Posted by Dan Caffrey

Walking Dead Recap: Negan Finally Breaks Someone in ‘Hostiles and Calamities’

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for “Hostiles and Calamities,” tonight’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which as of publication hasn’t yet aired on the West Coast, as well as the Image Comics series.


In “The Cell,” Negan and Dwight tried — and failed — to break Daryl. Despite isolating him in solitary confinement, feeding him gruel, and torturing him with saccharine pop music, Mr. Dixon remained resolute, eventually escaping and making his way back to The Alexandrians. The words “We are Negan” never escaped from his mouth.

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However, tonight Negan was much more successful in converting another Alexandrian — albeit someone who’s much different from Daryl — to his way of thinking, or at least his way of living. Most disturbing of all, he does it through calculated kindness. The man, of course, is Eugene, whom The Saviors hope to use as a resource for building up their weaponry. He’s highly intelligent, thinks outside the box, and knows how to make bullets, bombs, toxins, you name it.

Unlike Daryl, Eugene’s always been somewhat of a coward — something Negan probably senses right off the bat and exploits without ever explicitly saying so. But his methods involve pampering rather than force. He massages Eugene’s intelligence by giving him access to his own room, his choice of food, vintage video games, and even social time (no sex, though) with three of his wives. But he’s also sure to make an example of Dr. Carson (whom Negan thinks may have tried to impress Sherry/Honey by helping Daryl to escape) by throwing him head first into the kiln. By treating Eugene well, he’s able to give him some comfort (at least in the most superficial sense) in his current situation, and by showing yet another display of violence, he reminds him of what happens to The Saviors’ enemies. Eugene can either do what Negan asks and enjoy a relatively plush lifestyle, or disobey him and get burned. A loyalist such as Daryl would balk at Negan’s threatened bribery, but for a self-preservationist like Eugene, he’s happy to take the coward’s way out.

Still, as we’ve seen, Eugene’s far from being a bad person, and as such, the show does flirt with him secretly going against Negan. For much of the runtime, he gets chummy with Negan’s wives, providing some more lighthearted scenes (always a welcome detour in the world of “The Walking Dead”) as he plays video games in front of them and shows off his chemistry skills by making a visually impressive, homemade bomb. But their bond soon takes a dark turn when two of the wives ask him to concoct a poison for the third. She’s never been able to accept her romantic loyalty to Negan (she only shacked up with him because a sick relative needed help), and wants to peacefully end her life. At first, Eugene agrees to help them, unbeknownst to Negan. But after the death of Carson, he backs out, fearful of going behind their leader’s back.

At this point, his conversion to The Savior way of life seems complete. In an emotional gut-punch of an ending, he stands on the lookout bridge with Dwight, another man who went from bad to good after getting connected with Saviors. “We are Negan,” they solemnly agree. Granted, Dwight may be secretly planning a rebellion against Negan on his own. When searching for his former lover, he finds their old home, along with a letter from her lamenting what he’s become. He breaks down, signaling what may be the beginning of his redemption arc.

But I’m not so sure if Eugene has the inner-strength to do the same. One could argue that he’s just playing along in preparation for his own scheme to take down Negan, but I doubt it. While he’s become somewhat braver since we’ve first met him, he still knows he’s a coward. He knows that he’ll do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means rapidly turning against everything he loves. He recognizes that what he’s doing is wrong, but there’s a big difference between recognizing a moral misstep and taking action to reverse it.

And that’s what makes that final scene one of the disturbing moments on the “The Walking Dead.” The show doesn’t always need walkers or a barbed-wire baseball bat to destroy a character. Sometimes, their weaknesses are more than enough for them to destroy themselves.

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Posted by Dan Caffrey

The Walking Dead: A Key Player Diverts From His Path in the Comic

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for “Hostiles and Calamities,” tonight’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which as of publication hasn’t yet aired on the West Coast, as well as the Image Comics series.


As is the case with most any adaptation, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has seen many of its characters take different paths than they do in the comic. For instance, Andrea, who’s still very much alive in the Image Comics series, became somewhat of an antagonist on the television drama when she became romantically linked with The Governor. Her premature death was widely decried by fans.

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In tonight’s episode, “Hostiles and Calamities,” it seems the producers are making some changes to Eugene Porter as well. Captured by The Saviors, he quickly becomes favored by Negan due to his intelligence. Not only can The Saviors bulk up their armory with his bullet-making skills, Eugene even knows how to use molten metal to strengthen The Sanctuary’s walker barricade.

In addition to being smart, Eugene’s also a coward, even by his own admission. Negan likely senses that, knowing Eugene will beeasy to bend to his will and adopt The Saviors’ philosophy.

And that’s exactly what happens by the end of the episode. Whereas in the comic series, Eugene loyally stands by the Alexandrians, in the final moments of “Hostiles and Calamities” he commits himself to being one of Negan’s people. It’s worth noting this reads as resignation rather than a genuine conversion of his views. He’s treated well, with vintage video games and a cushy room; he sees what happens to those who disobey their leader (thanks to a grueling riff on Negan’s frequent face-ironings), and he’s not sure whether he’ll get rescued anytime soon.

With that in mind, he goes back on his agreement to give several of Negan’s wives a suicide poison, then joins Dwight on watch duty. “We are Negan,” they both affirm in monotone, defeated voices. That’s all a far cry from the comic, where Eugene defiantly disobeys Negan while in captivity, going as far to say he’ll never follow him, “no matter how many genitals you sever.”

Of course, it looks like Dwight may be secretly plotting to take down Negan, and maybe Eugene will come around to do the same, becoming a key role in defeating The Saviors, as he does in the book. For now, though, it looks like the show’s Eugene has a much weaker backbone than in the source material. He’s quietly going to do as he’s told, because that’s how he survives. More on all of this in tonight’s full recap and review.

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Posted by Jason Cohen

Sea Listers: The 15 Most Powerful Underwater Superheroes

The ocean holds the secrets to many of the hidden mysteries of the world. New species, ruins from lost civilizations, or debris from a forgotten wreck are often discovered beneath the waves. It’s no wonder that it so often serves as the cradle of civilization for many superpowered beings in comic books.

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The legend of Atlantis often serves as the background for much of the underwater action; however, many of the heroes and villains from the world’s hidden civilizations have also come to dry land on more than one occasion to fight for what they believe in. Let’s look at the 15 most powerful underwater superheroes ever. Spoiler: they’re not all from Marvel and DC Comics.

AQUALAD

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Kaldur’ahm was introduced in the “Young Justice” animated series as a replacement for the original Aqualad, Garth. He fought alongside Aquaman before serving as the leader of the Young Justice team. It is later discovered that he is actually the biological son of Black Manta, Aquaman’s mortal enemy. Kaldur’ahm has all the abilities of an Atlantean, but he also possesses magical abilities that allow him to generate electricity and perform hydrokinesis. He is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant and uses sword hilts, known as water-bearers, to manipulate water and concentrate it into sword blades.

He was given a coinciding introduction in comic book continuity by Geoff Johns in “Brightest Day” #4 that established him as Jackson Hyde of Silver City, New Mexico. This iteration is unaware of his heritage or abilities until he comes into contact with Aquaman. Kaldur’ahm made his return to comics as a gay teenager in “DC Universe: Rebirth” #1 and will join the current “Teen Titans” title under the leadership of Damian Wayne.

STINGRAY

Stingray

Doctor Walter Newell has always been a scientist first and a superhero second. First appearing in “Tales to Astonish” #95 in 1967 (from Roy Thomas and Bill Everett), Newell was an oceanographer working for the United States government who came into contact with Namor the Sub-Mariner. He took on the role of Stingray for the first time in “Sub-Mariner” two years later. In the years since, he has served in a supporting role for many in the superhero community. He has even been a member of the Avengers, Defenders and more recently, Deadpool’s Mercs for Money.

Newell is a gifted scientist with a great intellect and the skill necessary to invent many innovative pieces of oceanographic equipment. As a non-powered human, he uses the Stingray exoskeleton to grant him superhuman strength, a measure of flight and durability. The suit stores oxygen for deep sea dives and provides him with the ability to swim at great speeds. Attached wings allow him to glide through the air, and he can fire electrical bolts from his gloves.

LAGOON BOY

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Introduced by Erik Larsen in “Aquaman” #50 in 1998, Lagoon Boy was offered Atlantis citizenship by Aquaman. Many disagreed with the decision because of his amphibious look, but he became a welcomed member of Atlantean society with a strong interest in the surface world. He eventually teams up with Young Justice on several adventures and assisted the team in “Young Justice: Sins of youth” when adult superheroes are de-aged and teen heroes are aged to adulthood. He has also appeared in several episodes of “Young Justice.”

Lagoon Boy has superhuman strength, durability and can swim at great speeds. His amphibious physiology allows him to breath underwater, gifts him sharp teeth and claws, and gives him the ability to blow his body up like a puffer fish. He has also shown some ability to communicate and control sea creatures. He was a part of Cyborg’s doomed Titans team in the “Titans East Special” by Judd Winick, Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund. The team is attacked during a training session and Lagoon Boy is left in a coma. He is later seen as a future member of the Teen Titans in “Teen Titans: Future’s End” #1 from Will Pfeifer and Andy Smith.

AQUAGIRL (TULA)

Tula

Originally appearing in “Aquaman” #33 in 1967 and created by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy, Tula was orphaned and raised as the Princess of Poseidonis. She forms a bond with Aqualad when they are kids and the two remain inseparable. When Garth joined the Teen Titans, Aquagirl was not far behind and getting involved in their adventures until she joined the team outright in “The New Teen Titans.” During the event series “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Tula was killed when the water she was swimming in was poisoned by Chemo.

She has been featured in several episodes of “Young Justice” and was reintroduced during the New 52. In the “Aquaman” Rebirth title, Tula is seen serving Aquaman and even acted as regent for a time. Like all Atlanteans, Tula has the ability to breathe underwater, swim at fast speeds, and has advanced stamina and durability. She possesses super strength, has shown the ability to create water constructs and uses telepathy to talk to sealife.

AQUAGIRL (LORENA MARQUEZ)

Lorena

Lorena Marquez was created by Will Pfeifer and Patrick Gleason in “Aquaman” #16, where she is introduced as a citizen of San Diego. A massive earthquake submerges part of the city into the ocean, killing thousands, but gifting the survivors with the ability to live under water. Lorena loses her entire family in the incident and meets up with Aquaman to help protect the citizens of what is then called “Sub Diego.” Over the course of their adventures, she takes on the identity of Aquagirl, a name that hadn’t been used since the death of Tula many years before.

She gains the ability to breathe underwater and is durable against the pressures of the deep ocean. Lorena possesses enhanced strength, hand-to-hand combat skills, and even shows a solid acumen for detective work. Aquagirl was seen as a member of the Teen Titans in “52” and would rejoin the team a few years later under the leadership of Wonder Girl.

TRITON

Triton

Triton is a member of the Inhuman Royal Family, having been exposed to the Terrigen Mist when he was a child. The exposure led to his mutation, taking away his ability to breathe air and giving him incredible abilities underwater. He was created by the great Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, debuting in “Fantastic Four” #45, along with many other members of the Royals. He is the brother of fellow Inhuman Karnak, has worked with the Fantastic Four and Namor, and has also fought against the Kree on more than one occasion.

He may not be one of the most prominent members of the Inhuman Royal Family, but his unique power set makes him an indispensable member of the team. Aside from being able to breathe underwater, Triton has been gifted with super strength, stamina and heightened reflexes. The only drawback he has is his inability to breathe on dry land without the aid of a breathing apparatus.

AQUAWOMAN

Aquawoman

A female counterpart to Aquaman was introduced by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott in “Earth 2” #18. The Wonders (a name given to superpowered people) of Earth 2 discover that the former queen of Atlantis was being held by the World Army in the Arkham Command Center. Batman — Thomas Wayne in this continuity — breaks Marella out of containment and recruits her to fight the army of New Gods attacking their world. She also helps them locate the Kryptonian Val-Zod.

