Ultimate Marvel Handbook #175

Hey Daron how are you today bud?

I’m good. I killed the intro since as you said people know me. We have a lot of emails this week. I’m glad to see it. More questions. Maybe something for you to debate over.

I’m pretty good, a little tired. Had to get up early to wait for the plumber”¦good times. Other than that I’m cool.

Good. How about we stop taking up the readers time and get started?

Well, while I imagine we’re about to take up a lot more of their time, I agree that we should move forward. So off we go.

Patrick emails

While I’m sure you’ve read it, this contains a spoiler about Civil War #3, just in case
My only comment on Civil War #3:

They better have a damn good explanation as to why Thor would ever side with Tony Stark over Captain America, or I’m going to rip the world in half.

I’m hoping for one too. Maybe DB isn’t Donald Blake or is Donald Blake and he’s controlling Thor and it’s not the true Thor. Thor should be with Cap. He respects Cap the most of all mortals on Earth.

Or maybe, Marvel just wants to spark some controversy and story be damned”¦not like it would be the first time a company did that”¦

Dano emails

Hey Jim & Daron,

Just want to get your opinion on a couple of things.

1: Its been a while since Avengers Disassembled, which led into House of M, which led into M Day & Decimation leading to Civil War and onwards. What I want to know is what do you two think Marvel has actually accomplished (apart from sales) over these series that will stand the test of time and will not be retconned back at the next available opportunity? What events that happened, for example Wolverine’s memory returning, Spidey’s unmasking etc etc.. do you think will stick? Just for instance, I get the idea to trim the excess mutants, but won’t loads more people still become mutants during adolescence from now onwards or did the ‘no more mutants’ by Wanda also mean no more mutants will develop and we’re stuck with a max of 198?

Well it’s not just sales that get effected here. As JQ has said it was a way to take Marvel back to the core in a way. Take Marvel and bring some of the old conflicts and more back to the comics. Remember characters back in the days didn’t team up always. Some times they fought just as much as teamed up. Now when say Cap shows up in Iron Man they won’t team up but fight.

This would affect a title like Marvel Team-Up big time if it was still going after Civil War. In essence now a lot more can happen too. Say you have an event like Secret Wars now or something like that manor the sides will be quite different. Cap would likely not fight alongside Iron Man or maybe even a character like Hulk showing up will cause major effect now after what the others did to him.

Hulk going into space is part of this. He’s going to come back and when he does all hell will break loose. Iron Man, Mister Fantastic and a few others have something new to fear. Not just villains. The villains will have ways to get to the heroes more too. Spidey’s foes know they can go after Aunt May or MJ.

I don’t think they will put everything back once this is over. I think it will impact Marvel for the next 3-4 years big time. Wolverine will recall who he is. Spidey will have to find a new identity or stay outed. The scary idea would be seeing Ben Reily come back through this. But it’s possible.

Thor turning on Cap? That could be an impact no one would be able to resist. Also note all the groups get affected. The Avengers will be changed. The FF will be changed. The X-Men will be changed. Every book is impacted in ways we still have to learn. I think this might be a way for Marvel to have a Crisis without calling it Crisis. This will be big and impact Marvel for years to come. I personally hope it stays this way for that long because you just challenged your writers to think of fresh ideas.

If I were to guess, I’d say most of the stuff coming out of all these crossovers will last a couple years, but will either be simply tossed aside to “tell better stories” as individual writers see fit, or Marvel will finally do a “Crisis” type story where they restart their Universe”¦which I honestly think they probably need. Personally, I think they’ve completely ruined the character of Wolverine by giving him his memory and rather retarded “origin.”

2: Not knocking Mark Millar, but after reading Civil War #3 I get the distinct impression his Captain America in Civil War is being written just like his Cap in the Ultimates? I’m actually liking this change to Cap and the way Millar is writing him, but I’m also digging Brubakers run on the solo title and his Cap being more classic. Where do you stand on a long standing character having a classic voice/manner that all writers should somewhat adhere to?

Personally I’m enjoying Cap the way Brubaker writes him the most. He’s brought a nice style to the character and the book. He brought a new life to Cap that we haven’t seen in years. The type of Cap that we have been begging to see. I like how he mixes classic with some new fresh tough ass Cap.

I like Miller’s cap in Civil War as well. He seems to be using Ultimate and Brubaker’s Cap combined. He is making Cap strong and tougher then even Brubaker does. He’s making Cap a badass. I like it as well. But if your asking, Brubaker is better.

For some reason, I’m not at all surprised by this”¦

Take it easy boys

See you Dano

Later, yo!

