The video of Uma Thurman barely containing her rage about Harvey Weinstein went viral earlier this month. Uma has a long-time actress on Miramax and The Weinstein Company productions, and the only public statement she offered was that red carpet interview, where she said:
“I don’t have a tidy soundbite for you, because I am not a child and I have learned that when I have spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself. So I’ve been waiting to feel less angry, and when I’m ready, I’ll say what I have to say.”
Well, Uma seems to be gearing up to speak and add her vital voice to the discussion. On Thanksgiving, she posted the above Instagram – a still from Kill Bill, produced by Harvey Weinstein – with this message:
I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others.
I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face.
I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so… Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet) -stay tuned
Which brings up an interesting point… should it go slowly? Should this be six months of headline after headline, bad news on top of bad news for Harvey Weinstein? Or should it be going quickly? It’s only been about two months, but it’s felt a lot longer, hasn’t it? In any case, it will take however long it’s going to take. I hope Uma does add her voice when she’s ready, because I will be here to listen.
Photos courtesy of Instagram, Getty.
The Current War won’t be coming out this year. Harvey Weinstein was going to release it this month, and it was going to be the centerpiece of The Weinstein Company’s Oscar season campaigning. Once Harvey was ousted from his company, they pushed back the release date. Still, Benedict Cumberbatch had done some interviews to support the film before all of those stories broke, which is how he ended up on the cover of Interview Magazine. The photoshoot is… odd. Like, Bendy as a rockabilly, which doesn’t really suit him, but it’s not terrible either. The interview was conducted by none other than Thom Yorke from Radiohead. Shockingly, this is a fairly interesting Q&A session, and it’s not all about sonic reimaginings of Proust, which is how I imagine Thom Yorke spends his days. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:
On Nikola Tesla: “He was such an outsider in New York. People didn’t understand his Serbian accent. It didn’t help that he was speaking like a prophet. He was talking about things he’d formulated in his mind, but didn’t have models for: the wireless delivery of energy, let alone communication. Like all visionaries, he dared to formulate beyond the constraints of the status quo. The awful lesson of history is that we too often ignore these people, just because they’re foreigners or different from us.
Whether he’s a good driver: “I think I’m a very good driver. Apparently, the cause of road rage—as with most anger—is some kind of superiority complex, which, god knows, cars foster.
Whether he trusts very easily: “Yeah. You [have to], and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes during a conversation with a journalist— where you are answering things you never normally talk about, not even with some of your closest friends—you end up being quite confessional, and you don’t think about the amplification of that. No matter how fancy these journalists are, they have editors or political leanings behind their publications, which means that, basically, they’re going to shape what you’ve said into an article they’ve already written. So you have to be really careful with your words. I still find that difficult, as any person who deals with the press will tell you. That’s why it’s nice, with this one, to talk to a friend. But sometimes with a coffee and a friendly smile, I suddenly start talking without thinking about how it’s going to be read.
Being emotional & mouthing off: “I think I’ve had very knee-jerk emotional reactions to things, and sometimes I’ve said things without thinking. Being overly emotional clouded my judgment… [In interviews,] stuations where what I say echoes much further than what is healthy. I would love to just have the work do the talking. We’re in positions where people ask us questions; they want to know about more than just the work. And it can go into areas where I’ve completely shot my mouth off, whether it’s too much about my private life or being too opinionated about things in the world. I think the better thing to do—I’ve learned this from people far wiser than me—is to do very good, quiet work behind closed doors.
Whether he has reading glasses: “No, but I am shortsighted. I need them for watching movies or concerts. It’s not a hipster affectation; I do have poor eyesight. This is how ridiculous my life is: I’ve had the test for contact lenses, but I haven’t found a half-day where I can go to the optician.
Whether he practices laughing & crying for a role: “I probably have cried on the toilet. I try not to, though, because I have people in my house who would be disturbed by their dad having such a strange, isolated mood swing. I think it’s important to be able to do some of that in some kind of enclosed space. It’s about finding triggers and trying very hard to find that within your characters and their backstories, and not within your life, because that can get out of control. Laughing and crying are really similar—what happens to your body. It’s a very similar process in your diaphragm. Like a musician, you have to do your scales once in a while and warm up your voice.
Benedict looks really good in glasses, so I’m fine with him keeping the glasses and not getting contacts for now. As for crying on the toilet… he’s talking specifically about practicing his lines and preparing for a role. Meaning, he weeps on the toilet because he’s trying to figure out how he’s going to cry on-camera for a role or whatever. He’s not just weeping on the toilet because he’s dropping the kids off at the pool. I’ve never cried on the toilet, but I have wept in the shower more than a few times in my life.
“We’re in positions where people ask us questions; they want to know about more than just the work. And it can go into areas where I’ve completely shot my mouth off, whether it’s too much about my private life or being too opinionated about things in the world. I think the better thing to do—I’ve learned this from people far wiser than me—is to do very good, quiet work behind closed doors.” #BenedictCumberbatch speaks to #ThomYorke about getting in trouble. 📸 @mikaeljansson Styling @ludivinepoiblanc
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When we last left the MCU, Thanos (as implied by the arrival of his giant spaceship at the end of Thor: Ragnarok) is poised to claim the Infinity Stones, and we’re now less than one year away from Avengers: Infinity War. This spells trouble for earth and the rest of the universe, although earth is already having problems. The last few movies haven’t touched on it much, but the world is still feeling the effects of Captain America: Civil War. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are split into Team Cap, currently a group of escaped prisoners and fugitives from the law, and Team Iron Man, a bunch of Avengers now constrained by the Sokovia Accords and strict government oversight.
From what we’ve heard about Avengers: Infinity War, it’s going to take a while before either team can see eye-to-eye. That’s not surprising when you consider all the tension we’ve had between Captain America and Iron Man (even before the Civil War made things so complicated). It’s been a while since all the drama started though, so we’ve found 16 hilarious Captain America vs. Iron Man Memes to jog your memory. And don’t worry, we promise they don’t all say Civil War at the bottom.
MY BEST FRIEND IS JAMES
Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out less than two months apart, and they had quite a few common elements. They both involved an evil mastermind pitting heroes against each other, featured a billionaire playboy, and introduced a new character to their universe that completely stole the show. The real difference came in the ending, as Batman and Superman ended up on the same team, and the Avengers are still split in two.
As this meme hilariously points out, Marvel could have kept the endings the same too, since Cap’s best friend Bucky and Tony’s best friend Rhodey are both named James. All that Team Cap and Team Iron Man nonsense could been avoided, and all they needed to do was talk about their besties!
STEVE ONLY WON BECAUSE I LET HIM
While Iron Man’s face is fabulous here and the caption is completely something he would say, this meme also brings up a great question about the end of Civil War: how on earth did Captain America beat Iron Man? Sure, Cap never quits, is freakishly good at strategy, and had his super soldier best friend to help him.
But at the end of the day (and we say this as total supporters of Team Cap), Iron Man is physically WAY stronger and should have beaten the crap out of Captain America and the Winter Soldier, even with his armor damaged. Maybe Cap is just that amazing or Iron Man didn’t want to kill him and pulled his punches. Either way, this meme is still fantastic.
PEPPER SAYS NO
Pepper Pots wasn’t in Civil War, and after looking at this meme, maybe now we know why (completely ignoring that whole taking a break nonsense here, since it didn’t stop them from getting engaged at the end of Spiderman: Homecoming). In previous movies, Tony Stark has made some grand gestures to his assistant and now fiancé Pepper, including buying her a giant stuffed animal (it was hideous, but he tried, right?) and even destroying all of his Iron Man suits.
There isn’t really anything he wouldn’t do for her (except stop being Iron Man forever), and if she had been in Civil War, the conflict wouldn’t have lasted long. All that drama and division, and it could have been stopped with a simple “no” and some shawarma. No wonder she didn’t make an appearance!
A SKINNY, ASTHMATIC KID
If you’re going to go head-to-head with Iron Man, then you had better be prepared to defend yourself. Without his armor, Tony Stark is still rich, smart, dashing, powerful, philanthropic, and decently strong. He also has the face of Robert Downey Jr. to boot. Without the Super Soldier serum, Steve Rogers is a nice guy with a head for tactics…and a short, skinny kid from Brooklyn with asthma and a whole slew of other medical problems.
Cap asked Tony what he was without his suit in The Avengers, and he’s lucky Iron Man didn’t throw his words right back at him, or he would have been in the same boat as he is in this meme. Sorry, Steve, you walked right into this one, and Thor agrees.
This meme is another classic example of why you should be very careful before saying something snarky to Iron Man, especially if you happen to be wearing a less-than-epic costume. It also reminds us of how much Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have changed since 2012. Iron Man may have hated playing by the rules then, but now he’s leading the Avengers under a tight set of rules dictated by the government.
And Steve, apart from updating his uniform a few times, has also relinquished his role as Captain America. This means his look should be getting yet another remake, and this one will have notably less stars and stripes (he also went from being a soldier to a wanted criminal, but the outfit is what’s important in this comparison).
When you have two giant superhero franchises, there’s bound to be a little overlap. Naturally, there will be a few similar characters…and movies, and release dates for these movies, but we’re not going to get into all that since we have memes to discuss. As we see here, Iron Man has so much in common with Batman, that you can swap Cap’s memorable question about what Iron Man is without his armor with Flash’s question to Batman about what is superpowers are, and their answers will still their fit their characters perfectly.
Both Iron Man and Batman don’t have superpowers but are very rich, and both have super-powered suits, but are still geniuses, billionaires, playboys, and philanthropists without them. With so much going for them without superpowers or fancy tech, it’s not surprising that both universes have someone like that.
DON’T BE LIKE STEVE
We’ve all been there. That time when you studied the flashcards, looked at the PowerPoints, actually read the textbook, and were ready to ace that test. You were so ready, you felt like a genius, like Tony Stark even. It was gonna be a piece of cake, and you acted like it. Then you glance at the first problem or essay, and you’re wondering if this stuff was even on your study guide.
You try and answer what you can, but your answer is the subject’s equivalent of “It seems to run on some form of electricity.” Captain America is pretty a awesome guy, but every once in awhile, being compared to him isn’t exactly a compliment. In this meme, it is way better (for you and your GPA) to be like Tony Stark.
I LOVE CAPTAIN AMERICA
Captain America may have backed Superman and Iron Man may have sided with Batman, but support from another superhero is apparently not an obligation to show similar loyalty. While we don’t see Superman’s view on the matter in this awesome meme, Batman is definitely Team Cap — and we’re talking like, hardcore Team Cap.
Batman doesn’t just think Captain America is right or better or whatever, Batman LOVES Captain America! In fact, he’s so Team Cap, that he’s even willing to set the Boy Wonder straight with a good old slap in the face. Too bad we don’t have Superman’s opinion here to see if he’d even the score. Of course, Robin is clearly Team Iron Man, but really, who would you rather have on your side?
Anyone remember that time the internet decided to go crazy over what color a dress was? Normally, we try to limit internet debates to important issues like politics, celebrities, and the like…and then there was that time someone posted a picture of a dress on Tumblr and millions of people decided they would argue about it for a while. Conflict is a pretty normal thing in the Avengers, so it’s not surprising Captain America and Iron Man had a disagreement about it.
This meme is pretty great, but it shows that Cap is the one who thinks the dress is white and gold. This doesn’t quite make sense, as the dress was confirmed to be blue and black, and Captain America has perfect/enhanced vision. Wouldn’t he have been the one to perceive it as the correct color? Regardless, it’s a hilarious reason to start a civil war.
UNFRIEND CAPTAIN AMERICA
You know things are bad when people start unfriending and blocking on social media. It’s not enough that Iron Man signed the Sokovia Accords, that he’s running the Avengers instead of Cap now, or even that he busted up the Winter Soldier’s metal arm. Now he’s cutting ties on Facebook too. He didn’t even do it himself, he just told his AI to do it (although if we’re talking MCU, it would have been F.R.I.D.A.Y. instead of J.A.R.V.I.S., but whatever).
We guess that nice note Steve sent at the end of Civil War didn’t do too much to help Iron Man forgive and forget. Maybe Tony hasn’t gotten over that kiss, or he’s still upset that Batman is Team Cap. Either reason would certainly be understandable.
WHICH ONE IS THE ALPHA?
Captain America and Iron Man may have divided the world’s superheroes into two sides with Civil War, but we have a few heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, who haven’t even made it to earth yet (or made it back, in Star-Lord’s case). In a way, Civil War has put us in the same position as the kids from Jurassic World; we’re looking for the Alpha, but maybe we aren’t looking in the right spot.
We’re looking for right side, the best hero, etc., but the picture is a lot bigger than Team Cap and Team Iron Man, as we’ll only fully see in 2018. At any rate, in this meme Cap and Tony (and Thor) are not the Alpha; It’s Peter Quill. So maybe we should all be Team Star-Lord?
A BETTER HUMAN TORCH
The great thing about memes is that there aren’t that many rules. Universes aren’t that important, as long as we know what’s going on. Since Chris Evans portrayed Johnny Storm in the 2005 movie Fantastic Four, it is perfectly acceptable for Iron Man to insist that he’s a better Human Torch than Captain America, even if that particular Human Torch isn’t actually in the MCU.
While the Fantastic Four movie in questions (or any Fantastic Four movie for that matter) really didn’t live up to its potential, it certainly wasn’t because of Chris Evans. Also, Iron Man with one arm on fire makes for a great insult, but he still isn’t the Human Torch by a long shot, so we’re giving this one to Cap.
TELL ME NOBODY KISSED ME
Ever wonder why the Civil War really started? At the end of the Battle of New York in The Avengers, Iron Man’s main concern was to make sure no one had kissed while he was out cold. He was VERY worried about this — like, the guy just survived a nuclear missile and an alien incursion, and this is what he wanted to know.
In the movie, he wakes up and Cap tells him they won the battle, but in this meme, Iron Man finds that an apparently deep-seeded fear has come true. And if you’re still not convinced that this would prompt Tony to start a superhero war, just remember that Cap’s decades older than Iron Man and used to work with his dad. Not cool, Cap. Not cool.
BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
Batman Vs. Superman is old news now that Justice League is out, but we certainly know what side Cap and Tony were on. We’ve already touched on some of Iron Man and Batman’s striking similarities, and while Captain America doesn’t have anything close to the amount of superpowers that the Man of Steel possesses, they certainly have a lot in common.
They’re both leaders with a strong sense of patriotism, they have a similar color scheme, and while Superman is a lot stronger, they are both super-powered beings. So when people started choosing sides, it’s only natural that Cap would be on Superman’s side and Tony would root for Batman, as they saw enough of themselves in the DC heroes to feel confident about their success.
There are several ways we could go with this meme, so we’ll pick three. First, there’s the idea that Civil War was great and all, but it didn’t have as serious consequences as the comics did. You know, big consequences, like, Steve Rogers dying and all that. Other expectation vs. reality memes will point out that Civil War should have had a lot more characters, so the thumb wars could point to the fact the conflict is smaller than hoped for.
Finally, we could take it to mean that some things just aren’t what you expected, and leave it at that. Regardless, we still get to see Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. thumb wrestling with thumb puppets, so it’s a win no matter how you choose to look at it.
THEY JUST STOLE OUR MEME
Sometimes you have to put your differences aside to fight for what you hold dear. You can be hard and fast rivals, you can have bitter disagreements, and you can hold vastly different convictions, but there comes a time when you have to weigh your options and decide who your friends and enemies really are. And then you have a day unlike any other, where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes find themselves united against a common threat.
It could be a threat of galaxy-wide destruction from an alien with infinite power, or it could be something really important…like if a rival superhero movie stole your meme. Either way, when things get serious, even Captain America and Iron Man can put their differences aside for the greater good.
Which of these memes did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments!
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Fans questioned earlier this month whether Uma Thurman was keeping tight-lipped about having story of her own to tell about Harvey Weinstein, and it looks like she does.