As an Atlantean, she was gifted with super strength and durability. She is able to swim at superhuman speeds and endure the pressure of the deep ocean.She also has displayed strong hydrokinesis abilities, enabling her to do practically anything she wants with any small amount of water available to her. Marella can control tidal waves, the moisture in the air, and even the water inside the human body. The woman they call Aquawoman is not someone to be trifled with.

ABE SAPIEN

Doug Jones as Abe Sapien in Hellboy

Any fan of Hellboy is familiar with Abe Sapien, the aquatic sidekick to the demonic paranormal investigator. Abe first appeared in “Hellboy: Seed of Destruction,” Mike Mignola’s first Hellboy miniseries, which was published in 1994. He was introduced as a mysterious fish creature found in a tank of water underneath a hospital in Washington, DC. The only clues to his origins are the date of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the words “Icthyo Sapien” being attached to his tank. In the time since he was rescued, Abe has become one of the top field agents in the B.P.R.D., appearing in many publications over the last two decades.

Abe Sapien’s amphibious physiology allows him to breathe underwater and swim at great speeds. He has increased strength, stamina and durability, and appears to be at least somewhat immortal, considering he is over 200 years old. His training as an agent has also provided him with hand-to-hand combat skills and impressive marksmanship. In the “Hellboy” movie franchise, he is depicted as possessing limited telepathic abilities.

TEMPEST

Tempest

Aquaman’s long-time sidekick, Garth had been known as Aqualad since his teenage years before taking up the name Tempest when he grew older. He was created by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon and first appeared in “Adventure Comics” #269 in 1960. Garth was the outcast prince of an Atlantean colony before being taken in by Aquaman. Living in Atlantis, he met and fell in love with Tula and has even served as heir to the throne and regent at times.

He was a founding member of the Teen Titans and has been associated with them throughout the years. On many occasions he has fought his undead uncle Slizzath and has been instrumental in the preservation of Atlantis. As Aqualad, he possessed all the abilities of Aquaman — able to swim at incredible speeds, heightened strength, durability and the ability to communicate with sealife. As Tempest, he gains the magical abilities to project energy blasts, manipulate water currents, telekinesis and can even travel through dimensions.

Namora

Namora

Namora is the cousin of Namor the Sub-Mariner. She first appeared in “Marvel Mystery Comics” #82 in 1947 and was created by Ken Bald and Syd Shores. After many Golden Age adventures alongside her cousin, she was shown to have been killed off in “Sub-Mariner” #50. It was some time before she made her return to comics, appearing in the “Exiles” comic series, where she is an alternate reality version of Namor.

She didn’t return to Marvel’s 616 Universe until 2006, in the pages of “Agent of Atlas.” The group discovered her coffin and learned that Namora never actually died but was being held in hibernation for years. She was released and offered a place on the team. Like her cousin, she is a human/mutant hybrid and has all the powers you would expect: superhuman strength and durability, superhuman swimming, and, like Namor, the ability to fly with the wing-like appendages on her ankles.

Namorita

Namorita

Created by Bill Everett, Namorita is the clone of Namora, first appearing in the same issue where her “mother” dies. She possesses all the same abilities as Namora and Namor, but also gains the power to secrete corrosive acid and paralyzing toxins from her skin. She also has a camouflage ability that can render her practically invisible.

Namorita was a founding member of the New Warriors superhero team, even serving as leader for a time. She played a pivotal role in the events of “Civil War,” where the team fought the villain Nitro before he unleashed his power, killing her and 612 people in Stamford, Connecticut. The incident sets off a chain of events that starts a war between different sides of the superhero community. She is saved from her fate several years later during the “Realm of Kings” crossover. Her ex-boyfriend, Nova, saves her when both become displaced in time. Namorita then rejoins him in the present.

ASPEN MATTHEWS

Fathom

Created by the late Michael Turner for Image’s Top Cow imprint, Aspen Matthews is the star of the “Fathom” comic book series. Aspen is the biological daughter of two underwater races, the Blue and the Black, who are at odds with each other. She is raised on the surface world, where she competes as an Olympic swimmer and later a marine biologist. It isn’t until adulthood that she comes into contact with her people and learns who she really is and where she came from. Caught between three different worlds, Aspen must navigate the difficult political climate of two cultures while also ensuring that neither side takes over the surface world.

As the offspring of both groups, she possesses more power than any of them have ever seen. She can swim at superhuman speeds and has the ability to control water, creating tidal waves and tsunamis with her mind. Aspen can manipulate energy and release powerful blasts, she has an advanced healing factor, and has shown the ability to communicate telepathically. She can also transform into water and reconstitute her body at will.

MERA

Mera

Jack Miller and Nick Cardy introduced Mera as the love interest of Aquaman in 1963’s “Aquaman” #11. She accompanied Aquaman and Aqualad on many adventures and eventually married her longtime lover. After the death of their child in “Adventure Comics” #452, their relationship fell apart and Mera dealt with mental instability for years, going from enemy to ally many times over.

Mera’s origin was updated by Geoff Johns in the pages of “Brightest Day,” when it is revealed that she is from Xebel, a forgotten Atlantean penal colony sealed away inside the Bermuda Triangle. She was sent to Atlantis in order to seduce and kill Aquaman; however, she fell in love with him and decided to abandon the plot. In the last few years, Mera has once again become a prominent character in “Aquaman,” and has served as co-star in the current series. Like Aquaman, she possesses super strength and can swim at super speeds. At the same time, she has the ability to control water and create hard water constructs.

AQUAMAN

Aquaman

One of DC Comics’ most prominent superheroes, Aquaman was created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris for “More Fun Comics” #73 in 1941. He is traditionally presented as the son of lighthouse keeper Tom Curry and Atlanna of Atlantis. Arthur Curry was raised by his father before returning to the sea and embracing his true identity as Orin and becoming the king of his kingdom. Arthur went on to become a founding member of the Justice League of America.

Over the years he has lost his throne and gained it back. His relationship with Mera became constantly more unstable in the modern age. He became far more serious and ruthless in the 1990s, when he grew a beard and long hair. He also lost his hand in battle and used a robotic hand for awhile before acquiring a hand made of magical water. He has died and been reborn and become a far more nuanced leader in the New 52 and Rebirth era, embracing his role as king. He has superhuman strength, durability and can swim at super speeds. He also has a strong telepathic ability to converse with and control aquatic life.

NAMOR

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Namor the Sub-Mariner has the distinction of being one of the first superheroes published by the company that would one day become Marvel Comics. Bill Everett, the creator of two others on this list, created Namor for “Marvel Comics” #1 in 1939. The half-human/half-Atlantean mutant was born with pink skin to a population of blue-skinned citizens. He ascended to the throne of his kingdom and is often seen doing whatever he must to ensure the safety and respect of his people. He has superhuman strength, durability, speed, agility and reflexes. He can also fly with the use of wing-like appendages on his ankles.

Namor is seen to be extremely volatile and violent against outsiders who threaten Atlantis; however, he has also worked with surface dwellers when it has proven to be beneficial to him and his people. Namor has been a member of the Avengers, Defenders and even the X-Men. He also joined the Illuminati to watch over the Marvel Universe from behind the scenes, as well as Norman Osborn’s Cabal in order to maintain alliances.

Who is your favorite underwater hero? Let us know in the comments!

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The divergence point is based on a storyline where the Vision had to take control over the Avengers while many were missing during Secret Wars, went a bit crazy, and took over control of every computer on Earth. In canon, the Avengers convinced him taking over the world was bad, and he released control. But what if he didn't?

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27 February 2017

Posted by Narayan Liu

15 Heroes Who Are Not Super

A superhero: stoic, noble, watchful, with fantastic powers and/or skills. The comic book world is full of a variety of colorful characters we call superheroes. DC’s Superman, Wonder Woman or the Flash might immediately come to mind for some of you, others might instantly think of Marvel’s Spider-Man, Wolverine or the Fantastic Four. With all their powers, they are gods walking (or rather flying) among mankind, saving us from the powerful forces of evil.

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There are a few who fight alongside these guys, in comic books superhero teams like the Justice League or the Avengers, but they don’t quite fit in, mainly because, they might not be as “super” as the rest of them In fact, for them, the word “super” might be a bit… strong. Sometimes the only thing that makes them super is the fact that a writer really wants to make them fit in, no matter how unlikely it would be.

HAWKEYE

Hawkeye

Speaking of the Avengers, in comparison to heroes like the 70-year-old super soldier, the green destruction machine, the Norse god and the billionaire-with-robot-armor, Hawkeye seems just a bit out of his league. Make no mistake, he’s highly skilled with the bow and arrow, as well as with swords and other melee weapons, but does that really make someone super?

Obviously, he’s held his own so far, which is amazing, all things considered, but even he admits that oftentimes he’s a bit out of place, as he did in Matt Fraction’s run in the “Hawkeye” #1-5 (now available as a collection, “My Life As a Weapon,” illustrated by David Aja and Javier Pulido). Because of that, he’ll always be seen as the weakest of the bunch, the obvious target for villains like Crossfire, who did use him in an effort to force the superheroes into retirement in “Hawkeye” #4 (written and illustrated by Mark Gruenwald with help from Danny Bulanadi and others). No one doubts that with his training and skills, he’s capable of a lot. It’s still not enough to put him right in there with the rest of the “superhero” community, though.

GREEN ARROW (CONNOR HAWKE)

Connor Hawke

Let’s talk about Green Arrow. The real Green Arrow, Oliver Queen, is just barely a superhero as it is. His former sidekick (and son), Connor Hawke, who would later serve as the second Green Arrow when Ollie was busy being dead, is even less “super” than his predecessor. He’s a highly skilled archer, yes, though not as skilled as Ollie. He’s a fantastic hand-to-hand combatant, named the most lethal in the world (even better than Lady Shiva, though she let him win), but so was Bruce Lee and no one’s calling him a superhero.

There have been attempts at expanding his role in the comics by giving him powers (other than the ability to appear with a different ethnicity seemingly with every appearance). In the 2008 miniseries, “Connor Hawke: Dragon’s Blood” (written by Chuck Dixon with artwork by Derec Donovan and others), he’s given some amount of superpowers by bathing in dragon blood, though they’re nowhere to be found outside of that miniseries. More recently, he was given a healing factor and powers of clairvoyance he almost never uses. That’s it. He even lost his skills with a bow.

SPEEDY/ARSENAL

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Like a few other superheroes, Green Arrow took on quite a few sidekicks over the course of his career, like Speedy, a title once given to Roy Harper (and later to Mia Dearden). He would later become Arsenal and subsequently, Red Arrow. Once again, he’s highly skilled, but it’d be wrong to call him a superhero. He doesn’t have any powers and relies on the use of a bow, knives and guns most of the time, especially more recently in the “Red Hood and the Outlaws” series, written by Scott Lobdell with artwork by Kenneth Rocafort.

When it comes down to it, Team Arrow just isn’t a superhero team. Even the long running series, “Arrow,” on CW or its spin-off “Legends of Tomorrow,” shows us just how out of place the members of Team Arrow are when among real super-powered heroes like the Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and pretty soon, Supergirl.

PROWLER

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Hobie Brown, first appearing in “Amazing Spider-Man” #78 (written by Stan Lee with artwork by John Buscema and Jim Mooney), created the Prowler suit to make some money by stealing things then returning them as Hobie Brown. He was caught by Spider-Man, who persuaded him to use his skills and intelligence to better the world. He wasn’t the only one to have donned the cowl of the Prowler, but whether it was Hobie, his clone or Rick Lawson, his skills and abilities with the suit have remained the same; yet, he’s been a part of teams such as the Defenders, which also included Hulk, Doctor Strange and Luke Cage!

So what can the suit do? With the help of bracelets and anklets, the wearer of the suit is able to fire darts and other projectiles as well as release various types of gases in order to hide or hypnotize opponents. It’s a well-equipped suit, but nowhere near as technologically advanced as, say, Iron Man. It’s not even as protective as Black Panther’s. At the end of the day, he’s just a man, a brilliant man, but a power-less man in a suit. Not a superhero.

