Saturday, February 4, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (2/1/23)

 

BOOM!

Magic: The Gathering #23

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DARK HORSE

Quick Stops #4

Where Monsters Lie #1

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DC COMICS

Batman: Legends of Gotham #1

DC's Harley Quinn Romances #1

DC Power: A Celebration #1

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1

Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn #1

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IDW

Breath of Shadows #1

Star Trek #4

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IMAGE

Almighty #1

Blood Tree #1

King Spawn #19

Savage Dragon #263

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MARVEL

The Avengers #65

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1

Dark Web: Finale #1

Demon Wars: Down in Flames #1

Moon Knight #20

Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #1

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Until Next time, get your READ on!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (January 25, 2023)

 

This is the last week of new comics for January 2023.

Let's find out who made it on my list.

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BOOM!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2

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DARK HORSE

The Witcher: The Ballad of Two Wolves #2

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DC COMICS

Action Comics #1051

Batman: One Bad Day - Catwoman #1

DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #5

Detective Comics #1068

Lazarus Planet: We Once Were Gods #1

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IDW

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #4

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin - The Lost Years #1

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IMAGE

Junkyard Joe #4

The Scorched #14

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MARVEL

All-Out Avengers #5

The Amazing Spider-Man #18

Midnight Suns #5

Murderworld: Wolverine #1

Sins of Sinister #1

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #28

Star Wars: The High Republic - The Blade #2

Star Wars: Yoda #3

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Until next time, get your READ on!

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (January 18, 2023)

 

I apologize for the delay. When I was looking over my blog, 

I noticed I forgot to post my picks from January 18.  

Enjoy!

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BOOM!

Dune: House Harkonnen #1

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #104

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DC COMICS

Batman: Fortress #8

Batman: One Bad Day - Bane #1

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #11

Lazarus Planet: Assault on Krypton #1

Nightwing #100

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IDW

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #136

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game #4

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MARVEL

Avengers Forever #13

Avengers Two: Wonder Man and Beast - Marvel Tales #1

Dark Web: X-Men #3

Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man #4

Hulk #11

Punisher #9

Spider-Man: The Lost Hunt #3

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #30

Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9

Strange #10

Wasp #1

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Well, that is all I have for this week.

Until next time, get your READ on!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Saturday Showcase: Nebulon

 

Greetings everyone.  I hope your new year is off to a great start.  While I was going through my twitter feed, I was on the Spinner Rack page and I saw a classic Defenders cover featuring the "Villain" Nebulon and I knew right away I had to share his story.  So who dares summon Nebulon?  Well, I do because I wanted to start my Saturday Showcase of 2023 to start with a BANG!

Nebulon is an Ul'lula'n (a race of six-tentacled, finned, water-breathing extraterrestrials about 10 feet in length). He was one of a number of Ul'lula'ns dispatched to locate and secure worlds with the mineral resources that they had depleted on their own home-world of Ul'ula.  He took on a glistening, golden humanoid form in an attempt to blend with Earth's human population. Happening upon the evil Hyperion of the Squadron Sinister who was trapped in space, Nebulon rescued him. Hyperion led the alien back to Earth to let him have it. Nebulon helped Hyperion gather the other Squadron Sinister members to build a laser cannon that would melt the polar ice caps and flood the planet, making it perfectly suitable to the Ul'lula'ns.

Nighthawk, a former member of the Squadron Sinister, had been coerced into helping with this plan. He contacted the Defenders, who traveled to the North Pole and fought the Squadron and Nebulon. During the course of the battle, Nebulon expended so much energy that he lost control of his humanoid form and reverted to his monstrous form; Nighthawk took advantage of the confusion this caused among Nebulon's allies and turned the laser cannon on Nebulon, causing him to seemingly implode.  But in reality, he was sent to another dimension.


Nebulon would eventually return to Earth and try to take over yet again. This time he returned to Earth in the guise of "Mr. Nebul," and started a movement called Celestial Mind Control which promised to liberate the powers of the human mind (but actually robbed people of their free will).  Nebulon recruited the Porcupine, the original Eel, and a Plantman simulacrum as his agents.  The Defenders became aware of this movement and tried to stop him. However, he exiled the Defenders to another dimension.  At the same time as Nebulon's movement, the Headmen were attempting a similar movement. Nebulon engaged in battle with the Defenders and the Headmen. When the Defenders exposed the Headmen's political machinations, they managed to convince Nebulon of the futility of his goal, and Doctor Strange persuaded him to leave Earth.


When the Ul'lula'n government learned of Nebulon's activities, it tried and convicted him for treason. Nebulon escaped to Earth. The Defenders uncovered his location and soon afterward, an Ul'lula'n ship appeared and took custody of Nebulon.  The authorities stripped much of his power from him, fixing him in his humanoid form, and exiling him on Earth. He was ordered to do the honorable thing and commit suicide, but refused. Nebulon's wife, Supernalia, learned of his dishonor and traveled to Earth to convince him to do the right thing but Nebulon was planning to use his technology to siphon power from the Avengers and restore his powers. Supernalia enlisted the aid of the Defenders, and the Defenders and Avengers were manipulated into fighting each other on the behalf of the two Ul'lula'ns. Supernalia realized that her own actions were a violation of her people's ethics, and threw herself into the energy-draining ray; Nebulon tried to save her but fell into the ray himself. As Nebulon died from the bombardment by the energy-draining Ennui-ray, he believed he was finally acting honorably. The Avengers and Defenders buried the two aliens where they died, in the snow of the Himalayan Mountains.


Powers and Abilities

Nebulon's powers are a result of biospheric energy and his alien physiology. He has superhuman strength, durability, and reflexes. Nebulon had the ability to manipulate energy for a variety of effects, including the creation of spheres, shields, or energy bolts, teleportation across the surface of a planet and between dimensions, and shape-shifting. Nebulon's powers were dependent on the biospheric energy of planets. If he were deprived of contact with a planetary biosphere long enough, his power level would be reduced to that of a normal human being. 

Nebulon also possessed a gifted intellect and has extensive knowledge of existential philosophy.


Publication Information

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

First Appearance:  Defenders #13 (May 1974)

Created by Len Wein and Sal Buscema

Species: Ul'lula'n

Team Affiliations:  Former leader of the Celestial Mind Control Movement

Notable Aliases:

  • The Celestial Man
  • Mr. Nebul
  • Dorma


I really hoped you enjoyed learning about Nebulon.

Until next time, get your READ on!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Derf's Picks of the Week (January 11, 2023)


 I apologize for my absence on my sites. 
I was extra busy this holiday season. 

 Here are my first picks for the year 2023.

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DC COMICS

Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Three #1

Batman Incorporated #4

I Am Batman #17

Lazarus Planet: Alpha #1

WildC.A.T.s #3

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IMAGE

Blood Stained Teeth #8

Gunslinger Spawn #16

Spawn: Unwanted Violence #1

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MARVEL

The Amazing Spider-Man #17

The Avengers: War Across Time #1

Daredevil #7

Ghost Rider #10

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2

Monica Rambeau: Photon #2

Moon Knight #19

Savage Avengers #9

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Well, that's my list for this week.

I hope you saw something you would enjoy.

Until next time, get your READ on!!!