nerdcenaries

Obviously, the review is nsfw.

Ahhh, I had so much trouble writing this one, for some reason…..
But it’s done! My writing will always seem terrible to me, so I hope it’s objectively more acceptable. (If all else fails, I regale you with beautiful art.)

All in all, I’m looking forward to the paperback version.
(Now, I hear there’s a new issue of Suicide Squad out…Ugh.)

Are you tired of this new DC Universe where all of the characters are stuck being single, where some of them are barely recognizable and where others are just depressing? Don’t you wish you had a way to go back to the old universe to get stories like you used to? Radio Hope and the Reader is there for you.

Radio Hope and the Reader follows the life of John Black, the aforementioned Reader, a loosely superpowered man trying to find meaning in his life while on Satellite Hope, a space center where a group of the brightest minds on the Earth are trying to solve everything. Unfortunately for John Black, his power of magically translating most written languages isn’t incredibly helpful and he finds himself incredibly despondent at times, searching for meaning. While dealing with his own depression John gets caught up with adventures and accidents along with the rest of the crew. 

Satellite Hope is loosely populated (for a ship that is intensely large) with other people dedicated to solving problems on the planet. Wilfred “Lead” King is the leader of project who brought his wife Katherine and their orphaned granddaughter Maggie. Paul Palmer, the Wild Man, brought his own family including his young son, Nick, who has been spending too much time near the Arboretum where the supervillain Undergrowth lives. Meanwhile the scientific brain trust of Dr Kim Park, Dr. Robert Mahavira and John Pasi work on new technology to solve the world’s problems though more often than not, they fall to their own issues - Park’s perfectionism, Mahavira’s obsessive madness and Pasi’s own fears of loss. Added to the ship are Misty Jones, famous stage magician and actual mage, Charoktyr the exotic avian warrior and Torrol and Charani, diplomat warriors from Under Egypt.

While the world suffers from the recoil of a devastating invasion, the crew of Satellite Hope seek to save the world or lose themselves to personal issues in the process. Or is this all part of something bigger and stranger?

Radio Hope and the Reader is a weekly journal podcast narrated by John Black, a post college student dealing with depression and finding meaning in life and also invading super villains, scientific experiments gone bad and shifting politics on Earth. The journal is a way to reach out to a world his is disconnected from and a way to find meaning in his own experiences. 

Check it out here!

NEW YORK, NY – DC shocked the comics world today when it announced its new controversial stance about portraying women: That is, that they aren’t going to bother with it anymore.

“We’ve been hearing the backlash from fans and have definitely taken note,” said premier DC artist Jim Lee, “but changing our ways so soon and so broadly is difficult. Why expect us to draw Catwoman without her zipper down to her belly? Or a girl in clothing an average person could wear comfortably? We feel we will be serving our fans better by staying away from the issue altogether.”

“Unfortunately, drawing our female characters with any sort of discretion or dignity is just far too cost-prohibitive,” Said Editor-in-chief Dan DiDio. “Plus, we just don’t want to do it.”

“Frankly, all these strong, independent women should be able to choose what they wear, so I don’t know what the big deal is,” said Red Hood writer and grown man Scott Lobdell in regards to DC’s many fictional females. “But it will be a relief to write for male characters exclusively.”

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X-Factor Struggles To Woo Viewers

 

After the first 5 rounds of eliminations, things are really starting to heat up on X-Factor, the new show financed by Jamie Madrox. “Oh the show is finally picking up speed like I expected it to. People are realizing that Jamie Madrox was the key to X-terminators and without me, the show is falling apart.”

Of course ratings tell another story.  CBR’s X-Factor, a spin off of the similar mutant singing competition NBS’s X-terminators, is doing weak compared to its competition. The first episode of X-Factor ended up 22nd that evening trailing behind several post-syndication series while X-terminators held it’s #4 spot in the ratings. X-terminators which ran for 8 years in Europe prior to it’s American release 8 years ago is still going strong. X-factor which originally aired in England as a clone of X-factors only surpassed X-terminators in viewers after the controversial murder of the entire team of X-terminators hosts.

