Saturday, February 28, 2009

Green Lantern: First Flight Press Release

The official press release for the fifth DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Green Lantern: First Flight, has been released. You can read the full press release here, but let me give you a few of the important details:

Green Lantern: First Flight finds Hal Jordan recruited to join the Green Lantern Corps and placed under the supervision of respected senior Lantern Sinestro. The earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps. Hal must quickly hone his newfound powers and combat the treasonous Lanterns within the ranks to maintain order in the universe.

Green Lantern: First Flight is written my Alan Burnett (The Batman) and directed by Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman) and will feature the voices of Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as Hal Jordan, Victor Garber (Milk, Titanic) as Sinestro, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Boodikka, and Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) as Kilowog.

Warner Home Video will release the feature on July 28, 2009 on DVD as a single disc, Special Edition 2-Disc set and Blu-ray.

The 2-Disc Special Edition will include such extras as two featurettes, two episodes of Justice League and a digital copy download. The Blu-ray contains the same features plus two more episodes of Justice League.

And don't forget that there will be a special First Look at Green Lantern on the Wonder Woman DVD that will be released on Tuesday!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Weekend Round-Up

Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the US and Canada:

Friday, February 27, 2009
Cartoon Network, 8:00pm
Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Deep Cover for Batman!

Batman swaps places with Owlman -- his criminal counterpart in an alternate Universe -- to stop the Crime Syndicate from taking over the world.

Saturday, February 28, 2009
YTV (Canada), 11:30am
Wolverine and the X-Men - Guardian Angel

Now a member of the X-Men, Angel's wings are severely damaged at the hands of the MRD and have to be cut off. Mr. Sinister then makes him a proposal that will change his life.

Sunday, March 1, 2009
Teletoon (Canada), 10:30am
Spectacular Spider-Man - Identity Crisis

Peter Parker's secret identity as Spider-Man has been outted by Venom, leaving Pete and his loved ones vulnerable to all of Spidey's enemies.

Please Note:
  • BBC2 will be airing episodes 20-22 of Wolverine and the X-Men on March 4-6.
  • Wonder Woman Movie Clip and WonderCon Info

    The Wonder Woman movie is just a weekend away and Warner Bros Online has released a new clip just to tease us one last time before its March 3rd release. Take a look:

    And if any of you are in San Fransico this weekend, you may want to check out WonderCon which runs tonight until Sunday night and will feature a special screening of Wonder Woman and an extra special exclusive sneak peek at the new Green Lantern movie tonight at 6:00pm!

    Also at WonderCon are Black Panther and Spectacular Spider-Man panels featuring the creators of the shows. Full details are below.

    Black Panther Animated Series
    Friday, February 27
    Room 103

    He is the King of Wakanda, and soon he will be the King of TV! BET and Marvel Entertainment proudly present an exclusive look at the upcoming Black Panther cartoon, featuring the voice talents of Djimon Hounsou and more! Denys Cowan, senior VP of animation for BET and others discuss the genesis of the Black Panther comic series, as well as the creation of the animated series based on the origin story of "Who Is the Black Panther?" set to debut in mid-2009. Find out more behind the Black Panther and get a sneak peek at the cartoon at this star-studded panel!

    Wonder Woman
    Friday, February 27
    Esplanade Ballroom

    Embark on a journey of untold beauty, grace and strength as Princess Diana uses her remarkable gifts and evolves into Wonder Woman, the world's most renowned female superhero. Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, DC Comics, and Warner Bros. Animation present the West Coast Premiere of the next entry in the DC Universe animated original movie series featuring the action-packed origin story of the Amazonian princess—from her mythological beginnings through her introduction to Steve Trevor, her travels to America, and a no-holds-barred battle with Ares, the God of War.Wonder Woman's stellar cast includes the voices of Keri Russell (Waitress), Nathan Fillion (Castle), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), and Rosario Dawson (Sin City).

    The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of the film by Emmy Award–winning animation legend Bruce Timm, breakthrough director Lauren Montgomery (Superman Doomsday), screenwriter Michael Jelenic (Batman: Brave and the Bold), and, making her first appearance at WonderCon, Academy Award–nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways), the voice of Queen Hippolyta. DC Comics senior VP of creative affairs Gregory Noveck will moderate. Wonder Woman will be available to the public on DVD on Tuesday, March 3.

