Saturday, March 31, 2007

Heroclix Theme Team: Crying for Canary

Crying for Canary (296 pt)

Rookie Ray (60 pt)
+ Damage Shield (10 pt)

Veteran Green Arrow (50 pt)

Veteran Ra's Al Ghul (108 pt)
+ Lazarus Pit (10 pt)

Veteran Dr. Mid-Nite (58 pt)

If you want a 400 point version of this team, just subtract either of the Feat Cards and add the Golden Age Starman Unique (106 pt).

If you've read the right comics, you'll know what the theme is...

Friday, March 30, 2007

Things That Made Me Happy...

in this week's comics.

  • Mister Terrific's and Dr. Mid-Nite's reaffirmation of faith ... in science. (JSA Classified).
  • A confused naked woman in the cockpit of a crashing jet plane. (Green Lantern)
  • Pa Kent piloting a starship somewhere in Ophiucus. (Action)
  • Snarky killer Lex Luthor robot that quotes Pliny the Younger (Catwoman)
  • Wonder Woman befuddled by the DC Metro system. (Wonder Woman)
  • Stompa versus Orion versus all surrounding property. (Firestorm)
  • Doc Magnus's latest little project. (52).
  • Ben Biblical Theory. (Those Wednesdays).
  • Wonder Woman crying on page 16 and kicking @$ on page 17 (WW).
  • The outer edge of Space B (52).
  • Jason's escape from the wormhole. (Firestorm)
  • Batman hiring semi-literate prostitutes. (Batman)

Thursday, March 29, 2007


I have Totaltoyz to make me custom Heroclix figures I want; but I need someone who can use Djundinni or such to create the maps that I want (which Xion can then print for me).

Mostly I want water maps (Atlantis, Sub Diego, New Venice, the beach, the ocean) for Aquaman & His Amazing Friends, but there are other maps I'd like. Please contact me if you think you can help! Thanks.


In preparation for the upcoming Free Comic Book Day, Big Monkey Comics is looking for any comic book creators who'd be interested in joining us at our new DC location that day to meet the fans.

We have a great space for socializing, in a lovely and lively neighborhood, easily accessible by auto or metro. If you're interested please contact!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

YOU MAY NOW COMMENT ON: DC Comics Presents #68

Vixen's bra is disintegrated
by the combined brainpower of the Wizard magazine staff.

You think her mind is flexible, Doc? You ain't seen nothin' yet!

So who is responsible for that truly monstrous panel
and the one that follows it?

Yes,World-Weary Jimmy Olsen, I suppose it is:
Gerry Conway.

You see, Washington's Big Monkey only seems to be a comic book store; that's just a cover. Actually, it's a DEO facility for storing dangerous cultural artifacts. Like the one that recently tried to break out of the containment fields in the storage tesseract that we keep beside the Elektra busts:

DC Comics Presents #68.

Vixen selects her Friday night date.

"Oh, my god! Vixen and the Guardian have been caught in a transporter accident!"

When Dale Gunn turned his attentions back to Zatanna,
Superman got sloppy seconds.

It ain't called the "Fortress of Solitude" for nothing, folks.

Vixen takes a wrong turn at NYCC

into the Cup O' Joe panel.

Supermodel/superhero killed in freak tanning bed accident.

Film at eleven.

"Gerry! Is that Wonder Wonder sneaking on to Doctor Domino's battleship?"


Pity this panel couldn't have taken up the entire page, instead of just two thirds.

God help us!
It's Christopher "Dangerous to Your Health" Walken,
the Surgeon General of Earth-3!

According to Dr. Walken,
the only cure for Teenage Tolkienitis is euthanasia.

I wonder whether zzaksticks work on Star Wars fans, too.

Poor Gerry;
he never quite understood that a comic book is not the same thing
as a filmic storyboard.

Didn't I see that chair at a recent JLA meeting?

Curt Swann...

never met a cigarette holder he didn't like to draw.

Vanilla Superman was no match
for Christopher Walken's Viagramatic headband

But Vixen just laughed and laughed... .

And the award for bravest man in the DCU goes to ...

Vixen's gynecologist.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Greatest Villain Never Seen

Who's the most intriguing villain in the DC universe?

It seems like a tough call, in a world full of deformed psychokillers, mad scientists, and giant purple mind-controlling starfish from outer space. But I know who gets my vote:


Don't beat yourself up if you don't know who Gypo-Bax is. After all, he never got a Mego, never showed up in a crossover cameo, never even got mentioned in the DC Encyclopedia. In fact, we've never seen Gypo-Bax, we have no background information about Who He Is and How He Came To Be, and we have no knowledge of anything he has ever done.