G-Walla emails

Jim, Daron,

Thought I’d write in since you guys seemed hurting for material. But first, I wanted to point out a little something that’s bothering me. In the Civil War Updates (which I’m loving by the way) you’ve got Amazing Spider-Man #533 listed twice.

Fixed that now, lol

Yeah, I just read Civil War 3 and saw the lightning bolt and yeah. That was a good ish. First single ish I’ve read in a while (I mostly go trade paperback style).

And like Cory, I would suggest you guys check out the Venture Brothers. That’s been some of the funniest stuff I’ve watched in quite some time. An excellent show.

I’m going to watch it on demand. I’ve got the ability to watch some stuff on cable in a special feature called on demand and the shows on there. I’m catching it this weekend

Yeah, I catch it from time to time, my roommate loves it”¦

Okay, questions. So, I picked up New Warriors: Reality Check a couple of months back. And the at the end of it, and this is a bit of a spoiler I suppose, their show gets put on hiatus and the team seemingly breaks up, and ole Night Thrasher is totally bankrupted… so, did anything happen to them before they got whiped out to start a Civil War? And what happened to Debrii?

That was the last appearance of the group before Civil War 1. They seemed to have gone back to doing the reality series. Nova of course left for space and Annihilation. Both series I believe are happening the same time frame.
Debrii was spotted in She-Hulk 8 after the group got killed. Former Warriors teamed up to find Hindsight Lad who was secretly outing their secret identities

Oh, and was Microbe ever affected by any of the mutants losing their powers hoopla? I’m betting not.

Microbe was one of the mutants not effected by Decimation. He still had his powers while in Civil War just like Namorita.

And I picked up a Marvel Legends figure of Blackheart. And my favorite site to look up Marvel characters, marveldirectory.com, doesn’t have a listing for him. So, I’m wondering if you can give a little rundown about the son of Mephisto and maybe what he’s been up to.

Real Name: Blackheart
Occupation: Agent of Mephisto
Other Aliases: None
Place Of Birth: Christ’s Crown, New York
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: Mephisto (father), Mephista (half-sister); Daimon and Satana Hellstrom, Mikal Drakonmegas (quasi-siblings)
Group Affiliation: Hellfire Club
First Appearance: Daredevil Vol.1 #270
Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
Eyes: Black (Variable)
Hair: Black (Variable)

Powers: Blackheart can regenerate from most physical harm; levitate; teleport extradimensionally; change the size and physical form of himself and willing others; generate concussive blasts of black energy; and survive without food, water, or sleep. Though he can assume human form, Blackheart usually appears as a black spine-covered humanoid with a long tail. He smells unpleasantly of burning ink and roses, and has no discernible heartbeat. He likely possesses further unrevealed abilities.

History: Centuries of murder saturated the Christ’s Crown area with evil until the attempted rape of a young girl named Sarah drew Mephisto to create a “son,” Blackheart, from the accumulated wrongs. Slaying both rapist and victim, Blackheart explored the nature of evil under his father’s tutelage, clashing with and failing to corrupt Daredevil and Spider-Man. Mephisto and Blackheart soon drew Daredevil, Brandy Ash, the genetically engineered Number Nine, and Inhumans Gorgon, Karnak, and Ahura into Hell.

Observing these mortals led Blackheart to rebel against his father and seek a newer form of evil; in retaliation, Mephisto diminished Blackheart’s powers. Focusing on those who walked the line between good and evil, Blackheart tried and failed to recruit Wolverine (Logan), the Punisher (Frank Castle) and the Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch) to his rebellion. Blackheart also aided Wonder Man against Mephisto and helped Misha of the mercenary Warheads as her telepathic “Voice,” using Mys-Tech’s Rathcoole to obtain a mystic sword which could harm Mephisto. Returning to Christ’s Crown, Blackheart altered his followers into the Corrupt, and employed Wolverine, Punisher, and Ghost Rider as a feint to allow him to anoint the sword with an innocent’s blood. He apparently slew Mephisto, banishing his “father” from Hell and restoring his own powers to full strength.

As Hell’s ruler, Blackheart focused on corrupting the Ghost Rider, aiding the Furies to possess mortal bodies to torment Ghost Rider and resurrecting the Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton) to send after Ketch. From his palace in the Burning Flesh district, Blackheart created his own Spirits of Vengeance: his consort Black Rose (the deceased Roxanne Simpson, ex-wife of Dan Ketch’s brother, Johnny Blaze), Verminus Rex (a spirit who had battled the Ghost Rider during World War I), Wallow (a homicidal mortal suicide whom Ghost Rider had thwarted), Doghead (a downtrodden immigrant), and Pao Fu (who had died in the arms of Ghost Rider as he tried to save her). Blackheart bargained to free Ghost Rider’s relatives from their curse; in return, Ghost Rider agreed to lead Blackheart’s Spirits. However, the pair fell out and Ghost Rider destroyed Blackheart, banishing him from Hell.

