PREVIEWS – March 2017

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store this May!

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SECRET EMPIREMarvel

SECRET EMPIRE 1 - Marvel

Marvel’s latest event will shake the Marvel universe to its core. Due to the Red Skull’s tampering of the timeline, Steve Rogers (Captain America himself) is now a undercover Hydra agent! It’s all part of a plan to topple the United States from within…

STAR TREK – TNG: Mirror Broken –IDW

TNG - Mirror Broken

The Mirror Universe returns with an unexplored era: The Next Generation! It’s something that fans have often speculated about: What were the ‘evil’ alternate versions of Picard and his crew up to during the final days of the Terran Empire’s reign? Find out here…

OLD MAN LOGAN: Past Lives (Issues #21-24)Marvel

Old Man Logan - Past Lives

Jeff Lemire’s final story arc on the title has Logan revisiting crucial moments from his past, from the 1800’s to the Weapon X program, to his first appearance in Incredible Hulk, to his time as the Wolverine with the X-Men and finally his post-apocalyptic future from an erased timeline…

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DC Comics through the Ages (Part 2)

Last time, in Part One, we took a look at the Golden Age versions of Batman and Superman, and the Silver Age versions of Green Lantern and Flash. This time, we’re taking a look at other major DC characters who have changed drastically since their inception…

DC Rebirth

WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman - David Finch New 52Wonder Woman is considered the first major super heroine in comics history and is still one of the greatest of all time. Diana is an Amazonian Princess, the daughter of Hippolyta and an ambassador from Themyscira to “man’s world”. Over the years, her look has evolved quite a bit, but she’s always retained her status as an icon of female empowerment.

She was first created by William Moulton Marston and his wife, Elizabeth Holloway Marston in 1941, first debuting in DC’s All Star Comics #8 and later featured in Sensation Comics. Her first appearance was as a secretary for the Justice Society, but she’s come a long way since.

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The Uncanny Short Box!

The Short Box Podcast

“Designed to Hit it & Quit it”
Feb 12, 2017
Badr’s sound effects machine is put to the test as Cesar and Ed struggle to keep the show on course. The boys are left to themselves to talk about everything from new trailers to comic book child support in this one.

“Nerd In The Know”
Feb 02, 2017
There’s a new column in the FL Times Union that highlights all things geek and nerd here in Northeast Florida, and we’ve got the woman in charge to talk about it. Tiffanie Reynolds stops by to talk about journalism and the Jax nerd community.

“Honestly”
Jan 22, 2017
It’s our 2017 homecoming episode. Ashley and Ed are back to unite the almost full crew. Everyone shares a pop-culture article and piece of news while Ed shares the truth serum, and we uncover more dark secrets from Ashley’s past.

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PREVIEWS – February 2017

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store this April!

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Batman / The Flash: “The Button” – DC

DC Batman / Flash - The Button

The mystery that started in Rebirth continues here! Geoff Johns’s Watchmen crossover begins with Batman #21.

Batman - Watchmen clue (Rebirth)

ALIENS: Dead Orbit – Darkhorse

ALIENS - Dead Orbit

Writer / artist, James Stokoe, delves into the Alien mythos with a story reminiscent of Ridley Scott’s original. A lone engineer must survive a Xenomorph attack, while stranded on a crumbling space station…

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MAGIC the Gathering: 2-Headed-Giant Tournament!

2-Headed Giant Tournament

  • This Sunday (1/15/17) @ 1 PM…
  • 2-HEADED-GIANT (Sealed Deck) TOURNAMENT!
  • Must arrive by 12:30 PM to check in for event.
  • Admission is $25 per person ($50 per team)
  • 2-Headed Giant is a team format and each player will need a partner.

