Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our new site!

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tonight on HOUR 42!

Believe it or not, HOUR 42 is back on the air tonight! Featuring:

* The latest and greatest news from this weekend's New York Comic Con!
* A look at another Forgotten Hero (the picture should give you a hint)
* The return of Heroes!
* Your calls and comments at 646.716.4799

So tune in tonight at 8pm PST and join Peter Pixie & El Secreto for HOUR 42!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

And representing El Secreto ...

Now that you've heard from Mr. Pixie, here's who I have taking the field for me this Sunday on HOUR 42!

Coach: The Doctor (IDW)
From my personal blog: How about nearly 1,000 years of experience leading the squad? How about knowledge spanning a whole cosmos? How about a cute female assistant coach? How about the ability to pluck plays from anywhere in time? How about the ultimate motivator?

Quarterback: Captain America (Marvel)
This ain't your father's Sentinel of Liberty. James Buchanan Barnes -- Bucky if you're nasty (or stupid) -- did a ton of bad during his life as the Winter Soldier, but he's determined to make up for it while living up to the greatest mantle this side of Krypton, inherited from Steve Rogers himself. After starring in an excellent series by Ed Brubaker, look for the new Cap to step it up as the leader of the New New Avengers.

Wide Receivers: Spider-Man (Marvel) & Invincible (Image)
My two receivers symbolize the proud tradition of teenage superheroes. Spidey, of course, brings the smart-ass every time out, along with the powers we all know and love (does whatever a spider can, as the song goes). He's joined by young Mark Grayson, a hero I feel maintains the "everyday superhero" tradition while starring in his own, unheralded, series. Of course, Invincible is no slouch in the powers department -- think Superboy with more street sense.

Running Back: The Hulk (Marvel)
You really don't want to make him angry. For the most punishing position on the field, I went with, quite simply, The Strongest There Is. The Green Goliath has shattered cities, terrorized the Marvel U., and conquered planets. The JSA can bring all the powers it likes, but nobody is better at the smash-mouth (and head, and legs, and arms, and whatever else) style than ol' Jade Jaws.

Defense: The X-Men (Marvel)
Who better to hold the line than the team -- the family -- that has held the line for its' own species for more than three decades? With the Avengers in tatters, and now firmly established in San Francisco, Scott Summers has pulled the Children of the Atom into position as Marvel's best team.

So, which team will emerge victorious? YOU make the call -- TONIGHT, on HOUR 42!

Peter Pixie's DC Hero Football team

For my team coach I'm going with RIP HUNTER - TIME MASTER!

Rip Hunter spent his entire adult life preparing for enemies a time traveler would face. Fearing that someone might try to travel back in time and kill him as a child, he hid his true name, birthplace, and other details from the public. "Rip Hunter" is, in fact, an alias.

As the inventor of time travel technology in the Post-Crisis universe, Hunter aided heroes Booster Gold and Animal Man in their own time-traveling adventures before taking on the vast Illuminati conspiracy. Hunter was eventually stranded in the prehistoric past.

Returning to the present by unknown means, Hunter began protecting earth's heroes from time-traveling villains.

Quarter Back: Captain Atom
Captain Atom was Nathaniel Christopher Adam, a United States Air Force officer of the Vietnam War era. Adam had been framed for a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to death under the watch of Col. Wade Eiling in 1968. As an alternative to execution, he was invited to participate in a military experiment with little chance of survival, in exchange for a presidential pardon.


  • Dilustel Armor
  • Quantum Field Manipulation
  • Flight: This energy can be used for flight at light speed.
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Self-Sustenance: Has no need for food, water or air.
  • Matter Generation
  • Enhance Abilities
  • Atomic Transmutation
  • Techno Interface
  • Time Travel
  • Invulnerability

Wide Receiver: J'onn J'onzz the Martian Manhunter

J'onn J'onzz is accidentally teleported to Earth by a human scientist, Dr. Erdel, who immediately has a heart attack and dies, leaving the Martian stranded and unable to return.[2] He is able to use his powers to fit in, adopting a human-like appearance and calling himself "John Jones". He joins the police force, secretly using his alien powers to help the inhabitants of his new planet.


Wide Receiver: Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman

Diana was the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, the first child born on Paradise Island in the three thousand year history that the immortal Amazons lived there. The Amazons had been created around 1200 B.C. when the Greek goddesses drew forth the souls of all women who had been murdered by men. One soul was left behind, the one that would be born as Diana.


Running Back: Wally West, The Flash
During Crisis on Infinite Earths, when Barry Allen was killed, an anti-matter ray hit Wally West full force. While it knocked his speed down to that of sound, it also removed the malady that caused him intense pain. Wally took Barry's uniform and declared himself the Flash, just until Barry returned.


Defensive Line:

THE Justice Society of America
Current members:

Amazing-Man, Citizen Steel, Cyclone, Damage, Doctor Mid-Nite (Pieter Cross), Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Hourman (Rick Tyler), Jakeem Thunder, Liberty Belle (Jesse Chambers), Lightning (Jennifer Pierce), Judomaster (Birds of Prey), Mister America, Mister Terrific (Michael Holt), Obsidian, Power Girl, Sandman (Sanderson Hawkins), Stargirl, Starman, Superman (Earth-22), Wildcat (Ted Grant), Wildcat (Tom Bronson

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

El Secreto Needs YOUR VOTE!

