Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why The Fantastic Four is so Good for our Culture

Lex Luthor.  Doc Ock.  Red Skull.  The Joker.  Brainiac.  Dr. Doom.  Seeing a pattern?  Actually there are two.  The amazingly brilliant individual who is also an insane egomaniac intent on controlling the world.  It’s a part of our culture, this … Continue reading

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The Incredible Reboot

Strength:  In excess of 100 tons; abilities, accelerated healing, superhuman strength, durability, and speed.  The general storyline (there have been so many versions) is that of a scientist doing experiments with gamma radiation and getting a lethal dose and surviving. … Continue reading

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Levels of Intelligence in Science Fiction and Fantasy

When George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry created their universes, they did at least one thing in common that was close-minded – they gave them an entire galaxy populated by races of basically the same level of intelligence.  Marvel, DC, Herbert, … Continue reading

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A Yoda Origin Story?

When Disney purchased Star Wars, they promised spin-off movies to accompany the long-awaited third trilogy.  And among the potential subjects mentioned has been the inimitable Yoda.  So, I have a simple idea.  How about an origin story?  Now I know … Continue reading

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Apocalypse

Perhaps a little over the top, but his name is apt.  Apocalypse is capable of changing or erasing everything that we know in the universe – history, culture, even people.  He truly is capable of apocalyptic accomplishments. What makes him … Continue reading

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The Reasoning Behind Superpowers

Comic book characters, any fictional character with abilities that go beyond human, are modern society’s mythology.  Each one of them have distinct abilities and flaws, their stories change to fit the times, but the names and their characters survive.  So … Continue reading

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