Top Cow at Denver Comic Con


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Top Cow is bringing in some of their top talents and will have a booth at Denver Comic Con.



Special Guests at the Top Cow Booth to include:
Zack Kaplan (Eclipse)
Matt Hawkins (Symmetry, Aphrodite IX)


Top Cow Panels:
tbd



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Valiant Comics at Denver Comic Con


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Valiant will be rolling deep into Denver Comic Con and they have a lot to check out!

Books: Will be selling specail variant cover of Secret Weapons with art by Katie Cook.

Special Guests at the Valiant Booth to include:
Jodie Houser (Faith)
Fred Van Lente (War Mother, Archer and Armstrong)
Bart Sears (Bloodshot & Hard Corps Unity)

Valiant 101 Panel:  There will be a panel on Friday called Valiant 101 which is meant to be a primer for new readers of the publisher to know where to start.  Toylab Bloggers should be there!


Official Message from Valiant for Denver Comic Con!
From Friday, June 30th to Sunday, July 2nd, Valiant is bringing its cross-country road show to Denver, CO for Denver Comic Con 2017 – and we’re bringing a star-studded line-up of exclusives, programming, and panels for a can’t-miss comics celebration!
All weekend long, join Valiant inside the Colorado Convention Center at booth #1546 to see why Valiant is the award-winning, chart-topping superhero universe to beat with a selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically renowned and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORNBRITANNIADIVINITY III: STALINVERSEFAITHNINJAKQUANTUM & WOODYSAVAGEX-O MANOWAR (2017) and many more!
And don’t miss the mountains of Valiant merchandise rolling into Denver, including the SECRET WEAPONS #1 DENVER COMIC CON VARIANT, featuring the art of fan-favorite artist Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)! THE MUST-READ NEW SERIES of the summer from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer(Arrival) and visionary artist Raul Allen (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) with Patricia Martin (BLOODSHOT REBORN) begins here as the technopathic hero Livewire steps into the fore to lead an extraordinary new team of Harbinger Foundation escapees…and reveals a hidden, high-stakes corner of the Valiant Universe never before explored…
Plus: Be sure to visit the all-star Valiant talent that’s charging into Denver Comic Con 2017 all weekend long, including:
  • Jody Houser (Writer, FAITH, FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE)
  • Bart Sears (Artist, BLOODSHOT & H.A.R.D. CORPS, UNITY)
  • Fred Van Lente (Writer, WAR MOTHER, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG)
Then: Your official introduction to Valiant’s award-winning pantheon of heroes begins on Friday, June 30th at 2:30 p.m. MST in room #501 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!
Finally: Get the inside intel on the most devastating conflict to ever disrupt the Valiant Universe on Saturday, July 1st at 2:30 p.m. MST in room #501 for theVALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious and impactful comic book event of all time starts right here! Jump on board to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes… and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe!
We’ll see you in Denver! And don’t miss a moment of the incredible action as Valiant’s cross-country convention road show charges on through Hartford,WantaghSan Diego and more throughout the summer!

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Denver Comic Con Preview


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Denver Comic Con is coming up Friday June 30th and the Toylab Bloggers are going to be hitting it hard!

Here is the breakdown of who is coming:

Celebrities:
Just to warn everyone Celebrities are not typically NOT our focus.  Our bloggers tend to be more interested in artists and writers that said there are some pretty interesting Celebrities and we may join some panels.  Here are the highlights of ones that stick out to us arranged in themes.  Once again we love the artists so much that they will bleed into our breakdown here.

There are going to be some awesome people there that I don't know where exactly to put them as a theme including John Cusak, Weird Al Yankovic, Jon Heder, Michael Chiklis, and Felicia Day.

Defenders
I am hoping for a Defenders Panel we will see that would be a must go event if they have one.
  • Finn Jones - Iron Fist
  • Mike Colter - Luke Cage
  • David Mack - Artist well known for covers on Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Echo and the Defenders.  Has a series called Kabuki.


Stranger Things 
The kids of Stranger Things will be there and I hope we get a panel with them.  I tend to think a Stranger Things panel will be the highlight of the con.
  • Millie Bobbie Brown
  • Gaten Matarazzo
  • Caleb McLaughlin

Guardians of the Galaxy
Michael Rosenbaum - I am curious about the future of Martinex

Dresden Verse
  • Jim Butcher -?  Have not seen him listed but he has some colorado connections so it would not surprise me to see him here.
  • James Marsters (Spike from Buffy, and Dresden in audio books)  I could have put James in either the Whenonverse section or this section.  I decided to put him here because I run into so many people who love his Dresden work.  I would say the hardcore fans of James used to be Buffy fans but are now mostly Dresden fans.  I could be wrong.  Either way I am seeking him out as a Dresden fan and am hoping for him to sign the first Dresden Files book Stormfront that is already signed by author Jim Butcher.

Whedonverse (Firefly, Buffy, Dollhouse):
Nathan Fillion
Clare Kramer (Glory)
Eliza Dushku
Landau, Juliet - Drusilla in BuffyGeorge Jeanty - Artist of Buffy and Firefly comics also really just a really cool dude.
Dexter Vines - Artist of Buffy also has worked on Marvel and DC.

