Posts Tagged ‘Jubilee

21
Dec
10

Smells like… Comic Book Spirit?

Whilst shopping for candles, the Rogues came upon a “Fireside” candle. We immediately decided it smelled like Gambit. How do we know that you ask – Don’t ask, just let it happen. This led us to discuss what we think the X-Men would smell like. Below are some of our thoughts…. what do you think your favorite comic book characters would smell like?

Professor X – Mothballs and Wig Glue

Cyclops – Axe and a Fraternity House

Jean Grey – Plain-as-can-be Ivory Soap and Breck Shampoo

Wolverine – Naturally Occurring Old Spice (the man your man wants to smell like), Woods and Cigar Smoke

Storm – Outside, right before it rains

Rogue – Magnolias and Sass

Gambit – Spices, Bourbon, Cigarettes and Bad Decisions

Beast – Doggie Shampoo

Emma Frost – Better than you, that’s all you need to know, darlings

Nightcrawler – Sulfer and Brimstone

Kitty Pryde – Cucumber Melon body wash from Bath and Body Works

Jubilee – Bubblegum

Angel – Rich Mahogany and Money

Magneto – Pantene Pro-V (smell THIS, Charles)

Sabretooth – Raw Animal Hides

Toad – Flies and Stickiness

Pyro – Matches

Quicksilver – Shame and Disappointment

Scarlet Witch – PMS

Teon (one of the Five Lights) – Flea Powder and Urine

Deadpool – Gun Powder and Tacos/Chimichangas

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18
Jun
10

Nerd Fight – Battle #10

It’s that time again. To reiterate, every Friday the Cupcake Rogues will randomly pick 2 characters to do battle – whether it be Marvel, DC, female, male, mutant, human, or human that pretends to be a mutant with magic (I’m looking at you, Juggernaut), they are all possible. Once we’ve randomly selected our two, they will go head to head in several categories with one being deemed winner. The winner will live on to fight another day, but a warning – with 200 possible characters, it may be awhile before round 2!

Tenth week in the random selection:

