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Geek YEN! – King Arts Hulkbuster Figure

Yen: verb 1. feel a longing or yearning. That’s exactly how we feel about the stuff we love, but, more importantly, it’s really how we feel about the stuff they make out of the stuff we love. Toys, statues, posters, pogs; we love it all, and we WANT it all. It’s Geek Yen!

Easily the coolest part of the whole damn Age of Ultron movie, The Mark 44 Iron Man Armor, Codenamed: Veronica, and also known as The Hulkbuster Armor was always going to make an awesome figure, but it took the Iron Man memorabilia veterans over at King Arts to get it perfect. Full Diecast; impeccable detail, and there’s an Iron Man figure that goes INTO the Hulkbuster Armor! Shut up and take my money! Continue reading Geek YEN! – King Arts Hulkbuster Figure

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Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Man, the time can really fly by on you sometimes, can’t it? It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 3 years since the biggest super hero movie of all time, The Avengers. A groundbreaking feat, the big-screen adaptation of Marvel’s premier super team combined together multiple multi-million dollar franchises to bring several beloved comic book icons to life on the big screen. And it was actually good. Such an accomplishment is one that would have seemed impossible to most fans a decade ago, and the fact that they pulled it off led to some highly deserved accolades. But the world moves on, Marvel Studios moved on with it to Phase Two. The inevitable sequel to The Avengers would have to try to be bigger and bolder than even the mighty original, which brings us to the present and the newly released Avengers: Age of Ultron. And while there are some challenges that cause the film to stumble in some areas, the overall package is indeed one hell of an impressive movie.

The action, as you probably know, centers around the MCU’s biggest heroes squaring off against Ultron, an AI experiment gone horribly wrong. Along the way, they pick up new enemies and allies, and we gain more tidbits about the grand scheme of things with the Infinity Gems Stones being moved around. With this as our backdrop, we are taken a wild ride from start to finish. Make no mistake; Age of Ultron is unabashedly a popcorn movie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but know going in that you won’t find a lot of deep-thinking moments, even relative to other MCU movies like Winter Soldier. With the return of both the actors and director Joss Whedon, it should come as no surprise that AoU brings a similar tone and atmosphere as the original, combining large action set pieces with dialogue-heavy character interaction. Thankfully, Whedon is a master of both, with fight scenes that drip with fan-pleasing glee and snappy dialogue that has become the director’s trademark, made all the better by a talented cast that has become very comfortable with their respective roles.

As we have come to expect, all of our returning actors give great performances. Robert Downey Jr gives us Tony Stark’s affable arrogance, Chris Evans strongly portrays Cap as righteous but melancholy, and Mark Ruffalo brings both Banner’s charm and the Hulk’s rage to life masterfully. And after having to sit out most of the original, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye steps up to deliver some of my favorite moments from the whole movie. This being a sequel, though, there is also an array of new characters on display. Among these, James Spader’s Ultron in particular is outstanding. Equal parts disarmingly fascinating and morbidly insane, Ultron is just as mesmerizing as he is menacing. Another villain worth mentioning is Andy Serkis’s Klaw, who was memorable in his brief appearance, and who has me looking forward to seeing more.

On the heroic side of things, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are both on the scene, portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively. Other than some…distracting Eastern European accents, the pair do a good job bringing the characters to life, giving the twins emotional chips on their shoulders that play well into their role in the story. For me, though, the best new addition to the good guys’ bench is Paul Bettany as the Vision. After providing the voice for our favorite virtual butler for so long, it’s impressive to see Bettany transition so  well to having more physical presence. The character has a compelling mystique to him, a product of both writing and performance. His reveal in Age of Ultron is in many ways similar to the Hulk’s from the original: lots of build-up for a showstopper at the end.

So the acting is strong across the board, but how do things stack up in the story department? For the most part, pretty well. The characters all have clear motives and events flow naturally from cause to effect. The story switches back and forth from over-the-top action and fight scenes (Hulk vs Hulkbuster is everything you dreamed it would be) to small character moments to flesh out our heroes. Yet while these moments are well executed, they also illustrate the film’s biggest pitfall: it is extremely crowded. What moments there are were put together well, but there are several characters (the Maximoffs and Thor chief among them) that don’t get fleshed out quite as much as you would want. I suppose that this problem is one we should have expected; we all knew the cast was comprised of a small army. Considering that, Whedon and company did as well as people could have reasonably hoped, but the dense cast is still a noticeable problem.

Other than this, all of my other complaints are of the nit-picky variety. The CG in some scenes is surprisingly hokey looking, it is somewhat unclear to me just what exactly the movie’s version of the Vision is capable of, and there are some scenes where our more powerful members are conspicuously absent (Thor going on his spirit walk, for instance), presumably to keep the villain from being defeated before the finale.  And while I didn’t mind so much, some comic fans might take issue with some fairly drastic changes for some of the characters. Really, though, issues like this amount to pinpricks in the side of a battleship: hardly something that is going to sink the project.