Star Trek:
Kate Mulgrew
Garret Wang

Animation:
Kevin Conroy - Voice of Batman from Batman the Annimated Series
Carey Means - Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Andrea Romano - Batman cartoons
Chris Sabat - Dragon Ball Z

The Walking Dead:
Khary Payton - King Ezekiel

Doctor Who:
Catherine Tate
Billie Piper - Was coming but has canceled do to a part coming up.

Harry Potter:
Phelps, James and Oliver - The Weasley Twins

Writers and Artists:
Coming Soon



Updates: 


We are continuing to monitor changes to Convention policies.  Denver Comic Con which begins at the end June just released a new policy and plan for entering the convention.  The key component is that there is a BAG and Prop check.  I wanted to highlight the word bag because I know I normally bring a bag to the con with comics and the like in it.  This year if I do that I will need to go through the Bag and Prop line that will undoubtedly move much slower than the other lines.  Here is the official announcement from DCC.
DCC’17 PSA: NEW ENTRY LOCATION, SINGLE REGISTRATION LOCATION, AND BAG/PROP CHECKS FOR 2017! Hey DCCers, we have three big changes involving entry this year, so please read this post carefully! You can send questions to info@popcultureclassroom.org.
First: The main entrance for the con has changed this year, and will be at the “Bellco Theater Entrance” on the SPEER BOULEVARD side of the Convention Center.
Second: There will be only one Registration location (where you go to exchange your tickets for badges, or to buy new tickets) this year. The single Registration area will be in the Lower B Lobby on the Welton Street side of the Convention Center. Note that we’ve had a Registration area in this location each year of the con. In this location, there are multiple bag check lines.
Third: Our security team will be doing bag and prop checks this year for everyone’s safety. We will begin the entry process earlier than in past years because of the increased time required for checks. The exact opening time will be announced in the coming weeks. There will be two entry lines, one for people who have bags or props, and one for those who don’t. There will be multiple bag check lines. Full disclosure: The line for bag and prop check will be much slower than the other line, so if you want to get in as fast as possible, leave your bags and props at home if you can.
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Who is the Enchantress?


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Who is the Enchantress?


Enchantress is an Asgardian Marvel villain.  The primary Asir/Asgardian hero in the Marvel universe is Thor, who is generally Amora's enemy.  

Real Name: Amora

 First Appearance:  Journey into Mystery #103


Species:  Asgardian


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Amora is a magical apprentice of the powerful Norn, Karnilla.  Karnilla kicks out Amora for lacking discipline.  Undeterred Amora begins to use her good looks and magical abilities to charm and seduce magical secrets from wizards and magi.  Eventually, she becomes one of the foremost magical users in all of Asgard.  Increasingly, power hungry Amora sets her sights on the conquest of Asgard.

Not a great warrior herself Amora has sought to manipulate, seduce, charm and control powerful warriors to fight for her cause.  These warriors have included Brunnhilda, Skurge the Executioner, Arkon, Loki, and even the mighty Thor himself!

Skurge the Executioner has been Amora's longest lasting and most frequent thrall of her seductive charm.  Thor has been a constant but highly elusive target of Amora.  She is often angered by her inability to control the thundergod. 



Odin eventually exiles Amora from Asgard.  She returns to defend Asgard with her henchman Skurge the Executioner.  There she earns some temporary respect battling against Surtur and his hordes from Muspelheim.  During this time she has a relationship with Heimdall the guardian of the rainbow bridge.  She never stops scheming though and is constantly looking to further her own ends.  One of her schemes includes forcing her sister Lorelei to fall in love with Loki.

Amora finally gets the long sought affection of Thor when he feels pity for her.  The Executioner nobly sacrifices himself in part to escape the control of Amora.  Amora finds that she deeply cared about her enthralled warrior despite her poor treatment of him.  While grieving for him she find herself in the arms of Thor.  The two begin a relationship that lasts a short while.  When Thor is missing to after battling Onslaught, Amora even plays the hero and defeats the evil Set.  During Ragnarok, Amora is killed along with the other Asgardians.  This is the end of Thor and Amora's relationship.

Thor is revived and begins to find and awaken the other gods.  He is initially hesitant to waken many of the troublesome Asgardians, including Amora.  However, Loki tricks him into awakening all of them.

When revived Amora does not return to Asgard and is overwhelmed with loneliness.  Her initial action was to attempt to free Skurge the Executioner from Valhalla but she is convinced by Loki, Balder, and Thor that this would have dire ramifications for the nine worlds and relents.  Still lonely she seeks out a new confidant.

Amora finds Donald Blake who is desperate to gain the powers of a god again.  She tricks him to eating a Golden Apple and then cuts off his head.  From his blood grows a massive monstrous warrior called Keep. Keep becomes Amora's new thrall.  The pair are defeated and banished from Asgard.

Powers:
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Being Asgardian she is far stronger, faster, and more durable than a normal human.  She also ages much slower and can live for thousands of years. 

