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2014 Tournament of Heroes: The Epic Conclusion!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, HOLD322 | 0 comments

DC versus Marvel_1Welcome one and all to the epic finale of Hold 322’s second annual Tournament of Heroes. As you may recall from last year’s tournament, we had a field of 64 heroes and in the end Thor was the last one standing. This year’s tournament was much different than last year’s in several ways. This year the field of heroes was only 32 to start with, not 64, and broken up into four 8 hero teams managed by each of the four chuckle-heads who host Hold 322. There were no seeds or brackets. This year’s tournament involved challenges, defenses, judges and the decisive roll of a twelve sided dice.
To better understand what that means, read on and also be sure to listen back to this and every tournament episode of Hold 322 to hear each and every round of the tournament as it happened!
This week we finally completed the tournament and crowned a new champion. Before the actual tournament matches commenced, Jeff and Thom competed against each other in a very entertaining consolation exhibition match that had Jeff’s fighter, Volstagg defeating Thom’s fighter, the 1966 TV show version of Batman. And now here are this year’s Final Four and Championship match results:

Round Four (Final Four)

Fight One: Superman vs. Doctor Fate

In both Earth 2 and our tournament, the results of this match-up were the same...

In both Earth 2 and our tournament, the results of this match-up were the same…

Even though Bob had a 3 to 1 advantage over JC going into this round, he knew he really didn’t have anyone left on his tournament team who could actually defeat the Radioactive Professor’s lone fighter, Superman. Even still, he gave it his best shot by pitting the master of magic, Doctor Fate, against the legendary Man of Steel. Thom was picked as the judge and was not only not swayed by Bob’s claims that a barrage of magical attacks would overwhelm, cripple and defeat the Last Son of Krypton, he also well remembered the Sidekick Supreme’s own blog blasting the very idea that Superman cannot overcome magic, and declared Bob to be a hypocrite… which Bob readily admitted he was being because he was just trying to win at all cost. Judge Thom sided with Superman and so did the twelve sided dice.

Winner: Superman!

Fight Two: Earth 2’s Green Lantern vs. Invisible Woman

The only Fantastic 4 member to make it to the final four, overcomes the odds once again to make it into the championship match!

The only Fantastic 4 member to make it to the final four, overcomes the odds once again to make it into the championship match!

Ultimate Bob’s last two heroes were pitted against each other in the battle of the blondes. Bob admitted he wanted Sue Storm to win because of well… boobs, but he knew Alan Scott would probably have a better chance against Superman in the final fight. Judge Jeff sided with the Invisible Woman but set the dice roll at even odds.

Winner: Invisible Woman!

 

 

 

Round Five (The Championship)

The Final Fight: Superman vs. Invisible Woman

The 2014 Hold 322 Tournament of Heroes champion!

The 2014 Hold 322 Tournament of Heroes champion!

JC came into this championship match very confident that his guy, Superman, would prove far too powerful for Bob’s gal, the Invisible Woman, even though Sue had already overcome such vaunted tournament opponents such as Alan Scott, Swamp Thing, and the Silver Surfer. Bob admitted it was weird to have to face off with and argue against his fanboy favorite hero, Superman, but he still did his best to plead his case for his surprisingly successful fighter—who just so happens to have been the very last hero taken in the pre-tournament draft. The two championship judges split their votes with Thom ruling for the odds on favorite, Superman, and Jeff voting for the true dark horse competitor, Sue Storm. A dice roll broke the tie in favor of the Invisible Woman, but a second dice roll, with the odds set clearly in the Metropolis Marvel’s favor, reversed that decision and a new champion was finally crowned, by Rao!

Winner and Champion: Superman!

 

So that’s it for this year’s tournament. Join us this fall for our first ever Tournament of Villains, and in the meanwhile, remember to keep listening to Hold 322 every Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher and Hold 322.com! For all of us at the world’s greatest comic book podcast, this is Robert Easton wishing you a wonderfully nerdy week. Alons-y! @Robert_A_Easton

Looks like JC and his boy, Superman are getting the victory party started already.

Looks like JC and his boy, Superman are getting the victory party started already.

