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*dark, gloomy music begins to play* Greetings punny mortals! I am the Gargoyle Knight! I am geek supreme! You will tremble before me!!! ...*record begins to skip* Curses! Well, the mood was lost at the beginning. Hello, This is Brock. I am a gamer (Mainly Table Top) and am a uber fan of movies, books, and comics. I will post articles on each of these subjects and I hope you will find them informative and entertaining (especially my movies reviews). Enjoy the site!

Deadpool

Over the past sixteen years we have seen a lot of the X-Men franchise from Fox get butchered because all they have done is take the characters from the comics and pretty much make up whatever story they want, practically ignoring the source material. Now, I have to admit the movies have been enjoyable but it is something of a travesty when you completely disregard the story just to make a buck. However, I do believe, for once, Fox has made a proper comic book movie and the punchline is they had to make it rated R for them to do it. In my professional opinion, or personal opinion (details), as a movie and comic book geek Deadpool was a HUGE success.

From the opening credits the tone of the movie was given shape. When you start it off by introducing your cast as ‘God’s Perfect Idiot’ (Ryan Reynolds), the writers as ‘The Real Heroes’, and the director as ‘An Overpaid Tool’ then you know immediately that Deadpool himself wrote the script …or at least got to the teleprompter to change a few things. Let’s face it, that is a classic Deadpool move.

Deadpool Review: No Spoilers!

Casting

I have been hearing a lot of negativity about Ryan Reynolds being cast as the Merc with the Mouth and I have to say, I have been in full support of him being Deadpool and this movie definitely put the Nay Sayers in their place. I have never been happier with a casting choice the way I am with this one. Ever since seeing him as Wade Wilson in the horrible origin story, I knew he was Deadpool. His smart-alecky remarks in that movie and undertones of a dangerous man, that is Deadpool minus the crazy. In this movie, we get the full package!

Story

Once again, we are given another origin story. I know, it is starting to get tiresome with all these origin stories. Wouldn’t it just be easier to gloss over the origin? There are times where it would be but with a character like this we do kind of need to see where he came from. How they did it I kind of question but I do see how it would work. Anyone who is a Deadpool fan knows why he really wears the full body outfit is because of the massive amount of scar tissue that is a byproduct of his mutation. He has a healing factor like Wolverine with the side effect that his wounds still leave scars after they heal up. That is where the scar tissue comes from but with this story they say it is a cause of the experimentation that was done to him and is an indicator of the mutation. Slim but I can go with it. And just to add something more to it they throw in a love interest and a recruiter, in the form of Colossus. I am happy that they finally made him Russian but they made him CGI the entire time he was there (cheaper I guess then hiring a real actor to portray him).

But the big thing that I love about the story is that Deadpool still breaks the 4th wall. It is one of his well-known qualities. He knows he is a comic book character and now, he knows he is a movie star …oh, no! We have just stroked his ego too far! …and he has us using innuendo!!!

Deadpool and CGI Colossus

…moving on!

Rated R

Again, this is one of the reasons why I feel that for once Fox has made a proper comic book movie. Deadpool is not a character for kids. Never has been. This was a concern of mine when I heard that they would make this movie. Would they wuss him down to make him a family friendly movie? And the Gods heard the prayers of all true Deadpool fans and made it rated R for the violence, the language, and the sex. Now it is not full of sex but there is a scene in a strip club where we see a gratuitous cameo. Deadpool is not a ‘Hero’, super or otherwise. He is just a comic book character that is just completely out of his mind but for some reason we love him.

…what does that say about us?
…Who cares?!

Conclusion

What else can I say? I have seen this movie three times already and will probably see it again at least once more. I am very happy with how this movie turned out. I will be getting it on Blu-ray. And I will be looking forward to the sequel, which there have been reports that they have already begun shooting. Oh, and do be sure to stick around for the end credits scene. Hope you are a John Hughs fan.

Dredd: the TV Series?

