This thread has some heavyweights – not in the sense of hugely famous characters, but there’s several very detailed entries of characters you’ll definitely recognise. As usual we’ve tried to make the lengthier articles flow as smoothly as possible.
Since this batch has been released much quicker than planned, some entries don’t have their final illustrations.
- MOONSTONE II. Dr. Karla Sofen gets two writeups at this stage. The first one is in this batch, and it profiles her from her childhood until she becomes Meteorite. Big article with lots of info, a discussion about expert psychological manipulation in game terms, some hypotheses about her character growth, etc.
- WORG OF THE ATOM. Another big entry, but this time for a very small hero – Gareth has written an entry with most everything you need to know about the Atom (Ray Palmer). Includes lots of material about size-changing and atomic tricks – and even material about indigo power rings !
- LEXX. Yep, Peter still has Lexx profiles cookin’. In this batch Lyekka, the woman who’s actually a carnivorous plant.
- We meant our Death-Man entry as a wink toward Mark Waid’s career, but we became way more relevant than planned (we’re not supposed to be relevant, damnit !) when Death-Man resurfaced in Batman, Inc. two issues ago.
- Ethan continues to chronicle classic movie monsters and menaces, and thus inevitably crosses paths with the giant ants of the famous 1950s atomic horror movie Them!
- CLAN DESTINE. As for Bryan, let’s keep pumping in his Clan Destine stuff, this time with the juvenile sort-of-heroic pair, Imp and Crimson Crusader.
- Another heavyweight – Hominid and Roy introduce their profile of the Cyborg Superman, Hank Henshaw
- MS. MARVEL. I think I still have a few things from Carol Danvers’s distant past in the backlog. Here’s Ballard, a spy who popped in all sorts of 1970s Chris Claremont stories.
- EXTREMISTS. Gareth has been working on the most recent version of this villainous group. In this batch, Doctor Diehard.
- CAPTAIN NAZI. Not quite a heavyweight, mind you – but this is in part because his continuity is so choppy that we’ve ended up doing four entries covering four different versions of the character. In this batch, Nazi as he was during the 1940s in Fawcett books.
All these nice people and monsters bring us to 4,537 entries.
Well well well, March does get its second batch after all. That doesn’t solve the backlog issue, but it’s much better than just one. Roll call :
- EVERQUEST. Another useful critter – Burynai fighters and the Very Good Power. Necrobadgers !
- GREAT TEN. It’s over, folks ! The August General in Iron closes’ Gareth comprehensive arc about the PRC super-functionaries.
- BLEACH. The biggest name by far in this batch is Ichigo Kurosaki, a detailed entry which logically starts Bryan’s Bleach work.
- REWORK. The following entries have been noticeably improved and clarified through the power of rewriting and heavy metal :
- CLAN DESTINE. Continuing Bryan’s foray through this Alan Davis book, we have Albert Destine — the healer.
- BRÜTAL LEGEND. Heeeeeere’s Eeeedddiiie ! (throws horns, growls something incomprehensible in pseüdo-Norwegian, bangs head, lets WORG contributor Dr. Piispanen starts shredding a güitar solo)
- Gareth introduces Danath the stonefighter from one of his novels, and explains everything about the stones-based magic used therein
- BLOOD SYNDICATE. We’re working on a Dwayne McDuffie homage writeup, but in the mean time let’s improve our Blood Syndicate entries (especially since most of the improvements are something I was supposed to do two years ago…). Thanks to Roy, the following has been overhauled :
- Lady Stilt-Man may have been meant as a joke character, but we actually like her and she definitely gets a writeup
- WONDER WOMAN. We have a huge Wonder Woman arc in the work, but it’s so comprehensive that can you barely tell that most of the characters have a link to Diana. No such problem for Kho, the biggest Wonder Woman fangirl on all of Khundia and now the first Khund to ever become a Green Lantern.
- DIXONVERSE. Another one of those Chuck Dixon street-level villains from the DC Universe. They’re just so useful ! Here’s Slyfox, a gunman and wheelman who’s not quite as cool as he thinks he is.
- Furthermore, a handful of art bits have been borrowed (with full credit, obviously) from rapsheet.co.uk. These are :
- Lastly, Peter adds another odd post-apocalyptic character to WORG – the Pilot, from a Swedish sci-fi novel you presumably haven’t read.
That’s now 4527 entries. Despite all of our efforts, many squirrels are bored tonight.
I’ve noticed that the little recommendation box in entries (Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, etc.) looks a tad askew on Chrome for Windows – but not on anything else, including Chrome for Mac, though I no longer test for IE6. I have no idea how to fix that, alas.
But please don’t hesitate to use it – it works pretty well.
Anyway, let’s try to reduce the backlog so it doesn’t generally 6+ months for writeups to make it to publication. Roll call:
- GREAT TEN. Next to last entry, folks. Gareth now introduces Ghost Fox Killer from this far too short-lived series.
- EVERQUEST. This one has the Chetari, a race of super-rats empowered by eating dragon flesh.
- ISAIAH BRADLEY, THE BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA. I guess we kinda like the character, since this discussion resulted in no less than four writeups. These are :
- Charlie Crews from the TV series Life, by Gareth. Got fruit ?
- Ivar the Timewalker, from Peter’s work on the Valiant Universe.
- SARGE STEEL. We have material from the 1960s Charlton Sarge Steel stories, though most won’t be published for months. But the Paradog came up and, well, this entry is kinda special.
- RED STAR. The last entry in our revitalised The Red Star coverage – a brand new entry for Skymarshall Urik Antares. It also includes rules for hook fighting/telekinesis, and material about Skyfurnaces.
- REWORK. As usual :
Current position is 4517 entries.