Just another entry that makes me feel less guilty knowing I haven’t post something on my blog he he.
Hope this could cheer people who read this he he.
Looking through my figures collection, I realize that I have a softest spot for three characters, Batman, Spider-Man & Cyclops. Head to head the character diminish into 2 characters, Batman & Spider-Man. Then I realize that these two characters are the guilty parties that make me falling in love with comics in the first place (even until today!). So, out of nowhere I just thinking, which one is better? I know it is pointless to ask something like this (it could starts a brawl if I post this in of the threads on net), but somehow I just wondering why I was so fond of these two & to find out why I willing to find out, somehow I travel into these area of which one is better between the two.
Let’s get the facts straight, in raw power there’s no way Batman could beat the
enhanced physic of Spider-Man, maybe if Batman could surprise him…but there’s not what I want to compares, but in terms of popularity Batman rules! No contest here. Batman has always been everyone favorite, even in Marvel Universe (check some image of how Spidey itself is a big fan of Batman here). As a kid, I don’t have a role model, let’s just say that my parents aren’t the best character that I could look up to. So my role model is comic book character, X-Men taught me about family (dysfunctional as it is) & accepting the difference between us, other heroes taught me how to holds to your value, pride & dignity but Batman & Spider-Man? They are special, they are my role model that taught me how to live my so called life (though I can’t say I live a good life he he).
Back to the question, which one is better? Let’s start with the origin, what drives them to be super hero. Batman, or Bruce Wayne, becomes the Batman early while he stills a kid. Some robber killed his parent in front of his eyes while he can’t do a thing about it. There he made a pledge, an oath that he will fight crime, he will punish the guilty. Thus he became the Batman later on. Peter Parker becomes Spidey when he was a teenager. He got bit by radio-active spider & he gained enhanced physic & spider ability & agility. He doesn’t become super hero at first, he abuse the gift of power for his own gain. He became a wrestler, collecting money. He become hero cuz he had to learn the hard way, his uncle killed & some share of mistakes is because of him. After lost his uncle he pledge to use his gift for the good of mankind, he learns his uncle word “with great power comes great responsibility”.
The origin itself is tricky. Batman or Bruce becomes Batman in early age while he still has his purity (though personally I think a child is time bomb, he can either be pure good or pure evil depends on the circumstances). His early age also his weakness. He only has one goal & one goal only, avenge his parent’s death with becoming a crime fighter, a vigilante. Simple & plain, as if he never had any other option (besides to walk away & deny everything ever happens). Peter Parker on the other hand, he already a teenager when he gains his power. Just like every other teenager, he abuse his power, he have fun. Hell, he doesn’t even know what to do with its power. His Uncle Ben told him “with great power comes great responsibility” but he had to learn it the hard way, with his uncle death he knew he have to use his power, his gift, his curse for greater good.
I know that sometimes (most of the time) we could strayed from our path, lost & don’t know what to do. The two heroes showed me that sometimes it’s OK to make mistakes, its part of the learning curve, it’s a rite of passage. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s normal, but if we make the same mistake twice, it is a choice, that even we have to take sometimes (like trust someone or make a wrong decision). What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger, or even will try to kill you again so deal with it (OK, this is wrong & only Batman deals with this, Spidey probably just forgive & forget)!
So far the two heroes share the same ideal right? Well Spider-man is more relate-able since he is not rich (unlike Batman), he was born under a bad sign (though Batman also share some hard-time, but at least he is rich) & society hates him (Batman is being feared & respected at the very least, Batman was considered as vigilante while Spidey is a menace). Then came the moment of truth, Batman is too tough, too cool, too awesome to be relate-able, he is like the best anti-social person can be, perfection by definition (for me at least ^_^). Almost as inspiring as Superman for some. Spider-Man? Like I say, he is one of us.
Peter is a genius, like Batman, but he never fully utilizes or maximizes his brain.
If Batman first action is to exploit enemy weakness, Spider-Man is relying heavily on random attack & insult. Spidey is notorious for his hobby to make fun of everything, including his life & that’s why we all love him ^_^. Spidey always crack a joke, even in the most inappropriate time. Spidey is more down to earth guy that we all can relate. I mean, when we face super villain, can we just use our head? I think we must be out of our head, freaked out, panic. That’s why Spidey can’t use his brain he he. Great example is when Spidey face The Unstoppable Juggernaut. Sure he’s not the strongest, the fastest, or even the smartest, but his combination of will power and resiliency wins the day (Batman also, but we’re talk about Spidey at the moment ^_^).
