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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Travel to ‘Planet Venom’

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The Guardians of the Galaxy will have their hands full this November when they travel to a planet inhabited entirely by symbiotes! Earlier today, Marvel announced the release of an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy story arc entitled “Planet of the Symbiotes.” Brian Michael Bendis is set to write this three issue arc in collaboration with an artist new to the title, Valerio Schiti.

Since the Venom symbiote’s comic book debut in 1984, this is the first time that fans will get a look at its history and origin beyond the original Spiderman story.

“I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes?” Bendis said. “I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.”

Now I know what you’re thinking, “This sounds like an awesome story for the big screen! Guardians of the Galaxy 2, maybe?!”  Yes, this would make an awesome Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. At least not in the near future.

Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy is still doing well in the box office, and Sony has a Venom movie in the works. But as of now, “Planet of the Symbiotes” wouldn’t fly in the cinematic universe because different studios own the rights to the different characters.

“At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies,” Bendis told MTV News, the outlet that broke this news. “I like doing it for the comics!”

I, for one, am excited to see the direction that Bendis will take this story. Venom is my favorite Spiderman villain, and I’d love to learn more about his origin and backstory.

The symbiotic goodness begins with “Guardians of the Galaxy #21″ in November. Make sure to pick up your copy when it hits the shelves.

Spider-Man vs Deathstroke: Who Would Win?

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That’s right! It’s a battle between two genetically-modified super dudes with cool masks. One was bitten by a radioactive spider, and the other is a product of secret government experimentation.

Deathstroke’s extensive arsenal of weaponry and brutal tactics are sure the push the web-slinger to his limits in this fight, but Spidey has a few tricks of his own.  The one-eyed mercenary is gunning for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in today’s match up!  Here’s the scenario:

Norman Osborn is desperate.  His experimental prototypes at Oscorp are all failing due to intervention by Spider-Man and he is losing millions of dollars.  In his desperation, he hires a high-end mercenary named Deathstorke to eliminate Spider-Man. Deathstroke puts together a plan to confront his target on the rooftops of New York City.

Spider-Man is arguably the most popular character of the Marvel Universe.  And there’s a reason for that, he’s a pretty darn good comic book character.  One of the best there is and ever was, in my humble opinion. Whether it’s his sassy retorts or his rich (sometimes tragic) backstory, there is just something special about Spidey.

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Spider-Man has a laundry list of awesome powers such as super strength, speed, and agility.  But beyond the basics, he also has the ability to stick to most surfaces, web shooters that deploy strong webbing, and a ‘spider sense’ that alerts him of incoming danger.  Pretty cool, right?

There is no doubt that Spider-Man is awesome.  But his opponent in this fight is also awesome.  Of course I’m talking about Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson.

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Weapons expert, master tactician, genetically modified super soldier…  Okay, so maybe that last one sounds more like Captain America, but my point is there are a lot of ways to describe Deathstroke.  And I think the most accurate  description is “a pure badass.”  He’s a master of combat and strategy, primarily working as a mercenary.  He’s a gun for hire who is very good at what he does.  For example, Deathstroke single-handedly took down a full team of Justice Leaguers in the popular story Identity Crisis.

But Deathstroke has never had an opportunity to go one-on-one with Spider-Man.  If he did get the chance, here’s how I think it would go down:

Spider-Man is web swinging across the New York skyline for his nightly patrol.  It’s been a quiet night for him so far, just a couple of muggers on the Lower East Side.  Then he notices an eerie orange glow in the distance. Spidey rushes towards the disturbance and is shocked to see the top two floors of the Daily Bugle engulfed in flames! He shoots a web and thrusts himself towards the blaze.  Deathstroke is poised on the top level of an office building adjacent to the Bugle. Like a moth to a flame, his prey draws nearer to the trap. Spider-Man makes one final jump towards an open window, and as he does Deathstroke hits the switch on a remote actuator. Suddenly, an explosion tears through the interior of the building.  The force of the blast throws Spider-Man backward and he finds himself falling towards the street.  

Spidey shoots a quick web and pulls himself back to the building.  A burst of energy tingles his spine and his spider sense starts going berserk. Spider-Man’s instinct leads him to dive to the right.  And as he does, a .50 caliber slug from a sniper rifle shatters the brick behind him. Spider-Man uses his web shooters to catapult himself towards the sniper. Deathstroke quickly draws his sword.  

