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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Comic Review - Fearful Asymetry (Part 2 - DC)

As promised, here is the 2nd part of the post on characters that look a bit off and imbalanced (and I'm not referring to psychos). Anyway, you know what I mean.

Eclipso, 1 of the major baddies in DC. Why I say he's major, it's 'coz back in the 90s, DC had a major event (ie: across multiple titles) where Eclipso was the villain. Anyway, Eclipso derives its powers from the stone and the host that is "possessed" may not necessarily be a male or even human.

Deadshot. Remember this name. This is because with all the hype about the Suicide Squad, he's looking pretty likely to be a breakout character. As for me, I do like Deadshot, (I guess you can more or less equate him to Marvel's Bullseye) because he's a stalwart of the said Suicide Squad, one of my favorite teams in the DC Universe.

Monocle, a foe of the Hawkman. I honestly don't know much about this character. Firstly, despite my love for the Hawkman, he's not an A-List Hero. Secondly, even when I do read Hawkman stories, I don't see the Monocle in them. So how did I ever came across this D-List character? Well, waaay back in the 80s, I used to love to get the books with the bios on all the characters. In Marvel, it was called the Marvel Universe, in DC' it was called Who's Who in DC. I have all the issues and pored thru' them.
Ravager. Well, the current version is the latest version but the 1st Ravager I came across was an enemy of the New Teen Titans (Wolfman and Perez). Fans soon discover that he was the son of Slade Wilson, or better known as Deathstroke the Terminator (see below).
The Penguin , despite being a key part of Batman's Rogues Gallery, hasn't really been taken seriously by fandom until maybe recently, due to the brilliant portrayal by Robin Lord Taylor in the Gotham TV Series. Nah, I didn't really like the portrayal by Danny Devito in 1992's Batman Returns.

Jonah Hex, I had never really read any Jonah Hex stories as I'd never been a fan of the Western genre. Despite having read him in a couple of crossover guest-appearances with Justice League, it didn't really get me interested enough to pick up the title. Also, the dismal attempt by Hollywood with Josh Brolin and Megan Fox didn't do the character any favours.
Cyborg, now a member of the Justice League in the New 52 DC Universe. But I first got to know him when he was a founding member (along with Raven, Starfire, Changeling/Beast Boy, Kid Flash, Robin and Wonder Girl) of the best incarnation of the Teen Titans, aptly named the New Teen Titans way back in 1981 under the masterful hands of Marv Wolfman and 1 of my favorite artists, George Perez.
It was also in the New Teen Titans that Deathstroke the Terminator was introduced. Over the years, Deathstroke has built a very strong reputation for being a bad@$$ in the DCU. He even single-handedly defeated the entire Justice League (yup, you read that right) in the Identity Crisis mini series.
 Metamorpho - Ahhh, this guy looks really weird and I don't blame you if you thought he could be a bad guy. Anyway, he's one of the mainstays of another DC team created back in the 80s - the Outsiders.

Now speaking of weird, this one takes the cake - Composite Superman! This one I definitely haven't read before. I think even if I was a kid, and if I saw this weird looking character on the cover, I'd probably stay away. I think I'd be willing to give it a read if there was a story with him in it but I won't go out of my way to look for stories with him in it.
Last, but definitely not least is Two-Face! This is one of my favorite Bat-Villains. I like him a whole lot more than the Joker. Whether it's in the movies, TV series or Comics, I can't get enough of Harvey Dent.

Did I miss out anybody? Let me know. =)

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