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Month: May 2010 (Page 2 of 2)

X-Men Versus Vampires

X-Men You know what the world needs?  Another X-Men title.  Well, no, I really don’t think so.  However, someone at Marvel did and they’ve got a new adjectiveless title featuring Marvel’s mutants coming out in July by novelist Victor Gischler and artist Paco Medina.  The reason for the new title?  Vampires.
X-Men VampiresIn this image, the X-Men have all been turned into the vampiric undead.  Okay.  I’ll bite (pun intended).  What does this title have to offer me other than seeing my favorite characters turn evil?  Aren’t we supposed to be entering the Heroic Age?  Hasn’t this story already been told?
X-Men I am excited about the team of X-Men being featured here, however (Artwork by Adi Granov).  Okay, I’ll admit I’m mostly just excited to have Storm be featured in the title.  I do hope they throw us continuity queens a bone though and reference Ororo’s battle with vampirism.  It’s the least they could do.
X-Man & JubileeIt appears that X-Man is going to feature prominently in this storyline (fresh from his rebirth and torture at the hands of Norman Osborn in Dark X-Men. Poor powerless Jubilee is pictured here as a vampire.  That is not how I want to see dear Jubilation.  She’s the embodiment of light and joy (or at least she was before she lost her powers) and having her become a vampire is neither clever nor ironic.
Hope & BladeLet me be clear:  I despise Hope.  I know, I know, how can I hate a character that is basically a tabula rasa?  Why can’t I wait for some development before I judge her?  I’ve read every appearance of Hope (including those two years of Tom & Jerry issues of Cable) and she has yet to do or be anything.  Sometimes Marvel holds their cards too long and I grow uninterested.  I don’t care if she turns into the Phoenix Force itself at this point.  I’m bored with her.  Another character with guns?  No thanks.  As for Blade, I wish Paul Cornell was still writing him.  That was the most interesting he’s ever been.
Spider-Man & Psylocke Let’s pretend that these characters are actually going to team-up for a second and that Marvel just isn’t tossing pairs of super-heroes around willy-nilly.  The idea of Spider-Man and Psylocke fighting together just writes itself.  He makes some quips about her scantily clad outfit and she silently slices and dices.  I think the contrast in their personalities would be a fun story.
Magneto & Savage She-Hulk I wish Magneto had really died a long time ago and I wish this version of a Savage She-Hulk had never been created.  Neither character holds any appeal for me.  Magneto was played out when Chris Claremont killed him in X-Men #2 and I need no other She-Hulk besides Jennifer Walters.  I really don’t enjoy alternate reality characters.
Gambit & Elektra Now this is a pairing that might even have some sparks of romance.  Am I alone in thinking that Gambit and Elektra might make a good couple?  I can see Gambit immediately hitting on Marvel’s most celebrated assassin, and while getting emotion out of Elektra might be like trying to get blood out of a stone…I think that if she let her guard down, Ms. Natchios andy Mr. LeBeau might have some chemistry.

Well, this new X-Men promotional push for the new series certainly has me thinking about it, so kudos to Marvel’s marketing department.  I look forward to seeing where this whole vampire thing goes.

Hey!  Where’s Iceman and Cable in these team promos?!

The Cyclops by Bernie Wrightson

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Sometimes I see an amazing piece of art and just need to share it.  This is one of those times.  I’ve long been a fan of Bernie Wrightson‘s art and this image is so chilling.  Imagine being one of the sailors on that ship and looking up to find that Cyclops playing baseball with the forest above you.  Phew!  Bernie’s line work is gorgeous, choosing clean outlines for the ship, ocean and crags and then crosshatching and shading to bring your focus to the menace of the monster.  Beautiful.

Check out his website.

