Saturday, July 23, 2005

Alpha-Telepathy


Okay, you've probably noticed that I think Gerry Conway is Satan's Cabana Boy. How can I despise the man who created Vibe, you ask? Does a husband have to like his in-laws?

Anyway, here's some credit where credit is due ... to Gerry Conway.

Conway is the only writer I know of (other than Morrison's one-panel of aquatelepathic attack in the Hyperclan story) who understood that Aquaman's "mental telepathy" would have an affect on anything with a brain, not just fish.

People make fun of Aquaman because he "talks to fish" (well, that and other reasons). But as a general rule, throughout his history Aquaman does NOT talk to fish. He commands them (along with other sea creatures). That's sensible; marine brains aren't wired for language (heck, most simian brains can barely handle it). But they do know all about instinctive imperatives. Must swim. Must hide. Must mate.

Seems pretty clear what Aquaman does is impose his will on the fish and his imperatives take the place of their regular ones. Must disarm harpoonist. Must spell out "S.O.S." with our bodies. Must ram Mantaship.

Unless you go all new-age with some hoo-hah like "the Clear" (a cousin of "the Green" and "the Red"), marine animals brains aren't intrinsically different than land animal brains (except for being, on average, simpler). If Aquaman's mind can command sea creatures it is reasonable to assume it could, to some degree, influence (or "push" as Max Lord used to say) other ones. Even humans (particularly ones with simple brains, like Steel). Apparently Gerry Conway's the only writer smart enough to realize this (I can NOT believe I just wrote that sentence).

It explains a lot, too, particularly how a guy with little social interaction is such a "natural leader". You can laugh at him all you want, but when Aquaman talks, people shut up and listen. Ever seen Batman, or any other JLAer, mouth off to Aquaman? No. He's a freak and foreigner by Atlantean standard, but still they used to bow and scrape before him. The man once made Senator Neptune Perkins wet his pants, for cryin' out loud.

People want to obey Aquaman because he doesn't have "aqua-telepathy" (the ability to talk to fish), he's got "alpha-telepathy" (the ability to impose his will on others). And why shouldn't he? If they gave it to the ridiculous "Provoke" and Max Lord, certainly the writers at DC should realize that Aquaman has it.

Even Gerry Conway knew that.


When I Was Born



When I was born...

Sgt. Rock was telling his little blond friend "Sparrow" to "open up".

Oh, Frank!

Friday, July 22, 2005

Character Donation #45: Mirage


Here's one Mirage I wish would disappear!

If you don't remember Mirage... well, good for you. She comes from the New Teen Titans Annual #7 (1991); note that, as a general rule, any character introduced in any Annual is either slapdash, cheezy, or just plain wrong.

Let's send her to Marvel where she'll be fine. Why, you ask?

She grew up a street urchin in Brazil. I bet she even picked a pocket or two; sound familiar?

Instead of having a name tangentially evocative of her power (like say, "Gypsy" or "Spellbinder"), she is named, in the Marvel tradition, directly after the power itself: Mirage.

She was created only to complicate the social dynamics of Wolfman's Marvelesque New Teen Titans, where, in a typical Marvel "supergroup as dysfunctional family" plot, she fell for Nightwing and impersonated Starfire in order to be with him (didn't Mystique do that?). A sleeper agent like Terra, she found herself torn between good and evil. Oh, and she's a single mother (of course).

Another morally ambiguous, self-tortured, self-conflicted imperfect person with a one-note power, family difficulties, and unrequited love = Marvel. Danielle Moonstar, move over!

Joe Quesada, Mirage is in the mail!

Crossover Crack Babies


I don't mind bad crossover events. These things happen. After all, we can just forget them if we want and hypertime lets us do so guilt-free.

Except when we can't. Which is almost always.

Yes, for every awful multiseries event that we hate and want to forget there is always at least one giant conceptual crack baby, some DCU state of affairs that is inextricably tied to the Stupid Crossover Event (SCE). You can't ignore the horror of the SCE because you've inherited its child as part of the DCU. This is most annoying.

