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As anyone who knows me well could tell you, I'm a big dumb nerd. And that's not a bad thing! I love comic books for their artwork, storytelling ability, originality, and big-titted women. And personally, I think you should too! But the truth of the matter is, comics have made a drastic change in recent years, which may actual benefit you, if you're not already a comic book efficienado like myself. If you are, you're probably going to post in the comments with debates on how all my points are wrong, as we nerds often do. But for the rest of you, buckle in! Because you're in for an educational joyride. Don't that just sound swell?

So, in my last entry I talked a lot about changes made to the DC universe, through a fun little shenanigan known as The New 52. But Alex, what is this New 52? What does it look like? Does it cause cancer?

Well, the New 52 is DC's way of officially resetting their universe to make it more accessible to new readers. They did this through an event called Flashpoint, in which The Flash used his powers to travel back in time, to prevent one single murder. This caused a sort of Butterfly Effect that fucked with the entire history of the universe in some groovy ways. Rather than just changing events AFTER what The Flash had prevented, his time tampering sent ripples backwards in time as well, slightly altering the events that would have occured. Through this end, Earth was placed in a state of war, nearing the end via a nuclear showdown- led by Aquaman of all people! Anyway, Flash then ended up going back in time a final time, preventing himself from preventing the initial murder in question. While this set the timeline back the way it should be, time travel still distorted the fabric of time, causing things to wind up slightly different. And hence, we have an entirely new universe to explore!

So, why'd they do it? Well, this allows DC to have more creative freedom with their characters. We've reverted to a point in time where we don't need to recap everyone's origin story and TOTALLY start over, but can redo mistakes of the past better, or retell classic stories with new twists. As such, all the main comic runs went back to issue #1, because picking up Batman #790 may seem slightly daunting to a new reader, and make it hard for them to jump into the fun.

This also allows them to take old things that needed a kick in the teeth and spice them up. One of my favourite characters ever is Cyborg Superman. His origin is a bit doofy, but we got a really cool character out of him. In the New 52, MY Cyborg Superman is gone, and was replaced with a reimagined one that makes more sense! Can you believe it? I'm actually really happy with what they ended up doing. And it's not just him, either. Characters who had begun to slip into mundane comic book messes have re-emerged cooler than ever, like Red Hood, Starfire, Cyborg, Zatanna, all the faves! Reverse Flash has an entirely new spin on things, which actually gives him reason to antagonize The Flash.

My final point is that it also allows them to seperate themselves from the stupid plots from the Golden Age days. You know, like that time Superman broke up with his girlfriend to go be a mermaid,  or when Batman and Superman cried of the solem beauty that is tentacle sex. Or my personal favourite, Green Lantern becoming the main antagonist of the entire DC universe! Yeah... all that shit has totally been scrapped, and we're only keeping the cool stuff.

So, that's DC's side of things. On Marvel's end about a year later, a reboot seemed like a good idea. However, Marvel handled everything differently.

DC actually went back and majorly altered history, where as Marvel... just moved on. They started a bunch of new series and wrapped up old ones, leaving the new stuff to pick up where they left off. They decided to go with a newer, darker, edgier attitude, and instead of re-writing or un-writing characters, they decided just to kill off the ones they didn't like and ignore all of the hiccups they've made before. This is a gigantic difference, and honestly, the Marvel universe has lost a lot of appeal to me as a result.

So that's a brief explanation of what's happening in comics right now. Honestly, DC's stuff is much better written (usually, anyway), and you may find some gems you may not expect. Don't count out Aquaman until you read his book. Seriously. You'll be shocked.
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So, I was talking to a friend of mine the other day (Yeah Rachel, I'm looking at you!), and she was telling me she hates Superman, because he's too... SUPER. And I can understand where comments like this come from: Superman is all-powerful and a goodie two-shoes. That's all good and well, sure. But there's a lot you probably don't know about the Big Blue Boy Scout that might pick up your interest. So without further adurrrrr, let's begin.

