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May 11, 2022

So, the next big Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, hits Disney + on the 27th…hugely anticipated because we’ll finally get a look into what happens to Obi-Wan between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. But one of the bigger issues Star Wars fans are hoping will be resolved is a plot hole involving something Darth Vader said in Return of the Jedi. In Jedi, when Luke turns himself in and is taken to the new Death Star, he has a conversation with Vader and insists that there’s still some good in him, Vader responds with “Obi-Wan once thought as you do. But we’ve never seen Obi-Wan make any inference that there’s anything left of Anakin in Vader. Die hard Star Wars fans are hoping that the ‘interactions’ between Vader and Obi-Wan in this new series will fill that plot hole and put a period on that sentence.

 

We’re getting a whole slew of new Marvel shows coming to Disney +…

and …. Loki Season 2. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are set to direct (they’re the guys responsible for Moon Knight). No word on any plot lines yet, but production is set to begin next month.

 

I gotta talk House of the Dragon. The Game of Thrones prequel hits HBO on August 21st and my social media has blown up since the trailers were released. It’s 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of the House Targaryen. If you are a GOT fan and haven’t checked out the teasers and trailers online yet…, do it. It’s well worth it.

 

New Comic Books Today

  • X-Men #11 – High Rollers
  • Wonder Woman #787 – The Villainy of Our Fears, Part 1
  • Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 – The Right Path
  • Moon Knight: Black, White, & Blood #1 – Anubis Rex
  • Hulk vs. Thor: Banner of War Alpha #1 (celebrating the 60th anniversary of both characters)
  • Captain America: Symbol of Truth #1 – Homeland, Part 1 (Sam Wilson picks up the shield once again)

May 4th, 2022

May the 4th Be With You! And to celebrate Star Wars Day Fortnite is returning to the galaxy far far away for their yearly Star Wars celebration. They’ve added usable lightsabers back into the game, along with the E-11 blaster…the one used by Stormtroopers. There’s also a bunch of new Star Wars quests…all of it’s active in the game until the 17th.

Did you catch Moon Knight’s or Marc Spector’s third personality last week? It was quick, but early in the episode in Dr. Harrow’s office Marc does another little personality switcharoo but this personality has a cut on the bridge of his nose that we haven’t seen before, and if you watch his accent and body language don’t match that of either Marc or Steven. The buzz in the geek world is that was Jake Lockley, a third personality. In the comics, Jake’s a cab driver that gathers info for Marc. Now fast forward a bit to the scene where Marc’s dad is sitting Shiva for his mom…there’s a cab parked behind him which Steven and Marc watch drive away. How Lockley gets involved at this point is still up in the air mainly because I haven’t watched today’s episode yet.

And for my D&D brothers and sisters out there. We’re getting a new Dragonlance trilogy this year. The first one, “Dragonlance: Dragons of Deceit” should hit shelves August 9th, the official word from Margaret Weis, one of the creators, is that we’ll return to old friends while introducing a new heroine.

Big geek day this weekend, Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. Over 2,000 stores across the U.S. will be giving away millions of free comic books. Perfect opportunity to either get started or get back into comics. You can check online to see participating shops near you.

 

New Comic Books on the Shelf Today:

  • Batman #123: Shadow War, Part 5
  • Iron Man #19: The Last Midnight
  • Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #4: The Humanity Agenda, Part Four
  • Suicide Squad #15: Defunded, Part 2
  • Magic: The Gathering #14 – The planeswalkers journey to locthwain to find the Cauldron of Eternity, and finally uncover the identity of the specter haunting Niko’s steps.

April 27, 2022

Since we finished our D&D campaign last week, I was feeling a little withdrawal, luckily I was able to check out the first ever D&D Direct; a live online demo of everything new for D&D in 2022. We’re getting “Spelljammer Adventures in Space” where deep space meets deep sea, so basically space pirates…new worlds, cities on asteroids, dead gods floating in the ether. There are 3 new books, 6 new playable races, new monsters, and an all-new adventure set in Wildspace in the Astral Sea.

 
“Spelljammer Adventures in Space” officially releases in August of 2022, but there will be a prequel adventure available in July that you can grab if you have a wizards account.
 
