Saturday, May 27, 2023

Saturday Showcase: the White Dragon

 

I apologize for my absence as of late.  Just a lot going on as the road known as life gets longer.  For my return to the Saturday Showcase, I figured I would spotlight some Spidey villains since the new Spider-Verse film is on the way.  Today I want to talk about a villain that I first discovered in a Marvel Team-Up comic starring Moon Knight.  That villain is the White Dragon.  Now, there has been several versions of the White Dragon but I am here to discuss the second one.  His name is unknown but he is the leader of the Dragon Lords in Chinatown.   Let's dig into the history of the man known simply as the White Dragon.


The origin of the second White Dragon is unknown. He is the leader of the Dragon Lords in Chinatown. We are first introduced to him when the Dragon Lords tried to force Philip Chang to join them. Philip was rescued by Spider-Man who then defeated White Dragon and handed him over to the police.

An effort to kill the White Dragon was started  after he killed the leader of the Tiger's Claw gang. The battle took place at Philip Chang's restaurant.  Spider-Man arrived with Moon Knight to help Philip. White Dragon was then defeated by Moon Knight while Spider-Man saved Philip and the restaurant from being bombed.  Moon Knight discovered that White Dragon was working with Kingpin to seize control over Chinatown.


During the Dark Reign storyline, Mister Negative killed some of White Dragon's men in Sunset Park to gain control of Chinatown. Shortly after that, White Dragon joined up with Hood's crime syndicate where Hood sent him to supervise all operations there with his Dragon Lords including Mister Negative's business. White Dragon had a meeting with Mister Negative stating that Hood is going to take over his business and that Mister Negative was going to pay 65% of all his earnings to Hood. White Dragon was surprised that Mister Negative agreed to it, but then Mister Negative shook White Dragon's hand to corrupt him. Upon being sent back to Hood, the corrupted White Dragon attacked Hood's allies Bloodshed, Lightmaster. Spot, Squid, and White Rabbit while informing Hood that all Tong stood behind Mister Negative to keep Hood out of Chinatown. Hood then shot White Dragon several times and the seemingly-dead White Dragon returned to his uncorrupted state.



White Dragon shows up alive in London, where he becomes embroiled in a conflict with the local triad leader Skull-Crusher. He sends Razor Fist to kill Skill Crusher's lover and undercover MI-6 agent Leiko Wu, in Chinatown. When Leiko's ex-lover Shang-Chi arrives in London to investigate her murder, White Dragon sends his assassins to kill him, only to be repeatedly thwarted by the Master of Kung Fu. During his skirmishes with White Dragon, Shang-Chi, Skull-Crusher, the Daughters of the Dragon and the Sons of the Tiger discover that White Dragon has access to the Mao Shan Pai, a powerful Chinese black magic. When Shang-Chi and Skull-Crusher arrive at White Dragon's estate to fight him, they are captured by Shang-Chi's brother, Midnight Sun, who reveals himself to be the true mastermind behind White Dragon's actions.


Publication Information

First Appearance:  The Amazing Spider-Man #184

Created by Marv Wolfman & Ross Andru

Team Affiliations
  • Dragon Lords
  • Hood's Unnamed Crime Syndicate
Abilities
  • Expert martial artist
  • Wears a costume with steel claws
  • Gas and fire projection via dragon mask

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (5/10/23)



Wednesday + Another Week = New Comic Book Fun!

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DC COMICS

Batman Incorporated #8

Batman: White Knight Presents - Generation Joker #1

Danger Street #6

Green Lantern #1

WildC.A.T.s #7

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IDW

Godzilla Rivals: Biollante Vs. Destoroyah #1

Star Trek: Defiant #3

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IMAGE

Junkyard Joe #6

Something Epic #1

Spawn #341

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MARVEL

The Amazing Spider-Man #25

Captain Marvel #49

Cosmic Ghost Rider #3

Daredevil #11

Extreme Venomverse #1

Cosmic Ghost Rider #3

I Am Iron Man #3

The Invincible Iron Man #6

Spider-Man 2099: Dark Genesis #2

Star Wars: Darth Vader #34

Star Wars: The High Republic #9

Wolverine #33

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Until next time, get your READ on!

Saturday, May 6, 2023

My Predictions for WWE Backlash 2023

 

Backlash looks to be a promising pay-per-view.  

However, with Vince in the mix, who knows?


Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar

No title is on the line for my first prediction.  The only thing on the line is PRIDE.  Cody failed to finish his story at WrestleMania when he lost to the Tribal Chief, but before he could add another chapter, Brock comes at him with a sequel.  What purpose does the Beast have for attacking the American Nightmare?  Who knows...does Brock really need a reason?  To most fans, they think Brock will win after hitting a few F5s but I think Cody will surprise you.  In fact, I think Cody will win this match and have a strong chance of winning the new Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.

