The Brian Bendis Era: All-New X-Men Revisited

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This week’s release brings Brian Michael Bendis’ 79-issue run in the X-Men comics to an end.  He took over as lead writer in the X-Men franchise back in 2012, one of the shock changes in Marvel team line-ups in the aftermath of AvX.  Heading up two books – All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men – it’s safe to say that Bendis transformed the shape of the X-Men landscape.  But how did his run pan out?

Over the next few days, I’ll be exploring different aspects of the Brian Bendis era – first up:

ALL-NEW X-MEN

All-New X-Men covers

The concept of the All-New X-Men had been bouncing around the X-offices for some time, and the ball fell into Bendis’ hands.  He made this central to his pitch – All-New X-Men launched months before Uncanny X-Men, and all three of the X-Men crossovers in his run affected this team.  It’s safe to say…

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Fashion Meets Superheroes in New High Fashion Comic Book Heroine Chic

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Renowned comic book writer David Tischman recently launched the new digital comic Heroine Chic on leading digital comics service Webtoon. Featuring groundbreaking artwork by new comics sensation, Audrey Mok, Heroine Chic is set in the fashion capital of the world, New York City, and follows recent design school graduate Zoe Porter as she deals with her dream job working for Dyna Cuff, the world’s top designer of superhero costumes.

Chapters 1-5 are available now on Webtoon. A new chapter comes out every week!

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Wrestlezone ‘Live In Huntly’ FULL Results

Blight of the Immortals

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Blight of the Immortals caught my attention as I wandered the indie games section at PAX this year. I was pulled over by graphics that looked familiar to me even though I’d never seen them before. I don’t mean to brag, but I know a strategy computer game when I see one.

I had a good chat with the developer who happened to be there when I stopped by. He came over after I said the game reminded by of Warlords 2. Turns out, he worked on that and Warlords 3! What did I just say?

Blight of the Immortals is a strategy game that pits players against the merciless and relentless horde of zombies. It has a steep learning curve, but there’s some good depth there with more being added, as the game is still in beta. If you like a challenging strategy game with a clear goal, this…

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Chikara is back at homebase this Sunday – the Wrestle Factory!

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Back at the Factory on Nov. 8th!
Special Limited-Access Live Event!

If you’ve not yet explored our new training facility in the northeast corner of Philadelphia, we want to see YOU this Sunday afternoon, November 8th! We have a special live event planned that afternoon, and seating is VERY limited. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s in store:


Wrestle Factory trainer Fire Ant will be in action against his regular tag team partner, Silver Ant! These two are as accomplished down on the mat as they are up in the air, and this match is one of the most eagerly-anticipated of the entire year! See it go down live, only at the Wrestle Factory!


Our season-long round robin tournament reaches its climax on November 8th, as the final tournament matches take place. The United Nations team, led by Juan Francisco de Coronado will go…

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Disgracing the sport: How Rizin and Bellator attempted to make a mockery of MMA overnight.

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MMA is a unique, awe-inspiring sport. It pits warriors who dedicate blood, sweat, tears and so much more to please fans, while making less money than most athletes out there. The promotions who give these fighters opportunities to fight are, for the most part, somewhat respectable. Sure, they all have some major red flags. But, they are still tolerable, and the porduct they put forth is at least respectable.

Well, enter Rizin MMA and the “new” era of Bellator. On paper, it would seem as if the former frontmen for Strikeforce and PRIDE FC, two of the most venerable promotions in MMA history, would want to do nothing to harm the sport. However, it feels as if the two are doing anything but.

So, how did all this start? Well, the finger can be pointed to Coker’s sideshow matchups, such as Tito Ortiz vs. then Bellator Middleweight champion, the vastly…

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Bobby Lashley: CM Punk ‘feeds on’ hate, bile from MMA fans

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With no real previous MMA experience, former pro wrestler CM Punk was signed to a multi-fight contract by the UFC, and it didn’t sit well with many fans and fighters.

Bellator heavyweight Bobby Lashley was once in Punk’s position.

A former professional wrestler who fled the world of pre-scripted, soap operatic story lines in favor of very real cage fighting, Lashley had the advantage of being a collegiate wrestler, but for the most part, experienced similar backlash.

“I think Punk is one of those guys that needs it,” Lashley told MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi of the rampant criticism. “He’s one of those ‘f-you’ guys. Like, ‘Oh I can’t do it? Yes I can.’ He feeds on that and I think he uses that to make himself better. I say either shut it off or keep feeding into it. Whatever he feels like works for him.”

According to Lashley, Punk needs to…

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