TNB Commentaries 038: Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2 Final Theatrical One Sheet Movie PosterPlease turn off your cellphones and join us at the recently relaunched Stark International Expo in Flushing, Queens where her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing sce…

wait, no, this is a movie, sorry… For our 38th Commentary, we suit up and fly all the way back to 2010 for this jam packed flick starring Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, & Gwenyth Paltrow.

We dive in to the commentary in near record time, debate whether or not this movie is too packed full in preparation for Avengers, study the finer points of power steering, and get grossed out by clubbed finger nails in shithole work shops in this long, fast, and fun ep of the most consistent podcast you’ve never heard of!

URL: TNB Commentaries 038: Iron Man 2
Direct Download:tnbc-038-iron-man-2.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

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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 070: I Got Rick Rolled For Christmas

tmg-article_default_mobileIn this episode, the fellas are getting all Marvelous as they talk about the death of a legend and the birth of a fandom.

They start off talking about another Christmas present what Doom got, before they move into what you can and can’t say on TV, then they give Stan Lee a further tribute.

The Family Fitz goes Into The Spider-Verse which leads to some brief Spider-Man PS4 talk, then Fitz takes a dive deep into one of his Christmas presents while fatty Doom munches some sangwhich.

Kick back and relax, The Nerd Blitz is BACK!!!

URL: Episode 070: I Got Rick Rolled For Christmas
Direct Download: tnb070.mp3

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.

Special thanks go to @SteBoost for out QotW logo

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.

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