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Sunday, July 23, 2017

SDCC 2017 Recap 'N Stuff Part 1!




Another year and another San Diego Comic Con has come and gone. As usual, there were quite a few announcements, trailers specifically made for SDCC, and basically an overload of pop culture craze.

We know the drill by now. So, as usual, let's recap some things that went on there.

I already have posted a lot of these things in the G+ community, but here I can give a little better run down of some things.

THE FLASH SEASON 4 TRAILER


Okay, I'm admittedly a big fan of this show. Like Luficer, it's one of the shows I can't wait to watch week to week.

Seems like more attention is going to be given to Candice Patton's character of Iris West and that makes a whole lot of sense considering the way season three ended. Looks like Iris West is gonna be in a more take charge kind of role and can't wait to see how this transpires or unfolds.

For me, I've really liked Candice's portrayal of Iris West and think she's gotten some really undeserved flack because of the role. She recently won her first ever Saturn Award for best supporting actress, and you can bet that I was rooting for her. Once again, congrats Candice Patton!

With Barry caught in the Speed Force, many are wondering if Keiynan Lonsdale's Kid Flash will take center stage as the main speedster for at least a few episodes. I'm all for that as well and hope Kid Flash gets a bit more of the spotlight that I thought was going to happen a bit longer in season three. 

News of the Thinker has already been slung out there prior to San Diego Comic Con 2017 and it seems that Neil Sandilands has been cast in the role of the Golden Age villain.

I think moving away from another speedster as the main baddie is needed, but am scratching my head as to how this villain can carry the season. As usual on Total Comic Mayhem, I'll throw down the debut of this villain, and the character has various versions.

The Golden Age version is Clifford DeVoe, and he was an enemy of Jay Garrick, the original Flash. DeVoe as the Thinker debuted in All-Flash #12 back in 1943.

Other news about Flash season 4? Let's see: Looks like Thinker may have an assistant, and word is that this villain will be the Mechanic and played by Kim Engelbrecht. Not sure if this character is actually based on the originally male and different versions of the character in DC Comics or if just made up for the TV show.

A big announcement (for me) is that Danny Trejo will be joining the series as the bounty hunter Breacher, or Quell Mordeth, who is the father of Gypsy that appeared in season three of the show. He is the father of Gypsy in the New 52 comics as well and first appeared in Justice League of America's Vibe #3 volume 1.

Breacher's pretty much a newer character, as his debut was in 2013. He doesn't really have all that many appearances so far, but is connected to Vibe in the comics.

In the comics, Breacher is the enemy of Vibe's villainous brother Rupture, also known as Armando Ramon, who is not the one who has appeared on the show. That is Dante and the one who turned into a baddie can breach barriers into other dimensions. Actually, Dante ended up being Rupture from Earth-2 on the Flash show.


Like Gypsy, Quell or Breacher is obviously from Paridill. Since I already mentioned him and his brother and Dante has already shown up on the show, both of Vibe's brothers of Dante and Armando that the show based them off of debuted in Justice League of America's Vibe #1. There is an Armando Ramone of the New-Earth timeline and was brother of Paco Ramone, the original Vibe.

Armando's first appearance as Rupture is in Justice League of America Vibe #6. Breacher connected to Cisco Ramon in the comics? For sure, but as usual, I still do wonder how much will be connected from the actual comics to the actual show.

May as well throw in the cover to issue #6 of the comic series as well since I mentioned it.

For those fans who groaned at the show's version of Gypsy and saying it was far from the actual source material, that isn't totally true. The Flash show's version of Gypsy is definitely more based on the version from the New 52.

In that timeline, Gypsy is Cynnthia Mordeth and daughter of Breacher. She is literally a trans-dimensional gypsy. 

The New 52 version of Gypsy does have the same illusion casting powers like in the original comic version, and this Gypsy also first debuted in Justice League of America Vibe #1.

Not saying those are great specs, not saying they're good specs, and not even saying they are specs. Just some fun knowledge to know for those who have become fans of the character that Carlos Valdes plays on the show.

And it does happen. At Colossus Con this year, I saw a mother and daughter ask a dealer if they had any Archie comics and stating they were both fans of the Riverdale show.

I think that's kind of cool. Justice League of America's Vibe series was a 10 issue series.

So far, no word yet on who will play Elongated Man but expect some casting news real soon! Other Flash news? In the DCEU, the name of the Flash movie was announced but not sure if that was at SDCC or not. Name of the Flash movie is The Flash: Flashpoint!

We already saw Barry Allen's pops behind bars in an early Justice League trailer, so it does look like the solo Flash film just may be based on the Flashpoint comic.

