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Introducing the Epic Timelines

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Hey folks!

Boy have I got something exciting to unveil today. As you’ve probably noticed by now, the site has a new look. But that’s not the only thing I’ve been cooking over the last few weeks…

Ready?

Drumroll…

Introducing the EPIC TIMELINES:

These are a special new type of timeline that I’m adding to the site, one with far more information than I have on the table versions I’ve used in the past. Don’t worry, the table versions aren’t going away. They’re still super useful, but you’ll find a lot more in these new Epic Timelines, including images, more creator info (directors, writers, artists, publishers, etc.), a publisher’s summary, video content (when relevant), and the occasional review. And of course, all the information that was previously available in the table timelines is still there. I’ve started with the following 8 timelines, with more to come:

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Why a Superman Video Game is the Best and Worst Idea

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Almost all well-known superheroes have been adapted into one video game or another. Nothing fulfills the purpose of a superhero story more than being able to step into that person’s shoes and fight for truth, justice, and…high scores. We are inspired by heroes, we want to emulate them, hence the video game appeal. Of all superheroes, none is more recognizable than Superman. He is the epitome of the perfect superhero. Not only is he invincible but he can fly. Who doesn’t want to fly?! I mean really.

The Superman Problem

This is where we get a problem. Even though Superman is the ultimate superhero and the greatest example of goodness, he is almost too good. He is difficult to relate to. He is difficult to find a suitable adversary for. For the most part, his only opposition has either been people who are just as strong as he is or the infamous Kryptonite, or as I like to call it, the short cut. Superman has worked fine as a comic book, but often bombs as a film, and has yet to become a successful video game (despite several attempts). Continue reading “Why a Superman Video Game is the Best and Worst Idea”

The Ultimate Fandom Timeline

mind blown in the ultimate fandom timelineIf you take some time to explore the site, you will learn that I love lists. I love being able to consolidate all of the things I love into one cohesive timeline. My Star Wars timeline is one of the best you will find on the internet.

And now I’m going to take it to the next level.

So I’ve had some thoughts about how all of the major fandoms can fit together. You might think that there is a lot of contradiction and this isn’t possible at all. In some cases, it’s pretty hard to fit it together, but I have a creative mind, and I already have a few ideas on how to make it work. And it doesn’t involve an alternate timeline for everything. There will only be a few alternate timelines.

I plan on releasing this timeline gradually in a series of blog posts. As the project continues, I will be creating some infographics and a single cohesive timeline page. Follow the category to find links to all of the posts. They will be released every few weeks. I appreciate feedback and pointing out inconsistencies.

And yes, this is nerdy. I know it. But it’s still gonna be awesome. After the jump are the fandoms I will be including. If you have any additional suggestions, include them in the comments. I hope you enjoy this Ultimate Fandom Timeline. Continue reading “The Ultimate Fandom Timeline”

All Timelines Gets a Facelift

Hey all,

Just a brief update. As you can probably tell if you’re reading this, All Timelines has a new look! I’ve gone through a couple of WordPress themes in the past, none of which really stuck out to me. There was always something a bit off about the design. They were too busy, or not busy enough. Too old fashion, etcetera, etcetera.

Well I’m proud to introduce its new theme, which was built from scratch! That’s right, this theme was built specifically for All Timelines. And if you’re a Star Wars fan, you might recognize some of the designs, since much of it was inspired by StarWars.com.

I have a lot of other upcoming features coming soon. Many of them are almost ready, and I think you’re going to like them.

And since the theme is brand new, it’s possible you might come across a few bugs or awkward styling here and there. If that happens, be sure to contact me right away. I’m looking for everything I can fix. And I’ll be making a number of smaller changes over the next month or so.

So check it out, and glance through what I’ve got. I hope you enjoy!

10 Best Batman Graphic Novels

Batman: one of DC’s most iconic superheroes, and he doesn’t even have superpowers! So much material has been created involving Batman, from his brutal beginnings, to his lighthearted stages, to the grittier Batman most of us are familiar with. So I thought I’d take a look at some of the best Batman graphic novels. These novels show the different aspects of Batman that we know and love.

