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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Retro Review: Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

Or the One Where: Homer meets his half brother Herb.

The Setup: After a heart attack forces Grampa to accept his own mortality, he tells Homer about Homer's long lost half brother.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

X-amining X-Men #27

"Re-enter The Mimic!"
December 1966

Edited by Stan Lee
Scripted by Roy Thomas
Drawn by Werner Roth
Inked by Dick Ayers
Lettered by Sam Rosen

Plot: The issue begins 'In medias res' as a memory-restored Mimic is battling all the X-Men save the injured Angel. One by one, he overcomes them, standing victorious. The story then flashes back to the X-Men arriving home following their battle with Kukulclan. Professor X examines Angel and determines that the optic blast jolted his wings so badly that if he's not careful, he may lose the ability to fly. Much angst on the part of Angel and Cyclops ensures. Meanwhile, Jean cheers on Ted at a track meet. Afterward, Jean questions why Ted drives himself so hard, but is interrupted by a lab explosion. Cal Rankin stumbles out, the blast having restored his memories of his time as Mimic and his fight with the X-Men.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ripped From The Headlines!

I know many of you have probably seen this story. Now, some people are discussing what this means about our youth and "YouTube" culture and how human decency is going out the window. But I'm going to ask the question that really matters. How will this story be used in a "ripped from the headlines" episode of Law and Order?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

To Better Know A Hero: Hank Pym

Real Name: Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym

First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 Jan. 1962

Nicknames and Aliases: Ant Man, Giant Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Scientist Supreme

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Retro Review: Principal Charming

Or the One Where: Principal Skinner dates Marge's sister Patty.

The Setup: After going out with Homer to an all you can eat barbeque restaurant, Marge calls in a favor and asks Homer to find a man for her lonely sister.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

X-amining X-Men #26

November 1966

Editor: Stan Lee
Script: Roy Thomas
Art: Werner Roth
Inks: Dick Ayers
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Mayan Headdresses: Irving Forbush

Plot: El Tigre's transformation into Kukulcan distracts the museum guard holding Cyclops at bay long enough for Cyclops to open his visor and disable the guard. He turns his blast on Kukulcan, but the villain redirects it back to Cyclops, who falls unconscious. Kukulcan easily dispatches his hirelings, who want his power for themselves, then leaves the museum for South America, determined to resurrect his former empire. Professor X observes Kukulcan's immense power and his departure via Cerebro, and is able to telepathically contact the X-Men once more. He rouses the unconscious group, then contacts Jean at her school and asks her to do some research for him.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One Sentence Reviews

Hey, who wants to read some one sentence reviews? .....Well you know what? I don't care what you think, I'm going to post them anyway!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Retro Review: Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment

Or The One Where: Homer steals cable, much to Lisa's disappointment.

The Setup: Homer overhears Flanders throwing out a crooked cable TV technician, and convinces the tech to illegally hook Homer up with free cable.