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Marvel Covers by Milo Manara

Below is a sample of some of the amazing covers by artist Milo Manara who has found himself under siege due to a Spiderwoman variant cover.  Marvel has now canceled 2 Manara covers.  Marvel claims the cancelations were for a "scheduling" reason but I don't believe that........AT ALL.

Support Manara, support artistic expression.

For more on Manara please read:
Marvel bows down to mob and throws Manara covers into the fire
Weak update from Marvel on Manara's canceled covers





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For more on Manara please read:
Marvel bows down to mob and throws Manara covers into the fire
Weak update from Marvel on Manara's canceled covers



DISTURBING - Master Pandemonium killing Scarlet Witch's children




Master Pandemonium is responsible for one of the most disturbing stories in the Marvel universe.  It involves him hunting down and killing the children of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision.

Background:


Scarlet Witch and Vision fall in love and get married.  The two want to have children but face one huge problem.  Vision is not a human but an android and while capable of many things having biological children is not one of them.  This problem is solved by the reality warping powers of the Scarlet Witch she simply magically creates two children, the twins Thomas and William.
The children though are not simply made of nothing they are actually forged from two portions of a soul.  Agatha Harkness reveals that the Scarlet Witch's powers can not create souls so that these portions of a soul were necessary to create the children.

Master Pandemonium is a man fused with a bunch of demons who is hunting to reconstruct his soul that he believes Mephisto has scattered.  He believes the two children of the Scarlet Witch and Vision are made of parts of his soul so he find them and absorbs them into himself.  This effectively kills Thomas and William.




However it is revealed that the pieces of souls that were being hunted by Master Pandemonium were never his soul but the soul of Mephisto himself.  Mephisto had tricked Master Pandemonium into being a soul blood hound.  Now reconstructed using the soul pieces Mephisto begins to battle the Avengers.  Mystic Agatha Harkness erases the memories of Thomas and Williams souls which hurts Mephisto and forces him back apart again.

All of this makes for one of the most disturbing Avengers stories of all time.  This is also an event that really drives the Scarlet Witch crazy and leads to her doing huge damaging things like erasing all mutants.

Yeah its pretty messed up.  I actually can't think of many Marvel stories that involve killing children like this.









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Who is Master Pandemonium

Master Pandemonium is a demonic villain in the Marvel universe that is known for his battles with the West Coast Avengers.

Real Name:  Martin Preston

First Appearance: West Coast Avengers #4

Crazy Things About Master Pandemonium:
Master Pandemonium is one of those villains that has not shown up very much but there were some cool parts about him.  Primarily what I liked about him is that his actor background really merged well with the Westcoast LA vibe of Westcoast Avengers.  His bizarre demonic limbs also made for unique fights and aesthetics.

He is also infamous for being a villain who killed children.  He basically absorbs/kills the children of Scarlet Witch and the Vision.

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Bio:


Martin Preston is an actor who loses a limb while driving a sport car recklessly.  Martin fears his acting career is over after losing a limb so he calls forth the devil, Mephisto.  Mephisto promises that he will make it so that Martin has four limbs again at the cost of his soul.  Martin foolishly makes the deal.  As is the case with most deals with Mephisto it is fulfilled but with terrible unforeseeable consequences.  Mephisto cuts off all the remaining limbs of Martin and cuts an upside down star hole into his chest.  He then replaces all of the limbs with demons.  Then Mephisto fills the hole in his chest with yet more demons.  This turns Martin into a kind of walking, talking demon clown car.

Martin his horrified at the demonic entity he has become but Mephisto is not about to take back the deal.  He is given control of the demons in his body and takes on the name of Master Pandemonium.

Mephisto then breaks Master Pandemonium's soul up into 5 pieces and spreads the pieces out it into 5 different creatures.  He uses these pieces as leverage to keep Master Pandemonium under his control.

Master Pandemonium is stalking a Western Superhero teams called the Rangers that he believes may have part of his soul.  In particular he is interested in the hero Firestar.  Firestar seeks membership in the West Coast Avengers and this leads Master Pandemonium into numerous battles with the supergroup.

Pandemonium and the Westcoast Avengers join forces against the cat people where he regains one part of his soul.



Pandemonium seeks out the children of Scarlet Witch and Vision and pulls them into himself.  The children were not real children but constructed out of fractured souls.  The act of taking the children of Scarlet Witch and Vision effectively drives Scarlet Witch mad.  This is one of the major actions that lead to Scarlet Witch and Vision getting divorced.

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At this point Pandemonium learns the horrible truth.  The pieces of souls were never his own but that of Mephisto himself.  Pandemonium had been used by a tool of Mephisto to retrieve his own soul.


Powers:
Master Pandemonium has limbs made up of demons.  These demons can detach themselves and fly around and fight on their own.   He also has other demons within side his body.

