The Fastball Special: X-Men Wolverine and Colossus’ special attack

The Fastball Special is a popular tag team move in comic books. In a Fastball Special, a hero with superhuman strength throws a (usually willing) partner toward a target. It dates back to at least a 1958 DC Comics Team-up in Adventure Comics #253 where Superboy throws Robin.[1] The maneuver was popularized by the Marvel Comics series Uncanny X-Men starting in issue #100, when Wolverine had Colossus hurl him in a battle. It quickly became a favorite tactic of the two heroes. It has also since been used by many superheroes, some from companies other than Marvel. (Wikipedia)


Marvel Comics: Mockingbird

The character who later becomes Mockingbird first appears in a short sequence in Astonishing Tales #6 (June 1971) in which a frantic young brunette arrives at the English country estate of Lord Kevin Plunder (who is also known as “Ka-Zar”). The character next appeared in Grunewald’s 1983 four-issue Hawkeye miniseries. Mockingbird investigates corruption at Cross Technological Enterprises, where Clint Barton/Hawkeye works as security chief. Though the two initially come into conflict with each other, they end up co-operating to fight the villain Crossfire and by the series end they are shown to be seriously romantically involved, having eloped together to the Pocono Mountains and apparently married.

Sistine Madonna - Raphael
circa 1512

The oil painting depicts Mary holding the Christ Child, flanked by Saint Sixtus and Saint Barbara, standing on clouds before obscured cherubs, while two distinctive winged cherubs rest on their elbows beneath her.


DC Comics: Vixen

Vixen possesses the innate ability to make direct contact with the Earth’s morphogenetic field, which is sometimes known as the “Red”. By simply focusing on a specific animal, she can draw its skill directly from the morphogenitic field and mimic its abilities, thus giving herself a variety of superhuman powers. This contact with the “Red” allows Vixen to draw upon the abilities of any animal within 150 feet.

Vixen’s connection to the “Red” is so deep that she can use the abilities of multiple animals, once holding onto the morphogenetic traits of an entire forest.[51] Her abilities have allowed her to channel the powers of extinct animals (such as the saber-toothed tiger and the Triceratops), domesticated animals (like the Doberman Pinscher), and even mystical beast (like dragons).Her powers even allow her to twist some animal abilities, like when she used the bio-luminescence of a Marine hatchet fish and an Angler fish to produce light from her hand and to create a laser-like beam from her head.

Vixen wears a mystic artifact called the Tantu Totem, a fox-head shaped talisman given to her ancestors by the African trickster god Anansi. It was previously thought that the totem was the source of her powers but later stories, have shown that it merely prevents the morphogenetic field from overwhelming her mind. It’s assumed that the totem also increased her natural range for mimicking the abilities of animals, as she has been known to mimic the abilities of animals on the other side of the world.

Dungeons and Dragons: Venger

Venger is an evil wizard who wants to impose his tyrannical rule on the whole of the Realm.  He is distinguished by his pale skin, fangs and barbed bat-like wings, but more iconically by a singular horn on the left side of his head. He was originally a noble human but millennia ago made a pact with the Nameless One and chose to be mentored by the evil entity. This tutorship in sorcery would cost him both his humanity and human form, with the essence of his former self being locked inside a cenotaph located at the edge of the Realm. If the key to that vault is ever used to unlock it then Venger would be redeemed of evil and transformed back into his human and humane self. At the end of the Treasure Of Tardos episode Dungeon Master hints at this history by mentioning that there was good in Venger once but a long time ago, adding that everyone makes mistakes and that Venger was his.  Venger commands armies of monsters such as orcs, bullywugs and lizard men but relies especially on a shadow demon for spying.  (from the Complete Encyclopedia for Dungeon and Dragons)


Motoko Kusanagi is the main character in the Ghost in the Shell series, and one of the most popular manga characters of all time. She is a augmented-cybernetic human (cyborg) and squad leader of Japan’s Public Security Section 9 (SAC), a fictional law-enforcement division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission.  She is strong-willed, physically powerful, and highly intelligent, she is well known for her skills in deduction and hacking. Shirow designed Motoko Kusanagi’s body to be a mass production model so she would not be conspicuous. Her electrical and mechanical system are unique and features subsystems unable to be obtained in the civilian market.