Remember back in elementary or high school? There was always that one person who thought they knew it all. You might’ve encountered them – or their type – later in college or at work.
You remember. They are praised by the professor, richly rewarded by the boss – yet they work no harder, maybe not as hard as you. This person is practically running the class or the workplace.
You’ve known this person all your life. I have too. And I encountered them again, years ago, in comics, in the pages of The Avengers.
It was in the dark days (at least in this reader’s mind) after scribe Roger Stern left his excellent run on that title and Walt Simpson was trying to pick up plot threads and whip the oddball assortment of Assemblers then present (Marina? Dr. Druid?) into shape when a blue Amazon showed up, claiming to actually be a granddaughter of the mad Titan Thanos. And she repeated the claim …
… And repeated it.
… And repeated it.
… And repeated it. (You get the idea?)
Like Walt Disney, this blue beauty put her money where her mouse was. She not only through various manipulations got the team to cooperate with her, she actually became an Avenger!
It wasn’t until I returned from my 10-year hiatus from reading comics that I discovered so much more about this alien beauty I used to think was a Kree, this … Nebula.
· Destroyed Xandar and most of its population;
· Threatened the universe with the Infinity Union after stealing it from the ultra-powerful Stranger;
· Wielded the power of the Infinity Gauntlet for a brief time; and
· Attempted the bombing of Thanos’ homeland, Jim Starlin’s beloved Titan.
The space pirate Nebula is wanted in 147 systems, having committed mass murder, mass destruction and terrorism from the Andromeda Galaxy to Saturn’s moons. I wish I had witnessed her inevitable encounter with Thanos but missed it by that much. You see, Thanos was offended by her repeated claims of kinship and so “Grandpa” tortured Nebula nearly to death. He then sustained her in a nearly death-like state for his amusement while he wielded the cosmic power of the Infinity Gauntlet. Nebula soon restored herself by wresting the Gauntlet from Thanos, but she lost its power quickly.
Suffering a mental breakdown while in prison on Titan, a catatonic Nebula was freed by Geatar (a warrior of an unknown alien race who worked most of his career as Nebula’s first mate) and restored to full consciousness after Dr. Mandibus (the only criminal surgeon in his sector) rebuilt her as – a cyborg!
Now the bald wench is about to be part of the long-awaited (by we at
Come on, summer!
The film “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for an August premiere.