Hello fellow Duelists. Welcome to another Heroes of Games and Comics Yugioh blog, topic of today will be about one of the more recent sets which has sparked quite an interest in the community; Battle of Legends: Armageddon.
First off, the card everyone is looking into from this set; The number 39: Utopia, but this is not just any Utopia. We finally get a taste of cards written in Astral language from the Zexal series. This card is worth a fortune and a really interesting idea. It is really exciting to see Konami coming up with new rarities to excite the players. First the collectors rares coming out of Toon Chaos, and now this in Astral writing. And with the upcoming surprise in Legendary Duelist: Rage of Ra.
On top of other interesting cards, we have Afterglow, which could be quite effective in some burn deck strategies. We can only hope nobody finds an FTK(first turn kill) with them.
We also have numerous archetypes coming out of Battle of Legends: Armageddon and speaking of numerous, the Numerons are an archetype that a lot of players are hyped for, being a small engine that simply uses mostly the extra deck for it and being able to summon monsters for free to kill your opponent quickly, by boosting themselves on each attack, and on top of it, allowing the summoning of Number S0:Utopic Zexal, it will be as easy as 1 2 3 4 5.
Then for you dinosaur fans, which are actually rock support, BLAR introduces Fossils, which are really exciting fusion monsters that banish cards from either graveyard to summon themselves. Also, some interesting cards to help Adamancipators from Secret Slayers, and also 1 new card, Fossil Warrior Skull Knight, that may even be good against the new best deck that's come out in the following set, which we will talk about in our next blog.
We also have a couple of rogue contenders that have really beautiful artwork, such as the Glacial Beasts, which is an interesting water archetype that I think could have some really good synergy if they get some more support. If you are a fan of the Vrains series, you can also get your hands on Roboppi's Appliancer archetype for all of you general home appliance fans.
Also coming in this set are the coveted legendary dragons. One of them being the prize card, Chaos Emporer, the dragon of Armageddon, which is really good dragon support, and Trishula being a really good target for Superpolymerization.
Speaking of Dragons, this set includes the 10000 secret rare known as Ten Thousand Dragon. A beautiful card that has tons of value and it is really, really shiny.
All these cards, along with some reprints from some of your favorite archetypes; Invoked, Artifacts, Elemental Heroes, and some really cool staples as well to build up and add to any strategy that you so desire.
So come down to our stores and see what you can find in this exciting new set, and who knows, Armageddon might be your beginning instead of the end.
Abdel from HGC is here to do our first ever unboxing of Yu-Gi-Oh Rise of the duelist.
Check what cards we pull and don't forget to check out the mynespot.com website if you would like to purchase any of our cards
There are three important dates each year any enthusiast should know and commemorate concerning the Dark Knight, firstly Bruce’s birthday, secondly the first appearance of Bruce ‘Master Wayne’ Wayne, and thirdly the debut of The Batman - February 19th, May 19th, & September 19, 1939 respectively. For Detective Comics #27, writer and artist duo Bill Finger & Bob Kane pulled altogether that was great and preferable, from this collective unconscious Bruce Wayne manifested raw and full of potential, and then when issue 31 released and the world learnt the tip of the glacier of who Batman would develop into.
Don’t believe Us, well, Scott Synder’s Batman and the myriad of Bat Knightmares were totally inconceivable to ever exist in the future, yet, more implausibly the Darkest Knight canonically now exists. There is overpowered and then there is absurdly formidable, The BatManhattan Who Laughs.
The Bat-Family is an ever increasing grouping of friends-are-family and actual relatives, however none more amusing than Bat-Cow. Here is the most to day list of Bat-Family members:
Beyond the above Batman has had a myriad of adventures, solo, part a team, mentoring a new generation, and returning from retirement. These stories stay with us whether they are canon, elseworlds, or pastiches. Batman continues to be versatile and inspiring to enthusiasts seasoned and novice alike. So this coming Nineteenth of this month don't be waiting for September to end but revel in this additional Batman Milestone of Eighty One Years of being a PHENOMENAL HERO!
