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

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Iron Fist

In barely a month, on March 17, Netflix will premiere the latest in its street-level heroes shows. Iron Fist is based on the Marvel character of the same name who first appeared in comics in 1974.  More

We Be Geeks 205: Life Model Geeks

This week on We Be Geeks: We are all together again to talk all things geek! Agents of Shield has continued to improve with each season. From Inhumans to LMS’s (Life Model Decoys.) Supposedly longtime viewers will be rewarded once the third season 4 arc has been revealed. Peter Capaldi is expected to leave Doctor Who after this season, which leads to the question, Who will the next Doctor be? Of course the regeneration will be right around the Christmas episode this year.  We dive into this topic and discuss our thoughts on this important matter. What the heck is going on with the Batman movie? This is the question I think we have been asking ourselves for a while now. Ben Affleck has decided that he will not be directing it. He has so much on his plate, so he made the decision. Now we are left with the question on everyones mind. The Secret of NIMH is getting a remake! The Rats of NIMH with James Madigan making his directional debut. The movie will be a live action CGI hybrid film. We are not too sure how to feel about this considering the original is so loved. It set a high bar, and hopefully we won’t be disappointed. Gotham, the show we all love to hate was a topic. Supposedly Jerome is back in the winter finale of Gotham. How? I’m not really sure, since he was seriously dead the last time I saw him. Also the Riddler finally has a costume! Apparently, no cane though. That may be coming soon though. All this and some more, but you have to listen!

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Wynonna Earp

If you’re looking for a female protagonist who’s not a typical hero, enjoy the paranormal side of things and like a touch of Western then Wynonna Earp may be the show for you. A descendant of Wyatt Earp, Wynonna returns to her hometown (appropriately named Purgatory) to protect it from demons, as her great grandfather once did. But, of course, it’s not that straightforward.  More

We Be Geeks 204: The Point Of Terminal With Bruce Zick

This week we talk with Bruce Zick the creator of Terminal Point, and the new collected graphic novels put out by Caliber Comics. We talk about his web comics, and the difficulty of holding people’s attention with denser books. We talk about the journey of turning Terminal Point into a graphic novel. We talk the Zone Continuum web series. Want to know what duo shade is? Find out here. We talk the difference between the Zone Continuum and Terminal Point. We talk time travel, and the problems that go with it. We talk about what brought him to write Terminal Point and his love for science fiction. We talk promotion and the problems getting books out there nowadays. We break news on The Atomic Legion making a possible comeback. We talk Stan Lee’s impact on comics.

Marvelette Missives – Deadpool v Gambit

In the miniseries Deadpool v Gambit (released as a trade last fall), the Merc with a Mouth teams up with the smooth Cajun con man to, what else, pull another con. The two have a secret history of working together even though, as happens with most people who know him, Gambit doesn’t much like Deadpool. But the real issue here is who’s really being conned?!  More

Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

It’s that special time of year for cinephiles around the world. The 89th Academy Award nominees have been formally announced. As Trevor Dueck notes, the nominees and favorites are largely who you’d expect. Think La La Land. 
 
I’m not here to argue that Ryan Gosling and company aren’t deserving of their record-tying 14 noms. But there was one massive snub in the nominations that I cannot abide. 
 
Some are yelling in protest across the sea that Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t get any aquatic love. Others are upset that Amy Adams’ nomination for Best Actress never “arrived.” For me, there’s another snub that hits hard and deep. Not one single Oscar nomination for Deadpool! 
 
If all the Best Picture nominees were on par with La La Land, I might not be complaining, at least not so vigorously. And I have no quarrel with Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water or Lion. But for the love of everything holy, please tell me how Mel Gibson’s violent church film Hacksaw Ridge is better than The Merc with the Mouth?
 
I think I get what the Academy is saying. Deadpool is not “artistic” enough for its overly pretentious award show. But that sells the film well short. It might be a sardonic super-hero movie, but it’s also an inspirational love story about a man dealing with the ill effects of cancer and learning to give back to his community. Sniff, sniff … excuse me.
 
It might not have singing and dancing to the same jazz song played ad nauseam, but what it lacks on that front it more than makes up for with smug, fourth-wall busting humor.
 