Note #1: These graphic novels aren’t in any particular ranking order. They’re all great stories of Batman, and while I personally like some better than others, I decided to not rank them.

Note #2: I will be using the terms “graphic novel” and “comic” interchangeably.

Batman Year One by Frank Miller

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This graphic novel shows Batman as he’s just starting out as a vigilante. It’s interesting to see him make rookie mistakes and deal with crooks as he struggles to find what works and what doesn’t in vigilantism. Continue reading “10 Best Batman Graphic Novels”

Beginner’s Guide to the DC Multiverse

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To say that the DC Multiverse is complex would be an understatement. It can be pretty confusing to the first-timer. Even most experts end up debating over continuity and what is considered canon.  So, let’s get started on what you should know about the DC Multiverse!

What is the Multiverse?

The Multiverse is a way to incorporate all the different versions and stories of superheroes in the DC comics. (Marvel has one too!) The Multiverse is split into several different versions of Earth. Basically, for different stories the creators told of heroes where the continuity didn’t match up, different versions of Earth were also created. These Earths are still connected and sometimes interact with each other, depending on the story. Continue reading “Beginner’s Guide to the DC Multiverse”

5 Best Handheld Zelda Games

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We did the 5 best console Zelda games, so now it’s time to do the 5 best handheld Zelda games. These particular games bring their own unique aspect to Zelda games, particularly in gameplay and story.

One interesting element is that many of the handheld games deal with different villains rather than Ganondorf. In many of the games, Ganondorf, or Ganon, does make a brief appearance, since several of the main villains’ goal was to summon him, resurrect him, etc. As a result, most of the stories in these games would be treated as more of side stories that handle a new villain. Continue reading “5 Best Handheld Zelda Games”

A New Shared Universe!

the first book in a new shared universeHere at All Timelines, we love shared universes. Shared universes pretty much provide the backbone of this site and also make up the most popular timelines here. That is why I’m thrilled to feature our own, new shared universe.

I’ve mentioned this new universe before, but this time I have a cool new cover reveal for the first book set in this universe. It’s a YA Fantasy book, and I call it Out of Shadow. I’m absolutely in love with the cover. Continue reading “A New Shared Universe!”

5 Best Zelda Console Games

best zelda console games artWith Breath of the Wild released, many people may wonder what’s the best Zelda game? Well that depends on what you like. The Zelda franchise has created a variety of games in different styles, genres, and mediums. So I decided to talk about my 5 best Zelda console games.

I’m sticking with console games for this list mostly because I feel that the Zelda franchise has a lot of good console and handheld games. I also feel these two categories are different enough that they deserved their own list. The top 5 best handheld Zelda games will come later. Continue reading “5 Best Zelda Console Games”

Scene by Scene Breakdown of The Phantom Menace: Part 1, Jedi in Their Prime

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Welcome to a new type of post here at All Timelines. In this series, I will provide a detailed analysis of a specific film. For starters, I’m talking about Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the first of the Star Wars prequels, released in 1999 and directed by George Lucas. In these posts I will provide a scene by scene breakdown of the film in extreme detail. Think of it as a audio commentary if you could pause at each couple of shots and talk about it. For me, it’s a way of getting all my thoughts on these films out in the open.

This analysis will be primarily textual, meaning that I will only use the “text” of the film. That refers to the dialogue, sounds, music, and visuals of the film itself. I will also draw from deleted scenes and the film script. These are my only primary texts. I may include links or references to other sources, but will only cite these as “fun facts” or “FYIs.” They will not become a basis for my analysis. I may also reference other Star Wars films where appropriate. Continue reading “Scene by Scene Breakdown of The Phantom Menace: Part 1, Jedi in Their Prime”

A Beginner’s Guide to the Legend of Zelda

a beginner's guide to the legend of zeldaWelcome to a beginner’s guide to the Legend of Zelda. The Legend of Zelda is a franchise that’s spanned decades and charmed gamers of all generations, ages, and backgrounds. It has become one of Nintendo’s most iconic game series, right behind the Mario games. With that comes several games in different styles, gameplay, and consoles.

