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23min of Ska Covers

It’s that time of year again, where our illustrious host and main Geek Nerdery Dude, Bryan Jellybean Wolford celebrates his birthday! And each year on his birthday I give him the gift of ska covers songs! I’m so damn thoughtful! The songs are unlabeled as to add to the mystery of it’s unpackaging… you know, like a present or something thematical with birthdays…

00:00 – Greenhouse – Mystery Track 1
02:05 – Half Past Two feat. Tahlena – Mystery Track 2
05:37 – Rude Boy George – Mystery Track 3
09:16 – the Holophonics – Mystery Track 4
11:55 – Skandalous All-Stars – Mystery Track 5
15:45 – the Players Band – Mystery Track 6
20:45 – Hans Gruber & the Die Hards – Mystery Track 7
22:59 – Eric Daino – Mystery End Bumber

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 400+ past episodes!

23min of Protest Ska

What’s going on GeekNerdery? 23min of Ska has returned to bring you a whole mess of ska music to protest by! Ok, sure, a lot of these songs I’ve played on the main 23min of Ska, and this may, in a way, be a sequel to this previous 23min of Ska/GeekNerdery Special… but I couldn’t help but make it! None the less, strap in for some ska!

00:00 – Catch 22 – a Minor Point (Permanent Revolution ’11)
02:07 – Five Iron Frenzy – Get Your Riot Gear (Quality is Job 1 ’98)
05:49 – Matt Wixson – Double Agent (Hell is Other People ’18)
08:24 – the Rough Customers – 86,45 (86,45 ’20)
11:05 – Pilfers – Generation (Pilfers ’97)
14:50 – Malambo Ska Band feat. Hugo Lobo – Racist Friend (Racist Friend ’19)
18:52 – the Toasters – Freedom (Dub 56 ’94)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 400+ past episodes!

23min of Holiday Ska

Hey GeekNerdery crew! I’m back at it again with 23min of ska and ska/punk in a holiday style for you. I hope all you fellow geeks and nerds all have a happy whatever-the-hell you celebrate and that you enjoy this tiny bit of music.

00:00 – the Notables – Blue Christmas (a Notable Christmas ’08)
01:36 – Sean Arawjo feat. Nellie McKay – This is Not the Year (for Mistletoe in the Workplace) (This is Not the Year ’18)
03:31 – Backyard Superheroes – This Christmas (Let’s Get Elfed Up ’19)
06:53 – Heavyball – Office Party (When Can You Start? ’19)
09:50 – the Shop – Come Down ’68 (a Christmas Party with the Shop ’15)
14:01 – North Pole United – Christmas Spirit of ’69 (L.A. X-Mas / Christmas Spirit of ’69 ’10)
17:31 – the Action! – Deck the Halls (Tangled in the Lights ’12)
19:18 – Bite Me Bambi – Holiday Cheer (Holiday Cheer ’19)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 350+ past episodes!

23min of Halloween Ska

Here we go again Geek Nerdery fans who also like ska… it’s the 23min of Ska Halloween Special! So yeah, a buncha a spooky ska to get you scared and skankin’ or some dumb sounding add copy like that… BOO!

00:00 – SkaTune Network – Beetlejuice Theme (Beetlejuice Theme ’19)
02:16 – Baked A La Ska – Calling All Ghosts (Skalloween ’19)
05:56 – the Kingpins – ‘Til the Following Night (Watch Your Back ’96)
08:11 – the Hempsteadys ft. Vinny Noble – When the Dead are Undead (Séance! Séance! ’18)
11:52 – Skamanians – Ghosts in the Park (Ride Again ’14)
15:50 – Skavoovie & the Epitones – Zombie Song (the Growler ’99)
19:28 – Profesor Galactico – Dia de Los Muertos (Sonic Waves from Beyond ’12)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 375 past episodes!

