cannot download on wii u such as No more heroes desperate struggles and Xenoblade chronicles,Which one is better,and is USB loaded as simple as install some stufff on my Wii then download the ISO's to my wii to play them?
I was going to post my first contact with their books, "The Necklace Affair", but thought it best to start with the most famous story of all, "The Yellow 'M'" - the one with the most iconic cover of the series, copied by various comic book artists.
( Verbosity ensues )
"Blake and Mortimer" were recently (wow, actually, about a decade ago or so) translated by Cinebook Ltd., a British company who specializes in Belgian and French comics, which gives an interesting twist to a comic set in Britain with two protagonists from Albion.
now i have meringues in the oven, and can i just say, egg whites+sugar+vanilla tastes a lot like marshmallow fluff. i put tiny chocolate chips in the batter and am now wondering if i should have used peppermint extract instead of vanilla. minty!
at work i'm learning how to organize the weekly "how many hours do you have scheduled for clients" emails, which entails figuring out who exactly gets the aforementioned emails and then, you know, sending them out. the application we use to track which team is working on which client (and which returns have gone out/been extended and which haven't) is not totally forthcoming with the names i need. it's a tch frustrating. just a tch. on the other hand, i'm learning how to do something new and i've gotten a new responsibility, and i'm certainly not going to complain about that. i'm not 100% sure what i'm doing, tho.
i'm watching lawless (the perks of suddenly getting a bunch of starz channels plus the sundance channel) and i can't get over tom hardy's nose. it's a nice nose.
the business of fandom - an interesting article about how teenage girls' fannish pursuits can be predictors of the next big thing, and how girls use fandom as a way to socialize with other girls. (that second part is not going to be a surprise to anyone who's spent any time in a fandom. i mean, of course girls use fandom to socialize with people. "i love this thing! who else loves it?" that seems pretty obvious.)
(posted this to lj last night and totally forgot to copy it over. >.< )
Dark Horse Comics has a strong business history in publishing “Art Of” coffee table books delving into artwork behind major gaming franchises.
And, after twenty years of publication in Japan, Dark Horse and Konami are going to publish in one volume, The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV series, in English for the first time.
The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV contains two historic volumes of concept and key art from Yoji Shinkawa, art director and illustrator behind Metal Gear Solid, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, and MGS: Peace Walker. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is the ultimate companion to the tactical espionage and future warfare of Hideo Kojima’s celebrated Metal Gear universe, translated to English for the first time ever while leaving the original Japanese handwriting intact. Japanese publisher, Shinkigensha, is the original publisher of The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV.
The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV is a two-book set in a slipcase and includes The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV and Peace Walker Gallery Works and Studio Works., totaling 800 pages. It will sit alongside Dark Horse’s upcoming The Art of Metal Gear Solid V.
The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV goes on sale May next year. The Art of Metal Gear Solid V is on sale in November this year.
We got notice from a press event that Linda Hamilton is coming back for Terminator 6. The Hollywood Reporter was at the event where director James Cameron made the announcement that Hamilton was returning. However, according to Borys Kit, he also confirmed something else.
Also…James Cameron finally begins shooting AVATAR 2 Monday.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) September 20, 2017
So it sounds like the Avatar sequels are finally getting off of the ground. We have four of these things coming up and the current reports say that they are going to be filming all four back to back. For someone like Zoe Saldana that means she’s going to be filming pretty much non-stop for the foreseeable future since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is going to be here before we know it. The question of whether or not we need four Avatar sequels (Editor’s note: we probably don’t) is still up in the air but it’ll be nice for these movies to finally get made. If nothing else so the specter of them can stop hanging over everyone involved and they can move on with their lives.
Avatar 2 will be released on December 18th, 2020. Avatar 3 will open December 17th, 2021, Avatar 4 is set of December 20th, 2024, and Avatar 5 will open December 19th, 2025.
