Archive for May, 2015

By: Soren Scribner & Tonya Hardin

  

In 1989, Nintendo teamed up with Universal Pictures and created The Wizard. The Wizard was a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Jimmy, who became obsessed with going to California after his twin sister drowned. Eventually, he ran away with his brother, Corey, and they soon discovered Jimmy’s innate ability to master video games. They met a girl along the way who convinced Jimmy to go to Los Angeles to a video game competition called Video Game Armageddon. The movie was riddled with Nintendo references, and has been called “a feature-length commercial” by many viewers. Shortly after the movie was released, Nintendo held their first Nintendo World Championships.  

The big news for today is this: twenty-five years later, Nintendo will finally be relaunching the Nintendo World Championships. As laid out by Nintendo, the competition will begin on the 30th of May at eight selected Best Buy locations in major cities around the country. The winner of each of these Regional Championships will face-off with each other, along with eight other competitors invited to compete by Nintendo. The Championship will be held during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on the 14th of June in Los Angeles, California. The competitors will take part in a multi-round competition with selected Nintendo games on selected devices. The winner of this event will be crowned the 2015 Nintendo World Champion. The Championship will be available for interested parties to watch online.
The competition will begin at selected Best Buy locations in the following cities:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Maple Grove, MN
  • Long Island City, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Tacoma, WA

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Meet JD

Posted: May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

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CEO of The Nerdery, JD

By:Soren Scribner

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On Free Comic Book Day, I visited the Westheimer Bedrock City, where I met artist Jon Hughes. He was there to promote his company, Overground Comics.  Overground is a local Houston comic publisher who seem to have a pretty straight forward mission statement.  The following is a partial list of promises that they have made to their readers.

No Reboots
No Retcons
Dead is Dead
Time is Prescious

While there, Hughes, one of the co-founders of Overground, had four issues available for purchase.  I took a chance and purchased all of the issues. Here is what I thought of their offerings.

Graduate #1
Written by Jon Hughes
Drawn by Celia Calle

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At the very beginning, on the inside of the cover, they give you a crash course on the back story of the main character.  The main character’s name is Natalie Worthy, who, as they say, was an average American teenager until she found out that she was completely impervious to harm.  This description also goes on to say that the focus of the scenario in Natalie’s story, will try to answer the question of what if you were stricken with the loss of the ability to feel.  Instead of the more common threads of deciding to become a crime fighter, or running from an oppressive government that more than likely, want to lock them up in a lab.

The story starts off with Natalie on a plane flying to a special government school, after being ordered by a Judge who believed that she had what it took to be a hero.  The plane is attacked by a being with powers. The being lands on the wing and enters by destroying a section of the roof.  The mystery assailant, after attacking the passengers on the plane, leaves. Natalie is left as the only survivor and sets off to find the perpetrator.

The premise for the story laid out on the back of the cover page, and what has happened in the first issue, are intriguing. It has my attention and I like what I have seen so far.  The only major draw back I came across was the art, which wasn’t really my preferred style.  Even though I am not a big fan of the art in the book, it in no way would discourage me from thinking about continuing to read this title.

Story: 4*      Art: 2*      Overall: 3*

HeroCorp Knights #1
Written and Drawn by Jon Hughes, with assistance from Jennifer Asher

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In the Overground Comics universe the Hero Corporation has created a formula that, with one injection, anyone can become one of the most powerful people on the planet.  Anyone can come and receive the injection for free, if the injection has no effect on the person they are allowed to go on their own way.  But for those who have their powers unlocked by the injection must serve out a two year contract with HeroCorp before they are allowed to go out on their own. The most talented of these are usually invited to join the company’s flagship team of protectors, The HeroCorp Knights.  The other option to the Hero Corporation is Zero Technology.  Zero’s model is different. A person can apply for one of the positions as a paid supplement to law enforcement.  If that individual is accepted, the applicant will be given technology that will help turn them into a strong force for good.  But, only a handful get accepted out of thousands of applicants.

HeroCorp Knights begins with their Board meeting by discussing the current troubles that have befallen their rival, Zero Technology.  The primary focus of the issue though, focuses on a HeroCorp board member trying to get the captain of the Knights to reconsider adding a certain person to the team, as the leader of the team has final say on who is included in the team.  After having the request denied, he reviews other possible candidates for a position on the team.  Then later in the issue says something that could be taken as his planning to do something to the captain of the Knights.  The issue does leave off with the disappearance of someone that they have had under sedation for a decade.

The story while a bit broken is intriguing and makes you wonder what is going to happen next and who this patient zero is that escaped at the end of the issue, and what could be in store for the Captain of the Knights.  The art in the issue is quite nice for the vast majority of the issue.  The combination of the intriguing story and art work most definitely makes me interested in the next issue and see where the story leads.

