The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #5

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for a brand new Question Of The Week, gang!
Let’s dive in and get the conversation going.

Triple threat match time: Lord of the Rings vs. Song of Ice And Fire vs. Dragonlance
Which are you backing to win?

Leave your answer in the comments below or post it on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

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Coming soon: Bi-weekly Toy Blog To Be Named Later

I was talking with Doom the other day about Star Wars figures and he made the mistake of thinking a Green Card Princess Leia from 1995 that said “Power of the Force” was the same as the Power of the Force line of Kenner figures from 1985 that came packaged with sweet collector coins.

After the fun of ridiculing his shocking lack of Star Wars toy knowledge wore off, I realized that I have a crazy amount of useless, toy based knowledge and personal anecdotes. This coupled with the fact that I still have 90% of every toy from my childhood made me think I should do something with all this useless information and dusty bits of plastic to give them all some kind of purpose beyond just their own sentimental value to me.

So, that is what this new semi-regular feature will be. A tour through the well loved and heavily worn toys of my youth complete with photos of each piece in all their non-mint glory, as well as some interesting (and not so interesting) personal history behind each.

I might that the only person who gets a kick out of this, but who cares. I can’t wait to get started!

As for the name? Well we couldn’t decide. So we’ve put up a poll where anyone who cares can vote on which title they like best. It ends next week if not sooner, so hurry over HERE and vote if you haven’t already and let’s have some fun!

Spider-Man: Goblin’s Revenge Review

Our story picks up the morning after Carnage In New York (read my review of that novel here) as Spidey heads to meet up with Reed Richards and deliver the serum from that novel, which is a fun idea…in theory…
As we know, sometimes creative changes can lead to an uneven feeling in the story and tone.

Does this feel like a good continuation?
Let’s find out!

As per usual, consider this your 22 year late ***SPOILER ALERT***!!!
And a quick thank you to @acferrell1976 for her editorial help with these reviews.

So, Spider-Man meets up with Mr. Fantasic and swings back home for some much needed rest.
As Spidey makes his way home, a new maniac on a Goblin Glider lobs a pumpkin bomb at the leader of the FF and snatches the serum away, setting up our conflict.
Quickly, Spider-Man’s world is turned upside down and we jump 2 weeks ahead in time.
As the webslinger tries to figure out who this new Goblin is and what his plans are, a mission to break Carnage out of a high security prison sets that monster free.

One of the best things about this novel is the focus.
It easily could have been a retread of the previous story, going for a personal story that cheapened the one from last time.
But instead, Dean Wesley Smith weaves in a surprising personal thread near the end (more on that in a bit) that is so different and works better because of it.
The main focus though is Pete stressing hardcore about the serum getting loose in the world, facing a lack of sleep due to a reoccurring nightmare that gives him flashbacks to one of his most traumatic failures.

The action is handled in the way you would expect from an author of DWS’s stature.
The guilt and stress the webhead feels about the serum getting out, though described through 3rd person narration, comes across as well as if you were reading Parker’s diary.
Dean Wesley Smith is a writer I know of, but don’t know his work well.
Having said that, I have really liked the few books of his I’ve read (2 Spider-Man novels and a Smallville novel for sure, I’m pretty sure there are a couple more).
The scene of Carnage at the airport, murdering hostages in a ploy to get Spider-Man to face him is gruesome.
As is the scene of the Glider rider chucking a dose of the serum into a group of mercs that have been pursuing our Sensational hero, they destroy one another quickly and bloodily.

MJ, seeing the weight of pressure and responsibility that Pete is putting on himself, tries to boost her husband’s mood by bringing together their old circle of friends, Flash and Liz…which unwittingly helps this new Goblin get something over on Spidey and brings MJ closer than she probably ever wanted to be to the climactic action.
The Goblin and Carnage bickering helps Pete take down the symbiotic monster and leads to a Goblin chase and reveal.

Given the described inexperience of this Goblin, if you know the Spidey Rogues Gallery it’s pretty easy to figure out who he is.
So there is some level of predictably, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.
And in all honesty, that’s probably the key to all good Spider-Man stories, fun.
I know this story sounds depressing as all hell, but trust me it does have enough fun to meet that criteria.

The 1 thing that stuck out as odd to me would be at the beginning, Reed apologies to Pete for the FF not being around to help with Carnage last time and says he hopes to be there next time.
When Carnage pops up again, the FF is dealing with another crisis somewhere and are unable to help Spidey.
It 100% makes sense that the Fantastic Four would constantly be rushing off to deal with other problems, but it felt really fuckin’ weird to draw attention to that only to let it happen again.
It’s a minor nitpick, but I feel it’s valid to wonder about.

That aside, it does feel like a good continuation of the last book.
It’s shorter, but that makes for a tighter story with more focus on our hero and his problem.
I desperately hope I can find more of these books, because thus far they are all so true to character and an utter joy to devour.
Find them if you can, gang!

TNB Commentaries 022: Star Wars TCW – The Mortis Trilogy

maxresdefault-1Please turn off your cellphones and grab your lightsabers, cause we’re heading in to a Starry War!

For our 22nd commentary, we make the jump back to January & February of 2011 for a Trilogy of Clone Wars episodes starring James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Lanter, and Sam Witwer.

We get HARDCORE nerdy with some deep Star Wars talk trying to figure out the meaning behind these incredibly esoteric episodes, what they mean for the larger universe, the reverberations on Star Wars Rebels, and so much more.

Grab some corn and enjoy, gang.

URL: TNB Commentaries 022: Star Wars TCW – The Mortis Trilogy
Direct Download:tnbc-022-star-wars-tcw-mortis.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017

Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories Science Fiction, Vol. 1 Available Now!

Hey Gang, just a heads up for anybody that’s interested, the KJA Sci-Fi Short Story Collection I reviewed last week is Now Available!
The 1st of 4 planned collected volumes, this one has a Dune entry, a sequel to a famous Harlan Ellison story, and much more, plus the cover design is so delightfully trippy.

If you are a fan of the genre or the Author, I highly recommend you check this out.
Read my review here and then head to your nearest bookstore for the Hardcover/Paperback or pull up your favorite E-Format (many of which can be found here) and snap up a copy.
You won’t be disappointed!

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #4

It’s Tuesday, and that can only mean 1 thing…
Time for a brand spankin’ new Question Of The Week, gang!
Where we continue our 5 year mission to explore stra…we try to inspire more positive Nerd Conversation.
Let’s get too it, shall we?

What is a Book or Comic Series that you have always felt was ripe to be adapted into a Movie or TV Series?

Leave a comment below or give us your answer on Twitter with #TNBQotW.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Episode 057: My Wife’s Dead, Wanna See A Fat Kid?

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In this Episode, the fellers are uh-talkin’ about some stuff they done seen on TV and in the Movie Theaters recently (yay!) and all of the randomness you know and love us for.

Doom brings a Pimp Spot and Fitz got a funny book for humping years ago, then they dive into movie reviews starting with a flick Doom saw last year called IT!

Also, Doom saw Deadpool 2 and gives a spoiler free review, which Fitz follows up with an Incredible review 2…ya see, he saw Incredibles 2 with his family, so that’s why I said that…get it?…I’m sure ya did…anyway, hope you enjoy the Ep, BYE!

URL: Episode 057: My Wife’s Dead, Wanna See A Fat Kid?
Direct Download: tnb057.mp3