Sunday, March 31, 2013

2012 “Vil24: Professor Ivo Cubee” by Joshua Wolf

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I could have kept up with the theme of Aquaman Villain Cubees begun with Siren, but when I saw the man responsible for the deaths of Steel and Vibe, I had to showcase him next!

Joshua Wolf's Villains Cubees

Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 DCU Movie Fan Casting: Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Vixen

I was rolling out a cast for a hypothetical Justice League Detroit movie at a reasonable pace until I ran into a wall with the Vixen. Mari Jiwe McCabe is a damned tough part to cast, and all of the obvious choices (Angela Bassett, Gina Torres, Halle Berry, Thandie Newton) are too old for the part. Ideally, you want someone exotically beautiful and physically fit with sufficient poise and presence who is also willing to wear a skintight outfit and act like a jungle cat while performing gymnastics/martial arts moves. I spent countless hours going through demo reels to pick the perfect actress for the part, but never quite found her.

Zoe Saldana is an obvious option, but frankly too much so, with entirely too many geek franchise credits and too little true feel for the role. Rose Rollins is a safe, boring heroine possibility, and she's pushing the upper end of the appropriate age range. I waited until Battleship to see if Rihanna could act, but she can't. I really like Angell Conwell's look and attitude, but she's too broad and American. Tika Sumpter looks good, but every video I can find of her shows a very stiff actress, physically and functionally. Yaya DaCosta was a possibility, but she just hasn't done any action worth mentioning. Having ruled out all other options, I was left with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a beautiful English actress who can do accents, has a background in genre fare, looks good in tight leather and has done some kung-fu in Undercovers. She'll do in a pinch, right?

Diabolic Movie Fan Casting

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Ralph Dibny: The World-Famous Elongated Man #1-2 by Rafa Rivas

Between a move, working crazy hours and general burnout with blogging/comics (both reading & writing about,) my productivity here has been poor, and I apologize. We will be covering the new Vibe series in the near future though, and in the meantime, I'm perfectly happy to redirect readers to other Detroit content on the web.

Rafa Rivas has put together his own period Elongated Man series proposal, and with the words "period" and "Elongated Man" in that proposal, you know this is as far as it gets. The setting, supporting cast and villains are discussed here, while the first issues are outlined here. Check it out!

Friday, March 8, 2013

2013 Aquaman #19 MAD Magazine variant cover by Tom Bunk

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Originally solicited as "MAD Variant cover by The Usual Gang of Idiots."