10: Superman is NOT the last Kryptonian

A lot of Superman's media will have you believe that Kryptonians are in short supply. We all know about Zod (for those who don't, watch Superman 2 or Man of Steel), but there are plenty of space-gods out there most people are totally unaware of. First and foremost is Superboy, a Supes clone whipped up by Project Cadmus to serve as Superman's replacement "should he turn evil", but was woken up about 20 years too early, and ended up a member of the Teen Titans. Christopher Kent, Superman's adopted cousin, is actually the son of Zod, and being born in the Phantom Zone gives him some pretty nifty additional ghost powers. Kara Zor-El, Superman's ACTUAL cousin, was also jettisoned from a dying Krypton as Superman was... but got lost in space long enough for her to develop sex appeal before crashing to Earth, having all of the standard Kryptonian powers. And that's just to name 3, but there are a bundle more. Which actually reminds me...

9: Superman has a cyborg doppelganger!

Hank Henshaw was a researcher in on a LexCorp space instalation, until cosmic radiation messed with his mojo and his body decayed away. He was, however, able to transfer his mind into the Birthing Matrix, the shuttle that brought baby Superman to Earth, containing the DNA sequences necessary to create new Kryptonian life. Henshaw used this to create himself a fresh new body in Superman's likeness, and has since become a major villain.

After the New 52 reboot (DC's attempt at streamlining their universe to make it more accessible to n00bs), Cyborg Superman was reimagined as Zor-El. If that name sounds familiar, it's because I mentioned this character's daughter already. This one, oddly enough, is more of an antagonist to the Green Lantern Corps rather than Superman himself.

8:  Superman is solar powered!

Superman's Kryptonian physiology allows him to absorb radiation from Earth's yellow son to convert into energy. Sunlight is what grants him his crazy powers, and also what makes him mostly invunerable. The supervillain Doomsday almost succeeded in killing Superman, after his reserve of radiation was almost depleted. When Superman uses his powers, he exhausts some of his solar energy. Using too much won't kill him, or turn him human, but it will significantly weaken him.

7: Kryptonians are actually very similar to humans.

On Krypton, Kryptonians have very similar physiologies to humans. This is because while radiation from our sun turns them into, well, Supermen, radiation from a red sun (such as one on Krypton), their cells absorb and process it much in a way that us good ol' humans do. Superman does have his work arounds, of course. In a battle against Solaris III (more or less a living red sun), he made a suit which could repel radiation. This allowed him to retain solar energy he had already absorbed, and prevented him from losing his powers in Solaris' light, but stopped him from regaining power from our sun.

6: Superman does not poop.

Superman, despite being an alien, has all the same organs as a regular human. The only difference is, his lungs and digestive system serve no purpose on Earth, as all the nutrition he needs he can gain from the sun. So yeah. Superpoops, not a thing.

(He can also breathe underwater, so take that Aquaman!)

5: Superman used to be WAY more overpowered.

In the early 50s and 60s, Superman's writers had way more creative license to do whatever the hell they wanted. His current array of powers are his heat beams, cold breath, flight, super strength, super speed, x-ray vision, and invunerability (among a few other, less important traits).

Superman HAS had, however:
Friendship rays, rainbows fired from his fingers that dispelled conflict
Shapeshifting
Time reversal
Force fields
Could learn new languages from watching people's lips
Control over electricity
Supersonic screams
Mind reading
Mind control
And could use his heat vision as a Bat Symbol.

If you don't like Superman before, just frickin' imagine how unhappy you'd be in the 50's. You might just have to mozy on down to the malt shoppe in your jallopy for some sasparilla to forget your problems.

4: Batman could drop Superman like a fly.

Batman is a master tactician, and despite Superman being one of his only friends, he still recognizes that Superman could very easily become a threat. Batman carries a Kryptonite ring stashed away in a lead-lined pouch in his utility belt at all times. And Superman is ok with this! He is fully aware that he could crack Earth in two without breaking a sweat, so he trusts Batman to stop him in the event he ever goes out of control or becomes compromised.

3: Superman isn't the only Superman

We've already been over how Superman isn't the only Kryptonian you should care about, but did you know Kal-El isn't the only Superman to have held the title? During the Death of Superman arc, Luthor whipped up a clone to replace Superman who would be loyal to him, and him alone to do his dirty work. The afforementioned Hank Henshaw also paraded around claiming to be Superman reborn, specifically to harsh his reputation. All the while still, Superboy showed up claiming to be the new improved Superman, and was actually the closest thing to it, other than having anger control issues. We've also had Steel and Eradicator (a surprizingly nice guy given his name) fill in for Superman. In an event where Superman himself could not or did not want to publicly appear in press conferences, Batman, Eradicator, and Martian Manhunter have filled in for him at times. Originally Supergirl tried her hand at the hero business bearing the S logo, but at the time was completely unendorsed by Superman. Also worth mentioning is Bizarro, one of Lex Luthor's earlier attempt at cloning Kal-El, that went super wrong.His powers are basically the exact inverse of Superman, with ice lasers from his eyes and magma vomit instead of cold breath. Kinda silly, but fun to read, for sure.

