Posted in A to Z Challenge - 2018, DC Multiverse

A to Z Blogging Challenge | O for Orion


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Orion

To begin with, Orion is the son of Darkseid. For non-DC readers, Darkseid is the most powerful being in the face of Universe. If it is Thanos for Marvel universe, it is Darkseid for DC (I’m not comparing both obviously, but I’m just giving you an idea).

There exists the Fourth World where New Genesis (More like the heaven of DC Universe) and Apokolips (More like the hell of DC Universe) fight with each other constantly. In order to bring peace the leaders of both these universes agreed to exchange their kids and raise them which form a “The Pact” treaty. Darkseid received Scott Free aka Mr Miracle. Whereas High Father, Leader of New Genesis received Orion.

Orion

Orion, owing to his genes from Darkseid has a savage nature and it also made him look different from the peaceful other natives of New Genesis. In order to contain the dark fury, Orion was given a Motherbox (A sentient computer) to calm his temper. He was taught to respect the source, a training that has helped him to manage his dark fury.

Orion has also served with the Team Justice league for a couple of operations. Even though he is considered to be one of the New Gods, he loves to roam in the Earth quite often. Thus he ended up serving in the Justice League. Orion has the strength, stamina and durability that of Superman’s. i.e., He can fight head on head with Superman and still contain Sups easily.

Powers and abilities:

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Invulnerability – He is impossible to be stopped on Earth since there are no substances that could resist or affect his power.
  • Immortality – Like all the New Gods he also possesses this power.
  • Superhuman Stamina, speed, senses and reflexes.
  • Healing and Immunity to diseases
  • Energy and Matter manipulation
  • Size alteration
  • Flight and much more

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Weaknesses:

  • Radiation
  • Uncontrollable Rage and
  • Psychic Vulneurability

Some Recommendations:

I know, I know it has been so long that I couldn’t write about these underrated DC Characters. I hope to finish this A to Z Challenge before the end of this year. 😛

Happy reading 🙂

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Posted in Book Reviews, Comics and Graphic Novels, DC Multiverse, The Flashpoint

The World of Flash Point Mini-Series – Part 1


I have been planning to do a DC Multiverse blogging series, which comprises of Comics, Movies, TV Series, Animated movies and Series but you know as usual I was so lazy and going to tell the same reasons, I had so much in my plate hence, couldn’t go with that. Now I decided to do the same. You can expect some DC comics reviews from now on. I am starting with the most recent one New 52 (2011)

Why New 52?

DC wanted to reboot their whole line of the Comic book heroes and villains and in order to do that, they obviously have The Flash Scarlet Speedster the one who can travel through time. Thus the mini-series The World of Flashpoint. When The Flash wakes up he realises that he is in a different time where the heroes become Villians and the Villians become heroes. On top of that Amazonians (The tribe Wonder Woman belongs) and Atlantians (The tribe Aquaman belongs) are at a war. The Flash somehow resolves all these issues and gets to the actual timeline. After this huge event, DC came with 52 different heroes thus the name New 52.

The World of Flashpoint Series:

When The Flash (Barry Allen) found himself in a different timeline, the roles were reversed and the story happened in the elseworld. This Mini-series explores how various major Super-heroes are in this timeline. You can also watch Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

Flashpoint:

Flashpoint

This Trade Paperback (TBP) starts with Barry waking up in a different Timeline without Power. They also establish the characters and the problem in this Earth. How Barry ended up here, How did he reset the Timeline and How did he get his power back? This Book answers it all.

I enjoyed the read and of course, Barry and his stupidity always cause issues, he should understand it once and for all. Well, then where is the fun if Barry Allen doesn’t make a mistake? Though the plot is good and since Flashpoint is my first stint with Flash comic altogether I am in no position to point out mistakes or understand the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and hope to enjoy the rest of the Flashpoint storylines before I start the New 52 Series.

