Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Batman and Harley Quinn: When Team-Ups Get Nutty

"Harley Quinn reporting for duty sir." - Harley Quinn.

Last night was quite a fun one as my girlfriend, myself and a friend of ours took in the one time only showing of the latest DC Animated Film Batman and Harley Quinn. This was a special event between DC and Fathom Events before the film was released digitally today, and will get its actual home video release on August 29 later this month.

Before reading further everyone should know something, this movie is NOT for small children, this has adult language and implied adult themes in it, and therefore should only be viewed by age-appropriate persons.

That being said, this really was a fun animated feature, it felt like a bit of a throwback to the days when Batman the Animated Series was king of superhero cartoons (while still competing with Spider-Man and the X-Men and Superman cartoons). Seeing the movie on the big screen, there was a sense of nostalgia that made me think of what it must have been like when Batman: Mask of the Phantasm hit theaters in 1993. With Bruce Timm returning to co-write the script alongside Jim Krieg, this is something Batman fans, Harley Quinn fans and fans of DC's animated properties will all enjoy.

It's plot (without giving too much away) involves Batman and Nightwing having to team up with the Joker's former partner and girlfriend, the one and only Harley Quinn, to stop Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (the Floronic Man) from unleashing chaos on the world. Nothing further is going to be said, no spoilers here.

In one corner, voicing the teams heroes is the return of stars Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester as Batman and Nightwing, with The Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch stepping into the role of Harley Quinn. Conroy and Lester do a superb job as they have in the past. To have them step back into their two most memorable roles, its sort of a trip down memory lane, back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and sugar cereal. It's almost like it hasn't been years since they teamed up to voice the Dynamic Duo. As for Melissa Rauch taking on the role of one of DC's most famous and quite honestly now iconic leading ladies, its different and downright awesome. This Harley is independent, she doesn't need her 'Mista J', but she's also the same firecracker spunky Harley fans have come to love over the years. On top of that, Harley doesn't take any sort of nonsense from Batman, she doesn't let the Dark Knight push her around when it comes to helping to stop Ivy and Woodrue. Rauch's banter as Harley to Conroy and Lester's Batman and Nightwing will have fans laughing themselves silly, and there's an added surprise in store in a certain scene that no one will even remotely see coming.

And in the other corner, stepping up to the plate to voice the villains of this story, is Paget Brewster as Poison Ivy and Kevin Michael Richardson as Jason Woodrue aka. The Floronic Man. Both of them kill it in their roles, Paget's Poison Ivy is dead on, exuding the same contempt for all humanity and willing to do whatever it takes to make the world safe for nature again. And her dialogue with Melissa Rauch's Harley is awesome, classic Harley and Ivy material all the way. Richardson's Jason Woodrue, now he is one bad plant man. For DC fan's who know of Woodrue and what he's capable of, the ruthless anger he has towards "meat" for poisoning the Earth will be felt through and through.

Summing it up, Batman and Harley Quinn was excellent, just excellent. To everyone who didn't get the chance to see it in theater's last night, now you can see it on your screen's digitally, or wait until August 29 to get the DVD or Blu-Ray. Either way, to Batman and Harley fans, it'll be a treat, a real treat to watch Gotham's hero team up with Harley Quinn in order to save the day. For this animated extravaganza, five out of five stars is what it gets, thanks to an astounding voice cast, great story and all in all a huge nostalgia wave to the glory days of Bruce Timm's masterpiece work.

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Dark Tower: Stephen King's Novel's Brought to Life

"For centuries, the gunslingers were knights. Sworn to protect this from the coming of the dark. Now I'm the only one left" - Roland Deschain.

A few days ago with my girlfriend and some of our friends, we took in a showing of Nikolaj Arcel's film version of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series. Starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain (the last of the Gunslinger's), with Tom Taylor as Jake Chambers (the boy who aids Roland in his mission to protect the Tower) and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick/ The Man in Black (the man who would destroy the Tower and rule over all). Despite not having read 'The Dark Tower' series myself (yet), I found the movie to be very enjoyable, with an excellent cast, story, and special effects and a strong theme of never giving up.

The story itself is a mash-up, a weaving together of elements from the first seven of the eight books in 'The Dark Tower' series. While for many fans who may take issue with this because it can lead to beloved characters being dropped and 7 whole books being put together for an 95 minute movie, this is still a very enjoyable science fantasy western. If anything, for people who haven't read the books before (like myself) it only encourages them to go out and actually read them. 

