What I’ve Enjoyed Wednesday

I went to a comic mart on Sunday, picked up some Power Pack issues, some of the Slott/Allred Silver Surfer and some toys for the boy, also picked up a couple of little gems.

Askani’Son 1-4

This was a sequel to the 1994 Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix, written and drawn by Scott Lobdell and Gene Ha and fills in some of the blanks in the early life of Nathan Christopher Charles Summers Dayspring Askani’Son (yeah, he shortened it down to Cable) and charts his progress as he begins his rebellion. The writing is competent, we get introductions to characters and story points that became important to Cable’s backstory. He we get the Clan Chosen, Aliyah JenSkott, Stryfe, Zero, the Professor and the New Canaanites. The true selling point here is the art. Gene Ha just gloriously depicts a future 2000 years hence with a vivid and detailed art style. A nice tail end to the Cyclops & Phoenix story and a hole in my collection that I glad I filled.

I also picked up the last issue I was missing of the following:-

New Warriors (2014) 1-12

Written by the under-rated Christopher Yost with a varied art team, this was a fun little series with an interesting double-hook concept, there’s the tarnished name of the New Warriors and it acting as a second chance to a lot of characters and it also highlights the variety of non-baseline humans in the Marvel Universe. The team is a fantastic list of differing super-types.

The members are:-

Vance ‘Justice’ Astrovik (Mutant)

Robbie ‘Speedball’ Baldwin (Industrial/Science accident)

Sam ‘Nova’ Alexander (Cosmically powered Space-Cop)

There’s also a ton of new guys:-

Sun Girl (Human with advanced tech)

Hummingbird (Demigod)

Watersnake (Atlantean)

Haechi (Inhuman)

Scarlet Spider (Genetically altered Clone)

Jake Waffles & Mr Whisker (Animals turned into New-Men)

There’s even magic based characters in the early stories. This team is thrown together when the High Evolutionary is trying to kill any humanoids that are not baseline human in the name of some nameless master. What we get is several stories that lead to an overall 12 part story and I found this a lot of fun. There’s pathos and drama, there’s also nonsense and silliness and it was more than anything else FUN. I liked this series, I hope Marvel doesn’t leave these characters in the dust for another ten years again.


That same day I went to see the last Hugh Jackman as Wolverine film, Logan.

Directed by James Mangold, this see’s Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart reprising their roles as James ‘Wolverine’ Howlett/Logan and Charles ‘Professor X’ Xavier. This is a story set 12 years in the future with a Charles that is slowly losing his mind and a Logan that is nearing 200 and his healing factor is failing. The two of them get caught up with a child who needs taking to safety and an enemy that wants that child and will kill everyone in their way. I’m not saying more, because I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say this.

It’s good. Rather than be an embarassed super hero film, this is a western in all but name. Logan is a retired fighter, tired of the pain and death that have followed him for over 150 years. He’s tired and wants nothing to do with the world anymore, but he’s needed and he has to once more shed blood for a good cause. How is that not a western, it parallels the movie Shane in some respects and Mangold adds those references in. The violence is neither comic book, nor glamourised and it’s brutal and at times shocking. Jackman also acts his heart out, playing a fading warrior who has very rarely seen the better side of life. There are tender moments, heartfelt moments and at times funny ones. Jackman always got short shrift with the role of Wolverine, but here, he gives it his all. I don’t know what the future of Fox’s X-Man franchise is, but here we get an ending for this era of movies and it’s a very fitting one. This isn’t an X-Men story, this isn’t Old Man Logan, this IS an entertaining movie that was worth the price of admission (by that I mean the horrific X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Iron Fist

This has been maligned and slated as being the worst of the Marvel Netflix-verse shows, it has the least charismatic lead character and a story that’s full of cultural misappropriation and cliches. These things are true, I found the portrayal of Daniel Rand as some sort of emo-angsty teen an odd and unfortunate choice and the series had several pacing issues and you know what? I still liked it. Saying it’s the worst of these shows is like saying least favourite ice cream, or least favourite slice of pizza. It’s still better than the options we have 10 years ago. The story was true to the core of the Iron Fist story, without being slavish, there was fun moments, great action and it ended with somewhere to go. Was it perfect? No. But I still liked it as did my wife (the MIGHTY Rosie) who pointed out there were a lot of corridor fights.  Overall I enjoyed it.


We live in a geeky golden age, loving the hell out of that.

TTFN internet people.



Slimming World Saturday 9 – Lighter than in a long time

Hi there internet people.Another Saturday and another weigh in. Only a small loss, 1 1/2 lbs. But I look at the weight loss and I realise that this is probably the lightest I have been in at least 10 years. 

The MIGHTY Rosie also had a 2 1/2 loss and smashed through the 1 1/2 stone mark. We’re looking forward and nothing is stopping us.

Feelings on a Friday 29 – Resolve

Hey there internet people.

It’s been a struggle the last few weeks, not done as great as I would like in a number of areas, but I’m not going to complain today. That’s not what today is about.

After a bit of dry spell, I have done a number of posts this week on one of Munky on Merseyside’s sister blogs My Marvel Life. https://marvelmunky76.wordpress.com I’ve been enjoying the writing process again and knocking a few posts out has been a positive. Positive is where I want to stay.

So here are some positives and some resolutions.

Positive 1: I have allowed my trainer (Ali Fraser of Lewis Bailey Fitness) to use pictures of me to show my progress on social media. While this is no big thing for most people, it is a deal for me, I hate people seeing me, mainly because I so often hate what it is they see. This was a step forward in how I view myself..

