Monthly Miscellanea: January
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last month.

Stuff I've Done:

Another One's Treasure:

First Impressions and Second Time Around:

The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange:

Strangers from the Internet:

The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched:

Scripts:

  • Push (8/27/2007 draft of 2009 film) LIKED IT

  • Slither (9/10/2004 draft of 2006 film) LIKED IT


Comics:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #4 "Nothing Can Stop... the Sandman" (1963) LOVED IT

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #5 "Marked For Destruction By Dr. Doom" (1963) LIKED IT

  • The Bio-Booster Armor Guyver #5 "Tragic" (1986) MEH

  • The Boys #42 "The Innocents, Part 3" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #43 "Innocents, Conclusion" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #44 "Believe, Part 1" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #45 "Believe, Part 2" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #46 "Believe, Part 3" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #47 "Believe, Conclusion" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys: Herogasm #1 "Babylon" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Daredevil #1 "The Origin of Daredevil" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #12 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #13 (2011) LOVED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #14 (2011) LOVED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #15 (2012) LIKED IT

  • Golem #3 "Enter the Mystic Six" (2012) MEH

  • Golem #4 "Endgame" (2012) MEH

  • The Green Hornet #4 (1990 comic) MEH

  • The Green Hornet #5 "Requiem and Rebirth" (1990) LIKED IT

  • The Green Hornet #6 "The New Green Hornet" (1990) LIKED IT

  • The Green Hornet #7 "Bloodlines" (1990) LIKED IT

  • Hellraiser #12 "Heaven's Reply, Part 4" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Hellraiser #13 "Hell Hath No Fury, Part 1" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Idolized #0 "Every Little Thing She Does is Tragic" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Irredeemable #9 (2009) LIKED IT

  • Jennifer Blood #9 "The Sound of the Atom Splitting" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Jennifer Blood #10 "I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Jennifer Blood #11 "Left To My Own Devices" (2012) MEH

  • Jennifer Blood #12 "Did You See Me Coming" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #108 "Thor: At the Mercy of Loki" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #108 "Tales of Asgard: Trapped by the Trolls" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #109 "Thor: When Magneto Strikes" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #109 "Tales of Asgard: Banished from Asgard" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #110 "Thor: Every Hand Against Him" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #110 "Tales of Asgard: The Defeat of Odin" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #111 "Thor: The Power of the Thunder God" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #111 "Tales of Asgard: The Secret of Sigur" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #112 "Thor: Battles the Incredible Hulk" (1965) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #112 "Tales of Asgard: The Coming of Loki" (1965) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #113 "Thor: A World Gone Mad" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #113 "Tales of Asgard: The Boyhood of Loki" (1965) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #114 "Thor: The Stronger I Am, The sooner I Die" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #114 "Tales of Asgard: The Golden Apples" (1965) MEH

  • Ninjettes #3 "The Point is of No Return" (2012) MEH

  • Ninjettes #4 "Twisted Like a Pretzel" (2012) MEH

  • Ninjettes #5 "Everything We Like is Hard" (2012) MEH

  • Riki-Oh #1 "Garden of Beasts" (1987) LIKED IT

  • Riki-Oh #2 "Toukatsu Hell, Part 1" (1987) LIKED IT

  • Riki-Oh #3 "Toukatsu Hell, Part 2" (1987) LIKED IT

  • Riki-Oh #4 "Toukatsu Hell, Part 3" (1987) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #135 "Nick Fury: The Man for the Job" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #135 "Doctor Strange: Eternity Beckons" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #136 "Nick Fury: Find Fury or Die" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #136 "Doctor Strange: What Lurks Beneath the Mask" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #137 "Nick Fury: The Prize is... Earth" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #137 "Doctor Strange: When Meet the Mystic Minds" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #138 "Nick Fury: Sometimes the Good Guys LOSE" (1965) MEH

  • Strange Tales #138 "Doctor Strange: If Eternity Should Fail (1965) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #139 "Nick Fury: The Brave Die Hard" (1965) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #139 "Doctor Strange: Beware... Dormammu is Watching" (1965) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #140 "Nick Fury: The End of Hydra" (1966) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #140 "Doctor Strange: The Pincers of Power" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #141 "Nick Fury: Operation - Brain Blast" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #141 "Doctor Strange: Let There Be Victory' (1966) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #142 "Nick Fury: Who Strikes at SHIELD?" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #142 "Doctor Strange: Those Who Would Destroy Me" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #143 "Nick Fury: To Free a Brain Slave" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #143 "Doctor Strange: With None Beside Me" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #144 "Nick Fury: The Day of the Druid" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #144 "Doctor Strange: Where Man Hath Never Trod" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #145 "Nick Fury: Lo, the Eggs Shall Hatch" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #145 "Doctor Strange: To Catch a Magician" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #146 "Nick Fury: When the Unliving Strike" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #146 "Doctor Strange: The End - at Last" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #147 "Nick Fury: The Enemy Within" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #147 "Doctor Strange: From the Nameless Nowhere Comes... Kaluu" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #148 "Nick Fury: Death Before Dishonor" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #148 "Doctor Strange: The Origin of the Ancient One" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #149 "Nick Fury: The End of A.I.M." (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #149 "Doctor Strange: If Kaluu Should Triumph" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #150 "Nick Fury: Hydra Lives" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #150 "Doctor Strange: The Conquest of Kaluu" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #151 "Nick Fury: Overkill" (1966) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #151 "Doctor Strange: Umar Strikes" (1966) MEH

  • Strange Tales #152 "Nick Fury: The Power of SHIELD" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #152 "Doctor Strange: Into the Dimension of Death" (1967) MEH

  • Strange Tales #153 "Nick Fury: The Hiding Place" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #153 "Doctor Strange: Alone, Against the Mindless Ones" (1967) MEH

  • Strange Tales #154 "Nick Fury: Beware... the Deadly Dreadnought" (1967) MEH

  • Strange Tales #154 "Doctor Strange: Clea Must Die" (1967) MEH

  • Strange Tales #155 "Nick Fury: Death Trap" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #155 "Doctor Strange: The Fearful Finish" (1967) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #156 "Nick Fury: The Tribunal" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #156 "Doctor Strange: Umar Walks the Earth" (1967) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #157 "Nick Fury: Crisis" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #157 "Doctor Strange: The End of the Ancient One" (1967) MEH

  • Strange Tales #158 "Nick Fury: Final Encounter" (1967) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #158 "Doctor Strange: The Sands of Death" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #159 "Nick Fury: Spy School" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #159 "Dr. Strange: The Evil That Men Do" (1967) MEH

  • Strange Tales #160 "Nick Fury: Project Blackout" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #160 "Dr. Strange: If This Planet You Would Save" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Tales of Suspense #45 "Iron Man: The Icy Fingers of Jack Frost" (1963 comic) LIKED IT

  • Tales of Suspense #46 "Iron Man: The Crimson Dynamo" (1963 comic) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #66 "Hulk: The Power of Doctor Banner" (1965) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #67 "Hulk: Where Strides the Behemoth" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #68 "Hulk: Back from the Dead" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #69 "Hulk: Trapped in the Lair of the Leader" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #70 "Sub-Mariner: The Start of the Quest" (1965) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #70 "Hulk: To Live Again" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #71 "Sub-Mariner: Escape... to Nowhere" (1965) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #71 "Hulk: Like a Beast at Bay" (1965) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #72 "Sub-Mariner: A Prince There Was" (1965) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #72 "Hulk: Within the Monster Dwells a Man" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #73 "Sub-Mariner: By Force of Arms" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Tales to Astonish #73 "Hulk: Another World, Another Foe" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Tales to Astonish #74 "Sub-Mariner: When Fails, the Quest" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Tales to Astonish #74 "Hulk: The Wisdom of the Watcher" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • The X-Men #20 "I, Lucifer" (1966 comic) MEH

  • The X-Men #21 "From Whence Comes... Dominus?" (1966) MEH


Episodes:

  • Alphas #22 "If Memory Serves" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Beast King GoLion #3 "A Ghost and the Five Keys" (1981) MEH

  • Beast King GoLion #4 "Resurrection of the Legendary Giant" (1981) MEH

  • Ben and Kate #11 "B-Squad" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #13 "Bake-Off" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Bunheads #11 "You Wanna See Something?" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Bunheads #12 "Channing Tatum is a Fine Actor" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Bunheads #13 "I'll Be Your Meyer Lansky" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Bunheads #14 "The Astronaut and the Ballerina" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Castle #91 "Significant Others" (2013) LOVED IT

  • Elementary #11 "Dirty Laundry" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Erin, the Beast Player #9 "Honey and Erin" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Erin, the Beast Player #10 "Birds of Dawn" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Erin, the Beast Player #11 "Inside the Door" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Erin, the Beast Player #12 "The Silver Feather" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Erin, the Beast Player #13 "The Valley of the Ohju (2009) LIKED IT

  • Greek #71 "Midnight Clear" (2011) LOVED IT

  • Greek #72 "Subclass Plagiostomi" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Greek #73 "Agents for Change" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Greek #74 "Legacy" (2011 episode) LOVED IT

  • Homeland #3 "Clean Skin" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Homeland #4 "Semper I" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Homeland #5 "Blind Spot" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Homeland #6 "The Good Soldier" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #79 "Two for One" (1994) MEH

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #80 "Opposites Attract" (1994) MEH

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #81 "Zedd's Monster Mash" (1994) MEH

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #82 "The Ninja Encounter, Part 1" (1994) MEH

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #83 "The Ninja Encounter, Part 2" (1994) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #84 "The Ninja Encounter, Part 3" (1994) MEH

  • New Girl #36 "Cabin" (2013) LIKED IT

  • New Girl #38 "Pepperwood" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Once Upon a Time #32 "The Cricket Game" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Once Upon a Time #33 "The Outsider" (2013) MEH

  • Once Upon a Time #34 "In the Name of the Brother" (2013) LIKED IT

  • Red Dwarf #7 "Kryten" (1988) LIKED IT

  • Red Dwarf #8 "Better Than Life" (1988) MEH

  • Red Dwarf #9 "Thanks for the Memory" (1988) MEH

  • Red Dwarf #10 "Stasis Leak" (1988) LIKED IT

  • Red Dwarf #11 "Queeg" (1988) LIKED IT

  • Red Dwarf #12 "Parallel Universe" (1988) LIKED IT

  • Secret Agent Erika #8 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Secret Agent Erika #9 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Secret Agent Erika #10 (2011) LIKED IT

  • 1600 Penn #1 "Putting Out Fires" (2013) MEH

  • Sword Art Online #4 "The Black Swordsman" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sword Art Online #5 "A Crime Within the Walls" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Sword Art Online #6 "Illusionary Avenger" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Sword Art Online #7 "The Temperature of the Heart" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Sword Art Online #8 "The Sword Dance of White and Black" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sword Art Online #9 "The Blue-Eyed Demon" (2012) LOVED IT

  • White Collar #57 "Family Business" (2013) MEH


Prose:

  • Conan: Queen of the Black Coast (1934 story) LIKED IT

  • Sword Art Online #1: Aincrad (2002 novel) LIKED IT


Films:

  • Stranded (2002) MEH


Monthly Miscellanea: December
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last month.

