Let’s shoot a few random loose ends and other things that just happened to walk by. This is not intended as a full batch, but rather as a way to clean up the to-do list. Still there’s plenty of good things in there :
The main backlog has taken quite a beating over the last few weeks – it has one AP of BODY left and is all out of HPs. Obviously, the site’s update pace is about to get less frantic and to will now return to 20-something entries per month, plus minor overhauls and updates of older entries, plus whatever gets fished out of the shadow backlog and magicked into shape.
- WONDER WOMAN. Three rather big entries in this batch alone, namely :
- Lieutenant-Colonel Etta Candy. The post-Crisis version of Etta is still no slouch, now being a very sharp and professional intelligence agent with a strange biography.
- Colonel Steve Trevor. Etta’s hubby, still a redoubtable combat pilot and a very senior Defence official who believes in shooting straight.
- Alkyone of Themyscira, leader of the Circle — an intriguing, tragic foe of Wonder Woman
- BLEACH. Another Bleach entry from Bryan – Yasutora “Chad” Sado.
- SLIDERS. Second Sliders entry by Peter – Mallory Quinn.
- REWORK. Two entries about interesting Marvel villains have been updated and received a vigourous rewriting so they now read much better :
- SARGE STEEL. The last part of our arc on the adventures at Sarge Steel at Charlton concludes with Steel himself.
- SOUL CALIBUR. Tom’s debut for this arc – which will move more slowly than the previous ones – is Mitsurugi Heishiro, the Musashi figure of the games.
- POLISH. The following entries have received minor improvements, and are mostly listed to the benefit of those with time in their hands and external search engines indexing the site. Note that the polishing in the current and the previous batch concerned some very old entries, so it often involves making it clear that those are not up to modern standards. Roll call :
- THUNDERBOLTS. Gareth is currently plumbing the darker depths of the team, and a first product of this is our Headsman profile.
- CLAN DESTINE. Bryan’s last entry for this arc is William Destine.
- And finally, there’s a profile of the three ruthless teams of pillagers and profiteers who have borne the Rat Pack name.
And that’s… lemme check… 4583 entries as of today.
Another by-the-book batch with many familiar arcs. Roll call:
- CAPTAIN NAZI. The last entry in the arc is the largest by far – the modern version of Captain Nazi, and everything you wanted to know about this handy and powerful villain
- EXTREMISTS. Gareth brings this arc to a close with, of course, the current version of Dreamslayer.
- EVERQUEST. An entry for gnolls – a nicely generic heroic fantasy humanoid can always be useful for those cross-genre games.
- SARGE STEEL. This batch ends up with two gorgeous women who opposed Sarge Steel during the 1960s:
- FORCE OF JULY. Roy brings this arc to a close with Lady Liberty. The entries for Major Victory and Sparkler have received minor tweaks, too.
- The big thing for this batch is Peter’s big profile of the Preacher, from Garth Ennis’s eponymous comic.
- SLIDERS. Peter also happens to have material from this TV series ; this batch introduces Professor Arturo.
- CHAMPIONS ADAPTATION. Several characters from the classic super-heroes RPG have received additional art from the MMO of the game, namely:
- CLAN DESTINE. Bryan goes metal and covers Samantha Destine, aka Argent.
- We had planned to make a big arc about Rom the Spaceknight, but the schedules just didn’t work out. Still, I’ve updated the notes on writeups.org ; it’s still obviously a beta in progress but it’s better information than the old stuff that used to be there. Lesser of two evils and all that.
- POLISH. Some entries have been polished. Nothing really notable, but I’ll mention them for bored folks and to help with indexation by external search engines :
- REWORK. The following entries were poorly written and/or had technical problems. Now they’re not, and/or they don’t.
- QUASI-V2. Our entry for Stalker has been aggressively revamped – now it’s clearer, more interesting, flows better, has additional information, got a whole lot of new art (particularly Steve Ditko/Wally Wood stuff), etc. — all part of our current Wonder-Woman-by-Gail-Simone work.
And all these nice things bring us to 4573 entries. Pip pip !
I’m keeping the pressure up now that I have some time to prepare new batches, though that may eventually hurt the output of new material on the community discussion space over at Yahoo!
While I tend to conveniently forget about it, the backlog I’m reducing isn’t the whole thing. There’s a shadow backlog (does that sound comic-book-ish enough ?) under it – older writeups that I missed the first time, which need a few tweaks and some edition, about which I meant to ask questions and forgot, which are titled in such a way that they don’t pop up in the random searches, etc. And even beyond that there are some very, very old entries (such as things from the pre-2004 version of the database that never carried over), some of which might actually still be sort of OK.
And obviously I’ll never get to the shadow backlog if I only barely keep the main backlog down.
Anyway, roll call :
- DEADPOOL. The big thing for this batch is that Gareth and his fellow agents of M.O.U.T.H.Y.M.E.R.C have vigourously overhauled our old, and terrible, and embarrassing, and outdated set of notes for Deadpool. Much better, yes ?
