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Writers: Marguerite Bennett & G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Jorge Molina
The concept of A-Force is a very interesting thing. An island of super-women protecting what’s essentially a small utopia in a troubled world, While at first glance it bears a resemblance to Wonder Woman and Paradise Island, it’s a very different animal than that. That island is a full-fledged community, but like any utopia there are cracks in the foundation, especially when there are higher powers at work. That’s the beauty of Battleworld, any number of stories can be told within its fabric, but in the end everything answers to an unfair god: Doom. Bennett and Wilson take full advantage of this setup introducing the trials of She-Hulk, the Baroness of Arcadia, and the other members of A-Force.
As Secret Wars has already established, Doom now god of Battleworld runs a very tight ship, and has very unforgiving laws. The first issue…
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By Sean Green
Behold, the power of the Retcon! A useful tool for comic book writers, it allows discrepancies and confusing backstory to be all cleaned up or wiped away with a convenient piece of dialogue or plot contrivance. But with the release of Uncanny Avengers #4 this past week, a retcon was made to fairly prominent Marvel characters with a peculiar motivation at its core.
If you’re following this particular book, then let me get this out of the way now: HERE BE SPOILERS… We all know that Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (AKA Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) are twins with one heck of a backstory. First popping up in the X-Men comics as the children of Romani people Django and Marya Maximoff, they were members of Magneto’s villainous Brotherhood.
Their tale deepened when they became disgusted with Magneto’s…
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… … … … … …Okay, make that two lies. lol I’m sorry, but with the news regarding Marvel Comics’ NEW MU being revealed, and people making comparisons to DC Comics’ New 52 (which is ironically being dropped next month, even though it’s the same continuity set by that), I need to discuss this. Specifically, I need to look at whether or not this really is the same thing that DC did back in 2011, and if Marvel is on the verge of making the same mistakes. However, because I got my anger at DC out last time I talked about it, those that are bothered by angry ranting can rest easy in knowing this’ll be a bit more controlled.
In fact, before I go on, I should probably clarify something: While I consider the New 52 as a whole to be a mistake, it’s not like EVERYTHING that resulted from it was innately bad. Scott Snyder’s Batman has been frigging epic, and while I personally have no desire to read a book about Jim Gordon standing in as Batman, I’m sure it’ll nonetheless be well written. Vibe getting revamped into someone I could actually see myself WANTING to be on my team was a good call. And while certain concepts in some of the books rubbed people the wrong way, Animal Man, Aquaman, Batgirl, Frankenstein, and others were all good. However, with the good came the bad and at times outright awful. The abandonment of multiple great stories in a misguided attempt to do them over again, lack of communication leading to confusion over what was canon and not canon, overuse of grimdark stories, too many crossovers, the whole ‘heroes can’t be married/happy’ controversy, practically everything that’s been done with Lois Lane and Wonder Woman (with one or two exceptions, like the Lois Lane one-shot or more recent issues of Justice League), the mistreatment of women in general, and countless broken promises by the higher ups to their writers leading to disappointments and walk-outs. It was a mess, and it continues to be a mess even with the New 52 banner being dropped.
So, with the NEW MU being announced, people are getting increasingly concerned that Marvel may be looking to copy DC’s ‘success’, only to make the same mistakes. And, for the record, the name “NEW MU” was a mistake, just gonna say it right now. I get that’s probably meant to parody the New 52, but I think that concept may have been lost on some. On top of that, for reasons I stated above, and the fact that the moniker was used long after the New 52 was new or maintained 52 books, it pretty much parodies itself. There’s really no reason to go there. However, beyond the name, is there reason to believe this is the same situation as DC’s September 2011 reboot?
First of all, let’s get something out of the way right now: This is not a complete back to square one reboot of the Marvel Universe. Want proof of that? Read All-New, All-Different Avengers from Free Comic Book Day. Sam Wilson is still Captain America. Jane Foster is still Thor. Characters like Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, and Sam Alexander as Nova are still around and carrying their current hero names. Past continuity is still addressed. Alternatively, when the New 52 started, we had the Justice League being formed in what was considered the first time for that continuity, represented by six of the seven original members of the team, and retelling the origin story of Cyborg.
