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Comic Issues #157 – Why we watched the Super Bowl

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Comic Issues #157 – Why we watched the Super Bowl

Millions of people gathered to watch the Super Bowl so they could see the football game of the year. (Sorry about that Broncos, better luck next time?) But geeks around the world waited through all that football stuff so we could get to the Captain America Trailer, and see Tom Hiddleston in a Jaguar commercial.

Join the podcast crew as we debrief on the Winter Soldier, Spider-Man, and Transformers trailers. We also fit in gaming conventions, BSG: Blood and Chrome, and the wretched excess that was Man of Steel (since Elizabeth only just now got around to watching it.)

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Review: Three short reads

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Review: Three short reads

Huge, epic books are fun, but sometimes it’s nice to grab a short book off the shelf. One can try something new, or return to a familiar world, without the long-term commitment of some of those frighteningly giant, phonebook-sized novels. (I’m looking at you, The Stand. And you, Atlas Shrugged.)

With that in mind I found three short books to read and review: Katie Williams’ Absent, Philip Pullman’s Once Upon a Time In the North, and finally Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight companion book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Which I kind of liked. You heard me.
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Comic Issues #155 – Live from the Villainous Lair!

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Comic Issues #155 – Live from the Villainous Lair!

Welcome to the first of our regularly scheduled live video podcasts from the Villainous Lair, recorded with full audience participation from all across the country!

Join our heroes and heroine and special guest, comic-expert Chris Mitchell, as we take questions (and sometimes harassment) from the viewers, covering the new Gotham show, Son of Batman, Empowered, and whether or not Ant-Man really beat his wife, or was it all just a big misunderstanding.

To see the video of the recording in all its unedited glory, click here.

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Review: Serenity – Leaves On the Wind

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Review: Serenity – Leaves On the Wind

What Firefly fans want most is not a second season that picks up ten years after the last episode. They don’t want a Serenity Two that meets up with our favorite characters a decade later. What fans want most is a second season that picks up exactly where season one left off; same characters, same ship, everybody the exact same age where we last saw them.

As this is physically impossible without time-travel, Dark Horse is attempting the next best thing: Leaves on the Wind, a brand new Firefly book that takes place less than a year after Serenity.

Based on the first issue, I’m very optimistic about the series.

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Review: A Red Sun Also Rises

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Review: A Red Sun Also Rises

I’ve heard it said that the problem with writing science-fiction mysteries is that you have aliens or devices that don’t conform to all the rules of our world, but there still has to be a strong internal logic to the story. Otherwise the mystery doesn’t make sense; there isn’t a puzzle that can be revealed to have a satisfying answer.

Mark Hodder took that challenge, and wrote a great mystery that happens in another world, surrounded by creatures and technologies that have never existed, but it still makes perfect sense, and it’s very satisfying.

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Comic Issues #153 – Cars of Geekdom

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Comic Issues #153 – Cars of Geekdom

Anthony’s getting a new car! To celebrate, the podcast crew talks about their favorite geek cars: which prop car would you want to drive off the set, and which fantasy car would you have if it was a real thing?

Along the way they also talk about James Earl Jones, the wrong way to take a pill, terrible sound effects, and who is and isn’t a troll.

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Review: Wool

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Review: Wool

I heard the other day that Ridley Scott will soon begin casting for Wool, the movie based on Hugh Howey’s epic post-apocalyptic novel. That was my cue to finally read the book.

I’m happy to say the book stands up to a lot of the hype I’ve been hearing. Other than maybe needing a tighter edit, and a slightly lighter hand with visual description (and only in a few places) it’s a pretty solid book, with a really fascinating premise.

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Comic Issues #151 – 2013, the Year of the Geek

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Comic Issues #151 – 2013, the Year of the Geek

When you get right down to it, every year is a good year to be a geek. But 2013 was an especially good one, both for geeks in general and Comic Issues in particular.

Join our heroes and heroine as we wrap up the best of 2013 in movies, comics, books and more. We also try to predict some of the awesomeness to come in 2014.

Thanks for being with us in 2013, we look forward to a great new year with you, and many more to come!

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