My Favorites From 2011

December 30, 2011

On a personal level 2011 was a another tumultuous and hellish year for me.  However it was a great year for the various “geeks” trapped in my head.

Comic book Geek:

DC comics decided to relaunch their entire universe. The event mini series “Flashpoint” put an end to the previous DCU and jump started the new DCU or DCNU.   This was a ballsy move for DC and so far it has worked. At least as far as sales are concerned.  I will admit that as a whole I prefer the pre-flashpoint DCU to the new one. However, the wingnut in me was thrilled with the relaunched Nightwing book.  So far it has contained the best Nightwing stories I have read since the good old days when Chuck Dixon wrote the book back in the 90’s.  Another stand out book for me was Frankenstein Agent of SHADE.  It is just a fun comic book to read.  Frankenstein leads a team of monsters against crazy threats from other dimensions.  If you haven’t tried that book yet then you are missing out.

 

Marvel’s Ultimate line was on fire this year. Not only did Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe die but a new Spider-Man emerged. Jonathan Hickman has written some great stuff in the Ultimates while Nick Spencer has scripted some amazing stories in X-Men.   In the main Marvel Universe Wolverine’s black ops team Uncanny X-force has also been a great read.

The only indie comic I got into this year was IDW’s Dungeons and Dragons comic. It translated everything I enjoyed about the game into a highly entertaining and well written comic.

Gaming Geek:

This year I drifted away from miniature gaming and back to tabletop role-playing.  The Heroes of Shadow book for 4th edition Dungeons and Dragons offered some great options for players.  It added several interesting classes like the Assassin, Vampire and Black Guard.  It also added some new races and some interesting options for the existing classes. Nethermancy anyone?

Movie Geek:

This was a great year to be a comic book fan as many of this past years best movies were pulled  from the pages of the funny books.  Thor is my “movie of the year”. I also loved Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens.

The movie Immortals made my greek mythology nerd happy and it also demonstrated how awesome over the top CGI gore can be.

Music Geek:

Some of my favorite bands released great albums this year. Opeth’s “Heritage” is amazing.  Evanescence rocks it on their new album. Amy Lee once again makes me wish that I had a vagina so that I could fully emote with her…Don’t tell anyone I said that.  On the Christian front Sleeping Giant put out a metalcore record with some crushing rifts and non seeker friendly lyrics. “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” crushes compromise.   Becoming the Archetype’s “Celestial Completion”  proved once again that Christians can make excellent Proggessive death metal!

 

TV Geek A.K.A I can’t get a date so I watch:

To be honest it has been a while since I found a TV show that I get excited about watching. Like most people i’ll watch the occasional episode of one of the CSIs or NCISes to pass the time.  I don’t go out of my way to catch them though.  The show Person of Interest caught my interest. It has everything I love in it: drama, action, mystery and a compelling back story that is slowly unfolding throughout the series.  It helps that it stars two of my favorite actors: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. I have noticed a few other LOST alums popping up throughout the course of this show.

Now all of the geeks that are trapped inside of my brain have had their voice.   What have you guys enjoyed most this year?


Halloween Goodness: Vampires

October 26, 2010
Today seemed like a good day to discuss the Vampire. Now when I was young Vampires only came out at night and they weren’t glittery.  In fact if a Vampire glowed it meant that he was about to explode. Times may have changed thanks to the horrible Twilight series but my favorite Vampire stuff will always have a special place in my heart. At least until it gets run through with a stake..
My favorite Vampire movie is Francis Ford Coppola’s  Dracula!  Gary Oldman plays a magnificent Dracula in this film.  This was THE vampire movie when I was a teenager.  I’ll also admit that my virginal teenage self also enjoyed the hot naked Vampire chicks in this movie. Hey..At least I admit it!
My favorite TV show about a bloodsucker was Angel. It was a spin off of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and it followed the misadventures of Angel who was a vampire with a soul…most of the time anyway.
When I was a lonely nerdy teen with no life my favorite pen and paper RPG was called Vampire The Masquerade. Finally I could live out my Vampire fantasies and get some use out of my D10s.
My favorite Vampire novel is Vampire of the Mist which is set in the gothic horror fantasy world of Ravenloft. The main character is a gold elf vampire that doesn’t  want to be evil. He ends up in the cursed land of Barovia and has a fun time with the notorious Strahd!
Finally the most terrifying  Vampire I have ever seen is this lady:
Haha! I thought it was funny!

TV and Movies I’m looking Forward To in 2010

January 7, 2010

So here we are! A new year with some changes in TV shows and a new movie that have my inner geek excited.

