30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #21: The most memorable death

Bucky Barnes death

Even a casual comic book fan knows that in the comic book universe death is cheap. Chances are that most of the prominent characters have die at least once. Professor X has died 4 times, so has Wonder Woman, Wally West (The Flash), Rogue, Iron Man and Superman has bit the dust 5 times each, Batman and Thor (a God) both died 6 times, with Jean Grey (the Phoenix) dying let’s just say over a dozen times. So basically the effects of death is minimal. It is probably more important how a character dies and how he or she is revived at this point.

Comic book writer Geoff Johns stated that, “Death in superhero comics is cyclical in its nature, and that’s for a lot of reasons, whether they are story reasons, copyright reasons, or fan reasons.” Danny Fingeroth suggested that ” the nature of superheroes requires that they be both ageless and immortal.” Sometimes this aspect of death in comics are noted in universe. Professor X has stated that “in mutant heaven there are no pearly gates, but instead revolving doors.” As a result I don’t care about comic book death.

That said their are some deaths that are notable for one reason or another. There use to be a saying that ” Nobody stays dead except BuckyUncle Ben, and Jason Todd.” Of course both Jason Todd and Bucky have been resurrected since. However, Bucky does have the record for the character that had the longest death before coming back. Uncle Ben however, remains one of the few characters that seems to have remained dead. Marvel prefers to have characters return to their “core character concept.” For Spider-Man, Uncle Ben is part of his core archetype, so he will stay dead. Finally, some characters death do manage to have impact. Captain America has died 11 times. His last death in 2007 made real-world headlines. He returned in 2009.

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Attack On Titan Episode 58: Recap & Review

Episode 58, Attack Titan

The Owl’s real name is Eren Kruger. Grisha question Eren on why he refused to transform sooner. As Eren collapses he confesses to “cutting off the fingers and turning thousands of subjects of Ymir into Titans.” He believed that this would help Eldia. He gives Grisha a mission to get the founding Titan’s power. He tells Grisha that he will “inherit” his Titan and the reason he can’t do it himself is that those “who inherit one of the Nine Titans dies thirteen years later.” This is called “Ymir’s curse,” meaning that Armin has thirteen years to live and Eren has less than eight.

Mikasa believes that this must be a lie, although she may be in doubt. Eren states that if a bearer dies without being eaten a baby will be born with the ability. Eren explains that all subjects of Ymir are connected by the Coordinate (Founding Titan). Grisha cowards in front of the new mission he’s expected to undertake. He’s feels too much guilt. Regardless, Eren is able to convince him to take up the mission. He reveals that each Titan has a name, and his Titan is called the Attack Titan. Levi and Hange arrive and release Eren and Mikasa. They are heading to meet Queen Historia.

Historia is reading the letter the Ymir wrote to her. In the letter Ymir suggest that she will be killed and that she wanted to marry Historia. When she touches the letter she sees what looks like Ymir’s entire life. The Scouts explain what happened at the Wall so the rest of the government are up to speed. Hange explains that while Eren has inherited the Founding Titan’s power he can’t use it because he’s not of royal blood. However, a royal descendant that inherits the Founding Titan wouldn’t be possessed by the King’s will preventing from acting against the world.

Eren realizes that he was able to use the power of the Founding Titan because he was touching Dina. He’s unsure what would happen to Historia if he revealed this as a possible reason. In the flashback, Eren tells Grisha he needs to “love” someone, otherwise “history will repeat itself.” He then says something strange. He tells Grisha if he ” wants to save Mikasa, Armin, and everyone else,” he must complete his mission. Grisha is unaware who he’s talking about. Eren seems to be unaware who’s memory he was tapping into. I’ll admit this part was so confusing or shocking that I though it might be a translation error.

We know that Grisha became a father figure to Mikasa after he parents death, did he assume that he had to protect her? What we also know is that memories can be past “along” the “path.” It was never stated that these memories could it only go from the past to the current Titan holder. What if it could go from the current to the past as well. Of course this is just a guess and it would be confusing if it worked that way. Regardless, the depth of storytelling and newly introduced mythos makes this series even more entertaining. The final episode will likely be a setup for the next season, but with Attack on Titan you just never know.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #20: Your Best Casting of a Character (if you were casting)

I have to admit that I’m not particularly passionate about this day’s challenge. I’m generally not one to wonder before hand who should be cast in any particular role. Of course that doesn’t mean that I think casting is irrelevant. Casting can have a profound effect on whether you by into a series or not. When it comes to casting I think that studios should aim to find actors that aren’t necessary famous. It seems that they often try to find an already famous actor/actress then choose from them.

