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TNTM: The Defenders on Netflix

The Marvel method of introducing the audience to individual characters before launching them into a group movie has proven to be very successful. They are following the same plan for their Netflix series, The Defenders.

We have seen seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. We have had two seasons of Daredevil. The even used the second season of Daredevil to launch their Punisher series. That is for another podcast though. They will be throwing these characters together (minus Punisher) to form the street level heroes team of the Defenders.

The Defenders will be pitted against the Hand, who played an integral part in the individual series. Any good Marvel fan knows when the Hand is involved you are likely to see Stick and Elektra as well. They are both in the Defenders series.

Continuing the tradition on being in every Netflix Marvel series to date, Rosario Dawson will be reprising her role as Claire Temple (Night Nurse).

We will see Sigourney Weaver in the Defenders as Alexandra. Not much is known about this character except she holds weight within the Hand organization.

I am hoping they can capture the same Marvel team dynamic from the movies to the TV screen. I can’t wait to see the buddy banter between Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Hopefully they will pull Misty Knight away from the police force and onto the team in season one. Her and Colleen Wing play off each other very well. Jessica Jones should keep the whole team grounded and focused on their task.

Gotta admit… I’m getting a little hyped.

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VIDEO – TNTM: Marvel Comics Secret Empire

Captain America is a Hydra agent. Ever since Captain America uttered “Hail Hydra” on the last page of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, Marvel Comics fans have been in turmoil. Marvel Comics received lots of hate mail and Nick Spencer received death threats.

It was later explained that Red Skull used Kobik, the living cosmic cube, to rewrite history so that Cap had always been Hydra. This revelation lead into the Marvel Comics event “Secret Empire”. This event has Steve Rogers as the leader of Hydra. Some of the super-heroes have sided with Hydra. Others are actively trying to overthrow the regime.

One group discovers fragments of the cube are spread out over the world. They believe if they can reassemble it they will be able to reverse what has been done. Black Widow takes the pragmatic approach and sets out to kill Captain America. Her reasoning is Steve Rogers wouldn’t want to live as a traitor to his country.

There have been a few surprising reveals in this story-line. The “Hail Hydra” by Captain America was the first. In the FCBD Secret Empire issue we see Steve Rogers hold up what appears to be Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Then at the end of Secret Empire issue #2 we see a different Steve Rogers dressed in what appears to be a World War II uniform saying he just wants to go home. Just when you think you have a handle on what’s going on another curveball comes.

I am interested to see where Nick Spencer is going with Secret Empire. I like the fact he took Steve Rogers where no one would’ve dreamed. If you don’t take risks with the character you keep getting the same story retold time and time again. I only hope the resolution to Secret Empire isn’t too hokey or contrived.

I would like to see Captain America come out of this back to his original self, but with the memory of what happened. It would be a battle scar for him that won’t heal. I think they could do a lot in future stories referring back to this event.

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TNTM: Black Cat & Silver Sable get spin-off movie

Sony is developing a new Spider-man spin-off movie. No, I’m not talking about Venom. This movie will feature 2 of Spider-man’s love interests from the comic book, Black Cat and Silver Sable.

These 2 characters have mostly been used as supporting cast in Marvel Comics. They have put in their time on the bench and are ready to jump into the limelight with their own movie. The characters are strong, independent females. The time is right for this kind of movie. I only hope Sony is up to the task of producing a film that showcases all the great things about these 2 characters.

Who is the Black Cat?

The Black Cat made her first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979). She was originally developed to be used in Spider-Woman. When Marv Wolfman was reassigned to work on Spider-man he brought Black Cat with him.

Felicia Hardy is the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar. In the “Evil that Men Do” story-line it was revealed she was raped by her boyfriend while a freshman at Empire State University. She hated feeling like a victim so she she trained herself in various fighting styles and acrobatics. Felicia planned on killing the man who raped her, but he was killed in a drunk driving accident first.

Felicia decided to use her new talents to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a cat burglar. Her father was caught and arrested. Felicia created the costumed identity of the Black Cat and planned to break him out of prison. She ran into Spider-man that night and developed a strong affection toward him.

Originally Felicia had no superhuman abilities. While working for the Kingpin she was given psionic ability to affect probability fields. In layman’s terms she was able to project “bad luck” upon her enemies.

Doctor Strange used his mystic powers to remove her bad luck abilities. Of course this had some side effects like giving her cat-like abilities. Felicia gained night vision, retractable talons in her fingertips, superhuman speed, strength, agility, and endurance proportionate to a cat.

Later, her “bad luck” powers were restored by Doc Tramma through the use of cybernetics. She also acquired several devices from the Tinkerer that increase her agility and heighten her strength.

Who is Silver Sable?

Silver Sable first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 (June 1985). Silver Sablinova is a mercenary, hunter of war criminals, the leader of the Wild Pack, and CEO of Silver Sable International. The operations of Wild Pack and Silver Sable International fund the national economy of the fictional small European state of Symkaria.

Symkaria shares a border with Latveria. If you are familiar with Marvel Comics geography you know Latveria is ruled by Doctor Doom. Silver Sable and Victor Von Doom have an annual diplomatic dinner at Castle Doom in Doomstadt. The friendship between these two states is deep-rooted and dates back to World War II.

Silver’s father ran a Nazi hunting group. Her mother was killed in front of her by enemies of her father. Silver devoted her training to becoming as emotionless and effective as possible. The only emotion she has problems with is rage whenever her family is threatened.

Silver has teamed up with many Marvel super-heroes along the way. She also began to develop feelings of affection for Spider-man, who helped her on more than one occassion.

The team up for a movie

Both of these women have ties to Spider-man. They are strong, independent, and intelligent women. Both operate in on the fringe (Black Cat is a burglar and Silver Sable is a mercenary). There is potential for this movie to be great with a great writer and good casting choices. My main concern is Sony’s track record with making super-hero movies. Hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes.

Looking forward to seeing this one in theaters.

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TNTM: How many versions of Mjolnir are there?

Thor has a hammer.  With the popularity of the Avengers movies most people know Thor is equipped with a war hammer.  The name of that hammer is Mjolnir.  There have been and still are other versions of this hammer in the Marvel Universe.

