Comic Zombie Podcast #19: Maximum Carnage

Issue 19: MAXIMUM CARNAGE!

Chris goes solo to talk about one of his favorite Marvel comic book story arcs from the 90’s: “Maximum Carnage”!

Be sure to listen to our recent “Spider-man: No Way Home” Review and our last episode on the MCU Phase One (w/ Zack Derby)!

And check out our blog at ComicZombie.net for more – including Chris’s original three-part review of the Maximum Carnage comic books, as well as our recent Top 5 Superheroes (from our Top 100 countdown)! 

(Episode edited by Chris Carroll)

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“METROID: DREAD” – THE STORY SO FAR…

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METROID: DREAD” is finally out on the Nintendo Switch! It’s the first new (non-remake) 2D Metroid game in 19 years. It’s the 11th game in the series and the 5th main entry in this groundbreaking sci-fi platforming franchise that started with the original NES classic way back in 1986. If you’re new to the Metroid saga, this quick guide will bring you up to speed on the space-faring adventures of Samus Aran…

Metroid Dread cover art
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10 Must Play “LEGEND OF ZELDA” Games!

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The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most recognizable franchises, alongside Super Mario, Metroid, Star Fox, and Kirby. It’s a franchise that’s been going strong for over 35 years and has 27 games to show for it. If you’re new to the series, it can be a little intimidating on where to start, especially when you consider how wonky the timeline is. So I’ve narrowed down a list of the 10 most essential Zelda games and ranked them to the best of my ability! While I’m mostly covering the main series of games, and primarily those released on Nintendo’s home consoles, I would first like to give a quick shoutout to a few honorable mentions: The “Hyrule Warrior” games (Wii U / DS, Switch), The Minish Cap (Game Boy Advance), Four Swords (Game Cube), Phantom Hourglass (DS), A Link Between Worlds (3DS), The Oracle of Ages/Seasons (Game Boy Color), and last but definitely not least: Link’s Crossbow (Wii)!

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REVISITING “SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE UNIVERSE” (VOL 5)

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Check out my previous review of Vol 4: “Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together” here!

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe” is the fifth volume of the Scott Pilgrim and like the previous one, has very little in common with the film adaptation. The book follows up on the happy ending of Vol 4 where it seems as though Scott and Ramona are finally overcoming their pasts. Scott has vanquished the first four members in the League of Evil Exes, but this time he’ll have to contend with the Katayanagi Twins! But first, the book randomly opens with Scott’s 24th birthday with a super anime inspired overreaction to being called old and then a hilarious panel of him nomming on some chocolate cake.

Scott Pilgrim Vol 5 (Color Edition)
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MORTAL KOMBAT: Who’s who? (Bonus Round)

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With the release of “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021) – now on Blu Ray and 4K and an all new animated movie (“Mortal Kombat: Battle of the Realms” – debuting on August 31st), we figured what better way to prep than *another* deep dive into the rich mythology and ever-evolving backstories of this epic video game franchise?

MK11: Ultimate Edition

In Round 1, we covered the fighters from the original game (Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Goro, and Kano). For Round 2, we broke down the roster introduced in MKII (Shang Tsung, Jax, Kitana, Mileena, Baraka, Reptile, Kung Lao, and Shao Kahn). Then in Round 3, we delved into some of the fighters introduced in MK3 and MK: Deadly Alliance, while Round 4 focused on some of the newer characters from Mortal Kombat X and MK11. In our “Final Round” we took a look at basically everyone else that we couldn’t fit into the first four.

In this *Bonus Round* we’re covering all the third-party characters that have appeared in the MK franchise! (Not including DC vs Mortal Kombat)

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MORTAL KOMBAT: Who’s who? (Final Round)

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With the release of “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021) – coming to Blu Ray on July 13th and an all new animated movie (“Mortal Kombat: Battle of the Realms” – debuting on August 31st), we figured what better way to prep than *another* deep dive into the rich mythology and ever-evolving backstories of this epic video game franchise?

In Round 1, we covered the fighters from the original game (Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, Raiden, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Goro, and Kano). For Round 2, we broke down the roster introduced in MKII (Shang Tsung, Jax, Kitana, Mileena, Baraka, Reptile, Kung Lao, and Shao Kahn). Then in Round 3, we delved into some of the fighters introduced in MK3 and MK: Deadly Alliance, while Round 4 focused on some of the newer characters from Mortal Kombat X and MK11.

For this “Final Round” in our epic breakdown, we’re doing a quick rundown of some of the lesser known (and in some cases forgettable) characters that didn’t quite make the cut for Rounds 1-4, for better or worse, basically everyone else…

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REVISITING “SCOTT PILGRIM & THE INFINITE SADNESS” (VOL 3)

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Check out my previous review of Vol2: “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” here!

