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Comic Book Pull List 12/4/2019

DC Batman #84 Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 Facsimile Edition Green Lanterns: Blackstars #2 Justice League #37    Scott Snyder, you better pull something out on this one after making the Hall of Justice a giant mechanized Battle Beetle in the last one. Shenanigans. Cute, cheeky Shenanigans, but Shenanigans all the same. 
Dynamite Vengeance of Vampirella #3
IDW Shredder in Hell #5
Image Dead Eyes #3     New content starts here. This is Gerry Duggan. You should be reading it.  Death or Glory #7 Die #10 Manifest Destiny #39
Marvel Amazing Spider-man #35    Nick Spencer, at this point I am sticking around to see what happens with Kindred. Reel it back in, sir.  Conan Serpent War #1    Solomon Kane, Moon Knight, Dark Agnes, and Conan! Yes. All the yes.  Doctor Doom #3    One of the best capes and tights series on the market.  Excalibur #3    Tini Howard absolutely kills it with Besty Braddock and the mutant formerly known as Apocalypse.  Ghost Rider 2099 #1    If there is a book I am reall…
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Comic Book Pull List 11/27/2019

DC Batman Beyond #38    Will Batwoman Beyond actually be a new character? I am betting it will be Maxine.  Detective Comics #1016    I am enjoying Mrs. Freeze way too much.  Flash #83 Last God #2    I think this one has the makings of an epic. I also want this as a campaign setting for the world's best roleplaying game.  Tales from the Dark Multiverse: Infinite Crisis    Think I should actually read Infinite Crisis first? 
Dynamite Bettie Page Unbound #6
Image Criminal #10 Curse Words #25    The last issue? Charles Soule is working hard on Star Wars and Undiscovered Country. I can see it ending here. Question is, will it be a happy ending? East of West #44    Also last arc. Jonathan Hickman is tying this one off to give his love to the X-men.
Marvel Avengers #27    We literally got an issue last week. It was phenomenal though. I hope for more 1 million BC Starbrand.  Conan 2099 #1      This is the main reason I am interested in the 2099 series. Fallen Angels #2    I admit I am so…

Synergy of Thought, Word, and Deed

I have been toying with this idea for a long time, but to write this out is a very sensitive thing. This post digs in to my own thoughts and feelings a great deal more than my typical observations. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. I love when I talk to my friends and they tell me that reading my blog sets off this narrative voice in their head that is just me talking. These posts are my little soliloquies to the universe at large.

My hesitation to expose my deeper thoughts and feelings comes from the fact that I know that there are a few people out there who dislike me and enjoy mocking me in less than clever or subtle ways. I have not bothered to confront these people because I find them cowardly and unworthy of my time or attention. I let the little gnats buzz around the light I try to shine amused at their own childish antics.

Taking the time to swat them down is really more effort than it is worth. Even this much acknowledgement is really unnecessary, but I have always been…

The Most Sinister Trick

We as humans are afflicted. We have been convinced that we are incapable of making changes and are therefore powerless. This deception cuts at the very base of our power. It keeps us weak, submissive, docile, and squabbling pointlessly among ourselves, or worse with ourselves, rather than bringing about growth and prosperity.

I would love to lay this psychological bondage on some supernatural creature, but the truth of it is much worse. We enslave one another with a million different invisible chains. We lie, plead, gossip, betray, deceive, frighten, threaten, and abuse one another each to accomplish our own ends. The result is singular. No matter how you got there eventually you come to believe that you are helpless. You come to believe that there is no way to change this. You come to believe that it is beyond your power to bring about any sort of improvement in your own life. You give yourself over fully to everything being out of your control and that (perhaps only subconsciously) …

Comic Book Pull List 11/20/2019

Boom Once & Future #4 Writer- Kieron Gillen Artist- Dan Mora

DC Batman #83 Writer Tom King Artist Mikel Janin Batman Superman #4 Writer Joshua Williamson Artist David Marquez Batman White Knight Presents: Von Freeze #1 Writer Sean Murphy Artist Klaus Janson    How can you not love this world? Green Lantern #85 Facsimile Edition    This is a landmark issue. It confronted Roy Harper being addicted to Heroin.  The Infected: Scarab #1 Writer- Dennis Hopless Artist- Freddie Williams II    I am super excited to see "evil" Jamie Reyes. Justice League #36 Writer Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV Artist- Francis Manapul ** The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage Writer- Jeff Lemire Artist- Bill Sienkiewicz    I may pick this up. I am really torn and undecided. Black Label is the big selling point. I don't have any love or hate for the Question. I have a lack of exposure. Do I really want to change that?
Dynamite Chassity #3 Writer- Leah Williams Artist- Daniel Maine Vampirella…

Comic Book Pull List 11/13/2019

Ablaze un/sacred #1 Writer/ Artist Mirka Andolfo     I will be honest that I have not looked too much into what this is about. The book has cutesey art. It is written and illustrated by Mirka Andolfo. I don't really need anything else.  Dark HorseBlack Hammer/ Justice League #5 Writer- Jeff Lemire Artist- Michael Walsh    I haven't read a single issue because I have not caught up on Black Hammer. I am collecting them on the premise of crossover events are historically fun. Also, Garin raves about this one. It is not published by DC though, Garin. 
DCDetective Comics #1015 Writer- Peter J Tomasi Artist- Doug Mahnke & Jamie Mendoza    Mr. and Mrs. Freis. Who knew that Norah was a vicious bitch? 

Event Leviathan #6  Writer Brian Michael Bendis Artist Alex Maleev    I expect this to end with long lasting repercussions for the DCU. I strongly suspect that the events here lead to Superman revealing his Clark Kent identity (though I could be wrong) I also cannot wait to see who is…

The Virtue of Silence

After my Mom died I ended up going to therapy. Naturally, I never got a point blank answer about what was going on with my emotions, but the amazing therapist I saw asked some great guiding questions that lead me to many important self discoveries. The greatest of these is that I was using logic and intellect as a barrier to dealing with the majority of my emotions. Given that I am not all that smart, this was a process doomed to failure.

I was shut down. The answer to that was to be more open and honest about my feelings. I do not like this. Being honest with myself means that I have to admit that I am a deeply sensitive person. I get my feelings hurt really easily. In fact, it could easily be said that I wear my heart on my sleeve. That could be why I spent years building emotional defenses which allow me to be more functional.

Getting me to drop those defenses and face all those feelings is a freaking catastrophe. I find myself almost gushing with emotions. My stupid mouth opens an…