Last Man Standing: Welcome To Amerika

The comic based on Dan Luvisi's "Killbook Of A Bounty Hunter" has taken a leap forward with panels from the series and some promotional art being posted from Luvisi himself:

The whole series is written and illustrated by Luvisi and will be printed by Dark Horse and titled "Last Man Standing: Welcome To Amerika". Having been an avid followed of this project since it began a few years ago its great to see that this is indeed progressing into a comic series and with art like this to accompany it I can't wait to see what Luvisi has in store for us! Yet another indie series stealing my money *shakes fist*

Anyhow what are you're thoughts on the series? Will you be buying it when it comes out next year?

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Where Superior Spider-man went wrong

Now before I start this is not a hate thread or flame thread about why Superior sucks or is a terrible idea and must be scrapped. This is my view on exactly what went wrong and where.

The idea itself is not a bad one in fact I really like the concept however it has been poorly executed.

Schizophrenia?

This jumped out at me big time within only the second appearance of Superior. His personality and demeanor are inconsistent. In Amazing Spider-man #700 that showed us Superior's birth we got this (see left).

Ock cradling Peter in his arms and then swearing to become Spider-man and protect the innocent. Heck I can quote from that panel "You may be leaving this world but you are not leaving it to a villain." However in Avenging Spider-man 15.1 Superior's second appearance we had this panel (see right).

We went from a repentant villain who found respect for his nemesis on his death-bed and vowed to honor his memory by continuing his legacy to a someone who suddenly doesn't seem to care about the man who's body he now has and is actively celebrating the fact he killed a man and took his life.

This personality shift happened for no reason and within the space of one issue. Why? It makes no sense. We left Superior in one place only to have him reappear straight away with a different mind-set for no apparent reason.

This is not only in the first few issues. This is going on nearly every time Superior appears under the pen of a different writer. The two main writers are of course Dan Slott and Chris Yost but we've seen him written by other people in A+X, Avengers etc... and everyone seems to be changing how he thinks and acts for no apparent reason. The only reason I can think of is that the writers do not know how to handle his character. Some are writing him as a cold calculating anti-hero (Yost), some are writing him as an almost corny 60's villain (Slott) and others have absolutely no idea whats going on (like in the latest A+X). Suffice to say no one has actually agreed on how Superior should be written and this is very degrading and also leaves the reader very confused.

The writers especially the consistent ones need to sit down and decide on how this character needs to be written because from going from this:

weird creepy 60's villain

To this:

Cold calculating pyschopath

Is just disjointed at best. Someone seriously needs to get everyone together and set up some pre-defined parameters for writing this character properly its bordering on lazy now.

Poorly written supporting characters

Now we saw this from the beginning when we saw Mary Jane almost oblivious to Peter's change. Now due to OMD Pete's and MJ's marriage never occurred so there is a distinct possibility that she is no longer as in tune and knowledgeable as pre-OMD MJ however not noticing complete changes in his personality or choosing to completely ignore the changes entirely is just bad writing and a little disrespectful of characters that creators and other writers have put years of their time and creativity into.

Victims of this have included:

Mary Jane: The most obvious one due to her being a fan favorite and a long-standing established character

J.Jonah Jameson: Who suddenly began to endorse Spider-man getting more violent (prior to Superior blackmailing him) despite the fact that he's always been at heart a good guy. Not a guy who openly endorses people getting beaten within and inch of their lives. He's always been an ass but never an evil person.

Kaine: As Peter's clone he should know Peter better than almost anyone and being his evil clone at that should know exactly how far Peter would be pushed before becoming what Superior is and yet he seemed oblivious as to why Peter was doing what he was doing. Especially with his comment about clones. Peter was very close to Ben and Kaine knew that and yet no alarm went off at that?

Peter Parker: He was portrayed as someone who was prepared to let a child die in order to save his own life. The argument made by Slott is that and I quote "Peter is not like Steve Rodger's, he's not a saint." Which is true but that still doesn't make sense or excuse the action. Peter has put his life on the line for villains and other evil people as well as innocents in the past and yet he was willing to risk a child's life in order to save his. This is not just out of character but out-right wrong and goes against everything 50 years of story telling has tried to do. This happened for no other reason than an attempt to assert Superior Spider-man by degrading Peter.