Scott Pilgrim and the Awkward Silence

Vol 3 of the Scott Pilgrim saga picks up where we left off last time with The Clash at Demon Head concert, where Scott and Ramona realized that Envy’s bass player / boyfriend is in fact the same Todd that Ramona used to date! For those keeping track, in the movie version this whole volume was basically summed up in one scene: the fight between Scott Pilgrim (23 year old, indecisive loser-hero hybrid) and the Vegan-powered Todd!

Immediately after the concert, Scott Pilgrim, Ramona Flowers, Knives Chau, Kim Pine, and the others are invited back stage with Envy Adams and Todd Ingram to stare each other down. There’s some fun character interactions going here, and you almost need a flow chart to keep track of it all. Scott’s dating Ramona. Knives is currently dating Young Neil. Envy is with Todd. Scott used to date Knives but broke her heart. Scott also used to date Envy, but got his own heart broke. Knives previously fought Ramona over Scott. Ramona dated Todd briefly.

Scott Pilgrim 101

During this super awkward exchange, Knives jumps up in realization shouting “I’ve kissed the lips that kissed you!” and immediately gets her highlights punched out of her hair, by a chick with a bionic arm! During the exchange, Envy seems to get jealous of Ramona and starts to taunt her about her past. That’s when Scott just loses it and decides to start Round 3 early, yelling at Todd: “That’s it! That is it. You cocky cock! You will pay for your crimes against humanity!!!” – but just as Scott’s leaping through the air at Todd, his eyes start glowing and his hair goes super saiyan!

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PODCASTERS ASSEMBLE: Mortal Podkast!

Check out Chris and Erik on the latest season of Podcasters Assemble!

Podcasters Assemble (Probably) is a hype/re-watch podcast. Season 1 covered the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Iron Man to Endgame, Season 2 reviewed the Star Wars saga, Season 003 tackled all 24 James Bond films, and Season 4 was an epic countdown to GODZILLA VS KONG!

Now, podcasters from around the globe are once again assembling to face off against one another – as they prepare for “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021)!

  1. MORTAL KOMBAT (1995)
  2. MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION (1997)
  3. MORTAL KOMBAT LEGENDS: SCORPION’S REVENGE (2020)
  4. Bonus: MORTAL KOMBAT LEGACY (The Series)
  5. MORTAL KOMBAT (2021) – coming soon!
  6. The Best / Worst MK Games (Promo Special)

*Also, in case you haven’t already, be sure to check out their MK character breakdowns on Geek to Geek Media:

REVISITING “SCOTT PILGRIM vs THE WORLD” (VOL 2)

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Check out my previous review of Vol1: “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life” here!

While a good chunk of Vol 1 made up most of the first act of the movie, Vol 2: “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” really has a chance to delve into some of the characters and their relationships in a way that Edgar Wright’s film adaptation isn’t able to, due to time constraints – which is pretty common for film adaptations and is often why most books are considered better than the movie. This is really where Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels begin to shine!

Scott Pilgrim vs High School

We start with a flashback: Scott Pilgrim in high school, in Ontario, where he meets a girl named Lisa, outside of the Principal’s office, immediately after a fight. It seems as though she has a crush on him, but he appears to be completely oblivious, per usual. The two friends decide to start a band together called “Sonic & Knuckles”. Soon after, Scott meets Kim Pine and they decide to make her their drummer. Scott confides in Lisa that he likes Kim, but before he can make a move, she randomly gets kidnapped by some jerks from a rival tech school!

In true video game fashion, Scott fights his way through wave after wave of enemies until he reaches ‘the boss’, atop the school, right as storm clouds roll in. The two have an epic throw down and Scott uppercuts the guy into the atmosphere. Ultimately, Scott saves Kim and they have an awkward exchange that feels straight out of some dumb heroic dream: “I didn’t know who’d rescue me from that maniac, but I secretly hoped it would be you Scott.” “I like you, Kim. We should be dating. Also, do you want to play drums in my band?” “YES, SCOTT! OH, YES!!” It’s so bad, it’s hilarious. It definitely plays up some outdated tropes (the princess is in another castle), but it’s cute and it seems to be self aware enough to know how ridiculous it all is. This whole chapter really reinforces that Scott is the hero of his own story, but we’re clearly only seeing it through his POV.

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MORTAL KOMBAT: Who’s who? (Round 3)

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With the release of “MORTAL KOMBAT” (2021) now in theaters and on HBO Max! we figured what better way to prep than to do a deep dive into the rich mythology and ever-evolving backstories of this epic video game franchise? (Check out Part One, and Part Two here)

After the success of the first two games, the roster continued to expand as the subsequent games further fleshed out the story over the next several years with games like Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat Gold, Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, and even Mortal Kombat vs DC!

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