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Summer Knights: Top 6 Sidekicks

By Geeky Gem

As part of Summer Knights I thought we would take a look at the sidekicks that help our heroes save the day and sometimes the lives of the Super Heroes themselves. Where would these heroes be without their trusty side kicks to get them out of trouble. Here are the the top 6. Yes I know that it is a strange number but its my blog and my rules.

Bucky – Captain America

Bucky is the side kick of the one and only Captain America.  James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. In 2005 the original Bucky was brought back from the dead as the Winter Soldier. In 2008 he became Captian America after Steve Rogers was presumed to be dead. In 2011, Bucky resumed his identity as the Winter Soldier after faking his death.

Kato – The Green Hornet

Kato is the sidekick to The Green Hornet and boy does he kick some ass.  This character has also appeared with the Green Hornet in film, television, book and comic book versions. Kato was the Hornet’s assistant and has been played by a number of actors. On radio, Kato was initially played by Raymond Hayashi, then Roland Parker who had the role for most of the run, and in the later years Mickey Tolan. Keye Luke took the role in the movie serials, and in the television series he was played by that fantastic martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. In the latest movie adtaption he was played by Jay Chou.

Battle Cat – He-Man

Now not every side kick has to be human right. Some can be dogs, I am looking at you Krypto. Anyway, Cringer is every bit a good as the other side kicks on this list, he even has an alter ego. Battle Cat not only allows He-Man to ride around on him, but fghts along side of him. Come on who doesn’t want one?

Robin – Batman Series

What kind of Side kick list would this be without the Boy Wonder. There have been many Robin’s but only one original and that was Richard ‘Dick’ Grayson. Dick ws created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger along with  illustrator Jerry Robinson. Dick was the youngest in a family of acrobats known as the “Flying Graysons,” Dick watches a mafia boss kill his parents in order to extort money from the circus that employed them. Bruce Wayne, takes him in as his legal ward, it is here that Dick learns Bruce’s secret and becomes Robin. Dick would later leave Batman’s side and become Night Wing, however there is another Robin waiting in the wings. There is more to Dick’s story but I dont want to ruin it for people who dont know what happens.

Batgirl – Batman Series

Now I know I have already had one Batman side kick on this list but they are so good I had to include Batgirl. The original Batgirl was Betty Kane and she was was introduced into publication in 1961 by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff however she was replaced by Barbara Gordon and this is the Batgirl most people know. Her creation came  about as a joint project between DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz and the producers of the 1960s Batman television series. In order to boost ratings for the third season of Batman, the producers requested a new female character be introduced into publication that could be adapted into the television series. At Schwartz’s direction, Barbara Gordon debuted in comics. Batgirl is depicted as the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon, her civilian identity is given a doctorate in library science and she is employed as head of Gotham City Public Library, as well as later being elected to the United States Congress. As Batgirl, the character operates primarily in Gotham City, allying herself with Batman and the original Robin, Dick Grayson. Now for fans of the comics and any one who has ever seen Birds of Prey, you will know what happens to Barbara Gordon in Alan Moore’s graphic novel The Killing Joke. If you dont then may I suggest you look away now. In the Killng Joke , The Joker shoots Barbara, the bullet goes through the spinal cord and she is left parlazyed and in a wheel chair. However she will later take up the the war on crime as The Orcale.

Harley Quinn – Batman Series

Yes folks, I have indeed included another Batman related side kick but from the side of evil. I bring you Harley Quinn. The Joker’s ever faithfull and slightly mad girlfriend. Once a brillanit Psychiatrist, working at Arkham Asylum. Harleen Quinzel begins to fall for The Joker and starts to believe that eveything is Batman’s fault. She was first introduced  back in 1992, on the Batman Animated Series she was meant to be a cartoon walk on. However she ws such a hit that she was written into the comics. She is a frequent accomplice and the girlfriend of Batman’s nemesis the Joker, and is also close to Poison Ivy, from whom she gained her immunity to poisons and toxins, as well as her advanced physical abilities.

