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Here’s some of the most amazing and invaluable advice you’ll most-likely ever get from one of my good colleagues and legends in comics/gaming, creator JOE MADUREIRA. It’s what i’ve been preaching to you aspiring artists since i arrived on DA, but i think his POV says it perfectly:

*WARNING: SOME MATURE LANGUAGE*

“DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ARTIST? 


Or a successful WORKING PROFESSIONAL?



Believe it or not there is a difference. I’m not usually a soapbox type guy, I don’t like instructing people, and I think I’m a terrible teacher. But hey, it’s Friday and I’m in a strange mood. So here goes:

I’ve noticed that a good number of my fans happen to be aspiring artists themselves. This is for all you guys. I get asked constantly: "Where should I go to school?” “What classes should I take?” “What should I study for anatomy?” “What pencils and paper do you use?” “Should I be working digitally now instead of traditionally?” “How do I fix my poses? Learn composition? Perspective?” “When am I going to develop my own style?” “Who were your influences?” “Teach me how to draw hands!” The list goes on…

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Here’s the deal. All of that stuff *is* important, and it may nudge you in the right direction. A lot of it you will discover for yourself. What works best for one person doesn’t work for another. That’s the beauty of art. It’s personal. It’s discovery. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ALL THAT CRAP!

Instead I’m going to answer the questions that you *SHOULD* be asking, but aren’t. These are things that have only recently occurred to me, after doing this for 20+ years. These things seem so obvious, but apparently they elude a lot of people, because I am surprised at how many ridiculously talented artists are ‘failing’ professionally. Or just unhappy. The beauty of what I’m about to tell you is that it doesn’t matter what field you’re in or what your art style is.

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In no particular order:


1) DO WHAT YOU LOVE. If you are passionate about what you’re doing, it shows. If you’re having fun, it shows. If you’re bored, IT SHOWS. Some guys are able to work on stuff they have zero interest in, and still pull off great work, but I find that when I do this my motivation takes a huge hit. And Motivation is key. Money is not a great motivator. It’s temporary like everything else. And honestly, I’ve gotten paid the most money for some of the shittiest work I have ever done. That may sound awesome, but it’s not. And here’s why…

2) You MUST stay Excited and Motivated. Have you noticed that there are days you can’t draw a god damned thing? And some days you feel like you can draw anything? It’s 4am but you don’t notice because you are in the ZONE. Your hand is racing ahead of your mind and you can do no wrong?! Maybe it’s some new paper you got. Or a new program you’ve been wanting to try out. Or you just found some amazing shit on DeviantArt, or watched some movie that just makes you want to run straight to your board. This relates to the above because while it is possible to involve yourself in projects you aren’t excited about—maybe you need the cash, or think it will look good on your resume, whatever it is—it’s not going to last. You need to stay fresh. Expose yourself to new things. New techniques. You should be getting tired of your own shit on a fairly regular basis. Otherwise other people will.

3) Check your Ego. If you think you’re the shit, you’re already doomed. You may be really, really good at what you do, but there’s someone better. Sorry. There’s always plenty to learn, even for us old dogs. So when I meet young upstarts who have this sense of entitlement, or a know-it-all attitude, I just have to laugh. Some of the biggest egos I’ve ever witnessed were from people who have accomplished the least. Meanwhile, most guys who are supremely talented AND successful, and have EARNED the RIGHT to have an ego and throw their weight around, don’t. Why is that? It’s because…

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4) RELATIONSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT. This may be one of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn. Early on, I didn’t value my relationships with people. Creatively or otherwise. I felt like I didn’t need anyone’s help and I could figure everything out on my own. Let’s face it, many of us become artists because we are reclusive, social misfits. We’d rather stay inside and draw shit than go outside and play. We like to live inside our own minds. Why not?! It’s awesome in there! And sometimes we don’t want to let other people in. But like I said—you can’t do it alone. I can honestly say that as much as I try to stay current, as much as I try to push my work and draw kick ass shit that will excite people, I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for all the other people I’ve met and learned from along the way. Guys who pulled strings for me. Took risks on me. Believed I was the right guy for the job. You need to manage your relationships. You need to network, and meet people. Drawing comics is still a pretty good place for reclusive types—but if you want to work in big studios—Making games, Films, animation, basically any other type of job on the planet, you’d better start making some connections. Be likeable. Be professional. That doesn’t mean be an opportunistic ladder climber. Fake people lose in the end. Be yourself, but be professional. It’s no secret that when people are hiring, our first instinct is to bring in people we know. It’s human nature. I don’t like unknowns, even if their portfolio is awesome. If we have a mutual connection, if they have great things to say about you, you’re in. If you have AMAZING artwork to show, and I call your last employer and they tell me what a pain in the ass you are to work with, you’re done. Talent and skill only get you so far. I am literally amazed at how often I meet guys that are total assholes and think they are going to get anywhere.

