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Secret Empire #0 Thoughts (Spoilers)

Previously: The Red Skull used Korbik (a sentient cosmic cube that sometimes takes a child’s form) to turn Captain America into a bad guy. Captain America is now a loyal agent of Hydra an evil organization that is sometimes Nazi affiliated and sometimes not depending on who is writing. Captain America planned a bunch of bad stuff behind everyone’s back.  Captain America turned on his evil master.  Red Skull desperate to make Cap stop admitted that Captain America that his new history (that we saw in extensive flashbacks over many issues) was all lies he made up. Captain America doesn’t care because he’s EEEEVIL! He kills Red Skull and sets out to take over the world… his way! This took 15 fricking issues to get to.  Meanwhile we learned that Nick Spencer should really stay off twitter.

Notes: Despite the bad reaction Spencer’s Cap run has gotten I’m actually a fan of most of Nick Spencer’s work. Superior Foes of Spider-Man is of one the best comics of the last decade and the The Fix is hilarious. His run on the two Captain America runs are really mixed bags.  The first two arcs of “Captain America: Sam Wilson” are really good but Spencer struggled trying to deal with real life politics in the later issues. As for the eeeeeevil Captain America book well… it’s better than painful fever dream of Rick Remender’s Captain America book. I’m going to try to be fair and optimistic going into this one.

  • Our story opens with a World War II flashback in of Hydra Cap in the mountains of Japan meeting with Kraken an obscure villain from Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Warriors. Hydra’s secret base looks like the Legends of the Hidden Temple set. Kraken tells Captain America that the Allie will use the Cosmic Cube (not Korbik but another one) to change reality so that Hydra doesn’t take over the world. He says they’re going to change his memories and no matter what he must not forget he’s a Hydra Agent. Of course we know all of these new World War II memories are bullshit so… they’re either illusions or maybe Kraken was manipulating Steve the whole time or… uuuugh. I am three pages in and I have a headache!
  • We now have a flow chart of characters. I know Secret War did the same thing but… hoo-boy. That’s a bad sign.
  • We cut to modern day.  Cap is at S.H.I.E.L.D command with Sharon Carter.  We learn that a Chitari (those aliens from the first Avengers movie) invasion is headed towards Earth.  But the Planetary Defense shield is down.  Wasn’t there a whole other organization called S.W.O.R.D that handled this? Where is Abigail Brand?
  • We see the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Ultimates fighting aliens in space.  I am wondering why most of the focus isn’t on this and is instead on S.H.I.E.L.D HQ?  Daniel Acuña draws pretty fight scenes. Let him do that!
  • Meanwhile a boatload of supervillians lead by Gravitron are attacking New York and the Defenders are fighting them.  Unfortunately more of the focus is on S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters. So we’re mostly watching EVIL Cap and Sharon watching all the action.
  • Meanwhile Hydra has invaded the country of Sokovia the country that Ultron completely destroyed back in Kurt Busiek’s run.  I know it’s played a role in Specer’s run but shouldn’t it just be all empty space and dead Ultron drones now?
  • The narrator is REALLY going out of his way to tell us what a brilliant strategist Hydra Cap is and how all of these couldn’t have happened by coincidence.  It’s sort of like how every three pages in Avengers Arena someone says “gee Arcade is really a clever villain now. He sure thought of everything.”
  • Back in space Quasar is eaten by a space whale.  I should be upset at the apparent death of a new superhero but like… this HAS to be a set-up for her to punch her way out of the belly of a space whale an issue or two later. Right? I mean why would you waste an opportunity for an awesome action scene?
  • I just realized that Hydra Cap planning his scheme while the heavy hitters are in space is a LOT like the plot of Infinity.  Also the whole novelty of an EVIL Captain America story would have been a lot more at home in Axis.  Remember how Tony Stark was eeeeeevil for a year and no one cared?
  • Now Nitro shows up while the Defenders are fighting and Jessica Jones throws him high into the air while he triggers an explosion that looks like a homage to the opening of Civil War.  This comic is turning into a greatest hits album of other comic crossovers.
  • The Secretary of Defense gives Captain America full control over the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement thanks to a new act of congress so everything bad from here on out is caused by an ill conceived piece of legislation… just like Civil War!
  • The defense shield is turned on locking aliens out and the Defenders get backup from the Uncanny Avengers. Things are looking up for the heroes.
  • Suddenly a heli-carrier crashes into S.H.I.E.L.D HQ and a bunch Hydra mooks show up. Only the S.H.I.E.L.D guards aren’t fighting back because Dr Faustus is brainwashing everyone.  I should have mentioned before this whole mess started that the Red Skull had psychic mindscrew powers and dude whose sole power was brainwashing people working for him.  If you really wanted to do a Captain America is EVIL story the whole cosmic cube and prolonged elaborate false history flashbacks are kind of superfluous.
  • Captain America orders the Hydra Guards and the mind controlled S.H.I.E.L.D guys to take Sharon Carter prisoner.  Sharon is not under Faustus’ control despite the fact that if I had a drink for the number of stories where Sharon Carter was mind controlled I’d be drunk.  Sharon thinks Cap is being controlled by Faustus but…

