If you asked me to create a Super Smash Bros-esque roster of characters from my favorite games, comic books, and other works of fiction, it might look something like this (except there’s no Jaws, merchant from RE4, or 4th wall-breaking Grant Morrison, but maybe someday…). Jamal’s stylistic portraits of some of geekdom’s all-time greats reminds me of a fighting game I’ve only ever played in my dreams.
I haven’t read much of Marvel’s more mystic-themed comics, but I’ve grown particularly fond of Nico, Wiccan, and the new Ghost Rider, and I’ve always found Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch interesting. Therefore, I’d love to see a comic feature them together.
The main purpose of the team would be Doctor Strange gathering these teen magic-users to teach them more of the mystic world. Strange as leader and Magick as his right-hand woman. The new Ghost Rider, Pixie, Nico, and Wiccan as students. Scarlet Witch to spend more time with Wiccan and try to sort out her life. And Loki is there because this team will definitely get itself into a huge mess, and he’d want front row seats.
Historically, the task of adapting a popular character into a video game has always been met with trepidation. Few heroes survive the transition, resulting in a game that disappoints critically and commercially. The process seems like a Herculean assignment: the character may often be so overpowered that the game has to find contrived ways to strip him of his strength, and most games of this type are movie cash-ins that are bound by restrictive plot points, so thank goodness for the Arkham franchise, which manages to buck this trend. It’s clear from the sheer level of detail that’s gone into the series, from references to boss battles, that Rocksteady is loyal to the source material. The plots are delight and, despite being original stories, feels ripped straight from the pages of a graphic novel. By forcing the Dark Knight to face various enemies, often having to incorporate different gadgets, there’s hardly any issue with repetition, except maybe the combat style, which allows one to string together increasingly hardcore fighting moves, granting an enormous sense of achievement. Be sure to pick up the last of the quadrilogy, Batman:Arkham Knight. Don’t miss out!