1000 a new comic by Sanford Greene


1000 is a new comic from the Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown.  Sanforde Greene has become a household name after his superb work on the recent Powerman and Iron Fist.  Greene has unique style that immediatly catches the readers eye as being something unique.  Chuck Brown himself has worked at Marvel who worked on Civil War: Choosing Sides.    1000 is going to be distributed as a digital comic through the site Line Webtoon.

Personally, I loved what Sanford did on Powerman and Iron Fist and I can't wait to see what he does here.

Bleeding Cool interviewed Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown at Megacon Orlando
You can listen to it here. The interview does not go deep at all in 1000 which is really what I want to hear about.  It does go over some personal stories of Sanford and Chuck and how they ended up on this project.  One thing, I did get out of this is that Sanford is all in on 1000.  This is his focus 100% right now so that was really interesting to hear.  I think if this property does get this focus it could really take off.

About 1000
Many people reported that 1000 is coming out but what most did not report is that Greene has been planning and working on creating 1000 for a very long time.  Sanford concieved of 1000  with a friend named Bruce Brown.  Brown unfortunetly died of cancer before the pair were able to get together to make the series.  Greene created a short graphic novel of 1000 to highlight what the series would be about that was noticed by many in 2012.  Greene attempted to get an animated version of 1000 funded through Kickstarter in 2012 however that Kickstarter failed to get enough funding.  That said it seems like a lot of the ideas and content made for the animated series will carry over to here.

Even though the kickstarter was not successful Greene obviousily never gave up on the project.  Now fast forward to 2017 and Sanford is ready to lauch 1000 through Line Webtoon.  One big difference is that now Sanford has a much bigger following from what he did on Powerman and Iron Fist.  I would be remiss to point out that Sanford's comic career extends much farther back than Powerman and Iron Fist but it really is hard for artists to hit that level where they have a "household" name.  I would say what Powerman and Iron Fist just really put a big cherry on top of a lot of great work he has done over his year.  The fact that he is doing this project with his name being so hot right now shows how important it is to him.  1000 promises to highlight his unique style and create a massive name for itself.

1000 mixes fantasy, dystopia, and science fiction to create a world where warlocks intermingle with aliens.  The main character is named Dragon Son who is a man who must perform 1000 actions of repentance before he can return to his true Dragon form.  Dragon has a motley team of special agents who attempt to protect the world and keep civilization from collapsing.

One other cool thing about 1000 is that a hip hop track will be released to go along with each chpater of the comic story.

You will be able to find 1000 on Line Webtoon later this year.  You can download the app for Line Webtoon on both Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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Who is Phyla Vell?


Who is Phyla Vell?

Phyla Vell is an artificially created offspring of Captain Marvel (Mar Vell).  She is the sister of Genis Vell.
 Mar Vell has a relationship with a being called Elysius who is an artificial construct similar to the Eternals.  Elysius then creates two artificial offspring based off of herself and Mar-Vell. These offspring are Phyla and Genis Vell.  Phyla is a fairly new character created in 2003.  She is a member of the team that stops Annilus in the Annihilation Wave Story, she also is a member of Guardians of the Galaxy in the 2008 where she takes on the powers of an avatar of Oblivion.  There was some controversy concerning her character taking over the powers of Quasar, though I actually enjoyed that story and I think people that reread it may be surprised.  Generally, I feel she is a character that has potential but has yet to find a place in the Marvel universe.

In the next series she is killed trying to kill Warlock.  She then is revealed to be alive, and escapes from Magus.  She is then killed again in the next series by Thanos.

She has various cosmic powers that include super strength, flight, cosmic awareness, energy absorption and firing energy blasts.
At one point she holds Quasar's Quantom Bands and can use their powers.
 She gained new unknown powers by becoming the avatar of Oblivion of Oblivion.
Though she has lost the Quantom Bands she still holds a Quantom Sword which is connected to the Quantom bands and can draw on their powers.


Could Skye be Phyla Vell?
It does seem that Skye has  a paternal relationship with Coulson and this relationship could be explained if he is Mar Vell and she is Phyla Vell..
Phyla Vell would have been designated an 0-8-4 (Object of unknown origin) by shield if she was found as a baby.
She would have Kree DNA and thus be in a better position to deal with the potentially Kree based serum GH 325.
The Monsters attacking the Hunan village could have been Kree aliens, hunting for new genetic construct of Phyla.
This is all possible but I think there are better options available.  Abigail Brand and Mantis feel more plausible at this point.

Phyla Vell other significance - Sexuality
Phyla Vell is one of the few gay characters in the Marvel Universe.  She has relationship with Moon Dragon who is Bi Sexual.
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Phyla Vell is killed by Magus the evil alter ego of Adam Warlock.  He teleports her sword out of her hands and uses it to kill her.
However after this death she is revealed to be alive on his space ship.

