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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CW’s FLASH-Another Victim of the Berlanti Curse!


CW's The Flash Season 3 is racing downhill. Why? Because the Berlanti Curse is in Full Effect.

The Flash started its road downhill at the halfway point of season 2. At that point what was once a fun sci-fi show became bogged down in time travel paradoxes. Whenever something goes wrong on CW’s Flash, Barry Allen runs back in time and fixes it. It’s a plot device that has gotten overused and has pretty much run the show into the ground with Season 3’s Flashpoint.

Flashpoint started Season 3 off on the wrong foot. The adaptation of that reviled Goeff Johns storyline has had CW’s speedster stumbling and bumbling through a host of jumbled storylines. As Barry tries to deal with the reality he damaged by his attempt to “fix” his life, the writers do more and more damage to the Flash Mythos on Television.

The biggest atrocity of Season 3 is the total mishandling of Kid Flash’s origin. What’s core to The Flash Mythos is the relationship between Barry and Wally. Barry’s nobility and integrity was something Wally looked up to. It was his inspiration for becoming Kid Flash after the lightning struck him and the reason he took up the mantel of The Flash after he died during the Crisis. That was a great story that was lost due to a pitiful attempt to add “Diversity” to The Flash on TV and the total mishandling of Barry Allen’s character.

The Barry Allen of CW’s Flash is hardly the hero anyone could look up to if anything he’s the real villain of season 3.  While we’re told that the villain is Alchemy, or Savvitar, the so-called speed god, but as I see it Barry Allen is the real bad guy of season 3. If it wasn’t for him creating FlashPoint so many people’s lives wouldn’t have been ruined such as Cisco and John Diggle risk. In fact, if it wasn’t for him creating FlashPoint his earth wouldn’t have been put at risk of invasion by aliens.

And why is the DC TV multiverse about to be in a Crisis? Because Barry Allen is a SIMP. At this point CW’s Barry Allen is such a Simp he’ll literally bend space and time to have his “smooth” world. If anything, Flash Season 3 shows us the damage Simps do because they just don’t have any control over their emotions.   

Because Barry Allen can’t deal with things like pain, loss or getting the girl of his dreams Iris West, he had to run back in time and have himself a tempertantrum. And thank to his selfishness the entire multivese will be put in Crisis of Infinite Earths.

And after creating FlashPoint thanks to his tempertantrum, we’re supposed to believe Barry’s the hero.

I’m sorry, I’m not buying that.

How is Barry Allen the hero when it was his selfishness that led to everything going bad? How can he be the good guy after ruining the lives of his friends like Cisco, family like Wally West and even people like John Diggle all the way in Star City and even Aliens if you believe the convoluted plot device of Legends of Tomorrow? 

I’m sorry that’s not a hero. That’s not someone you can root for. And it’s NOT the Barry Allen of the comics.

The Barry Allen of the comics was a hero through and through. He always made an effort to do the right thing and he always made an effort to stand up for what’s right. Yes he had losses like the death of his wife. But even after he killed the Reverse Flash he still did the right thing. And when the universe was at risk by the Anti-Monitor’s cannon, he sacrificed his life to save it.

The Barry Allen of the Comics would look at this guy racing back in time to create a safe space for himself and get disgusted by his behavior. This Barry Allen is NOT a MAN. For all of his powers, he lacks the character and the resolve and the backbone and the stones to use his powers responsibly.  He’s so caught up in his emotions and his feelings over Iris that he can’t see the big picture regarding his role as a hero and as a MAN.  

The Berlanti writers can’t see where they went wrong with Flash Season 2.5-3. In their attempts two of the worst storylines from the Goeff Johns run Zoom and Flashpoint they’ve set CW’s Flash on a road to disaster. With each time travel story and plot device filled with convoluted jargon they make a show that was fun to watch into one that’s become almost as impossible to watch as later seasons of Star Trek: Voyager.  In less than half a season they’ve turned a likeable hero into an absolute JERK. And they’ve made one of their stronger shows into the weakest link in the CW Superhero lineup.


