That is, you won’t be able to stop yourself from cutting out a piece of neat (understatement) cake created by Carla Puig – Sugar Atelier.
She’s from Girona has risen to fame with her magnificently creations of sugarcraft. [Read more…]
For any hero to achieve true greatness, he has to be pushed to his limit by their opposite number. The villain, the bad guy, the antagonist. This character’s actions ultimately reflect back on the hero as the protagonist’s response will either make him or break him. With that in mind, here are who we think are the top baddies in comics.
Batman’s “rogues gallery” features such great villains as Two-Face, The Riddler, The Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Mister Freeze. However, each and every one of these bad guys pales in comparison to “the Clown Prince of Crime” himself, The Joker. No character is as willing to attack Batman and those close to him both physically and psychologically as this madman will. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that Batman refuses to kill the clown, thus every life Joker takes weighs ever-heavily on the Bat’s tortured conscience.
Getting a boost care of Tom Hiddleston’s performance in the Marvel films, Loki is front and center for more than just his oversized horns. The God of Mischief’s hatred for his adoptive father Odin and brother Thor make for a great tragedy in the classic dramatic sense. Loki’s incessant desire for the throne of Asgard stems from a twisted desire to prove worthy of Odin’s love, making this villain all the more tragic.
More than simple jealousy of his former colleague Reed Richards, Victor Von Doom’s desire to rule over his countrymen in Latveria makes him the poster child for “superpowered dictator.” Don’t let the green hood and skirt fool you, Doctor Doom has long been a foe not just of the Fantastic Four, but also of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and almost all the Marvel heroes. Possessing mastery over both science and magic as well as a perennial desire to rule over all makes Doom an all-time superstar baddie.
From the firepits of the planet Apokolips emerges the overpowering presence of Darkseid. Modeled by comics legend Jack Kirby after Adolf Hitler, Darkseid has risen in the ranks of comic villainy from someone on the fringes to being an archvillain for Superman, the Justice League, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and every hero in the DC Universe. In his search for the Anti-Life Equation that will give him total control over the thoughts and feelings of all beings, Darkseid has used both propaganda and force to advance his universe-spanning agenda.
Whether it be Terence Stamp’s cool, British-accented portrayal or Michael Shannon’s physical, evil goateed turn, General Dru-Zod always resonates with fans of Superman. With his military background in contrast to Superman and his father Jor-El, Zod is a Kryptonian without the humanity and morals that Kal-El was raised with. Lex Luthor may have been around longer, Brainiac may be more malevolent, and Bizarro may be creepier, but Zod is a match for Superman in both brains and brawn. Now kneel before Zod!
First appearing in the very first issue of the X-Men back in 1963, Erik Lensherr has evolved over five decades as he’s straddled being both villain and hero several times. With an origin story seeped in the bigotry of Nazi Germany, Magneto absorbed the anger and fear faced by his people and promised his fellow mutants that they wouldn’t befall the same fate. Often seen as both a terrorist and messiah, he’s much more than just a mutant who can move things with metal in them.
Sure to rise in popularity once the second Avengers movie hits the big screen, the tragedy of the robot known as Ultron is that he was created to help humanity and represent artificial intelligence that is almost human. Instead, what should have been Hank Pym’s crowning achievement has become one of the Avengers’ and the human race’s greatest foes, as well as a reminder of how technology and things people create can easily go astray.
Out of Spider-Man’s extensive gallery of rogues and enemies, Otto Octavius should be just one of many names that include the Green Goblin, Venom, the Sandman, the Lizard and more. But no other villain has done what Doctor Octopus recently did: exchange bodies with the superhero and completely take over his mind and his life. Already possessing a brilliant scientific mind, Doc Ock gave up his dying body with its four tentacles for the younger and more powerful body of Peter Parker. Now trying to prove himself a “Superior Spider-Man,” Doctor Octopus finds himself in the unfamiliar role of superhero.
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With all of the great superhero movies that there have been, there’ve been quite a few stinkers as well. And then there have been some that never made it before cameras — both promising sounding scripts and some that were so very, very bad. Here are 11 superhero films that might have been.
It is I, the Veruca Salt of comic book geeks returned to make more unrealistic demands in the hope of someday being appointed supreme ruler of the comic universe and given free reign to resurrect titles, bestow series on worthy characters, and create super groups with little more than a snap of my wee dainty fingers.
Having already addressed the pressing issue of defunct comics I’d like to bring back earlier this week, I’m now turning my greedy eyes towards the individual characters I’d like to see receive their own titles, for each to enjoy at least 15 minutes of geek fame.
In no special order, I’d grant the following their share of the spotlight.