Some have Odin’s worthiness enchantment and others do not.  The common characteristic of these hammers is their enhancement of whoever wields it.  Everyone of them adds some kind of power to the user.  Let’s discuss the different versions of Mjolnir.

What is Mjolnir?

Mjolnir is a fictional weapon appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. It is depicted as the favored weapon of the superhero Thor. Mjolnir first appears in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962).  It was created by writer Stan Lee and designed by artists Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.

Mjolnir was typically depicted as a large, square-headed gray lump hammer. It has a short, round handle wrapped in brown leather with a looped lanyard. The object is based on Mjölnir, the weapon of the mythological Thor.

Mjolnir was forged by Dwarven blacksmiths and is composed of the fictional Asgardian metal Uru. The hammer was enchanted by Odin with the inscription “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”  This makes the hammer wieldable ONLY by those who are worthy.

Other versions of Mjolnir

There have been many other versions/replicas of Mjolnir.  Roger “Red” Norvell originally is able to best Thor and take Mjolnir.  He later returns Mjolnir and is presented with his own hammer called “Crusher”.

Beta Ray Bill also beats Thor in battle…twice.  He has every right to claim Mjolnir, but he doesn’t.  Odin is so impressed with Beta Ray Bill he gives him his own hammer called Stormbreaker.

Eric Masterson becomes the superhero named Thunderstrike.  The Mjolnir type weapon he uses is more of a mace than a hammer.  He names it Thunderstrike.

Ororo Munroe (Storm) is presented a version of Mjolnir called Stormcaster.  She later learns Loki is trying to manipulate her through the hammer so she destroys it.

Thorlief Golmen (Ultimate Thor) has a version of Mjolnir that is a hammer/axe type weapon.

There are many other versions of Mjolnir.  Each with varying degrees of power bestowed upon the wielder.  Some have the worthiness enchantment, others do not.  But rest assured, each version is a very formidable weapon.

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TNTM: Marvel Comics Deadpool vs Punisher

By now everyone knows who Deadpool is due to the success of his movie. Even the most non-nerdy people have at least heard the name and know he is a quirky comic book character. Judging by the box office, Wade Wilson is a very popular guy.

Thanks to Daredevil season 2 on Netflix, the Punisher is now a very well known character. His penchant for dispensing of evil people has been a standard in all his comic appearances.

The Deadpool vs Punisher title promises to be the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of the comic book world… two great tastes that go great together. What we don’t understand is why did it take so long to put these guys together?

The plot

deadpool-vs-punisher-coverThe Punisher (Frank Castle) discovers a character known as the Bank. The Bank is the accountant to most of the high level criminals in the Marvel Universe. He is the one that sets up off shore accounts and other schemes to keep their money safe from being seized by the government. That makes him a bad guy in the Punisher’s eyes. True to character, he sets out to neutralize the Bank.

One small obstacle in the Punisher’s path is Deadpool. The Bank just happens to be a very old friend of Deadpool’s from before he was in the Weapon X program. Deadpool is very loyal to his friends and really doesn’t want to see the Punisher kill the Bank.

This is slated to be a 5 issue limited series. Who do you think will come out on top in this battle? Give us your ideas on this in the comments section below.

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(W) Fred Van Lente (A) Pere Perez (CA) Declan Shalvey

Frank Castle has an unstoppable will – a powerful drive to punish those who do wrong, rooted in the tragic killing of his family. Wade Wilson has an unstoppable mouth – an unthinking knack for annoying everyone around him, rooted in thinking he’s funny.

Both men, however, are among the deadliest on the planet. When they find themselves in disagreement over the criminal known as The Bank, they’re in for one of the most brutal fights of their lives! Can Frank kill Wade over and over without ever dying once himself? Or will Wade bug him until he welcomes death?

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What made Thor unworthy of Mjolnir?

Why doesn’t Thor have his hammer?

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Even the most casual comic book fan knows that Thor’s weapon of choice is his hammer, Mjolnir.  A lot of people don’t Mjolnir is enchanted to only allow those deemed worthy to wield it.  Even more people don’t know the hammer has a name.

During Marvel Comics Original Sin story-line we saw Thor Odinson become unworthy to wield the hammer.  During a fight, Nick Fury was able to utter a simple sentence in Thor’s ear.  Whatever was said to Thor caused him to be unworthy to wield Mjolnir.

As a result of Thor being unable to lift Mjolnir a mysterious woman become the new wielder of the hammer. It was revealed a few issues later to be Jane Foster.  That put Thor on a journey to once again become worthy and regain his hammer.

History of Mjolnir

The name given to Thor’s hammer is Mjolnir.  The literal translation means “that which smashes”. Mjolnir does so much more than just smash things.  Before I go into detail about all it’s abilities and powers let me give you the origin of Mjolnir.

Long ago a powerful cosmic storm called the God Tempest approached Asgard. This storm was called the “Mother of Thunder”.  The storm could knock planets out of their orbit and make black holes shake. Odin held the storm off for many days weakening it enough to trap it in a chunk of Uru.

Odin ordered the Dwarves of Nidavellir to forge Mjölnir from this chunk of Uru. The Dwarven blacksmiths Eitri, Brokk, and Buri had to use the heat of a star to get the forge hot enough to smelt the Uru. It took them seventeen weeks to finish the hammer.

The hammer was uncontrollable due to the God Tempest still retaining its power.  Odin cast an enchantment on the hammer to prevent anyone else from wielding the hammer.  It was stored away where it sat for many ages. The God Tempest would eventually die, but its power would remain inside Mjolnir. Odin also cast several very potent spells upon the hammer. Mjolnir was given to Thor after he proved himself worthy by completing several trials.

Properties of Mjolnir

Mjolnir grants its user mystical attributes and powers. Many of these were unknown by Thor until revealed when Jane Foster wielded the hammer. Mjolnir can be used both offensively and defensively. Almost nothing is capable of withstanding a hammer blow. It has been described as impacting with sufficient force to “destroy mountains” and has proven capable of shattering the armor of a Celestial.  Mjolnir is classified as an Omega Class Weapon.

