Monthly Archives: May 2012

Black Jack

Real Name: Arron Day

Created by:  Alex Simmons

1st appearance: Blackjack Second Bite of the Cobra, 1996

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: Unknown              Weight: Unknown

Eyes: Brown                        Hair: Black

Relatives: Mathew (Father), Sarah Day (Mother), Mary (Sister)

Skills and abilities: Skilled hand to hand combatant

Powers: None

Biography

A black man in his late twenties, or early thirties. Arron is a soldier of fortune, a human target, a professional adventurer, a challenger of death … a man alone.

Arron owns a brownstone house in the west 70s of Manhattan. How he acquired it (“a colored man in the 1930s”) is a mystery to some, and an irritation to many of his neighbors. The house is furnished with many antiques, and items from other lands. It is his sanctuary. From here he goes forth to face any danger, or retreats into isolation and peace.

But in 1929 both returned to their birth place, the U.S., New York City. To Arron’s disappointment, they went their separate ways after that. Though he loves his sister, he has not seen much of her over the past six years. “You chose Daddy’s way,” Mary told him. “I just can’t stay and watch you die, too.”

Arron suspects that Mary is right. One day he will die, and for that reason he maintains some distance between them … and almost everyone else.


Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon


Publisher: Image Comics

Created by:  Robert Kirkman

1st appearance: Invincible #9, 2009

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: The lizard League

Legal Status: Criminal record in the US

Height: 6’11              Weight: 465 lbs

Eyes:  Unknown            Hair: Unknown

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled brawler

Powers: Komodo possesses superhuman strength and his body produces powerful toxins and bacteria. He can use these toxins in an offensive and defensive manner in close combat. His sharp teeth and nails as well as the tough scaly surface of his skin and costume are used transmit these toxins and bacteria which have varying effects on his victims; fear induction, diseases etc. His control is such that he can transmit a fatal contagion to someone as a carrier that only becomes fatal when they make contact with the intended victim.

In addition to this he can moves swiftly for shorts bursts, possess a healing factor and is near invulnerable, his costume also deflects gunfire.

Biography

Komodo is an altered human who gained his abilities through experimentation. He took to a life of crime and joined the lizard league. Here he served a dual purpose to draw enemy fire and absorb damage while leading the offensive. When he first clashed with Invincible he had the upper hand until the arrival of Atom Eve.

He showed up again when his team attacked a missile silo where he killed Dupli-kate and shrinking Ray. A desperate Rex-splode even lost a hand after komodo bit it off but his ferocity was his undoing as said hand contained an explosive which blew his head clean off, killing him instantly.


Black Mariah

Black Mariah


Created by:  Steve Englehart and George Tuska

1st appearance: Hero for Hire #5, 1972

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: US citizen with a criminal record

Height: 5’7              Weight: 300 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled leader and strategist from running a drug cartel.

Powers: She has an unspecified degree of superhuman strength.

Biography

A drug don in her own right. She ran a cartel with an iron fist until Luke Cage started messing with her profit. Shades an old acquaintance of Luke’s was working for her at the time. She was defeated and Jailed by Luke Cage and has not been seen again.


Grey Lora

Grey Lora


Publisher: DC Comics

Created by:  Adam Glass and Federico Dallocchio

1st appearance: Suicide Squad #4, 2012

Nationality: Unknown

Team Affiliations: Basilisk

Legal Status: Unknown

Height:  5’9             Weight: 112 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Unknown

Powers: She appears to be a meta human with a malleable body allowing contortion. She also has razor sharp talons on each hand and a Mouth able to open wide enough to tear a man’s head off.

Biography

A high ranking member of the terrorist group Basilisk who clashed with Black Spider and the Suicide Squad.


Young Justice Episode 31- Beneath

Blue Beetle searches for a missing friend, while Miss Martian, Wonder Girl, Batgirl and Bumblebee travel to Bialya to investigate.

Spoilers: Blue Beetle searches for a missing friend,believing that the mother’s boyfriend is involved. Meanwhile Miss Martian, Wonder Girl, Batgirl and Bumblebee travel to Bialya to investigate a shipment of runaways being transported to a “business partner”. Though stopping the plane, it’s later revealed they had already acquired a second shipment that includes Blue Beetle’s missing friend

 


Centurius

Centurius


Real Name: Dr. Noah Black

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by:  Jim Steranko and Frank Giacoia

1st appearance: Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #2, 1968

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Thunderbolts, Hoods Gang

Legal Status: US citizen with criminal record

Height: 225 lbs              Weight: 6’

Eyes: Brown                   Hair: Bald

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Genius level intellect in the field of genetics.

