Who is the Zodiac group?

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Who is the Zodiac group? 

The group is a criminal organization based off astrology and are longtime villains of SHIELD.  Each member has his/her base in a different American city.  As the stars change a different sign appears in the sky the corresponding Zodiak member takes control of the group.  They want to control and dominate the political and economic landscape of the United States and will use any means to accomplish their ends.

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Each member has identity hidden by a mask and a costume.  Each costume is in the theme of the constellation that he/she represents.  There have been many different iterations of the cabal with different signs running the show.

Scorpio:
The Zodiac member Scorpio stands out in importance.  In the comics Scorpio has his run ins with Nick Fury and later turns out to be Jake Fury, Nick Fury's diabolical brother.  (This is later retconned so that he is a double agent).  He is also able to infiltrate SHIELD pretending to be his brother. 

The group has an artifact called the Zodiac Key which gives them massive multidimensional powers.


Marvel Cinematic Universe:
The Zodiac is mentioned in the Marvel One Shot " Agent Carter.   Agent Carter single handedly retrieves a serum controlled by the Zodiac Group.

It is not known whether the group will return in the Agent Carter series or in modern time based Agents of SHIELD show.

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Pokemon Go! Mobile backgrounds - Team Valor Collection







Collection #5 of the Mobile Backgrounds for Pokemon Go focuses on the team or Power team Valor.  Ut O look out here come these guys.   These backgrounds focus on Team Valor, the color red, their mascot Moltrese and their team leader Candela.


Welcome to the VALOR backgrounds bub.

Original Post:
My four year daughter old looked up at me the sweetest puppy dog eyes.

"Daddy your phone has a Star Wars pictures, but..."  Her brow furrowed as she began cross indexing who knows what in her little noggin...."We are playing Pokemon.  Can you make it Pokemon?"

A thought occurred to me in this moment.  Why the heck did I not think of that.  This is a mobile game that has people buying hats and shirts to show their Pokemon pride, why on Earth had I not switched my phone background.  4 year old gauntlet dropped, I accepted the challenge to find a great Pokemon mobile background.

Here is what I found:

First there are TON of Pokemon Go backgrounds and they fall into a few categories.  First you have you general Pokemon background that might feature Pokeballs or screen shots from the old cartoon.  Then you have backgrounds that are based around a specific Pokemon (Normally Pikachu and Snorlax).  Finally, you have a growing amount of backgrounds based off the three teams Valor, Mystic and Instinct.

In the end my favorites were a background that looked like a PokeDex and another of Pokeballs.  I also really like the team covers from the PokeWares group those are awesome.  There are so many I think I am going to have to break this post down into sections.

Which one is your favorite?

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Pokemon Go Mobile Backgrounds - Team Instinct Collection





This is the fourth collection of mobile backgrounds related to Pokemon GO.  This one focuses specifically on team instinct, the yellow team.  Backgrounds here focus on Team Instincts logo, leader Spark, and mascot the feared Zapdos.


Original Post:

My four year daughter old looked up at me the sweetest puppy dog eyes.

"Daddy your phone has a Star Wars pictures, but..."  Her brow furrowed as she began cross indexing who knows what in her little noggin...."We are playing Pokemon.  Can you make it Pokemon?"

A thought occurred to me in this moment.  Why the heck did I not think of that.  This is a mobile game that has people buying hats and shirts to show their Pokemon pride, why on Earth had I not switched my phone background.  4 year old gauntlet dropped, I accepted the challenge to find a great Pokemon mobile background.

Here is what I found:

First there are TON of Pokemon Go backgrounds and they fall into a few categories.  First you have you general Pokemon background that might feature Pokeballs or screen shots from the old cartoon.  Then you have backgrounds that are based around a specific Pokemon (Normally Pikachu and Snorlax).  Finally, you have a growing amount of backgrounds based off the three teams Valor, Mystic and Instinct.

In the end my favorites were a background that looked like a PokeDex and another of Pokeballs.  I also really like the team covers from the PokeWares group those are awesome.  There are so many I think I am going to have to break this post down into sections.