A few of the enchantments placed on Mjolnir

  • Worthiness Enchantment: This enchantment prevents it from being wielded by anyone that has not been found worthy.  
  • Mystical Link: Mjolnir obeys the wielder’s commands as though it were alive. 
  • Weather Manipulation: Wielding Mjolnir grants the user the ability to control the base elements of a storm , i.e. rain, wind, thunder, lightning and more.
  • Flight: The wielder is capable of hurling Mjolnir with great force and by holding onto the leather thong, is capable of flying through the air at tremendous speeds.
  • Energy Projection: The wielder is able to project powerful mystical blasts of energy. The wielder can even channel energies for stronger energy attacks.
God Blast: Thor is capable of channeling different amounts of his godly energies in combination with the mystical properties of Mjolnir for a single massive blast known as the God Blast.
Anti-Force: Thor is capable of producing an indescribably powerful blast known as the Anti-Force which is capable of annihilating entire planets.
Thermo-blast: Thor has the ability to produce a universe shaking thermo-blast capable of decimating even entire planets and beings as powerful as Ego the Living Planet.
  • Barriers: Mjolnir is capable of creating powerful barriers, force fields, and vortexes that are impenetrable. 
  • Energy Sensing: Mjolnir can detect practically all types of energy.  It reacts particularly strongly to evil psychic energy, and supernatural energy. Mjolnir can also track down the energy pattern of someone in hiding, detect any Asgardian’s aura by their electrons discharge, and can sense and track the energy radiating from mystical objects.
  • Energy Absorption and Redirection: Thor is able to use Mjolnir to absorb any energy blasts directed towards him as means of attack. Once the energy is absorbed, Thor can redirect it back amplified many times over towards the source and/or use it as a weapon of his own. 
  • Teleportation: By rapidly swirling Mjolnir by the leather thong Thor can channel energies for the purpose of Wormholes through means of a vortex. In this vortex time has no meaning, which means he and others can pass through it to their destinations instantaneously.
  • Matter Manipulation: By spinning Mjölnir in a precise manner at cyclotronic speeds, Thor can manipulate matter from a molecular level to a vast scale, which allows him to create other configurations and even allows him to transmute the elements themselves. 
  • Resurrection: While channeling his power through Mjölnir, Thor was able to resurrect a man he had wrongly killed.
  • Alpha Particles: Thor’s hammer can harness Alpha Particles from the atmosphere and could use it to atomize any weaponry.
  • Negation of Mystic Energy: He used this ability on the Juggernaut himself to negate the mystical energies that grant him his mystical invulnerability, allowing him to defeat Juggernaut in combat. He was able to stop Mephisto from taking human souls to the Dark Dimension.
  • Nether World Power: Thor can use Mjolnir to tap into the power of the Nether Worlds.
  • Cosmic Energy: Mjolnir allows Thor to produce and control Cosmic Energy to an unknown limit for a variety of purposes.
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Manipulation: Thor was able to absorb and manipulate the electromagnetic energies of the Celestial Mothership.
  • Invisibility and Intangibility: Thor can turn himself or others, using Mjolnir, completely intangible and/or invisible. An offshoot of this ability is that Thor can use Mjolnir to completely disrupt the phasing abilities of super humans.
  • Event Recall: Thor can use Mjolnir to recall past events.
  • Transmigration of Souls: Thor’s hammer has the ability to manipulate souls.
  • Life Force Absorption: Thor used this ability on the super villain the Presence, who was forced to surrender to prevent himself from being reduced to a lifeless husk.
  • Illusion Detection: Mjolnir can distinguish images, holograms, and different illusions from reality.
  • Interdimensional Messaging: Thor can used Mjolnir to send psychic messages between the nine realms.
  • Holy Object: As a former religious relic, Mjolnir is lethal to vampires.
  • Transformation: Thor can use Mjolnir to transfer from his Donald Blake persona into Thor and vice versa.
  • Immunity to Other Forces: Even without activating the powers of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer is impervious to nearly all forms of change.
  • Time Travel/Chronokinesis: Mjolnir can bend space and time and allow itself and its holder to travel through time. 
  • Allspeak: Thanks to the Allspeak, the wielder of Mjölnir can communicate with and be understood by all races.

Original Sin

In the Original Sin issue #7 Nick Fury is revealed to be the one who killed Uatu.  Thor and Nick Fury get into a scuffle.  At some point during the fight, Fury whispers something in Thor’s ear that causes him to become unworthy of wielding Mjolnir.  That happened back in 2014.  We have never been told exactly what was said to make Thor unworthy.  That is about to change.  Thor writer, Jason Aaron has promised the secret that Nick Fury told Odinson which made the Asgardian unable to lift Mjolnir will be revealed in March 22’s The Unworthy Thor #5.  

“I always said we’d eventually find out just exactly what Nick Fury whispered to Thor Odinson that made him unworthy,” said Unworthy Thor writer Jason Aaron. “The words have been scribbled in my trusty Thor notebook for years now. Words that speak to the overall story I’ve been telling with this character going back to Thor: God of Thunder #1. The next phase of that story begins now.”

Aaron gives no hints as to what the revelation will be.  Editor Wil Moss gives some insight saying, “I remember when Jason told me what it was that Nick Fury whispered, it just felt so satisfying.   Like, it’s definitely a big curve-ball, but it feels so organic to Jason’s overall larger Thor story. It feels earned”.

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The Unworthy Thor (2016-) #5

 The hammer of the Ultimate Thor is finally within reach of Asgard’s fallen son. Is redemption finally at hand? No matter what happens next, life will never be the same for the Odinson.
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Olivier Coipel
Cover by: Olivier Coipel
 Print Release Date: March 22 2017

Digital Release Date: March 22 2017

Age Rating: 12+ Only

Copyright: 2017 Marvel Characters, Inc.

