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I'll admit it, the next Avengers movie really does look promising. With the promise of a Hulkbuster Iron Man Vs Hulk fight and the best looking design for the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit since the CGI animated series ( which was even cooler with the laser cannons mounted into the shoulders ) and Ultron...

In honesty, I'm shocked, stunned in fact, they have actually managed to make Ultron actually seem cool, which he never really felt to me in the comics back in the day, where he sometimes seemed rather... stupid to me ( i first saw the character in Secret Wars, where he made the critical error of threatening GALACTUS, to his face ). Maybe it was due to his mind being based on Hank - Antman, Giant man, i can't decide on an identity, one moment while i slap my wife - Pym, but he never came across as a first rate villain in spite of having an genius intellect and a body made of adamantium.

But movie Ultron... looks as though he's based more on Tony Starks Iron Man armour, so i'm hoping they will make him based on Tony Starks mind ( Ultrons speech pattern in the trailer is kind of similar to Tony Starks if you ask me, just before it goes into a lower growl) and make him a dark mirror to Iron Man. Whatever the case movie Ultron seems a potentially far superior and eloquent talking take on the character.

I'm looking forward to the next installment of 'Iron Man and some other Guys'... i mean 'Avengers-Age of Ultron'.
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Having a re read of the old comics i still have along with the collected editions i have, i still find myself disagreeing with anyone who says Power Girl has been inconsistent in her characterisation. There have been inconsistent things with DC's Modern Era ( 1986/7 to 2011 ) Powergirl but it wasn't her characterisation, which even the worst writers to handle her seem to have more or less interpreted correctly on some level. What was inconsistent were her powers, and of course, her background that switched from Kryptonian to mystically enhanced Atlantean, and back to Kryptonian over 23 years.

The interesting thing is that back in the late 1980's she seemed a much more raw character, uncertain about her place in the world having lost her original Universe and also wanting to be taken seriously as a Superhero, resulting in her trying to present a confident -verging on aggressive- front that badly hid the fact she was hurting from life changing events, and distracted people from that she was actually a nice person with a temper and a sense of humour.

It's this that i guess can cause the mistaken interpretation that her personality is inconsistent, when i would argue it is layered. At times she has been laid back and witty, other times hair trigger tempered and stroppy, she can be wickedly humourous or determined to maintain her dignity even when things have gone very stupid or weird. All this and more made her seem a more genuinely human character ( since who is calm and happy all the time ? or miserable and angry all the time ? no one in real life behaves in such a limited fashion, and nor should a written character be any different. ).

By 2010, having gone through so many changes in her life, ranging from nearly dying and losing the bulk of her powers to displaying random powers and abilities such as being able to manifest mystic armour or developing peculiar vulnerabilities to 'natural materials', losing various people of importance to her, having a child and losing the child to circumstance, recovering her kryptonian abilities, nearly dying again, being a long time member of both the Justice League International and the Justice Society, and even bumping into the Earth 2 version of herself, she finally comes across as a much more genuinely assured and confident person. And this is arguably the very thing she had wanted to be and she had grown into, yet still displaying all of the varied qualities of her personality ( Palmiotti, Gray and Conner did a great job accommodating those aspects in the Power Girl solo series, and still made her seem actually confident rather than acting confident ).

And this was pretty much where Powergirls story ended i guess, as an accomplished hero, which is as good a way to conclude it as any.

Anyhow, very little she had ever done or said over the years felt like it was worryingly out of character, in the context of the time her behavior made sense and she always came across as Power girl. Even when some writers chose to ignore large parts of her continuity ( generally they ignored her time in the JLI, which i still think was deliberately down played in significance to her during her time in the JSA comics, although it was pleasingly revived both in 'I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League' and finally in 'Justice League Generation Lost'. Ultimately I'll always think of her as a Justice League International member rather than as a Justice Society member ).

Of course this is all purely my interpretation of the character, but it's a positive interpretation.
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Picture the scene...