The Kill Bill actress took to Instagram to wish her fans a happy Thanksgiving and threw a whole lot of shade towards the disgraced movie mogul.
She shared a picture of her character, Beatrix Kiddo, from Kill Bill: Volume II.
It was not just any picture she shared. In fact, it was a still from the scene in which her character decided it was time to go on a mission of revenge against those who had wronged her.
The caption that accompanied the picture was just as scary.
Thurman wrote: "H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G. I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others.
"I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn't tell by the look on my face.
"I feel it's important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so... Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators - I'm glad it's going slowly - you don't deserve a bullet) -stay tuned."
Harvey should probably be scared because it sure sounds like Thurman is ready to dole out some truths about him.
Uma previously spoke to Access Hollywood about a Broadway show she is starring in earlier this month and opened up about her thoughts on the scandal.
"I think it's commendable," Uma began her statement on the matter.
"I have learned ... I am not a child, and I have learned that when I've spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself," she said.
"So I've been waiting to feel less angry. And when I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say."
While the statement sounds a little subdued, the video went viral across the internet because of the way Uma acted during the interview.
You could tell she was outraged, and it made viewers think she had some stories of her own to tell about Weinstein.
At the time, fans made it clear they would be with Thurman every step of the way if she decided to open up about what really happened.
"God once spoke through the burning bush," one person wrote.
"This time it's through Uma Thurman." Another speculated that "If you haven't seen this yet it seems Uma Thurman not only knows where the bodies are buried but has neatly organized all the shovels."
"Ok let's be real that Uma Thurman video -- she's getting a Hanzo sword made and is going to cut up the perverts isn't she," one person said.
What do you think about all of this?
Sound off below.
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Tyler Baltierra has had a rough week.
In the last few days alone, his wife, Catelynn Lowell returned to a treatment facility after revealing she has had suicidal thoughts. In the aftermath, he offended the whole internet with a racist slur.
So, it comes as no surprise that he's feeling a little sentimental right about now. With the holidays in full swing, the Teen Mom star took to Twitter in response to a video showing Catelynn in happier times being shared by the official Teen Mom Twitter page.
The video found Lowell chatting with her co-stars about what she is thankful for this holiday, and it apparently hit Tyler right in the feels because he detailed his reaction to the video right after.
He commented: “My god! My wife looks absolutely beautiful in this #HappyThanksgiving @TeenMom clip! It’s going to be a rough holiday without being able to kiss her & tells her how thankful I am for her, but we have a strong resilience crafter by our past, we got this!”
We can't begin to imagine how difficult it must be to be apart from your significant other during the holidays, and Tyler has a legion of fans who came out in their droves to support him during this difficult time.
“You are an amazing husband. I’m sure she’s missing you all terribly.” said one Teen Mom devotee.
“This year is extra special, even though you’re not together physically,” another wrote. “You should really be thankful she’s still here with you. Stay strong; we’re all rooting for you guys!”
It was previously reported that Catelynn would be making her way to rehab after having suicidal thoughts. The Teen Mom star confirmed the news herself in a courageous post on Twitter.
"Well today I thought of every way to kill myself.. so I'm going to treatment #makeChesterProud @TalindaB #KeepTalkingMH #thiswontlast," Catelynn tweeted last Friday.
Tyler drove his wife to admit her to the facility and took to Twitter at the time to share his thoughts on the matter, and it was clear he was deeply hurt by everything that was happening.
"We haven't held each other & just cried like that for a long time," Tyler wrote after leaving Catelynn's rehab. "Even after 12 years, I continue to be AMAZED by her strength, vulnerability, & courage to get help."
He even went as far as quoting his wedding vows. But then Tyler shocked the land of Teen Mom by using a racial slur on Snapchat after having a few drinks in a bar.
He did make a swift apology and confirmed that he was letting off some steam in the aftermath of what happened with Catelynn.
It's understandable that someone would want to forget about everything after such an emotional experience, but it made him look like an idiot.
We wish Catelynn a speedy recovery and hope Tyler does not get too drunk at his Thanksgiving celebrations.
What do you think about all of this?
Sound off below!
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Home is where the heart is, and when it comes to Beyoncé Knowles and her growing family, the location of that home is constantly changing! Like many celebrity couples, Beyoncé and JAY-Z have more than one city they call home, and each and every house they own is bigger and better than the one before it. Whether it's their new mansion in Bel Air or their loft in Tribeca, Beyoncé and JAY-Z's family, which includes daughter Blue Ivy and twins Sir and Rumi, know how to live it up.
Here are all of the places that this power couple and their adorable children reside - or at least own property - below. Oh, and prepare to get serious house envy!
New York City
Queen Bey and her family have been longtime residents of New York City. In late August, Beyoncé sold her Midtown property, which was located on the 44th floor at One Beacon Court, but that doesn't mean that the couple doesn't still have somewhere in the city to call home. According to the New York Post, Beyoncé's Tribeca loft is still in the family's property portfolio and it makes total sense. The squad is constantly traveling and performing in NYC, so why not have somewhere to stay when in town?
In 2016, the happy couple reportedly purchased a stunning home in New Orleans. The home includes seven bedrooms, vaulted ceilings, and a rooftop garden. In addition to being a fun city to reside it, the location holds a special place in both Beyoncé and her extended family's heart; it's where her sister Solange tied the knot in 2014 and where she lives part time.
Can you be a famous person and not have a home in the Hamptons? OK, the answer is yes, but so many celebrities have a Summer home in this glamorous beach town, and Beyoncé and Jay Z are no exception. The couple's property was purchased in Fall 2017, Variety reported in September. Their new Summer home has been dubbed the Pond House because it overlooks Georgica Pond. It is massive, with five bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a living room, infinity pool, and a guest house.
Beyoncé is a Houston native, and although she doesn't own a home in the Texas city, it does still mean a lot to her. In fact, she frequently returns to the city, where her mother still has a place, and goes back to all of her own haunts whenever possible.
"When I come home to Houston, I go straight to my mom's house to eat some home-cooked food," the singer previously revealed to Visit Houston. "I love to go to my church St. John's on West Gray and go up to my management company Music World Entertainment."
Over the past few years, Beyoncé and Jay Z have been bicoastal, living in both New York and Los Angeles. As of 2017, the family has officially made Los Angeles their full-time home. When Beyoncé was pregnant with her twins, the then-trio was renting in Malibu, according to Trulia.
In August, the family finally found their California dream home in Bel Air, and the property is out of this world. It is a compound made up of six structures totaling 30,000 square feet, the Los Angeles Times reported. There are four swimming pools and an outdoor area of 10,000 square feet, and it was bought at a whopping $88 million, People confirmed.
Which of Beyoncé's family properties would you like to live in most? You know you have a favorite.
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Marilyn Monroe was one of the most glamorous and sought-after stars of her time. John F. Kennedy was, well, the president of the United States. After Marilyn performed a steamy rendition of "Happy Birthday" at the commander-in-chief's 45th birthday party in May 1962, rumors of an affair were propelled - and those rumors have persisted throughout history, even though details of an ongoing relationship between the two are actually pretty scarce.
The first time Marilyn and JFK were confirmed to have been at the same place at the same time was at the April in Paris Ball on April 11, 1957, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC; Marilyn was there with her then-husband, playwright Arthur Miller, while John attended with his wife, Jackie, and his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Both of them were photographed extensively throughout the night, but no meeting between them took place at that event. It's more likely that John and Marilyn first met at a dinner party hosted by actor Peter Lawford in 1961. Peter was married to John's sister Patricia, whom Marilyn became friends with while filming Let's Make Love. They also had a mutual friend in Frank Sinatra, who was a member of the Rat Pack with Peter and who briefly dated Marilyn after her divorce from Arthur Miller.
Multiple Marilyn historians, including respected biographer Donald Spoto, who wrote the 1993 book Marilyn Monroe: The Biography, allege that the most plausible time that Marilyn and JFK could have had a sexual encounter was during a party at Bing Crosby's home in Palm Springs, CA, on March 24, 1962. Marilyn's masseur and close friend Ralph Roberts told Spoto that he received a call from the actress asking him for massage techniques for muscles of the back, and that he "heard a distinctive Boston accent in the background" before Marilyn handed the phone to President Kennedy. Ralph Roberts added, "Marilyn told me that this night in March was the only time of her 'affair' with JFK. A great many people thought, after that weekend, that there was more to it. But Marilyn gave me the impression that it was not a major event for either of them: it happened once, that weekend, and that was that."
"Marilyn loved the secrecy and the drama of it, but Kennedy was not the kind of man she wanted to spend her life with, and she made that very clear."
Donald Spoto also wrote, "No serious biographer can maintain the existence of an affair between Marilyn and the Kennedys. All we can say for sure is that the actress and the President have met four times, between October 1961 and August 1962, and it was during one of those meetings, that they called to a friendly relation of Marilyn from a bedroom. Shortly after, Marilyn confided this sexual relation to her close relatives, insisting about the fact that their affair ended there." The late actress Susan Strasberg, whose father Lee was Marilyn's acting coach and who considered Marilyn to be "a surrogate sister," wrote in an unfinished memoir that Marilyn did spend that night with the president, but denied any sort of ongoing affair. "It was OK to sleep with a charismatic president," Strasberg said, adding that "Marilyn loved the secrecy and the drama of it, but Kennedy was not the kind of man she wanted to spend her life with, and she made that very clear." It was reportedly that night at Crosby's home that John asked Marilyn to perform at his upcoming birthday party at Madison Square Garden.
Image Source: Getty / Cecil Stoughton / The LIFE Images Collection
On May 19, 1962, Marilyn, clad in a curve-hugging sequined dress, sang a breathy rendition of the song for JFK (on his request, mind you). While rumors of an affair ran rampant after the event - and pictures have been doctored over time to show them together - the only photographic evidence of them that exists is a shot of Marilyn, John, and Bobby Kennedy having a conversation during a party at the home of movie executive Arthur Krim after she performed.
Less than three months after the famous performance, Marilyn would be dead from an accidental overdose of barbiturates, leaving behind a lifetime of unconfirmed rumors of a relationship between her and the president (not to mention his possible involvement in her death). Despite the fact that JFK's philandering ways were well known, it's most likely that his connection with Marilyn was just a dalliance and nothing more than a one-night stand. Was it salacious? Yes. But was it the torrid, persisting affair that we've been told it was? All signs point to "nah."
Black Friday 2017 deals: here are the UK's best
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Best Buy Black Friday Doorbuster Deals To Score On Black Friday 2017 At 8 Am
DC Comics has a Black Friday sale for their Kindle collections on Amazon, reducing prices down to $4.99 and below but they have plenty of bargains in print too. Or Brits can just go to ForbiddenPlanet.com. But there’s nothing quite like going in person and supporting your local comic book store, and Bleeding Cool has compiled the largest comic book Black Friday list on the internet…. if you go, let them know where you read about the sale!
For 2 hours EVERYTHING in the store will be 40% off! Magic booster boxes $99.99!
70% off trade paperbacks and hardcovers from Oni, Fantagraphics, IDW, AIT Planetlar, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf and more! We’ll also have back issues for 50%! Kids comic books 70% off! Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse trade paperbacks for 25% off! Most Funko Pops for 70%! DC action figures for 50% off! All Select action figures for 25% off! Statues for 50% off! Novelties (stickers/wallets/banks/ glasses) for 50% off! Funko Mystery Minis for $1 off! All Heroclix for 85% off! Showcase comics for 25% off!
Speros Heros Comics 9045 Eton Ave., Unit C Canoga Park, CA 91304
Thurs-sat 11am-6pm Sunday -11am to 5pm
P Dot’s Comics & Collectibles is located at 1505 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91104
STOREWIDE SALE @ P DOT’S COMICS
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24TH
50% OFF ALL NEW RELEASES
50% OFF ALL BACK ISSUES
50% OFF ALL GRAPHIC NOVELS
50% OFF ALL VARIANT COVERS
50% OFF ALL TOYS & STATUES
Sale goes all day Friday from 9am to 5pm
We are also closed on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving, then we are OPENING early at 9AM and staying open late FRIDAY and SATURDAY until 9PM for our annual TURKEY SALE!
Hi De Ho Comics 1431 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica,
Save some bucks at Hi De Ho Comics on Black Friday! You can save 20% storewide* not just one day, but TWO DAYS! Our sale starts on Friday at 10AM and continues the next day for Small Business Saturday.
We’ll kick it up a notch on Saturday with a HUGE parking lot sale! All comics in our parking lot will be 25 cents or GO BIG and get 100 comics for only $20! If that’s not enough, we’ll also have deeply discounted toys, trades and t-shirts outside as well!
ALL TPs & HCs are 25% OFF!
ALL STATUES, BUSTS & TOYS are 35% OFF!
ALL “REGULAR” BACK ISSUES are 50% OFF!
ALL 50¢ BOOKS are 5-for-$1!
Be sure to get the ADDITIONAL 10% OFF by bringing in 2 CANS OF FOOD…
10% – 50% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE!
– 25 Cent Comics in the back room
– Most Manga $2
– Table of $3 to $5 graphic novels
– Toys and Action Figures 25% off
– Selected Vintage and Modern Comics 30% off
– Magic, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-OH 20% off
Time for the first ever Gryphon’s Nest Black Friday Sale!
You’ll be able to pick from either a
store wide **20% discount —OR— Buy one get one 50 % off.
A-1 Comics 5361 Auburn Blvd Sacramento or 818 Sunrise Ave Roseville
Black Friday SALE – ALL locations
November 24th – 25th
Doors open at 10:00 AM
Travis, Rodney, and Andi will all be at the shop, selling copies of the 2017 anthology, comics, and prints. The store will be having a big sale, with 40% off graphic novels, half off dollar comics, and a raffle.
We’re opening extra early at 10am just to fit all these sales!
Check out all the incredible discounts, offers, and freebies we’ll be giving out below. And don’t think that’s all, as we’ll be announcing even more every day up until opening on Black Friday!
KaPow opens at 6:00 AM for Black Friday Deals! Our Door Buster Deal this year is a box of comics valued over $400 for just $100 – while supplies last! That’s at least 75% off!!
Visit the shops and restaurants in downtown Putnam for Open Houses, Sales, Live Music, and Holiday Cheer! The downtown will be decorated with “Sled Art” installations and beautiful Holiday lights throughout Main Street. PLUS….you can purchase tickets to see the NUTCRACKER Show at The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre, and watch The Annual Holiday Dmiazzle Light Parade on Sunday night!
A Comic Shop 114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6, Winter Park, Florida
Our Biggest Sale of the year! With sales, freebies, and door busters to be announced soon. We’d tell you now but we don’t want to leak any spoilers.
The Geek Easy will open at 6:00pm with Nerdy Karaoke starting at 8:00!
Coliseum of Comics
9am to 12pm: Everything in the store is 25% off! (Excludes statues and consignment items).
12pm to 7pm: Everything in the store is 15% off! (Excludes consignment items).
9am to 7pm: All statues are 15% off.
15% off Wall Comics
25% off Graphic Novels
20% off Statues, Toys & Collectibles
Buy 1, Get 1 Free Comic Back Issues
Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Select POPs
$5 and Under Sale Table!
Buy 1, Get 1 50% off Bubble Teas!
SAVE 25% ON ALL MERCHANDISE IN THE STORE from 11am – 3pm!!!
PLUS, 20% OFF BACK ISSUES!!! (New Comics and Consignment items not included. Back Issue sale is from 11am-9pm.)
Take a break from all the craziness of Black Friday & stop by Yancy Street to meet our special guests! Elliot Fernandez, Martin Dunn & Jeramy Hobbs will be here from 12PM to 3PM signing & sketching away!
Buy one get one half off on all pop vinyls
Buy one get one Free on select back issues
Buy one get one half off on new comics, graphic novels, and select variants.
