WWE Books the Impossible with New Comic Book

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. #1 | Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Ross Thibodeaux, Rob Schamberger, Derek Fridolfs | Artists: Dan Mora, Rob Schamberger, Rob Guillory, Daniel Bayliss, Derek Fridolfs |Publisher: BOOM! Studios | Release Date: November 9, 2016

 

Two years ago, when Seth Rollins’ shocking heel turn put an end to one of most prevailing factions in wrestling history, The Shield, fans were treated to the typical answer when such things occur in the world of WWE. It all added up to Rollins being tired of splitting the glory three ways and wanted it all for himself. Continue reading

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Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon Review

Star Wars: The Perfect WeaponAuthor: Delilah S. Dawso | Publisher: Del Rey | Price: $1.99 | The Road to Episode VII @ Forces of Geek.com

If you’ve been keeping up with all of The Force Awakens coverage, you might have noticed a picture of a woman amongst what appears to be a bunch of pirates. She is wearing a black skull cap, black lipstick, and leaning comfortably against a rather large alien.

Her name is Bazine Netal, and she just might be the most deadly mercenary in the galaxy.

The Perfect Weapon is an exclusive eBook and short story that is set shortly before the events of the upcoming film. Bazine is hired by an anonymous client to locate an ex-Stormtrooper and recover a mysterious package he’s safeguarding.
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Creed is a Knockout

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While there are thirty-one days left in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens still to be released, Creed is my favorite movie of the year. This spin-off also serves as a sequel to Rocky Balboa and does everything it needed to do and beyond.

Michael B. Jordan is outstanding as Adonis Johnson, the son of Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone damn near steals the film as the character he brought to the silver screen.

The Rocky movies are such a staple in pop culture that I always forget that the original film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1976. Some are wondering if Creed is the final chapter or a new beginning for this franchise.

It certainly makes for a great finale, but it’s also a great way to tell more stories in this cinematic universe. $42 million during its first five days of release along with a very positive word of mouth will give the studio enough incentive to make a sequel.

I wrote an in-depth review of the film which you can click here to check out at Forces of Geek.com

Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Review

Star Wars: Vader Down #1 Writer: Jason Aaron | Artist: Mike Deodato | Colorist: Frank Martin | Publisher: Marvel Comics | The Road to Episode VII at Forces of Geek.com

Vader Down takes us on a journey where we seek to find the answer to an intriguing question; What happens when Darth Vader is all alone against the entire might of the Rebel Alliance? 

There have been a lot of comics over the years that show an outgunned Dark Lord overcoming insurmountable odds with the swipe of his crimson blade.  Some of his victories in these situations have been extremely creative and worthy of the Vader’s ruthless reputation while other incarnations left a lot to be desired.

When putting Darth Vader in any canonical situation, you have to respect the mythos and pathos of the character while being very selective in when, and if, he loses a battle.

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Star Wars and The Power of Costume

My wife and I went to New York City last weekend and visited Discovery Times Square for the grand opening of their newest exhibit. Star Wars and The Power of Costume takes a deep dive into the vastly creative aesthetics that help define the classic characters who occupy a galaxy far, far away.

The ardent fan inside of me was cautiously excited when I handed in my ticket at the box office. Would the experience instill a deeper appreciation for this dynamic and classic story, or would my $49.50 give me nothing more than a birds eye view of “cool stuff” from the movies?

I snapped a lot of pictures and you can view even more of them along with my review of the exhibition  at Forces of Geek.com

Secret Wars #2 Review

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Secret Wars #2 | Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Esad Ribic | Colorist: Ive Svorcina | Cover: Alex Ross | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $4.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

Enter Battleworld, a new plane of existence somehow created in the wake of the Marvel universe being destroyed. It’s a crazy dark place where the characters we know have new lives and have taken on radically different roles. A seemingly medieval symmetry encapsulates the motif and lifeblood of this realm.

Various families and houses squabble, politic, and plot to expand their dominion under the watchful eye of one supreme monarch. While there are certainly no songs of fire and ice, I got the impression that winter is coming. Continue reading

Secret Wars #0 Review

Secret Wars #0 | Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Hajime Isayama  | Artists: Gerardo Sandoval, C.B. Cubulski, Paul Renaud  | Cover: Alex Ross  | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Check out my Free Comic Book Day Review at Forces of Geek.com

This was the most anticipated release of Free Comic Book Day as Marvel kicks off their big event of 2015.  Secret Wars looks to change the Marvel Universe as we know it which will include over 55 books between tie-in issues and special one shots.

Jonathan Hickman has been the maestro wielding the creative force that has led to this moment with almost two years of back story that can be found in the pages of his run on Avengers and New Avengers.

Most of the story here shows Valeria Richards telling the Future Foundation about the world incursions that the Illumanti tried to prevent. Hickman makes the book new reader friendly while giving current readers some nice reminders. I loved the artwork in this issue. it was just right and conveyed a sense of world ending calamity.

There was also a bonus, which included the heroes of the Marvel Universe battling the gigantic humanoids of Attack on Titan. Manga really isn’t my cup of tea, but the show gets recommended to me on a daily basis. Three episodes in on Netflix and I’m hooked which gave me a greater appreciation for what I had read earlier. The artwork and color were the stars of this particular show and was well realized.

If you’re a Marvel fan or you have been out of the loop for some time, this is the book you need to read. The primer for Secret Wars more than did its job and you just might find yourself enamored with a completely new franchise.

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem HC Review

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Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem HC | Writer: Steve Niles & Matt Santoro | Artist: Dave Wachter| Letters: Nate Piekos & Blambot | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Release Date: February 26, 2014 | Price: $14.99 | From my column at Forces of Geek.com

When it comes to horror in comics, Steve Niles is truly in a league of his own. The way he brings fear to the forefront without blood and guts is simply remarkable. Breath of Bones tells the tale of a British pilot who crashes in a Jewish village which prompts a Nazi invasion. Continue reading

Believe the Hype for Red Sonja #1

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Red Sonja #1 | Writer: Gail Simone |Artist: Walter Geovani | Colors: Adriano Lucas | Letters: Simon Bowland | Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment | Price: $3.99 | From my column @ Forces of Geek.com

Gail Simone is one of the more respected names in the industry whose reported firing from DC Comics’ Batgirl title sparked such fan outrage that she was hired back a few days later.

Simone’s take on the red-headed She-Devil generated a lot of buzz going into this past Wednesday.

After journeying through twenty four pages of superb storytelling and fierce imagery, I’m here to tell you, believe the hype.

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Everything Comes Full Circle in Polarity #4

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Polarity #4 | Writer: Max Bemis | Artist: Jorge Coelho | Colors: Felipe Sobreiro | Letters: Steve Wands | Cover: Frazer Irving & Logan Fareber | Publisher: BOOM! StudiosPrice: $3.99 | From my column @ Forces of Geek.com

 “It’s been in my DNA, in my blood since my birth, an encoded destiny that spelled out the fact that I’m nothing more than an unhinged dreamer whose fantasies of normalcy and peace were always far out of reach.” This is life according to Tim, as his superpowers brought on by his mental illness, bring about an inevitability that may or may not be pre-conceived.

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