The Gutters: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Commentary

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Happy holidays! My present to you this year: commentary on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was released on December 7, 1979. Pop in your Director’s Cut DVD and follow along as I talk through one of my favorite Star Trek films.


The Gutters are audio posts about my life outside and in between the pages of comic books.

Previous The Gutters posts: https://longboxreview.com/tag/gutters/

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Podcast 128: Justice League Movie Discussion

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts/) returns to the show to chat with me about the Justice League movie. Warning: spoilers abound!

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Podcast 127: The War of Jokes and Riddles, part 2

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Don’t listen to this episode until you listen to part one of this crossover event from episode 185 of the George and Tony Entertainment Show where George and I discussed issues 25-27 of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” in Batman by Tom King, Mikel Janin, et al. On part 2 of the discussion in this episode, we engage in a spoilery talk about issues 28-32.

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RandoMonday: Justice League of America #11

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Justice League of America (2006) #11 by Brad Meltzer, Gene Ha, Rob Leigh, Art Lyon, Adam Schlagman, and Eddie Berganza, with cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald

This has always been one of my favorite issues of the Brad Meltzer written JLA. I first read this in the trade collection, and in large part because of this issue and that I loved the relaunch of this title so much, I went and bought all of the single issues. This is a gripping done-in-one story focusing on Red Arrow and Vixen. A building has collapsed and they are both trapped inside. A lot of the story is Roy Harper assessing the situation and convincing Vixen to use her powers to get them free. Vixen, unfortunately, comes across as the damsel in distress and is a disservice to the character, but it does also show that heroes sometimes have feet of clay. I just think they could have easily reversed the roles, especially because of Red Arrow’s past and his anxiety over orphaning his daughter, and the story would have been just as strong, though the ending would need to be tweaked.

Ha’s and Lyon’s art really worked well to convey the claustrophobic nature of the story. There’s a reference to smoke where they are trapped and the grainy way the colors are shown really accentuates that aspect. The pacing of this story is top notch. The first page is mostly black panels with jagged borders and dialog boxes with gray text to give us what happened before page one. As each panel progresses, we see more and more of Red Arrow on the right as they situation is revealed to us, and when you turn the page, there’s a two-page spread reveal. The next few pages build the tension as Red Arrow attempts to locate how close Vixen is to himself. Then there’s another reveal demonstrating just how bad things are for the characters.

The rest of the issue is mostly discovery: that Vixen’s powers have changed and is why she can’t call upon a burrowing animal to help them escape, and, in another full-page reveal, that they are trapped upside down in the rubble. The following page is again mostly black panels with text, but the dialog boxes start off upside down and turn as you read each panel, simulating the movement of the characters in total darkness. Of course, they finally escape, and the issue ends with them ascending in the water as the panels fade to black again, just as they issue started. The dialog of the people who spot them ends with, “Sure that’s them?” “Definitely them.” “The ones who saved us.” I like it when the heroic efforts of our costumed heroes are appreciated.

Finally, there’s a few Titans references Red Arrow throws out, further endearing me to this story, such as when Dick trained him to breath and focus in a crisis situation, just as Batman had trained Dick, and Red Arrow compares the trembling in Vixen’s voice to Gar (Changeling) when he lost Terra. I love when writers/artists throw in continuity stuff, thus building a larger narrative. It’s called the DCU for a reason! :)

The Legion Project 3: Eye for an Eye pt. 3

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Presenting a joint podcast production with Peter from The Daily Rios podcast (where you can also listen and subscribe to The Legion Project), where we will discuss, issue by issue, the 1984 Legion of Super-Heroes (volume 3) series affectionately known as the “Baxter run”.

In this episode, we discuss Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #3, “The Curse”, before we dive into the third part of the Eye for an Eye story. Please leave comments below, send your comments to longboxreview@gmail.com or peter@thedailyrios.com, or chat with us @longboxreview or @peterjrios on Twitter.

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Timestamps:

  • (00:43) Preamble
  • (05:43) Legion of Super-Heroes Annual 3 chapter one
  • (39:56) LSH Annual 3 chapter two
  • (1:00:16) LSH Annual 3 epilogues
  • (1:14:34) Legion of Super-Heroes issue 3 discussion
  • (02:18:45) Wrap-up and Outro

Links:
George and Tony Entertainment Show #192, “Podcasting Trinity”
http://georgeandtony.libsyn.com/george-and-tony-entertainment-show-192

Intro theme: “Lost City” by RhoMusic