THE QUESTION

Vic Sage The Question

There’s no doubting that the Question is a pretty great investigator. He was able to infiltrate a facility holding Superman and was able to free the kryptonian. That takes more skill than the average person possesses. In fact, it was skills like those that landed him an invitation to join the Justice League. While his many gadgets and disguises — especially his yellow gas and his pseudoderm mask — might be invaluable in his line of work, none of it holds a candle to true superheroes.

He’s a great hand-to-hand combatant and, as we’ve said, a great investigator, if not a touch too paranoid, but what happens if a creature like Doomsday threatens the planet? It’s doubtful The Question would ever show up to that fight. What happens if a threat like the Black Lantern Corp ever invades? What hope would the Question ever have against them? He’s a fun guy to read about, but not exactly someone who will ever come to mind when you hear the word “super.”

HUNTRESS

Huntress

Helena Bertinelli is the daughter of one of Gotham’s most prominent crime families. In both her origin stories, mobsters murder her family and she trains to take vengeance on them, taking the name Huntress and becoming yet another of Gotham’s vigilantes, even though Batman disapproves since she doesn’t mind using lethal force. The thing about Huntress is while, like everyone else on this list, she is incredibly well-trained, she doesn’t come close to being a superhero.

Even the criminal underworld doesn’t fear her as they do other caped crime-fighters, as she discovered in “Batman: No Man’s Land” #0 (written by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Greg Rucka, illustrated by Greg Land, Drew Geraci and Rob Schwager) when she watched over Gotham as Batgirl instead. The “New 52” reboot gave us a Helena Bertinelli as an agent of Spyral, a covert operations agency under the command of the UN. It’s a role that better suits her honed skills and makes her much more believable as a character than she was when she was running around as a “superhero.”

GANGBUSTER

Gangbuster

Introduced to us first as a former boxer in “Adventures of Superman,” Jose Delgado used his exceptional boxing skills to rescue Lois Lane from Lex Luthor’s pawn, Combattor, unfortunately sustaining massive injury, losing the use of his legs in the battle. As his alter ego’s name suggests, Jose became Gangbuster to bust gangs of youths who were forming in Metropolis, but he did so without any superhuman abilities until that fateful fight with Combattor in “Adventures of Superman” #437 (by John Byrne, Jerry Ordway, John Beatty and Anthony Tollin), after which he was given implants to restore the use of his legs.

The implants enhanced his fighting skills, at least with his legs, but that’s just about it. He’s a costumed crime fighter, clearly, and he’s as heroic as any super powered hero (perhaps more so because of his lack of powers), but he’s not one of them. Later on, we see him with better body armor and new weapons, but still not enough to justify anyone calling him a superhero.

KATANA

Katana

One character that rose just a bit in popularity after the release of the 2016 “Suicide Squad” film (directed by David Ayer) is Katana, a highly skilled swordswoman trained in the ways of the samurai. After being widowed by a jealous brother-in-law,Tatsu Yamashiro, having taken the Soultaker sword, went to train with a master, Tadashi, before travelling to America to become a superhero.

Now stop right there, Tatsu. Being a badass with a sword does not instantly make you a superhero. The sword has all the power here, not her. Soultaker can absorb the souls of those who fall to the blade and those souls can be reincarnated via a mystic ritual in order to serve the one who brings them back. Those sound like pretty spectacular powers, but once more, that’s all the sword. Tatsu herself has proven that she can’t compete in the world of superheroes, as she did when she was kidnapped by Cryonic Man and his bulky robots, Number One and Number Two, in “Batman and the Outsiders” #7 (written by Mike W. Barr with artwork by Jim Aparo and Adrienne Roy).

BLUE BEETLE

Blue Beetle Ted Kord

A lot of the time, having special equipment, be it a mystical sword or a suit with enough weapons tucked away inside it to wage war, does not make someone a bona fide superhero. Take Blue Beetle, for instance, specifically when it was Ted Kord behind those yellow eyes. Kord wasn’t the most powerful superhero, he wasn’t even the most highly skilled, but he was a member of the Justice League. He fit in, but only because he seemed to be everyone’s best friend.

His death came at the hands of Maxwell Lord, who shot Kord in the head after he refused to join Lord’s organisation and scheme against metahumans in “Countdown to Infinite Crisis” (written by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Judd Winick, illustrated by Ed Benes and many, many others). While he was reintroduced in “New 52,” we don’t see him as Blue Beetle until the new Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes (who possesses mystical powers) seeks him out for help. Right there, when you compare the two Blue Beetles, you’ll see why Kord is on this list. He’s a stand-up guy, a genius even, but like the others on this list, not a superhero.

BLACK WIDOW

Black Widow

Arguably one of the deadliest on this list is Black Widow, an Avenger, S.H.I.E.L.D agent and a former KGB spy. She started out as something of a villain, going up against Iron Man, Spider-Man and even the Avengers, but over the years has proven to be one of the good guys. Using her espionage skills as well as the various gadgets she’s acquired over her career as the Black Widow, Natasha Romanov has been able to stand up against supervillains like the Sinister Six in “Amazing Spider-Man” during the “Ends of the Earth” storyline (written by Dan Slott and illustrated by Stefano Caselli).

Having been given a variant of the super-soldier serum, Black Widow is resistant to all forms of disease, psychological tampering and aging. She also heals at a more rapid rate than the average human and is quite the ballerina. However, it’d still be inaccurate to call her a superhero, owing to the fact that, despite her physical capabilities and skills, she’s pretty much like her one-time partner, Hawkeye, though clearly more deadly than he is. She’s almost as “super” as the rest of the Avengers… but not quite.

STAR LORD

Star Lord

Being part Spartoi, it’s a given that Peter Quill can do more than the average human. He doesn’t have any superpowers but is in possession of a variety of alien technology he’s acquired over his many adventures in space, taking the name Star Lord and founding the new Guardians of the Galaxy. He and his team have faced quite a few galactic threats and he’s shown himself to be capable of handling villains like The Fallen One, a former herald of Galactus, as he reveals in “Thanos” #11 (written by Keith Giffen with artwork by Ron Lim and others). However, that was done at the expense of several thousand lives, which is why Star Lord was subsequently imprisoned in the Kyln.

If it weren’t for all the tech, he wouldn’t be able to accomplish half the things he has. He’s a leader because he’s a smart guy, which is often how he’s able to lead the Guardians of the Galaxy to victory, but is he a superhero because of all that? No. He’s one hell of a fighter, but just doesn’t fit the bill of a superhero.

ROCKET RACCOON

Rocket Raccoon

To take care of the inmates of the planet Halfworld, several creatures were genetically manipulated in order to act as caretakers. As a result, creatures like Rocket Raccoon were born. With the abilities of an average raccoon and the intelligence of a highly trained space pilot, Rocket earned his place in the Guardians of the Galaxy, even leading them at one point while Quill had been captured. He was the one who brought in Groot (who’s a little less friendly looking than his film counterpart)!

He’s an asset to the Guardians of the Galaxy and one of the most entertaining parts of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film (directed by James Gunn). He’s a lot of things: a miracle of science, a fighting machine, but not a superhero. His film depiction shows that best since, in theory, you could replace him with any alien from Nova Prime of equal intelligence and the Guardians would have succeeded in more or less the same way.

ROBIN/BATGIRL

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There have been many Robins and quite a few different Batgirls. All of them were exceptional and most went on to do their own thing after years of fighting alongside the one and only Batman. Dick Grayson is pretty well-established as Bludhaven’s protector, Nightwing, while Cassandra Cain, who briefly fought as Batgirl during the “No Man’s Land” story arc, would go on to fight as Orphan. Batman has a way of giving wayward children more direction, but that direction does not lead to superhero-hood.

Take Orphan for example. After Batman and Batwoman put her through their little training regiment, she was still seriously injured after trying to take on the Colony by herself in “Detective Comics” #934 (written by James Tynion, illustrated by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas). Even Damian Wayne, though freakishly skilled (that happens when you’re trained and supported by the League of Assassins) was quickly beaten and tortured by Morgan Ducard, AKA NoBody. They’re all talented individuals and together, Gotham’s criminals are right to fear them immensely, just not as immensely as they would fear actual superheroes like Green Lantern.

BATWOMAN

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Kathy Kane trained for years, specifically to become Batwoman, after losing her family in a terrible attack. After inheriting wealth comparable to that of Bruce Wayne, Kane was ready to begin her career as Gotham’s caped crusader. She even replaced Batman as the protagonist of “Detective Comics” for a time where she proved herself to be Batman’s equal, which is why she received her own comic series (again), beginning with “Batwoman: Rebirth” (written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion, with artwork by Steve Epting and Jeremy Cox).

But with all that training and her bat-gadgets, she’s still only human. She’s one of a dozen costumed vigilantes running around Gotham, trying her best to make it a better place, and she’s doing a damn good job at it, but she’s no Supergirl. That’s why she got captured by cultists belonging to the Religion of Crime. She would have died if not for the timely intervention of Batman and Robin in “Batman and Robin” #8 (written by Grant Morrison with artwork by Cameron Stewart and Tony Aviña).

BATMAN

Batman

“Holy comic book characters, Batman, are we really going to say the Dark Knight isn’t a superhero?” Yes, we are, because no, he’s not. Like everyone else here, he’s a highly skilled crime-fighter with billions to spend on batarangs, batmobiles and the best education and combat training money can buy. Money isn’t a superpower, Mr. Wayne. That doesn’t matter, however, as Batman has gone up against supervillains like the White Martians and even defeated the Man of Steel himself, who called Batman “the most dangerous man on Earth.”

Because of his lack of powers, it’s really up to the writers to get him out of a jam, and a lot of the time, it’s highly unrealistic (we’re talking about characters who can shatter moons, will green objects into existence and were sculpted out of clay). A perfect example would be in “DC Special Series” #27 (written by Len Wein with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Dick Giordano and Glynis Oliver) when he defeated Marvel’s Hulk, by punching him in the solar plexus, forcing him to breathe in knock-out gas. Let’s not be silly, no amount of money would buy you the ability to do that.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

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A new Futurama mobile game, involving both the original cast and the show’s writers, is on the way. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be out at some point this summer from developers JamCity. It will be free to download, but various add-ons costing $1-50 will also be sold. (No word on how necessary those add-ons might be.)

“This is a game where you basically get to recreate the Futurama universe,” said David X. Cohen, who pitched the original show to Fox with Matt Groening. “There are a few other games out there in this kind of category for other animated shows that people may know and love, but I think this is going a little more ambitious. It’s going to involve sending some of your characters on missions to other planets, and battling some of our favorite Futurama foes, and things like that. So they’ve taken that sort of format, where you’re god of Futurama, and added even some additional adventure and story elements on top of it. So it is very ambitious.”

Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Turanga Leela), and John DiMaggio (Bender) will all return to voice their characters. There will also be more of Futurama’s famous preserved heads in jars. “We’ve already even recorded a few special guest stars’ heads,” said Cohen. He also promised the return of Richard Nixon’s preserved head.

The original run of Futurama aired on Fox until it was cancelled in 2003. It returned on Comedy Central in 2009, until it was cancelled again in 2013. The series follows the adventures of Fry, a pizza delivery boy from 1999, who is accidentally cryogenically frozen and wakes up in the year 3000. Once there, he again works as a delivery boy, but for an interplanetary crew.

