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Gotham: 10 Hollywood Comic Book Movies Faithful To The Source Material

 

GOTHAM

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IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our article, we list 10 important Hollywood movies that faithfully adapted the source material from the comics. Though blockbuster success is not the most important factor, their impact on cinema and the visual arts is undeniable. Moreover, they helped pioneer other comic book movies and shared cinematic universes.

Below, you can read our Top 10 Hollywood comic book movies.

10. CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019)

With the popularity of the superhero genre, Captain Marvel (2019) was a welcome surprise. As a true cosmic movie, the film takes its subject matter seriously. Though Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck add comedic moments. Perhaps, few Marvel Cinematic Universe films pay as much attention to their titular heroine’s origin story. Certainly, Carol Danvers’ Kree origins are central to the superheroine both in the comics and the movie. At Refinery29, the critic points out the major change is in Mar-Vell’s gender swap from male to female.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the original use of the superhero genre, the impressive visual effects, the movie production and the top-notch acting.

9. BATMAN (1989)

To begin, the Batman (1989) was a cinematic event for the period. Certainly, the movie is indebted to the dark and gritty graphic novels of the 1980s such as Batman: The Killing Joke or Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Though the film successfully adapts Batman’s noir atmosphere from the source material, it alters elements of its mythos. For instance, the Joker killed Bruce’s parents and Batman is willing to kill.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the ground-breaking use of the superhero genre, the serious Batman treatment, the pop-culture impact and the top-notch acting.

8. SPIDER-MAN (2002)

Incredibly, Spider-Man (2002) captivated audiences at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In fact, the Sam Raimi films were a cultural sensation out-performing the original Superman: The Movie at the box office. At the time, audiences loved the movie. And director Sam Raimi’s faithful rendition of the Spider-Man world won fans though the adaptation of his super powers and the loss of web-shooters created controversy.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the original use of the superhero genre, the pop-culture impact, the authentic Spider-Man universe and the top-notch acting.

7. SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978)

Certainly, Superman: The Movie (1978) is the original superhero blockbuster. When the movie was released, general audiences were charmed by the hero’s enthralling story. Moreover, Christopher Reeve’s charismatic performance carried the movie. Importantly, the movie actually changed the Superman mythos instead of simply adapting it. In fact, the Krypton backstory was a new addition from the Donnerverse that changed its depiction in comics.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster comic book movie, the pop-culture impact, the charismatic Christopher Reeve performance, the re-invention of the Superman mythos and the top-notch acting.

6. THOR (2011)

In terms of cinematic achievement, Thor (2011) is a visual and aesthetic masterpiece. Certainly, the movie skyrocketed the former B-lister to super-stardom at Marvel. And it is well deserved. Importantly, the Thor movie respects the most important elements of the hero’s origin story: the legendary Asgard, the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir, and the struggle between the brothers Thor and Loki for the throne. Though the only significant alteration is that Asgardians are an alien race and not gods.

 

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster Thor movie, the charismatic Chris Hemsworth performance, the legendary world of Asgard and costume work, one of the most faithful Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book adaptations to film.

5. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)

Importantly, Captain America: The First Avenger may be the best Captain America movie. When it comes to faithful adaptations, the movie retains the basic Captain America story: a young, feebled and patriotic Steve Rogers enrolls in Project Rebirth and becomes a Super-Soldier. Becoming Captain America, he leads his unit against Red Skull and Germany. Though the only major difference is that the Captain stays in the ice for 70 years in the movie as opposed to 19 years in the comics.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster Captain America movie, the charismatic Chris Evans performance, the chemistry between the lead actors, one of the most faithful Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book adaptations to film.

4. BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Incredibly, Batman Returns (1992) might be the most memorable Batman film of the early 1990s. With an iconic cast in Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny Devito who star as memorable villains Catwoman and Penguin; and an impressive performance by Michael Keaton, the film is even darker than the first one. According to Batman Online, the movie inspires itself from multiple gothic-style Batman stories from the early 1990s such as Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City (1990).

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the iconic cast, the darker Batman sequel, Michelle Pfeiffer’s break-out performance, the chemistry between the lead actors, a cult film during the decade, an inspiration from multiple comics in the 1990s.

