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Watchmen Squid: The Real Ending.


If you liked the Watchmen movie, you will love the comic book. Especially the psychedelic squid; the original world-uniting custom-designed disaster that saves humanity. Take my word for it, the ending is much better on paper.



Filed under Comic Books, Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards

Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards: The Collector.


The Collector is an Elder of the Universe, one of a handful of beings who have lived since shortly after the Big Bang. The Elders sustain their lives through their monomaniacal obsessions with certain things. The Collector’s life-sustaining obsession? Collecting, of course.

Like all good hobbyists, the Collector strives to complete his sets. He has been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to add the Avengers, Earth’s greatest super-heroes, to his collection. At least it keeps him alive.


The following passages are from the Collector’s wikipedia entry, with bold emphasis added:

Taneleer Tivan is one of the Elders of the Universe and is close to his fellow Elder En Dwi Gast (the Grandmaster). He apparently came to self-awareness billions of years ago, on the planet Cygnus X-1. He is an enormously powerful being who wielded the Power Primordial, though at first he took the appearance of an old human his true form is a powerful alien.

For millions of years, the Collector lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation. When his wife lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, the Collector realized he would need a hobby to maintain his own sanity, and began collecting interesting artifacts and life forms from around the universe. Eventually, his obsession reached such heights he collected anything he considered rare or valuable often just for the sake of collecting. As such, he has a wide variety of rare or unique items at his disposal.

The Collector possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including projecting concussive force beams, and the increasing of his size and mass (and hence physical strength) at will. He also possesses limited shape-changing abilities. His precognitive abilities give him brief visions of alternate future, although he must meditate for long periods to identify the individuals he sees in the vision and its apparent point in time. He has telepathic abilities that enable him to make limited contact with the minds of other Elders. Due to a vow by Death, Collector and all the Elders cannot die and are effectively immortal.

The Collector has a vast knowledge and comprehension of, and a large collection of the advanced science and technology of numerous alien worlds. His armored battle-suit is made of the alien metal etherion that amplifies the wearer’s strength to superhuman levels and has jets permitting flight. He uses various weapons from many time periods and different worlds. Among his arsenal from Earth’s past are catapults, Tibetan crystal balls that emit mystical rays, and magic beans that can conjure up warrior giants. He possesses a magic lamp that can summon a four-headed djinn with mystical powers. His Vegan “Boxes” are rectangular “interdimensional traps” that can weaken a victim’s strength or sanity. Other weapons include gigantic robot guards, a stun beam, and stasis beams. The Collector also has zoos of alien beasts which he can release to attack his adversaries. Among this is Snake-Eyes, an enormous alien serpent with hypnotic powers. Other items in his collection include: the Obedience Potion, with which the Collector can compel a human victim to do his bidding; the Cosmic Viewer, with which he can monitor events on various worlds; a Kymellian translation/control device resembling a flute, with which he can communicate with other living beings; and a time probe enabling him to find and procure artifacts from other time periods.


With crystal balls, magic beans, and a giant hypnotic serpent named Snake-Eyes, the Collector seems like a Vs. System team affiliation all to himself. At the very least he deserves Legendary status. The creative juices are flowing, and my mind reels with the possibilities sitting there waiting in his vast cosmic inventory. Who knows what kind of kooky cardboard cornucopia will be spilled from the treasure chest of the Collector? Maybe you have some ideas?

Leave a comment with any potential abilities and mechanics while I head to the Magic Set Editor to paste-up some versions. This will be the most fun the Collector has had since the Big Bang.


Filed under Comic Books, Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards, Vs. System

The Peculiar Tickle of Obscurity.


The strange energy life-form known only as the Unimaginable cannot be seen by human eyes, its real shape unknown. Bored with existence, the Unimaginable left its native planet and traveled through space, exploring several other worlds and gathering various life-forms along the way. Arriving on Earth, it saw the JLA in action and decided that it wanted to join the team. However, the Justice Leaguers refused the Unimaginable’s demands, and the Unimaginable attacked, first with several of the alien creatures it had gathered, then in the body of one of them.

Now THAT is a character I would like to see captured on cardboard. The attempt to portray the Unimaginable is the kind of infinite creative quest that life is all about. And, while we are at it, we might as well fill the place with party lights!


Different. Dangerous. Diabolical. The Master of Moods, Dr. Spectro, the walking talking Disco Ball, is in the house. Every Saturday morning while we are watching cartoons we will dig up a couple of obscure characters who tickle our fancy and showcase them here. The only requirement? They must not have already been given a card in Vs. System. Dance to the colorful glow of obscure modern myths.


Mad props to chdb for turning us on to the Unimaginable sparkle motion of Dr. Spectro. Now it’s your turn. What obscure mythological comic book characters tickle your fancy?

