Monday, June 30, 2014

Health, Comics, Gaming and 80's Television.

I did not write anything last week. That's unacceptable. Well, now I've written something. Or does it only count once it's been posted?

So this is one of those, I had no motivation to write anything else, so here's an update of what's going in life kind of posts. Incredibly entertaining, right?

Let's get the health stuff out of the way first.

I'm having some issue with my blood pressure and my ticker. I feel fine, but apparently my family doctor was concerned enough that she wanted to get to cardiologist that same day or next. But then I found out the cardiologist she referred me to was her husband. Yeah.

However, I really do have something going on. I'm on two different blood pressure meds, I'm supposed be on the dash diet and watching my salt intake until they find out more. I haven't had any soda or coffee in over two weeks now, I'm sucking down 3-4 liters of water a day and I'm working with a personal trainer three days a week. I have stress test coming up along with wearing one of those fashionable 24 hour heart monitors. But like I said, I feel fine, and I'm expecting this all something that will be under control once my weight is down and changed my eating habits, not that i have a lot of weight to lose or was eating bad to begin with.

I've been reading X-Men Inferno, the big X-book crossover from 1989. I forgot how much I enjoyed this story as it was coming out on the racks. It did nothing to change my stance on how I much I hate Scott Summers (Cyclops). That's one character that Marvel could kill off and I would probably throw a party to celebrate it. What I really enjoyed about Inferno were the tie-in books, You got to see how the other heroes were dealing with the demon infestation of New York. I really dug the Daredevil and Spider-Man issues. Typhoid Mary going after Daredevil after he fights off a possessed vacuum cleaner (if I remember that right) and we see the Hobgoblin become truly demonic. Oh, and all of the changes going on in Avengers and Fantastic Four, good reading people.

Beta invites for Warlords of Draenor started going out. I'm hoping to get one eventually. There's a lot I'm still working on the legendary cloak for my paladin and warrior, not sure I want to bother for my priest and death knight. The Gaze of the Black Prince buff was a nice attempt by Blizzard, but it ultimately did me no good. My paladin was hindered by the valor cap and my warrior only got 14 Secrets of the Empire over running the entirety of Throne of Thunder and Siege of Orgrimmar twice. With the buff ending today, it will probably take me another two to three weeks to get those last six Secrets. I'm also still working on Loremaster on my shaman main, still have three zones in Kalimdor to finish, three in Outland, and three in Icecrown. Enough to keep me busy until the expansion drops.
Oh, and still hunting down the Jade Breastplate and Jade Legplates for transmog.

Still working my way through the A-Team on Netflix. I try to get in one to two episodes a day but that doesn't always happen. Almost finished with season two, it's been really fun seeing some actors that went on to bigger roles. Still wishing season three of TJ Hooker would make it on to DVD as it's not streaming anywhere.

Outside of that it's all work and taking care of the family. Hopefully July will offer more time and motivation to write.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

How I Geek Episode 17 - Let's Talk TV

This week the gang talks about what television shows make it into our prime time lineup.

Our week in geek (Clay Fighter 2, Girl Meets World, Minecraft, The Office, John Mulaney, Seinfeld, X-Men Inferno, The A-Team, The Good Guys, World of Wacraft)
Our prime team line-ups
Honorable mentions
Shows we wished were still on the air
The future of comic books and dvd/blu-rays

Sunday, June 22, 2014

How I Geek Episode 16 - Conan and Other Stuff

This week we get into some not so deep talk on the Conan movies and some of the geek news from the past week.

Our week in geek (Red Sonja, Inferno, Ramones on vinyl, Warhammer 40K, Pretty Deadly, A-Team, The Good Guys, Game of Thrones)
UK Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy
First official US trailer for Expendables 3
Is Jason Mamoa Aquaman?
G.I. Joe 3
Rumored Ant-Man villains
DragonBall Z: Battle of Gods
Dust Tactics
Robotech Tactics
Steampunked Battlestar Galactica
Django and Zorro crossover
Conan the Barbarian
Geektrocities and more!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Original Sin #4 (SPOILERS)

The fourth issue of Original Sin is here and with it we are no closer to finding the Watcher's killer, however we we do learn who the mysterious boss is.

All three teams sent out by the mysterious boss figure out that something isn't quite right, and we see Bucky abandon he teammates, return to Earth and not only kill Nick Fury but behead him in the previous issue.

We see the all three teams figure out that they've been lied to. Punisher and Dr. Strange go to Avengers tower where they find Hulk and Wolverine looking over Nick's dead body. Strange puts Wolverine in a binding spell, and Punisher uses explosive rounds to send Hulk through the wall and out the of the building. The duo meet the Orb who is expecting to be killed however Strange and Punisher free him so they can track the Watcher's stolen eye.