3. V FOR VENDETTA (2006)

Incredibly, V for Vendetta (2006) takes its title directly from the source material. At IGN, the critic cites the Wachowski Brothers’ adaptation took some liberties from Alan Moore’s comic. Though, the general premise of a masked man opposing totalitarian regime in Great Britain remains. Nonetheless, the movie’s third act does not escape the tropes of Hollywood endings. Certainly, it belongs at the top of this list as an iconic movie adaptation.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the adaptation from Alan Moore’s avant-garde and deconstruction of the superhero genre, the Wachowski’s artistic license and the popular controversy.

2. WATCHMEN (2009)

Gloriously, Watchmen (2009) misses the top spot on this list. At the same time, the movie is a cult classic that has passionated fans since 2009. At the helm, Zack Snyder directs the most important adaptation of a comic book to the big screen. Once again, Alan Moore’s masterpiece proves to be the inspiration. Certainly, there is a reason why the director has been celebrated among die-hard fans.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the adaptation from Alan Moore’s masterpiece and the greatest comic of all time, Zack Snyder’s visual story-telling, gratuitous violence and pop-culture impact.

1. 300 (2007)

Gloriously, 300 (2007) showed it is possible to create a successful R-rated movie. Successfully, the movie was a pop-culture sensation at its release and became every fan’s visual scriptures. As a visual director, Snyder created a frame-by-frame adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Though the movie is violent, graphic and barbaric, it inaugurated a completely new visual form of storytelling.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the iconic cast, Gerard Butler’s charismatic performance, a revolutionary R-rated blockbuster movie, scene-by-scene adaptation faithful to the comic, Zack Snyder’s unique visual storytelling.

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Every Major Change Captain Marvel Made From The Original Comics in Refinery29.
How Superman: The Movie Changed Kal-El’s Comic Book Mythos in Nerdist.
Comic Influences on Batman Returns (1992) in Batman-Online.
V for Vendetta: Comic vs. Film in IGN.
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Marvel Day: This Day In Marvel History, Thor And Hercules Armwrestle In A Milestone Oversized Issue

 

MARVEL DAY

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In the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes, Hercules makes his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Hercules is set to carry out Zeus’ revenge on Thor. In the comics, these two titans have had many earth-shattering battles. In the milestone issue, Thor (1988) #400, Thor and Hercules had their famous armwrestle.

This October 25th, in Marvel history, we list important comic events.

THOR AND HERCULES ARMWRESTLE

In Thor (1988) #400, Thor hit a milestone. In order to celebrate Thor, writer Tom DeFalco and writer/artist Ron Frenz collaborated on the supersized 64-page comic. What better way to celebrate the God of Thunder than with the Thor vs Hercules rivalry? In the story titled “When Warriors Clasp!”, Thor and Hercules armwrestle to settle who is the strongest. In the process, they shatter mountains and the story ends on a cliffhanger.

 

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ODIN VS SETH, THOR VS SURTUR

In Thor (1988) #400, the team also ran a Surtur story titled “Lest the Heavens Perish!” In the story, Thor has to battle Surtur across time and space. Also, it features a rare Odin battle against Seth. Importantly, Thor has to use the Odinpower.

 

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CAPTAIN BRITAIN’S FIRST APPEARANCE

In Marvel Team-Up (1977) #65, Marvel introduces a storied character that changed the status-quo. Introduced as “Marvel’s British super-hero sensation,” Captain Britain makes his first appearance as a Spider-Man team-up.1 In the 1980s, he would play a founding role in X-Factor with an alternate Kitty Pryde.

ARCADE’S FIRST APPEARANCE

In the comic, the supervillain named Arcade also makes his first appearance. In the issue, the British Maggia hire the international assassin to kill Brian Braddock whom they suspect to be Captain Britain. After, Arcade would play an important role for the X-Men moving forward.

