Category Archives: Super-Hero Stuff

General ramblings about anything super-hero related, from comics to films.

The Big Question

Ok, I've decided to bring on of my things over from the forums onto the main blog. Basically I ask a question, you guys discuss, like the old share days but different.


My question for this week is: How important are the actors in making a good superhero movie?

Before anyone says anything I'd just like to remind people that Robert Downey Jr. had pretty much no career before Iron Man, Christian Bale wasn't exactly a top draw leading man before Batman Begins either and who knew who Chris Hemsworth was before Thor? However, if we look at some of the biggest names in hollywood, George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Halle Berry, Nick Cage..... These guys can make a good movie, but unfortunately not a good superhero one (half discounting Halle Berry, I don't think her part in X-Men fully makes up for Catwoman). Then again, would Iron Man, or even The Avengers, be as great if it was someone other than RDJr. in the tin can?

Discussion below please.

Sidekicks #5 “Wonder Girl”

Wonder Girl, Donna Troy, let's hear what you have to say about her.

Sidekicks #4 “Kid Flash”

Let's talk Kid Flash today. Wally West was Barry Allen's sidekick until Barry vanished and then he became the Flash. He was one of the first members of the Teen Titans and later a member of the Justice League. Bart Allen became Wally's Kid Flash later on.(about 25 years later in real world time) Kid Flash is one of my favorite sidekicks out there. Let's hear what you have to say.

Sidekicks #3 “Bucky”

Let's talk Bucky, Captain America's right hand man. I don't know much about him to tell you the truth. I do think that he got a raw deal in the latest movie, why would they want to make him older then the Cap? Let's hear what you have to say.


What do you think, are they kin? #2 “The Hulk and Blockbuster(#1)

This week's characters are The Hulk from Marvel and Blockbuster (#1) from D.C.. I want to start off by saying that this kinship would take place in another universe and not in any that we know. Think of the characters living in this other universe and see if you think they could be kin.

The Hulk-

Alter ego     Robert Bruce Banner
Species     Human Mutate
Place of origin     Earth
Team affiliations     Avengers
Horsemen of Apocalypse
The Order
Notable aliases     Bruce Banner, Joe Fixit, War, Green Scar, World-Breaker, Sakaarson
Bruce Banner:
Genius-level intellect
Superhuman strength, speed, endurance, and durability
Immunity to diseases and viruses
Adrenal activation and anger empowerment
Accelerated healing and longevity
Resistance to mind control
Skilled hand-to-hand combatant



Alter ego     Roland Desmond
Team affiliations     Underground Society
Black Lantern Corps
Abilities     Genius-level intellect
Superhuman strength and stamina

Thanks go out to Wikipedia for the information.

Sidekicks #2 “Speedy”

Today's Sidekick is Speedy. Green Arrows right hand man/woman. I really like the first Speedy, then I found out that drugs missed him up, I wasn't reading GA at the time. I believe he has made a good recovery. What do you think about the Speedys over the years? Who do you think was the best? What do you think about what happen to them after GA?

Sidekicks #1 “Robin”

Today we are talking sidekicks. For years Robin has been in Batman's shadow, but he is more then just that. There has been more then just one to wear the Robin costume and some of them have moved on to wear another costume. I think that Dick Grayson was the best, and I think he was done wrong, he should of been the one to fill in for Batman when Batman's back was broke. That is just something that has bugged me for years. So let's hear about what you like and/or dislike about Robin, and which Robin you like the best. Tell us about which costume you like and/or dislike the most. Give us your opinion on the direction that the Robins took after leaving Batman's shadow.

Robin, by José Luis García-López, from the DC Comics Style Guide

Superman Cartoons

You can now watch on YouTube some of the greatest super-hero cartoons ever produced -- the 1940s era Max Fleisher Superman cartoons!

In 1941, just a few years after Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel sold the rights to Superman to Detective Comics, Inc., for $130, Paramount Pictures bought the film rights to the superhero. Paramount then asked Fleischer Studios to produce a cartoon series, and provided them with an unusually large budget to do so. The result, according to one survey of distinguished animators, was the 33rd greatest cartoon of all-time. The first, 10-minute Superman cartoon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. (It lost to Disney's Lend a Paw, starring Pluto.)

I just watched the initial installment and it's really great. The score is fabulous, and while the story is simple be today's standards it's still a lot of fun. Some of the elements of the mythos we take for granted today are missing (Superman was raised in an orphanage, not by the Kents) and some are different (Krypton was a planet that glowed like a star), but it's still unmistakably Superman. And unmistakably fun. Enjoy!

(via Slate.)

Grail Knight: Iron Man #2 Review

The wonderful thing about Iron Man is his odd sense of purpose. Here is man who has always been intellectual, a tinkerer, a weapons designer and most notably, an adventurer. He really is the living embodiment of an Arthurian knight. He has, especially in recent years, been a man on a quest to rid the world of evil in many forms. With Extremis back on the black market, one of Tony's worst fears is coming true, that his inventions will fall into the hands of those who wish ill of and would seek to harm the world at large. There's no doubt that he's a hero and his heart's in the right place, but then there's always been the question of where his ego is at any given moment. He's become a hell of a tactician in the decades since his debut, but then there are moments when little things slip past him. He may well become the Galahad of S.H.I.E.L.D., or at least their Lancelot. That being said, Maria Hill really needs to hide the (other) women and booze and let the man do his thing, which would be saving the world.