  •  A Hydra guy is just standing there and has this slackjawed look like “I can’t believe this shit.”  I’m going to pretend he’s Bob from Deadpool. Bob’s presence is the most entertaining thing about this book so far.
  • I could be reading “The Button” right now.  That comic has Batman fighting Professor Zoom AND Flash fighting Samurai Robots… Samurai Robots!  And it doesn’t have walls and walls of exposition text…
  • Iron Men Riri Williams and Force Ghost Tony Stark (it’s a long story) discover someone has sabotaged the planetary defense shield and Hydra guys attack them. Just as it looks like we’re going to get a good fight it cuts away.
  • On Space Skype Captain America reveals to Captain Marvel that wave after wave of Chitari are coming and he’s keeping them walled off outside with fierce alien warriors to their doom.  Cue Cliffhanger #1.
  • Tony Stark and Riri Williams just beat up all the Hydra Guys OFF CAMERA!  We’ve got like a bazillion action scenes going on and NONE of them are given any time to breath under these unending walls of exposition text.
  • Hey it’s HELMUT ZEMO!  Which Zemo is it… the morally complex anti-villian/anti-hero from Thunderbolts? Is it the Cobra Commander-esc idiot from Avengers Undercover? A combination of the two? I don’t know because he has all of three panels in this issue.
  • Zemo and a guy named Blackout (not the Ghost Rider Villian) have stolen the book of Darkhold.  Does anyone remember Darkhold: Pages from the Book of Sins?  It was like this early 90s quasi-horror comic about this cursed book whose pages granted evil monkey paw wishes and the people who made those wishes usually turned into monsters. Plus there was an evil dwarf.  Like that you should be revamping that into something so if you wanted Peter Dinklage to be a villain in a Marvel movie.  Oh and there were people called The Darkhold Redeemers who were trying to stop the Dwarf and one of them was a lesbian and this was like long before LGTB representation was anywhere near common in comics.  Dude I want a Darkhold Redeemers comic.
  • So Zemo and an obscure Avengers villian named Blackout (who looks like the poor man’s Electro) use the Darkhold to banish New York City isolating it under a Dark Force dimension dome.  It’s like when the Hand sealed off Hell’s Kitchen in Shadowland but bigger.  ANOTHER crossover callback.  Cliffhanger #2.
  • Tony deducts that the next target of attack is going to be Washington DC he calls for The Avengers (several teams worth), The Champions, and Spider-Man (who I guess wasn’t in New York.)  We get some big epic hero arrival poses that would look great if they weren’t crammed into TINY… TINY panels.
  • Back in Washington an army of Hydra Helicarriers loom ominously over the White House. Hey do you remember the C-Plot from Fear Itself.  When Skadi’s Army attacked Washington but no-one cared because the rest of the book was about fighting monsters with Evil Thor Hammers? ANOTHER CALLBACK!
  • This the B-side of a Marvel Comics Crossovers Greatest Hits Album. Side A is about 70% tracks from Secret War, the Worthy stuff from Fear Itself and a trio of tracks from Civil War, Secret Invasion, and House of M. that were popular at the time but doesn’t hold up.
  • The nicest thing I can say about this comic is that Daniel Acuña’s art is really good and if anything this is one of the best looking bad comics I’ve ever read.
  • Despite the involvement of Hydra and the 40s flashback EVIL Cap doesn’t really come across as a Nazi at all and just a generic “take over the world” badguy.  On one hand that kind of seems to be Marvel backing away from the obvious “Cap is a Nazi” angle that was making people uncomfortable and angry and yet on the other hand it’s also backing away from the “America is more messed up than we thought” allegory that could actually make a point this time.  Spencer isn’t the guy to be doing that kind of project though.  Not sure who I could see doing that and making such a gut punch work. Grant Morrison or Kyle Baker maybe?
  • If this is any indication it’s going to be a loooooong six months.  Maybe I should be polishing off my “Rikki Barnes: The Winter Soldier” pitch.
  • what she says: I'm fine
  • what she means: The Big O was such a good blend of the post-apocalyptic sci fi, noir, and mecha genres with engaging characters with great animation. Yet I still can't get over the fact it ended before the third season got a chance to explain things. Who is Roger Smith? Is he just an ex-cop? Is he actually a mass-produced robot pilot that steers the Megadeus? Did he orchestrate the event that wiped everyone's memories in Paradigm city? Furthermore is Angel a pilot like Roger or is she actually the AI of Big Venus? Did she wipe everyone's memories 40 years ago? What became of the old Paradigm City? And what about Dorthy? How was she able to guide the Black Megadeus to Roger? What will happen now that her memories are gone? Are there actual memories? Do the denizens of Paradigm City get mindwiped every forty years in order to forget the genetic "tomato experiments"? Or is everyone actually a robot like Roger's informant suggested? Was there an actual war where Megadeuses ran rampant and caused the event 40 years ago? What part does the Union play in this? What's with the giant monsters from season one are they actually AI? Who put Paradigm City under a giant dome? We'll never know the answers because Adult Swim felt it was more important to produce TIM AND ERIC than to give us a season or even just a damn OVA. DON'T YOU "WE HAVE COME TO TERMS" TO ME, IT'S BEEN ALMOST TEN YEARS I STILL HAVEN'T COME TO TERMS
Best space-related TV series I've seen

