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Battles Of The Week: Captain Universe (Spider-Man) vs Tri-Sentinel (Hero vs Villain)

 

BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

David Michelinie and Erik Larsen.

SYNOPSIS FOR “POWER PREY!”

Finally, the mystery of Spider-Man’s cosmic powers is revealed. In fact, just in time to take on the Loki-powered menace of Tri-Sentinel.

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.
Amazing Spider-Man (1989) #329. Marvel Comics.

Enter the contestants in New York City. On the left side is Captain Universe (Spider-Man) alias Peter Parker, and on the right side is Tri-Sentinel.

Let’s look at the stats.

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Metahuman 17%
Super Speed: Supersonic 58%
Durability: Building 17%
Energy Projection: City 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Adaptive Evolution 67%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • None.
WEAKNESSES
  • None.
TRI-SENTINEL – EARTH-616
Super Strength: City Block 25%
Super Speed: Sonic 50%
Durability: City Block 25%
Energy Projection: City Block 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 67%
Intelligence: Mathematical Computation 58%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • None.
WEAKNESSES
  • Antarctic Vibranium.

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THE FIGHT

Tri-Sentinel has been created by Loki and re-programmed to destroy a nuclear power plant in New York City. Powered into Captain Universe, Cosmic Spider-Man fights to stop the menace.

The battle to decide who is the strongest!

DAMAGE SCALE




The fight starts out with Cosmic Spider-Man blasting the enemy and Tri-Sentinel blocking the attack.
On the following pages, the battle rages.

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE MATTER MANIPULATION + BLUNT FORCE + ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT + 6 DAMAGE PTS = 13 DAMAGE PTS.
TRI-SENTINEL MATTER MANIPULATION (x2) + ENERGY PROJECTION + BLUNT FORCE (x2) ATTACKS: 6 DAMAGE PTS (x2) + 6 DAMAGE PTS + 1 DAMAGE PT (x2) = 19 DAMAGE PTS.





On the final page, Captain Universe destroys Tri-Sentinel.

CAPTAIN UNIVERSE MATTER MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.

TOTAL


CAPTAIN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-19 DAMAGE PTS.

Building Power Output = 72,000,000 W * 600 s = 10.2857142857 Tons of TNT.
-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 1640000 kg * 4186 J/kg C° * 37 C° * 1 Ton of TNT)/(600 s * 4.2*10^9 J) = -1.91512822222 ​PTS * Tons of TNT.
Captain’s Durability = (-1.91512822222 ​PTS * Tons of TNT)/(10.2857142857 Tons of TNT) = -0.1861930216 PTS.
Durability = 2 – 0.1861930216 = 1.82 PTS = BUILDING.

DURABILITY: BUILDING

Durability: Building 15%
SENTNEL’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

-19 DAMAGE PTS.

City Block Power Output = 144493200000 W * 600 s = 20641.8857143 Tons of TNT.
-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 3.96*10^13 W * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -179142.857143 PTS * Ton of TNT.
Tri-Sentinel’s Durability = (-179142.857143 ​PTS * Tons of TNT)/(20641.8857143 Tons of TNT) = 8.67860909718 PTS.
Durability = 3 – 11.4192224963 = -5.67860909718 PTS = DEATH.

DURABILITY: DEATH

Durability: Death 1%

OUTCOME: CAPTAIN UNIVERSE WINS BY DEATH.

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SPIDER-MAN IN COMICS

Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, titled “Spider-Man!” marks the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the classic origin story of Spider-Man: Socially inept Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider at General Techtronics Laboratories East. Amazingly, he develops the proportionate strength of a spider and becomes… Spider-Man!

The comic was written by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and penciled by Steve Ditko.

SPIDER-MAN’S FIRST ISSUE SPECTACULAR
Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, titled "Spider-Man!" marks the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel continuity.
Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15, titled “Spider-Man!” marks the first appearance of Spider-Man in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.

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REFERENCES

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 329 in Marvel Database.
Captain Universe (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Tri-Sentinel (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Fantasy Vol 1 15 in Marvel Database.
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Reviews: Ranking Of Best Spider-Man Comics From The Bronze Age

 

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

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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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Reviews: Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 1

Silver Surfer #1.
 

