Ho-wdy, fellow Earth Ho-mies! Cult favorite Invader Zim is coming back in a big, bad way!
No, it’s totally true! Invader Zim will invade again in a new 90-minute TV movie from creator Jhonen Vazquez!
From the Press Release from Nickelodeon:
“Invader Zim” Returns to Nickelodeon in All-New Original TV Movie Based On Fan-Favorite Animated Series
Creator Jhonen Vasquez Serves as Executive Producer, Original Voice Cast to Reprise Their Roles
Burbank, Calif.-April 4, 2017-Nickelodeon officially announced today the greenlight for an all-new, 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie from original creator Jhonen Vasquez, marking the network’s third animated property from its rich library of content to be reimagined for today’s audience. The 2D-animated TV movie, produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, will show the latest and greatest ridiculous attempt at world domination by the universe’s worst alien invader ever. The movie will also feature original voices from the fan-favorite television series.
“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books,” said Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development and Production, Animation, Nickelodeon. “What makes this announcement extra thrilling is the adventure that Jhonen has created for Zim, and I can promise you that it is as wonderfully absurd and strangely heartfelt as any fan of the original series could hope for, and kids seeing it for the first time will love it too.”
The Invader Zim TV movie follows the perpetually desperate and delusional Zim as he creates a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan to finally get the attention he deserves from his Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest.
Original voice cast members reprising their roles include: Richard Horvitz as Invader Zim; Rosearik Rikki Simons as GIR, Zim’s insane robot sidekick; Andy Berman as Dib Membrane, junior paranormal investigator and Zim’s alien-obsessed human nemesis; and Melissa Fahn as Gaz Membrane, Dib’s younger, video game obsessed sister. Additional casting will be announced in the coming months.
Invader Zim debuted on Nickelodeon in 2001 and chronicled the efforts of an extraterrestrial named Zim on a mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race.”
I’M SO EXXXCITED!!! 🙂
To Ho-nor the return of this eXXXtraterrestrial black comedy, I’d like to take a look at a clas-sick episode of the series: Dark Harvest.
Dark Harvest is certainly dark. To make himself appear more human, Zim attempts to win the hearts and minds of the people… along with their kidneys, spleens, pancreata, and other precious organs! Yes. this an episode of a Nickelodeon show about harvesting the organs of children! I’m sure parents just loooovvvvvved this one! 😉
Clocking in at about 12 minutes, Dark Harvest is as gloriously twisted as any full-length “adult” horror film. Having gathered organs from nearly everyone in his “Skool,” Zim becomes so grotesquely bloated with the body parts that he can hardly contain himself… literally! The whole thing plays out like an animated nightmare concocted by David Cronenberg. If organ-snatching wasn’t horrible enough, there are creatures and organs floating in formaldehyde, a child’s skeleton, Running Man-like exploding collars, a spooky boiler room Freddy would adore, and a climax that recalls Alien. This demented bit o’ animation is the most depraved thing ever aimed at children… and I love it for that! 🙂
If you have the stomach for it, check out the biological insanity below:
Welcome back, Invader Zim! I’m gonna sing the Doom Song to celebrate! 🙂 xoxo
Ho-wdy, Kinky Ho-rror Ho-mies! We may have just done a News Bleed, but some MONSTER news broke out of its tomb today! I’ve got a diabolical double feature of Haunted Headlines for ya! 🙂
First up, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. send in the clown with this brand-spankin’ new IT trailer! Ho-ly Heck, does this look spooktasticly good! I can’t remember the last trailer that gave me the heebie-jeebies this bad before! Clearly, these guys ain’t clowning around! (#ha!! :)) Now, I think we can all agree Tim “SeXXX God” Curry is the coolest clown in the circus, but this new Pennywise looks like he’ll give us a great scare in his own right! Can’t wait for this fright-fest!
Also, get a load (#ha!!, part deuXXX) of that Gremlins poster at 0:10!
Next up is the Sunnydale High School reunion we’ve been screaming for… The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer just got back together for Entertainment Weekly! As you kinky ho-mies may know, Buffy is my absolute favorite show in the history of awesome, so I’m as eXXXcited as ghoul can be about this! I’m starting to think they lost the fight and became vampires, because The Scooby Gang looks Fang-freaking-tastic! 😉 Oh, Buffy crew… you SLAY us! 🙂 Entertainment Weekly
Before I even pretend to care about anything else, let me take a geekgasm moment to squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee/sploooooooooooooosh all over the place re. all the awesome DC dumped on our faces last night.
They started working us up with the new Suicide Squad trailer:
That’s cute and all, but comparable to sex with a girl for me: It’s a fun way to get things going, but I need some meat to really feel satisfied. 🙂 Well, lemme tell ya something, friends…DC delivered that meat and then some with new footage from the (too-far-away-but-I’ll-take-it!!) Wonder Woman movie.
OH MY GOD!!! SO MUCH YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am VERY eXXXcited about this, jic I didn’t make that point Wonder-fully clear. 😉 Whilst I calm myself down a bit, Imma leave you with this Trinity review from Prince Adam. Happy, happy, happy Wonder Woman Wednesday, my fellow comic nerds.