Spider-Man jumps through the shattered glass window, and Deathstroke cuts him across his back. Spidey retaliates with a few acrobatic kicks to Deathstroke’s center mass.  Deathstroke tries to swing his weapon again, but Spider-Man webs it to the floor. This makes Deathstroke increasingly more frustrated and he swings at Spider-Man with a wild blow.  Seeing his opportunity, Spider-Man dodges the blow and hits Deathstroke with a glob of webbing. A swift kick send the incapacitated Deathstroke out the broken window, and one final web leaves him hanging by his ankles over the New York street.

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Winner: Spider-Man!

Spider-Man is faster, stronger, and more agile than Deathstroke, so he gets the win.  He also has spider sense, which would be extremely helpful for telegraphing Deathstroke’s attacks. And his web shooters are great for incapacitating his opponents!  The only way I could see Deathstroke winning is if he completely understood the opponent he was dealing with and had time to come up with a plan.  But even in that case, I think Spider-Man would have the edge.

Who do you think would win this fight?  Would Deathstroke’s tactical planning and marksmanship be enough to take down Spider-Man, or do you think he bit off more than he could chew with the wall-crawler? Leave a comment below!

 

Marvel Premiers Female Thor on “The View”

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On this morning’s episode of The View, Marvel Comics released some big news.  Popular comic book character Thor is being replaced by a female predecessor!  It is still unclear as to whether character change will take place in an all new title, Thor: God of Thunder, or a different project.

The only thing we do know is that Thor will make a foolish mistake, and that will cause him to lose his hammer. He is no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir (his magical hammer), so he must pass it on to a female character.  The identity of the new character is unknown.  It is rumored that she is someone who Thor saved in the past, so she chooses to model her own identity as a superhero after him.  She will even keep the name ‘Thor’ despite her gender.

More to come on this breaking story as details emerge!

Update:  The new character is part of a brand new series simply titled Thor.  Marvel’s “Thor #1” will debut in October, from the creative team Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.

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If Superheroes Could Play In The World Cup…

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The World Cup is a great opportunity for different nations of the world to come together and engage in multiculturalism, sportsmanship, and overall unity… unless your team gets knocked-out by Belgium with a heartbreaking loss in extra time.  That was a hard loss to take.  Still, I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if the United States had a few superheroes on the roster.

In today’s post I’m picking 11 heroes that I think would make the perfect World Cup team.  My picks are all coming from the Marvel comics universe, and they must all be United States citizens.

Team Captain:  Captain America
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Cap is an obvious choice for my team. His speed, strength, agility, and strategic skills make him an incredible athlete and competitor as is, but he also has the fiercest leadership skills out there. Can you imagine the pep-talks he would give in the locker room? With Cap as team captain, all of the players would be sure to give 110%.

Hawkeye
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Hawkeye’s marksmanship earns him a spot on this team.  He is able to use various weapons with pinpoint accuracy, so his shots on goal would be very accurate.

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I think that Spider-Man is a good pick because he’s another fast and agile character.  Also, his spider-sense might allow him to know where the ball was going and if it was coming his way.

Iron Fist
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Iron Fist is a martial arts expert.  This means that he has incredible speed, balance and agility.  He’s also accustomed to using his legs for kung-fu kicks.  Kicking a soccer ball would be easy for him.

Cloak
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Teleporters have the potential to change the game.  Because Cloak can teleport, he could be anywhere on the field in a matter of seconds.

Hank Pym
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His Pym Particles let Hank Pym become Giant Man and grow to massive sizes.  This means he could cover the entire distance of the field in a matter of seconds.  It would also make him a tough defender.

Quicksilver (naturalized citizen)
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So Quicksilver wasn’t technically born in the United States, so he is not technically a US citizen.  However, I’m still including him on the list because he has naturalized US citizenship according to Marvel Wiki.  And naturalized citizens are allowed to play for their new countries in the World Cup.  Quicksilver is one of the fastest heroes in the Marvel universe, that fact alone gets him a spot on my team.