There’s also a new 5e book on the way, “Journeys Through the Radiant Citadel”; 13 new adventures, 15 new locations. It’ll be on bookshelves June 21st.
 
And there’s something I need to talk with Emily from the Celebration Cinema about… “Dungeons and Dragons Honor among Thieves”; a new live action D&D movie with Chris Pine, Hugh Grant, Michelle Rodriguez. That’ll hit theaters March 3rd of 2023.
 
Netflix is beefing up their game business. Right now, users have access to 18 games. Netflix is going to make that 50 by the end of the year.
 
In May 2020, Disney+ announced that they’ll be working with Rick Riordan to adapt the Percy Jackson novels into a TV series. No release date, they were expecting it to take at least a couple years to get everything written, production just started in January, so we’re going to have to wait a while before this one hits Disney +.
 
New Comic Books on the Shelf Today:
  • Justice League #75: Death of the Justice League
  • Thor #24: The Second Son of Asgard
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1: Just in time for Spider-Man’s 60th Anniversary, a new volume of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and this is cool because Marvel has brought back John Romita Jr. for this series. He was with marvel from the 70’s till the 2010’s and actually got his start when he was 13 when he created the Prowler in The Amazing Spider-Man #78.
April 20, 2022

Rob Ryan reading a Thor comic bookIf you haven’t seen it yet, the “Stranger Things Season 4" trailer is available online. In it we go back to the 1950s, we see that some of the kids are still in Hawkins, some are in new towns and new schools, and we see a new monster…Vecna. When I heard that it rang a bell, I’ve heard that name before. That’s when it hit me…D&D. Vecna was one of the greatest villains in Dungeons & Dragons history. We originally saw him in “World of Greyhawk” back in 1975. Vecna was a super powerful wizard who turned big-bad and went all Litch on everyone (a Litch is a spellcasting undead beastie who was once human [usually] and sought to defy death by unnatural magical means). It makes sense, because in earlier seasons of Stranger Things we see the kids playing Dungeons & Dragons…and for this D&D geek I thought the tie in was pretty cool. In the show Vecna isn’t actually a Litch, but a human who was mutated into a monster due to hanging out too long in the Upside Down. To learn any more we’ll have to wait until May 27, 2022, when season 4 hits Netflix.

 

My social media blew up earlier this week when the “Thor: Love and Thunder” trailer hit the internet. I am a huge Marvel fan and an even bigger Thor fan, so of course I was all over it. A couple things I thought were cool. In the beginning we see young Thor running through the woods in a Jack Kirby style Thor costume which is AWESOME. Thor first appeared in the comics in “Journey into Mystery” in 1962 which was created by… (wait for it) …Jack Kirby. In the trailer Thor says his superhero days are over and we see him ‘plant’ Stormbreaker in the ground. This is an obvious tribute to Thanos’ ‘scarecrow.’ The shot in Endgame with Thanos’ armor hanging outside like a bizarre scarecrow wasn’t just a cool shot in the movie. That was an homage to the comic books where Thanos hung his armor up symbolizing that fact that his work was done, and he was leaving his old life behind. See the tie in…? I love how Marvel puts these little Easter Eggs in there for us die hard comic fans. At the end of the trailer, we see Mjolnir…reforged…flying through the air and into the hands of none other than Jane Foster the new “Thor”. What we didn’t get to see was Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, but we did get to see evidence of some of his handiwork. The scene in the trailer where Thor and Korg are looking at a giant creature skeleton from atop a snowy mountain is a perfect recreation from Jason Aaron’s “Thor: God of Thunder #3” where Gorr is first introduced in the comics…and yes, I have that whole comic series sitting on my shelf. “Thor: Love and Thunder” hits movie theaters July 8th, 2022.

 

A few new comics out today that I’m adding to my collection:

  • Nightwing #91: The Sommelier of Death
  • The Flash #781: All Pedal No Brakes
  • Hulk #6: Smashtronaut Finale
  • Avengers #55: Night of the Panther/Dawn of the Hawk
  • Dr. Strange: Nexus of Nightmares #1

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