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint featuring Batman

FPBats

A Batman can’t be darker than this. This particular TPB has the story arcs of few characters apart from Batman or should I say characters related to Batman except for Secret Seven.

Batman: Thomas Wayne being a Batman adds some dark flavour to the whole series and he is not moral enough as Bruce. Who would be in the twisted world? As Joker being the all-time enemy of Bats also has a dark past and the revelation is shocking and bothering.

Dick Greyson: Dick belongs to the circus as the actual story arc but the story takes a sudden turn which makes him a different person than the original and I loved the way the story was taken with twists and turns with Deadman being part of Dick’s life.

Deathstroke: Such a badass selfish, asshole he is and in this Story arc he plays a Pirate still he has his actual healing abilities with his mercenary skills. Not much change in the character arc but the story arc is engaging.

Secret Seven: That was so damn gruesome. Enchantress was her regular self and manipulative.

I really wish they could have extended the stories instead of letting them hang in the air. A collection of Short Comic stories which gives much insight into the whole Flashpoint arc and the ruckus created by Barry without his knowledge.

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint featuring Wonder WomanFPWW

This TBP focuses more on the reason for the War between Atlantians and the Amazonians. I thought this book would give a glimpse of the initial stages of War and related to it but was taken for a roller coaster ride.
If only the Authors could have stopped with Wonder Woman and Aquaman the whole TBP would have been better and they could have released a separate TBP for Resistance & The Outsiders where both had an important role to play in the whole Flashpoint Paradox.
Seems they had other plans. Although the story and the pace were good to an extent it was tiring to read and see the same few incidents repeating. Otherwise, this is a decent read. I don’t want to break the ice by revealing the reasons. I would suggest you read it by yourself.

Thus comes the end of Part 1 of The Flashpoint Mini-series. There are 3 other books in this mini-series. Once I finish them will update with another blog post. If this piques your interest please don’t hesitate to pick the book and I’m sure you would enjoy.

Happy Reading 🙂

 

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Pazhaya Kanakku (பழைய கணக்கு) – Book Review


Title: Pazhaya Kanakku
Author: Sa.Vishwanatha (Savi)
Language: Tamil
No. of Pages: 242
Format: eBook
Genre: Non-Fiction

I’m not sure how many would have heard his name. Few would have heard from Kamal’s or Crazy Mohan’s interview but when it comes to the Tamil Journalism the name “Savi” has made a mark. If we have Cho for Satire we have Savi for Comedy. I haven’t had a chance to read the weekly run by him but this book really is an outset to understand the person in his professional and personal life.

கயிற்றின் முனையில் லூஸாகப் பிரிந்து கிடக்கும் சில நூல்களைச் சேர்த்துத் திரித்து விட்டால் அந்தக் கயிறு முழுவதும் எப்படி முறுக்கேறி ‘சிக்’கென்று ஆகிவிடுகிறதோ, அத்தகைய பலத்தை அந்த ஒரு வரி உண்டாக்கி விடும். இந்தக் கலையில் கல்கி ஒரு மாமன்னன்.

Writer/Journalist Savi has worked with legends of Tamil Journalism industry like S.S. Vasan of Vikatan, Kalki. Krishnamoorthy of Kalki and he has inspired many writers. Writer Savi not only encouraged new writers but also played a bigger role in re-shaping Tamil weekly and dailies.

It is not easy for a legend like him to put so many things out in public. Being an important personality many would think a lot before talking about the mistakes they did while they were as kids or teens but Savi didn’t care two hoots. There were incidents where he mentioned about feeling sexually aroused by a girl from “Kuravar” caste which isn’t normal in Tamil scene owing to the High and low, class conflict.