Magic:
Enchantress is one of the most powerful and knowledgeable magic users in the Marvel universe.  She has been trained by the infamous Norn Karnilla before studying under various magi and wizards whom she seduced.  Her magical skills are thought to be on par with that of Loki.  Her magic powers are tethered to the realm of Asgard and can weaken


  • Interdimensional travel including teleportation 
  • Energy projection - Fires power blasts
  • Illusions
  • Paralysis
  • Shape Change
  • Transmutation
  • Seduction/Mind control- Has been shown to greatly control the minds of men.  In part this is due to her own beauty and her abilities to enhance it with magic.  Her kisses are capable of pushing men beyond attraction however into full on enthrallment.  She has kept men like the Executioner enthralled for many years at a time.


MCU:
The Enchantress has not yet appeared in the MCU


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New Pokemon Go Battle System SUCKS!


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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
I tried out the Battle System This morning.  You can see one short battle I had and while there are some things I did like about the update I have to say that generally I am unimpressed.  There are some great features here but the Bad is really bad.

Does this update RULE or SUCK?




Update Ok so it doesnt Suck: 6-26-2017
Alright I went back and played Pokemon Go a ton and generally I will say that the experience was very positive.  The bad thing that I ran into early on is when you attack a gym with a high CP Blissey in highly populate area.  Defenders begin dropping raspberries ontop of the Blissey.  Being that Blissey is a pain to take down without that happening, it becomes very frusterating.  This though has only happened to me on two occasions.  This weekend my daughter and I took down about 20 gyms and complted 3 raids.  So two times out of 20 is not too bad.   So I revise my earlier statement the update does NOT suck.

I did find a couple more things I really liked.  First once again I want to say I love the gym badges and love the ability to upgrade them by gym.  I love that CP drops on demotivated defenders.  This makes taking out a Blissey more bearable.  I also really like that coins are awarded on short time period not just if you hold a gym for 24 hours.  The system before made taking over a gym pointless as it was almost guaranteed to fall before coins were awarded.  Now holding a gym for 20 minutes can still be valuable.

Raids are also unbelievably fun!  I'm not sure though if they will bring back the mobs from when the game started.

Things I wish they had.

  • I do wish you could get a gym leader badge for some highly populated, highly active gyms.  I think across the world there should be 1000 special gyms.  These gyms would have a special badge for an entire region like the State of California for example.
  • Blissey is OP (Over powered) and needs to be brought down some how.
  • Dungeons/NPCs I know they want to avoid adding NPCs but the game would benefit from other things hidden in the explorable space.  This could include items, dungeons, and NPCs things that spawn at different rates than the mon and make for a dynamic explorable environment.
  • Spoofers are still out in abundance.  There were times where I am standing at a gym and multiple attackers are either helping me or going after me and THERE IS NO ONE THERE.  NOBODY.  Just me.  These guys need to get go.
  • Ok and this is a big thing.  They need to do something that is fun that you can do with others when you are level 3.  That is right something cool for level 3 players.  Maybe Micro Raids, Pokemon Babysitting, Pokemon Parades, some event thing that players can get the app and later that day take part in.  I say this because Raids are still pretty much for powerful players and the reality is that game is much more fun when there are tons and tons of players.  The only way to get the mobs back is to make the fun for new and casual players.  This should be a HUGE focus.



Original Post:

First the good:
1) I am happy Niantic is finally updating the Battle System because I think it is vital part of the game that has been lacking.
2) I like that Gyms now have the ability to give items
3) The gym badges and having them give bonuses is really cool.
4) The restriction of requiring defenders to be different types of Pokemon is great.   As is the restriction of limiting gyms to 6 Pokemon down from 10.
5) The ability to do Raids out of gyms is also really awesome and I can't wait for that.
6) I also really like the new graphics, the looks of the gym, and the graphic that plays before you enter battle.

The Bad:
1) Allowing defenders to add in new Pokemon after they are defeated means that gyms in popular areas will be almost impossible to take down.  As an attacker you will no more than defeat a Pokemon Defender to simply see a new one dropped in.  The Prestige system at least required the Defenders to battle their own mon in a training mode.
---->Alright one check to this I just learned.  If you stay in the gym and keep attacking defenders can not add Pokemon into the gym.  If you disengage to heal your pokemon they can then add them back.  It is important to stay in the gym and heal your pokemon there!

2) The ability heal the motivation value of the Pokemon by any Defender also gives a massive edge to Defenders.  This is the big thing I see that tons of people just drop hordes of raspberries on a gym until you stop attacking.

Overall:  I like that they updated the gyms but geez this update makes gyms in high populated areas basically unplayable.  It will be nearly impossible to take down a gym unless you get a massive crowd from your same team to help.  I do think the update is salvagable though but something must be done to balance things for an attacker of a gym.  Having extremely powerful gyms does nothing but discourage lower level and new players from playing the game.

What do you think?  Am I crazy?  Too Harsh?  What is your impression from playing in the new gyms.


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What is Attilan?


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 What is Attilan?

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Attilan can fly and move around the universe
In Marvel comics Attilan is the home city of the home city of the Inhumans.  It is a very advanced technological city that is capable of flying and moving around the universe.    The city will make its first appearance in the MCU with the show / film Inhumans that will be released in Imax theaters.  For pictures of the Attilan in the MCU scroll to the bottom of this page in the MCU section.


