Heroes: The Wonder Twins~Underrated

If you’re not a big comic reader or a superhero fan, you may not be familiar with the Wonder Twins. Within the world of DC, they are an extraterrestrial duo who have the ability to transform whenever they come into physical contact and shout, “Wonder Twin powers activate!” Jayna can transform into the shape of any animal (real, mythical, or alien), and Zan can change into the form of anything . . . water. I’m not joking. He often has to be carried in a bucket, but he can also transform into an ice monster. Oh, and they also have a blue space monkey named Gleek.

Like Harley Quinn, the twins did not originate in the pages of the comics, but were first created by the animators of The Flinstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, and many, many others–Hanna-Barbera. The twins were first featured in their cartoons, before eventually being adopted into the DC universe.

Though the twins taught some good morals, and saved many young people in their shows, there’s a reason why they’re not as popular now. And that is, compared to other heroes, such as Superman or Batman, they’re pretty lame. They can still be spotted here and there, such as in an episode of Teen Titans Go!I, but unless they get a major upgrade, they probably won’t become as mainstream as the League, or shake off their reputation of being a joke. Continue reading

‘X-Men Apocalypse’ Keeps a Religious Balance

z_0Back in December, when the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse was released, I posted a negative opinion of the film, which is why it took some convincing from a mentor of mine who saw the movie first to go see it for myself. The film itself is pretty good, though there are still many plot holes in the X-Men cinematic universe which this movie only adds too, but the special effects, action, and some of its themes were enjoyable. I am definitely more pleased with it than the trailer. As my mentor pointed out there is a religious balance within this film. Yes, there is still the line which suggests the Four Horsemen may have not been inspired by the Bible, and Apocalypse himself still claims to be a god. However, I was pleased when Apocalypse does refer to himself as a god, he uses the title ‘Elohim’ instead of ‘Yahweh’ (which had been used in the trailer). Though the claim is still blasphemy, which is made by the villain of the film, it is not as severe, for Elohim is the generic word for God in Hebrew while Yahweh is His divine/personal name. Xavier himself calls Apocalypse out on this claim, “You’re just another false god.” Continue reading

Heroes: Ant-Man~Never too small

AntMan06On July 17, a tiny hero busted into theaters; however, as of September 15, his movie has made over $395,051,488 in box office ticket sales worldwide. Like everyone else, I had my doubts if Marvel was going to pull off making a decent movie of a man who can shrink and talk to ants; however, I was pleasantly surprised, for Ant-Man over night became one of my favorite Marvel movies, though I do wish that the cussing level in it was toned down.

This tiny hero proved that there is no size when fighting evil. That even the smallest things, ant-size–atomic-size, can make a difference. You think that we would have learned this lesson by now, with role models such as the short Jedi master, Yoda, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?,” the small Hobbits who saved Middle Earth, and petite David who took down the mighty Goliath, yet tis easy for us to forget, and doubt, and so we constantly need reminded. Continue reading

Our Big Hero

I should have noticed this myself, yet I didn’t. You see, I wish I could take credit for this blog; however, the idea came to me from a friend of mine, Jackson Shamblin.

In Big Hero 6, there is a lovable, marshmallow robot named Baymax. Baymax had been created by Tadashi Hamada, as a healthcare providing robot nurse. “You’re going to help a lot of people,” was Tadashi’s dream.

There is one, who is like Baymax. He had been sent to this earth as a physician, but not just a physician, the Great Physician–Jesus. Continue reading

The Pantheon of Justice

Greek mythology plays an important role in the DC universe. It is crucial in the Wonder Women storylines, it is seen in CW’s new Flash series, with the bronze depiction of the Greek gods featured in the PD’s office; and it is even present in the Justice League itself, for there are parallels between members of the League and the pantheon of Olympus [+Hades].

(I know there are many who have already made this comparison; however, I wanted to share my opinion, with ‘The Pantheon of Justice’.)

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Heroes: Spider-man~Spinnin’ Webs

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Does whatever a spider can
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Look Out!
Here comes the Spider-man.

 

New York City, is not the only place full of webs. For you see, your “friendly neighborhood Spider-man” is not the only one who spins them. You–each of us, every person is spinnin’, spinnin’ webs.

 

No two webs are the same, each are unique. As we go about our daily lives each day–walking down the road, texting a friend to ‘hang out,’ going to the grocery store to pick up a gallon of milk–we’re spinnin’, spinnin’, spinning webs: family, work, school–each a thread that we weave into our intricate design. Everything is connected in our life, a strand of silk that has become a part of our web.

 

But as we’re spinnin’, spinnin’ our webs–they are not always so easy to control, are they? Some are too intricate, too many strands which trip us up and tangle us. Some of our webs are too big and we catch too many flies within them, or too small and we catch too few. Some of us are maybe even weaving a destructive web, a web of lies, which wastes silk and becomes too much of a maintenance to control.

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Heroes: The Flash~You Can’t Outrun Everything (Barry Allen)

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“It doesn’t matter if you’re the slowest kid in gym class or the fastest man alive, every one of us is running. Being alive means running. Running from something, running to something, or someone. And no matter how fast you are, there are some things you can’t outrun. Some things always manage to catch up with you.”–Barry Allen (“The Flash” Season 1, Episode 3 “Things You Can’t Outrun”)

The Flash, is “the fastest man alive,” able to reach speeds greater than 300 mph–able to be fast enough to break the sound barrier–break the time barrier! and yet, even he admits that there are some things that he can’t outrun. “I should have been faster.”

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Heroes: Hulk~The Monster Within

angry_green_eyed_hulk_wallpaper_-_800x600I feel it deep within,

Bruce Banner was a physicist for the United States Defense Department, involved with an experiment involving gamma radiation—

It’s just beneath the skin,

When something went terribly wrong!

I must confess that I feel like a—”

An accident exposed Bruce to the gamma radiation—not creating a “monster”, but exposing the monster underneath.—

The monster within each of us.

“I, I feel like a monster

I, I feel like a monster!(Skillet) Continue reading