THE ALL-NEW SHORTBOX

With Badr and his trusty co-host, Cesar, saving the world overseas, pod-casters, Adam and Ed join forces with the Indomitable Chris Jojola! And so begins a new story arc in the Short Box saga…

The All New Short Box: Adam, Chris, and Ed

Episodes 85-91

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PREVIEWS – May 2015

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We here at the Super Hero HQ take a sneak peek at what’s in store this July!

ERIK

The TomorrowsThe Tomorrows #1 – Curt Pires and Jason Copland

“Who owns your future?

They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it.”

Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War

Star Trek / Green LanternI can’t even begin to tell you how excited this concept makes me. As a sci-fi fan, that title alone is enough for me to want to pick it up.

“Set in Star Trek’s 23rd Century, the balance of the universe will be tested when the Green Lantern Corps’ Power Rings come into the possession of certain Star Trek characters while a dark and powerful evil looms around every corner. Only the combined power of the Green Lantern Corp and the Federation stand any chance of stopping those who worship evil’s might.”

If that’s not enough, rumor has it that the Klingon, General Chang gets his hands on a Sinestro Corp ring…

JUSTICE LEAGUE TAROT CARDS?! 😀

JL Tarot Cards

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COLLECTIVE CON is upon us!

Collective Con 2015

  • Artists and Authors: James O’Barr, Mitsuhiro Arita, Bob Mcleod, The Frazetta Girls, Al Letson, John Beatty, Jeff Dekal, Sajad Shah, Larry Watts, and David Walker.
  • Media Guests: Sam Witwer, Caty Lotz, Phil Lamarr, Janet Varney, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Blum, Todd Haberkorn, Terrance Zudunich, and Michael Koske.
  • Arcade / Console / Tabletop Gaming
  • Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Horror, comics, etc
  • Cosplayers, Live Music, Vendors, food, and more!
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Previously on… THE AVENGERS! (movies)

The Avengers - concept art

The Marvel Cinematic Universe first began with 2008’s Iron Man, eventually leading up to The Avengers, and continues this summer with Age of Ultron! Unlike Sony’s Spider-man and Fox’s X-Men movies, Marvel Studios has been connecting their movies from the start (although Spidey may be showing up in the MCU soon enough and for all we know, Wolverine might not be far behind). Each of these movies is a piece of a larger puzzle, just like the comics, but they’re also all great stand alone films on their own. So in case you’ve been living in a Latverian cave for the past 7 years, here’s what you’ve missed…

Click here for my review of Age of Ultron!

(Spoilers ahead for Marvel movies prior to Avengers: Age of Ultron.)

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AGE OF ULTRON – Review!

Avengers: Age of Ultron poster

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the 11th (ELEVENTH!) film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. By now, it should go without saying that you’ll probably be mildly confused if you haven’t seen the other 10 movies prior to this one, because one of the great things about these movies is that they build on one another (click here for plot summaries of the previous movies). After all, these Avengers movies are cross over events, they’re pure fun, but they really only work with the help of the solo films in between, where each character is given time to develop.

Just like the first one, ‘Age of Ultron’ is straight up awesome. Comic fans will love it and I think general audiences are going to enjoy it as well. Thing is though, I’m not sure how I would rank it among the other Marvel movies. I’m tempted to say it’s not quite as good as Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, BUT it might have more of a re-watch factor going for it, if that makes sense.

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PREVIEWS – April 2015

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Here’s our monthly look at comics and stuff heading our way in June…
(Don’t forget about Father’s Day!)

ERIK

Following Convergence, DC’s debuting a few new looks for some of their most iconic heroes and I have to give them credit for really going outside of the box on some of these…

NewDC: Wonder Woman, Superman, Robo-Bat, Renegade GL

I absolutely love the new WW look, I’m still on the fence about the rest, but the only reason I’m holding my reservation on Robo-Bat is because I trust in Scott Snyder.

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is Nigh!

Next month, “Age of Ultron” isn’t the only thing to look forward to…

Free Comic Book Day 2015

This Saturday, May 2nd (from 11 AM till we run out of comics!) is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! So come on down to Superhero Beach and / or Superhero Hive for a boatload of deals (and some Free comics too)! Including:

  • $1 Back Issues!
  • $5 Variant Covers
  • 50% OFF Trades / Hardcovers!
  • 30% Off Action Figures
  • 15% Off Statues
  • Oh yeah and a selection of FREE comics!
FCBD 2015 selections

Some of this year’s Free Comic selections!

