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How to beat Gengar

How to beat Gengar!

OOOOOoooooo Look out its a ghost.  Well not just a ghost, but a ghost Pokemon and a rather powerful one at that.  Gengar has some of the best offense of all Pokemon in Pokemon GO making it a great attacker in many situations.  Gengar's defense is not nearly as stellar as his offense which makes him a mediocre gym defender.  None the less, Gengar often appears as a gym defender due to his high CP.

The ghost Pokemon make their first appearance in Pokemon Red and Blue in the infamous Lavender Town.  Lavender Town is this creepy place where dead Pokemon are said to be buried.  As that is not creepy enough a weird, haunting music plays while you are there.  An urban myth became popular that the music actually was a culprit in increased suicide rates in children in Japan.  While this myth is NOT true the fact that the myth became popular reveals just how creepy the Lavender town music is.

Gengar is evolves from Haunter which evolves from Ghastly.   During the Halloween Event Ghastly were made much more common and this increased the amount of Gengar that are seen in gyms.
"Under a full moon, this Pokémon likes to mimic the shadows of people and laugh at their fright." Pokedex entry from Pokemon Red and Blue
Gengar i is a Ghost and Poison type  Pokemon with a weakness to Ghost, Dark, Psychic and Ground Type attacks.

One immediate thing to note is that Ghost Moves are good against Ghost Pokemon.   This means that a Gengar with Ghost moves would be a good offensive counter to other Gengar.  However, keep in mind that from a defensive stand point that a Gengar would be a poor counter.  The same advantage your Gengar has in attacking the other Gengar would also have.   This can still be kind of fun though as it really enhances the need to dodge.  If you want a quick fun match that requires skill then a Gengar vs Gengar could be the way to go.

Gengar's Stats and Moves in Pokemon Go

Gengar with an all Ghost / Dark move set works well against other Ghosts.
Shadow Ball and Sludge Bomb are the two special moves I like the best.

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Now for the ultimate question!  How do you beat, kill, defeat Gengar.  What Pokemon is a counter Gengar?


When consulting the numbers right now the clear favorite counter for Gengar offensively is Alakazam.  Other Strong candidates who would do a lot of damage to Gengar are Espeon, Exeggutor, and Houndoom.

In order the best move sets for a Machamp are:

  • Counter / Dynamic Punch
  • Counter / Close Combat
  • Counter / Cross Chop
  • Counter / Submission
  • Counter / Stone Edge

For the other pokemon primarily look for those Pokemon to have Fighting moves.  Once again focus on these Pokemon:

  • Espeon
  • Exeggutor -( WPsychic Moves)
  • Houndoom
  • Tyranitar -(All Dark Move set)
  • Jynx - (W Psychic Moves)

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Punisher Netflix Show - News, Trailers and more

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Punisher Netflix Show - News, Trailers and more

Release Date:  October Friday the 13th?
The Release date for Punisher has been kept secret so far with a wide ranging array of speculation on different dates.  So far the biggest rumor for the release date is Oct 13 which came from a Redditor who purported to have a shot from a magaizine called Total Film.  This information is still only a rumor and has not been officially blessed by any official Marvel/Netflix source.

Total Film from the UK released a picture that indicated that the release date is October 13th. That is Friday the 13th.
Release Date:
The latest issue of Total Film confirms The Punisher’s release date (October 13th). from Marvel

Initial Synopsis:

“After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll become known as The Punisher.”

“After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.”

Official Trailer 2

Official Trailer:

Frank Castle is a Punisher a man who uses his military skills on a war on crime to avenge the death of his family.

Release Date: November 17th.

