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Poll: Demons

etriganIt’s time for another comic book crossover battle, and for this installment, we will travel (once again) to the very bowels of hell and back.  In a prior match up, we saw the devil himself fighting for each comic book company, but today we will take demon spawns and pit them in the arena.  By demons spawns of course, I mean that they are part demon and part human, or at least residing in the human world alongside us.  DC comics presents Etrigan, Marvel comics sends Ghost Rider, sCrypt Comics has Satan, Image is well known for Spawn, Dante springs to action for Capcom, Hellboy is presented by Darkhorse Comics, Scorpion teleports in for Midway, and IDW’s Ghostbusters series shows us Zuul.  Check out the contestants’ brief bios and vote in our poll below.  If you feel there is another good choice, then please ghost-rider-covercadd them to the list in the comments section and vote “other”.

Etrigan is a demon bound to the knight, Jason Blood.  Once the incantation is recited, then gone is the form of man, replaced by the demon Etrigan’s form.  The demon is forced to speak in rhyme and is under the will of Jason Blood, therefore working as a force for good.  Blood is a trained combatant, with an extraordinary sword wielding skill.  The Demon has enhanced strength and healing, is an expert in sorcery and mystic bolts, and has some telepathy in his arsenal of abilities.  Etrigan first appeared in DC Comics’ The Demon #1 in 1972.

There have been many Ghost Rider’s throughout history, and all have exhibited mostly the same abilities.  The demon Zarathos bonds himself to the soul of the next chosen rider.  The fallen angel is then willed by the soul of the new rider.  Once the chosen soul becomes ghost rider, their appearance changes into that of a flaming skeleton.  Using chains embued with hellfire, and the ability to manipulate hellfire, these are only his first line of defense.  The Penance stare is his deadliest ability which makes the victim of the stare feel the pain and sin that they’ve caused others.  The rider tends to ride a flaming motorcycle, but has elected other vehicles as well.  A Hellfire shotgun has been used as satan from "Devil's Dessert" - art by Sakura Joneswell, especially in the Johnny Blaze version.  In Dan Ketch’s role as the rider, he has the will to change whenever needed, but initially only came when innocent blood was spilled.  Ghost Rider first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Marvel Spotlight #5 in 1972.

Satan is thought by many to be THE devil, but he is only a general in his army.  He represents the demon of anger and hatred.  In his true form, he is very much the way people have perceived, but his secondary form is that of a human guise.  As this false human, he owns a tattoo parlor where his many piercings, filed teeth, and tattoos are intimidating to any normal passerby.  When Taylor Bryant, an ex-con with a violent past, gives in to his anger, he and Satan merge.  Now in the form of a large, African American man, Satan joins his brother and sister demons in order to pave way for the arrival of the true face of darkness.  Satan first appears in the 2013 novel, “Devil’s Dessert” by Rick Pipito.

Spawn

Because of his life as an assassin for the U.S. government, Al Simmons was sent to hell upon his death.  He made a deal with Malebogia (the devil) to come back and see his wife one last time.  The deal was not exactly what he expected.  Now a hell spawn, Simmons vows to destroy the legions of hell with all his might.  His body is made of necroplasm, which enables him enhanced abilities, strength and healing.  His cape, spikes and chains act as extensions of his body, and must replenish his dark energies by feeding on the dark energy of evil.  He frequently uses military grade weaponry so that he doesn’t drain his necroplasm too quickly.  There have been many Spawns through history, but none as prominent as Simmons.  Spawn first appeared in Image comics’ Malibu Sun #13 in 1992.

Dante was raised by his human mother after his demon father’s death.  Once his mother was killed, Dante vowed to hunt demons for the rest of his life.  His physical abilities far exceed that of a normal man’s, including flight, and he uses these enhanced traits alongside his dante“Ebony and Ivory” dual pistols that never need to be reloaded, as well other blades and firearms forged by his father.  Dante first appeared in Capcom’s Devil May Cry in 2001.

