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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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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 85: DC Rebirth Week 11, Comics and Pretzel Continuity

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 85: DC Rebirth Week 11, Comics and Pretzel Continuity

It’s Week 11 of DC Comics Rebirth and while Reggie is away, Jim and Eric will play.  Actually, they talk a whole lot of comics and even though Reggie is in Virginia, him and Chris still give us a Cosmic Treadmill segment that’s dedicated to all the lovers out there.  In fact, this episode is dedicated to all the lovers in the world…or at least the sexy ones.  Enjoy!

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The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 137–Tomatoes, Onions and Danny McBride!

The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 137–Tomatoes, Onions and Danny McBride!

The HOBI Gang welcomes film critic and author Jeff Morris, aka Scab Jeff, back into the BOB Studios to talk the Olympics ending, never having enough pretzels and the horrible idea of remaking Dirty Rotten Scoundrels! Morris tries to get Blake into Black Mirror, Jason is intrigued by Bad Moms and Jeff invents a very Smurf-like language with his name. The guys have a new contest for their listeners and Jeff hates tomatoes in this week’s Top Five Actors People Love But We Can’t Stand!  Episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo at: CincinnatiComicExpo.com 

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 84: DC Rebirth Week 10, Comics and Deep Dish Pizza

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 84: DC Rebirth Week 10, Comics and Deep Dish Pizza

Jim and Eric get together for some laughs, some tears and…something else.  That something else is a mega episode where they talk all the DC Comics that came out the week of 08-10-16 as well as discuss the news and read listener mail.  Of course, they are joined by their pals Reggie, Chris and Branden for a grand old time.  Enjoy! More

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: All-Star Batman #1 Review

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: All-Star Batman #1 Review

Jim and Eric meet up to give you their review of Scott Snyder’s new All-Star Batman #1.  Do they like it?  Do they hate it?  Why does it lead to a discussion about prison oatmeal and homeless guys on the side of the road?  If you like what you hear or at least curious about what could possibly be talked about in a 7+ hour podcast episode, join us for our regular weekly podcast posted every Sunday Night where we talk about every single DC Comic that came out this week.

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 83: DC Rebirth Week 9,Technical Difficulties and Comics

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 83: DC Rebirth Week 9,Technical Difficulties and Comics

Jim and Eric decide that it’s time to streamline the podcast and get back to the meat and cheese of it all.  Is it a return to legacy?  Is it a meat and potatoes approach to things?  Is it a Rebirth?!?!  Actually, it’s none of those because they kind of work it out a bit while recording.  I guess we’ll have to see where it all leads.  They still get together and talk every book that came out this week and Jim has even seen the Suicide Squad movie…but doesn’t really talk about it.  This is a Comic Book Podcast!  Enjoy!

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 & Harley Quinn #1

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 & Harley Quinn #1

Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk about two new Rebirth books coming out this week…Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 and Harley Quinn #1. Find out what they thought and if you like what you hear, tune in to the full weekly podcast that releases every single Sunday Night.

Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

Written by Jason Brigger

Director: David Ayer

Writers: David Ayer

Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith and Viola Davis

Suicide Squad explodes into theaters on Friday, August 2, 2016 and hopes to change the fortunes of Warner Brothers and DC Films after the marginal financial success of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The prior films did not win over film critics and left a much divided fan base in their aftermath and while Suicide Squad is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is better than the DC films before it.

In short, Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) takes a nonsensical idea of assembling a team of the most dangerous supervillains and give them top-secret missions to complete that the normal person would not touch, let alone succeed.  The U.S. government is worried about the increase of meta-humans in the world and decides “why not?” which is flawless logic, and supplies weapons to Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and other villains all under the guardianship of Rick Flag (a very buff Joel Kinnaman).  This “Suicide Squad” must learn to work together and not kill each in order to stop a mysterious mystical entity.  Oh, did we mention that the Joker (Jared Leto) comes along for the ride as well?

The Good:

-The Squad.  Yes, the audience will be introduced to a lot of new characters in this film but despite the lack of adequate backstories for all, it’s a hot mess of fun.  Never before has a group of villains been this much fun to watch and with the majority of the characters appearing on film for the first time, the film feels fresh, something the DC Film universe desperately needs at this time.  The characters of El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Harley Quinn, the Joker, and Deadshot all receive well written back stories and the audience will feel vested in their character arches throughout the film.

