Discussion Time: A Squirrel Girl TV Show?

DISCLAIMER: The rights to the character belong to Marvel Comics. The thoughts in this article are mine.

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By: Christopher Johnson

Introduction:

 

Series Recap

In part 1 of this series, we looked at who Squirrel Girl is and in part 2 we looked at her power set and how she could have defeated Dr. Doom. To finish off the three-part series, I will discuss my thoughts on a Squirrel Girl TV show and how it might play out.

 

The Discussion:

A TV Show?

Squirrel Girl is a more casual superhero, so a laidback sitcom esque show would be perfect for her character.

The Setting/Tone?

I think this would work out great if it was set in a high school and featured her day to day life except every once in awhile a scary villain can show up and Doreen defies all odds and defeats them in a comedic way. I believe it could succeed in what “Agents if Shield” tried to do before it became a serious show.

The Villain?

I honestly don’t think there needs to be an overarching villain or story. Just a series of 2-3 episode arches is all the show needs.

Of course, some villains would appear at times, I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Whirlwind, Wizard, Slapstick or some other minor villain just to make things interesting.

Other Thoughts

If I would have to pick a network, I feel ABC would be the best place for it. Netflix should be reserved for Marvel’s more darker shows.

 

Conclusion:

Of all heroes, why did I choose Squirrel Girl? Well, I picked her because I like the goofiness of her character and feel a laidback sitcom show would be interesting to watch. It could be a great way to bring relatively unknown villains to the small screen and introduce them to the world. This concludes my three part series on Squirrel Girl.  If you would like to know when the next article series is released, simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow “CJOHNSON0545 on Twitter to know when it’s released.


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A Hero Tested – Batman

Disclaimer: The rights to Batman and all the villains mentioned in the article are owned by DC. Lego Batman is a film distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Written by Seth Grahame-Smith and directed by Chris McKay.

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By: Christopher Johnson.

 

  1. Introduction

After watching “Lego Batman” the ending inspired this idea: how would Batman fare against three villains that he wouldn’t normally fight. In this article, I will spoil the ending to Lego Batman, the challenges Batman will face, who will present the challenges and how I feel Batman would be able to overcome each challenge. Enjoy.

 

*SPOILERS FOR LEGO BATMAN BELOW THIS POINT*

 

  1. The Finale

Lego Batman was such a fun film and the finale is no exception. The finale of the film was simple, venture into “The Phantom Zone” and build an army of villains from various universes and then attack Gotham City using said army. As much I enjoyed it, I would like to look at this finale from a different angle.

 

  1. The Challenge

I honestly believe that this final battle would have made an excellent animated movie centered around Joker traveling around gathering up some of DC’s absolute worst villains. Forcing Batman to fight these villains by himself. This could be a great way to showcase Batman’s detective and critical thinking skills as he would have to find a way to single-handedly defeat each villain and would challenge him in three ways. “Against Magic”, “Against Intelligence” and “Hand to Hand Combat” Let’s meet the villains that Batman will be facing.

 

4A. The Villains- Who are they?

Now, the question is this: Which villains would Joker assemble? Here are the 3 I have selected and why.

     -Ares.

Ares is a Wonder Woman villain who is able to absorb the psychic energies given off by War, hatred, anger, death and bloodshed. I feel Ares would pose a threat because this is an attack on Gotham City. Ares would be powered by the attack, posing a dangerous threat to Batman.

   -Gorilla Grodd

Grodd is a telekinetic gorilla and a villain of the Flash. He has the ability to control people with his mind, fire telekinetic bolts and among other abilities. Grodd would pose a mental challenge to Batman, testing the bat’s mental capabilities.

  -Silver Banshee

Silver Banshee is a woman who was cursed by a mystic force. She is a villain of Superman and has the ability of sonic screams and has a stare that can kill anyone as long as she knows their real name.

4B. The Villains- How to Defeat Them?

Now that you know the villains, here is my thoughts on how Batman would defeat each one.

  -Ares

Ares is a god of Olympus and is invincible to mortal weapons. Batman’s only way to use magic is the “Hellbat” armor. This is a suit of armor created by the Justice League so Batman could be even more overpowered and take on superhuman threats. Of everything the suit has access to, it can use magic. Therefore I believe Batman could easily win in a fight against Ares due to Batman’s hand to hand combat training.

