Marvelous Wednesday for Marvel

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Coming from a week off Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity hits hard this week Part Four of Six was by most accounts EXTREMELY EPIC. The Combo of Dustin Weaver’s beautiful pages with Jerome Opena’s is a symphony of wonderful art to press on this incredible story. As the cover suggest Thor makes his presence known to the builders in a way I was not even kinda prepared for. The good Captain plan begins to unfold for all to see, and the answer to who would win Between Thanos and Blackbolt (which I don’t agree with but how can I argue when its here in cannon for all to see), oh just for kicks THANOS’ son revealed! Quite frankly there is so much more…The Art is top notch, the writing is Prime, This Is A BUY TWICE….

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Moving into the next big event between Marvel pages is the ever continuing cluster that is Battle of the Atom, Chapter 7. I have to say I’ve been very impressed how from title to title this event has flowed so well, you’d have no idea three different writers were at the helm of this event. This week its Wood with plain old X-men, and it kicks all the @$$. Very pleased with how his pretty much All Female team takes to the event. Me also being a product of the 90’s I’m always happy to see Jubilee, even if she’s still a vampire(seriously that’s still a thing? Aren’t the X-men convoluted enough?) Well we see yet another twist that was sorta hinted at in the last chapter, except NO ONE SAW THAT NEW CHARACTER COMING. I don’t care if you saw that cover in previews with Him in it, you didn’t see that reveal coming. Don’t know what I’m talking about…READ IT! David Lopez of course provide the kinda visuals you want in an X-book, Its mos def(not the rapper) a Buy in the Singles

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Now if you’re not reading this title you are missing out on one of the best action packed, mindf#(<*ng titles to come out of Marvel in some years. I know what you’re thinking, Captain America, man out of time, Great American Hero, Punched Hitler in the face(seriously cover of issue one, the original issue one, google it) yes the man is all that, but this title takes a look at Cap that hadn’t been really taken. What were his parents like, what would he be like if he was a dad, does he linger on the past too much, is he really acclimating to the present, all of these questions and you get to see Cap Beat some serious @$$. This Issue is pure setup, Cap is struggling after Dimension Z, hangs out with Falcon(so glad he’s relevant again, yeah I think he’s awesome wanna fight about it?). The cover tells no lies and I won’t either when I say you see Pacheco draw Nuke doing some messed up stuff. Rick Remender easily one of my favorite writers out there right now, pick this up in the Singles!!!!

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Well I started with Thor I’m going out on Thor! This book is unbelievably episodic! Jason Aaron has taken Thor and made him exactly what you remember him as before movies, cartoons, and all that hoodoo. The title says it all, its about THOR GOD OF THUNDER, and ironically just in time for the next movie, Malekith the Accursed has made his way of becoming the main villain of this title. Now not gonna lie, Malekith being one of my favorite Thor villains of all time(Yes way over Loki, I know you think that actor is cute but read some books, he’s not that lovable far more vile) but I’m gonna be honest Gorr The God Butcher(Yes he killed whole Pantheons through out the Universe) is a serious hard act to follow. But With Ron Garney’s art, a rag tag team of warriors of the Nine Realms(Thor is the only one from Asgard! I’m excited about that, I’m sorry there’s a lot more to lore and mythology than just the Gods and Warriors of Asgard). Jason Aaron has seriously provided a Thor title for Thor Fans. Loved it, Buy it in the singles!!!

Thats all from the Marvel side of things this week folks, JulesTrue here saying I’ll see you next time, Be sure to catch me ramble on about all things Marvel on Weekly Recs on YouTube, and more to come on here!

-julestrue

Top o’ the Lot: Leagues

From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivial detail of some form of geekery, and we put it in a list. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Leagues.

Keeping with Outright Geekery’s beginning and our focus on cooperation it makes perfect sense for the first Top o’ the Lot to bring attention to some of the greatest teams in comic book history. Although comic book teams have become as prevalent as Madrox in a mosh pit, with their fantastically, avenging, legion of <insert “X-adjective” here>, there remains one key word that continues to signify the solidity and cooperation of a team of superheroes: League. As we begin our adventure in building a league of our own, Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot runs down the best comic book Leagues.