Which one is your favorite?

Team Instinct:













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Pokemon Go Mobile Backgrounds - Pokemon Collection



This is part II of our Pokemon GO Mobile Backgrounds Collection.  This Part focuses on Pokemon Themed backgrounds.   This includes backgrounds for Pickachu, Eevee, Ghastlies, Squirtle, Charizard, Charmander, Abra, Koffing, Snorlax and Blastois.

Original Post:
My four year daughter old looked up at me the sweetest puppy dog eyes.

"Daddy your phone has a Star Wars pictures, but..."  Her brow furrowed as she began cross indexing who knows what in her little noggin...."We are playing Pokemon.  Can you make it Pokemon?"

A thought occurred to me in this moment.  Why the heck did I not think of that.  This is a mobile game that has people buying hats and shirts to show their Pokemon pride, why on Earth had I not switched my phone background.  4 year old gauntlet dropped, I accepted the challenge to find a great Pokemon mobile background.

Here is what I found:

First there are TON of Pokemon Go backgrounds and they fall into a few categories.  First you have you general Pokemon background that might feature Pokeballs or screen shots from the old cartoon.  Then you have backgrounds that are based around a specific Pokemon (Normally Pikachu and Snorlax).  Finally, you have a growing amount of backgrounds based off the three teams Valor, Mystic and Instinct.

In the end my favorites were a background that looked like a PokeDex and another of Pokeballs.  I also really like the team covers from the PokeWares group those are awesome.  There are so many I think I am going to have to break this post down into sections.

Which one is your favorite?


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Pikachu:



























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Agent's of Shield Sucks!



Agent's of Shield Sucks!



Yes this title is click bait, sorry for that but lets have a serious discussion on the Sucky-ness and awesomess of Agents of SHIELD.  I am a huge, MASSIVE, fanatical fan of Agents of SHIELD and of the Marvel Universe in general.  There is not an episode or a TV program that Marvel can make that is so lousy that I won't watch it.  But things can always be better.

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Update: July 2016
Over the past few months I have been thinking a lot about Agents of SHIELD where its been, and where its going.  The show is getting ready to kick off its 4th Season and I feel quite strongly that some adjustments need to be made for the show to get a 5th Season.  Lets face it the show has done well, but has never been the massive home-run that ABC has hoped for.  With a 4th Season they will have enough episodes for syndication and it would be easy to wrap things up.  ABC could then move onto other Marvel projects that may have more potential.  There are some signs that ABC is planning to do exactly this.   The Agents of SHIELD show was on the vanguard of a group of  Marvel Espionage style shows the others being Agent Carter and Most Wanted.  Agent Carter has been canceled despite very positive reviews, and Most Wanted was canned before hitting production despite being heavily set up by Agents of SHIELD itself.  What happened at ABC?  ABC had a leadership change, and the new leadership looked over at what Marvel is doing at Netflix and what DC is doing on the CW and said.......I WANT TO DO THAT.  This is actually kind of obvious but let me state something.

MARVEL IS ABOUT SUPERHEROES

You are not going to watch a Marvel show for bureaucratic political intrigue other shows like Scandal do that better.  Those shows will always do it better because they are less hamstrung by outside forces.

I am not saying all comics, shows or films are about superheroes mind you.  I am simply saying that the Marvel brand itself is about Super Heroes.  Marvel does not have nearly the amount of cool indie style comic stories that DC/Vertigo have created over the years.  They really are about massively powered people saving the world.

SHIELD in the comics has been around for a long time but they have had few self sustained Blockbuster comic runs.  Even with the show running alongside it the comic is not breaking into top 10 sales territory.  Why?  Because they are not super heroes.  Moreover, SHIELD itself has often been used as a metaphor for big brother and over reaching government as in they are often used as villains.  The primary place I read about SHIELD was in the comics of Iron Man and Spider-Man who both had run ins with quasi government agency.  That said I think I have more comics that feature a Spider-Man villain like the Vulture than I have comics with SHIELD in them.  I could be wrong on that it'd be an interesting analysis.  That is not to say SHIELD is bad but that as a concept it needs the support of other Marvel Characters / Ideas to support it. This is where ABC/Marvel have dropped the ball.  Agents of SHIELD is a barren landscape as far as  Marvel characters go.

