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DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 56

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 56

Welcome back Superfriends to the DC Superpowers Podcast issue 56. Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back with all of the news, reviews and previews from around the multiverse. More

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 55

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 55

The DC Superpowers Podcast is back with issue 55 and with Vernon under the weather Ken is joined by Kylan from the Mighty Marvel Geeks. More

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Film Review (Non-Spoiler!)

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 Film Review (Non-Spoiler!)

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: James Gunn

Writers: James Gunn and Dan Abnett

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (voice), and Vin Diesel (voice)

The rag-tag crew of the Milano is back as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 blasts its way into theaters this weekend and fans of the original will not be disappointed in this fun sequel.

Guardians continues the team’s adventures throughout the galaxy but this time Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his merry crew are caught off-guard when Quill’s dad, Ego (Kurt Russell), finds Quill after decades of searching for his son that he abandoned on Earth.  Despite Quill’s excitement and new relationship with his father, not everything is on the “up and up” with Ego as plans for universal domination is in the mix and the Guardians are the only ones that can stop his madness and save the galaxy…again.

Quill and his crew not only have to battle Ego but along the way, the Guardians are More

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 54

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 54

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers has returned with all of the news, reviews and previews from across the multiverse.  More

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 53

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 53

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers has returned with issue 53. This week we bring you our review the new animated movie “Teen Titans: The Judas Contract” as well as all of the news, reviews and previews from all around the multiverse. More

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 52

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 52

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back with issue 52 of the DC Superpowers Podcast. This week we once again have all of the news, reviews and previews from all around the multiverse. More

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 51

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 51

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Junior Justice Leaguers are back with issue 51. More

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 170–Whipped Cream Sandwich!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 170–Whipped Cream Sandwich!

The HOBI Gang is without Blake this week as he is doing his civic duty but the BOB Studios is filled with two guests as Scab Jeff and Number One Fan Doug try to entertain the masses!  The guys debate the essence of bologna and whipped cream sandwiches while Jason is tired of Bob Dylan and Jeff has no idea what is going on at WrestleMania! Blake sends in his review of the Walking Dead season finale, Big Dev has a correction for HOBI and the gang debates the hotness of comic strip characters.  The guys are hopeful for the Wonder Woman film but not as optimistic about the Power Rangers movie!  Scab Jeff picks the Top 5 this week and a lot of questions about Paul Reiser are left unanswered!  This episode is sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 50

DC Superpowers Podcast – Issue 50

Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers is back with issue 50 of the DC Superpowers Podcast.  More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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