Monday, December 5, 2016

CW's Supergirl- The Latest Victim of the Berlanti Curse



Supergirl season 2 started out with so much promise with the introduction of Superman and Miss Martian and the Cadmus storyline. Then the last few episodes started the road downhill. Looks like the Berlanti Curse is right on time for Supergirl.


What is the Berlanti Curse? It’s an event that happens around the half-season mark of the second season of all Berlanti Productions shows. Around that point in the second season the writers stop writing quality scripts and start churning out CRAP THAT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE. The curse started with Arrow in the middle of its second season and on The Flash the last half of its last season. And now Supergirl is the latest victim of it. Seriously, Why can’t Berlanti’s writers produce quality scripts on a consistent basis?


Things on Supergirl started heading downhill with the Parasite episode. Instead of a well-plotted, well-paced episode the writers started slopping things together. I started to shake my head at plot points like Kara recovering from the Parasite Power drain with just solar lamps but J’onn needing a blood transfusion from Miss Martian was just ridiculous. How does someone who is INVULNERABLE and has power to equal Superman’s get a blood transfusion from another INVULNERABLE person with power equal to Supergirl’s? Plain and simple that’s just sloppy writing. In most cases in the comics most heroes recover from a Parasite power drain in a couple of hours on their own. But Berlanti’s writers overthought a plot point that could have easily been resolved in that episode to drag out a storyline between J’onn and M’Gann that went nowhere when the cure for J’onn’s illness from M’Gann’s blood was presented in a L Corp Missle ex Machina an episode later.


What’s even more ridiculous than the Parasite episode is the episode introducing the Cyborg Superman. Good Gravy, that episode is just a jumbled hot mess. A Vigilante with no name and a big gun frames The Guaridan for murder, Lena Luthor introduces a helmet to drain all of Supergirl’s powers, we get told super-strong Daxamites are vulnerable to lead, and J’onn goes to fight Miss Martian for saving his life (there’s some gratitude). And then we get the RIDICULOUS plot point that J’onn being given White Martian blood will make him into a White Martian.


Seriously WTF?


Oh, and in the middle of all this craptacular writing James Olson becomes The Guardian.


Guardian of the Freindzone™.


And the Mangina in a Van Win Schott has enabled him with Super White Knight armor. So in addtion to fighting crime, James will now be able to step in and use that new shield of his deflect all responsibility and accountability that comes Kara’s way.


Just when you thought James Olson couldn’t have any more of his dignity stripped from him, Greg Berlanti and his writers find new and exciting ways to emasculate a Black man.


Damn. Just Damn.


And to prove he’s an equal opportunity emasculator, he’s started stripping the masculinity from Kara’s new love interest Mon-El. Mon-El started came to earth with his balls intact. In the first few episodes he was a hard drinkin total badass dude who even banged an intern in the copy room. Then he talked to Win about Kara’s dating status and bought a first-class ticket on the SIMP TRAIN™.


Damn. Just Damn. I feel bad for poor Mon-El. His time would be better spent banging interns in the copy room at CATCO than chasing Kara.


But this is what happens when Daxamites learn about male earth culture from Manginas like Win Schott instead of men like Jonathan Kent. Mind you Win is the same Mangina who tried to come at Kara sideways with an awkward kiss last season. Following Win’s advice, Mon-Simp is sure to get into a fight with the Guardian of the Friendzone™ over a chance to get under Kara’s red skirt. And both of them are sure to be cockblocked by Clark when he comes back to National City to visit his cousin again.


Oh, when all these SIMPS fail on this show it’s going to be beyond EPIC. Supergirl may have the first CRISIS OF INFINITE SIMPS Meme to ever grace us when Mon-El Joins the Guardian and Win Schott in a place worse than the Phantom Zone, the FREINDZONE™.


At least a DC Character can get out of the Phantom Zone if you have a projector or a Black hole shows up. But when a guy wind up in the FriendZone™ with a female he’s pretty much FUCKED.


Seriously, I’m wondering if  they need to change the title of this show from Supergirl to Captain-Save-a-Hoe. Because the SIMP levels are getting over 9000 on this show. All these guys chasing Kara and none of them realize they just don’t have a chance due to their WEAK GAME.


