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Battle Ranker Competition Round 3: Dormammu vs Random Team 8

 

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Round 3: Match-Up #8, Dormammu is challenged by Random Team 8. Random Team 8 has Zatanna, Cyclops, Doomsday, Solomon Grundy and Ultraman.

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Marvel Day: After Their First Defeat By Enchantress and Power Man, Cap’ Leaves The Avengers Kooky Quartet

Power Man (Erik Josten).
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Stan Lee


Penciler(s)

Don Heck


Inker(s)

Wally Wood


Colorist(s)

Stan Goldberg


Cover

Jack Kirby and Wally Wood


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

August 10, 1965

IN SQUADS, TEAMS AND LEAGUES

“CAP’S KOOKY QUARTET” FORMS

In Avengers (1965) #16, the Avengers defeat the Masters of Evil. Originally, the villain team consists of Melter, Black Knight, Executioner, Enchantress and Baron Zemo. Apparently, Baron Zemo dies and is buried by Cap’ and Rick Jones. To end, Thor transports Melter, Black Knight and the Avengers to another dimension. There, Melter and Black Knight are captured. However, the Asgardians Enchantress and Executioner escape. At the next Avengers meeting, Thor is MIA.

In addition, Wasp decides to leave because of the team’s dangers. When Iron Man and Giant Man debate disbanding the Avengers, Hawkeye infiltrates the mansion. To this end, he wants membership. Soon, the Avengers announce they are accepting new members. After Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver submit their request by letter, they are accepted. Before the media, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is announced though questions remain about their level of power.

In 'Avengers' (1965) #16, Cap's Kooky Quartet is introduced.
In Avengers (1965) #16, Cap’s Kooky Quartet is introduced to the media. Marvel Comics.

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*Power Man’s first appearance.

ENCHANTRESS AND POWER MAN DEFEAT THE AVENGERS

In Avengers (1965) #21, Erik Josten is in the Amazon jungle. There, the former Baron Zemo agent is digging through rubble for the entrance through his lab. Since he is a wanted criminal in Europe, he hopes to repeat the experiment that created the super-powered Wonder Man. In this way, he hopes to change his fate. As fate would have it, the mischievous Enchantress views Erik in a vision and departs to his aid. There, she appears to him in the lab. Mischievously, she promises to work the machine for him.

When he gains super strength, Enchantress seduces the newly-christened Power Man to destroy the Avengers. Soon enough, Enchantress creates illusions around the city of the Avengers destroying property. When Cap’ learns of their plot, he fights Power Man. But he is no match for the super strong enemy. Afterwards, each Avenger is defeated except for Scarlet Witch. In humiliation, the Avengers are caught for trespassing and soon disband.

Power Man (Erik Josten).
Power Man (Erik Josten). Marvel Comics.

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AFTER CLEARING THEIR NAMES, CAP’ LEAVES THE AVENGERS

After disbanding, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch join a circus. But it turns out to be the Circus of Crime. Deceptively, they pose as a normal circus and call the police. In addition, they claim the Avengers attempted to rob them. Panickingly, the Avengers flee.

Meanwhile, Captain America poses as a publicity man. Successfully, he records Power Man on tape admitting his crime. Finally, the Avengers band together and defeat Power Man and Enchantress. With the tape, the Avengers clear their names. However, Cap’ leaves the Avengers at the end of the issue.

'Avengers' (1965) #22.
Avengers (1965) #22. Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Avengers Vol 1 16 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 21 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 22 in Marvel Database.
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DC Day Series: Scratch That Origin Story! Batman Is A Meta!

 

DC DAY SERIES

'The Joker War' Part One.
The Joker War Part One. DC Comics.

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IN POWER LEVEL

INTRO

Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity. Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

Let’s delve into why Batman’s Strength Class is properly speaking a Metahuman.

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SCRATCH THAT ORIGIN STORY

Batman Begins. WB.

