Wow, there’s so much happening in this chapter I really didn’t know where to begin, so I thought I would represent the three eldest members of each set of Finwean grandkids as the three main Triforce bearers from the Legend of Zelda series in their Skyward Sword incarnations. Because why not? :)
I had forgotten how much Fingon does in this chapter, even apart from the renowned rescue of Maedhros. He defeats an entire army of orcs and later even defeats a dragon (albeit a young one)! Fingon is totally the MVP of this chapter, so he gets to be courageous Link. (The scanner sort of messed up Fingon a bit, sorry!)
Finrod spends the chapter creating strongholds and making friends with, well, pretty much everybody, as Finrod is wont to do. Since he gets named after his wisdom later and he loves to play music, Finrod gets to be Zelda. ^.^
I don’t consider Maedhros being the Demise/Ganondorf here a statement on his moral character, but rather a commentary on Maedhros’ sheer might. He recovers from his years of torment and comes back stronger than ever, so orcs flee in terror of him and even Morgoth is too afraid to attack the Feanorians because Maedhros is lying in wait for him in the east. Making the enemy who captured you too afraid to look in your general direction? That’s just how Maedhros rolls.
I thought this page was very poignant for one reason, and it’s the text box at the top. Poor Kyle Rayner has spent nearly his entire existence as a Green Lantern under the influence of at least one or more wellsprings of tremendous cosmic power. Geoff Johns and other creators seemed to imagine this constant possession of Kyle as a sort of honor; he is the chosen vessel for some of the most powerful beings in existence and maybe even a Messiah figure for the Corps. However, it’s a more complicated and tragic story for Kyle himself, as he struggles to maintain his own identity as an artist and as a person while under the constant onslaught of vast and ancient forces.
This moment - the moment that he realizes he can still be in control - feels both monumental for the character and yet also somehow too easy. The fact that Kyle can so quickly come up with a strategy for holding the entities back is a sad testament to how often he’s been possessed by them. It’s cool that the last entity that he confronts is Ion, the spirit he’s had the most interaction with.
Also, Brad Walker and Justin Jordan are really great on this series.
I am wondering whether Lee Pace will be playing Adam Warlock in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. According to early reports, Pace is slated to be a villain in the upcoming film.
Adam Warlock started out as a powerful sorcerer for good on the Guardians of the Galaxy team, which wasn’t surprising as he was charismatic, handsome, and ultimately the embodiment of perfected life in the universe. However, Warlock soon began to struggle with his alter ego Adam Magus, an avatar of uncontrolled life, unbound by death (think cancer, for example). It wasn’t long before Adam surrendered to his Magus persona and began plotting to unleash life unrestrained upon the unsuspecting universe while in cahoots with the Matriarch of the powerful Universal Church of Truth, who saw him as a savior.
This plotline would accomplish several things. First, it would bring Thanos into the mix, as he is the avatar of Death and is needed to destroy Adam Magus. This conflict between life and death raises the stakes for the entire universe. You could further have the at first helpful Thanos show his true colors once his rival is defeated, giving viewers a reason to hate him by the time Avengers 2 rolls around.
Secondly, it would provide an emotional hook for viewers as they watched the heroic Adam Warlock either consciously betray his team or fall under the sway of forces beyond his control. It would especially impact a couple of the main characters, as Adam is Star Lord’s good friend and Gamora’s former lover.
Thirdly, bringing in the Universal Church of Truth would let us see lots of different aliens and scary baddies, which is of course what you want in an outer space film. A conflict between avatars of life and death would tell a story in outer space on an epic scale.
All this, and I can totally see Lee Pace as Adam Warlock/Magus. Just saying.
I would also love to see Karen Gillan as Death (Thanos’ supposed lover, who he is constantly attempting to impress), but also think she could make a scary good Matriarch.
Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s Batman and Robin was great, but I can’t wait to see what Scott Lobdell does with Damian’s death. I hear instead of a silent issue, it’s going to be made up entirely of text boxes.
My brother dsquareddude, trying to cheer me up after I read Gleason and Tomasi’s masterpiece.
Inspiration for this lazy photoshop job was the reveal of the new Onslaught in Marvel’s Uncanny Avengers Number 4. For those who don’t know, it is the Red Skull’s head, in great need of some braces or something to fix that overbite, peeking his head out of Onslaught’s armor. I laughed for about 4 days when I first saw it. I still chuckle at it but was also inspired to create Marvel’s Next Big Villain. I hope you all will join me. Together, we can inspire the next great threat to the Marvel Universe.