REVIEWS

Silver Surfer #1.
Silver Surfer #1. Marvel Comics.

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ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER STORY

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: ESSENTIAL SILVER SURFER VOL. 1 (1968-1970)

Collects Silver Surfer #1-18.

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.

In comicdom, there are few legendary names. In 1968, two of Marvel comics’ biggest names collaborated on a timeless and favorite story: Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee worked with artist John Buscema to bring the classic Silver Surfer series of the period.

As matter of fact, I gave 5.0 out of 5.0 to Essential Silver Surfer, Vol. 1 (Marvel Essentials) for being a dreamy space (or earth-bound) soap opera about a god-like alien estranged among the mere mortals. Really, it does not get better than this Marvel Essential. Indeed, this is the comic genre at its best for all Marvel-ites to enjoy.

To recommend, the trade paperback format offers some of the biggest 528 pages that fans can enjoy. From the beginning, what separates Silver Surfer from other Marvel heroes is that he has no flaws, except that of human misunderstanding. Indeed, witness Surfer’s titanic battles against the Overlord, the Stranger, Loki, Spider-Man. And yes… the dreamy cover and the dramatic start of the Silver Surfer vs Thor rivalry..

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DIALOGUE

In many respects, Silver Surfer’s first classic story is Shakespearean melo-drama. First, our protagonist is a melancholic character who is comfortable with monologues and long speeches. At the same time, he has the flair for the dramatic and seems to experience events in a passionate way. Indeed, witness Surfer saving a young Latino woman from war only to be rewarded with a kiss. But, lo and behold, his forsaken lover Shalla-Bal witnesses the scene from a flying spacecraft.

PLOT

Volume 1 focuses on Silver Surfer after the events of the Galactus trilogy and Fantastic Four #55-60. In fact, Silver Surfer rebelled against Galactus his master in order to save the Earth from destruction. After, Galactus punished the Sentinel by removing his space-born powers. Now, the Silver Surfer is stranded on Earth which he cannot leave due to a space barrier placed by the Devourer of Worlds. During his time on Earth, the tragic hero attempts to gain humanity’s trust and understanding but with continued failures. The plot progresses quickly and takes him to Asgard, the Netherworld and into space. Really, it does not get better than a space-faring soap opera!

CHARACTERIZATION

Where Stan Lee and John Buscema succeed is in the thrill of adventure and passion. However, what is lacking is true character evolution. In some sense, despite humanity’s hatred, it takes 18 issues for the Silver Surfer to finally change his stance towards humanity. At the same time, though a hero, he initially remains a lone hero, without a regular supporting cast.

ART

Perhaps, the art is the series’ strongest point. John Buscema’s pencils are drawn to perfection and he has produced the most imposing and welcoming Silver Surfer to date. Though a bit embellished, Buscema’s pencils draw distinctive characters. Indeed, the women tend to have curvy physiques, long hair and full lips while the men have strong arms, big hands and very proportionate physiques. Really, Buscema’s classical training appears.

VERDICT

Finally, the Marvel Essentials storyline is high spectacle. Really, Stan Lee and John Buscema make a powerful combination. As matter of fact, they work seamlessly with tight plots, unrelenting action and gorgeous panels to create a work of legend.

Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Marvel stories ever told. Indeed, it belongs in every Marvel-ite’s collection.


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REFERENCES

Silver Surfer Vol 1 (1968–1970) in Marvel Database.

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Wiki Preview: Hercules Tows Manhattan Island

 

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In Marvel Team-Up (1974) #28 titled “The City Stealers!”, Hercules performs a super strength feat. During the ordeal, Hercules pulls Manhattan Island back into place. DC Comics.

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In Wiki Preview, I explain Hercules’ classic feat in Marvel Team-Up (1974) #28. You can register for a free or paid membership in order to view the wiki section.

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Marvel Day: How Iron Man’s Futurism Correctly Predicted The Civil War If The Heroes Didn’t Work Together

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Alex Maleev


Colorist(s)

Dave Stewart


Cover

Gabriele Dell’Otto


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 29, 2006

IN CIVIL RIGHTS

THE HEROES OF EARTH SHOULD HAVE BANDED TOGETHER

In New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms. After the Kree-Skrull war, Iron Man convenes a meeting. In attendance are Mister Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, King Namor, Black Bolt and Professor X. As matter of fact, Iron Man and the attendees recognize the war could have been averted. Indeed, it would if the different superhero teams had pooled resources and intel.

