Marvel #1 Promo Returns

marvel-1sYou may remember that Marvel Comics did a promo last month where they gave away a ton of free digital copies of some great #1 issues. Unfortunately, not everyone got to partake in the awesomeness due to their servers crashing. This time, though, they’re going to do things differently.

Go to the site they have set up, register (if you don’t already have a Marvel.com account), and click “Sign Up” so they can email you instructions on April 11. This is an easy way to get free comics, so be quick! There are a limited number of sign-ups available, if I’ve read the info correctly.

Once you get your issues, share in the comments which ones you downloaded and what you think of them.

Injustice: Gods Among Us – 006

Today DC Comics and WB Games released Injustice: Gods Among Us for iOS. I just happened to see it in the App Store this afternoon for free and decided to pick it up. Just a few minutes after playing it I knew I had to review this for you all in a special podcast episode.

Here’s what MTV Geek had to say about it:

Developed by the same team responsible for “Batman: Arkham City Lockdown,” Injustice for iOS functions as a standalone game, but features crossover elements to enhance the console version as well. For instance, if you Infinite Crisis“) you’ll be able unlock cross-platform rewards including skins and other perks.

Unlike its console counterpart, Injustice on iOS features 3-on-3 tag team matches and NetherRealm has thankfully passed on the virtual joysticks. Instead, players will duke it out using swipe and tap gestures, such as holding two fingers on the screen to block.

If micro-transaction were the first thing to pop into your head when you saw “free-to-play” you though right. Fortunately, NetherRealm insists that everything can be unlocked by simply playing the game and spending money will only speed things up.

The official Injustice site gave this description for the game. Makes me want to buy a PS3 now…:

What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat? Injustice: Gods Among Us introduces a bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game Mortal Kombat. Featuring DC Comics icons such Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents a deep original story. Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.

Find out more at Injustice.com and pick up the iOS version for free on iPad or iPhone.

Back from the Dead – 005

AMC’s The Walking Dead wrapped up this week, so I decided to give a brief overview of the season, share my opinions about the characters that I found interesting, and give my overall opinion of the most recent season. I also talk about an upcoming interview with writer Ben Avery, who hosts the Strangers and Aliens podcast, as well as an idea that I have that involves YOU!

More from this episode:

Cosplay Piano – The Walking Dead

What were your thoughts of The Walking Dead? Would you participate in the new listener interaction segment?

Coming Up: Interview w/ Ben Avery

I recently got in contact with comic book writer and podcaster Ben Avery (TimeFlys, George R.R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight) about being on the show soon. Although we’ve only sent a couple of short emails back and forth, he seems genuinely excited to be interviewed. The only problem is, I’m worried I won’t ask the right questions in my first interview! That’s where you, the listener, come in. If you’re a fan of Ben’s work or the podcast (or both) drop a question in the comments below, on the Facebook page, or hit me up on Twitter. You can find out more about Ben at his website and the Strangers and Aliens site.

As of right now I do not have a set date for the interview, but check back often. I’m really looking forward to this!

 

The Walking Dead + Cosplay + Piano?

Now, as a geek, it is obvious that cosplay is cool to me. I’ve never done it, but I have great respect for those who have. While checking my YouTube stream yesterday I came across a new show that debut on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes YouTube channel called Cosplay Piano. My initial thought was “What is this?” Moments later, though, I was blown away as a girl re-enacts some scenes from the first episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead and played Bear McCreary’s amazing score from the show.

Not getting the picture yet? Just watch this video. It deserves way more views than it has.

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And how about that violin-playing walker?! Very, very cool.

Formats and Futures – 004

Considering I’m using a new app to record the podcast now, I decided to try it out in this episode, where I talk about some of the “behind-the-scenes” of Geek This! Podcast. I wrote a blog post on everything that I say in the show, so if you want to read it, it’s the “Final Thoughts on Improvement” post from a few days ago. (Just in case you want to follow along).

