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Does Zebra Man have any relation to Batman’s zebra costume? I mean this seriously. I remember there was some old silver age storyline where Batman was running in a zebra strip costume and he had, like, a death aura or something.

Look, I have to devote sections of brain to things other than covers I saw on Superdickery. So sue me.

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You know, for a “hideously disfigured woman”, Clayface IV has very hot body and a very sexy mane of wavy hair. Personally, I don’t see the repulsion.

Planet Master and Zebra-Man should be ridiculed by other supervillains for showing their faces in public.

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You know if Final Crisis was ONLY about Libra and Flame Guy getting dumped by the Society and then gathering up all the OTHER total losers who even the Suicide Squad wouldn’t touch and then going on a Big Thing STARTING with killing Martian Manhunter, I’d totally be into it…

Of course then it would be “Kind of like what Simone did for CatMan, except for a whole BUNCH of guys”. So maybe not…

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Cookie McCool said on June 19th, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Come on, Zenrage, her skin’s all wooshy! That’s horribly disfiguring! It’s grotesque! It’s wavy! She kind of looks like Tigra, without the string bikini? Isn’t that just DISGUSTING? Uh, she’s drawn badly and looks like she has a stump leg? Maybe she’s mean all the time? She cooks so bad you have to bring your own leftovers to her house for dinner?

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CandidGamera said on June 19th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Planet Master has a cool looking costume, at least.

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Okay, these all can’t be salvaged, but there are some promising beginnings here. Planet Master fairly begs for a reinvent, hopefully with a spinning ring of ice and he can arch for Adam Strange. But man, that poor excuse for a Zzzax has gots to go

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Dude, not only has somebody out there already got exactly the right fetish for Clayface IV, but he’s not alone and he’s got a Livejournal community. And probably a Deviantart account, too.

… Hang on. Element Woman has element powers, right? Well, why can’t she just fix Clayface’s ‘hideous disfigurement’?

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Sofa King said on June 19th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

I agree, Planet Master could be cool if reworked properly. Expand his powers a bit (he can create mini suns and pockets of space-cold, maybe gravity powers) and he could be a really dangerous guy. Must change the name, though. Mebbe Dr. Saturn or The Spaceman. And I’ve always liked Clayface and thought of him as the Green Lantern of Batman’s villains: powerful, but not put in the top tier for some stupid reason.

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Sofa King said on June 19th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Oh, and I like how dis(sss)appointed Kobra looks with his team in the picture there.

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Harry Connolly said on June 19th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

See, if I was going to be a super-villain, I would go the Zebra-Man route. I’d call myself The Marmot and have a costume with a marmot headpiece and furred, clawed gloves–that sort of thing.

Then, when Nightwing thought he knew just what to expect from me, I’d blast him with jets of fire or whatever.

For my second outing, I’d wear a silk kimono and a fake, giant bald head like Professor X. Then, flame blasts.

Really, themed costumes are a strategic nightmare.

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Spectrumonster reminds me of the Plutonians from Aqua Teens.

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I cannot argue with the evidence that Kobra incontravertibly sucks.

That said, I enjoyed John Ostrander’s take on him in Suicide Squad and which it seems is now the definitive one as used in Checkmate. His belief in himself as an avatar of Kali is perfect megalomania for a guy that doesn’t have a hope of approaching adequacy in terms of villainhood.

The drawback is…the heroes were required to buy into his rep for the purposes of the story. Damn.

Ravan shouldn’t have even felt he was worth his time.

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lilacsigil said on June 19th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

MDF is totally right – Ostrander’s take on Kobra was awesome. Sadly for me, it was the first time I’d read anything with Kobra in it, and ever since I have sort of expected Kobra to be at least competent as a villain. Disappointment, every time.

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Planet Master is the only supervillain in history who presumably brings along a portable changing screen to every super-fight.
My brother thinks that he should have an anime magical-girl transformation sequence to change his costume. You can see him performing it in the background while the rest of the teams are fighting.

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Skemono, those transformation sequences are creepy enough when they have little girls do them. Having a middle-aged man do one is just 10 shades of wrong.

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That’s part of the beauty of it!

The other part is that by the time the sequence finally finishes, he won’t need the ice powers anymore and he’ll have to switch back to heat powers, so–transformation sequence again!

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I will brook no disrespect to the Toledo Mud Hens!

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And what the heck’s wrong with the Force of July?!

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Now, if Planet Master had the ability to change the local environment (say, a city block or so) into the atmospheric and gravitational conditions of another planet, that would be kick ass.

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I’ve been waiting for Agent Orange (Bats and the Outsiders #2, if I recall correctly) to get his treatment in this fashion. Could be a historic low for the Wonder Dog score.

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Planet Master did make a pretty decent appearance on BatB, though. There was some actual variety to his powers (Jupiter was gravity, Saturn was energy rings, etc), and he could use all of them.
He still got his ass kicked hard.

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