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Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Invasion From Planet Wrestletopia #6 Review: Here Comes The 3-Count!

A Review From Christopher Franey

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia #6

Here it is the big show, ultimate viewing pleasure…the conclusion.  This is going to be the big dramatic slam-down for the big belt.  I have to say this had a couple of tear jerk moments and some moments of WOO-ing which made this a fun conclusion.  This was a great ride and really hit some nostalgic moments which was the overall joy of this; like it reminded me of Saturday Mornings watching Wrestling on the USA Network which was fun.  So, let us talk about this conclusion!

interior art by Kendall Goode

I enjoyed the introduction to the issue done in the style of a big Pay-Per-View spectacular with the awesome graphics and amazing title of “Galact-O-Massacre.”  The commentators of Leo Sullivan and “Mondo” Larry Hondo were fun and had some witty liners in there that kept a smile on my face.  The shout outs to audience members was a fun “take me back” of famous people.  Yet the first heart ache comes at us early as we revisit last issues cliffhanger with Dominatress colliding with Don and flying off the train.  Sadly our time with Don is cut very short and I had high hopes for him, but it was a tough moment for Rory and a sobering one too.

interior art by Kendall Goode

Kendall Goode really got to shine this issue with all the moves as there was so much wrestling go on between characters and the action was in for the counts too.  We could see all the punishment that Rory went through to make it to the arena.  Friendships were really tested and I was very shocked by who betrayed Rory…honestly I wouldn’t have guessed; which made for a nice reaction.  In the end it comes down to who stands by you and luckily Rory has friends that did stick with him.  Luckily they make it to the arena for the big show.

With the opening of the show we are treated to Macho taking it out on some of the Wrestletopians and doing it with some slick moves, the man is quite the dynamo.  When Rory does make it I did have to laugh at how he suddenly has quite the set of abs, but that’s all in the fun of this comic series.  I do appreciate Rory’s smack talking at the start that was quite the string of words and rhymes.  Sure enough this was a battle for the ages with Rory and Manifest Destiny…and it will keep you in suspense as there are moments where one is in control and then loses it all while wrapped up in some amazing art. 

interior art by Kendall Goode

I don’t want to spoil too much of this since it is a conclusion but I will say that this story was well worth the time.  I’m not much of an idie comic person but this was just the right amount of fun between my superhero comics.  This comes from a creative team that has heart and laughs with just the right story for all of us to be entertained.  So be sure to check out their series on Comixology with the conclusion, part 6, this August 12, 2020.  This mini-series was created and written by Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin of Suspicious Behavior Productions and you can find their social medias here with these links:  Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.  You can also find this issues artist, Kendall Goode, on twitter and as always remember to…GEEK OUT!

The Late Gamer Plays Halo

A Review From Hidai Moya

Unlike the rest of the world I did not grow up with Halo. I missed out on it back in the early 2000’s & in July 2020 just experienced it for the very first time.

I have no preconceived bias or nostalgia to cloud my judgement when I played this. I was expecting something of a serious FPS in space but honestly, I was turned off by the 1st half of the game. Nothing was ever explained in regards to the conflict or characters & I didn’t understand & didn’t care what was going on. I found the grunts very campy. They almost made me quit, but I’m glad I stuck with it because the 2nd half is considerably better once “The Flood” was introduced & you fight your way through the library (the best level).

It’s at that moment when things really started to pick up for the action & story. One thing that was very clear was that the music in this game shames so many games in comparison. Not the best FPS I’ve played but I liked it enough to continue on to Part II.
Grade B

The Geeks’ Watch – Episode 186 Cursed Season 1 Eps 6-10

“The future comes, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall miss no game, withhold no news, report all rumors. I shall wear no jerseys and plead allegiance to no side. I shall live and die on my webpage. I am the word in the darkness. I am the watcher of the tv. I am the megaphone that informs the realms of geek. I pledge my hands and name to the Geek’s Watch, for geeks and all the geeks to come.” John, Jess, Mitch, Stephen, and Elizabeth talk about their week’s watch, then begin the review of the final 5 episodes of the first season of the Netflix series ‘Cursed’.

Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Episode 1 “Right Back Where We Started” Summary (Spoilers)

By Stephen Clark

The Umbrella Academy returns! After a brush with armageddon, the family time hops to the past to try to stop it again. Pitching the idea of “we screwed it up the first time we time traveled to so we’re doing it again for season 2” is a BOLD decision to make. But, as of this episode, it’s paying off well.

The Hargreeves siblings joined hands at the end of the last season and poofed away as a chunk of the moon hit the Earth. Moving that many people in time isn’t something that Five has ever done before and we see each of them get deposited in a different time in the 1960’s, all alone, save for Klaus, who’s joined by ghost Ben and Luther, who shares a tearful cry in the rain with a homeless man in the alley he’s dropped in.

Five is deposited last in time, just before this season’s apocalypse. We see the team in full control of their powers, collectively fighting off a Soviet invasion of Dallas. Correlation isn’t causation but I do want to point out that cataclysms seem to follow the Hargreeves siblings wherever and whenever they go. Hazel, the sweet donut-lady-loving time agent from the first season, appears and offers Five a briefcase and a chance to stop this fresh new end of the world and we reset the “just a few days to stop it all” clock.

