Post by joepatrick on Sept 20, 2013 9:17:05 GMT -6
This week's Question: What is your favorite nerd spin-off of all time? It can be a comic, TV show, movie...WHATEVA!
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I'm going to have to go with the Buffy and Angel continuation comics. I loved the respective series and I was totally bummed when they got cancelled. The fact that we're still getting new canon stories set in those universes is awesome. Are all of the stories winners? Hell no. They fall prey to the same risks as any story. This doesn't matter to me. I'm just happy that we have the option these days of not leaving those characters in the past. This isn't something we had 20 years ago.
There have been some great shows that have come back in the comic form. Buffy and Angel, Jericho (not everyone may agree, but I dig it) and now X-Files. Now if only we can get a Quantum Leap book and get some resolution to Sam's little time-travel problem.
Post by Steven Kohler on Sept 20, 2013 9:42:19 GMT -6
I'm going to go with the original X-Factor comic. It brought back the original X-Men, gave us characters like Apocalypse and provided by far the greatest character makeover of all time, Angel to Archangel.
Post by Jeff Lawler on Sept 20, 2013 11:29:33 GMT -6
I'm going to have to jump on the Buffyverse train. Of the various spinoffs of the original show, my favorite is the Angel & Faith comic that just recently concluded. It was a great story with fantastic artwork, and it's always fun to see characters live on in another medium.
Post by johnnybooch on Sept 20, 2013 13:20:17 GMT -6
I'm going to have to give a shoutout to Mork and Mindy, not because It's necessarily my favorite show (though it is enjoyable) but because when you think about it in the context of it being spinoff, it becomes a bit of batshit insane universe warping weirdness. Most people will know Mork and Mindy as that 1980's show where Robin Williams played a coked-up alien manbaby, but what not everyone remembers is the fact that his character first appeared on an episode of Happy Days, an episode that turned out to later be a dream. So here we have a strange alien character who appeared in someones dream in a show set in the 1950's and then we see him be "born" from an egg as a livng real-world being in a show set in the 1980's. That's pretty weird, but it's not hard to look at it and just say it's the same character, but in different continuities, like Burton's Batman and Nolan's Batman. BUT things get weird again when they later had Mork show back up on Happy Days, and this time he had memories of life in 1980's and he even shared this information about life in the future with characters. So the reason Mork and Mindy might be one of my favorite spin-offs is because it kind of forces you see Happy Days in slightly different light. You now watch it knowing that it takes place in an almost Lovecraftian world where time-traveling aliens exist and can enter people's dreams, even if that fact never really comes up outside of those two episodes. It makes you question the very nature of reality.
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How about the Guardians of the Galaxy book that spun off from the Annihilation: Conquest event in 2007? For the 2+ years of Abnett and Lanning's run, it was my favorite book from Marvel with no competition. I recently went back and read the entire collection and still stand by its super happy amazingness. The current Bendis issues are good, but they are just lacking that can't-miss spark.
Post by Sir Jimothy on Sept 21, 2013 1:46:13 GMT -6
I will have to go with The Amory Wars comic series, which complimented the music of the band Coheed & Cambria. For those of you who don't know, (shame on you), Coheed & Cambria are a kick ass band whose concept albums tell a grand space opera saga, the story of which has been laid out in several comics - the best of which is BOOM studios 'Second Stage Turbine Blade' volumes 1 and 2. The idea of a concept album with a companion comic may seem contrite and hipsterish or whatever, but it produced in a way that was separate to the albums. You can enjoy the comic series on its own, just as you can enjoy the albums and songs all under their own merit - but combine them both and holy balls batman, it's GREAT. I don't think the series got great reviews, which is a shame, because they are AWESOME. A Shakespearian tale of family, love, sacrifice - all set within a beautifully imagined universe full of crazy space ships, insane slave planets,mutant Hulk like warriors, and a familiar -yet - different despotic galactic empire. The Tony Moore covers were gorgeous, and story is intricate, deep, and could easily be confusing but is paced in a way that you can take it all in.
So, so good.
Also, in the prequel novel 'Year of the Black Rainbow,' God is a major character. So there's that.
I have a confession, my favorite spin-off off a property is Batman the animated series. Two reasons, one: ITS THE BEST CARTOON OF BATMAN!!! And two it is unofficially a spinoff from Batman in 1989. I love that cartoon, the stories were good, the writing great and it showed batman as a detective. Peace. from Randy Andrews
Post by Blackshear on Sept 21, 2013 14:22:57 GMT -6
now that we live in an Avengers world, it makes me think of the first and my favorite spin off... The West Coast Avengers. there are some really solid arcs that still hold up really well, and some character defining moments for dudes like Hawkeye and the Vision. as for other media, Darkwing Duck from Duck Tales, and Aeon Flux from the liquid television shorts was insane, beautiful and made me feel weird all over.