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(Not Quite) PIGS IN SPACE!!!

wok03-016No, the irony of using a title for this post the same week as “Star Trek” opens in the cinema isn’t lost on me, although the “Star Trek” reference might be a bit of a stretch. (Though I do love me some Muppets-style-Star-Trek references.)

Anyway, the picture to the side, complete with its stupid (stupidly AWESOME) “Scarface” reference is taken from Marvel’s “War of Kings” issue 3, out this week. Despite my complete and utter love for Marvel comics, I’ve never really gotten into their space-based stuff until recently: “Annihilation” and “Annihilation: Conquest” passed me by with little acknowledgement on my part, and I’m kind of regretting it now.

I started reading “War of Kings” thanks to X-Men: no surprise there, but some of the stuff happening in this is spinning out of Brubaker’s solo run on “Uncanny X-Men” and his “Deadly Genesis” mini-series, with the discovery of the third Summers’ brother, the man now known as Emperor Vulcan of the Shi’ar Empire. As Vulcan’s megalomania has increased, he’s set his sights on taking over the galaxy, and more importantly, hunting down the former Majestrix of the Shi’ar, Lilandra Neramani (who’s aligned herself with Vulcan’s brother Alex Summers and the rest of the Starjammers.)

Okay, so all this sounds really complicated and stupid, but…it’s really not! There’s a hell of a lot going on here that ties into some of my favourite comics and characters (remember, Carol Danvers even went on adventures with the Starjammers for a while) in the Marvel Universe, along with some well-written-and-crafted political-style shenanigans, intrigue and SPACE BATTLES. There’s some pretty big spoilers ‘neath the cut.

But anyway, the main reason for me waffling all about this is the breath-taking last panel: it’s just one simple line of dialogue, but coming from Kallark/Gladiator, it’s a real turnabout for the character, and really marks the end of the one thing that’s been a constant with Gladiator, namely his undying devotion to the Shi’ar Empire, regardless of who the leader is, and how crazy he (or she) might be. And they’ve sure had some crazies in their day…


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