July 31st, 2013
I don’t know why, but I figured I might as well throw up what’s on my weekly pull list. This will appear every Wednesday, tt’s going to be short and sweet, with maybe a few notes about what I’m getting and why.
Now it should be obvious that I am very much a Marvel reader, I’ve talked before about why I don’t go in as much for DC comics and, to be honest, while there are some great indy titles out there, I’ve become very selective about them of late and frankly, this is just a bad week, so please don’t take it as indicative of an overall dislike for indy titles.
July 31st, 2013
As everyone knows, I’ve been roleplaying for a very, very, very long time, but I’m also a writer and generally a creative person. Whereas lots of GMs will create a multitude of game worlds to play in, even within a single game system, I’ve never been that way. Although I’ve GM’d a lot of different games in a lot of different genres, when it comes to science fiction, at least for the past 30 years or so, I’ve maintained a single game world and it has grown into a very detailed and immense place which has overflowed into my writing and my general consciousness.
July 30th, 2013
One thing DC hasn’t been able to do in recent years is make a good superhero movie. However, their strength has come from their animation department, where they churn out TV series, and in the last decade or so, feature-length animated films, that are typically excellent.
The latest of these is called Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. It focuses on one of the characters that doesn’t get a lot of attention, the Flash. I say he doesn’t get a lot of attention because, outside of DC’s holy triumvirate; Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, hardly any characters get a lot of attention. The story comes from the Flashpoint event which directly led to DC’s New 52. In the comics, it occurred in a 5-issue mini-series, plus crossovers into Booster Gold and stand-alones involving Batman, Deathstroke, Hal Jordan and many, many more. Here, however, they have distilled the essence of the story down into a 90 minute package.
July 29th, 2013
Daredevil – Dark Nights #1
Amazingly enough, I’m going to review a single issue instead of a whole run. I finished reading Daredevil: End of Days just as the first issue of this new mini-series came out and, excited by the end of the previous series, I leapt straight into this one. Now granted, it’ll probably be a bit until I post this review so the second issue may well be out by then, but this is probably a rare event, I actually am somewhat timely!
July 28th, 2013
Cosplaying Kamen Rider Den-O Sword Form
I am not into cosplay, in fact, I’ve generally poo-poo’d it over the years, mostly because so many people who are into it are… kind of out there. That’s not to say I’ve never engaged in any kind of costuming, I have, back when it was called “costuming”, but today, the interest just isn’t there.
That said though, at the last Wondercon, my youngest daughter went on Saturday dressed up as Jade Harley from Homestuck, we all went to a huge Homestuck meet and she had a lot of fun. I’m not normally someone who takes a lot of pictures of costumes at conventions, even though I’m usually the guy with the camera, but this time, I ended up taking, usually by request, a ton of cosplay pictures and it got me thinking of what I’d do, if I was ever crazy enough to do anything, which frankly, I’m not.
July 27th, 2013
This review has changed dramatically since I started this series and it’s a real shame. Tiny Monsters is just like Dragon Story and Dragonvale except instead of dragons, it uses a variety of monsters. Most of the base mechanics are the same, you still clear land, construct habitats, breed things, feed to evolve them, etc. You’d think it was right up my alley, wouldn’t you?
July 26th, 2013
Iron Man – Coming of the Melter One-Shot
I’ve realized that I’m writing a lot more comic reviews than I can reasonably post at one per week so I’m going to post more than one per week. I hope nobody minds.
I’m a fan of Iron Man, as I’ve said before, but I tend to like some of the classic light stories, where everything isn’t always life or death. It was a couple of years ago that I decided I wanted to read the entire run of classic Iron Man, from issue #1 and while I didn’t actually make it all the way through, I made it past issue #72, which is the source material for this particular story. That’s why it has such a light, fun tone because it came from a light, fun era.
July 25th, 2013
Yet another 4-episode week and that’s leading to lazy viewing. Instead of doing one or two episodes a night, I’m knocking the whole week’s worth of watching in a single evening, leaving the rest of the week open for whatever I happen to want to watch. I’d better not get used to it because the fall premieres are coming and I’ll have to buckle down again for some serious viewing.
July 24th, 2013
The same night we played a couple of games of Bonkers, we grabbed this game off the shelf to give it a go. It’s The Guiness Book of World Records Game, patterned after the book of the same name. It gives players the opportunity to try to set silly records like World’s Tallest Giraffe and World’s Biggest Pizza while competing to get to the finish line with enough records to win.
July 22nd, 2013
Daredevil is dead. Seriously. He was killed by Bullseye. Of course, this happens at some point in the future, as do all of the End books. Marvel has written a number of books that detail the end of the line for some of their favorite characters. These books are supposed to be in continuity (although we know better). This mini-series has been a very long time coming, it was originally announced back in 2007 at the second New York Comicon and has taken all these years to get the creative team together. It’s quite a creative team too, artists and writers from throughout the Daredevil saga, from Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz to Michael Bendis and David Mack, this is an all-star team for the story to end all Daredevil stories.