Stuff I've Done

At Another One's Treasure:

At The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:


Stuff I've Read/Watched

Comics:

  • Atlas #0 (2010) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • The Boys #40 "The Innocents, Part 1" (2010) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #41 "The Innocents, Part 2" (2010) LIKED IT

  • Dungeons and Dragons #10 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #11 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #104 "Our World - Enslaved" (1970) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #105 "The Monster in the Streets" (1970) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #106 "The Monster's Secret" (1971) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #107 "And Now - The Thing" (1971) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #108 "The Monstrous Mystery of the Nega-Man" (1971) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #109 "Death in the Negative Zone" (1971) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #110 "One From Four Leaves Three" (1971) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #111 "The Thing - Amok" (1971) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #112 "Battle of the Behemoths" (1971) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #113 "The Power of - The Overmind" (1971) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #114 "But Who Shall Stop the Over-Mind?" (1971) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #115 "The Secret of the Eternals" (1971) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #116 "The Alien, the Ally, and - Armageddon" / "Now Falls the Final Hour" (1971) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #117 "The Flame and the Quest" (1971) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #118 "Thunder in the Ruins" (1972) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #118 "What Mad World?" (1972) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #119 "Three Stood Together" (1972) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #120 "The Horror That Walks On Air" (1972) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #121 "The Mysterious Mind-Blowing Secret of Gabriel" (1972) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #122 "Galactus Unleashed" (1972) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #123 "This World Enslaved" (1972) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #124 "The Return of the Monster" (1972) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #125 "The Monster's Secret" (1972) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #126 "The Way It Began" (1972) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #127 "Where the Sun Dares Not Shine" (1972) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #128 "Death in a Dark and Lonely Place" (1972) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #129 "The Frightful Four - Plus One" (1972) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #130 "Battleground: The Baxter Building" (1973) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #131 "Revolt in Paradise" (1973) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #132 "Omega! The Ultimate Enemy" (1973) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #133 "Thundra at Dawn" (1973) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #134 "A Dragon Stalks the Skies" (1973) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #135 "The Eternity Machine" (1973) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #136 "Rock Around the Cosmos" (1973) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #137 "Rumble on Planet 3" (1973) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #138 "Madness is... the Miracle Man" (1973) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #139 "Target: Tomorrow" (1973) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #140 "Annihilus Revealed" (1973) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #141 "The End of the Fantastic Four" (1973) LIKED IT

  • The Fictionauts #3 "The Land That Space Forgot" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Glory #23 "Once and Future, Part 1: The Way it Was" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Golem #2 "Battle Royale" (2012) MEH

  • The Green Hornet #3 (1990) MEH

  • Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor #1 "Awesome" (1986) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor #2 "Mysterious" (1986) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor #3 "Risky" (1986) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Guyver: Bio-Booster Armor #4 "Volatile" (1986) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Jennifer Blood #8 "Beautiful People" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Journey into Mystery #99 "The Mighty Thor: The Mysterious Mister Hyde" (1963) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Journey into Mystery #99 "Tales of Asgard: Surtur, the Fire Demon" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #100 "The Mighty Thor: The Master Plan of Mr. Hyde" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #100 "Tales of Asgard: The Boyhood of Thor - The Storm Giants" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #101 "The Mighty Thor: The Return of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #101 "Tales of Asgard: The Boyhood of Thor - The Invasion of Asgard (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #102 "The Mighty Thor: Slave of Zarrko, the Tomorrow Man" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #102 "Tales of Asgard: The Boyhood of Thor - Death Comes to Thor" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #103 "The Mighty Thor: The Enchantress and the Executioner" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #103 "Tales of Asgard: Thor's Mission to Mirmir" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #104 "The Mighty Thor: Giants Walk the Earth" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #104 "Tales of Asgard: Heimdall, Guardian of the Mystic Rainbow Bridge" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #105 "The Mighty Thor: The Cobra and Mr. Hyde" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #105 "Tales of Asgard: When Heimdall Failed" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #106 "The Mighty Thor: The Thunder God Strikes Back" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #106 "Tales of Asgard: Balder, the Brave" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #107 "The Mighty Thor: When the Grey Gargoyle Strikes" (1964) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #107 "Tales of Asgard: Balder Must Die" (1964) MEH

  • Ninjettes #2 "Like the Gas Chamber, A Real Fun Gal" (2012) MEH

  • Strange Tales #117 "The Human Torch: The Return of the Eel" (1964) HATED IT

  • Strange Tales #117 "Doctor Strange: The Many Traps of Baron Mordo" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #118 "The Human Torch: The Man Who Became the Torch" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #118 "Doctor Strange: The Possessed" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #119 "The Human Torch: The Torch Goes Wild" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #119 "Doctor Strange: Beyond the Purple Veil" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #120 "The Human Torch: The Torch Meets the Iceman" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #120 "Doctor Strange: The House of Shadows" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #121 "The Human Torch: Prisoner of the Plantman" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #121 "Doctor Strange: Witchcraft in the Wax Museum" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #122 "The Human Torch: 3 Against the Torch" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #122 "Doctor Strange: The World Beyond" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #123 "The Human Torch: The Birth of the Beetle" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #123 "Doctor Strange: The Challenge of Loki" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #124 "Doctor Strange: The Lady from Nowhere" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #125 "Doctor Strange: Mordo Must Not Catch Me" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #126 "Doctor Strange: The Domain of the Dread Dormammu" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #127 "Doctor Strange: Duel with the Dread Dormammu" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #128 "Doctor Strange: The Demon's Disciple" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #129 "Doctor Strange: Beware... Tiboro" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Strange Tales #130 "Doctor Strange: The Defeat of Doctor Strange" (1965) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #131 "Doctor Strange: The Hunter and the Hunted" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #132 "The Human Torch: The Sinister Space Trap" (1965) MEH

  • Strange Tales #132 "Doctor Strange: Face-to-Face AT LAST with Baron Marodo" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #133 "Doctor Strange: A Nameless Land, a Timeless Time" (1965) MEH

  • Strange Tales #134 "Doctor Strange: Earth Be My Battleground" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #52 "Giant-Man and the Wasp: The Black Knight Strikes (1964) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #53 "Giant-Man and the Wasp: Trapped by the Porcupine" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Tales to Astonish #59 "Giant-Man and the Wasp: Enter, the Hulk" (1964) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #60 "The Incredible Hulk" (1964) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #61 "The Incredible Hulk: Captured At Last" (1964) MEH

  • Tales to Astonish #62 "The Incredible Hulk: Enter... the Chameleon" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #63 "The Incredible Hulk: A Titan Rides the Train" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #64 "The Incredible Hulk: The Horde of Humanoids" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #65 "The Incredible Hulk: On the Rampage Against the Red" (1965) LIKED IT


Episodes:

  • Alphas #20 "The Devil Will Drag You Under" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Alphas #21 "Life After Death" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Battleground #4 "The Comment" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #10 "The Trip" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Blast of Tempest #2 "He Said She Was Very Beautiful" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Burn Notice #64 "Bloodlines" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Castle #90 "Secret Santa" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Chaotic #44 "Coloseum Showdown" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Doctor Who #94 "The Snowmen" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #8 "The Long Fuse" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #9 "You Do It to Yourself" (2012) MEH

  • Elementary #10 "Leviathan" (2012) LIKED IT

  • ExoSquad #3 "Hidden Terrors" (1993) LIKED IT

  • Galaxy Express 999 #1 "Departure Balad" (1978) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Greek #66 "Fools Rush In" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Greek #67 "Cross Examined Life" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Greek #68 "All About Beav" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Greek #69 "Home Coming and Going" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Greek #70 "Fumble" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Homeland #1 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Homeland #2 "Grace" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #75 "Orchestral Maneuvers in the Park" (1994) MEH

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #76 "Beauty at the Beast" (1994) MEH

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #77 "White Light, Part 1" (1994) LIKED IT

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #78 "White Light, Part 2" (1994) LIKED IT

  • Mobile Suit Gundam #1 "Gundam Rising" (1979) LIKED IT

  • Mobile Suit Gundam #2 "Destroy Gundamn" (1979) LIKE IT

  • New Girl #34 "Bathtub" (2012) LIKED IT

  • New Girl #35 "Santa" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Robotech #51 "Clone Chamber" (1985) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs #1 "Star Sheriff Round-Up" (1987) LIKED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #8 "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (2012) LIKED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #9 "Hypnos" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sword Art Online #1 "The World of Swords" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Sword Art Online #2 "Beater" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sword Art Online #3 "The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (2012) LIKE IT

  • Thunder Stone #1 "The Comet Nemesis" (1999) LIKED IT

  • Total Recall 2070 #1 "Machine Dreams, Part 1" (1999) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #1 "Ultra Operation Number One" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #2 "Blast the Invaders" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #3 "Charge Forth, Science Patrol" (1966) LIKE IT

  • Ultraman #4 "Five Seconds Before the Explosion" (1966) LIKE IT

  • Ultraman #5 "Treasure of the Miloganda" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #6 "Coast Guard Orders" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #7 "The Blue Stone of Baraj" (1966) MEH

  • Ultraman #8 "The Lawless Monster Zone" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #9 "Operation Light Speed" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Ultraman #10 "Mysterious Dinosaur Base" (1966) I DON'T... I CAN'T... WTF!

  • Ultraman #11 "The Rascal from Outer Space" (1966) ANOTHER WTF DID I JUST WATCH!

