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  1. Thor: Disassembled is one of the greatest thor stories of all time, it goes deep into the thundergod like no other series ever dared to. Thank you. I've been looking to get it for a while. #6 was a little quiet...too quiet. But presumably now Odin will be back on earth now that Thor has zapped the whole world? After seeing Thor do that I'm thinking he's just probably shown he could take on almost any hero the MU has. And that means Wolverine.
  2. Once again, I can't praise this enough! the introductions of the Alpha Lanterns seemed to be put aside with the inclusion of the first red lantern (which I KNEW was gonna happen) and the orange guardians. I read that the whole blackest night prophecy is based on an old 'Tales of the the Green Lantern Corps' story written by Alan Moore, and sure enough its on the DC stories of Alan Moore collection. I danced with glee. I really did.
  3. Green - Willpower Blue - Hope Indigo - Compassion Violet - Love Yellow - Fear Red - Anger Orange - Greed Black - Death? Maybe the Black Lantern Corps have been created to make the numbers even? Or do you think they will kill regardless of what colour ring you're wearing? I'm really looking forward to this. Sinestro knows something that the others don't - has he read the pages of the book of Oa that describe The Blackest Night?
  4. If they do go the direction of looking at the myths more then I'd be even more impressed. I still need to pick up Thor: Disassembled anyone want to give me a quick review?
  5. Right, so I went through the first 15 issues of NA with the intent of finding clues that would help out, and here are some ideas; In issue one, I do think it's Nick Fury hiring Electro - he's trying to set up a new team. This would make sense as it ties in with what Cap says about coming together because of fate (It's ironic as Fury is the cause of it all). Issue two, (and has already been mentioned) Cap says "I was on my way to a security conference in Washington DC and instead I've been-" Cap was redirected to the site by someone. Issue five, Wolverine gets a call by a villain called The Scorcher telling him that two mutates wanted to have him break Karl Lykos out of the Raft. Does Sauron have any specific abilities that the Skrulls would find useful or would need him back in The Savage Land out of the way? Issue six uncovers the fact that the American government have been mining vibranium using the mutates as slaves. The first thing that came to me wa that it could be possible that the Skrulls have agents within SHIELD that have created this operation to get as much vibranium as they can to build weapons and defenses (The idea of Skrull agents in SHIELD becomes more and more obvious the more you read). This would also explain why Yelena Belova attacks the team: I don't think she is a Skrull, but she IS following the orders of Skrulls whether she knows it or not. This issue also has a kicker: Tony discovers that SHIELD files have been tampered with when he compares them to the Avengers Mansion files - certain villains that were reported dead are actually alive and in the Raft (Silver Samurai being one of them). Now I thought about this and it could be that those villains are actually dead in which case the ones that escaped could be Skrulls or Skrulls have been hiding Villains in the Raft as muscle when the time comes (Or maybe to create a little chaos). Issue twelve, Lady HYDRA knows that both SHIELD and HYDRA are 'rotting' maybe due to the infiltration of the Skrull, LH "...more to the point the people who are really running them" SS "And who is that?" LH "I'll tell you once I know I can trust you again..." Another thing I noticed was the amount of prisoners that they said escaped changed quite alot, but I don't know if thats because other heroes picked them up. They are just some clues I picked up. Most are pretty straight forward, as far as they point to an invasion coming up, which we know already, but based on what I've picked up on, I've got these ideas.
  6. Well didn't expect the gender swap, looks like Thor now WILL have to be dealing with the more evil gods of the pantheon. HURRAH! I know what you're saying about the whole deal with Thor, as the way that I understood it in the comics was that the Asgardians weren't technically Gods, rather just long lived people that were pretty strong, which I guess was decided on the fact tha it would be easier to tell stories if they could die. But the way that it's been written now you get the impression that there is still the threat in the fact that if people don't believe in them, then they don't exist. Which is good.
  7. Johns can do no wrong. Fact. There's scientific proof about it and everything. I think the Sinestro Corps war has been one of the best stories I ever read. Ever, and it had the right ending to it had a huge resonance to it (Owing to the fact that alot of it was down played more than other storylines) nor was there an anti climax to it, which is something that occurs really regularly in comic book stories of this magnitude. PLUS the truth about the 'Spectrum Corps' and the black Lanterns - all the dead having rings and coming back from the dead! It's really developed the place of the Green Lanterns, not only as a 'policing' force in the universe, but gives in a context alongside the other corps; fear, hatred etc all based on colour. Really looking forward to this new story coming up where all the corps battle, and if Johns continues to write it, then it should be good. Brilliant.
  8. Man this Thor story is happening too slow for my liking - it needs to be out soon! It looks like Tony is still after Thor for some reason, I wouldn't be surprised if he has something planned for him at some point. Though I would've thought that Thor would be exempt from SHRA, in the same way Doc Strange is (Though he's still part of the NA, and breaking the law). The last thing I knew of the Thor Clone was it being on the operating table after it had killed Bill Foster, so I've assumed its still 'alive'.
