Say No to Hydra Cap and Yes to ‘I Am Chaos’

Marvel Comics has altered Captain America’s comic book history so that he now is, and has always been, a part of Hydra, a major enemy organization. And if you’re part of the #SayNoToHydraCap backlash, then now is a good time to say yes to, “I Am Chaos,” a free short story set in the Mortal Gods universe.

Time interviewed Marvel Comics Executive Editor Tom Brevoort about the change to the long-time superhero and he claims the change isn’t a gimmick. “It means on the most fundamental level that the most trusted hero in the Marvel universe is now secretly a deep-cover Hydra operative, a fact that’s really only known to the readers and to him.”

This is undoubtedly a temporary change (it always is in comics) and there is the possibility this is all one giant misdirect. Nevertheless, many fans are upset over it and expressing their displeasure by way of using the #SayNoToHydraCap on social media. In fact, this change, along with Marvel attacking “right-wing extremists,” have many fans fed-up with Marvel. And if you are one of the people who is saying no to Hydra Cap, now is also a great time to say yes to “I Am Chaos.”

“I Am Chaos,” is a full short story set in the universe of Mortal Gods and available for free at Liberty Island. But it isn’t just a free short story; it’s a story with two comic book writers as main characters. These comic book writers are deconstructing superheroes at the fictional comic book company where they work, and they play a key role in the conflict the protagonist must face.

So #SayNoToHydraCap and walk away from Marvel Comics. And then head on over to Liberty Island where you can #SayYesToIAmChaos.

‘The Silencers’: When Dean Martin Stripped Stella Stevens

Dean Martin strips Stella Stevens in, "The Silencers."

Dean Martin strips Stella Stevens in, “The Silencers.”

Donald Hamilton wrote a series of books featuring the character of Matt Helm, an American who works national security missions for the U.S. government. Dean Martin later starred in a series of movies based off these novels. And the first movie, The Silencers (1966), is a reminder of how different the world of the 1960s was from today. In particular, a scene where Martin literally rips the dress off his co-star, Stella Stevens, emphasizes how times and mindsets have changed.

A quick search of the web reveals Hamilton’s novels featuring Helm were significantly different than the Martin movies about him. But that’s not what this post is about.

Instead, it’s focused on how The Silencers (which essentially is a spoof of James Bond movies) portrays men and women of its day. And while no movie should be viewed as a documentary of how real life was during that time, films can provide an idea of attitudes and beliefs during different eras.

And the way The Silencers portrays Martin’s masculinity versus Stevens’s femininity, and how the two interact and treat one another, reveals that the 1960s are very much an alien landscape when compared to today’s world. For instance, watch the below clip where leading man Dean Martin manhandles Stella Stevens and then strips her to her lingerie.

The Silencers is not a great movie. But it is enjoyable and easily re-watchable. On top of this, it’s a blast to the past and a glimpse of an America that is long gone.

What Would You Do with Superhuman Abilities?

Artwork © 2013, Paul Hair. All Rights Reserved.

Artwork © 2013, Paul Hair. All Rights Reserved.

What would you do with superhuman abilities? Mortal Gods: Ignition provides an examination of how superhuman individuals might behave in a real-world setting. It’s a fun read but it’s also designed to make readers consider the impact that superhumans would have on the world if they were real.

Superhuman people don’t exist—yet. And often when authors write about them they have a tendency to fail to consider the full effect that such people would have on the world. This isn’t to say that authors don’t consider the implications at all, because they do, and more sophisticated thought on them is emerging as time progresses.

But here is the unique way that Mortal Gods: Ignition addresses superhuman abilities.

One of the things you’ll often see in stories portraying superhuman characters is that those with superhuman abilities either have abilities that are too strong or they have abilities that make you ask, “Why haven’t they solved X, a massive problem that has long plagued the world?”

Thus, what Mortal Gods: Ignition tries to do—subtly—is show that those with superhuman abilities have limited strengths (even the strongest of them) and their abilities are used in a fashion that they logically would use them if they actually existed in the real world.

This in turn keeps the stories just a little bit closer to reality and draws the reader into the universe of Mortal Gods. It also hopefully gets the reader to think about how superhuman abilities would impact our world if/when they become a reality.