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What I’m Reading #10

UNWORTHY THOR #1 Marvel

Unworthy Thor

A couple years back, during “Original Sin”, Thor lost his ability to lift Mjolnir. Since then, Jane Foster took up the mantle of the God of Thunder, while the Odinson has been cast aside. We still don’t know why Thor is ‘Unworthy’, but we’re sure to find out soon. Jason Aaron continues his incredible run that first started with “THOR: God of Thunder” and continues to prove a worthy scribe for this ongoing saga…

 

TRINITY #4 – DC

Trinity #4

Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. DC’s ‘Big Three’ take center stage once again!

After dinner at the Kent farm, Clark, Bruce and Diana are ambushed by Poison Ivy with a rather powerful strain of the Black Mercy – a hypnotic parasitic plant that traps one in a dream of their deepest desires. This time however, the three heroes are stuck in a shared delusion, reliving pivotal moments from their past.

The art alone makes this worth grabbing, but it’s also an interesting look at how each of them react to each other’s painful memories and defining moments.

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PREVIEWS – January 2017

We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store this March!

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X-Men PrimeMarvel

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Following the recent Inhumans vs X-Men event, Kitty Pryde returns to the team, determined to live up to Xavier’s dream: protecting a world that fears and hates them.

Star Wars: Darth MaulMarvel

Star Wars Darth Maul

Darth Maul is easily one of the coolest Star Wars villains, but he got punked out by Obi-Wan in the Phantom Menace and we’ve barely seen or heard of him since. That’s all about to change though…

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman (comic adaptation) – Dark Horse

American Gods - comic book

Based on Neil Gaiman’s seminal work! Read the book, read the comic and watch the show this April!

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ROGUE ONE – A Star Wars Review

Star Destroyer

“Rogue One” is the latest installment in the Star Wars saga. It’s the first spin-off film in the series (not including those Ewok movies of which we don’t speak), taking place after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and before Episode IV: A New Hope (the 1977 original). So for those expecting a follow-up to last year’s “The Force Awakens”, sorry, you’ve got to wait another year for Episode VIII…

More than any other Star Wars movie, this one feels like a war movie. Like the Original Trilogy, it’s set in the midst of the Galactic Civil War between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire, but for the first time you see things from the perspective of the soldiers on the front lines. There are no Jedi coming to save the day this time.

As expected, the special effects are amazing, but what’s particularly impressive is the scale. Luckily, the director, Gareth Edwards (Godzilla 2014), is known for just that. All the actors do a fine job, but as neat as some of the characters are, you don’t necessarily get a good feel for who all of them are, part of that is because it’s a really fast-paced sci-fi thriller where not everyone gets out alive. It also serves as a good allegory for The Manhattan Project.

On the surface, “Rogue One” is a fun action movie with tons of spectacle. But for Star Wars fans, it’s so much more. MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD…

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FANTASTIC BEASTS (and where to find them) – Review

Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is in a word- delightful.

From the very first musical bars played in the title sequence, the movie welcomes fans of Harry Potter back to the Wizarding World. Set in New York City during the 1920’s, the movie centers around Newt Scamander, an English Magical Zoologist, who’s visiting America for the first time.

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DOCTOR STRANGE – Review!

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

“Doctor Strange” is a magical movie for adults. That’s not to say that it’s innapropriate or that kids can’t enjoy it, but this latest foray into the MCU has some pretty deep themes that only someone who understands the ups and downs of life can really relate to.

I’m happy to report that Marvel continues its unprecedented winning streak with yet another spectacular action movie with plenty of humor and heart. This time however, felt a little different. Yes, it’s an origin story again. Yes it’s about a selfish rich guy losing everything, and going on a hero’s journey of redemption. Yes it’s another Marvel movie with a big-name actor playing a one-dimmensional throw-away villain. BUT it’s also a movie that makes you question reality, that makes you consider your surroundings and the way you percieve everything. It’s also a movie about life and death, and how to give meaning to both.

Not to mention all the trippy visuals…

Doctor Strange in the Dark Dimmension

God I love this scene.

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