உதவியாசிரியர் என்பவருக்கு முக்கியமாக ப்ரூஃப் திருத்தத் தெரிந்திருக்க வேண்டும். அரசியல், கலை விமரிசனம், பயணக் கட்டுரை, விகடத் துணுக்கு இதெல்லாம் எழுதத் தெரிய வேண்டும். சுருக்கமாகவும், தெளிவாகவும் எழுதுவது ரொம்ப முக்கியம். இவை எல்லாவற்றையும்விட கதைகளைப் படித்துத் தேர்ந்தெடுத்து அவற்றைக் குறைத்துக் கூட்டி ‘எடிட்’ செய்யும் திறமை ரொம்ப ரொம்ப முக்கியம்.”

This book is the collection of various incidents took place in his life at various points and each event is an episode. The reason, I was able to finish this book in a very short span was that of the easy language and the way he writes comedy. The man has a knack to make you laugh and I’m really looking forward to reading his novel “Washingtonil Thirumanam” which was published in Ananda Vikatan for 11 weeks without revealing the Author’s name until the last episode. Do grab this book for more interesting facts about then Political conditions, Journalism and its climate.

This marks the third non-fiction book of this year which really hooked me. I sort of started developing more love for non-fiction books these days. I strongly urge everyone who loves to know about Writer Savi and his life, the mistakes and learnings from his life. He not only learnt from them but he teaches us through this book.

Happy Reading 🙂

Interesting facts about Writer Savi was listed by Ananda Vikatan Tamil weekly and do give it a read.

Part – 1, Part – 2, Part – 3, Part – 4, Part – 5

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My Husband and Other Animals – Book Review


Title: My Husband and Other Animals
Author: Janaki Lenin
Total No. of Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Genre: Non-Fiction

The title was intriguing enough for me to pick up this book. I haven’t heard of Janaki Lenin or Romulus Whitaker or Lee Durrell before this book. How often do we come across a Non-fiction book especially about Crawlers, Animals and birds to be interesting? We haven’t, atleast I haven’t. After reading this book things changed for me and Janaki, not only made me sit through 296 pages with a treasure trove of information and knowledge but this is also one of the longest read for me. I literally took 5 months to finish this book with so many breaks inbetween to digest all those pieces of information.

If we can collectively recall our evolutionary history, acknowledge our dependence on the ecosystem functions sustained by biodiversity and behave as if we believe in it, then Earth . . . and we . . . will survive

This book not only talks about the animals, birds and crawlers but also the life of this couple on their own farm or should I call a forest? I was made to enter into the wildlife with ease because of the kind of writing style Janaki imbibed in her book which let me peek into their journey to various countries and villages in India and outside.

Half-way through the book, I got to know that this was a collection of articles Janaki published in Hindu and when I completed this book she released her second book which I’m definitely going to buy. What made me immerse into this book was the humour Janaki added to each of the episodes.

what compels us humans to gobble and destroy our way through Earth’s resources until there is no tomorrow?’ The answer is that we have forgotten how we became human beings, how we evolved with and depended upon other species.

I am lost in words of How much I love this book that I will keep going back and read it whenever I feel like. I recommend this book to everyone even if you don’t like non-fiction nor to read about animals. I’m sure you’ll love it and crave for more. Thank me later 😛

Happy reading and do share your thoughts if you have already read this book. Cheers 🙂

 

Posted in Movie Reviews, Tamil

Movie Review – Irumbu Thirai


Spoilers ahead, Read at your own risk 😛

It has been so long that I’ve written a Movie Review. We don’t come across a thoughtful and a perfect commercial cinema in Tamil and these days it has become rare to find one such movie that too from a debutant Director.

Irumbu Thirai as a movie works for me at various levels starting from Samantha as Dr. Rathi Devi, her role as a supporting heroine but not as a loosuponnu, Arjun as White Devil the terrifying Villian with very limited screen presence (Many compared him with Siddharth Abimanyu of Thani Oruvan but philosophically they both are different), Vishal as a protagonist but not as a hero and Delhi Ganesh’s performance as a Dad. The movie is written well on paper and executed even better on screen.

samantha irumbuthirai

P.S. Mithran as a debut director grabs attention with his meticulous detailing with regards to technology and technical terms used, his dialogues were not forced but was on point and sharp. Even though Robo Shankar comes throughout the movie, his comedy was not irritating but rib-tickling at moments. Comedy track didn’t seem forced but came naturally, same with the love portions. It’s been so long to see the leads fall in love naturally rather than being forced.