What truly makes Batman special is the fact he really is a human. Through sheer determination and fanatic discipline, he conquers seemingly unsurmountable obstacles. Such as assassins, mad scientists, alien powerhouses, gods and magical beings. Yet, if he is undeniably human, his strength level indicates he belongs with the metahumans. What does this mean?

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Properly speaking, the Twitter audience is correct. In terms of speed and durability Batman is undeniably a Peak Human-Level.

However, how does he defeat metahumans and teams of metahumans, with or without preparation? Let’s explain!

 

'Superman/Batman' (2003) #3.
In Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman and Batman take on the DC Universe.

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BAT-GOD OR BAT-NINJA?

First, one ability that Bruce Wayne possesses is his Genius-Level intellect. With his expertises in criminology, psychology, chemistry, biology, forensics and computer engineering Batman is able to devise scientific solutions to problems from small to larger scales. For this reason, he has often been called Bat-god. At the same time, Batman is a master strategist.

With preparedness, he is able to dismantle an organization and defeat a metahuman, god or demon. In many respects, this is a function of the Dark Knight’s mastery of all martial arts disciplines on Earth, his expertise with mysticism, magic and the supernatural. For this reason, he has often been called Bat-ninja. Properly speaking, read below why the Caped Crusader is actually a Bat-ninja.

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
In Batman (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money. DC Comics.

THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Feat: Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1 Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated approximately a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, in order to save appearances, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required Bat-ninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation. Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman vs The Incredible Hulk #1.
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DB Comics Mailbag: How Come Kitty Pryde Didn’t Starve To Death When She Was Permanently Phased?

In 'Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men' (2008) #1, Shadowcat phases a 10-mile bullet through Earth.
 

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IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED


AT HER PEAK, SHADOWCAT CAN PHASE AN INTER-PLANETARY BULLET THROUGH EARTH

In 'Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men' (2008) #1, Shadowcat phases a 10-mile bullet through Earth.
In Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men (2008) #1, Shadowcat phases a 10-mile bullet through Earth. Marvel Comics.

To begin, Shadowcat has often been the most disrespected member of the X-Men. Indeed, her mutant super power allows her to phase through solid objects. Nonetheless, her bashfulness, youth and fear have often caused her some issues. But all that changed.

In one remarkable story, Kitty Pryde is called upon to save the Earth from impending doom. Particularly, the X-Men are on a mission to Breakworld to prevent the destruction of Earth. On Breakworld, the planet is governed according to prophecies viewed on “timeshadows.”1 Violently, the planet had been at constant war. In order to investigate the prophecy of a mutant that would cause the end of Breakworld, the X-Men travel there. As it turns out, the prophecy referred to Colossus.

When Powerlord Kruun activated Retaliator from their orbiting moon, the 10-mile bullet was fired on a collision course with Earth-616. Immediately, Shadowcat phased through the bullet attempting to alter its navigation systems. However, with no navigation systems inside, Kitty was forced to use her mutant powers. Meanwhile, the X-Men and Earth’s heroes banded together to avert the cataclysm. However, the bullet’s magic was too powerful providing them with fantasies about victories. Finally, summoning all her might, Shadowcat phased the bullet all the way through Earth. In the end, she seemed permanently merged with the bullet in space where she stayed for a duration of two years.

Really, when we rate this feat, Kitty’s energy projection required her to phase a 10-mile bullet traveling at stellar speed. In fact, in the comic, we get the information that the bullet had a gravitational slingshot around Desirius-Beta, which is 8.6 light years or 8.136*1016 meters away from Earth. At eight minutes from a collision with Earth, the bullet was traveling Faster-Than-Light at 1.695*1014 m/s. Overall, the kinetic energy of the bullet was at least 2.87*1028 Joules. In order words, Shadowcat had to perform a Stellar-Level of Energy Projection.

Now, let’s answer the user’s question by looking at how Kitty’s powers work when phased.

