Ultimate Marvel Handbook #239

Hello all again. We‘re back with a new edition of the Marvel Handbook. I‘m Jim Trabold, with my partner and bud Daron. What‘s up partner?

Me…barely. I couldn’t sleep last night. I was drifting off at about 2 a.m. when a storm hit. The storm didn’t bother me, but a flash of lighting must have hit pretty close to home because the static electricity in the air set off all the fire alarms in the house. I awoke to a surge of adrenaline, and couldn’t get back to sleep until sometime after 4 a.m.

All is good here.

Well isn’t that nice for you…

I‘ve got a lot of emails to cover. Hopefully we can keep this up with a good amount of emails. We have some nice questions too. So let‘s start.

D emailed

I did? Oh, wait, nevermind…

The chat between Beast and Spider-Man about the probability of MJ having a mutant baby was in Spider-Man issue #15, featuring Erik Larsen filling in for Todd “The Ego That Walks On Two Legs” MacFarlane.

hmm interesting. Seems a bit strange it was before she was pregnant which I thought was when this meeting happened but we have our answer maybe. I‘ll do a double check on the issue later today and have an update next issue

soak1313 posted

been awhile since i sent in a question so now i have 3

1. what are all the secondary mutations and who has them?

secondary mutations:

Polaris: Her body mass had increased, along with her strength and resistance to injury.

Beast: Beast de-evolving from his simian form into a giant feline form.

Emma Frost: indestructible organic diamond form

Archangel: His blood gained a healing property that can be used to mend and regenerate others.

Iceman: greatly increasing his ice manipulation abilities

Phoenix: gained telekinetic powers

Elixir: skin from flesh tone to gold and death touch, which also turns his skin black.

2. what exactly are the levels of cable’s powers? i know they have fluctuated over the years so from him at his weakest and then to the most powerful.

Alright let’s go thru Cable’s powers:

Cyberpathy: Cable now has a technological link to the “Infonet,” which acts as a surrogate for his telepathy—instead of reading minds, he is now a cyberpath, able to “read” digital information and broadcasts. He also displayed the ability to forcefully link other minds to the Infonet. In effect, he has enhanced his limited psionic powers via technological means.

Cone of Silence: Prototype forcefield used to simulate telekinesis.

Telepathy: Ability read minds and project the thoughts of others.

Telepathic Illusion: Ability to create realistic telepathic illusions and cause people to experience events which are not actually occurring.

Telepathic Cloak: Can mask his presence from being detected by others. His abilities can at times go undetected or be counteracted by other more powerful telepaths depending on their level of skill in using their own psi abilities. He can extend these defenses to others around him as well.

Mind Link: ability to develop a mental link with any person which remains as a connection to that individual

Telepathic Camouflage: ability to mask himself, and other peoples’ presence from those around him. Can telepathically disguise himself, making his appearance to those around his quite different

Mind Control: ability to control the minds and even voluntary and involuntary bodily functions of sentient beings

Mind Trap: ability to take another’s mind from their body and effectively trapping that mind within his own.

Mind Possession: ability to possess the mind of another, and use that beings body as your own

Mind Alteration: ability to alter the minds of others by force of will.

Mental Amnesia: ability to cause loss of particular memories, and amnesia in another person or even in a group of people

Psionic Shield: ability to erect a psychic shield for protection of himself and of others minds. Cable has proven very difficult to psychically assail, as he is very well skilled in shielding his own mind from mental-attacks, and has been sufficient to protect himself from other psychics on the Omega-level.

Psionic Blasts: Can project psionic force bolts which have no physical effects but which can affect a victim’s mind so as to cause the victim pain or unconsciousness and can even kill an adversary.

Astral Projection: ability to Astral Travel and communicate with others astrally through his own will, or through contact with the thoughts and memories of others. In the astral realm, where he can use his powers to create “ectoplasmic” objects. He cannot engage in long range astral projection on the earthly plane. Cable has a mastery of astral projection, and is able to remain on his own plane of existence, or to traverse into any of the so-called “Astral Planes”, very much like Professor X.

