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American Gods comic and TV show






American Gods is becoming the hot story of 2017.  First the novel by Neil Gaiman won a load of awards of awards.  Then in 2017 Starz is releasing a TV version of American Gods.  To go along with that the first in a series of comics was released by Dark Horse.  So far American Gods is my favorite comic this year.  I did not read the book but I totally dig the comic.  I really see this comic becoming another Sandman that could really pull in different types of people in the comic stores.

The story has a phenomenally interesting main character in Shadow Moon.  A recently released convict who is drug into a supernatural world and war between gods.  His world begins seemingly normal with just small things seeming off.  Slowly as things descend into the weird around him he begins to question his own sanity.  He also begins to question who exactly is his new employer,  Mr Wednesday.

Part of me expects this comic to become the number one seller for Darkhorse and also potentially jump into the top selling comics category.  It certainly can compete with the big 2 in quality.


Official Synopsis of Comic:

WAR IS COMING!
Shadow Moon just got out of jail, only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain as to where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard—thrusting Shadow into a deadly world of the supernatural, where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point.
The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman is adapted as a comic series for the first time!

American Gods Show:
The show version of  American Gods also looks fantastic.  Release date in 2017:


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American Gods Trailer:

Trailer Description:
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

American Gods Posters:
Show runner of American Gods Bryan Fuller just released a series of colorful poster each depicting one of the characters from American Gods.

The posters include:  Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane), Laura Moon, (Emily Browning), Bliquis (Tetide Badaki), Mr Nancy (Orlando Jones), Mad Sweeney (Pablo Shreiber), Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), Easter (Kristin Chenoweth, Czernobog (Peter Stormare, and Mr. World (Crispin Glover).




























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Who is Silk?


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Who is Silk?

Silk is a hero who shares the same powers of Spider-Man.  She was bit by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker.

Real name: Cindy Moon

First Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1 - As Cindy Moon
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #4 - As Silk

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Actress Tiffany Espensen has been cast as Cindy in Spider-Man Homecoming. The secrecy involved in her casting has some fans thinking she could be playing a major role as either Cindy Moon (Silk).

Cindy appears briefly in the trailers and appears a student along with Peter Parker.  It seems quite possible that they could be developing her character along with Peter Parker in the film.




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Bio:


Cindy Moon is as the same science show where Peter Parker was bit the radioactive spider that gave him his powers.  Not only was she there, but after the spider fell to the ground from biting Peter on his wrist, it bit Cindy on her ankle.  The spider bite mutates Cindy and gives her very similar powers to Spider-Man.

Why have we not heard about her before?

Well shortly after developing her powers she is visited by a man named Ezekiel.  Ezekiel is aware that Morlun the Devourer of Totems is hunting spider totems and takes her under his tutelage.  He trains Cindy.  When Morlun draws close, he provides Cindy with a special room locked beneath a tower where Morlun can not find her.  The room is full of food and media from the outside world.  While, Cindy can not be found by Morlun she is increasingly bored living in isolation.

During the Original Sin Marvel Event many secrets throughout the Marvel Universe are revealed.  Peter Parker / Spider-Man learns of the existence of Cindy Moon.  Knowing that he has killed Morlun twice, Peter immediately visits the tower to tell Cindy that she can come out.  Cindy does but upon learning that Morlun was killed twice realizes that Morlun could come back again.  She yells at Peter for wasting her sacrifice.

Indeed Morlun does come back again.

Silk will be a featured Spider Character in the Spiderverse event where the Spider-totems unite to fight off Morlun and his family the Inheritors.  Silk is a main character and focus of the series she is one of the three special totems that the Inheritors require to do a ritual that will end all of the Spider totems forever.

Powers:
 Silk has very similar powers to Spider-Man as they were bit by the same spider.  She is said to be less strong than Spider-Man but faster.  Additionally, she can weave webbing biologically from her hands at a faster rate than Spider-Man.  She also seems to be more gifted at using the webbing she can for instance make clothes and a costume out of her webbing.  Her webbing also has barbs whose use she can control.
  • Super Strength
  • Super Speed
  • Spider Sense - Precognitive sense of danger
  • Super Balance/Agility/Flexibility 
  • Can cling to walls and climb them like a spider. 
Using Webs - Can swing quickly great distances particularly when around very high structures like Skyscrapers.  She can also quickly weave clothing out of webbing.  Silk is capable of doing more elaborate webbing that Peter Parker.

Relationship with Spider-Man:
Silk initially is pretty annoyed that Peter freed her and that Morlun could come back to life. The two often start bickering and teasing each other.  However, their bickering often seems to lead to physical attraction.  For unknown reasons Silk and Spider-Man are drawn together.  Their spider senses lead them to each other and once in proximity they experience a powerful urge to mate.

This urge has led to some steamy encounters.

