Mad Max Fury Road: A Review

By Ashley Johnson, Content Manager

The Mad Max: Fury Road movie arrived on screen like a gut-punching, game changingly visceral return to the 30 year classic we all know and enjoyed. The best part was that it gave us the R-rated genre pictures of yesteryear, you know the ones that never truly underestimated their audience, or took them for granted, so yes this movie gave an experience to yet be forgotten.

The trailers that were placed out for this film, though not really delving into many movie details, didn't lie; the action is insane, even more so when one considers that so much of it was achieved with very practical means, and that a large part of the movie is made up of that central iconic chase sequence we all know and love.

The storyline for the movie was developed quickly and stayed stable with a few bumps and humps along the way. It seemed that we jumped right in and were never really let go of. I would have to say that though it had an ambiguous backstory (a hallmark for any of director George Miller’s series) this ambiguousness allowed the filmmaker to reset Fury Road just a tad.  And it was in this reset that a different perspective and twist on the story to be told was allowed. I found this aspect to not only be bold but an excellent way to reboot/remake the franchise. It stuck to the bare bones and added its own foundations and flourishes.  There were elements always being introduced throughout the journey, and the story never seemed to falter only build upon itself.  One of the best moments for me, was at the end, when they had a grand realization in terms of their journey.

And lets not forget all the action! For those seeking high-speed thrills you won’t be disappointed. Ditto to anyone who’s super-charged by the prospect of the many other oddities that have always been a touchstone within the Mad Max films. There was also no endless fighting and or violence for no apparent reason. The violence and bloodshed that was seen in the film was all about the characters and their journey, and the action(s) surrounding those movements. This type of purposeful action based violence gives us the difference in tone and direction for each character involved, thus giving us an in depth look into their development along the fury road.

What about Max you may ask?! Well Tom Hardy’s Max, is partially masked for half the film, bound for another chunk, is practically a supporting character in his own movie. But do not be fooled by these slightly misleading rouses. The actor ably channels the world-weary yet ever resourceful qualities of the character throughout all his adversities, and though he’s missing a certain spark of the crazed Gibson I quite enjoyed him as Max. And part of me feels that he's the perfect Max for this era’s generation. Tom Hardy gives us a real and truly eternal post-apocalyptic anti-hero performance from start to finish and though at times the road gives him hell, he gives it right back!

.Now as we all know Max Rockatansky is eternal, as is his plight in the freakish and horrifying Australian outback that exists in the wake of the vaguely defined global catastrophe that frames the film and the films to come, but there are those who are asking “Is this a remake, a reboot, a sequel, or some mix of all three?” In my opinion it is a mix between a remake and a reboot but who can really say. It doesn’t really matter anyway; the world that is painted here is reminiscent of the previous films in the series, but we also see it taken to the next level. The writers and directors have taken the evolution of the “End of the World” to its next logical, very jarring, yet at times extremely beautiful place. And its in this frame of mind and reference that the viewer is constantly being kept off-balance and we truly get to see Miller shining bright again.

All and all this movie is jam packed between action and violence to character development and even spiritual inner workings. I found myself not only enjoying the film but the new world and the characters it brings to our screens. I recommend this movie to anyone 13 and up (even though it's rated R, with some foul language) who wants to have action packed and quality movie experience.
 

4 out of 5 pocket protectors!!!

 

REVIEW: S05E08 – Hardhome

By: Larissa Harah


NOTE: Spoilers below.

After a rollercoaster season filled with mediocre plotlines, a visual smorgasbord of vistas and a couple of devastating kicks in the teeth, Game of Thrones has finally delivered an episode that most people can agree was the absolute tits.

Hardhome kicks off with the long awaited encounter of Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister - The Mother of Dragons and The God of Tits and Wine. My Dog, the possibilities that roll off this union! Two of the most recognisable characters in GRRM’s world and fan-favourites among many.

We don’t wait long before Tyrion takes control of the situation, showing his usual Political and lingual prowess by tilting the hand of power in his own direction. And while all this is going on, you get some more potent puppy-dog eyes from Jorah as he silently watches on, his heart obviously internally shattering into a million different pieces. AGAIN.

In King’s Landing we see Cersei as we have never seen her before – tattered and bedraggled. She’s huddled up pathetically in the corner of her cell – looking mega vulnerable without all of her fineries and some twenty million Lannister guards shadowing her every move. Thronies around the world were united in glee and satisfaction as we witnessed her desperate effort to slurp water from the floor of her cell. 

Over in Braavos, Arya has received her first mission in serving the Many-Faced God. She has donned her Meatball-head hair in the style of Sailor Moon and sells Oysters on the Canal while gathering intel on a suspicious gambler (insurance salesman). While the pace in Arya’s storyline hasn’t quite sped up, this development finally sets up future possibilities for some assassin-style slaying. 

Back in Winterfell, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Sansa berates Theon relentlessly and it seems she wants to cut off parts of his body too, just like her darling Lord Husband. That is, until he spills the beans and confesses that Bran and Rickon are not dead. Yes, he’s just a farm-boy killer, not a Stark-boy killer! All is forgiven! There’s a twinkle of hope in Sansa’s face now, but if Theon pulls another Reek and runs off to tell Master Ramsay – what does that mean for our struggling Stark girl? 

The Boltons prepare for the impending arrival of Stone Cold Stannis – but Father and Son, Roose and Ramsay have differing opinions on how to combat their imminent adversaries. Roose advocates a defensive stance, while Ramsay wants to take 20 good men and head into the snow. Let him I go, I say. 

Olly continues to frown disapprovingly at everyone about Jon Snow’s decision to take in the Wildlings. Sam offers sage advice in return, but Olly’s hormones are raging in his adolescent body and this kid looks like he’s out for Wildling blood.

That brings us to Jon Snow arriving at Hardhome with Tormund Giantsbane. Hardhome. Even the name is impressive. Everything about this place and this battle is next level. The scene is set in amazing ragged and wild environs – bordered by cliffs and the Shivering Sea. Everything looks raw and untouched.  

At first there is no need for alarm, it’s just a calm gathering of Wildling Elders and The Night’s Watch and a giant named Wun-Wun who captures our hearts with his furrowed brow. But then we hear the screams of terror and we’re instantly drawn into a massive onslaught of the undead, crowned by the presence of a number of White Walkers including The Night’s King himself.

Props must go the editing of this scene in particular, everything from the chopping in and out between different characters, to the sweeping pan across the cliff faces where we see the White Walkers mounted on their undead horses. It draws you in and makes you feel like you’re part of the chaos. 

I am telling you, dear friends. My heart is still pounding. A  Wildling woman facing skeletal Wight children; Swarms of never-ending undead attacking in waves; An ice-zombie avalanche falling from a cliff top then reanimating and fighting on; The outnumbered live folk diving into the ice-cold water in their panic and desperation to get on the ships. All of these things make it the best episode of this season yet.

The episode ends with a tense stare down between The Night’s King and Jon Snow, where the Night’s King effortlessly resurrects the fallen Wildlings and adds them to his army of undead. I am officially alarmed.

Episode 9 airs next Sunday, will we see the usual show-stopper scene like Season 4’s Oberyn VS The Mountain fight, or have they got something a little more subtle in store? Until then, Thronies!

Your pal,
Lari.

The Night's King

 Separated at Birth?

Separated at Birth?