Mental Detection: Can sense the presence of another superhuman mutant within a small but as yet undefined radius of himself by perceiving the distinctive mental radiations emitted by such a being.

Mind Transferal: able to transfer both his mind and powers into other host bodies should his own physical body be somehow killed

Telekinesis: Telekinetically, Cable is capable of very fine control over objects; he can disassemble complex devices explosively (separating every last component, such as screws, nuts, circuit boards, etc.), and just as quickly and easily assemble complex devices. This also has enabled him to even attain awareness and control over objects as small as individual electrons in an atom. For instance, Cable could detect if a seal was hermetic, or not, by checking for the presence of penetrating oxygen molecules. He could even detect and discern individual oxygen molecules, and determine the atomic weight of molecules, by the amount of atoms present. On larger levels, Cable can levitate great weights, into the hundreds of tons, but his upper limit has remained undisclosed.

Matter Alteration: ability to alter molecular and atomic structures in such substances as his own techno-organic components

Psionic Spikes: ability to create destructive psionic spikes that destroy the physical objects that the spikes come into contact with.

Forcefields: ability to create protective force shields that could detect even the most powerful of attacks. The upper limits of this ability remain unknown, but it is believed that he could probably protect himself from harm at the ground zero detonation of a 1 kiloton nuclear warhead. Cable has also displayed such control over the fields as to shape them precisely, even to conform very closely to his body’s form. There does not appear to be any correlation between field strength and the thickness of the telekinetic fields.

Concussive Blasts: can project his telekinetic energies as powerful blast beams directed from his brain that could apparently affect matter with concussive force.

Telekinetic Flight: By levitating himself, he can “fly” for very long distances and at varying speeds.

Teleportation: By saying “Bodyslide by two,” he can teleport or ‘bodyslide’ to virtually any area with a passenger. Theoretically speaking, if he says “Bosyslide by one,” he sould be able to teleport by himself. Bodysliding deactivates Cable’s telekenesis and bodysliding abilities for a short abount of time.

Chronoskimming Cable has been hinted to have the same time travel abilities as Rachel Grey. He used the ability once with assistance and may no longer be capable of doing so.

Superhuman Endurance: Cable possesses superhuman physical endurance, just as he does superhuman levels of mental endurance. He is capable of exerting himself at peak levels for several hours, before fatigue begins to visibly impair his performance. He is also capable of going extended periods of time without sleep, being fully capable of fully resting with not much over an hour of sleep. However, whenever both possible and feasible, Cable still chooses to sleep for hours at a time, in order to dream. This high endurance has had other effects on his body, making even his soft tissues extremely durable, and more than up to the task of rendering him virtually immune to conventional firearms and conventional firearm munitions.

Superhuman Speed: In spite of his great size and impressive build, Cable is literally fast enough to evade high-powered bullets in-flight, and even has the ability to visually track rounds after they’ve been fired

Superhuman Agility.

Superhuman Dexterity.

3. what were the exact circumstances of bruce/hulk going from whatever version of the hulk there was at the time to the mr. fixit version?

Finally, scientist Leonard “Doc” Samson captured the Hulk and succeeded, through unknown means, in separating Banner’s psyche and atomic structure from the Hulk.

Hence Banner and the Hulk were now two separate beings. The Hulk, now free of the last vestiges of Banner’s moderating influence, escaped and became a greater menace than ever before. Banner became leader of a new government task force to capture the Hulk, called the new Hulkbusters. Banner also married Betty Ross, believing himself free from the curse of the Hulk.

Soon afterwards, Doc Samson discovered that Banner’s life force was tied to that of the Hulk, and that their continued separation threatened to kill both of them. A hurried experiment reunited the two in a new arrangement. The Hulk was now gray once more, and again manifested himself only at night. Moreover, he was possessed of all of Banner’s intelligence, although few of his specific memories, and none of Banner’s morality. He sought to keep himself alive and in control. Only during the full moon, when enough reflected sunlight hit the Earth to bring out some of Banner’s buried personality, would the Hulk have any kind feelings whatsoever.

