#Podcast #WGU this week talks about the #Superbowl commercials, mostly how much #JohnMalkovich rules and not my Super Bowl Champions. The battle about to happen at the theater this weekend between #Lego #Batman #50Shades and #JohnWick. Valentines day, what hope do geeks have when the Muggles can’t even get it right? Samurai Jack season 5 trailer https://youtu.be/VSrv_n4tw7w New X-men Cartoon vs. The New Duck Tails one and so much more
Contenders for February 1, 2017
Star Wars Darth Maul #1> Bred on hate, fear, and anger…steeped in the ways of darkness…and trained to kill. Darth Maul’s time as apprentice to Darth Sidious has long been cloaked in shadows, but at last we will reveal his tale of revenge. From writer Cullen Bunn (DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, WOLVERINE) and artist Luke Ross (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, HERCULES) comes a tale of rage unleashed as Darth Maul prepares for his first encounter with the Jedi. (S) Cullen Bunn (A) Luke Ross (CA) Rod Reis
Smurfs Take> One of the most waisted characters in the Star Wars universe who had real potential but was cut short. Now Marvel is going to take a shot at his past, and I wonder how this will compare to the Dark Horse run. I pray this is not a letdown, I want this to be really really good and with the loss of the Vader title could use a good Syth fix.
Batman #16> “I Am Bane” part one! Bane is coming for Batman. Bruce must keep those he loves safe for five days in order to save Gotham Girl once and for all. But Bane will stop at nothing, and no one is safe. (S) Tom King (A/CA) David Finch
Justice League #14> “REGROUP”! Broken, battered and pinned down by a new alien threat, the Justice League is forced to confront long-simmering tensions between teammates before they can save the world. Grievances are aired and secrets are revealed in this special issue written and drawn by Bryan Hitch. (S) Bryan Hitch (A) Daniel Henriques (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
Nightwing #14> “BLUDHAVEN” finale! The psychopath who’s been carrying out the killings in Blüdhaven has placed the blame on Nightwing! Now Dick Grayson must apprehend this maniac to stop the murders and to convince Blüdhaven he’s not a villain. (S) Tim Seeley (A/CA) Marcus To
Green Lanterns #16> “DARKEST KNIGHT” part one! It’s the Dark Knight/Emerald Knights team up you’ve been waiting for! Simon and Jessica travel to Gotham City to help Batman with a mystery even he can’t solve! People all across the city have been gripped with fear. Is it Scarecrow? Is it the Sinestro Corps? Can these Justice League teammates work together to solve the mystery? (S) Sam Humphries (A) Neil Edwards (CA) James Harren
Walking Dead #163> NEW STORY ARC “CONQUERED” In the aftermath of The Whisperer War: ALL IS LOST. ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THIS ISSUE IS 25¢ CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS! (S) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard
Smurfs Take> OK, I really didn’t see the end of the war going like that. Maybe there is still a chance to come out of this? Ahhh who am I kidding, this is the most amazing mega herd ever and this will be epic!
Hard Cover of the Week
Wolverine Old Man Logan HC New Printing> A future world savaged and sundered by super villains, the United States ain’t what it used to be. In California, now a wasteland controlled by the evil Hulk Gang, the former Wolverine seeks to live in peace. He’s retired, finally free from the violence of his former existence as an X-Man, and he wants to keep it that way. If only they’d let him. Now, Logan and an aged, blind Hawkeye are forced into a cross-country jaunt through villain-ruled lands, on a collision course with the worst of them all! Can Old Man Logan maintain his pacifist vow and make his last stand without doing what he does best? Mark Millar and Steve McNiven unite for a riotous romp through a future world of death, despair and dynamic action! Collecting WOLVERINE (2003) #66-72 and WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN GIANT-SIZE. Mark Millar (A/CA) Steve McNiven
Smurfs Take> Must have for any collector and with the film right around the corner see what inspired the final installment. One of the best Wolverine stories of all time holding a close second to Frank Millers first limited series of the character.
