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COVERED! April 15th, 2015

This week’s installment of COVERED! offers up a  fine selection of comic book covers for the discerning pallet.

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COVERED: February 11th, 2014

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COVERED: February 4th, 2014

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Top o’ the Lot: Christmas Wish List Retro Edition

On this Christmas Eve, as Geeks around the world open and watch people open presents around the world, I always like to think back to Christmases of yesteryear, when LEGO was (fairly) new, cartoons dominated toys, and 8-bits were all we would ever need. To cap off this holiday wish list series of Tops o’ the Lot I’ve decided to take everyone back in time to when I was a child, and this is one time when me being a spoiled rotten brat of the 1980’s is going to pay off. So, without further ado, we have some classics, and we have some vague awesomeness, but it’s all throwback, in Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Christmas Wish List: Retro Edition.


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COVERED: November 26th, 2014

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Snake Eyes Betrays G.I. JOE in New IDW Ongoing

Snake Eyes Agent of Cobra #1The fan-favorite G.I. JOE ninja is set to strike out on his own in an all-new series, G.I. JOE: Snake Eyes: Agent of COBRA! Debuting in January of 2015, this series builds upon the acclaimed new G.I. JOE series, released last month. With an exciting creative team and a secretive mission, the stakes have never been higher!

Snake Eyes’ shocking return to the world of G.I. JOE will see the long-time hero taking on a new role as a member of COBRA! Breaking DESTRO out of prison is just his first stop on this game-changing mission that will pit Snake Eyes directly against the G.I. JOE team led by Scarlett.

“Snake Eyes has been gone from the pages of IDW’s G.I. JOE books for almost two years, so his return alone would make for an incredible story,” says series editor Carlos Guzman. “But Mike’s idea to have him return on the side of Cobra begs so many exciting questions: What could cause Snake Eyes to join the enemy? How could Cobra convince G.I. JOE’s most dangerous warrior to betray his unit? What will G.I. JOE do when they find out the ninja commando has returned… but is now an agent for the villainous organization? There was no doubt that the answers would make this series one of the best G.I. JOE stories ever told!”

Praised for his work on G.I. JOE: The Cobra Files, Mike Costa returns to the world of G.I. JOE, writing this explosive series. Joined by artist Paolo Villanelli, who will provide covers and interior art, the duo will set Snake Eyes against unexpected new dangers.

“SNAKE EYES: AGENT OF COBRA is, without a doubt, the most exciting and action-packed story I’ve ever written in my six-year history with the G.I. JOE universe,” said Mike Costa. “I wanted to take the dark psychology and intrigue that made G.I. JOE: COBRA so fun to work on, and graft it into the DNA of a big action movie, starring G.I. JOE’s most iconic character. It’s probably my ultimate G.I. JOE story, and it’s really been fun to work on. I’d always tried to approach G.I. JOE: COBRA by asking myself “how could this get worse?” Well, Snake Eyes is working for Cobra. I think I’ve answered that question”

Find out the secrets of COBRA this January first-hand with Snake Eyes, and be sure to pre-order and reserve a special variant cover by Drew Johnson!

Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 24th, 2014

outright-geekery Logo NewNew Comics Wednesday is upon us again, and some of us here at Outright Geekery are running down the top pick on our comic stacks for this week. What are you looking forward to reading this week? Continue reading Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 24th, 2014

Comic Book Issues: I’d Like to Read That, But…

My relationship with comics is complicated. It’s a love/hate thing, that leads to irrational and illogical thoughts and habits. It’s easy to say I’ve got Comic Book Issues.

I’d Like to Read That, But…

“I don’t have the money.”

“There was that one bad issue.”

“I really don’t care for this artist/writer.”

These are only a few of the excuses I tell myself to rationalize skipping comic books that I would otherwise pick up and read the hell out of. But these aren’t really good reasons at all. I find cash to buy other books, none of them have perfect runs, and artists come and go. There’s something much deeper going on, and I’m not quite sure what it is.

The Culprits

HawkeyeThere are a lot of books that I’m not getting, that I want to get, but simply don’t jump on and start buying. Hawkeye over at Marvel has been an amazing, award-winning book, a friend actually bought me the first trade, yet I leave it on the shelves every month. I have no reason to not pick up this book besides that maybe I have the first few issues in trade, and I don’t want to start in the middle of the run. But that’s completely irrational.

