The Comic Connection: Issue #8

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Welcome to the eighth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:

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Last week I asked “What character do you think will become Batman’s new Robin?”. To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…

wwayne: I don’t think that Bruce is going to choose Ellie as the next Robin: Damian died to save her, so I don’t think Bruce wants her to be around him, constantly remembering him the reason why Damian died and therefore twisting the knife in the wound only by making her presence felt. Honestly, I would love to see Carrie as the new Robin, but Tomasi denied this option from the start, so Harper Row seems to be the most probable choice. Everybody is sure that Bruce will choose a new Robin soon. In this case I can’t make a prediction, but I’m very surprised that nobody considered the option that maybe Bruce doesn’t want a new Robin. After Jason’s death, Bruce didn’t want to work with a sidekick anymore, and Tim had to fight very hard to persuade him: if Jason’s death was enough to make him say “No Robins anymore”, the death of his son should make him say the same thing with even more conviction, and this time without changing his mind. I think that everybody is so sure that a new Robin will be chosen because a lot of people can not conceive Batman without his sidekick.

@TheCodeCrimson: I’m not normally a fan of resurrecting dead characters, but I sure as hell hope they do it with Damian. Real sad to see him go. I loved the shifting dynamics between him and his father. Damian was always such a perfect little jerk.

@RustedMecha: Carrie and Ellie are both long shots, Harper is halfway there. There is another possibility: but she’s not even in Gotham 😉 Definitely not Stephanie Brown but someone who has established New 52 skills to be a sidekick. Longshot but who knows 🙂

@JoshCrewsReally: I think it will be a while. He lost a son (and another Robin). Mourning time.

@Like_car_Keys: Harper Row, until Damian comes back 😉

@GL875: DC seem to be rebuilding a lot of the original continuity as new ideas don’t quite stick, Firestorm being a prime example. / So I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they moved Tim Drake back into the role as Bruce’s partner, at least for a year or two.

@paul_bowler: Well a lot of people think it will be Harper Row, but I think Tim Drake will return to work with Batman again.

Thanks to all that shared! Now we move onto this week’s question:

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“What characters would you like to see added as DLC for the video game Injustice: Gods Amongst Us?”

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Before I give my answers, let’s rundown the characters that are already in the game: Aquaman, Ares, Bane, Batman, Black Adam, Catwoman, Cyborg, Deathstroke, Doomsday, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Harley Quinn, Hawkgirl, Joker, Killer Frost, Lex Luthor, Lobo, Nightwing, Raven, Shazam, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Now onto my choices. I’m going to list 2 male heroes, 2 female heroes, 2 male villains, and 2 female villains:

Martian Manhunter

What can’t he do? Telepathy, shape-shifting, projecting energy, x-ray vision, phasing, invisibility, flight, and super-strength produces a move set that gives Superman a run for his money. This hero is the complete and total package and is my number one priority character to be included over any of the other ones listed below. Hell, he should never had even been left to DLC, he should have been in the game to begin with!

Zatanna

Her various magic-based attacks would provide some visually stunning spectacles with the possibility that one of her spells could even summon the assistance from another magic/supernatural character such as Constantine or Deadman. Her limits are unfathomable though she would never use dark magic. She is also one of the select few notable women characters that were left off the roster that would still provide a unique play style.

Clayface & Poison Ivy

I know what you’re thinking: more Batman characters? Hear me out. Poison Ivy’s repertoire would include pheromone mind-control/toxic powers and the ability to control plant life like forming whips made of vines, having various dangerous plants/foliage spring up to attack, and using said plant life to defend herself as well. Clayface, on the other hand, would be a strong, hulking brute that could shape-change various parts of his body into maces or hammers, slide behind an oncoming attacker, and even randomly shape-change into one of the other established characters in the game and use one of his/her powers.

Booster Gold

I’ve made it no secret that I love the character of Booster Gold so of course I’d love to have him included. Not only can he fly and has super-strength but he can also project force blasts, create a defensive force field around him, and can even time travel. Add all of those to the ability to summon his robot companion Skeets and you have an amazing character that would provide something different.

Vixen

She has the ability to tap into the morphogenetic field which is a fancy way of saying she can harness the abilities of the animal kingdom much like Animal Man. Her power set is limitless be it the quickness of a cheetah, the strength of an elephant, the flight of a hawk, or the agility of a monkey just to name a few. The various animals employed would give her access to both defensive and offensive weapons and would also provide an interesting visual que each time she uses one of these powers.

