G3 Review: Spencer & Locke #1

Spencer & Locke subverts the homage and is its own animal.

Hey, nerds! I must offer the full disclosure that I am friends with the writer of this comic book, David Pepose. Conflict of interest you say? Well, it’s my blog and I can do what I want, and I want to talk about Spencer & Locke.

While it may be true that I am particularly partial to David as a person and wanting him to succeed in this project, I am even more partial to opinions. As in having them. Also, David has been my review editor for many years, and I can’t pass up the opportunity to critically evaluate his very first comic book! Are you ready, David? Let’s go.

Spencer & Locke #1
Written by David Pepose
Art by Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Colors by Jasen Smith
Letters by Colin Bell
Published by Action Lab Entertainment

Some of the most profound wisdom of my childhood comes from Calvin & Hobbes. Calvin was hilarious as an irreverent, spit-fire of a kid and Hobbes was delightfully feline and a loyal foil that taught us about cynicism, optimism and getting the most out of our wagon. As a kid without the Internet, it was captivating fodder on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Continue reading “G3 Review: Spencer & Locke #1”

Four Reasons to Visit ‘Riverdale’

Get in on the scandalous awesomeness of Archie’s TV world.

A memorable scene in episode one of “Riverdale” perfectly captures what makes this CW drama work. Archie and Veronica end up in a closet for Seven Minutes in Heaven during a party, and Veronica begins to see through Archie’s wholesome exterior.

“You’re a lot more dangerous than you look, aren’t you?” she asks.

“You have no idea,” he says.

Well!

“Riverdale” is far more dangerous than the historically G-rated comics universe it’s based on, and therefore destined to be polarizing. But if last Thursday’s crackling debut is any indication, it promises to be a juicy treat full of curveballs and intrigue. The show pulls off an impressive feat in maintaining the essence of beloved and loathed archetypes while turning their volume way up and messing with viewers’ expectations. Continue reading “Four Reasons to Visit ‘Riverdale’”

The First Princess That Mattered

Hey, Carrie. You mean a lot to us.

Leia was the first princess who mattered to me.

Carrie Fisher — actress, feminist, author and truth-teller about living with mental illness — was not the “Star Wars” character she played. But to a girl growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, her portrayal of a brave, take-charge leader with a biting wit was unforgettable. I can’t imagine anyone else ripping Grand Moff Tarkin (“I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.”), matching fast-talking Han Solo line for line (“Captain, being held by you isn’t quite enough to get me excited.”), and choking Jabba the Hut dead with the very chain he used to keep Leia captive.

Luke got the lightsaber, but Princess Leia was the character I wanted to be. Continue reading “The First Princess That Mattered”

Game of Thrones Podcast: Sansa’s Smile

Best. Episode. Ever.

SO MANY GODDAMN SPOILERS!

Got it?

OK.

The past couple of episodes of Game of Thrones have been mostly set-up with very little momentum. That’s why I didn’t do a write-up on last week’s podcast. Although, the return of Continue reading “Game of Thrones Podcast: Sansa’s Smile”

Game of Thrones Podcast S6 E6: The Dead Don’t Rest

My hope is reignited!

*When I talk about Game of Thrones, there will always be SPOILERS!*

This season of Game of Thrones is moving along quite nicely. In its entire run, I don’t believe there’s been a season with such stellar pacing and momentum. It’s going so smoothly that I think we might actually, FINALLY see…  Continue reading “Game of Thrones Podcast S6 E6: The Dead Don’t Rest”

Game of Thrones Podcast: Khals and Doors

So much momentum this season, and that gives us LOTS to talk about.

Happy Geek Pride Day, nerds!

It’s a perfect day to listen to Dana, Peter and myself geek out about Game of Thrones. Thank goodness the sixth season is giving us so much in the way of new detail and a bounty of gratifying story-telling. It makes these podcasts a lot more fun (and way less rage-filled). Continue reading “Game of Thrones Podcast: Khals and Doors”

Game of Thrones S6 E3: Jon Snow Drops the Mic

Mics are dropping all over Westeros this week.

Happy Monday after Mother’s Day! I am all kinds of exhausted from doing holiday things, so you’re not going to get a whole lot out of me this week in regards to extra commentary.

But, I did talk for almost an hour about this week’s episode with my two good nerd friends over at Stimulated Boredom. Our varying levels of Fire & Ice knowledge visits the Tower of Joy. R + L = J, ya’ll. At least, it sure does seem to be heading in that direction.

Podcast for Oathbreaker, Episode 3, Season Six, Game of Thrones. Check it.

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Talk to you next week! I am about as tired as Dany looks.

Game of Thrones S6 E2 Podcast: “What Choo Talkin’ Bout Willis?”

So many things in this episode. So many spoilers in this podcast.

Woooo hoooooo! Maybe Jon Snow knows everything now. I suppose that has yet to be seen, so let’s talk about what has been seen. Heads up, serious effing spoilers, OK?

PODCAST HERE. Further super-fun commentary below.

For the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel abused at the end of this Game of Thrones episode. I felt gratified. There are several reasons why, but most importantly… Continue reading “Game of Thrones S6 E2 Podcast: “What Choo Talkin’ Bout Willis?””

Game of Thrones Podcast: Undressing The Red Woman

Recap & spoilers from the sixth season premiere of Game of Thrones!

As we enter into the sixth season of Game of Thrones, I am convinced (now more than ever) that I am a masochist. You would think that the Red Wedding and the Red Viper would be enough to make any girl with half a brain avoid theatrics of such consequence. Well, I have a whole brain, a brilliant brain, and somehow I end up enthralled with HBO’s incarnation of Game of Thrones. I blame my amygdala. Continue reading “Game of Thrones Podcast: Undressing The Red Woman”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Podcast

V. did a super spoilery podcast all about the fights, flaws and fun of ‪Batman v Superman.

It’s been far too long since I joined Dana of Stimulated Boredom for a podcast. Therefore, we decided to get the band back together for the release of Batman v Superman. Continue reading “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Podcast”

Pull List Worthy Comics: January 27

V. knows things, like which comics are worthy.

pull list wor·thy

po͝ol list wərT͟Hē
adjective

1. a comic book that is deserving of effort, attention, respect and purchase.
“Since the first issue, The Wicked and The Divine has been consistently pull list worthy.”


It’s Wednesday you beautiful nerd-faced nerds! I am trying to do this pull-list thing weekly to make sure you all stay on track (and in-line) with appropriate comic book choices. And by appropriate, I mean awesome. Check it. Continue reading “Pull List Worthy Comics: January 27”

Pull List Worthy Comics: January 20

V. tells you which comics to read this week.

pull list wor·thy

po͝ol list wərT͟Hē
adjective

1. a comic book that is deserving of effort, attention, respect and purchase.
“Bitch Planet is such a provocative read, it is totally pull list worthy.”


Happy Wednesday, nerds! I have cultivated a fine list of pull list worthy comics for you to check out when you hit your comic shop this week. In the mean time, tell me what’s on your pull list in the comments! Continue reading “Pull List Worthy Comics: January 20”