The Hellbat suit may give Batman an insane edge, but it also drains his energy, therefore, he can not use it against all the threats or else it would kill him. Batman would save Ares for last so he can be at the top condition for the other two.

  -Gorilla Grodd

Grodd would begin by trying to attack Batman by controlling him. This wouldn’t work as Batman is very focused and would easily snap out of it. Gorilla Grodd is a genius, therefore, Batman would not be able to outsmart him and Grodd is very strong and very durable so he could hold his own in the fight. Batman would have to win by staying out of sight and slowly weaken him while using the shadows to stay away from Grodd. This would cause Batman to careful plan each strike and change his method of attacks as Grodd is smart enough to develop various plans for each way Batman could attack him. Eventually, Grodd would fall after a long and drawn out fight.

  -Silver Banshee

Banshee’s death stare would prove to be ineffective as she would not know Batman’s real name. Banshee would test Batman’s ability to fight in hand to hand combat. Not only would her sonic screams pose trouble for getting in close, but her short range teleportation, accelerated healing, and strength would cause problems. Anyone who is able to go toe to toe with Superman would be difficult to defeat. Ultimately, Batman would win because eventhough she might have powerful screams, so does Black Canary and it has been shown that Batman has a plan to fight any Justice League member if they become out of control. Surely he would know how to handle sonic screams. As for the fight itself, it may be difficult, but with enough bearings to throw her off balance and a few well-placed punches, Silver Banshee would be taken down easily.

After Batman handles these three, the Joker would pose no match and Batman wins.

 

  1.  Final Thoughts

Ares,  Silver Banshee, and Gorilla Grodd were chosen not only to the challenge they could pose to Batman but also how recognizable they are. All three are lesser known villains who have ties to TV or film. Gorilla Grodd is a villain in the Flash TV show, Silver Banshee appears in Supergirl and Ares will play a role in a future DC movie. Hopefully, you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing this. In the future, I hope to write more thought based pieces on DCtv shows and of course, there will be film reviews If you would like to know when those articles are released, please “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow @CJohnson0545 on Twitter.

 

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Top 5: Comic Book Video Games

Disclaimer: The games were created by their respective companies and the characters are owned by Marvel or DC. The link to where I found each picture is located in the captions below. As always, the thoughts are my own.

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By: Christopher Johnson

 

1.Introduction:

With Injustice 2, The PS4 Exclusive Spider-Man game, Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game being released this year and with Square Enix announcing an Avengers game, I decided to share my top 5 Comic Book video games. With no further ado, let’s begin.

2. Rankings:

5. X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse

This was not the first comic book related game I ever played, but it is the first I have most memories of.

This game was developed by Raven Software and is their take on the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline. It features a gameplay style similar to Marvel: Ultimate Alliance games where you have a team of 4 character and you can freely switch between them.

Looking back, the story was pretty basic, but I left it on the list as I really enjoyed the game at the time and I thought it was so cool that you could play as villains in the X-Men universe.

 

 

 

 

  1. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014)

The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales and is a 3D action/adventure game with an interesting story involving Brainiac.

The story was a lot more enjoyable than what I was expecting because it was a Lego game I expected the story to not have as many parts as this does and the world is much more expansive than I expected it to be.

The number of playable characters was just incredible. There were a handful of characters I would have never expected to see in a video game such as Music Meister and Condiment King. The last thing I really enjoyed was the dialogue. The comedy was so on point and the characterization of the main characters was really good, in my opinion.

This game’s original story propelled it to number 4, but no matter how impressed I was with the story, the story(and the game) lacked a lot more depth than the other 3.

 

  1. Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)

 

Developed by NetherRealm Studios, this is a fighting game featuring DC characters. The gameplay is pretty standard for a fighting game, but this game blew me away.

The game before this had a fun story, but this game had an immersive story and NetherRealm created their own universe that you were able to explore little by little through the game’s story. That is the only reason this game is number 3 and the main reason I am so excited for the sequel. The final 2 not only had great stories but gameplay that was just so much fun to play.