Despite their acknowledgements, the meeting highlights the differences among the various factions. For his part, Iron Man favors forming a delegation of superheroes to serve a united front against future threats. However, his idea is opposed by every other attendee, especially Namor. In some sense, Iron Man proves prescient as this move could have averted the major crisis to befall the Marvel Universe: Civil War. Though, the Illuminati forms.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms.
In New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms. Marvel Comics.

IRON MAN’S FUTURISM COULD HAVE PREVENTED CIVIL WAR

Forward in time, after House of M, the Illuminati convenes. Due to House of M, Professor X is absent. During the meeting, Iron Man informs them of important news. Recently, the U.S. government is planning on passing the Superhero Registration Act. As a result of House of M, 198 and Secret War, this is a likely development. Really, Tony explains how his mind and Reed’s work. As an inventor, industrialist and businessman, Tony is a futurist.

Hence, he is able to predict social trends and what people need. Correctly, he predicts what the New Warriors would later do in their quest for fame. Consequently, he advises the Illuminati to get onboard. However, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and King Namor forcefully refuse. Only Mister Fantastic agrees. Though Tony’s views are extreme, they highlight the fact he was correct: Early on, the heroes of Earth should have formed a delegation. In the end, the Illuminati were a missed opportunity.

'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1.
New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1. Marvel Comics.

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THE DIFFERENT TEAMS AT THE END OF HOUSE OF M

X-MEN

At the end of the story, Scarlet Witch uttered the spell “no more mutants.” Only 198 mutants remain on Earth. At Xavier’s Institute, Emma Frost finds out that many mutants are powerless. In the issue, the X-Men find a depowered Magneto in Genosha. About Wanda, here whereabouts are unknown.

NEW AVENGERS

At Avengers Tower, the memories of the New Avengers have been restored. In shock, Doctor Strange feels he has failed his duty to protect Earth. For his part, Spider-Man demands that Strange erase their memories of House of M. To which Doctor Strange declines. Unfortunately, the New Avengers face Hawkeye‘s apparent death.

House of M. Marvel Comics.

TIMES WHEN IRON MAN WAS CORRECT

AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED

In Avengers Disassembled: Chaos, the Avengers are attacked by a mysterious force. First, there is the resurrected Jack-Of-Hearts who attacks Avengers Mansion. Then Tony is inexplicably drunk without having a drink.

This leads to a violent outburst at the U.N. Then, Vision attacks the Avengers. Finally, She-Hulk brutally rips Vision apart. Correctly, Iron Man realizes that the attacks are connected. Though the Avengers disagree.

AVX

In AvX, Tony is correct twice. The first time, he correctly designs a Phoenix-Killer Armor. Powerfully, he detonates it on the moon. Though the Phoenix is destroyed, it splits into the Phoenix Five.

Later, Iron Man correctly deduces the reason for the Phoenix Force’s return to Earth. The Phoenix Force and Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. Indeed, the Phoenix returned because of Scarlet Witch’s “no more mutants.”

CIVIL WAR II

In Civil War II, Tony comes into blows with Carol Danvers. During an invasion by a Celestial Destructor, the Ultimates used information from an Inhuman. Namely, Ulysses provided information to save the day. When Captain Marvel wanted Ulysses to join the Ultimates, Iron Man opposed the decision.

Correctly, he questioned Ulysses’ mysterious powers, whether the future can be changed and the morality of pre-emptive strikes. Though conflict soon followed with several tragedies. Such as the deaths of War Machine and Hulk. After, there was a final battle between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Apparently, Tony died. In the end, jumping between futures, Ulysses vanished to meet Eternity.

