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Marvelette Missives – Hulk

Marvelette Missives – Hulk

Big things happened in the Marvel Universe late last year with Civil War II. In case you missed it, much like the original Civil War, all the Marvel heroes were at odds with each other, this time over the ability to stop or prepare for attacks and catastrophes before they happened (there’s an inhuman “seer” involved). Of course, the camps were “yes, this is great, let’s do it” vs “no, this is bad, these people have done nothing wrong yet”.  More

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    Marvelette Missives – Letter 44

    Marvelette Missives – Letter 44

    For “real world” sci-fi, Letter 44 has an interesting premise: what if alien life had been detected far from Earth and a team was sent to find out what it was, but the public was never informed about it?  More

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      Marvelette Missives – The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

      Marvelette Missives – The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

      You can never be sure what to expect from an anthology, especially when it’s nonfiction on a single theme. And to be honest, an anthology about love isn’t typically in my wheelhouse. But The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is not what anyone would consider typical.  More

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        Marvelette Missives – Scooby Apocalypse

        Marvelette Missives – Scooby Apocalypse

        A group of meddling kids and their dog attempting to solve a mystery – that sounds pretty familiar. But what if the group is comprised of an investigative reporter, her loyal cameraman, a scientist, a dog trainer and a dog who happens to be the subject of experiments into creating more sentient canines, and the mystery is the end of the world? Well guess what – that’s exactly what you get with Scooby ApocalypseMore

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          Marvelette Missives – The Pulse

          Marvelette Missives – The Pulse

          The Pulse was a comic following Jessica Jones and her time at “The Pulse”, a weekly section of the Daily Bugle newspaper. There are a lot of familiar characters here, including reporter Ben Urich, publisher J. Jonah Jameson and a load of superheroes including, of course, Luke Cage. So basically, for Marvel fans it’s a great read.  More

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            Marvelette Missives – Introducing Iron Fist

            Marvelette Missives – Introducing Iron Fist

            In barely a month, on March 17, Netflix will premiere the latest in its street-level heroes shows. Iron Fist is based on the Marvel character of the same name who first appeared in comics in 1974.  More

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              Marvelette Missives – Introducing Wynonna Earp

              Marvelette Missives – Introducing Wynonna Earp

              If you’re looking for a female protagonist who’s not a typical hero, enjoy the paranormal side of things and like a touch of Western then Wynonna Earp may be the show for you. A descendant of Wyatt Earp, Wynonna returns to her hometown (appropriately named Purgatory) to protect it from demons, as her great grandfather once did. But, of course, it’s not that straightforward.  More

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                Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 108: DC Rebirth Week 32, Vacation and Cotton Vergence

                Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 108: DC Rebirth Week 32, Vacation and Cotton Vergence

                It’s vacation week!  Yep, the guys take it easy this week…with an 11+ hour podcast.  They go through the DC Rebirth books of the week and so much more…including Listener Rants and Emails and nonsense galore.  Just remember, Weird Science don’t have time for “Real Life” when it comes to podcasting!

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                  Marvelette Missives – Deadpool v Gambit

                  Marvelette Missives – Deadpool v Gambit

                  In the miniseries Deadpool v Gambit (released as a trade last fall), the Merc with a Mouth teams up with the smooth Cajun con man to, what else, pull another con. The two have a secret history of working together even though, as happens with most people who know him, Gambit doesn’t much like Deadpool. But the real issue here is who’s really being conned?!  More

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                    Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

                    Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

                    It’s that special time of year for cinephiles around the world. The 89th Academy Award nominees have been formally announced. As Trevor Dueck notes, the nominees and favorites are largely who you’d expect. Think La La Land. 
                     
                    I’m not here to argue that Ryan Gosling and company aren’t deserving of their record-tying 14 noms. But there was one massive snub in the nominations that I cannot abide. 
                     
                    Some are yelling in protest across the sea that Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t get any aquatic love. Others are upset that Amy Adams’ nomination for Best Actress never “arrived.” For me, there’s another snub that hits hard and deep. Not one single Oscar nomination for Deadpool! 
                     
                    If all the Best Picture nominees were on par with La La Land, I might not be complaining, at least not so vigorously. And I have no quarrel with Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water or Lion. But for the love of everything holy, please tell me how Mel Gibson’s violent church film Hacksaw Ridge is better than The Merc with the Mouth?
                     
                    I think I get what the Academy is saying. Deadpool is not “artistic” enough for its overly pretentious award show. But that sells the film well short. It might be a sardonic super-hero movie, but it’s also an inspirational love story about a man dealing with the ill effects of cancer and learning to give back to his community. Sniff, sniff … excuse me.
                     
