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Marvelous May – And The Winner Is…!

Welp, Marvelous May has come and gone. And now, after all this, it’s time to announce the winner of this month-long fan-vote tournament. And so, our winner, and #1 Marvel Superheroine is…!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...GRANNY GOODNESS!!!

…GRANNY GOODNESS!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…Nah, I’m kidding, it’s Kamala. lol

And really, was there ever any doubt? This young woman has won the hearts of damned near every single person to read her book. She has earned her position as this generation’s favourite Marvel superheroine, a member of the Avengers, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and the winner of the 2016 Marvelous May fan-vote tournament of superheroines. So congratulations to Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel. 🙂

And a big hand for everyone else who competed, as well.

Aaaaannnd I’m pretty sure this’ll be the last time I ever do something like this. lol That said, I’m glad I did it, and I’m very thankful for everybody who voted. But, now that this is over, be sure to check back in for updates on my Nuzlocke run, as well as my thoughts on DC Universe Rebirth #1, AND one last send-off/rant for DC’s The New 52. Ja né!

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Marvelous May Semi-Finals – Ms. Marvel vs Gamora

Welcome back to Marvelous May! Well, here we are, the second of the semi-final match-ups: It’s Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel, vs Gamora!

And, with that, the final four of Marvelous May are made official. Two of these incredible superheroines will move on to the finals, and one will become the champion of the Marvelous May fan-vote tournament. So, feel free to vote on this match-up, and if you haven’t already, go vote on She-Hulk vs Jane Foster. Then, be sure to check back in on May 23rd to see who the Marvelous May finalists are. Ja né!

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jennifer_Walters_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jane_Foster_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Kamala_Khan_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Gamora_Zen_Whoberi_Ben_Titan_(Earth-7528)

Marvelous May Semi-Finals – She-Hulk vs Jane Foster

Welcome back to Marvelous May! We started with 16, and now we’re down to the final four of the semi-finals. First up, it’s Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk, vs Jane Foster, AKA The Mighty Thor!

Not much I wanna talk about here, so go ahead and vote on this match-up. Also, remember that the next semi-final match will be announced on May 17th, so if you haven’t voted on Ms. Marvel vs Spider-Gwen or Gamora vs Rogue, be sure to go do so now, as two of those four superheroines will face off to determine who goes to the finals to face the winner of this match on May 23rd. And yeah, click the links below to learn about all these marvelous superheroines. Ja né!

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jennifer_Walters_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jane_Foster_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Kamala_Khan_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Gwendolyne_Stacy_(Earth-65)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Gamora_Zen_Whoberi_Ben_Titan_(Earth-7528)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Rogue_(Anna_Marie)_(Earth-616)

Marvelous May – Captain Marvel vs She-Hulk

Welcome back to Marvelous May! Well, all of the first round match-ups have occurred, which means it’s time to see who moves on. And first up, the first two winners from the first round, both by unanimous decision, will take each other on in a battle of two members of the A-Force: Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel, vs Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk!

I’ve already gone over both of these two, so instead, let’s talk a little bit about the team they’re both members of. In fact, Jen is the leader of the team. Originally, during the events of Secret Wars, the A-Force was a mass group of superheroines that protected a small island on Battleworld called Arcadia. I highly recommend checking it out, but the short version of what happened is that the group found themselves having to work under the Thor Corps, who are vehemently working for Doom and upholding his law. As such, things turn sour when one of the A-Force is arrested and sent to prison, and a girl named Singularity appears to Nico Minoru, AKA Sister Grimm. Eventually, the group discovered a conspiracy by Loki to take control of Arcadia, who, upon being found out, decided to open the way for the zombie hordes of the Deadlands to enter. The A-Force did their best to stop them, but ultimately, it was up to Singularity to save the day by using her own abilities to contain the zombies within her body and seemingly destroy herself in the skies above. However, this wasn’t the end, as she later appeared near Earth-616. With nowhere to go and finding herself quickly under attack, she brought together the five leading members of the team, who were her closest friends: She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Sister Grimm, Medusa, and Dazzler. Together, the six have now become the new A-Force, and are working together to combat other-dimensional threats to the world.

…Huh. Must not’ve have had shawarma there. 😛 Anyway, time to start voting. Make sure to let me know in the comments below who you think should win before May 15th, when one of these two will make it to the semi-finals. Also, feel free to read more about these two and their team in the links below, and come back when the next match-up of the second round commences. Ja né!

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Carol_Danvers_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jennifer_Walters_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/A-Force_(Earth-16191)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/A-Force_(Earth-616)

Marvelous May – Wasp vs She-Hulk

Welcome back to Marvelous May, and today, we’re looking at two of the most famous superheroines in the history of Marvel: Janet van Dyne, AKA The Wasp, vs Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk!