Who is Bucky talking to?
Black Panther, Emma Frost and Ant-Man find an unknown space station 200 miles above Earth's orbit. Once inside the soon run into Punisher, Dr. Strange and the Orb. Tension builds quickly as everybody knows they've been lied to and have no idea who they can trust. tension builds further the orb reveals that Bucky is there with the eye.

As everybody is on edge ready to strike out at any time, another ship docks with the station. Moon Knight and Gamora hitched a ride with Rocket. Gamora immediately attacks Bucky and chaos ensues. Rocket and Punisher just stand there making insults at each other, Ant-man and Dr. Strange just stand aside while the others go at each other.

Gamora takes a swing at Bucky but slices into the decapitated head of Nick Fury which turns out is actually does not belong to the real Nick Fury but a life model decoy. the group begins to ask more questions when a very aged Nick Fury appears with a squad of armed Nick Fury life model decoys.

What the What?!
So, what does this all mean? I have no idea. Is Nick Fury the one who killed the Watcher? We did see him with the green glowing bullets which were used to kill multiple beings including the Watcher. If
Nick did kill the Watcher, what reasons would he have to do so?

Why is Nick so old now? I can only guess that it is because of the infinity formula that he no longer has access to. The infinity formula is what kept Nick and other members of the Howling Commandos from aging and was sort of a light version of the super soldier serum.. If I remember right, Nick gave his last dose to Bucky back in Fear Itself when Bucky was mortally wounded by Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull.

Not as good as the previous three issues, but not bad. Bring on issue five!

Monday, June 16, 2014

R.I.P. Tony Gwynn

I often don't talk about my fandom for sports. Today we lost Hall of Fame player Tony Gwynn, who lost his battle with cancer. Tony is one my absolute favorite baseball players and one of the reasons why I like baseball in the first place. Tony was one of the few ball players that I would go out of my way for to hunt down baseball cards of. Whenever the Cubs were playing the Padres, I would have to watch or listen every time he came up to bat.

It wasn't that Tony was just a great ball player, he was a great guy. I can't think of a time where he didn't have a smile on his face. You never heard about him getting into any trouble. Tony was an exemplary team guy, role model and ambassador to game of baseball.

How could anybody who loves baseball not like Tony Gwynn? How do you not get enthralled by his personality and his love for the game? When he went behind the mic, how could you not want to listen to him talk non-stop about baseball?

Such a sad loss but I'm glad that he's no longer in pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow fans.

New Duds for the Paladin

Got a chance to take my retribution paladin, Caedence through both LFR and Flex and got five or six upgrades. Followed that up with a new transmog set.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

How I Geek Episode 15 - Lazy Sunday Vuvuzelas

On this not so special Father's Day edition, we're all a bit tired and weary but the gang is all here to discuss movie, television and geek news from the past week.

Mother's Day vs Father's Day
Our week in geek (Friday the 13th, X-Men Inferno, Zombiecide)
Peyton Reed is directing Ant-Man
Sonic the Hedgehog is going to the silver screen
Vincent D'Onofrio is the new Kingpin of Crime
Rumors say Fox doesn't Bryan singer back for X-Men
New trailer for Constantine
Walking Dead planned out through season twelve
First trailer for Dumb and Dumber To
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Planet of the Apes
Harrison Ford injured on Star Wars set
DC Comics movie lineup
Simon Pegg is C-3PO
Trailer Park Boys
License to Kill, Ghostbusters 2 and The Spy Who Shagged Me
Blur Studios and CGI Animation
Robotech Tactics
Warhammer 40K
Neal Adams on Kirby vs Marvel
Rat Queens getting animated
R.I.P. Casey Kasem
Geektrocities and more!

Friday, June 13, 2014

World of Warcraft

As some of you may know I'm a World of Warcraft fan, and with that is story lore that is as big and epic as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Granted this lore is spread out over three RTS games, the mmo, novels, short stories and of course comic books.

The World of Warcraft comics started in the form of manga from Tokyopop. It started in 2005 with the Sunwell Trilogy followed the five part Warcraft: Legends and a series of stories focusing on characters of specific classes in the game. I've seen some of the previews for some of these but have not yet been able to read them. They are on my read list and hope to get to them soon.

Sunwell Trilogy Part One
In 2008 DC/Wildstorm published World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, a four issue mini-series that launched with the release of Wrath of the Lich King. This was followed by an onging series World of Warcraft series that took place starting with abduction of King Varian Wrynn. The series lasted only twenty five issues but you got some cover art by Samwise Didier and the writing was by the legendary Walt & Louise Simonson. For the most part these were all stories that we saw in game, but they were enjoyable nonetheless.

Following the demise of the ongoing series we got the Curse of the Worgen mini-series which was tied into the Cataclysm expansion, and a few original graphic novels, Dark Riders, Bloodsworn and Pearl of Pandaria.