Casting wise, the three principal characters were dead on. Idris Elba IS Roland Deschain, a man of conviction and strong ideals who has been shaken by the war against Walter Padick, yet still continues on against seemingly impervious odds. Tom Taylor, who is a newcomer to the movie industry, is well cast as Jake, a boy with spirit who keeps dreaming of Roland, The Man in Black, the Tower and the destruction that will come with its fall. 

Matthew McConaughey would not have been my first choice as Walter Padick (he has never struck me as the villainous type) but after seeing his performance, that mindset has been eliminated. His smooth voice, which has aided his many roles in the past a more cheerful and heroic figures, aids him again, this time helping bring such a dark figure to life. With a honey like tone that sounds pleasing to the ear but brings with it death and the promise of chaos should he succeed in destroying the Tower.

The special effects were marvelous. Bringing to life Mid-World, a place not unlike Earth but that has fallen into decay and fractured chaos, the gates that allow travel between the various world (very excellent, makes one think of how a rip in space and time would like, but controlled). And lastly there's Walter's dark magic which he uses with such willful malice, coupled with the device with which he plans to destroy the Tower. It was all quite simply, awesome. 

With the theme of never giving up, movie goers can really latch on to the character's of Roland and Jake. Jake is set to not give up in his quest to prove that his dreams are real, and then his determination to help Roland stop Walter and save all life. Roland, his purpose and goal of not giving up is skewed at first. Initially, his mission or quest is one of vengeance against Walter, it is only after meeting Jake and seeing the boys youthful ambition and desire to help does he get out of his "funk" and knuckle down to finally bring about the end of Padick's mad campaign of destruction. This is something for people to take to heart, that even when the odds are seemingly against someone, one can still pull themselves up and make a firm stand. 

The Dark Tower was a intense, story driven and action packed summer film. Fans of both 'The Dark Tower' books and other Stephen King film adaptations will enjoy the mashing of plots into one synchronistic story. With it also brings the promise of a TV series (with Elba and Taylor slated to return to their roles of Roland and Jake. So for Even the most die hard of Dark Tower fans, this movie brings a lot with it, not just on the big screen but also with the promise of more adventure on the small screen as well. A resounding 5 out of 5 stars goes to The Dark Tower with the encouragement that anyone who has not seen it yet needs to, you won't regret it one bit.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming- Spidey Making It with Marvel Studios

Spider-Man is a well known and much beloved superhero and pop culture icon. He has been adapted numerous times for cartoons, video games, novels, audio books, toys, clothing and now for a third run of movies. Last night alongside my girlfriend and several of our friends, I settled in to watch Tom Holland's return to the big screen as the wisecracking webslinger.

Jon Watt's brought Spider-Man properly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a film that combines all of the best elements of the early Spider-Man comics; Peter Parker being pulled  into the life of a superhero because of a desire to make good after Uncle Ben's death; the chaotic misbalance of superhero activities taking its toll on Peter's school and home life; an excellent team-up of sorts with another leading Marvel Comics hero, and two final points, villains that are engaging and are for sure to come back at later points, and lots of great dialogue/banter from Spidey.

In short, this is a movie that defies any and all expectations, quite honestly it is practically screaming for a whole line of Spider-Man movies to be made (or as many as can be made, not counting crossovers into other Marvel Studios projects).

Tom Holland nails it again as Peter Parker, with the film taking place only a handful of months after his team-up with Tony Stark and the Avengers in Germany. Peter finds himself bitten yet again, this time by the thrill of putting on the Spider-Man suit and going out to fight crime, do good, save the day and prove himself as a potential Avenger. Along the way he learns about responsibility, stepping up and taking a stand to face the odds when no one else believes he can and doing it all while still being only a sophomore in high school.

Michael Keaton, oh wow Michael Keaton! What a performance! He took the Vulture, arguably one of Spider-Man's oldest villains (first appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man #2, May 1963), but a villain who up until now has only appeared in the various cartoon shows. That has now all changed. Marvel fans and movie lovers get a Vulture who is neither comedic or silly, but is gritty, determined to make it in a world that gave him the short end of the stick, and will kill Spider-Man in order to achieve his goals.