2: Superman is not nearly as invunerable as you may think

It's a common misconception that Superman is invunerable to everything but Kryptonite. In reality, Superman is just more adaptable than humans, but still weak to all the same things. In any situation where Superman (or any other Kryptonian) is held in containment, red solar lamps are used. This drains them of their power, and in this state, Superman could not block a bullet with his eye. The difference is Kryptonite is radioactive, poisonous to his kind (an well, humans get radiation poisoning from Kryptonite as well). Superman also has no special immunity to magic, or items enfused with magic. So this means a magical weapon, let's use Excalibur for an example, could cut him like any ordinary sword. Superman has also had a form of solar cancer, where his cells were so oversaturated with solar power, that is was causing him to decay. This was in an alternate universe, so OUR Superman has never had this condition, but it stands to reason that he could.

There are also beings who can steal powers from other people (I know you are thinking Rogue. You are wrong). Parasite being the prime example, if he were to drain power from Superman to use himself, he could overpower and possibly kill Superman. Worth noting, while the bones in Superman's neck are much stronger than our own, they are in fact bones and result in death if broken. (Which means Man of Steel's ending wasn't complete bullshit)

1: Superman's mouth is not invunerable at all.

This may seem like a stupid little tidbit, and may not affect how you feel about Superman at all. But the fact of the matter is, Superman is weak to issues of the mouth including, but not limited to, biting his own tonuge, having someone else bite his lips, and chili.

But not just any chili.

It is COMPLETELY CANONICAL that Oliver Queen (the Green Arrow) makes chili so hot, it can actually, PHYSICALLY, burn Superman's mouth. Whether or not this is an indicator of Superman's mouth being a week point, lazy writing, or there for comedy value is totally irrelevent. What truly matters...

It's canon.
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It's no secret that Pokemon has some very dark undertones hidden under the "Gotta catch'em all!" 90's cutesy vibe. Fact is, the majority of the Pokemon fanbase has aged. So it makes sense that they smuggle in some nasty shit to keep the big kids interested. So here we go.

Just to be clear, this list consists of things openly presented in the games, manga, anime, wherever creepy things are to be found. No "Gengar is Clefable's shadow" or "the lavender town theme killed japanese kids", only things that are actually presented to the fans in legitimate ways. These may be a tiny bit obscure, but these are my thoughts. If you don't agree, write your own Top 10.

10:  Pokemon Breeding

Ok, now hear me out on this one. Breeding is a very simple concept. Pop two Pokemon in the daycare, wait, and an egg will mysteriously show up for- wait. Mysteriously show up? Do these people not know how babies are made?

To be fair, Pokemon is geared towards children, so they probably don't need to hear "Congratulations! Your Pikachu just fucked a Marill!"

But what really weirds me out is Egg Groups. They're based on the real life concept of similar creatures being able to breed... but Egg Groups are pretty broad. The most popular one to shit on is Wailord being able to breed with Skitty, and that's a great example. Nidoking and Pikachu, Venusaur and Oddish, and don't even mention Ditto. My suggestion, keep your kids off of the PokeDiscovery channel, lest they understand how life works.

9: TMs and HMs

This one may be more of a personal thought, but it works for the list. All we know about TMs and HMs are that they are discs containing data, which can be used to teach Pokemon new moves.

...how? There is an air of mystery surrounding TMs that questions the very existence of Pokemon. Similarly to the Pokeball, TMs interact with Pokemon in a way that any natural creature wouldn't be able to. Now, to avoid breaking my []]]][[[[[[[[-["no theories allowed" rule, I won't continue this thought, but... go ahead and think on that. What exactly is that cuddly critter of yours?

8: Sky Drop

A move that showed up quite recently, Sky Drop is an interesting attack. On the first turn, you grab your opponent and cart them into the sky, way up high with you. On the second turn, you drop them. Sounds pretty mild, right?