While ruler of Hell, Blackheart had tormented the soul of the mutant Stryfe by manipulating the X-Force group, which attracted the attention of the mutant sorceress Selene. After banishment from Hell, Blackheart allied with Selene as the Hellfire Club’s temporary Black King. After defeating Selene’s enemy Alyssa Moy, Blackheart battled the Fantastic Four, Mechamage, Hellstorm, and Margali Szardos; they ultimately defeated Blackheart, binding him beneath New York’s Hellfire Club. Trapped there, he continued to aid Selene, opposing X-Force in an attempt to corrupt Sunspot, while awaiting his inevitable release.

Thanks, again, and keep up the good work.

You’re welcome and hope you continue to read our little column.

Cory emails

Greetings True Believers, Cory here, again, to make the column rather lengthy this week…..hope all is well…and away we go:

1- Top 10 Avengers
1- Captain America
2- Thor
3- Hawkeye
4- Vision
5- Iron Man
6- Quicksilver
7- Scarlet Witch
8- Black Panther
9- Hank Pym
10- Wasp/Ms.Marvel (tie)

Not a bad list. Mines coming up soon.

2- Why such a negative reaction for the mutant X-Man known as Maggott (R.I.P)??? He seemed odd, but ok to me I guess

I didn’t really have a problem with Maggot. Just out of all the X-Men and characters with the group I’d likely kill before tons of others. I admit though. Longshot I hate the most personally

Maybe because he was a useless, retarded character? Also with a potential cast so large do we really need stupidass characters like Maggot (or Gambit for that matter – come on you had to see that one coming 🙂

3- How did the Marvel comics bankruptcy problems come about? And if they did go kaput, what would have happened to the characters? Would DC step in and help or harm? Any opinions?

Marvel earned a great deal of money and recognition during the comic-book boom of the early 1990s , from its flagship titles, X Men, Avengers, Spider Man, and Fantastic Four.

However, it also launched the unsuccessful 2099 line of comics set in the future (Spider-Man 2099 etc.) and the creatively daring yet commercially unsuccessful Razorline imprint of superhero comics created by novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker.
Due to the poor sales relating titles mentioned above, which had been hugely unpopular with Marvel fans, and for wrong investiments, Marvel filed for bankruptcy amidst accusations that Perelman had strip-mined the company for his own gain. The casualties included the comic-book distribution industry in 1994, when Marvel announced it was acquiring Heroes World to use as its exclusive distributor. As the industry’s other major publishers made exclusive distribution deals with other companies, the loss of the industry’s largest companies threw the majority of the comic book distributors out of business.

Creatively and commercially, the ’90s were dominated by the use of gimmickry to boost sales, such as variant covers, cover enhancements and regular company-wide crossovers that threw the universe’s continuity into disarray.

Investor Carl Icahn attempted to take control of Marvel, but after protracted legal battles, in 1997 control of the company landed in the hands of Isaac Perlmutter, owner of the Marvel subsidiary Toy Biz. With his business partner Avi Arad and publisher Bill Jemas and editor-in-chief Bob Harras, Perlmutter helped Marvel back on its feet, largely by returning to the fan favourites, X Men, Avengers, and Fantastic Four. In addition to Marvel revitalizing its comics line, several of its properties have been licensed to become hit movies, most notably X-Men and Spider-Man.

So DC didn’t have to. Toy Biz did.

To add to that it wasn’t just a couple of bad lines that caused the bankruptcy. Back in the day Marvel was giving every character with a costume his or her on title, and completely flooding the market with crap. Eventually the sheer number of titles versus the relative lack of sales helped put the nails in the coffin. If you remember, a couple years back, Marvel started doing this very thing again when just about every mutant had his or her own book, and many people were screaming about the eventual fall of the company again. This is what they were referring to. Thankfully, Marvel seemed to recognize this and downsized a lot of their “fat.”

4- On a scale of 1-10, how powerful/important is Jubilee’s power? I loved her as Wolvie’s sidekick, hated the yellow trademark trenchcoat, and believe that the 90’s cartoon totally created her fanbase. As for my sidekick question last week…it’s hard for most to take the mantle of their mentor, especially when in her case that mentor is over 100 and can’t conventionally “die”.

