A Review of The Boys Presents: Diabolical an animated TV series

The Boys Presents: Diabolical continues the tradition of Harley Quinn (animated TV series) and Invincible of depicting ultra-violence in a TV animated series.  In The Boys Presents: Diabolical there are lots depictions of ultraviolence and of course you can really go all out with the ultraviolence in an animated TV show rather than a live acting version. There is little difference in cost in drawing a peaceful scene or a violent scene. A violent scene in a live action series requires the use of props and CGI and a violent scene is more expensive than a scene without violent special effects.  The Boys Presents: Diabolical, do not press the link if you are squeamish, is the second The Boys media project. The series known simply as “The Boys”, terrible name, has Homelander, a great actor, using his Superman type power of heat/laser vision on people which is pretty horrific. Homelander is what if Superman was secretly a bad guy and a narcissist psychopath like the Joker BUT with a need to be loved i.e., an insecure joker.  The Homelander in The Boys Presents: Diabolical does the same melting flesh technique in the live actor version but in the animated version the melting flesh scenes are shown more often, for a longer period and in more detail, and close ups.  Do not press the link that follows if you have psychopathological and/or tendencies toward narcissism, The Boys Presents: Diabolical is not for children and I would give it an XXX rating or X rating in legal terms since XXX is not a thing legally. This is perhaps the most violent American animated TV series I have ever seen and I watch a lot of animated stuff both American and Japanese!  However, watching the series was great and if you are over 18 and not too impressionable then by all means watch the series!

Rat-eating snakes in Wales after 10,000 years out of UK

The BBC reports that there are rat-eating snakes in Wales after 10,000 years out of UK.

Are the snakes an omen?

Quotes below are from two different sections of the article titled Serpent (symbolism) in Wikipedia.

Section One

“The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to mankind[1][2] and represent dual expression[3] of good and evil.[4]

In some cultures, snakes were fertility symbols. For example, the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew the fertility of Nature. During the dance, live snakes were handled, and at the end of the dance the snakes were released into the fields to guarantee good crops. “The snake dance is a prayer to the spirits of the clouds, the thunder and the lightning, that the rain may fall on the growing crops.”[5] To the Hopi, snakes symbolized the umbilical cord, joining all humans to Mother Earth.[6] The Great Goddess often had snakes as her familiars—sometimes twining around her sacred staff, as in ancient Crete—and they were worshiped as guardians of her mysteries of birth and regeneration.[7]”

Section Two

“In the Hebrew Bible the serpent in the Garden of Eden lured Eve with the promise of being like God, tempting her that despite God’s warning, death would not be the result, that God was withholding knowledge from her. Although the serpent is identified as Satan in the Book of Revelation,[32] in Genesis the serpent is portrayed merely as a deceptive creature or trickster, promoting as good what God had directly forbidden, and particularly cunning in its deception (Gen. 3:4–5 and 3:22).[33]

The staff of Moses transformed into a snake and then back into a staff (Exodus 4:2–4). The Book of Numbers 21:6–9 provides an origin for an archaic copper serpent, Nehushtan, by associating it with Moses. This copper snake according to the Biblical text is put on a pole and used for healing. Book of Numbers 21:9 “And Moses made a snake of copper, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a snake had bitten any man, when he beheld the snake of brass, he lived.”

When the reformer King Hezekiah came to the throne of Judah in the late 8th century BCE, “He removed the high places, broke the sacred pillars, smashed the idols, and broke into pieces the copper snake that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan. (2 Kings 18:4)”

 

Review of the Graphic Novel Makhno – Ukrainian Freedom Fighter

This is a review of the graphic novel titled:  Makhno- Ukrainian Freedom Fighter (2022)  The following text is From the Simon and Shuster website and can be found at:  https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Makhno-Ukrainian-Freedom-Fighter/Philippe-Thirault/9781643379692

From the website: “The spellbinding true story of the infamous Ukrainian anarchist and revolutionary.  In early 20th century Ukraine, anarchist Nestor Makhno, the son of peasants, was among the most heroic and colorful figures of the Russian Revolution, encouraging his people to find and embrace social and economic self-determination. This is his story, of a military strategist who tirelessly defied both the Bolsheviks and the Germans to protect his homeland.  In support of the people of Ukraine, a portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated directly to Ukrainian relief efforts.”

What I found interesting was how Russia tried to hijack the Ukrainian people’s revolution and turn it into a project to increase Russian power.   Makhno not only had to fight Russians but Germans, and White Cossacks (Cossacks on the side of the Tsar).  I had no idea that the struggle for Ukrainian independence was so old and involved so many opponents.

