Friday, June 25, 2010

Friday Night Fights: Minimum Clonage - Round 9: Mystery Fighter!

Welcome to Friday Night Fights: Minimum Clonage, where the object is fo no contestant to re-use a winning fighter during any of the 12 rounds of this bout. Let's review our Used Character Board:

Shadow Lass, Professor Zoom, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Bethany Cabe, Liberty Belle, Nexus, Black Rider.

Tonight we revisit the scene of last week's fight, namely Strange Westerns#1 "Black Homecoming" by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Al Vey. I know what you're thinking: Why revisit the exact same story in the exact same issue as last week's fight, especially during "Minimum Clonage"? Here are three reasons:

Reason#1: It's Marshall Rogers art.

Reason#2: The Black Rider isn't the featured fighter in tonight's round. We begin with the Rider stalking the Chinese prostitution ring he tracked to a local New York City dock....

...where he witnesses a mysterious stranger intervening against the same gang.Which brings us to...

Reason#3: This....

But who is this mysterious stranger? Here's a hint: One thing I forgot to mention about Strange Westerns#1 last week is that it's a Marvel comic. So take the features of our mystery man below...

...and add about 90 years. You get:

Yes, that Ancient One.

For more flashbacks of fights past, click here. And don't forget to vote! (Tonight's fight music is by Dean Martin.)


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