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Black Cat 1 Review

26 August 2021 at 02:42

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I’m enjoying the new King in Black series so much I went back to the beginning for Black Cat. Where it all began.

Felicia along with her crew Doctor Corpse and Bruno are going to steal a painting. It’s a lot of set up but gets this team established and I think that’s so later issues can get ready into the capers.

In a way the KIB issues have spoiled things for me. While this is very street level β€œnormal” people no crazy super heroics than later issues, I love small starts to epics. Little painting, a revelation, and a set ups for the next issue.

I’m still loving the body language and movement that is captured every time Felicia wants to show control of the situation. Comic fans have always discussed β€œmy” version of a hero. Dropping off a title after that version is gone even though the hero…

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Gwenom vs Carnage #2 Review

26 August 2021 at 02:42

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From Seanan McGruire, writer. Flaviano and Ig Guara, artists. Rico Renzi, colorist. VC’s Ariana Maher, letterer. Part of the King in Black event. Published by Marvel Comics.

I’m getting more familiar with Gwen’s story. While I knew this Gwen Stacy was not the original but instead a younger version from another Earth hanging out on our usual familiar Earth. I did not know that that is also true for this Mary Jane. This MJ is in a band with Gwen on their home version of Earth. They’re best friends, or are they? As Knull is trying to figure out why Gwen has a suit that is outside of his powers he latches a symbiote onto this version of MJ who now becomes Gwen’s personal Carnage.

Last issue I did think this was classic married to Peter Parker (sometimes) Mary Jane and I thought her interaction with Gwen would be an…

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Bloodshot #10 Review.

26 August 2021 at 02:42

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Writer: Tim Seeley. Artist: Brett Booth and Pedro Andreo. Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse. Letterer: Dave Sharpe. Cool cover by Simon Bisley. Published by Valiant.

I grabbed this comic because the cover was cool and I don’t think I’ve read anything Bloodshot since the hey day of the mid 1990’s. Ten issues into this version and it’s cool, but I don’t know what’s going on.

Bloodshot is talking to his tech support helper guy, Wilfred Wigans but I’m not sure how. Because as this story goes back and forth between β€œnow” and β€œthen” Bloodshot is in some alternate dimension. He hurts himself in order to get the job done. Which makes sense for a guy that can keep healing himself with the nanites.

There’s some group called The Burned. There’s a shady group manipulating things at the end. Something called β€œDay of Blood” happened before involving Bloodshot’s nanites and an airborne virus…

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The Cimmerian Iron Shadows in the Moon #1 Comic Book Review.

26 August 2021 at 02:41

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That’s an awesome cover from Ablaze.

Writer: Virginie Augustin, Robert E. Howard | Artist: Virginie Augustin. Published by ABLAZE Publishing.

I’ll admit, I put this series on my pull list because the issue 2 cover looks great. In fact, I only wanted issue 2, but then number one showed up and I bought it. I’ve dabbled in the Conan mythos here and there over the years but never dove in. Despite having amassed a fair amount of paperbacks and black and white magazines over the years. I think all that changes this year thanks to this title.

The Cimmerian title features comic book retellings of Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories from the pulps. Marvel Comics has the rights to do Conan officially in comics. But they do not own all of the Howard stories. While the cover says Cimmerian, this is Conan on the inside of the book. Also…

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Solid Blood #17 Review

26 August 2021 at 02:41

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For those that may have forgotten, a couple months ago Robert Kirkman stealth released the 17th issue of a comic. Officially this is an issue that showed up from a parallel earth. Unofficially I think he’s showing us what his next idea would have been if The Walking Dead was not successful.

Leaping forward 17 issues into a title is a hell of a gimmick. I’m lost, but so is everyone else. This is the middle of a story no one knows. It’s a good story. I’m intrigued. But there isn’t any great drama or tension because nothing has been built up. The characters look great. The idea is cool. It’s beautifully drawn. I do want to see the previous 16 issues and maybe more. Also, putting this on the more newsprint than glossy paper felt like grabbing a comic off the racks in the 80’s or 90’s that was…

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Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 13 Graphic Novel Review

26 August 2021 at 02:39

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Published by Rebellion.

