The last stand of Cyclops and the next step for Inhumans and mutants.
Pimpf’s POV : How Marvel Comics got rid of my last fave character , with Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)… 😦
La sortie en Blu-Ray et DVD du film Suicide Squad dans sa version Extended Cut (notre review est par ici) se rapproche grandement pour la France, avec une
Avis Pimpf : Comme dans les comics ou Cap a déja été remplacé maintes fois de même que Tony comme avec Rhodes ou tout récemment c’est maintenant une jeune femme qui incarne Iron Man et même Doom ! Lisez les comics les sources y sont 🙂
Les rumeurs courent toujours concernant la suite du Réveil de la Force, aujourd’hui penchons-nous sur celle concernant le sabre de Luke Skywalker.
Le retour de Luke Skywalker est extrêmement attendu par les fans de la saga, qui on hâte d’en savoir plus sur les activités du Jedi depuis son exil. Les rumeurs et hypothèses se multiplient sans trouver de réponses concluantes. Il y a plusieurs mois, les détails d’une possible scène entre Luke, Rey et les hommes de Ren étaient dévoilés sur la Toile. Plusieurs choses avaient attiré l’oeil des internautes et plus particulièrement le costume de Luke Skywalker qui était semble-t-il complètement différent de celui vu dans Le Réveil de la Force. Aujourd’hui ce costume fait de nouveau parler de lui après que le site makingstarwars ait demandé à l’artiste Lumberjack Nick de le dessiner ! Les fans se demandaient récemment si Rey était trop puissante dans Star Wars 8, ils s’interrogent dorénavant sur l’absence de sabre de Luke Skywalker !
L’illustration semblre montrer Rey frustrée face à l’enseignement de Luke. Suivant les descriptions données, Lumberjack a dessiné Luke portant une tenue noire ressemblant fortement a celle du Retour du Jedi et tenant « Soit une mince lance, un mince bâton de marche, ou vieux bâton ». Étrangement il n’est pas fait mention d’une ceinture pouvant tenir une arme. Qu’en est-il dans ce cas ? Deux hypothèses sont évoqués. Luke pourrait avoir atteint un tel niveau dans la maîtrise de la Force qu’il n’en ait plus besoin. L’autre hypothèse pourrait être que le jedi ne tienne non pas un bâton, mais une nouvelle sorte de sabre laser n’étant pas encore apparue dans l’univers Star Wars. Ce ne serait pas la première fois que l’on tombe sur de nouvelles formes (celui de Dark Maul ou celui de Kylo Ren). Cene sont que des hypothèses mais ce qui est sûr, c’est que Luke Skywalker aura certainement un pouvoir impressionnant grâce à sa maîtrise de la Force.
Script and layouts by Mark Gruenwald, finished art by Bob Layton
From Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 Script and layouts by Mark Gruenwald, finished art by Bob Layton
Avengers West Coast #50, page 11 by John Byrne & Mike Machlan & Bob Sharen. 1989.
Who’s held ultimate power in their hands? These 15 comics characters!
Throughout fiction, one of the most popular recurring plots is the pursuit of power. Readers are fascinating with seeing character seek out more and more power and, of course, discovering whether it is true that “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” The problem with too much power is that it takes away from the stakes of the story. You can’t really have a lot of drama with an omnipotent hero or villain.
Therefore, what we get instead is a lot of stories where a hero or villain briefly has omnipotence, just long enough for the sake of the story (some are briefer than others). Here, then, is a list of fifteen comic book characters that have had a taste of ominipotence. This doesn’t count those characters who are permanently powerful (like Doctor Manhattan or Solar, Man of the Atom), but rather characters who had a temporary fling with ultimate power. While the numbers may count down, it is actually just a chronological list.
In the 1987 “Uncanny X-Men Annual” #11 (by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Paul Neary), a mysterious being known as Horde forced the X-Men to break into the Citadel of Light and Shadow to steal the Crystal of Ultimate Vision for him. The journey through the Citadel was a perilous one, as the Citadel tempted the X-Men (and Captain Britain and Meggan, who were along for the ride) with their fondest wishes. The story is a bleak one, as some of the fondest wishes of the X-Men are pretty twisted (like Dazzler is given the choice between being a successful artist, a successful judge or a bag lady and she chooses the one with the least amount of pressure – the bag lady).
