Who is really is Nova?

Who is Rich Rider
Richard Rider is most well known for being the superhuman cosmic hero known as Nova.  Nova is a cosmic hero in the Marvel universe:

First Appearance:  Nova #1 (1976)

Real Name: Richard Rider

Alias(es):  Nova, The Human Rocket, Kid Nova

Birth Place: Queens, NYC

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Rich Rider is a typical American teenager when he is selected by a wounded alien warrior named Rhoman Dey to inherit Dey's Nova Force.  Rhoman Dey has been battling an evil alien named Zorr. Zorr had just destroyed his home planet of Xandar and Dey is the last of the Nova Corps.  Unfortunately, due to his weakened state Dey unable to give clear directions to Rider on how to use the powers of the Nova Force or much background at all.  Rider becomes a super hero and battles Earth super villains slowly learning how to use his Nova powers through trial and error.

Eventually, Rider finds Dey's space ship and travels to Xandar.  Xandar has been rebuilt since its destruction by Zorr but finds itself in a bad predicament again.  This time the Skrulls are attacking the planet.  Xandar is attacked, destroyed and rebuit a lot!  He helps fight off the Skrulls and learns about the Nova Corps and the Worldmind.

From this point on Richard goes back to Earth, joins some super teams, goes back to space.  He currently is one of the primary human cosmic heroes.

Primary Power is super speed / teleportation can get to anywhere in the universe very quickly and survive.
Can survive in a extreme environments space / underwater etc.
Super Strength,
Super Durability
Energy Blasts
Has access to the information of the Nova World Mind which effectively one of the most massive databases in existence.

For more on his powers see:
Who are the Nova Corps? How do their powers work?

Spider-Man Influence:
Rich Rider was heavily influenced off of Spider-Man. He is a teenager like Peter Parker when he is thrust out into the super human world.  Both are actually also born in Queens NYC.
I personally never really liked Richard Rider as a teenager.  Why would a teenager be chosen to handle the Nova Force?  Why did Dey think that was a good idea?

I personally like the older more mature, leader Richard Rider.  That is just me though I do run into people who love the selfish teenager version of Richard Rider.

There is obviously also similarities between DC's Green Lanterns and Marvel's Nova Corps.  Both are super powered space police organizations.

Cool Art Work of Nova:
Here is some awesome comic artwork of Nova in action.

There are two types of Lego mini figs of Nova.

One more traditional one appears in a Spiderman Daily Bugle set.  The set also comes with a Beetle and a Dr Doom


Another one appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy set.  The Guardians of the Galaxy set Nova are more pure Nova Corpsmen than Nova Superhero.   This one appears in a set called Starblaster show down.  The Nova Corpsman has his own space ship and there is an enemy Sakaaran with his own space ship.  Starlord


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Who is Ronan the Accuser?

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Who is Ronan The Accuser?
Ronan is a villain / anti-hero in the Marvel universe.  He is a leader of the  Kree empire.  Ronan is the main villain in Guardians of the Galaxy and is played by Lee Pace.  Ronan appears again the MCU film Captain Marvel that occures prior to the event of Guardians and the Galaxy.

First Appearance: Fantastic Four #65

Species:  Kree

Title:  Supreme Accuser

Home Planet:  Hala

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Ronan is like the Kree version of Judge Dredd.  Ronan was born and raised on the planet Hala the capital planet of the Kree empire.  He is a legend of the Kree Accuser Corps.  The Accuser Corps are governor / juries that go around the empire dispensing justice.  The leader of the Kree the Supreme Intelligence anointed him Supreme Accuser of the Kree Empire.  Basically, when it comes to accusing he is THE accuser.

Ronan likes to carry a huge hammer similar to Thor.  It is called the Universal Weapon and it actually uses cosmic energy to do a variety of things.  The Universal Weapon can blow things up, matter arrangement, alchemy like transmutation, fire energy blasts or absorb energy blasts, force fields, and create time/gravity changes.

Ronan first encounters Earth heroes when he is investigating the destruction of a Kree Sentry robot on Earth.  There he battles and is beaten by the Fantastic Four.  The Kree are startled that humans are capable of Ronan.  They decide to send Mar Vell to investigate the going ons of Earth as a spy.

Ronan then led a revolt against the Supreme Intelligence with fellow Kree warrior Jarek.  He is then temporarily ostracized from the empire. 

In the Kree Shi'ar war he serves on the Kree Super human team Star Force.   They battle the Shi'ar Royal Guard and the Avengers.  Eventually, the team returns to Hala to help rebuild the planet after the war.

Ronan finally takes control of the Kree empire and one of his first actions is to attempt to shore up relations with the powerful Inhumans. He enters an arranged marriage with the Inhuman, Crystal.  While, the marriage begins rocky they eventually fall in love with one another.  However, the leader of the Inhumans, Black Bolt enters into another agreement with the Supreme Intelligence (Who had regained control of the Kree when Ronan usurped him) that the two shall be separated.  They thus are one Marvel's star crossed lovers.