Judge Dredd: I am the Law

2012 brought back the best lawman to ever live and I don’t mean Sheriff Joe Arpaio (I am from Arizona). No, I am talking about BEST lawman in Mega City One: Judge Joe Dredd! Sadly, or thankfully depending on how you look at it, Sylvester Stallone did not reprise the role but instead was left to the talented Karl Urban, whom showed the true greatness that is Judge Dredd. The whole movie was about a drug bust gone awry but it was so captivating to watch him work. Not only that, but we got to see Judge Anderson, the finest Psi Judge to ever come out of the Hall of Justice. Now, this is truly sad, there is a lot of chatter and speculation about a sequel but so far nothing concrete. The more I have thought about it the more I am beginning to think we don’t need another movie …what we really need is a Dredd TV show! Think about it, does Ole Stony Face merit a mere hour and a half movie once every two to three years or does he deserve a weekly show? This is how I see it…

Mega City One

Mega City is vast, absolutely massive so that a single movie cannot fully show it’s full splendor …or, umm, griminess. Many things happen on the streets and Mega Blocks of the Big Meg that a weekly show would be able to reflect it. The city stretches from what was once Washington D.C. to Boston that is broken down into multiple sectors which gives a writer plenty of latitude to work with as well as many different kinds of people of numerous potential and actual crimes committed on a daily basis.

Mega-City One

Conflict

Sure, Dredd always gets his perp but, save for the 1996 film, we did not get to see a classic villain in movie and there are so many to choose from. In the Sly film we saw Dredd go up against his brother Rico and the Angel Family Gang but what about the infamous Dark Judges? The havoc they caused alone could be the prime focus for several episodes if not an entire season depending on how many episodes there are. And, of course there is the Judge Child, the Apocalypse War, and a number of other events that would take forever to make movies for each one. There is conflict a plenty to be found in Mega City but why stop there?

The Rest of the World and Beyond

Judge Dredd’s infamy is known throughout the city and beyond to places like Brit Cit, Euro Cit, East Meg, Hondo (not the John Wayne film), and the Cursed Earth. He has had many adventure outside the walls of the Big Meg that can easily be adapted for the small screen. And, as corny as it may sound, it is not just Earth beings that cause crime in his city but off world punks cause just as much crime in his streets as human criminals. Alien Town is yet another place that Dredd has to hunt down perps. However, he is not as alone as you may think.

Judge Dredd characters

Allies

Aside from Psi Judge Anderson there is also Judge Hersey whom has teamed up with Ole Stony Face when facing the endeavor of ending another Block War. He also has help from the Wally Squad, aka Covert Ops, with their undercover work providing him with tips and clues in his never ending mission to maintain justice in Mega City One. Then, obviously, there is the rest of the men and women of the Hall of Justice that can be called upon to aid him, or be Red Shirts which is more likely the case. Let’s face it, Mega City is not a friendly place hence why Judge Dredd exists.
This is just an awesome idea that I would love to see. However, I have a stipulation for it to work: Karl Urban has to play Dredd. His portrayal was on the money and I am a stickler for consistency. If Minority Report can get a TV show then why not Judge Dredd?

Movie List for 2016

Star Wars The Force Awakens

As 2015 is coming to a close with one of the most anticipated movies of all time (Don’t argue with me! You know it is true!): STAR WARS The Force Awakens (Group Review Coming Soon). But as the year is about to end it makes me think of all the movies that are coming out next year that I want to see, or am going to see against my better judgement. Here are just a few that I am definitely going to see for various reasons.

Deadpool

As most of you know I am a big Wolverine fan, so why wouldn’t I be a Deadpool fan as well. I had major concerns with how they were going to do this movie given how he turned out in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but as Hollywood has come to do ‘Pretend it doesn’t exist and make a new movie’ may actually pay off. If you haven’t seen it yet check out the Red Band trailer on YouTube. (NSFW… duh) Now, I am a big skeptic when it comes to movie trailers but it seems to have captured the greatness that is Wade Wilson and, agree or disagree, I do believe that Ryan Reynolds was the best choice to portray Deadpool. (Oh, hush your ‘hissing’)

Deadpool

Independence Day: Resurgence

I was not surprised when I heard they were making a sequel. I am surprised that it took so long. However, given the premise it does kind of make sense. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman both return in this and I honestly can’t wait to see how this plays out. To help them they have adapted the use of the alien technology they salvaged from the last invasion fleet. There will be a space battle! And it looks like they may actually stand a chance but I am sure it won’t be that simple. Bottom line, I am excited to see this movie.

