Black History Month: The Falcon aka the New Captain America (Had to Say It)

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So I thought to myself that I would do a little summary and checklist for characters of African American descent on the site. The profiles would of course be heroes and villains. Also I’ll keep the profiles up even after this month so to cover as many heroes and villains of every nationality that I can.

So Starting off we got the worlds new friend, Sam Wilson. Sam Wilson, the hero known as Falcon, has come into light within the world thanks to Captain America: Winter Soldier. The part played by Anthony Mackie was amazing. Yet, this was not the characters true beginning. The character would debut in Captain America issue 117,1979 . In this issue his origin would be told along with placing him with the character that he would become synonymous with over the years. His first adventure would even feature the Red Skull, solidifying him as a character to watch. Over the years, thanks to Captain America, Civil War, The Avengers and numerous other books he would be known by comic readers. Recently he debuted in cartoons as an Avenger on Avengers Assemble. Also in these modern times that we have, the character is now Captain America. He appears in Captain America and The Mighty Avengers, Captain America proper, and all Avengers titles. He has grown in stature as a character and the definition of what his creators, Stan Lee and Gene Coolan, created. Below I’ve included links to a recent episode of Avengers, which comes on Disney XD. Also, links to the various places you can learn more about Sam Wilson.

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Marvel.com Profile of The Falcon

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My First Geek series….

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So people who come to the site may know about the podcast that we also do for the site. Well here we wanna let you guys in on the inner workings of that podcast. Also we wanna let you know what makes us “geeks”. So for the month of January we are gonna drop multiple podcasts. Ones that are shorter then our norm (like around 30 minutes). These podcasts will talk about our first geek experiences and where that has taken us. We will still discuss news and things, yet this will let you in on what brought us into our own. So check back each week on what makes us Geek. Also if you never listened we included our last ep about the Inhumans below. So tweet us at #MyFirstGeek and tell us your “First Geek” items, from anime to video games to comics and more. Also leave a comment on iTunes, Stitcher, and Podomatic for the show and tweet us @PaofKalEL on twitter.

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The Asylum is open…

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So tonight Monday January 5th, 2015, marks the return of our mild mannered law keeping cop James “Jim” Gordon to the screen. Tonight is also the night he starts his new job, security guard. Well at least after all he did last season during the mid season finale he has a job, in this economy that’s awesome sir. I will also note his job is probably worse now then it was before. Why you ask? Because he is now a security guard for Arkham Asylum, yes that Arkham. Tonight marks our first glimpse into the place that all Batman readers, cartoon watchers, and movie fans, have known for years. As far as I can recall, this will be the first time that Arkham will be shown in any of the Batman live action properties in detail. I’m excited to see where it goes. The show had problems in the beginning, with Gordon being very stoic and the archetype to a T of the boy scout with no faults. Also with Fish Mooney being over the top, scattered story lines that seemed disjointed and other things. By mid season a few things had been fixed, also with the hiatus time, there was time to fix more things. I’ve been a vocal supporter of this show because I love Gotham Central as a literary work (yes I said that because it’s so much more then the layman use of the word comic book, read it and you will understand). Tonight by adding Arkham they can add an element of drama, yet also add the suspense the show has truly been lacking. It can push Gordon into a corner and show that things are darker then he even could imagine in Gotham. Hopefully, I pray, they won’t use this to randomly add anymore people from Batman’s rogues gallery. One of my biggest misgivings of this series is the fact that they add numerous hints to the baddies that we know and love. IN adding these they lose their identity by trying to be loyal to the book. One thing I liked about Smallville and a few other DC properties is that if they did add a known villain, that person was still at risk of being killed or a change was made. We don’t need to show utter loyalty to the mythos. Reason being, most comic fans at this day and time know that they will change something, its a forgone conclusion. So they should take that freedom and if they add say Firefly, feel free to surprise us by killing him the next episode or make him a bigger threat. They should feel free to be their own property and work to just be a good drama. Saying all of this, I feel Arkham is a good start. Also you should watch closely tonight because a few familiar faces are making their debut with this return. Morena Baccarin(from Firefly and Homeland) playing Leslie Thompson a physician at Arkham debuts tonight. Well excited to see where it goes. I’ll be livetweeting the West Coast feed and on baited breath waiting to see the patients running the asylum.

