Reading: Nerd Links! (June 19, 2016)

A round-up of this week’s best nerd related links:

Every Day is Like Wednesday Rereads Secret War: It’s no secret that most comic book fans have an on and off again relationship with Brian Michael Bendis. J. Caleb Mozzocco gives a very detailed (spoilers if you haven’t read this over ten-year-old comic event) analysis. The best thing about Mozzocco’s blog is that he doesn’t hold back what he thinks.

Gamestop Interviews Tom King and David Finch: The new creators of Batman discuss Batman’s role in Gotham. Is Batman the hero that Gotham deserves when he really doesn’t possess superpowers like Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash? He can take down a bad guy, but can he stop a catastrophe? I really liked King’s first script and this provides some insights as to where he is going with the series.

All New Showcase Episode 323 Rebirth Roundup: The long-running All New Showcase’s newest episode provides a comprehensive roundup of the DC Rebirth releases. Nola Nerd Couple found this extremely useful in filling in the gaps of our DC knowledge. Mr. Nola Nerd Couple almost went to BSI Comics and told them to put all of DC’s titles in his pull folder after listening to this podcast.  Almost.

Longbox Episode 26 Aquaman and Kevin Smith:  The comic book historians discuss Aquaman and play a portion of the Kevin Smith Q&A during his stop in New Orleans for his tour. We couldn’t make it to the Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes podcast so we were excited to hear this.

Ramsay Snow Bolton, A Saist Dark and Full of Terrors: Dr. Travis Langley explores the psychological aspects of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, etc., and here he takes a look a the character of Ramsay Bolton. Ramsay, obviously, has all sorts of issues, and probably is beyond psychologist’s help!

 

Word Balloon Podcast Superman Vs Ali & Watchmen invades DC Rebirth W Neal Adams Dave Gibbons Ed Brubaker & Brian Azzarello:  Ok this one is technically from last week, but I just listened to it last night. The  highlight for me was listening to Brubaker and Gibbons talk about creator rights in comic books.
 

 

Reviewing: Game of Thrones S6E6

Game of Thrones had some big shoes to fill after last week.  You know the week where they ripped our heart apart and then slammed a door on it.

So thankfully, this episode seemed to go by really quick.  If it feels quick, then it’s usually a good episode.

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Reviewing: Game of Thrones Episodes 2-4 Season Six

The fifth book of the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons, was full of sound and fury signifying nothing.  Lots of pages to get us not very far from where we started.  So far, Season 6 has been the same way to me.  I’m not alone.  Saturday Night Live brilliantly proved this point a couple of weeks ago.

My plan was to review each episode the week it aired, but well I don’t get paid for this job so I can be a slacker at every now and then.  However, I will be going over the last three episodes, so if you are not caught up, don’t read after the jump. My review will look at them collectively.

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Reviewing: Quick Hits

Since we are both AP teachers, we have been a little preoccupied with getting our kids ready for the last couple of weeks.  So a couple of quick thoughts before we pick up our regularly scheduled blogging/podcasting.

  • I’m not impressed with episodes 2 and 3 of Game of Thrones.  Pacing seems off.  In fact this Game of Thrones skit nails it better than I can:

 

  • Captain America: Civil War was another triumph for the Russo Brothers.
  • Recently read Marvel’s 1872.  Makes me want to read Marvel’s Red Wolf, when it comes to Marvel Unlimited. Review coming soon.
  • Looking forward to start collecting some DC titles with Rebirth and giving my impressions of them.
  • Also, I have completed a few comic collections recently.  Now, I need to do some reading and reviewing.
  • Cristina recently read Watchmen for the first time. I’m rereading it. Hopefully we can do a podcast soon.
  • Sturgill Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth has been on repeat. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen.
  • Speaking of music, The Cure opens its North American tour in New Orleans tonight.  Reviews will be coming soon.  The Cure, like The Replacements, are one of my all time favorite bands.

See, we haven’t given up on being nerds, we just don’t have any time to share our experiences.  However, to get your nerd fix, check out our nerd links.  The OZD podcast is done by a writer who I went to high school with.  He focuses on sci-fi, horror, and fantasy but he also provides a writing tip every week.  It has great production and he knows his stuff.  The Longbox guys  (this link takes you to their website, the one under nerd links takes you to their podcasts) are comic historians whose podcast serves as my weekly course of comic history.  Each week they focus on a theme, a new comic, and older comic, and a social issue that is discussed in comic books.  I don’t usually stick with podcasts very long and I’m quite often unfaithful, but this is one podcast that I make time to listen to every week.  The Longbox guys also do plenty of panels at conventions and they will be at Wizard World Philadelphia (as will we) so go to their panel!

As for us, keep coming back.  Summer is soon upon us which means this website becomes our full-time job for two months!