Amalgam Comics

This should probably be categorized as one of my random thoughts (because it was), but I’m going with having it on its own. It was just a random thought that made me remember these comics. And, now that I think about it, I may have already blogged about this before. Hell, I’ve been doing this blog for a long time. It’s certainly possible. So, if I have, prepare to hear this again.

Around 20 years ago (I could actually look this up, but I’m lazy), DC and Marvel got together and did a big crossover event where they pitted their heroes against each other and let the fans vote on who would win. Some of the matchups were cool: Hulk vs Superman (Superman won), Batman vs Captain America (draw), Thor vs Shazam (Thor won). Others pretty much blew: Wolverine vs Lobo (take a wild guess on who won that one), Quicksilver vs The Flash (again, you can pretty much figure out the winner), Robin vs Jubilee (who cares?).

Out of this story came the Amalgam Universe. It’s a universe that contained mashups of DC and Marvel characters and some of them were pretty badass. There was Amazon, who was a mixture of Storm and Wonder Woman. Or, Super Soldier, who was a mix of Captain America and Superman.

My favorite, however, was Dark Claw. If you don’t know already, can you guess which two characters they combined to make him? No Google either, you cheaters!

Think you got it?

The correct answer is: Batman and Wolverine.

Now, I want you to stop and think about that for a second. Here’s a character that not only has Batman’s resources, fighting abilities, and smarts, but also Wolverine’s adamantium claws and healing factor. Do you know how much ass Dark Claw could kick with that particular set of skills? (You just read the phrase “particular set of skills” in Liam Neeson’s voice, didn’t you?)

A lot. He could kick a lot of ass

A while back, I did a post with my ultimate comic book team, five characters from any comic book company that would be my crime fighting team. I chose the five I did based on how much I liked the characters, not on their abilities. If I was to make one based solely on ability, Dark Claw would certainly be on my list.

Unfortunately, the Amalgam Universe was something that DC and Marvel had no intention of maintaining. They did a #1 issue for around 12 different characters or teams to coincide with the launch of the main DC vs Marvel storyline. Then a year or two later, they did the same for around 12 new titles, with nothing else ever since.

Sadly, we may never know how Dark Claw’s struggle against his villainous foe, Hyena (Joker and Sabertooth combined), concluded. Maybe the companies will get together on an anniversary of the original story and release something new from the Amalgam Universe.

I seriously doubt it will ever happen, but I can dream, can’t I?

I’m A Little Confused

Instead of a new episode of Agents of SHIELD this past week, they showed a special called Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe. In it, they chronicle all of the Avengers movies/shows, starting with Iron Man. They ended the show with previews of the upcoming movies: Captain America 2 (which releases in a couple of weeks) and the second Avengers (which I think releases next summer).

Now, when they talked about some of what happens in the new Cap, I understood it. It all made sense: both as a continuation of the Avengers storyline, plus as just a Captain America story. The part I’m confused about has to do with what they said to expect with The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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New Shows

I started watching a couple of new shows recently, and, since they fall under the category of ‘my geekdom’, I figured I’d let you all know my opinion on them (whether you like it or not! HAHAHA!). I’ll start off with the one that has been airing the longest, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

AGENTS OF SHIELD (TUESDAYS 8/7C, ABC)

The Avengers kicked so much ass. The individual movies of each of the Avengers were awesome, too. Even the Captain America one was good (Although, I’m still not a big Cap fan). So, I had high hopes for this show going in.

I don’t want to say I’m disappointed in it…but I kind of am.

It’s actually unfair of me to say that, though. There’s actually nothing wrong with it. I don’t have a problem with the acting. I don’t have a problem with any of the characters.

The writing, so far, has been pretty good. They have a couple of ongoing story lines that are enough to be interesting (How Coulson survived Loki killing him in The Avengers, and unveiling Skye’s background).

They’ve had a few good cameos (Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill in the pilot, Samuel L. as Nick Fury in either the second or third episode). In the newest episode, they’ve imported an artifact from the new Thor movie (or is at least Asgardian), which is pretty cool.

With all of that going for it, it still feels like something is missing to me and I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s that none of them have superpowers, or even a cool gimmick (like Hawkeye and his bow and arrow). Or, it could just be that I set my expectations for it way too high.

I’m still watching it. It’s a good show. There’s just something off about it and I can’t put my finger on it.

ALMOST HUMAN (MONDAYS 8/7C, FOX)

I started seeing commercials for this show a few weeks ago during football. I was a little hesitant to try it out. After all, most new shows that I’ve tried watching lately have either sucked, or haven’t been as good as I thought they were going to be. I went back and forth on it a few times before finally deciding to DVR it.

The thing that sold me on giving it a try is that it has Karl Urban in it. I have yet to see anything he’s done that has sucked (Granted, Doom wasn’t all that good, but it didn’t suck).

For those of you who don’t know what the premise is, let me break it down for you. Quite simply, it’s I, Robot the series. True, it doesn’t have any actual affiliation with Asimov’s books, or the Will Smith movie adaptation, but it’s pretty much the same. A down-on-his-luck cop who doesn’t like robots gets teamed up with one to fight the bad guys.

Normally, I don’t like it when shows are that close to something that has already been done, but it doesn’t really bother me in this case. They do a good job of making it their own. Plus, the back story is good enough to carry the overall direction of the show for a while.

I know that they’ve only shown two episodes of this so far, but I really liked those two episodes. After watching them, I couldn’t wait for the third. Granted, this may change. Some shows start off good, then start sucking. I hope this isn’t one of them. It looks like it could end up being really good.