The Punisher cast and characters:
  • Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/Punisher
  • Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
  • Ben Barnes as Billy Russo/Jigsaw
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as David Lieberman/Micro
  • Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani
  • Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein
  • Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott
  • Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle
  • Paul Schulze as Rawlins
  • Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman
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Episode names:
Punisher twitter account began tweeting out Morse Codes that appear to each be the name of an episode of the series:

1: “3 AM”
2: “Two Dead Men”
3: “Kandahar”
4: “Resupply”
5: “Gunner”
6: “The Judas Goat”
7: “Crosshairs”
8: “Cold Steel”
9: “Front Toward Enemy”
10: “Virtue of the Vicious”
11: “Danger Close”
12: “Home”
13: “Memento Mori”

Meaning of names:

  • Kandahar - 2nd largest city in Afganistan.  Likely a reference to Frank's military past in a tour of Afganistan.
  • Gunner - A Gunner is a military term for a member of the armed forces who operates or specializes in guns
  • The Judas Goat - Some one who leads you to death or betrayal a reference to Judas Iscariot
  • Front Toward Enemy - Instructions for detonation of a M18 claymore mine
  • Virture of the Vicious - Comes from a quote from Oscar Wilde critical of Patriotism - the full quote reads "Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
  • Danger Close - This is a code that allied force uses to warn allies that they are approaching range of fire with a target.
  • Memento Mori- Deaths Head "Object of Death" the Skull Logo 
  • Cold Steel - Modern alternative phrase on cold iron meaning any weapon designed to draw blood

Teaser:  Time to paranoid

New Punisher Teaser - He is coming for you!

Teaser One

Time to fall in?

Jon Bernthal on what the series will be about:

“Part of this season for Frank is [about how] he’s built this wall around his heart. He’s starting to care about things, and people. There’s going to be an attempt to move beyond the Punisher, but that’s something he can’t shake. There’s part of me that’s hungry to get back into the darkness, that’s excited to see it fall apart. And I’ll go back to my long walks.”

Joe Quesada created a piece of art reflecting the show after it was wrapped up:

Wrap post for show by Joe Quesada

Toylab Thoughts:
There still has been very little released about this show but based off characters it is going to begin pulling in some of the most well known Punisher characters in Jigsaw and Micro.  It will also tie into the previous Netflix series by including Karen Page.  Punisher has also been spotted wearing his skull symbol which means he will appear in his iconic look during the series.

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Who is Cable?

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Who is Cable?

Cable is a Marvel hero primarily known for his battles with Apocalypse.  He is a time traveler from a dystopian future and the son of X-Men Cyclops and Madelyn Pryor (Jean Grey's clone).  Cable will appear in the film Deadpool 2 and be played by actor Josh Brolin.

First Appearance:  Uncanny X-Men#201 as Nathan Summers (1986), New Mutants #87 as Cable 1990)

Real Name: Nathan Christopher Charles Summers

Alias(es):  Cable, Nathan Dayspring, Soldier X, Nathan Winters, Askani'Son

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The X-Men villain Mister Sinister was obsessed with finding a mutant capable of defeating his master Apocalypse.  He theorized that a union between the X-Men Cyclops and Jean Grey would result in a powerful mutant capable of unleashing enough telepathic energy to kill Apocalypse.  Sinister carefully plotted events using a clone of Jean Grey named Madelyn Pryor.  When Pryor gave birth to Nathan Summers, Sinister thought he had succeeded in creating the special mutant.  However, Apocalypse was warned of Nathan Summers and had him infected with the Technoorganic Virus.  The X-Men managed to temporarily defeat Apocalypse but were unable to save Nathan from the virus, however the team was visited by time travelers from the Clan Askani.  Clan Askani was a group devoted to the defeat of Apolcaylpse and came from 4935.  Using future technology they promised they could save young Nathan.  The clan brought the child to the future and raised him as a warrior.  They also created a clone of him but this clone was stolen by Apocalypse and named Stryfe.  Stryfe was designed to be the successor of Apocalypse.

After defeating Apocalypse in the future and surviving Stryfe Cable traveled back to the 20th Century.  Here he learned to speak English from Moria McTaggert and met Charles Xavier.  He helped design advanced security system of the X-Mansion in exchange for knowledge on the 20th Century.

Cable aided his old enemy Apocalypse in defeating Onslaught and rescuing a young Franklin Richards.  He then opposed and eventually killed Apocalypse in the events of the 12.   Cable learns there are 12 powerful mutants who destined to guide the world, however Apocalypse kidnaps them with the intent of harvesting their powers to make himself even more powerful.  Cyclops sacrifices himself and draws in Apocalypse's essence into himself so that Cable is able to kill the nearly immortal villain but at the cost of his own father's life.  Jean Grey manages to move the Apocalypse out of Cyclops and Cable finishes him off.

