May 31st, 2015
I’ve tried to keep up on new tokusatsu shows, really I have. I’ve watched the first handful of shows out of each, both Super Sentai and Kamen Rider, I’ve done my reviews here, I’ve tried to be positive and optimistic but I really haven’t been able to as much as I’d like. The truth is, while I’ve promised to get to the rest of the series for what is now a year or more of shows, in reality, I probably never will. My wife and I decided to put away the last parts of Kamen Rider Gaim that we just aren’t going to watch right now. We put ToQGer away as well, we’re just not interested. We have a pile of episodes of Kamen Rider Drive laying around that we may or may not ever get to and now, I have the first bunch of Ninninger available, I am at least going to get through that batch, but if it doesn’t grab me immediately, chances are I’ll never go farther.
Why? Because I recognized, quite recently in fact, that the golden age of tokusatsu greatness is now far behind us and getting more distant by the day. It isn’t that I’m getting older, it’s that shows are geared, more and more, for only a young audience, unlike shows in the past that had elements for both children and adults alike.
May 30th, 2015
This is one that I’ve had hanging around for a long time, mostly because I knew that the new Playstation Network take on Powers was coming up and I wanted to review it around the same time as the series came out. Powers, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, has been running, first at Image, then at Marvel, since 2000. It is significantly different from it’s TV version, but if you like one, chances are excellent that you’ll like the other as well.
Powers – The Bureau is the most recent version, running 12 issues, where life for Detectives Walker and Pilgrim is never easy in a world where superpowers reign.
May 28th, 2015
There are comic book series galore this year and some fly a bit under the radar, like this offering from the Playstation Network, an adaptation of the Powers comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. In fact, I so totally missed it that I picked it up 6 episodes into it’s 10 episode run. I’m glad I did though because it’s been a wild ride.
May 26th, 2015
This is a question I’ve asked many times in the past, but as I finish up watching the season finales of Daredevil and Flash and Arrow and Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., I once again have to wonder with the success of these shows, why doesn’t Marvel and DC use the popularity to promote selling comic books?
Here’s why I think they should and how I think they ought to do it.
May 24th, 2015
I’ve always been a Saint Seiya fan, back from the earliest manga to the original anime, I’ve enjoyed Seiya face-planting and over-the-top battles. I have every series, every movie, every manga that has featured Seiya and the guys and I just got around to watching their most recent movie, a full CGI affair called Legend of Sanctuary, which tries to recap the biggest arc of the original series in 93 minutes. It’s flashy and pretty, but is it really a good movie? Let’s take a look and see how it stacks up.
May 23rd, 2015
As you know, I like to review comics in well-defined chunks, self-contained arcs that have a beginning, middle and end. That’s sometimes easier said than done, especially for comics that aren’t necessarily written that way.
Like this one.
That’s not a bad thing, but sometimes you keep waiting for a clear stopping point and when none presents itself after a while, you just have to make your own.
Therefore, let’s look at the first six issues of Marvel’s newest series about Black Widow.
May 21st, 2015
I’ll be honest, I pretty much hated the first season of Helix. It had potential, it was essentially announced as a single-season event, much like Under the Dome, but like Under the Dome, it turned into an ongoing series without any actual meat to the story.
I waffled about watching the second season, there were some plot threads that I thought might be interesting and so, unlike Under the Dome, I gave Helix season 2 a shot.
Wow, did I make a mistake.
May 19th, 2015
Sparky in slightly younger days.
It’s sad having some really old dogs. Our Dalmatian, Sparky, which we got as a puppy, has exceeded the median life expectancy of Dalmatians and as such, is starting to fall apart. Day after day, we get to watch her disintegrate a bit at a time, but she’s not in any pain that we can tell so we just let her go. Unfortunately, Dalmatians are really, really stupid dogs which are eternal puppies, even when their bodies just can’t keep up and they never, ever learn their lessons.
May 17th, 2015
It struck me recently, while listening to a board gaming podcast, that there is a significant difference between the modern board game hobby and a hobby that I’ve had for most of my life, playing tabletop role-playing games. I suppose I had known it for a long time but I had never really recognized it, although I think it is an important and significant divergence between the two otherwise similar hobbies.
That difference is, board games tend to focus on buying new games constantly, while RPGs focus on playing the same system almost exclusively for a long time.
May 16th, 2015
I took a look at the first six issues of this series a couple of months ago, noting that it was different from most of the offerings Marvel provides, which is why it was invariably cancelled with issue #12. Still, it was interesting enough to take another look at and review the second half of the series to see if it was worth recommending picking up in the trades.
Therefore, let’s jump into She-Hulk #7-12, the tale of a large green woman arguing the intricacies of the law in a court room.