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Marvel Day List: 5 Reasons Why Hulk Is The Strongest Avenger, And 5 Reasons Why It’s Thor (Film, TV and Comics)

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Al Ewing


Penciler(s)

Joe Bennett


Colorist(s)

Paul Mounts


Cover

Alex Ross


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

February 6, 2019

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

In the Marvel multiverse, the Avengers are the premiere superhero-team. In battles to defend Earth and the universe against villains, tyrants, and conquerors, two Avengers challenge each other for the title of Strongest Avenger. Indeed, the Thor-Hulk rivalry has been since the classic era and continues to this day. Hulk, is the Jade Giant with infinite strength and rage, and Thor is the Thunder God and protector of Earth.

Let’s list five reasons why Hulk’s monstrous strength makes him the Strongest Avenger and five reasons why Thor’s godly power contends for the Strongest Avenger.

10. THOR MATCHED HULK IN AN HOUR TEST OF STRENGTH

In Defenders (1973) #10, Doctor Strange guides Hulk to Los Angeles where he finds the missing part of the Evil Eye. At that time, Thor also arrives looking for the Evil Eye. When the God of Thunder asks to speak to the Jade Giant, Hulk is dismissive. Violently, a brawl follows between the warriors. During the battle, their power is so fierce that the city is threatened. Incredibly, both combatants lock arms for one hour in a test of strength. Finally, Doctor Strange, the Defenders and Avengers arrive to separate them. In the end, the heroes realize that a greater force, namely Dormammu, is involved in the events.

9. IT TOOK HULK AND NAMOR TO FIGHT CLASSIC THOR

In Avengers (1964) #3, Hulk and Namor team-up against the Avengers. When the Avengers decide to find the Hulk, they contact Rick Jones. With his help, they locate him in the desert. After a battle, he escapes and teams-up with Sub-Mariner. At the Rock of Gibraltar, the final battle occurs. During the fight, Namor and Hulk can barely hold on to the mighty Thor. In the end, the enemies flee with the Avengers victorious.

8. IN MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, THOR HAS MATCHED HULK WITHOUT HIS HAMMER

In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Nick Fury activates the Avengers Initiative to recruit exceptional people into the peace-keeping team called the Avengers. With the Tesseract, Loki signals a Chitauri invasion in New York City. Before the invasion, Thor battles Hulk on the Helicarrier, matching the behemoth without his hammer! In Thor (1987) #385, Thor must stop Hulk’s rampage in a forest near the Mississippi River. When Hulk holds a woman hostage, Thor is forced to fight without his hammer. Though at a disadvantage, he holds his own.

7. HULK HAS LIFTED THOR’S HAMMER

In Hulk: Let The Battle Begin (2010) #1, Bruce Banner awakens in the middle of the desert. There, he find a ride from a man driving a truck who drops him off to a nearby town. In between naps, Bruce has been having trouble with his memories. In his naps, he recalls the events of the previous day. Near Mount Rushmore, he recalls lifting Thor’s hammer and bludgeoning the Odinson with it till he is knocked out. Really, an impressive feat!

 

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6. IN MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, THOR DREW WITH HULK

In Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Thor’s superior fighting skills, equal strength and powerful hammer drew the battle against Hulk. In Thor: Ragnarok (2012), though Hulk won, he had help from the Grandmaster.

5. IN THE HULK VS. ANIMATED FILM, THE JADE GIANT NEARLY KILLED THOR

In Hulk Vs. (2009), Hulk fights Wolverine in the first movie and Thor in the second movie. The events in the movie follow after or during Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In Hulk Vs. Thor, the soulless body of Hulk has been unleashed on Asgard by Loki and Amora. In a brutal battle, Hulk pummels Thor to the ground. When Hulk is about to land the killing blow, he sees the light of Odinsleep and heads for the palace. Believing himself dead, Thor sees a shadow thinking it is Hela, but it is Amora.

4. IN THOR: RAGNAROK, HULK FOUGHT FENRIS AND SURTUR

In Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Thor, Hulk and Valkyrie must stop Hela, Surtur and her demons from destroying Asgard. In the final battle, Thor battles Hela while Hulk battles the ferocious Fenris then attacks Surtur, a giant extra-dimensional demon. With the power to destroy Asgard, Surtur finds a match in Hulk who can shake a dimension!

