Monday, November 24, 2008

And now, a deleted scene from Kurt Busiek and George Perez's JLA/Avengers #3:

OK, before we go on, if you're a fan of superhero team book stuff--and if you've been around this site for any period of time, yeah, you probably are--JLA/Avengers is well worth checking out. Busiek and Perez cram in every single character they possibly could, but Busiek is still able to keep them in character, and Perez of course draws the hell out of it. It's an easter egg hunt, but it never feels cluttered or drags.

This was going to be a longer strip, but it ran right headlong into the limits of my photography skills: I think a decent artist could've done it. The strip would've gone on, and everyone else can see Cap's got the wrong shield, but you, the reader, can't see it yet. Actually, the main other gag was Scarlet Witch henpecking the Vision about how she's sick of Red Tornado and his girlfriend's adopted kid; and how they were going to have their own kids, right now. Which would've made Red Tornado indirectly responsible for Avengers Disassembled, House of M, and just about everything else.

The DCUC Wonder Woman figure I got recently came with her ax, shield, and "Collect and Connect" Despero piece. Does Wonder Woman really need the ax and shield, or are they just artistic shorthand for, "Wonder Woman's gonna kick some ass now!" Um, but a woman that could dropkick a frieght train into orbit shouldn't need to get out the tools to be intimidating, right?

(Never mind the fact that I'm pretty sure bullets bounce off of Wonder Woman anyway. Not unlike Marvel's Thor and his hammer, I'd guess Diana usually blocks bullets with her bracelets either because she's a warrior and you don't just let someone hit you; or because bullets bouncing off your chest is Clark's 'thing.')

Of course, in the comics, Cap knows the weight and balance of his shield, and unless Wonder Woman's shield is 12 pounds and perfectly balanced, he probably wouldn't make that mistake. Conversely, while in old Cap comics he would often throw the shield and bounce it off three guys' heads and back to his hand; if Wonder Woman tries that, it's gonna take off the top of the first guy's skull and embed itself in a wall.

The longer Nightcrawler/Deadpool strips will, probably, return next week; but I figured with the holiday and all, I didn't want to start it now.


SallyP said...

I blush to admit that it took me a second to figure out the joke, so shame on me. On the other hand, that shield DOES match Wonder Woman's ensemble.

ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

You're not alone, Sally, it took me quite a while to realize the shields were switched. I guess Captain America's looks just right with Wonder Woman. 0.0