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DC Week in Review with Dylan

DC Week in Review with Dylan

The DC Week In Review with Dylan

 Why hello there, welcome to the DC Week in Review, where you and I will take a beautiful adventure through the pages of DC Comics from this past week. Let’s start off with a pretty big piece of news.

 Mr. Oz’s Identity to be revealed in September?

Through the recently released solicitations for September, we discovered that in “Action Comics #987” “The identity of Mr. Oz rocks the last son of Krypton to his core”. Now that is a really bold statement seeing as how Superman has been around for a long time. How could the identity of the mysterious Mr. Oz effectively surprise Superman? However, there is a character that most fans (including myself) have been speculating about since the Geoff Johns Rebirth special . OZ could be the “Watchmen” character Ozmandias, a character Superman should not be too familiar with, therefore, I can’t foresee it “shaking him to his core”.

Oz (not Ozmandias) is a character has been popping up in Superman books since the New 52, so that means there is a vast pool of characters for the writers to pull from if they wanted to go for random shock factor. There are two options that I could see (not including Ozmandias) with them being Pa Kent (because who doesn’t love extremely random and sometimes illogical parental reveals), or a version of Lex Luthor. Perhaps a Luthor from the pre-Flashpoint universe. Nevertheless it’ll be interesting to see who gets revealed to be the mysterious hooded man come September, and how it’ll tie into the upcoming event “Doomsday Clock” and perhaps it’ll even be the kick start to the event.

 

 

DC Announces Harley Quinn 25th Anniversary

 Just about everybody has their favorite version of Harley Quinn. I prefer The Batman: The Animated Series (and early comics) version of the character. DC Comics has been loving the character for quite a bit of time now, which is evident by them doing a 25th anniversary book, an honor that has escaped some less popular characters. (I might only be slightly bitter still about Booster Gold’s lack of a 25th anniversary special in 2011).

 The Harley Quinn special will feature stories written by Amanda Conner, Chip Zdarsky as well as Paul Dini and will feature two covers with two distinct style. Bruce Timm will be designing one after the famous Batman: The Animated Series and Jim Lee will be doing one stylized after her Suicide Squad movie look.

 The book will be released Wednesday September 6th and for all you Harley fans, make sure to pick this book up at Uncanny!

The Return of Tim Drake



The September solicitations for “Detective Comics #965”  revealed that we’ll be able to look into the current predicament that Tim Drake has found himself in. And for those who haven’t been keeping up with Detective Comics (you should it’s a really good Batman/Bat-family book), Tim Drake seemingly met his demise in the attempt to save Gotham in the first arc.

 Now this book releases two weeks after the reveal of who Mr. Oz is and that will certainly play a part in this arc as I’m sure a portion of it will take place in the prison where Tim is imprisoned. But the potentially more interesting aspect of the book will be the identity of who Tim’s cellmate is. We’ve been slowly finding out who Oz has in that prison of is (Doomsday, Prophecy, and Mr. Mxyzptlk) so it’ll be an interesting note to see who he’s locked up with. Maybe another pre-52 character?

 DC Comic of the Week

The comic of the week goes to “Batman #25” which is the start of “The War of Jokes and Riddles” event written by Tom King. The event is set during and right after the events of Zero Year (which you can read about in Batman New 52 Volumes 4 & 5), and the premise of it is a full out turf war between The Riddler and The Joker.

The storyline is interesting as the book starts off for the Joker looking for a reason to laugh again. There’s this really interesting starting point where there’s a comedian telling jokes, and he gets shot because the ‘director’ didn’t laugh. The next person comes out, and is told to move the body before starting and the next panels shows a large collection of dead comedians.

 

 A little further on in the book, The Joker is in the back of a taxi and he tells a simple joke “A man goes to a toy store and says he would like to buy a new boomerang and also he would like to know how to throw his old one away” Now, the cab driver laughs and finds it to be funny, but The Joker simply says that it isn’t and then shoots the cab driver.

This is King’s first shot at writing the Joker character. His story should be considered a Joker Year One, where we'll discover unexplored depths of the character during his first year of being "The Joker". This Joker is ruthless and savage in the way he operates, we won't get the grand expressions or laughs and complicated jokes we are so accustomed to. This is a disgruntled, broken man who just can’t seem to laugh, more than likely because he has yet to discover the "joke".  

 The reason for Joker and Riddler squaring off with one another is incredibly intriguing because as writer Tom King states “When you look at them, what the difference is between a joke and a riddle? The Joker is chaos personified there are no answers, everything is surprising and new and weird. The Riddler is quite the opposite, everything is strict, everything is solved, it basically becomes chaos vs order, fascism vs. anarchy”.

 This is a book that I had to read twice because I needed to understand why it was special. Upon the first read, my comments were mostly about how it was an average yet somewhat interesting opening issue to Tom King’s biggest arc yet. However with the second read through, I took my time and noticed all the little details. Like the fact that throughout the book, you never see The Joker smile once. He has this permanent frown on his face that’s uncharacteristic and as a long time Batman reader, this makes the character even more unsettling. As you get used to the terrifying fact that he does all of these horrible things and smiles while doing so. When the Joker cuts off Alfred’s hand in “Endgame” he smiles, and it’ sick and disgusting. But here, when Joker shoots a man for laughing at his joke, a joke that Joker himself couldn’t laugh at. It’s eerie.

