2017 Geek-A-Long: Matter Eater Lad

If you follow the Spoiler Thread on Ravelry, you already know that I am unapologetically scraping the sides of the barrel of weird heroes this week. In the middle of the Geek-A-Long year, I usually treat myself to really obscure references. I’m into Golden and Silver Age references the way a hipster is into $24 glasses of micro-brew. It’s not that we actually believe it’s better, it’s just that it’s special and we’re all special for knowing to order it. Let’s all embrace our inner hero elitists and celebrate one of DC’s weirdest lads: Matter Eater…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Wolverine

Look, we could go into a whole long thing about Wolverine. He’s an amazing character with a rich backstory. But let’s be real, you can read the wiki if you want to. I’m here for Hugh Jackman. I’m pretty sure he secretly loves me. It seems logical anyhow, and should Kevin ever die tragically, he’ll be my next husband. Kevin and Hugh’s wife are ok with it, since we’ll wait an appropriate mourning period in the style of Gone With the Wind.

Ahem.

So…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Hawkgirl

My memory of Hawkgirl from cartoons like Justice League and Justice League Unlimited was that she was a fierce independent woman, who also happened to have a one true love reincarnated with her throughout time. Since superheros tend to have multiple origin stories as they evolve with the times, I didn’t want to just rely on what I knew of…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: The Guardian

Alpha Flight was the Canadian spin-off of X-Men, and it was the only way I learned anything about about that magical and mysterious land. Well, I guess that’s not completely true, I served in Americorps*VISTA in Burlington VT and got somewhat acquainted with the Quebec party scene, but I don’t really think that’s representative.

It was also the first Marvel comic to feature an openly gay hero. I read a lot of Alpha Flight and got into the soap opera style drama between these weird characters. I think…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Saturn Girl

I’m super excited that Mabel the Merciless is growing up in a world with some variety for female hero role models. Squirrel Girl is some diamond crusted role-model-goodness. Kamala Khan is defying stereotypes. Lumberjanes tell it like it is. Options were much more limited when I was growing up. So I think it’s worth taking a moment to acknowledge the criticism of some…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Ghost Rider

I don’t have a long-standing, emotional relationship with Ghost Rider. I like things that contain Nick Cage, but that’s pretty much the only exposure I’ve had to Ghost Rider before he showed up on Agents of SHIELD. So I called in a ringer this week, the fabulous Mr. Llama, to give Ghost Rider the fanboy love he deserves. See you next week!

Ghost Rider is awesome. His head is…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Martian Manhunter

Martian Manhunter, or J’onn J’onzz to his friends, made his debut in 1955 during the Silver Age of DC Comics. He’s green, he’s fabulous, and he’s here to make Earth a better place. Imagine if Superman had a more cro-magnon brow, no hair, green skin, and super sweet telepathy powers to go along with his super strength, you’d have Martian Manhunter.

Actually, J’onn has more than just super strength and telepathy. He also has the ability to shape-shift, invisibility, and telekinesis. Basically, he has…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Storm

I realize, obviously, that we’ve already honored X-men. They’ve shown up on every blanket except for 2016 (here, here, and here). I’m not even remotely sorry that you are seeing so much of them. They are the best. I’ve brought it up before, but have you watched X-Men: Evolution yet? I was SO into that show. I wish it would get a reboot.

And as long as I’m busy not apologizing for…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Red Tornado

Red Tornado, a member of the Justice League, is usually viewed as an emotionally distant android, but that wasn’t how the superhero started out. Red Tornado was originally the comic relief and a human woman named Ma Hunkel. She made her debut in the Golden Age of comics in 1939 as a superhero parody. She donned longjohns and put a sauce pan on her head to fight crime on the streets of New York. As Red Tornado, she was often mistaken for as a man, which was fine…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Hawkeye

Hiya, knitting and crochet nerds! Megan-Anne and I are at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival today. I am literally typing this at our cash register during the lunch lull! So, Megan-Anne’s husband emailed me some cool things about Hawkeye for you.

Take it away, Mr. Llama:

In the movies, Hawkeye is a sharpshooter and a family man who tries to keep his lives separate. He’s okay, but only when playing off of other characters. People say things like, “He’s doesn’t belong. He doesn’t have any super powers.” Well, neither does Batman. Hawkeye has immense skill and…

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