After this path crossed with the mutant Deadpool.  The pair became interwined by a plot of the One World Church to turn the world into blue skinned aliens in way to promote peace.  The two form a bizarre and unlikely friendship.  During the events of the One World Church the DNA of Cable and Deadpool is mixed giving them both the ability to teleport with on restraint.  When one teleports the other is brought along for the ride.  This ability thus bring Deadpool and Cable together as grudging partners.

Cable at one point create a war against himself and the rest of the world in the hope that it would unite the world and reveal its full potential.

Cable sacrifices himself in order to destroy the powerful Skornn.  His energies are collected across dimensions by Deadpool and reunited by Scarlet Witch which brings him back to life.

Cable Rogues Gallery:

Cable has vast telepathic powers and is said to possess a potentially unstable amount of telepathic energy.  He is able to use his power to do many things:

Telekinetic Energy

  • Can can move objects with his mind
  • Can take apart and resemble items including particles
  • Can gain knowledge of how things are built and work, very quickly by using his mind to take it apart.
  • Can lift vast weights and create force shields around himself and others.  His force fields are thought to be strong enough to protect him from a direct nuclear strike.
  • Can be used to augment his physical strikes.
Telepathy Powers
  • Can control other people's minds
  • Can read people's thoughts
  • Can see the future
  • Mental defense - his own mind is nearly imprenable

As a result of the Technoorganic virus much of Cable's body has been turned into a cyborg.  His cyborg parts have enhanced strength and can be repaired.  This also helps him have superhuman durability and endurance.   He also cyborgnetic mental functions that allow him to calculate things using a future super computer.

He has advanced education and intelligence due in part to advanced future education.

Due to his affliction with the Technoorganic virus much of Cable's powers are forced to be used toward stopping the virus from taking over the rest of his body.  Due to this his overall power is greatly reduced.

Items/ Upgrades:
Cable has many upgrades from future technology.  As his main power is muted due to contracting a virus his technology allows him to hold his own.  He uses a variety of gadgets, weapons and cyborgnetic parts for battle.  These future technology items include:

  • Guns/Blasters
  • Teleportation devices
  • Time Travel devices


Cable will appear in Deadpool 2 and be played by Josh Brolin.  Brolin also plays Thanos in the MCU.  As the Fox universe and the MCU universe are seperate he can effectively play 2 different Marvel characters.  Josh Brolin signed a 4 picture deal that will include Deadpool and X-Force.

Josh Brolin has been spotted lifting in the gym getting ripped for the role.

First picture of Brolin as Cable has been released.  I generally like it.  I may wished for a little more metal on his face but generally this still looks good.  I also see that his finger is metal so I assume he is still going to look like a cyborg when we see his full body.  My big worry from a visual perspective is that they take away his machine parts and just leave him as a guy with a big gun and a glowing eye.  I really think the machine parts are part of Cable's back story and need to be there in a significant way.

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Who are the Kree?


Who are the Kree?
The Kree are a militaristic alien species in the Marvel Universe.  The Kree look generally human, they are stronger that humans and some (Pure Kree) have blue skin.   In the comic 616 universe most Kree have pink skin and appear like a Caucasian human.  In the Marvel Cinematic Universe it appears they will come in blue and a variety of human flesh tones.
They are stronger and more durable humans due to evolving on a planet with higher gravity than Earth.  They require a breathing apparatus on Earth that increases the amount of Nitrogen in the air. 

Kree News:

The Kree are generally stronger than humans.  They have greater technology than Earth.  Some of their advanced technology is unique to them.
 Kree females can sometimes influence men.  They also occasionally have the ability drain one's life force.

Religion/Government -Supreme Intelligence
Kree worship and following the dictatorial Supreme Intelligence.  The Supreme Intelligence is an artificial mind that includes a network of the greatest Kree minds over the ages.  It was originally meant to serve the Kree leaders but eventually usurped control.
The Supreme Intelligence has lost control of the empire numerous times.  At certain times the Kree are ruled by Ronan the Accuser.  Also other alien empires have ruled them including the Shi'Ar and the Inhumans.