Wasp

She is one of the founding members of the Avengers, and in fact, the one to come up with the name of the team, which has stuck all the way to 2016. When Janet van Dyne’s father was murdered by an alien, she came to one of his colleagues for help: Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man. After making it clear just how badly she wanted justice for her father’s death, Pym used his Pym Particles to transform Janet into his new partner in crime fighting. As the two began working together, Janet quickly fell in love with her partner, and the two even got married…and divorced after Hank’s multiple mental breakdowns eventually led to him striking her. Yeah, there’s a reason I’m not a fan of mainstream comics Hank Pym: He’s a psychotic asshole who never learns from his mistakes. Janet, on the other hand, has grown into a seasoned superheroine and at one point even held the position of Avengers chairman (and yes, I KNOW that’s supposed to be chairwoman, don’t even get me started, lol). Like Ant-Man, she can shrink herself to become tiny and communicate with insects, but unlike her male counterpart, she can also fly while small and can fire twin bio-electric ‘stings’. She’s also very talented as a fashion designer, and has actually redesigned her own costume multiple times, and is, in fact, the one who brought her opponent here today into the Avengers. And while the chances of seeing her suit up in the MCU aren’t great, I’d be negligent if I didn’t point out that that doesn’t mean we won’t see A Wasp. 🙂

She-Hulk

Once a rather meek lawyer, Jennifer Walters’ life was changed forever when she had a blood transfusion from her cousin in order to save her life. Thing is, her cousin is Bruce Banner…as in THE HULK. So yeah, gamma irradiated blood transfusion. Naturally, it resulted in a new Hulk being born: The She-Hulk! Becoming She-Hulk, she grows an extra 9 inches and gains 500+ pounds of pure muscle and bone tissue, and possesses inhuman levels of strength, durability, stamina, and speed. Unlike her cousin, though, she maintains a much greater degree of self-control, and retains her intelligence. Also, rather than becoming a massive hulking beast, she’s more like…well, a really hot, green-skinned bodybuilder. Could this change be influenced by sexist needs to show off women? Well, MAYBE, but there IS an in-story explanation: It’s the nature of the Hulk transformation. For Bruce Banner, the Hulk represents all the anger and rage he feels, and appears as his exact opposite: Towering, monstrous, and while not exactly stupid, lacks a LOT of Dr. Banner’s intelligence. Likewise, She-Hulk was Jennifer’s opposite: Confident, strong, needing little-to-no reassurance from others, and being perfectly comfortable and open with her body. Over the years, though, Jen’s been able to grow more confident in herself through her actions and heroics, and is currently the leader of the all-women contingent of the Avengers, the A-Force.

And let the voting commence! You have until May 8th to let me know in the comments below who you want to see face the winner of Captain Marvel vs Emma Frost. In addition, you can click the links below to learn more about these two, and you can feel free to check back to vote on the next match-up: Quake vs Thor… … …Jane Foster, that is. Not Thor Odinson. I know Loki can change between male and female, but I don’t think that’s a Thor thing…Ja né!

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Janet_van_Dyne_(Earth-616)

http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jennifer_Walters_(Earth-616)

Marvelous May – The Finalized Roster

Well, the time is nearly upon us, folks. Jyger’s Rant’s first-ever fan-vote tournament will begin in four days. As such, it’s now time to reveal the final roster of heroines that will compete in this tournament. Here are the 16 individuals who will battle it out, with the winners determined by you, the audience.

Quake, Mayday Parker, Ms. Marvel, Storm, Wasp, Squirrel Girl, Emma Frost, Gamora, Rogue, She-Hulk, Jean Grey, Jane Foster, Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Woman

Quake, Mayday Parker, Ms. Marvel, Storm, Wasp, Squirrel Girl, Emma Frost, Gamora, Rogue, She-Hulk, Jean Grey, Jane Foster, Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Woman

And, after finalizing the roster, I also set up the tournament brackets to determine who will face who at the start of May.

And that’s everything. Be sure to check back in on May 1st as the tournament begins with Captain Marvel vs Emma Frost. Ja né!

A-Force #1 Preview

…And thus, Singularity absorbed the enthusiasm of animated Starfire. lol Here’s the preview for A-Force #1!

  • A-FORCE, ASSEMBLE! From the ashes of Battleworld, Marvel’s newest hero SINGULARITY has risen and entered the Marvel Universe. But she didn’t make the journey alone. To combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, Singularity will summon the world’s mightiest team of Avengers to her side: SHE-HULK. CAPTAIN MARVEL. DAZZLER. MEDUSA. NICO MINORU. Together, they are A-FORCE to be reckoned with!

http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/a-force-1-marvel-comics-2015-2015-12

Radioactive Spider-Gwen #3 & Gwenpool Special #1

Double the Gwen, double the fun! Here are the previews for Radioactive Spider-Gwen #3 and Gwenpool Special #1!

