Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack - Round 12: Sir Galahad!

Tonight's final round of Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack comes from Thrillbent's weekly online comic Insufferable by Mark Waid and Peter Krause. Insufferable is the story of Nocturnus and his son/former sidekick Galahad. After a falling-out Galahad goes public and becomes a celebrity (and also kind of a jerk). At the point where I begin, Insufferable Vol.2 Chapter 16, Nocturnus and Galahad, while tracking the man who embezzled all of Galahad's money to Florida, had stumbled upon a murder mystery. When Galahad and his press agent questioned some young children in their clubhouse about the murder, some goons hired by said embezzler fire-bombed the clubhouse and later shot Galahad in the head. Here the goons report back to their boss.

Unfortunately for them, the man in the chair is...

.....not who they think he is.

Turns out the gunshot wound only grazed Galahad instead of killing him. Worse, he snuck into their car trunk and followed them back to their boss (aka the guy bound and gagged with Galahad's boot on his head.).

And there's the setup for tonight's fight. Which brings us to Insufferable Vol. 2 Chapter 17 for the fight itself. Did I mention that Galahad, in addition to being alive, is also quite pissed?

Lesson: Don't mess with Galahad.

Tonight's fight music is by Josh Ritter.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack - Round 11: Past Cops Vs. Alternate Present Cop!

We've heard the "Astronauts Vs. Cavemen" argument before, but for tonight's round of Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack I'll be giving you past cops vs. future present alternate present cops, courtesy of Rocket Girl#1 by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder. Synopsis: A teenage cop named Dayoung Johanssen from the high-tech future of 2013 (and this is in a comic that came out in 2013-- so trust me, there's a reason for this) time-travels back to New York City circa 1986 to investigate the megacorporation Quintum Mechanics (no relation to this guy....I think) for crimes against time. In the course of her investigation, 1986 New Yorkers give her the nickname "Rocket Girl", hence the comic's name.

Here's her first meeting with members of New York's Finest circa '86.

As it turns out, that's exactly what they do....or at least try to. (Please forgive the panel overlap, but I think you'll find it's worth it.)

So the score is Alternate Present 2013 - 1, Past 1986 - 0.

Tonight's fight music is this rocket-fueled rocker by Def Leppard.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack - Round 10: You Can't Keep A Good Machine Man Down!

After a week off. I'm back in Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack  with a robotic rumble from Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.#12 by Warren Ellis, Stuart Immomen, and Wade Von Grawbadger. Synopsis: Nextwave was working for the global agency H.A.T.E. until they found out that the agency and its parent company Beyond Corp. were secretly funded by the terrorist organization S.I.L.E.N.T., who intends to unleash various weapons of mass destruction upon America, at which point they rebelled against H.A.T.E. and ran off with their aircraft carrier.

Q. Then why is the book called "Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E."?

A. Because BENGHAZI!

Anyway, after fighting a legion of menaces Beyond Corp has put in their path, including M.O.D.O.K Elvises, Monkey Wolverines, and Forbush Man (!), Nextwave has made it into the center of Beyond's floating headquarters State 51, when suddenly they are ambushed by Beyond CEO Number None, who impales Aaron Stack from behind..

Speaking of the robot....

And that is Aaron's version of The Aunt Jemima Treatment.

Tonight's fight music is this piece of cybernetic songsmithing by the Alan Parsons Project.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

For My Wife And Mother Today..

This pretty much sums it up.

Happy Mother's Day!

(Courtesy of Saga#5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples.)

Friday, May 02, 2014

Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack - Round 8: Friday Night Food Fights!

Tonight's Friday Night Fights: Battlin' Jack round is a lesson in why shrinking may not be the best superpower  choice for you, courtesy of this story from Marvel Comics Presents#131 by Sandy Plunkett.

Synopsis: A thief has stolen some valuable research from Stark Industries and hidden it in a suburban household where he can pick it up later when the search dies down. Seeing as said research was Scott Lang's, it's not long before Scott himself investigates in his ant-sized alter ego of Ant-Man. His ants alert him toclues in the same suburban household where the aforementioned thief hid his loot. Unfortunately, said household is occupied by a young boy named Lief, whose mother has left him alone for the afternoon.

Unfortunately, Lief doesn't take the idea of Ant-Man leaving too well.

And it's on!

Uh-oh! Now our junior Senator John Blutarski wannabe just brought out the big gun. Or, rather, big mustard dispenser.

Lesson: If you can be brought down by a pre-adolescent with a condiment dispenser, you should probably reevaluate your superhero power set, because it may not, well, cut the mustard. You might even want to turn over a new Lief.

Tonight's fight music is this combo platter from Titus Andronicus.

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