Saturday, November 18, 2017

Saturday Showcase: Scourge (of the Underworld)

   This week's Saturday Showcase focuses on the Marvel villain known as the Scourge (of the Underworld).  The Scourge isn't just one man, he is an unlimited army of assassins.  When one dies, another takes his place.  If one is captured, they are killed and the one who does the kill becomes the new Scourge.

    The Scourge was first introduced in 1985.  Iron Man #194 was the issue where we witnessed the birth of "justice" when the Scourge eliminated the Enforcer.  At the end of the kill, the Scourge cries out, "Justice Is Served!"  Those of you who followed Marvel Comics back in the '80's would see this battle cry often.

   The Scourge proved to be an enemy who was hard to beat.  Like I said earlier, when one is taken out of the equation, another one would take their place.  This is why he gave the Avengers a run for the money.  He was never stupid enough to take on the whole team, but he would take them on one-on-one.

    His favorite Avenger to tangle with was Captain America.  I guess he was not living up to the Scourge's view of Justice.  He didn't just tangle with Avengers though.  When it was believed that Flash Thompson was the Hobgoblin, the Scourge paid him a visit only to be stopped by Spider-Man.

    I just don't understand why Marvel hasn't used the Scourge on TV or in film.  You have an endless supply of assassins trying to dish out "justice".  I would have thought they would have appeared on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D at least.  Hopefully, someone at Marvel is reading this and getting some ideas.  Well, until next time...Get your READ on!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Survivor Series 2017: My Picks

    As you know, Sunday, November 19 is Survivor Series.  
Now that the final cast is chosen, 
I decided to share with you my thoughts on who will win.

Miz Vs Baron Corbin

    Miz is by far the most underestimated champion the WWE has ever seen.  He is the reason that the Intercontinental Championship is relevant once again.  Corbin is a good wrestler who happened to have luck on his side when he won the U.S. title in a triple threat match. Sure Baron is big and has muscle, but Miz has intelligence and the Miztourage in his corner.

Winner: the Miz

the Shield vs the New Day

    The WWE Universe wanted a Shield reunion and that is exactly what they got. The Shield will have their hands full against the NEW DAY!  As witnessed from Hell in a Cell, the New Day can fight, however I fill the Shield will have more tricks up their sleeve.  Who knows, the Shield may cause a rift in the New Day which could lead to their demise.

Winner: the Shield

the Queen, Charlotte Flair Vs the Goddess, Alexa Bliss

    The Women's division is on fire!  Alexa was training to fight Natalya but Charlotte had other plans.  Now the match is Alexa vs Charlotte.  I am Team Red all the way, but I have to say Alexa is out classed in this match.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

the USOs Vs the Bar

    Well, well, well.  This appears to be a familiar match-up.  These 2 teams have history.  Who has the advantage?  To me, it's the USOs.  The USOs have awoken and embraced their demons to be the champions that they are.  The Bar may try to bring them down a notch, but I think the USOs will fly high.

Winner: the USOs

RAW  Vs Smackdown Live Women's 5 on 5 Elimination Match

    5 women from RAW and 5 from Smackdown Live will go head to head to prove which show has the best women's wrestlers.  Each team has some talent. But, I feel that RAW's team is a little more stacked.  I believe Asuka said she will break the Smackdown Live team apart and I believe she could do it.  It wouldn't surprise me at all if she was the one standing tall.

Winner: Team RAW

RAW Vs Smackdown Live Men's 5 on 5 Elimination Match

    The WWE Universe is buzzing about the addition of HHH to team RAW.  Hell, Raw is one stacked team.  No offense towards Team Blue, but there is more power and skill on Team Red.  Strowman alone is a monster that cannot be contained.  The only way I see Team Blue on top is if someone helps Team Red loose,which as we know could happen.