 

  1. Batman Arkham City (2011)

The second game in the juggernaut series created by Rocksteady Studios. Just like NetherRealm, Rocksteady has created their own universe and just like the last game it is so much fun to see the world the studio has created. Another reason I really like the series is the level of detail Rocksteady puts into each game with all of the easter eggs they include with each game.

What sets Arkham City apart is the world. Arkham City is an original story that takes a portion of Gotham City and turns it into a gigantic prison. To stay out of spoiling anything, I will say no more on the plot, but there is more I have to say about this game.

The last bit I want to talk about it the gameplay. There is two part to the combat as in all Arkham games; the first part is the combat. Whether you are taking down gunners using stealth or fighting tons of units in hand to hand the combat makes you feel as if you are there. The second part of the gameplay is the adventure segments. This game really makes use of the detective aspect of Batman as you go through the city investigating the origins of Arkham City and who is behind everything.

 

  1. Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions(2010)

How can a simple game by Beenox outshine the mastery of Arkham City? Alternate Dimensions. I will admit that Arkham City is probably a better game, but I found more enjoyment in the gameplay of Shattered Dimensions. The game features 4 alternate versions of Spider-Man each with 3 unique levels and bosses(12 in total). Each Spider-Man ha their own gameplay style AND art style that is unique to them and really sets their world apart from the other 3. As with entries 2, 3 and 4 in this list, the game has its own unique story, but I feel the 4 different reality aspect adds a refreshing layer to the game that the other 3 do not have.

 

3. Conclusion:

In conclusion, Arkham City and Shattered Dimensions are games I highly recommend to anyone who has never played them before. They are my two favorites due to their unique stories and great gameplay. If you have played any of these, let me know how you feel about them. In a couple weeks, I plan on taking the story of Lego Batman and twisting it around. If you would like to know when the article is posted simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow @CJohnson0545 on Twitter! Thank you for reading.


 

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February 2017 Update

If you have noticed, there has not been an “Individualization” for the entire month of February and that is because I am dropping the series. I thought I would enjoy writing it and for a couple weeks, I did. Not long after I just became bored writing practically the same thing month after month.

To replace this I will be posting articles in a “2-1-2-1” format. The change will officially start in May, this is because I would like to have a certain amount of articles posted in 2017 and to achieve that I will post an extra article in April to make up for January having 1 actual article. Below will be a list of planned articles. I am only presenting the list from March to June as I am confident that I want to write the following articles.

March:

  1. Top 5: Comic Book Video Games
  2. A Twisted Lego Batman

April:

  1. Comics to Movies: Squirrel Girl
  2. Backlog Review: Vision

May:

  1. What With Wrong With Civil War II
  2. Legacy War: Robin

June:

  1. Nostalgic Remembrance: Avengers Academy

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Dual Review: “Suicide Squad” VS. “Batman v. Superman”

Disclaimer: “Batman V. Superman” was written by Chris Terrio and David S Goyer and “Suicide Squad” was written by David Ayer. Both properties are products of DC Entertainment and all characters are owned by DC.

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Thoughts by: Christopher Johnson


 

  1. Introduction

2 years (and two weeks) ago, Comic Conversations released its first article. A dual review focusing on two Spider-Verse crossovers. Today, we will be looking at the two latest movies in the DC Extended Universe. If you missed the first blogversary article, you can find it here.

Last year, DC released 2 films; “Batman v. Superman” and “Suicide Squad”, while the movies have their own share of fans, the movies have not fared well critically. In my opinion, both movies have a ton of problems and I would like to finally share my thoughts on Suicide Squad and to rehash my thoughts on Batman v. Superman(Click here to read my thoughts). My goal here is to look at the two movies and for me to finally decide which one is the better of the two. I am saving my thoughts on the future of the DCEU for later this year. Now, without any further ado, let’s discuss.

 

  1. Comparison

Batman v. Superman

As you may now know, I felt BvS was nothing more than a great big mess. In short, I thought the story was all over the place and the big battle was such a letdown. The part I want to focus on is the story and I will compare it to my biggest problem with “Suicide Squad”. If you are interested in hearing my full thoughts on BvS, there will be a “Related Articles” section at the bottom of each article with 3 previously released articles relating to the latest article.

