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It is Meredith’s world, and we are just living in it.

It is Meredith’s world, and we are just living in it.

When we spoke with Meredith Finch on the We Be Geeks podcast, it was just before her new project for Image Comics called Rose came out. We are now two issues in. With issue 2 having released on May 17th. When we spoke to Meredith about the new project, one of the things she was most excited about was Rose being her own character, and the setting was the world that she had created. She had just come off a great run on Wonder Woman, and with the history that comes with such a historic character, she was excited to be able to stretch her legs on her own creation. Stretch her legs she has. It’s Meredith’s world, and we’re just living in it. Her co-conspirator on this venture is artist Ig Guara, whose art fits this fantasy story so well. One of my favorite aspects of his art is his facial expressions. He makes Rose look fierce, and feminine at the same time.

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Review: Terminal Point by Bruce Zick

Love time travel, quirky love relationships, and atomic steam punk? Then the reissue of Bruce Zick’s Terminal Point is a must have. Terminal Point was first published in 1993 by Dark Horse Comics, Caliber Comics has since brought back this classic in all of its DuoShade glory and has just recently released  it as a graphic novel.

Set in 1993, Terminal Point documents the adventures of Pilot, a web runner employed by a secret agency called Terminus. Pilot rides a  time traveling vehicle called Equus. Together they set up terminal points for Terminus. Terminal points are points used by Terminus to allow the corporation to control time itself. They place beacons in territories they don’t own. Some of the terminal points come at a cost however, much to the disadvantage of the natives who already settling the land. Things begin to unravel for Pilot when negotiations with a group of indigenous people go horribly awry. 

After traveling back in time seeking safety,  Pilot comes in contact with the aluring and velvet toned Byrnn Stone. She’s the vocalist at the Silver Crescent Club. She is also the  girlfriend of Robert Rhodes, a freakin’ genius inventor whose inventions get a major puch in the boost deprtment when he’s exposed to tech from the future. A budding love triangle develops as Byrnn is caught between Rhodes and her new found feelings for Pilot. Tensions escalate between Pilot and Rhodes as Terminus close in on the rogue web runner. Apparently Pilot isn’t all that he appears to be.  

Zick’s art is very detailed with his line work and I love the Duo-Shade process for adding tones to his drawings making ther pop. Even with  advances in the production process, Zick’s art looks as it was originally intended with that the film noior feel. The steampunk designs give Terminal Point an awesome look and it’s a great visual fit to his previous work, The Zone Continuum. Perhaps Zick will be given the chance marry the two narratives together one day.

Terminal Point is an entertaining to read and is still fresh 20 plus years after it’s original release. 

Motor City Comic Con 2016. The Nerd Returns Home

This past weekend more than 50,000 geeks descended on the Suburban Showcase and Collection in Novi this past weekend for the annual Motor City Comic Con. It was a bittersweet even with the untimely passing of two of its scheduled guests. Forii WWE superstar Chyna, and seminal artist Darwin Cooke.

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We Be Geeks Presents the 1st Ever WeBe Awards

If you are reading this then welcome to the 1st ever WeBe awards. For this the first year, our only category is comics. We gave WeBes for the following: Top Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback, Top Mini Series/One-Shot, Top Monthly Title from the different publishers and from those winners Top Title of the year.   So on to our winners! More

Interview with Joe Eisma

eekYou cageek happeningsThis past weekend thousands of pop culture fans converged on the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Michigan, for the Motor City Comic Con. There were hundreds of media guests, comic professionals, and vendors crammed into the convention center. I was lucky enough to get a few moments to chat with Joe Eisma, the interior artist and co-creator of the smash hit from Image, Morning Glories. It is described by Nick Spencer as “Runaways Meets Lost.” We talk Marvel, DC, and of course Morning Glories. We talk the pros of working on a creator owned books, and the good and bad of social media. Here is how it went.

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Amazing Spider-Man #17

geek happeningsI think I am one of the few people that has not hated Dan Slott’s run on Superior Spider-Man, and I am really enjoying his and Humberto Ramos’s run on Amazing Spider-Man. Issue #17 is no exception. Peter has always been down on his luck and the type of person that if something can go wrong it will. With the introduction of his company Parker Industries this increases his odds for something going wrong exponentially. I am really glad that they let Peter Parker finally grow up and get rid of his photography gig and let him stretch his scientific muscles. This opens the door to a different types of storylines. This is not your father’s Spidey. More

Nova Annual #1

geek happeningsNova has been one of the big surprises to come out of Marvel’s newer series. I was a fan of Richard Ryder as Nova for a long time. I was not sure how somebody could fill his shoes. I was very pleasantly surprised with the release of Nova #1 and have been following the adventures of 15 year old Sam Alexander’s run as Nova. Nova Annual 1 is no exception. Guest starring the Hulk\Doc Green, makes it even better. The Hulk is another of my favorite characters.

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You can always go downtown…..

geek happeningsI have been a fan of The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher for about nine years now. The year wait between books is agonizing. Luckily he has taken to writing graphic novels between books, so the wait is not so bad. The newest mini-series is called Downtown. It takes place between the books White Night and Small Favor. Teaming up with Jim is Mark Powers, who has worked on other Dresden Files graphic novels and comics. The art by Carlos Gomez really fits the Dresdenverse well. It is put out by Dynamite. The story features Harry Dresden, Chicago’s resident wizard and private investigator, and his apprentice Molly Carpenter. Molly is one of my favorite side characters in the Dresdenverse. So I was glad to see her take on a bigger role in the story. More

Now Geek This Reviews Two Offerings From Black Mask Comics

nowgeekthisIn this latest edition of Now Geek This, I’m going to mix things up a bit.  I was recently given access to previews of two comic books produced by publisher Black Mask Comic, Last Born, and Critical Hit.  Black Mask has a full line of books from creators including Grant Morrison, Steve Niles, and Vanessa Del Ray coming out in the next few months, and also have recently announced that the Syfy channel will be adapting one of their books, Five Ghosts as a series. More

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars License Back To Marvel In 2015

star-wars-marvel-logosI realize I am a couple of days late with this but here we go. Friday Jan 3rd after Ken and I had recorded Mighty Marvel Geeks (show is recorded on Thursday evenings) Lucasfilm, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel dropped a series of monster press releases. The announcement is 2014 is the LAST year Dark Horse Comics (DHC) will have the licence to produce Star Wars Comics after a 20+ year run. Starting in 2015, the comic licence will return back to where it began, Marvel. More