Cephus' Corner

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

Tokusatsu: Too Traditional

March 31st, 2014

tokusatsu_There aren’t a lot of tokusatsu podcasts out there, there are only two that I know of in fact.  One of them, the first one I ever started listening to, kind of drives me crazy because the hosts are complete tokusatsu traditionalists and on a recent episode, they really went into why they want all tokusatsu, specifically Kamen Rider and Super Sentai, to be pretty much the same year after year after year. I absolutely do not want that at all.

Comic Review: Secret Avengers #1-9

March 29th, 2014

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It seems like every other comic that Marvel comes out with these days is either based on Avengers or X-Men. I suppose that’s no surprise considering that X-Men are their  traditionally successful franchise and Avengers and it’s related titles are where their movie successes have been.  However, this leads to a ton of different teams and different takes on the characters and I’m not all that happy about worrying what’s going on in each of the different books.

I’ll be honest, I am not the biggest fan of Hawkeye or Black Widow, they have their place, particularly in a team of more powerful heroes, but on their own, I’m not all that thrilled.  Secret Avengers focuses on these two characters, so please take what I say with that in mind.

Why I Think Battlestar Galactica Sucks

March 28th, 2014

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This is not my Battlestar Galactica.  I remember in 1978, laying on the floor in the living room, excitedly waiting for the first episode of the original BSG and having the President having a news conference and pre-empting it.  I remember hoping that they wouldn’t join the show, already in progress.  Luckily, it was just 20 minutes late and I got to see it all and I thought it was amazing.

Now I’m not going to pretend that the original series was high art or anything, but since I just did a post on why I think Firefly sucks, I thought I’d continue the trend with the 2004-2009 series Battlestar Galactica.

My Hobbies are not Your Hobbies

March 26th, 2014

hobby-onOn the most recent episode of The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast, at least as of this writing, they had a discussion about gateway games and where you go with people who have played gateway games and want to go further.

Honestly, maybe I’m not a hobbyist gamer, I don’t know.  It is one of my hobbies.  It is not something that I am fanatical about.  I am fanatical about nothing.  I have a lot of hobbies, none of them are things which I spend all of my time on or focus on to the exclusion of all else.  In fact, I don’t even understand people who spend all of their time fantasizing about playing games or collecting stamps or reading books or whatever.  These are things that I use to fill my free time, things which I get enjoyment out of, but not things that I would ever focus on like I see so many people do.

Yes, I’ve talked about this before but I keep running into people who make me scratch my head.  Are there people with one and only one hobby?  Seriously? Do they really have a single interest and no others?

Comic Review: Astro City #1-3 (2013)

March 25th, 2014

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Sometimes alternate takes on superhero stories are great, sometimes they’re not. I’ve actually spent a considerable amount of time checking out these off-brand superhero stories when I got tired of the same old thing from Marvel and DC. The original Astro City was one of those titles and I liked it enough to read most of the series they’ve had over the years.

So Kurt Busiek, the creator of the series, got sick for a couple of years and, well, a lot of things happened, like the end of the Wildstorm imprint, and it kind of fell by the wayside but I never forgot how good some of it really was.  Now, I get to revisit the streets of Astro City once again and you can join me.

CCG Gaming: INWO

March 23rd, 2014

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If there was one game that got me into playing CCGs, it wasn’t Magic or Jyhad or Galactic Empires or Decipher’s Star Trek, it was Steve Jackson’s Illuminati: New World Order.  I’d been playing the original Illuminati card game for a long time and was looking forward to a collectible version of the game that vastly expanded the number of cards and the strategies.  INWO did not disappoint

Comic Review: Rocketeer/Spirit – Pulp Friction #1-4

March 22nd, 2014

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I’ve got a certain love for old-time pulp comic heroes done right.  I was a big fan of the Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer strip, even before they went and made an amazing film out of it and while I have somewhat less admiration for Will Eisner’s Spirit, when these two classic powerhouses get together, it’s just something I have to read.

IDW and DC collaborated to get Cliff Secord and Denny Colt (Spirit’s real name, but virtually never used) together for this 4-issue mini-series.  So let’s take a look at two pulp heroes in their epic adventure in Pulp Friction.

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