The Inhumans come from humans who were experimented on by the Kree aliens.  Due to their unique attachment to the Kree they have far higher amounts of technology than their human cousins.  They used this technology to create a very advanced city.  The city is capable of moving vast distances and could be thought of as a big city sized, space ship.

The city created by ancient Inhumans has been located on various places in Earth.  The Inhumans have continually move it to keep it away from humans.

Its name is derived from Alantis which at the time of its creation (7000 years ago) was the former great civilization on the planet.


Structure:
The city is large and houses multiple levels that are generally organized along with the castes of Inhuman society.
The top floor is for Inhuman royal family whose palace resides high into the skyline.  The rest of the open air level of the city contains those in the high to mid caste of the society as determined by how they changed in the terrigen mist or those who have not yet been exposed.

The lower levels are where the lower cast members reside.  These members are primarily made up of the Alpha Primitives.  This is a group who reacted poorly to the Terrigen mist and de-evolved.

The important Terrigen mist and the crystals from which it comes from are also housed within Attilan.





Location -
The city of Attilan while capable of movement has recently been residing in an area of Earth's moon called the Blue area of the Moon.  The Blue Area of the moon is an ancient city created long ago by the Kree aliens and has atmosphere.

Attilan has traveled to places on Earth at various points in history including the Himalayas and under the Pacific Ocean.  Generally, the Inhumans park the city in a remote location to avoid contact with their human cousins.    Inhumans fear both tampering with their way of life as well as disease.   While Inhumans are stronger than humans their immunities are far weaker making them very vulnerable to everyday human diseases.

There is also a fear that the lower castes of Inhuman society could rebel while seeing other ways of living.  For both of these reasons the city is often kept far away from large human population centers.

There is also a fear of humans themselves who could in their vast numbers harm the Inhumans.

While the Inhumans with their vast powers could potentially take over human kind they generally seem disinterested by this concept.  Some Kings and villains like Maximus the Mad have proposed world conquest but they are normally taken down by other Inhumans.



Intestellar Travel
Attilan has also traveled to another galaxy to the planet of Hala where the Inhumans effectively took control of the Kree Empire.
This was not a typical capability of Attilan, as it typically moved slowly around the Earth or to Earth's moon.  The vast speed at which Attlilan traveled was made possible by using older interstellar engines infused with the power of Black Bolts voice.  The voice of Black Bolt was also harnessed as a weapon that destroyed an Armada of Skrulls and Shi'ar on its route to the throne world of the Kree Empire of Hala.

Map of Attilan
 Here is a nifty map of Attilan.  Here you can see that the Palace of the Royal Family is the central and more prominent feature of the city.
The lower cast of Alpha Primitives live on a lower level of the city.

Places of Interest:
  • Palace of the Royal Family - This is where the rulers of the Inhumans reside and make decisions.
  • Terrigen Lab/Chambers (Mentioned in Realm of Kings: Inhumans #1) - Stores the Terrigen mists that is used for Terrigenesis the process that gives Inhuman's their powers.  I believe the basement portion is called the Terrigen Chambers and contains the crystals.  The Terrigen mists rise from the crystals and are stored in the Terrigen Lab.  The Terrigen Lab is also very near the Royal Palace which speaks to the chemicals importance in Inhuman Society.
  • Arena of Judgement - Place where Inhumans battle to determine right and wrong.  Similar to a Roman Colosseum.
  • Tomb/Temple/House of Randac - Where King Randac who invented Terrigesis process rests.  This is a revered and sacred place.  This is the place where King Randac first experimented on himself and other Inhumans creating the Terrigensis process.  This housed individualized chambers for Inhumans to undergo the Terrigenesis process in.  (Seen in Uncanny X-Men: First Class #1) For more on the temple see: --> What is the Temple of Randac?
  • Entrance to the Pit of the Dead - This is where the dead are lowered.  It is considered hallowed ground by the Inhumans (Mentioned in: Inhumans: The Great Refuge #1)
Not shown on Map but still important:
Weeping Tower / Tower of Wisdom- Houses monks who trained Karnac in his martial skills. (X-Men First Class #2)

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In the story of Inhumanity the city of Attilan crashes down to Earth.

MCU


The city will make its first appearance in the MCU with the show / film Inhumans that will be released in Imax theaters.

Marvel released a short teaser for the show of Inhumans that featured a structure in a dark setting with lights off in the distance.  My assumption is that this setting is part of Attilan.  Some have said they think it is from a prison cell that houses Maximus the Mad.  Maximus is a narrator of the clip so this is possible.



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What is the Planet Hulk Story


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 Planet Hulk:
Planet Hulk is one of the popular recent stories of the character Hulk.
The Storyline of Planet Hulk has been getting a lot of attention in recent days as there are rumors that the story may be featured in an upcoming Marvel Movie.  The story itself was insanely popular so that makes a lot of sense.  (Potential Spoilers below)


 

Planet Hulk
Planet Hulk is a story where Hulk is launched in a rocket to the planet of Sakaar.  Sakaar is a brutal world, ruled by a terrible Tyrant called the Red King.

