THE X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 3×19: ‘NIGHTCRAWLER’
By Chris Sims
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series.
This week, Nightcrawler shows up and Wolverine finds Jesus. Not even kidding.
FINN AND JAKE ACHIEVE SPECTRE STATUS IN RYAN NORTH & JIM RUGG’S ‘ADVENTURE TIME’ #27
yan North’s Adventure Time run with artist Jim Rugg has yielded many welcome surprises (a mecha Lumpy Space Princess, for one) but fans have also paid a price for such a creative rampage as Finn and Jake have learned about mind-body dualism the hard way by becoming ghosts in a machine. Now the spectral heroes have to turn to the last person they can usually count on to return to being flesh and buds: Ice King. Get an exclusive first-look at next week’s Adventure Time #27 past the cut for a taste of how the heroes fare on their quest to become corporeal.
WATCH THE COMPLETE ‘BATMAN: STRANGE DAYS’ BY BRUCE TIMM
Director Bruce Timm’s ‘Batman: Strange Days’ short film is now available to watch in full alongside our exclusive interview with the legendary animator.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: BRUCE TIMM ON HIS RETURN TO BATMAN WITH ‘STRANGE DAYS’
By Andy Khouri
Bruce Timm: Oh, I’m never going to be done with Batman. No, basically what happened was it all came about as a fluke. I was at the premeire of The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2 at the Paley Center. One of the reporters there asked me, of all the different versions of Batman that I’ve worked on, through all the DVDs and the series and stuff, which one was my favorite. I said of course it’s the original, Batman: The Animated Series, because that’s the closest to my own personal vision of Batman. Then I got to thinking, well, you know, even B:TAS was not 100% exactly what I would do with Batman if I was boss of the world and didn’t have to take into account economics or TV executives. If I was the boss of the world, how exactly would I do Batman and some of the things they tried to incorporate into B:TAS but had to change a little for various reasons.
Also in this interview: who will voice the new Batman short?
THE X-MEN EPISODE GUIDE 3×18: ‘THE JUGGERNAUT RETURNS’
The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week, the Juggernaut returns and spends the entire episode in bed, much like I wish I was doing.
The last time Batman appeared in a Warner Bros. animated production in the Bruce Timm “style,” it was in the Justice League Unlimited series, which ended in 2004.
Now, the big-eared, Timm-designed version of Batman is back in a new short for Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block, titled Batman Strange Days, which finds the Dark Knight taking on Hugo Strange and a mysterious, Solomon Grundy-like giant. It looks dark –virtually black and white or sepia — and features Batman firing a huge gun evocative of Gundam Wing‘s Twin Buster Rifle marked “tear gas.”
VIZ CONTINUES CHRONICLING THE CAREER OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI IN APRIL WITH ‘TURNING POINT: 1997-2008′
This April Viz Media will follow up 2009’s Starting Point: 1979-1996, its initial batch of essays, interviews, memoirs and illustrations chronicling the career of manga creator and animation film director Hayao Miyazaki, with Turning Point: 1997-2008. While the first book followed Miyazaki’s early life and career well into the founding of Studio Ghibli, many North American fans will be most familiar with the time period this new 400 page hardcover given that it covers the creation of award-winning films like Spirited Away, The Cat Returns, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tales From Earthsea and Ponyo.
Hey, remember Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire from 2001? It’s okay if you don’t, since it didn’t have Fox Robin Hood or someone singing about ice puns, which, for good or ill, tend to make for the most memorable Disney movies. What it did have, however, were concept designs by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, which have led to the movie becoming a cult favorite in recent years despite a poor initial showing at the box office.
With the Internet being what it is, these designs have of course found their way online, and they are predictably amazing.
IDW INVENTS NEW ‘DEXTER’S LABORATORY’ COMIC
It seems Dexter’s variant Powerpuff Girls cover cameo was merely a teaser of things to come. IDW is expanding its line of Cartoon Network line of comics with a brand new ongoing series based on Dexter’s Laboratory, and it promises to continue the science-based sibling rivalry between Dexter and his sister Dee Dee.
The new series, written by Li’l Gotham's Derek Fridolfs and with art by Ryan Jampole (Mega Man), takes off next month.