Invisible woman
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What?! A woman on the World Cup team?  Yup.  Actually, I picked a few lovely ladies for the team. Gender is not an issue when we’re talking about about superheroes with this much power, and the Invisible Woman’s power is especially useful in this case. Think about it.  She can become invisible and therefore be anywhere on the field.  She can also put up invisible force-fields for defense and turn the ball invisible.

Jean Grey
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My team needs a telepath, and Jean Grey is one of the strongest ones ever. She would be able to telepathically communicate with her teammates. She also has telekinetic abilities, which would give her great control over the ball.

Blink
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Blink is another teleporter. But hey, you can never have too many teleporters!  What attracted me to her character is she has the ability to throw teleportation portals like javelins.  So if she could hit the ball with one of these javelins, she could teleport it into the opponent’s goal.

Goalkeeper:  Mr. Fantastic
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Mr. Fantastic can contort and stretch his body to any shape. His stretchy abilities make him the perfect goalie.  Just try and get one past a man who can make his body the exact size and dimensions of the goal!

So there you have it, that’s my team! And I think the US would stand a much better chance in the World Cup with a few of these guys on the roster.  Who would you pick for your team?  Maybe someone could put together a superhero roster for a different country’s team.  Canada could be interesting…

Like always, let me know what you think in the comments section below.

 

 

 

Daredevil vs Scarecrow: Who Would Win?

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The Man Without Fear squares off against the master of terror in this edition of Cure For Kryptonite. Can Daredevil overcome his darkest nightmares, or will Scarecrow’s fear gas prove to be too much for him?

I can already feel the tension building! A Marvel hero who is praised for his courage goes up against a DC villain with a weapon that induces fear, this should be good… Let’s start with the parameters of the fight:

(Since Scarecrow is outmatched physically, I’m giving him home-field advantage)

Daredevil is tracking Scarecrow after a recent outbreak of a new narcotic in Hell’s Kitchen. He is lead to an abandoned warehouse in Gotham City a few blocks away from Arkham Asylum. This warehouse has served as Scarecrow’s lab and base of operations for the past few weeks. Daredevil has his billy club and Scarecrow has fear gas. Daredevil’s sonar shows him that Scarecrow is inside, but as he approaches the warehouse, he trips a silent alarm alerting Scarecrow of an intruder. So both men know a fight is coming, but neither knows anything about his opponent. No calling for back-up. The first person to incapacitate his opponent wins.

For those of you that don’t know, Daredevil is a blind superhero in the Marvel universe. He suffered a terrible accident while saving a blind man from being hit by a truck. The accident caused him to lose his sight, but it also heightened his remaining senses to super-human levels. His hearing is so acute that he can use even the most minor sounds to create a sort of metal sonar. So it’s kind of like he can see, even though he can’t see.

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Daredevil’s heightened sense of touch gives him amazing balance, flexibility, and agility. He also has enhanced strength and a healing factor. And to top it all off, he’s a martial arts expert. (Side-note: Daredevil is one of my personal favorites! I mean, come on… A blind superhero? How cool is that!)

In this match-up, Daredevil is going up against a psychologist who fell off the deep end. Dr. Jonathan Crane was known as a brilliant psychologist before becoming a super villain. As Scarecrow, he uses a wide variety of psychotic drugs and psychological tactics to exploit the fears and weaknesses of his adversaries.

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Scarecrow is also an expert chemist. He was able to develop and manufacture an entire arsenal of fear toxins by himself. But other than that, Scarecrow doesn’t really have any outstanding powers or abilities. He has shown that he can hold his own in terms of hand-to-hand combat, but he is no where near in the same league as Daredevil.

That’s a brief overview of the two characters, now let’s get back to the fight.

Our battle begins with Daredevil entering the warehouse through a broken window. He is expecting to be undetected, but to his surprise, Scarecrow charges at him, wielding a syringe filled with some sort of liquid. Daredevil dodges the attack with an acrobatic flip through the air. Turning on his heels, Daredevil tosses his billy club and hits Scarecrow directly in the throat. Scarecrow collapses to the floor. Daredevil moves closer towards the body of his apparently unconscious foe, but just as does, Scarecrow springs up and sprays a triple dose of fear gas directly in Daredevil’s face. Daredevil becomes incredibly disoriented and stumbles backward, his sonar sense begins to fade. While Daredevil is struggling to regain his composure, Scarecrow injects him with the syringe full of fear toxin. Daredevil jerks backward, the overdose of fear inducing drugs floods his system and overloads his enhanced senses. He writhes on the ground in agony, and his mind slips slowly into madness.

