Author Archives: Virgil O'Reily
Some people believe that the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was the origination of the heroes in a half shell. Others believe their origination came from the cartoon series that started in 1987 and lasted 10 seasons. Heck, I’m sure there are kids out there who believe the new Nickelodeon show is their first appearance. But no, none of those are correct. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was originally a comic designed by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and published by Mirage Comics. Their first comic appearance was dated May 1984. Looking back at these comics and even though they are old, they are still very interesting to read.
Re-watching the original cartoon series, the new series and the movies (excluding the 3rd), I found different versions of their origin story. Have you ever wondered what their true origin story is since it changes every time? The 1987 cartoon series has some similarities with the 2012, such as Splinter being Hamato Yoshi and transformed into a rat or Oroku Saki (Shredder) having once fought alongside Hamato Yoshi. Everyone knows that sometimes the original story must be changed in order for the viewing experience to make more sense or for the audience to have a better relationship with the characters. I’ll go over some of the characters and see how much their origin story differs from each piece of media. Read the rest of this entry
When the Justice League was facing David Graves in issue #11, their friend Steve Trevor was kidnapped and tortured by the villain. At the time, Wonder Woman and Steve were having a relationship, but it was later cut off by Wonder Woman because she could not protect him. Knowing that their friend had been kidnapped and tortured, the team aimed to rescue the poor guy. Unfortunately, Wonder Woman wanted to save him herself telling everyone it was her problem. Of course, they all interjected and didn’t want her to do so. Green Lantern, also known as Hal Jordan, put a green shield around her so that she couldn’t leave, but this only angered her. She broke the shield and fought Green Lantern, insulting him as well. Wonder Woman also kicked Superman in the process. The fight was stopped by Cyborg as he teleported everyone to a different location.
The main problem with this fight was that the entire world was watching them. This caused a lot of anger showing every citizen that they were irresponsible and couldn’t handle the responsibility. It would cause a lot of difficulty if the world wasn’t on the same side as the Justice League. After David Graves was defeated, the Justice League decided to face this problem. Green Lantern took the opportunity and told the rest of them to use him as a scape goat, therefore leaving the league. Read the rest of this entry
Back in March 2009, Vertigo Comics announced Jeff Lemire would be beginning a new series called Sweet Tooth. The best way for them to describe the series was “Mad Max meets Bambi”. The first issue was released September 2009 and enchanted many readers with its originality. Three and a half years later, Jeff Lemire decided that he was finished with the series and released the last issue.
Originally, Jeff Lemire wanted Sweet Tooth to last no longer than 30 issues, but with the intensity of the story and the numerous sub-plots, he decided to add a few more until he was ready to give an appropriate ending. We have been following Gus a.k.a. Sweet Tooth in his journey throughout the post-apocalyptic world leaving humankind in waste. As the story would progress, readers would have to decide whether or not they care more for the outcome of the humans or for Gus and his friends. Although it would seem like Gus was constantly under attack by these humans, they were trying to find a cure for the plague. This plague wouldn’t allow humans to give birth to human babies, but to half human, half animals known as “hybrids”. The plague would only kill humans, and the hybrids were immune to any exposure. Placing ourselves in the shoes of these dying humans, how would we feel if we were going to soon be killed off and the hybrids would be the only ones left? Would you spend the time trying to find a cure? Read the rest of this entry