deadliest of the species

Aliens/Predator: The Deadliest of Species

There is a bizarre af comic called (in case you didn’t read the title) Aliens/Predator: The Deadliest of Species wich is quite an experience.

Please notice that the title has a “/” rather than a “vs”, probably because the story isn’t really about both species fighting but rather a story that happens to involve them (latter reprints do use “vs” though, but still).

It was the second comic crossover ever involving Aliens and Predator (after the simply named Aliens vs. Predator) and apparently it was treated as a big deal at the time, back in 1993. It was a 12 issues miniseries that was released every two months, meaning people had to wait two years to read the whole thing.

It was written by Chris Claremont, famous for his iconic run in Uncanny X-Men. There is even a famous easter egg involving Predator trophies that look uncannily familiar…

It takes place in the old “Aliens universe” that Dark Horse Comics made for itself, where the aliens invaded Earth and made it almost inhabitable for a while after the events of the movie Aliens. The setting is a giant spaceship city that orbits around Earth.

The main human character from the story, “The Renegade”, was intended by the writer to star in more stories of her own after this crossover. It didn’t take off, but before this comic was released she did star in a side short story named after her, released in the anthology Dark Horse Comics. Regardless of what avpwikia may say, I’m still not convinced wether it is a prequel or a sequel to the comic.

It preceded Alien Resurrection in certain themes. Sometimes I wonder if this comic served as inspiration to that movie, at least a little.

But probably the most notable thing about this comic is that the Predator main character is a female, who is trying to save its kids from being experimented on by humans. Her name is Big Mama.

It’s weird. Very VERY weird. But fascinating. I find myself coming back to it from time to time. If you have come to find Aliens vs. Predator stories somewhat formulaic and tired, this may be the comic for you, but I’ve been purposely avoiding spoilers so read it at your own risk…

You know what, if Dark Horse ever gets to produce AvP animated movies based on their comics, DC style, I think I would BEG them to try this comic out. Just to see what happens.

Also, almost forgot, the covers are awesome. I took them from this post and this post.

anonymous asked:

Tbh I really want to see yautja pups

Honestly same ;; We got to see a female Yautja in the comic AvP: Deadliest of the Species (HER NAME IS BIG MAMA AND SHE’S M Y WIFE AND I LOVE HER) which mentioned something about her children but like,,, we didn’t get to see pups per se?? (i read it at 3AM i dont remember much)

Edit: Here’s Big Mama <3

Big mama and her gf  Caryn

Top Shuri-Related Stories, #4: Deadliest of the Species

In this series of posts, I give a more in-depth review of my top four Shuri-Related stories. My top four Shuri-Related stories list can be found here.

I’ve ranked the stories not according to my overall feelings on the stories themselves, but rather how well Shuri was portrayed.

**Warning: spoilers abound!**


Summary:

T’Challa’s life hangs in the balance after he was ambushed by Dr. Doom soon after he secretly meets with Namor. With Wakanda needing a new Black Panther while T’Challa is in a coma, Storm—then T’Challa’s wife and queen of Wakanda—shocks everyone by not nominating herself for the position, but nominating Shuri instead. Shuri immediately begins the Black Panther rites, determined to finally fulfill what she believes is her destiny.

Storm decides to search for T’Challa’s soul in limbo, where T’Challa is fighting for his life. Meanwhile, Wakanda is attacked by Morlun, the totem eater. Morlun’s attack causes large amount of damage, as well as many causalities. Shuri, W’Kabi, Zuri, Ramonda, and S’Yan must find a way to stop him, before he destroys Wakanda.

Thoughts:

The final arc of Reginal Hudlin’s run is perhaps his best work. I found his run overall to be a lot of fun, but felt that the writing would be somewhat lacking in several instances. We also didn’t see much of the BP supporting cast after the “Who is the Black Panther” arc, though I don’t blame Hudlin for that. Focusing on T’Challa and Ororo and making them involved in the greater Marvel universe was the right call at the time.

This story fixes a lot of the issues I had. The writing was focused. The supporting cast was involved and everyone had a role in solving the problem at hand. I also felt that the art was solid.

Also have to mention: this story is perhaps the best interpretation of the T’Challa/Ororo relationship, in my opinion. This story made me a committed shipper of those two. T’Choro shippers will surely like this story a lot.

