January 21st, 2014
As usual, here’s a review on a movie that came out 6 months ago but recently came out on Bluray so I finally saw it for the first time.
Hugh Jackman returns as the titular Wolverine in his 6th screen outing, in a film directed by James Mangold. It gets as close as we’re likely to see to a sequel for the not-that-good X-Men 3: The Last Stand, where Wolverine is forced to kill Jean Gray, his love. However, most of these Fox Studio Marvel movies haven’t been that great, does The Wolverine break that mold? Let’s see.
January 19th, 2014
I wanted to try an experiment. I’ve avoided putting in any of the odd card types that became popular during the early-to-mid 1990s in the non-sport market. The hologram cards, the chromium cards, the prismatic cards, embossed and foil and you name it, I figured they just wouldn’t work well in a scan so I never really gave it a shot. However, I came across this set about Greg & Tim Hildebrant and even though it’s in chromium format, I thought it looked good enough to present to my loyal readers.
Greg & Tim Hildebrant are two American twin brothers who worked together as science fiction and fantasy artists, producing covers for comic books, movie posters, novels, etc. They are best known for their Lord of the Rings calendar illustrations, but have worked on many different properties including Star Wars, Marvel and DC comics, the cover for Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara and on Magic the Gathering and Harry Potter cards for those respective games. Unfortunately, Tim Hildebrant passed away in 2006, but Greg is still doing well, he received the Chesley Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists in 2010.
January 18th, 2014
This is something I’ve noticed over the past couple of years and it seems especially prevalent in non-fiction writing, although I’m sure it takes place in genre fiction as well. There is a tendency to pad out one’s writing, often to an absurd degree, just to produce a longer book. This goes beyond playing with margins and other tricks that make the book look longer, I mean actual written content that really doesn’t add anything new or interesting to the book, it just increases the number of words and pages for no real purpose.
January 16th, 2014
Things are starting to heat up. We have the first two episodes of the new Syfy series Helix, the second episode of Intelligence and not everything has returned from its holiday hiatus. Things are going to get real very quickly. However, I did realize that this week, The Following, that horrible FOX serial killer show that I hated so much last year was starting and I momentarily thought I might watch the first episode, but no. Nothing could save it, the show is gone permanently. So let’s get started on 12 episodes this week!
January 15th, 2014
I’ve been doing this for a while, posting my pull list almost each and every week and I’ve mentioned that some things, I honestly don’t know why I buy, especially things that I’ve reviewed either negatively or just neutrally, yet I still keep getting it and largely, not reading it. I have a massive stack of comics that I look at and just walk away from because I really can’t get excited for them, yet I keep slapping new issues on the top of the stack.
This week, Wolverine MAX goes away, a series that I reviewed and had not a lot of good things to say, but I’ll end up having the whole 15-issue run, even though I don’t think it’s that good. Why is that? I’m not even a very strong completist and here I have something that I’ll end up throwing on eBay to get rid of it. In fact, I’ve done a lot of that lately, I’ve put up more than 60 comic auctions in the past couple of weeks, just to get rid of copious comic long boxes we’ve had stacked around.
Why do comic fans do that to themselves? Good riddance Wolverine MAX. What else should I get rid of? I’ve made a couple of notations from time to time, but I keep getting them every time I come out. This has got to stop. I just have to figure out how to stop myself because it never occurs to me at the time, only in retrospect.
Astro City #8
Justice League of America #11
All-New X-Men #21
Amazing X-Men #3
Fantastic Four #16
Marvel Knights Hulk #2 (of 4)
Night of the Living Deadpool #1 (of 4)
Secret Avengers #14
Superior Spider-Man #25
Uncanny Avengers #14
Uncanny X-Men #16
Wolverine MAX #15 (last issue!)
X-Men Legacy #22
January 14th, 2014
On a recent episode of The Secret Cabal podcast, they talked about tailoring RPG clues to the players and they said that players shouldn’t be expected to be Sherlock Holmes, just because they might be roleplaying him, they’re just normal people.
January 12th, 2014
In 1979, playing off the success of Star Wars, Walt Disney Pictures put out a movie starring Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster,Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine. That movie was The Black Hole and while it wasn’t the huge hit that Disney hoped it would be, it has developed a dedicated cult following over the years. The film, about a group of scientists who discovered a massive black hole and a madman, thought lost in space, who wanted to go through it, was pretty high concept for the day and quite dark in it’s presentation, especially for Disney, which was known for putting out happy kid’s movies. There are rumors that they’re going to put out a remake one of these days, they have a script, a director and a producer attached but so far, no definitive plans. It’s too bad because remakes generally suck, it’ll be hard to do the kind of amazing effects they managed using practical elements when they invariably make it into a CGI film.
January 11th, 2014
Now I’m not a huge music fan, I haven’t been for many years. In the car, I listen to talk radio almost exclusively unless there’s an annoying host on when I might switch to a local music station. The two that I really bother with are both “classic rock” stations, by which they mean “music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s”. That’s fine, if there’s any music I really like, it comes from that time period.
January 9th, 2014
I forgot again! Luckily, I’m only one day behind so here’s what I’m getting this week.
Halo: Escalation #2
Invincible Universe #9
All-New X-Men #22.NOW
Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand #3 (of 5)
Daredevil: Dark Nights #8 (0f 8)
Iron Man #20
Marvel Knights Spider-Man #4 (of 5)
Savage Wolverine #14.NOW
Honestly, is anyone else getting sick and tired of Marvel’s .XYZ crap? Just put out comics with an unambiguous number, please!
January 9th, 2014
We’re coming off of the holiday doldrums now, 9 shows on this week and that goes up over the rest of the month. I’m going to be even busier than ever, so far as I can determine, I top out at, get this, 14 shows a week in the very near future. Wow. So let’s get going on this week’s sampling of new shows.