Shocktober Fest: X-men vs Vampires

In the wake of October I'll be celebrating the appearances of classic monsters in comics as well as the mainstream media. The X-men being one of Marvels bigger franchises has graced us with the canon that is vampires in such arcs as Curse of the Mutants and The Curse is Broken. The X-men have faced many threats and monsters alike, ranging from Krakoa to the malevolent Sinister. However these undead have placed an impact on the group that surely will never be forgotten.

It all started in Uncanny X-men #159, when the All New, All Different team first encountered The Prince of Darkness himself. Dracula had become infactuated with the team's (then) leader, Storm. Wanting to possess her will for his own Dracula bit Ororo and almost suceeded in his plans. In his tussel with the team, he shows just how formidable he can be.

It wasn't until Storm resisted his grasp (with help from Kitty) that Dracula's plans began to crumble. This would only lead to a standstill between the two, up until Dracula threaten a human life. This moment is a clear revisitation of the X-men's view on the value of human life. Though Storm defeated him morally, this was just the beginning of an unbreakable bond that will haunt the team forever.

This wasn't the end of the tyranny of the bloodsuckers. The X-men later find out just how deadly the process of vampirism can as some of their most beloved members become one of the undead.

This event warranted the attention of Blade, giving us one badass scene against the vampires. Along with Dracula's staring contest with Cyke.

And the deaths of numerous vampires.

The events of Curse of the Mutants still to this day hold an impact on certain characters. Most notable Jubilee, who had to leave the team in order to understand her new vampiric lifestyle. One of my favorite scenes occured during the later Curse is Broken arc. In another attempt to save Jubilee, this team found themselves in a wake of an ambush led by a team of vamps called, The Forgiven. This group of vampires were not your typical bunch but their main motto is to protect their own. In this case, Jubilee. The X-men ,ironically, were there to for the same objective.

During this encounter, Jubilee is put to the test by Lord Deathstrike and he seems to be more than a match for her.(despite her her vampire abilities) Though even for a beginner, Jubilee holds her own and gains the upperhand thanks to her durability and endurance.

Jubilee later embraces her new lifestyle and learns to use it to her advantage in times of need. With the X-men's support, she's been able to live a somewhat normal lifestyle with her new son, Shogo. Yes a happy ending now for the X-men, but the window of opportunity is still open for these undead to make a return. So what are some of your favorite bloodsucking moments?

Fun Fact: The disease known as Porphyria, gives some of it's victims vampiric features such as hairiness, red skin (due to blistering) and sensitivity to sunlight.


Music Review: Is Techno taking over?

I remember back in the day when techno was this cool sound associated with pop locking and robots. Now it seems as if you can't turn on the radio without listening to some electronica or electronically influenced music. Since the death of the autotune electronic music has spread like wildfire crossing almost every genre from rock to hip hop. I personally love this new era in techno music. I've always thought it was pretty cool. What are some of you guy's opinion istechno taking over or is it just a fad that will be dead by the end of this year? 


Music Review: Ra Ra Riots

The other day I was cleaning up and found a blank CD...I played this CD while cleaning up and fell in love with the band who was playing....Later my roommate came home and we both tried to find the name of the band...Come to find out it was Ra Ra Riot...The name of the album is  "The Rhumb Line" ...A friend of mine made this CD for me and I must admit its one of the best albums I've heard in awhile IMO...It's been rare occasion where i listened to an album from start to finish with out skipping a song...The band has a pop sound however it has some influence from old school rock and classical music...My favorites songs from this album are "Run My Mouth", "Too Too Fast" "Can You Tell" "Ghost Under Rocks' and "Too Dramatic"...For those of you living under a rock here's a clip of the band:


Actors/Actresses who I detest.....

 Michael cera
This has to be one of the laziest actors in Hollywood. He is vastly overrated. He plays the exact same pale faced, sarcastic nerdy kid in every movie he's in. From "Juno" to "Superbad" to "Teen in Revolt" (which was awful by the way). To add to injury, there offbeat Michael Cera genre/type that I’m also starting to notice- particularly in those animated comcast commercials w/ the young adults walking in their own ‘world of entertainment’ singing a tune in a very monotone, dry, cutesy fashion much like every… single… song on the Juno soundtrack.(i.e. The Hard Times of RJ Berger). If Hollywood is reduced to this, than i feel that anyone should make it. If repetitioning the same character makes you millions than everyone should get an acting career. The lack of talent in Hollywood is increasing. Who are some actors or actresses do you detest and why?