Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Wildstorm Review: The Kindred

What do you get when you put 2 of the coolest super heroes in the Wildstorm Universe together in the same comic? A whole lot of awesomeness, that's what!

Kindred stars Backlash (formerly featured in Stormwatch until the creators realized he was way to cool a character for such a lame group of super heroes) and Grifter from WILDCATS. One of Images more popular comics at the time. (my brother collected them)

I don't know exactly why I bought it because I didn't buy either of their team of individual comic books at the time, but I thought the art was good as was the story so I picked it up.

After re-reading it again...still good. The art though is the highlight of the series. It's SO beautiful to look at, I'm not sure if I've seen many of artist do a better job. The story further explores the past of a super team known as Team 7 who would later star in their own comic, but back then it was still a mystery as to who they really were.

Is it worth your time? Yes. Especially if you love good artwork. It's one of the best!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wildstorm Review: Stormwatch

So back in the day I read a lot of Wildstorm comics. We loved the universe growing up. My brothers and friends each collected a different title and shared those with the others. It was great seeing a universe connect so well. (although, looking back at it now, it wasn't as perfect a fit as I thought) But overall the series as a whole was very good. So this week I wanted to discuss all the titles I've recently re-read and give you my thoughts on it.

The first thing I re-read was Stormwatch. Now I said "re-read" though to be honest I didn't read all the issues of it back in the day (my cousin bought them all) I read a few here and there.

My cousin dumped his collection on to my brother, who handed me these gems that'd I'd been curious about reading for a while. I was happy to get back in to comic book reading, with a story that was very similar to the X-men, where you have a team of super heroes working together to keep the planet safe. Oh and they're run by the United Nations.

Generic idea, with cliche characters but one of my favorite things they did was after Issue #9 they skipped ahead and did Issue #25 to show you what the future would have in store for the comic. A year and a half later they came out with #24 and skipped to #26 so you can put #25 in order and see how it matched up.

Though not perfect (a few scenes being changed in #26) it was pretty cool to see how far planned out the series was at the time. I haven't seen anything as impressive since.

Is this story worth your time? Not unless you have a love for the Wildstorm Universe as I did back in the 90's. The stories and dialogue are extremely dated, but it makes me smile knowing I never realized that as a teen and thought instead it was some of the greatest stuff ever!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bye bye DVD plan

Well after only a month I've decided to cancel the DVD option for Netflix. The reason being was the choices were very limited, more so than the last time I joined. I was surprised on how many titles they DIDN'T carry anymore.

Of course it makes sense when you think about it. Their first competition back in the day was Blockbuster. And to beat the giant of DVD rentals you need a huge inventory. Now that most rental stores are gone, I guess they decided having a big inventory wasn't worth it anymore.

Sad too, this used to be a great thing they had going. Oh well!

Have a great weekend folks!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

End of the season

Just wrapped up my strat-o-matic season and after several hours and games...my team didn't even make it to the World Series. LOL

That's ok though. A new team won this year and I'm all for that. Now it's back to getting some reading done in my spare time..until next season!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monroe: The Windy City of the South

I know they call Chicago the "Windy City" but the same should be said here. We have THE WORST windy days. Some days when I'm walking outside the office on my lunch break, the wind is so strong I can feel it pushing me.

Same for when I'm walking around my neighborhood. It is ALWAYS windy. I don't know the scientific reason for why, but it ruins my book reading/walk sessions that's for sure!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tax Time

Well folks, today's the final day to get your taxes filed. Since the 15th feel on a weekend they extended the deadline. I filed mine months ago but my Dad always waits till the last hour of the last day to pay.

Seriously.This man heard our Post Office would be up late to accept last minute files so dad waited until the hour before to do his taxes and rush it up to the doors before they closed. I have no idea why he does it that way but it's always been like that since we were kids.

Hopefully, you're not like my father and aren't waiting till the last minute to do this. Happy Tax Day folks!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Blast from my past

So after making my "rant" about the local library it made me think of a book I used to check out all the time as a kid. It took me a while to find it, but here it is!

I picked up a used copy on Amazon and am super happy to have it. It's not that good but for me, it was one of my favorite books to read as a child. It's about a boy who meets an Imp, Scalawag and Goblin who tell him scary stories, but the boy tells them the scariest of all. Not much of a story and I can't explain why I loved it so much as a child, but I love that I now have a copy to look at whenever I want.

Ah, memories....