Honorable Mention: Justice League Unlimited

Justice league unlimitedCreated by legendary animator Bruce Timm, Justice League Unlimited was an animated series that premiered in 2004 that ran for 3 seasons. While it followed the same recipe as Timm’s earlier DC comics animated endeavors, like Batman: The Animated Series, and Superman: The Animated Series, JLU simply took the equation to a factor of 10. Everything was bigger! The stories, the villains and, especially, the number of Justice Leaguers seen in the series took the entire DC animated universe to new heights, setting the stage for later shows like Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice.

5. Justice League of America

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Sure, we could highlight the totality of DC’s comic book Justice Leagues in each and every iteration they have had since the early Silver Age, but, for the sake of its me writing this thing up, we’re going to focus on the Leagues that exist currently. Even with that, it still gets pretty confusing.

While not an initial launch title in DC’s New 52 companywide re-launch, the Justice League of America has quickly become an integral and intriguing team in the DC universe. Although the team was assembled by hard-lined bureaucrat Amanda Waller and A.R.G.U.S., the government agency in charge of super-human affairs, as a check against the less obedient Justice League proper, the JLA, with members like the unconventional Green Arrow, villain Catwoman, homicidal maniac Hawkman, and outcast Green Lantern Simon Baz, among others, seems distant from being the compliant team of supers they are meant to be.

4. The League of Shadows

league of shadowsAlso known as the League of Assassins, The League of Shadows is the penultimate thorn in Batman’s side, a nemesis second only to The Joker. Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, The Cains, Bane, Damian Wayne; The list of League of Assassin associates include some of the most important characters in the history of The Caped Crusader. Whether it’s the comic book version of Ra’s al Ghul’s criminal empire or Nolan’s version of a syndicate seeking out their own twisted form of societal justice, The League of Shadows is an interesting and evil addition to our list, setting it firmly in the Top o’ the Lot.

3. Justice League Dark

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By far the most curious of DC’s various Leagues, the JLD took the New 52 by storm with its supernatural occult take to the team dynamic. Bringing together the DC Universe’s most able and brilliant mystical characters, Justice League Dark sees the likes of magician Zatanna Zatara, fortune-teller Madame Zanadu, the ghost Deadman, and, Hellblazer himself, John Constantine teaming up to handle the situations deemed to unfit for the “regular” Justice League. The individual personae on this team make for a slew of different dynamics, while the occult factor offers numerous opportunities for stories that simply cannot be told with other teams.

2. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

league of extraordinary gentlemenWhile the movie may have been a letdown, there is no denying the excellence of Alan Moore’s classic portrayal of classy heroes from classical literature in his 1999 comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Not only does the bringing together of such literary royalty like Allan Quatermain, Dracula’s Mina Murray, The Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, make for an amazing team of adventurers, but stories involving Wells’ War of the Worlds and the famous villain Professor Moriarty also makes this League the easiest of all the Leagues for any geek, DC fanboy or not, to get into.

1. Justice League

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Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern. These are the names of the most outstanding members of the most famous of the numerous Leagues in this Top o’ the Lot. While the New 52 version of this timeless team includes former Teen Titans mainstay Cyborg, and Hal Jordan has since left the team in his capacity as Green Lantern, the Justice League continues to be DC Comics headlining superhero team. And why the hell shouldn’t it be? Few characters in all of popular culture are as well-known and beloved as members of this iteration of the Justice League. Predating teams like the X-Men, The Avengers, and all the other teams on this list puts the Justice League at the Top o’ the Lot.

See a mistake? Disagree with the choices? Tell us what you think about this installment of Top o’ Lot, join in the discussion and share your opinion.

The Beginning

“Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!”  — The Doctor

Chance

Some of the most adored pop culture teams are the ones that came together by chance. Whether it’s The Avengers, the rebel alliance, the ragtag gang of the Firefly Serenity, or the crew of the stranded starship Voyager, accidental circumstance has led to some of the most beloved story-telling in pop-culture. While I’d never suggest to be on par with Mal, Han, or (dare I say) Captain Janeway, recently I did find myself, by pure chance, in the frequent company of some like-minded individuals seemingly brought together by fate. Like the synergy of those fictional teams we all seemed to fanatically pine for, the combined effect of our individual force was greater than the sum of those individual passions. All we needed was an outlet, and that outlet is Outright Geekery.Image

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