Nick Furi’s ODDS and ENDS™- This Week’s Pop Culture News Round-Up!

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Comics – Turtles in Time arguably earns a place as the #1 or #2 best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game. And now I can get my Time Traveling Turtle Action (TTTA) in comic form with the new 4-issue miniseries TMNT: Turtles in Time. Even if the comic doesn’t seem to be derived from the great game, there can never be too much Turtles mixed with time travel. [IGN]

Collectibles – A follow-up to the sneak peek Batman: Black and White Joker from an Odds and Ends in April— here are two awesome new Black and White statues from DC Collectibles I really want to own. [DC]

Joker and Batman BW

Film – Man of Steel may not have been my favourite superhero movie (by any stretch), but I’m glad DC is starting to get their shit together. While I don’t need Warner Bros to copy Marvel’s cinematic release structure, this does look like a better model than their usual “fly by the seat of their pants and hope it all works out” plan. With the company (possibly) having an actual direction for their superhero films, I’m more willing to give these DC-based movies another chance. Then again, if I were to be brutally honest– only the S.H.A.Z.A.M. and Wonder Woman films make me really excited. [Digital Spy]

Video – I knew Stephen Hawking was one of the smartest people on the planet, but I had no idea he possessed such grand comedic timing. See him put HBO’s John Oliver in his place on Last Week Tonight! (It’s funny as hell!)


Comics/Animation – I’m so happy (and excited) for creators Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch— with news of Rat Queens being adapted into a half hour, animated TV show. RQ is by far one of my favourite recent comic books– already perilously close to knocking Green Wake off the top spot as my favourite Wiebe-created series. [Variety]

Collectibles – These Dragon Ball Z Funko POP! figures would definitely break my scouter– if it could read the excitement levels I’m giving off. [Tomopop]


Sports – I don’t want to get political or anything, but I still think this news bit is interesting and worth a look, since the Washington Redskins are losing the trademark to their team name. If you’re the least bit interested in this naming issue or the NFL– or just want something to ponder… Give this a quick read and contemplate your own opinions on the subject. [TSN]

Comics – Yes, I do want a Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner written comic book that features a crossover between Django (Unchained) and Zorro. I don’t know why, but this pop culture team-up seems perfect. [Comics Alliance]

Video – Does the size of your wand from Ollivanders really matter? Or just how you use it?


Film – The Aquaman casting is still only rumor at this point, since Jason Momoa won’t confirm he’s been cast as the Atlantean King– despite many sites stating it’s a done deal. I really enjoyed his performance in Game of Thrones, and if DC and Warner are trying to make Aquaman cool to the masses– I don’t think there could be a better actor than the guy who played Khal Drogo. [The Wrap]

Collectibles – Compared to the awesome DBZ figures (above), these Buffy The Vampire Slayer POP! figures leave something to be desired. The Vampire Spike is probably the only one I would consider purchasing from this group. [Tomopop]

Spike Pop

Musicals – Why am I only just hearing about Ghost Brothers of Darkland County a musical that brings together Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T-Bone Burnett?!? I love music and the stage, so it only makes sense I’m a fan of musicals. There aren’t many shows for the touring rendition, so you better get your tickets quick. [Nerdist]

Fun Education! – I’m going to take a brief vacation from my never-ending grouchiness and cynicism towards the nerd industry by watching Alan Tudyk— as Wil Wheaton’s brain parasite– explain why astronauts appear weightless in space. We all need more of this!


Comics – I love the Munchkin table top game, so I really hope I enjoy the new Munchkin comic from BOOM! Studios. The new monthly series will feature 4-issue story arcs. As a bonus, fans wishing to increase their Munchkin card collection can get bonus cards by purchasing the monthly floppies. No details on a series synopsis yet, but I’m still more than a little (pun intended) excited to see the wackiness that will inevitably ensue. [ICv2]

Mash-Ups – There are soooooooo many Game of Thrones parodies and mash-ups, but this one from the Wil Wheaton Project is one of my new faves!


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