Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
* 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
So, which team will emerge victorious? YOU make the call -- TONIGHT, on HOUR 42!
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
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. 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.
- Shape-Shifting, Malleability, Plasticity, Elongation
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Endurance
- Superhuman Speed
- Extrasensory Input
- Super Hearing
- Super Breath
- Martian Vision
- Infared Vision
- X-Ray Vision
- Electro-Magnetic Spectrum Vision
- Telescopic Vision
- Microscopic Vision
- Heat Vision
- Induce Sleep
- Mind Scans
- Mind Wipes
- Mental Shield
- Download Information
- Limited Mind Control
- Thought Sensing
- Telepathic Assault
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.
THE Justice Society of America
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
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:
Pluses: Coaching philosophy could be Vince Lombardi on Super-Serum
Minuses: Coaching philosophy could also be Vince McMahon on Super-Serum
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."
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.
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!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
* 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
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!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
SPOILER ALERT ON
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
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!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Here is a list of what we need:
• Dental Floss
• Comb / Brush
• Wash Cloth
• Feminine Hygiene products
We need 500 of each. If you want to help, contact Peter Pixie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to having you join Peter Pixie and myself for another fun edition of Hour 42. Coming up tonight, starting at 8pm PST:
* We'll tell you if Heath Ledger scored a prestigious honor tonight -- and discuss why we should care
* The economic climate hits the comic-book world!
* We look at the end of Stargate: Atlantis and what's coming up in the Stargate universe.
* An interview with Nyx, an up-and-coming Costumed Activist from Kansas City
All this plus your phone calls at (646) 716-4799, and the best discussion of the heroes on the air, in the air, and all around us, on Hour 42!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
* A look at superheroes news from around the globe
* Our Year In Preview -- what's to look forward to this new year?
* We talk to Zetaman, a member of The Alternates, and a hero to heroes
* Your calls and comments at 646.716.4799
Tune in tonight at 8pm PST!
Saturday, January 03, 2009
The spate of recent coverage began with a Rolling Stone profile of Florida-based hero Master Legend. The piece, written by Joshua Bearman (who was part of the team behind acclaimed documentary The King Of Kong) seemingly went out of its way to paint Master Legend as being down on his luck. Peter Pixie has reported that when contacted by Citizen Prime, Bearman said that the story's slant was the result of an editorial mandate; the original story, Bearman reportedly said, struck a more balanced tone.
Citizen Prime himself was the focus of a piece by KNXV-TV in his native Arizona. Though somewhat neutral, the story makes what some are calling a mistake in reporting about RLSHs: it cites the World Superhero Registry site, which is reportedly not even maintained by an active hero.
On the heels of the Rolling Stone report, IO9.com, a normally reputable news/rumor site, published a highly dismissive post titled One More Reason To Hate MySpace. As snarky as it was, however, at least it didn't seem to resort to outright false information, as was allegedly the case with this London Times piece, which details the misadventures of "Mister Invisible" -- problem is, said hero isn't even real, according to Zetaman.
"Mr. Invisible" and the Times story was cited on the Fox News program Red Eye, this past week during a panel discussion where heroes were called "cowards" and chided for allegedly lacking a sex life. The negative tone of the item was curious, considering another hero, Razorhawk, was featured in a more positive light on Fox & Friends. Also, less than three months ago, Red Eye devoted a segment to an interview with Dave Gibbons, artist for the legendary Watchmen graphic novel.
Mister Pixie and I will discuss these issues tomorrow during the premiere of Hour 42, Sunday night at 8pm PST.
-- El Secreto