When Jubs had her powers she was 3. With learning and more experience they always said Jubilee could’ve been one of the most powerful mutants alive. A range of 9. But now de-powered she won’t reach any potential

5- “Self-explanatory” codenames: Speed. & about the “My super ex-gf” question last week, I was thinking Ms. Marvel as well. Hey Daron, why not take the misses to go see this movie, since you said that she might be a lil po’ed about that other single guy in Marvel question. LOL.

Well if she wants to see it we’ll go. I try and pick my battles when it comes to my “geeky” hobby and her. The fact that she went to the Pittsburgh con this year pretty much means I’m out of requests for a little while, unless she wants to do/see something on her own. Thankfully, she was excited about Superman, so I got to see that wonderful film in the theatre, which everyone should.

Speaking of that my bad, to each and every female reader out there. It’s just that between me, J, and Daron we’re all guys. I would love to hear the females answers on what guys they would not wanna date, just out of curiosity. As for the reply you guys gave, why Emma? and why Aurora? (though I do remember Emma’s past and Aurora being a lil loony)

I say Emma because she’s a whore. She sleeps around. Hell it’s bad enough she’s with Cyclops now. She’s just to skanky for me. I just wouldn’t date her.

Aurora is the skitso factor. She just is too insane for me. I’d get one personality one minute and the other another minute. I just would be afraid with that type of woman.

So Jim, now I’m curious. Exactly how insane is “too insane?” It’s been my experience that even a little insanity can go a long way”¦

6- So what were Avengers: The Crossing & Spider-Man: the Other, all about anyway?

Avengers: The Crossing: It was revealed soon after that a traitor was among the Avengers, and it turned out to be none other than Iron Man himself. It appeared that Kang the Conqueror had been manipulating Stark for years, using him as a sleeper agent and causing him to push aside his friends and unconsciously serve Kang. Stark, fully in Kang’s thrall,.

Tony killed Marilla, Yellowjacket II (Rita DeMara) and Gilgamesh (Don’t ask me how stupid the writer was not to know he was an Eternal).

To defeat Stark and Kang, the Avengers recruited a younger, teenage Tony Stark from an alternate timeline. The sight of his younger self shocked the older Stark into regaining momentary control of his actions, and he sacrificed his life to stop Kang.

Spider-Man: the Other: Peter has recently been having black outs, dizzy spells, and enigmatic dreams, which includes Morlun rolling a bag into a morgue, Kraven the Hunter, frogs, Uncle Ben, and dice that show snake eyes. Later, Spider-Man confronts a new villain calling himself Tracer who is robbing a bank. In the ensuing fight, Tracer wounds Spider-Man by shooting him with a bullet that follows him and eventually goes into his shoulder. Tracer escapes, while Peter goes to see Dr. Castillo, a doctor recommended to him by Captain America, who treats Peter’s wound and takes a blood test. Later, Dr. Castillo calls Peter and tells him she has bad news. Meanwhile, Morlun is shown to be watching him.

Mary Jane overhears that Spider-Man might be getting killed on television. She rushes to a bar to see the live coverage on TV, and she sees Spider-Man fighting Tracer, who is controlling Iron Man’s armor and forcing him to attack Spider-Man. Later, at home, Mary Jane confronts Peter, telling him she thinks he has a death wish, but Peter interrupts her to tell her the news from the doctor.

Later, May Parker, who wakes up from a strange dream and, after being yelled at by an emotional Peter, goes to the kitchen and finds Tracer. Tracer tells her that he is a reserve Avenger who is there to watch over her. During their conversation, he tells May that he is a machine god; in the same way that humans created gods, machines created him. Meanwhile, Spider-Man is fighting Tracer’s robot followers in the city when his powers start to fail. Morlun confronts him and tells Peter that he would rather watch Peter deteriorate than fight him. Spider-Man returns home and, finding Tracer, attacks him. However, Tracer assesses his health and refuses to fight him in his current state. After his escape, Peter tells May what is wrong with him.

Peter goes to see Mister Fantastic, who tells him that his condition is not cancer or anything traditional, but Yellowjacket tells him that the infection is radiation-based. Therefore, Peter goes to see Bruce Banner, an expert on radiation-based mutation. Banner tells Peter that at the rate the infection is spreading, a cure could not be developed in time to do any good. Peter then sees the Black Panther on Banner’s suggestion, but he also cannot find the source of Peter’s illness. Back in New York, Peter encounters “The Ox” and, thinking him to be Morlun, fights him. In his anger, Peter almost kills him before Daredevil stops him. Later, Peter goes to Doctor Strange, who tells him he cannot use his magic to cure Peter and tells Peter to prepare himself for death.