Then there’re the stories that ended the old universes and started the new ones, DC’s Flashpoint and Marvel’s Secret Wars. Now, the great thing about Secret Wars, as I’m coming to understand, is that a lot of various concepts, characters, locations, and even whole books that tie into it are going to carry over into the NEW MU, so really, it’s more of a preview of things to come. So far, among things confirmed to continue on in the new universe, we’ve had Maelstrom, the all-monster version of the Howling Commandos, and much to my delight, the all-female contingent of the Avengers, A-Force. Flashpoint also introduced some concepts and characters that carried over to the New 52, but I’m not sure how much of it was intended from the beginning. I think the only one that was would be Element Woman, although I will say that I DO absolutely adore her as a character, so I’ll give them that much…Speaking of which, we really need to see a Doom Patrol book, now that she’s hanging with them, and we need to see them toss Caulder to the side for his bullcrap.
Lastly, let’s compare tones. As I said before, the New 52 has been very dark and dire, relying a lot on grimdark stories and fridging characters. And while Secret Wars kicked off with the destruction of two whole worlds and most of the people on them, let’s again look at All-New, All-Different Avengers, where the team’s focus and intent is to help people, and where we’ve got three relatively young and light-hearted characters on the team to keep things from getting too serious. Also, I’m 99.9% sure that many of those shown to be lost in the destruction of the two worlds will be back in some way, shape, or form. So it’s looking like, tone-wise, it’s gonna be at least slightly lighter than the New 52.
So, ultimately, are they making the same mistakes as DC did with the New 52? Ultimately… … …no, they aren’t. It’s not a complete reboot, since history is maintained from the previous universe (although I’m sure the dates certain stuff happened will get pushed closer to present day, like when Steve Rogers was defrosted, when Tony Stark became Iron Man, etc.), it’s not going to rely on the same crap that DC did, it’s introducing new ideas while keeping the old ones, and they have the advantage of doing this after the New 52 and learning from its mistakes. So, no, this isn’t the same thing, or at least not in my opinion. At the very least, I personally am not gonna worry about it, at least not yet. And, as I’ve said before, if THIS is the new look for Marvel comics…
…I think we’re good. :D Anyway, lemme know what you think about all of this, and we’ll see how things develop. Ja né!
So, like a lot of comic fans, or just fans of the Marvel movies, I play Avengers Alliance on Facebook…..off and on. Yeah, I tend to have a love/hate relationship with it. I mean, I like it, I think it’s one of the better Facebook games out there, but there are also things about it that I wish were different. To be honest, I actually far preferred Avengers Alliance Tactics, and was more than a little disappointed when the game was discontinued. Regardless, here’s a list of things I think the game could stand to change or add, and as always, you’re free to add your own ideas at the end. Let’s start with what’s probably a fairly obvious one…
Granted, it IS kinda cool to create arguably the most badass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent of all, second only to Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury or heroes like Black Widow. Thing is, though, what if I don’t wanna be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? I’m just saying, if you’re gonna give us the option to make our own character, I’d like more… … …y’know, OPTIONS. What if I wanna be an actual superhero, an Avenger? Or heck, how about an X-Man, or an Inhuman? Surely they coulda worked that in. Oh, and for the love of God, while I like having my created character and building them up, why am I being forced to play as them all the time? Other than in daily missions, you always need to take them into combat. I’d love to be able to do teams like the big three of Cap, Iron Man, and Thor, or my own contingent of the A-Force with She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Woman.
To be fair, it actually says a lot about the Marvel Universe that there can be 119 recruitable heroes in this game and yet still be missing some fan favourites. Most of the bigger name heroes are in, of course, like the original founding members of the X-Men and the Avengers, Captain America, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Storm, and Carol Danvers (AKA Captain Marvel, or Ms. Marvel as she’s still referred to by default in this game, sadly). Still, there’s been plenty of characters that have made big impacts in recent memory that could be on there, like my personal favourite, Kamala Khan, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Jane Foster as the new Thor, or Inferno, or even characters that have been around for a while, like Jubilee, Lockjaw, Scott Lang, Misty Knight, Scarlet Spider, Thunderstrike, or Dazzler (and yes, I know I’m probably the only person to ever personally request Dazzler be added to a game, leave me alone, lol). Or hell, Coulson, Hill, and Fury are in the game as advisers, why not make them playable too?
