Podcast – Episode #43

Posted by David On February 3, 2013 ADD COMMENTS
Episode 43

Episode #43 features:

Special Guest – Bo, from the ECN Podcast

Round Table:  Marvel Now! – every Marvel Now! title available, reviewed by the NCP Crew

Also featuring a special Competition! – Like, Retweet or Comment on the special Totally Irreverent post to win an awesome T-Shirt!

 

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*Please Note – due to having the Skype call going through my iPad there are some parts of the recording where you can hear some weird feedback. Be assured it isn’t your equipment and doesn’t affect the awesomeness of the episode 🙂

Oh, and as a special bonus, here’s a photo of me meeting Neil Gaiman 🙂

 

Nerdrage! – Amazing Spider-Man #700

Posted by David On December 27, 2012 4 COMMENTS

So, Amazing Spider-Man #700 is now out and it is time for geekdom to explode. As followers of our podcast and site will know, Spider-Man is my favourite hero (not just super-hero) and Peter Parker an inspiration for me. Obviously I’m not alone, it is the same for millions around the world, and I know I won’t be the only one outraged by the end of ASM #700.

Please Note – Spoilers Ahead – You have been Warned! (more…)

Disney buys Lucasfilm

Posted by David On October 31, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it is purchasing Lucasfilm (including Industrial Light & Magic & Skywalker Sound) in a stock and cash deal for just over $4 billion. During what will no doubt now be thought of as a historic conference call, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star Wars creator and Lucasfilm CEO George Lucas announced that the deal came with  ‘an extensive and detailed treatment for the next three movies’ and that their ‘longterm plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years’, meaning that Episodes VIIVIII & IX are on their way. In fact Episode VII  is aparantly in early development and scheduled for release in 2015. However, Fox and Paramount will retain the rights to the previous six Star Wars films and last four Indiana Jones films respectivly.

In a statement Lucas added, ‘For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It is now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.’

Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, will become the studio’s President, reporting to Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. She will also be the Executive Producer on the new Star Wars films, with Lucas serving as a Creative Consultant.

Now I’m not usually the sort of person to have a strong reaction to these sort of announcements. With a few exceptions nerd rage is not my prefered form of expression (just don’t mention the Spider-Man storyline Sins of the Past or the film Prometheus to me and we’ll be ok), but I have to admit that upon hearing the news that the evil corporate behemoth that is Disney Studios had bought Lucasfilm, the home of two of my all time favourite film franchises, I did feel a disturbance in the Force.

Luckily I was at work when I heard, so my initial reaction was muted, and it gave me time to reflect. It also gave me time to read the additional information as it came to light. What I’ve come to realise is that I’m actually not that concerned with this announcement. Sure, I can’t stand the Disney Corporation and all that is stands for but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying (some) of their products and I can’t deny that (some) of their recent acquisition related output has ranged from quite good (The Muppets) to outstanding (The Avengers) so I can at least give them the benefit of the doubt.

And lets face it, the last 3 films under total Lucas’s control ranged from ‘crap’ to ‘average’ so a new fresh pair of eyes may be just what we need. I’ve always thought that Lucas was the creative genius behind Star Wars but that it took other people to help bring his vision to life and that is what we have now with his new role as Creative Consultant. And let’s not forget the most important aspect of this – EPISODE VII !!! (as long as it doesn’t turn out like this:

The Wonder Woman/Superman kiss

Posted by David On September 1, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

There’s been quite a bit of hoopla over the kiss between DC’s icons, Superman and Wonder Woman in Justice League #12. In fact, it even made page 2 of my local newspaper. That’s right, 2 fictional characters getting it on trumped homicide, civil unrest and war.

What the f#@k?!

Needless to say I just don’t get it. Don’t get me wrong, I get just as excited as the next nerd when something exciting happens in any of my hobbies. But worldwide interest in something that happened in a comic? We’re not talking the Death of Superman here. And besides, it’s not even the first time they’ve kissed!

It happened twice in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane issues #93 (1969) & #136 (1974), again in DC Comics Presents #32 (1981), and Wonder Woman #300 (1983).  In 1985, Alan Moore included a playful kiss between the two in Superman Annual #11 and 2 years later John Byrne added his take in Action Comics #600.

In Kingdom Come (1996) it even goes further than that. By the end of this story Superman & Wonder Woman are a couple and expecting a child (with Batman asked to be the godfather!).

As great as Kingdom Come is (I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already) my favourite Superman/Wonder Woman moment is actually from Action Comics #761 (1999). Like the kiss in Superman Annual #11, it is hardly more than a peck, but it is the culmination of a great storyline that involved the heroes being trapped for hundreds of years in an alternate universe battling crazy Norse gods. Nothing more happens, but it comes very close and is very emotional.

Nowhere near as good are Miller’s Dark Knight Strikes Again (2002) & All Star Batman and Robin (2005). Avoid both.

So as you can see, Justice League #12 is nothing special. It’s not even that poignant a moment. Perhaps the special excitement is due to the fact that this is in current continuity? Who knows.

Either way, there are far more exciting things happening in the world of comics. Mark Waid continues his amazing run on Daredevil, Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus is making huge waves & Rob Leifield continues to have brain meltdowns.

And these are a fraction of what’s going on out there.

So let’s put this apparently world shattering moment in its place. There is so much more interesting things to talk about.

Of course this is all just my opinion. I would love to know yours! So leave a comment!

Nerdrage! – Prometheus Part 1

Posted by David On June 16, 2012 8 COMMENTS

When we reviewed Prometheus for the podcast we had limited time to express our thoughts in order to keep it concise. But a film like this one deserves more discussion, and that is exactly what is happening online. The interwebs are afire with people discussing the pros and cons of Ridley Scott‘s latest, and I thought I’d take an opportunity to add some of my own opinions to the mix.

However, being the massive nerd that I am, my thoughts ran to about 10 pages. So I decided to post them in two separate posts. The second post will be up very soon. I hope you enjoy and I would very much appreciate any feedback you guys have. Agree or Disagree? What are your thoughts on Prometheus?

Please be warned that this will be spoiler heavy so click More for article.

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