Pandemoniums body is seemly more durable and resistant to death as it is full of demons.

He can emit blasts of hellfire and energy

He also has an Amulet of Azmodeus that has magical powers and grants teleportation.



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Glorious pictures of Hayley Atwell


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You are running out of time to enjoy Hayley Atwell's  Agent Carter series which means you are likely starting to freak out.  How will you get your Hayley Atwell fix without her awesome show?  Well just periodically return to this page for a adrenaline shot of Atwell.


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 Will this be the end of Peggy Carter......?


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What to know before you see X-men Days of Future Past

What to Know before you see X-Men Days of Future Past


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First lets talk Chris Claremont and History:
Chris was given the X-men as a young writer because they liked him, but could not just hand the new kid something doing well.  X-men at that time was doing pretty poorly.  Chris an actor by trade approached writing the X-men like method actor.   He wrote a lot about the characters feelings, motivations.  His plots were generally more complex and dealt with deeper issues than those seen before.  He really can be credited for making comic books more serious and mature.  His character felt like real people, with swings of emotions, and desires. 

Chris has done a few stories that have already been made into movies.

 Famous Stories by Claremont
Chris and his creative baby- Wolverine
All of the Wolverine movies/stories are heavily influenced by Claremont.  You can almost consider Wolverine to be a Claremont creation.  I could write a book on this so lets just leave it at that for now.
God Loves, Man Kills - William Stryker story which was the inspiration for almost all of X-2
Dark Phoenix Saga - Considered one of the best comic stories during the 1970s, was really poorly recreated in X-3
Days of Future Past - Maybe the best X-men story EVER (Period Exclamation Point)

The Days of Future Past story to me is Claremont's masterpiece (Plenty would argue differently) and is the best X-men story ever.   This is a big statement because you are dealing with a property that is twice as old as I am.
 This story is important because it cements the importance of social and racial tolerance.  In this story we see where the road of intolerance goes in the Marvel universe and it is not a nice place.  The overall social roots of using mutants as symbols for ethnic/political/religious minorities is hammered home here.  The X-men may have done more to push the idea of tolerance of any work of literature, since the Bill of Rights.  Make no mistake you are watching a comic version of the Magna Carta, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Bill of Rights, Gettysburg address on the screen.  As a work of art the X-men may have shaped social attitudes more than any of those documents ever did and ever will.
The reason why it has not been made into a movie before now is because it requires the caste to be old and young and some how not to be cheesy.  Fox is taking advantage of a window where it has two X-men castes one young and one old.  Both castes are known already to the movie going public.  These two castes are a unique resource that allows for this epic story to be told.  It is a genius move by Fox to move aggressively toward telling this story and getting all the actors on board and signed up.  Kudos to the actors who I am sure may be making less on this movie because of how many of them there are...Big Thank You.

Changes to the original story in the movie:
The most major change I see is that in the comic Kitty Pryde is sent back into time, not Wolverine.  The change for the movie is done for a few good reasons though.  Days of Future Past was written before I was born in 1981.  At the time Wolverine was growing in popularity but no where near his present status.  He would not get his own limited series until 1982 also by Claremont.  A lot has changed since 1981 and Wolverine has become one of the top known Marvel characters in both comics and in the movies.  In the movies Hugh Jackman is likely the most famous comic book character actor.  I think he would beat out Rodney Downey JR (Iron Man) and Christian Bale (Batman).  While,  I am disappointed in hearing that Kitty Pryde will not be featured more in the movie, I understand it.  Not utilizing Hugh Jackman / Wolverine in this way would be outright criminal.


Iceman as an Omega Level Mutant
Iceman is considered to have potential Omega level mutant powers.  Omega level mutants are mutants who have vast world redefining powers.  This means that Iceman has the potential to be one of the most powerful mutants next to Jean Grey.  Bobby in both comic stories and the movies is somewhat slow in developing his vast powers.   In this movie we should see a much more advanced and powerful Iceman. 
 The limits of his powers are somewhat insane. One of the few times where we see what he is able to do is when Emma Frost takes a joy ride in his body and is amazed at his potential power. He can convert his body into organic ice/water/vapor.  He can spread his consciousness throughout water, controlling it and adding its mass to himself making himself huge.   It is unclear what the limit of this power is.   If he is near say an ocean he may be able to control the full body of water.  His physical body can be destroyed and he can recreate his body using moisture in the air making himself potentially immortal.  He can create animated Ice golems. He can fly by freezing moisture in the air and riding it like a surf board.  He can teleport vast distances by traveling through water.  He can create complicated and massive structures out of ice almost instantaneously.  He can kill anyone by freezing the water in their bodies to absolute zero.  He has used this power to freeze the Hulk.  He can also make most machines instantly stop working by freezing them to absolute zero as well.  He basically has the capability of destroying the world in a multitude of ways if he choses to.