So what would you do if you had superhuman abilities? How would you use them and how might they affect the world and everyone in it?

‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’ and ‘Zir’: Ahead of the Game

Original artwork from 'Mortal Gods: Ignition.'

Original artwork from ‘Mortal Gods: Ignition.’

One of the sentences in the second story of Mortal Gods: Ignition seemingly includes a misspelled word: “zir.” And while the word is indeed nonexistent, it is intentionally in the story to emphasize current events. And a perfect example of how “zir” is part of current events is news that New York City now claims the power to fine people who don’t use incorrect pronouns when someone demands that they do so.

Here’s an excerpt from, “The First Transgender Superhuman,” the second story in Mortal Gods: Ignition.

The Secretary of Defense sat next to the Secretary of Equality and shook zir by the shoulders as she whooped and hollered.

Why did the sentence refer to the Secretary of Equality as “zir?” It’s one of the made-up pronouns people are now using. In fact, advocates for made-up pronouns now wield enough power that they are persuading government that it should force everyone else to use made-up pronouns too.

The College Fix posted on May 17 about how New York City is threatening to fine people who won’t use the “correct” pronouns.

Almost certainly unbeknownst to the average New Yorker – a demographic not known for overweening politeness (I know, I married one) – the New York City Commission on Human Rights is demanding that employers, landlords, professionals and “all businesses” (in Volokh’s reading) ask people their preferred gender pronoun from their first interaction. …

The commission has the power to FINE these “covered entities” for violations …

Mortal Gods: Ignition is first and foremost a fun read. But it incorporates current events into the plots and conflicts as well. The War on Pronouns is one such current event.

Buy Mortal Gods: Ignition at Amazon now.

How Hating ‘Preacher’ Inspired ‘Mortal’ Response

Sunday’s premiere of the new AMC series “Preacher” had reviewers wondering if the show can bolster the channel’s struggling lineup.

I look at “Preacher” in a different light.

It inspired me to write “MORTAL GODS: IGNITION,” a book about the exploits of superhuman individuals in a real-world setting.

Actually, it wasn’t AMC’s “Preacher” that partially inspired me to write “Mortal Gods: Ignition.” Rather, it was the 1990s comic book series of the same name.

I never read the “Preacher” title but became familiar with it through heavy promotion by the comic book industry. If you don’t know it, you can read a thorough analysis of it at PopMatters.

And it was a combination of “Preacher” and a ton of other terrible entertainment over the years that finally caused me to say enough was enough. It’s time to produce my own stories.

That’s right. “Preacher” didn’t partially inspire me to write “Mortal Gods: Ignition” because I liked it; it helped inspire me because I loathe it. …

Read the entire post at Hollywood in Toto.

‘Mortal Gods: Ignition’: Pure Fiction but Themes and Plot Elements Are Not

Exclusive "Mortal Gods: Invasion" Artwork. © Paul Hair. All Rights Reserved.

Exclusive “Mortal Gods: Invasion” Artwork. © Paul Hair. All Rights Reserved.

Mortal Gods: Ignition is pure fiction but the themes and plot elements are not. Organized enemies attacking the U.S., illegal aliens conquering America, and warfare in general all factor into the short stories in MG:I. But perhaps the biggest issue of our day that is a plot element in MG:I is this: the concept of a “transgender” human being.

Withdrawing from all contact with anyone is the only way to avoid getting away from people talking about the idea of transgender human beings. The transgender agenda finds its way into government business, private enterprise, pop culture, and every other aspect of life.

The President of the United States just issued an edict (by way of the Departments of Justice and Education) to every school in the nation that they are to put boys in girls bathrooms and locker rooms, and vice versa.

He followed up that dictate with another one, this time ordering hospitals (by way of the Department of Health and Human Services) to engage in transgender counseling and surgery.

Meanwhile, the Department of Defense is going full speed ahead in encouraging the United States to life the ban on having transgenders in the armed forces.

Retail giant Target has become a de facto advocacy organization for the transgender movement, proudly declaring that it wants the opposite sex in its bathrooms. Americans have loudly fought back, with over a million people signing one petition alone in decrying the decision. Target stock has fallen dramatically yet it vows not to back down.