Recommended Reading (That We Stock):
“My name is John Connor. They tried to murder me before I was born. When I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming. Judgment Day, the beginning of a war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory.” - John Connor, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The year was 1984, of late October, a new James Cameron movie was expected to rock America forevermore. During 2029 Skynet would endeavour to retaliate against the threat that is John Connor and his fellow Resistance Fighters with a specially selected time travelling infiltrating assassin cyborg unit called the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800 Terminator. During the same year as the release of the movie in the land of Los Angeles the T-800 suddenly manifested. Wasting no time the T-800 was determined to kill Sarah Connor, the future mother of John Connor, the leader of the future human Resistance, but Sarah Connor would not be terminated so easily, especially since Kyle Reese, raised by John Connor, also travelled from the future to save Sarah Connor from Skynet’s machinations. Kyle Reese would perish but not before being the catalyst which sires John through Sarah.
Sarah Connor survived and so the future favouring humanity’s plausible victory was still intact. Sarah would become the warrior mother legends would be written of her, she would raise John as best she could, the T-800 would return as a reprogrammed ally, and John would mature milestone by milestone, too, becoming the saviour humanity needed.
Now the aforementioned was the basics of the mythos of the Terminator franchise of media. Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys are deemed not canon according to the recent movie Dark Fate which likens itself to be a third of a trilogy consisting of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day as its prequels. From a certain point of view one can consider Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys as how fans consider the Star Wars Prequels newer than the Original Trilogy but tonally distinct, so though from Rise of the Machine one could consider them hypothetical futures.
Fun fact, although it was brought online on Aug. 4th, 1997, Skynet did not become self-aware until Aug 29th.
There are several Terminator graphic novels out there in the world, some retelling the original stories and others which are spinoffs and further reading content such as TERMINATOR ENEMY OF MY ENEMY + TERMINATOR BURNING EARTH + TERMINATOR TP 2029 TO 1984. Fortunate for you, dear read and plausible customer, we have these titles in stock as well as the Dark Fate Funko Pops.
That’s it for now, thanks for reading this blog and who knows, there may be a discount promotion this weekend on Terminator merch.
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Today is Alan Turing's birthday, yes, Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen V. Strange + Khan(!!!!!)) portrayed him in the 2014 biopic movie THE IMITATION GAME.
Salutations! It is I, Dio! No, actually it is Michael, veteran employee of HGC here yet again to edutain (educate and entertain).
August is a special month for many reasons, some for family significance, and now important for other reasons, graphic literary character debuts. My favourite characters I discovered were debut this month years ago are thusly: Hellboy, Etrigan, the WildC.A.T.s, Gambit, Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, Red Tornado, and Loki!
In this article you shall learn as I have, commemorative dates of mainstream and cult following characteristics.
So from this year and until the heat death and implosion of the universe here's what you can celebrate this month via purchasing from us, if stock remains, their debuts either in comic book issue or graphic novel collection editions. I.E. For every character's debut which research has proved fruitless beyond listing the month, August in this case, I shall list them at the first of that month. You're Welcome.
Spider-Man (Peter Parker) 1962 (1st August) Marvel Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Amazing Fantasy #15
Thor (Thor Odinson) 1962 (August) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery #83
Black Canary 1947 (August) DC Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino Flash Comics #86
Phantom Stranger 1952 (August) DC John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Sy Barry Phantom Stranger #1
Super Girl (tryout version) 1958 (August) DC Otto Binder, Al Plastino Superman #123
Deathlok 1974 (August) Marvel Rich Buckler, Doug Moench Astonishing Tales #25
WildC.A.T.s 1992 (August ) Image Comics Jim Lee
Jesse Quick (daughter of Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle) 1992 (August) DC Len Strazewski, Mike Parobeck Justice Society of America (vol. 2) #1
Moon Knight 1975 (August) Marvel Doug Moench, Don Perlin Werewolf by Night #32
Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) 1972 (August) Marvel Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog Marvel Spotlight #5
1962: Loki made his magnificent, mischievous first appearance in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #85.
1964: The Purple Man AKA Zebediah Killgrave, one of the most sinister and disturbing villains in Marvel history, made his first appearance in DAREDEVIL #4.
