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Video – TNTM: Lego Marvel SHIELD Helicarrier build

What is the Helicarrier?

The Helicarrier is the flying aircraft carrier used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel comics and movies. It was originally designed by Jack Kirby. The first Helicarrier was proposed by Stark Industries as a political compromise in response to fears that any nation hosting the S.H.I.E.L.D. main headquarters would be subject to attack by organizations such as HYDRA.

There have been more than twenty known Helicarriers built. Those ships are:

Luxor – A class prototype, not yet seen.
Hermes – Allegedly scuttled after being hijacked by the Red Skull.
Argus – A Luxor-class Helicarrier.
Behemoth – Specially designed Helicarrier commanded by Dum Dum Dugan for use against Godzilla. Destroyed by S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to neutralize an attack by Amadeus Cho.
Black Hawk – Destroyed in action against a HYDRA-Hand alliance of forces.
Alpha – First mentioned by name in New Avengers #4.
Pericles III – Punisher War Journal vol. 2, #1.
Pericles V – Infiltrated by the vampiric Order of Tyrana and scuttled by Blade.
Samuel Sawyer – Named for Nick Fury’s World War II-era commanding officer in the United States Army.
Iliad – Named in Secret Warriors #17.
Argonaut – Named in Secret Warriors #17.
Prometheus – The Prometheus was stolen from a secret U.S. facility in the Sonoran Desert by a rogue faction of S.T.R.I.K.E. during the 2011 “Fear Itself” story-line.
Tempest – named and destroyed shortly after launch with two thousand crew aboard by the Electric Ghost.
Hercules – Capable of operating in submarine mode. Described as Constellation-class.
Odyssey – First shown and named in Captain America: Living Legend # 1.
Pericles – First shown and named in X-Force v.4 # 7. Already decommissioned and abandoned by S.H.I.E.L.D. under unrevealed circumstances in its first appearance, and taken over as a base by X-Force.
Bellerophon – first named in New Avengers v.4 # 14.
Douglass – first named in U.S.Avengers # 2.
Helicarrier Gold – After Iron Man replaced Maria Hill as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he designed a new class of Helicarrier whose red and gold design resembles the Iron Man Armor. This helicarrier was severely damaged and crashed by the Red Hulk.

S.H.I.E.L.D.’s replacement agency, H.A.M.M.E.R., has decommissioned the surviving Helicarriers. Three of them were stolen by Nick Fury. H.A.M.M.E.R. subsequently commissioned at least one new carrier to Norman Osborn’s specifications which was destroyed over Broxton, Oklahoma, during the Siege of Asgard.

The Lego Helicarrier

The Helicarrier is one of the most iconic vehicles in the Marvel Universe. The Lego Helicarrier is undoubtedly one of the bigger completed sets. Make sure you have plenty of shelf space before you build this beast of a set.

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Features

Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier™. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets™, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes™ minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury™, Black Widow™, Captain America™, Hawkeye™ and Maria Hill™.

Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic S.H.I.E.L.D. eagle stand to display them on.

Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents). Also includes a detailed runway

Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!
Includes a plaque with facts about The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883, and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)
Rotors can also be turned manually. Includes a display stand.

Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide

Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm)wide

Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)

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TNTM: Top 10 Comics for November 2016

Marvel reverses their fortunes in November. The Top 10 for November makes it look even between Marvel and DC Comics.  If you expand your view out to the top 100 a different story is apparent.

Marvel has shook off their performance of the past few months and is the dominant publisher for the month of November.  They have a majority of the sales in November.  Even though Marvel is back on top, DC Comics has the top 2 spots overall with Batman #10 & #11.  In fact, all of DC Comics top 10 titles were Batman related.

DC Comics is leaning heavily on Bruce Wayne right now.  Marvel relied heavily on new titles for their top 10.  Invincible Iron Man #1, Amazing Spider-man:Renew Your Vows #1, Venom #1 and IVX (Inhumans vs X-men) #0 were all in the top 10 for Marvel.

Their only non-new title was Civil War II #7.  The only title not from the big 2 publishers was Walking Dead #160 from Image Comics.

November Top 10

 

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TNTM: Riri Williams will be the new Iron Man

Riri Williams in the new Iron Man Woman Heart

Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man, has gone through a lot of hard times.  He has even stopped being Iron Man a time or two.  Quite a few other people have worn the Iron Man armor.  The most recent person to step in and fill the void left by Tony taking an Iron Man hiatus is Riri Williams.

Riri Williams is a former M.I.T. student with a genius-level intellect.  She is smart enough to reverse-engineer Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.  Riri is able to build one of her own from scratch using materials she found around campus. She was able to test drive/fly her new suit and showed her affinity for fighting crime by stopping two convicts as they attempted to escape the New Mexico Penitentiary. She damaged her homemade armor beyond repair in the process.

