Excuses, Excuses

As life is want to do, mine seems to have been terribly busy lately. Nothing notable of course, just a lot of the doing of things and whatnot. This pseudo-hectic schedule, coupled with rampant procrastination has left my poor blog neglected. Specifically, The Oscars were over a week ago and I’ve yet to opinionize them.

Belatedly, I felt that they were utterly devoid of surprise or intrigue. Again. Some of the acceptance speeches were above average and a few of the intro skits were actually funny, but the winners were either really predictable or I’m getting much better at predicting. And where were the songs? With only two nominees for best original song, they could’ve at least performed them. Billy Crystal was decent but just added to the “same ol song and dance” feel of the whole ceremony. Oh, and as my fellow Oscar viewing night attendees pointed out, whoever was in charge of the audio levels needed an un-award for worst sound editing. Still a good evening though, especially since some out-of-towners were coincidentally back-in-towners for the event.

Know what else is fun? Awkward segues.

I tried making bison steaks tonight. Unfortunately, a feeble attempt at multitasking resulted in some over-cooked buffalo. Down but not out, I hope to try again some time with some other nonstandard meats. Probably some sort of small bird next, like quail or pheasant. Might need a recipe for that though.

Also, I still read comics. And then I form opinions of them. And then I review them.

Star Wars: Infinities – The Empire Strikes Back: A-: Like the first, this retelling starts with a small change, this time on Hoth, that alters the whole story. It makes for a much more tragic story, and a much more believable one than the previous Infinities volume. The rapid pacing still seemed forced.

Solomon Kane vol3: Red Shadows: B: Though the opening stand-alone story worked well, the rest of the volume was a bit laborious. I definitely felt the change in writers from the first two volumes, and the new voice sounded kinda off.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth vol1: New World: A+: I was worried that after they ended their first super-arc (14 TPB volumes!) it would take a while to get ramped back up. In this volume Houston and Seattle are both destroyed. And that’s just the tip of the epic iceberg. The characters are just so nuanced and perfectly utilized. Writing this review, I realize that the Hellboy universe is by far my favorite comic series, and that no one I know has read hardly any of it, especially B.P.R.D. It’s so good, peoples!

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis: A-: It’s easy to get tired of the X-Men. They’ve been slammed with nonsensical plotlines and roster changes for so long it’s laughable. But Warren Ellis knows what he’s doing, and crafted a stand-alone story that can be read without much knowledge of the series’ current machinations. He took his knowledge of sci-fi and stuck the X-Men in the thick of it, and it worked, for the most part. The art, however, was very strange, especially Emma Frost. It brought unnecessary attention to the character and away from the rest of the team.

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