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THE EVOLUTION OF MODOK PART 16: Silly Superheroes, MODOKs Are For Kids!

In 2006, MODOK appeared in the all-ages book Marvel Adventures #9, and had his greatest victory: Remaking the entire Avengers team into his own image!

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This spawned a series of humorous MODOK appearances, which may (or may not) have also been canon, including the above panel from Cable and Deadpool #11, by one of my least favorite writers, Fabian Nicieza.  Actually, to be totally honest, this appearance was in 2005 so it predated Jeff Parker’s kids’ book appearance, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story.

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In the years 2005-2007 we also saw MODOK appear in the Great Lakes Avengers book GLX-Mas Special #1, where he lashed out with the classic retort, “Pitiful mini-brains!  Cower before me!”  But the ultimate funny MODOK appearance came in Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen’s classic book NEXTwave (which I’ve featured on this site extensively), in which he appeared in the famous widescreen issue in the form of Elvis…

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THE POCKET GODS-The Curse of Oak Island

Nub Music presents this modern-day psychedelic album. When they’re jamming on actual songs it’s excellent. I could have done without the weird talking between songs, though. Still, in all, a terrific example of how you can update an old sound and make it new again. Nice, crunchy, jams…I like it more and more each time I hear it.

I bet these guys are great live.

Turn on the blacklight, get stoned, and stream the entire album below.

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THE GET AHEAD-Volcano!

A little old-school R&B from new jack Bandcamp artists. Very good.

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THE EVOLUTION OF MODOK PART 15: MODOK helps launch one of the greatest titles of the 2000s

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Dan Slott’s She-Hulk was one of the best comics of the 2000s.  You’d think it was difficult to make She-Hulk worthy of a solo book, but quite a few creators have had great runs with her.  Her first run, by Stan Lee, was terrible.  But after that we had John Byrne, this run by Dan Slott, and Charles Soule’s fantastic book of 2014.  And MODOK was there to launch the first issue in 2004!

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After that , he was part of the short-lived Captain America and the Falcon book by Priest (formerly Jim Owsley).  The book wasn’t his best work, but in #12 he delivered a brain-broken MODOK that got punched in the head by Hulk.  So that almost made the book worth it.

Actually, lots of people thought it was a good comic but for me it was just meh.

Anyway, what can MODOK do now that he’s been given a lobotomy by the U.S. Navy and then captured by SHIELD?  (Yes, that’s really what happened.)  I know!  We can forget it ever happened!  His very next appearance was in Cable & Deadpool #11 (March 2005), where he’s back with AIM and all’s well.

Next: Dan Slott gets a hold of him again!

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