Episode 086: Oh Let’s Don’t

20190728_123258.jpgIn this episode, we’re strokin’ out while gettin’ grossed out, at least one of us, and trying to figure out just where exactly that fishy smell is coming from.

Fitz eats a random alien spawn that almost caused a projectile vomiting incident, then he finds a stash of bufferin, and he goes to FroYo, as Doom figures out that he hates something…shocking, we know!

Pimp Spots happen, famous people catch dead AND IT’S NOT FITZ’S FAULT THIS TIME, then a recent Marvel movie gets reviewed before we run down what’s coming in Phase 4 and more in this fast and fun ep of the only podcast featuring us and 70+ years of combined failure!

URL: Episode 086: Oh Let’s Don’t
Direct Download: tnb086.mp3

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Fantastic Four: Redemption Of The Silver Surfer Review

In my experience, Marvel’s First Family has, no pun intended, a rocky history outside of the four color realm.
I’ve read a few novels over the years that have been dull, to put it lightly, and, though I enjoyed the first two, the movies have been been generally derided by the vast majority of fans.
So going into this, I was a wee bit worried.
But were those worries unfounded?
Let’s find out, gang!

As per usual, consider this your official 22 year ***SPOILER ALERT***

Michael Jan Friedman is a dude whose work I have always dug.
I will admit I haven’t read all of his books and stories, but what I have read has never disappointed me.
The Marvel stuff he has written has always left me feeling like this is a guy that spent his time wallowing in comics and nerddom (a fact I also noticed while reading his X-Men/Star Trek The Next Generation novel, Planet X), this book does nothing to disabuse me of that notion.
To put it plainly, he fuckin’ gets it, man!

It’s beyond obvious from the jump that he knows these characters well. Specifically Silver Surfer, who he quickly and economically gets across the back story and guilt of.
For those who may not know, this is a dude that spent too many years condemning entire planets, races, and civilizations to death for the devourer of worlds, Galactus.
Silver Surfer has spent all the years since he broke away from Galactus trying to balance the scales in anyway he could, which gives us our title and a solid A-plot that’s deftly disguised as a potential B-plot.

Which leads me to my only real, and admittedly minor, issue with this novel.
The Surfer is the star of this book, he’s not a guest in any sense, but our titular heroes do feel almost like guest stars.
I don’t hate that Norrin Radd is in the spotlight at all, but it does feel a bit like the Fantastic Four title was used for the wider general name recognition.
And believe me, it works perfectly to hook you in!
But I did finish the story wishing that I had gotten at least 1 chapter that focused on the FF together before the trip to the Negative Zone and maybe one at the tail end just to beef up their presence a little.

The fact that the Negative Zone and it’s inhabitants haven’t been the focus of one of the movies is a damn shame, and this book is full of all the evidence you could need to support that.
Reed, Ben, and Johnny are prompted into the alternate universe when an old foe, Blastaar, sets hostages up for slaughter right near their outpost in the zone.
Blastaar lures them in, not for a fight this time but for their help, having felt their combined power first hand, to defeat a coming threat – a destroyer of worlds, much like Galactus, named Prodigion.
The trio decide to look on as Blastaar tries to destroy Prodigion’s ship and crew as something feels off.
Johnny is injured and taken aboard the vessel, Sue and the Surfer show up to help, and things get even more complicated than any of them were led to believe.
The turns in this are great.
Prodigion going from villian, to hero, and back and forth again until his final reveal leave you with a great sense of mystery and suspense until the end.

Bottom line: Surfer’s story is suitably heartbreaking and involves a chance at happiness, and the aforementioned redemption, he has so desperately craved for the 1st time in ages and it’s handled with the care and ease of somebody who has the writing and in universe experience to give it the weight it deserves without being laughable.
If you are a fan of the FF and their supporting characters, snap this up if you stumble across a copy.
Now I’m gonna go searching for more of Michael Jan Friedman’s TNG work.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #58

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week…The Final Frontier…these are the conversations of nerd-dom, and our continuing mission to…talk about…nerd stuff…that really fell a part, let’s just do this!

This week, we’re basking in the glorious afterglow of D23 and asking: What Announcement From D23 Got You The Most Excited?

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.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #56

Hootie hoo, The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week is coming for you for a fifty sixth straight week, gang.
Let’s get this show on the road!

This week, we are going topical and asking the hard hitting question of: Does the next Deadpool need to be R rated to be any good?

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

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

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #54

Thanks for coming back for our 54th week, gang.
Let’s get things going on that most nerdiest of fronts!

This week we are looking to revive by asking: Which of the Marvel Netflix shows are you hoping will continue in some form in the future?

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

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

Episode 083: It’s a Scooby Special….Ed

200px-DVD_cover_of_Scooby-Doo_in_Arabian_NightsIn this episode, we are get down and dirty in the hard core nerdy as we take a dive deep in to some hugest and most long lasting blockbuster franchises of note!

As teased last episode, good ol Fitty Man is rewatching the MCU with his good lady wife and he’s here to tell you all about it and her reactions to the best of our modern mythologies.

Then, for better or worse, Doom throws down the gauntlet and makes his own list ranking all of the Scooby-Doo movies to date, also, we talk about X-Men movies and 2 trilogies of Hobbits strolling through the middle of the earth on this fast and fun ep!

URL: Episode 083: It’s a Scooby Special….Ed
Direct Download: tnb083.mp3

Episode 082.5: I’m Gonna Wife You

intro-1556739401In this episode, we swing around the world visiting Venice, Prague, Berlin, & London as Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Friends are known to do…and we also go see Spider-Man: Far From Home!

We discuss what those things moving around in there are and then news from days 1 & 2 of nerd prom, A.K.A. San Diego Comic-Con, including Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming to an end & the 1st trailer for Jay And Silent Bob Reboot!

Doom tells a dead Dad story after they hit the comic shop, then they go see a movie that is the farthest from home…EVER…and give their opinions that are wholly unexpected and shockingly surprising!

URL: Episode 082.5: I’m Gonna Wife You
Direct Download: tnb082_5.mp3