    And don't leave early, because the panel will close with a WonderCon exclusive—the first look at this summer's highly anticipated DCU animated original movie starring Green Lantern!

    Spectacular Spider-Man
    Saturday, February 28
    Room 103

    Q&A session with The Spectacular Spider-Man supervising producers Greg Weisman (Gargoyles) and Victor Cook (Hellboy: Blood and Iron), character designer Sean Galloway (Hellboy animated films), and Josh Keaton (The Even Stevens Movie), the voice of the teenage Peter Parker. It's the animated series that hearkens back to the webslinger's junior year in high school, when a not-so-typical 16-year-old must conceal his secret identity, endure the pressures of teenage life, and combat never-before-seen supervillains. Based on Marvel Entertainment's popular superhero, The Spectacular Spider-Man is produced by Culver Entertainment, a Sony Pictures Television Company, will premiere on Disney XD in March.

    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    Iron Man: Armored Adventures Trailer #2

    Pushing ever closer to its April 24 debut on Nicktoons, has posted a new trailer for Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and here I am sharing it with you!

    This new trailer features clips from the first two episodes as well as new clips from later episodes. And we also get to see a little bit of Whiplash and Blizzard!

    World's Tiniest Heroes

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 6
    Season Episode Number: 6
    Production Number: 109
    Airdate: October 21, 2006

    Writer: Franck Michel
    Director: Joshua Fine

    Voices: Hiro Kanagawa (Mr. Fantastic), Lara Gilchrist (Invisible Woman), Brian Dobson (The Thing), Christopher Jacot (Human Torch), Sam Vincent (H.E.R.B.I.E.), Sunita Prasad (Alicia Masters), John Payne (Ant Man).

    Plot: As a result of a lab accident involving the Fantasticar and a Golden Retriever, the Fantastic Four begin shrinking at an alarming rate! It is up to Hank Pym, the Ant Man, to help them revert back to normal.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Six episodes in and we already have our second guest star. This time it is one of the founding members of the Avengers, Ant Man! With a costume that is modeled closer to Scott Lang's Ant Man outfit, this modern version of the tiny hero comes off rather bland.

    We may have been spoiled by an incredible guest appearance from the Hulk a few episodes back, but Pym's role here is quite underwhelming. He shows up over halfway through the episodes and is used merely as a vessel for the tiny FF to reach their lab.

    And then, you would think that Hank Pym, being the brilliant scientist that he is (not to mention his experience as a shrinking man), would be the one to save the day. But no, Reed rearranges some molecules by hand and restores the team himself. Really, Ant Man was pretty useless in this episode.

    Where this episode went right, however, is the first half of the episode when the team first starts shrinking. Every good cartoon has a shrinking episode. It is one of the classic cartoon plotlines. And World's Greatest Heroes handles it well. We get to experience the shrinking problem from four different perspectives, fascination (Reed), annoyance (Ben), fear (Sue), excitement (Johnny), which when you combine them all together, makes for a hilarious episode.

    Seriously, the humour is what this show has going for it. The animation was way more limited in this episode than previous, which really limits the action, and the FF's roster of villains are just plain old goofy, cheesy and campy (some exceptions apply). So to take all of these elements and create a light-hearted action/comedy was probably a good move.

    DVD Releases:
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - The Complete First Season
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume One

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    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    Return of the Fearsome Fangs!

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 11
    Season Episode Number: 11
    Production Number: 111
    Airdate: February 20, 2009

    Writer: Todd Casey
    Director: Brandon Vietti

    Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman, Ace), Gary Anthony Sturgis (Bronze Tiger), Phil Morris (Fox, Jonah Hex), Edoardo Ballerini (Vulture), Paul Nakauchi (Wong Fei), (Top)

    Plot: The Terrible Trio have returned to Wudang Temple to steal the mystical Wudang totem. Batman must convince Bronze Tiger that the only way to save the temple is to team up and bring down the Trio.

    Teaser: Batman saves Jonah Hex from almost certain death at the hands of the Royal Flush Gang.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Once again, the production team of Batman: the Brave and the Bold have introduced a new generation to a character that is grossly underused in the comic book world. The Bronze Tiger was big in the 70s through the 90s but has only popped up here and there for the occasional cameo in the last ten years. So to have Bronze Tiger take centre stage in his first major animation appearance is a treat for fans of the character.

