Stephen King Joins the #SaveManifest Movement | CBR

The fan movement to try to bring Manifest back from the dead (just like the passengers on the mysterious Flight Montego Air Flight 828 at the heart of the series, who disappeared one night flying back to New York from Jamaica and reappeared five years later, with no one on the flight having aged a day) has gained an important ally, as horror legend Stephen King has thrown his support behind the #SaveManifest social media movement.

The push to possibly bring Manifest back from cancelation is one of the more unusual cases of a canceled TV show getting a second life, because Manifest‘s cancellation came at a particularly strange time in the life of the series, right when it was the hottest TV series on the popular Netflix streaming service.

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King routinely makes recommendations of films and television series to his more than six million followers on Twitter, and support from one of the most famous horror writers of all-time is certainly welcomed by anyone.

Manifest had decent ratings on NBC, but not so good that it was a clear cut renewal choice for Season 4. Creator Jeff Rake had a plan for six seasons of the series, but he is now unable to finish the story as he had it originally planned. The show was really done in by a tricky case of streaming rights.

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You see, Manifest is one of the most popular shows on Netflix (it is still in the Top 10 on the site and was at the very top spot for nearly a month), so streaming success would normally be good news for a TV series, but the problem is that while Manifest is owned by NBC, its streaming rights were with Netflix. Of course, since the show started, NBC launched its own streaming service called Peacock. Under normal circumstances, NBC would just move Manifest to their streaming service, like it did for A.P. Bio. However, since it is contracted to Neflix, that could not occur.

Instead, if it were to continue, it would have to be with Netflix getting involved in renewing the show, and the money involved in licensing a network show are a lot different from the money involved in producing a show themselves. So Netflix passed on Season 4 of Manifest.

However, the Law & Order spinoff that NBC planned to replace Manifest with on the Fall schedule has been canceled, giving Manifest new life, and perhaps Stephen King’s support can join other fans in convincing NBC to give the show another chance.

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The horror legend Stephen King has joined the fan movement to help get Manifest a fourth season after it was seemingly cancelled for good.


Harley Quinn Star Kaley Cuoco Hypes the Show's New Tie-in Comic

Kaley Cuoco — who stars as the eponymous anti-hero of HBO Max’s Harley Quinn animated series — is encouraging fans to support their local comic book shop and pick up the show’s new digital-first tie-in comic, Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour.

On her Instagram story, Cuoco shared a photo of herself reading an advance physical copy of The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #1. Physical copies of the issue are currently slated to hit comic shops on Tuesday, Sept. 14. However, the comic is also available digitally right now through DC Universe Infinite — which is fitting, seeing as how the Harley Quinn animated series was originally a DC Universe exclusive before jumping ship to HBO Max. The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour will run for a total of six issues.

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“Harls/Ivy fans, peeling out of S2 is the Harley Quinn: The Animated Series – The Eat, Bang! Kill Tour comic,” Cuoco wrote. “[I]t’s got action, romance and everything in between,” the Big Bang Theory alum continued. “[P]ick up issue #1 at [your] local comic shop or DCUI subscribers can read it digitally today!”

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour is set after Harley Quinn Season 2, and before the upcoming Season 3. It finds Harley and her new girlfriend, Poison Ivy, on a road trip following the events of the explosive Season 2 finale, which saw Harley and Ivy ride off into the sunset after Ivy and Kite Man’s wedding fell through.

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Starring Cuoco as Harley and Lake Bell as Ivy, Harley Quinn originally hit DC Universe in November of 2019, with Season 2 arriving in April of 2020. Amid the restructuring of DC Universe, both seasons were added to HBO Max in August of 2020. The following month, it was confirmed that Harley Quinn would return for Season 3 as an HBO Max exclusive. Harley Quinn Season 3 is expected to arrive on HBO Max either late this year or early next year, though still lacks an official premiere date at this time.

Written by Tee Franklin and illustrated by Max Sarin, Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #1 goes on sale in print Sept. 14 from DC Comics. The issue is currently available digitally for DC Universe Infinite subscribers.

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Harley Quinn star Kaley Cuoco encourages fans to support their local comic shop and pick up the animated series' new tie-in comic book.


The Most Surprising Best Friends In Comics | CBR

Friendship is very important and that’s as true in comics as it is anywhere else. Sometimes, two heroes work together and it just feels right. They were meant to be friends and no one is surprised by the fact that they are. However, there are other times when two characters are completely different and should not get along at all, but their friend bond is pretty much unbreakable.

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Comics are full of friendships that just shouldn’t work out at all, and yet they do. In fact, they actually work in spite of their differences, proving opposites sometimes do indeed attract.

10 Superman & Batman’s Friendship Is Still Surprising Despite How Established It Is

By now, the fact that Superman and Batman are best friends isn’t weird but that’s mostly because people are used to it. They’re the World’s Finest team and all that, two of the leaders of the DC Universe, and they’re friends. It feels natural. However, natural doesn’t mean something always makes sense and the friendship between the two is always surprising.

They are just two completely different people and the fact that they don’t completely hate each other speaks to the kind of people they are. They’ve learned to work well together and have become friendship goals, but it’s always kind of weird no matter what.

9 The Fact That Captain America & Iron Man Are Still Friends Is Mind-Boggling

Captain America is one of the most inspiring heroes of them all and there’s a lot of reasons for that. One of them is his capacity for forgiveness; it helped him make friends and Avengers of former villains like Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch. It’s also helped him stay friends with a man who personally did a lot worse to him: Iron Man.

During Civil War, Iron Man did terrible things to win, including beating Cap almost to death. Their friendship was always a bit improbable— tech oligarchs and men of the people don’t usually mix— but the fact that it’s still ongoing after Civil War speaks a lot to Captain America’s character in particular.

8 Hawkman & The Atom Are A Pretty Odd Couple

Hawkman has a reputation in the DC Universe as one of the toughest— and most complicated— heroes around. The Atom, on the other hand, is known for being the bookish dude who gets lost exploring in the Subatomic Realm for years at a time. Somehow, though, these two very different men make their friendship work.

