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A special edition podcast, the GWW Avengers: Age of Ultron Spoilercast is posted - had an absolutely great time with the team on this show. Only recommended if you have seen the movie.
The crew of Geeks With Wives get together to cover all of Avengers: Age of Ultron in one podcast. This is a spoilercast so you have been warned!
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Before we got together to hash out our feelings on the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie, we did Geeks On Screen: Episode 15 - Robot/A.I. Movies & TV Shows - Check out our thoughts on the selection of Ultron as the villain as well as other movie and television treatments of robots, AI, synthetic persons and so forth in this week's GWW Screens episode. 
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My Gaming Diary => Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS XL) - this game is probably the best fighting game I have ever played. I am playing through it at a steady pace that is yielding tons of enjoyment with little stress.

I am playing about six battles in a sitting. I've played 50 battles so far and unlocked a number of additional fighters. I am not crazy about the fact that it feels like there is a Character Unlock fight after every battle at this point.

This game represents a lot of the simplicity that I am looking for these days. I don't need all of the non-lobby format multiplayer, games you cannot pause, and the overly convoluted career modes. Just give me a clear, plainly presented set of options to toggle, a quick cfg screen, and get me into the game.

While the basic premise of Super Smash Bros. is not rocket science, it presents enough variables that no two matches will be the same. And it offers enough variety that the single-player mode offers weeks and perhaps months of diverse gameplay that are sure to keep me entertained for some time. Between this and Super Mario Kart, I'm not sure I really need that much more to justify the expense of the 3DS XL

OK. This post is enough of a break. Time to get back to it.
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Review - Convergence #4 - (Warning: while I will always endeavor to not give away any major reveals, all reviews on the RCBR page are likely to contain some soft spoilers) - I wonder if I should even be writing Convergence reviews anymore? My main problem now is that it almost does not matter whether I think each issue is good or not, but more that I'm not clear on whether or not the whole endeavor will be relative to DC Comics continuity. Yes, I know there is a movement against those who care about continuity and an effort to tell us that we shouldn't care and it shouldn't matter. I can empathize with that view to a certain extent, but an Event is, by definition, about the continuity. At this point it seems like there is the New 52 proper, and then these stories that are about Earth 2 and everything that has led up to Convergence. Even if I allowed myself to fall in love with these characters, I worry that they will not be around once they have fulfilled their purpose. 

Convergence #4 picks up with an injured Dick Grayson having a conversation with nee-god Telos. The scenes between the two are very reminiscent of the Spectre scenes in Kingdom Come, except for Telos being...ya know...evil. We see the Earth-2 Justice League (whether that is their formal name or not, I think it fits) plunge further into Middle Earth; sorry, I mean Skartaris. It's the usual big battle scene that we have been treated about every issue, I think, and a smidgen of character development.

As good as certain elements of Convergence are, there are still a lot of detractors. It feels sooooo much like Crisis on Infinite Earths. It is so weird to be having a full-blown Event that is about a bunch of characters that are not featured in their own ongoings. Thomas Wayne Batman being gone feels a lot like Season 2 of Game of Thrones. Without Ned Stark what's the point? And much like GoT, I'm now wondering who will fill the interest gap with T-Dub being gone. The natural hope is that the focus swings firmly to Dick Grayson. But will that be enough? The whole thing is all a big mad gods story. And that makes it difficult to make relevant to those of us who just want a solid super-hero story. I will say that this individual issue seems to be trying to tighten things up. But writer Jeff King can only do so a small increment at a time. There was literally a scene in this issue, two pages and several panels with two characters whom I've never seen before, even in all of the events leading up to this one. Just straight out of the blue. When stuff like that happens, it is tough to call the book anything resembling "cohesive", "tight", or "solid", although I feel like King is trying.

Despite the problems with the story, I cannot emphasize enough how penciler Stephen Segovia is whipping out wicked stellar art each week. In fact, I'm not even clear how he is doing this weekly, unless he built up a steady backlog before the series launched and already penciled a large part of what we are seeing every week. I was not crazy about the rhythm of the switches from horizontal layouts to vertical in this issue. Segovia does a few pages on one axis and then rotates it for a few pages. It got a little exhausting and I found some of the horizontal pages not the easiest to read and follow. But from panel-to-panel, his work in conjunction with the colors is pretty spectacular. 

At the end of the day, I do not blame any of the creative team for the problems this book has. I do not think that what needs to be fixed has much of anything to do with the team's talent. It is more a matter of this book having a definitive place and purpose in the DCU, and making that clear to me without forcing me to go hunt down a writer's interview or some dark, spoilery corner of the internet. If anything, this book is remaining on my pull-list for the thoroughly enjoyable art and the small trust in the potential of "what if" to pull off something spectacular. You've got some time, King and team, but you'd better make it worth it.