Irumbu Thirai

The movie naturally started flowing into the story, in the first act and it set a perfect stage, although we might feel the movie starts only after the conflict. I couldn’t stop noticing that many actually felt the movie actually started after the first half but it was not the hero who seems to be uninterested in his family, later gets caught in an issue because of his family. He meets the Doctor who helps him out of his anger issues, later she plays a key role in motivating him to understand his enemy. In Major Kathiravan we don’t see a hero but a protagonist, who is vulnerable and constantly learns frrom his enemy to beat him.

After Sandakozhi, I felt Vishal was a perfect fit in the action sequences, thanks to Dhileep Subburayan for doing the action choreography well. Yuvan’s background music adds a boost to the movie but over a period the theme for Vishal was repetitive. George. C. Williams’s camera takes us amidst the crowded streets and doesn’t shake much during the fight scenes, the shots at night were beautiful.

IRUMBU-THIRAI (1)

I must definitely mention about our antagonist here, White Devil, who holds the kingpin ID of Darknet. The reason for Arjun’s limited screen presence was intentional I guess, owing to his character’s anonymity. We never know who wages cyber warfare among the greedy individuals. I see White Devil as an extended version of Gandhi Babu from Sathuranga Vettai, The only difference is Gandhi babu directly loots money from the victims with his schemes but White Devil appoints someone, but both of them instigate greed or they think so. Among the various takeaway’s from the movie, the major takeaway for me is perspective.

White Devil considers himself to be a Robin Hood if you notice he claims that he looted money from people who cheated the bank or Government on various points, but on the hindsight, it was different. Major Kathiravn’s, on the other hand, had genuine reasons, as most of White Devil’s victims were, they were cheating just so that their work can be done but cheating isn’t the lesson. I would like to quote Amish Tripathi from the Immortals of Meluha which sums up my thoughts “There is your truth and there is my truth. As for the universal truth, it does not exist“.

Irumbu Thirai is definitely a Welcome change in Vishal’s career and a good start for P.S. Mithran as a director in Tamil Cinema. As an ardent Cinephile, I welcome you with a bouquet sir. 🙂

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A to Z Blogging Challenge | N for Nightwing


Nightwing

Dick Grayson, coming from the family of Acrobats he grew up in the circus during his childhood. Since the whole family are Trapeze artists, they are called the famous Flying Greysons. The young Greyson saw his parents die during one of their acts, where it was revealed that a mob boss named Zucco planned this because the Circus owner didn’t pay them the money they asked.

Bruce Wayne, the famous Billionaire was also part of the circus and saw the death of Greyson’s. Feeling sympathetic for the boy, Bruce adopted him and became his legal ward. Seeing his parents die, Dick doesn’t want revenge but Justice, which forms the major difference between both Bruce and Dick. Later, DIck decides to join Bruce in the crime-fighting business, due to his natural acrobatic skill and the sense of Justice made it easier for Batman to train him and make him his side-kick. Thus started the journey of Robin the Boy wonder

It is very important to understand the roots of Dick Greyson before he became the Nightwing. While fighting crimes with Batman, Dick also started a team called Teen Titans, joining hands with Kid Flash (Flash’s sidekick), Aqualad (Aquaman’s sidekick), Wonder Girl (Wonder Woman’s sidekick) and Speedy (Arrow’s side-kick) and started fighting crime. Later, he grew up to become their leader. During one such conversation with Batman, he got furious and asked Dick to be focused while fighting crime with him and eventually Dick was thrown out of the Bat manor. Dick decides to find himself and left crimefighting for a while but Deathstroke attacked him, and Dick understood that Deathstroke is been attacking all the members of Teen Titans. He later took the mantle of Nightwing.

