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Comic Review: 24-Underground #3

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Previously on 24… Jack has been trying to help protect his girlfriend’s family from the Russian mobsters who are after them. Things got tense though when said mobsters came knocking on the door. Will Jack be able to save them? Let’s find out…

We’re now on issue #3 of our adventure with Jack in Ukraine, and things are really starting to heat up. The Russian mob is after him and his girlfriend Sofiya’s brother (Petro). In the last issue Jack was able to save Petro’s family, but in this issue we see that Sofiya has been kidnapped by the mobsters, and they are now looking for an exchange: Sofiya’s life for Jack. Now Jack has to find a way to save her.

SUPER SPOILER TIME! STOP READING IF YOU WANT TO STAY SURPRISED.

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Everything seems pretty straightforward up until this point. Jack needs to save his girlfriend, plus the CIA is still after him (but finally starting to wonder if there’s more going on than they realize). The big twists come at the end. One is that while Jack is gearing up to meet the Russians, his girlfriend manages to escape in a scene I imagine would have been pretty badass in the tv series. So Jack is walking into what is probably a trap right now, and doesn’t even have to. Hopefully Sofiya can contact him before it’s too late. Oh, and he also has to watch out for the CIA because Petro’s kid has just called in with information on his whereabouts. Pretty much Jack is in all kinds of trouble, but it’s not like that is anything new. Will he be able to handle the Russian mob and the CIA without getting caught (or worse)? We’ll have to wait to find out. Personally I hope the CIA shows up at Jack’s meet-up with the mob and ultimately ends up helping him escape by accident. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you know how right or wrong I was as we continue this adventure with our hero: Jack Bauer.

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In Which I Squee About The New Korra A Lot

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First off, I’m going under the assumption that everyone was glued to their TVs from 7-8:30pm last night and won’t mind a few specific details (otherwise known as spoilers). Second, I’m way too excited about the concept for this new season to hold back. Consider this your warning… If you didn’t watch then 1) I don’t get it. I know your office let you out early on Friday and no one goes to the bar that early, 2) you’re about to get spoiled on pretty much everything so you might want to stop and either watch it on your DVR or online. I even provided you with a link, so there are NO EXCUSES. Go watch it. Right now. Cause it was really good.

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*Ahem* Now that we all know where we stand on things, let’s begin the actual rambling about the awesome things. First off, I loved Bumi’s excitement at realizing he could airbend and how the only way he could prove it to his family was one of the precocious little children throwing a plate at his head. I don’t know if he was the only one to believe his uncle or just being a mischievous little devil (more likely the second option), but it was funny either way, and a great start in what would prove to be a tense time in Avatar Korra’s life.

As the story unfolds, it is obvious there will be two main storylines for the season. One is that Korra and the group are out searching for all the new airbenders. Obviously there have to be obstacles, one of which will be how surprisingly difficult it is for them to convince people to follow the group back to the air temple. The other obstacle seemingly will be the other storyline for the season: the four prisoners whom we watch escape their respective personal prisons. (Side note: it was great seeing Zuko again, and his dialogue with the twins about their respective attempts to kill the Avatar back in the days when they were enemies. Yay referencing the past!)

We don’t know much about these prisoners except they seemed to once be part of a gang together. My guess is that at some point they will come after the Avatar and she will have to fight them with a hopefully semi-well-trained airbending army. So far all they have is one recruit, and he doesn’t seem to be the most trustworthy sort (although I’m hoping that changes over time and he really does become part of the family like they mentioned when first meeting him). Anything else is just speculation, but I’m sure all will be revealed as we continue on the journey.

PS – I know there were a lot of moments I could’ve talked about but honestly there was not a single minute of the 1.5 hours which aired last night that I didn’t love. That is rare for any show, but especially cartoons these days. I’m genuinely grateful this show exists and that kids have some good quality television to grow with and obsess over. So here’s to Korra – the one show that sometimes makes me wish I was 5 again.

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Comic Review: 24-Underground #2

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 I gotta say, when I first heard they were making a 24 comic, I wasn’t sure if it would be a one-shot that would lead into the premiere of the series or something longer, but I am more than willing to follow Jack down two paths at the same time. It shows that he was on the CIA’s radar more than once before he was finally “caught”. Now’s the part where I assume everyone has seen the tv show up until this week (which I’m planning on watching after I write this so it’s the only thing I can guarantee no spoilers on). I also assume you’ve read the first issue of the comic, or else why would you be here, right? With that messy SPOILERS AHEAD business out of the way, let’s see what’s happening to Jack in the Ukraine…

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When we last left our hero, we saw that he had a nice new life with a family in the Ukraine, but there was also trouble brewing. But on the show we see him on his own again… Confused much? I’m assuming after this whole business wraps up it will end in bloodshed (like most things in Jack’s life) and all will make sense. Either that or he’ll have to run away in order to protect his family. Either way, it doesn’t matter now. For now, this is where we’re at, with Jack not surprisingly in a bit of trouble.

