The Best of STAR TREK – 20 Must Watch Episodes and Movies!

Over the last 50 years, Star Trek has become one of the biggest cultural phenomenons in the world. If you’re new to the Final Frontier, here’s some recommendations to binge before heading to see “BEYOND” this summer. Since Gene Roddenberry’s groundbreaking series debuted in 1966, there have been 12 movies and 5 TV shows with a new one on the way! Obviously everyone has their own lists, but here are some of my personal favorite Trek movies and episodes… (feel free to argue in the comments!)

Star Trek - 50th Anniversary

20. The Menagerie (The Original Series)

One of the most iconic episodes of the original Star Trek series and in fact a re-edited version of the unaired pilot, “The Cage” – tells the fate of the previous Captain of the USS Enterprise, Christopher Pike. In the episode Spock is court-martialed for attempting to help his former commander. Both story lines are equally cerebral and emotional.

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BATMAN: the Animated Series – Top 15 Episodes!

Batman TAS

“Batman: The Killing Joke” swings into theaters next week! There’s a couple things to be excited about: it’s based on Alan Moore’s extremely dark tale, it’s appropriately Rated R, all the latest Animated movies from DC have been top notch, and it’s bringing back Kevin Conroy as the iconic voice of Batman and of course Mark Hamill’s legendary Joker. Conroy and Hamill have appeared in a number of projects over the past few decades, including the acclaimed Arkham Asylum series, but it all started with Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s 1992-1995’s Emmy-Award-winning Animated Series!

BATMAN The Animated Series - villainsBetween its art deco style, film noir storytelling, and its subtle adult themes mixed with a thin layer of comic book campiness, Batman: The Animated Series is a modern masterpiece and arguably the best on-screen adaptation of the characters. The series eventually spun off into the Superman Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited.

Here are 15 of my personal favorite episodes:

15. P.O.V.

This is a really clever episode that shows how three different Gotham City cops see The Batman from their own points of view.

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What I’m Reading #8


DC Rebirth - Wonder Woman 1

It’s an interesting and new direction for the Amazon warrior. The new run by Greg Rucka is fairly unique in the way it bounces back and forth between the past and the present every other issue. So far the story is a little vague, but the art is amazing. Plus Diana’s new design is appropriately iconic. Not sure it’ll top Brian Azzarello’s run, but I’m on board.

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PREVIEWS – July 2016

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store in September!


TRINITYDC by Francis Manapul and Clay Mann


I’m entirely way too excited for this title. So far I’m really pleased with the new direction DC’s taking and these are three of my favorite characters. Not to mention the insane talent working on it!

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Retro Reviews: UNCLE SAM!

There are a lot of great patriotic moments in comics, from Captain America punching Hitler in the face, to Superman teaching kids about being accepting of immigrants while posing with a bald eagle in front of the flag. Heck, the superhero comic book itself is one of the few true American forms of art. But perhaps one of the greatest, most American comic books of all time has to be Steve Darnall and Alex Ross’s “Uncle Sam”.

Uncle Sam - Vertigo

Ross’s legendary art speaks for itself, but it’s Darnell’s writing that really shines. The book is comprised of an astounding collection of inspiring quotes about American history. The story is about the embodiment of a living metaphor: Uncle Sam. Sam has fallen on hard times, he’s confused and torn between what America was, what it is and what it could be.

“It’s a strange and frightening thing — to see yourself at your worst.”

It’s a story about America itself, the ideals we strive for and how we’ve fallen short. From the American Revolution to the Civil Rights movement. It’s a harsh examination of our modern world and a fantastic critique of unchecked capitalistic greed, but it’s also a reminder that for all its faults, the United States is still a beacon of hope. It’s deep, it’s heart wrenching but most of all its an important message for all who value liberty.

“I tried my best to make people take pride in facing problems. You’re telling them to take pride in ignoring problems. What you’ve got here, son — it’s all vanity…”

This isn’t just an inspiring work of art, it’s literature. Every student of American history should read it. “Uncle Sam” is the Great American Graphic Novel.

Uncle Sam - Alex Ross graphic novel

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What I’m Reading Now #7

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PREVIEWS – June 2016

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store in August!


Also be sure to check out our look at CIVIL WAR II and DC: Rebirth!



The Mighty THOR #10 Marvel 2016

Jane Foster faces off with one of her greatest foes yet: the Agents of SHIELD!

Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH 30th Anniversary SpecialBoom Studios


As a long-time fan of the movie, there’s no way I’m missing this one.

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New Releases at the Hive

Hive girl Foo nocircleCheck out all the new titles coming out this week at The Hive!!
(You can also take a look back at the titles that came out in previous weeks.)

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New Releases at the Beach!

SuperheroBeachCheck out all the new titles coming out this week at Superhero Beach!!
(You can also take a look back at the titles that came out in previous weeks.)

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What I’m Reading #7 – All DC Edition!


Batman 51

The end of an era! Issue 51 bookends Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s impressive run on the Dark Knight. Everything from the Court of Owls to Zero Year to Endgame has been amazing and it all wraps up on a high note. After the absolute craziness of the last few chapters, Bruce is back in the cowl and all is right in Gotham. Stories like this one, that aren’t about end of the world scenarios, are some of my personal favorite.

DC: Rebirth #1

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This one completely caught me off guard. As a long time DC reader, this one hit me in the feels. I won’t spoil it but this issue has multiple HUGE reveals and one of the craziest twists in comics history. I was already on board but now I’m on the edge of my seat to see where this goes.

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X-MEN: Apocalypse – Who’s who?

“X-Men: Apocalypse” arrives this summer, will you be ready? Only the strong survive.

X-MEN Apocalypse

The latest X-Men outing is a follow-up to First Class and Days of Future Past. To prepare for the coming of Apocalypse, here’s a quick guide to all the mutant heroes and villains appearing in the latest chapter…


Apocalypse (X-Men)

First Appearance: X-Factor #5 (1986)

Apocalypse - Marvel comicsAlternate Identity: En Sabah Nur

Power Set: Apocalypse’s powers are augmented by alien technology. Immortality, control over his own molecular structure, density and size. He also has the ability to absorb and project energy, in addition to telekinetic and telepathic powers. If that’s not enough, Apocalypse also enlists ‘Four Horsemen’ who he imbues with enhanced powers.

Backstory: The first mutant. Apocalypse first appeared in Ancient Egypt where he first gained followers. Over the years he’s used his powers to alter history and was worshiped as a god.

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