5) Here’s the BIG ONE. The greatest obstacle you will ever have to overcome IS YOURSELF. And the Fear that you are creating in your own head. Stay positive. Stop defeating yourself. There are artists I know that are so damn good they make me pee my pants. I look up to these mofos. I study their shit and I want to draw like them. And they are almost NEVER working on their DREAM project. And—big surprise, they aren’t happy in their job. “Why NOT?! WTF is WRONG WITH YOU?!” is usually my reaction. And the answer is almost always “The market isn’t great right now” “Other stories/games/comics like mine don’t do very well” “The shit that’s hot right now is nothing like mine, It’s just going to fail.” “I’m not sure I’m good enough.” “I need the money.” “Too Risky.” “I tried it before and failed. ” It doesn’t matter what words they use, they are afraid for one reason or another. I know. I’ve been there.

But here’s the deal. YOU NEED TO TAKE RISKS. Guess what? YOU ARE MOST LIKELY GOING TO FAIL. If you want it—REALLY want it, that won’t stop you. You will learn A LOT. My good friend Tim constantly jokes about how I jump out of planes without a parachute and worry about the landing on the way down. You may think that I’m lucky, that it’s easy for me to say because I’m already successful, that I’m in a different situation than you all are. But it’s not true. Risk is risk, no matter what level you’re at. If you’re already successful, you just take even bigger risks. But they never go away. Everything in life is Risk vs. Reward. Not just in your career. LIFE. You’d better get used to it.

I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when I got into comics. I left the #1 selling book at the time ( Uncanny X-men ) to work on Battle Chasers during a time when 'Conan’ was about the only fantasy comic people knew. And no one was buying it. I wanted to work in games, so I started a game company. I had NO IDEA WTF I was doing. I just wanted it, really bad. We tanked. It failed. No big surprise. But the people I worked with got hired elsewhere and rehired me. I started ANOTHER game Company. We had 4 people and a dream, and some publishers wouldn’t even meet with us, because their 'next gen console’ teams had 90+ people on them. I literally got hung up on. “Stick to handheld games, it’s smaller, maybe you can handle that…” one MAJOR publisher told us. I don’t blame them. But we didn’t let it stop us. Thank god we didn’t listen to them. Vigil was born. Darksiders happened, AND we got to make a sequel. It stands shoulder to shoulder with the best games in the industry, and the most elite and experienced game dev studios in the world. How is that possible?!!! Hardly any of us had even worked on a console game before. I’ll be honest, I was thinking we would fail the whole time. I just didn’t care. If I had to play the odds on this one, I’d bet against us.

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Why am I telling you all this shit? This is not me patting myself on the back. It’s just stuff that has somehow only dawned on me recently when it’s been staring me in the face for so long. I feel like I need to wake you guys up!!! I’ve been limiting myself. I’ve gotten afraid. I’ve taken less risks. I saw my career going places I didn’t want to go. I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t excited. And I’ve realized, that all that stuff I just talked about is the reason I am where I am today. Not because I have a manga style, or I draw cool hands, or there’s energy in my drawings, or all the other things people rattle off to me. There are other guys that do all that same shit, and do it better. And amazingly, those same guys constantly tell me “Man, I wish I could do what you are doing.” “SO DO IT!!!!!” PLEASE listen to me—because I want you guys to make it. I want to look to one of you people for inspiration some day when it’s 2am and I need to keep drawing. Stop worrying about all the other stuff—the pencils, the paper, the anatomy, all that shit. It will only get you so far. You’ve already got most of what you need. I hope this helps some people. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the support over the years. You are all one of the greatest motivating forces in my life and my career. Sappy but true. Ok, let’s go draw some shit!!!“

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Nightcrawler’s Medical Training

 Has it ever been mentioned where Kurt got his medical training? It hasn’t been brought up in a few decades as far as I know. Feel free to enlighten me! :D

 For now, I figure he could have studied (unofficially) from a doctor who traveled with or stayed with the circus for periods of time. 
 It would make sense for Kurt, who likes to both try new things and constantly improve himself to want to pick up more useful skills (one of the first things he is shown doing in his spare time in the early days is learning to be a mechanic for the Blackbird from Sean, for instance. and he mentions in the second example that he does odd jobs). Being able to set a broken bone and care for a sprained wrist or ankle would definitely come in handy for an acrobat. 
 