There we have it folks, my top 6 sidekicks. I hope you enjoyed this look at the people who help our favourtie heroes out of tight spots, and possibly into their tights, they can’t be easy to put on you know.

Gaming for Girls: Part 4

 By Kirkie Chick 

SPOILER WARNING: If you not yet completed the game please be advised this article has some spoilers in it.

I have travelled from the depths of Arkham City to bring you this report of how I am getting on there. Readers may remember my encounter with a Dinosaur in the Museum, on my hunt for the Penguin, I managed to find him, only to be fired at with Mr Freeze’s gun which the Penguin stole. I had to go looking for a chip from Mr Freeze’s suit to jam the gun. I took great pleasure in fighting Penguin, only to have a fight with his pet. I got through that, and then I went looking for Mr Freeze again. I found him but he wasn’t able to help me straight away with a cure for the toxin from the Joker in my blood. It turned out that I would have to have a chase across roof tops for an assassin to sample the blood of an immortal man. An enzyme within the blood would help with finding the cure.

 After several attempts I was able to have it out with the assassin and got the sample. I met Robin. This was a pleasant surprise. Robin hadn’t appeared in Batman Arkham Asylum. He came to bring me a present, the Line Launcher gadget. I was able to give him the sample of blood to get analysed then I was on the hunt for the assassin’s hideout. I travelled across rooftops to the Subway. Once down in the Subway I did get stuck. Once again my boyfriend had to help me out. Turned out I could have worked it out for myself if I had been a bit more patient. After fighting some goons I managed to have it out with the leader of the assassins to get a sample of his blood. Ra’s al Ghul is his name and he tested me because he believes my destiny is to join them and become Immortal and be with his daughter, Talya al Ghul. I tricked him to get his blood and I fled again to take the sample back to Mr Freeze. I got a bit lost and I had travelled through the subway tunnel before as well.

 

Mr Freeze had made an antidote, but he turned on me and didn’t want to give it to me. I fought him. He was a tricky bugger but I defeated him. It turned out while we were fighting Harley Quinn had stolen the sample of the antidote to take back to the Joker. Who had also taken Mr Freeze’s wife Nora. As a side mission I was to rescue Nora, but for the time being I didn’t want to deter from my main mission, to go and infiltrate the Saw Mill where the Joker was hiding out to get the antidote sample back. I travelled to the Saw Mill; I got a little side tracked by rescuing a reporter who had been shot down in the City. After that I got back on track. The goons patrolling the perimeter of the Saw Mill were a little tricky but I was able to eventually get in. I had acquired a gadget from Mr Freeze so I could freeze burst pipes that had steam coming out of them.

 I travelled through the Saw Mill, killing goons, using sheets of ice to travel through tunnels of water and I found Harley Quinn, bound and gagged. She told me some information about weapons hidden by Joker. I had more important things to think about at the time. I continued to look for Joker. I found him and I fought him. He fought nasty, bringing in goons and two mean adversaries who packed a punch. I defeated them, but then Batman collapsed. The game then continues to go back to pick up the storyline with Catwoman and Poison Ivy. I’m currently trying to get into a weapons store for Poison Ivy. I have completed 26% of the overall game. 72% of that is the story mode. So I am getting there.

 

I have also been playing LA Noire. I haven’t played any Lost since starting it. In LA Noire, I managed to solve a couple of cases I was working on. I like the continuing storyline about the deaths of the girls being similar to the case of the Black Dahlia. The Dahlia Case is a true murder mystery which was never solved, from the 1940s, around the time and place of L.A. Noire. The Case involved the body of a woman, which was found battered and cut in half, with ghastly gashes cut on the victims face. Letters were sent to the police from the supposed murderer, but they never sent down anyone for the murder. At the moment I am currently going to have to restart a case because I think I took a wrong turn on questioning.

 

So until next time happy gaming!

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