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Podicus Wrecks #75 – Logan Discussion

This week, we are discussing the Academy Award nominated Logan.  This is a spoiler-filled episode, as we run down the plot points of the movie and our opinions on them.  However, before doing that, we run through our impressions on the Venom, Deadpool 2, and Ant-Man and the Wasp trailers.

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Podicus Wrecks #74 – It’s the dawning of the Age of Apocalypse

This week, Jacob stops by to educate Anthony and I on the classic X-Men story Age of Apocalypse.  It has everything you want from a giant, alternate timeline crossover.  There are plenty of deaths.  Many X-Men are the opposite of how they normally, you know, because of it being an alternate timeline.  Often nonsensical story telling.  Plot points that you may not want to think about too long.  Epic moments.  You get the idea.  We then spend the last 13 minutes or so talking about this year’s Royal Rumble matches.

 

Wolverine Wednesdays – 1/31/2018: I Was Hoping You’d Choose Senseless Slaughter

If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that my all time favorite comic book character is Spider-Man. But after that, my second favorite is Wolverine. Now, some of you are probably saying “Wolverine? Everybody likes Wolverine. Why don’t you pick something more original?” to which I would reply “Shut your stupid face.” I don’t buy many physical comics these days; but Wolverine, amidst all of its various launches & relaunches is one of the two series that I’ll look for on the rare occasions I get the urge to search through the back issue bins, the other being The Amazing Spider-Man.

As I explained with the launch of my weekly Spider-Man column, I’m more than three years behind current Marvel continuity. However, just like Spidey, I’ve decided to just jump back into Wolverine books and ride it out from there. This will come out every Wednesday and cover the Wolverine related books that came out the previous week.

When I last left Wolverine, he was still alive. Well, he’s alive again, but we’ll get to that eventually. Let’s get started!

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Partial doesn’t count

Here’s something that really pisses me off.

partialIn this week’s X-Men: Blue #15, writer Cullen Bunn decides to have Kitty Pryde debut a brand new power working in “partial intangibility”.  At least it’s the first time I’ve ever seen her do it.

Okay, so Kitty Pryde’s power is intangibility, or “phasing” as she likes to call it.  Basically when she uses her ability, she becomes untouchable – like trying to grab a shadow.  There’s not really a scientific explanation for it, since it’s FICTION, so creators do their best to cover the bases that may be asked.  For instance, when Kitty phases, why doesn’t she simply fall straight down?  There are little rules set for each character that gives future creators a how-to on using these powers.

But sometimes, creators decide that characters should just do something because.  Like using Cyclops’s concussive force optic blast as a heat ray, for example.  Or Wolverine healing from a charred skeleton.  They think that something would be cool, so they throw it in, and there it goes.  Unfortunately, for nerds like me, when you start to accumulate all that a character can do with their abilities, it gets a bit much.  Instead of coming up with new things for the characters to do with their powers, they come up with new powers for their characters to do.  In that case, they might as well make a new character.

So let’s look at this “partial intangibility”.  I’m going to say that there’s not really a mid-point for it.  You’re either tangible or you’re intangible.  It’s being used as a means to cause discomfort for the person as Kitty phases through them.  Kind of like the effect her power has on electronics.  You want the villain to actually feel that something is moving through them, like swimming through water.  But that doesn’t really work.  You’re not actually going through the molecules of water when you swim.

Kitty’s powers have long been explained as needing crucial focus and concentration, because if she stops phasing whilst a part of her is within a solid object, that part of her would fuse with the object.  Painfully.  And probably messily.  So I would imagine that even if she could refine her phasing to a point where you can kind of, but not really feel her, the process of moving through you would leave your bodily organs in a damaged and non-working state.  And X-Men don’t kill.  Um…I think?

So when you think you need a moment where Kitty makes a move on a villain in battle, don’t try to reinvent the wheel, man.  Just have her phase through the guy, solidify her arm and bop him in the mush.  You’d make nerds like me a lot happier.

EDIT!!!: Commenter SGCEO pointed out that if Kitty was in a partially-tangible phase and rammed into a solid being, she would be the water in my analogy.  That makes sense – she would basically just splat around the guy.  It’s a having your cake and eating it too kind of thing.  You can’t have it both ways.

Podicus Wrecks #43 – On the Path of the Beam part 5 – Wolves of the Calla

In this week’s episode, we’re focusing on book 5 of The Dark Tower series, Wolves of the Calla.  But before that, we’re spending a little bit of time talking about some games that caught our attention at E3, and Maggott is featured in “Better Know an X-Man.”