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Arrow: Lone Gunmen

The third episode of “Arrow” begins with a bang, the bang of assassin Deadshot getting to one of Arrow’s targets before him. Deadshot is of course not in costume, except for his trademark eye scope. Instead he is given the rather creepy motif of tattooing his victims’ names into his body. Creepy. And limiting. Eventually you will run out of space, and places you can reach easily with a tattoo needle.

The geek in me loved the shoutouts to Corto Maltese, Markovia, and especially Big Belly Burger – nice, it’s like the little touches they used to have in the “Flash” TV series two decades ago. Speaking of interesting drop-ins, seeing Felicity Smoak from the old Firestorm comics was out of left field, but good to see her, and good to know the writers are geeks like us. I guess if we can’t have Oracle or Chloe, Felicity is an excellent sub.

An annoyance point – much like The Blur over in “Smallville,” what is this resistance to calling our protagonists by their correct names? It’s bad enough the show is called “Arrow” but now the police are calling him ‘The Hood.’ Is the jump really that hard to call the guy in green using green arrows… Green Arrow? The name has worked for over seventy-five years through several different incarnations.

Stephen Amell’s chest continues its starring role in the series, and I loved him climbing the building to find bullets. Also continuing are our subplots, some starting to get stale like Laurel’s wishy-washiness and Thea’s partying, some heating up like the island flashbacks and Diggle’s discovery of course. I have to wonder, could the island be the site of some sort of ‘most dangerous game’?

I don’t want a Commissioner Gordon dynamic, or cliche, but I love the begrudging trust Detective Lance is starting to have in Arrow. It was also cool to see Laurel show off some mad fighting skilz. If only we could get some small canary or bird reference… I am still digging Diggle but can’t seem to find any warmth for Moira or Walter, maybe because they don’t deserve any.

Something to think about for the hardcore geeks – could that Davis name on Arrow’s list be old Green Arrow foe Doctor Davis?

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 5-16-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (the Caucasian Nick Fury) Evans, Allison (The Bride of Hades) Eckel, and Glenn (coldsores and solicits) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this brand new extended episode includes: Night of the Owls, Justice League #9, James Robinson’s Vandal Savage, Green Lantern Corps #9, Blue Beetle #9 and the origin of Firestorm, Captain Atom #9, Supergirl #9, Avengers titles of the week, The Quiet Man reference, Matt Fraction’s The Invincible Iron Man #517, X-Factor #236, Fantastic Four #605.1, Danger Club #2, Army of Darkness #4, Zenescope fashion tips, whole lotta Voltron, Hardcore #1, Ed’s indies, The Shadow #2, Allison’s kids comics, Green Lantern The Animated Series #2, and Ed’s trades.

Be sure to check out the rocking new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 4-25-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Yellow Lantern) Evans, Allison (More Talking) Eckel, and Glenn (Human Flying Fish) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this brand new extended episode includes: Free Comic Book Day 2012, Avengers Vs. X-Men books of the week, Juggerlus, FF #17, Daredevil #11, Moon Knight #12 by Bendis, Battle Scars #6, Ultimates #9, The Culling, Fury of Firestorm #8, Superman #8, Aquaman #8 and the Human Flying Fish, The Flash #8 by Francis Manapul, Rise of the Vampires, All-Star Western #8, Green Lantern New Guardians #8, IDW reprints, runaway FCBD books, this week from Zenescope, Popeye #1, whole lotta Star Wars, Ed’s indies, Allison’s kids comics, and this week’s trades.

Be sure to check out the dynamic new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 3-28-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Secretly a Mutant) Evans, Allison (DC Girl) Eckel, and Glenn (Honorary Avenger) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, in wicked high definition, and available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this brand new extended episode includes: The big Avengers Vs. X-Men costume dance event at All Things Fun!, Avengers Vs. X-Men #0, The Vision is the fo-shizzle, Secret Avengers #24 by Rick Remender, Allison loses it, more ‘vengin’ comics, Daredevil #10 by Mark Waid, Moon Knight #11 by Brian Michael Bendis, Allison tackles FF #16, Ed’s Marvels and X-titles, X-Men Legal, Aquaman #7, Firestorm needs a hand and an editor, All-Star Western #7, Teen Titans #7, The Flash #7 by Francis Manapul, the rest of the New 52 DCs, The Walking Dead #95, Archie marries everybody, Dorothy of Oz Prequel #1, indies, kids comics, and trades.

Be sure to check out the thrilling new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, and runs the show from behind the scenes. And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for 10-26-2011

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live in a real comics and gaming store in West Berlin, NJ – All Things Fun! – co-hosts Ed (purveyor of Legion Flight Rings) Evans, Allison (awesome sauce) Eckel and Glenn (get off my lawn) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in two fun video segments, now in high definition, and also available on YouTube. See it here!

The first segment includes discussion of the following topics: Ed goes first with Legion Secret Origin #1 and Legion Flight Rings, the Indies, pin-up covers from Zenescope, IDW’s Star Trek #2, The Walking Dead #90, Star Wars and Avengelyne #4 from Mark Poulton and Rob Liefield.

The discussion continues in segment two including: Madness in the morning, Aquaman #2 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, The Flash #2 by Francis Manapul, Teen Titans #2, Gail Simone’s Firestorm #2, Savage Hawkman #2, Fear Itself and Spider-Island, fast Marvels, Allison’s kids comics, and Ed’s trades.

Be sure to check out the All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

And be back here every Wednesday morning at 11:30 AM EST to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

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The Fire and Water Podcast

I’m a big fan of my friend Rob Kelly’s Aquaman Shrine (as well as both Rob and Aquaman separately too), and recently he, along with the Irredeemable Shag of the Firestorm Fan site got together to do a podcast about their mutual loves of the characters Aquaman and Firestorm – The Fire and Water Podcast.

The first episode is an entertaining voyage into the hows and whys of doing blogs devoted to Aquaman and Firestorm, the new DC 52 and what it has in store for their favorite characters and just some really fun chemistry that doesn’t often happen in many podcasts. Rob and Shag are a good team and provide a really good listen. And it’s not just Aquaman and Firestorm talk here, there’s a bit of comics history as well and even some love for the classic Mark Evanier/Dan Spiegle Blackhawk, always a plus for me. Recommended, check it out here or on iTunes.

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