There it is, the final version of my Ghostbusters RPG Ghost Die (first mentioned in this post). It’s 16mm on a side and is both hollow and translucent, making it very ghostly. If for some weird reason you want one, you can get it printed here. You can also download the 3d file, because it’s probably just as likely that you have a 3d home printer as you wanting to print an accessory to a 30 year old obscure RPG.
So there’s a month worth of comics that I meant to review that I didn’t review. I have no excuse. I had plenty of time. I’m going to hit the highlights of the last month and endeavor to get another comics review post up of this weeks comics before the weekend.
Here they are in chronological and alphabetical order (ifanboy.com/comics/ is a good place to go to find out what comics have come out when).
Action Comics 18 – I think this is Morrison’s final issue on AC, and despite what I said last time, this comic is a little confusing. I’d really like to take some time to go back and read this run all in one go.
Avengers 8 and 9 (04/10/13)- Intellectually, this comic has everything I could want in a comic: Starbrand, Captain Universe, Nightmask, and a big Avengers battle. However, this comic rubs me the wrong way. It seems to be unfolding at a snails pace, which is why I’ve lumped this two issues together. Exactly nothing of import happens over these two issues. It’s very uneven in terms of its focus. Some issues are about entire multiverses, while others focus on just one or two characters. Plus, I’ve really had my fill of “angry nerd gets power and is the earth’s greatest threat”. I’ve also had my fill of “powerful hero accidentally blow up a town” and “superhero team has misunderstanding with new hero and huge fight ensues”. Also, the art is kind of ugly. Oh well.
Captain Marvel 11 – Why are Carol Danvers’ adventures always so weird and complicated? She’s always fighting versions of herself, or her powers are messing up. That being said, this is a pretty well-crafted story, with a good hook, and some really cool non-traditional art.
Daredevil 24 – Kind of a filler issue, but I will take a Waid/Samnee filler issue over just about any other comic on the stands today. Have I mentioned that I would marry Chris Samnee? I want to draw like how he draws…
Nova 2 – A fun comic despite it being the re-Spider-man-ification of an already Spider-manified hero.
Saga 11 and 12 (04/10/13)- This comic reminds me a lot of Futurama in that it’s full of weird creatures and situations, but everyone responds to these things as if they were from present day Earth. Fiona Staples’ art is great. Issue 11 pulls the death fakeout with Lying Cat and Alana’s dad and 12 is a slow quiet issue that reveals a lot of information about the world and Prince Robot IV.
Savage Wolverine 3 and 4 (04/17/13) – This comic is dumb, pretty, and a lot of fun. Plus, it gets points for having Amadeus Cho, of Incredible Hulk/Herc fame, as a guest star.
The Private Eye 1 – This comic came out of nowhere. I think it was announced and then it was up for digital download the next day. It’s beautifully illustrated, in a format designed for tablets and phones, and the concept is really interesting. In the future, privacy is the number one commodity and the internet as we know doesn’t exist. Very cool.
Age of Ultron 3 -6 – This comic seems to come out three times a week and yet nothing every seems to happen. Only in the most recent issue does some sort of plot move forward. Boring. Skip it.
East of West 1 – Like The Private Eye this is a comic with great art and an engaging hook. It’s the Apocalypse, but in a world where the Civil War never ended and where Death, with a capital D, has left his place with the Four Horseman of said Apocalypse. This first issue does a great job of setting up the world, introducing some of the main characters, and also giving the characters some personality. I wish Hickman would do this with Avengers.
Scarlet Spider 15 – Scarlet Spider dies, turns into a spider-monster, kills a werewolf and then turns back into his human form? That’s comics I guess.
The Legend of Luther Strode 4 – So. Much. Violence.
Uncanny Avengers 5 – The press conference issue. I really want them to try to explain the relationship between Wonder Man, Grim Reaper, the Wasp, Vision, Jocasta, and Hank Pym. Look it up. I dare you.
Uncanny X-Force 3 – True story: I was really into Spiral and Bishop when I was a little kid.
Wolverine and the X-men 27 – This is a fun book, but I have to say that I have absolutely no interest in seeing Wolverine fight his brother from Origin in this. Still, the dynamic between the students saves this book from being a bore. and still has me hooked.
