Posts Tagged ‘comics’

CLM: The Pride

April 19, 2008

Today’s Crime Lords are another recent, and terribly clever addition to the comic book landscape. It all started when writer Brian K Vaughn began to wonder why all of the superheroes in the United States were situated on the East Coast. There had to be some reason why both heroes and villains stayed away from Los Angeles in droves, so Vaughn decided to make one up.

Enter The Pride.

Who are The Pride? Well, they’re the greatest criminal masterminds you, and the superhuman community, have never heard of. A group of twelve diverse and dangerous individuals, they secretly controlled the greater Los Angeles area for over a decade!

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CLM: Batroc the Leaper!

April 14, 2008

As you are probably aware, UDE is expanding the definition of a ‘Crime Lord’ for their upcoming Vs. System expanasion. This will allow Captain America and Iron Man villains such as the Red Skull and HYDRA to make an appearance in the game without having to go through the trouble of creating a new team affiliation.

This is great news for Crime Lords fans, since it promises to create some very interesting team-up possibilities. More importantly, it will allow one of my favorite internaional villains to make his first appearance in the VS. System.

Sacre Bleu! It’s Batroc ze Leaper!

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Jumping to Conclusions: Batman #679

April 14, 2008

Potentially big surprises are in store for Batman in July! How big? Who knows?

From DC Comics’ July 2008 comic book solicitations:

“Batman R.I.P.” — Part 4! Robin and Damian team up — yes, you read that right — to search for the missing Batman. Meanwhile, the Club of Villains — The Hunchback, Pierrot Lunaire, King Kraken, Charlie Caligula, Scorpiana and El Sombrero — rampage through Gotham City! This incredible fourth chapter of “Batman R.I.P.” ends with the surprising return of a character you never thought you’d see again!

Surprising, eh? I can only begin to wonder who that would be, so I thought I’d open up the rampant speculation to you guys. My money is on Azrael, but Grant Morrison is absolutely nuts… it could be anyone!

Poll: Who will return?

Place your vote now! Vote or die!

CLM: Vanessa Fisk

April 12, 2008

For the most part Crime Lords seem to enjoy being Crime Lords. The Red Skull doesn’t spend a lot of time regretting the life he leads, nor do The Enforcers. That isn’t to say these characters are lacking in depth, but in almost every case they have made a concious decision to be a criminal, so there is little internal conflict.

Today’s Crime Lord is a much different story. Whereas most villains are motivated by greed or some self-imposed sense of righteousness, Vanessa Fisk acts out of love for her husband. In fact, if it weren’t for her marriage to The Kingpin she probably would have ended up living a happy, normal life.

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CLM: Cosmic Cube Cupcakes!

April 10, 2008

It just occured to me today that we’ll probably see the Cosmic Cube make an appearance in the upcoming Marvel Universe set. This is very exciting news for Red Skull (and Cap) fans, and will be a great way to tie the cards into recent Captain America storylines.

Of course, the Cube has been around for decades. Below is probably the most delicious comic book story ever to feature the device.

Yum! Click on the image above to read the full comic. You don’t regret it!

CLM: Ooh, Barracuda!

April 8, 2008

In most situations new writers take over an established title (like Batman, for example) with the goal of writing about the characters they grew up with. As a result many books tend to stagnate, since both readers and writers are unwilling to take the risk of introducing new characters and shaking up the status quo.

However, there are a brave few whose creations have taken on a life of their own. Today we look at one of the most recent, and greatest additions to the Marvel Universe’s pantheon of crime: Barracuda.

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Minor Secret Invasion #1 Spoilers Ahead.

April 7, 2008

We interrupt this Crime Lords Month for an important history lesson!

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CLM: Why Kingpin is Awesome

April 5, 2008

I had a much longer post planned, but this video pretty much explains it all.

I’m looking forward to relaxing over the weekend and reading the Mega-Weekend coverage as it comes in.

Play nice, everyone.

Crime Lords Month: Ruby Thursday

April 3, 2008

Comic book creator Steve Gerber recently passed away, and much of the media coverage surrounding his death has focused exclusively on his most famous creation, Howard the Duck. While Howard’s influence in modern comic book storytelling should not be overlooked, Gerber was responsible for many other wild and wacky characters during his time at Marvel.


Even when writing about the most absurd of subjects, he made a point of making the charasters believable, and treating them with dignity. Today at The Brave and the Blog we’re going to look at one of my favorite Steve Gerber creations, the bubbleheaded villainess known as Ruby Thursday!

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Crime Lords Month: The Enforcers

April 1, 2008

 Welcome to the first installment of the site’s coverage of Crime Lords Month, presented by The Brave and the Blog, and Lost Hemisphere! The entire goal of this endeavor is to celebrate one of VS’ most underrated teams, through building new decks and spotlighting some underrated Crime Lords characters.

As you know I’m a big fan of thugs here at The Brave and the Blog. There’s no telling what Crime Lords will look like in Marvel Universe, but I can only hope that three of my favorite thugs will make an appearance somehow…

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The Enforcers! Are you excited yet? Awesome!

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