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The Oatmeal is Trying to Save Tesla’s Lab!

Posted on 16 August 2012 by Jessica Dunn

Do you know Nikola Tesla?  No?  You should, so go read this.  Okay, now you know who he is and now that you know, here is why you need to know Tesla, RIGHT NOW.

We just so happen to have one of Tesla’s old labs here in the New York state, but the land is for sale.  The non-profit organization, The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, wants to buy the 1.6million dollar property and turn it into a museum dedicated to Tesla, unfortunately, there is someone else looking to buy the property and turn it into some kind of retail space – probably a strip mall with a Dunkin Donuts or a Subway or something. Continue Reading

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Vin’s Picks Week of July 9, 2012

Posted on 13 July 2012 by VinnieAve

Sorry it’s late this week but to make it up I picked a lot of books this time around.

Batman # 11- I liked this better that last month’s Batman. This is pretty much a wrap-up of past year of Batman, so if you haven’t read it all, this book isn’t for you. It’s a decent end and I look forward what Scott Synder has coming up next.

Conan the Barbarian # 6 – Another conclusion this week with The Argos Deception wrapping up. This was a great action piece (however, not the best but wait for it).

Revival # 1 – Another great start from Image brings us to this book described as a rural noir. I’ll give it rural but it isn’t really noir. So there was one day when people came back from the dead but they aren’t acting any different. Pretty interesting take on a zombie world and one that I am actually willing to read.

Punk Rock Jesus # 1 of 6 – This one is the smartest book I’ve read in a long time. It is issue 1 so take whatever I say with a grain of salt. Humanity has figured out how to clone humans and the first person cloned is Jesus of Nazareth, with his life chronicled on TV. This could be a great book, I will keep you updated and give a full review of the 6-issue mini-series.

Venom #20 – This was a fun action book that is pretty much Venom beating up baddies and saving people who he cares about. The art was strong and the pacing was good. If you are a long time Marvel fan there you will enjoy the ending.

Avengers vs. X-men: VS #4 of 6: The Daredevil vs. Psylocke was a fun story that played with psychic powers and Daredevil’s senses. A nice story but Thor vs. Emma Frost was fantastic. The use of a classic style art was a great touch that made the story great to tell, there was a bit of a theme with this book with psychic powers and a non-human brain.

Wolverine and the X-men # 13 – With so much going on in the world of X-men, it gives a chance to look at some of the characters in different ways. This time around Warbird was character of choice, getting a brief look into her past and her training.

Space: Punisher #1 of 4: I’ve saved the best for last with Frank Tieri’s Space: Punisher. In the vein of Noir and 1602 comes Space: Punisher. The first thing to say about this book is that use of pulp art makes a great feel that permeates that entire book. There is some beautiful action pieces. If you like action scifi or Heavy Metal pick this up.

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Vin’s Picks: Week of June 11

Posted on 14 June 2012 by VinnieAve

If you are a long time reader of All Geeks Considered you know that we try to have a weekly comics article. When I say try I mean every few months either Diego or I try to do a run down of what we liked this week. I’m trying again. I want to do this every Wednesday night. Let’s see where this goes.

Batman #10: Twitter lost its shit over this one. It was good and there is a major twist. I think that this will have a major effect on the Bat-family but that hasn’t happened yet, I want to see what they do with it over the next few months.

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre 1 of 4: Last week we had Minutemen and I thought that was terrible, this week we have Silk Spectre which is by no means great or visionary but there are some things that I liked about this, first is the great cover by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts. This was the high point of the book for me (and the one thing that I really liked this week). We get some good moments of what it feels like to be a teenage girl and it makes us realize that this is not just a superhero book but actually about Laurie.

Avengers vs. X-Men: VS: 3 of 6: This book continues to be one of the dumbest books put out but I enjoy it each time. Personally the fights are fun to read and while there is really no character development or story development it can be really fun to see two character just duke it out. This is not for anyone but the nerdiest of comic book readers.

Conan the Barbarian #5: The Argos Deception Part 2: We actually get to see a part of the deception this week. Sadly this is hard to suggest since it is the second part of a three part story. It’s a pretty standard set-up to a Conan finale. I will be back for sure in 2 months hopefully telling you to pick up Conan the Barbarian #7 which will be part of a new story.

