Thursday, November 21, 2019

Darth Vader Vs. Brainiac

After The Last Jedi, I lost a lot of enthusiasm for Star Wars.  I am hoping that JJ Abrams can redeem it somewhat with The Rise of Skywalker, but he's got his work cut out for him.  The Mandalorian on Disney+, however, has been a lot of fun so far.  I really enjoyed the first two episodes, the story is relatively simple while expanding the Star Wars world in enjoyable ways.  The special effects have had a few dodgy moments, but pretty impressive for TV so far.  Let's hope the show can maintain its quality for a nice long run.


Anonymous and Proud of it! said...

Ross, use the Brainiac from Convergence mini series. Better pair.

AirDave said...

I have a couple problems with The Last Jedi. The first is that it continues a theme of weakness and near cowardice of the Jedi. I get that Ben and Yoda had to go into hiding when all of the other Jedi were eliminated by the Emperor and the Sith. But Luke's fear, was just irritating. And then, what was that at the end? Did he [SPOILER ALERT] at the end?

Mickey said...

Ross, I first would like to compliment you on this five part series that finished yesterday. I think that the stories that could be told across those issues would be fun to read. Dr. Doom has always been my favorite villain in all of comics/sci-fi/adventure. Moreover, as a political junkie, I like where the potential political implications might go in these stories.

Second, Brainiac and Vader have also been in my top favorites. So, today's cover is intriguing to me as well. I wonder if the actual story line would likewise feature Luke Skywalker and Superman.

As always, you have provided amazing covers that give stories that I would love to see published. We fans are about due for another DC/Marvel crossover, but alas, I do not foresee it in the near future. Nonetheless, I appreciate that I can look on my computer everyday and find another cover from you. Thank you for what you do.

Ross said...

Thank you, Mickey!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of what Data's "twin" Lore did with the Borg.

Carycomic said...

I, myself, enjoyed TLJ for the most part. My only complaint (which is admittedly more of a nitpick) was the climactic battle scene. Too reminiscent of the Battle of Hoth!

As for the Jedi being made to seem cowardly? I chalk that up to plain old--yet highly understandable--overcompensation. I mean, think about it! They kept the Old Republic in existence for 25,000 years. So, it stands to reason, a lot of people might start to regard them as virtually infallible.

Especially, some of the Jedi, themselves.

Yet, even more people began to regard them as acting high-and-mighty. Like they were too good to associate with the general public of the galaxy. And that, too, is mostly the Jedi's own fault! Based on their mistaken belief that positive and negative emotions could be surgically separated like conjoined twins. Whereas emotions like love and hate are as permanently intertwined as light and shadow.

Luke Skywalker thought he could be revive the Jedi Order for the New Republic based on this 20/20 hindsight combined with his own experiences. Yet, he, too, was still only human. So, he wound up overestimating just how much he could control the seductive appeal of the Dark Side of the Force on some of his own students. Namely; his own nephew!

So, a self-styled Jedi Master who has to overcome what Han Solo might call "blaster shyness" is not only perfectly plausible. But, also (as far as I'm permanently concerned) quite refreshing.

Bob Greenwade said...

I rather enjoyed The Last Jedi. It was okay rather than great; it was worth the matinee ticket price, but just barely. The Rise of Skywalker will probably also be a second-Wednesday matinee for me.

I haven't yet gotten my Disney+ subscription, and it's not likely to happen before February. (Same story with DC Universe, BTW.) I do hope to have it in time to binge WandaVision before Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, though. Of course I do want to see The Mandalorian and other Star Wars-related shows as well (and I'm not neglecting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or other MCU shows, either).

With today's story, I can imagine Vader turning the tables on Brainiac, with the latter converting to his Silver Age appearance as a green-skinned android.

PAJAMAdog said...

Genius as always

Anonymous said...

It occurs to me, Ross, that this would've made a perfect part six to your most recent epic! Submitted for your approval; a scenario where Doom's time-traveling reveals an alternate time-line in which Brainiac 2.0 took over the second Death Star with the help of Darth Vader.

Unfortunately, their next target is Earth-STF, itself! How to prevent this?

Destroy it using the anti-metal metal known as Antarctic vibranium, of course. Unfortunately, that particular metallic ore is safeguarded by a forcefield of Apokoliptan origin (see STF #2679)! So, Doom's next best solution? Use a breeder reactor to turn Wakandan vibranium into the Antarctic variety.

Hence, the convoluted plan to have Wakanda declare war on Markovia. Just a massive diversion so Doom's minions can hijack a vast quantity of Wakandan vibranium relatively unopposed!

Anonymous said...

Btw, Ross: you have STF #2679 erroneously listed as #2769!

Carycomic said...

@Anon2PM: Darkseid probably hid out in the Savage Land after Vader got the drop on the rest of the Overlords in STF #2490. But, if the latter is a prequel to STF #1009, then Doom's five-part machinations were ultimately for naught (as Thor might say)!

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