Statue of the Week
Marvel Gallery Jessica Jones PVC Figure> A Diamond Select Toys Release! Before she was a hard-boiled detective and the star of her own TV show, Jessica Jones was Jewel, an up-and-coming superhero, part-time Avenger and full-time fashion plate! This 9-inch scale PVC diorama of Jewel depicts the superheroine with her purple hair and white jumpsuit, blowing a kiss of purple stars. In scale to all Gallery and Femme Fatales PVC figures, Jewel comes packaged in a full-color widow box, and features a detailed sculpt and paint applications. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira.
#Podcast #WGU this week the crew chats
#Godzillia, #Doctorwho, #HanSolo, and #Arby’s are just some of the things they touch on this week.
Tara comes up with a great reason why to watch the new Cloak and Dagger series that’s coming to ABC
Why is #Skeletor the greatest villain ever as He-Man comes to #Netflix Smurf talks about another odd 80’s cartoon Kid Video.
Contenders for January 25, 2016
Thanos #3> Thanos takes on the Imperial Guard. The entire Imperial Guard. They’re gonna need more guardsmen. (S) Jeff Lemire (A) Mike Deodato
Smurf Take> He’s back! He’s a bad ass and he’s taken back what is his but Death is coming for him and not the way you would think
Saga #42> END OF STORY ARC “THE WAR FOR PHANG,” The Epic Conclusion! Hell is war, as Hazel and her family learn the hardest way. (S) Brian K Vaughn (A) Fiona Staples
Doctor Strange #16> “Blood in the Aether” reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion. Doctor Strange has run the gamut of his most powerful villains, and waiting at the end? The scariest of all…The dread Dormammu is back and bringing the hurt to his archenemy! (S) Jason Aaron (A) Chris Bachalo
Wonder Woman #15> “THE TRUTH” part one! Diana has finally seen the full scope of how her life and history have been transformed…unfortunately, the knowledge has driven her completely insane! (S) Greg Rucka (A) Liam Sharp
Shutter #26> “SO FAR BEYOND,” Part Four. Kate vs. Cassius. Creation vs. Entropy. Everything’s been leading up to this. (S) Joe Keatinge (A) Leila Del Duca
Hulk #2> HOW CAN YOU FIGHT THE MONSTER WHEN THE MONSTER IS YOURSELF? As JEN continues to struggle with the HULK (and anger) within herself, her newest client struggles with her own dark secrets. What happens when a terrified recluse is forced into the world against her will? When fear is pushed into the light? Can Jen reconcile the two halves of herself in time to help her client? (S) Mariko Tamaki (A) Nico Leon
Smurfs Take> Over the years I have come accustomed to some strange Hulk stories, but the underlining story is all about the monster within even when he doesn’t show up during the issue. Man vs. Monster but now it’s woman vs. monster as Jen seems to now be waging the same war Bruce did for so many years. I’m intrigued how long Jen can stay in control, what will be the result when she does?
Trade Paperback of the Week
The Black Monday Murders Vol 1 All Hail, God Mammon> It’s the first collection of the exciting new crypto-noir series, THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS. “All Hail God Mammon” pulls the covers back on the secret world of magic lying behind the largest and oldest financial institutions in the world. Collects THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #1-4.
Smurfs Take> One of the best comic titles of 2016 for me finally comes all collected together. If you missed this when it started now is your chance to read this jaw dropping series. Surprises, twists, turns, and just wow…..I feel the only way to make this book any better is to have Rod Serling do the introduction.
Action Figure of the Week
Marvel Select Dr. Strange Movie AF> A Diamond Select Toys release! The Sorcerer Supreme and soon-to-be-cinematic superstar is the next Marvel Select masterpiece! This 7-inch action figure depicts Dr. Stephen Strange as he appears in the upcoming Marvel feature film, with a screen-accurate costume and the likeness of actor Benedict Cumberbatch. The figure features 16 points of articulation, and comes with a diorama-style base capturing an environment from the film. Packaged in the display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!
We follow up on the #Switch story and press conference along with A Series of Unfortunate Events from last podcast.