independence-day-2-resurgence-title-treatment

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Yes, the last one was a steaming pile that ruined my childhood but the deciding factor for me to keep down the bile and going to spend my hard earned money to see it is this: Stephen Amell is Casey Jones! That’s right, Oliver Queen has left Star City to go New York to be a Hockey Mask wearing, Hockey stick swinging, April O’Neil saving vigilante …seems to be his calling card and does it with flair. Not only that, since 1985 we will finally get to see Bebop and Rocksteady. Hopefully (on my knees, hands clasped in prayer), it will not be a train wreck. On a side note, Seamus, the Celtic Warrior of WWE is playing rocksteady. So if he performs the Celtic Cross on someone it will make it semi-worth it. Down side, apart from Michael “Explosions” Bay still having a hand in it is Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman. Could they not convince Jeffrey Combs to do it?!

TMNT 2

These are just some of the highlights of the big blockbusters that will be coming out in 2016. There is still Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and many others but these were ones I wanted to touch on specifically. They were at the forefront of my mind. And there will be many reviews following each one. See you next year at the movies.

Ant-Man Movie Review

I have to say out of all the movies that have come so far from Marvel Studios Ant-Man was one I was worried about. Not that I don’t care for the character more the premise of the character. Yes, he was one of the founding members of the Avengers but I had serious reservations that the fans that were not comic fans would not take to him the way he does to us. And yet, Marvel has done it again. Any fears I have had were vanquished with this single movie.

Ant-Man Movie Poster

The Story

It is 1989 and the original Ant-Man, one Dr. Hank Pym played by Michael Douglas, has left S.H.E.I.L.D. and not on the friendliest of terms when he discovered they planned to use the particle for more offensive purposes. Obviously, this did not sit well as he had less violent uses in store for it. Taking his research along with him, Dr. Pym has started his own company and continued to conduct research with the ‘Pym’ particle.

Fast forward 25 years and we meet one Scott Lang saying his goodbyes to his fellow inmates (in a rather pugilistic manner). After serving his time for theft he is a free man …to work at Baskin Robins …briefly. Anyways, after losing his job and being denied permission to see his daughter, what’s a man to do but revert back to what he is good at “…breaking into places and stealing some $#^%!” Enter Hank’s house and the item of theft, The Ant-Man suit. Hilarity ensues from this point going forward. From the second Scott dons the suit he learns that there is a new level of weird added to his life.

Scott gets freaked out from being shrunk down to the size of an insect, to returning the suit to Dr. Pym’s home, getting arrested, breaking out of jail with help from Pym, to being asked to break into Pym Industries to steal the Yellow Jacket suit created by Darren Cross, aka the Bad Guy making deals with HYDRA (yes, even they get a cameo) and once protégé of Dr. Pym, and save the world. Standard specs of any hero …not really but you get the idea.

What I Liked

The concept of Ant-Man is definitely a unique one. Creating a suit that allows you to not only be able to shrink down to the size of an ant but also communicate and control all different varieties of ants is one I would never have considered to be formidable, but Marvel knows how to deliver. To do this there was more than a little special effects used. I am tired of movies that focus only on effects and gloss over story (this was one of my fears for this movie) but Marvel has yet to drop the ball on this. They kept the story going strong while dazzling the audience with the special effects they crave.

Also, a part of Marvel Studios arsenal has been their expert use for humor. Yes, these are action/Sci-Fi-ish movies but they do not deter away from the power of laughter (apparently they take the term ‘comic’ books literally). It was certainly the back bone of the movie, especially the scene with Lang and Falcon.

Which leads me into the third thing I liked about the movie:
The Marvel Universe is notorious for crossovers. It is not uncommon to have Spider-man show up in Fantastic Four comics or Wolverine appear in Hulk comics (that was how Wolverine was originally introduced in the first place) and that is a tradition that still lives on in the movies. There is an epic battle between Ant-Man and Falcon at the new Avengers Headquarters in upstate New York. Why are they fighting you ask? Same reason that Iron Man and Thor fought: misunderstanding. Even the interaction between the two characters is reminiscent of that same first meet.