  • Ultraman #12 "Cry of the Mummy" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Valerian and Laureline #1 "Time Matters" (2007) LIKED IT


Prose:

Film:

  • The Adventures of Tin Tin (2011) LIKED IT

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) LIKED IT

  • Skyfall (2012) LOVED IT


Monthly Miscellanea: November
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last month.

Stuff I've Done

At Another One's Treasure:

At I Hate/Love Remakes:

At The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched

Comics:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #3 "Doctor Octopus" (1963) MEH

  • The Boys #37 "La plume de ma tante est sur la table" (2009) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #38 "The Instant White-Hot Wild" (2010) MEH

  • The Boys #39 "What I Know" (2010) MEH

  • Dungeons and Dragons #8 (2011) LOVED IT

  • Dungeons and Dragons #9 (2011) LIKED IT

  • Earth 2 #2 "Age of Wonders" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #52 "The Black Panther" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #53 "The Way It Began" (1966) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #54 "Whosoever Finds the Evil Eye" (1966) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #55 "When Strikes the Silver Surfer" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #56 "Klaw, the Murderous Master of Sound" (1966) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four Annual #4 "The Torch That Was" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #57 "Enter... Dr. Doom" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #58 "The Dismal Dregs of Defeat" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #59 "Doomsday" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #60 "The Peril and the Power" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #61 "Where Stalks the Sandman" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #62 "And One Shall Save Him" (1967) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #63 "Blastaar, the Living Bomb-Burst" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #64 "The Sentry Sinister" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #65 "From Beyond This Planet Earth" (1967) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #66 "What Lurks Behind the Beehive?" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #67 "When Opens the Cocoon" (1967) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four Annual #5 "Divide - And Conquer" (1967) MEH

  • Fantastic Four Annual #5 "The Peerless Power of the Silver Surfer" (1967) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #68 "His Mission: Destroy the Fantastic Four" (1967) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #69 "By Ben Betrayed" (1967) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #70 "When Fall the Mighty" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #71 "And So It Ends" (1968) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #72 "Where Soars the Silver Surfer" (1968) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #73 "The Flames of Battle" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #74 "When Calls Galactus" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #75 "Worlds Within Worlds" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #76 "Stranded in Sub-Atomica" (1968) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #77 "Shall Earth Endure?" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #78 "The Thing No More" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #79 "A Monster Forever?" (1968) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #80 "Where Treads the Living Totem" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four Annual #6 "Let There Be... Life" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #81 "Enter - The Exquisite Elemental" (1968) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #82 "The Mark of the Madman" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #83 "Shall Man Survive?" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #84 "The Name is Doom" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #85 "Within This Tortured Land" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #86 "The Victims" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #87 "The Power and the Pride" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #88 "A House There Was" (1969) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #89 "The Madness of the Mole Man" (1969) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #90 "The Skrull Takes a Slave" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #91 "The Thing - Enslaved" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #92 "Ben Grimm, Killer" (1969) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #93 "At the Mercy of Torgo" (1969) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #94 "The Return of the Frightful Four" (1970) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #95 "Tomorrow - World War Three" (1970) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #96 "The Mad Thinker and His Androids of Death" (1970) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #97 "The Monster from the Lost Lagoon" (1970) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #98 "Mystery on the Moon" (1970) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #99 "The Torch Goes Wild" (1970) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #100 "The Long Journey Home" (1970) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #101 "Bedlam in the Baxter Building" (1970) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #102 "The Strength of the Sub-Mariner" (1970) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #103 "At War with Atlantis" (1970) LIKED IT

  • The Fictionauts #2 "The Man From B.E.Y.O.N.D." (2012) LIKED IT

  • The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men #10 "Power Application" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Jennifer Blood #7 "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" (2011) LIKED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #95 "The Mighty Thor: The Demon Duplicators" (1963) HATED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #96 "Mad Merlin" (1963) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #97 "The Mighty Thor: The Lava Man" (1963) MEH

  • Journey Into Mystery #97 "Tales of Asgard: Home of the Mighty Norse Gods" (1963) LOVED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #98 "The Mighty Thor: Challenged by the Human Cobra" (1963) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #98 "Tales of Asgard: Odin Battles Ymir, King of the Ice Giants" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #2 "7 Doomed Men" (1963) LIKED IT

  • The Shadow #1 "The Fire of Creation, Part 1" (2012) MEH

  • The Spider #1 (2012) LIKED IT

  • Strange Tales #116 "The Human Torch: In the Clutches of the Puppet Master" (1964) MEH

  • Strange Tales #116 "Doctor Strange: Return to the Nightmare World" (1964) MEH

  • Tales of Suspense #43 "Iron Man: Kala, Queen of the Underworld" (1963) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Tales of Suspense #44 "Iron Man: The Mad Pharaoh" (1963) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Tales to Astonish #51 "Giant-Man and the Wasp: Showdown with the Human Top" (1964) MEH


Episodes:

  • Alphas #19 "Falling" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Ben and Kate #5 "Emergency Kit" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #6 "Scaredy Kate" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #7 "Career Day" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #8 "Reunion" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #9 "Guitar Face" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Blast of Tempest #1 "The Mage in the Barrel" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Bodacious Space Pirates #13 "Marika Sends and Invitation" (2012) MEH

  • Castle #85 "Murder, He Wrote" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Castle #86 "Probable Cause" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Castle #87 "The Final Frontier" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Castle #88 "Swan Song" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Castle #89 "After Hours" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #6 "Flight Risk" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #7 "One Way to Get Off" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Go On #7 "Any Given Birthday" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Go On #8 "Videogame, Set Match" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Go On #9 "Dinner Takes All" (2012) LIKED IT

  • New Girl #29 "Models" (2012) LOVED IT

  • New Girl #30 "Halloween" (2012) LOVED IT

  • New Girl #32 "Parents" (2012) LOVED IT

  • New Girl #33 "Eggs" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Once Upon a Time #27 "The Doctor" (2012) MEH

  • Once Upon a Time #28 "Tallahassee" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Once Upon a Time #29 "Child of the Moon" (2012) MEH

  • Once Upon a Time #30 "Into the Deep" (2012) LOVED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #3 "The Dead Don't Stay Dead" (2012) MEH

  • 666 Park Avenue #4 "Hero Complex" (2012) LIKED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #5 "A Crowd of Demons" (2012) LIKED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #6 "Diabolic" (2012) LIKED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #7 "Downward Spiral" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Spice and Wolf #10 "Wolf and the Swirling Plot" (2008) MEH

  • Spice and Wolf #11 "Wolf and the Biggest Secret Scheme" (2008) LIKED IT

  • Spice and Wolf #12 "Wolf and a Group of Youngsters" (2008) LOVED IT


Prose:

  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe (2012) LIKED IT


Films:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) MEH

  • Blue Sunshine (1978) LIKED IT

  • Erik the Viking (1989) MEH

  • The Raven (2012) DIDN'T LIKE IT


Monthly Miscellanea: October
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last month.

Stuff I've Done

At Angie's blog:

At Deconstructing Moya:

At I Hate/Love Remakes:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:


Stuff I've Read/Watched

Comics:

  • Fantastic Four #22 "The Return of the Mole Man" (1964) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #23 "The Master Plan of Doctor Doom" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #24 "The Infant Terrible" (1964) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #25 "The Hulk vs. the Thing" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #26 "The Avengers Take Over" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #27 "The Search for the Sub-Mariner" (1964) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #28 "We Have to Fight the X-Men" (1964) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #29 "It Started On Yancy Street" (1964) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #30 "The Dreaded Diablo" (1964) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four Annual #2 "Origin of Dr. Doom" (1964) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four Annual #2 "The Final Victory of Dr. Doom" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #31 "The Mad Menace of the Macabre Mole Man" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #32 "Death of a Hero" (1964) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #33 "Side-By-Side with Sub-Mariner" (1964) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #34 "A House Divided" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #35 "Calamity on Campus" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #36 "The Frightful Four" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #37 "Behold, a Distant Star" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #38 "Defeated by the Frightful Four" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #39 "A Blind Man Shall Lead Them" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #40 "The Battle of the Baxter Building" (1965) DIDN'T LIKE IT

  • Fantastic Four #41 "The Brutal Betrayal of Ben Grimm" (1965) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #42 "To Save You, Why Must I Kill You?" (1965) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #43 "Lo, There Shall Be An Ending" (1965) MEH

  • Fantastic Four Annual #3 "Bedlam at the Baxter Building" (1965) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #44 "The Gentleman's Name is Gorgon" (1965) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #45 "Among Us Hide... The Inhumans" (1965) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #46 "Those Who Would Destroy Us" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #47 "Beware the Hidden Land" (1966) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #48 "The Coming of Galactus" (1966) LOVED IT

  • Fantastic Four #49 "If This Be Doomsday" (1966) LIKED IT

  • Fantastic Four #50 "The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer" (1966) MEH

  • Fantastic Four #51 "This Man... This Monster" (1966) LOVED IT

  • Journey Into Mystery #94 "The Mighty Thor: Thor and Loki Attack the Human Race" (1963) HATED IT


Episodes:

  • Accel World #20 "Domination" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Accel World #21 "Insurrection" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Accel World #22 "Determination" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Accel World #23 "Consolidation" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Accel World #24 "Reincarnation" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Alphas #17 "Alphaville" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Alphas #18 "Gods and Monsters" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #2 "Bad Cop / Bad Cop" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #3 "The Fox Hunt" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Burn Notice #63 "Company Man" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Castle #82 "After the Storm" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Castle #83 "Cloudy with a Chance of Murder" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Castle #84 "Secret's Safe with Me" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Community #70 "First Chang Dynasty" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Community #71 "Introduction to Finality" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Dark Shadows #76 (1966) LIKED IT

  • Dark Shadows #77 (1966) MEH

  • Doctor Who #92 "The Angels Take Manhattan" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #2 "While You Were Sleeping" (2012) MEH

  • Elementary #3 "Child Predator" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #4 "The Rat Race" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Mockingbird Lane #1 (2012) LIKED IT

  • New Girl #27 "Fluffer" (2012) LIKED IT

  • New Girl #28 "Neighbors" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Once Upon a Time #25 "Lady of the Lake" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Revolution #2 "Chained Heat" (2012) MEH

  • Royal Pains #59 "Something Fishy This Way Comes" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Royal Pains #60 "Sand Legs" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sherlock #4 "A Scandal in Balgravia" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sherlock #5 "The Hounds of Baskerville" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Sherlock #6 "The Reichenbach Fall" (2012) LIKED IT

  • 666 Park Avenue #1 "Pilot" (2012) MEH

  • 666 Park Avenue #2 "Murmurations" (2012) MEH


Film:

  • Battleship (2012) LOVED IT

  • Cabin in the Woods (2012) LOVED IT

  • The Gate (1986) LIKED IT

  • Hot Tub Time Machine (2012) LIKED IT

  • Kick-Ass (2010) LOVED IT

  • Punisher: War Zone (2008) LIKED IT

  • The Raid: Redemption (2011) LOVED IT


Miscellanea: September 20-October 2
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last few weeks.