Pictured is my particular bete noir of these Crossover Crack Babies: Slabslide Penitentiary.

As most DC readers know, Slabside (a.k.a. "The Slab") is in Antarctica (near the magnetic South Pole, in fact). This may sound fun and make for some stark drawings but it is SHEER LUNACY.

The inaccessibility and inhospitability of the Antarctican coast, let alone its mountainous interior, is nearly inconceivable for the average person. I can believe a man can fly. I can believe in shape-shifting mind-reading superheroes from what we know to be a barren planet. I can even believe that Snapper Carr's presence never resulted in Batman abandoning his commitment not to kill. But I cannot accept the idea that a high-tech, maximum security prison could be safely plopped down to operate in the middle of a continent that most microbes can't endure.

Where does such insanity come from? Fittingly enough, the Joker. Slabslide was originally located, oh, somewhere else, until it accidently got relocated to Antarctica courtesy of Little Mister Miracle Shilo Norman, Mult-Man (!), Mr. Mind (!!), the re-animated corpse of Black Mass (don't ask), and some redhead still wearing stormtrooper drag from the SD Comicon (see pic above).

Why is the Joker to blame? It took place in issue 6 of Joker's Last Laugh, a crossover everyone wants to forget.

Except now we can't because one of the DCU's most famous prisons is now in the middle of friggin' Antarctica.

Thanks, DC!

Check?


If ...

  • Despero is behind un-lobotomizing the Secret Society;
  • Checkmate is infiltrating the JLA;
  • and Max Lord's powers have gotten unusually strong;

then ...

  • I'm betting Despero is behind Checkmate and has been using his Third Eye to enhance Max's powers.

After all, playing chess against the Justice League IS what Despero does.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Guess the Dial!


Here's a little game for you Heroclix fans.

I recently put in an order with Master Modder Dale for several custom Heroclix. For each of these, I asked Dale to put the figure on a pre-existing dial.

Here's the list of figures; which dial did I ask to have them put on?

Alfred
The Crime Doctor

Per Degaton

Killer Moth

The Human Flying Fish

Phantom Lady

The Golden Age Starman

Golden Eagle

The Fadeaway Man

Cat-Man

Here's a big hint. In order to avoid duplication with existing DC figure, all but one of the dials are from MARVEL Heroclix.

Comic quotes

Quotes from my Comics this Week

JSA Classified
"As long as I can juggle semi-trucks and leap over buildings, I'm fine."
For the record, I've deduced who Power Girl's parents are, and I did so during her medical exam (long before the patented Geoff Johns last-page reveal). Most people can't even BLINK while watching Power Girl's medical exam...

Day of Vengeance
"Honey, are you some kind of superhero?"
I don't know who this new girl is, but I LOVE her Dad already. Finally someone who acts like they are actually used to living in the DC universe.

Robin
"Oops for you."
Robin was hot in this issue. Really hot. Like, "I need to turn myself into the authorities now for thinking inappropriate things about the Boy Wonder" kind of hot.

Adventures of Superman
"Are you ready to kneel before the Lord?"
I am officially freaked out. And impressed. You got me good with this one, Rucka.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Character Donations #39-43


The Hangmen.

Good lord, who's responsible for putting this bunch in the DCU?

Like any good Marvel X-group, they are carefully composed for ethnogeographic diversity (an American, a Japanese, a Puerto Rican, and, yes, I know Puerto Ricans are Americans, a Russian, and a *snort* "sadistic Australian"). They each have a stupid "Compoundnoun"-type codename (Breathtaker!, Provoke!, Stranglehold!, Shock Trauma!, and, gods help me say it, Killshot!) based on how they kill people.