The Kree Empire stretches over many planets in a dwarf galaxy called the Large Megallanic Cloud.  The Megallanic Cloud orbits the Milky Way.
Within the Cloud the key home world of the Kree is the planet Hala.   Hala is the planet where the Kree hero Mar Vell is born.  It includes the city Rad Nam, Mar Vell's birth place.  Also Kree Lar one of the largest most powerful States within the planet.  It is also home to "Supremor" also known as the Supreme Intelligence which generally rules over the Kree as a dictator.

Notable Kree:
Mar Vell - Who is Mar Vell?
Ronan the Accuser - Who is Ronan the Accuser?
Korath the Pursuer -Who is Korath the Pursuer?
Doctor Minerva - Who is Doctor Minerva?
Captain Atlas -  
Supremor - Who is Supremor?
Supreme Intelligence - Who is the Kree Supreme Intelligence? 

Fast ways to describe the Kree are -"Advanced but stagnant" or "A Great Empire in decline."  How did they get here.

Static DNA:
Early on in the Kree a Kree attempts to take control of a Universal Crystal that would give him God like powers.  He is thwarted and the Kree race pays the price for this.  The Crystal punishes the entire race of Kree by holding their genes static.  Effectually, while they were more advanced than most species at the time, they are being held back while other races will catch up and eventually surpass them.
Humanity while technologically a backwater has very dynamic genes in the Marvel Universe due to the Mutant phenomenon.  A mutant is destined to destroy the Supreme Intelligence and this causes the Kree to hold humans in great interest.  At one point experiments on humans lead to the creation of another cosmic power the Inhumans.  The Inhuman project was abandoned for unknown reasons.

Pink (Human Flesh Toned) Kree:
The traditional/Pure Kree have blue skin, but they come in other skin colors/tones.
To circumscribe their static DNA the Kree begin breeding with other races.  One successful offshoot of this is the "Pink" Kree.  In the comics the Pink Kree resemble Caucasian humans, which is how Mar Vell is able to infiltrate Earth without anyone noticing.  The Pink Kree in the movies will likely come in a wide range of flesh tones so they can appear Asian, African, etc.  The "Pink" Kree make up 70% of the population of the Kree, however the Blue Kree still retain control of society.  The "Blue Kree" make up a bulk of the Kree elites.  The Kree are fairly supremacist in their views of themselves and no female Kree are allowed to breed with non-Kree, only Males can breed outside the species.  While the inter breeding is occurring due to their own genetic stagnation they still tend to look down on the Kree/Alien hybrids.
Also see -->Why is Korath not blue?
Human are sometimes referred to as Pink Apes by the Kree

Source of Technology
The Skrulls at the time a peaceful race seek out a new species to trade with.  They find the two species the Cotati and the Kree.  The Skrulls offer the gift of intergalactic travel to a species that wins a competition.  A group of Kree and Cotati are left in a wilderness and told to show what they can build.  The Cotati build a magnificent garden and the Kree build a massive, beautiful city.  The Kree are angered when they learn some of the Skrulls favor the Cotati garden over their advanced City.  Taking matters into their own hands they wipe out the Skrull delegation and the Cotati.  They take apart the Skrull ship to learn its secrets.  They go across the galaxy killing off nearly all but a few hidden Cotati and begin a war with the Skrulls.

First Kree - Skrull War and other Wars
After the Kree exterminate the Skrull delegation the two races go to war.  While, the Skrulls begin the war with more advanced technology the Kree are more ruthless and the Skrulls have forgotten how to wage war.  While humans are dragged into some of the conflicts these to be a microcosm of overall never ending conflicts between the two.

Negabomb - Grey Kree
The Kree empire finds 70% of its population wiped out due to a Negabomb.  Initially, they suspect outside sources but eventually learn it was planned by the Supreme Intelligence to jump start their DNA.  For a short time this worked giving rise to a grey skinned Kree species that could instantly evolve to its environment.  In the end the Kree revert back and the Empire is greatly weakened by its loss of population.

Weakened Kree
The Kree end up a state beneath the Inhumans, and the Shi'ar.