 So upon my second read through of the book, I’ve decided to give Batman #25 a 9/10”

 Thank you for checking out DC Week in Review with Dylan, stay tuned for next week when we return like a vengeance in the night. Until then, swing by Uncanny! To pick up a copy of Batman #25.

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IMBIBE: Issue #10 Saga with Golden Monkey

IMBIBE: Issue #10 Saga with Golden Monkey

 This blog post is intended for readers 21 and older.

By Rob McFee

 

This Week's Pairing:

     

 "Saga" Volume One- Written by Brian K. Vaughn- Art by Fiona Staples- Published by Image Comics 2015

Golden Monkey- Belgian Style Tripel - 9.5% Alcohol By Volume (ABV)- Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown PA USA

I have to tell you, this pairing was an absolute pleasure to do. Victory's Golden Monkey and "Saga" are two of my favorite things, and to have the opportunity to pair them together, was an honor to say the least.

Imagine the best science fiction you've ever read is a bullet train traveling down the track at 300 mph and headed in the opposite direction on the same track at equal speed, is another bullet train that represents the best fantasy you've ever read. At the point of collision, the moment you think you're about to witness a monumental train wreck, the two trains meld together and form a rocket ship that takes you to a wondrous place, beyond anything you could ever imagine; that is Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' "Saga."

Victory Brewing Company's Golden Monkey is the perfect pairing partner for "Saga", like the comic it's in a class all by itself, from first pour to final sip Golden Monkey transports the imbiber to a place in the cosmos that is reserved for the best things that life has to offer. Its flavor and solid 9.5% ABV is second to none and has made it a benchmark in the world of craft brewing.

At first pour you are greeted with a beautiful clear orange and gold color that is Golden Monkey's namesake, the head is full and white, then dissipates to a nice lace. The aroma is intoxicating with hints of spices,orange, honey and tangy wheat. The taste is full-bodied with a sweet spiced-citrus flavor and ginger. The warmth that envelops you, after about half a glass, is a signature Golden Monkey feeling. I remember introducing Golden Monkey to a friend of mine from Tel-Aviv (Kafir) he described that feeling as "World peace in a bottle" I tend to agree.

    

 SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe.  When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous existence.  Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults.  The Onion A.V. Club calls Saga "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."  

There are not enough words in the English language or any language for that matter, to describe how amazing these two things are. You honestly have to experience them for yourself. If you find yourself in a mood to treat yourself, imbibe "Saga" Volume One and Victory's Golden Monkey, you will not regret it.

    

Until next week read and drink responsibly

Click Here to buy "Saga" Volume One

 If you missed issues #1- #9 click on the logos below to catch up on all the IMBIBE pairings.

Issue #1- "Deadly Class" Volume One paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale
Issue #2- "I Hate Fairyland" Volume One paired with Sour Monkey
Issue #3- "Locke & Key" Volume One paired with Dirt Wolf Imperial IPA
Issue #4- " Jessica Jones: Alias: Volume One paired with Love Stout
Issue #5- "Renato Jones the One% Season One" paired with Thick Mint
Issue #6 "Identity Crisis" paired with Three Philosophers
Issue #7 "Tokyo Ghoul" paired with Sorachi Ace Saison
Issue #8 "The Wicked and The Divine" paired with Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA
Issue #9 "Wolverine: Old Man Logan: paired with Brooklyn Lager
 

Please feel free to comment.  If there's a craft beer or comic you'd like to see paired, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin

Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin
By Dustin M. Best

Welcome to your weekly influx of Marvel Tidbits on this very special occasion, Father's Day. Being a father myself, and no...not to my DC co-hort Dylan, I take great pride in striving to be a positive and extraordinary role model for my 2 wonderful sons. While my youngest may have a preference for the likes of Batman and DC, that doesn't stop me from reading my fair share of Marvel to him on a nightly basis.

Point is, be a father in your kids life, it's the most important privilege that you will ever receive in your life....and pick up a comic and read to them! Right Luke?
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(art by Daniel Acuna)
 

Slight Movie Work

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(courtesy of Ryan Reynolds Twitter) 

In Marvel movie news, it looks as if Deadpool 2 is just getting underway with filming according to Ryan Reynolds on Twitter. In the image shown above Mr. Pool is just awaiting someone to arrive at the Xavier School...still...waiting. It also appears that Josh Brolin is getting his full Goonies work-out in for his role of Cable. Which may or may not be the first tease of Dazzler. 

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(courtesy of Josh Brolin Instagram)

In some rather confusing movie news, or just Sony news, Spider-Man: Homecoming Producer Amy Pascal stated that Venom is indeed part of the MCU. This contradicts, to a certain extent, what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had stated. Feige recently divulged that "For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU.." and that "It's a Sony project.".