Green Lantern over at DC is another 250px-Green_Lantern_Vol_5_17one. I used to read this book, actually, but dropped off somewhere around the time of the last Lantern-wide event. Light’s Out, maybe? But that right there is the reason I don’t read GL. All the Lantern books tend to tie into one another so very often that I feel like I’m missing out if I don’t get in on the whole story. But it’s in no way logical to miss out on the one because of a fear of missing out on the many.

G.I. JoeThe biggest regret I have is the licensed independent stuff that I grew up on, that I kind of feel that I’ve outgrown, but can’t help but want to pick up when I glance over them on shelves every week: G.I. Joe and Transformers books. These were my go to titles when I was first cutting my teeth on reading comics, and there’s just something about the zany characters and huge robots, but I think the true appeal that G.I. Joe and Transformers has is its staying power. These brands support multiple books, have been going on for decades in different iterations, and these fun characters just never get old. And the films keep new readers at least a bit interested, I’m just not sure why I’m not more interested. At least, interested enough to pick them up. I think it’s a combination of not knowing where to begin, not wanting Transformersto risk buying 6 more books a month to test the waters, and the trades are just better buys. These brands have a lot of continuity, a lot of titles, and the collected books are cheaper and include all those great covers most of the time. So, maybe I’m not so terrible on this one…besides the fact that I never buy the trades I say I’m going to buy. But that’s different Comic Book Issue I have.

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Top o’ the Lot: Members of Cobra

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From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.

The cavalcade of ’80’s animated after-school nostalgia keeps up it’s steady march toward Cobra Logothe horizon, and we’ve got a long way to go before I move onto something else. I ran down my list favorite G.I. Joes last week, and, just like the twin Transformers list from a couple of weeks ago, the badguys are always tougher to pick. There’s a ton of names missing from my list – Major Bludd, Destro, even Serpentor – that really should have been on here, but just copying and pasting the entire Cobra roster isn’t cool. So, without further ado, COBRA-LALALALALALA!! The Top o’ the Lot: Members of Cobra.

Honorable Mention: Cobra Commander

Leaving Cobra Commander off this list is a good way to get myself punched by a fellow contributor to this blog, and I’m not taking that risk again. And he’s just a great character! A megalomaniac with the bankCobra Commanderroll to back it up, Cobra Commander stands as one of the greatest villains of all time. Whether he wore the mask or the helmet, cape or no cape, brainwashing civilians or setting up a Pyramid of Darkness, this dude was a badass. Sure, he never quite got over on G.I. Joe the way he always wanted to, was actually displaced as Cobra leader for a time, and there was that one time he became a snake, it doesn’t matter. Cobra Commander makes the list because it’s a list of Cobra Members, he’s their damn leader, I don’t like getting punched, and he’s a legitimate badass, but he’s not a character I adore, like the rest of the Lot.

5. Doctor Mindbender

Doc Bender makes the list for a few reasons. His part in “building” Serpentor alone should Dr Mindbenderget him on the list, but look at that outfit. Nothing says “maniacal scientist” like wearing suspenders and no shirt. But Dr. Mindbender’s origins, both of them, is terribly funny. In the comics he was an orthodontist (Yeah, a dentist) who created a machine that numbed pain during oral surgery, but, via a mishap with that same machine, became an evil madman. In the cartoon he was just thrown into the mix, but Shipwreck accidentally drops some chemicals on his head causing all of Mindbender’s hair to fall out. And that accent? Everything was very important to Doc Mindbender, I guess. And the monocle? Why?! He’s kind of the epitome of the zany characters that made up the Cobra cabal, and that doesn’t end here.

4. Tomax and Xamot

Tomax and XamotThe Crimson Guard Commanders and heads of Cobra’s corporate face Extensive Enterprises, Tomax and Xamot were, again, just plain old fun. They were integral in building Serpentor, their shared “feelings” was a pretty fun deal, and they were headed to be the new stars of the whole damn thing. In the unreleased 3rd season of the cartoon, Tomax and Xamot were going launch a new team of terrorists, The Coil, as Cobra-La and The Joes all but destroy themselves. Ah, what could have been? Also interesting to note is that the same duo that voiced the Autobot twins Sunstreaker and Sideswipe also voiced this set of twins, so maybe I don’t actually love Tomax and Xamot; maybe I just like their voice-actors…NAH!! I love these guys. The next spot, though; that’s more of a fear thing.