This is a property that I think works well in comics form, the novels are great, playing the story out in game is endlessly fun but give me comic book set in Azeroth, in Outlands, in Pandaria and yes, on Draenor. As long as you you dig fantasy comics, you need to know nothing about Warcraft in order to enjoy these books.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Original Sin #3 (Spoilers)

Original Sin #3
I talked about Original Sin #3 on our last episode but wanted to keep up on writing. So sit back and be ready for a roller coaster ending that I'm still trying to wrap my head around.

The Orb is custody and being held at Avengers Tower. Midas, his daughter and all of those mindless ones have disappeared and the Avengers are unable to track them.

The Orb is being interrogated by Wolverine and Hulk. The orb confesses to taking the Watcher's eye but that he is just as interested in finding out whom actually committed the murder as they are.

The team of Emma Frost, Ant-Man and Black Panther have found dozens of monstrous corpses in subterra along with a bag full of the green gamma irradiated bullets. Black Panther also come to the conclusion that Watcher was killed by somebody who didn't want him knowing this person's secrets and knew who the killer was.

Punisher and Dr. Strange study the corpse they found and determine that whomever are committing these murders has to be highly trained elite marksman, a group of people that the Punisher says make up a very small list.

We go to deep space where Gamora, Moon Knight and Winter Soldier are conducting their investigation. they find a trail of shell casings that lead to a planet where they find not only no bodies of victims, but no sign that life had ever existed there. Moon Knight sends a camera drone into orbit and they discover that planet was the victim, it was was alive, similar to Ego the Living Planet.

We go to a scene where the above group is speaking to the "mysterious boss" and even though he is shadowed, it looks like Nick Fury to me. The mysterious boss has somebody else in the room with him who is also in shadows. The boss tells this person to expect visitors and that they will need a lot more of these...."these" being the glowing green gamma irradiated bullets.

Who is the mysterious boss?
We go back to Avengers Tower where Hulk and Wolverine are softening up the Orb to be questioned by Nick Fury. After we see Nick talking with Captain America, we see Nick holding the Watcher's eye asking himself, why didn't he see any secrets when everyone else did. Next to the Watcher, Nick Fury is second in line for the master of secrets, so yes, why was Nick Fury unaffected by all those secrets being released?

We then go back to deep space where Moon Knight, Gamora and Winter Soldier are going over their findings. Gamora and Moon Knight ask Winter Soldier a question, and find that he is nowhere to be see. They head back to ship thinking he be in there, but as they approach the ship explodes abandoning the two of them there and they come to the conclusion that not only is Bucky involved in the killings but that he is now the prime suspect.

We return to Avengers Tower where Nick is asking who has the Watchers other eye when Bucky teleports in behind him. Nick starts to ask where Bucky came from when he pulls out a gun and blasts Nick in the chest. Bucky tells Nick there is no more running form their sins and no more turning a blind eye, he pulls out a sword or machete and hacks off Nick's head. The last page we see Bucky the Winter Soldier holding the Watcher's eye in one hand and Nick's head in the other saying, No more secrets.

No! Bucky, why?!
So like a good mystery should make you ask, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!

Well done Jason Aaron, well done.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

How I Geek Episode 14 - Sharknado 2 The Spinfinnagain

This week the guys discuss news from the past week along with some 30 year anniversary talk on Ghostbusters and Gremlins.

Our week in geek (Red Sonja, 90's Marvel, Red Dead Revolver, British TV, Robocop, Bate Motel)
Scott Derrickson directing Dr. Strange
More Transformers 4 footage
Director woes continue for Ant-Man
The Rock can't save Hercules
Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain
The "Who" joke in Guardians of the Galaxy is officially overused
Skarknado 2
Nicholas Cage takes his shot at a Taken movie
Death of the Western film
World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor alpha testing and Azertot Choppers
Warhammer 40K Orks
Sabrina the Teenage Witch is going horror
Big Trouble in Little China #1

Friday, June 6, 2014

Big Trouble in Little China #1

When I looked at the preview for Big Trouble #1, I already had faith the writing would be there with John Carpenter co-plotting with writer Eric Powell but I had no idea what direction the art would take. I was underwhelmed at first. I had no expectations but seeing the cartoonish style, it really didn't work for me. However I had pre-ordered the issue so bought and read it and I'm coming around on it.

The writing is spot on, with Carpenter and Powell working together this feels like a nutural sequel to the movie. The attitude is there, the characterization is there, the action is there. The art, although it is still too cartoony for me, it does kind of fit. As I read the book the art started to grow on me but I'm not completely fond of it.

That said the story takes place after the movie. Jack discovers his stowaway who ends becoming a sidekick pet of sorts that jacks names Frank. Jack and Frank attend Wang and Miao's wedding. Qiang Wu crashes the wedding seeking revenge for the death of his master, Lo pan. Qiang takes Wang and Miao as his hostages and orders jack to retrieve the Spirits of the Three Storms for Qiang and in return he will release Wang and Miao.

I'm going to keep reading this for now, any fan of the movie might want to check it, it was good fun.