 

We continue our story with Jack and Petro jumping from one life-and-death situation to another. Now that they’ve been double-crossed, they have to protect their families before the bad guys get them. And in other news, the CIA still want Jack’s head on a platter for being a “traitor”. So pretty much everyone wants Jack in their custody, which leaves him with very little options. What will happen to our hero? Will he make it to his family before Mishka’s men do? You’ll just have to read for yourself to find out.

 

What? I can’t spoil everything… All I can promise you is it will have just as much action and go by just as quickly as you would expect a 24-related thing to do.

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Review: Sage Escape #3

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This is it, the final chapter in the Mars Gambit series. Sage is going to confront the Cray family about the military activity on Earth. If you remember from the previous two issues, there was a bounty on her head, but the hunter agreed to let her prove what she claimed to be true. Well she may have succeeded there, but now there is a second hunter on her tail. Can Sage find the proof she needs and get it to the right people? You’ll get a partial answer but the rest continues in a new storyline called “Equinox”. In the meantime you get some very deep stuff and a little twist at the end. I definitely encourage you to read this issue (if you haven’t already) but be prepared, because it doesn’t end like you think it will. You can download your copy on their website today.

When I did my first review of this comic, it was the little indie engine that could. I am very pleased to be able to say that through the power of the internet, they have been picked up by ComiXology. They will be putting out the next series in about 2 months. Stay tuned folks, because I definitely want to report on this story as it develops.

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Comic Review: 24 – Underground #1

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24 – Underground #1, brought to you by the good folks at IDW, takes place in between the “series” finale and the upcoming new series. The story shows us what happened during the lead character’s time in exile in the European Underground

Our hero, Jack Bauer, has taken a new identity and found a new life living with a woman in the Ukraine. Unfortunately his new family seems to have gotten into a bit of trouble, and of course Bauer is going to have to get them out of it. I swear, this guy is a magnet for calamity!

Anxious to get your hands on this hot new item? Well it dropped in stores yesterday! My only critique (and it’s a minor one) is that some of the action scenes don’t translate well in comic book form, but other than that the art and story are great. Plus it feels good to have Jack back in any form. So do yourself a favor and grab a copy from your local comic shop, folks. It’ll give you something to salivate over while you await Bauer’s return to television (which is May 5th, in case you somehow missed the memo on that one).

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Review: Sage Escape #2

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Warning: I’m going to assume if you’re reading this you already read the first issue of Sage Escape, which I reviewed here. If I’m wrong, you might get some spoilers. There are very few details about issue 2 in here that I would consider spoilers, but if you don’t like to know even minor details then maybe wait until you read the issue before continuing. Thanks, and happy reading, nerds!

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When last we left our heroine, she had a run-in with a bounty hunter whom she was trying to convince of a massive cover-up involving the massacre of her home world. We pick up where we left off, with their ship landing on Sage’s home world. There are plenty of dangers here, in the form of level 6 “salesmen assassins”. These assassins’ special features include a hive mind, which means that if one of them identifies you the rest immediately know your location. This becomes a problem when just after finding survivors of the massacre, they are spotted. Not going to spoil how things turn out but let’s just say there is plenty of action (as well as a surprise visit from a mysterious time-traveler with the best possible timing). There’s also another story involving some cool looking aliens on Mars to break up the Sage storyline. The issue ends with Sage and her group getting out of one bad situation and into another. You’ll have to wait for the third and final installment on May 6th to find out the thrilling conclusion of Sage Escape.

 

Did this intrigue you? Then go to the website and download issue #2 now!

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Sage Escape

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Warning: Mild spoilers await you in this review. If you don’t mind getting a general idea of the plot, then keep on reading. If you hate knowing even the tiniest little thing then please wait until after you’ve read the comic before continuing any further. If you’d just like to know if I recommend the series: yes, yes I do. Thus ends my disclaimer. Enjoy the review, nerds.

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I have to admit – it took my awhile to figure out exactly what I was reading when given the first issue of the Sage Escape mini-series – but once I got the whole picture (well, mostly) I enjoyed what I had read.

Sage Escape (story and cover art by Damian S. Simankowicz) takes place in the future, where there are many technological improvements. Friendly Corp, the biggest military provider in the Universe, manufactures cybernetic/human hybrid warriors called “salesmen assassins”. Our main Character, Sage, is a new prototype of one of these hybrids who has gone rogue. Sage is the first teenager they have upgraded, and when she came online she was convinced she had memories. It takes a long time, but eventually you connect everything together and realize that Friendly Corp isn’t so friendly. In fact, they are potentially involved in the massacre of an Earth colony. Just when you think you’re about to get to the bottom of this mystery, Sage Escape pulls the rug out from under you, and you are left to imagine what just happened and how it will be resolved.

