5 epic X-Men villains

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Whether you were a 90’s kid and grew up with X-Men the animated series or were like me and grew up in love with the first X- Men movie. So today, let’s cover the badasses that dare to bring trouble to Xavier’s School beginning with a character I loved, got butchered in X Men: The Last Stand but thankfully got the treatment he deserved in Deadpool 2 …

juggernaunt 1. The Juggernaut-

He’s big, mean, and literally unstoppable in almost every way possible. Kane Marko is the angry step brother of Professor X, having his latent mutant ability unlocked from a mystical artifact, as his name suggests he became a powerhouse. Foes like Wolverine, Colossus, and even the Hulk have a hard time stopping him, his only weakness is his mind which is protected by the large dome shaped helmet he wears. Good luck getting it off cuz he’s the Juggernaut bitch.

sentinels 2. Trask and the Sentinels-

X-Men: Days of Future Past covered Trask pretty well and how much damage a human man could do to a world full of super powered mutants. Bolivar Trask designed and created the Sentinels, machines specifically created to at first handle mutant threats and would eventually run amok, running to a future where both humans and mutants are near extinct. Isn’t it swell how one man can make a difference?

phoenix 3. The Dark Phoenix-

Here we begin hitting the truly devastating entities of not only the X-Men universe but the whole Marvel universe. The Phoenix force is a wandering cosmic entity that came across the seemingly deceased Jean Grey, one of the original X Men who gave there lives trying to save the world. As the Phoenix, her power is multiplied nearly a thousand fold. In fact, she has destroyed planetary systems with relative ease. What makes her a great villain is the emotional toll she takes on her friends, loved ones, and the amount of sheer destruction she causes. Beware the Phoenix.

apocalypse 4. Apocalypse-

You know the saying “survival of the fittest”? Apocalypse is one of the first mutants in recorded history, a figure so powerful he was seen as a god in his native ancient Egypt; thousands of years later he’s pissed at the state of mutant kind and yearns to enslave man and lesser mutants to serve him and those he deems fit. The ones he finds most exceptional, he makes his Horsemen, donating some of his enormous power to radically increasing there’s. Apocalypse has super strength, speed, durability, telepathy, telekinesis, energy projection, shape shifting abilities, and is extremely intelligent with thousands of years of knowledge under his belt.

magneto and the brotherhood of mutants

5. Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants-

Of course I have to talk about Magneto if you talk about X-Men. After surviving the Holocaust, Erik Lensherr ( we’re using his movie name, I’ve never been a huge fan of his comic name) realized history would one day repeat itself  so he made what are essentially the anti X-Men, bent on mutant superiority. With an army of some the most nefarious mutants he could gather including the likes of Mystique, Sabretooth, Pyro, Blob, and Toad just to name a few. Magneto has the ability to control metal and magnetic waves, which let’s face it, in our modern world means we’re pretty screwed. Even Wolverine with his adamantium skeleton and claws is rendered useless and the helmet Magneto wears protects him from telepathic intervention from Xavier. Time and time again, whether as there arch enemy or unlikely allie,  Magneto and the Brotherhood is a force to be reckoned with…

I hope you enjoyed my list and not to be forgotten is a shout out to Mr Sinister, the Morlocks, Onslaught, The Hellfire Club, and Vulcan who are badasses but I just couldn’t fit them here. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

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Green Lantern: Earth One(V 1)

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Sometimes I love long ass wait times on games to install. While doing just that I picked up a story I’ve been much anticipating, the Earth One version of Green Lantern. During my Man of Steel review I talked about how much the movie took from the first volume of Superman: Earth One. What makes the Earth One series unique is it is a more grounded re-imagining of our favorite DC heroes, so I was really curious how Lantern would turn out.

Hal Jordan was just another crew member on a mission to mine materials from a rock in space, escaping his past on Earth and wishing he wouldn’t have to return. During this mission, him and Volkov discover the remains of a destroyed vessel. Inside the wreckage they discover corpses, a metal skeleton, and a glowing green ring and what appears to be a battery. On there way back to the rest of the crew, Volkov places the ring on his finger and destroys there’s lander but in the mysterious artifacts keep Jordan alive in dead space. The metal corpse attacks him and almost instantly Jordan destroys it before blacking out. He awakes on another world with a alien named Killowag who explains these are the weapons of the long gone Green Lantern Corps that once protected the universe, before the mechanical Manhunters exterminated them, leaving relics and myth behind. It’s up to Hal and Killowag to cross the oceans of space to find more lanterns and answers while being hunted and survive with what little powers they have dying. Can the Green Lanterns resurface and destroy the machines?

