Thanos #1

"I'm a sucker for a smart girl and the big angry guy who becomes her father figure. When I put some thought into what Thanos and Gamora's early relationship would have been like in an interpersonal sense, not the thousand-yard-overview we get in the old books, I go back to 'True Grit.' Or I think of team-ups like Sandor Clegane and Arya Stark from 'Game of Thrones,' you know? These classic duos where nothing threatens the big bad guy -- except for a kid. And it's not because kids are cute and vulnerable, it's because they're honest. And they don't have a full understanding of the world around them yet, so they're somewhat unaware of nuance and danger. And Gamora's even more dangerous than a regular child -- because Thanos has taken everything from her. She's got nothing to lose. And they share a moment in the first issue that I won't spoil here -- that answers the question: why her? Why Gamora?" -- Tini Howard

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Heroes in Crisis #7 - "Too Fast to Save the World"

We are looking at every single character, hundreds of superheroes, the same way we looked at Scott Free in Mister Miracle. There's no worlds blowing up or merging or little Lex Luthors trying to escape from things. I’m just tired of having the world end and everything. I feel like we’ve seen the world end. Sometimes I think every day we are looking at our own world ending. -- Tom King

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Mod Post: Off-Topic Tuesday

In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat among yourselves.

It's a fairly grim set of news this time around, alas.

In the same week we've had Easter, Passover and Earth Day, and at the same time, it's impossible not address the tragic events in Sri Lanka at the weekend. Co-ordinated terrorist attacks have left over 300 dead and over 500 injured.

Likewise the murder of Lyra McKee, a journalist in Northern Ireland, has political significance far beyond the tragedy itself. The fact she was a prominent LGBTQ+ rights activist was not directly related to her death, but it is a loss that should be acknowledged.

The Kingdom of Brunei has written to the EU trying to explain/justify their newly implemented laws involving death by stoning for homsoexual acts, amputation and the use of the lash, saying that it probably wouldn't happen every often due to the evidentiary requirements. It went down about as well as you might have expected it to.

POTUS 45 has been invited for a State Visit to the UK on June 3, which would involve attending D-Day commemoration ceremonies. I can only imagine how THAT will work out, but let's just say that no one other than Theresa May seems terribly keen and we've seen how well that's played out for her in recent months.

A fuller, but still redacted copy of the Mueller report has been released, and can now be searched for specific text. Happy hunting, though be warned it's a 130Mb PDF which is quite the achievement.

On lighter news...

"Star Trek: Discovery" ended it's second season, with a deal of continuity tie ups (like why certain things are not mentioned in TOS which otherwise might be expected to be), and an exit from the series for Anson Mount's Captain Pike (Who I hope we see more of somehow, because I am seriously LOVING his character).

"The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" is back on Netflix with Part 2, and I'm getting to the point where I'm finding Sabrina to be the least interesting character in the series, since quite so many of the problems she faces are of her own creation. That's not to sell the performance of Kiernan Shipka short, it's just that so many other characters are doing much more interesting things.

Maybe a little late to the party, but more details of the Disney streaming service have been announced including several MCU spin-offs;

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in a "Winter Soldier and Falcon" series.

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen in "Vision And Scarlet Witch"

Tom Hiddleston in a "Loki" series.

Also an animated "What if...?" series, which is a bit of a surprise.
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Avengers: No Road Home #10

"I wrote my final scenes for No Road Home last week and, when I sent in those pages in, I had a rush of nostalgia. Now that feels even more surreal. Stan Lee's legacy is woven into everything we do with these characters and the stories he and the Bullpen created that continue to inspire and entertain. The Avengers are Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and if we do our job well, we'll make sure you never forget it."
-- Jim Zub

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Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special - "The Long Game"

I've noticed editorial art-notes sometimes provide the greatest titles for Post Modern Mass-Market Contemporary Fiction Novels. Today's exquisite exemplar: EVIL LASERS SHOULD BE GREEN. -- Si Spurrier

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Deathstroke #42 (2019) - "The Terminus Agenda, Part Two: Our Gang"

DC Editor Alex Antone called and said, “You do realize, Rose is a teenager.” Well, no, I hadn’t. I’m not sure Rose has ever been drawn as a teenager. I assumed she was early to mid-20’s, which would make her half-brothers mid to late 20’s. With due respect to previous writers, it really bothered me that a person so young could already be a hardened killer (I have similar concerns about the very popular Damian Wayne). In terms of character dynamics, I’m not sure such persons can ever be fully redeemed, and I’m really uncomfortable with the general handwave most superheroes seem to be giving teen (and even pre-teen) killers, most especially given our nation’s climate of violence.

I am not suggesting every super-hero has to be pure or angelic. What I mean is somebody, somewhere on some page should express some concern for the emotional state and overall wellbeing of these very young people who have taken a life before graduating high school. What bothers me is that none of the other DCU characters seem to bat an eye, chalking killing up as perhaps juvenile delinquency.

-- Christopher J. Priest

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