                    It might not have singing and dancing to the same jazz song played ad nauseam, but what it lacks on that front it more than makes up for with smug, fourth-wall busting humor.
                     
                    Some might complain about Deadpool’s gratuitous violence. But that can’t be the source of its snub. Hacksaw Ridge has just as much, and past Oscar nominees have as well. Think Pulp Fiction.
                     
                    But fine, Academy. Keep your precious Best Picture category for more artsy (read: less funny) films. Couldn’t you at least recognize Deadpool in your more obscure categories like Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Ryan Reynolds had gorgeous hair! And what about T.J. Miller’s coif? No, instead you only nominated three films in this category, and one of them had to be freakin’ Suicide Squad. 
                     
                    How hard was it to put eyeliner on Jared Leto? He was probably already wearing it when he showed up!
                     
                    So I am protesting these awards with the hashtag #OscarsSoDead…Pool? Okay, the hashtag is a work in progress, but I will continue to voice my displeasure until the Academy starts recognizing a more diverse range of genres. 
                     
                    Do you want to know who I blame for this?
                     
                    Mel Gibson.
                     
                    #OscarsSoMel?

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                      Trading Cards

                      This week Sean talks about renewing his love of trading cards and Ian talks about where he gets his trading cards from. Ian is going to the Steelers playoff game, lots of football talk and so much more

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                        Marvelette Missives – The Gift of Comics

                        Marvelette Missives – The Gift of Comics

                        It’s that time of year when gift guides are popping up everywhere, so it seems appropriate to provide one for those who have comicbook fans in their lives, but no idea what to get them. It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing to try and sort through what to get those who love comics, so here’s a little help.   More

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                          Marvelette Missives – Jessica Jones

                          Marvelette Missives – Jessica Jones

                          If you haven’t been to your local comic shop lately, you may have missed the new Jessica Jones comic book. The series began in October (stemming, in part, from the popularity of the Netflix series) and, even though it’s only two issues in, it’s pretty interesting so far.  More

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                            Tales from the Geek Side: Who Gets A Second Season?

                            Tales from the Geek Side: Who Gets A Second Season?

                            As we are starting to get close to shows taking their Thanksgiving/Mid-season break, I have started to wonder what shows will be sticking around and what new shows will move on to a second season. Supergirl got saved last year when it moved to the CW from CBS. But what shows this season on tv and Netflix have a chance?
                            I’ll be looking at Son of Zorn and Marvel’s Luke Cage, but I’m not the only one who’s been picking on the fall tv line-up debuts. I found this story written by Trevor Dueck and it served as the inspiration for my thoughts here.

                            Son of Zorn (FOX):
                            Son of Zorn is one of the More

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                              Marvelette Missives – Introducing Legion

                              Marvelette Missives – Introducing Legion

                              First announced in October 2015 and set to premiere in February 2017, Legion is a collaboration between FX and Marvel Television. It’s based on a comicbook character of the same name, who is the mutant son of Professor Xavier – yes, the one from X-Men. This is the first series to have a direct tie-in to the X-Men movies.  More

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                                Marvelette Missives – Introducing Powers

                                Marvelette Missives – Introducing Powers

                                Based on a comic book series written by Brian Michael Bendis, Powers was an original series for the PlayStation Network. It’s a world where superheroes exist alongside humans and follows two detectives, one of whom used to have super powers, who investigate crimes that involve superhumans. More

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                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 147–The Queen’s C Word!

                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 147–The Queen’s C Word!

                                  Blake returns from the wilds of Canada and welcomes comic overlord Ken Johnson from Deadmen Ink to discuss his latest Kickstarter book, Corpse Corp!  The guys also debate the latest episode of Westworld and the shocking season premiere of the Walking Dead while Jeff enjoys the Green Room of the BOB Studios! The gang question why Carson Daly is still on television, wonder how Tyler Perry keeps making money from Madea and ask if Tom Hanks can save the world…again.  The guys are actually friendly toward each other as they list their Top 5 Television Shows They Have Watched After They Were Popular!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo! Ken Johnson’s Kickstarter is at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1688497599/corpse-corp-a-high-concept-slasher-comic

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                                    Marvelette Missives – Introducing Lucifer

                                    Marvelette Missives – Introducing Lucifer

                                    The second season of Lucifer started a couple weeks ago on Fox. For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s a crime drama with a twist. The main character is Lucifer Morningstar – THE Lucifer. He’s gotten tired of Hell and has come to Earth, Los Angeles to be more specific, to encourage the human race to indulge their passions. He runs a piano bar, has a demon right hand woman and helps the LAPD catch criminals… in his own unique way. More

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