I am going to list the traditional comic characters that have appeared in 3 seasons of the show:
  • Absorbing Man - Reoccuring villain
  • Quake - Main character
  • John Garrett - Big bad season one
  • Hive - Big bad season three
  • Lash - Villain season three
  • Blackout - Villain season one
  • Deathlok - Season one and two
  • Kraken - Season two - Not in comic form though
  • Lorelei - Season one
  • Mockingbird - Main character season one and two
  • Yoyo - Season three
  • Hellfire - Season three
  • Mr Hyde / Cal  -Season two
  • Angar the Screamer - Season two
Big Name Cameos:
  • Nick Fury - Season 1
  • Mariah Hill - Season 1
  • Sif - Season 1 and 2

In comparison shows like Daredevil and Flash features numerous major heroes and villains all appearing in their first season.  Of the characters above I'd say the biggest names are Mockingbird and Deathlok.  Both of these characters have been a part of some of the best and highest rated episodes.  These characters are not used enough though.

Most of the other characters are complete unknowns who were in single story arcs in comics.  They are not D listers they are no listers.

The biggest problem I see with Agents of SHIELD is that the sandbox its allowed to play in is both too small and disjointed.  If you use Deathlok get Deathlok villains, if you use Mockingbird can you you use Hawkeye? Manthing?  If you use Secret Warriors can you use all of the characters?  What about the New Warriors?

By far the biggest place the show has fallen victim to this is with the Inhumans.  The Inhumans have primarily existed for 60 plus years as villains/allies of the Fantastic Four and occasional players in the Cosmic Marvel political landscape.  For whatever reason the show began to march down the path of introducing Inhumans to the MCU.  I really thought this was part of a larger play from the entire Marvel organization.  There were even signs that comics like Inhuman were being created to give the show a sandbox of characters to play in (Lash is from that comic).  The show though continually ran into a wall for two reasons.

1) Attempts to use the Inhumans as Mutants never quite worked in comic or show form.
2) The show was seemingly blocked from using the most popular Inhuman characters.
3) The film universe has pushed back the Inhuman film to......likely never

If you can not use the Inhuman Royal family in your show, then why bother with Inhumans?

To me Marvel began pushing the Inhumans to be replacement Mutants in the comics and in Agents of SHIELD but realized midway through that the Inhumans can never be the X-Men and began to pull the plug on the idea.  Unfortunately, Agents of SHIELD had already marched too far along the Inhuman introduction path and became stuck.

The film side of the universe has almost entirely ignored what the Agents do as well.  I thought that Civil War was the perfect place to bring up the threats being caused by a sudden increase in super powered Inhumans roaming the streets.  Instead, the film focused almost entirely on the events of previous films.  I am not sure if a single character crossed over from the show to the film.

If you want to continue to have Marvel universe TV shows Marvel needs to do one of two things:
A) Create a separate TV Marvel Universe
B) Have the TV/Film divisions play nice
C) Give the shows enough of a sandbox to create a new show.  THIS IS MARVEL THERE ARE TONS OF CHARACTERS and STORIES.

Netflix has gone the route of C and been AWESOME.  Agents of SHIELD has tried B and has been good but has always felt hamstrung.  It is now DO or DIE time for the show.

HOPE?



I have hope for season 4 and it comes in the form of a big flaming skull.  The show has seemingly redirected itself away from the Inhumans and toward a big name Super Hero in Ghost Rider.  It is not the big name Ghost Rider most people know its Robbie Reyes not Johnny Blaze but that is ok with me.  The important thing is that people actually know who Ghost Rider is and will be excited to see him.  HE IS A MARVEL CHARACTER.  In my opinion he is the biggest character they have included since Deathlok.

