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The most prominent ideological clash in the X-Men franchise is that between Xavier and Magneto; despite later interpretations of the two as analogues for Martin Luther King Jr. Callisto is a separatist , who seeks to protect the Morlocks through isolationism. Emma Frost is portrayed as rejecting social movements, opting to use the capitalist system for her personal benefit, or for that of individual mutants in her care.
Apocalypse is characterized as a social darwinist who believes that mutants can only survive through the rule of might. The Mutant Liberation Front commits acts of terrorism to liberate mutants wrongly incarcerated by the government. Even when individual characters expressing conflicting ideologies are portrayed as either misguided or villainous, their motives and beliefs are often treated by the X-Men with nuance, sympathy, and respect; for example, during Secret Wars , when The Avengers take issue with Magneto’s placement among the heroic team by The Beyonder , the X-Men defend him as an ally, despite disagreeing with his methods.
The X-Men exist in the Marvel Universe along with other characters featured in Marvel Comics series and often interact with them. Rogue got her powers via absorbing Carol Danvers then called Ms. Marvel who has also interacted with the X-Men. Storm was once the Queen of Wakanda and the wife of Black Panther , as well as a temporary member of the Fantastic Four.
Rachel Summers was the girlfriend of Franklin Richards. Sabretooth was an Iron Fist villain before becoming Wolverine’s archenemesis. The global nature of the mutant concept means the scale of stories can be highly varied.
The X-Men’s enemies range from mutant thieves to galactic threats. To the outside world, it acted as a higher learning institute until the s, when Xavier was publicly exposed as a mutant at which point it became a known mutant boarding school. Xavier funds a corporation aimed at reaching mutants worldwide, though it ceased to exist following the “Decimation” storyline. The X-Men benefit from advanced technology such as Xavier tracking down mutants with a device called Cerebro which amplifies his powers; the X-Men train within the Danger Room , first depicted as a room full of weapons and booby traps, now as generating holographic simulations; and the X-Men travel in their Blackbird jet.
The X-Men introduced several fictional locations which are regarded as important within the shared universe in which Marvel Comics characters exist:. The insecurity and anxieties in Marvel’s early s comic books such as The Fantastic Four , The Amazing Spider-Man , The Incredible Hulk , and X-Men ushered in a new type of superhero, very different from the certain and all-powerful superheroes before them, and changed the public’s perception of superheroes. The X-Men team has featured in multiple forms of media including the 20th Century Fox live-action film series , multiple animated shows , live-action shows, multiple video games , numerous novels , motion comics , soundtracks , action figures , and clothing.
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Enemies of the X-Men. She also wrote three short series companion volumes for charity, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , which later became the inspiration for a new series of films. Rowling wrote with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. In , she returned to publishing for younger children with the fairy tale The Ickabog , which she initially published for free online for children in lockdown, later donating all her book royalties to help vulnerable groups affected by the Covid pandemic.
Rowling has received many awards and honors for her writing, including for her detective series written under the name Robert Galbraith. For as long as she can remember, J. Rowling wanted to be a writer, and is at her happiest in a room, making things up. She lives in Scotland with her family. Rowling is best-known as the author of the seven Harry Potter books, which were published between and The enduringly popular adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione have gone on to sell over million copies, be translated into over 80 languages and made into eight blockbuster films.
Alongside the Harry Potter series, J. The companion books and original series are all available as audiobooks. In , J. In the same year, she made her debut as a screenwriter with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Inspired by the original companion volume, it was the first in a series of new adventures featuring wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander. The screenplays, as well as the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, are also available as books.
Rowling also writes novels for adults. The Casual Vacancy was published in and adapted for television in The sixth book in the series, Ink Black Heart, is published in August Rowling released in free online instalments, The Ickabog, an original fairy tale, which she wrote over ten years ago as a bedtime story for her younger children.
She decided to share the personal family favourite to help entertain children, parents and carers confined at home during the Covid lockdown.
The story is now published as a book hardback, ebook and audio in the English language, and is translated into 26 languages, each edition with its own unique illustrations by children. Rowling is donating her royalties from The Ickabog to her charitable trust, The Volant Charitable Trust, to assist vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid pandemic in the UK and internationally. Together, Jack and the Christmas Pig embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known.
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Verified Purchase. Just make sure to check the pages as soon as you receive the book. My nephew kept at me about my criticism of Harry Potter because I hadn’t read the books, well, with all this pandemic mess, I had time to spare so I started with the first book, and read straight through to the seventh.
I can say from my perspective as an avid reader, Ms. Rowling is no Agatha Christie, or J. Tolkien; however she does write compelling stories here that keep the reader’s interest. Many things I found to be predictable which irritated my nephew to no end; but this didn’t matter; she did have enough surprises to keep you guessing.