Oh, Spidey is also more optimistic than Batman, that’s for sure (though this also makes Spidey more kid friendly). But this traits also what makes him more relate-able than Batman. Batman grim tone & dark atmosphere is so…dark it makes him a very noir, grim that makes him really fits the role of lone wolf (though Bat family is getting more bigger these days). Yes Batman is makes me believe that “if Batman can make it through the day, my problem ain’t shit compares to him” but sometime the darkness is too thick for us mere mortal, that’s when Spidey shines. Spidey taught me to see the bright thing in every dark event, though Bat-Spidey combo makes me “for a pessimist I’m quite optimist” he he.
With all the facts, I cant’ believe I said this, Spider-Man is actually a better character than Batman. We can relate to him, he have this underdog persona & to sum it all, he is one of us, he made me believe that what matter most is that who we choose to be (or strive to be, well Batman also taught me that), rather than what we are or we used to be & he also more grounder, down to earth & lovable, plus he is more optimistic & see there’s always rainbow after rain & sometimes it’s OK to hope for the best (Batman is more expect the worse while the best thing, that if it ever happens, is a plus, a reward for the preparation). Another win for Marvel against DC for me he he (I still can’t believe I state that someone can actually better than the God damn Batman!!!).
It’s been a while since my last blog, been busy doing nothing ha ha. So I guess I just fill my blog with another stupid gibberish blog ha ha. If anyone read my blog probably know my habit to fill my blog with edited picture every time I don’t know what to write he he. Sadly this is exactly one of that time ha ha.
I’m one of Batman biggest fan ever, but that doesn’t mean I forbid myself to making fun out of him he he.
So, here I am again with nothing to write. So I guess i just try to excite myself with trying to be funny while watching some random image on the web. These images are not mine, I “borrowed” them just for fun, I hope no one will find it breach of intellectual property rights or something.
So, enjoy he he:
Start with how good a quality of Jeans that it can’t be torn even with strengths of many men.
Some toy story he he
Some image from my favorite past time, comic, video game and movie he he
Hope U guys enjoy it he he
Any of U happens to read Avenger VS X Men? Well, to make it short, it’s a continuation Marvel event called House of M, where in that event the population of mutant is “stopped” due to the magic of scarlet witch. This event made mutant population puts into brink of extinction with no mutant birth or appears after that event. In Marvel Universe mutant is a species that being hated, feared, even brutally hunted & killed. No wonder this is the hard time for X Men. Then Cyclops get some info from his son from the future that phoenix force, ancient notorious power that will restore the chaos caused by Scarlet Witch & made mutant population back to where it belong (the next evolution of mankind) but Avenger disapprove this (knowing how dangerous the phoenix) & then war between Avenger & X Men takes place that ends with Cyclops being the villain.
The story arc create an uproar for Cyclops fans, like me, whose think that the evolution of Cyclops is only for the sake of reboot or stop status quo for Marvel Universe to get to the next stage. At least Cyclops character gets the attention, or spotlight with Captain America as the new douche. Since my anger upon the evolution of Cyclops is not in the level of mad, I’M FURIOUS!!!! So I guess I just break down why I was mad by everyone, including U, yes U, I blame U, I even blame your monkey or even your God if we have different faith for how such a decent character (in such indecent time or world in Marvel Universe) like Cyclops falls from grace just so U guys can have a progress whatsoever.
Cyclops A.K.A. Scott Summer is not you typical leader that usually confident, strong or someone to look upon for
guidance or advice. Cyclops is insecure, full of doubt, quiet, shy, introvert person. Nevertheless, he was elected by Charles Xavier to lead the X Men. He is the first mutant recruited by Charles, making him the first X Men, also Charles most accomplished student (for that time). Most people said that Cyclops doubtful nature came from the fact that he can’t control his power, his concussive eye beam (he needs to always wear ruby quart glasses in order to contain the beam) & he is afraid that he will accidentally or not, hurt others.