The solo Venom flick is tentatively scheduled for an October 2018 release date. I for one would be Dazzled if Amy's take is true and that Venom will be a part of the larger MCU moving forward. Please make my street dreams comes true Marvel...

Avengers B.C.?

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Have you often pondered what the Avengers would look like in the year 1,000,000 B.C.? (No - Dylan the DC Guy) As have I. Come September, this year, Marvel brings forth a 50 page one shot detailing the Avengers at the very start of time. The team being put together comprises several elders and lore concepts of what we know now about the Marvel Universe. Included on this team are Odin, Agamotto (not just the Eye!), Star Brand, Phoenix, Ghost Rider, Black Panther and Iron Fist. A ton of lore packed into one elder Avenger team!

“Marvel Legacy #1 will present all fans – new readers and current readers – the very best jumping on point in the history of comics,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso added. “What Jason and Esad have crafted is more grand and more gargantuan than anything we have ever seen before and introduces concepts and characters the Marvel Universe has never encountered. Fans are going to witness an all-new look at the Marvel Universe starting at one of the earliest moments in time carried all the way into present day. Not only will this be the catalyst for Marvel evolving and moving forward, but expect it to be the spark that will ignite the industry as a whole.”

Comic of the Week

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Just in case it's creeping up on you, Netflix's Defenders series debuts August 18th, 2017. Before Danny, Matt, Luke and Jessica hit your chill zone...I highly recommend getting into the new Brian Michael Bendis "The Defenders" series. The first issue just released and dives directly into New York City and introduces us to all four Defenders while also setting up the series' first antagonist...whom just happens to have a Netflix history and a deep connection with Luke Cage. The story is very well set-up so if you have yet to pick up a comic about the members, this is a very easy place to start. Get to your local Uncanny! and subscribe to this series!

Song of the Week

 

 While Summer provides plenty of sunshine and daylight to spend outside in, there are those rainy evenings where you want to just kick back and binge on some TV. This provides a great opportunity to catch up on series you may have missed, like Legion! The little used X-Men character with multiple personalities is a trippy voyage to feast your eyes on and makes you want to pay attention throughout the entire series.

One of the most memorable sequences occurred when Aubrey Plaza's character "Lenny" broke into a fantastical dance sequence to a re-mastered Nina Simone's "Feeling Good". Out of context, I know you may be very confused...if you are, watch the show, you will not be disappointed! The 8 episode Season 1 debuted on FX in February, 2017 and the whole series is available on the FX app. 

That will do it for anther edition in the Marvelous world of Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin!

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Yugioh Weekly Tournament Winner Deck Profile

Yugioh Weekly Tournament Winner Deck Profile

By: Dylan Ashcraft

 
 
Attention Yugioh players! As you may or may not know, the Uncanny! King of Prussia location hosts a local Yugioh tournament every Tuesday where several players duel each other for the chance to win prizes (such as free entries and packs).
This week’s winner is Eric Denczi who played a Zoodiac deck with the Predaplant and Brilliant Fusion engines. This tournament of course is following the June 12th banlist where we saw the limiting of Speedroid Terrortop as well as the banning of Elder Entity Norden, which caused Eric to have to spice up his Zoodiac deck.
 
Now for Eric’s deck list:
 
Main Deck 43
 
Monsters 24

2 Zoodiac Ratpier
2 Zoodiac Thoroughblade
3 Zoodiac Whiptail
1 Zoodiac Ramram
2 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
2 Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring
1 Droll & Lock Bird
3 Predaplant Scorpio
1 Predaplant Cobra
1 Gamaciel, the Sea Turtle Kaiju
1 Dogoran, The Mad Flame Kaiju
1 Thunder King, The lightningstrike Kaiju
1 Gem-knight Garnet
1 Performapal Trick Clown
1 “Maxx” C
1 Coach Captain Bearman

Spells 14
3 Zoodiac Barrage
3 Fire Formation Tenki
2 Fire Formation Tensu
2 Cosmic Cyclone
2 Interrupted Kaiju Slumber
1 Raigeki
1 Brilliant Fusion

Traps 5
2 Solemn Strike
1 Solemn Warning
1 Imperial Order
1 Zoodiac Combo

Extra Deck 15
2 Zoodiac Drident
2 Zoodiac Broadbull
2 Zoodiac Chakanine
1 Zoodiac Tigermortar
1 Zoodiac Hammerkong
1 Zoodiac Boarbow
1 Abyss Dweller
2 Daigusto Emeral
1 M-X-Saber Invoker
1 Gem-knight Seraphinite
1 Coach King Giantrainer

Side Deck 15
2 D.D. Crow
2 Forbidden Chalice
3 Mask of Restrict
2 Dark Hole
2 Retaliating C
1 Flying C
1  Gadarla, the mystery dust Kaiju
2 My Body as a Shield
 
 
Now I was able to interview Eric a little about his experience at the tournament on Tuesday.
 
