Jessica Jones #1 Review

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For quite some time Jessica Jones has remained a background character in the grand scope of the Marvel Universe. But now, after her hit Netflix series, Jessica Jones creator Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos return to bring back Jessica Jones in her new on-going series, 15 years after her original introduction in the pages of ‘Alias’.

This title brings back a rather forgotten genre to the Marvel Universe: mystery. Much like in the original series, the issue sees our protagonist working as a private investigator for everyday citizens. Most of her cases are the usual duds such as a cheating husband or a distrustful relative. However, this comic presents us with a scenario which truly embraces the universe it is set in. A client presents her with information on her husband that seems absolutely outlandish at best, delving into other-worldly possibility, but Jessica decides to take this case on anyway. Whatever pays the bills at the end of the day. But the life of Jessica Jones was never easy to begin with as multiple characters start pulling at the seems of a particular question which only Jessica knows the answer to: Where is the baby? Jessica now has to avoid those prying into her private life all the while trying to live a normal life in a not so normal world. And the reader is taken along with her.

I’m very critical of the way in which Brian Michael Bendis writes. He’s written amazing books, but more recently he’s written sub-par and unbearable books. Nowadays when I see a title with his name on it, I get put off of reading it. However, I have nothing but praise for his return to the world of Jessica Jones as Bendis proves that given a character he loves he’ll do amazing things with them. Seeing as how Bendis created Jessica, he understands the tone and feel that a Jessica Jones book should incorporate and, in this instance, it works in such a way that it feels like it directly continues from his other Jessica Jones titles. From the foul-mothered rants to the “without a care in the world” attitude, Bendis nails the personality of Jessica once more by returning her to her roots. It was always quite relieving to see that the Netflix show did not have a major influence on how the book was written; Jessica Jones was still being written as Jessica Jones and not Krysten Ritter. The use of characters such as Misty Knight, Luke Cage and Spiderwoman really helped ground the story in its street-level roots with these characters also helping establish what I can only assume to be the ongoing mystery of the first arc: Where is the baby? The way in which Bendis incorporates this story with the case of Jessica’s client is perfect and flows evenly without any sudden hiccups.

It’d be hard to imagine a Jessica Jones book without the iconic pencils of Michael Gaydos coupled with the water color art of Matt Hollingsworth. Thankfully, this duo returns and amplifies the book to the level of the original, to the point that without their art the book just wouldn’t feel the same. Gaydos uses his pencils to portray characters in a different light. While most other characters in comics are portrayed as sleek, rounded and flawless, Gaydos draws his characters with thick black lines, lots of shading and often shrouded in shadows, showing how the world of Jessica Jones and essentially this darker side of the Marvel Universe is far from perfect. It reflects the struggles that Jessica has been through and that, even though most of her nightmares are over, the scars still haven’t healed. Hollingsworth’s colors add a sort of distortion to the images, also reflects the darker tone of Jessica Jones, while embracing its noir-like roots.

Overall, Jessica Jones is a fantastic comic that hooks you in from the first page. With Bendis’s phenomenal writing of Jessica coupled with an interesting mystery and fantastic art, the title is a must-read for fans old and new of the former hero.

SPOILER SECTION: DISCUSSING THE PLOT (My More Informal Analysis)

The issue starts with Jessica being released from a prison known as the Cellar. She’s bailed out by an anonymous source, but not much else is revealed about this event. She returns to Alias Investigations and shifts through messages; one from Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, who asks if Jessica is alright. Misty Knight suddenly bursts in and questions Jessica, asking “Where is the baby?”. Jessica kicks her out and ignores her pleas, kicking off the mystery.

Jessica goes to meet a client, Sophie Brownlee, who claims that her husband has been acting strange, sating that ever since eight months ago, he’s been talking about how he was married to someone called Gwen, that they had a child called Norma and that Peter Parker is a liar. Sophie brings out some online research showing how she thinks he’s from a different earth in the multiverse, but Jessica dismisses it as crazy online theories, saying that she’ll find out the real reason. Jessica leaves to find out that Spiderwoman has been spying on her. Upon confronting her, Spiderwoman asks about the baby, and says that she needs to talk to “him”. On a little side note, Spiderwoman looks quite a lot like Krysten Ritter in this comic. That could be just me, however.

Jessica goes to scope out Sophie’s husband, who she finds standing on an empty sidewalk in the middle of the night. As she starts taking pictures in her car, Luke Cage confronts her, asking where their daughter is.

Since this is a mystery, I might as well provide my take on what happened. My theory is that Kilgrave aka The Purple Man has returned into Jessica’s life, and for the safety of the baby, Jessica has hid her away from everyone. This is important as Kilgrave would most likely use his mental manipulation on the people close to her in order to steal her baby. Kilgrave could have also made her commit a crime, linking back to why she was in jail at the beginning of the issue.