Suicide Squad

In my opinion, Suicide Squad was another great example of a giant mess.

The editing was horrendous which made the movie hard to follow most of the time. Aside from that, you had random appearances from Katana and Joker that made absolutely no sense story wise, that really made the characters feel like a wasted opportunity.  Of these two majors flaws, I want to focus on the editing aspect of Suicide Squad as I feel that was the movie’s biggest problem.

Story vs. Editing

This has been the most difficult article to write as my thoughts on the subject has been changing ever since Suicide Squad has been released. I can say with confidence that Suicide Squad is worse than Batman v. Superman.

Sure, BvS may have a story that is all over the place, but at least it feels the complete film. Suicide Squad does not. The editing in Suicide Squad is so bad it is so easy to lose track of what is going on and you can never tell what is going on. The editing in BvS saved it from such fate as you may get lost in the changing tides of the story, at least you can understand what is going on in each scene.

 

3. Conclusion

In conclusion, Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman are not even mediocre movies, but Suicide Squad is a much bigger mess than BvS. Later in the year, we will see the release of Wonder Woman and Justice League, and they NEED to be good movies or else DC could be in hot water. Later in the year, I plan on discussing my in-depth thoughts on the DCEU, if you would like to know when that is up, simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow @CJohnson0545 on Twitter. Thank you for reading.

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Backlog Review- “Baby Talk”: Spider-Woman(2015) Volume 1

Disclaimer: The rights to the character and the symbol presented on the banner belong to Marvel Comics, while the story ideas belong to Dennis Hopeless. All thoughts and opinions belong to me.

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Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Javier Rodriguez
Blogger: Christopher Johnson

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1 . Introduction

Blogversary

2 years ago today, my first article, “Dual Review: Spider-Woman/Scarlet Spiders” was published. Last year, I published the article “Why I Stopped Reading Spider-Woman” to celebrate my 1 year anniversary. To celebrate my 2 year anniversary, I will begin reviewing the Spider-Woman series that started after I had stopped reading and we will see if I missed out on anything, but this is not the end. Next week will be part 2 of my 2-week celebration where I will focus on a different aspect of my first article, more details on that near the end.

History/Expectations

I had stopped reading this series on the basis of how boring the book had become. When the series was relaunched near the end of 2015, the premise of the series was that Spider-Woman had become pregnant and that did not interest me. With the direction the book took, I did not see how her pregnancy would turn the series in a positive direction, so I choose to spend my money on other series. Now, with no further ado, let’s discover how I felt about this series and if I will at least continue to catch up on what I had missed.

 

2.The Review

The Story:

The Beginning(Issue 1)

I felt the beginning(issue 1), had way too much going on. The pacing was too fast and I felt the writer rushed so much that it was easy to get confused. The issue starts with Jessica trying to be  pregnant superhero while out on the job with Porcupine and Ben Ulrich(her teammates from the first series), then it jumps to her maternity leave party where we see how secretive she is about the father of her baby and in the final act where see Jessica is so bored, she takes Carol up on her offer and travels to an alien hospital where she has an open appointment with maternity and right as I begin to grew exceedingly bored with this issue, the attendant she is speaking with is shot in the head and as issue 1 ends we learn the hospital is under an attack by the Skrulls. I felt this was just way too much for an issue and ultimately I regretted thinking it would have been a good idea to review this series, but then I read issue 2.

The Middle (Issues 2-4)

I felt these three issues really picked up the pace from issue 1. You have a pregnant superhero allying with pregnant aliens to fight off Skrulls who have invaded a hospital that resides in a black hole. The sounds like a premise of a comic that is wacky enough to be enjoyable, and I completely do! These three issues feature the great return of SPYder Woman that I have not read since 2013. The methods she uses to fool the Skrulls just kept me entertained up until the finale. Issue 4 ends with the Skrulls being defeated by Jessica after the birth of her baby, but this was not the last issue of the series, just the beginning of the end.

The Finale (Issue 5)

After the hospital situation ends, the story takes a turn for the best, what made this the best issue of the series is the development it brought to Jessica. The issue was focused on how she couldn’t return to her normal life because she was too scared leaving her child motherless. Throughout the issue, Jessica learns the chance of death is something that comes with being a superhero and she shouldn’t let that stop and she needs to be a role model for her son by keeping being a hero.

