If you watched Challenge of the Superfriends cartoon growing up, you know their biggest enemy was the Legion of Doom. The Legion of Doom was the villains answer to the group of Superheroes at the Hall of Justice.
The Legion even had a cool headquarters (Hall of Doom) that was shaped like Dart Vader’s helmet. I spent many Saturday mornings in front of the TV watching the Superfriends thwart the Legions attempts at villianry.
The good folks at DC Comics are gonna give us the Legion of Doom once again. Even better, they are putting Scott Snyder in charge of writing the story and Jim Cheung will be giving us the artwork. The first arc of the Justice League relaunch for DC Rebirth will feature the Legion of Doom as the main antagonists.
The Legion will consist of Lex Luthor, the Joker, Sinestro, Cheetah, Black Manta, and Gorilla Grodd. That line-up should give you chills.
Scott Snyder has said the Joker will play a very important role in the story and not be just comedic relief. Looking back at Snyder’s previous work on Batman and the Dark Nights Metal series, I am giddy with anticipation. I can’t wait to see Justice League back in prominence again. The writing of Snyder along with this new Legion of Doom promises some very epic stories.
Who is your favorite villain team in the comics? Do you think Snyder will return Justice League to the top of the sales charts? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Brian Michael Bendis has been synonymous with Marvel for a couple of decades. He is one of the main architects of the Ultimate Universe in Marvel. His work on Daredevil and Avengers are still regarded as some of the best for those titles.
Then in 2017 it was announced he would be exclusive to DC Comics. DC Comics offered Bendis any character in their stables to mold into his own. Most people believed he would take the helm on Batman, but to everyone’s surprise he chose Superman.
This all coincides with the 80th anniversary of Clark Kent/Superman. DC launched big into the Bendis era with the milestone issue Action Comics #1000. It is an over-sized issue with multiple stories. The Bendis story introduces a new villain character and a possible new explanation for the demise of Krypton. It also had multiple variant covers representing the different decades Superman has been published.
The stories in Action Comics #1000 are all good in their own right. Many of them tug at your heart-strings while others explore different aspects of Superman’s character. Overall it is a great book and an awesome introduction the the Bendis era of Superman.
I’ve always had a tough time warming up to Superman. I prefer my characters to display some kind of flaw or downfall. It is easier for me to relate to those type of characters. I am hoping Bendis is able to write Superman to have some kind of connection to normal every day people. He has worked magic before. I hope he has a little bit left for Superman.
The Justice Society of America has been mysteriously absent in DC Comics Rebirth initiative. To be more correct, we haven’t seen a JSA title even though the characters have been spotted in DC Comics promotional material. Several of the JSA members have even made appearances in other Rebirth comics.
The Justice Society of America is a superhero team that was popular in DC Comics Golden Age. Before Rebirth the Justice Society was part of the main DC Earth as a team of seasoned heroes who mentored younger legacy characters.
Back in 2016 Geoff Johns promised the JSA would return. He said the return of the JSA needed “room to breathe” so it would not get lost among immediate announcements.
We have been given hints pointing toward JSA becoming a part of the DC Rebirth Universe. We have seen Jay Garrick trying to re-enter the DCU only to be pulled back out due to nobody remembering him (it seems their memories tether them to the DCU). Johnny Thunder is constantly trying to get his Genie and use him to bring the JSA back.
We have seen other characters like Mr. Terrific, Phantom Girl, Hawkman, Saturn Girl make appearances in other Rebirth comics. Some of the JSA/Legion of Superhero characters like Dr. Mid-Nite, Alan Scott Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, and Hourman have appeared in promotional material.
Any fan of these Golden Age superheroes will be ecstatic to see their return to the main DCU. To make it even better it looks like these characters will be playing a very important part in the explanation behind what is going on with DC Comics Rebirth initiative.
We love to see our action heroes duking it out with their arch-nemesis. The bigger the battle, the more we like it. What we don’t typically think about is the mental affect this has on the superhero. Constantly fighting for your life can take a toll on your psyche. DC Comics and Tom King are tackling this subject with their new upcoming title, Sanctuary.