Cyclops has always been the nice guy, always been the punching bag for others while jerk like Wolverine do anything he wants, Iceman having fun or the girl he loves Jean
Grey flirting with Wolverine. He constantly being bullied by his teammates or to say the least, he is the one who clean the mess causes by others. Most of U probably asking how come this incompetent guy become X Men field leader all this time. Well, Cuz he has to, not like he wants to. It is his role to be the field leader but also the washed out of the team. He even defined by his relationship with Marvel girl rather than himself as character. Hell, he even considered as teacher’s pet cuz his intimate relationship with Prof. X (though this is due the fact that Cyclops considered Prof. X as father figure, the one to be referred to, while Prof. X considers him as his son/first & most loyal student).
U probably thinks why the hell this guy (me) so mad at the fact Marvel makes Cyclops the biggest villain in Marvel Universe (at the same level of Magneto, Thanos, etc). The answer is, just like other people who become Cyclops fan, we admire or can relate to this guy & we felt that Marvel makes him the villain just for the sake of the Marvel Universe to move one into something. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like we worship such incompetent character. He evolved from incompetent guy into the leader mutant race needed, though not deserved (not cuz he also wear glasses like me, but that kinda helps though ^_^).
Like I mention before, mutant population is in the brink of extinction while Prof. X presumably died (at one time) & Magneto
missing in action (he lost his power). Cyclops steps forward & took over Prof. X’s school & creating shelter for mutants (decision that not everyone happy with, but at that time nobody wants to take this kinda responsibility). Mutant doesn’t accepted anywhere or by anyone. So Cyclops created a new country, Utopia, from asteroid that used to be Magneto HQ, for every mutant to come & join, where X Men once greatest foe even Magneto joins(he got his power back) & despite everyone rejection, including Prof. X (he is back from dead anyway).
This is where Cyclops evolution started to be “twisted” while his fans splits into love or hate this new Cyclops. He become ruthless (create a team consist of Wolverine, Psylocke, Warpath, even Deadpool & other wild, dangerous mutant specifically to killed & wiped mutant enemy that cannot be reasoned with), cunning (he have many options for every event though the one he chose usually controversial), dictator like (to the point Magneto even questioning his method). Marvel really evolved him for something (every fans knowing that this will either be something good or bad). After Prof. X returns & the revelation of Prof. X mind-wiped X Men about the fact that Prof. X decided to left Cyclops brother to death (later on his brother survive & back with vengeance) from their first mission. Cyclops feel betrayed & expelled Prof. X from his school (bad-ass!).
Cyclops bad-ass-ery really begin to raise uneasy to his team-mate, specifically Beast (that left Utopia cuz he displeased with Cyclops decision to create special shadow force of killing machine, while later on he joins that team. Beast is known for his hypocrisy anyway) & Wolverine cuz he displeased with the way Cyclops treats everyone as a soldier to the point that it is OK to killed for survival (weird cuz Wolverine known for his bad-ass-ery to killed, slain & other method. I mean, he is the best for what he does & what he does ain’t pretty but he has double standard for children? C’mon). Wolverine even splits X Men into two parties. One stays with Cyclops with the new X-tinction Team consist of big hitter mutant to prove that X Men is earth mightiest heroes (not Avenger) while the other stays with Wolverine for the new school for mutant. Weird that somehow Wolverine & Cyclops seems to switch side he he.
Then came Avenger vs X Men. Cyclops decided to guard Hope, the mutant messiah to become Phoenix force
host, moves that Avenger didn’t approve (even Wolverine also approve that they should kill Hope, this is the way mutant headmaster act after he splits X Men into 2?). Due to the disturbance, Phoenix force inhabits Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus & magic rather than Hope. The X Men won & make the world a better place, no war, peace, etc in exchange of the world didn’t bother the mutant race. But Avenger has to kidnap Hope to get the phoenix force to inhabit Hope (X Men plan in the first place). Avenger act to kidnap Hope made the phoenix furious & commits act of God (destruction upon earth). Long story short, Cyclops was beaten (though he also tried to stop the phoenix too). He was being prisoner, even mocked by Wolverine (dude, if U wanna start counting body count, I bet Wolverine still the winner in this contest). Oh, this arc also made Cyclops killed Prof. X, his father figure. I don’t know how low Marvel can make him just for the sake that Marvel Universe to be interesting again. I mean, Cyclops lost his love like many times (he watch his love Jean Grey died more than once, she was bearer of Phoenix force anyway), lost his son (Cable presumably died) twice (first time is when he had to leave his child on the future for survive), I mean how many tortured can a guy take? One thing that made me proud of him is the fact that despite of what everyone think of him, he sticks to what he believe that his goal with Phoenix force is to ensure the existence of mutant (mutant population is restored, new mutant are born) and if he was put on the same situation again, he would do it all over again (become Marvel villain, fight the whole Marvel Universe) if mutant population is saved.
