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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 116: DC Rebirth Week 40, Superman Reborn and Parfaits

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 116: DC Rebirth Week 40, Superman Reborn and Parfaits

Another week, another podcast as Jim, Eric, Reggie, Chris, Mark, Branden and Trevitt all gather together to bring you 10+ hours of goodness.  This week is all about Superman and see what Jim and Eric think of the Reborn finale as well as every other book that came out this week…and much more!

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    DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 49

    DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 49

    DCSP issue 49 is here.  The Justice League trailer is here also and we talk it all in this show. As well as all of the news, reviews and previews from all around the Multiverse. More

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      Marvelette Missives – America

      Marvelette Missives – America

      Marvel’s new series America (issue #1 came out March 1) is a breath of fresh air among superhero comics. It features America Chavez (aka Miss America), not only one of the few openly gay heroes in mainstream comics today, but also one of the few Latina ones. Plus, the series is skewing slightly younger than most comics right now, even having young adult author Gabby Rivera as writer (also Latina and queer, btw… another step in the right direction).  More

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        Review: Terminal Point by Bruce Zick

        Review: Terminal Point by Bruce Zick

        Love time travel, quirky love relationships, and atomic steam punk? Then the reissue of Bruce Zick’s Terminal Point is a must have. Terminal Point was first published in 1993 by Dark Horse Comics, Caliber Comics has since brought back this classic in all of its DuoShade glory and has just recently released  it as a graphic novel.

        Set in 1993, Terminal Point documents the adventures of Pilot, a web runner employed by a secret agency called Terminus. Pilot rides a  time traveling vehicle called Equus. Together they set up terminal points for Terminus. Terminal points are points used by Terminus to allow the corporation to control time itself. They place beacons in territories they don’t own. Some of the terminal points come at a cost however, much to the disadvantage of the natives who already settling the land. Things begin to unravel for Pilot when negotiations with a group of indigenous people go horribly awry. 

        After traveling back in time seeking safety,  Pilot comes in contact with the aluring and velvet toned Byrnn Stone. She’s the vocalist at the Silver Crescent Club. She is also the  girlfriend of Robert Rhodes, a freakin’ genius inventor whose inventions get a major puch in the boost deprtment when he’s exposed to tech from the future. A budding love triangle develops as Byrnn is caught between Rhodes and her new found feelings for Pilot. Tensions escalate between Pilot and Rhodes as Terminus close in on the rogue web runner. Apparently Pilot isn’t all that he appears to be.  

        Zick’s art is very detailed with his line work and I love the Duo-Shade process for adding tones to his drawings making ther pop. Even with  advances in the production process, Zick’s art looks as it was originally intended with that the film noior feel. The steampunk designs give Terminal Point an awesome look and it’s a great visual fit to his previous work, The Zone Continuum. Perhaps Zick will be given the chance marry the two narratives together one day.

        Terminal Point is an entertaining to read and is still fresh 20 plus years after it’s original release. 

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          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 168–Swipe Right on Prinder!

          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 168–Swipe Right on Prinder!

          The HOBI Gang is back for another geek-filled episode and talking about the lack of love for the Power Rangers!  Jason is still confused about Legion while Jeff still hasn’t seen Logan but did binge watch Iron Fist!  Jason give props to Sesame Street for their new autistic character but makes Blake and Jeff uncomfortable when rebooting religion.  The guys debate what game pieces are in the HOBI version of Monopoly but they all agree on buying Emma Watson stock!  Due to popular demand, the guys welcome back an old segment, Riddle Me This, by recasting the Game of Thrones cast with WWE wrestlers, much to Blake’s dismay, and list their Top 5 Kids’ Films That Scared Them as Kids!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo.

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            DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 48

            DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 48

            Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers has returned with Issue 48, and they have brought all of the news, reviews and previews from across the multiverse with them. More

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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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                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 167–Everyone Loves a Good Dickens!

                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 167–Everyone Loves a Good Dickens!

