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We have been pretty lax with the content lately, but fear no more, 2015 will be the year of NerdSynq #Yanerdme. I am here to share with you the 2015 promo of the RadioShow, a few clips to wet your whistle to see how we are behind those microphones.  If you haven’t checked the show out you can find it on both iTunes and Podomatic–but here are the links and the video for your viewing pleasure!

NERDSYNQAnd here is the video we have all been waiting for at NERDSYNQ:

Gotham’s second episode had a great story line that kept my anticipation from last weeks episode pushing forward for the episode next week. The reviews of the episodes will not be as in-depth as the first one was, since it was the first of the series. There might be a little bit of a spoiler in them, but that will be listed if that happens.

Holy Cliffhangers Batman!

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Justice League Issue 20

     The cover was eye catching as Justice League covers always are masterfully done by Ivan Reis.  It was an added bonus that this cover was untouched by the Man of Steel advertisements that are a staple on a lot of other DC comics out this week.  The story starts out with the new recruits of Element Woman, Firestorm, and the Atom taking on Despero in what is supposed to be their induction ceremony. The opening pages serve as one hell of a welcome to the majors moment for these rookies. Despero walks through the new leaguers with the ease that Casper walks through walls. 

    After Element Woman and Firestorm are incapacitated by Despero without even breaking a sweat the Atom is surprisingly saved by Martian the Manhunter. The Manhunter engages Despero in a psychic duel in which we are treated to one the few moments that he cuts loose and shows his true prowess. After dismantling Despero’s mind he disappears informing the Atom to tell no one he was ever there. With the Watchtower hurdling towards earth due to damage done by Despero and the systems being down it is up to Superman to do what he does and save the earth from potential destruction.  Upon finding his recovering teammates Superman falls ill and the League discovers that Despero had on a kryptonite ring.

     What follows is in my opinion the best part of the book, the dialogue between Batman and Superman in the batcave.  The conversation the two have while Bruce reveals the plans he has in place in case any member of league ever goes rogue is one of those Kirk and Spock dynamics. The pages play out like a behind the scenes look into their friendship. Johns has alluded to a close friendship between the two but rarely is there ever any evidence of it in any of the pages until now. At the end of the issue the Atom is revealed to be a double agent for Amanda Waller and her own justice league team. The Shazam miniseries sets up the conclusion with the reveal of the ruthlessness of Black Adam. Readers find out that after his own nephew shared the wizards power to save him Adam killed his own nephew to be wizards only champion. With Adam taking Billy’s foster siblings hostage he has no choice but to transform and confront his rival.

     All and all this was a good issue and did almost everything a fan could ask for from the writers.  We found out there is a mole on the team and who she is working for along with plenty of action. The plot thickened with the discovery of the kryptonite ring on Despero, not mention adding to the anticipation of the Trinity War. Readers were reminded just how much tough the Manhunter really is when written properly. Provided a bit of a spoiler as to who could break into the batcave without leaving trace and has knowledge of batman’s true identity. It would probably have to be someone with say phasing and telepathic abilities right? The icing on the cake is that the Shazam miniseries is almost leading hopefully to a debut soon by the young Billy Batson.

This issue gets a 4 out 5

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Justice League of America Issue 3 Review

     As always let’s start with the cover. I may be in the minority, but I am really enjoying the fold out covers DC has been producing lately. It brings back memories of the early to mid-nineties covers when there was an anniversary or a crossover going on.  The fold out not only makes every issue seem like an event, but hints at the story inside.  It is a decent cover, done by the wonderful David Finch, with Martian the Manhunter and Hawkman coming to the aide of Green Arrow while Katana looks on in disbelief.  The attacker is Catwoman with her trademark whip coiled around the neck of Green Arrow. The caption reads, “Who is the traitor in their midst?” 

     The prologue opens with a public service announcement featuring Stargirl being broadcast on television.  Following the P.S.A., Amanda Waller informs Stargirl that the team has gone on a mission that she cannot be a part of due to her being the public face of the team, and any harm or injury coming to her would be unacceptable.  The story then jumps to a fight between the team and the big three: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.  Katana severs Wonder Woman’s head from her body, revealing that our favorite Amazon is really a robot.  The battle concludes with Vibe letting loose a widespread blast that destroys the androids and brings the action to an abrupt end.  Katana suspects the Catwoman of being a traitor due to her disappearance before the attack. Yet after a quick mind scan, Manhunter deduces that she is not the traitor. 

   The team then sets up a robbery scenario for Catwoman during which she is arrested by the League to maintain the ruse that she is not a member of the team—and to drum up notoriety with the media.  The false robbery is interrupted by Green Arrow when it appears that Catwoman is escaping capture.  When the news helicopters arrive, Green Arrow appeals for his own position in the League and promises to keep Catwoman’s involvement a secret.  The main story ends with Catwoman going undercover in Arkham Asylum, with the intent of infiltrating the Secret Society of Super-Villains. It is—of course—successful.  (There is a mini story at the end of the book that gives a bit of background information on both Manhunter and Catwoman during the aforementioned mind scan. Manhunter sees Ms. Kyle’s life through his own eyes and Selina sees Manhunter’s past through hers.)
Final thoughts on this issue: the story is moving slower than Sherman Klump in quicksand.  I’m not sure if Geoff Johns is being spread too far over too many books, but after three issues the setup should be done. Which is clearly not the case here.  So far, this team does not have enough to be anything more than a pale imitation of the Justice League and I’m afraid it never will.  Perhaps this should have been a miniseries instead of an ongoing monthly in order to set up a fight between the Justice Leagues.  If I may paraphrase Peter Griffin, there are a few things that really “grind my gears” about this book.  The first is that why wouldn’t Martian the Manhunter—arguably the most powerful psychic mind on the planet—know that he is not fighting against living beings?  Secondly, if the plan from issue one holds up, how is Katana in any way a match for Wonder Woman?  If Johns has something up his sleeve with this book he had better pull it out quick before this book gets axed. 

This issue gets a 2 out of 5 stars and has some serious work to do.

Check out our First video for Injustice. Our commentary track is gone, but it’s still a fun watch.