She is later then killed again by Thanos.  She is still currently considered dead.

Magus killing Phyla Vell - Temporarily :)

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I thought these two did a really good job

She even has the Quantom Sword

She needs the sword in this one

Pretty Solid

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Spider-Man Homecoming - News, Spoilers, Reviews, Pictures

Spider-Man Homecoming - News, Spoilers, Reviews, Pictures

Spider-Man Homecoming is set to be the first solo Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Spider-Man made his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War.  Kevin Feige has described his overall plan with Spider-Man to make him like the Marvel's version of Harry Potter.  Spider-Man will start out young and grow into an adult super-hero over the course of multiple films.

Release Date: July 7, 2017

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This is another great trailer for Spider-Man and I think will help make this film a massive hit.  Spider-Man really needed a shot in the arm like this.

A few things that are immediately striking about the trailer is that the youth of Peter Parker and his friends are evident.  The actors here all look and feel like real high school kids not adults.  There is a John Hughes vibe to the interactions here that I feel was very much intended.  This is also heightened with the music back ground choices.

The other aspect that feels different is the addition of Tony Stark and of course Spider-Man role in Captain America: Civil War.  In previous incarnations of Spider-Man he has been on his own island and he has not had to deal with the Avengers or other heroes coming into his play house.  In this trailer we see how these heroes existing in same world are going to change things for better and for worse.  This Spider-Man will begin his movie forary with most advanced Spider suit we have seen on film in large part due to his relationship with Tony Stark.  However, he will be equally stymied by Stark who hopes he will stay on the side lines and grow up before becoming a full fledged hero.

The main villain the Vulture is a criminal who also seems to be adjusting to the super hero phenomena by getting his own special suit.  We get our first views of the Vulture here and he is far more intimidating than what I initially expected.

There is also some cool MCU easter eggs scattered about.  One of my favorite ones is that Bruce Banner shows up in a picture along some other famous scientists.

Sneak Peak  of Spider-Man Homecoming Official Trailer 1:
Marvel released this quick teaser of a snip it of the upcoming Trailer for Spider-Man Homecoming.  This is right Marvel is now teasing the teaser which is kind of amazing in and of itself.  You know fans are going crazy for something when they want to see a preview of an upcoming preview.

Quick highlights a familiar face from the beginning of the MCU.  Tony Stark mention and oh yeah an awesome new Spider-Man suit.  


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  • Tom Holland - Peter Parker / Spider-Man
  • Robert Downey Jr - Iron Man
  • Marisa Tomei - Aunt May
  • Donald Glober - Unknown
  • Michael Keaton - Unknown - (Rumored to be Adrian Tomes aka the Vulture)
  • Zendaya - Michelle
  • Logan Marshall-Green
  • Kenneth Choi - Principal
  • Tony Revolori - Manuel
  • Hannibal Buress
  • Michael Barbieri
  • Laura Harrier
  • Abraham Attah
  • J.J. Totah
  • Martin Star


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Sir Kent Said!

@ToylabHQ got me to thinking about what would be a kick-ass way to start off the 
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING reboot. Is it me or are using the same old villains starting to get a little...stale? I mean, if you do it right, it could work but, I want to new direction. I want a newer villain or maybe, villains that truly represent the new direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Villains that, with a little creativity, can tie the universe together AND introduce a few new hero's from parallel Earth's. I would like to see MORLUN introduced into the next reboot and onto the big screen. Not just because his character would be easy to do but, he is f'BEEP'in bad ass! Don't know who he is? Well let me put some knowledge in yo’ head, muthuf'BEEP'a. 

Morlun is a vampiric being who has walked the earth for centuries. He feeds on the totems-- the core power sources of the universe. While he can feed on lesser sources such as humans and super humans, he requires a pure source to fully satiate his hunger. He and his family, The Inheritors, hailing from Earth's 3145 have traveled time and space hunting down, killing and absorbing the “Totemistic” life force of beings. Particularly Spider like totems but it can be animal, bird or insect.

They have killed nearly all the Spider-Man like hero's across all the known Earth's (Let's face it, f'Beep'in Spider-Pig needed to go anyway!). Morlun and his clan have focused on Earth 000 because of the many Spider and other animal totems to be had. 

Morlun has returned to life more than once and he has set his sights on the proud African warrior nation of Wakanda. His objective was to claim the Panther totem that was protected by the Black Panther, T’Challa. In his quest to obtain the Panther totem, Morlun swept through the kingdom of the great Man-Ape, M'Baku. He tore through their defenses like a lion through a spider’s web and then the vicious devourer consumed the mighty Man Ape, by sucking the life straight out of his body. Remember, at one point, The Black Panther had Morlun captured in am adamantium net and he tore right through that crap and kept coming!

