Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Comics!

Every Wednesday is like Christmas Day for people like me. Even if you know what you're getting, 9 times out of 10 you'll find something at the comic book store that you weren't expecting. So here is what I'm expecting this week:

HAUNTED TANK #3 (OF 5) (MR) $2.99
DREAMER #4 $3.99

What are you guys getting this week? Any titles you'd like us to talk about? Write in and let us know.


Sylvina Solaris said...

Here's the disappointing answer for the whole COBRA situation. I did some extensive e-search (see what I did there?) on the subject. Here's what I've come up with:

COBRA is not an acronym, although from appearances the earliest Hasbro line of toys intended it to be an acronym of some sort. Unfortunately, down the line things changed. A lot of toy/fan conspiracy theorists like to think that COBRA had something to with the Soviets since G.I. Joe was essentially NATO. The origin and purpose of Cobra Command (as it later became known as) was essentially a mystery until the animated series got their hands on things.

Later in the animated series when another company picked it up, it was revealed that the organization is a frontrunner for a 40,000 year-old underground civilization called "Cobra-La", whose snake-like inhabitants were driven underground by the advent of humankind. Cobra Commander was, in actuality, a member of this underground race. He was tasked with creating an organization that would overrun the world at large.

Thus, that's why they're named "Cobra" because of this mythical snake like race of people. At least that's the animated series' version of things.

The writers for the tv series despised the name "Cobra-La" and had only originally intended to use it as a working name to be replaced by a "real" name in the finished product, but were overruled by Hasbro.

In an interview with the series’ story editor and writer Buzz Dixon, it is revealed that he had a much different idea for the origin of Cobra. Originally, it would be a sort of extremist organization founded by a Karl Marx/Friedrich Nietzsche-type figure but with a strong set of ideals. Cobra Commander usurped his position and locked him away in a secret prison. However, with this version, there's no explanation of the whole Cobra/snake theme there either (additionally apparently the Cobra logo/Snake theme existed in other media/areas such as the Godzilla cartoon, prior to the logo/organization coming into full existence.)

Fans also speculate that the organization concept and idea draws from multiple influences, one is the bluesuited Cobra organization from the Godzilla cartoon, another is from Marvel's "snake themed" organization known as HYDRA, and then the more obvious one would be the reptilian faction of DC's Universe known as Kobra.

So, to make a long story short, there might have been an acronym at one time, but it was never revealed to the public and it was slowly faded out of existence. The reason why it's Cobra, is essentially because, according to other comics and media, organizations/factions named after types of snakes are EVIL and must be stopped by Real American Heroes.

However, if I were to make a really bad guess at the acronym it probably would have been "Coalition of Bad Reptilian Antagonists".

- Link

Sylvina Solaris said...

In actual answer to your question(s) in the blog post:

I went to the shop and I usually just wing it, which is what I did today. I purchased the following...

- Anita Blake #5 (Thank god, I bought this book and figured I'd just follow it through, but it's been a mediocre experience at best.)
- Deadpool #6 (It's cool to see how Deadpool ties into Dark Reign and how Norman Osborn came into power.)
- Punisher #2
- Weekly Spider-Man Issue heck if I remember the number.
- Buffy #22 (for my girlfriend and a future investment for me after I finish season 7 of the tv series.)
- Secret Six #6
- X-Men Noir #3

That about sums it up for me. Pretty Marvel heavy this week, I usually only follow Batman in the DC stuff since continuity always seems to be a sticking point with jumping into ANY of the DC series.

I'm sort of curious as to why current arcs/issues of Spider-Man are never discussed on the show. Is it just a lot of hate towards the One More Day fiasco that occurred or? Oh, and Deadpool's new series is always something I'd like to hear opinions about. :)