MOVIE REVIEW – ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: the Trials of Steve Rogers

- 04-05-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jacob Knight

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The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldier work so well, both as a part of The Avengers series and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.

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DC’s “Sandman: Overture” Continues to Be Delayed

- 03-28-14Comics Posted by Jacob Knight

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Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.

Comic fans have to be tired of waiting for Neil Gaiman and DC to deliver issues of the recent Sandman revival on time. When Sandman: Overture was first announced, it was supposed to be a bi-monthly series, launching in October 2013 (which, without a calculator, I can deduce that we should be on the fourth issue next month). However, the second issue slid from a planned December drop to an appearance just this past week. Now, Gaiman is saying that issue three won’t even hit stands until July. As the Brits themselves would say: bollocks!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 4 Won’t Be a Marc Webb Joint

- 03-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Good news for those who despised Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (which, to be honest, feels like pretty much everybody). While Webb has directed the first two entries in the now Raimi-less series (and is signed to helm the third), he says he’s formulating an exit strategy from the Peter Parker game. (more…)

Interview: Jimmy Palmiotti on DENVER, PAINKILLER JANE, and DC COMICS

- 02-20-14Comics, Featured, Film, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Jimmy Palmiotti is the co-creator of Painkiller Jane and the writer behind Harley Quinn, All-Star Western, and Batwing. Recently, Palmiotti announced that a Painkiller Jane feature film was in development off of a script that he co-wrote. His company, Paper Films, also embarked on their sixth Kickstarter campaign, successfully funding Denver – a post apocalyptic mature original graphic novel from Palmiotti, co-writer Justin Gray, and artist Pier Brito – in just six days.

In an exclusive interview with Nerd Bastards, Palmiotti takes us through some of Denver‘s details and explains why he chose Kickstarter over more traditional methods. Palmiotti also talks to us about the future of the Painkiller Jane comic at Icon, why the time was right for a film adaptation, his happy relationship with DC editorial and what he thinks about some of the public breaks from the company that others have experienced.  (more…)

Pryde’s Picks 1/15/14 – Comic Book Reviews

- 01-18-14Comics Posted by Kelly Carlton

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EDITORS NOTE: In partnership with Youtube personality Kelly Carlton (aka F’N Pryde), we bring you another weekly installment of badass, foul mouthed comic book reviews. So without further ado here’s F’N Pryde with her weekly comic book rundown. It’s  ”Pryde’s Picks!”

Holy busy movie newsweek, Batman! It looks like the epic Batman/Superman crossover is being pushed back to 2016. Michael Douglas is brushing off the stripper glitter from Last Vegas and joining the cast of Ant-Man as Hank Pym. Just when we think we’ve been overloaded with geek news, Wizards of the Coast announces that 20th Century Fox has the rights to adapt a Magic: The Gathering movie But let’s talk comics shall we? (more…)

Editorial: Comic Books and the Emotionally Subnormal

- 12-11-13Comics, Featured Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Despite the good work that he has done within the realm of superhero comics with WatchmenThe Killing Joke, and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow, there is an impulse to completely tune out Alan Moore’s recent caustic remarks about comic heroes and our continued fascination with them, but is there merit to what he says? (more…)

Editorial: The Inevitable “Hunger Games Was Successful, Make Wonder Woman NOW” Think Piece

- 11-25-13Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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I know it’s cliche to tie The Hunger Games franchise to Warner Bros’ galling refusal to greenlight a solo Wonder Woman film and Marvel’s billion dollar boys club, but good Goddess, female audiences just drove a $307.7 million dollar global opening and a $161.1 million dollar domestic opening, winning the prize for largest US opening in the history of all the Novembers and the 4th largest US opening of all time. That’s better than The Dark Knight Rises and nearly double Thor: The Dark World‘s opening from just two weeks ago. (more…)

The Top Ten Nerdiest Trick-Or-Treat Goodies

- 10-30-13Cool Stuff, Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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(Yes, this is from that superlatively nerdy Verizon commercial with the whole family in Star Wars costumes.)

As nerds of a “certain age” (I’m making the assumption that at least the majority of our readers are “legally” adults), it is our responsibility to ensure that the hallowed traditions of our subculture are passed down to the next generation. Younglings must be schooled in the ways of comics, sci-fi/fantasy, gaming (video and otherwise), pop culture, film and television, so that the Way of the Nerd will live on long after everyone reading this has become one with the Force…

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Editorial: Is ‘Firefly’ Dark Horse’s ‘Star Wars’ Back-Up Plan?

- 10-12-13Comics, Featured Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Last month, we told you about the return of Firefly — in comic book form — to the known verse, but we didn’t know when the book would touch down, or who would be piloting it. Thanks to the deluge of info coming out of this weekend’s New York Comic Con, now we do, but beyond a continuation of Firefly‘s legacy, is this project the perfect back-up plan to guard against the defection of Star Wars?

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Ask The Bastards #22: Nerd Rage, Batman’s Undies, Star Wars and a Very Important Casting Question

- 10-05-13Cool Stuff Posted by Team Bastard

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Hello, and welcome to another terrifyingly titillating (because we’re all about sexually confusing you) installment of Ask the Bastards, the feature where you, the readers, get to ask us, the writers of Nerd Bastards, anything you want about your favorite nerdy topics. This week we’ve got a rather diverse crop of queries, ranging from the latest Marvel Comics event to books we’d like to see on the big screen to who we’d like to play us in a movie (No really, someone actually asked that, and strangely not one of us said Benedict Cumberbatch.). Plus, we’re talking Star Wars VII (because really, who isn’t?), long distance comics fandom, Batman’s crotchal region and a whole lot more (No, I’m not going to spell it moar, because that’s idiotic…damn it, I did it anyway, didn’t I? Can I go to bed now?).

For those of you who’ve never done this before, it works like this: Every time we’re getting ready to launch an Ask the Bastards installment, we’ll send out the call for questions on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure you’re following us at both of those places, then wait for your time to shine and ask any nerdy question you’d like of us. We”ll do the rest. And if you’re curious what we’ve answered before, you can browse the Ask the Bastards archive HERE.

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