The offspring of a demon and a witch, Hellboy was raised by the United States Army and has lived as a force of good amongst humans since the second World War.  He works as an agent for a special group within the Bureau, and investigates paranormal activities.  Aside from superhuman strength, healing and endurance, he carries a utility belt of sorts with military weaponry, as well as his deformed, right hand of doom.  Hellboy first appeared in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 in 1993.

Ninja, Hanzo Hasashi, was murdered at the hands of his bitter rival, and brought back from the Netherrealm as one of the dead’s demons.  This revenant covers his skull face in his yellow ninja garb, and has not only kept his highly trained combat technique, but has also Hellboy 2gained the ability to conjure fire.  From the palm of his hand he can also project a sentient spear to pierce an enemy and drawn them to him.  Even death cannot keep Scorpion at bay.  He first appeared in Midway’s Mortal Kombat in 1992.

Zuul is a demon demigod known as the Gatekeeper to Gozer.  The demon takes control of Dana Barrett in an attempt to bring about the Destructor.  She has the ability to hover in midair, and once scorpiontransformed into the Hell Hound form, she has horns, claws and fangs, as well as other unknown abilities.  Zuul represents IDW comics, but first appeared in Ghostbusters the movie in 1984.

zuul_by_baron_von_jello-d4nfa33Cast your vote below (click on the link) for your favorite “demon among us”, and feel free to add your own.  Results coming in a few weeks.

Which demon reigns on Earth?

 

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Poll Results: Unpredictable Imps

mxyAn impossible battle that has finally gained results.  Thank you all for voting.  Marvel Comics’ Impossible man fall far behind, and lost, while a close second to him was Rumplestiltskin.  My own Djinn, from sCrypt Comics came in second place, but was out done by the superior magic of our favortie 5th dimensional imp… Mr. Mxyzptlk wins the poll for DC Comics.

Thanks again for voting, and stay tuned to our next comic book battle.


Poll: Unpredictable Imps

DC COmics Mr. MxyzptlkIt’s been awhile since we’ve done a comic book battle.  This time we bring in possibly the most difficult of battles yet.  DC Comics has Mr. Mxyzptlk, Marvel’s imp is Impossible Man.  Classics Illustrated Junior has properly portrayed Rumpelstiltskin.  And Finally, sCrypt Comics has Djinn.  Below is a brief description of each character.  Vote for your favorite below or add your own worthy competetor.

Mr. Mxyzptlk (pronounced Mix-yez-spit-lick according to Superman the Animated Series) is an imp from the 5th dimension, who enjoys pranking Superman and the residents of Earth.  He has the ability of reality manipulation, and is not bound by 3rd dimension rules.  Basically, he can do anything imagined.  His only known weakness is to get him to say his name backwards. impossible Man - Marvel Comics Once that is accomplished, he is banished to the 5th dimension for 90 days before being able to come back to our world and begin his pranks again.  He first appeared in Superman #30 in 1944.

Impossible Man has been at ends of the Fantastic Four as well as Silver Surfer and others over the years.  He is an asexual alien race called the poppupians, and although he is not particularly a villain, his childish actions often make him appear that way.  He has the ability to rearrange molecules to any way he wants, teleport, and shapeshift, giving him the nickname of Impossible man.  He first appeared in Fantastic Four #11 in 1963.

rumplestiltskin Classics Illustrated JuniorThere are many variations on the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but recent adaptations have described him as a dark lord that is able to spin gold from straw.  He has a tendency to make deals with people for something in exchange, but it always has a price.  The deals always work out to his advantage and not to the person making the deal with him.  He has virtually limitless magical abilities, and a wicked agenda.  His notable comic book appearance was in Classics Illustrated Junior #512 in 1967.

Finally, Djinn was an Arabian thief who was caught stealing from a King.  When the residents of Atlantis made a deal with the King, Djinn had his soul extracted and placed within a magical lamp.  The longer Djinn remains in the lamp, the greater his power becomes.  It is only when one rubs the lamp that he is temporarily released from his Djinn concept art for sCrypt Comics - Artist Kelly Swannconfines and must expend some of this energy.  He does so in the form of a wish, but the wish has unforseen consequences, and unless worded absolutely correctly to detail, something always goes unexpected.  Djinn first appeared in “Souls 4 Supper” the novel, and is illustrated by artist Kelly Swann in “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.”  (artwork above is the first concept art done by Kelly Swann in the coming graphic novel)

 

 


Poll results: True face of Darkness

sCrypt comics is happy to announce that its dark lord reigns over all.  Tehum is the true formless face of darkness according to your votes!  Coming in for second place is Malebogia from Image comics as well as Grendel from Darkhorse.  Not far behind them was Mephisto from Marvel.  DC got no love however for Lucifer Morningstar.   

