Thursday, September 30, 2004


Just wanna get something off my chest real quick. I just finished a lengthy conversation with a friend about why i don't vote. Simply put, I've never liked any candidate who's run (national or local) so voting would be tremendous waste of time. Add to taht my pure hatred for all things political, and the fact that I don't keep up with quite a few issues, and not only do I not like what things I do know about them, but I'm not fully informed, and wouldn't vote for either of them, not to mention my thoughts on the ineffective and archaic voting process we currently have, and you have a list of reasons I shouldn't vote.

So, I don't. Why is that hard for people to grasp?

Still, constantly, I have people trying to convince me not only to vote, but why the person the back is "the right guy." I give the same answer every time, the reasons I listed above. Still, I'm met with hostility because I choose...I repeat CHOOSE, not to participate in this ritual.

Their response is always the typical "But why, it's a matter of life and death." Other than the answers I've given, I don't have a higher purpose. Honestly, it's become a cult-like thing, as if I'm somehow offending them because I don't vote. As if I'm the person ruining their lives. I'm the cause of all their problems. I'm the reason the country is the way it is.

Hate to tellyou this folks, but that's a load of crap. You people elect the idiots that run this country, you let them get into public office, so it's all on you. Stop tryng to convince me that "you're guy is the right guy" because he's not. Politicians are nothing but hand puppets, and I'm not joining their little sect of groupies.

What's even better is that this election is basically people choosing the lesser of two evils. That's not a decision I want on my soul. It's like saying I'm either gonna smoke myself into cancer, or drink myself into liver failure. How about I choose not to elect any stupid white men to lead this country, why do you choose to do it?

So, in short, stop trying to convince me that one side is better than the other. Bottom line, they're all out to screw you, it's just a matter of how. They're politicians, it's what they do, it's what they'll continue to do as long as voters put them in office.

Agree, disagree, I don't care. I'm not asking anyone to join me in my apathy (or whatever term you choose to describe it) so don't ask me to join you as you put idiots into office. Deal?


Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Fall- A.K.A. Another "Important" Post

Recently read a post by a noted blogger who mentioned fall being such a odd time for him. It always seems to be about change, new growth, and even the loss of something. I find it weird that I've always felt the same way, but maybe it's not weird, does everyone feel this way?

The leaves start to change, and fall off the trees. The climate gets bitter and cold. Being sick is more common. With all the holidays clumped together the way they are towards the end of the year (I guess that depends upon your background though...) you see more of your family. Unless you don't have close family, in which case loneliness is probably an everyday thing as other fly off to be with theirs.

Now, as depressing as that may sound, I've always loved the fall. Maybe it's the oddness, the way it makes you feel. Mostly though, I think it's because it does make me feel. I never need a calendar or a weather man to tell me when the weather's about to turn, I can always feel it in my heart.

That may sound stupid to most of you, but it's very true. The Fall has always been the most emotional time of the year for me. Seems every really good, or really bad thing that's ever happened to me has happened in the last four or five months of the year.

Statistically that's probably impossible, but it's the way I've always felt. This year is no different. My grandmother is very ill, has been for over a month now, and has taken a turn for the worse in the last two days. Before I get into it any further, I apologize in advance if I make anyone uncomfortable, or if this feels in any way like apity party.

It's been quite some time since I've seen her, which I regret nearly every day, and I don't talk ter her as often as I used too. Of course she used to be one town away, and now she's a good fifteen hours away. Still, it's no excuse.

I'm probably getting away from my point, but hopefully you'll indulge me for a bit.

At one time in my life I was very close to my family, as I'm sure many people were, but once I graduated from high school it seemed like everyone began to drift away. Both family and friends in fact. It's been seven years since then and half of my family lives quite a distance away from me.

I could rationalize it and say they chose to move,not me, but honestly, it doesn't change anything. I still miss them on occasion, and never more so than in the Fall.

I could go into tons of detail about the various things that have happened to me emotionally during this season, but I won't. But I'm going to talk about a few.

It was also when we found out my brother had cancer. Add to that, it's was towards the end of Fall that he went into remission, albiet a few years later. My one and only niece was born it the fall, and I saw her today. She has a smile that can light up a room, and she's only four. She's one of my very favorite persons in the world, and it warms my heart each time I see her. Unfortunately it's usually only near her birthday.

The longest relationship of my entire life began in the Fall of the year, actually, two of my longest relationships, romantic and friendly began during the season. There are a several birthdays that come around this time, including my Mom's and Grandmother's. There's more, but like I said, I won't bore you.

So, now add this latest occurence to the mix, and my belief is substantiated, the Fall is always a special time of year for me. It always brings a rememberence of things past, and both dread and hope for the future. Most of all, it makes me feel alive again.

Too often in my life I've felt as if I'm coasting, in so many ways. Mentally, phsically, finacially, spiritually, and especially emotionally. Not in the Fall though. These last months of the year bring out the life in me, and honestly makes me wish it were a year round feeling. But, it's not, and there's not much that can change that.

Again, I hope this doesn't sound depressing, because it's not meant to be. I look forward to what the coming months bring, even if it's bad, because I know it will make me feel more alive. Is that selfish? Sure, but it's the way I feel.

Not sure how many others feel the same, but I honestly hope some of you do. When the wind gets colder and blows harder; when you can't stop sneezing, and your feet won't stay warm, I'm right there with you, feeling and loving every damn minute of it.

Couple O' Reviews

Been putting these off for awhile, but here's some thoughts on a few recent reads:

Drawing on Your Nightmares $2.99 (Dark Horse Comics)

Creative Team: Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, Eric Powell, Brett Matthews, Sean Phillips, with some lettering by Pat Brosseau

What's it about? It's a trio of horror stories. The first focus' on Steve Niles' Cal McDonald, in a story called Letter From B.S. Cal gets a letter from a dead man who's trying to get to his dead girlfriend, but some dead mooks are keeping her from him. Enter Cal, who bullies the tough dead guys into giving up the girl, and it's happily ever after for the dead couple. The second features Eric Powell's The Goon in a story titled The Brothers Mud. This is really the story of a spider named Percival who's gambling debts become a problem. When the Brothers Mud are sent to rub him out he directs them to the Goon. Fighting ensues, and there's a few laughs thrown in for good measure. There's even a funny little twist at the end. The final tale claims it's part of the Buffy universe, but there's no sign of her here. Instead we get to meet a grifter who also happens to be a vampire. The story's titled Dames, and that pretty much says it all. This grifting vamp comes to the aid of a stunning woman, thinking it could be his lucky night, only for it to end up as his last night.

Why you shouldread it: Well, there's three pretty good stories here, so I'll tackle them indidvidually. The Niles/Templesmith Cal McDonald story is probably the weakest. It's not bad, but Templesmith's art suffers from the poor quality paper the folks at Dark Horse chose to print this with. I like the character Niles has created, but if I didn't know about the previous works of these guys, I'd definitely shy away from seeking out anymore, especially Templesmith's. It's just a shame the company couldn't shell out for some better paper stock. Next we have Eric Powell's The Goon. I liked this story, maybe not enough to pick up the floppies, but I'd definitely buy a trade if it's released. The Goon has a very blue-collar feel too it, and it's compared to Hellboy and the Spirit, and I think I can agree with that. But only in the blue collar sense. The concepts are different, thankfully, and I liked the fact that Powell infuses these characters with a sense of familiarity, even though I've never seen any of them. I was instantly drawn in by a spider gambling, and his escape gave me a laugh. The Brothers Mud were quite enjoyable, and the introduction to the Goon was great. Finally, we've got the Matthews/Phillips tale of a vampire who followed the wrong woman. I understand the need to plaster the Buffy logo with the story, to ground it in a universe, but I think that's a bit unfair to both sides of the fence. Buffy fans might feel let down and Buffy haters might avoid it (though this is a pretty old book, so it's not likely to bring in anyone or turn anyone off). This is the best of the three tales, and probably one of the best short stories I've read in quite some time. It captures the classic noir of older movies, and even though we're never properly introduced to the two characters we instantly connect with them. I've never been a fan of Phillips art, but here it's magnificent. Especially the last page. The story itself feels like some twisted amalgam of Elmore Leonard novels and Tales from the Crypt, and the dialogue is great, short, and to the point. While Niles and Templesmith may create great vampire-based horror fiction, Matthews and Phillips have created a new type of vampire tale, vamp noir if you will. Unfortunately with the demise of the lead character, it's not likely to feature him in a regular series.