That's impressive as f'BEEP! Now, this is what I would like to see. I would definitely like to see the first contact between Morlun and Spider-Man. Remember, if Morlun makes physical contact with you, he can find you essence WHEREVER you go! So that means he's a threat to not only you but, whoever happens to be near you when he attacks. 

I would also like to see BORA (Morlun’s sister) battle Spider-Woman and 
Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers. It would be a great introduction for Spider-Woman and a villain that 
Captain Marvel would struggle with (Since the entire family has been known to lift 20 tons BEFORE they feed! Combine that with the ability to regenerate, superhuman durability and sometimes coming back from the f'BEEP'n dead, that's a long day!). Then there are VERNA and DAMEOS. Verna just looks f BEEPin creepy and Dameos has always been considered the powerhouse of the clan.

They would be a great way to introduce a new 
Fantastic Four/Dr. Strange/ Avengers tie-in because, they are just that bad ass! Plus, since FOX has (Thankfully) pulled the plug on the next Fantastic Four movie, what else you gonna do with them? Anyway, this is just me thinking out loud but, since your such a big deal now, @ToylabHQ, you need to make this happen. After your interview with Wesley Snipes, just get on the phone with Marvel and represent!!!

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Toylab's amazing Film Critic and Blogger extraordinaire takes on the webslingers newest film entry!


Sir Kent Rating a whopping 8/10!

Michael John Douglas (born September 5, 1951), known professionally as Michael Keaton, is an American actor, producer and director. He first rose to fame for his comedic film roles in Night Shift (1982), Mr. Mom (1983), Johnny Dangerously (1984) and Beetlejuice (1988), and he earned further acclaim for his dramatic portrayal of the title character in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).


You all may be asking “Why are you starting out a review on SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING talking about Michael Keaton?” Well it makes me happy to see actors like him having this resurgence in popularity. Actors like him, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell who are all being shown love by an industry that not long ago, would have had them all but forgotten to the world of “Whatever happened to…?” It makes a guy of a “Certain Age’ like myself see other guys like that do well. Anyway, shall we being, eh? There was a lot to like but still, a few things to hate about SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING. As usual, I’m going to start with what I didn't like first.

First and foremost WHY oh WHY can’t f'BEEPin’ SONY NOT show EVERYTHING in their trailers? Much like the repeated way they have ruined The Fantastic Four and my boy Dr. Doom, they F'BEEP'ED the opening scene of this movie up too!

You know that 5 minute scene that they let you see online? Well THAT shit is the very first 5 minutes of the movie! I SO DON'T feel bad about spoiling that! As a matter of fact, I consider it to be a PSA. If you need to go piss or check your phone or make a snack run, you've got 5 whole fuckin’ minutes to do so!

THANKS for that, Sony. I will never understand WHY they even felt the need to DO that? It's not like the movie was gonna crash like GHOST IN THE SHELL. People wanted to see this one. Sony obviously hasn't wrapped their heads around that trailers have now become as big a part of the movie industry as the movie itself.

If you don't CAREFULLY market the movie and show JUST ENOUGH of the movie to tease people to make them throw money at you, you're going to F'BEEP it up! and Sony, YOU F'BEEP'ED IT UP! Much like my boy Dr. Doom. (NO! I'm NEVER letting that sh'BEEP go!)

Alright alright rant over for now.....wait.....wait........DAMN YOU SONY for F'BEEPING up my Boy DOCTOR DOOM!

Alright, I'm good now. It is all out of my system,...mostly.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) being a mature role model to Peter Parker (Tom Holland)? That makes about as much sense as me EVER being the designated driver on a Saturday night. I'm not sure who else they would have used in the movie other than Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) but, ANYBODY other than Tony! Still while not making much sense, it does add a lot to the film's fun factor. Lets just face it Robert Downey Jr can act circles around everybody else and this film gives him another chance to do just that.

Those were my two big complaints about this movie. Not only were they nearly perfect on story, casting and acting, they made a social statement that will stay with me. Michelle (Zendaya) is on a field trip with her group of nerds (F'BEEP I don't know the proper name for group of really smart high school kids.) When they get to the Washington Monument, she is asked by her teacher if she wanted to go up with everybody else. She replies “Nope. I'm not in a hurry to idolize something that was built by slaves.” The teacher turn and looks at a security officer shaking his head like “Yup muthuF'BEEP'a. Girls right.”

So she stays back and reads a book. Thats one thing about this version of Spiderman I really liked. The cultural diversity was on full display. Flash Thompson is now, not only a nerd like Parker that runs in his circles but, he's an Indian kid! The love interest for Parker was a biracial Black girl. Adrian Toomes/The Vulture is married to Garcelle Beauvais/Doris Toomes. I think this movie takes a monumental step forward in that regard.

