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Hello and greetings my geeky cabal. I apologize, once again, for my absence. Life, as it likes to do, has been getting all up in the way again.

Nevertheless, we are all here now, and we’re here to be nerds, yes?

I agree, Doctor!

Let’s be ridiculous!!

I’ve been catching up on my comic book reading (because I LOVE them), and I came across a series I had originally thought I had been done with, mostly because I thought it had been abandoned, but I honestly should have known better.

Yes friends, I’m talking about the amazing comic by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming: Powers.

For those of you who have not had the chance to read this comic, OMG GO AND GET THIS SERIES NOW AND READ IT, FOR IT IS FULL OF AMAZEBALLSNESS!! (yes that is a real word…that I totally made up)

Now, that’s done, let me tell you a little bit about this series:

The title follows a pair of Chicago homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who, having just been partnered together, investigate super-power related murders.

Yes, yes, you guessed it, superheroes are running wild in this story and, apparently, dropping like flies. Hell, someone has to solve these murders, right?

Now, some time ago, it was announced that FX was casting and producing a Powers television series.

Due to some recasting and re-writing of the pilot script, the show has been put on a bit of a hiatus (That’s what the internet said, anyway), but since I’ve gone and fallen in love with the series again, I figured that I’d cast this thing myself.

Due to the insanely huge cast of characters we meet throughout the series, I’ve just done the casting for the main roles we’d see during the first story arc: “Who Killed Retro Girl?” Which would be the introductory story arc of the show’s first season.

See? I’ve got this all figured out!

My version of the show would be aired on HBO. If you’ve read the comic, you’d never ask me why

I’d have the scripts penned by Bendis, because, honestly, who knows the material better than he does?

The show would be directed by Greg Beeman from the Heroes, Smallville, and Falling Skies.

Okay, lets get started!

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Christian Walker – Played by Jason Patric

– I know, I know, this is the same casting from the original FX casting, but I really love this actor from his role in The Lost Boys. For anyone not born in the 80’s who hasn’t seen this at some point….STOP right now. Go and watch that movie, then come back for the rest of this!        Now that we have gotten that over with, look at the drawing and then look at him. He’s got the look and the severity to pull off the role of the former super-hero turned Homicide Detective.

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Deena Pilgrim – played by Claire Holt

– People who haven’t seen her in The Vampire Diaries might not get my choice for Deena. But Claire Holt has everything that Deena Pilgrim has: sex appeal, the aptitude for physicality, and attitude out of the wazoo!!! I’m not sure I can think of anyone else to go from Klaus’s troublemaking mean-girl original vampire sister to playing the ass kicking rookie detective with entirely too much to prove! to herself and her new partner. (Even though he never really requires proof.) She just needs a bit of a haircut…

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Retro Girl – played by Kristen Bell

– So, initially, K.B. was my first choice to play Deena Pilgrim; I mean, she’s cute, she’s short, and boy does she have a mouth on her (See Heroes and Forgetting Sarah Marshall). However, going through the casting process I came to the effervescent character of Retro Girl and could think of no one to play the most popular character in the Powers universe. Granted, you’d see her initially in the first episode as the murder victim that would kick off the show’s first arc and then through the rest of the series in a series of flashbacks, her bubbly personality and overall awesomeness would shine through.

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Captain Cross – played by Chi McBride

– I personally love this actor from Pushing Daisies, where he played a private investigator. Since every cop drama needs an ass-kicking, no-nonsense, hard-ass police chief/captain, Chi is my perfect casting, seriously. If there’s any doubt of this check him out in Pushing Daisies, Boston Public, and as Nick Fury in Ultimate Spider-Man.

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Doctor Tucker – played by David H. Lawrence XVII

– I’ve been a fan of David’s ever since he appeared on Heroes as the creep-tastic Puppet Master Eric Doyle, so he was my first choice to fill the role of the good doctor. I think he’s got the range to pull off the neurotic, completely out of his depth coroner. His conversations with the detectives would be awesome.

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Detective Kutter – played by James Franco

– James has the scruffy pretty-boy thing going for him. After his performance as the smarmy Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man films (well, at least the 2nd and the one that we don’t talk about), I think he would be able to amp up the level of smarmy for the role of Kutter. (and have you seen him in General Hospital? Well, I haven’t but I hear he plays quite the asshole. Get em’ James!!)