(Uncanny X-men #164, Nitghtcrawler (1985) #1, Uncanny X-men #170 & #174)

Latinx Superheroes

Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #365 included a preview of Spider-Man 2099 #1/Marvel Comics

First Animated Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man/Disney XD

Originally posted by independentmasterlist

Roberta Mendez/Captain America

First Appearance: Secret Wars 2099 #1/Marvel Comics

Joaquin Torres/Falcon

First Appearance: Captain America: Sam Wilson/Marvel Comics

Anya Corazón/Spider Girl/Araña

First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #1/Marvel Comics

Miles Morales/Spider-Man

First Appearance: Ultimate Fallout #4/Ultimate Marvel

First Animated Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man/Disney XD

Originally posted by 0roro-munroe

Ava Ayala/White Tiger

First Appearance: Avengers Academy #20/Marvel Comics

First Animated Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man/Disney XD

Important Note: Her brother, Hector Ayala was the first Puerto Rican superhero in the history of comics and Marvel’s first Latino superhero.

Originally posted by koriandr

Victor Alvarez/Power Man

First Appearance: Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil #1/Marvel Comics

First Appearance as Power Man: Shadowland: Power Man #1/Marvel Comics

America Chavez/Miss America

First Appearance: Vengeance #1/Marvel Comics

Note: When they announced Ms. America was to appear in LEGO Avengers fans complained that they had whitewashed her character, which was met by a response of the animators saying they would correct this to make it reflect her heritage.

Originally posted by we-avenge

Bobby Da Costa/Sunspot

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel: The New Mutants/Marvel Comics

First Animated Appearance: X-Men Evolution/Marvel Studios

First Live Action Appearance: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Originally posted by harlequinnade

Fabio Medina/Gold Balls

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #1/Marvel Comics

Julio Richter/Rictor

First Appearance: X-Factor #17/Marvel Comics

First Animated Appearance: X-Men/Marvel Studios


Gabriel Cohuelo/Velocidad

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #527/Marvel Comics

María Aracely Penalba/Hummingbird

First Appearance: Scarlet Spider #1/Marvel Comics

Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider

First Appearance: All-New Ghost Rider #1/Marvel Comics

Originally posted by greek-geordie

Alejandra Jones/Ghost Rider

First Appearance: Ghost Rider Vol. 7 #1/Marvel Comics

Sam Alexander/Nova

First Appearance: Marvel Point One #1/Marvel Comics

First Animated Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man/Disney XD

Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle

First Appearance: Infinite Crisis/DC Comics

First Live Action Appearance: Smallville/The CW

First Animated Appearance: Batman: The Brave and the Bold

First Animated Appearance… that’s actually voiced by a Latino: Young Justice

Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern

First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol. 3 #48/DC Comics

First Animated Appearance: Superman: The Animated Series

Renee Montoya/Question

First Appearance: Batman #475/DC Comics

Created for/First Animated Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series/DC Entertainment

First Live Action Appearance: Gotham/Fox

Más y Menos 

Created for/First Appearance: Teen Titans/DC Entertainment

First Comic Appearance: Teen Titans Vol. 3 #38/DC Comics

Originally posted by titans-k-o

Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern

First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol 5 #20/DC Comics

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Meanwhile, Ororo is still waiting for Kurt to call.

This comic was inspired by a few things:

1.  This panel from Uncanny X-Men #460

2.  This 山Pのkiss英語 game in which Japanese TV personalities try to pronounce English words correctly enough for Siri to understand them.

3.  This scene from Fraiser in which Daphne practices her “American” accent.

Also, a big thank you to @evilsnowswan (for some reason, tumblr won’t let me tag you) for the German translation!

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Not really excited for anything about Marvel Legacy, the homage covers looks pretty cool

Marvel Legacy Animated Homage Covers

The Incredible Hulk: Jose Ladrönn’s Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #94 (2006) by Mike Deodato Jr. and Marcelo Maiolo

Iceman: Gil Kane & Dan Adkins’ Champions Vol. 1 #1 (1975) by Michael Ryan

Black Panther: Todd McFarlane’s Incredible Hulk Vol. 1 #340 (1988) by unknown

Daredevil: John Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 #135 (1980) by Juan Cabal

The Falcon: Ron Wilson’s Iron Man Vol. 1 #71 (1974) by Elizabeth Torque

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #49 (1966) by Felipe Smith

Old Man Logan: John Buscema’s Wolverine Vol. 2 #2 (1988) by Cameron Stewart

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man - Al Milgrom’s Captain America Vol. 1 #260 (1981) by Paolo Siqueira

Spirits of Vengeance: Dave Cockrum’s Giant-Size X-Men Vol. 1 #1 (1975) by Ken Lashley

Marvel Two-In-One: The Thing and the Human Torch - Rich Buckler’s Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #159 (1975) by Edgar Delgado 

anonymous asked:

Hey, I'm pretty new to xmen, but Kurt is 1000% my fave. I was wondering which comics I should read to get more of his story! I love your blog too great stuff

Okay, first of all: there are too many books he appears in, so I just tried to list some important ones (and this not even close to listing everything!) And if you want to simply read books he is in, you really need to go through many team books.

