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There Should Be More Mermen…

… in comic books. That’s one type of mythological creature / monster that never seems to get any comic book exposure.

I think I’ve only seen a merman in a comic once. An issue of Peter David’s Aquaman, I think. Obviously it wasn’t THAT memorable, a clear sign that we need more mermen in comics in general.

Now I’m not saying we shouldn’t have more mermaids. I just don’t think the need is as great as the need for mermen. Mermaids traditionally have a much higher profile than their male counterparts. We should still have more of them too. Just not at the expense of the mermen.

Where could the mermen show up? Obviously, in any superhero title dealing with the seas. But Aquaman and Namor don’t have solo series right now, so that makes it a bit tougher. But anywhere really. I’m not picky.

Some merman fight scenes could fit nicely into any comic. Maybe New Avengers? Or possibly in JLA? Anywhere is fine with me.

P.S. What if Wolverine teamed up with a badass, cigar-smoking merman who carries a machine gun? That could be sweet.

After Wolverine… What’s Next?

There’s no doubt in my mind that X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be the biggest thing going in movie theaters this weekend, if not this entire spring (hell, let’s go for the whole summer while we’re at it).

Even though your brain is steeped in six claws and mutton chops right now, try and remember back to the Watchmen movie. It’s hard, right? Believe it or not, that movie only came out two months ago (though it feels more like two years).

Around the time of the film’s debut, DC Comics attempted an “After Watchmen… What’s Next?” program to steer potential readers to like-minded material. I’ve decided that’s just what Wolvie needs to coincide with his silver screen solo outing. Thusly, I present to you:


Books That Reinforce Stereotypes About the Modern Superhero

When everyone thinks about superheroes nowadays, they think about The Dark Knight, Spider-Man’s evil black suit, and Superman being a deadbeat dad. (And, oh yeah, what was it called? HMMM… oh right! That Watchmen thing.)

It’s true: superheroes are emo right now. “Dark” is hot. “Dead” is even hotter.

So if you like your heroes dark or dead, then you’ll love these current comics:

  • Batman: Battle for the Cowl. Batman’s dead (sorta) and a bunch of supporting characters are fighting for the right to wear his tight blue undies.
  • Captain America. Cap got killed and the shit kept rolling. He’s been replaced by his once-dead teen sidekick that used to be a KGB assassin. Meanwhile, an evil scientist made Cap’s girlfriend miscarry his baby.
  • Dark Avengers. Marvel’s premier Dark Reign title wherein the Avengers have been replaced by replica supervillains… but Johnny Q. Public doesn’t know it!
  • X-Force. Cyclops decides to create a black ops team of mutants who wear all black as they travel around the world and act like terrorists (or is it anti-terrorists?).

More Books With Wolverine

This one sounds deceptively easy, doesn’t it? Well it’s a bit trickier than it may seem. See, the Wolverine you know from the movie isn’t the Wolverine who’s starring in the monthly Wolverine comic book right now.

To find the Wolverine you enjoyed from the movie, you’ve got to look for him in:

  • Wolverine: Weapon X. A brand new comic book made to (sort of) coincide with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It’s so new that I don’t even know what to expect… except for six claws and mutton chops.
  • New Avengers. From what I hear, Logan is still hanging around with Luke Cage and whining a lot. But I could be wrong about this.

Books That Push The Boundaries of Anti-Hero Fiction

He’s a killer. He’s a hero. No… he’s a killer AND a hero.

If you enjoy the walking contradiction that is Wolverine, then you may also enjoy the exploits of these other famous anti-heroes:

  • Lobo. I have no idea if Lobo has any comics coming out right now. He’s like a cosmic Wolverine with a bad complexion and a twisted sense of humor.
  • The Punisher. Already a movie star in his own right, Frank Castle straddles the line between hero and villain even more than Logan. He’s got two ongoing comics on the racks right now.

Best-Selling Books From Best-Selling Authors

Riiiiiiiiiiight. We’re just going to skip this one.

Books For Immature Readers

Surely, the idea of a man who backs up his irrational anger with knives that come out of his hands isn’t the most mature-minded notion out there. While the “dark” trend sweeping comics right now tends to be overly emotional, some books out there still know how to have fun and not worry about it.