Reasons why I’m loving the first full week of 2015…

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The first thing that has me jumping up and down, the return of Hayley Atwell as the amazing Agent Peggy Carter. When I heard that Agents of SHIELD was gonna take a long hiatus for the winter, i was miffed. But when I heard Marvel and ABC were gonna fill that spot with Agent Carter I was so excited. Bringing us the behind the scenes story of SHIELD’s beginnings with Agent Carter, Howard Stark, and apparently a living Jarvis. I couldn’t be more excited. Besides bringing back the amazing actress who brought this icon to life ( i can say that because without Peggy Carter we wouldn’t have Sharon Carter aka Agent 13), we also have the return of Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark. With a cast being round out by Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse fam), Chad Michael Murray, and Lyndsy Fonseca (who played a spy on CW’s Nikita). I’m thinking this may be a one time event for us to see Carter and her gang, but I wouldn’t mind a small peek into their world every so often…..SO OVER THE MOON. Are you?


  Agent Carter premieres with a 2 hour episode Tuesday Jan 6 at 8pm on ABC

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UserFriendly Rated G: We are talking Saturday Morning cartoons…

So episode 3 of our podcast UserFriendly Rated G is out. We are talking comics, tv, and our love for Saturday morning cartoons. We spoke before about them leaving us and finally got the chance to drop our passion in audio form. Hit us back, give it a listen, and tell us ones that you will forever miss. This podcast was recorded late after watching a few cartoons and a little Power Rangers (may do a podcast on that sometime lol). So enjoy and tweet us. We also will be announcing a huge podcast series we will be doing in January so watch the site for that or the info of the podcast.

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Episode 3: Saturday Morning Cartoons

Comic Book Spotlight: Marvel’s Inhumans

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In the last year, if you had the fortunate chance of watching ABC’s Agents of SHIELD and seeing the news around it, you may have heard inclining of a group called the Inhumans. Between the blue alien who was rumored to be Kree, recently this was confirmed. To mysterious writing that now leads to a city. To now Marvel Studios announcing that in 2018 we will be receiving an Inhumans movie. Many fans who are don’t read the comics or may not have been reading them long, may not know why this is a major occurrence. But think of it this way, Marvel Studios can not use the franchise of X-Men yet and the Inhumans would be a great way of filling that space. For all intense purposes the Inhumans are fundamentally mutants. You may debate with me but they kinda are. We wanted to spotlight them because along with all the TV goings on they have, the comics world for them is also getting a lot bigger. They are now in the spotlight in a way they haven’t been in years. It’s time we fill everyone in on who or what they Inhumans are and why you should be into them.

In 1965, the issue of Fantastic Four number 45 was released. This issue written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby would bring us a name that would become synonymous with a group that would have impact over the Marvel Universe for years to come. The group was known as the Inhumans. The Inhumans are a group of humans advanced by Kree technology. Now one thing I should point out is that this was done centuries before the modern Marvel Universe. Stan and Jack would write a story that would create a race of not only advance biology but also technologically more advance then anyone could imagine. A race that could fight against or with our more well known heroes. Also incorporating many of the cosmic species that they had created like the Kre and Skrull.

The story goes, that during the beginning of the Kree-Skrull war the Kree had set up a base on Saturn. From this base on Saturn they had become aware of primitive humans and noticed that they had a potential for more genetically. They wanted to use these humans to create a soldier to fight for them against the Skrulls. So they took primitive humans from Earth and experimented on them. Successfully creating humans that were advanced in every way. They eventually abandoned this due to a prophecy stating that eventually these beings would pose a threat to the Kree Supreme Intelligence. The Inhumans would survive and create their own society and go through a process called Terrigenesis. The process would cause issues so they would start a selective breeding process, creating a sort of caste system. This was the creation of the Inhumans and the royal family that we would soon be introduced to.

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Best night for the comic fanboy in me EVAH!!!

Tonight, Tuesday December 2nd, was the best night evah! Funny cause it wasn’t finale night for any of these shows, but they showed that the were doing great these season no matter what. Surprising because both shows had something going on as far as setup. The two shows I mean were The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. SHIELD was setting up its mid-season finale game, while The Flash was kicking off the “The Flash vs Arrow” 2 night crossover, which was a tough thing to jump into seemingly for a new show in its first season, I can tell you it did good. So lets start from the first show out the gate:

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The Flash was this series this season that kicked off new superhero shows. Slowly but surely, superheroes have started to take over media. For a genre built from comics that mostly sat in animated mediums, it is a genre that has taken strides. DC Comics has hit this running. With a record number of shows both on the air and either in production or contracted to be created, currently DC is the leader in live action superhero TV. I already said all over twitter and anywhere else I can be heard that Flash is the best. Tonight showed that.

