Jason, Kyle, and Joe are back! This month we cover Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. We also discuss current comics including Black Bolt, Snotgirl, and The Old Guard.
53 – New X-Men by Grant Morrison
This week on the Amazing Nerdcast you learn about Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men. This includes his epic first story arc: E is for Extinction. We also over the fallout of Magneto as well as the Secret Wars variation on E is for Extinction.
52 – Logan & Iron Fist
This week the Amazing Nerdcast reviews the final Wolverine movie: Logan. We also discuss Marvel’s latest Netflix Series: Iron Fist.
51 – Red Thorn
The Amazing Nerds are back! This episode we review the Vertigo comic: Red Thorn. A fantasy comic that is embedded with Scottish folklore and Pagan rituals. It’s filled with twists and unique perspective on a war that has spanned millennia.
50 – Damian Wayne
Damian Wayne is the son of Bruce Wayne, the current Robin, and the subsequent heir to the Cowl of Batman. He was trained by the League of Assassins and has little to no consideration for the lives of criminals. In this episode we overview Damian inside Super Sons (Rebirth) #1, Robin Rises Omega, and Robin Rises Alpha. We also cover the newest run of Wildstorm by Warren Ellis.
49 – Jason Todd
In this episode we discuss Jason Todd and his role as Robin and also as the Red Hood. We review the infamous “A Death in the Family” story arc and “The Red Hood and the Outlaws” series from both the New 52 and Rebirth. While going down several philosophical rabbit holes involving the symbolism of Jason’s death, Batman’s disregard for human life, and why you should never date a super hero.
48 – Dick Grayson
Dick Grayson has been apart of the Bat-Family since the beginning. He was the first Robin. Later he ascended to Nightwing and even took over as Batman for a time. Since then he’s been a secret agent before reacquiring the mantel of Nightwing. The nerds discuss his past and dive into his adventures as Agent 37. As well as his epic tale as the Batman.
47.2 – Joe Show: Nightwing & Spider-Man
One of the greatest sidekicks in the world has a secret: he’s better than Batman. Dick Grayson lives to protect, but can even Nightwing, the former Robin, live up to the legacy of the Bat? Also why doesn’t Spider-Man have organic webbing?
47.1 – Joe Show: Professor X & Archie
Professor X has forever been the face of mutants in the Marvel Universe…but what led him on this path as a militant leader? Joe talks about the villainous nature of Professor Charles Xavier showcasing his exploits and manipulation. Also it’s 2017: Why do some comics insist on looking like Archie?
47 – Wolverine, Logan & X-23
The Amazing Nerdcast dives into Wolverine’s past, present, and future. Including the original story arc of “Old Man Logan” by Mark Millar and Brian K. Vaughan’s “Logan.” We also take a look at Laura Kinney’s introduction into the X-Men and her new role as the “All-New Wolverine.”
46 – Legion
Legion is an Omega-Level mutant with unfathomable power. He’s also clinically insane. Every power that manifests is controlled by a separate personality. Each of these personalities surface unpredictably with new ones developing consistently. His primary ability is telepathy, a gift from his father.
45 – Rando Comrissian
The first edition of Rando Comrissian where everyone picks a random comic book trade. Titles include Boom! Studio’s Translucid, Superman: Nightwing & Flamebird, and Joker’s Endgame. Also discussed is the state of the DC Rebirth including the Watchmen, the Multiverse, and Batman.
44 – The Best Comics of 2016
2016 was a great year for comic books. There was a gratuitous amount of new indie comics, DC relaunched their universe with Rebirth, and Marvel’s Secret Wars spawned great stories and characters. Also there were a lot of great comic book movies. Now that 2017 is here we have a lot more to look forward to.
43 – Marvel Noir: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, Punisher & X-Men
Marvel Noir takes us to Earth-90214, a universe where many of our heroes emerge during the United States’ Great Depression. New York City is under prohibition, recovering from the first World War, and run by organized crime. It’s a dire world that requires darker “heroes” who are willing to venture through moral ambiguity.
42 – To Quote the Poets… We’re #@(%ed
Two of the greatest fantasy stories have taken the comic world by storm: Autumnlands (a.k.a. Tooth & Claw) by Kurt Busiek and Monstress by Marjorie. Both comics have magic and anthropomorphic characters “animal people,” ancient gods, and unbelievable power. However, they are set in completely different worlds.