Story: 4*      Art: 4*      Overall: 4*

Plus Ultra #1
Written by: Jon Hughes
Drawn by: Matthew Weldon

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Plus Ultra is a female named Kristen Kounslar who suffers from an inferiority complex,  as she feels that she is always being overlooked.  Despite the fact that she is good looking, has a good work ethic, and positive personality, she feels that she is overshadowed by women that are considered more traditionally attractive.  Feeling that she was destined for more, she winds up at HeroCorp and is bestowed with what is considered an Alpha Set of powers that included strength, speed, endurance, and near invulnerability.  With this and the addition of a blond wig, blue contacts, and a new set of clothes, Kristen becomes Plus Ultra.  Despite her new powers and fame as Plus Ultra, Kristen is still deeply insecure.

The first issue of Plus Ultra takes place in Houston, Tx. and begins with her being at a photo shoot that is to be followed by an interview, where she will tell her story. During her photo shoot she is upstaged and all attention is taken off of her as a live video streams online as a woman that is able to use electricity is “lighting up” the police.  Once she is made aware that the incident is happening in Houston, she races off to confront the lady that is causing the disturbance.  She quickly gains control of the situation, but the method that she uses ends up backfiring on her. This allows her adversary to use an interesting technique to force Ultra Plus to let her escape.

I enjoyed this story, and the under layer involving Kristen’s deep seeded feeling of being under appreciated. How she is even overshadowed on a day that is supposed to be all about her, adds a layer of humanity.  This is an interesting approach in a comic that is very rarely used by major comic publishers. It is actually a refreshing idea for part of a main story line.  Also, a nice added bonus was the art. It was pretty consistent and strong throughout the entire issue.

Story: 4.5*       Art: 4*      Overall: 4*

Absent Captain #1

Written by: Jon Hughes
Drawn by: Joshua Flower

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Absent Captain begins with an exploding penthouse apartment.  The apartment belongs to Jonathan Argos, the founder of Zero Technology. Zero created a wireless battery combined with nano technology. This system allows a person to push the laws of physics in greater degrees, depending upon how close they are to the battery. Argos is not only the head of Zero Technology, but is also Captain Zero, the leader of the Cavaliers, who protect and bring order to their city.

The first issue of Absent Captain focuses on his team trying to figure out if he is dead, and if so, who did it.  They have to figure this out while trying to make it appear that their Captain is still alive. They must also try to prove to the police, that they had nothing to do with Argos’ death. His apparent murder looks like an inside job at Zero Technology by the extraordinary manner in which the corpse appears.

Absent Captain was intriguing straight from the start.  I am looking forward to seeing if the Cavaliers will keep everyone believing that Captain Zero is still alive. Can they find out who killed him, while the police are keeping their eyes on the team? I also found the art in this story to be very nice and constant through out the entire issue.

Story:  4.5*      Art:  3.8*      Overall:  4*

I was very impressed with all of the offerings that Overground Comics presented. Not just because they all come from a small local publisher, but I would be this impressed even if these books had been released by Marvel or DC. They all live in the same universe, and while not completly intertwined, it does appear like they will play a part sporatically in each others stories.  I am looking forward to what each of the next offerings that each of these titles produce, and I highly recommend them to readers.

Supergirl and Tom Welling

Posted: May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Listen closely, I could swear I hear Tom Welling

By: JD Hardin

Approaching the eve of a Batman Superman showdown, the last thing we all expected to see was Superman’s little cousin, Kara Zor-El, take on the small screen. However, quite a while back, we were the first to bring you Melissa Benoist’s costume. Now, we have the official trailer. For those of you who don’t know Supergirl is, I believe this series would be a great explanation to you. The trailer seems to indicate an origin that is very true to the comics.

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I hear the argument of Marvel vs DC quite frequently, and Marvel dominating the cinematic realm. The side of the argument that I don’t hear often is DC’s domination of the small screen. With DC’s the flash season finale airing on the 19th, it would seem that Supergirl could fill the offseason gap of the Arrow and the Flash and Gotham. It would seem that DC is jockeying their pieces to have a TV series running all year round.

It has been confirmed that Supergirl will share the same universe as The Flash and Arrow. However, CBS execs do you want to keep Supergirl as a standalone for the time being.

I’m extremely excited for this one. I can’t wait to watch it.

By: JD Hardin

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Here at The Nerdery, we do our best not to mislead our readers or listeners. That being the case, we tend to hesitate on some issues until we have a little more to go on. I’ve been sand bagging this particular article for over a week now. But today, I caught a rumor that is a little to tasty not to proceed.

