CHEAT CODES ARE STILL ACTIVATED*punches out Dr. Insano*
The end of the "Top 15 Worst Moments of Countdown", when he manages to make the incredibly Narmy line "I'll kill you to death!" sound awesome.
"Hey, Pyramid Head? I liked The Butcher better."
Linkara morphing for the first time onscreen.
The entire fight with Mechakara. Complete with assistance from 90's Kid, Harvey Finevoice, Ninja Style Dancer, and Pollo, a brief struggle with Black Lantern Spoony, and Linkara using a morpher from Power Rangers, then fighting Mechakara with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' music in the background.
Pollo paralyzing Mechakara long enough to let Linkara vaporize him.
"I'm back, baby!"
The whole thing could be a real-world crowner for Lewis, utilizing DoubleTripleVision as well as some other, truly epic special effects, and managing to make convincing scenes where he technically beats up himself. Quite an achievement by Web Original standards.
Yes it was pretty damn hilarious, but the 'Insano-War' was nothing but win. Like a condensed Team Brawl, except with Dr. Insano, which automatically makes it even more awesome!
When he finally runs across a comic that pisses him off as much as Superman At Earth's End did (The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Part 3), he sets it on fire by "I AM A MAN"-punching it with a battlizer from Power Rangers in Space. With "Finale" from Batman playing in the background. And then it goes to credits...with "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics over them. If not the most awesome ending to an AT4W episode ever, it's definitely in the top 10.
Also a crowning moment for Lewis Lovhaug, for having the talent not only to sing that well, but to sing that well while maintaining a semblance of an affected accent.
And this is after Linkara does an entire review in the Harvey Finevoice persona. The next week he does an entire review as '90s Kid.
And when Finevoice protests, Pollo reveals that not only has he found a message revealing Linkara's successor, but he'll have Linkara back in about two weeks.
The entire battle with the Shades from the Ewoks #9 review. Iron Liz shows her proficiency with a sword, Pollo takes out one with a single lazer beam, and Linkara even takes one out before he powers up again. Once powered up, he uses a sonic screwdriver.
How about the entire Mechakara saga? The way he's been able to thread an ongoing story through his reviews without distracting from the reviews themselves at all, and building up genuine momentum and suspense along the way, has really changed the possibilities of what Internet review series can do.
Just seeing Harvey Finevoice firing away with a Tommy Gun while grinning and smoking like a badass in the 2010 -trailer totally justifies that sentiment.
The scene where we see him actually doing that is even more awesome.
The ( aborted) rant that Mechakara gave to the viewers at the end of his Ultimates 3 three-part review: he tears apart the concept of Reviews Are The Gospel, blaming it and the fans' adherence to it for the staying power of all the horrible comics out there. Very chilling, almost horrific, and true, especially in the wake of the recent Internet Backdraft he's come under.
The entire second half of the 2010 trailer. As if the promise of the Mechakara storyline reaching its climax and Harvey Finevoice, Ensign Munro, Black Lantern Spoony, and a mysterious scientist joining the action wasn't enough, the trailer's tone-setting music is E.S. Posthumus' Pompeii.
In response to the insulting portrayal of people who don't go to college in Future 5, he assembled a list of people who did very well for themselves after never going to college or dropping out. Number one on the list: Bill Gates.
His opening to Athena, as he onceagain bashes blatant sexism and ludicrous fanservice in comics, as well as giving a Take That to all those watchers that think he hates women, he's gay or he's a religious fanatic because of his anti-gratuitous-nude rants. The fact that during all of it he seems much more serious and angry than usual is just the icing on the cake.
"Yes well, just a little message to whoever is behind this little flim flam operation of yours. If you value your continued existence, if you have any hope of seeing tomorrow, let me tell you. There's one thing you never, EVER put in a trap. ME!"
Avoiding an Author Filibuster about the distastefulness of using rape as a plot device, instead directing viewers to someone he thinks is much better than him at discussing the issue.
Linkara furiously giving his six cents on why One More Day is terrible, giving one of his most scathing (though entirely justified) rants to date, ending it with these choice words:
The end of the 100th episode: All Linkara's characters, plus almost everyone else from That Guy with the Glasses, singing his theme song!
Plus the opening credits, with a hard rock remix of the theme song playing over the covers of every comic he's reviewed.
Also, not indulging in the recent storyline, despite how obvious it would've been, being such an important episode.
Lord Vyce. He's highly regarded as being intensely awesome and terrifying by the fans, but when you think about it, he's barely done anything! Yes, he kidnapped Linkara, attacked him with Shades, and sent the Vohrsoth after him, but the man himself has had two appearances and did very little in both. Lewis has managed to turn him into a fan favorite through hype and storylines.
Moreover, the only time Linksano has ever come off as legitimately creepy or threatening is when he described Lord Vyce before being Put on a Bus back to his home dimension.
There are forces in The Multiverse far beyond anything you've ever dealt with. Ancient, mindless evils that fill in the cracks and eat dimensions just for a snack. Monstrous deities and empires spanning Universe after Universe have risen and fallen in the span of forever! But there is still one individual, one being that they are all horrified of! When I saw him coming near my universe, I fled. Muhahahhahahha. Weep for your Universe, Linkara! Weep for all Universes! For Lord Vyce is coming! Hihihi. And all that he sees, he conquers! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!
From the first part of his October 2010 Halloween review, "Ash Williams vs. Silent Hill: Dead/Alive." Winner: Ash.
Earlier-him managing to make a single line more creepy than the comic itself.
The very ending of the Dead/Alive videos: Linkara's Badass Boast scored with The Ecstasy of Gold, taking down the ghosts with his Pyramid Head, the full reveal of Lord Vyce's appearance, and Dr. Linksano returning to give Mechakara some upgrades for the final battle. Holy crap.
We also have to give one to the girl from the opening story in each video, who was only born so her parents could torture her and create a weapon to kill anyone who didn't believe in their god. She instead creates the Magic Gun that eventually would fall into Linkara's hands, which kills her parents using their own logic against them. And then she snaps Linkara out of the Gaslighting Mechakara was putting him through.