Buy one get one free on all dollar bins
20% off on all toys, statues, silver age and Bronze Age back issues and wall books.
Plus mystery boxes filled with over 100$ in merchandise and collectibles for 50$.
Biggest sale of the year starting at 10 PM Thanksgiving evening 50 grab bags for the first 50 customers door prizes food truck up to 75% off
We will be running *HOURLY* sales which will be announced 5 minutes prior to the top of the hour all day on Friday. Be sure to stay posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the savings and deals you can only find at 1st Edition Comics!
Buy 2 get 1 Free Video game of equal or lesser value.
Buy 2 get 1 Free Trade Paper Back of equal or lesser value.
Buy 2 get 1 Free Comic of equal or lesser value.
50% OFF BACK ISSUES, 25% OFF TRADES, 20% OFF TOYS/FIGURES/STATUES, $1 COMICS FOR $.25, PLUS GIVEAWAYS!!!
2641 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL
205 N Market St, Champaign, IL
We have sales running Friday-Monday both online and in stores.
All American Comic Shop, 3576 W 95th St. Evergreen Park
BLACK FRIDAY SALE! November 24-25-26
10% Off All New Comics
50% Off Back Issues (Bagged & Tagged In Bins)
30% Off Premium Back Issues (Behind Counter)
25% Off Hardcovers, Trades, Pulps & Magazines
40% Off Selected Marvel Masterworks & OmniBus
Large Selection of DIME COMICS (Minimum Purchase $1)
This is our first ever DIME SALE…Don’t miss it!
NAPERVILLE (close to Aurora & Oswego)
DOWNERS GROVE (close to Westmont & Lisle)
ST. CHARLES (close to Batavia & Sycamore)
PLAINFIELD (near Joliet & Shorewood)
CHICAGO EDGEWATER (near UPTOWN & ANDERSONVILLE)
WHEATON (close to Glen Ellyn & Lisle)
DeKALB (close to Sycamore & Rockford)
CHICAGO LOOP (downtown near the Art Institute)
CHICAGO LAKEVIEW (between Blemont & Briar)
30% OFF ALL TRADE PAPER BACKS & BOOKS!
30% OFF ALL NEW COMICS!
20% OFF ALL TRADING CARD GAME SINGLES!
20% OFF ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS!
Plush toys – 50% off
Select omnibuses – 75% off
Work off that Thanksgiving turkey by carrying piles of books out of the store. But wait! There’s more! Spend $100 and receive a free $20 gift card.
Trade Paperbacks, Action Figures, Board Games, Card Games, Supplies… everything you need for the gamers in your life.
Graphic Novels 20% OFF
POPs Buy 1 Get 1 30% OFF
Comics 25% OFF
Role-playing Game Items 10% OFF
Back issue blow out sale 30 percent off back issues not locked up in the cases. Saturday ill be in the shop all day having a in store additional sales on graded and case books.
Comic Relief’s first ever BLACK FRIDAY SUPER SALE!!! And YOU are invited! (Don’t you feel special?!)
Spend Black Friday with us! We will be drafting Iconic Masters. $35 entry with 1 pack per person for prize support. This event will count towards earning your standard showdown packs from wizards of the coast.
Buy one get one bin (back) issues.
20% Case books, Trades, HC, Toys, cards, and games
*All regular back issues Buy One, Get One Free
*Trade paperbacks Buy One, Get One Free
*Premium back issues 25% Off
*Board Games and Miniatures 35% Off
*T-Shirts 50% Off
*All toys 35% Off
*Magic singles 50% Off
*Card game supplies 25% Off
*Heroes & Villains Mystery Box $20
25% Off everything instore!
Early Chicken Doorbusters
20% off graphic novels!
20% off board games!
10% off Magic singles!
We’ll have some sales runnung all weekend! 50% of the back issue bins, 30% off kids graphic novels, 10% of action figures, 10% off Variant covers
* 20% off all Trades and Hardcovers.
* Recent Comics 25 for $25.
* $4 Comic Book Mystery Packs
* Marked Back Issues Buy One Get One Free
* All Dollar Bin Books only Fifty Cents!
Fridliay we will be opening at 10:00 am, and from 10 to Noon we will be offering a “Buy Two, Get One Free” sale on EVERYTHING in the store. Buy two items, get a third of equal or lesser value for free
Bring your unused non perishable foods (or cash donation) and combined with your Adventure Club Card, we’ll get you that sweet sweet 20% off!
20% off whole store
We will be open from 11am-2pm on Black Friday. We will begin our Small Business Saturday sale early for those of you who want to brave the streets on Black Friday!
Buy 1 Get 1 Free action figures
Buy 1 Get 1 Free Marvel trades
Buy 3 Get a 4th Free Funko POP!s and Funko Rock Candy figures
Free Captain America News Strips collection, Castle hardcover or Marvel Zombie Christmas hardcover with min purchase of $40, while supplies last
Stranger Things Standee Raffle! For every $50 you spend you will receive three entries in the raffle. Extra tickets are $3 each with proceeds going toFood Bank for the Heartland.
50% off Back Issues and variants in the drawers!
25% off trade paperbacks, graphic novels & collections!
25% off board games, banks, coffee merch & stocking stuffers!
*INDOOR COMICS SIDEWALK SALE*
Coffee shop will be open at 6am for your caffeine & snack needs before hitting your early morning door busters!
Comic shop opens at 10am and will be closing at 6pm as usual on Black Friday to allow our staff to shop & spend time with their families.
First 100 people receive a FREE Trade Paperback
Select Trades 75% off
Trade Wall 25% off
Back Issue Comics 50% off
Statues 25% off (not including Sideshow)
Select Mystery Boxes and Bags 25% off
Select DC Collectible Figures 25% off
DOORBUSTER: First 25 People in line receive a FREE 5-Comic Mystery Pack
50-75% OFF SELECT Comics, Graphic Novels, Toys, Statues, & Apparel
25% OFF Toys, Statues, Gaming, & Apparel
20% OFF Comics, Graphic Novels, and Comic Supplies
***ADDITIONAL 5% OFF FOR CURRENT PULL BOX CUSTOMERS***
Comics (new and old) – 25% off
Graded Comics – 25% off
Statues and Figures – 25% off
Graphic Novels – 25% off
Clearance Tagged Graphic Novels – additional 25% off
(thats up to 75% off)
Black Friday 2017 Doorbuster:
The first 50 customers in line when we open the doors will get a FREE box of 100 comics!*
All day Black Friday you could save 25% off back issues, action figures, and statues and 50% off our dollar bins! Doors open at 11am!
We open at Midnight and offer up the greatest selection of comics, toys, action figures, statues, busts, trades and hardcovers at deals up to 90% OFF!
This WEEKEND we are doing our annual BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE !! It starts Friday November 24th at 9am and ends Sunday November 26th at 5pm ! This one of our biggest SALES OF THE YEAR !
Our annual sale is now all weekend long!
Deep Discounts, up to 90% off.
50% off all Back Issues
November 24th: 20% OFF ALL TOYS
November 25th: 25% OFF ALL BOOKS (Softcover and Hardcover, Trades & Graphic Novels)
November 26th: 20% OF STATUES & MUGS
Everything on our Source Wall will be 50% off, including Graphic Novels, Shirts, games collectibles etc
Furthermore there will be gifts like
J Scott Campbell’s Artbooks!
Code Orange is with every purchase $100 or more
additionally, Monster Green for every purchase of $150 or more
And Blue Beauties AND White Hot for $200 or more (while supplies last)
50% off selected overstocked trade paperbacks & hardcovers in the front of the store!
25% off all other trades and hardcovers!
25% off T-shirts, posters, action figures, toys and statues!
20% off all back issues in the bins!
10% off all collectible wall books, including ones behind the counter!
50% off all Back Issues. (includes the silver age priced as marked box!)
Graphic Novels Buy One Get One Half Off
All normal priced pops are $9.00 each
Statues 25% Off
Beginning at 8 AM, take 60% OFF all regular back issues (excludes silver age, keys and all usual subscription discounts and back issue deals)!
But act fast, because we’ll be lowering the discount by 10% every hour between 8 and 11 AM, settling at 30% OFF for the remainder of the day!
Also for the doorbusters out there, all standard Funko Pops will be just $7 and Marvel Omnibus editions will be 60% OFF!
FRIDAY-SUNDAY EVERYTHING IN STORE* BUY 2 GET 1 FREE! Mix and match!
Not enough to get you out of bed before 7pm? Okay! For Every $50 you spend, you get a FREE BONUS GIFT, just cause!
50% Bagged and Boarded Comics all weekend long! Including Backdrop!! And 50 Cent Books will be 25 Cents!
25% Off Toys and Statues all weekend long!
(excluding Sideshow Statues/ Hot Toys)
50% Off New Comic Wall on Friday!
(excluding this weeks new releases and Rebel Base Variants)
50% off all back issues! 10% off all new comics!
It’s the season of giving and we’re glad to give you more than ever before with our FOURTH ONE’S FREE sale.
Spend $50 and get free a free Marvel Munny!
– 25% off all Trades, Graphic Novels and Board Games.
– $3.99 Comic Mystery Packs.
– 50% off all dotted back issues.
– Buy 3 get 1 Free Comics
25% off Funko POPs or Buy 3, Get 1 Free
25% off Action Figures & Statues
50% off Recent Back Issues
Buy 1, Get 1 Free on Half-Off Graphic Novels
Take an extra 10% OFF all Back Issues, Magazines and Display books after any initial discounts up to 50% OFF the sticker prices!
ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS ONLY $1.00!
*All Wall Comics only $5.00!*
Heroclix Singles 50% to 80% off!
Role-Playing & Board Games 20% to 90% off!
TPBs/Graphic Novels 20% to 90% off!
Magic Singles 4pm til 6pm only, 50% off!
All other merchandise at least 10% off!
$5 Marvel Essentials
Other selected trades at $5-$10
Buy one get one free statues
Back issues under $25 are buy one get one free
Supplies 25% off (only time discounted this year!)
Back Issues 70% off
Siver Age 50% off
Show Case 40% off
Action Figures/Toys 35% off
CGC 10% off
All day 11/24, you can save 25% off almost anything in the entire store!* Are you a box customer? Then you’ll save 35% off your purchase THE ENTIRE DAY!
Plus a ton of door busters all day long including Funko POPs, statues, art books, model ships, and more!
Doors open at 9:00 a.m., so make TFAW your first stop! Be sure to check out all three Oregon TFAW locations as well to fully take advantage of this deal!
* Exclusions apply. Please see an associate for details.
10% off supplies
-20% off back issues and CGCs except spendy ones which are 10% off
-30% off trade paperbacks including discounted ones in back room.
-30% off recent releases
-30% off All-Ages books and, general merchandise* (toys, glasses, coffee cups, t-shirts, tin signs, prints, posters, etc.)
Statues & Busts 50% off!
Sideshow & Hot Toys 10% off!
Toys, Graphic Novels, Dungeons & Dragons 20% off!
Walking Dead Action Figures $5!
Funko POPS $5!
Games 20% off!
Bagged/Boarded Back issues and $1 stock 75% off!
25 CENT DOLLAR BINS! – ALL DAY ONLY ON BLACK FRIDAY!
30% OFF GRAPHIC NOVELS!
30% OFF CURRENT BACK ISSUES!
15% OFF ACTION FIGURES!
15% OFF STATUES!
$9.99 FUNKO POPS!
15% OFF APPAREL!
10% OFF ALL MEDIA!
EVERYTHING WILL BE DISCOUNTED
THESE SALES ARE INSANE!
Black Friday Only: All day – 20% off any regular price item of your choice
HUGE D20 BLACK FRIDAY and Small Business Saturday sale!
Pick out all your favorites… for gifts or for yourself, then roll the
D20 dice. Receive anywhere from 5%-20% you entire purchase!!
Good luck! Meet me at the Forest.
25% off your purchase from open until noon*
50% off dollar books
25% off your purchase from open until noon*
Banks 25% off, Board Games 25% off, WarHammer 40K 35% off, Coloring Books 15% off, T-shirts 25% off, Select back issues buy 3 get 2 free, select trade paperbacks and Hardcovers 70% off. Buy 2 Pop! figures get 1 at 50% off. Special pack pricing on Pokemon and Magic the Gathering.
Save at our Exton Kiosk or online at gamescomicsgalore.com 20% off everything. Members get an additional 10%. Enter to win a free Pop Vinyl Figure.
40% Off all Back Issues
25% Off all Trades/Hardcovers
20% Off Everything Else!!
And in the ‘true spirt of giving’, here are some Special BONUSES!!
Bonus #1 – for any purchase $25 or more, you will receive a FREE random Hardcover or Trade!
Bonus #2 – for a purchase of $50 or more you will get a FREE Variant Cover off the wall (Your CHOICE!)
Bonus #3 – for either purchase level you will also receive a Discount Certificate for 10% off anything, that you can use before the end of the year, (not during Sale Events)
20% off – Store Wide (Pops, Custom Yeti’s, etc)*
25% off – Statues
30% off – Graphic Novels, Collector Comics, Comic Sets
40% off – Back Issue Comics
We’ll be opening at 10am Friday and the sale runs through Saturday night at 11pm.
1/2 off ALL BACK ISSUE COMICS in boxes and file drawers
20% off ALL COLLECTIBLES (Funko, Plush, Statues, and more!)
EXTRA 10% off already discounted Trades and Graphic Novels
On Black Friday, we’re throwing open our doors EARLY (see also: 8:00am) and inviting the first 50 customers to take advantage of 30%p OFF most items in the store (some exclusions may apply).
EVERYTHING in the store will be on sale!
50% off Back Issues & Complete Sets
25% off TPB’s & HC’s
25% off Magic the Gathering
25% off all Toys, Posters & Statues
25% off all Games and Gaming Supplies
10% off New Comics & Wall Books
Current Comics $1 off Cover Price
Comic Back Issues 25% off List Price
Trade Paper Backs 25% off Cover price
Current Booster Packs $3.33 (MTG) (Pokemon)
Pokemon Sun and Moon Guardians Rising Starter Decks $9.99 ea.
Used Paperbacks 50-75% Off Cover Price
It’s that time of year again! We will open an hour earlier at 9 AM and have a 20% off sale! Some items will be 1/2 off. And that Saturday is Small Business Saturday and we’ll run the same sale too.
Black Friday we will be open 8AM – 8PM
Black Friday only doorbusters 8- 11am
Graphic novels under 39.99 are BOGO (doesn’t include manga)
Magic card packs/decks buy 2 get 1 free
T-shirts are buy one get one free!
Comics between $20.00 and $99.99 are 30 % off on Friday only!
Almost 3000 silver age books in this group!
A tiered sale on Games, Shirts, Statues, Toys, & TPs throughout the day!
11am to 1pm – 50% Off
1pm to 4pm – 40% Off
4pm to 8pm – 30% Off
Time to clear some more space for new inventory!
-$1 comic bins!
-50% TP/GN/HC boxes!
-$10 Hard Cover boxes!
In addition to the hundreds of items we’ll have on sale, we’ll also be giving a raffle ticket (to be drawn the following day) to the first 20 shoppers to win a $50 gift card!