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Winner: Scarecrow

Ultimately the outcome of this fight comes down to what kind of effect Scarecrow’s fear gas would have on Daredevil.  I could be wrong about this, but I think that Daredevil’s heightened senses (particularly his enhanced sense of smell) make him more vulnerable to toxins and inhalants. That means the fear gas would be extra effective against Daredevil, so I’m giving my vote to Scarecrow.  In a hand-to-hand combat only fight, Daredevil would destroy Scarecrow. But I see the fear gas as a big enough wild card to turn the tables.

Who do you think would win this fight? Tell me your opinion in the comments section below!

 

 

Batman vs. Captain America: Who Would Win?

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Who would win in a fight between Batman and Captain America? This is a topic that  has been debated by comic book fans for decades, with opinions evenly torn between the two sides. Some suggest that the match would result in a draw, but for Cure For Kryptonite stalemate is not an option. One man must come out on top. The question is, who will it be?

Both of these guys have their own advantages and disadvantages, but before going into detail about the characters, I want to set up the parameters of the fight:

Cap and Batman meet each other on an average city block. They are both aware that they are fighting, so there are no sucker punches right from the start. It is night time and very dark, but neither person is familiar with the city where they are fighting. Cap has his shield and Batman has a fully equip utility belt. No vehicles and no calling for back-up. The first one to incapacitate his opponent wins.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about Captain America. He’s a soldier straight out of World War II and the leader of the Avengers. This dude had some serious street cred. He also has some serious fighting skills. The super soldier serum that he was injected with back in the 40s gives him super-human abilities such as enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and agility.

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Physically speaking, Captain America is Batman’s superior. He’s stronger, faster, and able to fight longer than Batman. He also carries a shield made out of Vibranium (which is a super strong metal capable of absorbing vibrations). In the hands of Captain America, that shield is a deadly weapon. He is able to throw it with pinpoint accuracy including ricochet shots off of walls and other objects. He even used his shield to fight a shark once.

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So far things aren’t looking so good for Bats, he’s up against one tough son of Uncle Sam.

But wait… what’s this?! Batman has fought sharks too!

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Dang, Aquaman is going to be pissed…

Batman’s shark whooping abilities are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his strengths. For starters, he’s a martial arts master and stealth expert. He has mastered just about every martial art there is and he’s able to disappear while in plain sight. Captain America is a great fighter, but he is outmatched against Batman in terms of fighting skill.

Batman also carries an arsenal of weaponry. His utility belt is stocked with batarangs, freeze pellets, smoke bombs, various gasses, a grapnel, and about 100,000 other nifty little gadgets.  (I promise he doesn’t have any anti-patriotism spray, though).

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His suit itself can also be considered a valuable asset because it serves as body armor. The Batsuit helps Batman take a punch, even from someone as strong as Captain America. Plus, his cape allows him to glide.

Now let’s get back to the hypothetical confrontation!

I think that Captain America would make the first move in this fight, maybe a shield throw.  Bats would probably dodge it and Cap would move in to retrieve his shield. That would cause the two men to get closer and fight hand-to-hand. After taking a few blows, Batman would quickly realize that his opponent is stronger and faster than he is and does not tire easily. Cap would use the close encounter to gauge what fighting style Batman was using, he would determine that he’s dealing with a master.

But before Cap could try and use his strength and speed to finish the fight early, Batman would use a smoke bomb to disappear. Once he was lost in the shadows, he would hit Cap with every gadget he’s got: stun grenades, sonic disruptors, freeze pellets, batarangs, nerve gas… Cap would try to use his shield to defend, but it would be useless against a majority of the attacks (especially the gas attacks).

This barrage of weapon-based attacks would not incapacitate Captain America, but it would severely disorient him. From there, Batman would glide back in and resume hand-to-hand combat. Cap would still be a tough fight, but it would be a completely different scenario now that he was disoriented. Strikes would be exchanged by both men. Eventually, Batman would manage to land a few pressure points. This would give him the brief opportunity to hit Cap with a few electro-shock batarangs.

That would be the end of the fight. Captain America would fall to the ground incapacitated, and Batman would walk away with blood in his cowl, a few cracked ribs, and a dislocated shoulder.