Resolution 1: To put more into the training, try more things and work even harder, feel so good after my session yesterday and want more.

Positive 2: The pictures themselves are something to look at for me too. I keep hearing how I look different then even 3 months ago. Last night, I saw what I looked like 5 months ago to now. I see it now, it’s very different and for the first time, the FIRST time in a long while, I looked at the old pictures from a look how well I have done, rather than a look at the fucking state of that fat bastard at the old pics.

Resolution 2: Keep at the weight loss. I have found a meal I want to try tomorrow night for tea. Cooking from a receipe is not a skill I possess, but I’m eager for the challenge.

Positive 3: The weather is changing, warmer, brighter. This can only be considered a good thing.

Resolution 3: Do more outdoors stuff, get out into the world more, not for my boy, but for me.

Positive 4: My 6 year old nephew Leo is taking the 3 peak challenge (to climb Scaffel Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis before he is 7 in November) one is already done, local press have interviewed him, am proud of the little fella.

Resolution 4: Have put a sponsor form in work for him and there’s a link here for anyone else to have a peep at. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/heather-carman-1?utm_term=52bvKNwQP

Positive 5: At my therapy session, was given two pieces of advice. i) Cut yourself some slack. ii) Try to look at the world with more a sense of wonder, as children do. Instead of looking at what you should do, just see more of a what can I do? What is possible?

Resolution 5: Wonder more.

As always I am here through the love and support of my son, the irrepressible Sam and the MIGHTY Rosie.

Ttfn internet people, go be positive.





5 Underrated Iron Fist Stories

As my entire family are Iron Fist Fans, I felt I had to share this

The Nerds Uncanny

We’re only a couple of days away from the premier of “Iron fist,” the latest Marvel/Netflix show. With that in mind, I thought this would be a good time to talk about some underrated comics starring good old Danny Rand.

Some of my choices are probably buried deep in the dollar bins at your local comic shop. But to be clear: the comics listed below are by no means necessary to enjoy “Iron Fist” this weekend. These are just good comic stories you might enjoy before or after seeing the show. Got it? good, and away we go:

Immortal Iron Fist #1-6 (2007) “The Last Iron Fist Story”

51Th9yUaQjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_You really can’t go wrong with anything written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction, they’re just great writers. But their Iron Fist run from nearly a decade ago, was a thing of beauty.

To kick off a brand new series, the writers…

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Slimming World Saturday 8: Dodging a bullet I should not have been near.

Kinda went off the rails at night time to be honest internet people. A bad takeaway last Saturday and some not as bad ones this week, it’s been not great. That led to me dreading this weigh in. However have been killing it during the days, so I have lost 2lb. That takes me to 2st and 7lb lost. After my worst week, I am still losing weight. Am half a stone from my target of 3. 

This wasn’t me doing well, this was me just doing enough. Time to get back to working at this. I deserve better from me and so does the MIGHTY Rosie.

See you soon internet people.

Slimming World Saturday 7 – Closer

Saturday morning again and another anxious weigh in. Didn’t need to be, lost another 3lbs. That’s 33lb in 9 weeks. 9 is the number here, because that is how far away from losing 3stone.

Another positive is that we got a free cook book for rejoining and there is some receipes in there that even an amateur like me can do. 

In other news, the MIGHTY Rosie has continued hr streak of consistent losses. That’s 9 weeks where we have both lost. Individually or as a team, we are nailong this. Our goals are matters of when, not if.

Addendum: On the way out was given the slimmer of the week award 

Feelings on a Friday 28: Random Thoughts n S**t

It’s been a week internet people.

I’m tired, worn down and fed up.

It’s easy to feel down at a time like this, when the world is at it’s own throat, when the newspapers are full of misery and Winter is taking it’s sweet-ass time to leave. It’s easy to feel down.

Thankfully, I have a reputation of never doing things the easy way. So I will continue to find the positives.

1: Friday is here and I am still eager for the weekend.

2: I am 12lb from my next weight-loss target and some of my clothes are now too big.

3: I feel I am making progress, making peace with some of the shit in my head and coping with it better when I can’t. Most days it’s a battle, the good days are the ones where I am winning it.

4: I have got either Crocodile or Kangaroo burgers for tea tonight.

5: After listening to the excellent Stacey’s Pop Culture Parlour podcast, was led to the hilarious radio show Ray Gunn & Starburst, which is a lot of fun.

6: I have a wife who loves me, a son who adores me and the growing feeling that I am good enough for them, or at least, I can be.

7: Got a comedy gig to look forward to this month, this is a bonus.

I usually say find your 5 as a way of keeping my spirits up. I found 7 easily.

I think I am doing ok.

The battle is not won, maybe it’s a Superman thing, a never-ending battle.

If you are struggling, keep going, every now and again, pushing forward in the dark, you get to see the sun.

Metaphorically like, its miserable weather here today, ah well it’s England, summer falls on a Thursday.

Stay strong internet people, believe in yourselves. We have accomplished miracles just getting here.


Stacey’s Pop Culture Parlour can be found here

The Ray Gunn and Starburst podcast can be found here


Slimming World Saturday 6: Stickers a-go-go

Week 8

After a long and trying week, I was somewhat apprehensive about this week, after falling just short of my week’s goal last week.

Today’s result, 3lb off. As pleased as I was with such a solid loss, I was more pleased that it took me over my two stone. I have lost two stone and two pounds, or 30 in total.

I also got slimmer of the month, a nice little bonus.

So I got some stickers, which has been a nice little motivator.

Feeling positive, I am more than two thirds towards my goal of three stone.