  1. Q) Who did you play against in the tournament and what did they play? A) Round 1 I played against Joe Ceely playing Dinomist. Round 2 against Kyle Allebach playing Spyral and then in the third round I was against Brad Denczi playing True Draco Metalfoe Kozmo
 
  1. Q) What was your record?
  • I went undefeated, 3-0-0
  •  
    1. Q) What was your most competitive match up?
     
  • My most competitive matchup probably would have been The Draco metalfoe kozmo but Game 1 my 6th card was the Dogoran to tribute over Master Peace and then game two the only monster he drew was Psyframe Gamma and I never got the chance to activate a monster Effect. As far as actual gameplay, Spyral was my most competitive. Not having much of a side for a somewhat rogue strategy and then him being able to establish a board of a Spyral Sleeper equipped with Spyral Last Resort as well as a second Sleeper was a struggle to play around.
  •  
    1. Q) Final question, how come you chose to play the deck you played?
     
  • Why I play this deck is a bit of a mix between budget and competition. Zoo is in no way a cheap deck but it's a lot cheaper than paying $80-$90 each for 3 Dragonic Diagrams. The Kaijus are included because of the Draco matchup. I play 3 Kaiju and then side into a fourth just to see them more and get over Master Peace.
  • You also have the reactive play of Ash Blossom and even Zoodiac Drident which can potentially stop a Diagram and your opponent's play in its tracks.
    Lastly is the fact that you can open up almost like you did with Norden available. If you have a way to get Ratpier to normal summon and a Tensu you can draw 3 more cards with Coach King Giantrainer and possible do 2400 damage on your opening turn.
     
     
    And that concludes the interview with this week’s Uncanny! Yugioh winner, Eric Denczi. Do you think you can knock Eric off the totem pole, well then swing by next Tuesday to compete in Uncanny! King of Prussia’s weekly tournament and possibly be featured on our website!
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    DC Week in Review w/ Dylan

    DC Week in Review w/ Dylan
    By Dylan Ashcraft
     
     
    Welcome to the first edition of the “DC Week in Review” where you and I will take a look at some of the interesting things happening over at DC comics this week and I’ll tell you what I think of them. Let’s start off shall we?
     
    Wrapping Up The CW’s Shows (for now)
     
    (Note: While the end of the CW shows for this season was a few weeks back, I thought it was still worth talking about) The CW network is where the shows, “The Flash”, “Supergirl”, “Arrow”, and “Legends of Tomorrow” air. This last week, was the season finale for the three major CW superhero shows (Legends wrapped up several weeks back), and it was interesting to say the least.
     
    As Supergirl followed the CW trend of having a cliffhanger ending where Supergirl went after the departing Mon-El, it was an effective way to cap off the season. A season which I found to be a lot stronger than the first one. And while I am not particularly a fan of the “super family” (Clark, Kara, Mon-El, etc.), I did find myself enjoying the ongoing events of the show more than I enjoyed some of the other CW shows.
     
     
    On Tuesday, the finale for the Flash aired and it was...disappointing to say the least. And that consensus holds true for the entirety of season 3, it was disappointing. The intrigue of the Savitar reveal was dragged through the mud for the vast majority of the season, and when the reveal happened, while it was interesting and thematically awesome, it lost it’s luster. The work put in to make Savitar without his mask threatening and ‘cool’ doesn’t have the “oomph” that it should have, as it only had three or four episodes to live and breathe. And with the penultimate moment, where we think we get to see Iris and Barry finally together and happy, it gets snatched away as Barry decides to willingly take Savitar’s place within the speedforce. And you now, because it’s the CW that when Barry is able to leave the speedforce in Season 4, Iris is already going to be with someone else. Because, relationship drama.
     
     
    Arrow season 5 was a return to form for the emerald archer, as seasons 3 and 4 were not particularly good (especially 4). And boy was it a good season, to the point I think it was the second best of the CW shows this go around (Legends takes first place for those who are wondering). The rebuilding of team Arrow, the fantastic work of Josh Segarra as Prometheus, and all the cameos towards the end helped bring Arrow back into the spotlight. Which is something I’m extremely happy about because Green Arrow is one of my favorite DC Comics characters (although I prefer my Ollie to be less broody and more jokey)The finale was extraordinary and was an awesome moment to see the return of villains from seasons past come back to assist Oliver in taking down Prometheus. The choreography in this episode was also extremely well done. All in all, an awesome showcase of what Arrow could (and should) be.
     
     
    Injustice 2- Red Hood Release
     
    In the new hit fighting game released by Netherrealm studios, “Injustice 2” we saw the first DLC character get released for the game in the form of Jason Todd aka The Red Hood.
     
     
    And while Red Hood is a rather fun character to play with his interesting mix of zoning capabilities and incredibly fun combos, I don’t think he’ll make a huge splash in the Injustice fighting meta. His trait (which adds an electricity bonus to his guns which can be used for combos) seems kind of clunky at first but after a few hours of play, it feels a tad more natural.
     