Powers: Due to self experimentation he ages slowly, has an enhanced physical form (to unspecified degrees). He also wears body armor which provides protection from injury and energy beams.

Biography

Dr. Noah Black was a Nobel Prize winner during the 1930’s his theories however were seen as too radical and he disappeared from public life. He quickly moved to an isolated island he later renamed Valhalla. Here he developed the evolutionizer which he used to keep himself in prime condition in addition to evolve himself and his test subjects. In addition to these he crafted the automated rebirth colonizer (ARC) which orbited earth. ARC was said to be able to sustain life for beyond a century and could destroy life on earth with its weapons.

Now called Centurious hell bent on destroying life on earth and replacing it with superior being created by himself he came to the attention of SHIELD. Nick Fury stormed the island and in the ensuing battle the arc fell to earth destroying Valhalla and all of Centurious’ work. He escaped using the evolutionizer by devolving in protoplasm. Upon recovering he battled hulk but was defeated and jailed on the Raft. Centurius escaped from the raft when the New Avengers came together and joined the hoods gang as he regained power. During Siege he was jailed again and was recruited into Luke Cage’s Thunderbolts as back-up. His team later goes rogue and travels through time.


Voodoo #9 Review

A new direction for VOODOO starts now!

Pris is forced to confront exactly what she has become after being experimented on by the DAEMONITES.

Compelled to search for other victims like her, she’s offered a deal by the BLACK RAZORS…but wherever way she turns, it’s guaranteed more blood will be on her hands.

Summary

Pris wakes from a nightmare in a cell and trains with the Black Hawks. In the jungles of South America Voodoo seeks out Helspont the most powerful Daemonite. He tests her before sending her to the Daemonite graveyard on Saturn. Pris senses where her “sister” is going and warns the Black Hawks who take her to a daemonite ship which responds to her presence. Under great stress she flies the ship to Saturn to intercept Voodoo and stop her once and for all.

The Good

Art- Sami Basri’s art is still the star of the show in this series. Even the violence is rendered so lovely you can’t help but love it.

Voodoo-Deliciously viscous and deadly but lacking the introspection which made her such an interesting protagonist when this series started. She makes for an interesting foil to the more conservative Pris so let’s see where this goes.

Pris-Simpering and weak but as the template for Voodoo this girl clearly has more power than she realizes. Curious she wakes up in a jail cell…….not even she realizes that she’s traded one cell for another. She’s only “free” in that she occasionally gets let out of her cell whereas before she was just shackled. Another question, why is she working with the Black Hawks did they not only capture but torture her? I’m clearly missing something here!

The Invasion-The Daemonites are taking Earth and Voodoo is just a tip of the iceberg. Justice League Dark, Grifter and even in Superman the effects can be both seen and felt all around the new DCU. Voodoo is a pivotal part of the new status-quot.

Mirror- The fight (expertly illustrated by Sami Basri of course) typifies the difference in power and temperament between Voodoo and Pris. One is more volatile, confident and she has her powers under control, the other lacks control, confidence and it this meek mild mannered African American who grates on the nerves. This works well for both original fans and new as they literally have a version of voodoo to pick from, one clean and wholesome and one filled with murderous rage and far from clean or wholesome.

The Bad

Cover- Gone is the stellar cover art of Voodoo #1-#5 this is adequate but doesn’t have the polish of earlier covers.

Direction- Nine issues in and I still don’t know how to classify this book…is a spy book? It’s not straight up superhero or anti-hero…..(scratches head)

The Ugly

Still have no idea how to classify this book or its direction…does it even have a direction? It’s pretty and shines light on the integration of the Wildstorm universe into DC. Voodoo and her template Pris both have a way to go before either truly becomes more than the paper their printed on but the good outweighs the bad so we award this issue a 3/5

Respect the only female black character with her own monthly comic from the big two (Marvel and DC)


Gay Wedding Hits X-men!

Marvel comics in a bid to stoke the controversy fire have hinted since new writer Marjorie Lui took over an impending nuptial and it turns out Longtime gay superhero Northstar and Boyfriend Kyle are the lucky couple. No doubt with all the Americas set a buzz with Barack Obama being “pro-gay marriage” Marvel has caught the attention of a nation with this controversial marriage.

