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Evil Geek Book Report – Moon Knight By Bendis & Maleev

Last year I had asked you all for some recommendations regarding bat shit crazy Moon Knight and what I got was a lot of indifference. Which is kind of a shame because Moon Knight is actually an interesting character, one that Marvel I think knows and continually tries to get into the lime light only to watch it fail miserably. He’s certainly come a long way since his 1980’s series where he was pitched as kind of a Batman/The Shadow hybrid.

Things got noticeably weirder and darker for him though particularly bottoming out with Charlie Huston’s take on him in the 2006 series. Mr. Arthur Harkness lent me the follow up series Vengeance Of Moon Knight  from 2009 written by Gregg Hurwitz. By this point, the character was a mess. They took him from donning multiple identities so he could have his ear to the ground of the criminal underworld to actually believing he was all of these people and just losing his mind. In the 2006 series he actually carves off his enemy’s face! What they needed was a fresh start for Moon Knight and who better to do it than recent Marvel comics wonder boy, Brian Michael Bendis?

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Biff’s 2013 Comics In Review

2013 was a banner year for geekology, but with our sights toward 2014 there is a lot to be excited about between all the movies (SIN CITY 2!?!), video games, tv shows and etc on the horizon, but I’d like to focus on comic books in this article. More accurately, Biff comic books.

Current Series

Superior Spider-Man (Marvel)

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It’s been mentioned on the site before, but this is probably my favorite series of 2013. It’s energetic, interesting above all else refreshing. I know there’s a lot of nay sayers who refuse to read it based solely on principal, but dammit you don’t know what you’re missing out on (not to mention stubbornness is not an attractive quality) and honestly what do you have to lose? You know if you wait it out long enough the real Peter Parker will return. Just think of this series as a long interlude. Why not stick around for the ride?

Slott is my favorite kind of writer, it’s obvious that he’s planned story lines for years in advance and has the ability to subtly weave subplots through them that you always know are going to pay off. You don’t stay on a book as its author for that long if there isn’t something to it. With a book consistently being this good and being put out twice a month is heavenly.  Things are heating up in 2014 with the beginning of the Goblin Nation story line that’s been building since the book debuted with some speculation that the series will wrap you shortly afterward. It’s been an exciting year for Spidey but 2014 seems to be starting off strong as well.

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The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks Top 5 Thunderdome Throwdown – Costumes, Capes, and Long Underwear… Oh My!

It's THUNDERDOME time again!!!

It’s THUNDERDOME time again!!!

You know the old saying…The Clothes Make the Super-Man (or Woman!) So this month our top five is dedicated to that which ties all super-peoples (heroes and villains) together…The Costume!

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Marvel Resolutions

As we ring in the New Year and Marvel continues to roll out their new takes on old favorites, I’d like to offer some suggestions as to how we can kill two birds with one stone: Mix things up in our favorite books while simultaneously rectifying some popular character flaws .

Cyclops

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He’s psyching out Logan with threats of violence… that takes moxie!

With the upcoming relaunch of Uncanny X-Men, I think it would be refreshing to see a return to Cyclops roots as someone who didn’t condone/commit/generally get a boner from murder.

For the past five or so years, Cyclops has moved from the X-Men’s subdued yet heroic leader to the position of the paranoid warlord of a sovereign nation. Now, I’m not saying that they should undo what’s been done… I’m not lobbying for a reveal that Cyclops has been under the control of the Shadow King or secretly been replaced with a Skrull, or a Space Phantom, or a Smurf or some shit… but if he were to maybe to go a year of publication without either sanctioning or performing an execution, it would make him a lot more sympathetic.

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I long for the days when Cyclops just blasted his friends in their taints.

Moon Knight

Moon Knight’s resolution isn’t as cut and dry… he just needs to take a couple of months and generally get his shit together. He’s not a kid anymore, he needs to have a decent series under his belt. An 8 issue mini won’t cut it for much longer… The man needs to embrace his unique mental situation. He needs to stop fighting the accusation that he’s a Batman ripoff and just own it. Better yet, he can be Crazy Batman. He can get himself a weird little kid and slap a cape on ‘im, take him out on patrol. The Adventures of Moon Knight and Bananas, the Boy Maniac. You can have that one for free, Marvel.

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Batman’s famously got that one rule. Moon Knight’s only rule? There are no rules. He’s like that cool teacher who lets you do whatever you want… and gets fired for banging a student.

Galactus

Now, I’m gonna go for a cheap laugh and say “Cut down on the planets, lardass!”. No, I’m taking the opposite approach. I think Galactus needs to stick to his guns for a change. How often does he show up in a planet’s outer atmosphere for lunch only to be turned away by one uppity member of the aforementioned planet’s populace. He has to stop letting these lesser beings bark orders at him and take what is his. In almost 50 years of publication, we’ve seen Galactus second guess eating the earth on a dozen occasions only to be rewarded by having his ass kicked by nearly everyone on it’s surface. When the Fantastic Four kicks your ass, you can brag about it to your friends. When the Greek god Hercules puts you in your place, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. When Rom, Spaceknight makes a fool of you, you’re liable to mope around the house for the next week in a bit of a slump. But when the Disco Dazzler sends you high-tailing out of the Milky Way, you have a right.. no, a responsibility… to destroy this insignificant blue orb in revenge.

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Dazzler scared Galactus off without the Ultimate Nullifier… and with a twisted ankle, no less.

Stay hungry, Geeks.

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Evil Geek Book Report – Vengeance of Moon Knight Vol. 1 Shock And Awe

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Awhile I ago I had expressed interest in Moon Knight and asked for some recommendations. Arthur Harkness was kind enough to oblige by lending me the first six issues of the 2009 series Vengeance of Moon Knight by Gregg Hurwitz and art by Jerome Opena.

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Tom Kelly, Indie Nerd Artist 2.0

We return today for another round of glorious nerd art by one of our favorites, Tom Kelly. The Evil Geeks just can’t seem to get enough. Check it out.

You can visit Tom’s Deviant Art page here and see many of his other designs or if you need to own these immediately you can check out his online store here.

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