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The new THE TICK [Aug. 20th, 2016|01:47 pm]
Xiphias Gladius
As some of you may know, there's a new THE TICK series coming out, and being released for Amazon Prime. The first episode has dropped, and, on the heroin dealer premise, it's available for free.

Lis and I watched it, and we like it. It's a slightly different feel than the cartoon or the Warburton series, but is slightly closer in tone to the earliest comics. THE TICK has always been a reflection and parody of the superhero-related media at the time: the comics were a direct parody of the Daredevil comics that were right then (to the point that one of the characters was a female martial artist named "Oedipus" whose costume was a canary-yellow version of Elektra's costume). The cartoon took on the basic tone of the Batman Animated Series, and so forth.

This one takes the visual and tonal qualities of the Netflix Daredevil/Jessica Jones shows; indeed, the director of the new show worked on the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight movies. As such, THE TICK has shifted slightly, visually and tonally, to match what is current. But it is still absolutely the same Tick. Arthur is somewhat different, although recognizable, because he is filling a different role.
The first episode is available here.

[User Picture]From: vvalkyri
2016-08-20 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oooooo. I do not have Netflix but I do have Prime.
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[User Picture]From: jazzfish
2016-08-21 07:19 pm (UTC)
a female martial artist named "Oedipus" whose costume was a canary-yellow version of Elektra's costume

OH! That makes *so* much sense. In my defence, when I started reading The Tick the only other comics I was reading were Vertigo, so I was almost completely lacking in context.

(The Night Of A Million Zillion Ninja storyline is *still* hilarious, though.)
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2016-08-21 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I've just -- like, just half an hour ago -- been watching the second season of the Netflix Daredevil show, and one of the storylines they're doing is the war with the Hand -- and I just keep snickering every time Daredevil and Elektra face off against a horde of ninjas. Indeed, at one point, they're trying to escape, and drive a car at them.

I just said, out loud, to nobody in particular because neither Lis nor the cats were in the room, "Oh dear. I think I may have just run over a ninja. Well, keep going -- we're running late, and it's not like we hit a collie or anything."

I'm waiting for the ninjas to either install telephones or hang around an airport getting sucked into a jet engine. Or to disguise themselves as a hedge.
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[User Picture]From: squishydish
2016-08-22 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I just watched it, and I really liked it.
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