What’s SHOOT THE MESSENGER?
Well, AICN COMICS: SHOOT THE MESSENGER is your weekly one stop shop for comic book news that’s dropped in the previous week. Thanks to Newsarama, CBR, Wizard, etc. for reporting it as it breaks. Click on the links for the original stories. This column cuts the crap to run down all the vital information for those of you who don’t follow it as it comes in, and serves it all up with that special ingredient of @$$y goodness. It’s also the place for interviews, previews, and special reports.
@ THEIR FINAL REVENGE?! Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins’ reunion on FLASH: ROGUES REVENGE will now be titled FINAL CRISIS: ROGUES REVENGE, in a truly desperate effort to garner some attention for the severely under-hyped upcoming miniseries FINAL CRISIS. It also changes from six normal-sized issues to three oversized…
Hey, comic book-appreciators, Stones Throw here. Ever really wanted to know what’s breaking in the comic book world, but not been able to face sifting through the promotion and hype on sites like Newsarama, Wizard, and Comic Book Resources? Ever wished there was one weekly column you could go to that would round up all the vital information and present it for your convenience with style, sass and liberal helpings of panache?
@ ONE SPECIAL FEATURE! CRIMINAL’s Sean Phillips has drawn an adaptation of the 1961 noir film BLAST OF SILENCE as part of its Criterion Collection DVD release tomorrow…
@ AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY! Shadowline’s “Create a Super-Heroine Contest” was won by Tom Arguello’s “Incredible Journey”. Shadowline/Image are now gonna show the whole process of making the comic, from plot to finished art…
@ THE “OTHER SIDE” OF THE BLACK PANTHER! Jason Aaron writes three issues of BLACK PANTHER tying into SECRET INVASION…
@ A HOLY TRINITY? Back-up writer Fabian Nicieza lets spill on some of the back-up artists on Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley’s TRINITY—Scott McDaniel, Tom Derenick and Mike Norton so far…
@ IRON FIST-ISHED! Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction wrap up their run on IRON FIST with #16 in May, to be replaced by CABLE writer Duane Swierzynski and artist Travel Foreman…
@ GOON’ 12 TIMES A YEAR! Eric Powell wants the Goon out monthly for twelve issues…
@ WHAT’S THE BIG IDW? @$$hole interviewee Ben Templesmith has gone exclusive with the independent publisher, continuing with WORMWOOD and SINGULARITY 7, and debuting a new horror series, WELCOME TO HOXFORD, in May. He’ll still work on FELL when Warren Ellis gets around to writing it, though …
That’s it as far as news goes. But if you’ll allow me to play armchair copyright lawyer for a moment… since the story about the Siegels being granted the copyright for ACTION COMICS #1 there’s been a lot of interesting speculation from Newsarama’s bloggers about whether it would be possible to take Superman to another publisher. Seems the possibility of Superman becoming a Merry Marvel Madman is pretty slim, though, due to the numerous trademarked elements introduced by DC after his first appearance. Got me thinking, though. What if Superman had been taken in a completely different direction after his first appearance? Like, could the Siegels copyright a new version of Superman based only on elements from ACTION #1? A more ruthless, violent, non-flying Superman who was raised in an orphanage and works at the Daily Bugle’s competitor, the Daily Star, hanging around the Marvel Universe would be pretty cool, I think, at least for a one-off story. WHY NOT DISCUSS IT BELOW AFTER THE FIGHTS??
ROUND ONE / BRACKET THREE
Sixty-four of comic bookdom’s best fighters enter, only one will be crowned THE SECRET TOURNAMENT OF INFINITE @$$-KICKERY Champion. It’s comics’ version of March Madness, only it lasts a bit longer. Ambush Bug here, on behalf of the @$$Holes at AICN Comics, welcoming you all back to a contest unlike any other; boiling fanboyism down to its basics...whether one guy can kick the other guy's @$$.
Before we move onto this week’s fights, let’s see the winners of last week’s bout.
Mr. Terrific holds back, eyeing up his younger opponent, but doesn’t get much chance for study as MVP grins and races toward him. Despite the impressive way the young man balances himself, Mr. Terrific is surprised by the lack of technique and pattern to the flurry of blows sent his way. He expertly parries attacks, constantly studying his opponent for weaknesses, and finds several openings for precision strikes. However, MVP neatly blocks most of these attempts and manages to lessen the impact of those that do connect with deft twists of his body.