1. Childhood’s End ( an apocalyptic future with aliens)

2. Dark matter (an adventure with a crew in space)

3. The Expanse (a posibily near future)

4. Extant (a weird form of extraterrestrial life is coming to earth)

5. Ascension (a sociological project becomes a way of teleporting to other planets)

6. Under the dome ( a story about a city stucked under a dome that came from nowhere)

7. The 100 ( an apocalyptic possible future)

8. Killjoys ( also an adventure through space with a space ship)

I truly recommend to see these series. They have impressed me in a such amazing way…

Summer crawls into bed in Aevum City after a spending few hours under her dome. She likes sitting with the stars, even if she can’t see them. Sometimes she even sees smears and smudges of purples, violets, burgundies. 

None tonight, though. She feels tired, exhausted, bruised almost. She’s running at about 101° as normal, but she feels even hotter than that. Her body is shivering under the sheets, face pale. 

Tomorrow will be better.

Politics in LOK: A Follow-up Discussion

I received some musings from an LOK fan “LadyNightingaleSong” directed at A^3’s Political Analysis of LOK (go read that if you haven’t!). The following is a political discussion between Robin, A^3, and myself. It’s long but hopefully thought-provoking? Anyway, enjoy!


LadyNightingaleSong:

Considering that your essay deals with the political ideologies the Korra antagonists uphold, are relentlessly trying to impose and how their personal backgrounds justify/molded their views; wouldn’t it be worth discussing Suyin Beifong’s matriarchy, especially since it holds the key to many of the aspects of Kuvira’s political stances? While I agree with the essay in general -and by the way, A^3, it is straightforward genius-, I felt that the way Bryke explained Kuvira by a bizarre combination of Suyin’s guarded comments and her orphan status was insufficient.

