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TNTM: Abra Kadabra on Flash TV series

Abra Kadabra is the new Flash Villain It’s not hard to see that the CW rolled the dice on super-hero TV shows… and it has paid off big time for them.

First they had Arrow based on the Oliver Queen character from Green Arrow. Then they brought in the Barry Allen version of the Flash.  They even developed their own show with an ensemble cast, Legends of Tomorrow.

Heck, they even picked up a discarded super-hero show from a rival network and incorporated it into their DC Comics TV Universe.

The Flash in the DC Comics world has quite an extensive rogues gallery.  The TV show has been doing a pretty good job of introducing a lot of the classic Flash villains.  One of those bad guys will be making his premiere on the show very soon.  Later this season we will see David Dastmalchian portraying iconic Flash villain, Abra Kadabra.

Who is Abra Kadabra?

Abra Kadabra made his first comic book appearance in THE FLASH #128 (1962).  Citizen Abra is a magician from the 64th Century.  In Abra’s time science has made stage magic obsolete.  This conflicts with his desire to be a famous performing magician.  To get around this issue he steals a time machine and travels back in time to our present day.

The “magic” he uses to impress today’s audiences and fight the Flash is actually 64th Century tech. He has no actual magical powers, though in one notable story-line, he was temporarily given the gift of sorcery thanks to a deal he made with the Green Lantern villain Neron.  Abra begins to feel his magic is being overlooked and decides to use it to commit crimes to become famous.  Every time he finds himself beaten by the Flash.

Abra Kadabra recently played a key role in the DC Comics Rebirth story-line. It was revealed he was the villain responsible for Wally West’s disappearance from the DC Universe. Wally is able to defeat Abra by forcing him into the time stream, but not before Omen (one of the Titans) was able to read his mind.  She said “I only really got one word: Manhattan.”

This along with many other subtle and not so subtle hints points to the Watchmen crossing over into the main DC Comics Universe.

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TNTM: Justice League of America (JLA) Rebirth

In the six issue series Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Maxwell Lord uses the “Heart of Darkness” to take over key members of the Justice League. Batman had to rally the Suicide Squad along with Lobo to get things back in control.

Seeing how difficult it would be to contain the god-like members of the Justice League, Batman decides to develop his own team of mostly mortal members. He recruits Killer Frost, Black Canary, Lobo, The Ray, The Atom’s assistant (Ray Choi), and Vixen to be part of his Justice League of America.

The use of some of DC Comics lesser characters is a good move. They have a full stable of characters that could use some good “fleshing out”. Another good move on DC’s part is bringing back the original Lobo. The New 52 Lobo was lackluster and really turned off a lot of long time Lobo fans.

This first issue was more of a team building one. Batman had to convince all the characters to become part of a team rather than continue to fight crime individually. As we all know, Batman can be very persuasive.

Hopefully there will be a few issues devoted to acquainting us to the characters. It would be a mistake in the long run to just toss them into action packed battles without getting the reader to fully invest in the characters. Whether you like the characters or hate them, the story is better when you at least have some feeling towards them.

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TNTM: Justice League versus The Power Rangers

DC Comics and Boom Studios crossover

If you are in any comic book store for longer than a few minutes you will undoubtedly hear the “who would win in a fight between…” arguments. These conversations have been the staple of comic book conversations for as long as I can remember.

If the two parties were from the same publisher you could always cite historical references from earlier years with that publisher. The problem arises when the two parties in the theoretical fight are from different publishers. Since the publishers are competing for a bigger market share, they don’t like to share their characters with other publishers. If you saw crossover events it was usually between different titles under the same publisher…. until recently.

There seem to be a lot of crossover titles between publishers lately. Batman had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles appear in Gotham. After that the favor was repaid and Batman had a crossover with the Turtles under the IDW imprint. Now the Justice League is crossing over with The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It seems like DC Comics has learned to play nice and share their characters with the other publishers… and us readers are reaping the benefits.

“Something very, very massive has happened in Angel Grove, in the Power Rangers’ world, and then another massive event sends one of our main characters, Zack, into the Justice League’s world”, said writer, Tom Taylor.

“I can’t tell you too much more, but there’s a bit of conflict, there’s struggle, there’s misunderstanding. Those are classic tropes that you want to see when hero teams that don’t know the other ones are heroes come together. A little bit of miscommunication leads to badness. But eventually, good too! And really it’s just a great opportunity to take these two heroes from two different worlds and bring them together in a way I don’t think anyone could see coming”, Taylor added.

When asked about the villains in the series Taylor responded “Well, we’re definitely going to see Lord Zedd. I can happily tell you that. Lord Zedd will appear in this book. And he is one of the biggest problems. The other big problem is a DC villain who we can’t actually announce yet, but make sure you get issue #2.”

Both publishers, DC Comics and Boom Studios are very excited about this epic crossover. Each company is placing their marquee characters into the other’s universe. We finally get to see what would happen when these two pop culture Goliaths band together to do what they do best, beat bad guys.