Peter, Mary Jane and Aunt May go to Latveria to use Dr. Doom’s Time Machine to see past scenes in his life, like the day Richard Parker and Mary Fitzpatrick-Parker left Peter in the care of his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. After returning to Stark Tower, Peter plans a trip to Las Vegas with Mary Jane, namely in Tony Stark’s penthouse suite. As he thinks of what it would be like in Las Vegas, Peter thinks about using his spider-sense to win at blackjack, in the hopes of making enough money for his family after he is gone, but of course, even Vegas would most likely be hit by super villains he would have to fight. In New York, Morlun is looking for Spider-Man, in vain, as Peter and Mary-Jane are in one of Stark’s space pods, looking down upon the Earth.

Later, Peter tries to clear his head with something that is very traditional in situations like these: web slinging. However, Morlun is not only watching, but takes Peter off-guard. A fight ensues that sends Spider-Man flying through J. Jonah Jameson’s office. Spider-Man then moves the fight away from civilians and to the birth place of Spider-Man: Empire State University. The fight gets intense as momentum swings from Morlun’s side to Spider-Man’s side. After an exhausting array of punches and kicks, Spider-Man starts to think that he has the victory. However, an unscathed Morlun tells Spider-Man that he fought the best he could, right before plucking Spider-Man’s left eye out and devouring it. Morlun then begins and ends with a barrage of punches that leaves Spider-Man a bloody, unconscious mess.

Before Morlun can kill Spider-Man, the cops show up and Morlun leaves Spider-Man’s bloody, unconscious body, planning to finally drain his life force when the hero is alone. The paramedics take the near-dead Spider-Man to the hospital, with the Avengers and Mary Jane Watson on the way as well when they hear what happened on television, and they learn that Spider-Man’s injuries are too severe. Morlun goes to the unconscious Spider-Man’s hospital bed to finish him off, but MJ attempts to stop Morlun, who effortlessly throws her across the room and breaks her arm. Peter suddenly wakes up, and using the last of his strength, the savage, animalistic spider-side of himself takes over, and he attacks Morlun, pinning the villain and impaling his arms to the floor. Peter then bites into Morlun’s neck, killing him. Reverting to normal, Peter says goodbye to MJ and dies in her arms. Iron Man takes Spider-Man’s body, so that the public will not know that Spider-Man is dead.

Spider-Man is proven to be dead, and Iron Man transports his body away from the hospital. Mary Jane, Aunt May, and Jarvis, Iron Man’s butler, meet together to grieve over Peter’s death. After inspecting the body, Mary Jane talks to both Captain America and Iron Man over how to divulge the secret identity of Spider-Man. After being unable to sleep, Mary Jane has a conversation with another New Avengers member, Spider-Woman, who states that their powers are from the same base, and she could sense when Peter was going down, this obviously is through the mystical side of their powers. Both Spider-Woman and Spider-Man got their powers via radiation involving some form of spider DNA, and thus their powers are extremely similar. In the middle of the talk, there is an audible crash from the chamber where Peter Parker’s body is kept. Mary Jane and the New Avengers arrive at the scene, to find that Peter’s body has been desecrated. Judging by the amount of glass outside the window, Captain America judges that the killer escaped but not entered through the window. Mary Jane discovers the secret: all that is left is a skin. Peter, like a snake, has left his outer layer behind in transformation. Later, we discover what is happening via a class of kids being taught about spiders. Peter Parker is metamorphosing; he hangs in a cocoon underneath Brooklyn Bridge, the very place where his first love, Gwen Stacy, fell to her death.

Several days have passed since Peter shed his skin and begins with Iron Man flying around searching for him. Under the Brooklyn Bridge, Peter sleeps inside his cocoon and has a strange dream. A voice tells him he never understood what he was, accusing him of being too scared to be truly a “Spider-Man”, only focusing on the human part and neglecting the spider part. Morlun managed to kill the human part of Peter, but the spider in him survived and killed Morlun, saving them both. The voice tells him that he will only be reborn if he accepts both parts, and warns him that Peter could be reborn very differently. Peter agrees and is reborn, outwardly human. He goes to the Avengers Tower and swears to Mary Jane and Aunt May that he will never leave them again. Later in the night, Peter goes to the lab where his husk is and recalls the final warning of the voice: “Are you the man who dreamed of being a spider? Or the spider who dreamed of being a man? Are you the one… or are you the other?” Shaking off the warning, Peter removes the wedding ring from the husk and heads back to bed.

