Marvelette Missives – We Stand on Guard

We Stand on Guard is a miniseries with a premise that a lot of people have joked about – what would happen if the US decided to invade Canada? Set in 2124, that’s exactly what has happened, as the US has invaded Canada to control its water supplies.  More

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We Be Geeks 213: More Than Meets The Eye, My …

We start the show out with the geek weather report, and move into talking about SNL skits. Up next we go into Sony and Marvel fighting over the rights on Spider-Man after the sequel to Homecoming. Will Sony get the rights back? Will Marvel and Sony make nice and make another deal? We talk Joss Whedon writing, directing and producing, a Batgirl movie. We also do an impromptu casting call for Babs. We then move to Star Wars news, with an Obi-Wan standalone movie. Would you watch an Ahsoka animated film? We sure would. We debut a new segment with Derrick where he goes off on Michael Bay and his new 14 Transformer movies. We move into the release date of The Defenders. 8-18-2017. We also talk about Disney coming out with a Tron Lightcycle attraction coming to the parks. We also talk more Disney and its battles with other parks. We talk new Thrawn books coming out from Timothy Zahn after his appearance in Star Wars: Rebels. We end the night talking gaming news, with Marvel Heroes coming to the gaming consoles off of PC.

Marvelette Missives – Hawkeye

By now, every comics reader knows there was a shake-up in the ranks of the Avengers because of Civil War II. And one of those changes involved Hawkeye. Clint Barton (the Hawkeye most people know) was up on charges for killing Bruce Banner, but ultimately found not guilty. Even so, he couldn’t go back to his previous role so Kate Bishop (who has been in the secondary Hawkeye role for a few years now) has taken over and is now the focus in Marvel’s Hawkeye comics.  More

We Be Geeks 212: Runaway Shopping Carts

This week, we start off this runaway shopping cart by diving into an assortment of Star Wars Celebration news, then move on to a discussion about the recently released Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, including a fun Easter Egg in the trailer.  We then move on to news from DC as we talk about the upcoming Black Lightning CW show, and the possible lengthy runtime of the Justice League movie coming out later this year.

Next, we move on to discuss an assortment of tidbits from Cinema Con in Las Vegas.  We talk about the line-up of films coming out from Disney up to 2019, then talk about Thor: Ragnarok, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  We finish of the show with some info about the new AT-ATs that will be in the Last Jedi movie, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and a rant or two about various topics.

Marvelette Missives – Saga

If you’re looking for a space opera full of adventure, strong characters and all around good storytelling, Saga is the one. Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, Saga follows two people from warring factions who found each other under interesting circumstances, fell in love, had a child and are trying to escape, well, everyone.  More

We Be Geeks 211: Been Ridin’ A High All Day

We start the show announcing Mike being down at Star Wars Celebration’s podcast stage. Get the details here. We run down the list of exclusives that are going to be released at Celebration. We talk about Mike’s favorite subject: cosplayers. We then reboot into the Matrix reboot. If it happens, they are looking at Michael B Jordan to possibly play Neo. We talk about whether it will be a reboot or continuation.  We talk about Chris Evans stepping down as Captain America after Infinity War. We go into Michael Shannon’s possible casting as Cable in the new Deadpool movie. We then move into the Russo Brother’s bringing Quantum and Woody to the small screen. We talk Big Hero 6 TV series getting green lit for a second season before the first one even comes out. We end the show with 13 movies that predicted other movies.

Marvelette Missives – America

Marvel’s new series America (issue #1 came out March 1) is a breath of fresh air among superhero comics. It features America Chavez (aka Miss America), not only one of the few openly gay heroes in mainstream comics today, but also one of the few Latina ones. Plus, the series is skewing slightly younger than most comics right now, even having young adult author Gabby Rivera as writer (also Latina and queer, btw… another step in the right direction).  More

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. 

We Be Geeks 210: World Of Color With Jeremy Colwell

This week, Brett and Julz are both MIA, so Mike and Derrick welcome comic book colorist Jeremy Colwell onto the podcast for an interview.  Jeremy is most recently known for the DC books Batman/TMNT, and He-Man/Thundercats.  We start off the interview with Jeremy describing his path to becoming a colorist, and how he started working for DC comics.  We asked Jeremy if he was nervous working with big name characters like Batman and He-Man, and what his favorite version of Batman is from a colorist perspective.  We discuss Jeremy’s thoughts on the Digital Age of coloring, some of his favorite characters to color, as well as his favorite Batman villains. 

Next, we ask Jeremy about his favorite books that he has colored, as well as his favorite comics to read.  We discuss the surge of comic creators that has risen up in the Portland, Oregon area, and Jeremy’s experience meeting comics legend Marv Wolfman, before grilling him on his future projects.  We follow that with talk of delays in comics, then have a long discussion about conventions and fan interactions. 

We finish of the episode by covering the various places that you can find Jeremy Colwell on the internet.