“DC and BOOM! Studios teaming up on this crossover is a dream come true for fans of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Justice League,” said Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President, Editorial Strategy and Administration, DC Entertainment. “Stories like this are a great way to have that ‘what if’ itch scratched, combining favorite characters from different publishers in epic adventures.”

“Everyone at BOOM! is thrilled to be part of an event of this magnitude,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We have iconic characters meeting for the first time that are beloved the world over! Our imaginations have been racing since the moment this kicked off with our friends at DC and Saban Brands. Get ready…this is one event that’s not to be missed.”

Press Release

Two of comics greatest teams team up for the very first time! Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove! When the Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged, Zack is flung into another universe, where he’s mistaken for a villain by a mysterious masked vigilante. Can the other Power Rangers get to their friend in time to save him from Batman? Co-published with BOOM! Studios.

Art: Stephen Byrne
Cover:: Karl Kerschl
Written: Tom Taylor

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TNTM: Mxyzptlk comes to Supergirl on the CW

Who is Mxyzptlk?

Mister Mxyzptlk is an impish character who appears in Superman comic books. He is a sorcerer from the fifth dimensions who has a penchant for playing pranks on Superman.

His first appearance was in Superman #30 (Sept. 1944) in the story “The Mysterious Mr. Mxyztplk”. He is portrayed as a small bald man typically wearing a bowler hat.

His powers in our dimension are nearly limitless. He can only be stopped by tricking him into saying or spelling his own name backwards. Doing this will return him to his home in the fifth dimension. Once he is returned he must stay for a minimum of 90 days. He also cannot stand being ridiculed.

Mxyzptlk on Supergirl

It has been announced that the Supergirl TV series on the CW will be bringing the character into the show. Peter Gadiot has been cast as the mischievous imp. It seems that Mxysptlk has a fondness for Kryptonians other than Superman. It has not been said whether the character will resemble the comic book version or is they will re-imagine him more normal in appearance to help alleviate special effects costs.

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TNTM: The many different types of Kryptonite

Superman’s weakness

Even non-comic book fans know that Kryptonite is Superman’s Achilles’s heel. What a lot of folks aren’t aware of is just how many different types of Kryptonite exist in the DC Comics Universe. We give you a run-down of all the types of Kryptonite that we could find. This is in no way an exhaustive list. I’m sure there are some obscure Kryptonites that we missed. If you know of one that we didn’t cover please let us know in the comments.

What is Kryptonite?

Kryptonite has it’s origins in an unpublished 1940 story by Superman creator, Jerry Spiegel titled “The K-Metal from Krypton”. It was actually a mineral from the planet Krypton that drained Superman of his powers, but gave superhuman powers to humans. K-Metal is the prototype of Kryptonite.

The mineral was first introduced using the name Kryptonite in the story arc “The Meteor from Krypton” in June 1943 on The Adventures of Superman radio series. It didn’t make it into the comic books until 1949 in issue #61 of Superman.

Kryptonite was originally introduced as being red. It wasn’t until Action Comics #161 in 1951 that it was changed to it’s now familiar color of green.

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TNTM: Top 10 comics list for December 2016

It’s a tie! The Top 10 comics for December are an even 50/50 split between Marvel and DC. None of the smaller publishers were able to crack the top 10 this month.

DC Comics again relied heavily on Batman related titles. All 5 of their top 10 comics have Batman in them. Batman #12 & 13, Dark Knight Master Race Book 7, All-Star Batman #5, and Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1. Not sure if this is a statement about the popularity of Batman or if DC is just having trouble elevating another character to Bruce Wayne’s level.

2 of Marvel’s top 10 titles are in the Star Wars Universe. Star Wars #26 kicks off the Yoda story. We get to learn a little about the diminutive Jedi’s early exploits. Doctor Aphra #1 gives one of the newer Star Wars characters her own book. She is like Indiana Jones of outer space. She is accompanied by 2 re-purposed Imperial droids, 0-0-0 specializing in torture) and BT-1 (assassin droid). You’ll also see more of Black Krrsantan, a Wookie bounty hunter.

There are also 2 Marvel titles dealing with big fights in Inhumans vs X-men #1 and Civil War II #8. The last Marvel title in the top 10 is Hulk #1 which sees She-Hulk take over the mantle of “Hulk” as she wrestles with her growing inner rage.

Let us know what titles you are reading and why you believe they should be in the top 10. Just leave a note in the comments section.

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TNTM: Santa Claus in the comics

First I want to set the record straight.  YES, there is a Santa Claus.  He does deliver toys to all the good girls and boys every year on Christmas Eve.

I can prove this because my presents are always under the tree on Christmas morning.  My second piece of evidence is the cookies and milk I leave out for him are always eaten when I wake up.  The last and strongest piece of evidence I submit to you is every letter I send to Santa NEVER comes back “Return to Sender” or “Undeliverable”.