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27 February 2017


"I absolutely believe you can write superhero comics where violence is either peripheral, or even entirely absent. The point of superhero comics is to inspire people to try to be their best selves. They're about people trying to help others and make the world a better place, not a more violent one. Now of course, they take place in a fantasy world where certain things, like vigilantism, are laudable. But even still- I try to find ways to make sure the violence is either justified by some moral criteria, or as an incomplete solution. Usually, the violence in my books is stuff that passes the time until someone comes up with the real solution. Though I've by no means got a perfect record on this front- again, fantasy world, "good" violence, all part of the show. Still try. Some superheroes really benefit from tacking towards nonviolence btw: Superman and Fantastic Four come to mind immediately. Cap, in my mind, comes very close to the line- he's a soldier, but he should always be reluctant to fight. Has to be a necessity. Same for Sam, btw, which is why my favorite arc is Americops, because really, it all kicks off with him trying to PREVENT a fight." -- Nick Spencer

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15 Comics Where The Villain Should Have Won

Typically, heroes stopping villains is a good thing. Every once in awhile, however, things might have actually turned out better had the bad guys won. Now, these aren’t stories where the villain was justified, or the hero was actually manipulated into fighting for the wrong side. These are all examples where the villains were doing something evil, and had things gone differently, the world might’ve been a better place. Granted, it might not have been a happy ending, but it still would’ve been better than what actually followed.

RELATED: 15 Superhero Films Where The Villain Deserved To Win

Sometimes, the bad guy getting away would’ve prevented a future tragedy from occurring. Other times, victory for the villain would’ve been less catastrophic than what followed their defeat; or, had their plan actually worked, the world would have benefited in an unforeseen way. These are 15 comics where the villain should have won.

TIME RUNS OUT

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In “New Avengers” #1 (2013), Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting revealed that alternate realities were colliding together, with the Earth as the point of impact. These events are called incursions, and when they occur, one of the colliding Earths must be destroyed or both realities will be wiped out. This leads to the event “Time Runs Out,” which depicts the last months of the Marvel Universe before the incursions eventually cause the mainstream Marvel universe to collide with the Ultimate Marvel universe.

In “Avengers” #45 (2015) by Jonathan Hickman and Stefano Caselli, the Shi’ar empire discovers the incursions, and with a heavy heart, decide to destroy the Earth to save the universe. Iron Man stops the Shi’ar by firing a massive weapon powered by a rogue planet. While destroying the Earth never seems like a great idea, in this case, it made sense. When all of reality is at stake, destroying one planet kind of makes sense. Had the Shi’ar destroyed the Earth, theoretically, the final incursion wouldn’t have occurred, most likely preventing the events of “Secret Wars” (2015).

THE DASTARDLY DEATH OF THE ROGUES

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In the future, a group known as the Renegades has adopted the identities of the Flash’s greatest villains, but instead fight against crime. They encountered Flash in the first story arc of “The Flash” (2010), which starred the recently returned from the dead Barry Allen. They travel to the past to arrest Barry for a murder they believe he will commit in the future. In reality, he’s being framed by the Renegades’ version of Top.

In his day job, Barry had reopened an old case where the wrong person had been found guilty of murder; one of Top’s ancestors had actually committed the crime. Flash clears his name and is set free from the future court. Almost immediately, this began the road to Flashpoint, which created an alternate, dystopian world. Had Top successfully framed Barry, then he never would have gone to change the past, creating the Flashpoint world and potentially sparing us all from the New 52.

GREEN LANTERN: SECRET ORIGIN

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In “Green Lantern: Secret Origin” (2008) by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, Hal Jordan’s origin is updated to fit better into modern continuity and include references to the “Blackest Night” storyline. In the updated version, Abin Sur dies while transporting Atrocitus across the galaxy and crash lands on Earth. Sinestro comes to train Hal Jordan, and the two end up fighting Atrocitus. Hal, to the surprise of Sinestro, is able to overcome the ring’s weakness to yellow and defeats Atrocitus.

While detaining Atrocitus, however, Sinestro is given a prophecy about his homeworld, Korugar, falling into chaos. It’s heavily implied that this led to Sinestro becoming the authoritarian ruler of the planet, which ultimately led to his downfall and eventually forming the Sinestro Corps, fueled by the fear powered yellow rings. Had Atrocitus simply gotten away while on Earth, it’s possible that Sinestro never would have become one of the universe’s greatest villains.

RETURN OF THE SINISTER SIX

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Once again realizing that teaming up with other villains increases his odds of winning, Doctor Octopus reformed the Sinister Six in “Amazing Spider-Man” #334 (1990) by David Michelinie and Erik Larson. The evil doctor is actually double crossing his fellow villains, however. He’s actually manipulating them into helping him launch a drug into the Earth’s ozone that makes cocaine lethal. His seemingly complicated plan is that the world’s rich and powerful will pay him for the cure so that they can keep using cocaine.

Unfortunately, the drug would also destroy the Earth’s ozone layer. When this is discovered, Spider-Man has to undo the effects of Ock’s drug, essentially saving cocaine. Spider-Man actually laments this at one point, and he’s right. Cocaine is a dangerous and addictive substance, and Doc Ock unwittingly found a way to rid it from the world. If he had only found a better delivery method, then he actually would’ve been helping the planet.

LEGION QUEST

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As the prologue to one of the biggest “X-Men” storylines, the events of “Legion Quest” had huge ramifications on the entire Marvel Universe. Starting in “Uncanny X-Men” #320 (1995) by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid and Roger Cruz, Charles Xavier’s son, David, decides to travel 20 years into the past to murder Magneto. He believes this will help create a world where humans and mutants coexist in peace. A team of X-Men follow him through time, where they end up teaming with a young Magneto and Xavier to stop David.

Unfortunately, two major events occur. First, the fight releases a huge amount of mutant energy, awakening Apocalypse earlier than in the original timeline. Second, Xavier is killed in the crossfire. This leads to the “Age of Apocalypse,” a dystopian world where North America has been devastated by the megalomaniacal mutant. While killing Magneto would have drastically changed the timeline, it still would’ve been a much better result than the world Xavier’s death created.

BATMAN VS JASON TODD

jason todd vs joker

Jason Todd, the second Robin, was killed by the Joker in the infamous “A Death in the Family” (1988) by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo. He remained dead until years later when Superboy Prime, trapped in the paradise dimension, punches the walls of reality to escape. This alters events in the DC Universe, and Jason Todd was revived. He eventually returns to Gotham under the Red Hood persona, as a antagonist to Batman. In “Batman” #650 (2006) by Judd Winick and Eric Battle, a crazed Jason confronts Batman about the Joker.

Jason is holding the Joker hostage and plans on killing him, and questions why Batman never did. Batman falls back on his “not killing makes me better than them” argument, and uses a batarang to prevent Jason from killing the Joker. Of course, if Jason had won and killed the Joker, then he would’ve saved all of the Joker’s future victims. Considering how evil the Joker is, that’s a lot of people that would’ve lived had Batman not succeeded in preventing Joker’s death.

HOUSE OF M

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During the events of “Avengers Disassembled,” it’s revealed that Scarlet Witch had gone crazy and was manipulating reality. She is then taken by Magneto, who brings her to Genosha where Professor X tries to fix her mind. At the start of “House of M” (2005) by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel, the Avengers and X-Men decide that Wanda needs to be dealt with. Quicksilver warns Magneto, and when the heroes arrive at Genosha, Wanda creates a new reality known as the “House of M.”

In this world, mutants became the ruling class after a major sentinel attack in 1979. It’s not a dystopia, however, and many of the heroes are living their fantasy lives. However, Wolverine breaks free of the illusion, so he “awakens” several other heroes who defeat Magneto and the Scarlet Witch, restoring reality. Unfortunately, right before setting things back, Wanda says “no more mutants,” which depowers the majority of the world’s mutants, spreading chaos across the globe. That seems like a worse outcome than allowing the fake, but not terrible, House of M world to go on.

CIVIL WAR

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In the opening issue of Marvel’s “Civil War” (2006) by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the New Warriors are tracking a group of villains hiding out in Stamford, Connecticut. The villains, consisting of Cobalt Man, Speedfreak, Coldheart and Nitro spot the heroes and a fight breaks out. The Warriors take down the villains, except for Nitro, who tries to escape. Namorita pursues him, causing Nitro to explode in the middle of town, creating a massive blast that destroys Stamford.

As a result of this catastrophe, the government passes the Super Hero Registration Act, a bill that requires heroes to register with the government and provide their secret identities. This creates a divide between the pro registration heroes and those against it. War then breaks out among the heroes, which ultimately results in the death of Captain America. Had the villains beaten the New Warriors, however, Nitro wouldn’t have needed to explode, sparing Stamford. Considering that this was a group of C-list villains, they would’ve just been captured by other heroes eventually anyway.

AVENGERS VS X-MEN

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When it’s discovered that the Phoenix Force is headed to Earth, it ignites a fierce battle between the Avengers, who want to stop the Phoenix, and the X-Men, who believe the entity will save mutants. When it finally arrives in “Avengers vs X-Men” #5 (2012) by Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Colossus, Magik and Namor are possessed by it, creating the Phoenix Five. The Avengers decide that the five are too powerful, and decide to take them down. While they’re eventually successful, it comes at a great price.

While the Phoenix Five eventually turn evil, their immediate actions are actually quite peaceful. They bring food, clean water and electricity across the globe, and it isn’t until they are provoked that things go bad. Granted, this resulted in the destruction of Wakanda and the death of Professor X (which would ultimately lead to the Red Skull stealing Xavier’s brain and gaining his power), but if the Phoenix Five hadn’t been threatened by the Avengers, it’s very possible none of those things would have happened.

ULTIMATES 3

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In “The Ultimates 3” (2008) by Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira, the Scarlet Witch is killed by an undercover Ultron robot. Magneto and Quicksilver steal the body and bring it to the Savage Land, where the Ultimates give chase. The Ultrons also follow the teams to the Savage Land, resulting in a huge fight. During the battle, the Ultimates try to calm Magneto down, but Hawkeye surprises everybody by shooting an arrow. Quicksilver jumps in front of Magneto, and is seemingly fatally wounded, having sacrificed himself to save his father.

Magento retreats, and all of this eventually leads to “Ultimatum” (2009) by Jeph Loeb and David Finch. Magneto uses his magnified powers to unleash catastrophes across the globe, killing countless people. If Magneto had defeated the Ultimates before Hawkeye could shoot Quicksilver, then the master of magnetism wouldn’t have been driven by his grief to attempt the destruction of the planet.

THE TRIAL OF JEAN GREY

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In “All-New X-Men” (2012) by Brian Michael Bendis, the original five teenaged X-Men, including Jean Grey, are brought to the modern world by present-day Beast. They end up getting stuck in the current time period, and have to deal with the fact that, for many of them, their futures contain much darkness and misery. When the Shi’Ar discover the existence of the teenage Jean Grey, they kidnap her and put her on trial for her future actions as the Dark Phoenix. The cosmic entity was responsible for the destruction of an entire planet, a catastrophe that the Shi’Ar believe can be avoided by killing the young Jean Grey before she can ever bond with the Phoenix.

“The Trial of Jean Grey” (2014) by Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Sara Pichelli was a crossover between the All-New X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy. While the two teams were able to save Jean, the Shi’Ar did have a point. Had the Phoenix never encountered Jean Grey and copied her form, the events of the “Dark Phoenix Saga” would have been avoided, and an entire civilization may not be dead.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES

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When a Kryptonite asteroid is discovered to be hurtling towards Earth, then-President Lex Luthor uses the opportunity to blame the situation on Superman. When Batman sides with the super hero, the two are declared public enemies in the opening story arc of “Superman/Batman” (2003) by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. The two are able to not only destroy the asteroid, but also expose Luthor as a criminal during a fight where he injects himself with a Venom/kryptonite hybrid and dons a battle suit. This defeat removed Luthor from office, but it also had some unintended consequences.

Luthor vanished from the public eye, and then resurfaced forming a new Secret Society of Super Villains in “Infinite Crisis” (2005). This was actually Alexander Luthor, posing as Lex, in order to trick the villains into helping him reform the multiverse. Had Lex never been removed from office by Batman and Superman, then Alexander Luthor never could have posed as him, which would have potentially prevented “Infinite Crisis.”

