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Newsarama has a few X-title previews, including Uncanny X-Men #4

This issue is a one shot which features the return of the Borg Phalanx (Nosiree, not the Borg, not the Borg at ALL!) as we see a story from the point of view of an isolated member of the Collective... the Hivemind!.

Along comes Sinister with what looks like a vacuum cleaner/proton pack on steroids and captures one, destroying the rest of the cluster.

Well, there's no way THIS could horribly backfire on Sinister, is there now?

And this gives me a chance to mention an amusing little comparison I noted a few weeks back.

Now, Ben 10 has been a fun cartoon series (The sequels less so IMHO, but let's not go into that here, unless anyone cares to of course) but there have been one or two suggestions along the way that it's not entirely original in concept. The entire notion is Dial H for H.E.R.O. writ large, and a couple of the alien forms that Ben can dial up are also skirting the edge of existing properties, and none moreso than the techno based alien known as Upgrade...

Here's Upgrade

And here's Warlock (Just for variety this is how he appeared in the 1990's X-Men cartoon series)

Now one of Warlock's more unique powers was that he and Doug Ramsey could merge forms compltely, becoming essentially, a fusion of them both, known as Douglock...

That was Alan Davis' take on it, this is Art Adams...

You can read as much subtext into those scenes as you like, I know I do. :)

Generator Rex is another series from the same "Men of Action" stable as the Ben 10 Franchise, about Rex, another teenage hero who, due to a complicated plot device, has the ability to spontaneously cause nanites in his body to produce a number of technological extensions to his own body, allowing him to fight many of the similarly nanite infected life-forms which resulted from the same mysterious event which gave him his powers. (It has some great designs to it, especially some of the monsters, which are insane anime level monstrous.)

But getting back to the theme of this portion of the post, in the recent Generator Rex/Ben 10 crossover episode (Which wasn't that bad), we see something which may be a touch familiar in concept and tone. As Ben explains that the only way for Rex to use his own tech-generating powers to stop the bad guy is to get an upgrade... and he means it in a more literal sense than Rex realises. .

So Ben dials up Upgrade...

And then...

Yup, you have just seen two guys mingling molecules at the most profound level on primetime cartoon TV! Mazel Tov!

And after noting that it feels weird (No shit Rex!), the first thing that Ben does now he's achieved total bodily penetration with another fella is redesign his wardrobe (I hate to use the term "How gay is THAT?" but it does seem more appropriate here than usual. :) )

Ben then mimics another of Warlock's tendencies when Douglock was created, popping up a spare head to converse with Doug.

There isn't a proper clip I can find online to demonstrate it with their discussions, but this AMV has most of the salient points...

And to round the episode off, it's perhaps better that we don't discuss the Freudian implications of one guy sucking another guy up to fire him out of his great ummm... "Slamcannon"... o_O

Date: 2012-01-02 07:23 pm (UTC)
auggie18: (Default)
From: [personal profile] auggie18
Heard a lot of good things about Generator Rex, but the main character seemed a little, um, grating. Might give it another shot, though.

There really isn't a way to have two character merge that isn't at least a little 'sexual undertone"-y, is there?

Date: 2012-01-02 07:52 pm (UTC)
auggie18: (Say WHAAAAAAT)
From: [personal profile] auggie18
Yeah, he was sort of intense. Ly. Unlikeable. The setting seemed cool, though, as did the animation. Maybe you get used to Rex? After all, Kon-el started off a huge dick and he became a favorite character.

Was this a cross dimensional thing? Because, while I've never seen Ben 10, it always seemed less future-y than Rex Generator.

Date: 2012-01-03 12:20 am (UTC)
dewinged: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dewinged
I find his unlikeable traits more interesting than Ben who hasn't had any noticeable personality since he was 10.

Yeah, Gwen took up all the unlikeable on that show. :)

Date: 2012-01-03 04:35 pm (UTC)
dewinged: (Default)
From: [personal profile] dewinged
See, I watched some of the original series from the start. I never even got to the 'Gwen is a sorceress' part; she was, to me, so obnoxious I stopped watching after a couple of episodes.

Date: 2012-01-02 08:37 pm (UTC)
kovacs: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kovacs
I've tried watching an episode. REALLY couldn't get into it.

Date: 2012-01-03 06:40 pm (UTC)
bruinsfan: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bruinsfan
There really isn't a way to have two character merge that isn't at least a little 'sexual undertone"-y, is there?

I thought Madison Jeffries' brother found a way in Alpha Flight.

Date: 2012-01-02 08:20 pm (UTC)
damar148: (Default)
From: [personal profile] damar148
Those Phalanx look godaweful.

Date: 2012-01-02 09:32 pm (UTC)
damar148: (Default)
From: [personal profile] damar148
The ones on the cover are the ones I remember from the big crossover event that started Generation X.

Date: 2012-01-03 12:31 am (UTC)
big_daddy_d: (Default)
From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
I LOVED that Ben 10/Gen Rex crossover.

Date: 2012-01-03 02:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] akodo_rokku

Date: 2012-01-03 03:14 am (UTC)
midnightvoyager: Just Middy (Deadpool o_O)
From: [personal profile] midnightvoyager
Wait, is Sinister experiencing on that thing's crotch? ALL OF THOSE TOOLS are pointing toward it.

I guess we know why the not-borg is so traumatized, then!

Date: 2012-01-03 03:14 am (UTC)
midnightvoyager: Just Middy (FAIL)
From: [personal profile] midnightvoyager


Date: 2012-01-03 03:58 am (UTC)
citygod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] citygod
The not-Borg even mentions "undiscovered countries"... where have I heard that phrase before...

Date: 2012-01-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
citygod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] citygod
And it's a mis-quote, isn't it? When Plummer says "To The Future: the undiscovered country, from which no traveller shall return" shouldn't the quote be "death, the undiscovered country, from which no traveller shall return"?
Or perhaps it lost something in translation from the original Klingon.
ps love your seasonal Robin icon.

Date: 2012-01-03 05:25 am (UTC)
silverzeo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverzeo
... Ben10 and Generator Rex are basically Kon-El....

Date: 2012-01-04 12:21 am (UTC)
silverzeo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Basically their positions: Ben is now acting the way Kon was when he started out, using their superhero cred to be a teen celebrities, making both have big obnoxious egos which makes their "normal" girlfriends hate them cause they tend to show off. Rex is like when the Kid worked for Cadmus: Both work for a agency that deals with genetics, trended by no-nonsense soldiers, hot super scientists, plus a evil woman had a hostile take over their respected labs at one point or another.

But then again, Rex and Ben are both blender mixes of comics from both Marvel and DC...

Date: 2012-01-03 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
After Annihilation: Conquest anything the Phalanx does seems a bit of a step down y'know?


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