Overall this was three bucks well spent. I wish the paper stock had been better, but only the McDonald story really suffers. I'm definitely interested in the Goon, and will have to lookout for some Matthews and Phillips collaborations, even if its on a Buffy book. Who knows, maybe they can get me to like the character.

The Authority: More Kev #1-3

Just a few short comments here, as I'm gonna review the series as a whole when it's completed. This book is wrong on so many levels I can't begin to count them. But, my God, is it hilarious. If rude, immoral, un-p.c., over-the-top, action/comedy is your thing, this is your book. If it's not, what the hell is wrong with you? Despite his recent Punisher offereings, this further proves why Garth Ennis is one of the best, most fascinating writers working in comics today. The man is either insane, or brilliant. Either way, I'm entertained.


Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The List is with you

The Alamo

When historical epics go wrong!

Children Of The Corn (Divimax Series)

Thislackluster film gets the Divimax treatment. Real king fans ask why.

Crank Yankers: Season One Uncensored

Sometimes funny, sometimes silly, usually gross.

Ellen: The Complete Season One

Probably the best season of this show, thankfully.


Jack Black/Ben Stiller comedy that may be worth a rent.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This is a must see. Which means I must see it.

Footloose (Collector's Edition)

Dear God in heaven, why?

George Carlin: Complaints & Grievances

A funny, funny man.

In Living Color: Season Two

A funny, funny show.

Land of the Lost: The Complete 2nd Season

I like the theme song...and that's about it.

Silk Stockings: The Complete First Season

80's TV show fans rejoice again!

Star Trek Voyager: Season Four

Star Trek fans rejoice again!

Static Shock: The New Kid

A good show that didn't get the recognition it deserved.

Strangers With Candy: Season 3

Ditto. Tho I haven't seen half the episodes.

Super Size Me

That's just gross.

Tales from the Cryptkeeper: Stacks of Fear

This is edited, and I can't figure out why, or what they'd edit.

Teen Titans Vol. 1: Divide & Conquer

Sigh, I'm waiting for the season, I'm not falling into this trap again.

Walking Tall

I really wanna see this flik. I've been impressed with Rock's charisma so far.

That's your list for the week folks!

Movies, for a change

Picked up a few cheap today, among them two recent favorites, The Girl Next Door and Ella Enchanted. One being a teen T&A flik, the other a kid-friendly fairy tale, just to show how bizarre my movie buying is. Also picked up The Triplets of Bellville (two Acadamy award nods hopefully will equal a good flik) andthe Station Agent, which I've heard great things about (over at Movie Poop Shoot, DVD Diatribe, it's a great column.) Oh, and the last Lord of the Rings picture. Just to round out the it was only seven bucks. I'm a sucker for anything cheap.

Then I rented Star Wars: Battlefront. Haven't talked much about video games at all, maybe I'll remedy that. Not that anyone's begging for it. So, looks like those reviews will be waiting at least another day, sorry folks!


Monday, September 27, 2004

A Good Image Book?

Ten years ago that was an oxymoron. These days the big I seems to be pumping out at least half decent books on a regular basis. I recently picked up the first issue of Robert Kirkman's Invincible ( $2.95, Image Comics) and enjoyed it very much. Once again I'm late to the party, but I did show up eventually. I did have a few problems with the book, but overall it was a very good read. Kirkman's dialogue is believable and his characters are very likeable. In fact it's hard to dislike the star of the book, Mark, even though we don't get to know him very well in this first isuue. Of course, the art has alot to do with that as well. I smiled when Mark gets the idea for what his superhero name should be. Weget glimpsesinto his everey day life along with the standard cape stuff we should expect. I'm hoping something will come of the fact that his father is never there rather thsan to just have it played out as anyother fact of life. I mentioned some problems, and it's probably unfair to say that the book has a problem. Better would be that I have the problem with the growing trend of "realistic" approaches to superheroes. Don't get me wrong, I like it, but I also like gritty books too, and the occasional out and out T&A book, or the over the top action book, or whatever else you can think of. But, just like those things were in their prime, "realistic" has become the new in. Seems everyone's doing it, and while they probably all bring something unique to their books, it would be nice to see comics get past "trends." Be it foil covers, dark and moody characters, disproportionate women, whatever. Yeah, yeah, trends are part of just about everything, but just like film and music, comics have such wide potential for variety it would be nice to see people exploring it to its fullest, not just adding on to the current trend.

None of this is a knock at this book, just my thoughts on the trend it's following. In fact, this was probably the most inappropriate place to talk about this, as I should be talking about Invincible. It's a good read, and I'll be picking up the trade eventually, as should you. It'salso got me interested in the other superhero books Image is putting on the shelves, so I may try and pick some of those up this week.

More later...I swear!


Friday, September 24, 2004

The Ususal Suspects

I won't bore anyone with another complete rundown of the regular books I've been buying the last few weeks, but here's a few quick thoughts on some of them:

Freaks of the Heartland #5

It still looks beautiful of course, and the plot is finally picking up a little steam. But, I'm pretty sure it's only a six issue mini, so that's a bit disappointing. Still, it's been a good read, and I can't wait to see how Niles wraps it up.

Wolverine: The End #5

This has justlost all its steam, it's taking forever to hit stands and by now I can't even remember what happened in the first issue, The art looks sloppy, and the plot doesn't make a ton of sense. Fortunately there's only one issue left. I'm gonna reread it as a whole once it's complete, maybe I'll think better of it and even review it.

Fantastic Four #518

Okay, I'm sold for the storyline, if only to see how Waid gets them out of the situation. Great dialogue, awesome art, and probably my favorite cover so far.

Ultimate Fantastic Four #11

Still not sold on Doom, though Ellis writes one hell of an FF team. His Doom feel's wrong to me, but I've heard some people love it. This is another one I'm with at least until the arc is over, which should be next issue.

Venom #18

I'm confused. This is a book I was loving, but honestly I'm confused right now. Here's hopin Way focuses more on Venom in the next issues and less on the confusing storyline.

X-Men: The End- Book One: Dreamers and Demons #3

I'm still liking this. Claremont's actually writing an enjoyable plot, even if I don't know who half these people are. He's got me hooked with bringing in Cable and Domino. Doesn't hurt that his one page of Cable is better than any version we've seen since David Tischman and Igor Kordey tackled him.

That's it for me folks, more tomorrow.


Thursday, September 23, 2004

Riddle me this!

Okay, so I went diving in the fifty cent bins last week and picked up a few books. On a complete whim, one of them happened to be:

Batman/Judge Dredd: The Ultimate Riddle $4.95 (DC Comics)

Creative Team: Alan Grant and John Wagner, Carl Critchlow and Dermot Power, with letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft.

What's it about? Well, seems villians across multiple universes are trapping various heroes (and I use the term loosely) so that they will be forced to fight it out against one another until only one survives. Both Batman and Judge Dredd get pulled into the sick little game nad are forced to team up if either hopes to survive.