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All Geeks Considered Picks the Best of 2011

Posted on 05 January 2012 by VinnieAve

Best Limited Comic Book Series-

DM: Flashpoint: Knight of Vengeance- More than twenty years ago  a tragedy occurred in the alley behind a movie theater and Thomas Wayne lost what he loved most to a petty criminal.  From that moment on a Knight of Vengeance was born.

Vinnie:  Flashpoint: Knight of Vengence- the Flashpoint Sidestories might have been the best of an event that was pretty good. However, the best of these was the Batman, tie-in. This could have stood alone from Flashpoint and just been an Elseworld. If you like Batman this series is pretty worth checking out.

Best On-Going Series-

DM: X-Factor- Peter David just keeps knocking it out of the park.  I have yet to read a thing this man writes that I do not love.

Vinnie: Swamp Thing- I mentioned the New 52 the other day and I mentioned this book in particular a while ago. I will admit that I haven’t read the Alan Moore Swamp Thing books but the art and writing are utterly outstanding on this making this the best.

Best Comic Book Storyline-

DM: Spider Island – Spider-man is in over his head as every New Yorker obtains the powers of a spider without Peter Parker’s sense of responsibility.

Vinnie: Spider Island- A fun story that doesn’t get too heavy, a perfect place for someone who knows the bare minimum to get into Spiderman.

Best TV Series:

DM: Sherlock- Too many times “updated” franchises fall short of the mark, but this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes has knocked it out of the park.  Great cast, great writing and a fantastic feel makes this the best of last year in my mind.

Vinnie: Game of Thrones- My friend had been a fan of this a few years ago but I have never read the book. Overall this was a great show with wonderful production values and fantastic acting. Fans and fantasy and political action/drama should check this out.

Best Movie-

DM-  Super 8- There is no question in my mind that this is a movie that stirs the heart.  It is a period piece of fantastic quality, touching back to Spielbergian science fiction.

Vinnie- The Muppets- I have no question that this was the best movie of 2011. In the most successful attempt to revive a franchise, Jason Seigel manages to bring back all the things that made the Muppets great in the past. I hope to see more in this series

Best Board Game-

DM: Eminent Domain- Race for the Galaxy meets Dominion.  Do I need to say more? This Kickstarter funded game is of such great quality and fun that I truly wish I could have contributed to its getting off the ground.

Vinnie- Best Board Game- Survive: Escape from Atlantis- this is a bit of a cheat in 2 ways, one it is a release of an older game and 2 I played it first in 2011. This game has much of what I like in a game, its versatile, it’s quick and, it’s easy to teach. With great production values this game is a must have for any collection want a game that can be competitive or co-operative.

From here we each did things that the other didn’t so from DM we have:

Video Game: Magic the Gathering: Duel of the Planeswalker 2012
Despite the name, this 2011 video game release provided hours of entertainment as well as the ability to play the Archenemy and practice your maniacal laughter.

Novel: Ghost Story
Jim Butcher continues his Dresden Files series with an engrossing continuation to 2010’s cliffhanger.  Harry fans loved it and those who are not fans just have not become fans yet.

Iphone App: Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer
This was a fantastic digital conversion of a great board game. With one expansion out already, the app is firmly entrenched on my phone.

and from Vinnie we have:

Best Anime- Tiger & Bunny- This also qualifies as the best superhero thing of 2011. A series that managed to get everything I love about superhero stuff and have great interpersonal stories makes Tiger & Bunny and show that will be remembered for years.

Best Manga Release- Codename: Sailor V- This series managed to grow on me and not get stale after a while. The characters developed and she was a much more independent character than Sailor Moon.

 

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Spoiler Alert 7 Week of 9/14/11 DC New 52 Edition

Posted on 15 September 2011 by DM

Suicide Squad 1
A bit of a clichéd storyline for the first issue is apparently just what the doctor called for.  Suicide Squad gives us a nice rundown of its members whilst running us through their last test and showing us their mettle.  Particular favorites were Deadshot, who I never really took to BR, and Harley Quinn, who seems much more disturbed and believable in this universe. Amanda Waller is thin and apparently people who aren’t me care about this fact but whatever.  I rarely share other people’s cares in regards to stuff like this.

What this means to you: If you don’t mind villains doing villainous things this might be the book for you.  Well written and drawn, it kept me engrossed throughout the issue.

