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Hugh Likes Comics: Coda

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Coda #1
Written by Simon Spurrier
Drawn by Matias Bergarda
Published by Boom! Studios

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The Skinny – A cynical wanderer navigates a lost magical world in this beautifully illustrated post-apocalyptic dark fantasy.

It is a given in a certain field of fantasy fiction, from Lord of the Rings to “The Legend of Zelda” that when a good, magical, noble fantasy kingdom is faced with annihilation from a Dark Lord, Good will, no matter the odds and no matter how long it takes, triumph in the end. But what if it doesn’t?
This is the central concept behind Spurrier and Bergarda’s “Coda.” A cynical wanderer, and former Royal Bard is searching the wasteland for his missing wife, until he stumbles across Ridgetown, a seeming oasis of magical and technological might out of the ‘old days.’ And they have the enchanted cannon to prove it. But where is their magic coming from? And what would happen to them if they were to lose it?
Coda is “Mad Max” with magic. Or more accurately, with a drought of magic. Just like water and gas running short in that series, we see how the world has fallen apart when the source of magic, a race of magical beings, are wiped out. And a world that seems to have been a black-and-white battlefield between the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ is revealed to be a lot more complex as the survivors struggle to keep on living.
Spurrirer’s writing is intriguing, but it is brought to life by Bergarda’s sumptuous art and colors. The panels have a flow to them that carries you through the story at a disquieting rhythm. The colors have this soft-focus wash to them that establishes the fallen glory of the world perfectly.
Coda is available now from Comixology and Your Local Comics Shop. If you’re looking for something a bit different to tide you over until the next season of Game of Thrones, I heartily recommend it.

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Podcast: CCRC39-Dungeons & Dragons S1E6

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh of HughJODonnell.com, Rich the Time Traveler, Jurd, and Opop, gather for another bad day at the amusement park

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Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Hugh Likes Movies: Deadpool 2

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Deadpool 2
Directed by David Leitch
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz

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The Skinny: This sequel to the 2016 surprise hit takes far fewer risks than the original, but it has a lot of fun playing in the 90’s X-Men toy box.

Deadpool 2 is a fun action comedy, if a bit stuck in the formula of the original. This action-adventure-comedy routine follows Wade Wilson, (Reynolds) a regenerating mercenary living entirely outside of the fourth wall, as he struggles to find a purpose after a tragedy and stumbles into the life of 14-year old mutant Russell Collins, who is being raised in an abusive orphanage and also being hunted by Cable, a cyborg from the future (Brolin.)
As you might expect from the above description, “Deadpool 2” deals with some heavy material, poorly. But while it does dip its toes into some extremely vile and worn-out comics tropes, it does actually subvert them, for the most part. In one particular case, it avoids a pitfall that “Avengers: Infinity War” plows right into. Deadpool 2 is crass, but at this point you should know what you’re getting into, and it at least tries to have some heart.
The movie does a good job staying lighthearted in the face of some weighty subjects, and the fight sequences are all over the top fun. Deadpool’s corner of the X-Men universe is full of complicated, confusing, and downright contradictory continuity, and the movie does a great job of presenting just enough for the characters to work in context. Particularly great is Zazie Beetz’s turn as Domino, a mercenary with luck powers who lands her gags with aplomb.
Deadpool 2 doesn’t break a lot of new ground, but it’s a welcome popcorn flick for fans of the original, or fans of that magical time in superhero comics called ‘the 90’s.’

Podcast: NP18-Space War is Exhausting

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Welcome to Nostalgia Pilots This week Hugh, Jason, and Jurd are discussing Gundam Wing Episode 18: Tallgeese Destroyed!
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In this episode: Lady Une is in sore need of a magical girl transformation, not to mention a cell phone. Treize is a bad friend but a terrific manager, and you should never even bother launching cancers.
Plus, Heero tries to reboot Cosmos and the Gundam Engineers compile shareware games on Oz’s time.

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Podcast – NP 17: Undercover Une

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Welcome to Nostalgia pilots! This week Jurd, Jason, and Hugh watch Gundam Wing episode 17:” Betrayed by Home, Far Away.”
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In this episode: The Space Colonies are bad at communication and don’t respect their elders. Wu Fei pulls a Captain America, and Lady Une gets the Brotherhood of Mad Scientists back together again!
Plus, Qatre and Duo speak the international language of blowing stuff up, and Sandrock dies an honorable death.

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Podcast: CCR50 – The World Gone Mad

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Tonight your hosts, Hugh of HughJODonnell.com, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, attempt to properly identify a number of puffy-faced white guys

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Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and http://hughjodonnell.com, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

Podcast: NP16 – Secondhand Pacifism

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Tonight, Jurd and Hugh tackle Gundam Wing episode 16: The Sorrowful Battlefield!

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This Week: Heero and Zechs have a humble-off, followed by a fight to the death. Pagan has the absolute worst ringtone for a military base, and Relena is still working on the whole Total Pacifism thing.

Plus, Noin’s internal monologue is proven to be 100% exterior, and Jurd and Hugh have developed an aesthetic sense of watching Gundam Wing.

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