 

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3. IN AVENGERS: ENDGAME, THOR KILLED A WOUNDED THANOS

In Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Avengers are recovering from the Thanos Snap. When the Avengers regroup, they set out for Titan to undo the damages. There, they find a wounded Thanos. Unfortunately, Thanos reveals that they cannot undo the Snap since he destroyed the Infinity Stones. In a fit of anger, Thor decapitates Thanos with Stormbreaker.

2. HERALD OF THUNDER THOR KILLS GALACTUS AND THE BLACK WINTER

In Thor: The Devourer King (2020), Thor becomes a Herald of Thunder for Galactus. In order to fight the Black Winter, Thor helps the Star God consume five planets. However, when he realizes he has been duped, he kills Galactus and uses his corpse as a bomb to explode the Black Winter. Certainly, do not miss Thor using the God Blast against the Black Winter!

1. IMMORTAL HULK DISSIPATED THE ONE-BELOW-ALL WITH HIS THUNDERCLAP

Really, Hulk is the strongest Avenger. In Immortal Hulk (2019) #13, Hulk is in Hell with his father. There, he must fight the One Below All and his horde of demons. During the battle, his father disowns him as a child of evil. When all seems lost, Immortal Hulk hulks-out and delivers a powerful thunderclap that dissipates the One Below All. In the Marvel multiverse, The One Above All is supreme, and at the bottom of the multiverse, the One Below All reigns. Proving once again that the Strongest Avenger can defeat the ultimate evil.

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Defenders Vol 1 10 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Hulk: Let the Battle Begin Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Immortal Hulk Vol 1 13 in Marvel Database.

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Super Power: How Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic Matches Against Mjolnir, Thor’s Enchanted Hammer (Film, TV and Comic)

 

SUPER POWER

Silver Surfer's cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor.
In Silver Surfer (1969) #4, Silver Surfer’s cosmic blast keeps Mjolnir away from Thor. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN COSMIC HIERARCHY

IN MARTIAL ARTS

*To celebrate Thor: Love & Thunder currently showing, we publish this article on Marvel’s top two heroes.

SILVER SURFER AND THOR ARE MARVEL’S TWO STRONGEST HEROES

In 2021, King in Black concluded with an emphatic victory for Venom and Marvel heroes. After defeating Knull, Venom became the new King in Black endowed with omniscience and omnipotence. Though the power hierarchy at Marvel has changed, two heroes have remained its strongest defenders.

In fact, Silver Surfer and Thor are the heroes the Marvel Universe calls upon during the most critical times. When Knull battled the universe again, he invaded Earth with his hordes of dragons and Klyntar.

When all seemed hopeless, Cosmic King Thor battled Knull one-on-one but was eventually defeated. After, the Enigma Force used Silver Surfer who transported the God of Light to Earth to resume his epic battle against Knull. However, the Enigma Force chose Venom as Captain Universe.

Let’s look at how Silver Surfer’s Power Cosmic and Thor’s Enchanted Hammer match against each other across various media.

 

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TV: THE POWER COSMIC IS FOR SPACE TRAVEL

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In 1998, Marvel Entertainment Group produced Silver Surfer: The Animated Series. In a 13-episode season, the series showcased Surfer’s adventures across the cosmos in order to find his homeworld Zenn-La.

For the most part, the cosmic adventures broke story-rules and the finale even had an unexpected ending. However, one important aspect of the character is that the Power Cosmic grants him vast space travel powers.

In fact, the cosmic hero is able to engage in space battles against alien armadas, dodge comets or even travel through wormholes. In the finale, Silver Surfer even travels in a universe where time is flowing backwards!

TV: THOR’S MJOLNIR IS ENCHANTED

In What If? Season 1 Episode 7, in an alternature timeline Thor is raised without his adopted brother Loki. Certainly, he grows up a brash and party-loving youth. On Earth, Captain Marvel comes to stop Thor’s shenanigans.

Then, a rumble follows where both combatants spend more time testing each other than getting serious. In multiple instances, Mjolnir is lost but returns to Thor’s side. Certainly, the enchanted hammer is mystically linked to Thor and is the source of half the god’s power.