He must be getting those letters and having the elves make what I ask for so my Christmas is extra special. Now that we have established Santa Claus as a fact, let me delve into the article.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa is known by people world wide.  Santa Claus is usually depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man.  He is seen wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white fur-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots.

Most times he is carrying a bag full of gifts for children. Santa Claus is said to make lists of children throughout the world.  He categorizes them according to their behavior (“good” and “bad”, or “naughty” and “nice”) and delivers presents to all of the well-behaved children in the world on Christmas Eve.

If you were on the naughty list you are more likely to receive a chunk of coal. He has elves making the toys for him in his workshop located at the North Pole.  He delivers the toys in his sleigh pulled by eight reindeer (9 if you count Rudolph).

Saint Nick as a comic book character

Of course a character of this great importance has made his way onto the pages of comic books.  Even with his busy schedule of naughty list checking, toy making, and general jolliness, Santa has crossed over with some of the bigger characters/teams in comics.  Sometimes he is depicted as a jovial old man spreading peace and goodwill.

Other times he is shown as a tyrant forcing his elves and reindeer into working extremely hard for next to nothing.  There are far too many instances of Santa’s appearance in comic books to list here, but I will tell you some of the more popular times he has been in comics.

Santa in Marvel Comics

Nick St. ChristopherSanta has been through a lot in the Marvel Comics Universe. During WWII he was kidnapped by Adolf Hitler to destroy America’s morale.  He was saved by Nick Fury, Captain America, and Bucky Barnes.  Santa saved New York City from a Hitler Clone called the Hate Monger by causing one of the Hate Monger’s pilots to crash into a nuclear bomb. He has used the “naughty or nice” list to become the world’s greatest detective calling himself “Nick St. Christopher”. In this role he aided the She-Hulk in locating evidence for a murder investigation. Nick St. Christopher took a liking to She-Hulk and made a pass at her. Mrs. Claus arrived to stop him.  She also punished She-Hulk by filling her office with reindeer droppings. Before departing, St. Christopher gave She-Hulk a present. He told her to use it on Christmas for something special. She opened the present later when she was stuck in She-Hulk form.  The present allowed her to return to her human form to celebrate a normal Christmas evening with her father, Morris Walters.

Not all of Santa’s Marvel Comics appearances were good.  One year Santa was injured while visiting Latveria.  Victor von Doom (Dr. Doom) decided to replace Santa in delivering toys that year. Doctor Otto Octavius (Doc Ock) once took over Santa’s workshop, imprisoned Claus, and forced his elves to create deadly toys that would be sent out to injure children.  One Christmas, Santa aided the young mutant team Generation X against the youth-abducting Nanny and Orphan Maker.

Santa Infinity GauntletOne Christmas Santa discovered his reindeer were actually shape shifting Skrulls.  This left him with no one to pull his sleigh so he decided to use the Infinity Gauntlet to enable him to deliver all the presents.  The Marvel super-heroes never like anyone to have all six Infinity Gems together.  They were able to get the Infinity Gauntlet away from Santa.  Iron Man ended up saving the day by creating Iron Reindeer to power Santa’s sleigh

The worst Marvel Comics appearance of Santa shows him demoralized by mankind’s lack of faith and belief. Santa sold his entire franchise to Hydra. One of Santa’s elves recruited some of Santa’s helpers to prevent Hydra from ruining Christmas.  These helpers included Howard the Duck, Vito Claus, Bubba Clause, Santa Clara, Claus Tse-Tung, Sanity Claus, and Willy Lumpkin Claus. Howard convinced Santa to renege on his deal with Hydra.  The recruited Santa’s helpers joined forces with Santa and the elves to drive off the Commando Corps of Hydra Accountants.

More recently, Santa has been classified as an Omega Level Mutant.  Omega is the most powerful classification of mutants in the Marvel Universe.  That alone doesn’t mean as much as it seems about half the mutants fall into that classification.  What does hold a lot of weight is Cerebro, the mutant-detecting computer of the X-Men, detected “the most powerful mutant ever registered” in New York’s Rockefeller Center one holiday season. This of course was Santa Claus.  He was also detected by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants who wanted to recruit him.  When the X-men and the Brotherhood both showed up a fight broke out. Santa ended the fight when he briefly transformed the Brotherhood into inanimate toys, teleported the X-Men away, erased both groups’ memories of his involvement, and then gifted the city with snowfall, the first white Christmas in years.

Marvel Comics has given Santa Claus has a number of magical abilities, including longevity, the ability to fit himself and others through any chimney, levitate up a chimney, alter the appearance of himself or other objects or beings (including physically transforming a person into an inanimate object), change the size of other objects, teleport himself and others across the world, generate snow and determine who has been naughty or nice. His normal strength is augmented on Christmas Eve to lift (press) 2 tons. Santa’s full powers are not revealed, though he prefers not to use them in combat or other struggles. While he appears to be a senior, Santa has not physically aged in centuries. Santa Claus has access to a wide range of supernatural artifacts which he uses to accomplish various feats of magic. They also gave Santa some magical equipment.  The reindeer magically enable him to travel across the planet, stopping at most houses along the way, in a single night. His magical sack is actually a Tesseract serving as a portal to a sort of storage dimension.  The sack holds enough presents to supply the entire world in one trip.

