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Batman V Superman: My Thoughts and Ponderances

A little less than 3 years ago, I walked out of the local IMAX theatre after watching Man of Steel. My brother and I were quickly engaged in friendly discussion over the merits of the film. If you listened to any number of our podcasts, you would already know: He hates Man of Steel, but I defend it. I don’t think it’s perfect by any means, but it isn’t a terrible movie. Batman V Superman came out yesterday, and I came out feeling very much the same way.

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How I Fell in Love With Deadpool…

It’s strange. I had planned to write an article where I detailed chronologically how I fell in love with one of my all-time favorite characters, Deadpool. It made sense. The guy has a freaking movie coming out. But as I tried to remember how I fell in love with the character, the pieces just wouldn’t fit together. I remember first reading about the character during the early issues of Agent X, a book I picked up simply for the art. That was back in 2002. I’m sure I saw mention of the character in Wizard magazine or in an X-book at some point in the 90s, but I wasn’t an avid comic book collector at that point.

So where did I fall in love with the character? There are so many points in the character’s history that I realized I was enamored with the comedy and complexity of the character that is Wade Wilson.

Agent X

Yes, {Spoilers} this title did not in fact feature Deadpool. Spinning out of his struggling initial series, the story of Agent X followed an amnesiac who was believed to be Deadpool at the time. As a teenager, I was initially drawn by UDON’s beautiful art on the book, but I became infatuated with the book when I saw the comedy that lied within as well. I was young and beginning to dive deep into collecting comic books. This was one of the first books I read with a sense of humor and I would come to learn that Gail Simone is a master when it comes to fun titles. Unfortunately, at that young age, I couldn’t afford to collect the entire series and learn the truth behind Agent X’s connection to Deadpool.

Cable and Deadpool

I find Cable to be a dreadfully boring character. So I kept my distance from this book for quite some time. But then, a little thing called Civil War happened. I don’t remember if it was me or my brother who made the decision to include this book in our pull list at the time, but it would eventually be Skottie Young’s covers on the tail end of the series that convinced me to keep picking these books up. That, and the ridiculous fun that I had reading this book. Yeah, I found Cable boring, but he was barely in the book and would eventually die leaving the series completely to Deadpool. And who better to give me my first true taste of Deadpool than one of his creators, Fabian Nicieza?

Deadpool Vol. 2

I’d gotten hooked. Cable and Deadpool came to an end and Deadpool was relaunched under the capable hands of Daniel Way. Deadpool had previously appeared in Daniel Way’s Wolverine: Origins, and Way continued to demonstrate an uncanny (heh) ability to have fun with the character. It wouldn’t be until issue #37 that I would finally get to understand the pathos behind Deadpool. Up until this point, Deadpool was a sort of parody/comedy character that just went on absurd adventures. Under Way, his adventures were still just as absurd, but he had a reason for doing what he did that wasn’t money or fame. He wasn’t simply a funny character; he was actually a very tragic character as well.

Uncanny X-Force

At about the same time that I started understanding Deadpool on a deeper level, Deadpool began to be featured in Uncanny X-Force. Simply put, I believe Rick Remender is a master of character-based storytelling. He doesn’t just write stories where cool shit happens; he writes stories where cool shit happens that deeply affects the characters in his books. Uncanny X-Force was a title that is one of my all-time favorite books for this reason. I found every character utilized in this series to be interesting and real. And to my surprise, Deadpool became the heart of that team. Enough to say, this was a series about a group of people who did bad things but did them for the right reasons.

Since Then…

I admittedly got a little fatigued as Marvel went into Deadpool overdrive with Deadpool Corps and a litany of other mini series featuring the Merc with the Mouth. I also spent a couple years not collecting comics. I gave Brian Posehn and Gerry Dugan’s relaunch a chance but didn’t quite recognize the character I’d embraced. I’ll probably go back and read it all later as I’ve heard some positive stuff. I’ve also read some of the Joe Kelly series, but want to go back and read straight through as I’ve only ever read bits here and there. I’m also thinking about giving the recent Uncanny Avengers a shot.