Winner: Team RAW

AJ Styles Vs Brock Lesnar

    To me this is the money match up.  As the saying goes, I was saving the best for last.  In all rights, AJ is the underdog but he could pull off a victory.  Sure, Brock is a Beast and could easily manhandle Styles, but Styles is cunning and is brilliant on the mat.  I think it will come down to the end, but Brock will become victorious with a little help from Jinder Mahal.  I think Jinder is going to interfere or cause a distraction that will give Brock the upper hand and finish AJ in the match to become victorious.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

    I am fan of both shows, but my heart lies with Team Red and I guess it always will.  I do sense some possible switching of sides.  I personally think that Kane is working with Daniel Bryan and they may have a plan.  Kane isn't in any of the matches, but that doesn't mean he cannot have an involvement in any of the outcomes.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

An Interview with Majin Buu

I had the pleasure to interview Josh Martin, the voice of Majin Buu for Somewhatnerdy.  To see it, click on the following link,  Buu Interview.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

Classic Cover of the Day
Avengers West Coast Vol. 1 #93

Saturday Showcase: US Agent

    Today is Veterans' Day and I can think of no better character to showcase than US Agent.  Some of you may have never heard of US Agent, but he is the man that took Steve Rogers place as Captain America when Steve thought he was finished with being a hero.  Long story short, Steve changes his mind and wants to be Cap again so John had no choice but to become his own persona.  I am getting ahead of myself so let me begin again.

    John Walker was a hero originally known as the Super Patriot.  That's him to the right.  The Super Patriot was another super soldier like Cap,who wanted to make America a better place.  When Steve had enough, John was asked to fill Cap's shoes and he gladly accepted.  Well,Steve didn't like the way John did things.  So, Steve created the Captain persona to take on Captain America.  In the long run, Steve won his title back and John adapted the look of the Captain but called himself, US Agent.

    As US Agent, John became the successful leader of the West Coast Avengers.  This team consisted of a lot of great heroes like Moon Knight, Hawkeye, Tigra, and Mockingbird.  He was at the forefront to doing great things.  Then, boom, MARVEL seemed to forget how much he was worth.  He was on the team Force Works, which had him play second fiddle to Tony Stark as well as a new look.

    The character of US Agent had identity issues in terms of costumes for years to come as well as jumping from team to team.  Marvel decided to put him on the shelf and only use him from time to time.  Hell, he resurfaced years later as a member of Omega Flight during the whole Civil War drama that was playing out in Marvel Comics.

    John's look as the US Agent was always one of my favorite hero looks.  Hell, I still have my US Agent figure that came out from Toy Biz years ago just because it looks so damn cool.  Sure it was just a paint job on a Cap figure but I didn't care.  When the first Cap movie came out and I saw an US Agent figure on the shelf, I made sure to get one because he is just that cool.

    I hope that MARVEL wises up and starts to utilize John more in film and TV.  He made a brief comeback last year in the Sam Wilson titles, so that gives me hope.  I would love to see US Agent on the TV series agents or even for a brief period on the big screen.  I just want his talents as well as his character recognized.

Happy Veterans' Day!

US Agent by Norm Breyfogle

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cosplay of the Day

Cosplay of the Day
Hela: Goddess of Death Cosplay by Aime Jaze of Jaze Cosplay
Photography by the talented Tony Julius Photography

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Comic Picks of the Week

Sorry so late, work has been hell.

To see my picks for this week, click here,

Until then, enjoy this week's cover.

Comic Cover of the Week

The Power of the Dark Crystal #8 (Variant)

BOOM! Studios

Cover Art by Takeda

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Derf's Picks of the Week

A lot of good comics came out today.  

To see my picks, go over to SWN by clicking here.

Comic Cover of the Week

the Incredible Hulk #709


Cover Art by Greg Land

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day - Showcase Edition

Classic Cover of the Day - Showcase Edition

Captain America # 282


Marvel Universe Handbook: Constrictor

You wanted the best, you got the best...

Saturday Showcase: Constrictor


    First of all, I need to apologize to my readers for skipping last Saturday.  Due to Hurricane Nate, I was at my paying gig helping people get supplies.  When I got home, it was Sunday so that is why I didn't do a Saturday Showcase, but today is a new day.

   So, today I have a special villain in mind for my showcase.  He is a personal favorite of mine.  He may be a snake in the grass, but damn he is cool.  Who is it that I speak of?  Well, his family and friends know him as Frank Payne but the Avengers know him simply as Constrictor.