It’s time for another poster for Thor: Ragnarok – this time from IMAX. The Marvel movies have been really getting the push for IMAX in recent years and this one looks to take advantage of that big screen as much as the previous movies.
— IMAX (@IMAX) September 20, 2017
As far as posters go it’s remarkably similar to a poster we’ve seen already before with a few colors changed. That being said the poster is still incredibly dynamic and lovely to look at. Ragnarok is shaping up to be one of the most interesting Marvel movies to come out in a long time and, if nothing else, it’s going to be different. That’s what we need to keep this cinematic universe alive, variety, and this certainly looks nothing like either of Thor movies we’ve seen before.
Summary: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba, and Mark Ruffalo. It will be released on October 24th in the UK and November 3rd in the US.
Leonardo DiCaprio is sick and tired of waiting for President Donald Trump to recognize the dangers of climate change, and he’s doing something about it.
DiCaprio is donating $20 million dollars to various organizations to fight climate change, according to a report from People Magazine. In a speech at Yale University, the Titanic star said:
“There exist today many proven technologies in renewable energy, clean transportation, and sustainable agriculture, that we can begin to build a brighter future for all of us. Our challenge is to find new ways to power our lives, employ millions of people and turn every individual into an advocate for clean air and drinkable water. We must demand that politicians accept climate science and make bold commitments before it is too late.”
DiCaprio went on to say that he met with President Trump prior to the election to try and get him to see the light on climate change, but Trump doesn’t appear to have paid DiCaprio much heed, announcing (although maybe later rescinding) plans to drop out of the Paris climate agreement and appointing sentient oil spill Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.
“I still believe that the United States has the potential to lead the world on this issue, DiCaprio continued. “We can only hope that the President begins to see it too, before it is too late.”
But if he doesn’t, DiCaprio will be happy to take the lead.
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HBO wastes no time appreciating a hit when they have it, announcing that the cable giant has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series The Deuce for a second season. Created by George Pelecanos (Treme) and David Simon (The Wire, Homicide: Life on the Streets), the series was renewed after airing only the second episode of the show’s eight-episode first season.
For Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, it’s about giving Simon and Pelecanos the ability to continue telling their tales they way they were meant to be told:
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos. Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”
The Deuce uses the legalization and rise of the porn industry in NYC from the early 1970’s through the mid-1980’s as its backdrop to address a number of societal issues raging through both NYC and the country at the time, including: HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and drug abuse. James Franco stars as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, who become fronts for the mob as the brothers try to navigate a volatile NYC at a time of major social unrest while seeing a potential (and lucrative) future in what will become a multi-billion-dollar porn industry. That’s if they can stay alive long enough to see their dream realized.
Simon appreciates the opportunity to broach subject matters that other networks might find uncomfortable:
“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go. We knew the theme and purpose of the story, but there are many people in the entertainment industry who might not have it told — or worse, would have told it for the wrong reasons. HBO is a serious outfit. And they don’t scare.”
For Pelecanos, it’s an appreciation that comes with getting back to work and telling more stories with a a team you can trust:
“Many thanks to HBO, our longtime partners, who’ve now given us the opportunity to continue to tell this compelling story. We’re ready to get back to work with our amazing cast and crew.”
Joining Franco in The Deuce‘s ensemble cast are: Gyllenhaal as Eileen “Candy” Merrell, a Times Square sex worker drawn to the growing porn industry; Gary Carr as Cee Cee; Margarita Levieva as Abigail “Abby” Parker, a college student with interests in Vincent; Lawrence Giliard Jr. as Chris Alston, an NYPD patrolman; Dominique Fishback as Darlene, a young, sweet-natured prostitute; Emily Meade as Lori; Gbenga Akinnagbe as Larry Brown, a rough and intimidating pimp; Chris Bauer as Bobby Dwyer, Vincent and Frankie Martino’s brother-in-law; David Krumholtz as Harvey Wasserman; Ralph Macchio as Officer Haddix, a jaded vice cop; and Method Man as Rodney.
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