    The origins of Bronze Tiger and the Terrible Trio have been changed to fit this continuity. Batman, Bronze Tiger and the Trio all studied Martial Arts years ago at the Wudang Temple under the tutelage of Master Wong Fei.

    Since all five of these characters use an animal as their theme, the writers have created this temple in which part of the gig is that you wear the helmet of an animal that represents you. This is particularly useful as a plot device when they all turn into their respective animals later in the episode.

    The Terrible Trio have appeared in the past two Batman series with very different origins. Batman: TAS saw the Trio as wealthy business men out for a thrill with their animals representing an area of business from which they gained their wealth; The Batman saw the Trio as three outcast college students who mutate themselves into animal creatures and take revenge on those who have cast them aside over the years.

    While all three of these origins are different than the comics (the Trio are famous inventors who get bored and turn to a life of crime), the Brave and the Bold is my favourite as it gives the characters a closer tie to the Batman and takes the characters seriously. They are very dangerous and are not to be taken lightly.

    Return of the Fearsome Fangs is the first episode of this series that does not use the show's signature use of comedy. This is a very serious episode, which is great to see such variety while still maintaining the tone of the show, and it should make those who were on the fence about this 'lighter, funner' Batman smile a bit.

    The teaser, featuring Jonah Hex, was short and sweet. The re-imagining of the Royal Flush Gang as a western gang has potential and I hope that there will be a whole episode devoted to the Wild West in season two. And bonus points for including yet another obscure villain, this time the often Flash villain, Top!

    DVD Releases:
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Volume Three

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    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    Growing Pains

    Season: 2
    Episode Number: 19
    Season Episode Number: 6
    Production Number: 206
    Airdate: February 22, 2009

    Writer: Nicole Dubac
    Director: Mike Goguen

    Voices: Josh Keaton (Spider-Man), Lacey Chabert (Gwen Stacy), James Arnold Taylor (Harry Osborn), Alanna Ubach (Liz Allen), Joshua LeBar(Flash Thompson), Vanessa Marshall (Mary Jane Watson), Andrew Kishino (Kenny Kong), Grey DeLisle (Sally Avril), Cree Summer (Glory Grant), Kelly Hu (Sha Shan Nguyen), Jeff Bennett (St. John Devereaux), Ben Diskin (Venom), Tom Wilson (Stan Carter), Clancy Brown (Captain George Stacy), Daran Norris (J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson), Dee Bradley Baker (Curt Conners), Steve Blum (Dilbert Trilby), Crispin Freeman (Electro), Brian George (Miles Warren).

    Plot: Alien spores have infected Col. John Jameson, increasing his mass as well as his strength. And now he is out to get Spider-Man whom he believes is behind a series of attacks and robberies. But little does Jameson know that the real culprit is Venom!

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think that I would get to see John Jameson don his Jupiter suit in any animated series! But here he is, and with a new name -- Colonel Jupiter!

    Jameson's Jupiter suit makes its first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #42, an issue most famous for its last panel. You know, the one where Peter opens his front door to met the beautiful Mary Jane Watson for the first time, to which she utters the famous line "Face it tiger, you just hit the jackpot!"

    But what many people don't remember is that the main story features John Jameson who has been infected by spores from outer space that he contracted during his last space mission. He grows in stature and his body mass becomes incredibly dense, and Tony Stark gave him a suit that allows him to function normally despite his new physique. They call it the Jupiter suit because the scientists involved believe the spores come from Jupiter.

    Growing Pains actually follows the plot of the comic book very closely. In the comic, Spider-Man is also being framed for a crime he didn't commit (in the comic it is just a corrupt bank guard) and JJJ is using his new super-powered son to bring Spider-Man down. However, the comic has John trusting his father about the Wall-Crawler right away and goes mad with power. Then JJJ realizes the truth and tries to stop his son but that proves to be a challenge, even for Spidey who eventually knocks out Jameson at an electrical power station.

    While being faithful to the original story, Growing Pains adds the sub-plot of Venom framing Spider-Man. The Venom in this show is really well defined. He is mad but not crazy like Carnage, something that gets a little blurry in the comics sometimes. Eddie is a smart man in this series, so it makes sense that he would still have his smarts, even when influenced by the symbiote. And while we get a little scuffle in this episode, the real battle will be in the next episode, the conclusion to this three-part storyarc.