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FILM: SILVER SURFER CAN DISH OUT PLANET-BUSTING ATTACKS

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Though critics did not receive the first Fantastic Four film series very well, the movies still succeeded in captivating audiences. In fact, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer delivered awesome action scenes and amazing visuals of Silver Surfer’s CG.

In fact, CBR.com commended the production team on the character design, on Silver Surfer’s other-worldliness and the use of his powers. Perhaps, the most exhilarating scene is the Human Torch‘s high-speed chase of SS from the New York overpass all the way to the upper atmosphere.

However, the conclusion of the movie raises the stakes. In order to save the Earth from impending doom, Silver Surfer dishes out a planet-busting attack and destroys the Devourer of Worlds. Here, the FX are a bit disappointing as Galactus appears as a cosmic space storm.

FILM: THOR’S MJOLNIR CAN BLOW UP A CITY

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Certainly, Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron performed massively at the box office internationally. However, at Rottentomatoes, critics criticized the film’s over-the-top action and villain. Nevertheless, the movie showed how much the Avengers can accomplish as a squad.

In the final battle, Thor and the Avengers have to battle Ultron and his robot copies in Sokovia in the air. And their objective is to protect the drill, Ultron wants to activate in order to send Sokovia into free fall. In the end, they manage to destroy most of the copies as well as the prime A.I.

However, one of the remaining sentries manages to activate the drill. As Sokovia enters free fall, Iron Man speeds to the bottom of the city, and Thor at the top. When Iron Man overloads the drill, Thor delivers a massive blast of lightning that destroys the city.

COMIC: SILVER SURFER CREATED THE SEEDS OF LIFE

In 'Silver Surfer' (2019) #5, Silver Surfer transforms his board into a sword.

In Silver Surfer: Black, the Sentinel of the Spaceways travels through a black hole and accidentally ends up at the beginning of time. In an effort, to end the threat of Galactus, Surfer ends up fighting Knull, the God of the Living Abyss.

Outmatched, Silver Surfer is contaminated by Knull’s darkness and is turning black. In their final battle, the Sentinel of the Spaceways realizes the threat to the universe. In order for darkness not to consume the beginning, Silver Surfer creates a star.

As the new Galactus is born with the universe, the light of the Surfer is the seed for the new universe. Incredibly, Silver Surfer manages to rout the powerful Knull.

COMIC: COSMIC KING THOR EXECUTED GALACTUS

Thor (2020) #6. Marvel Comics.

Perhaps, one of the most ground-breaking developments in Thor continuity. In order to stem the Black Winter, Galactus and Silver Surfer recruit King Thor’s help. Endowed with the Power Cosmic and Mjolnir, he becomes Cosmic King Thor, Herald of Thunder.

In the conclusion of the story arc, Thor actually executes Galactus for his numerous crimes and genocides using the powerful God blast.

POWER COSMIC ENERGY PROJECTION LEVEL:

UNIVERSAL

Energy Projection: Universal 83%

For more information on the Power Level Scale, visit the Power Level Wiki page.

ENCHANTED MJOLNIR ENERGY PROJECTION LEVEL:

STELLAR

Energy Projection: Stellar 58%

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Silver Surfer Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Did a Lot Wrong – and One Thing Right in CBR.com.
Avengers: Age of Ultron in Rotten Tomatoes.
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Marvel vs Capcom: Who Has The Best Comic And Arcade-Accurate Fighting Techniques?

 

MARVEL VS CAPCOM

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IN Franchises, Comic Values And Collections

*In celebration of Father’s Day, we go over the best fighting techniques in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite for PS4.

THE TEENAGE-FRIENDLY ARCADE CROSSOVER

Marvel vs Capcom.

In the popular Marvel vs Capcom series, players compete against opponents in teams of two or three. Originally, the inspiration for the series was X-Men: Children of The Atom and Marvel Super-Heroes. In the game, players use characters from Marvel and Capcom

For parents wondering what games to buy for their teenagers or for spouses looking for gifts for their husbands or children, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 for example, has been rated PG-13 and up. Though there is intense violence, suggestive language and revealing attire.

