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Episode #206-Phasers on Literacy

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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We start with some entertainment stuff, which frankly was depressing. We mourn B.B. King.

We jump into Indie Week with SAGA 26, where Marko plays vigilante at the Quik Stop. The Janitor brings in revolutionaries to the Rocket-Tree. HELLBOY 1952 4 feature a morgue run by half cyborg chimps, which pleases us. Nazis INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 1 features grand politics and revolution and flashbacks…but they’re IN THE FUTURE. SOUTHERN CROSS 1 Is a pretty good kick off for scifi comics, dragging us on a journey to the far side of the solar system via slow boat. CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY 1 is, frankly a disappointment to a hardcore Heinlein fan like TechJedi. WYTCHES 4 and 5 Stomach veins maps. ewww. Charlie goes looking for Sailor, and begins EXPOSITION CON 2015. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 9 features various Hells through which Jack unceasingly messes with Lo-Pan. WAR STORIES 5 and 6 brings to light how war can turn cynic of even the most optimistic man. BIG MAN PLANS 1, well, it’s pretty hardcore, and we’re not real certain which angle to view it from yet.

Continuing on Brings us, wow, even more scifi, TechJedi will have to change shorts-DESCENDER 1 shows us a pretty well built universe, although it may seem the scale of the reaction to the main point may be excessive. NAILBITER HACKSLASH FLIPBOOK brings in some ok stories, seemingly unconnected to anything else. REVIVAL 28 ramps up the intrigue and world building, with new powers revealed, intrigue, murder, and more. OUTCAST 7 really doesn’t have anything of interest happening. A lot of going from place to place and talking. In RAGNAROK 4, Zombie-Thor find Idunn’s apples, kicks troll ass, confronts fire demons, and more. FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND 1 follows the suffering and travels of The Monster across time and the world, facing french mystics and other weirdness, including Luchadores and Hellboy. UBER 23 present HMS Churchill with armor, Maria provides blood for catalyst testing, Dunkirk saves some battleships, and Europe Burns. HIT 1957 1 Crime Noir comes to life with three cops, mafia bars, women hiding under assumed names…what more can we ask?

Episode #206



Episode #205 …And Then Alfred Has To Google Laser-Wings

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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We talk TechJedi’s experience at FCBD 2015; which, essentially, was not crazy hot but the kids love it all the time. So Boom. I break with a lot of people’s assessment of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We bandy some points here and there but skip the in depth stuff. Eventually we get to DC WEEK with the special covers based on movies.

Starting with SUPERMAN 39 and 40, giving us a really good scene with Supes pulling off hostages with nothing but cajones. GREEN LANTERN 40 is next, only purchased for the 2001 cover, but it is a good issue with Kilowog and Hal showing us great character moments; DETECTIVE COMICS 40 finishes the Anarky arc, with the supervillain explains routine. SINESTRO 11 Covert forces and drained rings and Bekka saving the day. BATGIRL 40 gives us the lovely purple rain cover, which appeals to my inner 80s 8th grader-but disappoints nonetheless, as we were expecting an explanation but got a Star Trek TOS episode.  CATWOMAN 40 we got for the Steve McQueen cover-but Seleina being a crime lord piques. ASTRO CITY 21 finishes Quarrels story  as we find Jack making bad decisions and Quarrel making interesting ones.

 

Episode #205



Episode #204 Also, Don’t Do Crack. The Lessons Of the BPRD Are Not Amazing

Thursday, June 4th, 2015
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We mention finding Art Adams stuff, detail THE GREAT COMICS RE-ORG OF 2015. We wonder if Joker would really get tatted up or would get bored and shoot the artist after a while. We meander around speculating lightly on Suicide Squad. On to the February Indies!

We start with SAGA 25, giving us nothing new but the visuals with the “poor go off to war” routine. It’s high quality in it’s distinctions between the character bases, but the riff is not different. ODY-C 3 Lovers of Zeus die quite naturally; favor is curried with the gods,Plot, fight, disgusting cyclops people. Ewww. HELLBOY 1952 4 brings us back to the monkey frankenstein things. There’s talking gators, movie directors, grenades, and wackiness. CLUSTER 1 Pleases TechJedi with criminals on other planets fighting monster alien things. VELVET 9 has our heroine making good her escape and having to have long conversations on trains before being arrested again. UBER 22 The spy is revealed, Turing is Uber positive, Maria wages war her own way, mostly symbolically. Sieglinde 1 gets another mission; Goebbels makes speeches. BITCH PLANET 3 moves forward, teams being made, backstory developed, and so on. MANIFEST DESTINY 12 & 13 -Giant monsters, strange compasses, sexual backstory we’d prefer not to know; minor betrayals, blue owl things, all this pleases us. More arches, more fungal zombies, drunken crewmembers, and more insanity. Great read. HOLMES AND HOUDINI 4 Hoidinis is in jail and inches from deportation, but escapes, naturally. Cryptic riddles, Crimean war memorials, deduction, and a surprise cliffhanger! MEN OF WRATH 5 wraps us up with just about everyone but mom and baby dying-and shock follows shock as the Rath evil is over.