Not surprised since that event is shaping up to be a classic Modern Age story for the Flash. The TV show already did their version of the story line based on the 2011 Flashpoint mini-series written by Geoff Johns, and the show is still resonating from the aftereffects of Barry's mistake.

I wonder how important that story line will be to the over-all DCEU or if at all.

The SDCC wraparound cover has already had a slight bump in demand since the news, so I do not feel any conflict of interest talking about it since this happened before I even mentioned the news. I actually really like that cover, and to be honest, I really like the regular cover as well even though I do not own one just yet.

Flashpoint #1 REG
 

Flashpoint #1 1:25

Flashpoint #1 Var
 


Flashpoint #1 2nd Print
 

Flashpoint #1 3rd Print

Flashpoint #1 Fan Expo
 



Flashpoint #1 SDCC



LUCIFER SEASON 3 SDCC TRAILER



I love this show. Like the Flash, I love how the entire cast gels.

Whoever did the casting for Lucifer is definitely a master at their profession, because the cast is stellar.

Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar definitely captures that certain devilish charm. While the premise of the show deviates a bit from the actual comics, the essence is more or less the same.

Like in the actual comics, Lucifer abandons his lordship over hell and has become bored with the stereotypes and prejudices against him that comes with the role. It is in essence the ultimate act of rebellion and the problem of "free will" is also brought from panel to screen.


As most of us  comic geeks know, the Lucifer created by Neil Gaiman, in which the show is based on, debuted in The Sandman #4 back in 1989. There was not any character of Chloe Decker in the Sandman comic series nor in Lucifer's self-titled and on-going series, but the character is great and perfectly played by the beautiful Lauren German.

Decker is the straight man or woman in the duot of Lucifer and Decker, and I think the dynamic between the two is a great and needed addition to the character. Perhaps, this would not have worked in the actual comics, but the relationship does work well for the show.

While Chloe Decker was made up for the show, the character of Mazikeen was not and actually did appear in the comics. Mazikeen first debuted in The Sandman #22 volume 2, and like the comics, she is depicted as female and a great ally of Lucifer Morningstar.

Unlike the comics, the TV show character is not the lover of Lucifer. I am not sure if they have made any reference to her being the war leader of the Lilim in the show like she is in the comics. I dunno, maybe I missed that.

What can I say about Lesley-Ann Brandt? I love how she plays the aggressively sexy yet mischievous character and I loved her in Spartacus also.

Ever since first seeing him in Romeo Must Die and then later discovering him in the Temptations movie playing Melvin "Blue" Franklin, I've liked D.B. Woodside. As Amenadiel, he's got great chemistry with Tom Ellis' Lucifer and the character is a known adversary of Lucifer in the actual comics.

The Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1 is the character's first appearance. Like the Flash, I can't wait 'till season three of this show is back on.


THE GIFTED SDCC 2017 TRAILER



Honestly, this show reminds me of the same very aspect of the show Heroes and the character of the Cheerleader and that whole family deal. Remember that back when? Admittedly, I was not all that excited about this show when first hearing of it, even though the X-Men comics are my favorite.

I also do have to admit that this extended trailer that dropped at SDCC this year has piqued my interest a lot more than before. Most of the main characters are made specifically for the show.

There are three known characters from the actual comics and Polaris or Lorna Dane is a very well-known X-Men character. I'm not sure if the show is going to go the route of the Magneto connection as Lorna is Magneto's daughter in the comics.

The character first appeared in X-Men #49 and fully revealed her powers in X-Men #50. She has the same powers of magnetism as her infamous father, and Lorna long suspected that she was the biological daughter of Master of Magnetism.

That was finally confirmed in Uncanny X-Men #431. A definite recurring hitch about the character is that she struggles with mental instability, and I wonder if actor Emma Dumont as Polaris in The Gifted will depict any of that.

For some reason, I have always loved the character of Thunderbird, even though he did not last very long after his debut in Giant-Size X-Men #1. I always thought it sucked that they killed him off so early in the comics with Uncanny X-Men #95.

It was like the team's 2nd mission. However, the character was suppose to be a flunk out like Sunfire and used only once, but apparently creators Len Wein and Dave Cockrum liked the character.

Still, they found out that keeping him on as a regular was supposedly problematic. With enhanced strength and athletic ability, John Proudstar was written be a cocky loudmouth.

Unfortunately, there was also a cocky loudmouth on the 2nd Genesis X-Men team: Wolverine! For supposedly shock value, Wein had the character killed off.

I am glad that Blink is returning. I loved her action scenes at the beginning of Days of Future Past.