A lot of characters have alternate costumes that come complete with new abilities and attacks. And while I appreciate the heck outta them, I also feel like there should probably be more. How about the most recent incarnation of mohawk Storm? Or Age of Ultron Vision? Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Wasp? Netflix Daredevil? The new Cyclops costume with the x-shaped visor? The newest version of Spider-Woman that lacks a giant yellow arrow pointed at her groin? (I know I’ve said this before, but aside from the sweet colour scheme, that costume is a touch on the tasteless side, which is why I’m eager to eventually get Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel costume). Or heck, I mentioned bringing in Jubilee, maybe she could have her 90’s costume where she has her mutant powers, or her modern one where she has her vampire abilities?
This one actually legit bothers me a lot. The sound effects are freaking loud as shit, and there’s no way to adjust them without turning them off completely. Oh sure, I can always change the overall volume on the computer, but what if I’m listening to music while playing? Y’know, what if I’ve got tracks from the movies playing while I play the game? I’m just saying, a volume control for the game would be nice is all.
Look, I get it, a lot of Facebook games use this formula…and it annoys me. A lot. Granted, it allows for multitasking, in that you can play a little of this game, send your party on Quinjet missions for some silver while you wait for your energy to recharge, and then go do whatever in the meantime. But I’d like a little more play time in between. And granted, there are ways to recharge your energy, but they’re short in supply unless you stock up. I’m not even asking for much more. I personally think 100 would be better than 60. It’s a nice, even, and big number without being too big.
Yeah, not gonna lie, this bugs me. There are times I wish I could start over from square one with this game. Problem is, you can’t. Even if you remove the app from your Facebook, it saves your progress for if you put it back on. So, say you start your game with a few…mistakes in judgement? Like, spending gold and points on stuff that, while not necessarily bad, kinda pale in comparison for something you could’ve saved up for and gotten early? That decision will haunt you until you’re able to build it back up. And yes, I know you can spend real life money to get more gold and silver, but not all of us have that ability. If I could purchase stuff online, I’d use it to support Emmybomber, Morgan Meryl, and all my other artist friends online… … …Also, I’d pay Greg Capullo to draw my superheroes. lol
Anyway, that’s all I can think of for now. Lemme know if there’s anything you wanna add, and hey, if you’re like me and irritated by the lack of info on the games on GameFAQs, be sure to check out the unofficial database for the game, the Marvel Avengers Alliance wiki, by clicking on the link below. Ja né!
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Despite the cover telling you otherwise the art this issue isn’t handled by series regular Stacey Lee, and whilst the fill-in artist is perfectly fine there is a unique synergy between Lee’s art and Cindy Moon’s character that is sadly missing here. The story this issue also seems to be lacking a certain something as some of the jokes fail to land and things move at a curious pace. This is certainly not a bad issue, but it is lacking the magic of the previous few.
Last issue left us with Cindy near breakdown and sequestered away in her bunker as an awkwardly caring (mildly creepy?) Spider-Man arrived with help in the form of the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man’s tone, the fact that we know Cindy is being monitored by shadowy figures, and the randomness of Spidey calling on the FF left me a little suspicious, but…
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So, ever since the reveal that there would be a new Thor close to a year ago, the question on everyone’s minds was “Who is she?” Well, now we know. Well, actually, a lot of us knew yesterday due to a leak leading to Marvel deciding to come out publicly about it (I wonder if they blamed Hydra for THIS one too), but because there were those I knew on social media that made the choice not to read the spoilers and instead read today’s Thor #8 to find out who the new Thor was. So, now that the book is out, I’ve decided to go ahead and give my thoughts on the matter. With that said, let’s go ahead and just say it: The new Thor is Jane Foster.
