More info and episodic greatness from Avengers cartoon series

With G.I. Joe: Renegades not hitting until Thanksgiving (allegedly) I’m focusing all of my animated attention on Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, which most of you know by now.  Reason?  I think it’s awesome and I want to talk about it.  So, 788, go ahead and click away now.  ;)

The New York ComicCon just wrapped up, and revealed some more details about the series… apparently those awesome Micro-Episodes running on DisneyXD right now are in actuality the first five episodes of the animated series, broken down into smaller chunks.  That does explain a lot…I thought it was kind of weird that those microsodes were so high quality and would be in addition to normal content, especially since they’re actually revealing the origins of some of the key players.

Also revealed at New York ComicCon was that the “pilot” for Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes would pick up where the Microsodes left off and show a veritable Super Villain rebellion, with widespread escapes from the various super villain prisons around the country.  Certainly a story that’s been done before, but if the quality of the series even comes close to matching what we’ve gotten for the microsodes, we are in for a damn treat.

I’ve already professed my love for Hawkeye, and I’ll also admit that I’m a huge Captain America fan as well.  Granted I haven’t read the book in a number of years, but the 90′s era Captain America stories were among my favorite comic stories ever written.  Steve Rogers’ leaving his post, becoming The Captain while John Walker became the new Captain America…that whole storyline and how it tied into Ultimatum and the Red Skull.  Diamondback, Crossbones…all of this made for some fantastic Marvel Comics memories.  So while much of the nuances of The Avengers may be lost on me, I can certainly appreciate it when they focus on some of the more key characters.

One question I had was how would they handle Captain America’s origin?  The answer?  Pretty damn well.  I’ve embedded a series of three microsodes below the jump, which feature the origin of Captain America…and also some very cool familiar faces.

We see Fury and his Howling Commandos, including one very familiar commando who is only called “Logan”.  Not only that, but in one of the latest microsodes, Nick Fury also references the Mutant Response Division, and even calls them “Marties” a terrific reference to the unfortunately canceled Wolverine and the X-Men series, indicating that this series ties in with that one.  A very cool, rich Marvel animated universe is starting to form, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.  Click the “read the rest of this entry” link below to check out Captain America’s animated origin!

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G.I. Joe: Cobra co-writer Christos Gage gets exclusive Marvel contract

Part of the news in New York ComicCon is the information that G.I. Joe: Cobra co-writer Christos Gage has received an exclusive contract from Marvel Comics, which means he will be moving on from the fantastic IDW title.  His co-writer Mike Costa will remain on the book.

Announcing it via his Twitter feed, he expressed regret that he had to leave the book, but confidence that Costa can continue on fine in his stead.

As a humongous fan of G.I. Joe: Cobra, I’m sure Mr. Gage’s influence will be missed, but I wish him the best of luck, and a huge congrats on the Marvel deal!  Part of the Marvel deal is also doing the writing for the upcoming Captain America: Super Soldier video game from Sega (to launch in conjunction with the film) so I know we’ll all be sure to check that out!

G.I. Joe vs. The Avengers!

Yeah, yeah, I’m still talking about Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  DisneyXD has been posting new microsodes every day, and I’ve been pretty much in love with every single one of them.  With G.I. Joe: Renegades apparently not debuting October 11th, the 20th is now the date I’m most looking forward to next month.

That being said, I was giving my readers a bit of a break from it, because nothing puts a focus on a lack of Joe news like hitting my site and seeing back-to-back-to-back-to-back Avengers updates.  However…yesterday’s episode featuring The Hulk forced my hand, when I saw this:

Yes, that is a helicopter pilot for The Hulkbusters, and yes he speaks with a thick Southern drawl, and yes, he parachutes out of the helicopter just in the nick of time when the Hulk brings it down.  Freaking awesome.  As cool as this little cameo is, I really geeked out when I saw the following pictures:

You see, while many folks will say Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, or Wolverine got them into comic books, for me it was Hawkeye.  Sure I was buying G.I. Joe comics back in the day, but I hadn’t broken into super heroes until I stumbled upon the Hawkeye limited series way back in the 80′s.  I had been fascinated with archery at the time, and a super hero who just used a bow and arrow was absolutely awesome to me.  I hadn’t yet been exposed to Green Arrow (and only would be about a year later when I got into the Super Powers toys) so Hawkeye was the man.  Sure, he was in that horrible 90′s Avengers cartoon, but here he seems to be done right.  I’m fired up.  Cannot wait to see this cartoon in full bloom.