  • Still reeling from the events of SPIDER-VERSE, Gwen Stacy decides to pay a visit to Jessica Drew, AKA Spider-Woman!
  • Gwen learns about her Earth-616 counterpart, and sees that the lesson that with great power, there must also come great responsibility applies in any reality.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/spider-gwen-3-marvel-comics-2015-2015

  • AN ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL!
  • She-Hulk throws a holiday party and invites the entire Marvel U!
  • Deadpool teams up with both Hawkeyes — Kate and Clint — to…stop a pickpocket?!
  • Ms. Marvel takes on her most dangerous threat yet: the holiday blues!
  • And then there’s the reason for the season(al special): GWENPOOL!
  • Yup, you read that right — Gwen. Pool. C’mon, you know you’re curious.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/gwenpool-special-1-marvel-comics-2015-2015

A-Force #1 Unlettered Preview

Glad to see the events of Secret Wars will have lasting ramifications beyond setting up the new status quo, although I’m curious to see how much of it will or won’t be remembered in general. Either way, here’s an early preview for next month’s A-Force #1.

  • From the ashes of Battleworld, they rise. A new super team for a new era. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at A-FORCE #1, the brand new ongoing series and follow up to the smash-hit Secret Wars series. Blockbuster creators G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina return from Battleworld in force, but they’re not alone. Marvel’s newest hero Singularity has returned from the breach, making landfall in the Marvel Universe. Yet much has transpired in the eight months since the end of Secret Wars. To combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, she’ll re-assemble this world’s mightiest group of Avengers to her side: She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Dazzler, Medusa and Nico Minoru – even if they don’t remember her! Together, they are the unstoppable A-Force! And they are A FORCE to be reckoned with! Don’t miss their explosive debut this January in the can’t-miss A-FORCE #1!

http://www.comicbookresources.com/comic-previews/a-force-1-marvel-comics-2016

10 Favourite Marvel Superheroes REVISED + A Thank You To My Readers

…Before I start, I have to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who checks out my blog. Not only did I break my former record for most views in a single day on my blog Thursday (the old record was 441), but just yesterday, the record was broken yet again with a total of 624! I could not have, in my wildest dreams, imagined that being a thing. So, to all of my readers, supporters, friends, and family, thank you all very much, and please continue to read my blog. Also, be sure to leave your own thoughts and comments on my articles as well. Really helps to know that people care about my stuff. ^_^

Anyway, a couple of years ago on my birthday, I made a list of my favourite Marvel superheroes. Well, two years later, looking back on that list, I find myself having some highly different opinions. Maybe it’s because I’m a lot more into Marvel Comics than I was back then, the addition of new characters, or just the continuing detriment of certain older heroes *COUGH!*PETEANDTONY*COUGH!*, but for whatever reason, I can’t honestly say that my top ten heroes of the Marvel Universe are the same as they were before. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at my revised 10 Favourite Marvel Superheroes, starting with probably the most obvious…

#1 - Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel

#1 – Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel

Yeah, not exactly shocking anybody with this pick, huh? lol Can’t help it, guys. This is a character who, in less than two years, has become as important to me as Stephanie Brown, maybe even more-so in the grand scheme of things. She’s a geek, she’s a minority heroine, she’s the protector of New Jersey, and now, she’s a Goddamn Avenger. She’s earned the respect and recognition of Wolverine, the Amazing Spider-Man, Medusa, and most importantly, her predecessor and personal hero, Carol Danvers. There’s no limit to how high this character can go, and frankly, I’m just excited to be part of the ride. 🙂

#2 - Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America

#2 – Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America

As I’ve stated before, even as a proud Canadian, I love Captain America. Admittedly, though, this is mostly based on his appearances in the movies. In the comics, some of his exploits are a bit tainted due to repeatedly faking his own death and, more recently, becoming more concerned with bringing in Tony Stark for personally betraying him, instead of being focused on saving the world. Still, in both versions, there’s plenty about him to be inspired by. This is a guy who had damned near everything working against him in becoming a soldier, but fought tooth and nail to fight for his country and uphold ideals like peace, freedom, and justice anyway, to the point where his dedication made him the prime candidate to become Captain America. And despite beliefs that everything special about him came out of a bottle, really, that’s not true. He’s not just a lab experiment. Really, the better comparison is that he’s like a Power Ranger: The powers are just a tool for stopping evil. It’s the person using them that make them special.

