Fan-Fic Friday: A Grand-Goofy Movie!

I apologize to those who were excited to see a new episode of Arrow: Green Lantern this week. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming soon.

To explain today’s post, which is a huge break from what I normally do, you would have to know something about my family. My wife, my 2 year old, and myself are all obsessed with The Goofy Movie from 1995. The worst culprit would have to be my wife. Whereas I have fond memories of singing the songs and laughing with my brother about the movie, I was always more of a Goof Troop fan. My daughter has recently discovered the show and loves initiating Davenport Dance Parties whenever Powerline is on the screen. This of course leads into An Extremely Goofy Movie, the less successful sequel that follows Max (and Goofy) to college. My wife is a little less enthusiastic about this one, but Willow doesn’t know the difference between Powerline and Disco yet, but musical taste is reserved for 3 year olds, so I’m told.

That being said, I’ve always wanted to see the trilogy completed, and even more so now that Willow has entered our lives. Through A Goofy Movie, An Extremely Goofy Movie, cameos in Ducktales (the reboot), and some Christmas thing my daughter found on Disney+, we’ve only been given snippets of what came after and the road for the Goof family. What we’ve been given has shown that Max appreciates his dad more and more as he got older and that gave me an idea.

In my scenario, Max is in his late 20’s and, like his father, his spouse is nowhere to be seen. Max, the rocking out, skateboarding, extreme sports-junky is now a father to the very serious (think the kid from Pagemaster) very school-driven 8 year old little girl, Maz (or Mazzy).

One more thing before it starts: If Disney wants this, I’m totally willing to sell out. Give me a call, I’m sure you can use your Super Computers to find my phone number.


Opens on Maximilian Goof, late 20’s, knocking on a bedroom door decorated in little girl things.

Maz Goof is in her room and doing her homework.

Max- “Hey kiddo, it’s summer vacation, what are you working on?”

Maz- “I bartered with the children in the grade above me for their assignments. I’m getting a headstart on next year’s homework.”

Maz- “Wouldn’t you rather go outside or play with your friends?”

Maz- frowning- “Father, friends consume time that could be better applied to study.”

Max frowns, and an idea suddenly strikes him. – “I’ll bet I can teach you something.” He smiles at his cleverness. “A physics lesson!”

Maz- “Is this some plot to engage me in ‘fun’?”

Max- “Well, yes, but you might also learn something.”

Maz- “Very well, father.”

Cut to Max giving pointers on skateboarding and Maz speaking to it’s dangers with percentages. Max skates off screen and we hear the classic Goofy Scream.

The next scene is Goofy running through a hospital and to a room. Max is in a full body cast and Maz is thanking him for the very important lesson.

Maz hugs her grandfather and gives a clever explanation when Goofy asks what happened.

Maz- “Father taught me what happens when a small mass at high velocity collides with a much larger mass that is stationary.”

Goofy raises an eyebrow at Max who gestures at the broken skateboard and says, “I crashed.”

Max asks Maz to get him something from the vending machine as a ploy to get Goofy alone.

Max- “Dad, I need you to watch Maz. She’s too young to go without someone and I’m not moving anywhere for 4 to 6 weeks.”

Goofy- “Max, I dunno, son. I’ve always been a little…”

Max smiles- “Goofy?”

Goofy returns the smile- “Well, yah. And Maz is just a little…”

Max- “No, she’s way too serious. That’s why you have to take her. She needs to learn that it’s ok to have fun. That it’s ok to be Goofy!”

Goofy- “Well, I don’t know what little girls like to do…”

Max- pulls out a slip of paper, aged, folded- “I already figured that out.”

Goofy unfolds the paper and the biggest, Goofy-est grin spreads across his face and a tear comes to one of his eyes.

Goofy straightens and pushes the paper back toward Max who refuses it- “Really? This is really something that she should do with her father.”

Max nods- “Really. I would love to take her, but she won’t learn what she really needs to learn with me. Besides,” he shrugs as much as his body cast will let him, “I’m not going anywhere for a while.”

Goofy- “But what about you, son? I can’t leave you here all alone.”

Right then the nurse walks in and Max’s eyes light up. She’s “Disney-attractive.”

Max- “I’ll be alright.”

Goofy catches on and let’s out a “hyuck.”

The camera zooms in on the paper, it’s a map, and a corner of it is circled.

It reads, Lake Destiny.


On the one hand, this seems very “The Force Awakens is really A New Hope in disguise,” but while we would be revisiting much of the first movie the idea and spirit behind this are entirely different.

In the original, Goofy was trying to connect with his son who, seemingly, hated him. In this, Maz knows and loves her grandfather, she just doesn’t understand how to just enjoy life. Goofy will struggle with that and getting her to relax and enjoy herself while also struggling with his fears of not being the “Max” type of parental figure. The goal of the movie is for him to realize he needs to be his own type of Grandpa while Maz needs to learn what it means to be a Goof.

All with tons of cameos, musical numbers, and easter eggs from the first movie.