John Wagner and Alant Grant, writers.

Dougie Braithwaite, John Higgins, Barry Kitson, Will Simpson, Jim Baikie, Colin MacNeil, Barry Kitson, Cliff Robinson, Liam McCormack-Sharp, Mick Austin, Mike Collins, Peter Vetner, Carlos Ezquerra, Chris Weston, Cam Kennedy, Vanyo, Paul Marshall, Jeff Anderson, Steve Yeowell.

This 13th collection features many many Judge Dredd stories and it is rough at times. Not the art, not the writing. Both are amazing in each and every story. The entire world of Judge Dredd is difficult. This 13th volume is the only one available in my local library system, and I have a couple of cross overs in my own collection (like with Batman) but my Dredd and 2000AD collections sit at zero.

I’ve enjoyed the movies. Anthrax is one of my all time favorite bands. Yet there is something about Dredd that has never came across the pond to the same level…

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Jonah Hex: Face Full of Violence Graphic Novel Review.

26 August 2021 at 02:37

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From DC Comics. Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, writers. Luke Ross and Tony Dezuniga, artists. Jason Keith and Rob Schwager, colorists. Rob Leigh, letterer.

Thanks to my friends over at the Longbox Heroes podcast, I realized that I’ve been missing out on Jonah Hex. This has always been a gap in my comic knowledge. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the story potentials in the western genre and begun to enjoy some movies and pulps. But never made the easy crossover while I’m already in the comic store. This volume collecting issues 1-6 of the 2006 series came through work and paused at my desk for awhile. It might be the first Jonah Hex work I’ve read, but it’s definitely not the last.

Each issue tells a new story. While Jonah carries through every issue, that’s about it. Certain themes, certain ideas, maybe a casual mention. But any reader…

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Story Time: A Broken Wing

2 June 2021 at 14:42

This is a cautionary tale of a young boy who, despite all warnings went up against a fabled beast. The beast was a filled with hot air and it’s scales are a made from a mixture of nylon & ployester oxford. This tale begins on a warm sunny Saturday and everyone was getting ready for a birthday festivity. The day started off normal and relaxed, unaware of the battle to come.

So we all went to a family’s house for a birthday party and they rented out a bouncy house for the kids (and adults lets be honest hahaha). Everything was going rather well and everyone was having fun. Lots of food, drinks and the kids we’re all playing the bouncy house. We then opened gifts for the birthday boy, followed with cake as you do. Then everyone went back to playing.

While we putting some of the larger gifts together and talking. I was told that my son had hurt himself… Looking ahead, I can see that he was cry and his arm was just hanging down to his side. Thinking he might have dislocated it or messed up some of his muscles. After getting him to stop crying long enough to tell me what had happened. We put some ice on his shoulder where he said it hurt and he was fully able to tell us what he did.

It seems that at some point of playing around. He thought it would be a good idea to do a front flip from the bouncy house opening to the slide that was build on. Not being able to stick the landing the way he wanted too. He did land on his arm and bend it backwards… After he was able to move, we took him the the local ER to see if there was more damage than we were seeing.

I believe we were at the ER for almost 3 hours. They did some x-rays and found that he did brake his arm and pulled a few muscles. They gave him a shot small of morphine to help with his pain and put a splint/sling on him. He did have nurse that was hilarious and had a number of dad jokes/dark jokes. Which is right up my son alley, Odin knows that kids loves his bad jokes hahaha. I have to say that kid on morphine is something to see hahaha. He did not stop talking and so, SO MANY JOKES. I wish I got it on video, just to focused on getting everyone home.

So far he is doing better, sleeping is a bit of a challenge sometimes. So there is a lot of napping haha.

