April 20th, 2017
It seems like everyone wants to get in on the Marvel TV bandwagon. ABC has Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Netflix has their own pile of shows and now FX has Legion.
I really have no idea why they picked this particular character. The son of Charles Xavier, he is ridiculously powerful, but also insane, thus making him inherently outside of the typical superhero paradigm. That is not, in this case, a good thing, as I’m sure you’ll agree, as I take a look at the first 8-episode season of Legion.
April 16th, 2017
Oh look, I read another book. It’s really kind of strange how that happens, I went for months and months not having time to read and, truth be told, I didn’t miss it. But then I picked up a book again and now I want to read a lot. I can’t say I understand it but I’m not at all sad that it happened.
This time I take a look at Destroyer, the second in the series of time travel adventures by Brett Battles. I reviewed the first book in the series here and really loved it. So will this be as good as the first? Let’s find out.
April 13th, 2017
As much as I love the idea of street level Marvel heroes on Netflix, so far, other than Daredevil, I haven’t much cared for how they have been done.
I’ve been really critical of both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, to the point that I probably won’t bother sitting through a second season of either, unless I’m really, really bored. But that hasn’t stopped people from criticizing the newest Netflix series, Iron Fist, because… reasons, apparently.
So here’s my take on the first season and why it isn’t nearly as bad as some people want to pretend it is.
April 9th, 2017
There are two companies that have been sending us postcards inviting us to their events forever. These are events that we haven’t been to in over a decade and will probably never go back to, yet month after month, we get these postcards asking us to come back.
Guys, it’s time to give up.
April 8th, 2017
Why is it that inevitably when you read the online ads written by ebook writers, more often than not, their ads are terribly written, badly misspelled and generally horrible? I mean, if you can’t write a simple paragraph about your book, why should I want to read your book?
April 6th, 2017
I really don’t know how much there is to say about Murdoch anymore, after 10 seasons, you know what you’re getting and you either like it, as I do, or you just go elsewhere. Murdoch Mysteries is a long-running Canadian mystery show, based on the books by Maureen Jennings. It’s about a turn-of-the-century Toronto detective who develops some amazing techniques to solve cases. It has a great cast of characters and never fails to make me smile.
April 4th, 2017
I reviewed the first of the Tomb Raider reboot games a while ago and I knew they were putting out a new one, I just completely forgot about it until recently when I picked it up. I thought the first game was pretty decent and had about the same expectations this time around. I actually like these games more as shooters than they are platformers, although they still have that element to them, but I’m more of an FPS guy than a puzzle solving guy anyhow. So did this game make any improvements from the first? Read on to find out.
April 2nd, 2017
Front of the Convention
Final day, or the “Holy crap I’m old” edition. I could hardly move this morning as I dragged myself out of bed, but the con must go on, so we packed up our stuff, checked out of the hotel and trudged off to the final day of the convention. Hopefully, I won’t call apart completely by the end of the day, especially since I have a long drive home afterwards. So convention ho!
April 1st, 2017
Day 2 – Electric Boogaloo.
Serious, I’m getting too old for this shit. As I was talking about with my wife yesterday, my first con, or at least the first one I remember, was San Diego Comicon in 1974, held at the El Cortez Hotel. Her first was SDCC in 1980. We’ve been doing this an absurd amount of time and just being on our feet for as long as these cons run takes a toll a lot faster today than it used to.
But today is the longest and busiest day so we’ll see if we survive.
March 31st, 2017
It’s that time again, time to head off to Wondercon! And luckily, they’re back in Anaheim again, following a very disappointing convention in Los Angeles, more the fault of the LA Convention Center than anything else. This is the sixth year that Wondercon has been in Southern California and the fifth that it’s been at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is the first year we’ve decided to stay on site because after we moved last year, it was too much of a pain to drive 3-4 hours round trip every day so we grabbed a room at one of the “official” hotels and can just walk in every day.