It comes down to just Wolverine and he is about to get the crystal when Horde shows up and kills him, because he actually just wanted the X-Men to pave the path for him. However, before Horde can touch the crystal, a drop of Wolverine’s blood (from Horde’s vicious attack) hits the crystal and Wolverine is awarded the prize of the Crystal. Its powers resurrects Wolverine and he becomes one with the universe. He rejects omnipotence and just returns his teammates back to normal.
Like Doctor Doom, Thanos was always seeking objects of great power. This is because he was driven by a desire to impress Death itself, and he needed more and more power to kill more and more people. This search led him from giant killer spaceships all the way to his own Cosmic Cube. His search came to its pinnacle in the mini-series “Infinity Quest”, where he hunted down all of the Infinity Gems from the Elders of the Universe that possessed them and formed the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos was now the most powerful being in the universe and in the crossover event “Infinity Gauntlet”, he quickly proved it by killing half of the people in the universe!
Ultimately, Thanos’ old rival (and occasional friend), Adam Warlock, helped Thanos realize the truth – he always knew deep down that he did not deserve ultimate power, which is why he always self-sabotaged himself just like Doom did with his power.
10. Adam Warlock
Once Nebula lost the Gauntlet, there was a mad scramble for the glove, but in the end it turned out to be Adam Warlock who took a hold of it. He then cleaned up all the respective messes that Thanos had left over from his time of omnipotence and then vanished. When next we saw Warlock, it was in the debut issue of “Warlock and the Infinity Watch.” There, Warlock decided that the Gauntlet was too powerful for any one being to possess, so he instead split the gems up with a group of heroes (and one villain) who would each safeguard one of the gems.
Later, it turned out that during his time of omnipotence, Warlock had secretly (a secret even to him) split up the “Evil” and “Good” sides of personality, as the omnipotent Warlock felt that both of those impulses got in the way. Those sides of Warlock, now known as the Magus and the Goddess, formed the basis of the next two “Infinity” crossovers, “Infinity War” and “Infinity Crusade”.
9. Hal Jordan
During the “Reign of the Supermen,” the evil Cyborg Superman destroyed Coast City, the hometown of Earth’s greatest Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. The trauma of losing all of those people caused Hal to essentially snap. Later, it was revealed that Hal had been possessed by a malevolent entity known as Parallax. At the time, it looked like Hal was so distraught with grief that he decided that the only way he could make things right was to get more power. In the crossover “Emerald Twilight,” Hal traveled to the home base of the Green Lantern Corps and ended up absorbing the entire Green Lantern Corps power battery. He killed some folks along the way, but he felt that it did not matter, since his plan was to fix everything.
This led to “Zero Hour”, where the now nigh-omnipotent Hal (calling himself Parallax) decided to restart the universe to fix everything that went wrong in the world. He was defeated by Earth’s heroes. Hal later atoned for his sins by sacrificing himself to restart Earth’s sun in the crossover “Final Night.” Later (after a brief stint as the Spectre, also a kind of omnipotent being due to literally being God’s spirit of vengeance), Hal was resurrected and became human again.
7. Kyle Rayner
When Hal Jordan sacrificed himself to re-ignite Earth’s sun, he left over a lot of residual power floating around the universe, and ultimately in a storyline in the pages of “Green Lantern,” that power ended up in Hal’s successor as the Green Lantern of Earth, Kyle Rayner. In a story just a little bit earlier, Kyle had fought against Oblivion, a powerful villain who turned out to have been created by Kyle’s own subconscious. So Kyle had already intentionally dampened his powers, something he fixed when he absorbed Oblivion. When he added in Hal’s excess powers, the result was Kyle becoming an omnipotent being known as Ion.
Eventually, Kyle realized that omnipotence meant losing touch with his humanity, so he gave up the powers and used them to recreate the Green Lantern Corps power battery and create a new group of Guardians. Years later, it was revealed that Ion was a being like Parallax that sort of possessed Kyle rather than Kyle turning into Ion.