NOW, the gist of the movie (Yes that was a PORN REFERENCE!, duck and cover fools). SPIDERMAN: HOMECOMING tells the story of 15-year-old Peter Parker in the wake of The Civil War battle. He was recruited by Tony Stark and with the exception of having his ass handed to him by Captain America, proved himself to be an incredible asset. But Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) being Tony Stark totally takes that for granted and underappreciates that and relegates him to being exactly what we know him to be. A friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Side Plot, Adrian Toomes/The Vulture (Michael Keaton) owns a heavy construction company that he has invested everything into and he has bid on and won the rights to clean up after superpowered battles. That is UNTIL SHEILD, on behalf of Tony Stark, step in and take it all away from him and his team. They use a room full of lawyers and state that because of the alien technology that's involved and it's unknown and potentially volatile nature, it is not safe for a civilian company to handle. So SHIELD would be taking over. You get where they are coming from but, Toomes has done everything right and rightfully pissed off.

He filed the proper paperwork, won bids EVERYTHING and y'all just gonna step in and ass rape him like his first night in prison?!?! WHAT THE FLYING MONKEY SH'BEEP?!?! You kinda feel for Toomes because this means that his company and his family are now essential broke and niether SHIELD nor Stark even TRY to give him back his money! Thus, a villain is born.

Flash forward 3-6 months into the film and Parker is STILL being made to feel like a side-bitch by Tony Stark. He still has to go through Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) to even TRY and get to Tony and Happy ain't letting that sh'BEEP happen! So he does what every 15-year-old kid with superpowers does...HE F'BEEPS UP! People tend to forget, there is no “How to be a superhero’ manual". If you're not the child of a superhero, most of this sh'BEEP is straight OTJT (On The Job Training) and add to that the fact that he’s only 15, he makes a lot of mistakes. Including webbing up a guy trying to break into his own car PLUS trying to figure out how to balance his normal life with being a street level superhero. You know that good old standard bread and butter Spider-Man schtick.

Some of the pressure is taken off by the fact that his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) now knows who he is. He tends to make him crazy with all the questions but it's nice having someone he can vent to. In the midst of all of this, a rash of robberies being committed using high-tech weapons that no one has ever seen before and are incredibly powerful and dangerous. As Spider Man finds out one night when he stops a group of them from breaking into an ATM. One of the robbers gets off a shot that destroys the storefront of a corner store that is very close to Peter's home and he uses all the time. THIS is why street level heroes like Spider Man, Luke Cage, DareDevil, The Punisher and Jessica Jones are so important. They realize what is being destroyed around them in these battles and have a real interest in trying to protect things like homes and businesses.

Spider-Man realizes that these alien technology weapons if left unchecked could grow to be a global threat. Spider Man TRIES to tell Ironman but is totally blown off. So, he tries to handle it himself. I wanted to mention something that Sony did VERY well. How they took a D-List villain AT BEST and made him a muthuf'BEEPin’ BAD ASS! The Exoskeleton Wing Suit that Toomes uses as The Vulture was a super impressive piece of tech. It was visual eye candy on film and made him absolutely terrifying.

Not only did it tend to act more like a partner than just a tool at times in the movie, its abilities were more impressive than the updated wings of The Falcon in Civil War. The wings were strong enough to smash through rebar reinforced support beams without a scratch. The retractable talons that ran down the legs of the suit has enough power to puncture through solid steel cases and the wings themselves had enough lift and thrust to carry at least a 1000 pounds. Not to mention, when Toomes stepped out of it and it was just resting in its stand on its launchpad, it kinda looked like a vulture. Just waiting for someone to die and be consumed. Totally a freaky vibe that is great for a villian.

It was VERY cool seeing Toomes figure out that Peter is Spider Man just through a conversation with him and his daughter on their way to the homecoming dance. The scene in the car I can safely say kinda made me think of the diner scene between Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in HEAT (1995). Toomes pulls a sidearm on Parker after his daughter goes into the dance. He ask Parker if his daughter knows that he's really Spider Man? Of course Parker tries to lie.

This is when my tactical mind kicks in. You're trapped in a car with a man and a sidearm. Yes, you are faster and stronger than him but, there's no room to maneuver. If this goes to F'BEEPsville, you may not survive the ride. So just answer his questions.

Toomes tries to explain to Parker that everything he has done, he has done for his family, for his employees. If you (Parker) were older, you would see that it's NOT JUST BLACK AND WHITE sometimes! Sometimes, in order to support the ones you love, you have to do things that you don't like. He goes on to say that tonight will be his last job. With this haul, he can F'BEEP Stark REAL good and set him and his crew up for good in the weapons market.