Storm Sunday: Hulk Storm

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This coming Wednesday sees the release of Hulk #22 featuring a bevy of Marvel Heroes “Hulked Out.”  Written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Ed McGuinness, the comic features a  Storm who looks a lot more Worldwide Wrestling Federation than any other versions we’ve seen before.  In these preview pages from Comic Book Resources, a Hulked Out Thor is about to layeth the smackdown on the Red Hulk, but Hulked Out Storm interrupts demanding she be recognized as the Goddess of Lightning.  I guess Hulked Out Heroes lose their common sense after transforming into blustering behemoths.
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That sure is one hell of a costume, eh?  I’m guessing that’s supposed to be clouds covering Storm’s lady parts, interspersed with lightning.  I do like how the artist has enlarged Storm’s tiara as part of her costume and that she retains her gem at her throat (although it is not connected to anything–perhaps she can hover items around her person due to all of the static electricity that she’s tossing around?) and her bracelets.  Regarding the upcoming brouhaha between her and Thor though, does anyone think that she’s really going to win that?  As much as Hulked Out Storm may demand she be feted as a Goddess, she isn’t.  I just don’t think this is going to end well.  However, it sure is nice to see Storm among the handful of heroes chosen to have this kind of exposure in a crossover that isn’t X-Men or Black Panther related.  Makes me feel that Storm is part of the Marvel Universe again.

White Queen Wednesday: Drink & Drugs

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome back, gentle reader, to White Queen Wednesday. This week I will touch on some of Emma’s experiences with drugs and alcohol, during her time with the Hellfire Club and as an X-Man. Emma is refreshingly honest about the subject and I feel it is an interesting topic worth exploring.

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First and foremost it should be noted that Emma is incredibly picky, in fact downright snobbish, about her champagne. Perhaps this is due to her having lived a life of such obscene wealth and privilege and her appreciation for the finest things in life, as well as her proclivity to splurge on such a decadent indulgence as expensive champagne.

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As the White Queen of the debauched Hellfire Club, essentially an exclusive S&M country club for the rich and kinky, every conceivable earthly indulgence was made available to Emma. And indulge she did. From her earliest appearances, Emma was frequently depicted with a flute of champagne or a cocktail or a goblet or snifter of hard brown liquor. But her drinking was never so much as mentioned, much less characterized as a problem.

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It’s interesting to me that Emma never completely abandoned alcohol, continuing to enjoy a drink in moderation to this day. This is in stark contrast to characters like Iron Man and Ms Marvel for whom their out of control drinking ultimately became an issue that threatened to destroy their private and professional lives, a powerful problem to be overcome. It simply doesn’t seem to be an issue at all for Emma.

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Substance use and abuse runs in her family, her mother was addicted to prescription tranquilizers and her gay brother Christian with whom she was quite close also used drugs before he tragically went insane. While she never specified exactly what drugs she used to do, I’m sure Emma sampled any number of narcotics at her own discretion during her time with the Hellfire Club. But I imagine she might have preferred cocaine, it just seems to fit her character best.

After Emma joined the X-Men and became a member of the faculty at Professor Xavier’s school, a new power enhancing drug called Kick swept the student population. Emma tried Kick, purely “in the interest of science”, in order to better understand what kind of a hold it had over her students. She described the experience as feeling “angelic and violently insane for five hours”. So she is still not above trying a new drug when it suits her.

I hope you enjoyed this examination of Emma’s attitudes towards drugs and alcohol, gentle reader, and I hope you join me next week for another White Queen Wednesday!

Storm Sunday: Marley Zarcone

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The amazing sketches that I received over WonderCon 2010 keep on comin’!  This week we celebrate the striking lines of artist Marley Zarcone!  Marley’s projects include Forgetless (she has a back up running through the 5 issue mini-series) and an upcoming issue of Madame Xanadu!  Marley drew this sketch in her hotel room while I read her tarot.  We didn’t have any reference for Storm’s tiara (much to Marley’s chagrin) but I really love the jewelry she drew instead.  Ororo truly looks like her authentic Kenyan princess self.

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