Peter gets a check up from Stark. As it turns out, Peter’s wounds from his old enemies have been healed and even the tonsils he lost in fourth grade have reappeared. Before the test could continue, Aunt May stopped it and told Peter to “go play”. So Peter and Mary Jane go out and swing throughout the city, talking about how they feel about the recent events that have occurred. Meanwhile, in Stark Tower, pirate spiders started to eat Peter’s old and dead body. When Spider-Man returns, he finds the top of Stark tower covered in webbing. Inside the tower, Spider-Man finds the pirate spiders, with Peter’s old body. Using the basis of his skin, they have formed a body of their own. Engaging in battle, Spider-Man finds that the stingers he used to fight Morlun appear once again, but he is confused because “Spiders don’t have stingers!” Before anything else could happen, the pirate Spider punches through the walls of Stark Tower and runs off. Spider-Man chases it down and then it heads into the sewer. It forms a cocoon in a church. Spider-Man tells the New Avengers he has no idea about it and they want to run some more tests on him.

Peter follows the otherworldly being), only for it to inform him that they are both parts of the same whole, and that spider-based cosmic forces are vying for control of his life. Apparently, although a spider-deity known as “The Great Weaver” thought that Spidey’s death was premature and pulled him back from his fate, others disagreed-and Peter feels his life being pulled in different directions as a result, at the centre of a metaphorical Spider’s web of which he is unsure if he is the predator or the prey.
Peter is still in a state of confusion and is having some sort of an identity crisis after his rebirth. With no time to contemplate the events of days past, Spider-Man rushes to the scene of an explosion, where a building was just demolished and people are trapped under the debris. Spider-Man quickly begins to “dig” into the remains of the building, and in his attempt and find survivors, he discovers that he has new powers. His new powers include night vision, the ability to feel vibrations through his webbing, and the ability to carry heavy objects on his back.

Spider-Man successfully rescues a few survivors and learns that his new powers have appeared because he is now “embracing the Other”. Peter then returns home to be with Mary Jane, and they watch the nightly news which portrays Spider-Man as a hero. The issue and this storyline concludes with Tony Stark beginning work on a new costume for Spider-Man.

7- About Wanda. 1st- Sucks for Scott Lang just being a innocent bystander. 2nd- She and Clint were great friends, even though she was Crazay! On occasion though, you usually see the love and respect that one has for someone can counteract such a vicious attack. Example: Wolverine stopping Jean (Phoenix) in X-3 or Betty stopping the rage of the Hulk. So I guess that they, Clint included, had to die just to prove how strong and unstable Wanda had become. But sometimes, especially in comicdom, the love a reader has for a character can be overwhlming. I miss ole Clinton. I miss him for being Marvel’s solo archer, having major women problems, his attitude & his hearing handicap, and not being afraid to second guess Captain America. Either of you 2 share my sentiments?

Oh I want Clint back. We already know he’s alive. We also know he gave up the costume. We’ve had possible rumors of his return in Civil War and even rumors of him being Daredevil. We will find out soon

8- Wolvie killing Wanda….J-Wolverine is a born killer. He sees a threat he wants to get rid of it for the most part. Only those he really knows would be ones he would refuse to kill. He really never knew Wanda. D-I actually think it would have been more like Logan, to just kill her when no one was looking because he knew it was best for the entire universe. You both are right, but it also isn’t like he hasn’t killed a few ladies in his life anyway. Rose, Jean, Mariko. With him after Nitro, you fellas couldn’t be more right?

We both could be right. Wolverine has killed woman and would kill Wanda if it was called for. He’d even kill Magneto again. He’s willing to kill to save lives.

9- Dr. Starnge IS criminally underused, are there any other heroes that are under the radar as well? Deathlok? Btw, season 1 of the Venture Brothers on sale now! lol

I agree with the Strange statement. I’m hoping that the new series will fix that. I want to see him used a ton more.

I’d say these are under used:

Ghost Rider (again hoping series and movie fix this)
Moon Knight (before his series had started)
Deathlok (should show up in Beyond)
Hawkeye (Hey he is MIA right?)
Iron Fist

I think I’ll go get that DVD Wednesday. Ask me about it next week.

There are tons of underused characters, but the major ones are Moonknight, Namor, and Iron Fist (note I’m not yet counting the Moon Knight series exceptionally uninteresting”¦)

10- Where’s Stryfe?