He tells Peter that he can even walk away from it. He is willing to let Parker walk because he did save his daughter at the Washington Monument. But if he interferes with this last job, he will kill everybody he ever loved. Once AGAIN, I am TORN! I mean, HE WAS F'BEEP'ED HARD by Stark!

What do you do with this if you are Peter. If this is his last job and if Peter is in love with his daughter. Would you just turn a blind eye…? THIS is why people identify with Spiderman so much. His naivety is charming and makes us question ourselves. OF COURSE he's going to try and stop him! Hot daughter or not.

Ironman or not. I can't give this movie a solid 10 like I did #WONDERWOMAN but I will DEFINITELY give it an 8 out if 10 and confess, when it comes out, I am totally buying it in 4k!

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A tale of two Fests - GoFest vs PanicFest

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There is what is, what was meant to be and what was.  There are many stories, many perceptions coming out of Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago.

Update: Profit and Lawsuits
The hijinx of GoFest have now culminated into two different things.  On one hand the company has begun raking in money hand over fist making over 5 million dollars on multiple days during the Legendary Raids.  
The other thing that has happened is that a lawsuit is forming.  While I don't think everyone should have a claim against Niantic I do think the people that traveled internationally and had their expectations crushed may deserve more than what was provided by the game developer.  It seems some fans are pursuing legal action and are suing Niantic.  Polygon reports that:

“Chicago-based attorney Thomas Zimmerman said he was contacted by Jonathan Norton, a California local who traveled to the area for the event. Since then, Zimmerman told Polygon that “20 or 30” others have joined the class-action suit.”

Its hard to guage how far this will go.  20-30 people is not too large and the company as we have previousily stated is pulling in a lot of money from the Legendary Raids.  I would not be surprised if Niantic quickly settled just to make the this and the bad publicity from GoFest go away.

Original Post: Pokemon Go Fest was meant to be a crowning achievement of the revolutionary game Pokemon Go.  Thousands of players were meant to congregate in a set up location for the reveal of Legendary Pokemon and play with each other.  While other players around the world helped in various ways and recieved rewards of their own.  This was trully designed to be a global party, a global event on a scale no other game has concieved of much less attempted to pull off. 

However, much like the Titantic for all its promise, was not able to voyage safely over the frigid waters of reality, the event hit an iceberg and quickly sunk.  In this case the Iceberg was the fact that the cellular networks were unable to handle the highly densified crowd bombarding their local towers.  Only Sprint sent extra network support on wheels.  Leaving players on the other networks with no ability to play the game.

The event planners had no back up plan.  There were not other activities for the players to do, the plan was for them to play the game.  Now there was a massive crowd in the hot sun, with nothing to do and that crowd quickly turned angry and even a bit mobbish.  The crowd control of the event from the git go was reported as being spotty with long wait times to enter a park.  The park itself was described as being far too small for the crowd.  Fans reported hour long waits to enter and over 20 minute lines to leave.

The CEO of Niantic came on stage to talk to the crowd in what should have been a moment for him to bask in the achievement of his compnay and to be wowed by his hardcore fans glowing adoration but he was instead quickly booed off the stage.  While good news did come out of the event as some managed to connect and catch the legendary Pokemon, so to did streams of negative tweets.  Many international fans who had spent thousands to attend the event were extremely frusterated.

The event planners extended the radius of the event out past the boundaries of the park, and this did begin to ease some of the players technical issues.

First here is the official word from Niantic after the event:
First through a spokesperson to a group of press:
“Obviously they can’t completely make it up to all the people who have come out to Chicago today, but they want to extend the fact that they’re extremely apologetic and unhappy with the process and the results,”...“So hopefully this is something that we will never see replicated again, learn from this and move on.”
“Just know that the staff here are pretty horrified with the results, so they want to make good as fast as possible,”

Some tweets from Pokemon Go fest that help tell the tale of what was!  You can see positive stories of people meeting up, of legendary raids that did work, and you can also see the frustation of fans who failed to connect and take part in the event.

The culmination of all the angst was the CEO of Niantic getting booed off the stage. Not a glorious moment.

Where do we go from here?  Obviousily the big issue is that cellular infrastructure needs to be greatly boosted in an area before one of these events occures again.   The question remains if the network carriers are willing to partner and cooperate with a game to do this.  If they won't play ball then game will need to greatly rethink its strategy of having all players in a single location.

In hindsight, having been in the events business I think a lot of should have been foreseeable.  Hiring a few event people does not transform a video game company into a big event planner.  The size of this event is also mind boggling, and has a technical aspect that no other event in history has had.  While Niantic's plan were bold, they may have been too bold.  They may need to redesign these events to a scale that they can handle.  What could have been the game's crowning achievement, has now become a major embarrasement and instead of drawing in new players, the game is now getting waves of critism.

