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Conan the Doomed
Savage Avengers Annual #1 After defeating the Marrow God, trekking across a frozen wasteland, and forging new alliances on the battlefield, Conan the Barbarian makes his way to Porto Alegre and finds himself in a brothel run by the local cartel. Upset that the women he paid for refused to touch him, he demands his money back from the owner of the brothel, who rebuffs him. Conan proceeds to kill the man and his soldiers before complaining about this new world he finds himself in. He equates the alcohol to piss and the declares guns to be the weapons of cowards. After he’s done grousing, the women of the brothel ask Conan to kill the rest of the cartel, as they kidnap women and sell them into slavery. As payment, they present Conan with a bag of diamonds that they’ve been stealing from their captors. Conan takes the gems and admits that, though he prefers to get paid for it, he would’ve killed the slavers for fun, before sleeping with one of the newly freed women.
The Case for MODOK
For those who don’t know, MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) was once a brilliant human scientist named George Tarleton. Tarleton was originally only a technician in the employ of the nefarious Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). In order to better study the recently created Cosmic Cube, Tarleton’s bosses subjected him to experimental mutagenics, creating MODOC (Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing). As is so often the case in these Frankenstein-esque stories, MODOC rebelled, killing his bosses and becoming MODOK, the new leader of AIM. Ever since then, he’s been a consistent thorn in the sides of many of Marvel’s heroes, most notably Captain America, Iron Man, and the Avengers.
The New Mutants Movie Review
At long last, the final film in the 20th Century Fox X-Men line of films, The New Mutants, has been released. Set in a dilapidated mental healthcare facility, the film focuses on the titular team of young mutants uncovering a sinister conspiracy while also fighting their own personal fears and demons. With a promising cast and beloved comic book property, this movie was hotly anticipated… until Disney decided to buy Fox and shelved the movie. After its April 2018 release date was postponed 4 times, The New Mutants then spent three years in limbo before Disney decided to dump it in theaters this past weekend on Friday, August 28th, 2020. And ‘dump’ is more than appropriate when describing this movie.
X-Plaining the Dawn of X: Hickman and Yu’s X-MEN
With HOX/POX acting as a relaunch of Marvel’s X-Men titles, it’s fitting that the first ongoing monthly book to spin out of HOX/POX is X-Men, written by “Head of X” Johnathan Hickman with art by the legendary Leinil Francis Yu. Unlike the other X-titles, X-Men serves as a bit of an episodic series, with most of its chapters not exactly relating to other issues, but instead mainly serving as a way to build this new world, so to speak. Introducing new enemies, establishing Krakoa’s position on the world stage, and creating new mythologies.
Conan The Avenger
In 2018, Marvel Comics announced that it had reacquired the rights to publish and print comic books based on the works of Robert E. Howard, namely Conan the Barbarian. Along with relaunching previous 70’s ongoing titles Conan the Barbarian and Savage Sword of Conan, the Cimmerian made an official, canon jump to the mainstream Marvel Universe (Earth-616). First appearing in the event miniseries Avengers: No Road Home, Conan has continued to appear as the central character in both the Savage Avengers ongoing series and the Conan: Battle for the Serpent Crown miniseries.
X-Plaining the Dawn of X: House of X and Powers of X
In July of 2019, Marvel Comics, Johnathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva completely upended and revitalized the mutant-centric X-Men line of comic book titles with House of X/Powers of X. The twelve-part event comic brought many changes to the structure of the Marvel Universe, as well as ten new monthly series, two limited series, three one-shots, and more on the way. With the next major event, X of Swords (read as ‘Ten of Swords’) on the way this September, it seems appropriate to recap all the titles and changes that lead here. Starting with the pivotal HOX/POX
On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee died. His words crafted the Marvel Universe, introducing the world to beloved characters such as The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and so, so many more. Many of his stories featured a flawed hero facing insurmountable odds, enduring hardships, standing up for what is right, and somehow always managing to come out stronger than they were before. His stories were always meant to inspire readers to choose what’s right over what’s easy.
Namor, The Sub-Mariner: Marvel’s Preeminent Antihero
Spoilers for Avengers (2018) #8 - 9 An antihero, by definition, is a protagonist in a fictional narrative who lacks traits traditionally thought of as “heroic”. Rarely does an antihero do the right thing for altruistic purposes, almost exclusively motivated by selfishness. While Marvel has no shortage of antiheroes (such as Domino, Venom, Magneto, The Hulk, The Punisher, and Deadpool), one stands higher than others as Marvel’s truest antihero: Namor, The Sub-Mariner.