                The HOBI Gang is guest free this week which means more time to talk about Kong: Skull Island, Making History and if the Beatles are overrated! The guys welcome Nikki from New Zealand back for Listener Feedback, debate who is the next to die on the Walking Dead and even have time for a new Face Off battle from Dev! The gang can’t stop mocking the Avatar sequels or the lack of focus from Fox on the X-Men films but they all agree on Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston’s stock! Jason borrows his Top 5 list of most overrated actors and actresses and the guys all agree on the Bad Idea of the Week this time. This episode is sponsored by the 2017 Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                  DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 47

                  DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 47

                  Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back with Issue 47 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. More

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                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Action Comics #975

                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Action Comics #975

                    Jim and Eric Spotlight the biggest book of the week which is Action Comics #975.  Who is Clark Kent and do they like it or hate it?  Find out that and a whole lot more.  Enjoy

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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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                        The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 166–Three Beers and a Haggis!

                        The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 166–Three Beers and a Haggis!

                        The HOBI crew welcomes Chris and Kevin from the 365 Flicks Podcast into the BOB Studios to talk Logan, the prestige of winning a Floppy, and debate the difference between British and American toilets!  The guys talk the latest episode of Legion, Jason has slipped on watching Riverdale and Jeff reenacts Marilyn Monroe for a listener.  Jason and Chris get upset Goldberg in the WWE, Blake gets upset about the X-men film franchise again and Kevin and Jason are the only ones that want to see Kong: Skull Island on its opening weekend!  The guys all provide their Top 5 Favorite Films of the Last Ten Years and the Bad Idea of the Week goes British for our guests! This week’s episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                          GW1 Issue 94 – No Going Back

                          GW1 Issue 94 – No Going Back

                          Unless you were living under a very big rock, you know that Logan came out last week, so guess what we’re talking about! That’s right, a spoiler-filled review and discussion about the final Wolverine film. But before we get to that, there are a few updates and some news stories from the past week that we found interesting.   More

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                            DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 46

                            DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 46

                            Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back for issue 46 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. And they brought all the news, reviews and previews from around the DC Multiverse with them. More

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                              Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 113: DC Rebirth Week 37, Monster Trucks and Crappy Neighbors

                              Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 113: DC Rebirth Week 37, Monster Trucks and Crappy Neighbors

                              Jim, Eric and Reggie check out this week’s DC Comics and prepare for war!  Yep, Eric’s neighbor is at it again, but they get past that to review everything, talk nonsense and have a ton of…well, they try to have fun.  How can Eric have fun with all the continuity problems in Green Lanterns?  The answer: He can’t!  They do like a bunch of books this week, including…JUSTICE LEAGUE!  Enjoy

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                                Logan Film Review (Non-Spoiler)!

                                Logan Film Review (Non-Spoiler)!

                                Written by Jason Brigger

                                Directors: James Mangold

                                Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank and Michael Green

                                Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant and Dafne Keen

                                Logan slashes its way into theaters this weekend and Fox and Marvel finally gives the fans of the X-Men the tale they have wanted to see for years.  Logan, as it should be evident by the R rating, is not for children and is a beautifully violent, head-rolling (literally!) and well-written story that gives Hugh Jackman a film worthy of letting Wolverine ride off into the sunset.  

                                Logan is set in the year 2029 when mutants are either dead or in hiding and no longer a part of everyday society.  Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) watches after Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in an abandoned silo in Mexico with the assistance of Caliban, played by a returning Stephen Merchant after a brief role in the previous X-Men film, Apocalypse.  Logan resorts to being a limo driver that  knows his time is coming to an end as his body is not healing as quick as it used due to the adamantium that replaced his bones is now poisoning him.  Logan and Professor X leave their reclusive life to help a mysterious new mutant Laura/X-23 (Dafne Keen) to a possible safe haven for mutants called Eden.  Along the way, the trio is hunted by a bounty hunter named Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the psychotic Dr. Rice (Richard E. Grant) who enjoys experimenting on children in an attempt to make them the soldiers of the future.