More over the Robbie Reyes version of Ghost Rider had a lot of battles with Mr Hyde  who is on the show as Skye/Daisy's/Quakes father as Cal.  Cal to me is still the high point as far as villains on the show so bringing him back would be great.  It seems at least that there should be a sandbox of characters to use here that is good enough to tell some great MARVEL stories.

Additionally, the show hinted at some Squadron Supreme concepts in its finale.  The Squadron Supreme like the Secret Warriors may be too limited to base an entire season on but it could still be fun and help make that sandbox a little bit bigger.

My fingers are crossed.


Original Post:
Watch out, give me some space and prepare for some serious HATE......Agents of Shield Sucks!!!! The actors can't act, the writers can't write, the special effects are......what special effects? and to top it all off there are no super heroes and it is suppose to be a Marvel show?  It sucks.  O yeah and they include comedy in the shows, and lightheartedness, why can't they take this stuff seriously.

Hulk mad like Nerds
Serious, serious adult discussion time.  I really enjoy this show, I look forward to it every week.  Could it be better,...yes.  Is there room for improvement...yes.  Does this justify the insane level hate directed at it week to week...No way.  To a degree I even foresaw this conflict coming when I first heard about the show.  Marvel is going to put its stamp on a show that has no major comic characters after the huge titanic movie that was the Avengers?  It seemed like bad timing.  In all my years of comic fandom I don't know if I have ever purchased a single Shield comic.  I do like some of the art from the old Nick Fury comics drawn by Jim Steranko, but sadly that is about it.  People's expectations are going to be at an all time high and you are going to give them ordinary people?  That said, I was also excited to see a weekly tv show in the Marvel Universe.  That alone is enough to at least get me interested.

My expectations for the Show

When I started watching the show, I had already adjusted my expectations.  I was not expecting to see super heroes, I was expecting to see fairly regular humans fighting the small fights, in the shadows of the juggernauts.  My excitement was also tied to the thought of simply uncovering small hints of what Marvel may have in store for us.

My expectations were also based on what I knew of the Whedon's previous shows.  I watched Buffy, I watched Firefly and I enjoyed both shows.  In each show you have a group of lovable characters, filled with flaws, thrust into extraordinary situations with huge, heaping doses of cheesy lighted-hearted banter.  It is a mixture of drama, humor, action, and pure escapism.  The moment I flipped on Agent's of Shield I expected a new cheesy but fun Scooby gang.

Other Peoples Expectation for the Show:

Totally Unrealistic

Because of the difference of expectations I have enjoyed the show quite a lot.  I would say its easily in my top 5 favorite shows I watch each week.  Other people though immediately stopped watching it after a few episodes when they came to the realization that mainstream characters may not show up much, or at all.  Unfortunately, a lot of these people may have missed some of the awesomeness that the show unleashed in the last 6 episodes.

To some the show is not going anywhere.  My counter, it is leading directly from I3 into Captain America 2.  I think its effect on what happens in Cap2 and Avengers 2 will be fairly profound.
More over they have provided a little sandbox for Marvel to subtly begin adding a roster of obscure villains and heroes that may not have otherwise found the light of day.  They have already created a version of Deathlok with an origin story that in my opinion is better than all of his previous incarnations.

The characters of the gang have also matured and grown on me.  I care about them and want to see them survive and hopefully even thrive.  While, other people dislike them because they are not superheroes, I never had this baggage.  I expected and found the Marvel Scooby gang.

What do you think of the show?  Do you think it is getting better or worse?  Why do you think so many people seem to hate the show?