I was in no way disappointed by this story and I can’t wait for volume 2, which we have some great teases at the end of book 1. I really like how much of the superhero pretext is stripped away and we get a dark sci-fi epic. I enjoy the changes to the characters and I enjoy how the story is layered to keep you guessing what really caused the Lantern’s downfall. The art is bleak with ques to scenery from the first Alien as well as Star trek (reboot) . My only real complaint is the action scenes can be a little confusing and there’s a rough story transition into the third act but otherwise it’s some of the best Lantern I’ve read in a while. I really recommend this story to fans and new comers alike. May the gaming gods bring you glory and beware Green Lantern’s light…

5 great Flash villains

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Barry Allen, Wally West, Jay Garrick, whichever Scarlet Speedster you love, it’s only fair some in Central City may not like the guy despite his good nature. I could cop out here and just name the Rogues but I’m going to try to bring some variety. Before we begin, I’m giving a shout out to Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, Heatwave, the Trickster, Pied Piper and Hunter Zolomon as great Flash villains too but these guys go a little farther, so let’s begin with…

weather wizard 1. Weather Wizard-

What if you had a baton that let you control the weather? Would you use it to melt snow on a cold day, clear the rain for a picnic, or drop a tornado on a bank and rob them blind? Wizard picks the later route of course. He was a good choice for the first villain for Flash in Flash, season 1 because while devastating, it’s fun watching him getting his parade rained out ( pun intended).

grodd 2. Gorilla Grodd-

The mighty ape is a fierce beast in natural, gentile and smart but will wreak your ass if you piss it off. Grodd is not gentile but a mad tyrant bent on enslaving his fellow ape and man who he views as inferior. Besides being able to speak and a damn good strategist as well as the strength and agility of a ape, he is also a powerful telepath and has psychic abilities. With an army of damn dirty apes at his command, Grodd is a force to be reckoned with.

captain cold 3. Captain Cold-

Leonard Snart and the Flash have a weird respect for each other. He isn’t out for blood or world domination; Cold is all about the money. He refrains from killing at nearly all costs. Armed with his cold guns and other cold tech, he’s a good mastermind and decent fighter which helps him as the leader of the Rogues and one of Flash’s greatest enemies.

future flash 4. Future Flash aka Blue Flash aka Savitar (on the show)-

Aren’t we all our own worst enemies? Future Barry lost it when Kid Flash was struck down and he watched enemy turned friend Cold die, with his connection to the Speed Force at it’s strongest and no restraint, he goes back through time to slay his greatest enemies and eventually face a younger, more naive him. Blue Flash is a badass and it’s pretty insane how much he has to hold back in order to be good..

rflash 5. Reverse Flash-

Eobard Thawne is the Flash’s greatest enemy for the sheer fact this yellow suited son of a bitch has proven time and time again he will stop at noting to hurt Barry Allen, whether it means murdering the ones he loves, destroying time and space even if it means killing himself in the process. Thawne is almost always two steps faster and prods Allen to reach new heights.

I hope everyone enjoyed my list. May the gaming gods grant you Speed Force.

 

 

Ghost Ship

ghost ship

This review goes out to my good friend Violet, who introduced me to this movie ages ago when we were kids. I’m sure there’s something poetic about time here but there is something about the importance of ducking and/ or the blessing of being short. Seriously, the opening to this movie made me pissed I’m over 6 foot tall…

Ghost Ship is about the tragic fate of the ocean liner SS Antonia Graza where everyone died and the ship was never found. Fifty years later a salvage team is presented with photos of a derelict adrift at sea. They hesitantly accept the offer, discovering the Graza. Deep inside, while scraping the ship they discover clues to what may have happened and mass amount of untraceable gold bars stowed away. With riches in there grasp, it quickly becomes clear something on the ship may not want them to leave, or let them..

The movie is simple to explain but better than I thought it’d be. I’m not a fan of most things from Dark Castle productions, the people who brought us  the Puppet Master series and the god awful House of Wax (05) but there is definitely some effort here. I really like a lot of the cinematography and I do like the setting both past and present. The opening death scene is insanely awesome as well as the flashback that extends on it. The story is simple but solid and the score is meh, though the music choices make it feel dated as shit ( I was in the 6th grade when Not Falling by Mudvayne came out. Damn I’m old). The use of jump scare noises annoyed the shit out of me and I wasn’t invested in any of the characters, in fact I really wanted the bad guy dead for most of it. In the end, it’s not a bad movie. Not great but not terrible by any means and it’s not a bad time. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly evil and Vile trailer

A few months ago I was stunned a little at the The Haunting of Sharon Tate trailer and I have to say I’ve kind of stunned at this Ted Bundy movie. I don’t have a problem with Effron as the notorious killer, in fact I think he has what it takes to pull it off. What gets me is the tone of the trailer. Is it me or does the trailer kind of try to make Bundy look like a folk hero more than a serial killer? Other than that, I still think it looks interesting. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