Brainiac

One of Superman’s most notable foes, Brainiac would make a rather formidable addition to the roster. He would employ super-strength, the ability to use his ship to temporarily shrink down his opponent, create doubles of himself, slow down his opponent’s speed temporarily, and utilize various forms of technology to his advantage. A villain that was one time considered to be the main one for the upcoming Man of Steel at least deserves a spot in the game.

Circe

Another magic based character, this time one that would utilize the darker side of magic unlike Zatanna. She has the ability to transform matter, alter minds, create illusions, project magic blasts, teleportation, and the ability to revive the dead. She would be a nice counterpoint to Zatanna while also filling the roster as an antagonist for Wonder Woman as well.

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So that’s my answer to the question. I’d love to hear from everyone else what yours would be. Comment below if you have anything you’d like to share.

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Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Ryan Hall. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.

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In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:

House of Flying Scalpelshttp://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.

Sci-Fi Jubilee http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.

Sidekick Reviewshttp://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.

Ramblings From A Comic Newbie http://newbiecomiclife.wordpress.com/
Cr8zyGurl brings us a blog with a refreshing perspective. She’s new to comics but that only makes her entries even more interesting.

The Indigo Tribe http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.

Arousing Grammar http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.

The Pure Moodhttp://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.

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twitter-logoRecommended People To Follow On Twitter
@Comic_Maven
@tommylutz
@AUDone44
@Kooliebear
@TweetsoftheBat
@paul_bowler
@Superherologist
@JulzHendricks
@BlueJaigEyes
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That wraps up the eighth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.

4 thoughts on “The Comic Connection: Issue #8

  1. Today I went to the biggest italian convention. These are the comics I bought:

    DC:
    Batman Solo TP
    Before Watchmen Nite Owl # 1 – 4
    Before Watchmen Silk Spectre # 1 – 4
    DC Universe by Alan Moore TP
    Justice League of America # 1

    Marvel:
    Daredevil Season One TP
    Spider – Girl: Family Values TP
    Young Avengers # 1 – 5

    Indie graphic novels:
    Daniel Clowes, “Mister Wonderful”
    Rutu Modan, “Property”
    Bastien Vives, “True Friends”

    I also found some other 30 years old Spider – issues:
    Amazing Spider Man # 141 – 144
    Spectacular Spider – Man # 27 – 30

    And some 20 years old issues of the Punisher:
    The Punisher # 35 – 36; 39 – 40

    Most of the comics I bought were in the italian edition, but some of them were in the U.S. version.
    I bought all my U.S. comics from a very kind seller who decided to give me 5 comics for free. Those comics were in the U.S. version as well: they were the first 5 issues of Cyberforce. Unfortunately he didn’t have the 5th issue of X: he had only the 1st one. At present ebay is my only sheet anchor.
    Maybe some of the indie graphic novels I mentioned haven’t been published in America, or have been published with a different title.
    I also met the artist you hate most (Simone Bianchi) in person. He was sitting behind a desk and selling his original drawings. A fan wanted to shake his hand: mr. Bianchi replied “I can’t do it, because both my hands are full of ink… but if you agree, we can make a fist bump!” A very funny guy indeed.
    What do you think about my purchases?

    • “Those comics were in the U.S. version as well: they were the first 5 issues of Cyberforce.”
      Were they the newest Cyber Force issues that just came out this past year? (http://comicbookdb.com/title.php?ID=38576)

      “Maybe some of the indie graphic novels I mentioned haven’t been published in America, or have been published with a different title.”
      Those aren’t sounding too familiar with me though my expanse into the independents are pretty limited.

      “A very funny guy indeed.”
      Sounds like a really great guy. Still don’t like his art though…

      “What do you think about my purchases?”
      Young Avengers # 1 – 5 – I think you’ll be happy here if this is the latest series from Gillen.
      Before Watchmen Silk Spectre # 1 – 4 – Great art though storywise I prefer the Before Watchemen: Minutemen series by Cooke.
      Batman Solo TP – Never read this. You’ll have to let me know how this is as I’m a sucker for anything Bat-related.
      And you can’t go wrong with more classic Spidey stories!

      Glad you had a great time with a lot of great pick-ups. That’s the problem with conventions: so much great stuff, not enough arms to hold it all. 🙂

      • “Were they the newest Cyber Force issues that just came out this past year?” Exactly!
        “Young Avengers # 1 – 5 – I think you’ll be happy here if this is the latest series from Gillen.” Your assumption was correct once again.
        “That’s the problem with conventions: so much great stuff, not enough arms to hold it all.” And not enough money to buy it all! : ) Thank you for your replies! : )

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