1969: THOR #169 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby features the first origin of Galactus,
August 5: Superboy discovers Kryptonite
1985: Rachel Summers became Phoenix in UNCANNY X-MEN #199 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr.
August 8th FANTASTIC FOUR #1 by Stan and Jack rocketed into existence like a ship carrying four adventurers bombarded by cosmic rays! This issue, featuring the first appearance of the Fantastic Four and the Mole Man, sparked the birth of the Marvel Age of comics and truly changed the landscape of pop culture.
Also this day, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduces the Lizard AKA Curt Connors and his family.
Molecule Man, one of the most powerful (and bullied) characters in the Marvel Universe, debuts in FANTASTIC FOUR #20 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Captain America returns to the Marvel Universe in a Human Torch story within STRANGE TALES #114 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby! But it’s not really Captain America, it’s in fact one of Human Torch’s enemies, the Acrobat, who was impersonating Captain America. At this point, the real Cap was still in suspended animation, and wouldn’t be found by the Avengers until AVENGERS #4, which was released in January 1964.
1968: Behold… the Vision! One of longest-tenured and most important members of the Avengers, the synthezoid Vision made his first appearance in AVENGERS #57 by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. Created by Ultron and sent to kill the Avengers, Viz turns on his maker and helps defeat the malevolent droid.
(Early August) Robin (Tim Drake, Tim Drake was named after Tim Burton's then upcoming Batman movie of 1989) DC Comics Marv Wolfman Batman #436
August 10: Boston Brand murdered, becomes Deadman
August 13: Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on Friday the 13th
August 14: Supergirl adopts Streaky, the Super-Cat
August 14th Blue Beetle, 1939, Fox Publications Charles Nicholas Mystery Men Comics #1
August 15th: Gambit, 1990, Marvel Chris Claremont, Jim Lee X-Men #266
August 19–22, 1993 Hellboy Dark Horse Mike Mignola San Diego Comic Con Comics #2
August 23: Freddy Freeman becomes Captain Marvel, Jr.
August 25: Dick Grayson’s first appearance as Robin [Pre-Crisis version]
August 27: Lab accident destroys Luthor’s great discovery, makes him lose his hair. He blames Superboy, starts feud
August 28: Ralph Dibny marries Sue Dearborn, publicly reveals he is Elongated Man
August 30: Superman builds his Fortress of Solitude
August 31: J’onn J’onzz, Martian Manhunter, quits JLA and leaves Earth to join his exiled people
Now, here, reader, is confusing stuff, Etrigan the Demon (created by Jack Kirby) somehow is listed under August 1972 even though 'The Demon #1' is an issue of the series The Demon (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1972, however further reading show it was published on June 22, 1972, so I'm gonna say it was made fully known at San Diego Comic Con in Aug sometime between 18–21, 1972.
There may be promotions concerning these debuts coming soon, but for now, thanks for reading and until next time. May You Happily & Healthily Live Long And Prosper (Through Your Affinities)!
Whether you believe Apollo 11's success actually happened or that it was a hoax or that since Apollo 17's final departure from the moon of December 19th, 1972 had unofficially (secretly) begun developing and manning a moon base forty seven years ago, it has been fifty one years since the official first moon landing and fifty nine years since the Russians sent Yuri A. Gagarin into space, April 12th 1961, via the Vostok spacecraft.
So humour us, imagine at least that humanity actually managed to do all those events and these happened in a coherently inclusive sense, for example, the moon landing happened, also a pretapped convincing video and radio transmissions were made just in case Apollo 11 didn't succeed directed by Stanley Kubrick, and that secretly the moon base personnel managed to convert the moon into an actual satellite and perhaps humanity has diplomatically encountered and interviewed aliens on the moon and have been working together very much like the Men In Black animated series. Even if that isn't true or real, perhaps it should have happened and humanity is actually something to be proud about.