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SOURCES

New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Civil War II in Marvel Database.
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DC vs Marvel: On His Worst Behaviour, Ra’s Al Ghul Blackmails Kingpin With Vanessa’s Cancer To Sink New York

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
 

DC VS MARVEL

Writer(s)

J.M. DeMatteis


Penciler(s)

Graham Nolan


Publisher

Marvel Comics/DC Comics


Publication Date

January 1997

IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

TALIA AL GHUL AND KINGPIN MAKE A DEAL

In Batman and Spider-Man (1997) #1, Kingpin makes a deal with Talia Al Ghul. On Earth-7642, Kingpin and Talia’s organization have been working together. For months, they have been assisting each other’s operations, increasing wealth. But, Talia continues to keep her organization’s head a secret. Strangely, she proposes to import cargo into New York without customs’ interference.

Visibly, Kingpin reveals the terrorist organization’s plan to extend its operations to NYC. Angrily, Fisk declines her proposition. However, Talia offers to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Outside, Batman is spying on the criminals with goggles. Suddenly, Spider-Man comes in and shares intel. When Spider-Man questions if Talia works for a crime cartel, Batman says no. After a brief scuffle, both superheroes agree to work together.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk's cancer.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Talia Al Ghul proposes to cure Vanessa Fisk’s cancer. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

BATMAN AND SPIDER-MAN SHAKE HANDS

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Batman and Spider-Man shake hands. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

KINGPIN MUST ENTER SATELLITE CODES TO SINK NYC IN EXCHANGE FOR THE ANTIDOTE

Surreptitiously, Ra’s Al Ghul lures Kingpin into his lair in Nanda Parbat, Tibet. There, Kingpin learns that Ra’s is long-lived. In fact, the secret of his longevity is the Lazarus Pit. Surprisingly, Ra’s Al Ghul blackmails the Kingpin in order to cure Vanessa’s cancer. In exchange, Kingpin must swear allegiance to Ra’s, the new leader of the world. As a test, Kingpin must punch in the satellite codes to activate devices that will sink NYC.

At that moment, Spider-Man storms into the cave. Violently, a fight follows with Ra’s men. Interestingly, Ra’s senses “The Detective” is not far behind.1 Summarily, the eco-terrorist orders Kingpin to punch the code. When he does, the satellite explodes. Then, it is revealed that Wilson Fisk re-programmed the satellite. Previously, he had amassed a “formidable dossier” on Ra’s in addition to “schematics on his stronghold and operating systems.”1

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra's Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Ra’s Al Ghul tempts Kingpin to punch in satellite codes in order to sink NYC. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THE DEMON DOUBLE-CROSSES THE CRIME LORD

In fact, Batman reveals Ra’s Al Ghul manipulated the Kingpin. In reality, the demon caused Vanessa’s cancer to lure Fisk into his plan. When Kingpin found out, he joined forces with Batman. Furthermore, Batman and Spider-Man boarded Fisk’s plane to Tibet. Visibly amused, Ra’s proposes to let the heroes to walk out alive. Even, he offers them transport.

Really, Spider-Man is surprised at Ra’s arrogance. But Batman states the heroes should accept their victory and leave. In fact, none of them would leave alive if Ra’s wanted to. Resolutely, Fisk asks for the antidote to his wife’s cancer. Shockingly, Ra’s lies that there is no antidote. Privately, Talia tells Batman she chooses to both love him and be at his father’s side. In secret, she commissions the antidote to Batman. Finally, Batman gives the antidote to Spider-Man, who delivers it to Fisk.

In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa's cancer to Wilson Fisk.
In Batman And Spider-Man (1997) #1, Spider-Man delivers the antidote to Vanessa’s cancer to Wilson Fisk. Marvel Comics/DC Comics.

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REFERENCES

Batman and Spider-Man Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Earth-7642 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Batman and Spider-Man #1.
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Fan Theory: In The Ultimate Universe, Weapon X And The New Mutant Species Are A Super-Soldier Arms Race

In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, James Howlett is riddled with bullets.
 
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FAN THEORY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Jackson Guice


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

August, 2008

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

ON EARTH-1610, A BLACK NICK FURY IS THE FIRST SUPER-SOLDIER

In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, we learn about the conspiracies in the Ultimate Universe. At the start of the issue, we learn of the origins of the Super-Soldier Serum. To begin, Bruce Banner tells Spider-Man a secret. In fact, the Super-Soldier and Weapon X programs are all connected. However, General Thaddeus Ross and the U.S. Army are hunting down Banner. When Ross storms in, Banner Hulks out. Then, he escapes with the Army in hot pursuit. Fast backward in time, we meet Corporal James Howlett, Nick Fury and Private Fisk. During WWII, the trio is attempting to loot a house in Sicily.