  • Killshot! Ooo, an EVIL Cyborg! An evil RUSSIAN Cyborg! "Killshot" is what should happen to whoever came up with that name.
  • Shock Trauma! Ooo, an EVIL Static Shock! An evil JAPANESE Static Shock! What kind of moron names himself "Shock Trauma"? Maybe it sounds better in Japanese.
  • Stranglehold! She's EIGHT FOOT TALL. Guess how she kills people? Me, I'd be more likely to hire a guy with a gun. Eight foot tall woman comes running up to strangle you-- you can either shoot her or just jump in a Volkwagen or an elevator car.
  • Provoke! He makes people want to kill themselves! Obviously a power he inherited from the writer.
  • Breathtaker! She sucks wind! Well, no argument there.

I swear whoever comes up with these crappy groups must create boy bands as a second job ("You, you'll be the one with Mental Powers." "Um, no, I'm the Cute One, sir..."). These people are supposed to be "the next generation in assassins", and they'd be laughed out of Legion Try-Outs in one panel: "I'm sorry, your power of super-wind-sucking would be useless during our conflicts in airless space! Next!"

I'm pretty sure that they only appeared one time in the DCU (Teen Titans 21/22) ... then the editors came back from lunch. Ship this motley crew off to Marvel where they can become some sort of X-villains, because in the DCU they are nothing but "Why?-villains".

You Fiend!


If you're a regular reader of the Absorbascon, it won't be hard to guess where THIS panel comes from.

Condemnation of Derisive Former Colleagues!
Vengeance Swearing!
Flaming Transoceanic Multinational Armed Conflict!
Invisible Fifth Columnists!

ALL IN ONE WORD BALLOON.

Poor Doris. She can't handle the concentrated drama of a Starman villain like the Mist. Against her will (and the advice of her agent), the drama forces the back of her hand to her upturned forehead and pries from her mouth a phrase you thought no one ever said, not even in the comic books:

YOU FIEND!

I don't know about you, my friends, but after seeing this panel, I need a stiff drink...!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Character Donations 1-37


Do you live in the town you were born in?

Probably not. Many young adults realize that their hometowns aren't really where they "fit in" and that they need to move elswhere.

Well, some comic book characters are like that, too!

In a recent "post exchange" with Seven Hells, we each talked about a character created in one comic book universe that really seemed as though it should belong elsewhere. Devon suggested that Killer Croc, at least as his character has evolved, really belongs at Marvel (specifically, in Spiderman's rogue's gallery).

As we talked about it more, we realized, GOSH, there are lots of DC characters who seem like they belong better in the Marvel Universe. And since DC has no shortage of usable characters, why not be charitable and give some to the friendly neighborhood competition? One man's garbage is another man's gold, and characters that seem awkwardly out of place in the DCU could be stars in the different milieu of the Marvelverse.

In fact, we're willing to bet there are at least, let's say, 365 "donatable" characters DC could give Marvel. Together, the Absorbascon and Seven Hells are going to figure out which ones they are!

I'll give this venture a big headstart by listing the first 37 (!) DC characters who need to be donated to Marvel:

Darkseid, Orion, Azaya, Lightray, Metron, Takion, Desaad, Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Serifan, Vykin, Kalibak, Steppenwolf, Tigra, Mantis, Mortalla, Justeen, Granny Goodness, Stompa, Lashina, Knockout, Bloody Mary, Bernadeth, Gillotina, Vermin Vundabar, Malice Vundabar, Speed Queen, Kanto, Glorious Godfrey, Amazing Grace, Mad Harriet, the Black Racer, Yuga Khan, Heggra, Sleez, Forager.

Yes, the bulk of the Fourth World/Forever People characters feel like they belong in the Marvelverse, for the obvious reason that Jack Kirby created them. Understand, this is not a criticism of these characters; they just need to go where they "fit" better. No matter how many commenters swear allegiance to the 4th Worlders, the fact remains that they stick out like sore thumbs and DC has never successfully been able to integrate them into its "native" mythos.