    His gear however is a thing of beauty which is nice as there seems to be a fair amount of variety between different pieces of armor. An aesthetic for the character that I find rather interesting is the fact that different chest pieces will either give the character a hood or a more tactical body armor look. If Red Hood is evidence to the amount of love and care put into the DLC characters, then Injustice 2’s pool of new characters will be one of the best to date.
     
    Wonder Woman Review
     
     
    So first off, yes the movie released a few weeks back and this isn’t the most timely of reviews but a DC week in review that ignores the first good DCEU movie would be a rather sub par DC Week In Review. So let’s get down to the fun of it. This movie is so much fun, from the comic book aspect of the movie to the action packed scenes. Director Patty Jenkins brings the Amazonian Warrior to life in breathtaking fashion. Sitting down and watching this movie, I had a smile on my face for nearly the entire time. Gal Gadot portrayed Wonder Woman fantastically and as a fan of the character it was more than I could ever hope for. The villain (which was wonderfully kept out of the trailers) was done in such grand fashion, and the bait and switch regarding who it is was rather exceptional.
     
     
    The action and choreography was spot on and I could not sing higher praises for this film. Now this isn’t the best DC comics movie (the Dark Knight still holds that honor), and there are some problems with a couple of small things, but it hardly effects the movie at all. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it because out of the three DCEU movies, this one is definitely the rose between two thorns.
     
    Wonder Woman gets a 8/10
    DC Comic of the Week
     
     
    The inaugural DC Comic of the week is without a doubt the prelude to Scott Snyder’s epic event “Metal”. This book “Dark Days: The Forge” is a roller coaster of a ride. Starting off with a simple yet eloquent quote There is a feeling you get at the beginning of an adventure...you feel it in your veins, the channels, your heart starts pounding...beating only for discovery..”
    Now as this comic released this Wednesday, I’m not going to go too far into spoiler territory as there are a couple massive bombshells in the book (especially one at the end).  
     
     
    Now admittedly, leading up to this book and even going into it initially, I didn’t really care for it. There was no interest I had in the title, I knew I would read it and potentially enjoy it but I wasn’t prepared to be excited for the actual event. And the reason for my disinterest isn’t that I’m not a fan of Snyder’s Batman (it’s actually one of my favorite runs), it’s just that I’m more invested in the main Rebirth storyline with Doctor Manhattan right now.
     
    But boy was this book a thrill, it was slow and plotting but it brought up a lot of interesting aspects of DC and Batman related lore. And it features the first interaction between Duke Thomas (codename still undecided) and Hal Jordan (The Green Lantern). While also serving as the return of a couple characters from DC’s past. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend grabbing this book at Uncanny! And then adding the upcoming event to your pull list because it seems like a lot is going to go down.
     
    Dark Days: The Forge gets a solid 8.5/10
     
    Doomsday Clock
     
     
    This is what the Button wraps up into, the announcement of the event written by Geoff Johns himself, that’ll be coming out later this year. The only details we know so far is that Doomsday Clock doesn’t have any crossovers, there is only Doomsday Clock. However we can always take guesses as to what the event will be about, we know Superman will be a big player in it as his crest is shown on the clock. And then we can only assume that the other major player will be Dr. Manhattan, the entity believed to be behind everything that’s been happening to people on a universal level. We can only wait and see if any new details come out before the event releases later this year.
     
     
    And that is, the DC Week in Review, stay tuned for another installment in the coming week. And let me know down in the comments what you think of Wonder Woman, Red Hood, Dark Days, and if you think Arrow was the best show of the CWverse this season.
     
     
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    IMBIBE Issue #9 Wolverine: Old Man Logan with Brooklyn Brewery Lager

    IMBIBE Issue #9 Wolverine: Old Man Logan with Brooklyn Brewery Lager

    This blog post is intended for readers 21 and older.

    by Rob McFee
    This Week's Pairing:
        

    "Wolverine: Old Man Logan" (Collects issues 66-72 of the original series)- Writer, Mark Millar- Artist, Steve McNiven- Published by Marvel Worldwide Inc.

    Brooklyn Lager- American Amber Lager- 5.2% Alcohol By Volume (ABV)- Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn NY USA

    To pair any craft beer with "Wolverine: Old Man Logan" is a daunting task to say the least. You would need a craft beer that has withstood the test of time, like our pairing partner's namesake, or a craft beer that uses a recipe that pre-dates the craft beer craze we're experiencing now. That beer is Brooklyn Lager, that's made with a pre-prohibition recipe that is absolutely delicious.
        

     

    Our pairing begins with a comparison of character to craft beer; Wolverine: Old Man Logan has gotten smarter in his old age relying on strategy and cunning over ferocity and brute force to give him the "edge" over his enemies. Brooklyn Lager is an intelligent well thought out recipe, relying on flavor and richness over brand recognition and flashy commercials, to make it a clear choice in the lager category.

     

    I can almost imagine the smile on Logan's face as he takes his first sip of Brooklyn Lager. The taste would remind him of days gone by and he'd be transported to a favorite bar knocking back a few with a now long forgotten friend.

    I can see him in his dystopian future coming across a cache of Brooklyn Lager from what would now be a long dead New York City, and treating it as if he discovered treasure.

