Welcome to the twenty-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:
Last week I asked “Who are your top Spider-Man villains?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@paul_bowler: My top three Spidey villains would be 1: Green Goblin / Norman Osborn is Spiderman and Peter Parker’s arch nemesis. 2: Venom / The alien costume that became one of Spidey’s most deadly enemies! 3: The Lizard / I always feel a bit sorry for Dr Curt Connors as his experiment to regrow his missing arm turned him into a monster. Hope we get to see the Green Goblin or Venom in a new Spiderman film one day, that would be great!
xmenxpert: J. Jonah Jameson is the correct answer for best Spider-Man villain. Hobgoblin’s good, too, with the mystery aspect.
@disastercouch: Fave Spider-Foe HAS to be Doc Ock, and the current “Superior Spider-man” status quo has only made me love Otto Octavius more!
@EricRedwine: GG, Ock, and my main man Mysterio! (Even though he hasn’t been in a great spidey story in ages)
@RockItRaccoon: For me it’s Venom, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Sandman, and Kraven.
@robertmlaurence: Green Goblin, Venom, Doc Ock, Electro, Shocker.
@DweebCast: Venom, Doc Ock, Venom, Carnage, Venom, Mysterio, Rhino, Shocker, and DEFINITELY Venom.
@BizarremoonS: gotta be venom. ‘nough said
@2ComicNerds: it’s gotta be Carnage, Kingpin, Green Goblin, and Doc Ock
@MerryLandOfAus: Venom, Mysterio, Hobgoblin, Scorpion and Electro (and to round out for a Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus)
“Who are your top non-Batman, non-Spider-Man comic book villains?”
It’s my third of four villain-centric editions of the Comic Connection and I could think of no better way to follow-up my previous two questions with honoring the very best of the very “worst” in the rest of the wonderful world of comics. Over the years there have countless foes, some well-know, others obscure. Of course, with every collection of individuals there are those rare characters that capture your imagination, that become your favourites. That is true for me as well and that is why I’ll be taking a look at my Top 4 this week. Without further ado:
If any one villain equals or even perhaps surpasses Joker in name recognition at DC, it is this man, Superman’s archenemy. A wealthy businessman with a high-level of intellect, Lex Luthor is a man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. At constant odds with the Man of Steel, Luthor feels that Metropolis is his and that the “alien” should vacate his planet. Usually able to skate above the law, Luthor has at times been incarcerated but is always later cleared of all charges through some legal wrangling or benefiting from early release. Sometimes he works with other villains to aid in his plans but above all else Lex is in it for Lex. His lines are witty, his actions are dramatic, and he makes for an enjoyable character whether it be on the comic page, TV screen, or in the movie theatre.
Victor Von Doom is awesome! Not only a legitimate threat for any number of combined heroes, he is a genius inventor and sorcerer albeit one with an immense ego and a penchant for speaking in the third person. Whereas Luthor is a business man, Doom runs his own country. Let that digest for a moment…his own country! Ranked near the top of countless Top Villains lists, Doctor Doom stands above the rest of Marvel’s non-Spider-Man villains as the best of the best in my opinion. How awesome is he? Let me leave you with some classic lines:
“Rivals… No one rivals Doom! NO ONE! Doom is supreme! There is no power on earth, no intellect in all creation to equal Mine!”
“Before this day is ended, mankind shall grovel helplessly at my feet — and, as fate has obviously ordained — Doctor Doom shall be Master of Earth!”
“Only Doom dares to dream! All others serve!”
“Consider that your one stroke of luck. You may now have minutes to live instead of seconds.”
“And so Doctor Doom is supreme once more–as he shall ever be!”
Good guy. Bad guy, Even badder guy. Good guy. Bad guy. Here is a character that has appeared to change his allegiances between hero and villain many times over the years but all in all is dedicated with improving law and order how he sees fit. Sinestro at one time was considered the greatest Green Lantern of them all until his merciless dictatorship over his sector was uncovered. He eventually formed his own rival corps named after himself, harnessing the power of fear. Sinestro is a complex character with many layers to him, a character that has grown in leaps and bounds under the penmanship of Geoff Johns. He is someone who has a strong presence whenever he appears, one that won’t hesitate to make the hard decisions, and one that is an absolute joy to read.
Okay, so its a bit of a cheat but I really don’t care. Picking only one of the Rogues to highlight is like getting a parent to pick which child is their favourite, it just isn’t fair. Captain Cold, Mirror Master, the Pied Piper, Weather Wizard, the Trickster, Captain Boomerang, the Top, Abra Kadabra, Heat Wave, and the Golden Glider. Such a varied and interesting bunch if there ever was one. They are a group that sticks together and that look out for their own. They aren’t out there to cause murder or mayhem and ruling the world is out of the question. The Rogues are merely in it for the score and live by a certain number of rules as they operate: 1. You don’t kill cops needlessly as this draws the attention of superheroes and you don’t kill superheroes needlessly because this draws the attention of even more superheroes. 2. No drugs 3. You do not harm women or children 4. You refraining from cruel and immature behavior 5. No fighting other Rogues 6. No Rogue may inherit another Rogue’s identity while the original still lives and even then simply acquiring a former Rogue’s costume, gear, or abilities is not sufficient to become a Rogue. They are a group that holds a fond place in my heart and one that rivals Spider-Man’s and Batman’s gallery of foes.
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Riccardo Fasoli. 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.
Time Wants A Skeleton – http://timewantsaskeleton.wordpress.com/
Reviews of comics, TV shows, and more. Never afraid to make her opinion known and all the better for it.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the twenty-eighth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.