Doctor Octopus: Otto is one of Spider-man's oldest and most dangerous foes who's intelligence and cunning has proved time and time again how dangerous he is. He is an educated man who has shown in the past the up most respect for Spider-man even saving his life during the Clone Saga when Peter was dying and he has been reduced to someone who isn't even smart enough to pretend to be Peter in public to the people who know him best? This is probably the worst one of them all.

I could list so many other characters such as the Avengers but that would take to long and you all probably get my drift by now. Suffice to say characters are being dumbed down and degraded in order to accommodate Superior when in reality it should be the other way around as it shows laziness and disrespect for said characters. Someone of Otto's intelligence should know to at least make an effort to seem like Parker. In fact the only time I have EVER seen Otto do this was here:

Aside from this instance I can't recall another moment.

The Good!

Now despite all the bad stuff there is a few good moments in this idea. If it wasn't for how poorly and inconsistently it is executed it would be a very interesting and intriguing idea. There are some things i've liked about the series. The new tech is cool and even his personality on the few occasions its written right (Yost seems to be doing the best thus far). These are some of my favorite moments which to me best represent what Superior could have and by all rights should have been:

If Superior was always written like this and was portrayed as the smart, cold, calculating and cunning character he should be and his supporting cast wasn't dumbed down to accommodate him this could have been one of the best parts of Spider-History and sadly it probably will not be so.

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (8/11/2013)

This week I had a ball with indie comics. I had quite a few possibles but these were the three I decided on.

The Hit-List #2 (Zenescope Comics): Boom Headshot!

This week the Hit-list officially kicked off and the Assassin team making their move on the Brown House Bishops. The results are deadly and effective.

So many bald people

Our first assassin gets a gun pulled on him fortunately the thugs doing it are unaware of who they are threatening.

This is why you don't try to kill trained assassins

The second uses herself as bait to lure her targets in.

Yes. Yes she is serious

I could show more but heck buy the comic to see the rest of this. The last Assassin we see shall be known simply as the Honey-badger. The others all show their skills but him? Well he just does this and doesn't care about showing off.

Hand to hand? Puh-leeeeease

Bushido #5 (Top Cow): More Vampire Samurai's

Well Bushido is back and with a vengeance at that. This week it we saw probably the best fight in comics in general for the week.

Vampire SMASH!

So while Kichiro's brother is using his Vampire stats against other Vamps whats happening to Kichiro. Well he's getting his ass handed to him by the big bad guy.

Its just a flesh wound

After getting smacked around for a while the two brothers double team.

Truce?

What happens next is pretty awesomely brutal.

Holy Crap!

And what follows that even more so.

HOLY CRAP!

At the end of this issue we also see what I have been waiting for since this series started.......Ninja Vampires! Yes Ninjas who are Vampires but you'll have to buy the issue to see that mwhahahaha.

Aphrodite IX #5 (Top Cow): Say Wha!?

Yep another Top Cow title made the list this week. Aphrodite after breaking free of her programming is a little bit pissed off.

Dat Art!

The main thing I liked about this issue was her internal monologue. Hawkins I praise your writing and of course Sejic is still (imo) the undisputed king of comic art currently!

"Hey why is she looking at me like that?"

But the best part was at the end of this issue.

XV, Wait...what?

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Strider92's Indie Comic Thoughts: Day Men (BOOM!)

Yet another BOOM! title. I really wanted to go for a different company this time but I bought the first issue on a whim from Comixology and it was good enough to warrant making it onto this blog. This series has only just started it is only 1 issue in with the next issue coming out next week (I think). It is written by Matt Gagnon and Micheal Alan Nelson (Supergirl) and illustrated by the very talented Brian Stelfreeze. This is primarily a Vampire series (I think I heard a few people groan then) and I know the whole-Vampire theme is getting very over used lately and has gotten a bad rep due to certain (not pointing fingers...) media incarnations but hear me out.

What Is It About?:

Extra-Crispy!

For thousands of years the world has been controlled by the "50 Families" a network of Vampires that basically control almost everything under the sun (oh the irony) and are engaged in an eternal conflict for territory, food etc... with each other. However the Vamps all have the classic weakness to sunlight (and by weakness I mean they go extra-crispy when they go out in it). So what do they do during the day when they can't go out and wreak havoc?

They have humans to do it for them. The Day Men. This is where the protagonist David Reid comes in. Reid is a Day Man and protector of the Virgo family more specifically Azalea Virgo. Day Men have been employed for thousands of years and while they are just normal humans thousands and thousands of years of combat training and Vampire hunting techniques is passed down to each one and Reid is no exception.