In the recent Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Marvel and Capcom baddies Ultron and Sigma attempt to use the Infinity Stones in order to merge both universes and rid their new world of organic life.

Though the game has upped the series, an IGN review criticized the character’s unimaginative design, the slow gameplay and the lack of creative storyline. Nevertheless, the visuals, scenery and the fighting styles are sufficient entertainment.

Since we are interested in the fighting game, let’s rate the main characters’ fighting techniques and how they compare to the arcade or comic. For the most part, we are interested in strength, speed, and damage.

So, from our video above, let’s find out which Marvel or Capcom character has the most arcade- or comic-accurate fighting technique.

3. COMIC-ACCURATE: DOCTOR STRANGE: EYE OF AGAMOTTO

Generally, Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto is his final attack against cosmic beings and Skyfathers. For instance, the comics showed Doctor Strange use the Eye of Agamotto to decisively end Wanda Maximoff’s attacks on the Avengers in Disassembled.

As matter of fact, this is very impressive since Scarlet Witch has great reality-warping power on a planetary scale due to her Chaos Magic. In the game, Doctor Strange’s attack is his signature technique.

Though it generates only 17 hits, it consumes about half of his life bar, which shows a great amount of damage. Given that it is a video game, comic characters are often nerfed in order by reducing the damage of their signature techniques.

Nevertheless, the final attack is more or less accurate as a finishing move.

VERDICT: MORE COMIC-ACCURATE

3. ARCADE-ACCURATE: RYU: SHO-RYU-KEN

Generally, Ryu’s hado is portrayed has one of the most powerful attacks. Really, it qualifies as a hyper-move. At the same time, for the most part the attack looks more like a kamehameha wave. In fact, the hado-ken signature technique is actually a really flying fireball.

In the gameplay, the sho-ryu-ken, is more accurate in terms of fighting and even allows for multiple punches with both hands. Though the execution and fighting is impressive, the damage of the technique is disappointing.

In fact, it only deals 3 hits though with a fourth of the life bar in damage.

So, in terms of power and execution, the signature technique is impressive though the damage is disappointing.

VERDICT: LEAST ARCADE-ACCURATE

 

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2. COMIC-ACCURATE: THOR: LIGHTNING BLASTS

Perhaps, the most impressive fighting technique in terms of damage, is Thor’s lightning blast. In Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, Thor does not need to charge up his lightning strikes. Instead, he either raises his hammer high, or strikes his opponent into the air with Mjolnir.

In Infinity, Thor strikes Thanos at the head with a full lightning blast, resulting only in damaging the Titan’s armor. However, in the gameplay, Thor is able to damage more than half the life bar in just 3 hits. Impressive!

VERDICT: MOST COMIC-ACCURATE

2. ARCADE-ACCURATE: CHUN-LI’S LIGHTNING-KICK

In the gameplay, the adaptations to Chun-Li’s moves are the most impressive. Though her Spinning-Bird Kick is very different from the original arcade and really not impressive. However, with the Lightning Kick, a player can deal up to 15 hits.

What separates this attack from the rest is that the signature technique is both ground- and air-based which can quickly turn the tide in a stalemate. However, the drawback is that the attack deals only a sixth of a character’s life bar.

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VERDICT: MORE ARCADE-ACCURATE

1. COMIC-ACCURATE: VENOM’S WEBBING

At the top, is one of Venom’s lesser known signature moves. For the source comics, Venom often entombs his enemies in webbing for various uses. In addition, the symbiote allows him to shape-shift and attack his opponents with tendrils.

In our game, Venom can damage more than half of an opponent’s life in just 8 hits with the attack. Generally, the attack displays strength, speed and damage. For this reason, it’s at the top of our list.

VERDICT: BEST COMIC-ACCURATE

 

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VERDICT:

Marvel characters outdo Capcom characters in power, accuracy in fighting techniques and variety of characters.

Marvel wins.

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DC vs Marvel: In The ‘JLA/Avengers’ Crossover, The Formidable JLA vs The Mighty Avengers

 

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IN TEAM-UPS AND CROSSOVERS

“A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS”

JLA/Avengers. DC Comics.

