Moment of Geek

We interrupt your regular scheduled Moment of Geek with the following. Smurf here, I remember meeting Stan early on as I ventured into the world of Geekdom. There was no mistaking his voice as it filled the room recalling it from the Saturday morning cartoons. Back then it was just Stan and his comics not knowing the weight it would later carry for him and my life. He was the writer of the stories and heroes I loved growing up. The fuel for my imagination and backyard adventures as a child and later the world I would call home as an adult. He was awesome, excited to meet me, all of us in that room that day. Everyone was met with the same smile and energy, like he knew you and couldn’t wait to catch up. The passion this man had for his fans, for life, and the human condition was unwavering. He was the True Believer, always kind and standing up for the little guy with love and understanding. We could use more Stan Lees in the world, but his work here is done and the stars have called him home. May your board always point true, excelsior Stan and thank you.    

 

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The Walking Dead

Smurf returns to talk about last nights #WalkingDead episode as we jump forward six years.the-walking-dead-who-are-you-now-photos006-1541462915855_1280w

“Who Are You Now”

As we closed in on the final episode for Rick Grimes I wondered what his exit would be like. Getting swooped up in a helicopter to what I suspect is the same fate Heath suffered was not expected. I think that is the motivation of the multiple leaps in time for this season. The first to accommodate Ricks departure to the film world and now to the time they originally intended to started with I believe. Venturing so far from the comic at this point with only two characters left from the original group that started with the show. Neither who are in the comic and Maggie the only survivor of the farm group in both worlds.  Makes the next story line an interesting challenge since I always figured Enid was always part of the Whispers and the budding romance between her and Carl was going to take us down that road.

Six years is a big leap. You would like to believe that this would be the next pivotal part of the story but obviously things have happened and not all of them good. The relationship between the towns stressed even more than last we saw it. Daryl living out in the wild, Carol a Queen in need of  haircut, and Machonne a single mother of two kids and a lovely scar. Am I wrong in thinking the little boy should be older if Rick is the father? We know Rick was the glue that held the group together but I find it hard to believe they would fall this far apart where they are barely speaking. In the comics sure it was a slippery relationship but everyone was working together.  We can only hope that we get some backstory along the way like we use to filling in some of the holes (I miss that). Daryl living out in the wild isn’t that far of a stretch, always stating his comfort out there throughout the series, it just seemed odd when Carol and Henry show up in his field to get him. Like picking the kids up from school. It’s obvious now that Henry will pick up the Carl story from the comics as he ventures to Hilltop to start training. His right of passage in becoming a man in the new world because he has learned nothing over the last six years as he goes running off like an idiot.  I don’t know how I feel about Henry being labeled the prince for the Kingdom. It’s one thing to play a role but to fill a kids head with thoughts like that is just setting up t be a destructive mess.

What I saw this week  was another establishing episode. Have we gone as far as we can with these characters? I know major events can have an effect on a person but to see these people who have fought through everything together pull so far back from one another is ridiculous. There has been no growth. What surprised me was how much was pulled from the comics for this episode. Similar to the comics everything is set to happen at the community fair. The introduction of the new group who we got a little more of a set up in the comics then ill prepared one we saw sporting just crude knives. Is the story going to start moving from their point of view now? Best of all the Whispers have shown up and the terrifying scene lifted right of the page of the book as they go walking by Rosita and Eugene. Are we going to see a stronger return to the source material after the ratings drop the show has suffered? Will I be able to take Judith seriously in that hat play therapist to Negan? I can’t wait to see what is going on at Hilltop next week.

 

 

 

The Wanderer

Denver, I am in you!

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Denver and I have not always gotten along.

There’s always congestion in Denver. The congestion is from outdated roads and too many commuters.

There’s also always construction. The constant construction inevitably leads to dumb detours and even more traffic.

Let’s say I wanted to brave the traffic, congestion, and construction. Let’s say I made it into Denver without having driven into someone else stopped short on I-70 east or I-25. Let’s say I didn’t road rage my car into a construction cylinder or traffic divider. Say I didn’t do either, I still got the privilege of paying to park anywhere downtown.

Parking prices are ridiculous. On average I may spend twenty dollars for one day. I’m not going to do that.

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Let’s say I compromised and decided it’s worth it for a show, a game, or a date night as I have compromised in the past. Oftentimes I drove down a street in Denver in one direction and get turned around and be headed in the exact opposite direction.

I cannot explain how this happens. I look at a map of downtown and it appears to be a grid of diagonal streets. However when I am on the streets of downtown Denver they turn into something out of a fantasy story. I’ll be going east on Speer and then ‘boom’! I’ll be going west. Ask my wife. It doesn’t happen to her, but she will confirm it’s happened to me.

Needless to say, I only rarely venture into the strange city that is Denver.

I remember once, some years ago, I was way down south in the vicinity of Denver University. I don’t remember what I was doing down there, but when I made my stop I hopped out of my car and locked it.

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My eyes shut and rolled up into the top of my head as I realized what I had just done. I had left the car running. That meant the key was still in the ignition. I had locked the keys in the car. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, had to drive all the way down to save me before the city swallowed me whole.

There are many reasons I have found over the years to not have a great relationship with Denver. She was a lot like girls I used to chase in high school and college. She would act all cute and flirty at first. Then when I go out with her, she is a total flake.