...but think about what that actually implies. Moves like Fly and Sesmic Toss accomplish a very similar goal, but with a more combat-centric feeling. Sky Drop, however, is pure sadism. You carry your enemy way up into the air, and just lets go, forcing them to helplessly plummet to the ground. It's not like you attack them on the way down, or even attack them at all. They aren't even thrown... just dropped. Imagine what that must be like.

7: Cubone

We all know of this one, so I'm just going to gloss over it.

...WRONG. Nope. Here we go: a brief history of Cubone.

Originally (according to the Pokemon Trading Card Game), Cubone wore the skull of ancient Pokemon. But in the games, Cubone equips the skull of it's dead mother. How it obtains the skull, that's up for debate. But let me tell you something: Wearing part of your deceased loved ones as a security blanket IS NOT OKAY. But Cubone is far from the creepiest of Pokemon.

6: Childhood Abandonment

As I'm sure you're all aware, your character in Pokemon games usually begins their journey around the age of 10. Let me make that clear... You, as a mother, allow your TEN YEAR OLD CHILD to wander the country side COMPLETELY unsupervised. Some of the games make this a bit more... realistic, so to say. In Pokemon Silver/Gold/Crystal and their remakes, for example, your mom at least provides you with a cell phone, and in the 4th generation of games your mom will periodically meet up with you along the road. But this is a very cold, very distant thing for a parent to do, and is easy to overlook because of the "off on a cool adventure" vibe of the game.

5: Brutality is natural, if not downright enjoyable

Just to name a few examples, here are some Pokedex entries for you.
Beautifly: It has an agressive nature. It stabs prey with its long, narrow mouth to drain the prey's fluids.
Kabutops: A slim and fast swimmer. It slices its prey with its sharp sickles and drinks the body fluids.
Feraligat'r: When it bites with it's massive and powerful jaws, it shakes its head and savagely tears its victim up.

This is all fine and dandy from an animal kingdom perspective, sure, but let's just take a minute. At least those first two specify that they DRINK BLOOD from they're prey, so that's them feeding themselves. But that last entry, "victims", that changes things. Can you imagine, this kind of a beast is given to young children as a companion, the kind of creature to mercilessly assault other creatures. That's only three Pokedex entries, too! And trust me, it gets worse.

4: The Pokemon World is a bad place to be a child.

I'm not quoting the Pokedex again here, I'm saving that for #1, but keep Duskull, Hypno, and Drifloon in mind when I say: Children have it rough. There are Pokemon left and right who make it their life's purpose to ruin the lives of young children. If that's the kind of Pokemon you want to keep with you, you shouldn't be allowed around school.

3: People eat Pokemon

Sure, people eat animals, but we keep them as pets too. So what's the distinction? If we mix and match the Pokedex with the anime for this one, we'll see the point. There are a few examples, but the best one here is Farfetch'd. It is a very well known fact that Farfetch'd tastes delicious with leek. Sounds yummy! But Farfetch'd is also kept as a friend and companion. So if one was traveling with their beloved Pokemon friend, and food were to run out...

But the truly scary part is, this could also happen the other way around. This time we use Zweilous as an example, who is stated to eat literally anything edible in it's path. People are edible. The sad thing, Zweilous is blind. It may smell food, taste food, but it could be eating it's trainer without even realizing.

2: Pokemon evolve through conflict.

This isn't so much creepy as it is a dark realization. Of course there are a few exceptions to this, but most Pokemon evolve from experience gained through battle. Seems tame from an RPG video game perspective, but if you think about it it gets pretty tragic. Our meaning of life is shrouded in mystery, but the picture is painted clearly. Pokemon are born to fight. Without a life of combat, they won't grow, and the stronger, battle- hardened Pokemon will always have the upper hand.

1: Ghost Pokemon

This one is a doosy, so I will be doing some quotes. But first, a few general points.
1: Most Ghost Pokemon were, at some point, human beings.
2: A lot of them are fueled by negative emotions.
3: Ordinary items can be possessed, and turn into Ghost Pokemon.
4: Ghost Pokemon seem to have no regard for life.
5: Ghost Pokemon are jerks, and like to prank and/or torment humans for fun.

Some pretty fucked up factoids, huh? Here are some particularly creepy ones.

