Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 4, Part One

Vol. 4 reprint. Entering now perhaps the best-known JOE era. These are the issues released during the earliest days of the cartoon. #GIJoe @JScottCampbell
For fans like me too young to read comics, their earliest JOE impressions are made here. I'll begin my reviews of Vol. 4 this week. AND, the next installment in my #GIJoe novel is available for free.(smashwords.com/profile/view/G…)
On to the reviews...

Monday, September 3, 2018

Batman: The Animated Series – The Debut of Batman’s Favorite Mystery Lady


This week on CBR, I'm revisiting the debut of Talia on Batman: The Animated Series...along with her introduction from the Denny O'Neil era. Spoiler -- she's not wearing the catsuit in her first appearance.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

G. I. Joe Season 3.4: SINGLE-DIGIT SURVIVAL RATE


The final volume (for now) in my Sunbow-inspired G. I. Joe series is available now over at Smashwords! Download for free in any format!  Here's the synopsis:

Did Jinx survive her hellacious journey to Ireland?  Can Flint endure a round of Dreadnok torture?  Is Low-Light keeping a secret that endangers the future of the team?  And who the heck tied Firefly up in the basement?  Find out the answers and more in the latest continuation of the classic Sunbow G. I. JOE continuity! 

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to share them. And if you think anyone out there would be interested in the series, please pass along the links.  Thanks, folks!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Batman: The Animated Series – Why You Never Sully the Joker’s Image


This week on CBR, I'm looking back on one of the better Joker episodes (in spite of AKOM's attempts to kill the thing)...and a fantastic issue from the Puckett/Parobeck Batman Adventures run.

Monday, August 20, 2018

G. I. JOE Season 3.3: TO LIVE AND DIE IN COPYRIGHTED LANDS


You can download my latest entry in the Sunbow canon (once to be a Kindle Worlds piece...) for free in any format over at Smashwords. 

The summary is below.  Hopefully you guys check it out and leave me your thoughts. This is the second installment of three, for this volume.  Then, in December, the plan is for three final installments to close out the story.

The Joe team, trapped in a chaotic former Communist nation in South America, are hours away from a burn notice. One member faces what is very likely death in the escape! Meanwhile, a gang of sugar-addicted bikers are prepared to break out the rubber hoses, and the hidden past of Jinx is brought into the light! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 3, Part Three

G. I. JOE #28 (October 1983) The cover has that toy commercial vibe. #GIJoe#LarryHama
My record for predicting which of these issues were commercials is pretty darn good, I'd say.
New vehicles, action on almost every page, robot armies popping up out of nowhere. Very much an animated toy commercial as a comic. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 3, Part Two

G. I. JOE #25 (July 1983) Frank Springer debuts! Plus, more plastic stuff you can buy! #GIJoe
Zartan's disco theme is glorious. #GIJoe
I’ll always view Springer as a classic JOE artist, because he penciled some of my earliest issues. I read those as digest reprints, however, so
...seeing the art at the intended size always feels odd. Springer’s art benefits from being reduced, tightening every line up. Zartan signals a change in JOE’s reality. Hasbro thought color-changing plastic was cool, so Zartan’s skin was designed to turn blue in sunlight.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Continuing the Adventures of G.I. JOE...


So, Kindle Worlds is dead and I'm stuck with a novel trilogy I can't finish in the original format.  What I can do is post the remainder of my G. I. JOE story on free formats, such as Smashwords and Fanfiction.net. So, with absolutely no copyright claims made, I'm making the rest of the story available for free.  The first volume in the continuation begins now, and you can download in any format you like over at Smashwords.

Here's the summary...

It's 1988 and the [REDACTED] team finds itself in a South American nation recently freed from Communism. But have its leaders fallen under a more...serpentine influence? Plus, a certain group of sugar-addicted bikers reappear in the most unexpected of locations, and someone's "auntie" might be causing trouble for both [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] alike.

Again, check out the story over at FanFiction or Smashwords, and if you have any thoughts, please leave a review.  Thanks everyone.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Micro-Reviews: G. I. JOE, Vol. 3, Part One

G. I. JOE #21 (March 1983) The issue that generated stacks of hate mail! #LarryHama #GIJoe
Hama always mentioned this interviews when someone wanted to discuss #21. He seemed determined to let people know this wasn’t viewed as a daring experiment in form at the time.
Kids got an issue with no words and assumed either it was printer’s mistake or a rip-off.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Looking Back on the Strange Origins of the JUSTICE LEAGUE Animated Series


My latest piece at CBR reviews some of the shows Bruce Timm and company were developing before clearer heads finally approved Justice League.  One involves Pok√©mon...

Monday, July 16, 2018

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