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.

Let us what you think of this review in the comments below or share this post on Twitter with the Hashtag #TNBBookReview.

Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

Episode 077.5: We’re In The Endgame Now…

51le5tubqwl.jpgIn this episode, the fellas make their long awaited return to the theater to assemble and avenge their fallen heroes and fallen friends from last year!

***Spoilers*** abound as they answer a listener question from @steboost before and after they see Marvel’s magnum opus, Avengers: Endgame, they interact with YOU, the listening audience, live on Periscope.

Doom’s an unnecessary asshole (surprise surprise), Fitz is potentially stroking out in a big bad way, and they give their reactions to this lengthy and spectacular movie, so buckle up for the ride along, gang!

 

URL: Episode 077.5: We’Re In The Endgame Now…
Direct Download: tnb077_5.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #36

36 weeks, 36 questions!
Time to get answering.

This week we want to know: Who do you think will die permanently in Avengers Endgame?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Episode 052.5: To Infinity And Beyond!

ironspiderIn this episode, asshole and fuck face ride again as they take the show on the road to see that there new Avengering movie what the kids are all a yammerin’ about and such.

Listen to these fools bicker like old ladies fighting over bingo numbers as they head to the theater, one accuses the other of acting like a spouse, while navigational and tech troubles abound in an apocalyptic rain storm.

Then hear their raw and uncensored thoughts on Infinity War and loud ass dude bros THAT ABOUT GOT CUT FOR ACTIN’ A FOOL…

…also, a semi hot chick and boners be poppin’ in this episode stacked with…fun?

Enjoy!

URL: Episode 052.5: To Infinity And Beyond!
Direct Download: tnb052_5.mp3

Episode 024: Celebrity Death Touch

apolloexperimentIn this episode, Fitz is a boiling inferno of rage after taking the family out for a night at the theater! Listen in as a man seethes for a full 2 hours.

After a special intro and Joke Corner, Doom does a live performance of the theme for their new segment…a segment that is so new Fitz doesn’t even know about it.

Fitz goes on a buying spree and they discuss the bumper crop of movies he’s procured. The next (final?) chapter of the Bat-Verse story drops, then get ready for lots of laughs as the fellas inch ever closer to the 1st birthday of this whole Nerd Blitz thing!

URL: Episode 024: Celebrity Death Touch
Direct Download: tnb024.mp3
YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ol4d2V6ixvM

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