X-men Legacy 8 and 9 (04/17/13) – I’ve thought of the writer of this comic, Simon Spurrier, as a sort of poor man’s Warren Ellis, but I’m really enjoying his writing on this book (and on Crossed). It’s an exploration of a guy with unimaginable power trying to be a better hero than those who have come before him, and mostly failing.
Young Avengers 3 – Gillen and McKelvie can make this comic forever as far as I’m concerned. It’s pretty, it treats its characters like human beings, it does fun things with the medium, and it still has superhero battles. Love it. Only Waid/Samnee rate higher on my scale of awesome comics creators. Maybe Brandon Graham too.
Action Comics 19 – Yet another victim of DC’s clusterfucked editorial policies.
Deadpool 7 – This is a funny “lost issue” of Iron Man, starring Deadpool. I like Posehn and Duggan’s writing. The jokes are dumb, but still funny. I just wish that I could read a funny Marvel comic that doesn’t star Deadpool.
Dial H 11 – I’d be lying if I said I really knew what was going on in this comic, but hell if it ain’t a lot of fun. The main guy, whose name I can’t remember all of the sudden, turns into the Flash and him and his older lady sidekick finally figure out that the dial steals powers, it doesn’t create them. I really love the villain “The Centipede”. The name captures not only the manifestation of his time-bending powers, but also his sheer creepiness.
Glory 34 – The last issue of this comic (for now?) is as heartbreaking as the previous issue, yet for entirely different reasons. The entire run of Glory has been imaginatively huge in scope, and yet very down-to-earth and character focused. Joe Keatinge turned Glory from a Rob Liefeld Wonder Woman knockoff with an impossible torso, into a complex heroine with an equally complex cast of friends, foes, and lovers to back her up. Plus, Ross Campbell’s art is just great. He manages to make Glory feminine even when she’s a hulked out monster. In this issue he accentuates her pain and vulnerability by drawing her form shrunk down to the most “normal” we’ve seen in the entire series. I can’t wait to go back and read this series straight through. I could go on, but I think I’ll save that for a post where I talk about the series as a whole.
Locke & Key: Omega 4 – Man, with the buildup of years of stories in this series, I am ready to be severely disappointed in the last issue. Or, I might explode from the tension before then.
Super Dinosaur 18 – Hey, if you’ve got a younger kid and you want to give them a comic that’s fun, isn’t a capes and cowls comic, and is age-appropriate, then give them this. It’s not the best writing in the world, and the story isn’t too complex (compared to other comics), but it’s more than enough to keep an old fogey like me entertained. Plus, it’s got a T-Rex in a robot exosuit.
Thanos Rising 1 - This is the first issue of a miniseries about one of my favorite Marvel villains, Thanos. I know that he’s just a Darkseid ripoff, but Thanos just has a special place in my heart. Unfortunately this comic is not very good. The story in this issue is that Kid Thanos fights giant cave iguanas. I assume that’s what they are, because it’s pretty clear that artist Simone Bianchi couldn’t think of an imaginative space animal and just googled “iguana” and went to town. Unless the real story is that Jason Aaron just wrote “draw big space iguanas”, but I highly doubt that.
Archer & Armstrong 9 – Yet again Fred Van Lente writes a clever comic and expands the clever world in which its characters live. This issue sort-of-kind-of crosses over with the rest of the Valiant universe. I just wish that any of the other books in that universe were as well written, and cleanly and consistently drawn, as this book.
Avengers Arena 7 – I’ve heard some reviews saying that this issue, revealing Arcade’s construction of the Avengers Arena version of Murderworld, ruined series for them, because it didn’t give Arcade believable or proper motivation. I quite liked it and am glad that it nipped the whole “they’re in the Matrix” idea in the bud.
Avenging Spider-Man 19 – Sleepwalker! Fuck yes! Can we get a comic with Sleepwalker, Slapstick, and Darkhawk teaming up and fighting crime (or just hanging out and looking weird)? Oh, also Doc Ock Spider-man is in this too.
Hawkeye 9 – Man. Poor Clint can’t get a break. As usual this book is just so damn well made that it kind of makes me sick. And when I write “well made” I don’t mean just “well written” or “well drawn” but the entire books, as whole, is just constructed perfectly.
Secret Avengers 3 – Please bring back Warren Ellis and make this book good again? Okay? Thanks. This issue has like quintuple agents and a lot of mind-wiping. Boring.