Find out how truly dark Tehum is in my upcoming novel “Devil’s Dessert”, coming spring 2013.  Thanks again for voting, and stay tuned for our next battle.


Poll: True face of Darkness

LuciferIt is often unclear in comic books as to whether a dark entity is the true face of the devil or not.  Now you can decide who would be the most appropriate ruler of Hell.  Here are your contestants:  Lucifer Morningstar rules in DC Comics, Mephisto deceives in Marvel Comics, Tehum is pure darkness in sCrypt comics universe, and Malebolgia threatens in Image comics.

Remember to cast your vote below, and if you feel that there is a better representative from another comic source, then by all means answer “other” and explain your choice.

Lucifer Morningstar is a fallen angel who left hell at one point to have influence on earth’s mortals.  He often gives a person enough information to allow them to make a bad choice that will eventually send them to hell.  He is immortal, knows everything, has acidic blood, super strength, flight abilities, can communicate with animals and super speed.  His first appearance was in a dream in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #65 in 1962.

Mephisto is known by many names.  He is the ultimate deal maker, offering virtually limitless possibilities to one Mephistowho would be tempted.  He deals always come with a price however.  Tangling with the most powerful entities in the universe, Mephisto lurks from the depths of hell only coming to earth when he sees fit.  He knows magic, is immortal, & has unfathomable intelligence and physical abilities.  His first appearance was in Silver Surfer #3 in 1968.

Tehum was created as light’s brother.  He is pure, formless darkness (hence why there is no picture).  As the ruler of dark, his demons strayed from the light with the belief that humans were mere toys for their godly amusement.  Forbidden to physically come to earth, he lurked from the shadows having influence over all.  That is until the day came when he was able to bring his legions to one final battle with the forces of light on earth.  He is virtually immortal, and without form, his malebolgiadarkness can influence anything or anyone.  His first appearance will be in “Devil’s Dessert” the novel in 2013.

Malebolgia is one of the many rulers of hell.  Responsible for creating much of Hell’s army of hellspawns, Malebolgia is respected and feared as the most powerful of rulers.  He can raise the dead, manipulate matter, has near limitless abilities in the 8th level of hell, can cast illusions and is a master of manipulation with high recuperative powers.  Malebolgia first appeared in Spawn #1 in 1992.

So there are my choices for contestants.  Please vote below and add your own choice if you feel they’d be placed well in this comic book face off.


Poll: The Most Shocking

200px-Elle_Bishop_-_Going_PostalThe next round of our comic book battles is upon us. Black Lightning zaps in for DC Comics, Electro shocks the Marvel Comic world, Herakles brings his Zeus bolt in the sCrypt Comics universe, The god Raiden thunders into the battle for Midway, and Elle Bishop stuns the Heroes universe of webcomics.

If you are new to our battles, it is simple. All you have to do is check out the info provided for each character (we encourage you to look further into each one as well) and then cast your vote at the poll below for who you believe will win this fight. If you believe that another character should be included, we put an “other” vote in there. You can check that and add a comment to let us know who you think should be in there. Here we go:

black lightningJefferson Pierce is a key player in the DC universe. He was born with electrical abilities that (once he reached teenage years) enabled him to generate force fields, fly, and emit powerful electrical currents. Coupled with his skilled martial arts abilities, he fights for the side of good as “Black Lightning.” His first appearance was in Black Lightning #1 in 1977

Maxwell Dillon was repairing a power line when a freak accident mutated his dna. Suddenly, he was able to fly, control, and emit electricity. As the villain Electro, Dillon has proved to be a threat time and again in the Marvel Universe. His first appearance was in The Amazing Spiderman #9 in 1964.