Golden Age Captain America Omnibus (rrp $125) 1 only DEAL PRICE £45
IDW Jack Kirby Artist Editions
– New Gods
– Forever People
(rrp $125 each) 1 of each only DEAL PRICE £79 each
Marvel Masterworks Hardcovers Amazing Spider-Man set of Vols 1-3 (rrp $150+) DEAL PRICE £50 for the set of 3 (1 set only)
Marvel Masterworks Avengers Vol 1 (rrp $50) 1 only £15
Michael Turner Superman Batman Gallery Edition (rrp $125) 1 only DEAL PRICE £75
POP Batman Classic TV 66 Riddler rare Chase Figure (1 only) DEAL PRICE £30
Civil War & Civil War Frontline Complete Srt of 18 comics (reg price £79.99) 1 only DEAL PRICE £60
Mystery Box (50 mixed recent comics – Marvel, DC and Indie mix – retail value at cover price £160+) DEAL PRICE £25 (3 available)
Variants Mystery Box (10 assorted variants ranging 1in10 through 1in100 variants. Previous retail £120+) DEAL PRICE £40 (2 available)
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1 ($5) DEAL PRICE 50p (3 available)
Mylites2 Current and Standard Size Pack of 50 (usually £20) DEAL PRICE £15
GENERAL DEAL – 10% OFF ALL ITEMS (not including items on hold or new arrivals)!
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT SAGA DLX ED – Was €50.00, Now €20.00
OTOMO A GLOBAL TRIBUTE AKIRA – Was €30.00, Now €10.00
PAPER GIRLS TP 01 – Was €9.99, Now €5.00
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED HC – Was €30.00, Now €10.00
Deals are in store only and won’t be posted online untill Friday morning
Get 15% off purchases for one day only! *Does not include comic books, but does include everything else in store! T-shirts, #Manga, Graphic novels, action figures, statues, #Funko pops, door mats, badges, keyrings, and anything else we’ve forgotten to mention!
As well as adding hundreds of fresh £5 paperbacks, and thousands of fresh 50p Back issues to our sale range, we’ll have the following special offers…
– Building Stories by Chris Ware
£15 (usual price £30, one copy available)
Fourteen books/items in one box, building up the story of one location in Chicago.
– Barracuda 1 to 6
£15 (usual price £50.94, one set available)
Six volumes of the classic European Pirate comic.
– Patience by Dan Clowes
£10 (usual price £16.99, one copy available)
The latest book from the guy behind Eightball and Ghost World.
– Daredevil Omnibus by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
£50 (usual price $125, one copy available)
Beautiful hardcover containing issues 158 to 161, and 163 to 191 of Millers classic character defining run on the series.
– Judge Dredd Daily Dredds Vol 1 and 2
£20 (usual price £60, two sets available)
All the daily Judge Dredd newspaper strips from 1981 to 1989.
– Walking Dead Vol 1 to 10
£75 (usual price £139.90, one set available)
These books contain the first sixty issues of the zombie survival series.
– Storyville Hardcover by Frank Santoro
£5 (usual price $24.99, three copies available)
Hardback edition of Santoro’s critically acclaimed comic.
– Usagi Yojimbo Saga vol 1 Paperback
£15 (usual price £22.99, one copy available)
The first phonebook size collection of Stan Sakai’s Dark Horse comics of the master-less samurai rabbit.
– Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire Hardcover
£30 (usual price £45, one copy available)
Contains the critically praised run on the series by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino.
– We Told You So: Comics as Art
£5 (usual price $49.99, three copies available)
Huge 700 page book about the history of Fantagraphics.
– Astonishing X-Men volumes 1 to 4
£10 (usual price £59.96, one set available)
Fantastic run by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.
– The Metabarons Hardcover
£20 (usual price $59.95, one copy available)
Classic French science fiction series written by Alejandro Jodorowsky, in one huge book!
Central Comics, The New Margen’s Pub 65 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
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OFFERTA VALIDA SOLO VENERDÌ 24.11.2017
30% OFF ALL Graphic Novels
20% OFF ALL Gaming
20% OFF ALL Action Figures
50%- 70% OFF ALL Silver Age Bin Stock
10%-50% OFF ALL Silver and Golden Age Comics
40% Off ALL New Rack Books
All Pokemon gift boxes 50% off! All super hero socks & wallets 50% off! Jeff Lemire’s Secret Path $25!! Spider-Man 12 inch Marvel Legends Action Figure $30!!! and more!
25% off all toys and statues!
20% off all records!
20% off all graphic novels including discounted items!
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The arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child next Spring will not only make 2-year-old Princess Charlotte a big sister, but perhaps the world's most famous middle child as well. Even though she may have to fight for a little more of her parents' attention once her sibling arrives, Charlotte will probably be pleased to know that thanks to a change in a centuries-old royal rule, the one thing the new baby can't take from her is her place in line for the British throne.
Under the Act of Settlement of 1701, all brothers would be allowed to jump ahead of their sisters in the line of succession, meaning that even if a girl was born first, the arrival of her younger brother would immediately move her down the list. Modern examples of the system of male primogeniture include Princess Anne, who is the second-born and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II; at the time of her birth, Anne was third in line for the throne after her mother, then-Princess Elizabeth, and her older brother Prince Charles - but with the births of Princes Andrew and Edward after her, Anne slipped down to fifth.
In April 2013, the Succession to the Crown Act was assented, and was officially put into place in March 2015 - just two months before Charlotte was born. The update ended male primogeniture, making it possible for all royal baby girls to uphold their position in the succession line, regardless of any brothers born after them. The rule applies to all royals born after Oct. 28, 2011, and means that Charlotte's place as fourth in line (after her grandfather, father, and big brother Prince George) is secured, even if her younger sibling is a boy. The new baby Cambridge will be fifth in line, and Prince Harry will be sixth.
The update ended male primogeniture, making it possible for all royal baby girls to uphold their position in the succession line, regardless of any brothers born after them.
There are other major changes that came with the Succession to the Crown Act: in addition to protecting the succession status of royal girls, amendments were made that now allow royal family members to marry a Roman Catholic and still become king or queen - previously, no one in the direct line of succession could marry a Catholic and keep their right to the throne. This is because the monarch also serves as Head of the Protestant Anglican Church of England, which was established back in the 16th century by Henry VIII. It also got rid of a rule that required those outside the first six people in line for the throne to seek approval to marry from the current monarch. This is good news for Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who, with his upcoming status as seventh in line will officially be able to marry whoever he wants without having to get permission from his mom first.
Princess Charlotte will remain fourth in line to the British throne no matter how many more children Will and Kate have in the future. The only people who are guaranteed to stand in her way are her brother George's future children, who, despite their sex, will take their places ahead of her.
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated in late 1992 after 11 years of marriage, but it wasn't until August 1996 - after multiple affairs, scandals, and one explosive TV interview - that the royal couple's divorce was officially finalized. Here are seven things you may not have known about Diana's life after splitting from Prince Charles.
- She lost her royal title. . . . Queen Elizabeth II reportedly wanted to let Diana keep the style of her royal highness, but Charles was "adamant" that she give it up - instead, she was given the title Diana, Princess of Wales. The loss of the honorific separated Diana from the rest of the family in such a way that she had to curtsy to those who had it, including her own children. Prince William, then 14, is said to have comforted his mother after the loss of her title by saying, "Don't worry, Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am king."
- . . . But got to keep her home. Diana was allowed to keep her apartment at Kensington Palace - which now serves as the official residence of William, Kate Middleton, and their two children - as "a central and secure home for The Princess and the children."
- She had to ask the queen's permission to use other perks. Diana was given access to the royal family's jets and was able "to use the state apartments at St. James's Palace for entertaining," as long Queen Elizabeth gave the OK.
- Her jewelry box got a little lighter. Diana was permitted to keep all the jewelry she amassed during her marriage, with the exception of the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, which Elizabeth gave to her as a wedding present after only wearing it once. It is now in the queen's possession and was lent to Kate Middleton in both 2015 and 2016.
- She and Charles managed to coparent their boys despite lingering drama. The former couple was granted equal access to Prince William and Prince Harry, who were 14 and 11 at the time, respectively. The boys alternated holidays with each of their parents when they weren't attending boarding school. Things seemed to be civil between Charles and Diana as they worked together to coparent their boys after the divorce and up until Diana's death in August 1997.
- She dated around after the split. Diana technically began a relationship with surgeon Hasnat Khan while she was separated from Charles in 1995, and she even met his parents and introduced him to William and Harry. Following her split from Hasnat, Diana began dating Egyptian heir and film producer Dodi Fayed in 1997. The two dated for a couple months and vacationed in the French Rivera before their lives were tragically cut short by the Paris car accident.
- Overall, Diana was still considered a royal. Buckingham Palace publicly stated that as the mother of heirs to the throne, Diana would continue to be regarded as a member of the royal family and "will from time to time receive invitations to state and national public occasions" at the invitation "of the sovereign or the Government." During a January 2007 inquest into her tragic death, Deputy Coroner of the Queen's Household Baroness Butler-Sloss said, "I am satisfied that at her death, Diana Princess of Wales continued to be considered as a member of the Royal Household."
Prince Charles and Princess Diana pose with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in March 1981, shortly after their engagement. Image Source: Getty / Hulton Royals Collection
With the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's tragic death approaching, interest in her life - and especially her marriage to Prince Charles - has piqued in recent months. The relationship between Charles and Diana was tumultuous, to say the least; they met after Charles first dated Diana's older sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and only went on 12 dates before getting engaged in February 1981 and tying the knot five months later. By late 1992 (after collective affairs and embarrassing leaked audio conversations), Charles and Diana's 11-year marriage was a disaster - and the royal family couldn't hide it anymore.
Charles's parents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, met with the couple for an intervention of sorts. Philip and Diana exchanged heartfelt letters that Summer in which he expressed his disappointment at both her and Charles's extramarital affairs and asked her to see both of their slip-ups from the other's point of view; at one point he seemed ready to give up, writing, "I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability. . . but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counselor." Their attempts at reconciliation were unsuccessful, and that December, Prime Minister John Major publicly announced the pair's "amicable separation," reading an official statement from the royal family.
Diana and Charles looked less than enthused during their royal tour of Canada in October 1991. Image Source: Getty / Anwar Hussein
After their separation, more rumors of cheating emerged, and Diana conducted a tell-all interview with the BBC's Martin Bashir in which she disclosed details about her own infidelity and struggle with bulimia as well as Charles's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, making the famous quote, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded." Ultimately, Elizabeth gave up too - likely fed up with doing damage control for Charles and Diana's cheating scandals and the blowback from Diana broadcasting their business, she sprung into action. On Dec. 20, 1995, Buckingham Palace announced that the queen had written separate letters to the couple ordering them to divorce ASAP, an unprecedented move at the time. "After considering the present situation, the queen wrote to both the prince and princess earlier this week and gave them her view, supported by the Duke of Edinburgh, that an early divorce is desirable," a palace statement said. It added that both Elizabeth and Philip would "continue to do all they can to help and support the Prince and Princess of Wales, and most particularly their children, in this difficult period." Charles agreed formally in writing soon after, but it took Diana until February to announce her agreement after negotiations with Charles and representatives for Elizabeth and until July for the couple to agree on the terms of their divorce.
Queen Elizabeth reportedly wanted to let Diana keep the style of her royal highness, but Charles was "adamant" that she give it up.
Their divorce was finalized in August 1996, but some drama surrounding her title ensued. Queen Elizabeth reportedly wanted to let Diana keep the style of her royal highness, but Charles was "adamant" that she give it up - instead, she was given the title Diana, Princess of Wales. The loss of the honorific separated Diana from the rest of the family in such a way that she had to curtsy to those that had it, including her own children. Heartbreakingly, a 14-year-old Prince William is said to have comforted his mother after the loss of her title by saying, "Don't worry, Mummy, I will give it back to you one day when I am king."
Diana, Harry, William, and Charles watch a parade in London in March 1995. Image Source: Getty / AFP
Diana was allowed to keep her apartment at Kensington Palace - which now serves as the official residence of William, Kate Middleton, and their two children - as "a central and secure home for The Princess and the children." She was given access to the royal family's jets and was able "to use the state apartments at St. James's Palace for entertaining," as long as asked the queen's permission first. She was also permitted to keep all the jewelry she amassed during her marriage, with the exception of the Cambridge Lover's Knot tiara, which Elizabeth gave to her as a wedding present after only wearing it once. It was lent to Kate Middleton in both 2015 and 2016.
Buckingham Palace publicly stated that as the mother of heirs to the throne, Diana would continue to be regarded as a member of the royal family and "will from time to time receive invitations to state and national public occasions" at the invitation "of the sovereign or the Government." She and Charles were granted equal access to Prince William and Prince Harry, who were 14 and 11 at the time, respectively, and the boys alternated holidays with each of their parents when they weren't attending boarding school. Things seemed to be civil between Charles and Diana as they worked together to coparent their boys after the divorce and up until Diana's death in August 1997. During an inquest into the tragedy in January 2007, Deputy Coroner of the Queen's Household Baroness Butler-Sloss said, "I am satisfied that at her death, Diana Princess of Wales continued to be considered as a member of the Royal Household."
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This uneven Thanksgiving episode of Arrow is stuffed with surprises.
This Arrow review contains spoilers.
Arrow Season 6 Episode 7
This uneven effort from Arrow crams about every holiday episode trope it can into 44 minutes. Turkey puns, a head-tilting cameo, and two highly anticipated developments. Happy sweeps, folks! Ultimately, the positives like Thea's return and seeing Oliver back in the hood were good enough to keep things moving, and holiday episodes are graded on a curve, right?
Oliver gets taken down a peg
Everything about Oliver's arrest was pretty bogus, from his perp walk occurring during a Thanksgiving food drive to the iPad they used to scan his fingerprints. Would the scrum of reporters ever be treated to both the arrest and booking? Absolutely not. Why was he name-checking his girlfriend in a mayoral speech? Because this is the CW. I like the idea of Felicity literally bailing Oliver out, but that seems like gross misuse of those funds, not to mention the kind of thing business partners usually decide together. My final qualm is the only one that was addressed within the episode, but we don't have time to dwell; weirder things have yet to come.
As if Oliver's week wasn't bad enough, he and Felicity finally find out about John's tremor, the fact that he lied about it, and the illegal drugs he was taking. They are rightfully upset, thank goodness. Someone had to be. But it results in an overdue fight between Ollie and Dig. Oliver claims his biggest mistake was trusting John to be the Green Arrow, which seems a bit much while simultaneously being totally in character for the angsty former billionaire playboy.
John finally realizes he has always put Oliver — his needs, his mission — first, and what a mistake that was. Granted, this revelation comes in somewhat melodramatic fashion, and at a decidedly inopportune moment given his recent secret keeping, but this is a conflict that's been a long time coming. While we saw Felicity chafe at her role in Oliver's life from early on, like when she had to pose as his executive assistant, John has never much objected to his role within the team and Oliver's life, outside of a quip or two about being the black driver. This made John's side of the argument and Oliver's eventual apology particularly compelling, even if John was also in the wrong in how he handled the tremor. It took Ollie far too long, but he finally recognized that he asked John to put on the hood because of his own son, forgetting about John's son.
Cayden James sets a trap
I won't lie, it was damn good to see Oliver back in the hood. I'm pulling for Diggle as the Green Arrow, I really am. But we haven't had a chance to see him lead at full strength, without a tremor or the secret of a tremor holding him back. I want to see at least one episode of Diggle really owning the role so we get a chance to know what that looks like. Hopefully it will be many more than one, so we can see him come into his own as a leader and a hero.
The bogey (or Turkey, as Felicity says) getting the drop on Dig and almost taking off his hood begs the question: when is somebody going to notice that the Green Arrow is black? Particularly since the FBI thinks Ollie told Roy and Dig to be the vigilante in green, a noticeable change in race based on Ollie and John's availability seems like a noteworthy detail. Perhaps the Arrow writers are simply opting for colorblindness, but that hasn't worked well for them in the past, as Curtis's mysterious yet rapid hair braider can attest. There's a growing number of black superheroes right now, and more to come. But part of what makes that awesome is actually acknowledging how their experiences as black people inform them, both in the suit and out. Ignoring that serves no one.
Okay. I give. Billy freakin' Joel is in this episode for some godforsaken reason, so I guess we have to talk about it. First, let me state for the record that I am a fan of Mr. Joel, as Oliver refers to him. But his presence here seems shoehorned in, at best.
