Secret Wars – Week Eight

After the fun of last week, I was sure that this week the Secret Wars to have more actual story.  Well, that really didn’t happen, but the consolation is both impressive and fun.

Ever wondered what would happen if M.O.D.O.K. fell in love?  With Angela? As in Thor‘s sister, Angela? Also known as Asgard’s Assassin?  Of course, in the Battleworld, Angela is a Thor, and she’s trying to kill M.O.D.O.K.  Just the set-up for this comic was enough to blow my mind. Reading it was even more fun!

The second comic I want to talk about this week is Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies.

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies 001-000d (Skottie Young variant) (Mastodon)

Marvel seem to be betting on Marvel Zombies for the post Secret Wars universe. With Elsa Bloodstone‘s fantastic comic two weeks ago, and now this title, which features an Ultron that won in his universe and runs its own area of the wastelands, a steampunk era Hank Pym, and, of course, a large number of zombies.

Finally, I have to mention Infinity Gauntlet.

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The first issue of this one was good, but it didn’t rate a mention in my weekly report, but this one features Thanos killing Thanos, a family of Novas (including a Nova dog), and Starlord and Gamora collecting Infinity stones.

Oh, and two Infinity Gauntlets.

Yeah. It’s kinda epic.

There’s more, but I’m sure all of you would like to read them for yourself!

Here’s hoping for some actual story next week. The Secret Wars (and most other Marvel events) is like the MCU, in a way: The Avengers movies are the main story that pulls everything together, but can be viewed without the rest, while the rest add so many layers to the main story.

Now it’s your turn, folks: Is M.O.D.O.K. and Angela the craziest Marvel love story you can think of, or can you go one better? Let me know in the comments!

See you next week!

 

Secret Warriors Confirmed for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In our Discussion Vidcast finale for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we all heavily speculated that after the events of season two Chloe Bennet’s Daisy Johnson would lead a team of superpowered agents known as the Secret Warriors.  Via Variety, we’ve today learned that this will be exactly the case!

We’re pretty certain that Lincoln Campbell will be a part of the team now that Luke Mitchell is a regular character on the show and I’m personally hoping that Deathlok (J. August Richards) joins the crew as well, but past this we don’t know much right now.  Fortunately we should have more information to share soon enough during the “Marvel Television Presents” panel at SDCC on Friday, July 10th.

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Season three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres on Tuesday, September 29th at 9 p.m. and we really couldn’t be more excited!

Mr. Robot Series Premiere Review

Mr. Robot is good. It is smart. It is written by people who know how computers work in real life. It has Christian Slater doing the best acting I have seen him do since Pump up the Volume.

For those reasons and more, that’s why it probably won’t last.

I did a write up on this episode a couple months ago talking about how amazing this show is, and it is.. But I honestly don’t know if the world is ready to take a trip down hacker lane with sociopath boy.

I AM. I will watch this show into the ground. =) It depicts realistic computer usage and hacking. It shows us Linux, an OS that 90% of the nation probably doesn’t know exists. It depicts a person who loves his friend (singular) and protects people (no matter if they are strangers or not), but hates society and everything it represents.

MR. ROBOT -- "Pilot" Episode 101 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot -- (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/USA Network)

MR. ROBOT — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot — (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/USA Network)

The main character, Elliot, (played by Rami Malek) has white knight syndrome to rival gods. He takes down the corrupt, quite handily mind you. He steps in to protect his friend, even when she didn’t want it. He even saves his shrink, though she probably wouldn’t see it that way. Elliot’s weapon of choice? A keyboard. This is why Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) recruits him to help bring equality to the world.

If this show finishes the first season I will be mildly surprised. If it makes it to a second season while still being  on USA? I will be REALLY surprised. [Editor’s Note: Mr. Robot was renewed for a second season just before the pilot aired] A show this smart should be on a virtual tv network, like Netflix. Because you can’t talk about how corporations are evil when the show is ultimately owned by Comcast (Comcast owns NBC Universal, which in turn owns USA).

So my review of the episode? Watch it yourself. If you like it, join me each week for those reviews. =) I give this episode a 10½ out of 10.

So what do you think? Is the show worth it? Am I gushing too much or is it amazing? Let us know down below!

USA’s Mr. Robot Renewed for Second Season

Well damn, that was quick.  USA’s newest original series Mr. Robot  premieres tonight, and while I loved the pilot (which you can watch right here if you don’t want to wait) I was worried that while it was a good show, I wasn’t certain it was a good show for USA Network as tonally it’s fairly different from everything else on the network.  Looks like I can rest easy, because without the first episode even aired yet they’ve already greenlit season two!

“We knew from the moment we read Sam Esmail’s provocative script, and witnessed the brilliant performances of Rami Malek and Christian Slater, that Mr. Robot is a stand-out series that is unlike anything currently on television,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber. “The overwhelmingly positive fan reactions to the pilot and the broad sampling of it, reaffirms our confidence in the series, and we’re excited to see where this timely drama will take us for season two.”

Completely unexpected this early in the game, but fantastic news for the freshman series!  If you were on the fence about Mr. Robot thus far, is this announcement encouragement enough for you to jump in?  Let us know in the comments, and keep it locked to Geeks of the Round for more news breakdowns and reviews for this show and much, much more!

Secret Wars – Week Seven

This week brings us back to Old Man Logan and Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars, and the Last days of series continues to chronicle the lead up to the Secret Wars, this week with Ms Marvel!

Old Man Logan comes face to face with the X-Men this week, only he remembers having killed all of them fifty years ago. While Emma Frost and Storm try to figure out what happened to this Logan, Sabretooth breaks up the reunion. Magneto reacts by blaming Logan and throws him through a wall into the path of an oncoming Apocalypse!

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Deadpool continues to disrupt the original Secret Wars with his usual brand of humour. This week he teams up with Lizard as he recounts how he gained a shield with psychic powers and then lost it, teamed up with the X-Men, made the Hulk angrier on purpose, and had his face healed.

The star of this week, though, is Ms Marvel. She sees a planet heading to Manhattan, and heads back to New Jersey to make sure her family and friends are safe from the hordes of people running away from the city. She manages to run on water (after eating too many Doom Dogs) and then, realising that people are going to think the rules don’t matter any more, she runs back to get everyone to her school – a place protected by Loki’s spells.

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Once everyone is safe, she turns to the approaching planet, and finally stands side-by-side with her hero: Captain Marvel.

The last panel made me grin with glee. I’ve wanted to see Carol and Kamala kick butt together since Kamala’s story began, and I can’t wait until the next issue!

As a side note, I’m really loving the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant covers. The one for issue 1 of Thors features a fantastic bit of Mockingbird art. The comic also features a Groot Thor… I am THOR!

Which brings me to my question this week: If you could grant a Mjolnir to any hero, which one would you choose?

Funniest Thor: Howard the Thor. Serious answer: Black Widow, because we already know she’s worthy!