3. The Baroness

The BaronessAnd, yes, it’s THE Baroness. Wait! Girls can be villains?! Sure, there was Mystique, but The Baroness was pretty much my first introduction to a badass female villain that truly carried herself in her own unique way. She was strong, yet feminine; in a world surrounded by strong male archetypes, she held her own, and never lost that strength in femininity. And the glasses were super hot! She may of had a thing with Destro, but she was always the one in charge, adding even more credit to her character, and I could see her legitimately commanding Cobra with a lot more success than those guys who have been trying for years. They say behind every strong man is a strong woman, and this is the case with The Baroness, only she’s holding a knife, boys. Tread lightly.

2. Zartan

Dude, I loved Zartan! I loved his homage to the apocalypse that all American kids thought Zartanof Australia back in the ’80’s (thanks, Mel Gibson), he had his own little fun squad of delinquents on bikes and Swamp Skiers at his beckon call, and the toy?! OMG the toy was brilliant! It’s really the only reason Zartan makes the list! The Cobra Master-of-Disguise came with a removable mask, a removable breast-plate (that really didn’t do much but get lost or sucked up the vacuum), and a sweet color-changing ability that darkened the action figure when put into sunlight. It was really cool, and something almost unheard of in today’s “collector-centric” toy releases. Zartan was a great character, both in the comics and the cartoon, his action-figure was arguably the coolest in the entire line, and, as a master-of-disguise, he was a great addition to the Cobra lineup. All of those attributes could have; maybe should have; pushed Zartan to the Top o’ this Lot, but it’s slanted and biased, and I have a special place in my heart for this week’s Top Spot.

1. Firefly

Firefly is my favorite member of Cobra because he fits each and every measure I put on such a character. Sure, he “works” for Cobra, but he’s a mercenary at heart: No promises; Fireflyno refunds. He was a great toy with tons of accessories included in the package. His comic book persona was awesome, eclipsed only by the cartoon version, simply because the voice-over work of one Gregg “Dinobot Grimlock” Berger, who was also on The Littles, Pound Puppies, voiced both Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio in Spider-Man, and way too many other animated shows and video games to mention here. However, the one thing that puts Firefly over the top is the way he was replaced by that pretender Storm Shadow. Firefly was supposed to be the go-to ninja for Cobra! Oh, what could have been?! Even with that injustice Firefly is a great character. Mysterious, dangerous, and in it for himself. That pretty much sums up the entire problem with Cobra; why they never win over The Joes: They’re all just in it for themselves. Firefly, at least, admits it.

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Top o’ the Lot: Members of G.I. Joe

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I continue my series of Top’s o’ the Lots focusing on the my favorite 1980’s cartoons with this weeks installment of the Lot. Last week and the week before I gave props to my GI Joe Logofavorite robot stars of weekday afternoon cartoons, and now it’s time to devote some time to the second half-hour of my favorite hour of every week day during grade-school, G.I. Joe. I had a ton of Transformers toys and comics growing up, but the number of G.I. Joe toys and comics I had in my youth puts those numbers to shame. I had all the bases; all the vehicles, both small and gargantuan; all the figures, with duplicates where appropriate, and G.I. Joe made it quite appropriate to own more than one of anything. While my mom couldn’t justify 2 7-foot long aircraft carriers in my room, multiple planes, towers, and especially figures made my room a dangerous looking place…if you were 6 inches tall. Oh, how I wish I still had all of those beautiful pieces…and a warehouse to store them all in.

So, without further ado, I begin a series of G.I. Joe lists, and we yell “Go Joe!”, hope Sergeant Slaughter’s drilling pays off, and enjoy what must have been the largest international military budget ever to exist, as I run down my personal, slanted, and biased choices for Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot: Members of G.I. Joe.