I read for the joy of reading and can see the attraction of the books–however I also watched each movie after I finished a book and have to say–not that it surprised me at all–the books, including this one, are far better than the movie, even with all the CGI that makes “eye-candy” for the young folks who become Potterheads. Rowling allowed them to completely change whole sections and timelines of the story in the book, when transferred to the screen. In either case, I find this to be the darkest of the series and I personally wouldn’t want a child of mine reading it until they were going on 16 because of language and the depth of rather dark imagery–I know kids today see and hear much worse, but I’m an old foggy and just think this should be reserved for upper teens as it definitely has the potential to create creepy imagery that could traumatize the younger children.
Parents, you be the judge as to whether your kids can handle a lot of death, darkness, eerie scenes and sexual innuendo, never direct at whatever age is best suited for your kids.
Now that’s my view as a parent and uncle
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The Silver Surfer is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character also appears in a number of movies, television, and video game adaptations. The character was created by Jack Kirby and first appeared in the comic book Fantastic Four 48, published in The Silver Surfer is a humanoid alien with metallic skin who can travel through space with the aid of his surfboard -like craft. Originally a young astronomer named Norrin Radd on the planet Zenn-La, he saved his homeworld from the planet devourer, Galactus , by serving as his herald.
Imbued in return with some portion of Galactus’ Power Cosmic ,  Radd acquired vast power, a new body and a surfboard-like craft on which he could travel faster than light.
Now known as the Silver Surfer, Radd roamed the cosmos searching for planets for Galactus to consume. When his travels took him to Earth , he met the Fantastic Four , who helped him rediscover his nobility of spirit. Betraying Galactus, the Surfer saved Earth but was exiled there as punishment.
The Silver Surfer debuted as an unplanned addition to the superhero -team comic Fantastic Four 48 March The comic’s writer-editor, Stan Lee , and its penciller and co-plotter, Jack Kirby , had, by the mids, developed a collaborative technique known as the ” Marvel Method “: the two would discuss story ideas, Kirby working from a brief synopsis to draw the individual scenes and plot details, with Lee finally adding the dialogue and captions.
When Kirby turned in his pencil art for the story, he included a new character he and Lee had not discussed. The Silver Surfer soon became a key part of the unfolding story. Following the Surfer’s debut, Lee and Kirby brought him back as a recurring guest in Fantastic Four 55—61, 72, and 74—77 ranging Oct.
The character made his solo debut in the backup story of Fantastic Four Annual 5 Nov. The following year, Lee launched the solo title The Silver Surfer. The first seven issues, which included anthological “Tales of the Watcher” backup stories, were page with advertising , cent “giants”, as opposed to the typical page, cent comics of the time.
Thematically, the stories dealt with the Surfer’s exile on Earth and the inhumanity of man as observed by this noble yet fallen hero. Though short-lived, the series became known as one of Lee’s most thoughtful and introspective works.
Following his series’ cancellation, the Surfer made sporadic appearances as a guest star or antagonist in such comic books as Thor , The Defenders , and Fantastic Four. Lee remained partial to the Surfer, even asking other writers not to use him as a general rule,  and with Kirby collaborated on a seminal graphic novel starring the character, the only original story featured in the Marvel Fireside Books series.
After a one-shot by writer-artist John Byrne with scripting by Stan Lee , the Surfer appeared in his second solo ongoing title in Initially written by Steve Englehart , the series was to be set on Earth and one issue was completed under this premise before Marvel agreed to let Englehart remove the long-standing restriction regarding Silver Surfer being imprisoned on Earth.
This first issue was shelved and a brand new first issue was written, to set up this plot twist; the original first issue would ultimately be reprinted in Marvel Fanfare The series marked the first Silver Surfer stories not written by Stan Lee, a fact which Lee was openly unhappy about.
He explained:. I felt that it was kind of nice for me to have been the only writer of the Silver Surfer, so I felt a little bit disappointed when somebody else did it. I would have liked to have been the only person. Had I known they were absolutely going to have the book done, I would have found the time to do it myself. I didn’t really have time but I would have made the time, rather than have anybody else do it. Englehart introduced many villains for Silver Surfer, as well as featured space politics involving Surfer’s homeworld Zenn-La, which was caught in the middle of a renewed Kree—Skrull War.
However, issues regarding Englehart wanting to use his Avengers character Mantis as Silver Surfer’s companion, as well as editorial refusing to let him use Thanos or other concepts conceived by Jim Starlin , led Englehart to leave the book with issue Starlin took over as writer with issue 34 after several fill-in issues, and incorporated Thanos, Adam Warlock, and Drax the Destroyer into the series. DeMatteis also having brief writing stints on the series as well. Muth , as well as periodic guest spots by John Buscema.
