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Otakon 2014

Posted on 14 September 2014 by VinnieAve

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Days of Future Past with The Reverse Thieves!

Posted on 14 July 2014 by VinnieAve

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Nominate a Show For Being a Better Geek

Posted on 09 July 2014 by VinnieAve

I’m actually at a bit of a loss for picking something to talk about next, Attack on Titan won’t be out in time for the next pick. So I’m going to do another of these poll things. It’ll be a little different though. You folks will nominate shows from which I will pick. There are a few rules those.

  • 13 or less 1/2 hour episodes
  • 7 or less 1 hour episodes
  • If other length episodes, try for an approximately the same total length
  • Books/Short Stories/Comics/Manga are all fair game assuming reasonable length
  • Dub preferred (not a deal breaker but it makes it an easier sell)
  • One nomination per person

I will pick the best few choices (3-5) and randomly pick from that. This may also work as a seed list for later picks. If there are at least 3 choices, I will pick from that list. Feel free to give a reason, that may help your case. Remember I’m picking something FOR Diego, but it’s totally fair game if I haven’t seen it.

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Being a Better Geek: Being a Better Geek: Ultimate Spider-man Issues 1-21 and Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar

Posted on 31 March 2014 by VinnieAve

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1963: Astroboy (TV 1), Doctor Who: The Unearthly Child, and X-men #1-5

Posted on 04 November 2013 by VinnieAve

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Best of 2012 Part II

Posted on 16 January 2013 by VinnieAve

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Star Wars: A Comic Book Return to Where it Started

Posted on 09 January 2013 by VinnieAve

I realize that I have yet to talk about the recent Disney purchase of Lucasfilm, so I will be addressing some of that topic in this review of the new comic simple titled Star Wars. There are long been Star Wars comics, but this is first time I was even vaguely excited by one. Until know they all dealt with characters I didn’t know or time periods that were way off from what I knew and loved. This time it’s different, this time were are in 0 ABY. To take that out of nerdy, right after A New Hope takes place.

This comic is not really a story in and of itself, it feels much more like a prologue to what could be a decent tale. We start with Luke, Leia and Wedge going out and trying to find a new base for the rebellion, they got shot down by Imperials, meanwhile Darth Vader is sent off on some mission. Nothing really great or interesting happens, until the end that is. Mon Mothma decides to call Leia in and tell her there is a spy on in the Rebellion. This gives me hope for better issues in the coming months.

I don’t know if other people have this problem but the cool thing about Leia is not that she is an action hero but that she is competent political leader. This comic decides she is going to more of an action hero and the end suggests she is going to be a spy not a political leader like she was before the destruction of Alderaan. The strong action hero is a trope that is played out too much. I would love to see a Leia heavy that focuses on treaty negotiation and have the other characters like Luke and Han focus on espionage. I would like a see a good space political drama somewhere at this point, TV has failed me, anime has failed me in recent year, I look to you comics to do this.

I said I would give a few words on the state of Star Wars as I see it. This is of course of comic from a franchise that is now owned by the same people who own Marvel. I don’t know how many more Dark Horse Star Wars titles we will see. That being said (and keeping in mind that Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars RPG is taking place in the same period) I think there might be some guiding hand pushing works toward the time period that made many of us fans. I think that for those two media but any new films cannot be treading the same ground those have to go new places with new characters, or else it will just be a celebration of us, not a welcoming party for the newest class of Star Wars fans like it should be.

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Podcast: Post-Apocypse Media!

Posted on 26 December 2012 by VinnieAve

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Podcast: X-Cutioner’s Song, Macross Plus, Gamescon News

Posted on 06 September 2012 by VinnieAve

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MMF: Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Volumes 1-4 Review

Posted on 30 August 2012 by VinnieAve

I had heard about this series for a while and had meant to look at it eventually but with the Manga Moveable Feast I decided to check out the first four volumes of these series.

KCDS follows the adventures of a team of people with various supernatural powers and a few with more useful mundane powers. None of them are particularly competent but this leads to a series of odd adventures that often send them around the world and interacting with some of the less than reputable types in the world as they find corpses and try to fulfill the last wish of the person.

Within the first four volumes there is some playing with different formats for storytelling before settling on doing standalone stories with some elements of continuing plot (this is really only hinted at in the last chapter that I read) and since I only read the first four to prepare for this I can’t comment on that too much (although I did purchase the digital copy to read later). Within these books are stories that take an entire volume (vol. 2 if you want to get a long story), some that take up two of the series standard length stories (standard here being about 50 pages).

I enjoyed a lot of things about this series. The overall creepy but humorous feel of the book is really enjoyable and the characters are very fun, with each of them getting some of the focus every now and then. There is some focus on Kere Ellis, the puppet that channels the entity of an alien, but this is mainly due to the popularity of the character (in my opinion, I really like the character). All the characters have some fun quirks that make any story fun no matter what is really going on. The book is chock full of fun references to other manga and folktales, which make for a great easy way to get a feel for the characters. Luckily Carl Horn did a great job making extensive translation and editor notes that make is easy to read when you see that is a reference but you’re not sure what is going on.

There are some issues I have with the series. The first is the gore level of this very high and honestly is very realistic, for me this was off-putting but I know that some people really like this kind of thing. I suspect that this was a common issue for many people since the gore level drops as the series goes on. This is not to say that the gore isn’t there but it is less frequent. As for general story-telling issues, there is a tendency in the one part stories to have a sudden revelation when they solve the mystery and then suddenly they end the problem, there is such a rushed storytelling style to this book that it really isn’t good, however, I hope that this might be explained through the previously mentioned subtle storyline.

All-in-all I really enjoyed these four volumes, although they didn’t make the best marathon since the stories tend to be similar to each other so this might have been better to read this as a monthly or as the books were coming out. If you like a quirky black comedy this might be one to checkout. It had a great team element which can be a fun style of writing.

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