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Press Release

This is it! A mystery years in the telling will finally be unfurled! Once upon a time, the God of Thunder was rendered unworthy. Not by a great and terrible foe, but by a mere whisper. At long last, the contents of that whisper will be revealed! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your look inside THE UNWORTHY THOR #5 – the senses-shattering final issue! Superstar creators Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel bring the thunder and give fans the answers they’ve been waiting for – just HOW did the Odinson become unworthy of his magic hammer Mjolnir? Is redemption on the horizon for the fallen son of Asgard? No matter what happens next, life will never be the same for the Odinson. No fan should miss out on the blockbuster conclusion – THE UNWORTHY THOR #5 – on-sale in comic shops everywhere on March 22nd!

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TNTM: Marvel’s Iron Fist Netflix Original Series

Netflix has been killing it with their Marvel Comics super hero series. Their use of the oft-forgotten street level heroes has been a huge hit for them.

It all started with Daredevil taking on the Kingpin in Daredevil season one. Next we were introduced to Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in the Jessica Jones series.

The Luke Cage series gave us the back story on Luke as well as introducing Misty Knight and teasing Colleen Wing. Daredevil season 2 put the Punisher front and center. The Punisher was so well received they greenlit a series focused on him. Now we are getting to see Danny Rand/Iron Fist in his own series. All of this is leading up to the Defenders series where they all work together to stop crime in New York.

Finn Jones will star as Danny Rand/Iron Fist on the Netflix series scheduled for release on March 17, 2017. The plot has Danny returning to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years. He has come back to reclaim his family’s company. When a threat emerges Danny must choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

Who is Iron Fist?

Danny’s father, Wendell had found the mystical city of K’un-L’un as a young boy. During his time in K’un L’un, Wendell saved the life of the city’s ruler, Lord Tuan and was adopted by him. Wendell eventually left K’un L’un and became a wealthy entrepreneur in the United States.

Wendell later organized an expedition to rediscover K’un L’un. He took his wife, his business partner, and his nine-year-old son (Daniel). On the climb up the mountain, Daniel slips off the path. His tie-rope pulls his mother and father with him.

Wendell ends up falling to his death. Daniel and his mother come across a makeshift bridge that appears out of nowhere. They are then attacked by a pack of wolves. Daniel’s mother throws herself on the wolves to save him. The K’un L’un archers try unsuccessfully to save her. The archers take Daniel to see Yü-Ti, the hooded ruler of K’un L’un. Yü-Ti apprentices him to Lei Kung, the Thunderer, who teaches him the martial arts.

Daniel proves to be the most gifted of Lei Kung’s students. At 19 Daniel is given the chance to attain the power of the Iron Fist by fighting and defeating the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying. Shou-Lao guards the molten heart that had been torn from his body. Daniel figured out the heart provides life energy to Shou-Lao through the dragon-shaped scar on its chest. He covers the scar with his own body and hangs on until Shou-Lao collapses and dies. The process burned a dragon tattoo into his own chest. Daniel enters the dragon’s cave and plunges his fists into a brazier containing the creature’s molten heart. This grants him the power of the Iron Fist.

When K’un L’un reappears on Earth after 10 years, Daniel leaves to return to New York. It is during this time he teams up with Luke Cage to form Heroes for Hire. They will be uniting with Misty Knight, Jessica Jones, Daredevil to form a new group called the Defenders. Luke Cage is the only character that was consistently a member of the older Defenders comic book series. Marvel plans to launch a new Defenders comic book using these characters in 2017.

Iron Fists Powers and Abilities

Danny Rand has been infused with the dragon’s (Shou-Lao) superhuman energy. He has received extensive martial arts training from Lei Kung the Thunderer. Danny is able to concentrate his chi and the superhuman energy from Shou-Lao’s heart into his hand. He can use this “iron fist” to strike with superhuman hardness and impact. Summoning the power required to use this ability leaves Danny physically/mentally drained and unable to repeat the act for a time.

He is also able to focus his chi inward to heal himself or outward to heal others of injury. He can give himself psychic senses and telepathically fuse his consciousness with another person.

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TNTM: New Elektra comic coming in February

Elektra is back The headline is correct.  Marvel is launching a new Elektra comic book set to hit shelves in February 2017.  She has decided to relocate to Las Vegas.

Problem is, she isn’t the only one that has set up shop in Sin City.  The villain, Arcade is headquartered there as well and he has taken a shine to Elektra.

Who is Elektra?

Elektra Natchios is a highly trained assassin of Greek descent.  She wields a pair of bladed sai as her trademark weapons. She was born on a Greek island near the Aegean Sea.  Her mother is killed, but gives birth to her prematurely before dying.

Elektra attended Columbia University in New York City where she began dating classmate Matt Murdock (Daredevil).  Later, Elektra and her father are kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue attempt by Matt went wrong and her father was fatally shotElektra Columbia and returned to China to study martial arts. She met a member of the benevolent organization called the Chaste named Stick.  He recognized the darkness in her soul and attempted to train her himself.  She ultimately sided with a sect of mystical ninja called the Hand. They trained her as an assassin. She later broke away from them and became an independent agent.  She encountered Matt Murdock, who was now active as Daredevil. He revealed his secret identity to her and they worked together to fight the Hand.  They also came into conflict frequently.

Elektra’s Power and Abilities

Elektra has a strong knowledge of martial arts and weaponry. She learned the ancient martial arts of China, Siam, and Japan. She is a master combatant with the Okinawan sai. She is also highly skilled with the katana, daggers, three-section staff, and shuriken. She is a master of many Japanese combat forms including ninjutsu. Elektra has the ability to mesmerize others, and as such make them see illusions or other phenomena. She also has the ability to “throw” her mind into those of others. This temporary mind control enables her to metaphorically sniff out the psyche or intent of her targets.

Who is Arcade?

Arcade can be described as a combination of evil genius and hit-man.  His preferred method of murder is an underground fun-house of colorful deathtraps.  His deathtraps are usually decorated in cheery colors and disguised as an amusement park.  He calls these deadly amusement parks, Murderworld.  One recent notable exception to this is the Avengers Arena comic book.  He and a new associate named Miss Coriander abduct 16 teenage superheroes (several with ties to the Avengers).

They strand them on a deserted island which has been modified as an elaborate Murderworld location.  The teenager superheroes are forced to fight to the death.  If one is not killed every day, he picks one to be taken out.

