Comic Catch-Up

I’m so far behind in my comic reviews over on Docking Bay 94 that I’m just going to catch up here. Instead of assigning a review to each, I’ll quickly divide them into three very scientific categories.

comic catchupThe Great:
Saga
Hellboy vol 12

The Good:
Hellboy vol 11
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth vol 3
Tag and Bink Were Here
Batman: Death by Design
Batman: Haunted Knight
Batman: Black and White
Red Son
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E. vol 1
Desolation Jones
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
Magical Kids in Danger

The Meh:
Invincible book1
Castle: Storm Season
Shield: Architects of Forever
Thor: Worldengine
Anna Mercury
Batman and the Monster Men

Luckily, nothing truly awful found its way onto my shelf as of late. As always there’s lots of Batman. The number Warren Ellis-penned items amongst the mehs is a bit surprising. Hellboy continues its reign as my favorite comic though Saga is certainly trying.

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Films, Coming and Going

I had a pretty good time at the theater this year. I’ve decided on a list of my favorite films (with helpful links to my thoughts on each). A few surprises, and a few obvious choices.

10. Lincoln
9. The Cabin in the Woods
8. Argo
7. Django Unchained
6. The Dark Knight Rises
5. Looper
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
3. The Raid: Redemption
2. Skyfall
1. The Avengers

Hopefully next year’s cinematic dishes will be equally delicious. Here are those I’m most looking forward to:

10. Zero Dark Thirty
9. Elysium
8. Oblivion
7. Thor: The Dark World
6. The Wolverine
5. 47 Ronin
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
3. Iron Man 3
2. Star Trek: Into Darkness
1. Pacific Rim

The list is predictably heavy on the comic book/sci-fi franchises. I’m so very glad that those things are tent-pole films now. Elysium and Oblivion are fairly similar, and not enough info is available for either, but I’m still cautiously optimistic. I’m almost certainly over-hyping Pacific Rim, but even with that self-realization I still can’t wait. Some other sequels/reboots have my interest (RED 2, Sin City 2, Man of Steel, Die Hard 5), but said interest is not quite qualified as “piqued”.

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Wacky World of Sports

Though sports rarely capture my attention for more than a fleeting moment, something happened this year during the Olympics that got me hooked. Almost every day I would find myself checking the medal counts, and reading about the myriad events, many of which I’d never heard of. The fact that it was streamed live on the internet was a huge factor in my short obsession. I watched some of NBC’s coverage, but their America-centric programing left out so many things. On the web, I got to see almost every event, some quite bizarre.

The strangest for me was sprint cycling. I’m still not sure of the rules. I don’t quite understand why they lazily meander around the track, watching each other like a couple on a romantic bike ride, before bursting into the sprint the sport’s name promises.

Of the sports you don’t often see, my favorites were water polo and canoe slalom. Those water polo guys (and ladies) seem like the most fit people ever, treading water while shoving each other and throwing a ball around, whizzing past your face. Gotta be tough. I thought I’d really enjoy fencing. It’s sword fighting! But their tiny weapons were too thin to tell what was going on properly.

Surprisingly, I also enjoyed regular, non-beach volleyball. The bigger teams meant longer, more interesting vollies, and more wowing saves and whatnot. One of the most engaging events I got to see was the US vs Canada women’s soccer semi-final. Entertaining to the end. I watched the men’s basketball final, but the over-enthusiastic officiating made it too disjointed to be as entertaining as it could’ve been.

I tried to entertain my newly found Kenyan pride, but they certainly weren’t impressing, other than David Rudisha’s world record in the 800m. Their only other gold was in the men’s steeplechase, which is the country’s specialty it seems. They did considerably better in Beijing.

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A Link to the Awesome

After playing Skyward Sword, my interest in all things Zelda has skyrocketed. Especially the music. Luckily, it being Zelda’s 25th anniversary, Skyward Sword came with a music CD, filled with a glorious orchestral rendering of music from throughout the series. I had it playing on infinite loop for weeks. Then, in further celebration of their anniversary, I learned that the Houston Symphony Orchestra would be playing this amazing compilation live. I quickly grabbed some tickets for the brother and myself, for his birthday, and along with Kyle, we were treated to an epic evening of geekery.

I squealed in nerdish delight when they played the dark world theme. And after three encores, I think they played the entire CD. The accompanying video clips from the game really added a lot. It wasn’t as elaborate or high-budget as the Star Wars in Concert series I saw at the Toyota Center, but still equally fulfilling.

And apparently the love of Zelda extends to our neighbors to the south, as one of the Mexican gymnasts chose it to play during her floor display at the Olympics.

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Cool Guys Don’t Look at Explosions

For the 4th of July, (yes, I’m aware that was several weeks ago), the boyos and I (and Naomi of course) went on down to the beach for explosions and gaming. The fireworks were fun, capped as always with our signature ground-level detonation while waking away action-hero style.

There are actually 5 people in there.

We also did lots of gaming, as we’re quite prone to lately. Ascension, 7 Wonders, Can’t Stop, Elder Sign, and Quarriors were among the choices.

a rousing game of Quarriors

A few of us actually made it to the beach during the day too, believe it or not, and despite the hordes of beachgoers and heaping piles of seaweed lining the entire coast, still managed to find a spot for some skimboarding and ladder golf.

Falling down is fun!

More photos can be found at the usual place.

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Latest Foodventures

Over the past few weekends, I’ve been trying lots of new recipes for foodables. I started with a couple recipes from Cooking with Comics, both of which were awesome. Seriously, it uses a great nerdy stick-figure comic approach to show easy recipes that are delicious. I made his MacGuffin Muffins, and Cheesecake of Champions. The muffins were breakfast muffins made from biscuit dough, eggs, cheese, and bacon. The cheesecake was a pumpkin cheesecake with a Nutella swirl. Both were quite delectable.

For Father’s Day, I decided my gift would be food, because what’s better, amirite? This time the menu was inspired by PBS. I made crusted Alaskan salmon (in season!), creamy rice (that wasn’t really very creamy) and bread pudding. All turned out pretty good, especially the salmon.

Of course, Naomi and I aren’t just cooking new things, but also trying new restaurants. We tried Mia’s, a new hamburger and shakes place off Kirby. The shake was amazing. The hamburgers, less so. I think Naomi liked the diner decor though. The burgers are also football shaped for some reason. Like the Mexican restaurants in Pasadena, it had free soft serve though, so that’s a plus.

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The Great Schism

I’ve finally returned after my unannounced hiatus with news of change. I’m splitting my blog. From now on, The Time Tombs (twhpoole.wordpress.com) will be my personal blog, with all my posts on photos, travel, cooking, DIY, and general random thoughts. My shiny new blog, Docking Bay 94 (dockingbay94reviews.wordpress.com) will be for all my short reviews, including film, comics, books, and hopefully games (both video and tabletop).

I’ve started off with reviews of Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman, Avengers, Catching Fire, and several others. I’ve barely begun the process of importing all my reviews from this site, but eventually they’ll all be there as well.

So to my legion of faithful followers, all 10 of you, please sign up to follow Docking Bay 94 too. Thanks for your perusal. Don’t forget to leave comments!

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