Tom Spurgeon started it all with Greetings From the Land of Beatings: Five Superhero Fights I Like. Chris Mautner at Robot 6 followed up with Six Great Non-Superhero Fights. So naturally, like the homer I am, I asked myself: “Where are the greatest webcomic fights?”
The answer, of course, is that webcomics are well known for snarking on video games and spurring internet memes, but perhaps not so well known for action sequences. But there are some pretty goods ones. Leave it up to me to provide an answer to a question no one was asking in the most trivial way possible.
5.) Mr. Blank vs. Mr. Black, Sam & Fuzzy
The rivalry between the costumed Mr. Black and Mr. Blank plays throughout the entire “Noosehead” story. We learn about their previous friendship and how their life decisions caused them to take opposite sides in the conflict over who gets leadership of the Ninja Mafia. It even sucks in the main characters, who have to decide whose side they’re on. So when they come to blows, it only makes sense that it ends up being a battle royale with everyone in the cast, including Gertrude the ninja girl and the perpetually fearful Sam.
4.) Dr. McNinja vs. a horde of ninjas, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
One of the earliest of the Dr. McNinja fights, and one of the best comes from “D.A.R.E. To Resist Ninja Drugs and Ninja Violence.” Dr. McNinja is off to rescue his father and his young ward, Gordito, and he has to hack his way through a horde of ninjas. On the way, you get the usual silly touches like chainsaw nunchucks and butt punches. I mean, this is Dr. McNinja, after all. But it’s still an incredibly solid action sequence from beginning to end.
Joe Casey’s Officer Downe (Left), Axe Cop and Dr. McNinja (Center), and Beachhead from G.I. Joe (Right)
So everyone, it seems, is going wild over the prospective Axe Cop/Dr. McNinja crossover. You know what? It works. The former is an innocent take on random adventures, and the latter is more self-conscious. But they deserve each other, and I imagine that the crossover will work, more or less. It will definitely, by default, be better than the Spawn/Batman crossover. Plus the Snakes on a Plane-like logo is money in the bank.
Plus, the discussion on the Something Awful forums led to talk about favorite collaborations, which led me to Lizzy, the epic tale of love, magic, and centaurs created by Emmy C. and Anthony “Nedroid” Clark.
Best of luck to Malachai Nicolle and Chris Hastings. You’re going to need it to top this gem.
I’m back from Thanksgiving break, and I must say the travel was surprising light. My fiancée strongly insisted that we arrive at the airport a full two hours before departure, which is normally a good policy during holidays, yet we discovered that we breezed through the security gates in typically fifteen minutes or less. Bizarro.
Followers of the “Webcomic Overlook” from my Rooktopia site may be a little miffed (but probably not) that I’m not reviewing a strip (Thinkin’ Lincoln) that I had originally scheduled for #21. There’s a simple reason: I’m still about 80 strips away from finishing it. Barring distraction via “shiny object,” it’ll be up for The Webcomic Overlook #22.
Instead, I’ll be reviewing a webcomic that has the good fortune of possessing one of the world’s most alluring titles. Have you ever fell in love with something simply because of its name? You may know absolutely nothing about the subject in question, yet the name itself carried such an intriguing aura that it’s impossible to resist. I for example, am the proud owner of an Albuquerque Isotopes T-shirt. I know absolutely nothing about the minor league baseball team except that it’s name comes from a Simpsons episode. Lyrical, original, and odd names are primarily to blame with my obsessions with Zooey Deschanel; Marky Mark Wahlberg; Amy Winehouse; Calvin “Megatron” Johnson; Stone Temple Pilots; the word “Fergalicious”; The Great Muta; Ukiah, CA; The People’s Elbow; and the movie Live Free Or Die Hard. (And, don’t tell anyone, but I bought a house in my current hometown because the town itself had such a kickass name.)
Which brings us to the title of today’s Webcomic Overlook. How could anyone go wrong with a webcomic called The Adventures of Dr. McNinja? Judges, give this title a trophy made of pure awesome!