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23min of Ska Covers

You may know these 23min of Ska specials on Geek Nerdery to mainly do holiday-themed shows, but it seems I missed a very important holiday, that is: the birthday of Geek Nerdery head honcho Mr. Bryan “Bitch Pants” Wolford! Here it is, a day late, cuz I suck, but he rules! The songs are unlabeled as to add to the mystery of it’s unpackaging… you know, like a present of something thematical with birthdays…

00:00 – the Cynimatics – Mystery Track 1
02:29 – Half Past Two w/ Evan Whorman – Mystery Track 2
05:21 – the Scotch Bonnets – Mystery Track 3
09:28 – Green Room Rockers – Mystery Track 4
13:21 – SkaTune Network – Mystery Track 5
16:42 – Boom Boom Racoon – Mystery Track 6
19:59 – the Holophonics – Mystery Track 7

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 350+ past episodes!

23min of Holiday Ska

Hey GeekNerdery crew! I’m back at it again with 23min of ska and ska/punk in a holiday style for you. I hope all you fellow geeks and nerds all have a happy whatever-the-hell you celebrate and that you enjoy this tiny bit of music.

00:00 – Party Like It’s… – All I Want for Christmas is You (All I Want for Christmas is You ’17)
03:03 – Matt Wixson’s Flying Circus – I Have a Snowman (Jeffy’s First Christmas ’11)
05:20 – MU330 – Xmas Card (Crab Rangoon ’97)
07:16 – the New Limits – Everyday will be Like a Holiday (Everyday will be Like a Holiday ’17)
10:30 – Rayner – the Snow Miser (ft. Heat Miser) (the Snow Miser ’17)
13:11- the Toasters – Sleigh-Ride (Christma-Ska ’98)
16:20- the Holophonics – You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Xmas 2017 ’17)
18:26 – Slow Gherkin – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) (Happy Holidays from Slow Gherkin ’11)
23:13 – the Copacetics – Jingle Bells (a Very Copacetic Christmas ’18)

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Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300+ past episodes!

23min of Halloween Ska

Awww yis yis y’all, it’s time for some spooky ska! Trying to get out an extra special monthly ska episode has been a little tough as of late, but I couldn’t leave you hanging without some Halloween ska. Really, I couldn’t, it’s just not my style!

00:00 – Grave Danger – Grave Danger (Let ‘er RIP ’18)
02:36 – the Siren Six! – Burn (the Voice with the Built-in Promise ’96)
06:45 – the A-OKs – Showdown (Words are Not for Eating ’10)
09:16 – 2000 Tons of TNT – Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon/Wonky ’13)
12:47 – Victory Kid – Clownin’ (Thrillenials ’18)
15:27 – the Amphetameanies – Haunting (Last Chance Bordello ’14)
19:15 – Reel Big Fish – Evil Approaches (Punk Rock Halloween: Loud, Fast and Scary comp ’17)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300 past episodes!

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23min of Ska Covers

Woo! Looky here, it’s a collection of ska covers! Do you know who likes cover songs? That’s right, illustrious GeekNerdery founder Bryan J. Wolford! Ok, so I’m not revealing the names of these songs right away, because this episode is a present to be “opened” by the big boss man, but here’s the time stamps and artists so you at least know who did the song!

00:00 – the Slackers – mystery track 1
04:32 – Half Past Two – mystery track 2
07:02 – the BlueBeaters – mystery track 3
10:10 – Party Like It’s… – mystery track 4
13:16 – the Pinstripes – mystery track 5
17:03 – Chris DeMakes – mystery track 6
20:21 – the Holophonics – mystery track 7
22:59 – Eric Daino – mystery bumper

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300+ past episodes!

23min of Escape Your Boring Life Ska

Not sure exactly what I was going for when I started this episode, but it works out to “Escape Your Boring Life” and “Quit Your Stupid Job” as well as a “Break Free from Social Constructs” kinda thing. I hope it inspires you to make any changes needed in your life.

00:00 – the Toasters – Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down (Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down ’97)
02:47 – the Pomps – a Shaky Truce (Top of the Pomps! ’12)
05:58 – Johnny Socko – Tired & Happy Life (Full Trucker Effect ’97)
09:59 – Big D & the Kids Table – Can’t be Caught (Good Luck ’99)
12:51 – Mustard Plug – Beer (Evildoers Beware! ’97)
16:26 – the Slackers – the Same Everyday (the Great Rocksteady Swindle ’10
20:04 – Bomb the Music Industry! – Tell My Boss, “I Hate You” (Others! Others! ’09)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300 past episodes!