Genis-Vell, the son of Mar-Vell, took on his father’s mantle as the new Captain Marvel. He then bonded with Rick Jones following “Avengers Forever” and they worked together as superheroes. One of Genis’ powers, though, was Cosmic Awareness. The problem with Cosmic Awareness is that as it develops, it can pretty much drive you insane, as you instantly know the ramifications of every move you make. That’s exactly what happened to Genis, as he was driven mad by all of the knowledge that he possessed, but with that power also came nigh omnipotence. Ultimately, while insane (and insanely powerful), he was convinced by the children of Eternity to destroy the universe, which he does.
Once destroyed, Genis-Vell is, in effect, one with the universe and his insanity subsided a bit and he managed to convince Eternity’s children to restart the universe, so Genis recreates the universe just as it was before, only with some slight changes (like how he has a sister, Phyla-Vell).
Dan Jurgens relaunched “Thor” following “Heroes Return.” The son of Odin was called back to Asgard once his father died fighting Surtur. Thor now had to take over as ruler of Asgard, gaining him access to the Odinforce as a result. This made him basically omnipotent. While ruling in Asgard, Thor was becoming increasingly worried about being torn from Earth, so he came up with the solution of bringing Asgard down so that it floated over New York City. Soon, people began to worship Thor on Earth and in a powerful crossover, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America got caught up in a controversy involving worshipers of Thor. The battle between the three former friends showed how powerful Thor was, as he even managed to dent Captain America’s shield!
Thor’s control over Earth grew and grew until he was basically a tyrannical leader. As it turned out, earlier events in the series left Thor incapable of feeling the right amount of empathy for humanity. In a great plot twist involving time travel, Thor’s reign over the Earth was stopped before it ever actually began. Soon after was the “Ragnarok” storyline and when the Asgardians were eventually reincarnated, Thor was no longer in possession of the Odinforce.
The Avengers, knowing what the Phoenix Force did when it joined with Jean Grey (omitted from this list since her whole deal is that she’s usually its bearer and not just briefly in possession of the power), wanted to destroy it upon learning it was en route to Earth. Meanwhile, the X-Men wanted to see why it was coming first. Their squabble led to Tony Stark building a “Phoenix-killer” that instead split the Phoenix Force into five pieces, which then possessed Magik, Colossus, Namor, Emma Frost and Cyclops.
The “Phoenix Five” quickly turned the tables on the X-Men/Avengers war and soon began hunting the Avengers down (Namor practically destroyed Wakanda in the process). However, when the Avengers defeated Namor, his Phoenix powers were distributed to the other four. When Magik and Colossus were then defeated, Emma and Cyclops ended up with all of their powers. Cyclops was then driven to take Emma’s powers, so he basically became Dark Phoenix. He didn’t handle that well and even ended up killing his own mentor, Professor X! Dark Phoenix Cyclops was eventually defeated and the Phoenix Force went to Hope Summers after all, who transformed it into something that brought mutants back to Earth, undoing the events of “House of M.”
2. Captain America
Following “Avengers vs. X-Men”, a new Illuminati was formed, reflecting Namor being on the outs from the group and Professor X being dead. Beast took Xavier’s spot and Steve Rogers (who had returned to being Captain America) was now more involved with the group. The Illuminati discovered the existence of Universal “Incursions”, where the Earths of other universe were going to collide with their Earth. The heroes had to come up with some way to stop this incursion. Eventually, the only solution that they could come up with was to re-form the Infinity Gauntlet. Naturally, once they did so, the only person that they trusted to wield it was Captain America, who used the gauntlet to push back the Incursion.
However, something went wrong and a bunch of the Infinity Gems were destroyed. In addition, since Captain America could not bring himself to actually destroy the other Earth, the Incursion was only delayed, not halted. The other members of the Illuminati then erased Captain America’s memories of the Incursions, as they needed to come up with ways of stopping them and they had to at least have the option of destroying the other Earths on the table, something they knew they would never have if Captain America was involved.
