Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Looking Forward To This: The Honda CMX250C Rebel

Who says you need a big-bore machine to appreciate the joys of motorcycling? Not a Honda Rebel rider, that's for sure. A user-friendly combination of light weight and comfortable size has made the CMX250C Rebel an enduring favourite among riders looking for an easy-to-handle cruiser. The good stuff begins with a high-output twin-cylinder engine that runs more smoothly than a single, yet is thrifty on gas and easy to maintain. A front disc brake brings you to a halt quickly, and that's when you'll notice how easy it is to put your feet flat on the ground, thanks to a low seat height. This is a bike that instills confidence on every ride.

Monday, March 29, 2010

"Wolverine And The X-Men" and "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" Episode Schedule

The Canadian network Teletoon has released schedule details for Wolverine and The X-Men and "Iron Man: Armored Adventures" episodes slated to air on the network for the month of April 2010.

Below are official descriptions and airdates for episodes of Wolverine and The X-Men slated to air on the Canadian network Teletoon during the month of April 2010. The information listed below is provided by Teletoon.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010 - "012 eXcesive Force"
The brooding, heart-sick Scott Summers is so desperate to find the missing Jean Grey that when he spots Harpoon, an old enemy of the X-Men on the street, he goes berserk. Harpoon was an agent of the vile mutant geneticist known as Sinister—someone that Scott believes could be responsible for Jean’s abduction.

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 - "013 Battle Lines"
Rogue uncovers Magneto’s plan for The Brotherhood. But when she tries to warn Logan, he doesn’t believe her. When the Brotherhood attacks, however, it quickly becomes clear that Rogue was telling the truth.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 - "014 Stolen Lives"
When Logan gets an anonymous call that Christy Nord is in danger, he leaps into action. She’s the grown daughter of a man Logan had abducted back when he was a Weapon X Agent, and now he feels responsible. So he checks on her – only to find it may be too late.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010 - "015 Hunting Grounds"
Nightcrawler remains a prisoner of Magneto’s, kept in a metal sphere on Genosha, and visited daily by Wanda. That is until they’re both kidnapped by returning foes Spiral and Mojo.

Below are official descriptions and airdates for the episodes of the acclaimed Iron Man: Armored Adventures animated series slated to air on Teletoon for the month of April 2010. The information listed below is provided by Teletoon.

Sunday, April 4th, 2010 at 12:00pm (ET) - "014 Man and Iron Man"
Mister Fix is back, and this time he’s equipped Whiplash with a virus designed to destroy Iron Man’s armor from the inside out. Iron Man survives the attack, but something’s gone wrong.

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at 12:00pm (ET) - "015 Panther's Prey"
Iron Man is tracking an international thief named Moses Magnum right to AIM’s secret headquarters, but someone else is after Magnum as well… the Black Panther. Magnum stole something that belongs to the Panther, and the Panther aims to get it back, even if he has to go through Iron Man to do it.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 at 12:00pm (ET) - "016 Fun with Lasers"
The Living Laser is back and more dangerous than ever. He’s increased his power, taken control of a space station, and has the world in his grasp… but can’t think of anything to do with it. So he demands that Iron Man come fight him.

Sunday, April 25th, 2010 at 12:00pm (ET) - "017 Chasing Ghosts"
A hit’s been placed on Tony Stark, and the Ghost has come to collect. Tony can’t even see the invisible and untouchable Ghost coming… but he’s got a guardian angel, whether he likes it or not: Madame Masque.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Planet Hulk, World War Hulk: The Story

"Planet Hulk" is a Marvel Comics storyline that ran primarily through issues of The Incredible Hulk started in 2006. It dealt primarily with the Marvel heroes' decision to send the Hulk away, his acclimation to and conquest of the planet where he landed, and his efforts to return to Earth to take his revenge.

There was also a special Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook publication by Anthony Flamini and the storyline's main writer Greg Pak, similar to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe detailing the characters, races and cultures within the storyline.

