Monthly Archives: April 2016

6 New Comic Book Animated Shows (And 2 Revived) – I want to see on TV


 

We live in a golden era of Comic book movies and TV shows coming to life. For someone who grew up watching animated shows, I still believe that it is the best medium to tell a story. Animated shows have a power of storytelling that no other medium has. Spanning a number of episodes, these shows build a story layer by layer. Animation is cheaper compared to TV or movies and hence uses graphics and action sequences in a much elaborate way.

Over time and time animation has given us some great ones like Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as Joker and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. My last favorites, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Young Justice were axed by their respective networks because the executives thought that it was too mature for their audience. Over time and time I have been wishing for more animated shows and here are some that I want to watch.

Marvel Max – Made for a network like Netflix or HBO, Marvel Max can elaborate adventures of Punisher, Daredevil, Luke Cage and have an opportunity to introduce new characters like Moon Kinght, Ghostrider, Blade in the process. The opportunities with this show is unlimited and so are the number of stories they can go with.

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Teen Titans v2 – The current Teen Titans is so dumb and stupid that even the kids of this era are refusing it to watch. What we need is a Teen Titans animated show on the lines of Young Justice. We all know the origin of the classic Teen Titans team. This show will give a chance to introduce new members and departure of some old ones.

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Fantastic Four – It’s been a while that we have seen anything decent related to Fantastic Four on TV. Marvel’s first family is a house of strong characters in terms of both heroes and villains. A new Fantastic Four show is the best way for Marvel to show Fox who is the boss. A more source material friendly style of storytelling can follow Hickman’s brilliant run on the family before he started working on Secret Wars.

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Adventures of Superman & Wonder Woman – its canon, Clark and Diana are a couple in DC universe, so why wait? We have an amazing opportunity to tell adventures of this power couple while introducing their friends in every episode. Just like Batman: Brave and the Bold we will get a cool show loyal to DC’s new 52 run.

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Wolverine – Remember Wolverine and the X-Men and how it was canceled just after a season. It was the best thing to exist on TV in those days and it went off for no reason. Why I want a Wolverine animated show, is because he is one of the most well-known characters in X Universe. A Wolverine animated show will tell us his origin story while introducing his life as an X Man. We will get a chance to meet his friends and enemies, most importantly Deadpool, Taskmaster, Omega Red and The Hulk.

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New Avengers – One of the best episodes on Avengers: EMH was the one that told us the origin story of New Avengers team. What if Marvel could plan a spin off series about the team. Who wouldn’t love to hear banters between Wolverine and Spider-Man?

Apart from these shows there are two shows that were canceled the moment it started to go interesting. If there is some way to revive them then I’ll be the happiest man on this planet.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – I am still waiting for Season 3 and 4 of this series. The Galactus finale was too rushed and was without purpose. After Secret Invasion they could have gone on the Civil War route while slowly foreshadowing the coming of Thanos, followed by a grand finale where Galactus comes to satisfy his hunger. Come on Marvel you can do this.

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Young Justice – There are still question left unanswered. I am still waiting for the big bad to show up. I still need to know what the big plan was. Is that too much to ask? I guess not.

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I know my hopes are high but a fanboy can only wish. Who knew that one day you’ll be watching Batman and Superman fighting on screen. It could have been just a dream a few years back.

Review – Marvel & Netflix’s Jessica Jones: Season 1


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After massive success of Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones was their second collaboration with Netflix. Based on Brian Michael Bendis’ much acclaimed run Alias, Jessica Jones follows a story of an ex crime fighting vigilante running from her dark past.

The show had a very impressive starcast with Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, ex Doctor Who alumnus, David Tennant as villainous Killgrave and Mike Colter as Luke Cage.

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Jessica Jones arrived in times when TV was already cluttered with 8 TV shows based on comic books and superheroes. Most of these TV shows were made to target a specific genre of audience. Jessica Jones, although was not. The show aimed to showcase a more mature side of Marvel Universe did the same with brilliance and style and brought something unique to the table

Jessica Jones is very different than any superhero shows that have ever existed on TV. If Daredevil set a mythology for Hell’s Kitchen, then Jessica Jones was aimed more on a personal story. The strong noir flavour and an adult-orientated take on the comicbook genre was something that made it way mature than expected. There are raw sex scenes, brutal violence and lots of swearing. It also deals with adult themes such as murder, rape and child abuse. These issues are handled in a very compelling way and the storyline is powered by intelligent dark humour.

After a failed stint at superheroics led her to suffer from PTSD, she retired and became a private investigator, using her powers (super-strength, super-stamina and super-leaping) to solve mysteries.  She comes across liars, cheaters, addicts and murders on a daily basis and is now using her powers to enhance her detective skills.

Krysten Ritter has looks of an anime character, her brooding eyes, jet black hair makes her a look like a character who was born to play this role. Her compelling performance as an ex superhero suffering with PTSD and trauma and her being a whiskey-swilling, foul-mouthed and hot-tempered “mess of a woman” and Ritter plays the role in a very brilliant way. Like most of the Marvel characters Jessica Jones is an epitome of imperfection, she is a mess. Her life told in flashbacks. She’s one of those people saying that everybody that she cares about ends up hurt or dead. She is so broken that she doesn’t even care about fixing things for a long time, like the windows of her office.

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Every good comic book film/show is good because of that memorable villain who overshadows everything and gives the titular hero a run for their money. David Tennant plays the show’s big bad Kilgrave, who has the power to control the minds of other people. His persona is based in a way that before he appears on the screen you are already feeling his presence. As Kilgrave he brings a creepy charisma that compels you to hate him. His sick sense of humor makes you laugh. Tennant gives a truly sinister performance but adds enough subtle layers of humanity for you to have a shred of sympathy for him.

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As well as an outstanding heroine and villain combo, the show boasts great supporting characters. Carrie-Ann Moss’ (The Matrix) ruthless lawyer Jeri, Eka Darville’s (Empire) drug addict Malcom and Erin Moriarty’s(True Detective)  Kilgrave-victim Hope are all fascinating characters. So too is radio host Trish (Rachael Taylor), who shares a brilliant best-friend relationship with Jessica.

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And Mike Colter’s effortless portrayal of Luke Cage, who has red-hot chemistry with Jessica, will have you eagerly anticipating his own show in 2016. His presence adds a soul to what otherwise could have been a dark brooding war between hero and the antagonist. Luke’s presence humanizes Jessica and tells her that she is not alone in as a super powered in this world. There are moments between Luke and Jessica will take your breath away. Small doses of romance between them makes this show worth watching

Another brilliant addition to Marvel universe is Wil Traval’s cop Will Simpson, who has a very interesting arc. He plays officer Will Simpson who is actually Nuke in the comics. Jessica Jones goes through his origin story and how he changes from a charming ladykiller cop to a twisted supersoldier.

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At times and atleast in 3 episodes you feel like being forced to watch things that are just for the sake of adding extra episodes. But once it gains pace there is no stop. Daredevil and Jessica Jones have both been awesome, and hopefully Marvel’s other Netflix shows, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are equally just as good, before the team up Avengers-style in The Defenders.

Rating 9/10