Comic Book: Southern Knights
Southern Knights was a black and white indie comic released in the mid-80's. It concerned a group of superheroes who protected Atlanta, Georgia from the forces of evil.
The Southern Knights are:
- Electrode (top right): Scientist David Shenk. Wields the power of lightning. Comic book fan. The team would probably be a lot less comic booky if not for his insistence on proper protocol.
- Kristin Austin (bottom right): Clemson grad blessed with Super Strength.
- Connie Ronnin (bottom left): Olympic fencer armed with a "psychic sword" that bypasses armor but does no permanent damage.
- Aramis Merrow (top left): Teenage sorcerer from the days of the Salem Witch Trials, put in magical sleep by his parents and accidentally revived by the Knights when they move into his old house. His magic tended to function of something as a Deus Ex Machina.
- Dragon (do you seriously need him pointed out?): Exactly What It Says on the Tin. His name is Moranderin but he can assume the form of a man named Mark Dagon.
- Bryan Daniels: The team's groundskeeper who occasionally puts on Powered Armor to help them out.
Southern Knights provides examples of:
- Attack Pattern Alpha: When the Knights get into a fight with another hero team called the Crusaders, the Crusaders try this. Unfortunately for them, Electrode's read the comic books that reveal all their strategies. Whoops.
- The team is originally called the Crusaders but later changed with the title to avoid a lawsuit with Archie Comics who at the time published a comic titled "The Mighty Crusaders."
- Christmas Episode: Southern Knights vs. the Grinch.
- Disposable Superhero Maker: Electrode gets his powers from a machine he invented which is immediately forgotten as soon as he puts on a costume. Despite him inventing powersuits for the government too.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The first issue was titled 'The Crusaders', the first two issues were magazine-sized, Aramis showed up in the fifth issue.
- Expy: One of the team's enemies was the crime syndicate VIPER/Viper, which stands out mainly thanks to the crossover with the Champions comic.
- Last of His Kind: Dragon thinks he is. Turns out there's also Serpent, the leader of VIPER/Viper, the dragon Morrigan kills to recharge her powers after escaping the second time, and I believe yet another in a spin-off comic starring Dragon
- Ms. Fanservice: Kristin, as her superhero outfit is usually a tight tee and shorts. Connie was forced into a cleavage-baring dress cut high on the thigh once.
- Our Dragons Are Different: If they really try they can learn to turn into people.
- Take That: Although this comic got it less than the same writer's X-Thieves, the writer wasn't shy at all about using it as a platform to lash out at things he disapproved of.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: In general when anyone spoke out against the Knights, they seemed to be in the wrong simply because the Knights were the heroes.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Carl and Larry.
- Worst Aid: In one issue Electrode is in a car accident and doctors try to use a "defibrilator" on him when he flatlines. Forgiving the fact that's not what defibrillators are for, it gets downright Narm-y when they realize shocking an electric superhero doesn't do anything until they turn the machine Up to Eleven.
- Artistic License - History: Generally people accused of witchcraft weren't burned at the stake.