Why you should read it: There's really only one reason to read this book. No, scratch that, one reason to look at this book, and that the absolutely beautiful artwork. I don't think I've ever seen a better looking Batman, and the fact that it's painted makes it even better. Plus, i only paid fifty cents. The five dollar cover price may be mandatory with this being a prestige format book, but it'snot worth it. There is a nice plot twist, tying into events from DC's past (or present, possibly, depending on when this originally came out) but when you stop and think about it it doesn't make a hell of alot of sense. Still, if you find this laying in a twenty-five or fifty cent bin, it's worth it justfor the pictures. Hell, I'd even pay a dollar to see it. With a little more effort, and possibly a better villian, this would've been a great read, but instead it's a mediocre plot, with cliche dialogue, that looks friggin' fantastic.

Multiplying with a Vengeance

Okay, so Marvel seems to want to flood the market with pure shit, on the hopes that idiot fanboyswill buy anything X-related. We all know they will. However, occasionally there is a good comic for all the crap they put out. This is one of them.

Madrox #1 $2.99 (Marvel Comics)

Creative Team: Peter David, Pablo Raimondi, with inks by Drew Hennessy, colors by Brian Reber, and letters by Cory Petit

What's it about? Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man, has started a P.I. firm in Mutant Town, and it turns out he's also being targeted by a killer. We get to see Guido, a.k.a Strong Guy, and Rahne, and the death of yet another dupe.

Whay you should be reading it: Well, that little intro may not sound like much, but it was still a pretty good read. David has a better handle on these three characters than anyone who's ever written them. I briefly followed his X-Factor run, and it was always well written entertainment. This is along the same lines. The dialogue is pretty good, and David comes up with some pretty good uses for Jamies multiplicity, and adds some layers to the character that were much needed, IMO. We don't get much backstory on Guido or Rahne, but I didn't really think that was important. I can see where new readers might not be able to understand who they are though. But, this doesn't strike me as a book people would just randomly pick up without prior knowledge. Still, it would have been nice to be able to recommend it without giving a history lesson. The art is pretty good, sometimes it feels too dark, making it seen like they're running the noir tone of the book into the ground. Guido's glasses bothered the hell out of me, not sure why. The book does have it's cliched moments, and it does have its retreads. how many times do we have to go through Jamies dupes getting killed? Seems like this is the fourth or fifth time at least. Still, it was an interesting enough start to a mini and shows a ton of promise. Well worht the three bucks for most people.

I lied, here it is:

Okay, so, here we go. First, let me say, maybe I'm a bit late to this party, as you don't see too many people discussing it lately, but it's still something I've always wanted to speak my mind about. So, either click the X in the top corner, or bare with me, and try to enjoy yourself.

Gay marriage seems to be very controversial, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why. As a kid who gre up in the church (and in the south no less) it's pretty radical that I actually believe alot of the things I believe. Sure, if you'd like to take a biblical standpoint, I can see where you have a point. In the eyes of your God, it might be wrong.

But, the church lessons I was always taught preached of tolerence and understanding, of love and acceptence. Those were always the important messages. I don't remember a passage condemning homsexual marriage (though some could probably point me ther, but honestly, I don't care). But, okay, I see what you're saying. In the eyes of your church it's wrong.

So, don't let gay men and women be married in your church. There are plenty of open churches these days that don't condemn homosexuality, and if yours does, well, whatever, it's a free country. As long as you're not out burning crosses and hanging people. You're the person who'll have to answer to God for the hatred you held in your heart.

Which brings me to this...what the fuck does religion have to do with marriage? Seriously. Two athiests can go down to a courthouse and tie the knot, as long as they are of different sexes, but two men (or women) can't because it somehow belittles the things you deem sacred.

What the fuck?

God didn't tell Adam and Eve to seek out a justice of the peace, get a license, a blood test, to file thier taxes differently, none of the shit that has become associated with marriage in this country. He said: "Go forth and multiply (or be fruitful, however you want to interpret that). Where's marriage in there?

By those words God just openly allowed sex BEFORE marriage, and among relatives at that (sounds a bit like the south, no? see, we follow our Bible down here folks!). So, you're whole basis for marriage is lost from the first book of the bible, for all those that claim marriage was simply a union between man and woman intended to start a family.

Sure, go ahead, quote me all those passages you love to spit out at naysayers. I'll listen. Tell me the history of marriage throughout the entire book, and what God says about it.

To that I say marriage in this day and age is a financial institution, not a spiritual one. Again, athiests get married, as do Satan worshippers, I'm sure, so why don't you try and outlaw that? You can't, can you? It throws a kink into your entire argument.

I have a cousin who told me he wouldn't have a problem with gay marriage, except that he feels, and I quote, "gays are trying to make a mockery of the institution."

That is without a doubt the most bone-headed, idiotic statement I've ever heard.

As if straight people haven't made into a big enough joke. Celebrities get married as often as they change their clothes, divorce runs rampant throughout the country, and you can pullup to a booth in Vegas and be married in five minutes. None of these things came from gay marriage, but they are prime examples of why marriage considered as anything other than a finacial institution is a joke.

I know an almost infinite number of straight couples, but I can count on one hand the number that are happy, whether they're married or not. However, the gay couples I know can be counted on just one hand, and every one of them is happier than 95% of the straight couples I know (me included). Which makes think there might be something to being gay, but sadly I just don't find men attractive.

So, why the hell can they not get married? Because it might piss of the religious folk? Fuck 'em, they've got it coming to them. Not one single person has ever given me a valid reason gay marriage shouldn't be allowed. Aren't all men and women entitled to equality? Isn't that what this country is about. (Before someone says it, yes, I know that's an idealistic view, but it's one I have).

Yeah, I'm not making quite the point I'd hoped, and this is coming off as a bit preachy, but it's also a subject I'm very passionate about. Interesting side note, I was told that if I support gay marriage and think the war was a bad idea, then I must (and the MUST was emphasized) vote Democratic in the upcoming election.

First, I've never voted, and don't intend to until the system and the parties are completely done away with. Which is another reason I was told I MUST vote. Second, just because I believe certain things in alignment with Democrats, doesn't make me a Democrat. I see eye-to-eye with alot of Republican views as well, but I'm not gonna run out an align myself with those idiots either.

Bottom line, marriage, as I said, is a financial institution, one any couple should be allowed access to. Others who agree with my statements may disagree with that and say that marriage is a display of devotion to your loved one, a commitment to building something together, but I disagree. If you need recognition from the government to make a commitment to someone you love then you're far beyond help.


Tonight was the season premier of everyone's favorite teenaged superhero. Seriously, if you're not watching this show, you're missing out on some great TV. Sure it's filled with soap opera style plots, more teen angst than a John Hughes film (well, maybe not...), and probably a cast too sexy to even be allowed to be on television, much less play characters fanboys drool over (fangirls too, I'd imagine that works both ways, hell, multiple ways). but, it's still the best thing to happen to Supes since...well, since those nice Jewish kids created him.

Seriously. If you are watching this show and you're a comic book reader, you have to admit that this is the most interesting the character has been since he died oh those many years ago. And he wasn't that interesting then.

So, tonight we got to see the introduction of Lois Lane, find out that everyone isn't dead, see a bald Lionel luthor, and have even more secrets thrown our way. There were a handful of great moments, like clark wearing the red blanket, and Margot Kidder (in response to a query about her interest in Dr. Swan, who'splayed by Chris Reeve.) saying "In another life."