Vixen vs Jubilee

VixenVSJubes

Vixen Jubilee
Origin Mari Jiwe McCabe was born in a small African village where she lived with her father Richard, the local priest.  Her family is in possession of a mystical totem that would allow the bearer to tap into the powers of the animal kingdom. When Mari’s jealous uncle kills her father and steals the totem, she travels to New York where she becomes a fashion model. Mostly using her newfound wealth for travel, Mari eventually decides to steal the totem back from her uncle. Using its power to help the innocent, she takes on the codename Vixen. Jubilation Lee (I know, I know) was a very talented gymnast that lived in California with her wealthy immigrant parents. Her life was destroyed when her parents were murdered by hitmen Reno and Molokai. Jubilee was then sent to an orphanage, but ran away and hid in the mall, stealing food to survive. Frustrated with her shenanigans , mall security hired mutant hunters the M-Squad to capture her. She is rescued by the X-men and, like a puppy, follows them home to their base and hides out there. The Reavers come to the base to capture Wolverine, where Jubilee decides to help him, thus making her part of the team, first teaming up with Wolverine, and then the rest of the X-Men.
Edge? DRAW – same story, different details. The old comic go-to of the hero’s parents being wrongfully killed and setting up their little one for VENGENCE!!!!
Powers Mari’s totem lets her to tap into Earth’s Morphogenetic Field, allowing her to call upon the attributes of any known animal, such as the strength of a bull elephant or the flight of an eagle. It also allows her to draw pure energy to create force fields and on one occasion an entire universe.  She also has magically enhanced claws and a healing factor. One drawback from her powers is that if she’s in contact with the Morphogenetic Field for too long the less human and more animal she becomes. Jubilee has the power to generate bright bursts of multicolored energy plasmoids from her fingertips. They range from sparkles capable of temporarily blinding a person to a power detonation capable of destroying objects to a precision burst inside a human brain, simulating the effects of a massive stroke. Jubilee has the untapped potential to detonate matter at a sub-atomic level, which in theory is the equivalent of a fusion bomb. Emma Frost stated that Jubilee had unlimited potential and was one of the most powerful mutants she had ever encountered…. What? After M-Day, Jubilee gets technology-based powers in the form of super strength and goes by the name of Wondra.
Edge? Vixen – until Jubilee gets control of her powers she’s just a gal lighting off fireworks.
Love interest Vixen has a small blip of a romance with Bronze Tiger in the comics, but in the Justice League cartoon Mari’s in a relationship with John Stewart/Green Lantern who, unfortunately for her still has feelings for Hawkgirl.  She’s aware of this and to her credit forms a friendly rivalry with Shayera. Now that is confidence! In DC vs. Marvel, Jubilee starts up a relationship with none other than Robin (who knew he liked chicks, right?).  In Days of Future Past, Jubilee is in a relationship with mutant Synch.
Edge? Jubilee – it takes some cajones to reach out to the enemy (DC) and snag a bf!
Costume Vixen is a fashion model and it shows! She rocks a caramel colored skintight jumpsuit with tribal jewelry. Pink shirt, jean shorts, yellow coat, and sunglasses. As the Juggernaut would say, “I like yo’ raincoat, b*tch!”
Edge? Vixen – a raincoat and jean shorts do not a costume make.
Most off-putting personality Vixen doesn’t seem to have many off-putting traits. Not that it matters since she’s pitted against Jubilee. Jubilee is the second version of Kitty Pryde – a snot-nosed, teen-girl sidekick. She’s always whining when she can’t go fight with the team, then they end up having to save her when she does. That said, she does mean well, and she’d do anything for the X-Men, even if she’s a little annoying. Also, against science and stereotypes, the people at Marvel also gave the poor girl dyscalculia, a math disability.
Edge? Jubilee – well, duh!
Best story arch While she’s in the Justice League, Vixen’s powers begin to change – she can no longer draw the power of animals, but instead drains the power of humans around her. In her search for answers, she discovers that Anansi – the African folk god who presented the totem to Mari’s family has decided to reshape the world from inside the totem. In a desperate attempt to foil his plans, Vixen threatened to destroy the totem killing Anansi and herself. Anansi then reveals that everything had been a test. He then restores Mari’s powers and tells her that one day he will call on her to be the champion of a future cause. Jubilee has a lot of little stories, rather than one big one, but an important episode for her was realizing her powers’ true potential. When she discovered the true killer of her parents, Hunter Brawn, she tracked him down. Her rage was so great that her powers began to flare to a massive level. At the last minute, instead of killing him, she redirects her power and blows up his entire warehouse. This is where we first see Jubilee’s potential to create massive fusion bombs.
Edge? Vixen – we always give it to the hero willing to give their life for the greater good!
Hotness Vixen looks like a cross between Halle Berry and…Halle Berry. Jubilee has always struck me as more cute than hot. She’s since grown up, but I think us 90s kids always see her as a bratty teenager.
Edge? Vixen – ummm, Halle Berry.
Fiercest foe Aku Kwesi was the poacher turned war-lord who killed Mari’s mother. When she made a trip back to her village it was to find out he had taken over. When Mari fights him she’s surprised to discover he has superpowers of his own and able to inflict injuries upon her, which she has a hard time healing from. It turns out that Kwesi was enhanced by Intergang but made the villagers believe he had supernatural powers. After an initial defeat, Vixen would later best him. Hunter Brawn – the man who killed her parents. It’s the first person we ever see that Jubilee wants to kill. She eventually finds him, but instead of killing him, she’s blows up his warehouse and hands him over to the proper authorities.
Edge? DRAW – Both gals go after someone who took their parents from them, and both gals get the bad guy.
Biggest WTF Outfit Vixen’s earliest costume is a powder blue and yellow bodysuit with cutouts on the sides and a ridiculous  yellow cat mask. How does she expect to blend into the Serengeti with this? I will give her points for her jewelry though, the girl knows how to accessorize. When Jubilee was first sneaking around the X-Men’s base, she’d still pieces of clothing along the way to create her outfit. What she ended up with was Dazzler’s one-shoulder top, Storm’s black pleather vest, longshot’s bag, wolverine’s gloves, black leggings and thigh high green boots. What she ended up with was ick.
Edge? Jubilee – it looks like the X-Men threw up on her.
Person who should attempt an on-screen portrayal Her performances as comic based characters have been hit or miss, but I’m going with Halle Berry. Jubilee was portrayed by Katrina Florece in X-Men and Kea Wong in X2 and X-Men 3: The Suck Fest. I’d give Kea Wong a shot to play her in more upfront sense.
Edge? Vixen – she looks like she was made off of Halle’s image, even though she was around a long time before Halle was. Let’s just make sure we nix any African accents.

Vixen: 7

Jubilee: 5

And the winner is…. Vixen – and we breathe a sigh of relief!

