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I Am An Avenger #1: Squirrel Girl Returns.

Spoilers Galore today. If you don’t want to know what happens with Squirrel Girl in the inaugural issue of I Am An Avenger, escape now!

That is the cover of issue #1. I Am An Avenger seeks to introduce the full expanse of the Avengers stable over the course of five installments. Squirrel Girl is included right off the bat, and she is flying “home” to Manhattan. We never knew that she considered Central Park her own personal love grotto, and it makes for some spectacular Tom Fowler scribbles.

One thing that is perfectly captured in her two-page story? The bliss of being Squirrel Girl. You can see it in her face the entire time. She is joy incarnate, and it shows.

There are a whole lotta roots exposed in this little ditty, as it seems that Doreen Green’s crush on Iron Man is being rekindled. Maybe he will finally let her partner up?

It ends way too soon. It teases like mad. Squirrel Girl is bringing her furry tail to New York City for future features in the Avengers titles, and we will be pulling our hair out in anticipation of her next appearance all over again.

Good times.

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Marvel Comics is recruiting for the Pet Avengers!

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And we have been chosen. My darling daughter’s adorable little Elvis got exposed to Gamma Radiation and he is turning into the Incredible Puppy Hulk!

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Here’s how it works. Marvel Comics is releasing a limited comic book series called Pet Avengers, starring Lockjaw. If you go to their flickr group and upload a picture of your own household creature, you will actually have a shot at seeing your animal in a future issue. Yes, your own cuddly critter might end up in a real comic book.

Arf!

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Full Disclosure: Quinjet MEQ-022

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Every man wants to drive the best vehicle in the world. If you are lucky enough to be an Avenger or a Vs. System fanatic, your desires will be fulfilled.

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That is the original Vs. System Quinjet. It did not see much play, but when I was surfing around to research this preview above all previews, thanks to Adam “Flashback81” Kirkby, I realized that it is already immortal.

On the gamefaqs forums, I found a treasure. See, the Marvel Trading Card video game includes Vs. System puzzles. Much like my Barn Door Challenges and Flashback81’s brain teasers back in the glory days, you must use your wits to solve some of the most entertaining dilemmas using our beloved cards. This one actually demands the searching and usage of Quinjet:

RESERVIST PUZZLE #3

SOLUTION:

RESOURCE STEP
1) Place ANY CARD… except LEGENDARY BATTLES or APE X.

RECRUIT STEP
1) Recruit APE X, place front row, choose QUINJET.
2) Recruit NATASHA ROMANOFF, say YES to putting another card in resource row and place ANY CARD except LEGENDARY BATTLES or QUINJET, place NATASHA in any row.
3) Recruit THERMITE, say YES to putting another card in resource row and place whichever card you have left besides LEGENDARY BATTLES or QUINJET, place THERMITE in either row.
4) Flip A DAY UNLIKE ANY OTHER. ROCKET CENTRAL, and PLAYROOM.
5) Equip QUINJET to any of your attackers.

Pass until COMBAT PHASE.

COMBAT PHASE
1) Team attack MR. FANTASTIC with APE X, NATASHA ROMANOFF, and THERMITE don’t finish out attack chain stop passing when your attackers exhaust.
2) Play LEGENDARY BATTLES and advance attack chain.
3) Trigger effects in any order, select INVISIBLE WOMAN, say YES to stunning character.

Brilliant, magnificent fun. That, however, is not the reason you are here. Is it? No, you want to see one of the lost MEQ prize cards. Your wish is my command.

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Wow. What a powerhouse. The best vehicle ever printed. The most brain-bursting possiblities that Vs. System has ever seen. Each attack, on both sides of the board, will never be the same. I can move any number of dudes? And give them flight and reinforcement to boot? Can you say “Coast City”? Yes please.

Quinjet, Mighty Machine, you remind me so much of Rocket Racer. And that, of course, reminds me of…

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…  the single sickest deck in Vs. System history.

Click that link and fly with me back to the Random Punks Greatest Hits. Imagine the infinite possibile destinations that we can visit in our new Quinjet. Then take a deep breath and hit the comment section so we can groove on our new ride. It’s a great day to be alive, especially for us Vs. System fanatics.

(And tomorrow gets even better with another exclusive Lost MEQ preview on the Orange Soda Man’s blog. Check it check it out!)

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Obscure Characters Desperate For Their Own Cards: The Collector.

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The Collector is an Elder of the Universe, one of a handful of beings who have lived since shortly after the Big Bang. The Elders sustain their lives through their monomaniacal obsessions with certain things. The Collector’s life-sustaining obsession? Collecting, of course.

Like all good hobbyists, the Collector strives to complete his sets. He has been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to add the Avengers, Earth’s greatest super-heroes, to his collection. At least it keeps him alive.

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The following passages are from the Collector’s wikipedia entry, with bold emphasis added:

Taneleer Tivan is one of the Elders of the Universe and is close to his fellow Elder En Dwi Gast (the Grandmaster). He apparently came to self-awareness billions of years ago, on the planet Cygnus X-1. He is an enormously powerful being who wielded the Power Primordial, though at first he took the appearance of an old human his true form is a powerful alien.

For millions of years, the Collector lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation. When his wife lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, the Collector realized he would need a hobby to maintain his own sanity, and began collecting interesting artifacts and life forms from around the universe. Eventually, his obsession reached such heights he collected anything he considered rare or valuable often just for the sake of collecting. As such, he has a wide variety of rare or unique items at his disposal.

The Collector possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including projecting concussive force beams, and the increasing of his size and mass (and hence physical strength) at will. He also possesses limited shape-changing abilities. His precognitive abilities give him brief visions of alternate future, although he must meditate for long periods to identify the individuals he sees in the vision and its apparent point in time. He has telepathic abilities that enable him to make limited contact with the minds of other Elders. Due to a vow by Death, Collector and all the Elders cannot die and are effectively immortal.

The Collector has a vast knowledge and comprehension of, and a large collection of the advanced science and technology of numerous alien worlds. His armored battle-suit is made of the alien metal etherion that amplifies the wearer’s strength to superhuman levels and has jets permitting flight. He uses various weapons from many time periods and different worlds. Among his arsenal from Earth’s past are catapults, Tibetan crystal balls that emit mystical rays, and magic beans that can conjure up warrior giants. He possesses a magic lamp that can summon a four-headed djinn with mystical powers. His Vegan “Boxes” are rectangular “interdimensional traps” that can weaken a victim’s strength or sanity. Other weapons include gigantic robot guards, a stun beam, and stasis beams. The Collector also has zoos of alien beasts which he can release to attack his adversaries. Among this is Snake-Eyes, an enormous alien serpent with hypnotic powers. Other items in his collection include: the Obedience Potion, with which the Collector can compel a human victim to do his bidding; the Cosmic Viewer, with which he can monitor events on various worlds; a Kymellian translation/control device resembling a flute, with which he can communicate with other living beings; and a time probe enabling him to find and procure artifacts from other time periods.

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With crystal balls, magic beans, and a giant hypnotic serpent named Snake-Eyes, the Collector seems like a Vs. System team affiliation all to himself. At the very least he deserves Legendary status. The creative juices are flowing, and my mind reels with the possibilities sitting there waiting in his vast cosmic inventory. Who knows what kind of kooky cardboard cornucopia will be spilled from the treasure chest of the Collector? Maybe you have some ideas?

Leave a comment with any potential abilities and mechanics while I head to the Magic Set Editor to paste-up some versions. This will be the most fun the Collector has had since the Big Bang.

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