This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast: Who is the Sheriff of Babylon? Is Cobra Kai any good? Who is excited for Sandman Universe? Also, we review Scooby Apocalypse #25 and Jirni #3.
YouTube Red launched Cobra Kai on May 2nd, and already the streaming service has ordered a second season for the Karate Kid sequel.
I’ve had really mixed feelings about the latest Karate Kid movie.Â Reports claim this is a direct remake of the original, but after seeing the trailer, I see it more as a reboot of the series much like this past summer’s Star Trek movie instead of a remake; almost like continuing the story in a different universe. There are certainly moments in the trailer that are directly from the first movie, and the action looks good, but “Pick Up the Jacket” doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Wax On – Wax Off”.
I still don’t know how to feel about the now classic Karate Kid movie being remade with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Work pressures cause a single mother moves to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces karate, taught to him by a master of the self-defense form. For me, nothing will beat the memory of watching the movie while sitting in the front row, when it first came out.Â If you are curious, there are a few more official pictures after the jump.
Or – “What’s REALLY In A Name?” If you were to go to the dentist, open the door, and find a nameplate that reads “Dr. Hiram Rippedflesh, DDS,” you might consider postponing that appointment, right?Â And, say, Â if the first officers to respond to your call for help were Sergeant Lunatic and Detective Disemboweler, again, you’d probably have second thoughts about yourÂ situation,Â yes?Â I imagine that general feeling is roughly how the Legionnaires must have felt when confronted by a girl choosing a nom de guerre that originally hung on one of the worst threats the team had ever faced,Â a murderous
Or – “I Can Has Flight Ring?” There are many subtle differences between the comic publishing industry in 1958, when the Legion debuted, and 1991-ish, when the ‘Legionnaires’ comic was published.Â Aside from the obvious post-modern, technological blah dee blah, the major factor that separated the 90’s from the 50’s in comics terms was the existence of the X-Men.Â The 600 pound gorilla of the comics world, our boys and girls in blue and gold caused rampant changes to nearly every comic book title extant, in the hopes of catching some of that proverbial ‘phat cash.’Â Â Today’s H.H. subjectÂ is one of
Or – “Magic And The Legion.Â Two Great Tastes That Taste WEIRD Together…” Throughout the history of the Legion of Super-Heroes, many of their members have gotten their powers from experimentation run wild (Sun Boy, Wildfire, Quislet, and even the Ranzz twins, in a way) whereas others have gained their powers from simple genetics (Dawnstar, Cosmic Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, etc.)Â But for many years in the bright and shiny future, no one gained their abilities from manipulation of the mystic powers, from the hoary hosts of the neitherworld, or from the various powers beyond the pale.Â When Mysa Nal, the
Or – “Robot ROLL CALL!“ The concept of “the bright and shiny future” is the key behind the popularity of the Legion over the years, but what that future entails has changed with each decade.Â What started as a bunch of squeaky-clean teens in an upturned rocket ship had to evolve with the changing times, as the kids of the Legion and the readership aged.Â When the Legion was rebooted in the 1990’s, the strange future where everybody was clean-cut and had a nice stable family upbringing had finally been thrown aside, and we got to see the Legionnaires recast
Or – “An Old Tradition With A Brand New Face.Â Well, Actually… NO Face.” The Legion of Super-Heroes has, through the years, defied the archetypes of superhumans, redefining powers that we’d already seen in new ways.Â During the early 60’s, when Sue Storm was a preening airhead with an astronaut’s wife’s haircut, Saturn Girl was leading the team.Â In the 1970’s, the Legion pioneered a number of concepts ahead of their time, with the bodiless energy being known as Wildfire, and the strange and obscure powers of Tyroc and Chemical King presaging weird nebulous characters like Jack Hawksmoor and…Â well,
Or – “The Kind Of Heroism That Doesn’t Require Super-Powers.” During the 5o years of Legion operations, many heroes have come and gone, and a great many of them have had limited tenures with the team…Â But it should be noted that one of the least tenured Legionnaires, the boy called Ferro Lad, even to this day casts one of the longest shadows.Â But few Legionnaires have had the deck stacked against them the way today’s Hero History subject has.Â Even his own team leader had trouble seeing him as anything but a replacement Cosmic Boy, but he did everything
Or – “When The Girl Next Door Comes From Another Dimension…” In our Hero Histories to date, we’ve seen martyrs and martinets, rockmen and rubber boys, 12th level geniuses and 20th century rejects, but today’s Hero History subject is one of the most relatable of the various Legionnaires throughout the years.Â Her story isÂ very familiar, a girl from a good family who leaves home and ends up bonding with a kid from the wrong side of the tracks.Â Her story becomes inextricably intertwined with that of her longtime beau, encompassing one of the Legion’s longest-running and most successful romances, and