Category Archives: Titanic Teams
What happens when there’s just too much action for one series to contain? If you’re talking about Avengers Vs X-Men, the huge miniseries that Marvel Comics has been building up to for nearly a year, you create a separate series of rock ‘em, sock ‘em action called AvX: VS.
When you think super-teams in the DC Comics universe, the Justice League comes to mind immediately, maybe followed by the Teen Titans, the Justice Society and half a dozen others. I’m going to delve a little deeper, and take a journey into the forgotten corners of the DC universe. Here’s a look at some of the forgotten teams of the DC Universe.
Growing up with a twin brother, we almost always played video games that were made for 2 players. Sports, fps, anything multi-player would do. We only had one system in the house when I was younger, so in order for us both to get our gaming fix, it would have to be on a two-player adventure. To this day we still prefer games that we can cooperate at. There were a few stand-out games that I can remember having the most fun with, and surprisingly, they aren’t really new games. So if you’re a new gamer (Xbox/360, PS2/3) then go back and try some of these games, I can personally guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. If you remember these games, then reminisce with me!
What makes a team? Some would say a deep abiding sense of commitment to get a job done. Mutual respect? Sure, that’s there too. Complimentary skills and talents – that’s a given. But then again, sometimes circumstance and that alone is what brings a team together.
Just ask the characters in The Darkest Hour
When you think super-teams in the Marvel Comics universe, the Avengers come to mind immediately, followed quickly by the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and half a dozen others. I’m going to delve a little deeper, and take a journey into the forgotten corners of the Marvel Universe. Here’s a look at some of the forgotten teams of the Marvel Universe.
Sometimes a team only works because they’re a team.
Take any of the Mystery Men on their own – Mister Furious, say, or The Shoveller, or Invisible Boy. Not a one of them would be anything other than a punchline to a weird non-joke. The Spleen. The Blue Raja. The Bowler. (Okay, maybe The Bowler.)
Originating as supporting characters in the bizarre, absurdist Flaming Carrot comic, the Myster Men were adapted into a bizarre, garish late-’90s action comedy with an aesthetic that was one part Lorne Michaels, one part Batman and Robin. Bright metallic colours, moulded plastic, sarcastic sketch-comedy one-liners.
But they were amazing.
Since Biff Bam Pop went live back in August 2008, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry has been a great friend to the site. Today, as part of our Titanic Teams month and to coincide with the release of his brand new novel Assassin’s Code, the fourth in his Joe Ledger series of books, Maberry offers up a look at putting together the perfect team – Echo Team. Take it away, Jonathan.
A tough, independent, resourceful, and self-sufficient hero is all well and good if the bad guys come at him in ones or twos. If it’s a moderate-size pack of zombies he might get through it without help.
But when things go from bad to really frickin’ bad and the hero is outnumbered and outgunned, then a little back-up is useful.
For Joe Ledger, former Baltimore cop, ex-Army Ranger, current government agent and world-class smartass, that back-up comes in the form of Echo Team.
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
As a comic book fan in 1982, you just couldn’t ask for anything more. While The Justice League of America and The Avengers were caught in a spiral downwards in terms of quality and talent, The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans were making their mark in comic book history. Both titles shared a lot of similarities: a young core of rookie heroes each struggling with their own degrees of teenage angst, great writing, fabulous artwork, solid character development, and fine storytelling.
When it comes to taking on the supernatural, I’d hate to go it alone. Dealing with all sorts of demons and ghouls and magical things that turn unsuspecting folks into deadly killers – I’d definitely want back-up. And so do so many of the titanic television teams that have played tough against the things in the darkness. Throughout April we’ll look at many of them, including one made up of pot smoking, potty mouthed teenagers looking to get laid and kick a little evil ass.
Meet Todd and his gang
Everywhere you go these days folks are talking about the Avengers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes from Marvel Comics are ultra-hot. The big screen movie is just a month away. The comics event of the year, Avengers Vs. X-Men is just getting underway. And here in the United States, this past weekend marks the season two premiere of Disney XD’s animated TV series “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”
Of course animation is no big deal for the Avengers. They have been animated almost as long as they’ve been around. In fact, the Avengers have been animated as long as Marvel Comics has been animated.