In honor of George Perez, let’s look at a classic DC/Marvel crossover.

Furthermore, our top-rated Formidability Ranking uses four central Fighting Skills to settle the debate.

Let’s read our ranking.

 

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JLA/AVENGERS IS CANON TO DC AND MARVEL

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In the classic inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers (2004), both super-teams assemble to take on a threat that threatens the Omniverse. Particularly, the series was so successful that the JLA: Syndicate Rules established the crossover to be canon to the New Earth continuity.

In contests of champions, the Grandmaster and Metron task both teams with the responsibility to assemble six items of power from each universe.

Namely, from the DC Universe: Green Lantern’s Power Battery, the Book of Eternity, the Orb of Ra, the items of the Demons Three, the Spear of Destiny and Psycho Pirate’s Medusa Mask.

From the Marvel Universe: the Ultimate Nullifier, the Evil Eye of Avalon, the Infinity Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Wand of Watoomb.

JLA/AVENGERS #2

In JLA/Avengers #2, the Leaguers are leading 6-5. In a titanic clash, the JLA and the Avengers face off for the Cosmic Cube. On Savage Land, a knock-out drag-out slugfest follows. Let’s rank the main contestants in the battle in terms of the Power Hierarchy.

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QUALITY OPPONENTS

Generally, our formidability takes into account a character’s quality of opponents. Using this hierarchy, we can formulate a Power Hierarchy. Namely, it is the following:

Peak Human, Assassin, Metahuman, Criminal Mastermind/Team-Wrecker, Warrior, Hi-Tech Genius/Enhanced, Political Leader, Demon or Monster/Supernatural Being, Champion, Cosmic Being, Skyfather, God or Abstract.

Before we rank the JLA and Avengers, let’s list some rules.

  1. First, only beings below God or Abstract are included. God or Abstract include Galactus, Eternity, Living Tribunal, Beyonder, One-Above-All.
  2. Since we focus on battles, we will go by power levels.
  3. We are rating power levels only in issue #2.
  4. Since only the major battles are included, not all members of both teams are included.

Let’s rank our JLA and Avengers.

The Cosmic Beings

SUPERMAN

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

SUPERMAN IS A COSMIC BEING

Really, Superman‘s power levels are off the charts in the issue.

To this end, he ranks as Cosmic Being because he stops Thor’s hammer strike with his left hand.

In fact, it takes at least a Cosmic Being in order to bypass the enchantment on Thor’s Mjolnir.

Potentially, Superman could solo the Avengers team.

Indeed, it takes Hercules, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wonder Man and Vision to put down the Man of Steel at the end of the fight.

THOR

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

THOR IS A CHAMPION

Really, Thor faces one of his toughest battles. First, he wades through a powerful blast of heat vision.

After Superman caught Mjolnir, he knocks him out with a powerful haymaker. Indeed, he is overwhelmed by Superman’s sheer power.

Generally, Thor ranks as a Champion since he is at least as powerful as the Avengers team.

ZATANNA

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

SCARLET WITCH

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

Both Zatanna and Scarlet Witch are amped by Chaos Magic.

Effectively, they are Cosmic Beings with powers of teleportation, nigh omniscience and reality-warping.

GREEN LANTERN

Power Hierarchy: Cosmic Being 83%

In their first match-up, Green Lantern had Photon on the ropes. As matter of fact, he caged her up in a construct.

In their second match, Photon is absorbing the Oan energy from his power ring. Fortunately, he is saved by Captain Atom.

Generally, Green Lantern is a Champion. However, he upgrades to Cosmic Being after he absorbs the energy of the Cosmic Cube.

And had he succeeded, the JLA woud have had a clean victory.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

To begin, Monica Rambeau has the power of converting her body into any energy in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Really, she is a Champion on the Avengers team and can take on any one.

Likely, she needs to adapt to the type of energy and has a limit to how much EM energy she can absorb.

Nonetheless, she is among the mightiest on the Avengers team.

The Champions

WONDER WOMAN

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

So far, Wonder Woman has shown she can defeat multiple Avengers. At first, she faces Hercules, Wasp and Yellowjacket.