The series basically follows Reid and him doing everything in his power to allow his family to overthrow the others and become the most powerful colony in the world.

Why You Should Read It?

Superhuman speed Vs Thousands of years of combat techniques? Not even a contest.
I kill Vampires with a Cane while wearing a tuxedo and driving a Lambo....your argument is invalid.

Although only one-issue in it has the potential to build into an incredible series. For those of you who are familiar with Lazarus it has that kind of vibe going for it and a similar concept albeit executed very differently. One thing that sets this series apart from most Vampire based fiction is that the Vamps are not the top of the food chain in fact most of them have a decent amount of fear for the Day Men and with good damn reason.

These guys are damn scary and seem to make a mockery out of Vampires despite their super-human speed and strength.

I can't even think of a comparison I can make for this series as I said prior in this post Image's Lazarus is the closest comparison I can make due to the feel of the story. Ever since I, Vampire got canceled (damn you DC *shakes fist*) i've been looking for a decent Vampire themed series which is a lot harder to find than you would think and if issue #1 is anything to judge this series on then its is going to be awesome. If you have room on your pull-list for another series and you like the look of this then DO IT! Its only 1 issue in! You have 0 catching up to do!

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (1/11/2013)

Executive Assistant Iris V4 Issue #2 (Aspen Comics): Best Fight!

The best fight from indie's this week comes from Executive Assistant Iris who has taken it upon herself to protect a small girl. I won't go into story details for people who want to read the issue but straight off the bat about 1 page in we are greeted with this double page.

"Ninja powers activate!"

This pretty much sets the tone for this issue which is basically non-stop action including but not limited too: Motorbike chases, flying daggers and all round awesomeness.

Fodder fights make for the most amusing panels

The are was awesome and Iris yet again shows why she is the most formidable of the Assistants.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No its...

As I said most of this issue was comprised solely of Iris kicking ass.

A pair of throwing knives Phil.....how could you not see that?

The Spider #15 (Dynamite Comics): And Not A Single F*** Was Given That Day!

In this weeks Spider issue the Spider is out of his "tiny little tree" basically doing whatever he can to as many people as possible.

Can't argue with that efficientcy

In this issue he cuts loose not really caring about the repercussions just killing everything and everyone he deems guilty.

Gotta admire the dude for looking after his own health

I shall leave with this which basically summed up the entire issue and Spider's motivations during the entire thing.

The Honey Badger has some competition now!

The Darkness #115 (Top Cow): Guess Who's Back!?

The reason this is one of the best moments in comics this week is as follows. For those of you who haven't followed the Darkness, Jackie is no longer the Darkness but an evil clone made of nothing but pure Darkness is. Jackie finally having enough of his Doppelganger antics enlists the help of Aram.

Jackie has a beard now!

But due to some circumstances Jackie wants his new Doppelganger dead.

I shall stop your pimp cane!

However when Aram goes to destroy the Darkness Jackie steps in and we are left with the best panel I saw all week from any comic!

Will the real slim shady please stand up?

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Lucius The Eternal Respect Thread!

Lucius The Eternal:

Alias: The Soulthief, Fulgrim's Champion, The Scion of Chemos

Standard Gear:

Blade Of The Laer:

In Lucius' left hand, he wields a relic Power Sword from the Great Crusade. Millennia ago, following the Drop Site massacre on Istavaan V, the Greater Daemon of Slaanesh who possessed the body of the Primarch Fulgrim presented the Daemon-sword Fulgrim had recovered from the homeworld of the xenos known as the Laer to Lucius as a sign of Slaanesh's favour. This alien, single-edged blade once contained the captured essence of the daemon that possessed Fulgrim, but lost much of its power once the daemon was freed from imprisonment within the sword to inhabit the unfortunate Primarch's body for a time. Now the blade is an ordinary Power Sword of an exquisitely curved, single-edged design, but in Lucius' hands it remains as lethal as any blade that has ever been forged.

The Blade of Laer counts as a power weapon for more information on power weapons see the Space Marine Respect Thread.

