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.

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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You might not wanna walk the woods alone anymore…

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I’m big on reading stories that give me chills. I enjoy the rush of adrenaline that comes with the feeling that something is behind you. Also I like a story that doesn’t follow the normal tropes, a story where you can’t guess what is going to happen next. Well this is exactly what I get from Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches. I had heard about it from one of my favorite podcasts iFanboy, where the first 2 issues have been pick of the week. I really wanted something to give me the same feel as Locke and Key. Wytches did that. The story seems to be following a young girl named Sailor Rook who is trying to get past some event that has happened to her. The event involved a bully and something that seemed to cause her family to want to watch over her also uprooting themselves to a new place. Part of what let me know that this series is going to take a different look at the genre of horror, if it is even going fully there, is that witches are not “witches” in the normal sense. From what I am gathering in the first two issues things involve a pledge. The mother seems to be involved in this some how also.

The art adds to the feeling of the story. It has a gritty feel but beautiful in nature. The art harkens to a feel to the genre but at same time it could be an illustration for a slice of life book. Of course that not what this is. The pages also have a feel that the book is older. The pages have ink splotches and a worn look. This adds to the feel. Each time I turned to another page I felt like the scene was going along and the anticipation of something happening was coming. I felt immersed into the next part. I picked up the first two issues and read them in one sitting. Currently issue 2 has just been released, I do suggest a read. If your not a horror reader that fine. This book does more of holding you in suspense and turning things on its head. I came into reading Scott Snyder thanks to Batman and Swamp Thing, this brings me in thoughts of some of his more suspenseful arcs in those books. I say this is a must read.

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Series was mentioned on episode 2 of our podcast UserFriendly; Rated G…check us out online or on iTunes

Are you ready to be taken to a new world? Wizard World Richmond Recap: Oblitia

In Obliita, you command the most powerful gods, legends and monsters from world mythology in the battle for humanity, as you wage war against friends and foes alike. Use your minions unique elemental abilities to transform the terrain of the battlefield to suit your personal style and strategy. With their own elemental strengths and weaknesses, each terrain type can be used unleash epic levels of destruction upon your opponents.
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This is the world of Oblitia. I had the honor of meeting 2 of the guys of the team at the Wizard World con in Richmond. When I first walked over I was curious. The name wasn’t one I knew or familiar with. The moment I walked up the first thing I noticed was the cards. They looked like a cross between trading card games and those cards they give out with codes on it for games. After I looked around for maybe 20 seconds is when I met 2 of the small team of developers. This became a meeting that had a great impact on me, as I’m just a casual gamer but I could see how this could become a huge game to everyone.

The game consists of over 300 creatures that you develop and cultivate. In the process they gain abilities that can effect the environment, weather, and terrain. Giving the potential for numerous variations on how the creatures can appear and react. Now like many that are reading I first thought of Pokemon. But you would be so wrong! The game is built to take the idea of an RPG, role playing game, but expand it in ways that other developers have never thought of, like quest battles and taking your online world to the next level. Imagine you and a friend talking about how you both have Agni, Vedic Fire God (one of the creatures from the game), you start talking about the features and attributes of your character. What you will start to notice is that your characters are nowhere near the same. The game allows for a true customization of your characters bringing you into a true experience of the game. After meeting and learning about the game from these guys I became super excited. I’ve always loved RPGs. From the simple games like Pokemon to games like Zelda and Final Fantasy. I feel this game will be right up there.

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Space Ghost Coast to Coast…well um er…Con to Con…Wizard World Richmond Recap: Cosplay

photo 1(9)Well readers, I had the fortunate chance of going to Wizard World Richmond recently. This was the first year of Wizard World bringing the Con here to Virginia. SO of course I felt fortunate and honored, most of all I had a grin ear to ear in being able to say I was at the first. I got to see Sean Patrick Flannery, Michael Rooker, Jason David Frank and more. The celebs I’ll hit you with later. This recap is all about the cosplay. Now if you have been to a con, whether its SciFi, Anime, Comic, or otherwise, you know there will be cosplay. Cosplay for the unknowing, is costume play. Its when a fan of the genre dresses up as one of their favorite character. It is probably one of the attracting things in going to cons. Yes you get to see celebs, yes you get to get exclusives just for you, and yes you get to nerd out at merchandise and vendors. But where do you get to go to meet people just like you that are at the peak of their love that they will spend who knows how long creating the likeness of their favorite characters. Not only do they have dedication, but they love when you know who they are playing. It’s the love of what they are doing. When I got to Wizard World, pratically an hour before the VIPs got to go to artist alley and the merchandise hall, I received my first “AAAAAAHH” cosplay moment. A young woman dressed as a Survey Corp Member from Attack on Titan. Not only was she cosplaying, but she had full manueveing gear. Like everything. I think i sat in awe as she put it on the whole time before I got up and asked for a picture. Also I spent 15 minutes in awe at the guy dressed as Space Ghost, who oddly enough us older knew who he was while younger ones were just in awe.

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