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Marvelette Missives – Introducing Krypton

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Krypton

Fans of the Man of Steel have been waiting for Krypton since the show was first announced by Syfy more than a year ago. Not a lot has happened in that time, but they are finally getting beyond rumors and general development, announcing actual characters and casting. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Luke Cage

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Luke Cage

With the Luke Cage series hitting Netflix at the end of this month, it seems an appropriate time to give a little background on the character. If you want a more extensive history, there are plenty of places to find it online (including here), but today we’re doing the “quick and dirty” version. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Riverdale

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Riverdale

If you track these things, you’ve probably heard there is an Archie comics show in development for The CW. A pilot for Riverdale, produced by Greg Berlanti (of Arrow and The Flash fame), is set to air in early 2017. It’s not exactly the Archie you may remember though. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Cloak and Dagger

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Cloak and Dagger

Earlier this year, Cloak and Dagger received a full season order and is expected to air sometime in 2017 on Freeform. Of course, knowing what that network is all about, it should come as no surprise that the main characters are teenagers. But if they do things right, it could turn out to be an interesting show. More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing The Runaways

Marvelette Missives – Introducing The Runaways

With so many comic book properties in the works for movies and television, I thought it might be a good idea to introduce (in a relatively non-spoilery way) properties that some people may not know much about. I’ll get things started with The Runaways, which was recently announced as receiving a full season order from Hulu. More

Marvelette Missives – Classic Geek Filmdom

Marvelette Missives – Classic Geek Filmdom

For geeks of a certain age (north of 35), there are certain movies that should be on the “of course I’ve seen it” list. I’m not talking the obvious ones that should be on all geek lists regardless of age, like the original Star Wars trilogy or Lord of the Rings. No, I mean the less mainstream, the ones only lovers of scifi/fantasy would love… the true classics.  More

Marvelette Missives – Kickin’ It Old School

Marvelette Missives – Kickin’ It Old School

I recently went to an old school comic con. If you’re lucky, you know what I’m talking about – a bunch of dealers crammed into a hall, maybe a couple of artists selling original sketches, but no celebrities or photo ops in sight. Sure, a few people showed up in costume (I think there was an actual costume contest at some point, though I didn’t stay for it), but it was primarily a crowd of comic book lovers looking for deals. I would say about 80% of the space was long boxes and most of what was on offer was golden, silver and bronze age issues with some current releases thrown in (especially ones with variant covers). More

Marvelette Missives – Another Civil War Begins

Marvelette Missives – Another Civil War Begins

Like many Marvel fans, I’m reading Civil War II. There are two issues out so far and considering it’s a limited series, it seems a good time to give some impressions on it. More

Marvelette Missives – Calm Down, Son

Marvelette Missives – Calm Down, Son

Last week there was a major reveal in the new Captain America comic. For geeks living under a rock, the last page of the book had Captain America saying “Hail Hydra”. Obviously a huge twist and could mean major things for the character. So, of course, geeks took to the interwebs immediately to decry the horror of such a phrase coming from a beloved character. (As an aside, it really ticked me off that everyone threw the “no spoilers” cry aside and posted about this from early morning, before the majority of people could even get to their comic shop and buy the issue. Also, the loudest complainers seemed to be those who don’t even read comics!) More

Marvelette Missives – Getting Serious

Marvelette Missives – Getting Serious

I am not usually into “serious” superhero comics. Don’t get me wrong, I do read comics that would not be considered “fun” (like Outcast), but when it comes to heroes, I prefer things a little less serious (Deadpool is my favorite character, after all). But there are a couple of books on my pull list that qualify, especially The Ultimates.

Those who know me might be a bit surprised that I enjoy this title enough to buy it by the issue (I read a lot of trades). The Ultimates is a group of science-focused heroes spending the majority of their time in space, who address the “ultimate” problems of the universe. It’s a serious group with a serious mandate. So why do I like it?

First, the characters. When the revamped title was announced last year it caught my eye because Captain Marvel is on the team and she’s in my top five faves. The other members are Black Panther, Ms. America, Spectrum and Blue Marvel. It’s an interesting mix of intellect, powers and personalities.

Second, the problems. Yes, the purpose of the team really is to solve huge problems. The first one they deal with is Galactus and his habit of devouring worlds. Seriously… HUGE problems.

Third, the plot. Al Ewing is a really engaging writer and I like the direction he’s taking the plot. It’s not just a matter of the team solving a problem – he addresses the consequences and repercussions of their actions within the team itself and from the outside.

The Ultimates may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and I’ll admit that it helps to be a Marvel fan who has read some classic storylines and knows the characters. But if the big issue, more serious side of things is what you’re looking for in comics, I would recommend the current run.