By: Larissa Harah

So what do we really know about this frosted man of magnificence? Book-readers will know that the Night’s King has only been mentioned by name thus far, but this week’s Game of Thrones episode - Hardhome gave us an even more intriguing look into the man leading the White Walkers.

The Night’s King lived a long, long time ago. During the Age of Heroes if you’ll recall, which was around about the time construction of the Wall had been completed, 8000 years ago. The legend tells that he was a fearless warrior, named the thirteenth Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

He somehow fell in love with a woman who had “skin as white as the moon and eyes like blue stars”, skin as “cold as ice” and apparently when you get into the love-making with one of these otherworldly women? Well, the way they put it: “when he gave his seed to her he gave his soul as well.” So they’re essentially some form of soul sucking creature, just like that evil ex-girlfriend we’ve all encountered one way or another.

Story has it, he brought her back to the Nightfort, founded their unholy union and then declared himself the King and the cold woman his Queen. The pair then ruled the Nightfort as their own castle for thirteen years using the Brothers of the Night’s Watch as their minions under some crazy mind-control magic. Other things this guy can do: point a nail into a baby and make it a Wight. Or for those who have seen the Hardhome episode already – raise the dead. And not just raise the dead as in Thoros of Myr raising Beric Dondarrion from the dead, but raising the dead like pouring water into a bag of powdered sea-monkeys and watching them come to life in their thousands. Not forgetting the sass with which he stared Jon down with!

But eventually all good things must come to an end. The King in the North (rumoured to be the Night King’s brother - cue the Stark conspiracy theories) and Joramun – the King Beyond-the-Wall joined their forces together and the Night’s King was ultimately defeated. In the aftermath of their victory, they discovered the Night’s King had been sacrificing people to the White Walkers, perhaps Craster-style. So all records of his existence was destroyed and it became forbidden to speak his name.

Now that the Night’s King has demonstrated some of his strength it is clear he is not one to be trifled with. But what does that mean for the Night’s Watch? Or more specifically, Jon Snow? Now that Valyrian Steel is a proven White Walker killer, does that make him a marked man? Until the next episode, next season, next book – we’ll just have to continue to speculate. Until then, friends.

 

Battlefield: Hardline - A Review

By Brandon Tennis

First and foremost I must stress this is not, I repeat not Call of Duty.  This is still a first person shooter but a whole new beast in itself.  For those who have played previous Battlefield entries you have a general idea of what you are in for…

Let’s begin with the story.  It only takes five or six hours of straight through gameplay to finish but it is an intense one.  It’s something similar to what you would see on modern day t.v. or modern day movies.  Corrupt police litter the police all while drug lords vie for control in Miami and the surrounding areas.  The story is told over a ten chapter campaign told through the eyes of Detective Nick Mendoza trying to get to the bottom of a drug lord smuggling drugs into the country and a corrupt police department.  As far as the characters go, you never really develop an emotional attachment to them.  As the game progresses you could really care less whether they live or die.  The plot is not as fleshed out as it could have been, acting more like a semi playable movie than a “let’s throw the player into the action” type game.  The main appeal to the story mode is that it grants you access to the games weapons and gadgets at will as to prepare you for the multiplayer, where the game truly shines.

The gadgets are one of the huge assets that make this entry stand out from the other Battlefield entries.  In previous entries you would get the standard: night vision goggles, various scopes and attachments for weapons, various grenade types and even at certain points the opportunity to rappel down the face of a building.  With this entry, seeing how it has a much more urban feel, you get access to a variety of helpful tools that no Battlefield has previously offered.  You have a huge building in front of you that you want to snipe from?  No problem.  Make use of the grappling hook and make your own ladder.  Want to get from one building to another without that annoyance of having to climb down and run all the way around?  Use the zip line and quickly slide from one rooftop to another.  Did you fall from the top of the previously mentioned building?  Yeah, they have you covered there too.  With a tap of a button you can deploy a parachute so whether you have fallen from a building or need to bail on a crashing chopper death is not instantaneous.

Now for the multiplayer.  I’ve never been a huge fan of the Battlefield multiplayer spectrum.  This one dragged me in though.  Maybe it was the selection of modes available or maybe it was just the chaotic battles.  I’ve always been a Call of Duty, run and gun type of gamer but the player really can’t play the same way in this series.  It’s a little more realistic.  One or two bullets WILL kill player and enemies alike.  Sniping is a LOT more difficult to pick up on than other FPS games.  Unlike Call of Duty or Medal of Honor you have to take into account certain variables.  If you try to snipe from a long distance, not only do you have to lead the target but you also have to account for bullet drop.  Environment also plays a big part of the action.  One map may have you fighting for control of a mansion in the middle of a tropical setting, when a major hurricane hits the map and visibility drops to next to nothing.  Another map may have you fighting in a small desert like town through a dust storm that will also impair vision and flight.  Finally my favorite, has you fighting in the middle of a city with skyscrapers and a crane.  When the crane takes enough punishment the entire thing will topple over taking out half a building with it.  So with weather and fully destructible environments, the game makes the player think strategy over run and gun for sure.

Hardline offers several different online multiplayer modes that give a nice selection of objectives for those that don’t just want to run and shoot.

Going down the list there is Heist which is a welcome addition to any FPS.  Two teams, one composed of crooks and one of police fight for control over two stolen packages that the crooks must deliver to one of three drop off points and the police must keep out of their hands.  Very hectic and a helluva lot of fun.  It truly brings cops and robbers to game form the way it should be.  

Next up is Blood Money.  Blood money is a mode that comparable to king of the hill.  Two teams fight to steal money from a central pile and deliver it to their vault.  The thing that makes this mode so entertaining is the fact that not only can each team take from the central pile but they can also raid and take from the opposing teams vault.

Hot wire is a familiar Battlefield mode with a twist.  It is similar to a conquest mode where each team fights to control marked points on the map.  With this mode though, the points are not stationary.  All marked points are vehicles that must be driven at a high rate of speed to be “captured”.

What would cops and crooks be without hostages?  The game mode Rescue takes that question head on as a team of crooks have hostages and a team of police are tasked with rescuing the hostages and/or killing all the criminals with each player only having one life per round.

Also in the one life per round category is Crosshair.  A team of police are tasked with protecting a VIP informant from a team of criminals looking to silence him.

With all these new modes are returning favorites such as Team Deathmatch and Conquest.

Final thoughts:

The storyline could have used some work and I personally would love to see EA and DICE introduce a couch CO-OP of some kind being most gamers have friends outside of the digital world.  The multiplayer makes this title really shine with the constantly changing environments and overall challenge the game presents.  The new tools are more helpful than other entries and really opens up the map not only on a street level but vertically as well.  I really can’t recommend this title to first time players of the FPS genre as the learning curve can be a little aggravating, but for those seasoned war game vets and gamers that thrive on this genre, it is a must own.

I give this game 4 out of 5 joysticks


A Short Time Ago, In This Very Galaxy

By: Chris Innis

May 25th, 1977 – a day that will be long remembered. Star Wars: A New Hope was released to hordes of fans frothing at the mouth for what would become the Godfather of big blockbuster movies. Never before had a movie captivated audiences in such a fantastic manner, that it would spawn hundreds of fan films, costume parties and eventually, Star Wars based conventions. Fans would dress up as their favorite characters and head to the theaters time and time again to meticulously memorize every line of dialog in this magical space opera. With minimal marketing and a simplistic trailer for the times, fans lined up around theaters across the world to see the adventures of Luke Skywalker and friends, as the take on the evil Galactic Empire.

