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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Because Medicine is Cool

I was rereading some of the early issues of 52, specifically the part where the space-faring folks come back in various degrees of merging and giant-dom and it occurred to me that, in the same way that I want to see a law-themed comic in a superhero universe, I want to see a medical one too.

I mean really, with all the supervillain schemes and weirdness, there have to be a lot to play with. And we know from House, ER, Scrubs and all that that hospital/medical themed crap has an audience.

Of course, I know nothing about medicine (whereas I know a teensy bit about law) so I couldn't offer any examples, but it could be neat! I mean, if nothing else, the presence of aliens, magic and metahumans would already complicate matters.

And you could bring in the "famous" doctors like Dr. Mid-Nite or Soranik Natu for special consultations and things like that. It'd be fun!

9 Comments:

  • At April 27, 2008 10:05 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Dr. Midnite does seem to get all the weird cases, doesn't he? The Lanterns seem to help out too, since it was Hal who went in and checked out poor Conner.(What was Ollie THINKING?)

    I always liked that they brought Soranik in to diagnose Kyle's Mother when she was dying.

    Are there any other superdoctors? I know that Batman apparently enjoys doing autopsies, but who else is there?

     
  • At April 27, 2008 11:13 AM, Blogger Patrick C said…

    The only DCU doc I can think of is Doctor Polaris, and The Chief from Doom Patrol. Unless all those other villains that put 'Doctor' in their name are actually legit. Drs. Bedlam, Cyber, Diehard, Mist, Moon, Phosphorous, Spectro, etc.

    Is Dr. Fate a Doctor? Dr. Occult? They throw that around a lot.

    Of course in the Marvel U we have Dr. Strange. You know who is not a good Doctor? Captain America:
    http://www.local6.com/news/12955416/detail.html

     
  • At April 27, 2008 11:48 AM, Blogger Dane said…

    Would the main cast be super-doctors, or regular doctors dealing with the crazy crap that comes into the emergency room? Your post reminds me of the police coroner from Bendis' POWERS comic, where the man was eternally frustrated with his job, because his corpses of super-humans defied almost everything he learned in medical school. I could see a lot of doctors having breakdowns in the DCU, honestly.

     
  • At April 27, 2008 1:35 PM, Blogger Avalon's Willow said…

    http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=422

    I pimp you Wowio.Com

    This is on my queue, haven't read it yet.

     
  • At April 27, 2008 3:50 PM, OpenID bariman1987 said…

    There was a comic called Metadocs a while back, from Antarctic Press. There are some scans on scans_daily if you want to check it out:

    http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/2576255.html

     
  • At April 27, 2008 3:59 PM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    Drat, I was going to tell you about Polite Dissent, then I realized you had it in your links. Ah well.

     
  • At April 27, 2008 6:30 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    I love thinking about this kind of stuff: the legal, medical, and even INSURANCE implications of a superhero world have all kinds of potential for an ongoing series. If the Gotham PD and the Metropolis SCU can get their own series, why not "Metropolis Hope" or "St. Gotham"?

    Do you read Polite Disent? It's a blog by an MD who often critiques the portrayal of medical techniques in comics. Apparently, some writers have actually started using him as a consultant.

     
  • At April 28, 2008 9:33 AM, Blogger Doctor Polaris said…

    Do not forget that I, Doctor Polaris, have a medical degree. Fully accredited. I would be pleased to star in a medical drama comic.

    I demand at mininum two assistants. One must be a talking gorilla. The second, an attractive brunette.

     
  • At April 29, 2008 2:59 AM, Blogger Michael said…

    Actually, I've written a superhero medical drama called "Metro Med" (http://www.metromedcomic.com) that was first published back in 2005 before Meta Docs.

    I've read Meta Docs, too, and it's a pretty different take so it's not like the two books can't co-exist. They've got a sci-fi hospital that has more money than God, whereas mine is a more down-to-Earth drama about how a hospital with a budget can possibly treat superheroes.

    Funny you'd mention this now, because I'm going to be republishing the first stories next month in a new special edition. Anyone can get one at Wizard World Chicago.

    Kalinara: E-mail me at thehutchATthehutch.com and I'll gladly send you a copy when it's printed.

    I've had an artist shake-up, so I'll be debuting some new stories with new artists in the next year. If you Google "Metro Med" you'll probably also find my ComicSpace page which has preview art.

     

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