FYI: I love Marvel comics and actually really enjoy the series and the characters of Uncanny Avengers. I just loving poke fun at them because I care. And Because this is just so funny looking, especially with empty headed Xavier out front. Why is he there. He is dead and his brains are scooped out. Are you keeping Trail Mix in there? Why is he standing there?
Age of Ultron #1 (2013) by Brian Michael Bendis & Bryan Hitch
One thing I really liked about the ‘90’s story arc Age of Apocalypse was that because the events were happening in an alternate reality, the writers could do whatever they wanted to the characters and get away with it. This allowed for bold choices, all-bets-are-off peril, and true and unexpected heroism in a hopeless situation. Since Age of Ultron is pretty obviously happening in issue #1 outside of current Marvel continuity, I think we can assume it’s an alternate universe. Having said that, I can’t wait to see what happens here as our alternate heroes fight a battle that’s already lost. I was so inspired by Hawkeye’s speech about heroes and going out with dignity and loyalty in your heart, even when the hounds of hell are at your doorstep. And the art is fantastic!
I’m sorry, but I haven’t been able to stop giggling since I saw this image. I can’t get over Red Skull’s tiny head, overbite and all, peeking out from all that armor. Xavier with half his head missing only makes it look all the more ridiculous to me. It’s like they put a Hungry, Hungry Hippo on Onslaught’s face. ^.^
Unpopular opinion time: Relena Peacecraft is my favorite character in Gundam Wing. By far. I like her better than the pilots, the villains, and her brother with the unusually long and glamorous hair for a soldier. I’ve been re-watching GW recently and my love for Relena’s character has only grown. There’s a lot of dislike for her out there, and I have to say I’m not entirely sure where it all comes from. Yes, it is a little ridiculous that someone with Relena’s young age and limited experience can fill all of the roles she inhabits in the series, but it’s also a bit odd that young teenagers are allowed to pilot multi-billion-dollar killing machines, so you have to suspend your disbelief somewhere. This is anime, after all.
I never said that was all you liked. Just a majority of the ones you like. Nor did I say that was a bad thing.
I had a little misunderstanding in a previous post and wanted to clarify it. We actually have very similar tastes and trade comics a lot. :) You should follow his blog for Katy Perry music video riffing, Doctor Who-based fiction, and sundry geeky stuff. ^.^
My brother claims that I only like comics about strong women and teens rising to adult challenges with courage and wits. I have no problem agreeing with this statement.
So he’s commending your taste?
Ha, yes he is. We have a good laugh about my taste in comics not because of what I like (my brother appreciates both of these things very much as well), but because of how specific my tastes are. It is very easy to pinpoint what I probably will and won’t like. The tastes of some other superhero comic readers are a bit more broad, and also encompass stories mostly about people punching other people, which I don’t particularly get into as much as the emotional beats.
… Except when it comes to the new Aquaman. The new Aquaman is quite dashing.
My favorite program with my teens at the library is probably our weekly Anime Club. Not only does it expose new fans (myself included) to some really great shows and films, but it facilitates some really fun and interesting dialogue. We’ve recently been watching, among other things, Gundam Wing. I watched GW as a kid on Toonami and really enjoyed it, and it’s interesting to watch it again as an adult.
I have some updated thoughts on Treize Khushrenada, the main villain of the piece, and wanted to know if anyone else got this impression of him. There was a speech made by his subordinate Lady Une, who is not exactly a pillar of sanity herself that made me have some newly chilly feelings about Treize and put his other actions in a different light. Treize “fell in love with people” and fell in love “with the death of people.” Treize is an old-world noble who believes in all the worst parts of chivalry and also believes that humans are at their best when they are gloriously fighting for survival, namely in wars.
Treize has an authorized outlet for his feelings, since he has the power to send soldiers off to die in creepily human-looking killing machines. Yet I feel like if he couldn’t get his jollies watching men valiantly get blown up in the service of his organization, he’d be the target of a police manhunt as a serial killer, trying to prove how “glorious” humans are when they’re faced with death. I thought Treize was just sort of weird before; he’s chilling to me now.
More sane people in the show, like Sally Po, lament the fact that people die en masse in wars. Treize’s main lament about unmanned weapons is that the killing machines being destroyed en masse don’t have people dying in them. He’s a psychopath in a position of power, and the people he directly mentors (Zechs, Lady Une) seem to turn out the worse for wear until they can get away from him.
I think part of the teenage appeal of Gundam Wing is that you have five damaged but stable kids fighting for their lives in a world ruled by madmen who take pleasure in pulling the kids’ strings for their own ends. (See: Hunger Games and other dystopian YA classics.) Treize might be the creepiest madman of them all. He is the President Snow, roses and all, of Gundam Wing.