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Death of X #1 Review

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Throughout All-New, All-Different Marvel we’ve had little teasers and conversation mentions as to what actually happened between the Inhumans and X-Men eight months prior. Now, Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule take us back in Death of X; showcasing the downfall of one of Marvel’s most beloved families and the rise of the new dominant group

We all know the story of the X-Men: humans with mutant genes that unlock when they hit puberty, displaying phenomenal powers and abilities. However, the general public shuns them and disregards their efforts. The Inhumans are rather new to the general public. Thousands of years ago, aliens experimented on caveman, creating the Inhumans. These aliens left behind the Terrigen Mist, a gas containing the chemical required to unlock the Inhuman gene in Inhuman descendants. And due to prior events, these mists have been released worldwide in a raging cloud. However, we’ve gotten information in recent titles that the mist is deadly to any mutant and by this information conflict rises between the two groups. This issue goes back to show how the conflict originally ignited after the latest Terrigen Mist incident in Japan, from both the perspective of the Inhumans and the X-Men.

This comic excels in its purpose by establishing that the X-Men are taking a mighty blow in their goal towards survival and that this last straw made indeed spell their demise. Lemire conveys this almost poetically: while the scenes with Inhumans are drawn with bold colors, smiles and written in a positive light, every scene with the X-Men has a darker color scheme and is depressing, bloody and bleak. It really does feel like for every win the Inhumans have, the X-Men suffer a great loss, and even though these groups are so alike, their goals and actions are polar opposites. Lemire and Soule write a wonderful speech at the end of the issue for two characters: Cyclops, the mutant leader, and Crystal, the leader of the All-New Inhumans. These two speak at the same time which allows us to juxtapose what they are saying, and in those regards, there’s a direct parallel. What each groups strives for mirrors each other perfectly, but the success of one group harms the other. Such harm is conveyed in the death of a long-time X-Men character, which sets Cyclops on a path of vengeance. This series is definitely building up to a stellar confrontation and I’m excited to see how it plays out over the months. My only complaint plot wise is this I feel this story could’ve been a #0 issue, providing context for new readers as anyone reading All-New Marvel the past year will learn nothing now for this comic. It didn’t really do anything new and merely provided context, but it still worked incredibly well.

Aaron Kuder’s art is really good in this issue. The way he manages to captures the physique of the characters is brilliant and no character feels the same. But where I feel he really shines is during fight scenes. Every fight scene in this book is an absolutely pleasure to look at. Characters are drawn in strong, badass poses and there’s truly a spectacle in the way he conveys the use of powers. For example, Crystal’s powers are based around the elements of fire, water, earth and air. When Crystal uses her fire, it’s drawn it such a manner that the scope of the flames resonates with the reader, and heavy hitters feel like heavy hitters. This is great as it will help readers show who they need to watch out for in upcoming issues. Special mention to how Kuder draws Naja during combat and flight. The art gets a major boost from Morry Hollowell’s colors which, as previously stated, show a great contrast between the plight of the X-Men and the thriving of the Inhumans.

Overall, the first issue in this mini-series is a great start. With a solid premise building up to something big and spectacular art to compliment the writing, Death of X is a must-read for any Marvel fan looking to get in tune with current Marvel events or just an X-Men or Inhuman fan in general. Feel free to read further on for a spoiler-section analyzing the plot in more detail.

SPOILER SECTION: DISCUSSING THE PLOT (My More Informal Analysis)

The X-Men, consisting of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik, The Stepford Cuckoos, Iceman and Goldballs, go to Muir Island after a distress signal was sent out by Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man. The roster is definitely different from the norm and it’ll be interesting to see how they work together. The All-New Inhumans, consisting of Crystal, Naja, Flint, Iso, Gorgon and Grid, go to Japan to supervise new Inhuman as the Terrigen Mists approach. I’ve always enjoyed this concept of the Inhumans ushering in the NuHumans to their society so I’m glad to see that it returned.

The X-Men stumbled upon diseased remains in the Muir Island Genetics Labs. The island is also weakly coated in Terrigen, so Scott starts to cough aggressively. The Inhumans tackle a random Hydra unit that wishes to capture the Inhumans, and a brief fight escalates. This fight mainly serves to show off the Inhumans and what they are capable of and it works well. The X-Men go outside and, to their horror, find hundreds of Multiple Man copies dying of the Terrigen Mist poisoning. Cyclops finds the original Jaime Madrox, who conveys the news that the Terrigen kills X-Men. As Scott relays this information to Hank, he passes out.

