Monday, May 21, 2018
This week at CBR, I'm looking back on the various stories behind the Joker's recasting on Batman: The Animated Series. Next week, the special fiftieth installment of Adventure(s) Time!
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018
This week on CBR, I look back on the BATMAN BEYOND episode that received a very unexpected sequel in the comics.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Marvel’s second G. I. JOE reprint volume. Another stunning cover from J. Scott Campbell. The series really starts to come together in this era. Every image on that cover represents a fan favorite from this run of issues.
Monday, May 7, 2018
This week on CBR, I look back on the "Brave New Metropolis" episode of the series, along with a Mark Millar story with a similar concept.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Book on sale here. Reviews welcome. Support appreciated.
“Good morning, Lieutenant. I trust your family leave went well.”
General Hawk’s office didn’t reveal any idiosyncratic quirks belonging to the Joes’ commanding officer. Anyone who knew the man wouldn’t expect it to.
“Mom’s doing about as well as could be expected,” answered Falcon, hiding his nerves while taking the seat facing the General. “Unfortunately, she’s no stranger to loss. Not that any mother should ever have to bury her son.”
A miniature American flag sat on the desk, joined by a West Point coffee mug and a metal-wire basket packed with manila file folders you just had to assume the General deeply despised. The surrounding walls consisted of the prerequisite portraits of higher-ups in the chain of command, the current Commander in Chief once again receiving headliner status in the top frame.
Monday, April 30, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
This week on CBR, I look back on one of the finest Batman: The Animated Series episodes, and an issue of the Batman Beyond comic intended as a sequel, set decades later.
Monday, April 23, 2018
More from my Kindle Worlds novel, available now...
“No offense, but I didn’t ask for company,” Falcon told Jinx, lining up a shot at the nine-ball.
The Joes could often be found at Rhonda’s, a pool hall located an hour’s drive from their homebase, an island of almost-civilization out there in the desert. They kept the tables busy, those nights duty wasn’t chaining them to the base. This evening, Falcon had been alone at the corner table, duffel bag packed with clothes and toiletries still resting inside his jeep, practicing a game of Three Ball.
He could’ve extended his bereavement leave; wasn’t sure why he declined the General’s offer. Didn’t know why he hadn’t returned to base, either. Uncomfortable at home, uneasy about returning to work, not particularly invested in this solo billiards match…Falcon recognized the sour mood, just hoped it wouldn’t last.
“Didn’t even know you’d be here, soldier,” Jinx responded, stepping out of his way as he maneuvered towards the opposite side of the table. “Things were slow, so I came here to break Sci-Fi’s top score on Space Commandos.”
Monday, April 16, 2018
This week at CBR, I look back on the numerous cameo appearances of established characters on the initial X-Men cartoon. And, in case you missed it, thanks to the assistance of Eric & Julia Lewald and Larry Houston, we've also discovered why the Brood never made an official appearance on X-Men.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
She’s a fan, at least. He had that much going for him. Only reason why she let him in the door in the first place.
“Mrs. Kristofer, you have to understand that I’m on your side here,” said Hector Ramirez, graciously accepting the cup of coffee offered by his host. “I’m not eager to believe the worst about your son, believe me.”
A living room shrine to Colin Kristofer, gone too soon, lost in a war Hector protested a few times back in college. Met his first wife at one of those rallies, actually.
Friday, April 6, 2018
GHOST RIDER #1 - May 1990. Never read any of these before. Gaping hole in my ‘90s awareness.
I knew how huge GHOST RIDER was in those days, thought it looked cool, but never checked in on it. This is the book that made Howard Mackie’s writing career, justifying his position on Marvel’s top titles.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Another chapter from my G. I. JOE novel, available on Amazon.
At least he’s not some loudmouth drill sergeant, thought Tunnel Rat, first in line for the sparring session. Or, as known colloquially, “The Massacre.”
Standing opposite him, in the loading bay of G. I. Joe’s secret base of operations, was the enigma known as Snake Eyes. Every recruit knew of Snake Eyes. First name classified, no known words ever spoken, entire body covered in black leather, his mask reportedly concealing a hideous visage you’d never want to catch before mealtime.
Some said he served as Long-Range Reconnaissance Patrol in ‘Nam. Another rumor had him a mountain recluse, recruited from the snowy High Sierras by none other than General Hawk himself.
His perpetual silence? A vow of silence after the loss of a loved one. Or some quirk in his brain chemistry. Or injured vocal chords, a sniper’s bullet severing any hope of verbal communication for the rest of the young soldier’s life.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
For April Fool's Day, I look back at the holiday-themed Batman: The Animated Series episode. (Alfred's expression kinda sums it up.) And, thankfully, an issue of Gotham Adventures that better reflects the series.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Available now (for free for Unlimited subscribers!) at Amazon. Reviews would be very welcome...
“Facing increasing pressure on the Pentagon budget, the Air Force now plans on ending development of a weapon system designed to eradicate Soviet satellites in space. Meanwhile, South Korean opposition leaders have declared the results of its recent presidential election invalid, due to what they deem ‘widespread fraud.’
“Back at home, Finn’s Point National Cemetery will be the site of a rare exhumation today. The body of E4 Specialist Colin Kristofer is expected to be exhumed, following recent reports of links between Kristofer and the notorious head of terrorist organization Cobra Command. Until recently, the masked fanatic’s identity was a stubborn mystery to authorities.
“We’ll be back with more headlines for this Friday, December 18th. But first, a message from the new and improved Red Rocket Burgers. Have you ridden the rocket today?”
Monday, March 26, 2018
My latest CBR piece, looking back on those abandoned closing credits. Did you know they were censored for your protection?
Monday, March 19, 2018
This week on CBR, I look back on the animated Justice League for the first time. What does a green Martian have to teach us about ourselves?
Thursday, March 15, 2018
G. I. JOE #6 (December 1982). Herb Trimpe flexing his Kirby muscles on the cover.
The storyline is another one plotted/drawn by Trimpe, scripted by Hama. An experimental Russian craft has crashed in Afghanistan. Both Russia and Cobra want it, conflicts ensue.
Oh, also, Hawk is a traitor.