Superboy 1
OK this was the first PR book that made me realize that the old DC universe was not there anymore. Superboy is brand new again with different powers and a different mindset.  While I’m not sure about his physical power levels he seems much more focused and that seems a good thing.  While I haven’t watched young justice that much, I am inclined to believe that this Superboy seems much more like his cartoon counterpart.  This issue sets up the boy of steel as the main foe of the new teen titans team but we will see how long that lasts.

What this means to you: The book was well written and the art was alright but it didn’t really catch me.  You Young Justice fans may get a kick out of it but I do not think it is going to be on my monthly pull list.

Batman and Robin 1
Not happy with this book.  After taking so long to believably change Damien’s character we have got an almost 180.  Inferring that he killed criminals and not really revealing whether or not he lies about it? I call shenanigans.  I will say that this Batman seems to be more on his game than in Detective #1 so that’s a plus.

What this means to you: If you read and loved Batman and Robin then this may not be the book for you.  The relationship between Dick and Damien was very different that is is with Bruce and his son.  I encourage you to give it a try but I do not have high hopes for this book.

Green Lantern 1
A slow start for a promising book.  Sinestro gets his feet wet as a Green Lantern and Hal Jordan feels sorry for himself.  I guess all is well in the green lantern universe.  Well see where this book goes though as Sinestro pops up in the last panel to offer Hal Jordan a deal with the devil.

What this means for you: This book is going somewhere, of that I am sure.  It may take a few issues though.  Do not give up on it though.  Geoff Johns has yet to steer us too wrong.

Red Lanterns 1
This was an interesting book.  Full of the exposition needed to catch new readers up to who the Red Lanterns are, I think Red Lanterns 1 shows some promise.  I think what will really make or break this book is if we can get some Red Lanterns who can speak coherently.  To me this is a slow part of the book.  I am also eager to see if they go through with making one of the kids from earth into a Red Lantern.  There is some foreshadowing but we will see what is what.

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The End and the Beginning of the DC Universe

Posted on 31 August 2011 by VinnieAve

So in my 2 or 3 years of reading comics regularly, there has never been a more interesting week. This is the week is quite possibly the most important week yet. DC only released two books. One was Flashpoint #5 and the other was Justice League #1. I’m going to review this and try to keep them in context of what I’ve seen in DC comics. I’m reviewing them in the order that I encourage you to read them; it just makes sense that way.

Flashpoint #5 – So for this past summer we’ve had the experience of seeing this darker world, it hasn’t been the smoothest ride and this book is no exception. It wasn’t quite a story but more of an exposition book that explains why this happens. I wasn’t really impressed with it overall. The ending is pretty much a forgone conclusion. It has a bit of a Lord of the Rings feel in that there are all these threads from the side books that have going on (the best part of the Flashpoint Universe) all come together to help end the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman. I don’t usually notice art or things like that but the splash page when the resistance shows up is something that I hope gets made into a poster. The book ends with the Flash going back but when he travels he sees three different timelines. Part of me says that this might suggest that there could be a way to bring back things from the previous DC. I’m not suggesting that this will collapse the new universe but a way to filter in ideas that should be brought over. For a brief comment, if you haven’t already read Flashpoint there is no reason to read #5, however, I suggest if you haven’t read Flashpoint and enjoy superhero comics pick up the collection that is coming on in October (only the main story, not the side books, which are coming out in March).

Justice League #1- Also for the past summer there has been a lot of build-up to the New 52. Today it started its landing with Justice League. This is a smart choice since it can be used a way to bring in characters and see where they’ve been. The first thing I noticed was that it say “5 Years Ago” in the first panel. To me this says that the main DC Universe is going to take place after this book (with exception to Action Comics which will take place before this). This is a very tone establishing issue. This is before heroes became well known. Most of the book is making sure you know this in the dialogue between Batman and Hal Jordan.  The book isn’t bad, it’s a little slow but I think that this is a good start. I didn’t expect too much action in this book. The art is slick and clean throughout the book. This book would be a good starting point for any super hero fan.  It’s not an action packed start but the action is good and Hal shows off his powers pretty well. There is something of an over-arching story but it’s really front and center, as JL progresses I’m sure it will be more a part of it as the gang forms up. I’m actually glad they didn’t rush the formation in one book and will spread it out.

So there it is the end of the old and the beginning of the next stage. These books are not going to bring in people who don’t like the superhero thing but this will be a good way to make stray sheep back.

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