The storyline's main writer Greg Pak describes the origin of the ideas:

“The inspiration for sending Hulk to an alien planet where he'd battle monsters as a gladiator came from Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. I loved the idea from the minute I heard it, so I was blown away when they told me I had the gig and even more blown away when they basically cut me loose to create the whole world.”

He also drew from real-world history:

"I got inspiration for the story by reading about the real lives of gladiators in ancient Rome and from the stories of figures like Genghis Khan and more contemporary warlords, dictators, and political leaders. Sun Tzu's 'Art of War' and Joseph Campbell's 'Power of Myth' played a big role in helping me think through other aspects of the story."

The New Avengers: Illuminati
The Planet Hulk storyline begins in The New Avengers: Illuminati, which details Iron Man's attempts to form a coalition of heroes to deal with grave threats to Earth. Iron Man explains to the Illuminati how he plans to dupe the Hulk into destroying a "malfunctioning" weapons satellite which will launch the Hulk to a predetermined uninhabited planet to live out his remaining days. Namor objects to this plan and predicts that the Hulk will return and kill Iron Man.

Planet Hulk Prelude: Peace in our Time
Bruce Banner's attempt to live a solitary life in Alaska is undermined when a visit to a bar ends in his turning into the Hulk and apparently killing a bouncer. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. contacts Banner and explains a HYDRA satellite designed to target and detonate a nuclear weapon anywhere in the world must be destroyed and, being organic and able to survive the vacuum of space, the Hulk should be able to do so without triggering the satellite's automatic responses. Banner agrees, but once he begins smashing it, he notices S.H.I.E.L.D. logos painted on the satellite. The Hulk is overwhelmed by the onboard weapon (codenamed "Godseye") which has decided to forego its normal source of solar radiation for the gamma radiation coming from the Hulk's body. The Hulk battles Godseye until it overloads. An automated S.H.I.E.L.D. shuttle arrives to retrieve the Hulk and, once he is aboard, the shuttle leaps into hyperspace.

Planet Hulk Part One: Exile
On the shuttle, a recording of Reed Richards and the other Illuminati explains to the Hulk their reasons for sending him away. However, a trajectory malfunction sends the Hulk to Sakaar, a planet inhabited by a humanoid-insect race. Representatives of the Red King, a Sakaarian emperor, salvage the shuttle and knock the Hulk out, showing that his invulnerability has been compromised.

Hulk is pitted against large creatures in gladiatorial combat and wins a pardon for himself and other slaves. After earning the title of "gladiators," the Hulk and his team are treated to a feast on a pleasure cruiser that is then attacked by the Sakaar Democratic Insurgency attempting to recruit the Hulk.

One of the members of the Hulk's team Elloe Kaifi joins the insurgents and encourages the Hulk to do the same. The Hulk refuses, figuring that the insurgents would, like the Illuminati, eventually betray him once he was no longer needed. The insurgent attack fails and Elloe is arrested. Her father, Lavin Skee laments and complains of the Red King's rule. The Hulk and his gladiator team then battle in the Imperial Crown City for the opportunity to become citizens if they survive three rounds in the arena. After the first round, the Hulk and his team declare themselves Warbound and swear loyalty to each other.

The Silver Surfer is then pitted against the Hulk. Like the Hulk, he was weakened by the transit to Sakaar. The Hulk succeeds in breaking the "obedience slug" used to control the Surfer. The Red King then orders the group to execute Elloe Kafi for their freedom. They refuse and the Silver Surfer uses his powers to destroy the slaves' obedience slugs. Having his freedom and feeling like he belongs, the Hulk decides to stay on Sakaar.

"World War Hulk" is a comic book crossover storyline that ran through a self titled limited series and various other titles published by Marvel Comics in 2007, featuring the Hulk.

The series consists of five main issues titled World War Hulk, with Greg Pak as writer and John Romita, Jr. as penciller, and three other limited series: World War Hulk: Frontline, World War Hulk: Gamma Corps, and World War Hulk: X-Men. It also ran through several extant Marvel comics series.

The plot is the culmination of a series of events that began with the Hulk being tricked into space by the Illuminati and a life model decoy of Nick Fury, the Hulk's subsequent exile seen in Planet Hulk and his imminent return to Earth to seek revenge on the Illuminati.