That said Legendary Raids are now occuring everywhere and I hope to catch my own one soon.  That's right I did not play Pokemon Go yesterday instead I went fishing and caught a few trout, it was awesome.  It was in some sense what Pokemon Go hopes to mimmic, beautiful scenery, commraderie and interaction with nature.  The game just is not there yet.  After this weekend there is an open question if it will ever be.

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This is how we originally described Go Fest before it occured.

Legendary Raids will debut in Pokemon Go.  There will be a new type of Raid Pass called a Legendary Raid pass.

On July 23, Pokemon Go players will be congregating in Chicago for Pokemon Go Fest. At Pokemon Go Fest the players will be able to take part in the first Legendary Raid.  The players there will need to complete various challenges.  From what I have heard the players there will need to catch a certain amount of Pokemon that day to qualify for the Legendary Raid.  Then if players in Chicago manage to catch the Legendary Pokemon that same Legendary Raid will begin appearing throughout local gyms across the world.

Niantic is trying to balance the hardcore players going to Chicago with everyone else.  Thus challenges throughout the world will exist that day that will help out the players in GoFest.  In turn if the players at GoFest are successful there will be rewards for everyone throughout the world.  Instead, of making one group have an advantage the developers are trying to create a symbiotic / team base relationship.

I have never seen an attempt to do anything like this with any game, EVER.  This really is historical even if you are not a Pokemon Go fan you have to sit back and smile.

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Funko Spider-Man Homecoming Figures

Funko Pop! is hitting the market place with a ton of Spider-Man: Homecoming Funko Pop! figures however the trick with these is that many will be exclusive to a given retailer meaning you might have to travel around to find the one you want.

The figures can be found at Hot Topic, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Gamestop.

My person favorites of these are the double figure packages that are at Target and Best Buy.  The one double figure package at Target features Iron Man and Spider-Man in his suit with mask. The Target Spider-Man is in a crouching pose.  The Best Buy features a Spider-Man in mask figure with a Peter Parker in street clothes figure.  I really debating between those two and I might be leaning toward the Target one just due to not owning an Iron Man funko yet. These are all pretty cool though and I am sure Spider-Man fans will be going out and snapping them up.

The Vulture at Gamestop is also pretty cool I think it is supposed to glow.  The Vulture figures so far from both Funko and Legends have really impressed me.  The other Vulture figure that is not exclusive does not glow and has more muted colors you can see it in the picture up above.

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Alex Ross's Captain America #695 Marvel Legacey cover is the Tits

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Alex Ross's Captain America #695 Marvel Legacey cover is the tits

Alex Ross made a beautiful Captain America painting that will be made into a Lenticular cover used for Captain America #695.  This comic is interesting in that it clearly sees Captain America making a return back to his old uniform and hopefully ways.

Alex Ross is one of the top Cover artists in the business right now and is often set to doing the most important comic covers at Marvel.  The fact that he is being tasked with this one means that Marvel is very much highlighting this particular book.  Ross does draw his covers, but paints them.  Each of his works is much like a complete painting.

The comic will be part of Marvel's overall story of Legacy that features a wide variety of new covers, based off of old Iconic Covers and a return to traditional numbering.  The particular cover that the 695 is based off of is John Romita Jr and Bob Layton's 1979 cover for Iron Man #126.  This was a great cover to choose in my opinion because of the side panel that had Iron Man putting on his suit to defend himself.  In the new cover this takes on new emotional meaning with Captain America putting back on his iconic suit to no doubt attempt to redeem himself.  Despite being only a few small panels it packs a lot of emotion punch.

The new cover has the script on the bottom:
"Back in the fight, Captain America battles to regain the support of a NATION!"
The original Iron Man cover said in that space:
Framed for Murder, Iron Man Fights back --Against the man called HAMMER!" 

One of my favorite Marvel writers Mark Waid takes over the Captain America title and I hope does something amazing with it.

There are a lot of interesting covers in the Marvel Legacy release but so far this one is tops for me.

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Peggy Carter scene reveals GH325 and Kree connection

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Update July 27, 2017 - With the news that Captain Marvel is being in the 1990s and will feature Nick Fury, the Skrulls and the Kree Skrull War this post on the Kree Corpse in Agents of SHIELD takes on new meaning.

Some food for thought to consider:

Peggy Carter would likely be in her prime as a spy in the 1990s when the Captain Marvel is being depicted.  She would also be one of the only people to know something about the Kree in that she is the one who rounded up the Kree artifacts as depicted in Agents of SHIELD S2 episode 1.  Fury who  would be a younger agent in the 90s but may either be sent by Peggy or have to seek Peggy out to learn about the Kree.

If Fury knew about the Kree Skrull War then he likely knew exactly what the corpse was used to create GH 325 the serum that brought Coulson back to life.