Arcade’s origin has never been fully explained.  Even his real name remains largely unknown. By Arcade’s own account he was born into an extremely wealthy family. He lived most of his early life in either a ranch in Texas or a mansion in Beverly Hills (depends on which version of his story you believe). In his late teens/early 20’s his allowance was cut off by his father.  He was told he did not deserve it. Arcade murders his father, and inherits all of the man’s vast estate. Since this story is told by Arcade himself the accuracy is questionable.

Arcade became a freelance assassin.  He traveled across the world killing people.  He amassed even more wealth than he already had. He learned he had an aptitude for technology.  Arcade designed and built his first Murderworld. With the help of two mysterious assistants named Miss Locke and Mr. Chambers he emerged as the world’s most expensive hit-man. For the price of $1 million he would tailor Murderworld to exploit the specific weaknesses of his target. You could then watch as they are killed by the variety of colorful deathtraps strewn throughout the facility. One of his “gimmicks” is he always leaves each target a small chance of survival.

Arcade’s Power and Abilities

Arcade has no superhuman powers.  He does possess genius-level knowledge of technology, particularly in the fields of robotics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.  He is able to utilize technology make it seem as if he has powers.

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Connecting variant COVER by MARCO CHECCHETTO
Running from her tumultuous past, ELEKTRA attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: LAS VEGAS. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life…especially when there’s a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his newest game? Enter: Arcade.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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TNTM: Top 10 comics list for December 2016

It’s a tie! The Top 10 comics for December are an even 50/50 split between Marvel and DC. None of the smaller publishers were able to crack the top 10 this month.

DC Comics again relied heavily on Batman related titles. All 5 of their top 10 comics have Batman in them. Batman #12 & 13, Dark Knight Master Race Book 7, All-Star Batman #5, and Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1. Not sure if this is a statement about the popularity of Batman or if DC is just having trouble elevating another character to Bruce Wayne’s level.

2 of Marvel’s top 10 titles are in the Star Wars Universe. Star Wars #26 kicks off the Yoda story. We get to learn a little about the diminutive Jedi’s early exploits. Doctor Aphra #1 gives one of the newer Star Wars characters her own book. She is like Indiana Jones of outer space. She is accompanied by 2 re-purposed Imperial droids, 0-0-0 specializing in torture) and BT-1 (assassin droid). You’ll also see more of Black Krrsantan, a Wookie bounty hunter.

There are also 2 Marvel titles dealing with big fights in Inhumans vs X-men #1 and Civil War II #8. The last Marvel title in the top 10 is Hulk #1 which sees She-Hulk take over the mantle of “Hulk” as she wrestles with her growing inner rage.

Let us know what titles you are reading and why you believe they should be in the top 10. Just leave a note in the comments section.

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TNTM: Star Wars Darth Maul comic book

Darth Maul is introduced in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.  He is the Sith apprentice to Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Darth Sidious).  They don’t give much information about the character in the movie.  In fact, he is sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lightsaber.  Even with his short time in the movie he became one of the most popular characters.

There have been many stories written about him surviving his defeat by Obi-Wan.

Darth Maul does appear in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  You learn more about his origin in the third season of Clone Wars.  Darth Maul is a warrior of the Nightbrother clan on the planet Dathomir.  This planet is inhabited by the dominant Nightsister witchcraft society led by Mother Talzin. Maul’s tattoos are described as the markings of a warrior.

It is also revealed that he has a brother named Savage Opress.Darth Maul becomes insane and suffers amnesia as a result of being defeated by Obi-Wan. Savage Opress finds Maul and brings him to Mother Talzin back on Dathomir. Talzin is able to restore Maul’s mind and gives him robotic legs. Maul sets out with Opress as his apprentice to get his revenge on Obi-Wan.

New Darth Maul comic book

Marvel has been doing a spectacular job with the Star Wars comics.  With Darth Maul being one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars Universe it is safe to assume this comic will be flying off the shelves at your local comic book store.

Press Release

Independent comic book publisher Aspen Comics is pleased to announce another exclusive release from their hugely popular Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald variant cover series for Marvel Comics, this time for the release of their highly anticipated Star Wars comic book, Darth Maul #1.

Aspen states:
One of only a small handful of contemporary Star Wars images Michael Turner illustrated before his passing, this exclusive cover featuring the fearsome Darth Maul is an absolute must for any comic book, Michael Turner or Star Wars fan. Colored for the first time by the incomparable Peter Steigerwald, the comic book galaxy just got a little bit deadlier with the release of this brand new Michael Turner Darth Maul exclusive cover!

The Darth Maul #1 Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald exclusive cover will be available for pre-order starting on Saturday, January 14th at noon (PST)/3:00 PM (EST) and will feature a color variant (limited to 3,000 copies) in addition to a special black and white sketch variant (limited to 2,000 copies and available only in the Darth Maul #1 set). Darth Maul #1 will be released February 1st.

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(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Luke Ross (CA) Rod Reis
Bred on hate, fear, and anger…steeped in the ways of darkness…and trained to kill. Darth Maul’s time as apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows, but at last we will reveal his tale of revenge. From writer Cullen Bunn (DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, WOLVERINE) and artist Luke Ross (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, HERCULES) comes a tale of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the Jedi.
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 01, 2017
SRP: $4.99

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TNTM: What are Marvel Comics Infinity Gems?

If you’ve been watching the Marvel Comics movies (judging by the box office numbers I would say that is most of you) then you noticed there is an underlying theme of different colored “things” with various powers. You will also notice Thanos tends to keep appearing. There is a reason for that.

Infinity or Soul Gems

In the comics there are six different gems each with their own special power. They were originally called Soul Gems, but were later renamed Infinity Gems. They are the Mind Gem, Time Gem, Reality Gem, Soul Gem, Power Gem, and Space Gem. Individually these gems are quite powerful. What Thanos figured out is that when they are all controlled by one person they are unstoppable.

The origin of the Infinity Gems is they were actually once part of the primordial entity, Nemesis. Many eons ago, Nemesis ended its existence rather than live as the only sentience in the universe. Nemesis shattered into pieces forming the six Infinity Gems.

