This week, Sam and Jake talk about the debut issue of Prometheus: Life and Death by Dan Abnett and Andrea Mutti and published by Dark Horse Comics. The second miniseries to spring from Ridley Scott's Alien prequel (The first taking a cue from Predator), Prometheus: Life and Death starts with a distinctly Aliens vibe with space marines find themselves face-to-face with a space god. Things do not go well...but the story sure does! Listen to what the boys thought of the first issue!

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, June 8!

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The celebration of 50 years of Star Trek and countdown to Star Trek Beyond continues here! After the critical disappointment to the first Star Trek film and its inflated budget, Paramount decided to revisit the classic science fiction franchise albeit with a heavily reduced budget and Leonard Nimoy's desire to kill of the character that he been associated with for over a decade. What we got was one of the finest sequels of all time that served as a big course correction from its predecessor and the first time we see James T. Kirk at moment of severe personal doubt. What many call the greatest Star Trek film of all time (And Sam agrees), it's time for The Wrath of Khan!

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This is the big one, what many music critics and think pieces call the most groundbreaking album of all time, let alone the most groundbreaking album by the already prolific Beatles. While the Fab Four had been experimenting in the studio for some time, now, without the exhausting obligations of near-constant touring and public appearances, they were free to capitalize on everything they had learned so far to push popular music as far as it could go and produce their masterpiece. Listen as Sam and Jake go track-by-track on the landmark 1967 album that finally won over the critics and made the world realize The Beatles were more than a simple pop act when many had already written the ensemble off as irrelevant. A gamechanger of an album and a super-sized special episode to go along with it.

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Sam's thoughts on The Nice Guys:

Los Angeles, 1977. The City of Angels feels hazy and distorted with cigarette smoke wafting indoors while the bright, California sun is filtered through a thick layer of smog. Morally, the lines feel blurred too with drugs readily available, porno theaters littering Hollywood Boulevard, and pimps and dealers on each street corner. It's in this pulpy, neo-noir (Retro-noir?) setting that a porn star is killed putting the story into motion.


At the center of The Nice Guys is two men who have largely forgotten who they are. Russell Crowe is a man that briefly flirted with heroism in his past but has now let himself go out of shape and cruise the San Fernando Valley as a low-rent enforcer for hire. Ryan Gosling is a man still reeling from the death of his wife and has to rely on his more mature and competent teenage daughter to ensure he keeps getting work as a private detective. These two figures initially find themselves on opposite sides of the tracks but working together when they realize they share the same goal.
Here's the kicker, though: This movie is funny, like really funny. It may very well be the funniest film I've seen in theaters this year and let me remind you that Deadpool came out 3 months ago. While Gosling has always shown what he's capable of in dramatic roles with star-making performances in Blue Valentine, Drive, and The Place Beyond the Pines (And, as someone that's had girlfriends since at least 2004, of course I've seen The Notebook), I've always thought he'd do well comedically and he totally proves that right here. Last year, we got a taste of Gosling's comedic chops in The Big Short, this time around, we get the main course and it delivers in full.


The humor isn't necessarily for everybody; this is Shane Black joint, after all, so things can get dark and violent and the humor itself can get sanguineous in every sense of the word. But I never found the violence particularly unsavory and off-putting; this flick is built to be a crowd-pleaser with frames saturated in color and all set to a groovy, 70s soundtrack.


In many ways, The Nice Guys is what Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of Inherent Vice should have been: an irreverent, wacky take on 70s crime fiction that isn't afraid to poke fun at the ludicrousness of it all. This is a good time at the movies.

 

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Fresh off the Limbo advance book review, the gang talk to the book's creators Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard about the book, its influences, a bit of the comics industry in Great Britain, and some of Dan's recent literary forays. Also, the boys talk about the premiere of Preacher and lots of Disney after the recent release of Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer!

Limbo out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, June 1!

Direct download: Episode98.mp3
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This week, Sam and Jake do an advance book review of the debut issue for the upcoming Dark Horse Comics miniseries, Weird Detective, by Fred Van Lente and Guiu Vilanova. True to its title, Weird Detective as a gumshoe investigating the paranormal that hides a paranormal secret himself. Paired with a new partner, the sleuthing duo are drawn into a Lovecraftian case involving Cthulu Crime in this super-sized first issue! Listen what the boys thought of it!

Weird Detective #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, June 15!

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The start of a brand new commentary series! With this year marking the 50th anniversary of the franchise that changed forever science fiction and a new film this summer, we're doing commentaries for all of the Star Trek movies! After the back-to-back success of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Paramount realized they had their own potential blockbuster science fiction franchise with a built-in fanbase, the long-gestating return of Star Trek! But in an answer to the more popcorn flick that was Star Wars, they decided to make the inaugural Star Trek film more cerebral...did it work? Listen as the boys revisit the 1979 motion picture to find out!

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Jake returns to talk about another Kiss album track-by-track and this time he enlists Geek Out veteran co-host, Sam, to discuss Kiss' iconic fourth album, Destroyer! Fresh off the runaway success of their live album, Alive!, Kiss teamed up with Alice Cooper producer Bob Ezrin to capture the raw sound and energy of their live shows into a studio album. What resulted is the first Kiss album to go platinum upon its initial release and brought the band to new heights and new audiences with some of their most signature songs including their most commercially successful single of all time! Listen as the Geek Out duo deconstruct Destroyer!

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This week, the boys talk to superstar comic book creator and multiple Eisner-winner Gene Ha about his creator-owned writing debut with Mae, published by Dark Horse Comics. Gene talks about his influences on the book, discussion of portal fiction, and his affinity for geek culture. Also, listen as Gene shares experiences working with DC Comics and working with Alan Moore! Finally, the gang goes into a deeper discussion about Captain America: Civil War and also reveals their first impressions on the Assassin's Creed movie trailer!

Mae #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, May 18!  

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Sam and Jake talk about the Image Comics miniseries Limbo by Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard. At once a neon-lit neo-noir and a love letter to 80s pop culture, the duo talk about how they feel about the book and who Jake reveals as one of the coolest characters in an Image book. Listen to hear their full thoughts on it!

Limbo out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, June 1!

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