Dead. Stryfe and Cable battled until Cable opened a temporal rift, and Stryfe’s body was destroyed, but his consciousness entered Cable’s mind, and he stayed there until he voluntarily left some time later. Now physically dead, he later attempted to return to life through the body of Warpath. Although he failed, he later returned through different means. After a brief return to villainy, Stryfe seemingly died once more, battling an extra-terrestrial virus alongside Bishop and Gambit.

11- Are there any other Deus ex Machinas in Marvel? Wolverine? Silver Surfer?

Wolverine might come close. I’m not to sure but he might come close.

Surfer maybe but doubt him as much.

Wolverine, I’d say is definitely one at times. Honestly, I’d say any character can be used this way, but Wovie definitely gets this treatment a lot.

12- Since Wolvie is an anti-hero and a Buddhist (sounds a lil contradictory for a killer), what about some of our other fave anti-heroes, as far as possible religions? Punisher? Deadpool? Cable?

Punisher: Catholic (former seminarian)
Deadpool: Catholic (lapsed); One World Church (lapsed)
Cable: Askani. Must recall it is a religion in the future

13- So Daron, since you admitted last weekend that you also read Wildstorm comics, what do you think of the revamping of the upcoming WildCATS series?

I’m actually pretty excited about it. Not even mentioning the astounding creative teams attached to all the books that have been announced, I’m excited about being able to finally read the line again. I was a big fan of the original “Image Wildstorm” stuff, but haven’t really read much of it in the last few years. So yeah”¦I’m looking forward to it.

14- What were/are you guys opinions of the many similarities between WildCATS and X-Men? especially as far as characters?

Hmmmm let’s see

Spartan: Cybernetic body. Superstrength, invisiblity, energy projection (blasts and shields), flight, enhanced senses. Body could repair itself. When merged with Void: increased energy projection, increased superstrength and teleportation

Spartan = Cable

Zealot: Possesses superhuman strength and centuries of combat experience. Limited knowledge of dark sorceries.

Zealot = Psylocke

Voodoo: Telepathy, the Sight (allows her to recognise Daemonite-possessed humans), time-manipulation, regeneration, can shapeshift into a beast-like form, Voodoo magic, and control over magnetic fields

Voodoo = Rachel?

Grifter: incredibly adept fighter, expert in hand-to-hand combat and with most weapons. He is especially good with guns. He also possesses powerful psi powers, though most of the time these are dormant, largely by choice.

Grifter = Bishop

Warblade: Warblade can alter his molecular structure, allowing him to reshape parts of his body at will, simultaneously turning those parts into a kind of organic steel.

Warblade = Wolverine

Void: Teleportation, precognition, energy manipulation, increasing size and mass.

Void = Jean?

Lord Emp: Immortality, superhuman strength and durability. Telepathy. Capable of generating large amounts of energy.

Lord Emp= Xavier

Maul: normally looks like a somewhat skinny but otherwise normal-looking human, but can transform in seconds into an immense purple-skinned humanoid with horns growing out his back, possessed of incredible strength, endurance and durability. He can continue to grow larger and stronger (he has been seen to be able to grow until he dwarfs skyscrapers), but as he grows his intelligence decreases proportionately, until he is nothing more than a mindless brute whose only goal is destruction.

Maul= Colossus

There’s ways to do this with so many characters and teams. I can see the influences but not fully. I mean hell I’m likely not right.

Well, both Wildcats and Cyberforce were influenced by the X-Men so it’s no surprise that the characters are pretty similar. Jim is right I think about most of his comparisons, although I think Spartan was supposed to mimic Cyclops/Havoc more than Cable, and Voodoo’s always been an oddity to me. I don’t really see her as Rachel though. I think she’s probably one of the more “original” original Wildcats.

15- Can either of you care to explain your issue with Marvel’s continuity? And what examples can you give?

Well it’s screwed up. They haven’t been following continuity with Marvel comics since JQ took over. The titles are a little hard to follow at times when you don’t know what to read first or when events happened.

Marvel is in the process of fixing this. House of M was part of that process. Civil War is the same. So they are trying to fix it.

My issue with Marvel Continuity? The fact that they haven’t had any semblance of “continuity” for the last few years is my major problem. There are WAY to many things to point to”¦like just about everything they published for the last few years”¦

16- Since Green Arrow is one of the top fighters in DC & Hawkeye is one of the best (trained by Capt. A), who would win in a 2 out of 3 falls? 1-arrows, 2- fisticuffs, 3- anything goes.

1. Arrow. (Hey have to give one to the DC guy)
2. Hawkeye (Cap trained him as you already stated)
3. Hawkeye (He’s got an ace in the hole with Pym particles.)