Part of what makes The Berlanti Curse go into effect is when these CW superhero shows start focusing on the relationship angst and not the action. The last couple of episodes of Supergirl have been bogged down in the lovelorn plot threads of Kara and her now lesbian sister and that’s slowed down the action. Most people like myself watch superhero shows to see heroes kick ass, not to see them make plans on getting some draws. If Berlanti’s writers would learn how to dial down the syrupy soap opera stuff and get back to crimefighting, maybe Supergirl could get watchable again. Maybe.


Supergirl started out as a fun promising show in its second season. But now at the halfway mark the writers are starting to show that they’re out of their depth and out of ideas. With the Berlanti Curse in effect I’m just wondering how bad things are going to get on this show, Night Man season 2 Sucktacular, Buffy Season 4 shittacular, Xena final season Turdriffic, or Arrow Season 3 ASSWRETCHED. Tighten up your chinstraps Supergirl fans, you’re in for a bumpy ride.

Friday, December 2, 2016

CW’S Heroes Vs. FAILiens- How NOT To Do a TV EVENT




The  4-night crossover event between CW’s Superhero shows Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow could have been something epic. Unfortunately, it just turned into an EPIC FAIL due to the inept writers at Berlanti productions who were just out of their league when it came to writing a story on this scale.


Heroes Vs. Aliens as supposed to be an adaptation of 1988’s Invasion! where the alien Dominators fear that Earth will be a spawning ground for a race of metahumans that will be an unbeatable super-race. And to stop the super race they and other alien planets insist that Earth surrender its super heroes. Earth tells the aliens to drop dead and recruits Captain Atom to lead a force to defend the earth.

This would have been an interesting story if Berlanti decided to do something like Oh, introduce Captain Atom…But Berlanti productions ain’t got that kind of budget to give us Nathaniel Adam and his origin with Miss Martian’s CGI and Mon-El eating up the budget over on Supergirl, and the cast of the new Outsiders-I mean Team Arrow on Arrow. So instead of giving us a good heaping helping of story based on DC’s classic source material, they gave us some artificially flavored slop on a plate loosely based on Invasion! And called it Heroes Vs. Aliens. Extra light on the aliens.


After watching the first three episodes of this so-called crossover event I felt like Clara Peller in those old Wendy’s Commercials.


Hey CW, WHERE’S THE ALIENS?


Seriously, I feel ripped off by the CW’s advertising. The ads and promos for Heroes Vs. Aliens promised us lots of heroes and even a Deathstroke return. From those ads and promos I got hyped up expecting to see DC’s heroes busting up bad guys. But all I got was a big bag of NOTHING. After I watched Heroes Vs. Aliens I reminisced about the first and last time I ate Kaboom! cereal as a kid. Kaboom! cereal looks like a taste treat on the box, but tastes like shit when you get it in a bowl with some milk. That’s how disappointed I was with this so-called crossover.



Plain and simple CW just didn’t have the foundation laid to implement this kind of event even with four TV shows. Due to the misstep of putting Supergirl on another earth, the crossover doesn’t have a solid foundation to establish a structure for storytelling. That makes any form a writer wraps around it awkward and uneven. If Supergirl and Flash and Arrow and the Legends had been all on the same earth they might have been able to pull this kind of event off next year with Arrow and the Outsiders, Deathstroke and Superman and J’onn in the mix to give the story the gravity it would need and the Dominators would be seen as a credible threat.

Unfortunately, due to the poor story structure Heroes Vs. Aliens falls apart right from the first episode. Supergirl was just another Supergirl episode with a Flash cameo tacked on the end of it. The Flash episode was just a jumbled hot mess filled with exposition. Heroes meet, spend 20 minutes discussing who will be the leader, train, then get possessed by the dominator mind control and fight…EACH OTHER. Barry and Ollie break the mind control and then Oliver and the non-powered heroes gets teleported to the Dominator ship where I expected to see Ollie and Team Arrow fighting some aliens.


Nope.


Instead of giving us that story, the writers of Arrow stole most of their script from a Batman: The Animated Series episode, and then tacked on an escape after the dream sequence for the Waverider Ex Machina to save them from being annihilated by a fleet of Dominator fighters. 


