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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…

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…

Comic Book Reading Priority

Wednesdays really make the week for me. The kid doesn't have school so I get a little more time with her. I have a standing meeting at work that drags me in a little early. This gives me an excuse to leave a little early (when I can) and I try to get home before the little one is in bed. This often doesn't work, but I get excited about the idea. Also, it is new Comic Book Day.

As an almost forty year old man new comic books really shouldn't excite me as much as they do. By the standards of adulthood and maturity that the adults of my childhood attempted to install in me I need to,"put away childish things." Thankfully, I am not slave to such draconian ideas. I strongly suspect I will enjoy comic books, role playing games, video games, and cartoons my whole life through.

If you have paid attention to my Comic Book Pull List posts or listened to the podcast you know that I am an avid reader. I really do devour stories. I typically finish an audiobook a week. I will…

Comic Book Pull List 11/06/2019

This is a very Image heavy week for me. Berserker Unbound will come off this list with issue #4 (although, I would almost expect to see it return) The week feels very much like a 90s antihero celebration with King's Batman, Ghost Rider, Savage Avengers, X-Force, and Vampirella all in the line up. That is no bad thing.

Dark Horse Berserker Unbound #4 Writer Jeff Lemire Artist Mike Deodato    The Mogrel King finally faces the Sorcerer that murdered his family. I will be impressed if they tie up the mini series in this issue. Never underestimate Jeff Lemire.
DC Batman #82 Writer Tom King Artist Mikel Janin    Only 4 issues remain in Tom King's run. Batman is back in Gotham and headed for a fight with his Father and eventually Bane. 
Green Lantern Blackstars #1 Writer Grant Morrison Artist Xermanico    Is Hal undercover for the Guardians? Has Hal switched sides? It is well worth 3 issues to find out. Embrace the Multiverse insanity!
Justice League #35 Writer Scott Snyder & Jam…

Comic Book Pull List for 10/30/2019

I am willing to wager that a good portion of the people who read by blog know me. It feels silly to keep reintroducing myself, but I find myself writing in an introductory voice none the less. In case you did not know, I host a podcast about comic books.

God, I feel dumb. I even mentioned the podcast in my introductory post.

The podcast is called The Printed Panel Podcast. You can find us on iTunes, Spreaker, and a few other groovy services. If you like listening then by all means check us out.

This is not a plug for the podcast. On the contrary, I realized that quite a few people probably don't like podcasts and may still want some guidance where comic books are concerned. This post will be my first attempt to do something about that.

I am going to type up my weekly pull list here. I will share my thoughts about the book as best as I am able. I do want to point out that my Subscription List is published on the blog. I will do my level best to update it monthly as Previews publish…

Deja Vu

I have sat down and written the introduction post to my blog at least 5 times. The first blog, I don't even remember what I titled it, started with a poorly explained story of a possum falling through the ceiling of my house and the adventure that followed. I didn't write an introduction. I did a spastic retelling of the events of the previous night and posted a bunch of pictures because I didn't think anyone would believe me without evidence. What followed was a few years of opinion pieces, writing exercises (including violent poetic imagery- a project for a writing class), and finally a trickle off into silence.

My second blog was called Knoxville Knights. It was an attempt to blog a series of fictional short stories with a urban fantasy theme. I posted maybe 6 or 7 posts before getting bored with it and taking it down. I wish I could claim it had some value. In truth, it was a very masturbatory exercise in telling myself a story. I think maybe 2 or 3 of my friends ever …

Stages of Being an Adult

I mowed the grass today. Mowing our big front yard is a great time to pause, reflect, and formulate inspiration for my writing. I also sneeze a lot and deepen my farmer's tan.
While I was mowing I got a text from Whitneigh that said," It feels good to pay the bills." I pondered this a few seconds and agreed. Yes, at this stage of my life having the bills paid is extremely satisfying. I spent the next several rotations around the yard reflecting that this wasn't always so. I know that there are few universal experiences. Maybe my journey is unusual, maybe it isn't.
I moved out with Taila's Mom a bit before my eighteenth birthday. We moved into a house my parents owned. I didn't pay for anything except my phone bill for the house landline. My parents footed the electric bill and we didn't pay any rent. We had a mostly free ride.
Stupidly, we moved into an apartment. My bills increased to rent, electric bill, phone bill, and cable bill. I paid them. I…

Lethargy

I am depressed. I have been depressed. More importantly I am judging myself harshly for being depressed when so many things are going my way. I "won" so why am I not happy now? Am I snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?
To answer my own question I probably am. I successfully got custody of my daughter. She has been home a couple of weeks and life with her back is pretty darned sweet. I just cannot shake the feeling of the other shoe being about to drop.
Logic says that my mental and emotional systems grew so accustomed to being under extreme stress for that past eighteen months that it will take some significant time for me to relax and adjust to a new normal. In the meantime, I have gotten her signed up and attending school. She is making big strides daily toward things normalizing for her. It is magnificent. I feel like a complete idiot for not being able to breathe and celebrate her return properly.
I function. I am working. I think I am doing a decent job at work.…

The Purpose of Pain

I came to a realization thanks to a few lines of fiction. Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files, in his book Changes sets a scene where Harry is pounding a few shots back at McAnally's pub in the wake of finding out that he has a daughter and that she has been kidnapped by vampires. Mac, a Silent Bob like character who never speaks, breaks character and tells Harry something to the effect of," You are headed into the Badlands, Harry. This will show you what principles you will cast aside and which ones you won't cross." This is paraphrase is very intentional. If you want to get the actual wisdom from the character's mouth please read the book.
This is my 4th read of Changes. That bit of wisdom did not stick in my memory before today. The reason it resonates so deeply now is because I have come to a place in life where I understand it. Jim Butcher did not know when he wrote those words that one day they would help me to gain a deeper understanding of my place …

Falling

As far back as I can remember I have had horrible nightmares. I believe I have written about this before and about the changes that happened in my dreams. As a kid I remember waking up screaming from being chased and caught by eldritch, cosmic beasts of unknown origin. I never knew why they were chasing me. I woke too many times as I slid into the tentacled maw of some half seen horror.
Those dreams were all the more awful for having no real world connection or context. Running from a werewolf, Jason from Friday the 13th, or Frankenstein's Monster might have been comforting or even made a little bit of sense. Even though I was not allowed to watch horror movies as a kid (nor did I have any desire) I saw plenty of advertisements and box art at the video store. Besides we had cable and it was easy to stumble across a slasher flick unintentionally. I never was haunted by anything rational or that I could relate to a real world exposure. This would lead me to theorize the dreamscape…

Here we go again with my issues.

The whole process of setting back up my website has been one of personal insight and growth. I am seeing my own patterns. I wrote my first blog post 06/29/2005. I need to remember to celebrate 15 years of blogging next year, but I need to not look too closely at the amount of content I have produced in that time.
I started my blog on blogger.com. I have to admit that I have some strange brand loyalty to blogger because of that. I have tried having multiple blogs. I have moved everything off of blogger and published my own site. I have torn the site down and moved back to blogger. Now I am going back to my own site. This time I have a larger plan than just my blog. The plan is big enough to justify bouncing things back to my own hosting.
The big plan this go round is to put most all of my little projects under one roof. I want to keep blogging. I want to post content for a couple of podcasts. I want to have a 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons index, book reviews, and reference guide t…