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Reading comics again

Now that Marvel has finally gotten the proverbial stick out of their proverbial butt and let the X-Men be the frickin’ X-Men again, I’ve found myself back into the foray of reading comics.  And when I read comics, I tend to have lots and lots of opinions about them.  Thankfully, I have a blog for that!

Coming soon will be the restarting of my eXaminations bit where I go through what’s going on in the X-Men world, and I’ll probably do it on an individual issue basis so I don’t let the pile grow to the point where there’s more work than thought.

But I’m not just reading X-Men, dear friends.  I’ve also been sticking my nose into other books that tickle my fancy and I will be sharing thoughts on those as well.  The main one, of course, is the Whatever New Relaunch Blue Beetle book which has the return of Ted Kord!  And why isn’t he dead, you ask?  Because in this world, he never died.

So look for that.  But before I leave, I will give you a little bit of joy I found in my readings, coming from April’s Spider-Man/Deadpool #16 by Joshua Corin and Scott Koblish.  The setup is that Deadpool, Spider-Man and Cami Van Helsing have traveled to Latvia to convince Dracula to lead his Vampire Army against their monster-leading villain.  Unfortunately, they find Dracula uninterested in doing anything of the sort, being perfectly fine living his life down in the basement playing online games while a minion regularly sends him victims to feed upon via trap door slide from the toilet.

So Cami Van Helsing pisses off the undeadman to the point that he’s ready to kill her fabulously, but Spider-Man challenges the gamer in him to a video game fight in which Cami plays as Spider-Man and Dracula plays as, well, Dracula.

Enjoy.

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Some Sony E3 stuff

I haven’t had a chance to watch the entire press conference, but I did catch some highlights people were buzzing about.  The first of those is the new God of War.  I have never played a God of War game.  They just never really interested me.  But I have to admit, this new game has caught my interest.  I love Norse mythology.  So, this is something that I definitely will be keeping my eye on.  Below is a 10 minute video of what is likely the opening.

The other big game was the reveal of a PS4 exclusive Spider-man game.  This one was just a cinematic trailer, but it has intrigued me.  With both of these games, though, people should probably pump the brakes on the excitement just a bit.  As neither of these games had actual release dates.

Spider-Man, the MCU and movie-paced storytelling

Wow, it’s been quiet around here hasn’t it?  For me, I blame the United States Postal Service.  Not to say I’m “mailing it in” (har har).  Anyway, just because J.R. and I haven’t been keeping up with the blog (sorry!) doesn’t mean we’re not keeping up with comicdom and pop culture chunks.  Well, I’m a little behind because of work, but I’m doing my best to catch up for work here as well as on a vocal-based project coming soon from me and a comic shop owner.  Stay tuned.

But because I’m known by many of my friends as a comic book nerd (and rightfully so) whenever something happens that makes buzz, someone will likely come to me and ask my opinion on it.  Lately, it’s been the announcement that Sony and Marvel are bringing Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Um, woo hoo?

But don’t get my lack of excitement bug you.  I’m not a movie watcher, per se, as in I don’t really watch movies.  While I am up on my X-Men movies which isn’t a big surprise, as for the MCU I’m really behind.  I’ve seen the first two Iron Man movies, the second Captain America movie and the Avengers.  Now before you jump down my throat screaming HOW COULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A FAN AND NOT SEE THEM ALL?!!! let me roll my eyes and say that if a movie’s theme doesn’t interest me, I’m not going to go out of my way to give time and money to it.  So when you toss out a solo movie for Thor or Hulk (or Superman for that matter, if you’re a DC fan) I’m not going to get excited because the characters don’t appeal that much to me.  If it’s important enough to someone I like and value the opinion of, I can be swayed.  For instance, my friend Andrew finally sat me down and made me watch Winter Soldier, and I give him props for doing so.

But enough about me, let’s talk Spider-Man in the MCU.

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Someone needs to turn up the Spider Sense

The daily Spider-Man newspaper comic by Stan Lee and brother Larry Lieber is usually an unintentionally hilarious series of blatant ineptitude.

Take, for instance, the crucial case that sets off Peter’s Spider Sense.

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If his Sense goes off just before a slight collision with a co-worker at the Bugle, then surely it must be in constant overtime when he’s in battle as Spider-Man, right?  Right.

Well…not so much.

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Even the X-Men’s old nemesis The Brick can get past Spider-Man’s fabled Spider-Sense for a good ol’-fashioned conk to the noggin.