The Lash Of Torment:

In his right hand, Lucius is armed with his personal Daemon Weapon, a gift from Slaanesh known as a Lash of Torment. This weapon takes the form of either a whip, or multiple lengthy tendrils, that twists and coils with a mind of its own. Cruelly barbed hooks run along its length and its sinuous coils are warm yet unsettling to the touch. Within this physical vessel is bound the essence of a Daemonette, and the whip is in turn bound to its bearer, either fusing to and ultimately absorbing his or her hand, or by fusing directly to his or her spine like a Mechadendrite. The Lash of Torment is, like all Daemon Weapons, sentient and has a will of its own. In battle it will move independently from its bearer, attempting to coil around any living being foolish enough to get close. Once it has trapped a victim, the Lash will writhe and constrict around the hapless being, slowly suffocating it and cutting it to pieces with its multiple barbs. The most disturbing power of the Lash is that it does not only thrive on the pain and fear of its victims, it also psychically projects these feelings to all those in the vicinity of its actions. Servants of Slaanesh find this highly entertaining and wonderfully pleasurable, but other beings have been seen running away in terror when forced to experience the terrible agony of one of their fellows caught in the Lash of Torment. Even outside of combat, the Lash 's ability to project emotions is a valued tool during the debased and perverse rituals of praise that the servants of Slaanesh engage in.

Commorite Stimm-Pack:

Lucius further bolsters his already superhuman speed and strength with exotic combat stimulants, a prize wrested from the gladiatorial arenas of the Dark Eldar. The stimm-rack that dumps these combat drugs into his system before each duel was implanted within his flesh by the renegade Chirurgeon Fabius Bile, a fellow student of the black arts and pilgrim to hidden Commoragh.

Armour Of Shrieking Souls:

Lucius is able to constantly reincarnate within the body of any being that manages to kill him, effectively making him immortal. So long as the killer takes some measure of satisfaction from the victory over Lucius, this will result in the victor's body transforming and their soul becoming trapped in Lucius' suit of Power Armour, a Daemonic artifact known as the Armor Of Shrieking Souls. This armour draws its hellish strength from the thousands of souls trapped within it, providing Lucius with enhanced protection from any onslaught he encounters. Lucius is also able to focus the residual energies of the imprisoned souls' torment into a lethal sonic crescendo on an opponent's mind at will, causing the foe immense pain. Lucius' ancient Mk 4 Power Armor is all but hidden under a writhing skin of tortured flesh.

The sonic attack in action:

For more information on Power Armour see the Space Marine Respect Thread.

Mark Of Slaanesh:

Lucius also bears the Mark of Slaanesh upon the Armour of Shrieking Souls and is equipped with Slaaneshi combat drugs intended to heighten the sensations of battle. He is empowered with the powers wrought by Slaanesh's favour and daemonic physical strength and durability. Lucius has mutated considerably in the millennia since his fall to Chaos and among the physical "gifts" he has received from the Prince of Pleasure are a pair of goat-like cloven hooves.

Stats:

As an Adeptus Astrates Lucius is capable of replicating any feat performed by a Space Marine however he is considerably fast in terms of combat speed. For Space Marine feats and stats see the Space Marine Respect Thread.

Feats:

Lucius Killing Space Marines with ease while dodging bolter fire (mach 2 speed):

Lucius killing megarachnids.

Megarachnids are too fast for Space Marines with mach 2 reactions to even see properly:

Lucius takes on Megarachnids and doesn't only beat them but shows that he is out-right playing with them:

Lucius continues to play with the Megarachnids as he takes on the equivalent of 4 super-humanly fast swordsman at once and Tarvitz admits to having never seen him be beaten in a sword-fight:

Lucius deflects a bullet before killing a Marine:

Beats a Chaos Lord in close combat with his swordsmanship:

Lucius Vs Charmosian (Chaplin):

Lucius Vs Erebus. Lucius strikes move so fast that 5 experienced marines have trouble seeing his strikes.*

Drawing his blade, Lucius had entered the practice cage facing Erebus. The iron hemispheres closed around them. Lucius took up a straddled stance, his broadsword held high and close. Erebus kept his own blade extended low. They circled. Both Astartes were stripped to die waist, the musculature of their upper bodies rippling. This was play, but a wrong move could maim. Or kill.

The bout lasted sixteen minutes. That in itself would have made it one of the longest sparring sessions any of diem had ever known. What made it more remarkable was die fact that in that time, mere was no pause, no hesitation, no cessation. Erebus and Lucius flew at one another, and rang blows off one another's blades at a rate of three or four a second. It was relentless, extraordinary, a dizzying blur of dancing bodies and gleaming swords that rang on and on like a dream.