Age of Ultron brings together an amazing cast to tell a gigantic story, and is full to bursting with engaging characters, astounding action, and sheer fun. Ultimately, it didn’t knock my socks off like seeing the team together for the first time did in 2012, but I had been waiting for that my whole life without knowing it. And after seeing how awesome Marvel’s tentpole Avengers franchise continues to be, I’m sure it will feel like another lifetime while we wait for Infinity War. 

VERDICT: Go see it as soon as you can

Geek Yen! – Hot Toy’s Avengers: Age of Ultron MARK XLIII 1/4 Scale Figure

Yen: verb 1. feel a longing or yearning. That’s exactly how we feel about the stuff we love, but, more importantly, it’s really how we feel about the stuff they make out of the stuff we love. Toys, statues, posters, pogs; we love it all, and we WANT it all. It’s Geek Yen!

So, there’s this little movie coming out next month about a group of heroes getting beat up by a robot, perhaps you’ve heard of it? Yes, Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to explode on to screens world-wide, bust the Box Office wide open, and earn a ton of cash, but some of that cash will be made away from the theaters altogether. With so much swag coming out to accompany this film, I wanted to put a focus on something really nice. This figure may look like just another suit of Ironman Armor, but it’s a sweet piece. Twenty inches of beautiful, shiny, posable Stark Tech. Deets below. Continue reading Geek Yen! – Hot Toy’s Avengers: Age of Ultron MARK XLIII 1/4 Scale Figure

Geek YEN! – Marvel ‘Ultron Prime’ 1/6th Scale Figure

Yen: verb 1. feel a longing or yearning. That’s exactly how we feel about the stuff we love, but, more importantly, it’s really how we feel about the stuff they make out of the stuff we love. Toys, statues, posters, pogs; we love it all, and we WANT it all. It’s Geek Yen!

We know, we know. There are no strings on you. Get over it, already! This is a beautiful replica of the evil Ultron from the upcoming Avengers films, and Hot Toys and SideShow Collectibles is bringing it to you for only 375 bucks. Continue reading Geek YEN! – Marvel ‘Ultron Prime’ 1/6th Scale Figure

Marvel Shows Off Age of Ultron Movie Variants

 Assemble Your Own Avengers With Epic Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Movie Variants!

Before Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do battle against Ultron in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st 2015, don’t miss your chance to own a piece of the action with these epic Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Variants in April.

Originally debuting at Comic-Con International 2014, these epic pieces of theatrical concept art by Ryan Meinerding, Charlie Wen & Andy Park combine to form one stunning image of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes locked in combat against Ultron’s massive army. Coming to eight Marvel comics in the month of April, these covers are just like the Avengers – better when assembled! Continue reading Marvel Shows Off Age of Ultron Movie Variants

Predictions for 2015

For the most part, prediction articles like these have become more of a series of vague, ‘big-bullseye’ statements that can be easily supported no matter what happens, or, worse, sure things that couldn’t possibly go in any other direction, than anything coming close to a true prediction. Predictions should be risky. So, I’m going to try to stare a bit harder into my crystal ball, go way out on the limb, and get some big-time prognostication going on. And 2015 is full of so much awesome that there’s a lot of stuff to cover, and plenty of predictions to make. I’m only going to cover comic books and comic book films in this article, but I may get into other 2015 predictions later.

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Top o’ the Lot: Other Disney Songs They Could Use in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of UltronThe release leak of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer left most of the geek community gobsmacked, but I took one big thing away from the sneak peak of next year’s most anticipated movie: Ultron was singing a Disnay standard! As a big fan of both musicals, animation, and Marvel movies…wait, that’s three things…either way, I thought I’d put some thought into some other opportunities Age of Ultron has to take advantage of Disney’s diverse library of awesome music. So, without further ado, Be Our Guest, Listen to Your Heart, and Be Prepared, for Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Other Disney Songs They Could Use in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Top o’ the Lot: My Favorite SDCC Announcements

Comic Con International in San Diego has come and gone, but we’re still all giddy about all the news that came from the hype-fest that is SDCC. TV, Movies, Toys, and, yes, of course, Comics were all everybody I know has been talking about for the past few days. While I lean a bit more toward the comic books news, I also had some other top choices of news tidbits from the show. So, without further ado, we don’t put that cosplay outfit away just yet, wish we’d have seen just one more panel, and try to get that smell out of our nostrils, with Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: My Favorite SDCC Announcements. Continue reading Top o’ the Lot: My Favorite SDCC Announcements

Jules’ Favorite Comic Events of 2013

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For those unaware this is what I look like, and usually you find me on the Marvel side of things I’ve decided to list my favorite story arcs in the world of comics! Obviously this is completely biased and slanted and just my opinion, it in no way reflects the views of my fellow Outright Geekers.

