The Joker and Harley Quinn

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The Joker and Harley have one of the most complex and twisted love affairs in comics. As with all people, Joker is abusive and manipulative towards Harley, but just as often there’s evidence of camaraderie, playfulness, and genuine affection towards her. She’s the only person who’s managed to become intimate on such a long term basis with the Joker and, while he generally accepts their relationship, we even see the Joker’s occasional moments of confusion and discomfort which results in attempts to kill her.

Tomorrow I’ll dive into both characters.

Cyborg; Man or Machine

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Cyborg (Victor Stone) is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, and first appears in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980).

Cyborg is half man and half machine. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, but he was saved through experimental technology; his body parts have been replaced with a large arsenal of high-tech gadgets and weaponry, while constantly providing life support. Stone struggles with his humanity as a machine, although his advancements have made him an unstoppable powerhouse.

Large portions of Victor Stone’s body have been replaced by advanced mechanical parts (hence the name Cyborg), granting him superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and flight. His mechanically-enhanced body, much of which is metallic, is far more durable than a normal human body. Cyborg’s internal computer system can interface with external computers.

He has primarily been a member of the Teen Titans, but he is also a member of the Justice League of America since DC’s reboot in 2011.

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The Flash; Fastest Man Alive

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The Flash (Bartholomew Henry “Barry” Allen) is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Barry Allen is the second and most recognized character known as the Flash. The character first appeared in Showcase #4 (October 1956), created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciler Carmine Infantino. His name combines talk show hosts Barry Gray and Steve Allen.

Barry Allen is capable of running faster than the speed of light, creating vortexes charged with electricity and, at times during the Silver Age, described as faster than the speed of thought. In Flash #150, “straining every muscle,” he ran at ten times the speed of light.

Barry Allen is a police scientist with a reputation for being very slow, and frequently late, which frustrates his fiancee, Iris West. One night, as he is preparing to leave work, a lightning bolt shatters a case full of chemicals and spills all over Allen. As a result, Allen finds that he can run extremely fast and has matching reflexes. Allen invented the cosmic treadmill, a device that allowed for precise time travel and was used in many stories. Allen was so well liked that nearly all speedsters that come after him are often compared to him. Batman once said “Barry is the kind of man that I would’ve hoped to become if my parents hadn’t been murdered.”

His death came in 1985 in Crisis on Infinite Earths where DC removed the him from the regular DC lineup for 23 years. His return to regular comics occurred subsequently in 2008 within the pages of Grant Morrison’s Final Crisis and Geoff Johns’ The Flash: Rebirth limited series. In 2011, Allen played a key role of the crossover mini-series Flashpoint, which resulted in another reboot of the DC Comics continuity, known as “The New 52”.

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Aquaman; The King

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Many people don’t know much about Aquaman except how the media portrays him; the joke of the superhero community. I, on the other hand know better.

Aquaman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character debuted in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941). Initially a backup feature in DC’s anthology titles, Aquaman later starred in several volumes of a solo title. During the late 1950s and 1960s superhero-revival period known as the Silver Age, he was a founding member of the Justice League of America. In the 1990s Modern Age, Aquaman’s character became more serious than in most previous interpretations, with storylines depicting the weight of his role as king of Atlantis

Aquaman (Arther Curry) is one of DC’s greatest superheroes. He is the King of Atlantis,  founding member of the Justice League and the third most powerful member of the league in terms of strength; falling behind only Superman and Wonder Woman.

Aquaman has superhuman strength, near invulnerability, he can see in pure darkness, he can swim over 1,000 knots per hour, he could compel the actions of any sea life, he has superhuman speed and reflexes and of course could breath under water.

His current run is Aquaman Vol. 7 and it is probably his best series yet.

Doubt his bad ass-ness? Check the image below.

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Green Lantern; The Emerald Knight

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Hal Jordan, known as Green Lantern, is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created in 1959 by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane. Hal Jordan is a science fiction reinvention of a pre-existing character called Green Lantern that had appeared in 1940s comic books (Alan Scott).

Hal Jordan is a member of an intergalactic police force called the Green Lantern Corps that was created by beings called “The Guardians” which were present at the birth of the universe. The are hundreds of corps members, spanning the universe and all having dedicated sectors to patrol.

Hal was the first human being to be inducted into the corps but he wouldn’t be the last. As of right now, there are four humans currently in the corps.

Hal wields a power ring which is considered to be the most powerful weapon in the universe. It can create anything the bearer could imagine. The only limitations the ring has falls on the imagination and willpower of the bearer.

The Green Lantern Corps Oath is as stated…

“In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might
Beware my power–Green Lantern’s light!”

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Batman; the Dark Knight

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Batman is a superhero appearing in  comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Originally named “the Bat-Man”, the character is also referred to by such epithets as “the Caped Crusader”, “the Dark Knight”, and “the World’s Greatest Detective”.