Kree in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Universe 9999):
GH 325 alien body of a Kree on Earth

Agents of SHIELD has already shown the body of a Kree. There is also Kree writing and Kree blood seem to be critical parts of the future series.  Kree blood was used to bring back both Skye, and Coulson.  Kree circle/ line patterns have shown up in multiple episodes of the series.

What is GH 325? Alien in Agents of SHIELD
Kree Circle Writing on Agents of SHIELD

Kree will be an important race within the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.  Multiple major characters will be Kree in the movie.  Including Ronan the Accuser and Korath the Destroyer.   Ronan the Accuser (A notable Kree) is working for Thanos but he only represents a group of Kree zealots not the full empire. 

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Ninja-K #2 Preview

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The Ninjak series is listed beneath ICONs line of Valiant which is way the company is telling its fans to play especially close attention to a series.  The focus here makes sense with the Ninjak Vs Valiant Universe webseries looming and expected to be released sometime this fall.  The idea here behind this Ninjak series is also very cool.  The idea here is that Ninja-K is actually the Kth Ninja in her majesties service and there have been previous Ninja operatives all the way back to a Ninja-A.  This series explores that history with the Ninja operatives begin to be targeted.

The series also features artwork by Tomás Giorello who has just done amazing work on X-O Manowar.
Cover A by TREVOR HARISINE (SEP172019)
Cover B by LUCAS TROYA (SEP172020)
Interlocking Variant by KENNETH ROCAFORT (SEP172021)
Ninjak Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (SEP172022)
Brushed Metal Variant by MICO SUAYAN (SEP172023)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (FOC – 10/23/17)

$19.95 [5 issues] | 48 pgs, issue #1; 40 pgs, issues #2-5 | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 15th (IOD – 9/28/17)

Ninjak #2 Press Release from the Valiant Voice:

Who is hunting the agents of MI-6’s most elite intelligence unit?

Valiant is proud to present your first look at NINJA-K #2 – the next adrenaline-fueled issue of the EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES charging out of Valiant’s “ICONS” initiative! On December 20th, renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and Valiant’s latest superstar artist, Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR), dive deep into the top-secret archives of the black-budget spy network that initiated Colin King into the Ninja Programme…and ignite a global manhunt for the relentless killer bent on eliminating all of Her Majesty’s ninja super-spies, past and present!

One by one, the operatives of MI-6’s covert Ninja Programme are being murdered by an unseen threat that is as mysterious as it is deadly. But who could possibly have the knowledge and expertise to eliminate the lethal men and women of Britain’s most secret service… and why are they hellbent on reaping revenge against Colin King and his predecessors? As the walls close in around him, Ninjak must confront the bloodstained legacy that spawned him… before his own name gets crossed off the list…

“[The] Ninja Programme dates back to World War I, as we’ll see,” writer Christos Gage told Newsarama. “But it’s a dangerous job with a high casualty rate. If you think professional athletes have short careers, try being a super-spy! Some lasted longer than others. But ending their career as the top ninja agent didn’t always mean their story ended. That’s what we’re delving into. Colin himself has been Ninjak for a few years, but he’s the first one to be a freelancer… and he’s so good at it, MI-6 let him. But now he’s about to learn about those who came before…and perhaps uncover some things he didn’t know about himself.”

High-octane storytellers Christos Gage and Tomás Giorello bring the walls of history crashing down around Valiant’s deadliest international operative, as Valiant’s next essential new ongoing series dares onward in NINJA-K #2 – featuring covers by Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), rising star Lucas Troya, Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night)!

PLUS: Get your first taste of Colin King’s new assignment with an EXCLUSIVE PRELUDE TO NINJA-K #1, available only in NINJAK #0 – in comic shops everywhere today! Before NINJA-K #1 slashes its way into stores on November 15th, follow the impeccably precise killer at the center of the Ninja Programme’s century-old regiment of sabotage and subterfuge with an essential introduction to the winter’s most anticipated new series from writer Christos Gage and artist Tomás Giorello!

THEN: Ninjak’s deadliest mission yet begins on November 15th in NINJA-K #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the all-new series launching Colin King into the fight of his life!

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