Blaming The Illuminati for the explosion of a space vessel they had constructed, leading to the deaths of his wife, his unborn child and millions of inhabitants of the planet Sakaar, the Hulk and his allies, the Warbound, come to Earth intent on revenge. First stopping at the moon, the Hulk defeats Illuminatus Black Bolt (later revealed as a Skrull impostor). The Hulk proceeds to Manhattan, New York City, where he demands the presence of the Illuminati and that the city be evacuated.

He travels to the nearby X-Mansion, home of the X-Men, where Illuminati member Professor X, absent from the decision to send the Hulk off-planet, admits he would have agreed to that but not to permanent exile. He offers to turn himself in to the Hulk, but the rest of the X-Men won't allow it. The Hulk defeats several teams of X-Men, and battles the Juggernaut, but leaves after learning of the mutant population's heavy losses during M-Day, believing that Xavier has suffered enough.

When the Hulk returns to Manhattan, the superhuman-operative team Gamma Corps battles him, but the Hulk convinces them they follow a false cause.

As the time limit for the evacuation has passed, the Hulk defeats Iron Man, destroying Stark Tower in the process, and fights Ghost Rider, who after realizing the Illuminati do not deserve vengeance, rides away. The Hulk and his Warbound next defeat the Avengers, Doc Samson and the Fantastic Four, including temporary members Black Panther and Storm. Fantastic Four leader Reed Richards' plan to simulate the Sentry's presence in order to calm the Hulk also fails, while Sue Storm and the U.S. President vainly attempt to have the real Sentry intervene. The Hulk attaches "obedience disks" to the defeated, imprisoned superheroes, preventing them from using their powers.

After a brief battle involving Hercules, Amadeus Cho, Namora, and Angel, the Hulk defeats General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross and a U.S. Army force. The Hulk then encounters Doctor Strange, breaking the sorcerer's hands in an attempt to prevent him from invoking spells. At Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, Warbound members Hiroim and Elloe defeat Iron Fist, Ronin, and Echo. Strange mystically merges with a powerful old enemy, Zom, replacing his shattered hands with spiked maces, and defeats Hiroim.

An imprisoned Tony Stark (Iron Man) communicates with Dum Dum Dugan, acting director of the international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in Stark's absence. Stark reveals an emergency plan to engulf Manhattan in the Negative Zone, thereby annihilating all positive matter on the island, including the Hulk, should the heroes fail.

The Hulk and the Warbound transform Madison Square Garden into a gladiatorial arena. Meanwhile, he repels an assassination attempt from Scorpion, and a confrontation with the Initiative. He also defeats the Zom-possessed Dr. Strange and the demonic entity flees Strange to seek a new host, but after controlling Stark's Hulkbuster Armor it is defeated by the Renegades. Following speeches from supporters in the arena (including Tom Foster about how Iron Man was partially responsible for the death of his uncle at the hands of the Cyborg Thor clone) and the Hulk feeding a lion to a Demon Shrike (an alien creature), the Hulk arranges for Illuminati Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Bolt, and Mister Fantastic to fight a tentacled alien and later each other to the death, as a cheering audience watches. When the Hulk orders Mr. Fantastic to kill Iron Man, the Sentry, in response, leaves his mountainside retreat and speeds toward the arena.

The Hulk spares Mr. Fantastic and Iron Man, declaring his intention was for "justice and not murder", that nobody had to or would die, and declares that he plans to destroy New York City and leave the Illuminati to their shame. The Sentry arrives and attacks the Hulk, leading to a prolonged battle that leaves them spent and in their normal human forms when Hulk delivering the final punch, thus defeating Sentry.. Warbound member Miek impales the Hulk's longtime friend Rick Jones, and reveals he intentionally allowed the mass deaths on Sakaar, knowing that they were caused by former followers of the Red King. The Hulk reverts from his Bruce Banner alter ego, and he and the Brood No-Name batter Miek in retaliation. The Hulk, overwhelmed with rage from Miek's betrayal, unwillingly begins to release energy that threatens Earth. Illuminati member Reed Richards tells the Hulk that they will try to help him this time. The Hulk responds, "I will never forgive you and will hate you forever. Almost as much as I hate myself." The Hulk asks Tony Stark to stop him before he destroys the world, and the latter activates a series of satellite devices that opens fire and eventually leaves the Hulk in his Bruce Banner form, unconscious.