That was one of the stand out moments in the movie. Being a long-time X-Men fan, I also loved seeing Iceman's ice slide as well. Yeah, the same one you saw over and over in the comics and in the animated Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

For the Gifted show, Blink will be played by Jamie Chung, and I'm glad this character has a better chance of being more than a cardboard cut-out. Although I know them special effects are expensive, I'm anticipating seeing her teleportation powers again.

X-Men #49
 

Giant-Size X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men #317
 



I really hope they do some trippy stuff with Blink. In comics, Clarice Ferguson first debuted in Uncanny X-Men #317. Oh, actor Blair Redford will be portraying John Proudstar also known as Thunderbird!



PREACHER SEASON 2 SDCC 2017 TRAILER


Much like Lucifer, Preacher was a TV series that diverted from the superhero genre. No doubt that this TV series, divulged into the more weirder side of comics. 

Well, as you can see from the still image that kicks off the actual trailer, it looks like Herr Starr will finally be introduced in season 2 of Preacher. Yep, that Herr Starr who the whole speculation community yapped about since Preacher became TV news prior to airing.

Already mentioned Herr Starr's comic debut in the Preacher key issues series, and I won't get into it all that much in this post. If don't know it, you can click the blue link above to find out what miraculous issue that is in.

The actor playing the twisted villain of Herr Starr is Pip Torrens. If you haven't seen season one, want to give it a try and have Hulu, I do believe season one is now ready to be streamed there.

I most likely will have to since time has been quite limited for me in the last few months.



DEFENDERS SDCC 2017 TRAILER


These guys are finally gonna come together and it looks like a rough start already. The critically panned Iron Fist put a smear on Netflix's run of hits and left some to worry about that show being a catalyst for even more fumbles from Marvel and Netflix.

Then again, there was criticism of Luke Cage as well, and I'm not going to get into some of the super ignant comments that show received. I do like this trailer, and I'm glad they didn't show Danny Rand saying that he's the Immortal Iron Fist for the umpteenth time.

What more is there to say? I believe the Punisher will be joining the show at some point too.


JUSTICE LEAGUE SDCC 2017 TRAILER




I'm not the only one who has been critical of the DCEU. I did like Wonder Woman, but I have not done a review of that movie just yet. I will, though, when I get the chance.

Still, one major success still has not curbed my skepticism of Warner Bros. or the general consensus that they haven't a clue of what to do with their library of super-heroes on the big screen. My pops is not a comic book fan, and even he made the statement after walking out of Wonder Woman that the movie reminded him of the first Captain America flick.

Regardless, this trailer is not half bad, and it does look pretty epic to me. Also, I hope the speculators are true and the trailer is teasing an eventual debut of the Green Lantern Corps. Could be the return of Superman from the grave also.

We also finally get to see Steppenwolf, and he looks pretty cool. Even though I still have issues with the Flash's costume on the big screen, he seems to be the comedic relief out of the outfit. Cyborg looks pretty awesome and Wonder Woman is still definitely the stand out so far.

If you don't know the debut of Steppenwolf in comics, just click the link and it shall reveal such to you. I've got my fingers crossed for this flick. 

Alright, out of time, but there will most likely be a Part 2 to this recap during the week hopefully. Until then, hope you have a great rest of the weekend.




6 comments:

  1. Always good stuff coming out of SDCC. I'm looking forward to Part 2 and your take on the Marvel Studios reveals and trailers. Have a good weekend as well Mayhem.

    Nate

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  2. Great recap - nice to find all this info in one place - I had been piecing it together from different sources - enjoy reading your take on things

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    1. Thanks, Sean, I figured I'd just do a recap and try to stick all the comic-related trailers (made for SDCC) all in one place. Just had the time to finish the third and final one. Hope all is well, brutha, and see you soon at the G+ groups.

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  3. thoughts on the potential of Iron Man 219? Looks like the actual movie character will not match the comic book one. How will that affect value?

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    1. If you buy it. Get it cheap. I really don't see that issue holding value as it's a minor villain and never has been a key issue. It will see a slight bump from movie appearance and most likely back to obscurity after.

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    2. Really depends on how it's pushed or influenced. Is the character at least based off the comic character as a high tech super hacker? Some one can say that the mostly all-white cover has kept most copies of the book hard to keep in high-grade. Now, I'm not saying that's true about Iron Man #219, but some one or some group could very well try to pimp that.

      That's what I mean by pushed or influenced. Also, it depends on how the character is used in the movies...one-off and poof? Gone forever villain or will the villain be spread out 'n have a huge build up like Thanos? Doubtful for Ghost, but you never know. Like Nate said, it's best to play it safe. Get it cheap, be ready to flip. If a fan of Iron Man and just want some debuts or 1sts from his 1st comic series, don't worry about the speculation side of it.

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