Hela cosplay by Belle Chere

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How about a Thor themed cosplay!

Hela is going to be the main villain in the upcoming Thor Ragnarok where she will be played by actress Cate Blanchett.  The feared Norse Queen of the dead will be the most powerful villain that Thor has faced so far.

I think she has great potential to be a hit on the big screen.

Belle Chere had this cosplay at Denver Comic Con as the Asgardian goddess of death Hela.  I think she knocked it out of the park.  She immediately caught my eye walking around there.  I was like who on Earth is that.  It was a cool character choice and extremely well done.  She also did this before the character was announced as the main villain in Thor Ragnarok which I think makes it even cooler.

I think what really makes the cosplay is getting those body green details and of course the massive Hela headdress.

Photographs below by Nerd Caliber.

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Who is Thor?
Thor is Marvel hero pulled out of Norse Mythology.  The Marvel Thor is very similar to his folklore countpart but in Marvel he interacts with super heroes.  Thor also brings parts of his mythology to the Marvel Universe such as his home Asgard, father Odin, and villainous brother Loki.  While in folklore terms Thor is considered a god, in Marvel he tends to be depicted more as an inter-dimensional alien with great powers.

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Who is X-O Manowar? (Valiant Comics)

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Who is X-O Manowar?

X-O Manowar is one of the original Valiant characters and has been part of the Valiant universe in all of its iterations. X-O Manowar also starred in video game alongside Iron Man.  Actor  Derek Theler will play X-O Manowar in the live action web series Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.

Real Name: Aric of Dacia

Alias: X-O Manowar

First Appearance: X-O Manowar #1 (1992)

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Aric of Dacia is a Visigoth in line to be king.  During his early life the Visigoth are in constant war with Roman Empire who are attempting to oppress them.  Aric grew up constantly fighting in battle against a larger and more organized enemy.  One day another enemy appeared that was far worse than the Roman empire.  An alien race called the Vine came to earth seeking slaves.  They abducted Aric and numerous other Visigoth and brought them deep into space where they could not escape. 

For years Aric and the other Visigoth slaves labored on the Vine colony ship.  Aric saw an opportunity to gain his freedom and led a massive revolt against the vine.  During the revolt Aric breached a Vine temple where he found the most powerful weapon of the Vine called Shanhara.  Shanhara was special, sentient suit of high tech X-O Manowar armor.  The Vine had been unable to use the armor because anyone who attempted to join it was killed in the process.  However, Aric joined with X-O Manowar and mysteriously survived the joining process.  He then turned the highly powerful Armor against the Vine but did not fully understand the power he controlled.  He killed many Vine but when the Vine countered many of his own Visigoth people were killed.  Aric still manages to use the armor to escape and heads toward Earth.

To Aric's horror Earth has greatly changed since the time he left.  Due to time dilation 1,600 years have passed and everyone that Aric once new is long dead.  Instead of facing the new modern world Aric hid for a time in the Peruvian jungle.  The Vine quickly tracked Aric back to Earth and began to derive a plan to retrieve the X-O Manowar armor.  The armor was considered to be a holy relic that was prophesized to be used by the greatest champion of the Vine and they could not allow it to fall out of their hands.  They also did not want the full Vine empire to know that the armor had been stolen so instead of sending a full army the Vine send secretive agents that were genetically altered to appear like human beings.  These agents were called "plantings" and they burrowed themselves into various goverment agencies across Earth including Britains M1-6.

The plantings in M16 sent the hero Ninjak on a mission to kill Aric and return with the X-O Manowar armor.  During the skirmish between the two Aric manages to convince Ninjak of the Vine's presence on Earth and especially within M1-6.  The heroes join forces and destroy the Vine's secret base in M1-6.

The Vine see the loss of one of their main operations on Earth and decide that the only way to retrieve the armor is to mount a full invasion of Earth.  The Vine send an Armada after Earth but it is destroyed Aric in the X-O Manowar armor.  Aric decides then to take the battle to Vine and takes a Vine ship and invades the Vine home world of Loam freeing thousands of slaves.  On Loam, Aric finds many people related to the Visigoths who had been enslaved with Aric many years earlier.  Aric establishes himself the leader of a new Visigoth tribe.

