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Podicus Wrecks #76 – Discussing Black Panther

In this week’s episode,after a few of us went to see Black Panther, so we are having a spoiler filled discussion about it. If you don’t want to be spoiled, around the 1:10:00 mark, Anthony is talking about the recently announced expansion for World of Warcraft, Battle for Azeroth. Also, Scotty has recently picked up the Star Trek Online game, and has some thoughts about it.

Next week, we will be discussing the DC Comics story Kingdom Come, written by Mark Waid with art by Alex Ross.


Review: ‘Black Panther’

I’m not sure if “highly anticipated” accurately describes Marvels latest entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Black Panther. What I do know is that: 1) the significance of this movie cannot be understated, and 2) Marvel knocked it out of the park with Black Panther. An explanation and a recap after the break, with as few spoilers as possible.


Podicus Wrecks #63 – Upcoming movies

This week, Anthony and J. R. are talking about upcoming movies they are interested in, premiering between Nov. 2017 and April 2018. They start with their thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok, and continue with their thoughts heading into Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and others. Jacob then pops in to offer his take on the trailer for The New Mutants. Casey then has his minute recaps of the “The Damned” and “Monsters” episodes of The Walking Dead. Finally being wrapped up with some thoughts on Super Mario Odyssey and news from Blizzcon.


Marvel Universe – 7/8/12

Ultimate Spider-Man – “Strange”
During school, Peter Parker falls asleep and has a dream that he has 8 limbs.  Iron Fist comes in and punches him through a wall.  Peter Parker wakes up to find that Danny Rand was in his mind, dream-walking, and woke them up.  They find that all of their classmates are asleep.  Spider-man and Iron Fist leave school to find the entire city is asleep.  Iron Fist explains that this have to be the work of some supernatural force.  Spider-man doubts the existence of magic, but Iron Fist leads him to the house of Doctor Strange.  Doctor Strange shows them Nightmare, the king of dreams.  Strange says that Nightmare has been trying to escape the dimension of dreams.  Spider-man is still skeptical of the supernatural.  Doctor Strange takes Spider-man and Iron Fist to the realm of dreams to fight Nightmare.  In the dream realm, Spider-man gets a peak at what the other members of the team are dreaming.  Spider-man agrees that there might be something to this magic thing.  Nightmare confronts them.  Nightmare sends his dreamons after the trio.  Everything Doctor Strange tries against Nightmare is failing.  Spider-man and Iron Fist get separated from Strange.  In Iron Fists nightmare, they encounter Shao Lao, and Iron Fist loses his mystical power.  Iron Fist doubts his abilities and if he deserves the power or not.  Spider-man gets knocked out of Iron Fist’s dream, and back to Doctor Strange.  Nightmare plays on Doctor Strange’s fear, and Strange has no mystical power.  Nightmare reminds Spider-man of Uncle Ben.  This backfires, because Spider-man is afraid of his failure with Uncle Ben, but rather is inspired by it.  Spider-man overcoming his Nightmare weakened Nightmare, and allowed Doctor Strange to break Nightmare’s hold on everyone.  Iron Fist overcomes his nightmare and rejoins them.  Doctor Strange is able to imprison Nightmare.  Spider-man and Iron Fist rush back to school.  (more…)

Marvel Universe – 7/1/12

Ultimate Spider-man – “Me Time”
Spider-man fights Whirlwind, who is working for someone else, but Spider-man takes him out.  Nick Fury tells him that he still needs to work on limiting collateral damage.  Fury tells Spider-man to report back, but he refuses because he wants some me time.  Peter Parker gets home to find that Aunt May is gone for the weekend.  He goes a bit wild, but finds a mini-camera that belongs to S.H.I.E.L.D.  Spider-man confronts Fury about the camera.  Fury says that it’s standard protocol, and Spider-man signed off on it.  Fury says it is not to spy on him, but rather it’s to make sure his aunt is okay when he’s not there.  Spider-man turns in his S.H.I.E.L.D. watch and says he’s off for the weekend.  Dr. Octavious is studying Spider-man’s fight with Whirlwind.  Norman Osborn contacts him, and is displeased with his progress.  Oct says that he will bring in Spider-man himself.  Spider-man gets pulled off of a roller coaster by Doc Ock.  They fight throughout the amusement park, but eventually Doctor Octopus is able to subdue Spider-man.  Doc Ock reports to Norman that he has captured Spider-man.  Spider-man comes to, and easily escapes what was binding him.  They fight again in Doc Ock’s lab.  Spider-man beats Ock, and Osborn detonates Ock’s underwater lab.  Spider-man is finally able to contact Fury, and alerts him to his location.  Spider-man has to fight Ock again, and saves him from drowning.  Spider-man comes to and finds Fury standing beside him.  Spider-man apologizes for being selfish, and Dr. Conners says that Spider-man brought back an amazing piece of technology in Ock’s arm.  (more…)

Marvel suckers fans into caring about Black Panther

It’s been an odd year for Daredevil.  Marvel’s resident blind hero decided to give up his civillian identity (for like the fifth time in his history) and use his newfound leadership of the Hand (don’t ask) to police his old neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen.  And by police, I mean kill those who get out of line.  Apparently, Marvel’s heroes didn’t think too kindly of that, and with the conclusion of Shadowland, Daredevil is getting the boot from his own book.  That brief and possibly incorrect sum-up has been brought to you by the extreme case of event fatigue that being an X-Men fan has left me with over the last year.

Yanking Daredevil’s book from the shelf has left Marvel with the possible ending of one of its franchise books.  A year ago, Daredevil got Marvel’s patented Questionable Numbering treatment and jumped to #500, only for Daredevil to need a hiatus 12 issues later.  This, of course, made Marvel look a bit foolish, as the whole point of questionable numbering is to push a franchise title for the forseeable future.  What happens when Daredevil inevitably returns, like with Daredevil Reborn launching in January?  Does he get a new title?  Does he pick up the old one where it left off, like Wally West over in DC?

The answer came with Marvel’s announcement of December’s Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513.  The title will continue on without it’s star, and with the “equally as popular” Black Panther filling in.  I put that in quotation marks, because unlike Daredevil, Black Panther does not have a sizable fanbase.  Black Panther actually doesn’t fit the “street hero” genre that Daredevil defined.  In fact, Black Panther doesn’t belong in a comic set in the United States.  But there you have it – Black Panther patrolling Hell’s Kitchen in Daredevil’s place.

For those not familiar with the characters, Daredevil is a blind lawyer who has super senses allowing him to “see” without sight.  Growing up in Hell’s Kitchen, he lost his father to organzied crime when he refused to throw a boxing match.  With his powers, he decided to keep Hell’s Kitchen protected using the costumed identity of Daredevil.  Sizable ninja organizations notwithstanding, Daredevil’s stories usually entail drug trade, organized crime and political corruption.  Much like the somewhat classic Power Man & Iron Fist, the hero sticks to the streets.  You won’t see traditional costumed super-villains or alien invasions in a common Daredevil story.

The title’s new protagonist, Black Panther, is the ruler of the African nation of Wakanda, being renowned as the world’s only major source of the super metal Vibranium.  He was an Avenger for some time in the 70’s, but more focuses on threats to his nation as its ruler.  That’s pretty much all I know about him, since I – like so many other people – never felt inclined to read any of his solo title attempts.  And despite Marvel’s claim to the contrary, I absolutely think his name was a prime example of 1970’s blacksploitation, much like Black Lightning, Black Goliath, the Superfriends’ Black Vulcan, and every other character from the era who needed color identification in their name.