A GHOST, KITTY WOULD NOT NEED TO EAT NOR BREATHE WHEN PHASED

3. SHADOWCAT CAN AIR WALK

In 'Kitty Pryde and Wolverine' (1985) #5, Kitty Pryde has to concentrate to walk on air.
In Kitty Pryde and Wolverine (1985) #5, Kitty Pryde has to concentrate to walk on air. Marvel Comics.

In Kitty Pryde and Wolverine (1985) #5, Kitty Pryde becomes Shadowcat for the first time. To this end, she travels to Tokyo in order to warn Heiji Shigematsu to stop threatening her father.

During the issue, Kitty displays her famous ability to walk on air. Though the physics of this super power are unclear, basically, Kitty is able to become less dense than air. At the same time, she phases all her atoms through the air molecules. Really, she would have to phase her 7 octillion or 7*1027 atoms to become less denser than 1.225 kg/m3. In each cubic meter of air, she would have to phase at least 2.53 x 10^25 atoms. For 4.74 m3, that’s less than 5.81 kg.

Theoretically, being less dense than air would enable to not need to breathe. However, it should be noted that it is a mental or psionic process in the case of Kitty that requires concentration.

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2. SHADOWCAT CAN DISRUPT CIRCUITRY AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1999) #367, Kitty Pryde disrupts the Acolytes' Gravimetric Pulse Ship.
In Uncanny X-Men (1999) #367, Kitty Pryde disrupts the Acolytes’ Gravimetric Pulse Ship. Marvel Comics.

In many respects, an indication of Kitty’s phasing powers, is her ability to disrupt circuitry and electrical systems. In Uncanny X-Men (1999) #367, Kitty Pryde and the X-Men are fighting the Magneto War. Namely, Magneto with his Acolytes have unleashed an EMP over the Earth. To this end, he demands that the UN cede land for a mutant sanctuary. Against Magneto are the X-Men. During the battle, Shadowcat disrupts the Acolytes’ Gravimetric Pulse ship’s electrical systems.

In some sense, Shadowcat’s psionic powers are purely physical. It appears phasing her atoms between the atoms of solid objects, allows her to disrupt the force of electromagnetism. Likely, she affects the directional movement of electrically charged particles – these include protons and electrons – necessary to create a current.

In some respects, Shadowcat affects matter at the atomic level by disrupting electromagnetic and electrical forces. This seems to indicate that in a phased state, her mind and body supply electrical energy. And the average human produces 100 watts at rest, which is less than 10 percent of the 1250 W that a house consumes every hour. Definitely, this is a Peak Human-Level feat.

1. IN THE PERMANENT PHASED STATE, SHADOWCAT DOES NOT NEED TO EAT

After the Breakworld bullet, Kitty Pryde remained in space for an extended period of time. Furthermore, she stayed without need for food.

In theory, the ability to phase through solid objects and to walk on air, would preclude the need for air and food. Indeed, in a phased state, Kitty’s body is either fully or partially intangible. At the same time, the loss of the need for air means there would be no biochemistry involved, since oxygen is needed to carry out the living reactions of the body. As such, Shadowcat would not need food. In effect, in her phased state she is a ghost.

ANSWER:

In her phased state, Shadowcat is a ghost and without the need for air, precludes the need for the biochemistry of life. Therefore, she would not need food.


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Reviews: Ranking Of Best Spider-Man Comics From The Bronze Age

 

REVIEWS

'The Night Gwen Stacy Died.'
‘The Night Gwen Stacy Died.’ Marvel Comics.

IN Reading Guides, Lists, Reviews

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1970s MOST IMPORTANT SPIDER-MAN COMICS

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED (1973)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #121.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, The Night Gwen Stacy Died is near the top of Spider-Man‘s most valuable comics. On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $8400 and a Minimum Value of $200. And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever broke both Peter Parker’s and fans’ hearts.

Definitely, comic collectors should rave about this comic since it has aged well. Today, Gwen Stacy has been revived in some alternate form as Spider-Girl in Spider-Verse and remains wildly popular.

