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.

Marvelette Missives – Hulk

Big things happened in the Marvel Universe late last year with Civil War II. In case you missed it, much like the original Civil War, all the Marvel heroes were at odds with each other, this time over the ability to stop or prepare for attacks and catastrophes before they happened (there’s an inhuman “seer” involved). Of course, the camps were “yes, this is great, let’s do it” vs “no, this is bad, these people have done nothing wrong yet”.  More

We Be Geeks 209: Like Crazy Train, Off The Rails

This week on We Be Geeks: The gang is all together again, and they have a lot to share. The PS4 is finally getting an update which has been a long time coming. Is this in answers to the Nintendo Switch? Could be, but no matter the reason it’s awesome. Another Indiana Jones movie is in the works. With this combination actor, director this is something to look forward to. New images from Thor Ragnarok have surfaced and they are so beautiful. If you want to see them, pick up Entertainment Weekly and see what we are talking about. We also check out 24 hidden details we may have missed in the Captain America Movies. While some of these may be a far reach, these are all good fun to talk about. Also The Human Project has reached its goal on Kickstarter. Congrats to Chelsea Alden and David Beatty! We wish you all the good things. We can’t wait to have you back on to talk about it, whenever you can.

Marvelette Missives – Letter 44

For “real world” sci-fi, Letter 44 has an interesting premise: what if alien life had been detected far from Earth and a team was sent to find out what it was, but the public was never informed about it?  More

We Be Geeks 208: We Are The Just Us Fleas

We kick off the show talking about Hasbro’s new Transformers figure the Decepticon called Trypticon. The biggest Decepticon figure ever. It looks sweet. We then move to movie news with bad news on the new Tron sequel maybe never seeing the light of day. We talk the casting of Black Bolt and Medusa for the new Inhuman roles. We talk Henry Cavill teasing Green Lantern for the new Justice League (Just Us Fleas) movie with Tweets and pictures on Instagram. We talk the unaltered Star Wars original trilogy not coming out on Blu-Ray. At least not yet. To go along with the Star Wars theme we find out that Disney, Lucasfilm trademarked a new Start Wars title called Star Wars: Rivals. We up the Star Wars talk with talk about Battle Front 2. EA is saying this will be bigger than the original with characters from the upcoming movies. We go over the Razzie’s winner, I mean losers. We do an in memoriam for Bill Paxton. May he rest in peace.

Marvelette Missives – The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

You can never be sure what to expect from an anthology, especially when it’s nonfiction on a single theme. And to be honest, an anthology about love isn’t typically in my wheelhouse. But The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is not what anyone would consider typical.  More

We Be Geeks 207: It’s All Roses With Meredith Finch

In this episode, we welcome writer Meredith Finch who has written novels and comics, including a stint on Wonder Woman.  Meredith came on to promote her new creator owned comic book, Rose, which comes out from Image Comics on April 12th

 In addition to talking about Rose, Meredith talked with us about the importance of art in comics, the problems some publishers have with keeping a schedule, and the difficulty creative teams face in keeping up with monthly issues.  We discussed various publishing methods, the prices of modern comics, and the problems with the big company crossover events that permeate the industry these days.

Not only is Meredith an accomplished writer in her own right, but she also happens to be married to superstar artist David Finch, and she told us how some of the experiences David has had helped her when she entered the world of comic writing. 

We talked to Meredith about her love of fantasy fiction, and why she chose that genre for her upcoming comic Rose.  Meredith also shared her love of cats with us, a love shared by the We Be Geek crew, and how that helped to create one of the main characters in Rose. 

Meredith was a fantastic guest, and it was fun talking to her about comics.

Marvelette Missives – Scooby Apocalypse

A group of meddling kids and their dog attempting to solve a mystery – that sounds pretty familiar. But what if the group is comprised of an investigative reporter, her loyal cameraman, a scientist, a dog trainer and a dog who happens to be the subject of experiments into creating more sentient canines, and the mystery is the end of the world? Well guess what – that’s exactly what you get with Scooby ApocalypseMore

We Be Geeks 206: We Be Geezers

Tonight, we have Shannon Mccarter on from Network 1901 on with us. We talk about her theory of Jyn and Cassian surviving the Death Star blast at the end of Rogue One. We talk about Fangoria ending after 38 years. We talk Shailene Woodley pulling out of Divergent’s tv show. Looks like this show is turning out to be a dumpster fire and probably will not make it to air. We talk Judge Dredd 2 and if it will be coming out as an animated series. We talk Ben Affleck reportedly wanting to leave Batman and what that will mean for the DCEU. We talk Mel Gibson being in talks for directing Suicide Squad 2. We discuss Shannon’s age and come to the realization that we are really, really old. We talk Rebels coming to an end after 3 seasons and what could be next. We talk the new Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Disney Land. We talk Network 1901’s new Star Wars podcast, Discovering Star Wars. We also talk Network 1901’s other podcasts as well.