Unable to successfully exploit the obvious gaps in MVP’s technique, Mr. Terrific launches a smooth series of more forceful blows, opening distance between them, then sends a powerful kick towards his opponent’s midsection, balancing to move away.
To his surprise, MVP rushes into the last kick, grunting slightly at the force of the blow but again deflecting most of its force. MVP’s close-range attacks now emulate Mr. Terrific’s earlier strikes, flowing easily together. Still blocking, Mr. Terrific is forced to give ground steadily, his own counterattacks often connecting but failing to do real damage.
While Mr. Terrific fights silently and expertly, he is steadily tiring and is aghast when he briefly looks into his opponent’s eyes to see actual enjoyment in there. As a series of blows manage to connect, he staggers slightly, giving MVP all the opportunity he needs to land a sickening amount of blows to his left knee and right temple.
The shock Mr. Terrific finds quickly spreading through his system is as much mental as it is physical. Intelligence and technique thwarted by reckless enthusiasm? Sadly, the last flash of brilliance he sees is the product of a massive blow to his cranium rather than any inspiration which might have helped him…
The two resurrected renegades step into the ring, preparing for an epic battle of morally questionable fighting styles and sheer brutality.
Red Robin lunges at his opponent, but suddenly Moon Knight evades and reveals his trump card: a 1-800 number for the D.C. Comics offices emblazoned on the back of his cape.
At that very instant, millions of outraged DC fans flood the number with calls to once again to kill Jason Todd, who is almost instantly wiped out of existence.
WINNER: MOON KNIGHT
Both women, warriors at heart, pounce at one another with fists and kicks flying. Evenly matched, the two battle for what seems like an eternity. Black Cat connects with a jab. Batwoman lands a kick. But both girls are tough, fast, and able to take quite a beating. Panting and exhausted, the two get distance between one another for a breather.
"You're good." Batwoman breathes heavily. She definitely underestimated her opponent. Although her costume leaves little for the imagination, Batwoman realizes that the Black Cat is not a foe to take lightly. How does she stay in that skin-tight costume? She thinks to herself.
"I'm not just another pretty face." Black Cat is panting too, but that doesn't stop her from being cocky.
"I see that..."
Black Cat notices that Batwoman keeps looking her up and down. Originally, she thought the Caped Crusadress was sizing her up for battle, but Batwoman's gaze seems to linger a bit longer right around Black Cat's bustline. Looking down at her own heaving chest, Black Cat notices her costume has been torn from the scuffle. Her sizable attributes spill out a bit more than usual from her already revealing costume.
Black Cat raises an eyebrow and shoots a seductive smile towards her opponent. She grasps the plunging neckline of her costume with both hands and struts slowly in Batwoman's direction.
"You like what you see?"
Batwoman looks deeply into the Black Cat's eyes then back down to her body.
Black Cat pulls open her shirt to reveal her monumental femalities; a place Peter Parker used to call home base.
Batwoman stands speechless and flabbergasted, giving Black Cat the opportunity to land a devastating right hook, knocking Batwoman unconscious.
"Works every time." Black Cat smiles to herself.
WINNER: BLACK CAT
The glyph on Barry’s neck itched horribly. That usually only happened when he was upset, or sweating profusely… and hanging upside-down from a balcony eight stories above a Bludhaven city street meant it could be either.
“STOP! Just… don’t kill me, man…” he heard a voice saying. His own.
“Shut up.” His captor glared at him from behind dark sunglasses, oblivious or unaware it was past midnight. “You’re going to tell me the truth… or you’re going to get a complimentary flying lesso—“
CRACK! Barry recoiled as Blade’s sunglasses shattered beneath the force of a boot, sending shards flying about. Things were either going to get better… or much, much worse.
“Put him down slowly and back away. We can do this easy or ha—“
Nightwing. Things just got a hell of a lot worse.
Before he could say another word, Blade was upon him, throwing punches and kicks at his target and the air where Dick was standing just seconds before. Nightwing’s counter-attacks perfectly complimented Blade’s, striking only the most vital targets for maximum damage. The night air was punctuated with the flat packing noises of fists and feet, and at last, Blade fell back, winded from his assault.