If that’s not BAD writing I don’t know what is.


And the cherry on top of this shit sundae with extra diharrea sauce is the Legends of Tomorrow episode. In an effort to stop the Dominators the team goes back to the 50’s to kidnap a Dominator. Finally we get some aliens! For about two seconds. But after Steel, heat wave and Vixen take down the alien then the Area 51 guys come and take down the heroes. Then in 2016 we get told the reason for the Dominator invasion is…Barry Allen’s fault.


WTF?


Yeah, I know Barry Allen’s Simp levels are beyond space and time but this plot point is so DUMB it’s beyond logic. So Barry Allen creating Flashpoint ruined the earth’s timelines and now it’s ruined the entire Universe of Berlanti Earth 1. But how would people from the 1950’s find this out from the Dominators when Barry Allen only went back in time about oh, 10 years? If it’s because the legends team went back to the 50’s and Cisco saved the Dominator that’s Seriously a WTF? Moment.


Aware of Barry Allen from a time anomaly that would have Picard on Yesterday’s Enterprise Scratching his head, the G-men want Barry Allen to surrender so they can give him up to the Dominators. Simp Lord of the Universe Barry is about to give himself up until he’s stopped by…Oliver. Then after another big speech, we finally get a big fight between the heroes and some of the aliens in the last couple of minutes of Legends of Tomorrow. Then Firestorm transmutates the Gene bomb, Felicity turns on a device to give the Dominators pain and the aliens flee Independence Day style. Everything ends with a speech from the Earth 1 president and Supergirl able to come back and forth between Berlanti Earth 1 and Berlanti Earth Super and hints of Barry and Ollie in a bar talking about forming up a Justice Leage or a Superfriends.


Good Gravy, what a mess. If Heroes Vs. Aliens could have kept the tone, pace, and action of the last ten minutes of the fight inLegends of Tomorrow throughout the first four hours it could have been a classic. Instead the writing just was a jumbled mess for the first three hours and fifty minutes. I’m just astonished at how shittacularly bad the writing on this so-called crossover is. Heroes Vs. Aliens is like a manual on how NOT to do a time travel storyline. And all the reasons why most Time Travel storylines SUCK.


Seriously, the writing on this so-called crossover event was shit on a plate. From the horrific mishandling of the Cyborg Superman on Supergirl to J’onn’s Cure Ex Machina, to Wild Dog’s opinions of Metas changing in less than five minutes, to Ollie not trusting Kara for no reason, Heroes Vs. Aliens is literally like a compendium of all the crap writing featured in Arrow Season 2.5-4. All four episodes of Heroes Vs. Aliens look, sound and feel like a first draft of a script, not a polished well thought out story arc with fast pacing. Heroes Vs. Aliens just feels slapped together with no sense of story or even a direction. We get told there’s an alien threat by Barry Allen, but we never got any frames of the Dominators to tell us who they are and why they want to invade earth until second half hour of the Legends of Tomorrow episode. On seeing Dominators, Barry just jumps over to Supergirl’s Earth and asks for her help, even though Superman was just introduced a few episodes ago. This would have been a prime event to feature Tyler Hochelin being a total BOSS, but…that’s what a GOOD writer like myself would have done. But instead of giving us Superman and an actual appearance by Deathstroke to show us the severity of the crisis on this earth we get Deathstroke in an Arrow dream sequence.


Damn. Just Damn.


I won’t even go into how Diggle got totally emasculated in a frame of that big epic fight between the Heroes and the Aliens. Even in the face of an epic Battle they find a way to make the Black man look like a bitch.


Fuck You Berlanti. Fuck You.


What makes the Heroes Vs. Aliens Crossover event an EPIC FAIL is that it hyped itself up to be some kind of event and then didn’t deliver on the payoff. Viewers like myself were anticipating a big epic battle between heroes and Aliens that took us to different places in every episode based on what we saw in the promos and in early episodes of Supergirl. But all we got was some of the worst writing to ever grace a Superhero TV series. I had to wonder if Tyler Perry and Akiva Goldsman were writng some of the scripts under a pen name with all the bad dialogue and inconsistent characterizations. Heroes Vs. Aliens should have flowed seamlessly from episode to epsisode moving the story forward with each episode. Instead it stumbled over its own feet to a clumsy finish. The biggest problem with Heroes Vs. Aliens is that the writers tried to write the story around the characters and their storylines instead of just writing a story with the characters in it.


