Friday, September 30, 2022

On The Shelf: Sgt. Rock returns

 There was a time, a number of years ago, when DC was considering the prospect of adapting Sgt. Rock for the big screen, with Arnold Schwarzenegger attached in the title role. It was never made, as fans couldn't get past the image of the Austrian-born film icon as the all-American Rock.

The latest entry from DC's new horror line brings Rock & Easy Company back to World War II to fight off not just ordinary Nazis, but ones raised from the dead in a desperate attempt by Hitler to win the war.

Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of The Dead, written by actor and comics fan Bruce Campbell in his DC debut, with artwork by Eduardo Risso, in the style, after a fashion, of Mike Mignola, is a totally weird thrill ride. In this short trailer, Campbell lays it out.

Campbell envisions himself as Rock, perhaps thinking a movie can be made adapting this story. Risso feeds into this by drawing Rock in Campbell's image. Campbell has written comics based on the "Evil Dead" and "Army of Darkness" movies for other publishers, so this is right in his wheelhouse. After this, I'd like to see him tackle one of DC's heavy hitters, with a different artist compatible with the subject matter.

Rating: A-.
Riley Rossmo has drawn Harley Quinn and the Damian Wayne iteration of Robin. Now, he moves on to Tim Drake: Robin. It's not a good match.

Tim not only has his current life partner, Bernard, but a prospective superhero sidekick in Darcy, who is privy to his dual ID, while Bernard is not. A nice problem to have. I collected Tim's 1st solo ongoing in the 90's, which had some great artwork. Rossmo doesn't fit, as his work is more suited for the satirical antics of Harley.

Rating: C.
Batman: The Audio Adventures was a 1-shot promoting the HBO Max podcast last year. The numbers were strong enough to bring it back as a 7 issue miniseries. With a continuing story this time, readers will have a chance to be more invested in the title, and maybe check out the podcast.

The first issue teases the debut of Harley in this continuity----because marketing wants it-----and sets up one crazy mystery that's more in tune with the 90's than the Golden Age. A nexus of Bat-realities, if ya will. I'm in.

Rating: B.
I'm convinced now that DC Vs. Vampires writers James Tynion IV & Matt Rosenberg are not fans of the Wonder Twins.

Zan was killed off within the 1st issue or two. Now, in issue 9, after inheriting her brother's water-based powers, Jayna's quest for revenge ends, thanks to a vampiric Aquaman. I AM SO NOT DIGGING!!

As has been the case throughout, artist Otto Schmidt was the wrong choice to draw this book right from the jump. Put in the hands of a better creative team, the smart move is to leave the twins out of it, else you're going to be accused, as I'm sure Rosenberg is now, of playing to the internet haters that remain. To me, this virtue-signals that with Brian Bendis no longer exclusive to DC, any future projects that involve the twins will be a return to pre-2019 disrespect. DC isn't helping matters with this book by allowing for a 3 month hiatus, creating some 1-shots and spin-off miniseries, to give the ineffectual Schmidt time to finish the book.
We talked before about Archie Comics' short-comings in discussing Sabrina's 60th anniversary special last time. Those short-comings crop up again in Chilling Adventures Presents Weirder Mysteries. Drawing upon past books in the Archie Horror line, Frank Tieri has Betty chasing aliens. Alexandra Cabot (Josie & The Pussycats) gets a short story spotlight with a predictable twist ending. None of these stories get past 10 pages, and that's wrong.

Rating: C-.

Sports this 'n' that

 The eyes of the baseball world will be fixated on two places this weekend. 

In the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, the Braves will try to claim 1st place in the National League East all to themselves against the Mets, who have won 9 of 16 from the defending champions. Max Fried will face off with Chris Bassitt tonight, while the Mets' twin aces, Max Scherzer & Jacob deGrom, have the weekend games. Mets partisans will say they'll be happy to take 2 of 3, but a sweep would wrap up the division, snapping the Braves' string of four straight division titles.

Think back to 2006. Atlanta's string of 14 straight division titles was broken by----wait for it----the Mets, who took the eventual World Champion St. Louis Cardinals to six games before falling in the NLCS.

Mets GM Billy Eppler is bringing in prized catching prospect Francisco Alvarez for his first taste of the majors this weekend, and give veterans Tomas Nido & James McCann a break. Alvarez may be an x-factor the Braves won't be ready for.

In the Bronx, the AL East champion Yankees open a series with Baltimore, but the main attraction is whether or not Aaron Judge can climb that last step and break Roger Maris' team & AL record of 61 homers, set in 1961. Judge tied the mark Wednesday at Toronto. The Orioles, though, are not the same patsies the Yankees are used to seeing, as they were contenders until about a month ago.

Roger Maris, Jr. has gone on record stating that Judge, in his eyes, would be the rightful single season homer champ if he does get to 62+ with six games remaining. He ain't alone in that argument.
They say when you play with fire, you're bound to get burned.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross played with fire, if you will, particularly with QB Tua Tagovailoa, twice in the space of five days.

On Sunday, in a win over Buffalo, Tua was briefly knocked from the game, and the team claimed a back issue, but it was clear from what viewers saw that it was more than that, and that Tua should've been held out for the rest of the game. Instead, he was sent back out by coach Mike McDaniel, a 1st year coach, and Miami claimed 1st place in the AFC East all by themselves.

Fast forward four nights later at Cincinnati. Tagovailoa is knocked from the game again, this time carted off the field on a stretcher after sustaining neck & back injuries vs. the defending AFC champs.

Photo courtesy Yahoo!/Amazon Prime/ NFL.

