X-Men Comics: Ghost Box

Spoiler Alert ! This  X-men limited comic books is intense.

Ellis established the X-Men as protectors of the city which is based in San Francisco. Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast, Wolverine and Armor, and later, Storm arrived which comprises the new team. From an unusual murder, the X-Men unwrapped a plot of mutant synthesis.

With Suspect X’s “mysterious box” or a “Ghost Box” in, the team returned to San Francisco. They gave the mysterious box to Hank along with a syringe filled with Suspect X’s blood. Hank spoke to Scott that after having gone over Suspect X’s file, it surfaced a talk about a secret war between Suspect X’s people and the murdered mutant from the conception of the story arc. A mysterious place called Tian which is in China is another topic of a talk and that awakens the interest of Wolverine. Hank finds out that Suspect X is just a normal mutant but with his X-gene on a different chromosome after analyzing Suspect X’s blood. To help go into this matter Hank wants to bring Abigail Brand from S.W.O.R.D. in. Scott is against this idea. Against Scott’s wishes, in the end, Agent Brand is brought in who lets the X-Men know that the Ghost Box is a dimensional portal linking different realities. Scott counters it as Brand wants to turn this case into  S.W.O.R.D. Before she brings in S.W.O.R.D. Brand gives Scott and the X-Men time to probe into it. The X-Men locate Tian, which is an uncharted area of China that no surveillance or satellite system can get through, not even the Chinese government with the aid of Wolverine. The X-Men discover the headquarters of a secret group of mutants informally referred to by Hank as the “Chinese X-men” as they were able to sneak into Tian. Because of M-Day’s associated effects, they seem to have died.

Emma perceives they have company and that she will have to switch to her diamond form, leaving her without her telepathy, as Storm and Emma investigate the grounded temple. Emma sends the info to Cyclops who is with Beast, Armor, and Wolverine. Scott and Beast discuss Forge, M-Day and its effects on the multiverse as Armor and Logan go off to look at the temple for anyone else. A man who can fire lasers from his fingers was encountered by Armor and Wolverine, while in the presence of the mutant hiding, Storm and Emma lose their powers and Cyclops and Beast encountered a mutant with a strange chameleon mutation. They reveal to the X-Men they have a mutual friend, Forge after the X-Men take down their foes. The team discovers that Forge created the manufactured mutants after Emma interrogates the X-Men’s captives. A counter-strike against the Annexation using a Ghost Box that he acquired is the reason why he created these “mutants.”

The team moves forward were Forge is located and are anxious about the forthcoming conversation. Cyclops and Storm try to reason after some discussion with Forge but he is strongly decided to see his plan through. Forge’s longing to leave behind a legacy and save the world as his insistence seems to shoot from years of being disregarded and neglected. An immensely powerful laser beam into the Ghost Box’s portal was sent by Abigail Brand as Beast initiated. Forge would rather face death than humiliation as Storm tried to convince him to escape. The team escapes as the beam destroys both the Ghost Box and the world from which the invaders came.

 

 

 

Top 5 Popular DC Comics of All Time

DC Comics had become an institution as it stayed long enough to become one of the two biggest and hottest comic book companies in America and was originally created as National Allied Publications in 1934. DC popularized characters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

 

DC company has produced some of the best comic books ever. Sadly, these days, the company has lost touch with the general public when it comes to comic book print out with people engage more on the digital.

 

To take a toast of respect on the DC comic books that inspired most people coming from yesteryears, here’s a list of top 5 DC Comics Of All Time.

 

Top 5: KINGDOM COME (1996)

 

Kingdom Come most prominent feature is the beautifully painted artwork by Alex Ross that features a stark plot by Mark Waid. While still retaining his storytelling abilities, he crafted the heroes of the DC Universe as infinitely iconic and powerful. His art isn’t just flamboyant but a perfect compliment to Waid’s plot.

 

Waid created an epic where Superman schools the young generation and shows the world what a hero should be.

 

Top 4: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS (1985-1986)

 

Crisis on Infinite Earths was a trial to streamline flow and make books effortless to pick up for novice comic book fans. The Anti-Monitor was the focus of the story who wanted to eliminate the multiple realities of the DC Universe.

 

The death of Supergirl, the Flash, the Superman of Earth-One, and countless others, was spotted in the 12-issue mega event but still the heroes triumph in the end.

 

Top 3: BATMAN: YEAR ONE (1987)

 

The story of Batman: Year One depicted the initial year in Gotham for Commissioner Gordon and after years of exile, the return of Bruce Wayne. After being submitted to the sordid underbelly of Gotham, Miller paints Gordon as an honest cop who take a glimpse of his personal life evolved out of control; meanwhile, to battle the corruption and ferocity that has outstripped his city, Wayne returns from years of training overseas. They form together one of the powerful bonds in comic book history by lauding each other’s strengths and ignoring each other’s weaknesses.

 

Year One one of the best comics and continues not only to be one of the best Batman stories of all time.

2. ALL-STAR SUPERMAN (2005-2008)

 

Revolving about Superman’s concerns with his own mortality and how little by little, he prepares the people in his life, and the rest of his world, for his demise is narrative All-Star Superman. Making headway, Superman combats hostile to Bizarro, develops a micro-Earth, was able to heal countless diseases, ignites the Sun again, and come through Lois Lane — all busy but his costume is perfectly unscathed.

 

All-Star doesn’t just restart the characters or ditch Superman opposed to some mindless alien but instead, the book goes beyond superhero comics and brought out fantastical sci-fi/creativity along with ultra-distinction art by Frank Quitely as he focused on the timeless elements that made the Man of Steel popular in the first place.

 

1. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (1986)

 

Pretty sure most of the comic book enthusiast are aware of the popularity of The Dark Knight Returns. The revolutionized industry and, up until now, there still hasn’t been a prevailing superhero story that has exceeded it as what Frank Miller’s creation of the dystopian view of the future of the DC Universe. This book, published in 1986, is full of political commentary and social criticisms. At the same time, representing growing old Batman, being vigilante with an attitude.

 

The Dark Knight Returns is one of the books that gave Batman his toughness making him arrogant, a coarse brute who doesn’t take it simply on criminals, alongside with other stories by Denny O’Neil and Steve Englehart.

 

Considered a total gem in the industry, The Dark Knight Returns still stands and solidified DC as a much more creative and fearless company than its celebrated competitors.

 

DC vs. Marvel Movies

Here is it: the great debate. Which company has better characters? Which has better stories? Which has better heroes and villains? The answer isn’t black and white. These comic book companies have been around for decades. Each has had many hits and misses throughout the years. My personal opinion is that there is a clear winner. Or, I should say, they win. Let me explain.

Comic books have jumped out of the book and landed on the movie screen. I’ll get right down to it. Marvel has better movies. The movie universe they created was done carefully and with formula. People often mock Marvel for using a certain “formula” for their movies. However, if it gets people into the theater, I don’t see anything wrong with that. DC, on the other hand, has had a more challenging time at the box office.

Avengers was released only after each main character had their own movie first. This allowed audiences to get acquainted with the characters. Justice League, on the other hand, felt like a forced movie. I’m a fan of the Flash character, but most people don’t know who he is. Even worse is Cyborg. Nobody cares about Cyborg. There was a rumor that Cyborg was getting his own movie. I hope that doesn’t happen. Because if it does, it will flop.

DC has had some great movies, however. Even Marvel fans can agree that the Dark Knight trilogy was a high point in the DC cinematic universe. The only thing is that those were stand-alone movies. Christian Bale is no longer Batman. Now, Batman is played by Ben Affleck, who is a worthy actor for the role. In closing, it’s really personal opinion as to which company puts out better movies. At the end of the day, we should all be thankful there are so many of those movies made. Until the next movie comes out, take a look at some impact windows: http://stormguardwindowanddoor.com/miami-impact-windows/

Batman V. Superman

Batman has fought Superman numerous times in comic books throughout the ages. And Batman usually wins. It isn’t because Batman is strong. Sure, Batman has more money (he’s rich!), but money doesn’t rule the outcome of a fight. Batman, or Bruce Wayne, has something that Superman doesn’t have. Batman is a genius detective, and he figures things out.

By that I mean he figures out how to win against Superman. It usually involves kryptonite! Kryptonite is a substance that only exists in DC comics. It is a solid material and is said to be radioactive. Superman’s home planet, which is many light years away, is made up of kryptonite. If that is true, why doesn’t it weaken Superman? Well, it’s not necessarily kryptonite itself that Superman is weak against. It’s what happens to Superman when he is near kryptonite inside of Earth’s atmosphere. The chemical reactions change on Earth. Therefore, Batman found this out and uses it in his fight against Superman.

People always wonder which superhero would win against another superhero. Batman V. Superman was recently released in the movie theater. In the movie, Batman wins. But he doesn’t kill Superman. Batman doesn’t kill, or at least he doesn’t in comic books. Instead, they fight and eventually team up again larger threats. These threats are a monster known as Doomsday and random gangsters that are hell-bent on creating havoc across Metropolis. Metropolis is the city where Superman lives. Batman lives in Gotham.

I was not the biggest fan of the movie. Most people have the same view as I do. One of the major things I didn’t like was that they released all of the good parts in the trailer. I was spoiled before even seeing the movie! For any comic book fan, however, I would recommend that they see it once, for what it’s worth.

Star Wars Comics

Many people don’t know this, but there are hundreds of Star Wars comic books. Most people know Star Wars from the movies. Some people know that there are Star Wars video games and TV cartoons. A quick trip to Walmart or Target will show how popular Star Wars toys are. These toys have been popular for decades! But the Star Wars comics are popular as well.