Review: War of the God Queen by David Hambling

Hambling’s War of the God Queen was a relatively new look at the Cthulhu Mythos for me that not only worked, but was great at using the Mythos as a background piece of the plot without taking away from the very character driven story.

The story follows Jessica, who is thrown into the past while fighting the dread beast Cthulhu himself. I loved the portrayal as R’yleh as something more than just a location on Earth, but also as solid thing throughout time.

Jessica lands in tribal times where that same tunnel through time has also been regurgitating Lovecraftian beasts that have been kidnapping woman for breeding purposes.

She’s forced to convince tribal leaders that not only can she help, but that also being a woman isn’t something that’s a hinderance to her aid. She has to learn the language, their way of life, and how to survive in those old times while trying to figure out how to get past the monsters and climb back through the hole through time that she fell through and get back home.

My favorite thing about this story was the anthropological look at the people and Jessica’s integration. While a lot of the people she’s with see her as a goddess from on high come to save them from their demons, the rest tend to see her as a political tool, or push aside religious iconography to accept her as a person with more knowledge than they have.

Additionally, the entire story reads like an epic Hambling adventure akin to Harry Stubbs, with it being evident that Hambling did his research.

I’m a huge fan of this book and can’t see where else David takes this world that he’s been building.

5 out of 5 stars!

FanFic Friday – Arrow: Green Lantern Part 3

John was resting on the floor of his new house, just outside of Metropolis, with Lyla spooning against him. There were boxes scattered around the room with the nearest one acting as a table for two glasses of wine and a half-eaten box of pizza.

“The kids fell asleep harder than I expected them to,” he commented.

Lyla nodded. “When you said they could decorate their new rooms however they wanted it was game over. I’ve never seen them work that hard before.”

John wrapped his arm around Lyla, but before he could tuck his hand under her, she looked again at the ring that seemed to be permanently affixed to his finger.

“J’onn said it was a weapon?” she asked.

John smirked. “A weapon, but a lot like a crowbar can be a weapon when you need it to be. That last two nights it seems to be talking to me in my sleep and teaching me more about it.”

Lyla was suddenly concerned. “It’s reading your thoughts?”

John shook his head, “Not really. It seems to only want to teach me about itself. I think that for the ring to work, we have to be partners who are entirely in sync. The more I learn about it, the better it works for me.” He could see that his words weren’t making much sense to his wife, so he decided to show her instead. “Watch.”

He let Lyla sit up so that he could reposition himself before stretching his arm forward. A beam of green light came out of his ring and created an orb around a slice of pizza. The tension that had been building up in his brow released as his confidence grew and the slice lifted into the air before gliding into Lyla’s hand.

She took a bite as John relaxed and smiled. “We are totally going to get fatter with that thing.”

A movement at the front door caught their attention as J’onn J’onzz passed through it with his Martian abilities. He was wearing his Martian Manhunter suit but was still in his human guise.

“I apologize for the interruption, but you are in danger.”

Years of conditioning as both a soldier and member of Team Arrow had his hand out and aiming a green and glowing construct of a pistol at the Martian. Lyla had a similar reaction and was holding an actual pistol on the hero. They both lowered their weapons, and John’s disappeared back into the ring as he did.

“Danger? From what?” Lyla asked.

“Something is coming for you, John,” he explained. “Something you aren’t ready for yet.”

Diggle smirked and brought the gun construct back into existence. “I don’t know, I’ve been practicing.”

“While that is impressive,” J’onn explained, “this thing that is coming for you went toe to toe with Supergirl. Running today will protect your family and help you in your fight tomorrow.”

Lyla climbed to her feet as her husband followed. “J’onn, what is this thing?”

“It calls itself a Manhunter.”

“Like you?” Diggle asked.

“No,” Lyla answered as her mind began recalling information from her time as the Harbinger. “The Manhunters were the sworn enemies of the Green Lanterns.”

John raised an eyebrow. “You know that, but you don’t know what my ring is capable of?”

“My knowledge as Harbinger was only given to me on a need to know basis. Knowing your enemy was more important to the Monitor than knowing your allies. The Monitor didn’t want me running into Manhunters, whereas the Green Lanterns would have been on my side.”

“Great,” John exclaimed. “Then we know more about them then they know about us.”

Lyla shook her head. “I’ve told you everything I know already. They hunt the Green Lanterns and I was to avoid them.” She looked John in the eyes. “John, I had access to multiversal power and the Monitor told me to avoid them.”

Diggle turned to his Martian friend. “J’onn, are Lyla and the kids safe here?

“No, John,” Lyla argued, knowing where her husband was going with this. “We’re coming with you.”

“Lyla,” J’onn spoke up, “the Manhunter is tracking the amplified power of John’s will. If he leaves, you and your children will remain entirely safe.”

“This thing fought Supergirl, Lyla,” John hugged and kissed her. “This is strategy 101. I can’t fight this thing if I’m worried about protecting you.”
Suddenly the ring spoke up, in Lyla’s voice, “Power at 10%.”

