Monday, May 13, 2024

When Batman: The Animated Series Tried to 'Nip/Tuck' Two-Face


More than once, Batman: The Animated Series creators introduced the prospect of "fixing" Two-Face. I look at two stories that address an obvious question this week at CBR.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Spider-Man's Film Debut Nearly Featured Green Goblin…AND Dr. Octopus?


This week at CBR, I look at David Koepp's first draft for 2002's Spider-Man. Far more comics accurate..and, for some reason, Dr. Octopus is also included.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Gene Kendall's "Dogteeth" - Presented by the NoSleep Podcast


For the first time, one of my short stories has been produced with a full cast, sound effects, and musical score. Dogteeth is the story of a grizzled bounty hunter seeking a warrior’s end, following a bad doctor’s visit. He finds what he’s looking for in a neighborhood dominated by Dogteeth, the leather-clad ghouls who no longer hide in the shadows…and don’t you ever call them vampires. The performance evokes memories of classic radio drama (hopefully) and I think the team did a great job. My story begins at around 25 minutes in:

And the text version of the story, along with nine other tales, can be found in my new short story collection Dogteeth and Other Tales of the Paranormal:

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Friday, April 19, 2024

Jim Lee's Revival of an '80s Mecha Sensation -- Robotech!


WildStorm attempted another '80s revival with Robotech, featuring rare interior art from comics legend Jim Lee. I revisit this week at CBR.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Gen 13 was a '90s Sensation...What Happened to the Movie?


This week at CBR, I have my first-ever in-depth look at '90s sensation Gen 13, and its doomed animated adaptation. Did the movie nearly sink Jim Lee? 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Skybound's Transformers Reboot Embraces the '80s…But it's More than Nostalgia


Embracing the '80s style is one way the Transformers reboot is finding old and new audiences. I examine Daniel Warren Johnson's bold decision to draw the cast the way they're supposed to look this week at CBR.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Was the Best X-Men Movie Needlessly Scrapped?


X-Men Origins: Magneto was cannibalized for X-Men First Class, but was the better film lost? I delve into what could be the strongest of these cancelled scripts this week at CBR.

Monday, March 11, 2024

How Did X-Men: The Animated Series Address Wolverine's Origin?


Wolverine's early spotlight stories in Uncanny X-Men inspired a memorable X-Men: The Animated Series episode...and the animated debut of Alpha Flight. I check it out this week at CBR.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

Was Tim Burton's Catwoman Film Doomed from the Start?


Catwoman's scrapped spinoff from Batman Returns began life with an outrageous screenplay from Daniel Waters. I look at this oddity -- perhaps the largest creative disaster I've covered in the column so far -- this week at CBR.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Two New Gene Kendall Collections!

I have two short story collections, scheduled for release on the same day. That same day is today. One collection is "in this world" and one "out of this world" (paranormal, horror, absurdity...) Both are free reads on Kindle Unlimited. Reviews appease our Amazon overlords, and I am genuinely curious about what you have to say.

Ten Tiny Tales: Stories of Broken Elevators and Other Mundane Things

Gene Kendall returns with ten stories of everyday joys, anxieties, and all the gooey stuff in-between. A few tales of families and criminals and windbags and kids who need haircuts. Featuring material originally presented in the Saturday Evening Post. Available here!

Dogteeth and Other Tales of the Paranormal

Ten stories of the paranormal from Gene Kendall, exploring both the light and the dark. A wood nymph becomes a crucial tool in global domination. A social media fad has the entire world feeling blue. An idyllic young couple faces a literal ghost from the past. Featuring the return of Bradley Burns, the Paranormal Desperado of Love is Dead(ly), and the debut of Dogteeth (don’t you ever call them vampires).  Available here!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Efficient and Divine: Honey Locust -- Now on Audible!

My new audiobook Efficient and Divine: Honey Locust Is on sale now! 

Mason Mackay is at peace with his lust, but this newfound sanguinity is a deadly thing. With the aid of a charming mentor, Mason's discovered a class of victim that can be targeted, hunted, and eliminated with ease. With a new love and a new taste for boozy treats, Mason is enjoying a life of sweet indulgence.

He's made some mistakes, though, unwilling to cut all ties to his past. Mason's former love Natalie Martinez is on his case, whether she knows it or not. A collision is coming, one that might claim both lives.

The second volume in the Efficient and Divine series is fast-paced, lean, and mean. A mystery thriller that promises both broken hearts and broken bones.

I have free Audible codes if you're interested, just contact me.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Skybound's Cobra Commander #1 Confronts a Lingering G. I. Joe Controversy


An area of continuity that's divided G. I. Joe fans for over 30 years has now resurfaced. I look at Skybound's Cobra Commander #1 this week at CBR. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Psylocke's Shocking Connection to a Deadly X-Men Foe


An alt-reality version of Psylocke has lived in the 616 continuity for decades, but apparently, only her creator's noticed. I explore a stunning revelation from Chris Claremont this week at CBR. And, hey, on a related note, you can check out my archive of "X-Men Revolution" reviews at this link (assuming Blogger hasn't screwed them up over the years.)

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Was The Hulk's Cancelled '90s Film a Lost Classic?


A '90s Hulk film had big names attached, massive animatronics, and an unbelievable post-credits cameo. What happened? I revisit this week at CBR.

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