Marvelette Missives – A Perfect War

Marvelette Missives – A Perfect War

It should come as no surprise that I saw Captain America: Civil War last weekend (well, Thursday night to be exact). I am a Marvel chick, after all. So I want to explain why I think this is an almost perfect superhero movie. (Very minor spoilers ahead – I don’t give away the good stuff.)

There are five important aspects to every superhero movie: plot, characters, pacing, humor and action. (These can be said to apply to all movies in varying degrees.) So let’s take each in turn and show what Civil War does right. More

Marvelette Missives – Find Your Tribe

Marvelette Missives – Find Your Tribe

As a geek, I have a lot of friends who are also geeks (amazingly, not ALL my friends are geeks). Sure, we have different fandoms and levels of devotion, but the overarching geekiness is what unites us. We understand each other not just because of the fandoms, but because we have dealt with being the fringe, the unpopular, the “nerds”. And we’ve survived without giving up what we love. More

Marvelette Missives – Buy Me a Mockingbird

Marvelette Missives – Buy Me a Mockingbird

Thanks to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’ve become interested in the character Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse). As sad as it was to see her and Hunter leave the show (yes, there was weepiness), I’m really looking forward to their spin-off now. She’s actually been around in the comics since 1977, showing up in other hero’s books or as part of a team. Only recently did Marvel give her a title all her own. So, of course, I’m reading it. More

The Geeksterverse: Marvel’s Future Fight

The Geeksterverse: Marvel’s Future Fight

My latest portable gaming obsession? Marvel’s Future Fight. The story is that, in the future, Ultron has calculated a way to destroy the earth and has killed all of the heroes trying to stop him. Wolverine and Nick Fury had come to the present day to warn the heroes, and to offer help in some way from time to time. The beauty of this game is in it’s simplicity and how increasingly difficult it gets as you progress. You can team up to three heroes together, with a guide for which teams give you an extra boost in some way. Some classic combinations will give you a boost, like the Avengers (Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow), Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage and Iron Fist), or Heroes of Darkness (Ghost Rider, Blade, Punisher). They also give you boosts for logical teams like Martial Artists (Daredevil, Iron Fist, Elektra), Heavy Hitters (Hulk, Luke Cage, Kingpin), or Desperate Men and Lovers (Daredevil, Black Widow, Elektra).

The game gives you five teams to set and switch as you choose. You can purchase additional costumes for added oomf as well as jewels to upgrade your abilities. I laughed at some of the team-ups because they go so deep into Marvel history that if you wanna kick it old school you can and if you want to keep it current, you’re free to do that as well. I usually don’t get caught up too heavily in app games, but this one has stolen my heart. I love to play in the Marvel universe already, but now I get to team Agent Coulson and Steve Rogers, too… I am there! Be warned, it is easy to buy crystals to buy costumes, so proceed with caution!! If you’re a fan, let me know what you think… if you’re not, I’d like to hear why.

Marvelette Missives – The Binge

Marvelette Missives – The Binge

Not surprisingly, I binged Daredevil season 2 over the weekend (I mean, what comic geek wouldn’t?). So I was thinking about the relatively new (to the mainstream) concept of binging television shows in general. Is it more of a geek thing? Why do I like it so much? And is there anything wrong with a good binge?  More

Marvelette Missives – All Geek to Me

Marvelette Missives – All Geek to Me

When you’re ensconced in a culture, you don’t always realize that those around you might not know what you’re talking about. I don’t mean that they’re unfamiliar with a given topic of conversation, for example, the latest Marvel movie or a reboot of a popular sci-fi tv show. I’m talking about the actual words and phrases used to discuss things. I don’t know that many geeks think about it much, but we do have a language of our own. More

Marvelette Missives – Making Frenemies

Marvelette Missives – Making Frenemies

What is one thing that is just about guaranteed to bring enemies together? Love. (I didn’t say it was the only thing – we all know that it’s more likely to be money, but I digress.) No, I’m not talking about the enemies falling in love (that cliché outlived its welcome years ago). I’m talking about two people who are both in love with a third person who just happens to be in a bit of trouble. More

Marvelette Missives – Do Ratings Matter?

Marvelette Missives – Do Ratings Matter?

On Geek Watch One this week, we briefly touch on the now-defunct Comics Code and the MPAA and the seemingly arbitrary manner in which comics and movies are rated. Yes, this stems from a discussion of Deadpool and R-rated comic book movies. But obviously it’s larger than that. It did, however, get me thinking about whether these ratings or designations really matter at all anymore. More