Batman In Ferguson: Are Superheroes Racist

“Imagine if there were real superheroes or vigilantes, every time they tried to fight crime in black neighborhoods they would be called racist and people would want them arrested.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Review: Marvel Phase 3 or Phase Fail?

Like the original series, my fascination with this new Guardians comic book lasted a few story arcs and I was left thinking, “How the F**k are they going to turn these losers into the next Avengers?”

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: The Death of Wolverine


He’s dead! He’s finally dead! *Pops a bottle of champagne and feels up Jubilee without hesitation*



That’s right “true believers”, Marvel has killed off Wolverine. After years of being ridden harder than Marsellous Wallace during the basement scene in pulp fiction, Marvel put their former cash cow out to pasture. 


Let me start by saying by no means do I hate Wolverine. As a matter of fact, I loved him from the first time I saw him on the X-Men animated series. I hate that he’s been whored out to the entire Marvel Universe. After years of over use in multiple books including Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, X-Force, Uncanny X-Force, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers, New Avengers, Wolverine, The Savage Wolverine, Wolverine Origins, (Just) Origin, and Wolverine: first class he can finally get some rest. 


Wolverine started out as a thug. The first X-Man to kill without hesitation and with no consequence. Marvel's coolest anti-hero. But over the years as his popularity grew, his persona was toned down for the masses to accept and he became a simp. He’s lost what made him a great character… he was a mysterious killer with a blank past. Plain and simple. I saw his downfall coming when Marvel "declawed" our boy and made him head of a school named after a chick that gave him no play. Took away his healing factor and then kicked him out of the Avengers. That was publication suicide if I ever saw it.

I haven’t read a Wolverine solo book in about a decade, but to be honest I feel the Watcher got a better send off than Logan. The book seemed to rushed as I had to keep up with Logan gallivanting around the globe trying to find who's trying to killed him in only four issues. A story that I'm sure has been told in a dozen Wolverine books over the years. Every one of his villains makes an appearance in what seemed so forced and manufactured its hard to read. (EVEN CYBER MADE THE PARTY! WTF!? I'VE ONLY SEEN HIM ON TRADING CARDS) 

The best part of the mini series was Wolverine's actual death. I had a theory that they weren't going to actually kill him and he was going to retire the mantel and take up teaching full-time and be the next Xavier. I was wrong... They killed him. I mean really killed him. Let me explain this like we are playing Clue: It was Marvel, in the refurbished Weapon-X facility with an adamantium shower. When it comes superhero deaths it's not about the death it's about the come back and Wolverine died in a way that will take some major thinking to bring him back and I can't wait to see when and how.

 My prediction: 2019


Overall, The death of Wolverine was Marvel's "The Passion of the Christ". A four issue mini series that worked as a glorified snuff film. No story or real plot involved it was just Jesus walking to his crucifixion. No tricks. The series does little to draw readers in or keep them interested. You can pass on reading it. Wolverine dies and that's all you need to know.


In the meantime, you diehard Wolverine fans will have to be content with a few new books that take the place of wolverines solo books including:
  • Death of Wolverine: Logan's Legacy - Read about wolverine's closest friends and worst enemies deal with his death and not give a fuck about it in their regular books. 
  • Wolverines - A team book with a roster of Wolverine specific frenemies
  • Uncanny Avengers -Witness most interesting roster change up as Wolverine is replaced by Sabertooth?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Marvel Events Don't Mean Anything Anymore...


I wanted to write a review of Marvel’s Original Sin event, but as I was writing it came to me that the storyline didn’t lead to much. Nothing major happened or changed for a majority of the marvel characters to take back into their solo books. Marvel’s comic book events as of late have had no lasting effects on the comic book universe.

Once, maybe twice, a year there is a Marvel comic book event that is crammed into our faces with crazy amounts of marketing and solicitation. Every event promises change and I’m sitting here like a black union soldier waiting for my 40 acres and a mule.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying these new events are bad reading. On the contrary they are a good reading and a fun ride but they lack what I value most in a book. Avengers Disassembled, House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Siege were great event because of the darker times that followed them. In between these events characters dealt with the fall out of the events in their solo books. That doesn’t seem to happen anymore except in the X-Books.