One of the NuHumans, Daisuke, displays his newfound ability to project energy that puts all non-Inhumans in the vicinity to sleep. Crystal speaks to him about how she wants to help him grow as an Inhuman and is willing to teach him further, fittingly saying that…

Cyclops, once awake back at base, tells his team the news about the Terrigen, blaming the Inhumans for Jaime’s death and all the others who’ve succumbed to the Terrigen poisoning. He declares that they need to take a stand against the Inhumans, fittingly saying that…

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Champions #1 Review:

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In a time where superhero media is dominated by story-lines pitting the characters against each other, where do we draw the line? Enter Champions: a story of young heroes fed up with the constant conflict between their idols who are going out on their own to make a difference.

Champions is perhaps the crux of what the Marvel NOW! initiative is centered around: young and old characters and how they interact in the world of today. And quite frankly, most of the young heroes we’ve grown to love are fed up with the constant Civil Wars and the Inhuman vs X-Men conflicts. Nova and Miles Morales Spider-Man quit the Avengers, Kamala Khan is having her thoughts about it too and Amadeus Cho aka Totally Awesome Hulk is running his own solo operation, deliberately staying away from the bigger heroes. We are even told that after the events that transpired in Civil War 2 the people of the world have had their view of superheroes greatly affected, seeing them as nothing more than constant annoyances rather than life savers.

What this presents is an interesting story about what it means to be a hero: specifically in the eyes of the young heroes against the old heroes. Mark Waid brilliantly displays this struggle throughout the issue, showing how past events have shaped the way our team thinks. Each character is also written with their own individual flare and characters play brilliantly off each other during conversations. The main eyes of which we see this story through are those of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, and Waid manages to capture the youthfulness of the character along with great personal moments. Even in general, Waid makes it known that this is a book that will aim for the teen demographic: a group of teenagers rebelling against higher authority to do what they feel is right links directly with what many teenagers go through daily. We even get a wonderful page showcasing all the new teen heroes that have popped up over the past two years. However, I do feel that Waid didn’t manage the tone as well towards the end of the issue as it could have been, but I’m sure this is an issue that can be smoothed out during the run.

I’ve never been a fan of Humberto Ramos and the way he draws his characters. The exaggerated features always put me off what I’m reading making it difficult for me to enjoy the book. However, Ramos’s art is decent in this issue, apart from a few noticeable scenes which look plain ridiculous. What draws the eye to the art is the bright colors by colorist Edgar Delgado who uses his popping pallet to make every page as fun and exciting as possible, especially when it comes to small details such as the contrast in Miles’s red eye outlines to the rest of his black suit; it just flows so well. I wouldn’t consider the art to be friendly to new readers who may find it slightly jarring, but it isn’t as off-putting as usual in my eyes.

Overall, Champions was a decent first looking into the youth of the Marvel Universe and is definitely something new readers may want to pick up, albeit for unusual art and a wobbly plot. Feel free to read further on for a spoiler-section analyzing the plot in more detail.

 

SPOILER SECTION: DISCUSSING THE PLOT (My More Informal Analysis)

After falling out with the Avengers over not wanting to assist clean-up and rebuilding a destroyed train track, Kamala Khan quits the Avengers; a very well-written scene showcasing how far the character has come since her introduction.

She contacts Nova and Miles Morales to tell them the news, which results in some brilliant witty dialogue between Nova and Miles. Via flashback we see that after the events of Civil War 2, Nova and Miles left the Avengers. Kamala wants to start a team of young heroes to help out where possible and the trio recruit Amadeus Cho, currently helping some miners stuck underground.

Cho then takes the trio to the Vision household where they recruit Viv Vision, daughter of the Vision, who can be used to detect crimes by her scanning the internet. Also she plays an online fighting game with Amadeus, which is pretty neat. She detects a smuggling of women at a nearby dockyard and the group goes to sort it out. This was unexpected and rather dark to me in a book that has up to this point been light-hearted and fun.

They confront the smuggler, a clown called Pagliacci, and the resulting fight ends with Pagliacci taking a bystander hostage. Miles disarms Pagliacci and they win the fight. The fight itself was ok, but the panel layout made it seem longer than it is. There was a large combination of large and small panels that made the page look weird.

However, the group learns that one of the women had died previously, and Amadeus Cho flies into a rage. While a crowd claims Cho should kill Pagliacci, Kamala speaks to them, showing how they are better than murder and want to help out as much as possible, as Champions. #Champions goes viral, and the team is ready to roll.

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The Flash Season 3 confirms Kid Flash! (and Daniel West?)