Falcon appears in Ant-Man

What I Dislike

I can’t really say I didn’t like it but I would rather have had Hank Pym as Ant-Man as opposed to Scott Lang even though he does later wear the suit. I get why it was done like this but up until this point the majority of Earth’s superheroes have been the originals from the comics: Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, etc. Granted, Guardians of the Galaxy were the later line up as well I just would have liked to seen Pym as Ant-Man first. Again, not really a dislike I am just a purest at heart.

Original Ant-Man

Conclusion

Ant-Man is the start of a new phase for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The role he will play along with the others to follow in the next couple of years is going to blow all our minds. We have not been disappointed yet and I don’t see it happening.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Review

Just over a decade ago we saw the end of an epic trilogy that rivaled the grandeur of the Holy Trinity of movie trilogies. Many will argue as to what IS the Holy Trinity of movie trilogies: Back to the Future, The Godfather, Indiana Jones (not counting Kingdom of the Crystal Skull). But for me it was Star Wars. Although there were a few issues that I have with the story but for the most part I loved the vision, the characters, and most of all was the fact that we would never see a movie (or trilogy) of its like again. Case and point the horrible prequel trilogy. It tried to mimic what Star Wars was almost forty years ago and failed! Now, when it comes to the Hobbit I will not say it failed but I will not say it was a success either.

True to the Story

Billy Connolly - Dain the Ironfoot

For the most part it followed the story of Bilbo and the Company of Thirteen fairly well with several embellishments that are forgivable but did not deviate from the overall aspect of the Hobbit. The dwarves did reclaim their long forgotten gold, they did fortify their dwarven hall, they faced off against two armies: one of men, the other of elves, an army of dwarfs led by Thorin’s cousin did come to pick a fight (casting Billy Connolly was a terrific choice I must say), they were eventually attacked by an army of orcs far greater in number than all three armies combined, the three armies join forces, many deaths ensue including several of the company of thirteen Thorin chief among them, and Bilbo returns to his hole in the ground. All of this did happen and the portrayal of it was magnificent. Still, there were several downfalls that I feel could have been avoided entirely.

Three Movies

This will always be my biggest complaint about this trilogy: IT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A TRILOGY!!! I have read the book, it is not more than 250 pages. I have it as an audio drama (you must remember I am a big fan of those) and it spans eight thirty minute episodes. I also have the animated movie that was made back in 1979 that was not more than 80 minutes long and still managed to encompass all the main elements from the novel. We did not need three feature length pictures to tell this story. I am all for the movie industry making money but give me a break! Peter Jackson! Did you not learn the folly of George Lucas or are you trying to make bank the way he did? Please say no, please. This movie could have easily been made into one movie, now it may have been nearly four hours but I would have seen it just as many times in theaters. Return of the King was almost five hours with the extended edition DVD and still was awesome. Now had they just made the Hobbit as one movie I think a lot more could have come later. Which brings me to my next issue with this trilogy.

The Lord of the Ring References

Yes, we all know that the Hobbit is a precursor to the Lord of the Rings but constantly including those references were not in the original story. Was Gandalf there? Yes, he brought the company of thirteen to Bilbo and did travel with them and leave many times throughout the narrative. Was Elrond there? Yes, the company went to Rivendale and he looked at the map for them. Was Gollum there? Yes, Bilbo did exchange riddles in the dark with him and find the ring (which we would find out sixty years later is the ring of power!) which helped him to escape the mountain of the goblins. All these other references should not have been there which includes a fat Legolas (see Doyle’s rant about that one), one of Bilbo’s ring wearing moments where he sees the burning eye of the Dark Lord, and, of course, the visiting of the graves of the nine kings of men. All should have been left out and all those that have not read the book, or books just to hint that there are quite a few stories that Tolkien wrote, would be none the wiser for missing these things. But, now we go on to my biggest issue with this trilogy that began in the second installment.

The Love Story

Hobbit Love Triangle

Okay guys, we know not all women get these kind of movies even though there are a fair amount of geeky girls out there that do know about the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings but, Hollywood, not every story is supposed to have a love story in it! In this trilogy it is pointless and distracting from the main plot! Further, and chime in fellas if I am wrong, I have read many fantasy stories that feature elves and dwarves and not ONCE has either ever been said to be attracted to the other. There has always been a silent (snigger) animosity between the two races. Why, I beg you, would you try to have it happen in the Hobbit of all movies? And to make it worse, you then incorporate a love triangle of a fashion to it! Argh! In short let me be plain and clear: If it is not in the source material do not ad-lib, please, for all our sake. *Deep breath* Rant ends, let me say what I did like.