I'm not some pretty boy with marital problems. I don't have some confused psyche or unresolved parental issues. You're not dealing with a Silent Hill protagonist here! Time and again, someone got it into their head that they could defeat me. Time and again they beat me down, they knocked me out, and they tried to make me give up. You come at me with insecurity, self-doubt, and angst? You try to make me doubt who I am? I am the man who defeated Pyramid Head. I am the man who conquered Countdown. I am the man who fought off the Vohrsoth and destroyed Mechakara! I am the liberator of Kickassia! I am a Starfleet captain! I am a Power Ranger! I'm That Guy With The Hat! I am Linkara!
Of course, a mere appearance by Lord Vyce is an instant win, but now we get to see the whole costume! Well, from the chest up anyway.
Linksano is hired by Lord Vyce to upgrade Mechakara. He isn't put down, he isn't laughed at, in fact Vyce describes him in a very serious manner. That must be one hell of a self-esteem boost considering his track record.
And let's not overlook how Lewis was able to talk his girlfriend into wrapping her face in gauze and stumbling around in a nurse's outfit for thousands of people to see.
His whaling on Douchey McNitpick for his commentary during his Top 15 Screw Ups of Atop the Fourth Wall.
The beginning counts as well: Rather than get pissed at Douchey, Linkara turns his Insane Troll Logic back at him and actually manages to confuse Douchey enough to shut him up.
At the end of his first Cry For Justice Review, he starts a count down: V-MINUS 42, counting down to the final battle with Lord Vyce. For each new review it goes down by seven- therefore, the final battle will be on February 14, 2011. The awesome comes at the end of his Care Bears #13 review: Each time the graphic is shown before, it is usually accompanied by creepy, ominous music. However, at the end of this review Linkara figures out Vyce's weakness and proudly proclaims that he knows how to beat Vyce, and triumphant music plays through the credits, and over the V-MINUS 14 graphic, canceling out the creepy music.
He's been nominated for Most Inspiring Geek on the Shorty Awards on Twitter!
The Power Rangers Zeo #1 video has almost too many to count for both Linkara and Mechakara.
The fact that despite owning a complete Green Ranger costume at the time, he avoided what most people would have expected him to do & morph into that, and instead morphed into the White ZeoRanger.
The blog post near the end of the Vyce arc, compiling all the videos that have contributed to his story arcs. Even if not all of them were planned at the time, it's still an incredible display of the intricacy of Linkara's writing, and his determination to make his show more than just a regular review series.
And though it's easy to forget in the wake of the fight, Linkara's dead serious rant about the death of Lian Harper and how it represents a horrible failure of the writer rather than being properly shocking.
What really makes it so awesome is just the whole tonal change when he said it. There wasn't any music due to how joking the atmosphere was. We've seen 'Linkara' rant, rave, and generally get riled up by all sorts of bad comics to no end, but this seems to be Lewis, not Linkara, royally pissed.
When Linkara gets pissed, there's usually a bit of a whine to his voice in order to say "Hey, I may be pissed, but I'm just in-character and this is just for fun." In Lewis' rant toward the death of Arsenal's daughter, there's no whine or cracking of his voice, just pure, emotional, unmitigated rage. And that's something considering that Lewis has never been as angry as he was in that scene.
Gets even funnier with the Deadliest Character video on The Spoony Experiment, where Linkara supports Megazord and James Rolfe (uncredited) supports Mechagodzilla. Turns out, Megazord does win (by cheating).
Not to mention Linkara making the Megazord sound badass by mentioning that it defeated almost every monster Rita and Zedd throw at it, while Mechagodzilla couldn't even beat one.
The defeat of Lord Vyce - Lieutenant Munro, Harvey Finevoice, 90's Kid, Iron Liz, and Linkara teaming up to strike the final blow.
Linkara verbally attacking Vyce for insulting Liz in his house.
Angry Joe and the Joe Army defeating the Shades and seizing control of Vyce's ship. Complete with Joe using his force lightning powers.
Joe:(via communicator) Is that Lord Vyce? (fires gun) Tell him he's an ASSHOLE for me!
The spot-on April Fools Day parody of The Irate Gamer, particularly going above and beyond the usual pranks by announcing on Twitter the day before that he was thinking of taking on a new style.
Shutting up Spoony mocking his musical tastes with his spaceship, then promising to name it next week.
The introduction of Ultimatum #5. He talks about continuity for nearly five minutes, and before he starts, tells the Continuity Alarm that it can't interrupt him, because it's during the introduction and not the review. And sure enough, it doesn't (apart from when it tries to before he starts).
And while talking about continuity, he calls out DC and Marvel for the fact that, in attempting to reboot everything to make continuity make sense to new readers, they have only succeeded in making the continuity even more confusing.
Why does he not burn Ultimatum? Fire is too good for it. He then throws it in the trash.
An inadvertent one: this introduction uncannily predicted DC's "new 52" reboot mere days before it happened.
One night during an impromptu chat session on Lord Kat's livestream, Lewis was asked whether he'd read his own Fetish Fuel page. He replied, "Yes, I have. It's very flattering." That was it, plain and simple. He didn't "*nudgegiggle*" like Jew Wario and Angry Joe, or flip out and panic like Spoony; he just accepted it as "part of the experience", and left it at that. It might not have been the most entertaining personal response to the Fetish Fuel pages, or the most humorous, but it was without a doubt the most mature. And for that alone, he gets a mark of awesome.
His Godyssey #1 review, which features a bizarre take on Christianity, a Mortal Kombat joke, and the character of Avengelyne, was released on Easter Monday, one week after Mortal Kombat 9 was released, and on the same day a new Avengelyne comic was announced. None of those were intentionally planned!
SCI-Spy #1 and #2: Linkara's Sean Connery accent has to be heard to be believed.
In the Gameboy #1 review, the theme song is done in video game style.
Reiterating his feminist position in the Barbi Twins #1 review, saying there's no one philosophy to feminism, and specifically stating that he's not against any sexuality in comics as he knows full well some people will try to put those words in his mouth.
Turning off the continuity alarm during Rise of Arsenal so he can properly explain just how horrible and hurtful some of Arsenal's lines are. And actually managing to make jokes about the comic while being perfectly clear that he's not mocking the pain of losing a child.
His delivery of Roy's lines straight, even when he's, as he put it "An insane jackass we have no sympathy for" especially the line: "You left her! You left my baby alone in the house while the entire city was coming down on top of her!"