The Sakaarans make the mistake of putting Hulk in their arena, which basically does nothing but make him really, really mad.  You Won't like Me When I'm Angry Rawwwwrrrr.  Yeah you can guess what happens next, Hulk proceeds to beat down everyone and their grandma on Sakaar.  The Hulk makes friends with other gladiators thrown into the arena and they begin who begin to follow him.   The Red King really had no clue of what he was dealing with.

 

 Hulk starts a Spartacus like rebellion with his fellow gladiators making up the core of his army and he is quickly joined by the rest of the enemies of the Red King.  He is seen as a messiah like savior and becomes a popular hero / leader on the world and is called the Green Scar.  Eventually, Hulk fully conquers the planet, he takes a Queen as a bride and rules the world.  He is hailed as a hero of the world but the good times do not last long.  An explosion kills his new wife.  The explosion seemed to originate from Earth and Hulk then leads a giant Sakaar warband to Earth for revenge.

 

Hulk ended up getting launched to Sakaar in the first place by a group called the Illuminati.  The Illuminati group includes the most intelligent and powerful Earth Marvel characters and they collectively believed that Hulk posed too great a threat to Earth.  They then formed the plan to launch him into space.  Unfortunately for the Illuminati their plan massively back fires as an extremely powerful, enraged Hulk returns to Earth with his own super alien army.  Hulk wants revenge on the entire planet but specifically the Illuminati.

The Illuminati members include:
Charles Xavier - Leader of X-Men, and major leader of Mutantkind
Reed Richards -Genuis leader of Fantastic 4
Black Bolt - King of the Inhumans
Namor - King of Atlantis
Tony Stark - IronMan and head of the Avengers
Doctor Strange - Sorcerer Supreme

Hulk's war against the Illuminati and the heroes of planet Earth leads directly into another  huge Hulk story line Worldwar Hulk.

 

Planet Hulk in the MCU?
Planet Hulk was at one point mentioned to be part of a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 story.  This theory was originally based off of the fact that Sakaraans appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 1 as henchmen for Ronan.  This theory was quickly dismissed by Guardians Director James Gunn.

Planet Hulk's themes however will be a major part of the third Thor film known as Thor Ragnarok.  The film combines elements from Planet Hulk along with Thor's Ragnarok story to create a wild ride for Hulk and Thor.  The film features Thor coming to planet of Sakaar where he is thrown into a gladitorial arena.  He sent up agains the champion who turns out to be the Hulk.


Rip off of Warlord of Mars?
In a lot of ways Planet Hulk is a rip off of the Warlord of Mars series which was later turned into movie John Carter.  Yes, I know John Carter really bombed at the box office.
I won't waste a lot of whining about it or talking about how awesome the original Warlord of Mars stories are,...I will simply say watch John Carter sometime, you may be surprised at how awesome it is.

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Pokemon Go Raids!


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Pokemon Gym system is now Live and with that will come Raids.

A Raid is MMO game name for a cooperative mission where a group of people work together to accomplish a task.

How will Raids work? Update 6/21/2017


Raids and new Gyms are now LIVE!!!!   An update is currently pushings its way through the game that is going to update Gyms to handle raids and a new gym set up.

Note from Niantic says:

  • Gym features significantly updated to add the all-new motivation system.
  • Added new Gym Badge feature.
  • Added in-app and push notification system for Gyms.
  • Added Raid Battles, a new cooperative gameplay experience.
  • Added four new items available only by completing Raid Battles.
  • Added Raids tab to Nearby screen.
  • Added search functionality to Pokémon collection screen.
  • Added visual indicator to unvisited PokéStops.


Here are some known details about Raids:
1) Raids are battles where a group of Trainers will join together to battle one super powerful pokemon.
2)  Up to 20 players can take on the Raid Pokemon
3) An Egg will appear above a gym with a countdown timer for when the Raid there will begin.  This will help a good amount of people know about the Raid and show up when the Raid opens.
4) The Raid pokemon will be superpowerful (A Tyranitar with 25,000 level CP is an example shown).
5) Once defeated trainers will have a chance to capture the Raid Pokemon.  However, the Raid Pokemon will not have the CP it has for the Raid.  The Raid Pokemon will have a higher chance of having good IVs however.
6) Other rewards will be given for completing a Raid including potential special new items like a Golden Berry.
7) Each trainer will get a Raid Ticket that will allow them to enter a Raid.  I think you will be eliminated to one a day.  Unless you get a special Raid ticket.

Raids are going to be NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its going to bring back a lot about what made Pokemon Go really fun in the first months it launched and frankly may even make it crazyier.

Niantic is also planning a major Pokemon Fest event in Chicago.  I am not sure if Raids will be integrated into that but I think that is likely!



Knight Foundation and Pokemon Events Update: 5/16/2017:

I have been waiting to do an update of this post for more substantial information about Raids to come out.  There have been a couple of small tid bits of information that I do think deserve  some attention.