Check out the Avengers Microsodes right here!

More Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes coolness

So, is anyone getting tired of me posting information about Avengers?  I hope not, because I’m going to keep doing it.  Feel free to skip by if you’re not interested.  I’m extremely fired up to see this cartoon, so I fully intend on posting about the videos as they’re uploaded.

The latest five-minute short focuses on The Hulk…  DisneyXD.com is the first place to post it (which doesn’t allow embedding for some weird reason).  It’s on the same video page that the Iron Man one was posted yesterday.

Along with that, Marvel.com has also begun posting their own content, including very short snippets of the origins of the Avengers.  First two are Thor and Captain America.

Thor

Captain America

Along with those, Marvel.com also has hosted the Iron Man Micro-Episode, so it’s embeddable now!

Iron Man Micro-Episode

This cartoon really looks great.  It has a very “realistic” feel to it.  Sure, the animated style is the typical distorted look, but the dialog is very mature and natural, the action is very well choreographed…it really rocks.  October 20th…I’ve marked my calendar!

No it’s not G.I. Joe news, but it’s still awesome – Avengers animated shorts online!

For a while now I’ve been talking up the apparent wonders of the upcoming Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series.  Although I’ve never been a huge Avengers comic fan, I love Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, and a lot of the Avenger individuals.  This cartoon promises a large cast of favorite characters and looks like an awesome ramped up action series in the vein of Justice League.

While the series itself debuts October 20th on DisneyXD, starting TODAY, DisneyXD.com and Marvel.com are debuting some five minute “shorts” with a focus on the individuals.  First up to bat is Iron Man!

LOVE this.  Really love the looks of this.  With G.I. Joe: Renegades and Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it looks like this could be a great fall for action animation!

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes still looks pretty boss

Most of my focus on fall animation beginning in October has been on G.I. Joe: Renegades, for obvious reasons.  However, another terrific looking animated series will be debuting on Disney XD nearly right alongside Renegades, starting around October 22nd.

At the recent Fan Expo in Toronto, Marvel was on hand and premiered two episodes from the animated series as well as revealing some interesting information via the Marvel.com Live Blog.  Among announcements is the fact that on September 22nd, Marvel.com will start broadcasting five minute mini-webisodes with a focus on individual heroes and villains appearing in the upcoming series.

As I’ve said numerous times on these pages, I’m a Marvel comics junkie (though I haven’t even touched a comic in nearly 10 years).  I love the characters and the history of the Marvel U, but honestly don’t have the money, the time nor the inclination to keep up to date on the morass of the 21st Century comic world.  And this is exactly why I love the Marvel films and cartoons so much…I can keep up with these great characters without having to try and backtrack 3 years to figure out how they got where they are now.

There was a time when I was a devout comics fan and scoffed at the cartoon versions because they simply didn’t match up from a maturity level or depth level, but it seems like that’s changed.  These days I prefer the simplicity of the animated universe, and the characters seem much more like the iconic versions that I remember, and not like the new “angsty” renditions that have crept into the limelight in recent years.  So, I’m really looking forward to Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.  It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and like a Justice League International for the Marvel Universe, which is right up my alley.  I’ll be honest, I know very little about the Avengers universe itself.  While I love the characters of Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, etc…  I’ve never been a huge fan of the whole Avengers team.  This cartoon could certainly change that perpsective.

This cool ass new trailer doesn’t hurt at all either:

New Avengers Animated trailer is pretty– HOLY CRAP AWESOME!

I was never a big Avengers fan as a kid…even loving the Marvel Comics and loving Captain America, I much preferred more down to Earth stories over the wild and crazy space-bound cosmic stuff that perpetuated the Avengers universe.  But between now and 2012, something tells me I’m gonna be an Avengers fan.

Really, my dislike for Avengers is kind of irrational.  I’ve always loved Iron Man.  I’ve always loved Cap.  I’ve always loved Hawkeye.  But for some reason put them all together and make a team out of them, and it has done nothing for me.

This, however does something for me.  Something I probably shouldn’t describe here…  anyway, check out these 120 full seconds of awesomeness below.

