Surviving the Age of Ultron – 015

Marvel’s first big event for 2013 has come and gone.

Mr Hunt gives us a rundown of it and we speculate what it may all mean. Could the company be attempting a series of events to trigger a “New-52”-styled reboot of their own, even with Marvel NOW currently in the works? What if the 616 Universe and the Ultimate Universe converge? And who is that chick with the huge belt?

Putting The Walking Dead to Rest

walkingdead-blogpostNow, if you aren’t reading the comics, just started, or haven’t read nearly as far as I have, let me just say that there are going to be some spoilers from here on out. And not just spoilers, but some very disturbing descriptions of certain events within the comments. Just warning you.

I started watching AMC’s The Walking Dead not long after Season 1 aired back in 2010. It took me a bit to get used to the gore and violence, but once I was accustomed to it, I became a huge fan.

(And yes, I’m impatiently waiting for Season 4 to start!)

After the second season had finished I decided that it would be a good idea to start reading the comics they’re based on from Image. Again, I found myself sucked into this post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam the earth and people struggled to survive. Robert Kirkman’s storytelling was great, the characters were real, and I kept burning through issues to find out what happened.

When Rick and Company got to the prison I was still buried in each issue. Then came some of the most violent, sickening, and horrible things I had seen in the books. Zombies getting sliced in half are nothing, really. That’s not what I’m talking about. I can totally cope with that. It was when two little girls were murdered that a dark cloud started forming. Let’s be honest, if this was a movie I would have shut of the TV and probably cried. Children are innocent and (in my own opinion) should never ever be portrayed like that in any medium.

The sad thing is, though, I kept reading and pushed the images away.

As I’m writing this, I can’t quite explain what I saw in the following issues. There was rape, some very brutal torture scenes, and a baby getting shot and killed. In later issues one of the characters has his head smashed in with a barbed-wire-wrapped club. And the artist didn’t shy away from making it as gruesome as possible. I remember my stomach twisting.

Still, I kept reading. This time, though, it felt as though it was out of obligation to “the comic community”. I wanted to be able to talk about it, but I knew it wasn’t sitting well with me. Finally, after reading only a couple more issues I realized that it was actually starting to upset me spiritually.

I’ve said it before on the podcast, but I want to say it again: I am a Christian and I won’t be shy about it. This is one of those times. These books were really bothering me. And for obvious reasons. I was starting to become more depressed. (And I only say “more depressed” because I work midnights and that takes a toll on your mental well-being!)

Since then I’ve decided not to read The Walking Dead books. I’m not boycotting Robert Kirkman or Image. I don’t want you to think that. I still love the show and I feel that it’s my choice to read the comics or not. It’s not like Kirkman is tying me to a chair and forcing me to read them. So I’m putting them down and walking away from them.

As I sign off I want you to understand that I will not condemn anyone for reading them. In fact, David is reading them! To each his own, I guess.

What are your thoughts on The Walking Dead comic series (or the show)? What is your opinion of me leaving the books in the dust?

Coulson Lives? How?

ABC and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series will be airing this Fall and comic book fans around the world are stoked! We here at Geek This! Podcast are just as excited, but there’s a question that looms over this entire show: How in the world is Agent Coulson still alive?

If you aren’t savvy to who Phil Coulson is, I’m going to tell you here and now there will be spoilers from The Avengers. Sorry. The film’s been out for a year…

SHIELD agent Phil Coulson (played by Clark Gregg) made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man (2008) and then reappeared in Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and The Avengers (2012). He’s basically been the glue that holds all of the MCU films together. In The Avengers Nick Fury uses the death of Agent Coulson to get the team of super heroes to work together and stop Loki’s army of Chitauri.

The problem with this is Agent Coulson is the front-runner for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which takes place after the events of The Avengers. What?! Well, we’re sure that they’ll answer our questions in the show this fall, but what if they eluded to something all the way back in Captain America? One user of IMGUR shared their theory. (I did edit this a bit for cohesion.)

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[Screenshot from CAPTAIN AMERICA]

My first reaction was, “Nice thought, but there’s no way! Coulson is much younger than…” and then I stopped mid-thought. Because you know what?

You know what?!

After Steve, the US government had to keep trying to recreate the Super Soldier Serum. And who, and who would be the first **** person in line to volunteer?

They told us it never worked again. And that was kind of true. They never again recreated the super strength or gleaming pecs. But other things, they got right. They go the vastly delayed aging. And the kind of reflexes that make a man able to take out two armed thugs with a bag of flour. And the talent for leading through example.

