Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cosplay of the Day

Cosplay of the Day

Gravity Rush 

Kat: Alexandra - Reika Fancy
Raven: Miciaglo - Sweet Angel

Photo by A.Z. Production

Monday, November 12, 2018

R.I.P. Stan Lee

    Thank You Stan for filling our world with heroes and villains that will always be legendary.  You taught the world how to use our imagination to the fullest.  This is not the end my friend, merely a new beginning.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday Showcase: the Champion

Who can stand toe to toe with the CHAMPION?
    Normally, when I chose my Saturday Showcase character I look back on my childhood instead of recent characters that you may see in apps or games.  Today is special because this character fits in the realm of my childhood as well as for the kids of today.

    As many of you know, I am a huge NERD and I play games (when I have the time) that focus in the realm of comics.  Well, one such game I play is the Contest of Champions app from Marvel.  When I saw the latest champion spotlight, it took me back to when I was a kid and I couldn't wait until the latest issue of Marvel Two-in-One hit the shelves.  You see, today's showcase made his first appearance in a Marvel Two-in-One annual and he is simply known as the Champion of the Universe.

The Champion as seen in Contest of Champions
    The Champion was born Tryco Slatterus.  He has been around for billions of years.  In fact, he is one of the Elders of the Universe.  Tryco is known as the Champion because he believes in settling matters in a competition to see who is the best.  And as we all know, he is the Champion of the Universe so I would say it is a safe bet he hasn't lost a battle.  

    He was first introduced to us in 1982 with the release of Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7.  He is the brainchild of Tom DeFalco (writer) and 
Ron Wilson (artist).  In the Marvel Two-in-One Annual, the Champion took on a variety of Earth's mightiest heroes, eight to be exact.  The fate of teh Earth was in the balance. He fought and won against the Earth's finest but it was the Thing that saved us all.  He gained respect for the Thing because of how he carried himself in battle.  It was this respect that saved the Earth from annihilation.  

First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7
The Champion's Abilities include:
  • Superhuman strength
  • Superhuman endurance 
  • Superhuman agility 
  • Superhuman reflexes
  • Invulnerability 
  • Master of countless fighting styles and martial arts forms
    The Champion has fought in many battles and will continue to fight until the end of time.  He has fought members of the Avengers, X-men, Fantastic Four, as well as the Silver Surfer and Thanos.  He shows no sign of stopping or losing.

    So I say this, Bravo to Contest of Champions!  Bravo for spotlighting such a treasure from the Marvel Universe!  Thank you for allowing me to go back in my childhood and collect this gem all over again.  My advice to any Contest of Champions players who may be reading this - if you get the Champion from a crystal, put him in your starting line-up.

Until next time, get your READ on!

The Thing earns the Champions respect. *As seen in M2N1 Annual #7

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday Showcase: Nimrod

    Nimrod is a fictional character who first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #191 and was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Romita Jr.

    Hailing from the "Days of Future Past" timeline, Nimrod is a powerful, virtually indestructible descendant of the robotic mutant-hunting Sentinels. Nimrod is a mutant-hunting Sentinel from an alternative future and was created by the Sentinels ruling that timeline. When Rachel Summers travels backwards in time to the present, he follows Rachel.

    While on the hunt for Rachel, he comes across the Uncanny X-Men.  It was here when a memory formed in my young mind that made me a fan of Nimrod.  The classic battle between Nimrod and the Juggernaut, is forever etched in my mind.  When I saw the cover of Uncanny X-Men #194, I was intrigued and when I read the pages within, I was hooked.

the Uncanny X-Men #194
    Never before has anyone dealt a blow to Juggernaut like Nimrod did.  He made Juggernaut looked like a chump.  It took Rogue absorbing the powers of several of the X-Men to even present a challenge to Nimrod.

    Eventually the X-men were victorious and were able to "put him down".  Nimrod, however. was far from being down and out.  He would return time and time again to be a pain in the side of all mutants and their supporters.  I mean, he is a sentinel after all.

Nimrod 2.0 takes on Cable and the X-Force

  • Superhuman strength, durability and regeneration (Took on the Juggernaut)
  • Energy projection
  • Computer interfacing
  • Shapeshifting (To appear human until he is ready to attack)
  • Teleportation (Not time travel, just from place to place)

  • Purifiers
  • Sentinels

Notable Aliases:
  • Nicholas Hunter
  • Oracle
  • Rod Walker

First Appearance: the Uncanny X-Men vol.1 #191 (March 1985)

Ambush (As seen in Uncanny X-Men # 209
    Well, I hope you enjoyed my spotlight on Nimrod.  I only hope that he has a future in the X-Universe.  Since he was created by the Sentinels and was a member of the Purifiers, I would love to see him appear on The Gifted.

Until next time, get your READ on!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018