At the DC in DC convention, King revealed that he will be taking the writing lead on this new initiative. There isn’t much more information on the title. We don’t know if it will be an ongoing series, a limited series, or a lead-in to a bigger event.
According to King Sanctuary will follow crisis centers in the DC universe designed for superheroes to come and discuss the personal and psychological effects of a career in crime-fighting. King had this to say at a panel discussing PTSD and trauma in comics and comics writing:
The DCU has a bunch of superheroes and all they do is fight, every time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence deep in your heart—and we also have a group of superheroes, the Trinity, who care about these other heroes.
They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundation that stands beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons: one, because they’re good people, but two, if superheroes feel trauma and it drives them a little mad, that’s a danger. So, as both a practical and a compassionate matter, they’ve set up something called Sanctuary, which is a place that you can go, modeled on veterans’ crisis centers—which is an interesting name for them—and talk about this trauma and admit that this had an effect on you; where you can admit that being a superhero and seeing a life of violence and seeing people get hurt around you, that that has some sort of impact on you—and Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman can help you.
I like the series that let us have a glimpse into our favorite superheroes personal life. Knowing they have the same fears, frailties, self-doubts as everyone else humanizes them to the reader.
There are also readers that don’t want to see their favorite characters vulnerable. They want to look at the superheroes as something to strive for.
Either way, Sanctuary is a great story concept. Tom King has proven he can write complex stories well. We are in for one heckuva ride.
DC Comics Swamp Thing is one of those characters that most people know by name, but they know very little else about him. We would love to see a good Swamp Thing story on the big screen, but that doesn’t appear to be in the near term plans for the DCEU.
There is one bright spot for all us Swamp Thing fans, we are getting a special one-shot comic book January 31st.
Len Wein, who died in September, was one of the most influential comic book writers and editors at both DC and Marvel. At the time of his death he was working on a new Swamp Thing story. He co-created Swamp Thing with the legendary Bernie Wrightson.
Before his death, Wein completed the script for the first issue of a new Swamp Thing series. Instead of a series, DC Comics decided to make it a one-shot Winter Special.
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Wein had a chance to weigh on the book’s progress because Kelley had finished penciling the issue and had started inking some of the pages before his collaborator died. “I sent him some scans of stuff and he gave me a cover idea that he was very excited about,” says Kelley. “He loved to be involved in that kind of aspect of it. Len was just old world comics. He loved collaboration. He loved to talk about the visuals.”
He adds, “I’m completely grateful I got to do it.”
Additionally, Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 will be rounded out by a brand-new one-shot story two of comics biggest creators: writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok, who previously teamed up for the Batman-The Flash crossover “The Button.” This new story, which both of them describe as a passion project, tracks a decaying Swamp Thing as he and a lost boy struggle to survive in the frozen tundra.
“This is not a story about hope. This is a story about anxiety,” says King. “This is like when you go to the movies to see IT. You’re not going for the romance and the laughs and the friendship. You’re going to get close to the darkness so that when you come out you can smile at the light. So, that’s what I want them to get from it. I want them to be cold enough that when they put it down, their house feels warm and it feels like a relief.”
“I think that this story can be one of the best single issues I ever work on in my career. It’s something totally different than anything I’ve ever done before. The last couple of years, everything I’ve been drawing has been big superhero action, world-ending things, and heroes beating up villains, and this is the opposite. This is a psychological horror story,” says Fabok, who is currently halfway through drawing this 40-plus page story. “I’m drawing things I’ve never really drawn before — forests and mountain ranges. How do you draw in the snow and make it look interesting so it’s not just all white? How do you draw Swamp Thing? The way the story is written, I’m able to pull from eras of Swamp Thing and the different artists who have drawn him.”
Both King and Fabok are honored to be able to pay tribute to Wein with their story. “What this is ultimately about is staying true to Len Wein,” says King, with Fabok adding, “We want to honor Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein, who we lost recently, with this story. We want them to be proud of the work that we’ve done on this story. We want to present a classic Swamp Thing tale that people are going to love, and we also want to introduce the character to maybe a new generation of readers who’ve never seen Swamp Thing.”
Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!
In this new, square-bound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain—with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing’s fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.
In addition, this special features the final Swamp Thing story from the monster’s co-creator, Len Wein. Originally intended as the start of a new series, it is presented here both in its original script form and with art by Kelley Jones.
If you know anything about DC Comics Flash character, you know the Flashpoint story-line is the one that really defines Barry Allen. It is the story that comes to mind when you think of the Flash.
It was announced the name of the upcoming Flash movie will be Flashpoint. We can only hope the movie follows the plot from the comics.
If you’re familiar with Flashpoint (if you’re not, now is the time to buy the trade paperback and catch up) you know Barry uses the Speed Force to go back in time and he does something that alters the present day.
In the Flashpoint timeline, Bruce Wayne is the one that is killed in the alley. His father Thomas Wayne takes up the mantle of Batman. In many ways, Thomas Wayne is a much more calculating and lethal version of Batman.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been rumored to be the one they’ve cast to portray this iconic character in the movie. Looking at his past work, he would be an excellent choice for Thomas Wayne.
We can’t wait to see just how far they take Flashpoint and see all the changes they implement in the DCEU as a result. Flashpoint will be a great “shaking up” of DCEU. It’s also about time we get a really good movie with Flash as the central point. Ezra Miller was one of the shining spots in the Justice League movie. His portrayal of Barry Allen will give us a character we can really get attached to.
Shazam has a very interesting history. The character has changed hands a few times and has been the target of more than one lawsuit. Shazam was one of the most popular characters in comics in his early years.
There were several comic titles, TV shows, and animated features. The Shazam movie is scheduled for 2019 release as part of the DC Extended Universe. The movie will star Zachary Levi and Asher Angel portraying the title role.
Shazam, also known as Captain Marvel is a character published by DC Comics. Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker created the character in 1939. Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2 published by Fawcett Comics. Shazam is the alter ego of Billy Batson.
When Billy speaks the magic word “SHAZAM” (acronym of six “immortal elders”: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury), can transform himself into a costumed adult with the powers of superhuman strength, speed, flight, and other abilities.
Fawcett ceased publishing Captain Marvel comics in 1953, partly because of a copyright infringement suit from DC Comics. The lawsuit alleged Captain Marvel was a copy of Superman.
In 1972, DC licensed the Marvel Family characters from Fawcett. DC attempted to integrate Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family into their DC Universe with mixed success due to trademark conflicts over another character named “Captain Marvel” owned by Marvel Comics.
DC Comics published and branded the character’s adventures using the title Shazam!. This led many to assume that “Shazam” was the character’s name. DC Comics officially renamed the character “Shazam” when relaunching its comic book properties in 2011.
DC Comics is hoping to return Shazam to his former prominence with the 2019 movie release. We have our fingers crossed the film makes Billy Batson/Shazam a new fan favorite.
Dark Nights Metal is telling the story of the Nightmare Batmen from the Dark Universe coming over to the main DC Comics Universe. They are being led by Batman Who Laughs. They are working towards using Batman as the conduit to bring the demon Barbatos through. Batman the Devastator is the Batman from the Dark Universe if he incorporated the Doomsday DNA into his own.
Batman Devastator is particularly intimidating as you have the strength and power of Doomsday coupled with the ingenuity and intelligence of Bruce Wayne. Devastator is an unstoppable force. Even the best the Justice League throws at him, he overcomes.
It is gonna be interesting to see how the Nightmare Batmen are dealt with. Scott Snyder has promised there are some universe altering events stemming out of this story-line. I’ve been a big fan of Snyder’s work in the past so I am really excited to see what he has in store for us.
Bill Finger was never recognized for all his contributions to the comics world while he was alive. That is truly a shame since he gave us so many iconic and memorable characters. It was not until 2014 that Bill Finger was formally acknowledged as the co-creator of Batman. Finger’s name appeared in the 75th anniversary reissue of the first DC Comics edition with Batman in it.
