Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Comic Review: X-Men Gold #1

January 31st, 2014

X-men Gold

I’ve been reading comics for a very, very long time, ever since 1974.  The first comic I ever read was Uncanny X-Men #87, back in April 1974.  It was a reprint of issue #38 and the X-Men weren’t doing well.  All of the issues from #67-93 were reprints and it wasn’t until the title was rebooted with Giant Sized X-Men #1 and issue #94 of the monthly that the X-Men that we all know and love came into being.

That was a very long time ago and this year, the X-Men are 50 years old. To celebrate the classic run, Marvel is putting out a double-sized one-shot anthology called X-Men Gold.  Let’s take a look at it, shall we?

TV Thursday – 1/30/14

January 30th, 2014

TV Thursday Header

The slow weeks continue and I figured out why they’re likely to continue, next month is the Winter Olympics.  I don’t care about the Olympics at all, but you can be sure that a lot of shows, especially on NBC, where they will likely pre-empt their entire weekly schedule, are going to be hit and miss for the month.  For other shows, February is sweeps month so we will see some returning, after having taken time off in January. I guess it’s a crap shoot.

Luckily, there was some really, really great TV this week.  Read on!

The Stupidity of Wondercon

January 29th, 2014

wca_logoI love conventions.  I’ve gone to them most of my life.  I used to love going to San Diego Comicon before it got so horrendously overcrowded and when they brought Wondercon to town, I immediately switched to that convention because it’s a great venue, not as crowded and apparently, they do really, really well in Orange County.  It’s been a win-win for everyone.

Now, I’m not so sure.

Comic Review: Daredevil – Dark Nights #7 (of 8)

January 28th, 2014

Daredevil Dark Nights 7

So far, as anyone who has read all of my reviews of the Daredevil: Dark Nights mini-series, I’ve really liked most of the various and sundry story arcs and as we come to issue #7, the middle issue of the final arc, things are still going pretty well.

However, just like the middle movie in a trilogy, things have slowed down a bit to set up the finale that comes next month.  The same thing happened with issue #2 and it’s no surprise it happened again.

Is it a good slow down though?  That remains to be seen.

Collecting Stamps: What Next?

January 25th, 2014

stamp2I talked in the past about how to get into stamp collecting and what equipment you’re going to need, but once you do all of that, once you’ve defined your collecting interests and started to collect, what then?  Where do you go to look for stamps?

Well, there is no right answer, a lot of it depends on what you collect, but I’ll give you some input from my end as a seasoned collector, as well as what I’ve done in the past.

TV Thursday – 1/23/14

January 23rd, 2014

TV Thursday HeaderI thought this was going to be a big week, in fact, I went and looked at air dates earlier in the month for all of January and came up with 14 episodes this week.  Apparently, things change or were wrong because we’re only getting 10 episodes and 9 reviews, the rest have been pushed off for a week or more.  Amazingly, there’s no Mentalist this week, or until March, which makes no sense considering February is sweeps month and every show out there ought to have new shows on the air.  I guess I can’t look a gift horse in the mouth, so read on to see what I thought of these 10 shows this week.

Weekly Pull List – 1/22/14

January 22nd, 2014

Pull List LogoDC:

Birds of Prey #27

Justice League #27

Wonder Woman #27

Dark Horse:

Mass Effect: Foundation #7

Marvel:

All-New X-Men #22.NOW

Avengers #25

FF #16

Indestructible Hulk #16.INH

Iron Man #20.INH

Marvel Knights: X-Men #3 (of 5)

Mighty Avengers #5.INH

Superior Spider-Man Team Up #9

Wolverine & The X-Men #40

X-Men v4 #9

I’ve had people ask me why I buy so little from “independent” publishers (ie. anything outside of Marvel and DC) and to be honest, I’ve talked in the past how I think that superheroes are one of the few genres that I think work really well in comics.  There are a few, like sci-fi, that work decently and that’s why I may pick up some sci-fi-related comics from time to time, especially if I like the property, but much of the material that’s being put out by “independent” publishers doesn’t fall into the things I want to read comics about.  It hasn’t always been that way, there were publishers that I think did some pretty oddball things well, such as Crossgen, but those don’t tend to stick around long because there seem to be two kinds of comic book readers, the ones who only care about superheroes and the ones who want “edgy, strange and oddball”.  I’m much more on the superhero side and most indies just don’t do superheroes that well IMO.

A Broken Resolution Already

January 22nd, 2014

broken-resolutionsbroken-resolutionsbroken-resolutionsIt wasn’t that long ago that I resolved to limit my writing here on the Corner to 4x per week.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have a lot to write about, I do, but unlike my other blog, where I was out months and months, here I was barely a week or two ahead and that made me nervous.  It made me feel like I had to keep writing all the time and that 4x weekly schedule was designed to make me feel more comfortable here. However, in just 3 weeks, I’m breaking my Resolution.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.