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This week’s comics pick: Justice League of America #11

This week’s pick: Justice League of America #11, written by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Gene Ha, lettering by Rob Leigh and color by Art Lyon.

 So far, the current Justice League of America series has been characterized by huge, epic storylines featuring a lot of different characters, so it was nice to see a stand-alone single issue story.  The story is a simple character piece featuring only two characters and one setting across all 22 pages, a welcome change of pace from the previous JLA storylines, which have featured long, convoluted plots and a ridiculous number of guest stars.

The story finds Red Arrow (formerly Arsenal) and Vixen trapped in a collapsed building.  The action and conflict in the story are entirely psychological, as the two characters take turns doubting their abilities in the face of what seems like a hopeless situation.  We get to see a glimpse into the minds and motivations of both characters, but primarily of Red Arrow, Green Arrow’s former sidekick who has no super powers of his own but nevertheless chooses to fight alongside the more powerful members of the League. Over the course of the story we also discover a point of continuity concerning Vixen’s malfunctioning powers (she can channel the abilities of any animal) which will no doubt lead to a future storyline.

The gritty, painted artwork by guest artist Gene Ha goes with the story perfectly, and his use of narrow horizontal panels really serves to convey the claustrophobic atmosphere.

All in all this issue was a sharp contrast to what the Justice League of America has been so far, but with so many large stories about epic events, it is that much more important to have an occasional small story about something as simple as why a man fights day after day to be a hero, and how being a hero is sometimes just the ability to keep fighting even when the situation seems hopeless.

Posted by Jefferson - July 19, 2007 at 9:16 am

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Superhero Theater Schedule 2007

Friday
6:00pm InfraMan (1975)
Bonus: Ultraman (1966) Ultra Operation No. 1
8:00pm Blankman (1994)
Bonus: The Tick (1994) The Tick vs. The Tick
10:00pm The Return of Captain Invincible (1983) w/Oscar winner Alan Arkin
Saturday
9:00am Spider-Man (1994) The Venom Saga
10:30am Spider-Man Unlimited (1999) One is the Loneliest Number with Venom
11:00pm Superhero Cinema News Live Podcast
12:00pm Fan Films/Movie Trailers/Music Videos
1:00pm Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles
1:30pm Spider-Man 3 Video Blogs – Behind the scenes of the new movie!
Bonus: Spider-Man (1967) Sands of Crime
2:00pm The Last Electric Knight (1986) TV Pilot with Gil Gerard
2:40pm Incredible Hulk (1996) Innocent Blood with Ghost Rider
3:00pm Heroes (2006) Unaired Alternate Pilot
4:00pm Fantastic Four (1994) The Silver Surfer and The Coming of Galactus Parts 1 & 2When Calls Galactus with Ghost Rider
5:00pm Silver Surfer (1997) The Origin of the Silver Surfer
6:00pm Captain America (1994) Unreleased Feature Film
Bonus: Captain America (1996) The Origin of Captain America
8:00pm The Last Dragon (1985)
Bonus: Spider-Man (1994) Blade: The Vampire Hunter
10:00pm Surge of Power (2004)
Sunday
9:00am Transformers: The Movie (1986) with Leonard Nimoy
Bonus: The Powerpuff Girls (1998) Slumbering with the Enemy
11:00am Smallville (2001) Justice
Justice League Unlimited (2004) The Great Brain Robbery with Oded Fehr
12:00pm Gametime: Marvel Scene-It Edition Come and play Marvel movie trivia for prizes!
2:00pm Wonder Woman (1976) Spaced Out with Rene Auberjonois
Aquaman (2006) Unaired TV Pilot with Justin Hartley from Smallville
Bonus: Justice League (2001) The Terror Beyond Parts 1 & 2
4:00pm Greatest American Hero (1980) first episode plus
Greatest American Heroine Pilot (Final Episode)

Posted by Michael - March 15, 2007 at 1:37 pm

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Starfest 2005 Video Room Schedule

Superhero Theater

Friday              The New Breed

6:00pm       Blade II (2002)

8:00pm       The Incredibles (2004)

10:00pm     Hellboy (2004)

Saturday       Marvel Madness

8:00am       Captain America (1966) Animated

8:30am       Sub-Mariner (1966) Animated

9:00am       Incredible Hulk (1966) Animated

9:30am       Spider-Man (1967) Animated

10:00am     The Amazing Spider-Man (1978)

11:30am     Spider-Man Animated (2002) Flash Memory with Jeffrey Combs

12:00pm     The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) with Daredevil

1:30pm       Incredible Hulk (1982) Animated Origin of the Hulk

2:00pm       X2: X-Men United (2003)

4:00pm       Fantastic Four (1994) Unreleased Feature

5:30pm       Fantastic Four (1978) Animated and Trailers for new FF movie

6:00pm       Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979) TV Movie

7:30pm       X-Men Evolution (2004) Animated with Captain America

8:00pm       Dr. Strange (1978) TV Movie

9:30pm       Incredible Hulk (1996) Animated with Dr. Strange

10:00pm     Doctor Mordrid  (1992) “Dr. Strange” film starring Jeffrey Combs

Sunday         DC Dazzle

8:00am       Superman (1966) Animated

8:30am       Flash (1966) Animated

9:00am       Justice League (1966) Animated

9:30am       Justice League Unlimited (2004) Fearful Symmetry

with Jeffrey Combs

10:00am     Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

11:30am     Batman Fan Films and Trailers for Batman Begins

12:00pm     The New Original Wonder Woman (1975)

1:30pm       Justice League Unlimited (2004) Hawk and Dove

2:00pm       Upcoming Superhero Projects Discussion

3:00pm       The Flash (1990) Captain Cold with Jeffrey Combs

4:00pm       Superman: The Movie (1978)

Posted by Michael - February 25, 2005 at 8:31 am

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