However, the flirting over the dead cousins/friends grave thing was a bit retarded (another word I meant to throw into my diatribe about how words take on different meanings...but, I'm getting off point). Yes, we all know she isn't dead, but it did seem to be a bit....dark, maybe? Not sure what word I'm looking for.

All in all though, a great episode. The black kryptonite seemed to be a handy plot point, but everything in this show is far too coincidental to feel grounded in the least bit. It's really part of the charm. Here's hoping the season just gets better from here.

Hope to have a review up later, possibly tomorrow, and I'm going to talk about one of those "important" things I mentioned a few days ago. Namely gay marriage. That'll either bring you back or send you screaming, either way, I'll be talking about it tomorrow. Well, lecturing would be a better word I suppose.


Wednesday, September 22, 2004

One Down...

And far too many to go. This one's from quite a few weeks ago, but it was still a good read.

Bullsesy: Greatest Hits #1 $2.99 (Marvel Comics)

Creative team: Daniel Way, Steve Dillon, with colors by Dan Kemp, letters by Randy Gentile, and a cover by Mike Deodato, Jr.

What's it about? Bullseye has finally been apprehended, and this time the government intends to keep him that way. Unfortunately before they got him he'd stolen some nukes, and now Agents Hoskins and Baldry have to find out where the nukes are. Which, naturally, means interrogating one of the world's most dangerous men.

Why you should be reading it: Well, let's start with the obvious reason, the art. Steve Dillon is one of the mediums finest, he's proven time and again how good he really is. This is no different. The pages flow as well as they possibly can, and while it might not be Frank Quietly/WE3-ish, it's still pretty damned good. Dillon doesn't draw any two characters the same, and you've gotta love his facial expressions. His Bullseye looks menacing, even though he's wearing nothing but a hospital gown. Next, there's the writing. Until now I've only known Way from his work on Venom, which I've mostly loved. He also wrote a creator owned book at Marvel titled Gun Theory and was supposed to be writing an Ant-Man series for the MAX line, not sure if that one ever made it to the stands rhough. Anyone have any idea? This book, however, feels verey different from his work on Venom. Yes, they're both psychopaths, but where as Venom feels more like out-and-out hooror-ish (is that a word?), Bullseye feels more like a suspense. For instance, the build up before we actually see Bullseye is fantastic, thw two agents talking about the various misdeeds the man has been known for. It's an old plot tactic, but it's one that works well, especially here. The dialogue is excellent as well, and you can almost feel the hatred these people have for their prisoner fuming off the page. Then we finally get to our main character, and it's everything we could have hoped. Even his little "origin" story seems crazy, and you're not quite sure if he's telling the truth, with that sly smile he has on his face. It just great stuff. Theother reason is, it'sBullseye. Who doesn't love maniacle, psychopathic lunatics with uncanny abilities? Especially well written and drawn ones!


Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Trilogy Tuesday

Looks like the event geeks everywhere have been waiting for has finally happened. The holy trilogy gets its first DVD release. Why do I say first? Look at how many VHS editions were released, so I can't possibly expect this to be the last we see of Lucas and his remastered shit. That's exactly what it is folks. Shit.

I could stand here all day and bitch about the fact that the man ruined his one and only masterpiece, but that's not true. The films were never his to begin with. At least, the original films weren't. This crap we're getting now, yeah, that's a George Lucas film.

The plot is a mish mash of various things, most notably akira Kurasawa's Hidden Forstress, and Lucas didn't even direct the best film of the series, and only gets credit for the story, not the actual script. The third film, Reurn of the Jedi, is the same as the second, Lucas niether directs nor gets credit for the script, just the story.

The man isn't getting a dime from me folks, and I feel for all you suckers coughing up good money for this shiny dog-turd he's selling.

You're better off buying either one of the other notable releases coming out this week, Mr. show: Season 4, or Mad TV: Season 1. At least they're intentionally funny.


Monday, September 20, 2004


Haven't talked much about my other little habit lately, so, here we go.

I picked up one of the Transformers: Alternators series, namely Hound, who comes as a scaled down replica of a Jeep Wrangler (he was a military jeep in the original cartoon, I believe) and he's pretty damned awesome. The Alternators series hasn't really impressed me up until this point, the robot modes just look awkward, so I've stayed away (actually, I've stayed away from almost all of the new Transformers series), but this one just looked good. He looks almost exactly like his original form from the toon in both car and robot mode. So, until they put out a Bumblebee, this will be the last TF buy for awhile...I think.

The other toy on the list is Art Asylum's new C3 constuction line, featuring Batman and Superman. I picked up the Batman & Robin pack, with the Batmobile. I had high hopes for it, and it completely let me down. Robin's hair fell off, Batman's feet won't stay on, the hands are awkward, and the Batmobile is too small for Batman. Not to mention the color scheme on the box isn't the one you get. Major disappointment here. I'd be curious to know if this was an oddity, or if they're all this shitty. Maybe I'll pick up another pack just to see, but at ten bucks I expected it to at least stay together. If anyone else bought one, let me know what you think, or if you're selling them, let me know if you got any complaints. Parents, I'd be weary of buying this for your kids, perhaps the Marvel MiniMates would be a better investment, or some good old fashioned Legos.

That might be it for the day folks. Big thanks to Mike over at Progressive Ruin. Got my books today man, and I'm uber psyched about Howard the Duck.

Getting Fused

One of the GN's I got from ADD this past week, and I got the chance to read it last night. So, here's the rundown:

Fused: Canned Heat TPB $12.95 (Dark Horse/Rocket Comics)

Creative Team: Steve Niles, Paul Lee, Brad Rader, and Ben Templesmith, with an intro by Dan Wickline and pin-ups by David Helfrey, Scott A. Keating, Patrick Clarke and Ashley Wood.

What's it about? (Taken straight fron Niles' website: ) Mark Haggerty was a promising young robotics engineer until his body became fused with an experimental robot suit during a routine testing session. Trapped inside a body that’s not his own, and suddenly the unwilling pawn in a deadly struggle between obsessive egos and misguided military forces, Mark’s life is forever changed. With his human body consumed more each day by the Cy-bot suit, and the most dangerous elements in the world closing in around him, Mark’s only recourse is to keep fighting—until he gets his life back.
Collecting the Fused series originally published by Image

Why you should read it: Well, first of all, it's Steve Niles, and he's one of the better writers working in the medium today. Unlike most, he manages to bring something new to the table with every project. His 30 Days of Night was the second coming of great horror comics, he's writing a zombie book, he writes mystery/horror books (okay, yeah, those all fall into the horror category, but they aren't all about the same thing), and then there's Fused, something far, far outside his other horror-centric titles. I've already told you the basic lot for the series, and really, there's not much beyond that. The introduction (which it fantastic) gives us a brief historyof Niles' trouble with this book, going so far as to call it cursed (Niles calls it cursed himself). I think I can agree with that statement. It's not a bad book, not by any means, but it lacks alot of things, mostly consistency. You'll notice three different artists for the trade, and given that it was a miniseries, that's alot. You'll also note that it says it was originally published by Image, and Dark horse published the trade. It struck me as funny. Back to consistency. In serialized fiction, it's a pretty important element, and I can't help but think that if I'd read this series by issues it wouldn't have been quite as bad. Especially since there seemed to be large gaps between them. The art, however, isn't the only thing that could have been better (well, the consistency of the art at least), the story feels off. We're left with quite a few questions, given how much we actually care about the series and it's characters. The back story about who Mark really works for seems vague, as does the back story for the people chasing them. We're not given alot of time with Mark and his wife, so when he worries about her we don't really feel the urgency that he does. My biggest complaint is the introduction of the Implementers, who end up serving almost no purpose. It felt like the old Image books where Youngblood would show up just because, and you're left scratching your head. Overall the book felt rushed, no matter how long it was between issues. This might be one of the rare books that only read great in floppy form, because the trade makes it feel like the comic book equivelent of a quilt. Bits and pieces of things stitched together in an attempt to make an even larger thing. Unfortunately these pieces were oddly shaped and we're left with many, many holes.