- MOONSTONE. The other big thing for this batch is the second – and for now, last – big entry for Moonstone (Dr. Sofen). This is for her Thunderbolts and subsequent appearances, and this part of her career was handled by Gareth. This entry can also double for a costumes gallery, I guess.
- SARGE STEEL. Another anecdotical 1960s Charlton Comics villain – the Smiling Skull, a rip-off of the Red Skull. You will now know the power of Nazi karate !
- CAPTAIN NAZI. Speaking of Nazis, here’s another ancillary character closely tied to Captain Nazi. With Captain Nippon, you’ll get a view of how crassly racist 1940s comics could get. It’s not pretty.
- And this in turn reminded me to add a banner to the Baron Zemo II writeup which had been floating around for a while. Ditto for the Beast-Men of Diemos and Phobus ; as to the Leader he got a new main illustration.
- COUNCIL. This is a series of three minor writeups, so let’s cram everything into this batch. The Council was the main foe of the vigilante Nemesis (Tom Tresser) pre-Crisis, and this sub-arc includes :
- An article on the Council itself, a typical old-school criminal conspiracy
- Bloodclaw, a competent 1980s terrorist leader
- Greyfox, a perceptive 1970s international hitman
- SUPREME. More retroactively-Silver-Age Supreme goodness by Peter, this time with the Supremium Man.
- CLAN DESTINE. Steadily continuing Bryan’s arc — Newton Destine. Also Lenz– the baddie in the previous batch — got his illustrations now.
- Bryan Mills is Liam Neeson’s character in the action movie Taken — here are Mike’s notes about him.
- WONDER WOMAN. More old-school Wonder Woman goodness which wasn’t properly wrapped up last time :
- REWORK. Our entry for the war hero Gravedigger has been extensively edited for style and clarity, and updated. There’s also additional historical information for context.
The coolest super-encyclopaedia ever now got 4,564 entries.
The backlog is kind of, sort of under control, but there’s little room for slacking.
The semi-random draw resulted in what is nearly an all-villains batch, reflecting in part our policy to focus a bit more on opponents since this is the characters Gamemasters need most. Roll call :
- EXTREMISTS. Gareth’s Extremists entry for this batch is Gorgon. No, no that one. No, not that one either. Well, yeah sort of that one but in another version. Yeah, that one.
- V2s. As always, we work hard to upgrade and improve the older entries on writeups.org, and this batch has no less than three entirely redone villains :
- Adonis, a minor but useful Captain America foe
- Graviton, the monstrously powerful Avengers foe, has been entirely rewritten by Gareth
- Taurus (Cornelius van Lunt) a useful old villain, has been completely redone (and then I noticed the whole Secret Warriors thing. I swear, it never fails).
- CLAN DESTINE. Continuing merrily through this under-appreciated book, Bryan now focuses on Lenz.
- DEADPOOL. Deadpool is one of the most popular characters at Marvel, so we decided to do something – “we” being Gareth in front and the rest of the crew hiding behind him. In this batch, Bob the agent of Hydra comes test whether its safe to publish more Deadpool stuff.
- CAPTAIN NAZI. As it happens we also have his niece, an obscure but useful villainess called Madame Libertine.
- We might modernise our very old Ultraverse material during the 2010s. Capita_Senyera helps test the waters with the Master of the Hunt, an opponent of the Freex.
- TIGER SHARK. Speaking of waters, here comes the second half of this big writeup of a classic, enduring and oh-so convenient Marvel villain.
- The one new heroic entry for this batch has been provided by Ethan – it’s a profile of Carrie Kelly, the Robin who appears in the landmark Dark Knight Frank Miller alternative future story.
The villainous reinforcements bring us to but 4554 entries, what with all the rewrites.
Here we go for the first April batch. Roll call:
- IMAGINE STAN LEE’S DCU. Now that the old entries have been cleaned up here’s a new one – the Stan Lee version of Aquaman.
- Ethan has an entry for some obscure indie comics stuff – Black Bow.
- CAPTAIN NAZI. To speed things along let’s have two such entries in this batch :
- The Split-Second Squad is one of these goofy bands of eccentric criminals from the 1960s. Not having one on our site felt weird. These guys (very briefly) fought the Avengers, you know.
- EXTREMISTS. As with Nazi, let’s have two entries rather than one. Say thanks to Gareth – he’s been reading Countdown so you don’t have to.
- CLAN DESTINE. This batch has Bryan’s profile for Cuckoo aka Jasmine.
- More odd things from Dr. Peter — this time it’s the Tall Man, the emblematic villain from the rather long-lived series of horror movies Phantasm. He’s a pretty interesting and scary baddie.
- SARGE STEEL. Another weird Charlton Comics villains from the 1960s adventures of Sarge Steel – Mister Ize.
- The entry for the best-known of the World War Two Mademoiselles Marie has been upgraded – it’s not a v2 with full research and rewriting yet, but it’s much more comprehensive than the old notes and it’s up-to-date.
That’s 4,547 entries now.