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This cover is interesting to me, simply because it took me a few looks to figure out that fleshy, goo-ish blob is actually a person unmasking. I don’t know why their creative team chose to portray the unmasking in the form of sculpted ground meat, but it’s their decision, so who am I to question them.

Their tagline is incorrect, because to believe or not, I’d really have to care first.

I heard that some people think this issue fixed a lot of problems with the series. My take on that is that they tried to put a bandaid on a wound created by a laser canon.

Woah look it’s SUICIDE SQUAD bet you never thought you’d see this again.
Anyway, new review up. I was sort of at a loss here because the art was so overwhelmingly terrible in this issue, it was almost hard to focus on the writing.

I think I forget to mention in the actual article that they switched artists! This one is…….much worse. That’s really the only way to cut it. 

Okay, so overly-long, unofficial hiatus over.Say hello to Suicide Squad Issue #9:

It’s kinda ugly (which is hardly a departure from the norm), but there’s really nothing otherwise noteworthy about it.

Except maybe King Shark’s face.

Jeez.

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In case any of you are wondering what I’ve been doing, I guess, here’s a roundtable that I participated in……Sunday night. I think that’s it, my sleeping schedule has been terrible and insomnia based lately, so I’m kind of more perpetually confused than usual.

In retrospect, I think I liked Masks and Mobsters more than I said I did here, but probably not for the reasons the creators probably would’ve wanted me to…
But that’s all good and fine, since I usually have a lot of trouble reading Noir anyway. 

And I’m so sorry Aesop’s Ark. There’s just nothing I can say.

I wrote a little somethin’ somethin’ for Nerdcenaries that got posted today. I was a bit worried that I came off as a butt, but I can’t really do much about my honest feelings. Besides, I’m not the be-all, end-all to fashion. And I’m never gonna tell somebody that they have to adhere to my ideals, that would just suck.

What makes a bad nerd shirt? Well going to the absolute extreme on the negative spectrum, it’s like taking the words “DOCTOR WHO” and just planting it onto a black shirt.

go home

Note that this often doesn’t apply if you have large breasts because they distort most graphics and look weird. I mean, you can still make a graphic tee work, but to get the full effect, designers usually have to be more creative to work around boobs.

just………from experience…….

Show and Tell
One of the really cool things about comic books is that they’re a ~*visual storytelling medium*~. They’re really special! On the other hand, they still have to follow a lot of basic storytelling conventions, and sometimes…… Well sometimes there is a lack of communication or trust between a writer and his artist, and I get so frustrated by howobvious that is that I want to write “SHUT THE FUCK UP” all over that comic in red sharpie. I wouldn’t even be obstructing any art because it’s all covered by inner monolog thought boxes.

I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me preface this with some context:One of the comic book stores I go to has a back room that sells Dollar Comics (essentially old single back issues that they sell for a dollar each; they’ve got all kinds of stuff, from old Liefeld junk to the 2009 Power Girl). I go back there practically every week to dig through all the 90’s junk, and sometimes I come up with things I actually want to read. (Sometimes I come away with thirty issues of Harley Quinn what happENED TO SELF CONTROL.) A week or so ago, I got two issues of Batgirl, issue #38 from the original Cass Cain run by Kelley Puckett, and issue #1 of the relaunched Cass Cain run by Adam Beechen. That information is important.

Keep in mind that I have no experience reading Cass Cain in print: what I know about her and her personality, I know from snippets of pages on the internet and lovingly written fan analysis. And that’s all good for drumming up interest, but I never felt possessed to find a trade. Her fans really seem to fall over themselves for Cass though, so when I had a chance to find out why, I took it.So I own two issues of Batgirl. I read both in chronological succession and… Well, I had some thoughts on them.

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This one’s about Cassandra Cain.
…Sort of.
I guess it can be condensed into “I just get really excited about art okay”