Stuff I've Done

At The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange:

At Straight Guy Reviews of Bad Romance Novels:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched

Comics:

  • Animal Man #2 "The Hunt, Part 2: Maps" (2011) MEH

  • Batman #3 "The Thirteenth Hour" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #3 "Things Fall Apart" (2009) LIKED IT

  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #4 "The Centre Cannot Hold" (2010) LIKED IT

  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #5 "Mere Anarchy" (2010) MEH

  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #6 "The Blood-Dimmed Tide is Loosed" (2010) MEH

  • Batwing #9 "Night of the Owls: You Have Been Judged Unworthy" (2012) LOVED IT

  • The Boys #33 "The Self-Preservation Society, Part 3" (2009) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #34 "The Self-Preservation Society, Conclusion" (2009) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #35 "Nothing Like it in the World, Part 1" (2009) LIKED IT

  • The Boys #36 "Nothing Like it in the World" (2009) LOVED IT

  • Catwoman #5 "This Has Got To Be Dirty" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Catwoman #6 "Welcome to the Hard Way" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Creator Owned Heroes #2 "Trigger Girl 6, Part 2" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Creator Owned Heroes #2 "American Muscle, Part 2" (2012) MEH

  • DC Universe Presents #10 "Savage: Father's Day Out" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Demon Knights #10 "The Once and Always King" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Dial H #2 "Connection Lost" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #6 "First Encounters, Part 1" (2011) LOVED IT

  • Dungeons & Dragons #7 "First Encounters, Part 2" (2011) LOVED IT

  • Strange Tales #113 "The Human Torch: The Coming of the Plantman" (1963) MEH

  • Strange Tales Annual #2 "Human Torch: On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man" (1963) MEH

  • Strange Tales #114 "The Human Torch Meets Captain America" (1963) MEH

  • Strange Tales #115 "The Human Torch: The Sandman Strikes" (1963) MEH

  • Strange Tales #115 "The Origin of Dr. Strange" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #45 "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Caught in the Terrible Traps of Egghead" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #46 "Ant-Man and the Wasp: When Cyclops Walks the Earth" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #47 "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Music to Scream By" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #48 "Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Porcupine" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #49 "Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Birth of Giant-Man" (1963) LIKED IT

  • Tales to Astonish #50 "Giant-Man and the Wasp: The Human Top" (1963) LIKE IT

  • U.S. 1 #1 "U.S. 1, Comin' at Ya!" (1983) MEH

  • U.S. 1 #2 "Midnight" (1983) LIKED IT


Episodes:

  • Alphas #16 "Gaslight" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Ben and Kate #1 "Pilot" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Doctor Who #89 "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Doctor Who #90 "A Town Called Mercy" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Doctor Who #91 "The Power of Three" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Elementary #1 "Pilot" (2012) MEH

  • Go On #1 "Pilot" (2012) LOVED IT

  • Go On #2 "He Got Game, She Got Cats" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Go On #3 "There's No 'Ryan' in Team" (2012) LIKE IT

  • Go On #4 "Bench-Clearing Bawl" (2012) LOVED IT

  • New Girl #25 "Re-Launch" (2012) LOVED IT

  • New Girl #26 "Katie" (2012) LIKED IT

  • The New Normal #1 "Pilot" (2012) MEH

  • Oban Star-Racers #1 "A Fresh Start" (2006) MEH

  • Oban Star-Racers #2 "Hostilities Break Out" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #3 "Grave Like Groor" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #4 "In Like Flint" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #5 "Cruel Like Ceres" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #6 "Playful Like Paradice" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #7 "Treacherous Like Toros" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #8 "Agile Like Aikka" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #9 "Surprising Like Super-Racer" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #10 "Resistant Like Rush" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #11 "Silent Like Spirit" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #12 "The Will to Win" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #13 "Make Way" (2006) LIKED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #14 "Welcome to Oban" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #16 "Nervous Like Ning and Skun" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #17 "Optimised Like Ondai" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #18 "Monstrous Like Muir" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #19 "The Origin of the World" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #20 "Secret Like Sul" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #21 "Ominous Like O" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #22 "Revelations" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #23 "Cruel Like Kross" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #24 "Canaletto's Revenge" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #25 "Unlikely Alliances" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Oban Star-Racers #26 "The Moment of Truth" (2006) LOVED IT

  • Revolution #1 "Pilot" (2012) MEH

  • Royal Pains #57 "Dancing with the Devil" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Royal Pains #58 "Hurts Like a Mother" (2012) LIKE IT

  • Warehouse 13 #40 "An Evil Within" (2012) LIKED IT

  • Warehouse 13 #41 "Personal Effects" (2012) LIKED IT

  • White Collar #53 "Compromising Positions" (2012) LIKED IT

  • White Collar #54 "Ancient History" (2012) LIKED IT

  • White Collar #55 "Gloves Off" (2012) LIKED IT

  • White Collar #56 "Vested Interest" (2012) LIKED IT


Films:

  • Blood Red Moon (2012) MEH

  • Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe (2011) LOVED IT

  • Dredd (2012) LOVED IT

  • Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) MEH


Last Weekend's Trip - Part 1
noelct
So, the trip that happened.

Friday

I drive a beat up old 94 minivan that I didn't trust to make it out of state, so set myself up with a rental through an Avis dealership out of the local Sears Automotive. The car was gorgeous on the outside, comfortable on the inside, and handled beautifully (and at 30 miles a gallon, required only a few gas station stops over the whole weekend). A few problems: the brakes groan loudly when in reverse (when I returned it, the lady at the counter said that was a problem they'd been having with that model), and there's visibility issues. Weston described it as tank-like, because the back window is, indeed, a very high and narrow slit with the wonderful amount of trunk space eating up the needed field of view. Thankfully Kayt was in the back seat for much of the drive and could spot for me. Also, the frame was poorly placed just off the shoulder, requiring an extra look back before lane changes as it completely blocked my blind spot.

Otherwise, lovely car. Got used to it by the end of Friday. No surprise since I was in it for the better part of 12 hours. After checking it out of the dealership, hit the road around 10... and promptly ran into a traffic jam. Multi car collision, bottleneck, took a half hour to slog through. Then I was finally out on the road. You know that part of Lord of the Rings (might just be in the extended cut - can't remember) where Sam stops at the edge of a field and says he's about to step further out than he's ever been? That was me passing St. Paul. Not that I hadn't been past St. Paul (hell, I've been to Japan), but that's as far as I'd ever driven on my own. Thankfully, it's a single interstate between me and Weston, so I kicked on cruise control for most of it and settled in, getting used to the dance of lane changes, exploring the satellite radio, and occasionally sneaking a glimpse at passing sights, like fields of failed corn.

Reached Ames, Iowa about a quarter to 2. Weston is Weston in all his Westony ways. Kayt was wonderful to meet. Her smile is a bright and charming one. Before hitting the road, they took me out for Chinese, where they ate ridiculously spicy food and I had to wait for mine to stop being physically hot. Otherwise, delicious. After that, I required instructions on how to pump gas in Iowa. I've never used a pump where you have to flip the tab before. They held back chuckles. As with numerous points in the trip, a demonstration that I'm not the quickest on the uptake. :) Also, Weston isn't joking when he says Ames is a college town. I literally saw nobody on the street who wasn't between the ages of 18 and 22.

So we hit the road, making occasional stops for snacks and the stretching of legs. Hit a place called J-something. Weston can tell you what it is. Delicious corndogs and chicken tenders. As we got closer to Illinois, we realized we wouldn't make it in time for diner, which Kevin wanted to take us out for, then it was revealed Weston had pizza in the back, so we planned around that instead.

Thanks to cruise control, my legs weren't too overworked by the drive, a little sore more because of their inability to stretch out regularly. The only time I had to do quite a bit of pedal work was when we neared Arlington Heights and I suddenly had to re-acquaint myself with these alien things known as traffic lights. And Google Maps didn't help with the maze of apartment complexes Kevin lives among, with us winding through bits of it before he finally went out to stand on the corner and wave us in.

Dropped off the pizzas, then checked into the Holiday Inn Express - had a lovely basic necessities room that was comfortable and surprisingly more spacious than I expected - where we washed off the road musk before heading back to Kevin's. Met Lore, who's exactly as she is online, but even more delightfully so in person. Kevin was the consummate host, marking every 10 minutes by checking to see if anybody needed anything (ILU Kevin). Tessa was the ray of joy I always enjoy hanging out with. Everyone mingled and chatted and ate of Weston's pizzas. Discussed projects, told stories, stunned Lore with the revelation that the makers of Lexx followed it up with a kid's show named Zixx. Cats kept getting into everything. One would start climbing towards the pizzas, then freeze when people would notice, then start cleaning itself as a cover before prepping to pounce again when their sense of security was once again lulled into place.

We called it a night. I checked in online, then went to bed. A little later than I should have. I probably didn't get more than 6 hours a night for four nights straight, which is unusual for me. I had plenty of caffeine to crutch me up, though.

Miscellanea: September 8-19
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last few weeks.

Stuff I've Done

At Deconstructing Moya:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched

Comics:

  • Animal Man #1 "The Hunt, Part 1: Warning from the Red" (2011) Meh. Not bad, just didn't entirely get into it. Until the last page (which, admittedly, is awesome), I didn't find the family melodrama all that interesting. The art is inconsistent, with some parts absolutely gorgeous, others awkward and odd.

  • The Atlantis Chronicles "Chapter 9: Death and Life" (1990) Liked it. This second arc never quite lived up to the first, but this is still a rousing conclusion to events.

  • The Atlantis Chronicles "Chapter 10: Tails of the Sea" (1990) Meh. Amusing but ultimately unnecessary vignette.

