Monthly Archives: November 2013

Marvel’s Infinity – Where Do They Go From Here?

From Infinity #6

From Infinity #6

The other day I gave my review of the Marvel crossover event that just finished up this week: Infinity. They always try to have big implications from the crossover events, but Infinity is a little different. Because it was a natural point in the joint Avengers plots of writer Jonathan Hickman. So there are some larger implications, some impact on the larger Marvel Universe.

But as someone who was, and will continue, reading Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers, there are other implications. Unanswered questions, continuing plot line. Places that things are leading to. So, I will look at where things are going in Avengers, New Avengers, and then the larger Marvel Universe. Spoilers to come, comics fans!

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Board Games on the iPad

 

Penny Arcade Gamers vs. EvilDavid and I have talked about a couple of board games that we play on our iPads, but the more we have travelled with them the more that I have fallen in love with them. We have created a considerable collection of board games between our two iPads and the benefits for travel has been incredible. Most travel is just the two of us and having to bring games to try and play, on airports, in airplanes, or even just relaxing on vacation would take a lot of space. The space issue also means that there is a limited number that you can bring. We do still have somewhat of a space issue, but that is just how much we can fit on our iPads.

Now playing on the iPad is very different from playing the normal board game. So if you have the ability to play the physical board game there is something about holding the physical pieces or being able to see the whole board which just feels very different. At the same time the convenience of the iPad board games is really amazing. Continue reading

Marvel’s Infinity – My Review!

From Infinity 1

From Infinity 1

Yesterday, Marvel’s big crossover event of the fall came to an end. Infinity. (Check out my pre-Infinity post here for more). Named largely for the string of infinity-named crossovers having to do with Thanos, the Mad Titan, there nonetheless were larger implications to the name this time, as two major plots intertwined. Both plots were written by Jonathan Hickman, which are the current run of Avengers (which I’ve talked about before here), and New Avengers (which I’ve talked about before here).

In short, in Avengers, Iron Man and Captain America have been working on building a bigger team , to handle bigger threats. Which, of course, plopped down on their laps. They have been building towards the Builders as a threat since the first issue, where their creations (Ex Nihilus, Abyss, and Aleph) have caused basically all of the threats and plots of this comic thus far. So this was being planned all along.

In New Avengers, a secret Marvel society – Marvel’s version of the Illuminati – is dealing with an exceedingly dangerous problem. The Universe is colliding – with itself, with the multiverse – and the collision point is the Earth. There are charts, I included them in my post linked above. They are fighting against the death of Earth, first of all, and the death of everything, as a larger problem.

In Avengers, it is a bit of lighter fair (only a bit), with heroes, mythology. It’s built very mythologically in its storytelling. In New Avengers, it’s very cerebral, dealing with heavy problems, building bigger bombs. Most of Marvel’s smartest are involved. But with the same writer, these plots are absolutely connected, and it’s in Infinity that the two plots run into each other. So there’s a lot I want to talk about – enough for two posts! Today, I am going to focus on what happened in Infinity. For my next post, I will focus on where things go from here – what plot-points are still hanging, what plots were created. Spoilers to follow, with pictures! Avengers? Assemble!

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Katniss Everdeen: The Girl on Fire, A Character Study

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In my opinion Katniss is an amazing and complex character. I loved reading the Hunger Games Trilogy because of her. Following along as she volunteers to take the place of her sister, fights in the games, and the roller-coaster of the after effects. The life in the districts is not pretty to begin with. Many people end up dying of starvation, cold, or worse depending on the industry they work in and how desperate they get. The book does a good job of painting the dire picture that the citizens in the district live in and contrast it with the decadence of the Capital. We see this world through the eyes and thoughts of Katniss Everdeen.

Katniss is a girl who at a young age had to figure out how to help her family survive. Her father had taught her to hunt, but when he died her mother went catatonic for a time leaving Katniss to take care of her and Prim. She is someone who only has time to think about the survival of her family. As the various games are played out around her various aspects of her personality and we find that even with her harsh exterior she has a soft spot. She is a survivor, but she is also a protector she cannot stand for others to suffer especially when she is the cause. Unless it is to protect other people and is a necessary action to do so. (Spoilers for the Hunger Games Trilogy to follow). Continue reading

Geek Vs. Nerd – Via Rap Battle!

As a blog with “geek” in the title, we are interested and sensitive to the definition of the word “geek.” This was, in fact, the focus of one of our very first blog posts. We also paid a lot of attention to this when the show King of the Nerds was on the air. We’ve even had guest posts exploring some of these ideas. And many other things; like, say, the whole entire blog.

The most common word that exists in relation to Geek is Nerd. These two concepts, groups, identities, definitions, what have you – these two are very similar but, especially once people identify with them, or have a definition that makes sense to them, become very different. But how do we define these terms?

Well, there is a new set of definitions out there, or maybe the old ones in a new, fun form. Geek versus Nerd – in a Rap Battle. Maybe not what you’d expect to see! But there we go, Geeks and Nerds continue to surprise us. Read on to see this video, and more!

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