Rounding out is a great support cast, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man (providing mentor-support to the fledgling Spider-Man), Jon Favreau returning as Happy Hogan (acting as a sort of handler for Peter). Marisa Tomei as Aunt May (still dotting on Peter like always), Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds (thankfully not evil like his comic book counterpart, instead Peter's best friend), Zendaya as Michelle Jones (sassy classmate of Peter and Ned's), Laura Harrier as Liz (Peter's love interest/crush), Logan Marshall-Green as Jackson Brice (one of two men calling himself Shocker in the movie), Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz (the REAL Shocker, taking up the title and providing muscle to Vulture), Michael Chernus as Tinkerer (another classic Spider-Man villain running with Vulture), Donald Glover as Aaron Davis (uncle to Miles Morales and giving a hint that he will show up later in the series), with Gwyneth Paltrow making her return as Pepper Potts and Chris Evans showing up in a very amusing Captain America cameo. And speaking of cameos, it just wouldn't be a Marvel movie without Stan Lee showing up again in another of his hilarious small roles. All in all, both the main and support cast for this movie are top notch, each character is their own personality, not just wall dressing for the story to be moved along.

Locations and special effects and music, all knocked out of the park! From the streets of Queens to Washington D.C., Peter Parker's world keep's getting bigger as he keeps suiting up. Talking about special effects, such great special effects! Spider-Man's web slinging and power's in action, Vulture's flight suit, Shocker's gauntlet's, all of these elements tying together for another superhero smash! Lastly, this is a killer soundtrack! There's songs from lots of great artists, Canned Heat, Flock of Seagulls, Icy Black, the list just goes on and on.

Spider-Man: Homecoming does well for the first installment of movies that will be under the Marvel Cinematic umbrella, much in the same way Iron Man did back in 2008, it provides a fresh take on a long-standing Marvel favorite, one finally getting to stand tall as a part of the ever-expanding Marvel franchise. It lays the groundwork for more stories featuring Tom Holland as Spider-Man, with lots of hints and references to other Marvel movies, potential characters and stories to come within the Spider-Man framework. This action-packed, story/character driven and laugh loaded hero movie gets a whooping high rating of GO SEE IT, along with a rousing THIS MOVIE IS FANTASTIC! 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wonder Woman: DC Comics Gets It Right

Last evening alongside my girlfriend and a group of our friends, we sat down in a packed theater to enjoy DC Comic's and Warner Bros. Pictures latest movie, which brought to life in a most epic, compelling and mind-blowing way, the character of Wonder Woman and her world.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, the movie's cast was as follows: starring Gal Gadot in her return to the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Chris Pine as United States USAAS (United States Army Air Service) Captain Steve Trevor, with Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta (Diana's mother and Queen of the Amazons), Robin Wright as Antiope (Hippoylta's sister and general of the Amazon army), Elena Anaya as Doctor Isabel Maru/Doctor Poison (one of Wonder Woman's Golden Age villains and a chemist working for the German military), Lucy Davis as Etta Candy (Wonder Woman's friend/sidekick in the Golden Age and Steve Trevor's secretary in the film) Danny Huston as Erich Ludendorff (one of the leaders of the German military during World War I), and David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan (one of the members of the Imperial War Cabinet working to end the war).

There are so many things to say about this movie, from plot and characters/casting, to the special effects and the music, the list goes on and on.

To touch on plot and characters/casting, both of these aspects were major show stealers for the entire movie. Every single moment of the plot was gripping, not once did it get slow or boring of seem to lag, coupled to the amazing cast (the major players I've listed above), each person stood out in their role and brought the respective persons from the Wonder Woman universe to life in such a realistic way.

A major theme I want to focus on in Wonder Woman that is constant throughout is that of people standing up for what they believe in and fighting for that belief. Whether it's Diana and her mission as an Amazon to save the world and make right that which is not, or Steve Trevor and his mission as a member of the Allies to end the war and avert more suffering and loss in the world, holding fast to one's belief and not giving up on it no matter what odds stand in the way is one of the things that stands out as a success of this movie. For Diana, despite having lived on Themyscira her whole life under the guidance of her mother and the Amazons, she goes into man's world never faltering in her steadfastness that she can save the world and make things better for people, even with things like the horrors of World War I surrounding her. It is a theme that everyone who see's the movie can latch on to, because it is something that drives all of humanity, standing up for what is right, holding fast to something that you believe in and staring down all obstacles and opposition when fighting for the causes that can change the world for the better.

