Now that you’ve learned of the TV Movie, I show you the TV Pilot for the M.A.N.T.I.S. TV show. The character Miles Hawkins (as MANTIS) and the same actor playing him (Carl Lumbly) return. An all-new cast appears for a new concept on the M.A.N.T.I.S. that is an entirely different direction and tone than the TV movie. Now, M.A.N.T.I.S. is an action-adventure show for ‘all audiences’ in a prime-time network slot. Watch the TV Pilot and my mussing on it, and how though it was changed from it’s original incarnation, it is still a very good series.


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MMM – MANTIS TV Series (or, M.A.N.T.I.S. Pilot) from Shawn Padraic Murphy on Vimeo.

This begins my look at the Live-Action MANTIS TV Movie and the Live-Action MANTIS TV series (all from 1994 – 1995). There are 3 distinctly different MANTIS universes, but to understand where I’m coming from, first I’ll briefly summarize and explain the 2 Hour TV Movie, MANTIS. This is about a black, disabled, millionaire, scientist, superhero. No, wait, that’s suppose to be a secret. Did I also forget to mention that it’s 100% black actors (main characters) that deals with gang violence?

In the TV movie, you are learning about the MANTIS through a mortician and reporters eyes as they try to find out who this new mysterious ‘superhero’ is, while MANTIS tries to prevent a gang war and election fraud. It’s much more exciting that I make it sound in that sentence.

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MMM – M.A.N.T.I.S. TV Movie from Shawn Padraic Murphy on Vimeo.

Strength, my new comic book, will be out soon. In Strength, the superhero known as Strength must fight for justice in a world where women still don’t have equal rights, violence against villains is more acceptable than normal, and nudity is still a taboo.

Here is the first preview, a scene where Strength meets the long-standing heroes Lighstar & American Patriot for the first time. Enjoy the sketch, followed by the actual page.

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So, you know how to play Bahamut Lagoon, and you know why it rocks, but it also has an equal number of flaws. So, watch the final episode review of Bahamut Lagoon.

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I found it amusing that no matter how many of your people die, they will all return the next level, and this happens with the bad guys, too. You thought you killed Lestat, but he and a few other bosses come back 1 or 2 more times. It’s an ongoing war where no one ever dies. Yet, somehow, Sauzer dies in a cutscene, because death is irreversible only in cutscenes.

You will hear the same music for every battle. Every. Battle. Tons of music, but the same battle music the entire game.

Bahamut Lagoon is a very unique game for the Super Nintendo. Below I describe all of what made the game exciting to play.

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Next, the Bad episode, as I review changes of the gameplay of Bahamut Lagoon into something…else.

An interesting mix of genre’s, this video shows you what you do in the game. Part 1 of 2.

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After awhile, I couldn’t resist trying out the Genesis version of the Super Nintendo game, and I was blow away by how much easier it was.

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Prime was a popular superhero in the early 90s from the Ultraverse / Malibu Universe. No one remembers him now. The only hero people might know from this universe is Nightman, because they made a TV show about him for 2-3 years. Marvel at one point had a crossover between this universe and theirs, with Juggernaut leading a group of heroes from both worlds in the Ultraverse world, Spider-Man & Green Goblin had a team-up with them (the good Green Goblin), Prime’s powers changed to Spider-Man’s for a few issues, and the Phoenix force possessed an Ultraverse character for awhile. For a year these universes crossed over in each other’s title, before the Ultraverse was forgotten forever.

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This is Beta called Baby T-Rex. I later found out that the full game was released on the Super Nintendo, and that it was renamed Radical Rex.

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Y’s III was a fun game I played growing up, but it was always pretty difficult than most of my Super Nintendo games.   It was definitely harder than the Genesis and TG-16 versions, but the graphics and sound are very good.  Here is the following review.

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