23min of Foolish Ska

Only an absolute fool would put out an episode of a podcast on the Sunday of a holiday weekend… I’m that fool, I guess! I hope all you Geek Nerdery fans dig me trying to inject a little ska into your lives. I may be trying hard to recreate the excitement I always used to get from this sound, so I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for mustering a nostalgic smile for this sentimental fool.

00:00 – Lo & the Magnetics – Fool on Impact (A Part ’05)
02:42 – David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 – the Fool (Playtime ’99)
05:46 – the Waffle Stompers – the Genius Behind Being a Fool (Black on Black ’08)
08:37 – the Copacetics – No Fool (Ska Royal ’16)
11:37 – Unsteady – What Kind of Fool (Tightrope ’96)
14:09 – the Pinstripes – I Might be Her Fool (I ’12)
17:40 – Napoleon Solo – Your Fool (Shot! ’89)
20:25 – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Who’s Foolin’ Who? (Mashin’ Up the Nation : Best of American Ska Volumes 3 & 4 comp ’98)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300 past episodes!

23min of “Loving” Ska

A very special episode of 23min of Ska for GeekNerdery! Celebrating both love and well… the opposite of that. Because really, who needs all that love-dovey nonsense anyway.

00:00 – Keith & Ken – I Don’t Love You Anymore (Jamaican Jerk ’66)
02:05 – the Delirians – Love Sweet Love (Get Up! ’14)
05:56 – the Pinstripes – Sweet Lovin’ (Sweet Lovin’ ’10)
09:40 – the Slackers – Alone Again (the Question ’98)
12:36 – the Steady 45’s – Valentine’s Day (Trouble in Paradise ’17)
15:55 – Matt Wixon’s Flying Circus – I Have a Thing (Jeffy ’11)
18:16 – Manic Sewing Circle feat. Todd Hembrook – I Love You Baby (But I Don’t Have Time) (Summer Spins ’07)
20:42 – the Good Skamartitans – Sitting on the Top of the World (Let’s Rawk ’02)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300 past episodes!

23min of Politically Charged Ska

About a year ago there was this big gathering in front of the White House. Uh… some things happened, some things that a fair amount of people weren’t exactly happy about. Some people spoke out, some people wrote songs. The first 5 songs on this podcast are some of those songs. Some written as a reaction to the man himself, others to the climate America has started to find itself in. The last 3 songs are also political in nature but don’t have the same target. In particular, the final song is really something we should all keep in mind for the next 3 years.

00:00 – the Dump Trumps – Paradice Lost, Reward if Found (Vol. 1 ’17)
02:22 – the Pomps – Alternate America (Alternate America ’17)
05:02 – the Chalk Outlines – Something Wrong with the Right (the Chalk Outlines ’17)
08:16 – Stacked Like Pancakes – 45 (45 ’17)
12:23 – MU330 – Don’t Worry, Don’t Stress (Don’t Worry, Don’t Stress ’17)
15:13 – the English Beat – Two Swords (I Just Can’t Stop It ’80)
14:25 – the Slackers – Keep it Simple (Peculiar ’06)
20:27 – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Let’s Face It (Let’s Face It ’97)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300 past episodes!

23min of Holiday Ska

Hey GeekNerdery crew! I’m back at it again with 23min of ska and ska/punk in a holiday style for you. I hope all you fellow geeks and nerds all have a happy whatever-the-hell you celebrate and that you enjoy this tiny bit of music. (Also, if a band covers what Patton Oswalt calls the worst Christmas song ever, you just know I’m going to close out the show with that track!)

00:00 – the Toasters – Rudy Christmas A Jail (Christma-Ska ’98)
02:36 – Slow Gherkin – Shed Some Skin (Shed Some Skin ’98)
03:69 – MU330 – Three Days ’til Christmas (Winter Wonderland ’99)
09:22 – Cartoon Violence – Overtime (Christmas Bonus) (Christmas Special ’10)
13:04 – Sonic Boom Six – It’s Always Christmas When I Think of You (It’s Always Christmas When I Think of You ’13)
16:19 – Reel Big Fish – Whatever U Celebrate (Happy Skalidays ’14)
19:32 – the Holophonics – Christmas Shoes (MaSKArades Vol. 4: Happy SKAnukkah Now Redux ’14)

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Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 250 past episodes!