Sex 2 – This is a weird comic. It’s basically about a Batman analogue retiring and everyone around him being weirdly insistent that he needs to get laid. I suppose it’s trying to say something about superhero comics being the repressed fantasies of post-adolescents, but it hasn’t really grabbed me. Also, I do not understand what is going on with the weird coloring of individual words in the dialogue balloons. Some words are blue, while some are red, and yet others are range. I’m not sure what it’s supposed to indicate, and it’s a bit annoying.
Thor 7 – All of the sudden this comic turns into a buddy comedy called “Thor and Old Thor”, and I couldn’t be happier.
Wolverine 2 – I really wish that someone could write a good Wolverine solo comic. It feels like I haven’t read one in years. This issue is no exception. Wolverine fights a kid with a ray gun who’s possessed (?) by said gun. There are so many possibilities for a good and/or fun Wolverine story and this just isn’t one of them. I’m not so hot on the Alan Davis art either.
Batwoman 19 – Fuck this comic is just so pretty. It’s not badly written either.
Captain America 6 – Huh. I wonder how Remender is going to write himself out of having Cap blowing an unarmed woman’s brains out.
Captain Marvel 12 – I do like her flying Zamboni.
Daredevil 25 – I think a read somewhere that Mark Waid doesn’t have his run on Daredevil planned out long-term and writes each issue without having a definite ending in mind. If that’s true, I have to say that an issue like this just proves Waid is a genius. The big reveal is so obvious that I didn’t figure it out until the page before it happens and it was still great when I read it. See above for what I think of Samnee’s art (hint: love).
Justice League 19 – In this exciting issue of Justice League: Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman discuss who’s going steady and who’s “just friends”! Awful.
Justice League of America’s Vibe 3 – Yet again, I’m surprised not only by how much I like this comic, but also by how much better written it is than the actual Justice League of America. Vibe fights one of the baby Flashes (Impulse maybe?) and his vibe powers cancels out the Speed Force. Pretty neat.
Mara 4 – This comic still has a volleyball on the cover, but perhaps it shouldn’t, since it is now just another in a long line of superhero origin story comics.
Nova 3 – I just realized that the Nova in this comic is the same Nova from the Ultimate Spider-man cartoon series. Um, Rocket Raccoon is in this comic too. That’s all I got.
Supergirl 19 – Oh thank goodness, they brought back Power Girl’s boob window. Comics fandom can rest easy. All is right in the multiverse.
Wonder Woman 19 – Wonder Woman grabs Orion by the balls, literally. I’m sure something else happens in this comic, but I couldn’t tell you what it is. Also, is it just me, or does Wonder Woman and her crew spend a lot of time just “hanging out”?
Okay, that’s all I got folks. Check back later this week for a more timely review/commentary on some of my favorite comics from this week.
No Bre-bri the bro-host this week. That’s right. We’re crazy like that. Like, chaotic neutral crazy.
Instead we have Mark Ulissi, he of the aborted ‘Memory Time’ feature. Also, this episode is trimmed a little tighter than previous episode, so it comes in under an hour. Some people have been complaining that the show is too long. I’d make it 24 hours if I could.
Anyway, If You miss Brian, he’ll be back next week when we sit down and discuss ‘Game of Thrones’. Don’t worry, we’ll definitely talk about fantasy racism too
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01:00 Amazing stories theme
02:00 Introductions with Brian and Alex
03:30 Porn names
05:00 Description of the Bad Memory Studios layout
07:30 The two-headed podcaster
08:30 Catching up
10:00 The perils of food delivery
12:20 South Park
14:00 MR Brian
15:30 RIP Michael Clarke Duncan
17:00 rhea perlman, amazing stories wikipedia
18:30 Santa Claus
20:00 mara wilson
20:15 tom’s of maine
20:30 Cyster Cyster
21:00 jonathan brandis, seaquest dsv, ladybugs
23:30 clueless jokes, hashtag pedantry
24:30 vampire in brooklyn murder, She’s a lady, who let those damn dogs out
25:30 things start to get intense, efukt
26:15 tales from the dark side movie, debbie harry, joey lawrence
26:45 wings, shit really starts to go off the rails cats eye
28:45 stephen king is obsessed with cats
30:00 who let those damn dogs out? beers, professionalism
31:30 trolling alex about night of the creeps, night of the comet
32:30 only the strong
33:15 USA up all night, i don’t know the name of this movie about people disintegrating
35:20 Recording hiccup
37:30 childhood memories, west point park
49:30 only the strong impressions
40:00 tekken talk, king’s small head
43:15 VCARD, sex lists
43:30 this is the end, adaptation, car crash trope
45:00 I once again call Brian on his racism
47:00 wine break
51:00 professor andy, everybody tunes out
52:15 how dyslexia
52:40 running a train wreck
54:00 administrative details
56:00 quantum leap theory
58:50 QUANTUM LEAP THEME
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Guys, I have a confession to make. Brace yourselves…
I have a Ghostbusters problem.