If that’s not enough, that same day (May 2nd) there’s also the Third Annual Beaches Comic Con at the Neptune Beach library (600 3rd St.) from 11 AM – 3 PM. Back for the 3rd year in a row bigger and better than ever! Join us to celebrate the fandom universe: Superheroes, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Anime, Magic the Gathering. Super artists, super games, super crafts, super food, super cosplay, super fun! So grab your comics and then head on over! (then come back for some more comics)

And that’s not all folks! The following weekend (May 8th-10th at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds) is Jacksonville’s Largest Pop-Culture and Music Festival:

COLLECTIVE CON! 

Collective Con 2015

  • Artists and Authors: James O’Barr, Mitsuhiro Arita, Bob Mcleod, The Frazetta Girls, Al Letson, John Beatty, Jeff Dekal, Sajad Shah, Larry Watts, and David Walker.
  • Media Guests: Sam Witwer, Caty Lotz, Phil Lamarr, Janet Varney, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Blum, Todd Haberkorn, Terrance Zudunich, and Michael Koske.
  • Arcade / Console / Tabletop Gaming
  • Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Anime, Horror, comics, etc
  • Cosplayers, Live Music, Vendors, food, and more!
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DAREDEVIL!

Netflix's Daredevil

Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen, goes by another name at night…

Daredevil - The Man Without Fear

DAREDEVIL was created by Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett in Marvel’s Daredevil #1 (1964). The blind vigilante, first gained his extraordinary senses in the same accident that robbed him of his sight, when he (ironically) saved a blind man from a speeding truck, carrying radioactive waste, naturally, which splashed into his eyes. Although he lost his ability to see, young Matt Murdock soon realized his other four senses were so enhanced that he could navigate his environment with sonar.

Daredevil YellowSoon after, Matt’s father, the famous boxer, ‘Battlin’ Jack’ Murdock, was murdered by The Fixer, for not throwing a fight. In his grief, Matt created a costume from his father’s boxing robes and pursued The Fixer. Upon confronting his father’s killer, The Fixer suffered a heart attack. Matt realized that The Fixer was just a symptom of a greater problem at work in his neighborhood. After becoming a lawyer and starting a law firm with his friend Foggy Nelson, Matt continued his pursuit of justice in his nightly crusade as ‘The Man Without Fear’. Using his super human senses, Matt donned the guise of Daredevil to take on the criminal underworld.

Although Daredevil’s costume was initially yellow and black, he soon traded it in for a more demonic persona with his iconic red and black get-up in an effort to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, armed with a custom-made cane that morphs into a billy club that can also act as a nunchaku-like weapon and grappling hook.

Daredevil - red and black

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The Big Kahuna joins The Short Box! – and A Special Announcement…

The Short Boxers recreating the cover to Amazing Spider-man #50

The Short Boxers – No More?!

Ladies and gents, it’s my privilege to present the latest edition of Catching up with The Short Box. This time around we have FOUR can’t miss episodes including Neil’s (long overdue) guest appearance, The Short Box Giveaway, and Collective Con announcements!

BUT first up – a HUGE announcement: There will be no new episode this week…at least not with all of short boxers you know and love. Find out who and why in the NEW EPISODE, Ep.84 “Keyboard Warriors” (below).

Trust us, you’ll want to stay to the end on this one.

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PREVIEWS – March 2015

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There’s A LOT to look forward to this May: 

  • Friday, May 1st – a little movie called “AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON”
  • Saturday, May 2ndFREE COMIC BOOK DAY!
  • May 8 – 10 – Jacksonville’s COLLECTIVE CON!

To top all that off, here’s some highlights for comics and memorabilia coming your way!(May needs to hurry the hell up)

ERIK

“Oh, Killstrike” #1 (of 4)

Oh Killstrike

This summer, Boom Studios presents, a love letter / parody of the ridiculousness that was 90’s vigilante comics, by Max Bemis and Logan Faerber! “Oh, Killstrike” is a twisted buddy comedy about a guy named Jared, a new father, who accidentally unleashes his childhood anti-hero on an unsuspecting world. He must go on a quest of self discovery to protect his loved ones from this over-the-top army of one! Seriously guys, I can’t put into words how much I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this series!

THE ULTIMATE MARVEL OMNIBUS!

Ultimate Marvel Omnibus Vol. 1 HC

Ultimate Marvel has gotten a (much deserved) bad rep since Ultimatum, so it’s easy to forget that (15 years ago) it actually started as something quite different — and more importantly, REALLY good! Back in 2000, Marvel kicked off this re-imagined / modernized universe in response to the renewed interest in Super Hero movies thanks to Bryan Singer’s X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-man.

This massive Hard Cover collection includes the first runs of Ultimate Spider-man (Brian Michael Bendis / Mark Bagley), Ultimate X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and The Ultimates! – with the united talents of: Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Bagley, Bill Jemas, Mark Millar, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, and Bryan Hitch! Before the Ultimate Universe comes to a close in this year’s Secret Wars, read where it all began!

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