Barda and Mister Miracle? They actually work in the DCU. Just retcon their backstories a tad (okay-- a lot) and Mister Miracle ("protege of Zatara and Merry Girl of 1000 Gimmicks!") and Barda (renegade Amazon) could take their place in the JSA....

Now. Only 328 to go; take it away, Seven Hells...!

Laziness is a Villainous Virtue?

Someone reminded me that when I posted my "Villainous Virtues" series, almost no one was reading this blog. So, because I'm lazy today, er, I mean, to share those classic posts with a new generation of readers, I present below:

The Villainous Virtue series.

Villainous Virtue

Well, I was going to write a book about this, but with the invention of the weblog, I guess I'll just do it this way on line.

Anyone can learn virtue from heroes. Where's the fun in that? The real challenge is in looking at comic book villains and seeing what virtues we can learn from them. According to Aristotle, Socrates said, "No man knowingly does evil." If we just put ourself in their mindset for a bit, it's amazing what we can learn about living an outstanding life (with world domination as a possible side-benefit)!

Let's begin....

Villainous Virtue: Confidence!

If there is one prerequisite to villainhood, it must be confidence. Confidence not inspired by ability, experience, or logic; confidence inspired simply by... itself. The confidence to say (out loud, of course):

"Garbed in this garish costume, I, Dr. Scheme, shall conquer the world using only easily broken instruments, followers with glass jaws and atrocious aim, and my expensively byzantine plans!"

Do you think Dr. Scheme has trouble asking for a raise or saying hello to that pretty face in the bar? I think not. And I'm sure he's got a ready ray-gun to fall back on, too!

Kobra, on Resilience


"My vengeance will be terrible to behold! They shall fall before me, and my servants will suck the marrow from their very bones!"
Kobra, "JLA: Foreign Bodies"

Has Kobra ever actually hurt anybody? Haunted by his brother's ghost, saddled with a misspelled code name, a terrible lisp, and the giggle-inducing honorific of "Naga Naga", Kobra would be a good enemy for, say, Sylvester the Cat. But, having survived the cancellation of his series (what, 30 years ago?), Kobra continues to tackle the entire JLA or the entire JSA, an inspiration for us all. He is confidence AND resilience, personified.

Of course, you don't hear him called " the most dangerous man alive" much anymore...now that he's dead.

Resilience does have its limits.

The Ocean Master, on Resilience


"I did not anticipate the reaction you'd have to my challenge. It cost me a loss of face. Then again, I am new to my intended sovereignty, and have not yet learned to account for all eventualities."

Ocean Master, "King of the Sea"

You have been trounced repeatedly, publicly, by Aquaman, of all people. You take a distant second to Black Manta, an autistic guy with a diving helmet, a large shrimp fork, and a vocoder. You style yourself as the "Ocean Master" even though a few gulps of seawater would block your lungs and your brain would cease to function in about two or three minutes and for years to come Aquaman would force the guppies that watched you drown retell the story at every single underwater cocktail party and convention gathering.

But it is not your fault. And you are unbowed.

Good gods, is there ANYONE more inspiring than the Ocean Master?

Villainous Virtues: Fairness!

Many (blind and uncaring) people think villains have no sense of fairness.

Absurd! The fools!

Fairness is extremely important to villains. Now, their sense of what is fair may not exactly conform to Mr. Terrific's, but these aren't your run-of-the-mill people. The point is, they are strongly motivated by their sense of fairness, just as we should be.

Although we ourselves need not let it become the basis for a righteous indignation that spurs us to poison an entire city's water supply in a decades-delayed reaction to a childhood incident with a squirt-gun.

Clayface, on Confidence

We mentioned that Confidence is the most essential villainous virtue, but we didn't give any examples. Let's change that, shall we?

"So they think mere guards can stop me? Fools! The utter fools!"
Basil "Clayface" Karlo, "Clayface Walks Again!"