Heroes Vs. Aliens had the potential to be a TV classic. Instead it became a classic example of how NOT to write a crossover event. Heroes vs. Aliens had a nice concept unfortunately the writers just couldn’t execute it. Yeah, Greg Berlanti has the production team to bring DC Characters to life visually, but it’s clear to me that his writing team is just not ready to push the envelope and take the Berlantiverse to the next level. What should have been the TV Version of Marvel Studios’ Avengers wound up as bad as an old Superfriends episode.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Brainstorming a new John Haynes Series



Vampires
Demons.
Monsters.
Just another day at the office.

That’s the premise for the new John Haynes series I’m proposing.

Back in The Temptationof John Haynes, John started working for Morris Phillips. And he became the CEO of a corporate Hell filled with demons, vampires, monsters and other assorted creatures of the night. Working stiffs. Dead weight. A company filled with miserable lost souls waiting for the clock to reach five o’clock.


While I’ve spent quite a bit of time focusing on the rivalry between Lucifer and John in stories like TheTemptation of John Haynes and The ManWho Rules The World, I’d love to explore the world of Morris Phillips and all those working stiffs working in that corporate Hell in those nine-to-five jobs in Lucifer’s Legion. We got to meet a few of them like Lilith Graves in Isis: Night of the Vampires and Claudius Johnson and D’lilah Williams in E’steem: Demons Anonymous. But I’d love to expand the cast in John’s world. Rather than make the demons straight bad guys like they are in Isis and E’steem books, I’d love to show some of those lost souls as people who desperately need to be shown an example of Christ. 


John’s a good man trying to make the best of a really bad job. He’s 1.5 years into a three-year contract and while he’s had an impact on the lives of Black people, he needs to start having an impact on the Demon community. Yes he’s helped E’steem and Lilith, but it’s time for him to do more of God’s work among the masses of the night. In spite of all he’s faced John believes that God brought him in to Morris Phillips to do a work, then he’ll leave Morris Phillips in one piece when his work is finished.


As a comic fan John is indifferent by the world of monsters, demons and vampires. And the nonchalant way he sees them intrigues some like E’steem, and scares others like Lilith and Isis. Isis sees demons as monsters, but John sees them as people. And I think it’s time he got to know more of them. Some are scared of John, but others….are drawn to him and want to know what makes him great.

When I was writing Isis: Bride of Dracula I thought about the larger demon community roaming the realms. (Yes, I DEFINITELY want to bring Dracula back!) and I wanted to further explore demon culture in Lucifer’s Legion. Do demons and Vampires coexist? Do they watch TV? What kinds of shows do they watch? What are their favorite foods? What kinds of schools do they go to? Where do they live? Among us? Or in another realm?

So far we’ve seen a lot of the SJS DIRECT Universe through the eyes of the female leads like Isis and E’steem. I believe it’s time we got a look at some of the experiences from a male perspective to balance things out. I’ve been paitient and deliberate in utilizing John’s appearances in Isis and E’steem stories, and I want to make sure he continues to represent a strong, positive example of Black masculinity in media.

The character transformation arc for John hasn’t even started. The John character who readers met in The Temptation of John Haynes is an introvert and a loner. His character progression has moved forward in his appearances in the Isis series and E’steem series and The Man Who Rules TheWorld, but it’s time to begin it in earnest. At the end of John’s character transformation arc he was supposed to be more less of a loner and become a leader connected to people to the people who work at Morris Phillips. Yeah, they’re vampires, demons and monsters, but a Christian is supposed to be a light that everyone sees and salt that changes all those around them with their presence.


A John Haynes series would be another part of my Monster High grown up concept. In between the action and adventure, there would be the humor that made the E’steem series and The Temptation of John Haynes fun reading. The model for the stories I’d use would be to make them short, quick, reads similar to The Man Who Rules The World.