And they got the most important part, Erskine’s favorite part: the magnification of moral fiber, taking the loyalty and selflessness of a loyal and selfless man and making him into something spectacular.

Coulson didn’t buy those vintage cards on eBay. He’s had them since he was a little boy. The little boy above!

And he could have some crazy healing factor that let him survive getting stabbed by Loki!

Of course, this is all speculation, but wouldn’t it be cool to find out that Agent Coulson has a little bit of super soldier serum flowing through his veins like Cap? What are your thoughts?

Man of Steel – 014

Warner Brothers and DC Comics returned to the big screen for their highly anticipated summer flick, Man of Steel. The film stars Henry Cavill (Immortals, The Tudors), Amy Adams (Trouble with the Curve, Enchanted), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, Vanilla Sky), Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner and Lawrence Fishburne. Zack Snyder directed the film and Christopher Nolan produced. We, however, discussed it in this episode.

WARNING: As with all of our movie reviews, there are spoilers in this episode! You have been warned!

We also discussed Apple’s iOS7 reveal at WWDC, Microsoft’s XBOX One news, and Sony’s Playstation 4.

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Dead Ahead – 013

Disney XD and iTunes teamed up this past week and released the premiere episode of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. I thought this was a very good debut of the new cartoon, even though I was a huge fan of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. I reviewed the show and even included a quick review of the iOS zombie game, Dead Ahead, where you get to outrun zombies on a moped.

EPISODE LINKS

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Star Trek Into Darkness – 012

We discuss J.J. Abrams’ newest film, Star Trek Into Darknessas we give our thoughts on Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Simon Pegg as they return to Enterprise and take down John Harrison (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). We also take some time to share our comic book pull lists and our new segment ‘Geek This! Recommends’.

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Amalgam Comics – 011

Welcome to the Podcasters Initiative’s Super Hero theme week. If you’re listening to Geek This! Podcast for the first time, we’re glad you’re here. If this isn’t your first foray into our audio universe, thanks for coming back and supporting us.

In this episode we take a different course than some of the other podcasts involved in this event by talking about some super heroes that may be new to you. We also talk about what makes one hero better than another in our opinions. You may also know that we tweaked the format of the show by including our new “Recommends” and “Pull List” segments. We hope they become staples and you enjoy them enough to contribute.

Note: We had some technical difficulties while recording the episode, so our News segment was cut out entirely. There are links for some of what we talked about below.

EPISODE REFERENCES

PODCASTERS INITIATIVE PARTICIPANTS

 

Iron Man 3 – 010

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One kicked off with the release of Iron Man. Five years later (almost exactly) Marvel Phase Two launches with Iron Man 3. What did David and David think of the movie? You’ll have to listen to find out!

This is the first episode from the #GeekThisSummer series. If you would like to submit a review for any movie releasing this summer, feel free to email us at feedback@geekthispodcast.com with the subject “Summer Movie”. We’d love to have you as a part of a future show!

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Podcasters Assemble – 009

Note to self: Fix the internet signal in the garage!

Since I recorded this episode of Geek This! Podcast in my garage where I have very bad internet access, I wasn’t able to share all of the movie news I had planned. Instead of putting out this episode even later than I already have, I winged it! I debuted the promo for an upcoming project I’m involved in called “Podcasters Assemble” and ranted on whether the podcast is “Christian” and a revelation of the meaning of the podcast’s tagline “Geek Culture Without the Pocket Protector”. (Note, I did say “Geekdom Without the Pocket Protector” in the episode, but I screwed it up!)

Like the title says, this is a very different episode! Let me know what you think.

Podcasters Assemble

Please take some time and listen to a couple of episodes of these podcasts! There’s some really great content for geeks!

Coming Soon: #GeekThisSummer

Summer usually equals some really great movies for geeks, so we’re going to launch a series of episodes aimed right the big titles being released this summer. We’ll use the hastag #GeekThisSummer so you know it’s our review or one that we trust, so be sure to watch for it on Twitter and Tumblr. We hope this will be a really fun event and want to continue doing it as long as the podcast is around.

The Movies

  • Iron Man 3
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • After Earth
  • Now You See Me
  • Man of Steel
  • World War Z
  • Pacific Rim
  • R.I.P.D.
  • The Wolverine
  • Elysium
  • Kick-Ass 2

Now, we should preface by saying that it will be hard to see every single one of these movies, but we’ll try our hardest. If we can’t see the movie within a week of its release, we’ll direct you to a review that we trust. Also, if you would like to review any of these movies, please contact us so we can make the proper arrangements.