Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Raven and Professor X

Raven is one of the coolest female characters created by DC, but it doesn't seem like they really know what to do with her these days.  Her original allies - Starfire, Dick Grayson, Wally West, Cyborg and Donna Troy have been changed or altered so much that they no longer interact with her in the current continuity, and that's too bad because I had enjoyed those relationships.  She gained new fans with the Teen Titans animated series, but unfortunately no character resembling the Raven from TV can be found in the comics today.  Raven's New 52 costume redesign is one of the most head scratching looks they have come up with.  Why mess with a classic?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Superman and Samaritan

Kurt Busiek's Astro City comics provide a great blend of superheroic action and the ramifications that it has on the everyday people that are caught in its wake.  With talent like Alex Ross on covers and Brent Anderson on interiors, these were comics that I always felt I got the fill value of my money out of.  I haven't sampled the newer tales since Astro City's recent return, but I definitely plan to.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Black Canary and Spider-Girl

In the comics, the mantle of Black canary was passed down from mother to daughter.  The TV series Arrow seems to be heading towards a slight spin on this theme, as there have been indications that the Black Canary title will be transferred from sister to sister.  The lack of canary cry and use of a mask on the current Canary makes more sense to me now, It seems like they have had this planned for a while.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mera and Stingray

Stingray's costume just shouldn't work - the colors are all wrong for an undersea hero and the big blank mask doesn't allow for much emotion to be depicted.  That said, I have always thought that it was kind of cool, and in the end that's what really counts, I guess.  Mera has kept her look relatively unchanged over the years, although she seems to have lost the flippers.  Call me crazy, but I kind of liked those, too!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Doctor Strange and Johnny Thunder

I always liked the concept behind Johnny Thunder, sort of Aladdin crossed with a superhero.  Even though the Thunderbolt was incredibly powerful, he could only do what Johnny commanded, and Johnny on his own had no special abilities.  This dynamic made for some interesting adventures and set the character apart from traditional crime fighters.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Green Arrow Vs. The Punisher

During my interview on Compton After Dark a few weeks back, host Dean Compton mentioned that his two favorite characters were Green Arrow and The Punisher and he wanted to see me pair them together.  I was surprised that I hadn't done this team-up yet, because the do seem like they would go well together... even their names make for a cool story title!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Krypto and Underdog

A meeting between the world's two greatest superhero pooches has been long overdue.  I have always loved Krypto, and I am glad that attempts to write him out of Superman's continuity are usually eventually undone.  Underdog was fondly remembered from my childhood, but I still couldn't get too excited about the movie version from a few years back - I don't think that live action was the best way to go.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Captain America and Firestorm

I knew that the upcoming Flash television series was going to feature some other characters from the DCU, but I never expected them to announce Firestorm!  I am very interested to see what they do with the character.  He's not the type of superhero that you can really go half-way with, as often happens on TV adaptations. Will they go all the way with the glowing eyes, flaming head and puffy sleeves?  Time will tell, but I hope they try!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dr. Fate and V

After reading Watchmen and Saga of The Swamp Thing, I was hungry for more comics by Alan Moore, so I was very interested when V For Vendetta was released.  Moore and artist David Lloyd created an amazing graphic experience with that story, filled with mystery, corruption and heroics.  It's a series that I have gone back and reread a few times, always getting something new out of it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Solomon Grundy Vs. Archie

Back Issue's Michael Eury and Robert "RevBob" Hood both suggested a Miss Grundy/Solomon Grundy team-up and once again the concept was so offbeat that it rattled around in my head until I finally got around to putting a cover together that featured it. Thanks for the inspiration, Michael & Robert- you guys come up with some great ideas!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hawkman and Hercules

The Thor movies have been a bit uneven for me.  While I like the heroics and the scenes on Asgard, the scenes on Earth featured a bit too much humor which I felt fell flat.  I think that a better source of humor for future sequels might be the introduction of Hercules into the mix.  I have always gotten a kick out of his battle happy attitude and his friendly rivalry with the God of Thunder.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Zatanna and Spider-Man

I have opted to wait for the Blu-Ray to watch Amazing Spider-Man 2, as did many folks.  After the films' slight under-performance in the theaters, Sony seems undecided as to where to go next with the web slinger.  The third installment has been postponed, and now there have been rumors of a Venom solo film, or a movie featuring the Sinister Six (or a female version thereof).  I'm not sure how they plan to sell these movie when they couldn't with Spider-Man.  Hopefully they will get their act together or just let Marvel Studios take over the rights.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Batman Vs. The Masters of Evil

I'd love to see Batman mix it up with these bad guys.  Despite the overwhelming odds, I would still have to give the Caped Crusader the edge in this battle.  There's no way he would allow him in such a situation without a few surprises planned to counter their various abilities.  Still, this group handed The Avengers one of their biggest defeats, so you can never count them out.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swamp Thing and The Silver Surfer

These two characters both possess incredible power and that in other hands would be deadly on a planetary scale.  Fortunately, they are two of the most thoughtful heroes in comicdom.  I'd love to see a story with them together not only for the amazing visuals it would provide, but also the insightful dialogue between the two.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Captain Atom and X-Factor

With the conclusion of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the chances to see this actual First Class of X-Men have slightly increased, but from what I have read about X-Men: Apocalypse, I don't know if that will be the case.  Then there's the fact that Scott, Bobby and Jean still seem to have been born at their established times, despite the timeline shift - I'm not sure how it would work to have them appearing in a movie that takes place in 1983.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Green Hornet and Green Lantern

Kyle Rayner's original costume got a lot of flack from some fans, particularly the mask.  I thought that this was a bad rap, and that the costume as designed was pretty cool looking, and a nice departure from the Green Lantern outfits we had seen up until that point.  Some artists did have difficulty illustrating the mask, causing some to call it a "crab face", but that was more due to their translation than the actual look that Darryl Banks came up with.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Katana Vs. Elektra

I have been recording and watching the remaining episodes of Beware the Batman, which the Cartoon Network is inexplicably burying at 3AM in the morning.  It is too bad that they had so little faith in the show, because I enjoy the interplay between Batman and Katana.  An early appearance by Metamorpho had me hoping that the Outsiders were in the future of the series, but alas, it does not seem to be.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Iron Man Vs. Darkseid

I'd have loved to read this match up if only to see what kind of cool machines Jack Kirby would come up with.  Tony Stark having access to Apokolips technology, as imagined by Kirby?  You just know there would have been some amazing designs.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Mars Attacks! led by Marvin the Martian

Look, if your goal  is to annihilate humankind, you might as well  be enthusiastic in your work, and that's why I imagine an issue featuring these characters would be a lot of fun.  The destruction of Earth is a morbid plan, but if presented through the point of view of the would be conquerors, I have to admit it would probably be an engaging read.

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