Wolverine

Babies, Life, and Being a Nerd

Trying to balance an online presence while being a father and a friend isn’t always easy. Finding a balance between being a good husband, father, friend, and blogger is a difficult balance to maintain. Most of the time my online identity is what falls behind but that is ok, because that is the priority I have set in life. My family comes first and with my newborn baby girl, I have not been able to do much lately, and my friends come second but I am sure they feel that is a distant second. I try to do as much as I can with my Nerd Management brothers but alas I fall behind. Luckily they understand as well.

The good thing about an online blog is that it will always be there no matter how many times you quit and then go back. It always waits for you just sitting there waiting for you to tell it what you want to say. Some people have a lot to say and some people have a little. Some people have followers that care and some people just put words into the vastness of space. Either way, its there waiting for you.

A lot has happened since the last time I blogged and we will see what I have to say and how much I will be able to say it in the coming time. Just a reminder for those who remember, http://www.nerdmgmt.com is no longer around but we can be found on soundcloud with season 7 coming up and on facebook as Nerd Management.

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Friday Night Fights: Wolverine v. Batman

Nerd MGMT Friday Night Fights:
Wolverine v. Batman

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Wolverine:

  • Adamantium Skeleton and Razor Sharp Claws
  • Super Human Healing Factor
  • Worldwide Martial Arts and Weapons Training

Batman:

  • Very Wealthy and has access to almost any weapon on Earth
  • Martial Arts training and weapons
  • Gadgets and Gizmos

Who wins this match up? You let us know online!

Nerd MGMT 2015 March Madness Finals Batman v. Wolverine

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Throwback Thursday: Jim Lee’s 1990’s X-MEN!!!

Throwback Thursday: Jim Lee and His X-Men

     Duh Nuh Nuh Nah Nuh Nuh Duh Nuh Nuh Nah Nuh Nuh Duh Nuh Nuh Nah Nuh Nuh Nah Nuh!!! Saturday Mornings on Fox were the best. Watching X-Men cartoons, while playing with my Toy Biz X-Men figures like Wolverine and Trevor Fitzroy and Beast! Man o Man those were the days, SON!

Here we see the X-men facing off with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants!

     Everything from the 90’s that was X-Men was JIM LEE, EVERYTHING. There was nothing that was mutant related that man did not have a hand in for like 8 or 9 years at Marvel. And it was Good! The Cartoon that was on fox on Saturday mornings was directly influenced by the Jim Lee Marvel X-Men book that debuted in 1991 with 10 variant covers to issue #1. Oh Marvel what were you thinking!? This comic book run brought Magneto, The Juggernaut, The Brotherhood to the forefront to a whole new generation of comic book fans. It directly made me the Marvel Zombie that I am now, and a perpetual Mutant Head that I will always be. The invention of Omega Red and insertion to the Super Soldier lineage along with the induction of Cyber and Omega Red into the Wolverine mythology was a strong bold move by Lee but one he stood by.

     Omega Red was the first new major villain created by Marvel for the Mutants at the time in over 11 years. He is in my top 5 X-Villains to grace the comics… Deadpool Excluded b.c. Duh!

This is one of my favorite things that Marvel ever put out and it of course is of the Villains, my favorite aspect of the X-Men universe!!! This picture sans Omega Red and Deadpool epitomizes my childhood love of the Jim Lee X-Men universe. I am glad Jim Lee is at DC he is a god but I miss him very much on the one thing in comic books that I hold dear, X-Men villains.

Who Makes the Best Comic Book Movies!? (Repost from 11/2013)

What Studio Does it Best?

With the huge success of Comic Book themed movies today, there is a big question that is brewing all over; who makes the best Comic Book movies? Is it Sony with the Spider-Man franchise? Is it Fox with the X-Men Universe led by Bryan Singer who is single handedly saving that franchise. Is it Marvel Studios led by Feige and crew who are creating a huge Movie-verse that is ever expanding? Or is it Warner Brothers who have had miss and miss with terrible Superman movies and hokie Batman movies in the 1990′s; but with recent hits such as the Nolan Batman trilogy, and the huge success that was Man of Steel have turned it around and look like that are a major contender for Comic Book movie studio studs.

They have all produced disastrous flops such as Fantastic Four (Fox), X-Men: Last Stand (Fox), Daredevil (Fox), Wolverine: Origins (Fox), Spider-Man 3 (Sony), 2 Separate Hulk Movies (Marvel), Batman Returns (WB), Batman Forever (WB), Superman Returns (WB), and let’s not forget Green Lantern (WB) which was panned by many as the worst Comic Book Movie in the 2000′s.

But with every flop each studio has also produced gem after gem. X-Men, X-Men 2, and X-Men: First Class from Fox were absolute gold, which isn’t surprising since they were touched by Singer (Midas himself). Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man from Sony were chart toppers, Marvel has just a plethora of recent homeruns with the end of Phase 1 and so far all of Phase 2 stuff being goldmines. Warner Brothers and DC Comics have come to play too, with the huge success that was the Nolan Batman Trilogy and the recent success of Man of Steel, they have regained a foothold in great Comic Book movie making.

I think we know who does it worst… With what it seems like a passion Fox puts out some poopers with the Fantastic 4 franchise in the 2000′s and now that the reboot sounds atrocious as well. X-Men: Last Stand was so bad that is still leaves a terrible taste in my mouth. Wolverine: Origins butchered almost every aspect of many fan favorite characters, Daredevil was so terrible they got their license for it taken away. Basically everything that Laura Schuler Donner touches turns to crap.

