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I have to admit to being completely on the fence since Guardians of the Galaxy was first announced.

For starters — I’ve never been a hardcore comics kid, nor am I particularly a fan of Marvel’s brand of popcorn plasticity. The MCU pictures are only slightly interesting from a filmic outlook, while Guardians as a property is a complete unknown entity to me. A talking raccoon and a tree in locked in cosmic battle with a horde of spaced invaders? Sounds like something more fit for the side of an 80s metal band’s tour van than a multiplex silver screen. Then James Gunn was announced as director/co-writer and my interest level was raised (though I still can’t cop to being completely conned). Slither is a damn good rehash of Fred Dekker’s Night of the Creeps and Super is so dark and personal that it’s hard to dismiss (though I still don’t know if I’ll ever be able to say I’m a “fan” of the film). Could Gunn actually retain his Troma roots? Or would the somewhat boardroom-authored MCU Universe excise what made his previous output special in favor of their factory-line assembly process. Thankfully, the answer is the former, as Guardians of the Galaxy is 110% a James Gunn joint to, to the point that it might be the only Marvel movie to retain its author’s somewhat auteurist voice, marking the first time the filmmaker was valued over the brand. (more…)

Welcome once again to DVD Tuesday, where we break down the best buys at your local video store this week, for the nerdy appetite. This week, along with being a very vintage themed must-have list, there is also some very definite “pass-worthy” movies. Oh, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes out later this week *yawn*, Sep. 30th.

Hit the jump and check out this weeks releases

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This Week in Comics 6/1/11

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

After last week’s crazy ponderings about the upcoming secret news for DC Comics, it turns out that it all has to do with Flashpoint.  DC’s press release announced the following:

“On Wednesday, August 31st, DC Comics will launch a historic renumbering of the entire DC Universe line of comic books with 52 first issues, including the release of JUSTICE LEAGUE by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and bestselling artist and DC Comics Co-Publisher Jim Lee. The publication of JUSTICE LEAGUE issue 1 will launch day-and-date digital publishing for all these ongoing titles, making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.

DC Comics will only publish two comic books on August 31st: the final issue of this summer’s comic book mini-series FLASHPOINT and the first issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE by Johns and Lee, two of the most distinguished and popular contemporary comic book creators, who will be collaborating for the first time. Together they will offer a contemporary take on the origin of the comic book industry’s premier superhero team.”

This spells out a whole lot of new things for the DC Universe, but can it handle this big of a shake to start everything from “scratch”.?

Even though it would be awesome to see The Joker and Harley Quinn on Dancing With the Stars, we’ll just have to settle with  Mattel’s new 6” DC Universe Classics “Mad Love” Joker/Harley Quinn  “Tango With Evil” inspired toy. The colors and accessories that match the toy are so vivid, that you won’t be able to help running on over to your local toy store and picking one up. If you’d like to know more about this toy’s release check out  Comics Alliance full post.

Our final little news story for the week ends with Batman. Despite all the hulaballo on the confirmed addition of a new villain to the mix of an already full cast, it turns out that one thing we can be sure on is the possibility of filming for the film in New Wark, New Joysey! (I’m sure you said it in the accent I was using in my head) Cory Brooker, the Mayor of Newark, tweeted earlier this week that he:

“Met with the producer and studio team for the next Batman Movie,” he wrote, “Great people! They hope to film scenes in Nwk. Holy Brick City Batman! POW!”

He followed that tweet with a “joke” about his  interest to cameo as Nightwing in the Warner Bros. production. To which he stated:

“They just smiled politely & looked at their watches,” he added.

Come on who secretly doesn’t want to be in a Batman movie. Don’t be ashamed Cory! There are so many Bat-Geeks like you that we all understand your want to be in a Batman movie, but the sad thing is there are already too many people in the cast! Where will the fit you?

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week.

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This Week in Comics 5/18/2011

Editor Note: NB contributor Veronique Medrano will be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you abreast of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.). She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

Frank Cho, the creator of much loved but infrequently published Liberty Meadows announced the return of a new issue before the end of the year.  Liberty Meadows, a story about an animal preserve with its voluptuous psychiatrist, went on hiatus in 2004, with only one publication since. With the animated project for Sony abandoned, the writer and artist will be hard at work on Liberty Meadows #38. Frank Cho expressed joy to the continuation of Liberty Meadows:

“I’m going to enjoy writing and drawing the next misadventures of Brandy and crew at Liberty Meadows with no suits looking over my shoulder telling me which market I should target.”

This is an exciting turn of events! Read full article on Comics Alliance.

After the loss of powers, Anya Corazon gets another chance to redeem herself during this summer’s Spider Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl miniseries. With the upcoming summer Spider-Man event that has all of Manhattan imbued with Spidey powers, Anya Corazon will get her powers back!  Even though its great she gets her powers back in this small stint, does this make her coming to grips with the loss of her powers in the Spider-Girl series worthless. Well Newsarama got the inside scoop from Paul Tobin, and he discussed how her lack of powers now affects how she’ll react when she has them again:

“Very exciting. Opens up other avenues to explore. It’s a different side of the same card, really. When Anya didn’t have powers, she had to discover what it meant to be a more-or-less regular girl that went out and fought crime. Now, in her suddenly changed life, she has to explore what it means to go home and be a regular person, after standing toe to toe with some awfully powerful people.”