     

    At first pour your greeted by a golden amber color that is topped by a two finger thick off white head. The aroma is of malt and hops, as well as, some caramel notes and a hint of yeast. The taste a mildly sweet maltiness with slightly bitter hops, joined by the caramel notes it creates a parade across your palate. Brooklyn Lager is smooth and exceptionally good. The 5.2% ABV is right on the money allowing the imbiber to comfortably read and sample without the concern of pacing one's intake.

    "Wolverine: Old Man Logan" is the penultimate Wolverine story; it doesn't get any better than this. Writer Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass) and his "Civil War" brother in arms, artist Steve McNiven, fuse the dystopian super-hero elements of the X-Men's "Days of Future Past," the wild future-scape of Mad Max, and the tragic pathos of Clint Eastwood's archetypal westerns into a  tale that finds Wolverine at a crossroads with who he really wants to be and who he really is.

    If you're a Wolverine fan and enjoy a beer that feels like a reward after a long hard day of work, then this is the pairing for you.

    CLICK HERE TO BUY "Wolverine: Old Man Logan"

    Until next week read and consume responsibly.

     If you missed issues #1- #8 click on the logos below to catch up on all the IMBIBE pairings.

    Issue #1- "Deadly Class" Volume One paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale
    Issue #2- "I Hate Fairyland" Volume One paired with Sour Monkey
    Issue #3- "Locke & Key" Volume One paired with Dirt Wolf Imperial IPA
    Issue #4- " Jessica Jones: Alias: Volume One paired with Love Stout
    Issue #5- "Renato Jones the One% Season One" paired with Thick Mint
    Issue #6 "Identity Crisis" paired with Three Philosophers
    Issue #7 "Tokyo Ghoul" paired with Sorachi Ace Saison
    Issue #8 "The Wicked and The Divine" paired with Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA

    Please feel free to comment.  If there's a craft beer or comic you'd like to see paired, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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    Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin

    Marvel Tidbits w/ Dustin
    by Dustin M. Best

    Per usual, here we are on a Sunday afternoon basking in the heat that Marvel has brought us...or maybe that's just the Summer sun...or the Human Torch.
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    No matter, anti-matter....Marvel Studios released it's first "teaser" trailer featuring the solo Black Panther flick and Marvel announced some interesting news regarding what may come after the events of current blockbuster event, Secret Empire. Let's dip these tidbits!

    Welcome to the Jungle

    Are you squealing? I did as well. This teaser trailer provided our first glimpses of a few key Black Panther allies and baddies amidst stunning shots of the African back setting. Klaue (Andy Serkis) is even back in action, minus half an arm thanks to Ultron.

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    Director Ryan Coogler did indeed confirm that Klaue will indeed get some type of powerful prosthetic Wakandian weapon.

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    The MCU debut of Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and M'Baku aka Man Ape (Winston Dukes) are quintessential in helping establish rogues from varying tribes surrounding Wakanda.

    In comic book lore, Killmonger's father worked for Klaw (Klaue) and was exiled from Wakanda. After his father's death, Killmonger blamed both T'Challa and Klaw and seeked revenge. The trailer shows Killmonger breaking Klaus out of custody; how this relationship will correlate back to the comics should provide us with a few very interesting interactions between the two rogues.

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    M'Baku was born in Wakanda and quickly became the second best fighter that Wakanda has seen, right behind T'Challa. Looking to return Wakanda to a more "natural" state, M'Baku joins up with the outlying White Gorilla Cult and becomes...Man-Ape; gaining superhuman powers by dining on white gorilla flesh and bathing in its blood. Will we see that in the movie? I'd bet against that.

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    Going Back in Marvel Time

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    While I'm not one to look too far ahead, Marvel has announced their next "event" entitled Generations. There will be 10 one-off stories comprising the Generations series, each story is a team-up of current, young heroes and their "legacy" counter-part taking place outside of the current universe. Who doesn't want to see both Wolverines in their prime? Look for the event come late Summer 2017.

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    Comic of the Week

    iron fist marvel defenders

    The latest Iron Fist series has been an absolute kung-fu filled fest. Issue #4 finds Danny continuing his chi-seeking quest on the island of Liu-Shi, whose people were once members of the sacred city of K'un Lun. Battling through the seven masters, Danny discovers what this battle could ultimately be leading up to. This series is a must read!

    Song of the Week

    "Run the Jewels, "Legend Has It". I mean, what else could it be? It was the featured song in the Black Panther trailer." -Dylan The DC Guy

    Even DC-minded Dylan has to give proper dues to the Black Panther trailer. Run the Jewels, the hip-hop duo of Killer Mike & El-P, may be the most socially conscience act in hip-hop. Depicted by their symbol which can be seen on the video front and described by RTJ:

    "For us, the RTJ1 hands were about “taking what’s yours”—your world, your life, your attitude. The RTJ2 hands were wrapped in bandages, signifying injury and healing, which for us represented the growth in ideas and tone of that album. For RTJ3 the bandages are off, the chain is gone and the hands have been transformed into gold. For us this represents the idea that there is nothing to take that exists outside of yourself. You are the jewel."

