Archive for March, 2017

By: JD Hardin

DC is at it again. On the tail of the incredible He-Man/Thundercats, and the riveting Justice League/Power Rangers, the power house drops four more crossovers; Adam Strange/Future Quest, Booster Gold/The Flintstones, Green Lantern/Space Ghost, and the Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits. Watch out for these titles, they’re going to be HOT!!! Not to mention the long awaited DKIII #8.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for The Nerdery Pubcrawl HERE

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By: JD Hardin

Yeah I know, I missed last week. Well, not to worry. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see last week’s releases.

This week we have a lot to be grateful for, it’s like Christmas. Reprints, trades and more proliferate the racks. The Beauty, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Core, and Dollface just to name a few. Not to mention the fact that Action Comics is pushing close to issue #1000. That issue will almost assuredly be one bear of a book. Well, I’ve wasted enough of your time……

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I don’t know about all of you, but I’m stoked for RED DOG #3. Don’t believe me, READ THIS. 451Media has set the trend to tell stories that you can’t predict, and it’s awesome. JL/MMPR is out as is a ton of Venomized covers for Marvel. I can’t be upset when the racks are flooded with this much awesome.

Let’s quit wasting time and…….

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By: JD Hardin

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This is by far the hardest review to write that I have ever done. For the sake of doing this book justice, I feel it necessary to delve into the complexity of events that unfold within the issue. But as a fan, I feel that I am required to refrain from issuing any spoilers. Just keep that in mind as you read.

Being on the list for The Nerdery’s Top Rated Publishers is no easy feat. To be considered, a publisher must publish multiple titles and each issue reviewed by The Nerdery must be rated 4+ or higher. Not only has 451Media done this, they’ve done it with a perfect score, the only publisher to do so. Top Rated Publisher is not a badge that a publisher can expect to hold forever. However, 451Media has been setting the bar pretty high for the rest of the comic book industry. While DC and Marvel are content with setting up for the next “Scooby Doo style” scrape, 451Media doesn’t settle for just having  you on the edge of your seat. The outstanding publisher provides an amalgamation of emotions that has no rival. Each title is flush with handcrafted perfection taking you for a journey through elation, terror, suspense, sorrow, remorse and anger.

Red Dog003_04No comic issue is a better example of this than Red Dog #3. Issue #2 closed with Kyle’s dog bots landing him and themselves in serious trouble. With the incredible grace, issue #3 opens to the colony’s council deciding the fate of the beloved canine androids.

I would love to go into further plot detail, but that would ruin the book for you. The story moves along with the intensity increasing with each panel, and personally, this is the best written book I am currently reading. The art is absolutely amazing and the colors are tailor-fit to the emotion on every page. The crew of Red Dog are bursting with talent in every aspect of comic book production. This one of the easiest books I’ve ever had to rate

CRANK IT UP TO 11!!!

451Media’s motto is “Imagination On Fire”, it’s apparent that they truly live by that. The plot twists are never ending and are original in ways that can’t be explained with words. Having read a mountain of their comics, they’ve gained a serious lifetime reader.

It’s safe to say that 451 has earned this….

IF YOU’RE NOT READING 451, YOU SUCK!!!

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By: JD Hardin

Ben Affleck stunned fan and foe alike when he announced that he would be stepping down Image result for ben affleck batmanas Director for The Batman. What stunned the fans even more were the rumors circulating that he would be walking away from the cowl all together. Every since that particular announcement and subsequent rumor, I’ve been beating the street to get any verification on the facts and fiction.

First, lets look at the project. Comic book films are some of the hottest Hollywood projects right now. Motivating comic book readers, film critics, and whole families to flock to theaters in unprecedented numbers.While the trend isn’t new, it’s found a place in the fickle public eye to launch every project into the hottest social media trends and top headline news stories. Attracting new people to comic books and interpreting classic characters has brought comic fans into the mainstream culture in a manner never seen before. But with all the attention comes incredible pressure for filmmakers and actors that normal movies don’t usually see. Hollywood normally only has to placate film critics and the general public.