23min of Thanksgiving Ska

Hey GeekNerdery pals, I’m back with another festive special episode of “23min of Ska” exclusively for GeekNerdery! Hurrah! This month we’re celebrating… Thanksgiving? Uh… Yeah, Ok, I’ll admit, this was tougher than I thought it would be, and I knew it wouldn’t be easy! There’s a lot of songs about home on here, because past the food, Thanksgiving is all about being home, for better or worse. And if it is for worse, I hope these songs can help put you in a better mood.

00:00 – Big D & the Kids Table – Half Way Home (Noise Complaint ’07)
04:13 – Johnny Too Bad & the Strikeouts – Cherry Pie (Patchwork Girl ’97)
06:51 – the Dendrites – Turkey Shoot (Fly Casual ’13)
10:16 – Chris Murray with the Slackers – Home ($lackness ’08)
13:02 – Show Me Island – Right Awful Proof (Ring Around & Run ’16)
15:52 – Flip & Combined Effort – My Trips Home (Are Never a Vacation) (In Search of Home ’17)
19:10 – MU330 – Good Homes (Crab Rangoon ’97)
21:41 – No Doubt – A Little Something Refreshing (No Doubt ’92)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 250 past episodes!

23min of Halloween Ska

Hey GeekNerdery readers, it’s been a while since my last post throwing a bunch of ska music at you all. To be blunt I hatched a plan, a plan to give you something a little bit special. By that, I mean a special episode of the podcast. Not just any special episode, but a holiday special. But let’s not stop there, let’s have it be for the best holiday, let’s have it be a Halloween special!  The big boss man over here at GeekNerdery gave me the go-ahead and here we are! I hope you all enjoy this small treat for your Halloween listening enjoyment.

00:00 – MU330 – Please Don’t Run (Ska is Dead ’07)
01:51 – Skavoovee & the Epitones – Blood Red Sky (Ripe ’97)
05:09 – Big D & the Kids Table – Deadpan (Strictly Rude ’07)
07:40 – the Slackers – the Mummy (the Question ’98)
10:48 – Be Like Max – Party in Hell (Against All Odds ’15)
13:54 – King Kong Girio – Dead Surfer’s Lament (Now that I’m Gone ’13)
15:13 – the Talks – Don’t Look Behind You (Commoners, Peers, Drunks & Thieves ’14)
18:06 – the Bandulus – Evildoers (the Times We Had ’12)
20:04 – Buck-O-Nine – Don’t be Afraid (Punk Rock Halloween ’17)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 250 past episodes!

Wild Times: An Oral History of WildStorm Studios

If you’ve checked out any of my articles for Geek Nerdery you’ve noted my fandom of WildStorm comics. There’s one fan out there, who is a bigger fan than me, that took it upon themselves to interview several former WildStorm Studio members to write a whole damn book! Said writer, Joseph Hedges, set up a Kickstarter to fund the printing of the book. Well, that goal was hit in  a few days, but there’s still time to jump in and back the campaign!

Wild Times : an Oral History of WildStorm Studios

 

Weathering WildStorm : Gen13 issues 1/2 and 0

I guess an alternate name for this entry could be “Five Short Stories Featuring Gen13.” As both issues are shorts that are chronicling what the Gen13 members were up to between the first volume and the second. They’re mostly small and fun stories, and they’re done by a variety of artists. I imagine one of the many reasons they were done was to give more lead time for J. Scott Campbell for the series proper and keep the “Gen13” name alive and out in front of the comic buying and reading audience.

The first story, as detailed in “Gen13” 1/2 has the kids pretty fresh out of the mini-series going on a bit of a road trip. Rainmaker has already left to be with her family in Arizona and the kids are now just driving around, supposedly they’re just killing some time before meeting up with Lynch down in San Diego, but they could just be being silly ass teens with no real direction. They have been told by Lynch to stick to the backroads to avoid altercations with local authorities or Ivana’s Keepers. They’re having some real problems with reading the map to said backroads, but that’s only the start of their troubles. When they pull over to ask directions and get some gas they also encounter Loran, a Traveler, or rather The Traveler, who shifted through time. She’s on the hunt for Langston, better known as Timespan who we’ve seen in a few issues of “StormWatch.” Loran has no time to deal with the primitives of this time, and in her little freak out bully time against some innocent bystanders, she catches the attention of Bobby, which in turn gets the rest of the kids to go after her. It’s a tough battle, but in the end, Loran gets tied up with a stop sign and left of the cops, as the kids continue their road trip to San Diego.