Here are a few current comics that delight in the more visceral elements of sequential storytelling:

  • Street Fighter comics by UDON Entertainment. Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter IV spend most of their time on kickass tournament fight scenes with huge SFX and bright colors that slap you in the face. Shiny pages! Big fights! AWESOME!
  • Skrull Kill Krew. Evil aliens never stop trying to take over the Earth, so Riot and the Skrull Kill Krew never stop trying to kill them. Get it?

As a fitting end to this post, I should note that this upcoming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. If you don’t buy comics on the regular, why not at least stop down to your local shop and get some for free? (There’s even one about Wolverine!)

The Top 9 Superheroes Who Don’t Have a Solo Series Right Now (But Should Have One!)

9. Luke Cage. New Avengers may feature Carl Lucas in the lead, but the big name heroes in the book limit his face time. I want a Cage solo series wherein our invulnerable heavy hitter from Harlem handles business on his downtime.

8. Havok. He’s getting a big profile bump soon in the War of Kings event, so this would be the perfect time to spin him out into his own series again. Alex Summers has already carried Mutant X on his own and he headlined X-Factor for years. Just get him back in his classic duds before he launches his new solo book!

7. Zatanna. The Bat-books need some magic. Even with Bruce Wayne MIA right now, this classic JLA hero could interact in Gotham City in interesting ways. The Arkham Asylum crowd are used to fists and gadgets. But what if they had to fight spells instead?

6. Falcon. I had an awesome idea today — a new Marvel Two-in-One or Marvel Team Up book featuring Falcon as the reoccurring hero. Sam Wilson can fly and talk to birds, but he needs a power upgrade to handle major threats. Solution? Use his Rolodex to boost his brawn on the battlefield.

5. Sasquatch. Marvel’s Canadian heavy hitter needs a new lease on stardom. Put him in his own series where he’s fighting the horror creatures of the Marvel Universe. His lighthearted attitude and love for science will contrast well with fantasy themed horror elements.

4. Psylocke. Betsy Braddock needs a new modus operandi. My suggestion? A classic kung fu street series. Have her hang with Iron Fist, fight alongside Shang-Chi, and buddy up with the Daughters of the Dragon. Bring in the X-Men now and then to boost sales.

3. Joker. A supervillain (or “super villain,” as DC Comics would say) series is always a tricky thing. But the Joker is a tricky kind of guy, so it just might work. With Heath Ledger’s star performance as the Clown Price of Crime, Joker’s profile is higher than ever — now just put him in his own comic book full of funny and twisted tales.

2. Storm. Lucky for me, she just finished up a mini series. But I would like to see another mini lined up, or better yet, an ongoing book for this mutant weather goddess. Give Chris Claremont the writing assignment and put Aaron Lopresti on art duties.

1. Aquaman. Plain and simple. The classic DC Comics water hero, Arthur Curry. He’s one of the big guns and he needs to get his own title, even if it’s just a mini series! Ride that seahorse, baby, ride!!!

More: The Top 9 Marvel Universe Characters That Have Stepped Up Since Civil War!

Why the Top 9? Because 10 is too many and 9 is better. 3 X 3 = Awesome. Now that’s what I call math.

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AudioShocker Podcast #66 – Rioting for Dummies

British humor vs. rap music, Nick loves Balls Out and JCVD, Neal reminisces about Edgewood Town Center, Gabriel Bros vs. American Apparel, Nick watched people light fires in the streets of Pittsburgh after the Steelers won the Super Bowl, Neal watched Super Bowl Commercials and hated them, Nick watched Chaos;HEAd and loved it, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, New Avengers #49 and Luke Cage, Avengers: The Initiative #21 and Clor, and In Like Flint is overrated.

Then, after the end theme, the guys discuss some shocking casting news for The Last Airbender – Dev Patel is in as Zuko. As usual, the casting makes no sense and Neal is revoking M. Night Shyamalan’s Chaat Stand Pass.

3 Panel Reviews – New Avengers #49

Luke Cage manhandles an enchanted crowbar.

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