It also seems likely that Fury knows what the group is that housed the body and created the serum.  This group is very mysterious and the only facts we have about them are that they are not SHIELD or Hydra and that they came into possession of the Kree body that had previousily been housed by the SSR.  I have long thought that this group is SWORD, and also think that they could be revealed in Agents of SHIELD Season 5 or in Captain Marvel.

If the Kree corpse remains one of the primary artifacts about the Kree it seems likely in the event of an alien attack that Fury or SHIELD would be asked to revisit.  This could lead to a tie in between Peggy Carter / Agents of SHIELD and the film Captain Marvel.

A variety of Kree characters could be depicted in the film.  Korath, Ronan would still be alive and so would be possibilities.  The characters Doctor Minerva, Captain Atlas, the Supreme Intelligence, and Supremor are also all possibilities.

Could an artifact taken by Peggy also lead to Carol Danvers getting her powers years later.  The Negabands?

The Blue Corpse in Agents of SHIELD
I have now re watched the premiere of Agents of SHIELD Season 2 and caught something hiding.  In the scene with Peggy Carter there is a crate.  Dum Dum Dugan is lifting the lid but Peggy quickly puts her hand down covering it.  What is inside the crate?

If you pause it you can clearly see a blue body.   Very similar if not identical to the blue corpse used to create the serum that brought Coulson back to life. In fact the markings on the arm of the body really look identical.  I have long believed the body to be a Kree alien and I think we may soon find out.

Likely the same body? Arm mark looks the same

Also interesting is that the 084 now in possession of the Absorbing Man has similar markings to those that Coulson and Garrett were etching.  This 084 seems like it could be connected in some fashion to the Kree.   I even wonder if they could somehow tie into the Kree Nega bands that give Quasar his power.  This Obelisk is later revealed to something that a device used for Terregensis to make Inhumans.

It is interesting now to think that Hydra initially had the blue corpse, what ever it ends up being as well as other devices that likely came with it.  It is still not clear what happens to all of this stuff after Peggy Carter marks it with an S.S.R.  While the S.S.R. sounds like a pre-SHIELD organization the blue body ends up in a non-SHIELD facility could the SSR actually become a separate organization known only to the Director of SHIELD?

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New Marvel RPG coming from Aftershock Studios

A new mobile Marvel game has been announced that sounds pretty unique.  The game is being described as a RPG which there have not been very many of in the Super Hero Space.  That alone makes the game intriguing.  Another thing that is interesting is that the game is being developed by Aftershock Studios who is owned by Foxnet......Who is owned by Fox.  So this is a sign of Marvel and Fox working together.  While it would be easy to brush that under the rug, the reality is that there are many mobile game designers and Marvel here has specifically selected one that is owned by Fox.

Speaking about the Partnership between FoxNext Games and Marvel the FoxNext Games President Aaron Loeb is quoted as saying:
To team up with Marvel on our first game at FoxNext Games is a dream partnership."
That is very nice wording that you don't always see used between Fox and Marvel.  Now I may be dreaming here but I do see moments like these as signs that the companies could be agreeing toward a larger unification of their licenses into a united Marvel Universe, a theory I like to call Marvel One theory.  Add this news to the list of other signs that companys are starting to play nice with eachother.

While details of the game itself are few it does sound like a cool concept and well worth tracking.

Comic site Newsarama had an interview with Marvel's Senior VP of games Jay Ong who was quoted as saying:

“Aftershock is creating something special and we are thrilled to finally announce this news,”... “The game will be the full package: an exciting storyline, epic moments with Marvel super heroes and super villains, and incredible visuals that truly bring our characters to life. It’s shaping up to be one of our biggest and boldest projects in our mobile portfolio, and we know it will exceed our fans’ expectations.”

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More about Aftershock and Foxnet from the Aftershock site.  The Aftershock site did not have any information about the new Marvel RPG game but it does have a lot of information about the companies and previous games they have worked on.

This is Aftershock

Aftershock is a world-class gaming studio under FoxNext Games. Aftershock is best known for creating mobile games based on many of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including Star Wars and The Hobbit. The studio has a number of projects in development that will showcase its strength in creating immersive experiences for the biggest entertainment brands, including the work they are currently doing creating a massively multiplayer mobile strategy game for James Cameron’s AVATAR franchise, in partnership with Lightstorm Entertainment.

Aftershock's leadership team, spearheaded by Aaron Loeb as President of Studios for FoxNext Games, is unparalleled in the industry, with executives from some of the best companies in entertainment, games, and media spaces. Aftershock’s Publishing team has collectively launched more than a dozen games. Together, the teams have a long history of working on iconic entertainment franchises and have supported six games that have each grossed more than $100 million in their lifetimes such as Marvel Contest of Champions, The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, and the Kingdoms of Camelot and Dragons of Atlantis franchise games.