  9. As you can tell from my avatar I'm a Dr Fate fan so I was looking forward to someone putting him back in the DC universe. It's a new character (But a descendant of of original Kent Nelson), new costume, new helmet, no Nabu, new villain and a totally new outlook on how Dr Fate lives and breathes in his magic world. The good news is that it looks like someone is finally getting some good ideas on how to handle Fate, and making him a new user of magic means that everyone gets to learn from the ground up. Magic is more about the perspectives of the individual rather than the weird system they had where you had to sacrifice something. The only gripe I have with this is the odd 'Dr Strange' spells he's shouting out - not a fan of that. The Eclipso storyline I haven't got into as much, but my opinion of eclipso is based on the tussle he had with the phantom stranger during the 80's and that was near forgettable.
  10. It's not like being a policeman because if you have superpowers, you HAVE to register and therefore are under the scrutiny of the government. Even if you choose not to join shield, the government has a say in what you do i.e NO super heroics. And technically, the Thunderbolts aren't really an extension of a post SHRA rehabilitation program, otherwise the team would contain heroes that had broken laws of the act, not villains. And the thing about the mask, whether it be brightly coloured or not isn't a waiver of privacy, in fact its the opposite. Wearing a mask is a way to differentiate the two characters of the same person and if that didn't matter to a hero, then he wouldn't wear one.
  11. Is this on one of the 52 worlds? or we talking earth 1? Cos I think it's an awful idea.
  12. The way that I understood registration was that if you were a 'practicing' superhero or you had super powers then you had to be registered with the government and had to receive proper training, then if you wanted to you could join SHIELD. What I don't agree with is the fact that by joining a government initiative you effectively are told who the bad guys are and have to deal with them in the way that the government tells you to. The big example of how this breaks down is the Thunderbolts (It's the best book Marvel has at the moment IMO, but that doesn't mean it has to make sense). We know that Norman Osborne is a villain; it's in his character, thats who he is and yet he has been given amnesty, along with all the rest of the team, pardons, money, new way of life for when they retire etc. If we were to absolutely believe that the government created this act as a way to protect the whole country absolutely, then Norman wouldn't head the team, in fact the Thunderbolts wouldn't exist and villains would be forced to pay the debts they owe to society. The government has told the country that the Thunderbolts team, although they have broken the law (In some cases beyond the limits of rehabilitation) are NOT the enemy (They are marketed as heroes - the toys, tv adverts, "Who wants to be a superhero?") and that the people that have saved lives and upheld good morals are in fact breaking the law if they continue to do so. In some ways the Thunderbolts are just as outside the moral compass of the government as much as the unlicensed superheroes, its just that being a Thunderbolt isn't against the law. I think that the SHRA, although sounds good in that it is a system to protect the heroes and the public essentially is a way for the government to take control of the superhero population and use them for its own needs. As a result of that it means that they are controlled by government priorities, legislation, policies etc, rather than their own moral judgment (Which has to be worth something, as they wouldn't be superheroes - they'd be villains otherwise). If a hero is told to do something that is against their moral judgment and thus not within the interests of the government then they are disobeying orders and are liable for their own convictions. Also if you registered but didn't join SHIELD you would still be under scrutiny. I wouldn't want that in my life. Aunt May being shot wasn't a result of the SHRA is true enough, but Nitro exploding at Stamford wasn't a result of heroes not being 'trained' properly. He exploded because he had no disregard for the lives of those around him and if they had been trained it wouldn't have stopped him killing all those people.
  13. They both have the scream of BB, so I don't know. It may be tied up as to when BB was switched in the main story. I think what the interesting thing is that it seems that the Skrulls are able to produce the actual powers of characters, so if they reproduced the powers of say, Prof X or Emma Frost (and it seems likely that they could) then they are able to take control of minds as well, maybe even to the extent that Prof X etc can be fooled. Another thing I have heard is that Mr Fantastic is also a Skrull, which would explain his enthusiasm in CW and making 42 - a prison for the superheroes of the earth. Though again, I don't read FF, so I don't know if there has been anything to back up or disprove that theory. I still think Nick Fury knows all about what's going on, and thats why he went into hiding, unable to trust anyone 100%
  14. Just read New Avengers Illuminati, and so it turns out that Black Bolt is a Skrull!!! didn't see that coming, though I didn't read his Silent War limited series, so it may make more sense. I knew that one of them had to be a Skrull, though didn't really know which. The Professor said that the Skrull's mind was either wired to think he was Black Bolt, or that they have found a way to get round his telepathy, but then I wouldn't be surprised if they did. Obviously they have all become hugely suspicious of each other, so I'm not sure if the team has now disbanded or not. Was cool to see Namor take out the Skrull though. The other thing I noticed was that one of the two Skrulls that appeared had a Thor style hammer and the other had skin like Colossus - could this mean that they also are Skrulls? - remember Bendis said that we should pay close attention to characters that had been resurrected? Does that mean they are Skrulls, or that they are targets for swapping with Skrulls?. Mr Fantastic said that it wasn't likely that Black Bolt had been swapped when they were held captive on the Skrull ship...so where is he? Looks like this thing has begun - really looking forward to it next year!
