Up, up and…hit the Ceiling

This post is about superheroes. I know, it’s a shallow subject. But we’ve got some serious issues with superheroes that need some fixing, or at least clarification. Actually, I’m going to address three superhero problems.

First of all, why can’t DC and Marvel fans coexist?

Comic-Book-Coexist-StickerI’ve had way too many arguments about who’s better and such. Let’s just except that Marvel get’s points for the Avengers, and DC points for Batman. Once, I wore Ironman gloves with my Batman shirt. I was almost murdered by die-hard superhero purists. I love Superman, Spider-man’s costume is a disgrace to Marvel, and Loki is the bomb. What I don’t understand is how Wonder Woman and Spider-man lived in Brooklyn at the same time without having an all-out battle to defend the pride of their Marvel/DC labels.

Marvel is more lighthearted, yet has more sex.

DC is a lot darker, and more violent.

Superheroes rock. Who cares who made them.


 

Second Superhero issue. The Costumes.

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1215864-christreevesup6 Underwear on the outside. Yeah.

avengers_hawkeye_by_sean_izaakse-d4slzug He’s purple.

Batman Again with the underwear. And he’s got bat ears.

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774675-robin_2_color His costume is so bad that my computer revolted against the previous two images I found.

I would have done some pics. of the female superheroes, but that was a bit R-rated. Just, She-Hulk and Powergirl. (cringe)


 

Third superhero issue. Superhero comics/movies are probably the most sexist thing out there.

Think about it. In Marvel’s recent Avengers movie, there were six Avengers. Only one of them is a woman. And of the six of them, four have at least one movie. Of course Black Widow does not have one of those movies.

DC is coming out with a new movie, to follow Batman Begins, the Dark Knight, the Dark Knight Rises, and Man of Steel. It’s called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

batman_v_superman_dawn_of_justice___trinity_poster_by_lamboman7-d7sesunExcuse me, but where’s Wonder Woman at? I mean, sure, she’s on the cover of the movie, but she hasn’t even been introduced yet with her own movie. And when she finally is introduced, it’s not in Wonder Woman. It’s in Batman V Superman. This is just plain insulting. Especially since Wonder Woman can and has kicked Batman’s butt, as well as hold her own against Superman.

Another thing; the names of the female superheroes.

Supergirl (instead of woman)

Batgirl (instead of woman)

Invisible Girl (who is a woman)

Ms. Marvel. Yuck. Captain is a great improvement.

Why can’t Supergirl and Batgirl be their own superheroes?

Oh, and get this, Supergirl and Batgirl are showing up as misspelled words right now, but not Superman and Batman. They’re real words.

My little sister, who is 5, wanted me to print off a picture of a girl superhero, because her two older brothers had drawings of Thor and Captain America. I said sure, but then I had to promptly send her out of the room, because I didn’t want her seeing 90% of the pictures that were showing up on the screen.

But then I found something awesome:

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Superhero women with hajibs=awesome.

And this:

(compare the drawings with the real thing)

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There are cool people out there doing cool drawings that are helping fight sexism in superheroes. It’s awesome.

Anyway, to top off this rant about the flaws of superheroes, I give you Avengers: Age of Ultron

(I do not own or claim to own any titles, pic., or drawings. copyright such and such)

Ode to the Normal

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

That was said by Martin Luther King Jr. This quote helps prove the point that normal people, such as street sweepers, are important too. While the famous people are known, the small, normal people in the background are the ones that are getting the famous to the point where they are. We need to recognize the normal people in our lives or else they may decide to rise up against us in a mob of totally angry-normal people. Here are some of my favorite normal people:

Riley Poole-National Treasure

Image He is just so darn normal. Riley is the side-kick character that nobody remembers. But where would Ben be without his Riley?

Darcy Lewis-Thor

ImageThe intern. I don’t think Darcy actually does anything in Thor except taser our main character, but she is quite the good comic uplift.

(Notice how the Normal people have to drive.)

Clint Barton (a.k.a. Hawkeye)

ImageNow you may be thinking “Dude, Hawkeye is an Avenger. There is nothing normal about that.” If you are thinking this, you are only partly right. While Agent Barton is an Avenger, you must keep in mind that Clint is totally human. No super strength, mechanical suits, or gamma ray radiation involved. Pure normal. He is also the guy that will be beaten up first because of his lack of powers. (I mean really, look at what Loki did to him in Clint’s very first Avenger’s scene!)

Janner Igiby- On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

ImageJanner is the extremely normal older brother of King Kalmar. He’s so normal and sensible that we don’t even have a picture of him. The poor boy. His brother got all of the exciting genes.