This series has so many different games. Therefore, someone just coming into the game series may be understandably a little intimidated. So here’s a crash course in Zelda! Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to the Legend of Zelda”

10 Best Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes

Star Wars: The Clone Wars has many great story arcs and episodes, but the question is which ones do we think are the best? I’ve made a list of what I think the top 10 best episodes are. My criteria is based on story, animation, action sequences, character development, and the overall enjoyability of the episode. There also may be a bit of my personal bias, so be aware of that. (Editor’s note: I have all the same biases apparently).

Here we go! The top 10 best Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes.

Warning! There will be some spoilers!!

10. Rookies (S1,E5)

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Summary: Clone captains Rex and Cody must team up with a group of rookies to prevent the separatists from taking over a crucial outpost. Continue reading “10 Best Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episodes”

Introducing Argo Force

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Hey all!

So recently I’ve been hard at work to launch a new website. And I’m proud to introduce it to all of you here on All Timelines. The site is ArgoForce.com, and it’s the home of my own fiction. I even created a timeline for my fiction, which you can see here.

I’ve never been a fan of the traditional book-publishing route. The uncertainty of getting a book published always held me back from writing, and I wanted to have the freedom to do whatever I wanted, even if it seemed completely crazy from a business standpoint. So for that reason, I have launched Argo Force to be the hub for my storytelling. I’ll publish my books through the site eventually, but for right now, the main product is a monthly serial about a young superhero named Alice. However, this is not an ordinary superhero story. It starts with her birth and focuses more on her parents. This makes it more of a Joseph and Mary story. With each month, Alice will grow in real time. So when I release the first collection, titled Alice: Year One, I literally mean her first year of life. Continue reading “Introducing Argo Force”

Review: Doctor Strange

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I literally just got back from watching this film, and my mind is abuzz with thoughts. So here’s my review of Doctor Strange, even though typically, I don’t like doing reviews. This is no exception. In fact, it’s more of just my initial thoughts on the film, not a proper review. I just call it a review for SEO purposes. Anyway, moving along.

I’ll get my negative criticism out of the way first. Don’t worry, there’s not much of it. Overall, I really enjoyed the film, but the only annoying part of it was what I find to be a problem across all Marvel films. It’s formulaic, too formulaic. Everything from the character arc, to the cinematography, to the plot structure, to even the color scheme. Marvel has found their stride, and they’re not breaking from it. The innovation that marked Marvel Studios in its early days has now become a norm. There is little to no innovation in their recent films. Just more of the good. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. But it could be, if it keeps up. We’ll see how we feel once Phase Four begins at Marvel. But for me personally, something needs to changes. I’m already feeling the superhero fatigue. Continue reading “Review: Doctor Strange”

The Elder Scrolls Explained

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Today saw the release of Skyrim: Special Edition, and I know I, like many people, can’t wait to revisit this fantastic world. But Skyrim is only one of many games, though it is perhaps the most critically acclaimed.  The games also have a rich lore that can be intimidating for people who don’t know what they’re getting into. The first time I ever tried to get into an Elder Scrolls game (Oblivion), I was overwhelmed with the scope. So this guide should help people get an idea of what the franchise is all about. I have my Elder Scrolls timeline, but that doesn’t quite do this franchise justice. So to compensate, we present The Elder Scrolls, explained. Continue reading “The Elder Scrolls Explained”

7 Best Star Wars Canon Books

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Love it or hate it, when Lucasfilm decided to rebrand many of its previous stories as Legends and start a whole new canon, it started a brave new era in Star Wars literature. No longer were the books riddled with as many plot holes or inconsistencies among themselves. The books now have a unity like no other fictional universe currently in existence, and that’s not really an exaggeration.