The American Military Police arrives and arrests them. Without due process, they lock Fury at an unknown location. At the prison, there are other black men. There, Dr. Abraham Erskine, the lead on Project Rebirth, meets him. Against his will, Erskine enrolls Fury into the program. Sinisterly, he is Subject 22. Immediately, the army personnel straps Fury to a chair. Then, he is injected with the Super-Soldier Serum. Incredibly, the Super-Soldier experiment succeeds. Amazingly, Fury develops superhuman abilities. Heroically, the Super-Soldier busts out of his restraints and frees the prisoners.

Ultimate Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.

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WITH WEAPON X CANADA STARTED A SUPER-SOLDIER ARMS RACE

For his part, Canadian paratrooper Howlett was enrolled into the Weapon X program. In 1943, in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Abraham Cornelius successfully created the first mutant. In fact, Howlett was dubbed Mutant Zero. On awakening, James’ animality rose and he attempted to escape. Reaching the top of the snowy mountain, he was shot in the head. Amazingly, he survived as his wounds healed. Later, they brought him back to base. In fact, it was in response to the development of the Super-Soldier Serum. After, Canada created its own variants.

Indeed, Dr. Cornelius discovered the mutant gene. Incredibly, the Weapon X program managed to activate the mutant gene. Hence, Mutant Zero would develop super powers. Intently, they planned on spreading the gene creating the mutant race. In the 2000s, Weapon X became a counter-terrorism subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tragically, mutants were captured and sent on missions. Effectively, mutants were considered Super-Soldiers by governments. In fact, they participated to fight wars across the world. Particularly, the Super-Soldier vs mutant war erupted in Ultimate War (2003).

In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, James Howlett is riddled with bullets.
In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, James Howlett is riddled with bullets. Marvel Comics.

 


REFERENCES

Ultimate Origins #1 in Comic Vine.
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Ultimate War Vol 1 (2003) in Marvel Database.
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Reviews: 2000s Luke Cage Storylines Ranked Best To Good

 

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‘The Pulse: Fear.’ AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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2000s LUKE CAGE STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

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 PULSE: FEAR” (2005).

Collects ‘The Pulse’ #11-14.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 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.

Initially, Marvel introduced their superstar heroine Jessica Jones with the adult Mad Max series ‘Alias’. In a few words, Jessica is a retired superhero that developed a romantic relationship with Luke Cage. Moving forward, ‘The Pulse’ showcases Jessica Jones’ pregnancy with Cage as the father.

AT CBR.com, Brian Cronin lists “The Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!” On his list, Mr. Cronin recommends “The Pulse: Fear” as the top Luke Cage story. Chiefly, “The Pulse: Fear” shows why Brian Michael Bendis may be the most versatile writer at Marvel. Previously, Bendis worked on the Marvel Ultimate titles such as ‘Ultimate Spider-Man,’ ‘Ultimate X-Men,’ and ‘Ultimate Fantastic Four.’ Bendis’ work on “The Pulse: Fear” reveals the greater maturity of the subject matter. What makes the series work is that its two protagonists are real people with real problems. In addition, the Marvel superhero community is portrayed in a supportive light.

To sum, the art, the plot and the dialogue have a realistic and grounded feel. Together, these elements make for an enjoyable coming-of-age experience. In the end, the characters mature and their relationships become more authentic. Definitely, ‘The Pulse’ is essential Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, and belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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BEST: “NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT” (2005).

Collects ‘Action Comics’ #775.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2005, Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch gave the Avengers a fresh new look. After “Avengers: Disassembled,” the Avengers disbanded. Then, Marvel gave us the New Avengers joined together by fate.

Like the former Avengers team, the New Avengers formed to take on a threat that no member could take on their own. Centrally, the plot is tight and focuses around capturing the villain responsible for the Raft prison breakout. The new Avengers team is not SHIELD-backed by Director Maria Hill.

Thematically, the New Avengers are a street-team. To this end, their members are: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Luke Cage and Wolverine. Particularly, Luke Cage grounded the team and is a vocal member. What makes the team work, is the fact it is free of politics and mainly seeks to get the job done.

