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Tasking The Master

Taskmaster_Vol_2_1_TextlessNick Spencer’s Ant-Man series has become a new favorite of mine, and a few months ago I read my new favorite issue of the year (so far): Ant-Man #3, which features Scott Lang’s “nemesis”, Taskmaster. Now, as some of you may or may not know, Taskmaster is one of my favorite Marvel characters, and while he’s had some excellent appearances in the past few years (notably his awesome miniseries by Fred Van Lente), he’s still pretty underrated in my book. Read the rest of this entry

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Agent Carter > Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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With the start of Agent Carter last week, it’s safe to say that we have the show we should’ve gotten last year when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered. Believe me, I’m just as surprised as you are. To be fair, I was going to watch Agent Carter regardless of its quality. I figured it would be an all right show to watch, but nothing that would be appointment television (much like how I feel about AoS). However, I was not expecting the show to be as phenomenal as it was, and to be this enthralled by it. Read the rest of this entry

TV Superhero Showdown!

super-hero-battle-for-tvA few weeks ago I ranted and raved about Gotham, the Batman prequel series that’s been blowing up on Fox. This week I’m going to return to the TV theme, but expand it to the four other comic book shows on the major networks: Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Constantine, and of course, Arrow. We’re at the midseason finales for these shows, and all of them (with one exception) have been a hit. With the news that Constantine will be wrapping up it’s season with thirteen episodes and not the usual 22, I think it’s time to take a look at all of these series and do what nerd do best: ask which one is better? Read the rest of this entry

Biggest Bummers of 2013

Well, I’ve gone over my Best Nerd Things of 2013, and now it’s time for the flip side. Instead of saying what I thought was the “Worst” though, I’m going with what disappointed me the most. It’s not Jetpack Comics’ opinions, they’re alllll mine.  I’m sure there’s some things that I didn’t like that you all loved (just like I’m sure some of you will voice your displeasure over my “Best” things of 2013), so keep in mind, this is my opinion, and my opinion only. So, without further ado, let’s get this bad boy going. Read the rest of this entry

Arrow

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It’s a good time to be a comic book nerd and a fan of TV. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and The Walking Dead thriving on the small screen, there’s plenty for you to choose from for live action weekly superheroics. Amazingly, three of the biggest comic publishers (Marvel, DC, and Image) are being represented on the small screen right now .  While I actively watch all three of these shows, there’s one that stands out as the best to me: CW’s Arrow, the updated, salmon ladder obsessed take on DC Comics’ Green Arrow.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Arrow? The show that featured its entire male cast shirtless for its season two promotional ads?” To which I say “look at that those abs!” and “yes”. Read the rest of this entry

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ep101 “Pilot”

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Episode: Pilot

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the first step for Marvel in the TV realm. After successfully conquering the multiplexes with Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and The Avengers, Marvel Studios now moves onto the small screen, where there are certainly more risks than on the big screen. With Joss Whedon writing and directing the pilot episode, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of hype surrounding this series. After all the hype, how does Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stack up in the fall TV lineup?

Pretty good. Pretty, pretty, good.

S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is called out of active field duty to assist Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) in ongoing investigations into the new “superheroes” that keep popping up in the wake of the battle of New York seen in The Avengers. The pilot’s main story beat this week is Coulson’s team tracking down the hacker behind “The Rising Tide”, an online site that’s been leaking important documents right under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s nose. The hacker, named Skye (and played by Chloe Bennet), is also tied to a new “superhero” running through the country, who has connections with a certain Marvel Studios film that came out this past May. Read the rest of this entry

S.H.I.E.L.D. Spinoffs That Could (and Probably Should) Happen

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This week sees the release of ABC’s new series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As expected, the anticipation for this show is through the roof. Not only does it mark the first serialized television show for Marvel Studios, but is also the first shot for Marvel characters to dominate the small screen. Of course, we’re not going to see Captain America, Thor, or Iron Man appearing in a weekly series anytime soon (if ever), but S.H.I.E.L.D. could be the launch pad for hundreds of other Marvel characters that don’t necessarily have the star power for their own film. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some characters that deserve a prime time slot. We’ll start with one that I’ve been championing since Marvel got his film rights back…. Read the rest of this entry