Phantasmic Links 11.23.09

It was nice, if slightly boring, to have a quiet weekend for a change. I helped my mom with a craft fair, got some photos, and caught up on some DVDs and TV shows. The one-time only debut of the epic Turtles Forever had me in front of a television early on Saturday morning with a bowl of cereal, taking me back in many ways as characters from 1987 met their 2003 incarnations. It was definitely a highlight. Other highlights found during my online travels can be found below, in this week's PHANTASMIC LINKS:

(1) You must help a panda recover the broken pieces of the time-travelling portaloo which has stranded him among four different time periods. Really, there's not much else you need to know.

(2) Successful surgical hand reattachment. WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC.

(3) These are 15 of the dumbest superhero retcons of all time, not that any situation where a comic book writer tells us, “forget what you read, this is what really happened” is ever a great one, with few exceptions. I'm more impressed when a story is shown to have been planned out, and when writers stick to what's been established. The fact that no change ever seemed permanent was one of the reasons I stopped collecting and reading comics to begin with, because it all seemed to be going in circles after a while. (Although the stuff I've read online about what they're doing with Norman Osborn in Dark Reign sounds pretty cool, and would never have been possible if the character stayed “dead”.)
Hat Tip: J-No.

(4) One artist proves that some characters are BETTER...with BEARDS. I think Bearded Batman might find it harder to conceal his secret identity...

(5) Kiss your productivity goodbye with Free Frogger. It's like crack.

(6) Take tattoos to the next level with LED. Changing the name of an ex will be easier than ever!

(7) How can you escape when you're alone in The Company of Myself? Sometimes, you're all the help you need....although that last level took me FOREVER.

(8) In the category of “Why didn't someone think of this sooner?”, I present bacon flavored envelope glue. If it killed me I'd die happy...
H.T.: J-No.

(9) This gallery of nylon fabric sculptures is INSANE. I had to do one of those for a high school project and made a replica of my chemistry teacher's wrinkled old head, but it looked nowhere near as good or realistic as these.

(10) Enjoy challenging two-player gaming with yourself as you take control of Fireboy AND Watergirl in The Forest Temple. Can your left and right hands work together to navigate every level?

Have a link to a game, movie, article, or anything else you think might be “phantasmic”? E-mail me and it just might appear in an upcoming PHANTASMIC LINKS!



Anonymous Krispy said...

IMHO, the Spider-man "One More Day" storyline, and the results, are just about the stupidest, most insulting thing Marvel has ever done. I predicted early that somehow the world would "forget" Peter Parker's identity ... but the contrivance they came up with to pull it off was worse than Patrick Duffy's return in Dallas.

11/23/2009 7:33 AM  
Anonymous MCF said...

That's by far one of the worst, and while I'm sure no fan expected the genie to be out of the bottle forever, no one thought they'd put it back right away or do it with such a demon ex machina. The thing about it that annoyed ME as a past collector and lifelong fan was that it was all part of Quesada's agenda to get him single again, thinking annulment by the devil would be preferable to divorce or killing MJ off. It's too bad FF already used the skrull route to get Johnny Storm single again, because it would have been perfect for Spider-Man, especially since Marvel did a big skrull invasion story like a month later.

11/23/2009 2:02 PM  

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