Welcome to the twenty-third 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:
Last week I asked “Who would you like to see make up the 5 member roster for the X-Force movie?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
xmenxpert: I guess I’ll keep Cable as the grizzled, veteran leader. I like Domino as the sexy spy, and Forge as the tech specialist. I’ll also add Anole (as an adult, but still gay) as a close-combat specialist, and Boom Boom for some flare and comedic relief. Zomg. Tic tic tic.
@paul_bowler: I hope they include Psylocke, Archangel, Cannonball, Domino, and Deadpool. That’d be an awesome team for the film!
disastercouch: Probably an ideal x-force for me would be the rick remender team of Wolverine, Deadpool, Archangel, Fantomex, and Psylocke. My best guess for the film version: wolverine, deadpool, cable, mystique, and havoc
@comicbookjunk1e: I would have to go old school: a mission goes horribly wrong leaving only Cannonball and Boom Boom as surviving members. They resent Cable and Domino who are parachuted in to take over following the disaster. Cannonball’s confidence is shaken as the leadership mantle is taken away from him. Then we’d need a wildcard character like Warpath or Rictor or Feral (tho I’d prefer to use Wolfsbane but I don’t think she was ever on the team) – someone new to everyone who maybe turns out to be a Hellion or a Hellfire Club plant (a twist on the Domino/Copycat story)
@HANNIBALPB81: cable shatterstar g.w.brige cannon ball amd domino
@LeonMcKenzie76: Sabretooth. Deadpool. Spiral. Shatterstar. Domino. A real bunch of bastards!!
@JdWftw: Cable, Domino, Cannonball, Psylocke & Warpath.
“Who are your Top DC Comic Characters that you think deserve a TV show of their own?” ________________________________________________________
The Flash is going to be getting his own television series if everything goes well for him when he guest stars on Arrow this year which made me think of what other characters I’d love to see get their chance to shine on the small screen. When assembling my list I had to take a hard look at who I could realistically see getting a show that wouldn’t conflict with the movieverse (ie. no Batman or Superman shows). Without further ado:
As I mentioned, a Batman TV show has about a zero chance of happening and even a Nightwing show might be stretching it a bit but a Gotham Central program centralizing on the Gotham Police Department is a distinct possibility, with the rumors already starting. James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Rene Montoya, Maggie Sawyer, and Crispus Allen would make up my main cast with some guest stars such as the Question, Kate Kane, and even Barbara Gordon popping up as well. You’d get a crime of the week cop procedural mixed with overarching storylines and appearances by lesser Batman foes that would never get a chance to shine on the big screen. You can imply and hint at the Dark Knight and the rest of the Bat-Family with the use of the famous Bat-Signal, tied up crooks, and shots of the Batmobile racing away but the true focus would be on the hard-working men and women that risk their lives everyday in defense of Gotham. The possibilities are limitless but what I wouldn’t do is tie it into the Nolan franchise which is what the current rumor is saying might happen. I want a fresh start, with new actors, and not being held in check by the restrictions that the previously established universe would bring.
Yes, I know they are trying to make this but saying it is going to be shot as a pilot and having it actually happen are two different things entirely. This is the perfect show for Syfy with a mixture of time travel, humor, and action but the fact that this project is stalling breaks my heart. This show needs to happen. Witnessing the transformation of Booster in particular from disgraced football player, to night janitor, to egocentric hero, to protector of the timeline would be a sight to behold and with the main cast consisting of him, Skeets, and Rip Hunter with cameos from Ted Kord, this show would blow everyone’s expectations and just be a good time overall. Cameos from villains that would never get a chance to be in a big screen adaptation is another positive as I previously mentioned in Gotham Central and is a positive that works for all of the following shows listed below as well.
Gritty, dark, with a tinge of humor, this is a show about the various villains of DC risking their lives to earn reduced criminal sentences. The stakes would be high and so would be the level of tension between the team and their boss Amanda Waller. Peering into the minds of these villains would be extremely satisfying as would be the tease that at any point the current mission could be anyone of the cast’s last hurrah. The leading man of the project would have to be none other than Deadshot but the rest of the roster could be a literal who’s who of the DC Universe. One thing I’d really like to see is possibly taking some of the members from Gail Simone’s Secret Six run and make them members of the Squad. One thing that is guaranteed is the treat of seeing these villains flirt with becoming heroes only to fall back to their criminal ways while constantly plotting and bickering for an early release of their own making.
Teen Titans/Young Justice
I’m open for either name but what really needs to happen is for DC to shine the spotlight on their younger characters that would be hard-pressed to make it to the big leagues which factors into my lineup choices. I’d have to go with Superboy, Damian Wayne, Wally West, Wonder Girl, Miss Martian, Blue Beetle, Raven, and Traci Thirteen as the initial line-up with room to add such great characters as Rose Wilson, Kid Devil, Cassandra Cain, and Beast Boy later on down the road. While there would still be lots of action, the real focus of the show would be the interpersonal relationships and character beats. Seeing Raven conflicted about her parental heritage, Superboy struggling with his mysterious origins, and Damian rubbing everyone the wrong way with his demand for the leadership role are just some of the things to look forward to as is the countless upon countless cameos/guest starring roles.
Justice League Dark
This last one entirely depends on how the rumored Del Toro movie progresses. Sure they announced their intent but will he actually have the time and will DC have the patience to wait? This would be plan B but what a plan B it would be. The world of superheroes mixing with the world of horror and magic would leave us spellbound each and every week and the various characters that would make up the team and how these different personalities get along would make for some engaging TV viewing. My ideal cast for the show would have to be Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Amethyst, Black Alice, and Doctor Fate. The possible villains (Felix Faust and Circe in particular), the amazing visual delights, and wonderful character dynamics and intrigue has me frothing at the mouth. Oh, and the Season 1 finale…Swamp Thing and Anton Arcane!
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from *ALECYL. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://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 Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
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 Mood – http://thepuremood.com/
Reviews and thorough articles are the makeup for this blog that also has a podcast element to it.
Comic Book Junkie – http://comicbookjunkie.wordpress.com/
Previews of the coming week of comics, Cover VS Cover, and more.
X-Men X-Pert – http://xmenxpert.wordpress.com/
A great blog that covers all things related to the X-Verse.
Bag & Bored – http://bagandbored.net/
A comic book and entertainment review site run by a team of five. Varied content by a varied group.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the twenty-third edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.