Nightwing

Dick Greyson is considered to be one of the best Robin’s so far due to his fighting abilities, sense of justice he even took the mantle of Batman for sometime when Batman was believed to be dead. Some of dicks abilities include his peak human strength, peak human endurance, he is a master Martial artist – he was trained in various martial arts by Batman, he also posses a genius level intellect.

Some reading recommendations for you:

Nightwing Volume 1 – Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins
Nightwing – Better than Batman by Tim Seeley
Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder
Nightwing: Year One by Chuck Dixon

I would like to thank my friend Kishor for suggesting to write about Nightwing. Hope the readers liked this post and to read my previous post on this series please click here.

Ciao 🙂

References:

History of Nightwing
Dick Greyson

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A to z Blogging Challenge | M for Martian Manhunter and others


Seems DC has so many underrated Superheroes whose name starts with M. Unable to leave any since all these Characters are nearly unavoidable, I’ve asked my friends on Facebook, few WhatsApp groups and my Whatsapp story. Initially, I thought of writing about all but I decided to write the ones which people asked for. Here, I present you few of the characters from the list.

Martian Manhunter

Martian

J’onn J’onzz aka Martian Manhunter, the name itself represents his origin. J’onn is from Mars who was a peacekeeper on his planet. He was accidentally teleported to Earth by a Scientist. Seeing J’onn the Scientist died of Heart attack. From then on J’onn used his ability of Shapeshifting to live among the humans and serve the needy. There are various other origin stories of this amazingly powerful and underrated Superhero but let’s stick to his Golden Age origin.

For, people who have watched Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoon would be aware of Martian Manhunter where he was the founding member of Justice League. Recently, he has been a part of CW’s Supergirl Tv Series. J’onn over the course of time on Earth has faced many adventures individually and with his Justice League teammates. J’onn goes on to be a founding member of Justice League of America.

Some of his powers and abilities include Superhuman strength, well he can fight toe to toe with Superman and there was an instance where he took down the whole Justice League on his own that explains all. His shapeshifting ability, Telepathy (He is considered to be a powerful telepath on Earth, flight, Invulnerability, X-ray vision, Martian vision and much more.

Some Watching recommendations:

As I mentioned earlier he is part of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited TV Series (Animated)

Young Justice Cartoon – This should give you a fair idea about him and his powers.

Miss Martian

Miss Martian

M’gann M’orzz aka Miss Martian belongs to the race of White Martians who are generally known for being evil but M’gann wanted to seek redemption for her entire race and prove that White Martians can be good too. She became the part of Teen Titans and told them a different story. Using her Shapeshifting abilities and respect for J’onn she maintained the Green colour skin. According to the Young Justice, Cartoon J’onn knows about the true origin of M’gann and let her be in the team and prove her worthiness.

Some of her powers and abilities include Super strength, super speed (She can fly incredibly fast), Mind control, invisibility (Just like her uncle J’onn), size alteration, X-ray vision and much more. She is one of the strongest female characters in the DC Universe.

Some reading and Watching Recommendations:

Young Justice Season 1 & 2 TV Show – A must watch, it is totally fun and you will be yearning for more but Season 3 is up on the cards, we will have to wait until its release.
Teen Titans, Volume III, 37 – Gosh I’m unable to find the Goodreads link, but attaching the DC Wiki link. This is the issue where Miss Martian was introduced.

Mr Terrific

Mr. Terrific

Michael Holt is the 3rd smartest man on Earth. Michale Holt aka Mr Terrific has an immeasurable IQ, he is not just smart and gifted but he is extremely special. He learned about Theory of Time and space continuum, also read the works of the Scientists around the world, all when he was just 6. He went on to earn 14 Doctorates and also a Polymath (That is extremely knowledgeable in various fields). He is also a CEO of his own company – Holt Industries.