A battle rages between two titans, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, former friends driven into conflict, a conflict halted by the arrival of the Amazon Princess bringing the combatants to their senses. Putting aside their differences they head with so many others to face the true threat, Darkseid, ruler of Apokalips.

Colossal and terrifying the New God battles Earth's heroes in a final conflict, It is Supermans blow that staggers the now gigantic foe, followed by J'onn J'onzz,Troia and Power Girl all hitting Darkseid in conjunction with Captain Atoms quantum blasts. As the League, the Teen Titans, the Doom Patrol and so many others bring the despot down and Darkseid is beaten, a cloud of dust rises from the impact on the day that they all died.

In the confusion, one hero amongst the others turns against his fellows, in an act of insanity or calculation he attacks. Cyborg and Blue Beetle are the first to die as the energies unleashed annihilate them, and then everyone else. As the dust settles a shadowy figure stands alone amongst charred skeletons. The only thing left is part of the familiar 'S' on a tattered piece of cloth adorning a corpse that is then crushed beneath the heel of the being who betrayed them all.

The heel of Monarch...

That is basically the opening scene to Armageddon 2001, a DC event story written back in 1991 that has at times been unfairly painted as one of DC's worst event stories, which it isn't by a good margin. The story revolves around a man, Matthew Ryder, who has grown up in a totalitarian world ruled by the only surviving Superhuman, who clad in an identity concealing armoured suit watches over a comparatively peaceful, but soul crushed Earth, his peacekeepers keeping the populace in line. 

Gaining the chance to take part in a time traveling experiment that Monarch has become driven to master, Ryder is transformed into a golden metal skinned being within the timestream, becoming Waverider. At last he sees a chance to change things for the better, and travels through the time stream to the point before Monarch rose, to find and end the Superhero who would become a tyrant.

The story was covered in the annuals of that year, rather than the regular titles, with Waverider looking into the possible futures of those he encountered and provided some excellent Elseworld stories ( my personal favourite was one of the the Superman stories involving Maxima, written by Louise Simonson with art by Bryan Hitch ) eventually leading him to the apparently most likely possibility.

Originally it was intended that a future version Captain Atom was in fact Monarch, manipulating Waverider and intent on ensuring his own existence, but in a last moment change ( apparently due to a leak ), the identity was altered to a far less formidable character, Hawk. To be honest they need not have bothered since i suspect the end result was still the same anyway but with altered dialogue, with Captain Atom facing off against Monarch, and being the only hero immune to Monarchs energies, he was able to cancel out the Monarch timeline from ever happening. The only real difference was Hawk and Dove being sacrificed when it wasn't required.

The story as it is, isn't actually bad ( a variation of it could make a decent animated movie ), and it deserves to be published in a collected volume. Most of the annuals that make up the bulk in particular deserve to be read and ideally they could even include the original concluding script/pages as a bonus section, presuming they still have them.
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Back after many, many years and finally producing something that wasn't a scrawl in pencil or pen, i'm now drawing directly digital, which i'm still getting to grips with.

I tend to draw a fair bit of fanart depending on my mood. At the moment my gallery has been somewhat dominated by Powergirl. I also draw other DC/Marvel/2000AD comic related images, anime or computer game fanart, my own original fantasy and sci-fi characters, and the occasional Transformer and Warhammer 40'000 image.




Favourite genre of music: Rock, Metal, Pop, J-Pop, Classical, pretty much anything that sounds good to me
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime, Invader Zimm, Brock Samson,
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I'll admit it, the next Avengers movie really does look promising. With the promise of a Hulkbuster Iron Man Vs Hulk fight and the best looking design for the Hulkbuster Iron Man suit since the CGI animated series ( which was even cooler with the laser cannons mounted into the shoulders ) and Ultron...