“So you wanna give up, or go for round two, Tall Dark and Hostile?” Nightwing taunted.
Blade held up a hand in defeat. “No… I’ve got a better idea…”
Thunk! Nightwing felt a sudden pressure against his neck, and reached up to find a feathery projectile in it. Dick staggered. He had just enough time to sputter, “Hey… you… cheatedddd…” before the dart’s sleep toxin entered his bloodstream.
“Rules are meant to be broken.”
Barry watched as Nightwing slumped to the ground… and as Blade advanced on him, he realized his night was just beginning.
Damn itchy glyph.
Congratulations all winning participants. Winners will move on to Round Two. Be sure to check out this week’s bouts. But first, the rules:@ To even the playing field, contestants are powerless and weaponless upon entering the ring. They must win on fighting prowess and character alone! @ Check out the fights listed below and send a 300 word (or less) fight scene to us determining who the winner is and how the fight should play out. (Remember: it’s best to SHOW, don’t TELL in these submissions. That means write the scene as if it is happening, don’t tell us what will happen…it makes for more interesting readin’, don’t cha know!). @ Be sure to indicate winner of each match in the subject line of your email. @ Submissions are judged by a select group of @$$Holes (Hint: we’re looking for the most entertaining one to win, not necessarily the one that has been done and over done in comics before. ORIGINALITY RULEZ!). @ Winners of each match will be announced in the column a week later (That means if the fights were introduced in Monday’s SHOOT THE MESSENGER Column, the winner will be announced the following Monday, same for Wednesday’s reviews column). @ Submissions can be sent in to @$$Hole HQ via the link below until midnight Friday. @ THIS CONTEST IS NOT FOR PROFIT but done out of love for Fan Fic, comic book store trash talk, and online comic book debate. @ Have fun and enter as many times as you’d like! There can be only one winner, it’s up to you who that turns out to be!
Here are this week’s combatants!
In his Ronin costume or his traditional Hawkeye garb, Clint Barton is a formidable fighter thanks to years of training alongside Captain America. Plus pulling that bowstring back for all of these years has made him one strong opponent. Dead and back again, Barton may be a Skrull in the monthly NEW AVENGERS book from Marvel. Who knows? Here, he’s the Hawkeye we all know and love.
RONIN (HAWKEYE) VS CONNOR HAWKE
Although there are many martial artists in the DC universe, many agree that Green Arrow’s son, Connor Hawke is the most natural and formidable hand-to-hand combatant alive. As cool, calm, and collected as his father is hot-headed, Connor is a pacifist by nature, but not afraid to kick some @$$ in a tournament. Connor is currently comatose in DC’s GREEN ARROW series, but I’ll bet he’ll be back in costume soon.
Which archer will be better without his bow?
The Goon has fought giant transvestites, werewolves, demons, mad scientists, and tons and tons of zombies in his own series from Dark Horse with nothing but his two fists, a bad attitude, and a wisecracking sidekick.
But has the Goon finally met his match in the Kingpin of Crime?
Recently joining Marvel’s THE NEW AVENGERS book, Echo has tussled with Daredevil and the Hand. Although she is deaf, this warrior woman reads her opponent’s moves and uses them against them in a flurry of martial arts and dance. She’s one tough customer who’s life has been filled with tragedy and more than willing to take it out on her foes.
ECHO VS THE QUESTION
Renee Montoya has been a Gotham City cop for years and has proven to be a formidable fighter against some of Batman’s deadliest rogues, but it wasn’t until she teamed up with Vic Sage better known as The Question during last year’s 52 maxiseries from DC that she found her true purpose as the new Question. Trained by martial arts master Richard Dragon, Montoya is proving herself to be a worthy predecessor.
Which woman of mystery will be back in Round Two?
Luke Cage is a Hero For Hire too. Currently he leads the NEW AVENGERS at Marvel and will be returning to his old yellow shirt look soon. But don’t make fun of his costume or you’re likely to have a boot broken off in yo’ @$$. Cage is from the streets and won’t back down to anyone.
Stripped of his bullet proof skin and super strength, how will Cage measure up with the notorious gunslinger?