Yup, totally thought it was Roz Solomon, didn’t you? Apparently, so did Odinson. He totally believed by this issue that it was Roz, and then she walked up to talk to him and Thor and he had this look on his face like he was completely stupefied. Myself, while I suspected heavily that it was Agent Solomon, part of me was also secretly hoping for…well…
Well, except replace Vince McMahon with Loki, and Steve Austin with Prince Odinson. In fact, if Loki had said that exact phrase, I would’ve laughed until I peed. XD
So, let’s talk about this revelation, shall we? First off, it kinda makes me wonder if we’re ever gonna see Natalie Portman dressed as Thor in the future. ‘Cuz I’d be down with that. As for the comics, though, I like how this reveal, while it answers some questions, nonetheless leaves us with a lot more. Like, we can probably gather that the hammer called on Jane and deemed her worthy due to a combination familiarity with her and her understanding of what it means to be Thor, but it doesn’t answer HOW it called her. More-so, we still don’t know what it was that Nick Fury told Odinson to make him unworthy. What’s actually kinda irritating about that is that he was literally about to tell Jane, right as Roz ran up and interrupted them. But, my guess is that, now that we know who the new Thor is, that’s next on the list of things to learn the truth about.
But, to the point, do I like this choice? Honestly… … …Yeah, I kinda do. I would’ve loved if it turned out to be Loki, but honestly, this works too. Jane is someone who is ready, willing, and able to make the ultimate sacrifice play to be the protector of the ten realms. And while it’s always great seeing her fly around, kicking ass, and being a hero, I also really wanna see her make it through this okay somehow. I wanna see her somehow manage to survive her ordeal with breast canc-… … … …Wait a minute, when did the first issue of this series début?
…Aww, son of a bitch! During Breast Cancer Awareness Month?! How did I not piece that together before?! ROFL
Anyway, those are my thoughts on the reveal of the new Thor. And now that we know who she is, that should make things interesting for the foreseeable future, especially given her position on the new Avengers team. Ja né!
*sighs*… … …So, I figured I should probably give my two cents on the situation involving the infamous “Black Widow calls herself a monster for not being able to have kids” scene from Age of Ultron, seeing as how I didn’t talk about it in my official review. And sadly, I know going into this that I’m gonna say some stuff that not everybody is gonna be okay with, but I have to be honest and sincere, so I ask that you all try to bear with me and understand my point of view.
First off, I should probably clarify the reason I didn’t talk about all of this before. After all, you’d think something like that would be really important to me and that it’d take up most of what I had to say about Black Widow. Well, the reason I didn’t bring it up is…it honestly kinda went over my head. lol I’m sorry, I know I may be offending some by admitting to that, but it’s the truth. I was still so sad about what had happened to her that I didn’t really register it. In fact, now that I think about it, I wonder if maybe the hope for many that worked on the film was that it wouldn’t register. Regardless, I apologize for not picking up on that.
Either way, looking back on the scene in hindsight…yeah, it’s problematic as fuck. Still, whether it be by naïvety or through a sense that more was going on than they tried to make it seem there was, I think that’s not how the scene was originally supposed to be played out. I just get this feeling that there’s more to that scene that wound up on the cutting room floor, that maybe she went on to talk about more that happened in her initiation and afterward, the ‘red in her ledger’, which led to her calling herself a monster. It’s been suggested by some fans that she may have been forced to kill someone close to her to prove her readiness as an assassin at the time, and/or that she may have been experimented on like in the comics. Yeah, for people who have only watched the movies, you might be surprised to know that Natasha is actually technically classified as superhuman due to being injected with a Soviet-made variant of the Super-Soldier Serum used on Steve Rogers. She’s actually supposed to be roughly as old as Cap, or at least close to it. It hasn’t boosted her strength and abilities to his level, but it’s nonetheless improved her strength, speed, reflexes, and longevity, among other things.
However, herein lies a problem: Even if those were in the original script, and I REALLY hope that, if so, they get included in the home release, for whatever reason, they were cut. Instead, the scene plays itself out so that, after revealing to Bruce Banner that she’s sterile, Natasha says, and I quote, “You still think you’re the only monster on the team?”. I don’t know whose call this was, or who thought that it would be appropriate to have her say that, but I do know that, following this, Joss Whedon has come under heavy fire on social media, so much so that he has left Twitter on the pretense of getting some peace and quiet.
