Nova #20 | Writer: Gerry Duggan | Artists: David Balldeon & Terry Pallot | Colorist: David Curiel |Publisher: Marvel | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
Original Sin seems to know no bounds as far as its personal impact on the characters inside the Marvel Universe.
The newest Nova, Sam Alexander, is a teenager that discovers the truth behind the grim tales regarding his father. Rocket Raccoon lends a helping hand, but both find themselves in a poisonous situation and time is running out. Continue reading →
The Bodyslam Podcast is coming at you with the top news stories of the week. Also, a good friend of mine, Adam Kohn, will be our special guest co-host for this edition of the show as we discuss, Brock Lesnar’s destruction of John Cena, The Shield’s ascension as individual wrestlers, Daniel Bryan reportedly needing Tommy John Surgery, and who should TNA position as the number one babyface now that Bully Ray is leaving the company.
John Cena got the crap kicked out of him on Sunday night. That is the only way to describe the Summer Slam main event between him and Brock Lesnar. There was a lot of talk about how this match was going to go. Some felt Lesnar should win while others felt he should never see the gold and leather of the world title due to his part time status. Continue reading →
The first issue in a post in a post-Zero Year world brings self-contained tale without Greg Capullo and only a dash of Scott Snyder. I know, I know, I did the same, “aww man, gosh darn it, and that’s whack” when I heard the news as well. However, it turns out that absence of elite talent brings about the inclusion of some great creativity. Continue reading →
The accusation of racism in WWE has once again reared its ugly head. It is an issue that has been brought up over the years, but never thoroughly investigated because only a handful of wrestlers have spoken out on the matter. Also, because professional wrestling is dismissed more often than revered as an entertainment genre, the issue is often swept under the rug and never taken seriously. The Atlantic’s article on racism in professional wrestling sparked the first real conversation on the matter, and the recent firing of Alberto Del Rio has raised concern and awareness on the issue to an increasingly unprecedented degree.Continue reading →
Robocop #2 | Writer: Joshua Williamson | Artist: Carlos Magno | Colorist: Marissa Louise | Letterer: Ed Dukeshire | Publisher: Boom! Studios | Price: $3.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com
Robocop was the first R-Rated movie I indulged in, long before I was deemed to be the appropriate age by the Motion Picture Film Association of America. Ah, babysitters can be a child’s best friend. I’ve always had an affinity for the story because of how it doesn’t take itself too seriously while taking everything else seriously to produce the story of a cybernetic law enforcement officer. Jumping from the silver screen to the page, the majority of Robocop comic books are horrible because they fail to capture, at least, the core essential elements of the titular character. I stress “at least” because there are other items in the series that create a consistent mythos for the tragic and heroic tale of Officer Alex J. Murphy. Continue reading →
Millions of wrestling fans across the nation will be watching Monday Night Raw this evening. However, I won’t be one of them. It should be a fun episode considering it’s not only the go home show for Summer Slam, but it’s Hulk Hogan’s Birthday and a big celebration is planned with surprise guests including an nWo reunion. I’m a huge mark for the black and white clad stable, but I just don’t have it in me to watch a classless buffoon receive a thunderous applause from an arena full of people while getting a payday to boot. The jackass I’m referring to is Scott Hall. Continue reading →
Phil Baroni and Karo Parisyan recently clashed in a welterweight bout, at Bellator 122, that instantly brought me back to the infancy of my MMA mega fandom. In 2003, Baroni took the UFC by storm with his “New York Bad Ass” persona and brutal knockout power, and Parisyan made his UFC debut with an impressive display of Judo that shook the welterweight division. I was surprised I hadn’t heard about this fight until the morning of the event. Baroni and Parisyan are nowhere near the top ten today, but they are recognizable names from an era that ushered in the sport’s boom period. Continue reading →
Evil Empire #3 | Writer: Max Bemis | Artist: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti | Colorist: Chris Blythe | Letters: Ed Dukeshire | Publisher: BOOM! Studios | Price: $3.99 \ From my column at Forces of Geek.com
Max Bemis’ work on his debut series Polarity was trip down the rabbit hole of depression with a superhero spin to it. His writing spoke to me on so many levels because I felt the authenticity in his words which stems from his battle with bipolar disorder. Bemis brings the same genuineness to Evil Empire as he touches on the state of our society as a whole and the perceived BS that seemingly holds it all together. Continue reading →
The Bodyslam Podcast is coming at you with all sort of pro wrestling goodness. Atlee Greene and Todd Graham discuss the recently revealed number of subscribers for the WWE Network and what it means for the future, Spike TV canceling TNA Impact Wrestling, and the great Attitude Era debate. Atlee believes it was amazing. Todd, not so much.