Before the Greeks took pride in their Mythology, a man named Herakles (no picture available) was considered the strongest willed of the land. His bravery and natural ability to overcome normal human limitations made him a force with which to be reckoned. When his father, Zeus, presented him with a special rod, Herakles used the Zeus bolt to capture lightning from the sky and char his dark brother’s abominations. Herakles and his Zeus Bolt first appeared in “Bones At Breakfast” the novel in 2011. electro

As the protector of Earthrealm, the god of thunder, Raiden even gave up his immortality to become a contender in the Mortal Kombat Tournament. His abilities enable him to summon lightning, use the loud effects of thunder, and teleport in the form of electricity. His first appearance was in Mortal Kombat the video game in 1992, and later appeared in Midway comics.

raiden_by_atomhawk-d3eflprElle Bishop made her way into webcomics after debuting in the show, Heroes. She has the ability to generate electricity and use it down to a molecular level. Often giving in to her emotions, Elle is not someone to be taken lightly. Her first appearance was in the show Heroes in 2007.

So there you have it. Who do you believe would come out victorious in this struggle?


Poll: Master of The Dirt

Sandman - Marvel ComicsFor our first comic book battle poll of 2013, I figured we’d be a little more down to earth (see what I did there?).  Like all of our battles, we encourage you to vote at the bottom.  The results of the vote will determine our victor.  If you feel there is some other character that would fit in this fight, then by all means, click “other” and mention who your vote is for.

Now to get to it.  For Marvel Comics, Sandman steps forward.  DC has Clayface in their corner.  sCrypt Comics brings Barbas to the fight.  And Midway makes Tremor step forth.  This battle will determine which comic book company has the superior king of the earth.

William Baker, aka Flint Marko, was exposed to irradiated sand in a nuclear testing facility as he escaped from prison.  The result gave him a body that fused with sand.  This gave him the ability clayface - DC Comicsto change shape, control the sand around him, Manipulate his mass and density and enhanced his strength and endurance.  Sandman first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #4 in 1963.

Next up is Clayface.  Though there have been various clayfaces throughout the comics, for this battle we are going to use the Matt Hagen version.  Hagen was a treasure hunter who stumbled upon a pool of protoplasm, which gave him temporary abilities.  Later replicating the process to be more permanent.  This has given him a body composed of living mud with the ability to change shape, manipulate and divide his body, and shift his voice.  The original (Karlo) Clayface first appeared in Detective Comics #40 in 1940, while Hagen’s version came later in Barbas - sCrypt Comics art by TJBDetective Comics #298 in 1961.

Barbas is a being from a time before mankind, when angels and demons ruled the planet.  As the demon of Pestilence, Barbas has the ability to raise the dead from the earth, and replace lost body parts with those of others.  The demon can command the earth to shape at will, and uses its minerals to help mend any lost or damage body.  Barbas first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” (The novel) in 2010, while in graphic novel form first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers: Zombie Incidents” in 2010.

Tremor may not be well known outside of the Mortal Kombat universe of comics and games, but he is a Tremorheavy contender as well.  As a member of the Black Dragon Clan, this ninja has a muscle mass that many believe is because of his hardened abilities.  He can create earthquakes, channel rocks through him as a projectile, and even summon magma to emit fireballs.  Tremor first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces in 2000.

Well, there you have it.  The masters of earth control have spoken.  Which is your favorite in this battle?  Which do you belive would win?  Cast your vote below, and stay tuned for the results in a couple of weeks.


Poll Results: Deadliest Immortal

Apocalypse---X-Men-psd35707The Age of Apocalypse is upon us, and how more appropriate as the Mayan calendar ends in just under two weeks.  In a battle of immortals, DC’s Vandal Savage, and Dynamite Entertainment’s version of the Highlander didn’t stand a chance against the final two foes.  sCrypt’s own Cain was neck and neck with Marvel’s Apocalypse, but in the end, the spirit form of Cain could not compete with his enemy’s immortality.  Perhaps a rematch would be in the future, if Cain ever makes it back from the spirit realm.  Only time will tell.

