In 1999, George Lucas gave fans the first chapter of Darth Vader's origin story. While Phantom Menace was, unquestionably, the worst movie of the Star Wars franchise (at least until Solo hit the big screen), it made over $1 billion and reignited the Star Wars universe.
I made the mistake of writing the show off early on, because I felt it was a cross between Superboy and Dawson’s Creek. Despite what I thought, the show developed a huge following and lasted ten years.
The series just wrapped up a few months ago, and I was sorry to see it go. Not only were we given rich foundations for our heroes, but popular villains such as the Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman were portrayed as multi-layered characters rather than one dimensional evil foils for Wayne and Gordon.
Right now, the Syfy Channel (don’t get me started on the whole Syfy vs. Sci-Fi thing) is airing season 2 of Krypton. Basically, Krypton is to Superman what Caprica was to Battlestar Galactica (2004)… with a bit of Terminator thrown into the mix. The series chronicles Adam Strange traveling back in time to protect Superman’s grandfather, Seg El, from Superman’s enemies seeking to prevent Superman’s birth.
This Sunday, July 28, 2019, epix is scheduled to premiere the prequel series, Pennyworth, about a young Alfred meeting Thomas Wayne. At first I thought, “Who cares about a pre prequel about a butler?” Then I remembered the character was a British intelligence agent before he came to work for Wayne Manner.
Judging by the trailers, Pennyworth looks like it has the potential to be an exciting TV show filled with humor, action, and Easter Eggs (allusions to related material). Based solely on what I’ve seen, it looks to me as if the main antagonists will belong to the Court of Owls, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the League of Assassins being involved in some way too.
There's room for lots of other fresh material to be produced within the prequel genre. I wouldn't mind seeing a pre-Hal Jordan Green Lantern series featuring Abin Sur. Whatever the powers that be have in store, it’s a pretty safe bet that fans will be shown back stories of our favorite characters for some time to come.
Wolverine is the best at what he does, selling comics. Since returning from the grave late last year, Wolverine has been featured in Uncanny X-Men, War of the Realms, Infinity Watch, and other series which I’m probably not aware of. However, he has yet to return to his own series
Instead of relaunching a Wolverine title, Marvel has spent the Summer putting him in a bunch of one-shot stories. These solo appearances include; Wolverine vs. Blade, Wolverine + Captain America, Wolverine: Exit Wounds, and bizarrely a Wolverine Annual #1 for a title which doesn't exist.
Granted, this format has the benefit of allowing readers to by only the stories they want, without having to wait for another story to end. I get it. However, in order for that to work, one has to be aware of each one-shot coming out. Keeping track of multiple publications can be a daunting task, even for a mega-nerd such as me; a casual reader doesn't stand a chance.
It would make much more sense to release the stories sequentially under a single title, so readers can sign up for “Wolverine” and know they're going to get every story.