Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sage's Stray Thoughts Episode 17: Superhero Bonanza

Last week was the spectre that just wouldn't let me go.  Between graduation and my mom's trip to the hospital (just a gallbladder removal, we're all good) I had about twelve hours sleep across four days.  So I apologize for taking so long to get back to this.   Anyway, let's get started.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sage's Stray Thoughts Episode 16: Supers, and Milking a Good Thing

What the f*ck, Rocksteady?: Batman: Arkham Knight has been doing things weird since day one.  Developer Rocksteady revealed the title back in April of 2014 for an October release, but E3 hadn't even come before there were rumors (later confirmed) of the title being pushed back.   I have no idea how you go from thinking you can get a game out inside of six months to pushing it back by eight, but hey.   It's Rocksteady.  The team that created the first legitimately great superhero title on HD consoles.  I couldn't help giving them some slack.   And this is where we learn the dangers of doing such a thing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bottom of the Pile: Apr. 8, 2015

Astro City
As usual, Kurt Busiek's Astro City is creatively solid--following a superhero who's made his home on an alien planet, and has to learn to accept when it's time to hand the job over to the next generation.  It's almost the opposite of what happened with Crackerjack and Quarrel.  That said: I've been a denizen of the interwebs for nearly two decades now, and this still might be a strong contender for grossest sexual advance ever. 

Spring Anime 2015: Kekkai Sensen

From creator Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun, Gungrave) comes new series Kekkai Sensen, which follows an organization named Libra, beings with super-powers in the city Jerusalem's Lot, the re-named New York City after a portal opened letting in all types of supernatural creepies.  Libra is in charge of keeping all these supernatural forces from escaping out into the rest of the world, and our story opens with a  new member joining the team: Leonard Watch, a boy with the "Eyes of God"--an ability that grants him the ability to see "everything", from ghosts to high-level illusions.  Having finished the first two episodes so far, I'll say this for Kekkai Sensen: it's certainly the coolest looking series of the year.  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sage's Stray Thoughts Episode 15: Batman vs. Superman

Welp. Last time I did one of these it was to shit over that dreadful "gritty" Power Rangers reboot. Am I going to be more optimistic this go-around?

Spring Anime 2015: Denpa Kyoushi

All humans have a habit of seeing themselves as more than what they really are.  Whether you're aggrandizing or depricating, there's a pretty good chance you're not as great/crap as you believe yourself to be.  Similarly, when we see ourselves in certain characters, a lot of time what we really see are characters we wish we were more like--especially when it's larger-than-life figures like the ones in popular television series and films of both today and yesteryear.    It's exceedingly rare--unless you just wrote yourself into a story--to look at a character and see yourself, and not be all that far off from the truth. 

Spring Anime 2015: Gunslinger Stratos: The Animation

Gunslinger Stratos is definitely my first (possibly my only) disappointment of the season so far.  Based on a series of arcade light gun shooters by Square-Enix, Gunslinger Stratos has all the hallmarks of a video game-turned-anime--it's all beautiful character designs with no substance to the actual characters.