    Just like in the last episode with the clips from Flash's birthday video, this episode is spliced together with clips of Midtown students reciting Shakespeare for a drama audition. It is a very clever way of storytelling as all of the quotes relate to the story. I hope to see more of this kind of non-linear storytelling in the future.

    After her voiceless cameo in the previous episode, Sha Shan Nguyen finally gets to speak. For fans of the comics, you probably know that Sha Shan eventually falls for Flash and becomes his girlfriend, which Flash takes very seriously. I am looking forward to seeing how that plays out in this series.

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    Monday, February 23, 2009


    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 18
    Season Episode Number: 18
    Production Number: 118
    Airdate: February 21, 2009

    Writer: Christopher Yost
    Director: Steve Gordon

    Voices: Steve Blum (Wolverine), Fred Tatasciore (Beast), Nolan North (Cyclops), Kari Wahlgren (Emma Frost, Dr. Sybil Zane), Danielle Judovits (Shadowcat, Tilde Saomes), Liam O'Brien (Nightcrawler, Angel), Roger Craig Smith (Forge), Jim Ward (Professor X, Warren Worthington II), Mark Hildreth (Quicksilver), A.J. Buckley (Toad), Gwendoline Yeo (Domino), Stephen Stanton (Blob), James Patrick Stuart (Avalanche), Tom Kane (Magneto), Kate Higgins (Scarlet Witch), Richard Doyle (Senator Kelly), Phil LaMarr (Bolivar Trask), Unknown (Mastermold), Unknown (Agent Haskett).

    Plot: With the Sentinel Program now in full swing, the X-Men and the Brotherhood must team up in order to defend all mutants against the giant robot army.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Finally, we get to the story that everyone is interested in. While the last four episodes have done a little bit to advance the plot, we really haven't had anything to do with the Sentinels plotline since Battle Lines, of which this episode is a sequel.

    If you have read my reviews of past episodes, you will have read my complaints about the X-Men not really being featured in this series. They only show up as a team in these Sentinel episodes. So it goes without saying that the Sentinel episodes get bonus points simply because we see the team acting as a team.

    As always with this show, the battle scenes are laid out really well thanks to the excellent storyboard artists and director Steve Gordon. Each character (of both the X-Men and the Brotherhood) are given the spotlight to showcase their powers and value to the team. Not an easy task considering there are eleven X-Men and five Brotherhood that take part in the battle, but the creative team does a bang up job squeezing them all in.

    Once again, not every character gets to speak in this episode. Storm, Iceman, Rogue and Polaris are all silent despite their involvement in the episode. Oh well. At least the team is all together, right? Beggars can't be choosers.

    It was good to see Tilde's return, as well as Emma's diamond form which I don't think we've seen since episode four. And now that Nightcrawler and Angel have officially joined the team, finally bringing together all of the main cast, I'm sure we can expect that these last eight episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men's premiere season will be packed with lots of X-Men, lots of Sentinels, and lots of action!

    Backlash is not one of the best of the series, since it is basically one big battle with little story, but it does showcase one of the best action sequences yet and it is exciting to think of what is in store for everyone now that Mastermold is acting on its own.

    Oh, and if you are wondering, it was Wolfsbane that we see being dragged away by the MRD. I hope that she will be featured in a future episode.

    DVD Releases:
  • Wolverine and the X-Men, The Complete First Season (Canada Exclusive)
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Fate of the Future

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    Friday, February 20, 2009

    Weekend Round-Up

    Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend:

    Friday, February 20, 2009
    Cartoon Network, 8:00pm
    Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Return of the Fearsome Fangs!

    Batman and a reluctant Bronze Tiger fight to prevent Fox, Vulture and Shark from invading an ancient Chinese temple and stealing the sacred animal totem from within.

    Saturday, February 21, 2009
    YTV (Canada), 11:30am
    Wolverine and the X-Men - Backlash

    The MRD starts hunting mutants using sentinels, forcing the X-Men to strike back. Angel joins the X-Men and tries to destroy Master Mold accompanied by the Brotherhood.

    Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Teletoon (Canada), 10:30am
    Spectacular Spider-Man - Growing Pains

    Venom is back and framing Spider-Man. Meanwhile, alien spores infect John Jameson, increasing his size, strength and mass. J. Jonah Jameson convinces his son to become a super-hero to capture Spidey...