  • The Atlantis Chronicles "Chapter 11: Birthrite" (1990) Loved it. And everything comes to a close as we see history repeating itself and finally end in the era of Aquaman.

  • Batman #1 "Trust Fall" (2011) Loved it. Absolutely magnificent.

  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #2 "The Falconer" (2009) Liked it. Sets the Smith humor aside for a much grittier and haunting outing, with an added flair of longing romance.

  • Batwing #8 "What I am... Was Born from Death" (2012) Loved it. The first arc comes to a marvelous close.

  • Before Watchmen: The Minutemen #2 "Golden Years" (2012) Loved it.

  • The Boys #32 "The Self-Preservation Society" (2009) Liked it.

  • Catwoman #4 "You... Still in the Game?" (2012) Loved it.

  • Cover Girl #5 "That's a Wrap, People" (2007) Liked it. Nice ending. Wish someone would turn this mini into a movie.

  • Fantastic Four Annual #1 "Sub-Mariner vs. the Human Race" (1963) Loved it. Stan and Jack pull out all the stops for a wildly inventive and entertaining Silver Age blockbuster as Namor finds his fellow Atlanteans and wages full-on war. Some of Stan's sharpest writing to date, a tight, right, steadily escalating narrative, and an absolutely fabulous note to end things on. Absolutely loved every page of it.

  • Fantastic Four #19 "Prisoners of the Pharoah" (1963) Liked it. A little clunky, but what I expected to be a filler story instead was a really rich and exciting way to tie together a number of previously established threads.

  • Fantastic Four #20 "The Mysterious Molecule Man" (1963) Liked it. A few too many of the Marvel stories have revolved around villains who can warp all of reality in weird ways, but this one was at least well done, and even threw in a few nice twists involving Alicia, the Watcher, and the Yancy Street Gang.

  • Fantastic Four #21 "The Hate-Monger" (1963) Meh. Well put together and exciting, but their attempt at social commentary doesn't really work, especially with that WTF! ending.

  • Strange Tales #110 "The Human Torch: The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete" (1963) Meh. Follows the typical Marvel formula of introduce one villain in an issue, another villain in another issue, then team them up for an issue. I like how their pairing doesn't get along as well as other villain team-ups, and things are generally entertaining and fun, but this is still fully disposable filler with nothing beneath the action.

  • Strange Tales #110 "Dr. Strange, Master of Black Magic" (1963) Meh. Great atmosphere and I love Ditko's art, but there isn't much to this intro tale. No origin, no personality for the hero, and even the central plot doesn't have much of a surprising twist, focusing instead on wonderfully designed fantasy spectres who unfortunately have little to do with anything.

  • Strange Tales #111 "The Human Torch: The Asbestos Man" (1963) Liked it. Clunky and rambly, but solid entertainment with a charming character study of a surprisingly formidable villain.

  • Strange Tales #111 "Dr. Strange: Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo" (1963) Didn't like it. Mordo is pretty meh. Entire thing feels rushed and surprisingly amateurish, especially Ditko's art.

  • Strange Tales #112 "The Human Torch: The Living Bomb" (1963) Liked it. Jerry Siegel takes over scripting duties and the book suddenly becomes a glorious hot mess as random ideas are packed atop one another, some working, some not, but entertaining through the sheer zippiness of their presence. I mean, come on, the Torch goes toe-to-toe with a nuke in this one. It's amazing.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "Jack Quick Frost: Lord Lazee's Terrible Trio / The Doom Wave Strikes / Exposed" (1967) Liked it. Fun art. Binder's writing is still a little dry, but he gives us a setup as colorful as the characters involved, with Lazee continuing to be a delightful threat and Jack's relationship woes infused with a nice level of Marvel insecurity. Ending was a surprise as well. I applaud it for leaving the villain with the upper hand, but am bummed because that's the note the book was cancelled on.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "The Saucerer" (1967) Meh. Cute and amusing, but ultimately pointless filler.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "Hermit" (1967) Liked it. A nice Goodwin/Williamson collaboration, with striking art and an interesting (if dry at times) story with some deeper psychology behind it than expected, and a twist ending I was charmed by.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "Logan's Next Life" (1967) Didn't like it. This was by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby? Wow. I'm surprised because it's a completely flat, stupid, waste of time and is so utterly beneath both.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "Never Say No to Dr. Yes" (1967) Meh. Stereotypical racial portrayals aside, this is a fun, colorful showcase for a new villain, but unfortunately winds up mostly being a tease for a broader story that never ended up being published.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "Miracles, Inc.: Rent-A-Hero / The Gong Gang Strikes / Kaput, Prince of Jinx" (1967) Liked it. Wonderfully charming and zany adventure as the already bizarre superhero team meets up with an even more bizarre team of villains, before unleashing the hysterical power of Kaput. Aside from a weird flashback narrative device that doesn't quite work, this story is marvelous.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #3 "The 3 Rocketeers: 1... 2... 3... Infinity" (1967) Meh. Lovely art, and I like how it instantly drops us into the action, but much of the setup is an empty knockoff of the future from The Time Machine, and the twist ending is nonsense.


Weekly Miscellanea: September 1-7
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last week.

Stuff I've Done

At The Monthly Midnight Movie Exchange:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched (POTENTIAL MILD SPOILERS)

Comics:

  • Adrenaline #3 "Speed City" (2007) Liked it. Good... Exciting script. Characters still strong. Nice little unexpected twists and building of the mystery. Bad... Art is still flat.

  • All-Star Superman #6 "Funeral in Smallville" (2006) Liked it. Good... Art. Powerful story, really attached me to Clark. Interesting threat and guest cast. Bad... Still suffers from random weirdness that distracts instead of enhances. The 3 minute delay is an unnecessary and unwanted explanation for the act that happened as a result.

  • American Terrorist #3 "The New Threat" (2011) Loved it. From the casually expressive art to the steady flow of the writing, I love how this realistically breaks down a situation that falls way out of proportion, the ways that situation would be investigated, and the very human and sometimes surprising way people deal with it all.

  • Animal Man #5 "The Coyote Gospel" (1998) Hated it. Are you kidding me, Grant Morrison? Are you seriously fucking kidding me? He just took a brain fart and built an entire issue of bullshit out of it, and the mediocre art doesn't help it any. A complete waste of my time. I'm so pissed that I'm dropping it here and now and jumping to the current run instead of working through this old stuff first. I don't care that it's one of the most highly acclaimed runs of all time. The burn is too harsh for me to push through right now. I loathed this issue.

  • The Atlantis Chronicles #6 "Chapter 8: Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (1990) Liked it. Good... Continues to be a strong, sweeping, character driven epic with genuine weight and some of the strongest scripting of Peter David's career. I still love Moroto's art, finding a nice balance between lush detail and rough sketchiness that gives it a timeless feel. Bad... I'm not as caught up in this generation of characters as I was in the last arc. They're certainly not bad, there just isn't as much going on with them. Moroto is still unable to draw women in anything but cheesecake fashions and poses, regardless of their characterizations.

  • Atomic Robo: Other Strangeness #3 "Why Dr. Dinosaur Hates Atomic Robo" (2010) Loved it. Dr. Dinosaur, you so funny! :D

  • Atomic Robo: Other Strangeness #4 (2010) Loved it. Loved how it went from a goofy spin on Ghostbusters to a major twist that brings a whole lot of weight and possibilities to things.

  • Bad Medicine #3 "Killing Moon, Part 1" (2012) Liked it. Good... Interesting new arc. Like seeing the team fully pull together. Well scripted. Bad... still not a fan of the art, especially when the sizeable cast of this issue had me losing track of who a few people were due to the sketching being so crude.

  • Batgirl #10 "Heart of Cold Steel" (2011) Loved it. Great art. So many twists coming from unexpected directions. Barbara setting up her own spin on Gordon. A massively genuine threat that will fuck Gotham up if not stopped. And a great tease on the last page.

  • Batman #1 "Knife Talk" (2011) Loved it. I've always been wary of the main Batman titles, because I find the character's elusiveness to keep me from getting invested, not to mention the massive history he's built up. But this is a fantastic jumping on point, that perfectly establishes the lead as both Batman and Bruce, brings in his supporting players in their iconic dynamics, and even does a great job of establishing Gotham as a character to itself, filled with a colorful rogues gallery who all struggle to define it. Also love the mystery they slowly pull us into near the end.

  • Batman: Cacophony #2 "Wired for Sound" (2009) Liked it. Good... Art has some fumbles, but mostly works and is exciting and expressive. Some good story twists. Kevin Smith really knows how to build sequences well. Joker is wonderful. Zeus is amusing. Love the little nods to the animated series and movies. Bad... Smith's humor still feels out of place at times. Very quick to gloss over acts of mass murder, costing them any real impact.

  • Batman: Cacophony #3 "Baffles" (2009) Meh. I like what it's trying to say, but I don't think it entirely succeeds in saying it. Feels forced at times, out of character at others.

  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #1 "Turning and Turning" (2009) Meh. The art is okay, if a little clunky at times, but as with the end of Cacophony, Smith feels like he's rambling, with good ideas not entirely falling together and characters feeling somewhat off, even fanfic-y at times, with his humor sometimes feeling out of place and needlessly brutal violence that has no ultimate impact. Fun, but frustrating.

  • Batwing #7 "But There Were Consequences For Us" (2012) Loved it. This opening arc has run a little far on the long side, but man does it continue to be beautifully done, and it moves us into the homestretch with a wealth of revelations that more than live up to the mysteries they've teased us with.

  • Before Watchmen: The Minutemen #1 "The Minute of Truth, Chapter 1: Eight Minutes" (2012) Liked it. Nice job of easing us back into this world, in this period of the saga. Nice art. Already fleshing out a few of the characters nicely.

  • Birds of Prey #6 "Time's Rainbow" (1999) Liked it. Continues to be a barrel full of laughs and excitement. Nice double twist of the thread they've been building. Climax is resolved a little quick, but nice tag at the end. Land's art still hasn't gotten bad yet.

  • Blue Beetle #6 "Secrets, Part 2" (2006) Liked it. Not the tightest of plots and the art is a mixed bag, but it's still clever, character-driven, thrilling, and fun.

  • Fantastic Four #16 "The Micro-World of Doctor Doom" (1963) Meh. Every fun, clever moment is balanced out by something silly and sloppy. The micro world building is feh, Ant-Man doesn't play as big a part as he should, but it's entertaining and Kirby has fun with the art.

