How Ultragirl (Suzy Sherman) met the New Warriors. 

In the short-lived and barely-known Ultragirl mini-series, the New Warriors had appeared in Los Angeles to investigate a crisis. Along the way, they meet the new superhero of L.A. and Justice (Vance Astrovik) tests her strength only to get knocked over a few blocks of buildings away. 

- Ultragirl v1 #2, 1996

It started with a Star Wars joke (True Story)
  • *After a great night of getting mozt sticks, a group of friends are walking home.*
  • Taylor: hey-hey guys i have a joke!
  • Don: oo i dont like this turn of events..
  • Marika: i will listen to your joke taylor
  • Taylor: yay! Okay, whats a jedi's favorite dessert?? *awkward pause* A LIGHT SORBET!!
  • *Don kicks a concrete pole in rage, totally done with Taylor shit*

anonymous asked:

Did the New Warriors really have to react to Rage's death? The story was more about Sam Wilson's struggle as Captain America to balance keeping the peace and safety of others while holding the corrupt accountable and how his over-focus on peace led to the death of another hero and another innocent victim. I think it was more effective to show how isolated Rage was from the rest of the superhero community and the story shouldn't be knocked down because of being continuity-obsessed about things.

I think that there should at least be a cameo of the New Warriors and Night Thrasher (Dwayne Taylor) reacting to Rage’s unjust sentence from the trial. The New Warriors are his old friends (plus Speedball and Justice had been put to prison before so they would have some objections to the corrupt judicial system) and Dwayne Taylor was Rage’s legal guardian so someone who is close to Rage should have some reaction. Also, Dwayne Taylor as Night Thrasher is not dead anymore thanks to Al Ewing’s Contest of Champions. 

I know that this is a Sam Wilson story. I am just tired of it when those New Warriors had been conveniently forgotten by writers after their series got cancelled. They should at least appear in cameos when something is related or even in crossover events when there’s a bigger threat. 




I will be in the Right Pit!

"You pulled a Dean Winchester"

This line stuck out at me after all the talk after last episode where Charlie reminded Dean of his own name. Interpretations on how useful that advice was or not aside, I’m remembering one of the things from the pre-season PR they were saying about how Dean needed to learn to be a hero again.

The most striking thing about the amazing performance Dylan Everett put in was that he not only nailed acting as Dean, but he nailed acting as a Dean we haven’t seen for a while: normal, non-Marked Dean. Practically a folkloric hero himself in comparison to Dean still clawing himself out of the worst descent arc we’ve ever seen. Okay the bit with helping the lady with her dropped keys was excessive to show what a sweetie pie he was, but it drove home the point: I was getting a lot of early seasons Dean vibes off him as they returned to the house and he bravely went in alone to save the girl. 

So of course from the halfway point in the episode where Dean shows his bare arm and he and Sam grudgingly admit that staying 14 is a hell of an alternative to having the Mark, I was having a quiet meltdown over what would have to happen to make Dean take it back. Further meltdowns ensued when they very clearly and loudly laid out that it would be 100% Dean’s choice to adult himself up again: emphasising the element of choice in the matter.

But in the end it was a non-choice for Dean. He had to save everyone, as Sam says in that bit I stole the title quote from, and Dean did. What I find fascinating is that to save everyone, he willingly and without hesitation made the choice to become an adult again - and to take the Mark back on with about as much thought as he gave the matter the first time around before he knew the terms and conditions for the Mark. Because it wasn’t just about needing the sheer strength that being an adult again brought. It was about needing that darkness and the viciousness to pull it off: de-aged Dean didn’t have it in himself to do what he did, beyond the lack of physical size.

I think basically as soon as we heard the words Hansel and Gretel we knew there was going to be an oven, and once we saw the oven like, come on. There’s one way only that goes. And the witch happily talked about devouring countless children, so it’s not like this was a hard decision. Still, the framing of Dean overwhelming her and shoving her in is a pure dark!Dean expression on par with the face he pulled while stabbing Gadreel, and the execution of the kill was massively violent and terrifying to watch - his rage face and the brutality of the action was overwhelming enough to know that all the traces of sweetness that hung around de-aged Dean were gone again.

In the end then it was about Dean tapping into and using that darkness - and making the choice that it would be the best thing to save everyone at a massive cost to himself - which saved the day. Him stuffing the hexbag in the witch’s mouth before he burned her was as much sealing himself into his own self as it was about trapping the other de-aged kid into her new life. (He really didn’t have to do that… But her accepting her fate and finding things to embrace in being young again mirrors Dean possibly accepting his own life and what that all means for him.)

Considering something else Charlie said at the end of last episode, I wonder if this is an example of Dean finding some sort of balance: understanding that the rage and murder that lives inside him is a tool he can and will utilise if it means helping others - that utilising it is a very Dean Winchester thing to do which, as a kid without the Mark, he wasn’t whole enough to pull off. This episode showed that there was still the capacity for Dean to be like he was when he was young - that pure hero kid still lurks somewhere inside him, not exactly like light!Charlie but still innocent in his own way - but I found it a weirdly positive use of the darkness that lives in Dean now. We still want to find our way back to a Dean more like young!Dean, but this is a facet of him which can’t be removed entirely as it neuters his ability to save people.

One more point on the tickbox of speculation that Dean is never truly going to get rid of the influence of the Mark, but that there’s a balance he can find… And that that is still somehow inherently Dean, all the bad bundled up together with it.