In the Marvel Comics Universe, Santa is served by a number of magical elves who construct the toys he gives out. The elves are descended from the Light Elves of Asgard’s Alfheim.  They are resistant to aging and conventional disease. The elf named Sunquist is solar-powered and can animate toys and rearrange matter. In addition, Sunquist is a member of E.L.F., the Elf Labor Federation, which protects elves (an exploited minority).  They offer their services only to the extent that they do not cause humanity to become unduly reliant on elf-kind.

Santa in DC Comics

DC Comics hasn’t used Santa as extensively as Marvel, but he still makes appearances nonetheless.  In the DC Comics Universe Santa lives in The Dreaming.  This is a realm inhabited by the Endless (Dream, Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction). You might recognize these characters from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.  It is reasonable to assume Santa is familiar with all these powerful beings.

DarkseidSanta Claus is no slouch in the powers and abilities area either in DC Comics.  He has extremely high charisma allowing him to engender trust and inspire hope in others.  Two notable exceptions to this power are the Easter Bunny and Lobo ( I’ll explain more on that in a later paragraph).  Santa appears to be virtually immortal.  He has not aged for several centuries.  DC Comics acknowledges Santa has magical abilities, but they haven’t defined the nature of his magic.  His powers are strong enough that he is able to get through the formidable defenses of Apokolips every year to give Darkseid a lump of coal.  These lumps of coal have an emotional effect of damaging confidence, pride, and motivation.He uses his toy bag to hold all the gifts he delivers on Christmas Eve.  It is speculated this toy bag is a trans-dimensional bag of holding. He travels around the world in his gravity defying sleigh pulled by magical flying reindeer.

LoboIn the Lobo: Paramilitary Christmas Special Santa is depicted as a merciless slave owner known as Kris “Crusher” Kringle.  In this story Santa Claus is a brutal dictator who ran an empire out of his stronghold at the North Pole. He maintained an army of elves.  Through a practice of planned malnutrition he was able to keep them short in stature and “fierce as ferrets”. Several years ago one of Crusher Kringle’s primary rivals, the Easter Bunny, hired the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo to assassinate him. Accepting the Bunny’s payment, Lobo was only too happy to see the job through. He traveled to the North Pole and blazed a bloody trail of destruction as he massacred dozens of elves just to reach Kringle’s throne room. Santa proved to be more than just a fat old man though. The two faced each other in mortal combat. Santa came at Lobo with two sharpened shivs. Lobo defeated Kringle by decapitating him. He then went outside and shot Rudolph. While this account seems incredible at best, Lobo has maintained that it did in fact take place.

This also calls into question if the Easter Bunny has any mutant or magical powers?  I’m sure we will cover that in an article around Easter time.  Most of the characters associated with holidays or fairy tales can be explained by classifying them as a mutant.

Santa in Boom Studios!

KlausBoom Studios went a different route with Santa Claus.  Klaus is set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic.  Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Klaus draws on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism. It takes in the creepier side of Christmas with characters like the Krampus.

Klaus is set in Grimsvig, a small town under the thumb of a petty dictator where toys have been outlawed.  Santa is re-envisioned as a crusader against injustice.  He is portrayed as a rough-and-tumble Conan the Barbarian type of superhero. The series draws upon early Viking and Siberian Santa Claus mythology. The comic details Santa’s origin story. It tells how he got his sleigh and other Yuletide accouterments.

Honorable Mentions

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Santa the Barbarian was created by Rob Liefeld with story and art by Dan Fraga.  The name explains it all.  Santa Claus as a barbarian, that’s it. No really, that is literally all there is to it.  The comic displays Santa killing, maiming, and chopping off heads.  To make it even better the elves are cheering him on with chants of “You da man!” Santa depicted as a blood-crazed barbarian killing machine is something that should be in everyone’s stocking on Christmas morning.

An Ultimate Warrior Christmas comic was written by former WWE wrestler Ultimate Warrior.  This comic will leave you with a lot of questions.  The main one is What is wrong with the Ultimate Warrior.  The comic is mostly unsettling pictures of half (or in some instances completely) nude Santa and Ultimate Warrior.  Most of the text is all on a separate non-picture page.  The background of the text pages is so garish and poorly thought out that trying to read them will give you a migraine.

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In the old Hellblazer comics, John Constantine once recovered the bones  of St. Nicholas of Myra (believed to be Santa Claus).  He crushed those bones to dust and got high on the powder.  This bit of Yuletide debauchery is all part of a magic ritual to help Constantine focus his mystical powers.