Like the toys, Star Wars has made comics for decades. There exists the original trilogy. Most people would agree that the original movies are the best. That being said, many things happen between the three movies. These things are referenced in some of the movies but are not specifically shown. Therefore, a market has been created to tell some side stories. The demand has been high.

One of the most popular stories is called Shadows of the Empire. It takes place between Empire Strikes Back (the second movie) and Return of the Jedi) the third movie). Shadows of the Empire first appeared as a novel, written by George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars. Then, they turned the book into video games and multiple comic books. Sales were extremely strong, so they continued making Star Wars comic books and novels.

Disney recently bought the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas. Disney decided to create a sequel trilogy and they just released the second film of three. Therefore, to help people learn about what happened between now and the originals, Disney has released many comic books to fill the gaps. They have also let authors publish multiple books on the subject.

Given that there is a 30 year difference between the originals and new trilogy there are opportunities for extra stories. Some of these will be told in novels. Many will be told in comic book form.

Comic Book Movies

Comic books have always had their place in popular culture. Superman, Batman, Spider-man, and Iron Man are all household names. Comic books and cartoons have always been a conduit to which these have become popular. These days, however, a new avenue for entertainment has expanded into the movie realm.

About 15 years ago, comic book movies really started to take off. This was in large part to Spider-Man and more importantly Spider-Man 2. Also important, in regards to these types of movies, is that CGI technology has greatly improved. This has given the fantasy-like factors of these movies the ability to appear seamless on the big screen.

Soon after Spider-Man 2, a great many comic book movies were released. The Batman movies were rebooted and are believed to be some of the best of these movies. Not every comic book movie, however, has been well-received by audiences.

For example, Spider-Man 3 is known to have basically killed the original franchise. That movie has a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes though I would argue it should be a little bit lower. Daredevil has a 44% score. Ben Affleck, the main actor, has remained in the comic book movie world but now acts as Batman. He is much better received in his current role. While people generally view him as a great Batman, the movies he’s acted in are considered lower par.

There does not seem to be an end in sight for this flurry of comic book movies that are released what seems like every few months. Even years ago, people I’ve spoken with have stated that comic book movies might become too saturated. However, they are still going strong. And I will keep going to see them! I don’t see them all. However, I’m bound to check out the action in a major movie such as an Avengers or Justice League showing.

Magic Teeth Dailies

Why do we love comics? That’s actually an interesting question to answer.

 

Maybe we all remain kids at heart who want to stay close to their childhood and revive our memories. Adult lives are sometimes not easy nor fun. This is what I’m thinking at this very moment as I’m currently looking online at DIY home repair kits. The truth is I should stop kidding myself and just anti up and call Best Boca Raton Handyman before I hurt myself or someone else. I digress, my mind is wandering, thinking about my favorite childhood comics. Where are they? I haven’t read them for years now.

 

Suddenly, I remember where they are. In my mom’s basement. And my mom doesn’t live anywhere close. She lives in a medium-sized city 500 miles away from here. I want to go there. But how?

 

I’m a 32 years old married man, with a young daughter who just turned one. My business is growing steadily, my baby is taking a lot of my time, my wife too. Where will I find time? And should I try that hard to find time to go read some stupid comic books?

 

Months go by, and I’m still thinking about it. I have this urge to call my mum, say I’m coming, book a plane ticket, land there, get to her house and go straight to the boxes containing my old comics. I need to do it. How long do I need? One week should be fine. That’s long without seeing my daughter, but that’s manageable, we’ll skype, we’ll facetime, we’ll facebook. Or we’ll use the good old phone.

 

Long story short, I’m there. I know exactly what I’m looking for, I grab the flashlight, go to the cold, dark basement, find the boxes, bring them upstairs and open them. I was looking for some old Mickey Mouse comics from the 70’s. I bought them at a yard sale 20 years ago, when I was twelve.  Not only did I find them but I also found plenty of books and other comics that I didn’t even remember. It’s like finding Treasure Island.

 

Now comes the interesting part: reading, devouring comics. Here is how i do it: I grab food, drinks, go to my small one-person bed in the kid bedroom, turn on the light and start reading. It’s late, everything is quiet, I love it. My mom is already fast asleep since she’s working tomorrow. I’m alone. Deliciously alone.

 

Hours go by slowly, I don’t even know what time it is anymore, nor do I care. It might be 2am. I’m reading, thinking at the same time, remembering a lot of memories: recent and old ones, happy and sad ones. I also remember people: my parents when they were still young and married to each other, grand-parents, friends, cousins, uncles…some of them are not alive anymore. Things have changed a lot. But I still remember and those memories live in my mind and will continue to live on.

Does all this even matter? I’m not sure. So many questions. Let’s not think about it and read comics.