I've got tons more to talk about, but, like always, I'm strapped for time. I've just finished Niles' Freaks of the Heartland #5 along with the latest Fantastic Four issue, so look for some thoughts on those later.

EDIT: I just added Haloscan comments, you can't miss 'em, so this should make it easier for those who actually comment! Ignore the first little comment line...I haven't been able to get it removed yet. Anyone know how?


Sunday, September 19, 2004

Now, I Finally Have Something to Say

And, to some it might seem stupid, to others it might seem offensive, and other might not give a damn, but I'm gonna say it.

Dorian talked about the use of the word "gay" a few days ago, specifically in Robert Kirkman's invincible. Now, while I don't read the book, and completely agree with what Dorian is saying, I do believe there are two sides to every story. So, here, now, I'm going to argue against Dorian's point.

Alot of words like this (gay, queer, nigger {yeah, there I said it} and even negro) were basically assigned (is that even the right word?) to a group of people by people who felt they were better than the people they assigned them too. They began to use them as derogatory terms to describe that group of people. However, each one of those words had a far different meaning before then.

Nigger and negro were both slang used to describe something black (you can look into the origins of just about any widely spoken language, and somewhere you'll find a similar term being used as an adjective for a dark or black color. But, that's really beside the point, just something I wanted to address while I'm talking about word origins.

Side note here, before someone says, "what about fag?" Alot of people seem to be under the impression that the term fag was taken from the British, where they use it in reference to cigarettes, however, the term they use is derived from the word fag-end, which ironically comes from the original definition of the word fag, which was to hang loose, or flap. If you look into word origins you'll find that the British use of the word fag is actually referring to the way a cigarette hangs from your mouth. The derogatory, more American use is derived from the word faggot, and I honestly have no idea where that term comes from, and any definition you find, or that I've found, it's only meaning is to describe a male homosexual. But, I'm getting off track.

Gay was originally (or, until it became associated with homosexuality) used to describe someone that was quite happy. How or why it became associated with homosexuality, I haven't the slightest. Near as I've been able to find it was originally adopted (as all the other were) as a derogatory term, meant to be hurtful towards the receiving party.

Queer was originally used as a term to describe something odd, or not right. Given that it too was meant to be hurtful, it's not hard at all to tell how it became associated with homosexuality.

Now, I've got a feeling that if Kirkman had wrote "This is so queer." we might not be having this discussion, so I'm going to leave that one aside, but like the other terms, it's something I just wanted to address while I was on the subject.

Okay, so, like I said, I pretty much agree with what Dorian is saying, but it was a word that originally had a different meaning, and somehow became associated with a specific group of people, and was thought to be a bad term. Much like the black community, you have to give the homosexual community credit for taking a word that was originally meant to offend, and using it as a term of edearment (usually) between each other.

Unlike the "N" word, the slang usage of gay doesn't have the same history of torment and oppression behind it, even if it was adapted as a term of hatred, hopefully everyone can agree with me there. There's also a theory that the word gay wasn't derogatory at all, but that it was adopted by homosexuals as a sort of "code." I don't personally buy into that, but it is an alternate theory, and like I said, two sides to every story.

Where was I?

Honestly, I don't really know....

What it boils down to is the fact that in the English language, especially in America, it has never been uncommon to take a word and prescribe it a different meaning. Cool, bad, sick, tight, fat; all recent examples, and all readily used by a lot of younger people. Granted none of them have ever been used as a term of endearment between a specific group of people, but that's not to say they never will either.

Teens are constantly creating new slang, but just because they use a word one way doesn't mean they are ignorign it'sother meanings, or attempting to infer that it's other meaning is somehow wrong (see, depending on how you read this sentence, I could be saying two different things).

"That's bad."

It's a sentence that can mean two different things. If kids are now using "gay" to describe something they think is stupid or weird, well, that doesn't mean they are implying that homosexuals are stupid or weird to them, but they've taken a wordone generation has been using to mean something, and using it to mean something else. It is just a word, and in the end that's all it is. We may not like it, but it's something I don't think yelling at people will change it, every new generation does it.

I'm a fat white guy and if the term "fat cracker" suddenly became popular for describing something else, well, I guess I'll just have to get over it.

Like I said, I agree, and completely see your point there Dorian, but it's out of our hands once we become adults. Or, at least reasonable facsimiles. We're never going to understand the slang the kids are using these days.

Hope I didn't piss anyone off with any of this, honestly, that was not my intent, and if I have, apologies. But, in situations like this I think it's important to always look at someone elses perspective, no matter what. You'll be amazed at what you find. And that's not directed at Dorian, but everyone. Offenders and offendees alike.

Okay, I've droned on enough. Got some comics in the mail today, much thanks to Mr. Doane, so maybe I'll have more to talk about tomorrow. Night folks.


Thursday, September 16, 2004

Yet another storm

I'm glad I don't live in Florida. But, I do live in Georgia, which means we get some of the aftermath (winds and rain, sometimes tornadoes) from those damned hurricanes. So, these next few days are predicted to be rough, and considering how easily my power goes out, it's likely I won't be able to post anything for at least two days or so. On top of that, bad weather = me working more hours, so I doubt I'd even have the time to post.

I've watched a few movies (actually about five) in the last few days that I've been wanting to discuss, three of them action films, which was going to lead me to something that was being discussed on Tom's blog the other day. Looks like I'd just be beating the dead horse now, so I'm going to try and formulate them into something else.

It's also occured to me that I don't really ever say anything of importance on my blog, and as self-defeating as that sounds, it's not really for lack of trying. I've become mainly a review blog, which is never what I inteded to be, so I'm going to try and change that.

Not that I won't do reviews, but just that I'm going to try and devote one post a week to actually saying something, so it doesn't sound like all I do is read comics and watch movies. Wait...that is all I do.

Picked up a ton of stuff at my local shop this week, and even went diving in the fifty...or is that fitty?...cent bins. I'm expecting some comics from both ADD and Mike, provided they both got my payment, haven't heard back from either one, so guys, if you're reading this, lemme know if everything's kosher.

I did want to talk about some TV watching, but decided nothing was really that noteworthy. I missed Father of the Pride and Scrubs this week, which was a downer, but, they'll rerun 'em...well, they'll rerun Scrubs. I lood for the other show to end up cancelled, even though it isn'treally a bad show, it just lacks direction.

Also, just to show how computer-retarded I am, I just mastered mp3 technology about two days ago, and I must say, being able to store massive amounts of music on one disc is friggin' awesome.

I also wanted to get in on Tom's Family Guy discussion from awhile back, but missed the boat on that as well. Despite what some say, and no matter how few gags the show actually has, I've yet to find an episode that doesn't make me laugh at least foure or five times.

And, since I have to be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow, I'm gonna leave you with that. Here's hoping I have power when I get home from work! Oh, and cable!


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A Review and Links

Plenty o'stuff around the net to look at today.

First up, Alan's got a review of the two Superman Adventures trades (or mini-trades, whatever you wanna call 'em) written by Mark Millar. Check it out, over at the CBG, link's to the right.

Tony Whitt's new Comicscape column is up, and it's always worth a read through, just click on the link.

Tom has some thoughts on the Punisher film that all but echo my own feelings. So go give him a look.

