A Slideshow showing the synthesis of Machine Man-Thing 2099

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When I had this silly idea, I figured it would be best to keep it simple and do an homage to two of the more famous covers of the 70s, Machine Man #1 and Man-Thing #1. Using the wonders of MS Paint, I put together a hideous amalgamation  and sent it over to my man Turner. What he sent back to me was better than I hoped for. He’s truly talented.

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Machine Man-Thing 2099!

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The last page in Gentleman & Scholar Comics’ fan-art piece smushing three pounds of awesome into a one pound bag, Machine Man-Thing 2099! Special thanks to our inker extraordinaire and uber-talented artist all around, Turner, for helping me realize this wacky daydream into something resembling reality. As G&S Comics plugs away at our next releases, Tex Arkana and Over The Top Tales 2, it was fun to throw up a little piece of fan art mayhem, and the splash/character model Turner did for this final page inspired me to write and sketch the first three to give him the backstory he deserves.

Check out:

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As well as a couple more posts upcoming around this whole thing!

What’s coming up (in May)

Well, the mystery of why Marvel wasn’t a big part of the previous Previews was solved.  Of course, I’m sure if I had looked carefully I would have been able to glean the information from said Previews.  Or I could have researched it online.  The internet has everything you know, including this!
Secret Wars is huge!  I mean, it’s all over the cover and then runs rampant throughout the entire magazine.  This is it.  The next big thing.  Everything will change, except a few things, and then everything will change again later.  At least, that’s the expectation of everyone on the internet.  I think that it could be cool, but will probably be bogged down by stuff.  I’d like to believe, but when it comes to comic books, I’m a bit of an agnostic.

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So it appears to be the regular Marvel Universe is going to be colliding with the Ultimate Universe and NEITHER WILL SURVIVE!

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There’s some preview art, including sad Apocalypse.
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I learned a lot about this event from the magazine and here’s what I can piece together.
With universes colliding, all the different versions of characters are getting thrown together in the “battleworlds” to fight until there is one left standing.  (There can only be one Highlander, I mean, Black Knight.  Oh man, I hope Martin Laurence is in there as an alternate version of Dane Whitman.)  After the battles conclude, a new Universe will emerge featuring the champion characters.  I’m probably far off, but hey, weirder things have happened.
I like the look of Secret Wars: Battleworld #1.  I mean, how could I not?

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Two other great old(er) stories are making re-appearances.  Infinity Gauntlet (maybe tied to the movies?) and Old Man Logan, both of which I loved.
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I might have to check out the Old Man, but Infinity doesn’t quite have that Starlin feel to it, which I feel is a big part of the story.  image
Then, there is Secret Wars 2099, which is, of course, my jam.  But it better have Ravage.

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M.O.D.O.K. also has his own series going on.  It’s only a 5-part story, so that might be worth checking out.
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Howard the Duck is mentioned, and oddly it includes preview art of issue 1.  I say “oddly” because the pages it gives away for free include the last page of issue 1.  Very odd.  Speaking of odd, did you know Night Nurse is getting her own nod.  Super-sized-one-shot-nod.  For $8.  Are you kidding?
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In the hardcover/collected edition section, there is a good selection of Ant-Man stuff, just in time for the movie and Raoul Pudd’s rise to superhero stardom.  Some Daredevil, since Netflix is looking to do better than Affleck did.  But nothing back there really draws me to it.
Overall, there is a lot of stuff Marvel puts out that I just don’t know or care about anymore.  It’s kind of sad, because I used to love the whole connected universe.   It makes me wonder how big of an impact the people in charge are willing to let Secret Wars have, given that there are so many ongoing titles that would be affected by a giant-sized reboot.
There were a lot of things that I am interested in, though I don’t know if I’m willing to commit money to them.  I also noticed that Deadpool wasn’t featured quite so prominently as he has been in the past.  Perhaps his popularity has waned enough that there won’t be three new mini-series announced each quarter.

So that’s it for Marvel in May.  Of course I skipped a lot, so if you’re really interested in more, I apologize, but it seemed boring.  Good-bye and good reading from your home for giant-sized comic stuff.

Venom 2099 Custom Figure found in the recesses of the internet

EDIT: The Tripod thing is being weird, so in case the image doesn’t load, here’s The Franchise getting poked in the crotch:

http://makeagif.com/i/AmQbyk

You ever accidentally stumble onto something locked in the bowels of the ancient internet, in the realm of angelfire, static html pages, and in this case, tripod?

