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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

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!

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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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Detective Comics #951 & Action Comics #974

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Detective Comics #951 & Action Comics #974

Spotlight is on…Detective Comics#951 and Action Comics #974.  The League of Shadows enters Gotham City and Clark Kent goes crazy!  Jim and Eric have plenty of theories and talk and talk…and talk.  If you like what you hear, check out the big weekly podcast for reviews of all of this week’s DC Comics releases plus listener mail, news and rant and rave.  Enjoy!

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DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 45

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 45

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers returns this week with all of the news, reviews and previews from around the DC Multiverse. More

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

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 164–Pants Not Included!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 164–Pants Not Included!

The HOBI Gang tries to survive the plague as they welcome TWO of their favorite guests into the BOB Studios, Number One Fan Doug and film critic Scab Jeff!  The gang discusses the upcoming Oscars, the greatness of Riverdale and what the heck is going on in Legion!  Jeff has seen LEGO Batman and disagrees with Jason, while Blake tries to make a protective bubble to protect from his co-hosts!  The guys become scared of Warcraft CEOs while Jason is the only one excited about Kong: Skull Island.  The guys are creeped out but yet intrigued by the latest Burger King giveaway but they all can feel the excitement with the return of Channing Tatum News!  The gang go a little nuts over their Favorite Top 5 John Travolta Performances and the guys nearly forget the Bad Idea of the Week!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 111: DC Rebirth Week 35, Death Threats and the Jackson Five

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 111: DC Rebirth Week 35, Death Threats and the Jackson Five

It took a long time for this one, but here it is.  A bunch of books, a bunch of mail and a bunch of nonsense.  Enjoy!
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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Super Sons #1 & Batwoman Rebirth #1

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Super Sons #1 & Batwoman Rebirth #1

The spotlight is on as two books start their Rebirth runs.  Yep, Super Sons #1 and Batwoman Rebirth #1 have finally arrived and Jim and Eric tell you what they thought of both…a twofer!!!  If you like what you hear, download our weekly podcast where we review EVERY DC Comic book that came out that week as well as read listener mail and talk a ton of nonsense. Enjoy!

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DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 44

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 44

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back again with issue 44 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. More

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

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 163–Valentine’s Day Massacre!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 163–Valentine’s Day Massacre!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with HOBI! The guys are in a loving mood this week but that may not be a good thing.  The guys have no idea what happened on Legion but they still review it along with the series premiere of The Walking Dead.  Jason still likes Riverdale, much to Jeff’s chagrin, but also has no idea what a sticky maple!  Jason has seen LEGO Batman, Blake advises what to do on Valentine’s Day, and the whole gang enjoys mocking the Great Wall! The guys list their Top 5 Least Favorite Holidays and a bad idea this week that everyone but Jason approves of!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 43

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 43

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers return with issue 43 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. More

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 110: DC Rebirth Week 34, Comics and Bad Children

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 110: DC Rebirth Week 34, Comics and Bad Children

Jim,Eric, Reggie and the rest of the GFC (whoop whoop) get together to talk comics, love and life.  Yep, they do it all and wrap it up in a neat little 11+ hour podcast for everyone to enjoy.

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: JLA Rebirth #1

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: JLA Rebirth #1

The Spotlight is on…JLA Rebirth #1!  See what Jim and Eric thought about Steve Orlando’s new series and much more.  Maybe too much more!  If you liked what you heard here, try out our weekly podcast where we talk at length about every book that DC released this week.  It’s long, it comes out on Sunday Night and it’s fantabulous!

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