After Avengers Disassembled, the Avengers were forced to recruit again when the Scarlet Bitch went ape shit and killed off the Vision, Hawkeye, Ant-Man (the one the didn’t beat his wife) and Jack-of-Who gives a fuck. They picked up fan favorites like Wolverine and Spider-Man.

The X-Books were reenergized with fresh stories after Houseof M as the Scarlet Witch slashed the mutant population lower than the price of gram of seeds and stems.

Civil War split the Avenger’s down the middle, killed Cap Lee Harvey Oswald style, promoted Iron Man to top cop and most importantly reminded us how far the New Warriors had fallen. (RIP Namorita and Night Thrasher)

Secret Invasion bankrupted Tony Stark, Crippled S.H.I.E.L.D., killed off the Wasp, and some how some way Norman Osborne came out on top (Where the fuck did he come from?); leading to the Dark Reign where the Marvel villains called the shots for one whole year. 

In Siege, the heroes band together after years of bickering to bring down Osborne and save Asgard. Sentry and Ares take a dirt nap, nobody cares, and Nick Fury comes out of hiding.

And here’s where the problems start… Every event after Siege is garbage as nothing of consequence happens.

The Heroic Age followed and brought everything back to the light hearted status quo before Avengers Disassembled. Cap’s back, everyone forgot how much of a dick Iron Man was, and Spider-Man sold his redhead to get his secret identity back. There were no consequences or backlash from what happened because the bad guys were the last ones to get their asses kicked in Siege.

Fear Itself was a total fucking cop-out as there was no consequence from anything that happened. I think bullet points will help here:
  • Thor kills the Thing … Franklin Richards revives him in the SAME FUCKING ISSUE!
  • Thor kills his uncle and in turn dies himself… HE'S RESURRECTED IN THE EPILOGUE!
  • Bucky Cap is killed… HE TURNS OUT TO BE ALIVE AND WELL IN THE EPILOGUE!
  • Paris is turned to stone by the grey gargoyle and guess what... EPILOGUE!
Are you getting the picture here…


Avengers vs. X-Men is next as Wolverine goes crying to the Avengers after he finds out the Phoenix that’s coming to earth isn’t Jean. The teams duke it out and eventually Cyclops kills Professor X (oops!) and at the end of the book comes the resurgence of the mutant population.
(THIS WAS ACTUALLY A FRUITFUL EVENT)


But not Age of Ultron... In which Ultron isn’t even the villain. Readers just get lame exposition of how the universe is collapsing from too much time travel and Galactus leaves the 616 to prey on the Ultimate universe that no one gives a fuck about anymore. Oh and Marvel now has convenient way to get Spawn’s Angela into the universe.

Infinity, I’m sure stood for the amount of story lines that were going on in this year long event. I don’t know where to start as Avengers fought in a space war, while on Earth Thanos is looking for his son, somehow the Inhumans are involved and miraculously the Avengers make it back in time to beat Thanos. What we got out of infinity… more Inhumans and the absent son of Thanos.

Original Sin lacks consequence as well. There are three consequences from this book and only one has any significance. The watcher is killed… Who cares? If you have an argument for the importance of the Watcher that has to do with story progression leave it in the comment section and I’ll gladly ignore it. Nick fury dies and then comes back as some sort of new watcher called the unseen. The only thing of interest at the end of Original sin was Thor losing the ability to lift his hammer. This is the type long-term consequence I love. It changes a character for the better and now it’s impossible to ignore the events of Original Sin in Thor’s solo book.


From what I’m seeing of marvel’s new event Axis and its subsequent solicitations, there are a lot of changes and consequences. Heroes and villains will supposedly shift paradigms.  Let’s hope for the best… Until then Make Mine Marvel!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

FINAL FANTASY XV - W... T... F...

