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Friday, November 26th – Animated Comic Nerd Nirvana

So, anyone who has been hitting this site knows by now that G.I. Joe: Renegades is hitting The Hub on November 26th.  Well, anyone who is a fan of action animation has a lot more to look forward to than just that.
Check out what’s hitting TV on Friday, the 26th, all times are from the Eastern Time Zone:

  • 3:00pm – Hubworld Exclusive featuring a Transformers: Prime preview – The Hub
  • 3:30pm – Hubworld Exclusive featuring Behind the Scenes looks at G.I. Joe: Renegades and Transformers: Prime – The Hub
  • 4:00pm – Transformers: Prime Darkness Rising, Part 1The Hub
  • 4:30pm – Transformers: Prime Darkness Rising, Part 2The Hub
  • 5:00pm – G.I. Joe: Renegades Descent, Part 1The Hub
  • 5:30pm – G.I. Joe: Renegades Descent, Part 2The Hub
  • 7:00pm – Young Justice Independence Day, Part 1Cartoon Network
  • 7:30pm – Young Justice Independence Day, Part 2Cartoon Network
  • 8:30pm – Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Gamma World, Part 1DisneyXD
  • 9:00pm – Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Gamma World, Part 2DisneyXD

So, yeah…  that’s like 5 hours of awesome action animation for the evening after Thanksgiving.  Best part is, none of it overlaps.  Of course, to me, G.I. Joe: Renegades is the highlight of it, but Young Justice looks amazing, Avengers has been terrific, and I’m looking forward to Transformers: Prime, too.  Wow there is some great animated series on the air right now.  It’s almost like the comic book-heavy 90’s again!
Here are some videos to wet your whistle…I know I can’t wait!
G.I. Joe: Renegades

Transformers: Prime

Young Justice

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

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!

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:

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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!

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!

Why did no one tell me about this? A new Avengers cartoon?! Rock!

Okay, I’m pretty on top of things in the Marvel animated slate…  but somehow I’m a bit out of the loop.
Apparently, way back on March 4th it was announced that a new Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes animated series would be airing in 2011.  Somehow I missed this.  In fact, there’s even a trailer online:

Ummm…  holy shit?
This looks pretty fun!  And it would even appear that a “micro series” featuring back stories for the individual heroes would begin airing this fall.  Supposedly 52 episodes have already been ordered, and with an all star cast, this looks like a very cool series.
Unfortunately, though…  apparently Spectactular Spider-Man and Wolverine and the X-Men have both been cancelled.  It would appear good news always comes with bad.  These were two of my favorite animated series in a long time… bummer.  Hopefully Avengers can fill the void.