The title experienced great initial success which allowed Marvel to push the character into other media, including a video game , trading card set, and animated series , as well as spinning off a variety of other comics series including Cosmic Powers , Cosmic Powers Unlimited , Captain Marvel vol. It ran issues, through A two-issue Silver Surfer miniseries later collected as Silver Surfer: Parable , scripted by Lee and drawn by Moebius , was published through Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint in and Because of inconsistencies with other stories, it has been argued that these stories actually feature an alternate Silver Surfer from a parallel Earth.
A new ongoing Silver Surfer series began in , focusing on the character’s alien nature and messianic allegory. It lasted 14 issues. In —, he starred in the four-issue miniseries Annihilation: Silver Surfer and co-starred in the miniseries Heralds of Galactus , both part of the Annihilation fictional crossover. Michael Straczynski and artist Esad Ribic.
The first issue was released May 30, to coincide with the character’s first movie appearance. After an appearance in the ” Planet Hulk ” storyline in , the Surfer was featured in its spin-off series starring the Hulk’s son Skaar in , both written by Greg Pak.
The Silver Surfer received a sixth volume, an eponymous 5-issue miniseries written by Pak, debuting in February In , a 5 part mini-series titled Silver Surfer: Black was released featuring art from Tradd Moore in collaboration with writing from Donny Cates. The series is an extension of a Guardians of the Galaxy storyline which the Surfer was sucked into a black hole and ejected into unfamiliar space territory.
This run follows the Surfer as he traverses the spaceways on a journey back home. Facing the destruction of his world by planet-consuming Galactus , Radd bargains with the cosmic being. In return for the safety of Zenn-La and his lover, Shalla-Bal , Radd pledges to seek out planets for the world devourer to consume as his herald. Galactus imbues him with a portion of the Power Cosmic , transforming him into the Silver Surfer. Radd serves Galactus for an unspecified amount of time.
Eventually, the Surfer summons his master to Earth. Touched by their nobility, he rebels against Galactus, who is eventually driven off. Before he leaves, he confines the Surfer to Earth with an invisible barrier that affects only him. During his exile, the Surfer fights numerous villains, including Doctor Doom , who wants his Power Cosmic, and Mephisto , who wants his soul. The Surfer’s only ally during these trials is a physicist by the name of Al B.
Harper, who eventually sacrifices himself to save the world from the Stranger. Banding together with the Hulk and Namor during these wanderings, the Surfer forms the “Titans Three”, a group dedicated to battling evil on Earth. The Surfer finally pierces Galactus’s barrier with the aid of Reed Richards and temporarily escapes Earth.
He discovers, though, that his homeworld has been ravaged by Galactus and Shalla-Bal has been abducted by Mephisto and taken to Earth. Even though it means trapping himself once more, the Surfer returns to Earth to battle and defeat Mephisto.
Before being vanquished, Mephisto sends Shalla-Bal back to Zenn-La, but the Surfer manages to endow her with a portion of his Power Cosmic, which she uses to revitalize the plant life of their ravaged homeworld.
After the Surfer aids the Fantastic Four against Galactus’s latest herald Terrax ,  The Surfer eventually pierces Galactus’s barrier by acting on a suggestion of trying to pass through on a spaceship instead of via his own power on his surfboard.
He also makes peace with Galactus by rescuing current herald Nova from the Skrulls. Galactus declares the Surfer’s exile ended. Embroiled in fresh hostilities between the interstellar Kree and Skrull empires, the Surfer also intervenes in a series of plots by the Elders of the Universe , who plan to become supremely powerful by destroying Galactus and the universe with him.
The Surfer thwarts this plot with the aid of his new love interest, Mantis , the Earth-born cosmic heroine also known as the “Celestial Madonna”.
The Surfer repeatedly battles space-born menaces, the chief of whom is Thanos, who attempts to kill half the life in the universe using the omnipotent Infinity Gauntlet. He convinces Galactus to restore it,  but once Galactus has done so, the Surfer is overcome with grief until he is able to forgive himself. The Surfer returns home to Zenn-La to find that the planet has vanished, and learns it was actually destroyed in the s Earth time by the entity known as the Other.
Zenn-La and its people which the Surfer repeatedly encountered since leaving Galactus’s service were actually reproductions, created by Galactus so that the Surfer would have a home to return to. He later regains his personality during a time-travel adventure and sharing a romance with Alicia Masters. Silver Surfer temporarily bonds with and is controlled by the Carnage symbiote , which is seeking revenge for the destruction of its homeworld.