Image result for ben affleck batmanAs I see it, comic book films have four very different movie-goer groups to satisfy. The first of which are the film critics. Critics are normally the hardest to satisfy, and their (usually) unfamiliarity with the nuances of many comic book characters, can add a massive additional challenge to elicit warm and fuzzy emotions for a film. The average movie goer is a little more difficult to placate. Usually touting a complete lack of character knowledge (and sometimes feigning one) the film is often required to educate the newcomers to the genre while doing so subtly as to not bore the next two groups. Liberal comic fans are a unique group who have miles of knowledge of the characters and their backstories, but are happy to see changes that differ from what they know. This group is one of the easiest to satisfy as they are there to see a new version of a character. They are perfectly content with varying backstories, settings, character race or the plot as a whole. They are the exact polar opposite of the last group. The conservative comic fans are by far the most difficult to satisfy. Craving to watch the story they’ve already seen and read played out on the screen, little variation is allowed for the characters or their adventure. All of these groups demand the absolute best out of every aspect of filming.

Image result for ben affleck daredevilBen Affleck initially was picking up writing, directing, and acting duties for The Batman film. It’s safe to say that that is a massive workload, especially when realizing the amount of perfection the audience demands. Having to split his focus between all these tasks would mean each one would get a little less than his best. Having been the subject of critical homicide with 2003’s Daredevil, Affleck is well aware of how wrong things can go with a comic book movie stating simply “…I hate Daredevil so much.” Luckily for fans, Daredevil motivated him to play Batman and give the role his honest best.

“That’s the movie I want to do. I want to be a part of that,” he said about Batman v Superman. Image result for ben affleck daredevil“Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right — to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.” When speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Affleck opened up on the red-horned flop a little more saying,Daredevil didn’t work, at all…if I wanted to go viral, I would be less polite,” Affleck continued to explain the difference in the Hollywood/Comic Book relationship from then and now, “That was before people realized you could make these movies and make them well,” he elaborated. “There was a cynical sense of ‘Put a red leather outfit on a guy, have him run around, hunt some bad guys, and cash the check.'”

Anyone who has seen the film knows how terrible the blasé approach was for graphic novel adaptations. Keeping all that in mind, Affleck gracefully stepped aside to allow another director to step in and take the heavy reigns. Ben Affleck and renowned  DC writer Geoff Johns wrote the original script for The Batman, which was rewritten (true to Hollywood modus operandi) by David S. Goyer (Dark City, Blade Trilogy, Dark Knight Trilogy, MoS, BvS). There’s little doubt that the rewrite is little more than an insurance policy for Warner Brothers and their DCEU continuity. Furthermore, Affleck has maintained his position as producer for the new Caped Crusader’s first solo outing, illustrating a continued faith in the feature.

Matt Reeves has unofficially been announced as the new director. If you’re unfamiliar with Reeves’ work, you should be ashamed of yourself. Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn Of The Planet of the Apes, and War For The Planet Of The Apes are but a few amazing pieces of cinema that Matt Reeves has attended the director’s chair for. There’s little doubt that Reeves will put together an amazingly tense film for the aged Batman.

When it comes to whether or not Affleck will be taking off the cowl before or immediately following The Batman, it seems that most of those rumors are largely unsubstantiated. It’s become very apparent to us here at The Nerdery that such is normally the case. Honestly, there has been absolutely zero indication that Ben Affleck has any intention to step away from the Dark Knight.

 

By: JD Hardin

In case you missed it, during this past Sunday’s show we announced a limited shirt that is up for sale for $20+tx,S&H, and gave away a ton of loot. As of this morning we have officially reached 500 likes on Facebook. You all know what that means, IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!! Tune in this Sunday to see if you won!!! If you haven’t liked us on Facebook, we will do another giveaway at 600 so make sure you don’t miss that one!!

All that being said, the numbers from January are out and will be published RIGHT HERE.

It’s never a bad week to be a comic reader but this week we here at The Nerdery have something to celebrate, THE RETURN OF THINK TANK!!!! One of the most thought provoking comics that has ever come through the show makes it’s return!! Don’t miss it. The Nerdery’s Best Writer winner Matt Hawkins brings back the character that is a literal oxymoron for a new set of internal and external conflicts that, no doubt, will continue to shock and awe.

Excuse me, I need to go get my copy.

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