In the second video on the series, he does another dead serious rant on how offensive the premise is.
The opening of his Comic Book Ad's episode: Douchey Mcnitpick shows up and accuses him of ripping the idea off from the Nostalgia Critic's Commercials episodes... only for Linkara, who had been expecting Douchey, to blindside him by flat out stating he stole the idea and actually causing Douchey to shut up for a minute. Then when Douchey tries to rebound by saying Linkara is doing this without the Critic's permission, Linkara asks for it and Douchey does not accept it, Linkara calmly asked if Douchey has watched the show recently, which he hasn't and then gets Douchey with Comicron-1.
Linkara: I love having a spaceship.
The opening credits of the "Star Trek #2" review, with clips from the Mirror Universe, including Mechakara and Lord Vyce being taken down much more violently.
The entire scene with Mirror Insano.
How about all the clever references to the Star Trek episode that inspired this episode (which continue through the end credits)?
A troll hit Linkara's blog giving some really nasty and cruel insults towards him and Liz, Linkara takes it in stride and even debates with the guy. The second the troll insults Linkara's fans? That's when he gets mad!
Two from "Mightily Murdered Power Ringers"...
1. The writer of the comic appearing at the end, answering some of Linkara's questions and condoning the thrashing of the comic.
2. Defeating the now sentient (and rude) comic by morphing into the Green Ranger.
"Go, Go, Power Rangers!"
In the interests of honesty, Linkara admits that he didn't have an actual copy of Superman At Earth's End at the time of filming the original episode, though he did destroy the copy once he got it. And then he gets another copy and burns it on screen, just so it's official that the comic has been burned on the show.
Linkara's killer impression of Rod Serling.
What's Linkara's response to a direct message from the Entity, the most terrifying villain he's faced so far? "Oh, it is on now!"
At the end of "Paint It Black," the Silent Hill fog rolls in just like before...except this time Linkara makes a call to say "It's begun," showing that this time he's not going to be caught off guard.
And we find out just how prepared he was in "The Grinning Man": He created a hologram of himself to do all three Silent Hill reviews (with the clue clearly visible the whole time, yet many viewers had probably forgotten about it by the time of The Reveal) and has the spirit of the girl inside the Magic Gun ready as the only one who can properly judge Whateley.
After the epic battle climaxes of the three previous storylines, Linkara actually manages to make Talking the Monster to Death seem just as awesome for the Entity finale.
Made more awesome by the Chekhov's Gun from last week's review the plan to make the giant symbiote monster self-destruct from a mental breakdown was good, but could've been better executed. Which he then demonstrates.
The episode really deserves kudos for its editing alone, with all the split second distortions of the Entity being such a complex job that Lewis missed his usual update time for the first time in three years.
Linkara seems to have started a habit of destroying his villains' motivations, getting Linksano to do a Heel-Face Turn by pointing out how much work ruling the world would be. And then he still threatens to send him to Lord Vyce if he goes back to his old ways, and is darn intimidating while doing it.
Gushing over the first issue of Captain America, especially the iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler (in fact, his only real issue with the comic is that this never actually happens in any of the stories). And finishing it off with the USO montage from Captain America: The First Avenger, which he calls one of the greatest sequences in movie history.
The revised version of the Electric Tale of Pikachu review has Linkara and Missingno., who is currently in 90's Kid's form not just in the same shot, but Linkara actually walks around him seamlessly as he taunts him. It stands out as probably the most complex and striking visual effect in the entire history of the show.
Bonus awesome moment for Phelous for completing the effect in one day when Linkara had been working on it for some time.
After the news came in that he and Liz had broken up, Linkara swore on Twitter that he'd come down hard on any of his fans who insulted her, as they remain on good terms.
After Mechakara starts taking over Comicron 1:
"Comicron 1 has enough destructive capability to level the Earth. Its sensors were designed to track every variety of lifeforms it could find. If Mechakara gains control of it, he will kill every living thing he can find. I will not allow that to happen. This is my ship, and I will destroy it before I let anything like Mechakara possess it!"
Pollo's speech on how he'll never end up like Mechakara and how he'll always be Linkara's friend.
Linkara's delivery of Khan's big speech, followed immediately by his quite frightening rage at how badly the comic screws up the movie's most famous scene.
Pollo replicating Spock's Heroic Sacrifice after downloading himself into a new body.
Which doubles as a heartwarmingTear Jerker: the reason why Pollo did what he did was to fully prove to Linkara that he isn't like Mechakara.
It veers back into awesome territory when we learn that Pollo downloaded his mind onto a device, meaning that there's a strong chance that Linkara's Robot Buddy will return for sure.
The Cybermat attacking Mechakara was pretty badass.
He starts the list of his own favorite jokes on the show by saying he's not including any Running Gags, then makes up for it by using them all in one sentence.
The way he handles his 15 things wrong with Identity Crisis, he admits that there people who like the story and to some it was their introduction to comics which is why he does this different from a review or a countdown, he goes about this whole thing mild-mannered, save for yelling about moments that are really stupid, and simply giving his opinion on what this story did wrong.
Playing an especially dramatic rendition of the A Team theme during Mr. T's He's Back moment in "Mr. T #1."
The opening of "Mr. T #2," where we actually get to see several of the TGWTG cover artists, plus the guy who wrote the show's theme song.
Ninja Style Dancer catching a shuriken right in front of his face, and driving off the Plaid Ninja with Cybermats.
Immediately bringing up the clip he knew everyone would point to after he said it isn't right for Autobots to kill a surrendering enemy, and explaining how the two situations aren't compatiblenote For the record, it's a moment in Transformers: Generation 2 #1 where an Autobot kills a surrendering Decepticon mook in cold blood, being compared to the classic scene from the 1986 Transformeres movie where Optimus Prime sees right through Megatron's attempt to supposedly surrender..
His exceptionally well-researched argument for why the absurdly simplistic solution to high taxes put forth in Captain Tax Time wouldn't work.
"Superman #701" sees him give a What the Hell, Hero? to the Man of Steel even more furious than the last one, when he decides he's done enough by pushing a street gang into another neighborhood, and even sends a little kid to tell the extremely pissed off gang to go away.