Thanks again for voting.  Stay tuned for more of our fun comic book battles.


Poll: Deadliest Immortal

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a comic book battle, so here is the next installment.  Throughout time, some immortals have threatened the universe, while others have fought to protect it.  In DC comics, the villain Vandal Savage, has gone up against the best and won.  Marvel Comics has shown that Apocalypse works to ensure survival of the fittest.  Dynamite Entertainment published a limited series based on the Highlander series and films, and brings Duncan MacLeod to cut off any immortal’s head that stands in hi s way.  Finally, sCrypt Comics antagonist Cain has been wreaking havoc ever since killing his brother Abel long ago.  Below will be a brief description of each, followed by the poll.  Cast your vote, or click other and add your own choice for immortal.

The Marvel Comics universe is threatened by the oldest mutant on the planet.  Born with gray skin and blue lips over 5,000 years ago, En Sabah Nur was abandoned by his parents and raised by ruthless generals.  As he rose up through the ranks, he eventually came into possession of a suit created by Kang the Conquerer’s race.  He has lived for millenia, died, and been brought back on numerous occasions.  Feared by most who oppose his rule of survival of the fittest, he has become known as Apocalypse.  He can alter his molecular structure in any way, shape, or size, and can generate energy and manipulate his own density.  He is virtually unstoppable and immortal.  Apocalypse first appeared in X-Factor #6 in July 1986.

A lowly Caveman was exposed to a meteor during the prehistoric era.  Immediately gaining a genius level intellect, enhanced physical abilities, and immortality, he used these abilities to school himself in all forms of warfare and combat.  For over 50,000 years Vandal Savage has sought to conquer the DC Comics earth.  It is assumed that he was in fact key people throughout history including but not limited to Jack the Ripper, Julius Cesar, and Genghis Kahn.  Vandal Savage first appeared in Green Lantern Vol 1 #10 in 1943.

Dynamite Entertainment brought the famed series Highlander to the comics.  Duncan MacLeod has been revealed as the immortal who will be the only one.  His clan of MacLeods have been around for centuries, but he is the one who is to rise to the top.  By beheading other immortals, he gains their knowledge and abilities through the Quickening.  Any immortal who has stood against him has eventually failed, and lost their heads.  He can only die by having his own head removed, and finding someone capable of doing that has so far been impossible.  Highlander comics first appeared in November 2007.

A major antagonist in the sCrypt Comics universe is known mainly for his roles in the novels.  Cain was first born of Adam and Eve, and the first person to commit murder.  For his wrongdoing, he had the mark of immortality placed upon him.  For millenia he lived as a vampire, eventually graduated to a new form as a lycan lord, and after his body was disintegrated in a nuclear explosion, his soul remained behind as a wraith.  By devouring other lost souls, he eventually gained enough power to interact with the physical realm, and through body possession was able to open a gateway to heaven and hell.  There, he seeks out one thing…  His will is to exact revenge for his immortal curse by killing the One True God.  Cain first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel in 2010, and his first comic book appearance was in “Blood The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire” in 2011.

There you have it folks, cast your vote for who you believe would win in a battle among these immortals.  Or if you have another choice to add, please feel free.  Spread the word, and thanks for participating!

 


Capitol Punishment Battle Poll

One of my favorite comic book characters when I was growing up was an anti-hero.  He was a good guy, who did bad things, so that the guilty could be punished.  Sure, most of us are familiar with Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies or Liam Neeson in Taken.  These are characters who push the boundaries, cross the line, and serve justice the way the judicial system won’t.  Though I’d love to have the two mentioned above in this poll, this is a comic book battle, but don’t worry, there are plenty of contestants: The Punisher (Marvel Comics), The Red Hood (DC Comics), Judge Dredd (2000 AD Comics), Eric “The Crow” Draven (Image Comics), Sin City’s Hartigan (Darkhorse Comics), Jack Bauer (IDW Publishing), and of course my favorite of them all… Johnny Chong (sCrypt Comics).

