The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #83

We’re back for yet another installment of America’s longest running weeky nerdy question written by us! Are you read for all of those undulating waves of nerdery to slam into you with the power of a thousand tsunami? Then let’s dive in, gang.

This week’s topic, given a recent amount of pure speculation, has us going back to Marvel and wondering what your thoughts are on the following: Should Tony Stark stay dead in the MCU?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

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Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Hair Raising Review

I’m writing this with a sizable amount of sadness.
You may think I’m kidding, but I’m dead serious…no pun intended, but hopefully noted and appreciated nonetheless.
My sadness is prompted by this being the final Dan Shamble novel/story I have to review, for now, and it has been one hell of a journey so far.
This was also the first Shamble that I read way back in December 2016, this is what hooked me into the series.

So knowing in context, and knowing where it goes, the question that I’ve got to answer kind of needs to be “how does this stand up to the second go round, the test of time, and the rest of the series?”
Let’s try and find the answer to all that.

As always, gang, this is your standard issue ***SPOILER ALERT***

Dan, Robin, Sheyenne, McGoo, and all of the things that go bump in the night are back for more scary and extra hairy action.
An organ harvesting operation is killing vampires and other homeless monsters, a vindictive ex-wife is desperately trying to screw the zombified father of her son out of child support and visitation, a crematorium claiming to burn the remains of the recently departed…the only problem is that the recently departed are still physically around to prove they’re running a scam, an all out war is brewing between the full moon werewolves and the full timers, and a voodoo tattoo shop, a zombie mobster and his bad luck stricken harpy girlfriend are all among the cases we have the pleasure of watching unfold in this visit to the Unnatural Quarter.
With a case load that heavy, it’s a damn good thing zombies don’t need much sleep!

While you absolutely do not need to read these novels or stories in order, it does make it a far more enjoyable experience.
You get all the info you need, but if you have actually read what Dan is referencing then the tiny throw away mentions to continuity that seem like incidental jokes are exactly what nerd wet dreams are made of.
I think I’ve mentioned a few times in these reviews that Kevin J. Anderson is definitely one of us minutiae loving nerd types, and that alone proves it.

Another nerdery attribute that is a strength of KJA’s is the seemingly endless and effortless ability to not only juggle, but service, weave, and solve multiple storylines in logical and satisfying ways.
I mentioned a shit ton of the plot lines above in my summary, right?
Yeah, well, there are at least two or three more that I didn’t even mention, and not a one feels rushed or forgotten at any point.
The dude spins more story plates than a season of Game Of Thrones, and, if the outcry is any indication, to a far more satisfying conclusion as well.

This, if only for sentimentally sake, may be my favorite book in this series.
And the Scooby-Doo shout out has nothing to do with it.
Book 1 was a great introduction to the world, Book 2 expanded and made it bigger, Book 3 settles in and plays with what has been established in the best ways.
While this is only the third book, Anderson clearly understands this world and every aspect of the biases, histories, and lore of it.

I’ve long described this series as The Rockford Files meets The Munsters or The Addams Family, and that still rings true.
But I feel I have to add that it’s seasoned with a dash of Monk at the end to bring it all home and make it sing.
The attention to detail makes it perfect for us comic book fans, but again I need to stress that those references absolutely do not make this a difficult entry point for new readers.
It was mine, and I’m damn glad it was.
So if you’ve been waiting to check out this series but you haven’t been sure where to dive in at, take it from my first hand experience that this is as good a spot as any.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go try not to be all depressed and whatnot while I patiently await some of that sweet sweet Shamble news dropping like manna from above.

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Special thanks go to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #82

A day late and a dollar short but still going strong, it’s the ever asky 82nd edition of The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week!

This week, we’re all aquiver about some strangely marvelous news, so we’re doubling up and asking: How Excited Are You For Sam Raimi To Direct Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness?
And Do You Think He Will Sneak In Any Easter Eggs To His Spider-Man Trilogy

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 091: Fitz’s Big Meat

5dbd718e1181e.imageIn this episode, the shit is about to hit the fan as one of them is in one hell of a mood…and oh boy, does it show in a big bad way, man, so buckle the funk up!