SPIDER-MAN VS VENOM

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One of the deadliest villains in the Marvel Universe is Carnage, a symbiote that bonded with serial killer Cletus Kassady. The two were brought together when Kassady was cellmates with Eddie Brock, aka Venom. At the time, Brock was separated from the symbiote, so he was treated like any other human prisoner. When the symbiote came looking for Brock, it broke him out of prison, but also left behind a young symbiote it had just given birth to, which bonded with Kassady. The formation of Carnage led to hundreds if not thousands of deaths at the hands of the brutal killer.

These events all lead back to “Amazing Spider-Man” #333 (1990) by David Michelinie and Erik Larson. During a fight with Venom, Styx and Stone show up and join the fight, taking on both Spider-Man and Venom. Styx, who can kill anything organic with one touch, seemingly kills the Venom symbiote by touching it. Obviously, it was only wounded, but had Venom escaped or won the fight, the symbiote never would have been separated from Brock and everyone of Carnage’s victims would still be alive.

FATAL ATTRACTIONS

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While the X-Men couldn’t let Magneto succeed, their victory at the end of “Fatal Attractions” (1993) caused an even worse outcome. In response to the UN activating the Magneto Protocols — a plan that used satellites to nullify Magneto’s powers on Earth — the evil mutant unleashed an electromagnetic pulse across the planet. In “X-Men” #25 (1993) by Fabian Nicieza and Adam Kubert, Professor X leads a team to Asteroid M to confront the master of magnetism.

Things go wrong, and Magneto rips the adamantium off of Wolverine’s skeleton, nearly killing him. Xavier, horrified by his old friend’s actions, used his telepathy to shut down Magneto’s mind. At first, this seemed like a victory, but this actually merged the darkness in Xavier’s brain with Magneto’s, creating the villainous Onslaught. This powerful entity would go on to threaten the entire planet, and was only stopped when the Avengers and Fantastic Four sacrificed their lives to destroy it. Things would’ve turned out better if Xavier had just found a way to let Magneto live on Asteroid M, if he promised to leave the Earth alone.

THOR VS APOCALYPSE

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In a flashback set during viking times, “Uncanny Avengers” #6 (2013) shows the first meeting between Thor and Apocalypse. The Asgardian god, still arrogant and boastful, is attacked by the ancient mutant, who claims that Thor is a threat to the future. In reality, Apocalypse is being manipulated by Kang, who knows that Thor’s power isn’t strong enough to break through Apocalypse’s celestial armor. Instead of accepting defeat, Thor returns to Asgard and, against his father’s wishes, has a magical axe named Jarnbjorn.

This weapon is one of the few items in the Marvel universe able to crack Celestial armor. While Thor used it in the past to defeat Apocalypse, it was used in the future by the Apocalypse twins to kill a Celestial. This caused the other Celestials to target Earth for destruction; they were ultimately successful, kicking off the “Avenge the Earth” storyline. If Thor had just let Apocalypse beat him, then the Earth never would’ve been crushed under a giant Celestial’s foot (yes, this is how the Earth was destroyed). Thor will try to prevent the villains from achieving ultimate victory is Asgard in “Thor: Ragnarok” when it hits theaters on November 2, 2017.

Can you think of a time in comics where the villain should have won? Let us know in the comments!

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Now, as we sort of know, there are few people Damian actually likes. He respects a couple, loathes several and disdains nearly everyone else on the planet. But people he actually LIKES, we're probably limited to Colin (who seems to been lost in the New52) and of course, his big brother and favourite partner in crimefighting, Nightwing.



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So what could possibly increase tensions between them?

Perhaps the only thing that Damian is ALWAYS concerned about

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26 February 2017
Authors have been revealed for the Cap-IM remixes. I see that, as I suspected, [personal profile] navaan wrote me 20k of action-packed Noir amnesia identity porn (thanks, Navaan, it was amazing) -- but I didn't guess that kdm103020 wrote my fake dating remix. Anyway, they were both great.

I may now reveal my four stories! Here they are, in the order in which I wrote them! (I know I said the other day that I wrote three stories. That was technically true at the time. I did a very last-minute pinch hit literally three hours before deadline.)

The first thing I actually wrote was for Relay Remix, the telephone-style remix where participants successively remix each other's fic:

Same As It Ever Was (The Thought Bubbles Remix) (6316 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Ultimates, Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes, Gail Richards, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Peter Parker
Additional Tags: Dreams, Multiverse, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Angst, Repression, Happy Ending, Remix, Captain America/Iron Man Relay Remix 2017, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Steve Rogers, leader of the Ultimates, has strange dreams. Dreams where he's a comic book artist. Dreams where it wasn't SHIELD who pulled him from the ice. Dreams where he's an Avenger, whatever that is. But they're definitely dreams, because in these dreams he has a whole lot of... feelings... for Tony Stark. And that can't possibly be real, right? Right.

More about this story... )

I didn't know what the rest of the chain looked like until reveals, obviously, but I am pretty happy that it turned out that most of us took the opportunity to keep the multiverse theme going, because, seriously, it went 1872, 1872/616, AA multiverse, Ults/616, AvAc/Ults/616, a giant sprawl including all the above universes and the MCU, and so on. I feel kind of sorry for springing Ults on everyone. But obviously not that sorry!

And then there was my actual main Remix assignment, where I remixed Neverever's MCU story Past Imperfect:

If You Want to Live (The Historical Present Remix) (9249 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Carol Danvers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Reed Richards, Stephen Strange
Additional Tags: Alternate Timelines, Time Travel, Rescue Missions, MIT Era, Star Trek References, Pining, Pre-Slash, Avengers Vol. 4 (2010), Remix, Community: cap_ironman, Captain America/Iron Man Fanfic Remix 2017
Summary: The Civil War is over. The SHRA is gone. Steve has been brought back to life. He's settling into his new duties as America's top cop. His longtime friendship with Carol Danvers -- Avenger, former director of SHIELD, and former leader of the pro-Registration forces -- is now a tenuous one. But something is very wrong in the world. This isn't how it was supposed to be. Someone is missing. Tony Stark was killed at the age of seventeen, and it's up to Steve to travel into the past to save a man he doesn't remember from a man he knows all too well: a mysterious assassin from another time and place, a man with a metal arm. And the truth is more complicated than anyone could ever have guessed.

And as for this one... )

And then I had two stories in Remix Madness!

The first is a remix of a_sparrows_fall's 616 Civil War AU You Started:

See You at the Bitter End (The Rest of the Rainbow Remix) (8422 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), New Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, 5 Things, Infinity Gems, Civil War (Marvel), Civil War: The Confession (Marvel), Angst, Extremis, Bad Decisions, Accidental Death, Self-Sacrifice, Telepathy, Hopeful Ending, Remix, New Avengers Vol. 1 (2004), Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Pick a Gem, any Gem. And try to stop a war.

Mind the warnings and tags with this one.

Further details... )

And then there's my filthy, filthy remix of Robin_tCJ's MCU story Mark XXX:

Prototyping (The Make the Sparks Ignite Remix) (1176 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Iron Man (Armor)/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Iron Man (Armor)
Additional Tags: Engineering, Established Relationship, Armor Kink, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, Fantasizing, Remix, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Tony is an excellent boyfriend and an excellent engineer, and so there's no way he's going to let his brand-new sex armor fuck Steve without him trying it out himself first.

A last-minute PWP in a universe I don't even write! )

This concludes my remixes.
 
 

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Lego-Mosaic-Maker

When it’s time to take your self-obsession to the next level, head to the LEGO store in London. Their LEGO Mosaic Maker will take your picture and then print out a brick-ified version that serves as the building template for a custom mosaic of your face. With a kit of 4500 LEGO pieces, you can render yourself in glorious, grayscale (alas!) plastic bricks with about three hours work. The kit costs £99 (approximately $125 USD). (via Nerdist)

  • BBC Click posted a cool featurette about how Rogue One‘s very hands-on director, Gareth Edwards, used a real-time virtual reality system to direct the movie’s digital effects scenes. (via Polygon)
  • Moonlight swept the Independent Spirit Awards last night, winning six awards: Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the Robert Altman Award for the best ensemble cast. Past winners of Best Feature have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, but a number of the films that constitute Moonlight‘s biggest competitors, including La La Land, were not competing at the Spirit Awards. (via Reuters)
  • Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom creator Butch Hartman has posted a “Deadpool meets Disney” video, which is pretty much what it sounds like. He draws Deadpool into iconic Disney scenes, to comedic effect. (via io9)

(Image via screengrab of CNET’s video)

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Power Rangers: Rita Repulsa Unleashes Her Magic in New TV Spot

Rita Repulsa’s witchcraft has always proved a defining trait, what with creating monsters left and right in attempts to take over the world. Now the sorceress and her power are front and center in the latest TV spot for the Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers.”

RELATED: Lionsgate Says New Power Rangers Film Could Lead to Multiple Sequels

In the 30-second promo, titled “You Five,” Elizabeth Banks’ deliciously sinister character offers enticing clues about her history with the Rangers and showcases her might. “I’ve killed Rangers before,” she hisses.

Perhaps the most iconic villain in the long-running action-adventure series, it makes perfect sense for Rita to take the stage as the film’s primary antagonist. It’s been 22 years since last we saw the classic Mighty Morphin Rangers on screen, and this franchise reboot will introduce them to a new generation.

RELATED: It’s Goldar Vs. Megazord in Final “Power Rangers” Trailer

Directed by Dean Israelite, the film follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of obliteration by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, they quickly discover they’re the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers.

Opening March 24, the film stars Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.

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orphan black

Since the release date for the fifth and final season of Orphan Black was pushed to June, rather than the usual season premiere month of April, fans have been struggling through the longer-than-usual hiatus. After teasing some season five footage on February 23, the Orphan Black Twitter account has finally delivered…in five- to -fifteen-second clips.

Curse yooouuu!!

I assume that these clips are either the lead-up to a full trailer release, or meant to work as clues of some kind. They do provide a concrete look at some of the characters: Helena, Rachel, Alison, Cosima, and what looks like Sarah running through the woods. No sign of Delphine, though.

“We would die for each other,” says Sarah in one clip, “But we will live for each other.”

Co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, and starring Tatiana Maslany as the clones, Orphan Black returns on June 10.

(Via Twitter; image via BBC America)

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Jodie Foster speaks at an anti-Trump rally in Beverly Hills.Jodie Foster spoke out against Trump at a pre-Oscars rally, Moonlight dominated the Independent Spirit Awards, Ellen gave away her biggest gift(s) ever, Slovenia legalized same-sex marriage, and two gays finally touched lips on the Disney Channel.
 
 
 

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Avengers: Infinity War Casting For UK Extras

Although principal photography is under way outside Atlanta for “Avengers: Infinity War,” production for the Marvel Studios sequel will expand to the United Kingdom, where the call has gone out for extras.

RELATED: Is Michael Rooker Teasing “Avengers: Infinity War” Role?

A new listing on MovingCastingCall seeks a range of actors in or near Edinburgh, Scotland, and London, England. Here are the breakdowns:

• MALES & FEMALES – Ages 16 – 90 years. All types any ethnicity. No experience necessary. You must have easy access to Edinburgh or the surrounding areas for filming. After you register, the casting directors will contact you if they are interested.

• MALE ARM AMPUTEES – Ages 30 – 40. You must be an arm amputee. You must have easy access to London. Filming Dates: Monday 20th March and Wednesday 10th May 2017.

• MALES & FEMALES 4’9″ OR SMALLER – Ages 16 – 90 years. You must be 4’9″ or smaller. You must have easy access to London. Filming Date(s): you must have good availability for filming in March 2017. They do not have exact dates for this role yet.

Complete details can be found on the casting website.

“Infinity War” cast a net for extras earlier this month in Atlanta, where it singled out men with long hair and beards, which of course sparked speculation that the film with pay a visit to Asgard (additionally, emails to the casting agency were to include the subject line “VIKING”).

RELATED: Tom Holland Burns His “Avengers: Infinity War” Script

Directed Joe and Anthony Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”), “Avengers: Infinity War” boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that’s so far confirmed to include such actors as Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brie Larson, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Zoe Saldana, Tomo Holland and Pom Klementieff. However, they’re only for starters, as the film draws in most of the key players from all corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film arrives May 4, 2018, followed by an as-yet-untitled sequel on May 3, 2019.