Dr. John Watson-Sherlock

ImageLook at him. He’s wearing a sweater, for crying out loud. Yet this normal-bordering-on-boring character managed to save Sherlock Holmes’ life on the very first day they met. Besides, only an extra-normal person could room with Sherlock, to even out the scales of normal.

Those were the Normal people that I could think of. (Of course, I probably forgot a few, considering that Normal people are so easy to forget.) If you can think of any other normal people in movies/shows/books, leave a comment!

Sibling Relationships

Yes, I know. You weren’t expecting this. A full post with writing. Well, get used to it.

Today I am writing for one special reason. My sister Shahrazed is having her 17th birthday. But I’ll get back to that later. First, I’m going to talk about Sibling Relationships. Shahrazed and I like to classify any sibling relationships we come across into certain categories. I am going to share with you some of these categories.

Category #1: the Holmes Siblings

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The older brother who cares about the younger, no matter how much the younger hates him back. Mycroft, older, smarter, and more liked by the parents. Sherlock, younger, almost as smart (but in different ways), and more attractive. It’s an interesting relationship, because at some point the two had a fight and Sherlock apparently never forgave Mycroft. They don’t get along, thank goodness. God save the Queen if they did. it would be the end of the world. But they don’t get along. When they do get together, they spend their time insulting each other. It’s tragic, really.

Category #2 Sense and Sensibility~Elinor and Marianne

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Elinor, the older daughter, is logical, smart, and less prone to rashness. Marianne is dramatic and will follow whatever her heart tells her whether it is a good idea or not. Elinor can contain herself. Marianne, less so. Elinor will look after Marianne, and maybe insert a little logic into her life. Wise elder, fun-loving younger. Classic.

Category #3 Frozen~Elsa and Anna

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This Sibling Relationship is very similar to the Sense and Sensibility one. Elsa, the eldest, is struggling for control the entire movie, while Anna, the younger daughter, decides to marry a man she has known for one day. Anna is fun and perky, but maybe could think things through a little better. Elsa over thinks things. All in all, they make a good team, ones’ strength making up for the others’ weakness.

Category #4 The Trio

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The Baudelaires are probably the most darling and most tragic Sibling Relationship. Violet, the eldest, is an inventor. Klaus is a researcher. And Sunny is a cook. The three of them never fight, almost always understand each other, and never get their way. They have a very tragic life full of death, weeping, and fires, but through it all they stick together. To them, family is the most important thing. (Sweet, isn’t it?)

A Non-Category.

Kit, Jacques, and Lemony Snicket. Let’s give them a moment of silence.

Category #5 Twins

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What would a summing-up-of-sibling-relationships be without a set of twins? Their are many, many books and movies that have a set of twins. The Weasleys, like the Stole brothers, are known for being malicious and pulling awesome pranks. The twins always team up and cause mischief for the greater good of man kind or otherwise. Now I can’t speak for twins, considering that I don’t have one, but I can say that I doubt that two siblings can get along that well constantly. Every sibling is prone to fight, whether they are twins or not. The stereo type for twins is something you should apply with care.

Category #6 Odin’s Sons

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For my part, this has to be my favorite sibling duo besides the Holmes’. Who doesn’t like the strong, amiable, and slightly stupid brother better then the smart, magical, and good-looking frost giant? Yeah, never mind. Thor, future king, is often hindered by his evil brother Loki. Loki (rightly) believes that he was slighted by his adopted dad Odin when he crowned Thor king. This opens up to epic battles between the two brothers. Loki has no regret over the loss of friendship with Thor. Thor does, and he keeps naively beleiveing Loki can be persuaded to doing good. Lets not even think about what would happen if they teamed up for once.

By the way, if you think this post is biest in any way, don’t complain to me. Everyone knows Loki is better then Thor.

Category #7 Denethor’s Sons

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Sadly, there are no pictures with Boromir and Faramir together. But they are both smiling! Boromir is more loved by Denethor. In fact, when Boromir dies, Denethor wishes Faramir is dead in his brother’s place. (this doesn’t make for a very good father/son relationship). I’m not sure, but I’m guessing that Faramir and Boromir didn’t get along so well, considering the favoritism going on. But Faramir did seem thoroughly sad at the news of his brother’s death. Can we get some fanart of the two as children? Anyone?

Category #8 Us

I’m sure that you are quite tired of the siblings by now. So I have only one more left.

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We can now go back to my sister’s birthday. This is Me and Shahrazed. I don’t know how one would classify our relationship. Sometimes I fear it is a Thor & Loki relationship. Other times we resemble the Holmes siblings. Whatever we are, though, I would like to say publicly that I am glad I have a relationship with her, whatever type it is. Happy birthday! Thanks for being my sister!