    Marvel has continued to show support for this duo by featuring their trademark hands on several variant covers:

    This concludes the week in Marvel Tidbits with Dustin, I hope you get the opportunity to watch, read or listen to something Marvel-ously new!

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    Uncanny! Remembers Adam West

    Uncanny! Remembers Adam West

    It is with heavy hearts we report that actor Adam West has died. Adam West, the star known for playing the title role in the 1960s television series Batman, died Friday after a short battle with leukemia, his family confirmed to Variety, the Hollywood Reporter and the BBC. He was 88.

    Adam's career spanned seven decades, but he will always be best known for the campy television series,“Batman” it was a surprise hit with its premiere on ABC in 1966, and became a virtual symbol of ’60s. West's Batman was a far cry from the Dark Knight we know today, he brought levity and laughs to his crime fighting antics along side his brightly costumed sidekicks Robin (Burt Ward) and Batgirl (Yvonne Craig). He shared the small screen with many great talents including, Caesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Eartha Kitt ,and Julie Newmar to name a few. 

      

    Adam West delivered a lighter more innocent Batman, a portrayal I'm sure all his fans appreciated. I remember as a child catching a re-run on a Saturday afternoon and being mesmerized by what I saw (I had no idea it was campy, to me it was just fun). He entertained generations and taught us all that no matter how diabolical and colorful the villain is, in the end crime would never pay. Thank you Adam West our "Bright Knight" for the laughs, smiles, and the "Bat-tutsi". You will be missed.

    IMBIBE Issue #8 The Wicked and The Divine with Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA

    IMBIBE Issue #8 The Wicked and The Divine with Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA

    This blog post is intended for readers 21 and older.

    By Rob McFee

     This Weeks Pairing:

      

     "The Wicked and The Divine" Volume One "The Faust Act"- Writer, Kieron Gillen- Artist, Jamie McKelvie- Colorist, Matthew Wilson- Letterer, Clayton Cowles- Published by Image Comics, Inc. 2016

    Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA- American IPA- 6.0% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)- Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, VT USA

    Our pairing begins-- In one hand you hold "The Wicked and The Divine" in the other you hold Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA, the imagination and inventiveness that went into making them are just a couple of the reasons why these two pair so well together.

           

    At first pour the color is golden and slightly cloudy, with an off white head that dissipates to a nice lace. The aroma of the fruity,citrus hops will appeal to your senses and promises something fresh and different for your palate. Your first taste fulfills the promise of your nose; there is the typical bitterness you'd expect from an IPA, but then the grapefruit kicks in and your palate is revitalized, as if something "Divine" had a hand in it's creation, but beware the temptation to over indulge with a 6.0% ABV your evening could take a "Wicked" turn.

    Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie reunite to bring you a story about gods, and how they would or could fit in to this modern age. Our protagonist Laura, is your typical fan girl, and our unknowing guide into a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead.  But remember: just because you're immortal, doesn't mean you're going to live forever.

    If you're looking for something that will redefine how you view gods and IPAs, the pairing of "The Wicked and The Divine" and Electric Peel Grapefruit IPA will more than exceed your expectations.

    Until next week read and consume responsibly.

    Click Here to buy "The Wicked and The Divine" Volume One: "The Faust Act"

     If you missed issues #1- #7 click on the logos below to catch up on all the IMBIBE pairings.

    Issue #1- "Deadly Class" Volume One paired with Arrogant Bastard Ale
    Issue #2- "I Hate Fairyland" Volume One paired with Sour Monkey
    Issue #3- "Locke & Key" Volume One paired with Dirt Wolf Imperial IPA
    Issue #4- " Jessica Jones: Alias: Volume One paired with Love Stout
    Issue #5- "Renato Jones the One% Season One" paired with Thick Mint
    Issue #6 "Identity Crisis" paired with Three Philosophers
    Issue #7 "Tokyo Ghoul paired with Sorachi Ace Saison

    Please feel free to comment.  If there's a craft beer or comic you'd like to see paired, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.

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    Yu-Gi-Oh TCG Competitive Banlist Update

    Yu-Gi-Oh TCG Competitive Banlist Update

    By Dylan Ashcraft

    In the upcoming weeks, the Trading Card Game “Yugioh” will be seeing an update to their working forbidden/ban list. The update will go into effect on June 12th where it adds a nice little shakeup to the game. Here we’ll be discussing what cards legality were changed and what decks will be impacted by the change.

    Newly Forbidden

    Elder Entity Norden (Was Limited)

    Norden is one of those cards that is extremely good, Norden is/was played in practically every deck that ran rank 4 Xyz monsters, as the instant fusion is a relatively strong one. Norden’s ability to special summon a level four or lower monster from the graveyard upon his summon is extremely versatile. It opens up massive opportunities to go into game changing plays. Whether that is a Number S39: Utopia The Lightning that way you can beat over cards such as Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon or Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King. Or perhaps you would utilize the card to bring back your tuner so you can do synchro plays. No matter the reason, Norden was a fantastic card and that’s why it was limited to one for a long time.