In honesty, I'm shocked, stunned in fact, they have actually managed to make Ultron actually seem cool, which he never really felt to me in the comics back in the day, where he sometimes seemed rather... stupid to me ( i first saw the character in Secret Wars, where he made the critical error of threatening GALACTUS, to his face ). Maybe it was due to his mind being based on Hank - Antman, Giant man, i can't decide on an identity, one moment while i slap my wife - Pym, but he never came across as a first rate villain in spite of having an genius intellect and a body made of adamantium.

But movie Ultron... looks as though he's based more on Tony Starks Iron Man armour, so i'm hoping they will make him based on Tony Starks mind ( Ultrons speech pattern in the trailer is kind of similar to Tony Starks if you ask me, just before it goes into a lower growl) and make him a dark mirror to Iron Man. Whatever the case movie Ultron seems a potentially far superior and eloquent talking take on the character.

I'm looking forward to the next installment of 'Iron Man and some other Guys'... i mean 'Avengers-Age of Ultron'.
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Aquaman - Modern Era by adamantis
Aquaman - Modern Era
Son of the Ancient Atlantean Sorcerer Atlan and Queen Atlanna, raised by the seas and a lighthouse keeper Tom Curry, he is Orin, Arthur Curry, Aquaman, the rightful ruler of Atlantis and the Ocean realm.

I was in the mood to try a character i rarely draw, so here is DC's Aquaman, based along the lines of his animated Justice League incarnation which in turn was based on the 1994 evolution of the character by writer Peter David.

This version moved slightly away from the spandex crowd, embracing a more wittily humoured but fierce tempered warrior king of the Oceans persona than the previously very stoic to a fault superhero.

This version had a solid run ( about 75 issues from 1994 to 2001, the characters longest run in his own series ) with a mix of magic and sci-fi it also tied into Peter Davids previous work of 'Atlantis Chronicles'
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Halloween Power Girl - Vampire Queen by adamantis
Halloween Power Girl - Vampire Queen
Under the mutating effects of a red kryptonite broach, Kara loses her inhibitions and moral compass while gaining a vampiric bloodthirst and bat wings...

I was in the mood for another Halloween picture, but focusing purely on Power Girl, and i felt a Vampire version would be fun to do. I approached this as a contrast to my much more sunny previous picture of Powergirl, giving her a more pale/undead skin tone and dark blues for the background.
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Power Boy by adamantis
Power Boy
While exercising, Power Boy is asked a question...



The boy with no name, no family, no history other than recalling escaping from Apokalips. Strangely he dressed like Power Girl, called himself Power Boy, yet was not an over enthusiastic fan of, nor related to Karen Starr ( you'd almost think his writer couldn't be bothered ).

If the writer had made just a slight alteration with DC continuity ( and lord knows they have made large alterations on several occasions ), the boy could have been perfect as Power Girls teenage son that was born back in 1994, it would have been relatively easy to adjust the old storyline to accommodate him.

As it was the young Power Boy lasted just two years ( 2006 to 2008, which in comic time tends to be a few months at best ) before being killed off, with little or nothing revealed, and he didn't even meet his namesake. I can't help but think they didn't know what to do with him and wanted to focus on other things.
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Power Girl - Going on a Journey... by adamantis
Power Girl - Going on a Journey...
But eventually she'll come back, and hopefully have some more fun adventures with wacky aliens, ani-men, mad femme scientists, Powergirl cosplayers, and a Guy Gardner savaging cat ( among other things missing from DC at the moment )

With the New 52 faux-Power Girl and rather dull Huntress returning to 'Earth 2' to have serious encounters with the Apokaliptan badguys, i'm still kind of hoping someone at DC will try and jam in a mildly more 'Old Universe' Power Girl, even if they have to borrow the 'clone of Supergirl' origin of the animated Justice League series version to do it ( or make her a long lost sister of Maxima, or another Kryptonian survivor, heck anything really ). Wishful thinking really.



With this picture i was trying to move a little away from the static pose i've been doing a little too much of to something more dynamic, while using slightly more varied shading. Obviously this is the old Power Girl rather than the New 52 version ( since i'm not a fan of the New 52 one )
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