Thanos and the Infinity Gems

(In the comics) Thanos was born on Saturn’s moon Titan. He is the child of Eternals Mentor and Sui-San. Thanos carries the Deviants gene which causes the physical appearance of the Eternals cousin race. His mother attempted to kill him at birth.

During his school years, Thanos was a pacifist and would only play with his brother Eros (Starfox) and pets. Growing up he became fascinated with nihilism and death. He worshiped and eventually fell in love with the physical embodiment of death, Mistress Death.

Thanos places all six Infinity Gems on his left glove to form the Infinity Gauntlet. Each Gem grants mastery over an aspect of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. When all six gems are combined on the Infinity Gauntlet it provides Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence.

Thanos is desperate to win the love of Death. He offers her a token of his affection by completing a task she had given him. He promises to erase half the life in the universe.

The superheroes on Earth that were not killed band together to stop Thanos. To impress Death, Thanos allows the heroes a slight chance of winning. He easily defeats and kills nearly all of them.

Thanos also defeats and imprisons many of the universe’s cosmic entities including Galactus, the Stranger, the Titan Kronos, Epoch, Love and Hate, Master Order and Lord Chaos, and Eternity. The only entities with power greater than the Infinity Gauntlet are the Living Tribunal and the One-Above-All. After defeating Eternity, Thanos leaves his body and becomes the living embodiment of the universe. This leaves his abandoned body vulnerable to Nebula, his alleged granddaughter.

Nebula takes the Gauntlet off Thanos’ hand and wears it herself. She is able to undo all of Thanos’ actions. This restores her from disfigurement, brings the dead back to life, and reverses the damage done to the cosmos.

Another battle with the heroes and cosmic deities ends with Adam Warlock taking possession of the Gauntlet. Thanos appears to commit suicide. Warlock’s allies object when he plans to keep the gauntlet intact for himself, but he ignores them. Later it is discovered Thanos is working on a farm while contemplating his loss. Satisfied that he is no longer a threat, decide to leave him be.

Other Infinity Gem Collectors

Others have collected all the gems together for various reasons. The Elder wanted to use them to rid the universe of Galactus, The Man Beast used them to form the Infinity Thrall, and Loki was able to combine them with a sevent gem (Ego Gem). Even Galactus and the Grandmaster have gathered them all together. Several how tried to obtain all six gems such as Magus and Count Abyss.

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TNTM: Santa Claus in the comics

First I want to set the record straight.  YES, there is a Santa Claus.  He does deliver toys to all the good girls and boys every year on Christmas Eve.

I can prove this because my presents are always under the tree on Christmas morning.  My second piece of evidence is the cookies and milk I leave out for him are always eaten when I wake up.  The last and strongest piece of evidence I submit to you is every letter I send to Santa NEVER comes back “Return to Sender” or “Undeliverable”.

He must be getting those letters and having the elves make what I ask for so my Christmas is extra special. Now that we have established Santa Claus as a fact, let me delve into the article.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, or simply Santa is known by people world wide.  Santa Claus is usually depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man.  He is seen wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white fur-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots.

Most times he is carrying a bag full of gifts for children. Santa Claus is said to make lists of children throughout the world.  He categorizes them according to their behavior (“good” and “bad”, or “naughty” and “nice”) and delivers presents to all of the well-behaved children in the world on Christmas Eve.

If you were on the naughty list you are more likely to receive a chunk of coal. He has elves making the toys for him in his workshop located at the North Pole.  He delivers the toys in his sleigh pulled by eight reindeer (9 if you count Rudolph).

Saint Nick as a comic book character

Of course a character of this great importance has made his way onto the pages of comic books.  Even with his busy schedule of naughty list checking, toy making, and general jolliness, Santa has crossed over with some of the bigger characters/teams in comics.  Sometimes he is depicted as a jovial old man spreading peace and goodwill.

Other times he is shown as a tyrant forcing his elves and reindeer into working extremely hard for next to nothing.  There are far too many instances of Santa’s appearance in comic books to list here, but I will tell you some of the more popular times he has been in comics.

Santa in Marvel Comics

Nick St. ChristopherSanta has been through a lot in the Marvel Comics Universe. During WWII he was kidnapped by Adolf Hitler to destroy America’s morale.  He was saved by Nick Fury, Captain America, and Bucky Barnes.  Santa saved New York City from a Hitler Clone called the Hate Monger by causing one of the Hate Monger’s pilots to crash into a nuclear bomb. He has used the “naughty or nice” list to become the world’s greatest detective calling himself “Nick St. Christopher”. In this role he aided the She-Hulk in locating evidence for a murder investigation. Nick St. Christopher took a liking to She-Hulk and made a pass at her. Mrs. Claus arrived to stop him.  She also punished She-Hulk by filling her office with reindeer droppings. Before departing, St. Christopher gave She-Hulk a present. He told her to use it on Christmas for something special. She opened the present later when she was stuck in She-Hulk form.  The present allowed her to return to her human form to celebrate a normal Christmas evening with her father, Morris Walters.

Not all of Santa’s Marvel Comics appearances were good.  One year Santa was injured while visiting Latveria.  Victor von Doom (Dr. Doom) decided to replace Santa in delivering toys that year. Doctor Otto Octavius (Doc Ock) once took over Santa’s workshop, imprisoned Claus, and forced his elves to create deadly toys that would be sent out to injure children.  One Christmas, Santa aided the young mutant team Generation X against the youth-abducting Nanny and Orphan Maker.

Santa Infinity GauntletOne Christmas Santa discovered his reindeer were actually shape shifting Skrulls.  This left him with no one to pull his sleigh so he decided to use the Infinity Gauntlet to enable him to deliver all the presents.  The Marvel super-heroes never like anyone to have all six Infinity Gems together.  They were able to get the Infinity Gauntlet away from Santa.  Iron Man ended up saving the day by creating Iron Reindeer to power Santa’s sleigh

The worst Marvel Comics appearance of Santa shows him demoralized by mankind’s lack of faith and belief. Santa sold his entire franchise to Hydra. One of Santa’s elves recruited some of Santa’s helpers to prevent Hydra from ruining Christmas.  These helpers included Howard the Duck, Vito Claus, Bubba Clause, Santa Clara, Claus Tse-Tung, Sanity Claus, and Willy Lumpkin Claus. Howard convinced Santa to renege on his deal with Hydra.  The recruited Santa’s helpers joined forces with Santa and the elves to drive off the Commando Corps of Hydra Accountants.