41 – Star Wars, Darth Vader & Friends
Marvel has recently reacquired the publication of Star Wars comics. Since then they have done a phenomenal job creating and enriching the official cannon of the Star Wars Universe. In this episode we review Chewbacca by Gerry Duggan, Darth Vader by Kieron Gillen, Princess Leia by Mark Waid, Lando by Charles Soule, and the main Star Wars title by Jason Aaron.
40 – Southern Cross & Southern Bastards
A full episode including two new Marvel Now comics: Venom #1 and Ghost Rider #1. Also an overview of the epic space thriller Southern Cross by Becky Cloonan. Lastly a review of Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason LaTour.
39 – Thor: The Goddess of Thunder
There’s a new Thor in the Marvel Universe. She’s mightier, more worthy, and has an unprecedented connection to the hammer Mjölnir. However, she has a profound weakness that could easily be exploited if anyone found out who she really is.
38 – Luke Cage & Doctor Strange
A review of Marvel’s Netflix Series Luke Cage. Including a review of the cast, the series, and easter eggs. In addition there’s a quick a guide to Luke Cage in comics.
Also in this episode the nerds review Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Including a review of the cast, what magic means to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and notable easter eggs. As well as a guide to the Infinity Stones and additional Dr. Strange comics.
37 – Serenity: Firefly Class 03-K64
Firefly and its follow-up movie Serenity became an instant fan favorite in the early 2000’s. Since then several comics have been published that are all within the same universe and timeline. Currently there are three volumes with another in production and set to release late 2016.
36 – The Long Halloween
The Long Halloween, by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale, is the definitive origin story for Two-Face. We all know Harvey Dent as the infamous Batman villain. This story explores what drove the proud District Attorney of Gotham City into this dark place. Perhaps he may have been heading there all along.
35 – The Doctor Formerly Known as Strange
Reviews of several Sorcerer Supreme comics including Dr. Strange & Dr. Doom: Triumph & Torment, Dr. Strange: The Oath, and Dr. Strange: The Way of the Weird. Also a review of Infamous Iron Man #1.
34 – Green Lantern: The Secret Origin(s) of Hal Jordan
Hal Jordan, like many of our beloved characters, has had several origin stories. In this episode we take a look at his first appearance in Showcase comics. We compare it to the character defining “Secret Origin” written by Geoff Johns. Also in this episode we review Champions #1, Death of X, and Hadrian’s Wall.
33 – Sex Criminals
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky created a pop culture icon with Sex Criminals. Suzie Dickson and Jon Johnson have extra ordinary abilities, fall in love, and have an axe to grind with BankCorp. Obviously the next logical step is to rob banks.
32 – Superman: The Unchained Death Pool
Superman: Unchained was one of the greatest story arcs to come out of the New 52. This all-star mini-series was written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Jim Lee. Decades ago the United States military obtained a powerful being, not unlike Superman. After years of using it as a covert weapon Superman realized he is not the most powerful being on Earth. Superman is pushed to his physical and mental limits. With a little help from Wonder Woman and Batman he is able to save the Earth but at a terrible cost. Also: Death Pool II!
31 – Luke Cage (a.k.a. Power Man)
Luke Cage has been many things including an Avenger, a hero for hire, a friend, a husband, and a father. After decades of being known as Power Man he became something greater. He became Luke Cage.
30 – Batman: The Early Years
Bruce Wayne’s early years as Batman were shroud in mystery for several decades. That is until Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One. This beings the true origins of Batman. Also Jim Gordon is a new arrival in Gotham and working his way up the GCPD while battling rampant corruption. In addition, learn about Year Two of Batman. As well as Batman’s origins current origins from the New 52 that have carried into DC Rebirth.
29 – Ghost Rider and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Robbie Reyes is the new Ghost Rider in town and he’s not like the others. He has the flaming head and uses chains to force vengeance upon the unjust, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is a new Spirit of Vengeance for a new generation.
28 – Guide to Inhumanity
As the “Death of X” story arc approaches, Inhumans have dramatically changed the Marvel universe. Familiarize yourself with Inhuman history including their Kree origin, the Royal Family, and the M-Pox virus that is now killing mutants.
