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Your Top Teams: OPC part 2

Written by Chris Mitchell on Friday, July 10 2009 and posted in Features
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More 1 pointers for ya.

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Tiny Titans

I don't get this book, is it geared for kids or adults? Cuz I don't find it funny and I showed it too my nephew of 4 and he doesn't get it. And I showed it to my fiancée’s nephew of 8 and he doesn't care for it, and the 8 year old likes comics. So I dunno who this comic appeals too. I see it in the story, the odd panel and whatnot makes me laugh, but yeah, I just don't get it.

Can someone tell me what you buy this book if you do? Because I am pretty damn curious what possesses you to do so.

 


A-Next

anext.jpgThe A-Next are a group of super heroes that have taken on the new roll of The Avengers. Although they do not live up to the aspirations of the original team.

The Avengers have disbanded and the Avengers mansion is turned into the Avengers Museum, ten years later the museum is being visited by Kevin Masterson, son of the original Thunderstrike were he finds that the caretaker Jarvis, the former Avengers butler has been holding his father's enchanted mace for him. Loki appears looking to steal the mace for himself, his actions inadvertently starting the formation of a brand new team of young Avengers, related in various ways to former members.

The arrival of Loki and some Asgardian trolls prompts Jarvis to send out a distress signal. The summons is responded to by several heroes including, Kevin Masterson, who was visiting the mansion at the time of the attack; Dr. Cassandra Lang who was testing Ant-Man's old uniform; a mysterious armored individual called Mainframe, Zane Yama, a high school student along with Speedball, Jubilee and Jolt.

After being transported to Asgard, Kevin Masterson disrupts Loki spell and absorbs his fathers mace into himself thus transforming into the new Thunderstrike. The heroes aided by Thor's defeat Loki and the trolls. All the heroes but Speedball, Jubilee and Jolt decide to stay together and become the new Avengers.

 


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Battle of the Planets casts five young people as G-Force, consisting of Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny. The question has been raised whether or not the characters were cyborgs due to their super-human agility and demonstrations of power such as the whirlwind pyramid. G-Force protects Earth from planet Spectra and other attacks from 'beyond space'. Their main ship is the Phoenix, which can deploy four smaller vehicles, each operated by one team member. A regularly featured plot device was the transformation of the Phoenix into a flaming bird-shaped craft able to handle virtually any exceptional situation by functioning as something like a giant blowtorch (called the "Fiery Phoenix"). The Phoenix’s primary weapon was a large supply of rockets. It also occasionally flaunted a powerful solar-powered energy blaster, although the team had the misfortune of choosing very cloudy days to use it.

It was also released in comic book form, originally by Gold Key Comics in 1979, but later revamped by Top Cow Productions with a new twelve-issue limited series starting in 2002. The series was originally planned as an ongoing, but low sales led to its cancellation at issue 12, leaving the series off on a cliffhanger. A two-issue mini, Endgame (originally listed as Coup De Gras), was solicited in 2005 and was meant to tie up the loose ends, but never made it to print.

In 2003 there were a number of crossovers one-shots starting with Witchblade. This was followed by two crossover issues with the ThunderCats, the first (May 2003) was published by Top Cow and the second was published by Wildstorm.

These were followed by a number of other comics: a "Battle Book" one-shot and then one-shots focused on Mark and Jason before starting a six-issue limited series Battle of the Planets: Princess, written by David Wohl with art by Wilson Tortosa, released in 2004. Top Cow also published three issues of a manga version in 2003-2004. As Top Cow's license is now lapsed, it is highly unlikely that there will be any more "Battle Of The Planets" from them, including the unreleased Endgame.

 


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