His response to a quite mean-spirited anti-cop joke in "Marville #2," a Tranquil Fury reminder of how many cops are killed in the line of duty, then telling the writer to go to hell.
The future is going to be far more futuristic than we ever anticipated. Hopefully it'll be more practical.
In the introduction to the graphic novel, Richard Kelly explains the reversal of the T.S. Eliot quote as "satirical." Satirizing WHAT, exactly? Better writers?
Reading Linkara's account of how the Southland Tales review was made, it's nothing short of a miracle that it turned out as good as it did: everyone had just a few notes to work off, there wasn't time to get the people he wanted to talk about certain things, and the whole filming was a rush to get as much as he could with everyone in what little spare time they had.
His tirade against the ludicrous anti-government Writer on Board in "Battle for Bludhaven."
And then his statement to DC on the off chance that an exec is watching, cattily telling them that no one has ever cared about Monarch, and they should just let the storyline die.
Linkara: Nobody cares about the Monarch! Nobody. You had a good story idea back in 1991...and ya' blew it!
At a con, Linkara drunkenly rants about Booster Gold's Character Derailment in JLA: Act of God, before realizing the person he's talking to may not have any idea what he's talking about. The camera pulls back to reveal Dan Jurgens, the creator of Booster Gold.
For the Star Trek IV review, he actually managed to get a replica of Kirk's unusual outfit from the movie.
His speech on how Marvel refuses to make Peter Parker behave like an adult, and how, despite being the Trope Namer for Comes Great Responsibility, Peter is constantly dodging responsibility and making excuses.
Giving Ask That Guy (who looked for a second like he might have come back from his Villain Decay) a Humiliation Conga by first manipulating him into thinking he'd signed the contract to make the comic disappear, and then That Guy With The Hat shooting ATG in the back.
His speech on how he doesn't want the creative parties to take the easy way out and just erase One More Day, but actually address the problems with the story and try to move forward, rather than just pretend it never happened.
His promise to buy EVERY issue of Amazing Spider-Man since One More Day if the Deal with the Devil is reversed or undone in any way. Keep in mind, this is over a hundred comics we are talking about.
His epic chew out of the writer for suggesting through Peter's alternate video-game designer self that people who design and play video games and enjoy escapist fiction are losers, when super-hero comics are escapist fiction. note He blamed Joe Quesada in that video, but his The Next 15 Screw-Ups of Atop the Fourth Wall he states that it might very well have been JMS who did this. That said, he said in the original video that if it was JMS who said that, then he's not taking it back. The speech speaks for a good majority of people who live with this stigma. Good grief, he made his 200th episode count.
The description of how much better the story would have worked if it was Mary Jane who was shot, especially since that kind of story worked very well in the Angel episode "I Will Remember You." That way the Deal with the Devil could be portrayed as something Peter hated to do but had to, not for himself and his own selfish wants, but to save Mary Jane's life, even if it means he can't be together with her anymore and, above all, be tortured by actually remembering that they used to be together.
A good part of the awesome is that he himself can fix most of the stupidity of One More Day (and still leave in the bargain with Mephisto) in a single sentence: "Have the sniper hit Mary Jane instead." Granted, it takes more for him to explain why such a simple change would remove a lot of complaints leveled against the comic, but it also drives home his above point about not "taking the easy way out"; it took him a little under five minutes to lay out how to make the Mephisto story plausible, if not a bit redeemable, whereas the writers had months to work out how to do the same, yet gave up and derailed any idea about "With great power comes great responsibility" completely in the process.
Plus he included another sentence that gets rid of the other plot contrivance of having literally every super-intelligent scientist/healer be unable to help him: have Dr. Strange not be available in time. And given that Strange was supposed to be in hiding during this point in time anyway, it wouldn't be hard to have him be unavailable to Peter at all.
The stinger to the Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: The Answer to a Riddle review. Harvey Finevoice, 90's Kid, Linksano, and Pollo all join to attack Holokara, which is awesome in and of itself. However, Holokara manages to shrug off their attacks without much trouble. Then this happens:
The exchange of speeches between Holokara and Linkara is simply epic, culminating Linkara's character arc as he confronts what he would've eventually become if Margaret hadn't turned herself off.
After being dismissed by Maven of the Eventide to do a crossover for "30 Days of Night", Linkara got back at her by turning her bragging against her and have her do a review on Twilight. And make it a positive review.
Meta-example: Linkara managing to release an episode of Longbox of the Damned every day of October, each episode averaging about 5 minutes long, and still putting out his usual Atop the Fourth Wall schedule at the same time.
During the 300th episode livestream, we learn that just what making Longbox of the Damned entails: lots of make-up for Moarte, filming multiple episodes at once and the fact that the Moarte voice makes Linkara lose his voice for a while afterwards.
In the climax of the Thing storyline, '90s Kid spots the thing causing the trouble, and ultimately kills it. Bonus points for his initial reaction: he can't get his gun to fire, so he walks right up to the thing and stabs it.
In his Treehouse of Horror #2 review, his Dr. Nick voice is surprisingly close to the real deal. His range of voices is getting better.
"What's that? You want me to start making jokes about how useless Aquaman is? Hahahahaha... Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, whose domain pretty much encompasses the entirety of the ocean. He owns 70% of the planet! He's super strong, super fast, and he can summon Cthulhu to eat your soul if he felt like it. The perception of Aquaman as 'useless' is based on the Superfriends cartoon series, where Aquaman's superpower is that he owns a jet ski. ...I don't make fun of Aquaman."
In the comments to the above, explaining in detail to an idiotic fanboy his problems with the DC Reboot.
The massive dose of nostalgia the viewer experiences when seeing the very first intro in the Archie Giant Series Magazine #452 review, likely for the first time in years.
As well as the other Retraux imitations of his early reviews.
His rant against DC comics current business model.
So, DC, got any more bullets left in your gun to shoot yourself in the foot anymore? I mean, firing Gail Simone from Batgirl, not condemning Tony Harris, continually putting Lobdell on more and more books...I'm just looking forward to seeing how you manage to screw yourselves up even more. Need some suggestions? I can throw some your way if you like. How about screwing up Blue Beetle some more? You already made him clichéd and unlikeable. Want to see if you can push that even further? Hey, here's one - why not just hire some hentai artists and release an actual porno? I mean why not? You could even have a big crossover based around it. "Infinite Gangbang," perhaps? I mean, for crying out loud, you got turned into a punchline by ROB. LIEFELD. I mean, seriously, I have no editorial or administrative experience; I'm just some popular asshole on the internet who makes fun of bad comic books, but here's a thought to consider: true or false - DC would be better off right now if we swapped jobs - me as editor and you guys critics.