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LIVE PREVIEW

A suuuper super simple little bit of code I put together.
It's extremely easy to customize colors/fonts etc.
The live preview has black for ships. I've included colors in the code.
There's no bg or list coding to worry about.
No credit necessary; I literally just slapped this together.



code in here )
 
 
 
26 February 2017

⌈ Secret Post #3707 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 35 secrets from Secret Submission Post #530.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
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Get-Out-Screengrab

After scoring a rare 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (and a pretty rave review from our own Teresa Jusino), Get Out dominated the domestic box office this weekend. Made for less than $5 million, the film has already brought in $30.5 million, unseating The Lego Batman Movie in the #1 spot.

Get Out is directed and written by Jordan Peele, of Key & Peele fame. It follows a young African-American man, Chris, who travels to meet his white girlfriend’s family for the first time. Once they arrive in the predominantly white town where her parents live, things start to get strange and scary.

In a September interview, Peele described the film as “one of the very, very few horror movies that does jump off of racial fears. That to me is a world that hasn’t been explored. Specifically, the fears of being a black man today. The fears of being any person who feels like they’re a stranger in any environment that is foreign to them. It deals with a protagonist that I don’t see in horror movies.”

“This movie is also about how we deal with race,” he told the New York Times in a more recent interview. “As a black man, sometimes you can’t tell if what you’re seeing has underlying bigotry, or it’s a normal conversation and you’re being paranoid. That dynamic in itself is unsettling. I admit sometimes I see race and racism when its not there. It’s very disorienting to be aware of certain dynamics.”

Key & Peele frequently parodied horror films, from The Shining to zombie apocalypses, so it’s no surprise that Peele wanted to move into a genre he clearly knows well. In that same Times interview, Peele said, “The best comedy and horror feel like they take place in reality. You have a rule or two you are bending or heightening, but the world around it is real. I felt like everything I learned in comedy I could apply to this movie.”

I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I’ll leave you with Teresa’s summary from her review:

Get Out is going to be one of those movies that people are going to talk about years from now as being a valuable encapsulation of our times. It’s smart and unflinching about issues of race, offering a much-needed commentary on today’s political dumpster fire, even as it serves on the surface as a competent, well-executed thriller. I would highly recommend checking it out when it hits theaters this weekend. Get Out is exactly the thriller we need right now.

(Via Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times; image via screengrab from trailer)

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New Iron Fist Banner Spotlights Colleen Wing

Last week, Marvel unveiled a new motion poster for “Iron Fist” featuring Finn Jones as Danny Rand. Now the spotlight has turned on Jones’ co-star Jessica Henwick, who plays Colleen Wing in the upcoming Netflix drama.

RELATED: “Iron Fist”: Dragon Shou-Lao Confirmed For Netflix Series

Henwick, who’ll rejoin Jones this summer for “The Defenders,” recently opened up about her decision to take on the role of Colleen, revealing she was initially hesitant, fearing the character would be just another Asian stereotype. However, she explained that Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb helped to assure her that wouldn’t be the case.

“So I had some concerns,” Henwick recalled, “and Jeph Loeb rang me and he said, ‘We’re going to take the stereotype, and we’re going to — we’re not going to avoid it, we’re going to inspect it.”

Although “Iron Fist” will focus on Danny Rand, it will also explore the backstory of Colleen Wing, much like how “Luke Cage” developed Misty Knight. We’ll get to see her kick some butt, as shown in one of the first clips, but we’ll also get to explore the character beneath the martial artist.

RELATED: New “Iron Fist” Promo Asks “Who Is Danny Rand?”

In “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” Danny Rand returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years, and seeks to reclaim his family’s company. However, when a threat emerges, he must choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

Debuting March 17 on Netflix, “Iron Fist” also stars David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey and Rosario Dawson.

(via Facebook)

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26 February 2017



"Michael goes from being a bit of a douche-bag to the world’s biggest underdog. We didn’t want to shrink from his failings at the start of the story. He’s wrecked his marriage, rarely sees his son, drinks too much, lets his work colleague down. He’s Mr. Unreliable. You know those are all unlikable qualities. But then he gets his quest: get to Manhattan and rescue his son when the world around him has turned into a surreal war zone. And he alone has no powers. Suddenly he’s the hero and all the odds are stacked against him. Hopefully, that makes people root for him. And he grows as the story continues. He has an arc. He’s not the same guy by the end."

- Rob Williams


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Tom Hiddleston Teases Final Kong: Skull Island Trailer

The final trailer for “Kong: Skull Island” will arrive on Monday, as star Tom Hiddleston revealed in a 10-second teaser posted on Twitter.

 

 

Although short, the footage offers a good look at King Kong in action, suggesting the final trailer may be even more action-packed than those that came before it.

RELATED: “Kong: Skull Island”: Samuel L. Jackson Goes Monster Hunting in New Scenes

This take on Kong takes place in 1973, on an uncharted island where “myths run wild.” After learning about a rumored super-species existing on the island, the secret organization Monarch sets out to discover the mysteries of the island. As the latest synopsis reveals, the story ultimately serves to tell the tale of how Kong became King. The film is part of Legendary Pictures’ planned Kong-Godzilla cinematic universe, dubbed the “MonsterVerse,” with the two monsters set to come head to head in 2020.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) from a script by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein, “Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Jason Mitchell and Toby Kebbell. The film opens March 10.

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James Cameron Remembers Bill Paxton As ‘a Good Man, a Great Actor’

Following the news today of the death of versatile actor Bill Paxton, Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron released a statement remembering his longtime friend and frequent collaborator. “The world is a lesser place for his passing,” the director wrote in an email to Vanity Fair, “and I will profoundly miss him.”

“I’ve been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it,” Cameron said. “Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36 years, since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. He came in to work on set, and I slapped a paint brush in his hand and pointed to a wall, saying ‘Paint that!’ We quickly recognized the creative spark in each other and became fast friends.”

Cameron cast Paxton in a series of films, beginning with 1984’s “The Terminator,” and continuing with 1986’s “Aliens,” 1994’s “True Lies” and 1997’s “Titanic.” The two later reunited in 2003 for “Ghost in the Abyss,” which followed Cameron and a group of scientists on an expedition to the wreck of RMS Titanic, where they obtained the best images ever seen of the ship’s remains. Paxton joined his old friend on the journey, and served as the film’s narrator.

“What followed was 36 years of making films together, helping develop each others projects, going on scuba diving trips together, watching each others kids growing up, even diving the Titanic wreck together in Russian subs,” Cameron continued in his statement. “It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect. Bill wrote beautiful heartfelt and thoughtful letters, an anachronism in this age of digital shorthand. He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others. He was a good man, a great actor, and a creative dynamo. I hope that amid the gaudy din of Oscar night, people will take a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he was.”

Paxton, whose career spanned four decades and also included roles in “Apollo 13,” “Big Love” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” died Saturday following complications from surgery. He was 61.

He’s survived by his wife, Louise Newbury, and two children.

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26 February 2017

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The Woods #30

As Karen, Ben, and Sander confront Taisho, those left on Earth struggle with the recent revelations that the Bay Point students are still alive.

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Batman: The Animated Series & Two-Face’s Forgotten Sequel

Welcome to the ninth installment of “Adventure(s) Time,” where we examine a classic episode of an animated series and an issue of its companion comic. This week, we’re going to be looking at the debut of Two-Face in the “Batman” animated continuity, and the follow-up storyline that was intended for animation, but eventually found a home in the “Adventures” spinoff series.

The two-parter “Two-Face” debuted on Sept. 25-26, 1992, the 17th and 18th episodes of “Batman: The Animated Series” (or 10th and 11th, based on production order). The story is by Alan Burnett and Randy Rogel, and both episodes are directed by Kevin Altieri. The legendary studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha animated Part I, bringing an incredible amount of life to the animation. Dong Yang Animation does a competent job on Part II, but it lacks much of the energy seen in the first chapter.

Harvey Dent had made a few appearances on the show prior to this, essentially to set him up as Gotham’s noble district attorney, someone just as determined to fight crime as Batman, but able to do it within the system. “Two-Face” opens with Harvey suffering from a nightmare, hinting at the darkness that lies in his subconscious. Soon, we see Harvey at work, using Batman’s aid to bust a gang that’s associated with alleged mobster Rupert Thorne. One of Thorne’s men kicks mud in Harvey’s face while being taken into custody, which sets Harvey off into a shocking rage. (The goon also boasts, in front of cameras, that Thorne can’t be stopped and that he’ll outwit Harvey — a rather dumb move if you’re working for a “legitimate businessman” who has yet to be charged with any actual crimes.)

The next few scenes introduce us to Harvey’s fiancée Grace Lamont, and also re-establish that Harvey is close to Bruce Wayne. Still early in the show’s run, actor Kevin Conroy seems to be overplaying Bruce’s dorky public persona in some scenes, but during Bruce’s private moments with Harvey, who’s clearly cracking up, he does a fantastic job melding the Batman voice with his traditional Bruce Wayne. Conroy’s acting skills, when he has Bruce drop his foppish act and express genuine concern for Harvey, are used to wonderful effect in these scenes. This is not the level of acting that the audience had grown accustomed to in “kids’ TV.” It’s a genuine performance, and it helps to elevate the material.  The producers have cited “Two-Face” as the moment the show began to take a more adult tone, and they’re right.  It’s hard to go back to “I’ve Got Batman in My Basement” after scenes like this.

Richard Moll also deserves recognition as the voice behind Harvey Dent and Two-Face. To this day, it’s amazing to me that one actor could be responsible for both voices, and could so effortlessly shift between the two. The scene between Harvey and his therapist, when the Two-Face persona first emerges, set against a relentless thunderstorm, is still amazing to watch. (Undermining the running theme of duality, Moll also appears as a third voice in these episodes — he’s the uncredited voice of Thomas Wayne during Bruce’s tortured dream that blames him for failing his friend, and his parents, as a child.)

By the end of the first chapter, Dent has been blackmailed by Thorne into traveling to an abandoned chemical plant, lest his hidden mental illness be disclosed to the public. The dark side of Dent (“Big Bad Harv”) takes control, and in the ensuing chaos, a chemical explosion ruins half of Harvey’s face.

The second installment of the story begins some weeks later, with Harvey fully adopting the Two-Face persona, now carrying a scarred coin that will guide his moral decisions. Not only has Harvey adopted a two-toned suit, but he’s accompanied by twin henchmen, he’s compelled to attack Thorne holdings that have a connection to doubles in their name (which seems to imply that Thorne himself is obsessed with the number two, given how many he owns), and he’s taken up residence at the derelict Wild Deuce club.

Batman continually tries to bring his friend back to the light, but is unsuccessful. Grace becomes a target for Rupert Thorne, specifically his sadistic assistant Candice, who poses as a police detective and tricks her into revealing Two-Face’s location. Soon, all of the players are in place at the Wild Deuce club, and Two-Face is given an opportunity to kill Thorne. Both Batman and Grace plead with Harvey to allow the law to deal with Thorne, compelling him to flip his coin to make the call. Batman, clearly displaying no real faith in his friend (with good reason), knocks a box of silver dollars into the path of the coin, causing Two-Face to suffer a meltdown. Grace emerges to comfort Two-Face, who’s soon taken away by the police. Commissioner Gordon questions if the Harvey Dent he knew can be saved. Batman responds that where there’s love, there’s hope.

The ending clearly implied that Grace will become an integral part of future Two-Face stories. If you’re only familiar with this continuity through the animated series, however, you would assume that the character was simply forgotten. Not so.

