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Well, it’s been a wild ride lately, hasn’t it? We’re all indoors for the most part, which means plenty of time to get through those watch lists and piles of books and comics that have been piling up for a time like today. That includes yours truly, who’s dusting off the cobwebs to do a little check in and talk about some of the cool stuff I’ve watched, read, and played while hunkering indoors and waiting for the return to some sort of normalcy. So, without further ado, let’s get into things!
COMIC REVIEWS QUARANTINE SPECIAL!!!
You’re probably thinking that “no new comics from Diamond = no comic reviews”. Well, you’re kind of right. But one of the great things about comics is that you don’t have to have brand new stories to read! In fact, there’s tons of awesome titles waiting or you in this social distancing life, and I’m here to give you a run down on the titles you can read while you sequester yourself in doors. Some of these are well-known, others not so much, but they’re all fantastic series that have plenty of material for you to dive into. Read the rest of this entry
It’s no secret that things are pretty stressful and hectic right now. As the Coronavirus makes it’s way through the country, people are being to practice social distancing to help curb the spread of the virus, and that’s lead to a lot of changes in our little nerd world. And in addition to those changes, this is the last one of my columns that I’ll be writing for you all. Read the rest of this entry
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #104 (IDW Comics)
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have gone through a lot of changes in the past few months. Splinter has died, the brothers have gone their separate ways, a small community of mutants have carved out a living space in New York City, and the Turtles have a new ally with Jennika, the former human now humanoid turtle that is trying to understand her new life as a giant walking shelled mutant. Since the bombastic events of the “City At War” storyline that culminated in issue 100, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been given a bit of a subdued storyline from writer/artist Sophie Campbell (who’s working with story outlines from Tom Waltz and TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman), and that’s served as as surprisingly welcome change of pace for the heroes in a half-shell. Read the rest of this entry
Over the weekend, I checked out DC Universe’s Harley Quinn show. I’ve heard tons of really great things about it, and despite the shaky track record of the other DC Universe shows, I was curious about it, even if the TV-MA news did rub me the wrong way at first. But after I got over the initial few minutes of Harley dropping f-bombs and smashing kneecaps, I was surprised to find that this show not only lives up to the hype, but it’s probably the best animated series from Warner Bros since Batman Beyond. Read the rest of this entry
Outlawed #1 (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s Champions series has quietly been one of the publisher’s most long-running team books (outlasting even the original 1975 series), and serving as a good place to put some of the newest heroes in the Marvel universe who maybe can’t support their own titles just yet. Nova, Ironheart, Miles Morales, and Ms. Marvel have all made a name for themselves as the new Champions, but it’s all going to come crashing down in Outlawed. This kickoff to the mini-event from writer Eve Ewing and artist Kim Jacinto reveals the event that causes the US government pumping the breaks on underage super-heroics, and in the end finds these young heroes in desperate straits. Read the rest of this entry
One of my all time favorite Marvel villains is finally getting the MCU treatment in Black Widow: Taskmaster. The Avengers baddie has long been on my shortlist of characters that I’ve wanted to see on the big screen, and his abilities seem tailor made for the MCU. Gifted with “photographic reflexes”, Taskmaster has the ability to mimic the fighting abilities of anyone he fights. Sure, he can’t match the strength of Spider-Man or Cap, but being able to pull their same moves on them (and others), makes him a formidable foe, and makes Tony Masters one of the most underrated baddies in the Marvel universe. Brash, arrogant, and loyal only to whoever pays him the most, Taskmaster is a wicked fun villain who’s been due for the MCU spotlight for a long time now.
So why is he so silent in all of the trailers for Black Widow? Read the rest of this entry
Stealth #1 (Image Comics)
Image hasn’t produced a lot of great superhero comics for a while now. Ever since the end of Invincible, the publisher has shied away from superhero fare, focusing more on titles that don’t fit in with the tights and capes crowd. But Stealth, the new series from Mike Costa and Nate Bellegrade (based on an idea from Robert Kirkman and Mark Silvestri) looks to change that, with a pretty neat hook that will leave readers surprised by the end of the first issue. Read the rest of this entry
Now that we’ve got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batsuit (both officially and unofficially) it’s time to start revealing other famous aspects of the Dark Knight. Namely, his car. Read the rest of this entry
Strange Adventures #1 (DC Comics)
The dynamic duo of Tom King and Mitch Gerads are back with Strange Adventures, a new miniseries event that looks at the life of another smaller DC hero: Adam Strange. With secondary artist Evan “Doc” Shaner along for the ride, King and Gerads’ new series feels exactly like the spiritual sequel to their stunning Mister Miracle series, and like that series, is a must read for comic fans. Read the rest of this entry