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Issue #118 – Hold 322 – Final Round!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in HOLD322, This Week | 0 comments

Deadpool_27_CoverThis week on Hold 322! We finish our Tournament of Heroes… will the dice remain in Bob’s favor? We also announce our Salt Lake Comic Con Panel schedule, so you’ll know where and when to find us! We also find out: will Nathan Fillion appear in Guardians of the Galaxy? Scarlet Johansson cut one of her own scenes from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And Archie is going to die… heroically. Meanwhile, in comics: Jeff Parker brings us a new Flash Gordon, The Ultimates are now teens, Kaare Andrews is the auteur for Iron Fist, Doop chases after Kitty, and Nightcrawler (and Claremont) return! Oh, and Deadpool gets married and breaks a record; Captain Marvel takes her cat into space and meets the Guardians; and Ronin takes his mask off and surprises no one!

All this and Bruce Timm! Face front, true believers! It’s Hold 322!

118 Hold 322 – Canada in the End

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The Links of Glory!

Batman: Strange Days – Bruce Timm’s Batman 75th Anniversary Shorthttp://bit.ly/1iHZA7M
Will Nathan Fillion Appear in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’?? [Video] http://bit.ly/1iHZg93
Star Trek Timelines http://bit.ly/1iHZm0h
Scarlett Johansson’s scene cut from Marvel sequel – by herself! http://bit.ly/1iHZpJn
Adam Warrock Releases Fun, Powerful Ms. Marvel-Themed Song http://bit.ly/1iHZw80
Comic book icon Archie to ‘die heroically’ http://bit.ly/1iHZHjy
QOTD: Is Harassment a Problem in Comicdom? http://bit.ly/1iHZL2S

 

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2014 Tournament of Heroes Round Three

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Welcome back one and all to Hold 322’s second annual Tournament of Heroes.

So far we have done all of the first three rounds. Here are this week’s round three (the Elite 8) results:

Fight One: Thor vs. Superman

Superman with Thor's hammer and Cap's shieldJeff got the round started by challenging JC’s team with his last remaining hero and last year’s tournament champion, Thor! JC countered with Superman, picked Thom to be the judge and the most epic battle of the tournament so far was on. Jeff said it would be a real slobber knocker of a back and forth brawl as the two nearly evenly matched super heroes clashed, but in the end he believed that the Man of Steel would fall down in defeat after one too many hits to the head from the Thunder God’s magic hammer. Bob jumped into the fray, siding with his DC fanboy favorite, Superman, and along with JC argued that Big Blue could take (Mjolner) away from Thor and use it against him, since it was shown in JLA/Avengers that the Last Son of Krypton is in fact worthy to wield such a weapon, but a roll of the dice ruled out Supes even being able to wrest the hammer from Thor’s grasp. Even still, JC insisted that Superman’s greater speed would allow him to hold back Thor’s hammer bearing arm with one hand while delivering a multitude super punches right to the Thunder God’s face with his free hand. Jeff and JC also argued about what was more powerful, lightning or heat vision. In the end, Judge Thom ruled it a draw and it was up to a roll of the D-12 to decide a victor…

Winner: Superman!

Fight Two: Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Fate

Fate versus StrangeAs per a gentleman’s agreement they made with one another off air during the past week, when JC challenged Bob’s team with Doctor Strange, the Ultimate Sidekick countered with Doctor Fate, so that it could finally be determined (in this tournament at least) which one of the super hero sorcerers really is supreme. Bob railed against Strange’s spell casting hand gestures that seem to him to be no more than an upside-down rip-off of Spidey’s web shooting motion, and insisted that Fate already knew the outcome of the battle and surely wouldn’t enter into a fight he knew he couldn’t win. Judge Jeff, miffed at both JC and Bob for Thor’s loss to Superman, and not seeing a clear winner between the seemingly even matched spell-casters, decided to let the dice decide the final outcome.

Winner: Doctor Fate!

Fight Three: Silver Surfer vs. Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman in BattleThom took the fight to Bob, attacking with his last remaining hero, the Silver Surfer! Bob’s response was a bit unorthodox as he countered the former herald of Galactus with the seemingly outmatched Invisible Woman. Thom argued that the Surfer was clearly more powerful, but Bob did his best to cast doubt on that assertion by reminding Judge JC of his own words when earlier in the tournament the radioactive professor had remarked that Sue Storm was secretly the most powerful person in the Marvel universe, she just didn’t know it yet. Bob also went on to say that Sue could force bubble the Surfer off his board and take control of it herself, but Thom argued against that, saying that Sue would not be able to wield the power cosmic with much success. In the end, JC sided with the Silver Surfer but gave Sue decent odds for a dice throw to overcome his ruling, which it did.

Winner: Invisible Woman!

Fight Four: Earth 2’s Green Lantern vs. the Thing

Ben Grimm discouragedWhen it came time for Bob’s turn to attack, he only had one hero to attack with (Alan Scott) and only one hero left to attack (Ben Grimm), so the matchup was an easy one to make, and JC chose Jeff to be the judge. JC argued that through sheer strength and determination alone, the Thing could battle through whatever Earth 2’s Green Lantern could hit him with, but Bob countered that as long as Alan stayed high enough in the air, Ben would never be able to reach him, not even in the classic bathtub looking Fantasti-car, which could fairly easily be blasted to bits before it could carry its charge high enough. Jeff sided with GL and the dice roll upheld his ruling.

Winner: Earth 2’s Green Lantern!

So that’s it for this week’s matches and round three as a whole. Join us next week when three more heroes fall as we finally finish year’s exciting tournament, starting with the pair of epic matchups of the final four and ending with a champion being crowned in a fight between the last two heroes standing. Remember to keep listening to Hold 322 every Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher and Hold 322.com! For all of us at the world’s greatest comic book podcast, this is Robert Easton wishing you a wonderfully nerdy week. Alons-y! @Robert_A_Easton

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Issue #117 – Hold 322 – Round 3 (the Path of the Righteous Man)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in HOLD322 | 0 comments

3731812-aquaman+and+the+others+01This week on Hold 322… It’s time for Round 3 of our astounding Tournament of Heroes! Who will win? Who will lose? Who will move onto the final rounds? Yes, we all saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and yes, you get our review and possibly a few spoilers. In comics, Angel and Faith starts its Season 10 run, Aquaman and the Others launches, and Ultimate Spider-Man celebrates its 200th issue! We also talk about Chris Evans’ take on the Human Torch casting, The UK change to Winter Soldier, and Michael Cera as the Riddler?

All this and Comic Con! Face front, true believers! It’s Hold 322!

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The Mighty Links!

Richard Corben’s Luke Cage…as you’ve never seen him before http://bit.ly/1q9jn3Z
Chris Evans On Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch In FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot  http://bit.ly/1q9jyfx
 Captain America 2: The One Weird Difference Between The US And UK Versionshttp://bit.ly/1q9jAnN
Michael Cera The Riddler In Batman Vs. Superman http://bit.ly/1q9jHjc
75 Years Later: 10 Biggest Changes to BATMAN http://bit.ly/1q9jXhZ
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2014 Tournament of Heroes Round Two

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Bob's Bloviating, Hey Fanboy!, HOLD322 | 0 comments

DC versus Marvel_1Welcome back one and all to Hold 322’s second annual Tournament of Heroes. As you may recall, last year we had a field of 64 heroes and in the end Thor was the last one standing. This year’s tournament is much different than last year’s in several ways. This year the field of heroes was only 32 to start with, not 64, and broken up into four 8 hero teams managed by each of the four chuckle-heads who host Hold 322. There are no seeds or brackets. This year’s tournament will involve challenges, defenses, judges and the roll of a twelve sided dice.

To better understand what that means, read on and also be sure to listen in to this and every tournament episode of Hold 322 to hear the tournament thus far as it happened!

So far we have done all of the first two rounds. Here are this week’s results round two (sweet 16) results:

(Note: Thom was unable to be on the show this past week, so Jeff had temporary control over his remaining team of Silver Surfer and Optimus Prime.)

New 52 Superman by Jim LeeFight One: Wonder Man vs. Superman

Jeff challenged with Wonder Man. JC countered with Superman. Bob was the super impartial judge… Wonder Man sucks!

Winner: Superman!

The Thing tossing bouldersFight Two: The Thing vs. the Sentry

JC attacked Bob with the Thing and Bob defended with the Sentry. Jeff, the judge, sided with Sentry even though he still doesn’t really know who the character is. A roll of the D-12 dice however overturned his ruling.

Winner: The Thing!

 

Doctor Strange in actionFight Three: SHAZAM vs. Doctor Strange

Bob attacked JC’s team with SHAZAM but the big red cheese failed to defeat the Sorcerer Supreme by both the Judge’s decision and the dice roll.

Winner: Doctor Strange!

 

Silver Surfer_2Fight Four: Silver Surfer vs. Iron Man

Jeff decided to use the first Thom’s two temporarily orphaned heroes and challenged JC’s team with the Silver Surfer. JC countered with Iron Man and said that if Tony could damage the Surfer, he could then siphon out his power cosmic. Judge Bob wasn’t convinced that Iron Man could break through the Surfer’s armored skin and neither did the dice.

Winner: Silver Surfer!

Thor with lightningFight Five: Wolverine vs. Thor

JC revenged attacked Jeff with Wolverine but fell far short against the number one overall draft pick, Thor! KRAKATHOOM!

Winner: Thor!

 

Dr. FateFight Six: Doctor Fate vs. Optimus Prime

Bob challenged Jeff with Doctor Fate, and the Ginger Ninja defended with Thom’s other orphaned hero, Optimus Prime. JC, obviously feeling nostalgic for the 80’s, voted for the leader of the Auto-bots, but a dice roll chose a different fate… get it? See what I did there?

Winner: Doctor Fate!

Earth 2 Green Lantern_2Fight Seven: Captain James T. Kirk vs. Earth 2’s Green Lantern

Jeff’s best friend and role model, James Kirk, may have bested Batman in the biggest surprise upset of round one, but when the legendary captain was sent against Bob’s team he stood no chance against Alan Scott and the power of the green.

Winner: Earth 2’s Green Lantern!

Invisible Woman_PowerfulFight Eight: Swamp Thing vs. Invisible Woman

For the first time so far in this year’s tournament two heroes from the same team (Bob’s) were forced to fight each other because there had to be one more battle and they were the last two heroes who hadn’t yet fought in round one. Jeff was chosen as the judge and he sided with Swamp Thing, but when JC rolled the dice, Sue Storm punched her ticket into the elite 8!

Winner: Invisible Woman!

So that’s it for this week’s matches and round two as a whole. Join us next week when four more heroes fall as we start and finish round three (the elite 8!) of this year’s exciting tournament. Remember to keep listening to Hold 322 every Tuesday on iTunes, Stitcher and Hold 322.com! For all of us at the world’s greatest comic book podcast, this is Robert Easton wishing you a wonderfully nerdy week. Alons-y!

@Robert_A_Easton

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Issue #116 – Hold 322 – Round 2!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in HOLD322 | 1 comment

SUPSM2013030_DC11_00001This week on Hold 322… We play ROUND TWO of our spectacular tournament of heroes! We praise the pay-offs in Superior Spider-Man #30 and Guardians of the Galaxy #13. Silver Surfer is Marvel’s Doctor Who and the New Avengers learn how to stop incursions from the Justice League. And if that’s not confusing enough, we have Deadpool going back in time to stop time-traveling Hitler and Sandman #2 has finally come out. We also talk about Batman Eternal, Aliens Vs Predator returns to Dark Horse and DC doesn’t care about you. In movies, we have a new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, a Dune movie that could have been, and Joss Whedon apologizes to South Korea. In television we have the first photo of Gotham‘s Penguin, Amy Acker is the cellist, and Wil Wheaton is returning to television… full time… on some show.

Oh, AND, It’s Jeff and Brenda’s anniversary today, so, you know, go donate or something!

All this and Bob 616 (0r) Space Station 76 ! Face front, true believers! It’s Hold 322!

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Links of Destiny!

MOVIES:
New trailer and poster for X-Men: Days of Future Past has a lot of charactershttp://bit.ly/1pErftR
‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ Coming to Theaters http://bit.ly/1pErghu
Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch debut in sneaky Avengers 2 set photoshttp://bit.ly/1pEri8Z
JOSS WHEDON Apologizes to South Koreans for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Shoot http://bit.ly/1pErkxK
Paramount Debuts First Trailer for Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”  http://bit.ly/1pErkOr
Space Station 76 Is The Greatest Space Comedy Since Galaxy Questhttp://bit.ly/1pErzsx
TELEVISION
First official photo of Robin Lord Taylor as The Penguin in ‘Gotham’http://bit.ly/1pErmFM
Agents of SHIELD Amy Acker  http://bit.ly/1pErmWl
Wil Wheaton Coming to Our TV Starting in May! http://bit.ly/1pEroxz
New ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000′ Is Not ‘MST3K,’ Does Not Even Have Robots  http://bit.ly/1pErrcO
ACTUAL COMICS NEWS!
BATMAN ETERNAL #1 Preview http://bit.ly/1pErvck
DC To Air “First Contact” Out Of Order  http://bit.ly/1pErvsP
ALIENS VS. PREDATOR Back In The Hunt At Dark Horse http://bit.ly/1pErwgp
$5/1 minute hug from zdarsky http://bit.ly/1pErx3S

 

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