Shuri Portrayal:

Shuri received a lot of development in this story. Her ambition to be a Black Panther was brought back to the forefront, with her eagerly anticipating the opportunity to escape her brother’s shadow. The girl we first saw in “Who is the Black Panther” has grown up a bit, but those attributes we first notice then—occasional arrogance, tunnel vision, etc—are clearly still there. So it wasn’t too surprising that, upon meeting Bast, the Panther God, life threw her a major curveball, via Bast rejecting her.

Yup, she was initially rejected. But she didn’t die, unlike those who had previously been rejected by Bast. Rather, Bast gave her a second chance to show humility and consider the greater good, something Shuri slowly began understanding. Eventually, Shuri learns why Bast kept her alive and that, due to her heroics, Bast made her a Black Panther.

It is also in this story that planted the seeds of Shuri slowly leaning towards a more traditional perspective, which becomes a factor in later stories.

Lastly, Shuri’s relationships with the supporting characters were in full display. Her bumping heads with Ramonda; her being grateful of Ororo’s decision; her interactions with W’Kabi, Zuri, and other characters; all of that were well done.

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t talked much about Shuri being a Black Panther. It is a very important moment in BP lore and I’m not trying to dismiss that. Hell, it’s probably the number one reason Shuri survived all those years and didn’t end up in character limbo (a lot of BP supporting characters ended up there over the years), as well as why she ended up being featured in events and other stories soon after. That said, as a fan, her being a BP wasn’t the and-all-be-all and wasn’t what made me a fan. What mattered, in the long run, was the development she received. Character development lasts longer than said character getting a mantle (especially when said mantle is highly associated with another character). Thankfully, this story got the ball rolling on that front in a major way.

Final Verdict:

Solid story with good characterization, solid art, a strong T’Challa/Ororo story, and plenty of Shuri development.

Next Up:

Shuri joins Falcon and Luke Cage to help T’Challa defeat the Kingpin in an action packed (and hilarious) story!

Top Shuri-Related Stories, #2: A Nation Under Our Feet

In this series of posts, I give a more in-depth review of my top four Shuri-Related stories. My top four Shuri-Related stories list can be found here.

I’ve ranked the stories not according to my overall feelings on the stories themselves, but rather how well Shuri was portrayed.

**Warning: spoilers abound!**

Summary:

Not long after the events of Secret Wars, Wakanda is embroiled in civil unrest, due to the mind-influencing powers of a mystic called Zenzi. T’Challa, who is king once more, fights off the unrest and the terrorist group known as “The People”—led by Zenzi and Tetu, a Shaman—on various fronts.

Meanwhile, Aneka, a Dora Milaje convicted of murder of a lecherous chieftain, is broken out of prison by Ayo, a fellow Dora Milaje and her lover. The Doras—dubbing themselves the Midnight Angels—eventually venture to the Jabari-Lands (home of the White Gorilla Clan and their former leader, M’Baku). They and other Doras take it over, making it their base of operations.

In the background, T’Challa is secretly attempting to revive Shuri, who is trapped in a state between life and death. While the public believes she was killed during the events of New Avengers and Time Run Out, Shuri’s soul ventures through the plane of Wakandan memory.

Thoughts:

Reginald Hudlin’s run once held the title of “Most Controversial Black Panther Run Ever.” It’s safe to say that Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run, thanks to this story arc, has that title on lock right now.

This story arc received very strong reactions, with a lot of longtime BP fans reacting very negatively to it. To be frank, I don’t blame them. This story featured a very shaky portrayal of T’Challa (it improves, but very slowly), a controversial depiction of a human trafficking camp on Wakandan soil, and a Midnight Angels subplot that initially manages, in my opinion, to paint T’Challa in a rather negative light.

On top of that, the pacing on this story is slow, requiring a lot of patience. The book flows better in trade format, so I’d recommend anyone wishing to read this to do so in that manner. The book is also very dense. The action scenes overall leave a lot to be desired.

That said, this book also received praise from a good amount of longtime fans and a lot of new fans. Said fans greatly enjoyed the depiction of the supporting characters. Others enjoyed the fact that this story directly touched on previous events—events that greatly impacted the BP-verse. Said fans also liked the themes touched on the book, notably the question of “Can a good man be a good king?”

One thing everyone is in agreement about is the art. Overall, this book is visually great. A major shout out to the artists, Brian Stelfreeze and Chris Sprouse, as well as the colorist, Laura Martin, for their work. That both sides of the aisle agree positively on their work is a testament of the great job they’ve done.