Stunt casting and cameos are generally considered different but related phenomena. But in this case, I'd like to make an exception and say this cameo was stunt-casted. First, Billy Joel is such an odd touchstone to bring into the Arrowverse that the writers lampshade it, in the form of Rene's fanboying, followed by a halfway decent throwaway line about having varied tastes. I watched a screener of this episode before the Billy Joel news broke, so I was taken by no small amount of genuine surprise. I can honestly say that up until the moment his face appeared, I thought they were going to reference him but never show him, because why on earth would Billy Joel be on Arrow? This is not like the Shawn Mendes cameo on The 100, which sounded eyeroll-inducing but made sense for their target audience, and frankly ended up being irreverently funny. What is the end game of a Billy Joel appearance on Arrow, for literally anyone involved? And when we finally saw him, it was over and done with in the blink of an eye.
Rene tries to pull a Babe Ruth and call his shot before he takes out the fire alarm. He's not cool enough to pull that off and it doesn't work anyway, because it turns out Cayden James is running a play from The Town and had a bunch of fake cops infiltrate the stadium. In a move anyone could see coming down Broadway, Team Arrow goes to town on the fake cops, in front of many members of the voting public and at least one camera. So much for the vigilante referendum. That's a major victory for the hacker, who never even brought his ultra-dangerous bomb to the stadium.
Curtis stands up for himself while Dinah and Quentin bond
Oliver has John as his beloved doormat, and Felicity has Curtis. Lucy for Curtis, it's only taken Felicity a couple of seasons to see that. She apologizes for naming their company and picking the first project without asking, and he apologizes for taking his prototype without asking her. But she still had one more big thing, spending their angel investment money on Ollie's bail. Felicity screwed up big here — I'm not even sure that what she did was legal. It was for understandable reasons, but there have to be some limits on everyone's tolerance for putting Oliver first no matter what, and ramifications when they cross that limit.
Continuing the pattern of everyone confiding in Dinah, Quentin acts like a jerk by assuming he's the only one in a tough situation, and then tells her he didn't shoot Laurel when he had the chance. Like many others, I wonder if Lance is on the chopping block since this plot feels like the same old story from him. Dinah, on the other hand, was nominated by Felicity to lead the team in Diggle's absence before Oliver arrived. Team Arrow having so many members works best when they each fit different roles. Rene has excelled in the mayor's office, Curtis has his tech skills and company with Felicity, and Dinah is a cop, confidant, and leader. I'd love to see her rocking the green hood while Diggle recovers so that Oliver can keep his promise to his son.
So what of this madness actually matters moving forward? Oliver lied to his son about the Green Arrow going to the stadium, which will definitely come back to bite him. Cayden James clearly think "Robin Hood" (as he calls him, to my delight) is responsible for the loss of his child. As Oliver points out, regardless of the truth, so long as Cayden James blames him, they need to figure out what happened. At long last, Speedy is back! Right now there doesn't seem to be any lingering issues from her injuries, but that feels too good to be true. And of course they've lost the vigilante referendum, so they're all taking an even bigger risk moving forward.
Happy Thanksgiving! Now go eat some Big Belly Turkey Burgers and crushed up french fries!
You voted, and now, after over 1,000 ballots were cast, here are the results of your votes for your favorite comic book storylines of all-time (this is the third time we’ve done this countdown. We’re on an every four year schedule)! We started with ten storylines a day, and now we’re down to five storylines a day (until the last week, which will be three storylines a day). You can click on the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines tag either here or at the end of the post to see the other entries, in case you missed one.
To recap, you all sent in ballots ranking your favorite storylines from #1 (10 points) to #10 (1 point). I added up all of the points and here we are!
You voted, and now, after over 1,000 ballots were cast, here are the results of your votes for your favorite comic book storylines of all-time (this is the third time we’ve done this countdown. We’re on an every four year schedule)! We started with ten storylines a day, and now we’re down to five storylines a day (until the last week, which will be three storylines a day). You can click on the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines tag either here or at the end of the post to see the other entries, in case you missed one.
40. “Blackest Night” by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert (Blackest Night #1-8) – 273 points (3 first place votes)
In a lot of ways, Blackest Night is about the very artifices that make up comic book continuity, namely the false idea that comic book characters ever really die. In this storyline, a mysterious being shows up with Black Lantern Rings that can re-animate dead people.
Eventually, this approach even goes to those characters who were FORMERLY dead, as in this striking sequence in the fifth issue of the story…
Ultimately, though, this story is about the emotional spectrum, as Geoff Johns had slowly been building up a colored emotional spectrum in the pages of Green Lantern, from the rage of the Red Lanterns to the love of the Purple Lanterns. All of the colors of the emotional spectrum are going to be needed to take on Nekron and the mighty force of death.
This is a grand, sweeping epic storyline with bold and dramatic storytelling by Ivan Reis. This storyline also paid off years worth of Green Lantern stories in a way that both resolved the original stories but also set the stage for a lot more stories (most notably the follow-up maxi-series Brightest Day).
39. “Final Crisis” by Grant Morrison, JG Jones, Doug Mahnke, Carlos Pacheco, Lee Garbett, Matthew Clark, Marco Ruby and a host of inkers (Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit #1 plus I would throw in Batman #682-683) – 282 points (4 first place votes)
One of the most annoying aspects of Final Crisis is that Grant Morrison wrote the story in twelve comics, but only seven of those comics were actually labeled as “Final Crisis.” The others were an absolutely essential Superman Beyond two-issue mini-series plus a pretty darn essential Final Crisis: Submit #1 one-shot and a relatively important Batman two-parter. Luckily, DC at least changed their initial plans and released all but the Batman issues in the eventual Final Crisis hardcover collection, so it really didn’t matter in the end, but man, that was not the best laid plan.
Anyhow, the basic (and I mean BASIC) plot of Final Crisis is that Darkseid has come back to life by essentially traveling through time. This time travel has made a bit of a hole in the multiverse and has made it possible for an evil Monitor to break free from the prison that the other Monitors placed him into at the beginning of the multiverse. So Darkseid finally manages to conquer Earth with the anti-life equation, which he delivers in Final Crisis #3…
So things are really bad on Earth. Eventually, though, whichever heroes on Earth remain unaffected manage to fight back and take control of Earth and defeat Darkseid. The heroes then must take on Mandrakk, the evil Monitor, who is using this opportunity to basically destroy all of the multiverse. Superman and a legion of Green Lanterns and other heroes stand up to defeat the evil Mandrakk (Superman first encounters Mandrakk during Superman Beyond, when he gets caught up in the story while trying to save a mortally injured Lois Lane).
Morrison’s approach during Final Crisis was to deliver a series of short vignettes, which would then sort of coalesce into a larger picture, much like pointilism. Jonathan Hickman used a similar approach with his Infinity storyline (luckily for Hickman, Marvel gave him the freedom to not be constrained by just the issues of the Infinity mini-series, as the Avengers and New Avengers tie-in issues were essential to Hickman’s story just like how Morrison’s tie-ins were also essential to the main story).
Batman plays a major role in the story, as he is captured by Darkseid and is seemingly killed, but not before Batman mortally injures Darkseid. The whole thing was a very cool story, albeit affected by the delays due to the original artist on the project, JG Jones, being unable to complete the story.
38. “Little Worse than a Man, Little Better than a Beast” by Tom King, Gabriel Hernández Walta, Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire (Vision #1-12) – 283 points (2 first place votes)
One of the most compelling things about the Vision series by Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Jordie Bellaire (with a fill-in issue by Michael Walsh) is that it is very much part of the Marvel Universe. This isn’t one of those serious comic book stories that acts like it is not part of a fantastical overall narrative. No, this is firmly set within the Marvel Universe, but the Marvel Universe from the angle of the narration of the Avengers showing up in “Born Again” (which, in turn, was likely influenced by the Justice League first appearing in Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben’s Swamp Thing). Which is to say that it properly gets across the almost godly nature of the world of superheroes as compared to the world of an ordinary person. For instance, King beautifully describes to us the fantastical gifts from around the galaxy that are just sitting around in the suburban home of the Vision.
In this series, the Vision has created a suburban family for himself while he works as an Avenger. Virginia, the wife, and Viv and Vin, the two kids. They are adjusting to their new lives, with the teens going to high school, when suddenly, their seemingly ordinary lives are no longer quite so ordinary…
Destiny is a topic that gets brought up a lot in this comic, especially when it is inter-mingled with the concept of programming. If you program someone to act a certain way, are they not then destined to act that way? Or is destiny something that is always changeable? There are a whole bunch of characters in this story who try to change their destiny, while one character struggles deeply with her programming.
Walta does such a stunning job on the detailed expressions of these seemingly robotic people, you really get a perfect sense of the struggles that they are going through throughout this storyline, which is basically framed around the idea that one Virginia kills the Grim Reaper, she has to keep doing things to cover up her actions, even though her actions aren’t even technically a crime – she was clearly acting in defense of her children. However, as we all know, however bad the initial crime is or is not, it is the cover-up that will often ruin you.
In one of the strongest issues in the story, we see the history of the VIsion and the Scarlet Witch’s relationship and see the origins of where Virginia’s mind come from and how, perhaps, that played a role in her actions. Her was a mother threatened with the loss of her two children – who else do we know that went a little bit crazy after she lost her two kids?
This series also saw Victor Mancha be confronted with his own destiny, the idea that he will become the evil Victorious in the future and kill all of his fellow heroes. He is trying to get by and be a hero, but he is struggling with an addiction (a very clever one invented by King). Like I noted, this series is just filled with people questioning their destinies.
Finally, let me point out that there are rare stories that lead to other writers going, “Holy crap, I have to use these characters” and Vision was definitely a case like that, as Viv has become one of the best new young characters in the Marvel Universe and this series featured her amazing introduction. So not only does it work as an excellent individual story, but it even has a noteworthy impact upon the future of the Marvel Universe. Not too shabby.
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There’s a lot of football on tap during the Thanksgiving holidays. It’s ‘Rivalry Weekend’ for college football. Two rivals are meeting tonight in Starkville as Ole Miss takes on No. 16 Miss State in the Egg Bowl on ESPN.
Of course the nation’s biggest rivalry will take place at 2:30 CT Saturday when No. 6 Auburn host No.1 Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl at 2:30 CT in the CBS Game of the Week. The winner will be the SEC Western Division Champions and will advance to Atlanta to play East Division Champs (Georgia) for the overall league championship next week.
The best thing about Rivalry Weekend coming at Thanksgiving is the fact college football fans have two full days to watch games instead of one. With that in mind we have listed a TV viewing guide for the 68 games that will be broadcasted on both Friday and Saturday.
The game times are Central and all SEC games as well as those involving top 25 teams are underlined. Games on ESPN/ABC can be viewed by clicking here and games on ESPN3 can be viewed by clicking on this link.
Acid Reign will have his open thread up early Saturday morning. So be sure to check back here and join in the discussion as he does his play-by-play of the game as it unfolds. War Eagle and …
Friday – Nov 11-24-17
10:30 a.m. CT
Western Michigan at Toledo – ESPNU
Baylor at No. 12 TCU – Fox Sports1
No.3 Miami, FL at Pittsburgh – ABC
Navy at Houston – ESPN
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan – CBS Sports Network
Ohio at Buffalo – ESPN3
Missouri at Arkansas – CBS
New Mexico at San Diego State – CBS Sports Network
South Florida at No. 15 Central Florida – ABC
See the rest of the schedule after the jump:
Iowa at Nebraska – Fox Sports1
Texas State at Troy – ESPN3
Western Kentucky at Florida International – beIN SPORTS
Texas Tech at Texas – FOX
Virginia Tech at Virginia – ESPN
California at UCLA – Fox sports1
11:00 a.m. CT
East Carolina at No. 20 Memphis – ESPNU
Florida State at Florida – ESPN
No.7 Georgia at Georgia Tech – ABC
Indiana at Purdue – ESPN2
Kansas at No. 19 Oklahoma State – Fox sports1
Louisville at Kentucky – SEC Network
No. 9 Ohio State at Michigan – FOX
Tulane at SMU – CBS Sports Network
UConn at Cincinnati – ESPNews
Boston College at Syracuse – ACC Network
Duke at Wake Forest – RSN
North Texas at Rice – ESPN3
UTEP at UAB – CUSA.TV
Furman at Elon – ESPN3
Appalachian State at Georgia State – ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at Charlotte – No broadcast
CCSU at New Hampshire – ESPN3
Lehigh at Stony Brook – ESPN3
Samford at Kennesaw State – ESPN3
Southern Miss at Marshall – No broadcast
Arkansas State at ULM – ESPN3
Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee – ESPN3
UNLV at Nevada – ATTSNRM
No. 6 Auburn host No. 1 Alabama – CBS Game of the Week
No. 23 Boise State at Fresno State – CBS Sports Network
Iowa State at Kansas State – ESPN2
North Carolina at NC State – ESPNU
No. 10 Penn State at Maryland – Big 10 Network
No. 5 Wisconsin at Minnesota – ABC
West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma – ESPN
Idaho at New Mexico State – ESPN3
No. 16 Michigan State at Rutgers – FOX
No. 22 Northwestern at Illinois – Fox Sports1
Temple at Tulsa – ESPNews
Vanderbilt at Tennessee – SEC Network
South Dakota at Nicholls – ESPN3
Western Illinois at Weber State – ESPN3
Arizona at Arizona State – Pac-12 Network
Georgia Southern at UL Lafayette – ESPN3
Wyoming at San Jose State – ESPN3
Grambling State vs. Southern – NBC Sports Network
Monmouth at UNI – ESPN3
Oregon State at Oregon – ESPN2
PVAMU vs. Texas Southern – ATTSNSW
No. 3 Clemson at No. 24 South Carolina – ESPN
Texas A&M at No. 18 LSU – SEC Network
UT San Antonia at Louisiana Tech – ESPNU
No. 8 Notre Dame at No. 21 Stanford – ABC
No. 13 Washington State at No. 17 Washington – FOX
San Diego at Northern Arizona – ESPN3
BYU at Hawaii – CBS Sports Network
Colorado at Utah – Fox Sports Network
Utah State at Air Force – ESPN2
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Black Friday brings us a huge selection of PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch, and 3DS deals. Unless otherwise stated, all of the links here default to Amazon because they tend to do a very good job of price matching across all vendors. Bolded items are our personal picks for the biggest and best deals, but feel free to ctrl+F to find any specific game you're hoping is on sale.
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Can you feel the excitement in the air? It's palpable. That's right: Black Friday is nearly here. Vendors have already released Black Friday ads to entice you into grabbing a great deal ahead of the holidays. Not all the deals are live, but it's definitely not too early to do a bit of virtual window shopping to see what piques your interest.
It's almost Black Friday 2017 and this year, retailers aren't even trying to hold back on deals, with many of them already live or promised in Black Friday ads. If you want to get a jump on the upcoming Black Friday salesapalooza, we've gathered up a bunch of great deals. Some of these are live already. We're also updating this list with new stuff as it comes in.
Be sure to check out the Best Black Friday 2017 Deals megapost, too.
Which moment from a comic this week caught your interest?
Moment and Indie Moment of the Month for October have begun! Vote now or forever hold your peace!!! Also, you know what's coming next month? Yes, the end of the year! The Maddening and the Moment of the Year!!!
Your WINNER for MOMENT OF THE WEEK 11/15/17:
Batman shoots the Bat-family. - The Batman Who Laughs #1
This thread will contain SPOILERS!!! And lots of them. If you haven't read this week's comics yet, go read them before continuing into this thread, or risk being spoiled!
PLEASE NOTE!!!!!! ]Remember to include the title and issue number of the comic you are nominating. Otherwise I will be forced to disqualify your nomination, and nobody wants that!
1. Each nomination must be a moment in a comic released the week of the thread. This does not include weekly previews, trade paperbacks, or back issue digests. For new comics check out Midtown Comics release dates.
