Greetings from the Odinson,
This week I want to try a little something different. Here’s an idea for a comic book series starring nothing but characters from the worlds of video games.
The Video Game League of Justice
Somewhere deep within the virtual reality that is the Gaming Multiverse, the techno-organic super computer known as Mother Brain comes back online. Its mechanical tentacles reach out and connect with the grid and the villainous A.I. almost chuckles as it makes a startling discovery. Through some unknown means, Mother Brain has now become aware of the Video Game Multiverse. And it is at this moment that Mother Brain decides it must rule them all.
But there remains a huge obstacle. Just like her own little corner of virtual reality, all outposts of the Video Game Multiverse are defended by so called heroes. And Mother Brain’s Space Pirates have proven ineffective against this sort of defense, so Mother Brain devises a plan. It calls forth other like-minded rogues to help it conquer the Video Game Multiverse. Mother Brain summons the demon sorcerer Shang Tsung, a shape-changer with powers both physical and mystical and an ambition that could challenge the gods themselves. Next, Mother Brain decides it will need a little muscle, so it calls forth the monstrous Bowser, the fire-breathing King of the Koopa and despot of the Mushroom Kingdom. If its plan to conquer the Video Game Multiverse is going to work, Mother Brain knows that it will need some weapons of mass destruction on its side, powerful allies with no qualms about dealing out maximum damage and orchestrating mass destruction. For this, Mother Brain calls forth Sephiroth, a genetically created madman with delusions of grandeur and super human powers with few rivals, and the mighty Lich King, a fallen hero with a heart as cold as ice and a legion of undead warriors under his command. And finally, to soften up other worlds for conquering, Mother Brain procures a sinister little invention known as the T-Virus.
Mother Brain’s cabal is assembled. The villain’s mechanical tentacles writhe with anticipation as its master plan begins to go into effect. The first order of business by this evil group is to eliminate the only ones that can stop them. One by one the greatest heroes of the Video Game Multiverse fall, as individually they are no match for the combined might of these villains. In the first wave of attacks Mario, Mega Man, Link, Liu Kang, Sonic, Samus Aran, and Ryu are all defeated and captured. Is this the end? Who could possibly challenge an assembly of video game evil like this? Princess Zelda decides to assemble a force for justice that can turn the tide. Across the Video Game Multiverse magical portals open and send forth a call to arms. Who will answer that call?
Ladd Spencer, the Bionic Commando, is a rescue specialist whose skills will come in handy when it comes time to free the captured heroes. The super ninja Joe Musashi brings his considerable martial arts skills and ninja black magic to the table. Simon Belmont has vast experience with dealing with monsters and armies of the undead and his mastery of the whip is second to none. Cloud Strife is a genetically enhanced super soldier whose mighty broadsword can topple the most powerful of foes. This team of heroes is going to need some Intel and a means of infiltrating the bad guys’ lair. That’s where Solid Snake comes in. He’s a master spy, experienced in black ops and counter espionage tactics. This team of heroes is also going to need some muscle, someone with some real power, and that someone is Kratos, a driven man on a quest for redemption and a man who possesses the power to challenge the gods themselves. Rounding out this team of video game heroes will be Jill Valentine, a member of S.T.A.R.S., a special task force for the Raccoon City Police Department, and an expert when it comes to dealing with the T-Virus and the Apocalyptic hell it can unleash. And finally, Lara Croft brings her vast knowledge of history, ancient legends and mystical artifacts as well as near super human agility and twin semi-automatic pistols to the table.
But who will lead this band of heroes into battle? There’s only one man for the job – Jim Raynor. Captain of the battlecruiser Hyperion and leader of the terran resistance Raynor’s Raiders, this grizzled war vet is a master strategist with a quick draw, and a man that won’t let anything stand in his way of doing what he knows is right. This is a man that inspires fierce loyalty in those that follow him into battle and earns the respect of even his most hated enemies.
Our heroes are assembled, but can even this team of brave men and women hope to overcome the diabolical machinations of the arch villains plotting against them?
Just imagine a story like this as written by Geoff Johns or Brian Michael Bendis with artwork by Joe Madureira or Jim Lee. Now that’s definitely a comic the Odinson would read.
This is Odinson bidding thee farewell