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While they have very few interests in common, they are both men of knowledge. Hawkman knows history because he’s experienced it and the Atom is all about the physics, and they work very well together. Their friendship has been through a lot and yet it remains strong.

7 The Thing & The Human Torch Are So Close They’re Basically Family

The Fantastic Four is known as the First Family of the Marvel Universe, so that would make the Thing and the Human Torch the squabbling brothers. However, family members often have a little something in common, but these two don’t at all. The Thing was raised on Yancy Street, brawling his way through life, while Human Torch is basically the ultimate party boy. As such, the two butt heads constantly.

However, that doesn’t stop them from being the best of friends. They verbally spar with each other constantly— Johnny enjoys pranking and needling the Thing, and the Thing threatens violence— but that doesn’t stop the two of them from watching each other’s backs and working together. Sure, they fight like brothers but they’re allowed; anyone else should beware.

6 Damian Wayne & Jon Kent Get Along Better Than Anyone Could’ve Imagined

Damian Wayne can be very unpleasant. It’s pretty much his main character trait. He’s been known to take things a little too far and his mouthy, superior attitude can easily push people away. Jon Kent, on the other hand, is almost too good. He’s like a Norman Rockwell kid come to life but with an edge that can only come from someone whose mother is Lois Lane.

While it’s easy to believe Jon could be friends with Damian— he can be friends with anyone— it was harder to believe that Damian would tolerate him. The two were brought together by their dads’ line of work and became the best of friends, working together better than their parents ever did and forging a new World’s Finest team.

5 Professor X & Magneto’s Relationship Has A Deeper History Than Most

There are few more paradoxical friendships in the Marvel Universe than Professor X and Magneto’s. Their relationship is very complicated— they’ve been best friends, worst enemies, and everything in between. They’ve worked together to make the world a better place for mutants and they’ve also tried to kill each other.

However, seeing them together, the way they speak to each other, even when they’re at each other’s throats, shows the depth of friendship between the two. Their relationship has never stopped evolving and while they may not always be the best of friends, woe betide anyone who tries to come between them.

4 Swamp Thing & John Constantine’s Friendship Makes No Sense At All

John Constantine is not an easy person to get along with. He’s backstabbed just about every friend he’s ever had and he plays his cards notoriously close to the vest. Getting along with him is very hard, even for people that like him. However, there’s one person on the planet who he is actually friends with: Swamp Thing.

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Swamp Thing and John Constantine are like oil and water and yet they get along famously. It’s very strange but it works for both of them. As far as friendships with Constantine go, he has rarely if ever actually screwed over Swamp Thing, which is saying something for one of Constantine’s friends.

3 Doctor Doom & Namor Are Improbable Buds

Doctor Doom having any friends is surprising enough. But when one realizes that pretty much his only friend is Namor, it’s even weirder. It seems like there should be no way for egos like theirs to coexist and yet they not only can coexist, but the two get along really well. Maybe it’s because of all they have in common but regardless, their friendship is just so improbable.

Doom and Namor have each other’s backs in a way that is kind of weird. Even when Namor is in one of his more heroic phases, he and Doom are still friends and Latveria and Atlantis have a very strong relationship because of their bond. Their friendship is super surprising, but it works.

2 Lex Luthor & The Joker Are Actually Friends

It’s hard to picture Lex Luthor or the Joker actually having friends, but for two different reasons. Lex seems like the kind of person who would not only be too insufferable to be friends with but also probably doesn’t think he needs friends. The Joker, on the other hand, is a psychopath and it would too dangerous to be in the same room with him, let alone friends.

While the two have been known to fight each other even at the best of times, they are actually friends. Lex Luthor is one of few people who the Joker will actually listen to and Lex Luthor understands the Joker in ways that few people do. It’s a weird friendship on the surface, but it makes more sense when considering such details.

1 Wolverine & Spider-Man’s Relationship Grew Tremendously Over The Years

Wolverine teams up with a lot of people but that doesn’t mean he likes them. The same can be said of Spider-Man, and for years, the two heroes did not get along at all. However, their stint as Avengers, as well as a jaunt through time, brought them closer together and now they’re the best of friends. It’s one of those strange friendships that probably shouldn’t work but somehow does.

The two of them have forged an amazing friendship against all the odds. The only thing they seem to actually have in common besides being superheroes is a love of redheads, and yet they’ve still managed to forge one of Marvel’s best friendships.

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It's no secret that not all superheroes automatically get along with each other, ditto for supervillains. But some that do are a surprise indeed.


10 Comic Characters Who Naruto Could Take In A Fight | CBR

For more than half a century, DC Comics and Marvel Comics have been competing against each other to see who can tell the best superhero stories, and this competition has led to the development of hundreds of heroic and villainous characters. Some of these characters are ordinary humans with heightened physical traits and senses, but a lot of them possess superhuman abilities, to the point where some of them can be considered gods.

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Naruto is one of the most popular anime characters in the world, and that is because he achieved his dream of becoming a ninja worthy of the Hokage title. Naruto can be very immature at times, but when push comes to shove, he can be a smart, strong, and skilled fighter who can definitely take on a few comic book characters.

10 The Joker Would Go Down After One Rasengan

Batman fans cannot help but feel sorry for some of the Dark Knight’s villains, and thanks to his tragic past, the Joker can be considered one of those villains. Joker has always been a criminal mastermind with a sadistic sense of humor, and he is known for creating poisonous gas and joke-inspired weapons.

Naruto is a skilled ninja who can use taijutsu to beat the Joker to a pulp, but he can even take the villain down with one move if he really wanted to. The Rasengan is basically a ball of spinning chakra, and if he were to hit Joker with it, it would grind into the villain’s body and cause massive internal damage.

9 Hawkeye Wouldn’t Be Able To Actually Hit Naruto

Hawkeye has no superhuman abilities, but he is a master archer with impeccable sight, strength, endurance, and reflexes. He also happens to be an expert martial artist and tactician. Naruto has certainly grown a lot since becoming Hokage, but he still relies on his shadow clones, and those clones will pose a real problem for someone like Hawkeye.