In the midst of all this came something I definitely wasn’t expecting and may have MCU implications. So important is this element that I had to divide it into two parts.

Shuri Portrayal (Development):

Like most things in this book, Shuri’s story arc started very, very slowly. We find Shuri in the Djalia, the plane of Wakandan memory, where everything that happened in Wakandan soil is recorded. That even includes Wakanda before the emergence of the Black Panther and the Panther Clan. Coates has Shuri embark in a journey of learning said history, which results in a subtle personality shift.

During her time as queen, Shuri was much more mature and regal than her younger counterpart, but hints of her old persona would appear in spurts, especially during battle. Coates, via the Djalia, added a bit of mellowness and polish to her actions. Now, she behaved more like an elder stateswoman, who has experience many, many scenarios in her life (which she did even prior to the Djalia).

The biggest change, however, was her appearance. Gone was the short black hair that Shuri sported all these years. Thanks to the Djalia, Shuri’s hair grew much longer and, due to the time flux of the Djalia, her hair turned into a grayish-white color.

Not only did Shuri’s hair change, so did her outfit. No longer does she wear the Black Panther garb. Rather, she wears a very different looking outfit, called the “Ancient Future Armor”, which is mostly blue with a gold headpiece.

On top of all of that…Shuri now has a brand new power set! She can now fly via transforming into a flock of birds or one large bird; she now can change her skin into stone; she now has super speed; she now have the knowledge of the entire history of Wakanda in her head. She also has a brand new code name: Griot. All together, she is now a very formidable character who can handle her own against almost any opponent.

In short, we’ve have the largest character development of Shuri since Hudlin’s Deadliest of the Species, which came out 8-9 years ago. More importantly, Coates managed to ensure Shuri has a clear purpose that doesn’t involve being a Black Panther or queen, but also gives her a unique power set of her own that makes her a much more viable character in the Marvel Universe.

All this becomes important as the MCU brings Shuri to the big screen. I strongly believe that we will not see her as a Black Panther or queen in the MCU anytime soon, or even at all. However, the MCU now has the option of having Shuri go through a variation of the Djalia path at some point. Being that Shuri’s set to show up in Infinity War, there’s a small possibility that could be the case (and I’ll touch on why in my final Shuri-related story review).

All that being said, the highlight of A Nation Under Our Feet appeared in…

Shuri Portrayal (Story):

Shuri’s portrayal upon her return to the living was, to me, the best part of the story and the biggest factor in me continuing to read this story arc. We’re shown a woman who evolved from her experiences and acts accordingly. She speaks with her usual conviction, yet it was mixed with a measured and firm tone. Her “Wakanda First” attitude is still there and blends well with her evolved demeanor.

A great example of this was her encounter with the Midnight Angels. After a brief scuffle, Shuri gives Ayo and Aneka a warning.

Anyone familiar with Shuri’s history knows that there’s a strong chance she wasn’t bluffing (she personally ordered the complete destruction of Desturi forces during Doomwar and the retaliatory attacks on Atlantis). More importantly, it fits her character. To her, the survival of Wakanda is her number one priority, and anyone jeopardizes that must be punished.

This is a stance that she doubles down on during this back and forth.

In addition, we also get very good interactions between her and T’Challa. In light of the previous events—especially New Avengers and Time Runs Out—it was very pleasing to see those two (my favorite characters) interacting positively and managing to be in very good terms with each other.

Final Verdict:

This is a very ambitious story that greatly suffers from a shaky execution. The art is marvelous and Shuri portrayal and her development are a major plus. Considering how mixed the reactions of this story line has been, I’d recommend reading it for yourselves and form your own thoughts about it. There’s a possibility that you may enjoy this book, which a lot readers have.

Next Up:

Incursions threaten the multiverse, T’Challa is forced to make extremely difficult (and highly controversial) decisions, Thanos attacks Wakanda, and Shuri comes to her own as Wakanda’s queen, in one giant roller coaster of a story arc. A lot happens to the BP-verse on this one…

Saint Seiya Character Aesthetics || Ophiuchus Shaina

—"There is venom on my lips, my teeth, my tongue. Every inch of me is a weapon, poised to strike”—

There’s an old wive’s tale that tells of how it is always the females of a species that are the deadliest. She is living proof that some sayings just happen to be true. She is ruthless, merciless, and lethal; one bite is all it takes for a cobra to take down it’s prey.