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Winner: Batman! But keep in mind, you have to take my verdict with a grain of salt because the above scenario is hypothetical and entirely based on my opinion.

The reason that I think Batman would win comes down to his stealth abilities and weaponry. If this were strictly a hand-to-hand fight with no weapons or armor allowed, it would be a lot more difficult to judge. But the fact that Batman can disappear and hit Cap with a variety of attacks that a shield cannot defend against is a major game changer for me.

Also, Batman has fought and beat genetically modified adversaries in the past. A few examples that come to mind are Bane, Deathstroke, Man-Bat, and Clayface. I’m sure there are others, the point is he’s no stranger to fighting modified super people. In fact, he has held his own against a few super super people like Superman and Darkseid.

So I stand by my decision and give the edge to Batman. Who do you think would win? Let me know in the comments section!

All Things Considered

 

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Happy Father’s Day to any fathers out there, and welcome to a special Father’s Day edition of Cure For Kryptonite! In today’s post, I wanted to write about my dad’s favorite superhero: the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing.

If you ask the average comic book junkie who their favorite superhero is, you’ll probably get some long, drawn-out answer about how it’s impossible to judge different characters in different comic book universes. If you ask my dad, you’ll get a very different answer. How do I know? He gives the same answer to anyone who asks about his favorite superhero, and it goes something like this:

“My favorite hero has to be The Thing. He’s the reluctant hero. That which gives him his strength, also makes him ugly and alienates him from society.”

I’ve heard my dad say those words hundreds of times. And the more I think about it, the more I realize he’s right. The Thing is an interesting character with a deep personality.

In 1961, The Thing was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He made his first comic book appearance in Fantastic Four #1 that same year. Since then, The Thing has skyrocketed in popularity. He’s had a huge impact on everything from comic books to movies and video games. In fact, a new Fantastic Four reboot movie featuring The Thing is scheduled to be released in June 2015.

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But his popularity as a character isn’t what makes The Thing special, it’s the layers to his personality that set him apart. On the one hand, we have Ben Grimm the brawler from Yancy Street with some serious power. (And when I say serious, I mean serious. Sometimes people don’t give Thing enough credit, you’ve got to remember, he’s got enough strength to stand toe-to-toe with the Hulk.)

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However, there’s also a very different side to The Thing. Deep down, underneath his rocky exterior, he has the heart of a man. Thing wants nothing more than to be accepted by a society that sees him as an outcast. He craves acceptance so much that he would gladly give all of his strength just to be seen as normal.

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The tragedy of his character is that society doesn’t accept him. People tend to treat The Thing poorly, they stare at him and call him names. But when hordes of Doombots are attacking the city, he’s still the one they turn to. And regardless of everything society has done to him, The Thing doesn’t hesitate to stand up and protect the very same people that look at him with disgust. That’s powerful stuff… even for a comic book character.

So why does The Thing continue to fight for people that sometimes hate him? Easy, he has an unbreakable spirit. We can see another example of his unrelenting will in the iconic fight with Champion. For those of you who don’t know, Champion is an omnipotent character that satisfies his lust for fighting by traveling across the universe and challenging the heroes of a planet to a boxing match.

When Champion traveled to Earth, he went up against some heavy-hitters in the Marvel universe. Namely Thor, Hulk, Colossus and a few others. He was able to defeat/disqualify all of them with ease. Then, Champion came to his final opponent: The Thing. In my humble opinion, this was and always will be one of Thing’s shining moments in comic book history.

Champion hits him hard, and Thing goes down right off the bat.

Wow, maybe that wasn’t as epic as I remember. Oh, right, here’s the epic part!

 

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He get’s back up! Do you know what happens next? Champion knocks him down again… and again, and again, and again. But each time he gets knocked back on his rocky butt, Thing gets back up. After two rounds, Thing’s jaw is broken and he’s crawling across the ring. And yet he continues to fight…

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At this point, Champion realizes that he’ll never beat The Thing without killing him. He yields the fight, remarking that he might break The Thing’s body, but he could never break his spirit.

Well, there you have it folks, a brief analysis of my dad’s favorite superhero. What do you think about The Thing? Let me know in the comments section below! Oh yeah, and one more thing….

IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!!!