The easy part, Nightcrawler series:

- Nightcrawler (1985-1986) - 4 issue
- Nightcrawler Vol 2 (2002-2002)- 4 issue
- Nightcrawler Vol 3 (2004-2006) - 12 issue
- Nightcrawler Vol 4 (2014-2015) - 12 issue

- X-Men: Manifest Destiny Nightcrawler #1 (May, 2009)
- X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler #1 (May, 2010)

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Some important appearance/story from the beginning until now:

- Uncanny X-Men: start with his first appearance in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975) but I’d say read UXM of 80’s.
(AND/OR read Classic X-Men, which is a reprint of uncanny issues, but with new panels/stories!
-Classic X-Men #1-45,
-X-Men Classic #46-110)

- Excalibur (1988-1998) - a must

(After Excalibur he’s in Uncanny X-Men again - from 1998, so you can continue here )

- in 2003 he gets an origin story ‘Draco’ in Uncanny X-Men by Chuck Austen (but you need to know, it’s one of the most hated X-Men stories. For reasons.)
Chuck Austen’s run on UXM: #410-441, and Draco: #428-434 (2003)
(And before Chuck Austen, the priest story happend.)

- Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont from #444 (2004) (better story, good art)

- X-Men: Second Coming related books (2010) - (he dies here)

- Amazing X-Men (2014) 19 issues (resurrected) - a must
( the last solo series begins in 2014 too)

- Extraordinary X-Men (2015) -  (it’s not the best Nightcrawler story again…)

- X-Men Gold - current X-book  - (it’s ok so far)

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Significant Issues: (by marvel universe wiki)

Killed foster brother (X-Men Annual #4, 1980);
first joined X-Men (Giant-Size X-Men #1, 1975);
first used image inducer (Classic X-Men #4, 1986);
first blended with shadows (X-Men #102, 1976);
first encountered Mystique (X-Men #141, 1981);
injured by Marauders (Uncanny X-Men #211, 1986);
co-founded Excalibur (Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn, 1988);
regained full powers (Excalibur #37, 1991);
formed N-Men (Excalibur #45, 1991);
learned Mystique is mother (X-Men Unlimited #4, 1994);
rejoined X-Men (Uncanny X-Men #360/X-Men #80, 1998);
first seen studying for priesthood (X-Men #100, 2000);
first encountered Supreme Pontiff (Uncanny X-Men #400, 2001);
quit priesthood (Uncanny X-Men #419, 2003);
learned Azazel is father (Uncanny X-Men #432, 2003);
died (X-Force #26, 2010)

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A few issues I can think of and recommend:

(there’s definitely much more!)

- Amazing Spider-man 161 & 162  (1976)
- Guardians Team-Up #6 (2015)
- Deadpool/Spider-Man  #14 (2016)
- Deadpool (2012) #27 (wedding)
- Nation X #1 (2009) - (road trip)
- Wolverine (2003) #6 - (I don’t need to say anything here :D)
- Axis revolution #2
- Classic X-Men #4 - The Big Dare!
- Male Bonding (Marvel Comics Presents, #101 - 108) (with Wolverine)
- Wolverine weapon X #16 (2009)
- Death of Wolverine: Life after Logan (2014)
- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #17 (2017)
- Exiles #28-30 (2001) - (meets his daughter from another universe)
- Bizarre adventue  #27 (1981) (mentioned in his first solo series)
- What If? Vol 2 #98 (if Mystique had raised Kurt)
- Uncanny X-Men #204

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A comic made exclusively for the movie: X-Men 2 (2003):

X-Men 2: Nightcrawler - Official Movie Prequel

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Alternate univers Kurt

(this is not in order)

- Kurt Darkholme / Age of Apocalypse Nightcrawler (Killer version of Nightcrawler):
Uncanny X-Force Vol 1 ,
X-Calibre,
X-Termination 1 & 2,
Age of Apocalypse Vol 1,
Astonishing X-Men Vol 3

- Kurt Waggoner (Kid version of Nightcrawler):
X-Treme X-Men Vol 2
Astonishhing X-Men Vol 3