With Rogue One slated for a December 2016 release, everyone is looking for what the second Star Wars: Anthology movie will center on. Rumors have been flying for quite some time that it will revolve around Boba Fett.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve already caught wind of that rumor. The rumor that you may not have heard is that Disney is courting Joss Whedon to direct the second Anthology film. Whedon is no stranger to Disney, having been heavily involved in the Disney MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) since 2011’s Thor.

The first anthology film will focus on the rebel forces that stole the plans to the Death Star. If Boba Fett does receive his own movie, there are many different directions that film could go.

Prequel:
We saw Boba as a child in Episode II and Episode III, however, there’s a great deal of time between III and Empire. A full length film featuring his exploits before he was the the deadliest bounty hunter in the galaxy, would make good sense from a explanatory standpoint.

Sequel:
A feature film starting at his escape from the Sarlaac pit would definitely answer a lot of questions. Especially if it included his eventual change of heart towards the Empire. It would be incredible to see his rise to Mandolore as well.

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How cool do I think a Joss Whedon Star Wars film would be? Legen……wait for it…..dary. I will personally be keeping an eye on this as it develops. The Nerdery will bring it to you with utmost accuracy.

Pictures courtesy of comics.kingdom on instagram.

What’s Out Wednesday!!!!

Posted: May 13, 2015 in Comics, JD Hardin

By:  JD Hardin
          As usual, there is so much more coming out today than I can list (at the current time). But, we can rundown the highlights.

  
        DC is continuing it’s Convergence #2 streak with Aquaman, Shadow of the Bat, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Justice League International, Suicide Squad, Superboy, Supergirl, and The Man Of Steel. But, we will also see Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four #1, Convergence #6, and Mortal Kombat X #6, and a few others.

  
        From Dynamite we have, Reanimator #2, Pathfinder Origins #4, and Looking For Group #2.

  
        Image is having a stellar week with a whole slew of releases such as, Aphrodite IX: The Complete Oversized Hardcover. We will be interviewing Aphrodite’s writer, Matt Hawkins, at Comicpalooza this Memorial Day weekend! Backing up Matt’s hard work will be Chrononauts #3, Five Ghosts: Special #1, Injection #1, Mythic #1, Run Love Kill #2, and The latest Walking Dead.

  
        Marvel will be giving us Howard the Duck #3, Silk #4, Secret Wars #2, Darth Vader #5, and Brilliant #6.
  
       Vertigo will be kicking up their game this week with Strange Sports Stories #3, Coffin Hill #18, and Astro City #23.

       Get yourself to your local comic book store and check out these AMAZING titles and many, many more. We can’t read them all folks! So, grab a book and get your read on and once you do, sound of on one our social media pages and let us know what you think about it!!!

Myst On My TV

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Klint Abston, PC Gaming, TV

By: Klint Abston

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Ah, Myst, you classic point andclick masterpiece that had me jotting down more notes than a nuclear engineer would ever need to take.  With all of its puzzles and a story that stands as one of the best ever written it is no surprise that it has been considered several times for a feature length movie but sadly,they never panned out. It is looking however, like a TV series based on the game is in the works.  A script has been completed and Hulu seems to be interested. If approved it could go straight to a series rather than just a pilot. Here’s to hoping.  Now where is my notepad……..

He hasn’t been with us very long. Having only joined us a few weeks ago, Klint Abston came out swinging, writing an article a day a few days in a row during his first week. Klint writes our PC gaming articles and is a very gifted writer. We’re so very grateful to have him on our team.

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(I hope you don’t mind me grabbing this-JD)

Everyone wish him a Happy Birthday on our Facebook!!!

Lucifer, (like the devil)

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Comics, JD Hardin, TV

By: JD Hardin

A while back on our Facebook page, I reported on Vertigo’s title Lucifer being optioned by FOX for a TV show. Well, today I’m proud to say, we’ll all be able to watch Lucifer Morningstar and his special brand of “crime fighting” in the comfort of our own homes.

Before you start throwing bible quotes at FOX or DC’s Vertigo, let me tell you who their Lucifer is.

After 10,000,000,000 years of ruling Hell, Lucifer grows weary of being blamed for the corruption of man and all sin in the world. Exhausted by eons of punishing the wicked, he expells all demons and wicked souls from Hell, locks the gates and retires. His father, God, created him for this purpose. All those expelled from Hell either went to Heaven or Earth. As this cannot be allowed to continue, Gods forces must try to persuade Lucifer to return to his throne. On Earth, Lucifer has found a calling in punishing the wicked while they live.

The primary plot puts Lucifer as an anti-hero, all the while resisting his father’s messengers and soldiers that seek to end his retirement. Let the battle for the souls of L.A. begin! Let’s see what Jerry Bruckhemer can do with this!

I’m very eager to watch this. Especially after watching this trailer.