Finger first began collaborating with DC comics and Bob Kane in 1938 on comic strips. Then National Comics (which would later become DC Comics) introduced Superman in Action Comics #1 and it was a huge hit. Comic book artists/writers/publishers were all trying to duplicate the man of steel’s success.
Bob Kane is often credited as the sole creator of Batman. Bob Kane went on public record numerous times with this claim. After Bill Finger’s death Bob Kane recanted and admitted Bill Finger played a big part in developing Batman. Bob Kane said “Bill Finger was a contributing force on Batman right from the beginning… I made Batman a superhero-vigilante when I first created him. Bill turned him into a scientific detective.”
Unfortunately Bill Finger was never properly honored for his contributions to the comic business while he was alive. You hardly see his name anywhere thanks to Bob Kane, who managed to finagle a lot of legalities about Batman to his own advantage.
Bill Finger contributed much of the early Batman mythology as well as greatly influencing the costume design. Bill Finger even came up with the name Bruce Wayne ( a hybrid of Robert I of Scotland who was called Robert Bruce or Robert the Bruce, and U.S. Revolutionary War General “Mad” Anthony Wayne). Finger wrote both the initial script for Batman’s debut in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) and the character’s second appearance.
Finger is also often credited with being the man behind Robin’s origin story. Finger developed what would become the Batcave, Batmobile, Batplane, Batarang, utility belt, and the name Gotham City.
The list of Bill Finger creations is a long one. He co-created Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern), Harvey Dent, Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin), Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, The Riddler, and Hugo Strange.
He has over 150 issues of Batman attributed to him. Counting all DC Comics titles he wrote well over 600 issues! He even worked on Sensation Comics #1, which featured the origin story of Wonder Woman!
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Ace the Bat Hound
Aunt Harriet Cooper
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In Batman: Dark Nights Metal #1 a lot of the mystery surround Nth metal is being explained.
We get to see a little bit of Mongol in the beginning, but he doesn’t have a significant part in the story (yet). We get introduced to Kendra Saunders and the Blackhawks. They have been trying to prevent the Dark Multiverse from emerging behind the scenes.
Bruce Wayne comes into possession of Carter Hall’s (Hawkman) journal. In the journal he reads that Carter has been investigating the Nth Metal and he mentions the tribes and a god named Barbatos.
As Bruce is contemplating the meaning behind the journal and the recent unexplained events, The Dream of the Endless appears to him. Dream tells him the nightmare has only begun. This probably alludes to the coming of the Dark Multiverse and the NIghtmare Batmen. What makes this especially interesting is this version of Dream is Daniel Hall. His grandfather is none other than Carter Hall. That’s right, the guy that spent his many lifetimes investigating the Nth metal and left his journal for Bruce to find.
So far the Dark Nights Metal series is off to a good start. It is hard to imagine how they are gonna tie all of this in with the Nightmare Batmen one-shots and the Superman/Dr. Manhattan story-line. I have faith in Dan Jurgens, Scott Snyder, and Geoff Johns. I am expecting a huge resolution that will shake the very pillars of the DC Universe.
Mister Miracle has always been a very interesting, but lesser known characters in the DC Universe. He has always been one of those characters that seemed to do better on a team rather than in his own title.
Tom King is a good enough writer to finally catapult Miracle Man into the limelight. Mister Miracle was created by Jack Kirby as part of his Fourth World epic saga.
Mister Miracle (Scott Free) is the one of the New Gods. He is the son of Highfather, ruler of New Genesis. To bring about peace between New Genesis and Apokolips, Highfather exchanged his son (Scott Free) for Darkseid’s son (Orion) as part of a truce agreement.
Scott was raised on Apokolips in the orphanage of Granny Goodness. The orphanage was where he was subjected to countless horrors and torture in an effort to destroy the goodness inside him. Scott trained his mind to distance himself from his pain. He also developed his reason, logic and problem-solving abilities.
