In episode 121 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks a panel of guests and SF Signal Irregulars:
Q: Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?
This week’s panel:
Joss Whedon is bringing The Avengers to movie theaters everywhere on May 4th. Not everyone knows who The Avengers are or what they’re all about, so I thought we might take a look at the team before that movie comes out.
The Avengers began in the pages of Marvel comics way back in 1963. They followed in the footsteps of DC comics who re-launched their team, the Justice League of America, in 1960 (The Brave and the Bold #28). A lot of heroes have been part of the team throughout the years, but the original team had Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and the Black Panther. Captain America joined a little later. Similar to the JLA, the idea was the team would ‘assemble’ whenever there was a threat too big for any one superhero to handle. Hence, they were ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’.
For the film, they are looking at a team of: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow, all of whom have been part of the team at one point or another.
Let’s take a look at each one…
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Mal and his crew take on a dangerous job and are unknowingly tracked by Blue Glove operatives.
PROS: The heist story line; good artwork; nice-to-have extras.
CONS: The Blue Gloves plot was an (obviously) unresolved lead-in to Serenity.
BOTTOM LINE: This felt like a “lost episode” of Firefly.
- @B&N: The Candy Man Can: Or Why John Joseph Adams is Genre Fiction’s Willy Wonka.
- Sequential Tart interviews Mike Allen (Mythic Delirium).
- Matthew Hughes has signed a three-book deal with Angry Robot for “a contemporary fantasy series about a mild-mannered actuary who becomes a caped crusader crime fighter with the unwilling assistance of a demon who talks and dresses like Jimmy Cagney in a 1930s gangster movie.”
- David Herter and Earthling Publications are offering a page of David Herter’s original manuscript to anyone who buys a copy of his upcoming Halloween novel, October Dark. (See also: Jeffrey Ford’s introduction.) [Thanks, Christopher!]
- James van Pelt discusses The Fundamental Disconnect Between Young Adults and Young Adults Writing.
- Lou Anders on Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead (with spoilers): “Moffat, you can’t get here fast enough for me.”
- Mark Wegierski writes about Traditionalist and libertarian themes in science fiction and fantasy. Part Four concerns Fantasy in pop-culture; military SF; and space opera.
- Fantasy Magazine is Looking For Slush Readers.
- Hayao Miyazaki and his anime museum in Tokyo. [via Raymond Thornton]
- Dr. Horrible wins first Emmy for Joss Whedon. Yay, Joss!
- Angela Slatter lists Desirable Characteristics for an Editor (Not to be confused with What Makes an Editor Sexy).
- Den of Geek lists Top 75 spaceships in movies and TV (part 6).
- Innsmouth Free Press lists 10 Vampire Movies You Need to Watch.
- Movies Everyone Else Loved That Joseph Mallozzi Hated. Agreed on Deathproof and Goldmember, but The Usual Suspects? That’s just crazy talk.