…a league of their own?

I know, I know, I’m a month late on this, but hey, life gets in the way. One way or another more critters are here!

Justice League. I’m not sure what I expected. I already had low expectations because DC hasn’t had a great track record with their recent movies (with Wonder Woman being an exception), but I felt the need to see Justice League out of some strange obligation because I’d already seen all the other movies leading up to it.

I really didn’t want to keep comparing it to the Avengers. But man, it was SO HARD not to constantly think of what the Avengers got right and what Justice League got wrong. Without spoiling the movie, I feel like the movie actually made me realize how flawed the entire idea of the Justice League is to begin with. But I’ll put in my detailed commentary below after the pictures. Critters will still be made, because at least the characters still have a long-running legacy that won’t be ruined by just one mediocre movie. 🙂

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First up, Superman! And oops, spoiler alert, SUPERMAN COMES BACK. Because as much as the studio tried to suppress that super-obvious fact, yes, he does show up in the movie. Otherwise the man of steel has been a constant companion with me at Comic-Con for the past seven years, and he’ll be coming with me for an eight round!

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“I’m rich.”

Next: the rich dude with major abandonment issues. Batman has also been a constant critter at SDCC from the first year that I’ve been doing my critter drops, and he’ll be joining Superman in the 8-year club this coming summer!

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And uh…dammit, I missed him again. This guy’s fast. REAL fast.

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There he is! The Flash is a new addition to the critter line up! I loved Ezra Miller as Flash in the Justice League. He added a fun “rookie superhero” element to it all, very similar to Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

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He was a fun addition to the movie, and hopefully he’ll be a fun new addition to my critter drop lineup!

Otherwise here are my more detailed thoughts on the movie:

AHOY, THERE BE SPOILERS!

SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Okay, there were SO MANY things wrong with the Justice League movie. And really the more I think about it, the more I get pissed off that DC just can’t seem to get their shit together to make all this work. So just a warning that this is really going to be more of a rant.

  • …why did they need Aquaman? They spent so much time on Aquaman’s refusal to join the team. Storytelling 101 dictates that if you’re going to focus that much on the conflict, the payoff in the end better be pretty big. When the final “battle” came, he did nothing relevant to his powers. They couldn’t have conveniently put a CGI river somewhere? A kiddie pool? Anything?? Why would you showcase Aquaman if you’re not going to put him near ANY sort of body of water?
  • Also are Atlanteans only capable of speaking to each other in air bubbles? They’re water people. They can’t…talk through water?
  • All the heavier-hitting jokes that people would’ve laughed at were in the trailers and TV spots. The only gag that wasn’t revealed in the trailers or promo clips was the whole thing with Aquaman sitting on Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. Whoever is cutting the trailers and TV spots, please stop doing this.
  • So….you just had to scare Steppenwolf and the parademons would’ve turned on him because they could smell his fear? And you made him fearful by…destroying his axe? Just…what?
  • Relevant to the fear thing: if it’s already been heavily established that the parademons can smell fear and wreak havoc based on this, why were they completely ignoring this terrified Russian family that the movie felt the need to focus on?
  • WHAT’S THE POINT OF A JUSTICE LEAGUE IF IT TURNS OUT SUPERMAN CAN DO EVERYTHING? The entire premise of the movie turned into “Batman collects all these people with special powers just to hold us over until Superman gets back.” I get that the entire scene with Superman taking out the rest of the Justice League upon resurrection was supposed to remind us all how powerful Superman is, but to me it only showed how useless everyone else was in comparison. The only character who had abilities that Superman didn’t already have was Cyborg. And maybe Aquaman’s fish-talking abilities, but clearly no one needed that shit. The entire Justice League could’ve been reduced to Superman and Cyborg. This is what I mean when I say that this movie actually showed me how flawed the idea of the Justice League is to begin with. I hate making comparisons to the Avengers because I really want to see the two as separate entities, but the thing that makes the Avengers an actual team is that each character has their own abilities and limitations, and together they complement each other and help each other out when they need to save the world. The Flash is fast? Welp, so is “faster than a speeding bullet” Superman. Wonder Woman is super strong? So is Superman. Aquaman can talk to fish? Superman can’t do that, but he can zip through water and save entire cruise liners from going under. Superman is too omnipotent to effectively create a team without it seeming like “Superman and his lesser minions.”
  • Just give the movie to Patty Jenkins.

END SPOILERS.