Later, the Surfer works with the alien Annunaki race to gather and protect some of Earth’s most extraordinarily gifted children. During his travels, the Surfer is captured by a portal of the Sakaar Empire. Left weakened and vulnerable by his trip through the portal, the Surfer is subdued and implanted with an obedience disk to ensure he remains loyal to them. Fighting as a gladiator and believed to be the fabled ‘Sakaarson’ due to his appearance , the Surfer is finally forced to face the Hulk along with his Warbound.
Through teamwork and distraction, the Hulk is eventually able to destroy the Surfer’s obedience disk. The Hulk and several other slaves and gladiators are freed when the Surfer uses the Power Cosmic to remove their own obedience disks and give them a way out of the arena, although the Hulk declines the Surfer’s offer to take him back to Earth.
During the Annihilation war, the Silver Surfer again becomes Galactus’s herald to help save the universe from the despot Annihilus. Drax the Destroyer frees the Surfer, who in turn frees Galactus. An enraged Galactus destroys more than half the Annihilation Wave, and Annihilus is defeated.
The Silver Surfer leads the world devourer to the populated planet Orbucen, which brings him into conflict with Richard Rider. He delays the planetary destruction to give the inhabitants more time to evacuate. The Silver Surfer returns to Sakaar in a plan to feed Galactus with the unique “Old Power” which he claims would sate his master’s hunger for thousands of years, sparing many other inhabited worlds.
He is opposed by the Hulk’s son, Skaar , and is enslaved by an obedience disc. The conflict is ended when Skaar’s mother Caiera sacrifices her soul and Old Power as sustenance for Galactus. The battle ended when the Silver Surfer chose to leave his post as herald and guard an Asgardian artifact. Galactus “tethers” him to Asgard’s location in Oklahoma , resulting in his powers waning the further he travels from Asgard, and grants him the ability to return to human form.
Silver Surfer and Dawn meet Glorian the Maker of Miracles, who plans to rebuild our universe for the heroes to return to after they finish in Battleworld. Glorian has also enlisted the help of the Shaper of Worlds. Dawn agreed to use her memories to restore Earth while Silver Surfer left to restore the rest of the universe, but Silver Surfer unmade Galactus while Dawn unknowingly created another version of Norrin.
The Shaper of Worlds is not happy with the changes. When Silver Surfer was displaced in time, he had an encounter with Knull.
Gathering the energy from the cosmos, Silver Surfer managed to defeat Knull. During the ” King in Black ” storyline, Silver Surfer passes by the planets that were ravaged by Knull. Knull reels in pain and Eddie Brock is chosen to be the new Captain Universe.
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Naturally, the situation becomes much worse very quickly. Jordan herself has never stepped outside the law well, not without a good reason. However, with this family connection she has access to a not only a potential pool of confidantes who will help her out but who also have a skill set to perform the breaking and entering and minor swiping of clues that Cozy Mystery sleuths so frequently need.
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Me, too. I was just wondering about that myself. Her books normally come out at the end of the year. This one usually comes out the first few months of the new year.
Another one that I have heard nothing about. Start earning points for buying books! A Book Collector Mystery Series Victoria Abbott Each book in the national bestselling series focuses on a different classic mystery writer as rare book collector Jordan Bingham finds mysteries—and solves them too.
We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt. The Hammett Hex. For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. The Marsh Madness. So when Chadwick Kauffman—heir to the Kauffman fortune—offers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea.
The next day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to read that Chadwick has died in a fall from the grand staircase at Summerlea. But when the picture in the paper is of a different man, it becomes clear that the ladies are victims of a scam. Books in this series 5 books. Hide books you have in your Kindle library. Audible Audiobook See Audiobook buying options. Jordan Kelly is delighted to make money tracking down rare and valuable mystery novels for her employer, Vera Van Alst, an avid collector and the most difficult woman in Harrison Falls, New York.
Then the entire family disappears—and a dead body shows up. Shortly thereafter, Jordan is told that her position is being terminated. Evicted from the Van Alst House, Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over her erstwhile employer. So when Chadwick Kauffman—heir to the Kauffman fortune—offers a very good price on a fine collection of Ngaio Marsh first editions owned by his recently deceased stepfather, she is thrilled to meet with him at his fabled summer estate, Summerlea.
The next day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to read that Chadwick has died in a fall from the grand staircase at Summerlea. But when the picture in the paper is of a different man, it becomes clear that the ladies are victims of a scam.
On a getaway to the City by the Bay, book collector Jordan Bingham becomes entangled in a mystery with more twists than Lombard Street For his own part, Smiley is full of surprises. But the trip goes downhill fast when Jordan is pushed from a cable car and barely escapes death. Customers who bought from this series also bought.
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