He met and fell in love with another New God, Big Barda. While Barda loves to fight and relishes battle, Scott is more peaceful and simply wants to fit in. They escaped Apokolips together and traveled to Earth. He took on the identity of Mister Miracle from a professional escape artist named Thaddeus Brown. Brown was killed by Intergang and Free inherited his legacy and his assistant Oberon.
Like all New Gods, Mister Miracle possesses beyond superhuman strength, speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, and more. Along with his natural gifts he carries a number of weapons and advanced Apokoliptian technology. He has a Mother Box that can transfer energy, sense danger and life, create force fields, project shock-waves, and open boom tubes for travel. He also utilizes personally modified Aero Disks that allow him to fly at speeds of over 200 mph and cling to walls and ceilings.
Mister Miracle has incredible intelligence and is extremely resourceful. He is known as the world’s greatest escape artist, with the ability to escape from literally anything.
DC Comics has been introducing lots of questions in their Rebirth initiative. Ever since Rebirth kicked off in May 2016 there have been hints of the Watchmen being pulled into the DC Comics Universe. We are just starting to see answers to our questions. Some of these answers have been in front of our face for some time.
Action Comics #987 and #988 is being solicited as telling us exactly who is the person behind the mysterious Mr. Oz. Both of these issues will have lenticular covers. If you are unfamiliar with what a lenticular cover is, it will show one picture when viewed at a particular angle and another picture when tilted at the opposite angle.
The solicited lenticular cover shows Superman’s biological father, Jor-El, on Krypton as it is about to explode. When you tilt it you notice a blue light engulfing Jor-El and saving him from destruction. This is causing lots of readers to speculate Mr. Oz is actually Jor-El. This would explain his infatuation and near obsession with Clark Kent’s life in Rebirth.
Do you believe Mr. Oz is actually Jor-El? If not, who do you think Mr. Oz actually is? Let us know in the comments.
DC Comics has done a lot to right the ship. They took a beating over their New 52 initiative. Things looked a little better with Forever Evil, but they took a big nasty turn with their Convergence story-line.
A lot of readers were skeptical when DC Comics announced their Rebirth line wide event. They hadn’t exactly been crushing it with their events. Rebirth has been exactly what DC Comics needed. They have mixed the right amount of teasing with a good amount of revealing. It has been enough to keep most people interested in the event. The continuity between titles has been pretty tight as well. That is something that had been lacking in the past from both of the Big 2.
With all of the hype of the possible Watchmen tie-ins to the DC Universe, they started an even more ambitious event within the Rebirth timeline. DC Comics is teaming Gcott Snyder and Greg Capullo back up to give us Dark Nights Metal.
Scott Snyder has said “I’ve been planning METAL for as long as I’ve been writing Batman, but I want METAL to be built upon the stories happening now in Rebirth. Most of all we want to create new material that feels really modern and different. And above all, it’s going to be fun. Even with terror and nightmares, it won’t be grim. DARK NIGHTS: METAL will be celebratory, huge and crazy.”
Dark Days the Forge and Casting were lead-in titles to the Dark Nights Metal series. They set up the story with Batman researching Nth metal and the Dark Multiverse. Dark Nights Metal will delve into the Nightmare Batmen. Each of them is one of Batman’s worst nightmares about himself made flesh. Every one represents a time in his career that he could have gone wrong or too far and become villainous himself.
Every Nightmare Batman is inspired by members of the Justice League. What if Bruce Wayne took a wrong turn as a kid and decided to try to bring his parents back to life by any means? What if after Superman died, he had gone too far experimenting with Doomsday’s DNA to prevent such a tragedy from happening again? What if he declared war on Ares? Or tried to harness the Speed Force?
Snyder explains The Nightmare Batmen are lead by the Batman Who Laughs. This is the only one not already revealed. It is very apparent he is Batman’s worst nightmare inspired by his rivalry with his greatest foe, the Joker.
There will be seven one-shot comics explaining origins of the Nightmare Batmen. The plan is to bring out a new series of books under the Dark Matter Universe. A few of those titles are The Terrifics, Immortal Men, and New Challengers.