Batman’s secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire, business magnate, and philanthropist. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with a sense of justice. Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and dons a bat-themed costume to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his butler Alfred Pennyworth, his crime-fighting partner Robin, the police commissioner Jim Gordon, and occasionally the heroine Batgirl.

He fights a large assortment of villains, often referred to as Batman’s “rogues gallery”, which includes the Joker, the Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Ra’s al Ghul, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, and Bane. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers; he makes use of intellect, martial arts skills, physical prowess, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, provocation of fear and intimidation, and an indomitable will in his continuous war on crime.

Batman is a founding member of the Justice League and the Outsiders. He is part of DC’s “Trinity”, along with Superman and Wonder Woman. He’s ranked numerous times at #2 in the Top Comic Book Hero of All Time list. He has even intrigued psychiatrists with trying to understand his psyche.

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Sony and Marvel have their new Spider-Man!

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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have announced that Tom Holland has been cast as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He will play the webslinger in the next Sony Spider-Man film and is also expected to appear in Captain America: Civil War for Marvel. Holland has stared in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea.

More on this as information comes in.

Wonder Woman; the Amazonian Princess

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Wonder Woman is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The character is a warrior princess of the Amazons (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) and is known in her homeland as Princess Diana of Themyscira. When outside her homeland, she is sometimes known by the secret identity Diana Prince. She is gifted with a wide range of superhuman powers and superior combat and battle skills. She possesses an arsenal of weapons, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets and a tiara which serves as a projectile.

Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston. The character first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in December. Her depiction as a heroine fighting for justice, love, peace, and gender equality has led to Wonder Woman being widely considered a feminist icon. Created during World War II, the character was initially depicted fighting Axis military forces as well as an assortment of colorful supervillains, though in recent years more emphasis have been placed on characters, deities, and monsters from Greek mythology playing an adversarial role for her story arcs. In the decades since her debut, Wonder Woman has gained a formidable cast of enemies bent on eliminating the Amazon, including classic villains such as Ares, Cheetah, Circe, Doctor Psycho, and Giganta, along with more recent adversaries such as The First Born.

Unbeknownst to many, Wonder Woman is one of most physically strongest characters in the DC Universe, rivaling that of Superman’s. She is also the strongest woman in the DC Universe, period. Most of these powers being given to her after 1960 when she had received an origin overhaul.

She is the first female to be inducted into the Justice League and the only female founding member. Also she is 1/3 of DC Comic’s “Trinity” which consist of Superman, Batman and the aforementioned Wonder Woman. All three are considered among their peers, the best at what they do and also the most lucrative for DC the company.

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Why Miles Morales Matters

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Mile Morales is a half Black/half Puerto Rican teenager, born and raised in Brooklyn. He is a intelligent nerd with an aptitude for science like his predecessor Peter Parker. He was bitten by a radioactive spider, similar to Peter Parker and gained all the abilities similar to him as well. He is from Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, their secondary universe that was created in 2000, as a more hype, realistic version of the original universe without all the continuity issues.

When Miles became the Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man on August 2011 in Ultimate Fallout #4, it received international coverage on the mainstream media. Audiences had mixed reactions about news, some felt it was a positive example for minority readers, particularly children. Others believed Marvel did it to be politically correct and a publicity stunt. Marvel had stuck to their guns and Miles has had his own series for almost four years. His book is always in the top ten in Marvel sales for the last four years.

Now it was announced yesterday, by Marvel, that this fall, Miles Morales will be Marvel’s main Spiderman. He will have a new on-going series appropriately named “Spider-Man”. He will replace the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker which resides in their “Main” Universe.

What does this mean and why is it important?

Miles Morales, a biracial teen, from Brooklyn is replacing Peter Parker, a white man from Queens as Spider-Man. Spider-Man being one of Marvel’s most, if not, THE most popular character they own will now be a biracial character.

This isn’t just a stunt, far from it. Its about a Dominican boy in the Bronx, a little Mexican girl in Queens or a Black teen from Harlem that could read a comic and say, “That could be me, I could be Spider-Man”.

A majority of superhero characters were created during the 1930s through the 1960s when civil rights wasn’t exactly a thing. I mean, you have Black Panther which is a phenomenon character but that’s not the same. He isn’t the character that a company uses as its flagship. He isn’t one of the most important, most relatable characters in comic book history. Spider-Man is just that. Not because of the color of his skin but because of who he is, he could be any of us and now it reflects even more accurately with the world we’re living in.

Heroes, for a long time haven’t lived in fictional worlds. They’re based off of us, they live in the same world we do and our world is a diverse one.

Here’s to Miles Morales, welcome to the 616.

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