As always, leave your comments below or over on the Facebook page. You can even hit me up on Twitter if you’d like a more immediate response. I’m totally fine with that.

Oh! And one more thing: I’m organizing a monthly Google+ Hangout, so if you’re interested, Circle Me over there so I can include you in any future announcements. For those of you I’ve talked to already, be on the look out for more info via G+

A New Hope for Star Wars – 003

There has been a lot of Star Wars news floating around in the past few weeks, so I joined my friend and fellow geek, Adam McDorman, to discuss it, as well as speculate what the new era of the Star Wars franchise could have in store.

What Are You Geeking?

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Final Days: Amazing Spider-Man | Comic Review

The final issues of The Amazing Spider-Man have come and gone. Due to technical issues, the episode originally planned for release was never recorded. Instead, you’re getting a blog post.

Surprised

I have to admit that it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I started reading comic books on a regular basis. Even then I wasn’t (and am not currently) reading a series regularly. Being out of the comic book loop, I had no idea The Amazing Spider-Man was ending until a few weeks before its release.
 
The moment I heard that they were ending a 50-year run of the series, I had mixed feelings and a lot of questions. They weren’t killing off Peter Parker, were they? How could Marvel end a series this old?

The Issue

The Amazing Spider-Man #700 was 97 pages long front to back. The last 45 pages, though, consisted of some fluff and Stan Lee’s final appearance in the Q&A section. Thanks to David, I got caught up with the story that was going on and read all 52 pages of Spidey’s final issue.

Thoughts

I was content with what Dan Slott did with the story. Why am I only “content”? Let me start off with what I liked.
Dan Slott gave fans a good look into Peter Parker’s heart. That has been integral since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko brought him to life in 1962. It’s the reason I connect with Peter/Spider-Man.
The time-ticking pace of #700 kept me on the edge the whole time, but I already knew Peter would die in the end. (I didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but the info was leaked online somewhere.) I’m a fan of thrillers and movies where “time is of the essence”, so the style appealed to me.
The scene in which Peter (in Doctor Octopus’ body) has a heart attack and gets a glimpse of heaven hit me hard. Having been a fan of the character and knowing so much of his history, this scene tugged at my heart strings. Especially when Uncle Ben tells Peter that he needs to stop Doc Ock. I loved the emotion that seemed to leak off the page.
Octavius’ flashbacks at the end of the book were an unexpected treat for me. Seeing him replace Peter in so many great Spider-Man moments pulled (yet again) at my emotions. And it gave me mixed feelings, too. So… what didn’t I like?

Complaint Department

My biggest complaint with The Amazing Spider-Man #700 and the two issues before it were – oddly enough – not Dan Slott. My problem was Humberto Ramos’ artwork. It seemed sloppy to me. Seeing as this was the final issue, I would have expected something more beautiful. I’m in agreement with others who would have loved to see Sara Pichelli take on this book instead of Ramos. To some this is a minor thing, but it skewed my take on the book.
There was an ever-growing creepiness when Doc Ock (as Peter/Spider-Man) was with Mary Jane. It seemed, pardon the term, pedophilistic. But what else do you expect from a super villain, right? (Yuck.)
Doc Ock seemed to always be one step ahead of Peter during their encounters in the issue. The premise was that they shared thoughts. My question was – and still is – “If Ock can know what Peter knows, then why can’t it be the other way around?”
The flashbacks at the end of the book gave me the most mixed feelings. They were a forced device, though. As if readers could not accept Peter Parker was dead and Doc Ock would become Superior Spider-Man.

Conclusion

All in all, I would have to recommend The Amazing Spider-Man #700 to anyone that loves Spider-Man. It’s a good read and actually makes me want to see what tricks Dan Slott has up his sleeve for Superior Spider-Man. By the way, I have read issue one of Superior and have to say that I wasn’t too impressed. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, though, because like I said, I do love me some web-slingin’.