Monthly Archive:: April 2019

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of May 1, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of May 1, 2019. Five Years Publisher: Abstract Studios Words/Story: Terry Moore Art/Colors: Terry Moore “Five Years weaves the many strands of the ‘Terryverse’ into one epic saga, years in the making! A dangerous paper written by Lilith has been leaked to the nations of the world containing a formula for the ultimate weapon, and now labs around the globe are attempting to...

This Week in Geek (4/29/19–5/5/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 29th to Sunday, May 5th. Game Changers What: Educational, Gaming, Family, Arts When: Daily through May 5th; see site for museum hours Where: Science Museum of Minnesota When cutting-edge science and technology interface with art, you can get beautiful things. Video games have been on the forefront of this for decades, and the Science Museum of...

Star Trek: Discovery Hit Its Stride in Season 2

Note: This article contains major spoilers for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery. Star Trek TV series have always been a product of their respective times. The Original Series was heavily influenced by the Cold War and baby boomers’ growing distrust of the establishment, while Deep Space Nine was a reaction to the first Gulf War as well as an examination of the world coming to grips with cultural, political, cultural globalization. Even Enterprise, for all its flaws,...

4 Ways Marvel Comics Has Proven Thanos Needs to Die

’Tis the season for noble eradication! Many fans of various fandoms have hopes this spring of being relieved of villains that have been plaguing their favorite characters for way too long. Earlier this month, Seth Rollins opened Wrestlemania 35 by slaying the beast, Brock Lesnar, for the WWE Universal Championship. Wrestle fans everywhere rejoiced of a new champion that actually cared about showing up to work and being a fighting champion. April also marked the beginning of the end...

The Rockits Take the Golden Skate in the Minnesota RollerGirls’ Season 15 Championships

All good things must come to an end, and Season 15 was a very, very good thing for Minnesota RollerGirls. It saw some of the best roller derby in years. But on March 30, 2019, it came to an end with a bang, some glitter, and a preview of things that may be not too many years in the future. This is the season 15 championship bout. This is Skate Like UCare. And this is your Minnesota RollerGirls recap....

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2019

On April 27, 2019, indie bookstores in Minnesota and around the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, which as always is great news for book lovers. Officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include tote bags, advance reader copies (ARCs), posters, clothing, and more—and many will also be offering sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Other stores won’t have these “official” items but are celebrating on their own. You can find all...

Magic: The Gathering’s Planeswalkers Go to War

While Marvel fans are anticipating the theatrical premiere of Avengers: Endgame, that film is not the only superpowered showdown geeks can look forward to this weekend. April 27–28, 2019, is also the prerelease weekend for War of the Spark, the newest expansion set in the Magic: The Gathering trading card game. In a story that has been slowly unfolding over the course of several years of storytelling and gameplay, the city-plane of Ravnica becomes the battlefield for the final confrontation...

Avengers: Endgame Brings an Operatic Conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Avengers: Endgame aims to be the grandest of closers not only for Marvel’s Phase Three but also for an entire generation of varied and interconnected Marvel movies. Starting with Iron Man in 2008, we’ve watched a legion of legendary comic-book heroes grace the screen over the course of 21 movies. Now we bring them all together once more—for the biggest battle, yes, but also for a definitive end of an era for the many arcs that have been brewing...

The Curse of la Llorona Lacks Spirit

I’ve been bingeing a lot of the Supernatural lately. So much that it is a race to finish the entire run in time to conclude the final 15th season with the rest of the real-time fans. One of the charms of that show is how it manages to simultaneously reference, honor, and have fun with the horror genre all in the same program. There are enough weirdo references to reward lifelong genre fans and enough wit to keep it...

Comic Books I’m Picking Up the Week of April 24, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 24, 2019. Ascender Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Jeff Lemire Art/Colors: Dustin Nguyen “Set ten years after the conclusion of Descender‘s storyline, magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed . . . Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from Descender, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to...
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