August 30th, 2015
Having finished reading the first book in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series, I was really looking forward to the second, to see the continued adventures of John Perry, but that’s just not what happened, in fact, John Perry doesn’t appear in the second book at all, he’s only mentioned a handful of times and really, that seriously affected my enjoyment of the book. Old Man’s War became so much about Perry that having a largely different set of characters in the sequel, aside from being in the same universe, was very disconcerting.
That aside though, let’s see how The Ghost Brigades makes it through the ringer.
August 29th, 2015
Deathstroke has been around, as I said in a recent review, since the New Teen Titans series of the early 1980s. He’s an assassin, a mercenary, a psychopath, but he isn’t a mad dog killer like a lot of similar characters that you find. He actually has reasons for what he’s doing and even though he’s very good at what he does, even though what he does isn’t very nice, he’s still a bad guy, but at least you can look at him as an anti-hero. And yes, he has a mutant healing factor like Wolverine, you pretty much have to if you want to survive in his line of work.
So let’s delve into Slade Wilson’s solo book and see how he fares in his first arc called Gods of War.
August 27th, 2015
I’ll admit, the only reason I gave this show a chance, at least initially, is because it had Aaron Ashmore on it. I thought he made a great Iceman in the early X-Men movies, I loved him on Warehouse 13, so anything he’s in that’s anywhere in the realm of superheroes or sci-fi, I’m up for. But there’s more to a great sci-fi show than just liking one of the actors and so, I have to judge it by all of its merits and therefore, here I go, taking on the first season of Killjoys, a Syfy original (that they stole from Canada) about bounty hunters in a dangerous land.
August 25th, 2015
Yeah, in retrospect, this was a mistake and I should have known better, but I recently noticed that on our vacuum cleaner, there was a slight nick in the outer insulation layer on the power cord. Just a little one, it doesn’t even break through the cotton wrap between the outer insulation and the inner wires. There were complications, of course, I wanted to repair it but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on something, nor did I just want to do an easy fix that would fall apart almost immediately. So I asked on a forum and, as I should have expected, it turned into a shitstorm.
Why does this always happen to me.
August 23rd, 2015
It all comes to an end, Blake Crouch’s tales of the distant future and the last human town on Earth in a world overrun by murderous animals. In the first two books, Ethan Burke finds himself in a strange world and manages to both get to the bottom of the mystery and work himself to the top of the hierarchy where he can make a difference. But at the end of Wayward, he explains the reality to the rest of the town and David Pilcher turns off the power and opens the gates to let the abbies in and they’re in a fight for their lives, the last 461 human lives on the planet, with seemingly no hope.
So let’s see how this last book in the trilogy plays out as we find the fate of The Last Town.
August 22nd, 2015
Spider-fans have always loved Peter Parker’s various and sundry girlfriends, although they do tend to die and get abused, which is what happened to Gwen Stacy, who died when she was thrown off the George Washington Bridge in Amazing Spider-Man #121. Of course, she’s been brought back several times, she was alive in the Ultimate universe and she was Peter’s girlfriend in those horrible Amazing Spider-Man movies, and now, she’s back again. Sort of. In an alternate universe where Peter Parker was killed and Gwen was bitten by the radioactive spider. It’s something right out of a What If? comic, but let’s see what happens to Gwendy as she becomes the amazing Spider-Gwen.
August 20th, 2015
There are tons of new shows this summer that I’ve been giving a chance and since most of them are short, 10-13 episodes at most, it hasn’t required a serious commitment to see what sci-fi and superhero shows everyone has been throwing out there. This one, called Stitchers, aired on ABC Family, not a channel I otherwise ever watch, and looked interesting enough to take a look at. But after 10 episodes, is it really holding up under scrutiny or is it dead on arrival? Let’s take a look and see.
August 18th, 2015
Way back when I was a kid, you looked forward to getting your license, it was your first step into freedom, you could go where you wanted, when you wanted and it opened up a whole new world. I remember having to ride my bike to the comic shop every Friday (that’s when comics came out back then) and a lot of places were simply out of my reach because they were just too far to reasonably ride to. Of course, it was a different world back then, when you were 16 and had your license, there were really no restrictions on you. In fact, I rode to high school, at least at the beginning, with a friend’s sister. She had an old retired mail van, painted bright orange, with bench seats in the back with no seat belts and a bunch of us rode to and from school every day in the back and paid a couple of bucks a week so she could buy gas. That’s the kind of world it was.
But the world has changed.
August 16th, 2015
Wow, I’m going back a ways with this one, but John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War was optioned as a movie in 2011 although it now looks like it’ll end up as a SyFy original, like pretty much everything I’ve read lately, and I figured that since I had very little on my plate at the moment, I might as well take a look at it.
I will be honest and say that this is not the kind of book that I typically like. I’ve read a fair amount of military action sci-fi in the past and, almost without exception, I haven’t liked it very much. It’s just not the kind of thing I get into, the military lifestyle and shipboard combat, etc. I have, however, been told some good things about this so… what the heck, it’s only time right?
So here’s my take on John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War from way back in 2006. Will it break the mold? Let’s see.
August 15th, 2015
I’ve always been a fan of the Titans in most of their incarnations. I suppose that, like everyone, my favorite was the New Teen Titans that ran between 1980 and 1984, helmed by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, and introduced characters like Deathstroke the Terminator, Terra, Jericho and saw the evolution of Dick Grayson’s Robin into Nightwing. If there’s anything that has become synonymous with Teen Titans, it was that 40 issue run. Since then, it’s gone through a lot of changes, some good, some really awful, which brings up the DC New 52 version that was really pretty bad. Luckily, DC rebooted the book and this is the first arc of that new version. Did they make the improvements they needed to? Let’s find out.