Christian: Let’s assume DC’s movie efforts and Justice League series continues to hit snag after snag (likely), and by some cosmic twisting of events it all gets dropped in your lap. You’re given the mandate to reboot their efforts marvel style, but with one catch. Their needs to be a villain behind all of the plots in the various movies, but not one of the biggies everyone knows (no Lex Luthor or Brainiac for you). You’re mandated to take some low-level DC villain, and realistically ramp him up to being a threat for the big team. Who is your guy in that scenario?
I already cast my vote for Starro last week. If I need a second choice: Per Degaton. (Who, incidentally, was someone I always wanted to go up against the Legion of Super-Heroes, but never mind that.) Degaton easily translates to movies because he’s just a normal dude who happens to be a time-traveling tyrant, which gives you a lot of license to do awesome stuff and gives him an excuse to be anywhere doing anything, because of causality requiring him to be there at that point.
Also, the costume redesign he got in Johns’ JSA is really cool and would translate to real-life costuming very well.
Andrew Miller: If you could make one improvement to transit in Toronto, what would it be?
A downtown relief subway line in the east. The greatest operational stress point for the TTC is its heavy use along the Yonge line – another north-south line intersecting with the Sheppard line, Bloor/Danforth line and terminating at, say, Union would vastly expand TTC subwya coverage with only a few new stations and make the Yonge line far more rideable.
After that, in order: light rail transit along Finch, extending the Sheppard line to Downsview, light rail along Eglinton.
Pantsless Pete: Captain Marvel was a better character and comic than Superman and if not for his destruction via lawsuit his dominant market postion would have meant we ended with better comics today: Discuss.
I like Captain Marvel (not “Shazam,” – Jeebus, DC, what the hell is wrong with you). But a better character than Superman? The dude is a G-rated Superman clone, no ifs ands or buts about it; yes, he makes the child’s power fantasy more explicit, I suppose, and certainly Superman does not have a talking tiger buddy (memo to DC: have Superman be friends with a talking animal of some kind. Or, alternately, Rex the Wonder Dog), but this is all icing on the cake rather than the actual cake, and Superman is the real deal. Really, this isn’t even a contest.
Rbx5: Which, if any, of the upcoming post-AvX Marvel books/creative teams are you anticipating?
I honestly don’t even bother with previews any more, really. I don’t have the energy, so everything comes as a large surprise unless it is too gigantic to avoid the hype (like AvX) or somebody mentions it to me in email or sends me a link to a ComicsAlliance article (like Hawkeye – which was fine, but Abhay Khosla nailed it when he pointed out the giant stylistic debt owed to Batman: Year One on that comic).
Really, it makes comics a little more enjoyable: everything is a pleasant surprise, because these days I expect things to be mediocre rather than good.
PaulW: Hogan’s Heroes but played straight.
The BBC already did this thirty-five years ago with Colditz. It’s certainly aged a fair amount, but it’s not bad.
Jack Pumpkinhead: How do you feel about Final Fantasy games? Ever played any, favorite game, etc?
I played FF Tactics, and then 7 through, and half of 8, and then I more or less quit. I’m mostly a PC gamer, and the Final Fantasy games are console games, and once I stopped consoling (which was about the time my original Playstation started gathering dust) Final Fantasy and I walked our separate paths, especially after fans of the series started getting weird about whatsername in 7. FFT is still one of my favorite games of all time, though, and I’d love to see/know about a decent PC port/homage of that game.
Also, there were not enough hats in it. Good games have hats.