Welcome to the twenty-ninth 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 non-Batman, non-Spider-Man comic book villains?” To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@paul_bowler: My top non-Batman & non-Spiderman villains would be… 1 Doctor Doom: The Fantastic Fours greatest nemesis is one of my favourite villains. He’s a genius. rules his own country, and his armoured suit makes him a deadly opponent. 2 The Rogues: I’m with you on this one. I’m a big fan of the Flash and his Rogues gallery is brilliant. So many great characters, I just had to included them in on group like you did. 3 Magneto: As a big fan of the X-Men this one is a given, so had to include him as well. 4 Bullseye: Again, I’m a fan of Daredevil so Bullseye had to go on my list. He is the villain who has caused DD so much pain and torment over the years, another fantastically dark and twisted character.
xmenxpert: The Red Skull’s always a good villain. Nazis make great villains, because you can hate them unreservedly. The Red Skull brings style to his evil. Magneto’s a great anti-villain – he’s a genuinely sympathetic character, and sometimes, it’s hard to argue that he’s wrong. Thanos, when written properly, is awesome. He’s a major powerhouse who can duke it out with Thor, but he’s also a genius. His nihilism makes him scary, as does the fact that he’s a huge, imposing, scary-looking man. And finally, the greatest villain of all: Lady Stilt-Man. Lady Stilt-Man is amazing, and the world needs more of her.
@SidekickReviews: Magneto, Loki, General Zod, and Lex Luthor!
@RustedMecha: Firestorm’s villains: Brimstone, Killer Frost, Black Bison. Marvel side: Lady Deathstrike, Nimrod, Typhoid Mary.
@Professor_Just: Magneto; Luthor; Galactus; Vandal Savage; Zod; Kid Miracle Man; Loki; MODOK; Batroc the Leaper & that bad guy from Watchman
@JoshCrewsReally: Magneto/Brotherhood, Apocalypse, Mr Sinister, Sabretooth, Galactus, Reverse Flash, Darkseid, Lex Luthor, Thanos, Hellfire Club
@JoeTeulon: Magneto, Doctor Doom, Bullseye, Lex Luthor, THE ROGUES!
@thelilperson: Sinister, Magneto (though he’s more an antihero), Loki, Mystique, Bullseye, Reverend Stryker, Nimrod/Bastion
@GL875: Apart from Sinestro and Black Hand my to villains are Sabre-Tooth, Cyborg Superman, Bullseye and Darkseid. You know if those guys appear in a book it is going to be a great story!
@Kaxtrem: Maxwell Lord, Black Manta, Ocean Master, & Per Degaton.
@Outside_85: Lex Luthor, Trigon, Magneto, Vetigo Lucifer.
@HANNIBALPB81: reverse flash the red lanterns dr.doom magneto
“Which B, C, or D-List villains would you like to see pop-up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season?”
It’s my fourth and final villain-centric edition of the Comic Connection and I could think of no better way to end it then tie it in with current events. Last Tuesday saw the debut of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and while the first episode was great, I left knowing that this show could be even greater. How could they accomplish this? By incorporating some villains from the Marvel Universe. Now I’m not expecting Dr. Doom, Red Skull, Enchantress, or anyone on their level. What I’m talking about is those villains that might struggle to find a significant role in a movie, those villains that would benefit from the increased time that an entire season would provide. Without further ado, here’s my Top 3:
Sometime villain, sometime anti-hero, fulltime badass, the Taskmaster is a character that is just screaming to be adapted. He has the ability to mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses (such as Captain America’s battle skills) and often uses these skills for his own benefit either to pull-off one of his countless mercenary jobs or as a trainer to impart this wisdom onto heroes and villains alike. Where the money is, the Taskmaster is sure to follow. At one point in the comics, Taskmaster also worked for Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. even and I think this would be the perfect way to introduce him: start him off as a S.H.I.E.L.D. instructor and have him turn rogue. His look may need to be altered but the one thing that shall remain constant is the fact that he is one hell of a character that deserves his time in the spotlight.
A master of disguise, the Scourge is a vigilante that is dedicated to the assassination of super-villains. This is a character with a captivating look from his skull mask to his white trench coat, boots, gloves, pants, and fedora. This is a character that could be easily adapted and one that could also set-up a huge mystery element to the series. Who is the Scourge? It would be a question that could plague our heroes for quite a while until the eventual shocking reveal.
A former rich socialite and daughter of a master criminal, Whitney Frost had her faced scared after her plane crashed while fleeing a raid on Stark Industries. She would don a gold mask and continue her life of crime calling herself Madame Masque. Eventually she fell in love with Tony Stark but they had a falling out when her father perished due to a battle with Iron Man. With this back story in hand, we are off and running. How I’d like to see her debut is quite simple: have her pull off some elaborate crime and be thwarted by S.H.I.E.L.D. only to escape to fight another day. A few episodes later, the team would gain a new member, Whitney Frost in disguise, a fact that the audience would be in on the entire time, wondering what her end game is and when she will turn on our heroes. High-stakes drama and tension, combined with a great female villain would make for some highly entertaining TV indeed.
Comic Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Otis Frampton. This will be the first of three editions where I’ll be highlighting his work. 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-ninth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.