Aric finds new purpose and meaning to his life by being a leader of the Visigoth's but realizes he must find them a home.  He decides they should return to their original homeland which was in Romania.  The sudden appearance of a Visigoth army led by a barbarian in a ultra powerful suit causes great alarm in Russia who is close to Romania.  Russia begins trying to attack the Visigoth's but these are thwarted by Aric and his X-O Manowar armor.   However, Aric then faces a threat unlike any other he has faced the super hero team of Unity.  Unity easily defeats Aric when Livewire takes over his suit.
Aric is brought into custody of the United States Military Reconnaissance Outpost a shadowy government organization designed to engage with alien threats.  In exchange for asylum of his people Aric agrees to work as an agent for M.E.R.O.  He is also given back his X-O Manowar armor.

Powers and Skills:

Aric himself has no real powers but is top condition and a very able warrior, tactician and commander.  Aric is one of the few people shown to be able surviving a joining with X-O Manowar Armor.

The X-O Manowar Armor is extremely powerful and has the following powers and capabilities:

  • Immortality - Slowed Aging
  • Super Strength
  • Super Speed
  • Super Reflexes
  • Super Durability near Invulnerability
  • Increased healing/ regnerative capabilities
  • Flight - Including space flight
  • Survival in extreme environments - Under water, Space
  • Energy manipulation
  • Matter manipulation - can create constructs
  • Energy blasts
  • Scan Cloaking
  • Energy Absorption
  • Technopathy - Ability to understand and control other machines
  • Omnilinguism - Ability to speak all languages
  • Sensors 
  • Variety of Missiles
  • Teleportation
  • ESP - Ability to read thoughts of others


Actor  Derek Theler will play X-O Manowar in the live action web series Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe.

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Flight of the Navigator remake in the works

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Hollywood reporter just reported that Disney is planning on remaking the film Flight of the Navigator.

In 1986 an alien space ship named Max took the world by storm,  The Flight of the Navigator is about a boy named Joey (Played by David Freeman) who is abducted by alien space ship taken across the universe and returned 8 years later.  The space ship crashes and immediatly various government entities begin taking interest in the boy who has not aged and seems connected to the alien craft.  The government finds that the boy has returned with an immense amount of information about galaxy maps that are outside of human knowledge hidden in his subconsious.  The boy is contacted by the ship and the two take off and fly around the world on an adventure to escape the government.  The ship's sentient first mate Max and the boy become friends.

The original film did ok making $18 million dollars off a $9 million dollar budget.  The film has an 81% rating on rotten tomatoes.

On September 2017 Lionsgate and Jim Henson Company announced a reboot of the Flight of the Navigator.  The film has entered a pre production with Joe Henderson from the TV show Lucifer.

There was previous talk of a reboot by Disney but this film never materialized.
A new film is began to take shape in 2009 when it was reported by Hollywood Reporter that  Disney was seeking to produce the new film with Brad Copeland writing a script.  David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman signed on as producers.  Disney then in 2012 signed on director Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to rewrite the script.  Since that time Trevorrow  went on to direct the film Jurassic world.  It is unclear if this script is being used in the new 2017 film.

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For its time Flight of the Navigator had very high level special effects.

Who is Elektra?


Who is Elektra?

Elektra is a character in Marvel universe who has been portrayed as both a villain and anti-hero.

Elektra began as a villain and love interest of the Marvel hero Daredevil.  She has grown in popularity appeared in numerous titles and two movies. Her full name is Elektra Natchios but is known by her first name. Elodie Yung will play Elektra in season 2 of the Daredevil Netflix series.
Elektra was played by Jennifer Gardner in the film Daredevil as well as the follow up picture Elektra.  Neither film was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Frank Miller created and ironically killed off Elektra during his famous run on Daredevil.  He has asked for the character not to be brought back or used.  Marvel obeyed this wish for a time keeping the character dead for many years however has since resurrected the character.