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Thursday Thirteen: Wicked Visual Bliss.


Wow.  It has been six entire months since I did a Thursday Thirteen. We are back in the saddle again.  With a vengeance!

One of my favorite things to do on the interwebs is a secret I will share with you today. Go to www.deviantart.com and search for “marvel masterpieces sketch”. You will find hours of wicked visual bliss, I promise. Today my TT gives a little taste.

That first set of hand-drawn cards that were inserted randomly into the packs is from anjinanhut. Let’s count down the characters starting with that first set of nine and showcase their myths with a corresponding Vs. System card, shall we?

1. Shuma-Gorath. Everyone’s favorite pink tentacled Chaos Dimension special move busting giant alien from Marvel vs. Capcom!


2. Doop. My students said they heard him called The Big Green Potato on television. For shame. All the X-Statix DEMAND RESPECT. Especially when they are morphing into Wolverine. Thank you.


3. X-23. Sounds like a spray lubricant. Does she free up rusty bolts?


4. Doop again. No wonder I love this set of drawings so much. Who is he transforming into this time?


5. Whirlwind. Featured on the most beautiful Dave Devries painting in all of Vs. System. Sorry, Chaos Magic, but I love this one with all my heart.



6. Doop for a third time. Steve Rogers, eat your big green potatoed heart out.


7. Constrictor? Sorry, no Vs. System card for you.

8. Fourth Doop, this time Squinty.


9. Deadpool. The man (zombie) who wears Squirrel Girl underoos.  Really, he does.


That completes the first round, here goes the final four.


10. Sentinel Mark IV. You didn’t think I would get throught this list without at least one blast of shiny purple, did you? It is my blood type, after all. That one was painted by gravyboy.


And then there were three.


11. Mysterio. Fresh from the twisted sick inkwell of Narcomics. Gotta love a dude with a fishbowl on his head, even if he doesn’t have any real superpowers. This is all an illusion anyway.


12. Thanos. The glove, the purple face, the utter purity of devotion to death.


It doesn’t get any better than that. Unless I can find…

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13. Squirrel Girl! You thought I would say Mulletman? Sorry, I am nuts for the bushy tailed tree rodents and Doreen Green is the most powerful superhero the world has ever seen.

First one from Celestial4Ever, second by LisaR. After I post this, I am scurrying straight up the nearest tree.


Thanks for visiting my return to the land of Thursday Thirteen, your eyes will recover from Wicked Visual Bliss Overload in a matter of minutes. Maybe.


Filed under Comic Books, Marvel Masterpieces, Squirrel Girl, Thursday Thirteen., Vs. System

Batman is Dead, Long Live Batman.



That is the before and after. After almost seventy years of continuous sequential mythology, Bruce Wayne is gone, killed in the final frames of Batman R.I.P. this week in comic book shops everywhere. But what sort of death is it? In the words of its Chaos Magician creator:

“This is so much better than death. People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story!” said writer Grant Morrison.

“I like to keep the story twisting and turning,” he added. “So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.

“This is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman.”

At the New York Comic Con 2008, DC Comics gave away pins featuring Nightwing, Tim Drake, Jason Todd, and Hush with the words “I Am Batman” beneath them.

The pins were also being given away at the Newsarama booth by DC’s executive editor Dan DiDio during HeroesCon 2008 in Charlotte, NC and again by DiDio at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle.

Which leads me to ask: Who do you want to wear the black rubber suit next?

I am rooting for Jason Todd.


jason belt

Hook him up, he is ready to become the new Caped Crusader. Batman is Dead, Long Live Batman – hopefully with a Red Hooded dark side.


Filed under Comic Books, Vs. System

Jank is a Virus.


Do you know Jank?  I would hazard a guess that about 38% of our readers do not.  Let me ‘splain.

I once wrote an article that offered a rather academic explanation, including an eyewitness account of the origins of the word itself.  We have talked about the phenomenon on the message boards at length, but defintitions of the sticky immaterial sinews that connect freaks like us can never quite be pinned down completely.  Jank is an attitude, and such things simply cannot be grabbed tightly.

It is transferable, for sure.  You can bring jank into your life, no matter who you are or what you do.  If you do something that does not quite make sense in terms of practicality and normal behavior, you are taking the jank way.  If you set a challenge for yourself to do something that no “normal” person would try, you are exercising your right to jank.  The scenic route home, even though it takes an extra 20 minutes?  That is the essence of jank.

The three cards in that pic are a brilliant flowering of the principle, but you will need to wait until March 19th for more details from me.  Now you.  What forms does jank take in your neck of the woods?


Filed under Rambles, Vs. System