Abaddon, Tarvitz, Torgaddon, Loken and Aximand closed around the cage in fascination, beginning to clap and yell in thorough approval of the amazing skill on display.

Still they duelled on. Erebus's style was defensive, low, repeating and changing each parry like a mechanism. Lucius's style was full of attack, furious, brilliant, dexterous The play of them was hard to follow.

At the fifty-ninth second of the sixteenth minute, according to the practice cage chron, Lucius scored his winning blow. He hooked his broadsword under Ere-bus's guard and wrenched the Word Bearer's blade out of his grip. Erebus fell back against the bars of the practice cage, and found Lucius's blade edge at his throat.

'Whoa! Whoa now, Lucius!' Aximand cried, triggering the cage open.

'Sorry.’ said Lucius, not sorry at all. He withdrew his broadsword and saluted Erebus, sweat beading his bare shoulders

A good match. Thank you, sir.'

'My thanks to you,' Erebus smiled, breathing hard. He bent to pick up his blade. 'Your skill with a sword is second to none, Captain Lucius.’

-Horus Rising Pg. 73

If anyone has the feat where Lucius lolstomps that squad of Terminators it would be much appreciated because I can't remember where its from :(. I'll update this as I find more feats.

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (25/10/2013)

Another week over and another weeks worth of indie goodness!

Bushido #4 (Top Cow): Vampires Vs Samurai's That Is The Question!

Bushido 4 answers the question that has crossed everyone's mind at some point or another and that question is who would win between a Vampire and a Samurai?

I like where this is headed!

and the answer is this.........Who the hell cares! Its awesome regardless of who wins! Allow me to show you why.

This is a Vampire getting sliced up by a Samurai. This is the definition of awesome.

AWESOME!

This is another Vampire killing a Samurai. This is also the definition of awesome.

AWESOME!

And this is a Samurai Vs a Samurai-Vampire.........your arguments are now invalid!:

EVEN MORE AWESOME!

Normally I limit myself to only 3 images per comic I add to this list but this issue is just so gorgeous in every aspect and I cannot and will not limit myself to just that small glimpse at the awesomeness that was this issue! Top Cow you are now back to the top of my favorite Indie companies!

OVERFLOWING WITH PURE AWESOMESAUCE!

2000AD #1855: Tripping On Art!?

Now 2000AD almost made it into this list twice for the same issue (2000AD contains multiple stories) once for the Pretorian Vs The Carnifex a very short and sweet fight that must been seen! But I thought that would be unfair so instead I settled on what I thought was the center point of this issue. The art that made me feel like I was on some form of ecstasy.

There was something about the art in this story that jumped out at me due to the contrast in styles. The sort of comic drawing crossed with CGI.

So shiny

There was no particular moment in this that stuck out I just found myself completely mesmerized by the art that I was seeing on the paper in front of me. This is the definition tripping on art!

Tag you're it!

The Shadow #18 (Dynamite): The Shadow Vs The Light

This is probably one of the best battles in comics this week (second only to Samurai's Vs Vampire of course!). We've already seen the Shadow throw down a few times with the Light and here it goes again!

Swords!? Peuh I have mah b****-slap hand

Given the amount of tussles these two have had now (c'mon what is this the 5th or 4th?) I was waiting to see a good conclusive fight and I wasn't disappointed.

As previously stated Hands>>>>Swords

Although everytime I see the Light I think her supername should have been Negative-Ninja-Nun though I still manage to look past that. As usual the artists in the Shadow pulled off yet another stunning few panels

In your face Batman!

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C'tan Respect Thread

The C'tan:

It is said that the C'tan were created at the very beginning of the universe, spawned from swirling gases and enormous amounts of energy, and as such are etheric creatures by nature. In their natural form they are vast beings and spread themselves over the surface of a star, sucking at its energy to feed themselves. After a time, they learned to use diaphanous wings to travel to other stars to continue their consumption. The matter around them was so insignificant that it didn't even register to their voracious appetites.

-Description of the C'tan

Notable C'tan:

The Nightbringer:

"I am endless. I am oblivion. Since the dawn of time I have existed and you attempt to resist me? Foolish mortals. I shall bring the night to your pathetic existence."