Nite Owl & Rorschach: The adventures of this potentially dynamic duo were alluded to in The Watchmen, but never materialized in the form of a separate book. And since Alan Moore turned down DC’s offer of the rights to The Watchmen in return for prequel and sequel work, we’re not likely to see their prior lives without divine intervention. Still, there are bound to be tales in their complicated pasts that I’d enjoy reading, and for that reason alone, I’m willing Alan Moore to work it out. [Read more…]
Alright, I’m just going to come out and say it. I didn’t like any of the X-Men movies, nor did I like Wolverine. I thought they were all quivering piles of dog poo, festering in the stink of bad directing and horrible plot lines. Let me explain.
I grew up with the X-Men. Chris Claremont and John Byrne were my heroes back in the day, which eventually led to Jim Lee and others taking over the realm. I loved the storylines, the mythos, and the general concept. Here was this group of misfits, who didn’t fit in anywhere, and they were really awesome. The Genosha storyline rocked, the Dark Phoenix Saga was one I had to hunt down and buy back issues of but I loved it, and the Psylocke transition was dope as hell. Somewhere along the way, I lose my interest in buying comics every Wednesday, but I still pick up the occasional title here and there when I can, just to catch up.
But what makes the X-Men the X-Men are their costumes. Different, yet the same; flashy and bright yet understated. That’s why the first strike against the movies for me was the leather unitards. It was just stupid. Then Rogue was a kid, Colossus was barely a character until the third one, and Magneto’s helmet was a bit too phallic for me.
There was one savior: Wolverine. I didn’t think Hugh Jackman was the best choice at first, but he ended up proving it to me in the end. He took the role seriously – the same way Tobey Maguire did with Spider-Man – and ran with it. Yes, I would’ve preferred to see him with that trademark helmet, but who knows if that’s even physically possible.
As for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it sucked. The plot sucked, the concept was weird – bone claws? Really? – and then the whole Deadpool thing. It was too many characters stuffed into one pot, and no one cared about any of them, much less Wolverine. Plus, the special effects were a little choppy. Remember the sink scene? Those blades looked fake as all get out.
Now, word is that Wolverine 2 is going to start filming in Japan in January of 2011. That means that the storyline is the famous Samurai storyline from the ’80s (I think it was the ’80s, correct me if I’m wrong). I loved that series, and it gives the movie a whole lot of room to grow. The question is whether or not they’ll screw it up like everything else so far. I’ve got my money on screwed up, but I’m just a cynic behind a keyboard. Who knows what will really happen.
Actually, I know. I know I’ll be renting it or picking it up on video, but chances are, I won’t see it in theaters.
Maybe I should rename this Zombie Watch!
Blackest Night: Superman #2 was a disappointment to me, and it looks like the entire mini is to be composed of one fight, unlike say the Titans tie in, which really moved the story forward. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable enough, just sadly lacking in anything except battle. It did justify itself however with the closing scene, where Ma Kent inexplicably turns into the woman from the Night Of The Living Dead remake.
Marvel Zombies #4 however was a treat, especially considering the lacklustre performance of the previous issues. Despite the apparent difference in time between the issues (Spidey at school one minute, then we jump to World War Hulk?), now we are seeing some action. I only hope Spidey-Zombie has some plan, and has created some form of cure in the intervening years, as it is pretty obvious he hasn’t infected the world with the plague.
Project Superpowers Chapter Two #3, featuring the new duo of Truth and Dare seemed disjointed, it was difficult to quite tell what was going on, but it contained some great reveals. It doesn’t like this new duo will last very long, and this is not a jumping on issue at all. If you want to give it a try, go and read the trades first. As with any good series, the reveals create more questions than answers, but these reveals were not answers to questions I had even thought of asking, there was no sense of satisfaction with them. Still, am I mistaken, or are there two Kittens?
My favourite so far has to be the Uncanny X-Men #515. In the wake of the ‘victory’ of the Utopia X crossover, Cyclops has to try on a new role, that of statesman, and already the wear is showing. Emma is no use, having to remain in diamond form to contain a sliver of the Void, she has lost what little access to her emotions she had in the first place. Xavier whines and butts heads with Scott again, and in the meantime there is an island full of mouths to feed. Namor, in his traditional brusque fashion adds a dose of reality to Scotts ‘Cabinet’.
The X-Men do seem to have gotten too big. I never thought I would say this, but oh for the days following the Muir Isle Saga, when there was five separate mutant teams, rather than just one large tribe. Some of the more minor characters are not going to get the attention they deserve, even if story wise the whole thing makes sense. Maybe they should start doing 8-page back up strips?
Still, the one thing I liked about Utopia-X? Ariel, from the Fallen Angels mini-series is back, and in the X-fold. I hope we see more of her, and of Cloak and Dagger, who were conspicuously absent.
Nation-X promises to be one of the best directions of the X-Men for a long time. It may only have been made possible by the Dark Reign, but purely on the basis of the last few issues, I think it far outshines it.
For the first time in years, I am X-cited again! Oh, and not to give any spoilers in case you haven’t read it, but guess who turns up on the last page? The more things change…..