Author: Jerry Whitworth

Make It So: Batman: Arkham 3

Make It So: Batman: Arkham 3 by Jerry Whitworth   Well, this is a fairly obvious entry for Make It So, Batman: Arkham Asylum was a wildly popular game and its sequel Batman: Arkham City completely blew it away so a third installment is more of a ‘when’ than an ‘if.’ In Arkham Asylum, the Joker has lured Batman to the title’s location where the villain has had the prisoners from Blackgate Penitentiary transferred to the institution and takes it over as his own personal funhouse. Therein, experiments have been done on Venom, the drug used by Bane to vastly increase his physical strength, which produced a more potent compound in Titan. Employing this new drug, the Joker tries to enact a final face-to-face confrontation with Batman only to fail. As Titan was imperfect and in its infancy, the side effects were unknown until Joker’s use of it, where it’s discovered using it means a death sentence.   With the Asylum in ruins (and Blackgate a burnt husk), its warden Quincy Sharp takes credit for Batman’s reclaiming of Arkham to become Gotham’s mayor and quarantines a chunk of the city as a new prison city for its criminals and mentally unbalanced. However, this is in fact a ploy by Hugo Strange (a scientist who enslaved Sharp’s mind) to get Gotham’s villains and heroes in a single location and eliminate...

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Fight to Survive: Drizzt vs Usagi

Fight to Survive: Drizzt vs Usagi by Jerry Whitworth In the expansive landscape of fiction, one truth always holds true: if there’s a two characters remotely similar to each other, fans will argue which character would win in a fight. Son Goku and Superman. Batman and Captain America. Dr. Doom and Darth Vader. It doesn’t matter if it’s comic book, cartoon, novel, film, game, or television series. In today’s arena, we have Drizzt Do’Urden of Dungeons and Dragons’ Forgotten Realms and Miyamoto Usagi of Usagi Yojimbo. TALE OF THE TAPE Name: Drizzt Do’Urden Career: Ranger/Fighter Race: Drow First Appearance: The Crystal Shard (Icewind Dale: Book One, 1988) Base of Operations: Mithral Hall History: Born to the ninth house of Menzoberranzan Daermon N’a’shezbaernon, or Do’Urden, Drizzt is a rarity among his race: finding disgust in their dedication to betrayal, malice, and corruption. Eventually escaping to the surface world, he would befriend dwarf Bruenor Battlehammer and help him retake his home Mithril Hall becoming one of its finest champions. Powers and Abilities: Highly accomplished duel-wielding scimitar fighter, Drizzt employs two magic swords: Icingdeath, a frostbrand weapon, and Twinkle, a defender that detects danger. A skilled ranger, Drizzt is adept at surviving in the wilderness and tracking and can cast up to fourth level Ranger spells. As a Drow, Drizzt has darkvision. Drizzt also carries a figurine of wondrous power, an onyx...

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Make It So: Justice League the Movie

Make It So: Justice League the Movie by Jerry Whitworth   Most of my Make It So articles have been about projects that make sense to me to be produced but have yet to be realized. For this installment, I’m going to break tradition and discuss a movie recently announced to be in development. The Justice League of America is DC Comics’ premier super hero team generally featuring their biggest icons like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (of these, the final film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy will be in theaters next month, the first in a new Superman film series begins the summer of next year, and Wonder Woman has also been recently announced to be developed for film which was previously featured in Make It So). Developing the Justice League in a live action format is nothing new.   An early attempt was largely a sequel to the Batman television series of the 1960s called Legends of the Superheroes. Seeing Adam West, Burt Ward, and Frank Gorshin returning to their roles of Batman, Robin, and Riddler, respectively, the show was produced by Hanna-Barbera as a live action version of the popular Challenge of the Super Friends series. However, the show was played up for laughs rather deliberately than the former Batman series which was played straight faced and after airing two specials, it quietly went away...

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Make It So: Star Trek: The Series

Make It So: Star Trek: The Series by Jerry Whitworth   Hard to believe it has been seven years since there was a Star Trek series on television. And yet, at the box office, the Star Trek franchise was rebooted three years ago amidst controversy while becoming the highest earning film in the history of the Star Trek film franchise (with a sequel being shot currently and set to be released the summer of 2013). And while I’m sure this sequel will do well at box office, why stop there? Science fiction shows have fizzled out as late. Fringe is on the way out in 2013, Alcatraz was canceled, we’ll find out in a few weeks how the second season of Falling Skies will be received, and it appears the space opera is dead. So, why not put a new Star Trek series on television? When Star Trek: Enterprise died, it was blamed on fans being burned out on the franchise (considering you had Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager on air within a year of nearly running at the same time together and Enterprise pick up as Voyager wrapped, this should be of little surprise). But, that was again seven years ago and a hot, new Star Trek film again premiered three years ago with another soon to come, the time is ripe for a new series....

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Young Justice: The New Class

Young Justice: The New Class by Jerry Whitworth   As Young Justice entered its second season, Invasion, five years have passed since the first’s finale and members have moved on as new heroes have risen to make up the next generation of the Team. Some of these members were speculated to be joining in the earlier article Young Justice: We Want You! With Wonder Girl and Blue Beetle already discussed in detail in that piece (with the caveat the Wonder Girl chosen was Cassie Sandsmark), we’ll focus on the heroes we didn’t see coming.   ROBIN With Dick Grayson moving on, becoming the hero Nightwing and new control for the Team, another youth has stepped into his former role in Tim Drake. The base character in the comics was an ingenious, affluent youth that deduced the identity of Batman and Robin at the age of nine and after seeing Batman beginning to go over the edge in wake of the demise of his second Robin Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker, he was forced to approach the hero about his behavior (realizing the role of Robin was a balance that kept Batman from sliding into the darkness). After the death of Tim’s mother and his father Jack left a paraplegic, Batman accepted Tim as his new Robin. Years later, Jack would be killed as part of a...

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What’s Old is New Again: The Crusaders

What’s Old is New Again: The Crusaders by Jerry Whitworth MLJ Magazines was founded by Maurice Coyne, Louis Silberkleit, and John L. Goldwater (using the initials of their first names for the company’s name) in 1939 after Coyne and Silberkleit worked as partners in Columbia Publishing, which produced pulps. MLJ published comics covering a large breadth of genres, as many such publishers did during the Golden Age. Also following the trends of the industry, they devoted a sizable chunk of content to superhero comics, most prominently the patriotic hero the Shield (who has often been compared to Timely’s Captain America, despite premiering over a year before his contemporary). Some other notable heroes included the Black Hood (who was also featured in pulps and radio serials), Black Jack, Bob Phantom, Captain Commando, Captain Flag, Comet, Doc Strong, Falcon, Fireball, Firefly, Fox, Hangman, Inferno, Kardak, Madam Satan, Marvel, Mister Justice, Mister Satan, Steel Sterling, Web, Wizard, and Zambini. However, despite this stable of characters, what really caught on with the audience was a normal teenager named Archie Andrews and his friends in Riverdale (and beyond in the case of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats). Archie’s adventures are still wildly popular and continue to be published today with the company officially changing their name to Archie Comics.   As superhero comics were reborn in popularity during the Silver...

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