Most would probably say that Doctor Doom is the best villainous doctor in comics. I’d go one step further and say that he’s the best VILLAIN in comics. Sure, you’ve got your Magnetos and your Galactuses… Galacti? But Magneto can’t make up his mind about what side he’s on, plus he’s kind of got a point about humans. And Galactus? That guy’s not even doing anything wrong, he’s a force of nature in a dumb hat.
Celebrating the release of Secret Wars #3 today I thought we’d feature the cover. All 8 issues of the series have their main covers done by Alex Ross with (surprise, surprise) tons of other variants from different artists. The story itself in the first two issues has proved to be very interesting, presenting a Marvel universe mash up of insane proportions.
This cover though brings that mash up front and center. We have our heroes on the left and the evil cabal on the right with both the regular universe’s Reed Richards as well as the Ultimate universe Reed (now known as The Maker) front and center. A mirrored version of each other, no doubt paying tribute to how important both versions of this character will play during this event.
Will the rest of the series live up to the hype? It’s impossible to say, so let’s just take a minute to admire the cover instead.
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Today’s beard spotlight is not on one particular beard, but rather a subspecies of beard. I call it Beardicus Futuristica; The future beard. This is the phenomenon in fiction, particularly science fiction, of showing that a great deal of time has passed by giving a character a beard. It is especially popular in comic books and comic books are especially popular with me, but here are some of my favorites from all kinds of media.
SUPERMAN (KINGDOM COME)
REED RICHARDS (EARTH X)
BATMAN (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)
FUTURE BILL AND TED
The future beard is such a common bit of costume design that, as a child, I imagined my adult self as basically a taller version of my child self with a golden beard. I honestly did not see the male pattern baldness coming.
See you in the FUTURE as we continue this Novembeard celebration tomorrow!
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