#3 - James 'Logan' Howlett, AKA Wolverine

#3 – James ‘Logan’ Howlett, AKA Wolverine

ADAMANTIUM RAGE!!! 😛 What is it with badass berserker heroes with tragic back-stories repeatedly cropping up in everything I read, write, watch, and play? Logan, Raiden from Metal Gear, Guts from Berserk, and so on. But hey, they are successful as characters, and Logan is no exception. The biggest problem with Wolverine is how near-impossible it is for him to die. Kinda hurts the overall drama of some of his stories, since you know he’s damned near always gonna come out of situations without a scratch on him. Granted, as anyone who has watched the DEATH BATTLE between him and Raiden knows, don’t mean he’s ALWAYS gonna be okay. I just really hope that, when Old Man Logan takes his place in November, he doesn’t have the same near-invincibility.

#4 - Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel

#4 – Carol Danvers, AKA Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, she’s our hero, gonna take the villains down to ze-Wait, did I already do this joke? 😛 Anyway, I cannot believe I was not a Carol Danvers fan when I first wrote the 10 Favourite Marvel Superheroes. I can’t imagine a time anymore where I didn’t think she was awesome. And I have to give a huge thank you to Kelly Sue DeConnick for showing me just how amazing this character is. You will be greatly missed as the writer of her book going into the All-New, All-Different Marvel. Carol Corps 4 Life.

#5 - Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk

#5 – Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk

As I’ve stated before, take the Hulk, slim him down a bit, make him a brilliant lawyer, a bit more in control of himself, way more compassionate for people, and a gorgeous woman. The result is She-Hulk, and for those reasons I stated, I can’t help but prefer her to her more famous cousin. And frankly, I can’t think of anyone better suited to be the leader of the A-Force, and am so glad to see that the core six members of the team in Secret Wars will all be sticking together in the new Marvel Universe.

#6 - Prince Odinson, AKA Thor

#6 – Prince Odinson, AKA Thor

Whosoever lifts this hammer, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. And hoo boy, does this guy know how to use that power effectively. 😛 Mind you, he doesn’t have it anymore. And no disrespect to his successor, of course. I have no problem with Jane Foster, just the writing in how this whole scenario is playing itself out. Regardless, I find myself liking this Thor just the tiniest bit more. But hey, who knows what the future holds, right? I just hope they can find a way to appease fans of both Thors, ‘cuz so far, it ain’t happening.

#7 - Gwen Stacy, AKA Spider-Woman

#7 – Gwen Stacy, AKA Spider-Woman

I don’t know what exactly it is about this interpretation of the character, but I honestly think this version of Gwen Stacy is my favourite of all the now-officially-named Web Warriors. She’s badass, geeky, clever, and creative. She takes so much of what makes Peter Parker’s story work while still being fresh and new. What else can you say but…

Spider-Gwen, Spider-Gwen
Does it better than Spider-Men
Spins her threads to and fro
Nothin’ like this white widow
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Gwen

#8 - Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool

#8 – Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool

Yeah, ’bout time he got to me! I mean, I’m ME! Why waste time with the rest of these guys?! Fuck, I’ve been back from the grave more times than Wolverine, I’m the newest member of the Uncanny Avengers, and hey, I’ve got a movie coming out! No way I wouldn’t be on here after all that! After all, we all know ol’ Jygie likes to suck up to people in the spotlight!

Stop writing my articles, WADE!

Jeez, relax, JEFFERY! Getting kinda grumpy since you turned 30, huh? What, didn’t think you’d still be living with your parents this late into life?

Ugh, moving on!…

#9 - Anna Marie, AKA Rogue

#9 – Anna Marie, AKA Rogue

One of the best damned X-Men of all time, and a founding member of the Uncanny Avengers. Rogue is the classy southern belle who melts the hearts of men and women alike. However, piss her off, and not only is she more than capable of kicking your ass, but just touching you is enough to send you to the hospital. In other words, stay on her good side at all time.

You’re tellin’ me! I used to date her for a while, until she touched me, and left me aching for weeks. And not in the GOOD way, either…

GODDAMMIT, WADE!

#10 - Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow

#10 – Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow

I know for a fact that I’ve said this at least a hundred times, but I will continue to say it until it is no longer true: WHY THE HELL DOESN’T BLACK WIDOW HAVE HER OWN MOVIE?! Let’s look at her track record in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, shall we? She stole the show in Iron Man 2 (not that there was much of a show to steal, mind you), she stole Avengers, The Winter Soldier, and even Age of Ultron, where she was put in an out-of-nowhere relationship with Bruce and presented as someone who considers herself a monster, not for being an assassin but because she couldn’t have kids. Not to mention, her most recent solo series was basically a James Bond flick set in the Marvel Universe, and we all know how successful those movies have been. There is not a single character in the MCU that hasn’t had their own movie that deserves it more than Black Widow, PERIOD.

AAAANNND that’s it, everybody! Be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and I’ll see you all the next time Jyger wants to suck up to superheroes!

… … … … …I’mma kill him. -_-