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Henry Cohen/Triphammer – played by Jack Coleman

– I became a big fan of Jack during his run on Heroes as “H.R.G.” (The Man with “Horned Rimmed Glasses”) later revealed to be named Noah Bennet. His performance in the role is why I nominate him for the role of the hard ass Iron Man of this universe. He’s already got the “do whatever it takes to get the job done” experience, he’d be perfect!

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Calista – played by Mackenzie Foy

– So I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t this the same kid that played the creepy half-breed girl in the last Twilight movie? Also, how do you know that?”

No one worry about that.

Anyway, she’s a cute kid who would be awesome as the little girl Christian saves in the first arc, spewing obscenities and dreaming about Retro Girl. Also, she’s about the right age.

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Zora – played by Tricia Helfer

– Whether she’s in the role of Battlestar Galactica‘s “Caprica Six” or she’s voicing the hilarious A.I. “EDI” from Bioware’s Mass Effect series, Tricia has the looks and the intensity to fill out the role of the super powered, vizor wearing Zora. Also, she’d look super hot in the costume.

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Ted Henry – played by Bruce Boxleitner

– One word for you here: TRON!!! Seriously, with a voice as recognizable as his, I can seriously think of no one else to fill the role of the host of the series’s late night news/talk show “Powers That Be”. Honestly, with a voice like that it isn’t too much of a stretch to see him go from the one who fights for the user to the man that does and says whatever it takes to bring you the latest breaking news on the super powered elite.

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Johnny Royale – played by Ray Liotta

– if there is anyone on the planet more suited to play the calm, collected, teleporting Gangster, then I don’t care. Seriously, look at this guy’s resume, entirely too much gangster cred NOT to play this role.

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The Wolf – played by Vincent Cassel

– I’ve honestly never seen anything that this guy has been in, but look at him. He looks both creepy and insanely intense. I think he’s pretty solid in this role and I’d love to see him under the green light of a “Drainer”. I would say more about this character but as River Song would say:

Spoilers

yes ma’am!

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John Jackson Stevens – played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson

– Yes, Kick-Ass himself. He’s got a nerdy awkwardness that, under a certain light, could be pretty creepy. Stick some glasses on him and give him an obsessive kind of psychosis, and here you have the villain of the first arc in the series!

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And there we are, friends. I know I’ve left out some characters, but I felt that I got the more important ones of the first arc. Hopefully FX will actually pull the show together for the public to see, but I won’t hold my breath until I hear something one way or the other.

In any case, that’s it for now! If you like it, have characters you want to comment on/add or even if you don’t agree with any of my choices: comment, subscribe, like, and sound-off!!

If you have any suggestions as to what my next Casting Call should be, comment to your heart’s content.

Until the next time.

DFTBA

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that's right, this actually happened!!

616 fans rest easy. The webhead of that universe is still swinging about, being his generally Amazing self.

However, my heart is saddened by the notion that the Webhead (though I don’t think he was ever called that) of the Ultimate Universe has moved on to …well, there’s the thing: I have absolutely no damned clue!!

Damn, Damn, Damn Peter!!

So for those of you who don’t know, last Tuesday in the pages of Ultimate Spire-Man #160 Peter Benjamin Parker died fighting for the lives of his friends and loved ones in the middle of his Queens Neighborhood, and ,for the most part, I am left feeling a bit confused and slightly angry about this.

Here’s why:

1. When Marvel Comics announced the Genesis of the Ultimate Universe, I was filled with nothing but speculation. I had just become enraptured with the J. Micheal Straczynski/John Romita Jr. run on the 616 comic (The 9-11 issue still makes me teary-eyed), so when I saw the first bits of artwork for the Ultimate Spider-Man comic I was a little leery. By the end of the first arc, however, I had completely fallen in love with the universe and it made me invest in the Ultimate X-Men and, later, The Ultimates (The Ultimate Universe’s take on the Avengers). Even after the events of Ultimatum, where damn near EVERY FRAKING HERO DIES (I mean, how in the hell do you kill Wolverine in a way that makes him im-frak-possible to regenerate from), I still followed the Ultimate line because I knew that something awesome had to be coming. Honestly, when you can remake an arc like the ridiculousness that was the Clone Saga and make it Eighty Times better than the Original, you’ve got a good damned thing going.