Identity Disc #4 $2.99 (Marvel Comics)

Creative Team: Rob Eodi, John Higgins, with inks by Sandu Florea, colors by A. Crossley, and letters by Dave Sharpe

What's it about? A team of villians is blackmailed into obtaining the coveted Identity Disc from A.I.M. headquarters. Hijinks ensue as they don't get along and fumble the plan.

Why you should be reading it: Well, this issue was actually not half bad, but, like the Punisher, I think it may just be dulling my senses so that each issue seems less crappy. The plot is some parts Clue and some parts The Usual Suspects, and it's in no way as inventive as either of those, or as clever. Cliche's run rampant throughout, and while there are a few laughs to be had, other than Deadpool and the Vulture, all the characters seem to be misinterpreted. Were Rodi using lower tier villians (yes, these aren't the lowest villians in the MU, Stilt-Man anyone?) this might have been great. Instead we get treated to an odd little book where everything feels a bit off, and no one seems to be who they are. If that makes any sense. The art is serviceable at best. Other than the way Sabertooth is drawn I haven't had any major complaints, but it doesn't fit the mood of the story. Just one man's opinion though. At least we get to see who the hell was behind this next issue.

The Late Night List

Sigh...yet another long workday....

Dazed And Confused

A classic. And it's a Special Edition release, including some new bonus features.

Diff'rent Strokes: The Complete First Season

Proof that the TV nostalgia has gone too far.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Another classic in special edition format.

G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom

I think they put this out just for Dorian. The tagline says "Still fighting Cobra, 20 years later!" Not really, but fighting the same war and getting nowhere for years on end often makes me think of our own govenrment. So, at least no one can say it's not a realistic concept.

Jem & the Holograms: Season 3, Part 1

I know somewhere there are 25 year old men buying this crap. Ooh, look, a G.I. Joe movie!

Man On Fire

I'm dying to see this.

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Repeat after me, "This isn't a bad movie!"

THX 1138

I think Lucas digitally replaced everyone that was originally in the film...with himself. Seriously, he should just be allowed to print his own money. Idiots will buy anything with his name on it. I have heard this is a good film though.

I shall be back tomorrow with a review or two.


Monday, September 13, 2004

Come Monday

And I'm still playing catch up.

First and foremost, I've updated my fiction blog, so do check that out if you're bored. Second, I'm working on trying to get a different comments box, as Bloggers is just troublesome. I've noticed a ton of folk using Haloscan, and I'm going to attempt to try that, we'll see how much my skills have grown when I attempt to add it to the html...

Next, some reviews:

Back to the Future: TheComplete Trilogy

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer(s): Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson

What's it about? The adventures of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett (Sp?) Brown, as they travel through time, bith into the past and into the future. If you need to know more than that, you really have been living uder a rock haven't you?

Why you should see it: Or in the case of the DVD set, why you should own it/rewatch it. First of all, it's one of the best series of family films out there. Yes, the language can be a bit on the vulgar side, and there are some mild sexual situations (especially in the first film), but, nothing's too horrible, depending on the age of your children, and I suppose how firm you are about sheltering them.

All of that aside, there's really alot to enjoy here. Everyone will tell you that the second and third of the trilogy don't hold up to the first, but, seriously, how could you expect them too. The first film was lightning in a bottle, and it's almost impossible to catch it twice, and impossible to hit it all three times. Still, the inventiveness of the second film makes up for what it lacks. It's truly unique to see something like this, a film that not only uses time travel as a plot point, but manages to travel withing it's own universe, so that in the second film you get to see the first film from a whole new perspective.

As for the third, well, who doesn't want to be a cowboy?

Not to mention the fact that the second and third were filmed back-to-back, a very grueling task, which likely resulted in the lower quality. Still, I believe the sequels are vastly underrated, and stand the test of time well. The charatcers still hold up, as do the jokes, and the special effects aren't so bad either.

Now, the DVD set has tons of extras on it, including two commentary tracks for each film (one of them is a Q&A session with Zemeckis and Gale) a few documentaries about the making of each film, a trivia track on each film, make-up and special effects tests, two music videos, production notes, outtakes, and some deleted scenes.

The most interesting thing? Zemeckis' comment when asked if he was going to digitally remove some mistakes from the pictures. Not sure if he was directly speaking about George Lucas, but he gets his point across on his feelings about that.

Like I said, the films hold up surprisingly well, even if they are obviously dated films. Considering the sequels were never even planned on, it makes me wonder what would've been different if they knew ahead of time. Zemeckis goes on record, saying "we never would have put the girl in the car."

This is a great DVD set, the picture quality is excellent, and the fact that they didn't remove any of the "warts" (as they call them) makes it that much more pleasing. This is one everyone should own. If you can't at least enjoy the first, then I honestly don't know what's wrong with you.

Oooh, time for some comics!

The Punisher #11 $2.99 (Marvel Comics)

I'm gonna skip all the usual stuff and just say that the book has picked up a bit, but Ennis still hasn't impressed me here. I'm finishing this arc, and starting the next one, and after that who knows? The art is serviceable at best, and the plot just feels forced. Maybe there really was a statement to make about the I.R.A. and their cause, but it must have gotten lost in there somewhere. The action isn't nearly what you'd expect, and with the exception of McGinty about to getcarved to bits, there's almost no satisfaction to be found here. Right now I'm wishing I stuck to buying Ennis in trades, especially on this book.

That's it for today folks. I'll be back tomorrow with the list!


Sunday, September 12, 2004


And it can mean only one thing. The triumphant return of Atlanta Falcon Football. Well, maybe not triumphant, but, hey, they're back!

Yeah, you don't meet too many fanboy's who happen to be football fanatics as well. It's an odd existemce that I live. Anyway, since I will likely be tied up the rest of the day watching the greatest sport in the world, and cheering on my fantasy team (The Devestators; they can find a way to make even football geeky, isn't it amazing!) I thought I'd finish up a review first. So, here it is!

X-Force #2 $2.99 (Marvel Comics)

Creative Team: Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza, with colors by Matt Yackey, and letters by Rus Wooton

What's it about? Beats the hell out of me. Cable is attempting to reform his paramilitary squad to face yet another futuristic foe. That's pretty much all I got out of last issue.

This issue: Ummm...Cable attempts to reform his...oh forget it. This issue we see the rest of the old team (minus Syrin, which I found a bit odd) all but refuse to help Cable. Except for Sam, who's in Kentucky, and ends up being visited by someone else form the future claiming that Cable will be responsible for some tragedy or another. Oh, and it turns out Sam is once again some sort of "savior" or something. So when the rest of the gang find out Sam might be in trouble, they naturally go running to help. Bodyslide, end of issue.

Why you should be reading it: You really shouldn't. The reasons I am are about as dumb as they come. First, the writing isn't terrible. It's not. In fact there are a few moments where it's a tad bit on the witty sad, just a tad though. Of course I never found Rob and Fabes work together to be that atrocious to begin with. There's obviously an effort on someones part to drop hints at what these characters have been doing lately, but there's huge gaps between last issue and this one. Which just makes you scratch your head. You can easily fill in the blanks, but in today's slow-paced comic world it's a bit puzzling. Of course, I often complain about slow pace as well. Typical fanboy bitching....

The art, you ask? Well, that's where the book is really failing. The art isn't even up to par with last issue...and that's just sad. Liefeld art is pretty substandard enough, but bad Liefeld art is just awful. On top of that we didn't get the obligatory fight scene. This issue was a bit disappointing. Anyone that knows me knows I have a love for bad thing, be they movies or comics, but when you're writing something you know isn't exactly "great" have some fun with it. I'd call X-Force the Showgirls of the comic world. It's one of those things you shouldn't watch, but it's just so darned fun. Except for the art, personally I'd love to see a great artist on the book. Igor Kordey maybe. Something like that might bring about the end of civilization as we know it.