It would be hard to have less reason for confidence than Basil Karlo. He's an over the hill, has-been actor, whose principal weapons are a letter-opener and a make-up kit.

Does he take on Madame Fatal? NO! He tangles with Batman, repeatedly.

Confidence, people.

By the way, if you're ever having a bad day, just find a time and place where you can stand up and say, "Fools! The utter fools!"

It's astonishing how much better it makes you feel.

Dr. Poison, on Politeness


Don't you think it's nice when villains give their opponents dinner or such before they kill them? I remember how impressed I was as a kid when Mr. Freeze did that for Batman on the old tv show. It's just so civilized. Politeness is definitely a villainous virtue.

Wonder Woman's villains are a pretty polite bunch, I guess because, you know, they're fighting a lady. Take Dr. Poison:

"I am the Princess Maru. My genius will destroy America!"
Dr. Poison, untitled first appearance against Wonder Woman.

Remember, even if you are a cross-dressing Japanese princess and biochemistry genius hell-bent on destroying a freedom-loving democracy and all who would defend it...

it is still polite to introduce oneself.

Killer Moth, on Confidence


Confidence, as we've discussed, s the most essential of the villainous virtues.

"Ah, my Trophy Room! The cases are empty now, but soon they'll be filled with souvenirs of the greatest crimes in the city's history! And when one day Batman meets Killer Moth, I shall take the greatest trophy of all... the mask of Batman!"
Killer Moth, first appearance.

Killer Moth has inspired so many people, in so many ways, that an entire book should be devoted just to him. Even in his first outing he was a paragon of villainous virtue. So confident that he believes battle-scarred, leg-breaking Gotham gangsters who frequently beat the snot out of Batman will hire him as a crime consultant even though he's a rich sissy in a giant moth costume; that he builds a Trophy Room filled with empty cases awaiting souvenirs from his many triumphs; that he assumes his defeat of Batman is inevitable.

One almost feels ... unworthy to turn ones eyes upon such godlike confidence. So, what do you think is in that Trophy Room now? That picture Cavalier took of him with Joker and Luthor during "The Death of Batman" trial? A bootleg copy of his appearance on the Batman TV show that never happened? Photos of Batgirl kicking him down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?

Killer Moth is the perfect villian, people.

Villainous Virtue: Style!

Dr. Evil understood it. If you're just going to pop someone in the head with gun like a common mugger, then you're no better than a common mugger (pass THAT on to Maxwell Lord, OMAC!).

A real villain understands that elaborate death-traps (preferably involving giant props), holding cities for ransom, forcing your enemy to wear an asbestos jackass costume to escape a raging fire ... all these are about style.

Although sharks with laser-beams on their heads is a bit gauche, in my humble opinion.

The Riddler, on Planning


Planning is one of the premier villainous virtues. Villains plan a lot. Obsessively. Elaborately.
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The patron villain of planning? Why, the Riddler, of course. One of the many reasons we adore him!

"With my usual foresightedness, I deposited a large amount of cash with a bondsman--who will put it up as security for my bail! It won't be long till I get out of your jail-cell -- free once again to go about my business!"
The Riddler, "The Riddler's Prison-Puzzle Problem"

Another reason to love the Riddler is that he can start a sentence with the phrase "with my usual foresightedness...."

Oh, sure; snicker at the Riddler all you want...but he's still the guy who deduced who Batman was. Because he is a master planner, the Riddler remains vital decades after hundreds of would-be world-despots, deformed psychos, and criminal kingpins started their permanent dirt-naps.

Other villains get caught because they're stupid and leave clues accidently; the Riddler gets caught because he's smart and leaves clues on purpose.

Plus, the Riddler--out of all villains, past and present--seems to be the only one with a passable grasp of the basics of our legal system and how to use it to his advantage, as any common mugger would do.

Darkseid, on Confidence


As we've said before, of all the villainous virtues, the greatest is Confidence...