What of these powers will we see on the screen?

Likely most of the powers will not be shown however based off a few clips we will see a pretty amazing Iceman.  He will be able to take on his Iceform, fly on a ice surf board and spray freezing beams and ice from his hands.  Look out Bobby move over for Iceman.  I think it will be beautiful and amazing to watch Iceman in this film even it is only shown for a few brief moments.

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Trask and the Sentinels
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The Sentinels make their appearance on Television.  Fans of the 90s animated series of X-men will recall that the series basically started out with emergence of the Sentinel program.  They became one of the primary threats/ villains faced by the X-men.  In the "Days of Future Past" storyline kids of the 90s learned through cartoon form how terrible of a threat they were to our X heroes.  X-men may have been the first cartoon to show heroes dieing and dealing with the subject of genocide.  Heavy subjects for a Saturday morning.  
One of the first episodes of the series had a giant robot hunting down the teenager Jubilee for doing nothing but hanging out at the mall and being a "Mutant."  It was wrong it was injustice, it was intolerance being taught to us by giant robot thugs.  Is there anything more intolerant than a preprogrammed robot?  They are the symbol, the face of cold intolerance and because of that one of the most important villains ever created.
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Meet the future and 1970s versions of Sentinels in Days of Future Past
Part of the reason why I oppose Drones the USA uses is because I realize where a program like that can go.  I remember Days of Future Past and the Sentinels.  It won't happen you say.  Pish Posh, just wait.  The Sentinels evolve over time and so to will the drone program. They only evolve to become more powerful and intrusive.  Yesterday, I learned a drone flew over a pot smoking hippie rally in downtown Denver, chew on that.  I don't care for weed, but I know that what begins with Mutants can quickly end with everyone.  Of course some government good doer had our best interests at heart when he flew that drone overhead, so to did Trask when he built the Sentinel program.  Trask will be played by the brilliant Peter Dinklage who we all love as Tyrion in Games of Thrones.  I think he will play a multilayered, complicated villain in Trask.
YAY we just created are own Doom and it looks SWEET!

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The new face of Intolerance


Evolution of Wolverine into a Mature Leader
Wolverine in the movies so far has not been shown as much of a leader.  In this movie he will be forced to.  We should really see Wolverine become a lynchpin of X-men and the ultimate and fiercest defender of Xavier's dream of a world where men and mutants live in peace.
Wolverine fighting Sentinels is also epic because he can just tear the suckers to pieces.

Final Thought:
I think this film looks like it is trying to mine the depths of subject matter in Claremont's writing and I hope they are successful.  If you do not leave the movie thinking about anything, then Fox did something wrong.  X-men should make you think, feel and most importantly care.
SPOILERS - Explanation of After Credit Scene in X-Men Days of Future Past 

Trial of Jean Grey - X-Men team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy  

How Hive dies in the comics




How Hive dies in the comics

Hive in the comics can be killed in much the same way as its host is in the comics.  Hive can slightly improve upon the hosts strength and skills but can not make them invulnerable.  Once killed Hive must then find a body that is dead or extremely weak to take over or else he is completly dead.  The Hive parasite itself could be targeted.

One interesting thing that occurs in the comics is that Hive infects the corpse of Madame Hydra and takes it over.  At once point the Hive parasite loses control and Madame Hydra has Harry Osborn's Hammer organization remove the parasites from her brain.  In this way Madame Hydra is killed, then infected by Hive, healed, then effectively brought back to life.  It is unclear how much of Hive's mind remains with Madame Hydra after Hive's removal.

The Hydra leadership really ends up being overall disgusted with Hive by the end.



Agents of SHIELD implications for Grant Ward


In Agents of SHIELD Grant Ward's corpse is infected with Hive in much the same way as Madame Hydra's is in the comics.

What this means for Agents of SHIELD is important.  It means that Grant Ward could effectively be brought back to life if the Agents find a way to kill the Hive parasite.  The interesting question then would be is what would Ward do, and also what would the Agents do with Ward.


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Who is Deathlok?


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Who is Deathlok?

Deathlok is a cyborgnetic program that has been used to convert numerous ordinary people into super powerful cyborgs in the Marvel Universe.  The characters that are converted are often referred to as Deathlok.  Deathlok has appeared in Marvel TV series of Agents of SHIELD and is played by J. August Richards.  Another character in the show John Garrett was also a member of the Deathlok program.

First Appearance: Astonishing Tales #25

Moniker: Deathlok the Demolisher

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Bio:
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 A scientist named Simon Ryker invents the a variety of cyborg programs that will haunt the Marvel universe for many years including that of the Deathlok.  Deathlok is a super soldier program that takes a person's body and transforms it into a killing machine that follows the commands of a computer.   The computer is set to be in control of a master that has typically been very bad.  Ryker has also created programs like War Wolf that uses a large wolf body as its host as well as a SuperTank.