The thing that’s so frustrating about The Justice League is that it had everything set up for it to be good. They’ve got a huge budget, they’ve got iconic characters already to start out with, and the cast is full of charisma – Ezra Miller seems like a genuinely excited geeky guy, Gal Gadot’s become a Hollywood darling thanks to her work as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill is oozing with good looks and charm, and Jason Momoa is the kind of guy who could hype up a chess tournament, and yet somehow the movie STILL fell flat. You can have all the best ingredients in the world with a top-notch recipe, but you still can’t expect to bake a good cake by throwing everything into a bowl and thinking it’ll all magically work out. The Justice League starred the top three most iconic superheroes known in history and DC somehow still couldn’t make it work, while Marvel has been working with characters that people didn’t give a damn about and instantly put them on the map in everyday pop culture. Before Marvel kickstarted their current movie franchise, the only thing I knew about Iron Man was that he was a dude in a flying robot suit. The only thing I knew about Captain America was that he was some guy in a goofy-ass ‘MURICA! outfit with a shield. I had zero clue who the hell Star Lord was or why there was a raccoon involved. And yet all of these characters are now considered household favorites. I grew up far more with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman than I ever did with any of the Avengers, and yet these are the characters that keep disappointing fans over and over again. I’m probably taking it more personally than I should, but it hurts a lot more when it’s your childhood favorites that are being repeatedly dragged through the mud. DC, please do better. For all of us.

My own salty views on the movie aside, I’ll still have three little members of the Justice League in tow with me at San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Find them and they’re yours to keep!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

 

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Mommie Dearest: A Tale of Two Marthas

Superman and Batman have been coming with me to San Diego Comic-Con since I started doing my drops six years ago, and this year is no exception. With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought I’d do a tribute to the dumbest part of Dawn of Justice: the Martha moment. If you haven’t seen Batman vs. Superman, here comes a spoiler (although really, you didn’t miss much): Batman’s about to beat the ever living crap out of Superman. With kryptonite and lots of punches. It’s going down. And then, RIGHT before Batman’s about to give the final blow, Superman croaks out “save…Martha.” Batman says “Wait, wut?” Turns out SURPRISE! Clark Kent’s mom is named Martha. Bruce Wayne’s mom is named Martha. Why is Superman referring to his mother by her first name in this situation? Whatever. SOMEHOW that suddenly makes everything okay and Batman decides “nah, I won’t kill you bro” and helps Superman find Martha Kent to rescue her. Wat. Just…okay, fine, whatever. I didn’t write that shit.

ANYWAY. Mother’s Day is coming! Here’s to our favorite Marthas in the comic book universes.

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Martha Kent: a sweet but tough country mom. Taught Clark/Kal-El to be a good person and do what’s right, even if it’s the hard thing to do.

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Martha Wayne: rich and dead. Womp womp.

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These two will be coming with me for the seventh year to San Diego Comic-Con! But wait…some of you might have remembered that I already made a Batman for dropping off this year. So why another Batman? It’s because these guys won’t be scattered around the convention grounds like the others. I’ll be donating these two little dudes for the prize drawings for the blood drive! Be a hero and you could win one of these little buggers for doing something great.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

So now you’re bummed that Superman won’t be part of the drops this year? Maybe you’re not eligible to donate blood, or needles make you squeamish? I GOTCHU.

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SURPRISE, SUCKERS. I made two! One will be donated for the blood drive prize drawing, and the other will still be dumped off in public for strangers to find. So based on that, I’m still on year 7 of having a Superman and a Batman with me for leaving behind.

Anyway, if your mother’s good to you, call her this weekend and tell her you love her. If you’re going to San Diego Comic-Con, donate blood for a chance to win a little Superman or Batman, or keep your eyes peeled to find a little Superman or an oldschool Batman in the wild! Team Martha GOOOOO!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

Nananananananana – you know the rest!

San Diego Comic-Con might be months away (good luck to everyone during open registration this weekend!), but that doesn’t mean I can’t get an early start on my critters! With my book coming out soon I’ve got a lot on my plate, so I’m trying to pace things a little further out in terms of making Comic-Con critters. That being said, here’s the first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2017’s critter drops! And this time I decided to go retro:

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Nananananananana BATMAN!!

Batman has shown up to Comic-Con every year for my critter drops since I first started making these little guys back in 2011, but I’d always modeled him from the animated series.

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First Batman I ever made! Memorieeees…

This time I went with classic Batman. There’s so much more color! And fun campiness! And all of the crazy onomatopoeias that would blare up on the TV screen whenever there was a fight. BAM! POW!

