Video Essay Roundup

Compiled by Carl Slaughter: That video essay contrasting Thanos in the comics with Thanos in the movies veered off into a contrast between Iron Man and Captain America.  Iron Man is a rationalist, trying to outmaneuver Thanos; Captain America is a romanticist, trying to overwhelm Thanos with raw power and courage; just as comic book Thano is a romanticist, trying to impress the woman he’s wooing, and movie Thanos is a rationalist, trying to solve an overpopulation problem.

Dave Cullen has some good insight into the betrayal of Star Trek main characters in J.J. Abrams films.  Abrams portrays Kirk as debonair, promiscuous, and crafty.  So I thought he nailed that character.  But Abrams also portrays Kirk as reckless and full of self-doubt.  Such a portrayal betrays the Kirk character as a natural-born leader.  Abrams portrays Spock as stoic, logical, and stern.  So, again, I though he nailed the character.  But Abrams also portrays Spock as given to emotional and violent outbursts.  The Roddenberry Spock struggles to control his human side.  The Abrams Spock is borderline psychotic.  The Roddenberry Spock makes an effort to understand people whose actions he disproves of.  The Abrams Spock just reacts to people.

Takes this reviewer a while to get around to it, but he finally points out that the sequels shift from exploration of dinos to hunt/exploit dinos.  Also, interesting trivia, the author of the novel sold the rights to the unfinished manuscript to the studio for 7 digits on Spielberg’s endorsement.

DC Postscript

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:

  • Marvel versus DC

The most important piece of information in this video is not about Gal Gadot, but about the DC/Marvel rivalry.  Turns out DC’s reputation for being dark and serious is deliberate.  They have a policy against humor.  It’s their way of distinguishing their characters from Marvel’s characters with their inclination toward quips and antics.

  • 10 Batman movies you never saw

In some parallel universe, Warner Bros. decided to carry on Christopher Nolan’s vision of Gotham City after The Dark Knight Rises concluded.

As you may remember, Bruce Wayne faked his death and passed the legacy of the Batman on to Robin John Blake. Of course, there was word on the street that actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being looked at for the next Caped Crusader at the time, but considering that the studio was all for a team-up with Superman, it’s for the best that the World’s Finest’s first meeting in live action involved Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne, not the latter’s successor – who was created for an isolated trilogy.

Still, I find it hard to forget how many mock-ups of Gordon-Levitt as Nightwing were surfacing up until the time Ben Affleck was cast as the new Masked Manhunter in the summer of 2013. In fact, some still hold onto that sentiment, with this fan-made comic strip serving as a fine example of just that….

  • Why Tom Welling never wore the Superman costume

Uncanny Issue 23 Launches 7/3

The 23rd issue of the 2016 and 2017 Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine will be available on July 3.

Hugo Award-winning Publishers/Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas are proud to present the 23rd issue of their 2016 and 2017 Hugo Award-winning online science fiction and fantasy magazine,  a Special SharedUniverse Dinosaur issue. As always, it features passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, along with a Parsec Award-winning monthly podcast featuring a story, poem, and interview from that issue. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards.

All of Uncanny Magazine’s content will be available in eBook versions on the day of release from Weightless Books, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and Kobo. Subscriptions are always available through Amazon Kindle and Weightless Books. The free online content will be released in two stages — half on day of release, July 3, and half on August 7.

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 23 Table of Contents


  • Galen Dara- The Uncanny T-Rex


  • The Uncanny Valley (7/3)


  • Brooke Bolander, Sam J. Miller, Mari Ness, Nicasio Andres Reed, A. Merc Rustad & Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, K.M. Szpara, JY Yang, and Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas- “The Uncanny Dinosaurs – Introduction” (7/3)
  • Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade” (7/3)
  • K.M. Szpara- “You Can Make a Dinosaur, but You Can’t Help Me” (7/3)
  • R.K. Kalaw- “Bones in the Rock” (7/3)
  • Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & A. Merc Rustad- “By Claw, By Hand, By Silent Speech” (7/3)
  • Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat” (8/7)
  • Brit E. B. Hvide- “The Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon, California, and the Unknown” (8/7)
  • Mari Ness- “Expecting a Dinosaur” (8/7)
  • Alex Bledsoe- “Give the People What They Want” (8/7)
  • Mary Robinette Kowal- “Nails in My Feet” (8/7)
  • Anya Ow- “Everything Under Heaven” (8/7)


  • Tobias S. Buckell- “Island Futures” (7/3)
  • Alasdair Stuart- “Joy and Applause” (7/3)
  • Marissa Lingen- “The Seduction of Numbers, the Measures of Progress” (8/7)
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts- “Thirteen Reasons Who: A Timeline of a Question” (8/7)


  • Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness” (7/3)
  • Brandon O’Brien- “The One” (7/3)
  • Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts” (8/7)


  • K.M. Szpara Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (7/3)
  • Anya Ow Interviewed by Caroline M. Yoachim (8/7)


23A (7/3)

  • Sam J. Miller- “Red Lizard Brigade,” as read by Heath Miller
  • Cassandra Khaw- “Octavia’s Letter to Marcus Anthony on the Discovery of his Faithlessness,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
  • Mary Robinette Kowal Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas

23B (8/7)

  • Brooke Bolander- “The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat,” as read by Stephanie Malia Morris
  • Ali Trotta- “The Year We Got Rid of Our Ghosts,” as read by Erika Ensign
  • Brooke Bolander Interviewed by Lynne M. Thomas