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Justice League: Capes, crusaders

When it comes to comic book superheroes, I’m mostly a Marvel guy. DC’s heroes always seemed more iconic, but somehow less human to me. Even Batman — who has by far the most complex character and compelling backstory in the entire DC universe — isn’t exactly a guy you can go out and have a beer with. And as far as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and Superman go (don’t even... read more

Empty pockets and a tragic past

Cowboy Bebop is a show about bounty hunters. In space! What, you need more than that? The BeBop limps around the gritty edges of the solar system on an empty fuel tank, looking to round up criminals for cash, if only to scrape up enough dough for the next meal. Originally a crew of two, they gather a full complement along the show’s 26 episode arc: Jet, Spike, Ein, Faye and Edward. Jet Black,... read more

Monsters with a message

Monsters, Inc. is constructed around the premise that monsters have their own city called Monstropolis and it runs on the energy from children’s screams. The monsters go into children’s closets, make them scream and collect the scream to keep their world running. James “Sulley” Sullivan (John Goodman) is the top scarer at Monsters, Incorporated. Everything is going great for Sulley and his... read more

Peter Parker packs a peck of Spectacular

Who doesn’t love Spider-Man? A kid with the constitution to survive being bitten by a radioactive spider, the chops to fight crime and the brains to live long enough to keep fighting crime doesn’t come along every day. Spectacular Spider-Man lasted for two seasons of 13 episodes each, and they were both practically perfect in every way. The show is witty, charming and intricately plotted,... read more

You can watch it with kids but don’t have to

I have to watch a lot of kid TV and much of it is dreadful. If I ever see Captain Feathersword of the Wiggles in person, I’m going to punch him in the crotch with no hesitation. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Phineas and Ferb has improved my quality of life, and not just because the show features a platypus secret agent. Here are the top five reasons why you should watch it: The creators are... read more

SpongeBob wants to love you. Really!

It’s true! SpongeBob wants to be your pal. He’ll knit you a sweater of tears! Take you to Robot Pirate Island! Heck, he’ll rent out the whole restaurant just so you and he can have a night to be fancy together! And of course, he’ll fry you up a nice Krabby Patty. SpongeBob loves his wise pet snail Gary, his dim friend Patrick Star and his crusty boss, Mr. Krabs. But most of... read more