Some might complain about Deadpool’s gratuitous violence. But that can’t be the source of its snub. Hacksaw Ridge has just as much, and past Oscar nominees have as well. Think Pulp Fiction.
 
But fine, Academy. Keep your precious Best Picture category for more artsy (read: less funny) films. Couldn’t you at least recognize Deadpool in your more obscure categories like Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Ryan Reynolds had gorgeous hair! And what about T.J. Miller’s coif? No, instead you only nominated three films in this category, and one of them had to be freakin’ Suicide Squad. 
 
How hard was it to put eyeliner on Jared Leto? He was probably already wearing it when he showed up!
 
So I am protesting these awards with the hashtag #OscarsSoDead…Pool? Okay, the hashtag is a work in progress, but I will continue to voice my displeasure until the Academy starts recognizing a more diverse range of genres. 
 
Do you want to know who I blame for this?
 
Mel Gibson.
 
#OscarsSoMel?

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We Be Geeks 203: We Are Super…Powerless

This week on We Be Geeks: The team is all back together again and have a lot of things to talk about. Mike and his family did the Star Wars tours complete with a dessert party. He let us in on all the cool stuff he was able to do, and it sounds like it’s totally worth the price of admission. Powerless is coming to us in a few weeks and a new trailer shows STARRO, which will make for a hysterical episode. The press for Powerless looks great and I think it will hopefully go on for a few seasons. A Series of Unfortunate Events had topped the Marvel Netflix series. Mainly because it has hit its core demographic, but also because the show is awesome. It’s pretty true to the books and Neil Patrick Harris is great as Count Olaf. Lemony Snicket who is the writer of the books appears (Patrick Warburton) and it just adds that something special. The Wonder Woman movie will be out sooner than we think, and we finally have a villain. Ares the God of War will play opposite Wonder Woman. No word on the extent of his role, but it’s sure to be amazing. DC comics will be raising the price of most of its comics from $2.99 to $3.99. Granted you will also get the digital version of the comic, but if you only read the print version, is it worth it? We discuss our thoughts on it. All this and more can grace your ears, but only if you listen!

We Be Geeks 202: Winter Has Cometh

We start off this episode with local winter weather reports from Mike, Brett, and Derrick before moving on to the meat of the show. After that, we mention that all of the CW/DC shows have been renewed, and then discuss the recently announced Wal-Mart exclusives Pops being put out by Funko. We then talk about Woody Harrelson being cast in the upcoming young Han Solo movie, and contemplate the possible characters he could be playing.

After that, we talk a bit about the NES classic system that is nearly impossible to find, and a message to hackers that can be found among the coding of the system. We move back to Star Wars a bit as we discuss rumors of a possible live action Star Wars show in the future, Disney theme parks adding Episode VIII missions to their Star Tours attractions, and the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art finding a future home in the City of Angels.

Next up, we move on to discuss the announcement that DC comics will be putting several of their Rebirth books up for free on Hoopla Digital library site. We mention Deadpool being nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award, and then take a nostalgic trip to NASA as we talk about space shuttles and the Space Center in Florida.

Once we get back on track, we talk about the best science fiction show that can be found on Netflix, discuss Peter Dinklage being cast in the next Avengers movie, and ponder which character he could potentially play before finishing off the episode with a rant session about the future of DC films.

We Be Geeks 201: When A Con Goes Crap

We open the show with an in memoriam of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. We announce the birth of Oliver Julz new baby. We go over the 2017 premiers coming up. We tell you what we are looking forward to seeing. What about you? We talk Lexa Doig making an appearance as Talia Al Ghul, as well as Katie Cassidy returning as Laurel Lance. We also discuss when a con goes so bad Stan Lee can’t save it. We then head to the movies and see that Deadpool has been getting a Writers Guild nomination. Could an Oscar be next? We then talk the most pirated movies of the year. To cleanse our pallets, we go over the worse comic book movie moments of 2016. We talk CNN using a screen shot of Fallout 4’s hacking system to explain how the Russians are hacking the US. We also give out Fallout Andromeda’s release date. Tune in to find out what it is. We end the day discussing the 5 reasons Civil War II disappointed fans. We end the show talking about Deadpool the Duck.