Cephus' Corner

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

‘Shippers Make The World Go To Hell

May 19th, 2014

CastleAs far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed getting online and talking about the TV series, movies and books that I like.  I did it before there was any such thing as the publically-accessible Internet, I did it when Usenet was the main discussion portal, I’ve done it on forums and now, I’m doing it on Google+.

However, I’ll be honest, I’m not really liking it, especially when it comes to TV series and the reason is quite simple.  All of those stupid ‘shippers make trying to talk about virtually any show utter hell.

Your Stamps Are Worth Nothing

May 18th, 2014

kilo1Nothing drives me quite so crazy as the never-ending flood of people showing up in stamp collecting forums thinking that this cache of stamps their father or grandfather left them is going to be worth a mint.  It drives me crazy for two reasons, first that these people expect that they can show up in a forum, having never participated or shown an interest in the subject matter before and expect that the forum participants will drop everything they’re doing and research values for them and secondly, that these people expect that just because something is old (and maybe not even that), it’s got to be worth a lot of money and a windfall for their wallet.

Both of these are wrong.

Comics Review: Halo Escalation #1-3

May 17th, 2014

Halo Escalation #1 cover

It’s time to look at the first arc of Dark Horse’s ongoing Halo series: Escalation.  It takes place five years after the Human-Covenant War, following the rescue of Master Chief and the death of Cortana.  In other words, it takes place after the end of the Halo 4 video game.

Captain Thomas Lasky, head of the UNSC Infinity, is hunting down the Covenant renegade Jul ‘Mdama, using his new breed of Spartan soldiers, led by Commander Sarah Palmer. However, they are pulled off that duty and sent to guard a peace summit between the Brutes and the Elites and all hell breaks loose.

TV Thursday – 5/15/14

May 15th, 2014

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Welcome to TV Thursday – 5/15/14, where we’re nearing the end of the road for a lot of regular season shows.  We lose a couple this week, more next week and I even add one that might replace a particular itch.  It looks like a slow summer, only three shows joining the lineup in June and that’s it for the rest of the summer.

We’ve had some official pick ups and cancellations recently.  Almost Human, Dracula, Believe and Tomorrow People are officially cancelled and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Person of Interest, Mentalist and Castle have been officially renewed.  In fact, there’s another Agent show coming, Agent Carter, who was in one of the one-shots, is getting her own show!

And so, in what has to be my longest TV Thursday entry ever, racking up nearly 16,000 words, here’s this week’s installment of televised insanity! Hope you enjoy!

Weekly Pull List – 5/14/14

May 14th, 2014

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Wow, it’s a Marvel week and pretty much nothing else.  I’m going to check out this new Justice League title but no promises. Otherwise, it’s all Marvel!  Whee!

DC:

Justice League United #1

Marvel:

All-New Ghost Rider #3

All-New Ultimates #2

All-New X-Men #27

Avengers #29

Avengers Undercover #4

Deadpool #28

Fantastic Four #4

Iron Man #25

New Avengers #18

Nightcrawler #2

Secret Avengers #3

Wolverine #6

J-Drama Review: Kagi no Kakatta Heya Special (2014)

May 13th, 2014

Kagi no Kakatta Heya SP

A while back, I did a review of the 2012 series Kagi no Kakatta Heya, or The Locked Room Mysteries.  It ended on a cliffhanger and I noted that there was a special coming that I hoped, keeping my fingers crossed, would explain the ending.

Then I promptly forgot all about it. Well, not really, but so many other things came up that I entirely missed it when the special came out, but now I’m ready to catch up on the adventures of Enomoto Kei and see what really lies beneath the surface in the Kagi no Kakatta Heya Special.

Board Games: Why the Trends Aren’t Good

May 12th, 2014

DSCN1786As I said in my Wondercon recap, I went to a board game panel, led by Boyan Radakovich, in which he discussed the Tabletop Youtube show and how he thinks the board game industry is doing in the modern day.  According to him, this is a golden age of board gaming and he gives a bunch of information to support his claim. While there are things I certainly agree with him on, there are others that I do not.  I know a lot of this is opinion, but I’m going to use his own slides to explain why things could be, and should be, better in the board game arena.

Marvel Knights: Hulk #1-4

May 11th, 2014

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The point of these short Marvel Knights stories, as I’m led to believe, is to place creative teams on special assignment to tell their dream stories about the characters they love.  That’s not a bad thing by any means and so far, they’ve done Spider-Man, which I’ve already reviewed, Hulk, which I am now reviewing and X-Men, which finishes next month and I will review it then.  These are stories not tied to any continuity, just a tale that the creative team, in this case Joe Keatinge, Piotr Kowalski and Nick Filardi, would love to see their favorite Marvel hero live.

So how does this one work out?  Let’s take a look at Marvel Knights: Hulk.

American Comics Doing it Half Right

May 10th, 2014

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I’ve always been an advocate for the Japanese way of doing comics, or manga in their case.  A creator will do a series with a specific set of characters, it will run it’s course and then the creator will go on to do something else entirely with new characters, a new story, etc. I’ve always thought that was a great idea to put out a story and then move on.

Yet that’s not how things are traditionally done in America.

Cephus' Corner

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