Hey, remember when WRITERS dictated a story direction and not the editors? Apparently you guys don't. Hey, remember when Vertigo books were outselling and getting more critical acclaim than your mainstream universe? Good times. But yep, don't have to worry about that pesky Vertigo outperforming Jason Todd's band of idiots! Not when you lost Karen Berger and integrated all those Vertigo characters into the mainstream universe! Because THAT was what kept the books from getting the same kind of critical acclaim. Hey, while you're at it with bringing back all the worst ideas of the 90s, how about we bring back the Team Titans, hmmm? Or Superman's mullet? Kids these days love mullets. Ooh, if you're really bringing back something Superman-y from the 90s, you'd better kill him again. Why not? That sold like millions I suppose! I can't be certain it was millions, but then again no one at DC ever seems to care about the numbers. After all, if they did, they wouldn't cancel books selling well or fire creators on books selling well. So, yeah, I guess we make up numbers now. Hey, DC? Hire me! My comic sold eleventy-billion copies. That's totally the truth and a real number.
I hope you're writing these ideas down, DC, because I've got another great one for you! Picture this: an event comic based on "new blood" for the DCU! You can create a whole bunch of new EXTREME characters and call it "Nu52Blood" or something. But obviously, you don't have to listen to me. Just throwing out some suggestions. I mean, you obviously are doing such a fantastic job so far, what with the continuous articles blasting the pointless of the "New 52," despite there no longer being only 52 books (DC Comics = bad at math - remember that ol' chestnut?), the continuing amount of female readers finally losing patience with you and your nonsense attitudes and artwork, your inability to keep creative teams tied to books and just the general sense of malaise about everything in the universe with only a few exceptions due to really, REALLY talented creators... who you are apparently firing.
So no, you don't have to listen to MY suggestions, DC, but given how things have been going, you probably wouldn't anyway. Linkara out.
His completely sincere, thorough, and well-thought-out apology for being too callous on the subject of depression, admitting that he is entirely at fault. He points out the many things still wrong with the scene, but again says his words were still inappropriate and apologizes anyway for much of what he said.
Also from his Next Top 15 AT 4 W Screw-ups: His well-thought out rationale on how the X-Men don't make any sense in the grand scheme of the Marvel Universe.
Also his telling Douchey (and to an extent, all internet trolls) to back off when he complains about Nostalgia Critic being not quite retired.
On Raver #1 he really went above and beyond in his research. Rather than take the easy way out by just playing the comic's sheer incomprehensibility for laughs, he actually looked up more information on the series to get at least some idea of what the story is supposed to be about.
For a while, the Gunslinger seemed like kind of a lame villain after the likes of Mechakara, Vyce, the Entity, and even the simultaneous villain Holokara. Then he finally shows his stuff when he simply walks in the room and shoots Linkara in the back before stealing Margaret.
Dr. Insano gets several in "Star Wars 3D"—reclaiming Neutro, rejecting Linkara's offer of a nice holodeck on which to enact his world-conquering fantasies on the basis that the pain of fake people is worth nothing, and upgrading JesuOtaku's super-strength gloves from To Boldly Flee so that it can also create force fields and disable automatic targeting. And with those gloves, he manages to hold his own against Linkara and the Gunslinger for far longer than he's ever put up a fight before.
He's Linkara's true arch enemy for a reason!
Margaret gets him in the end which makes it more awesome.
In general for the Youngblood #5 and Star Wars 3D #1 episodes, the return of Noah and his characters in an Atop the Fourth Wall work for the first time since leaving TGWTG. Inevitable, but still awesome.
Linkara's rant at all the people who have told him Rob Liefeld is actually a really nice guy who loves comics just as much as him, saying he still can't write or draw, and deserves to be criticized for that.
During his Top 15 Screw Ups video, in response to criticism that during his Batman Fortunate Son review that he was bashing Europe when pointing out that flaws in Issac Krow's comment about "In Europe, the relics of saints are available to all worshipers, FREE," he points out that while he's a capitalist an opposing hirer taxes, he was bashing the idiocy of the comic character, and goes further by pointing out Europe is not a country, and sites a comment that goes further a points out that if Krow is talking about the US government subsidizing sites of cultural importance due to music, that it already does that, and the practice displaying "relics of saints," something that is stupid to compare to the preserved body of a rock star, is not government run, it's run by the Catholic Church, who DOES charge money for seeing them.
During his review of Marville #4, his complete trashing of Bill Jemas for, among other things:
His overview of the Teen Titans, covering decades of history with tons of characters in a clear, concise manner while still getting quite a few jokes in.
Joint one for the fans and Linkara in his review of the Technic Imperative where a fan tries to say that Linkara's opinion on the book is shoddy for ridiculous reasons. Rather than rising to obvious flamebait, both Lewis and the fans debate with the commenter and explain why his statement is ridiculous. Considering how internet comment sections can be, that's quite an accomplishment of maturity.
Finishing the final "March of the Titans" video a day early, despite it being longer than usual, when he's made it clear before how hard it can be to keep to his weekly schedule. He was just that passionate about this one.
The fact that he was able to condense 50 issues of a comic into two summaries and keep each one under an hour.
How about the fact he did this twice? He did once with Countdown and again with The Titans. Those videos must have taken a lot of work and Linkara definitely deserves kudos for that.
One for Lewis himself from Rangerboard: As one user was heckling him for simply asking to turn off ad blocker, criticizing him for only releasing one History of the Power Rangers video once in a while while ignoring the rest of his library of work, then having the balls claim that making videos on a weekly basis and telling him to "get a real job", Lewis had some choice words for that one poor sap. It was so awesome, the second response was whether Lewis would prefer the entire speech copied onto this page, or just a link to it.