-The Nightbringer

The Nightbringer was the first C'tan to make its presence known and was the being responsible for devouring the star that was destroying Necrotyr. It is a being of immense age and power that in many cultures including the Eldar it has embedded itself as Death personified. Weaned on a diet of slaughter, nothing else could satisfy its hunger and the Nightbringer eagerly threw itself into war against the Old Ones, laying waste to entire regions of space in the name of its monstrous hunger.

The Deceiver:

"You think you can play games with me? You clearly do not know who you are talking to. Every game that you have ever played, every lie you have ever told, every method of deception you have ever used, I invented them all."

-The Deceiver

The Deceiver unlike its fellow C'tan who use their brute force and terrifying abilities to get their way instead uses trickery and deceit. Using its word it has caused whole civilizations to bend to its will.

The Void Dragon

"This thing. This Dragon. If it exists it is the biggest threat to life as we know it. If this thing ever returns then Emperor save our souls because the Dragon will devour us all."

-The Void Dragon (Imperial description)

The Void Dragon is the most powerful of the four remaining C'tan it was a master of the material realm and its warriors were practically invincible. While eating stars it takes the form of a cloud of dark light engulfing everything in its path.

The Outsider

"Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha."

-The Outsider

The Outsider is considered to be insanity incarnate. It disappeared after cannibalizing its brother and has not resurfaced into the material realm in recorded history thus no-one truly knows what the creature looks like and is generally referred to in texts as simply a pair of burning eyes that induce incredible fear and insanity on anyone unfortunate enough to gaze upon them.

Powers and Abilities:

Description of a C'tan Shard:

"Even in their reduced and wholly fettered state, C’tan shards are beings of near-unlimited power. They can manifest energy blasts, control the minds of lesser beings, manipulate the flow of time, and banish foes to alternate realities. Indeed, a C’tan shard’s abilities are limited by only two things, It’s imagination-which is immense- and glimmering memories of the being from which it was severed. Whilst no individual C’tan has full recall of the omnipotent being it once was, each caries the personality and hubris of that far vaster and more puissant being. Though a Shard has the power to reduce a tank to molten slag with but a gesture, it might simply not occur to it to do so, as its gestalt primogenitor would have tackled the situation through other means, such as by devolving the crew into primordial ooze, or deceiving them into attacking their own allies"

-Necron Codex pg. 40

C'tans destroying plants, devouring stars and creating black holes:

" Planets were razed, suns extinguished and whole systems devoured by black holes called into being by the reality warping powers of the star gods."

-Necron Codex pg. 9

A C'tan essentially removing someone from reality:

"Mutating the flow causation and remolding the temporal stream, the C'tan casts back into the darkness before time was time."

-Necron Codex pg. 41

A C'tan's mere presence destroys reality around:

"The natural world revolts at the C'tan shards presence, the very ground writhing and shaking as the physical laws holding reality together are undone."

-Necron Codex pg. 41

C'tan's presence destabilizes gravity:

"The C'tan's presence destabilizes gravitational forces, disrupting engines, teleporters and warp jumps."

-Necron Codex pg. 41

The Nightbringer eats a star from the inside out:

“Seventy thousand light years away, the star known to Imperial stellar cartographers as Cydo entered the final stages of its existence. It was a red giant of some ninety million kilometres diameter and had burned for over eight hundred million years. Had it not been for the billowing black shape floating impossibly in the star’s photosphere and draining the last of its massive energies, it would probably have continued to do so for perhaps another two thousand.

Normally, it generated energy at a colossal rate by burning hydrogen to helium in nuclear fusion reactions deep in its heart, but its core was no longer able to sustain the massive forces that burned within.

Powerful waves of electromagnetic energy and sprays of plasma formed into a rippling nimbus of coruscating light that washed from the star in pulsing waves. The Nightbringer fed and grew strong again in the depths of the dying star.”

Nightbringer pg. 273

The Nightbringer devours a man's life-force:

“As though sensing his thoughts the Nightbringer slowly turned to face him, the yellow pits of its eyes burning his soul, boring into the core of what made him human. But Kasimir de Valtos had set himself to becoming an immortal god and utter single- mindedness filled his thoughts as a creature from the dawn of time swept its darkness around him.