This is what Kieron Gillen has brought to Iron Man. The writer of the last volume of Uncanny X-Men is starting out Iron Man as though he were a classic knight-in-shining-armor hero. There's a bit of history shown in this one that long-time fans would recall and that gives us insight into what Tony thinks of other inventors. The dialogue and narration are pretty freaking good and there's really not much to pick apart as far as pacing or characterization. All of the characters we see in this issue have the potential to really mess with Tony's life, both in and out of the Iron Man persona. It will be very interesting to see where Gillen goes from here. There is a lot of promise for future arcs and the possibility of new Iron Man villains.
Greg Land's pencils are fantastic in this, just as they were in the first issue of the new volume. There doesn't seem to be too much wrong with this at all. Then there's Jay Leisten's inks, which aren't really required in this issue, except for backgrounds and bits of the new armor. The base art by these two is really good, despite some fans complaining that it doesn't match the cover. The colors on this issue were just phenomenal. There's no panel in this issue without great colors and art in general. This is one of the most beautifully illustrated Marvel comics in a long time.

Iron Man #2 gets a 5. It leaves a lot open for more issues in the story arc and the potential for more stories of its kind in the Iron Man series. Hyper Geeky definitely recommends this issue for any and all Iron Man fans.

Iron Man #2 (2012)
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Pencils: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten
Colors: Guru Efx

Marvel NOW! On-Going Titles

From the "desk" of mcknight57

We would like to present a list of the new Marvel titles under their Marvel NOW! campaign.
All New X-Men: Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen   Out Now (11/14/12)
The original five X-Men join the current team in the present day after the events of Avengers vs X-Men.

Avengers: Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena  (12/ /12)
A relaunch of the Avengers with a new creative team and faces from recent iterations of the team.

Avengers Arena: Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker (12/ /12)
Many young Avengers will be plucked from their lives and dropped into a Murder World one-on-one death match. 

Cable and X-Force: Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca  (12/ /12)
Cable returns to lead Domino, Colossus, Forge and Dr. Nemesis. They will be branded as terrorists and chased by the Uncanny Avengers.

Captain America:
 Rick Remender and John Romita Jr. (11/21/12)
This will be a new direction for Captain America. It will  include a trip to Dimension Z, which we can only hope means "zombies."

Deadpool: Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore Out Now (11/7/12)
Deadpool has been "recruited" by S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to combat the reanimated, ghostly versions of all of the former Presidents of the United States.

Fantastic Four: Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley   Out Now (11/14/2012)
The most awesome family in Marvel takes a trip through time and space, with a whole lot of "are we there yet?" Okay, probably not that much.

Fearless Defenders:
 Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney  (2/ /13)
This will be an all-female title from Marvel, with such characters as Valkyrie, Misty Knight and more to be recruited after the first issue.

FF: Matt Fraction and Mike Allred (TBD)
While the Fantastic Four and company are traveling, this hand-picked team will be their stand-ins on Earth.

Guardians of The Galaxy: Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven (2/ /13)
The team will now be defending the galaxy and getting S.W.O.R.D. involved. The team will consist of Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Iron Man, Drax, Groot and Gamora.

Indestructible Hulk: Mark Waid and Leinil Yu  (11/21/12)
Bruce Banner teams with S.H.I.E.L.D. to make Hulk truly the ultimate weapon, hopefully for good.

Iron Man: Kieron Gillen and Greg Land  Out Now (11/7/12)
The series continues from the last installment of Iron Man and finds Tony dealing with the repercussions of the Extremis storyline.

Morbius: The Living Vampire: Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson (1/ /13)
All that is currently known is that it will not be a strictly horror title as has been the case in the past.

New Avengers: Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting (12/ /12)
This will be a darer, more realistic book than the optimistic original Avengers that Captain America and Tony Stark have built.

Nova: Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness (2/ /13)
We will be seeing a new Nova and a very compelling origin story, according to Jeph Loeb.

Thor: God of Thunder: Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic  Out Now (11/14/12)
We will be seeing a very different Thor, in a condition he's never really known before. For the first time, he will be afraid for himself and the gods of Asgard.

Thunderbolts: Daniel Way and Steve Dillon (12/ /12)
This will be the Thunderbolts that nobody ever expected. None of the new team have ever really been team players before.

Savage Wolverine: Frank Cho (1/ /13)
The story will be primarily in the Savage Land, and include a team-up with Shanna the She-Devil. From what has been mentioned, we probably won't see Ka-Zar, her husband.

Secret Avengers: Nick Spencer and Luke Ross (3/ / 13)
This will be a truly top secret team, with cool black-ops style story arcs and classic spy stuff through out. There's even a few extra awesome team members like a new Iron Patriot and Taskmaster.

Superior Spider-Man: Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman (1/ / 13)
There will be a darker, more aggressive Spider-Man. There has been speculation to his identity, since it's NOT Peter Parker, but nothing confirmed.

Uncanny Avengers: Rick Remender and John Cassaday  Out Now (10/31/12)
The X-Men and Avengers have come together as one team, with Cyclops' brother Alex (Havok) as their leader, with very good reason.

Uncanny X-Force: Sam Humphries and Ron Garney  (1/ /13)
There will be a new cast and new looks for Marvel NOW!'s Uncanny X-Force. Writer Sam Humphries is going for big and bold on this title.

Uncanny X-Men: Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo (2/ /13)
We'll be getting a new look at the Scott Summers as he tries more than ever to live up to the legacy of Professor Xavier. He will be joined by Magik, Magneto and Emma Frost.

Wolverine: Paul Cornell and Alan Davis (3/ /13)
This series is more about Wolverine trying to be a normal guy and just run a school. The action comes when he is trying to save those he cares for ... and Quentin Quire.

Young Avengers: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton (1/ /13)
This is a teen superhero book, which replaces Avengers Academy. They're not nearly trained enough, but they have the youthful optimism to still fight the good fight.

X-Men: Legacy: Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat   Out Now (11/14/12)
This book focuses on Legion, the omega-level son of Charles Xavier, who is learning how to control his multiple personalities and the powers that accompany them.