Top 100 Heroes: 5-1

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The age old questions of comic fans: Batman or Superman? Spider-Man or Wolverine? The debates about the best heroes are endless. We tried to make a top 10 list, but that was just too hard. So we tried a top 25, but that quickly became a top 50… you get the idea. So we were able to ‘narrow’ it down to an even 100. Odds are you will vehemently disagree with who did or did not make the list, or just the order that we placed them. But, hey, it’s our list.

(Honorable mentions to Beta Ray Bill, USAgent, Martian Manhunter, Kid Flash, Hercules, The Frenchman and the Female (the Boys), Abe Sapien, Spider-Man 2099, Static Shock, Nite Owl, Guy Gardner, Booster Gold, Spawn, Atom Eve, Mary Marvel, and a hell of a lot more. So many more we could- and may- do another whole 100 list!)

We will release these in installments of 10 so that you don’t have the longest list ever to read through. Agree with the placement or who made the list? Disagree with the burning power of a thousand suns? Let us know! Enjoy!

(Click here for Part One!)

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The Zack Snyder DC Trilogy: A “JUSTICE LEAGUE” Review (Part 3 of 3)

With the recent (long-awaited) release of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” (2021) now on HBO Max and 4K Blu Ray, we now have the fully realized vision that first started in 2013’s “Man of Steel”, and continued with 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”! Considering this is essentially the third chapter of a trilogy, it only feels right to revisit the first two acts of this epic superhero saga before diving into this new (and very different) version of 2017’s “Justice League”

(Click for Part One: “Man of Steel” and Part Two: “Batman v Superman”)

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The Zack Snyder DC Trilogy: A “BATMAN v SUPERMAN” Review (Part 2 of 3)

With the recent (long-awaited) release of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” (2021) now on HBO Max and 4K Blu Ray, we now have the fully realized vision that first started in 2013’s “Man of Steel”, and continued with 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”! Considering this is essentially the third chapter of a trilogy, it only feels right to revisit the first two acts of this epic superhero saga before diving into this new (and very different) version of 2017’s “Justice League”

(Click here for Part One: “Man of Steel”)

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The Zack Snyder DC Trilogy: A “MAN OF STEEL” Review (Part 1 of 3)

With the recent (long-awaited) release of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” (2021) now on HBO Max and 4K Blu Ray, we now have the fully realized vision that first started in 2013’s “Man of Steel”, and continued with 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”! Considering this is essentially the third chapter of a trilogy, it only feels right to revisit the first two acts of this epic superhero saga before diving into this new (and very different) version of 2017’s “Justice League”

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Artist Spotlight: George Pérez

On the latest episode of the Comic Zombie Podcast (Issue #16) we decided to do our first Artist Spotlight on the iconic George Pérez after hearing the devastating news that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Our hearts go out to George and his loved ones during this trying time.

Books To Check Out:

  • JLA / AVENGERS (*if you can find it!)
  • The Infinity Gauntlet (Issues #1-3)
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Wonder Woman: Gods and Mortals
  • Hulk: Future Imperfect (w/ Peter David)
  • Teen Titans

We’ll have more Artist Spotlights coming soon on future episodes of the podcast!

Comic Zombie Podcast #15

Issue 15: “Star Wars: Visions”, the “What If…?” season finale, and DC Fandome 2021!

On today’s episode we’re discussing the anime anthology, “Star Wars: Visions” (now streaming on Disney+), the two-part finale of Marvel’s “What If…?” (also on Disney+), and a quick breakdown of DC Fandome’s new trailers for “The Batman” and “The Flash”!

Also on this episode:

  • Initial thoughts on “Y: The Last Man” – show vs comics (Hulu)
  • “Superman and Lois” discussion (HBO Max)
  • Chris’s “Squid Game” Review (Netflix)
  • DC Fandome 2021 Discussions: Black Adam, Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom, Shazam: Fury of the Gods, Batman: The Caped Crusader, etc
  • Essential Reads: DAREDEVIL! (Kevin Smith’s “Guardian Devil”, Ed Brubaker’s “The Devil in Cellblock D”, and Frank Miller’s “Born Again”)

For more random shenanigans, check out our blog at ComicZombie.net

For more of us talking about Star Wars, check out the all new episode of Podcasters Disassembled on “Rogue One”!

*Also listen to us on the latest season of Podcasters Assemble! (and hit us up on Instagram @ComicZombiePodcast!)

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Comic Zombie Podcast #14

Issue 14: James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” and Marvel’s “What If…?”

On today’s episode we talk about James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” (now streaming on HBO Max) and the first *seven* episodes of Marvel’s “What If…?” (now streaming on Disney+)

Also on this episode:

  • Speculation about the new “BATMAN ’89” and “SUPERMAN ’78” comics
  • “My Hero Academia” anime / manga
  • “Geiger” by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank (Image)
  • Comics News: creative team changes on Batman, Spider-man, and X-Men
  • Initial thoughts on “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
  • Essential Reads: THOR! (Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s “Thor: God of Thunder” and Garth Ennis and Glenn Fabry’s “Thor: Vikings”)
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TOP 20 BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES EPISODES!

With another new animated Batman series in the works (Batman: The Caped Crusader), we figured it would be a great time to revisit the classic that has stood the test of time and remains to this day one of the absolute best superhero cartoons to date!

Created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, “Batman: The Animated Series” first premiered in 1992 and lasted 4 seasons (including “The New Batman Adventures”), spinning off into several other animated series throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s – Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Static Shock, Justice League, Justice League: Unlimited, and Young Justice! Inspired by the style of the 1941 Fleischer Superman cartoons, the 90’s Batman series was a dark and faithful adaptation.

Batman: The Animated Series is, in my humble opinion, the absolute best version of Batman to date. Sure, the Tim Burton movies are great, Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy is a masterpiece of cinema, and the Arkham games are a lot of fun, but nothing has really captured the magic of the old school Batman comics quite the way that this show did. Not only did Bruce Timm and Paul Dini draw heavily from the source material, in some cases they streamlined and improved on some of the classic storylines and characters from the comics!

Unlike the campy Adam West series from the 60’s, this one took a darker and grittier look at Gotham, while still retaining the fun elements. Further, the voice talent on this series is incredible, including but not limited to Kevin Conroy as Batman / Bruce Wayne and of course, Mark Hamill as The Joker! And to top it off, the show was actually geared towards adults, while still being appropriate for kids, which is not an easy task.

The following list is 100% up for debate, so feel free to yell at me on Twitter @ErikSlader!

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Comic Zombie Podcast #7: “Wandavision” and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”!

COMIC ZOMBIE – Issue #7: Wandavision and Zack Snyder’s Justice League!

Chris and Erik spend two hours (after midnight) raving about Marvel’s “Wandavision” (Disney+) and Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” (HBO Max)! Side note: much like Batfleck in the Snyder Cut, there’s a lot more cursing than normal. #RestoreTheSnyderVerse

Also on this episode: our first impressions of “Falcon and Winter Soldier” – Episode 1, “The Immortal Hulk” by Al Ewing and Joey Bennett, “Non-Stop Spider-man” by Joe Kelly and David Finch, the new “Eternals” comics by Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic, and a brief discussion on what we’re looking forward to soon, including James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”, “Black Widow”, “Godzilla vs Kong”, “Mortal Kombat”, and the brand new “Invincible” series!

(Episode edited by Erik Slader)

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