A Pimp Spot turns into pondering superhero kinky sexy times, hostility of the worst kind, Fitz gets blind sided by a surprise topic, has the biggest meat of his life, and Doom gets to the bottom of the big mystery behind The Cowboys.

We class up this joint by talking about live music in person vs live music that’s recorded, Doom proves yet again that he is the master subtly, then they rail against places that buy shit CAUSE THEY FUCKIN’ SUCK!

*slowly breathes*
…annnywhhhhooooooooo…enjoy the show…

URL: Episode 091: Fitz’s Big Meat
Direct Download: tnb091.mp3

Podcast Status Update

Hey guys, just wanted to post a quick message to let you all know what’s been going on and why the pod has kind of dried up recently.

I’m not going to get into specifics but my family is going through some really scary shit at the moment, on top of losing a close family member on Christmas Day. Needless to say the last 2 months have been probably the worst 2 months of my entire life, and there’s no sign of it getting better any time soon. In fact things will likely get worse before they get better.

So, if you’re wondering why content has been inconsistent recently, it’s because my heart and mind have not been in it. I’m having a difficult time managing all this and so I’ve had to take a break from recording for awhile. Doom has been very supportive and understanding even though I know not putting out new content really sucks for him.

My hope is that in the next month or two we will be able to adjust to our new normal and maybe then I will be able to get my head back in the game. But until then we will put out content as often as possible, but our consistency will not be the best.

We do have a few episodes in the can from before all this shit started, so we will be cutting those and releasing them as time permits and recording new stuff when I can.

Thanks for understanding

Fitz

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #81

The sun rises on another week, and another week means a new Question Of The Week is upon us.
So gather round, Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom, and let’s dive in.

This week we’re going to get…MARVELOUS!
And we’re asking you to watch THIS TRAILER and tell us: Which Of The Upcoming Disney+ Marvel Shows Are You Most Excited About?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Iron Man: And Call My Killer…MODOK! Review

I’m just gonna put this right at the top: if you are picking this up expecting the cocky Robert Downey jr. version of Tony Stark from the MCU, you will be disappointed.
With that out of the way, one of the things that’s most interesting to examine in this, and most of these older novels, are the changes that have happened since these novels dropped and become fundamental pieces of the characters.
So let’s dive in deep and see what some of them are, gang.

As per usual, this is your official ***SPOILER ALERT***

With only 189 pages, it’s not a convoluted story, and that’s a good thing.
After an attempted kidnapping at a college speaking gig and a robbery that stole the Iron Man blue prints from Stark International headquarters, Tony decides to sell an unarmed, stripped down version of the red and gold armor to the highest bidder.
The behemoth man monster MODOK, running low on funds and credibility for his ner-do-well organization AIM, concocted the nefarious plots against Stark and his alter-ego to get the suit and carry out more villainous operations to take over the world.

One of the biggest changes that have come down the pike that may stun folks would have to be the marriage of Happy & Pepper.
That’s right, gang, 40 years ago they were happily hitched!
That’s something I knew and forgot, and when I read it I damn near unloaded a entire house worth of bricks in my undies.
Even in the comics, as far back as I have been reading the funny books, Tony & Pepper had been circling each other.
The other big difference MCU fans will immediately notice is that Tony is still in the super closet as he’s told the world Iron Man is just a bodyguard of his.
So kickin’ back into that mindset is fun and (as I touched on in my Incredible Hulk: Stalker From The Stars Review) that’s really key to this particular series of Marvel novels.

Are they in depth & revelatory character studies that get to the heart of the human condition?
Fuuuuck no, man!
Are they fun, full of thrilling comic booky adventure, excitement, characters, & hints at continuity?
100%, hell yes.
And you don’t need to have read 500 issues to understand either, Tony’s origin is given a refresher here for 2 probable reasons.
1. To make sure you understand where this specific version of the character is coming from.
2. To hook in people who may have never read a comic and make it easy to dive in and get a good feel for this world.
And it works perfectly.

As I sort of said in my Hulk review, this is what comic books and comic book based stories should be, gang.
You don’t need to always juggle 427 characters, tie-in issues, and story threads.
Sometimes, just a simple story of a hero and a villian covers all your bases and scratches the itch.
Simple and effective is what made these characters stand out, and that’s what I want to see again.
This series of novels are exactly what I want, and I can’t wait to find more of them.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.