Convergence #4 receives 2 out of 5 stars on the RCBR Reviews scale for this week. It is not a bad issue, but I am struggling a bit with why I should care about it.
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Just read it, and I agree with most of it.  Only thing that is keeping me reading besides my coverage of it for GWW are the character moments.  Besides that I have a interest to find out Telos intentions, nut continue to wonder will they even matter! Great review AG!
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My Gaming Diary => Battlefield 4 and Mortal Kombat X (PS4) - Wow. I had no pre-existing plan to put any time in on my PlayStation 4 this weekend. I figured it would take the entire time to do my yard and keep up with all of the podcasts I was supposed to be on. But when the battery on my 3DS XL gave up the ghost (temporarily), I rotated to the PS4, and wound up staying there because of the two games listed in this post's title.

Battlefield 4 - I really like the single-player campaign, which is the sleeper feature of this game. It feels a lot like the World War II installments of the Call of Duty franchise and even the first Modern Warfare; before they became all about sales and annualized releases. The characters truly shine and I feel like there is a genuine connection between them all. Solid shooter mechanics and a great set of skills, perks, and vehicle variety...Man!, I cannot believe that I put off playing this for so many months.

In stark contrast, Mortal Kombat X just dropped two weeks ago and I've been devouring that title. I love the single-player Tower mode and I am really digging on the single-player story mode. It feels like I am watching a decent small-screen version of the Mortal Kombat cartoon, and a live--action drama. The game scales so well, making itself playable by the most amateur button-masher up to the decades-long expert. The fact that it is so simple and straight-forward, without all of the complicated Hoopla and confusing menus and modes...I needed this, and I love NetherRealm Studios for it.
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Check out Geeks With Wives & Capes: Episode 90 with special guest, renowned cos-player, Ireland Reid - It gets controversial, but everyone keeps their lids on. Check out a particularly deep episode and join in the conversation via the comments.
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Hellbreak #2 review is up over at Geeks with Wives - I don't read a lot of horror comics, but this one is right up my alley. Go see if it fits your interests as well!
Bunn and Churilla take you on a solid horror ride in Hellbreak #2 that has bits of Stargate, Aliens, Hellboy, and BPRD. You'll feel right at home.
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Wolverines #16 review is posted over at Geeks with Wives - Go check out what Charles Soule offers up in his latest comic following the events in the wake of Death of Wolverine.
Charles Soule gets the 2015 quality train going in Wolverines #16, showing the same polish as his early 2014 runs
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Review - Superman #40 - (Warning: while I will always endeavor to not give away any major reveals, all reviews on the RCBR page are likely to contain some soft spoilers) - For a few years, I think I have been convinced that the only two people who could do a decent Superman book was the team of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder. I have been truly unhappy with the arrival of John Romita Jr on the main Superman title. His puffy Superman is a style that is entirely off-putting to me. But, I force myself to read a variety of things, due in part to my feeling of duty to report to the my readership on a wide range of comic book content. So when Superman #40 wound up landing on my pull-list for this week, I gritted my teeth in determination, but it was not an experience that I was looking forward to. 

Well, color me surprised. This issue has Clark exploring the side-effects of his recently revealed new power, which I insist on still calling SuperNova, because it feels like a rip of the same power from Marvel's Human Torch. Regardless, it is an interesting twist for a character that is notoriously difficult to make relevant to readers. There are guest spots from the main characters of the Justice League, including Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Cyborg

While I am not a fan of Romita Jr.'s Superman, he does a really good job with everything else. In particular his artwork depicting Clark's new solar flare power is really well done. Kudos also go to Dean White's colors. Really spectacular job here. In the opening panels there is just great juxtaposition of green fields, Clark's solar flare in reds and bright orange, and smoky black clouds. I really like some of the costume choices Romita makes in this issue. He has Bats hanging in the JLA HQ without the cape and Wonder Woman in a full-length housecoat over her costume. Nice touches to differentiate their garb from their normal field presence.

Romita also takes the reigns on writing duties in this issue. It will be interesting to see if this is the new status quo, or just a one shot. Despite the difficulties I have had with Romita's work on Superman in the past, I would be very interested to see what evolves out of him taking continuing double-duty on this ongoing. He does a pretty decent job in this issue with story. Some readers will take offense to his handling of certain JLA members. The Barry Allen Flash is written a bit more glib and akin to the Wally West Flash. Batman is probably the most off from how he is depicted in other Batman books. One or two quips at having to pick Clark up after he has drained himself using the SuperNova would have been ok. But Romita's Bruce Wayne keeps it up with puns and quips here and there that are just that skosh too much. The highs are that Romita continues to do nice work depicting the New 52 Clark as someone who does not have all of the answers and frequently makes mistakes because he has not thought everything through.

I'm really looking forward to the next few issues. This is now one of the six books in my monthly pulls. The only Superman book that I have been on regularly is Action Comics and Superman Wonderwoman. I may be able to take more of Romita's art and he just might make one decent writer. This could be a tip-over point in  a comic book creator's life; a point where he does truly seminal work. And we might see some truly remarkable events unfold in Clark's life as well. It's always exciting when you don't know, and Superman #40 was strong enough to pique my interest.

Superman #40 receives 4 Stars out of 5 on the Random Comic Book Reviews scale for this week.
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