"My body of work as a whole reflects the person I am." ...You mean the 494 videos on my blip account, 467 of which are not History of Power Rangers-related? For the record, I had a growing fanbase BEFORE I started History of Power Rangers and have a consistent one now, which is about equal to History of Power Rangers if view counts can be believed. I still am going to try to FINISH History of Power Rangers this year (not that it's going very well - been focusing on the DVD and plushie cybermats so I haven't had a chance to watch Overdrive's first episode).
That being said, while I acknowledge that my remarks were more than a bit rude and hostile to people here and in the credits to the videos, I've taken a step back to realize how it looks for a lot of people and that many didn't know how adblockers affected the producers, so I decided to explain it as calmly as possible. And I never asked people for money. I'm STILL not asking people for money. People asked ME if they could donate money and as such I finally made the option available.
However, if you want me to ACTUALLY be rude, I can certainly accomodate. For starters, I'm sensing sarcasm from that opening line, that producing a 20-minute comic review isn't difficult at all. Fine then, smartass, you try doing it every week for four years while also trying to be funny, tightening editing, improving lighting and set, arguing with editing software, analyzing things in a compelling fashion, scanning comics, and doing your damndest to make it worth people's time and attention while ALSO producing a storyline along with it for a good chunk of those videos, and then you can tell me how it apparently requires no effort.
I look forward to seeing the results of YOUR easy labor, since clearly I've been doing it wrong all these years.
EDIT: Oh, and because apparently I also need to explain this: if you're getting consistently paid for an activity on a regular basis and have to pay taxes based on that income? IT'S A JOB. So please tell stop telling me to "get a job" when I've already got one.
The opening of the SCI-Spy #3 review, making a passionate case about how technological leaps and bounds have brought the quality of life to the greatest heights anyone has ever seen.
From The Star Trek The Next Generation/X Men crossover.
Doing the "I am a man" bit and pulling back a Portal gun.
Playing the "I read your book" clip, followed by saying it while actually holding Rommel's book on infantry tactics.
Educating Frank Miller in how to properly exploit a meme in All Star Batman and Robin #6.
Marville #5 naturally gives him plenty more opportunities to point out the Critical Research Failure, including how the writer apparently Cannot Tell Fiction from Reality given the prominent role given to Wolverine in what is meant to be a completely serious depiction of how he thinks evolution and God work.
During his Man of Steel vlog, he takes time to debunk many of the common misconceptions of Superman. He really understands the character.
Pollo's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Jaeris, and all the other villains except Dr. Insano by proxy. The latter is the one he respects the most, for not bothering to dress up his evil actions with any attempt at justification.
Linkara making clear how he feels about DC's statement that "comics are only published for 45-year-olds" with a well-placed Death Glare.
In Nostalgia Critic's "It's a Wonderful Life" parody, Linkara if Nostalgia Critic was never born, owns both DC and Marvel, and was in the process of making an Iron Man/Batman Team-up movie. That alone is just awesome. Not to mention at the end when Nostalgia Critic returns to his world and is wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, his "friends" are royally pissed off, and Linkara says nothing except giving him the extended middle finger. Probably the only time Linkara ever used explicit swearing, and is awesome just because you never saw it coming, and will probably never see him do it again.
The massive Take That on why the New 52 sucks at the end of the Culling series of reviews.
Admits that there are good stories after the reboot, and admits that there will be good ones in the future. However, he feels that they didn't need a continuity reboot to be told.
The Plan 9 from Outer Space comic actually getting praise from him for the exploitative posing of its female characters (since it actually serves a purpose in emulating cheesy B-movies).
His outrage over Sci-Spy taking a Marville-esque hard turn into a ludicrous science filibuster, this time about how nature wins out over nurture in every conceivable way.
After refusing to look over the previous issues to remind himself of the story so far, he comes up with his own where Timothy Dalton, Captain Kirk, and Ash Ketchum defeat a bunch of Daleks.
The title card for Climate of Fear #3-4, a reference to Attack on Titan with the first theme song playing.
The Costume Change. It's basically what Linkara would look like if he was the Doctor.
A troll decided to leave a dickish comment about his relationship with Viga on his vlog for Thor: The Dark World. Ever one for the awesome responses to such jerks, he has this to say:
"Why do you find it important to include your girlfriend of the moment in your videos? It seems to me to be a rather desperate means of declaring: "See I really am not just a Comic Book loser, I can get a date." It is very amateurish."
"Girlfriend of the moment?" I wasn't aware that I had 'girlfriends of the moment.' Feel free to point out when such things have been done before. Further, since Liz and other women have been in my videos when they were not involved romantically with me, I find it interesting that you seem to think that the only relationship a man and woman can have is one of boyfriend/girlfriend. Speaks volumes about your own character. And before you try to say "But that's not what I was saying at all!" Well it's what your words seem to infer, and if you can't say what you mean, perhaps you should say nothing.
Also: "Comic book loser?" What year do you think this is, exactly? I may make the occasional joke about comic books being seen as lame on the show, but in actuality comic books haven't been "only for losers" for decades. Live in the now.
And finally: it's amateurish to have other people in my videos? First of all, it's a VLOG. It's not supposed to be "professional." It's talking about a movie we just saw. Secondly: having more people means it's not just me rambling to a camera for half an hour. Congratulations: everything about your post is stupid, even the nam, since you were so cowardly that you didn't leave an actual one.
Welcome to my blog, by the way: I don't let you get away with posting stupid crap on my space. Have a nice day.
Said troll sadly couldn't leave well enough alone and posted another remark, and Linkara responds:
"Face it Linky it is your desperate plea for attention.
You might as well jump up and down and say:
Look at me
Look at me
I have a girlfriend, see!"
Wouldn't I have done that as soon as we got together a few months ago, then?
"Think about it: None of us would have known you were dating this woman if it had not been "revealed" to us in this vlog. It is kind of like you are sticking it in our faces."
Yes... I stuck it in your faces... which is why it was put at the END of the Vlog. And why I introduced her by her name and what show she does instead of as "my girlfriend." And the reason I revealed it at all is because I knew people were going to ask about it if I didn't because I know my commenters.
Just like I know that you are the only one who seems to care about this in a desperate attempt to troll me ON MY OWN BLOG even though, as you said below, I have control over what goes through.
"And the notion that you somehow feature other female friends in your videos is a bit of stretch."