Action Lab put out a mini-series of comics dealing with the Santa Claus lore. “Sleigher” is This is Spinal Tap meets a Rankin/Bass Christmas special. The ultimate holiday tale for metalheads! Sleigher is the most recent heir of the “Santa Claus” mantle, even if it’s not really his bag. He’d rather slam back bourbon than glasses of milk and blast metal instead of carols. But when a long forgotten member of Santa’s rogues gallery rears his ugly head to reap chaos and destruction, Sleigher may have found his true calling – dishing out a holiday ass whoopin!!!

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And what Internet article is complete without a Third Reich reference?  AAM/Markovia published the masterpiece “Santa vs. The Nazis”.  In 1941 the Nazis discover Santa Claus’ factory. They enslave the elves, incapacitate Santa, and convert the factory into a factory of war. Two of Santa’s helpers escape to London to brief Winston Churchill.  A commando unit is created and sent to take the factory back.

From all of us at Zia Comics, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and just an overall enjoyable Holiday Season!

 

 

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TNTM: Top 10 Comics for November 2016

Marvel reverses their fortunes in November. The Top 10 for November makes it look even between Marvel and DC Comics.  If you expand your view out to the top 100 a different story is apparent.

Marvel has shook off their performance of the past few months and is the dominant publisher for the month of November.  They have a majority of the sales in November.  Even though Marvel is back on top, DC Comics has the top 2 spots overall with Batman #10 & #11.  In fact, all of DC Comics top 10 titles were Batman related.

DC Comics is leaning heavily on Bruce Wayne right now.  Marvel relied heavily on new titles for their top 10.  Invincible Iron Man #1, Amazing Spider-man:Renew Your Vows #1, Venom #1 and IVX (Inhumans vs X-men) #0 were all in the top 10 for Marvel.

Their only non-new title was Civil War II #7.  The only title not from the big 2 publishers was Walking Dead #160 from Image Comics.

November Top 10

 

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TNTM: Top 10 Comics for October 2016

Marvel Comics managed to gain some spots in the Top 10 for October.

The big surprise is Boom Studios! took the number one spot with “Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1”.

“The Walking Dead #159” snuck into the last spot on the Top 10.  The remaining 8 spots were split evenly between Marvel and DC.  DC Comics can thank Batman for all 4 of their Top 10 spots.

 Each DC Comic in the Top 10 was related to Bruce Wayne (Dark Knight, Batman, and All-Star Batman).  Marvel had 2 first issues show up on the list with “Champions #1” and “Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #1”.  The other 2 Marvel titles were “Civil War II #6” and “Darth Vader #25”.  Maybe the newness of DC Comics Rebirth is starting to wear off?

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TNTM: Presidents in the comics – Election Day Special

It’s election time again. This presidential race is turning into a very hotly contested one.  Accusations and name calling are being thrown about like dirty socks in a freshman dorm room.

The political banter from the mindless pundits has pitted neighbor against neighbor and friend against friend.  Democrats and Republicans are fighting more than Marvel and DC fans.

With all this animosity in the air I decided to interject a little levity on the subject.  Presidents have made appearances in comic books for a long time.  Some are just brief glimpses of the POTUS and some are given plot lines.  I have compiled a small list of the most notable Presidential appearances in the comics.

This is in NO way a complete listing.  It would take much more than this small article space to list them all.  Feel free to add any POTUS comic book appearances that aren’t on this list in the comments section.

Richard Nixon

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Richard Nixon appeared in Alan Moore & Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen.  In 1985 the country is edging toward World War III with the Soviet Union and Nixon is still president. Let me explain how this happened for those who haven’t read Watchmen (please read the book, don’t watch the movie.  The movie left a lot out).

Watchmen depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s.  Their presence changed history so that the United States won the Vietnam War thanks to the involvement of Dr. Manhattan.  Another important change is the Watergate scandal was never exposed. It is hinted that the Comedian killed Woodard and Bernstein and also assassinated JFK. Term limits are cast aside and Nixon is still in the Oval Office.

It was also implied that President Nixon was a hooded mastermind, pulling the strings behind a massive plot for a super villain group called The Secret Empire in Captain America comics.  You never see his face or hear his name muttered, but it is undeniably him.

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Bill Clinton

Clinton

In the early ’90s, then-new President Bill Clinton endorsed Hank Henshaw (The Hank Henshaw that appears in the Supergirl TV show was retconned), also known as the Cyborg Superman, as the “real deal”. Henshaw saved Clinton from a terrorist assassination attempt.

To show his gratitude, Clinton granted the villain a photo op and the U.S. Government’s stamp of approval.  Shortly thereafter Henshaw would turn out to be a homicidal maniac who killed 7 million Americans in a terrorist attack that was impressive even by DC Universe standards.

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President Clinton also exiled Captain America from U.S. soil and stripped him of his name and title after Cap was fromed for an attack on a U.S. military base.  This happened during the “Man Without a Country” storyline by Mark Waid and Ron Garney.