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And lastly here’s another longer list of important issues about Kurt that are worth a read:

https://uncannyxmen.net/characters/nightcrawler/checklist

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I hope it helps. If anyone wants to add something to the list, please do!
I might’ve made mistakes; in that case let me know.

x-men for babies pt.1

the “i dont know a damn thing for starters pre 2000s list”

- uncanny x-men ( #1 - #10 ) (1963)

- x-men: first class v1 & 2

- the gentleman’s name is magneto: uncanny x-men #104, #112, #113, #114 (1978)

- phoenix saga ( uncanny x-men #101 - #108 ) / dark phoenix saga ( #129 - #138 ) (1980)

- the new mutants (1983) (100 issues)

- x-factor volume 1 (1986)

- magneto (1993) (origin story, important)

- x-men (1991) (113 issues)

- x-men ‘92 (2015) (10 issues)

- generation x (1994) (75 issues)

Speaking As a true fan

For those who are new fans, let me give you a few hints of who Lorna Dane is and her amazing history. Please know that one of the biggest points of personal ethical responsibility for me is that I don’t use assumptions nor speculations or expectations (or anything out of context) and act like everything Marvel does to Lorna is bad. Note that all Marvel’s characters have had their bad moments and worse. Everyone in Marvel has some area of their characteristics that needs to be improved. Lorna has improved significantly. She was explored by many amazing writers. As an educator, I try to cultivate a passion for learning about my Lorna Dane and pass it on to the community :)

if you are not familiar with Lorna, then you can catch up on her interesting X-Men history. The character debuted back in October 1968 in X-Men #49. Arnold Drake, Don Heck, Werner Roth, and Jim Steranko were the creative minds behind the character’s creation. When she first appeared she was introduced as the Queen of Mutants as well as Magneto’s daughter in X-Men #50 (way before we knew Anya and the the twins were his but since the twins are no longer his, they don’t count, sorry).

here is where Steranko redesigned the book’s original logo with a new 3-D masthead that virtually screamed excitement and energy. Beneath it was what has since become a classic Steranko Image:

Lorna Dane hovering in the air like a Green Goddess, her arm outstretched in regal command as energy crackles all around her. Beneath her, poised as if in fearful reverence, are the X-Men. A full-length shot of Lorna Dane in all her curvaceous grandeur is a knockout and the nice team profile of the X-men reacting to her is good too :)

The daughter of Magneto, Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, aka Mistress of Magnetism has been in tons of comic series and a key members of a number of superhero teams. Lorna’s characterization has been progressively getting better in every book I read with her starting from 1968 (and that’s including with Havok). She is instantly recognizable by her green hair. Lorna has spent most, if not all, of her time in the employ of the good guys. She’s been associated with the X-Men and some of their affiliated offshoot groups. Polaris originally served with X-Men and X-Factor, two groups centered around the composition of mutants. She has never lost her place as one of the X-Men. She has been in and out of X-Men lore. Polaris is really quite a simple girl who always been characterized as wanting to lead a normal life like most mutants. She went to school, college, earned a Master’s degree in geophysics (you can’t be “idiot” or “crazy” when you have a MASTER’S DEGREE). She enjoys leading a peaceful life and spending her time with the love of her life. Many times she wanted to wash her hands of the X-Men’s business, but every time they needed help she would definitely be there for them even if she had her reservations. She is a great helper and a valuable asset of the X-Men. She does believe in Professor-X’s cause for coexistence, which explains why she did work with the X-Men in the first place. I guess the never-ending fights have worn her out, but that has not stopped her from being the X-Man she is today. The only difference is that sometimes she needs to get away from the chaos and madness of the cruel reality. Has she been important to the X-Men mythos over the years?  Yes, she has. Is she a well-defined character?  Yes, she is.

Thanks to Len Wein, Lorna was instrumental in defeating Krakoa in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975). Polaris interacted with the Earth’s core and created a magnetic pulse so strong that she was able to launch Krakoa into outer space.

When Chris Claremont took over the X-Men after the relaunch in 1975, he was left with a team of six mutants (Polaris included). These were the original X-Men… The Silver Age. From 1975 to 1991, Claremont was the defining voice of the X-Men franchise (that’s about 16 years). As soon as Claremont took over, he gave Lorna Dane a code name. Because of Chris Claremont, Lorna Dane becomes Polaris, and the name stuck. He also gave her a new costume when she joined the Shi’Ar (while being brain washed by Eric The Red).

So there you go. Few good things to point out. Another good thing is that he made Polaris one of the Marauders’s new leaders with another new costume.