Episode #204



Episode #203 They’re Trying To Do A Coming of Age Ambush Bug

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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We ruminate a little bit on Jean Grey’s complete lack of empathy, concern for privacy , or ethics in the outing of her friend Bobby Drake. Eventually we get into some Marvels for the week and start with SPIDER WOMAN4. Jess hangs out with some Fabio’ed out Namor and that’s entertaining; SHE HULK 12 ends with Dr Druid and some final revelations on the blue case file. Ms Marve 11 and 12 has young hot Loki heading down to the neglected Jersey City to spike punch. Kamala has her final confrontation with the Inventor. SQUIRREL GIRL 2 has Doreen reminding TechJedi of Moss from IT CROWD, while Tippy-Toe determines Galactus is coming. THOR 5show us one pissy little Odin and one bad ass Titania, who shows us a different side of herself. CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 appeals to us with a Zemo story and flashbacks revealing more of Sam’s character. CAPTAIN MARVEL 12 shows me some neat physics in the Endless Envelope, as Cap runs off to find Tic. In SILVER SURFER 9 Galactus appears as Dawn demands the full poop from Norrin. SUPERIOR IRON MAN 5 details the stroy of the Black Lama. THOR ANNUAL gives us 3 fun stories about NuThor integrating into Asgard. Very Entertaining.

It’s the final battle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 14 and 15, and so much happens it’s not even pointful to put it here. Lemme tell ya HAWKEYE 22 is pretty much just Home Alone in NYC. STAR WARS 2 shows us the kinda spanking we’d really expect if an untrained Luke really went against his pa. DARTH VADER 1 is a return to Sith-like form as Vader plots behind the Emperors back, even as he eats shit for the Death Star. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL is a zombie apocalypse of deadpools. yay. SILK 1 is a pretty good opener as Cyndi not only fights a new villain but pitches a Silk investigation to JJJ. ALL NEW X-MEN 36, 27, 38 ends the episode with way too many issues at once-Castle Doom blows up, a new character appears, Emma trains Jean, and there’s a Guardians team up.

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Episode # 203



Episode #202 Oh Yeah, Vampire Monkeys From Space-That’s Deep

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
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Before we start DC Week we ramble for a little while, noting the Great Comics Re-Org of 2015; lamenting how few DC we feel are quality. We toast Herb Trimpe. Our Shitty Movie Of The Week is VIKINGDOM. Finally we get to books with DETECTIVE 39, Bats facing off Bullock while the city burns, and really, can we have a few villains without cults, for once? WONDER WOMAN 39 is next, giving us the no killing shtick again and Hippolyta the Jedi-and we debate her rage and warrior attitude. SINESTRO 10 brings us the continuing fight raging on Warworld, when the Corps arrives with a surprise. BATMAN 39 surprises us with the Batman negotiating with The Court of Owls. Alfred faces down a crisis. HARLEY QUINN VALENTINES SPECIAL humors us and gives us some fun as she chases Bruce Wayne. SUPERMAN 38 concludes the Ulysses line with BIG FIGHTING and new powers for Clark. BATGIRL 39 gives us the idea that Batgirl has a bounty on her, falls into a trap, and Dinah rescues her. AMERICAN VAMPIRE 6 Apes have gone to space and come back vampires. Nuff SAID. ASTRO CITY 20 concludes the episode with emotional rollercoasterism and screwed over nice guys. Crackerjack goes to find the Black Lab.

 

Episode 202



Episode #201-A Mixture of Don’t Care and Don’t Like

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Tonight we bring you the January Indies, starting with Garth Ennis’ WAR STORIES 4, focusing on the tankers of the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He comes across with typical Ennis setup-intriguing, but a lot of exposition. ODY-C 2 is next, a strange little book that explains the loss of the Y chromo in pre pre history. Fraction lovers, among which we are ourselves, will not like us this ep. We swing into the unrelentingly grim, if quality MEN OF WRATH 4-a fine example of Southern Misery. HELLBOY 1952 pleases us despite Hellboy himself not yet having anything to contribute to the mission. Crime comes back to the show with THE FADE OUT 4-explicit photographers, dates that aren’t dates but are; with special guest stars Clark Gable and Ronnie Reagan. UBER 21 shows us the fall of Sieglinde and Katyusha’s ascendency; HOLMES vs HOUDINI 3 has contention between the two and apparent suicides, explosion, and wounded wives. Revival 27 has Dana in dire straights. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 8 has Pete getting hit by motorcycle, and trips to HELL! We clean up with BITCH PLANET 2. Sports, vague assurances of history and cliched bloodgames. This is a world with no backstory, a world not really built, and a world constructed completely to hammer home points alone, with a lack of subtlety that is staggering for an otherwise talented writer.

