The following items reference well-known pop culture characters but reinterpret them in a fresh new way, for a new generation.
Miller, Frank. Superman – Year One. DC Black Label, 2019.
Available via the Hoopla app
This is an exciting retelling of the Superman mythos by the same author as the groundbreaking Dark Knight Returns and Batman Year One. It is drawn by John Romita Jr, another longtime comic book artist who has previously drawn Superman as well as just about every character in the Marvel Universe.
The title may be a bit misleading, as this yarn is more than just Superman’s first year in action. While his origin story reads as familiar territory, it is updated to modern day. The story then takes a twist as Clark joins the navy and later discovers the underground city of Atlantis. Later, after his arrival in Metropolis, he meets Lois Lane and dukes it out with Batman. This graphic novel grows darker in tone as the story progresses and it’s a compelling read. As this is only Part One of the series, I am looking forward to seeing where these two veteran cartoonists take this.
Cobra Kai Season 1 & 2. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD, 2019.
Now available on DVD.
This TV series originally appeared as a YouTube original series. It continues the story from the original 1980s films and is set in our present time, 30 years later.
Daniel LaRusso is now married with children and manages a successful car dealership. Meanwhile, Johnny Lawrence, his high school adversary, has taken a turn for the worse and is bitter about his past. In this version, we see more of Johnny’s turbulent history, making him less of a loathsome character and actually sympathetic. He trains a new protégé, Miguel Diaz and takes a fatherly role towards the vulnerable boy. Daniel, worrying that Cobra-Kai has evil intentions, fights back by training his teenage daughter in the lessons he leaned from Mr. Miyagi. Things become more complicated though when first, she befriends Miguel and later, Johnny’s estranged teenage son. All of these characters’ lives inevitably become intertwined and the harsh rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids.” What ensues is full of humor, pathos and plenty of action in the spirit of the original.