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Middle Earth Challenge: Welcome To The Broken Sword!!! | Middle Earth Lore

1 June 2021 at 13:16

So a few months back, I did a Middle Earth Challenge. On some of the posts I shared a number of videos about the lore. But sadly due to some copy right claims and guidelines through YouTube. Some of the videos have been deleted or suspended. So the guys who made most of these video and updated and made a brand new channel called The Broken Sword. They did say that they will be editing and replacing some of the old videos on previous channel History Of The Ages and reposting to they new one.

I figured I would start an update through this challenge. Also support these guys and their work.

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The Covid Shot

29 May 2021 at 15:32

So I finally went out and got my first Covid shot the other day. The shot itself wasn’t that bad, later on in the day it felt like having icy hot under the skin and someone punch you in the arm really good. The following day my arm was a little sore and still felt like someone punched me in the arm.

But it didn’t slow me down really. I guess we will see what happens when I get the second shot.

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StarDate 74873.9

29 May 2021 at 15:12

With much frustration I am writing this post to share. Why? I think in some weird way I hope it shows someone that they aren’t the only ones going to stressful times in dealing with custody battles. I believe I have shared this few times now, that I have been in a custody battle for β€œofficially” two years now. I say β€œofficially” because I went out and found a lawyer to help me with this battle. It’s actually been a uphill battle for almost 10+ years. Sure there have been a few good times, where everything was going smoothly. But those were quick to vanish in time.

We were to have our trial on the 26th of May… Not so much… The day right before, we got the call that it was pushed back due to a criminal trial. This has happen to us twice before and not to mention all the problems Covid caused and other the other party moving out of state. We were able to have a settlement hearing in hopes of coming to some type of agreement. What is the saying? Wish in one hand and crap in the other. See which one fills up first. I mean the fact most of us didn’t have much faith in this hearing. But I had a β€œsmall” hope that maybe, maybe she might see the problems.

With out going into much detail. The settlement hearing was a waste of time and the judge called. Turns out the other party has their significant other in the same room as them(they video call into the courts). When it was only for Lawyers and the two parties involved. Because of this the judge could not take her answers as truthful. Also the fact that we were on two different sides as far as parenting plans go. Fact of the matter is, we have offered a number of plans and she as rejected all of them. Even the Oregon standard long distance parenting plan. No changes, plan as is… But she rejected it.. Had she taken that deal, she would have had the kids this summer and possibly Christmas. But that is not the case now and we have moved on to what is best for the kids and not the adult.

Fact that the families for both sides are in Oregon, their friends as in Oregon. They have a stable foundation that was built in Oregon and to up root them to a state they never been before. Where they know no one and have zero family out here, not to mention the problem with the stepparent. But that is a headache of a story for another time…..

So after the settlement hearing was ended, the lawyer and myself talked about our next course of action. We were able to get a new trial date that wasn’t to far away and more confident that it will actually go through. Everyone wants this done with… It’s hard to deal with this and also plan a wedding at the same time. The trial is always in the back of my mind and is the cause of much stress. I believe this is the cause of number white hairs now haha.

So that is the current state if things, with out going into much detail. Sadly a lot of my time is devoted to this and a number of project have taken a backseat. Like my blog here. BUT!! Hopefully soon that will change and we can move on with life. Thank you for reading my drama and I am sorry for not updating as much as I normally do.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 Review

10 May 2021 at 21:28

Darth Vader #10 Review by Paul Bowler. Having endured the Emperor’s wrath and survived the test of the Eye of Webbish, the Dark Lord of the Sith’s ordeal continues in Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 with a terrifying confrontation with the Red Horror in the depths of space! As Imperial forces close in, the greatest […]

Star Wars: Darth Vader #10 Review

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Batman The Detective #1 Review

10 May 2021 at 21:27

Batman The Detective #1 Review by Paul Bowler. The Dark Knight embarks on an epic European adventure in Batman The Detective #1, the new DC Comics six-part mini-series helmed by the dynamic duo of writer Tom Taylor and artist Andy Kubert.Β  Opening with a harrowing mid-air tragedy in the United Kingdom which spells out a […]

Batman The Detective #1 Review

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The Pop Culture Pub Podcast: Streaming Killed the Video Store

10 May 2021 at 21:26

On an all new edition of the Pop Culture Pub podcast, we discuss our video rental store memories.