When a person looks at Wonder Woman's various comics over the 75 years she has been in publication (and even if that person has never read a single comic in their life), this movie combines all of the best aspects of her character, and in some cases blows the comics themselves right out of the water. I will even go so far as to say, that this movie is on the same level of excellence and high quality as Christopher Reeves and the 1978 superhero classic Superman. Wonder Woman does for the comic book community and the movie going world of 2017, what Superman did in 1978, takes a character from comics who is well-known, has a heavily built up story-line and group of characters, and weds it to the magic of the movie-making industry. The end result being a film that is so powerful and grips a person so much that very few if any words can be used to describe it properly.

It is my firm stance that for all the success DC has had making superhero/comic book movies over the years, Patty Jenkins and the cast of Wonder Woman have shown that when DC takes one of their characters that many people love and tell their story the RIGHT way (meaning that while as a superhero movie it does have action, it doesn't skimp/diminish the characters and story by making these things sidebars to a lot of explosions and intense fighting), amazing things happen. Maybe now comic book fans and movie goers can breath a sigh of relief that future films from DC and Warner Bros. will take the formula laid down by Wonder Woman and apply it to all their future movie making efforts.

Wonder Woman gets nothing less then a high rating, for all of the things discussed throughout this review (without giving anything away I might add), and widening the scope of the superhero movie industry in a huge way. To everyone who reads this review and has not seen the movie yet, I urge you to see it! You will not want to miss out! And to everyone who has seen the movie and not yet picked up a Wonder Woman comic, perhaps you will change your minds after seeing the movie. This could very well be THE superhero movie of the year, and therefore is one that people should see in order to be a part of history. Do not miss out on Wonder Woman readers, that's all there is to say.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales; A Swashbuckling Review

Yesterday evening, I and my girlfriend and two of our friends, took in a showing of the latest chapter in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. And like all the other films that have preceded it, this one did not fail to disappoint in serving up a shipload of adventure, humor and high-seas mayhem the likes of which will never be forgot by anyone in the years to come.

Since 2003, when The Curse of the Black Pearl hit movie screens the world over, it brought to life for so many, a world of ships and adventures and treasure to life once more, stapled to the name of one of the most famous rides at both Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the two international parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park in Paris. And over the years, each successive film has widened the universe of these stories a little bit more, and constantly brought back Captain Jack Sparrow alongside his allies and enemies, sailing the high seas in search of adventures.

Dead Men Tell No Tales takes its title from the old pirate adage, and with it comes a part of Jack Sparrow's (played as always in his eccentric noble glory by Johnny Depp) past that he had thought long buried at sea. Joining him are three new faces, Henry Turner (played by Brenton Thwaites), the son of Will and Elizabeth, Carina Smyth (played by Kaya Scodelario), an astronomer who like Henry, hunts for the treasure at the center of the plot (which I will not be revealing what said treasure is, no spoilers here good readers). And lastly, the third and final new face to the movie is Armando Salazar (played by Javier Bardem), a Spanish pirate hunter with ties to Jack and his younger days as a rogue of the seas.

Returning to their familiar roles are Geoffrey Rush as the always roguish Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin McNally as Jack's First Mate Joshamee Gibbs. It's always a treat to see these two gentleman don their pirates garb and trade wits with Johnny Depp and cross swords with the latest villain to plague them all.

The films plot is one that I won't go into massive detail about (as I said, no spoilers here), its feels slightly typical in that Jack gets himself into a mess of trouble, makes new friends, crosses paths with a fierce and in this case old foe, and all engage in a hunt for a treasure of ultimate power. And yet, with this return to form, its almost as if the series gets a "soft reboot", returning Jack to the way he was at the very start of the franchise, down on his luck, and then falling into adventure that helps restore his spirits and touches the lives of all around him (the majority for good).

Special effects for this movie are top notch as always, especially during the sea battles and when the film reaches its climax with the majority of the principal characters.

Each of these films never fails with its casting, story and special effects, these are constant things that always make each new film as enjoyable as the last one. And with this "reboot", and the introduction of new characters, I look forward to seeing what comes next in the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his adventures. I urge any and all who see it, to wait during the credits, there's a surprise scene that heightens the story and alludes to who the next film may bring back in terms of central characters. Top marks for the movie, this is another win for Disney and The Pirates of the Caribbean!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Bigger, Badder, and back with more Music

Over the weekend, I sat down with my girlfriend and two of our friends to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy return to the big screen, with a story that brought a lot more development to the cast (each in its own way), and brought the team that much closer to the eventual super-team up that will occur in Avengers: Infinity War. This latest blockbuster from Marvel Studios is another piece in the very long awaited puzzle building up to a titanic showdown.

As Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has just opened several days ago, I'm not going to give away any of the plot for all those who have not seen it yet.

