Most alternate realities that make up the multiverse at both Marvel and DC Comics are variations on a theme. There are some completely originally universes, but most are inhabited by Elseworlds and What If? stories that take our familiar heroes and villains and apply a twist. Maybe the hero and villain have changed roles. Or our hero was raised in Russia instead of on a farm in the middle of the US.
A common twist is to time displace characters. For example, what if Batman was around in the days of Jack The Ripper? In 2003, writer Neil Gaiman transplanted the Marvel Universe to the Elizabethan Era in the hit 1602. Not surprisingly, a domain of Battleworld gets dedicated to this time period in 1602 Witch Hunger Angela. Unfortunately, while the original series was a huge success, this Secret Wars version is quite poor. But to fulfill my contract here at Gabbing Geek, I still need to cover the last two issues after the break.
In much the same vein, the Secret Wars series 1872 takes the Marvel Universe and places it in the old West. So after the break I’ll also be cluing up the final 3 issues of that series…for better or worse. (For worse if you ask Ryan.)
One of my favorite YouTube personalities is Sparky Sweets, Ph.D. Sparky hosts “Thug Notes” for the Wisecrack YouTube channel. The premise is simple: Sparky, dressed like something out of a stereotypical rap video, presents a summary and analysis of a classic (or sometimes recent) work of literature. He does so while speaking “gangsta”.
As it turns out, Sparky’s analysis is actually generally spot on. It would be one thing for Sparky to make comments about various books to suggest he has no clue what he is talking about. Instead, the joke is Sparky is a very well-read fellow with a good mind for great books. He just uses a style of language generally not associated with academia.
This week on the podcast, the Gabbing Geeks celebrated Watson’s 40th birthday by having Jenny use a faulty mic, so it sounded like Watson was senile and talking to voices in his head. That was amusing as technical errors went.
But then they pitched some revamped old projects, like the Munsters and Flash Gordon, despite some attempts to actually revamp both of them as Mockingbird Lane (look it up) and an awful Scy-Fy channel show, also known as any Scy-Fy channel show that wasn’t Farscape or BSG.
Awards season. A prominent director releases a movie that garners some Oscar nominations. Controversy arises among some, though. The movie is based on the life of a man many Americans think of as a hero, but who in his own time has proven to be somewhat controversial. It seems some have found the movie has taken a few liberties with past events, and since said past events are based on real, living people, this is a cause for concern among some people.
I am speaking, of course, of Steven Spielberg’s 2012 movie Lincoln.