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The Best Stuff In Comics: 12-15-14

This is where we present to you, the other best stuff besides the best covers, best story arcs, and best barbecue grills.

Normally this has been a VIDEO FEATURE for over one hundred episodes. We've changed the format to a text version as most seem to prefer it this way. Let me know in the comments below.

Each week we take a look at the other Best Stuff you might have missed...this week.


Best Napkin Note

How the heck did Spider-Man hook up with the X-Men go become the guidance counselor at the Jean Grey School? Basically it was Wolverine's idea. He's dead now, by the way. But in a move you'd absolutely expect from Logan, it appears he left the documents for his wish for Spider-Man to head to the school in the way only he could--on a napkin.

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Best Way to Tell if Someone is Hiding Something Without Psi-scanning Them

The X-Men are a little unsure of having Spider-Man with them. They barely know him. Others simply just don't like him. There's also the fact that they don't know his secret identity. They can't be sure it's even him and not some villain taking part in a dastardly scheme against them. Spidey has one way of explaining why a psi-scan isn't necessary.

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Best Description of Rocket Raccoon

There's often been the question of what exactly is Rocket Raccoon? He's referred to being a raccoon but sometimes gets extremely upset if he's called one. When the Guardians come across...Nick Fury, we hear what Nick thinks Rocket looks like.

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Best “I am Groot” Ending

This is at the very end, on the very last page. It's a pretty great ending for the overall issue. We can't spoil that so you'll have to check it out for yourself.


Best Return of a Team/Best Scene in the Rain

Eva Bell is one of the new X-Men that Cyclops has recruited for his revolution. It turns out Eva had a little adventure through time because of her powers going a little out of control. At one point, she comes across a certain group of mutants from the future. It also took place in the rain and Andrea Sorrentino's art (throughout the entire issue) was just amazing.

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Best Professor's Office

Eva also wakes at one point to find herself in Professor Rasputin's office. Of course Illyana is going to have a pretty trippy place.

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Best “Stop Hitting Yourself” Moment

Spider-Verse is still underway. As if coming across a multitude of different Spider-people from alternate universes and being hunted by the Inheritors wasn't enough, Spidey finds himself face to face with...himself? It's actually Doc Ock during the SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN days when he took over Spidey's body. As the fight begins, Spider-Man is basically hitting himself.

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Best Reason Not to Eat too Much Candy

What can you do when you find a large pile of delicious candy and treats in front of you? Most of us know the importance of moderation. Sometimes it's just hard to resist, which usually ends in you paying the price. Harley is reminded of this fact when she, and a little girl who's house she broke into because...well, just read the issue. But here's what happened when they had too much holiday candy.

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Gross. But they actually got a kick out of it.

Best Almost Misinterpreted Line

In the third story in the issue, Harley discovers a grey hair. When she's lead to believe it's because of Father Time, she sets out to find him. She likely has the wrong person but as she's trying to find Father Time's clock to prevent him from aging people, the guy's family walks in and wonders what she's doing. It was probably easy to think she said something else.

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Best use of Binary Code

Rocket takes an assignment from Cosmo and meets a big giant robot. The robot only speaks in binary code. Cosmo translates his name and it is accurate. Now you know how to spell Brute in binary.

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Best Translation Fail

According to Tollo Tollere on Twitter, the lettering on this truck translates to "big-stomached chicken." That apparently is a homophone for a big crisis in Mandarin. Not really good when the team is secretly being transported inside.

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Best Reason to Steer Clear of Harley Quinn

Some people just love music. They'll listen to it anytime. Harley digs a new song but how exactly is she listening to it?

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Biggest Character Origin Twist

You may have heard the news about the shake up in this issue. We don't like to spoil things of this magnitude right away because we want everyone to read it for themselves. We will be going more in depth into this topic and what it means for the Marvel and Cinematic Universe. If you haven't read it yet, check it out. Or stay tuned for Tuesday's article.

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Best Pose for the God of Lies that Doesn't Make Sense in the Story

Remember the controversy over that SPIDER-WOMAN #1 variant cover with a certain pose drawn by a certain artist? In the midst of Deadpool's crazy adventure where he wants to write and sell a book on how to fight a war, Loki takes a moment to strike a rather odd pose. There's no reason or explanation in the comic. It just happens.

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Best Poll of the Week

Last week the poll dealt with the Forbidden Kick seen in the latest issue of IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON. Looks like most of you (58%) felt it should never be allowed. That's why it's forbidden.

This week, let's find out what you all think of the the change to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #7.

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That's all I came up with this week. Let us know in the comments below what other Best Stuff you dug this past week. Special thanks to @djfanco, @tollo_tollere, and k4tzm4n for their suggestions. If you want to participate or felt we missed some other Best Stuff, you can @reply me on Twitter at @GManFromHeck by Fridays using the hashtag #BestStuffInComics and I'll think you're pretty groovy.

Let us know what you think of this format. Answer the poll question. Be sure to always look for the best stuff and be sure to avoid eating too much holiday candy unless you enjoy vomiting on each other.