Journeyman backup Teddy Bridgewater finished the game, a 27-15 Bengals win. NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith has initiated an investigation into what happened on Sunday, feeling that certain of Dolphin management failed Tagovailoa by letting him finish the Buffalo game.

At the end of the day, far as Ross and other owners are concerned, it's more about the dolla-dolla bill, y'all, than player safety. Miami's next game is October 9, but don't count on Tua being back by then.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that yes, their Sunday home game vs. Kansas City will go on as planned, as Hurricane Ian will be in South Carolina by then. Postponing the game wouldn't really hurt NBC/Peacock all that much, but South Carolina moved up a tomato can game set for tomorrow to last night as a precaution, something that might've been considered by Tampa Bay management until the storm hit.

It'll be interesting to see the ratings on Sunday, though, as Mets-Braves gets a nearly 90 minute headstart on ESPN.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

When icons meet: Forrest Tucker on Marcus Welby, MD (1974)

This one's for Hal Horn at The Horn Section:

From season 6 of Marcus Welby, MD:

Forrest Tucker (ex-Dusty's Trail, F-Troop) plays a police officer tasked to rush his pregnant daughter to the hospital, but an accident exacerbates the situation, and so does the revelation that the caring father also is dealing with issues of his own.

Comenters on YouTube believe "The Brittle Warrior" ranks among Tucker's best work.

No rating.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Musical Interlude: It's All The Way Live (Now)(1996)

 After his introduction to the charts with a rap remake of Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage" in 1994, Coolio reached into Lakeside's catalogue again, this time for "It's All The Way Live (Now)", featured on the soundtrack to 1996's "Eddie", starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Farina, & Frank Langella, plus a host of NBA stars, including Larry Johnson, Muggsy Bogues, and Dennis Rodman.

In memory of Coolio, 59, who has passed away, reportedly from a possible heart attack.

Donald Trump finally hired a lawyer who knows what he's doing. So the lawyer gets sent to the sidelines..........

"Dumb Donald is really dumb!"---Gene Rayburn, many times on Match Game between 1973-84.

Last month, Donald Trump finally found a lawyer that actually has a clue. He paid former Florida Solicitor General Christopher Kise a $3 million dollar advance to represent him. Unfortunately, Kise's advice goes right over the head of the delusional, paranoid, perhaps dementia-ridden former president, so, as Farron Cousins explains, Kise has been sidelined while three less expeienced "lawyers" (there's a reason for the quotes) take point.

The word Farron couldn't think of is telegenic. The fact that his three lady lawyers, Lindsay Halligan, Christina Bobbs-her-hair (ex-One America News), and Alina Habba-Dabba-Doo, are telegenic appeals to the child within the man himself. By putting Kise on the sidelines, saving him for another, potentially less important case, Trump is further sinking his own ship.

And remember, he claimed he was a stable genius. Unfortunately, he was also exposed as a vain, pathetic loser in a cookie commercial with the Manning brothers, Peyton & Eli, 13 years ago.

Melania might want to see if Dr. Vinnie Boom Batz is available........

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Sports this 'n' that

 After a lackluster start, Arizona State dumped football coach Herman Edwards about a week and a half ago, and now, there are rumors that opposing teams were tipped to Edwards' game plans----by his own staff!

Yahoo! is reporting that school officials, if not also Edwards' assistants, were looking to get rid of Edwards, a star linebacker with Philadelphia back in the day (remember Joe Pisarcik's fumble at the Meadowlands?) before coaching the Jests. The reporting implies the race card was a factor. If Edwards doesn't land another coaching job in college or the pros, broadcasting seems like the only remaining option.
There is much wrangling over this weekend's Braves-Mets series at Truist Park, outside of Atlanta, due to Hurricane Ian, due to hit Florida tomorrow, and everyone assumes it'll make its way to Georgia soon after. One game separates the Mets from the 2nd place Braves in the NL East, and people are suggesting a neutral site, one that neither team has played this year, rather than move the series to Citi Field, although there is precedent for the Braves to assume the role of home team if they do that. With the playoffs more than a week away, MLB needs to make a decision, and quickly.
The Giants were hoping to remain unbeaten after last night's game with Dallas, but it was not to be.

Instead, Big Blue is tied for 2nd with the Cowboys, a game behind unbeaten Philadelphia. Shame on you if you slept on Dallas QB Cooper Rush, who is filling in for Dak Prescott.

Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, Rush brought the Cowboys back after the Giants had taken a 3rd quarter lead. So much for the talk of trading for a veteran starter until Prescott comes back. Until the next Cowboys loss, and, then, the whining starts again.
Lost amidst everything else in the 1st 3 weeks of the season is the fact that Miami sits atop the AFC East at 3-0. There will be a pool on when people start invoking comparisons to the 1972 team, the only team to go a full season undefeated. Granted, there are three more regular season games than there were 50 years ago, but you can bet the surviving members of the 1972 team are rooting for today's Dolphins.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Dunce Cap Award: Richard Barnett and his attorneys

 Richard Barnett is the screwball who got into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office on 1/6/21, propped his feet on her desk for a photo op, and got busted for his participation in the incident.

Since that time, Barnett's trial has been pushed back a few times, most recently to December 12, the reason being that Barnett recently was being treated for COVID-10. However, his dimwitted lawyers filed a motion to bar certain words or phrases----you can guess which ones-----from being used at the trial as a means of trying to get their client off.

As Farron Cousins explains, that infamous photo of Barnett at Pelosi's desk may be all that's needed to sink him.

If these clown attorneys are trying for sympathy points, it ain't happening. Barnett's goose is as good as cooked, and his lawyers' grandstanding gets them and Barnett Dunce Caps.