I really liked this issue as a finale to the series. Hopeless did a good job of tying a one-shot issue into the larger story. There are no Skrulls, no hospitals, just a girl, her baby and her friends as she tries to make sense of her new life with her baby. I will say it did take the issue longer to be interesting then I would want, but overall this probably was the best issue of the 5 solely based on the character development Jessica receives throughout it. Now, let’s look at one specific aspect of the series.

The Father?

The father of Jessica’s baby is teased at the start of the series and in issue 5 we learn the father is none other than…Unknown!

Basically, Jessica became pregnant using sperm that has been donated. So, she doesn’t know the father and probably never will.

I was mixed on this tactic, but after some thought, I like that Hopeless did this. It allowed Hopeless to focus more on the story and less about the shock factor. If Hopeless had revealed who the father is, then he could have spent a whole issue on the drama surrounding the reveal. Instead, he had more time to focus on story and I really liked that.

3. Conclusion- Overall Thoughts

I thought this series was very fun. It was exciting when it needed to be and the final issue did a great job conveying the love Jessica has for her newborn son and how she just wants to be around for her son. I thought the art was okay, not bad for this comic, but not something I typically enjoy.

 

If this story had been the story last year, then I wouldn’t have stopped reading the series when I did. The story is interesting enough for me to continue reading the series even if I don’t review any future issues of Spider-Woman.

 

IF YOU ARE INTO COMICS, then I would suggest giving this series a shot as it is a fun little read, but the series is not groundbreaking in any way.

 

This is only part 1 of my 2 part celebration of my two year anniversary. If you would like to know when it is up simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow CJohnson0545 on Twitter.

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Individualization feat. Champions #4

DISCLAIMER: This is a series written by Mark Waid. All characters are owned by Marvel Comics. Thoughts are all mine.

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Thoughts by: Christopher Johnson

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  1. Introduction:

Champions # 4 was written by Mark Waid w/ art by Humberto Ramos.  If you missed the review for the third issue it can be found here. This issue centers around the team as they are mistakenly captured by a small group of the Atlantean Navy led by Colonel Ajort. Now, without any further ado, let’s discuss this.

  1. The Review:

The Story

This story annoyed me for two reasons. It had nothing to do with the theme of the book and really was not that interesting on its own. Half of the issue was not dedicated to its own story and the half that was felt rushed.

The issue begins with the Champions’ plane being shot into the ocean, then there were roughly 5 pages of conversations then the story happens. The group is imprisoned on the basis of flying in Atlantean airspace, then as they are imprisoned, Ajort leaves to prepare a court trial for the Champions. While he is away, they bust out and proceed to escape. Ajort finds them and then they fight Ajort underwater for a minute until Viv pulls a handle and the team escapes through a hatch.

I can not express how much I dislike this story. There was no resolution at all, I m sure Ajort will return in some form, but for a single issue this was an incomplete story really reminded me that there is not an overarching plot to this series, I first thought this was a cool idea until the execution has left me very unimpressed.

The Leader?

Once again, there was a small debacle on who would lead the team, Hulk tried to led the team, but failed, while Cyclops tried leading the team and succeeded. I wish Waid would just make Cyclops the leader and be done with it.

Conversations

In my opinion, this was my favorite aspect of the issue, the interactions between the characters gave me the first impression of an enjoyable filler ep before the story even began. So, I do not have a lot of good things to say about this issue, but this is the one good thing I have to say.

Do I Recommend?: No. As of right now, I do not recommend this series to anyone.

  1. Conclusion/Overall Thoughts:

This is a shorter review, as the issue does not give you a lot to talk about. The conversations were enjoyable, but the story was so lackluster that I just do not care about the story for this issue at all. I am just annoyed to no end because I had high hopes for this series and it has just crashed so bad in my opinion. If the next issue does not revive my interest, then I will drop this review and will start reviewing a new series. January 28th marks my 2-year anniversary since this blog was created. To commemorate this event, I will be publishing an article on that day AND exactly one week after the 28th. If you would like to know when the articles are published, simply “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow @CGJohnson on Twitter.

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