   Some of you are thinking, why is Constrictor a candidate for Derf's Saturday Showcase?  Simply put, he is a bad ass!  He has tangled with the Hulk and survived.  He has bested Captain America and his shield as well as defeat members of the Avengers as well as Power Man and Iron Fist.  If that isn't enough, his tag team partner in crime was Sabretooth, one mean and ruthless individual in his own right.  So you know Frank is a bad man if Creed allows him to breathe.

    Another reason I like Constrictor is how he thinks.  I mean, he doesn't just rely on his coils or his speed and strength, he uses his intelligence.  In some cases, he gets others to d his dirty work.  This makes Frank a very dangerous man, which makes his character so hard to resist.  I mean, hell, even his toys are cool.  His Marvel Legends figure is one of the best sculpts I have ever seen.

    I am just pissed that he has not been used in film or even on TV.  He has been on one episode the Earth's Mightiest Avengers cartoon as a member of the Serpent Society ( of week he really isn't a member of).  And yes, he was a character you could play on the Avenger's Alliance game from Facebook days of old.  But he has yet to be seen or even mentioned on Marvel TV or in Marvel films.  This needs to change.  The stories that the Constrictor could appear in are endless because he has tangled with everybody in the MARVEL Universe.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Derf's Picks of the Week

To enjoy this week's picks, click here.

For now, enjoy this week's comic cover with art by the talented Carli Ihde.

KISS/Vampirella #5


Art by Carli Ihde

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Derf's Picks of the Week

To see my October 4 Comic Picks, click here.

Until then enjoy my pick for cover of the week.

Comic Cover of the Week

Star Wars #37


Cover Art by Mike Mayhew

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Saturday Showcase: Shatterstar

    Today's Showcase is about one of my favorite "mutants" of all time.  Mojoworld knows him as Gaveedra-Seven but you know him as Shatterstar.  Shatterstar was a created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza for the New Mutants/X-force titles.  He is an expert swordsman who is willing to do what it takes to make sure his team wins. (above panel, 'nuff said)

    Shatterstar first appeared in New Mutants #99 in March of '91.  He quickly became a member of the team of X-Force and began taking names and kicking ass from the very get go.  Even though he is originally from Mojoworld, he fit in on Earth very well.  

    After a few years as a member of X-Force, he became a solo sensation in his own mini-series before joining the ranks of X-Factor.  It is during his time with X-Factor tat he learns he is related to another one of my faves, Longshot.  He then leaves X-Factor to start out on his own helping his friends from time to time.

    Shatterstar is and always will be one of my favorites.  He has changed looks through the years but I am a fan of his original look.  I know he has been the focus of major story lines as well as being ranked #29 on Comics Alliance list of Top 50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics, but I feel Marvel could have done so much more with the character.  Hell, I would love to see a Deadpool and Shatterstar team-up in the near future.  Of course they would have to fight each other first, lol.

   So do yourself a favor, and checkout  any titles at your local comic book store that have Shatterstar in them, you will be glad you did.  

Until next time, get your READ on!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Comic Cover of the Week

It's New comic Book Day and there has been a lot of cool stuff released today.

To see my list of picks, click HERE

Comic Cover of the Week

Batman/Shadow #6 (of 6)

DC Comics/Dynamite

Cover Art by Riley Rossmo

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

Classic Cover of the Day

Showcase Saturday Edition

Blue Beetle #5 (Oct. '86)

DC Comics

Written by Len Wein

Saturday Showcase: Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)

    Today's Saturday Showcase revolves around one of my favorite members of the JLA/JLI there ever was.  His name is Ted Kord but you may know him as the Blue Beetle.  He has and will be one of my favorites.

    Here is some background info for you. Ted Kord is the second Blue Beetle, a superhero who was originally published by Charlton Comics and later picked up by DC Comics.This version of the character was created by Steve Ditko and first appeared as a back-up feature in Captain Atom #83 (November 1966), with Gary Friedrich scripting from Ditko's conception and plot.