  • Fantastic Four #17 "Defeated by Doctor Doom" (1963) Meh. There's some fun bits, and I like the rousing climax of the last few pages (Sue finally kicks some ass!), but this is largely a slog of ideas, half under-developed, half a retread of things we've seen before. Filler.

  • Fantastic Four #18 "A Skrull Walks Among Us" (1963) Liked it. Not much more than a beat-em-up issue, but the Super-Skrull makes for a nice introduction of a new foil, and it's oodles of fun.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #2 "It Was the Day of the Pirana" (1966) Meh. Good... Fun action and a couple nice twists. Pirana has an interesting setup with some good potential. Fun villain. Love Jack Sparling's vibrant art. Bad... Otto Binder's script is dry. The actual plot is really bland. Bara and Cuda exist.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #2 "Meet Bara and Cuda, the Piranapets" (1966) Didn't like it. Boring, unecessary filler.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #2 "The Man in Black Called Fate: The Million Dollar Trap" Liked it. Good... Bob Powell's expressive, detailed art. Good plot with some fun characters and a few nice twists. The mischief of Fate is a delight to watch. Bad... Dry.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #3 "Pirana: The Escape of Brainstorm" (1966) Liked it. Good... Jack Sparlin's art continues to shine. Wonderful batch of colorful new villains. Everything moves at an exciting clip with some good thought and clever twists. Even Bara and Cuda get to properly kick some ass. Bad... Writing is still a little dry, and Otto Binder heavily over-uses characters stuttering in surprise. Background plot is forgettable, but to be fair, it's only the means to pull us into the colorful conflict. Pirana is a bit of a lunkhead, and him losing himself in horndog mode over the mermaid was facepalm worthy.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #3 "The Man in Black Called Fate: Tales by the Weaver" (1966) Meh. Good... Nice art. Great interplay between the gods. Bad... Dry, forgettable plot. Unsurprising final twist. Cupid bit got old after a couple panels.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #1 "The Visitor" (1965) Didn't like it. Nonsensical bullshit with characters who act like assholes and revelations that make no sense. Even Doug Wildey's art is flat.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #1 "Old Wives Tale" (1965) Didn't like it. Boring. Flat. Doesn't have much of anything to do with the actual history of its subject.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #1 "Tiger Boy" (1965) Liked it. This is a title that shouldn't work, with a setup and revelations beyond ridiculous, but it does through a great central character conflict, some clever use of the powers being unleashed, and nice art by Wildey. I'm not sure how they'll expand this story for a few more issues, but I'm curious to see.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #1 "Operation: Saucer" (1965) Meh. Amusing, but there ultimately isn't much in the way of an actual story there.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #1 "The Wrong Move" (1965) Hated it. Pointless, poorly written, confusing drivel.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #1 "The Hidden World" (1965) Meh. Wildey's art gives it some nice atmosphere, but the story drags up front, and doesn't pick up until the second half. The revelation is clumsily written, but not bad.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "Jack Quick-Frost: The Ice Prison" (1966) Liked it. Clunky and a little dry, but had a lot of fun with this. The lead doesn't have much personality, but his setup and powers put a unique spin on things, as does the quirky agency he works for. Add to that a colorful villain with outlandish tactics, and you get the makings of a fun book.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "Clawfang, the Barbarian" (1966) Liked it. Nice art with some good primal atmosphere to the writing. An interesting stylistic predecessor to the Conan comics line, which was just a couple years away from debuting.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "Tiger Boy and Company: The Boy Who Hates Us All" (1966) Liked it. I'm not surprised to see they've done a little retconning to turn the one-off story from the last issue into an ongoing, but I like the changes, making the lead and setup an interesting variant on Ben 10 and Dial H for Hero. Fun book, and some nice Gil Kane art.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "Miracles, Inc." (1966) Liked it. Not all of the gags worked, but this was a fun spoof of a team title, with some unexpected laughs and charming Wally Wood art.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "The 3 Rocketeers" (1966) Liked it. The introductory bit about their first meeting felt a little rushed and could have been tied into the main story, but I found this to be a hell of a lot more fun and entertaining than the older chapters Jack Kirby did for this group. The characters stand out more, and it's exciting with a fun twists at the end.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "Super Surplus" (1966) Loved it. Starts off like a typical ad comic, then turns into an absolutely hysterical satire with a bit more edge to the humor than I expected. Bravo.

  • Unearthly Spectaculars #2 "Earthman" (1966) Meh. Not bad, but a lot of it falls squarely into John Carter/Flash Gordon "human in a strange land" tropes. Nicely executed, though, and does throw in a few unique twists.


Episodes:

  • Doctor Who #88 "Asylum of the Daleks" (2012) Liked it. Good... Great setup. Wonderful atmosphere. First time in a while I've found the Dalek's genuinely terrifying. Oswin is amazing. Shed some genuine tears in the climax. Bad... I don't like what was done to Amy and Rory, just to setup a big twist near the end that lost a lot of weight as a result. The note we leave the Daleks on confuses me more than it amuses.

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #71 "Green No More, Part 1" (1994) Liked it. Silly as hell, but they do a great job of amping the tension up to a pretty dire level. And the Dark Rangers are hysterical.

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #72 "Green No More, Part 2" (1994) Liked it. Still silly as hell, the climactic battle is weak, and they squandered the Dark Rangers thread before they had a chance to explore it, but this is the moment, intentional at the time or no, that Tommy lays the foundation for his legacy as the most beloved Ranger of all time. There's some sequences in there that have genuine weight and power, and Frank pulls them off wonderfully. Also, it's fun to remember Goldar as an actual badass. Shame that doesn't last.

  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #73 "Missing Green" (1994) Liked it. I'd expect them to follow up a big two-parter with a random filler episode, but they instead keep Zedd's plot escalating in a way that heaps all the pressure on Jason, with his Zord finally being spotlighted and St. John having to take on a few bits of surprising acting.


Miscellanea: August 5-31
noelct
Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last few weeks.

Stuff I've Done

At Made of Fail:

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched

Scripts:

  • The Dark Knight Rises (undated draft [final] of the 2012 film) Meh. The first 70 and last 5 pages are surprisingly weak and clumsy as things either feel heavily forced or rely on very basic writing tropes, but that middle/later section, once Gotham is conquered, is spectacular in both scale and construction. And, seriously, how has nobody else figure out that this Bane is partially based on Killer Croc? They don't even hide it, people!


Comics:

  • The Adventurers #1 "A Prologue to Elf Warrior" (1986) Didn't like it. A flat, amateurish assemblage of cliches, all of which have been better executed elsewhere. Gives me no interest in tracking down the spinoff series that followed.

  • The Adventurers" #1 "main story" (1986) Meh. Still just a bundle of cliches that feels like someone put their standard D&D quest to paper. Mildly entertaining with a batch of characters that occasionally rise above their flatness to the point of being interesting. The art ranges from inspired and striking to rough and amateurish.

  • Alpha Girl #1 (2012) Liked it. The setup isn't half as unique as it thinks it is and the plotting is a little scattered, but the art and writing are a lot of fun, edged with a juicy cynicism. This issue was free, and I will be buying the next.

  • America's Got Powers #1 (2012) Meh. The art is nice and there's many fine bits of writing, but the plotting is a convoluted mess that feels like multiple setups squashed together, which makes it hard to follow and get invested in. This issue was free, uncertain if I'll buy the next.

  • Animal Man #4 "When We All Lived in the Forest" (1988) Liked it. Despite clumsiness and it grinding to a halt every time it cut to his family's forced drama.

  • Atlantis Chronicles #5 "Chapter 6: The Stuff of Legends" (1990) Loved it. A breathtaking finale for the first arc of the saga as everything comes to a bloody, legendary head.

  • Atlantis Chronicles #5 "Chapter 7: First Encounter" (1990) Liked it. A nice lead-in to the second arc of the saga, though a little brisk, not giving us much time to know this new batch of characters, and I don't like the massive infodump of the text article included as a backup.

  • Atomic Robo fourth series #2 (2010) Liked it. Felt a little rushed and some bits fell flat, but it's hard to complain when you're given a Robo-style Super Sentai story.

  • Bad Medicine #2 "Unseen, Part 2" (2012) Liked it. Not a fan of the art, and the story resolves itself a little too cleanly, but the atmosphere and setup are strong, and DeFilippis and Weir always know how to get me invested in their characters.

  • Batgirl fourth series #10 "All Snug in Their Bed" (2012) Loved it. Wow, what a gut punch of an issue, starting with a bitterseet human moment and degenerating into the rise of a disturbing batch of new characters that I can't wait to explore.

  • Batman: Cacophany #1 "Bring the Noise" (2009) Liked it. A few bits where Kevin Smith's humor gets a little silly, but otherwise, this is a great setup to a very promising arc, with some good twists, nice character work, art that mostly works well, and one hell of a note to end it on.

  • Batwing #6 "I am Happiest When at War" (2012) Loved it. The art. The writing. The story. Everything continues to knock my socks off. Even when it seemed they were jumping to a cheap plot reveal, they kick it in an unexpected direction and keep on rolling.

  • The Bionic Man #9 "Ground Zero" (2012) Loved it. As we move into the climax of the original screenplay (liked a few of the changes they slipped in there), this continues to be the title I look forward to the most each month.

  • Birds of Prey #5 "Monster" (1999) Liked it. Surprisingly silly, but exciting and a lot of fun, and I really like pre-porno-lazy Land art.

  • Blast-Off #1 "The 3 Rocketeers: Lunar Goliaths" (1965) Didn't like it. Weak setup. Weak cast. Weak art and writing. The one good twist they throw in is then undercut by a weak joke.

  • Blast-Off #1 "The 3 Rocketeers: The Great Moon Mystery" (1965) Meh. Better than the one above, with a decent setup, but it ultimately doesn't go anywhere and is the epitome of Jack Kirby phoning it in.

  • Blast-Off #1 "The Space Court" (1965) Didn't like it. Decent Al Williamson art. Bland, poorly written story.

  • Blast-Off #1 "Sub-Human" (1965) Meh. Sloppy prose. The story itself almost becomes infuriatingly stupid at a point, but the twist they dropped in there was nice. I'll give it that.

  • Blast-Off #1 "Decay" (1965) Didn't like it. Takes a stab at one of the oldest scifi setups around, and does absolutely nothing to put its own stamp on it. The laziest of hack work.