It all started when I listened to the Ghostbusters Resurrection podcast on the Nerdy Show network. It’s a podcast where some guys play the long-discontinued Ghostbusters Roleplaying game along with some fan-made updates. It’s a hoot, and the production values are great. They edit in sound effects for the podcast ripped from the Ghostbusters Video Game (more on that later), and incidental music from the films. The podcast reminded me how much I like the movie.
Later, talking with a friend of mine, I discovered she had never seen it, so I rewatched the original Ghostbusters film with her. This was a mistake. This only fueled the growing need within me that I had for more Ghostbusters.
I read everything I could find on the Ghostbusters Resurrection tumblr. That’s where I learned that they got their sound effects from the 2009 Ghostbuster video game. This led me to looking in the Ghostbusters video game, which I had never heard of. It came out in 2009, the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters and it was written by Ramis and Akroyd, and had the voice of pretty much everyone in the original cast, except Rick Moranis and Sigourney Weaver. I bought it on Xbox Live the next day for $15.
It’s a fun game and it adds to the Ghostbusters mythology, much of which the GB Resurrection guys incorporate into their campaign. The video game also introduces new Ghostbusters tech: slime tethers, stasis beams, meson darts, etc. Many of which are used by the players in the aforementioned podcast. I beat the game in one day. Have I mentioned that I quit my job and have a lot of free time?
But, it still wasn’t enough. The fever had me in its grip. I needed MOAR!
This brings me to two nights ago. I started to dig deep into the Ghostbusters Roleplaying Game, after initially following a link from the GBR tumblr. There are scans of all the old rulebooks and modules on various sites but, for some reason, people have scanned all the images and they just put them all up separately on a page. So, either you have to read each page one click at a time or download them all.
Well, fuck that. I used downthemall to download all the Ghostbusters Roleplaying Game scans I could find, then I used Preview on my Mac to turn each group of images into a single pdf. I’m pretty sure that I’m now the largest repository of Ghostbusters Roleplaying Game PDFs on the internet. 10 books, hundreds of pages, and hours of work. The fever causes you to do strange things.
But, it wasn’t enough. I wanted to have all the things! All the Ghostbusters things for Chris! So, I downloaded a torrent of every Ghostbusters soundtrack, both music and scores, over half a gig of sound files. And, after much googling I found the sound files ripped from Ghostbusters: the Video Game.
Still, I could not stop. What if I wanted to play the Roleplaying game? Well the game uses something called a “ghost die”, which is just a d6 with a Ghostbusters “no-ghost” logo in place of the 6. You can’t buy the original ones for cheap. I could just use a different colored d6, but that’s no fun. I could have ordered a blank six-sider and just painted the logo on, or applied sticker.
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I think this dark urge to devour all Ghostbusters related ephemera has subsided, for now. But who knows when it will return? Perhaps this time next week I’ll be building my own unlicensed nuclear accelerator to wear on my back (I have the plans for it on my computer).
This week Brian and I sit down to discuss Futurama. The conversation goes off the rails pretty quickly. We add our own crunchy sound effects, and debate the greatest 90′s movie rap theme song.
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Once again, on Wednesday, I read all the comics that I cared to. Here’s what I thought about some of them.
Comics from 3-6-13
A+X 5 – Doop! Iron Fist! Mister Sinister! Kid Loki! Kieron Gillen! ‘Nuff said.
All New X-men 8 – Sometimes I really do not care for Bendis’ writing. His run on Avengers was just plain boring, especially toward the end. He’s the king of the decompressed storyline that became so popular in the late 90′s/early 00′s. However, I really liked, and continue to like, is run on Ultimate Spider-man (aka Ultimate Comics Spider-Man). His run on All New X-men reminds me more of USM than Avengers.
