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Contest of Champions: Jesus versus Batman and Robin

Posted in Contest of Champions, Fights with tags , , , on April 23, 2013 by Charlie Brooks

Could Batman beat God with enough prep time?

When we last left the Contest of Champions, Jesus Christ had taken the championship through a deliciously blasphemous battle. Since then, I’ve been facing a conundrum of who could best the Lord himself. The obvious answer is Batman, who can apparently beat anybody with enough prep time. However, Batman hasn’t won a fight without Robin at his side. However, I think it’s fair to have a two on one fight since Jesus is three omnipotent beings in one. So now we have the age old question: can Batman beat God with enough prep time?

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Crowning Moments of Awesome: The DCAU

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by Charlie Brooks

The best comic book adaptation of all time!When it comes to comic adaptations, the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) is pretty much the cream of the crop. Running for over a decade, the shared universe included Batman: the Animated Series, Superman: the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and the various tie-in movies and comics that connected to them. While the animated series aren’t comics, I think they’re awesome enough to deserve a list of Crowning Moments of Awesome all their own.

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Crowning Moments of Fatherhood

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Bruce Banner and Skaar...my favorite father-son duo in comics.Superhero comics are filled with daddy issues. Be it parents who have died as part of a character’s origin story, abusive stepfathers, or children who are somehow their own father, a lot of superhero comics place focus on the importance of father figures. Here’s my list of the most awesome and heartwarming father-child moments in superhero comics. All of these moments, of course, get the asterisk next to them that good parenting in comic-land is vastly different than good parenting in the real world. For example, Batman serves as a father figure to Robin, but in real life he’d be considered a monster for putting a child in harm’s way every night. So, placing on our reality-altering filters that allow spandex-clad vigilantes to be considered responsible figures, let’s dive into the list.

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Crowning Deaths of Awesome and Sadness

Posted in Comic Books, Crowning Moments of Awesome, Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yeah, Superman is on the list.Comic book deaths are a punchline these days. A few years ago when Captain America died, no one expected the death to last more than two years, even though Marvel swore up and down that it would stick (sort of like how Spider-Man unmasking during Civil War was supposed to stick and not get retconned away thanks to a deal with the Devil). Despite the fact that a comic book death currently translates into little more than a cheap sales gimmick, there have still been some really good ones over the years. Even if they didn’t stick, they were chilling, touching, or otherwise hugely influential. What follows is my totally biased opinion of the best deaths comics has had to offer.

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Optimus Prime versus Batman and Robin

Posted in Contest of Champions, Fights with tags , , , on February 1, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Can this badass robot take down Prep Time?Optimus Prime is a living legend among nerds and lovers of 1980s cartoons alike. He is also quickly rising through the ranks of this section, taking out opponent after opponent and compiling an impressive undefeated record. The Dynamic Duo opposing him is not so fortunate. They’ve taken the hard road to the Contest of Champions; Batman has been humbled more than once before finally teaming up with Robin to defeat the Ambiguously Gay Duo. We’ll see if the mean streets of Fight Town (oh god, I’m sorry I said that) have toughened them up enough to take down the current champ.

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Batman and Robin versus the Green Hornet and Kato

Posted in Fights, Tag Team Arena with tags , , , on January 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Two more dynamic duos square off.Batman and Robin return for their third go-round in the tag-team arena. This fight is using the Bruce Wayne/Dick Grayson combo, despite the fact that Dick Grayson hasn’t been Robin for years (he’s currently running around as the new Batman). Facing off against them will be the Green Hornet, classic serial hero and grandson of the Lone Ranger, and Kato, his sidekick and chaffeur who was played by Bruce Lee in the old TV show. That means that Kato was much cooler than the Green Hornet, alas – the creative team on the TV show even had to ask Bruce Lee to tone down the whupass so he wouldn’t outshine the Green Hornet too much.

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Batman and Robin versus Captain America and Bucky

Posted in Fights, Tag Team Arena with tags , , , on January 25, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

A couple of spandex-clad men and their erosmenos.Batman and Robin have been here before, and are well-known across America. Slightly less well-known is Captain America and that boy he used to date, Bucky. Well, he didn’t actually date Bucky, per se. Instead, he dragged the kid around with him behind enemy lines in World War II to fight the Nazis. Thanks to his callous disregard for a child’s welfare, America was able to defeat Hitler. Now we’re in the modern day, and Batman and Captain America are planning to exploit their kid sidekicks once again in an attempt to show who is the most dynamic duo of all.

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V versus Batman

Posted in Fights, In This Corner with tags , , on January 20, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

One is anarchy. Another is vengeance and the night.V, the main character of the comic book V for Vendetta, is an anarchist from an alternate timeline. In a world where Britain became a facist state, V fights to overthrow the government, and is often just as frightening as the corrupt forces that he battles. He was horribly scarred by government experimentation and wears a Guy Fawkes mask which looks awfully damned creepy when he’s stabbing people to death. Batman is well-known hero who has recently finally had a couple of decent movies made about him in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and has been a star of comics, television, and film for decades.

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Equal Opportunity Suffering, part two

Posted in Comic Books, Rants with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Okay, so sometimes there is misogyny in comics.This rant is going to need some explanation, lest I look like a hypocrite.

Previously, I asserted that certain people are too sensitive to the treatment of women in comic books. I still believe that women or men receive more or less equal treatment in most comic books. I do acknowledge that there are exceptions among certain creators, though.

In browsing the Internet, I found a pretty well-written discussion about writer and artist John Byrne’s treatment of women in mainstream comics over the years. As Mr. Byrne is a very well-traveled individual in the industry, I’ve read quite a few issues of his work myself, and I can honestly say that the site linked above goes pretty easy on him. Byrne’s comics tend to be filled with women who are demeaned, battered, killed, and tortured. He seems to have a particular thing for pregnant women; they often get some of the worst treatment.

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Batman and Robin versus the Ambiguously Gay Duo

Posted in Fights, Tag Team Arena with tags , , , on January 12, 2011 by Charlie Brooks

Yes, they're all gay. There. Now you know.Batman and Robin are the original ambiguously gay duo. Well, maybe it’s not really ambiguous. Batman is, after all, completely crazy. He has a thing for spandex, and has recruited many young “wards” that share Wayne Manor with him and, in some cases, even sleep in the same bed. So we’ve got a likely pedophile and the boy who appreciates the attention and doesn’t know any better. Fighting against them is the Ambiguously Gay Duo of Ace and Gary. Beginning on The Dana Carvey Show, their cartoon eventually moved to Saturday Night Live. They’re a direct parody of Batman and Robin, so we have a parody facing off against the real deal here. it’s also worth noting that Ace and Gary are voiced by Steve Colbert and Steve Carell, who are two very funny men.

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