2. (which is also my review of the arc) This story comes right off of the heels of Peter having to deal with Ultimate Chameleon taking over his life and practically ruining it and the Ultimates over at S.H.E.I.L.D. HQ deciding that if Peter isn’t given any kind of formal guidance that the collateral damage he’ll cause will start to outweigh the good he’s capable of doing. It’s then decided that the Ultimates will train Peter to be a proper super-hero. On DAY TWO of his training, Norman Osborn AKA the Green Goblin is revealed to not be as dead as we thought he was some time ago and being held in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. Here’s where things get downright ridiculous for me – for no reason other than “because God told me to” Norman does the absolute impossible and breaks himself and the rest of the Sinister Six out of S.H.I.E.L.D. to embark on his God-given quest to hunt down and kill Peter Parker and everyone close to him. (in classic serial super-villain fashion)

Peter, badly wounded before the fight with Goblin can even begin, fights the majority of this battle alone as The Human Torch and Iceman (who are living with him, his aunt May, and Gwen Stacy – his very recent ex -( yeah, she’s still alive in this Universe) were knocked thoroughly unconscious by Gobby early on. You might wonder why his teachers, the Ultimates, don’t ring in to help at all. Well, they’re off in the middle of another altogether mysterious brouhaha across town (partly how Pete get’s wounded earlier, but I won’t spoil the details for you), leaving Peter to fight alone. Without spoiling too much of what happens, the resulting slugfest between the two arch-enemies kills them both and Peter dies in the arms of Mary-Jane Watson, the woman he ultimately loves.

So here’s the review bit: This arc made me angry – really, really angry. There’s no build up to this at all aside from the random event of revealing Norman’s mortal status and his proclamation that God wants him to kill Peter. It, for all intents, reminded me a lot of the Death of Superman arc from the 90’s when Doomsday appears for no damned reason and with no warning and starts causing wanton destruction, beats the living shit out of the entire Fraking Justice League, and then in a slugfest to rival Rocky VS Drago (kids, ask your parents about THAT one), they Kill the shit out of each other (before they both are resurrected months later). The kid has JUST turned 16 and JUST began what looks to be an awesome session of training with the Ultimates. He’s just fixed things with M.J. (for the umpteenth time) and has a working admiration based arrangement with J.J Jameson – who knows his secret and LOVES him for it after the events of Ultimatum.

Okay, enough with the hate already. Here’s the bits I LOVED:

Bagely comes back to do the artwork and is just as iconic and phenomenal as he always was. His expressions and action movements add to the story in ways I wish i could as an artist. Granted, he’s no Romita Jr or Tim Sale (Who Christine and I TOTALLY met and talked to one Comic-con), but what he does with the story is still Fraking Amazing. It feels like he never left the book.

Bendis – when he’s not being ultimately random by reintroducing Osborne (yeah, I’m really MIFFED about this), he writes this universe’s Peter in a way that reminds me a lot of Straczynski’s: emotional, self sacrificing, and hilariously punchy as well.

The other good about this arc is that, if you’ve been following the entire saga that is Ultimate Spidey, you genuinely care about him. Every time something awful happens to him, you hope and pray that he’ll find his way out of it, the way that he always does. I’ll admit that I experienced a bit of misty eyed anger that my young web-slinging friend would not live to see the another day…

Or would he?

See, here’s the thing about comic books, and about stories like this – they always, ALWAYS leave an opening for an opportunity to bring someone back from the dead, or (apparently) reveal that a character is not dead to begin with. I mean, Peter died in 616 so many times that my head spins just thinking about it.

So here’s my theory – Peter is “Dead” as in Spider-Man: The Other dead.(and let me say that I am one of all of, maybe, five people that really enjoyed

Since 616 Spidey got to know the more mystical side of his powers, I foresee his Ultimate incarnation going into a similar cocoon and regenerating himself with some new spider-like powers or being brought back by Tony Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D.

If my boy is truly dead, then I don’t know that I could continue with the franchise and might have to wander back to post “Brand New Day” 616 Spidey (which kinda makes me angrier than this entire ordeal).

I kind of Dig the new uniform!

Maybe I’m just ultimately angry about the fact that Marvel has seeming killed off an incarnation of a character that I related to more than any other, a character that I have held such an emotional attachment to for many years. Sans the powers and the three hot girlfriends he had in high-school, he and I shared a lot of common traits. So I admit that much of my ill temper about this may be based on my feelings toward one of the most iconic heroes in all of comic book history.

What do you think of this latest arc? How do you think it will all resolve? How do you feel about the prospect that there will be someone else (as yet unknown) who will wear the webs? Sound off and post your opinions/comments/thoughts here!

 

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