Malice was a very interesting concept during the Inferno arc. Using her as an antagonist in his story and separated her from (X-Men) Havok. During that time (aside from when she first appeared), Polaris became more valuable :) It was crystal clear Polaris didn’t need Havok in order to carry a story.

Because of Chris Claremont, Lorna developed the first recorded case when the concept of Secondary Mutation was first introduced. When she lost her original powers, she gained some new ones. Her body mass increased, along with her strength and resistance to injury. Also the ability to develop negative emotions in anyone around her. Lorna then regained her original powers and her secondary mutation vanished. It was good to know that out of the whole Marvel Universe, she was the first to experience this previously unknown stage. Claremont gave her another costume as well.

If I’m being perfectly honest, his (Claremont) old stuff wasn’t that great. I just think he did some memorable stories during a time when the X-Men weren’t getting a lot of memorable stories (but the actual credit should go to Len Wein and Dave Cockrum who revived the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby mutant team X-Men back in 1975. Claremont owes a lot to Len and to Dave certainly on the X-Men). Anyway, we’re not in the era of Claremont. We’re in the era of the Millennials. Therefore, only new readers will go to the new stuff and since Marvel announced a while ago that they will be relaunching everything anew (so there is no need to bring old stuff to make a point that doesn’t exist but in the mind of the OLD readers). While this is true, I hope Marvel brings back the X-Factor where Peter made Lorna Dane one of the main characters :)

Because of Peter David, Lorna became not only the predominant leader of the X-Factor, but also a predominant mother figure of the X-Factor for almost 8 straight years. Peter David wrote the perfect first issue with X-Factor #71.

Then Peter David brought them back and Polaris and Havok took the reins of X-Factor Investigations! There they led for almost 2 ½ years.

Some of the most memorable moments in this run were Lorna’s origins in X-Factor #243 (yeah, after decades, but she got it).

I personally thoroughly enjoyed her origins. Peter David finally puts an end to the speculation and ambiguity. He stated that an entire issue of “Breaking Points” will be dedicated to Polaris’s past, and not the question of whether or not Magneto is her father (he is, David says). Taking story elements that go all the way to 1968. When Polaris was introduced it was revealed that she was Magneto’s daughter, firstly by Mesmero in X-Men #50 (1968). I wouldn’t call it a “retcon” as she was introduced to comics being Magneto’s daughter, the retcon was that she wasn’t his daughter.

When the X-Factor came back as an All New X-Factor (2014), they were like never before and was led by mutant Mistress of Magnetism, Polaris.

This was the first and most important step for Lorna in the establishment of her stability. David’s still got a strong handle on Polaris-as-leader where she was on her own, leading a complicated and interesting team. The whole line-up was intriguing. Peter David has a knack for taking B-list mutant characters and turning them into A minus characters. He did it with his previous runs on X-Factor and all were a perfect choice in characterization and interaction. It has a great line-up for a team book, a mix-and-match of some of the most difficult mutants to get along with in the Marvel Universe. It also doesn’t hurt that David takes an opportunity to remind us that, despite the presence of three high-profile mutants (Polaris, Quicksilver and Gambit), Lorna is the team’s true powerhouse.

The fact that Peter David chose Polaris as the leader of the group alone sets up a myriad of story possibilities. Truly she gets her moment to shine throughout the series. I don’t have complaints about any of the series and to be honest, there were no problems with issue #2 - #6. This is where Lorna started to have her moments. How can I be mad when Lorna was such badass between issues #2 to #6 and on? Those of you who haven’t gotten to this book yet, buy it and I will let you be the judge. Entirely worth reading just for the amazing roster. I recommend it. I would also recommend the story of Vulcan (Havok and Cyclops’ long lost brother) written by Ed Brubaker.

This is where a brand-new era for Uncanny X-Men begins. Fresh off X-Men: Deadly Genesis, Ed Brubaker takes the helm of Marvel’s mighty mutants. A story that won’t just affect Earth, but will rock the foundations of the entire galaxy. Uncanny X-Men: Rise & Fall of the Shi'ar Empire #475-486. Here is when Polaris was recruited by her friends and vowed to joined the X-Men (for the hundredth time) to stop Havok’s brother from destroying the lives of billions. They ended up going to space and that’s where the adventure began.

After Brubaker left Uncanny X-Men, Christopher Yost took over as writer beginning with the X-Men: Emperor Vulcan mini-series #1-5. Here’s where the Uncanny X-Men stand leading into Emperor Vulcan: Vulcan has taken over as Emperor of the Shi’Ar and Polaris, Havok, and Rachel have joined the Starjammers (led by Polavok) to aid Lilandra’s resistance against Vulcan.