This Sunday on HOUR 42, Peter Pixie and I will be playing Fantasy Hero Football -- and I need your help fielding a team!

The rules are as such: PP said he'll use heroes from the DC Universe, and I get to cherry-pick from any other company. Good times for me, no?

With so many characters available, I wanted to open up the process and solicit help picking the right players -- and, today, the right coach. Here are the contenders:

Norman Osborn (Marvel)
I know what you're thinking: How could The Green Goblin even be an option, right? That's the beauty of it -- right now he's the biggest hero in the Marvel U.! Formerly the head of the Thunderbolts, Stormin' Norman made himself out to be the key to Earth's victory over the Secret Invasion, an act which gets him influence over the entire superhero population, including his own team of Avengers. So, who better to run my show than the guy who's effectively running the 616?

Pluses: Coaching philosophy could be Vince Lombardi on Super-Serum
Minuses: Coaching philosophy could also be Vince McMahon on Super-Serum

Rupert Giles (Dark Horse)
An assemblage of power needs wisdom to direct it, and good ol' Giles has plenty of that, as well as the magical know-how to tip the scales if need be -- and the occasional bit of ruthlessness to know when to use it. Unlike Osborn, though, Giles is less likely to piss people off. And much less likely to take all the credit when the game's won.

Pluses: Experience managing and motivating the most problematic personnel on Earth -- teenage girls.
Minuses: Prior disdain for American football might make him dismiss the very idea of a Big Game as "rubbish."

Reed Richards (Marvel)
A good coach needs to know his or her x's and o's. Why not go with a guy who knows x's, o's, y's, z's and any other variable you can come up with? Mr. Fantastic might be the candidate who "gets" the game the best, not just as a series of applications and probability exercises, but as a game. He'd be a teacher and a fan, and possibly the most heroic coach I could find.

Pluses: "Elastic consciousness" could give team a living playbook, creating new schemes on the fly, confounding any defense.
Minuses: Can a coach be too smart for his own team? It might be the case here.

The Doctor (IDW)
How about nearly 1,000 years of experience leading the squad? How about knowledge spanning a whole cosmos? How about creativity that probably rivals Richards'? How about a cute female assistant coach? How about the ability to pluck plays from anywhere in time? How about the ultimate motivator?

Pluses: Combines Giles' wisdom with Richards' theoretical knowledge, topped off by his own innate creativity, curiosity and tenacity.
Minuses: Might share Giles' disdain for American football, or be put off if his Companion fancies one of the players.

So there you have the nominees. Just vote on the handy-dandy gadget on the page and I'll announce the results Sunday night on HOUR 42!

-- ES

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Who's that girl? We'll tell you TONIGHT at 8pm PST on HOUR 42, your home for the best discussions about Heroes -- in the air, on the air and all around us.


* We ask you: How old is your favorite superhero?
* A look at the detective who's shaping up for a major revival -- and it's NOT Batman!
* From out of the west, we debut a new segment, shedding the spotlight on a Forgotten Hero!
* All that, and YOUR calls and comments at 646.716.4799, so join Peter Pixie and El Secreto in one hour for the next installment of Hour 42!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tonight! Hour 42 -- UNLEASHED!

Join Peter Pixie and I TONIGHT at 8pm PST for the next installment of HOUR 42! No guest tonight, but we've got a lot to talk about, including:

* The latest in the battle for the Watchmen!
* A big-name star signing on for the film adaptation of an anime classic
* We discuss the latest major happenings in the DC Universe!

* All that, and YOUR calls and comments at 646.716.4799

So when the clock strikes 8pm PST, it's time for heroes! On HOUR 42!

-- ES

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Batman, B.I.A.B?


Is Batman/Bruce Wayne dead? Short answer: I don't think so, despite the conclusion reached in this spoiler-rific commentary on Final Crisis #6. Why? There's many reasons beyond "He makes the company too much money."

1. This latest Crisis started with a resurrection nobody wanted expected, Barry Allen. When a character whose primary contribution to comics was dying is resurrected, that doesn't bode well for any other "deaths" that transpire during the story.
2. In the same issue where Batman is seemingly charbroiled by Darkseid, we're introduced to a "Miracle Machine" entrusted to Superman. Gee, I wonder what Clark would wish for regarding his best pal?
3. There's already proof the "Omega Sanction" Darkseid blasted Bats with isn't fatal; in Crisis writer Grant Morrison's much-ballyhooed but ultimately-forgotten Seven Soldiers series, the new Mister Miracle is hit with the Sanction, basically an advanced mind-whammy that forces the recipient into a series of successively worse lives. Not only did Mr. M survive the experience, he escaped. And if he could do it, is there any reason Batman couldn't?
4. There's still one issue left in Final Crisis, so there's still time for a reboot button to be it -- allowing Bruce Wayne to survive, just maybe not as Batman.

So, while there's potential to resurrect the character, rehabilitating him might end up being trickier. Because in that final confrontation, Morrison wrote Batman as shooting Darkseid with the same Magic Bullet that killed Orion. And as hackneyed as the phrase "betrayal of the character" has been made by endless commenters on endless message boards, this is one instance where it might actually stick. For the guy whose entire mission was based on taking down evil without actually killing it to suddenly make a "once-in-a-lifetime exception," as Morrison wrote is going to be really hard to swallow and reconcile for readers, let alone the character whenever he returns.

Be sure to tune in Sunday night, when Peter Pixie and I will discuss this and other heroic topics on Hour 42!

-- ES