Ronan wears a suit that is geared out to give him Superhuman strength and durability.  His suit/gauntlets allow him to turn invisible and freeze people in suspended animation.

His Universal Weapon Hammer is also very powerful and can do a variety of things like transmutation, gravity/time manipulation, energy blasts and force fields.

Ronan MCU:
Movie- Guardians of the Galaxy
Ronan looking crazy
In the upcoming movie Ronan the main villain hunting down Star-Lord.
There is a picture of him lifting Drax with one arm and another of his large ship dropping small green balls.  Ronan will be played by Lee Pace.

In this version Ronan has killed Drax's family as an agent of Thanos.

Ronan is bent on the destruction of Xandar but is defeated by the Guardians of Galaxy and the Nova Corps.  Starlord manages to distract Ronan by distracting him with a dance off.

Captain Marvel

A younger version of Ronan is depicted in the film Captain Marvel that takes place during the Kree Skrull War.  Ronan is a member of an elite group of Kree soldiers called the Starforce.

Who are the Kree? 
What is Hala? 
Guardians of the Galaxy Character Hub 
Who is Rocket Raccoon?
Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs
Who is the Supreme Intelligence (Kree)? 

Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy? 

Madcave Studios coming to Denver Comic Con May 2019

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Madcave Studios coming to Denver Comic Con May 2019

Madcave is new comic book studio that has been churning out some high quality comics with fantastic ideas.  I really have enjoyed their Battlecats series that is returning with a new #1,  that series is kind of like Thundercats meets D&D and is fantastic.   They have also just created a Ninja series called Honor and Curse which is awesome.

Check both of these series out below:

You can get a preview of the new Battlecats #1 here:
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You can get a preview of Honor and Curse here:
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Madcave Comics on Amazon
You can find a lot of great Madcave stories on Amazon!

For all my love for Madcave though they are head quartered in Florida.  That's right when ever you see one of those headlines that start with "Florida man......" that is these crazy guys.  All teasing excited they announced something that I am really excited for.

Saw something cool on the Madcave website today.  They released their convention schedule and guess what.  Madcave is coming to the Mile High City!  Yes! This makes me really happy, I am a fan of both Madcave and Denver Comic Con (Other people call it Denver Pop Culture Con) so seeing them come together is like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

I hope all Denver Comic fans give them a Colorado welcome and give them a Mile High Five.

For those of you not in Colorado you can see their full convention listing here:

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Grumble vs the Goon on Free Comic Book Day Preview

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Grumble vs the Goon on Free Comic Book Day

Two of Eric Powell's most popular creation will face off against each other in this special comic from Albratross Funnybook on Free Comic Book Day.  I freaking love Free Comic Book Day and this book is currently the top one I have seen.  I love Grumble and love the Goon but many have still yet to discover these fun characters.  This is the perfect book and day to learn what they are all about.

Free Comic Book Day will be May 4th, 2019.  Yes the same as May the 4th be with you.  A great day to geek out on.

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(W) Eric Powell, Rafer Roberts (A) Mike Norton (A/CA) Eric Powell
From the pages of Grumble, Tala and Eddie think it might be a good idea to go dimension hopping when they find death incarnate hot on their heels.
Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they land in the world of The Goon. And Franky, the newly appointed dog catcher, don’t like talkin’ mutts that give him the sass! Rating: Teen

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Sirens series coming from Jim Henson

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Like Mermaids? Jim Henson is going to explore all the myths of mermaids in a new series from BOOM Studios.

Press Release Boom Studios:

A Bewitching New Comic Series Tells Timeless Tales of Mermaids and Magic

BOOM! Studios today announced JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS, an all-new four-issue comic series based on the Emmy Award-winning classic television show, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, spinning new tales about enchanting creatures from folklore and the deep, available in stores April 2019.

Featuring beautiful stories told by some of today’s most exciting voices, including Jakub Rebelka (Judas) with Bartosz Sztybor, Chan Chau (Elements:Fire), Sarah Webb (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Under the Spell), and Aud Koch (The Wicked + The Divine), JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS dives deep into the legends and myths of mermaids from all over the world, and what happens when humanity answers their call.

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS features main connecting covers by Cory Godbey (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Tales), along with variant covers by artists Jakub Rebelka (Judas), Chan Chau (Elements: Fire), Sarah Webb (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Under the Spell), and Aud Koch (The Wicked + The Divine).

“The contradictions of mermaids — being creatures of incredible beauty and yet danger, appearing human but being of the sea — makes them ripe for a wide range of stories,” said Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This lineup of artists deliver on that potential in stunning vibrancy in what might be our boldest series ofThe Storyteller yet.”