Now, because there’s pretty heavy debate about this, what we were led to believe would be her role in this movie, and whether or not her wanting to be a mother is feminist or not feminist, I’m gonna make my overall feelings about this as clear as possible. Is Black Widow’s role in the movie problematic? Yes. I think that, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to be a mother, the suggestion that she’s a monster for being infertile is gross and disturbing. Furthermore, the implication that the Avengers, particularly the Hulk, are used thematically as her surrogate children, is at least a tiny bit degrading for the whole lot of them.
With that said, though, here’s where I’m kicking the hornet’s nest. Is this something that should’ve been discussed with Joss Whedon? Absolutely. In fact, I would encourage the hell out of that idea. However, there’s one important minor issue that really, I’m sorry, you cannot pretend didn’t happen: Joss Whedon was sent DEATH THREATS by angry fans, and a LOT of them. And again, I’m sorry, but you can make all the excuses you want, and it will not change the fact that sending someone death threats until they opt to leave social media is not a discussion. That’s a mob. All that was missing were the pitch forks and torches…or pitch forks soaked in lighter fluid and set ablaze, just to get the ol’ two-for-one deal going. Now, to those of you who weren’t involved in that little ‘crusade’, that sought more diplomatic ways to express your disdain for what happened? Great. I applaud you, and hope that more people take after you in future incidents such as this. To those that were a part of it? I understand where you’re coming from, but you took it WAY too far.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. If I’ve offended anyone, I apologize, but as I said, I needed to be honest about this, and I hope that we can all learn from this situation and hopefully avoid having it ever happen again. Ja né!
So, I’ve had a few days to think about it, and I think I’m just about ready to answer my own question: Who do you think of when you think of the Avengers? Just as a side note, these aren’t necessarily my FAVOURITE Avengers, and there’s even one guy on here that I actually kinda/sorta loathe a little bit. Nonetheless, these are the people I think of when I think of the Avengers, in no particular order…Although, before that, I should put on appropriate music.
Muuuuch better. ^_^ Now then, here are eight heroes I think of when I think of the Avengers, starting with probably the most thought of member of all…
‘MERICA!!! XD Seriously, though, even as a proud Canadian, how could I not love Captain America? To me, he stands for more than just American patriotism and idealism, but rather, he represents what we all hope to be, and I don’t just mean his physique, but his sense of honour and conviction. And while it IS a bit odd that he’s probably the first person most people think of when it comes to the Avengers, given that he wasn’t one of the five founding members, he’s been on so many different versions of the team that it’s hard not to think of him as one of the group’s most iconic members.
I can’t help it, okay? I think of She-Hulk before the Hulk. Call it the feminist in me, or I just sooner gravitate to her than Hulk for…less noble reasons. ^^” Also, I constantly use her in Avengers Alliance, which, one of these days, I’m gonna post an article about, but regardless of why, I think of her first. And frankly, while the Hulk is clearly has the superior raw strength and power, She-Hulk is the more well-rounded in action. She has better self-control, she’s had formal self-defense training from Captain America and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy, and while their overall speed might be similar, I’d imagine Jen’s agility trumps her cousin’s.
Yyyeah, not gonna lie, Tony Stark in the comics (and a little bit in the movies, for that matter) has become rather deplorable to me. However, it appears as though that after Secret Wars, he’s either been replaced as Iron Man, reverted to an earlier state of mind, or switched with an alternate universe version of himself. Frankly, I’m good with any of those scenarios at this point, because dammit, Iron Man at his best was one of Marvel’s best heroes EVER, and a founding member of the Avengers. Still, he’s not exactly the hero I most have a problem with. Wanna know who that is? It’s none other than the next person on this list…
I hate Hank Pym. I REALLY do. I’m sorry, but his likability is EXTREMELY minimal, and none of that has to do with his powers as Ant-Man. With that said, I NEVER need to see him shrink down and go under the bed covers to give Wasp her jollies ever again, I’ll wake up throwing up every night until I die. No, it’s his personality that I can’t stand, even without his severe inferiority complex that makes him do half the shit he’s REALLY infamous for doing. And for the record, I don’t care if hitting Janet was a mistake or not, it happened, and why she ever went back to him, I’ll never know. Nevertheless, he IS a founding member of the Avengers, and one with a really useful power-set. I think it was Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes that really opened my eyes to that. Speaking of which, if you want a GOOD take on the character, watch that show. It does a FAR better job putting him over as a character and a hero than the comics did.
