Canada’s greatest heroes have been reborn in a brand new, pulp-style novel series! As gifted men and women begin appearing around the world, Canada becomes the first country to form a team of super-humans dedicated to protecting the lives and freedoms of all humanity. But heroes cannot exist without villains and as the heroes gather together, great evil also begins to rise; not only from ancient realms but inside the hearts of men and women. It will take a Legion to keep the whole world Strong and Free.
I’ve always been interested in science. As I mentioned earlier in the first GCE post, I am not posting the critically acclaimed, big seller comics that everyone has heard of. I am posting my favorite comics, the ones that subtly influenced the way I write today. Which brings us back to science, X-Men style. Uncanny X-Men 177.
First, you’ve got this amazing cover. Even with little blood and no actual violence, the body language tells you everything about these characters. No, Wolverine did not just happen to walk by while Kitty Pryde was overdosing on mollies. It’s pretty clear something dangerous is going on here.
This issue isn’t really about the X-Men, it is about the formation of the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants under the guidance of the shape-shifting Mystique. Is there a term for an alpha dog lesbian? Claremont wrote most of the issue from her perspective as well, giving you a lot of insight very quickly into the life and mind of a villain who would slowly grow in popularity up to this very year, culminating in a major role in the latest X-Men film, Days of Future Past.
Even though its only a training session, you can see this lady is not reforming Magneto’s Brotherhood. These are deadly players and the X-Men are in real danger. When the Brotherhood makes their move, it is Colossus who pays the price. Which is where the science comes in:
What happens when you heat metal to high temperatures than freeze it quickly with liquid nitrogen? Well, you get a bad day for the X-Men, that’s what you get. I learned more science from Marvel comics in the 80’s than I did in school.
I haven’t gotten a review for a book in about a year now, so if you got a free copy of the books and you want to support my work, please do me a favor and write a review? Just a brief one, letting myself and others know how you felt about it. Thanks!
So I’ve grown tired of this whole conflict and I wanted to walk away with one final thought on the subject.
Hachette, with their great big T-Rex named James Patterson and the other massive authors they control, have created a ton of confusion and negativity about what Amazon actually does. Logic and sense no longer factor into disputes, true power now lies not in truth but in the ability to gather support on social media. Even if they win this victory, however, Hachette is not going to last forever. That’s the beautiful thing about evolution; things change.
If you listen to the way some of these big authors, publishers and editors talk about self-publishing, you’d think we were all rats and mice, scurrying around underfoot, dirty little creatures with no refinement and talent other than to spread bad literature like the plague. They want you to believe that you NEED these people to choose a good book for you, to place it in an overpriced book store or airport, without their corporate oversight you might read something. . dangerous, or unfinished. Which I guess is fine for some people; just like some people like boring, sanitary, missionary sex. For the rest of us though, the grit and the dirt is where the good stuff is. Anyone can buy J.K. Rowling’s new book, but finding a secret gem on Amazon and turning your friends on to it is SO much more fun, isn’t it?
Amazon has provided a forest for the mammals, a place where they can grow and evolve. As much as the Hachette dinosaurs will rage (and they will rage, they spent $100,000 on tuition to get an English degree they are going to do everything in their power to remain relevant), they are a dying breed. It no longer matters who your agent or publisher is, when a great cover can sell a book to anyone in the world at any time. WOOL by Hugh Howey had terrible covers but guess what? The work was so good it found an audience anyway.
For years these New York based publishers were the top of the heap. They decided what books went out to bookstores, which authors got rich and famous and which books were best for you. We’ve seen it in all the movies; the cocktail parties, the awkward authors and corporate suits all mingling, talking about books without understanding how stories shape our culture.
GOT reference coming up. Hachette is the Hound, protecting the marketable authors for a fat reward, only to find the Aunt is dead and now they have run into an opponent they cannot beat. Emotions run high on both sides, we can’t really predict what will happen to Amazon, maybe they will become the villain eventually. But I can tell you the future of traditional publishing and Hachette:
They will die alone, begging for death as they bleed out, slowly and miserably. Readers will keep on reading, writers will keep on writing and a whole lot of English Majors are going to have to look for work outside of New York. I look forward to seeing them suffer. Mammals are such adaptable creatures, aren’t they? Dinosaurs, not so much.
The Legion: Magic and Legion Book 2: Death Machines are FREE today, as well as my new science fiction novel The Corrupter.
Here are the links to free books:
Tomorrow Legion: Magic and Legion Book 2: Death Machines will be free, as well as my new science fiction novel The Corrupter.
I am working on a couple things, a few books like my science fiction epic and the wrestling book (and Punch) are still in the works. In the meantime I’ll also be starting a new fantasy novel, I want to get my teeth into that genre while it is hot.
Here are the links to tomorrow’s free books:
So I’ve had some problems updating my version of Legion #1 on my phone so in order to make sure no one else is having the same problem, I am giving away Legion: Magic and Legion: Death Machines for FREE in two days, on June 20th.
And for a bonus, I am also giving away my latest novel, The Corrupter, for free as well! Three books, all FREE!
Even if you’ve bought the books before, I recommend you take the free digital copies and save over the old ones. The Legion: Magic is currently a second edition, there were a few typos in the first edition I had to clear out.
Another Legion book is coming soon so get caught up for free June 20th!
EARTH MAN is the first of three books focusing on the battle between Earth’s chosen protector, Danny Boyle, and the alien race known as The Growth.
In order to protect itself from an alien scourge, the planet Earth chooses a good-hearted Canadian to infuse with great power. Danny Boyle finds himself gifted with superhuman abilities and suddenly his simple life in Kelowna, British Columbia is turned upside down. Three monsters no bigger than a flea descend to Earth, burrowing into the flesh of the living creatures of the planet and changing them into the perfect hosts. Their hunger has taken the Growth across the stars and they have left a thousand dead worlds in their wake. Mankind has no idea that evil now walks among them and Danny must quickly learn to decipher the strange clues the animals and the trees are sending him. With the power of Earth’s animals at his command, Danny must find the hero inside of him before everything he knows and everyone he loves is lost.
The Race War is over. The zombies have won.
A flu-like virus ravages the Earth killing everyone within 24 hours. Only the black race seems immune. This blessing soon becomes a curse as the rest of Earth’s population rises as flesh-hungry zombies. Contains 11 scary short stories by various authors.
I have a dirty secret. I was a funny animal lover. I collected Captain Carrot (who will appear in a later installment), the original Ninja Turtles series, even Space Beaver. In fact I used to color Space Beaver pages with crayons. The only problem was, Marvel never had any funny animals. Not until 1982, when a strange little raccoon named Rocket appeared in the pages of the Incredible Hulk. This little guy is going to be the hottest raccoon ever, he’s already got a Lego and toy line coming, but even more will be flooding into stores once the movie Guardians of the Galaxy hits, but to many of us, for a long time, his story was a small little gem from a bygone era.
I regret that I didn’t keep this series and its going to be tough to ever find those old issues, but if you ever see the original limited series, pick it up.