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What would it be like to live inside the Marvel Universe?

So,you imagine yourself living a life in a comic world,ok,….

 

So let’s start of with Mutants.Yep it could be one fifth of the population maybe one tenth, no one can be quite sure of the numbers.So you could have been born a mutant,which is awesome,maybe.You could have been born with these awesome powers.So it’s awesome, kinda,but you gotta realize some people are going to hate you just because your a mutant.Also there is a possibility that your powers could make you blue or green,and there is no doubt that you’ll have to have help in learning how to control them.You could have a had a hard time, but maybe you’ll find your perfect balance and hide who you are from the rest of the world.Or maybe you join the X-Men,or maybe you’ll be kidnapped by the government for experiments ,who’s to say. On the other hand you can be a  regular human with no powers,the dangerous thing is,there are mutants who hate you, and think your lesser because your not  a mutant.Some of them have been hurt so by humans that they feel this way.Others just see you as less just because.

The Gods.

Oh yeah don’t forget about all those Norse Gods who just have to cross a bridge to get into this realm….

The dangers of being a scientist

So being a scientist is a great professional,it can often be something that cause your to get powers.Such as the Sue and Richard Storm, and Bruce Banner.But here’s a warning if you are  a scientist I would recommend you to stay out of New York.There is this kid, name Peter… Peter… Peter something.But almost all the scientist he meet become super villains Morbius,Dr.Oct,the Lizard are examples of unlucky scientist who have met this photographer.

The Vampire Infestation.

Oh most people forget that Blade is a Marvel character.This Englishman has been hunting vampires since ’73.Oh yeah, Blades British kinda ruins the whole Wesley Snipes thing doesn’t it.So yeah there was even a Dracula in this universe at one time.And no one is safe from vampires.Even a mutant can be turned, Jubilee is now currently a vampire.So let’s just hope their are many organizations of vampire hunters.

Aliens

OK, Aliens are the one thing I am a little DC biased on.I think most of theirs tend  to a little more interesting.Let’s see we have the Emperial Guard(who forced the hand of our X-Men and ultimately let to the Phoenix’s suicide),Guardians of the Galaxy(I know nothing of these people) among others.To be honest I don’t know a lot about the aliens of the Marvel universe (just the basics),but be aware that they’re there.But there are two beings you should be aware that’s Norman Rad, aka the Silver Surfer.One of my favorite anti hero /super heros yet.And then there’s his master,Galactus.A lot of people like to downplay him and the Phoenix, and how powerful they are.I put them in the same  category because they are mass murders who like to consume over-sized things.The Phoenix ate a star and by doing so destroyed a whole solar systems.Galactus has ate enough planets to fill up multiple solar systems.And unlike the phoenix(though she killed herself) Galactus has been defeated but never been killed(to my knowledge.Oh yeah lets not forget the Skrulls, who secretly keep trying to overtake the earth.Those shape shifters can be quite annoying.But we do have the Watchers on our side to warn us of bad things to come from space…. yay ? Oh yeah  there’s also a whole race of alien symbiots, which are parasites who can fuse with a human, bond with a human at a cellular level, and make them do  things so they can feed of of their adrenaline of the host.The two examples of these are the Venom and Carnage.

Toxic Waste,Gamma Rays,and Radioactive Spiders

For some reason in this world things that would normally kill you, can make you a hero.For some reason there are just multiple radioactive spiders.I mean there are currently two Spider Mans ,Peter Parker and Miles Morales, not to mention Spider Woman,Spider Girl and Web Woman.And the clone of Peter Parker out their aka Spider Boy.Toxic waste and gamma rays  give people such as Bruce Banner and Matt Murdock their powers.So there a good chance that one day when your walking down the street you might be dosed with something that could give you powers.Or as said before being a scientist I feel as if you have a 1/10 chance of being a super hero.