Is Professor X a figment in #Logans mind in the new movie? The Title of the new #StarWars movie and what will happen now that Carrie Fisher has passed away. Local artist Jay Meents gets his own Red Sonja cover
New skins for #Overwatch in honor of the lunar calendar and a lot of our normal silliness
Contenders for January 18, 2016
Gamora #2> OUT OF TIME AND OUT FOR REVENGE! The story continues as we follow GAMORA to the doomed planet that is UBLIEX. Perched on the brink of a black hole, its inhabitants count down the hours to their planet’s imminent demise as it is swallowed up by the approaching Singularity. Will Gamora find her revenge among the inhabitants of Ubliex before the black hole consumes them all? Or will the citizens of this world – including a doomsday cult, junkie bounty hunters and a young woman with a tremendous destiny – stop her first? (S) Nicole Perlman (A) Marco Checchetto (CA) Esad Ribic
Smurfs Take> Gamora before she was a Guardian and still with Thanos as the number one child, great way to start the story and eager for issue two. I always wondered if she was a strong enough character to carry a book on her own and the answer to that would be yes. Marvel might have a new leading female character!
Batman #15> How do you solve a problem like Selina Kyle? Is she a hero? Is she a villain? Can Batman and Catwoman ever really work things out? The award-winning team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads of Babylon (SHERIFF OF BABYLON) bring you “Rooftops,” a story in which Batman must decide once and for all what to do about Catwoman. (S) Tom King (A) Mitch Gerads (CA) Stephanie Hans
Mighty Captain Marvel #1> The Greatest. That’s what they call her. Carol Danvers has been to the depths of outer space and back, but that still hasn’t prepared her for her newfound status of biggest super hero ever. Yaas, Queen! Danvers may not like the crown she’s wearing, but boy does it look good on her. Just watch out for the thorns it comes with-forces trying to take down everything Carol has built. Carol Danvers makes her triumphant return as the Mighty Captain Marvel! Written by celebrity writer Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures, Black Widow: Forever Red) and drawn by the artfully talented Ramon Rosanas (Ant-Man), this bold new take on Earth’s mightiest and favorite hero! (S) Margaret Stohl (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Smurfs Take> Hot off of Civil War II but is it going to be enough? Marvels quest to add more female characters continues but I worry they may continue to make the same mistakes.
Justice League Suicide Squad #5> [REDACTED] has finally obtained that which [REDACTED] has sought all this time-it’s the means to utterly [REDACTED] the Justice League forever. Now, only [REDACTED] and the Suicide Squad stand in [REDACTED] path of total world domination. No pressure! (S) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Robson Rocha
Aquaman #15> “THE DELUGE” conclusion! It’s all been leading to this: Aquaman and his Atlantean army vs. Black Manta and the forces of N.E.M.O. in a final fight for supremacy over the seven seas. Whoever wins, one thing is certain: only one man will swim out alive! (S) Dan Abnett (A) Philippe Briones (CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Manifest Destiny #25> NEW STORY ARC. MANIFEST DESTINY hits its twenty-fi fth issue in this oversized comic! Lewis & Clark hunker down for the winter, and all is calm…until old enemies emerge from the fog… Plus, a BONUS STORY of Sacagawea, where we learn how a young girl became the warrior she is today. (S) Chris Dingess (A) Matthew Roberts
Smurfs Take> I remember when I picked up the first Issue (Thanks Clayton) thinking what the story would do, how far could they take it. Come to find out at issues #25 they have just scratched the surface. The idea of having to clean out the creatures in the Louisiana Purchase was a stroke of genius, the last frontier and what better place for monsters to hide. Innovative and a true exploration of history and imagination.
