Bring Young Justice Back!!

Cartoon Network cancels Young Justice because of toy sales?!?! Imagine that…
I know that the Green Lantern: Animated Series was also cancelled but I never watched a single episode but from what I heard, it’s pretty good. Even though Bruce Timm did the art for that show, I just couldn’t get passed the fact that it’s CGI.  If you have any love for this series like I do or even the Green Lantern series, please sign the petition and help bring these shows back.

UPDATE: Warner Bros. will be meeting on April 11th to discuss the possibility of bringing the shows back but fan funded.

Buraaq: The New Muslim Superhero

Muslim Hero

Yusuf Abdallah is Buraaq

Comics have gotten a facelift as of recent to adjust with the times and one of the most notable changes was having Samuel L. Jackson’s likeness used as Nick Fury in the Ultimate universe. I was surprised when Hollywood chose to go with the black Nick Fury whose first appearance was in 2001 over the white Nick Fury that was introduced way back in the ’60s. So with comic book characters now coming in a variety of races such as Black, Native American, Asian and Latino, I’m left scratching my head wondering where the Arabs at?!?

Well if you haven’t been fortunate enough to see the advertisements online, you need not worry because I would like to introduce to you Buraaq dubbed as the New Muslim Superhero. You might see the name Buraaq and automatically think that this comic has something to do with US President Barack Obama but it’s just a name similarity. According to the creators Adil and Kamil Imtiaz, the name is inspired by Islamic History when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was carried on a white winged horse, which was named Buraaq, on a miraculous journey to Heaven from Jerusalem. Adil and Kamil Imtiaz created Buraaq in order to better the relations between the West and the Muslim world.

To be honest with you, when 9/11 happened and Muslims, guilty or innocent, were targeted for crimes, Muslims also turned their anger and frustration to Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda just as much as everybody else. Mainly because Bin Laden just ruined everything for honest hard working Muslims that were already living in North America. Some Rednecks that didn’t know any better even went out as far as to shoot some “rag heads” and ended up taking the lives of Sikh Indians that had nothing to do with anything.

I say it’s time for Buraaq to storm the scene and clean up the image of Islam and Arabs and hopefully the big name comic book houses like DC and Marvel come up with their own hero, and I don’t mean some throwaway hero, I mean a real hero that can stand on his own two without the help of any other hero. I won’t spoil the story but I will tell you that the first two issues you could read for free on their website and you could buy issue 3 for $1.99. As stated above, DC has already introduced the fictional city of Bialia, which is clearly inspired by the Middle East, so why don’t they create a superhero that upholds justice, truth, and the Islamic way over there? Seems like a missed opportunity to me but at least Marvel is one step closer with the introduction of Josiah X the BLACK Captain America!

In my opinion though I think if Adil and Kamil want to make Buraaq mainstream, they should make a deal with Image Comics and have them handle their distribution. I say this because they will still retain their ownership of any characters they create and they just have to maintain a steady release schedule but they might still make Buraaq well known on their own, who knows? Make sure you check them out and hopefully you’ll add Buraaq to your favorite superhero list. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’

DC Superheroes

Some new additions to the family:

Harvey Two Face

One of my favorite Batman villains second only to the Joker

This Two Face came from the DC Superheroes line back in 2007. As you would assume, they stopped releasing this figure and instead started releasing the Silver Age Two Face which looks exactly like this but the paint job is different and he doesn’t come with a tommy gun. You have no idea how much I HATE that Two Face!! First of all the color of his suit makes him look like a carnival freak and second the action figure was actually made with less detail, like for example the Two Face in the picture above has his hand all scarred up and deformed like his face whereas the silver age one his hands are just painted the same color as his deformed face but doesn’t show any scarring. To top it all off, he doesn’t come with a tommy gun and that’s pretty dumb if you ask me.

Heroes

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (From left to right: Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Big Barda and Mary Marvel)

I’m one step closer in getting every member of the Justice League and to show that Livin’ Large doesn’t discriminate, I even got some superheroines. I chose to get Mary Marvel in the white outfit rather than the Captain Marvel colors just to add a little variety to the figures. In my opinion, I think they should’ve just packaged Big Barda with an alternate head without the helmet on instead of just releasing it as a chase figure and there’s no excuse to that blunder because later on they released Hawkman pictured in these photos with an alternate head without the hawk mask. I also chose to go with the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle because I wanted to get some teenage heroes not just adult ones. Like I said before the Justice League isn’t the only team I want to get so having Blue Beetle and Hawkman gets me closer to completing other teams. By the way, Jaime Reyes is one of the lead characters in Young Justice: Invasion so check that out.

Sinestro

The Villains You Love To Hate (From left to right: Reverse Flash, Bizarro, Sinestro and Two Face)

Sinestro Fans can finally rest because Mattel rereleased the figure and cleaned up their mistakes. The paint job looks smoother and he doesn’t look intimidated when you stand him next to Hal Jordan. The Bizarro that I got is actually from the DC Superheroes line just like Two Face but Bizarro was easier to find and was way cheaper than what I had to pay and put up with with the Two Face figure. Matter of fact the most expensive figure out of the ones in the pictures is Two Face, which cost me a little under $100 and was in used but good condition. I always liked getting the heroes and their polar opposites like Batman and Joker, Superman and Lex Luthor and now I can add Flash and Reverse Flash (or Zoom, whatever you want to call him) to that list. I just like the detail Mattel put in Reverse Flash’s face making him look like an older, angrier Barry Allen. That’s about it for action figures but I will post some photos of any new ones I get in the near future. One thing’s for sure though, whether they’re heroes or villains, you gotta love’em! This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’
Special shout-out go to the people from Action Toy Review. Check them out to get the 411 on DC Comic figures.

Bizarro #1

Bizzaro #1

Hawkman

JSA’s Hawkman