Put me in the story: Avengers Black Ops Field Guide Review

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Did you ever want a child friendly guide of superheros that was both entertaining and educational? Look no further because the, “Black OPS Field Guide” is a great way for young children to not only improve their reading skills but they can put it to the test with questions that will get them brainstorming too. The book true to its ‘Put me in the
story’ format is customized so that no two books are alike which helps fuel the future potential of comic book writers by allowing them to create themselves as a superhero.
Your child might like the fact his or her picture is featured in the book. So choose your child’s picture wisely. I suggest dressing your child as his or her favorite superhero.

The profiles for each superhero and villain are not the movie versions that your child might be more familiar with but instead are the comic book versions from the 616 universe. Your child’s interest might be piqued and they will have more questions and want to begin reading the comic books. Marvel does have some comic books for younger readers however the main comic book series themselves are not for children.

The only issue I had with the book was mistake made regarding Thor’s hammer the Mjolnir. According to this book it cannot be lifted by anyone else other than
Thor. This is not true. Mjolnir can only be lifted by someone Mjolnir feels is worthy enough to wield it and bestow its powers to. In the first Thor movie we see that Thor had to prove himself worthy again to lift it. Also, Black Widow in an alternative comic book universe was able to lift it and in a DC crossover Wonder Woman was able to lift it as well. Let’s not forget (*spoiler alert*) that the current Thor is a woman.

Also there was a limited selection of superheroes and villains that appeared in this book.I have to wonder why some of were chosen and certain ones were excluded. I think that they should have included, The Wasp aka Janet Van Dyke who is one of the main founders of Avengers in the comic book series. If Ant man is included in this book, so should Janet. War Machine should also be included as he’s not only Tony Stark’s best friend but also appeared in all of the Iron Man movies and was in Avengers 2. Then there is the Hulk, I wish a picture of Bruce Banner appeared with him as they are the same person. But that just the sad Bruce Banner fan in me crying sadly. Who they should’ve left out is M.O.D.O.K. He appears out of place as he was not in the movies. Instead they should have had, Malekith the Accursed who made an appearance in “Thor Dark world.”

The book is a good book for children and will have them reading and doing some creative writing of their own. On the off chance your child will notice the Mjolnir mistake or their favorite superhero is missing, or that certain facts that don’t match up to the movie version it will still encourage your child to challenge the Director Nick Fury and demand answers. On the other hand it could just be the adults doing the questioning while the child is busy dreaming what their superhero powers would be and how they could win in a fight against Captain America.

The Simpsons’ Halloween Special, Animation Tribute

– Oct. 20, 2014, S. Barton
The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXV ended with a surprising all star animation tribute. In it’s third installment, The Others, (a parody of the 2001 horror film staring, Nicole Kidman), The Simpsons clash with their original 1987 incarnations. America’s famous family got their start as a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987, before getting their own animated series in 1989.

As the story come to a close, Lisa then says,“I just had a worrisome thought: If there can be two incarnations of The Simpsons, why couldn’t some evil marketing entity produce millions of others?!”

Her fears are then realized, with a pop-culture reference of epic proportions; as multiple versions of The Simpsons’ line up to enter the family home.The creators of the show had a little fun as each version pays homage to a variety of animated films and series.

This included an assortment of anime references to: Pokemon (Maggie as Pikachu), Attack on Titan (Lisa as Misaka), Naruto (Bart as Naruto), Bleach (Marge as Rangiku), One Piece (Homer as Zoro), and Studio Ghibli’s, Spirited Away(Santa’s Little Helper as Haku). This isn’t the first time The Simpsons’ have referenced anime. In Married to the Blob,(Season 25, Episode 10), is entirely dedicated to Japanese pop-culture and US Comic-Con couture, it also included a special sequence to honor legendary Japanese animator/director, Hayao Miyazaki. (see article here)

In total, the ending pays tribute to: claymation, Anime, Adventure Time, South Park, Archer; a mini-tribute to french animator,Sylvain Chomet (Triplets of Bellevile, 2003). Last but not least, LEGO’s, Despicable Me, and finally, The Simpsons animal incarnation from Treehouse of Horror 13, The Island of Dr. Hibbert.

How many references did you spot?