 

Anyone can be a hero

The lovely thing is, if you have a skill and are the best at what you do, you can easily done a mask and become a hero.Some heroes in this universe have even built machines to give them the abilities,such as Tony Stark ,or just so skillful that they make it without  this kind of cash like Hawkeye.You might die,but maybe not.And if you’re bright  and are a good enough agent, you could even be recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. as spies.I mean you may not know this but Peter’s parents were agents of  S.H.I.E.L.D .Hired by Nick Furry and died after being discovered.BOOM

There’s a lot more maybe I’ll make a part two some day

 

Sincerly,

YourFriendlyNeighborhoodBlerd

A Comic Book Lifestyle · Blerd Life

X Men Days of Future Past

Sidenote: I’m in Korea so I’m a little late with  my review,it get’s here a few weeks late.

Ok so lets get to the basics, this is a good movie.Good actions scenes strong characters.Great character development.

If I wasn’t a comic reader I would give this movie a 9.2/10.

But let’s be real, I am a comic book reader and that’s not the real score for me.X-Men helped start my love for comics ,so let’s get into a real conversation with this movie.Let’s start with the good.

What I loved.

I loved the few moments they gave to Quicksilver.The whole scene with him running on the wall of Kitchen in the Pentagon.Taking his time pulling pranks,making people punch themselves giving people wedgies,moving liquid while it was mid air was beautiful.I also love the music they played during his scene and how, he really waited to t he very last minute to save everyone from the bullets,lastly pushing the bullets away from his dad.The characters is such a whimsical and carefree rogue(yeah he’s definitely a thief I mean did you see all those Twinkies and TV’s), he’s the only one without major issues in the movie.I loved his quick change scenes and his outfit,I was a little worried about the pictures I had seen before the movie came out.The sad thing is that he wasn’t in more of the movie.

Easter Eggs and other good stuff

So just in case you didn’t pay attention, you might notice when Quicksilver met Magneto and saw Magneto use his powers he was like “My Mom knew a guy…” yeah Magneto is his father.Secondly I noticed a scene with a girl watching Magneto and the stadium going over.It’s my speculation that this girl is the same girl you later at Quicksilver house in the end.His sister,the only odd thing about this ,is his sister in the movie is just a kid.Why is that odd because the only full blooded sister he has is Scarlet With,who is his twin.Is this girl suppose to be Magneto’s other kid,is she just Quicksilver’s half sibling,or did they just cut out the Scarlet Witch *shrug*.

Ok it’s not an Easter Egg,but did you catch the time traveling episode of the Star Trek,it was playing on the TV in Hank’s ‘basement?’.Also I realized watching this in Korea there are a lot of things you wouldn’t get if you weren’t American’s so while we where laughing about things  it was other wise silent.I loved the accusation of Magneto either killing Kennedy,or the alternative that he was killed because he was a mutant,and Magneto tried unsuccessfully to save him.This by far is my favorite Kennedy conspiracy to date.Also I really loved how one of the first things we saw after time traveling was a lava lamp, it set the mood,I think.I also loved Nixon, I think whoever this impersonator was, really captured the essence of the president.I couldn’t help but chuckle when he did the double piece sign thing.Also I really like that when they showed the older sentinels it was really reminiscent of the original comic and TV adaptations.And I love and hate that this movie gave me little heart attacks every time a mutant was killed.I was just like  NO, Bobby,Pyro,,Colossus,Storm, Bishop… … don’t die … … and seeing Magneto get stabbed,I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. But rather he than Piccard and Kitty.

Problems

No Kitty for You

Ok, I know, I know people love Wolverine, but as far as I’m concerned he can kick rocks,I do understand how Singer was saying the age thing wouldn’t have worked for sending Kitty into the past,but the comic book did it with enough with insight to make it work.At the end of the day,I don’t believe him , they did it because Hugh Jackman makes sales,at the end of the day it’s about money and popularity.If the movie doesn’t sell well, you can’t afford to make sequels.But could you imagine how awesome it would have been to have a female main character in a comic book movie.Every last one out staring a woman has sucked,Elecktra,Tank girl, and the other hero/villain movie that shall not be named(let’s just say it’s staring the same character that plays Storm).I just feel like he didn’t feel capable of making a  movie starting a semi popular actor in the place.I understand it was easier to do it this way,but I think it sad that comic book writers had such  a good story arc with a  female main characters,but in 2014 we can’t. It would have been a lot harder to write yes I’ll give them that,and I do understand it might be harder for a young girl/woman to get them to see what needs to be done.But it’s not like that’s how it happened in the comic,… … oh wait that is …. …

282-141=141

OK I understand establishing Bishop for X-Men Apocalypse is a good thing. I like this guy but I’m not sure what he’s doing in this movie.Yes he’s from a distopian future, but not from this distopian future.This X-Men arc is based on X Men issues  141 and 142.Bishop doesn’t make an appearance until  282…. .Though in the TV show he did replace Kitty and go into the past for this story-line,but being the fact that Wolverine takes this role….he just doesn’t fit.