 

Episode #201



Episode 200! All Your Chewbaccas Are Belong To Us

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
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We spend a very long time talking about Cho and Rodriguez. Then Drinking. Then thinking up a motto. Eventually we jump to Marvels and just can’t deal with BUCKY BARNES 3 and 4. Overwrought, over complicated, confusing, and dumb. We like CAPTAIN MARVEL 11 is a Christmas issue so I love that. SHIELD 2 makes me smile with Kamala trolling superhero websites and memorizing B villain weapons.  We get to SILVER SURFER 8 reveals a planet of Galactus survivors. Continuing on with Slott we check out AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 12+13 with Victorian spider eating people. THOR 4 develops all arguments really well; with Original Recipe Thor conceding the title. UNCANNY X-MEN 30 probably ruins the continuum by talking to Charles be cause she just soooo moral and superior and ethical and smart. CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 brings us a better Cap replacement book than Remender wrote with actual Cap…Visit Spider Woman 3 with concubine Jess and spider poop that irritates us. PIRATE CONCUBINE JESS captures her though. We sorta come to terms with SUPERIOR IRON MAN 4; with Tony kinda dominating DD, but Matt still coming ahead morally. We end with UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL 1. I dig it a lot so far. We finish off with STAR WARS 1!! ZOMG!!11

 

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Episode #200



Episode #199-…New 52’s Literary Crimes Aside…

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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We talk some bad Bat villains for a little bit; mention Supergirl’s debut photo. We finally get to some Marvels with THOR 3 with Malekith backstory, good dialog, Jotuns trying to eat Thor, and more. TV SHIELD 1, which was fun Waid stuff. CAP AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS 3, The inverted Avengers and the good Avengers throw down, with Spidey breaking it up. HAWKEYE DEADPOOL 3 having Kate and Wilson teaming up to fight a mind controlled Clint; SHE HULK 11, with guests Titania and Volcana, which was neat to see after all these years; SUPERIOR IRON MAN 3 brings us TEEN ABOMINATION(eww) wanting extremis 3, and matt having a nice moment. UNCANNY XMEN 29 has ILLYANA catching Dr Strange and Clea in bed, and that’s all you need. MS MARVEL 10 Kamala argues with volunteer duracells, and THAT’s all you need. CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 give us some good Sam backstory, which is tainted with the bad father routine, before Zemo has Crossbones attack; CAPTAIN MARVEL 10 seems to be a pleasant pallette cleanser as Carol gets letters from home. BLACK WIDOW 13 ramps things up a bit, with Nat hunting down accountants? whaaaa! ALL NEW XMEN 34 MILES and DISCOUNT JEAN JR meet the ultimate xmen, while bobby fights mole men amusingly. SPIDEY ANNUAL 1 has an amusing but not unheard of PETE IS LATE OH NO routine.  AMAZING SPIDER MAN 11 brings in 60s cartoon spidey, and now you can die happy. SPIDER WOMAN 2 Jess lands in a world where she’s some kind of ruler, so she takes it in stride and takes charge.

 

Episode #199



Episode #198.5-He’s A Muppet That Drinks, Mother-Emerald City Wrap up

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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Well! That was an irritating delay, but it was worth the wait! We bring you three full hours of con related anecdotes and interviews-featuring:(remember to click the links and visit!)

Ben Khan, featuring his book SHAMAN.

Wynter, from GEEK GIRL CON, telling us all about the awesome show they run;

Josh, featuring his MINIBLITZ GAME;

DESTRO and the Femme Troopers of COBRA NORTH;

80% STUDIOS with their awesome array of imaginative independent books;

and last but not least, Josh Hawkes from Points of Interest Podcast Network!

We also hung out with Regina from Game On Girl, and Dezi Desire, Cosplyer and Nerdlesque performer extraordinaire!

All with our patented Reverend Mad Duck commentary!

EPISODE 198.5



Seattle’s EMP Museum-Featuring Star Wars!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
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A lot of these are self explanatory, like the Star Wars costumes, and everything here was filmed ON SCREEN! The was the day before Emerald City Con, at Seattle’s EMP MUSEUM

Mixed down below are three exhibits, the Horror, the Fantasy, and the Star Wars Costumes.