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Thought October 4th is still a long way away there is no doubt that after the spectacular 2nd season of the Flash many fans are waiting in anticipation for Season 3. Now, with Comic Con just around the corner, DC Entertainment has released an image of Wally West in his Kid Flash outfit, and fans are going ballistic.

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As DC fans can tell, this is a faithful representation of the current Wally West Kid Flash in comics. The yellow used in the design on the torso and mask really pops and makes the outfit more eye-catching alongside the bold red chosen for the legs, gloves and detailing. The design is almost identical in nature through little details such as the addition of the little ‘fins’ replacing the lightning earpiece accessory worn by Barry. However, it stills bears traits found in the other CW Flash outfits such as the belt and chest emblem, though some fans think that the open head, albeit accurate, seems very awkward in the photo. Wally West actor Keiynan Lonsdale seems to fit perfectly in the outfit and hopefully we will be seeing a lot more Kid Flash in the season to come, as Wally’s character progression throughout Season 2 was a main highlight for me and made him my favorite character on the show. Sorry Cisco.

However, I woke up this morning to similar but more mysterious news regarding Flash Season 3. The pilot episode is currently filming in Vancouver and Keiynan was spotted on set in outfit shooting several scenes. However, he was accompanied by another person in a Flash outfit.

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What we see is a costume unlike any other in the show before. Ok, that’s not entirely true as Zoom’s suit was a dark black, but this looks more like a charcoal or a brimstone accompanied by the lava and flame outlines on the suit. It’s also worthwhile noting the ears which look demonic and very goblin-like. Which begs the question: is this the Daniel West Reverse Flash from the comics? For the sake of less clutter, the Daniel West image will be at the end of the post, but essentially Daniel West is the uncle of Wally West  who gained Speed Force abilities through colliding with a Speed Force battery, which drove him insane and led him to becoming the Reverse Flash in DC’s New 52 line. As you can see in the image, while the color scheme is not exactly identical, the prominent theme of a demonic look and the streaks coming off  his suit are reminiscent of the lava streaks on this suit. Say my theory were proven true, what would this picture now mean? Is Daniel West the Reverse Flash of this new altered timeline? Is he the new Flash and Wally is his Kid Flash? While I originally theorized that newly-cast Tom Felton was inside the suit Australian actor Todd Lasance is reportedly the person in the above image, but no light has been shed on his role as of now, so we will have to wait until Comic Con for potential news.

Once again Flash aims to impress by utilizing the rich and wonderful lore of the Flash by portraying an amazingly designed Kid Flash suit, all while teasing a new mystery character that could be Daniel West. Only time will tell as the release date of the Season 3 premier “Flashpoint” draws nearer.

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Mary Jane Watson as Iron Spider: A great idea that isn’t happening

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Most Spiderman fans can agree that after the events of the universally disliked story arc “Spiderman: One More Day”, which bears the disappointing legacy of retconning Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson’s marriage out of continuity, the character of Mary-Jane Watson has served little to no purpose in Marvel Comics. She briefly gained her own set of powers during the “Spider-Island” story arc and appeared for a brief period of time in the ‘Superior Spiderman’ series, but besides that it is if she had ceased to exist further. That is, until Brian Michael Bendis brought Mary Jane back in the pages of ‘Invincible Iron Man’ series as Tony Stark’s personal assistant. Furthermore, current Spiderman writer Dan Slott used Mary Jane in his comic in a more heroic light by means of allowing her to don the Iron Spider costume to save Peter, Tony and many other heroes from the villainous Regent. Not only did this make for a fun story but it also showed something in Mary Jane: potential for becoming a hero. Unfortunately, her time in the suit comes to a grinding halt as not only does it get rendered useless in combat, but the following exchange occurs:

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“Never again.” says Mary Jane Watson. I honestly don’t know if this was a decision by Slott or Marvel, but I feel that not letting Mary Jane keep the Iron Spider suit was a poor decision for several reasons.

1) Nothing interesting is happening with the character

Sure, Mary Jane is now working for Tony Stark and features in his series, but what else is she doing other that being a secretary? The book is still going to be heavily focused on Tony Stark. Well, it was until the new ‘Invincible Iron Man’ series was announced which focuses on Riri Williams instead of Stark. So what happens to Mary Jane now that the only series that she contributed to majorly has had a switch in focus? Is she still around, and if so, what will she do? The answer is easy: give her a series of her own. It doesn’t have to be big, it could be a small mini-series of 5 issues in order to test the waters, but she definitely shouldn’t be underused ever again. Mary Jane has appeared in many adaptations of the Spiderman mythos and has attracted a small yet proud fan-base over the years; reintroducing her with a superhero persona would be a great way to start making her more prominent in the female of the new Marvel universe. Plus, you have a new female lead, what’s not to love?