Bobby

Ok,so let’s get something straight.Unlike Wolverine,Storm,Warpath,Blink,Bishop,Colossus and everyone else in this.He, professor X,Cyclopes,Jean and Beast are only original X-Men mutants, from the first issue.And I just can’t appreciate the fact that they have such a young actor cast to play him,a beard can’t hide that baby face.But I had this same problems with the original trilogy as well.First generation mutants should be older,it’s like the Halle Berry casting for storm,yes they’re good actors but unlike Jackman,they actually just don’t fit the character.I don’t care how good or bad of an actor he is ,he’s too young.

Trask(I doe’t matter if your black or white ….. … as long as you keep continuity in the universe )

So X-Men pulled what I’m forever coining as Two Face Effect. Ok,  what I mean by this is you remember the Tim Burton Batman movie from the 90’s,Harvey Dent was cast as a black guy, but with the changing of the director he became white again.This same thing happened with these movies, trying to make the cast more ‘diverse'(which for the X-Men isn’t needed,being the fact that they been quite diverse for a while) you ruin the continuity of the movie.This same thing was done when they showed Trask as being a black guy in one of the prior movies.

Logan

Ok let’s just get this on the table Hugh Jackman is a great actor and he put in a great performance but I still can’t get past the fact that it should have been Kitty.To be honest to me it only makes sense if Kitty or Bishop time traveling, being the fact that these two are the only ones really know for doing it.But being the fact that Wolverine is Fox’s cash cow he is the main character.Yes I know he’s a nice looking guy ,sorry for me that’s not enough justification for him to be the center of every single X-Men movie.

The other movies never happened now?

So at the end of the movie you’ll notice Scott and Jean are alive again.Killing Scott in the third movie was idiotic to begin with, but are we just suppose to pretend that the Phoenix saga never happened. Did it possess someone else,are we gonna have to see it happen all over again?I mean they messed up by having Wolverine kill her anyway… I mean the phoenix was so powerful the only person able to really kill her was herself,so she committed suicide by throwing herself in front of a laser to save the other X-Men(too much detail for this post but that’s basically what you need to know).I mean I’m happy three doesn’t exist anymore,but  like this rewriting of history just for the possibility to re-due the movies over again is tiring.I mean I like comic book movies,but I want a ten year break before we do remakes.Can you give me a little time to forget the first set of movies first.Please ,and thank you.I mean let’s try other comics how about the Warrior,the Defenders,Excalibur,Teen Titans,Static,Xombie,the Runaways,I mean,can Wonder Woman,or John Jones get a movie.Let’s make a Mutant-X movie.I mean there are so many series out there,and I love my X-Men,Batman,Super-Man,F.F., and Spider Man.But there are other comics that can be made into movies.We really don’t have to remake the same ones every five years.

 

The Ending.

The credits were super long before the ending came.And  you know that every singlet person walked out but me and my friends.I was just thinking, haven’t you people ever watched a Marvel movie before, you should know better than to leave before the credits end,it’s just common sense to me.So basically all you really need to know is that their bringing Apocalypse into the next movie.They had people worshiping and chanting while Apocalypses, quickly is making  a pyramid.It was simple and didn’t give half as much info as C.A.:Winter Soldier did.

My final grade:

So don’t hate me but as a comic book movie if it hadn’t replaced Kitty it could have gotten like a 8.6 for all the inaccuracies,but being the fact that they actually took out the main character and replaced her because of popularity and because they lack the ingenuity to make a story line with her(even though it’s already been written so they could just follow the original comic) I give this movie a 8.19,with no curve.We don’t round up grades here.