In this issue the time-displaced original X-men meet up with the Avengers and much arguing occurs. Bendis does a really clever thing where he has Kitty and Bobby Drake guess what conversation Captain America and Beast are having. It’s a good way to have an exposition info-dump but keep it funny. I also like how he has original recipe Angel and new Angel/Archangel talk to each other. Original Angel knows something is different about his future counterpart, but there’s no need to go into all the continuity details about losing his wings, becoming a horseman of Apocalypse, being reborn and losing his memory, and being part of a sub-race of mutant Angels (no really). It’s a really good way to hint at years of comics history for new readers while giving a nod to those who already know that history. It’s a tough line to walk and Bendis does a good job at it.
Animal Man/Swamp Thing 18 – This is the epilogue to the frankly plodding “Rotworld” storyline and als Scott Snyder’s last issues of these two books. Animal Man was yet another DC comic where a child is killed. I’m going to miss Cliff and his mullet. Swamp Thing sets up a new status-quo very similar to the pre-New 52 status quo. Alec Holland’s human body dies and all that’s left is his planty Swamp Thing body. So, things are pretty similar to how Alan Moore set things up lo those many years ago. Except, Alec’s long-time love, Abigail Arcane, has now become the avatar of Death and her human body has also died. It’s actually a pretty sweet ending that leaves things in an interesting place for the new incoming writer.
Avengers 7 – I’ve found Jonathan Hickman’s run to be a bit uneven so far. I was pretty excited after last issue that Hickman was re-introducing elements from the New Universe line of comics. In this issue he focuses on the mystery of who will receive the various powers of the New Universe (Starbrand, Justice, Nightmask, and sometimes Spitfire). The end of the the issue uses a trope that I usually find extremely annoying in most movies and TV shows, where we’re shown a flashback of what actually happened. Think the end of The Prestige or The Illusionist, or even the end of most episode of Leverage. Like I said, I usually find this sort of thing annoying, but it was so well done in this instance that I actually liked it. This issue was a bit slow, catching up those unfamiliar with the New Universe, but I’m looking forward to the next issue moving the story forward more.
Bedlam 5 – This is an interesting comic. I really like the feel of the art in the book. It’s very angular with a muted color palette, except for the garish reds we see on the main character. I’ve been reading this one since the beginning and its plot is basically: What if the Joker underwent the aversion therapy in A Clockwork Orange?
Cable and X-Force 5 -I still don’t know how I feel about this comic. Hopeless obviously has an affinity for all these characters and their histories, just like the characters in the other series he’s writing, Avengers Arena. While I’ve come to enjoy the characters’ interactions in that series, something about Cable and X-Force seems off. In this issue Colossus sleeps with Domino and turns to his organic steel form in the middle. So now we know that Colossus can in fact get a metal erection. Also, wouldn’t that chafe Domino’s lady-bits?
Detective Comics 18 – I decided to read this comic because the writer, John Layman, is fantastic on Chew. Unlike chew, this comic is dour and without a sense of humor. It’s too bad really. Also, I have no interest in the Penguin as a villain and even less interest in his rival “Emperor Penguin”.
Hellboy in Hell 4 - I’ve read some people complaining that this comic has a little too much exposition and not enough action. I agree that’s it’s a very atmospheric comic with a lot of explaining, but I think that has to do with the fact that it’s drawing from A Christmas Carol and The Divine Comedy. Both feature the main character being led into different tableaus while their guide describes the significance of what they’re seeing. I love Mignola’s art, so I’m willing to forgive Hellboy seeming like a bit of a bystander in this series. It sets up a lot of interesting threads for the Hellboy mythos that I look forward to playing out in the pages of BPRD.
Comics from 3-13-13
Archer & Armstrong 8 – Once again this is one of my favorite comics on the shelf. It’s just so clever and full of fun that it really stands out against most other mainstream comics on the shelf today. Van Lente has created a really interesting world and mythology around these two characters and unlike some of the other comics in the new Valiant Comics relaunch the art in this book is impeccable. Plus, I love that the battle-cry of the villainous Null is, “Nothing is forever!”