        According to boxofficemojo.com, after adjusting for inflation, Star Wars is the second highest grossing movie of all time, with an astounding $1,478,392,600.00. This, along with two sequels and three prequels, has made this the ultimate fantasy movie saga franchise of all time. Spanning nearly four decades, Star Wars one of the largest, and seemingly wildly age-diverse fan bases of any movie genre to date. With every new movie release or cartoon companion show, old fans bond with new, young fans and flock to theaters or their living rooms to see what will happen next in this ever-evolving series; and with all this excitement comes passionate and emotional opinions, which of course leads to debates.

        Fans of the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi), or “OT” as it’s referred to on internet forums, will argue tooth and nail about how the older, simplistic, stop-motion and practical special effects and superior writing will always be better than the highly color-saturated and predominantly CGI-based effects and flat writing (or acting) of the PT (prequel trilogy – The Phantom Menace, The Clone Wars and Revenge of The Sith). In turn, the younger fans of the PT will argue how this is how Star Wars and Jedi were meant to be, as the PT celebrates the golden era, a time when the Jedi flourished and were at the apex of their mastery of the force and their lightsabers. The debate raged on so long and got so intense, it lead to a documentary entitled The People vs. George Lucas, with fans of the OT claiming that Mr. Lucas had no right to change the OT with his multiple special editions, and further ruined the saga with prequels. If anything, this goes to show the level of passion, love and ownership that fans feel over this franchise.

        As stated before, there are countless fan-made Star Wars films online, ranging everywhere from reenactments, original story plots or just plain lightsaber duels, showing off the creators’ technical skill, as well as, they’re choreography. So frequent and popular are these films, that George Lucas himself authorized a soundboard on Starwars.com so fans could use official sound effects to help with the production of these fan films. The very existence of these films shows but a sliver of the creativity and inspiration that Star Wars has had on its slew of fans over the years. After the release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, fans, believing that the big budget movie portion of the franchise to be over, cranked out more and more films for other fans to enjoy, as much as for themselves. However, much like the Death Star, the franchise was to be rebuilt.

        On October 26, 2012, in a move that shocked fans, Disney added to their growing empire by purchasing LucasFilm for approximately $4.1 billion dollars. Along with the movie rights, Disney also absorbed special effects companies, and Star Wars staples, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and the video game branch, LucasArts. As told in multiple press releases, Disney planned to “aggressively expand” the Star Wars universe with three more main story sequels, as well as, spin off movies to be released on alternating years. With everything that Disney has done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s very exciting to see the direction with which they take this time-honored franchise.

        First up, J.J. Abrams (responsible for the Star Trek reboots) will bring us Episode VII: The Force Awakens, tentatively set to be released in December of 2016, breaking the tradition of May releases. Boasting the re-introduction of practical effects as opposed to all CGI effects, and promising, via Twitter, to cut back on the ever-present lens flares that he’s known for, Abrams assures fans that this will redefine the Star Wars mythos and remind us all why we fell in love with this story in the first place. But like with anything else, concern arises with anticipation. Questions are asked, and with every answer given, more questions and speculations come up.

        This will be the first time that a Star Wars movie does not start out with the 20th Century Fox logo (as a kid, I thought the spotlights in the logo were meant to be lightsabers – ha!) which has become synonymous with the franchise. Also, with a new studio making the films, will we see the opening scrawl through space, telling us what we’re about to witness? I mean, you can’t have a Star Wars movie without the scrawl, right? Further, another staple of the films that some people may not have noticed, Lucas never put credits in the beginning of these films. It bothered studio executives so much, that he was fined the Directors Guild of America (DGA), and later quit the guild; a move that would later hinder his choice of directors for other projects.

        Will the droves of fans be okay if these staples were not a part of this next film? Will everything J.J. Abrams is doing for this film be enough to captivate the jaded fans who did not like the PT, as well as, capture new, younger fans? Regardless of what happens, one thing is certain, and that is that Star Wars is not going anywhere any time soon. With the plans of movies, novels, novellas, shows and games, it will be a part of our lives and popular culture for many years to come. Our children can share it with their children, the same as we have, and our parents did with us. While it may have just been a line from a movie that was released 38 years ago, Obi Wan was right, “The force will be with you… always.”

Avengers Age of Ultron Review

By: Chris Gray

After what seems like decades, the Avengers sequel has finally arrived! The hype engine that was created ran with full force, from clips to trailers and even more clips, giving us more to love and even more drive to see the movie in the making. Disney and Marvel have also been doing a great job with the marketing of Avengers 2 movie. I have seen all kinds of shirts, hats, toys and even digital products. Some of the items have even been called Vision Vs Ultron. So with all the advertising one must ask; does this movie live up to all the hype? 

This movie hits fast and hard right out of the gate, the opening action is fast paced, getting your heart racing and your excitement levels up. We start with a big fight scene showing off all the Avengers you know and love working together in their fun and quirky ways. You can tell and feel just how much they have grown and changed as a team and they even joke with each other like a family.

We are also introduced to some new characters in this movie, and if you are a comic book fan, you might are already have an idea as to who they are. Now, I will not be going over all of them because I don't wanna spoil anything for those who have yet to see the film. One new character I do want to mention is the starring villain of the movie, Ultron. This villain has to be one of my favorites to have hit the big screen. Voiced by James Spader, this character felt powerful, intelligent and menacing.  Though this android looking villain was one badass robot, he also possessed feelings and emotions which rounded out his villainous nature, therefore making him an epic force to be reckoned with. All in all, James Spader ultimately made the character what it was, and without him I feel that the character would not have made such a resonating impact. 

As the story unfolds and we learn what is truly going on, there where times in this film where I thought to myself “What is going on?" and "Where are we?” There were also scenes where I zoned out simply for the lack of interest. Though this did not happen many times within the movie, it still stands as a point to note. We did  get to see some interesting background information on a character who we knew little about origin wise. There is also a great moral dilemma that seems to be the reasoning behind the main plot. The story touches on some great hero-like decisions for all our main characters and our newest additions. I felt the story had good cohesion, made sense, stayed on point and got us to a great finish line full of not only action but character as well. 

There were a few things I noticed that are worth mentioning. The movie was not as dark as I originally thought it was going to be; the trailers gave a distinct feeling that things going to get very bad, but I didn't really feel this "dark nature".  It did not take away from the movie at all, it was just an interesting turn in tone. 

Now of course, the world is in peril after all or else why call in the Avengers. Like the first Avengers, the movie did have some fun humor that made you laugh, but did not make it feel silly or lame. The ending was very good and birthed some interesting spinoff possibilities if Marvel takes the right moves. Marvel has been pumping out great movies lately, and Age of Ultron is no exception. One thing I can say is that you definitely need to stay for the ending credits for they are worth their weight in Infinity Stones!

Avengers Age of Ultron is a must see, even if your are not a avid Nerd. I give this movie 8 pocket protectors out of 10, Avengers Assemble!


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer Reaction

By General Jonathan

I am a huge Batman fan, I read Batman comics, watched cartoons and watched all the movies. When I first heard that Warner Bros was making a Batman V Superman movie, I was so excited because this movie is going to be epic. Then, last Friday I saw the first trailer and I was like OMG this is epic, more than I thought it would be before I saw the trailer.

First, this trailer is not a trailer where you will see action, this is trailer that explains the story. When it comes to the story, what we know so far from the trailer is that the people is turning against Superman and Batman is going to fight him.