The World of Middle Earth

Peter Jackson does do one thing with these movies that I have not really seen in that many films which is incorporate the one really unnamed character that many that do not read realize exists: the world. This is not some hippie remark but it is an actual character of many story tellers that is easily overlooked. The world they create is a living thing that goes un-noticed by many and the fact that he takes time to let you visualize this on the big screen is just breath taking. The first time I saw the Shire, Gondor, Rohan, even Mordor I was rendered speechless. I had never pictured those places like that (hard to believe given how descriptive Tolkien got later on after the Hobbit) in such detail. The way Lake Town was designed, Goblin town where the dwarves are taken prisoner, Mirkwood and the realm of the elves, and of course Lonely Mountain. Absolutely phenomenal.

Closing

To sum up, would I watch these movies again? Yes, I will even own them but that will not keep me from ranting about the issues with them or stop me from rolling my eyes when the lovey dovey flirting takes place, I will focus my energy on the part that makes me smile the most: the story of the Hobbit and the beginning of the Ring of Power.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Painful Review You Need To Read

I had serious reservations about this movie but still went to see it… only to find that my reservations were well founded. I won’t say it was a horrible movie but it was a horrible let down to a fan such as myself. As a fan of the original movies, 80’s cartoon, and the comics it was rather painful watching this movie. What was so wrong with it, you ask? Let me count the ways.

The Turtles

The turtles have an easily recognizable look and it has carried on even to the movie that was made in 2007. The new look of the turtles is not appealing. Now, I get the reasoning why they made them look the way they did. They wanted their appearance to be an extension of their individual personalities. I get that but I feel they went WAY over the top with some of the designs. Donatello’s look was particularly painful: Glasses! They had him wearing glasses! First, how are they going to find the right prescription? It is not like he can walk into LenCrafters for an eye exam. Second and more to the point, he and his brothers were exposed to a mutagen that made them grow, develop vocal cords, gain superhuman strength, and take to martial arts like a bird to the wind. So, I seriously doubt the mutagen wouldn’t have given them excellent eye sight.

TMNT - Donatello in glasses

Shredder and The Foot Clan

I get that like everything these days that are being rebooted or redefined a big part of that is modernizing the feel and look. The Foot Clan in this movie seem more like thugs with delusions of being covert, special forces wanna-bees. None of them seemed to have any knowledge of martial arts of even the simplest form and relied heavily on automatic weapons. Another thing, they are pinning the Foot as a terrorist organization. I get there are terrorists in the world but I feel it is a bit over played. The Foot led by Shredder were a criminal empire that wanted to control not to destroy.

Now the Shredder, oh the Shredder, they put him in an exo-skeleton suit. Yes, we are in a new century where technology is the norm and can be used for many great and wonderful things BUT a man such as the Shredder I seriously doubt would ever use such a thing. It would really limit his mobility I don’t care how they made it look in the movie, I still question it. Even in the first movie from the 80’s they had Shredder wearing a cape but when it came to fighting the Turtles he removed it.

TMNT - Shredder

April O’Neil

This has got to be the worst choice ever for a representation of April. I was near tears (not really but you get what I am saying). I had qualms when they got Sarah Michelle Gellar to voice April in the CGI movie of 2007, but she grew on me. It would have been a better, believable casting choice if they had gotten her (Sarah) in her Daphne red wig than seeing Megan Fox. Her portrayal of April was laughable at best, a tragedy at worst. I did not believe for a second that she was April at all.

TMNT - April

Likes

I would be lying if I said there was nothing about this movie that I liked but there were a few things. First, in the lab where the Turtles were given the mutagen we see a canister with the letters ‘TGRI’ on it. Second, Will Fichtner mentions that they had considered using rabbits instead of turtles which made me think of Miyamoto Usagi. Finally, we get to see the Turtle Bus! I have been waiting to see the Turtle Bus in the movies and they finally did it.  (Editors note: think Party Wagon)

Final Thoughts

If I had kids of my own I would take them to see this movie but would enlighten them later on to the greatness of the Turtles  and let them enjoy the movie as it stands. COWABUNGA!!!