As Gabeel Gaber points out, the New Avengers outlaw status after the “Civil War” caused them to fight smaller scale foes. Originally, the Avengers would fight Ultron and Kang the Conqueror. Instead, the New Avengers would fight the Wrecking Crew and the Hand.

While this is not a Luke Cage story, it is important. Eventually, Luke Cage leads the 2010 version of the New Avengers after Cap is arrested and apparently killed during Civil War. Definitely, ‘New Avengers’ belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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GOOD: ‘SECRET WAR’ (2004).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Surely, politics are important to a spy agency like SHIELD. In ‘Secret War,’ Brian Michael Bendis and Gabriele Dell’Otto extend more mature themes.

Really, Bendis’ writing adapts to the elevated subject matter. If in ‘New Avengers,’ Bendis’ characters’ chemistry is light-hearted, ‘Secret War’ gives them a more serious treatment. In addition, Dell’Otto’s panels are like Chiaroscuro comics: Dark, violent with 3D-like effects.

Story-wise, there is a subversiveness that persists over the lobotomy of Nick Fury’s Secret War team. To begin, Luke Cage is in Mount Sinai Medical Center after an attack in retaliation for the Secret War. In his anti-terrorism war, Nick Fury is willing to go to any lengths. Indeed,the US government would not take action on Latveria-funded terrorist activity in the United States. Simply, Colonel Fury creates a secret team comprising of Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Agent Daisy Johnson.

In the end, the heroes come out on top. Without a doubt, Luke plays a minimal role in the story. Nevertheless, this belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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GOOD: ‘NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL‘ #1 (2006).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In his “Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!,” Brian Cronin ranks ‘New Avengers Annual’ (2006) #1 number seven. Let’s give a brief review.

To begin, Bendis’ ‘New Avengers Annual’ #1 celebrates Luke Cage’s and Jessica Jones’ marriage. On the day Jessica accepts Luke Cage’s marriage proposal, they are attacked by a false version of Black Widow. If anything, the heroes’ banter are characteristic of Bendis. Moreover, their quips serve as battle intros.

Definitely, ‘New Avengers Annual’ #1 ranks as one of the greatest Luke Cage stories.

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SOURCES

The Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told! in CBR.com.
The Pulse Vol 1 (2004–2006) in Marvel Database.
New Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
New Avengers: How One Street-Level Team Changed the Marvel Universe Forever in CBR.com.
Chiaroscuro in Comic Book Glossary.
Secret War #1 in Comic Book Round Up.
New Avengers Annual Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

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“Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998) Annual #3” Review

 
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In 'The Amazing Spider-Man Annual' (1966) #3, Spider-Man tracks down the Hulk to send him back to the Avengers.
In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ (1966) #3, Spider-Man tracks down the Hulk to send him back to the Avengers. Photo/Marvel Comics

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Truly, one of the greatest Spider-Man classics in comic book history. Gift this graphic novel to your family and friends as a celebration of the cultural phenomenon of Spider-Man. Available on Amazon.

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(NOTE: This 22-page digital comic features only the original material from this issue, and does not include the reprinted stories from Amazing Spider-Man #11-12 that appeared in the print edition.)

The Avengers have assembled and are trying to determine whether or not to invite Spider-Man into their esteemed ranks.

Certainly, ‘Amazing Spider-Man Annual’ #3 is a classic Spider-Man story. Particularly, it brings together the best elements of Spider-Man stories: the cracking comedy, the thunderous action and the bad luck.

Amazingly, Stan Lee’s writing cracks jokes at every turn. Meanwhile, John Romita’s art showcases the tension in the action. Well put, both writer and artist bring a classic Spider-Man tale.

This is an event you do not want to miss. Share this graphic novel to fans of 60s Spider-Man comic books and to comic collectors. It is definitely worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Spider-Man! And Hulk!

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This comic showcases “Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998) Annual #3.” One good feature of this graphic novel is that it is available in Kindle and Comixology formats. It is published by Marvel Comics.

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  • “Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998) Annual #3.”
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 22 pages.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Comixology Unlimited Membership with 15% discount.
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013.

