Krotan

Krotan is a potent short term mutagen, which allows complete shape-shifting for the user. It was at one time quite popular amongst the upper classes of Thanagar – although it appears to have also worked for a variety of other alien races.

The primary Krotan dealer on Thanagar was Byth – who was also the head cop, so there was a slight conflict of interest. Eventually, Byth was overthrown and fled to Earth, now hopelessly addicted to Krotan – maddened both by the drug itself (seems his brain never uite made it back to its original shape) and by his subsequent withdrawal from it.

Dream Sand

The magical dust from the very pouch of the Dream King himself, Dream Sand as a hallucinogen that makes hallucinations real – and makes reality hallucinatory. A user of Dream Sand can mutate the flesh of anyone near enough (and it’s unclear how close that is, although line of sight seems likely), can entrap others in dreams and can prolong their own life far beyond any need for other sustenance (although not without considerable physical wasting – the magic keeps the body alive without them, but the body still needs food and drink).

Fortunately, Dream Sand is kept tightly controlled by the Dream King (whether that be Morpheus or Daniel), and it is only in rare circumstances that any human gets the chance to become addicted to it. The 72 year long imprisonment of the Dream King for the Magus Burgess was such an occasion, unfortunately, claiming the lives of at least two people and very likely more.

Venom

One of the most addictive and dangerous of steroids, Venom first appeared on the streets of Gotham City early in the self-appointed mission of the Batman. In fact, Batman himself was one of its most prominent users for a time.

Unfortunately, in addition to enhancing strength to a superhuman degree, Venom had a number of side-effects, including muscular dystrophy (when not in use) and a capacity to addict users stronger than most drugs short of crack. Batman quickly realised this, and went cold turkey, a process that took about a month (and which was accompanied by incredible physical pain and vivid hallucinations). He never used the drug again, although villains such as Bane and Lex Luthor did.

Goin’ to Gotham

Is it just me, or has Gotham City suddenly become the tourist Mecca of the New DC Universe? This confuses me somewhat. For a city that’s routinely described as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, of crumbling ethics and infrastructure, with no visible tourist attractions beyond the Bat-Signal, it’s ludicrously popular as a place to visit.

I mean, this is a city whose native wildlife is probably the only such fauna to be more dangerous than that of the Australian Outback. It’s a place where bright colours are a sign of imminent danger, and dark colours a sign that danger will soon be imminent. It’s a city where they call the wind “the Razor”. Who in their right mind would ever want to go there?
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The Inevitable Super-Villain Army

It’s a time-honoured trope of superhero comics: sooner or later, one or another of the various A-list supervillains will decide to gather all the other (and hence, lesser) villain under their command, and be-devil the heroes with them. There’s a number of reasons why this idea is flawed to the point of suckage, and why it should be given a nice long rest:
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The DC Universe and Terminator: Salvation

Maybe this isn’t the most likely combination, but I sometimes wonder how a nuclear war would affect the DC Universe. It strikes me that it would be a little more fun – from a roleplaying perspective at least – than Kingdom Come ever was.

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Pirates of the Caribbean and the DC Universe

Given that it’s never quite clear when in history the events of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy occur – well, actually, there’s no possible way for it to occur in history as we know it, even if you ignore all the supernatural elements – it’s probably just as well to mix it up with something else where fidelity to history is less of a concern. Like in DC Comics. Continue reading

The DC Universe and Flash Gordon

Now, I know I’m not the only person to have noticed that a surprising number of Golden Age heroes – most of them now in the DC Universe – seem to have been based on Flash Gordon characters, not least Flash himself.

Or were they? What if the relationship was a little closer than that?
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The World of Darkness and the DC Universe

It might look like an unlikely match-up at first, but it’s one of those things: there’s one little piece that fits together perfectly, and the rest extrapolated from there. So without further ado, let’s get on with it:
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