TotL – 5 Living Planets
We’re still moving back to the roots of this segment, ie trivially specific aspects of popular culture, and this week’s Top o’ the Lot list gets it done, man. We’re touching on comics, movies, TV, and it’s obscure…oh, so obscure. Yes, on this week’s TotL (pronounced “TOTAL” by the kids) we’re delving into some of the biggest and baddest of all characters in pop culture. So, without further ado, technically they said it was living, he’s famous now, and he’s back now, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: 5 Living Planets.
Honorable Mention: Primus/Cybertron
In some of the less popular Transformers lore, the transforming alien’s home planet is actually itself a giant, godlike transformer called Primus. It’s all a bit technical, but it’s also really obscure. Even the the nerdiest of TF fanboys usually consider this the lamest version of both the planet and the character. In other forms Primus is more of a Cybertronian god of a lot less stature, and that’s likely the way it should stay. There is a good duality to the number one spot on this Lot, but he’s a different story altogether.
The crappy moon/planet full of blue people and evil humans is, yes, a living planet. It’s specifically stated in the film that every bit of plant life on Pandora is connection, like a giant nervous system. And there’s a strong argument that this is actually a thing. I’m not entirely sure the science really fits what happened, but what happened certainly suggests there’s a connection between all living things. Hey…I think I just got what Cameron was going for in Avatar!
Kathulos is weird. A Marvel character, pal of even weirder Marvel character Shuma-Gorath, he fought Doctor Strange a few times I think, and he’s, obviously a planet. That’s really all I got. You can really see how crappy the Pandora pick was though.
A Lee/Kirby creation, obscure as all get out, yet somehow, thanks to the MCU, everyone knows who he is. He’s Snake Plissken! He evolved from Jack Kirby’s fascination with space and the universe into a monster who put the smack down on Thor, to all-around laughing stock as Rocket Raccoon helps the powerful character in getting rid of what amounts to a lice infestation. Oh, how the might have fallen. He’s still dope, and that whole Guardians of the Galaxy 2 thing helps him quite a bit.
Mogo is a giant planet who also happens to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. He’s helped kick Parallax’s ass, acted as a teacher in at least one story, and is currently the home base to a new GL Corps, but he was created by the legendary team of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, creators of Watchmen. Now, the interesting thing is that the one-shot Mogo first appeared in was done in 1985, almost a full year before Watchmen #1 was published. So I argue that Mogo helped lead the way for the greatest comic book of all time. I cannot prove this, and I definitely don’t want to disprove it either. So I’m gong to just let it float out there…like a planet.
The great Transformers god of chaos, maybe. Unicron has been a few different things in the Transformers Universe. Just a big planet-eating monster, an evil god with the ultimate goal of devouring the entire multiverse, even kind of just a big goon. But now the giant has returned, and we’re not quite sure what he is now. IDW Publishing has recently revealed Unicron will be making his way to the Hasbro Comic Universe (maybe sooner than we think), but that’s all we’ve gotten. Just a reveal. It’s enough to get me excited, and together with Unicron’s unforgettable appearance in The Transformers animated film it launches Unicron to the Top o’ this Lot.
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