The episode starts with our classic opening of Barry, played by Grant Gustin who has grown to be our fav hero, filling us in on his thoughts at the moment. We learn a little more about Barry each episode and what makes him tick. The one thing I do wanna say about Barry which differs than most heroes, Barry likes being a hero. Barry revels in the idea that he has powers. He enjoys it. Last episode we were able to see him make every drink for the coffee shop line just because he was impatient. He’s the type of character that shows what happens if a comic geek got superpowers what would they do. In this episode we get what comic readers wanna see when they get together and all disagree on whose the best.

The episode starts with a bank robbery by a metahuman who can hamper ones ability to stop them from releasing their most primal emotions. Funny because it seems all the people in the shows primal emotion is being pissed off. Like no one seems to wanna make out or anything, nothing wrong with fighting, but goodness talk about this going from Central City to Starling in the first 10 minutes. The bad guy gets away of course, which is par for the course since he never really gets caught until like 15 minutes before the show ends in some sort of science explained way. This show should be shown to kids in chemistry, it would kill.

After this Eddie starts going on a manhunt to start a task force to hunt down The Flash. Now this part I felt was slightly out of place. I always thought Central City was the place that loved their hero. In every iteration of The Flash, whether it be animated or otherwise, he was a character that saved lives at the cost of himself and the city loved him, i mean the guy has a museum for goodness sakes. I am still waiting on what comes of this, but it makes him more Batman/Arrow then The Flash. We build tension in the first 15 minutes that lead us to the appearance of Oliver Queen and Team Arrow. The writers for The Flash pretty much make Arrow a jerk. He spends the whole episode telling Barry that he pretty much is a loser. Now I know he’s new to this and things need to be learned, but did anyone forget that this is Central City and not Starling. We spent every moment that they were together with Oliver telling Barry how stupid he’s acting and to get over himself.

Well apparently I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, because Barry runs off saying he didn’t need Oliver’s help to capture Prism, as Cisco called him (anybody else thought this was gonna go as wrong as it did?). Well Prism hit Barry with his powers and disappeared. Well we think that after all the tests and everything Barry is ok, until he goes all “step off I’m not you dead boyfriend” to beloved Caitlyn. Then he snaps on his boss and Joe at the police department. So of course, everyone says he’s been “whammied”. I found this funny because if it had been Oliver it was normal. It was Barry so we thought “something is deathly wrong”, see the characterization there.

This about where we get what every geek watching has been waiting for. After Barry drags Eddie out of a moving car in front of Iris (seriously hope your ok Rick Cosnett), we get Flash versus Arrow. Now the part that made me laugh the most was Diggle, Cisco, and Caitlyn literally had the “Who would win in a fight conversation”. They bantered about speed, powers versus none, experience, intelligence. They went thru everything before Felicity did the non-fan thing and said “are we really doing this”. The fight ends with a arrow to Barry’s leg, Wells and Joe curing him, and Cisco calling it a tie. The metahuman is captured off screen. Which made me think I missed something but not care. Mainly because he was only there to get the fight going. Throughout the episode we are also shown various reason on how both heroes are different.

Arrow was not welcomed with open arms in Central City because he was an “unknown variable” and because of the injuries.death he leaves behind. Also he left Flash with a parting gift, Eddie got his task force to pass and Iris wanted him to stay away. Damage done. The cities both have the same producer and minds behind them but have two different feels. Its why I feel the show has done well. Yes, they both are in the same universe. Yes they crossover. But you could see that this was still The Flash. The humor and heart was still there. Also the comic book surprises. The Flash is a comic book on screen while Arrow is a noir tale. Thats the feel.

Also I may have left something out….SPOILER…after all the credits we get a shot underneath a bridge. A group yells at the seemingly homeless man telling him that it is unsafe to be underneath the bridge. At the point the figure gets up and the camera pans around as the man engulfs himself in flames. It is revealed as Ronnie Raymond aka Firestorm. So we are left with questions like how did he get out of the reactor to get to the bridge? Since he’s two people in one body, who was that in control? Also, how are Caitlyn and Cisco going to react? We did not get a preview for next week, instead we received a preview for The Flash vs Arrow Pt 2: The Brave and The Bold, but next week is a new episode so I’m guessing its Ronnie Raymond. You think he will be Flash’s new bestie?

Agents of SHIELD after the cut….

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