I love the opening of the trailer where someone in the background is debating about whether Superman is good or evil. I love Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg) saying "Devils don't come from hell beneath us they comes from the sky," that was epic and I was going crazy after that. The people chanting, “ Go home, go home,” was also and the statue with the false god painted on was awesome.

I love seeing Bruce Wayne staring at his Batman costume with a look of anger or fear depending on who you talk too and Alfred (Jeremy Irons) talking in the background was.  I also have to say that the new Batman costume looks great.

We see the shot of the Batmoblie from the back which was cool.

By far the best part of the trailer for me and so far was when Batman in his Batman armor suit looking up at Superman saying in an electric voice "Do you Bleed? You will.”

The music in the background was cool and the graphics of the Superman and Batman logos was sick.

This trailer was really good and I believe Batman V Superman is going to be an amazing move, and after watching this trailer I believe Ben Affleck is going to be great as Batman. I cannot wait till 2016 to see this movie, 2016 cannot come sooner.

Discovering a War Torn Galaxy: The Newest Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer

By Ashley Johnson
 

The terrific,  and definitely five-star- worthy second teaser trailer for “Star Wars: Episode VII — “The Force Awakens” debuted to raptures of fans Thursday. Director J.J. Abrams released the newest footage for the Dec. 18 film since last November. The second teaser trailer begins with a simple image—Daisy Ridley’s scavenger Rey, racing across the desert on her speeder toward the wreckage of an X-Wing fighter. Behind her, we see the scorched mountains of the planet Jakku glide by, but we also see that those sandswept peaks are not a natural land formation. It is in fact the corpse of what was once a massive Star Destroyer.

Soon, we hear a familiar young voice. It is Luke’s and his speech to Leia from Return of the Jedi in which he reveals that Darth Vader is his father and that he must face him, possibly to never return to her. “The force is strong in my family,” says Mark Hamill’s voice from three decades ago. “My father has it. I have it. My sister has it.” Here’s where there’s a new addition to the dialogue, (with a clever re-edit from another segment of Luke’s dialogue) while passing a Jedi lightsaber to someone he adds,“And you have the power, too.”

That dramatic moment sets the audience for the money shot! While stepping inside the Falcon we see a slightly older, but no less devilish Han Solo and a crossbow-wielding Chewbacca . “Chewie,” Han says with a small grin, “we’re home.” ( I really couldn't contain my excitement when I reached this moment, I really knew then above all others this was the sign of the best of both old star wars and the new to come!)

Perhaps the most iconic image held within the new trailer is the scorched visage of what was Darth Vader’s helmet, though it was last seen in a funeral pyre as Luke mourned the last-minute redemption of his then genocidal Sith father. This image leaves many to question what does this mean for the movie and ts direction as well as if it has anything to do with our villain Kylo Ren?

Now this trailer was similar to the previous teaser, in that it spends most of its time introducing us to new characters Such as Finn and Ridley. Ridley’s Rey is seen more than once but I really enjoyed the scene where she is reaching out her hand to a fallen and distressed Finn. (I also enjoyed the scene where she also gets her hands on a very familiar looking weapon—a lightsaber!) Finn appears to be a shell-shocked stormtrooper who has been through some sort of trauma that has left him on the run, and his destiny and Rey’s have intersected on Jakku, a desert world that many had assumed at first was Tatooine. Don’t forget BB-8, the rolling ball droid, its seen peeking around a corner inside the Millennium Falcon, and we also catch a glimpse of dogfighting TIE-fighters, including a disturbing sequence in which one seems to shoot up an Imperial-looking docking bay full of other ships.

Although we don’t see the actual face of Kylo Ren, the villain wielding the crossguard lightsaber, the trailer does stare into his ominous masked face as he ignites his signature weapon. A separate shrouded figure is seen within another sequence, extending a claw-like metallic hand to caress the dome of R2-D2. This doesn’t seem to be a menacing gesture , which suggests that perhaps maybe the two know each other. Its from this actionable gesture that I am left to wonder could this mystery person be Luke?

Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, a roguish X-Wing pilot reputed to be one of the best fliers in the galaxy, also gets in some flying time and one aerial sequence takes us into the hollow engine of that decrepit and decomposing Star Destroyer.


Now though there is no Luke, or Leia in this teaser trailer you really get the most for your two minutes. Fighting, heroism, mystery and cameos all give us an exciting thrill that leaves us wanting more! Though the movie is not set out for theaters until Christmas I am sure that J.J. Abrams will release another just because he knows that the Star Wars fans will eat it up! All and all the second teaser trailer installment for the newest movie was an amazing feat and only makes those who watch it want even more! I cannot wait for this and will be sure to be making my force strong this Christmas.

Deadpool: The First Casualty of Marvel's Secret Wars

By Ashley Johnson

({WARNING::SPOILERS!!!})

 

The Merc with a Mouth is no more. Thats right in Deadpool #45 written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn along with artist Mike Hawthorne, (which was marketed as the 250th Deadpool issue) came out on April 8th of 2015. Deadpool died when two alternate universe Earths smashed together. Most would think that its a hell of way to go but I partially disagree.

For those following Marvel’s Avengers and New Avengers comics by Jonathan Hickman, this will come as no surprise. The heroes in those comics have been faced with a dilemma where parallel Earths are colliding with one another, thus resulting in the end of each Earth’s universe. Each have so far avoided destruction, but we already know that they will fail to stop the main 616 Marvel Universe from crashing into the Ultimate Marvel Universe, which will then kick off Marvel’s big Secret Wars summer event. This is our first look at that big universe changing incident, which in turn makes Deadpool the first superhero casualty of Secret Wars.

Now Marvel has made it no secret that Deadpool would be dying in this issue, so the question was not if he will die, but how.

The ending was part of a big fake-out that unfolded over the course of the issue. Deadpool and his friends were marked for death by the new Flag Smasher and his ULTIMATUM goons, so we thought that he would go out in a blaze of glory by protecting them, but as the story unfolded, most of his friends did a fine job of protecting themselves, which left Deadpool to clean up by killing Flag Smasher and his cronies in a very extended, awesomely bloody action sequence.

Now this left us with a seemingly happy ending. Deadpool and company were enjoying their celebration on a yacht when suddenly the sky lit up and they were all incinerated by the collision with the Ultimate Earth!

Now it is no secret to us fans that Deadpool had been struggling with his identity in the past few issues, wondering if he was better off as the kind-hearted “Zenpool” rather than the crazy assassin ninja we all know and love. But in his final moments, his loved ones helped him to realize that they want him to be who he is, and so as he died, he was at peace knowing he was safe within their love.

Yeah, not that funny, or as I would have pictured his end, but definitely pretty touching.

The last big Deadpool event was his wedding in Deadpool #27, this is where he married the succubus Shiklah. She wasn’t present on the yacht, and last time we had saw her she was raising an undead army, so her whereabouts are currently unknown to us.

Deadpool does appear to be dead for the time being, but of course as we all know comic book characters rarely stay that way, so I wouldn’t get too upset by his passing.

He will be taking part in Secret Wars in a comic called Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars, which will show his involvement in the original 1984 Secret Wars. So while he won’t be involved in the current event, you’ll still be able to get your Deadpool fix in the months to come. So prepare yourselves our Merc will still be with us one way or another.


All this reader can say is that even though there was a ton of action, gore and all around bloody Merc action. Seeing Deadpool go down in a “normal” way was not what i had ever invisioned for his passing. Either way at least we can know he came to peace in some aspect so in a way our favorite Merc with a mouth came full circle before his fiery demise.

