Fans of serendipitous pairings of similarly-named comic book creators were pleased to learn this morning that Supernatural writers Ben Blacker and Ben Acker will be taking over writing duties on Thunderbolts beginning with issue #27 in June. Artist Carlo Barberi will continue on the series, which will see the team going up against The Punisher. Asked why Charles Soule would be replaced, Marvel refused to comment, but sources inside the comics publisher told The Outhouse that the decision was based not on plans to halt Soule's imminent conquering of the comic book industry, by rather on Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso's affinity for saying Blacker and Acker's names together and then giggling like a school girl.
"Acker and Blacker. Acker and Blacker. Acker and Blacker," said the amused executive. "Hehehehehe."
We have to admit, it is a pretty strange coincidence that two guys named Ben with rhyming last names ended up as an inseparable writing team.
"It's not a coincidence," said Acker. "We knew we were meant to write together the moment we met. It was..."
"...like destiny," continued Blacker, who finishes Acker's sentences. "It was like one of those scenes from a cartoon where we saw each other..."
"...and we thought we were looking in the mirror," continued Acker. "You know, where I would put up my hand..."
"...and then I would put up mine at the same time..." said Blacker.
"It was a real riot," they announced together, in perfect synchronization.
Not everyone is as charmed by their act, however. Series artist Carlo Barberi is reportedly already becoming annoyed.
"They're totally obnoxious to work with," said Barberi, reportedly. "They never stop doing that, talking like Tomax and Xamot from the old GI Joe cartoon. It's going to send me into a murderous rage."
"That should give you some perspective..." started Blacker.
"...on drawing The Punisher," finished Acker. They high-fived.
No word on whether Acker and Blacker have the necessary law degrees to open a law firm, but they totally should because Acker and Blacker, Attorneys at Law sounds like the guys I want handling my divorce.