Iron Man: The Gauntlet Review

The armored avenger is headed to Ireland, gang, in the hands of one of the most well known children’s authors of the last two decades.
I missed the boat on the Artemis Fowl series when I was a kid so now it seems the time is right to find out if Eoin Colfer’s take on Iron Man will live up to the hype of his other works.
Let’s rock!

As always around here, this is your official ***SPOILER ALERT***

So the first thing I have to say is that it’s clear that this version of Tony is influenced by Robert Downey Jr and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is no where near a bad thing.
But it’s a stark *wink wink* and notable contrast to my previous Iron Man Novel Review.
The love of (what is now sadly considered) classic rock is there.
The smarmy attitude, got it.
And Colfer even manages to slip in a couple of small MCU references for those eagle eyed readers wanting more of that Tony.
If not for the comic booky version of The Mandarin, this could feel like a lost adventure of RDJ.
But make no mistake, despite all of the more widely known movie elements and such, this is still the comic book Iron Man we all know and tolerate…kidding!

Tony Stark is riding high as Iron Man, his new A.I. FRIDAY is developing faster than he hoped, and he’s finally making a change for good in the world.
Things are going well.
But Tony, through a long line of lies & hacking he wasn’t privy to, is suddenly thrown into a fight, along side a tech savvy Irish lass, against his worst enemy.

I have talked in many of these reviews about authors and their styles, which is always a nebulous concept to try and convey.
Colfer though has a less abstract style, his voice has an incredibly distinct feel.
An example of that would be a storytelling method he used that at first rubbed me kind of wrong until I figured out why.
In this book he repeatedly sets the stage for action and uses some version of the phrase “This is what happened” before omnisciently describing what went down.
It almost feels like somebody doing an overly descriptive narration of a documentary, and it works.
It bugged me until I figured out why it felt so familiar, and my biggest take away in that regard is that I think this dude could really nail a mystery series, especially the Monk-like summation of “He’s the guy, here’s what happened”.

Like most YA I’ve read recently, there’s not much wheel spinning, this story gets to the point.
And the point is that while he is still deeply flawed, Tony is trying his best to leave the world looking a little less shitty than it was when he strolled into it.
The only real complaint I can come away with is that we don’t really see Tony’s well known supporting cast.
No Pepper, no Happy, and no Jarvis, real or robot, this is Stark alone and relying on his own tech and smarts.

To wrap up, this is really the best of both worlds when it comes to Iron Man.
Colfer clearly knows what he’s doing, not just as a steward of the Iron Man character but as a writer.
Like I’ve said in so many of these reviews, this book makes me want to keep my eyes peeled for more from him.
And I definitely wouldn’t mind if that more was Marvel specifically, some day.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her continued editorial assistance.

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Episode 102: It Sounds Like A Strip Joint

In this episode, we get unexpectedly personal and unveil what happens before the pitter patter of little feet go and suck up all of the free time one has to spend on all that fun and creatively fulfilling shit of youth as Fitz takes us on a journey into the deep dark depths of his pre-parental archives!

But before that, Doom kicks off what became our Whedon verse special by taking the time to say goodbye to a long running and much beloved (by him at least) show as Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes its final bow on ABC in a season that can only be described as insane amounts of fun, he gives a mostly spoiler free review and teases some of the best moments.

We teased it in ep 100, we kicked the can down the road a bit in ep 101, but we finally dust off an old hard drive and take a peek at the Buffy The Vampire Slayer RPG spin-off that the good sir Fitz started working on over a decade and a half ago, listen as he brings character backstory, town history, “episode descriptions”, and there may just be more dark secrets uncovered as the rock & roll train known as The Nerd Blitz continues runnin’ right off the tracks!

URL: Episode 102: It Sounds Like A Strip Joint
Direct Download: tnb102.mp3

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #108

Face front, True Believers, cause the 108th installment of The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week is gonna be Marvelous!
Without further ado, suit up, and don’t touch Lola.

This week brings the end of the longest running Marvel show in history, and it has been a hell of a lot of fun, especially Season 7.
So we want to know: Are You As Sad To See Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. end as old Doomy is?

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

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified logo for The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week.

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!

Nerd Blitz ยท Episode 098: We Are Birth

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

Episode 095: A Pretty Glorious Mullet

mulletIn this episode, grab a shovel and join in as one of the fellas tries to dig himself out of a hole with a haircut as the other is still backfilling that sum bitch with a vengeance, all while playing the World’s Favorite Game “I’m Old And Things Were Better In My Day”!

A Joke Corner that was teased long ago leads to a discussion of childhoods, upbringing, and the exponential growth of technological communication, before we dive into the latest and not so greatest of news and happenings in that magical and color filled Marvel universe.

We wrap up this grumpy old man fest by talking about a grumpy old man show set in the Star Trek universe, then we bring this ep, full of never before spoken sentences, to a close by teasing what our next couple of shows may stuff in your pod stockings, so buckle up, gang, as the careening toward Ep 100 has officially begun to kick into high gear!

URL: Episode 095: A Pretty Glorious Mullet
Direct Download: tnb095.mp3