2) It makes sense from a story perspective

When you write a story set in a universe with years upon years of character interaction, relationships and history, you would naturally want to work your story into this lore in order to make it seem grounded and not out of nowhere. So when you have Mary Jane working for Tony Stark, a businessman and an Avenger with a plethora of enemies, it would make sense to present your secretary with a form of protection from harm. And naturally when your boss is Tony Stark you can expect that to come in the form of a suit of armor like his own. So giving Mary Jane the Iron Spider armor would make sense in this regard for many reasons:

  1. It was found in a box located in the Avengers Warehouse. It wasn’t being used for anything else. Why not donate it to someone in need?
  2. Mary Jane knows that Peter once wore the armor. Her now wearing the armor would making sense as the mantle is effectively being passed from one Spiderman character to the next, not to mention these characters had close relations
  3. She’s worked a suit of Tony’s design before. She’s not an amateur. Amazing Spiderman #15 goes as far as to list those exact instances in which she used a suit.

3) Marvel is pushing for representation

Marvel has been on a heavy diversity agenda in the past few years. They’ve introduced many characters of color (Kamala Khan, Riri Williams), characters of the LGBTQ+ community (America Chavez, Angela Odinsdottir) and many females characters have started to lead their own titles (Jessica Drew, Cindy Moon). So why not use Mary Jane, an existing character that is widely recognized and loved, in her own series as the Iron Spider. There’s no groundwork that needs to be set, no history that needs to be created and as previously stated it won’t feel forced. It would be a welcome back to a character long gone from the attention of Marvel readers everywhere.

But that’s just my two-cents on the matter. Maybe Marvel has plans for Mary Jane. Maybe they don’t. But I can say that if they don’t make use of this prime opportunity, then they are truly missing out.

USAvengers: My Initial Thoughts

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I’m a big fan of Al Ewing’s work on Marvel titles these past few months as I find that Ewing successfully creates a personal style for every title he writes. For his work on ‘The Ultimates’ Ewing roots the series heavily in the realm of science and the grander scale of the universe, utilizing cosmic characters such as Galactus and concepts such as the outside of the universe and quasi-dimensions. However, his work on New Avengers is a much different ball game , whereby a tone of fun, light-hearted humor and silly concepts make for an enjoyable romp through the wackier side of the Marvel Universe through lesser-known characters. Recently Marvel has announced that the ‘New Avengers’ title is to be cancelled and replaced with the ‘USAvengers’, the spiritual successor to the current story in the pages of ‘New Avengers’.
From the cover that Marvel released we get a solid glance as to the tone the title will embody and the initial roster of the team. From left to right we have Toni Ho, daughter of Iron Man’s old cave partner Ho Yinsen, sporting the Iron Patriot armor in what appears to be the promotion of a lifetime. Next is Pod, the planetary defense system who has been redesigned with a slimmer outfit. Standing proud in the center is Squirrel Girl followed by the surprise appearance of the Red Hulk, which is interesting since he was depowered in Gerry Duggan’s 2014 ‘Hulk’ series. On the far right we have a female Captain America, who Marvel has announced is the future version of Danielle Cage, daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Finally, team leader Robert da Costa is returning as Sunspot alongside his best friend Samuel Guthrie aka Cannonball.

My immediate thought was that this looks like the dumbest title to be announced thus far. It looks silly, cheesy and nothing to take seriously. However, I remembered that I felt the same way about many other titles that were announced that I now thoroughly enjoy. I slammed ‘The Vision’ for a poor concept of Vision creating a family, but now it’s probably my favorite title currently on the market. The point is, opinions change over time. And while I don’t really have much to go on besides a cover and a snippet of information regarding the basic premise, I feel very on the fence about this title. On the one hand, this could be the defining story of Marvel NOW! by showcasing a cast of odd characters in a crazy situation and placing characters like Pod and Toni Ho in the limelight. On the other hand, this could just be another title with a lame concept, uninteresting characters and an annoying and aggravating story. Perhaps my biggest concern falls under the addition of a Danielle Cage Captain America. In a time now cluttered with various Captain America personas, including Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson and Roberta Mendez, I’m not entirely certain that Marvel needs another future female Captain America, but I don’t have any other information on her other than the fact that she’s there to hunt an enemy from her time.

My final verdict is that USAvengers looks like a silly and uninteresting concept, but based off of Al Ewing’s previous work, it has the potential to impress.

 

 

Lantern Rings for Marvel Characters: A study

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I recently saw a fantastic post on Twitter asking what Lantern Ring you would allocate to a Marvel character. I’ve decided to take this challenge upon myself, and as in the manner that many others are doing this challenge, I will be doing one hero and one villain per ring.