1. Mister Fantastic
The Incursions continued, and basically two groups (a Cabal led by Namor and a group led by the Ultimate Reed Richards, known as the Maker) have been destroying other Earths whenever Incursions occur, to the point where it more or less came down to just the Ultimate Earth and the regular Earth. Those Earths were unable to destroy each other, so this led to a collision and that, in turn with the work of Doctor Doom with Molecule Man (who turned out to be a tool of the Beyonders), resulted in the Multiverse breaking and Doom using the power of the Molecule Man to stitch it together. That is, with Doom as the main god of the remaining, awkwardly put together, Multiverse (now one giant world known as Battleworld).
Reed Richards survived, though, and eventually he confronted Doom. The Molecule Man turned his allegiance to Reed and gave him the power that Doom held. Just as Doom feared, Reed was better at it than Doom. When last seen, Reed (working with Molecule Man and Reed’s powerful son, Franklin Richards) was currently busy fixing the Multiverse, one world at a time. So, so far, Reed has handled omnipotence better than anyone!
When most people in the U.S. think of comic books, “romance” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. When you say “comic books,” most people think “superheroes.” But from the 1940s to the early 1960s, romance comics in the United States such as “Young Romance” were extremely popular. However, a comic book doesn’t have…
My Selection from this Top 20 :
18. Reed Richards and Sue Storm
He’s a super-genius who can stretch his body into a near infinite number of shapes. She can turn herself and other objects invisible. They’re Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, and they’re awesome together.
When Reed Richards and Sue Storm first appeared in “The Fantastic Four” #1 in 1961, they were considered revolutionary. Until their appearance, couples in comic books tended to be bland and unrealistic. But “The Fantastic Four” broke new ground in relationships as well as storytelling, because they weren’t perfect. Richards and Storm would argue, fight, and even break up. Despite these problems, they always managed to come back together.
They gained their powers together, fought together in the Fantastic Four, and eventually married in “Fantastic Four Annual” #3 (1965). Over the decades, they’ve had two children together and Sue has gone from the Invisible Girl to become the more powerful Invisible Woman. They’ve left the Fantastic Four and returned, faced death countless times, and seemingly have left the Marvel Universe altogether in 2016’s “Secret Wars.” We’re sure we’ll see them in each other’s arms again eventually, though, because their greatest power is staying together.
12. Bruce Banner and Betty Ross
For as long as Bruce Banner has been the rampaging Hulk, he’s been in love with Betty Ross. Ross first appeared in “The Incredible Hulk” #1 in 1962, where she first met Banner before the experiment that infused him with gamma radiation transformed him into the Hulk. As Banner struggled to control his new power, Ross fell in love with his gentle and intelligent soul.
But their relationship hasn’t always been smooth. At first, Banner struggled to keep his secret from her, alienating her. When his secret was exposed, he had to go on the run from her own father, Thunderbolt Ross. She stood by him, even as he went on the run for his life. But Ross has been more than just his long-suffering girlfriend. She’s often broke up with Banner over his failed attempts to control the Hulk. Over time, she’s even become his enemy as she was transformed into the supervillain Harpy, and later became the powerful Red She-Hulk. Through all their transformations and conflicts, their love for each other has remained and continues to drive them.
9. Batman and Catwoman
The relationship between Batman and Catwoman is complex, because Catwoman is complex. Sometimes, Catwoman is a hero. Other times, Catwoman is a villain. Batman is always caught between wanting to arrest her and wanting to make love to her.
First appearing in “Batman” #1 in 1940 as “the Cat,” Selina Kyle has evolved into one of his most formidable villains. Catwoman engages Batman in a chess game, with him trying to reform her while she uses him to pursue her own interests. Although she’s supposed to be an enemy of Batman, Catwoman has her own moral code that’s even led her to team up with Batman. She’s a gray area in Batman’s usually strict moral code by being a combination of good and evil. He’s attracted to her because she’s a female version of himself: a dark creature that prowls the night, straddling the line between right and wrong.
