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

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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.

The Incredible Hulk: Stalker From The Stars Review

Back in wild and wonderful 70’s, the Marvel Universe was still in its formative years.
16 years after The Incredible Hulk made his 4 Color Debut, the rage filled Jade Giant stars in his very 1st prose novel.
But at only 179 pages long, does this story delve any deeper into the character and his history than the low page count would lead you to believe?

As per usual, consider this your official ***41 year old Spoiler Alert***

I knew from the Stan Lee introduction that I would love this book.
You have to understand, this was Stan at the height of his comic ambassador powers, before Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man made Marvel a beloved household brand.
In these few paragraphs you can see why everybody loved him, his energy and charisma seeps through the ink and paper.
His death was still incredibly fresh in my mind as I started reading this book and it ended up making for a great tribute to The Man.

As for the actual prose content of the novel, it did not disappoint.
A guilt ridden Rick Jones (the often forgotten kid that Bruce Banner saves, leading to the birth of the Hulk) makes his way to an idyllic small American town in search of renown gamma scientist Rudolph Stern’s help.
Once he gets to Crater Falls, a sinister plot of mind control and ancient extraterrestrial evil unravels and brings The Hulk, General Thunderbolt Ross, and a long buried beast to a climactic battle with Earth ending ramifications.

If you listen to the pod you have heard us bitch and complain numerous times about the overcomplicated nature of modern comics and their stories.
Well, this is a perfect encapsulation of what we keep saying we want.
The story has depth, detail, and a sense of history without bloating into a tale that’s mired in frustratingly unnecessary nonsense.
The overall vibe of the book feels like the perfect parts of the comics of the day mixed with the simplicity of what is probably still the most well known version of Hulk, the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno show.

One of the problems with reviewing a book that has multiple authors like this is figuring out where to lay blame or praise.
Thankfully, I don’t have a single complaint.
Len Wein & Marv Wolfman are giants of comics (Len actually had a run on Hulk before co-writing this novel) and Ron Goulart (Joseph Silva) wasn’t a slouch.
I think Len brought the Hulk experience/knowledge and they all brought the writing skill and when it’s mixed this well you get a hell of an adventure.

To wrap up, I love the story of a lonely tortured man that the show did so well and is on display here.
I love the over the top feats of strength and heroics included that we never saw on screen until the movies.
This man, this monster, and this story are all so worth your time.
Reading this only makes me want more of those early Marvel novels, and the hunt is on, gang.
I really hope I can find them and tell you all about them soon.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

Episode 064: Like A Make-A-Wish Kid 2: Gas Powered Dildo

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In this episode, the Con talk continues as Doom recounts his recent trek to Cave Con in Springfield, Mo. to see some Monkeys what done comed from Space.

Fitz gets to sit back and relax as Doom talks about meeting and getting intro bumps from Impractical Joker & Kentucky Colonel Brian “Q” Quinn and Comic Book Man & Steve-Dave who Tells ‘Em Bryan “Pops” Johnson.

Also, we debut our 1st ever ***exclusive*** interviews with Comic Book Artist Lorenzo Lizana and Comic Book Man & host of I Sell Comics Ming Chen!

Cool people were met, great fun was had, shoutouts abound and an OBL was nearly poached, so strap in and enjoy this fun ride through the adventure that was Cave Con 2018!

Special thanks to @gigiamk30 for making this possible.

URL: Episode 064: Like A Make-A-Wish Kid 2: Gas Powered Dildo
Direct Download: tnb064.mp3

TNB Commentaries 020: The Incredible Hulk

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Please turn off your cellphones and join the fellas as they…kinda, break Harlem…

For our 20th commentary, we smash our way back 2008 for this often forgotten gem starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt.

Listen in as the fellas discuss how underrated this movie is, debate Norton Banner Vs Ruffalo Banner, whether or not Lou Ferrigno eats pizza, and just where Luke Cage was at this point in the MCU.

Lots of fun and comic bookery in this ep, gang, so enjoy!

URL: TNB Commentaries 020: The Incredible Hulk
Direct Download:tnbc-020-the-incredible-hulk.mp3

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

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