George W. Bush

George Dubya was threatened by the Punisher.  Frank Castle broke into his office and made some not-so-subtle threats to the drunk and nearly-incoherent President.

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Image Comics Savage Dragon ran in the Presidential election in 2004 against George W. Bush and John Kerry.  The run was actually organized by a corrupt politician looking to wreak havoc.

During that election Savage Dragon took  a swing at Imposter, a super villain who had taken Bush’s place, during a public event.

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George W. Bush was clearly present for the concluding pages of Civil War #1. He presided over the meeting wherein Iron Man, Reed Richards, and Yellowjacket promised to handle Captain America.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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FDR has been retroactively spun into playing key roles in the creation of both the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron in DC Comics. It was Roosevelt who first summoned Flash and Green Lantern in 1940 when he was informed that Hitler had acquired the Spear of Destiny.

Realizing war in Europe was inevitable, Roosevelt suggested the heroes remain together to protect the home front during the war.  FDR was the guy who gave Captain America his round shield, replacing his triangular version. The two met a few times over the years, too.

Deadpool & the Dead Presidents

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A notable inclusion is the Deadpool “Dead Presidents” story arc.  In this story, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent resurrects every dead president from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.

The reanimated Presidents are super-powered and are portrayed with their various strengths and weaknesses (It’s a Deadpool comic, what did you expect?).  The zombies unexpectedly want to destroy America.

It’s up to Deadpool, who’s got the reputation, skills, and plausible deniability – along with being Canadian – to stop the com-monsters in chief.  There is something strangely satisfying about seeing the Teddy Roosevelt zombie wandering around the zoo looking for a fist-fight.

These are but a few of the POTUS appearances in comics.  The President has been everything from a brief glimpse on the page, to a quick punchline, to full blown plot device.  These are just some of the POTUS appearances I remember off the top of my head.  Please share your favorite President in comics moments in the comments section below.

TNTM: DC Comics Wildstorm relaunch

WARREN ELLIS Relaunching DC’s WILDSTORM Line

Back in the 1990s a group of comic writers/artists decided to leave Marvel Comics and start their own publishing company.  That publishing company was Image Comics.  Jim Lee started his own comic book imprint under the Image banner.  WildStorm Productions, or simply WildStorm, was originally an independent company.

The imprint took its name from the combining of the titles of the Jim Lee comic series WildC.A.T.S. and Stormwatch.

WildStorm became a publishing imprint of DC Comics in 1999. The WildStorm imprint remained editorially separate from DC Comics until it was shut down in December 2010.  In September 2011 the company relaunched its entire superhero line with a rebooted continuity in The New 52 initiative.  They incorporated Wildstorm characters into that continuity along with its long-standing DC characters.

DC’s long-dormant WildStorm line is being relaunched in 2017 with one of the line’s most recognizable writers at the helm, Warren Ellis.  The WildStorm line’s flagship title will be the ongoing monthly The Wild Storm by Ellis and artist Jon-Davis Hunt.  It is scheduled to debut in February with rebooted versions of characters such as Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks, and more.

“After long reflection, I couldn’t turn down the invitation to renovate the house that Jim Lee built and refit its unique combination of cosmic paranoia and paramilitary conspiracy for the post-political space madness of the twenty-teens,” said Warren Ellis. “Looking back to look forward.” In addition to writing the core The Wild Storm title, Ellis will curate other titles for the line including WildC.A.T.S., Zealot, and Michael Cray (the WildStorm character Deathblow). No creative teams for these books were named.

“There are precious few visionaries in our business and fewer still like Warren who can elevate mythos with both stylistic panache and idiosyncratic spectacle,” said DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. “His work at WildStorm remains the tone which best defines and reflects the WildStorm Universe. I know I speak for WildStorm fans the world over when I say I can’t wait to see what Warren and Jon have in store for fans in February!”

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TNTM: DC Comics still owns the Top 50 in September

DC Comics still owns the Top 20

In August we saw DC Comics having a majority of the comics in the Top 20, heck even the Top 50 of sales.  September is following in the trend of DC Comics being the best sellers.  It seems that 2016 is the year for DC Comics titles.  This month a lot of the Batman titles have made the top 5 pushing Harley Quinn down the list just a bit.  One of the notables on the list is Image jumping into the Top 10 with Walking Dead.  We figure it has to do with the build up on the TV show between Negan and Rick’s group.

Marvel has something up their sleeve though, They are pushing the Death of X which leads into IVX (Inhumans vs X-men) and results in Resurrexion. They have been keeping their plans for this story arc a bit secret.  They promise to shake up the whole Marvel Universe.  So far, Death of X hasn’t done much in sales to prove that.

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TNTM: Justice League / Power Rangers team up

Justice League and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers together

The Justice League seems to be fighting, crossing over, or teaming up with everyone else lately.  You don’t even have to be a DC Comics title.  This January BOOM! Studios and DC Comics will join forces when “Justice League / Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” arrives in comic stores.