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In “Amazing Spider-Man Annual” #3, Spider-Man’s bad luck may have just changed. In a brand new King-size Special, Spider-Man is offered with Avengers membership. However, his task is to bring in the mammoth Hulk!

Definitely, feel the excitement and the adventure of this Special. The lettering, coloring and penciling work in tandem. As a result, Spider-Man must first a test unlike any other that cements his reputation as an A-list hero. Indeed, do not miss Spider-Man’s punch on Hulk.

This product has 1 global review rating of 5 out of 5.

Overall, this graphic novel was great.

CONCLUSION


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  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
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  • Only one global rating with no customer review ratings.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this King-Size Special as an important contribution to your Spider-Man collection.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Battles Of The Week: Spider-Man vs Superboy (DC vs Marvel)

 
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BATTLES OF THE WEEK

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OUR REVIEW RATING SCORE:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Writers and Artists

Ron Marz, Peter David and Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini.

SYNOPSIS FOR “ROUND THREE”

In order to determine whose universe lives, the Brothers have chosen champions from each universe to do battle. As the contests continue, two superheroes must face off.

Their battle to save their universes.

IN DC VS MARVEL

THE SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY!
The showdown of the century.
The showdown of the century. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants at Greenwich Village, in New York City. On the left side is Ben Reilly, the Scarlet Spider and on the right side is Superboy, the Boy of Steel.

Let’s look at the stats.

SPIDER-MAN (BEN REILLY) – EARTH-616
Super Strength: Building 25%
Super Speed: Supersonic+ 58%
Durability: Building 17%
Energy Projection: City 25%
Fighting Skills: Metahuman 51%
Intelligence: Genius 51%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Web-shooters: Impact webbing.
SUPERBOY – NEW EARTH
Super Strength: Continent 42%
Super Speed: Stellar 67%
Durability: City 25%
Energy Projection: Stellar 51%
Fighting Skills: Expert Combatant 42%
Intelligence: Field Experience 25%
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Legion Flight Ring.
WEAKNESSES
  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite.
  • Vulnerability to Magic.
  • Vulnerability to Red Sun Radiation.

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THE FIGHT

On the rooftops of Greenwich Village, Spider-Man and Superboy battle it out to save their universes.

The battle to decide who is the true hero!

DAMAGE SCALE



The fight starts out with Spider-Man webbing Superboy’s eyes in a surprise attack. Spider-Man dodges Superboy on a water tank. Then, Superboy uses his TTK to bring Spider-Man down.

SPIDER-MAN CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.
SUPERBOY ENERGY MANIPULATION ATTACK: 6 DAMAGE PTS.



On the following pages, Spider-Man drops Superboy with a full kick. Then, Superboy takes him down by swooping under him.

SUPERBOY BLUNT FORCE ATTACK: 1 DAMAGE PT.
SUPERBOY CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.




On the final page, Spider-Man ties up Superboy with impact webbing and let’s land on an electricity panel, electroshocking him.

SPIDER-MAN CONCUSSION ATTACK (x3): 3 DAMAGE PTS (x3) = 9 DAMAGE PTS.
SPIDER-MAN EXPLOSION ATTACK: 5 DAMAGE PTS.

At the end of the battle, Spider-Man wins the battle.

TOTAL


SPIDER-MAN’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-6 DAMAGE PTS.

-(6 DAMAGE PTS * 3.3413870361603513*10^22 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -4.7734101*10^13 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

Durability: Metahuman 17%
SUPERBOY’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-18 DAMAGE PTS.

-(18 DAMAGE PTS * 6500 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.00002785714 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: CITY

Durability: City 25%

OUTCOME: SPIDER-MAN (BEN REILLY) WINS BY KNOCKOUT

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SUPERBOY IN COMICS

‘More Fun Comics’ (1945) #101 titled “The Origin Of Superboy”, marks the first appearance of Superboy in DC continuity. The issue is the origin story of Superboy and recounts how early in his childhood he began his superhero career.

'More Fun Comics' (1945) #101 titled "The Origin Of Superboy", marks the first appearance of Superboy in DC continuity.
‘More Fun Comics’ (1945) #101 titled “The Origin Of Superboy”, marks the first appearance of Superboy in DC continuity. AP Photo/DC Comics

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More Fun Comics Vol 1 101 in DC Database.