Episode 098: We Are Birth

20200626_163518.jpgIn this episode, we are all over the place as we jam pack this show with all the news and opinions you’ve come to know and…I guess tolerate from the two biggest yahoos you apparently stumbled across while you were drunk or forgot to hit pause that one time and now your podcast app won’t stop downloading it so you’ve just grow to accept it…I mean, what?

Doom comes in hot with a (surprise surprise) pissy fuckin’ attitude cause somebody pushed his buttons by showing him an article that was dumb as shit, and then he calms down and Fitz brings up an article that made him have a rage boner too.

Scooby-Doo, Star Wars, Star Trek, the last movies we saw before the world ended, are all topics on the table as well as us eulogizing iconic comic book writer and editor Denny O’Neil, then we ponder why Amazon packaging is completely dogshit for books and everything else now, all that and more as we continue the long trudge to ep 100!

P.S. Watch for some additional B-Roll content from this episode that will be dropping on Patreon soon!

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URL: Episode 098: Goddamn, You Are In A Mood
Direct Download: tnb098.mp3

Batman: Arkham Knight – The Riddler’s Gambit Review

This is squarely within the wheel house of the types of novels I have always loved the most, direct prequels/tie-ins to franchises I love, and not just franchises I love, but specific versions or installments of the franchises I dig the most.
The Arkham game series might actually be my second favorite version of Batman, the main Rocksteady games (I, sadly, never played Origins) were groundbreaking and breathtakingly perfect games, the Arkham City prequel comic was fun as hell!

So a prequel novel to the 3rd game!?
How could I pass that up?
But I’m not going to pretend every single prequel novel I’ve read has been great.
Where does this stack up?
I’m gonna slip in to Detective mode and attempt to figure that out, gang!

As always, this is your mondo mega ***SPOILER ALERT*** so act accordingly.

The Joker is dead and in the months since his cremation a quiet has settled in on this toxic town and a power vacuum has emerged.
One man decides to step up and try to fill that void in the only way he knows how, through a test of problem solving abilities and the most circuitous route that man or beast could possibly dream up.
Batman is called in when an envelope comes through the GCPD mail room allegedly from The Joker containing a flash drive which kicks off a deadly game that sees some of Gotham’s most sinister villians teaming up with a maniacal menace to take on the Bat Family.
In short, Andy McElfresh’s favorite bat villain, The Riddler, tries to fill those green and twisted dress shoes.

Alex Irvine wrote the Iron Man 2 novelization, as well as original Iron Man & Ultimates novels and a Batman novel titled Inferno, all of which I’ve read and loved.
So, going into this, I wasn’t worried at all about his ability to handle these characters and this world.
But having said that, goddamn it!
He fuckin’ nailed this one seven ways to Sunday.
The relationships are spot on, I’d say most especially Batman & Commissioner Gordon’s semi-antagonistic, yet mutually beneficial partnership.
Gordon knows that the Bat is definitely the best at what he does, but running against that is the fact that Batsy is an outlaw vigilante.
Watching Gordon struggle with saving lives, but getting the best results for the citizens of Gotham is perfect, and that’s all due to Irvine’s expert handling.

A good portion of the villains you want to see are involved, one way or another, in Riddler’s intricately plotted game, showing once again why Batman has one of the top two greatest rogues galleries in all of fiction.
From Harley Quinn, to Mr. Freeze & Killer Croc, The Mad Hatter, Deadshot, and even Ra’s Al Ghul has a small part to play.
They’re all layered in well and nobody feels like they are jammed in just to have another recognizable name.

As much as I love all of the Bat Family action, my absolute favorite part of this book is that it is interspersed with news reports and articles that help fill in and move the scope of the plot forward in a satisfying and easy to read way.
And having some of the most well known names in reporting from the Bat-verse adds just that perfect extra layer of in universe detail to make it feel like a lived in universe.
Particularly, Vicki Vale getting sucked in to Riddler’s game helps sell the danger to the citizens of Gotham.

The bottom line is this, gang, this novel does set up Arkham Knight pretty damn well.
Getting inside of Batman’s head, post Arkham City, sets up his spiraling mental state in that game in small but impactful ways that startle and unsettle The Dark Knight.
Seeing him have, process, and battle certain inherited tendencies and impulses (if you know the game, you know what that means) is interesting and puts his mastery of his own mind on full display.
All of his relationships are detailed and explained well enough for even the most casual of fans to understand and feel the weight of, his worries and fears get explored deeply enough to make you realize the burden this character carries through every decision and move he makes.

If you love this character no matter what iteration it is, you’re sure to dig this.
But if you are a mega fan of the Arkham games, but you weren’t sure about this tie-in, you definitely should dive in.
It’s a great bridge story that makes for a nice revisit to this particularly demented and grimy continuity.

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 continued editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #62

I am The Nerd Blitz, I am The Question Of The Week, I am Weekly!
Let’s get them answers rolling in, gang.

This week, for our 100th site post of 2019, we are aponderin’ on that thar Bat guy.
With it in the ait yet again, we wanna know: Is it time to mothball movie Batman for a little while?

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

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

Episode 081.5: He Can Teach ‘Em How To Play Bowling

Scooby-Doo-and-Guess-WhoIn this extra special bonus .5 episode, we discuss in depth the debut of the 1st Scooby-Doo series of The Nerd Blitz age, Scooby-Doo And Guess Who, and it’s special guest, NBA star Chris Paul!

One of us doesn’t understand bowling, how to talk about it, or even how to describe it as Fitz fights back and Doom takes an odd joy in him doing so, also we .

We talk about the Guess Who pilot episode in detail, discuss who else we’d love to see the Mystery Incorporated gang cross paths with, and which of the known episodes we are most excited about seeing in this short but special episode of the most consistent podcast you’ve never heard of that features 70+ years of combined failure!

URL: Episode 081.5: He Can Teach ‘Em How To Play Bowling
Direct Download: tnb081_8.mp3

Episode 081: That’s A Nerd A$$hole

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In this episode, Game Of Thrones is nearing it’s end and Fitz is all a-scared of what could happen to all the thrones made of games, the talk about a sparkly new Batman as well…oh, and Doom is a huge dick about spoilers!

Doom brings a book based Pimp Spot that leads us down a rabbit hole of recent reads and spurs on a 10 minute rant about 1 of the most influential writers of the 20th century and his most famous works…then continues that rant into bitching about superhero casting and the internet…can you guess which one of them is doing the ranting?

After 3 years, Fitz has finally turned into a shill, the new version of Pet Semetary is broken down and compared to the original, and then we play Wizard Magazine staff yet again and dream cast the MCU’s Fantastic Four…and it goes…let’s just say it happens, also a tease of an upcoming segment!

URL: Episode 081: That’s A Nerd A$$hole
Direct Download: tnb081.mp3