The six issue series will be written by Tom Taylor with art by Stephen Byrne.

The story finds the Black Ranger flung into a reality not his own. The rest of the Power Rangers team must discover a way to find their friend and rescue him from Batman.

Official Press Release

On January 11, two of comics’ greatest teams will combine their powers and abilities for the first time! The Justice League—Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern John Stewart, the Flash and Cyborg—meet Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a six-issue monthly miniseries from New York Times best-selling writer Tom Taylor (INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION) and artist Stephen Byrne (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA REBIRTH: THE RAY).

“DC and BOOM! Studios teaming up on this crossover is a dream come true for fans of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Justice League,” said Hank Kanalz, Senior Vice President, Editorial Strategy and Administration, DC Entertainment. “Stories like this are a great way to have that ‘what if’ itch scratched, combining favorite characters from different publishers in epic adventures.”

Something terrible has happened in Angel Grove when the Power Rangers’ Command Center is breached and the teleporters are damaged! Zack the Black Ranger is flung into an alternate universe full of citizens possessing outrageous powers and wearing strange costumes. Will Jason the Red Ranger, Trini the Yellow Ranger, Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Billy the Blue Ranger and Tommy the Green Ranger be able to get to Zack in time to save him from Batman?

“Everyone at BOOM! is thrilled to be part of an event of this magnitude,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We have iconic characters meeting for the first time that are beloved the world over! Our imaginations have been racing since the moment this kicked off with our friends at DC and Saban Brands. Get ready…this is one event that’s not to be missed.”

In addition to the standard covers drawn by Karl Kerschl (GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER), each issue will feature a variant cover drawn by one of comics’ most popular artists, pairing each member of the League with a different Power Ranger:

  • Batman/Pink Ranger by Dan Hipp
  • Cyborg/Blue Ranger by Dustin Nguyen
  • The Flash/Black Ranger by Yasmine Putri
  • Green Lantern John Stewart/Yellow Ranger by Marguerite Sauvage
  • Superman/Green Ranger by Chris Sprouse
  • Wonder Woman/Red Ranger by Marcus To

“With their talented roster of writers and artists, DC and BOOM! Studios bring to life the world’s greatest superheroes, including the iconic Power Rangers,“ said Janet Hsu, CEO at Saban Brands. “With DC, BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands partnering, we will bring fans a legendary crossover that will stand the test of time, just as these historical superheroes have done individually for decades.”

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TNTM: Lobo, the last Czarnian, returns

All Hail, the return of Lobo

Another of what we perceive as missteps by DC Comics with the New 52 launch was the treatment given to Lobo. They made it so the Lobo we have all grown to love was an impostor. The big, gruff, hard drinking, gun for hire, biker Lobo was supposed to have used the real Lobo’s identity.

The introduce a new, educated, sleek, but still ruthless Lobo. Don’t get us wrong, the new Lobo was an interesting character, but the old Lobo held a special place in our hearts… and in the DC Universe. His interactions with other DC characters produced some of the most entertaining situations. The new Lobo didn’t resonate with readers and his title was eventually cancelled.

Imagine our excitement when we heard the news that Lobo would be returning. Now double that excitement when we heard it would be with DC powerhouse comic Harley Quinn. Then raise that excitement to the power of infinity when we were told that Simon Bisley would be helping out with Lobo’s return. Paint us overjoyed.

We can only hope this sparks enough interest for DC Comics to bring the last Czarnian back with his own title. How about a DC Comics Rebirth title for Lobo? Make him one of the key components to the timeline story.

About Lobo

Lobo is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The Lobo character was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, and first appeared in Omega Men #3 (June 1983). Lobo is an alien born on the Utopian planet of Czarnia and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.

Lobo was first introduced as a hardened villain in the 1980s. He soon fell out of use with writers. He remained in limbo until his revival as an anti-hero biker with his own comic in the early 1990s. Writers attempted to use Lobo as an imitation of the 1990s trend towards “grim and gritty” superhero stories epitomized by such Marvel Comics characters as Cable, Wolverine, and Punisher. Instead of becoming a parody he was enthusiastically accepted by fans of the trend. This popularity led to the character having a much higher profile in DC Comics stories from then on, as well as starring roles in various series in the decades since.

Powers and Abilities

Lobo possesses extraordinary strength of undefined limits. Lobo also possesses superhuman durability. In one instance, Lobo was declared immortal. He died and went to hell, but he proved too much for the demons. When he was then sent to heaven he wreaked so much havoc that he was permanently banished from the afterlife.

If Lobo sustains injury, his accelerated healing factor enables him to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with superhuman speed and efficiency. For instance, Lobo can regenerate out of a pool of his own blood, apparently recycling the cells. He is immune to the effects of aging and disease.