Koh posted

Hiya Jim, Daron 

(Daron, do you know what a King’s Gambit is? It’s “1. e4 e5; 2. f4”.) [Sorry folks, that lame thing you just read was only there to get Daron’s attention. I won’t do it again, I swear. ]

Sure, it’s a chess move, I use it all the time…not sure why that would get my attention, but go on.

Back to the topic at hand, I’m trying to make some sense about Secret Invasion by asking people in the message boards to post both the character they think is probably a Skrull and the one they think just cannot be a Skrull in the team books they read. That way, six months from now, when most of the Skrulls are revealed, we can all go back to that thread and make fun of one another.

What do you say?

Hmmm interesting idea. Makes a ton on sense. I‘m game to helping out a bit with answering in here and revealing the Skrulls so far revealed.

Skrulls:

Black Bolt: New Avengers Illuminati #5
Elektra: New Avengers #31
Revolutionary: Avengers Illuminati Annual #1
Irving Griffin (Daily Bugle Head of Features): Marvel Holiday Special 2007
Cobalt Man: Captain Marvel #3
Hank Pym: Secret Invasion #1
Edwin Jarvis: Secret Invasion #1
Dum Dum Dugan: Secret Invasion Prologue
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine: Secret Invasion Prologue
Captain Marvel: Captain Marvel #5
Cyclone: Captain Marvel #3
Lyja as Sue Storm: Secret Invasion #1/Secret Invasion FF #1
Spider-Woman: New Avengers #40
70’s Spider-Man (Secret Invasion #2)
70’s Hawkeye (Secret Invasion #2)
Franklin Richards double (Franklin Richards: Not so Secret Invasion)
Grimsdale
Kirby (Cho’s wolf) (Incredible Hercules #118)
Longshot (X-Factor #33)
Magnitude (Avengers Initiative #14)

Not part of invasion:

She-Hulk’s partner: Jazinda
Hulkling
Crusader
Xavin

Care to share who’s your Skrull and who’s not your Skrull in the team books you read?

My Skrull theories:

Well since I read every marvel title and also know a lot of the Initiative teams allow me to pick out who’s Skrull on each team

Desert Stars: Supermax
Order: Heavy
Omega Flight: Sasquatch
Thunderbolts: Radioactive Man
Action Pack: Frog Man
Freedom Force: Equinox
Heavy Hitters: Telemetry
Mighty Avengers: Black Widow
Rangers: Armadillo
Great Lakes Champions: Flatman
Initiative Training Camp: Prodigy
Shadow Initiative: Bengal
Counter Force: Rage
Lightning Storm: Wonder Man
God Squad: Amatsu-Mikaboshi
Guardians of the Galaxy: Starhawk
New Avengers: Echo
New Warriors: Night Thrasher
X-Men: Emma Frost

I likely could go on with others later.

Secret Invasion Synopsis

Captain Britain #3: Skrulls prepare to strike Britain. Faiza and Knight lead an army ready to fight. Spitfire helps Wisdom. Skrulls prepare to attack John. Skrulls invade Earth and Otherworld. Wisdom frees the evil spirits and Merlin. Merlin uses his power to bring back Captain Britain holding Excalibur.

Secret Invasion #4: Skrulls torture Reed and tell him everything. Sentry leaves Earth. Carol heads to NY and joins Nick’s team fighting Skrulls. Fury attacks her thinking she’s Skrull. Spider-Woman continues to work on Tony. Black Widow watches and takes out Beast and Phoenix Skrulls before going after Spider-Woman. BW helps Tony. Wolverine shows up and is shot until BW trust him. Tony knows they need Reed. Agent Brand gets on the Skrull ship. Jarvis makes Hill see the truth. Hood gathers the villains to fight the Skrulls. Thor and Cap join the fight.

