Archive for July, 2016

By: JD Hardin

Marvel and DC are still duking it out to see who will take the biggest sales numbers for July. Civil War II and Rebirth are two major events that seem to have opposite intentions for their respective publishers. The events also seem to be having an opposite effect from what was originally intended. Civil War II was meant to throw utter chaos into the Marvel Universe. Instead, it seems to be cleaning house. Divided characters, deaths, and clear definitions are drawing pretty dark lines for the fans to distinguish this from that. On the other side of the fence, DC’s Rebirth planned to clean up the New 52, DC You, and Pre-New 52 continuities and make everything as streamlined as a multiverse can get. What DC is actually doing is making a total mess of everything. While it is entertaining, it is very frustrating and confusing with 3+ Supermen, 2 Flashes and who knows what’s going on with Aquaman.

Anyhow, Postal Volume 3 has officially begun!!!  excuse me………..

I must be going now……

I’ve got to raid the racks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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All Batman readers are familiar with the infamous The Killing Joke one shot. For those that aren’t, here’s a little background for you.

Released in March 1988, Alan Moore shattered everyone’s expectations of how dark a comic book villain can be. The book has received both heavy criticism and an abundance of praise. This is the story that crippled Barbara Gordon and cemented the relationship between Batman and the Joker. The Killing Joke has been called one of the best and darkest superhero comic books of all time.

For years, fans have been begging for an on-screen adaptation. We’ve asked specifically for a Mark Hamill (yes, in case you didn’t know, Luke Skywalker is the voice of the Joker) and Kevin Conroy portrayal. We, as fans, have suggested the project be placed into the unfailing hands of Bruce Timm.

Our begging and pleading did not fall on deaf ears. Last night, The Nerdery was joined by CasterQuest and the Nerdy Bitches at a screening of the The Killing Joke. The screening was preceded by Mark Hamill reminiscing his journey from Star Wars to the Joker and from the animated series to The Killing Joke. His recollections of the love of the character and the conflict to his wholesome character in Star Wars are funny and informative and help settle the audience down before the feature.

 The film is followed by an in depth look at the musical score. Titled “Madness Set to Music” the feature takes us deep into composing the perfect music that can manipulate the senses of the watcher. The short documentary also takes us behind the the scenes for the Joker’s big musical number, ” I Go Looney ”

Take a look…

!!!SPOILERS BELOW!!!

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By: JD Hardin

So, a lot of you aren’t aware that Marvel has been releasing most of their television shows on Netflix. With Daredevil and Jessica Jones we’ve seen quite a few other heroes. Luke Cage, Patsy Walker appeared in Jessica Jones, and Punisher and Elektra in Daredevil. For those of you who aren’t aware, here’s somewhat of a catch-up….

It’s been the buzz of comic book nerds for a while now, Luke Cage getting his own series. But, we’ll get to that in a minute. The bigger buzz has been the idea of a Iron Fist series. Daniel Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist possesses the ability to control his chi to heighten his senses, strength, stamina, healing, and to increase the density of his fists. Netflix has dropped the first look at Iron Fist at SDCC this weekend. Take a look….

 

For the big news of this story, you have to understand the characters of the Marvel Universe that are showing up all over Netflix. Jessica Jones isn’t your typical superhero. She’s an alcoholic, reclusive and she’s a bit on the heinous side. I don’t want to spoil the story so I’ll just drop the original trailer….

 

Luke Cage shows up in the first episode of Jessica Jones, and the moment he did fans began to ask when his alter ego, Power Man, would get his own series. Well Netflix just answered the question while at SDCC……

The biggest news of all, the tidbit that is taking SDCC by storm, is The Defenders series. In the comics, the Defenders were formed by Doctor Strange in order to defend the Earth from threats, a counter part to the Avengers, who were more of a strike force at the time. Anywho, Netflix has dominated the early days of SDCC with these trailers, and it wouldn’t shock me if this was the biggest unveil at San Diego Comic Con.

By: JD Hardin

It’s that day of the week again. Time to drool in the middle of an aisle at the comic shop, trying to decide what NOT to buy. Just keep in mind, Think Tank and Zombie Tramp are TOP RATED TITLES, so don’t forget those. Lucas Stand #2 is out as well and #1 was fantastic!! So, take a look at the other Pick’s of the Week and Top Rated Titles!

Let’s go raid the racks!!!!!!

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By: JD Hardin

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Superman fan. In 78 years of constant publication, Superman has experienced everything. From childhood to old age, from life to death and back again, from distant planets and universes to the bleed of the multiverse. He’s been a Soviet mascot, a Union soldier in the American Civil War, he’s faced off against the Avengers and worked along side them, he’s been Batman, he’s been Tarzan, he’s saved all of existance, and he’s brought it to it’s knees. In the time that fan’s have been reading about his adventures he’s become more than a comic book character, he’s become a friend, a moral compass and a role model. It’s a hard task to pick only five stories that exemplify Superman in all his aspects, but if I were introducing someone to Superman, these would be the five I would put in their lap.

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By: JD Hardin

Civil War II and Rebirth are still going at it strong. Marvel dominated for the month of June with 40.08% of the market. DC came in second with 29.93%, and Image has their 7.88% market share in a kung fu grip. However, DC is grabbing up unit sales and is rapidly becoming a threat to Marvel with only a 12.48% difference in units sold! Not surprising is the fact that seven of the top ten issues in June, were DC titles. DC also has a firm grip on trade paper backs for June, taking five out of the top ten TPB’s for the month. In a world where Marvel has dominated for the past few years, DC seems to be on track to dethrone the reigning king.

This week, the publishers are giving us a shining example of what comics have to offer. No matter what you’re into, there’s a book out there for you. There’s quite a few out there for me. So…………

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By:  JD Hardin

No, the title is correct, from a certain view. Such as DC’s view.

*Gasp! What am I eluding to? Can it really be true? Have the past three decades of fandom of these two franchises going to pay me back in full?

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By: JD Hardin

There is so much going on this week in comics, I seriously can’t list it all here. Marvel kicks Civil War II into high gear, DC is shelling us with Rebirth titles, our friends over at Top Cow drop Switch and Symmetry. Han Solo #2, Deadpool V Gambit #2, Vote Loki #2, Future Quest #2, and so much more dropping at once I don’t think I can contain myself.

IT’S TIME TO RAID THE RACKS!!!!!

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