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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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    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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      GW1 Special Edition – 2nd Annual WeBe Awards

      GW1 Special Edition – 2nd Annual WeBe Awards

      In this special edition of Geek Watch One, we’re visiting our sister show We Be Geeks to help them celebrate 200 episodes and present the second annual WeBe Awards! The votes have been tallied and we have what we think are the best comics, movies, tv shows, games and even subscription boxes from the past year. Take a listen and let us know what you think of our choices!   More

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        GW1 Issue 84 – Rebels, Pilots, Droids & Thieves

        GW1 Issue 84 – Rebels, Pilots, Droids & Thieves

        A little movie came out last week and we thought it was worth letting the world know about it! That’s right, we’re talking about Rogue One, and yes, there are spoilers. But first there is a bit of news to cover, including some filming dates and what’s up with Wonder Woman lately.  More

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          159 You’re a Rogue One, Mister Scrooge!

          159 You’re a Rogue One, Mister Scrooge!

          Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
          We are one with the Force, and the Force is with us this week as Rogue One has finally come to theaters! Lost Boy Retlaw (Eric) joins Spider-Pan (Jeremy) to discuss our thoughts of the film in both a spoiler free and spoiler filled review!
          But before that, we have a cast announcement for the new DuckTales series coming to Disney XD!
          And finally prepare for a Christmas Fantasy as Eric takes you to Disneyland to enjoy this festive parade!
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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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              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 154–Star Wars: An Alabama Story

              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 154–Star Wars: An Alabama Story

              The HOBI Gang is gearing up for the holidays but still have time to catch up on Captain Phillips, three years later, and are luke warm to the awful Bengals and Browns game!  Jason and Blake debate the Walking Dead Fall Season Finale while everyone worries about the new Powerless television show.  Blake is in love with El Henno’s gift and Jason feels bad about accepting bribes for the upcoming Floppy Awards but not bad enough to send gifts back!  Jeff and Blake question what spin-offs are available in the Star Wars Universe and Jason still has no idea what Collateral Beauty is all about!  The guys divide up their Top 5 this week and Jason can’t contain his excitement for Rogue One!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                GW1 Issue 80 – Playing Catch Up

                GW1 Issue 80 – Playing Catch Up

                We’ve finally recovered from Con on the Cob and we’re catching up on a few things. There’s some geek news to chat about in the tv and comics realms, plus a bunch of trailers dropped this week that we need to dissect and discuss.  More

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                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 151–I Really Like The Mistletoe Promise!

                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 151–I Really Like The Mistletoe Promise!

                  The HOBI Gang welcomes Neil from Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks back into the studio to talk all things that glisten! The guys debate the newest Westworld episode, Neil betrays Bon Jovi in a fight against Ab Fab but does invite him to Thanksgiving! The gang talk season two of Stranger Things while Jason gets excited for Kong: Skull Island and Neil gives an updated weather report. The guys list their Top 5 People They Want To Show Up for Thanksgiving and a listener provides the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 149–No Wonder Burr Shot Him!

                    The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 149–No Wonder Burr Shot Him!

                    The HOBI Gang is recording on Election Night so that means the studio down the hall is very crowded! The guys give a non-spoiler review of Doctor Strange, Blake isn’t sure how to feel about for Dishonored 2 and Jason appreciates the little things in Pitch.  As the world is crumbling before them, the guys catch up on Westworld and, wonder why Cloverfield is continuing and confirm Sony Studios have no idea what they have with Spider-Man!  Jason makes a case for Jar-Jar Binks as a politician while Blake gets caught up on Gotham.  The guys list their Top 5 Favorite Fictional Presidents while Jason sings Hamilton and decide never to record on Election Night again or at least for another four years!  This episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

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                      153 Doctor Strange Love

                      153 Doctor Strange Love

                      Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                      It’s so good to be back in Neverland where I belong! It’s also great to be here with my good buddy Lost Boy Eric and my lovely bride Pixie Heather. All is well in Neverland now that Scott and Tracey got rid of that Ghost Host.
                      We won’t waste any time before we dive into all kinds of fun news from the Disney Parks as we begin the celebration of Christmas, take a look at some brief movie news, and start making out our Christmas lists with new toys and books!
                      We’ve got some exciting new trailers to talk about in The Neverland Trailer Park including a new Wonder Woman trailer before we review Doctor Strange from Marvel Studios. Heather will share her opinion of Dreamworks new Trolls movie as well.
                      Next Eric and I will talk about Doctor Strange’s history in the pages of Marvel Comics!
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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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                          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

                          Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

                          Spotlight on! Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk two of Reggie’s books…The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1.  It’s all good fun, luv!  If you like what you heard here, come check out our weekly podcast where we review every single DC Comic book that came out this week as well as news, listener mail and nonsense.  See you there!

