Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Comics talk

Time for some comics talk!

First, what the eff is up with killing the newest, latest, brattiest Robin, Damian Wayne?  It's not like I was all keen on him or anything, but it had looked like the introduction of Damian was going to provide Bruce Wayne some sort of closure over the deaths of his parents in a "life goes on, and it's what your parents would have wanted" sense.  But nope, they go and kill Damian off!  It makes me feel really bad for Bruce, because not only has he lost his parents, he's now lost his son.  C'mon DC, that's just too mean!  Color me confused over this plot development.  Well, the death rate for being a Robin is still much less than being a Green Lantern, so there's that...

Next, I'm still not sold on the "Doctor Octopus is the new Spiderman" plot.  I don't know, it just seems - creepy.  I'll keep up with it for now.

Currently my favorite comic is Uncanny Avengers, because of the potential storylines that can come out of a "X-Men/Avengers" team.  The starting storyline with the Red Skull now having Professor X's telepathic abilities was downright scary, when you think of someone like him having an ability like that!  Right now it's on the top of my "get this first when I go to the comic shop on Wednesdays" list. 

Batgirl is still on that list too, by the way.  I am very curious to see how the writer, Gail Simone, takes the character Barbara Gordon. I was a bit ticked that she was taken off of the title for a couple of issues for no reason other than a new editor wanting to "clean house", but she was quickly put back after fans protested this clueless and stupid move on a title that was doing just fine thankyouverymuch.  See, you guys do matter!  :-)   

Now that Gail has had some time breaking herself into writing the character, I look forward to seeing where she goes next with Barbara.  I have to be honest that it had been my fear that she would take Barbara down a feminist "empowered victimhood" (and other left-wing gobbledygook blatherings) path, but so far that hasn't been the case.  In fact, for a time, Batgirl was my favorite title.

Oh, and speaking of the Green Lantern titles, the two recent storylines, Rise of the Third Army and The Wrath of the First Lantern, were meh, although I was glad to see Mogo brought back.  The Green Lantern titles (including the Red Lantern title) may need to be given a respite.

Now that I have access to a Netflix account, I have been making up for lost time in catching up with a lot of movies that I haven't seen.  So far I've been hitting mostly the DC and Marvel animations so that I can write my reviews about them later.  At this point, let me put a call out to you all to ask for your movie suggestions for me to review.  It doesn't have to be superhero movies; it can be action/adventure, chick flicks, or others (except porn).

And last, mark your calendar for the upcoming Free Comic Book Day on May 4th!  Bring family and friends to the Dork Side!  Muahahahahahahaha!

That's all for now, my little nerdlings!  Now hie thee to the comic shop! It's Wednesday, you know!  Whoohoo!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Catch-up Day Part 2

Today I'll finish getting caught up on various stuff that happened while I was away. Here we gooooooooo.....!!!

Sequestration "issue"
The sequestration "drama" didn't turn out in the way that the Democrats had hoped - that is, with the GOP handing over even more of our rights and liberties to the Almighty Government.  What this whole drama showed is that it wasn't at all about saving this program to save those children or whatever - it was always about stripping away yet another layer from our freedoms.

Remember chums, I was born and raised among this leftist bunch, having an even greater exposure to leftist thinking than a great majority of my generation, because I was raised by uber-leftists; that is, Marxists.  (Have I mentioned this before?  LOL)  I know the thinking of leftists inside and out, and it's not our benefit that they are after - no, instead they're after consolidating power into their greedy little hands.  Deep down, they are elitists who think that the vast majority of us are stupid idiots.  You can tell this by the kind of humor that they enjoy.

 The way the sequestration issue played out was interesting, because no one was fooled by the threats of doom and chaos that would occur if the issue didn't fall in the Democrats' favor.  Pardon my french for a second here, but even our group of idiots knew that the whole thing was a load of bullshit.  And yet, the Dems kept playing their violins like we were all going to hell in a handbasket if things didn't play out their way.  But the deadline came and went, and nothing happened.  Have to go comic nerd here, but it reminded me of the ending of Infinity Crusade, in which the Goddess had wished the end of all existence, but discovered that what she - and all of existence - saw was only an illusion of the end of all existence.  (Yeah... I love comics).  There's too much to explain here about the storyline of IC, so just go buy it.  :-P

Anyway, things didn't fall the way that the Dems had hoped, so now they're resorting to canceling stuff like White House tours and this year's tour of the Blue Angels to show the rest of us "Oooo, see.. look what happened because you didn't believe us!"  We're still not buying it, but the Dems don't know what else to do, so they're resorting to these pathetic displays.  Bleh. I almost feel sorry for them, but they deserve the egg on their collective faces.

Speaking of my generation...
While I was away, I heard that old line once again that my generation (those born mostly in the 1980s) is doomed to be less than the generations before.  Friends, that's another line for you to not buy.  In fact, I know how to guarantee that we DON'T fall into the self-fulfilling prophecy of being less prosperous than those who came before us.  This is going to taste bitter at first, because we have all been raised on the ideological equivalent of junk food all our lives, but if we're going to have any chance of changing things for the better for us all, then this is what my generation has to do:  We all have to reject our liberal past and embrace conservatism.