Later folks.


Saturday, September 11, 2004

Why do they call it the blues?

Beats me, but Bluesman by Rob Vollmar and Pablo Vallejo promises to be one of the best, and most inmportant comics work this year, possibly ever. The duo previously worked on The Castaways from Absence of Ink press, and it's probably one of the greatest stories ever written, and shows just what this medium is capable of.

ADD over at the Galaxy has been talking about Bluesman for some time, and I'm finally getting in on it. It can (and should) be pre-ordered from the recent Previews catalog, and according to Alan, can be found at the Absence of Ink website.I can't find it there just yet, but I could be losing my mind.

There's plenty of stuff worth buying outside of Bluesman including the previously mentioned The Castaways. O and there's also Forlorn Funnies (which gave us another of the greatest works this year, Mother, Come Home. So, here's the link: Absence of Ink Comic Press - Home

Check it out, buy something, and if you find the Bluesman solicitation, let me know!

For more on Bluesman and Rob Vollmar, check out Alan's Five Questions at Neswarama:

Hopefully I'll get to some reviews later.


Friday, September 10, 2004

The Resurrection

In more ways than one. I'm finally back after a hiatus that lasted far too long. Hope everyone's still with me. There's a ton of things to talk about, including almost two weeks worth of comics, movies, and even some TV. First though, I'm gonna talk about a movie I put off for awhile.

Alien: Resurrection

Director: Jean-Pierre Juenet

Writer: Joss Whedon (That's right fanboys, your savior wrote this.)

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Rider, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman, Gary Dourdan, Michael Wincott, Kim Flowers, Dan Hedaya, J.E. Freeman, Brad Dourif, Raymond Cruz, Leland Orser

What's it about? It seems 200 years have passed since Ripley comitted suicide to "save" the human race from the aliens, and now a few scientists have found a way to bring her back. Yay for cloning. After repeated attempts (seven) they finally succeed, and when she (rapidly, as the aliens do) grows into adult-hood, they remove the queen embryo from inside her. Now, with the help of a few...let's call them space pirates...they have the bodies needed to host a new litter of aliens. What they don't realize is that just becasue the aliens look, well, animalistic, doesn't mean they're unintelligent. So, the creatures get out of their holding cells, and proceed to kill everyone on board the space station. Oh, and it's headed to Earth.

Why you should watch it: There aren't alot of reasons to watch it really. I remember really hating the film after seeing it in theatres, but after going over all the extra features on the DVD and giving it another look, I've found that isn't so much the case. For all those that have seen it, give it another look, considering who Whedon is these days, and the fan following he has, you might be surprised at how different you see it. Especially after I try to clear a few things up.

Until the DVD, I had no idea that this was a French director. None. Which shows how lazy I truly am. It's easy to sit on the couch and denounce a film, but once you "meet" the director and begin to realize his intentions, and especially if he seems like a nice enough guy, it becomes increasingly difficult. So, having listened to Jean-Pierre talk about Resurrection, I've found myself not hating it. It's still not a good film, but I've never been one for French cinema anyway.

And that's exactly what this is. It's a French film (more specifically a dark comedy), made with American money, and mostly with American actors. Jean-Pierre had never directed outside of France, so when Hollywood came calling, he naturally jumped on the project. To this day (as he says repeatedly) he has been unable to figure out why they chose him. Looking at his filmography, I have to agree. For a studio looking to revive a dead franchise to choose someone virtually unknown in the states, someone without the slightest background in this type of work, is almost ridiculous.

So, you've got to give credit to 20th Cent. Fox for taking a massive chance with their choice...or do you? Considering the other problems of all three films, I'm assuming what the studio wanted was someone they could instruct better. Scott, Cameron, and Fincher all had major issues with the studio, Jean-Pterre never had a single problem. Why? Because he firmly believed he was making their film, that he was just another hired hand. If they said change, he changed. That, above all else, is the biggest problem of this film. Theother three fought for their vision, where as Jean-Pierre never really had one in the first place.

Yes, there are a few things he can claim as his own, a few ideas he came up with, and for the most part they add a bit of quirkiness to an otherwise lifeless film. Add on top of that that the movie was made state-side (not in London as the previous three, and that Jean-Pierre spoke not a lick of English, and that adds more fuel to the fire. There are times when you can clearly see that the acting is suffering from bad communication with the director (not bad directing mind you). Next we have the writing. Now, while everyone seems content to hail Whedon as one of the greatest writers in quite sometime, I don't buy it. His dialogue seems over the top, and cliched as hell. That stuff works in comics, but on film it just doesn't fly.His plots have huge holes in them (at least they do here) and he doesn't seem to have full grasp of the characters he's writing. Now, for fans of Whedon, watch the film again, and keep in mind about the directing, I'm sure you'll enjoy it a wee bit more, if not downright like it. Next, the acting. Here is where it all comes together. Mediocre, and sometimes just plain bad writing, mixed with a director who can barely communicate, and all of a sudden we start to self distruct. None of the actors are bad, but they all seem lost in the roles, not knowing exactly what they should be doing, not sure about how to deliver their lines. It's a recipe for destruction. The only thing about the film that is a complete success is the cinematography, and we have Darius Khondji (se7en) to thank for that. If you watch the film on mute it looks brilliant.

So, to sum it up, it's really hard to hate the film. Everyone (except the studio) had the best of intentions, and really did try their best to make a good film. Unfortunately, with all those elements I mentioned, and (I think) without the struggle the other films had, this movie lacks one basic element. Soul. You just cannot feel for these characters, and in the end you begin to hope that the aliens kill them all.

That's pretty much it for now. I've got aton of books to go over, but considering how touchy my connection's been, I'm gonna call it a day before I lose everything.


Monday, September 06, 2004

Bad to worse

No power, no cable, lotsa wind and rain. No updates for awhile folks. Stupid hurricane. At least I ain't in Florida!


Sunday, September 05, 2004

Getting that itch again...

Which can only mean one thing.

Scratch #4 $2.95 (DC Comics)

Creative team: Sam Kieth, with letters by Phil Balsman, and colors by Alex Sinclair

What's it about? A werewolf. And a bunch odd weird kids. And disgruntled townsfolk, with pitchforks and torches. And an odd young girl as well. And, somehow, Batman.

This issue: We find out the sheriff is also a bit weird. Well, a lot weird. We get to see Scratch take a few odd forms, and Batman finally shows up.

Why you should be reading it: Well, this is another one I'm sticking with solely because it's Sam Keith. The narrative flow is all wrong, and I can't really grasp what the hell is going on. So, in essence, you probably shouldn't be reading this. However, it looks fucking gorgeous.

More later folks, apologies for the lack of updates. The bad weather headed this way is keeping me busy at work, I pulled a 12 hour shift today, so I haven't the energy for anything else. More tomorrow. I swear.


Friday, September 03, 2004

Another One Bites The Dust

Forsaken #1 $2.95 (Image Comics)

Creative Team: Carmen Treffiletti, Kristian Donaldson, with inks by Nick Zagami, and letters by Lithium Pro

What's it about? Apollo Delk is hired by a mysterious group of do something...along with several other people. Turns out he might end up getting them killed.

Why you should be reading it: Hmmm...I'm not so sure you should be. ADD beat me to the punch over at CBG and reviewed this, and he hit the nailon the head. This is pretty much an averagebook, and the writing is very cliched. I loved the art, and it elevated the dialogue a bit, so it may be worth picking up the second issue, and maybe a third, but I can't see this holding my interest longer than that. Well, unless it just gets better.
One; it really is the loneliest number

And that's how many reviews I have for you. One. Sorry folks, it's been a long day, but at least it's a good one!

