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.

Batman and Harley Quinn Coming to a Theater Near You for One Night

Nostalgia has been all the rage thus far this century, with more reboots and sequels of classic 70s – 90s pop and cult classic entertainment than one could sanely list. We’ve had our peaks and valleys over the course—more valleys, but let’s not dwell on the cringe-worthy. Every once and a while, though, someone’s come along and given us something old and new: Enter Batman and Harley Quinn, coming to theaters nationwide for one night before its digital/home-video release later this... Read More

Nickelodeon Gives a Sneak Peek at Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Do you miss the 90s? That nostalgic, pre-9/11, pre-Great Recession world where things felt simpler, with a hint of gritty innocence? Where you only really had to worry about wearing the latest trendy clothing line and listening to the right tunes? Reboots, sequels, and remakes have been a hallmark of the 21st-century with some successes, like the DreamWorks/Netflix Voltron reboot, and more than a few flops (I’m looking at you, Fantastic Four, you were barely ten years old). Thankfully,... Read More

Secret Empire is Not the Captain America We Need Right Now

I’ve been reading through Marvel Comic’s Secret Empire crossover event leisurely, keeping an open mind despite the uproar throughout the comic book world when Captain America was revealed as a Hydra sleeper agent whose reality had been manipulated by Red Skull via a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik. A Chitauri invasion while the Planetary Defense Shield was disabled has trapped Captain Marvel, Alpha Flight, and countless other heavy-hitter heroes beyond the shield after Steve Rogers... Read More

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