Duskull: If it finds bad children who won't listen to their parents, it will spirit them away- or so it's said.
Drifloon: These Pokemon are called the "Signpost for Wandering Spirits". Children holding them sometimes vanish.
Yamask: Each of them carries a mask that used to be it's face when it was human. Sometimes they look at it and cry.
Frillish: If it's veil-like arms stun and wrap around a foe, that foe will be dragged miles below the surface, never to return.
Phantump: According to old tales, these Pokemon are stumps possessed by the spirits of children who died while lost in the forest.
Gourgeist: It enwraps its prey in it's hairlike arms. It sings joyfully as it observes the suffering of its prey.

Ghost Pokemon are one of my favourite type of Pokemon, but when I actually sit down and read their origins and details about them... damn does my spine tingle!

But let's be real. I'm 20. If Pokemon was all just cute little critters beating the shit out of each other, it wouldn't be nearly as fun. The thought that goes into the creation of these stories, creatures, worlds, people, it's inspiring. Entertaining the kid in us while keeping our mature, intellectual side interested, it's not an easy task. Well done, Nintendo.
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As anyone who knows me well could tell you, I'm a big dumb nerd. And that's not a bad thing! I love comic books for their artwork, storytelling ability, originality, and big-titted women. And personally, I think you should too! But the truth of the matter is, comics have made a drastic change in recent years, which may actual benefit you, if you're not already a comic book efficienado like myself. If you are, you're probably going to post in the comments with debates on how all my points are wrong, as we nerds often do. But for the rest of you, buckle in! Because you're in for an educational joyride. Don't that just sound swell?

So, in my last entry I talked a lot about changes made to the DC universe, through a fun little shenanigan known as The New 52. But Alex, what is this New 52? What does it look like? Does it cause cancer?

Well, the New 52 is DC's way of officially resetting their universe to make it more accessible to new readers. They did this through an event called Flashpoint, in which The Flash used his powers to travel back in time, to prevent one single murder. This caused a sort of Butterfly Effect that fucked with the entire history of the universe in some groovy ways. Rather than just changing events AFTER what The Flash had prevented, his time tampering sent ripples backwards in time as well, slightly altering the events that would have occured. Through this end, Earth was placed in a state of war, nearing the end via a nuclear showdown- led by Aquaman of all people! Anyway, Flash then ended up going back in time a final time, preventing himself from preventing the initial murder in question. While this set the timeline back the way it should be, time travel still distorted the fabric of time, causing things to wind up slightly different. And hence, we have an entirely new universe to explore!

So, why'd they do it? Well, this allows DC to have more creative freedom with their characters. We've reverted to a point in time where we don't need to recap everyone's origin story and TOTALLY start over, but can redo mistakes of the past better, or retell classic stories with new twists. As such, all the main comic runs went back to issue #1, because picking up Batman #790 may seem slightly daunting to a new reader, and make it hard for them to jump into the fun.

This also allows them to take old things that needed a kick in the teeth and spice them up. One of my favourite characters ever is Cyborg Superman. His origin is a bit doofy, but we got a really cool character out of him. In the New 52, MY Cyborg Superman is gone, and was replaced with a reimagined one that makes more sense! Can you believe it? I'm actually really happy with what they ended up doing. And it's not just him, either. Characters who had begun to slip into mundane comic book messes have re-emerged cooler than ever, like Red Hood, Starfire, Cyborg, Zatanna, all the faves! Reverse Flash has an entirely new spin on things, which actually gives him reason to antagonize The Flash.

My final point is that it also allows them to seperate themselves from the stupid plots from the Golden Age days. You know, like that time Superman broke up with his girlfriend to go be a mermaid,  or when Batman and Superman cried of the solem beauty that is tentacle sex. Or my personal favourite, Green Lantern becoming the main antagonist of the entire DC universe! Yeah... all that shit has totally been scrapped, and we're only keeping the cool stuff.

So, that's DC's side of things. On Marvel's end about a year later, a reboot seemed like a good idea. However, Marvel handled everything differently.

DC actually went back and majorly altered history, where as Marvel... just moved on. They started a bunch of new series and wrapped up old ones, leaving the new stuff to pick up where they left off. They decided to go with a newer, darker, edgier attitude, and instead of re-writing or un-writing characters, they decided just to kill off the ones they didn't like and ignore all of the hiccups they've made before. This is a gigantic difference, and honestly, the Marvel universe has lost a lot of appeal to me as a result.

So that's a brief explanation of what's happening in comics right now. Honestly, DC's stuff is much better written (usually, anyway), and you may find some gems you may not expect. Don't count out Aquaman until you read his book. Seriously. You'll be shocked.

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