Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bottom of the Pile - Nov. 12th, 2014

As promised.

Amazing Spider-Man
Forget Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham is probably my favorite character from this entire crossover so far.  He's got the humor, the 'tude, and frankly he's been more realistic and persevered through more than all the rest of them.  I love that Dan Slott hasn't tried to make him overly cartoonish or basically make him "too dumb to live".


Monday, November 17, 2014

Bottom of the Pile - Nov. 5th, 2014

Ugh.  Horribly late with this one, but last week's will be up a lot sooner.

All-New X-Factor-

In fairness, your book is being canceled Polaris, so "second string" might actually be shooting a bit high.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The New Face of Anime

Know what I hate?  When people lament the state of a some form of media--be it comics, films, video games, whatever.   (I say this while quietly shifting all the blog entries where I've done that myself to "Draft".)   "Everything's ruined!", they scream, then go on lengthy diatribes about how and why whatever the fuck it is they love is terrible, now and presumably forever.

And yeah, everything goes through a dark period.  Hip-hop suffered for like three or four years in the mid-2000s, until the new crop of guys popped up and put their stamp on the game.   But most of the time?  It's like the person who complains all day about how lonely they are while ignoring the best friend they've known forever who's freaking perfect for them.  

What I'm saying is that usually when you're complaining about your hobby, there's probably some very noticeable things you're choosing to ignore.    2015 has a lot of potential to be a great year for anime because of a few noteworthy series--make sure you don't miss out on them.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sage's Stray Thoughts Episode 8

What, who said I could only do one of these a week?  This one's less geek-oriented though, so be warned.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sage's Stray Thoughts Episode 7



The Zeitgeist is Real:  At least in comic books.   For roughly ten years or so Marvel and DC have had strange experiences where all their creations are mirror images of one another.   Civil War?   DC says, "What a coincidence, our heroes are fighting each other too."   You're killing Batman?   Wow, we just killed Captain America.   The Day Evil Won?   Yeah, the bad guys somehow took over in our world too.   


And so now we come upon "Convergence" and Marvel Secret Wars, the latest in a long line of "mirrored events".    I feel like I should criticize them for it, but the inner, multiverse-loving child in me can't stop squeeing long enough for me to collect my thoughts to do that.   I mean, DC One Million is in this!   So long as they don't pointlessly wipe them out, it's impossible for me to hate Convergence now--that's my ideal, ultimate future for the DC Universe. (Heroism Eternal.)

Even in the case of Secret Wars--like I said, I trust Jonathan Hickman to create something worth reading after the damned fantastic job he's done with the Avengers over the past two years.  

The only real problem comes when DC has to explain why all these worlds that some people will undoubtedly prefer over the New 52 can't come back....

Had to wait the whole Direct:   It was worth it, though.   This game (facial expressions aside) looks absolutely stunning.   They haven't even made a big deal of the giant robots--they're so busy showing off the massive, varied environments.  One of the most accurate comments I saw concerning this footage was that it looks like it comes from three different games, in a good way.  Alongside it's prettier cousin, Final Fantasy XV, I'm glad big-budget J-RPGs aren't going down without a fight. 

 The title's confirmed for a Spring 2015 release in Japan, but localization is going to hold it up a bit more so it probably won't hit America until Q3 or 4--still quick enough to become one of the many reasons why 2015 is going to suck for my wallet.





Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bottom of the Pile - Oct. 29th, 2014

I'm more than a little late, considering this is going to be my shortest entry ever. I am thinking about doing something to make up for it, though.   Let's see.

Battle Rap Wednesdays: Charlie Clips vs. T-Rex

Clips got one hell of a record against Dot Mob.