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS #1 is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; and licensed series like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

Print copies of JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS #1 will be available for sale on April 3, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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How to beat Raikou - Pokemon Go

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How do you beat Raikou? Pokemon Go questions

Raikou is the electric / thunder dog of the Legendary dogs in Pokemon lore.  The the three legendary dogs were created by the Legendary bird Ho-Oh after the burning of the Brass Tower.  Ho-Oh continues to be seen as the leader of the Legendary Dogs and is the only being capable of queling a fight between the three.
While part of the Legendary Dogs, Raikou actually looks more like Tiger or a Sabretooth Tiger than a dog.  It is said to be extremely powerful, can create storms, and even fly by creating powerful thunderstorms that lift it off the ground.

Pokemon Gold Description: 
The rain clouds it carries let it fire thunderbolts at will. They say that it descended with lightning.

Pokemon Silver Description:
A Pokémon that races across the land while barking a cry that sounds like crashing thunder.

Pokemon Crystal Description:This rough Pokémon stores energy in its body, then sweeps across the land, shooting off electricity.

As a Legendary Pokemon Go Raikou is battled in Raids and has extremely high CP.

Raikou will be released as a Legendary Raid.

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Catching the legendary Pokemon-

There were many rumors early on in Pokemon Go on ways to catch Legendary Pokemon.  One rumor was that they were on top of Mount Everest or in Area 51.  These rumors are NOT true.
Legendary Pokemon like Raikou can be caught when you battle in a Legendary Raid.  A raid will appear with a 5 Rhydon symbol that denotes a Legendary Raid.  Once the Raid pokemon appears it will be one of the Legendary Pokemon, if it is Raikou you can then battle it.  If you successfully beat Raikou you will then get an opportunity to catch it.  To beat Raikou you will to make a team of multiple people to help.  No matter how powerful you are the Legendary Pokemon in Raids are very powerful (Very high CP) and require a large group of people with high level Pokemon.

Time to answer and the important questions!
HOW TO FIGHT A Raikou or should I say...

Battle with Raikou: 

Remember that Pokemon Types are very IMPORTANT 
Read this --->  Pokemon Types Explained

Wait what was that? Was that a bark or THUNDER, no that is Raikou storming its way to you.  It snarls as it streaks toward like a violent burst of lighting.  Its time to prepare yourself for the Pokemon Battle of your life.  Here Comes RAIKOU!!!!!!!!

Alright strategy time well lets start with this Raikou is an Electric  type  pokemon.

 Rock and Ground Pokemon work well against Electric  Pokemon.

Top Counters vs Raikou:
For all Legendary Bird Pokemon a Golem with Rock Throw, works well.  Golem is a must have for Legendary Raids.  This is easily one of the best Pokemon to use against Raikou.

List of top counters:
  • Golem (Rock Throw and Stone Edge is optimal)
  • Rhydon
  • Sandslash with Ground based moves
Other pokemon to consider are high dps unleashing pokemon like Flareon and Dragonite.  Generally these Pokemon can be good if you just need to take down a Pokemon's final health.

Having a team of Golem's is really critical for Legendary's go after those Geodudes!

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Things get fishy in Shape of Elvira #1 Preview

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Elvira is back with a new comic featuring a story centered around the Monster of the Black Lagoon. 
Also the comic boasts many variant covers some of which look really fun.  The comic is the first of a 4 part limited series from Dynamite.

One of my beefs with Universal's Dark Universe and their stewardship of the monster licenses in general is that one monster tends to get left out time and time again that being the Monster of the Black Lagoon. Most people have some idea of who the Monster of the Lagoon is but in the modern era he has received very little attention. For some reason Universal has tried to launch its Dark Universe with Dracula and then the Mummy both of which have had many films. I tend to think they should have used a more Marvel like strategy and done something awesome with one of their lesser known characters like Monster of the Black Lagoon. Is the concept dated? Sure they all are but anyone who has read Nightmare over Innsmouth knows you can tell a very scary, thrilling adventure story using aquatic monsters. I think it would have worked well in film. At the end of that movie you could have hinted at the other monsters and really blown people way in a more subtle fashion than the mummy used. Just my two cents.

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Well someone in the comic space out there gets me.  Monster of the Lagoon is getting a little room to shine in this Elvira comic.  Though here Elvira is not meeting the real monster but the actor who plays him, that said the actor is just as enigmatic as the character he plays on the screen.

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Shape of Elvira #1
writer: David Avallone
artist: Fran Strukan
covers: Francesco Francavilla (A), J. Bone (B), Kyle Strahm (C), Dave Acosta (D), Photo Cover (E)
FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
The Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance, but there’s something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar™ in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interesting in spawning something more than an Academy Award-winning movie? Dive into the first issue of this special four-part miniseries, by David Avallone (ELVIRA, BETTIE PAGE).

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