The Pop Culture Pub Podcast: Streaming Killed the Video Store

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The 4th

4 May 2021 at 12:00

My the 4th be with you. Always…

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StarDate 54783.2

26 April 2021 at 12:03

*Looks blankly at the warm glow of the computer screen*

*Looks down that new Bang energy coffee drink I got the other day. Thinking about where to start this post.*

*Takes a drink of the Bang coffee drink………..*

Ugh! By Loki’s nasty swamp ass. This drink is terrible……. *Looks down at drink and walks to the sink.* What the hell? It basically feels like it covers your whole mouth in this fake milk flavor.. UGH.

*Grabs a Monster instead.*

So here I am at 7 in the morning waiting for my oldest to finish getting ready for school… It’s been a SLOW going so far haha. But to be fair, she has been able to sleep in most of the school year. Their school schedule was rather consistent there for a bit. Then they tried hybrid learning and that was made into two groups, AM and PM. Both kids got lucky and was put on the PM shift. So their school time looked like this:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday start at 12:35pm to 3:50pm. Wednesday at home starting at 8:45am to 3:00pm….

Now they just changed it again and it’s starting today. So now they want β€œfull” school days, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:15am to 2:30pm. Again Wednesdays at home starting at 8:45am to 3:00am. Wednesdays are serving as a free day to work on their assignments from home and check in on ZOOM. While the school is cleaning everything.. Personally I think they should have just left the whole thing alone at this point. You only have a couple of months left of this school year till summer. I would have spent this time to plan for in person school for next year. But the kids are doing rather well with the changes, as annoying as they are. But having me here with them all the time and making sure they are getting their work done. As much as I might annoy them, it’s working out for them. After talking with some of the teachers, guess a lot of parents aren’t fully involved. Complain about everything and not willing to help with this process.

I think in one of my other posts I talked about my custody trial. We are still waiting on that sadly. We did have some long conversations about the kids and their feelings towards their mother. My youngest doesn’t want to talk with her anymore and hasn’t in over a month now. My oldest is now in the same boat.. It is a sad thing really. But hopefully things will work out by the time the end of May comes. Till then, we will maintain the course we are on.

On a more chipper news! Everything is coming together for the wedding in August. We got our arch in from over seas and our drinking horns finally came! We also got our custom guest signing β€œbook” is you will. The theme for the wedding is vary heavy in the Lord of the Rings/Middle Earth, with some Scottish Highlands mixed in. We also had our first photo shoot before the wedding and we are still waiting for those to come in. I do have some pictures of some of the items, I’ll have to share those in another post.

Other than that, things are rather relaxed for the first time in a long time. Also started playing World of Warcraft again and might dragged my wife to be and her sister into the world as well hahaha. I don’t feel bad about that.

I do have some cyberpunk topics come up. Just a lot of reading as of late, because most of the cyberpunk stories are in book/comic form. Not that I’m complaining, I love reading..

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StarDate 74734.3

8 April 2021 at 14:34

Captain’s log… There really hasn’t been anything action packed as of late. Mostly getting everything ordered for the wedding and/or put together. I think there are only a few things left to do on the list. Music being one and the other is finding someone to officiate the wedding hahaha, that one is rather important.

Other than that, the kids are starting in-person learning again and that in itself has surprising challenges. Working around the house and lord help me I’ve started playing World of Warcraft again. I’ve even pulled my wife to be along for the ride haha.

Nothing new sadly in the way of trial/custody progress. We are currently set for next month and just playing the waiting game at this moment.

We start up our garden this week. Once everything is in place, I’ll have to share the progress with that too. Hahahaha like I said, things have been rather lackluster around here. I’ll have a few Cyberpunk posts coming up and I have been talking with local comic con & other events. But those are closer to fall/winter and I think we’ll see those this year. I fear they will be pushed back out again. The rate Oregon is going with Covid…

ANY-WHO!! Hope everything is doing well and being safe out there.

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