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Yoongi; promittere

❝Okay so Bells has a big thing for dragons and what do I do with that??? make a dragon!au—but this is different than what you’d expect /.\ [the-storyweaver]
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© (photo credit) i really like making headers okay ; - ;

“Today’s the day,” Yoongi tells himself, fixing his armor, nudging on his shoulder pads and staring at his reflection.

Today’s the day.

The thought sinks in, seeping through the deepest parts of his mind and he tries to shake off the jittery feeling—this can go two ways… really good or… really bad.

“So… are you nervous?” Seokjin asks, turning to look at his friend beside him on the grass, the burden weighing twice as much.

“I’d be lying if I said no…”

Seokjin extends an arm, rubbing the guy’s shoulder, “You’ll be fine. Plus, it’s possible a few would want you as their master,”

“You don’t know that for sure,”

“History can repeat itself,” Seokjin muses and Yoongi scoffs, “Because you’re a pretty face, whatever, shut up.”

“Hey,” A voice snaps him out from his trance and he glances up to the mirror, eyeing the fella’, “Hey…”

“Ceremony begins shortly, let’s go down,” Yoongi nods, but hesitates once the person leaves. He rushes over to his cabinet, yanking out one of the things he can’t leave without—through his years of training, months of practice, days of blood, sweat and tears, he carries this. He pops open the pendant, a rusty picture inside of a woman and a man—mom… dad… today’s the day, he smiles, bitterly, brushing his thumb on their smiles—wish me luck.

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My Top 4 Shuri-Related Stories

With Shuri being featured in the Black Panther trailer, more and more folks are asking which comic book stories should they read to learn more about her. In light of that, I’d like to list my top four favorite Shuri-related stories.

Let me be clear: this ranking doesn’t reflect my overall feelings on the stories themselves, but rather how well Shuri was portrayed. In fact, two of those stories on my list have been very controversial among BP fans.

With that said, here’s my list:

4. Black Panther: Deadliest of the Species by Hudlin (Shuri becomes a Black Panther).

3. Black Panther: Most Dangerous Man Alive by Liss (T’Challa Vs. the Kingpin in Hell’s Kitchen).

2. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Coates (T’Challa fights off a rebellion on many fronts, while Shuri is in a plane of Wakandan memory).

1. New Avengers & Time Runs Out by Hickman (Incursions, Wakanda Vs. Atlantis, Thanos’ Invasion, and a whoooooooooooooolllllllle lot more).

Throughout the remainder of this week–starting tomorrow–I will be posting my thoughts on each story: my thoughts on the story itself, my opinions of Shuri’s portrayal on said story, and why it ranked the way it did.

First up, Shuri goes from zero to “hero”. Stay tuned!

my casting suggestions for Bryan Fuller’s Star Trek:

Obviously, Captain Angela Basset and First Officer Rosario Dawson go without saying.

Aisha Tyler as the extremely cranky and sarcastic Romulan science officer. Imagine Alan Rickman’s character in Galaxy Quest. No, the actor version. That level of weary sarcasm, at all times.

Caroline Dhavernas as head of Engineering. Everyone is scared of her. Her realm is a dark place, full of sparks and yelling.

Lee Pace as head of Medical, but in full shy awkward dreamboat Pushing Daisies mode. People only do what he says because they can’t bear the thought of making him sad.

Anna Friel guest stars as her planet’s first representative in Starfleet. She was chosen for being among the tallest of her species, and deadliest in hand-to-hand combat. Kristen Chenoweth also appears as the planet’s reigning monarch.

Danny Pudi is the ship’s counselor. He’s amazing at it. No one is sure why.

Mandy Patinkin occasionally appears as a Starfleet Admiral. He may also secretly be a member of the Q Continuum, but everyone is afraid to ask.

Raul Esparza runs whatever their version of Ten Forward is. Everyone hates him because he holds way too many karaoke nights. He will make you miss the gentility, modesty, and kindness of Quark.

Missi Pyle just plays her character from Galaxy Quest. Just exactly that character.

Swoosie Kurtz is also a Starfleet admiral. Mandy’s character is clearly a little scared of her. No one is sure why.

Where to start reading Black Panther?