                                The Good:

                                Laura/X-23Keen does an amazing acting job bringing the new mutant to the screen.  Child characters/actors usually range from “bad” to “tolerable” but Keen knocks it out of the ballpark.  She brings a quiet disposition that she unleashes into a berserker rage when she is cornered or threatened, from bounty hunters to the local convenient store clerk accusing Laura of stealing from the store.  The character hinges on Keen’s performance and she not only delivers in her performance, she makes the audience wanting to see more of Laura/X-23 in her own solo film.

                                -The story.  James Mangold, writer of the older Sylvester Stallone film Copland, is finally able to bring a gritty and realistic (as much as it can be) Wolverine film to the masses.  Logan is filled with well acted and choreographed action scenes that allow the brutality of the Wolverine character from the comics to show through on screen.  Mangold shows he “gets” the character of Wolverine and allows the animalistic nature of Logan to shine in the film.

                                -The “R” rating.  I am not someone that feels an “R” rating is needed to make a film better because if the story is good, that should be all it needs to succeed but in Logan, the “R” rating was needed.  Fans of Wolverine have been clamoring for a gritty and bloody film to actually depict the character and the “R” rating secures that for this film.  The battles are brutal but well done and while the fights are bloody, I never felt any gore or violence was gratuitous for the sake of being gratuitous.  The brutality serves to show the inner struggles X-23 and Wolverine have when taking a life and Mangold balances it perfectly.

                                The Bad:

                                Nothing.

                                The Middling:

                                -The length of the film.  While the film delivers on the story, there are times when not only the action slows down but the flow story stalls in the film.  This doesn’t mean the film is worse for these slow periods but by taking off about 15 minutes of the film, Mangold may have been able to deliver a tighter movie overall.

                                -Caliban. Caliban is an albino mutant and a poor man’s Alfred for Logan and Professor X but once he is kidnapped and threatened with sunlight, which he must avoid at all costs, he has no choice to but to help the villains in using his powers to track our heroes.  Caliban provides the few moments of levity and humor and fans will appreciate Mangold bringing the mutant back after his brief role in the last X-Men film.

                                -Pierce. Pierce is the main villain who is hired to capture Laura and while the actor Holbrook does a fine job in bringing personality to him, a lack of backstory hurts Pierce’s character in the film.  There are moments where Pierce delivers and while the character is an improvement above many one dimensional villains in the prior X-Men films, I kept wanting a little more regarding Pierce’s reasoning for doing what he does to mutants in this universe.

                                Final Grade: B (Good with moments of greatness)

                                Logan is one of the better X-Men films in a franchise that sorely needs a hit.  Logan is everything that fans of the comic want and Mangold should be given keys to the X-Men film universe for making a film that will resonate with non-fans of the comic.  The film has moments, even periods, of greatness and while the film is very well made, there are moments that stop it from being a true classic.

                                You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at http://webegeekspc.com/category/podcast/networkpodcasts/the-history-of-bad-ideas/ every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.

                                You can listen to their latest episode right here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/historyofbadideas/Episode_165.mp3

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                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 165–The Mardi Gras Episode!

                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 165–The Mardi Gras Episode!

                                  Scab Jeff joins the HOBI guys for the second week in a row to discuss the devastating loss that La La Land had and to tally his Oscars’ scorecard! Jason and Blake debate the pacing of the The Walking Dead this week while Jeff breaks tradition and reads Listener Feedback! Jason finally saw the Christopher Guest film Mascots, Blake has questions about Legion and finding treasure on Oak Island and Jeff doesn’t know how to take the sexiness of Meryl Streep! The gang are intrigued by the show Critical Role, give an update on what Jar Jar Binks is doing now and Jason cannot contain his excitement for a Nightwing movie. The guys pay their respects to Bill Paxton by listing their Top 5 Favorite Bill Paxton films and deliver a bad idea the Academy Awards can appreciate!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 112: DC Rebirth Week 36, Theories and Tommy Tourettes

                                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 112: DC Rebirth Week 36, Theories and Tommy Tourettes

                                     

                                    Jim, Eric, Reggie and the rest of the Weird Science Crew are back this week to bring the pain…I mean this week’s DC Comic books.  They also hand out life lessons, spin yarns about the good old days when bread was made of slate and generally mess around and spit rhymes and nonsense.  Enjoy!

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