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Last week I covered Night Man, a hero from the now defunct Malibu Comics’ Ultraverse line. Malibu was hardly the only comic publisher to try out a superhero line in the mid 90s. Dark Horse got involved with something they called “Comics Greatest World”. At a time when a single issue would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.25, Dark Horse offered weekly introductory comics for $1. Each week for four months, there would be a new issue continuing the storyline in one of four fictional cities, namely Arcadia, Golden City, Steel Harbor, and Cinnibar Flats. The last of those locations was where a mysterious Vortex had opened up after an alien scientist was caught doing advanced experiments in a place that humans were conducting simultaneous atomic bomb tests (oops). The Vortex caused weird mutations and eventually superpowers for select individuals. Now, granted, these $1 comics tended to be shorter than most comics, and when the regular line started for some of the featured characters, the prices went up, but as an introductory offer it was a good idea.
At any rate, each city had its own feel and distinctive characters. Golden City, run by the superhuman Grace, the most powerful human hero on Earth (and a woman, Jenny), was a veritable utopia of advanced science. Steel Harbor was a down-on-its luck blue color city with an industrial feel. Its best known resident was a woman named Barb Wire that appeared in a movie played by Pamela Anderson. Cinnibar Flats had sci-fi weirdness going on. And Arcadia, the first city featured, was a festering cesspool of corruption on every level. This place made Gotham City look like Disneyworld.
That was where the man called X decided to call the shots.
WARNING: This post contains very minor spoilers to Mad Max: Fury Road but significant spoilers to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Although Beyond Thunderdome is 30 years old, so if you haven’t seen it by now you may as well read this.
2015 is almost half done but Mad Max: Fury Road is shaping up to be the best movie of the year for geeks. Admittedly, there’s a strong contender come December (if you don’t know what I mean, check out our awesome Geek Calendar) but from my spoiler-free review and Tom’s review too it’s obvious that we all think Fury Road is shiny and glorious.
I left the theater after Fury Road amazed at what I’d seen. And a bit confused by something. It took me a while to pin it down, but ultimately it led me to reconsider the ending of Beyond Thunderdome in an interesting way. Did the third Mad Max film end in a completely different way than we thought for the past three decades? Read more after the break.
Okay, how cute and adorable are these Game Of Thrones LEGO characters made by Etsy shop Demon Bricks? I mean nothing is better than seeing tiny Daenerys Targaryen with her tiny dragons, in tiny LEGO form! And what’s better, is that there are also many other versions! Want to revel in the dynamic duo of Arya and the Hound? No problem! Want to stare all day at Jon Snow? Sure thing! Need Brienne of Tarth to guard your bedside table? Who doesn’t? See all the Game Of Throne LEGO characters after the break: