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Spider-Man: Far From Home Spoiler-Free Review

Hey everyone! Let’s talk Spider-Man! I finally got to see Far From Home this weekend and I definitely want to talk about it! As usual, no spoilers!

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Poll Position: Marvel’s Greatest Superhero

So, we're going to do a big poll this time out. For our next list, I want you guys to decide who Marvel Comics Greatest Superhero is. You can take into account anything and everything; the comics, the films, tv shows, their place in pop culture history, the characters longevity, all of that jazz.

As per usual, you are allowed to add your own answers, one per day. If you are going to add a character though, can you also include their civilian identity, it helps if there has been more than one person using the name (e.g. Ant-Man: Hank Pym/ Scott Lang/ Eric Grady). I've given you a list of 10 to start off with, you can vote for 10 a day and the poll closes a week on Friday (Fri 27th).

Also, I feel I should explain why I've left Hulk off this list. For most of his existance, Hulk, whilst being a hero nominally, has been mostly considered a hyper destructive loose-cannon, someone who is just as (if not more) likely to destroy an entire city as he is to save it. As a pop cultural icon, Hulk is obviously one of Marvel's greaest creations, but I don't know if I'd count him as one of their greatest "heroes". I dunno, I'll leave that one up to you guys to decide. It's kinda like Punisher. If he wasn't focusing on the bad guys, dude's just a straight up supervillain.

Anyway, JR out.

The List: Top 10 Worst Superhero Movies

Well, here we are. Our last list was the Best Superhero Movies, so now we dive to the other end of the scale. And I have to say this, I'm very surprised at some of the nominations oyu guys made/ didn't make. We didn't see nominations for either of the original Fantastic Four movies (the ones with Jessica Alba) or either of Nicholas Cage's Ghost Rider movies (which probably wouldn't have made the list but I'm surprised nobody even nominated them) nor Blade Trinity (which had Ryan Reynolds in it and had such a troubled production that the lead actor had a body double do all of the shots where his face wasn't explictly required). But instead we got the 2004 Spider-Man movie (by which we're assuming Spider-Man 2, which was awesome) and Captain Marvel (which will not be making the list, sorry, I cannot justify it being on the list when none of the aforementioned films weren't even nominated, nor can I justify it being any higher than any number of movies that are on the list) were nominated. But anyway, admin out of the way, let's see what did make the list shall we:

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CDC #421 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 9 – Prize for NerdandProud

NerdandProud's version of Achillia...

My version inspired by his design.

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CDC #422 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 10

The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. The winner each week will win a version of their character created on HM by yours truly.

NOTE: due to my vacation schedule this CDC will run for 2 weeks ending on July 21st

Your challenge this week is to design the villain team’s husband and wife duo – Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke:

Real Name: Geofftrey Tyler

Age: 40

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Profession: Illusionist – fired from a magic show on the Vegas strip.

Superpowers: ?

Mirrors:

Real Name: Angie DelBello

Age: “Mind your own business jerk”

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Profession: Illusionist’s assistant – unemployed

Superpowers: Can transform into a being made of tempered, reflective glass; she also produces mirrored shards which she can wield, or throw, as weapons.

You can enter either or both characters. If you do enter both characters, please do so separately as 2 winners will be announced when the CDC ends; the best Smoke and the best Mirrors.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter as often as you like!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 4pm Eastern on Sunday, July 21st.

CDC #421 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 9 – Results

Good turn out this week.

Honourable mentions go out to...Henry George and Scott Weyers

Runner up this week is Palazzo. Interesting colours, nice layout.

And the win this week goes out to...

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CDC #420 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 8 – Prize for Kellkin

Kellkin's original Dark Web...

My version inspired by his design...

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Cosplay Update + Medieval Food Test!

Hey everyone, I know I've been MIA lately. Things have been nuts lately, especially with school wrapping up. But, time waits for no one and those costumes aren't gonna make themselves, so let's look at what (little, unfortunately) progress we've made! And as a bonus, a cake!

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CDC #421 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 9

The premise of this contest is that over the next number of weeks we will build a team of superheroes and a team of villains. Each week I will supply you with a role, name, or list of powers of one of the team members and you will use HM3 to create the character. The winner each week will win a version of their character created on HM by yours truly.

Your challenge this week is to design the hero team’s warrior Achillia.

Real Name: Nancy George

Age: 35

Hometown: Utica, New York

Profession: Bladesmith / Ancient Historian

Achillia is the reincarnation of one of Ancient Rome’s famed Gladiatrix (female gladiators) She relies on intense physical training and her arsenal of homemade weapons as she has no actual superpowers.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

Enter a often as you like!

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, July 7th.

CDC #420 – Team Building – Volume 2 – Part 8 – Results

Fantastic entries by everyone this week! The win this week goes out to Kellkin.

The costume design is brilliant, and the mechanical spider "minions" are just great. Well done you!

Your prize will be posted to the blog later this week.

Thanks to all who entered