Podcast Episode 105: Legion of Super-Heroes Spotlight with Peter Rios

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I talk with Peter Rios (http://thedailyrios.com/) about our love for the Legion of Super-Heroes. Long Live the Legion!

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Podcast Episode 104: Rose City Comic Con 2016

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I went to Portland, OR, to attend the 2016 Rose City Comic Con. After the con, I got together with Damian (guest host on episodes 8891 and 102) and Matt (guest host on episode 80 and host on https://youtu.be/L1s2vj0f1cY) at a Portland pub to discuss this fantastic con! We discuss the wonderful cosplay, the shopping, the state of RCCC, and specific panels.

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Going Boldly: IDW’s Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy the trade collects issues #1-5, written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot, art by Derek Charm, letters by Neil Uyetake and Andworld Design, and edited by Sarah Gaydos.

I have been in love with IDW’s Star Trek series pretty much from day 1. I was originally intrigued to read reinterpretations of the classic TOS episodes in the Kelvin (new movie) timeline. But then the series became much more than that simple premise. The stories expanded and were more original. And now, IDW has further expanded the Star Trek universe with this collection featuring two sets of Starfleet cadets.

The book opens with a flashback to when Kirk and company were still at the Academy, mostly focusing on Uhura’s fascination with a signal she discovered in the long range sensor lab. But the primary, and superior story (though a few scenes with Kirk and Uhura made me smile–Johnson and Parrott really have the characters’ voices down) involves the new characters: Vulcan T’Laan, Earthlings Lucia Gonzales and Grace Chen, Andorian Shev, and Monzchezkin Vel K’bentayr. T’Laan serves as a focal point throughout the story as the outsider who eventually realizes her place within Starfleet. While Shev is your typical grumpy Andorian, I still loved the inclusion of one of my favorite Star Trek aliens. Vel is an alien who says what he is thinking/feeling–think of a more articulate Groot from the Guardians of the Galaxy–to great comedic affect. Chen is the loves-to-take-chances pilot, and Gonzales is the heart and mediator of the group. I really enjoyed these new characters, and I hope to see more about them in future publications.

Much of the story involves a competition between various groups, including the aforementioned cadets, that highlights each person’s abilities. The two stories (Kirk and company and the new cadets) intersect via the signal Uhura had been monitoring, which, it turns out, is from a lost starship from the Enterprise era (intentionally connecting to Star Trek Beyond?), the Slayton. Along the way, lessons are learned and friendships and forged.

The art, while skewing a bit to an animated style, was still well-done, especially the colors and likenesses of the film actors, and the collection reprints some of (all?) the variant covers, which were good (except for one). I especially enjoyed examining the backgrounds of the panels for the background characters, some of which were classic Trek aliens and others were that were new to me, but kept reappearing, just as you would expect at Star Fleet Academy.

If you enjoy the Trek universe and want more of the Kelvin timeline besides the movies and tie-in comic, check out this series/trade.

Stumptown Acquisitions

I show the comics I got when I visited Damian (sleepyreader666) in Portland, OR. The shops we visited were I Like Comics, Cosmic Monkey, and Cloud 9. Check them out!

Podcast Episode 103: Marvel, Now

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I talk about the Marvel comics that are on my pull list, including:

  • All-New, All-Different Avengers
  • Dr. Strange
  • Spider-Man
  • The Mighty Thor
  • The Ultimates
  • The Vision
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Daredevil

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