Here's a badly kept secret about me: I love Shaquille O'Neal. Always have. I taste-tested every flavor of Soda Shaq, for crying out loud. Ask me to tell you about my never-written script for Caddy-Shaq someday.
Dark Horse comics editor Jim Gibbons and writer/artist Ethan Young clearly feel the same way. As a palate cleanser to cheer themselves up after collaborating on Young's amazing-looking but also emotionally draining graphic novel Nanjing the Burning City, the two teamed up for another, wholly different project in which the Shaq of 1993 is convinced by former Charlotte Hornet Larry Johnson in the guise of Grandmama (remember Grandmama?) to spring ahead to the year 2030 to challenge a mysterious dictator to a game of one-on-one for the fate of the world.
You thought the NCAA championship game was big? This is bigger.
The NBA All-Star Game is today, meaning the best players in the world have gathered together to do dozens of interviews, hang out for a bit, and then play a game with absolutely no defense unless it turns out to be close in the final 3 minutes. It's a good time.
It also means there is ample opportunity for every manner of product placement and cross promotion, and comics were almost certainly going to get in on the action. This time it's in the form of a custom comic, as the Justice League visit the set of Inside The NBA to hang out with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal. But the team who put this comic together made one embarrassing gaffe: Shaquille O'Neal and Steel are seen in the same room at the same time, and we all know that's impossible, as they are the same man.
As we continue our in-depth look at super-hero movies, Chris Sims and David Uzumeri take on the Superman film franchise. Even this part.
David Uzumeri: When we last left off, Steel had just stopped two old rich dudes from getting robbed by a poor guy, which led into a high-speed police chase which concluded in Steel driving into a junkyard on his motorcycle...
The NBA has a storied relationship with comic book superheroes. As a league of men who don outlandish costumes are possess physiques, powers and capabilities far beyond their mortal kin, professional basketball players are about the closest thing to real-life super-beings to walk the Earth...
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