Incredible Hercules #119: The Queen sees the future. We learn Cho was attacked by the Skrulls during World War Hulk. We see gods held by the Skrull gods. Herc and Snowbird join the others. The wolf turns to Cho and then attacks. The real Cho finds out. Kirby is revealed by Atum. Herc recalls fighting Shapeshifters. God Pack fight the Gods. Snowbird turns into Naroqtoq to fight off the Gods and allow the others to face Khy’Bn.

Mighty Avengers #16: Elektra Skrull and the Hand hire Elektra for the Breakout. Real Elektra fights the Skrulls by herself as they attack her. One finally kills her in the end. We learn that Skrull is Pagen the Queens love. The Queen makes the choice to have her sacrifice herself to scare the heroes. Skrull Elektra takes over the Hand.

X-Factor #33: Darwin and Longshot arrive in Mutant Town causing trouble. X-Factor is hired to find Darwin by his father. Val listens in. Darwin and Longshot get in a fight in mutant town as Jaz watches. She follows Longshot seeing he’s Skrull. X-Factor goes searching. Val confronts Madrox. Darwin and Longshot meet up. Jaz is spotted by Longshot as he runs, M attacks only for She-Hulk to arrive.

Initiative synopsis

Invincible Iron Man #3: Tony escapes the explosion but Pepper isn’t so lucky. Zeke survives to but is scared. Tony finds the only way to save Pepper is to give her the procedure that made him Iron Man. Zeke’s past is revealed. Tony goes to China facing armored men before leaving. Pepper is saved. Zeke gets new armor.

Last Defenders #5: Nighthawk talks to Hellstorm about the Defenders. She-Hulk leaves the Initiative. Kyle watchs tv as the Recorder appears and takes him to Zandroth. We see the original Defenders fight Omegatron as Kyle deals with Yandroth. The Squadron Sinister attack Kyle before the Defenders appear to help.

Kraven’s First Hunt synopsis

Amazing Spider-Man # 565: Kraven holds Spidey prisoner. Spidey and Daredevil team up to fight Fracture. Kraven watches before going home and planning. Pete starts his new job at a comic shop which is attacked. Pete saves his coworker and to protect his ID says he’s a Skrull. Vin meets with his boss about his gun being used in a crime. Pete gets a Subpoena for Spider-Man. Vin avoids getting hit by a car and meets with Pete and Harry at a bar. At their home Vin is captured by Kraven who thinks he’s Spider-Man .

Amazing Spider-Man #566: Kraven tortures Vin. Pete figures out what happened to Vin and goes off with Web mask to see Matt about his Daredevil uniform. Kraven gives MGH to Vin. Vermin confronts Kraven. Spidey/DD reports to the cops about Vin. Kraven fights of Vermin. Vin tries to escape. Vermin fights DD/Spidey. Kraven sets Vin up for the Last Hunt from the original Kraven again. Vermin rips apart Spidey/DD.

Divided We Stand

Young X-Men #4: Ink gets a new tattoo before the mission. Rockslide and Wolfcub talk. Ink and Cyclops talk. Cannonball and Sunspot plan. Cyclops sends the team to attack the HFC. A creature attacks Cyclops who turns out to be Pierce.

X-Force #5: Archangel attack and escapes. Risman plans to stop Bastion as the Purifiers make their move. Bastion orders the Purifiers to stop Risman. Wolfsbane is held prisoner. X-Force follow Archangel. Risman attacks as the final fight starts.

That‘s it for today. A nice amount of questions and emails. What did you think of the issue Daron?

I think you have all kinds of issues, but we probably shouldn’t talk about them here. Wait, what?

I‘ve enjoyed it. I mean we covered a lot and I‘m just pleased to get in something Secret Invasion finally. I‘m hoping for a lot more emails. Sign off time

1. Digital comics Comics you can read online

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

3. Next issue is our Skrull issue. We have tons of information and reveals so far. So if you have any questions on Skrulls or opinions on Secret Invasion send them this way

That’s it from here. As always reporting from my corner of the Marvel Universe I’m Jim Trabold. Make Mine Marvel.

And make mine with a bunch of fluffy pillows, I’m back off to bed…

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