‘Make me like you! I freed you. I demand immortality – it is my right!’ shrieked de Valtos as the Nightbringer lowered its gaze to his. He felt himself sucked into the creature’s eyes, the emptiness of its stare more terrifying than anything he could comprehend. He saw the dawn of the alien’s race, the things they had done, the misery and suffering they had inflicted upon the galaxy and the blink of an eye that was the race of man. He dropped to his knees as the sheer insignificance of his existence trembled before the unutterable vastness of the alien’s consciousness. The fragile threads that were the twisted remains of Kasimir de Valtos’s sanity shattered under such awful self-knowledge. This being had tamed stars and wiped entire civilisations from existence before the human race had even crawled from the soup of creation. What need had it of him?

‘Please…’ he begged, ‘I want to live forever!’ The Nightbringer closed its clawed hand over de Valtos’s head, the blackened fist com- pletely enclosing his skull. Kasimir shrieked in terror at its touch, his flesh sloughing from his bones as it fed on his life energies.”

-Nightbringer pg. 224

Pulls a space-ship out of a different dimension:

“The Nightbringer released its grip on de Valtos, letting his ravaged body topple to the ground. Slowly, deliberately, it turned its attention to the glowing metal fixed in the centre of its former tomb, passing its gnarled fingers over the shape. And in space, a crescent shaped starship began to slowly drag itself from the shadowy realm it had occupied for the last sixty million years, called back into existence by its master.”

-Nightbringer pg. 224

The Nightbringer lolstomping some Space Marines despite the fact being weakened to only the tiniest fraction of its power:

“Uriel, Pasanius and Dardino faced the awesome form of the Nightbringer, weapons drawn, feeling waves of horror breaking against them, but standing firm in the face of the enemy. Uriel had nothing but contempt for the massive alien creature before him. The darkness of its spectral cloak billowed around its form and twin pools of sickly yellow pulsed within the darkness where its head might be.

The howling darkness of its scythe-arm lashed out, faster than the eye could follow. Sergeant Dardino grunted, more in surprise than pain as his torso toppled from his body and his legs crumpled in a flood of gore. Pasanius opened fire, his bolts stitching a path across the swirling night of the alien’s form. Hollow, echoing laughter pealed from the walls as each bolt flickered harmlessly through the enveloping darkness. The scythe licked out again and Pasanius’s bolter was sheared in two perfect halves. The return stroke removed his right arm below the elbow. Uriel used the distraction to close with the alien, slashing the power knife into the darkness. He screamed as the glacial chill of the being’s substance enfolded his arm. The creature’s awful talons swung in a low arc, punching through Uriel’s chest, tearing through a lung and rupturing his primary heart. He hurtled backwards, landing awkwardly across the remaining slab of the tomb, the glowing metal burning its image into the back of his armour. Pain ripped through him, deep in his chest, along his arm and within every nerve of his body. He groaned, fighting to push himself to his feet as he watched the Nightbringer begin the slaughter of his men.

Uriel roared with rage as the Nightbringer effortlessly butchered his men. Knowing that there was no chance to defeat this impossible creature, still they faced it, refusing to give in. Pasanius fought one-handed, slashing wildly at the creature as it darted about the chamber cutting and slicing.”

-Nightbringer pg. 228

The Marine realizing how weak the the Nightbringer was when it did this:

“The connection made between them by the Nightbringer granted Uriel the barest insight into the manifestation of this utterly alien being and suddenly he knew that despite the carnage it had wreaked, it was but a fraction of its true power. It was still so very weak and needed to feed. Uriel knew that every second that passed granted the Nightbringer fresh power as it fed on the strong life energies blazing in this place.”

-Nightbringer pg. 228

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Best Indie Comic Moments Of The Week (18/10/2013)

This is just something i'm trying out. Its no secret to anyone who chats with me here on the vine that i'm a big fan of Indie comics in general so as I read so many random things I thought it would be interesting and insightful to post what I think the top 3 best bits to come out on Indie comics and only Indie comics every week. Hopefully you guys will agree and it'll give you a chance to see some stuff that interests you, that you may have missed!

Archer and Armstrong #14 (Valiant Comics): Archer Goes Batman!

Now whoever reads this series knows that Archer is a serious badass but this issue he's pissed off. So much so that he ends up channeling his inner Batman on some poor unsuspecting soldiers sent to kill him.

All i'm hearing is Bales "i'm swallowing nails" voice

He then goes on to have one of the best rants i've heard in comics in a long time about how he and the night are besties and how the night is apparently really into social networking.