That’s not to say that established actors/actresses aren’t good choices, just that when casting studios should expand their searches. As I mentioned before it’s important that the actor playing the superhero look like them. For example, Tom Holland is the perfect person to play Spider-Man. Not only does he look the part, he also possess the sense of humor that Spider-Man is known for. He was also the appropriate age and wasn’t really famous yet. Matching the actor to the role is important as well.

Chris Evans was cast as the Human Torch, not a terrible choice but it could be better. Then he was cast as Captain America, as more perfect choice. A similar situation happened with Micheal B. Jordan as Human Torch. Let’s just say that didn’t work. However, Jordan as Killmonger was a fantastic casting choice, resulting in one of the best Marvel villains on screen yet. So do I have any good casting ideas? Not really. However, I have been checking the internet to see if anyone had ideas I agree with. Here’s one I really agreed with:


Human Torch/Bobby Lockwood

Over at What Culture, Fergal Harte thought that Lockwood would make an excellent Human Torch. I agree. Lockwood isn’t particularly well know and he looks the part. According to Harte, ” Storm needs an actor who can somehow manage to portray said arrogance, whilst also being charming enough so that he is actually believable as hero, instead of just a celebrity with flame powers” . . . ” Bobby Lockwood should be the one to play the character, his appearance reflecting the blond and square-jawed way the hero is typically depicted as having in the comics, and his previous performances showing that he is able to enjoyably portray the personality that Storm is known for.”

Lupin the Third Part 5 – Episode 1: Recap & Review

Lupin in disguise

Episode 1 – The Girl in the Twin Towers

Lupin and the gang is back this time they have a more modern world to deal with. In the premier episode Lupin aims to steal digital currency from “Marco Polo,” an online store on the “dark web.” I seems simpler to steal online currency from criminals that to rob a bank in person. Together Lupin and Daisuke Jigen break into the underwater tower to find Ami, who created the payment system for Marco Polo. When they arrive Lupin disguises himself as her “father”. However, this fails as he mispronounces her name and she shoots at him with a gun.

Ami taking aim

Ami uses her gear to transmit intruder data to security. The security head down to save her. Jigen uses his knowledge of guns to determine that she only has one bullet left. Lupin approaches her with his hands up claiming to be a “prophet.” As Jigen holds of the security, Lupin gets close to Ami. She pulls the trigger, but doesn’t have any bullets remaining. Turns out that while pretending to be her father, when Lupin hugged her he took one bullet out of her gun’s clip. While, I found the trick to be clever it seems far-fetch to me. Furthermore, why only steal one bullet and not two?

Zenigata and his police force surround Lupin’s crew

Anyway, Lupin introduces himself, and notes that he’s a great thief. Ami asks if he can steal anything? She wants him to “steal her” as she is trapped by “invisible chains,” in exchange she will help him steal from Marco Polo. Surprisingly, Goemon is hidden among the security and takes them out. Ami manages to steal what looks like billions in digital currency (it was clear how much the digital currency was worth). In a typical move from Lupin he lets the “dark web” know that he was responsible for the thief. Anyway, while in a hideout they’re surrounded by Zenigata and his men.

Lupin and his crew trying to escape

Having pissed of the “dark web” a new online game was created, “Arrest Lupin III.” They are chased by police the following morning, ending with Lupin driving their car into the water. With the Lupin game going viral, his every move is being watched and broadcast worldwide. Clearly, this is suppose to be both a commentary on the dangers of losing one’s privacy due to surveillance and the internet. In addition to that how does a thief that needs to escape from time to time and avoid detection in this new tech driven world. Stealing money has never been easier with tech. but so is being followed. It’s going to be interesting how Lupin manages to survive this new obstacle. Overall, Lupin the third (P5) is clever, funny and well animated. I look forward to watching this season.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #19: Your Least Favorite Comic to Screen Character Adaptation

As I’ve stated before, I’m a fan of Fantastic Four. So you probably wouldn’t be surprise that my least favorite adaptation is the FF movies. The first Fantastic Four movie that I saw was the 2005 movie and the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. There was a third film, Fantastic Four reboot from 2015. They were all terrible. I didn’t even bother to see the third one, but it’s pretty clear that it wasn’t good. According to reviews I was correct to avoid it.

