Slowly but surely we are seeing those creators who grew up on anime and manga break into the industry and bring some of their favourite pieces to a more receptive audience. Robert Rodriguez has always worn his geeky side with pride, and his directing credits swing wildly between the more mature content and the kid’s action, you’d never believe that Dusk ‘Til Dawn was made by the same guy as Spy Kids. He also brought the Sin City comics to the big screen and made them household names, so to see him turn his action adventure skills to a 1990 manga (and a ’93 OVA) is something to be excited about. (more…)
Ben Edlund’s big blue hero has returned for a third outing onto the small screen, this time through Amazon Prime! You may have seen the pilot last year with Peter Serafinowicz donning the cerulean onesie and antennae, and now we have as far as episode six, certainly enough to start drawing comparisons between both the ’90s cartoon, but more importantly the 2001 short series with Patrick Warburton.
Let me say that I have loved the Tick in every iteration thus far, and to this day I haven’t worked out if he’s a parody of superheroes or just plain funny. For someone so dim he is shockingly verbose and oddly philosophical, despite espousing philosophies that simply don’t work in the real world, especially if you’re not bulletproof or unfeasibly strong like long-suffering and unwilling sidekick Arthur. So with my heart on my sleeve instead of in my chest where it should be, let’s start by looking at our live-action adaptions of that jovial giant of justice.
Critics! You face The Tick! (more…)