After a brush with white haired bad guys with guns (if pop culture has taught me anything, never trust anyone who looks like Anderson Cooper. They probably have a twin and they’re out to kill you), Five escapes without the briefcase Hazel gave him before being killed and meets a conspiracy theorist who’s been witness to the arrival of the siblings over the years. He provides Five, who he believes is an alien, with the first clue to get the band back together with a mugshot newspaper clipping of Diego.

Diego’s been stuck in a mental institution after attempting to take out Lee Harvey Oswald and prevent the JFK assassination. He does seem to be making friends, though, and that’s a nice change for him. Five tracks him down but, after a conversation where Diego refuses to help save the world without first saving JFK, seems to decide that Diego might not be the right piece of the puzzle to start with and leaves him to his padded room.

Vanya, fresh off having been the instrument (I swear that isn’t a violin pun) of the Earth’s destruction, has been taken in by a family who accidentally hit her with their car as she ran out of the alley she was deposited in by the time portal. She’s helping care for a boy who doesn’t speak and she has no memory of what happened before she walked out of the alley. She seems happy with things but still has the self-deprecating streak that her adoptive father instilled in her through his years of intentional neglect.

Ghost Ben and a gussied up cult-leader-lookin’ Klaus are stranded on their way back to Dallas after having spent some time in San Francisco. Ben wants to go back to finish up something that he feels he needs to do but Klaus is dragging him along, what with Ben not having a body of his own. The two brothers are on the outs and, in this middle of nowhere town, Klaus tries to use Ben’s ghostly abilities to cheat in a bar poker game. But Ben isn’t over Klaus’ dickish behavior and tricks him into losing the card game. Klaus sprints from the bar, stealing the keys to a truck, narrowly getting back on the road to Dallas.

Allison, it turns out, has also made new relationships in her time in the 60’s and has gotten married to a kind man who has a lot of hope invested in the possible social changes that JFK might usher in. With her knowledge of the future, Allison is trying to temper those hopes in the could-be-dead-soon president.

Luther is far from his days living on the moon as Spaceboy and looking out for space invaders. He’s fighting in an underground boxing ring of some sort, possibly under the thumb of less-than savory types. He wins his fight handily and immediately hands over a sizable amount of money to the apparent leader of this group and leaves with them.

While planning a peaceful sit-in protest in the days leading up to JFK’s arrival in Dallas, Allison and several other Black people in the area are interrupted by a racist businessman in the area who doesn’t like the notion of colored people meeting up in the area. He attempts to “911 Karen” Allison’s husband by shoving his foot in the door as the door is closed after a plenty peaceful conversation. He asserts that this amounts to assault and raises his hand to Allison’s husband but Allison catches his hand and shows him what  assault (in this case self-defense) looks like, shoving him unceremoniously out of the doorway. The businessman clearly isn’t going to let this be the last of things.

Back with her new adoptive family, Vanya is up late at night and catches Sissy, the mother of the house, smoking in the kitchen. The two share a cigarette outside and Sissy talks about another of the time’s societal chains: sexism. She’s keeping a nest egg for the time when she either has to escape her marriage, should it become unlivable, or that her husband dies and she’s forced to make ends meet in a world of so little opportunity for women. Sissy’s aspirations to be a Neiman Marcus counter girl is indicative of a time where settling for your situation being anything less than bad was sometimes the most you could hope for.

Diego awakes from sedation after his conversation with Five in a solitary confinement room. He escapes the room just before the Anderson Cooper squad arrives at the mental institution, presumably there to kill him after failing to take out Five. Diego is aided by the friend he made during his time there who seems plenty capable to take care of herself, helping him to take out the different security people in the facility who try to stop them leaving. After a lot of shooting by Anderson and the Coopers, the pair ride off into the night.

In a nightclub, Luther is being treated after his fight by the man who he gave the money to after his fight, who we learn is none other than Jack Ruby, the man who would shoot Lee Harvey Oswald after the assasination of JFK. Worlds are coming together and Jack Ruby is being given a drunken pitch by Sissy’s husband while Five sits at the front of the club, watching a dancer. 

During a heartfelt plea of familial understanding from Five, we’re shown snippets of the separated family members, now spread across Dallas. Klaus has been arrested for the theft of the truck, Diego is slinking around with his escape buddy, Allison is snuggling with her husband and Vanya is enjoying peace with someone who truly values her friendship. Five implores Luther to help him save the world because he has absolutely no idea how to stop the events he saw in the future. But Luther is done with it, simply saying “I don’t give us a shit” and walking away.

Love Of Pages – Eps 5 Scythe Part 3

Join some of our favorite book nerds from Geek Elite Media as we explore novels of every genre with an accompanying beverage recipe, for the full book club experience. Jessica, Elizabeth, and Stephen continue with the 2016 young adult sci-fi adventure novel ‘Scythe’ and to go along with this dystopian future the club drinks “lemon drop martinis”, make sure to check out @Love.Of.Pages on Instagram to get the recipe. Theme Song: “Study And Relax” by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/5764-study-and-relax License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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