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Naruto can easily make up to 100 clones, which would be fine if Hawkeye actually carried more than 100 arrows. If he were able to hit the real Naruto, the fight might end very quickly, but he will likely hit a clone instead. When Hawkeye runs out of arrows, it won’t be long until he is swarmed by the remaining clones.

8 Naruto Can Go Toe-To-Toe With Ant-Man In Tailed Beast Mode

One of the ways Naruto shocked the fandom was when he managed to gain control of the Nine-Tails’ power, and when the two actually worked together as friends, he was able to use a perfected Tailed Beast Mode. This mode allows Naruto to transform into a replica of the Nine-Tails, which is titanic in size.

Ant-Man is known for being able to shrink and grow his body, and if these two giants were to clash, Naruto’s Tailed Beast Mode would likely win. Naruto could wrap several tails around Ant-Man’s limbs to make him immobile, and he could then hit him with a Tailed Beast Bomb at point-blank range.

7 Naruto Can Handle Any Of Beast Boy’s Transformations

The Naruto series features ninja who use animals in combat, and most of these animals can only be summoned via a contract. Naruto has beaten Kiba and Akamaru, and during his fight with Pain, he defeated several large summoned beasts.

Beast Boy spends most of his time with the Teen Titans, and this green-skinned superhero is capable of transforming into any animal, including dinosaurs. Beast boy might be a ferocious fighter, but Naruto can just use a large Rasengan to knock him out, and it wouldn’t matter if Beast Boy was a gorilla, a grizzly bear, or a T. rex.

6 Jubilee’s Mutant Powers Wouldn’t Be Problematic

There are plenty of mutants in the Marvel universe, but not all of them have impressive abilities. Jubilee debuted in 1989, and her mutant power allows her to create globes of energy that vary in intensity. She can create harmless sparkles that can temporarily blind someone if they’re close enough, or she can create explosions that are strong enough to smash metal.

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Thanks to the Nine-Tails, Naruto’s body is especially durable, and he is capable of healing incredibly fast, so Jubilee explosions shouldn’t be able to take him down. Thanks to Sage Mode, Naruto can sense attacks without having to see them, which means that being temporarily blinded wouldn’t put him at that much of a disadvantage.

5 If Naruto Can Beat The Asura Path, He Can Handle Cyborg

Naruto’s battle with Pain was exceptional, especially since the hero managed to successfully beat all six of the Akatsuki leader’s bodies. Naruto fought with Sage Mode, which gives him enhanced speed, reflexes, and strength, and it allowed him to destroy the Asura Path with a single punch.

The Asura Path allowed Pain to create mechanized armor and weaponry. It could even create ballistic missiles. Most of Cyborg’s body is mechanical, and he has access to high-tech weaponry, but even his metal body cannot withstand a barrage of Sage empowered strikes.

4 Deathstroke May Be An Assassin, But He Can’t Use Ninjutsu

The Naruto universe is filled with ninja who specialize in assassinating targets, which means that someone like Deathstroke will fit right in. In DC, Deathstroke is considered to be the world’s greatest assassin, which makes sense since he possesses superhuman reflexes, senses, stamina, speed, and strength. He also has accelerated healing.

Deathstroke is proficient with blades and firearms, but at the end of the day, he is a human who cannot use any form of ninjutsu. This puts him at a disadvantage because he cannot easily counter something as deadly as Naruto’s Rasenshuriken.

3 Naruto’s Nine-Tails Chakra Mode Would Squash Spider-Man

Spider-Man has faced some terrifying villains over the decades, but that does not mean he is ready to take on someone like Naruto. If Naruto used Sage Mode, he would likely be able to go toe-to-toe with Spider-Man in a melee fight for a time.

If things start looking dire, Naruto could simply enter Tailed Beast Mode. This would give Naruto a huge advantage because Spider-Man’s webs wouldn’t be able to restrict his movements for very long. Spider-Man’s super strength wouldn’t be enough to stop Naruto from squashing him either.

2 Even Captain America Can’t Handle A Rasenshuriken Or Tailed Beast Bomb

Captain America has certainly changed over the years, but he is still a beacon of heroism and bravery. Ever since he took the Super-Soldier Serum, Cap has had the body of a peak human being, which means that he possesses exceptional physical strength, speed, endurance, stamina, and reflexes.

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He has also mastered a fighting style that incorporates his iconic shield. Naruto would be able to match Cap’s physical abilities with his Sage Mode, but Naruto’s other abilities would be too much for even Cap’s body to handle. A Rasenshuriken can disintegrate most of an enemy’s body, and a single Tailed Beast Bomb is capable of completely annihilating a small area.

1 Batman Is Just An Ordinary Human

Batman is one of DC’s first superheroes, and he is still incredibly popular despite his debut in 1939. Aside from being an intimidating figure with a strong will, Batman is known for being in peak physical shape, and for being an expert martial artist with a genius-level intellect.

He and Naruto would undoubtedly have a good hand-to-hand fight, but at the end of the day, Batman is an ordinary human with gadgets, while Naruto is a Jinchuriki who can use ninjutsu. Naruto can easily overwhelm Batman with his shadow clones, and the batsuit wouldn’t do much to protect against a Rasengan or Rasenshuriken.

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Naruto is one of the strongest ninja from his universe, and he can certainly take on some famous faces from the comic book world.


Batman: How Ace the Bat-Hound Returned After Crisis | CBR

Today, we look at the 1991 re-introduction of Ace the Bathound into the Batman books after Crisis on Infinite Earths.

This is “Look Back,” where every four weeks of a month, I will spotlight a single issue of a comic book that came out in the past and talk about that issue (often in terms of a larger scale, like the series overall, etc.). Each spotlight will be a look at a comic book from a different year that came out the same month X amount of years ago. The first spotlight of the month looks at a book that came out this month ten years ago. The second spotlight looks at a book that came out this month 25 years ago. The third spotlight looks at a book that came out this month 50 years ago. The fourth spotlight looks at a book that came out this month 75 years ago. The occasional fifth week (we look at weeks broadly, so if a month has either five Sundays or five Saturdays, it counts as having a fifth week) looks at books from 20/30/40/60/70/80 years ago.

