Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cosmic Adventures Continuity - The Moon Gang


In the wonderful Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade, Landry Walker and Eric Jones showed us Supergirl's daydreams, allowing the reader a peek into the workings of the young hero's mind. These glimpses were often amusing ... diverting a giant meteor with an enormous tennis racket for example.

But one of the better recurring daydream gags was Moon Supergirl. In those dreams, Kara was a lauded and beloved perfect superhero who easily dispatched the vile Moon Gang.

I still miss that comic.


At least, as fans, we still get to read comics by the Cosmic creative team Landry Walker and Eric Jones. The team recently took over Batman The Brave and the Bold for Johnny DC.

And for Cosmic Adventures fans, Batman Brave and the Bold #10 had a wonderful cameo ...


After an opening scene where Batman, Green Arrow, and Black Canary take down Hugo Strange, we get to see Batman on his usual rounds in Gotham City. And who does he run into ... the Moon Gang!

The Moon Gang!! And they are robbing the Gotham Museum's lunar artifact display. Hmm ... does this mean that Cosmic Adventures Supergirl is in the Brave and Bold continuity? Could she guest star here?

Anyways, the gang is about to be easily dispatched by the Dark Knight when Batman begins to transform under the full moon rays.



With Bat-zilla about the bring the museum down around them, the Moon Gang scatters. I love their dialogue.

"Retreat! Retreat to the safety of the moon!" Too funny!

The rest of the issue has the Atom using his powers in reverse to hold off the rampaging beast while Green Arrow rushes to procure the antidote. There are some somewhat heavy themes in this 'kid's comic' including the Atom's brief internal discussion on whether he should let this bat-monstrosity destroy a prison and all those in it.

As with Cosmic Adventures, there was something in this issue for all levels of readers. And it certainly read like the Brave and Bold episodes play out.



But I have to be honest, for me the best thing in the issue was the Moon Gang. If only because it reminded me about Moon Supergirl.

Well, if I can't get a Supergirl Cosmic Adventures sequel, how about the Cosmic Supergirl as a guest star with Batman in this book? Pretty please Landry?

8 comments:

Gene said...

Truth be told, I only started to watch and enjoy Batman: The Brave and the Bold after it was announced that Landry and Eric were to work on the comic adaptation.

Anj wrote:
"Hmm ... does this mean that Cosmic Adventures Supergirl is in the Brave and Bold continuity? Could she guest star here?"

I hope so, both in the comic and on the show.

Moon Gang rules!

Anonymous said...

That panel wherein Supergirl stands atop the beaten "Moon Gang" whilst all and sundry grovel before her, is why I read comics without shame and embarrassment at the age of 47.
I WANT THIS SERIES BAA-ACK!
Or at least a straight to DVD animated feature...
Keeping alive the "Cosmic Adventures" mythos must be a top priority!

John Feer

Landry Walker said...

Technically, this was the second reference to Cosmic Adventures. Our first issue of Brave and the Bold has a reference to Quasi-Space. There is a specific reason for these connections that only exists in my head. I might get to explore that reason further some day.

Also: Remember that the Moon Gang wasn't just imaginary. Omnipotent cosmically powered Supergirl made them a reality at the climax of the 6th issue.

If you check the X-Ray blog page, you'll see our original Batman and Robin concept work. The book would have been very similar to the one we are doing now, and definitely was in the same universe as Cosmic Adventures. In my little corner of DC, Supergirl and Robin are the same age. That's one stumbling block for me in Brave and the Bold. The cartoon has an older Robin in continuity.

And lastly: Not to give away my secrets, but the "Retreat, retreat to the safety of the Moon!" was originally a line in issue 4 of Cosmic Adventures that wound up being changed because of a communication error between Eric and myself. It's the daydream scene where Supergirl is immune to Kryptonite. As i recall, he drew the scene on the Moon. Which naturally meant a dialog change was in order.

Even more lastly: Just a heads up, Eric and I aren't doing every issue of Brave and the Bold. We won't be on the November issue, but we will be back in December, and then again in February.

TalOs said...

Man seriously loving yours and Eric reign on this title, Landry! BD

PS: Please have Supergirl in at least one issue or even a cameo at the beginning of the comic along with Bats if possible. :)

Anj said...

That panel wherein Supergirl stands atop the beaten "Moon Gang" whilst all and sundry grovel before her, is why I read comics without shame and embarrassment at the age of 47.
I WANT THIS SERIES BAA-ACK!


I think we all want to see a sequel.

Pre-order the trade. In my heart I really think this is about money. DC will make a sequel happen if the profits are right.

Anj said...

Our first issue of Brave and the Bold has a reference to Quasi-Space. There is a specific reason for these connections that only exists in my head. I might get to explore that reason further some day.

Thanks so much for coming by and commenting.

I would love to hear the 'specific reason' for the connections when the time is right.

the "Retreat, retreat to the safety of the Moon!" was originally a line in issue 4 of Cosmic Adventures that wound up being changed because of a communication error between Eric and myself. It's the daydream scene where Supergirl is immune to Kryptonite. As i recall, he drew the scene on the Moon.

The line is so ridiculous but seems very natural for the moon gang to be saying.

We'll all keep hoping to see your and Eric's Supergirl again. In the meantime, I'll keep getting Brave and Bold.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

This blog beats the DC Supergirl board by a country mile! I think maybe there were two posts thereon about "Cosmic Adventures" during it's entire run. On any given day the DC SG board is nothing but a creepy morass of discussion centered on her briefs and their allegedly distressing "bulkiness".
THANK GHOD for this blog! Issues can be discussed, agendas pursued,real dialogue with creatives initiated...it is a Godsend!
M'hat is off to you Anj...

John Feer

Anj said...

THANK GHOD for this blog! Issues can be discussed, agendas pursued,real dialogue with creatives initiated...it is a Godsend!

Thanks so much for the kind words.

And really, I should be thanking everyone who visits and posts!!

I think it is great that I can
talk Supergirl with real fans and some of the creative folks too!