Michael is extremely intelligent who invented T- Mask which allows him to be invisible from Technology. He also invented T-Spheres, floating robotic spheres which can do multiple functionalities each like projecting the Holographic image, Projecting laser grids, serves as cameras, open electronic locks, allows him to fly and much more. Apart from that, he is a Child Prodigy, Athlete, Martial artist, Multi-linguist and a master strategist.

Some reading and watching recommendations:

Justice League Unlimited – Mr Terrific was a recurring character in this series but you can get a glimpse of his abilities.
Mister Terrific was written by Eric Wallace – This is his solo series which lasted 8 Episodes, which should give you a head start from knowing Mr Terrific.

Mr Miracle

MrMiracle

Mister Miracle, the son of Highfather (Who is the leader of New Gods and the ruler of New Genesis). He and Orion (About whom we will discuss in another Blog post), were exchanged as a peace treaty between New Gods and Apokalypse. The nameless boy will be tried to corrupt in the Granny Goodness orphanage (Which is majorly a Brainwash centre to work for Darkseid) where nothing broke the boy.

Later, he would try and escape the Orphanage which would give him the courage to become the World’s greatest escape artist. Initially, named Scott free himself. Later when he joined the circus he will take the mantle of Mister Miracle, when the previous Circus escape artist was murdered. Since Scott Free is the son of Highfather and comes from New genesis he possesses some natural powers like Immortality, Superhuman Strength, speed, stamina, Intellect, agility, reflexes, Energy manipulation, Ressurection, Healing, Space-Time migration, dimensional travel and much more. He is a Master escape artist, Expert combatant and genius intellect.

Some reading recommendations:

Mister Miracle by Jack Kirby – A solo mini-series.
Mister Miracle by Tom King – Latest Solo series which is part of DC Rebirth.

Max Mercury

Max Mercury

Max, the first ever human to become a Speedster also the first person to tap into the Speed Force (An energy source in DC Universe generated by Barry Allen which allows speedsters to run faster and do many other things which physics can’t explain :P)

Max was the messenger from the American Fort and in 1838 the Blackfoot Clan was attacked, when Max reached to his friend in the clan, he invoked ancient magic onto Max giving him to run faster. Max was always curious to know about its origin even though the speed was invoked through magic he always believed something else is there (Speed Force), whenever he tries and taps into speed force he is taken to the future. Thus Max Mercury has so many different names in different timelines and in our era he is what we call Max Mercury.

Max retired from the Superhero scene but during one of the fights with The Reverse Flash, Wally couldn’t beat him and Jay Garrick (The First Flash in DC), asks Max for help and thus Max finds his destiny and mentors Wally West’s Flash and then trains Bart Allen (Barry’s Grandson) to use his powers wisely and also to be a normal human. Max posses all the powers as other Speedsters and he is called as the Zen master of Speed since he is an expert in Speedforce and a great teacher for all speedsters starting from Jay Garrick.

Some reading recommendations

Impulse – Runs in the family by Mark Waid – This gives you a glimpse of Bart Allen and Max Mercury as a Mentor. You can read all Impulse series which will give you a great idea about Max and his mentorship.

Mon-El

mon-el

Lar Grand, from the Planet Daxam. When a pod crashed in Smallville a boy appeared from that and spoke Krypotnian which allowed the young Clark to assume him as a Kryptonian and Clark named him Mon-El (Well, he landed in Earth on Monday Lol!).

When Kryptonite was exposed Clark suffered but Mon-El. Clark though Mon-El is deliberately trying to be a Kryptonite. He creates a fake Kryptonite meteorite made of lead. When exposed Mon-El suffers and also he regains his memory. Mon-El explains Sups, that he is from the Plante Daxam and unlike Krypton poisoning, Daxam poisoning cannot be reversed. Superboy puts Mon-El into a Phantom Zone (Created by Superman’s father) until a cure was identified.