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Spoiler-free Review

“The night is hot as hell. It’s a lousy room of a lousy motel in a lousy city.” – Marv

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

I have to say it is difficult for me to pick a favorite character from the Sin City graphic novels but if I really had to Marv would be the winner with John Hartigan a very close second. He is a mad man with scruples, can take a hit (fist, brick or bullet) and keep on coming with an air of chivalry. And when I heard that Troublemaker Studious was coming out with Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, I was a happy camper (even though it took nearly a decade for it to be made.

Much like the first Sin City it starts off with a twist but instead of Josh Hartnett and a woman in a form fitting red dress it is my man Marv retracing his steps of destruction and mayhem.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Story

Now, I need to be up front, I still haven’t read any of the Sin City graphic novels (slapping hand, bad Geek) so I am not sure if everything that occurred in this film is all from A Dame to Kill For or if it included additional material from the other graphic novels like how the first movie was done. There were three characters that the movie followed with a lot of crossover of many of the characters from the comics: Dwight (Josh Brolin), Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and Nancy (Jessica Alba).
We follow Dwight acting like a P.I. taking photographic evidence of infidelity to his office, then to Katie’s where he meets up with Eva Green, The Dame to Kill For. From there it is a roller coaster of tobacco, booze, sex, betrayal, and violence of the brand only Frank Miller can provide. At this point it is hard to say any more without giving away spoilers (although, if you have already read the comics it really isn’t spoilers).

Likes

The interconnection of all the characters, no matter how loose, is one of the things I love about this series. Sometimes the impact is small, other times they are alongside one another breaking skulls. Marv is actually the one that did a lot of the interacting in this one. First by helping Dwight with a little breaking and mangling, then assisting Nancy on her quest for revenge.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - Nancy (Jessica Alba)

Also, the way it was filmed still made it feel like a comic. This was what had a lot of people complaining back when the first movie came out. It is a comic book movie and that is what we got with this one. The action is over the top, superhuman at times, which just looks awesome on the big screen!

Dislikes

This is really more like nit-picking but it gets to me. I do not like issues of continuity. I get that actors have other obligations or their own purgative when it comes to what role they play but if they take on the mantle of a role then they should make sure they are available to reprise said role. Don’t get me wrong I like Josh Brolin and thought he did an excellent job as Dwight but when they did the whole face changing thing, which was mentioned in the first movie, they could have brought Clive Owen back for that part at least.

However, I do have to point out that even though this a comic book movie and, in a fashion, a continuing story it felt rushed. Maybe it is just me but it didn’t have the smooth flow of a story being told at a relaxed pace. Again, maybe it is just me.
“Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything… anything.”

First Look at The Flash coming to the CW this Fall

Back in 1990 there was a TV show that lasted only a season. It could be said that it was an ‘okay’ show… buuut lets leave it alone. What I am about to review only a few have seen and it is GLORIOUS!!! I was very lucky to have the opportunity to get a first look at The Flash, the new show coming to the CW this Fall.

Editor’s note: The Flash pilot appeared publicly on a popular video website, but has been removed due to copyright violation.  The editor and contributors of AnonymousGeek.com do not condone internet piracy or copyright violation.

The Story

The first episode moves along at a nice steady pace, has excellent character development, and has a strong foundation so long as they stick to the source material. Like most new shows involving superheroes of late it starts off with a tragedy. Young Barry sees his mother being attacked by yellow streaks of lightning that has the form of a man in it (gee, could this be a setup) and somehow Barry finds himself suddenly down the street. He manages to get back to his house only to find his father under arrest and his mother dead.

Now we fast forward, Barry is now a CSI that is always late, but excellent at his job, and has a knack for science (not surprised). On this particular day we see Barry go to an unveiling of some new kind of technology at Star Labs with a friend, who later gets mugged. Barry tries and fails to stop the attacker. However, later that same night something goes wrong and Star Labs goes ‘BOOM!’ and a massive electrical storm grows over the city. A single bolt from this storm lands in Barry’s lab striking him and knocking him into his array of chemicals and sends him into a coma.

Nine months go by until Barry awakes to discover that he has changed. It is a gradual change that appears to be just his physical appearance, but he quickly (pun intended) learns of the other aspects of his change.