Honorable Mention: Death of the Family:Death_of_the_Family_Promo

Writer(s): Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, John Layman, Scott Lobdell Ann Nocenti, Gail Simone, Peter Tomasi, and James Tynion IV

Batman #13-17, Batgirl #13-16, Batman and Robin #15-16, Catwoman #13-14, Detective Comics #15-16, Nightwing #15-16, Red Hood and the Outlaws 15-16, Suicide Squad #14-15, Teen Titans #15-16

This Story was awesome, for the most part, a butt-load of tie ins really weighed it down, but even if you ignore the extreme out of tie-ins you still get a lack luster ending to this story. Scott SNyder really put in the ground work for everyone else and established a Joker who misses his relationship with Batman and is sick of the Batfamily. So the deranged Joker with his face stapled on begins to bring havoc to the Batfamily. Absolutely solid build in the beggining but falls flat in the end of the story

5. Wrath of First Lantern250px-Green_Lantern_Vol_5_17

Writer(s): Geoff Johns, Tony Bedard, Peter Tomasi, and Peter Milligan

Green Lantern #17-20, Green Lantern Corps #17-20, Green Lantern and the New Guardians #17-20, Red Lanterns #17-20.

The Guardians have lost their mind in trying to wipe out the Green Lantern Corps, in their over exuberance they unleash Volthoom, the First Lantern, and he begins to bring his wrath upon our heroes, I know go figure. This story was really the end of an era, Geoff Johns ten year run ended, Tomasi and Beddard who also ben fellow light bearers through his run where ending their era writing ring-slingers. SO they all go out with a bang, and honestly this event gives you a feel for whatever the whole legacy of each character as the First Lantern explored the pasts and possible lives they could have had. The Last Issue was straight the best part of the entire event. Green Lantern #20 was a tour de force way to end an event, pay off and then some, of course it was 7.99 issue, so it better have been. This honestly was a great event, and a good way for writers to part a series they loved.

4.  Battle of the Atom Battle_of_the_Atom 

Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, and Brian Wood

X-men Battle of the Atom #1-2, All New X-men 16-17, X-men #5-6, Uncanny X-men #12-13, Wolverine and the X-men #36-37.

Yes that’s right, I liked Battle of the Atom more than Death of the Family, sue me. As far as beginning, middle, and end I liked what this story did more.Three writers who seemlessly push a story chapter by chapter. Honestly I’m a huge X-men fan, and this was a fun X-event, and call me weird but I miss the days when X-men were the fun team to follow. The original 5 X-men have overstayed their welcome and its apparent they need to go back, so apparent a group of X-men from the future come to the present to help send them back. Of course the X-men of the future are actually the Brother Hood of Mutants from the Future, and the real X-men of the Future are pissed. Confused? Of course you are, it’s the X-men, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Quentin Quire as the Phoenix in the Future, yes. And I haven’t even talked about the already divided Present X-men and how they feel about all of this. Of course the end of this event lacked a bit, nut such is the nature of events in on-going continuity comics, was it the best X-event? No. Was it a ton of fun? Hell yes. I loved it, don’t care.

3. Age of Ultron Age-of-ultron-01

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Age of Ultron #1-10

Somebody had to get rid of Ultron, why not let the guy who’s dictated all the big Marvel Events in the last ten years. I honestly didn’t think I was gonna like this event at all, but boy was I surprised! Holy Timey-Wimey Doctor! This event turned the 616 on its @$$. Ultron has conquered Earth in a single day, The X-men and Avengers left in disarray and confused as to what the hell happened? Ultron apparently did it from the future, so using a time portal various heroes go to try and stop him, two heroes; Wolverine and Invisible Woman decided to sneak into the past to stop Hank Pym from ever creating Ultron. All hell breaks loose when they fail to fix things and just flat out make them worse *cough Wolverine*. Why can’t the X-men ever just leave the timeline in tact? Well guess what things get resolved but the timeline doesn’t…Ominous…..Marvel.

2. Throne of Atlantis JUSTL_Cv15_mod 

Writer: Geoff Johns

Aquaman #14-16, Justice League #15-17

Geoff Johns has done great things with Aquaman since the New 52 reboot. Honestly if you haven’t touched his Aquaman run you are seriously missing out on one of the best revamps to a classic character who’s never deserved all the flack given to him over the years. This event was Aquaman being awesome and being probably the scariest and most capable member of the Justice League. Atlantis has declared war on the Surface World, Orm, brother to Aquaman, King of Atlantis, is in the center of the chaos. The League find themselves out matched and confused as hell as to what to do. Well after some twists and turns King Arthur decides its time to step up to the plate. This event had plenty, it was just awesome, things happen, it wasn’t exactly long, but it was super awesome!!!

1. Infinity Infinity

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Infinity #1-6, Avengers #18-23, New Avengers #9-12

Of course this was number one. If you’ve read any of my reviews, or seen weekly recs, you know I loved everything about this event. It was absolutely brilliant for me from beginning to end. Every issue provided a new twist in the tale, as the story progressed I found myself confused and maybe a little bit in love. Here’s what I can say for sure, I think is was the best event/story Marvel has had in a decade. I mean it trump whatever you thought the house of ideas had going for it in the last ten years, OurUniverse is being threaten by those who helped to build it, Engineers, Builders of the Universe see Earth as the problem as they make their way they destroy all in the path. The Avengers set out to stop them. While the Avengers are away Thanos comes to play as the Mad Titan comes to Earth with more on his mind then just conquering or gems. Needless to Say this event had it all for me. If your a fan of epic in comics, this was the event to read, still is! Best Event of 2013 for me!