Anyway, President John F. Kennedy had a dream, that dream became a speech in 1961, a couple years before his assassination. (Ideally I would have preferred that he faked his death to be first President in space, essentially like the fictional President Thomas Whitmore of the Independence Day movies, thus needing to train to become an astronaut and command the moon base like Nick Fury, aaaaaaaaah, how entertaining that would have been instead, however mundanity can be so boring, disappointing, and tragic.) President Kennedy's speech inspired his countrymen and motivated the rivals of the United STATES of America to rechannel their passions for war into the sport of the space race, which in essence is to conquer the moon, space, and industrial business. A healthy alternative to war. One could say the Cold War could distract all on earth from discovering the development and manning of a S.H.I.E.L.D. moon base overhead.
As you may have noticed from the above mentioned I am very bored of Humanity Divided, a Humanity United would be more fun, satisfactory, and perhaps less stressful than what we currently have. Like can this Plague end already.
As for reading material of which Heroes of Games & Comics may have to enforce your optimism and heroic nature here are my recommendations of relevant graphic literature examples:
1. Amazing Spider-Man #1 1963, featuring the astronaut John Jonah Jameson the Third
2. Man-Wolf in, Marvel Premiere #45, astronaut JJJ3 discovers the Godstone.
3. Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four #1, #13, #98, The Space Race is depicted in the first two issues and the Fantastic Four actually help Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin accomplish their moon landing.
4. (Not that the moon is important in Darkseid War, but Doctor Manhattan does make his sort of first appearance in the DC Multiverse on Earth Zero's Moon which he destroys Owl Man and Metron and accidentally feeds the Moebius Chair his power which eventually deifies Wally West observed in Flash Forward)
5. Jane Foster becomes The Mighty Thor on the moon.
Luthor/Spaceboy of the Umbrella Academy defended the Earth from the moon against Martian Apes. Luthor lives on the moon in the Netflix show too.
6. Whilst Batman's Watchtower isn't usually on the Earth, it does orbit the Earth like a giant satellite.
7. Saitama briefly visits the moon in One Punch Man.
Uatu the Watcher watches Earth from the moon, when he's not dead. #OriginalSin
8. Guardians of the Galaxy (the original team, with Starhawk, the team distant future) shows Earth has conquered and colonised the entirety solar system
9. In the world Gundam, a large space station colonies orbiting the Earth and have cities on the moon. That's just the beginning for what other place other than Earth has inhabitation.
10. Gunnm/Battle Angel Alita have colonies on Venus, Mars, and Jupiter and a former Mercury one, the space race there was quite ambitious and like Altered Carbon cultures diversified quite exotically.
11. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has a colonised solar system too, coincidentally HGC does stock Call of Duty comic books.
12. The Halo Universe may have more fascinating than the Call of Duty comics
13. Star Trek amusingly has so many developed settlements on Earth's moon that you can literally notice some of them clear enough whilst still on Earth.
14. 2001: A Space Odyssey shows us the enigmatically powerful Monolith discovered and exhumed from the moon itself. I haven't noticed a graphic novel of this, but it is possible. Ad Astra also takes place on the moon.
15. Otsutsuki clan from the Naruto Shippuden & Boruto series are moon dwelling ninja.
That's All Folks!
Written by Michael P. Garzola
July's celebrations are many, but not all of them are nerdy except for Nikola Tesla's birthday on the tenth, the release date of the Audio Drama of Neil Gaiman's Sandman via Audible on the 15th, and of course July thirteenth 'World Embracing Your Geekiness Day'. So for seven days unleash your real self, embrace your geeky interests, and reward yourself with merch you have been desiring for months on end, you deserve it.
I believe the mainstream trend of 'nerdy is the new sexy' began in and since 2007, it started with a bang, pun intended. Obviously YouTube channels like the 'The Guild', featuring Felicia Day, were marketing nerd culture too. Coincidentally, The Guild began airing in 2007 just as The Big Bang Theory also had. Obviously nerd popularity in South African culture was a bit delayed too, at least according to and from my personal life experience.
Anyway, Geek Pride Day began as an initiative to promote geek culture, since then it has been consistently celebrated annually on May 25. This initiative, believe-it-or-not, originated in Spain in 2006. Very underground. Totes.
In addition to the current promotion we at HGC are conducting, here is further insight into what it is all about.