The Cast

The CW has done so well with the success of Arrow and it seems to have carried over to The Flash. Grant Gustin, whom is playing Barry Allen, may look wiry but I feel that is what the Flash would look like. He has a runner’s build which is exactly how I would picture the Flash. Jesse L. Martin, Detective Joe West, acts as an un-official guardian for Barry after the death of his mother and incarceration of his father. He has tried to convince Barry of his father’s guilt only to learn that what Barry saw that night was true and becomes one of the few that know about Barry’s new found power. Tom Cavanagh, Harrison Wells, is the man behind the new tech of Star Labs, as well as the accident that occurred. Wells along with his team help Barry to understand and harness his new talents.

First look at The Flash Suit

First Look at The Flash Suit

Now I know this is one of the key points about the new show that you uber geeks want to hear about. Well, at least not this episode, Barry’s suit doesn’t come out of a ring but the look is modern and it is very fitting. It is supposedly made of a highly heat retardant material designed for fire fighters which works perfect for Barry, as you will see in the episode he ran so fast that his coat caught on fire as he was running to Starling City (oh, that means what you think it does). Which brings me to my top three likes about this pilot episode.

Three Likes

First Look at The Flash - John Wesley Shipp

John Wessley Shipp: Then and Now

First has to do with Harrison Wells. Yes he appears to be a man crippled by the accident but there is more to him and I look forward to how it plays out. Second, as I alluded to a moment ago, Oliver Queen does have a cameo in this episode which leads me to believe there will be more probably for both shows (gee, took DC long enough). And finally, and this is the best one, John Wesley Shipp is playing Barry’s father! For those of you that are too young to remember he played Barry Allen in the 90’s version of the Flash TV show. I find this to be the best in that it ties both the old show with the new.
I have nothing but positive feelings about this show. I can’t wait to see it’s official air date. I just hope that it will be just as successful as Arrow and that it will spawn more DC characters to get their own shows. Only time will tell.

New Worlds Comics Goof delivers laughs in a superhero setting

New Worlds Comics Goof

Now, I am picky when it comes to my comics (if you haven’t figured it out by now I am picky about many of the things I like) but I am always willing to give things a try especially when it comes to all things geek and this little gem was brought to my attention. Goof is described as a sexy comedy. Comedy is right with a little sexiness thrown in to keep it lively. Its story flows nicely and doesn’t leave you scratching your head trying to figure out what is going on.

New Worlds Comics Goof – Dirk Daring for a new generation.

New Worlds Comics Goof is the story of the one and only superhero on Earth by the name of Captain Gorgeous (not the name he picked as he states multiple times in the narrative) whom received his powers from a race of aliens known as the Jun. However, as the title implies he ‘Goofs’ a lot while trying to embrace this mantle of responsibility. As to be expected, because of his constant goof ups, he is not really taken all that seriously by anyone even when he does do good without messing up. Captain Gorgeous (and if you haven’t guessed it yet, he is an average looking Joe) doesn’t appear to have too many aspirations other than to prove to the Jun that their giving him his super powers was not a mistake and he has only a month before they return to do it.
My first impression of this comic reminds me a lot of Dirk the Daring. Now for many of you young’ns out there that have no idea what I am talking about… shame on you! Dirk the Daring was the protagonist from Dragon’s Lair. A great game and cartoon from back in the day. He was a knight sent to save the damsel in distress, Daphne, and bumbled his way through many of the challenges he faced, much like the hero in this story.

My detail oriented side has to point out that there are a couple of grammatical errors (mainly missing words or misused words and it doesn’t feel intentional) but they can be easily over looked if you are focused on the story. The artwork is good although the artist changes after the first issue. Coloring is not overstated or dull and the line work is solid in issues two and three; in issue one the coloring was a bit more vibrant.

New Worlds Comics Goof

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As to the writer of this interesting piece of literature, Guy Hasson, I have to say that I would like to read more of his work just to get a sense of his ability. I tend to like writers that can write more than one type of narrative but even if this is the only thing he has written I have truly enjoyed it and think you all might too.