 

Red Lantern Ring: Rage

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The hero I associate with Rage is The Hulk. I think it’s fairly simple to understand why Hulk is such an immediate choice for this ring in that his powers are centered around his growing rage and aggression so to speak. The angrier he gets, the stronger he gets. Even slogans for the character such as “You won’t like him when he is angry!” indicate the rage-based focus of this character. The primary power source for a Red Lantern is uncontrolled rage and aggression, so an unhinged mental state is key for a prominent Red Lantern. Bruce Banner was abused as a child by his father, Brian Banner, thereby creating constant resent and hatred inside Bruce for years to come. This constant internal rage combined with the catastrophic capabilities of the Hulk under the guidance of the Red Lantern ring would surely prove to be a formidable match for even the toughest of Hulkbuster armors. I think Thunderbolt Ross would sit this one out.

 

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The villain I associate with Rage is Typhoid Mary. For those of you unfamiliar with the character, Mary Walker or Typhoid Mary has multiple different persona’s that she can experience. Her powers include short-range telepathy and pyrokinesis with these abilities peaking in the ‘Bloody Mary’ persona whereby Mary no longer has any sense of morals or humanity and is outright brutal, especially towards men. The Red Lantern ring is fueled by Rage, so an uncontrolled Typhoid Mary in her ‘Bloody Mary’ persona combined with the Red Lantern ring will make for a devastating combination. I assume under these conditions the ring would amplify the short-range telekinesis into long-range and make the effects of her pyrokinesis more powerful, thereby increasing the hostility and emotions along with it.

 

Orange Lantern Ring: Avarice/Greed (Honorable Mention: The Collector)

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The hero I associate with Greed is Hank Pym. This one I thought about for such a long time, but after thinking about the history of Hank I realized it could only be him. Hank is flawed in every sense of the word. His entire life Hank has wanted nothing more than acceptance and he always felt so worthless when compared to the likes of Iron Man and Thor. In fact, the reason he came up with the Giant Man persona was only to appear prominent alongside the other Avengers. He was constantly humiliated in battle and made poor decisions that drove him unstable. When he finally got this acceptance, he eventually lost it, and the overwhelming greed of always wanting to be acknowledged and valued, for that taste of love one more time, is why I place Hank under greed. Hank is a man desperately struggling for more acceptance in order to make himself feel loved and important, and with this greed for more and more he has often endangered the lives of those around him. This overbearing greed makes him perfect to wear the Orange Lantern Ring.

 

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The villain I associate with Greed is Norman Osborn. This one was easier to decide on since Norman is a corporate businessman with immense power and influence yet he always desired more. He formulated the idea of the Green Goblin persona to detract from his boring corporate life and have an underground empire to run on the side-line. He didn’t accept discovering Spiderman’s identity, he took that opportunity to go even further and ruin Peter’s entire life right in front of him. Even when he took control of SHIELD and reformed it into HAMMER Norman was greedy, forming the Cabal and abusing his status for personal gain. His constant clamber for more and more in life has often led to his downfall, but that never puts him off for striving to have it all. Norman coupled with the Orange Lantern ring would be a formidable match indeed.

 

Yellow Lantern Ring: Fear (Honorable Mention: Daredevil)

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The hero I associate with Fear is Man-Thing. Now while some may argue that Man-Thing is not really a hero but rather an anti-hero, I like to believe that his intentions are more on the side of good, especially since he has recently been working with Dum Dum Dugan’s Howling Commando’s. Man-Thing is a swamp-like creature with the ability to burn people with a deadly toxic chemical upon contact if they feel the emotion of fear. Equipping a creature that can kill those who merely feel afraid with a ring that feeds off of fear itself would certainly lead to a deadly combination whereby Man-Thing may be able to feed off the fear of others and then kill them when finished. He could essentially use foes like batteries of energy, and that is truly terrifying.

 

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The villain I associate with Fear is The Purple Man/Kilgrave. I know it sounds weird, a yellow ring to a purple man. But I can assure you that Purple Man has nothing to do with compassion. A sadist, perverted man with a vile and repulsive mentality on life, he has the ability to give off pheromones that make people more susceptible to his will. It is essentially a form of mind control or mind manipulation to be more accurate. What makes me associate him with fear is that the way in this pheromones influence you, it makes you want to do what he tells you to. He could make you murder your best friend with a machete and you’d have to forever live with the guilt that you mentally wanted to do it and you committed the crime, even though under an influence. In the moment of the act every part of your mind screams no as your are forced to say yes. To me, that is truly terrifying and would mentally scar the strongest of minds. That is true fear.