This trailer is blowing my mind...


This version of Final Fantasy is a RPG with third person shooter elements. The game's party based fighting system is a realistic version of the one seen in Kingdom Hearts. It's set in a world similar to modern day earth. The land is divided between various countries that had been locked in a cold war over the nations' crystals, objects of political power.


Currently the playable characters from left to right are Prompto, Gladiolus, Noctis and Ignis. Final Fantasy XV will be available for PS4 & Xbox One. No release date is available yet.

KILLER INSTINCT: Season 2 Characters

WHO'S THAT MUMMY DUDE???

So KI fans, at the present moment we have two new characters for Xbox One's Killer Instinct Season 2. T.J. Combo & Maya. There was a tease for another character at the end of the most recent Maya trailer. How do you feel about the Season 2 characters?

T.J. COMBO

MAYA

KILLER INSTINCT SYSTEM CHANGES
Shadow Meter gain rates have decreased 20% overall.
Potential damage decays slower than before.
New system extension: Air breakers & Air counter breakers.
Combo breakers no longer cause a hard knockdown.
Projectiles no longer darken the screen, and MUCH MORE!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

SUPERMAN LIVES...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sean O'Haire Dead at 43

American professional wrestler Sean O'Haire was found dead in his bedroom by local Spartanburg police in South Carolina. He was found beside the bed with a rope tied around his neck and connected to the bedpost. No foul play is suspected.

O'Haire debuted in WCW in 2000 and along with Chuck Palumbo, was the final WCW Tag Team Champions with the company was bought by Vince McMahon of WWE. O'Haire also competed in MMA.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

IPhone 6 & Apple Watch: Samsung Killer or Copier

The Best Phones We Have Ever Done!” Apple CEO Tim Cook gushed as he introduced two new iPhones, the IPhone 6 which clocks in at 4.7inches and the IPhone 6 plus which debuts at a stunning 5.5 inches, finally putting Apple in the modern market of 5inch screen smartphones that have dominated Asia and parts of the United States. For years Iphone users have clung to their smaller 4 inch Iphone 5 screen, stating that anything over 5 inches was too clunky, which leads us to believe that the 4.7 inch IPhone 6 is a tweener phone that looks to bridge the gap between IPhone 5 users who most likely would have been alienated by the sole option of the bigger IPhone 6 plus. While it may seem like a cash grab, and that Apple is straddling the fence with two phones, it’s ensures that their core fan base will give the 6 a shot, while also threatening to steal HTC and Samsung lovers away with the larger version.


But wait, there’s one more thing…


The Apple Watch, the world’s worst kept secret, finally made its debut.  Users can choose watch faces that include minute and second hands, digital time and more. Apple Watch users can choose from six different straps including a sport band in bold colors with sweat and chemical-resistant material, even a 18k solid gold option. One of the flaws that have plagued Android watches were the lack of customization, some looked too rubbery while the metal ones looked cheap as opposed to sleek. Apple wants to give its users the option to swap out their watches in various ways until users achieve the perfect look to match the functionality of the watch.

As for that functionality, the Apple Watch comes with full access to the App Store, Siri, automates devices in your home and car, and allows for a new suite of fitness apps as well. Compatible with IPhones 5 and above, it remains to be seen what true synergy will be had between the Apple Watch, IPhone and even the IPad. However we expect Apple to really take advantage of applications that allow for cyborg like interaction when the Apple Watch debuts in early 2015 for $349.

In a smaller announcement that could be even more important in the years to come, Apple has created Apple Pay, a system that does away with credit card and cash payments and allows users to pay for items ranging from McDonald’s meals to Disneyland Tickets all from their phone with no need to input information with the vendor. While some may be weary given the hack prone world we live in, we believe that if Apple continues to get various brands on board, paying by phone will be the way of the future.

So, what do you fanboyz think of today’s announcements? Has apple finally given you the innovation you’ve been waiting for or are is this simply an exercise in trying to catch up with Samsung?