Tag Archives: Comics

Movies We Are Excited For

Deadpool! Deadpool!  Deadpool!  Could there ever be a more ideal role for the perfectly sarcastic Ryan Reynolds?! We think not and here are 5 reasons why Black Nerd Squad is excited for Deadpool.

1) We are all still suffering from a The Force Awakens hangover and the time between now and Episode VIII is just way to long. Captain America Civil War doesn’t start for another 5 months, In the meantime, the sarcasm and wit of anti-hero Wade Wilson is the perfect appetizer for the summer of blockbusters to follow.

2)The concept of Deadpool: Its the perfect mix of comedy, action, and The Feels. How could you not be  cheering for a guy who’s looking to make the most of the his life during what could be his last days because of a terminal illness? Taking on bad guys, trying to save the love of his life all while keeping the sarcasm and jokes constantly coming.

3) Easter Eggs. With X-Men Apocalypse slated to come out later this year, we’re looking forward to all the clues and foreshadowing Deadpool could possibly provide in to the new movie. Could there even be cameo from our favorite Merc-With-a-Mouth!?

4 ) Speaking of X-Men, let’s talk about Wade Wilson and how he came to be. Having been diagnosed with a terminal illness Wade was contacted by Department K and underwent experiment involving a healing serum derived from the X-Men’s very own Wolverine which gives him the amazing ability to regenerate quickly; making him virtually indestructible. Deadpool meets up with Wolverine later as a part time member of X-Force which is also lead by Wolverine.

5) The 4th Wall. With some many comic franchises to date, having an anti-hero who’s aware of the audience can only lead to the most amazing movie experience ever. The person-to-person dialog that he’s known for having takes on a new dimension in movie form, allowing for more sarcasm and more spot on perfectly timed jokes.

Deadpool is rated “R” and opens in theaters on Friday, February 12th. In case you haven’t see them, below are a few trailers of the upcoming movie. Be warned: the second one is a Red Band trailer – meaning it’s not safe for work or kids!

 

 

Their Pages, Our History: Hip-Hop and Comics

As we begin our celebrations of Black History Month, I want to take a moment to appreciate a different aspect of our history: Hip-Hop. Often dismissed by critics as noisy, senseless rambling of an uneducated minority, Hip-Hop represents the hopes and dreams of our culture. Born in the streets of New York in the 1970s, Hip-Hop was the means of expression for a voiceless generation.

Hip-Hop resonates with the rich history of our communities: created for us, by us, about us.  40+ years later, Hip-Hop continues to seep into mainstream media and culture. So much so that last year, Marvel released several Hip-Hop variant covers. And because we are truly here to support our fellow Black nerds everywhere, I feel it necessary to highlight how nerdism and Hip-Hop collide. Each week in February (and possibly beyond),  I want to highlight some of the best Hip-Hop variant comic book covers for Marvel.

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SPIDER-GWEN #1 – HIP-HOP Variant by Humberto Ramos

 

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MUTEES THE X-MEN HIP-HOP Variant Cover by Andrew Huerta

 

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ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 HIP-HOP Variant Cover by Sanford Greene

 

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EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 – HIP-HOP Variant Cover by Sanford Greene

 

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NEW AVENGERS #1 – HIP-HOP Variant Cover by Ed Piskor

Not only are these covers visually appealing, but they pay tribute to our music. These covers are amazing. We may not always be recognized by others, but our history lives on everywhere. You can’t deny the influence our culture has had on the rest of the world.

In the coming weeks, I will highlight more Marvel variant covers and explore some Hip-Hop influenced comic books that have been published over the years.