    The Vulture has Landed

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 23
    Season Episode Number: 23
    Production Number: 5023
    Airdate: Unknown

    Writer: Doug Booth
    Director: Unknown

    Voices: Ted Schwartz (Spider-Man), William Woodson (J. Jonah Jameson), Mona Marshall (Betty Brant), Buster Jones (Joe "Robbie" Robertson), Don Messick (Vulture), Unknown (Hank Edwards), Unknown (Professor Donaldson), Unknown (Pilot).

    Plot: Mistaken for millionaire inventor Harry Osborn, Peter Parker is kidnapped by the Vulture and forced to work alongside other kidnapped scientist who are making inventions for the Vultures scheme to become rich quick.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The Vulture makes his series debut in this episode, and is a lot more faithful to the comic books in terms of his costume than the Vulture with the helmet from the 67 series. However, his attitude is not. The Vulture has never really been a petty crook, he is a madman who was scorned by business partners. He became obsessed with revenge and later, destroying Spider-Man.

    However, in this episode, his character has been broken down to an old man who wants to be the richest man in the world, which takes away from the complexity of the Vulture, but works within the shallow plots and stories of 80s cartoon writing.

    As far as the story goes, this episode is pretty enjoyable. The plot is decent and the dialogue is fun, but like many times in this series, there are big questions that I have. Mainly, how is the Vulture supposed to sell the valuable rocks from outer space in order to become the richest man in the world? I don't think anyone would buy moon rocks since they would know that they would be the famous stolen rocks. The Vulture wouldn't be able to pawn them off on anyone.

    But let's move on to the animation, which is good for a show produced in the 80s, but has its shares of problems. Peter Parker changes his clothes to a brown jacket, but in many close up shots of Peter's head his jacket is blue again. There are a few timing issues, and I would love to see a few interesting camera angles, but no such luck here. Oh well, it is still totally watchable and is much better than a lot of other shows produced in the 80s.

    Harry Osborn is mentioned in this episode, but is never seen. The Vulture calls him a millionaire inventor, a titled usually credited to his father, Norman Osborn. I'm not too sure why this change was made and why the Vulture couldn't simply kidnap Peter Parker who has a lot of smarts. I guess he's not high profile enough.

    DVD Releases:
  • Spider-Man vs. the Vulture

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    Thursday, February 19, 2009

    My Neighbor was a Skrull

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 5
    Season Episode Number: 5
    Production Number: 108
    Airdate: September 30, 2006

    Writer: Joseph Kelly
    Director: Franck Michel

    Voices: Hiro Kanagawa (Mr. Fantastic), Lara Gilchrist (Invisible Woman), Brian Dobson (The Thing), Christopher Jacot (Human Torch), Sam Vincent (H.E.R.B.I.E.), Sunita Prasad (Alicia Masters), Laura Drummond (Courtney Bonner-Davis), Colin Murdock (Willie Lumpkin), Mark Oliver (Commander Kl'rt), Michael Dobson (Ronan the Accuser, Mr. Bonner-Davis), Unknown (Mrs. Monet).

    Plot: After returning home from an outer space exploration, the Fantastic Four discover that all of their neighbours have been replaced by alien beings called Skrulls!

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): The thing that I really enjoy most about this series is the humour. I have been reading Fantastic Four comics for years and it always has a lighter tone than book like Batman or X-Men. So to see a series based the comic that doesn't take itself too seriously is really nice because it is something different.

    By establishing itself as a action/comedy right off the bat, it frees the writers up to be more creative and outlandish, and when it comes to a serious episode like Hard Knocks, it doesn't feel out of place.

    My Neighbor was a Skrull is a funny episode. This is partially due to the Skrulls being a moronic race, but Joseph Kelly really shows his stuff as a comedy writer with the hilarious one-liners and dialogue. Mr. Fantastic met Mrs. Monet on the moon after she flew there in her flying bathtub? Hilarious!

    And a good job to the voice actors who had to put on many different styles all in one episode. It was a pleasure to listen to.

    Usually funny episodes are filler episodes, but not with this one. If you are familiar with your Fantastic Four history, you should know that the one Skrull that was called by name, Commander Kl'rt, is none other than the infamous Super-Skrull who possesses the powers of each of the Fantastic Four! The Skrulls collecting samples of each of the FF is obviously set up for a future episode when the Super-Skrull comes to town.