Captain Marvel, she’s our hero! Gonna take the villains down to zero!………..Wait. XD Anyway, Carol’s been a pretty high-profile member of the Avengers for a long time, and has proven herself relatively early as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Having said that, she might be the focus of one of the more infamously icky stories I’ve personally ever seen in the Avengers line-up: Avengers #200. I don’t wanna go into too much length about it, but if you wanna know the whole story, go watch Linkara’s review of it. Suffice to say, it’s most certainly for the best to never go back down that avenue with Carol, and instead see her fly ‘higher, further, faster, more’.
Again, this kinda goes back to Avengers Alliance. Specifically, dear GOD, that Minigun Barrage (or, as it’s called when he’s the Iron Patriot, the ’21-Gun Salute’, lol). But yeah, be he War Machine, Iron Patriot, or just good ol’ Rhodey, he is always ready to kick your ass. Sadly, he didn’t really have all that stellar a start with the Avengers, as Tony’s stand-in as Iron Man in the West Coast Avengers, which ended when the suit started giving him severe headaches that caused him to become increasingly irrational, and has since gone through some pretty harsh ordeals, like having himself converted into a cyborg (although he’s since ‘gotten better’, so to speak), but he’s also proven himself a loyal and heroic friend to many of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and has even now joined the team in the movies.
How can you NOT think of the God of Thunder when it comes to the Avengers? The new female Thor may be freaking awesome, but this man, this Norse God, is the originator of everything that makes her so awesome. And y’know, something I’m sure that others have realized by now and I’m late to the party about, Prince Odinson nowadays is kinda like Aquaman in the 90’s when they decided to make him look frakking BEASTLY. Think about it: Long hair, beard, prosthetic left hand (or, in this case, his whole forearm), and mostly topless. Hell, for those worried that he might get phased out in the new Marvel universe in favour of the new Thor, think about this for a second: He still has a lot of his old powers, and he’s got that giant axe and a prosthetic arm made out of the same metal that was used in the construction of Mjölnir. If anything, becoming unworthy just made him more badass! O_O
Agent. Avenger. Assassin. Subject to horribly controversial scene in the movie… … …Erm, that is, I figured I should probably give my two cents on the situation involving the infamous “Black Widow calls herself a monster” scene from Age of Ultron, seeing as how I didn’t talk about it in my official review. I won’t talk about it in THIS post, mind you, but I thought I should make it clear that, yes, I AM going to discuss it, as well as explain why I didn’t originally. For now, let’s talk about Natasha, or Natalia, whichever of her names is more canonically correct. lol Despite being experimented on in Development X’s Red Room to make her essentially superhuman, she’s one of the less powered heroes among the Avengers, lacking any kind of high tech suits, not being able to fly, and only having peak human strength. In fact, I think even Captain America has got her beat when it comes to being considered superhuman. As such, though, it really makes what she does as an Avenger all the more impressive. It’s not just that she doesn’t have those things, it’s that she doesn’t NEED them to be relevant, no matter what kind of threat the Avengers are up against. Mind you, there are others that I’d put in the same boat, like Hawkeye, but she’s the one that stands out most to me.
Anyway, those are the eight Avengers I think of primarily when it comes to the group. Lemme know what you think of this group, and… … …hoo boy, I just know I’m jumping into the fire with this next post, but check back in when I give my thoughts on the Black Widow/Age of Ultron situation. Ja né!
Welcome home, Carol. Enjoy the apocalypse. It’s Captain Marvel #15!
- She’s back!
- With the galaxy behind her and her beloved earth in front, Carol gets ready for a homecoming a year in the making!
- Except for the whole THE END IS NIGH thing…