Despite the presence of a “cheer-rumble” in In It To Win It and the incorporation of the Cal State Martial Arts Club into Bring It On Again‘s “Renegades” squad, the Bring It On films are almost disturbingly free of violence. If, you know, you don’t count that time that Sparky Polastri flicks Eliza Dushku’s nose.
But let’s be real here: That’s not going to satisfy the Devourer of Funk when he puts out the call for fighting! Fortunately, I was able to find a suitable substitute…
For those of you unfamiliar with Geoff Johns’ best comic, that’s Shiv–who conforms full-tilt to the Evil Head Cheerleader stereotype, even unto super-villanous extremes–in the foreground, displaying proper spirit, and Courtney–who would go on to join the JSA and take the name “Stargirl”–off on the right, trying to preserve her modesty.
Sadly, the actual battle doesn’t have a lot to do with their cheerleading, but I think I’ve fixed that pretty handily. After all, this isn’t a democracy…
And that’s Cheereal.
You can find a little more cheerleading and a lot more face-kicking in the pages of the recently collected Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder.
After a minor diversion involving both bad donuts and Pac-Man, bitterandrew returns to Bringing It On with a round-up of music videos featuring cheerleaders, who lead cheers, lament neglectful boyfriends, and usher in the era of Grunge.
Head Cheerfiliate Bully keeps the pom-poms flying with one of his trademark Ten of a Kind posts, and as a fitting sign of my bad influence on the Comics Blogger Internet, it includes Tarot. What hath I wrought?!
Also, Bully goes the extra mile by bringing GI Joe: Special Missions #24 to my attention, as its plot revolves around the lovely ladies of the GI Joe team going undercover as cheerleaders for a baseball team…
…and while I hate to be the one to point this out, baseball doesn’t actually have cheerleaders. Still, it got Jinx and Cover Girl into a chorus line, so I’m willing to forgive.
And finally, while it includes exactly zero pictures of comic book characters in cheerleader oufits, former ISB Contest Winner Cap’n Neurotic offers up a post on his memories of being lucky enough to catch Bring It On in the theater.