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BEST: THE GOBLIN’S LAST STAND (1973)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #122.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, The Goblin’s Last Stand is collected under Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Goblin’s Last Stand (Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998)) on Amazon. On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $5760 and a Minimum Value of $90. Furthermore, it ranks 38th on the Top 200 and 8th on the CGC Ranking. And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever led to a temporary end to one of comicdom’s most intense rivalry.

Definitely, comic collectors should collect this comic. Today, Green Goblin’s popularity has resurfaced thanks to the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home movie.

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BEST: THE PUNISHER STRIKES TWICE (1974)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #129.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 1974, the Punisher appeared in Marvel comics for the first time. Really, collectors have raved about the value of this comic which ranks 17th on the Top 200. Indeed, Punisher has created a true cultural movement which has affected law enforcement and even politics. On our GCG Count, the story ranks second. On the Top 200, it holds a Record Sale of $43,200 and a Minimum Value of $670.

Definitely, Punisher has a large following beyond comics and a movie adaptation. In many ways, his value expresses an underground culture that values patriotism, guns and violence. Below, is the first printing of the Marvel Milestone Edition.

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BEST: Never Let the Black Cat Cross Your PatH! (1979)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #194

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Finally, rounding our review is Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1974). Really, the thrilling introduction of Black Cat marks a transition to the more dramatic stories of the 1980s at Marvel. In the Top 200, the comic ranks 98th while our CGC Count ranks it as tenth. In terms of value, the Record Sale is $5,200 while the Minimum Value is $30.

Definitely, if you are looking to buy or sell, this comic continues to have good numbers. Generally, the comic is also sold as the German Euro Variant.

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REFERENCES

List Of Important Comics From The 1970s in Rare Comics.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980) in Sell My Comic Books.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 194 in Marvel Database.
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Fan Theory: Swamp Thing’s Transformations Prove Levi Kamei Is A Homo Magi

The Swamp Thing.
 

FAN THEORY

SPOILERS AHEAD

Cover of 'The Swamp Thing' #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing.
Cover of The Swamp Thing (2021) #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

IN ORIGIN STORIES

LEVI KAMEI STRANGELY TRANSFORMS INTO SWAMP THING

After the demise of the previous Swamp Thing alias Alec Holland, our new series begins. In The Swamp Thing (2021) #1, Indian Levi Kamei is chosen to be the next Avatar of the Green. After a visit to his family in India, Levi becomes connected to the Green.

Strangely, he transforms on different occasions into the Swamp Thing. In The Swamp Thing (2021) #2, he finds a guide in Jennifer Reece. As Levi struggles to make sense of his transformations, his new guide eventually helps him face past family trauma and a trip into the Green.

Cover of 'The Swamp Thing' #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing.
Cover of The Swamp Thing (2021) #1. Levi Kamei strangely transforms into Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

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LEVI’S FAMILY CONNECTION TO THE GREEN PROVES HE IS A HOMO MAGI

In The Swamp Thing (2021) #9, we learn the truth about Levi and the Green. In the issue, The Green has a powerful connection to Levi and his hometown in India. Originally, Levi and his brother were bonded to the Green growing up. However, Levi soon forgot about it and became a scientist as an adult working for Prescot Corporation. Determinedly, Prescot Corporation took an interest in the Green. In fact, before Levi’s birth, the company had acquired information on the Avatar of the Green.

Now, using Jennifer Reece, they baited Swamp Thing into their trap. In addition, Levi’s trauma is revealed when he recalls his father’s murder over the company’s plans to develop land in his village. Initially, Levi sided with his company’s plans despite the residents’ opposition. Evidently, given Levi’s transformations which change Swamp Thing’s permanent transformation, and his connection to the Green, we can assume the hero is a Homo Magi.

The Swamp Thing.
The Swamp Thing. DC Comics.

