Tuesday, 28 May 2013
However, prisons still exist elsewhere in England just as Hell continues to exist in other parts of the human imagination including John Constantine: Hellblazer, written a short while ago by Andy Diggle whose workshop is just below the Castle to the left of the attached image.
The Castle has several recent, well-attested, horrific ghost stories warranting both psychic investigation and graphic dramatization.
(i) Members of the superhero team, the Green Lantern Corps, wear "power rings" that bestow super powers, including flight. One Corps member resembled a squirrel.
Members of the trader team sometimes fly using personal gravity harnesses. One team member resembles a squirrel.
(ii) Thanagar is inhabited both by winged, feathered, avian-headed humanoids and by fully humanoid beings whose policemen fly with artificial wings and belts of anti-gravity metal and wear hawk-like helmets. Two Thanagarian police officers came to Earth as the superheroes, Hawkman and Hawkwoman.
Avalon is colonized by winged, feathered Ythrians and by human beings some of whom fly with gravbelts.
Imperial Thanagar joined an Alien Alliance attack against Terrestrial superheroes whereas Avalon successfully resisted annexation by Imperial Terra.
Here the resemblances end. Graphic fiction can be as rich and dense as prose fiction can be but usually it is not because of its monthly publishing schedule.
Anderson's characters do not fight crime but earn a living and, when necessary, keep the peace.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Lex, Hamilton and that reporter move significantly nearer to the secret of Clark's origin. Now is the time for Clark to take Lex, not the others, into his confidence but he cannot stop practising the deception that has been put into him by Jonathan.
It is good to see Chloe looking happy both at a Planet internship and at a date with Clark. There is one reference to her cousin who I think turns out to be Lois Lane? (I am still way behind with Smallville but am happy to move forward at this pace.)
Monday, 13 May 2013
Vision powers are explained by natural selection in Krypton's dense atmosphere and hostile environment but I also postulate interventions by the god Rao to maintain the human form despite evolutionary changes because his purpose was to generate a hero to be sent to Earth, and later into the cosmos, after the foredoomed destruction of Krypton.
Later: A spindizzy screen would explain faster than light interstellar flight but not time travel.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
The premise is psychokinesis, not meteor-related. Again, a road accident is a major plot element. As usual, the interesting characters are Chloe and Lex. We realise, if we did not before, that Lana really does feel something for Clark. Do the non-verbals at Whitney's father's funeral mean that Chloe realises that Clark is still focused on Lana?
Clark uses his powers very little. There is the usual running at super-speed when a telephone call alerts him that Chloe is in danger. Invulnerability is useful when psychokinesis is used to make an electric saw fly towards Chloe but Clark arrives in time and stands in the way. Of course, Chloe is lying on the floor unconscious so doesn't notice. Clark and Chloe check out the Daily Planet. Where does Chloe wind up working later?
Monday, 6 May 2013
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate.
Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division.
It changed in the comics and is different on screen.
The second version changes five of six words.
The third version is three words from the second, two (or one and a half) from the first and one new.
H has three possible meanings.
Each other letter has two.
Although "Espionage" appears twice, "Enforcement" had already appeared in "Law-Enforcement."
(The L and E in UNCLE were said to stand for "Law and Enforcement.")
None of the versions makes a lot of sense?
On Earth Real, there was a SHAPE, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe.
(James Bond defended SHAPE.)
SHAPE made some sense although a "shape" is less protective than a "shield."
Influenced by SPECTRE, UNCLE etc, I had tried to acronymize SHIELD before I read Marvel Comics.
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Lex tangles with a journalist;
Lana struggles to compete with the Beanery and save the Talon;
Pete and others persuade Clark to run for Class President but Chloe as Editor of the Torch endorses another candidate, who wins;
Clark uses the slogan "Man of Tomorrow", adapted from a remark made by Lex;
Lex says he would like to be President of the United States and Clark offers him the slogan back but Lex tells Clark to keep it (when Luthor became President in comics continuity, he ran as "the Tomorrow Party").
I do not include in this list the fact that another candidate controlled bees and made them attack her rivals. A satisfactory story line could have been composed from the other, listed, elements.
Fury says that he should be played by Samuel L Jackson and also that his nose has been smashed more often than Robert Downey Junior. The President of the United States appears as do lookalikes of Kent, Lane and Olsen.
We learn far more about the Chitaurai on page than on screen. The two media are so different that they are not really comparable but, so far, I think that the graphic novels give us more and can be appreciated at greater leisure.
As with a lot of people, anthology mags are not my preferred reading matter even though I know that all the important characters started in anthologies. Strip Magazine has extremely good art although it is not always easy to follow stories that are episodes of serials. I was surprised at the length of a couple of the episodes: 24 pages for "The Devil's Heritage" and 20 for "Age of Heroes" written by James Hudnall whose name I recognise from The Unauthorized Biography Of Lex Luthor.
"The Devil's Heritage" mentions the painting with the inscription "Et in Arcadia ego." Adding the verb "sum" makes the sentence an anagram for "Tango arcam Dei, Iesu", "I touch the tomb of God, Jesus."
Comics are a medium that need not be published by the Big Two or their imitators and that can present works of fiction in any genre without having to conform to any comics universe continuities so it is good to have horizons broadened by publications like Strip Magazine.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I was informed about the Arrow TV series;
we established that it is not in the same continuity as the Smallville TV series;
one difference is that Queen and Luthor are the same age in the former though not in the latter;
there are a few plausible trick arrows;
there are a Roy Harper and a Dinah Lance who could conceivably adopt costumed identities later;
as in Smallville, there are references to DC Universe place names like Bludhaven;
there are some characters named after comics writers, like Grell and Diggle;
Queen was a long time, five years, on the island and there was a lot going on there, revealed in flashbacks;
I was also informed about a detail that I had missed in Iron Man 3 and about upcoming Marvel Movieverse films;
I had not known that the Mandarin was a real villain in the comics;
we expect to meet at First Age Comics for Free Comic Books Day this Saturday;
what's not to like?