Iron Man uses Appeal to Humanity to Defeat Enemy

Iron Man #19 is a must-read comic book!  Spoiler alert!  Iron Man in his Tony Stark persona is dying of addiction.  Korvac, a cosmically empowered, bad guy decides its time to end the life of Iron Man once and for all but before that becomes human and as a human cannot kill the helpless and dying Tony Stark and actually takes him to the hospital and saves the life of Tony Stark.  Korvac then commits suicide. Tony Stark enters into rehab.  Tony Stark points out power and even cosmic power cannot act as a shield or in Iron Man’s case armor that can protect us from our own inner demons.  Would this approach work with megalomaniacs in the real world?  I doubt appeals to humanity will deter Putin in the Ukraine!

Ukrainian Painted Houses

Review of the Graphic Novel Tangier in the Rain

Tangier in the Rain is a metafictional graphic novel published by Europe Comics that combines the real-life visits to Tangiers by Matisse and Delacroix with a pseudo-Arabian night’s tales by the model who Matisse is fascinated by. Spoiler alert!  The model tells the story of a fennec fox that turns into a man and marries a princess. However, the child of these two species has some problems related to her bicultural heritage. The story of the model is a coded fairy tale. The model is telling the story of her own affair with a European (the fennec fox) and the model (the princess) and the brother of the princess which is the symbol of the actual brother. The art does change between the Matisse story and the model’s story which adds to the readers comprehension that there are two narratives. This graphic novel is not for the faint hearted. Good comic book reading skills are needed.

The offspring of both the fennec fox and the princess and the European and the model/narrator have problems that are similar. The king and father of the princess is a description of the real father of the model and so on and so on. However, Matisse does not understand the code and thinks the model is just telling him some version of an Arabian fairy tale like the Arabian Nights without realizing the story is using symbolism to tell the models risky and very real story! So, four narratives with different points of view (POV). The Matisse story can be found in histories of artists of that time. I knew about Delacroix but only vaguely had heard of the Matisse journey inspired by the example of Delacroix. Matisse models his life with Delacroix in mind. Do women use coded fairy tales to communicate? Well maybe not fairy tales but women do communicate via stories that are not so much as written but known by sisters and friends with similar narratives told by more than one member of the “family”.

Aly Raisman

Rio de Janeiro – Aly Raisman, ginasta dos Estados Unidos, durante final em que levou medalha de ouro na disputa por equipes feminina nos Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016. (Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil)

Tentacle Kitty Subcultures

Tentacle Kitty is a favorite comic book among self identified “shroomheads” according to the Comic Book Think Tank of Society and Media!

From the same think tank, The slang expression green candy mice is a reference to a story within a story that cannot be understood unless four mushrooms are ingested.

The Funeral of Odin

Attendees in the picture below include some Celestials, Uatu the Watcher, Iron Man, Captain America, Ghost Rider, the Silver Surfer, the Thing and assorted Asgardians including Hela and Sif (?) next to Hela in the procession.  There are also some enemies of the Asgardians including four Frost Giants and Ulik the strongest rock troll.  This continues the Marvel tradition established in the graphic novel The Death of Captain Marvel of enemies honoring the death of a great opponent.

The Funeral of Odin would make a great animated short and could be the seventh episode of the Marvel One-Shot collection.  The junior executive Celestials talk business. The junior executive Celestials rib the Watcher about his “skirt”, bald head and the Watchers having lost a war with the Celestials (FF#398-400).

The Watcher corrects the Celestials and tells them he is wearing an always in fashion toga not a skirt and hey if Zeus (Marvel) can wear a toga then so can the Watchers.  For the record Zeus should be in attendance in the movie and possibly Hercules for some logical fighting and arguing.  Asgardians and Olympians have a natural rivalry that can be exploited for the mandatory fight scenes.  Maybe Sif versus Venus.  Balder vs Apollo.  Pluto vs Hela. All three fights at the same time!  Intercut between the fights visually like the sword fights in Pirates of the Caribbean (film).

The Enchantress (Marvel) and Venus (Marvel) engage in a competition in which they both try to seduce a man the other gals choses.  The Enchantress dares Venus to seduce Thor.  Thor finds Venus enchanting and admits to a certain lust BUT Thor has promised to be Sif’s before Ragnarök and Thor is NOT an oath breaker.  And Thor muses that if Sif ever found out.  Then Venus better flee to the outermost dimension for her life for Sif has a sword immune to womanly charms and Sif likes men period. So out of respect for the continued existence of Venus Thor must decline the generous offer of carnal knowledge of Venus.  Venus is relieved because she was starting to fall for Thor and his simple ways and the Goddess of Love must never be in love or the cosmos will shake for if the Goddess in Love is in love then so are all creatures that she has influence over.  Venus has the power to become totally in love and a person totally in love wants everyone to share their joy in love.  Basically, everyone has taken Love Potion Number Nine (song) not just one person.

