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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/9/21

Welcome, to the world of tomorrow! More specifically, welcome to DC’s Future State! The far-flung future comics event began this week and I picked out a couple of titles I wanted to read, Next Batman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn! But I’ve also got a big pile of Marvel comics to read, like Iron Man and Juggernaut! This is gonna be a big pile of reviews, everybody! It’s all very exciting.

I’m gonna put all the Future State reviews on the bottom, just to group them together.

Comic Book of the Week goes to Future State: Wonder Woman #1 for a really fun and charming first issue. But the new Thor issue was so close because of a couple great cameos…

New things are afoot

Meanwhile, I just finished off The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and the series ending was…not good. Jeez louise. The show had a lot of potential and promise when it started, but it seemed to flail a lot as it headed for the ending. The last season was a wild ride, to be sure, but that ending is just terrible. And I’m usually a guy who likes terrible endings!

Comic Reviews: Iron Man #5, Juggernaut #5, Thor #11, X-Factor #6, Future State: The Next Batman #1, Future State: Harley Quinn #1 and Future State: Wonder Woman #1.

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There is a Cerberus Ranger and I Am All About That

The other day, I took a deep dive into the Power Rangers wiki while looking up information on Yellow Power Ranger Aisha Campbell, as one does. And I stumbled upon something called Power Rangers HyperForce. It’s apparently some kind of tabletop RPG played over Twitch…or something. I don’t know, none of that is my scene. Heck, I don’t even really care all that much about any power Rangers beyond the Mighty Morphin era.

So it helps that HyperForce is clearly an homage to those great original Ranger years. They’ve even got a HyperForce Green with his own golden shield.

Red Lion, Blue Serpent, Pink Phoenix, Black Cerberus, Yellow Ram and Green Hydra

But don’t worry about that. We’re here to talk about HyperForce Black…the Cerberus Ranger! Also, the first Black Ranger to be a woman, so that’s cool. Her name is Vesper Vasquez and she was played by Cristina Vee.

So cool!

And she’s got a cool three-headed ax! It transforms into a shield!

I found so much legit artwork online!

Like any red-blooded American white kid growing up in the middle class, I was big into Greek mythology when I was in elementary and middle schools. It was my jam. And my favorite Greek monster was Cerberus, the three-headed hellhound that guarded the gates of the Underworld.

You know him, you love him!

Honestly, I’m not trying to make any larger point here. Cerberus was my favorite Greek myth monster. I remain a fan to this day, even going so far as to make a whole List of Six on this blog of various Cerberus incarnations in pop culture. Cerberus is just cool.

And the other day, I discovered a Cerberus-based Power Ranger. Complete with a Cerberus Zord!

The resemblance is perfect!

I’m not made of stone, people. I am still as much of a geek as I’ve always been. And this is exactly the sort of geeky thing I drool over! There’s no point to it. Nothing about this is going to impact my life in any way. It’s just a random, weird combination of some of my favorite geeky things and I am tickled to the highest levels of pink!

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The 6 Gnarliest Uses of Cerberus in Pop Culture

Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I like to celebrate on my blog with monster lists! I’ve done ghosts, I’ve done movie monsters, and this year we’re going to celebrate my favorite monster of all time: Cerberus, theĀ originalĀ dog from Hell!

Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good bo-oy?

I was a huge fan of Greek Myths when I was a kid. I used to take this big book of Greek Myths out of the Middle School library all the time! And Cerberus, the three-headed guard dog of the Underworld, was my favorite monster. He’s just so snarly and badass! I even used to draw a Cerberus superhero, who had a normal head, then two fake dog heads on his shoulders as part of his costume. Man, I’d give anything to find some of my old middle school sketches… Anyway, for Halloween this year, I’ve put together a list of the best Cerberus cameos in pop culture!

Join me after the jump if you dare to be scared!

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