The Devil You Know.
This will be a brief post, and not about school. It is comic book shipping day, and honestly, I just want to talk about comics and Marvel Puzzle Quest.
Marvel Puzzle Quest just had a massive update, that included a bunch of X-Men characters that have been massively overlooked. One of those is Nightcrawler, who is ostensibly one of my favorite of the X-men ensemble cast.
If you aren’t an X-Men snob like I am, Nightcrawler is a mutant, who are people in Marvel comics born with superhuman abilities. Nightcrawler possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, and adhesive hands and feet. His physical mutations include indigo-colored velvety fur which allows him to become nearly invisible in shadows, two-toed feet and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears and a prehensile tail. Those all make him very hard to draw, by the way.
In Nightcrawler’s earlier comic book appearances he is depicted as being a happy-go-lucky practical joker and teaser, and a fan of swashbuckling fiction. Nightcrawler is a Catholic, and while this is not emphasized as much in his earlier comic book appearances, in later depictions Nightcrawler is more vocal about his faith.
He is pretty cool, and has just been introduced to Marvel Puzzle Quest. I placed 16th in the “Devil You Know” PvP event featuring him, which was out of 249 players, so that’s kind of a big deal. I put in extra effort, what with it being one of my favorite characters.
The X-Men of the 80’s speak to me a great deal right now. The whole intro tag line to every issue told about how they “protected a world that hates and fears them.” Right now, being something of an outsider at my school environment, I feel more like that than I have since actually being in high school, when Nightcrawler was a key part of the ensemble cast of the X-Men.
You see how both Kurt and Cap are smiling? That’s right. They are rolling out to do something that the right thing, and that always keeps you on top. It always makes things worth doing.
That’s what the X-Men taught me, True Believers.