While we’re always rooting for Batman to find love, we know it’s more important for him to fight crime, which is why we love watching him pursue Catwoman and fight villains at the same time.
2. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson
Of all the couples in comics, the relationship between Peter Parker (Spider-Man) and Mary Jane Watson seems to be one of the most popular. Unlike most superheroes whose relationship are on the sidelines, the romance between Parker and Watson is often the focus of the webslinger’s stories.
Watson was first mentioned in 1964’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” #15, where it became a running joke that Aunt May was trying to set Parker up with her. Parker constantly found ways to avoid her, and the reader never got to see her face until “The Amazing Spider-Man” #42. In that iconic moment, MJ turns and says, “Face it, tiger…you hit the jackpot!” Parker falls deeply for her, and so did the readers.
The two had a turbulent but deeply passionate romance. In 1987, “The Amazing Spider-Man Annual” #21 highlighted the wedding of Parker and Watson. Their marriage turned into one of the few bright spots in Spider-Man’s life. No matter how bad things got, he could always come home to her. That’s why it caused an uproar when the marriage was erased from history in 2007’s “One More Day.” We’re still hoping Marvel comes around and brings these two back together.
1. Superman and Lois Lane
By far, the most popular couple in comic book history is Superman and Lois Lane. She’s been an important part of the Superman mythos since their first appearances in “Action Comics” #1 in 1938. In work, Clark and Lois were rivals at the “Daily Planet,” but as Superman, he became Lane’s protector, always ready to leap in and rescue her.
The love triangle of Clark, Lois, and Superman has been a complex and ironic one. Over the years, she became increasingly attracted to Superman, ironically while sneering at the nerdy Clark Kent. The back and forth between the two has been a delight to fans for decades, even becoming the focus of the 1990s TV show, “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”
In the comics continuity, Lane eventually learned Superman’s secret identity. In “Superman” #50 (1990), Clark officially proposed and revealed himself as Superman. Despite Superman’s death in 1992, he came back to life and the two were officially married in 1996’s “Superman: The Wedding Album.” Their love story is part of what makes Superman great. She brings humanity to Superman, and he takes her places she’s never dreamed of.
6. Scott Summers and Jean Grey
As Cyclops and Marvel Girl, Scott Summers and Jean Grey both first appeared in “The X-Men” #1 in 1963, where they were students for Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, along with Beast, Angel, and Iceman. Over time, Cyclops and Grey fell in love. But when Wolverine joined the team in “Giant-Sized X-Men” #1 in 1975, Grey’s heart was torn as she found herself attracted to Logan instead. The rivalry between Wolverine and Cyclops over Grey’s affections threatened to tear the team apart.
The biggest twist in their relationship came when Jean Grey sacrificed herself to pilot a crashing space shuttle. Cyclops was devastated, but she miraculously returned as the Phoenix in “Uncanny X-Men” #125 (1979). Alas, her god-like powers and possession by the Phoenix Force forced her (well, her duplicate) to commit suicide in “Uncanny X-Men” #137 (1980). Grey returned in a stunning twist, and her rocky relationship with Cyclops and Wolverine continued with Cyclops even marrying her in “X-Men” #30 (1994) before later dying again. It seems like death always comes between them.
Pimpf’s POV : Those are among my fave Characters from comic books : Reed and Sur are among the first official Marvel family, Bruce and Betty have always lived through hard times with their love and couple but love is there , Bruce and Selina too even though they not always appear on the same side they are really attracted to each other ( that kind of shows up well in Gotham TV show), Clark & Lois the perfect couple, even though she took some time to finally recognize Clark as Supes, they were meant for each other, as is for me Peter and Mary Jane, what a couple and what a mistake to set them apart.
And what could I say for two of my favourite heroes ? Scott and Jean/ Cyclops and Pheonix, they were always the good couple for me the one that finally has been and should had always been, I didn’t and don’t like what Marvel made with both characters, they twisted them too much, and probably don’t recognize myself in Marvel Stories since them… yes people get divorced, separated, etc… but it’s a damn comics something you refer to they were always the ones for me . they are still the ones that deserve to be the couple of the comics for me