 


REFERENCES

Swamp Thing #1 in Comic Vine.
Swamp Thing #2 in Comic Vine.
Swamp Thing #9 in Comic Vine.
The Green in DC Database.
Homo Magi in DC Database.
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Marvel Day: In The First War Against The Fantastic Four, It Took A Volcano To Stop Super-Skrull

 

MARVEL DAY

In 'Fantastic Four' (1963) #18, the Fantastic Four battle Super-Skrull for the first time.
Writer(s)

Stan Lee


Penciler(s)

Jack Kirby


Inker(s)

Dick Ayers


Colorist(s)

Stan Goldberg


Cover

Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Stan Goldberg and Art Simek


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

June 11, 1963

IN SUPERVILLAINS

SUPER-SKRULL MAY APPEAR IN THE NEW FF MOVIE

In 2019, fans of CAPTAIN MARVEL [Blu-ray], got a glimpse for the possible direction of the new Fantastic Four movie. In short, the movie is about Kree super-spy Carol Danvers. As she struggles to regain her memories, Carol is caught in a war between the Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls. Eventually, she becomes Captain Marvel, a galactic superhero. At ScreenRant, Chris Voyage speculates that Super-Skrull would be the perfect villain for the FF’s MCU debut.

In addition, clues have been planted in Spider-Man: Far From Home, about the upcoming Disney+ show Secret Invasion. In fact, it is based on the eponymous comic where Earth is invaded by Skrull spies. Dangerously, the spies use their shape-shifting powers to impersonate Earth’s heroes. For their part, let’s look at the first war between Super-Skrull and the Fantastic Four.

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AFTER A PREVIOUS FAILED INVASION, THE EMPEROR SENDS SUPER-SKRULL TO INVADE EARTH

In the fifth quadrant of the Andromeda galaxy, on Tarnax IV, the Skrull Emperor plans to invade Earth. Previously, the Fantastic Four thwarted the Skrull invasion. This time, they are sending the Super-Skrull named Kl’rt. With the powers of the FF, Kl’rt is even stronger than the team combined.

A week later, the Fantastic Four respond to reports of an alien sighting at Times Square. There, Super-Skrull appears and plants the Skrull flag on the ground. Thereby, Kl’rt claims Earth as a Skrull colony. When a mob attacks him, Super-Skrull bats them aside. Soon, the FF battle Super-Skrull but are no match. In the end, the Fantastic Four are forced to flee.

In Fantastic Four (1963) #18, Mister Fantastic battles Super-Skrull. Marvel Comics.

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IN A FINAL BATTLE, THE FF IMPRISON SUPER-SKRULL IN A VOLCANO

In the final battle, the Fantastic Four goad Super-Skrull on an abandoned island named Crater Isle. Previously, Reed deduced the source of Kl’rt’s powers. Indeed, he derives his amazing super powers from a homing beacon to the Skrull Throneworld. Quickly, Mister Fantastic constructed a jamming device.

During the battle, the Fantastic Four distract Super-Skrull. Meanwhile, Invisible Girl plants the jamming device. Amazingly, the device deprives Kl’rt access to his super powers. Now powerless, Super-Skrull is knocked into a volcano. To finish him, Human Torch seals the sand over the opening with his flame.

Crater Isle.
Crater Isle. Marvel Comics.

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REFERENCES

Super Skrull Is The Best Villain For Fantastic Four’s MCU Debut (Not Doom) in ScreenRant.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 18 in Marvel Database.
Movies Clips

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Super Power: 5 Reasons Why Spider-Man’s Multiversal Connection To The Web Of Life And Destiny Is Mystical

The Web of Life and Destiny.
 

Super Power

IN UNIVERSAL AND MULTIVERSAL ANOMALIES

THE WEB OF LIFE AND DESTINY MYSTICALLY CONNECTS THE SPIDER-TOTEMS IN THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE

The Web of Life and Destiny.
The Web of Life and Destiny. Marvel Comics.

If you remember the popular Spider-Verse crossover, you know all the different versions of Spider-Man across the multiverse were involved. In addition, it was adapted into the hit animated movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse [Blu-ray]. Aside from the animated movie, the Spider-Verse crossover really changed the Spider-Man mythos.