Also, is it possible to re-label Suyin as an “enlightened despot” rather than a matriarch?

We are shown that other than her command, nothing like a council or a similar political body participates in the exercise of power; Aiwei and guard captain Kuvira respond to no one else but her. She invests greatly in creative outlets, or avenues where creativity may greatly contribute to the prosperity of Zaofu; she even receives refugees and encourages them to pursue their own potential, and this will not only benefit their rehabilitation, but add more to the glory of her city… and considering who envisioned, bought the land to built the place and supervises the continuity of it, it can be safe to say that it is also for the fortune and glory of Suyin Beifong herself.

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it's 7am and I can't fall back asleep so let's speculate some shit.

Alright so y'all may have already seen the new title cards for episodes 6, 7, and 8 of Minecraft: Story mode. I’ve seen people crying but it seems we don’t have any speculation yet so let’s do this shit.

Well would you look at that I already tainted this shit with my fat ugly handwriting for something that was already painfully obvious. Listen folks I don’t own a tablet pen and don’t ever plan on owning one so you’re going to have to deal with it. Anyway well look at that shit, the title is even enlightening us on this grand mystery. Well as you can Cleary see that shit is made of gold and a gold portal isn’t a thing we’ve ever really seen in any version of minecraft. So I’ve got two ideas for this one, both of which are based off of the foreshadowing at the end of ep. Four. Remember what that dude said? “There are many worlds other than this one” or some shit? Idk man I think thats some important foreshadowing if you ask me.

1: Server concepts. The MC community is big and you can really see that on: guess what: SERVERS! Especially those hunger games and factions servers. Boy, imagine the new order getting caught up in THAT shitshorm…

2: We’re going modded. Holy shit are modded survivals popular or what? With how cool some mods are and how popular they are in the MC community, I wouldn’t be suprised if they did some touching up on that. Poor jesse tho…

First thing that comes to mind when I see this:  "Give us the child"

Yeah but I think we’ve got a Petra, Lukas, And Ivor theme going on here bc we haven’t seen Ax or Olive in a while. Anyway so as you can see here we got pirate girlfriend and Gandalf the salty fighting over who gets poor ol’ Jesse J. Poor guy. It looks like he’s getting a frighten. Well behind them we’ve got a Redstone portal, which I’m kinda in the dark about. Maybe it’s a portal to the coding of the game? Are we going matrix or something? Probably. Looks like we’re also having a REAL splitting arc as well unlike ep. 2 which I think did that poorly. Go with your badass girlfriend or angry salty person who knows a lot of shit? The choice is yours. Have fun in the matrix.

Aww :(:(:( a journeys end :(:(:( how sad :(:(:(

Well pull your pants back up bitches bc theres a question mark at the end there. See it? That asshole right there may as well be our savior. Anyway our friends here look like they in a hurry. Probably running from something. With claws. And big teeth. And WAIT IS THAT A SEA LANTERN + GOLD PORTAL??? Well shit looks like we’re going to something like a special dome city hidden under the ocean or something? Or is that the portal out bc something bad happened and they’re gonna drown to death unless they get in there at top speed? All I can tell is that there’s a sea theme here. Oh yeah and again with the Petra and Lukas theme. 

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So…I’m going to get eaten alive for this idea, but what if they involve youtubers in these episodes? Like I know it sounds like shit but stick with me and think about it for a sec. Youtubers made minecraft something huge and without them it definitely wouldn’t be as massive and popular as it is today. So like maybe they’ll play around with something like that. Like…one of those portals is to an alternate universe, where instead of the order of the stone they have…get this…Team Crafted? Eh? Eh? Yeah I know it’s cheesy but it would still be really intresting in my opinion.

Alright I’ve been working on this post for a whole hour. It’s 8:00am now. So that’s enough speculation for today. I’d love to see comments about your opinions in the tags for those of you who reblog this. Thanks for reading nerds

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