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One that always confused me was “BIFF!” Not sure what kind of fight would produce the sound “BIFF!”, but it sounds kind of fun.

And Batman wouldn’t be complete without a villain! The beauty of the Batman franchise is that there’s SO many good memorable villains to pick from:

I’ve previously made the Joker, Harley Quinn (both classic and Suicide Squad), Two-Face, Catwoman, and Scarecrow, and I’m still nowhere close to making a dent into Batman’s extensive list of foes. For classic Batman, I decided to go with an eccentric little ornithophile:

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“QUACK QUACK QUAAAAACK!!”

I don’t know about you guys, but it wasn’t until I was making this little guy that I realized that Penguin historically has nothing to do with actual penguins, with the exception of Tim Burton’s Penguin. (let me know if there are others!) He’s just a kooky dude in a tux who quacks and has an arsenal of weaponized umbrellas. Huh.

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You’re looking dapper as ever with your monocle, Mr. Cobblepot.

My first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2017, ready to go! You know the drill, if you find them at Comic-Con they’re yours to keep! If you’ve got your badges from return registration, congratulations! If you’ll be fighting the good fight during open registration this weekend, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

She’s a bit unraveled…

On Monday I tweeted this picture of two little baseball bats drying for my next critter, asking folks to guess who I was making next:

 The two most popular guesses were Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and Negan from The Walking Dead. For those who guessed Harley, you could say you all hit a home run!


What’s up, pudding pie?


I LOVE Harley’s new look in Suicide Squad. It’s fun, flirty, and still distinctively Harley (counter example: Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers reboot who has ZERO resemblance to the original). I made two of these little Harleys so I could keep one for myself because I knew I was going to want to hang on to one. I may have gotten a little ambitious on this, painting little baseball bats with a toothpick, fraying out her hair to give just the right disheveled look…here’s to ensuring that someone will give her a good home out at San Diego Comic-Con next week! I’m just hoping the movie won’t end up anything like the trainwreck that was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. They used Bohemian Rhapsody in the Suicide Squad trailer, so at least that makes me happy. Find little Harley at San Diego Comic-Con and she’s yours!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

Man vs. Alien. Bat vs. Steel.

Welp, I finally watched Dawn of Justice. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it wasn’t great. I kind of liked Batfleck, but otherwise there were SO many things that didn’t make sense, even with a good dose of suspension of disbelief. But I’ll save my comments for now. BEHOLD! TWO MORE CRITTERS READY FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!!

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“Hey bro.”
“Sup.”

Batman vs. Superman. One is powered by the yellow sun, the other is a man of the night. Superhuman vs. human. Foreign vs. domestic. Based on Donald Trump’s campaign there’d probably be cries to boot Kal-El off this planet. One way or another it’s a battle for the ages. Sure, we all know Superman can fly, has super strength, super hearing, everything that you’d expect a super humanoid alien to have. And we all know that Batman is a vigilante with crazy ninja skills, lots of fancy tech, and a keen sense for sniffing out bad guys in Gotham. But how do they measure up in the battle of LIFE?

ROUND 1: Cooking.

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Well, it looks like Superman’s country upbringing has taught him to be a self-sufficient man who can hold his own in the kitchen. Lois Lane’s a lucky girl.

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“I FOUND SOMETHING IN THE GROUND. EAT IT.”
Dude. I get that you usually rely on Alfred for this sort of thing, but this is just sad.

ROUND 2: Paying bills.

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Superman: Journalism doesn’t pay very well. Looks like the Daily Planet doesn’t do Clark Kent any favors financially speaking.

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Batman: CASH MONEYYYYY. Bills? DONE.

Round 3: Coping with trauma.

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Superman: Even though he’s got all sorts of superpowers, Clark Kent would probably still see a therapist and talk things out if things really got out of hand. He’s pretty good at acting like a regular human being and dealing with stuff like a regular human being.

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Batman: ….uh. I’ll…uh…let you work this out.

Who wins in life? It’s hard to say, but I think we can all agree that Superman could use some of Bruce Wayne’s cash and Batman could use some of Clark Kent’s emotional stability. Otherwise I’d say they’re both managing their civilian lives decently well. They’ve made it this far, so I’d say they’re doing fine. Otherwise both of these little guys will be coming with me to San Diego Comic-Con! Find them and they’re yours!

As for the movie: I had low expectations already, so in those terms the movie was better than I expected. Visually the movie looked great. Ben Affleck as Batman was much better than I expected, and I loved Jeremy Irons as Alfred. But there were still so many things that were SO STUPID. Even as a casual movie watcher there were things that just didn’t work. Spoilers to come:

 

[SPOILER ALERT!!]