But could the studio that makes the worst comic book movies, also make the best? There is no rule against that I guess. If you make such great comic book movies that they offset the horrible ones that you have also produced that is legitimate. Fox has upped the ante with the latest trailers for X-Men: Days of Future Past and with the success of X-Men: First Class and the classic X-Men 1 and 2 all of which is Bryan Singer’s doings. It may be safe to say that even though Warner Brothers/ DC is such a big part of the landscape right now, and even though Marvel is just pumping out Money Makers from Phase 2; Fox may be the leader in Great Comic Book movies.

Mikel’s X-Men: DOFP Review (Spoilers)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 10/10 GO SEE IT!!!

Going into this movie, with all of the hype and hoopla being made over it; and even the Hardee’s ads featuring some of the cast, I still had high hopes. That sometimes is a scary thing to do; going into a large budget movie with high hopes makes you feel a bit like Icarus. But I will tell you what, these wax wings held up! This movie starts off intense and continues to hold you until don’t even realize that you just set through 2 hours and 15 minutes of the Best X-Men Movie EVER! Yep, better than X2!

The movie started off in a fight sequence with some new characters mixed in with some old favorites from the original X-Movies. Bishop, Blink, Warpath, and Sunspot were all introduced. And I might add, were 100% accurate to their comic book counter parts. I have no idea, if that has ever happened with ancillary characters in the X-Men Franchise of movies. Iceman and Kitty Pryde were 2 of the original X-Men who were leading that team. The fighting sequence in this was tremendous. The future Sentinels were so great and masterfully designed.

After the initial fight and you can see that Kitty has the ability to send people back in time, the future groups of mutants are joined in China by Professor X, Magneto, Storm, and Wolverine. They go through the spiel about needing to go back in time and save the world, more specifically to stop Mystique from killing Trask and causing everything that is surrounding them.

This movie at this point has a great narrative throughout it. That narrative is redemption. Everyone wants to redeem their past, in order to create a better future. A great narrative is one that can transcend multiple story lines and reveal itself in many different moments of the movie. We see it with Professor X, we see it with Beast, we see it with Magneto in the future, we see it with Mystique at the end of the movie, and we see it in Wolverine in every single scene in the movie. Redemption is a heavy sword through out this movie, and the post credits scene with Apocalypse shows that because in the comics he can travel through time, to redeem himself anytime he fails.

The acting in this movie was flawless, especially by Peter Dinklage and Michael Fassbender. Both portray their characters perfectly. I loved the anguish on Magneto’s face as you can tell he has no remorse for the things he is doing because he knows it is for the betterment of his kind. Peter Dinklage has the same look on his face as Boliver Trask knows what he is doing is for the betterment of all humankind. There is a point where is first introduced where he is reading an excerpt from one of Professor X’s papers where he says that humans drove Neanderthals to extinction because they were weaker. At that moment he and Magneto become the perfect embodiment of one another and their paths were to cross no matter what timeline that they fell within.

The final scene of this movie was the greatest, and as much as this movie was great, what Bryan Singer did was perfect. There are cameos be a few “X-Men” that wrap this movie up quite nicely with and basically say most of X2 and all of X3: Last Stand never happened. When they came onto the screen Oh Man it was so awesome. Jean, Scott, Rogue, and Beast all made their cameos. This movie wrapped up very nicely and from what I saw, the X-Men franchise is set for a very bright future!

10/10 Great! SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Midnight Release)

X-Men: Days of Future Past

     Well it’s finally here, the midnight release tonight of the epic follow up to X-Men: First Class. We have waited quite a while for Bryan Singer to come back to the helm and take the X-Men Movie Universe where it needs to go. We have gotten little tidbits of information about this movie bit by bit and then all of a sudden BOOM in your face!

     The Nerd Management crew are headed to yet another Midnight Release this year, and man have there been a ton. I am sure the review of DOFP will be up tonight right after we see the movie! There is supposed to be a stinger that leads into a movie I am looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse. I just hope that it is different than what we were told about 6 to 8 months ago.

 



New Comic Book Day: May 21, 2014

Books I’m Excited About

     Man what a week for books! I mean I haven’t been this excited about this many books for a long time. 6 books this week! I cannot even remember the last time I have read 6 books in a week, but I think I am up to the challenge. Deadpool, Avengers, X-Men, Original Sin, and Magneto all add up to an awesome week for books.

Deadpool Annual #2 written by Chris Hastings has the ole Merc-with-a-Mouth in Spider-Man’s costume on the cover. Last year’s annual was pretty good and I don’t see any reason why this one wont be any different.

     Issue #2 of Original Sin written by Jason Aaron continues the quest to find out who killed Uatu the Watcher and who has everyone’s secrets. Issue 1 was amazing and it quickly seems as if this may be one of Marvel’s best “Events” since Civil War.

     Magneto #4 by the magnificent Cullen Bunn drives us deeper and deeper into the mind of the Master of Magnetism, Magneto is growing ever more ruthless with each passing issue and knowing that he cares not about anyone’s well being doesn’t bode well for the human race in this book. Watch out non-mutants, you may not even stand a chance.

     The 3 X-Men books that are coming out this week are pretty good too, X-Men #14 written by Brian Wood; Uncanny X-Men #21 by Brian Michael Bendis; and Amazing X-Men #7 by Kathryn Immonen which features the reunion of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (Firestar & Iceman). These 3 X-Books are very throwback to early 90’s writing, they are a good read and always fun!

     Any of these books are worth a pick up if you aren’t already reading them, and especially Amazing X-Men they are good series to add to your pull list.

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Toy Preview: X-Men Legends TRU Exclusive BAF Jubilee

The Next Line of Marvel Legends will be X-Men: BAF Jubilee series featuring:

Cyclops, Stryfe, Storm , Another Wolverine , and Magneto with a BAF Jubilee

This series will hit Toys R Us shelves later this Fall.

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Just a preliminary review of these figures. I am excited about all of them except for the 335th 6″ Wolverine they feel the need to keep releasing.