First Appearance: Fantastic Four #53 (August, 1966)
Black Panther has become one of the most popular Marvel characters since his introduction in the MCU. He was one of the first African American superheros and now the most prominent. The Chieftain of Wakanda, T’Challa is tasked with protecting the valuable Vibranium. A rare metallic ore, vibranium is highly value and it is most famous for being made into Captain America’s iconic shield. In his youth, T’Challa mastered the was of the warrior. He honored the “old ways” despite the technological advancement of his country.
T’Challa ate the “heart-shaped herb” that granted him superhumanly acute senses, allowing him to see in complete darkness. His sense of hearing was enhanced such that he could hear at greater distances than any normal human. He can memories thousands of scents and track them. He can detect someone fear through smell and even determine if they’re lying by odor. His strength permits him to be able to lift up to 800 lbs, he can run up to speeds of 35 mph and has limited healing abilities that are greater than your average human.
Of course he has heightened reflexes and agility. All this is on top of his mastery of martial arts, weapons, hunting, tactics and several languages. Being King, Black Panther has a lot of social power. He has diplomatic immunity that most leaders of sovereign nation have. His largest weakness is the potential that he’s overwhelmed by the enhanced senses he possess. Overall, Black Panther is just a all round cool superhero.
My friend Roderick J. Fritz over at RJwriting.ink stole my idea for my favorite diva (lol). Check out his 30 Day Marvel Challenge. So who is Medusa? Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, she first appeared in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #36 (1965). The Queen of the a prehistoric race created by the Kree with Terrigen Mists called Inhumans. She was exposed to those mists as a child and developed the ability to control her hair. This hair can be elongated to twice it’s normal length. She can lift up to a 1.6 tons and she can move her hair in any way she can imagine.
She can bind people with her hair, use it like a whip (that can move faster than the speed of sound) and even pick locks. She is a master thief, often using her hair to aid her. As Queen she is head of a quasi-feudal system. She has an “imperial attitude” that most would expect of a Queen. She was originally reluctant to become Queen, but aimed to preserve the throne for her son, Ahura. As the leader of her people she will stop at nothing to ensure their safety. Medusa has shown that she is not to be messed with. If you challenge her authority you will pay dearly.
My overall favorite comic book villain is the Joker. However, this is about Marvel so my favorite is Apocalypse. Like I mentioned in my previous post, most of my knowledge of Marvel comes from television cartoons. Regardless, Apocalypse was always my favorite. He is basically a mutant supremacist. He’s also quite arrogant, seeing himself as the most powerful mutant. Apocalypse also sees humans as “unworthy” of existing.
He has good reason to see himself so highly however. Apocalypse is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel universe. He has numerous powers such as healing, immortality, super-strength, speed, durability, teleportation, telekinesis, flight and self-molecular manipulation (control over the molecular structure of his own body). Another thing I love about Apocalypse is how quotable he is. He talks in the language of an ancient being. He is both super serious, while being belittling to all he finds inferior. For some reason this, coupled with his tone made him funny.
I’ll remake this world in my image — just as I’ll remake you! As you sought to make me bow to you — you shall be my slave — for all the days of your life!
Who?! Who dares disturb my slumber?! Who dares disturb — APOCALYPSE?!
Since watching Endgame I have decided to get back into comics. While I have always liked comics, I stopped being a comic book reader in childhood. I also tended to prefer manga to comics because of the art and story consistency. So I will be adding comic reviews to this blog when I find a series I like. In the meantime I will be doing the 30 Day Marvel Challenge I found on Pinterest. Hope you guys enjoy it.
When I was a kid Wolverine was my favorite character. However, when the Phoenix saga happened it all changed. Personally, I always found the relationship between Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean Grey to be annoying and corny. For that reason and the fact that Jean seemed to always have difficulty contributing to a fight (she was weak). This was in the animated X-Men series from the 90’s. Anyway, I didn’t like her. When the Phoenix saga occurred all this changed. Jean went from a telepath/telekinetic that could barely lift a person to a host of the Phoenix force.
It should be noted that this is how she is presented in the animated tv show. In the comics Jean Grey is originally an Omega Level mutant. Generally, an Omega-level is an mutant with ” the most powerful genetic potential.” She is considered one of the most powerful psychics in X-Men. Regardless, when she merged with the Phoenix force all of her powers were amplified and she was able to travel through space. Also, the way the Phoenix Force manifest itself is really cool. Also she’s better off without Cyclops.