MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Justice League: Throne of Atlantis’ – A Decent Reintroduction To The King of The 7 Seas

- 01-29-15Comics, Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jason O. Logan

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I am and always have been a big fan of DC’s King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman.  In fact, I like most aquatic  characters I’ve come across in my years of reading comic books like Aquaman’s counterpart at rival  Marvel,  Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Tempest, Mera, and K’aldur’ahn, the updated Aqualad who made a big name for himself on the late, lamented Young Justice (I’m still salty about that one, CN).  I  like them all but King Arthur (Curry) is still the big fish for me though because he was the first one I saw  riding giant seahorses under the sea with concentric circles coming out of his head summoning  hammerhead sharks in animated shorts and on The Superfriends.  So imagine my surprise when I  discovered he’s now the butt of ironic hipster jokes on Family Guy and Robot Chicken.  The latest  animated offering from the smoothly functioning machine that is Warner Brothers Animation aims to  rehabilitate the monarch’s image with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and it is off to a good start. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E11 – “Midnight City”

- 01-29-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Although it brings to mind the jaunty tune by the French electronic duo, “Midnight City” was no happy-go-lucky hour of Arrow. In Starling City, for Oliver’s friends and allies, there’s no time for mourning, nor is there any time to stop and catch their breath. True, everyone’s green hooded hero was alive and well (ish), but his city was taking a proverbial and literal beating from Danny “Brick” Brickwell. It’s time for a new hero to rise, time for her – yes, her – to take up her mantle as a leather-clad defender of innocents with a talent to wield blunt objects in manner almost as fierce as her temper. Too bad that this Canary is woefully under-prepared for the mantle passed down to her. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ – S01E04 – “The Blitzkrieg Button”

- 01-28-15Featured, reviews Posted by James Iniguez

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This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter finds Peggy and Jarvis working together to recover Stark’s stolen inventions that are now on the black market.  We get the sense that some time has passed since the previous episode ‘Time and Tide’ – fitting since the viewers got a two week break as well.  The recovery missions aren’t the only thing Agent Carter has to contend with as Howard Stark (the always dashing Dominic Cooper) shows up back in New York City hot on the trail of a more serious threat, his aptly titled doomsday device called the “Blitzkrieg Button”. Seriously, this guy needs to take up knitting or something. (more…)

TV Review: The Flash – S1E11 – ‘The Sound And The Fury’

- 01-28-15Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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I am a cynic by nature.  I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop; for the pieces of the puzzle to fall away; for the cloud to burn out the silver lining; pick your cliché.  This is generally a trait that serves me well as a critic, since I rarely watch/read/play anything while wearing rose-tinted glasses.  Since the Flash has started, I have been waiting for the freshman series to run out of steam.  After all, every single episode of the series has been more than just a little bit fantastic.  In fact, the Flash’s successful streak makes it seem impossible to stay ahead of the inevitable misstep.  As viewers are often reminded in its opening moments, however, The Flash is all about believing the impossible and after yet another very successful episode, The Sound and the Fury will finally have people believing that The Flash may be a show that manages to produce nothing but successful stories, again and again.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E13 – “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

- 01-27-15Comics, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The events of last week’s Gotham set a new stage for how the show might pan out over future episodes. The tables have turned for Fish and The Penguin, with the former boss on the outs with the big guy, Falcone, and her ex-whipping boy taking over her club. Gordon caught a super villain and was reinstated into the GCPD, so he’s back and ready to bust even more bad guys. All-in-all, it was one of the best installments of the show thus far, in both content and execution. So will ‘Welcome Back, Jim Gordon’ continue the trend or will all the energy that Ben Edlund mustered peter out? I’d have to say that things rolled along quite nicely, particularly with regards to character development. (more…)

TV Review: ‘Arrow’ – S3E10 – “Left Behind”

- 01-22-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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If “The Climb” had all the emotion and decisiveness of a season finale, then “Left Behind,” the winter premiere of Arrow, had all the forward momentum and drive of a season premiere. New motivations were discovered, the status quo was shaken up, and everything we were led to think happened, actually happened with some slight adjustment. Emotionally impacting, but still not short on any action, Arrow began 2015 with a simple, but pointed question: Can Arrow still be Arrow without Arrow? In other news, a new villain arrives with big plans, an old villain sees his plans fall apart, and a new hero borrows an old identity to become the latest Starling City resident to kick ass and take names. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S1E10 – “Revenge Of The Rogues”

- 01-21-15Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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There is very little doubt that comic book fans and television fans alike are absolutely infatuated with The Flash’s inaugural season.  The series currently sits at a very hefty 96% approval over at Rotten Tomatoes (a site that is known as much for internet trolls and naysayers as it is for its “freshness” scores) and it even took home the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama.  After one of the more successful mid-season finales on television, fans of the CW series were chomping at the bit to get back to the adventures of Barry Allen, and after a month long hiatus, those fans got their wish with Revenge of the Rogues.  Was it worth the wait?  In a word: abso-fucking-lutely.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

Meanwhile At The Hall Of Comics… The Best Pulls for 1/21/15

- 01-21-15Comics, Featured, reviews Posted by Jake Johnston

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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…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E12 – “What the Little Bird Told Him”

- 01-20-15Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Coming out the mid-season break, Gotham left a little bit to be desired. ‘Rogue’s Gallery’ was on the less spectacular side of things, ranking, in my opinion, near the bottom of the list as far as the series has gone thus far. As it turns out, however, it was really just a set-up. With ‘What the Little Bird Told Him’, Gotham returns in full force. And with Ben Edlund penning the script for this one, it has turned out to be one of the best installments of the show. Read on for all the details. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agent Carter’ S1E3 – “Time And Tide”

- 01-14-15Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Aspry Jones

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This week’s episode of ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ seeks to wrap up a couple loose ends from the previous show “Bridge And Tunnel.” It does that well enough while also creating a couple new frayed edges to mull over: a brutal murder, some insight on our friend Jarvis, and a mostly self-contained plot concerning more of Howard Stark’s stolen goods. Or stolen “bads,” because some of the work Stark’s been doing are questionable endeavors at best. It just gets worse for Peggy and her butler bestie as they go another round of “The Better We Do, The Worse Things Get.” After the jump, we find out what I mean by that. Welcome to SPOILER-TOWN! (more…)