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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

Weird Science New 52 Review Podcast Ep 2: Flashpoint

Weird Science New 52 Review Podcast Ep 2: Flashpoint

It’s time to learn what created the New 52 Universe!  Yep, Jim recorded an episode to fill in everyone about what the Flashpoint Event was all about before we embark fully into the New 52.

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Weird Science Spotlight Podcast: Action Comics #976

Weird Science Spotlight Podcast: Action Comics #976

Jim and Eric are back to spotlight Action Comics #976 and the Superman Reborn story in general.  They may be confused, but they have theories and predictions galore.  Enjoy!

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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

The Comic Board Eps #19 LIVE Podcast- Comic News, Top 5 Comics, NCBD Picks

The Comic Board Eps #19 LIVE Podcast- Comic News, Top 5 Comics, NCBD Picks

Welcome to The Comic Board; your one-stop shop for everything related to this week’s new comic book releases. We not only cover the big two in comic publishing, DC & Marvel, but also Image, Valiant, Aftershock, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, and a host of other independent publishers.
Each week J.T. and Blackpoll will cover their top 5 picks of the week as well as their least favorite pick. But before we get there, we’ll discuss comic news, answer listener questions, and tackle a discussion question or two. Recorded live every week this interactive live show takes questions, comments, and sometimes even ridicule, direct from the chat.
We record live every Tuesday at 11am EST/10am CST on The Comic Board Youtube channel. If you’re interested in talking anything comic related, come on by our Youtube channel and join in the discussion. As always, be supportive of the comic community and happy reading!

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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

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 115: DC Rebirth Week 39, Drug Fliers and Snow Shovels

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 115: DC Rebirth Week 39, Drug Fliers and Snow Shovels

Jim and Eric record all week long and present the fruits of their labor.  Eric seems to love the Justice League book and doesn’t understand google while Jim hated Odyssey of the Amazons and only washes his hands 98% of the time after going to the bathroom.  There is also a possibility that someone thinks Eric is smoking pot in his apartment.  Oh yea, they also talk about all the DC books that came out this week except He-Man/Thundercats #6 which will be on the show next week…Enjoy!

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Superman #19

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Superman #19

Jim and Eric try to make sense of Superman #19 and the whole Superman Reborn story so far.  Reggie almost joins in an epic fail moment for the ages. Enjoy! More

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

The Comic Board Eps #18 LIVE Podcast- Comic News, Top 5 Comics, NCBD Picks

The Comic Board Eps #18 LIVE Podcast- Comic News, Top 5 Comics, NCBD Picks

Welcome to The Comic Board; your one-stop shop for everything related to this week’s new comic book releases. We not only cover the big two in comic publishing, DC & Marvel, but also Image, Valiant, Aftershock, Boom Studios, Dark Horse, and a host of other independent publishers.
 
Each week J.T. and Blackpoll will cover their top 5 picks of the week as well as their least favorite pick. But before we get there, we’ll discuss comic news, answer listener questions, and tackle a discussion question or two. Recorded live every week this interactive live show takes questions, comments, and sometimes even ridicule, direct from the chat.
 
We record live every Tuesday at 11am EST/10am CST on The Comic Board Youtube channel. If you’re interested in talking anything comic related, come on by our Youtube channel and join in the discussion. As always, be supportive of the comic community and happy reading!
 

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 114: DC Rebirth Week 38, Superman Reborn and Mail Robot

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 114: DC Rebirth Week 38, Superman Reborn and Mail Robot

This episode took forever to record and here it is, the 3rd longest Weird Science Podcast ever.  Hear as Jim goes from furious to angry to less angry while Eric is along for the ride.  Jim is strangly intrigued by Reggie’s German Uncle, Eric’s neighbor keeps out of Weird Science business and Mail Robot returns for a duet with the Jazz Flute.  All that and so much more…Enjoy!

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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

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

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

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