The Week in Comics

Nextwave #12
Is there a sufficiently abusrd way to end the funnest Marvel book on the shelves? A way that blatantly disregards Marvel continuity while embracing the full on bat-shittery that is comics? A way ending with a big fight? Maybe not, but, I sure enjoyed it. The world is a darker, boringer place, now that Nextwave is dead.

Casanova #7
One of my very favorites, this book hasn’t failed to deliver yet. Everyone who loves comics for the high weirdness aspect needs to pick up an issue of Casanova. The first “album” wrapped up pretty satisfyingly for a book with no likeable characters. It is going to be hell waiting months for the next series.

Astonishing X-Men #20
You know what? More happens in 16 pages of Casanova than happens in 132 pages of Astonishing X-Men. Still, good artwork and cute dialoge. Kitty Pryde has long arms.

52 Week 40
I pay ten buck a month on this book? I’m a sucker.

From the Quarter Bin: Green Lantern/Green Arrow #92-95 Issue #94’s cover caption asks “Green Arrow Without a BEARD? WHY?” And indeed, there is a picture of a clean-shaven Ollie. I love you, comic books.

Snow Day

Holy crap, it sure did snow a lot this week, so much so that work was canceled. I haven’t had a snow day since grade school, but I know that the rules are very clear: You have to play in the snow on a snow day. And what better way to play in the snow than to play video games set on the ice planet Hoth?

The first game I played today, Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64, 1996), is an awful video game. It is primarily a third-person shooter with frustrating controls, inadequate graphics, and terrible gameplay. It is a big old turd, almost best left forgotten. Except it has a weirdly good first stage. The first stage is a snow-speeder dogfight stage set during the Battle of Hoth, and is a blast. It is pretty shallow gameplay, but it is fun, and it feels like the Hoth Battle should.

After that one awesome stage, nothing else in the game is playable, so I switched systems, and put in Super Empire Strikes Back (Super Nintendo Entertainment System, 1993). For whatever reason, this is the only game in the trilogy I haven’t played before.

It turns out that this is a really damn difficult game. More so than the other two games in the series. So difficult, that after an hour of gameplay I suspected that I would never get past the first stage. But I persevered, and it turns out that the game has other stages, ones that should be somewhat familiar to any self-respecting total loser.

This is a classic side scrolling style game, based on the classic film. You start the game as Luke Skywalker, who has seen what looks like a meteorite crash off in the distance. You head off on your trusty tauntaun to investigate, just like in the movie. You travel into a series of wampa caves where you fight past dozens of wampas, just like in the movie. Eventually you fight and kill a 40 ft. tall ice monster, just like in the movie. Then you head back onto the surface of the planet, where you slide down a mountain riding on a chunk of ice, until you find and fight the Imperial probe droid, just like in the movie. I haven’t beat the game yet, but I assume that the rest of the game matches the film scene by scene in a similar fashion. I can’t wait for the Darth Vader fight on Dagobah.

And that is how I spent my snow day!

Originally published at The Triangle. You can comment here or there.

Snow Day

Holy crap, it sure did snow a lot this week, so much so that work was canceled. I haven’t had a snow day since grade school, but I know that the rules are very clear: You have to play in the snow on a snow day. And what better way to play in the snow than to play video games set on the ice planet Hoth?

The first game I played, Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64, 1996), is an awful video game. It is primarily a third-person shooter with frustrating controls, inadequate graphics, and terrible gameplay. It is a big old turd, almost best left forgotten. Except it has a weirdly good first stage. The first stage is a snow-speeder dogfight stage set during the Battle of Hoth, and is a blast. It is pretty shallow gameplay, but it is fun, and it feels like the Hoth Battle should.

After that one awesome stage, nothing else in the game is playable, so I switched systems, and put in Super Empire Strikes Back (Super Nintendo Entertainment System, 1993). For whatever reason, this is the only game in the trilogy I haven’t played before.

It turns out that this is a really damn difficult game. More so than the other two games in the series. So difficult, that after an hour of gameplay I suspected that I would never get past the first stage. But I persevered, and it turns out that the game has other stages, ones that should be somewhat familiar to any self-respecting total loser.

This is a classic side scrolling style game, based on the classic film. You start the game as Luke Skywalker, who has seen what looks like a meteorite crash off in the distance. You head off on your trusty tauntaun to investigate, just like in the movie. You travel into a series of wampa caves where you fight past dozens of wampas, just like in the movie. Eventually you fight and kill a 40 ft. tall ice monster, just like in the movie. Then you head back onto the surface of the planet, where you will slide down a mountain riding on a chunk of ice, until you find and fight the Imperial probe droid, just like in the movie. I haven’t beat the game yet, but I assume that the rest of the game matches the film scene by scene in a similar fashion. I can’t wait for the Darth Vader fight on Dagobah.

And that is how I spent my snow day!

The reason for the season

And God gave us his only begotten groundhog.
And he slept for our sins.
He rises but once a year to judge us, God’s children.
The Groundhog gives us icy punishement if he sees the black shadow of our sin, and spares us winter’s blight if we have been faithful to God’s law.