Ryker's designs fell into the hands of the malevolent Roxxon corporation and were often used by their technology subdivision, Cybertek.  Cybertek is just as amoral as their parent company and only differ in their singular focus on cyborgnetics. 

Luther Manning:
There have been multiple men trapped in a Deathlok body throughout Marvel's history.  The first is the soldier Luther Manning.  Luther Manning is a soldier who is killed in battle and then revived as a cyborg.    He initially is a slave to the computer that dominates his transformed body but eventually wrests control back.  He uses the Deathlok body to battle Simon Ryker and other malevolent entities.

John Kelly:
John Kelly was a new Deathlok run by Harlan Ryker for the CIA.  Kelly initially had the capability of running the Deathlok until the program began to attack his mind.  Eventually, Ryker removed Kelly's brain.


Michael Collins:
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Michael Collins is a scientist working for company called Cybertek.  He learns that the project he is working on is a dangerous weapon project called Deathlok.  Upon discovering the project he is shot by a sedative by Harlan Ryker and his brain is transferred  into the John Kelly Deathlok's body.
Kelly begins having the new Deathlok go on missions in South America hunting down rebels who are fighting Roxxon's interests.  During a mission Collins conscious mind is awakened and is horrified at being trapped in a killing cyborg.  Collins is a pacifist and can not abide by  what he is seeing.  He manages to insert a no kill parameter in the computer that saves a life of a small boy.  Initially, Collins control of the Deathlok is limited to these small insertions of code.  The program must still try to complete its mission.  Eventually, Collins manages to take full control of the Deathlok body.

Collins is very hesitant to return home to his wife and son.  He worries that in his new state he could harm them or other wise put them in harms way.  He does monitor them from a far.  The main mission of Collins is to find his body and return himself to normal so he can go home.

Eventually, Nick Fury does locate his body, but it is then re-hidden away by Harlan Ryker.  Collins also tells his family of his existence, they are angry he did not tell them sooner.

He battles a new War-Wolf, a burgeoning A.I. from an evolved Doombot called Mechadoom, Silver Mane, and Moses Magnum.

Deathlok joins a group of heroes who battle the chaotic forces of Carnage in Maximium Carnage.

He eventually gains the ability to change between a human and Deathlok form letting him live a normal life.  However, he is then kidnapped by the Stranger and forced to live for years on an alien world.  It takes the sacrifice of another hero Gravity for him to return home.   Collin honors Gravity by arranging for his fallen comrades funeral

Henry Hayes:
Henry Hayes is a doctor who loses his leg.  He goes to a company called Biotek who give him a specialized prosthetic leg, however they also brain wash.  When he hears the words "Whiskey David" he is switched under the control of the Deathlok program.  He then is controlled to perform tasks such as fighting and assassinations.  A SHIELD agent learns of Hayes identity and confronts him in a train station.  Hayes programing kicks in and he assassinates the SHIELD agent and makes it appear as though the man committed suicide by overdose in a train station restroom.

Hayes is the current Deathlok in the Marvel universe.

Powers:
Super Strength
Super Durability 
Super Speed
Super Reflexes
Super Accuracy
Can connect with computers, quickly download data, control and interact with them.
Repair damage and heal
Mind can perform various tasks with its computer additions, tracking objects, searching for data, find schematics, running various forms analysis on items or environment
Also has a wide range of equipment and weapons with various capabilities.  These include laser guns, conventional weaponry, EMP pulses, and missiles.



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Agents of SHIELD - 
Season 1:
Michael Peterson is a test subject in project Centipede.  Centipede is a superhuman project led by a man who calls himself the Clairvoyant.  Many of the centipede subjects are exploding.  A SHIELD team led by Agent Coulson manages to shoot an antidote into Peterson that saves his life.  He then joins SHIELD as a super soldier.  Peterson is later kidnapped after being on an exploding bridge.  His damaged body is given cybernetic parts from the Deathlok program.  He is also given a robotic eye that allows the Clairvoyant to see his actions.  The Clairvoyant then kidnaps Peterson's son and uses him as leverage to force Peterson to do what he wants.

The Clairvoyant is revealed to be a SHIELD agent John Garrett, himself a former subject of the Deathlok program.

At the end of the Season SHIELD manages to free Peterson's son and he turns on his former captors.

Season 2:
After a new SHIELD group attacks Coulson's team.  Coulson calls in Peterson to assist.  Peterson has been further upgraded through various devices created by SHIELD.  He is blasted and captured by Hydra who begin to experiment on him.  He is then rescued by the SHIELD team.


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