2. Everyone can make ONE nomination. You can either nominate a moment yourself or second/third/fourth/fifth an already existing nomination. However, second/third/fourth/fifth will not count per nominating and thus earn entry above in Top Nominations. You want in that list you must nominate something.
3. It must be an actual moment involving the actions or statements of a comic character in an issue. No "This writer returns to the series", "this artist draws this character", "the book is better", etc.
4. If you want to change your nomination, there are a few factors involved:
---> A) No one can have seconded your nom.
---> B) If it is clear for you to change your nom, you must edit your original post or the new post will be disqualified as being a double nomination.
---> C) You can change your second, third, etc. by editing your original post before the nomination period ends.
Moments on the poll do not have to be seconded. If there is room in the poll, moments that were nominated but not seconded will be added based on the order they were nominated.
6. Again, please be specific on the comic title, issue number and moment. Also be clear that you are actually nominating or seconding something ... statements such as "Yeah, that was a cool moment" aren't clear. You must nominate a single moment in the comic and can't nominate the whole issue. Once more, if you don’t include the issue and number the moment will not be included.
7. The thread for nominations will go up on Wednesday (new comic day) at 11:00 PM (Central) or when Zechs arrives later that night and posts in the previous week thread announcing voting is closed. The nominations will go until 2:00 PM (Central Time) Sunday Afternoon, or whenever Zechs arrives and will post in the thread stating, “It’s over.” and will start the poll. If a new comic day falls on a holiday week in American, then the thread will be made for that day (be it Tuesday or Thursday). Regardless, nominations will STILL conclude on Saturday deadline.
8. Please be civil when commenting on other people's nominations. But feel free to discuss them in this thread.
9. In case there is debate on WHEN exactly a title came out, http://www.midtowncomics.com or the official websites of said publishers (be it Marvel, DC, Darkhorse, etc.) will be the final word on the quarrel.
10. Any nominations not following the above rules will be disqualified. Unless of course if Zechs, who is feeling sad for the person who missed the rule and might give them time to provide the correction. Then he will pester bk into putting the nomination in the poll. Of course this wouldn’t be a problem if Zechs wasn’t granted the glorious powers of a moderator, which one day such power will be Zechs, oh yes they will his.
11. If at five nominations are not made, Zechs will choose some, but they will all count as one nomination, not multiple thus making sure balance is preserved.
12. AKA the Rulk rule. If several moments are tied past the deadline of 11:00 PM (Central Time) Wednesday (or holiday date when new comics arrive in the US) or when Zechs arrives that night, then voting will continue on in sudden death for eight more hours, until one is decided. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.
If one isn’t still decided, then Zechs will provide the deciding vote, regardless if he has voted already. So if that isn't enough reason to get a ton of votes on that additional day than you're just dooming yourself to give Zechs another vote.
13. AKA the Hobgoblin rule. Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin moments when winning for three days straight automatically win the poll. No last day or second voting changes it to troll the ruler of this thread.
Only ONE can rule as the Moment of the Week!
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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Thanksgiving,” the latest episode of Arrow.
Oliver Queen just came face-to-face with Cayden James. In “Thanksgiving,” the latest episode of Arrow, Oliver reassumed the Green Arrow mantle while Diggle was out of commission so that he could prevent James from blowing up Star City Stadium. However, he and Felicity soon discovered the bomb was a decoy; James had just wanted Oliver’s attention to explain exactly why he wanted revenge.
“I know what you’re thinking!” James said as Oliver approached. “Where is the horrifically huge bomb? This is going to be an incredibly insightful evening.”
Oliver fired off a warning shot, only for a modified T-sphere of James’ own creation to block it. “There is no bomb, so relax,” James explained. All of this was “to get your attention. To talk, that’s all. It’s not like I have your number.”
“You’re insane,” Oliver spat, to which James responded, “Thomas Szasz, the renown psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, says that there’s no such thing as insanity. Revenge, on the other hand, is very real.”
“Revenge? I’ve never even met you!” Oliver said.
“And yet, you cost me something dear to me. Someone very dear. My son. That’s why I’ve arranged this little tete-a-tete, so that when your city burns, you’ll know why,” James revealed. He then threw the T-sphere at him, which Oliver deflected with an arrow. Black Siren then emerged from the darkness and unleashed her scream, knocking Oliver back and allowing them both to escape.
Back at the bunker, Oliver turned to his team for some insight. “Elena helped me connect the dots. There is a boy named Owen Post, who has Cayden James listed as his father on his birth certificate, but he’s never been known to live with Cayden,” Felicity shared.
“Two months after A.R.G.U.S. put Cayden in custody last year, Owen went missing and was never found,” Curtis added.
“How does this have anything to do with the Green Arrow?” Dinah asked, but no one had an answer.
“We need to keep digging, because — even if we bear zero responsibility — we need to know why Cayden thinks we do,” Oliver concluded. However, the episode offered no concrete answers, so Team Arrow will need to keep working to unravel that particular mystery.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer (well, not currently), Arrow airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.
Hey, we made it to another holiday season! Go us!
It's the holiday season once again. You've probably got to go out and buy some gifts for the geek in your life and maybe that's a daunting task for you.
Once again, the Outhouse has your back. We're here to help. Probably. We might be here to help. Or... we might be here to suggest what you might want to buy for US. We're needy that way. But, hey, if that neediness helps you buy for the non-gender-specific fan-person on your list, more power to you.
When I first read the description of the most recent Spider-Woman series, I was skeptical. Pregnant superhero eh? Well, I liked the character enough (though it was rough here and there) to pick up the first few issues... and... I really liked it. The stories were more low-key than the galactic battles alongside the Avengers, but the characters were very likeable. Unfortunately the series was canceled, but try it out anyway, you might like it.
If you are afraid of buying a comic about a girl, and still are interested in superheroes, then you might try a different kind of herobook: My Hero Academia. Yeah, yeah it's a manga. It's a very interesting take on the superhero genre focused on a school of heroes in a world where 80% of the population has "quirks" (powers). Note: In the beginning, the main character Midoriya is a bit... irritating. Get through that portion though and the book is both fun and interesting.
As I mentioned last time, every year I would put on my list geeky art books. Also like last year, I am recommending a Star Wars related one that hasn't come out yet.
Though I somewhat miss the format of the original Art of Star Wars (it included the script and more finished pieces), these newer ones are still good.
Colorful and Kirby-inspired design. We saw it in the movie , gaze at the art that inspired it (not the comics though) with:
Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok - The Art of the Movie (Hardcover)
A new Star Wars movie is just around the corner (see above), so how about owning last year's Star Wars movie, the first non-saga live-action movie to hit the big screen. It's pretty good.
How's about an animated sci-fi romance, with a comedic twist? The Asian box office blockbuster is headed to home video. I rather liked it.
Nintendo seems to have turned things around compared to its last console generation. If you have a Switch, you should have a copy of Nintendo's big holiday game, which brings Mario back to his 3D Super Mario 64 days:
Yet another Star Wars related item. Back in 1987, West End Games came up with a fast and loose RPG with the Star Wars license. West End Games is no more (though parts of it were bought out so it sort of is still twitching), and after changing hands a few times, the Star Wars license for roleplaying games is with Fantasy Flight Games. Though FFG created their own rules for a Star Wars RPG, they are reprinting the original game along with its Sourcebook.
Alternative to that if you want something a bit more involved, Starfinder is a new RPG with (modified) D20 3.5 edition rules...
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Skelton Crew is putting out the best comic-adjacent items around. Whether its replica keys from Locke & Key or plush chogs from Chew, Skelton Crew has the coolest stuff. They also have a deal with Mike Mignola and Dark Horse to make Hellboy replica artifacts. While those items tend to live on the higher end of the price scale, they've made the plunge into enamel pins including ones based on Hellboy's Right Hand of Doom and Lobster Johnson's vengeful claw.
The pair is only $20.
Life isn't all about comics. This is the best novel I've read this year for my book club. It's a modern classic of Southern gothic horror. The author dropped out of high school to work in a meatpacking plant. 32 years later he wrote his first collection of short stories, followed by this, his first novel. It's dark, sick, and gripping. It's a story that only someone from Knockemstiff, Ohio could write.
Less than $12.
Even though it debuted in February, this album was immediately album of the year material. The Menzingers are one of those rare bands that hasn't released a bad song, let alone a bad album. Their fifth sees them entering their 30s and looking back on their 20s, refreshed with a whole new purpose. The lyrics are more relatable and stirring as they've ever been, coupled with their signature optimistic music.
On black vinyl for $18.
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This is a weird year for video games. There have been a lot of good games released throughout the year (if you haven't played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild then, y'know, get on that) but the end of the year games aren't kicking the excitement buttons that they usually do.
At least we have Assassin's Creed Origins. I'm a massive AC fan but I'll readily admit that the past two games haven't been been high points for the series even though I played the hell out of both of them. Origins seeks to change that, returning to an expansive open world that dwarfs that of previous games. It also renovates the combat system from the reaction system of previous games to a hit box system.
But best of all, the game slips WELL into the past to classical Egypt and details the origins of the Assassin Brotherhood. It looks AMAZING, clicks all the right buttons (IMO), and is a new Assassin's Creed game. Sold.
List Price: $59.99
Holy crap, the Nintendo Switch has had an amazing first year line up! Chances are, if you've picked up a Switch (and you should), you've got Zelda, Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart, and maybe some of the other top tier releases.
But this game might fall under your radar. Don't let it!
This is the third Xenoblade Chronicles game but don't let that deter you because they're about as related to each other as the Final Fantasy series is. The current game takes place in a fantasy world where islands rest on the bodies of numerous large Titan creatures. The world is beautifully crafted, the towns are (finally!) well designed, and the combat is streamlined compared to previous installments.
The only part of the game that might be problematic is the inclusion of elements that kinda bear an uncanny resemblance to slavery. It bothers my wife and gives me pause to purchase the game despite loving the first two titles. It appears that these are being treated as story elements, however, so if they're told well, it should make for an RPG with a rich, nuanced narrative.
List Price: $59.99 (available December 1, 2017)
The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye series is just about the best Transformers books you will ever read. While that series has ended, it's story is not yet finished. Witness, if you will, Transformers: Lost Light. This book is the continuation of the More Than Meets the Eye storyline and is therefor the must read book for 2017.
While IDW has made a whole lot of missteps while mashing together their Hasbro properties post Revolution, Lost Light is one of the shining beacons of the line. I miss Alex Milne on art and Jack Lawrence is not exactly an adequate replacement but what you're really reading the book for is James Roberts' writing. That continues to be awesome but you have to remember this mantra:
It's not the destination. It's the JOURNEY.
Don't expect the most climactic conclusions but expect a hell of a ride.
List Price: $19.99
OK, credit where credit is due: this is the highlight of the DC Cinematic Universe.
I mean, I THINK it is. I actually haven't seen Batman vs. Superman or Justice League. But I saw Man of Steel. This is a lot better than Man of Steel.
Wonder Woman is a period piece super-hero movie taking place during World War 1 and details the origins of everyone's favorite Amazon. It's a little dark but my eight and nine year old kids still loved it.
List Price: $35.99
Let's see, a giant freaking robot dinosaur that transforms into a giant freaking base and giant freaking spaceship for Decepticons to terrorize hapless Autobots? Yes, this is exactly what I want. But wait, this has the added ability to gobble up that damn Titanmaster gimmick. Which means you can throw these damn tiny Transformers into his mouth! Goddamn, that's so gloriously dark and twisted I love it!
List Price: $149.99
Oh, look, Nintendo is at it again pushing our nostalgia button with their latest retro console system. 20 games with a bonus of one never before released (Star Fox 2). If only it had TMNT: IV this would have fully tickled my fancy. Still, having so many glorious RPGs (Earthbound, Final Fantasy 3, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Super Mario RPG) plus some insanely hard games (Super Ghouls N' Ghosts and Super Castlevania) means this thing will keep you busy for a good LONG time.
Thankfully, this is turning out to be easier to find than the NES Classic from last year.
List Price: $89.99
Hmm... highly humorous cartoon + highly humorous card game = highly humorous time had by all! The absurdity of the Rick & Morty show goes quite well with the absurdity of Munchkin and the two properties deliver a freaking game worth your while. Add the ability to be anyone of the Smith Family (come on, you want to be Jerry), Mr. Poopiebutthole, or Rick Sanchez himself at the start (with each having their own special talent). Yes, this game just adds another notch to what is already an insanely deep card game.
List Price: $29.99
The finale to Kelley Puckett/Damion Scott's run on Batgirl finally collected in one volume in actual order for once? The run ends on a high note with a nice brief little arc that has third generation heroes (Batgirl, Robin, Spoiler, and Green Arrow) teaming up to take on evil villains who have a fondness (aka obsession) for the Roman Empire. Add to the continued stellar writing Puckett gives the amazing visual spectacle of Scott. This was such an underrated run for the ages that I'm glad was given it's due.
List Price: $14.99
That's our show for this holiday season. I hope you had fun and maybe learned something. Maybe you even got inspired by our gift selections and have your holiday shopping all figured out! Good job, you!
Now, I'm gonna play Assassin's Creed Origin! And you should, too!
Have a happy and safe holiday season!
Written or Contributed by SuperginraiX
With Netflix’s latest Marvel show arriving in the form of Punisher, it’s safe to say that all eyes are now on Frank Castle. The controversial anti-hero has had a somewhat rocky history with the big and small screen, appearing in multiple movies that ultimately never did the character justice, before finally finding a series and an actor worthy to wear the skull on his chest.
Jon Bernthal — previously of Walking Dead fame — was introduced as ex-marine Frank Castle in Daredevil season two, and he was an instant hit with fans. The darker, brutal nature of Netflix’s show about the Man Without Fear turned out to be a perfect home for Punisher, and it wasn’t long before fans were demanding more. His appearances in that show were the perfect mix of violence and pathos, showing a man tormented by grief and driven by revenge, so it was only a matter of time before more of his story was explored. Now, in this brand new series, we get to see in bloody detail just what led to a family man who fought for his country to become an uncompromising vigilante. To celebrate, we here at CBR are trawling the net to find the 15 most brutal Punisher memes!
It must be so strange to have a toy dedicated to you, or rather a character that you play. These days you can buy action figures or statues of just about any pop culture figure you can imagine, so the odds of celebrities having action figures of themselves have never been greater. Throw in the fact that the modeling and production of these collectibles are so high, and there are plenty of famous folks that can own near-perfect mini replicas of themselves.
It’s pretty safe to say that Funko POP vinyl figures aren’t exactly photo-realistic, but they manage to capture likenesses surprisingly well with such a simple design, so seeing Jon Bernthal holding the Funko POP of “himself” is still a lot of fun. There’s no doubt an action figure of his portrayal of Shane from Walking Dead, but Punisher is a different thing entirely.
The times when Frank Castle and Bruce Wayne have actually met is extremely minimal, so the authenticity of this exchange as true canon is a little suspect; however, the sentiment is still valid. Despite that fact that casual fans will probably put Batman and Punisher in the same category, true fans know there are some distinct differences.
Aside from the fact that one dresses like a big bat, the biggest difference is their moral code, the line in the sand that they will not cross. For Batman, it’s that he will never kill. It’s happened occasionally in his past, especially in those early adventures, but generally speaking, he will save a life, not end it. Punisher, however? Punisher has no line in the sand, and if he were in Gotham, Joker would have been dead long ago.
Punisher may be many things, but subtle isn’t one of them. Sure, he’s probably got the skills to go hunting for his food, but he’s too busy hunting mafia bosses and scumbag drug lords to go after a lowly turkey. There’s something amusing about the idea of Punisher and Daredevil sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner together, though, that makes us want this text exchange to be real.