Superman couldn’t find a cure but in the 30th Century, the Legion of Superheroes release Mon-El. Saturn Girl (About whom we will see in another Blog post) created an antidote serum which will allow Mon-El to be released from the zone which is temporary. Brainiac 5 would go on and create a permanent antidote which will cure Mon-El and he will be accepted as one of the Legionnaires. Some of his powers include Energy Projection, Energy constructs, Matter manipulation, Flight, Recharging, Electromagnetic scanning, Pocket dimension and much more.

Hope, you like the post. To read my previous blog post from this series, Please click here.

Ciao 🙂

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A to Z Blogging Challenge | L for Lightning and others


Lightning

Lightning

People who are watching Black Lighting would have come across this character. This post was planned to be an introduction to Lightning before the finale of Season 1, but you know things always doesn’t happen the way we wanted. Jennifer Pierce aka Lightning comes from a Superhero family (Father – Black Lightning, Elder Sister – Thunder).

Until her teenage, she didn’t have any Super-power but later her Meta-gene showed up and activated her powers. Jennifer’s father wanted her to concentrate on her studies not enter into the superhero business but she approached Justice Society of America who was looking for recruits and train them. Since then she has taken part in many adventures to fight against crimes.

Some of her powers include Electrical absorption which allows her to absorb electricity from her immediate surroundings with the electrical field. Electrical discharge, which is that she can project the electrical energy she has absorbed. With her ability to project electrical energy she can also fly which is an added advantage for her.

Some Watching recommendations:

I highly recommend Black Lightning TV Series which is directly out of the comics books and they completely respected the source material without doing much change. You can see the glimpse of Lightning’s powers in this series.

Looker

Looker

Emily Briggs aka Looker was a highly inferior who thinks that she had bad looks. One day she was kidnapped by the agents of Abyssia (A lost underground colony). Later, she was informed that she is next in line to the governing house. Her grandfather who once was an Abyssian abandoned them and left for the surface world.

They also convinced her that once she is exposed to the rays of the fragment of Halley’s comet she will get a formidable transformation which will give her the power of minds and incredible beauty. Yes, looker is known for her drop dead looks.Emily is also part of a team called Outsiders. This transformation changed Emily a self-centred person. Later when DC decided to revamp every hero’s origin with Flashpoint they changed the origin of Emily.

Some of her powers and abilities include that she is psionic in Nature, which allows her to read other’s minds, communicate mentally and send mental bolts and stun the minds. She is also an immortal. I don’t have much of a reading recommendation for this character.

Hope, you enjoyed reading this post. To read my previous post please click here.

Ciao 🙂

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A to Z Blogging Challenge | K for Karate Kid and Katana


Karate Kid

Val_Armorr

Val Armorr aka Karate Kid is underrated and considered to be one of the best hand to hand combatants in the entire DC Universe. Val is from the 31st century in the Japanese sector of the United Earth and has mastered all form of Martial arts including weapons across the worlds.

Val Armorr was an orphaned son of a crime lord named Black Dragon who was defeated by The White Crane – A Japanese Superhero, who raised Val as his own and trained him in all forms of Martial arts. Val was also trained in peaceful practices like Meditation, painting and sculpting. Val travelled across various worlds to learn new forms of martial arts and master them. Over time he developed his own style. He is one of the prominent members of Legion of Superheroes. He doesn’t possess any superpower but his fighting abilities itself is considered to be one hell of a meta-human ability.

Some Reading recommendations for you:

Countdown to the Final Crisis by Paul Dini

Katana

Katana

Remember seeing her in the Suicide Squad movie along with her sword The Soultaker? Yes, she is the one I’m referring to. Tatsu Yamashiro aka Katana has a very tragic history losing all the loved ones she held dear. Her parents died at her young age due to some mysterious reasons. Tatsu was raised in Japan and was allowed to follow her interest, Martial Arts. Over time she became a skilled fighter in various forms of Martial Arts.