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Justice League movie- Trailers, Pictures, News and More







Synopsis from IMDB:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. 
Release date: November 17th, 2017

Director: Zach Snyder

Cast:
Not all of this cast has been confirmed:

Jared Leto - The Joker
Gal Gadot - Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Henry Cavill - Clark Kent / Superman
Amber Heard - Mera
Ben Affleck - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Jason Momoa - Arthur Curry / Aquaman
Amy Adams - Lois Lane
Jesse Eisenberg - Lex Luthor
Ezra Miller - Barry Allen / The Flash
Jeremy Irons - Alfred Pennyworth
Ray Fisher - Victor Stone / Cyborg
Willem Dafoe - Nuidis Vulko
Kiersey Clemons - Iris West
J.K. Simmons - Commissioner Gordon


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Who is Captain Cold?

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Who is Captain Cold?
Captain Cold is one of the primary villains of the DC hero the Flash.  He is the leader of a group of super villains known as the Rogues.

First appearance: Flash Comics #1

Full Name: Leonard Snart


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Leonard Snart grew up in an abusive home.  For a time he found some degree of security with his grandfather who worked in an ice truck.  Things went from bad to worse when Snart's grandfather died and he lost his refuge.  Having an Ice Truck as a refuge is some obvious foreshadowing toward Snart's ice cold future.  Unable to deal with the continued abuse from his father he ran away from home and became a low level criminal.
He begins to lead a group of thieves that use a visor and a gun.  The visor will remain a fixture for Snart's costume for years going forward. Snart was well organized, and smart about how he set up his crimes but he failed to take into account the Flash.  The group of theives was thwarted relatively easily by the Flash and apprehended.

When Snart was released he began studying the Flash.  How fast he ran, how he could be stopped etc.  During his investigation he came across an article that cyclotron based energy emissions could potentially slow the speed of the Flash.  The cyclotron effects effectively alter the movements of particles.  He built a gun designed to cyclotron effects and broke into a lab for one last component.  In the lab he adds the component but is surprised by a guard who he blasts with the gun.  His intention was only to startle the guard but the blast froze the guard.  It was actually able to freeze the very moisture in the air.  Snart learned he was able to bring about temperatures all the way down to the near mysthical absolute zero.

Happy with his discovery he added a Parka to his costume and began using the name Captain Cold.  He became a mainstay adversary of the Flash conducting various schemes that put the city in jeopardy.  During one such mission he is a competition with the villain Heatwave on who can cause the most mayhem in a crime spree.


Eventually, Captain Cold creates a group called the Rogues.  The Rogues is a group of villains that join forces to commit crimes and to attack the Flash.  As leader of the Rogues Captain Cold is very disciplined and authoritarian.  He opposes senseless violence and uses a strict no-drugs rule.  Any rogue who breaks the rules is severely punished.

Skills and Powers: 
Captain Cold is not meta human but is a very skilled organizer and tactician.  He also understands the cold technology he uses as a weapon.

Using Cold technology Captain Cold has been shown:
Has a freeze gun that can freeze temperatures to the point where moisture in the air becomes ice
Can create ice on the floors, walls etc to various effect
Can create Icicles and traps using the ice
Can use a widebeam freeze ray that can slow everything in its radius

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Pokemon Go! The Pikachu Trick




Every Pokemon fan know and likely loves the adorable Pikachu.  Pikachu is the main Pokemon featured in the Pokemon cartoon series and is quite literally the face of the franchise.

For whatever reason the Pokemon games never make it straightforward to start with Pikachu. Instead, they force the user to pick up one of a group of starting Pokemon.  These Pokemon tend to be fairly popular too, but they are not Pikachu!  Come on few things in this world are as cute as a Pikachu.

Like most of the games Pokemon Go seems to force users to pick one three Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle as their starting Pokemon.  However, users have found a way to get a Pikachu instead.

If you continually run away from Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur a new Pokemon will appear, a Pikachu!  You can capture it and make it your starting Pokemon.

Now if you are a huge Pikachu fan and you did not do this, do not fear.  You can still catch Pikachu later on.  Also keep in mind the starting Pokemon do not mean all that much in Pokemon Go.  I would actually argue that they mean less than in any prior Pokemon game because you do not battle instantly to build them up.

If you want to catch a Pikachu use our tricks for tracking down Nearby Pokemon.  A Pikachu will be yours in no time.





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