Month: May 2017

Podicus Wrecks #40 – On the Path of the Beam part 4 – Wizard and Glass

In this episode, Anthony and J. R. continue their trek though Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series with part 4, Wizard and Glass.  In this story, learn how the ka-tet is able to outsmart Blaine the Mono.  See what trouble a young Roland found himself in.  After that, Jacob stops in to catch us up on what has been going on in the X-Men comics.

eXaminations Catch-Up

Though new comics did just come out for yesterday, May 25, I thought that instead of just picking up midway through storylines, I’d jump back a couple months and play a quick game of catch-up from the start of the new direction of Blue/Gold era X-Men.  That means our starting point will be March 29’s releases in which we will be looking at X-Men Prime #1 which gives this whole era its launch, as well as the wrapping up of All New X-Men #19, in which the time-displaced original X-Men come back together to get in place for their new book X-Men: Blue.

Anyway, since we’re doing an “everything old is new again” redo for the X-Men line, Prime is a good enough nostalgia title for nerds like me to appreciate.  But before we jump into it, let’s talk about just why X-Men so desperately needed this rebranding for its line.  After all, once upon a time, X-Men was Marvel’s flagship property, top of sales, with some stuff that simply could do no wrong.  Unfortunately, those days are long gone.  Numerous redos, new directions, retreads, and shocking twists and turns moved X-Men way past the status quo, far beyond uncharted waters, and pretty much to Hell.  Actually, in the storyline, that can be taken literally.

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Reading comics again

Now that Marvel has finally gotten the proverbial stick out of their proverbial butt and let the X-Men be the frickin’ X-Men again, I’ve found myself back into the foray of reading comics.  And when I read comics, I tend to have lots and lots of opinions about them.  Thankfully, I have a blog for that!

Coming soon will be the restarting of my eXaminations bit where I go through what’s going on in the X-Men world, and I’ll probably do it on an individual issue basis so I don’t let the pile grow to the point where there’s more work than thought.

But I’m not just reading X-Men, dear friends.  I’ve also been sticking my nose into other books that tickle my fancy and I will be sharing thoughts on those as well.  The main one, of course, is the Whatever New Relaunch Blue Beetle book which has the return of Ted Kord!  And why isn’t he dead, you ask?  Because in this world, he never died.

So look for that.  But before I leave, I will give you a little bit of joy I found in my readings, coming from April’s Spider-Man/Deadpool #16 by Joshua Corin and Scott Koblish.  The setup is that Deadpool, Spider-Man and Cami Van Helsing have traveled to Latvia to convince Dracula to lead his Vampire Army against their monster-leading villain.  Unfortunately, they find Dracula uninterested in doing anything of the sort, being perfectly fine living his life down in the basement playing online games while a minion regularly sends him victims to feed upon via trap door slide from the toilet.

So Cami Van Helsing pisses off the undeadman to the point that he’s ready to kill her fabulously, but Spider-Man challenges the gamer in him to a video game fight in which Cami plays as Spider-Man and Dracula plays as, well, Dracula.

Enjoy.

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Black Lightning trailer

Honestly, I had forgotten that this was in development.  But now that I’ve seen the trailer, I am greatly looking forward to this.  At first, I didn’t understand why they wouldn’t want to make this a part of the larger Arrowverse, but now I get it.  They have a contained story that they want to tell, and putting it in the larger universe will muddy the waters a bit.  Besides, they’ve established the Multiverse.  It would be incredibly easy if they ever wanted to in the future to just say that Black Lightning is on another Earth.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 posterThree years ago. many were introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy.  The success of the first movie surprised many.  Among the five main characters, the two most recognizable actors were only doing voice work, Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket.  Zoe Saldana was hidden behind alien makeup.  At the time, Chris Pratt was just some goofy guy on Parks and Recreation.  Then there’s former pro-wrestler Dave Bautista rounding out the cast.  Not exactly the standard formula for a success.  But it was successful.  The Marvel machine was rolling, and word of mouth on the movie was incredibly positive.  The movie went on to gross over $770 million world-wide at the box office.

And now, we have the highly anticipated sequel.  While overall enjoying the movie, there were some positives and negatives that jumped out to me.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)