Rest in peace, Wade Wilson. May your afterlife be filled with many, many chimichangas and pancakes!!!


 

Note: http://www.ign.com for reference

 

The Wars to Come: A Game of Thrones Series Premiere Review

By: General Travis Gervais
({SPOILERS AHEAD})

 

After what seemed like a lifetime, finally a new episode of Game of Thrones was going to grace my television set for the first time in 2015. On April 12, 2015 HBO aired it’s Season 5 premiere titled, “ The War to Come," written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by Michael Slovis. I was extremely excited to see where David and D.B were going to take this epic fantasy drama this year, especially with all the talk about the books greatly differing from the TV show.

 

The episode begins with a Game of Thrones first, a flashback scene,  showing an young Cersei Lannister and her childhood friend traveling through the woods to find a “Witch” who can tell a person's future. The show made a lot of stops this week from Kings landing to the wall and and all the way across the narrow sea. We saw the aftermath of the battle at the wall with Jon Snow. There was an brief check in on Sansa, Little Finger or Darth Balish and Robin. Robin is not very good with the sword, is this really a surprise? It continues with the fallout after Tywinn’s death and how Jamie and Cersei were dealing with it. Alone, Jamie and Cersei are standing over another dead Lannister body in the temple, looks like a good old fashion opportunity for Jamie and Cersei, round two anyone?  Tyrion and Varys have made it across the sea, and Varys is trying to recruit Tyrion for an epic adventure. What exactly is Varys scheming now? Speaking of scheming Margaery Tyrell seems to be up to no good herself. A new threat is on the rise in Meereen as Daenerys is still trying to act like a queen and yes, we see a few dragons too! I wouldn't be too happy to see her either if I was locked away in a dark dungeon for a while.  


All in all it was a good season premiere, a lot of new storyline arcs were set up. I thought the pace of the show moved along very well as they had a lot of ground to cover and still not everyone made the show this week. Unfortunately if you were looking for another epic battle scene or a good old duel, you would be sadly disappointed, but we did get an interesting back story of Daario Naharis or should I say Maximus the gladiator.


I give this weeks episode 3 out 5 stars, nothing over the top and it’s definitely laying the foundation for Season 5 in true Game of Thrones fashion.



Edited By Ashley Johnson

Netflix’s Daredevil: A Review

By General Jonathan Stomas

First I must state that this show is amazing. I'm personally a big fan of comic book shows and this show is great. Now I'm not going to compare this show to the other comic book shows like the Flash and Arrow because it wouldn't be fair. Daredevil cannot be compared to other shows only because Daredevil is on Netflix and they can get away with more where as shows like Arrow, the Flash, etc. are on the CW and Fox networks and therefore tend to be a bit tamer because it is a public domained television series. With that being said I will say that the storyline is far better than those found on the other comic book shows on tv.

I loved the story that is told throughout the series,  it's darker and grittier than other comic book shows have been or seen.  At times during this season it wasn't truly clear if the hero would win, save the day or fall flat on his face in defeat. Some episodes ended with the hero on top and others with the villain. Clearly not the norm for a comic book show but it is in these innovative twists you find a reason to fall in love with the show even more.  The pace of the story was also good for being only 13 episodes in length. The progression of characters, and storyline were well represented in the pacing and that made all the difference in the telling of the shows perspective and future.

This show is violent, its one of the most violent of all the comic book shows both on and off mainstream tv. That's one perky benefit of being on Netflix instead of a network TV station. I particularly loved the violence, it fits this show and its universe/world perfectly. Now I won't spoil it for those who have yet to see the show but some scenes were not only dark and violent but also gritty and all were very crucial to the character(s) structures and development within the shows timeline and storyline. What I found most enjoyable was that it wasn't overly violent, it was just the right amount needed to show the viewer what they needed to see.

The action and artistry of action  in Daredevil was also quite stunning. The fight scenes and choreography were visually believable and really kickass. The mix of martial arts, parkour, combat and fighting styles really gave our hero Daredevil his own unique fighting style. This was not only amazing to watch but exciting as well. Daredevil at times kicked ass and in other times has his ass kicked, thus giving us a better look at his humanity and frailty as well as his superhero side. I can say without a doubt that the Netflix series has far better fight scenes then the Daredevil movie.

Now the main villain is named Wilson Fisk. Fisk is played by Vincent D'Onofrio and he is in my opinion, the best villain of all the comic book shows out today. I love that in the first few episodes no one was allowed to say his name out loud, that's how feared he his. I also enjoyed Fisk’s demeanor on the show. He doesn't seem evil until he does something evil. A menacing trait that gives him total control over criminal underground that is Hells Kitchen. What really makes him relatable as a character is that he believes he's trying to save Hell's Kitchen and that in order to save it he must take over all its crime from within. In a way Fisk and Daredevil are trying to do the same thing but Fisk will try and save Hell's Kitchen by any means necessary. Not to mention that he also kicks some serious ass in some episodes too. He is by far the best version of Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin I've seen in represented in both movies and cartoons.

 

The hero Daredevil, is known by day as Matt Murdock, he is played by Charlie Cox. This representation of Daredevil is a far better Daredevil than that from the 2003 movie featuring Ben Affleck. Daredevil is at times in the show conflicted at what he has to do to save Hell's Kitchen, and quite ironically enough he will often have conversations with the neighborhood priest about what the Daredevil has to do. Yes he gets beat up a lot, almost dies at least twice and yes he has his setbacks in his quest to take down Fisk. But through it all you are given a solid character that is flawed and battling both himself and Hell’s Kitchen. He is relatable, funny, and lovable in his heroic quest.  What I liked the best about his character is that he didn't have the iconic Daredevil costume right away like the other shows and movies portray their characters to have he finds his costume as he finds himself.

Daredevil is an amazing show with a great cast, amazing action violence, and a great storyline.  I highly recommend it for anyone who loves comic book shows and especially anyone wanting to see a redeeming of the Daredevil franchise. I give Daredevil a 9 out of 10 stars. The only thing that would bring the show to a ten would be if there were a few more episodes and more characters from the Daredevil comics universe/world. All and all I loved this show and its a show that I feel will be around for a while, especially if they keep to this formula.

I hope you enjoy this review.

Edited By Ashley Johnson

The Trickster: Tricking us Into Running Like The Flash

By: General Chris Innis

This week The Flash will meet a new enemy, and he is full of tricks!

The Trickster first debuted in 1960 in the 1st series of Flash #113. He is a maniacal psychopath and spends his time fighting with The Flash, using joke-based and gadget type devices as weapons. You could say he is to Flash, what the Joker is to Batman. One notable gadget in his possession is a pair of shoes that allow him to run through the air or, "fly" through the air, for up to 10 hours. The Trickster was rebooted in April 2002 by Geoff Johns in Flash (2nd series) #183.

Like a lot of comic book characters, there have been a couple different incarnations of The Trickster. Giovanni Giuseppe originally used a stage name, James Jesse, while acting as a con man and criminal who used his gag gadgets to aid his life of crime. After many battles with The Flash, and the eventual death of Barry Allen, Trickster moved to California to expand his criminal reach. After a stint in Hell, helping Captain Marvel defeat Neron, he decided to use his abilities for good, as he dare to never return to Hell. Years down the road, a young man by the name of Axel Walker stole all of James Jess's gadgets, and took over the moniker of The Trickster. Both men were part of The Rouges, with Jesse eventually working with the FBI.

