Geekly Debate: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Geekly Debate LogoThe latest installment of our weekly debate podcast, Geekly Debate. This week we discuss our thoughts on the Better Superhero: Batman or Superman!

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Review: Lazarus #13

Lazarus13_CoverIt’s been quite a long time since a comic book has come along that I can’t stop raving about; a comic that every other book I’m currently reading gets compared to; a book that leaves me devastated that I have to wait for next month’s issue. Currently, that comic book is Lazarus by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark, and Santi Arcas. The world they’ve created is so intricate and the characters so amazingly complex and compelling that Lazarus is by far my favorite book right now. And issue #13 is by far my favorite issue of the series. There will be spoilers in this review, but here’s our preview. Continue reading Review: Lazarus #13

Books Without Panels: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars

Hello, and welcome to another installment of Books Without Panels, where we try to highlight books from outside the comics spectrum that should still be in the collection of any nerd worth their pocket protector. Today, we’re going big, throwing down the gauntlet, and taking on some of the greatest names in all of fiction as we look at a trio of works that combine one of the biggest geek properties at all time with the style of the greatest writer who ever lived. Excited yet? You certainly should be, because today we’re going to examining William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, which dresses up the nuanced lore of one of the Big 2 Sci-Fi properties in the eloquent trappings of the Bard.

Our story follows the timeless tale of Star Wars that we all know and love, moving faithfully from scene to scene. The twist this time, though, is that the tale of Luke, Han, and Leia has been rewritten as a Shakespearean play. Now, some of you might fear that this comes off as a cheap novelty, that it’s just Star Wars with a few thous and thees thrown in to give it a superficial similarity to Shakespeare plays. Well, have no fear; this is the full Shakespeare experience, complete with soliloquies and stage directions.

As you flip from scene to scene and act to act, Doescher constantly delivers both storytelling conventions and specific references from the Bard’s work. C3PO and R2D2, for instance, are re-imagined as a pair of fools, mixing in comic relief while preserving the same love-hate relationship the two have always shared. Darth Vader’s inner turmoil is brought to the foreground by brooding monologues worthy of Claudius. Towards the end of Book 1, Luke even gets to rally the Rebels in a speech reminiscent of the St Crispin’s Day Speech from Henry V. Heck, Doescher even recognizes when the Chorus has to prompt the audience to use their imagination, encouraging viewers to visualize the raid on the Death Star in the same way that Shakespeare asked his audience to imagine the Battle of Agincourt. Really, it’s hard not to be impressed by just how well Star Wars translates as a Shakespearean play.

In addition to the strong writing, the books are also filled with great artwork, redesigning our space-faring heroes with Elizabethan garb. The illustrations are used relatively sparingly, but still manage to represent most all of the trilogy’s iconic scenes. In this way, the reader is treated to a consistent helping of fun imagery that gives old classics an even older twist.

In a world where mash-ups are getting more and more common, and the breadth of quality in them can be pretty vast, it can be pretty hard to get excited about yet another one. This one, though, is definitely one worth checking out. It does what all good mash-ups should, combining the endearing and iconic elements of its two components and creating something that can be readily enjoyed by fans of both. A feat made all the more impressive here by the sacred nature of the two parent franchises. So give it a shot: you won’t be disappointed.

Review: Oddly Normal #3

Oddly Normal is a stranger in a strange land. Or maybe she’s not. Who’s to say what is strange in Fignation? Or what’s normal, for that matter. Oddly Normal’s first day in Fignation is one she’s not likely to forget because, for the first time, she doesn’t feel out of place. Until she gets to school, that is. Seriously, even the kids in another dimension can be mean. This comic is just plain fun, no doubt about that. Oddly has taken her first step into a larger world. Otis Frampton has done an excellent job with this comic. He has made a creative and fun book that can be enjoyed by all ages. Check out a preview. Continue reading Review: Oddly Normal #3

Geeks of the Square Table Episode 63

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: November 26th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: November 26th, 2014

Top o’ the Lot: Things I Want to See in Marvel’s Phase 3

There’s a whole lot of hype being built up around Marvel’s Phase 3 slate of films, and with good reason. Marvel Studios’ films have been some of the best reviewed, most well-received, and highest profiting series of movies in a long time. But there’s more to it than that. Marvel is building a single cohesive story throughout the twenty or Marvel Studios Logoso flicks out and planned. It’s never even come close to being done before, and it’s just so damn ambitious that it’s really fun to talk about. There are certain things we know for sure are going to happen, things that are bound to happen, and things that are in no way going to happen, but I cover my favorites of all of them, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Things I Want to See in Marvel’s Phase 3. (Rhyming was accidental)

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Preview: Sheltered #13

Sheltered13_CoverSHELTERED #13
STORY BY

Ed Brisson
ART BY
Johnnie Christmas
COVER BY
Johnnie Christmas
PUBLISHER

Image Comics
COVER PRICE
$2.99
RELEASE DATE
NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Here is it: the showdown thirteen issues in the making. It’s Safe Haven vs. The World.


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Preview: Umbral #11

Umbral11_CoverUMBRAL #11
STORY BY

Antony Johnston
ART BY
Christopher Mitten
COVER BY
Christopher Mitten
PUBLISHER

Image Comics
COVER PRICE
$3.50
RELEASE DATE
NOVEMBER 26, 2014

“IN NOBODY WE TRUST”
Only Rascal can save…Shayim and Munty?! But not before she decides it’s time for a pretty drastic change. And that’s not even mentioning what she sees in the blade, or who follows her into the woods. It’s time to stand and fight!


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Preview: Oddly Normal #3

OddlyNormal03_CoverAODDLY NORMAL #3
STORY BY

Otis Frampton
ART BY
Otis Frampton

COVER BY
A. Otis Frampton
B. Katie Cook
PUBLISHER

Image Comics
COVER PRICE
$2.99
RELEASE DATE
NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Oddly Normal’s troubles continue as she embarks on her first day of school in the magical land of Fignation.


Continue reading Preview: Oddly Normal #3

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