2017 Geek-A-Long: Loki

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t this year all about superheroes? Loki is a villain in the Marvel Universe, not a superhero. Which is exactly what I said when he was nominated during our Fight For Your Fandom event last winter. His nomination came under scrutiny, and instead of telling you about Loki, who you should already be aware of by now if you’ve seen any of the Thor movies or The Avengers, I’m going to share the exchange the chain of events that ended with Loki making a glorious…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: The Atom

Before Marvel released the Ant-Man movie two summers ago, The Atom was the best-known shrinking superhero. He made his debut in a 1961 issue of DC’s comic anthology, Showcase, like a lot of other heroes we love like the silver age Flash and Green Lantern. The Atom, also know as Ray Palmer, possesses the power to alter his size down to a subatomic level and still keep his natural strength level. In the comics, this was accomplished by…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Ms. Marvel

It’s easy for legacy heroes to be younger, hipper copies of their older counterparts. Think The Flash. They inherit or adopt the name and attributes of the original. Usually they’re family somehow. It almost never happens that a legacy hero has entirely different powers, and it’s rare form them to not already be an established side character like Wally West. And it’s even more rare that any hero be given an origin that involves protecting New Jersey. This is only a part of what…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Green Lantern

Sure we all know about Hal Jordan, the test pilot gifted with a magic ring that can create whatever he wishes and is useless against the color yellow. There is a Ryan Reynolds movie about him. It is a bad movie. Seriously, don’t waste your time. Just watch Deadpool twice. Anyhow, although Hal is the best known Lantern, he is the least interesting of Green Lanterns.

I don’t care too much about Guy Gardner, who answers the question, “What if Green Lantern was a complete…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Jessica Jones

Megan-Anne and I are back from our week-long craziness. First, we drove from Philadelphia to Columbus, Ohio to check out the summer TNNA show. We caught up with people and found some cool new stuff to put into our SOCK Club and GAL Guild boxes. Then, we drove up to Indiana to visit family and spent a few days helping our baby sister pack for her move to Philadelphia. I’m so excited to officially have her here! She’ll be living with my husband and me until she gets on her feet. Our respective cats aren’t exactly…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Raven

Raven is the dark and sarcastic member of the Teen Titans, but you would be too if your mother was seduced into a demon cult and then raped by an interdimensional demon, making your father the super evil Trigon. Luckily, Raven grew up in an alternate dimension and learned how to control her “emotions” (aka her demon side) from the pacifists of Azarath.

Raven is an empath, able to sense and alter other peoples emotions. She can even absorb the pain of others into herself and rapidly heal them. Her other…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Deadpool

It’s been a crazy 24 hours. Jac and our little sister, Alena, got in a car accident yesterday. Everyone one is OK, but the car is messed up and they are still shook up by it. We had planned on being at TNNA next Sunday, but since the car we would have driven there is just this side of totaled, we aren’t sure if we’ll still make the trip.

Jac hit her cheekbone on the steering wheel. Luckily, she had been looking at Alena when the woman slammed into them and pushed them through the intersection into another car, or…

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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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