Trailer comes courtesy of Comic Book Resources (thanks to Fred of JBL for pointing it out to me).  Man it’s a good time to be a geek!

San Diego Comic-Con is upon us!

So, yeah, technically the actual event doesn’t kick off until tomorrow (check out the full schedule of G.I. Joe related events right here!) but tonight is “preview night” which often showcases some of the new toys and items of interest for the rest of the year.  I’m not necessarily convinced we’ll see much new stuff in the way of little plastic men, but I know for a fact that Renegades mania is going to really get ramped up after tomorrow’s panel.

Of course, GeneralsJoes will work to provide you the absolute best coverage I possibly can, but I’m just one guy doing this for fun…so if you’re interested in keeping up to date on all of the latest news and intel, check out UGO.com’s coverage of Comic-con!  Sure, they’ll be unravelling all of the G.I. Joe related news that comes out of the show, but they’ll also tackle Marvel, DC, images, interviews, Hollywood, and pretty much all of the cool stuff out of Comic-con.

Not only that, but starting today, UGO is also giving away Comic-con exclusives!  Today they’ll be handing out various exclusives from G.I. Joe, Transformers, and the Marvel Universe, and all of the details can be found right here.

Starting tomorrow (July 22nd), they will have FIVE of the SDCC exclusive Galactus figures.  Those details can be found here.

So even if you’re like me and stuck at home, thanks to UGO, Comic-con will come to you!

I personally cannot wait to see what’s on the horizon, not just for Joe stuff, but Marvel toys, Marvel animation, Transformers, and more great stuff from the geek world as it invades Hollywood and mainstream media.  Gonna be a great long weekend!

Hasbro winz at teh SDCC!

The San Diego ComicCon has moved into a whole new stratosphere in recent years.  Initially merely a large comic convention, it somehow migrated to a Geek Mecca where Hollywood, Comics, and Toy Companies collide to give us glimpses at what cool new things are on the horizon for our nerd pleasure.  It is pretty astounding to see just what it has become.

Of course as part of the allure of ComicCon, there are the SDCC Exclusives…toys that are launched at SDCC and for sale initially only at SDCC.  This has always created a conflict between the “haves” and the “have nots” which has sometimes generated some hostility not just in the fandom, but directed back at the manufacturers.  But Hasbro seems to have found a balance.  By offering the items through SDCC, but also at HasbroToyShop, they seem to be able to please everyone, and in recent years there hasn’t been an obvious shortage of opportunities to get what you want.

This is not the case with Mattel, who year after year generates mountains of frustration among their fans with a strange voucher pre-order system that doesn’t even guarantee you a figure if you travel all the way to ComicCon.  Not to mention when they post items for sale after the fact, MattyCollector.com gets so hammered that nobody can access the retail store.  In general, it seems like a mammoth cluster…  you get the idea.

Now not only does Hasbro seem to have the system at least somewhat ironed out, but the numbers of cool exclusives they are getting out there is amazing.  Now, most of this is probably because they’re far and away the #1 Boys Toys brand in the market, but it really is incredible just how many cool toys they can get into collectors’ hands through SDCC.  Anyone reading this right now already knows about Sgt. Slaughter:

I mean, look at this figure!  Sure there are complaints about the lack of musculature and the placement of the torso joint/USA logo (which I can certainly appreciate) but there is a metric ton of new tooling, great accessories, and even new points of articulation.  Any long time fan who has been clamoring for Slaughter is gonna be loving this.

And while I haven’t been keeping up with the Marvel stuff as much as I’d like to, I can’t help but drool at what Hasbro has there as well:

Before I go on…let me say one thing.  Yes that is a TWO FOOT FREAKING TALL CARDED ACTION FIGURE.  How awesome is that?  Not to mention the bad ass WW II Captain America and an impressive Thor figure to tie into the upcoming movie as well.

Hell, even Star Wars has my interest this year!

Bet you thought Darth Maul was dead, eh?  Hell, I’m an uber-geek and even I thought Darth Maul was dead.  What the hell is this?  It’s Darth frikken Maul with cyborg horse legs.  ROCK.

So yeah…for G.I. Joe fans or for toy fans, Hasbro has got it going on this year.  Maybe one day I’ll make it to SDCC…but until then I’ll sit back and enjoy it vicariously through the hundreds of thousands of others.  Can’t wait to hear what’s on the horizon!