-The Joker.  Any fear from fans of the Joker are left in the dust as Jared Leto delivers a performance that is just a level below that of Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight.  This Joker is a littler darker than previous versions and some die-hard fans may be upset that this Joker is more mob boss than serial killer but at the end of this film, it leaves the audience wanting to see more of the Joker, which for the franchise, is a good thing.

-Harley Quinn.  Margot Robbie turns a possible one note character into a superstar in one film.  Robbie is masterful as the Joker-smitten psychiatrist turned psychotic anti-hero.  Ayer’s writing allows fans new to the character of Harley Quinn to understand her broken psyche while still giving the purists enough references back to her animated roots to enjoy.  While Quinn provides most of the comedic relief of the film, she also is written as a truly dangerous person that is looking for anarchy above all else.  Warner Brothers should be commended for the casting of Robbie in this role and a role that Robbie has truly made her own.

The Bad:

The Enchantress.  Suicide Squad falters by providing “street-level” and “gritty” villains battling a mystical witch, who just doesn’t seem to fit in the story.  The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) would be a fine villain fighting the more mystical superheroes in the DC Universe but in a film that is more realistic, she just doesn’t fit.  The Squad is better suited for facing off against a mob boss or a domestic terrorist rather than a mystical being and her even more mystical and out of place brother, Incubus (Alain Chanoine).  It also doesn’t help that the alter ego of the Enchantress, June Moone, is in a relationship with Rick Flag that just doesn’t feel authentic to the film.

-Too Much Will Smith.  Smith’s character, Deadshot, is a complex and interesting character but the “too much of a good thing” applies in this film.  My biggest worry was that the film would become a “Will Smith Film” and at times, the film certainly does transform into his film.  Smith “mugs” for the camera way too much and for an ensemble film, is too front and centered and limits the screen time for other more deserving characters.  Smith may be the biggest star attached to the film but Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Hernandez’s character of El Diablo come across as more deserving of screen time.

The Middling:

– The Story Itself.  The cohesiveness of the plot is not the strongest as the audience only sees the Squad have one mission to complete throughout the film and unfortunately that mission is very reminiscent of the more recent Judge Dredd and The Raid films.  I would have liked to have seen the Squad bond through a montage of several missions prior to facing the main villain but in the film’s defense, the story and the film becomes better in the film’s second and third acts.

-The Lack of Character Development.  While Ayer does a commendable job for the well-developed stories of some characters (see above), the backstory for Killer Croc (Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje) and Captain Boomerang is far less compelling.  Besides a criminal rap sheet for Killer Croc that is shown to the audience at the beginning of the film, the audience never really understands what he is or why he became that way in the first place.  While the backstory is a little better for Captain Boomerang, the character never really advances past a one note villain that much rather drink than engage in the action of his fellow teammates.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, too much backstory was written about the mysterious bodyguard for Flag, Katana (Karen Fukuhara).  Katana is definitely a fun and kick butt character but too much information was given for a character that should have been left unknown.

Final Grade: C+ (A Little Above Average)

Suicide Squad is not a great film but is a fun action/comedic film that is DC’s best film to-date that will leave the audience wanting to know more about the cast of characters in the Squad.  While Suicide Squad could have used a little more “tightening up” on the script and even a better main villain to defeat, the groundwork is there for a franchise that has the ability to improve in later films.  The film is reminiscent of the great Deadpool film released earlier this year as Suicide Squad is something completely different from what the audience has come to expect from Warner Brothers and DC.  If the studio can build off the uniqueness of this film, the DC film universe has a good opportunity to improve and build a bigger audience, something they need at this time.

You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at www.webegeekspc.com every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.  You can listen to their latest episode right here: http://webegeekspc.com/history-bad-ideas-podcast-ep-135-winona-show/

Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #239: SDCC! The Killing Joke! ROM! The CW’s Superman!

Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #239: SDCC! The Killing Joke! ROM! The CW’s Superman!

On this podcast we talk about the best trailers from SDCC (Wonder Woman). Then we review the animated Batman: The Killing Joke and the non-animated ROM #1. By the book, you hear? Listen in!