    DC Comics acquired the Charlton heroes in the mid-1980s and used the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event to integrate them all into the DC Universe. During this period, Blue Beetle had his own series, written by Len Wein, which ran for 24 issues from June 1986 to May 1988. Also published during this time was Secret Origins #2 (cover illustrated by Gil Kane), which explained the origins and careers of the Ted Kord and Dan Garrett Blue Beetles in the post-Crisis continuity. They would also follow up on the hinted android in stasis from the Charlton series, which would eventually become "Carapax, the Indestructible Man".

    Ted Kord was sometimes shown as an industrialist, the owner of KORD Industries; more often he was short on money, leading to his entering "get-rich-quick" schemes with Booster Gold. A brief appearance in JLA: Year One showed the young Ted working in Kord Industries R&D, where he designed the JLA HQ security system. Upon meeting the heroes, he thought, "Screw the family business. I want to be one of those guys," possibly explaining the company's fluctuating status since he took over. In recent comics, it has been implied that KORD Industries has become a subsidiary of Wayne Enterprises, headed by Bruce Wayne (also known as Batman).

    Sure, Ted Kord's Blue Beetle has had some success on the small screen in episodes of the Brave and the Bold cartoon series, but his character should be a mainstay on Arrow or Legends of Tomorrow to show real appreciation.  We all know he has a best friend in Booster that Time Travels so there is your intro to Legends, lol.

   For some to say this version of Blue Beetle is not important is someone who doesn't know comics.  I mean, they brought Ted back from the Dead in the Green Lantern Blackest Night saga.  During the New 52 Justice League 3000 series we found Booster and Blue in action and now thanks to the DC Rebirth movement, he is now a mentor to the 3rd Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes.

    Ted Kord has lead an interesting life in the world of comics, but I feel it is time we see more.  What about you?

Marvel's the Punisher Official HD Trailer

Can't Wait!

The Sandman trailer

Looks Good!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Derf's Picks of the Week (Sept 20)

To see my Picks of the Week, 
please click here to be redirected to SomeWhatNerdy.

Until then, enjoy this week's Cover of the Week.

Superman #31 (2017)

DC Comics

Cover by Ryan Sook

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Classic Cover of the Day

In sticking with today's Saturday Showcase, 
I figured today's cover should feature Lobo.

Classic Cover of the Day

Lobo #27

DC Comics

Saturday Showcase: Lobo

    Today's showcase is about the one and only, Lobo.  Lobo is a popular character in the DC Universe that I feel has not had his big shot in the media as of yet. Sure, he is a playable character in Injustice as well as appeared in many of the DC animated adventures,  but his character itself has been abused in my opinion. Maybe, he was looked over due to the fact that he is so violent and made for Mature Readers, but that seems to work for the Punisher.  So why hasn't Lobo stayed in the media's mind since he was created?  To understand that, we need to know his beginnings. 

    Lobo is a character created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, whose first appearance was in Omega Men #3 (June '83).  Lobo is known as the last Czarnian and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.  He is best known for his clashes with another "loner", Superman.

    Even though Lobo was based off of Marvel anti-heroes like the Punisher, his character never really stuck in the fan base.  Sure, he had a following, but not at the rate of the Punisher, Wolverine, or even Cable.  So, DC would shelve him from time to time only to use when really necessary or vital to help out other DC titles.

    During the New 52 era at DC, Lobo got a new look.  What was wrong with the new look?  He was turned into a pretty boy.  This was a major no-no to loyal Lobo fans.  Lobo fans are his fans due to the violence,cigar smoking, or even the fool language.  So,when the pretty boy look didn't work he was shelved once again.  That is until the new Justice League of America formed. You see, they needed muscle and Batman knew just the alien bad ass to join.  You got it, Lobo. Not just any Lobo, but the cigar smoking, ass kicking Lobo.  

    I, myself, am curious to see how long Lobo has left in the JLA or in this current timeline in DC.  Who knows, maybe he will be shelved again.  I do feel that DC Comics have a gold mine if they put it to good use.  Take the Marvel approach, make a TV series or even  a live-action film, hell I would settle for an animated movie.  All I know is, the world needs more Lobo.