The Krakoa Era is Great for Obscure Mutants
You’ll never guess who’s back now! I love obscure mutants. I probably like obscure mutants more than I care for the main X-Men lineup. That’s one of the reasons why I love the Krakoa era so much, because any mutant who ever existed, no matter how obscure, might get a moment to shine. We’ve already seen the likes of Mimic, Rhapsody and Ugly John reappear, just to name some of my favorites.
Now we’ve got friggin’ Eye-Scream, the first ice cream mutant!
Eye-Scream was a one-off joke character who appeared in an issue of Obnoxio the Clown in 1983. So that tells you everything you need to know about this mutant, who has the power to turn his body into any flavor of ice cream. He’s the sort of character who has spent the past 40 years appearing on The Strangest Mutants in X-Men History lists across the internet.
Well now he’s back! Alive and well on Krakoa! And he’s assisting in disaster relief efforts. This week saw the release of a Before the Fall one-shot called Mutants’ First Strike. When a town is hit by some bad guys, creating a humanitarian disaster, Krakoa sends a rescue squad of both heavy-hitters and obscure mutants who can help. They all get those spiffy red and white jackets. The issue is a literal who’s who of obscure mutants lending a hand with their unique powers.
And that includes Eye-Scream, who is helping kids cope with the tragedy by giving them free ice cream. Friggin’ genius.
I love the X-Men.
It’s a shame this issue wasn’t used to solidify Soft Serve in the canon. But there’s probably a good reason for that…
6 Thoughts on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
I had plenty of doubts about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse when it was first announced. Sony usually makes the worst possible decisions when it comes to their ownership of the Spider-Man franchise, so an animated film? No thank you. But I was wrong, so very wrong, and Into the Spider-Verse was amazing. I had zero doubts about Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. I knew it was going to be great, and it was! Simple as that. Best, most exciting movie experience of the year so far.
Movie Rating: 10/10 – Fantastic
Across the Spider-Verse surprised me in a lot of ways, with a lot of choices they made. It had all the Easter Eggs and callbacks and twists one could hope for. There’s a metric ton of Spider-People, and they clearly had fun with the cameos and the choices. I couldn’t be happier with all of that zaniness. The people making these movies know exactly what they’re doing, and now I can’t wait for next year’s Beyond the Spider-Verse.
Join me after the jump for my thoughts/full review of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. Expect FULL SPOILERS for the movie. And feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments below!Read the rest of this entry
New Superman Cartoon Incoming
We’ve known about My Adventures With Superman for a while, but now we’ve finally got a really good trailer for the upcoming animated show. It features Superman and the gang from the Daily Planet in an almost anime-style of animation. Looks pretty good.
I’ll probably watch. I don’t remember my track record on watching new DC superhero cartoons off the top of my head. I’m not religious about it, not like I am with Marvel shows. But this one looks neat and I’ll probably give it a watch. Though I might be reaching peak Jack Quaid tolerance…
My Adventures With Superman will debut on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network on July 6, then also post episodes to the Max streaming service.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is Free to Watch on YouTube
Just passing this along as a quality, nerdy PSA: the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is free to watch on YouTube for a limited time. I was never a Trekkie back in the day, but I’ve watched my fair share in the modern day, and I absolutely love Star Trek: Lower Decks. I’ve been meaning to give Strange New Worlds a try, but never found the time…until now! Because it’s free!
Here’s the first episode. And you can find the other nine on the Paramount+ YouTube page.
So yeah, the whole season is available to watch for free, as a promotion for the upcoming season 2. That’s a fun marketing strategy as far as I’m concerned! As of this posting, I’m six episodes in and it’s pretty good stuff. Quality, I’d say. This is a classic episode-of-the-week format, where the familiar crew of characters tackles some strange new sci-fi mystery each episode, while some longer character arcs simmer in the background. Nothing mind-blowing or anything similarly blowing me away, but I’m enjoying the show well enough, so I wanted to recommend this free watch to everybody.
And I am very much looking forward to a season two crossover between Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks, in which the animated Lower Decks characters will appear in live action.
Oh, uh, also, don’t watch this season 2 trailer unless you don’t care about spoilers and just wanna see the live action trailer cameos.
Heck yeah! How neat is that?!
Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 6/3/23
Wowzers, who could have seen this coming? I barely had a single comic to read and review this week. Maybe because Wednesday fell on the 31st? Either way, there’s only one, and it’s Captain America. Mostly because I’m not about to pay any attention to what’s happening in Amazing Spider-Man anymore.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Captain America: Symbol of Truth #13 because it’s the only comic I read this week, and it’s fine. I had a busy week.
Meanwhile, what do you want from me? I’m gonna be playing The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for a very long time, and I’m still very much in that. Haven’t beaten the game, probably not even close. I’m just doing a lot of wandering, checking out some YouTube videos for new things to build. It’s all just great. Though I did manage to find time to watch Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and it was amazing! Tune in on Wednesday for my thoughts/review.
Comic Review: Captain America: Symbol of Truth #13.Read the rest of this entry