Avengers: Infinity War is hitting theaters any minute now, and it’s in many ways the culmination of everything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been setting up for over a decade. Big purple baddie Thanos is on a tear to get his hands on the mysterious glowing crystals that have served as the McGuffins of multiple Avengers-adjacent films since Captain America: The First Avenger. But what the hell are these “Infinity Stones” anyways? Come with us on a deep dive into continuity as we explore these potent artifacts of Marvel’s cosmic mythology. Glittering Baubles When you think about Marvel Comics, one of the things that stands out is the fact that the universe supports both street-level heroes like Daredevil and Spider-Man and more cosmic tales. The master of the second type of story is Jim Starlin, who came to the company in the early 1970s on Iron Man. In just three issues on that book, Starlin introduced one of the company’s most iconic villains – … [Read more...] about The History Of The Infinity Stones
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For most people in the rest of the United States, New Mexico is a sort of blank spot—an overlooked, ragged square wedged next to Texas, its loud, swaggering cousin. It’s the fifth biggest state land-mass-wise, at a little under 122,000 square miles, and one of the emptiest, with 2 million people spread out over the expanse. Its cities are among the most racially and culturally diverse in the country. Yet, if a lot of people know it at all, it’s for the state’s natural beauty: the high desert and the deep blue mountains and the acid pinks and oranges of the sunsets and the showoff intensity of the stars and the high, pure smell of the air after it rains. Even the chamisa—an omnipresent weed that causes some of us merciless itching and sneezing every fall—looks good, with delicate pale green stalks and riotous little yellow flowers. New Mexico’s state slogan is the Land of Enchantment; a lot of locals, referring to its quicksand powers of both … [Read more...] about Manifest Destiny-Lite With Souvenirs: Why Assholes in Turquoise Are Flooding the Southwest
With Avengers Infinity War only weeks away from release, it’s time everyone got up to speed on where exactly the Infinity Stones are. Let me get this out of the way, if you want to see Avengers Infinity War completely clean, you are safe to read this list. This guide does contain spoilers up to, and including Thor Ragnarok., but no references are made to what has even been shown in the Avengers Infinity War trailers. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been teasing us with Infinity Stones since Captain America The First Avenger when we met the Space Stone in the form of the Tesseract. Since then it has been a very slow burn learning about the other five stones, with the biggest reveal being a monologue given by The Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy. There have been hints that it’s a bad idea to have two of the Stones in the same place, but no mention has been made as to what may happen if all six are brought together. What also hasn’t been mentioned is that … [Read more...] about Infinity Stones – Where are they now?
As the stars descend on the red carpet and some even have pointedly delayed conversations with alleged abuser Ryan Seacrest, The Rally Against Rape Culture/#OscarsSoComplicit protest is going down on Hollywood and LaBrea. If we have learned one thing this awards season, it’s that it’s difficult to turn an industry-affirming awards show into an industry-critiquing opportunity for protest. The black gowns of the Golden Globes were a statement, but didn’t stand in for actually speaking out; the white roses of the Grammys provided an opportunity for musicians to front concern but avoid meaningful conversation. Last December, columnists worried that #MeToo could outright cancel the Oscars; today, we are watching a man accused of sexual assault lead the red carpet while also promoting his own fashion line. Systemic change will not be made within the glitz and glamour of these types of shows—but props to anyone who tries. Let’s look at some clothes in our … [Read more...] about Every Froufy Gown and Cursed Image From the 90th Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet
Whether you’re looking for a dive to drink to your sorrows, a romantic hideaway, or the perfect place for a party, the Continent has the spot for you. Here’s a review of every bar in The Witcher 3. A note: I found these bars using a combination of The Witcher wiki, the wonderfully useful Witcher Interactive Map, and my own experience. I’m pretty sure I got them all, but The Witcher 3 is a big game. If a spot slipped me by, feel free to review it yourself in the comments. (It’s really fun!) I also skipped the brothels; they might sell alcohol, but you aren’t going there to drink. White Orchard The White Orchard Inn: An inconsistent pitstop Ambiance: The White Orchard Inn is conveniently located by the Woesong Bridge, in White Orchard’s busiest town (not that that’s saying much). It has a rough charm, with unfinished outdoor space that’s disappointingly underutilized. It’s a colorful place with plenty of seating for singles and … [Read more...] about Every Bar In The Witcher 3, Reviewed