The best thing about Ace the Bat-Hound (created by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris) is that originally he wasn’t even Batman and Robin’s DOG!

When he debuted in 1955’s Batman #92, he was just a dog that they found with a distinctive mark on his forehead and Bruce Wayne advertised in the local newspaper that he found the dog. The dog then jumped into the Batmobile and since Batman and Robin couldn’t very well be seen hanging around with a dog that Bruce Wayne found, Robin made him a mask and so Ace the Bathound made his debut!

His owner found him later in the issue and thus, for his first couple of appearances they would just BORROW the dog when they needed him! Hilarious. Ace was excised during the Silver Age (I don’t believe his absence was ever explained, but it easy enough to presume that his owner just came home and took him back).

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Then Crisis on Infinite Earths occurred and DC’s continuity was rebooted, but slowly but surely, writers would bring back stuff from before Crisis and that’s happened with Ace. We first met him in Batman #462 (by Alan Grant, Norm Breyfogle and Steve Mitchell), when he is helping an old man in the desert…

In the next issue, the dog stops Batman’s car and brings him to his master…

The blind master, Black Wolf, helps Batman take down Black Wolf’s evil grandson and save a bunch of people that his grandson had kidnapped for a ritual sacrifice. But someone else needed to be sacrificed instead and so Black Wolf killed his grandson and prepared to finally die himself. He released his dog from his bond to him…

And at the end of the issue, Batman now had a new pet dog!

So that’s how Ace returned to DC Continuity. He was later murdered by Joker during the lead-up to Infinite Crisis (not really, but you’d believe that, right?), but I’ll let you in on a little secret, the issue had another notable meaning, well, to me, at least.

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You see, while I had been collecting comics during the 1980s, it was really more of a passive engagement. I had actively pursued reading G.I. Joe during the 1980s, but that was achieved by the fact that my older brother collected them. In addition, my mother was a librarian at the local library (she remained a librarian practically up to her death), so I would borrow collections of old comic books there all the time (whatever collections they had back then, which weren’t a ton of course). And my parents would get me comic books on occasion. And my friend who lived next door actively collected DC Comics so he would let me read his.

So the amazing thing to me is that I didn’t actually buy comics on my OWN until 1991. My older brother was no longer reading comics so if I wanted to pursue it, it would have to be on my own. And I think there likely was a period around 1989-1990 when I wasn’t really reading comics period. Which really sort of amazes me in retrospect, given, you know, what I do now.

Anyhow, one day in 1991 there was some news report about Tim Drake becoming the new Robin…

or Superman getting engaged…

or something like that and I figured that I should get back into comics, so in May of 1991, my dad took me to the dentist for a check-up/cleaning/whatever and afterwards I asked if I could stop by the local stationary store and buy a comic book. He said fine (he, of course, did not realize what this would be starting) and I picked up a copy of Batman #464…

Luckily, as I noted, I had been reading comics for years at this point, so I was not thrown, because otherwise, beginning with part 3 of a three-parter involving Batman teaming up with an 130-year-old Native American Shaman to stop the man’s grandson from killing people as part of a ritual that involved retrieving ancient Native American relics probably wouldn’t be the place to start reading Batman comic books.

Years ago, I purchased a page of original art from the late, great Norm Breyfogle from the issue. This page…

The notable thing about this particular issue, though, was that it had an insert promoting DC’s new !mpact line of comic books, using the old Archie superheroes. I remembered thinking, “Oh, I could start collecting these from the first issue.”

And so it began…

If you folks have any suggestions for August (or any other later months) 2011, 1996, 1971 and 1946 comic books for me to spotlight, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com! Here is the guide, though, for the cover dates of books so that you can make suggestions for books that actually came out in the correct month. Generally speaking, the traditional amount of time between the cover date and the release date of a comic book throughout most of comic history has been two months (it was three months at times, but not during the times we’re discussing here). So the comic books will have a cover date that is two months ahead of the actual release date (so October for a book that came out in August). Obviously, it is easier to tell when a book from 10 years ago was released, since there was internet coverage of books back then.

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In its feature looking back on comics from 10/25/50/75 years ago, CSBG spotlights the 1991 re-introduction of Ace the Bat-Hound into DC continuity.


DC: 10 Strangest Villains, Ranked | CBR

The villains of DC have long been known as some of the most intimidating around, powerful and deadly antagonists who battle against some of the greatest heroes of all time. However, DC has also been known as the weirder of the Big Two comic companies; where Marvel often goes for more real world pastiches, DC has been known to take things in the strangest directions possible and this goes for the villains as well.

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In fact, DC’s villains are some of the strangest of all time and that makes fans love them even more. These villains are always interesting when they come around and make the DC Universe such an odd and fascinating place.

10 Funky Flashman Is A Thinly-Veiled Send-Up Of Stan Lee

In 1971, Jack Kirby went to DC and created the Fourth World books, showcasing his greatest creation: The New Gods. These powerful characters would become huge parts of the DC Universe, introducing the likes of Darkseid, Mister Miracle, Orion, Metron, and Big Barda. However, there was one who wasn’t like the others, and that was Funky Flashman.

Flashman was pretty much just Stan Lee, a man who Kirby had a lot of ill will towards at that point. Flashman would constantly try to rip off Mister Miracle— which Kirby felt Lee had done to him— and spoke in the bombastic manner that Lee would become famous for. He even had a sidekick named Houseroy, meant to symbolize Lee’s righthand man at Marvel, Roy Thomas.

9 Glorious Godfrey Is An Evil New God & Manipulative Television Personality

Staying with the New Gods for a moment, the next strange New God Kirby created was Glorious Godfrey. Godfrey wasn’t one of the most powerful New Gods but he served a purpose in Darkseid’s sinister plans. His whole thing was that he was a slick and handsome television host, using his good looks, comedic stylings, and general wiliness to get people to do Darkseid’s bidding.

An evil talk show host is just strange. Over the years, he would also take the guise of an evil political pundit, always using the power of TV to beguile audiences and do Darkseid’s will.