Are you looking forward to seeing the Nightmare Batmen? Do you think the new Dark Matter Universe will be a hit? Let us know in the comments.
The CW network has been killing it with their DC Comics superhero related series. The Arrow paved the way for the Flash. Then they snatched up the rights to Supergirl from CBS to give them a solid trifecta of superhero shows. Now they are working on one of DC Comics lesser known and greatly under utilized characters, Black Lightning.
Jefferson Pierce grew up in the Southside section of Metropolis. This area was referred to as Suicide Slum because it was widely believed the only way to escape the degradation of the slum was to kill yourself. He pushed himself in athletics and academia. Jefferson was good enough to win a gold medal in the Olympic decathlon.
He returned to his old neighborhood with his wife Lynn Stewart and his daughter Anissa to become the principal of Garfield High School. The neighborhood came under control of a ruthless gang. Jefferson feared for the safety of his family and neighbors so he stopped repressing his mutant abilities and began fighting as Black Lightning.
He was originally depicted as having no mutant powers. He used a belt that allowed him to generate a force field and project electrical bolts. We later find out these powers exist due to Metagene and that he does in fact have control over lightning due to this mutation.
Black Lightning is able to shoot extremely powerful lightning bolts, ionize the atmosphere, create localized lightning storms, and create quick charges of electricity in his fists to give his punches more of a shock.
In addition to all these powers, Black Lightning can also transform himself into electricity. In his electrical form, Black Lightning is nearly invulnerable. He can’t be hit with physical objects, can’t be poisoned or infected with any diseases, and he doesn’t need air, food, or water to survive.
While in electrical form he is able to survive in space, travel the same way regular electricity, pass through walls or solid objects, and move extremely fast. He is able to create magnetic fields allowing him to move and control objects.
Black Lightning is more than just his name. He is capable of throwing black lightning. It is a mystical type of lightning that is literally colored black. It is fueled by his rage and he grows stronger as he gets angrier.
His powers allow him to absorb energy in order to make himself stronger. He can make himself stronger, faster, heal quicker, and produce more lightning. Any source of electricity will serve his purposes.
Black Lightning earned the respect of many DC Comics superheroes. Green Arrow in particular became a good friend and nominated him for membership in the Justice League. Black Lightning declined that invitation, but he did later become a valuable member of Batman and the Outsiders. He even filled the position of Secretary of Education under President Lex Luthor.
What are your thoughts about the CW developing a new DC Comics superhero series centered on Black Lightning? Do you want to see him cross-over into the other CW series? Is there a Black Lightning story-line you’d like to see covered in the series? Let us know in the comments below.
The Superman character under the DC Comics Rebirth initiative has been surprisingly good. Just recently the New 52 Superman and the pre-Flashpoint Superman & Lois Lane were merged. This merge was done by the pre-Flashpoint Jonathan Kent (Superman & Lois’s son). Now they are teasing that Superman has something to do with the Doomsday Clock one-shot coming up in November. Lots of things affecting the DC Comics Universe seem to hinge on this character.
**Warning- spoilers may follow**
Between now and November there is a lot of things happening to Superman. In Action Comics #982 we see Superman’s rogues gallery banding together to defeat the Kryptonian. General Zod leads this group of Superman foes (Eradicator, Blanque, Cyborg Superman, Metallo, Mongul) to the front door of the fortress of solitude.
Superman tunnels underground and up into the middle of his group of adversaries in order to give Lois and Jonathan time to escape. Superman has been weakened from his recent time in the Black Vault. The villains are in the midst of an epic beat down of Superman when a group of Superman’s friends show up to save him.
The group of Superman’s friends is made up of his cousin Supergirl, Steel, Superwoman, and Kenan Kong the New Super-man. The most surprising member of this group is Lex Luthor. It seems Lex has done a complete turn around from villain to hero.
Action Comics #983 should be true to it’s name and be chock full of superhero fighting action. Seeing these 2 obscenely overpowered groups going toe to toe should be crazy.