2017 Geek-A-Long: Ghost Rider

I don’t have a long-standing, emotional relationship with Ghost Rider. I like things that contain Nick Cage, but that’s pretty much the only exposure I’ve had to Ghost Rider before he showed up on Agents of SHIELD. So I called in a ringer this week, the fabulous Mr. Llama, to give Ghost Rider the fanboy love he deserves. See you next week!

Ghost Rider is awesome. His head is…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Martian Manhunter

Martian Manhunter, or J’onn J’onzz to his friends, made his debut in 1955 during the Silver Age of DC Comics. He’s green, he’s fabulous, and he’s here to make Earth a better place. Imagine if Superman had a more cro-magnon brow, no hair, green skin, and super sweet telepathy powers to go along with his super strength, you’d have Martian Manhunter.

Actually, J’onn has more than just super strength and telepathy. He also has the ability to shape-shift, invisibility, and telekinesis. Basically, he has…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Storm

I realize, obviously, that we’ve already honored X-men. They’ve shown up on every blanket except for 2016 (here, here, and here). I’m not even remotely sorry that you are seeing so much of them. They are the best. I’ve brought it up before, but have you watched X-Men: Evolution yet? I was SO into that show. I wish it would get a reboot.

And as long as I’m busy not apologizing for…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Red Tornado

Red Tornado, a member of the Justice League, is usually viewed as an emotionally distant android, but that wasn’t how the superhero started out. Red Tornado was originally the comic relief and a human woman named Ma Hunkel. She made her debut in the Golden Age of comics in 1939 as a superhero parody. She donned longjohns and put a sauce pan on her head to fight crime on the streets of New York. As Red Tornado, she was often mistaken for as a man, which was fine…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Hawkeye

Hiya, knitting and crochet nerds! Megan-Anne and I are at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival today. I am literally typing this at our cash register during the lunch lull! So, Megan-Anne’s husband emailed me some cool things about Hawkeye for you.

Take it away, Mr. Llama:

In the movies, Hawkeye is a sharpshooter and a family man who tries to keep his lives separate. He’s okay, but only when playing off of other characters. People say things like, “He’s doesn’t belong. He doesn’t have any super powers.” Well, neither does Batman. Hawkeye has immense skill and…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Kid Flash

By the end of this year, I hope to have convinced everyone who hasn’t watched Young Justice to watch Young Justice. The production team behind season three has yet to officially confirm its existence with a release date, so I need everyone to log onto their Netflix account and watch it. Hell, you can hit play and go do something else. We need numbers people! Because I refuse to accept the ending it gave Kid Flash.

Kid Flash starts out as a girl-crazy speedster, who is usually seen shoving his mouth full of food. I’m not kidding. Everyone else is…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Captain America

Knock. Knock.

Who’s there?

FREEDOM.

In case you’ve been underneath a rock since Captain America: The First Avenger released in 2011, here is the low down on Cap’s three titled movies:

Steve Rogers, just another kid from Brooklyn, becomes a real hero instead of just a walking propaganda poster in order to save his best friend Bucky.

The Winter Soldier:
Captain America, a newly unfrozen and sexy all-American man, says…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Zatanna

Okay, here’s the thing. I came to comic books late in life. Despite my current squishy appearance, I lived an active childhood that had me outside climbing trees from dawn until dusk. There was this humongous mulberry tree behind our house that grew out of the hill, and I was obsessed with it. I spent most of childhood climbing around in its branches, eating berries, and making up stories about me and my friends living in a network of tree houses like the Swiss Family Robinson

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Black Widow

I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow. I didn’t really have much experience with her before the Avengers movies, but since my introduction to her awesomeness, I’ve been hooked.

Black Widow has been everything a superhero could be. Hero, villain, clone, blond. She began as a soviet spy and eventually became one of the main Avengers. The only thing she hasn’t been is star of her own movie which is redonkulous. 

My favorite Black Widow story is Secret Avengers 20. The Secret Avengers get…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Cyborg

Three cheers for Cyborg! He’s basically the personification of every teenager’s “Let me live my own life, Mom/Dad!” issues. As someone who was fast tracked to take over the family business and ran away to pursue a writing career and live a life of yarn, I relate to him more than is probably appropriate for a 32 year-old-woman. Victor Stone, the son of two scientists, never feels as if he’s good enough for his parents. Running on the New 52 version and Young Justice, Vic’s parents never come to his…

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