Y, the Last Man #26 $2.95 (DC/Vertigo)

Creative Team: Brian K. Vaugh, Pia Guerra, with inks by Jose Marzan, Jr., color by Zylonol, and letters by Clem Robbins

What's it about? It's every man's fantasy turned into a complete and total nightmare. Yorick and his pet monkey, Ampersand, are the last serviving males on the entire planet, and along with a mysterios government agent, and a doctor who thinks she can find out what went wrong, they make their way across country, in the hopes of finding some answers.

This issue: This month we get a tale about Yorick's sister, and one time would-be assassin, Hero. While the pieces seem random at first, once we get into the tale, Vaughn begins to sow them together nicely. We getglimpses of her childhood, her reaction to the plague, her reunion with her mother, her first meeting with the Amazon's, her first sexual experiance, her deprogramming, and her glimpse at the first male born into this new world.

Why you should be reading it: Because for over two years now it has been one of the best damn books on the shelves. Honestly, it was so good when I picked up the first issue, I thought it would surely be cancelled inside of a year. Things like this don't often last, but here we are, 25 issues later, and still going strong. The story has moved a bit slow at times, but it's so well written that it's usually not a bother. And if Vaughn lacks anything in his writing skill (he doesn't) Guerra certainly makes up for it with the art. Not only is this one of the best written books on the shelf, it's also one of the most beautiful. This is the most consistent book being published today, well, most consistently excellent, I believe some X-Book has the current lock on consistently bad. This is something everyone should be reading. Well, not the kids. Buy this book and keep it going for another two years.


Thursday, September 02, 2004

Well, I got one of them!

Haven't had a chance to get any reading done, and I didn't get to finishe the bonus materials for Alien: Resurrection, but I did watch The Girl Next Door.

The Girl Next Door

Director: Luke Greenfield (the Animal)

Writer(s): David Wagner, Brent Goldberg, Stuart Glumberg

Actors: Emile Hirsch, Elisha Cuthbert

What's it about? Hirsch plays Matthew Kidman, typical high school geek, about to graduate, with no fond memories of his four years in Hell. Cuthbert plays the girl whol moves in next door, Danielle, who just happens to be a former porn star, unbeknownst to Matt. He falls in love, and she falls in love, they overcome her chosen profession, along with a few other typical obstacles, and have some laughs along the way.

Why you should watch it: Well, it's a pretty typical movie, except the cast and direction bring it up to another level. Greenfield's previous big outing was The Animal which wasn't a bad film, for what it was, but this flik should bring Greenfield into the majors of comedy. There are some outright genuine laughs, and plenty of feel-good moments, along with T&A galore. Yesterday I watched a movie that was awful, and attempted to hide it with sex. This movie does the exact opposite, adding T&A where none is really needed. The script wassolid enough to support itself, but I think the studio might have felt like it needed the extra boost to drive in horny teens. Of course I watched the unrated version, so I don't know what was added in really. Still, I found it a bit overdone in parts. Yeah, she's a porn star, I suppose you have to have some nudity. I'm getting away from the subject. Nudity aside, this film holds it own, and is better than any of the teen movies to come down the pike in quite along time. That's not saying much, but really, it's a good movie. Mostimpressive was Greenfields use of music during the course of the film. Scores are usually best at holding a mood, but here we have pop and rock songs in place of traditional instumental music, and it works brilliantly. The acting is impressive, and like I said, the plot keeps you entertained. If you're looking to get a good laugh and a smile, you can't go wrong with this.

Also, there's a new Chapter up on my Last Stand page, so please, if you're bored, check it out. Or, check it out if you're not bored. Just check it out!


Wednesday, September 01, 2004


It's not a Sunday afternoon, but there's still alot of stuff out there to see.

Tony Whitt has a new Comicscape column up at He talks about this weeks releases, and has an in-depth look at DC's Humanoids line currently bombarding shelves. I'll have to look into picking some of those up. Check it out:

There's also an Avengers #500 review, and a Sandman: Endless Nights review.

Mike Sterling has an interesting cover up at Funny stuff.

Speaking of covers: Check out Dorian's brilliant idea on the man that shouyld have been Hush.

Near Mint Heroes has a massive update, bound to keep you busy for quite awhile, it's a linkfest of its own, take a gander:

Johnny Bacardi is back from yet another NYC trip. Welcome back Johnny. Not much happening in his world, but check it out:

And, once again, CBG is having a celebration, so please, go make em feel good by running up their hit counter. There's tons of great stuff to read there, sure to keep you busy for hours.

Neilalien has a link to the new Doc Strange series, a full preview of the issue, so hit him up as well:

Since it's Wednesday, and that means new comics, I'll be back later with some review. Actually, there's a few movies I'm gonna talk about too, Alien: Resurrection and The Girl Next Door. One's great and one sucks. I'll leave you with the suspense.

Some Reviews and the Return of an Old Favorite

First, head on over to CBG and check out D. emerson edyy's latest words of wisdom, How to Quit Reading Comics. Great, hilarious stuff, and sadly, he's completely on the ball with it. Also, today is the offical CBG anniversary, so, one more Happy Anniversary! to you guys over there.

Next, a review:

Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men $1.50 (Cover)

Creative Team: It'd be easier to name the people who weren't involved.

What's it about? The X-Men go up against an entity they just can't seem to fight, one who can attack them mentally. Turns out it's some kind of force as old as manking who feeds on misery. It's a pretty substandard story overall, but the point of the story isn't lost, and in fact you pretty much get beat over the head with it.

Why you should read it: Well, the art is pretty great, and the dialogue is well written, but considering the talent involved it'd be hard for it to be horrible. There's a great cover by Art adams, and a Jim Starlin does a back cover that's impressive enough. It's pretty standard X-Men stuff from the mid-80's, with great dialogue and good art, great art in some places. I found it in a quarter bin, and that makes it well worth it, but I believe the guide price is between five and ten bucks, I doubt it's worth that.

Wild Things 2

I'm not even gonna run the list of creative talent, because they should all be embarassed. Not for making a T&A movie, but for making a T&A movie badly. And that's pretty hard to do. In fact, before watching this idiotic film I would've said it's impossible. Well, turns out nothing is impossible. This movie sucks, and in the worst way possible.

TV Time

I actually caught new episodes of a TV series tonight, well, two series to be exact. First was the new animated adult comedy, Father of the Pride. Now, it wasn't bad, really, but the fact that it's animated leads me to believe two things, it'll attract kids, and it'll try to imitate other successful animated shows. Neither of which will be good. Popular shows like the ones on Adult Swim have made it trendy to write edgy cartoons for an older audience, but trying to capitalize on that just for the sake of it seems idiotic, and we all know the networks can never go where cable can, so why try? As for the kids thing, this is marketed to adults, but being on a network, and being in primetime will just lead to failure for the show, parents won't much care for the subject matter. Which is really a shame, because the show had its moment, and I laughed out loud at times. It was worth it just to hear "bitch" from a cartoon on network TV.

The other was Scrubs, which is the funniest show on TV, and this episode proved it. Last season was a bit lackluster, and it felt like NBC just didn't know what to do with the show. Hopefully we'll see something great this year, as it could very well fall into the ranks of sitcom history as one of the best shows, and longest, to ever air. I honestly hope this show lasts a decade or more. The writing is always fresh, the characters are well rounded, and feel very human, the jokes are actually funny, and it's got that quirkyness to it that just makes me love it so much more than any other show I've ever sat down to watch. This is some great TV here folks.

Oh, and unlike Tom the Dog (see his recent musings, to the right) I don't think Heather Graham is all that bad. She seemed to hold up okay during the course of the show.