In which, our heroes take on the recent news that a Marvel artist was fired for putting extremely controversial (and not particularly subtle) references to Indonesian politics into X-Men Gold #1, Tom Hiddleston’s sex appeal, whether or not Taylor Swift is actually a fancy, animatronic suit, and finally delve into the depths of Marvel’s 1991 event Infinity Gauntlet. We also reference goats a lot.
The gang discusses some geek topics of note this week, beginning with the Pokémon GO phenomenon, which threatens to take over the world. After that, there is a conversation about Frank Cho’s sudden departure from DC Comics. Finally, none of our heroes really enjoyed Ghostbusters for a variety of reasons: Tracy hates Kate McKinnon, Dude takes issue with beefcake, dumb Thor, and Andrew makes the excellent point that if Ghostbusters were a baseball game, the cast were essentially t-ball players. Continue reading
The Might Thor (Marvel)
Written and Art by Walter Simonson
Over the last eight years there have been a small handful of comics that have peaked my interests so much that I had to read as much as I could as quickly as possible. Books like Saga, Transmetropolitan, and The Dark Knight Returns rank among the top of that elite group. Lately however, a new run of comics has been added to that list in the shape of The Mighty Thor Vol. 1 by Walt Simonson.
It’s no secret that Simonson’s run on Thor is one of the most highly regarded run on any superhero comic, and potentially the best run on Thor period. Having said that I hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’d read the first few issues of the J. Michael Straczynski run, which brought Thor back from the dead, but was unimpressed past about issue #3. It wasn’t until Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic’s run on Thor: God of Thunder that I really developed an interest in the characters. The more I began to talk about Aaron’s run, the more people kept asking if I had read Simonson’s work. A couple weeks ago I finally broke down and bought the first trade. Continue reading
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This podcast will be discussing plot points of comics and movies which may be considered spoilers. Consider yourselves warned.
In which, the Therefore I Geek regulars, Andrew and Tracy, staff writer Kurt Klein, and guest writer Becky Krantz discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron. We learn that Ultron’s origin story is awkward because it got majorly changed from the comics, that Andrew has learned to recognize Buffy-speak, and that compliment sandwiches are actually critique sandwiches, because, “Sandwiches are defined by what’s in the middle.” Becky brings some brilliant semi-feminist insights to the group, and Kurt anchors the conversation with some differing opinions. In general, everyone is pretty enthusiastic.