Throughout the years of comic stories, The Trickster has appeared in various other mediums, to include video games, and live action T.V. shows. For instance in the first series of The Flash (1990 - 1991), he was portrayed on-screen by Mark Hamill, along

with his sidekick, Prank. Hamill also voiced Trickster in DC's animated Justice League Unlimited, as well as, providing the voice for the Joker in several video games and T.V. shows. Now, 24 years later, Mark Hamill is reprising his role as The Trickster on the CW's The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as our hero. Further, we know that CW's The Flash will also, at some point, introduce us to Axel Walker, the second Trickster, who will be played by Devon Graye.

Throughout the years of comic stories, The Trickster has appeared in various other mediums, to include video games, and live action T.V. shows. For instance in the first series of The Flash (1990 - 1991), he was portrayed on-screen by Mark Hamill, along with his sidekick, Prank. Hamill also voiced Trickster in DC's animated Justice League Unlimited, as well as, providing the voice for the Joker in several video games and T.V. shows. Now, 24 years later, Mark Hamill is reprising his role as The Trickster on the CW's The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as our hero. Further, we know that CW's The Flash will also, at some point, introduce us to Axel Walker, the second Trickster, who will be played by Devon Graye.

While there is definitely more information on The Trickster out there, I wouldn't want to spoil any potential plot points that may be used in either The Flash series, or any DC project. And while The Trickster may not be as well known as some other villains, such as The Joker, he is definitely a fun character to follow, and I'm positive that Mark Hamill will absolutely KILL as The Trickster.


The End of Wolverine: Necessary Evil or Poor Choice

By: Ashley Johnson, Content Manager

2014 held many interesting comic book choices, but one of the biggest was when the Marvel Universe said goodbye to an iconic character, Wolverine.  Now Wolverine aka James “Logan” Howlett has been around for well over 100 years in the books, he's been alive for quite some time in the real world. He made his first appearance in  The Incredible Hulk #180 back in October 1974. So it is only fitting this incredible character is left us on his 40th birthday into the Marvel Universe.


The mutant whose healing factors kept him alive for what seems like forever is now gone.

Now Marvel had been teasing its radical new development in Wolverine’s history with the summer story arc named, 3 Months to Die, which robs Wolverine of his healing ability, the very mutant power that has kept him alive and kicking through decades of fatal injuries.  And with the 4-part miniseries called, Death of Wolverine, which was written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven we finally saw that the idea to kill off one of the most iconic characters in comic books was no longer myth but fact.

When asked about wolverine and the new series writer Charles Soule explained that “For the longest time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,”  “He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight.” “He’s now reflecting on his own life as well as on his death. We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing on a different aspect, or a different quintessential Wolverine.”

But for those of us that have fallen for this legendary character we cannot help but remember that the concept of “death” in comic books can be a bit tenuous. But it is in this blogger's opinion that wolverine dies of a true hero’s death and it will have ramifications throughout the Marvel Universe. Soule hoped that the Death of Wolverine feels true to its readers. “I hope that when people finish it, they’ll feel like he died in a way that was true to him.” And though the ending to Wolverines truly amazing life was true to his nature and character it still feels to many avid fans that it was an unnecessary end to a quite memorable character like that of Superman or Batman.

My biggest question as a reader and a fan was what does this mean going forwards in Wolverines world and in the Marvel Universe as a whole.  Soule answers this question by saying “You’re gonna be entering into a world without Wolverine. This affects not only his teammates, but also the Marvel Universe at large. We’ve got a lot of things in the works already. So keep your eyes peeled for the future.” So lets hope that the ramifications from this character's end lead to better and newer storylines and possible character changes within his world.

For now we mourn the loss of a great character in the Marvel Universe and can only hope that the friendship, and legacy he left on its characters and fans will always live on.  You will be missed and we hope to see you in memory amongst the people you held closely.

 

Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse Review

By General John

((CAUTION MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS))
I recently played Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse and I wanted to write a review for the game. 

I haven't had much experience playing Dragon Ball Z games in the past but I was excited to play this game because I'm a fan of Dragon Ball Z. 

Unlike the previous games of the series that usually follow the original Dragon Ball canon, "XenoVerse" features an entirely new story, including the new feature of using the player's custom character. The 2014 V-Jump #7, which announces the game, draws attention to a mysterious figure watching the first battle between Goku and Vegeta from the shadows. With red hair, a scouter, and the Capsule Corporation logo on his sleeve, this character's identity was not clear. However, after some time it was revealed that this mysterious warrior is in fact a created character, thus confirming character creation for Dragon Ball XenoVerse. Another returning character is Time Patrol Trunks from Dragon Ball Online, who helps you restore time. Two new areas are also showcased: a completely new Hyperbolic Time Chamber-like area named the Time Storage Vault, and the other being a high-tech city with what appears to be a Time Machine landed on it. “The story is revealed to be about two villains named Towa and Mira manipulating history, Time Patrol Trunks summoning a hero using Shenron to help him (the player being the hero) with the hero being tasked with restoring the timeline. The story borrows many elements from Dragon Ball Online, including Towa and Mira manipulating time, and Time Patrol Trunks trying to restore the timeline with the player's help,” this is from Wikipedia. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Ball_XenoVerse

I loved the fact that I had to help Goku and his friends battle Enemies from the cartoon, it was like I was in the cartoon and it brought back memories from when I was a kid watching Dragon Ball Z. 
I liked the game at first but after a while I was a little disappointed with this game. 

Here is what I liked about the game:
First what I liked about the game is the one button special attack feature in the game. When it comes to fighting games I'm a big fan of pushing one button to use a special or finisher attack, I find it much easier than the old days when you had to press a few buttons in a row to use a special or finisher like (up down x o left right) type of controls. The liked the controls and were easy to use. 

I loved the combat system, it is great and I love that you get to fly in the game. 
I liked that you get to create your own  character and use it in the main story of the game. 

You get to choose between five different races, three of which offer male and female versions, which provides much more diversity in the game as well. In fact, each of the races and even genders have different strengths and weaknesses, proving that the choice is not purely for superficial reasons. Otherwise the custom options are lackluster and basically results in most characters of the same race looking very similar to one another. I would of love to have more create options. 

Here's what I didn't like about the game:
First I didn't like the camera angles and point of view(s) in the game. The angles that are provided are wonky and overall sucked. The game is  very fast paced and the one-on-one battles typically do run effectively. However, when taking on multiple enemies at a time, especially in the missions where you have to take out like 20 total, the cameras angles will be your absolute worst nightmare. The ability to lock onto characters is present, but it will at times randomly unlock and cause you to take major damage that one could never see coming with the camera turned in the opposite direction.
 
Another thing I didn't like is that there is no difficulty setting option in the game which is a big pet peeve of mine in certain games. 

At times this game was hard to play and many fights are completely unfair. One early story mission put me up against 20 enemies, demanding that I keep two NPCs (non playable characters) alive the whole time. This was a pain in the butt and it became a race to see if I could destroy all 20 opponents on my own before they took out the teammates I was forced to babysit. Another mission late in the game spiked in difficulty so severely that I was forced to grind – a boring and arduous process – for several hours before I leveled my character enough that I even had a chance to proceed.
In fact, after a while most missions became a frustrating tease. Just after expending most of my health potions to down a difficult enemy, a cutscene would play and the fight would resume with the majority of my opponent’s health restored. I’d lose, have to back out to the hub world, trek to the item shop to buy more potions, and repeat the process.

