From the man who brought you Spiderman and Doctor Strange comes, well basically Batman without the brooding angst. No not Green Arrow.
‘The Blue Beetle’.
Originally invented way back in 1939 The Blue Beetle was a popular character in the day, drawing in events at the worlds fair, radio serials and Jack ‘The King’ Kirby. Yet like most superheroes he went out of vogue in the forties and faded from view. Yet once they began to return so too did ‘The Blue Beetle’ ready to fight crime once more. Though now played by Ted Kord, protégée to Garrett and the child of aforementioned Steve Ditko. From the swinging sixties onward Kord fought crime as the wise cracking superhero, teaming up with various branches of the Justice League and even going mano a mnao with Superman killer ‘Doomsday’ (he was knocked out cold). That is until 2005 when he met his end via bullet in the brain pan, squish. This was the life of Ted Kord. That is until today, well 2012, when Ted Kord returned in……………
Okay before we go any further does anybody else remember when Star Trek novels used to give those cute little Historians notes at the start where they’d say roughly when it was set in relation to like big landmark episodes or movies.
Well this is 2372, when Kirk was turning his own death into a fighting chance for millions, Picard was facing down his own worst fear as it tried to stop the federation before it ever began and Janeway was forced to unite a crew and face an impossible trek through the stars. A year when Captain Michael Owens was getting a bit upset at being called a daddy’s boy. This is…………………………………….
A kick-starter campaign to bring Star Trek back, ‘Renegades’ straddles the line between fan film and a professional production. The cast manage to straddle the line between professional and am-dram. Set aboard the Icarus it straddles the line between Starfleet, Section 31 and space cowboys. At an hour and some twenty odd minutes it straddles the line between pilot and film. So the most important question is where does it sit on the line between good and bad. This is…………
“The first casualty in war is often the truth”
The lord of the rings while a complex book with rich history and characters that have echoed through the years is at it’s a heart a rather simple tale of good against evil. This sits at odds with the world around us and is perhaps why for some it is so treasured, for others though this has lead to it being dismissed as little more than a children’s story but for one this was the foundation for another tale altogether.