S.H.I.E.L.D. later imprisons Banner in a facility three miles underground, with the other Warbound members having been taken into U.S. military custody. Meanwhile, on Sakaar, the Hulk's presumed-dead son, Skaar, arises. His story is chronicled in the sequel Skaar: Son of Hulk.

World War Hulk Limited Series (Variant Covers included)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Site Spotlight: Earth's Mightiest!

If you are a fan of pop culture then you should really check out the site:

Earth's Mightiest is filled with fan provided information on the latest and greatest of all things movies, music, comics, books, TV and anything else occurring in the pop culture world. This site is quite unique in the sense that it creates and facilitates a real community of people with similar interests. Fans are encouraged to create fan sites (I have 5!) and submit articles, essays, thoughts, opinions, editorials, whatever on the subjects that interest them. I've learned a ton surrounding pop culture; interesting pieces of information on artists or books, upcoming projects, interviews with people in the industry etc.

I write this article because I'm a fan of comics, movies, books etc. and I believe many others would really enjoy the pleasant experience of communicating with others who have similar interests.

So, come check it out, create a fan site (trust me, it's simple), read up on the latest and greatest and have fun communicating with others who love this stuff too!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Clip from the Lemmy Doc

"Lemmy", the long-awaited documentary examining the life and career of MOTÖRHEAD front man and rock icon Lemmy Kilmister — made its debut during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival this past Monday, March 15 at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin.

Hailed as a godfather of heavy metal, 64-year-old Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister has established himself as the living embodiment of rock and roll over the past four decades. After stints with popular Mersey beat band THE ROCKIN' VICKERS and influential psychedelic rockers HAWKWIND, and even a brief time spent as a member of Jimi Hendrix's road crew, Lemmy formed MOTÖRHEAD in 1975.

Going on to record such influential metal classics as "Overkill", "Ace of Spades" and "Bomber", the Grammy Award-winning MOTÖRHEAD and Kilmister's fusion of punk and metal registered a major influence on such bands as METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES and NIRVANA.

Finest Example of Flash Comics #1 Sold for $450,000

Six-Figure Profit for Seller Through New Heritage Service

(Dallas, Texas) -- A pristine condition copy of Flash Comics #1 sold privately for $450,000 on March 12, 2010 through an efficient new service designed to unite successful bidders from earlier auctions with eager new buyers, according to Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas.

The seller had originally obtained it for $273,125 in a January 2006 Heritage auction, and the buyer initiated this latest purchase directly through the new "Make Offer to Owner" (MOtO) feature available in Heritage's Permanent Auction Archive at

"This is the finest known copy of the 1940 DC Comics first appearance of the Flash and Hawkman,” said Ed Jaster, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “It’s graded by CGC as Near Mint Plus 9.6, and it was part of the famous Edgar Church 'Mile High' Collection, universally considered the finest comic book collection of all-time."

Names of the buyer and seller were not released.

"The offer to purchase Flash #1 reached Heritage through MOtO, a new feature still in Beta test mode on our web site," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions.

"Any Heritage member who sees an auction lot from a past Heritage auction can anonymously offer the owner a profit through the MOtO feature,” said Rohan. “Owners can set a fixed price minimum, or opt out completely from receiving offers. In this case, the owner couldn't resist this very fair offer for a six-figure profit after four years. He plans to use the money to purchase other items for his comic book collection."

"Since this is, by far, the finest known copy of Flash #1, one of the 10 most valuable comic book issues, the buyer recognized this as a unique opportunity," said Jaster. "We created MoTO with this sort of unique item in mind. We'd often hear from collectors who are new to the hobby or are expanding into another area of collectibles and were frustrated because items they'd like to own were previously sold years earlier. With this new service, many of those top items may be available now as long as the buyer is willing to pay a fair price."