In a fit of catty spite, body language wise, Venus does not pick Hercules as the seduction challenge of the Enchantress. Due to his Lothario ways but instead picks the goddess Artemis (Marvel)who is the goddess of chastity, the moon and the hunt.  Of course, the Enchantress is bisexual and thinking all Greek gods are the same and hedonistic and readily agrees.  The Enchantress has histrionic personality disorder plus being a narcistic sociopath.  Artemis takes one look at the Enchantress with her power of animal communication and knows something is wrong with the Enchantress.  Artemis uses her ability to hunt to bind and cage the Enchantress.  Artemis is a master archer in the Marvel universe and has more trick arrows than Hawkeye including magic arrows that defy physics.  An arrow that acts as side cute side kicks for Artemis might be a good idea.

Artemis then banishes the Enchantress to a two-year stint with the Amazons in one of their Amazonia re-education camps meant to cure wayward gals.  For the Amazon criminal and insane behavior have the same root cause and physical challenge and the banishment of wrong thinking through punishment is the cure.  The Enchantress has been VERY wayward.  Just ask Thor!

Big sword and staff fight between Balder (Marvel) and Apollo (Marvel).  Balder is the God of Light.  Balder’s sword acts as a focus for his light altering power.  Apollo is the god of the Sun and has control over heat and light.  Apollo’s uses a staff to control his solar energies more accurately and not inadvertently destroy the solar system.  Balder is very fast and agile and dodges sun blasts by Apollo.  Apollo is immune to Balder’s light power but not his blows.  The fight between Balder and Apollo causes the Phoenix Force to appear and she explains because Balder and Apollo are both avatars of the Phoenix Force and thus brothers. Furthermore, brothers should not fight.  The Phoenix Forces irradiates the temple of Balder and Apollo with a mind blast of enlightenment.  After the mind blast, Apollo and Balder hug and cry like brothers and promise to work together to illuminate reality.

The third battle is a reality altering fight similar to The Sword and the Stone film (1963) between Hela (Marvel) and Pluto (Marvel) Hela does more shape changing and Pluto does more environment changing tricks and uses lots of volcanic action to beat Hela.

The three junior executive including the ring leader Gamiel drink around the work cooler which in the case of Celestials is a super-giant star.  Galactus eats mere planets.  The diet of Celestials is largely plasma from active stars but one star can feed many Celestials for a period of time. There are many more stars than planets and the Celestials only use solar systems with life that has been deemed unworthy of existence.  This is why the Celestials judge worlds.  Hunger is not as big a problem for celestials as for Galactus.

Sol, the Sun of Earth, is not big but the plasma gets Celestials really high and fast for whatever reasons.  Galactus has found Earth energy to be tasty and the Celestials have an explanation.  If the Earth tastes good then logically the Sun the mother of Earth in terms of matter, stardust, and energy probably is also sweet and Earth inherits the sweetness from mom. Celestial taste and human taste are different organically and conceptually.  Tasting plasma is the stuff of poets in Celestial society.

Celestials drink a star together with gigantic straws that are bigger than Jovian planets and apparently the plasma heats their innards, provide sustenance via armor conversion and Celestials, especially young celestials get sort of drunk if they drink plasma too hot and too quickly and burp/vomit as well.  The Celestials generally meet other Celestials at the social level at stars that taste good and known as Celestial hang outs.  Seating and straws that are near the center of popular stars tend to be crowded and older and more powerful Celestials get precedence for this inner star core seating.

The reason that the Earth has so many mutants and superpowered individuals might be due to Celestial burps and vomit that permeate Earth’s solar system or so says the Celestial gossip. For this reason, Celestials go a little easy on us while judging because they feel guilty about soiling our planet and Earth beings with their bodily functions.  The Celestials also find the superpowered beings of Earth fascinating due to their relative rarity in the other Marvel planets.

The drunken junior executive Celestials get dirty and talk about the lack of secondary sex organs of the Watchers and how the male Watchers and female Watchers both have bald heads.

Jemiah overhears the three Celestial kids and calls the Celestial known as the One Above All who appears out of nowhere within hand reaching distance of the three young celestials and backhands the young Celestials and tells them to wash their mouth out with an anti-matter soap immediately.  Celestial antimatter kills 99.9999999999999 of all diseases found in the matter universe.

The One Above All is the leader of the Celestials and presumably the most powerful Celestial and the Celestials are above watcher class and as a race probably out-strip Galactus.  Maybe the One Above All is as powerful as Galactus since he has the power to resurrect Celestials, WOW!

The Uatu (Marvel) the Watcher seeks solace and sympathy from the Celestials in the company of the Asgardian gals Sif and Hera.  Sif leaves and approaches Venus and Thor since she doesn’t trust that Olympian hussy in the least.  Hela seems interested in talking with an older man with a “cosmic perspective” about death.  Uatu the Watcher tells Hela that she is one of his favorite death personifications.  Hela loves the compliment since she gets a bad rap being a goddess of death and no one thinks about her feelings.  The dying are me, me, me and never consider what a hard job she has being stoic and impartial.  Even the Asgardians the go to Valhalla are not all that appreciative of being dead.  Hela wants a prognosis about her own future and Uatu cryptically states that “reality is impermanent and not accepting this impermanence is the cause of suffering”.

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