If I had to pick a character in these movies that was the worst it has to be Ben Grim. Played by Michael Chiklis and then Jamie Bell, the suits for the Thing was terrible. To be fair it was always going to be difficult to render The Thing well. The Thing looks ridiculous and is clearly a costume. For some reason they would rather use costumes instead of CGI. The Hulk has been CGI for a while (to various degree of success). The Thing is suppose to be made out of rock but since it’s a costume it look soft. It was all terrible. Hopefully, now that FF is directly under Marvel’s control they’ll get it right.


Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, Chapter 7: Recap & Review

Chapter 7, The Meeting

Daruma tell Hachimaru that a “samurai and a princess are fated to create courage together.” Hachimaru asks what he means by “fated.” Daruma says that something that is “destined to happen whether you do anything or not.” Hachimaru claims that he doesn’t believe in fate. Meanwhile, Princess Woon has a meeting with Hagamichi. He asks the Princess to find Hachimaru. Princess Sa lets them know that Hachimaru is a novice that isn’t a threat to them.

Hachimaru actually became a samurai via Ann’s locker ball. Princess Ann is asked to find Hachimaru by Hagamichi. Meanwhile, Hachimaru continues to train with his blade. He manages to point the sword into his own head. Of course he’s not harmed. Hagamichi arrives and Ann meets Hachimaru for the first time. Finally, we get to see one major potential villain. There isn’t a whole lot in this chapter. Hachimaru continues to be impatient, but in typical manga fashion it seems likely that he would “master” abilities that he didn’t learn.

I still feel that the fighting mechanics in this series hasn’t really been explained in depth. Also, what the hell does a Princess really do? I know that this will get explained further but so far they only seem to do traditionally female roles. Making Ikebana, and generally being passive aids to samurai. Also they seem to largely sit around being protected all day. All that said, Hachimaru seems primed to violate the rules so maybe Ann will do so as well. The next chapter will be interesting once we get to see more of the villain.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #18: Your Favorite Comic to Screen Character Adaptation

Choosing actors for comic book characters can be hit or miss. Generally, you at least want someone that looks like the character. Then you want someone that acts like them. The MCU has managed to do a generally good job with these character adaptations, but it’s not perfect. While there are many good ones, Tom Holland (Spider-man), Chris Evans (Steve Rodgers/Captain America), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) but I think the best one is Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

In 2011, Chris Hemsworth began playing the role of Thor. He would also appear in in The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Doctor Strange (2016), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Unlike the comic book version the MCU version of Thor doesn’t have a superhero alter ego. Thor was considered to be a more marginalize character before the well received Thor: Ragnarok. After this movie many felt that Thor was no longer a typical “meat head” character. Hemsworth both manages to embody the personality of Thor and manages to look like him, he plays Thor with wit and humor and that’s why I like him.

One Piece Chapter 946: Recap & Review

I have been predicting and anticipation the conflict between Big Mom and Queen for several chapters now. However, I had envisioned their fight to well be more competitive than it ended up being. Basically, Big Mom lays waste to Queen. She swings him around and then slams him to the ground. Defeated but not dead Queen returns to his original form. I also predicted that the resulting damage would help Luffy and the prisoner in some way. This prediction turned out to be accurate.

When Big Mom slams Queen she accidentally free Kid and Killer from their torture. She also manages to break the cell door that was holding Kawamatsu. It is assumed that Kawamatsu was long dead so they won’t bother to find him. The Beast Pirates are unable to contact Kiado or anyone outside of Udon prison. Caribou explains how the Tanishi snail system works. Caribou is being helpful right now but he can’t be trusted. It’s in his best interest to be useful for the moment.

