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A couple of years before the comic book movie craze became full-blown, there was a script making the rounds of the Warner Bros. backlot called Super Max. In it, the Green Arrow is sent to a prison full of super-villains, some of whom he put away, and is forced to survive amongst a jail full of the worst of the worst all the while planning his escape and then trying to prove his innocence. During the finale of tonight’s episode of Arrow the existence of Super Max came to mind, and despite the fact that it was written by David S. Goyer, who by this point has as man detractors as fans, it’s always seemed like a missed opportunity. Or is it? (more…)

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From the moment the opening credits roll, featuring a blood soaked lady liberty, dripping city scapes, and ominous music, you know you’re in for something far more serious and different than Marvel’s typical fun, cheeky, and thrilling cinematic norm. Not that Marvel’s newest show isn’t fun or thrilling, it’s both in spades!  However, this is a different type of good time. With its dark and gritty take, which is far removed from the tones of any of the Avengers’ stand-alone features, Daredevil is simply one of the best surprises of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Note: Character details and some situations are highlighted, but otherwise this is a spoiler free review. (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 the ever-improving Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., things began to come to a head. Skye’s power still wasn’t under control, so Coulson sent her off to a safe house. Bobbi and Mack’s secret allegiance was finally revealed – a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. organization that claims to be the real deal. Better yet, it’s led by the almighty Edward James Olmos. They don’t like Coulson’s alien blood and think it makes him dangerous. Hunter was captured and they attempted to convert him, but he was having nothing to do with it and ran off to warn Coulson, though The Man and May already have their suspicions. This week, ‘One Door Closes’ offers a little S.H.I.E.L.D.-on-S.H.I.E.L.D. action along with a surprising twist for Skye. Read on for all the S.H.I.E.L.D.-y goodness. (more…)

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Even in our seemingly normal first world lives, we seek escapism. Whether it’s in material things or the mental denial of our situations, we often separate ourselves from reality as much as possible. It’s obvious then, that in the throes of a dystopian society you would shelter yourself in the illusion of peace or guard your mind against believing that the safety of a home was ever possible.

That’s what this entire season of The Walking Dead has been about. Everyone on this show has had their emotional walls beaten down until they can accept the current reality of the world. Some of them came to it sooner than others, like Glenn, Maggie, Michonne and even Carl, others like Sasha and Rick needed to have mental breakdowns before they came to terms with their lives. (more…)

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It’s rare that the wedding of two main characters in an episode is actually the least interesting, or the least pertinent, development in an episode, but that’s the way it was with the latest episode of Arrow. Now this was vintage Arrow, people! It had solid action, character development, dense plotting, and more than a couple of decent Easter Eggs. Specifically, it featured a long-awaited superhero face-off and some insightful background into one of the series long-time antagonists. But it was also a compelling story in its own right with a good twist in the A story, and a killer twist in the B. (more…)

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Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we got to see Skye take her powers out for a little test spin. Unfortunately, she’s not up-to-par, so all she could really do is make things shake around a bit. We also saw Skye-daddy with his band of super folks, but that battle didn’t pan out as dramatically as we’d hoped – it was basically a punch-fest without any really power stuff. And finally, poor Hunter got clobbered by Mack when he skirted a little too close to the Bobbi/Mack mysterious story arc. This week, ‘Love in the Time of HYDRA’ promises to answer those nagging questions about what the hell is going on with Bobbi and Mack, while hopefully giving us something new to chew on. And… it’s the arrival of muthafuckin’ Edward James Olmos! So was it worth the 42-minute chunk of our lives? (more…)

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Deanna and her family sit in a darkened room mourning Aidan’s loss. She puts on one of his mixed cds and Nine Inch Nails’ “Somewhat Damaged” beings to play.

The opening is intercut with shots of Carol making a tuna casserole for the grieving family. In one of these shots, we see that Sam has come to visit her again. We also see Sasha in the lookout tower. Carol leaves the casserole on Deanna’s front porch.  Deanna finds it, reads the note and goes inside without the dish. She burns the note.  (more…)

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I haven’t read the Divergent books, which is a rare position for me to be in. I had read all the Harry Potters, all the Twilights and all The Hunger Games before seeing the movies, but I don’t think I made it though 20 pages of Divergent before wanting to move on to something else. That’s not a commentary on Vanessa Roth‘s prose, but a sign that Divergent is a bridge too far. This is a road we’ve been down, a story that’s been retold one too many times, and even though the details are different, they all basically add up the same whole: chosen one rebels against Draconian system and leads friends and comrades to a better future free of evil and oppression. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E16 – “The Offer”

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Arrow‘s nonsensical, “What the hell’s going on?” season continues, picking up where we left off about a month ago with an offer, or make that “The Offer,” of Ra’s al Ghul to Oliver Queen to lead the League of Assassins. By the end of the hour it becomes very clear that this is an offer that Oliver can’t refuse, or rather he’s being manipulated into a position where he can’t refuse it. “The Offer” itself was an interesting hour, dramatically compelling with top-notch action, but the episode, like much of the overarching plotting this season feels both rushed and sudden, as if character is serving plot and not vice versa. (more…)