8 Gorilla Grodd Is An Evil Ape With Inexplicable Telepathic Powers

Giant apes aren’t exactly weird in comics in and of themselves; there’s the old Silver Age adage that an ape on the cover causes a book to sell better. From that perspective, Gorilla Grodd isn’t a particularly strange or unusual villain. In fact, he makes a lot of sense— a bloodthirsty outcast from his peaceful culture, he’s super strong and wants to destroy humanity. Pretty standard evil ape stuff.

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However, it gets strange in that he has telepathic powers. Why does have have these abilities? What sense does it make for there to be a telepathic ape villain? It boggles the mind.

7 The Brain Is Exactly What His Name Says He Is

The Doom Patrol has long been one of the weirdest teams in comics, with some amazing stories for readers to dig into. Weird heroes need weird villains and one of those weird villains is the Brain. The Brain was once a super smart scientist whose body was destroyed in an explosion (caused by Doom Patrol boss Niles Caulder), with his brain being rescued by Monsieur Mallah, a supersmart French ape he created.

From then on, the Brain would live as a brain in a jar, leading the Brotherhood of Evil and bedeviling the Doom Patrol. Eventually, he and Mallah would fall in love and become an item, a disembodied brain and a supersmart ape.

6 The Beard Hunter Has A Grudge Against Facial Hair

Honestly, this entire list could be Grant Morrison-created Doom Patrol villains but some of them make sense in their weirdness— the Brotherhood of Dada are strange, but they make sense in that Doom Patrol kind of way. However, the Beard Hunter is one of the strangest of them all, since his entire purpose in life is to hunt down men with beards and kill them.

It’s hard to really know what to think about the Beard Hunter or what Morrison was trying to say with the villain, if anything. However, the one thing that is for sure about him is that he’s a wonderfully bizarre bad guy.

5 Shaggy Man Is An Indestructible Bigfoot Robot

Shaggy Man is one of the Justice League’s best B-list villains but he’s also super strange. Composed of plastalloy, Shaggy Man was indestructible and super strong but he looked a giant Bigfoot. For some reason, his creator thought that the best thing to do with his new super strong and indestructible robot was make him look like Bigfoot.

He’s a cool visual but he’s also just a big furry thing and it’s kind of hilarious. Eventually, the brain of General Eiling would be put into the Shaggy Man’s body. The first thing Eiling did? Have it shaved.

4 Dex-Starr Is A Murderous House Cat With A Red Lantern Ring

Dex-Starr is one of the deadliest Red Lanterns, yet he’s also one of the cutest. A cat, Dex-Starr saw his owner murdered before his eyes. His rage at this called a Red Lantern ring to him and he became the Red Lantern of Sector 2814. In a way, it kind of makes sense that Dex-Starr is one of the deadliest members of the Red Lantern Corps— an angry cat would kill everyone in its way if it had the power.

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Dex-Starr is a wonderfully strange juxtaposition, a cute house cat with the fiery power of a Red Lantern. He’s probably one of the most famous members of that Corps and is a pop culture idol waiting to happen.

3 Despotellis Is A Sentient Virus Member Of The Sinestro Corps

The Sinestro Corps is one of the most dangerous and deadly groups in the DC Universe and its deadliest member is Despotellis. Despotellis is a sentient virus that has devastated countless worlds, spreading fear and becoming worthy of a Sinestro Corps ring. This made it even more dangerous.

During the Sinestro Corps’ initial attack on the Green Lantern Corps, Despotellis infected multiple Green Lanterns and would have meant the end of many of them if it wasn’t for the intelligent smallpox virus Green Lantern, Leezle Pon, who was able to defeat Despotellis at its own game.

2 Count Vertigo’s Whole Power Is Making People Dizzy

To begin with, Count Vertigo’s real name is Werner Vertigo. He’s an actual count as well, which means that in the DC Universe, there’s been a noble family called the Vertigos for centuries. Count Vertigo had an inner ear defect that he needed an implant to deal with. He was able to use this implant to give others vertigo somehow and he used this skill to fight Green Arrow.

He’d also join up with the Suicide Squad and Checkmate, using his powers to make people dizzy to his advantage. The whole thing is just delightfully bizarre and it’s made all the more unusual when one thinks about the fact that vertigo was probably something named after his ancestors in the DC Universe.

1 Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man Is The Strangest Thing Imaginable

First things first: Anyone named Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man is automatically the strangest villain ever. That’s just the way it goes. A former student of Niles Caulder, Sven Larson fell into a vat of amino acids and gained the ability to transform into an animal, vegetable, or mineral. He’d often transform into combinations of the three in order to fight the Doom Patrol.

The whole thing is both great and completely strange. Everything about Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man is super duper bizarre and the fact that he doesn’t show up every couple of months is a tragedy that DC needs to remedy.

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DC isn't afraid to get weird with its characters, particularly when it comes to villains like Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man and The Beard Hunter.


10 Anime Families Who Play The Villains | CBR

There is only one thing worse than fighting an evil antagonist: fighting multiple evil antagonists. In many anime, the villains aren’t just singular entities, but rather entire families and clans. Some of these families serve as roadblocks for the main characters, while others pull these strings that set entire plot lines and story arcs into motion.

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While the definition of family may vary from anime to anime —with some being found families and others being entire clans complete with distant relatives, close friends, and adopted members — each of these families prove to be formidable challenges to the protagonists who challenge them.

10 The Spider Family Of Natagumo Mountain Create A Sticky Situation For Tanjiro In Demon Slayer

While tracking down the members of the Twelve Kizuki, Tanjiro comes across Rui and the band of spider-like Demons that call Mount Natagumo their home. Unlike a traditional family, Rui built a family of five Demons that includes a father, mother, daughter, and son.

Rui plays the part of the youngest son, but it’s revealed throughout the arc that there were once other members of the family. When one of the “family members” decided they no longer wanted to participate in Rui’s farce, they were dispatched.

9 In JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Evil Runs in the Brando Family

Before Dio even thinks about becoming the iconic villain of the JoJo series, Dio’s father, Dario Brando, was already committing crimes and being an all-around terrible person. Not only was he abusive to his family, but he also tries to rob the unconscious George Joestar and his dying wife.