The last update in the game included some additional tags for things like raid Pokemon and also for new type of user that would seem to be a Niantic worker who is organizing the Raid.  Niantic also has begun a partnership with Knight Foundation to do community events.  These Pokemon Events do not seem to involve the release of Legendary Pokemon or Raid yet.  What they are is that the Knight Foundation will choose a route through a city.  This route will have traffic blocked off and people will get together to walk on the route.   The routes being picked by the Knight Foundation will be selected to include various PokeStops to make it interesting for players.

What is the Knight Foundation:

You can learn about the Knight Foundation from https://knightfoundation.org/about and in their own words it is:
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.
The Knight Foundation is a charity created by former Newspaper Magnate brothers to create strong communities.  One of their goals in reading through their literature is to get people out of their homes and away from video game and tv screens.  Instead, they want to create events to showcase the beauty of a community and get people together.  When you read this goal it initially makes the Knight Foundation's partnership with a videogame company seem ironic.  However, when you consider the uniqunness of Pokemon Go and its own goals are almost identical.  Pokemon Go wants to be a game that forces people to interact with other people and engage in a new way with their community.  In effect Pokemon Go has the same goal as a group that might generally be considered anti video games.

A lot of Pokemon Go gamers have dismissed the Knight partnership as being non news.  This is really the case of not seeing the forest from the trees.  The partnership and the Raid code being built into the game all point toward something very profound.  First you have a Video Game company beginning to actively become part of non-video game events in communities.  Event Organization is a big deal, it takes its own kind of expert and this partnership is a place where Niantic can gain experience on how to do them.  The more you think about Pokemon Go's goal of having a global event that takes place in communities all over the world, the more you realize that they can not do it by themselves.  What they need are various local community group organizations that have expertise and knowledge of local areas, customs and laws.  Those groups are going to have their own questions and worries about dealing with a video game company.  The Knight Foundation is going to have to answer to its constinuents on why its supporting a video game.  I think they have a great argument here that the game can help draw people into the community like few things before it, but the reality is they will need to explain it.  Niantic had to find someone like the Knight Foundation that had the expertise, and the courage to form this kind of revolutionary partnership.  The groups across the world are going to be in a similar boat.  Those groups are going to look to the Knight Foundation for answers on whether they should deal with Niantic or not.

So while these initial walks put on by the Knight Foundation may not seem like a big deal, see them for what they are.  These pioneer first steps on a brand new road, where no one has ever walked before.  The two organizations may be just be setting out on their journey but already I see them heading toward a future where technology, community and outdoor activity are harmonized into something altogether new and different.



Original Raid Post
Something like a Raid was depicted in early Pokemon Go advertising materials.  In the initial trailer for Pokemon Go there is a depiction of a large crowd of Pokemon Go players running to Time Square.  MewTwo the infamous legendary Pokemon appears and the whole crowd appears to battle MewTwo at once.  There is a timer that is ticking down and the crowd seems just barely able to beat MewTwo before it strikes 0.  Then congratulations message appears on every one's phone that they captured the MewTwo.

The phones of all the players say Gotcha!





So far nothing in the game exists that matches that particular experience.  Users now battle separately as they battle Pokemon that have been placed in gyms.  There is no true cooperative like battles.  It has been known however that the Pokemon Go developer Niantic has had interest in staging large scale events where many people show at a given location.  The company has even hired various event managers.  What the actual look and feel of these events will be like however has been unknown.

The Niantic CEO has also mentioned that he planned for Legendary Pokemon to be released sometime in 2017.  It seems likely that a new Raid system would be attached to the release of those Legendary Pokemon.

In the last update though new code was added that appears to point toward Co Op battles that would likely occur.

Phrases in the Code:

  • “A raid is starting nearby!”
  • "just has fought hard and returned" 
  • "back after a hard battle"
  •  "fainted at the gym"
  • "forced off the gym."


Some of these phrases simply be to provide an extra level of communication to players as to what their Pokemon are doing that are placed in gyms.

The line in the code that really stands out is  “A raid is starting nearby!”. This would seem to be alert that a player would get telling them a gym nearby would be taking part in a Raid. The player would then need to go to that gym and take part in order to earn what ever Pokemon or item would be given as an award for taking part.

Now the part of Pokemon Go that could cause the most issues in this implementation is the legality of it. If a Raid warning goes off will it send people running or driving like crazy to get that location? Is their a liability created by a game that creates an incentive for that kind of behavior. My guess is that Pokemon Go could get around it by warning players a day or so in advance of a Raid and its location. This would also mean that huge crowds though will appear in places where a raid is going to take place which is going to take coordination with people all over the world.

If Raids do come to fruitiion another question is how common will they be. Will they at multiple locations in a state? Or will they only take place at a few places in the entire world becoming like augmented reality woodstock concerts with players coming from all over the world to take part.


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Who is Negan?

In the Walking Dead there have been two primary Big Bad Characters that Rick Grimes has had to face.  The first is the Governor who is now officially dead on the show, and the second one is Negan.
Sure, there are marauders, there are zombies, but nothing quite amps up the danger level like one of these two.  When they show up, major characters die, and chaos ensues.  Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Negan on the Walking Dead TV series.

There is a new Negan Graphic Novel coming out in 2017 called Walking Dead: Here's Negan.

