Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bottom of the Pile - Oct. 15th, 2014

Avengers & X-Men: Axis

 I'm gonna pop in here for a sec and poke holes in this: So, in Stark's dreams he imagined some giant, adamantium sentinels that would absorb heroes in case they went evil.  But for whatever reason they don't work on actual villains, and also magnetism works on them because apparently Polaris is not a super-hero.    Yeah, no wonder he kept this in his dreams.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Anime Initial Impressions

Feels like it's been forever since I've done one of these.

Sage's Stray Thoughts: Episode 4

Pop Rap Perfection:  Right now this might be my album of the year.  Rittz's Next to Nothing was great and I'm proud of what Lecrae did as a Christian rapper with Anomaly, but I don't think there's a more complete project than People Keep Talking.   Every song is playable, as Hoodie has an amazing talent of writing catchy hooks and using bass-heavy but catchy pop beats to effortlessly display what's actually one of the best flows I've ever heard.  Even the songs I didn't like (Act my Age felt like it belonged on a frat boy film's soundtrack when I first heard it) made sense within the context of the album.  I kept waiting for "that" one song that you hear and kinda want to skip, and found myself wondering when it would come until I realized I was done with the whole album.

If I had one complaint it's that most of the songs' subject matter can kinda run together (you're probably not going to get through a song without mention of women), but when you rap this well I really don't see that as a problem.   It's better than tossing in something oddball for the sake of "shaking things up", or worse taking angles that obviously don't come from your own life.    Everything he does come from a place of honesty and I appreciate that.

Songs of Note: Won't Mind, All About It, Sirens, Overtime.

Go pick People Keep Talking on iTunes if you haven't already.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Battle Rap Thursdays - Hitman Holla vs. Tsu Surf

The last grudge match in battle rap...or something. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bottom of the Pile - Oct. 8th, 2014

Avengers and X-Men: Axis
I've never been a Rick Remender fan--his work just skews a little too dark to me for a superhero universe to me.  Avengers and X-Men: Axis does not do him any favors towards fixing that.  To begin with, the very idea of the Red Skull somehow having Professor X's brain is idiotic.   Brains don't work that way.  I'm sure they handwaved it somehow, but it sounds fucking stupid when I'm explaining it to people who don't read comics and I know superhero stuff can be better than this.

But even without that, this whole thing is just a mess.  From the "AXISAXISAXISAXIS" lining the top and bottom of several pages, to the way this story just sort of haphazardly tosses everyone together and just expects something interesting to come from it all.   I keep up with 80% of the Marvel Universe and I was still lost at the plot points in this.  That shouldn't have happened.  I'm looking for issue 2 to be much, much better than this.