In this episode we review All-New Inhumans (Volume 1), Uncanny Inhumans (Volume 1), Karnak (Volume 1), and Ms. Marvel (Volume 1 & 2). Also we review new comics including Brubaker’s Kill Or Be Killed #1 and Blue Beetle: Rebirth.
27 – The NeverEnding Saga
This week we do a (mostly) spoiler-free review one of the greatest stories ever told: Saga. It’s an epic space-fantasy set in a universe amidst an intergalactic war. The comic is illustrated by Fiona Staples and written by Brian K. Vaughan and receives a five out of five star review from the Amazing Nerdcast.
Also we review Suicide Squad #1, Horizon #1, and Ultimate Thor (Volume 1).
26.1 – Joe Show: Batman Kills
Ever notice how often Batman kills people? Sure, he doesn’t use a gun but he still kills them with Batarangs, electrocution, death by automobile…
26 – Batgirl’s Killing Joke
After nearly three decades The Killing Joke has finally been made into an animated movie. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, this controversial one-shot is one of the definitive origin stories for The Joker. The heavy references for this book have forced this story into continuity.
25 – Suicide Squad vs Justice League
The Suicide Squad is the third installment in the new DC Cinematic Universe. It’s a bold move having the first “Team Movie” consist of anti-heroes and villains. This episode contains spoilers! After you watch the movie, listen to our review and tell us your thoughts on the movie.
Jonathan Hickman’s “The Black Monday Murders” was released this week! In this episode we do a (mostly) spoiler-free review of issue #1. If you love Hickman’s writing or just enjoy a damn-good story be sure to check it out.
24 – Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft & Head Games
Locke & Key is a mystery, horror, and fantasy story involving a family who recently went through a traumatic loss. They’ve recently moved back to an old family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Hidden inside the house are mysterious keys with incredible powers.
Also the nerds review Lady Killy by Joëlle Jones and Suicide Squad: Rebirth!
23 – Suicide Squad Guide
The Suicide Squad is debuting in theaters on August 5th, 2016. Get prepared with background information on DC’s first cinematic team movie. Including a brief rundown of DC’s cinematic universe, Suicide Squad comics, and recommended readings!
22 – Captain Marvel & The Ultimates
The evolution of Carol Danvers from a colonel in the United States Air Force to becoming the iconic Captain Marvel is an amazing adventure. Kelly Sue DeConnick defined this character in Captain Marvel volumes 7 & 8. Her legacy continues with Captain Marvel volume 9, A-Force volume 2, and The Ultimates volume 2.
Additionally a new hero has taken on Danver’s old persona of Ms. Marvel. This new hero, Kamala Khan, has captured the hearts of comic book reads. She’s a new hero for a new age.
21 – Sabertooth Swordsman: Interview with Aaron Conley
The Sabertooth Swordsman is the hero you didn’t know you needed. The amazing nerds review the Sabertooth Swordsman and the Mayhem of the Malevolent Mastodon Mathematician! Also an interview with the talented artist of the book: Aaron Conley.
Comic reviews for the week include Nightwing, New Superman, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, and Sons of the Devil.
20 – Spider-Man: Alien Costume Saga
Peter Parker’s most questionable fashion decision involved an alien symbiote. Spider-Man has an interesting relationship with the Black Cat and the Kingpin wants to rule New York. It all starts with Amazing Spider-Man #252 titled “Homecoming.”
The nerds discuss this story’s possible implication to the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. Our pick of the week was a filler issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool with issue #6. We also continue our coverage of DC’s Rebirth with Justice League: Rebirth.
19 – Blue Beetle Guide
DC Rebirth brought back a classic hero known as the Blue Beetle. Dive into his long, rich history spanning close to a century and several publishers. We cover the origin of Dan Garret(t), Ted Kord, and the most well-known Jaime Reyes.
18 – The Flash, Flashpoint & Flash Rebirth
Barry Allen’s resurrection back in 2009’s Flash: Rebirth set forth the events that lead to the DC’s Rebirth. It was later followed by Flashpoint in 2011 which relaunched the DC Universe into the New 52. Flashpoint: Batman ties in Bruce finding the later from his (alternate timeline) father. Also we review Deadpool vs Gambit #1, Action Comics #957, and Superman #1.