"My thinking is flawless, Stranger! My planning impeccable!"
Darkseid, "Send for...the Suicide Squad!"

He's split off from the real universe, living in a bleak cul-de-sac on the other side of the dimensional tracks. His every follower is a spineless lickspittle whose collective spunk and ability for independent thought is less than that a Daily Planet cub reporter or an enfeebled British manservant. He wears fishing boots, a mini-skirt, and a crash helmet.

And, despite a fantastic press machine, he has...never...done...anything.

BUT. His thinking is flawless, his planning impeccable. So watch out.

The Clock Maker, on Punctuality


The villainous virtue of Planning has a twin: the villainous virute of Punctuality.

Bombs are always "set to go off at the stroke of midnight." Big heists are supposed to go "exactly as scheduled." Deathtraps are often "precisely timed." And when the hero shows up, what does the villain say? "Ah, right on cue, Exemplar Man!"

Villains are punctual people and they take the time to teach us to be punctual, too. Take, for example, The Clock Maker:

"Murders! Murderers of time! You kill time every day! You kill precious seconds that might be used in doing something! Seconds ... minutes ... hours hurry past you and you kill every one of them! Murderers! All these faces...these hundreds of pairs of hands accuse you of murder! If I had my way I'd see to it that time would kill you!! Time would murder you!"

Mr. Brock, "The Clock Maker!"

In case you missed it, Mr. Brock was rather down on those who wasted time. So, be prompt and don't fritter away your time.

Or an old man may blow you up with an exploding alarm clock or mow you down with a big sickle.

Clockman, on Purpose

"You ruined my life, archer...you and that quack doctor! Well, now you're both going to pay for that when the bomb goes off ... even if I die in the process!"

Purpose is a cardinal villainous virtue.A life without purpose has no meaning. The wise Clockman knows this. His purpose in life is to destroy the enemies who destroyed his life.

Well, not destroyed, really, because he's still alive.
And has a groovy costume.
And an entry in Who's Who.
None of which he would have had, if his life had not been "ruined".
In fact, if his life hadn't been "ruined", it wouldn't have had any purpose, and a life without purpose has no meaning.

Hmm. Now we know why Clockman isn't cited as an exemplar of the villainous virtue of Logic.

Alaktor, on Punctuality

Someone pointed out that our previous post on the villainous virtue of Punctuality wasn't really on "punctuality" but on "not wasting time".

Touche. But "not wanting to waste time-iness" doesn't haven't quite the ring of "punctuality", so I'll stick with calling it the latter, imprecise though it may be! I wonder how Alaktor would feel about that...?

"Stop wasting time! Your super-powers are helpless against us! Well, what is your answer? Remember, your refusal to surrender means your certain destruction!"
Alaktor, "The Civil War of the Legion"


Ah, Alaktor. He had no powers, but his back-up singers were Nero, John Dillinger, and Hitler, which really lent him cachet.

Ordinarily, if you have no powers and your teammates are a fat sissy in a toga, a gun-less gangster, and a dictator without a country, taking on the Legion of Super-Heroes would make you an exemplar of Confidence, not Punctuality.

But snitty Alaktor is always pressuring everyone to stick to his personal schedule for galactic domination...even though he has a Time Bubble!

Two-Face, on Logic

Everybody understands the importance of logical thinking, but a villain understands its role. Logic is not a master that should constrain you; it is a tool to be used to ones own ends.

No one understands that better than Two-Face, who is capable of justifying any action as either good or bad, depending on how the coin lands. Can you tell he used to be a lawyer?

"I'm a freak, now... a monster! So I seek the company of other monsters, criminals, murderers, thieves! They are my friends...and you are my enemy...that's why you must die!
Harvey "Two-Face" Dent, "The End of Two-Face"

Now, how do you argue against that?

The Penny Plunderer, on Logic

Speaking of coins...

