We thought it was about time our loyal Geeklings got to know the Geek Trench staff a bit better. From what you have already discerned through our posts you probably have a pretty good picture of us. Morally depraved geeks with an insatiable lust for all things geeky, and a burning desire to make others geek-out along with us. Yup, that about sums it up.
But what if you could get to know us better, closer…deeper! Well then this whole thing would just end up with damaged psyches and restraining orders. So instead we’ve decided to launch an ongoing series of posts where the staff gives their opinions on a variety of subjects. The inaugural post? What is our favorite comic book? It is comic book day after all!
If I had to pick one comic book that I would hold above all of the rest it would have to be Spider-Man Unlimited #1 simply because it is the first installment of what I consider to be the best saga in the entire Marvel comic book universe, Maximum Carnage.
The book starts off at Ravencroft Asylum where the psycho Cletus Kasady is being held and studied by doctors to find out what the Carnage Symbiote is exactly. But of course one of the doctors mistakenly “wakes up” Carnage from within Kasady and he then kills every guard in sight.
While mourning the death of the best friend (and enemy) Harry Osborn, Peter Parker decides to take a break from playing Spider-Man for a while. But that does not last long when he learns that both Carnage and Shriek have come to New York to kill him and Venom. And this is when the story opens up and the Maximum Carnage saga begins. Over the next 13 installments of the saga, there are seamless superhero cross-overs, amazing battles, riveting twists and turns. It is, in my opinion, one of the best comic stories ever told, and Spider-Man Unlimited #1 was the perfect way to kick it all off.
My favorite comic book would have to be, Trencher #1. There were only 4 issues of Trencher, it just ended after issue 4, but the story is picked up in the series Images of Shawdowhawk #1-#3. This book is strange, the art is crazy and the dialogue is, well it functions on a different level at times. I mean it takes six pages to introduce the main character and he is the only one you meet in the first six pages.
This book follows the adventures of Gideon, a Trencher. He is sort of a zombie, not really a hero, just a misplaced Sapien 2000 unit operating as a re-possession agent. He has an assistant in his head named Phoebe; she’s voice that acts as a guide providing information on targets and other intelligence. Gideon falls from the sky landing in Miami. He is greeted by The Nasal Python, who has the ability to use his nose hairs as appendages. The battle that ensues is violent and contains gratuitous collateral damage. But Gideon gets the upper hand and rips The Nasal Python’s skull, spine and pelvis out in one shot. Then Gideon robs his corpse against the protests of Phoebe. After this battle rest is not needed by the Sapien 2000 unit, but is required by Gideon. After a few sexual innuendos, a target update from Phoebe, some grand theft auto, a small explosion at a gas station, robbery, a night cap at a bar, a few days in Vegas, and a fiery car crash. Gideon arrives in the city that his next target lives in, Detroit. The target turns out to be an old lady that seems to know a little too much about Gideon’s true origins. Turns out he has been duped by The Hurler! Book #2 picks up from here.
Needless to say, I really enjoy the characters that are in this little comic series. I love that the main character takes massive amounts of damage in every fight and keeps coming back for more. I mean there are four different possessed Elvis characters and they pay homage to Superman. This series is strange and I like it!
Lobo, Bounty Hunting for Fun and Profit. Printed in 1995 by DC comics, it’s a one-shot comic book with no follow-on stories. Lobo reaches through the 4th wall and drags in a potential bounty hunter (at random). The thin, squeamish, milquetoast man elected to follow in Lobo’s footsteps is subjected to extreme danger, grievous bodily harm, and intense humiliation during his journey to find his persona as an elite and successful bounty hunter.
It’s absolutely hilarious! I’ve read it over a dozen times throughout the years. Les (the young man whom Lobo takes under his wing) is at first very excited at the prospect of Bounty Hunting (for Fun and Profit). However he quickly realizes he hasn’t got the stuff. He lacks the killer attitude and snap judgment that makes Lobo and effective and chilling hunter. He has absolutely no confidence, displayed by his need to tap a target on the shoulder and ask if he’ll come along quietly (leading up to a horrible beating). And most importantly, he has an extremely low threshold for pain, and can’t seem to keep all his teeth in his head.
None of this fazes Lobo however, as he continues to dragoon Les deeper and deeper into the realm of Bounty Hunting. You get the impression that Lobo knows where this is going right from the beginning and simply doesn’t care. It ends just as you think it should, poorly for Les, and with Lobo not caring a whit for his young student. Apparently it takes a lot to follow in Lobo’s shoes, or rather, boots!
My favorite comic book is The Death of Superman. Growing up I really loved the Man of Steel. I watched all the old cartoons, loved the Christopher Reeves movies, and read a bunch of comic books during the 80s and 90s. So when word got around that they were going to kill Superman, needless to say, I was intrigued.
Forget asking why they would kill Superman, I was far more interested in how they would do it. I never read the individual issues of his death, but I did get the trade paperback the day it came out. From the way it starts, with the mysterious “thing” in the green suit with its arm tied behind its back, to the growing threat throughout the story, to the eventual climactic battle between Doomsday and Superman, it was a fantastic read. I’ll never forget when Doomsday slices Superman with one of the bone protrusions on his knee. Seeing Superman cut and bleeding was almost traumatizing!
Superman’s death was such a monumental event. Of all the superheroes, Superman was always the least likely to die, and I think they treated it perfectly. You really got a sense of how powerful Doomsday was as he rampaged and slaughtered his way all over the place until he finally kills Superman in the heart of Metropolis. I’m not sure if there will ever be a comic book event as big as Superman’s death, and the whole story is still a great read today!