Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!
COOL COMIC BOOK BOOK MOMENT
Mark Waid’s Captain America run, interestingly enough, didn’t feature Captain America in the first issue at all! At the time of his first issue, Captain America was missing and presumed dead. The problem was that a bunch of terrorists had taken hostages and their only demand? You guessed it, Captain America.
A snide government official worked with the Avengers on figuring out how to stop the bad guys, and meanwhile, he got lessons from the various Avengers in how cool Captain America was (the official was fairly dismissive towards Cap, figuring “what’s the big deal?”). I particularly love the job Ron Garney does on this panel, with the Avengers all mad at him…
He is lame enough that he even thinks he can send a FAKE Cap in – the bad guys are not impressed.
All hope seems lost, until the Avengers (inspired by Cap’s memory, of course) take the fight to the bad guys, and are doing well – until a mistake lands Quicksilver in deep trouble. However, out of nowhere….
Pretty darn cool.
Even the little “after-moment” bit is neat…
Great first issue by Waid.
SNARK FREE THEME DAY
This week’s theme is….hero and villain have to team-up to save the world
1. I think one of the most notable examples of this was Mark Waid’s first storyline on Captain America, where Captain America has to team-up with the RED SKULL to fight Hitler, who has taken control of the Cosmic Cube.
2. There was a good JSA storyline where Icicle and Sand have to team-up to save the world from the Ultra-Humanite.
3. Final Night had Superman and Lex Luthor working together to restart the Sun, and there’s even a great bit where Luthor is all, “What? You don’t expect ME to sacrifice MYself, do you?!?!”
4. During the Punisher “European Tour” storyline, Punisher and Tarantula teamed up to face the bad guys. Wait…do either of them count as heroes?
5. During Titans Hunt, the Titans had to team up with their one-time foe, Deathstroke, to save their kidnapped teammates.
6. Captain Cold has teamed up with Flash a FEW different times.
7. Catwoman and Batman have had more than their fair share of team-ups.
8. Superman and Mongul II had to team-up to face off against Imperiex.
Feel free to supply some more examples!!
One cool point to the first person who can tell me which cover this Web of Spider-Man cover is homaging!
SNARK FREE CHALLENGE
What three DC female heroes would you make your personal Birds of Prey?
COOL SUPPORTING CAST MEMBERS
When first introduced in Denny O’Neil’s classic 1975 Detective Comics story “There Is No Hope in Crime Alley,” Leslie was very similar to how she would be perceived after Crisis, but the depiction was slightly different. She was older, and while she could have been a doctor, that was not her primary role.
Mike W. Barr really enjoyed the character of Leslie, and worked with her as often as he could, writing her into his Batman: Year Two as a major character.
Barr, and later Post-Crisis writers really solidified her role in the Bat-books. She was a Doctor at a Clinic in the poorest part of Gotham City, striving to do good in her own manner.
Alan Grant and Devin Grayson both worked with her extensively in Shadow of the Bat and Grayson’s various Batman stories (Grayson even wrote her as being romantically involved with Alfred).
Leslie stood as a matriarchal figure to Batman, but also as someone who could never truly embrace his acts of violence. But she knew he was a good man.
More recently, Ed Brubaker did a lot of good work with Leslie in the pages of Catwoman, as the two seem to share a bond.
Dr. Leslie Thompkins – a shining beacon in the Dark Night.
Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.
Hope you had fun!
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