June 28th, 2015
I’ve complained in the past about the assumption some woodworkers have that you have to own the most expensive tools or be a part of their tool-owning cult in order to be a “serious woodworker”. Well, someone tried that again, arguing that you couldn’t be a “serious woodworker” unless you owned a Festool track saw for breaking down sheet goods. I immediately rolled my eyes, not having even broken out my regular circular saw in years, but this time, to my surprise, lots of people came out saying that was absurd, that track saws were, for many people, a complete waste of time and money.
I guess woodworking common sense is getting through to people.
June 27th, 2015
After giving the first six issues of this series a pretty bad drubbing, I thought I’d give the last half of the series another shot. All New Ultimates was only intended as a 12-issue maxi-series and while I usually try to give an entire short series a single look, I wasn’t aware that this was a short-run series when I wrote my last review. Marvel doesn’t tend to make it public that most series are only going to go a particular number of issues, mostly so they can change their mind down the line.
So let’s take a gander at the last half of this series and see if it gets any better.
June 25th, 2015
There was a time when Arrow was the pinnacle of superhero goodness on TV but that time is no longer, The Flash overtook it from the very first episode and the gap widened as each successive week went by. I never had much hope for the show after hearing it would spin off from Arrow, but once it aired, I never looked back. This show sets a new high mark for superhero excellence every single week and now that there’s another series coming, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, instead of wondering if Team DC can make it as good as past shows, I’m wondering how fast Flash will have to run to stay ahead. In a word, wow.
June 23rd, 2015
As anyone who has read my old TV Thursday posts, Arrow set the bar very high for comic book TV shows and I raved about the first season, and to a certain degree, the second season. Now we’ve just wrapped the third season and with a fourth already on the way, is it keeping up with that high bar, especially since the DC TV Universe is growing by leaps and bounds? I’m going to take a shot at exploring the third season and see if the show has dodged an arrow.
June 21st, 2015
I hate being right all the time, but before I even knew anything about this year’s Super Sentai series beyond it’s ninja theme, I had a pretty good idea that it was going to be bad. Yes, I know that I’ve already explained that I’m less than thrilled with most Super Sentai series in the past decade and haven’t really watched one all the way through in a while, but it’s really sad if you’re ready to give up after the first episode. Still, I soldiered on through the first set and here are my first impressions of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
June 20th, 2015
Marvel puts out a number of comics that they call their Infinite line, wholly digital comics without a significant print edition. Since I read virtually all of my comics digitally anyhow, it’s not something I even notice, they look exactly like any other digital edition, but due to the way they’re put together, they actually seem much, much longer, which is kind of a cool thing. So here’s my take on what is essentially a six issue mini-series about a team of Avengers, time travel and a Hydra plot: Avengers Millennium.
June 18th, 2015
I stumbled into Forever a couple of episodes late and thought it was an interesting premise, although certainly nothing terribly original. Back when I was doing my real TV Thursday posts, I pointed out that it was very similar to some other short-lived TV series like New Amsterdam as well as bearing some similarity to Highlander. While Forever never did very well in the ratings during the first season, I still find it a somewhat interesting show that I hope they see fit to renewing. So let’s take a look at the first season of Forever.
June 16th, 2015
I wrote a while back about the French series called The Returned, which was really a much better version of what Resurrection turned out to be. A&E went ahead and remade the French series in English, the first season of which just wrapped up and yes, it’s still better than that crappy Resurrection show. But is it good on it’s own? Let’s check out this 10-episode series about dead that rise and rejoin the living.
June 14th, 2015
I haven’t read a lot of books lately, I’ve been far too busy to do much of any recreational reading at all. I’ve had this book sitting around for quite some time, waiting to be read, when I heard a podcast while driving to Wondercon and mentally moved it to the top of my reading stack. It would be weeks before I could get around to taking a look at it and I am very, very glad that I did. As much as people I’d heard raved about it, I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this one. So here’s my review of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.
June 13th, 2015
Did you ever wonder what would happen if you could get various and sundry versions of Spider-Man together in one story? No, neither did I.
Thinking back to the original Marvel Team-Up series, they at least put different characters together into small stories that were often interesting. From the very first one that had Spider-Man and the Human Torch fighting Sandman to the very last in the first series that had Spider-Man and the X-Men teaming up against Black Jack Cassidy and Juggernaut, at least they brought something worthwhile to the table that I just don’t think any of these six stories managed to do.
So here’s my take on Marvel’s 3-issue Spider-Verse Team-Up.