Lobo possesses an amazingly developed sense of smell which allows him to track objects between solar systems. He also has a tracking ability enabling him to track an individual across galactic distances.

He is a formidable combatant with expertise in multiple forms of armed and unarmed combat. His favorite weapon is a large titanium alloy chain with a large gutting hook connected at the end. He keeps it wrapped around his right wrist. Lobo also uses high-grade explosives and advanced firearms.

Despite his violent and loutish nature, Lobo seems to have a genius-level intellect in matters of destruction and violence. He can create complex virulent agents and the corresponding antidotes. In one version of his backstory he released such a plague on Czarnia as a science project which resulted in the deaths of the entire population in the span of one week.

His vehicle, some sort of space-faring motorcycle (the “Space Hog”), often accompanies him. It is his own design. Despite its size it is capable of extended and speedy travel throughout space. Further, it protects those in its immediate vicinity from the hazards of space and somehow permits the ability to breathe and speak. He was also able to scavenge parts from a destroyed time hopper and attach them to his own bike producing a working time machine. Lobo is fluent in many alien languages (according to Lobo, 17,897). He is extremely knowledgeable in the locations and cultures of worlds without external references.

It is not fully known the extent to which his powers are common for his race or unique to him. In the miniseries The Last Czarnian and elsewhere it is stated that the cloning and healing abilities are traits possessed by all Czarnians, as is the apparent ability to survive in the vacuum of space.

 

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TNTM: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

The World’s Greatest Heroes Face Off Against Belle Reve’s Worst Villains

JLVSSSThe Justice League has long been a popular team for DC Comics. All the heavy hitters in DC’s lineup have been member at some point.

The DC Entertainment movies are building toward the team’s debut on the big screen with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Aquaman. This movie promises to be a big hit. Let’s hope they find a suitable villain that will require them to band together.

The success of Suicide Squad in the theaters tells me people love their villains. The Squad is a collection of some of the deadliest and most intriguing bad guys. They say there is no honor among thieves, but the members of the Squad displayed some good teamwork. There was more than once a member placed the team above themselves.

Problem is these 2 groups are opposed to the other. When the Justice League finds out about the existence of the Suicide Squad they make it their mission to end it. They believe the villains they have worked hard to catch should remain in prison.

The Justice League will do their best to end the Suicide Squad black ops program. One small thing, the Suicide Squad does not want to have their program shut down.

The 2 groups clash over this little disagreement. Oh, and DC has mentioned there is another team in play that has the goods on the whole DC Universe. How exciting!

Official Press Release

With a record-setting 12 million copies sold this summer, DC Entertainment has set the comic book world on fire since REBIRTH launched in June. With 21 of the initial 30 monthly and twice-monthly titles going to press multiple times, comic book fans are already asking, “What’s next?”

The answer arrives this December, as DC announces its first major event of Rebirth: the Justice League facing off against the Suicide Squad. This two-month event will pit DC’s two greatest super-teams against each other in a six-issue weekly miniseries, beginning with a special prelude in the pages of SUICIDE SQUAD #8, and with issues of SUICIDE SQUAD (#9 and #10) and JUSTICE LEAGUE (#12 and #13) serving as tie-ins during January.

The prelude issue sets the stage for issues #1 and #2 of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, written by Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, Vertigo’s FROSTBITE) with art by Jason Fabok (JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR) and Tony S. Daniel (JUSTICE LEAGUE, DEATHSTROKE). Issues #3 through #6 debut weekly throughout January, along with the special tie-in issues of SUICIDE SQUAD written by Rob Williams and JUSTICE LEAGUE by guest writer Tim Seeley (NIGHTWING, GRAYSON).

The day that Amanda Waller has long dreaded has finally come to pass: the Justice League has discovered the existence of Task Force X! America’s paragons of truth and justice won’t take well to a government-sponsored team of black ops super-villains (with bombs implanted in their heads), but before the Justice League can shut down the Suicide Squad, a bigger problem looms: another deadly strike team is lurking in the shadows, one that could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of REBIRTH. Longtime enemies such as Batman and Deadshot, the Flash and Boomerang, and Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return.

“This story is another building block to REBIRTH. With all of our heroes back on the board, it’s the super-villains turn. And the events within will set the stage for REBIRTH Phase 2 as a surprising team emerges and another piece of the puzzle of the future of the DC Universe, and the past, comes into focus,” said Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.

“I’m really excited about writing this story,” said Williamson. “This is a great opportunity to remind fans that, outside of Batman, the DC Universe isn’t aware that Task Force X or Amanda Waller even exists. To ultimately bring these villains to light for the entire DC Universe to see should make future Suicide Squad stories that much more interesting. And by the end of the story, both teams may discover that they have more in common than they thought, whether they like it or not.”

The advanced solicitation

The first major event storyline of DC’s Rebirth era is here!

This issue, written by Joshua Williamson with art and cover by Jason Fabok, kicks off an explosive six-issue weekly event! It all begins with a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth’s paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won’t go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!

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