Episode 20 : Knowing is half the battle

Wow, episode 20. I feel like I should bake a cake or something. I am working on some site stuff, so if you come back soon and things are broken, don’t worry. It will be better soon.

This week, I mostly talk about Brian K Vaughan’s Ex Machina.

I found this to be really cool. Sort of in a long haul way. I had been reading Secret Wars, and not really getting into it, so I picked this up and time just passed. It didn’t blow my mind, or change my worldview, but it is, so far anyway, a cool story with solid, expressive artwork. The characters are all people I want to know more about, and the way they are drawn gives them a unique life. At the back of the book Tony Harris does a little “how to” and shows the basics of the process. I thought the filmic way he does his mock-ups was really cool. At the end of the first volume, I wanted more. I actually picked up the Deluxe Hardcover, so take that as a sign that I am ready to invest. The second Deluxe Hardcover is due out this winter, so expect a revisit when I have more of this series under my belt.

Like I said, I’m working on Secret Wars. This is a heck of a book (not really in a good way.) It is so weird and blatantly a commercial for toys that it’s kind of hard to just read. I will keep trying to work my way through it though, if only to read about Spider-man’s Alien Suit origin. Man though. I find that I just want to read something more interesting. If I can actually get through it, and have a different opinion on completing it, I’ll let you know.

Lastly, I went and saw GI Joe. I am almost afraid to say that I had a good time. It wasn’t the best thing ever, but it was fun. I am so spiffed that Heavy Duty was so important. I love that actor, and I was excited when I saw him on the cast list. I also really want to be Scarlet when I grow up. Or at least I want a crossbow. That thing was awesome, if totally cheeseball. So yeah, I guess you could say I liked it. So far, most of my customers have not. A couple of guys are actively mad that this movie ruined their child hood, or at least their favorite character. What do you guys think? Love or hate?

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  1. qayne’s avatar

    Thanks for the Ex Machina review. This has been one of the top trades I get, and I will be sad to see it end soon.

    As always, you do a wonderful job. Keep 'em coming!

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