Look at what it’s like to be a Nuggets or Rockies fan. You’re either in for a nap or some serious heartbreak.

I feel it has always been a chore getting to Denver. When I get there, nothing particularly special or world class seems to happen.

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That was until this past August…

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Meat and Potatoes

  bohemian-rhapsody-biopik- I’ve been looking forward to seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody” ever since they first announced they were going to make a Queen biopic film. Full disclosure, I’m a big Queen fan and have always been fascinated by the story of Freddie Mercury, arguably one of Rock’s greatest front man of all time. The previews look great, opening weekend was a hit, and fans are loving it. Only problem is the reviews have been mixed so far, and the Critics have not been too kind. I will try to keep an unbiased opinion here.

*The MEAT* The story just skimmed the surface of the origins of Queen and Freddie’s Mercury’s life. It lacked the depth of what made Freddie and his band mates one of Rock’s best bands in history and it just smoothed over all the incredible personal conflicts that should have had a lot more to do with this movie. They *missed the mark* for sure.

*The POTATOES* Rami Malek plays an outstanding Freddie Mercury. He channels Mercury’s demeaner and presence perfectly, especially in all the concert scenes, which is important because Freddie is the movie. They did a great job of casting him. Everyone else was *okay* nothing over the top or memorable, and that’s the way it should be.

*The Verdict* If you are a fan of Queen and their music, then you will love this movie because it shows like a Tribute film and I recommend seeing it on the big screen with Dolby enhanced sound, the concert footage and music are outstanding, and well worth it. But if you are a movie fan that is expecting more of a Biopic film, like “Walk the Line” or “Ray”, then save your money and watch it in your own home someday. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was fun but overall it lacked the substance that Queen had and quite frankly needed to be shown. For that it left me *Dissatisfied* overall.

Classic Rock Wednesday

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#CLRW Been hooked on Baby Drive over the past few days. Great movie and the soundtrack that works just as seamlessly  to tell the story of a mad ass driver who falls in love. One of the standouts for me is this crazy Dutch band that released this song in 1971 but didn’t really gain any steam till 1973. The Band Focus has had multiple Genres and Labels try and lay claim to it as its evolved over the years, who still playing today.   

Listener here and my choice for Classic Rock Wednesday is Hocus Pocus. The song more gibberish than lyrics, something you could put a tune too if you listen to Popeye humming. An odd song for sure only hitting 19 on the charts and a band who definitely had a flair. I remember a friend would always start his day out with this song and was just as odd. If you haven’t watch Baby Driver…Do. For now enjoy some 70’s style.   

Smurfs High Five

Smurf has a moment of Shangri-La this week as a couple titles pull on some fond memories for him. Maybe a return to greatness? In addition the War still rages across the stars and along the multiverse, there is a lot going on this week in your local shop be sure not to miss it. Here is Smurfs High Five

 

GL #1Green Lantern #1> Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth’s space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps-and quite possibly the Multiverse at large-to its very core. There’s an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps’ ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making. (S) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Liam Sharp

Smurfs Take> I never thought I would see this day. GL in the top spot and penned by Grant Morrison. When Geoff Johns finished his epic run I tried to continue to read the title but couldn’t. Nothing seemed to compare, it was hallow and in my opinion lacked the heart it had. In my mind I had seen the end of my heroes story and was good with it…..till now. Holy Crap! This is amazing and stunning and has refreshed the imagination I thought long gone. A story not only do I want to read but be part of! This is the start of something legendary; like Simonson on Thor or Miller on Batman something everyone will talk about for years to come.

Marvel Kights #1Marvel Knights 20th #1> In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe!
In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment.
He doesn’t know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him.
Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green.
But all of that is about to change.
Because Matt Murdock is beginning to remember…
In a colorless world without heroes, the spark of light…must come from the dark… (S) Donny Cates (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Geoff Shaw

Smurfs Take> I loved this line back in the day. The chance to tell a little grittier story, using characters that we hadn’t seen for a bit. This will be the second book I read this week with high hopes its the start of something great and lightning can hit twice.

Infinity War #5Infinity Wars #5> Introducing… Loki’s Cosmic Avengers! (S) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato

Smurfs Take> Oh…this is going to be good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 to eternity #12Seven to Eternity #12> In order to save the Mud King, Adam must make a terrible choice. (S) Rick Remender (A/CA) Jerome Opena

Smurfs Take> I don’t know if I can continue to sympathize with Adam. I know what he s trying to do but I never saw him going this far. That is one of the many things I love about this book. It gets you invested. Hooks you in the feels and keeps you thinking.

 

 

 

 

spidergeddon #3Spider-Geddon #3> REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
One SUPERIOR SPIDER is willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the Inheritors! Will Miles and his team have to stop him before he goes TOO FAR? Stand together or fall separately – isn’t that how it goes? (S) Christos Gage (A) Carlo Barberi (CA) Jorge Molina

Smurfs Take> I will be the first to admit when I am wrong. When the story line of Doc Oct taking over Spider-mans body started I was upset, angry, and annoyed. I continued to read (Always have to see what happens) and have to admit I really enjoyed the whole run. The attitude may have been over the top at times but the ideas and style of the character was challenging and fresh. To see him back has almost made me miss him. Things are heating up, it’s the part of our story when everything goes boom!

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