Who do you think is the most likely to win this battle royale?  Place your vote below or add your own to the poll.  Need help deciding?  Here’s a breakdown of each character:

For Marvel Comics:  Frank Castle (Castiglione) was a veteran family man, but when his wife and child were murdered by the mob, he took his combat and field expertise into a new battle… “The War On Crime.”  Since then, he has moved from city to city, vowing to bring justice to those who are unjust, in an eye for an eye manner.  Those who are responsible for deaths of others will be found and killed by The Punisher’s hand.  He is highly skilled in hand to hand and weapon combat, is an expert marksman and military tactician, Has an exceptionally high pain tolerance, and is in peak physical condition.  He has also held his own in toe to toe battles with a few superpowered individuals.  The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spiderman #129 (in 1974).

DC Comics: Jason Todd took over the mantle of Robin once Dick Grayson became Nightwing.  After the Joker killed this new Robin, Todd emerged years later.  Angry that vengeance hadn’t been sought out against the Joker for killing him, Todd began travelling the world as Bruce Wayne had.  He trained in many forms of martial arts, and came back under the persona of The Red Hood.  The difference between him and Batman is one thing… He uses guns and kills those whom he feels are no longer worthy of life because of their guilty acts.  The Red Hood has fought not only Batman and many of his rogues, but gone up against the odds and come out victorious.  Jason Todd first appeared in 1983, but didn’t become the Red Hood until 2005 in Batman #635.

2000 AD Comics: Judge Joseph Dredd comes from a future, where crime is rampant.  There are no longer police, judges or juries.  Instead, a group called Judges, consist of the law enforcement and serve the purpose of judge, jury and executioners.  Joseph Dredd is the most well known of all the judges because of his effectiveness and decision making.  Armed with a daystick, his Lawgiver pistol, and a large lawmaster motorbike, criminals should cower in fear and hide if he is coming their way.  He is an excellent marksman, has bionic eyes that give him perfect nightvision, and is an expert in unarmed combat.  Judge Dredd first appeared in 1977 in 2000 A.D. #2

Image Comics: Eric Draven and his fiance were murdered unjustly alongside a highway.  A supernatural spirit known as the Crow ressurrected him because of his unjust murder and has vowed him to find those killers and wrongdoers, and show them true justice.  He has enhanced catlike reflexes with superstrength and agility, a healing factor, resistance to pain or injury, and can see through the spiritual eyes of the crow.  The Crow first appeared in Caliber Presents #1 in 1989.

Darkhorse Comics: Detective John Hartigan is a sixty something year old veteran officer in Basin city.  He is able of withstanding immense amounts of pain before collapsing, including bullet wounds, and cares little for himself as he protects the innocent.  Hartigan tends to let murderers and harsh criminals suffer a lot of pain before dying.  John Hartigan first appeared in That Yellow Bastard in 1996.

IDW Publishing: Jack Bauer has worked as a government official for CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit).  Often known to break the rules and push way beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, he will do whatever it takes to take down the bad guys.  His interrogation techniques are effective, but considered heinous by some, as he will stop at nothing to get the truth.  Terrorists and criminals intent on destroying the United States or harming the innocent, do not want to be in his path.  He is highly trained with firearms and hand to hand combat, and has an unusually high pain tollerance.  Jack Bauer first appeared in the show 24, in 2001, and since then has been brought to comic book form by IDW.

sCrypt Comics: Johnny Chong was the owner of a gunshop in Jim Thorpe, PA until a virus killed most of the residents of the town.  After taking on hundreds of zombies, vampires, and even coming face to face with werewolves, he

 

decided to travel to China.  There, he trained under the Shaolin Monks to be able to use his body and mind as a weapon, in addition to his vast knowledge of firearms.  Having watched the woman he once loved murdered by a few thugs, he vowed to never let anyone he loved die by those likes again.  Johnny Chong although not yet in comic book form, is a prominent character in the sCrypt Comics universe.  He first appeared in “Flesh And Leftovers” the novel in 2010.

 

So, there’s the info, folks.  Vote below for your choice in who would win in an epic battle royale.  If you think there is someone else that should be added to this fight, feel free to comment and

vote for “other”.  Spread the word, and remember, the more votes, the better.

 

 

-Thanks again for the participation (sCrypt Comics)