First Appearance: The Walking Dead #100

Unedited Negan introduction clip on the Show:
Negan made his introduction of season 6 finale but in the official version he did not cuss.  There is an unedited version of the scene that has become very popular online it features Negan using his normal vernacular of Fbombs and seems to be more inline with his comic portrayal.


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There is a new Negan Graphic Novel coming out in 2017 called Walking Dead: Here's Negan.
Here's Negan will focus on the life of Negan before Walking Dead 100.  It will show how his wife died and how he came to be the megolomaniacal leader of the Saviors.

Here's Negan will be released in a Graphic Novel Format will initially be released as a hardcover with a price of $19.99.  It will come out in comic shops on Oct 4 and book stores on Oct 10.



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Bio:



Negan is the leader of a group called the Saviors. Nothing is known about him pre-apocalypse.  His group is basically a giant extortion / protection scheme.  The Saviors go to communities and say give us 50% of your resources for our Zombie Protection Services or we will kill you.  This is what Negan describes as the New World Order.

Negan is brutal and kills both enemies and his own men left and right.  He wields a baseball bat wrapped in barbwire that he named Lucille.  Lucille seems to be part of his psychosis as he talks to the bat like confidant. Negan is extremely violent a typical ritualized punishment for the Saviors is for Negan to burn/melt peoples faces using a scorching Iron.  Despite his sadism, Negan has no tolerance for sexual violence and in one comic kills a Savior for attempting to rape Holly a prisoner.  He is inconsistent on this as he does threaten numerous characters with rape (Mostly males) at other times.

Negan comes across as a bit of a meat head but is very strategic and intelligent.  His meat head, cursing attitude seems to be a bit of front as it camouflages how intelligent he really is.   He is not as cunning as the Governor but he makes up for it with a larger better armed and trained force.  He is also far more brutal.   Negan physically may be one of the most imposing characters introduced in the Walking Dead books, he seems to have no problem beating or killing any other character.

Negan also kills some main characters.  In Walking Dead #100 Negan introduces himself by killing one of the members of the Alexandria community, the person he ends up picking is...


Do you really want to know?


Spoilers...



Glenn.  That is right Glenn gets it.  One of the shows most beloved characters is taken away brutally.  Against the loud protestations of Maggie the group helplessly watches as Glenn is beaten to death by Negan.

Rick and crew are of course not very happy with Negan and quickly a very large war ensues.   Rick learned some tricks from his battles with the Governor but Negan is anything but a push over.  A brutal game of chess ensues that envelopes the story.

In the end Rick and collected network of communities defeat and capture Negan.  The remaining parts of his network are added into Rick's network.

Negan is now in a cell as the lone prisoner.   He is treated fairly and in one issue Rick even invites newcomers to the community visit him.

When Will Negan show up?

  Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been hired to play Negan.  Morgan played the Comedian in Watchmen.  It is said he will make his first appearance in the Season 6 Finale.  My guess is that this appearance will be marked with the death of a major character.

In The Comics:
 He shows up in the pivotal comic Walking Dead #100.  The Governor died in #48 so there is a large gap between these two in the comics.  It is hard to say what the show will do as there could be multiple seasons between the Governor and Negan or the show could straight in for the kill.  My guess is that a lot of the characters will live through their current predicament and will feel safe for a moment...then when nobody is ready for it the Saviors will show up.  It will be like a big Red Wedding style event and the viewers will be saying goodbye to many a character.

Entertainment Weekly asked Kirkman when Negan would show up he responded

“Well, there was a lot of breathing room in the comics between them. Whether or not we have the same amount of breathing room, or if we do cut that down a little bit and bring him into the show a little early remains to be seen. But I definitely do think there needs to be some kind of space from a Governor into a Negan. You have to have something of a break in there. So I wouldn’t expect him to be showing up — definitely not in season 4. I don’t know. I wouldn’t expect it too soon. But we are all very excited about the prospect of bringing that guy into the show. The plan is that we will see him eventually.”

Negan is coming.  Somewhere in the walking dead world he is there.  Waiting...with Lucille.

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Spider-Man breaking MCU ties after Sequel? WTF


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Amy Pascal is saying that Spider-Man may pulled back out of the MCU after the sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming.

Update 6-18-2017:  Back in the MCU?

 Amy Pascal has now made comments hinting that the Sony Marvel verse is not a thing and that the characters may all exist in the same universe after all.  The interview was done along with Kevin Fiege and seemed to be intended to save Sony's bacon after many fans (particulary Spider-Man fans have said that Sony's plans are horrible) it is also being done in the back drop of an MCU Spider-Man: Homecoming film that early reviews are lauding as the best Spider-Man film ever.

Marvel does not want the bitterness over Sony's films to spoil the MCU Spider-Man film, and it seems like they are willing to extend out their universe a little bit.  However, it is interesting because Pascal's comments do not directly say that Venom will be in the MCU.  Here is what she says:

“Both movies will now take place in the world that we are creating for Peter Parker.” Pascal explained. “They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world. And they will be connected to each other as well.”

She then gets asked if Spider-Man (Tom Holland version) will appear in any of these films.