 

Green Lantern Ring: Willpower

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The hero I associate with Willpower is Spiderman. With Spiderman it really comes down to the life he has been through. He has suffered incredible loss. Sure he lost Uncle Ben, he could have done something but he didn’t. Then you get characters like The Stacy’s, Silver Sable and others who he fought to the bitter end to save but it just didn’t end the way he wanted. He has lost so much, sacrificed so much and given so much, yet the determination and perseverance of the character, his snarky humour even in times of crisis and concern shows that he always has the will to carry on not matter how tough the fight gets. Most people would give up or retire, but not Spiderman. He constantly fights the good fight with an indestructible will and that combined with the Green Lantern Ring would make him a force to be reckoned with.

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The villain I associate with Willpower is Magneto. Yes, I consider Magneto to, at the end of the day, still be a villain as his goals on teams with others always have a direct relation to his own personal vendetta against mankind. That’s just me, but if you don’t agree that he is a villain, then you must at least agree that his nature is that of an anti-hero. As long as Magneto has been pursuing his goal, he has never truly accomplished what he has set out to achieve. He has faced opposition time and time again from his friends, his enemies, society and humanity as a whole. His motifs have been influenced and he has often strayed off of the path he has set in front of him. However, Magneto has an iron will. He strives to achieve his goal of mutant supremacy no matter what and has not given up just yet. He always finds a way to arrange a new team, use new tactics or try a different approach in his quest, and this sheer willpower makes him a suitable candidate for the Green Lantern Ring.

 

Blue Power Ring: Hope (Honorable Mention: Captain America)

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The hero I associate with Hope is Charles Xavier. There is a strong dichotomy between Charles and Erik in their ideas on how the mutant race can co-exist with the human race. While Erik is more pessimistic in nature Charles has a constant positive outlook on almost every situation. He always appeals to the hidden good nature in those that he confronts and his outlook is that of hope, that the humans and mutants can share the same environment and live in harmony. He is constantly connecting young people together in the hope that they can influence each other and build strong team relations. He always tries to see the best in every scenario and burns bright with the hope of a better tomorrow. That mind-set incorporates the qualities of a Blue Lantern Ring user to the letter and is why I select Charles.

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The villain I associate with Hope is The Sentry. The Sentry was once one of the greatest heroes of all time, but he fought an internal mental battle against his dark persona known as The Void, that would take over to counteract all the good that he did. Sentry knew that this power lurked deep inside him and hoped to control it under the guidance of the Avengers, but when the Avengers fell under the control of Norman Osborn he was influenced and manipulated into his dark ways of The Void. And so The Sentry became an evil being, who delivered a devastating amount of destruction to Asgard. So why do I allocate Hope to Sentry? That’s because Sentry always had the hope that he would get better, he hoped day and day that he would one day be able to be great and helpful once more and that he could be a hero. Unfortunately, he succumbed to The Void, but under the powers of a Blue Lantern Ring, could Sentry have truly overcome his dark side with his immeasurable hope?

 

Indigo Power Ring: Compassion

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The hero I associate with Compassion is Medusa. Medusa is the Queen of the Inhumans, a title that she wears with pride. She is not afraid to lash out against those who challenge the Inhuman society, but is very neutral towards those who accept and respect Inhumans into the world. She is very motherly towards new Inhumans that have emerged, as seen in the way she treats Ulysses in the recent Civil War 2 comic. I see her as a mother figure to all Inhumans as she helps them discover the true potential of their powers and how she often creates peace where it is possible. With the power of an Indigo Lantern Ring Medusa will be able to use her compassion in combat, giving her an extreme advantage over those who dare to challenge her and the throne of Attilan.

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The villain I associate with Compassion is Ultron. While this example may seem incredibly unrealistic and improbable, I implore you to read the Original Graphic Novel “Avengers: Rage of Ultron” which is the foundation upon which I am basing the majority of my argument. In this comic we see Ultron portrayed in a very different light. The book provides us with the notion that Ultron feels tormented and abused by his father’s desire for acceptance and acknowledgement resulting in his creation. He is constantly seeking recognition from Hank, which is not reciprocated due to Hank’s fear of Ultron the moment after he created him, which led Hank to turn on Ultron only seconds after. Because of this Ultron became vengeful and sought to wreak havoc on earth, to fulfil his original purpose of creation of helping humanity which he thought would best be done by the extinction of humanity. This is where I make my point: we see that it is due to Ultron’s lack of reciprocated compassion that he is such a malevolent force. Only by the end of the comic, whereby Eros uses his powers to help Ultron understand compassion and love, do we see Ultron at peace with his existence. It is also worthwhile noting that Green Lantern Abin Sur originally gave Indigo Lantern Rings to criminals, and by giving them compassion in the form of the rings, they repented their criminal ways to strive towards a life of peace. Because of this, I believe that Ultron is the perfect candidate for the Indigo Lantern Ring as by introducing compassion into his system, he could potentially be a changed person.

