All posts by Paul McCue

Co-founder and editor-in-chief at nerdslant, Paul's a graduate student of Children's Literature and was an animation student in a past life. When he's not catching up on cartoons or cozying up to a book, he's wondering what kind of person he'll be if the "Fallout" video game series ever comes true.

Stained Issue #2 Tightropes Cyberpunk and the Unnerving

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from 451’s newest comic book release, Stained. David Baron’s follow-up issue to the premiere of Stained from 451 retains the tight, fluid action and adds plot guaranteed to tickle and unnerve. The series follows recovery artist and bounty hunter for hire Emma London, described as “strong, possibly indomitable, and did we mention… part machine.” Following in the tradition of other cyberpunk works like Masamune Shiro’s Ghost in the... Read More

nerdslant Plays – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (Ep. 1)

Still got that Guardians of the Galaxy itch in need of a scratch after seeing Volume 2 for the umpteenth time in theaters? Telltale Games’ got you covered. From the people who brought you choose-your-own-adventure adaptations of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Batman, and Borderlands comes Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. Episode one, titled “Tangled Up in Blue”, came out back in mid-April but fell under the radar what with all the clamoring... Read More

The Epic Hot Wheels Race You Always Dreamed Of

Remember those eye-grabbing Hot Wheels track commercials from when we were kids? The high production value, action-film music, and flawless editing, creating an unachievable expectation that invariably led to utter disappointment just hours after you put the playsets together? Then you’d just leave the cars lying around wherever, thus setting up the parameters for the story about that one time your babysitter slipped on them and broke her leg. Yeah, that was only funny years... Read More

Exclusive Interview with Deadpool Co-Creator Fabian Nicieza

Ever since his first appearance in The New Mutants #98 in February of 1991, Deadpool has enjoyed a cult following few other comic book characters can boast. Best known for his talkative nature and fourth wall breaks, Deadpool remained in relative mainstream obscurity until Ryan Reynolds single-handedly championed convincing 20th Century Fox to green light the 2016 box office dark horse. Yet, if you’d gone to any comic book convention over the last decade and witnessed the... Read More

Exclusive Interview with Kevin Altieri, Batman: The Animated Series Director

For any comic book fan growing up in the 90s, there was one definitive shared after-school ritual: Watching Batman: The Animated Series on Fox. The Warner Bros. Animation cartoon series ran from 1992 to 1995, and yet in just those three years it redefined the capped crusader in more ways than we could list here and introduced an entire new generation to the greater DC Comics universe. Borrowing from the aesthetic style and tone of the two Tim Burton Batman films, Batman: The Animated Series... Read More

Doctor Who “Pilot” Review: Moments in Time

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from the Series 10 premiere of Doctor Who. Let’s start this off by clearing the air with an admission: I was left feeling really underwhelmed by the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas special. It’s not that “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” was a bad episode by any means, although it did feel a bit late hopping on the whole “comic book” train. Nor do I think anyone expected it to measure up against “The Husbands of River Song”—it just... Read More

Squeedly-spooch, Doom Songs, and Waffles: The Top 5 Invader Zim Episodes

Those inept, megalomaniac proclamations of doom, the manic shrill exclamations in the background, and one kid clearly cursed with a really big head not standing between them and global domination. Since it first premiered on Nickelodeon back in 2001, Invader Zim’s been an obsession bordering on practical religion for an endless hoard of GIR (Rikki Simons)-quoting fans. With the recent news that the network finally came to their senses and are bringing back the Irken Invader and company for... Read More

River Song Should Return in Series 11 and Here’s How

That lilting, “Hello, sweetie,” that coy, “Spoilers…”—seven years those two phrases were the calling cards of one of Doctor Who’s most fantastic characters, River Song (Alex Kingston). There’s never really quite been a reoccurring character like River Song, nor is there likely to ever be again; Whovians were first introduced to her during the David Tennant years when future showrunner Steven Moffat created the character for the two-parter “Silence in the... Read More

nerdslant Rebel Underground – “Secret Cargo” Review

This week on Rebel Underground we break down episode eighteen of Star Wars Rebels, continue our Chopper/R2D-2 feud, and soak in all the nebula space battles that dominate “Secret Cargo”. Check out our YouTube review below as we chat over Mon Mothma’s (Genevieve O’Reilly) daring play to bring the Rebellion together while Ezra (Taylor Gray) gets to sit in the pilot seat for the first time! While you’re at it, throw us a like, comment, and subscribe to catch all the... Read More

nerdslant Rebel Underground – “Through Imperial Eyes” Review

This week on Rebel Undeground we break down episode seventeen of Star Wars Rebels, remark on AP-5’s impeccable impression of a beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy character, and sit on the edge of our seats as Admiral Thrawn closes in on the rebel spy within the Imperial ranks. Check out our YouTube review below as we chat over Agent Kallus’ (David Oyelowo) efforts to maintain his cover as Fulcrum with one of the greatest intergalactic tacticians right on... Read More