Honorable Mention: The Fridge

The FridgeThis was just too funny to keep off the list, and The Fridge acts as a great example of the way this cartoon’s duality would have only worked in the 1980’s. Here’s a professional football player, William Perry, who weighed in at an incredibly unfit 335.lbs, whose job on the Joes, according to his “official G.I. Joe ranking”, was the Physical Training Instructor. Now, I’m not saying that football isn’t full of great athletes, but certainly there were better choices available. Almost as crazy as having a professional wrestler as a Drill Instructor, I know, and it sort of explains how the Joes were never really able to beat the badguys once and for all, but this one is so crazy that it deserves at least a mention in this Lot. Other slots in this Lot o’ the Top Joes are occupied with actual soldiers.

5. Bazooka

The Jersey-clad missile specialist of the G.I. Joe team was one of my favs not because he Bazookawas really anything special, but because he was the perfect balance of awesome and funny. His friendship with fellow Joe Alpine, his severe lack of common (or other) sense, and even the way he constantly chewed bubble gum, certainly an homage to the Bazooka Joe brand of bubble gum, just made him an endearing character. Easy to love, hard to hate. Episodes like “Bazooka Saw A Sea Serpent” are surefire ways to get the full appeal of the character, and, as tough as it is to define the perfect member of G.I. Joe, Bazooka definitely epitomizes the inclusive aspect that was a singular facet of The Joes overall. That gets him a spot in this Lot, and that tone of loving unique characters quickly becomes a trend in this Top.

4. Lifeline

While it had to be one of the most boring jobs in the entire G.I. Joes (seeing as it was rare that anyone would actually be shot or hurt in any way) the medic/Rescue Trooper never Lifelinereally got much work. Lifeline makes the list because he was a pacifist, a soldier that turned away from violence, and despite every damn version of him coming with a gun of some kind, he made for an intriguing element of the entire G.I. Joe cartoon universe. The whole dynamic of the continuing struggle between G.I. Joe and Cobra was war, and it was a nice breath of fresh air for a show geared toward children to throw a character like Lifeline in the mix. Some Joes criticized his choice, others respected him more for it, and there was that one time he fixed Roadblock’s eyes, but it’s okay to be pretty much useless as long as you make a statement. Well, it is if you want to make the Top o’ the Lot, anyways.

3. Blowtorch

BlowtorchSometimes all it takes to make my list is wearing an awesome costume, having a great job, and being a really cool looking toy. And that’s why Blowtorch makes this list. Just look at that! A flamethrower;  An asbestos suit in bright as the noonday sun orange and red (cause who needs to hide when you have THAT kind of firepower?); A completely out-of-place Irish accent that gave the Joes that sense of internationalism it needed. I just really like this character, and it’s a slanted and biased list for a reason. For the next spot on this Lot, though, it’s more of a “love” thing.Blowtorch 2

2. Lady Jaye

Lady Jaye2I’m not even ashamed or embarrassed to say it. Eight year old me had a huge crush on Lady Jaye. She was everything a boy wanted in a woman: confidence, strength, beauty, terrific flying skills (both helicopters AND Trouble Bubbles), and a great javelin throwing technique. That was another thing: Javelins? Really?! But it so worked, the same way Marvel’s Hawkeye’s crazy arrows work. Sure, she may have been related to Destro, and Lady Jaye1sure she was with that loser Flint, pretty much the reason he doesn’t make the list (I mean, who the hell wears a beret? Not even the actual Green Berets wear the damned things all the time! What a douche?!), but she was my very first cartoon crush, throwing her onto the second to the Top o’ this Lot. Is it any real surprise who takes the Top spot?

1. Snake Eyes

Snake EyesSnake Eyes may have officially been labeled as a Commando, but he was so much more than that. Ninja, silent assassin, loyal friend, ever-present thorn in Cobra’s side, cartoon star, movie star, comic star, an amazingly cool toy, and an animal lover. He had it all! Whether he was kicking it with Shipwreck in my fav Snake Eyes cartoon episode, or saying absolutely nothing at all in the now famous “Silent Issue” of G.I. Joe, or cutting and shooting through battalion after battalion of Cobra troops on my childhood bedroom floor, or even meeting a fellow kindred spirit in the form of a timber wolf, there is simply no comparison and no other possible choice for the tippy Top spot o’ this Lot. Sure, it’s the obvious choice, but it’s obvious for a reason.

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