Imagine If: Captain America: Winter Solider, Release Date 2010

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

The Winter Solider story arc brought back the one character who had stayed dead the longest in comics. Interest in the story, revitalized producers who green-lit a reboot to their cinematic universe.

1f1e31d1aac97c8d1aa67ab6f0276014--armand-hammer-beautiful-disasterSteve Rogers/ Captain America- Armie Hammer

Released the same year as The Social Network, this was the film that made him a star!

 

 

 

 

 

 

FWROBucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier- Tom Hardy

Hardy would also see a double release, with this and Inception bringing him more into the public eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

johngoodmancoensNick Fury- John Goodman

CGI was used to show Goodman and Cap and Bucky in flashbacks in WWII.

 

 

 

terry-crews-feature-0215Falcon- Terry Crews

Often known for comedic roles, his muscles were nothing to laugh at.

 

 

 

elenasatine-450x270Black Widow- Elena Satine

An actual redheaded Russian.

 

 

 

 

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Wow or Woe, Comic Release Date 12/6

OCT171167Mighty Crusaders #1

I had already promised to get this, but here was how it played out. With the recent renaming and renumbering by Marvel, I had to request titles I was already getting to be added to my pull if they had a new name, etc. So, the Bendis/ Miles Spider-Man title was not in my pull.

And I flipped through it, and with BMB leaving, I put it back. Sorry. I enjoyed Miles well enough, but was never pulled in, not enough to keep reading after BMB leaves.

Mighty Crusaders members have a history and legacy going back to before many of the Avengers, and it can show. But, I also want to support Archie, who are doing some of the stuff I like most in comics right now.

The tone of this is more mature than one might expect or the art might imply. It is referential and reverential to that which came before, but is not the Black Hood recent series either.

I am giving it a WOW! I enjoyed it. I will continue to get it. I wish the costumes were more dynamic and interesting. This helps to differentiate the characters. There was a mild coloring issue. If you have been looking for a new superhero comic to pick up, give it a shot, I am curious to see where it goes.

 

Crossover Catalog, Death of Superman

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

Adventures-Of-Superman-514What if I told you that the real reason for Death of Superman was so that DC could give Superman long hair?

This was arguably the highest profile comic event of all time, getting national news coverage, “misreporting” that the death was permanent, etc.

This is a big one in comics, and although Superman didn’t stay dead for too, too long, his return was not just hand-waved, it was part of the story and dealt with.

IDEA- A being powerful enough to kill superman, and then 4 individuals take up the mantle of the man of Steel? Great stuff! 5/5

PERMANENCE– In our hearts we didn’t think we would stay did, but he did die, and he did return. And everything that came out of it mattered. 5/5

EXECUTION– Art, writing, all solid, and not as dated as one might think. 5/5

CONTINUITY– Oh yes, this happened, and it mattered. 5/5

A rare perfect score, 20/20, 100%. Worth the read, but there is a ton of stuff you shoudl read to really appreciate it, from Death of to Reign of….

 

The Pull List, Comic Release Date 12/6

oct171168Mighty Crusaders #1

Yes, it is yet another Archie book.

Hear me out…

I would offer up that the reign of Axel Alonso is when my must-read comics by Marvel list decreased.

I have never been a DC guy, but with Bendis moving to DC, I will be adding some more books to my pull by the distinguished competition. I cannot say that Rebirth or Metal are things I care about, and I could offer up a ton of questions about DC that there seem to be no answers about- how old is Batman? Specifically, in relation to his sidekicks. Rebirth seems to have made all the heroes around 25 years old, yet, they would have us believe this is the iteration of the characters we know and love.

The Bendis books will be announced soon, all I can do now is dream.

And look forward to this. I am intrigued. Bring it, Archie!

Make me love this.

Imagine If: Ghost Rider, Release Date 1977

Imagine if Hollywood had released tent-pole comic-book movies starring their iconic characters around the time of the source material’s release date. For the purposes of this experiment, we will say that a movie would be released 5 years after the introduction of the character, and only movies that have been made would be made.

In an era of cult characters, Ghost Rider rode to the top of popularity. Producers had never really considered a solo title until movie maverick Tom Laughlin approached them with his take on the character. Laughlin, of course, is Billy Jack, ass-kicking man of peace. Laughlin purchased the rights to the property, promised a share of profits, but demanded to answer to no one, and make the film his own way.

2f1f32a3d4cb6dee47b183e8b3fafb16--jack-movie-tv-movieJohnny Blaze/ Ghost Rider- Tom Laughlin

Roxanne Simpson- Delores Taylor

Laughlin’s wife, and co-star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

the-hired-hand-peter-fonda-1Phantom Rider/ Carter Slade- Peter Fonda

 

 

 

american-friend-the-1977-002-dennis-hopper-close-upMephisto- Dennis Hopper

 

 

Crossover Catalog, FF Annual 3

Crossover Catalog seeks to examine crossover events of the big two, grading them on their Idea, Permanence, Execution, and Continuity. The IPEC scale and subsequent score will be recorded.

ffwedDoes this count?

It’s my thing, so yes.

It was arguably the first crossover in comics, bringing in all the different characters, for, most importantly, an event with lasting repercussions.

IDEA- This was amazing and really upped the ante for comicbook storytelling. 5/5

PERMANENCE- They have had ups and downs, but this was never retconned away. 5/5

EXECUTION- Jack Kirby. 5/5

CONTINUITY- This marriage is a huge part of the Marvel U and has been referenced many times. 5/5

20/20. 100% Perfect Score. What were you expecting?