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It’s been three weeks since Beth’s death and fewer since Tyreese’s. No one in our group has had time to mourn. Grief takes time and on The Walking Dead, people only have time to survive. In one of the show’s quieter episodes, we see how grief, unattended, can eat you alive from the inside, turning you into a ghost (or more aptly, a zombie) of the person you once were.

Them isn’t an episode about struggle, it’s about giving up. This is the opposite of what we usually see on this show. Typically, these quiet episodes are about the fight back to who you are and the people that you love. This time, the show explores what it’s like without hope and faith, what it’s like when the only thing that you expect is more darkness.  (more…)

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While nerds worldwide eagerly await the initial thrust into a new series of live-action Star Wars films starting with Episode VII The Force Awakens, Disney/Lucasfilm are currently keeping fans amused with the new animated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. Now that’s a fine show with a cast of likable characters and stories which turned out better than most fans ever gave credit it for. Fanboys who haven’t been won over by Rebels are still chewing sour grapes given that Star Wars: The Clone Wars got scrapped in favor of Rebels. Star Wars: The Clone Wars being a show, which, is arguably the best thing to have happened to Star Wars since Carrie Fischer donned that metal bikini.

Some of the best stories to come out of Star Wars: The Clone Wars dealt with Stormtroopers and their adventures during the Clone Wars. Those weren’t your father’s stormtroopers though, they were specialized troopers and very specific skill sets. You certainly didn’t want to get an angry call from one of those guys.

Our friends and Sideshow were kind enough to send Nerd Bastards one of their latest additions to the Storm Trooper infantry – the Bomb Squad Clone Trooper. If I said this review was explosive, I wouldn’t really be lying now would I? So let’s check out this orange armored centurion of the Republic and have a blast! (more…)

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The Flash’s first season has been strong and full of plot twists and turns; foreshadowing and consequences.  These storylines and twists are a lot to balance but just like an experienced tightrope walker, The Flash makes it seem easy.  The series has managed to follow its several plotlines and leave bread crumb trails while simultaneously expanding the universe inhabited by Barry Allen and focusing on the smaller characters to keep the universe small enough to enjoy.  In last night’s episode, The Nuclear Man, the series once again demonstrated why it deserves every compliment and award that it receives.  For fans, this is a fantastic situation that promises to bring audiences back week after week.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading.  (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Kicks Off #FebruMurray with Trailergasam Bowl III and the Defunding of Kickstarter

Yes, that podcast is back and this time they are bringing hell with them, hell in the form of a pile of trailers in the annual Trailergasam Bowl™ and the return of everyone’s favorite month FebruMurray™. Twenty eight solid days celebrating the celestial thunder that is Bill Murray (trademark on ‘celestial thunder’ pending.) Plus nerd news, TacoTalk and more on this weeks show! (more…)

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Diversity is a loaded word when it comes to the four-color world of comic books and superheroes. For some, it’s an eye-rolling attempt at political correctness to force characters of different colors and religious and sexual persuasions into stories that supposedly don’t need them. Others see it as cynical money grab by tone-deaf publishers, namely DC and Marvel, to improve sales by enticing noob readers into buying books with characters who look like them on the covers. Me, I see it as strips of the quilt that has made up my reading material in and out of comics since I foolishly ripped the pages out of a copy of Charlotte’s Web my mother gave me when I was seven to make paper airplanes. I don’t need to be able to relate to a character before I pick up a book no matter the genre because I’m just as likely to be the last survivor of the planet Krypton as I am the reincarnated soul of a bloodthirsty mercenary sent back to Earth as a spawn of Hell. So just make sure the yarn holds my attention and I’ll judge it on its own merits. However, when I do find a character I see some of myself in, I’m hooked for life. Heroes and a few villains like Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Nino Brown, and Black Manta. But when I saw Black Lightning, the protector of Suicide Slum, on the cover of a Justice League of America comic in 1979, I said that’s me.  (more…)

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What happened and what’s going on is that this is the most beautiful hour of television you are likely to ever see. It’s about the hesitation of living and the hesitation of letting go. In one harrowing hour, we watch Tyreese struggle with whether or not to lay down his burden. By now, you all know the choice he makes, and if you don’t, I suggest you avoid this article and the entire internet until you watch the mid-season premiere.  (more…)

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading.  (more…)

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Last week on Gotham, the Penguin ended up coming out on top in his struggle versus Fish Mooney. She was forced to get outta town (with the help of Harvey B) and he got to take over her club. We also had the chance to see Gordon learning the woes of compromise when he made a deal with Penguin in order to catch a crooked, murdering cop. Still, he was trying to fight the good fight. This week, ‘The Fearsome Dr. Crane’ gives a nod to the classic Batman villain, The Scarecrow. Though it may not be the same guy that Batman fans have grown to know and love. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast

This time on that podcast… Hey, did you know they are rebooting Ghostbusters? Jeremy has a few plumbing related concerns about this. Meanwhile Paul Feig apparently found Jason’s weak spot – current Saturday Night Live comedy genius Kate McKinnon.

Hey, did you know they are rebooting the Fantastic Four? The guys watch the trailer and give a honest to goodness mature review. Not really, but truth be told, Jason seems truly afraid and curious to see if the film’s seemingly antiseptic view of the FF mythos will start a trend.
Hey, did you know there is also some other reboot and non-reboot news this week? (more…)