Aftershock’s creative game teams include: the Los Angeles Studio, who is currently developing the mobile game for James Cameron’s AVATAR franchise and other unannounced projects; and the San Francisco RPG Studio, winner of two App Store Editors’ Choice awards for Star Wars: Uprising and Spirit Lords.

Aftershock earlier this year was spun off from Kabam, one of the fastest growing game developers in the world, when Kabam was acquired by South Korean gaming company NetMarble.

About FoxNext

FoxNext is driving immersive, next generation entertainment experiences in the areas of virtual and augmented reality, mobile, console/pc games and location-based entertainment across Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox Networks Group. The division consists of FoxNext Games, FoxNext Destinations and FoxNext VR Studio. Fox has a successful track record identifying exceptional games and publishing partners across the mobile and console/PC space, such as Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards, The Simpsons Tapped Out, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, Futurama: Game of Drones, Ice Age Adventures, Sugar Smash: Book of Life and Alien: Isolation. FoxNext VR Studio will oversee VR experiences, such as the already announced ALIEN and PLANET OF THE APES productions, and work to commercialize Fox’s overarching VR strategy. FoxNext Destinations will oversee the company’s location-based entertainment business including the development of the 20th Century Fox World theme park in Malaysia.

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First look at Eternity from Valiant

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Eternity is on its way.

Matt Kindt has done an excelent job with XO-Manowar (I have been eating that series up!).  He is now turning toward what could be considered an even more ambitious project in Eternity.

The powerful lost cosmonaut Divinity now heads deeper into the space and finds a new realm of Eternity.  The world he finds is pretty out there, and this is Valiant really building up its own cosmic lore.  Pretty typical from Valiant is their awesome art.  Its almost hard to keep mentioning it as I just run out of adjectives for awesome.  I do think I would through out that a lot of the artwork looks Kirbyesque for those versed in the ways of Jack Kirby that statement likely carries some punch.

This is another limited series by Valiant and once again the company is making preordering the series the way to go.  They through in a ton of extras to make it extra enticing and this also ensures that you can find these books.  A lot of time Valiant books disapear Quick!  See the press release below for more details.

Posted on July 13, 2017 by The Valiant Voice

Beyond DIVINITY… Beyond the Valiant Universe… Valiant’s Next Prestige-Format Epic Pushes the Boundaries of Comic Book Storytelling Farther Than Ever Before

As revealed today at SyFy Wire, Valiant is proud to present the first look inside ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of A VISIONARY NEW SERIES coming from the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis)! On October 25th, a brand-new expedition into the unknown awaits… Beyond time… Beyond space… And beyond reality itself! At the farthest edge of all that is… Eternity awaits!

This fall, in the sold-out, critically acclaimed footsteps of DIVINITY, DIVINITY II, and DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE, two of Valiant’s most formidable creative minds unveil a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleash a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths… Jump into the year’s most astonishing journey as Abram Adams, the lost cosmonaut known as Divinity, travels beyond the borders of the Valiant Universe to explore the most distant frontier of imagination…to a realm only known as Eternity…

“It’s going to be as big and crazy as we can make it – BUT – with purpose,” series writer Matt Kindt told SyFy Wire. “There are real characters with real heart in this thing, and it’s not weird for weirdness’ sake. There is method and meaning to all of the madness and a sort of larger idea… The themes of fiction and stories and how they impact our thoughts and life decisions – all of that ends up being played out on a large psychedelic canvas in this series. It’s what everything has been building to for the last couple of years.”

On October 25th, go beyond the bounds and into Eternity itself as Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine witness the cosmic ignition of a fantastic new plane! A new pantheon of good and evil awaits, only in ETERNITY #1 (of 4) – featuring transcendent covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic (FAITH), Tom Muller (DIVINITY), Trevor Hairsine (Ultimate Six), Matt Kindt (Dept. H) and Felipe Massafera (Shaper)!

PLUS: Reserve your copies of Valiant’s visionary new adventure with the ETERNITY #1–4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – spanning all four issues of the must-read VALIANT PRESTIGE format limited series! Released monthly from October 2017 through January 2018, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind the- scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues – plus an exclusive cover by interior artist Trevor Hairsine that can’t be found anywhere else!

The only way to obtain these exclusive items is to pre-order all four issues with your local comic shop by the initial order date of August 24th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

ETERNITY #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Wraparound Variant by FELIPE MASSAFERA
Blank Cover Also Available
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale OCTOBER 25th (FOC – 10/2/17)

Written by MATT KINDT
$3.99 each [4 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 on sale OCTOBER 25th (IOD – 8/24/17)

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