Flash Comics #1 Mile High pedigree (DC, 1940) CGC NM+ 9.6 Off-white to white pages. One of the most important comic books of any age, Flash Comics #1 featured the origins and first appearances of the Flash, Hawkman, Shiera Sanders, the Whip, and Johnny Thunder. This milestone issue is currently ranked as the eighth most valuable comic book of all, its value appreciating more during 2004 than all but three of the Top 25 Golden Age Books. And this remarkable copy offers yet another example of the significance of Edgar Church's collection. To date, CGC has certified merely 13 unrestored copies, only two others grading above VG/FN 5.0, with just one of those exceeding FN+ 6.5. Sheldon Moldoff contributed cover and interior art. Along with the Pay Copy of Marvel Comics #1, this resides near the top of our auction highlights. Overstreet 2005 NM- 9.2 value = $110,000. CGC census 12/05: 1 in 9.6, none higher.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

What The H&ll Is This?

A Series of Trailers and Interviews: Comics

Superman: Son of New Krypton

Siege (Event) Comics Trailer - Debut Trailer

Dark Reign (Event) Comics Interview - Dark Reign Revealed

Uncanny X-Men Comics Trailer - The Return

Writer Geoff Johns Discusses DC's Darkest Hour

Batman: Battle For The Cowl (Event) Comics Interview - A New Era

Metallica to Play 'Mind-Blowing' Gigs in 2011

Metallica will play megashows in 10 cities in 2011 that will "blow your mind," band manager Peter Mensch tells Classic Rock Magazine. "It will be Metallica's equivalent of 'The Wall.'"

So can fans expect a literal 40-foot wall or the huge animated projections and inflatable puppets that were trademarks of Pink Floyd's epic tour? Mensch won't say, but he suggests there'll be at least a nod to rock's past: "Between you and me, some of it is recycling stuff that people did 25 years ago but no one's smart enough to know that we recycled it."

As if Metallica's live shows aren't already dramatic enough. In the past two months, the band's tour for their chart-topping album Death Magnetic has caused riots in Chile and Colombia, resulting in hundreds of arrests.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Captain America: The Animated Series

That never was, sadly. Below is a promo reel for Captain America: The Animated Series that never happened due to Marvel's bankruptcy filing of the 1990's.

Comic Book Mini Series: X-Men: The 198

X-Men: The 198 is a comic book limited series that was published by Marvel Comics and set in the Marvel Universe shortly after the House of M and Decimation events. The five-issue series began publication in January 2006.

The series focuses on the supporting cast of the X-Men, whose ranks have been severely depleted following Decimation.

In House of M #7, the Scarlet Witch removes the powers of the overwhelming majority of the world's mutants in an event that is eventually called "M-Day". As a reaction, the United States government forms a superhuman-monitoring Office of National Emergency (O*N*E), and sets up a team of human-piloted Sentinel robots (Sentinel Squad O*N*E) to monitor the Xavier Institute. X-Men: The 198 revolves around the tension and conflicts of the 198 mutant refugees on the Xavier Institute grounds and the Sentinel Squad O*N*E. Tensions also rise between the X-Men.

The 198 Files:
The 198 Files is a database maintained by O*N*E that attempts to classify and provide intelligence on the mutants whose powers remained after M-Day. The one-shot X-Men: The 198 Files is set in the style of a government dossier and sent to O*N*E's deputy director Valerie Cooper. It provides the classification of 134 of the 198 mutants supposedly unaffected by M-Day and was released in January 2006 as a counterpart to the five-part limited series The 198 which shows the conflict of the remaining mutants seeking refuge at the Xavier Institute, and the Sentinel Squad O*N*E.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Punk Rock Essentials

I put together some examples of what I feel is the best representation of a misunderstood and under appreciated musical genre. There is so much I am missing but to the uninitiated this is a great place to start.

A great song can be found anywhere. Do yourself a favour and give these a listen.