Trade Paperback of the Week
Green Lantern Hal Jordan TP Vol 1> The origin of Green Lantern Hal Jordan is retold for a new generation in this new collection! When Hal proves himself worthy of wielding a power ring, his instructor is one of the mightiest warriors in the Corps: the Green Lantern called Sinestro. Now, for the first time ever, get the complete “Emerald Dawn” saga in one volume! Collects Green Lantern Emerald Dawn #1-6 and Green Lantern Emerald Dawn II #1-6. Jim Owlsey, Keith Giffen, Gerard Jones (A) Romeo Tanghal, Keith Giffen (CA) Klaus Janson (A/CA) MD Bright
Statue of the Week
Marvel Universe Thanos Fine Art Statue> A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! While the last series of Marvel Universe Fine Art Statues from Kotobukiya focused on the heroes and villains of the X-Men, the next character comes from outer space and has plans to rule the entire universe: THANOS! Known as the “Mad Titan,” Thanos is a massively powerful alien who first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics back in 1973 and has been a menace ever since. An Eternal and Deviant as well as a brilliant scientist, the purple villain became obsessed with Mistress Death and sought to please her by killing. Over the years Thanos would use various weapons and tools in his quest for Death, but by far the most famous and destructive is of course the Infinity Gauntlet, an all-powerful relic combining the powers of six Infinity Gems. With his popularity reaching new heights thanks to his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thanos is the perfect new addition to the Fine Art Statue lineup. Always willing to get his hands dirty to further his own schemes, Thanos has arrived to unleash untold destruction on any who would stand in his way! The Mad Titan stands invincible on the battlefield, reveling in his own might as he sweeps away his foes with a clenched fist and the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. His massive frame is garbed in his iconic blue and gold costume, a segmented and reinforced bodysuit with armor plating, huge gloves and boots, a protective skirt, and a wide collar. All of that adds bulk to his already huge physique, and the amazing sculpt shows off both his musculature and the intricate details of his suit. And while Thanos’ fist may seem intimidating, it’s really his left hand that’s the most dangerous for it bears the Gauntlet, expertly recreated with the six differently-colored Gems. The only uncovered part of Thanos is his face, and you have two great options for your display: the Mad Titan giving a sly smile or baring his teeth in a fearsome grimace! Thanos stands an incredible 15 ½ inches tall in 1/6 scale as he poses on the skulls of his defeated enemies. Guaranteed to make a big impact in your collection, this Fine Art Statue is the quintessential collectible of the iconic Marvel villain.
Smurfs Take> A THANOS STATUE! IN THE RIGHT SIZE AND LOOKS AMAZING! A MUST HAVE OR SOMETHING FOR THE THANOS LOVER YOU KNOW….LIKE ME!
Warning…The article before you may contain spoilers…Reader discretion is advised
While Lemony Snicket will always have the voice of Tim Curry (pre-stroke) in my head from the audio book series, that’s no reason not to try the unlucky premier of Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events. The extreme colors and striking camera angles that made us enjoy the 2004 film version are not lost in this new series which has an artistic Pushing Daisies whimsy feel. I’m sure if you’re a fan of the books you’re a bit apprehensive to the role of Count Olaf switching from Jim Carrey –who was perfect- to Neil Patrick Harris. But there’s nothing to fear, I can assure you this series isn’t a horrible mistake.
It’s unfortunate that the film which was perfectly cast made such Hollywood mistakes of plot faux pas, so another attempt is more than warrant. Especially now that all the books and plot twists have been published Netflix manages to stay amazingly true to the text.
There’s many dissuasions not to watch the series by Lemony Snicket himself (played by Patrick Warburton) but none from me. I say enjoy the hidden gems tucked in the background as one of the darkest children’s texts comes to life. There’s loads of disguises, antics with the frustration for children wanting to be taken seriously by adults and wordplay. Oh the wordplay, a term here which refers to a use of vocabulary that is beyond the usual intelligence. The use of language is by far the best part of this show.
But just like all book adaptations. There are some issues. First being that it ends after only eight episodes with each book in the series getting two episodes this means we hardly get half way through the story. But I suppose that’s not really an issue so much as a complaint that Netflix wants to keep us dangling a bit longer.
My major criticism is the heavy use of the eye symbol. While the eye is an important and prominent symbol surrounding Count Olaf and the mystery that the Baudelaire orphans journey to solve, it comes to their attention much too soon and much too often before Olaf even makes his first appearance.
A lesser criticism is the music. Oh, but that’s one thing the 2004 film did so well, the music was eerie and playful like the story and Daniel Handler himself. But what is with that intro song NPH is yammering in the opening credits? If you can muddle through that ear-splitting flop at a Shakespearian device and are still sitting when Lemony tells you to choose a different show for your weekend well then, you’re in for a good time.
Overall I find our fears of failure for this Netflix feature are founded without fact. What’s more I will be rewatching this for all the hidden secretes I can spy throughout this series.