Friday, May 27, 2005

Snark Free Theme Day for 5/27

Today's theme?


Basically, most good robots in comics have, at one point or another, gone wild.

1. Vision takes over the world. Early in Roger Stern's run on Avengers, Vision was incapacitated. He was healed by help of this giant alien computer. What we DIDN'T know is that the giant alien computer was filling Vision's head with all these crazy ideas about how he had to take over the world to better run it. So the Avengers ended up having to take down the Vision. When he was cleared of the computer's influence, he retired from superheroing. However, the governments of the world did not trust that he would LATER become a threat, so they took him apart during John Byrne's West Coast Avengers run (soon to be collected into a TPB!). In any event, many years passed, and just recently, the Scarlet Witch used her powers to make Vision go bad AGAIN - leading to She-Hulk going nuts (also due to Wanda) and tearing the Vision apart.

2. The Metal Men have been turned against the good guys on more than one occasion. Once, Lex Luthor messed with their responsometers and changed them all into living kryptonite and set them after Superman. More recently, when Brainiac 13 took over all technology in Metropolis during Y2K, the Metal Men were among the robots he controlled as his soldiers.

3. Tomorrow Woman was the first new member of Grant Morrison's Justice League of America, and she turned out to be an android designed by Professor Ivo and T.O. Morrow!! Luckily, when she was turned against the Justice League to betray them, she managed to eventually fight off her programming and sacrifice herself!

4. Superman Robot was designed by Superman to help keep a watch on things while he was busy elsewhere. After Superman got caught up in a silly "control the world to protect it" scenario, he scrapped his robots. However, during a crossover between Young Justice and Titans, a Superman robot got loose from STAR Labs and killed TWO Titans! Donna Troy and Lilith Cray both fell to the might of the Superman-esque robot.

5. Indigo (SPOILER ALERT!) showed up during that same crossover, and while she seemed quite evil at first, she soon turned out to be a very important member of the Outsiders. Then, just recently, we learned that Indigo has always been under the control of none other than Brainiac!!!!

That's my five - see if you can recall anymore!!


Blogger Unknown said...

Let's see.

1. Robotman I volunatarily went bad in the Golden Age mini-series.

2. Robotman II was manipulated by Mentallo during an issue of Superman by Byrne.

3. Red Tornado II has been the pawn of his evil creator T.O Morrow.

4. I believe the same applies to Jocasta being used by Ultron.

5. I recall hearing about a story where Human Torch I went bad and fought Human Torch II, but I never read it.

I know nothing of stories where Machine Man or Spartan went bad, but I haven't followed those charecters much.

5/27/2005 8:20 PM  
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