Winner: the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes


Bad Bunny vs. Damian Priest (San Juan Street Fight)

This match could be interesting because Bad Bunny has shown us he has skill, but the man who trained him is his opponent.  For that reason alone, I think Damian Priest has an edge.  But who knows, it is a street fight so it is possible that Bad Bunny could have an EDGE of his own.  I think that Bad Bunny will impress, but I also think that Damian Priest will dominate!

Winner: Damian Priest


SmackDown Women's Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Zelina Vega

I have been a fan of Zelina's since I first saw her debut as Rosita on TNA wrestling back in the day,  She has come to the WWE to prove the doubters that she can be the top female in the industry.  Hell,  she's the first Queen of the Ring for Pete's sake.  So why are people having a hard time seeing her as a single's champion?   Well, it might have to do with the fact that the champion is the destructive Rhea Ripley.  These two warriors have battled before and Zelina has been the conquered on more than one occasion.  However, this match is in her native land of Puerto Rico and she has the LWO in her corner, which she make this match a fair shot at the Smackdown title.  It is because of this, that I believe that Zelina has a chance of walking out your new Smackdown Women's Champion.

Winner: Zelina Vega


Matt Riddle, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. The Bloodline

No titles on the line, but this should be a classic throw down.  The only disadvantage is Riddle has not worked with Owens and Zayn as much as the Bloodline has been together.  The USOs better win for the sake of the Tribal Chief or I feel that he may have a message deliver by the hands of  Solo if they fail.  I know the Champs have been on a roll, I believe that the Bloodline may be victorious in this match.

Winners: the Bloodline


Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair vs. IYO SKY

Oh, how I wish the best for Iyo Sky to win the championship. I have followed Iyo for basically her entire career. Iyo definitely has what it takes to beat the EST of the WWE to become champion.  I do see a couple of bumps in the road in the form of her Damage CTRL cohorts.  Jealous is an ugly thing and you know they wish they also had the opportunity for the title.  If this is kept to a fair match,  I believe that Iyo  will fly high and capture the gold.

Winner: Iyo Sky


United States Champion Austin Theory vs. Lashley vs. Reed

A town down all day baby.  Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the talent that is Austin Theory.  Sure, Lashley is the Almighty and Bronson is an unstoppable force, but the match itself is not a favorable contest.  If I was Theory, I would just let the big men fight it out and the pin one for the 1,2,3!

Winner: Austin Theory


Seth "Freakin" Rollins vs. Omos

This match will be a classic.  Omos is nothing but a big bully who thinks he can manhandle the architect Seth "Freakin" Rollins.  Oh, how Omos and MVP will find out just exactly how dangerous Rollins can be. Rollins will tear Omos apart piece by piece and finish him off with the Stomp heard round the world.  Then Rollins will be able to focus on his triple threat match to earn his spot for the WWE Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.

Winner: the Architect, Seth "Freakin" Rollins

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (May 3, 2023)

 

Don't forget that it's Free Comic Book Day this Saturday. (5/6/23)

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BOOM!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5

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DARK HORSE

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures #4

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures - The Nameless Terror #3

Survival #1

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DC COMICS

Batman #135

Dawn of DC: We Are Legends Special Edition #1

The Flash #798

Peacemaker Tries Hard! #1

Shazam! #1

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IDW

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Dog of War #2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Usagi Yojimbo: WhereWhen #2

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MARVEL

The Avengers: War Across Time #5

Carnage Reigns: Alpha #1

Cult of Carnage: Misery #1

Demon Wars: Scarlet Sin #1

Edge of Spider-Verse #1

Groot #1

Joe Fixit #5

Moon Knight #23

Scarlet Witch #5

Spider-Man 2099: Dark Genesis #1

Star Wars #34

Star Wars: Darth Vader #33

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #31

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Lando #1

Star Wars: Yoda #7

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Until next time, get your READ on!

May the 4th be with you!

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (4/19/23)

 


Sorry that I have not posted in a while.  

Life kind of got hectic on my end.

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DARK HORSE

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures - The Nameless Terror #2

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DC COMICS

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #8

DC Silent Tales #1

Nightwing #103

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #1

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IDW

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game - The Alliance #6

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IMAGE

Gunslinger Spawn #19

Hitomi #5

Terrorwar #1

The Forged #2

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MARVEL

The Amazing Spider-Man #24

Avengers Assemble: Omega #1

Captain America: Unforgiven #1

Hallows' Eve #2

New Mutants: Lethal Legion #2

Punisher #11

Star Wars: Sana Starros #3

Star Wars: Yoda #6

Warlock: Rebirth #1

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Until next time, get your READ on!