Geeklings, I’m sick and it sucks. I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday but I thought I could push through because my immune system is all types of kick ass. Nope. It was a tough day. It started with me waking up around five in the morning and not being able to fall back asleep (that’s when I decided to conceded to the fact I was sick). During this delusional period of my day I somehow managed to buy a book on Amazon for $.99 (Clive Barker’s Weaveworld) so that was a score. Although sleepy/sick shopping seems like it could be a serious problem for me in the future Eventually I fell back asleep and woke up to a world where I was unprepared to be sick in. For starters my Fancy Comic Book Reader was more or less dead so there would be no comic book reading on New Comic Book Day, the cruelty. This was followed up by the fact that I can’t watch the new episodes of Flash or Arrow because my sister is my watching companion and I can’t risk getting my niece sick. In other words I’m in my own personal hell right now. Am I being over dramatic? Of course I am, that’s what I do. But am I hoping that you pity me just a little? I seek pity and soup… or both if you can supply them. Sorry, I’m a bit of a baby when I’m sick.
The day wasn’t a total bust though as I was able to watch The Force Awakens from start to finish and maybe solved the riddle of who exactly the “last Jedi” is (for those of you who haven’t read my Fan Fest column on the new Star Wars title you can peep that right here). The opening scroll mentions Luke as the last Jedi so one has to believe that, yeah, it’s Luke. But I’m still accepting all theories because theories are fun kids. Aaaaaaaaaaaand that’s pretty much how productive my day was. Not bad, right?
With it being Wednesday, I’m sure you find yourself here for our new weekly column, Today In Awesome Comic Book Images. Right? In case that wasn’t enough for you, you can also turn to Fan Fest to read my New Comic Book Day themed Fan Fest column (The Pull List) right here. Wednesday is for comics and I’ve been really enjoying the fact that my Fan Fest column and I Am Geek columns kind of go hand and hand together. Gives the whole day a theme and themes are fun!
I’m not even going to pretend, this image right here, this is one of my favorite comic book panels…ever. It comes from Jonathan Hickman’s Secret Wars event, is drawn by Esad Ribic, and just brings the awesome. Just look how badass it is. Ribic does a tremendous job capturing the importance and the power that comes from wearing the Infinity Gauntlet. The lighting, the electricity, the way that the Gauntlet just glows brighter than anything else in the panel. Yeah, this is a personal favorite and is totally worthy of wallpapering any screen of yours.
What’s happening here? Well, I can give you the short answer. Dr. Doom takes over the Marvel Universe, actually all Marvel Universes converge on one another and that new universe is governed by Doom, and no one knows any different. Everyone within this universe accepts the fact that Dr. Doom rules because they honestly don’t know that he’s a crazy, egotistical super villain. They see him as god. Whaaaaat?! Not everyone though. Before the universes converged on each other there were a select few heroes from our time (the time that remembers Doom as a villain) who made it to this new universe and want to restore things to the way the were. Yes, that was the short answer.
Confused yet? Yeah, me too and I read the damn thing. Just a brief side note, can anyone tell me just what happened with Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and Secret Wars run? I’m not entirely sure if I’m being honest. Granted, I didn’t read the Avengers run but I did read the Secret Wars event and all I can gather is that this thing destroyed the Ultimate Universe. There has to be more to it then that though. Can someone explain this to me? Please. Find me on Twitter @iamgeek32 or sound off in the comments because I just don’t get it.
All that confusion is besides the point though. In his quest to overthrow Doom from his god position the Black Panther finds the Infinity Gauntlet and uses it to command an army of Marvel Zombies to rage war on Doom. No, that’s an actual thing that happens. It’s pretty cool actually, but this image of T’Challa first putting the glove on is epic. I’m not entirely sure what happens to the glove after Secret Wars is resolved, it probably vanishes because it never really existed in the first place, but at least we will always have this moment. The moment where Black Panther becomes one of the most powerful men in the Marvel Universe. Even if that Marvel Universe has technically been created by Dr. Doom and is all make believe. Seriously, someone explain this to me.