    However the reason that Konami had to pull the trigger and place Norden on the banlist was because of how it was abused by the Zoodiac deck to create insane plays and allow the deck to have massive draw potential. Through the utilization of cards, Lunalight Black Sheep, Zoodiac Ratpier, Daigusto Emeral, and Fusion Substitute the deck was able to do things it really shouldn’t have. If an opponent didn’t have a hand trap such as Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit or Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring the combo would create what was practically an unfair advantage for the Zoodiac player.

    Decks impacted by the ban are practically everything that ran Norden as an instant fusion target. Examples include Zoodiac, Spyrals, Awesome Heroes, TK Dinos, Fluffals, Metalfoe Zoo, Predaplants, Speedroids, Subterrors,  Yosenju, and so many more.  

    Newly Limited

    Speedroid Terrortop (Was Unlimited)

     

    The limit on Terrortop was something that players have expected for a while now as the possibilities this card has presented have always been good. Whether the player made a Dante, Traveler of the Burning Abyss, Totem Bird, or M-X Saber Invoker, the card has always been good. This was another card getting heavily used in the Zoodiac deck as it was a way to get your Zoodiac Ratpier on board without having to utilize your normal summon.

    The fact that terrortop wasn’t seeing much play outside of Zoodiac means this isn’t the hardest hit on the banlist or a hard hit for that matter anyways.

    Decks affected are Burning Abyss for those whose are still playing it, Zoodiac, and a few other decks out there. However Zoodiac is the primary target for the limit on terrortop.

    The Grass Looks Greener (Was Unlimited)

      

    I’m okay with this limitation because as a player, I hate 60 card decks. I’m not a fan of how one card can set up an entire flow for the game. Because if you open That Grass Looks Greener there’s a strong chance that you’re winning, however if you don’t draw the card, you will most likely lose (unless stall game is on point). This card is a win condition for some decks and the advantage it creates is ludicrous as there’s hardly no way to respond to it.

    Well...that was before the introduction of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring which is a hand trap that was almost single handedly pushing 60 card decks back out of the meta. And then with this banlist update, it serves as the proverbial nail in the coffin. The fact that this card is now limited to one copy per deck means it’s just not worth the hassle anymore. Theoretically decks that revolve around it could still exist in the meta thanks to Left Arm Offering but Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring just kills the deck even more then. “Oh your one of win condition was negated and sent to the graveyard? Okay cool, so I win now.”

    Decks that are affected by this update to the banlist include (but is nowhere near limited to) 60 Card Infernoid, 60 Card ZombieSworn, 60 Card Paleozoic Frogs,  60 Card ABC, and practically any deck that utilizes 60 cards.

    Newly Unlimited

    Pendulum Call (Was Limited)

    Oh baby, pepe is coming back. Except it’s really not. Half the deck is still banned or limited to one. But this does mean that pendulum magicians are gonna be playable again (for the month that pendulums can still be relevant) and boy does that make me excited. Pendulum call allows you to add two magician pendulum monsters from your deck to your hands (after discarding one card), essentially allowing you to grab both of your scales for free.

    Now if we’re being honest here, the banlist update for this card and a few of the others was most likely done just so Konami of America can try and push the product inside of the next booster set. But hey, players get a pendulum deck that isn’t Metalfoes that they get to use in the meta now. And that also means you can bust that copy of Supreme King Z-ARC out now and have some fun.

    Decks affected include Pendulum Magicians, and a few other rogue decks such as Vanilla Pendulums.

    Wisdom Eye Magician (Was Semi-Limited)

    Again this is a card that was bumped to three mostly just to sell the next set. However it’s another thing that players should be okay with because it allows a lot of different pendulum decks to thrive again. Most importantly Pendulum Magicians as it lets you replace itself in the scale with another from the deck (assuming your other scale is a magician or performapal monster).

    Decks affected are Pendulum Magicians, and again a few other strange rogue decks that get use out of it’s effect.

    Performapal Skullcrobat Joker (Was Limited)

     Man does this guy lets you search for stuff you need. This is one of those cards that can unbrick your hand with little to no assistance from other cards in your deck. And once again, was brought back to three almost solely to help bolster this deck, that way players have incentive to buy the new set. When you normal summon this card, you can search a Performapal, Magician, or Odd-Eyes monsters. That is practically every monster in your deck that you can now search and add to your hand. Did you not have that Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon you needed so you could XYZ summon Odd-Eyes Raging Dragon? What if you have Performapal Skullcrobat Joker in your hand and you haven’t used your normal summon yet? Well then you are all set man. Just normal summon that Joker and search your heart away.

    Decks affected by this are, you guessed it, Pendulum Magicians, and for the brave, Pepe.

    And remember folks, this update doesn’t go into effect until June 12th, so until then, mill your heart away, abuse that Zoodiac/Norden draw power, and stare at your Pepe deck and weep happy tears. Because a change is on the horizon. And no, I’m not talking about the Master Rule update, that’s an article for another day.

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