Monday, September 11, 2017
Fantasy Team-Up: Daredevil and Dr. Midnite (Pieter Cross)
Gotta' get this unfortunate bit of bad news out of the way...
In case you haven't heard yet, legendary writer/creator/editor, Len Wein died yesterday, causes are still unknown.
Wein created numerous great stories and characters during his long career, especially the most famous ones, like co-creating Wolverine with Herb Trimpe and John Romita Sr, or co-creating Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson, who also happened to pass away earlier this year.
And of course I don't have to remind you all about his award-winning editing work on Swamp Thing and Watchmen right? Good.
Wein was incredibly fortunate to live out the dream of every true comic fan boy and girl out there, and get paid to write and create stories for and about our comic idols. He really was one of the lucky ones, and thank god we were lucky enough to be able to go along with him on the ride...
Thank You Len Wein, for everything....
Len Wein RIP 1948-2017
And now onto the matter of today's main topic, Fantasy Team-Up, the column where I pit two characters or teams together I'd love to see get paired up and see what happens.
Well, all this week will be Fantasy Team-Up week, a whole four days of nothing but one edition of after another of Fantasy Team-Ups. Mmmm, boy, now don't that sound good to y'all? Ha ha.
For today, I'm presenting a sequel of sorts to the one I did not too long ago, where I paired up Daredevil, the man without fear, with the Golden Age Dr. Midnight, as they fought against longtime JSA foe, Per Degaton.
Here's the link to that one if you're interested:
I figured since it worked out so well the first time, why not tempt fate and do another, but this time ol' horn head gets paired up with someone with a more complimentary personality and drive in Dr. Pieter Cross, the third and more modern, Mr. Midnight.
As for as the main antagonists in this little ditty, how about a group, or trio rather, of villains that the good doctor knows all too well, the Terrible Trio.
Debuting in Detective Comics #253 and created by Dave Wood and Sheldon Moldoff, the Terrible Trio started out a bunch of bored, but genius inventors that took on the identities of the Fox, the Shark, and the Vulture, to represent their dominance over land, sea, and air.
They were primarily perennial foes of Batman for years, until writer Matt Wagner cast them as rich, old industrialists who moved their base of operations to Portsmouth, the home of Dr. Pieter Cross.
It was in the course of investigating their secret illegal dealings that they tried to kill off Cross, only to instead inadvertently create the third incarnation of Dr. Midnite.
In my team-up scenario, the Terrible Trio of Lawford (The Shark), Lydecker (The Vulture) and Hardwick (The Fox) have taken up residence in New York, specifically Hell's Kitchen, were they plan on rebuilding their empire by takeover what's left of the Kingpin's, and filling the vacuum of power his fall from grace left behind.
This has understandably caused Daredevil A LOT of grief, so much so, that they've nearly succeeded in destroying his life, for the billionth time, and now he's at his wits' end on how to put them away for good.
Enter the good doctor, Dr. Midnite, who's come to make a desperately-needed house call to Hell's Kitchen to help out the Devil.
So there you have it.
The Devil of Hell's Kitchen fighting side-by-side with Dr. Midnite, to rid New York forever of the Terrible Trio of the Shark, the Vulture, and the Fox.
I imagine this would make for a hell of a two-parter, with the Terrible Trio being shown to be very formidable opponents, with all their wealth and resources put out on full display against the multiple abilities and fortitude of our heroes.
Hell yeah, now that'd I'd read.
Probably even have Matt Wagner write that one too....
Oh, and today also marks the 16th anniversary of the events of 9/11.
Jesus, has it really been that long already?
As always, my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, who still live on despite the losses they've suffered.
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