Friday, November 28, 2014

Flashback Friday: The Incredible Hulk #250

I had been reading issues I picked up over the summer as I awaited the cash flow problems to subside and allow for new comics to read.  It brought this old gem back into my hands.  It is a strange combination when the Silver Surfer is paired with any Marvel Hero that is Earth-bound, but especially the Hulk.

This is a time when the Silver Surfer is trapped on Earth.  An invisible cosmic barrier prevents him from leaving.  It is the punishment he received from Galactus for siding against him when the Earth was on the menu.  It also provides the plot for this issue.  The Surfer seeks to add the gamma power of the Hulk to his own power cosmic to escape and soar the spaceways once more.

Bruce Banner has found peace though.  His own heroic actions placed him with a loving woman and her daughter.  Over time he has fallen in love and the Hulk has been away.  All that is at risk if he helps the Surfer, or is it?  It seems that the Surfer is able to cure Bruce and for that he is willing to gamma power the Silver Surfer.

All is set up for tradgedy.  How could it not when you have two of the most tragic characters in the Marvel Universe?  The twists and turns that occur is what makes this an excellent story.  You feel for both men as decisions are made and life is returned to a status quo neither of them wanted.  This is a great issue of The Incredible Hulk.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Flashback Friday: Avengers #333

I am trying to get back on track and not let my Blog fall away as I am working two jobs now.  I have been grabbing random books that are in stacks that are not sorted to read as I have a minute.  I read this old Avengers story from their first volume.  It was back when history mattered and the Avengers were not the money making machine they are in today's movie climate.  It has two unlikely Avengers in this story as well.

The set up from last issue is that the Avengers new high tech headquarters has been finished and they no longer are banned from Manhattan.  They throw a huge party that has dignitaries and the vast collection of Marvel heroes in attendance.  It is a cool bunch of panels as you see different heroes rendered for the story.  Of course this impregnable fortress is penetrated by Doctor Doom and a couple of Doombots.

Dr. Doom wishes to be given the secret of trans-dimensional travel.  He has secured a device that will release neutrons for miles around and kill all organic life if the Avengers do not share this secret that he witnessed as they battled some recent foes.  He tells them that two of the Dooms they see are Doombots, but do they risk attacking and setting the bomb off?

Sandman and Vision are trapped on a different level from the party as is Captain America in a training area.  They decide to face off against their Dooms after some logical deduction.  Seeing Sandman fight Doom is awesome.  The real hero is the secret teen Rage.  The story starts having Doom shock him.  The funny thing is that Rage figures some important things out and they are all because of cupcakes his Granny brought to the party.

This is one of the fun stories that has so much cool from the Marvel Universe.  It is also a great find for any that might collect comics that Doc Doom appears in.  One of my favorites from this era in Avengers History.


Friday, November 7, 2014

So A Lot Has Been Going On.....

Well, many things have been happening.  The biggest is that my substitute job has now turned into a second job.  It is before and after school care and that leaves me with a crazy schedule.  I hope that it helps with some of the money stress.  It has been an adjustment.  I also have been sick and dealing with the diabetes while this has happened.  All while still doing the primary job in the local church setting.

I have been able to catch up a bit on my reading of comicbooks and one thought crossed my mind.  What was the point of the FUTURE'S END stories from DC?  Aside from a few nice bits they really are not playing into the current plots for me.  I mean I figured that my books would jump forward and we would have a mini restart and that might be cool.  Add a few bits of tension and intrigue, but to have everything plodding along as is after reading what will be is just a marketing scheme, right?  My shop owner did have the non-steroid covers available for a switch or I would have not been buying the titles I collect.

TV has been cool with the Super Heroes of late.  I can't comment on Gotham as I cannot received the local FOX station over the airwaves and I have sworn off Hulu because their alliance with Facebook seems to screw with my access on my outdated computer.  But Flash is AWESOME!!!!!!!!  I love what they have done with the character and the way that they have the very accessible "Easter eggs" on display.  They really have done it right and it is the equal to Arrow in every way.  Constantine I like, but I figure it is a good thing that NBC is low in the ratings right now or it would be cut already.  They are doing it justice.  The thing I am wondering is if the Grimm folks are staying tuned and watching?

Trunk or Treat went well.  I was told I was the "coolest person ever" for giving out comics.  Had a mom at a local library praise me for making her little boy's Halloween.  Plus, it was cool seeing kids be dumbfounded when a comic was dropped in their trick or treat containers.

Well. gotta head to bed.  I hope to get back on track soon, but no promises.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014


A new second job, bad health, and knowing I am in a gerrymandered district did not stop me from voting.  It is a right that is slowly being manipulated from us.  It is important to maintain this right, so go vote.  