    And a nice little twist ending featuring a certain Kree warrior. Could we actually see a Kree/Skrull war in this series?

    DVD Releases:
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - The Complete First Season
  • Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes - Volume Two

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    Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Marvel Super Hero Squad Official Announcement! has officially announced their new animated series, Marvel Super Hero Squad, which will debut on Cartoon Network with 26 episodes in late 2009!

    Based on the popular toy line, Marvel Super Hero Squad features the biggest names in the Marvel Universe as they team up to protect Hero City from all the nasty bad guys who live in VillainVille. The show will be a mix of action and humour and will showcase "super deformed" versions of Marvel characters from all corners of the Earth.

    The main team will consist of Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Thor and Falcon but those who were at the New York Comic Con were told that you will also see Captain America, Ms. Marvel, Storm, Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, Wasp, Misty Knight, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Heroes for Hire, Defenders and Reptile, a new character created for the show. The only major player missing from this list is Spider-Man who is under contract with Sony and probably won't show up in this show.

    Together, the heroes will prevent the Lethal Legion, which consists of Doctor Doom, MODOK, Loki, Abomination, Mole Man and Fin Fang Foom, from gathering all the pieces of the Infinity Sword and taking over the universe! But wait, there's more! Dormammu, Toad, Klaw, Screaming Mimi, and the Wrecking Crew will be there to help out their villain buddies!

    With accomplished voice actors like Steve Blum, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler and Grey DeLisle on board, and with notable guest voices from Wayne Knight, LeVar Burton, Michelle Trachtenberg, Greg Grunberg, Lena Headey, Adrian Pasdar, Tricia Helfer, Jennifer Morrison, Tamera Mowry, and Robert Englund, and featuring Stan Lee as the Mayor of Super Hero City, it sounds like Marvel is taking this show very seriously.

    Series writers include Matt Wayne (Justice League Unlimited) and Mitch Schauer (Angry Beavers).

    I personally can't wait to see what this show is like. Yes, I know it will be geared to much younger market, but is so different that it has me super excited.

    The Ghost Vikings

    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 4
    Season Episode Number: 4
    Production Number: 4004
    Airdate: October 5, 1979

    Writer: Jeff Scott
    Director: Bob Richardson

    Voices: Joan Van Ark (Spider-Woman), Bruce Miller (Jeff Hunt), Bryan Scott (Billy Drew), Unknown (Valhammer, Vikings).

    Plot: When a mysterious box found on an ancient viking ship is opened, three viking ghosts are released and start up their pillaging right where they left off over a thousand years ago!

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Now that I have watched four of these episodes, I have a few questions about the Justice Magazine. Are there any more than three employees? Are Jessica, Jeff and Billy the only three that work in that entire building? And who holds Jessica and Jeff accountable for their globetrotting? In every episode they take the jet plane to a different corner of the world. That can't be cheap and it seems that they just come and go as they please without any sort of permission. If any of those questions can be answered I'd be a happy camper.

    Like most of the episodes in this series, this one is pretty goofy. Instead of bringing in a real super-villain, we are handed ghost vikings, or rather, vikings from the past who have found a way to travel to the future. Last episode it was Amazon women, before that it was an evil cult, and alien mummies the time before that! Yes, Dormammu was is a previous episode and I would consider him a super-villain, but he's not the variety that would be fighting Spider-Woman.

    Suspension of belief is very important while watching Spider-Woman. The head writer, Jeff Scott, doesn't seem too concerned with making sure all his bases are covered, so there are some questions that never get answered. Like, the time traveling chest, for instance. This time travel process is never really explained. They just have a box and it does that sort of stuff. Well, how does it do that? What is its history? How did the vikings find it? And how are they able to project their image into the future through the box?

    And check out Spider-Woman's new power! In addition to the many powers she already possesses, it seems that Spider-Woman also has a protective Spider-Bubble all around her that allows her to breathe under water. I bet it would also be handy should she ever find herself in outer space. Anything to make the story work, I guess.

    There was a moment when Spider-Woman ran out of web fluid. I didn't think she could do that. In fact, now that I think about it, I don't think Spider-Woman uses webs in the comics at all!

    Otherwise, this episode follows the same formula as the previous episodes, which works for the series, but will end getting pretty boring by the end of its sixteen episode run.

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