Liz was a recurring guest star AND has appeared in multiple movie Vlogs before this one, Amethyst voices Nimue, there's my friend Melissa whom you may have seen in the promo for the DVD that I'm hoping to have in more videos when her schedule allows for it, and of course the various women on TGWTG who have made guest appearances.
"How many women that have not dated have managed to make it into your "spontaneous" Vlogs?"
Quite a few. And the spontaneity of the vlogs is in that they're not scripted, not that we just suddenly decide to do vlogs. I'm not even sure what your complaint is here.
"As for posting anonymously, I choose to do so precisely BECAUSE I DO NOT want to draw attention to myself. And genius, if you did not want anonymous posts to your "space" you could easily prevent them or reject them. So it is pretty hypocritical calling me out because I did not bother to make up some phony name so I could look like I was bravely posting my criticism."
You don't want to draw attention to yourself even though the ONLY thing you had to say about the content of the vlog was "UGH YOU HAVE A GIRLFRIEND YOU ARE SUCH A NERD LOL." Everyone else has been posting about the movie, reactions to things we said, but you are the only one jumping up and down saying "STOP TRYING TO PRETEND YOU'RE NOT A LOSER, LOSER."
But since you brought up how I have control over my comments, I normally let every comment through unless it's spam because people are allowed to have whatever opinions they want, whether they agree with me or not. Yours wasn't even an opinion, it was just hurling insults at me probably because it's the only way you can get an erection. I only let them through so I can respond and laugh at how pathetic it is. Buuut since you apparently feel I shouldn't be playing this fun little game, that's okay. If you wish to stop letting people see that your head is planted so firmly up your ass, then I will stop letting your posts through on the subject and let you enjoy your bit of contortionism without my assistance.
So, again, have a nice day, ass face.
The very subtle way he changed his voice from Donald Blake to Thor during his Journey into Mystery #83 review. Yet even more evidence of his growing voice acting skills.
His Star Trek: The Next Generation #2 review, performed entirely in rhyme.
Riffing on a 79 minute movie with the actor for Jaeris and Nimue's voice actress, in a brilliant homage to Mystery Science Theater 3000. The link can be found here. To make matters better, this is his special Christmas treat for us!
Dr. Linksano creating life from a toy lizard.
For the final Marville video, he went to the trouble of looking up Bill Jemas' credentials, giving him more to gripe about as it turns out Jemas actually has college degrees in the subjects he makes such an unbelievable mess of in the comic. And gives him a biting "The Reason You Suck" Speech when the comic ends with Jemas Breaking the Fourth Wall and insulting the comic readers of the world for preferring superhero fights to his grand and lofty work...about how Wolverine is the source of all intelligent life on Earth.
His Tranquil Fury reaction to a nonsensical gay joke in All Star Batman and Robin #7.
Also his counter-argument to people who claim All Star Batman and Robin is actually good because it's secretly a deconstruction stating that the All Star series wasn't supposed to be about deconstructions, it was supposed to be about the true essences of the characters (see all the good comments he has made in the past about All Star Superman for example) and that there's a reason superhero deconstructions don't usually use the character they are deconstructing but instead use an expy. He finally rounds it off by pointing out that it's okay for comics to be escapist fiction where good triumphs over evil in an admittedly non-realistic way.
Praising the Zombie Pandemic comic for its characters being (mostly) intelligent and not making mistakes commonly seen in zombie media.
His Zombie Plan: get to the nearest Wall-mart not already ransacked, get some survivors together and start hunting zombies. Guy's got balls.
To expand on this for non-trekkies, Deep Space 9 is generally a controversial series in the fandom, so admitting a liking or even preference for it takes guts.
A troll decided to comment on Linkara's blog post of the four-way Doctor Strange pilot review crossover between himself, Nash, Jew Wario, and Film Brain.
Shit...ANOTHER Jew Wario video? Is it me, or is Jew Wario becoming the new Michael Jackson? Meaning, after Michael Jackson died, you couldn't take two steps without bumping into something Michael Jackson-related. MTV and Much Music kept replaying their videos over and over. Every single mall, taxi, grocery store or McDonald's was playing a Michael Jackson song. "This is It" got a theatrical release. Telefe ran "Moonwalker" on TV. Disney World even got rid of "Honey I Shrunk the Audience" to bring back "Captain Eo". And this kept going like that for MONTHS. Same thing with Jew Wario: no one really gave a rat's ass about him when he was alive, but as soon as he died, EVERYONE in Channel Awesome started churning Jew Wario videos by the bucketload. I wouldn't be suprised if Jew Wario is worked into the King of Worms storyline, or if he shows ups in the latest Honest Trailers videoLook, I mean no disrespect to the guy, but this is just getting ridiculous. Phillip Seymour Hoffman died not too long ago, but nobody on the internet seemed to notice or care, even though Phillip Seymour Hoffman accomplished a lot more with his life than Jew Wario did (again, Michael Jackson deja vu: Farrah Fawcett died around the same time as Michael Jackson, but nobody mourned her because EVERYONE was swept in the hype following Michael Jackson's death). But then again, Linkara will throw a hissy fit AGAIN because he's too thin-skinned to accept any sort of criticism or negative comment in a Jew Wario video.
Linkara responded thusly:
"But then again, Linkara will throw a hissy fit AGAIN because he's too thin-skinned to accept any sort of criticism or negative comment in a Jew Wario video." I'll throw a 'hissy fit' because you're making insulting comments about a deceased friend of mine on MY blog, which you seem to be under the impression that you apparently have some sort of right to post on. These were videos recorded before his death that people had full intentions of releasing, so there's your "nobody cared about him," dickhead. He was our friend. We knew him personally. THAT'S why we're giving a damn about his death vs. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Don't you tell us how we're supposed to react to his death or how we're supposed to feel about it or how painful it can be to edit something together that featured someone we knew and loved. I'm not "throwing a hissy fit" because of any sort of criticism related to a Jew Wario video. I'm pissed off because you're NOT criticizing it. You're just being an asshole. None of your comments have to do with this video, but just the mere concept that Jew Wario is in it and we're still expressing how much we miss him. Fuck you. Fuck you and never come here again.
On March 31st, Linkara will be tackling one of the most controversial issues of The Avengers ever: Issue 200, which involves the rape of Mrs. Marvel. This. Will. Be. Good.