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                            142 Star Wars and Pyromaniacs, A Comix Movie!

                            142 Star Wars and Pyromaniacs, A Comix Movie!

                            Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                            I’ve still got lots of audio to share with you from Kansas City Comic Con!!
                            We’ll hear from actor Aaron Stanford from 12 Monkeys and Pyro from the X-Men film franchise!
                            I got a chance to talk to Elite Supergirl to here about her great charity work and how you might help out!
                            I talked with Jeremy Howard, puppeteer for BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I wasn’t allowed to record with him…so I recorded a recap of our conversation. Jeremy is the man who told me about the death of Kenny Baker.
                            Comix: Beyond the Comic Pages is a great documentary by Micheal Valentine. He’s here this week to talk about his film, talking with Stan Lee, and his love of comics! And even better we’ll tell you how you can attend a special screening of Comix here in Kansas City!!
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                              The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 134–Get Off My Lawn Pokemon!

                              The History of Bad Ideas, Ep. 134–Get Off My Lawn Pokemon!

                              The HOBI Gang welcomes Number 1 Fan Doug back into the studio to discuss everything from San Diego Comic Con!  The guys talk the new trailers for Justice League, Kong: Skull Island, and Wonder Woman and get really excited about Mystery Science Theater 3000 coming to Netflix!  Blake questions Jeff’s manhood, again, while Jason can’t keep his Biblical names straight while Doug dishes on all the Disney news you can want.  The guys finally get around to discussing 10 Cloverfield Lane, only 5 weeks late, and they list their Top 5 Cartoons They Want Remade!

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                                We Be Geeks Review: The Zone Continuum

                                We Be Geeks Review: The Zone Continuum

                                It is my honor and pleasure to bring you this review. It has been a while and I have been so busy with life away from the site and show that this review is long overdue. This review marks the return of The Zone Continuum series from multi talented artist Bruce Zick. The original Zone Continuum published by Caliber Comics in 1992. Zick rebooted the series in 2006 as a web comic for Komikwerks. The series has now returned in the form of an all-new graphic novel expanding on Zick’s previous work.

                                Before delving into this comic, I would recommend highly checking out the forward and the glossary at the end of the book. This will make understanding all the unusual names easier and give you a general idea of what is going on, and therefore reading the comic more enjoyable.

                                Set in a world high above the surface, The Zone Continuum takes to the rooftops above New York City. Hidden from human eyes by ancient technology, the Dar struggle to live in a world separated by extra-dimensional Zones. This and the ravaging by the humans with the pollution they created. The Dar once walked among the humans but with advancements in human technology, their very survival has been threatened. Radiation from satellites and other human tech have made the planet toxic, causing the Zones to collapse and give rise to monstrous entities. These Zones exist only in the sky and are the only safe haven for the Dar.

                                The Zone Continuum highlights not just  the damage being done to the environment but also deals with the ravages of isolation and the effects each of our actions and decisions can have, whether we know it or not, on others. As humans wage their wars and continue to pollute the Earth, their harm causes not only ill effects on  the planet but also puts the very existence of the Dar in peril. The shrinking zones have put the relationship between Talon and Paris is a peril. The pain of their separation is two-fold – not only felt by them being apart but also by the physical pain they must endure when they try to reach each other by breaching the Zones they inhabit.

                                The Zone Continuum is great a read as a showcase of Bruce Zick’s highly impressive art style developed from his years of experience in both the animation and comic industry, and a great sci-fi comic to boot.

                                From the art deco look and the frail love story, I highly recommend picking up this book at places like amazon.com or from the Dark Horse shop.

                                 

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                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Episode 125–Kneel Before Neil!

                                  The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Episode 125–Kneel Before Neil!

                                  It’s a podcast episode two years in the making as the HOBI crew is joined by Neil from the podcast Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks! The guys learn how Neil survives the harsh Napa Valley weather, hint wears a jacket, his uncomfortable sleeping arrangements at Henno’s apartment and gets drunk with a box of wine.  The gang talks Fear the Walking Dead finale along with the amazing premiere of Preacher while Jeff and Blake gush over the latest Game of Thrones episode!  The guys talk their Top 5 Classic Films They Have Never Seen and Neil learns more about apes and monkeys than he wants to!

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                                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 71: Final Days of Superman, Batman and Three Card Monty

                                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 71: Final Days of Superman, Batman and Three Card Monty

                                    You know it’s a long podcast when you see both the sun set and rise while recording and that’s just what Jim and Eric did this week.  Reggie and Chris also show up and there are listener rants and raves, mail and of course DC Comics News and Reviews.  Don’t forget to bring the cheddar cheese because this here is a rib eating party!  Enjoy!
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