My final thoughts on this game is I give it a 6 out of 10. I liked it, but it could have been much better. The game is repetitive at times and at other times the battles become basic button mashing  . The wonky camera angles and lack luster creation mode brings this game down. If I could do it again I would have waited until the game goes down in price to buy it. 
If you are into anime, fighting, and role-playing games as well as customizing your own character’s equipment and Dragon Ball Z this game is for you. Just choose this game with all facts in tact.  
This has been a review by General John and I hope this review is helpful to you. 

Is Supernatural Worth Watching and or Getting Into?

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By: Ashley Johnson, Content Manager

Supernatural will be ending  its 10th season in May. Now with 200 plus episodes under their belt I feel it is time that I give you a push into the series if you haven't already gotten into it.  Now there aren't many shows I've watched for 200 plus episodes, but I've never been able to let go of the Winchester brothers. For a decade, I've stuck with their quest to carry on "the family business":which is  hunting demons and other supernatural critters for the benefit of mankind. This blogger is going to give you both the good and bad so read everything and then make your decision, hopefully by the end of this you are either starting to watch the series, finishing or catching up (all of which are available on Netflix) or maybe still not all that interested.  Please just read on and see what your choice will be.
 

(NOTE THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD TREAD LIGHTLY WAYWARD SON!)

Now with 10 seasons it is easy to say that there have been many epochs and eras on "Supernatural," so many highs and yes a number of lows. But throughout the series the fans, fandom and love for the show have only multiplied.  We began the show in September of 2005 with a pilot that showed tragedy, family and mystery. From there our interests peaked and led into the very ambitious, driven and creative seasons 2 through 5. Throughout the seasons we were always drawn into the rooted family-driven arcs all tied into a little mystery and mayhem (which often packed quite a cumulative punch) and that was what kept you coming back each week.

Now with every series there are  villains, eras and episodes that simply don’t work and to its credit, "Supernatural" regularly draws attention to some of its own missteps. But through the missteps the boys and the series have prevailed.  After ten seasons many  of the long-term "Supernatural" arcs can tend to feel familiar  even though they are usually worthwhile aspects to whatever the ongoing story the boys and the show are exploring and therefore worth the watch.

But there's no denying that there are a lot of miles on the Winchester's odometer, and the brothers,  their friends and frenemies have endured many trips to heaven, hell, purgatory and every roadhouse in between. Though it has been hard to find new places for the characters to go, and the ongoing mythology has seemed to  recede into the background,  (which though sad is understandable given the decade of work the writers have placed into the show)  we are never truly without the main principles of the show surrounding the boys and their quest.

Now one thing I can say I enjoy above all the storylines and arcs, is that  I enjoy the way the show plays around with its own in-jokes and home-grown tropes. "Supernatural" is comfortable with being both silly and serious, sometimes within the same scene, and that's not easy for any program to pull off. Sure the show is about family, relationships, devotion, loyalty and men who wrestle with their feelings as often as they tussle with otherworldly creatures. But in the end it's  as funny as it is an amazingly memorable!

Given that the brothers are usually on the road, the world around the Winchesters isn't quite as built up as the Springfield of "The Simpsons" or the Pawnee of "Parks and Recreation," but Dean and Sam Winchester bring their world with them. No matter what town they're in, there will be beer, pie, burgers, budget motel rooms, acerbic quips, friendly locals (who may have terrible secrets) and devious evildoers (who may be amusing and smart). There will be an occasional sense of futility, a reminder that family is forever and often an episode-closing conversation in or near the Metallicar that is full of repressed emotion.

 

The Legend Of Leonard Nimoy and How Spock Rocked my Life

by: Chris Gray

Long before being a “Nerd” was cool there was Leonard Simon Nimoy who many have come to love in his role as Spock, the logical Vulcan in the Star Trek universe. Nimoy was teleported to the afterlife at the age of 83 on the morning of Feb 27, 2015. This was after losing his long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy leaves behind his son Adam, daughter Julie and Wife Susan Bay-Nimoy.

 

Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in west end Boston to Jewish immigrants from Russia. Most people are unaware that though Nimoy was raised in an Italian section of the city where, he counted many Italian-Americans as his friends, he said he often felt the sting of anti-Semitism while growing up.Though he began acting at the age of 8 in a childrens theater, it wasn’t until the age of 17 that he caught his first real big break. Throughout his childhood his parents had always wanted him to attend college and pursue a stable career, but it was his grandfather who encouraged him to become an actor. It was because of this that though he did get  MA in education, and even entered the Army reserves, he still took acting classes and worked on his true passion with every acting gig and job he could.  
 

Leonard Nimoy has had a full career and a very rich life. He portrayed many different roles across tv and movies. From television, some may remember him from being on the tv series “In Search of” or even from fox series “Fringe.” And after giving into his popular character Spock he has been on such television shows as “Duckman, “ The Simpsons”, “Futurama” and varied  commercials. He has also directed movies such as  “Three Men and a Baby” and television shows such as“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”  and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home He has also acted in hit plays such as ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Adding to a long legacy of success Nimoy loved photography and poems and even published books on them as well as writing a few children's stories.

 

Like I said, Mr Nimoy has had an amazing life and career and what I have written is just a taste of what the man has accomplished in his life. And here is something many may not know,  Nimoy was not always happy about his role as Spock even though the role that pretty much put him on the map and created one of the most beloved and memorable Star Trek characters. This was due to him being type casted as Spock and only Spock which is not what he wanted to be known only for. It was because of this Nimoy wrote two autobiographies that show this mindset, the first “I am Not Spock” and the last “I Am Spock”  finally shows him giving in to loving the Spock character.   

 

Nimoy played Spock and brought the Gene Roddenberry character to life in Star Trek. I would have to say that he played the most beloved Star Trek character ever. Spock represented a character of primarily functioning on logic keeping his emotions in check. This gave a representation of what makes humanity special, that our compassion and ability to feel gives us something that sets us apart. I watched the original Star Trek as a child but, back then I had no idea what I was truly looking at. It wasn’t until later in my life when I got to see the Star Trek movies, that Spock really rocked my world and I honestly could not imagine any other actor playing his role. Nimoy just has the voice and the look, and when the half Vulcan half human finally gives into his human emotions and tells Capt James T Kirk that you have and always will be my friend you could not help but tear up. Spock as a character was so well done that I feel they tried to recapture that Spock essence with Lt Commander Data from the Next Generation Series. Leonard Nimoy played Spock in the Tv series and was in all 5 of the original Star Trek movies and was in both of J.J. Abrams newly rebooted Star trek movies.

Here is two quotes from President Obama on Leonard Nimoy that I thought were very touching. “Leonard Nimoy will always have a special place in my heart,  you have been apart of my life for many years and have been part of the reason I love the “nerd stuff” I do. Nimoy has always resembled another special person in my life the man I consider my father Grandpop Knight. These two men are very similar.“ Obama also stated after Nimoy’s death that "Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. I loved Spock... Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today."

Leonard Nimoy will always have a special place in my heart, he has inspired, entertained, educated and changed many lives not only will the nerds miss you but the whole world as well.

 

Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy, Twitter 02/23/15

George R.R. Martin Drops a Game of Thrones Season Five Bombshell: Fans are Shell Shocked!