First Appearance:  Daredevil #168

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Elektra and Stick

Elektra's mother is killed by assassin as she is born.   She is raised by her well to do father Hugo Natchios along with her older brother.  As a child she is attacked by assassins and this time they are killed by her brother who is a martial artist.   Her Father decides that Elektra must learn to defend herself and places her in intensive martial arts.

The family moves to NY when her father lands an ambassador position.   Elektra goes to college in NY and begins dating fellow student Matthew Murdoch.  Unknown to her Matthew moonlights as the street crime fighter known as Daredevil.

Her life is sent into turmoil when her father is assassinated.  Not wanting to be prey Elektra leaves New York and seeks out one of the greatest martial artists a blind man known as Stick.  Stick runs a group called the Chaste who use martial arts but are effectively non violent.  Stick sees a darkness inside Elektra but agrees to train her.  He hopes he can remove the darkness from her person.  He succeeds in making a stronger martial artist but fails in making her a better person.  She leaves the Chaste to find darker and more violent martial arts trainers.

 Elektra initially joins up with a group of Ninja called the Hand.  They train her into one of their best operatives.  However, when leaves the group to become a solo mercenary the Hand want her dead.

 She becomes one of the assassins of the Kingpin.  She battles Bullseye to decide who will become the Kingpin's primary assassin and he kills her (Daredevil #181).

Elektra remained dead for a quite awhile.  It is said that Frank Miller the creator and writer of the Daredevil series never wanted her to come back.  She has now came back numerous times however.

Elektra died again in the New Avengers series and this time her body reverted into the form of Skrull.  This was the revelation that reveals that Skrulls are on Earth posing as Earth heroes.



Elodie Yung will play Elektra in season 2 of the Daredevil Netflix series.   Elodie had previously played the ninja Jinx in G.I. Joe Retaliation.  Elektra was played by Jennifer Gardner in the Fox film's of Daredevil and Elektra.

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Elektra is revealed to have been both an old college fling of Matthew Murdock's as well as another protege of Stick.  Stick had used Elektra's relationship with Matt as a means of trying to make Matt more violent and willing to kill to prepare him for the oncoming war with the Hand.

Elektra is revealed to have been a Black Sky child that had been rescued by Stick as a child.  He trained the child even though she was revealed to have terrible killing capacity.  Elektra is sought out to be controlled by the Hand but in the end she betrays them to help Matt whom she loves.  She is killed by the Hand but her body is revealed to have been placed in a stone chamber in order to be returned to life.

Elektra is returned to life by the Hand as a special project of the leader of the Hand Alexandra.  The other 4 leaders of the Hand are skeptical of the resources used on Elektra.  In order to bring her back to life the last of the Hand's resurrection chemical was used.  The Hand then needed to reagain access to Kun Lun where its founding members came from in order to get more of the chemical.   The founding members of the Hand desired to live forever but were long ago denied access to Kun Lun by the leaders of Kun Lun.
Elektra helps the Hand assassinate various members of the Chaste organization.  However, when confronted by Daredevil she hesitates to kill him.  She begins to remember her past life and begins to feel used by the Hand.  Elektra kills Alexandra and tells the other founding members that she is now in charge of the Hand Organization.  They grudgingly accept her leadership but are clearly worried about the new direction of the group.

The Hand successfully regain access to a dragon from Kun Lun and begin harvesting it for the chemical that grants them resurrection.  While they are doing this the Defenders assault them and blow up the building above site ontop of them.

Elektra and Matthew Murdock are seemingly killed and buried in the explosion.  Matthew is revealed to be alive in a covenant.  Elektra's whereabouts and status have not been revealed.


The Gifted - Fox's Mutant Show is Incoming

The Gifted is a show set in Fox's mutantverse that will focus on a group of young mutants on the run from authorities.  The show is meant to have aspects of a family drama and adventure.  Fox brought in their big guns for the show with writing by Burn Notice's Matt Nix and it is directed by Bryan Singer.

Cast and Character
  • Amy Acker - Kate Strucker
  • Natalia Alyn Lind - Lauren Strucker
  • Garret Dillahunt - Dr Roderick Campbell
  • Jermaine Rivers- Shatters
  • Emma Dumont - Lorna Dane aka Polaris
  • Hayley Lovitt - Sage
  • Percy Hynes White - Andy Strucker
  • Stephen Moyer- Reed Strucker
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The first 6 minutes of the Gifted have been released as a preview.  You can see it below:

Official Synoposis:
“Action-adventure family drama The Gifted, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), directed by Bryan Singer (the X-Men franchise).”