I think we may have a new champion. Batman and Nolan-Bane step aside Archer might be the new king of the night. Heck the night apparently follows him on Twitter that means he must be important...

Its Official. Archer is Valiant's badass!

Critter #15 (BDI Comics): Best Use Of Telekinesis EVER!

At the moment in the Critter-verse everythings gone pretty crap. America is being flooded by a villain called Tidepool and all the heroes are pretty busy trying to keep of Pool's minions under wraps suffice to say its pretty chaotic. However during the chaos Yellow Jacket decides to enact some revenge.

As usual in these kind of grudge matches the villain gets in a few good hits and the hero retaliates leading to the villain saying how he won't be beaten as easily as the first time.

Apparently getting punched in the face by a 30tonner is just a minor inconvenience

Suffice to say it followed the general trend of fights until this happened. Critter has telekinesis but she doesn't use it much so when this happened I expected something awesome.

Sh*t is about to go down!

I expected something awesome to happen. What I didn't expect was this.

Wait? What? WALRUS POWA!

Buzzkill #2 (Dark Horse): Bloodiest Fight!

Now the theme of this whole issue is set pretty quick when a bunch of villains come to beat down on everyones favorite drug-induced super-hero who is trying to go T-total. However back-up arrives in the form of Eric.

Eric could you be more awesome?

Who the proceeds to beat the living bejeezus out of everything in his path. Suffice to say he uses his batons far better than Nightwing or Daredevil.....well more lethaly anyway. He also brings a few gadgets.

The answer is yes. Yes you can.

Upon seeing that he's gonna get Eric killed despite the dudes incredible awesomeness Ruben realizes he needs to bite the bullet and give in to the substances he's trying to kick. The results are........pretty extreme. Suffice to say the next couple of pages are filled with some pretty brutal and bloody fighting until the fight eventually ends.

"Oh god" seems a pretty sound reaction

Until the fight eventually ends.........

UNTIL THE FIGHT EVENTUALLY ENDS!

UNTIL THE FIGHT EVEN-..........never-mind doesn't look like he's stopping anytime soon.

I think i've found Luther Strode's long lost brother!

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Strider92's Indie Comic Thoughts: Suicide Risk (BOOM!)

Leo Vs the Villains

Its been a while since I made a blog post so I thought i'd make one about one of the least known and yet one of the best indie titles going around. Suicide Risk from BOOM! seems to have completely flown under the radar which is a travesty. This series is absolutely brilliant. The concept is and the art both interior and on the covers is incredible.

Written by Mike Carey and illustrated by the talented Elena Casagrande this series is both story-driven and visually stunning.

What is it about?

Blackbolt's little brother?

Superheroes and supervillains are in a constant battle for supremacy but as a drug appears on the streets that turns regular people into supers the heroes and cops begin falling like flies due to the sudden boom in villains. Suicide Risk follows a run of the mill cop Leo Winters who has to deal with super-villain activity on a daily basis. When his friends are murdered in a super-villain heist on a bank it causes Leo to crack. No longer content with being a cop and motivated be revenge he tracks down the power-dealers and empowers himself in order to hunt down the super-villains that killed his friends. The dealers however cannot guarantee what power Leo will get if he undergoes the procedure. He eventually ends up with the ability to manipulate every natural occurring force from electricity to gravity (I blanked it out in case people wanted to discover for themselves what power he ended up with). To sum it up briefly this is the story of an average guy who is pushed into getting powers to avenge his friends and hunt super-villains.

This series is one of the most original ideas i've seen since Lazarus. The characters are engaging and the villains are evil enough to get you to hate them straight off the bat.

Why you should read it:

sh*t just got real!

This is honestly one of the best indie titles out there at the moment. Second only to Lazarus. The series is only 6 issues in but the story is fast-paced and advances in leaps and bounds. You will not be bored reading this in slightest.

Carey and Casagrande have brought their A-game consistently with this series and in comparison with Marvel and DC's titles this series is leagues ahead. I don't really have anything negative to say about this series and while I would go into more detail about it I don't want to give out any more spoilers than I already have as this is just a sort of spot-light post to get people interested not a synopsis so if the idea of this series appeals to you in anyway shape or form just buy issue 1 and you will definitely want to keep reading. I've been looking for a replacement ongoing for Scarlet Spider and it looks like i've found it in Suicide Risk.

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