  • Blast-Off #1 "The Little Earth" (1965) Meh. The best of the book simply because it steps back just enough for the Al Williamson art to flourish. Somewhat interesting story, too, but very bland and ends far too abruptly.

  • Blue Beetle eighth series #5 "Secrets, Part 1" (2006) Liked it. The guest artist is inconsistent, and there's a little too much infodump slog in the first half, but still a solid book with dynamics pulling together and a rousing second half.

  • The Boys #31 "The Self-Preservation Society" (2009) Meh. A clumsy start to the next arc, stumbling over the sense of escalation of both sides Ennis is trying to build. And the big twist is troubling and randomly inserted.

  • Catwoman fourth series #3 "No One Can Find Any Piece of Me Here" (2011) Loved it. Haunting, heartbreaking, and marvelously well put together.

  • Cover Girl #4 "L.A. Confidential" (2007) Loved it.

  • Creator Owned Heroes #1 "American Muscle, Part 1" (2012) Liked it. Despite having known Steve Niles when I was a kid (worked in a comic shop with my dad), I have yet to really read any of his stuff. I don't know why. This was a great intro, though. Solid writing and art, instantly pulling us into this world and these characters. I'm looking forward to the next and want to start flipping through his other work.

  • Creator Owned Heroes #1 "Trigger Girl 6, Part 1" (2012) Liked it. Slick. Exciting. Funny. One hell of an opening.

  • Danger Club #1 "The Mysterious Moon Menace" (2012) Liked it. Wow. I had a few doubts at the start, but the art and writing snuck up on me, gradually expanding the setup into something far richer than I expected, and taking things down a far more brutal path and I expected it to go. And did it well. This issue was free, and I'll definitely buy the next.

  • DC Universe Presents #9 "Savage, Part 1: Daddy's Little Girl" (2012) Loved it. Great setup. Great central character dynamic. Great writing. Great art. Loved every panel of it.

  • Demon Knights #9 "The City Stilled by Death" (2012) Loved it. The character writing and art continue to knock my socks off. And our DnD-style series is finally going on a quest! :D

  • Dial H #1 "What's the 411?" (2012) Liked it. I was offput by the idea of turning the traditionally light and whimsical series into something dark, gothic, and Vertigo-esque... but I have to say, they're off to a very, very strong start.

  • Dungeons and Dragons IDW series #5 "Shadowplague, Part 5: Bringing Down the House" (2011) Loved it. "I want it to explode."

  • Eart 2 #1 "The Price of Victory" (2012) Loved it. Moved me a lot more than I expected to, even knowing the twists going in. Definitely a strong debut.

  • Epic Kill #1 (2012) Meh. The art is so-so. The writing relies heavily on cliche, much of which I've seen better elsewhere. The fantastical elements Ienco tries to spice things up with just make it feel silly and mutes any sense of threat or credibility. Exciting, but ultimately uninteresting. This issue was free, likely won't pick up the next.

  • The Fictionauts #1 "Keep Watching the Sea" (2012) Liked it. This is jam-packed with odd ideas and visuals that constantly kept me on my toes, but it never felt cluttered or confusing. Uses classical comic tropes to keep things anchored and get me interested in the people living these bizarre lives. A pleasant surprise.

  • Finding Gossamyr "Chapter 1: Prodigy" (2012) Liked it. Gorgeous art. Good characters. Very intriguing mysteries being set up and promise of a new world to explore. This chapter was free, I'll definitely pick up the entire graphic novel.

  • Frenemy of the State #1 "Codename: N00B, Part 1" (2010) Liked it. Art's a little uneven, but the writing is a really clever and fun spin on espionage comics. DeFilippis and Weir still have yet to disappoint me.

  • The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men #9 "International Incident" (2012) Loved it. Cuts throgh a lot of the clutter of the last few issues (a surprising feet given the expansive guest cast in this installment) and was pure excitement, character conflict, and beautiful art all the way through.

  • Golem #1 "Birth" (2012) Liked it. I didn't really expect much from this book but, while I don't love the art, the script really surprised me with its depth and intelligence.

  • Haunt #1 (2009) Meh. Good art, good Kirkman script, good characters, bold setup... the grimness just made it a bit uninvolving, kept me from really caring. I'll give it a couple more issues, though.

  • Hell Yeah #1 "Last Day on Earths, Part 1: The World They Made" (2012) Liked it. The art is awfully clumsy at times, but the script is good, with an appealing lead, some interesting world-building, and a few mysteries that guarantee I'll be picking up the next chapter. This issue was free.

  • Hellraiser BOOM series #11 "Heaven's Reply, Part 3" (2012) Liked it. The divided art is uneven in quality, but I'm still fascinated by where they're taking the story.

  • Hoax Hunters #1 (2012) Meh. As a fan of shows like Destination Truth and Fact or Faked, I'm charmed by the spin on their setup, but not enough is made of it, leaving this a pretty typical supernatural investigation series. The art is okay, the writing is nice, there's just nothing that really grabs me. This issue was free. I might pick up the next to see how it goes.

  • The Intrinsic #2 "Hope" (2012) Liked it. Didn't realize until now that this is a big crossover book for all the Arcana titles. It has me curious to read a few, because it's really well done, juggling dozens of different characters and ideas, but never losing me and always keeping it entertaining. Great art, too.

  • Irredeemable #2 (2009) Liked it. A few of the archetype kinks feel a little forced, but this is still a near masterpiece of Superman deconstructionism.

  • Jennifer Blood #6 "Just to Watch Him Die" (2011) Loved it. I love you, Garth Ennis.

  • Journey Into Mystery #93 "The Mighty Thor: The Mysterious Radio-Active Man" (1963) Meh. Finally, a Robert Bernstein-scripted story I don't hate. It's nothing special, filled with clunky action and sad regional stereotyping, but it's exciting, the Kirby art carries it along nicely, and the dive for the hammer is a great scene.

  • Justice League Dark #2 "In the Dark, Part 2: Dark Matter" (2011) Liked it. Now why in the hell wasn't this the first issue instead of that clusterfuck? Does a great job of slowly setting up half our lead cast, their own personal struggles and potential dynamic rosters, as well as the creeping mystery about to unfold, all with great art and a solid script. If you're looking to check this book out, forget the unnecessary "prologue" of #1 and start here.

  • Justice League International #2 "The Signal Masters, Part 2" (2011) Loved it. Marvelous. Exciting, funny, rich, sweeping, with great art, a tight script, and wonderful characters.

  • Midnight Kiss #1 "Fallen, Part 1" (2005) Liked it. Took a little while to get into it because it feels like a typical late 90s Image/Top Cow comic on the surface, but then it gradually reveals there's a lot more cleverness and depth to it than expected. Curious to see if it'll be able to keep juggling all the ideas it's started to throw around.

  • Mind the Gap #1 "Intimate Strangers, Part 1" (2012) Loved it. I don't have a clue where they're going with this, but I'm totally along for the ride. Gorgeous art. Intricate, ingenious script. Realistic, engrossing characters. I'm hooked.

  • Next Men #2 "Worldview" (1992) Liked it. Continues to unfold beautifully.

  • The Ninjettes #1 "Welcome to Violence" (2012) Liked it. The dialogue and art are a tad clunky, but I'm surprised this wasn't actually written by Ennis himself as it captures his delightfully unrelenting style quite well.

  • Tales of Suspense #42 "Iron Man: Trapped by the Red Barbarian" (1963) Liked it. Huh, Bernstein must be getting the hang of things, because this is yet another story that's not too shabby. The Red Barbarian is nonsense, but the machinations of the Actor are really quite clever and intricate, and gives this story more weight than expected. Heck's art is inconsistent, but when it's strong, it's great.

  • Tales to Astonish #44 "Ant-Man and the Wasp: The Creature from Kosmos" (1963) Liked it. Ernie Hart's writing is a little bloated and it has some typical dated silliness, but this is the best Ant-Man issue yet. He finally has a backstory that gives his character personality and retcons in a great reason for why he's so distant from the rest of humanity. The main plot is a little silly, but has a great personal weight to it that brings Wasp into the story nicely. The two of them have an interesting and charming chemistry. Also, Jack Kirby art inked by Don Heck. Gorgeous!

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "The Man in Black Called Fate: The Hate Cupids" (1965) Meh. The art is nice. I honestly don't have a clue what to make of the story. It's a gag piece, but one of the more unusual gag pieces I've ever read. It falls flat and left me a bit puzzled, but I give it points for being unique and inventive.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "The Man in Black Called Fate: This is How it Might Have Happened" (1965) Didn't like it. Nice art, but the basic setup of this narrative experiment doesn't make any fucking sense.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "Six Hours of Doom" (1965) Meh. Silly, but amusing and well drawn.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "When Time Ran Out" (1965) Liked it. The opening is clumsy, but the rest of the story is a solid little chiller.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "Fame" (1965) Meh. Dull, but wins points for veering in an unexpected direction.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "Island Dreams" (1965) Didn't like it. Nonsensical, barely coherent ramble.

  • Thrill-O-Rama #1 "The Old Hulk" (1965) Didn't like it. The Doug Wildley art is nice. That's about it.

  • X-Men Chronicles #1 "Origins" (1995) Liked it. Strong story, does a great job of steadily building this world and these alternate characters. Some of it has still fallen into place rather coincidentally, but the story brushes over that pretty well and keeps things moving. Dodson's art is mostly good, though there's the ocassional bits of awkward staging and layout. Climax is a little abrupt.


Episodes:

  • Accel World #15 "Destruction" (2012) Loved it. Marvelous episode, kicking our heroes down to a point of absolute emotional collapse, then taking a sudden turn into unexpected hilarity. Bravo.

  • Accel World #16 "Imagination" (2012) Liked it. "There is no spoon" training montage!

  • Accel World #17 "Fragmentation" (2012) Liked it. They linger on their one bit of fan service far longer than the narrative calls for, and the new level of battle abilities threatens to draw itself a little thin, but this was one hell of a dogfight, pushing two of our characters to their limits, then ending on a completely unexpected turn.

  • Accel World #18 "Invitation" (2012) Didn't like it. Picks up at little at the very end, but this is largely moe side-quest filler crap.

  • Accel World #19 "Revolution" (2012) Meh. The first half is great, with a nice fight and a hilarious throwback to giant robot shows, but then it starts to fall apart with nonsensical plot threads and a supernatural element that's out of place.