As a way to get around the attraction Spider-Man and Silk have decided they need to be a part from one another.  In Amazing Spider-Man #9 Silk suggests that she become the primary hero of NYC and Spider-Man could go else where.  He did not seem particularly interested in taking her up on that offer.




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Dimension 404- News, Pictures and Trailer


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Dimension 404 is a show that is coming from Hulu that looks to take ques from Black Mirror, The Outer Limits and the Twilight Zone.  It maybe seems to take itself a little less seriously that Black Mirror with a lighter tone.  I have heard it described as a wacky Black Mirror and that seems like a fitting description.


It immediately got my attention with some of the people involved in its production check it out.  Geek cred in the names used in the show is very high.


Why 404?


The premise of the show is based around the 404 Error code.  404 is an error received when a url is not found.  In the show 404 is apparently its own dimension that is a quite a lively and terrifying place. The show is set to appear quite fittingly on April 4, 2017 or on 4/04.

Dimension 404 Trailer:
The trailer for Dimension 404 features narration by Mark Hamill and a character played by Patton Oswalt.



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Who is Mephisto?


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Mephisto is a character in the Marvel universe.  Mephisto is a demon who vies for control of the underworld and often has devious machinations on Earth.  Mephisto is based off of the chief of demons in Germanic forklore legend of Faust as well as the Biblical Satan.

Mephisto is rumored to be coming to the MCU as the main villain in the Defenders Netflix series.   The Defenders will see Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist joined forces to take on the master or Darkness.   The series may launch a future of supernatural related characters like Blade, Ghost Rider, and Moonknight.


First Appearance: Silver Surfer #3


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Alias(es):  Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, Mephistopheles

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Bio:
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Mephisto is ancient evil entity that claims to have been created when a supreme being commits suicide and results in creations of a multitude of demons and the infinity gems.  Mephisto claims that he is entirely evil because this supreme being had no sense of good.  Mephisto becomes a ruler of Hell and there rules over many fallen souls and dark entities.

He has played a major role in a variety of storylines in the Marvel universe that include:  Mephisto is jealous of the fire demon Zarathos so he bonds the demon to Johnny Blaze creating Ghost Rider.  For a time Mephisto holds the soul of Doctor Doom's mother until Doom and Doctor Strange manage to free her.

Mephisto creates a son known as Blackheart who has battled many of Earth's heroes.  Blackheart has been a major villain in the Ghost Rider series.

Scarlet Witches children with Vision were actually demonic soul fragments of the villain Master Pandemonium who was manipulated by Mephisto.  The children are effectively destroyed when Master Pandemonium reabsorbs them into himself.  The loss of the children and learning their true origins is one of the factors that drives Scarlet Witch insane.

One of the most controversial actions of Mephisto is his erasure of Peter Parker's marriage to Mary Jane Watson in the One More Day story.   Peter exchanges his love and marriage to Mary Jane for the health of his elderly aunt.

Mephisto continues to plague the heroes of Marvel as a constant manipulator.

Powers:
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  • Immortality
  • Super strength
  • Shape/ Matter/ Energy manipulation
  • Illusions
  • Memory and mind manipulation
  • Magical skills that are extremely high
  • Extremely high level of intelligence and cunning
  • Mephisto can take people's souls and use them as slaves in his realm.  However, people give him their soul willingly in what is called a pact.
He has been shown to gain power from evil actions and entities on Earth.

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Who is Scythe? (Iron Fist Villain)





Who is Scythe?

Scythe is the first super villain faced by Iron Fist that offers up a serious challenge to the hero.  After his first appearance Scythe has not appeared since.  A warrior that strongly resembles Scythe appears as a champion of the Hand in the Iron Fist Neflix series.  The warrior is the last Hand champion in a trial by combat.

Real Name: Unknown

Alias: Scythe

First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #16 (1974)

Quote:   "Hey, you’re good, joker — even better than those muscle-bound morons made you out to be — but nobody can avoid my grapple-ball forever — and joker — that includes you!" (Scythe)



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Bio:


Meachum expected that Iron Fist would come to kill him and so he hired mercenaries and guards to kill him.   He also put a large open contract on Iron Fist's head.  The contract attracted a wide array of thugs whom Iron Fist easily defeated.

Scythe was a talented warrior who had heard about the contract and decided to hunt down the Iron Fist.  He ran into a group of thugs who had been beaten down by Iron Fist and used information they provided to track down the fledgling hero.  Scythe was undettered by the thugs failures at defeating Iron Fist and was confident in his own martial skills to take him down.

The Scythe gained the upperhand in the early parts of the battle.  His use of the Kusarigama was highly skillful and Iron Fist was battling back memories as he had just returned to New York.  While he fought better than the thugs Iron Fist still won in the end.  Funneling his Chi into his fist, he destroyed one end of the Ksuarigama and greatly startling Scythe.  Scythe fell to the ground and begged for his life.  He then told Iron Fist who had hired him.