I’ve been roughing out a couple of ideas for John Haynes stories, including expanding Lilith’s backstory, his past relationship with Colleen, and his growing relationships with Isis and E’steem as we get to know more of the staff at Morris Phillips. I have a few new bad guys planned such as succubus inspired by actress Persia White, and continuing the feud between John and Dracula. Vampires are a billion dollar business. Which is one of the reasons why Drac wanted to go after John in Isis: Bride of Dracula. He’s costing him customers!



Yeah, I’ve got a lot on my plate with the Isis series and the E’steem series, but I figure if I do one book a year featuring each character and ship em’ quarterly readers can get an adventure featuring everybody and the SJS DIRECT Universe could expand. Slowly. Very slowly.

Friday, November 25, 2016

STOP SIMPIN IN THE WORKPLACE NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE & SMASHWORDS!




What is a Workplace Simp? A Workplace Simp is a man who puts his career at risk trying to win the favor of a female co-worker on the job. In this eBook men will learn why Simpin in the workplace has them working against themselves and prevents them from achieving their personal and professional goals on the job.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Celebrating Four Years of The Isis series in Print!



First book in the Isis series!
This month marks the fourth year the Isis series has been ongoing in print. I can’t believe I’ve written over thirteen books about the goddess next door. And the crazy part is I’m not done yet.  

I originally planned to take Isis in a different direction when I originally started her adventures four years ago. Back in 2012 I planned on following an outline I proposed for a Wonder Woman run of comics I posted on my blog. And that plan was supposed to be just three years or 36 issues of comics. In the last four years I’ve gone far past my plans for revamping Diana Prince for the 21st Century and turned the goddess next door into her own character with her own unique stories.


Isis’ character transformation arc hasn’t even gotten started. While Isis has taken on demons, vampires, stalkers, and Cybergodesses, she’s connected with people all throughout the SJS DIRECT Universe. And with each relationship she’s formed, she’s learned a lot more about the modern world and the problems in it. As she’s gone where she’s needed she’s come to realize that if she wants to help people in the 21st Century has to change her approach from the one she used in the 20th. In the modern Isis series the former college professor is now learning a lessons about life and the people she serves as a goddess.


Four years in I’m just starting to establish the foundation for Isis’ part of the SJS DIRECT Universe. I haven’t even started establishing the world of Isis’ supporting cast or her rogues’ gallery. There’s a lot more people for her to get to know and places for her to explore as she goes where she’s needed. Anyone interested in a Spinsterella guest spot where Isis becomes a Goth Goddess?  


I’ve got a lot of ideas running in my head for Isis series stories. For Isis’ fifth year in print. I’ve got lot of new rogues planned with adventures that take her from Harlem to Translyvania. And I’ve got plans to return existing ones like Raheema Sanders and Dracula in new storylines. And I’ll be expanding her relationships with supporting characters like E’steem, John Haynes, and Colleen Anderson from The Thetas. 


Story model wise I’m still doing things where every book is an entry point and the complete story is told in one volume. However, for one villain I’m planning a build to a larger storyline featuring a big bad in Isis and E’steem series books. That storyline starts in next years’ Isis: Samurai Goddess and continues E’steem: Ascenscion. 


Four years writing Isis I’ve struggled but I’ve made a lot of progress. And there’s a lot I’m proud of. Bill Walko’s awesome covers. A consistent run of solid stories. A continuity that a child could follow easily, and readers all over the world have no problem acccessing. While the publishing schedule for Isis hasn’t been as prolific as I originally wanted it to be, the Isis series has run longer and more regularly than most comics at the Big Two comic publishers the indies, and even some trade publishers. Five years into the characters’ existence I haven’t had to reboot the adventures of the goddess next door.  


I’ve come a long way in four years working on the Isis series. I’ve gone from hand drawn covers to not so great editing to professional covers by Bill Walko and books that are almost error free. I’m hoping to keep raising the bar on the Isis’ so readers who have enjoyed her adventures can feel confident about picking up her adventures and sharing them with new readers.