More recently, Santa has been classified as an Omega Level Mutant.  Omega is the most powerful classification of mutants in the Marvel Universe.  That alone doesn’t mean as much as it seems about half the mutants fall into that classification.  What does hold a lot of weight is Cerebro, the mutant-detecting computer of the X-Men, detected “the most powerful mutant ever registered” in New York’s Rockefeller Center one holiday season. This of course was Santa Claus.  He was also detected by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants who wanted to recruit him.  When the X-men and the Brotherhood both showed up a fight broke out. Santa ended the fight when he briefly transformed the Brotherhood into inanimate toys, teleported the X-Men away, erased both groups’ memories of his involvement, and then gifted the city with snowfall, the first white Christmas in years.

Marvel Comics has given Santa Claus has a number of magical abilities, including longevity, the ability to fit himself and others through any chimney, levitate up a chimney, alter the appearance of himself or other objects or beings (including physically transforming a person into an inanimate object), change the size of other objects, teleport himself and others across the world, generate snow and determine who has been naughty or nice. His normal strength is augmented on Christmas Eve to lift (press) 2 tons. Santa’s full powers are not revealed, though he prefers not to use them in combat or other struggles. While he appears to be a senior, Santa has not physically aged in centuries. Santa Claus has access to a wide range of supernatural artifacts which he uses to accomplish various feats of magic. They also gave Santa some magical equipment.  The reindeer magically enable him to travel across the planet, stopping at most houses along the way, in a single night. His magical sack is actually a Tesseract serving as a portal to a sort of storage dimension.  The sack holds enough presents to supply the entire world in one trip.

In the Marvel Comics Universe, Santa is served by a number of magical elves who construct the toys he gives out. The elves are descended from the Light Elves of Asgard’s Alfheim.  They are resistant to aging and conventional disease. The elf named Sunquist is solar-powered and can animate toys and rearrange matter. In addition, Sunquist is a member of E.L.F., the Elf Labor Federation, which protects elves (an exploited minority).  They offer their services only to the extent that they do not cause humanity to become unduly reliant on elf-kind.

Santa in DC Comics

DC Comics hasn’t used Santa as extensively as Marvel, but he still makes appearances nonetheless.  In the DC Comics Universe Santa lives in The Dreaming.  This is a realm inhabited by the Endless (Dream, Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction). You might recognize these characters from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman.  It is reasonable to assume Santa is familiar with all these powerful beings.

DarkseidSanta Claus is no slouch in the powers and abilities area either in DC Comics.  He has extremely high charisma allowing him to engender trust and inspire hope in others.  Two notable exceptions to this power are the Easter Bunny and Lobo ( I’ll explain more on that in a later paragraph).  Santa appears to be virtually immortal.  He has not aged for several centuries.  DC Comics acknowledges Santa has magical abilities, but they haven’t defined the nature of his magic.  His powers are strong enough that he is able to get through the formidable defenses of Apokolips every year to give Darkseid a lump of coal.  These lumps of coal have an emotional effect of damaging confidence, pride, and motivation.He uses his toy bag to hold all the gifts he delivers on Christmas Eve.  It is speculated this toy bag is a trans-dimensional bag of holding. He travels around the world in his gravity defying sleigh pulled by magical flying reindeer.

LoboIn the Lobo: Paramilitary Christmas Special Santa is depicted as a merciless slave owner known as Kris “Crusher” Kringle.  In this story Santa Claus is a brutal dictator who ran an empire out of his stronghold at the North Pole. He maintained an army of elves.  Through a practice of planned malnutrition he was able to keep them short in stature and “fierce as ferrets”. Several years ago one of Crusher Kringle’s primary rivals, the Easter Bunny, hired the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo to assassinate him. Accepting the Bunny’s payment, Lobo was only too happy to see the job through. He traveled to the North Pole and blazed a bloody trail of destruction as he massacred dozens of elves just to reach Kringle’s throne room. Santa proved to be more than just a fat old man though. The two faced each other in mortal combat. Santa came at Lobo with two sharpened shivs. Lobo defeated Kringle by decapitating him. He then went outside and shot Rudolph. While this account seems incredible at best, Lobo has maintained that it did in fact take place.

This also calls into question if the Easter Bunny has any mutant or magical powers?  I’m sure we will cover that in an article around Easter time.  Most of the characters associated with holidays or fairy tales can be explained by classifying them as a mutant.

Santa in Boom Studios!

KlausBoom Studios went a different route with Santa Claus.  Klaus is set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic.  Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be. Where did he begin? What was he like when he was young? Why does he do what he does? How does he do what he does? And what happens when he faces his greatest challenge? Klaus draws on Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism. It takes in the creepier side of Christmas with characters like the Krampus.

Klaus is set in Grimsvig, a small town under the thumb of a petty dictator where toys have been outlawed.  Santa is re-envisioned as a crusader against injustice.  He is portrayed as a rough-and-tumble Conan the Barbarian type of superhero. The series draws upon early Viking and Siberian Santa Claus mythology. The comic details Santa’s origin story. It tells how he got his sleigh and other Yuletide accouterments.

Honorable Mentions

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Santa the Barbarian was created by Rob Liefeld with story and art by Dan Fraga.  The name explains it all.  Santa Claus as a barbarian, that’s it. No really, that is literally all there is to it.  The comic displays Santa killing, maiming, and chopping off heads.  To make it even better the elves are cheering him on with chants of “You da man!” Santa depicted as a blood-crazed barbarian killing machine is something that should be in everyone’s stocking on Christmas morning.

An Ultimate Warrior Christmas comic was written by former WWE wrestler Ultimate Warrior.  This comic will leave you with a lot of questions.  The main one is What is wrong with the Ultimate Warrior.  The comic is mostly unsettling pictures of half (or in some instances completely) nude Santa and Ultimate Warrior.  Most of the text is all on a separate non-picture page.  The background of the text pages is so garish and poorly thought out that trying to read them will give you a migraine.