The first issue of this miniseries is currently available to download on their website. The second issue is due to be released April 8th, so you don’t have a terribly long wait to get your next fix. It’s a good thing too, because while I’m not going to spoil the ending, I will say it will leave you wanting more.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift: Part 1

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Warning: This one was hard to review without having a bunch of spoilers. I definitely leave the biggest surprises a secret, but if you don’t want any prior knowledge at all beforehand then I advise you to read the book first. If you were looking for help in deciding if it’s worth investing in, short answer is “yes”. Go buy it and devour before enjoying this extremely positive review. Thanks, and happy reading.

 

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The Rift is an Avatar graphic novel which takes place after the events of the TV series. The script is by Gene Luen Yang with art and cover done by Gurihiru and lettering by Michael Heisler. All of them combine to do a splendid job in creating a great story with vivid colors and drawings to match.

In the novel, you see a world where the Earth and Fire nations begin working together in a new era of peace. Toph is teaching at a metalbending school that she has started, and Aang also has a group of young airbenders he is training. During a celebration of the newly-found peace, Aang sees a vision of a past Avatar, Yangschen, who was the last Airbending Avatar before him. This leads him to what was once a sacred land to the air nomads, but now has a small town and the Earthen Fire Refinery. It seems like a great place, where Earth and Fire nation are working together to collect resources. Aang and Toph, who are no strangers when it comes to butting heads, argue over what is more important – preserving the past or creating a future where the whole world is united. There’s also a big surprise at the end as to who one of the people involved in the project is. I’m not going to spoil it, but they’re connected to someone in the group.

This story was great for people who wondered what the Avatar would do once he no longer had to fight the fire nation. It shows that while there is an overall peace between the warring nations, there is still plenty Aang can do with his time and talents. Part one was released on March 5th, and the follow-up will be coming out in July. If it’s as good as the first chapter I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait.

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Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1

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Note: There might be some mild spoilers in this review but nothing too serious. Still, if you haven’t read it yet and want everything to be a surprise then maybe give it a quick read first. Thanks, and enjoy.

When reading Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1, the first word that came to mind to describe it was “whimsical”. This is a fun and different take on Loki and the sibling rivalry between him and his brother Thor. One thing that is different about this one is that it is sympathetic to Loki, so if all you’re used to is Thor always being the hero then you’re in for a treat. Here we have Loki constantly vying for his father’s attention and being overshadowed by his brother. The comic almost makes us feel sorry for him, especially when the two brothers go on a mission together and Loki gets punished for failures that were totally his brother’s fault. So not fair! He turns his lemons into lemonade though, which seems to be what further issues will focus on.

Overall this first issue was a lot of fun. My favorite random part of the comic was a scene where you see Odin in a banquet hall with literally every god you could think of, including the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Yes, even the internet gods are real. I look forward to more adventures with Odin’s other son.

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Presenting The Thrilling Adventure Hour Graphic Novel

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The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a podcast (which is actually a rebroadcast of a monthly stage show) in the style of an old-time radio show. At least, that’s all it was until now. Thanks to the support of their fans and Kickstarter backers, they were able to create a graphic novel! Featuring some classic characters as well as current favorites, the TAH novel is 136 pages of pure fun. It has everything a fan of the podcast could want and then some. Not only do you get stories of Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars and those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle from Beyond Belief, you also get to see adventures from Colonel Tick-Tock, Captain Laserbeam, Amelia Earhart, and more! It even includes ads for Patriot Brand Cigarettes and other fun things, all in the style of old newspaper or magazine ads.

“What if you’re not a fan of the podcast?” you ask. Fear not! While the stories will definitely appeal to current fans of the show for many different reasons, the stories also stand alone very nicely. True, as a fan of the show myself I was very excited to see the characters I had become familiar with come to life on the page, but I also tried to imagine seeing these characters being presented to me for the first time and couldn’t find anything that would make me feel lost or disconnected in any way. So, whether you’re on old-time fan of the show or this is your first introduction, I believe the TAH graphic novel has something to offer everyone. I do heartily recommend checking the podcast out once you’ve finished the novel, however. Each episode is pretty short (about 30 mins) and there are a lot of fun stories in there for you to catch up on. Happy consuming, nerds!

 

The Thrilling Adventure Hour graphic novel is now available at your local comic shop. It will be released in all bookstores Aug 20th. You can find more at the TAH website. To check out the podcast go to Nerdist website, where you will find it listed along the many other podcasts in the Nerdist family.

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