Editor’s Note: You can get a feel of Guy Hasson’s more serious work in the Sci-Fi comic Wynter (issues 1 and 2 reviewed on AnonymousGeek) but if you’d like to laugh at your superheroes then stay with New Worlds Comics Goof.  Available through the Comixology App.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Review

I remember the first thing I thought when I heard they were airing this show: ‘What the hell! Coulson is dead! How the hell is he on this show!?!’ Well, after a full season we know how and it is also a heavy reminder that we should not always take what we see as the absolute way things are. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was an excellent addition to the franchise. In this review, I will go over what I liked, didn’t like, and speculations of things to come.

Anonymous Geek SHIELD

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: What I liked

To start, I liked that the show was not entirely stand alone. There were several instances where there was direct tie in with the movies. At first it was just little things like the cleaning up in London after Malekith and the Dark Elves tore it up but then, the biggest and greatest spectacle of the season was the tie in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. My biggest complaint about the show until this point was who was to be the big antagonist for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because in the comics the predominately went up against HYDRA, well, the words “be careful what you wish for” came to mind and I was clapping with joy at that revelation. I did not see it coming and the way the left you felling at the end of the episode the week of Captain America’s release was exceptionally well done. But even more exciting is that they didn’t answer everything and left things unfinished to bring you back to watch season two.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill

Another thing I liked was the addition of using characters from the movies to help bring more life to the show such as Sif from Thor and Agent Hill from Avengers and Captain America. It helped to give you the impression that the world is truly vast and not just its own universe. It brought a whole new depth to the show to remind us that there are multiple levels at work. Of course I can’t forget to mention Nick Fury’s presence not just in the season finale but early on in the show. I knew he would have to make an appearance at some point because he is the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. but I didn’t expect it to be in the second episode.

With that mentioned I have to say I was greatly surprised when they decided to include Deathlock in the show. People just do not realize, or they easily forget, how large the Marvel universe is. There are so many possibilities that this show can take but I will mention them in a later section.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: What I didn’t like

It was a slow start. I mean it was a real slow start. It was so slow that there was a time where I was thinking about writing the show off as a waste of time but I am glad that I pushed through and let it play out. I get that a show needs to build up the characters and find their foundation before you tear it up but why didn’t they use other characters from the comics that we already knew about? Had they done that and thrown in some new characters to fill in the cast then I think it wouldn’t have moved a bit more smoothly.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Grant Ward

Second thing I didn’t like was the cliché of the handsome, field agent guy falling for the pretty, anti-establishment hacker girl. That was incredibly campy and over played. I see why they did it now but that is not the point. It is over played. The same thing goes for the two science techs, Fitz and Simons. I get that it adds “drama” to the show but it gets tiresome. Had they just started them off as already being married or in a relationship I think it would still have been funny and not overdone.
Finally, I did not like how they had to label S.H.I.E.L.D. as a terrorist group! Again, it adds drama, blah, blah, blah, but seriously why did they have to go that route? I wish I had a suggestion for an alternative but I am just flustered by this. It is just one of those things that I hope they will sort out come the next Avengers movie, or (fingers crossed) it touches on in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Things to come

Oh, the possibilities that they can take with this are endless. I mean, just look at the season finale. What was that cube that Fury gave Coulson? What was that diagram that Agent Garret started and Coulson added on to? And who was that guy that ‘Flowers’ told that Sky was his daughter? It is enough to drive you mad waiting for the next season. Thankfully this show is on ABC and not Fox (Fox really does not know how to work with shows, or even movies, with a grander vision than what can be gain immediately) they are willing to give the show’s creators the flexibility to take the show in the direction they want.
I personally am hoping that more established agents will make an appearance in the next season even though S.H.I.E.L.D. is no more I am confident that it will be re-forged into what we all know it to be and that these agents will help to bring it to its true glory. I do feel that Fury is going to come back just not entirely sure how, yet. There is also Hill to be considered. We saw her interview at Stark in Captain America and talk with Pepper on the show so I don’t believe her part in S.H.I.E.L.D. is over. Then there is Hawkeye and Black Widow. There is a lot of talk in the rumor mill that they along with Fury are getting their own movies but I have not heard of anything concrete about those but they still play a big role in S.H.I.E.L.D. and I for one would like to see more of that reflected in the show.

So much to hope for between now and next fall but for now just remember: So long as there is a threat to our safety we will need a S.H.I.E.L.D.

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