Sincerely Yours,

YouFriendlyNeighborhoodBlerd

A Comic Book Lifestyle · Blerd Life

Why I’m not an investor

To be honest there are three different kid of people who buy comics, collectors and investors,and those who fall in the middle.

Investors are ones that buy CGC rated comics.The company is called Comic Guaranty LLC,and CGC stands for Certified Guaranty Company.They are well trusted among collectors and investor.You send them between 25-50 dollars, they take your comic and rate it between .5 poor and 10 mint.They then encapsulate said comic in plastic to keep it from depreciating in value.But that’s not the only way to get a CGC certified comic you can also buy them online. Ebay has multiple sellers that you can buy from like this.This is the best way to keep up the value of your comic…

….. but …. ….

Ok so let’s me be honest ,when I do buy comics I do try to buy the best grade as possible I tend to like to buy Very Fine(VF) to New Mint(NM) that’s from about 7.0-9.8. I do try to buy the best grade,but I like to read my comics.At least once,maybe twice.I know ,I know, this  is how I know that I’m not really an investor yes,I like the idea of having a way to keep the value of my comics forever.But what if I want to read it again.What if I forget what happened in the comic.What i want to prove someone wrong. LOL. Ok so I actually do have one CGC certified comic,but not on purpose.

The story is, my sister was going to Dragon Con.,it’s a big nerd convention and Stan Lee was going to be there.So I asked her if I paid in advance if she would get my comic signed for me.We paid, she went,and she missed him,through no fault of her own.He got sick and had to leave.So they were like ,hey, don’t worry we’ll send it to the next convention he goes to, so he can sign it there.Long story short four months later I don’t just get a signed comic I get a signed CGC certified comic with his signature. I was super stoked to have his signature though the score made me sad 1.8/10 that’s a good minus.But you may be asking if it’s so low why not buy a higher grade one… …. …. well.Because at the time I couldn’t afford it.This was the Fantastic Four #53 the second appearance of Black Panther.It was the cheapest copy I could afford.And for me I’d rather have it at a low grade than not have it all.For me I care about the grade of modern comics, but of golden,silver age comics ,I’m much more flexible, I just want them all.I want full runs of comics.For me I’m trying to get the complete set of the original Amazing Spider-Man, the Uncanny X-Men,Batman and Robin(by that I mean the 2009 Dick Greyson/Damian Wayne batman comics)and Ultimate Comics Ultimate Spiderman which I’m missing the last comic of ,but I’ll also just buy comics if they’re cheap I’ll buy it,and maybe if I have multiple copies,I’ll sell it and make a little profit.Maybe….

 

I like to collect,

 

First thing I want to focus on is getting key issues such as the first appearances,the changing of main artist that kind of thing.Those are of value,so that’s the part of the investor in me.On the other hand I want all issues,I want to read the whole story.For me, yeah the keys are an great investment, but I want the middle to I want to see what led to those special events.

Secondly you should know that I’m cheap.So I couldn’t be the investor.Being an investor is expensive CGC normally run you at least 40 dollars going up to about $1,000+ depending on the comic… Yeah, the most I’ve ever spent on one  comic is my Fantastic Four #53 , which was around $100 ,for the comic plus the signature,$50 for the comic an $50 for the signature.The most I’ve paid for a single comic is $59 for Fantastic Four #52 the 1st appearance of Black Panther.If I were to be honest I don’t like paying more than $1 for comics.Say what ,I know ,I know comics now run more than just to buy the issue in the store nowadays,but I look for deals.I often find deals for comics like that the cheapest I’ve paid for a comic is $.01.Yep yep ,it’s like that.What I like to buy is comic lots,I find that’s often one of the cheapest ways to buy comics. I even found X Men 142 ,that’s part two of Days of Future’s Past, those two are the comics the new X-Men movie  is based on,and I got it for $25 wrapped up in a lot with three other X-Men comics.But sometimes when I want to read comics I’ll buy the full run of comics, a good example is the Ultimate Spider-Man.By that  I mean Miles Morales the new ultimate spider man.I got #1-#27(I’m missing #28) plus the two variants of #1, which are worth about $60 apiece.Variants are something I’ll spend a little extra money.Sometimes,but sometimes they’re expensive for no reason.

I collect therefor I am a collector,

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