Bleach by Tite Kubo used to be one the Big 3 shonen manga. It was the creme de la creme in the Japanese battle manga industry with international success. For those out of the know, that means it was a highly successful superhero comic that managed to get brought overseas: hell, one of the 3 biggest comics in the Japanese industry.
Then, it became terrible and was cancelled due to low sales. It got an ending, sure, but a forced one that ended, allegedly, over twenty issues before the author wanted to finish it.
I ask a simple question, how?
Before I move on, I’d like to preface this by saying that I am a fan of Bleach. I followed the series from the first issue to the last issue, even as my interest waned and it felt like an obligation. I am no literary expert, but I can give a first-hand account of what a fan feels about the series’ decline.
During Secret Wars 3 (2015), there was a comic set on Battleworld called “Spider-man: Renew Your Vows.” It followed an alternate timeline where One More Day never happened and Peter and Mary Jane stayed married and had a daughter.
After Secret Wars, this series continued right where it left off. Spider-man started a superhero family consisting of himself, Mary Jane as Spinneret, and Annie Parker (their daughter) as Spiderling.
There are few more modern heroes I want to write up, but I really liked the idea of tackling this old gimmick for Spider-man from the 1998 story, Identity Crisis. It features a Peter Parker who can’t don the old red, black, and blue and having to play quadruple duty as a slew of new heroes to clear his name.
Back in 2014, Marvel comics decided to launch a new teen superhero to take up the title of Ms. Marvel. Carol Danvers was taking on the title of her former mentor and the comic title needed a hero. Thus came Kamala Khan.
A good kid who grew up loving superheroes, Kamala relished the chance to become a superhero, even when things didn’t turn out exactly as she planned. She grew into the role, made her mistakes, and learned from them. Most importantly, she’s still learning.
Readers saw her go from plucky fangirl to disillusioned rebel, but she never lost her family, her ties to the community, and her commitment to doing the best for others. Even when the universe was literally coming to an end, she sat there with friend, family, and her community and road out the apocalypse as one big family.
The series and characters have a lot of heart and a lot of personality and that’s why I love reading it.
I realized while writing up the hero datafiles that casual fans of Marvel may be a little confused on how the Young X-Men work in the marvel timeline. I’ve seen quite a few comments on videos and articles on X-Men Blue where people are shocked and confused by the Young X-Men still being in the present.
All of it makes sense, trust me, and I’ll explain briefly.
The short answer is that they were originally linked to the present timeline X-Men, but that changed at some point.
The long answers follows from here.
We’ve covered the rest of the team – Jean, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel – in our previous posts. Now, it’s time to discuss the most recent addition to X-Men Blue, Wolverine. Except he isn’t the best he isn’t the one everyone knows about. Hell, he even isn’t even from Earth-616, the main marvel universe. He isn’t even a traditional mutant, most likely lacking the x-gene.
But he’s wolverine, that’s for sure.
X-Men continuity can always be trusted to be two things: political and convoluted. And this Wolverine is definitely the later.
We’re nearing the end of the X-Men Blue datafiles. We have Jean Grey, Beast, Cyclops, and Iceman. Only two members of the team remain. And today we will be talking about the seraphim look-a-like, Angel. The rich son of the Worrington family.
Considering everything his main timeline counterpart has been through, Warren’s time in the future has been a crisis on infinite existential dramas (yes, I know that’s DC before anyone points it out).