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2nd Doctor and Monsters

We’re fast approaching the premiere of the new season of Doctor Who. A new era begins on August 23 with Peter Capaldi taking up the role of the heroic Time Lord now that Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, has left. People are eagerly discussing what can be expected in the life of the Twelfth Doctor and what villains may return. But there are possibilities beyond the obvious choices such as Daleks. There as several baddies from the classic Doctor Who series that have yet to appear in the modern era and would be great to see.

Look past the break for a list of just some of the classic era villain we’d love to see return.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Battle Cry

Guardians of the Galaxy director and screenwriter James Gunn has teased that the identity of Peter Quill’s father will be revealed in the movie’s sequel. Comic book fans have many thoughts about this, especially since Peter AKA Star-Lord has had a few different origins since his first appearance in 1976. If you’re curious to come up with your own theories, check after the break for a quick look at the many different explanations we’ve been given for just who this hero is supposed to be!

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Wolverine Autopsy

It’s old news now that Marvel Comics intends to kill the mutant hero Logan AKA Wolverine. Wolverine’s been one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes for a while and he’s basically the lead character of every X-Man movie, so his loss should have a tremendous impact. But will it? Comics are known for superheroes and villains seemingly dying only to return later, and the odds of resurrection seem to increase if you’re a mutant or in a book with an “X” in the title. There was this time when we saw Wolverine get stabbed through the stomach and then the autopsy revealed it wasn’t him but a shape-shifting alien who took his place while we weren’t looking. Oh, and that time Logan actually did die alongside his teammates in Dallas.

That having been said, here’s a quick list of some prime examples of false deaths and literal resurrections that have happened in the X-Men family of comics. To keep this from becoming a novel, we won’t include cases when time travel or the Infinity Gauntlet has been used to prevent a death from happening in the first place.

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Superhero Apes

Damn dirty apes are all over our movie theaters thanks to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. But simian culture has had a long, proud and insane tradition in superhero comics. I’m not just talking about the many times that human superheroes have been temporarily transformed into apes. I’m talking about apes who are themselves heroes and villains.

Our list begins after the break!

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Many Capt Americas

Marvel Comics recently announced that Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon, the first African-American superhero, will be taking over the role of Captain America from his old friend and partner Steve Rogers. People are still discussing their feelings on this, how long they think it will last, and what it means for the larger picture of the superhero industry. But did you know there have been many other people over the years who have stood in for Steve as the Star-Spangled Avenger? We’re not just talking about those times that Hawkeye put on the suit for an issue.

Let’s delve into the many Captain Americas after the break . . .

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marvel women

Yesterday, we unveiled a list of some DC Comics women who we believe have potential that should really be explored. Now we’re looking at ladies of the Marvel Comics universe. Obviously, there are already some powerful female superheroes such as Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and several members of the Avengers and X-teams. But there are still other women, good and evil, who seem to be stuck on the sidelines and really shouldn’t be.

Check out the list after the break…

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dc women

In 2011, DC Comics rebooted its superhero universe, replacing it with the “New 52″ reality. The reboot was meant to start things fresh, expand familiar characters in exciting new ways, and bring in more readers. That’s a good goal! But the reboot hasn’t taken advantage of some really interesting women who’ve inhabited the DC Universe in the past, heroic females who could truly expand the universe and reader appeal. So here is a not-nearly-complete list of just some of the cool lady heroes we’d like to see back in DC Comics in major ways (and tomorrow, we’ll look at a similar list for Marvel Comics).

Check out the list after the break…

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NERDY snow sculptures header

It’s freezing and more or less miserable in several places across the globe right now. Snow’s been falling continually in my neck of the woods, but I’m trying to make the best of it. One way to brighten up the gray chill is by playing outside. A yard full of snow is like an empty canvas just waiting to be formed into sculptures, and characters from pop culture make perfect fodder. Check out our round-up of six geeky snow sculptures to get inspired!

Check out the chilling snow creations after the break.

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nerdy office gift guide

Does anyone on your Christmas gift list sit in an office all day? Chances are the answer to that question is yes. He or she probably needs some nerdy flair to brighten his or her day. Letter openers, a trash can, a stress toy – you can find geeky objects in every category.

Check out some awesome ideas after the break.

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star trek gift guide

We have the perfect gifts for the Trekkie on your gift list. There are hoodies, rings, shower curtains, and underwear. We’ve even got wine to enjoy while you’re ringing in the New Year.

See all the best Star Trek gifts after the break…

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