From this precedent eventually 'Embracing Your Geekiness Day', an offshoot, sprouted as another excuse to have more in-store celebrations. Obviously this year, in-store gatherings whilst appreciated, may not be safe unless everyone cosplays as Gothic Plague Doctors.
So Behold!!!! A Competition Of Which You Can Win From Home As Follows! To qualify to compete in this online store and in-store competition you must...
1. Follow us and share our Instagram, Facebook, and other social media posts about this competition.
2. Become a regular enough to have a loyalty rewards membership or an online order account
3. Get the word out there peeps with photographic posing and text or video with captions! (Your enthusiasm about your shrine of merch and hobby tools must be clearly evident.)
4. Purchase any item priced more than R50 from either our online store or our physical stores for Embracing Your Geekiness Week. Keep and save your order numbers/sale IDs.
5. Include the hashtag #WinWithHGC, your order number, and make sure to tag us and your friends!
The more items you buy and share along with your most enthusiasm, the better your chances of winning!
Initially Written by Michael P. Garzola, Ghostwritten by Other Staff
During the late 19th Century lightning heralded the birth of a great Serbian and prospective scientist and engineer, this person is Nikola Tesla. Most people know of him through a couple of reference, either being compared to Doctor Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory and David Bowie portraying him in the Christopher Nolan movie The Prestige, but there is so much more to such first impressions.
Born To Serbian Parents, Born To Croatian Soil, Born To Succeed In His Career. Despite his lonely death at eighty-six years old Tesla lived a long life of struggle and success, but still like Alan Turing Nikola deserved better than what the world allowed him. Hypothetically, if Telsa was indulged and rewarded more during his life two significant events happen, first with more appreciation, happiness, and wealth during the twilight of his years Nikola may well lived at least twenty years more from his immaculately healthy lifestyle, and second, the twentieth first century may been much more futuristic as seen in science fiction depictions of this half of the new millennium.
Now there is a biopic movie called 'The Current War' starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, and Matthew Macfadyen belatedly released last year wonderfully portraying these historical character through dramatic sincerity. The story takes places over a couple of decades showing us the vying interactions of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, J.P. Morgan, and Nikola Tesla and the harsh price gained from career competition which effect family, finance, and fame. The characters complex and rich with vivacious details both trivial and significant. We, the audience, voyeur their lives much like Tom Holland's character, Samuel Insull, respected apprentice of Thomas Edison, Benedict Cumberbatch's character.
In this movie we observe more of Telsa's inventions, both in actual construction and design, more than in any film preceding it, most likely because this is essentially a well-funded Art Nouveau movie with many famously excellent thespians mainstream and indie. Nicholas Hoult's Tesla is authentic to the real person he portrays, he has the exotic handsomenss, Byronic mannerisms, and convincing expression of the source evidence which Nikola Tesla's legacy endures forever precious. Through 'Nicholas Tesla' we witness how difficult yet admirable it is to commit to your vocational career, often one's meticulous savvy will allow you to win against formidable antagonists willing to cheat against you. Like Captain America is known to say, "Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say 'No, you move'.", also one can endeavour to counteract their cheating with being both the antidote to it and the force which sabotages their cruel and malicious efforts.
Many statues can be found in New York City, Serbia, Croatia, Canada, Long Island, but most impressive is in Palo Alto, California where a full-size, crowdfunded statue honoring Tesla with free Wi-Fi and a time capsule was unveiled on 7 December 2013. The time capsule is intended to be opened on the 100th anniversary of Tesla's death, 7 January 2043. So that is something to look forward to.
As for merch which we at Heroes of Games & Comics have usually in stock pertaining to Nikola Tesla we have had graphic novels about imagined adventures of H.P. Lovecraft and Nikola Tesla as protagonists in a few volumes of the series 'Herald'. Obviously Nikola Tesla is iconic enough to cameo and be a supporting character in other graphic literature. Nevertheless, let us celebrate this demi-god of invention this Tenth of July and aspire to succeed through nerdy affinities this month during Geek Pride Week, 13th to 19th July.
Written by Michael P. Garzola
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