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In the old Hellblazer comics, John Constantine once recovered the bones  of St. Nicholas of Myra (believed to be Santa Claus).  He crushed those bones to dust and got high on the powder.  This bit of Yuletide debauchery is all part of a magic ritual to help Constantine focus his mystical powers.

Action Lab put out a mini-series of comics dealing with the Santa Claus lore. “Sleigher” is This is Spinal Tap meets a Rankin/Bass Christmas special. The ultimate holiday tale for metalheads! Sleigher is the most recent heir of the “Santa Claus” mantle, even if it’s not really his bag. He’d rather slam back bourbon than glasses of milk and blast metal instead of carols. But when a long forgotten member of Santa’s rogues gallery rears his ugly head to reap chaos and destruction, Sleigher may have found his true calling – dishing out a holiday ass whoopin!!!


And what Internet article is complete without a Third Reich reference?  AAM/Markovia published the masterpiece “Santa vs. The Nazis”.  In 1941 the Nazis discover Santa Claus’ factory. They enslave the elves, incapacitate Santa, and convert the factory into a factory of war. Two of Santa’s helpers escape to London to brief Winston Churchill.  A commando unit is created and sent to take the factory back.

From all of us at Zia Comics, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and just an overall enjoyable Holiday Season!



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TNTM: Deadpool is at war with his wife

Deadpool got married? Yes, Wade Wilson actually tied the knot.  Who would say “I do” to Deadpool?  How about a succubus named Shiklah.  Long ago Shiklah and her family ruled over the monster world.

Vampires sought to overthrow them by starting a war that lasted over a century.  Shiklah’s father was distraught over his kingdom falling and the seeming deaths of his sons.  He decided to seal Shiklah away in a coffin until either the war ran its course or until she was to be wed.

Fast forward to present time.  Deadpool is hired by Dracula to bring Shiklah to him. He plans to marry her so he can take over her old lands and unite the monster world under his rule. Deadpool travels to the Arabian Peninsula and rescues Shiklah (sealed in a coffin) from a group of teleporting vampires could destroy it. Deadpool brought the coffin to Greece where he got into a fight with the Minotaur. As a result of the fight the coffin shattered and Shiklah was awakened along with her pet, Bug.

Shiklah repaid Deadpool’s service by attempting to absorb his life force by kissing him.  She failed due to Deadpool’s healing factor. In their journey they have lots of confrontations.  They end up fighting a Templar ghost, Blade, Hydra, and A.I.M. just to name a few.

During this trip they start to have feelings for each other. Once Shiklah and Deadpool returned to New York City they were married in a ceremony officiated by Nightcrawler.

The Marriage of Deadpool occurred in Deadpool #27.  That cover set a Guinness World Record for most comic characters on a single issue cover. Among the characters shown on the cover were popular heroes like Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men.

There were also some lesser known ones like Doop and Squirrel Girl.  Deadpool #27’s wraparound cover features 232 Marvel characters.  Guinness determined that 224 of those characters were “publicly familiar enough to qualify for the recognition”.

Deadpool and Shiklah on the outs

Less than two years after they were married, Deadpool and Shiklah are going to war in a new six-part crossover titled Deadpool: Til Death Do Us. The story-line will have two issues (each) of Deadpool, Spider-Man/Deadpool, and Deadpool & the Mercs For Money in March and April 2017.  In Deadpool: Til Death Do Us, Shiklah is declares war on humanity forcing Deadpool to choose sides.

“In the first chapter of this we see the encroachment on the Monster Metropolis from above, from the surface world. Humans and monsters are not great neighbors. At the end of a long series of incidents of poor behavior on both sides, Shiklah decides she’s had enough,” said Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan.

“Even though she is coming to terms with Deadpool not being a great husband, she is also beholden to her people, so this is very much an act of preservation in her mind for her kingdom. It also will force Deadpool to make some choices. Are you with the soft pink surface dwellers or are you with your wife and her citizens back down below?”

“Til Death Do Us…” begins in Deadpool #28 in March 2017.

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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: New Ghost Rider joins Spirit of Vengeance

Doctor Strange is putting together a team of the world’s most powerful magic users from throughout all time.  He needs their help to battle a new and extremely powerful villain called the Forgotten.

One of the mystical group he is recruiting is Kushala, aka the Demon Rider.  She had her debut in “Doctor Strange and the Sorcerer Supremes” #1.

Kushala is more than just a hero from the 1880s Marvel Universe. She is also the Native American incarnation of the Ghost Rider.

“She is a new character of Apache descent,” said series artist Javier Rodriguez.  “My inspiration comes from the tribes of New Mexico. They have a dance that is very powerful on every visual level. That ‘Devil Dance’ aesthetic and the geometric symbols mix perfectly with Kushala’s flaming skull and horse.”

“She is the Ghost Rider of the 1880s,” editor Nick Lowe expands. “She is a Native American woman and she gets really terrifying in Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme when she turns into her Ghost Rider, so we wanted to make sure she had her own unique name as well, so Demon Rider is what we ended up coming up with for that.”
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Kushala is interesting to me for several reasons.  She is an Apache, a sorcerer, a warrior, and a demon from the 19th century. The Spirit of Vengeance is a very Kushala
powerful character.

The only thing keeping it from doling out justice to wrong-doers left and right 24 hours a day is the human host.  The human part of the psyche keeps the unbridled vengeance from becoming an unstoppable force.

You saw this in the World War Hulk story-line the Johnny Blaze part of Ghost Rider forces it to travel to NYC to stop the Hulk from destroying all the super-heroes.  Doctor Strange tells Reed Richards that Ghost Rider’s power is boundless and he is almost godlike.

I also like Kushala because her origin is not from some large metropolitan city on either the East or West Coast.  Far too many of Marvel’s characters hail from the big cities.

It seems as though you can’t walk around the big cities in Marvel without bumping into either a super-hero or super-villain.  A little hint for all you super-villains, if you want to avoid being caught just commit all your crimes in rural America.  Your odds of success go up astronomically.

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