Check out the full article on Newsarama, and tell us what you think about Spider-Girl’s comeback?

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week.

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This Week in Comics 5/11/2011

Editor Note: NB contributor Veronique Medrano will be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you abreast of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.). She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke

Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for the week.

Fans of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s “Powers” will get to experience the comic via television with FX Networks recent green light on the production of a pilot “Powers” episode. “Powers”,released in 2000 and currently published through Marvel Comics’ Icon imprint, records the lives of Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, two homicide detectives that investigate murder cases involving super powers. In an interview with CBR Bendis said:

The guys at Sony and FX and our showrunner are all amazing. One of the reasons I really wanted this show to happen was that I was really enjoying the experience of working with them. We really like each other and the conversations at FX are so smart. They make a lot of smart program. I kept thinking, ‘I would love to continue these conversations while we make a real show.’ So that’s where we are. We’re talking to actors and budgets are being put together. Locations are being determined and we’ll be off and running shortly.”

For the rest of the interview check out CBR‘s article on the announcement and what’s to come for this comic’s transition to the TV screen. Would you tune in to this new cop drama or will you stick with what you know? (ex. NCIS, Law & Order, Numbers, etc.)

The next piece of news is serious press news  for DC comics. Josue Rivera, better known as artist  Justiniano, has been arrested on charges of first degree possession of child pornography. According to the Conneticut Post, the artist allegedly provided a thumb drive to the Luz de Paz funeral home that was meant to contain images of a person for an upcoming funeral. Instead, the employee reportedly found thirty-three images of child pornography on the drive, on of which is said to be the suspect’s niece.  So far, the Conneticut Post has not mentioned his ties to the comic book community, but if they decide to angle their upcoming stories in that direction we can look forward to some very undesirable publicity for the all those into comics.

Justiniano has recently worked on DC Comics  Brave and Bold, along with a story in Doom Patrol and was scheduled to appear at Wizard’s Big Apple Comic-Con Spring Edition May 21-22. I am not a fan of sicko’s like these who give a bad name to what they represent, and sadly he represents artists and comic fans everywhere! I bite my thumb at you sir!

Finally we end this news round up   with Lady Gaga’s artistic makeover in New York Magazine. Superstar comic artist Jim Lee, and Molly Crabapple contributor and illustrator of DC Comics’, along with eighteen others gave “Mama Monster” a new look. All the designers pulled out the stops and created some avant-garde and at other times creepy looks for this infamous popstar. These new looks, of course, are all in preparation for Lady Gaga’s CD set to release May 23. Take a look at some of the comic book artists designs, and see let us know what design you like or despise?

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week.

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This Week in Comics 5/4/2011

Editor Note: NB contributor Veronique Medrano will be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you abreast of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.). She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke

Hola, Konnichiwa, Bonjour and Hello comic book aficionados! Here is your insider comic book news for this week. Oh and btw, happy #StarWarsDay. May the 4th be with you, But watch out for the Revenge of the 5th!

The biggest new this week, which I’m sure you all heard, was that Superman said “fuck you” to America and renounced his citizenship. In Action Comics issue #900 David Goyer writes the story that after becoming involved in peaceful protests in Tehran which cause ructions for his adopted country. Supes comes to believe that being explicitly seen as a force for the US(be it good or bad) can no longer ensure the safety of the entire world. Suffice to say this new his caused in uproar not only in the comic community, but the world. FOX NEWS was not pleased. Question: Are we really mad at this Superman news, or are we mad at ourselves? As a nation, are we living up to the ideas and beliefs of old? Do we deserve ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way’?

Young and old know the joys of a BK Mighty Kids Meal. But the greatest joys from those meals, as everyone knows, have been the toys that seem to be a beacon for tantrum throwing, and whining by children all over the U.S. This being said, Burger King is pulling out all the stops for this week’s release of Thor on May 6 by providing not only a neat toy, but a code that gives access to one of four online Thor comic book chapters at ClubBK.com.  Two thumbs up for BK by providing comics to the masses! Viva La Young Comic Addicts!

Calling ALL X-Men fans!  Writer Nick Spencer (Morning Glory & Infinite Vacationer) and (Vampire X-Men & Deadpool) artist Paco Medina announced that they will relaunch the Ultimate Comics X-Men in September.  In an online press conference it was stated that at the start of the series the mutants will discover that they are not the next step in mankind’s evolution, but just a government experiment gone wrong! Well, so much for being elite now they get to feel like crap! Nick Spencer also adds that since Professor X and Magneto are dead it opens up the landscape for more exciting adventures because it’ll “show how different the world really is…’and’ you’ll see why neither Professor X’s nor Magneto’s ideologies still work.”  Plus, there will definitely be crossovers between the Ultimates and X- Men.  Sounds like an exciting new chapter for the X-Men saga, which I’m sure will have fans doing the “pee-pee dance” in anticipation.

