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?

Time Travel Stories

I’ve said on here before that I will never write a story that involves time travel. There are way too many holes that can come up and way too many variables to consider. I was content just sitting back and enjoying the time travel stories that I either watched on TV or read in a book.

Now, I can’t even do that anymore.

Let me give you an example (WARNING: THIS WILL CONTAIN THE EVENTS AT THE END OF THE FLASH’S FIRST SEASON AND THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE SECOND SEASON.  IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW, STOP READING NOW).

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DC Shows

This is actually a post that I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve held off on it, however, as I wanted to wait until the two new shows had a chance to get at least half a season in. I didn’t think it would be very fair to judge them before then. I’ll go ahead and start with the first show to air, which is now in its third season, Arrow.

When this show first came out, I really didn’t want anything to do with it. I hadn’t really seen, or read, much with the Green Arrow in it, but what I did see didn’t really interest me. This will probably sound ridiculous, as Green Arrow came out at least ten years earlier, but he always seemed to me to be a lamer version of Hawkeye. Hawkeye’s arrows were more technological and badass. Plus, the Green Arrow was walking around in the movie costume from Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

After the second season of Arrow ended, one of the guys I worked with told me that I needed to watch it. I told him everything I said above. He admitted that he didn’t really like Green Arrow that much either, but that Arrow was a very good show. Still, I was leery about watching it. Finally, I agreed to give it a shot.

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What Do You Think?

In addition to the Versus matchups we come up with at work (I’ll get to my next one soon….I hope), we also come up with hypothetical situations and go back and forth on our opinions on them. Like Versus, these situations involve movies/books/TV shows/comic book things that just happen to catch our attention. For example, we discussed which movie character, from a movie not set in a science fiction/comic book world, would be best suited to wear a Green Lantern ring. I personally think it would be Rocky. For sheer willpower, never-gonna-quit attitude, nobody can match the Italian Stallion.

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