Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers

Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers - Volume 1Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers - Volume 1 by Steve Gerber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow's Avengers reprints the original mini series and cameo appearances from other titles from the 70s. This is a fun if somewhat corny book. Corny, mostly because it is so dated. It was a huge mistake of having a character from the 70's/80's era in the far future as a member of the team. This original version of the team has several members, most are post human inhabitants of other planets in our solar system. While it is fun imagining what these people would be like, it really makes the invasion look implausible. These few guys that are so tough are the exact genetic makeup of everyone else on their respective planets. Yet the Badoon march in and take over only to be forced out by a very small group. Doesn't make sense. Not to mention that they fly around in a mock up of the Enterprise that they have named the Captain America.

This book is wordy. It is about 20 issues of some of the wordiest comics you will read. not that this is either good or bad, it is and you should just be expecting it. Not great, but not horrible either. There is some good writing tucked away in several issues and some interesting ideas that seldom ever seem to get fully explored. The art is on par with other titles of the time and some of it is rather striking.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Canticle For Leibowittz

A Canticle for Leibowitz (St. Leibowitz, #1)A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book takes place in between the events that most books would actually be about. It basically follows a cloister of monks whose mission it is to protect knowledge. This covers a huge swath of time. It is probably the only science fiction story that I have ever read that paints the Catholic religion in a positive light. It is a very strange yet very compelling book. I took away a star because I felt that the third act was a bit weaker than the other two and it was a lot more abstract and left many questions unanswered. Amazing book though, highly recommended.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Game of the Year 2013


A lot of people are giving this to GTA V, I have played it. it is fun, but the dialogue is really bad. Like, makes you wince, kind of bad. I really like The Last of Us. It is a zombie game but, then again, it isn't. The writing was good and the story pulls you in. I think that this wins for best game. Best cinematography would go to Tomb Raider. That game is beautiful. It is also very fun to play. Best RPG would have to go to NiNoKuni. Studio Ghibli doesn't let you down with this one and it is also the recipient of the best all ages award. Now I have not played all the games this year, so my subjective list my not match your subjective list. What do you think the best games of the year were? Why do you think my opinions are wrong? let me know in the comments.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thor 2 spoiler free review

Took the family to see Thor this weekend and had a blast. My 9 and 12 year old love Thor because he is so pretty and when I made it known that I was going, they made it known that I wasn't going without them.

Script- Just trust them, the bad guys are trying to destroy the world or worlds. The how is very complicated science-magic. So, just go with it and have fun. It is a popcorn movie to be sure. Don't try to understand it. I said, STOP!

Acting- The acting was great, I mean you have serious hard hitting actors in this movie and that wasn't going to be a problem. Natalie Portman has way more chemistry with Thor than she did Vader. I just wondered if she told Thor that she wasn't at the battle of New York because she was having another man's baby at the time. I am sure it will come out in the sequel. Also a remarkable performance was put in by Kat Denning's boobs.

Overall- A fun popcorn movie. It wasn't The Avengers and I think it was better than the first Thor. The character is changing and becoming more heroic. They are writing him with a bit of depth. I would list it as fun for the whole family. Marvel has another winner here. Will DC ever respond.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I Am Legend- audiobook review

I am Legend and Other StoriesI am Legend and Other Stories by Richard Matheson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is just as good the second time around. It has been a few years since I read the book the first time. This time I listened to the audio. The director of the audio book made some different interpretations of the I Am Legend story, but the reading was well done. The other stories, though, I couldn't get through due to the reading. I remember enjoying several of the stories previously, especially the Mad House one and the monster funeral, but there were funny voices and whatnot and It kind of ruined the mood. I would suggest reading instead of listening to this one.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Rocket Girl-comic review

Monday evening I recieved my copy of Rocket Girl numero uno in the mail. I had contributed to the kickstarter for this project and have been looking forward to it for the past few months. It is written by Brandon Montclare and art by Amy Reeder. This title is published on the Image imprint.

First off, the artwork is amazing. I really liked it. It was krisp, clean, and vibrant. For project updates they would release images from the book and they always looked like cover images. Every panel is done with that same quality.

The story was engaging but a little hard to follow sometimes as it divides itself between the future (2013) and the present (1986). The Future is a very futuristic and stylized 2013 with flying cars, jet packs, half Swedish/half Korean teenage girl police officers. DaYoung is sent back into 1986 to presumably stop her timeline from happening. Why? Well that isn't explained in the first issue.

Pretty good first issue, can't wait for #2.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Deep Space 9

I have been reading LARP Trek and decided that I would watch DS9 to get in on the in jokes. I was a huge fan of Star Trek: TNG, but for some reason, I never really got into DS9. I remember being excited about the show, thinking Dax was hot and liking Bashir, but it wasn't appointment TV for me. So I caught a few episodes from season 1 and a random episode here and there.

DS9 is available on amazon as part of my prime account so I figured I would give it a go after becoming more interested in the show from the LARP trek comic. I also know people with the highest praise for the show, but I have to wonder what flavor of crack they are smoking. I pressume cherry. Season one is horrible (what I have watched so far). Seeing the wormhole and space station all I can think about is that I should watch Babylon 5 again. The acting is very weak, but event that is way above the writing. I understand that they are trying to make every episode charactercentric as a form of introduction but it is painfully obvious that is what they are doing and the solution to whatever problem is either a McGuffin or the problem solves itself(dropped storylines). The only good performances are from O'Brien and Dax. Sisko is painful to watch sometimes.

One of things I have picked up on is the premise of a higher power in the show. As a high school kid, when the show came out, I should have been able to pick up on it, but I don't remember. They absolutely hit you over the head with it. You have the orbs and the kai of course, but you also have the episode where O'Brien is chosen to be a prophet to deliver the village. I know that was technically an orb magic thing too, but...Then there is the hand of God opening the wormhole. Now as a kid, I thought that was a pretty cool and amazing piece of work. It really was great for a tv show at the time. It looks really, really bad now.

My conclusion at this point is that I will still try and watch the rest of the season and may give season 2 a shot, but LARP trek is actually coming off as more interesting and better written. I guess B5 had a rough first season as well, but it is very obvious that this was complete ripoff of B5 in a Star Trek universe. Even the religious themes, which B5 handles brilliantly, were copied.