“Batman & Robin Adventures” #1-2, the opening issues of the 1995 attempt to re-brand the “Adventures” series to match the new “Adventures of Batman & Robin” Saturday morning run of the show, reintroduce the character of Grace.  The plot was originally intended by Paul Dini for the animated series, but he decided to use it during his run with Ty Templeton on the comic.  In “Two-Timer” we learn that Bruce Wayne and Grace Lamont have been visiting Harvey once a week in Arkham Asylum, and that Bruce is personally paying for Harvey’s treatment.  Harvey seems to be winning the battle against his Two-Face persona, although Robin expresses his doubts to Batman.  As Robin points out, Bruce was friends with Harvey Dent, the crusading DA, but Robin only knows him as Two-Face.

Harvey faces the most severe obstacle to his recovery yet when the Joker, out of sheer boredom, decides to get under his skin.  He plants the idea in Harvey’s mind that Bruce and Grace are secretly an item, and then conspires with Harley Quinn to plant the phony story of their engagement in the newspapers.  It’s possible the producers always had this story in mind, going back to the first chapter of “Two-Face.”  When Grace is needling Harvey about when exactly they’re going to be married, Bruce jokes that he might just snatch her up.  Talk about foreshadowing…

Grace, by the way, is actually developing feelings for Bruce.  Could it be that the Joker is more in tune with human emotions than he’s let on in the past?

Once Harvey discovers the “news” of Bruce and Grace’s engagement, he reverts to his Two-Face persona and escapes from the revolving door known as Arkham Asylum.  Now on a mission to destroy anything close to his former friend, Two-Face kidnaps Grace and Dick Grayson, holding them hostage at Gotham Gardens, Bruce Wayne’s new housing development.  After making a personal call to Wayne Manor (and saying “hi” to his old acquaintance Alfred), Two-Face lures Bruce to Gotham Gardens.

Two-Face makes the classic villain mistake of leaving Bruce and Dick tied to a chair, assuming that the explosives he’s set inside Gotham Gardens will kill them, but in his defense, he’s unaware of their secret identities.  Predictably, Bruce and Dick escape, change into their costumes, and track down Two-Face, who’s leaving town with Grace on his yacht.  (Grace is being granted a “second chance” by the magnanimous Two-Face.)  After Batman and Robin dispose of his goons, Two-Face is quick to perform his own double-cross on Grace, using her as cover while he blasts away at his foes.  Grace grants the heroes the opening they need when she steals Two-Face’s signature coin from his pocket and cuts his face with its jagged edge.  He’s soon defeated by his former friend and taken back into custody.

Robin, surveying the remains of Gotham Gardens from the rooftops, remarks that everything destroyed by Two-Face can be rebuilt.  Looking down at Grace, saying her final goodbyes to Two-Face, Batman responds, “Not everything.”

The Wrap-Up

The beautifully painted image of Two-Face, which sits still while the animated bandages fall from his face, is a great reveal of the design.  It also hints at the influence of John Kricfalusi on the series, who did similar tricks on “Ren & Stimpy” for years.  Although it appears to be a full painting of Harvey’s new face, the image goes by so quickly, the audience never has a clear view.  I’m not certain if the full painting has ever surfaced.

Continuity Notes

  • The image of Two-Face in a simple black-and-white suit began with these episodes, and it’s influenced his look in the comics ever since. It’s also likely that the explosive revamp of his origin (which differs from the “mobster tosses acid in Harvey’s face while on the stand” origin from the comics) inspired Two-Face’s origin in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” film.  Plus, Batman tossing dozens of coins in the path of Two-Face’s precious scarred coin is a bit that was later used in “Batman Forever.”
  • Grace Lamont is based on Gilda Grace Dent, Harvey Dent’s fiancée who debuted with Two-Face, all the way back in “Detective Comics” #66 (August 1942).  Gilda originally played a larger role in his origin —  Two-Face couldn’t believe that a brilliant sculptor like Gilda, who cherished beauty, could ever accept him.  Gilda also serves another surprising role in continuity; she’s the mother of the original “Harlequin,” Duela Dent.  Gilda was most likely named Grace for the animated series because the post-“Crisis” version of the character has been called that since “Secret Origins Special” #1.
  • Whether or not Thorne’s men killed Two-Face’s twin goons, Min and Max, has been a point of contention amongst fans for years now.  They do seem to be lifeless as they fall to the floor, but no wounds are visible.  And who could’ve guessed that the twins are voiced by Micky Dolenz of the Monkees’ fame?

“Huh?” Moment

In the second chapter of “Two-Face,” a shot of Two-Face’s wallet reveals that he has an ID card issued not in Harvey Dent’s name, but in Two-Face’s. Do supervillains have their own DMV? What are the lines like?

Over the Kiddies’ Heads

“Two-Face” features quotes from both the Al Pacino film “Dog Day Afternoon” (“For the next five minutes, I’m in control!” ) and the classic television series “The Outer Limits” (“Don’t bother to adjust the picture…”)

Approved By Broadcast Standards & Practices

The FOX network censors were skiddish about the portrayal of mental illness in these episodes, so the producers were ordered to run the scripts by a psychiatrist to ensure that children weren’t being mislead on the nature of Harvey’s illness. Surprisingly, the network censors didn’t seem to have a problem with the use of machine guns in the series; the second part of “Two-Face” feels like an endless series of Tommy Gun fire.

Battle of the Broken Relationships

The animated “Two-Face” story ends with a hopeful note — Batman tossing a coin into the fountain, which happens to turn up on its “good” side. Why the producers did this when they had every intention of using Two-Face as a recurring villain is hard to discern, outside of it simply making for a nice ending. The implication is that Bruce and Grace are sticking by Harvey, which is where Paul Dini’s sequel begins. In Dini’s story, Robin is the true friend, correctly predicting that Harvey is now gone, and this isn’t the Joker’s fault; if Harvey were truly cured, the Joker’s “nudge” wouldn’t have sent him over. Watching a distraught Grace walk out on Harvey on the final page of the story presents a stark contrast to the original episodes’ ending. It’s more bleak, but also more honest. The “Batman & Robin Adventures” story can’t match the intense animation of the original story, and some of the action feels rushed and unsatisfying, but the impact of Harvey’s betrayal of his loved ones is more accurately depicted here.

That’s all for now. Special thanks to the DC Animated Universe Wiki for research assistance.  If you have any suggestions for future installments, please leave a comment or get into contact on Twitter. Your suggestions do make a difference — I plan on covering several of them in the coming weeks.

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Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #6

Final issue! As the President unleashes his endgame on the world, it will take every good and bad guy Snake and Jack can find to keep the pillars of heaven from crashing down.

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26 February 2017

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Adventure Time #62

A contest is started to see who is the best Princess in all of Ooo!

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26 February 2017

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Giant Days #24

As the Christmas break looms, Susan’s endless cold refuses to go away, Daisy is in the honeymoon period of her relationship with Ingrid, and Esther is working all hours at the comic shop.

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26 February 2017

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Brave Chef Brianna #1
  • From fantasy author Sam Sykes (Aeons’ Gate) comes a story about budding chef Brianna Jakobsson, who’s trying to impress her father but whose best—and only—customers are monsters.
  • Brianna has big dreams of starting her own restaurant. When her ailing father, a celebrity restaurant magnate, poses a challenge to his only daughter and 15 sons, she sets out to create the best restaurant around. Thing is, the only city she can afford to set up shop in is Monster City.
  • Features a first-ever chalkboard back cover!
  • Great for fans of Adventure Time and Steven Universe.

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26 February 2017

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Goldie Vance #10

Goldie joins the pit crew of the Prescription 1 race to investigate whether the racers, including Sugar, are being sabotaged.

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Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton, who starred in Aliens, Big Love, and Apollo 13, has passed away from complications due to surgery at the age of 61.

His family released a statement through a representative that said, “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill’s passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family’s wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.”

In the course of his career, Paxton faced three of science fiction’s most famous villains. In Aliens, he faced the xenomorphs; in Predator 2, he faced a Predator; and in The Terminator, he played one of the punks from whom Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character demanded clothes. /Film wrote that this makes him “the only actor to have been killed by a Terminator, a Predator, and a Xenomoprh,” and I personally can’t think of anyone else who can come for that title.

One fan has put together a compilation of Paxton’s encounters on YouTube:

Paxton appeared in a number of other genre properties, including Weird ScienceEdge of Tomorrow, and the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also collaborated frequently with director James Cameron–not only on Aliens and Terminator, but on Titanic and Trues Lies.

Over his career, he received a number of honors. With the rest of the Apollo 13 cast, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996 for Best Ensemble. He also received three Golden Globe nominations for his role in Big Love.

(Via /Film and The Hollywood Reporter; image via ABC)

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Posted by Kevin Melrose

X-23 Breaks Out Her Foot Claw in New Logan TV Spot

X-23’s signature adamantium-laced claws have been prominently featured in the marketing for “Logan,” used by the pint-sized mutant to menace a cashier and a coin-operated kiddie ride, and to fend off evil-doers. But in the latest TV spot for the Fox film, another of Laura Kinney’s weapons makes an appearance: the foot claw.

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In the 14-second teaser, appropriately titled “Foot Claw,” Dafne Keen’s character unsheathes the deadly blade in an attempt to stop — or at least slow — herself from being dragged away. It’s probably a safe bet the claw is quickly put to more lethal use.

Young Laura is, of course, central to “Logan,” which marks the final time Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will appear on screen in their iconic roles as Wolverine and Charles Xavier. However, X-23 — and Keen — may only be getting started, as both “Logan” director James Mangold and X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg have entertained the possibility of a solo film.

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“I think it’s a real possibility,” Kinberg said. “Again, the real criteria is always to find a story that can really be unique, distinct, compelling, surprising, bold … all of that. She’s an amazing character, and Dafne does a great job launching the character in the film, so I think there’s a good chance you’ll see something of that kind down the line … at least I hope so.”

“I think Dafne [Keen] is incredible in the film and I would love to see another film about that character and that’s certainly something I’d be involved in,” Mangold offered. “For me, that was one of the big additions I brought to the table, this decision to try to make the film about family and to try to insert Laura and the pressures that would put and the idea about Charles ailing.”

Opening March 3, “Logan” is set in the near future, years after the epilogue of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” In it, a weary Logan, whose healing factor is failing, cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Dafne Keen and Stephen Merchant.

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Posted by Kelsey Herschberger

Marvel’s 15 Most Shocking Villains

It’s not hard to see the appeal of having electricity as a superpower. It’d be incredibly handy to charge your phone without an outlet, and static electricity will be sure to make a rival look silly as a prank. But in the world of good versus evil, some comic book characters have more nefarious purposes up their energy-charged sleeves.

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Electricity is a popular power for any type of character, but this list will focus on Marvel characters who have a history of picking the wrong side in a battle, or working for their own ends rather than the greater good. With that in mind, here’s out top selection of baddies who will send tingles down your spine; you might even enjoy the ride.

SUPERCHARGER

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Casual comic book readers may not know a lot about Supercharger, but what you should know is that he’s no fan of costumed heroics. He is reportedly the son of a scientist obsessed with understanding how superheroes could change the basics of human biology. Supercharger helped his father in his quest, but a laboratory accident condemned Supercharger to live his life as a human battery.

Supercharger can absorb and store electrical energy to be expelled in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, lightning bolts and giving his opponents a painful jolt upon physical contact. He even carries a battery pack attached to gauntlets; always prepared for a fight. In his early exploits, Supercharger staged a terrorist attack on the television program “It’s Amazing,” by holding the audience and crew hostage. He was eventually defeated by Spider-Man, but he showed up once again as a part of the supervillain team Masters of Evil, led by Crimson Cowl.

LOST BOY

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Lost Boy’s real name might be confined to mystery for now, but his distinctive look and powers will not be forgotten. He first appeared in “Wolverine” #1, and was created by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman. Lost Boy wears a yellow hoodie with his bare chest exposed, tattooed with the words “I fight evil with evil.” Adding punch to the phrase, he can emanate electrical currents from his hands, and he has control over the length and intensity of the current.

At the moment, Lost Boy works for the Offer, a crimelord who rounded up his own gang of superhumans which operates in New York City. They carry out a series of missions in order to further the Offer’s criminal schemes, in exchange for something the Offer has for them. Lost Boy’s own deal with the devil has not been made known, but it surely means trouble for the citizens of New York City.