RELATED: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Of DIO’s Children (& Their Stands)

Thus, it’s no wonder that Dio grows up with a corrupt set of moral principles. However, he surpasses his father’s evils quickly and after using the Stone Mask in Phantom Blood, he sets a series-long set of disasters in motion.

8 The Royal Family In Code Geass Push Lelouch to Rebellion

The Britannian Imperial Family of Code Geass rules over the Holy Britannian Empire, and their penchant for war has earned them a place amongst the most notorious villainous anime families. Though not all members of the royal family agree with these imperialist tendencies, the overall domineering attitude of their regime lands them a place on Lelouch’s target list. Despite the fact that Lelouch is part of the royal family, his title being Lelouch vi Britannia, the Eleventh Prince of the Empire, he recognizes the evils of his family’s desire for global conquest.

7 The Matou Family Manipulates The Holy Grail War From The Shadows In The Fate Series

The Matou family of the Fate franchise are infamous for their torturous methods of teaching Magecraft and their manipulation of various characters throughout the series. Zouken Matou, the 500-year-old patriarch of the Matou family, is obsessed with power and helps incite the Holy Grail War. Zouken is most notable for the magic-eating worms that form his body, which he uses to torture Sakura Matou and others. Shinji Matou, the brother of the adopted Sakura, abuses his sister on a daily basis.

6 The Ikari Family Sparks The Apocalypse In Evangelion

There is much to be said about the trauma Shinji Ikari endured because of his father and the Second Impact, since it’s undeniable that the Ikari family had much to do with the apocalyptic events of Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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Shinji’s mother, Yui, merged with EVA Unit-01, which caused Gendo Ikari, Shinji’s father, to obsessively research the EVAs in order to reunite with her. Gendo’s obsession with Yui and his subsequent work on the Human Instrumentality Project set in motion the events that led to the Third Impact.

5 Various Members Of The Sohma Family Manipulate Tohru Honda In Fruits Basket

When the Sohma family takes in the homeless Tohru Honda, it’s not completely out of the kindness of their hearts. In fact, the villains of Fruits Basket come from the Sohma family itself.

Shigure, for one, manipulates Tohru to reach his goal of having Akito for himself. Furthermore, Akito serves as the series’ overarching villain, committing acts of physical and psychological abuse on her own family members. Akito’s mother, Ren, is just as culpable for many of the terrible things that happen within the Sohma family through her treatment of Akito.

4 Japan Is Terrorized By The Reign Of The Tokugawa Clan In Shigurui

The very triggering and bloody historical tale Shigurui (or Shigurui: Death Frenzy), features Tadanaga Tokugawa, head of Sunpu Castle and younger brother to the current shogun, Iemitsu Tokugawa. In the year 1629, Tokugawa holds a tournament in which participants are to use real swords instead of wooden ones, which leads to a bloodbath that left only six survivors. The story’s two main characters, the now one-armed Fujiki and the now blind Irako, fight against one another in this tournament. Eventually, Tadanaga is sentenced to death by his own brother.

3 The Uchiha Clan In Naruto Almost Destroys Both The Hidden Leaf Village And The World

The Uchiha clan’s prowess and incredibly strong dojutsu kekkei genkai have molded both great shinobi heroes and terrible villains, and it is undeniable that a few bad apples emerged from the Uchiha clan. Itachi is guilty of murdering the entire clan, even if it was to stop a rebellion, and Sasuke becomes a rogue ninja in pursuit of revenge.

RELATED: Naruto: 10 Things Most Fans Don’t Know About The Uchiha Clan

However, Madara’s manipulation of Obito and Nagato, his extraction of the tailed-beasts, and his plan to destroy the world make Madara Uchiha the worst Uchiha around.

2 Jujutsu Kaisen’s Zenin Family Is Problematic At Best

The Zenin family, one of the greatest sorcerer families in Jujutsu Kaisen, is guilty of more than just a little cruelty. Maki, who was always undervalued for her inability to see curses, left the clan, vowing to become a sorcerer on her own, but in doing so, she left behind her twin sister, Mai, who was looked down on for being a woman and who was no doubt abused by her relatives. In the manga, the Zenins are revealed to maintain a “Discipline Pit” with cursed spirits kept within.

1 The Daigo Family Head Is Responsible For Hyakkimaru’s Curse In Dororo

Kagemitsu Daigo, head of the Daigo clan, is responsible for most of his son Hyakkimaru’s troubles. At Hyakkimaru’s birth, Kagemitsu offered his son’s life to twelve demons, who then take Hyakkimaru’s body parts — including his eyes, ears, limbs, and skin — in exchange for making the Daigo lands prosperous.

Furthermore, the men of the Daigo clan kill Mio, Hyakkimaru’s first love. Kagemitsu’s second son, Tahomaru, is not as overtly corrupt as his father, but he still maintains the same whatever-means-necessary philosophies towards peace as his father, and this makes him enemies with Hyakkimaru.

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Villainy runs in the family for these anime antagonists, who either terrorize or team up with their relatives in pursuit of power.


How Marvel Wrote Off an MCU Agents of SHIELD Leader | CBR

Today, we look at the 1946 Golden Age farewell of one of Marvel’s lesser-known patriotic superheroes, the aptly named, The Patriot!

This is “Look Back,” where every four weeks of a month, I will spotlight a single issue of a comic book that came out in the past and talk about that issue (often in terms of a larger scale, like the series overall, etc.). Each spotlight will be a look at a comic book from a different year that came out the same month X amount of years ago. The first spotlight of the month looks at a book that came out this month ten years ago. The second spotlight looks at a book that came out this month 25 years ago. The third spotlight looks at a book that came out this month 50 years ago. The fourth spotlight looks at a book that came out this month 75 years ago. The occasional fifth week (we look at weeks broadly, so if a month has either five Sundays or five Saturdays, it counts as having a fifth week) looks at books from 20/30/40/60/70/80 years ago.

We’re a bit behind, so we’re still looking at May books, specifically May 1946’s farewell to Jeffrey Mace, the Patriot, in Marvel Mystery Tales #74, by Bob Oksner and a mystery writer.