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Nerds Who Get Laid, Sometimes- Ep. 130: Beast Wars & Loose Whores

Nerds Who Get Laid, Sometimes- Ep. 130: Beast Wars & Loose Whores

Geoff Johns new President & Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics
Will continue to guide film and tv intellectual properties
Given the title in May, and was apparently a response to the luke warm response from SVB
http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/confirmed-geoff-johns-is-the-new-president-of-dc-entertainment

Infinity War now one film
Both will still be directed by the Russo brothers
Will release may 4th 2018 and the now untitled avengers film May 3 2019
http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1540159/avengers-infinity-war-just-made-a-big-change

Tyler Hoechlin as superman for supergirl

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Star lords dad is ego
http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2016/07/28/guardians-of-the-galaxy-v2-starlord-dad-spoil

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Gilmore girls – Nov 25th 2016 – 4 90min episodes all meant to be a season each
https://youtu.be/fTnU5MG5Edw

Anne Rice Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis Nov 29th 2016 – 36th instllament of vampire Chronicles

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2016/07/28/anne-rice-prince-lestat-atlantis-coming

Rocketeer sequel/reboot
http://www.slashfilm.com/the-rocketeer-sequel/

Mystery science theatre 3000 coming to netflix
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/comic-con-mystery-science-theater-913930

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

Week 8 of DC’s Rebirth is upon us and Jim, Eric and Reggie are here to tell you all about it.  Overall, it was a good week with Batgirl and Red Hood kicking off their new series and some of the others going strong.  Of course, the guys have a couple issues along the way and it all turns into a nearly 8 hour gabfest.  Enjoy! More

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 81: Rebirth Week 7, Door Slams and Hobbit Holes

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 81: Rebirth Week 7, Door Slams and Hobbit Holes

DC Rebirth is in full bloom and Jim and Eric are here to talk (nitpick) about all the books that came out this week.  From Batman #3 all the way down to Justice League #1, they give you their honest (negative) opinions on it all.  There is also DC Comics news out of San Diego Comic Con, listener mail and Reggie and Chris’ Cosmic Treadmill.  Enjoy!

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Weird Comics History Podcast Ep. 3 – The Kefauver Hearings (The Comics Code Authority Part 3)

Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) get to the meat and cheese of their five-part look at the Comics Code Authority: 1954’s Senate Hearings on Juvenile Delinquency, starring Senator Estes Kefauver! They look at increasing anti-comics public sentiment and the exact comic book that served as the tipping point and legitimized federal investigation. Then, they take you through all three days of the hearings, talking about each witness and their testimonies, while interjecting the usual silly commentary.

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Batgirl & The Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Batgirl & The Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Eric and Jim get together to talk about Batgirl & the Birds of Prey Rebirth #1 or just “Birds” as they like to say. With the uproar over the Killing Joke, do they like it, love it or hate it? Spoiler: It’s not the later! Check it out and if you like what you hear, join us for our weekly podcast that goes up each and every Sunday.

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 80: DC Comics Rebirth Week 6, Birthday Wishes and Fart Noises

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 80: DC Comics Rebirth Week 6, Birthday Wishes and Fart Noises

Oh no! We got a soundboard and that means…MORNING ZOO TIME! Jim’s dreams have all come true as he injects fart noises and crickets throughout the podcast.  The missing ingredient has been found.  Besides that, they talk about all of this week’s comic books and have a grand old time. Enjoy!

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Weekly Spotlight: Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 and The New Super-Man #1

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Weekly Spotlight: Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 and The New Super-Man #1

It’s weekly spotlight time with Jim, Eric and Reggie talking about Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 and The New Super-Man #1.  Enjoy and if you like what you hear, tune into our very long weekly podcast that goes up every Sunday Night…it’s kind of worth it.

 

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 79: DC Rebirth Week 5, Rick and Morty and Self Checkout Woes

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 79: DC Rebirth Week 5, Rick and Morty and Self Checkout Woes

 

You want a podcast that spends over 7 hours talking DC Comics…well, welcome to the suck! Jim and Eric get together for way too long to bring you DC Comics News, Listener Mail and of course, their opinions on all of the DC Comics for the week of July 9, 2016. Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Weird Comics History Ep 1: Before the Comics Code

Weird Comics History Ep 1: Before the Comics Code

Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) talk about comic books during World War II, long before the Comics Code Authority came into existence, and detail the early life of Dr. Frederic Wertham, whose name would someday become synonymous with anti-comics crusading. More