The RadioBastard Podcast Regales You With Tales Of Star Wars, The King of Burgers, And Comic Books Too!

- 11-12-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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We’ve run out of original introductions, but this is the RadioBastard podcast and it is a show about friendship, tacos and Batman. There are also other things that we discuss with the brain fire of a thousand suns. This time, those things include: (more…)

Because Defense Contractors Gotta Eat – U.S. Gov Wants to Build Helicarriers

- 11-12-14Comics, Film, Tech, WTF? Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Did you read a Marvel Comic, or see The Avengers, and upon glancing at the S.H.I.E.L.D. flying fortress known as a helicarrier think to yourself, “I have got to get me one of these!” Well so did some people at the Pentagon. The notion of a helicarrier is nothing new, after all it combines all the mobile command awesomeness of an aircraft carrier without that icky possibility of getting splashback from the world’s oceans. It’s the best of both worlds! It’s worth noting that this comes from the government themselves, and not one of those silly Change.org petitions like the one that wants the government to dump trillions into building a Death Star. Nope, the government wants helicarriers legit, and they`re currently accepting proposals on how to get the job done. (more…)

Marvel Comics Previews ‘Thanos Vs Hulk’ – A MCU Sneak Preview?

- 11-10-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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We know that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe there’s an ultimate showdown pending between The Avengers and the cosmic big bad Thanos in The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2, so one might hardly be blamed to read a little more than usual in a preview for a new comic book miniseries, Thanos Vs Hulk. Want to know what it’s about? Well, the title kind of says it all, doesn’t it? The new series, which will be written and drawn by Thanos’ co-creator Jim Starlin and premieres early next month in a comic book store near you, will take the long way to get to the title bout, but with the pending battle coming to movie screens near you before the end of the decade, you better believe that Marvel’s calling this the “Heavyweight Battle of the Century.” (more…)

Marvel Welcomes Back Star Wars with an Uninvited Guest

- 11-05-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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The Walt Disney Company‘s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 covered all levels of the Star Wars machine. Sure, it meant new movies and TV projects, but it also meant that all facets of Star Wars would be brought under the Disney umbrella, and one of those spokes is Marvel Comics. The move meant that the popular, expansive expanded universe created by Dark Horse Comics would come to an end, but it was a good piece of corporate synergy, and not only that, it would be a homecoming for the Star Wars brand, which first took comic form at Marvel in the 70s. Fans have been waiting to see what the House of Mouse and Ideas had in store, and today your imagination is somewhat teased with a press release and some art that suggests a blast from the past. (more…)

Angela is Getting Own Marvel Title, and She’s From Asgard Now

- 11-05-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Not sure when this happened, but apparently Thor has a sister. And its Angela. You may know Angela as a Spawn character created by Neil Gaiman, and was one of a number of characters subject to a legal dispute between Gaiman and Spawn creator Todd MacFarlane. Emerging out of legal limbo, Gaiman passed control of Angela’s future to Marvel Comics (along with his stake in Miracleman) and the powerful redhead was quickly integrated into the cosmology of the Marvel U. In Asgard. As Thor’s secret sister. Coming out the recent gender reassignment of Thor in her new eponymously titled comic, her sister is also getting her own book called, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1. Some details and artwork follow. (more…)

Let’s Get Dangerous! With a New Colllection of BOOM Comics’ ‘Darkwing Duck Series

- 10-23-14Comics, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the linchpins of the Disney Afternoon was the superhero series Darkwing Duck. A kind of mallard-ization of Batman and The Shadow, it followed the adventures of the masked-hero as he fought to protect St. Canard from a tremendous rogues gallery including Bushroot, Megavolt, Quackerjack and Steel Beak. Only 91 episodes were produced, but as these things go, there’s a wider world of Darkwing in comic books, and in the over 20 years since the show first premiered on TV, the Terror that Quacks in the Night hasn’t lost any fans, and has actually gathered new ones. The recent BOOM! Studios series proved that again, but the series came to a close when the deal between Marvel Comics and Disney was closed. With a surplus of heroes at Marvel Comics though, it seems an upstart publisher is game to bring Darkwing back, re-publishing old stories and printing brand new ones. (more…)

Marvel Does Altruism By Creating Hearing-Impaired Heroes

- 10-21-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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One of the first comic books I owned as a Spider-Man adventure that doubled as a powerful lesson about drug abuse and just saying no. Even in the regular comic books, there were public service messages amongst the action and the ads, like a particular Colgate ad I remember that featured Captain America teaming up with an anthropomorphized toothbrush and toothpaste to fight tooth decay. Lesson learned. Comics have the power to do more than be movie franchise fodder, and every now and then we remember that. To wit, Marvel is teaming up with the Children’s Hearing Institute of New York to create two brand new superheroes who can save the world while being hearing impaired: Sapheara and The Blue Ear. (more…)

First Look at the New Captain Ameri-Falcon

- 10-15-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Captain America with wings?! Now I’ve seen everything. Of course, we haven’t seen too much yet of the new Captain America, AKA: Sam Wilson, the artist soon to be formally known as The Falcon. Marvel Comics today released the first new images from the All-New Captain America #1, featuring several variant covers and about three pages of interior art. As you may or may not remember, it was announced earlier this year with a lot of hype and fanfare that Steve Rogers would soon be stepping away from the mantle of the Star-Spangled Avengers as he ran out of super soldier serum steam, leaving a vacuum in the Marvel Universe. But Cap’s good friend and partner Sam Wilson will step in for all new All-New adventures as the winged Captain America who is off to battle HYDRA and other threats to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Rick Remender is writing the new series with art by Stuart Immonen. Marvel’s press release is below along with several preview images. (more…)

NYCC: Bendis on No New Mutants and Other X-Men Questions

- 10-14-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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At New York Comic Con over the weekend, the big Marvel Comics news was that the publisher is cancelling Fantastic Four in the new year, just months before the new FF movie is released in theaters everywhere. Many pundits and fans are taking the move as an “Eff You!” on the part of Marvel Comics to a rival company that owns the license to make movies based on their characters and won’t give it back. The X-Men are in the same boat, so the question was asked at NYCC, or at least one related to the issue of whether or not Marvel likes other people getting to play with their toys. The rumor’s been persistent, so one dedicated fan asked, “Why doesn’t Marvel make any new mutant characters?” (more…)

Yup, Marvel is Confirms ‘Fantastic Four’ is “Going Away for a While” in 2015

- 10-13-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s been grinding in the rumor mill since last summer, but over the weekend at New York Comic Con Marvel confirmed that yes, next year the Fantastic Four will be cancelled with issue #642, and just in time for the big screen release of the new Fantastic Four movie, which is not being released by Disney/Marvel Studios. Of course Marvel Comics isn’t spinning it that way, they’re calling this a “closing act” for the super-team, which implies that the long-running comic is coming to some kind of natural conclusion. Still, the stink of competitive corporate sabotage is on this move, even as Marvel assures that this will be ending that fans will enjoy. (more…)