MARABETH

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Marabeth is one of the most effective killers on this list and given her disdain for humans, it’d be wise not to cross her. A mutant who is a fanatical believer in the Brotherhood, Marabeth works as a recruiter for the terrorist network. She has demonstrated bio-electrokinesis by controlling electrical currents from her own body, and generating incredible blasts of electricity from her hands. One of her most memorable stories is recruiting mutant Michael Asher to the Brotherhood’s cause, even sleeping with him in order to seal the deal.

However, readers were shown how cold-blooded she could be while she slaughtered the “Goth Twins,” Harold Silvermane and Joel. This was in an effort to prevent their planned school shooting, so it could be argued that this was all in the name of public safety. Still, the Brotherhood is more interested in preventing and punishing mutant persecution. The police also exist, but apparently Marabeth didn’t count them as an option.

THE EEL

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Otherwise known as Edward Lavell, the super-criminal is not the first to wear the name The Eel. It’s not clear whether he found the original Eel costume, or merely duplicated it, as his background is shrouded in mystery. However, he makes quite an entrance with his insulated suit, which allows him to fire bolts of electricity at opponents. The suit also has a defense mechanism which protects Lavella from electrical attacks and secretes an oily substance that makes him almost impossible to hold physically.

Lavell got his start as an underling for the Maggia crime family, running into problems with Iron Fist as a result. He joined a few different supervillain teams over the years, most notably the New Enforcers under Blood Rose, and the Masters of Evil under the second incarnation of Crimson Cowl. He’s also worked contrary to notable villains, once framing Mr. Hyde for murder and working for a rival of Hammerhead when he was trying to gain control of the Lifeline Tablet.

IVAN KRONOV

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When you’re talking about supervillains with electricity-based powers, you’re going to run into tons of Electros. One of the earliest characters with this moniker was an opponent of Captain America and Bucky Barnes in “Captain America Comics” #78, from 1954. Back when the Red Scare was all the rage in comics, Ivan Kronov was a Russian agent who gave himself over for experimentation in the hopes of bringing down Captain America.

The result was Electro, a being who is able to carry a nearly lethal electrical charge in his body for a 24-hour period before needing to recharge. This electricity can be disrupted, but he has proved to be almost unkillable after recharging his body and brought back from the dead. This was done at the behest of his comrade, Albert Malik, who was posing as the Red Skull. This Electro was last seen attacking the United Nations building in New York, but this Electro may come back to fight another day.

DEADZONE

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John DeZoan started his career as a supervillain as regular top-shelf crazy: a serial killer on death row. A freak accident during his execution overloaded the systems in the electrical chair, reacting with the sedatives in his bloodstream. As a result, Deadzone can use his electrical energy to overload the pain and pleasure synapses in his opponent, and thereby completely incapacitating them. He’s often depicted as an enemy of Moon Knight, and stole his set of adamantium truncheons the night of Deadzone’s rebirth.

At his execution, DeZoan is presumed dead, but Deadzone manages to escape by brutally murdering every person left in the room. Deadzone spends most of his time attacking local gangs, most notably that of Spider-Man’s rival, Tombstone. When Deadzone attack’s Tombstone’s limousine, Moon Knight works as his body double to prevent the murder. But Tombstone makes a grab for Deadzone anyway and offers Moon Knight a deal. Moon Knight tries to prevent the killing, but eventually gives into the violence by brutally pummeling Deadzone until the villain is taken into custody.

SPASM

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Spasm is what’s called a “Warpie” — a being created by a reality warp created by Mad Jim Jaspers when he tried to take over Great Britain. Spasm and other Warpies make up a group of petty thieves called the Parasites, working under Uncle Lex. This group works within the Captain Britain universe, and work as a part of a Dickensian child gang for the new century.

Spasm followed the call of Siren, an immortal child, and he follows Uncle Lex blindly. He’s able to generate electricity in order to shock and paralyze his opponents, but his distinctive look of bulging eyes and blue skin make him hard to miss. Despite working with the Parasites, he doesn’t demonstrate any kind of affection for them, especially in the wake of Snap’s untimely death when a jewelry heist went wrong. When some of the Parasites try to leave the team, Spasm remains loyal to Uncle Lex, and tries to kill the escaping Quill with his electrical powers. However, Spasm accidentally put his hands in water and ends up electrocuting himself, leaving his current condition unknown.

PN’ZO

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Pn’zo might be the most assuredly alien villain Marvel has ever created, especially given that it’s unknown whether Pn’zo is his proper name or the name of his species. He got his start as a criminal, but Pn’zo was captured by the Shi’ar and recruited in Vulcan’s Imperial Guard. He made a formidable warrior as an electrical and mechanically-based creature with long, serpentine tentacles that give out electric shocks. He can generate this electrical energy in many forms, from electrical bubbles that allow him to teleport to good old-fashioned electrical blasts.

However, Pn’zo has been defeated before. When he injured Marvel Girl, Pn’zo was sliced in half by the Phoenix Blade wielded by Korvus. After he was healed, Pn’zo was seen fighting alongside the Praetorians against the Nova Corps. He was captured with his fellow soldiers, and imprisoned along with them for their war crimes. He appears to be wholly motivated by the pursuit of money, and this greediness can make him easy to manipulate.

STINGER

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Wendy Sherman, otherwise known as Stinger, is one of the more tragic entries on this list. She was originally a member of Apocalypse’s first strike team, the Alliance of Evil. However, her youth made her more reckless than ruthless with her powers as she has only killed by accident. Stinger is classified as a Level 3 threat by Cable, with the ability to generate electrical blasts as low-energy as static to devastating lightning bolts.

In her time under Apocalypse, Stinger was forced to take large doses of the Source’s mutant enhancement energies, which gave her increased capabilities. However, in Stinger’s case, the doses became highly addictive, making the receiver crave the energies constantly in order to survive. Stinger also spent time in Utopia, sometimes lashing out in fear of an impending attack on mutantkind. Stinger develops a kind of attraction to Iceman, and he’s able to calm her down during her outbursts.

CHARLOTTE WITTER

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Charlotte Witter isn’t the first Spider-Woman, and she isn’t even the first Spider-Woman to work contrary to the law, but she makes an impression all the same. Witter is the granddaughter of famed clairvoyant Madame Webb, but became a reputable fashion designer who dealt in illegal markets. This put her in contact with Dr. Octopus, who experimented on her to exploit her latent psychic powers. She became a monstrous human-spider hybrid conditioned to obey Dr. Octopus’ every command.

She orchestrated several attacks on other women using the name Spider-Woman in order to absorb their powers, and use them in order to defeat Spider-Man. This allowed Witter to gain an immense range of powers. What got her on this list, though, is her ability to generate bio-electric “venom blasts” to incapacitate her opponents. Witter was eventually defeated by Mattie Franklin, current holder of the Spider-Woman title. When she wasn’t under the control of Dr. Octopus’ programming, Witter expressed remorse for what she’d done; unfortunately, though, that couldn’t save her.

SHOCKWAVE

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Shockwave began his life as Lancaster Sneed, a British spy who suffered catastrophic injuries and rebuilt himself with metal plates. He was discharged from the service, and found a way to encase himself in an experimental exoskeleton which gave him superhuman powers. The suit is able to generate electric blasts, as well as provide armor and superhuman strength.

Shockwave started his criminal career as a freelance spy, but he has also been a member of several supervillain teams. He partnered with the robot Brynocki to battle Shang Chi and Leiko Wu, attacked Avengers West Coast, and joined the Masters of Evil under Crimson Cowl. Shockwave was also one of the supervillains that planned to leave the country in the time leading up to Civil War, but was recruited into the Initiative instead. Shockwave also attempted to capture Tony Stark when he was a fugitive from Norman Osborn, but was defeated when Stark, ironically, electrocuted him.

VERANKE

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Veranke is the Skrull empress who masterminded “Secret Invasion,” propelled by a religious prophecy that foretold the end of the Skrull empire. She wrestled power from Dorrek VI, and infiltrated the Avengers in the guise of Spider-Woman Jessica Drew. She has the shapeshifting abilities of the rest of the Skrulls, but a ritual allowed her to gain Drew’s powers and memories. One of the ones Veranke held onto was bio-electric blasts that affect human nervous systems. Their potency ranges depending on Veranke’s needs, from a bolt meant to stun to killing a grown man in the same way as a lightning bolt.

In the climax of “Secret Invasion,” Veranke was shot dead by Norman Osborn, causing the Skrull infrastructure to splinter and allow their defeat and capture. She was last seen gambling for her resurrection when Hercules’ journeyed to Hades’ Underworld, and was part of Pluto’s jury in Zeus’ trial.

AFTERSHOCK

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Allison Dillon is the daughter of the most famous Electro in comic book history, Max Dillon, and inherited his powers of electrical generation and manipulation. However, Allison didn’t see much of her father growing up. He was forbidden to see her by her mother Marilyn, when they discovered that a slight difference in their electrical fields would cause burns.

When Marilyn died of cancer when Allison was still young, she bounced around foster homes and decided to follow in her father’s footsteps. She designed a costume similar to Electro’s, and named herself Aftershock. She attempted to rob a jewelry store, but was defeated by Spider-Girl. Electro caught wind of his daughter’s activities, and engineered a reunion with his long-lost child. Father and daughter decided to start a new life together and try to overcome their inability to touch. Since that day, Aftershock the supervillain has not returned to her criminal ways.

BARON VON BLITZSCHLAG

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A comic supervillain list wouldn’t be complete without at least one bonafide Nazi, and Wernher von Blitzschlag certainly fits the bill. The Baron worked for the Nazi regime as a geneticist and is the creator of Nazi super-agents Master Man, Woman Warrior and Vunder Knight. But his experiments didn’t stop there.

The Baron experimented on himself in order to have electrokinesis powers to an unknown degree. His abilities include electrical absorption, enhancing his physical condition, and even bypassing the physical altogether by becoming a sentient electrical form of pure energy. The Baron popped up once again after “Civil War,” and was recruited by the Initiative to create superhumans. However, the Baron worked alongside heroes like Hank Pym in order to perform an autopsy on MVP, much to Pym’s chagrin. He used this opportunity to clone MVP’s body to create the Scarlet Spiders, who look to the Baron as a kind of father figure.

ELECTRO

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Max Dillon may be the second Electro on this list, but he’s certainly the most enduring. He’s one of Spider-Man’s most frequent enemies, but tends to join the rogues gallery of other supervillain teams than plan his own criminal schemes. Dillon was constantly brow-beaten by his overprotective  mother during his youth, and worked as a lineman for an electrical company. When he got his powers and started committing crimes as Electro, he was initially suspected of being an alter-ego for Spider-Man. On the outset of his quest, Dillon suffered a series of humiliating defeats at the hands of Peter Parker.

Electro is also famous for making up one sixth of the supervillain team, the Sinister Six. This team attempted to attack Spider-Man at once from different locations in an effort to divide his attention and bring about his defeat, but all six ended up back in prison. That didn’t stop Dillon from reappearing in other incarnations of the Sinister Six throughout the years.

Who is your favorite shocking villain? Let us know in the comments!

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Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Nomi, Aminita, Riley, Will, Capheus, Lito, Dani,Sun, Wolfgang,Kala,Rajan, Jonas and Whispers,
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Based on Witches Going to Their Sabbath, the artist did a fantastic job of adapting the painting to fit the characters and the show. The details are a wonderful tribute to moments throughout the series.
Link: Sensates Going to Their Sabbath
 
 
Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hernando
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: Once again I'm picking a piece with a strong illustrative style. Particularly this reminds me of the cartoon El Tigre that my nephew and my mother both love. This is a great drawing of Hernando that perfectly captures his endless patient awesomeness.
Link: Hernando
 
 
Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: story line montage
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: gouache
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] greensap

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a great work. I love the bright colours and the way the different story elements flow into each other.

Link: The Great Adventure

This is my last Tolkien rec. Next month I'm going to rec something completely different :-)