5 Great Fantastic 4 villains

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There’s been talk about the supposed Fantastic 4 DLC rumored for Marvel’s Spider-man (PS4) which brought me to feel that strange nostalgia I have for Marvel’s first family. Of course when it comes to the 4, there’s 2 certain baddies you have to mention and I will but there are others that deserve some love. Starting with some we’ll be getting our first look at in the MCU soon, let’s begin with…

super skrull  1. The Skrull-

The Skrull are a huge threat in the Marvel Universe and will be the main antagonist in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie as well as having ties to the X-Men: Dark Phoenix storyline and The Secret Invasion event which will likely be the next Avengers tale after Thanos. So what makes them so menacing? They are badass shape-shifters capable of replicating powers and memories as well as the Super Skrull that are stronger and blend powers together, which makes for a hell of a foe against the Four…

mole man 2. Mole Man-

Disgruntled and mad, this freaky dwarf lives under New York with his army of mutant creatures he creates. Whether it’s creepy mole beasts that a step below H.R. Giger’s monsters or massive kaiju sized freaks, he has an intense hate for the 4 and an a perverted lust for Sue Storm. He honestly makes a better start up villain than, well, we’ll get to him later…

puppest master f4  3. Puppet Master-

So his name pretty much sums up his deal: he makes life like puppets of living people he can control to do his bidding. While he maybe the weakest threat on this list, I’m including him because of the connection he has to the most tragic but arguably beloved  member of the 4, Ben Grimm- The Thing. Puppet Master is the father of Grimm’s blind love, Alicia; part of his motive is his dislike of Grimm and likely the fact a giant rock dude is trying to rock his daughter..

dr doom 4. Dr Doom-

Here we have not only the arch enemy of the Fantastic Four who hates Mr. Fantastic’s guts but also has faced against Namor, Dr Strange, Thor, Black Panther, Iron Man and the Avengers. This brilliant dictator of Latveria is a technological genius, strategic mastermind, and mystic powerhouse who is known for his tragic backstory and cold, terrifying metal mask. Behind that mask is a complex man who sees himself a hero while the world sees Doom…

galactus   galactus 2 5. Galactus-

There are some forces beyond good or evil in the universe. Sometimes there are things so great they are simply nature. Galactus almost fits into this category. Galactus predates the Big Bang and literally devours world with the help of his cosmic herald, the Silver Surfer. He is damn near unbeatable and is a threat worthy of uniting the cosmos but the four have banded together to ward him off..

I hope everyone enjoyed the list. I do give mention to Namor, Diablo,  the Thinker, Annihilus, and the Frightful Four as great Fantastic Four villains that deserve some love. May the gaming gods Flame On!

 

5 great Superman villains

death of superman cover

Awhile back I covered the Reign of the Supermen trailer , which chronicles the emergence of four powerhouses after Superman’s death at the hands of Doomsday, one of which being Hank Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, a great DC villain in his own right. Much like Henshaw, villains like Brainiac and Darkseid are as much JLA villains. This countdown I tried to go a bit different by I have to say I found this trickier than I first thought with such as Mongul, DarkSeid, Brainiac, Metallo and the Cyborg Superman. Without further ado, starting with one of my personal DC favorites let’s begin with..

zod 1. General Zod-

I love Zod not because of the fact that he is a militant Superman essentially with a crew of Kryptonian followers as well as alien tech but for how duty bound he is to the people of Krypton and the cause of trying to preserve what’s left of there race and prosperity. Despite the fact he does some radical shit, Superman still respects him as a equal.

mr mxyzptlk 2. Mr Mxyzptlk-

This is a strange one. Mr M ( his full name is a royal bitch to spell out all the time) is a small, impish figure from another dimension than loves to screw with the Man of Steel. He’s magic, which nerfs most of Sup’s power set and can warp reality. He is a good antithesis to the warm, chiseled man in the blue and red tights.

bizarro 3. Bizarro-

Superman has always been known as the one of the greatest forces of good out there, but what happens when he doesn’t know what is good? What happens if right is wrong, wrong is right and you are a godlike being with the brains of Lenny from Of mice and men . Well, you get Bizarro. What makes him a tragic figure is how he truly doesn’t understand the world around him and how Superman is mean because he stops his rampages.

lex luthor 4. Lex Luther –

Of course I had to include Sup’s arch enemy, a rich, bald, pissed off dude who hates Superman because he’s basically god on Earth. That’s pretty much what it always barrels down to. Luther is a brilliant man who does invent a badass suit in the comics to go toe to toe with his near unstoppable foe and comes up with with some great schemes to wreak havoc across not only Metropolis but the DC landscape.

doomsday  5. Doomsday-

When I finished my list of My Top 10 DC Villains- part 2 I said Doomsday deserved one of the top spots for the single fact he did the unthinkable: he killed Superman. He doesn’t need a complex backstory or intricate power set, he is simply hate and destruction incarnate and he is a utter badass.

I hope you all have enjoyed my list and may the gaming gods bring you glory.