Game tape EXTRA!

For some reason, I missed JLoA #38 on Wednesday. I fixed that yesterday afternoon.

When your book is a team book, and your team’s leader is asking the questions, “Why are we here? why are we doing this?” and those questions are echoed by the readers, you have a serious problem. This is the first of Robinson’s run on the much maligned title. I beginning to think DC just needs to scrap this book and start fresh in a few months. Let the “Events” end; bring back the big seven, and take a page from Marvel: go back to the original volume’s numbering.

As much as I’d like to believe this volume is cursed by a stench left by Meltzer, it boils down to bad editorial. James Robinson has a long row to hoe if he’s going to make this title work again. I could go on, but Brian Cronin over at CBR states it all more concisely.

The real joy of this week’s extra visit to the comic shop was finding a new line of tables containing 2 for a dollar books. I’d be willing to bet that Jesse has at least 500 words on the joys of such bargain boxes, so I’ll just tell you about some of the gems I found.

Captain America: Truth 1-4 was a pleasant surprise. I’m missing the last two issues, but these first four issues were smart and nicely respectful to both American history (even the ugly bits) and Marvel 616 history. Plus, it never hurts to have some Kyle Baker art.

Dazzler #10 has given me a goal in my collecting. I want to pick up the issues of any title where a character becomes a herald of Galactus. Between this issue and the Marvel Comics Presents issue where Aunt May becomes Golden Oldie, I’m well on my way.

I also picked up a couple of unconnected issues of Atomic Robo. I want to like this book. It’s got a robot; it’s got Tesla; I just can’t commit to picking it up regularly. Hellboy does this schtick so much better.

I guess that’s it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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Game tape

Wednesday has come and gone. The heroes have fought their battles and villains have hinted at things to come. Now it’s time to review the game tape…

This one’s pretty short. One word applies to all three books I got: meh… Sorry guys. I am officially dropping Invincible. Superman and GI JOE were placeholders.

In lieu of rants and raves about this week’s books, throw your eyes up on this awesomeness. If you haven’t read Michael Kupperman’s Snake ‘n Bacon’s Cartoon Cabaret, you’re only living half a life. Don’t believe me? See the samples below.


Superhero Secrets

This week’s Superhero Secrets goes out to whomever did the search for “superhero confidential: dr doom” and ended up here. Hope you found whatever you’re looking for.

Doctor Doom: SECRETS!

Doom only uses the article THE. Everything else lacks confidence.

Doom only uses the article THE. Everything else lacks confidence.

SECRETS!

Doom frequently goes to the karaoke bar near Doom's castle. Singing "Mandy" and "Rhinestone Cowboy" are the only things that give Doom joy in life...until I crush Richards.

Doom frequently goes to the karaoke bar near Doom's castle. Singing "Mandy" and "Rhinestone Cowboy" are the only things that give Doom joy in life...RICHARDS!!!

SECRETS!

Doom lined the inside of his armor with velvet. Nothing feels better against Doom's flesh.

Doom first used the Time Platform to watch the last episode of My Mother the Car. Ah...Jerry van Dyke: you will survive my purge.

SECRETS!

Doom invented man-scaping. You're welcome, ladies.

Doom invented man-scaping. You're welcome, ladies.

SECRETS!

More than meets the eye!

Last month I wrote a piece about lessons that were spoon fed to me as a child via the cartoon G.I. Joe. At that time, I suggested that a Transformers equivalent would soon follow. Time got away from me, but the kernel was always at the back of my head.

In looking back at the pre-movie episodes, there’s only one thing the writers are trying to teach: energy conservation through alternative fuel sources. The whole reason the Autobots and Decepticons left Cybertron was that is was out of energy. Kids, if running out of energy can happen to these awesome and super-smart robots, it can happen to a bunch of meatbags like you.

The episodes that didn’t introduce a new toy to buy character to love were about converting alternative fuels into viable sources of life sustaining energon/energy.

The pilot episode’s big fight at the end takes place on top of a dam; there’s your hydro-electricity. Then there’s the time Megatron had the Constructicons build a giant drill to harness the energy of the Earth’s core: Geothermal…there were a couple like this. There were episodes involving solar power, traditional nuclear power, fusion, and an assortment of power sources which for all intents and purposes are total b.s. in the real world. At any rate, the main theme of the series was finding a cheap unlimited fuel source and exploiting the hell out of it.

Another problem common to the episodes and important to the world today was the dependence on foreign fuel sources and the trouble/ expense of getting them home. If Megatron wasn’t actively seeking fuel sources, he was worried about getting them home safely and effectively. Poor Megatron’s plans were always foiled by the terrorist like attacks of the Autobots effectively crippling the energy poor Decepticons. In the final analysis, this series was an easy to follow lesson for children. It trained them well for the energy issues of the 21st century. Let’s go out and build that space bridge!

On a slightly related topic, I’ve got a series of questions that should have been but never were addressed in the series. Later comics series have hinted at or addressed some of them.

1. Where did the Autobots get their energy? Did they steal it? Did the governments of the world give it to them as a thanks for saving the world? What’s the deal?

2. So the transformers left on Cybertron just sat on their hands for 4 million years while Prime, Megs, and Co. were trapped in the side of a seemingly inactive volcano? Really?

3. The Decepticons have the technology to build space bridges, giant drills, warships, etc… but they can’t develop new sources of fuel? Geothermal power that didn’t end up destroying the planet upon which they were stranded never occurred to them?

4. Why do they need mouths? They’re robots; where is the wireless communication?

5. Being precise and sophisticated machines, shouldn’t they have better/ perfect aim?