October 2013 archive

273. Dracula

Happy Halloween! About 4 or 5 years ago, when I still had a local comic shop that I tolerated shopping at, I walked in one Saturday after they had just purchased a collection. They were sorting through the books, and I was being particularly nosey. I was flipping through a stack and saw a small …

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272. Omega Red

I don’t think I ever read any comics where Omega Red was a major character after his debut. Well, there were a couple issues of Ultimate Spider-Man where Ultimate Omega Red showed up. So anyhoo, he’s a pretty generic guy. But holy shit, when I was 12/13 when he debuted, I was into it. I …

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271. Brother Voodoo

I don’t know a thing about Brother Voodoo. I do know that he ousted Dr. Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme once, and then called himself Doctor Voodoo. And it upset me. Just because he’s the Sorcerer Supreme didn’t mean he got a doctorate! Dr. Strange is Dr. Strange because he’s a fucking doctor! And then …

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270. Blue Beetle

The Ted Kord Blue Beetle is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. I like him for a variety of different reasons. He’s basically light-hearted Batman. He’s got all the skills, the gadgets and the money without all the brooding, mopey tragic bullshit (FYI, A well-adjusted Batman is my favorite Batman. Give me Brave …

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269. Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn, to me, has always been an incredibly sweet, if not absolutely psychopathic character. She’s awesome and it seems like a hugely popular cartoon and award-winning graphic novel (Mad Love) would set the standard for how the character would be portrayed. Yet, every time she shows up without Bruce Timm & Paul Dini’s influence, …

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268. Hawkwoman

This was a tough one. Not much to say about it. Last night I had a chance to do a thing I haven’t done in a while – watch about 4 movies. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Guillermo Del Toro produced remake of a tv movie directed by comic artist Troy Nixey. Nixey’s a …

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267. Shadowhawk

1992 was a crazy year for comics. The founders of Image Comics changed the entire medium and joined together to break away from their corporate gigs – all of them the biggest names working in comics and Jim Valentino. When the big news came out – Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Marc …

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266. Riptide

This was a tough one to get around and I absolutely failed. In the comics, Riptide – one of Mr. Sinister’s Marauders that killed a bunch of Morlocks in the Mutant Massacre – is pretty much always in human tornado mode. Looking him up, it took a while to find out what he’s wearing under …

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265. Deadman

I “get” the original look for Deadman. Boston Brand was a circus acrobat, so it sorta looks like that, crossed with a superhero costume. And a large “D” on his belly. For some reason. So going off that, I tried to base Deadman’s look on some Cirque Du Soliel-type outfits and makeup. Also, I wanted …

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264. The Atom

Unlike some other silver age characters that were eventually replaced with modern counterparts (Barry Allen, Hal Jordan), I have nothing against the Ray Palmer Atom. In fact, I’d almost say that I’m a fan. Unfortunately, this all stems from the only Ray Palmer Atom series I’ve really read, The Sword of The Atom, which saw …

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