Remember to love the past, but embrace the future!! (Or whatever that saying is…I’m too eXXXcited to think properly right now!! :)) xoxoxo
Batman-Superman-Wonder Woman: Trinity (reviewed by Adam…Thanks, homie! 🙂 xo)
“Eisner Award-winning storyteller Matt Wagner’s spin on the first team-up of the most powerful heroes on Earth-Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. When Batman’s enemy Ra’s al Ghul enlists the help of the botched Superman clone Bizarro and a rogue Amazon for his global terrorist organization, the Caped Crusader recruits reinforcements of his own: Superman and new ambassador from Themyscira, Wonder Woman. As the three champions join forces to defend Earth against an oncoming apocalypse, a legendary alliance is born!” (DC Comics)
This is a great book to start my three month build up to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Like in the film, this limited series features the famed first encounter of DC Comics’ “Trinity” (also the 3 best superheroes ever). I don’t know where this falls in continuity, but it’s definitely pre- New 52. Although, that doesn’t even really matter anymore. While it’s billed as the first meeting of the three, I like that Batman and Superman already have a pre-existing friendship, and that Wonder Woman is the brand new addition to this trifecta. Part of what makes this book enjoyable is the reaction each hero has to one another. Even though Batman has a friendship with Superman and respects him, he doesn’t fully trust him, and it makes him uneasy knowing how easily Superman can find him, or what tricks he has up his gauntlets. When Superman and Wonder Woman first meet, both are in awe of each other. There’s a line in issue two where Superman thinks to himself “Lois, you’re the most compelling woman I’ve ever met, but this is the most magnificent.” Meanwhile, in issue three upon sight of Superman, Wonder Woman thinks to herself; “Again…I thrill at the very site of him.” I think it’s safe to say that there’s some sexual tension happening between Supes and Wondy in this book. If this was the New 52, they’d be high above the clouds, banging one out already! As for Batman and Wonder Woman’s opinion of one another, it’s not as glowing, Wonder Woman disapproves of Batman beating criminals to a pulp, while Batman resents the fact that she tries to get involved, and is not all that comfortable, with the “magical”/”mystical elements of Princess Diana. There’s a moment on a Gotham City rooftop where the two engage in a shouting match, as if they were an old married couple, and Superman intervenes almost like the child that doesn’t want to see his parents fighting. It’s quite hilarious. The two engage in a battle of tit for tat and manage to outsmart each other. Batman is able to place a tracker in her hair, which leads he and Superman to her specific location, while Diana is able to track a private meeting between Batman & Superman, and discovers that (Spoilers) Batman is Bruce Wayne. Upon realizing that Batman is a mere mortal, and that despite having no superpowers, puts his life on the line to save others, including her at one point in the story, she comes to respect him as an ally.
This book isn’t all about the three superheroes meeting and getting to know each other though. There’s plenty of action and a few villains that precipitate a superhero team up. When you think of three villains that would bring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman together, it’d be natural to assume that any trio of terror may include Lex Luthor, The Joker, and Ares. However, writer/artist Matt Wagner had enough testicular fortitude to go against the grain and pit our heroes against Bizarro, Ras al Ghul and Artemis. Ra’s al Ghul wants to purge the earth of the “riff raff.” In order to do so he get’s Bizarro to gather nuclear warheads. Some of which, he plans to launch at communications satellites, while the others he plans to use to contaminate the Earths’ oil deposits. While the Earth plunges into despair and darkness, Ra’s al Ghul will populate new Earth, aka Themyscira, which is where Artemis comes in. If you take out the fantastical superhero plot points, attacking the worlds communications technology and oil deposits is a plausible terrorist plot in today’s day and age. I sure hope psychopaths don’t read comics. I got a real laugh out of reading Bizarro dialogue for this story. Normally, I get a headache whenever Bizarro features in a book, but his dialogue with Ra’s al Ghul was great, specifically what he called Ra’s al Ghul. For Bizarro, Ra’s al Ghul’s name is Racer Cool. At first I had no idea what he meant, but when I said it out loud, without any pause between words, it clicked, and subsequently provided me with about 3.5 minutes of straight laughter. My only gripe with this story is Artemis. Her build up and presence was strong for 2/3 of the story, but the character’s resolution happened to quickly, and felt a bit contrived.
Matt Wagner’s art is perfect to depict the first meeting of these three icons. I wouldn’t describe his artwork as cartoony. That distinction goes to the likes of Darwyn Cooke and Ed McGuiness. Matt Wagner has more old school sensibilities in his art. This comic looks like it was drawn in the 1940’s. You’ve got Clark Kent in a fedora, and Wonder Woman in her vintage star spangled shorts. Batman looks BADASS! You know, simply because he’s Batman. I do wish they would have gone with the vintage Batman ears from the early comic books. That would’ve cemented the Golden Age feel to this book. The only reason you know this takes place in a modern day setting, is because people are using modern technology. The imagery here is full of heroic imagery for each character. We’ve got Superman holding a derailing train above his head. We also see Superman stop two air planes from crashing into a skyscraper. This scene is so eerily similar to what happened on 9/11 and I’m surprised that it made it in to a book released in 2003, so close to the actual event. When Superman stopped the planes from hitting the building, it brought legitimate tears to my eyes. This is some beautiful profound imagery. The image of Batman leaping from a building, with cape spread open as he attacks a criminal has been done a million times, but it takes a incredible rendition to make me stop reading to admire the moment. Matt Wagner’s take on this scenario does just that. If Jim Lee drew Paradise Island, it would be beautifully detailed, but wouldn’t be any more beautiful than the depiction you find in this book. The best Wonder Woman image is when she knocks Batman on his ass with a punch for kissing her. I’m a huge Batman fan, and think that it takes a special person to one up Batman, but I’m definitely good with Wonder Woman being one of them! She is the Queen of superhero characters. Storm, Jean Grey, and all the rest can go suck it, because there is no comparison here. When it comes to super heroic ladies, Wonder Woman is the be all end all, and was completely justified in putting Batman in his place.
This book is definitely a must read or re-read before seeing Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I hope the film can even muster up even half of the character dynamics and interplay between the characters, because it was epic here. Regardless of who your favorite of the three characters is, they each get specific and equal moments to shine. This is a great miniseries worthy of its three great leads. Any serious DC Comics fan NEEDS to own this book!