Venom 2099! In figure form!

Someone’s swank Venom 2099 custom action figure, located at

http://sawol.tripod.com/VEN-F1.JPG

Throw another on the Venom 2099 pile! (God I love the internet sometimes)

The Monday Morning Quarter-Bin – The Venom 2099 Saga (Part 5 of 5)

Spider-Man 2099 #39 was a comic I had to have.

(image from Marvel.Wikia)

Not because of fantastic cover art (SM2099…looking plain!), but because I had to, had to know who Venom 2099 was. So I went down to the comic shop, hoping they had the last issue I needed, hopefully also for $3.00 like I had paid for the previous 4. What luck! There it was. I took it home, and when I finally breached its pages, I found the answers I was looking for. Venom 2099 was Kron Stone, who was apparently Miguel O’Hara’s half brother. The origin of Venom? After getting beaten by Punisher (2099) and left in a sewer, Kron Stone was possessed by the Venom symbiote, which had been “hanging around” in the sewer for 100 years, apparently, and also apparently just evolved to be acidic. A little bit of a let down. Miguel beats Kron something fierce, which is kind of a separation of Spider-Man 2099 from modern day Peter Parker. That I liked. There was also the beginnings of new plot threads (or continuation of old ones) with Goblin 2099 and Vulture 2099, but I chose to leave the Spider-Man 2099 universe for now. For me, the explanation’s a bit of a fizzle; sure the twist of a half-brother is nice, but a sliver more imagination on where they symbiote came from would have made it all the more satisfying. A mysterious containment vessel? Maybe the symbiote morphed into some creature that lived in the sewer? Instead, it’s just a sack on the wall that’s been hanging around for 100 years.

In the end, I’m glad I revisited this chapter of my childhood. I recaptured an issue that had slipped from my grasp, and had some closure as to what actually happened with Venom 2099 after I saw his brief debut all those years ago. Combine that with a compelling storyline over the course of about three of the issues, resulting in the death of a major character, and I’m left feeling like this was a worthy addition to my collection. If you can find these (for less than $12 an issue), you wouldn’t be disappointed.

 

The Monday Morning Quarter-Bin – The Venom 2099 Saga (Part 4 of 5)

This week’s entry is the thrilling conclusion of the “Venom 2099 Saga”, as I’ve deemed it, taking place in the pages of Spider-Man 2099. I’ve already reviewed issues 35, 36, and 37, and to catch you up: Venom is back, mostly liquid and secreting acid wherever he goes, he’s captured Xina and Dana, Miguel O’Hara’s dueling love interests, and in a horrible twist of fate, the SHIELD patrol’s bullets, meant for Venom, passed through his amorphous body and killed Dana!

(image from Marvel.Wikia)

So the climactic issue 38 of Spider-Man 2099 starts off with Spidey cradling Dana’s lifeless body, and I’m going to say right now before we get into the thick of things, Andrew Wildman’s pencils on this, while perhaps a bit “90’s” (in the Jim Lee/Rob Liefeld vein of intense, squinty features), are, to me, the definitive look to a Spider-Man 2099 story, and I’m glad to see he’s doing this issue after his absence in the previous issue. Spider-Man, in grieving, literally lashes out at a SHIELD agent, smashing his visor. Further demonstrating his rage, Spidey declares that “[Venom is] dead. Wherever he is, he’s dead.”

 

Elsewhere, Miguel O’Hara’s mom, who gave us a nice suicide fake, tells Gabriel (another party to the Miguel/Xina/Dana love triangle) that Dana is dead, and Gabriel punches out a TV screen, though in an unintentionally funny twist, him screaming “DANA!” is presented as a sound effect rather than dialogue. Gabriel exits, likely en route to his own revenge on Venom.

 

We next find Venom, posing all “Spider-Character”-like (unnecessarily deep squats), as a warning goes out about the threat he poses. In Miguel’s Alchemax office, he and some Alchemax scientists study a piece of Venom they found, and discover it reacts to sound, as well as historic references to the “Heroic Age” Venom, meaning this Venom and modern day Venom are ostensibly the same. Tyler Stone awakens from his coma (another plot extending beyond these issues), to be met by Jake Gallows (Punisher 2099), who doesn’t have the heart to tell him Dana is dead. In another plot thread that will likely set up the next few issues, Vulture 2099 captured some girl (Kasey Nash?) and meets up with Goblin 2099.

