A bad continuum is a universe that didn't have a perfect Big Bang, thus emerging broken or malformed from the Multiverse. Bad continua are notable for flaws in the laws of physics, such as water boiling at ten degrees or frozen water turning into music instead of ice, and can be either very big or only a couple of hundred miles across. An example of bad continuum is the Negative Zone.
The material found within a bad continuum, which is called transmatter, will always retain the unique physical laws of its home universe, even if taken to others.
Barbarian is a subjective term, referring to a human perceived as uncivilized or primitive by another party. The use of the term is often derogatory or negative.
The term is sometimes equated to "savage".
The concept was heavily exploited by the literary genre "Sword and Sorcery", such as the stories of Conan by Robert E. Howard, in which the negative connotations of the word are often inverted. Other characters, such as Kull and Bran Mak Morn, also created by Howard, Thongor, created by Lin Carter, or Brak, by John Jakes, are barbarians of their own eras.
Aditionnally to their adaptations of the above-mentioned characters, Marvel Comics has created its own barbarians, such as Starr the Slayer, Kronak the Barbarian, King of Terragonia, or Vandal the Barbarian.
(See Also: Sword and Sorcery glossary entry)
Bioelectricity or Bioelectrogenesis is the generation of electricity by living organisms, a phenomenon that belongs to the science of electrophysiology. This phenomenon allows, plants, insects and fish and larger life-forms to glow or produce electrical discharges.
Spider-Woman's body possesses an inordinate amount of bioelectricity that she has learned to channel and discharge through her hands, in controlled bursts of what she calls "Venom Blasts". These energy projections vary in power; they mostly affect the nervous system in humans. Spider-Woman can regulate them from simply a stun to potent enough to kill an average-sized man in the same way that a lightning bolt could kill him.
Spider-Man (Miles Morales) can temporarily paralyze his enemies or destroy technology by simply touching them with his hands. However, it seems that there are varying degrees to this ability as some opponents have been simply dazed where others have been completely incapacitated. It also seems more effective on people with genetic alterations, such as the Green Goblin and Venom. This power provides a great advantage as Miles can end a confrontation quickly with little collateral damage.
Namor can discharge bio-electricity similar to an electric eel, but seldom uses it. He seems to be able to absorb certain energies and convert them into bio-electricity; blasts similar to his own such as from the Wasp seem easiest to absorb. It would appear that he needs to absorb energy from outside sources to produce a charge.
Dr. Henry Pym develops a process were Janet Van Dyne the Wasp could generate powerful bioelectric blasts from her hands derived directly from her bioelectricity. They have been shown to be capable of cutting through high-density structures and is able to cause extreme pain to superhumanly strong and highly durable beings. He later altered his own physiology when he became the Wasp allowing him to manipulate his own bioenergy.
The mystical version of it is known as Chi. Some people have been able to train themselves to enhance their minds and bodies. Many martial artist have some level of skill in Chi manipulation.
Surge's mutant powers allow her to absorb electricity from the air and nearby devices. She can't control the absorption, and thus must wear specifically-designed Power Gauntlets at all times to regulate it. She can discharge the energy through lightning blasts from her hands or other parts of her body. If Noriko doesn't discharge the electricity that builds in her body it can cause her mind to race, making her speak very fast and in a jittery, electronic fashion, worsens her control over her discharges, and radically alters the electrical impulses in her nervous system.
Energy generated by a living being through motion.
Of or having to do with an artificial simulation of a living thing or, more usually, of part of a living thing. A cyborg possesses certain bionic limbs or organs. An android's body is entirely bionic.
(See Also: Cyborgs)
[top] [Edit Bionic]
The British Invasion is a term used to refer to a group of British writers who worked on American comic books in the 1980's. These include Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan and Neil Gaiman. British writers changed the genre with a sensitivity to the use of language and tackling more mature stories, and deconstructing the superhero status quo. The British writers lead to Marvel Comics and DC Comics abandoning the comics code.
(See Also: http://marvel.com/news/comics/23720/marvel_75_the_british_invasion)
[top] [Edit British Invasion]