But that’s not to say that the Star Wars canon is free of both good and bad writing. Many of the books were just as bad as many of the old Legends books. But many are as good as the best of Legends. And we can probably expect a lot of really good Star Wars books in the future. But for now, here is our ranking for the best Star Wars canon books. Continue reading “7 Best Star Wars Canon Books”

A Shakespeare Shared Universe: Introduction

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Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my read series, where I update you every other week on what series I’m reading and my thoughts. Feel free to follow along. Yesterday, I uploaded my first non-sci-fi/fantasy timeline that focuses on Shakespeare. I’m actually a really big Shakespeare fan, more than any other ancient literature. I hated him in high school (probably like most kids). However, the more I learned, the more I grew to love the Bard.

And that got me thinking: what if there was a Shakespeare shared universe? That’s when I got the idea for my own story, which I am currently writing. The story is called Plots and Errors, and it’s going to be a YA series of books. I plan on competing the first book during NaNoWriMo this year. Continue reading “A Shakespeare Shared Universe: Introduction”

15 Best Shared Universes – Ranked

On this site, we love the shared universe. Like, crazy-jump-up-and-down-make-a-whole-website-about-them kind of love. Shared universes are at the center of what we do here. Most of our timelines involve a shared universe. Now you might be thinking of a shared universe as something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that’s only part of it. The MCU is a “cinematic” shared universe. You can have a lot of shared universes that use other mediums besides film as their tentpole platform.

So below are our top picks for the best shared universes, which we define as multiple series that come together to form a whole. These can be stories told on different platforms, or different series of stories on the same platform that are part of a larger series. We’ve sorted these based on the level of complexity, critical reception, and fan response, but if you disagree with our order be sure to let us know in the comments below. Continue reading “15 Best Shared Universes – Ranked”

The Reckoners Readthrough, Part 2

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Welcome back to the second and final chapter of my Reckoners read-through. Be sure to check out the first installment if you haven’t already. This is a series where I read through some of my favorite series and record my thoughts in blog form. This post will be relatively short because I only have two books to discuss today. But it was a really great series, and I highly recommend it to everyone. If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson, you’ll love it. If you haven’t read Sanderson, you should. I’ll be doing a similar read-through for his Cosmere series later in the year.

Anyway, in the last post I talked about Steelheart, the first book in this series, as well as the short story Mitosis which takes place between Steelheart and the sequel, Firefight. Today I’m talking about the last two books in the trilogy.

3) Firefight

Firefight follows Sanderson’s habit of having a lot of twists and turns in the second act. Everything seems to go wrong in this book and you never see it coming. But you do grow to love the characters even more. Each of them has something that makes them unique (though admittedly sometimes it seems like Sanderson is trying too hard at this). Again the idea that Superheros are the enemy, and the real heroes are those without powers, makes for compelling storytelling.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much the previous short story, Mitosis, actually fit and improved this book. There were a lot of references to the short story that passed over my head the first time I read Firefight. So I can attest to reading everything chronologically. It was a good call. Now this book ends in a really bad cliffhanger (typical of the second installment of a trilogy), so that leads me to…

4) Calamity

This is the book where you realize just how brilliant Sanderson’s world-building is. Everything you thought was just a coincidence is explained. Plot threads that were hinted at in the first book come together. What started out as just a fun story becomes a thriving world. I won’t spoil the ending here, but I thought it was brilliant. Everything came together and it felt like the end of a very complete story. I highly recommend it to everyone.

9 Best Science Fiction Book Series

Two weeks ago we wrote a piece on the best fantasy books series. For fans of science fiction, don’t worry we haven’t forgotten you. Introducing our list of the best science fiction book series to start reading next. Now we don’t have as many science fiction timelines listed on the site as we do fantasy, but more continue to show up. Just this week we added a new timeline for the Red Rising series, which you can consider an honorary mention to the following list. We hope you enjoy! Continue reading “9 Best Science Fiction Book Series”