I still think you overreacted with the whole Justin issue. You never fully realized it, but you pretty much flipped your lid. You exploded in a ball of rage and lashed out unfairly against people who didn't know any better (and who had no idea that the mere act of criticizing any video that Justin was a part of was your Berzerk Button). You pretty acted like Lupa. Yeah, those comments may have been in poor taste, just like Spoony's joke. But you pretty much let your rage cloud your thoughts and verbally harassed the ones who made that comment, just like Lupa did.
Linkara's response was another awesome moment:
And I don't know why I have to keep pointing this out, BUT THE COMMENTS THAT I GOT PISSED ABOUT WEREN'T CRITICISM. You go back to that video and see people saying they just didn't think the video was funny or that it felt off or any other ACTUAL VALID CRITICISMS. THOSE got through just fine. The comment that I didn't let through that first time? Brought up the inaccurate stuff about Spoony and Lupa while also trivializing Justin's suicide by turning it into a cheap joke. And the follow-up to that was someone saying that I somehow was an asshole for posting videos that I participated in that were recorded before Justin's death and that(shock of all shocks) I actually give a damn about people I knew personally rather than a friggin' actor who I had never met before! And by the way? Bringing this up in a comments section that had absolutely nothing to do with it and then saying I'm an asshole because I actually have anger when someone acts like a fricking insensitive, insulting moron? As if I can never angry at anything? QUICKEST WAY TO GET ME START ON THE SWEARING AND VERBAL AGGRESSION AGAIN. This topic is OVER. I KNOW it's you doing it again. I will not be letting any more posts on this through. You can call me a coward for doing so, but the only coward I see is the one who thinks he's being smart posting anonymously about a subject they know will rile me the hell up.
Linkara's moment of Dangerously Genre Savvy in Athena #2; The King of Worms has started causing trouble again and tried to possess Pollo...except Linkara patched his technology in advance so the only mental effect is Pollo becoming overly cautious and aware there's an influence on his psyche. Smart thinking, dude.
His horrified disgust with Ballser from Superman for the Animals, an all-too-realistic psychopath villain who tortures and kills animals. Keep in mind he did this comic in response to accusations that he hates animals himself.
Atop The Fourth Wall #300 is Frank Miller's Holy Terror. It's three videos long, and every second is a vicious Reason You Suck Speech to the author.
From Part 2, when the Fixer begins torturing a terrorist, Linkara puts the book aside, takes off his glasses, and talks about his personal philosophy and why Camelot is his favorite film of all, because it encouraged his philosophy of goodness, decency, compassion and not always resorting to violence. And then he explains why he brings this up, because he hates Holy Terror more than any other book he's reviewed on ATFW, because it encourages the exact opposite philosophy. It teaches that you should be paranoid, violent, brutal and intolerant of those who are different. This is perhaps the greatest "The Reason You Suck" Speech he has ever given, and it is truly awesome to watch.
Bonus points for pointing out that Miller's little "aesop" in the book, to give into your own fear and paranoia when confronted by terrorism, is pretty much the exact definition of what terrorism is.
More bonus points for transitioning seamlessly from giving a serious speech to his usual tone with the "This scene is really friggin' stupid" part.
At the end of the review, he gives his copy of Holy Terror what it deserves and burns it.
And prior to that, he breaks the absurdly large book in half over his knee, possibly in reference to Bane breaking Batman's back.
Not to mention that as an advocate of free speech, Linkara does not deny Miller to right to publish Holy Terror and for people to buy the book if they so choose. However as the book in Linkara's possession is technically his property, it gives him every right to burn it if he so chooses as well.
The end of the episode has Continuity Porn by having Linkara use his new Megaforce morpher to change between all his outfits and props to battle Mirror Linkara from a Star Trek review years prior. Complete with the Magic Gun giving Mirrorkara's Magic Gun a noogie.
To be specific, we have his Yu-Gi-Oh Slifer Blue set from GX, his Patton gear from Kickassia, his Pokemon X/Y cosplay and Pyramid Head, his Zeokara outfit, his travel gear from when he travelled the US around the time of the 200th episode, his Ensign Monroe suit (complete with "Combine Harvester", though it should be made clear that he's using just the suits, not the 'characters'), his old outfit and finally his new outfit.
Even without the blatant racism in the comic, he still finds that's horrible. Most of it consists of splash pages, or pages that have FAR too many panels on them, leading to the comic taking over half of its length just to get past the initial terrorist attacks because it wastes so much time with an unneeded scene of its lead characters chasing each other, and it doesn't even have any real plot until the last few pages. On top of the bad artwork, bland characters, and a protagonist with no personality beyond what violent sociopath who delights inflicting pain on others he is. Even without the overt racism and terrible message, the comic still has nothing redeemable about it.
Inspiring a pair of fans at Con Bravo to cosplay as Tomboy and the original Daredevil, as noted at the beginning of Ressurection of AT 4 W Live.
In All-Star Batman and Robin #8, after Crazy Steve says that he'd use the Green Lantern ring to force everyone to obey him simply because he had the power to do so, Linkara delivers a nice jab at Frank Miller's ideas about fascism.
Linkara: "Frank's characters are ones who believe that "might makes right", they're proverbially "stronger" than others in some way, and thus they are right, they are correct, they are the paragon of everything we should look up to. Whereas I firmly believe in "might for right", those who have power should use that power to do good things because they're good things. Because using your power to force others to do what you say is not heroic. It's being a bully."
The Stinger of Marvel Super Special #17: Xanadu, in which Allen manages to break one of Lord Vyce's encryptions in minutes when Pollo had been working on it for years.
For the Star Trek: First Contact comic, he suggests using a flamethrower against the Borg, and gives a quite thorough explanation of how effective it would be. And says if he was the Borg Queen, he'd have a giant spider body with multiple weapons attached.
His defense of the movie itself. Responding to people who criticize the film for an Adaptational Angst Upgrade regarding Picard, he points to a TNG episode where he had the option of wiping out the Borg Collective but couldn't bring himself to commit genocide, meaning he has all the destruction the Borg caused on his head. Responding to criticism of the film focusing on action and being less "cerebral", he points out that nobody seems to throw those criticisms at Star Trek IV despite its focus on comedy.