Big Mom finally gets the oshiruko. The pot turns out to be empty however. Luffy foolishly admits to eating the oshiruko. Predictably, Big Mom is not pleased. She attacks Luffy, destroying the ground surrounding them. Of course, Luffy and Hyogoro aren’t suppose to leave the ring without triggering their collars. In his desperation to save them Luffy uses Advanced Busoshoku Haki to rip the collars off. Big Mom decries that she wasn’t able to share the oshiruko with the villagers.

I believe that Oda is going to use this arc to give Big Mom a more of a character arc. With her memory loss she was vulnerable but is able to develop new and different relationships with people like the villagers. She almost certainly will get her missing memories back, but they won’t override the new memories of kindness she has received. Finally, in order to get Luffy to master the new Haki, Hyogoro tells Luffy he needs to train by fighting with Big Mom.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 11: Recap & Review

The annoying Agatsuma Zenitsu

Episode 11, Tsuzumi Mansion

We are introduced to Agatsuma Zenitsu the annoying, neurotic and cowardly swordsmen. As we left the previous episode Zenitsu was harassing a young girl. Zenitsu claims that he’s weak and will die during his next job. For some reason he wants to get married before he dies, although it’s unclear why that’s better. Apparently, he never wanted to become a demon slayer but he was “tricked” by a woman and ended up in debt. His trainer took over his debt and forced him to become a demon slayer.

Unnamed man dies

Tanjiro’s crow orders both of them to head towards a mansion. Zenitsu’s hearing is apparently as good as Tanjiro’s sense of smell. They run into two children that claim that a demon kidnapped their older brother. A man is thrown out of the mansion and dies. He’s not the brother however. Tanjiro asks a terrified Zenitsu to accompany him into the mansion. The children enter the mansion against Tanjiro’s wishes and they’re now all trapped inside a house that switches rooms around.

The demon of the house

Zenitsu and the brother and Tanjiro and the sister, Teruko are separated. The brother berates the whiny Zenitsu for being a coward. Trying to escape Zenitsu looks for an exit but only finds other rooms. In one room he encounters a strange man with a boars head. The man runs past them. Meanwhile, Tanjiro attacks the demon of the house, but before he can connects the demon uses his blood art to flip the room. The boar headed man smashes through the walls, armed with two jagged edge Nichirin swords prepared to attack the demon.

Boar-headed demon slayer and his swords

While, I can image that many might find Zenitsu to be annoying, I think he kinda funny. Sure his cowardice might become tedious at some point but I anticipate that he will mature and become bravery throughout this series. The boar-headed man has been shown in the opening credits so it’s safe to assume that he will become a important character like Zenitsu. Unlike, Zenitsu I think that he’s going to be reckless rather than a coward. he seems like he will also lack the intelligence that Tanjiro posses. A three of them might be contrast to each other.

30 Day Marvel Challenge – Day #17: Your Favorite God

Odin Borson

Universe: Earth-616

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby

First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #85


The Marvel universe has incorporated the Gods from ancient mythology into their universe. They are considered to “Gods of Earth,” an “extra-dimensional race of beings who once existed on Earth in its distant past and are now or were once worshiped as gods or deities by the different cultures on Earth.” The Gods are all immortal, have allspeak (communicating in all languages) and strength. Almost every culture on Earth has their own pantheon, the most famous being the Asgardians (Norse Gods), and the Olympians (Greek Gods).

The most favored Gods of Marvel are the Asgardians and my favorite God is Odin. Considered to be the All-Father, his true origin is unknown. He’s presumed to be the child of Bor, a powerful warrior and Bestla, a giantess. Odin along with his brothers, Vili and Ve created Asgard. After his brothers die in battle against Surtur, Odin takes their powers for his own. His greatest power is his Odinforce. With this force he could use massive amounts of magic. He was once able to transport all of humanity when Surtur and Skagg was sent to Earth. He’s so powerful that when fighting against Seth, they fought on several planes of existence at the same time and the energy that was released destroyed galaxies and reignited dying suns. He uses a magical spear named Gungnir.

He does have a weakness, Odinsleep. He has to sleep for a week to restore his godly powers. During this moment he’s as vulnerable as a mortal. His power also depend on Asgard as well. Odin’s personality can be of putting. He’s prideful and arrogant, such that he’s willing to defy comic entities like Celestials and Galactus. He does value those that have been proven “worthy,” and has shown that he’s capable of forgiven others.