Avengers Arena 6 – I’m starting to warm up to this book. Despite the simple and frankly derivative plot, Hopeless has given each of these characters a voice and personality. I’m pretty interested to see if Cullen Bloodstone, who I assume is Elsa Bloodstone’s brother, has any of his father or sister’s powers derived from the mystical Bloodstone. But, that’s the kind of thing I wonder about. The only complaint I have about this book is that I don’ t know anything this issue’s “bad guy”, Apex. I know that she’s in a love triangle with Kid Briton, and Nara, but I don’t really know what her motivations are or even what her powers are. Maybe that’s an intentional choice on Hopeless’ part, but it seems like a weird choice to me. Who knows, maybe he’ll explore Apex’s origin in the next issue.
Batman 18 – This was a weird issue. It re-introduced Harper Rowe, the young hacker who helps find holes in Batman’s security network. I’m not really sure if this is supposed to be her introduction as a potential replacement Robin, but I have no interest in her as a character. Plus, it seems like a bad idea to introduce yet another Robin, seeing as how there’s like five other Robin’s floating around the DC Universe.
Fantastic Four 5 – I really dislike the art on this book. I also do not enjoy the storyline at all. It’s a shame because I like pretty much everything else Fraction is writing for Marvel right now.
Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corps 18 – These two books are about some villain called “The First Lantern”. Basically the same scenario has played out in Green Lantern New Guardians, Green Lantern, and Green Lantern Corps. The First Lantern shows a Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner, Jon Stewart, Guy Gardner, etc.) alternate version of their own lives and somehow gets powered up by it(?) People who are buying all the Lantern books are basically spending $16 to read the same story four times. I did sort of like the dark artwork on the “dead zone” portion of Green Lantern. Other than that I could care less for these books.
Katana 2 – I find this book to be inexplicable. It’s about a fifth-tier Batman ally (in the pre-New 52 universe) who wields a possessed katana with the soul of her dead husband (?) in it. There’s a secret Japantown inside (?) the real Japantown in San Francisco where everyone dresses and acts like they’re in feudal Japan. Anyone who’s been to the real Japantown knows that it is too small and too open to hide such a thing. Besides that nitpick I find that I have no idea what the main characters’ motivations, or any of the characters for that matter, are. Several characters are introduced, a reluctant swordsman, a drunken martial arts master, who the main character seems to trust for no reason. Also, why is the drunken master drinking from an Edo period gourd/flask like he’s Jackie Chan or that guy from Virtua Fighter? I mean, I get that the secret Japantown is supposed be a place where people act like it’s olden times, but I really don’t understand why. Like I said, inexplicable
The Manhattan Projects 10 – Inside the brain of Oppenheimer. This book is just so weird and wonderful. I love the use of color to distinguish the evil Oppenheimers from Oppenheimer Prime.
Sledgehammer ’44 1 – This is a fun Mignola/Arcudi joint about a very Atomic Robo looking guy who kicks the ass of some Germans in World War II. I can’t help but wonder if this will tie into the Hellboy-verse comics.
Star Wars 3 – I really like this comic and wish that Brian Wood was writing a Star Wars movie. This issue delves deeper into the intrigue of the possible mole withing the Rebel forces. It’s pretty obvious to me that Luke’s new love interest is going to be the mole, but I don’t mind as the writing and the world-building in this comic are just so on point.
Secret Avengers 2 – This issue brings Taskmaster into the fold. I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since his eponymous mini-series turned him from third-rate villain into a hero with a Memento-like memory problem.
Wolverine 1 – I don’t understand what this comic is about or why I should care.
Wolverine and the X-men 26 – Even though this issue references the “time diamonds” from the awesome Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine series that Aaron wrote, I can’t find any enthusiasm for a story about Wolverine’s brother Dog from Origin. It’s a bit interesting how he seems to have a similar motivation to Flash villain Zoom. He’s trying to make Wolverine and his students better heroes by putting them through the wringer. Interesting, but I’m still having a hard time giving a crap.
Uncanny X-Men 3 – I would really rather read about this new group of X-Kids getting some training rather than the intrigue and triple-crossing of Magneto.
Alrighty, that’s all I have to say about the comics from the last two Wednesdays. If you have an opinion, leave a comment. I’m also looking for someone to talk about comics on the podcast from time-to-time. Let me know if you’re interested.