Specifically in issue #4-5, Lorna stood on her own leading the Starjammers when Havok went on a mission all on his own to face his Brother, Vulcan. Christopher Yost also took the opportunity to remind us that Lorna was the team’s true powerhouse. In this mini she shields the Starjammers’ ship against the attacks from the entire regiment of Shi'ar (soldiers) warbirds. With one single blast she blew up a HUGE starships.

Christopher Yost follow up X-Men: Kindbreaker and it’s set immediately after the conclusion of the mini-series Emperor Vulcan.

During the mini-series against Vulcan, Lorna was rather competent and strong. The fight scene pitting Polaris up against Vulcan was extremely awesome. She was even holding a whole ocean on her own. Brubaker and Yost provided us with a lot of good moments where Lorna was pretty much shining through the whole era of Vulcan’s Origins. They made her one of the most powerful mutants in space. Lorna clearly was their sources of influence and inspiration. I liked that we got to see the X-Men (Polaris) off planet :) After this event, War of Kings came along.

The six issue limited series crossover storyline written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning was another amazing book. This is an action-heavy event comic. This book is exciting, sure, but Abnett and Lanning seem to be aiming quite a bit higher than that. At lease to me when it comes to Lorna. Both Abnett and Lanning were glad to let’s us know that in their story, Lorna (still) is the powerful mutant who was able to summons her gifts.

Lorna looks gorgeous with her glowing eyes. The story is about a war between the Vulcan led Shi'ar empire and the Inhuman led Kree empire. Lorna and the Starjammers played a large role in the War of Kings storyline. She appeared throughout the crossover of War of Kings. Starting from War of kings main series #1-6, War of Kings: Ascension #3-4, War of Kings: Warriors #2, War of Kings: Who Will Rule (one shot), and War of Kings: Guardians of the Galaxy #13. Whooo, that’s a hell of a lot.

Let me remind you this is where we see Lorna interacting with her “niece” Luna and “sister in-law” Crystal. This was a very cool interaction that they have given Lorna and Crystal and were befitting both characters. They were talking about Crystal’s wedding, Lilandra, the new outlook the Inhuman race has taken, how fortunate would be if Crystal gets to join Polaris’s crew to help with the situation with Lilandra etc etc. While Lorna was playing with her “niece” and how cute they were. After the Accuser was hurt, Lorna plays an important role in regaining Kree popular support for the Inhumans by making sure that Crystal’s humanitarian acts towards the injured Kree civilians are broadcast all over the Kree networks. She stood by Crystal the whole time supporting her and advising her.

PS: I like the part where Lorna grabs the communicator away from Havok and announces to the Kree that she is Crystal Amaquelin Maximoff’s sister in-law attempting to attend her wedding. The kree Immediately open the shield. Funny because when Havok was trying to hail the kree to open the shield, they ignored him, lol.

Lorna is now under Cullen Bunn’s pen and I’m just glad she’s in good hands with Wells. When Magneto’s own book first debuted, we saw Polaris during Secret Wars (not to mention, through most of the Secret Wars books), trying to help her father stop the world from being destroyed.

Then she had a small significant appearance in Uncanny X-Men #12. Under Cullen Bunn’s pen, Lorna surprisingly appeared in Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #7-8. Not to mention, a menacing leader just like her father.

She then returned to X-Men Blue in full force and she immediately stood out ever since. She’s back not only as a member of the new X-Men but also as the (leader) teacher of the new X-Men and as the daughter of Magneto, of course.

What I’ve seen out of Lorna interacting with Magneto is that it highlights all the great qualities Lorna has to offer. Working with Magneto gives her an opportunity to learn new tricks with her powers, and often Magneto’s roles lead Lorna to chances she can be in real positions of power that truly test her intellect and skills. There are still more to come under Bunn’s pen.

Soon we will see Polaris on screen in the upcoming tv show called The Gifted. Be ready for this show because she’s going to be introduced as “a strong-willed, brave and loyal mutant who has the ability to manipulate magnetism.” and as Magneto’s daughter.