David Tennant masterfully exited the role of the Doctor on January second when his incarnation of the Doctor died. I must say that David is MY Doctor.  He is an awesome screen actor and he was truly able to make the role of “The Doctor” his own.  While I was sad to see him go I think that his final episodes were some of the best of his run. He definatly went out with a “bang”.

With that said I am looking forward to the newly regenerated Doctor played by Matt Smith making his mark in the new series that starts sometime this spring. It will be different but that is the bueaty of Doctor Who isn’t it? This larger than life immortal being who changes faces, shapes and bodies every couple of years. It will be interesting what new personality quirks Matt gives to his version of the Doctor:

This year I am also looking forward to Lost finally ending. I know that sounds bad but let’s face it. This is THE season Lost fans have been waiting for.

Finally I am so pumped for Iron Man 2. The first one was awesome and i’m sure the second will be even better. If it sucks I will be a sad man.

So that is some of what I am looking forward to in TV and movies this year. What are you guys looking forward to?


Best of 09 Part 2

December 10, 2009

Ongoing Comic Book of the Year: Ultimate Comics Avengers

This book reads more like a crazy action film than a traditional comic book.  In the aftermath of Ultimatum Cap goes rogue to try and stop his son “the Red Skull”. SHIELD authorizes Nick Fury to form a black ops team to capture Captian America and deal with the Red Skull. The main reason I picked this book as the best ongoing is becuase it is the one title I can’t wait to get every month. No other book that I am following right now grabs me like Ultimate Avengers.

Kudos to Mark Millar for writing such an intriguing title that truly could only fit in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe.

Best Animated Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars

I have loved Star Wars ever since my parents took me to see Epsode IV when I was six weeks old. I seem to be one of the few die hard Star Wars fans that I know that enjoyed Episodes 1-3. Yes folks I just admitted that I enjoyed Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

The Clone Wars Animated series has everything that made me fall in love with Star Wars to begin with: Lightsabers! Lasers! Epic battles in space! And then more lightsabers!

This show introduces new characters like Ahsoka and helps you get to know some of the Jedi and other characters from the Prequil trillogy a little bit better.

The animation, art and storytelling is top notch. Perhaps if the Prequil trilogy had been more like the Clone Wars cartoon than it would have made more fans happy. Regardless, This show is awesome and if you dig Star Wars than I highly recomend it.


Best of 09 Part 1

December 9, 2009

For the next couple of weeks I am going to do a series of posts highlighting what I thought were some of the best and worse TV shows, Comics, and music that was put out this past year. I thought I would start off on a positive note with the Best Event Comic series and the Best Sci-Fi show of 2009:

BEST EVENT COMIC SERIES: Blackest Night:

Heaaarrrts..Heaaarrrrts!

The DC universe is under siege by the  macabre Black Lantern corps. Dead heroes and villains reanimated and on a mission to destroy the other Lantern corps and snuff out all life in the universe. It has been a wild ride from the start. This is the only event I have read where the main book and the tie ins have been quality reads.  These books also offer a creative twist on the zombie genre that could only come from the brilliant mind of Geoff Johns.

BEST SCI-FI TV SHOW:

I extolled the sheer awesomeness of this show in a previous post. I don’t have much more to add except to say that this show gets more and more intense with each episode!

Check back later this week or next for Part 2 of the “best of 09”.


Watching Stargate Universe is Part of My “Destiny”

November 13, 2009

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To be honest I have never been a huge Stargate fan.  I haven’t seen the original movie. I’ve only watched a few episodes of SG-1 and I’ve only seen the first season and a half of Atlantis on DVD.  When I heard the premise of Stargate Universe I had a bad ST: Voyager flashback. The premise of SGU is that a group of scientists and soldiers are trapped on a ship billions of light years from Earth.  I thought to myself that this show was going to be Stargate’s version of Voyager.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The “crew” aboard the ‘Destiny” have no control over the ship. They are pretty much along for the ride. They also don’t have a lot of supplies or a Doctor. They are a Hodge podge of civilians, scientists, soldiers and cooks. There is no magic machine that makes food for them out of thin air. The characters on this show don’t all get along and there tends to be a lot of interpersonal conflict.  The drama of this show comes mostly from trying to survive.  SGU isn’t”The Alien of the week” kind of show. Nor is there any evil alien race that they are constantly battling.

This show is more about people trying to survive in an extraordinary circumstance. It is an exploration of the human psyche and motivations.  Even though SGU doesn’t have any crazy battle scenes like the previous two SG series it is very intense.  I would argue that it is a lot more intense than SG-1 or Atlantis ever were.  The emotional tone of the series clearly resembles that of the first two seasons of Lost. I suppose that in a lot of ways it is more similar to Lost than it is to any Sci-fi show that I have ever seen.

It airs on Sy Fy every Friday night. Check it out sometime and let me know what you think.