But I am going to say this, there is a lot of great character development throughout the course of the movie, and it unifies the Guardians in a way that was totally unexpected, but when the dust and smoke of the movie and its action had settled, made total and perfect sense. In particular, the character development for Yondu (played again by Michael Rooker) and Rocket Raccoon (voiced again by Bradley Cooper), was very stand out and lent a very strong element of these two gruff and tough space hard-cases being even more likable and memorable then the first time around.

The special effects for this movie were a treat, just like with the previous one, with the Guardians knocking about the galaxy, making it safe for all inhabitants and visiting some pretty strange and outrageous worlds in the process.

Vol. 2 has a soundtrack that is just as fun and full of great sound as the first time around, including songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cheap Trick, Sweet and Looking Glass. Each song was clearly chosen in a precise manner to line up with different parts of the story, adding that old school music touch to another film that has some salutes to the 80's and Star-Lord's childhood.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a welcome return for the entire cast (and with some new faces added into the mix as well). It was refreshing to see the team back together again, kicking butt, saving the day, all to the tunes of the 20th century, with special effects that are to die for. This is a another cinematic triumph for Marvel Studios, and after Avengers: Infinity War hits theater's in 2018, I can't wait to see what direction the Guardians of the Galaxy are taken next. I am giving this superhero smash high marks, and urge anyone and everyone who reads this review, if you haven't seen it yet, go see it!!!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Onward Golden Guard Interview: A Kickstarter Comic/RPG Tribute to Golden Age Superheroes

In the 21st century, comic books and superheroes have changed a lot. Companies are doing constant revisions of the overall history of their characters, characters are being redone and redesigned to fit the changing tastes and desires of the fanbase. Books are canceled, then revived, then canceled again, and teams/groups that at one point were the #1 sellers are shuffled under the rug or given such a makeover that there's no resemblance to the original. That's where The ONWARD GOLDEN GUARD Kickstarter from 3 Rogues Studios comes into play. This project, the brainchild of Vito Delsante, Carlos Cabalerio and Charlie McElvy, is a comic book/tabletop RPG that introduces backers to the world of The Golden Guard, a superteam from the grand Golden Age of the 1940s. All three of these fellows are accomplished members of the comic book/RPG community, so a collaboration of this magnitude will have a fantastic end result. And now to tell you about the project and The Golden Guard itself in their own words, is the three fine gentlemen who are the fathers of this superhero world. 

Carlos and Charlie: How did Vito bring you both in on the project? 

Carlos- Vito and I go back to meeting at SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) back in 2006. Through mostly my fault (ok, all my fault--I never responded back to his email), that meeting didn't lead to any collaboration. Flash forward years later and I found Vito on FB and sent him a friend request. I supported both Stray KS campaigns, cheered him on. I had just worked on a trading card set for DC and I had a chance to draw some of my favorite characters, the Golden Age JSA. I had a bit of rare down time between gigs and decided to do a little piece for myself of the JSA. At that same time, Charlie and Vito were getting the ball rolling on Golden Guard and had no artist attached to the project yet when this JSA piece of mine showed up on Vito's newsfeed. He contacted me if I had sequential work and after sharing that with Charlie, they pitched me the idea for the project and I said yes.

Charlie- Vito and I shared a mutual affection for each other's work, and we just naturally gravitated together. It's probably a longer story than that, but not particularly exciting. It's more like trying to explain how you met your lifelong friend -- you don't recall all of the really fine details, it just...happens. :) 

Questions for Carlos

Carlos: What has been the most challenging part of doing all the art for the comics and the RPG?

Carlos- Time is the biggest challenge. This project is a labor of passion, that means no payments till this book gets funded. Now, most of the work I've been doing has been character creation and the History Book pages. All this has been going on between paid work, and I've been insanely busy since late last year. I've worked my butt off to secure enough in the bank and with the funding of this book to take off the next 3-4 months to work exclusively on getting the main book completed and out to backers by October. I'm a page a day guy, so that is more than enough time for me. The History Book is there to keep the backers engaged (and informed) as I toll away on the book.
Follow up: Are there any panels or pages in the RPG you are especially proud of?

I honestly don't have a favorite. I think every page and every panel matter in a story. I'm really proud of the work I'm doing on this project overall. Ask me again when the whole book is done and in people's hands because there are amazing panels and pages coming up that I haven't finished yet.

Is there a character you’ve enjoyed drawing and bringing to life for the comic and RPG?