Family adventure series “The Gifted”, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”).

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There is something about naming the show "Gifted" that makes me think Low Key comic show.   By not highlighting any of the characters names, no costumes, its a queit comic book movie.  It reminds of the 90s when comic book films were still dorky.  This is only hieghtened by the fact of its attachment to Bryan "No Costumes Ever" Singer.  That said it says something when film power houses like Singer take the time to work on a TV show.   The show looks like it could be good and they have added in a few comic characters like Polaris which will get me to tune in.  Fans of the old X-Men the Animated Series often talk about how much they love Jubilee's introduction during the first episode and the Gifted looks like an expanded version of that story.

The Morlocks, Polaris, and Sage are all cool characters who may have never gotten the star treatment in the film universe this show give those characters room to shine.  I have hope for this.

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Valiant at NYCC

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Valiant is hitting New York Comic Con (NYCC) Hard with a ton of exclusive items and will also have a cast signing from Ninjak Vs the Valiant Universe.  NYCC is Thursday, October 5th to Sunday, October 8.  NYCC is generally considered to be the 2nd largest comic con behind only San Diego.

If you go to the cast signing Valiant will have a special Ninjak Vs the Valiant Universe comic variant of Ninjak 0 that you can purchase.  They also have a special Jason David Frank cover variant for the Jason David Frank signing.  Both of these variants look flat out amazing.

There is another NYCC exclusive variant of Shadow Man Rae Sremmurd variant that will be available during the Rae Sremmurd.

What makes these exclusive variant all the more interesting is that the people depicted on the covers will be there to sign the books.  This is pretty unique.

Some other highlights they have Bloodshot teddy bear which is pretty cool and also enamal pins of different Valiant characters.

For me the number one thing are those Ninjak vs Variants.  Those just look too freaking cool!

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Posted on September 25, 2017 by The Valiant Voice

NYCC 2017: Valiant Unveils Exclusive Enamel Collector’s Pins, Comics, Giveaways, and More for New York Comic Con 2017!

Next week, Valiant is poised to take the Big Apple by storm with an incredible line-up of con-exclusive collectibles and merchandise…available only at New York Comic Con 2017!

From Thursday, October 5th to Sunday, October 8, join the most acclaimed publisher in comics today inside New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center at booth#1635 for a comprehensive selection of explosive exclusive, must-have giveaways, action-packed apparel, mesmerizing merchandise, and award-winning comics and graphic novels that adds up to Valiant’s biggest slate of NYCC offerings ever attempted!

First: Visit Valiant for a complete selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers from the largest independent superhero universe in comics today, with critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, DIVINITY, FAITH, NINJAK, QUANTUM AND WOODY, X-O MANOWAR, and many more!

Then: Arrive early to scoop Valiant’s expansive array of NYCC-only exclusives, including the hotly anticipated BLOODSHOT BEAR, produced by Build-A-Bear, Fansets’ BLIND-BAGGED VALIANT ENAMEL COLLECTOR’S PINS – featuring 12 of Valiant’s fan-favorite heroes and villains, plus a Bloodshot NYCC-only edition – the BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 NYCC 2017 EXCLUSIVE VARIANT, and much more!

Plus: Don’t miss Valiant’s all-new selection of convention-only giveaways including the VALIANT ICONS SNEAK PREVIEW, SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1 NYCC 2017 EXCLUSIVE VARIANT, and two new editions of NINJAK #0 featuring the stars of Valiant’s upcoming digital promotion, NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE, that won’t be found anywhere else!

Check out Valiant’s complete selection of free giveaways, exclusives, apparel, and merchandise below…and be sure to visit Valiant at booth #1635 as soon as you arrive at NYCC 2017!

Stay tuned for more news and updates on Valiant’s NYCC 2017 panel and signing schedules this week. We’ll see you in the Big Apple!



