Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Heroes Case File #63: Bulleteer

She has some...obvious assets.
She has some…obvious assets.

From 2005-2006, writer Grant Morrison had an interesting narrative experiment going on at DC Comics.  He took the old concept of the “Seven Soldiers of Victory” story from Silver Age JLA/JSA team-ups, and did a new version.  Original foe of the team the Nebula Man was back, though not as the main villain.  Other hallmarks of the original group were brought up, but the main idea was Morrison would take seven DC heroes of varying levels of obscurity and put them on a team that needed to save the world.  To make things more interesting, the seven heroes would never meet.  Yes, aside from one or two brief run-ins between a couple members of the group in the last chapter of the story, the Seven Soldiers Morrison was using would be off doing their own things, each of which would add up to ultimate victory against the evil Sheeda and their queen Gloriana.

One of the Seven was a new hero named Bulleteer.  She would have preferred not to get involved.

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Geek Rewatch: The Monster Squad

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I hate nostalgia.  I really do.  Glorifying stuff from the past simply because it was a beloved thing of the past?  Not for me.  I’d much rather judge something based off its actual quality, not some warm feeling I had when I was ten.  Besides, revisiting a lot of those older things shows many of them weren’t that good to begin with.

So, with that in mind, I decided to check out The Monster Squad just before it left Netflix.  I’d seen it once from start to finish as a kid, remembered more or less liking it, and was wondering how good it actually was.  Anyway, thoughts after the cut.

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Monsters In Literature Are Spootacularly Scary!

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There is nothing scarier than a terrifying monster appearing in your minds-eye as you read your favorite scary story while you sit alone….in a dark room… with the wind blowing….and a silent house listening to your every breath.

Thanks to Morphsuits, they have researched the scariest of the scary monsters in literature, causing many a sleepless night for all of us here at Gabbing Geek. Beware gentle reader…this list is not for the faint of heart. Mwwwaaaaahahahahaha!

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Tom Recommends: The Universal Horror Classics

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Horror movies are probably about as old as the movie industry itself.  Thomas Edison made one, an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.  That movie no longer exists aside from a few frames, but that was hardly the last time something creepy, evil, and murderous would show up on the silver screen to threaten others.

Universal Studios perhaps invented much of the modern horror genre.  Producer Carl Laemmle Jr., son of the studio’s owner, oversaw much of them, and even if the movies may seem stale or silly by today’s horror standards, these films created the classic look of many monsters that every incarnation since is held up to as well as making household names for many of the actors who played said monsters.

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Anatomy Of A Horror Movie: What Really Scares Us

This image comes from a movie called "Zombeavers".  I am not making that up.  If I know my horror movies, the dog and the woman who keeps her top on longest will be the survivors.
This image comes from a movie called “Zombeavers”. I am not making that up. If I know my horror movies, the dog and the woman who keeps her top on longest will be the survivors.

I’m not generally one for horror movies.  Horror novels I can generally deal with, but I was a rather nervous kid who was easily frightened by things that probably weren’t that scary to begin with as far as TV and the movies go, and as such I’ve never been much for scary movies.

That’s too bad.  Horror movies are about what scare us, and not just on the surface, but what is frightening to a society as a whole in a specific time and place. Continue reading Anatomy Of A Horror Movie: What Really Scares Us