 

Miguel, learning of Venom’s weakness to sonic attacks, has the 1984-esque ubiquitous speaker system start playing high frequency noises (so high, in fact, only Venom can hear them). With Venom weakened, Spider-Man 2099 strikes, including severing the little spider shaped pouch that rests on the outside of Venom’s body. Venom begins to go all melty from the noise (doubly so because of his acidic secretion) and Spider-Man unleashes his rage, pummeling the prone Venom. Even as the person underneath (which makes little sense, we’ve seen Venom dissolve other bodies and be liquid himself) emerges and begs for mercy, Miguel, overcome by rage for Dana’s death, shockingly resolves to kill him any way. As Spider-Man goes to choke the life out of whoever is underneath the Venom symbiote, he stops and murmurs… “You?” and does that thing where a Spider-Man mask looks sad. Who is it?

 

I know I said I only got 35-38, but I had to know who, so issue 39, next week!

The Monday Morning Quarter-Bin – The Venom 2099 Saga (Fan Art)

The counterpart to Spider-Ham 15.88 (and Venom 2099)

 

Since I’ve been dissecting Venom 2099 so much, I thought I’d add to the rich pantheon of alternate future animal universe characters by introducing Pork Grind 15.88, the counterpart to Venom 2099 (and foil to Spider-Ham 15.88, also available in zombie form)

The Monday Morning Quarter-Bin – The Venom 2099 Saga (Part 3 of 5)

When last we left the Venom 2099 saga, I had recapped issues 35 and 36, and we left with Venom 2099, skin-eating acid secreting foil to Miguel O’Hara’s Spider-Man 2099, holding Dana and Xina while threatening death to both if Miguel doesn’t choose one. Miguel is also in charge of Alchemax, and was researching the history of something called “Venom”.

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We open with some memory-fogged panels about the first time Miguel O’Hara met Dana, while he was still dating Xina. This leads into Venom, holding both Dana and Xina hostage, forcing him to choose. First and foremost, I’ll say the art in this issue is a lot tighter than in issue 36, and it’s all the better for it. Miguel ostensibly choosing Xina, and uses his pointy spider claw hands (or something) and severs Venom’s arm, to which Venom quickly makes a dick joke (“What, you packing some sort of…concealed weapon? Bet mine…is bigger”). Miguel severed the arm to save Dana, while Xina is…apparently falling down a garbage chute? I’m not sure how they got there, but let’s say the deranged Venom was a man of his word and let Xina go, only to be outsmarted and outmuscled by Miguel to save Dana. Let’s say. Anyhoo, Miguel begins the attack without changing into his Spider-Jammies, and also sicks the futuristic SHIELD stormtroopers on Venom. More memory-fogged panels give us Dana remembering the early days with Miguel, but that’s interrupted by Venom.

Meanwhile, Miguel O’Hara’s mom, who was seen to have been committing suicide last issue (off panel), actually shot some recording device, that had her confession to something not necessarily covered in this issue. Swerve! She resolves to be put on trial.

Elsewhere, Venom has “the girls”, and they’re fleeing in..Xina’s car? Weird. More memory-fogged panels show us how Miguel cheated on Xina with Dana, with a funny little bit where the word “click” is substituted for the word “f—k”. Venom leaps from the car as SHIELD agents set upon him, smashing one in a fiery explosion with “mace hands”. In the mayhem, Xina drives off a bridge, but is saved by Spider-Man, who decided to go full costume after all. All of this seems to be taking place outside the “Escher Club”, a staircase themed club that was mentioned in the first flashback opening this issue up, furthering the mystery of how Venom is related to Miguel O’Hara’s life. Venom quickly snatches the dueling damsels in distress, though, and in the ultimate act of Spider-Mandom, the SHIELD agent’s shots on Venom go through his amorphous body (he dissolves his hosts rather than coating them), and end up killing Dana. Let that be a lesson to all you girls across the universes and timelines: if you date a Spider-Man, you’re probably going to die. We close on that scene, and I can’t wait for the thrilling conclusion to the Venom 2099 saga, it’s Spider-Man 2099 issue 38!

 

(PS, I dug the flashbacks throughout this issue as a way to put some definites on the relationship between Miguel, Xina, and Dana alluded to throughout the past few issues, as well as doubling up to pack a bigger emotional punch upon Dana’s somewhat unexpected death. I’m really into this story right now)