"Pennies...and coppers! They did this to me! Pennies...coppers...copper pennies! I hate them all! When I get out, I'll get back at coppers and pennies! I'll fight coppers--with pennies! Every job I pull will involve pennies! My crime symbol will be PENNIES!"
Joe "the Penny Plunderer" Coyne, "The Penny Plunderers"

Logic is not a cold, hard thing. In the hands of a properly inspired villain, it can be warm, vibrant, and beauteous. If Two-Face is the greatest proponent of villainous logic, Joe Coyne is its patron saint. If you read the above sentence every day after you wake up and every night before you go to sleep, you will gain the power to justify any course of action you wish to take in your life.

Try it.

Monday, July 18, 2005

The Square Root of the Calculator = The Atom-Master

The Calculator, brilliant reconceived as an anti-Oracle by some guy named Meltzer (Hi, Brad!), is the breakout character from Identity Crisis. Not only was he a lynchpin of IC, he's one of the six directors of the Secret Society of SuperVillians. Why, with only Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern for company, he even has a Team Ability named after him in Heroclix .

A lot of fans pride themselves on knowing Calculator's wacky 1970s origin. In a memorable series of back-up stories across the DCU, some nut/genius dressed like a giant calculator ran around stealing treasures at the apex of their value, fighting individual JLA members, and "inoculating" himself against defeat aftewards with his "special button". The Calculator had a panel strapped to his chest and a helmet that materialized solid objects by rearranging the atoms of dust molecules in the air. Naturally, he was finally captured by ... you guessed it ... Batman, who turned his own weapon against him (the Calculator returned in the 1980s to battle the Atom, AirWave, and Blue Beetle).

But what most fans haven't noticed is that the original Calculator himself is a redux of a different character: the Atom-Master.

Bob Rozakis may be wacky but he's no fool. Steeped as he is in the history and traditions of DC, when pressed to create a new villian, Bob can reach into his big bag of forgotten villains, dust one off, give it a new coat of paint, and voila, a sensational character find! This time he did just that, by reviving of one ... the Forgotten Villains.

Can't name 'em, can ya? They were six painfully obscure villains who banded together, at least from their perspective, to conquer the universe. But from the DC editorial perspective, their function was to give the Forgotten Heroes someone to fight. None of the other Forgotten Villains matters (there was one named "Enchantress"; I wondered what ever happened to her...?) to us here, but the Atom-Master...!

The Atom-Master had a panel strapped to his chest and wore a helmet that materialized solid objects by rearranging the atoms of the dust molecules in the air. Sound familiar? Yep--

The Calculator,
now one of the best known villains in the DCU,
is the direct "descendant" of
the Atom-Master,
now one of the least known villians in the DCU
.

Just another example of why DC is cool, folks.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Oddly Weak

Saturn Girl tunes in to the "Cup o' Joe" panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.

The Perfect Character

"we suddenly realized who the perfect character would be to tie all these other characters together – the one anchor character who’s not Superman or Batman who ties together many of the various aspects of the DC Universe. I know – it sounds ultra mysterious, but I think if you put two seconds to it as a fan…you’ll stumble across the answer.”

That's a Mark Waid quote from the recent announcement about the return of Brave & The Bold.

In my neck of the woods, we hope the character Waid's talking about is the Martian Manhunter. As you may have guessed from a number of previous things I've posted about the Martian Manhunter, I'm happy to hear he'll be getting more play.

I mean, who else could he be talking about? Zatanna? Phantom Stranger? Adam Strange?

Give your opinion and answer the poll about it!

Stupid Hero Quote

"I'm not sure what happened myself! I actually was close to death--in a coma--when I suddenly awoke in the brownstone's basement next to some of those sneakers!"

Ah, comic books. In what other medium could you run across the words coma, brownstone, basement, and sneakers all in the same sentence without being dumbfounded?

This speaker of this Stupid Hero Quote was clearly dumbfounded, himself! You would be, too, if you'd read the story...