04
Jun
10

Comic Book Cartoon DVD Review: X-Men Vol. 2

Review: Volume 2 hosts the famous Phoenix saga, and only continues the greatness from Volume 1.

Disc 1 opens with “Red Dawn,” which features Omega Red, Darkstar and the return of Colossus. Meanwhile, Xavier (with his working legs) and Magneto are trapped powerless in Savage Land, where they’ll stay for quite a few episodes. This episode also served as a reminder to me of how sweet Storm’s powers are. “Repo Man” is an episode about Wolverine’s past, featuring his old team, Alpha Flight. “X-ternally Yours” gets into the origin of Gambit and Thieves vs Assassins. We also see Remy’s ex-wife Bella Donna, and of course, we get to watch him pick Rogue over that crazy hussy. In “Time Fugitives (Part 1 & 2)” we catch up with Bishop and Cable as they try to stop a mutant plague. “A Rogue’s Tale” catches us up on Rogue’s origin, including her permanently acquiring Ms. Marvel’s powers. “Beauty and the Beast” centers around our favorite fuzzy blue mutant, Beast. We also get to see Garydon Creed’s mental breakdown this episode when Wolverine so kindly reminds him of who his daddy is (athough they do call him Graydon Creed Sr. instead of Victor Creed, but I get they were doing it to help us 10 year olds get from point A to point B on that one). “Mojovision” is a cracked out mess of an episode that I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with. Mojo and Longshot are so ridiculous and over the top corny, but it’s an entertaining trainwreck. I don’t know how else to describe it. Plus, Longshot has a glorious blonde mullet and you get to see Spiral.

Disc 2 opens with Reunion, where we get back to Magneto and the Professor under attack in Savage Land and Mr. Sinister trying to harvest Jean and Scott’s goods. We also get to see a lot of side characters in this, including the ridiculousness that is Brain Child (or Brrrrraaain Chiiiilllld as he calls himself). And, of course, we see our first on-screen Gambit/Rogue kiss *fangirl scream*. “Out of the Past” is the two-parter with Lady Deathstrike and the Alien force. Also, Gambit and Wolvie in cut-off shorts and no shirts. HA! Last on Disc 2 is the 5-parter Phoenix Saga. Do I even need to explain the epic-ness?Princess Lilandra, D’Ken, the m’kraan crystal, Erik the Red, the StarJammers, Banshee’s hideous power, PHOENIX! I mean, come on! Just go watch it!

Best Episode: “The Phoenix” saga, of course. And “Reunion” was always a memorable one for me.

Episode You Can Skip: “Repo Man” – seems like a filler episode.

Fun Easter Eggs:

  • In “Repo Man,” when Jean is trying to locate the Professor on Cerebro, we see come other well known characters, such as Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch.
  • I never noticed this before – but in “Reunion” when the X-Men lose their powers and Wolverine exclaims that there’s nothing mutant about his claws, he screams out in pain when they come out. Nice attention to detail.

Favorite Quotes:

  • Jean – “Wolverine! I felt him… such pain.” Gambit – “Man been a pain from the get-go, chere.”
  • Wolverine – “If that ain’t Morph, I’ll eat the BlackBird!”
  • Gambit to Rogue – “Gambit never say dis to anyone before, but Gambit loves you.” Hahaha, so sweet… and weird.
  • Sinister to Rogue – “So beautiful, yet so strong.” Wolverine – “Well, I always did think I was kind of cute. Nice of you to mention it.”
  • Beast – “My Kingdom for a Rosetta Stone!”
  • Professor – “It was here!” Storm – “What was here, Professor?” Professor – “I don’t know!”  hahaha I  don’t know why but that part cracks me up.

-Rogue 1

    23
    May
    10

    Comic Book Cartoon DVD Review: X-Men Vol. 1

    With the growing amount of Comic Book cartoons coming out on DVD, we thought we’d let you know what’s worth picking up and what’s not. First up, X-men cartoons (90s version) – Volume 1!

    Review: Storm making grand speeches before fighting; Rogue’s “sugah” and southern sayings (“You look ’bout as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs); Gambit’s talking in third person; and Jubilee taking over the usual role of the annoying Kitty Pryde. All things I loved about the 90s cartoon. I’m sure I’m biased because this is cartoon I grew up with, but I definitely think it’s the best and most accurate cartoon adaptation to date. Wolverine is angry and harboring a love for Jean, Beast sounds like a Harvard scholar, and they’re all wearing their best uniforms.

