Novels

Podicus Wrecks #34 – Random Grab Bag of Topics

In this episode, Anthony and J. R. have a somewhat random group of topics. They are talking about some things they like and dislike regarding movies and tv shows. Sometimes those opinions follow the norms, sometimes they don’t. They also discuss our thoughts regarding blog entries we right. And Jacob’s “Better Know an X-Man” features the Stepford Cuckoos.

Podicus Wrecks #20 – How We Want Stories to Start

In this episode, we discuss what we look for when we start a story, be a book, television, comic, or movie series. We specifically discuss the recently released Hawkeye #1, having Anthony take a look at it since he has never read a Hawkeye comic before and has no idea who Kate Bishop is.  We also do a little bit of year end wrap up, and something we’re looking forward to in 2017.

Warcraft Review

Warcraft_Teaser_PosterWarcraft never changes.  Or something like that.  Saw Warcraft on Thursday night.  Overall, the wife and I enjoyed it.  That said, I don’t know how well people that didn’t play Warcraft, or aren’t currently playing World of Warcraft will be able to follow the movie.  My knowledge of the characters was aided a bit by the fact that I had just played a section of the Warlords of Draenor expansion that had many of the characters featured in the movie. But this movie does jump around some, and while it does give okay characterizations, it does hope that you recognize the names to fill in some blanks.

That said, I don’t think the movie is too difficult to follow.  You just can’t think about it during the movie.  And I don’t mean that you need to turn your brain off.  By all means, please keep your brains on during the movie.  Otherwise, you’ll be even more lost.  What I mean by this is that don’t spend time while watching the movie to think about it.  If you do this, odds are that you’ll miss something else.  What you should is take a mental note if something confuses you, and look it up when you get home.

Side note, I’m really glad that I didn’t intentionally try to familiarize myself with all of the characters.  I just read a wiki articles on just Lothar and Gul’dan, and this movie is very much the story of The First War.  You know, Warcraft 1.  And based upon what I have read up on so far, it seems like a fairly faithful adaptation.  Some of the Durotan stuff was simplified and condensed, and the Garona stuff was given motivations that may not have been there, it otherwise seems like a pretty faithful adaptation.  As faithful of an adaptation that you’re likely to see.  (more…)

Civil War Re-enactment

Earlier today, Marvel announced that they would be launching a new line of prose novels of their most popular stories of all time.  The first novel, to be released in June 2012, will be Civil War, and is being adapted by Stuart Moore.  There is currently no word on what other novels would be released.

My question is why Civil War?  I’ll admit that I didn’t really like Civil War.  I’m just not a fan of the whole “hero vs. hero” thing.  Which is probably why I find it difficult to believe that the non-comic reading, Marvel fan would be interested in something like this.  It also seems like an odd choice to release a Civil War novel so close to the release of The Avengers movie.  How do you advertise it?  “You just saw your favorite heroes team-up to fight evil, now read about them fighting each other.”  Or, “you just saw Captain America fight to save his country, now see him fight against his country.”  Or, “if you’re tired of liking Iron Man, then read about him becoming an insufferable douchebag in Civil War.”

Aside from the odd timing with the movie, I find this an odd choice based on who they have to be marketing this to.  Civil War hasn’t been around for very long, but it already seems irrelevant to today’s status quo (politely correct me if I’m wrong).  So, this can’t be a tool to bring in new readers.  Also, Civil War sold so well that any Marvel readers that may be interested probably already have it.  Personally, I think if Marvel really wanted to get people buy more Marvel products, they should have gone with a simpler, maybe older story.  Don’t ask me what, because my history isn’t very good.  But something that shows the heroes being heroes.