The View, Comicvine, Comic Book resources and many others are buzzing about the marriage. Mind you Astonishing X-mes is not on our pull list and hasn’t been noteworthy since Joss Whedon left. This latest attempt at boosting sales has us underwhelmed- anyone remember the let down of the much hyped Cyclops and Storm kiss? Once bitten, twice shy!

See the details of the issue in question below with art.

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at superstar artist, Marko Djurdjevic’s stunning variant cover to Astonishing X-Men #51! This June, get ready for the wedding of the year as Djurdjevic masterfully captures one of the happiest moments in X-Men history. It’s the story that has everyone talking, and this June – witness the landmark marriage of Northstar and Kyle, in style, with the Astonishing X-Men #51 Djurdjevic Variant!


Gunn

Gunn


Real Name: Charles Gunn

Publisher: Dark Horse, IDW Publishing

Created by:  Joss Whedon

1st appearance: Angel #14 (Dark Horse), 2000

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: Angel Investigations, Wolfram and Hart

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: 6’1               Weight: 210 lbs

Eyes: Brown             Hair: Black (kept bald)

Relatives: Grandmother (Deceased), Mother (Deceased), Father (Deceased), Alonna (Sister, Deceased)

Skills and abilities: Gifted street fighter and absolute knowledge of both human and demon laws and languages.

Powers: As a vampire he had superhuman strength, speed, senses, razor sharp claws and teeth. (These abilities were later lost when he was reverted to human)

Biography

Born in the Badlands; an urban ghetto where not even police dared enter; his parents are assumed dead and him and along with his sister Alonna grew with their Grandmother who taught them to fight vampires. Around this time he met Angel who gained his trust. He joined a local gang which protected the community. His grandmother later died and sister turned into a vampire and he was forced to “dust” her. Years later he joins Angel Investigations on many adventures and falls in love with Winfred Burkle though he later lost her to Wesley Wyndam Price. After saving the world Team Angel was given Wolfram and Heart to run and he accepted a legal mental upgrade to better serve the team in their new capacity though it came at the expense of Fred’s life. When the team later faces the circle of black thorn he kills his target but is mortally wounded.

In the battle for Los Angeles against the forces of hell he was sired by a group of vampires and quickly ascended to leadership of the group upon becoming a vampire. He then set out to destroy Angel. When time was restored h was haunted by the monster he was as a vampire.


Sphinx

Real Name: Anath-Na Mut

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by:  Marv Wolfman and Sal Buscema

1st appearance: Man Called Nova #6, 1977

Nationality:Egyptian

Team Affiliations: none

Legal Status: Unknown

Height: Variable              Weight: Variable

Eyes: Brown                     Hair: Black

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: Skilled magician and leader.

Powers: The Ka Stone grants him immortality vast manipulation of energy; concussive, light and heat; he also has no need to eat or sleep, can travel through the vacuum of space unaided, fly, alter his size. Other powers include invulnerability and a host of others. He’s been able to hold his own against even Galactus himself proving his power.

Biography

Anath was the high priest of Egypt during it’s prime while the Israelites were their slaves. When Moses proved his magic superior to Anath the Pharoah banished him from Egypt as punishment. Alone, shamed and lacking direction he wandered all over Egypt until he found the “Ka Stone”. Drawn to it’s power he took it and once it was on his head he found himself transformed and empowered with majestic mythical might. Now calling himself the Sphinx he wandered the earth for the next five thousand years. He eventually grew tired of his immortality and sought a way to end his life.

To this end he traveled the world until he found Nova/Richard Ryder. Accessing his ship he traveled to Xandar an alien world and drained it of all its knowledge. This filled him with new  purpose and he returned to earth to conquer it and faced the Fantastic Four. Unable to defeat him they set up a fight between himself and Galactus. Galactus prevailed and striped him of the Ka Stone and it’s powers and cast him into the time stream.

Arriving in the past he met with his younger self and both devise a plan to cheat their fate. His younger self falls into a trance for thousands of years while the older relives the events of his life. He awakens after his older self is defeated by Galactus and tries to restore the Ka Stone he is successful but defeated by the fantastic four and cast into the time stream.

When he later reemerges to warn his younger self of his fate the two are drawn into conflict as the younger Sphinx tries to take the Ka stone from his future self to become omnipotent. Equally matched they both took heroes from the time stream to kill the other. The older Sphinx won and joined the two Ka Stones together. He was then unable to enter normal time as he would need to remake time to enable two Ka Stones existing at once. Before he could finish however the heroes sent him into the timeline resulting in him ceasing to exist.


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