New Comic Book Day: An Alleged Diversity Hire

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

Oh, hi there. I'm Charles and I'll be passive aggressively complaining-explaining comics today.

"Complanxing," if you will.

Not that there's much to complain about: Jason Aaron kicks off a newThor arc introducing the female incarnation of the character (albeit slowly) - plus, the dude's got his own creator-owned book, Men of Wrath, out this week. Alright, that last one I'm a little iffy on because of the sheer "high concept for the sake of getting adapted into a screenplay"-ness of it, but more Jason Aaron comics remain alright by me.

Moreover! DC makes a big fuss about the New Gods in the busily-titled Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1, Batman does a little actual detectin' in Detective Comics, Finn's still dealing with a little memory loss over in Adventure Time, and Ricky Rouse Has a Gun takes home the prize for title of the week.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How CHiPs Gets It Wrong. Also, Pet Detective!

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:36 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Wow, it has been busy since we last chatted. I went to the First Joshua Tree Film Fesitval. Have sent a pic of the fest's founder, "Q" (no not Q from Star Trek). He is on the right and the pet detective Mr. Jack Tyler on the left. We saw the documentary " If Only Cats Could Talk" by Signe Veje from Denmark. It is the story of 2 cats - one a missing one out of Huntington Beach, CA and the other a cat who lives in a library. Anyway I got to speak with Mr. Tyler prior to the screening. He is a cat naturalist and tracks missing cats in their ecosystem. He said that missing cats don't generally wander too far from home unless they try to hide in something like a truck bed or open car. Cats like to hide and will generally lay low. Generally a house cat when it escapes will return and come out of hiding in about 8 days.

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New Comic Book Day: Sinestro's Super Slam and Barbarella's Big Book!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

How in the flippin' flip is it almost flippin' Halloween? I mean, sure, it's a month away, but when The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors is on comics shelves, you know that most of your year has passed right on by.

Farewell 2014 (kind of, sort of) and hello books about Sinestro in lockup. Will he recite Rorschach's "You're locked in here with me" speech? Because it's a bonus if he does.

Meanwhile, over at IDW, G.I. Joe gets a new number one (and change in directon. Magneto goes hunting for the ultimate Nazi - the Red Skull. I mean, cyborg Wolfenstein Hitler is technically the ultimate Nazi, but the Red Skull is up there. Oh, and Humanoids offers a massive reprint of Barbarella that might be a little too rich for my blood.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: How Realistic Is Battlefield Hardline?

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Happy Thursday all. Hope you have all had a great week so far and are looking forward to the weekend; I know I am. Last week I posted about the new nail polish I tried, and one comment was I should have done the Vulcan salute. So here it is. As you can see the polish did not last 2 weeks, as advertised - it was really great for about a week and then started to fall apart between last week and this week's rants. But it did last longer than any other polish that I have ever tried. So I would buy it again.

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New Comic Book Day: When the Futures End, We'll All Be Jerks

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

There are event books, and then there are books that are events. I don't know what the distinction is, but it seemed like a thing to write.

In this week's New Comic Book Day roundup, I have some words about (for, really) DC's latest, sprawling octopus of an event, Futures End, and the curious thematic direction the line seems to be headed as a whole.

Also, deep thoughts about Cyclops as Uncanny X-Men #26 hits shelves this week, along with some not-so-deep thoughts about IDW's phone book-sized collection of Transformers comics. Remender's Deadly Class is back in session for its second arc, and the Society of Super-Heroes enters The Multiversity.

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "A Song of Fire and Iron"

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00 am


If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "A song of fire and iron" by Gabriella5Greene551

Logline: Per reader Anya Glass, who sent in the tip, "You must read A song of fire and iron. It's a transformers fanfic with singing, zombies, xenomorphs, and a terrible Mary Sue named Giselle Yvonne delacriox."

Acts Involved: Skull splitting, zombie biting, interspecies romance, and Optimus Prime considering sex with an underage human, which is to say statutory rape. Guess he didn't get the memo from Michael Bay about carrying a copy of the law around in his wallet.

Participants: Giselle Yvonne Delacroix, Optimus Prime, Aliens, The Walking Dead.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: When and Why to Throw a Ham at Someone

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything. Just be polite when you do.

Happy Thursday. I bet you are wondering why there is a picture of fingernails today.

Well, I have finally found a nail polish (guys, get coffee now), that stays on my fingers for more than a couple of hours. For years I have tried various brands of polish; at best it looks good for a couple hours and then starts to chip. I finally gave up except for special times when I know I would have to do nothing with my hands. Well, I have been seeing the ads for Sally Hanson Miracle Gel. It is supposed to last 2 weeks. Yeah, really; I know my hands and what my nails go thru in a day. ButI am happy to report this photo was taken after 7 days!!!!!. Not a chip. I have been typing, digging in the dirt, appraising, swimming etc. I would have been happy if it had made a day or two - but 7 so far - Yippee. It was pricey for the polish and gel pac at $15.00 , but there was a $2.00 off coupon on the next purchase. At the price it is a heck of a lot cheaper then going to get a manicure.

Okay, the guys are probably back from the coffee break...

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New Comic Book Day: The Promethean Adventures of A Beastly Batgirl

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:00 am


Prometheus is not as bad as we pretend it is. Okay, it's a pretty crappy, made-by-committee clustercuss, but damn if the movie wasn't a triumph of production design and hastily scribbled notes on the origins of the species by way of aliens (or Aliens).

Which is a roundabout way of saying we've got the first comic follow-up to the film out this week, Paul Tobin's Prometheus: Fire and Stone from Dark Horse, while in other licensed comics news, Regular Show gets its first original graphic novel.

But wait, there's more: Regular Show gets its first original graphic novel while Gail Simone bids farewell to Batgirl in the only way she can: by putting the character in a muscle suit and making Batgirl a franchise in Gotham.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: A Key Lime Cheesecake Recipe Every Nerd Can Follow

Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:00 am


Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hello all. Well, as most of you know, LYT and the Mrs. were visiting the desert for the Labor Day Holiday. Yes, he was working most of the time, though he did stop on the computer to clear the table so I could feed him. It is a challenge to feed a food critic (even a fast-food critic). Anyway, I think one of the best things I made this weekend was a key lime cheesecake - it turned out really good. This is a no-bake cheesecake. Start with a graham cracker crust. 2 packs of cream cheese (softened in the microwave), 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk mix into the soft cheese, add two packs of true lime powder eratoror 2 teaspoons of lime juice. Mix and pour into the crust. Put this back in the refrig or the freezer to re-set the cheese. When you serve, it it is topped with key lime pie filling (I use canned) and whipped cream.

I also made chili with corn chips, burritos with fresh guacamole and clam rolls. It is so great to have someone to cook for.

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New Comic Book Day: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. da Death-Defying Doctor

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

Question for the comics-reading hivemind: just how does Wolverine keep his claws clean?

Is adamantium a stainless metal? Do they always come out all sticky? Like, if Wolverine killed you, would your last thought be "oh god, ew, it smells like Logan's knucklemeat?"

These questions (and more) will, I'm sure, go unanswered in the first issue of the four-part Death of Wolverine, out this week from Marvel.

Also: where the hell is Superman and why are people around the world randomly getting his powers? That's the big Q that Action Comics: Futures End #1 plans to A. The latest issue of Futurama does the Vice Versa thing minus the body swap, and the first issue of The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage spooks up the joint in the new batch of comics releases.

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