Action Comics #1, which introduced the world to Superman, wasn’t just a hit, it was a sort of cultural phenomenon, with Superman appearing in his own nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip by September 1939 (which is sort of amusing, as Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster only turned to comic books because they couldn’t sell Superman to any syndicates as a comic strip) and his own national radio program by February 1940. Clearly, with success like that comes many imitators and a number of comic book companies started up to try to compete with the publishers of Action Comics.

One of the first imitators was Wonderman, a creation of Will Eisner for Fox Publications’ Wonder Comics #1 in 1939. Detective Comics, Inc. sued Fox’s parent company, Bruns Publications, Inc. for copyright infringement and was victorious in Detective Comics, Inc. v. Bruns Publications, Inc. Fawcett Publications, Inc. was a successful magazine publisher that debuted a comic book division, dubbed Fawcett Comics. They launched their own Superman knock-off, Masterman, in Master Comics #1. Detective threatened to sue and Fawcett backed down. Then, in late 1939, Fawcett Comics debuted their soon-to-be flagship character, Captain Marvel, in Whiz Comics #2 and that became a whole thing.

That, though, wasn’t the only example of this sort of thing happening during the Golden Age. Sometimes, even within the same company! For instance, when the Flash made his debut in 1940 for National Comics, he was soon followed by another super-speedster, Johnny Quick…also from National Comics!

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Similarly, when MLJ Comics hit it big with a patriotic superhero in 1940 with the Shield, the other comic book companies were quick to follow suit. The most famous of these knock-o…ahem…similar superheroes was Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. However, at the same time that Simon and Kirby were coming up with Captain America, other employees of Timely Comics (now known as Marvel Comics) were trying their hands at patriotic superheroes, as well, and while Simon and Kirby definitely came out with Captain America first, I tend to believe that Ray Gill and Bill Everett (Everett famously had created Namor the Sub-Mariner a couple of years earlier) were looking more to the Shield than Cap when they introduced the Patriot in 1941’s Human Torch #4…

Amusingly, like Captain America, this was all before the United States even entered World War II, so the Patriot fought criminals on the homefront. Jeffrey Mace was a reporter and when stories led him to problems, he turned into the superhero known as the Patriot.

The problem is that Patriot didn’t have quite the hook as Captain America and was never as popular as the good Captain and thus, when superheroes lost a lot of their popularity after World War II, patriotic superheroes especially took a hit.

Therefore, the Patriot’s regular feature in Marvel Mystery Comics came to a close with #74 in May 1946. By this point, I have no idea who was writing the feature, but the great Bob Oksner was drawing it (early in his comic book career). The final story sort of showed how hard it was to come up with stories that worked for a patriotic hero, as now that the war was over and the United Nations were beginning, who was even the villain? The Communists weren’t a problem yet…

And so some mysterious group are trying to cause problems in South America, of all places…

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Jeffrey Mace figures it out and so the Patriot springs into action, temporarily foiling a plot to have the bad guy take over for the Brazilian ambassador and cause trouble in the United Nations…

The Patriot tracks them down, throws some fists and saves the day….

And that was it for the Patriot for the next thirty years or so until Roy Thomas came up with the idea of having Jeffrey Mace fill in as Captain America after Steve Rogers “died” in an issue of What If…?. Decades later, a new Patriot joined the Young Avengers. On Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jeffrey Mace was reformatted as the short-lived Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (while keeping his Patriot superhero identity, as well).

If you folks have any suggestions for August (or any other later months) 2011, 1996, 1971 and 1946 comic books for me to spotlight, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com! Here is the guide, though, for the cover dates of books so that you can make suggestions for books that actually came out in the correct month. Generally speaking, the traditional amount of time between the cover date and the release date of a comic book throughout most of comic history has been two months (it was three months at times, but not during the times we’re discussing here). So the comic books will have a cover date that is two months ahead of the actual release date (so October for a book that came out in August). Obviously, it is easier to tell when a book from 10 years ago was released, since there was internet coverage of books back then.

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In its feature looking back on comics from 10/25/50/75 years ago, CSBG spotlights the 1946 farewell from comics by Jeffrey Mace, the Patriot


Batman: The Audio Adventures Casts Dawson as Catwoman, Leguizamo as Riddler

HBO Max’s upcoming Batman podcast, Batman: The Audio Adventures, has added two major cast members in the form of Rosario Dawson (The Mandalorian, Marvel’s Daredevil) and John Leguizamo (Super Mario Bros.William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet).

According to a press release from HBO Max, Dawson will star as Catwoman, while Leguizamo will star as the Riddler. Dawson and Leguizamo join Jeffrey Wright, who was previously announced to have been cast as Batman himself. Notably, Wright is also slated to portray Commissioner Gordon in the upcoming live-action feature film The Batman.

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Batman: The Audio Adventures is set to launch exclusively on HBO Max this fall. “In partnership with Warner Bros. and DC, this scripted audio original, Gotham City comes to lurid life in the theater of your mind… with a sensational pageant of technicolor villainy unlike any other on Earth,” the podcast’s official description reads. “Mafioso Penguins. Thieving Catwomen. Terrorist Riddlers. Killing Jokers… a city where some problems can only be solved by a billionaire in a bat costume.”

HBO Max describes The Audio Adventures as a “rollicking, over-the-top Batman adventure” that “draws inspiration from the vintage noir atmosphere of the celebrated Batman: The Animated Series, the spirited fun of the classic 1960s Batman TV series and the entire 80-plus year history of the Batman franchise.” The podcast is written and directed by Dennis McNicholas. It boasts “devilishly delightful original music” and “an A-list cast,” including Wright, Dawson, Leguizamo and “a who’s who of incredible Saturday Night Live alums.”

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Source: HBO Max

HBO Max's upcoming Batman podcast adds Rosario Dawson as Catwoman and John Leguizamo as the Riddler.


Attack On Titan: 5 One Piece Characters Bertholdt Could Defeat (& 5 He Couldn't)

Bertholdt was the first user of the Colossal and one of the strongest characters in the Attack On Titan universe. At an incredible sixty meters tall, he was powerful enough to obliterate virtually anything with a single kick, as shown when the walls of Shiganshina came crashing down.

