After my LitFlix of Amazing Spider-Man 2 yesterday, I wanted a bit of time before writing my next one on X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, I have a lot to say about this movie (well, I had a lot to say about Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well…) and so I am breaking it up into three posts. So consider this my X-Men: Days of Future Past week! I have X-Men related posts queued up all week on our Tumblr as well, so check them out!
Despite having a lot of known characters used again, there were a lot of new characters in the film as well. While they weren’t exactly pivotal to the plot, they were phenomenal additions, given a chance to use their powers, to have great scenes, and made for a really fun summer blockbuster.
So between these known characters and new ones, there were a number used really well – and a number that weren’t. Here are some of my thoughts on all the mutants! (Spoilers!)
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Tagged Age of Ultron, Beast, Bishop, Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Charles Xavier, Colossus, Darwin, Days of Future Past, Emma Frost, Forge, Iceman, Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde, Magik, Magneto, Mutants, Mystique, Patrick Stewart, Portal, Quicksilver, Rachel Grey, Review, Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Shaw, Shadowcat, Storm, Sunspot, Telepathy, Teleportation, Ultimate X-Men, Warpath, X-Men, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand
I have been holding off on reviewing this comic until they completed their first story-arc, now ranging the first five issues. This comic was one of the first in the new lineup of Marvel titles, which they’re calling All New Marvel Now. And as all my titles changed over, this is the one I’ve stuck with.
The other comic I was reading still was Wolverine and the X-Men. However, this came to an end and they rebooted this title as well back at issue #1. Which partially means, a writer change. I was noticing that they had the same writer for the whole run of Wolverine and the X-Men… Jason Aaron. The new writer for Amazing X-Men.
Amazing X-Men #1!
So I think I have my replacement comic. Because this plot rolled out of one that had started in Wolverine and the X-Men from the very first issue. The story of the Bamfs, who looked so strangely like Nightcrawler… This comic picks up the plots, humor, and fun that I was loving in Wolverine and the X-Men! So let me review a couple of the aspects around it!
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Tagged All New Marvel Now, Amazing X-Men, Azazel, Bamf, Chris Claremont, Jason Aaron, Marvel, Marvel Unlimited, Nightcrawler, Quest for Nightcrawler, Recommendations, Review, Teleportation, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men, X-Men Legacy, X-Men: First Class
Magic is a great part of fantasy. As much as I am a Science Fiction guy, and the definition I work off of does not allow for magic (check out the definition here), the escapism of Fantasy (check out the definition here) can be a lot of fun. Fantasy and that level of escapism better lend themselves to gaming, because in gaming you can work outside of the bounds of reality, outside of our normal physics.
A fun sort of thought experiment, here I have a list of the ten best spells – with the thought being that you’re coming up with a spellbook and using them all together. Many spells or spell effects are duplicated, in various ways and various manners, in all sorts of books, video games, and tabletop games. So many of these have a variety of analogs, and are a good bet in most of these circumstances.
There are some spells, of course, that are a bit much. Are almost too powerful for regular sorts of use. The king of these spells is the Wish spell, from D&D – basically, it does what all these spells do, and just about anything else. It’s a plot-changer, game-breaker, and is a bit too much. So maybe it’s better to say, these are the tops of spell types, the best for use, for your gaming wizard or fictional mage of choice! Continue reading
Posted in Books, Fantasy, Gaming, Lists, Video Games
Tagged Arrow, Baldur's Gate 2, Deathly Hallows, Dominic Deegan, Dragon Age: Origins, Dungeon Master, Dungeons & Dragons, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Fireball, Harry Potter, Heroes, KotOR, Magic, Magic Missile, Magneto, Mana, Naruto, Nightcrawler, Ninjutsu, Red Mage, Spells, Teleportation, The Flash, Wands, World of Warcraft
When I decided to get back into comics, I immediately went one place. I looked up my favorite character, Nightcrawler. A great character in my youth, reading Excalibur until it ended… A great character in Ultimate X-Men, where he is a product of the Weapon X project… A great character in the video games, where he can practically solo bosses…
So I returned to the Marvel Universe to find that Nightcrawler died.
I’d like to do a character study of Nightcrawler, but there’s a lot of history there. Like with Wolverine, I think I will focus mainly on lately in the comics, and about what Marvel has done with my hopes and dreams around this character.
And believe it or not, spoilers to follow! Continue reading
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Tagged Age of Apocalypse, Alan Cumming, Apocalypse, Azazel, Bamf, Days of Future Past, Excalibur, Marvel, Nightcrawler, Teleportation, Ultimate X-Men, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-2, X-Men, X-Men Legends, X-Men: First Class, X-Termination, X-Treme X-Men