“Wait,” John’s frustration was obvious. “This thing needs to be charged? How do I do that?”

A beam of energy leapt from the ring and a portal of light opened in the wall. Floating from it was a large green lantern, similar to those he had taken camping with his stepfather years ago.

Lyla’s voice continued from the ring, “Place your ring against the lantern and you will know what to say.”

“I’ve heard about this, but never seen it,” J’onn J’onzz looked almost giddy with excitement. “I have dreamed of this since I was a child.”

Diggle placed his fist against the lantern as it floated in front of him and the ring was right, he did know the words.”

“In Brightest Day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. May those who worship evil’s might, beware my power: Green Lantern’s Light.”

The ring flashed and the lantern receded back into the portal. The portal disappeared.

“You can call upon the pocket dimension to access your power battery at any time,” the ring explained. “Ring Power is now 100%.”

“Woah,” Lyla said and John noticed that she was looking him up and down. That was when he realized that the ring had dressed him in his newest uniform.

“Cool, huh?”

“From vigilante to complete superhero,” she smiled. “Oliver would be proud.”

He nodded to his wife and gave her another kiss before sneaking into their kid’s rooms and kissing them as well. Once the pleasantries were gone, he and the Martian made their way out of the house.

With a smirk on his face, John leapt into the air and flew into the night sky over Metropolis.

FanFic Friday: Arrow- Green Lantern Part 2

“Alex, I’m at the crash site and I’m not picking up anything special in any of the spectrums that I can see in.” She put her hands on her hips and let out a sigh that lifted her bangs.

Alex’s voice came over the comm in Supergirl’s ear. “If we’re lucky it’s just another random meteor, but I don’t think National City has ever had a meteor land near it that wasn’t something ominous.”

“That’s the understatement of the year,” Kara laughed. “I’ll move in for a closer look.”

The crater itself was mostly empty except for a large red puddle that Kara suddenly found herself hoping wasn’t someone that the meteor had landed on. She dismissed that thought when she saw the small lines of silver crisscrossing the puddle. Without anything coming through on her vision checks, Kara tried her other senses. Her ears soon picked up a news broadcast that seemed to get amplifed by the proximity to the crash site. The sound of a weather anchor that Kara knew well enough professionally to recognize by his voice came to her attention. No sooner did she recognize his voice than the puddle began to shift.

Almost faster than she could see, the puddle took the form of the weatherman.

“I have an ominous feeling that you’re not really Weatherman Phil of National City News.”

An odd staff of alternating red and silver formed between his hands.

“I seek the Green Lantern of Sector 2841. No man escapes the Manhunters.”

Kara suddenly remembers something from her childhood. She’s heard of the Green Lanterns but hadn’t heard anything about them since before she left Krypton.

“There are no Green Lanterns on Earth that I know of.” She waved, “Sorry to waste your time. I guess you can go now.”

“You cannot hide him from me.” He twisted and aimed the tip of the staff in her direction. “No man escapes the Manhunters.”

“I heard you the first time,” she put her hands in front of her hoping to still any of his aggression. “We don’t need to fight. I can probably help you.”

A beam of red and black fired from the staff’s tip and would have struck Kara if she hadn’t moved aside at the last second. Continuing her movement, she sped at the thing calling itself a Manhunter and slammed him back into the crater.

He was up as quickly as he went down, spinning the staff and hitting Supergirl in the waist. She was tossed into the air where she caught herself and hovered above him.

“You cannot stop me. No man can escape the Manhunters.”

With hits like those, she figured he could take a concentrated blast of her heat vision. He managed to catch it on his staff, but it was only the distraction. As Kara continued to fire with her eyes, she also flew at the Manhunter at incredible speed, driving both of her fists into his chin and toward the ground.

The Manhunter created a new crater and didn’t rise nearly as quickly as he had the first time.

“I’m not a man and I’m not looking to escape. You’re coming with me.”

She reached down to grab him by his collar but his body went liquid again and he flowed over her and behind her, bringing his staff up to choke Supergirl while driving his foot into the back of her knee. She fell to the ground gasping as she fought for breath. It was rare for her to meet someone who was strong enough to choke her.

She spun as quickly as she could. A brief cyclone was kicked up in the dirt and the Manhunter was thrown away. Kara didn’t slow her assault, rushing at him and trading blows with superhuman speeds. For every blow she managed to land, so did the Manhunter. Unfortunately, the Manhunter didn’t seem to be tiring or slowing, whereas she worried that she would. Whatever he was, it wasn’t organic. He was some sort of machine.

When one blow managed to put some space between them, Kara noticed his eyes flash green before his body went rigid.

“Target located.” He launched into the air and began flying east at supersonic speeds.

“Oh no you don’t,” Kara shot into the air after him.

She lost him outside of the Great Plains.

“Alex,” she spoke into her comms. “We need to find out who this planet’s Green Lantern is ASAP.”

“What’s a Green Lantern?” Alex asked.

“I’m not sure, but they’re in for a rude visitor.”