So what was the point of this? To share a little bit of why I love one of my favorite comic book characters. To give folks an idea of where or how they can jump on to reading Deadpool.

And what was the point of that intro if I ended up writing it out chronologically? I really don’t know.

Hope you enjoyed reading one Deadpool fans account of the evolution of his love for Deadpool. If you love Deadpool too, where did you start? Any suggestions for what to read and what to skip? Are you as excited by the movie as I am?

The Return of a Nerd

First thing’s first… I wanted to apologize to anyone who became a regular visitor to our site at any point. Unfortunately, life got in the way of our little passion project and posts eventually came to a screeching halt. I’m sorry.

Okay! Now, that’s out of the way. Personally, I will be coming back and posting to this site again. So why should you trust me? You shouldn’t. And while I did apologize for the sudden halt on content on this page, I’m not looking for approval. That’s the thing.

I stopped writing because I wasn’t writing what I wanted. I thought I was at the time. I was reporting on the nerd news of that day! But I’m no news man. I’d find something out from a “real” news site and then regurgitate those facts. What my posts were missing were my thoughts. Yeah, I put in my two cents about most things, but it was almost always an after thought. That’s why eventually it was primarily the podcast. Sure, we argued and complained, but it was what I honestly thought about the things that I love or love to hate.

So then why am I coming back to this? Well, because while I do have plenty of folks to chat with about all of this stuff, I still have this small part of me that wants to share these thoughts with the world. It’s the egotist in me, sure. But it’s also fun. And I’d love to have fun with anyone who’s willing to read and join in on the conversation.

So I’m back. I’ve told Danny and Natalia that I’m gonna start writing on here again. I don’t know if they have any desire to jump on here again, but they are most welcome to join in.

And now to end this off… Thank you to anyone who stumbles onto this site and enjoys themselves.

CYaN Podcast Episode 117: I Play with Myself

The pre-Comic Con episode of the Call Yourself A Nerd podcast is here. This week; Danny and Ricky talk about some video games, early comic book news, and our random tangents.

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Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep – A few questions to entice you to read…

doc sleep The Shining was an amazing book, but of course with any great story you end up having more questions. The sequel answers many of the questions I had. (Mainly, the specifics of the Shining.) We get an in-depth look at the gift or curse that is “The Shining”. Little Danny Torrence is grown up and has inherited a nasty habit from his father. That could’ve been the end of Danny’s story, but he is not the only one with the shining. A young girl is dealing with the same demons that Danny has and she needs help.

 

  1. How did Danny come to possess the Shining?
  2. What happened to Danny’s imaginary friend, Tony?
  3. Are the spirits of The Overlook Hotel gone for good?

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Recap Episode 101: Pilot

Meet MIchael Peterson. He’s a father who’s stumbled on hard times who happens to be in the right place at the right time. A nearby building explodes in a fireball, and Michael displays superhuman abilities to save a woman from the disaster. A nearby pedestrian catches a glimpse of his face. Michael Peterson, our first “unregistered gifted” of the brand new series.

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See Something Cool: Octopod Robot

3D printed parts. 26 motors. 8 legs. Wirelessly controlled. A whole lot of awesome. See something cool.

 

Do We Need the Man of Steel?

The Man of Steel. The Man of Tomorrow. The Big Blue Boy Scout. The Last Son of Krypton. Kal-El. Clark Kent. Superman. He has many names and means many things to different people. He is a legend. He is a myth. And with The Man of Steel due out in theaters this Friday, the question stands. Do we need him?

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Nerds Play: Minecraft Part 3

Hey all! We’ve got a new Nerds Play: Minecraft video. We go on an adventure to establish a mine in our continuing quest to face the Ender Dragon. Check it out!

Dumb Ways Continues

Haven’t been writing too often so I just wanted to assure you wonderful folk that I’m still around. We’ve been treated to Dumb Ways to Die, and Cool Things to Find took its turn. There’s been some fun parodies of the catchy jingle, but I’ve got to say my gamer bias dictates I must enjoy this one. The dancing animation isn’t very good, but the take on the song is great. Good job Megasteakman.

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