As you all know, all different versions of Spider-Man across the multiverse are mystically connected by the Web of Life and Destiny. In fact, it is the same Web that has endowed Madame Web with clairvoyance, astral projection and telepathy. Moreover, this explains her powerful connection to the Earth-616 Spider-Man and how she has sought to help him. In reality, the Web of Life and Destiny is responsible for the powers of all the Spider-Totems.

Namely, the Web of Life and Destiny is spun by the Master Weaver. In addition, totemic spider deities help maintain it. Particularly, Madame Web, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and Spider-Girl are considered avatars or Spider-Totems of the Web of Life. In many ways, the Spider-Totems seem to have a mystical connection to the Web of Life.

Let’s list five reasons why.

5 REASONS WHY SPIDER-MAN IS MYSTICALLY CONNECTED TO THE WEB OF LIFE

5. THE SPIDER-SENSE IS CONNECTED TO THE WEB OF LIFE

In ‘Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man’ (1979) #28, a blind Spider-Man uses his spider-sense like a radar sense to see and prevent a bombdroid from exploding in Manhattan. Marvel Comics

Previously, we argued that Spider-Man’s spider-sense is precognition. On multiple instances, the super power has saved our hero by warning him of danger before it happens. Usually, within a fraction of a second.

Though knowledge of the spider-sense is limited, the Master Weaver has stated that the power is connected to the Web of Life.

In some sense, Spider-Man is alerted of danger because of his connection to the Marvel multiverse through the Web of Life. It is in part genetic and in part supernatural, voire, mystical.

4. MADAME WEB

Notably, Madame Web was Spider-Man’s early connection to the Web of Life. In fact, her powers of clairvoyance and telepathy helped Peter realize the potential of his precognitive abilities.

Particularly, Madame Web is a blind and paralyzed elderly woman. Thanks to a web-like apparatus, she is maintained on life-support in her apartment.

In their first meeting, she helps Spider-Man stop a criminal known as Rupert Dockery. Though her prophecies have been cryptic, they have helped Spider-Man solve cases time and again.

Peter Parker

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3. HE CAN MUTATE INTO A SPIDER AND SHED HIS SKIN

Dramatically, the Master Weaver intervened in Peter’s life. In The Other: Evolve or Die (2005), Spider-Man is suffering from a mysterious illness. Mysteriously, he is affected by spells of dizziness, black outs and strange dreams. While stopping a bank robbery, he is shot by the villain the Tracer. After a visit to the doctor, Peter finds out he is dying.

Really, the comic sets up Spider-Verse and introduces the Web of Life. Dramatically, Spider-Man dies at the hands of the mysterious vampire named Morlun. Strangely, he is resurrected later after emerging from a cocoon. Amazingly, Spider-Man has shed his skin and his missing left eye has re-grown.

For the first time, he meets the Other who tells him that she is his opposite. Fortunately, Spider-Man has been resurrected by the cosmic deity known as the Master Weaver. Now, Peter must accept his spider side in order to re-align his life.

2. MORLUN AND THE INHERITORS ARE THE SPIDER-TOTEMS’ NATURAL PREDATORS

Morlun.
Morlun. Marvel Comics.

In Spider-Verse, we find out about Morlun’s race. As matter of fact, he belongs to the Inheritors, a race of vampires from Earth-001. Generally, they feed on humans and superhumans, though they prefer the pure energy of the Spider-Totems.

After a war with the spider deities, they imprisoned the Master Weaver. With his connection to the Web of Life, they located the Spider-Totems of the Spider-Verse and started a war to kill them all.

After feeding on their life forces, they planned to eventually depend on lesser life-forms. Really, as Ezekiel put it, they are the Spider-Totems’ natural predators.