Polaris was given a lot more freedom than just being an X-Man. Her character was chosen as a nod to the passionate community of fans she has cultivated over the years. Christopher Yost , Chris Claremont, Peter David, Mike Carey, Cullen Bunn, Ed Brubaker, Chuck Austen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and so many others have given the fans what we wanted. There are few more of Lorna’s writers that I would like to talk about but I’ll leave it for some other time. Know this is part of the history of Lorna Dane. I will continue on another post :)

In my experience and achievement:

Speaking from my experience as a person involved for a long time and as a true fan (oh believe me), I have done more than those who are considered “valuable fans” Don’t think I’m sitting here faking my ass as a Polaris’s fan because I have done everything I can. Even yelled out LOUD to Marvel/writers to hear my prayers. Why do you think Polaris is becoming more popular now? Certainly not because of those who kept complaining and denigrating her for decades. Otherwise, she would have been famous a long ago. I feel though, that ever since I started making all those post, defending Lorna with all “those” who attacked me previously and trying to break me (little did they know… they made me stronger) so I can somehow give up my fight with my favorite character. You don’t see me complaining about my favorite characters and repeatedly stating  how bad Marvel/Claremont/etc are treating Lorna. You will always see me in the contrary. Stepping up for Lorna while others are trying to downgrade her. Check in here @bitchybeautyboy and see for yourself with the many “people” I had to face to defend Lorna. You’ll be surprised.

What I said about Marvel being involved in this upcoming new tv show, The Gifted, It’s true. Marvel is involved in this tv show and ever since, Lorna is emerging. Now she’s treated as on a high pedestal and (again) certainly not because of those who are “valuable fans”. More likely because of me and a few other people out there that I know… who care about Lorna DEEPLY. Now that Polaris is becoming more recognizable, I feel those “other fans” who tried to sabotage her relationship with many characters she interacted with and tried to destroy her repeatedly… now they want to take credit simply because they felt stupid their whole life. It’s kind of too late to say Marvel is going to or “might destroy” Polaris because she has been promoted more than any other character would have (on screen) for this show.

I had a great experience with some good people out there as well as with some bad ones. The bad ones are the ones that made me stronger. So, if you’re a new fan… take some notes and learn so when they come after you… doing the same thing everywhere you go… you’ll be prepared for then.

I love Lorna Dane and am proud to be a Polaris’s fan. Just remember this is not the end. You will see more from me and read a lot more from me. I will leave you guys here for now… until then.

(For those who starting liking and rebloging this, sorry this was not complete. I posted this last night at 3am and was going to continue today. I was extremely tired and didn’t have the time to correct a few mistakes and post some images. Now it is complete. My apologies)

Where to start reading Cloak & Dagger?

Their first appearance was in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64

  • Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #69-70, 81-82, 94-96
  • Cloak and Dagger v1 #1-4
  • Marvel Team-Up Annual #6
  • Power Pack #7-8, 19, 24-26
  • New Mutants #23-25
  • Cloak and Dagger v2 #1-11
  • Strange Tales V2 #1-19
  • Marvel Graphic Novel #34
  • Cloak and Dagger v3 #1-19
  • Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12
  • Web of Spider-Man #77-78, Annual #8
  • Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26
  • Maximum Carnage arc (Web of Spider-Man #101, Spider-Man #37, Spectacular Spider-Man #203)
  • New Warriors v1 #32-35, 48-51, Annual #3
  • Marvel Knights #1-15, Double Shot #3
  • Runaways v2 #11-12
  • Dark Avengers arc (Dark X-Men: Beginning #1-2, Uncanny X-Men #513-514, Dark Avengers #7-8, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus)
  • Cloak and Dagger oneshot 2010
  • Spider Island: Cloak and Dagger #1-3
  • Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #6-8

anonymous asked:

Hello :) I was wondering if you could maybe give me a reading list for Captain Marvel? I really want to start reading about her but I dont no where to start. Thankyou. Love your blog x

If you’re extremely invested and want to start right at the beginning then read Captain Marvel Vol 1 (1969) issue #18 which is her origin story, followed by Ms Marvel Vol 1 (1977). Then read Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 (1982) issue #164 which features Carol’s first appearance in her Binary form. Then read ‘New Avengers’ Vol 2 (2006) which really sets her up to be Marvel’s primary female superhero. Then read ‘Civil War’ (2006) where she plays a major role and that leads directly into Ms Marvel Vol 2 (2006).

However, I would just start at Captain Marvel Vol 7 (2012). It gives a nice tidy flashback of her origin, explains her binary power, and is where she officially becomes Captain Marvel. This is essential reading and it’s a great jumping on point. 

After that definitely read Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 (2013) issues #15 onwards, Captain Marvel Vol 8 (2014), A-Force Vol 1 (2015), Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps (2015), Ultimates Vol 1 (2015), Captain Marvel Vol 9 (2016), A-Force Vol 2 (2016), Ultimates Vol 2 (2016), and then The Mighty Captain Marvel (2017) which is currently at issue #4 and then you’re all caught up. 

Note - Skip ‘Civil War 2′ (2016) as the writer just messes up her character completely.