I think Eidolon and Cadmus are my 2 favorite designs and the first 2 solely created with my involvement but I really enjoy getting to come up with outfits for Americana to fit each time period she's been active in. 

Questions for Charlie

I’ve read through the WatchGuard (Charlie's own published comic book) and the characters you crafted for the issue all stand out in their own ways, but especially the characters of James, Sentinel and Garrison. Are there going to be characters in the Golden Guard RPG that you place the spotlight on in particular?

First, I'm glad a few characters stand out, and I'm always excited to find out who gravitates to whom, so thanks! Voyager (James) is technically the leader of the team, so he was a natural fit for more attention; Sentinel just happened. I didn't mean to love that guy so much, but he's a personal favorite, so I probably, subconsciously, wrote him more affectionately. As for TGG characters in the RPG works for this Kickstarter, I have my admitted passion for Cadmus, but thankfully Vito wrote the bios already. That said, who knows what scenarios I'll cook up for these guys. I also have some guest writers, so you can bet their favorite(s) will get a little spotlight writer's love.

Questions for Vito

How did the idea for the Golden Guard project come about?

It just came from a need, a desire, to create a really all encompassing history for a lot of my work. I try to make sure that everything I do has a connection. That everything fits together, everything is a piece of a larger puzzle. You have to stand back and look at the big picture really closely, but it's all there.

In the FAQ, you answer the question of that the Kickstarter will tie into the Stray Universe (a comic book universe Vito created), but HOW will it fit into the world you’ve been building over the years?

The ties are loose. As I have a contract with Action Lab, I can't be extremely overt in how the two projects fit together, but you don't have to read one to enjoy the other. Again, you have to stand back and look at the bigger picture once everything is done.

Questions for All Three Creators

What’s been your favorite part working on this project together?

Vito: Everything, really. There's a lot of back and forth, there's a lot of ideas thrown at each other and a lot of compromise. I think we all have a unique talent to spot the best idea in "the room," and it's not always the one we personally suggest. It's a tight team...the only thing we're missing currently is a colorist, but once we have one, that compromise and being open to an idea that's not yours will extend to her or him.

Carlos: The team and by that I mean Charlie and Vito. We really work well together and genuinely care for each other. Comics isn't an easy business. 96 pages and additional art for covers and the RPG is a HUGE chunk of my life. Its a big ass commitment but I have faith in these guys and dealing with them day in and day out makes this significant investment of my career worth it.

Charlie: Just that: working together! Collaboration is so rewarding when there's a natural synergy amongst the creators. I love these guys, and I love how they think and work. When I did WatchGuard, I worked 100% solo. Writing, publishing, developing, hiring freelancers, building designs, page layouts, figuring out how to get stuff done...LOTS of work went into that project, and it was entirely on my shoulders to get it done. So, just having someone to share the load would be enough, but doing so with guys you enjoy working with is its own reward!

Do each of you have a character you’re excited for backers and fans to see?

Vito: I've gone on record as saying King Jaguar and Captain Scarab are my favorites. They have a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle relationship, and just like how they bounce off of each other.

Carlos: Not a character, but the team together in action. Both in the past and in the present. That's what I'm excited for them to see.

Charlie: CADMUS!!! AMERICANA!!! CAPTAIN SCARAB!!! Honestly, I'm excited for readers to get a chance to really meet each of these characters!

After the Kickstarter is fully funded and the books come out, what is the next step for the Golden Guard?

Vito: Sleep. Then make the book.

Carlos: BOOK 2 and a that book's free weekly 48 page book...Tales of the Golden Guard. 4 page shorts featuring characters from the History Book and tackling a multitude of genres (western, war, sci fi, adventure, pulp, noir, crime, etc).

Charlie: For me, it'll probably be expanding the RPG with more characters, some new scenarios, and so forth. I'm pretty sure we'll have plenty to show off in the next couple years with TGG, well beyond this Kickstarter's goals. ONWARD GOLDEN GUARD!!

And there you have it readers! Straight from all three of The Golden Guard's creators!! This is one Kickstarter that when fully funded, will be worth the while of all its backers!! A comic book series and RPG bringing forth a new world of superheroes, each one unique and fantastic in their own right!! Click this link here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3roguesstudio/the-golden-guard-book-one-columbia-rediviva-comic  and show your support and bring The Golden Guard out of the minds of these guys and into the light!! Its a superpowered adventure you don't want to miss out on!! ONWARD GOLDEN GUARD!!!!