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1. AS A SPIDER-TOTEM, HIS POWERS WERE NOT AN ACCIDENT BUT GUIDED BY THE WEB OF LIFE

In 'Amazing Spider-Man' (2001) #34, Spider-Man and Ezekiel battle Morlun.
In Amazing Spider-Man (2001) #34, Spider-Man and Ezekiel battle Morlun. Marvel Comics.

When Ezekiel Sims meets Spider-Man for the first time, he tells him the truth about his super powers. In reality, the spider that bit him was not by accident. On the contrary, it was by fate. Plus, he warns Spider-Man of a threat that will eventually claim his life.

By Spider-Verse, we realize everything was building up to the Spider-Totems and the Marvel multiverse. As matter of fact, Spider-Man and the other avatars have a mystic connection. For example, the night Peter died at the hospital during Morlun’s attack, Spider-Woman sensed it.

Particularly, the Spider-Totems’ connection to the Web of Life allows them to travel the multiverse. For example, the Web Warriors of Earth-001 use a Dimensional Travel Watch to travel between the realities.

REFERENCES

Spider-Verse in Marvel Database.
Cassandra Webb (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol 1 28 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 210 in Marvel Database.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Other: Evolve or Die in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 34 in Marvel Database.
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Overpowered Beings: Philosophically, #ThoughtRobotIsNecessary To DC Comics

 

OVERPOWERED BEINGS

New Sage

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

THOUGHT ROBOT IS SECOND TO MONITOR-MIND THE OVERVOID

Thought Robot (Cosmic Armor Superman). DC Comics.

Before the Thought Robot vs Mandrakk battle, Superman and company were stranded in Limbo. Indeed, it was the Final Crisis, and Monitrix Zillo Valla had recruited the super-champions of the multiverse. To this end, their quest was to recover the Ultramenstruum, the substance of life. But, they had to stop Mandrakk first, the Dark Monitor who held the Ultramenstruum or Bleed.

Near Cosmic Midnight, Mandrakk’s forces closed in on Superman and company. While struggling to hold with their inoperative ship, Captain Adam unlocked his power. With quantum superposition, Adam was able to fuse together two dualities: Superman and Ultraman. With their selves fused onto a higher plane of existence, the new being ascended to Nil or Heaven. There, they became Thought Robot. At Cosmic Midnight, Cosmic Armor Superman faced the enemy of the DC multiverse: Mandrakk.

According to the legend of the Monitors, Thought Robot is a 4-D Doomsday Weapon whose sole purpose is to defeat the Ultimate Enemy. In effect, Thought Robot is moved by the story of Superman and can become as strong as needed in response to his enemy’s attack. Consequently, Cosmic Armor Superman has the power of Reactive Evolution. As a Doomsday Weapon, Thought Robot is the being “of divine metals” that Monitor-Mind The Overvoid formed in order to protect the DC multiverse.1 Really, the character is second only to Monitor-Mind The Overvoid in importance and power.

OVERPOWERED, THOUGHT ROBOT CAN BREAK THE FOURTH WALL

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall.
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. DC Comics.

Originally, what struck fans was that Thought Robot was the most powerful version of Superman in DC continuity. As matter of fact, Thought Robot is among the few characters in comics that can Break The Fourth Wall. In literature, drama or theater, this is a meta-fictional technique by which a given character is aware of the audience, the reader or the writer. Moreover, the character is usually depicted addressing the audience, reader or writer.

Related to this case, Thought Robot either addresses the Presence, or is aware of being a character in a comic. In the image above, Cosmic Armor Superman seems to be addressing the Writer, that is, Grant Morrison. Moreover, this super power can be attributed in part to Clark Kent’s profession of journalism, which is to tell stories. In this case, the journalist becomes the story. Really, this is a very powerful super power, perhaps the greatest. In this comparison, Thought Robot may be more powerful than Truth Incarnate Wonder Woman.

Moreover, Thought Robot is overpowered and possesses super powers at the level of the Hyperverse. In effect, he is a God or Abstract. Some of Cosmic Armor Superman’s powers inclue: 4th wall breakage, plot manipulation, time manipulation, reactive evolution, berserker strength, flight, heat vision, reality warping, quantum manipulation.