Look forward at Valiant’s most anticipated new series debuts of the fall – BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1, NINJA-K #1, and QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – with this advance, convention-only sneak preview featuring lettered previews of each Valiant ICONS title!


Available only during the Jason David Frank signing on Friday, October 6th at 6 pm ET. Limit one per attendee while supplies last.


Available only during the NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE cast signing on Saturday, October 7th at 12:15 pm ET at the Valiant booth (#1635)! Limit one per attendee while supplies last.


Available only during the Rae Sremmurd signing. Look for date and time information to be announced shortly. Limit one per attendee while supplies last.


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Strictly limited to 250 pieces, this cuddly, buttercream-colored companion comes complete with an official Bloodshot logo t-shirt, collectible carrying case, and an exclusive BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 Bear Photo Variant.

Produced by Fansets


Get one of 12 highly limitedV aliant enamel pins in each collectable blind bag package! Featuring an all-star selection of characters jumping off the comics page for the very first time, including The Bleeding Monk, Bloodhound, Faith (Journalist Variant), SECRET WEAPONS’ Nikki Finch, The Goat, THE VALIANT’s Mr. Flay, The One Percent, Punk Mambo, Rex-O, Savage, Neela Sethi, and Sunlight on Snow! Limited to 75 pieces per design – and featuring randomly inserted, rare “gold variant” designs!

(Can’t find the design you’re looking for? Valiant staff on site at booth #1635 will be wearing a small selection of pins and might be willing to trade!)

Produced by Fansets

A limited edition Bloodshot collector’s enamel pin, immortalizing Bloodshot as portrayed by Jason David Frank in the upcoming live-action, digital promotion NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE!

Produced by Fansets


Limited to just 25 complete sets! Skip the blind bangs and grab all 13 of Valiant’s NYCC-exclusive designs in one go – packaged together on a limited-edition, exclusive backer card that can’t be found anywhere else!


A NYCC-only limited edition of the FIRST ISSUE of blockbuster new series by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan – featuring an exclusive cover by rising star Soo Lee!


Produced by Swaponz

Your favorite mobile device joins the ranks of the Valiant Universe with these high-quality, protective rubberized phone cases – each of which comes complete three swappable, interchangeable background designs featuring FAITH, NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE and the iconic Valiant logo! Available for iPhone 5/5S/SE/6/6S/6 Plus/7/7 Plus and Galaxy S7/S8 while supplies last.

Produced by BCW

Transport and store your most beloved Valiant comics in this rigid, drop-back portfolio box, featuring blockbuster X-O Manowar artwork by artists Lewis LaRosa and Monika Palosz!

Produced by BCW

The Valiant Universe’s award-winning roster of characters surround BCW’s trusted comic book short storages boxes with an awe-inspiring wraparound design illustrated by blockbuster artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR, NINJAK) – complete with an eye-catching print of Valiant’s iconic logo on the top storage lid!

Produced by Comic Images

Valiant’s ever-popular, super-deformed plush dolls are back – and just as collectible as ever! Choose from Bloodshot, Faith, and X-O Manowar – or grab all three!

Produced by Catalyst Game Labs

The heroes of the Valiant Universe are yours to command in this acclaimed and adrenaline fueled deck building game by Catalyst Game Labs! Includes superhero miniatures for the ultimate experience in Valiant-based gaming!


Produced by Trevco

Featuring artwork by artist Raul Allen. Available in S-XXL.

Produced by Jack of All Trades

Featuring artwork by artist Lewis LaRosa. Available in S-XXL.

Produced by Jack of All Trades

Featuring the logo for Valiant’s upcoming, live-action, digital promotion. Available in S-XXL.

Produced by Jack of All Trades

Featuring the iconic Valiant logo – designed by award-winning artist and designer Rian Hughes – in classic crimson. Available in S-XXL.


Represent Valiant everywhere you go with this durable mesh hat!


Made of a cotton and canvas blend, and perfectly sized to fit a Wednesday’s worth of comics, graphic novels, and more!


Made 100% “Flexfiber” and featuring wraparound artwork by 2017 Eisner Award nominee Pere Perez (FAITH)!

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