Tatsu overtime got close with Yamashiro brothers (Maseo, Takeo) and eventually fell in love with Maseo. Takeo didn’t take this well and joined the Yakuza criminal gang. Maseo and Tatsu got married and gave birth to twins. Over years Takeo grew up the ranks in Yakuza and took revenge on his brother and the new family. Maseo was killed in the fight and their home was set on fire. Takeo knocked out Tasu so that he could face Maseo alone in a dual. Losing all her loved ones once again Tatsu donned the mantle of Katana (Her favourite weapon) and avenged the death of her loved ones. Somehow, the Soultaker found its place with Katana which actually took a life of Maseo (her husband). Yes, Takeo had the Soultaker with him.

Some Reading recommendations for you:

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana and Deadshot by Brian Buccellato – A six issue mini-series explore the adventures of both these anti-heroes.

Hope, you enjoyed knowing about these two characters. To read my previous posts on this challenge please go here.

Ciao 🙂

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A to Z Blogging Challenge | J for Jonah Hex and others


Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex, a Western anti-hero who is not much heard of among the general public. Many comic book fans might not know him. There was a movie released in 2010 where Josh Brolin (Sicario fame) donned the role of this Robinhood type bounty hunter who might seem like a bloodthirsty villain but what does is for the good which serves his morality. He definitely is not a villain per se.

Jonah had an abusive childhood because of his drunkard father. Jonah mother abandoned both. Jonah was sold to Apache American Indians in return for fur pelts. Jonah learnt to track, hunt, fight and all other Survival skills. Jonah was granted freedom after saving the chief of the tribe from Puma (A Large wildcat) but growing up with the tribe he was unable to leave but stayed with them. The Chief once wanted to test Jonah and Noh-Tante (Son of the chief) of their skills and asked them to steal horses from a nearby camp of Kiowa Indians. But Noh-Tante knocked Jonah unconscious and took the stolen horses to the tribe saying the Kiowa Indians killed Jonah.

While Jonah was unconscious, the bounty hunters raided the Kiowa Indians camp. During the firefight, a stray bullet hit Jonah and left him bleeding. He was then fostered by a trapper and brought back to health. Thus the adventure of the bounty hunter begins.

Jonah uses Colt single action revolver with a 7.5-inch barrel and a Tomahawk (A kind of axe used by American Indians), He is an extraordinary combatant.

Some reading recommendations for you:

Jonah Hex movie was poorly made with so much of masala added to it but not completely following the Comics origin story. You can watch the movie at your risk.
Jonah Hex Volume 7 by Justin Gray

Jason Todd (The Red Hood)

Jason Todd

Jason Todd the second Robin after Dick Greyson had a troubled childhood as many. When Jason turned to crime when he was young, Batman took him under his control and trained him to replace Dick Greyson. Jason was not as charming as Dick but he had his skills. Later, in Batman: A Death in the Family (A four-part mini-series) Jason Todd was killed by Joker brutally. When Jason Todd was resurrected (Well, don’t ask how its comics Yo!) he found that Bats did nothing to avenge his death and turned into brutal in his Vigilantism fighting crimes.

To remember his foe, Jason donned Joker’s previous mantle The Red Hood in fighting crimes. Though he is brutal in his attempts Jason still came back into Bat-Family donning the same alias and he had his team called The Outlaws.

I would suggest you watch Batman: Under the Redhood (Animated Movie) to completely understand Jason’s Origin and he donning the Redhood mantle.

One other Character which I chose for this post was:

John Stewart – Part of the Green Lantern Corps who took over as the Guardian of Sector 2814. He was initially selected to be a backup for Hal Jordon Green Lantern along with Guy Gardner.

John

Hope, you liked the post. To read my previous of this A to Z Challenge, please go here.

Ciao 🙂