Quite why Frank would think it would be ok to hunt turkey with a claymore is anyone’s guess, but again, we can’t imagine he has the patience for such a sport. Big game hunting might be more his speed; it’s not hard to see him heading out to the Savage Land with Kraven the Hunter, but fetching the Thanksgiving dinner is probably not his forte.
For some fans, this was a real dilemma. When a new show hits on Netflix, it’s hard to avoid spoilers if you can’t binge straight away. Of course, some fans are right there pressing play the second it goes live, plowing through hours of television as quickly as possible in order to start the conversation online. Similarly, you can’t wait forever to see the latest movie release, as spoilers go up almost instantly these days.
When it was announced that both Punisher and Justice League would be released on the same day this year, it was a tough choice for some. For the rest of us, though, we knew exactly who we’d prefer to see, and his name was Frank Castle. Violent, bloody vengeance on the streets of New York beats brightly colored letdowns any day of the week, and there wasn’t a super-power in sight.
BATMAN V PUNISHER
Ben Affleck’s face says it all. Despite the differences between the two characters, people will still draw similarities between The Dark Knight and The Punisher, and with comparisons comes the inevitable debate about who would win in a fight. For actor Jon Bernthal, however, there isn’t any debate: Frank would wipe the floor with Bruce.
There’s something to be said about an actor standing by his character; after all, it would be no good if Bernthal had no faith in his counterpart’s skills. For many comic book fans, though, there’s no question that Bats would win. However, if we’re talking Netflix Punisher versus Batfleck, maybe the playing field is a little more even? We’ve not see Batman be especially powerful in either Batman V Superman or Justice League, so maybe Punisher stands more of a chance.
When it comes to a sense of humor, Frank Castle hasn’t ever really shown that he has one. It’s perfectly understandable really, what with his whole family being killed and his never-ending quest for bloodthirsty revenge. He’s not really got the same motivation to crack jokes, which is why he’d be perfect at it.
Think about it, he’s the Marvel character you’d least expect it from, meaning that if and when he came out with a perfect one-liner, it would take you completely by surprise and would probably be way more hilarious than if you heard one from Ol’ “Quantity over Quality” Peter Parker. Still, even in that unlikely scenario, it’s hard to imagine him coming out with puns this bad. Cheesy, Schwarzenegger one-liners sure, but Puns don’t seem like Frank’s style.
MURDER’S MY BEST FRIEND
This wouldn’t be the first time that Punisher and Spider-Man have clashed over their individual moral compasses. Punisher’s first appearance was in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man, after all, and even then their approach to killing was vastly different. It’s safe to say that Frank Castle stands alone in his stance on killing, so turning to him for advice like this was never going to end well for Peter.
When Spider-Man has had a quest in the past wherein he announced that no one else was going to die on his watch, it’s clear that he is at the exact opposite end of the spectrum to the Punisher. The untold hundreds of bad guys that Frank has killed at this point would make Spider-Man’s hair turn grey, so probably for the best that he remains this naive.
You can say what you like about the Punisher’s methods, but it’s hard to fault that logic. Who knows how many lives would be saved if every hero in the Marvel universe thought like this? The truth, however, is that if everyone fought the way Frank Castle does, there’d be no such thing as heroes, only more villains.
Some comic book characters take a great tragedy and rise to greatness. Characters like Spider-Man, Batman or even Daredevil suffered great tragedy but chose to become something better. Frank, however, decided that if you can’t beat them, kill them, and he’s never looked back. This approach brings him into conflict with superheroes more often than he’d like, but to him, there’s only one way to do it properly, and that’s to make sure when they’re down, they stay down.
JUDGE, JURY, EXECUTIONER
Sometimes, all it takes is a little perspective. When Punisher was first introduced into the MCU in season two of Daredevil, the ideological and physical clash between Frank castle and Matt Murdock was fascinating, as it looked at two men who both operated outside of the law, but had two very different approaches.
While Matt Murdock married his vigilante life with his expertise as a defense lawyer to enact justice as the Man Without Fear known as Daredevil, Frank Castle’s deadly force as the Punisher ensured that the criminals would never re-offend, due to their terminal case of death. It’s only when you compare these two opposing forces to a character like Judge Dredd, who operates as Judge, Jury and Executioner all in one, that you see just how these viewpoints could actually go hand-in-hand.
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the Netflix Marvel shows exist in the same universe as the Big Screen Marvel adventures. That means that while Tom Holland is zipping around Queens as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Frank Castle is slaughtering as many scumbags as he can on the streets of New York as the Punisher.
This vast difference in the two worlds would be jarring if not for the simple fact that these two types of stories have existed side-by-side for years in the comics, alongside horror comics, science fiction and kid-friendly adventure. Their approaches may be wildly different, but they all go together to make a rich shared universe of heroes, villains and everything in between. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see Frank Castle going on a mission with Rocket Racoon anytime soon but hey, at least we know that it’s possible.
BORN FOR BATTLE
When it comes to violent confrontations, Frank Castle knows what he’s doing. Whether it’s the comic book version of the character, who spent his formative years fighting for his country in Vietnam, or the Netflix version that saw him fighting as a marine in Iraq, Castle was no stranger to violence even before he donned the iconic skull symbol of the Punisher.
When faced with petty crooks and thieves then, you would assume that they’re more scared of him than the other way around. You’d be right too, as his notoriety makes its way around the underworld pretty fast, making even the mention of his presence as something to be feared. He’s carved out quite a reputation for himself — sometimes literally — so it’s no surprise that he has the ability to terrify quite so easily.
THE DEFENSE RESTS
“Always be the best version of yourself. Unless you can be Batman, then be Batman.” As a saying, that’s done the rounds for a number of years now, but arguably Frank Castle has gone one better, choosing to be the best version of himself that just so happens to be the Punisher. After the senseless violence that tore his family away from him, who can blame him?
Well, it turns out the United States government can blame him, as there’s no doubt that his vigilante activities and penchant for constant slaughter are absolutely illegal, and as such wherever he goes, there’s always a detective or seven not too far behind. Frank’s only defense — “I gotta be me!” — is one that he’s sticking with, and one we should all aspire to. Just preferably without all the killing.
PUNISHER: THE END
We’ve all felt this pain when you binge a series so fast and so voraciously that you have no idea the end is so close until there are just no more episodes left. You can blame Netflix, for automatically streaming one after the other, only occasionally asking if you’ve had enough and making it easy to go “just one more.” Or you can blame the standard length of limited series being so much shorter than the 22 episodes of standard network shows.
No matter the reason, shows like Punisher will always end too soon. It’s a good thing in a way because it’s a sign that you loved the show so much. There’s nothing better than being so absorbed in a new series that you lose all track of time. Unfortunately, though, that ultimately leads to sadness and a long wait for the next season.
Marvel and Netflix have been pretty consistent with their release schedule these last few years, meaning that unless you’re really on the ball you won’t have had much chance to finish one before the next one begins. It was always the plan to have Defenders be the culmination of its four predecessors — Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist — but the popularity of Punisher secured him a season all of his own.
Coming hot on the heels of Defenders, Punisher saw its release in November this year, and for some fans, the choice was whether to continue with the super team-up we’ve been waiting for, or start a brand new show. Thanks to the unfortunately poor reception of Defenders, however, Punisher has stolen a lot of fans away.
This can’t be a coincidence, surely? Andy’s brutish neighbor Sid Phillips from the original Toy Story movie was infamous for stealing toys — mostly from his little sister — and converting them into monstrous deformities, making his bedroom and backyard a hellish landscape for wayward toys to find themselves.
While Frank Castle is never cruel to those who don’t deserve it, it’s easy to imagine that he wouldn’t be totally unlike Sid when he was a kid. We all know that the Punisher was born when his wife and children were killed (although some would argue that the war was where Punisher was really born), he had to have learned those skills from somewhere, right? Why not when he was younger, experimenting with toys like Woody and Buzz?
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Prince Charles's wife has been known in three different incarnations. As a young woman she was Camilla Shand, the popular debutante girlfriend of the 23-year-old prince, who went on to marry her ex-boyfriend Andrew Parker-Bowles. She was Camilla Parker-Bowles for 32 years, a wife and mother, and later the reviled mistress of her former beau Prince Charles. Now, for the past 12 years, she has been The Duchess of Cornwall; married at last to her prince, she has become a valued and well-loved member of the royal family. But how has her relationship with the queen changed over the years?
As a young woman, she had a warm relationship with the queen. Camilla's husband Andrew was the Queen Mother's godson, and the couple were often guests at Buckingham Palace. However, when Camilla and Charles started their affair and the queen heard about it, she was said to believe the way they had gone about it was irresponsible, and Camilla was banned from the palace. After Charles and Diana separated in 1992, the prince and Camilla were discreet in the continuation of their relationship, but with encouragement from the queen in 1997 they were about to go public - when Diana tragically died.
Over the next few years, as the family mended and focused on the future, Charles and Camilla quietly continued their romance. The queen believed they should go public rather than it seeming like they were hiding away, so they formalized their relationship by attending Camilla's sister's 50th birthday party together in 1999. Three years later, relations between the two women continued to improve as the queen included Camilla in her Golden Jubilee celebrations, and she then gave Charles and Camilla permission to marry in 2005. At their wedding reception she gave a warm and fond speech where she said, "My son is home and dry with the woman he loves."
In the 12 years since then, it has become clear that the queen values Camilla as a good match for her son and as a stable, resilient, and well-liked member of the family. As always, when it comes to the queen, actions speak louder than words - and there was no stronger show of her feelings toward her daughter-in-law than when she asked Camilla to sit beside her in her carriage at the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The queen has also awarded Camilla two important honors: The Royal Family Order and the Grand Cross of the Victorian Order, both of which symbolize a very personal seal of approval from Her Majesty.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Thanksgiving,” the latest episode of Arrow.
Oliver Queen is out of prison, but he isn’t out of danger. In “Thanksgiving,” the latest episode of Arrow, Special Agent Amanda Watson made a very public arrest and charged Oliver with being the Green Arrow. He subsequently ended up in prison, but he wasn’t there for long thanks to Felicity and Curtis’ startup.
Watson arrested Oliver on the day the new Star City Police Department opened, during a food drive to feed poor families. “When I get out of here, and I will, I am going to sue you for malicious prosecution,” he said as soon as the two of them were alone.
“Express yourself,” Watson spat back. “In the meantime, you’re being prosecuted for multiple felonies. You show up after five years, and the Hood just happens to show up with you?”
“That was Roy Harper,” Oliver retorted, only for Watson to say, “Wearing the hood at your instruction. The same way John Diggle’s been doing since I started my investigation. I’ve got more than you think I have.”
Later, Dinah came to visit Oliver in his cell as he settled down to stay overnight. She offered him a chance to slip away by leaving a door unlocked. “I appreciate that, but if I make myself a fugitive, then I’m making William an orphan,” he replied. “I’ve gotta do it the right way.”
At his arraignment, Oliver asked for his case to be dismissed for lack of probable cause, citing that the photo of him in the Green Arrow suit earlier in the season had been disproved. “We’re not relying on that photo,” the prosecution revealed. “The FBI has provided definitive proof that Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow.” When the defense asked for this proof, the prosecution said, “Show my whole hand during arraignment? I don’t think so.”
The judge released Oliver on bail, but for a hefty price: $5 million and a $500,000 bond. Oliver then approached Felicity to tell his son William not to worry, to which Felicity offered to use the investment money from her startup with Curtis. Though Oliver refused, Felicity insisted, and he was able to walk a free man.
This allowed Oliver to reassume the mantle of Green Arrow when Dig was out of commission and Cayden James threatened to blow up Star City Statdium. After the mission, Oliver reassured William that he was not the Green Arrow anymore and had no plans to be, regardless of Dig’s condition. Watson never revealed her information on Oliver or her source.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer (well, not currently), Arrow airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.
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You have to question The CW's decision to air this episode tonight, both because it's a major American holiday and because it makes for a pretty depressing way to spend the evening. But on the other hand, it's not as if there's any time to waste. Arrow needed to set a number of wheels in motion in order to set the stage for next week's "Crisis on Earth-X" crossover. "Thanksgiving" managed to accomplish that goal while also doing a great deal to address Season 6's biggest flaws.
Legends of Tomorrow aside, it's been a strong week for the Arrowverse in general. The reasons seem pretty similar all around. Like Supergirl and The Flash before it, Arrow succeeded this week in delivering a more plot-driven episode that establishes a clearer conflict for the season as a whole. It says a lot that Ollie being arrested by the FBI was just the opening salvo in a night full of dark developments and character conflict. In the process, we now have a two-pronged conflict for Team Arrow to contend with. Ollie faces an imminent trial that could land him behind bars for life (if not put him on death row). And the team faces a resurgent threat from Cayden James, a man who seems to have a very personal grudge against the Green Arrow.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Thanksgiving,” the latest episode of Arrow.
John “Dig” Diggle may not be Green Arrow for much longer. In “Thanksgiving,” the latest episode of Arrow, Dig’s nerve damage problems got a whole lot worse. Because of that, Oliver was forced to put the hood back one for at least one more mission — and it’s unclear if or when Diggle will recover.
During a mission to stop Cayden James from acquiring part of a bomb at AmerTech, Diggle suffered a debilitating muscle spasm in the middle of a fight. He sank to the floor with a groan, and Black Canary had to swoop in to save him. Even as the team debated what to do next, Diggle ordered them to continue the mission without him — something that didn’t go unnoticed by James. The episode also caused Black Canary to confess to the rest of the team that Diggle had suffered nerve damage for months, and that she had known about it for some time.
Diggle’s episode landed him in the hospital. His doctor friend drew a blood sample in order to determine a cause for the attack, but didn’t have an answer for him straightaway. “If I had to guess, you’re suffering withdrawal from the drug you’ve been taking in combination with Mr. Holt’s experimental treatment,” she said as she took the sample away.
Oliver came to visit Diggle during his hospital stay, and the two had a brief falling out. “I didn’t want you to worry, Oliver, which is why I didn’t tell you,” Diggle explained. Oliver countered, “No, John, you didn’t tell me because you knew I’d never let you go out there compromised and that I’d certainly never let you compromise the team.”
The two subsequently began to argue, with Oliver saying he was disappointed and Diggle and Diggle telling Oliver he “gave up the right to judge” when he stepped down from being Green Arrow. Diggle stood to confront Oliver, saying he blamed Oliver and himself for his current predicament, “for putting your needs, your goals, even your family above my own. I’ve done that from the very beginning. That was my biggest mistake.”
“Mine was trusting you to be the Green Arrow,” Oliver spat back, and left.
He later returned to apologize, which Diggle reciprocated. Diggle then revealed his dire test results: the nerve damage had spread to his back — and because of the steroid, he caused permanent damage. “If I continue out in the field, I could end up paralyzed,” he admitted.
As they mended their friendship, Diggle revealed one final truth: becoming Green Arrow was one of his greatest desires. “I never should have said I was doing it for you. Remember last year, when the Dominators put us into this alternate Star City? We got to see what our perfect life would be. Mine was being the Green Arrow,” he explained. “So you asking me to take the mantle was not selfish. It was giving me the one thing in the world that I never knew I wanted.”
The episode ended on a note that made Green Arrow’s future unclear. Though Oliver donned the hood to save Star City Stadium, he made it clear he had no intention to do it again. However, Dig is in no condition to be Green Arrow again, despite how badly he wants to be. This is likely why he will be out of commission for the big Arrowverse crossover.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer (well, not currently), Arrow airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.
