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A forever in-work compendium of Marvel and DC canon immigrants. What's a canon immigrant? Go here to find out!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Character Spotlight: Dreadmon (IDW)

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: Dreadmon!

I've spotlighted Dreadmon before, but it only sort of counted because he was seen in what was clearly meant to be an alternate reality representing the animated universe. This time it's a true blue canon immigrant.

Dreadmon, in case you didn't click through earlier, Dreadmon first appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #15 (September 1990). Despite going on to become a Mutanimal, he's not actually a mutant. He was turned into a wolf creature by a magical talisman.


Dreadmon later debuted in IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #11 (June 2017). This Dreadmon is a jackal-mutant who grew up as a child soldier in the Congo. The Gang of Four is sent to collect him, but offers him the option of joining their team (and being made a cyborg in the process) instead of whatever other fate awaits him. He declines. Later the Mutanimals offer him a spot on their team, but he declines them too because he's tired of being a soldier.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Team Spotlight: Legion of Doo—er...Fun??

This is one I've been waiting on for a long time, and although it's not quite what I had in mind, it's still really cool.

The current Superman storyline involves Bizarro and Bizarro Earth, and as such, introduces several new Bizarro characters we've never seen before, incluidng Boyzarro (a Bizarro Superboy). The Bizarro Justice League has gone missing, and in Superman #43 (March 2018), we learn that they've been kidnapped by the Legion of Fun.


The Legion of Fun is, of course, a bizarro version of the Legion of Doom, a collection of supervillains that first appeared in the premiere episode of Challenge of the Superfriends (September 1978) and were the main antagonists for that season.


Interestingly, although the Legion of Doom appears here under a (slightly) different name, the name has appeared before with a different roster!


It first appeared in Extreme Justice #17 and #18 (June/July 1996). A separate team using the name appeared in Teen Titans #98 and #99 (July and August 2011), and a third team was the focus of Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1-3 (June-August 2011), but all three teams simply used the name; their line-ups did not reflect the Super Friends roster at all. This is the first time the group as it appeared in the show - minus one or two characters - has appeared in comics.

Well...that's not completely true. In the interest of completion, I should note that the Legion of Doom appeared - with a greatly expanded team - in Alex Ross's Justice miniseries (2005). However, that story was outside continuity.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Team Spotlight: Gang of Four

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: the Gang of Four!


This is an exciting one because they're actually a DOUBLE canon immigrant. The Gang of Four as they originally appeared are a group of cyborgs named Waster, Fist, Lynch, and Dead Eye that work for Null. Specifically, they're reanimated corpses augmented with mechanical parts. They first appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #48 (September 1993), but three of them were created for a Mutanimals animated series that never happened, although they had different names. Waster was called Executor:

Lynch was called Gunskull:


And Deadeye was called Guzzler:


They're pretty silly characters, but they are notable for one thing: killing the Mutanimals.

Which makes it pretty ominous that they - or a version of them - appeared in a Mutanimals-focused story in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #11 (June 2017).


As you can see, they're quite different. Although they have the same names (although Deadeye has been renamed Dead Aim) - and in fact that's the only way we know they're the same characters since they don't call themselves the Gang of Four - they are now cyborg werewolves. But they still work for Null.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Character Spotlight: Stalker (Prime Earth)

I was all set to talk about how much I've mentioned Stalker in the past and how that's because there are like three different versions of the Batman Beyond universe, but when I went to get the links, I discovered that I've only mentioned him once! And he didn't even appear, he was just mentioned in dialogue!

But that was New Earth, pre-New 52/Rebirth Batman Beyond. This is about Prime Earth, post-New 52/Rebirth Batman Beyond.

Stalker first appeared in the Batman Beyond episode "Bloodsport" (1999). Let's get this out of the way: Stalker is just Kraven the Hunter. Most of the new villains in Batman Beyond are basically just Spider-Man villains, but Stalker is probably the closest to his inspiration. Even the plot of the episode - Stalker decides to hunt Batman because he doesn't feel any other prey is worthy anymore - is pretty much any Kraven story.


He recently made his comics debut in Batman Beyond #15 (December 2017). He was hired by a mysterious benefactor to capture Batman. In this appearance he's a cyborg, but that's related to some rather unfortunate backstory involving Brother Eye from the event Future's End that I wish didn't exist but whatever, this is where we are.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Character Spotlight: Manmoth

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: Manmoth!

Manmoth first appeared in TMNT Meet Archie #1 (1991) as a caveman who was found frozen in a block of ice by the Shredder. He performed an experiment that accidentally combined the DNA of the caveman with the DNA from the mammoth pelt he was wearing, turning him into Manmoth. He later appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #41 (February 1993), which takes place a couple months later.


In IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 (June 2017), Manmoth is introduced as a member of the Pantheon, a family of deities that reign over animals. We talked about his sister, Jagwar, two weeks ago.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Team Spotlight: Royal Flush Gang (Prime Earth)

I've featured the Royal Flush Gang on the blog before. Twice, actually. In one instance, it was a completely different Royal Flush Gang from a completely different source. The other one was a Royal Flush Gang with the same origin as this one, but on a different Earth with an entirely different roster.

See, that's the thing about the Royal Flush Gang. As long as they have an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten, they can pretty much be whatever. If you click that first link above, you'll see a wide variety of Royal Flush Gang teams.

Batman Beyond's Royal Flush Gang first appeared in the episode "Dead Man's Hand" (1999). They were a family of thieves (Ace is an android), and Ten, aka Melanie Walker, developed a mutual attraction with Batman and eventually left the team.


By the time they appear in Batman Beyond #14 (November 2017), the team is down to just Ace, King, and Jack, and Jack is a new member.


The original team is seen in flashback the next month in Batman Beyond #15 (December 2017).


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Character Spotlight: Jagwar (IDW)

The current run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics by IDW is trying to more or less be the definitive TMNT story by synthesizing all the Ninja Turtles media that came before it. As such, that means it has had a ton of canon immigrants and will continue to have many more.

This week: Jagwar!


I've talked about Jagwar before on this blog, so you can go there to read more about him (short version: he was an unproduced toy idea that was included in the animated spin-off comic), but it was a little different. In that instance, he only appeared in an alternate reality that represented the animated universe, so he was only technically a canon immigrant. But he is now an official, full-fledged canon immigrant.

In IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #71 (June 2017), Jagwar appears - as a female this time. Instead of being a Mutanimal, she's a member of the Pantheon, a family of mostly-animalistic gods.