RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

Jul 22

On Thor and Captain America: or, why Marvel’s status quo will sadly always be god

So, this one’s basically for all the people on Tumblr who got into Marvel because of the MCU, and are super excited over incoming female Thor and Sam Wilson Cap. Both of these ideas seem extremely interesting (especially Falcon Cap, as Sam has always been a favourite Marvel character of mine), and I’m hoping Marvel turns these ideas into some really great Thor and Cap stories. However, and I say this for the sake of those on this site who are unfamiliar with how comics and comic companies generally work, I can almost guarantee that within at very most several years, these changes will be undone (or at least retconned such that the original heroes can once again step back into the reigns) and the Marvel Universe status quo will, regrettably, be firmly back in place. You see, comic companies generally attempt to appeal to adults and young adults who grew up reading comics, as this is their largest consumer base. Amongst these lifelong comic readers, the status quo is a precious commodity, always ensuring that their favourite heroes never deviate too much from how they remember them, no matter how many sweeping changes they and their universe undergo. For proof of this, look no further than the “death of Captain America” section of the Marvel crossover series Civil War, which ultimately resulted in not only Steve Rogers’ eventual return from the dead, but also in Bucky’s relinquishing of the title Captain America (taken up by Bucky after Steve’s “death”) to Rogers. Similarly, during the 90s, Peter Parker was replaced as Spider-Man by a clone called Ben Reilly (who was implied to be the TRUE Peter Parker), but, of course, Peter inevitably ended up back as Spider-Man in rather short order. All this to say: I want these changes to be real and lasting as much as everyone else here, but unfortunately I know comics (and specifically Marvel) better than that. So, to those Tumblr folk who are thinking of getting into comics thanks to Marvel’s recent changes, don’t be surprised if, within a few years, Thor’s a guy again. Sadly, the status quo will always be god in superhero comics. 

Jul 21

methhomework:

the fault within our star was so romantic

Jul 21
Jul 21
Jul 21
wilburwhateley:

At the Mountains of Madness
by Nord-Sol

Complete with albino penguins!

wilburwhateley:

At the Mountains of Madness

by Nord-Sol

Complete with albino penguins!

Jul 21
patloika:

Adam Warlock by Jim Starlin.

patloika:

Adam Warlock by Jim Starlin.

Jul 21

cleowho:

"Get off my world."

Battlefield - season 28 - 1989

Old Doctor Who used to be so goddamn fun. It was never a “good” show by any means, but at least it used to be ten tons of fun to watch, both in spite of and BECAUSE of its awful effects and ridiculous stories. New Who is such boring, overly serious bullshit, even compared to later Classic Who episodes like this. 

Jul 21
Jul 19
dr-archeville:

fuckyeahsuperman:

buckybarnesing:

you ever see a thing that just makes you cackle? x

Whoops.

(There actually was a story once stating that since the spacecraft baby Kal-El arrived in was actually his modified birthing matrix — an artificial womb — he was technically born in Kansas, and thus was an American citizen.  But A] that always seemed silly to me, and B] with all the reboots and revamps DC’s had I’ve no idea if that’s canon anymore.)

The whole “birthing matrix” thing came from John Byrne’s Man of Steel miniseries, but if I’m not mistaken, Mark Waid’s Birthright made it at least partially noncanon. I can’t remember if Superman: Secret Origin even mentioned the birthing matrix, but I don’t think so. 

dr-archeville:

fuckyeahsuperman:

buckybarnesing:

you ever see a thing that just makes you cackle? x

Whoops.

(There actually was a story once stating that since the spacecraft baby Kal-El arrived in was actually his modified birthing matrix — an artificial womb — he was technically born in Kansas, and thus was an American citizen.  But A] that always seemed silly to me, and B] with all the reboots and revamps DC’s had I’ve no idea if that’s canon anymore.)

The whole “birthing matrix” thing came from John Byrne’s Man of Steel miniseries, but if I’m not mistaken, Mark Waid’s Birthright made it at least partially noncanon. I can’t remember if Superman: Secret Origin even mentioned the birthing matrix, but I don’t think so. 

Jul 19

adrianbowen:

mostrandomfaves:

THEY’D BE SLAUGHTERED IMMEDIATELY

“Now go, unleash hell.” 

I love this Gif so much..

And you’d best believe Diana knows plenty about killing people!

Not that I’m complaining, of course. Her being a warrior is what makes her a standout Justice Leaguer.