 

 

 

Just a few (okay, maybe more than just a few) things that bothered me:

  • Are Batman’s parents dead? ARE THEY? Are they dead, guys? I wasn’t sure. Oh wait, more replays of mommy and daddy Wayne dying. And shots of Sad Bruce visiting his parents’ mausoleum. Because Batman is SAD. SAAAAAAD. I think they’re dead. I think.
  • WHAT WERE THEY FIGHTING OVER?? The entire premise of the movie is this big epic fight between two iconic superheroes. For two guys who are pretty big on delivering justice and recognizing the good guys from the bad guys, they seem to be pretty pissed over a little bit of trolling by Lex Luthor, in addition to the general “Nyah, I hate that guy!” silliness. Two kids fighting over lunch money on a playground seem to have a better reason for pummeling each other than these two grown-ass men do.
  • Lex Luthor: No. Just no. Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was basically Mark Zuckerberg deciding that he wanted to be the Joker without the makeup.
  • Superman’s selective super hearing: Superman can apparently hear Lois Lane’s cry for help all the way across the globe in Africa and swoop in to her rescue within seconds, but he can’t hear his own mother within the same city. Okay.
  • The “Martha” moment: I wanted to facepalm so hard at this point. If you’ve got a grudge so bad that you’re ready to commit murder, I find it ridiculous that discovering that your mommies have the same name will suddenly make everything okay. “Oh your mom’s name is Martha too? HIGH FIVE BRO. We’re cool now.”
  • Khal Drogo Aquaman’s short cameo: I know I’m being nitpicky on this one, but if you’re going to show a short cameo with the purpose of teasing a bit of hype for upcoming movies, you should get it right. I don’t know much about Aquaman, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that he’s a man of the sea and therefore should navigate water like nobody’s business, right? With all that CGI you’d think they’d do more to make Aquaman look a LITTLE more fluid and natural moving under water. Jason Momoa clearly looked like a dude holding his breath while he awkwardly struggled against the water pressure to jab his trident towards the camera. Come on now.
  • Wonder Woman: They made such a HUGE deal about Wonder Woman showing up. There was so much hype. So much excitement. So much disappointment. Gal Gadot didn’t get a lot of screen time and the movie did nothing to present Wonder Woman as being remotely interesting or significant to the story. Anne Hathaway didn’t get much screen time in The Dark Knight Rises but the writing and her acting NAILED it at presenting Selina Kyle as a smart and self-sufficient woman who was always a few steps ahead of Bruce Wayne. I was one of the people who originally had doubts over Anne Hathaway being Catwoman because I thought she would’ve been “too Disney” for the role, but I was delightfully proven wrong. This was not the case with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Ugh.

Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed. It wasn’t Star Wars prequel-bad, but it wasn’t good either. Let’s hope the future movies are better. Otherwise keep an eye out for my two little playground fighters at San Diego Comic-Con!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

Thank you for not smoking

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I am the night. I am justice. I AM BAT-

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Hey, I thought we passed a no-smoking ordinance here in Gotham??

Scarecrow

Oh, COME ON DUDE.

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I guess I’ll be fighting crime AND fear-cancer. The struggle is real, folks.

Two more critters ready to go for SDCC! Batman is now a 5-time veteran of being dropped off at Comic-Con, and Scarecrow will be having his first year with all the fun! I’ve been busy lately, and unfortunately the crocheting has been on the backburner for the last month or two. There’s only a month left until SDCC (PANIC!!!), but I’m going to try to crochet like CRAZY to crank out as many as I can for adoption this year! I won’t be able to make as many as I have in the past, but worry not my friends, the hunt is still on! Stay tuned and more critters will be coming, even if it’s just a few more!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

Quit clownin’ around!

HarleyHiya, puddin’!

Gather ’round, my friends, and I’ll tell you a love story.

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Of Harley Quinn and her dear, dear, Mister J.

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And oh, how they ran amok, how they caused so much trouble!

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But Batman was there to stop them, on the double.

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But little Harley Quinn didn’t mind, she’d stay in jail all day.

Just as long as it meant she could be with her beloved Mister J.

That’s three more critters ready to go for drops at San Diego Comic-Con! Batman is the veteran among the group, with this being his 4th appearance at SDCC, this will be Joker’s second go-round for adoption, and this is Harley Quinn’s adoption debut!

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Keep on lookout for these little guys in July!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker