November 23rd, 2014
Most comics, especially from Marvel and DC, run in 5-7 issue arcs so that they can be easily converted into trade paperbacks and re-sold in bookstores and the like. However, some, and it’s never that easy to tell which ones will and which ones won’t, just tell an ongoing story and you never know when there will be a designated break in the action. Therefore, I’m going to start reviewing some of these series that I’ve been waiting for a break that never seem to come.
This doesn’t happen to be one of them, therefore, here’s my take on the first six issues of All-New Ultimates, part of Marvel’s reboot-of-sorts for their Ultimate Universe.
November 22nd, 2014
When Takahashi Erika, a former spy for the Intelligence and Research Office, retires from the job to marry a man who has a young son, she thought she had left the spy business behind, but when a former associate comes to “ask” her to take part in his new detective business, she has to balance her happily married life with her secret spy life and try to take care of both her family and her clients at the same time.
November 20th, 2014
One of the first comics I have a really strong memory of reading was the Master of Kung Fu Annual #1 from 1976. Sure, I’d been reading comics for a while before that but that particular issue had an impact on me for reasons unknown. It starred Shang-Chi, the titular Master of Kung Fu and his often partner in the martial arts, Danny Rand, Iron Fist. I’ve always had somewhat of an affinity for the characters and so when this new four-issue mini-series starring an updated Shang-Chi came along, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the Master of Kung Fu of my youth…
November 18th, 2014
I’ve just realized how far behind I am on my comic reading so I’m trying really hard to squeeze some reading in here and there. I remember when the Punisher was shiny and new. Even though he originally appeared in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man back in 1974, he really didn’t come to prominence until his first mini-series in 1986, which is where most people became familiar with Frank Castle. He’s gone through some ups and downs over the years, some really good runs and some not-so-good runs and while I’ve always liked the concept of the character, a lot of the time I haven’t liked the way he’s been portrayed. Now, in 2014, he returns with his own solo book which I’m going to take a look at the first nine issues. Here we go.
November 15th, 2014
Yeah, I know, Halloween is over but I was watching coverage of Transworld, the big Halloween and Haunt convention held every year in St. Louis, and frankly, I just wasn’t that impressed.
Yes, I know I’m hard to impress, but most of the props at Transworld are aimed at the professional haunt crowd and, I’ll be honest, often I have very little interest in a lot of “pro” haunts because they don’t look that much different than your typical backyard haunt, they’re just held in a commercial building instead of a garage. I want to see a lot better than that.
November 13th, 2014
Okay, this isn’t really the return of TV Thursday – 11/13/14, I still have no time in reviewing a dozen or more shows like I used to but this week, I felt I had to take a look at a single show that was so utterly awful that I couldn’t let the opportunity to pan it go by.
That show, of course, is…
November 11th, 2014
Let’s be honest, comic book characters rarely, if ever die. Not really. They might take a short vacation from the land of the living but they always come back and the more popular the character, the sooner they return to grace the pages of the comics. It’s a purely financial reason, popular characters sell comics and therefore, the companies can’t afford to let them languish in the grave for long. Still, characters die regularly and return from the dead just as regularly and that brings us to this review.
Today, I’ll take a look at the recent 4-issue mini-series, Death of Wolverine, where one of Marvel’s most popular characters gets killed.
November 9th, 2014
There aren’t a lot of stamp collecting podcasts but I’ve been listening to a new one called Stamp Show Here Today. They had an episode recently about the 2014 SESCAL stamp show and how it seems that people are starting to go back to some of these shows, following a mass exodus with the advent of the Internet because it’s cheaper and easier to just buy something online than it is to travel to a show and dig through dealer boxes.
November 7th, 2014
I used to fly R/C planes and drive R/C cars a long, long time ago. It’s been many years since I stopped, probably close to 20 years now since I had a plane in the air and somewhat less since I drove a car around a track, but I still enjoy watching it and every time I go into a hobby shop, I get the strong desire to get back into it, even though I know I have no time, nor proper facilities close by. One thing that a lot of people enjoy watching are R/C planes crashing and I came across a bunch of videos on YouTube, but honestly, I have to say that most of the so-called crashes aren’t really crashes. So read on and we’ll explore mass destruction of R/C planes together.
November 4th, 2014
My pile of J-dramas that I need to watch form a tower that is unbelievably high. I just don’t have much time to jump into them, but on those rare occasions that I can, sometimes I come across a real gem, like 2014’s Tenchu, a surprising 8-episode tale about ninjas and warriors of justice in modern day Tokyo. No, it isn’t as weird as that might sound, in fact, it’s a really nice piece about family and forming bonds and, of course, kicking some serious ass. But is it a great series? Of course, you’ll have to continue on to find out!