Readers of Wizard World Digital, news has just reached the interweb that Main Editor Mike Cotton will be departing. He is to be replaced by former editor of InQuest Gamer, a discontinued inhouse magazine, Mike Searle.  Wizard representatives have not returned emails on the subject. But, hey at least they quickly got one Mike to replace the other. No harm, no foul.

Finally everyone, don’t forget that it’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY this Saturday, May 07. Make sure to take friends, family, girlfriends, boyfriends, soon to be ex’s, and even a friendly hobo to a FREE COMIC BOOK DAY event near you. Dress up, get free swag, and have a nerdy free for all with others who read comics! Go to FBCD Store Locater to find a store near you

Now that we’re finished with a daily dose of news let’s take a look at the pulls for the week.

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It is with an extremely heavy heart (and lots of sad faces) that I have to announce that this is my last column for Nerd Bastards.  Nerd Bastards have been awesome in letting me contribute to this site for the last few months but sadly a lot of personal life changes have come up recently that are going to prevent me from being able to continue writing this column.  I’ve loved writing for Nerd Bastards and they have been nothing but amazingly awesome.  I will still be around, posting reviews and the like on Nerds in Babeland, and I hope to continue contributing to comic book discussion on Nerd Bastards via the comments sections in future comic book posts.  Thank you Nerd Bastards for this wonderful opportunity!  I will miss it!

That little bit of sadness aside, let’s get into this week’s news/pulls!  I was not able to make it to WonderCon and therefore do not have any awesome first-hand news of the events.  I would recommend Comic Book Resources‘ awesome archive of articles on all things WonderCon 2011.

In other news, Marvel announced that Steve Rogers will return as Captain America in July.  Captain America #1 will be written by Ed Brubaker with art from Steve McNiven.  Going hand-in-hand with this is the announcement that the current Captain America book will become “Captain America & Bucky” with issue #620.  Brubaker and Marc Andreyko plan to explore more of Bucky’s past with these issues, from WWII to the present.  All of this, of course, is build up to the Captain America movie which is also set to come out this July.  It’s a good time to be a Captain America fan…or is it? What are your thoughts on everything going on in the Captain America world? I’m new to this character so I’m not sure what to think about the movie and everything going on in Captain America’s comic book world.

On an entirely different note, Titan Comics announced that they will be releasing a comic book based on the popular animated series, Family Guy, starting July 27.  You can follow @FamilyGuyComic on Twitter for more information as it comes out.  Also in independent comic book news, Top Cow & 2K Games announced that they will be releasing Darkness II: The Confession on Free Comic Book Day.  This book is meant to tie-in with the upcoming Darkness II video game being released in Fall 2011.  It will help introduce new fans to the character of Jackie Estacado, the bearer of The Darkness, and will be written by Filip Sablik, with art from Artifacts team Michael Broussard and Sunny Gho.

Now, the pulls!

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Editor’s Note: In a nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland, Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you abreast of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

Obviously I missed out on lots of news last week due to my illness but at least I know there will be plenty more announced this upcoming weekend at WonderCon!  In the meantime, BOOM! Studios announced a new ongoing series based on the Planet of the Apes franchise.  The first issues will ship out in April and will take place before the original 1968 film.  BOOM! promises that it will follow the continuity of the first five films.  It sounds to me like the perfect way to bring new readers in and keep the old fans of the franchise.

This week we got an preview look from Marvel of the American Panther.  The American Panther will be the Black Panther’s newest identity and will be the result of big events that will occur in Black Panther: The Man Without Fear during the “Fear Itself” event.  We didn’t get much more beyond an image but the image is pretty awesome looking.  Black Panther now looks like a weird combination of Captain America and the traditional Black Panther costume.  I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where Marvel is going with this, now that Black Panther has already taken over Daredevil’s territory.

Finally we have the announcement from Image comics of a new creator-owned miniseries from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra entitled “The Red Wing”.  Hickman, of course, is most recently associated with the hit FF (the newest incarnation of the Fantastic Four).    The official press release describes the series thus: “Set in a future where the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to master their craft and perfect their skills, the heroes of THE RED WING also have to learn how to navigate through time.”  Sounds like we have yet another time travel-based miniseries coming up but I’m okay with that.  I loved what Hickman did with FF and I’m excited to check out another new miniseries.

Time for the weekly pulls!

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Editor’s Note: In nerdbastards team-up with female nerd community site Nerds in Babeland Stephanie Wooten, NIB comic expert will be coming into the nerdbastards fray. She’ll be stopping by every Wednesday to give you bastards the word on the week in comics. Not only will she tell ya what are the good grabs for the week, but she’ll also keep you a float of all the good stuff going around the comic-book water cooler (Industry news, major story lines, etc.) She has boobs and reads comics. What more do you need to know? -Luke]

Hey guys and gals! Lots of news came out at C2E2 this last weekend but sadly I was not able to attend.  In addition, I’ve been sick most of this weekend/week so this post is getting done in a very short amount of time.  As a result, I’m going to direct you to Comic Book Resources and/or Newsarama for full C2E2 coverage.  There are tons of other blogs out there that have done excellent wrap-ups, but these two will most likely have everything you could possibly want to know about C2E2.

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