  • Alphas #13 "The Quick and the Dead" (2012) Loved it. Does a good job of showing how things aren't settling into the status quo I feared, and relationships take on new dynamics and the leads branch into different directions. Also, excellent guest turn by C. Thomas Howell.

  • Alphas #14 "Alpha Dogs" (2012) Liked it. Ah, the token Fight Club episode, albeit far better and richer than I expected it to be.

  • Alphas #15 "When Push Comes to Shove" (2012) Liked it. A marvelously executed character mythos episode only marred by the fact that they copped out on what would have been a stunning, game-changer of an ending.

  • Battleground #1 "Pilot" (2012) Liked it. Didn't blow me away, a few gags fall flat, and a couple performances are a little forced, but this is otherwise a perfectly fine sitcom with good characters, a laid-back charm, and a nice use of the oft-copied Office format.

  • Battleground #2 "Who is Claire Villareal?" (2012) Liked it. A little slow, but this show is really growing on me. Nice cast that keeps things downplayed instead of falling into broad caricatures. Nice cast of fresh faces. Great work behind the camera (and spotted the walk-on!) by JD Walsh. A very fine show.

  • Battleground #3 "Hold the Whipped Cream" (2012) Liked it. Still continuing to charm me, and I like the dramatic weight that hits near the end.

  • Bunheads #4 "Better Luck Next Year" (2012) Liked it.

  • Bunheads #5 "Money for Nothing" (2012) Liked it. It's hard to give little movie reviews of this show because, per Sherman-Palladino tradition, all I want to do is list off 20 quotes and dozens of things that made me smile. I'll spare you that.

  • Bunheads #6 "Movie Truck" (2012) Loved it. TOWER OF TORSOS!

  • Bunheads #8 "Blank Up, It's Time" (2012) Loved it. I don't thing there's a single second of this one that I didn't absolutely adore.

  • Bunheads #9 "No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons" (2012) Liked it. OMG SEAN GUNN. OMG DAVID PAYMER DIRECTING. Offset slightly by Sasha drama.

  • Kids on the Slope #4 "But Not For Me" (2012) Liked it. The increasingly complex relationships are getting a little soapy, but it's great seeing the band come together, Sentaro open up, and Kaoru take a chance.

  • Kids on the Slope #5 "Lullabys of Birdland" (2012) Meh. I have to admit that I've getting a little tired of the ever complicating relationship melodrama, and the family reunion at the heart of this episode doesn't have nearly as much weight as it feels like it should.

  • Royal Pains #53 "Fools Russian" (2012) Liked it. Though why Hank didn't throw his arms in the air and say "Fuck this!" to Boris at some point is beyond me.

  • Royal Pains #54 "Manimal" (2012) Liked it. The lifesaving power of milk and fudgsicles.

  • Royal Pains #55 "Business and Pleasure" (2012) Liked it. Man, they've just been shuffling through a stream of potential love interests following Jill's departure, haven't they. Strong story. Still not sure where they're going with this Boris thing. Dr. Sacani continues to be a marvelous addition to the cast.

  • Royal Pains #56 "Who's Your Daddy?" (2012) Liked it. Good episodic story (Gary Cole!), balanced well with some shocking new developments in the ongoing threads.

  • The Six Million Dollar Man #1 "Pilot film" aka "The Moon and the Desert" (1973) Liked it. The action plot of the third act came into play way too late to have much weight, and there are occasional moments of 70s tv silliness, but I was impressed at how deep and intelligent this film was, digging deep into Steve's anxieties and fears of artificiality, with Martin Balsam and Darren McGavin magnificently portraying the angel and devil on his shoulders. A lot of the production values were surprisingly good for back in the day, too, with a lot of thought given to how his powers could realistically be protrayed. Not nearly as silly as the ensuing show is rememberd for.

  • The Six Million Dollar Man #2 "Wine, Women, and War" (1973) Meh. Glen Larson gets his hands on the property and turns it into an often groan-worthy knockoff of James Bond, complete with a giant supervillain missile silo, really bad quips, and Britt Ekland just one year before she became a Bond girl. A letdown given the serious themes of the previous film, but still surprisingly entertaining.

  • The Six Million Dollar Man #3 "The Solid Gold Kidnapping" (1973) Liked it. Things are settling as the scale drops a bit and the supporting cast falls into workable dynamics. Though it's not heavily featured, some of the themes of inhumanity make a welcome return, and the mind-swap plot, while a bit ridiculous on the surface, is impressively well played.

  • Warehouse 13 #39 "A New Hope" (2012) Liked it. A great, powerful, entertaining return. There is a disappointing loss of consequence at the end, but they kinda make up for that by promising new consequences down the road as a result.

  • White Collar #50 "Parting Shots" (2012) Meh. With the return of Sara, things are firmly back into status quo. Good episode, but their recurring plot thread cops out on one angle, and hasn't really grabbed me yet with the mystery angle.

  • White Collar #51 "Honor Among Thieves" (2012) Liked it. Recurring thread is still too poorly featured to have much impact, but the A-plot of the episode is a strong cat-n-mouse game.

  • White Collar #52 "Identity Crisis" (2012) Loved it. Mozzie gets the spotlight in a National Treasure-themed episode that comes out as one of their best yet. Clever, funny, exciting, with great little flourishes and moments of genuine character depth.


Miscellanea: July 17 - August 4
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Everything I've read, watched, and contributed to in the last few weeks.

Stuff I've Done

At The Super Saturday Short-Lived Showcase:

Stuff I've Read/Watched

MILD SPOILERS

Comics:

  • All-Star Superman #4 "The Superman / Olson War" (2006) Liked it. Everything I imaged a Grant Morrison-written issue of Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olson would be.

  • All-Star Superman #5 "The Gospel According to Lex Luthor" (2006) Liked it. Still slips a bit too far into random absurdity at times, but this is a great character study of Luthor and how he's long viewed his relationship with Superman.

  • Strange Tales #109 "Human Torch: The Sorcerer and Pandora's Box" (1963) Didn't like it. Fuckin' Robert Bernstein.

  • Yellowjacket Comics #1 (main story) (1944) Didn't like it. Every bit as derivative, sloppy, and uninterested as most Golden Age junk, with a hero that looks especially ridiculous and lacks much in the way of an actual origin.

  • Yellowjacket Comics #2 (main story) (1944) Meh. Still disposable, but the mystery isn't bad and has a few decent twists at the end.

  • Yellowjacket Comics #2 "Diana the Huntress" (1944) Liked it. The Greek pantheon comes to the aid of Greek guerrilla resistance fighters in one of the strangest Golden Age WWII propaganda stories I've read. Charming art, unintentionally hilarious writing.

  • Yellowjacket Comics #2 "The Filipino Kid" (1944) Liked it. It's a bit dated and clumsy, but as with the "Diana the Huntress" story above, I appreciate how the stereotypes are subdued and the native resistance forces are given the dignity of their own actions and resourcefulness instead of having Americans sweep in to their rescue. Also, niftily exciting.


Episodes:

  • Accel World #9 "Escalation" (2012) Liked it. After really stepping up in the last episode, it's disappointing to see Haru handed such a massive idiot stick. But the interplay is still great, Red King continues to develop as a nice character, and we get a great dose of backstory that's shown instead of told and drives us into what looks to be a great ongoing plot.

  • Accel World #10 "Activation" (2012) Liked it. Still grates when they descend to the moe harem humor, but that's significantly overwhelmed by the stakes that have been raised, as well as the designs, world building, and MMORPG philosophising which continue to impress.

  • Accel World #11 "Obligation" (2012) Loved it. So much extreme stuff goes down in this episode that it's easy to forget everyone is just playing a game. Great exploration of the idea of how players can escape into faux realities to the point where they almost become the new real and the real world is the purgatory one is condemned to if they lose.

  • Accel World #12 "Absolution" (2012) Liked it. The "happy ending" is drawn out overly long, but I love how the majority of this episode takes the tension and action of the previous entry and amps it up even further before diving into its rousing climax. Haru is often overwhelmingly grating, but when he's forced to rise to the occasion, he does so admirably, thoughtfully, and believably. And I love the little tease of a looming future threat.

  • Accel World #13 "Violation" (2012) Liked it. Clumsy at times, but a nice relaxing breath after the excitement of the last few episodes as character stuff is explored and some promising new threads are introduced.

  • Accel World #14 "Arrestation" (2012) Liked it. They draw out a big reveal that's spoiled up front by the new intro sequence (shoulda waited one more episode before debuting that one, dudes) and there's a big scoop of fan service in the middle that they just barely get away with justifying, but once the new antagonist is introduced and his malicious intents are fully on display, this series is off and running again.

  • Alphas #12 (2x01) "Wake Up Call" (2012) Liked it. They run into some budgetary limitations and, despite their attempts to sly around it, things are back to a status quo of sorts that strips a lot of the weight from the Season 1 finale, but it's still sharply put together with great writing and a great cast, and this "supervillain prison break" arc is already off to a running start that puts further shame on how badly Heroes bungled the same setup.

  • Kids on the Slope #3 "Someday My Prince Will Come" (2012) Liked it. Relationships are soooo tough, man.

  • The Newsroom #5 "Amen" (2012) Liked it. Though it hammers its themes just a little to heavily to the point of crossing into shmaltz.

  • Royal Pains #52 (4x06) "About Face" (2012) Liked it.

  • White Collar #47 (4x01) "Wanted" (2012) Liked it. I love how they threw out the rule book and took the show in a completely new, fresh direction that's still totally true to the original setup.

  • White Collar #48 (4x02) "Most Wanted" (2012) Liked it. And that refreshing new direction ends up being resolved way too quickly, and despite the tease at the end, you know we're pretty much back to status quo. A little disappointing, but still a very well done episode, with a bit more edge than usual.

  • White Collar #49 (4x03) "Diminishing Returns" (2012) Meh. And things are pretty much back to same old, same old. Not bad, but the main plot felt more forgettable than it should given the history they tried to shoehorn in there, and there were some odd camera angles and transitions that called way too much attention to themselves.


Films:

  • Best Worst Movie (2011) Loved it. Marvelous exploration of the cult phenomena of an awful movie, which gradually evolves into a series of fascinating, amusing, sometimes embarrassing character studies of those involved in the film's creation.


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