Later, after Superman and Thor are defeated, she knocks down Yellowjacket.

Generally, Wonder Woman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

GIANT MAN

Power Hierarchy: Enhanced 50%

First, Yellowjacket shrinks down to size and attacks Wonder Woman with the other Avengers.

Then, he delivers a powerful blow at increased size when Thor falls. However, Wonder Woman soon overpowers him.

With the Pym Particles, Yellowjacket is Enhanced in the Power Hierarchy.

AQUAMAN

Power Hierarchy: Champion 75%

In one instant, Aquaman defeats multiple Avengers with a sea monster.

Generally, Aquaman is a Champion in the Power Hierarchy.

AVENGERS

Power Hierarchy: Supernatural Being 67%

Generally, the Avengers add up to Hercules‘ power level, which is Supernatural Being in the Power Hierarchy.

The Peak Humans

GREEN ARROW

Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Green Arrow has the advantage with Captain America’s help.

Generally, Green Arrow is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

HAWKEYE

Power Hierarchy: Peak Human 8%

In the battle, Green Arrow and Hawkeye are in a stand-off. Though, in the end, Captain America orders Hawkeye to stand down.

Generally, Hawkeye is a Peak Human in the Power Hierarchy.

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VERDICT:

With help, the JLA won a virtual victory and the Avengers actually tied the score.
Really, lacking Flash’s Speed Force and the Avengers at full strength, the JLA are stacked with three Cosmic Beings and two Champions.
Generally, the underdog Avengers even things with better teamwork and preparation.
JLA wins a difficult fight.

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LINKS

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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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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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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!

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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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Fan Battles: Odin, Thor and Loki vs Surtur (Team vs Villain)

 

METROPOLIS BATTLES

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writers and Artists

Walter Simonson and Walter Simonson.

SYNOPSIS FOR “Doom II”

Horribly, Surtur has invaded Asgard and Midgard. To this end, he intends to bring Ragnarok and lay waste to the universe.

On Asgard, only Odin, Thor and Loki can stop him.

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'Thor' (1984) #353.
Thor (1984) #353. Marvel Comics.

Enter the contestants in Asgard. On the left side are Odin, Thor and Loki and on the right side is Surtur, the fiery demon.

Let’s look at the stats.

ASGARDIANS – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Universal 83%
Super Speed: Warrior 33%
Durability: Universal 83%
Energy Projection: Universal+ 83%
Fighting Skills: Cosmic 92%
Intelligence: Adaptive Evolution 67%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Mjolnir.
  • Megingjord.
  • Laevateinn.
WEAKNESSES
  • Odinsleep.
  • Superiority inferiority complex.
SURTUR – EARTH-616

Super Strength: Universal 83%
Super Speed: Warrior 33%
Durability: Infinite 100%
Energy Projection: Universal 83%
Fighting Skills: Extra-Dimensional 100%
Intelligence: Leader 33%

PARAPHERNALIA
  • Twilight Sword.
WEAKNESSES
  • Intense coldness.
  • Magic.

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THE FIGHT

According to prophecy, Surtur brings Ragnarok to Asgard with the Twilight Sword. In order to accomplish his goal, the fiery demon needs the Eternal Flame which Loki has hidden. Brutally, Odin, Thor and Loki are battling Surtur for the Eternal Flame.

The battle to decide the fate of Asgard!

WINNER: THE ASGARDIANS WIN BY BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL.

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SURTUR IN COMICS

Journey Into Mystery (1963) #97, titled “Tales of… …Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods” marks the first cameo appearance of Surtur in Marvel continuity. The issue tells the legend of the demon of fire who plots for the destruction of the Norse gods.

The comic was written by Stan Lee and penciled by Jack Kirby.

SURTUR’S FIRST CAMEO APPEARANCE
Journey Into Mystery (1963) #97, titled “Tales of… …Asgard! Home of the Mighty Norse Gods” marks the first cameo appearance of Surtur in Marvel continuity. Marvel Comics.

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Thor Vol 1 353 in Marvel Database.
Odin Borson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
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Loki Laufeyson (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Surtur (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Journey into Mystery Vol 1 97 in Marvel Database.