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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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #82

A day late and a dollar short but still going strong, it’s the ever asky 82nd edition of The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week!

This week, we’re all aquiver about some strangely marvelous news, so we’re doubling up and asking: How Excited Are You For Sam Raimi To Direct Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness?
And Do You Think He Will Sneak In Any Easter Eggs To His Spider-Man Trilogy

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

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

Episode 088: Zombie Cucumbers

IMG_20191016_194730.jpgIn this episode, things are gettin’…strange as Doom is in an off mood and asking weird questions of a man who’s just hoping to win the lottery or get a lunch, depending on who you go around askin’.

The fellas are talking Picard and busting up a few flying rumors about the next show, before Fitz regales the dumber and darker one with tales of old people he spotted across a room and the return of grandma walkin’ tacos from his recent con trip.

Doom pats them on the back about that whole Sony/Disney business (that has since been resolved again), a mega star reaches for Fitz’s crank, and some wacky bastard hits 3 cons in one weekend to shill his wacky wares in this…odd episode of The Most Consistent Podcast You’ve Never Heard Of!

URL: Episode 088: Zombie Cucumbers
Direct Download: tnb088.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

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #50

49 questions have happened thus far, time for the big 5-0!

This week we want to know: What are you most excited about from Spider-Man: Far From Home?

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

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