    On Disc 1, in the premiere “Night of the Sentinels (Part 1 and 2),” the creators took quite a risk. Instead of opening with X-men’s most well-known villains such as Magneto, Apocalypse or Mr. Sinister, they opened with an episode surrounding Sentinels. The only not-so-great part about this episode, and this Volume in general is the addition of Morph. Although I don’t have anything against Morph, it seems like they kind of just stuck him in here. Of course, as you’ll see, Morph is in here considerably less than the rest of the cast. “Enter Magneto” introduces Magneto and Sabretooth with epic destruction, as they should be. “Captive Hearts” has our first Wolverine-Jean moment, as well as our introduction to Callisto and the Morlocks as Callisto tries to make Cyclops her sperm donor. And, of course, our first look at Gambit in his speedos ;). “Slave Island” introduces Moira McTaggart, Master Mold, and Cable. “The Unstoppable Juggernaut” introduces Professor X’s no good stepbrother, the Juggernaut (duh) and Colossus, as well as Rogue’s first absorbing freak out.

    Disc 2 opens with “The Cure.” In this episode we meet Angel (how he keeps those wings tucked in his jacket, I’ll never know), Mystique, Apocalypse, Pyro and Avalanche. We also get our first bit of Rogue/Gambit flirtation that will inevitably continue on for the rest of the season (yay!). In “Come The Apocalypse” we see Angel become Archangel, Apocalypse’s Horseman, Death. “Days of Future Past (Parts 1 and 2)” takes us to 2055 where Wolverine is still fighting the good fight. This is the classic episode where Bishop goes back in time to our present to alter history with the hopes of improving his present. It has a very “Terminator” feel to it. It also features Nimrod and Forge, and lets us in on the fact that Mystique was once Rogue’s foster mother. “Till Death Do Us Part” shows Cyclops’ and Jean’s first wedding that ends up being null and void. We also first see the human we love to hate, Graydon Creed, leader of the Friends of Humanity and Mr. Sinister. We also get to see the Nasty Boys with one of the best named characters in comics – Gorgeous George!  This episode gives us a taste of what in the comics would become a creepy obsession for Cyclops and Jean on Sinister’s part. The volume ends with “Whatever It Takes,” an episode about Storm’s home village and the Shadow King.

    Overall, Volume 1 is a must have in your collection! Oh and P.S. the 90s X-men opening theme IS the end-all, be-all for opening themes. Don’t let anyone tell you different! If they had it for my phone, it would be my ringtone to this day.

    Best Episode: “Night of the Sentinels” – you’ve got to see where it all begins. “Days of Future Past” is also a must-see.

    Episode You Can Skip: “Cold Vengeance” gets a little slow but it sets up “Slave Island,” which is a more interesting episode.

    Fun Easter Eggs:

    • In “Deadly Reunions,” as Professor X is in Sabretooth’s mind, see some fun special guests, such as Deadpool, Omega Red and others.
    • “Slave Island” shows mutant extras Northstar, Aurora, Sunfire and others.
    • “Days of Future Past (Part 1)” shows some kids running with a video game in their hands featuring The Punisher.
    • In “The Final Decision,” when Professor X probes Gambit’s mind, we see Ghost Rider.
    • In “Till Death Do Us Part (Part 1)” Morph says “Making copies!” a la Saturday Night Live. This has nothing to do with anything, just thought it was kind of funny 🙂
    • In “Whatever It Takes” Morph transforms into Deadpool, Omega Red, and Maverick.

    Favorite Quotes:

    • Wolverine – the ever-classic “I go where I WANNA go.”
    • Storm – “Storm, Mistress of the Elements, commands you to release that child!” Rogue – “Lighten up on the speeches, Sugah.”
    • Magneto – “I wonder how he’ll look, Charles, after so long… perhaps, a toupee?”
    • Gambit – “How do you sweat so much, petite, and not lose weight?”
    • Wolverine – “What’s the matter? Teacher’s pet got cold feet?” *Cyclops flashes his optic beams* “Anytime, pretty boy.”
    • Storm – “Gambit, the term rec room does not mean you must wreck it.” Gambit – “Even Storm makes jokes now! What next?”
    • Wolverine – “This kid’s crying… do something!”
    • Rogue to Gambit – “Don’t you ever get tired of listening to yourself?!” Gambit – “Not when I’m talking bout you, chere.”
    • Wolverine to Jubilee – “If you knew how much bubble gum I had to sniff to find you!”

    -Rogue 1