The next story is the first of four from issue 0, it stars Caitlin as she’s meeting up with her cousin and her family in Portland. Caitlin isn’t quite sure at this point if she really wants to go down to San Diego, and she might just stay in Portland with family. No sooner than she starts talking to her cousin (and her jerk husband) do some suited men start walking their way. Caitlin fears the worst, that they were sent by Ivana or by I/O and she does what she can to get away. This involves being hit by a train, then picking up said train and tossing it. That puts some distance between her and the rude boys, but she knows it’ll only slow them down for so long. Lucky for her a friend of Lynch’s pulls up and whisks her to the airport to catch a flight to San Diego. Did I say one of Lynch’s friends? Oh, turns out all these guys were pals of Lynch and it was all a set up to make sure Caitlin didn’t find a reason to stay in Portland and to make sure she joined the team. Oh, Lynch, it’s stuff like this that made so many Team 7 members dislike you.

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Weathering WildStorm : Zealot

In the ’90s it seemed like most big comic properties really wanted to keep the backstories of their newest characters as vague as possible. Examples: Wolverine and Cable. Oddly, WildStorm always seemed to be champing at the bit to give background info on their creations. We were getting comics like “Team 7” and soon “Team One” books filling in the gaps for us on a bevy of WSU characters. We’d seen a bit of Jacob’s previous adventures in “WildC.A.T.s” so now it’s time to shed a little bit of light on Zealot, AKA Lady Zannah in her own three issue limited series, titled, predictably, “Zealot.” Ok, Imma gonna present this story chronologically. I’m not gonna go all shifty shift, all over, back and forth in time. The narrative does this in the book, and it works to read it like that, talking about it, not so much.

The earliest bit of history we have in this book is the Kherubim ship crashing on Earth. And of course that can’t be the true start of the history, as there are many past events that are mentioned as well. First, we have Promethos AKA Prometheus on board the Kherubim in some sort of cell. Turns out he tried to arrange for a mutiny on the ship. Into the brig with you, ya jerkface. As the ship is going down he appeals to the past romance that he had with Zealot. In a moment of weakness, she frees him, only for him to take hostage of Savant to make sure that he gets an escape module to get safely to Earth. He lands with Savant still his hostage and telling Zealot “We can rule this world, you and I! Let’s do it! Never mind me holding Savant’s life in the balance as I make these proclamations of hypothetical greatness!” Zealot is having none of this, breaks his thumb, and Savant elbows him in his douche bag stomach. They walk away down the beach while he clutches his tummy in the sand and surf.

Time passes, a lot of time. Time enough for Zealot to set up her branch of the Coda, fight in the Trojan war, and then defect from the Coda. That last event causes the Coda to be after her. She almost gets taken down, but in a surprise twist, Prometheus saves her. Turns out since being left on the beach, he’s set himself up quite nicely on Mount Olympus, and even has a buncha servant girls. He once again tries to talk Zealot into staying with him and ruling the rubes. This time she nails his hand to a statue with her Kherubim Honor Blade and walks away. Prometheus vows revenge!

Revenge is taken, a fair bit later when Zealot is in Japan. She’s shaking up with her latest boyfriend, and learning, as well as sharpening her fighting skills in a dojo. The good times can’t last and she gets a message that Savant has been kidnapped by the Masked Warlord. You guessed it, the Masked Warlord is Prometheus and he wants to get Zealots attention. Face it, man, she’s just not that into you. After Savant is saved, and Prometheus kills Zealot’s boyfriend, the ladies jump off a cliff and swim away. Oh yeah, Zealot was stabbed in the shoulder with her Honor Blade and just swims away with it stuck there! Seriously Prometheus, stop trying so hard. Chicks don’t dig that, bro.

Finally, we get to a story set in Nazi Germany. Prometheus is a Nazi officer and he’s trying to live up to his name, and give the Nazi’s the technology to develop atomic weapons. It’s still all part of his grand plan to rule the world. His logic works thusly, have the Nazis do all the work, rise through the ranks on the inside, then take out that weak little man Hitler. Easy, peasy! Zealot objects to, well pretty much the entire plan. Giving atomic weapons to Nazis, taking over the world… she didn’t say, but I’m sure she was fine with taking out Hitler, though. From now on that’s head cannon, Zealot was fine with Hitler being killed. At any rate, she and Prometheus start to fight again, but this time it is different, Zealot means to end Prometheus, and she does so with her Honor Blade. She lops off a hand, then a stab to the abdomen and then she pops his head off. Having done all this, she goes true badass and nukes the whole damn military installation.

So yeah, that’s the story. She told it to Pris when she came out to check on her. Eventually, Void comes calling because Jacob needs everyone back at the compound. Zealot gifts her Honor Blade to Pris, as she never quite felt honorable about killing Prometheus, despite it needing to be done. I really enjoyed this short series. Sheds a little more light onto Zealot’s life. I would’ve loved to see how she and Cole met, or more what they were up to before they joined up with the team, but with a story this well done, I’m gonna let it slide.

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Weathering WildStorm : WildStorm Chamber of Horrors

It’s holiday time so let’s do a holiday book! But let’s face it, we know where Geek Nerdery came from, the only holiday here is Halloween! Ok, so what we have here is WildStorm’s attempt at their very own “Treehouse of Horror.” Remember when those started, there was a framing story of the Simpson kids telling scary stories to each other, and we have that here. The team, sitting around in the Smithsonian telling spooky stories. Some are stories from their past, a history of Tapestry that Zealot knows, or in Reno’s case, a horrible dream!

There’s not too much here. Reno keeps having a nightmare of visiting his parents’ graves, them rising as zombies, turning into Daemonites, trying to kill him and succeeding. We’ll find out more about Reno’s background later, but it’s that as a kid some Daemonites burned down his folks’ house and he carries the guilt of not being there to save them. Him telling this story to Savant gets the whole ball of wax going.

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Weathering WildStorm : Voodoo / Zealot : Skin Trade

In going through the history of WildStorm, I sometimes come across books like this. One shots that I had no idea existed, and I was probably better for it! So there’s this book, “Voodoo / Zealot : Skin Trade.” This sad little book, this effing book. Ok, let’s be serious for a minute, this book is basically a bunch of pin-ups arranged as a story. But trashier than that sounds. For all the cheesecake glory that is “Gen13” when compared to this book “Gen13” ends up looking rather tame. And, if I was a better reviewer, and thought this was the place to get into it, I’d comment on how WildStorm went from putting out a book like this, where the women are all posed as sexual objects first and to serve the story second, to eventually putting out books that dealt with a more mature take on sex and sexuality in such a small span of time. Not to mention how much ahead of the curve on that kind of thing they were in regards to DC and Marvel. But this isn’t the blog for that and I’d never do that argument justice anyway!

We catch up with Zealot training Priss in the ways of the Coda. Along for the “It’s Not the Danger Room!” session is Cole and Jeremy who both admonish Zealot for being too harsh with Priss. Little Big Jake tells Zealot that she needs to lay off of Priss a bit and she needs a break. Zealot storms off and is then confronted by Providence. Providence tells Zealot she has information about her Zealot’s previously unknown child and proceeds to give some long convoluted story of how it’s been cryogenically frozen and will still be a young kid. Also, it’s in Yurgovia and she should go save it. Most of this is a lie, but Providence needs to get Zealot to Yurgovia and Zealot will meet her kid, so she embellished a lot.

So why does Providence need to get Zealot to Yurgovia? Well, ok, remember Yurgovia from the “WildC.A.T.s Special”? Remember how there was this Coda gal named Destine that was running it? Remember how she died getting shot in the back by Cole? Welp, I guess it didn’t take because she’s back and she’s pissed. She’s out to take Yurgovia back from the people that’d been running it since she’d been assumed dead, and also to grow her own little branch of the Coda as well. She has a few recruits already and she’s looking for more to train, which means kidnapping the children of Yurgovia. In the end, it seems that Providence didn’t like all this, because who would, and vowed to put and end to Destine’s schemes. Oh, and Destine has a bit of “the Orb” that created her and Void and she means to have it back. Not that Providence went about it attaining her goals in any logical manner, she handed out half truths to Zealot and double crossed Destine.

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