All of this caught the eye of Tony Stark. Tony had just returned to being Iron Man after the Secret Wars.  Tony recently announced that he would be taking a step back from his role inside the Iron Man suit. With Tony stepping down as the one of the world’s superhero leaders there was a gap to be filled.  Riri has the heart, but she doesn’t quite have the experience.  She will receive some mentoring from the most unlikely of candidates.

Ironheart steps in

When Riri Williams assumes the lead role in November’s Invincible Iron Man relaunch she won’t be getting the ‘Iron Man’ name. Marvel announced that Williams’ superhero code-name will be Ironheart.  Marvel Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, coined the new name. 

“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” explained Bendis, the title’s writer. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. Ironheart speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story they’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”

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TNTM Marvel Civil War II comic book review

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com get all geeky about the new Marvel storyline, Civil War II.

In the first Civil War series, The point of contention was the Superhero/Mutant Registration Act.  For those who aren’t familiar with that story-line, The government wanted all those with mutant powers to register with them.  The government wanted to regulate mutant activity to prevent another disaster occurring as a result of a superhero accident or misuse of power.  Some mutants disagreed with the Act and refused to register.  The Civil War was the pro-registration mutants fighting the anti-registration mutants.

** Warning, spoilers may appear below **

Civil War II is centered around the idea of free will.  An Ohio State University student named Ulysses comes in contact with Terrigen mist.  The mist gives him powers of precognition (like the 3 pre-cogs in the movie Minority Report).  One group of mutants led by Captain Marvel’s includes Captain America (Steve Rogers), War Machine, Spider-Man, Vision, Medusa, Blue Marvel, Winter Soldier, Spectrum, She-Hulk, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man (Scott Lang) wants to use Ulysses to determine crimes and give out punishment BEFORE the actual crime is committed.

A second group of mutants led by Iron Man with teammates Captain America (Sam Wilson), Thor (Jane Foster), Black Panther, Star-Lord, Luke Cage, Hercules, Miss America, Daredevil, Black Widow, Hulk (Amadeus Cho), and Deadpool believes your fate is not pre-determined and punishment cannot be given before a crime.

Ulysses has a precognition about Thanos causing trouble.  War Machine and She-Hulk attempt ambush Thanos.  During the fight Thanos kills War Machine and critically wounds She-Hulk.  Iron Man vows to never let this happen again and kidnaps Ulysses.   In response the Inhumans attack Stark Tower but are stopped by the Avengers. To avoid further incident they agree to confront Iron Man together at the secret facility where he has been running tests on Ulysses.

During the confrontation, Ulysses has a vision of Hulk killing the Avengers. Later, former Hulk Bruce Banner is approached by Captain Marvel at his laboratory outside Alpine, Utah.

All of this is in the first two issues.  It appears Marvel is taking this story-line seriously.  They have already offed fan favorite War Machine and it appears She-Hulk may be following him.  Civil War II so far is an all out brawl with both sides believing deeply that they are right.  If you like story arcs that make you stop and think whose side you’d be on, this is for you.  Some serious thought went into me choosing to side with Iron Man.

I don’t believe a crime can be punished if it is not committed.  There is a strong argument about stopping death/catastrophe if possible as well.  Whose side are you on?

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TNTM Theater Edition: Captain America Civil War

Jack and Troy from ZiaComics.com watched Captain America Civil War at Alamo Drafthouse in El Paso and give their review of the movie.

Don’t go into this movie expecting to see the Civil War comics played out on the big screen. A different name for the movie would have made much more sense. There are a lot of differences between the movie and the Civil War comics. Don’t get us wrong, the movie was great. It followed the typical Marvel formula (little bit of drama, little bit of comedy. and lots of awesome action sequences).

The problem for us was the misleading title.

**Spoilers may follow**

In the comics it was the fallout from the Stamford, Connecticut disaster involving the New Warriors that prompted the government to start the Superhuman Registration Act, not the Sokovia and Wakanda incidents.

In the comics Peter Parker was actually older, married, and working for Tony Stark at the time. The suit Tony built for Spider-man was Iron Man’s colors and had other spider arms on it with special little attachments. Tony convinced Spider-man to unmask on national TV in support of the Superhuman Registration Act.

Nearly every mutant, hero and villain, was involved. Government backed mutant police forces were set up in every state to find mutants that refused to register and arrest them. The “criminals” were sent to a prison in the Negative Zone called Project 42, not the Raft like in the movie.

Another difference is the Fantastic Four, mostly Reed Richards, play a big part in the comics. Reed helped develop the Project 42 prison. Tony Stark also cloned Thor from a hair sample. They programmed this clone to follow their orders. Something went wrong and the clone killed one of Team Cap (Goliath).

During one of the bigger battles Captain America realized all the injury and devastation they were causing by fighting. He decided to surrender himself to stop it all.

While being transported Captain America is assassinated by Crossbones (under orders from Red Skull) and Sharon Carter (brainwashed by Doctor Faustus). It was actually Sharon Carter who pulled the trigger.

These are just a few of the differences. The Civil War comic book could easily fill 2 movies. Captain America Civil War would have made much more sense with a different name.

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