  15. I don't see Batman being for it at all - Bruce would never give up his identity to the government, become an agent, told who the enemy is, he's too independent for that. I'd imagine the registration act would be set up because of heroes like Batman. Green Lantern would be exempt, as he's part of a bigger organisation outside the earth and his duties as a GL would have priority over his 'initiative' activities, but I think Hal would always be against it anyway as he's always disliked authority.
  16. The Thor feature interests me loads - he's not really had a very good animated life.
  17. It's true that figures have changed radically, but then what it means to be a collector has changed as well. When I was younger I collected the figures because I wanted to create my own adventures and play with them, and the figure could deal with being put in the bath or outside. Now I'm growed up, I still want to collect them, but just have them on show (Maybe the odd mess about now and then with the loose ones ). I doubt some of the ML figures could withstand some of the ordeals some of my figures went through, as I'm guessing the toy companies know that collectors don't tend to 'play' with them, which is why you still get 'hyper power skating spider-man' or whatever for the younger kids, which are abit more robust. I still love my figures from the 90's though, still have the majority of them packed away somewhere.
  18. My top five marvel comics (616) at the moment IMO: 1: Thunderbolts - Paranoid, delusional, schizophrenic, manic depressive, power hungry super villains working for the good of the country. What more could you ask? This is a really good book to be reading at the moment with this team; Norman Osborn written as he should be written, C + D list unregistered super heroes going up against them and losing, venom eating people, various back stabbings, and all played out as an openly 'good' hero team. I'm loving it. 2: New Avengers - All the best Marvel heroes in one team, as it should have always been, massive story arcs, tight scripting, trademark Bendis shocks and hints to stories, multi-layered, action where it's due, and brilliant art at the moment. 3: Daredevil - Matt Murdock living in the 'real' world having just clawed his way out of one major disaster falls right back into another. What I really like about this title at the moment is that Brubaker is pulling up all of Daredevil's rogue's gallery (even the more dubious ones - the matador etc) and making them genuinely difficult foes for DD to fight. Another thing that I like about this title is that it has less 'colour' and more grit to it. 4: Thor - All the right ideas about how a God can really walk among men, theological dynamics and Norse Mythology. This Thor relates to the man without a home or a meaning, and is alive because man believes in him. 5: Ghost Rider - Harsh, dark humour, desperation, relentless, sheer will of character (The Devil really, really messes Johnny about), brilliant ideas and brilliant artwork. This is my 5. Have fun thinking about your own five. Oh and wooden spoon award goes to any spiderman book thats on the market at the moment; biggest Marvel franchise does the one thing that he's so desperately trying not to do for 40 years over the space of about 3 issues, runs around for months on end doing nothing, feeling sorry for himself and pissing readers off. Thanks.
  19. "Check out my GI Joe shaped blister on my shoulder."
  20. "Check out my Optimus Prime shaped blister on my knee."
  21. So tell me if this is right; If you were a new recruit, say during the time that Parallax was in the central battery, you had the impurity, but could train to overcome it? And due to the fact that Hal had been possessed by Parallax and wasn't in the central battery was the reason why Kyle's ring didn't have it? So does that mean that now Parallax is only in the personal batterys of the 4 earth GLs that the rest of the Corps doesn't have the impurity? You'll have to excuse my ignorance on this, I only started reading GL just before the war started and picked up Rebirth a little while back.
  22. It's like one of Stan Lee's wet dreams!!!! It's a brilliant collection! I noticed you have all the pocket comics in there as well: I remember playing with those when I was younger, they were one of my favourite toys so much so that when I grew up (In the loosest possible sense) I hunted for the MOC ones. I bet moving house is killer as well. Do you know what you're gonna end up doing with your collection?
  23. I've been pretty impressed by what is going on in with the GLs at the moment, and it seems that this series isn't being praised enough on here. The Sinestro War is a really good read and its one book that I seem to really be looking forward to. It seems that Johns just throws gigantic events in to the mix in a 'matter of fact way', rather than having a huge lead up to them, which I think I prefer. It means we can't be disappointed with what does happen if it doesn't abide by our definition of 'life changing moment'. Its a more satisfying way of telling a story. Also it seems that what it means to be a GL is changing too, as with the rule changes. Also, now that Parallax is in the main 4 GL's power batterys does that mean that they will have the yellow impurity? or is it that because they are able to stand in the face of great fear they are able to resist it?
  24. ...I don't know, my intial reaction was that it was quite good, but then we all fear change, am I right?! I definately think its a good idea to change the costume if its a different Guy holding the shield, and if it was Bucky it would make sense that it would be a sort of amalgam of his and cap's old costume hence more of the black. The gun and the knife, again maybe a sign of Bucky's method of doing things, but I'm not sure it works for 'Captain America' and I like the added belt with the pouches.
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