“There’s always a chance. I think one of the things that Kevin has done with Marvel that’s so brilliant, is bringing the fans along, and making each movie feel like a chapter in a book. That you have to read that chapter in order to go forward. And I think the investment that fans get to feel in being part of a larger story and understanding what’s happening, is something that I know Sony would want to emulate.”
I think they are trying to make it sound like it will be connected.....but still it is totally seperate.  I tend to think what she means is that Sony is trying to build its own version of the MCU and that someday Spider-Man may appear in that universe after the contract with MCU is over.  Yeah Amy once again nobody cares about the Sony universe.  GIVE ME A BREAK LADY!!!!!!!

I think Kevin needs hug during this interview.  He is looking like hmmmm this is the last time I do an interview with you Amy.


Also watching this interview I am retruck immediatly by how Amy Pascal does not get it.  She seems like a complete bean counter.  Can she please move to something at Sony that has nothing to do with Spider-Man?  UG.  I actually feel bad for Kevin that he has to appear with her.  He actually looks like he is preparing to puke while listening to her.  Serious question, how do you get rid of this lady?  She is more persistent than gonoreah and twice as bad.  Alright that was mean, too mean.

Just Sony stop having dumb ideas.  Let me give you one tip.

Spider-Man characters without Spider-Man will not hold up.  You have allowed Marvel to correct your Spider-Man mistakes, please bring them in on your Venom story.



Update: 4-18-2017
Kevin Feige largely confirms the comment by Amy Pascal that there is no deal for Spider-Man to remain in the MCU beyond the Homecoming Sequel.  Effectively fans will see Tom Holland's in five MCU films.  Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man Homecoming, Infinity War, Avengers 4, and the sequel to Homecoming.  I guess one thing to think about is that when you count Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers films it is a lot of movies.  Its not a lot of films where Spider-Man is the focus though.  I don't expect Spider-Man to get much more focus in Infinity War or Avengers 4 than he did in Civil War and that is totally ok.  However, I think Spider-Man fans who want to see an MCU Spider-Man would love to see him stay in the MCU in more solo films.  My problem with it is not that Spider-Man needs the other MCU characters to show up in his movies.  He doesn't he has a ton of villains and a huge supporting cast if needed.  I just don't trust SONY to do it well.

Here is the actual comment from Feige:

Hollywood Reporter asked about the future of Spider-Man in the MCU
"After [Spider-Man] Homecoming, Infinity War, Avengers 4 and the Homecoming sequel, nothing is confirmed. That’s as far as it goes for now. We had a very particular plan about Spidey himself," said Feige in regard to whether Marvel is involved with the Silver Sable, Venom spinoff films."



Original Rant by Marvel Matt
Ok I am a Spider-Man fan like many people he was my gateway superhero into the world of comics.  Like most Spider-Man fans I loathe Amy Pascal.  I can't understand why this lady is in charge of Spider-Man.  Who the heck is she?  She doesn't understand jack about Spider-Man that is for sure. Her lack of understanding though does not seem to matter though as she is still somehow connected and in control of the webslinger's future.  She now mentioned in a recent interview that she expects for Spider-Man to leave the MCU after the Homecoming Sequel.  WHAT!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Sharpen your pitchforks and light the torches.

Ok maybe that is being overly dramatic.....'thinks about Aunt May movie'.....maybe not overly dramatic.

I can't believe this if its true its one of the biggest let downs in comic book film HISTORY.

I get that Amy Pascal has her own ideas for what she wants to do with license.  But lets face it the biggest reveal from the SONY hack is that her ideas were TERRIBLE!!!!!!!  It was not just that Marvel was a better home for Spider-Man it was also that they knew better what to do with the character.  Amy you are clueless go do something else PLEASE.




Venom and Silver Sable/Black Cat MORE BAD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!
And sorry as if that was not bad enough I just realized SONY found a different way to poop all over Spider-Man Fans.

SONY's new projects which are a Venom film and Black Cat / Silver Sable film are supposed to also occure outside of the MCU and not include Spider-Man.  Now I find the marketability of both of these films within the MCU to be questionable.  These are back up characters to Spider-Man in comics these characters have all had limited success without him.  The most success had was definitely Venom but even he has a very hit and miss solo series record.

This just strikes me as SONY really trying to abuse the Spider-Man franchise as a cash grab.  I have no doubt the reason these projects are not going to be included in the MCU is because Kevin Feige thinks they are stupid.  Kevin Feige is likely dead on.  These projects just reek of awful corporate stooges playing around where they do not belong.  I don't think SONY understands that bar in the comic book hero genre is extremely elevated.  When every major DC and Marvel character are getting a movie there is no longer room for some crappy movie about Silver Sable.  Outside of diehard Spider-Man fans I doubt anyone knows who Silver Sable is.  That is not a big market.  Figure it out already or better yet just let Marvel keep making your movies for you.

REAL QUESTION
Why does Amy Pascal have any decision making authority here at all.  She was canned from SONY and I really thought she was kept on as procedure as ceremonial deal for her to save face.  I can't imagine she would be making decisions for SONY on Spider-Man.  That said she likely does still know what the plans for Spider-Man are, which makes these comments extremely disturbing.


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