17 – Who Watches the Watchmen?
With the DC Rebirth in full swing Jason, Kyle, and Joe investigate the Watchmen and their involvement with the “relaunch.” Also there’s a review of the new Han Solo series. Along with an overview of 2 new Civil War II books.
16 – The X-Men Aren’t Human
Continued coverage of DC’s Rebirth including Batman and Green Lanterns. In addition we review Civil War II #1 by Brian Michael Bendis. Discuss of whether X-Men should be considered humans or not. We also cover the mini series: Deadpool & Cable: Split Second.
15 – X-Men: Apocalypse
X-Men: Apocalypse has arrived! Jason, Kyle, and Joe review the 3rd movie in the “relaunched” X-Men franchise. Also a review on Counter-X, a Generation X trade and Nighthawk #1!
14 – DC Rebirth & Superhero Cities
Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 & DC Rebirth #1 review! Followed by the release of Rebirth #1’s. Also an analysis and guide for Superhero Cities inside the DC Universe.
13 – Robert Kirkman: The Walking Dead, Invincible & Outcast
Weekly picks on Punisher #1 and Civil War II #0. Joe & Jason overview The Walking Dead and compare it to the T.V. show. Jason reviews the greatest superhero comic: Invincible. Kyle does a review of Outcast to prepare you for Cinemax’s new T.V. series.
12 – Path to Apocalypse
A quick guide to Apocalypse inside the Marvel Universe. This overview will contain his origin, best story arcs, and the current Apocalypse Wars series. Also Joe reviews Stray Bullets #1 and a review by Kyle on Kraven’s Last Hunt.
11 – Iron Man & Captain America: Civil War
Review of Captain America: Civil War movie. Along with a guide to additional Avengers comics including Invincible Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and All New Hawkeye.
10 – DC / Marvel Analogs
Review of Black Road #1, East of West (Vol 1), The Phantom: Checkmate, Superman: Black Ring and the Darkseid Wars. This week the crew starts a Character Death Pool with first round picks. Also an analysis of DC and Marvel Analogs.
9 – Captain America & The Avengers Guide
Review of 2016 Avengers comics including Assault on Pleasant Hill. Also includes overviews of All New, All Different Avengers, Captain America: Sam Wilson, Agents of SHIELD, New Avengers, Howling Commandos of SHIELD, Uncanny Avengers, and Illuminati.
8 – Road to Civil War (II)
As we march towards the theaters for Captain America: Civil War, Marvel is releasing a new series event: Civil War II. We will cover all you need to know before seeing Captain America 3 on the big screen. There’s a complete overview regarding Marvel’s original 2006 story arc that inspired the movie. All while preparing yourself for Marvel’s Civil War II.
Reviews for indie comics GrizzlyShark #1 by Ryan Ottley and The Fix #1 by Nick Spencer. Also review a new Star Wars mini-series by Charles Soule title Poe Dameron. Along with new Marvel #1’s including Black Panther, Gwenpool, Moon Knight, Spider-Women Alpha, and Spider-Gwen #7. Don’t miss the review of Bendis’ Dark Avengers: Molecule Man trade paperback.
7 – X-Men Guide
Review of the current X-Men titles including Extraordinary X-Men, Old Man Logan, All-New X-Men, All-New Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men, and Deadpool. Also a review of Wolverine 66-72, the original ‘Old Man Logan’ story arc, and a brief recap of the Secret Wars: Old Man Logan series.
Leading up to All-New Wolverine and Old Man Logan is a recap and review of the Death of Wolverine series. Also a review of Secret Wars: X-Men ’92 that leads in the recently released series of the same name. Tying into Deadpool, Jason does a review on the Spider-Man/Deadpool mini-series.
6 – Daredevil vs Batman vs Superman
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Daredevil Season 2 all in our longest episode yet! Jason, Kyle, and Joe give an unbiased review for DC’s and Warner Brothers’ break through movie. Joe takes us to school while breaking down the differences between a Netflix season plot and a movie plot.
We also review Ultimate Elektra and Savage Dragon: Revenge. Don’t miss the continuation of the Dark Knight Saga’s in-depth review featuring Dark Knight Strikes again by Frank Miller.