Fate of Cyclops? At the very moment he become punching bag for everyone. Scape goat & tortured just for the fun of it. Probably cuz he is only a mutant so he didn’t get “royal” treatment like any other villain that captured and treated well in S.H.I.E.L.D. base or in the raft.
I admit that he is the gateway to something, well interesting, I mean this is new age for mutants (though mutant will be hunted &
feared again). At least Avenger will recruit more mutant but to treat Cyclops the way it is? Shame on U Marvel, blame all of U. I said it once & I said it again, I blame U, and I even blame your monkey or even your God to make Cyclops such a villain. My finger crossed that Cyclops will be a complete bad ass when he escape (or maybe released) from prison. Well there’s a sneak peek that Cyclops escape from prison & boy he is furious (as we all did). Cyclops never looked so this mad & cool ha ha. Show them that U R top dog of Marvel Universe.
Well, Marvel comic recently released a teaser of awesome, supposedly, crossover between Avenger and X-Men, entitled, Avenger vs X-Men. So, if U’r not excited, either U’r not a comic fan or Ur a jaded comic fan. Let’s consider Ur a jaded comic fan, like me ^_^. Anyway, experience told us that most of any crossover is only some lame attempt from publisher to dig some money from reader.
Knowing that, I wonder why I still have some spark of anticipation for this. Well, maybe cuz I love X-Men I think anyone who considered themselves as freak, misfit, or any form of less sociable person could relate to bunch of people who just tried to live & protect the world that hates & scares them. I dare to say I love X-Men (with Wolverine as exception, he is overrated). Why they fight? We don’t care as long as it cool & awesome! Style over substance is the idea ha ha ha.
To make it more cool, now X-Men is split into 2 parties, one with Cyclops in Utopia, harboring their heavy hitters such as Magneto (yup the once arc-enemy now joining Cyclops), Namor (The prince of Atlantean who could withstand Hulk on a fistfight), Colossus (infused with Juggernaut power now & appetite for destruction. COOL!!!), Hope Summer (probably have the same power as Phoenix) & others (C’mon, even as individual these are the best in the business). Other party is with Wolverine who now become headmaster of Jean Grey School for gifted children with regular X-Men such as Iceman, Beast (the hypocrite who choose sides with the Avenger rather than fight along other mutant when Utopia under attack), etc. Bottom-line, today’s X-Men are kick-ass & probably the world strongest team (especially Cyclops team, the X-tinction).
The Avenger? Well, U guys probably already know (this year movie adaptation will released also anyway). What makes it compelling, Wolverine & Beast is an Avenger! So the battle will be interesting. So here is the first teaser which give all comic fans what they wanted, Cyclops team vs Avenger. Check it out.
But then Marvel release another teaser, which somehow makes all comic fans scratching their head, cuz not only all X-Men includes in the battle (Wolverine team such as himself & Beast, even Iceman, Gambit, Rogue, etc) even Wolverine & Beast switch to Cyclops side! This is dumb!!! Where’s the continuity? The…I don’t know what but something is really stupid here I can’t exactly point what cuz it’s so wrong in any level of the terminology of wrong. Even Hulk (the green one), Spiderman & The Thing is joining Avenger (in case U didn’t know, since Johnny Storm A.K.A. Human Torch presumably dead, Spiderman & Doctor Doom is joined the Future Foundation, some replacement of Fantastic Four). Even the match-up is stupid, how come Emma Frost vs Hulk & Colossus fought The Thing? Hell, even Cyclops fought Hawkeye & guess who fought Captain America? Wolverine!! Dumb.
Good thing is, Marvel then released the promotional cover for it & boy did we just relieve by it ha ha. This is what we want, Cyclops team vs the newest Avenger roster (including the overrated Wolvie & that hypocrite Beast ha ha). So, just give me some good brawl & results, bet all comic fans wont complaint.
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