Again, it's going to taste bitter at first, because after eating ideological candy all your life, then being given actual ideological substance is going to taste like boring, bland veggies.  But liberalism as it currently stands is a path to fulfilling that prophecy of ineptitude for our generation.  However, I have no desire to see us go down that dark path, and I hope those of you who are of my generation feel the same way too.  So think about it, guys.  Join me.  Come to the Right Side.

Here's a link to my previous discussion on my generation, which I named the Worgen Generation.

I got a raise!
Regular readers to my blog know that I hate going to the movies, because I think a lot of them aren't worth the crap that's in the movie theater toilets.  I'm of the belief that if we keep patronizing Hollywood for crappy movies, then they won't be motivated to make something better.  Add to this the fact that I'm stingy with my money, so it pisses me off royally to go to a movie only to find that it wasn't worth the money I spent on it.  This applies even if someone is treating me to the movie.  At those times, I feel guilty for them having spent money on me for a crappy movie! 

The boss, however, would like me to do more movie reviews, so for my birthday, he gave me a little gift.  On top of the usual payments I get with comic books, I now have access to a NetFlix account! For a mere pittance per month, I get to watch as many movies as I want!  So be prepared for more movie reviews!

So far I've checked out a few DC animated movies that I didn't even know existed, so it's like Christmas to me all over again.  I'm giddy!  Okay my little nerdlings, this catches me up for now.  Later in the week I plan to discuss current events and other stuff - like comics.  See you then! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Ketchup day! BSC patch notes and so forth

Today is Ketchup Day!  :-D

You know, where I ketch-up from having been gone for almost a month and a half?  Well, it was funny when I wrote it!

There are many things for me to cover, but I'll save those for next week, because I want to devote some time to discussing the various topics.  Today, however, I want to talk about the patch notes for my BSC patch 2.1.   Most of you who are my readers are also gamers and know what a patch is in the context that I'm using the term, but some of you might not be familiar with it.

So before I continue, I'm going to spend a couple of paragraphs to define what a patch is so that everyone is up to speed.  In this context, a "patch" is a gaming term.  It will be easier to explain by using the game, World of Warcraft.

There is World of Warcraft, the original game, sometimes referred to as the "original content".  A couple of years after WoW launched, an addition followed.  That addition is just that - additional content to the original game.  These additions are referred to as expansions, because they expand the field of play for WoW users.  WoW's first expansion is called The Burning CrusadeWoW has since had other expansions.  In order, they are Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and the current expansion, Mists of Pandaria.  

Each of these expansions came out roughly every two years after WoW came out in 2004. Within each expansion are minor additions to the game - not to the point of being an expansion themselves, but just enough to be a significant change from the expansion's launch date.  These additions to the expansions are called patches.  For example, Mists of Pandaria so far has had two patches, one called 5.1 Landfall, because the patch's content was about the two factions arriving on the new continent of Pandaria. The current patch is 5.2 The Thunder King, and there is a patch 5.3 and patch 5.4 in the works

So when I say "BSC 2.1", I am saying that this is my first "patch" since my first "expansion".  Last year, I had BSC 2.0, and this year is simply an addition to the addition - a patch.  So there ya go.  :-)

My very first patch is called: BSC patch 2.1: Rise of the Independents.  Another quick lesson:  When patches come out in WoW, there's always notes to them that explain what that patch contains.  The same is going to apply to me and my patch.  So without further ado, here are the patch notes for BSC patch 2.1: Rise of the Independents.


BSC 2.1 Patch notes:

“Rise of the Independents”

The War is over, but the battle rages on. 

The warchief, having succeeded in his goal of bringing together a disparate group of comic creators, has stepped aside, and the creators themselves must now make an important decision: How much do they want the warchief's dream of a united front?  How much do they want to stand under one banner; the banner of Creators United?

Follow this ragtag band of comic nerds from all corners of the world as their creations sort out their differences and work together to confront a dire threat that could potentially affect them all. 

*         In Andromeda’s universe, a superhuman that goes by the name of Freedom has the ability to create portals to other universes.  Ever since the battle on his world that resulted in the suppression and oppression of superhumans everywhere, Freedom has helped superhumans escape to other universes in the hope that they might live a life of freedom that they don’t enjoy in their own universe.  

*        His act of selflessness, however, comes at a price.  Creating a portal to other worlds takes a physical toll on Freedom’s body.  Each time Freedom creates another portal, his health declines a little more. 

*        More significant is the toll that is being taken on the time/space continuum itself.  Holes in time and space can’t occur without consequences emerging later on.  That time is now.

*        Random rips in time and space are now occurring throughout the comic universes, and characters from one world have suddenly found themselves appearing in strange new worlds.

Can the creations of these comic creators band together to find the cause of these disruptions to the time/space continuum – and more importantly, can they unite in time to save the multiverse from a cataclysmic end?


So that's what this patch is all about, my friendsI'm hoping that there be crossovers in the near future for us to all enjoy.  Will it happen?  Stay tuned, true believers!  I'll definitely keep you all updated!  

Thursday, April 4, 2013