505 – For all your interdimensional insurance needs…

Earlier in the week, I posted a geek rant on Facebook, where a few things that had been bouncing around in my head for a while finally broke loose. I shall now reprint and expound on that post thusly:

  1. DOCTOR WHO: Peter Capaldi seems like a great actor, but I just can’t cotton to him as Doctor Who. I am the last person to want anyone to lose a job, but I would really rather see anyone else as Doctor Who right now. Except Hugh Grant. That guy can’t act his way out of a paper bag, IMHO. You can only do ‘vaguely befuddled’ for so long before it gets tiring, Hugh.
  2. DC COMICS: Cyborg was a New Teen Titan, one of my favorite comics growing up in the mid-80s. Cyborg is not, and should not, be a founding member of the Justice League. Vic Stone’s cool and all, but he’s not at the same power level as, say, Superman. Aquaman, maybe, but not Supes. 
  3. MARVEL AND DC COMICS (and their parent companies): As a lifelong comics fan, I never thought I’d say this, but… slow down on all the superhero movies, willya? Not that I don’t want to see them – BECAUSE I DO – but the rest of the world that isn’t made up of comics fans are going to get burned out on them like they did with westerns in the 1960s and then where will we be? Also, both publishing companies need to stop trying to deconstruct their characters and make them more “real.” That’s already been done with Watchmen (the graphic novel, not the movie.) Comics don’t need to be gritty and grim all the time: no one wants to see a grim and gritty Ambush Bug, for example.
  4. AQUAMAN: I grew up as a DC kid (later migrating over to Marvel), but I was never a huge fan of the Big Three (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman); instead, I always liked the B-Team heroes, like Green Arrow, Hawkman, Flash, and Aquaman. Arthur Curry doesn’t get enough respect. Sure, he can’t fly, but he has superhuman strength enough to withstand the crushing pressures found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean (roughly seven MILES below the ocean’s surface). Anyone who can do that, plus breathe underwater, swim fast enough to break the sound barrier and telepathically summon and control all marine life makes him a BAMF in my opinion. Also, all he has to do is summon a bunch of sharks, call up Red Tornado (another favorite of mine) to make a vortex for him and – BOOM – you’ve got yourself a Sharknado!  You’re welcome. :)

Ok, I think I’m done. :) See you next week!

~Rob