PHILOSOPHICALLY, #THOUGHTROBOTISNECESSARY

Thought Robot (Cosmic Armor Superman). DC Comics.

Philosophically, #ThoughtRobotIsNecessary to the DC multiverse. In the mythology created by Grant Morrison, the Writer created the DC multiverse as a story. In that story, the Monitor-Mind the Overvoid is an outerversal being who represents DC comics itself. However, because of his perfection, the Overvoid could not comprehend the significance of the concept “story.”1 Like a Deus Ex Machina, Thought Robot was built to protect the DC multiverse from the imperfection of story.

In my digital book Superman, The Greatest Story: How Art Deco Meets Plot Device, I argue that Cosmic Armor Superman actually functions as a Monitor. In fact, Morrison perceives the Monitors as angels, whose function it is to tell stories. Doubly as a journalist and as Thought Robot, Superman functions as a storyteller. And what is the ultimate purpose of the storyteller in society: it is to preserve human civilization.

In a philosophical sense, #ThoughtRobotIsNecessary because stories are the blood of DC Comics and because he makes them intelligible to the Monitors, the Overvoid and a special person dear to Superman.

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WHY THOUGHT ROBOT IS AN OVERPOWERED BEING

THOUGHT ROBOT CAN BREAK THE FOURTH WALL

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall.
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot breaks the Fourth Wall. DC Comics.

Perhaps, Thought Robot’s most impressive power. Here, a comic character becomes God, or perhaps, reveals metafiction. Here, the commentary is that Superman and the DC multiverse are organic, living entities.

As a metafictional character, Cosmic Armor Superman can interface with the Writer. Here, on the page, his hand extends outside of it. Literally, a comic character touches the Presence, the reader or the Writer.

THOUGHT ROBOT MANIPULATES THE STORY

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot prophesies stories will never end. DC Comics.

At the end of the battle, Thought Robot writes an inscription on his tomb. In Nil, it is a fitting celebration of 81 years of history. Indeed, Grant Morrison seems to say that stories are enduring.

In fact, Thought Robot seemed to predict the state of the DC Universe after Dark Nights: Death Metal. Really, read the end of the issue to find out Thought Robot’s “warning” to Mandrakk.2

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REACTIVE EVOLUTION

In 'Final Crisis: Superman Beyond' (2009) #2, Thought Robot battles Mandrakk.
In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot battles Mandrakk. DC Comics.

In his masterpiece, Morrison seems to argue that Superman is the strongest superhero. Some may agree though some may disagree. At the same time, we can agree that Superman’s Super Strength Level is Boundless or Infinite.

Indeed, as Mandrakk gets stronger, so does Cosmic Armor Superman. Though, in comparison to Hulk, his power is not fueled by rage. Instead, it is fueled by the “hyper-story.”1 And what is that mysterious hyper-story? You can read my e-book to find out!

Definitely, a Boundless Level of Super Strength since his 4-D body is Infinite beyond all dimensions in the DC multiverse.

HIS HEAT VISION CAST MANDRAKK INTO THE OVERVOID

In Final Crisis: Superman Beyond (2009) #2, Thought Robot battles Mandrakk. DC Comics.

At the end of the battle, Superman demonstrated that his energy projection is Nigh-Omnipotent. After Mandrakk kills Zillo Valla, the battle kicks into high gear.

With Superman on the ropes, bleeding, panting, Mandrakk presses on. Then, the voice of Ultraman helps him re-double his strength. With multiple attacks, Thought Robot disarms Mandrakk. Finally, in a powerful blast of heat vision, Superman casts Mandrakk into the Overvoid.

Perhaps, one of the best finishing moves in comic battles. In fact, proving that Cosmic Armor Superman is beyond the DC multiverse!


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REFERENCES


Final Crisis: Superman Beyond Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
The Thought Robot in Marvel & DC Wiki.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1.
  2. Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #2.