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Pull list for February 24 2016

February 23, 2016

I’m off tomorrow, so no problem with reviews.

I’ll go to the store for: All-New All-Different Avengers #6, by Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar and Dave McCaig; Angela Queen of Hel #5, by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, Stephanie Hans and Israel Silva; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #4, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain; New Avengers #7, by Al Ewing, Joshua Cassara and Rachelle Rosenberg; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #3, by Kath Leth, Brittney Williams and Megan Wilson; Silk #4, by Robbie Thompson, Veronica Fish and Ian Herring; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi.

I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #5, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard.

So, that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and as many reviews as I feel like doing (one guaranteed). Pretty heavy week on the wallet, not bad for reviews.

I’m most excited for Angela, New Avengers, Hellcat and Squirrel Girl. Angela’s always great, and this is the end of a big arc. Bennett has said it’s her favourite final issue of an arc. Plus, Stephanie Hans. Any book with Hans art is one I’m excited for. New Avengers is a great book, and this issue will have a different artist, and it’ll also have two White Tigers confronting each other, which should be great. Hellcat and Squirrel Girl are both adorable books (and so is Moon Girl, of course).

I watched Deadpool on Saturday. I do wish I’d waited another week, because it was busy and I hate crowds. But still, it was a great movie. It was hilarious, but also, the humour was used to heighten the mood of a given scene, enhancing tension and drama. The movie’s also got great action and some pretty great gore. But the thing I liked most was how much it draws from Joe Kelly’s take on the character. I mean, you’ve got the origin, Francis, Hellhouse, Blind Al – stuff like that. But also, the comedy. This Deadpool is hilarious in the way Kelly’s Deadpool was always hilarious, with the pop culture references coupled with observational humour. This was a really funny movie. So, yeah, I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to the sequel. With Cable. Which reminds me!

So, actor Stephen Lang has said he wants to be Cable. And sure, he looks like he could probably pull it off. I have no idea who he is, I’ve never seen any of his stuff, but a quick image search makes him look pretty promising. But! The name. Stephen Lang. There’s an X-Men villain named Steven Lang. He was the one who created the X-Sentinels from X-Men #100. So we’ve got a guy with the same name wanting to be in an X-Men movie? Don’t trust him, X-Men! It’s a trap!

I read Princeless Vol.4: Be Yourself, by Jeremy Whitley, Emily Martin and Brett Grunig. My review:

Princeless remains a treasure of a comic. It’s filled with fun humour, compelling characters and wonderful messages. There’s the larger messages – those of friendship and family, those of ignoring gender roles to do what makes you happy, and in this particular volume, a message of not needing a boyfriend to be happy. But there’s also smaller messages that are dropped in single panels: For example, a moment of Adrienne saying that sometimes you need to raise your voice, because no one listens to you when you’re nice.

This is a passionately feminist work, and one that is deeply valuable as a result. But even aside from that, it’s just a delightful comic. This volume has jokes about politics, a derpy horse, a hiariously goth princess, the most adorable swamp monster ever, a goblin with a great business card, an exploding insect, and more. And if you’re not interested by all that, well, I don’t know what to tell you.

If you’ve read the previous volumes of Princeless, you’re already going to read this. If you haven’t read the previous volumes, why haven’t you read them? Go read Princeless.

The Princeless series really is one of the best comics out there, and I feel like it’s a must-read for people with kids. If you have kids, or if you plan on having kids, get the Princeless comics. Your child will grow up a feminist with a deep appreciation for diversity of all types.

I finished Smut Peddler 2014, an anthology of sex comics by female creators. My review:

The second Smut Peddler anthology is much like the first, which is not at all a bad thing. There’s a wide range of stories. Some are straight-up sex. Some are weird and trippy, or ethereal. Most are more grounded. Some stories are fun, or funny, or sweet, but all are sexy. The LGBT spectrum is well-represented here, and body positivity is also a big deal. Also, there’s no sad stories, no downer endings, nothing to bring readers down. It’s all happy.

Ultimately, this anthology is just fun, positive sex stories. You probably know already if that interests you. If it does, then just go ahead and read it. You won’t regret it.

I do like me some porn comics. Some good, sexy fun. If you have kids . . . OK, yeah, you probably shouldn’t read this with kids. Even though sexuality really shouldn’t be as big a deal as it is. So hell, why not? Read this with your kids, so they grow up viewing sex as something normal, natural and positive. Anyway, I’ve read 9 books so far this year, and I’m most of the way through my 10th. And I’ll probably finish an 11th before the month ends. So I’m really well ahead of my schedule, which is great. I’m proud of me!

Now that I have a TV that doesn’t suck, I got my X-Box back from the friend I’d loaned it to. I’ve started a new playthrough of the trilogy. I’m not very far in yet. Just killed Fist and rescued Tali. I haven’t even gone to be knighted a Spectre yet. I’m playing an Engineer. An Earthborn/Sole Survivor. And Renegade. He’s xenophobic, but he’ll mostly get over that. He’s also very blunt, with little patience for bullshit, and a sharp tongue. I’m playing on Hardcore, since I haven’t done that yet. Not too bad so far.

Unfortunately, it looks like my ME3 files have been corrupted. I popped the disc in, and not only are none of my save files there, I’ve even somehow lost my achievements. That’s frustrating. I’m guessing it means my DLC is gone, too. So I’ll probably end up re-buying it. I could probably contact Microsoft support, but I’m not sure I have the patience for that. Ugh. Dammit.

My schedule for the week: 11-7:30 Thursday, 12:30-7:15 Saturday, 12:45-5:45 Sunday. Post Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

And that’s all I’ve got for this week.

One Comment
  1. I’m not sure how one would lose achievements for a game but that sounds really weird. As for the DLC, if it’s tied to your account, you should be able to re-download it without paying a cent. That’s too bad about your save files though.

    Yeah, the Deadpool movie is great. It’s funny when it wants to be, and serious when it needs to be. The sequence where he gets his abilities is downright horrifying in all the right ways.. Stephan Lang was the main villain in James Cameron’s Avatar. If you haven’t seen that movie it’s not all that great, but I could easily see Stephan being a good Cable. He’s got the right kind of gruff attitude to pull it off.

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