By: Ashley Johnson


Writer George R.R. Martin (GRRM) has put the living fear of the Old Gods into Game of Thrones fans by recently declaring that no character is safe in the upcoming season that is season five. It looks as if his protégés, TV producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are determined to surpass their master, and GRRM couldn't be prouder. The US author has hinted that even those who read his A Song of Ice and Fire novel series will be surprised by the televisions storyline, with not one, not two, but possibly four characters set to meet their makers by the seasons end!  GRRM went on to say at the Writers Guild West Awards on Saturday “People are going to die who don’t die in the books, so even the book readers will be unhappy… Everybody better be on their toes, they (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss) are even bloodier than I am.”


For those out there who are going back and trying to see who it could be on the bloody chopping block try your hardest but this blogger only remembers GRRM interview last year with Conan O’Brien.  It was in this interview that GRRM revealed that Daenerys’ handmaiden Irri, Walder Frey’s wife Joyeuse Erenford and Qarth merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos were among those heading for the chop, but that really, anything could happen in regards to the show and its body count.


Actress Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, has already told fans to expect a “traumatic” season five. “There’s some massive moments, perhaps even more shocking than the Red Wedding ” she told The Huffington Post. “There’s a lot going on this season. There’s also, you know, a lot of blood, a lot of death.”


So where does that leave the many “thronies” out there? It leaves us on the edge of our seats praying to the old gods, new gods and perhaps edragons that this season because it is playing so closely with the book series

Don’t foget that Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday 12 April 2015.








The New Secret Wars: The Marvel Universe’s End or Beginning?

By Ashley Johnson

The Marvel Universe, as we have known it since 1961, is ending.

Yes, my nerd friends, you read that right.

Now the Secret Wars name carries a lot of history with Marvel. The original Secret Wars mini-series was one of the first epic crossover comics. And though the name has been reused for sequels, spinoffs, and other comics that don't have any direct connection to the original, the history it provides is legend. So why bring it back again only to shatter the marvel universes so many know and love? Well during a live "Secret Wars Kick-Off" press event at New York City's Midtown Comics, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort confirmed that the upcoming eight-issue limited series Secret Wars will represent the end of both the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe.

 

They further went on to say that the mainstream Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe would actually "smash together" during the upcoming Secret Wars crossover event. Alonso and Brevoort went on to further elaborate that, by the time that Secret Wars #1 hits the stands in May, every world in Marvel's multiverse will be destroyed, with pieces of each forming “Battleworld”,which will be the staging ground for the Secret Wars storyline. "Once Secret Wars #1 hits stands, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It's all Battleworld," Brevoort said.

 

We also know thanks to the press release,  that the Marvel Universe, in post-Secret Wars, will be an all new world combining elements of not just of the Ultimate Universe and the mainstream Marvel Universe, but possibly bits and pieces of other worlds as well as being under the name of "All-New Marvel." "The Marvel Universe will be Battleworld, and every single piece of those worlds will be the building blocks for that universe” said Alonso. They also added that all the universes represented in "Battleworld" will have "legs" moving forward within the series. It was also said that anything will be possible, they even teased the possibility of bringing back old characters or even resurrecting them during or post Secret Wars. So this tease alone gives a huge weight to what the potential of the series and what is to come both during and post-Secret Wars, whether it be a new structured universe or one that is beyond limitation.


Many readers and fans are wondering where this leaves so many storylines and their characters the answer to that is unknown. Only those involved in the Secret Wars crossover project will be privy to the information, and trust me they’re not telling.  All that readers can hope for is that this crossover event leads to new and intriguing storylines that involves some if not all of our favorite Marvel characters. This blogger is looking with one eye open towards these Secret Wars. It is new and different but my only concern lies in what has been built within the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe and what will be built during and after the Secret Wars series.

Fall Insanely In Love with Harley Quinn This February

By: Ashley Johnson

DC Comics is getting insanely romantic this month by dedicating all of February to one of the most devious, cutest, hammer-wielding Super-Villains that is Harley Quinn! Mister J’s lady now has her very own Facebook and Harley Quinn Hub page which can be found on DC’s website.  These pages were created for both die-hard and casual fans, and will feature comic book sneak peeks, must-have Harley-themed products, unique prizes, free Harley Quinn skins for the game Infinite crisis, and other news, all spoken in Harley’s unique voice.  

Our bubbly psychopath will also be busy taking over Cupid’s turf by releasing the perfect Valentine’s Day presents for any loved one in your life. First the Harley Quinn and Joker “kiss” statue which launched February 2. This will be followed by the Harley Quinn Valentines Day Special #1 which will be out on February 11.

Still hungry for our deadly leading lady? Well I have you covered because you can feast on a special Harley Quinn ebook sale when Harley Quinn: Hot in the City from February 3 until February 17, and Suicide Squad Vol 1: Kicked in the Teeth from February 18 until March 2nd.  Both collections will also available at retail stores, but not for the ebook sale price. Last but not least on February 25 Harley Quinn #15 will also be hitting retail stores.  So it is fair to say that if you could ever love a insanely lethal clown princess now is the time to show that love! Not to mention you can purchase copies of Harley Quinn variant covers all month long, though there are only 22 to grab!

So needless to say smear on that makeup and cause a little mayhem by painting the town red and black with Mrs. J! Pick up a comic, do a little research on the famous villain through DC or facebook. Just have fun, I know that I will be and boy is it going to be a wild ride!


DC’s Convergence: The New Mission

By: Ashley Johnson

DC Comics announced “Convergence” a line-wide crossover on February 6 of 2015. According to DC Comics and Entertainment Weekly, all of DC’s comic books will go on a two month hiatus and then beginning June 3 2015 DC will then re-launch 24 new series which will join 25 "fan favorites".

According to DC, this convergence is not just another wave of new titles, but a bold new mission statement for the company and the characters within it. DC is a company that is  “striving to make diversity a priority, and aims to emphasize storytelling over continuity.”


According to DC comics, the company will be keenly focused on going back to the basics with its legendary characters, like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, while also reinventing key characters, such as Black Canary, Bizzaro, Cyborg and Starfire, with a new contemporary tone to ensure a diverse offering of titles.  Some of DC’s top writers and artists, as well as emerging fresh voices, are on board to help create and re-shape an expansive lineup of comics that appeals to a broad audience of fans.


Though it will be a complete 180 from their 2011 New 52 initiative, which reset the entire DC Universe with the purpose of making its comics more “accessible to new readers.” (Even though in fact, it ended up homogenizing most of its titles, barring a few notable, excellent exceptions like Wonder Woman and Batman.) And for those in favor to The New 52 though you won’t be seeing that phrase atop DC’s comics anymore, have no fear because the rebooted universe isn’t going away. Which for those of us that know the series all too well that this is a very good thing, especially given that there has been a pretty remarkable uptick in the companies quality over the past months it has been utilizing the New 52 initiative.  

 

Now for those of us wanting a taste of this new perspective DC will be giving readers a sneak peek at some upcoming storylines in its Free Comic Book Day special issue, DC Comics: Divergence.!


Though this avid fan and reader of DC is slightly leary on the change, it is only because the New 52 has done so well and continues to stay so strong it leaves me to wonder why the change. But it is all in attracting new faces and future avid fans so I will say this, I will be looking forward to seeing the change and what it can offer the DC universe as well as the reader. If in fact this convergence is as successful to the DC franchise as The New 52 was we may be looking at yet another brilliant move and bigger movement to be made in  DC’s universe and comics as well.