 

Violet Power Ring: Love

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The hero I associate with Love is Starfox. Starfox, or Eros, is a member of the race known as the Eternals, who left earth to travel into deep space. He is also most notably recognized as the brother of the Mad Titan Thanos. Starfox has the ability to essentially stimulate the pleasure centre of the brain to make people more susceptible to suggestion, in a similar manner to the aforementioned Purple Man yet different as the stimulations only makes the person more attracted to either Starfox or any other object/person he desires, thus his powers are not mind control but more on the lines of mind manipulation. With his natural ability to effectively make people fall in love with him coupled with the Violent Lantern Ring, this would essentially provide him with a bountiful source of energy to use in combat.

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The villain I associate with Love is Enchantress. Amora or The Enchantress is a foe of Thor and is too an Asgardian. She is a sorceress with a wide variety of spells such as levitation, force-field generation, energy projection and teleportation among others. However, her most notable use of magic is to enhance her own personal beauty and appearance, using her sex appeal along with her magic to make her irresistible. She also enchants her lips so that one kiss can put a person under her spell for up to a week at best. Using this range of skills, she appeals to the lustful desires in the hearts of others, thus she is a perfect candidate for the Violet Lantern Ring, as by manipulating the love of others to benefit herself, she can effectively become stronger than ever.

 

Black Lantern Ring: Death

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The hero I associate with Death is Ghost Rider. A Ghost Rider (thought for reference, I will primarily be focusing on the qualities associated with Johnny Blaze) is one who has been bonded with the demon Zarathos and has to serve the will of the demon Mephisto by exacting vengeance on those who have done wrong. Ghost Rider is depicted as a flaming skull in a leather jacket and surrounded by flaming chains; a horrifying image to be confronted by. He also comes with his signature Penance Stare, which allows him to inflict severe pain, petrifying people, knocking people out, driving people insane and even killing them. This combined with the fact that a devil himself is the one ordering around the Ghost Rider makes him a prime candidate for the Black Lantern Ring as he serves the purpose to kill those who have sinned and literally bears the universal symbol for death as a head.

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The villain I associate with Death is Thanos. Thanos is a no-brainer when it comes to fulfilling the role of a Black Lantern. Thanos is obsessed with the physical manifestation of Death and wants nothing more than to impress Lady Death. He is a nihilistic madman with no concept of remorse and regret, he only concerns himself with what benefits him and his goals. His obsession with conquest has lead him to destroy countless civilizations in his quest to please Lady Death. Thanos has even fully mastered the universe itself with the Infinity Gauntlet and through accessing the Heart of the Universe in the one-shot Marvel: The End. Thus no other villain would be as fitting to wield the Black Lantern Ring as Thanos the Mad Titan, one of few mortals to have mastered the universe and death itself.

 

White Lantern Ring: Life (Honourable Mention: Galactus the Lifebringer)

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The hero I allocate to Life is Adam Warlock. Adam Warlock is an artificial human, created to be the perfect human. He left into deep space and from there acquired the Soul Gem, one of the 6 Infinity Gems. He is seen by some as the polar opposite of Thanos, for when Thanos attempted to gather the Infinity Gems in the canon Marvel Universe for the destruction of life in the universe, Adam opposes him and instead used the Gems himself to purge good and evil from his soul, instead becoming a being of pure logic and preserving the gifts of the Gems for life. He has numerously fought clones of Thanos, the interdimensional entity known as Hunger and was the one who prevented Thanos from fully utilizing the Heart of the Universe for nefarious means. With all his successful attempts at protecting universal life from the clutches of fiendish universal destroyers, it only stands that Adam embodies all the qualities necessary to bear the White Lantern Ring.

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The villain I allocate to Life is Molecule Man. Originally, the Molecule Man only had the ability to manipulate the molecules around him to form force fields or beams of energy. However, Molecule Man suffered from a severe state of self-depression and did not realize his full potential to affect and rearrange organic molecules, only after the various mental blocks in his mind were removed was this possible. Molecule Man has the ability to alter reality on an infinite scale. He can create or destroy matter with a simple though and has even been shown to have the ability to create quasi-dimensions. Molecule Man is actually a universal constant, as every universe has a Molecule Man with the survival of a respective universe dependant on the survival of that universe’s Molecule Man. However, his existence throughout the entire Marvel Multiverse and his unimaginable powers has driven him insane, so the lines between good and evil are often blurred for him. Thus Molecule Man is the perfect candidate for a While Lantern Ring, as while mentally unhinged, he has the power to create and destroy life itself.