Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Secret Wars

For me at least one of the high points in Comics was the 1980's, a post I made on the Pulp City Forums reminded me of the fact.

And in 1984 one of my favourite Comic Titles of all time was Published . . . . .


To give it its FULL Title "Marvel Super Heroes - Secret Wars" was a twelve-issue crossover series that was published between May 1984 and April 1985 - and (IMHO) its one of the best things Marvel Comicshave ever done.

Secret Wars was written by Jim Shooter -and utilized the artistic talents of Mike Zeck and Bob Layton.

Its not the flashiest or shiniest title in the Marvel Universe - but its one of the most interesting and engaging Marvel story lines I've ever read.

The plot itself is amazingly simple and has been used before in Star Trek (The Savage Curtain - Season Three - March 7th 1969), yet Shooter and team manage to make it so vibrant and fresh - and so much fun to read.

A cosmic entity called the Beyonder has been watching the Marvel universe.

Utterly fascinated by the presence of superheroes on Earth and their potential, this Beyonder chooses a group of both superheroes and supervillains and teleports characters against their will to "Battleworld", a planet created by the Beyonder in a distant galaxy.

Battleworld has been stocked to the gunnels with alien technology.

The Beyonder declares: "I am from beyond! Slay your enemies and all that you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!"

The heroes contingent comprised of the Avengers (Captain America, Captain Marvel II, Hawkeye, Iron Man - Jim Rhodes was filling in for Tony Stark at the time, She-Hulk, The Mighty Thor, and the Wasp); three members of the Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Mister Fantastic and Thing), Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) and the Hulk, and the mutant team X-Men (Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine and Lockheed the Dragon). Magneto is initially present as a hero but immediately becomes non-aligned when the Avengers question his presence!

The villains were the Absorbing Man, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, the Enchantress, Kang the Conqueror, Klaw, the Lizard, Molecule Man, Titania, Ultron, Volcana, and the Wrecking Crew (Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball and the Wrecker).

Galactus is also included in the villains camp - but immediately decides to become "non-aligned'.

The heroes - with the X-Men choosing to fight as a separate unit have several minor skirmishes with the villains.

While all this is going on there are several significant developments - villainesses Titania and Volcana are created; the second Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) is introduced - Spider-Man finds and wears the black Spider-Man costume for the first time, initially unaware that it is actually the alien symbiote that comes to be known as Venom) - Doctor Doom temporarily steals a portion of the Beyonder's power (nice one Doc) - Colossus, having fallen in love with the alien healer Zsaji (who eventually sacrifices her life to save the heroes), Colossus then ends his romantic relationship with a devastated Kitty Pryde - and the Thing chooses to remain behind on Battleworld and explores the galaxy for a year, leaving the She-Hulk to temporarily join the Fantastic Four as his replacement.

PHEW it was all go wasn't it!

There have been LOADS of spinoff stories and re-tellings, but NONE had the impact of the original!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Crooked Dice Studios - 7TV

Being as Pulp Planet now chats about all things "Pulpy" how about Doctor Who and Classic British Action TV Shows.

Crooked Dice Game Design Studio (the folks who did the EXCELLENT) alternative (and FREE) Doctor Who Wargame Rules - are doing "something different" . . . .

Its called "7TV"

7TV is their new (and Sexy) tabletop miniatures game set in the classic sci-fi and action TV shows of the 60s and 70s.

As it says in their description -

"The plots are preposterous and the guest stars improbable. Car chases, debonair adventuring, punch-ups, explosions and open-top sports cars are all in a days work in 7TV. From the groovy mews of London town to the casino tables of Monte Carlo, flamboyant rogues and high-kicking heroines safeguard the world against madmen, despots and secret cults.

Fight across the tabletop as your favourite re-diffused heroes or villains. Flamboyant geniuses, karate kicking angels or unearthly agents sent to maintain the universal balance fight against double agents, sultry spies, mad scientists and supernatural legends. So get out from behind the sofa. Put the kettle on. And tune in to 7TV"

Their miniatures are of excellent quality - being skint as trousers at the moment, I only have Tweedy Mattison & WPC May Killan so far. But their whole range are on my "to buy" list when things start to even out financially.

If you are a fan of Doctor Who (as I am) and/or Classic 1960's/1970's Action TV Shows (again as I am - I'm re-watching the Persuaders at the moment) check them out, you simply WON'T be dissapointed!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Sovereign - The First British Supreme

Sovereign - The First British Supreme - is more an concept than a flesh annd blood man.

When and where the Crown calls, he appears out of nowhere, preferring a head-on charge over stealth and diplomacy.

Sovereign is the master of the blade and the MKI Albion Blaster he carries and not a great talker or negotiator.


Friday, 1 April 2011