 Powers and Skills:


Scythe is an advanced martial artist with skills in the use of a Kusarigama.

A Kusarigama is a Japanese weapon that has a studded ball on a chain attached to a sickle.  The idea of the weapon is to strike using the ball, or wrap a foe and pull them into the blade.


MCU:
Scythe is the third Hand Champion that Iron Fist must face in trial by combat with the Hand.




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Who is Zhou Cheng? (Iron Fist Villain)





Who is the Zhou Cheng?

Zhou Cheng is a villain of the character Iron Fist.  He is a martial artist who infused with a demon that likes to feast on the powers of Iron Fist.  On an Iron Fist's 33rd birthday Zhou Cheng seeks out an Iron Fist to kill him and eat his heart.  Zhou Cheng appeared as a guardian of the Hand in Iron Fist season 1 he was played by Lewis Tan.


Name: Zhou Cheng

Alias: He Who Kills Iron Fist, Servant of  Chi'-Lin

First Appearance: Immortal Iron Fist #17 (2007) -

Quote:   "Master claim your prize!" (Zhou Cheng)



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Bio:



A demon called Chi'-Lin desires to eat the an unhatched dragon of Egg of Shou-Lao.  In order to do this it hunts down and kills Iron Fists on their 33rd birthday.  The demon attaches itself to various warriors and then uses them to pursue the current Iron Fist.  Prior to hunting Danny, Chi'-Lin had been denied the egg of Shou Lao after pursuing the Iron Fists of Orson Randall and Kwai Jun-Fan.
It is not clear how long the demon has pursued Iron Fists and how many it has killed.   The demon
Chi'-Lin attaches itself to warriors who are all potentially in the same bloodline.  Kwai Jun-Fan was killed by Chi'-Lin but was denied the heart of Shao Lou when the Thunderer intervened.  Orson Randall found a way to disguise his chi and spent much of his life in hiding.

Danny meets Chi'Lin when he is attached to Zhou Cheng.  Initially, Zhou posed as a helpless victim of a mugging.  He then found the trail of Danny Rand's Chi and began hunting him.  Zhou attacked Danny Rand in a park easily beat the Iron Fist.  Zhou was able to predict all of Iron Fist's moves beforehand by using Chi'-Lin demonic powers to trace Danny's Chi.  Zhou horribly beats Danny and nearly pulls out his heart but Luke Cage, Misty Knight, and Colleen Wing intervene and rescue Danny.  The group barely managed to hold off the powerful martial artist.

Zhou then decided to lure Iron Fist to a location of his choosing.  He took over The School of Thunder and held the students their hostage.  He demanded Iron Fist to face him again.   Danny went to the school but brought the Immortal Weapons John Aman, Fat Cobra, Dog Brother Number 1, and the Bride of Nine Spiders to the school.  Zhou was unable to detect the chi of these other Immortal Weapons and so was defeated.

Zhou then tried to have an agent of his drug Danny's tea.   However, Danny was saved again by Luke and Misty before Zhou could kill him.  Danny recovered and decided it was time to face Zhou and finish the confrontation one way or the other.

This time Danny fought Zhou without using his Chi.  This eliminated the prediction ability of Chi'-Lin and left Zhou confused.  Danny landed a brutal blow to the kneck of Zhou that broke his kneck killing him.

Danny expects for the demon of Chi'-Lin to move to unborn child of Zhou and thus haunt Iron Fist later in the future.

In Zhou's appartment the Immortal Weapons found a map that led them to the Eighth Capital City of Heaven.


 Powers and Skills:


Zhou Cheng is possessed by a demon named Chi'-Lin.  The Demon gives Zhou super strength, speed, ability to blow fire and some mind control capabilities.   The most dangerous power of Zhou Cheng is his ability to hunt down Iron Fist by his Chi and predict his moves.




MCU:


Lewis Tan plays Zhou Cheng in Season 1 of Iron Fist.  Zhou mentions he must drink alcohol as his master requires it of him.  It is unclear if he is referencing Chi'-Lin in this regard.  He guards a gate to a Hand base in much the same way the Iron Fist is meant to guard Kun Lun.

Zhou is powerful martial artist who uses drunken style Kung Fu.

After a battle Danny manages to defeat Zhou and enter the Hand base.


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Red Sonja covers used on Gail Simone's run



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Cover by Jenny Frison

One of the cool things about the Red Sonja title beneath Gail Simone's run is that many female cover artists were used.  The title featured many variants so they were playground of sorts of different artistic styles.

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Red Sonja by Fiona Staples
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Red Sonja by Nicola Scott


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Cover by Stephanie Buscema



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Cover by Stephanie Buscema


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Cover by Colleen Doran

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Cover by Jenny Frison


Cover by Jenny Frison


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Cover by Jenny Frison


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Cover by Jenny Frison
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Cover By Jenny Frison


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Cover by Amanda Conner


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