We just know one thing about Gypo-Bax:

He's as evil as Sinestro.

Or even more evil.

Remember, the whole Green Lantern story is kind of a high school sitcom. Hal Jordan is an annoyingly macho brain-dead jock-type and Sinestro is his Reggie Von Mantle, who participates in annual Evil Popularity Contests. I mean, look at Sinestro:

You just know they called this guy "Screech" in high school; that's why he became evil and changed his named to Sinestro. But the only people he beats out in the popularity contest are the foreign students, Gny-Gryngg, Borbrydi, and Karo-Thynn. Sinestro may surely be evil, but he gets outwitted regularly by Hal Jordan, a man so dim he wears only loafers and boots because knots are so confusing.

Poor Sinestro; Gypo-Bax kicks his butt two years in a row.

Yes, as ridiculous as the Qwardian evil popularity contest was the first time they used it in a Green Lantern story, they used it again, compounding the absurdity. But it leaves a gaping hole in the Green Lantern tapestry...

Who is Gypo-Bax? What does he do that's so evil? Do Qwardian children see Gypo-Bax's face on their box of Meanies, the breakfast of evil champions? Does he dislike Hostess Fruit Pies with Real Fruit Filling? Is he the former DMV director on Oa?

Was/is Gypo-Bax actually more evil than Sinestro or just a lot more successful at it? And now that Sinestro is like Bill Gates, all powerful and able to make people work for him at Microsoft/The Sinestro Corps, does he take any revenge on Gypo-Bax? Does he send evil bug-people with tiny rings to eat G-B from the inside out? Does an aged Gypo-Bax, now in a wheelchair at the Old Evil Folks Home, get a invitation to the Corps, exult for a minute in his regained vitality and newfound power, only to have Sinestro show up and shout "PSYCH!" and snatch the ring back? Now THAT would be evil.

Come on, Geoff Johns. How can you pass up this opportunity?

Monday, March 26, 2007

Another Reason to Love Starman

Anyone can defeat a grizzly bear.
Except, you know, the Detroit League.

But Starman knows that the coolest way to take out a grizzly bear...

is to hit it with a tiger.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Special Powers!

As anyone who follows Heroclix at all probably already knows, sweeping (and in my opinion long overdue) improvements are being made to the game. These changes are designed to increase the comic book feel of the game and tilt game mechanics toward comic book accurate theme teams.

Yay! For more details see here .

Anyway, individual characters can now have unique powers, rather than just different combinations of standard powers. The Human Torch, for example, might have "Fire Wall", the ability to create a barrier that does damage to anyone adjacent to it.

Not only does will this allow figures to "act" even more like the characters they represent, it allows for the creation of characters that simply didn't translate very well onto the existing power dial system. Two characters of that type specifically mentioned in the announcement (and planned for the new Justice League set in August) are Deadman and the Phantom Stranger.

Oh, yes. The Phantom Stranger heroclix figure is coming.

There are so many "special powers" the Phantom Stranger deserves. In fact, the Phantom Stranger should have nothing BUT special powers. Hat Wearing. Lion Evaporation. Wrist Breaking. Chick Kissing. Speedboat Surfing. Ice Giant Clobbering. And, most important...

Smack Talk. As a free action, the Phantom Stranger can lower by 2 the Defense Value of any opposing figures within four spaces, just by judging them harshly. Any adjacent opposing figures also receive "Tongue Lashing", which does two clicks of penetrating damage.

With the further news that there'll be a Justice League set in August 07 and a Teen Titans set in Feb 08, each with 60 different characters in it, and the possibilities for new/redone characters with fabulous special powers is mindboggling...

All kidding aside, I'm convinced the JL set will contain a Vibe, since they're trying to represent as many of the various versions of the Justice League as possible. Imagine a Vibe who (in addition to standard powers like Force Blast, Quake, and Explosion) might have...

Breakdancing. Any turn where Vibe doesn't make an attack, he may as a free action use "Breakdancing" to distract any one opposing figure that can see him, preventing it from attacking anyone on the next turn.

Of course, it might up with something unfortunate like "Choked to Death by an Android" (Any opposing figure with the keyword "Robot" automatically succeeds when making a close combat attack against Vibe).

Imagine the other fun possibilities, such as:

Determinism. Anywhere within Supergirl's range, re-roll abilities like Probability Control do not function.

Ghostbreaker. Any figure within view of Dr. Thirteen loses its Mystic Team Ability.

What else can you think of?