Quips From A Clerk: Comic Book Team-Ups!



This week the newest line of team up comics began, with Batman/Superman #1 from DC hit the stands this past Wednesday. This got me thinking about old team ups, new team ups and what I enjoy reading. I am meaning past The Avengers and The Justice League, but actual things that have happened in the different universes.

This actually isn’t the first time Superman and Batman have teamed up. Originally featured in Worlds Finest, they had their own monthly comic series from October 2003-August 2011, appropriately called Superman/Batman. While the 2013 is being written by Greg Pak, the original series was was written by a number of writers,although most noted is creator Jeff Loeb, who wrote issues number 1-25, his son Sam wrote 26 before he had passed away from cancer. This is also the series that brought Kara Zor-El, also known as Supergirl, back into continuity from the 1980’s. Personally I thought the series was a lot of fun, and it was cool to see the duo take on different things then their usual books. I’m interested to see where Pak is deciding to go with this updated version, so it is definitely on my pull list.

2-1Someone in the Marvel universe known for his team-ups is the one and only Deadpool. I know I have mentioned in the past his team ups with Spider-man, both Amazing and Superior, but he has had team ups with Hydra Bob (fellow GonnaGeek staff writer Chris Ferrell’s favorites) and quite a few team ups with Cable, including a series called Cable and Deadpool. He eventually had The Deadpool Corps with Lady Deadpool and Zombie Head Deadpool. I am trying to think of which one would be the best one to recommend, but honestly if you read any of them you’ll get a great laugh and probably question your personal morals a bit. The Merc with a Mouth is one that will be hard to put down, even if you feel a little dirty reading it.

IVampirella Witchblade 1f you’re strictly an indie reader, you might be feeling like this article isn’t for you. There are actually a TON of team ups in the indie world. Valiant Comics currently has a big team up with their major players going on, along with Masks, in the Dynamite universe. When I asked for recommendations, the one that come up the most is Vampirella/Witchblade. Which surprised me, neither are comics I read regularly anymore, but apparently their team up is quite possible. I don’t know if that is because of mass amount of…well, lets face it, there is a whole lot of boobs going on in that series, or for story. I can’t honestly tell you what it is about, but it is very popular in the shop I work in. I do however recommend checking out the Valiant series, or if you are more into the Noir style of comics, Masks.

I know I missed a ton, and I mean a TON, of team ups here. I don’t want to put you to sleep with the amount that I can put here! So you tell me: What are the greatest comic team ups? What have I so greatly missed here?

Throughout her lifetime Naki was a volunteer at conventions and trade shows, working behind the scenes to make shows run smoothly. In 2011 she began working with ReedPop, becoming the stage manager for the IGN Theater. She now travels the country helping out as much as she can. You can see her at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East, Dev and Prime, Star Wars Celebration and New York Comic Con. In 2012 launched a new side of things as Naki began venturing more into the internet, starting a podcast with Nerds of the Roundtable creator Chris Ferrell and The Adahy. The podcast is called All Things Good and Nerdy (ATGN), which streams live on Sundays at 10am Central Time on YouTube, also available on iTunes, Stitcher and Player.fm. You can check it out at atgnpodcast.com, or for the livestream at live.atgnpodcast.com

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  1. DC’s Brave and the Bold team ups were great. The Hal Jordon/ Barry Allen adventures were epic. I loved when they would pair the new versions and you would get a Kyle Raynor/ Wally West story, those were some of the best.

  2. The Hal Jordan and Ollie Queen team ups were also fantastic.

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