Now this is a starter guide for T'challa not Shuri (i’ll try to post one for her later on).

Best thing you can do is start with Priest’s run but if you’re not too familiar with Black Panther then i would recommend you to start with Black Panther vol 3 #1-6 Who Is The Black Panther? and then continue on with

  • Black Panther Vol 1 #1-15
  • Fantastic Four #52-53 (first appearance)
  • Black Panther Vol 2 #1-5 The Client
  • Black Panther Vol 2 #6-12 Enemy of The State
  • Black Panther Vol 3 #39-41 Secret Invasion “See Wakanda and Die”
  • Black Panther Vol 5 #1-6 The Deadliest of the Species
  • Captain America & Black Panther: Flags of our Fathers.
  • Black Panther: The Man Without Fear
  • Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive
  • New Avengers vol 3
  • Avengers vol.5 #28-44
  • Secret Wars
  • Captain America and the Mighty Avengers

And if you have time check out Storm/X-Men: X-Men: Worlds Apart mini #1-4 and Doomwar.

If you need any further help or links to any of these comics let me know :)

Top Shuri-Related Stories, #3: Most Dangerous Man Alive

In this series of posts, I give a more in-depth review of my top four Shuri-Related stories. My top four Shuri-Related stories list can be found here.

I’ve ranked the stories not according to my overall feelings on the stories themselves, but rather how well Shuri was portrayed.

**Warning: spoilers abound!**


Summary:

After the events of Doomwar (which directly ties to Deadliest of the Species and the subsequent arc, Power), T’Challa heads to Hell’s Kitchen to test his resolve. He takes the place of Daredevil, who leaves Hell’s Kitchen to do some soul searching of his own.

Meanwhile, The Kingpin concocts a plan to subtly take over Wakandan assets, including valuable land in Wakandan soil, with the intent of eventually taking control of Wakanda’s resources. T’Challa teams up with Luke Cage, Falcon, and Shuri to fight back against Kingpin in various fronts.

Thoughts:

Yes, the premise is a bit ridiculous. T’Challa leaves Wakanda to go to Hell’s Kitchen? To “find himself?” Soon after Doomwar? Really?!

That said…this story is soooo fun! Very good writing by David Liss, who manages to get a very good hang of T’Challa. The art was solid. There’s also lots of action, one-liners, and random WTF moments (in a very good way) that one would expect in a comic book. Liss bringing in Luke Cage, Falcon, and Shuri into the fold was a great idea. The banter between all those characters is very well done. Not to mention, the story had a lot of funny moments.

Speaking of funny moments…

Shuri Portrayal:

This is the story if you want to see a Shuri full of competence mixed with a somewhat dark sense of humor and a notable amount of sarcasm. When she is not punching villains and knocking them out, she’s actually pretty funny in this story.

Where else will you find Shuri flat out trolling T’Challa while about to board a private plane?

In addition, we do see her infiltration skills and–just like in “Who is the Black Panther”–her tech knowledge (MCU Shuri’s tech skills didn’t come out of nowhere guys. It’s been in the comics for a while).

All in all, this portrayal was a lot of fun to read.

Final Verdict:

A very fun story with great characterization, great team-ups, and a Shuri portrayal that may put a smile on your face…if you aren’t laughing at that moment.

Oh, almost forgot…she trolls Kingpin too.

Next Up:

Shuri enters a mystical plane of Wakandan existence in one of the most controversial Black Panther stories to date.

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The Time of the Doctor
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars - among them, the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his companion must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.

anonymous asked:

Is it true that the fear of insects, spiders and other creepy crawlers is genetical? If so why? Is there any reason for humans to fear such harmless (at least most) creatures.

Not a bit! In fact, world-wide, fear and revulsion towards arthropods is actually very rare, particularly concentrated in America, the United Kingdom and other predominantly English-speaking, largely Christian cultures.

In much of the world, they’re an everyday staple food, so obviously people don’t think of them as gross and icky.

Insect and arachnid phobias can’t have any basis in logic or survival, since the most common fears are for relatively harmless species, while the very deadliest arthropod on Earth - mosquitoes - are seldom treated as more than a nuisance.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors would never have survived if a tiny invertebrate was enough to break their cool as they foraged through dense forests, stalked big game and tried to evade the attention of their own predators and rivals. They also would have starved or at least suffered serious nutritional diseases if they didn’t take advantage of insects as a protein source.