Friday, October 17, 2014

Flashback Fizzle

Tonight I was all ready to get back to Blogging.  I have had a busy and rough few weeks.  I know my health has been on a roller coaster.  I took a second job that has odd hours compared to most jobs.  I have been pushing to promote and work my church job.  All this while fighting off a seasonal allergy cough.  It was to be a start to scheduling normalcy tonight.

I had a old comic from 1986 on tap and really was getting up to start the process when I heard a sound like the vehicle that passed by had run over something on the road.  It was before 8:30 PM EST.  I went and got a flashlight and fund Pal in the road dead.  It really changed the night.

Pal was the name I called him, Dad called him Bozo or the dog that "wasn't his dog."  He really wasn't our dog.  Sometime back he showed up, a Beagle that just found the house with all the other Beagles and hounds.  He would run a rabbit, but was beyond gun shy.  In fact right after he showed up, the sight of a rifle before a cow was killed and dressed to be processed made him disappear.  We figure he was an older dog and that because he was gun shy the owner just took off a collar and let him go.

I had pet him maybe twenty minutes earlier when I went out on the porch.  Another Beagle we have that was his running buddy was looking for him after I got him out of the road and in a wheel barrow.  He may have not been our dog, but he is now buried in the area where many of our dogs have been laid to rest after their deaths.

It has been a long time since we lost a dog to the road.  It is just a sad night.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Money vs. Collecting & Future's End Thoughts

This week I did something I never thought I might do.  I dropped Buffy The Vampire Slayer from my pull box at the Comic Shop.  I have been collecting Buffy TVS since the very first issue back in the late 1990's.  I stuck with this title through thick and thin.  I was able to get B&W advance issues in the mail in the early days of my reviewing adventure.  It is the book that brought me to my current shop when the place I was at started to not have it in my pull box.  I was in Divinity School and would pick up my comics as I drove back on breaks back home.  Yet, I dropped Buffy.  I also cut X-O Manowar, Wonder Woman, The Phantom Stranger, and Witchblade.  

These cuts were about money.  I found out Phantom Stranger was ending anyway so that was a moot point.  Wonder Woman had been meandering for me and I felt i could look to trades now for that book.  Otherwise these were just cuts due to the cost of the titles.  I have had to become strict with what I will purchase over the $3 price.  When in reality you get 22 pages of story it needs to capture my attention every week.  I am not going to get drawn in by the crossover fever that hits every company.  It just isn't in my ability to buy all your books for you "BIG EVENT" that happens every couple of months.  I had to start cutting deeper.  

Future's End might have a different effect on my DC buying.  I still am digging the Earth 2 books.  This five year jump probably will not bother me there.  I am looking to stop my Lantern buys possibly.  The paths and ends these books took seem to be away from what draws me to love those stories.  Might be time for a clean break and look to trades.  Aquaman is a toss up.  It might be good, but I liked the Mera that was not so battle scarred.  I liked the balance of her in a grocery store buying dog food or threatening to feed a terrorist to a sea monster.  I just am not sure that Future's End will keep me at the levels I have been.

Money is tight.  Medicine is a constant.  Pay is stagnant.  I have to cut my one enjoyable thing, comic collecting.  It is sad.  Especially when I have so little that can give me a break from worry and stress.  Some love to hit little balls over pastures, others run/peddle/etc., some catch fish and other things.  Me, I collect stories.  I savor them and love just falling into those worlds and getting lost for a bit.  

So fare the well, Buffy.  You have been a constant companion since the TV show Savannah was canceled and I watched the replacement in that now gone dorm room in Buies Creek.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Flashback Friday: Batgirl #53

I will be getting this one in just under the wire for Friday according to Eastern Standard Time.  I made up my mind at about 10:38 PM to do a Flashback Friday post, but my computer is not behaving well.  I think that Microsoft did an update to screw with Windows XP.  That is just a conspiracy theory, but why would I still get updates when they said I would no longer receive them?  Anyway, we have a tale of Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) and Robin (Stephanie Brown).  They will face off against the Penguin in this story.  

It is really just a nice action story that has much fighting and major damage.  They make the most of the martial arts and the ability of Robin to make an entrance.  The light-hearted aspect is balanced by a chilling twist that will place one little girl in the middle of the Gotham underworld.  It hits close to home for both heroines, Stephanie especially.

It is cool to see Stephanie and Barbara Gordon together and think of how one day there will be a Batgirl title for Steph and Oracle will be guiding her.  The plot is good and this is an issue that one can own and not need to have the preceding or following issues to understand things.  It stands alone.