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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Episode 077: Off The Rails 9 – Who The Hell Is Robot Jones?

A1Q3xcyPZBLIn this episode, the fellas welcome back a special contributor as they open the show with their newest segment that quickly flies off the rails as they try to run down all of the Jones’ they know.

Joke Corner makes its triumphant return to the realm as we learn that over the years Fitz has been tricked into believing a truth that may or may not actually be true.

Then they try their damnedest to talk about the Disney/Fox buy finally going through, tackle some Avengers: Endgame speculation, and tease something they’ll be doing in an upcoming ep, so strap in and enjoy this…weird ep…

URL: Episode 077: Off The Rails 9 – Who The Hell Is Robot Jones?
Direct Download: tnb077.mp3

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.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #19

Another week has come, gang, so time to do some nerdy talk.
Let’s get going!

This Week’s Question is: Nobody could ever truly replace Stan Lee as the comic industry’s PR ambassador, but now that he’s gone he leaves behind a giant void.
Who do you think would be most able to carry comics’ banner?

Share your answer in thr comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW, so we can find it.

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #17

You know what today means, gang.
Question time!

After yesterday’s loss, this week’s Question is: Other Than Spider-Man, Which Of Stan Lee’s Creations Had The Most Impact On You?

Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.