#5Fandom Friday: Crossovers That Would Make My Heart Explode

Welcome to my attempt at 5 Fandom Friday, where I try to contribute to a weekly meme but usually forget. This fun weekly postathon is hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. If you’re interested in joining up, check out future posting topics here.

This week’s topic is 5 Crossovers That Would Make My Heart Explode. It’s a classic topic of conversation in geekdom, deciding which shows or movie universes you want to smoosh together to create one epic world of insanity. I personally enjoy having my heart all in one piece inside my chest, but these are the five crossovers that would make me really happy if they were done (correctly).

The Boys of Supernatural Meet The Doctor – Supernatural Meets Doctor Who

Because I want to see Dean’s head explode when he learns not only are angels and demons real things, but so are aliens and giant space monsters. Plus he and Sam are good at running already, so they’d make handy companions to fight Cybermen.

Captain Mal and His Crew Run Across a Certain Space Rouge and Furry Co-Pilot – Firefly Meets Star Wars

I really just want to see Captain Mal and Han Solo get into a snark off while Wash stares at Chewbacca in total fear. It would be the best smugglers in space action comedy in all of existence!

The Massive Superhero Crossover No One Wants to Admit They Want – The Avengers Meets Justice League (on the big screen)

We haven’t seen Bat-fleck yet, but I think it could be fun to see Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark try to ruffle Ben Affleck’s stern-yet-cool Bruce Wayne while Superman and Captain America become besties in the background. Then Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman can swoop in and save the day because they are the best ones of all.

All the Leda Clones Run Across Two Dolls With Way Too Many Personalities – Orphan Black Meets Dollhouse

Honestly I would only want to see this if it was Dollhouse without Eliza Dushku. Can you image a half dozen Tatiana’s coming across various incarnations of Enver Gjokaj and Dichen Lachman only to find that they’re each just one person. It would be a new big bad corporation to take down and save all the dolls. It would have to retcon the end of Dollhouse, but that’s perfectly okay with me.

Agent Carter Falls Into the World of Alexia Taribotti’s Airships and Tea Parties – Agent Carter Meets The Parasol Protectorate series

For those of you not so into books, The Parasol Protectorate series is a series of books by Gail Carriger where a badass named Alexia Taribotti manages to fight monsters in a steampunk Victorian London while always making time for tea. I very much want a television series of it made right now. I also really want an Agent Carter steampunk series, so let’s just toss them together and have the most epic made-for-Leslie television show ever created.

Though if I'm completely honest, this artwork from the ever amazing Lord Mesa is all the crossover I really need. Luckily I have this print hanging by my desk every day to remind me of the potential awesomeness that could be.

So those are my five for this Fandom Friday. Which two pop culture things would you smash together to make one epic mega-awesome thing?

Reinventing the DC Universe Works for Me

The redesigned Justice LeagueI’m a girl who reads comics.  I like the idea of an ongoing series that creates a visual world and then fills it out over time.  What I haven’t ever gotten into are capes-and-tights comics.  Those worlds are just too big and too full for me to wrap my head around.  It’s a daunting task, diving into a world that has been building over decades upon decades, introducing parallel universes and alternate versions of just about everything.  Comic lines have surpassed 500 issues in many cases.  As someone that needs to know a whole story, it’s impossible to read capes-and-tights books without feeling like you’re missing something or more likely an entire universe of somethings.

Which is why I think the DC reboot is a great idea.  This is going to be the huge story out of Comic Con this year.  DC is holding panels for each individual division (the Bat Family, the Super Family, the monsters, etc.) and a panel specifically about the new universe every single day. I'm incredibly excited to see what they present and what I can get my hands on and here's why.

It’s not even a reboot.  According to reports, the Powers That Be are simplifying origin stories, redesigning aspects of costumes, and selectively ret-conning decades of history to make it easier for a new reader to come on board.  For the most part, it’s not going to resemble a new start, building from the ground up, but a pared down version of the current characters.  There will still be history and relationships and references that I probably still won’t understand, but at least it won’t be entire issues I can’t follow.  Then again, I don’t think anyone outside the walls of DC really knows what is going to happen in September just yet.  What we do know is:

  • DC will introduce new #1 issues to 52 stories, including all your classic DC heroes
  • Many books are getting brand new creative teams, though often times it’s just DC talent being laterally shifted to a new book
  • Many of the characters have redesigned costumes (Wonder Woman still has PANTS!)
  • Barbara Gordon has functional legs

That last one caused a bit of a kerfuffle in fandom when it was announced, reverting a handy capable character back to her pre-injured state.  Due to my lack of familiarity with the story line beyond the basics, I’ll refrain from comment.

Robot Superboy?On the surface, it doesn’t sound like much.  How will the fact that Superman no longer wears red underoos over his tights bring in new readers?  Well, it probably won’t.  What might bring new readers in will be the #1 on the front of the issue.  The number 1 is far less daunting than #672.  It’s a way in, a new beginning without the heavy burden of history over the reader’s head, even if it’s just a superficial feeling of inclusion.  For a moment, a new reader won’t have to know if Batman and Robin is the same story as Detective Comics (for the record, I don’t believe they are, but then again, what do I know?  I don’t read them).  It won’t matter that there have been 18,000 Robins and which ones turned evil.  The story begins anew!

Not only will there be new #1 issues, there will also be new books.  Batwoman is finally coming back with a monthly series.  Catwoman has a new series.  Barbara Gordon is now Batgirl and readers will most likely not need to know her history as Oracle in the Birds of Prey, which means the Birds of Prey line is going to be completely different.  Superboy seems to have turned into a cybernetic organism based on the cover shot, which could be interesting.

Harley, what did they do to you?!The worst thing about the DCnU 52 (that’s what people seem to be calling it) is Harley Quinn.  I like Harley Quinn.  She’s a fun crazy character.  She seems like the perfect person to head up the Suicide Squad, a pack of criminals that go on deadly missions that includes a giant dinosaur, so you’d think in theory I’d like the idea.  But then they went and whored her up.  What the hell, DC?  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that you’ve given most of your heroines pants this go around and, thank god, breasts that are not larger than their respective heads, but seriously… What.  The.  Hell.

But overall, good idea.  I find myself wanting to pick up issue #1 of many of these series just to see what they’ve done, especially with the classic characters, but also to see how a decades old universe can be renewed and sold to (sort of) newbies like me.  While many long term fans are upset by the potential change, I find it exciting and look forward to the new DC universe coming in September.

 

 

Mandroid is taking the crew to Comic Con!  Hopefully we’ll be coming back with more information regarding what’s happening in the comic ‘verse, an arm full of shiny new books and lots more.  Posts should still go up each day, all dedicated to comics this week, of course, and we’ll drop by when we have a free second to breathe and a functional wifi connection.