I think I agree with this. GA is probably the better archer, but other than that I think Clint would best Ollie.

17- Movies: I hear that Doug Jones (aka Abe Sapien from Hellboy) is heavily rumored now to play The Silver Surfer in FF42. And the title is called Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer (2007). Also Brett Ratner is directing Wolverine (oh boy), and that Tyler Mane is in talks to be Sabretooth, Ken Watanabe (Silver Samurai), Brian Cox (Stryker), Kelly Hu (Lady Deathstrike), and Silver Fox are rumored. Those are fine, but Juggs & the Blob? They are barely Logan-related. What the hell?

I don’t get the Juggernaut or Blob thing with Wolverine either. I think they should use

SilverFox, Maverick, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, Silver Samurai, Stryker, and if you need any more villains add someone Omega Red.

The Doug Jones thing I’ll say eh until I see him in the suit if he gets the role. They can pull anything off with cgi

About rescuing you guys….Anytime. I feel like I finally found a home, in terms of comicdom chat, lol. I personally love the new logo, I say go 4 it!

lol, I’m glad you feel at home with us. We enjoy your emails. I hope you keep sending them. See you in 7 Cory

Cory out…..See ya in 7!

Hasta con pasta!

Top ten

top ten Avengers

1. Wolverine
2. Spider-Man
3. Captain America
4. Moon Knight
5. Invisible Woman
6. She-Hulk
7. Scarlet Witch
8. Thor
9. Hawkeye
10. Ms. Marvel

Next week: Top ten villains

It’s that time again everyone. This weeks top 5 Marvel books of the week.

1. CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE # 4: “Embedded” – Civil War has ignited across the Marvel Universe! Embedded reporters Sally Floyd and Ben Urich are driven into the heart of battle—a battle in which a hero will fall. Their investigations will take Sally into the heart of Captain America’s resistance, while Urich is about to get reacquainted with a certain green friend…

“The Accussed” – Despised by a nation, the lone survivor of the New Warriors’ team is behind bars. Without family, without a friend in the world and without a reason to go one, will this hero make a deal, or take a stand?

“Correspondence” – Juxtaposing stories of war throughout time with the Marvel Civil War, “Correspondence” adapts tales from World War I and more!

The smackdown of the century is here: Wolverine vs. Nitro – The Human Bomb! But what dark secret does Nitro hold that threatens to shake up everything? And who are the three mysterious strangers tracking Wolverine? Everything you think you know is wrong.

3. DAREDEVIL # 87: It’s the heightened senses-shattering conclusion of “The Devil in Cell-Block D” and many questions are answered! Who is the man behind the Daredevil mask running around Hell’s Kitchen? How will Matt get out of the corner he’s been painted into? And will he be jumping right out of the frying pan and into a fire of his own making? Mystery and action abounds as fan-favorite creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark bring their first Daredevil arc to a close!

4. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 534: Life couldn’t be more complicated — or more dangerous — for Peter Parker. Spider-Man has picked a side in the Civil War that’s tearing apart the super hero community, and the decision has ripped apart some of his strongest bonds. When one of the War’s leaders comes to recruit Spidey for his troops, will Spidey stay true to that decision?
Part of 3 (of 6).

5. CAPTAIN AMERICA # 20: As the “Twenty-First Century Blitz” rips through the streets of London, Cap comes face-to-face with an enemy he last faced in World War Two. And with Union Jack and Spitfire at his side, he fights to save London from destruction, while the Red Skull makes his move!

The Civil War update!

Sorry all but I had to cut the update this week. This puppy has gotten way too long and has pushed us over the edge as far as character count and posting goes. Looks like Jimbo will have to find a way to make this section shorter”¦

There’s another edition of the Marvel Handbook for everyone. So Daron what did you think?

Good stuff as always.

I think this issue was pretty damn good. I had fun with it. I am looking forward to more like this. I like having large articles with a lot of questions and answers. So I’m hoping it keeps going.

Alrighty I’ll let you finish us off this week bud.


1. Marvel.com pollWhose reaction to Spider-Man’s unmasking are you most looking forward to?

2. Digital comics Comics you can read online

3. Marvel is in the process of adding new bios and added a ton of new ones. Check them out here

4. As always your opinions on anything in the article or out on the shelves is welcome. After all you never know what type of response you will get.

5. Keep those emails coming and make sure to label them Marvel Handbook. The more emails the better the article is.

Well we didn’t get any comments on the logos so I guess for now we stick with the ones we have”¦if you have any thoughts (see last week’s article), let us know. Have a good one everyone!

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