Hi all, sorry for the interruption due to extreme illness. The winner of the last match was Black Canary and Green Arrow who handily beat Nightwing and Starfire. There’s a two canon matches today to play catch-up some here we go.
First up we have:
Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman
Apollo and Midnighter
And in our second match:
Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson
Scandal and Knockout and Liana
Voting is open until 8:30PM EST. One vote per person.
I never thought about them together. And now I do. Renee and Scandal By hildebabble
Lex Luther meets up with Scandal Savage. I can’t wait for this one! Here’s a peek.
It’s Power Girl vs. Scandal Savage. Voting is open until 8am EST. NO ballot stuffing. Oracle is watching …
It’s the penultimate match-up to until the sweet 16. And it’s scandalous how powerful a match up it is!
In this corner a woman who is super in every way but name. A woman who can bust out of any situation (except naughty cats). A woman who is both a leader in the JSA and in her own tech company
And in the other corner a woman who rivals only Talia al Ghul for having to overcome a bad dad. A woman who is “damned hard to kill”. A woman for whom the word Knockout is a noun, verb and adjective
I thought this was going to be the Birds of Prey. Of course I adore them but I’m not sure they’re what I think a team should be — a set of equals. There can be a leader, of course, but the leader shouldn’t overshadow the rest of the team. And right now when I think of the Birds, I think of Oracle, then Dinah and then everybody else.
So currently my favorite team is the Secret Six who appear in one of the best books being published by DC right now. The Six consist of legacy second-tier rogues (Catman, Deadshot and Bane), original characters developed by Gail Simone (Scandal Savage, Jeanette, Black Alice) and Ragdoll, a character that defies description.
A team of mercenaries who take on jobs for hire the Six regularly dive into illegal and morally murky waters. Their adventures provide good action and plot twists but the real fun is the dynamics of the team. They are friends, they are enemies, they are lovers and former lovers and in the case of Bane and Scandal, a fun house version of father and daughter. But everyone on the team has each others back. Except Ragdoll who may have everyone’s back and front given his “bendy” body. Their interactions drip with black humor and the relationships shift from issue to issue and sometimes from page to page or even panel to panel. But be warned, these are not good people although they may occasionally do good things. The Six are vicious murderers and thieves. But despite that they come across as likable and I find myself regularly rooting and caring for them.That’s because every character is so fully fleshed out. In fact, there is so much good character writing in this book that, at times, it makes me heady.
Another thing I like about the Six is that they transcend the usual team parameters in comics. The leader, Scandal Savage, is an out and proud lesbian. She sets the team’s agenda and books their jobs. But she isn’t just the brains of the group, she’s an equal protagonist to the male members and just as deadly. The only thing I would tweak about the Six is to be have a more varied ethnic make-up. The original team featured Cheshire but since then the team has consisted of whites and Hispanics. The sixth member of the team changes regularly so that is probably an eventuality. Otherwise they are sickeningly perfect.