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Despite the enormity of his strength, Bertholdt was far from invincible. By pitting him against a diverse roster of One Piece characters, we can better comprehend how well his power translates between universes and whether or not he was a worthy user of the Colossal’s power on behalf of the Marleyan state.

10 COULD BEAT: Bertholdt Is Significantly Larger & Stronger Than Oars

When under Gecko Moria’s direct control, Oars was a formidable opponent. He was strong enough to crush the sides of castles and reasonably agile from possessing Luffy’s shadow. He could even contort and distend his limbs more than should be possible, much like the Gum-Gum devil fruit.

However, Oars’ body does not share Luffy’s resistance to physical attacks, and he is significantly smaller than Bertholdt. As a result, the Colossal would be able to pulverize him with a single attack just as he did to Eren.

9 WOULD LOSE TO: Pica Is Even Larger Than Bertholdt & Vastly More Durable

Pica is one of the few characters taller than Bertholdt under the correct circumstances. With seemingly no limit to what his devil fruit can absorb, the pirate had the potential to become so large that he could fit an entire house on a single finger.

Even if Bertholdt manages to destroy his body with the Colossal’s first detonation, Pica could simply relocate his consciousness to another rock before reforming. His stony exterior would also provide a natural defense against his titan opponent’s boiling steam.

8 COULD BEAT: Buggy The Clown’s Devil Fruit Doesn’t Protect Him From Blunt Or Heat Attacks

Buggy the Clown’s Chop-Chop fruit is remarkably versatile since it allowed him to survive against adversaries as strong as Mihawk. However, it is almost perfectly countered by the nature of Bertholdt’s abilities.

Not only would Buggy be completely vulnerable against the heat of the Colossal’s initial explosion, but his body can also still be crushed into pulp even if he can separate it into slices. While the pirate can feasibly fly toward Bertholdt’s nape in an attempt to retaliate, he lacks the physical strength to resist the steam that emits from the Colossal’s back.

7 WOULD LOSE TO: Bertholdt Has No Means Of Touching Eneru

As a Logia user, Eneru’s unique physiology makes it both dangerous and impossible for Bertholdt to harm him. On an elemental level, the Colossal’s boiling steam would have no effect against raw, concentrated lightning.

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Meanwhile, Eneru is more than capable of bringing down his towering foe. He could create a pillar of lightning vast enough to disintegrate the ground for hundreds of feet, employing the technique he used to nearly wipe out the Straw Hats in order to incinerate the Colossal.

6 COULD BEAT: Usopp Is Poorly Equipped To Slow Bertholdt Down

While Usopp’s precision as a sniper suggests that he may find some success in hitting Bertholdt’s eyes or nape, he still lacks the firepower necessary to defeat him. Most of his green star ammunition would be worthless against the Colossal since he could incinerate it before impact.

Despite Usopp’s decent endurance proven in his battle against Chew, his speed leaves much to be desired. As a result, he wouldn’t even be able to protect himself from being caught in Bertholdt’s initial transformative explosion and would be reduced to ash as a consequence.

5 WOULD LOSE TO: Zoro Has Toppled Giants & Balances Speed With Power

Zoro would be an excellent match for Bertholdt due to his natural speed, resilience, and strength. He was powerful enough to slice through Pica time and again despite the villain’s mountain-sized stone body and performed with similar aptitude against Oars at Thriller Bark.

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Fast enough to leave after images of himself and with enough skill to contend with two CP9 agents simultaneously (who themselves could move like a blur), Zoro would rip Bertholdt in half before he had enough time to transform.

4 COULD BEAT: Broggy’s Weapons Cannot Compensate For His Diminutive Stature

Broggy was a giant with a bounty of a hundred million berries. As a warrior of Elbaf, he fought against his rival for over an entire century and therefore has a significant advantage of experience against Bertholdt.

However, the giant is only twenty-one meters tall, which is barely a third the size of the Colossal. Consequently, his crude and broken weaponry wouldn’t save him when Bertholdt brings his foot into his chest and breaks every bone in his body with a single stroke.

3 WOULD LOSE TO: Akainui Could Disintegrate Entire Armadas With His Lava

Akainu could launch devastating lava attacks from a distance, as seen during the battle at Marineford. He possessed so much offensive force that he caused significant injuries to Whitebeard, who was often regarded to be the world’s strongest pirate, and killed Ace with a single punch.

Even if Bertholdt somehow managed to survive his initial volcanic onslaught, he has no way to retaliate. Since Akainu has mastered a Logia fruit, attempting to defeat him with physical attacks is extremely dangerous and virtually impossible.

2 COULD BEAT: Machvise’s Usual Strategy Of Plummeting Wouldn’t Work Against Bertholdt’s Steam

Machvise’s devil fruit strategy was extremely simple. He would take to the sky before increasing his weight and using his body like a blunt instrument against anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves beneath him.

However, not only was this tactic ineffective against Hajrudin, a giant barely a third the size of Bertholdt, but the Colossal Titan can also emit boiling steam from its body. Consequently, Machvise would be incinerated immediately after his first collision and unable to attempt another one. Moreover, Bertholdt could simply avoid his clumsy attacks altogether by staying in human form and cutting him down with ODM weaponry.

1 WOULD LOSE TO: Kuma Can Teleport Around The Battlefield & Topple Bertholdt With A Jarring Compressed Attack

While Bertholdt still might maintain an advantage of strength and durability over Kuma, the Warlord’s other assets would guarantee his victory. Not only was Kuma fast enough to teleport across the battlefield in the blink of an eye, making it impossible for Bertholdt to hit him, but he also managed to resist the combined attacks of Sanji and Zoro.

By concentrating pressure into his palm, Kuma has demonstrated an ability to topple giants in a single hit, as proven through his victory over Oars Jr. It follows that since the Colossal can’t touch or anticipate him, Bertholdt would be defeated with similar ease.

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Bertholdt is one of the biggest threats in Attack on Titan, and he'd also be a tough match for certain One Piece characters.