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But sidelining the Legends line doesn’t mean forgetting about the masterful storytelling that happened there, as well as some of the more ignominious stories. The Expanded Universe provided a way to tell stories that filled in the color and shape of the Star Wars galaxy far, far away. With these stories swept into the category of the apocryphal, some characters have been resurrected, others have been erased, and the whole universe sits neatly encapsulated, waiting for you to dive in. Here are fifteen of our favorite (not necessarily the best) moments from a 30-plus year labor of love.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe as we remember it owes its existence to Timothy Zahn and his trilogy centered around Grand Admiral Thrawn. In the final installment, The Last Command, Luke has to face off against Thrawn and his minion Joruus C’baoth, a clone of Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth who is obsessed with Luke, the last remaining Jedi Knight. When Luke finally faces off with C’baoth, he is faced with a clone of himself (Luuke Skywalker), cloned from his lost hand, discovered on the surface of Bespin.
The fact that they were able to find his hand in good enough condition to identify it five years after he lost it is a minor miracle in and of itself, but the real insult here is that Zahn tried to justify the two “u”s in clone names by saying they were imperfect and struggled with the “u” sound. Sure. Or rather, suure.
SKIPPY, THE FORCE-SENSITIVE DROID
Remember the droids that Luke and his Uncle Owen buy from the Jawas at the beginning of A New Hope? No, not C-3P0 and R2-D2 — C-3P0 and R5-D4, the red astromech droid with a busted motivator. Apparently, R5, who refers to himself as “Skippy” for some reason, began his life as a Force-sensitive droid on Jabba’s pleasure barge before removing his own restraining bolt and “suggesting” to his Gamorran guards that he be set free.
After wandering the desert, he was picked up by Jawas and was elated to be selected by Luke, as he sensed the Force in Luke as well; however, he is beset by a vision of the ruin that would befall the galaxy if R2-D2 didn’t get his Death Star plans to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Falling on his metaphorical sword, Skippy creates a mild explosion internally to allow Luke to choose R2 and save the galaxy.
THE TRUCE AT BAKURA
What’s the easiest way to let all the air out of the Rebellion’s victory over the Empire end of Return of the Jedi? If you answered “have them immediately team up with the Empire to take down a third enemy,” you answered correctly and your prizes can be claimed at the door.
In The Truce at Bakura, an Imperial fleet at the edge of the galaxy is facing an invasion at the planet Bakura by reptilian Ssi-Ruuk’s from the Outer Rim — lacking the leadership of the Emperor, the Imperial fleets in the rest of the galaxy won’t be able to respond, so Luke and the gang take a force to help the Imperial fleet repel the Ssi-Ruuk. While it makes sense that the Rebels would have to fight greater evils with lesser evils by their side occasionally, placing it literally hours after the end of Jedi is a weak storytelling move.
DARTH VADER FIGHTS DARTH MAUL
While scouring the galaxy for the stolen plans to the Death Star, Darth Vader arrived on a remote moon with an enclave of Prophets of the Dark Side who deem him unfit to rule beside the Emperor. They produce their greatest weapon to defeat him: a copy of Darth Maul, killed decades earlier on Naboo by Anakin’s master, Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Vader and the Maul copy have a pretty great fight over the course of the 48-page comic, “Resurrection,” but most impressive are the storytelling gymnastics that writer Ron Marz was forced to jump through in order to make a plausible scenario for Vader and Maul to face each other. Vader is eventually able to kill the copy of Maul by stabbing himself through the stomach while Maul was standing behind him, proving once and for all that Vader is still the ultimate self-hater in the universe.
HAN KIDNAPS LEIA SO SHE WILL MARRY HIM
The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton from 1994 answered the question that fans had been asking for a decade and a half since the release of Return of the Jedi: Will Han and Leia get married? The answer is obviously yes, but the how of it all is the real humdinger here. Han wins the planet Dathomir in a Sabacc game, and worried that Leia will cave to the advances of handsome Prince Isolder, he kidnaps her and takes her there.
When they arrive, they discover a massive, hidden fleet of Imperial remnants, and are able to get the information back to the New Republic. So, ignoring the fact that he literally kidnapped her, Leia chooses Han to marry, as pretty much everyone knew she would anyway.
ANAKIN SOLO BECOMES ONE WITH THE FORCE
The children of Han Solo and Leia Organa lived what we might call cursed lives, from Anakin’s early death in the fight against the Yuuzhan Vong to Jacen’s Sith journey afterwards. The Yuuzhan Vong took the entire galaxy to the breaking point, taking the Republic capital planet of Coruscant and installing their World Brain in what used to be the Senate Rotunda.
On a mission to destroy the queen of a genetically-engineered race called the Voxyn, who were specifically designed to kill Jedi and Force-sensitives, Anakin volunteered to stay behind and hold off the Yuuzhan Vong so the strike team could kill the queen. In the battle, he began using so much of the Force that pure white Force energy began streaming from his fingers, killing the Yuuzhan Vong and overwhelming his wounded body. He died a hero, and a symbol to the entire galaxy.
SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE
Before the release of Star Wars, before it became clear that it was a new paradigm in blockbuster films, George Lucas wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to do more Star Wars stories. So he created the storyline for Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, written by Alan Dean Foster and released in 1978, that was intended to function as the basis for a low-budget sequel to Star Wars, should the opportunity arise.
It’s the first ever Expanded Universe novel, and it features no less than Luke engaging in a lightsaber battle with Darth Vader, before he would have received any more formal training from Yoda. Luke manages to win by cutting off Vader’s arm and knocking him into a pit while they duel around the Force-focusing Kaiburr crystal (the titular Mind’s Eye), but he senses he will have to face him again.
THE DEATH OF CHEWBACCA
In 1999’s The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime, one of the last major shake-ups of the Expanded Universe began. The galaxy was in peace before being attacked by the Yuuzhan Vong, aliens from outside the galaxy who do not exist as part of the Force. One of their first moves wass to install a creature on Sernpidal who pulled the moon towards the planet.
Han, his son Anakin, and Chewie arrived with seven hours until the moon would destroy the planet. Seeing no better course of action, they tried to get as many refugees into the Falcon as they could. After saving a group of children and throwing Anakin up to the Falcon, Chewie was thrown away; the planet was too unstable for the Falcon and Anakin was forced to leave. Chewie went to his death, roaring in defiance at the moon that finally killed him where no blaster or lightsaber could.
JACEN SOLO/DARTH CAEDUS
Jacen Solo, twin to Jaina, and son of Han and Leia, truly walked in the footsteps of his grandfather Anakin, much more so than his younger brother (and Anakin’s namesake). Force-sensitive from a young age, Jacen was an adept fighter and was strong in the Force, quickly becoming a military leader during the Yuuzhan Vong invasion of the galaxy.
After his heroism in the war, his grief over the loss of his brother and his post-traumatic stress from being involved in battles from the time he was a toddler caught up to him, and, abusing his post as the head of the Galactic Alliance Guard, he went on to become Darth Caedus. He reestablished the Sith for the first time in almost 40 years, decimated the Jedi, and brought the Galaxy into a second Civil War. He was only eventually brought down when his sister Jaina was forced to kill him.
THE SUN CRUSHER
Kevin J. Anderson’s Jedi Academy trilogy established the beginnings of the new Jedi Order under Luke Skywalker’s tutelage on Yavin IV, but it also introduced one of the most obscenely overpowered weapons in the galaxy: The Sun Crusher. While it may sound like a wrestling finisher, it was a single-person craft that was capable of literally destroying an entire solar system by causing it’s sun to go supernova.
Discovered by Han Solo and Kyp Durron on their escape from Kessel through the Maw , it was eventually put to darker use; Durron was Force-sensitive and influenced by an ancient Sith lord into exacting his revenge on the Empire by destroying not one, but two solar systems before realizing what he’d done. The only way to destroy the Sun Crusher was to send it into one of the Maw’s black holes, but its legacy of destruction lived on for decades.
BELDORION THE HUTT
In the times of the old Jedi Order, Beldorion was the only Hutt who rose to the rank of Jedi Knight, and perhaps the only one ever admitted to train with them. When he was dispatched to the planet Nam Chorios 400 years before the Battle of Yavin, he cast off his partner Jedi and established himself as “Beldorion the Splendid, of the Ruby Eyes,” ruler and enslaver of the planet.
Eight years after Return of the Jedi, Leia Organa Solo, in the hunt for a missing Jedi Knight, finds her way to Nam Chorios, where Beldorion has used the Force to retain a “muscular” body, but has let his powers and abilities drain away to the point where he cannot lift a tray of food with his Force powers. They have a brief lightsaber duel before Leia adds another notch to her belt for evil Hutts that she’s killed.
A lot of hate gets thrown around these days for the Ewoks, the diminutive bear-like residents of the forest moon of Endor, and a lot of that hate is a direct result of heinous cash-grabs like the Ewoks television show and comic book. One egregious example is Mount Sorrow, a clinically depressed mountain who cries healing tears; first appearing in the seventh issue of the Ewoks comic in 1986, the world at large was content to forget about Mt. Sorrow until it’s entry in 2008’s Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.
Mount Sorrow’s tears were needed to heal Wicket W. Warick’s friend Teebo of a mysterious illness, but its standards were so high that it became an entire adventure just to prove their worth. That’s right — this mountain is so depressed and full of itself that it has no qualms sending an Ewok kid to its death. Dark stuff.
HAN SOLO “MEETS” INDIANA JONES
The storytelling tomfoolery going on in this story is truly legendary, requiring not only the melding of two universes featuring the same guy, but also the reconciliation of the fact that Star Wars takes place long, long ago, even relative to Indiana Jones. Created by an all-star team of W. Haden Blackman and Sean Gordon Murphy, “Into the Great Unknown” is only ten pages, but it features Han and Chewie flying blindly into hyperspace, crashing in what appears to be the Pacific Northwest.
Han gets killed by Native Americans; Indiana Jones appears 126 years later alongside Short Round, hunting for the Sasquatch (actually Chewbacca, still living in the forest, keeping an eye on the wreckage of the Falcon). Jones finds the skeleton of Solo with an arrow through his chest, and remarks that it seems familiar, before departing — saying somethings are best left as part of “the great unknown.”
While Rogue Squadron is undoubtedly the most famous unit of the New Republic military, its spiritual successor, Wraith Squadron, is far and away more impressive. Formed by Wedge Antilles from a hodgepodge of psychological misfits who nonetheless possessed incredible piloting skills alongside more basic ground skills like medics and hackers, Wraith Squadron was the black ops team of the New Republic. Their illustrious career played out like Rainbow Six meets Star Wars over the course of several novels and comics (most famously by Michael A. Stackpole, the creator of the modern iteration of Rogue Squadron).
The squad included fan favorites like “Piggy,” a hyper-intelligent Gamorran pilot who took his callsign in honor of Jek Porkins, the lost hero of the Battle of Yavin, and Tycho Celchu, an Imperial TIE Fighter pilot who defected in the wake of the destruction of Alderaan, and who was constantly under scrutiny as a possible Imperial spy.
While he receives only a cursory mention in Attack of the Clones from Palpatine, Darth Plagueis is a driving force of the entire saga of the first six Star Wars movies. He is the Sith Master of Darth Sidious, Palpatine’s Sith alter ego, and his life is consumed by his quest for immortality. He is able to manipulate the midi-chlorians of others to influence their life and death, even succeeding in bringing Darth Venamis, a Sith trained behind his back by his former Master, back to life (though when Venamis died again, none of Plagueis’ efforts could bring him back).
Plagueis is responsible for countless machinations in the universe, from the election of Padmé Amidala as Queen of Naboo to the establishment of cloning facilities on Kamino; it’s even strongly implied that his mucking about with midi-chlorians incited the Force to “strike back” by creating Anakin Skywalker from nothing.
Which of these do you wish would become canon? Let us know in the comments!
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Welcome back to the IGN Movies Podcast! This week, Jim Vejvoda and Tom Jorgensen are joined by a very special guest, actor Ben Mendelsohn!
The acclaimed actor spends the entirety of the podcast discussing everything from his latest film --the World War II drama Darkest Hour -- to his past genre films (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Dark Knight Rises) to the properties that make him geek out (including Game of Thrones to Fantastic Four)!
We also ask Mendelsohn about the rumors that he's up for the villain role in Captain Marvel, but you'll have to listen to the podcast to learn what he has to say about that!
Miley Cyrus really wanted to have a happy birthday on Thursday.
But a bunch of curious and misguided Instagram followers wouldn't allow the singer to celebrate turning 25 on the same day she also celebrated Thanksgiving.
The singer shared a seemingly sweet and innocent photo late Monday in anticipation of the dual occasions, posing in front of some giant balloon letters and writing as a caption:
"So close to b-day time! Stoked for a day full of Tofurkey & loved ones! Ain't it ironic? #VeganTurkeyBaby."
You can actually see in the mirror, if you look very closely, that boyfriend Liam Hemsworth is snapping the picture.
How romantic, right?
Take a look for yourself:
Followers very much took various looks for themselves, analyzing Miley's lean and stomach in such a way that many believed her to be pregnant.
“Uhm…..is that a baby bump?” asked one commenter, while another chimed in with a similar sentiment:
“Come on! That belly can’t be from the thought of eating turkey for thanksgiving!!! That’s pregnant belly!”
It's sort of a weird pose, we'll grant these individuals as much.
Still, come on now.
Do they not understand that it's pretty obnoxious to publicly presume a woman is pregnant just because you're taking a peek at her figure?
This person thinks so:
"We’re allowed to wear baggy tops on a daily basis and we’re more so allowed to have a tummy.
"Why does everyone have to assume you’re ‘pregnant’ if you were a baggy top where it looks like you’ve got a tummy. It could just be a food baby."
And Miley also thinks so, considering what she wrote as a follow-up on Tuesday:
“RUDE!!! Not pregnant just eating a s— ton of tufurkey," wrote Cyrus in response to the chatter.
Thankfully, Miley didn't let these quasi trolls ruin her birthday.
The artist went ahead and shared an image of herself as a child, sporting a wide, happy grin and writing: “Birthday Mood!"
Can you believe she's 25?!? It seems like just yesterday that we met the star as Hannah Montana.
Elsewhere, meanwhile, there's another rumor that continues to circulate around the singer/actress.
A recent Australian tabloid report claimed Miley and Hemsworth recently got married in secret.
If that's true, we send the couple our heartfelt congratulations!
And if it's not true, don't get mad at us, Miley: we didn't start the rumor!
SUPERNATURAL: Sam & Dean Plan A Heist In The New Promo For Season 13, Episode 8: “The Scorpion and the Frog”
Fans of the original Star Wars trilogy look back fondly on the cackling menace of the Emperor, the black-clad Sith lord whose story remained a canonical mystery until the prequel trilogy introduced Ian McDiarmid’s Sheev Palpatine. The slimy, duplicitous politician slowly wormed his way up the chain of command in the prequels, until he found himself the head of the Galactic Republic, which he summarily dismissed in favor of the Galactic Empire.
While the prequels fleshed out the details of the Emperor’s rise to power, they also washed away all the sinister ambiguity from the character. According to Rian Johnson, the director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, audiences won’t be getting a similar infodump when his film releases this December. Instead, the trilogy’s main villain, Supreme Leader Snoke, first introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will retain an ambiguous backstory — for the most part.
“For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except exactly what we needed to know, which is what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader,” Johnson said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “But then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because his rise to power was the story. We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to. But the really exciting [thing] for me is we will see more of him, and Andy Serkis will get to do much more in this film than he did in the last one, and that guy is just a force of nature.”
So, it sounds like Star Wars fans looking for a deep dive into Snoke’s backstory are going to be left wanting. Rumors about the villain’s identity have been swirling for some time now. If a character has been mentioned in a Star Wars movie then chances are there are theories about how they’re actually Snoke. A short list of names includes: Darth Plagueis, a character briefly discussed in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Mace Windu, supposedly resurrected after his fatal bout with Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith; and Darth Vader himself, freshly risen from the grave – again.
That’s doesn’t mean audiences will be getting less than nothing, though. Serkis hinted that Snoke’s story is something of a tragic one.
“He has suffered and he has suffered injury,” Serkis said. “The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”
Arriving Dec. 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kely Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
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