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My Marvel Life Presents: Fabulous First Issue – Justice League

Another fabulous first issue

My Marvel Life

Why I picked this comic:

I am not, in anyway shape or form a fan of the Nu52. If there was any silver linings it came in the form of the Justice League series, written by fan turned pro Geoff Johns and originally pencilled by 90’s wunderkind Jim Lee it was DC’s new flashy opening comic and acting as  a jumping on point, we well as for many a jumping off point. It was an issue 1 in the truest sense of the word and after a number of Marvel options, I felt that a DC issue was a good idea.

Was it a good idea though?

The Comic Itself: 

Justice League 1: August 2011

Justice League Part 1 was written by Geoff Johns and had pencils by Jim Lee who was inked by Scott Williams.

5 Years ago and the world is only now learning of the existence of…

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Everybody needs a little bit of this

After walking the dog in the rain, me and SuperSam checked out a blog that I follow.

Cassandra Hebert

This is simply a collection of cute animal pics, but in times of international strife, pandemics and uncertainty it is nice to have something that is just nice. Just check it out, if you don’t see something that makes you go Awwww then it may not be for you. I went awww as did SuperSam.

I am usually writing something geeky, but this felt that something worth sharing this morning.

Take care everyone, stay safe.

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Spin Off Off Special: Kamen Rider Kuuga – In which we learn maybe don’t open tombs with signs you can’t read.

A new pilot era post.

Pilot Era

First aired: 30th January 2000

Cast :

Joe Odagiri – Yuusuke Godai/Kuuga

Shingo Katsurayama – Kaoru Ichijou

Kazumi Murata – Sakurako Sawatari

Spin Off Specifics:

Where did is spin-off from? Kamen Rider

When did it spin-off from? There had been a series on spin-offs and continuations starting from the original, but there had been a gap before this new era began.

What is different? It’s premise remains the same, there’s a motorcyclist who transforms and battles monsters, but with an all new cast and specifics.

Was it necessary? It was a way of spinning off and continuing the older series, whilst still acting as a new thing to attract a new audience, so necessary? No, but it did make sense.

How did it compare? Very different in quality, but we it’s more of a refinement of the idea as much as anything else.

Synopsis: We start with images of a…

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My Marvel Life Presents: Fabulous First Issue – Annihilation Prologue

Time again for Fabulous First Issue

My Marvel Life

Why I picked this comic: 

It was inevitable that I would pick an event to do at some point. Secret Wars is too simplistic, Crisis works better as a whole thing and lets not get into any of the X-crossover events just yet.

This event was a bit of a surprise when I first read it. It was an attempt by a couple of writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning to make use of Marvel’s stable of cosmic characters who weren’t being made use of. I remember how much I enjoyed it and how it lead to a good 5 or 6 years of well told cosmic stories which lead to the resurgence of Nova, Thanos, Adam Warlock and the second iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I wanted to share this era’s beginning and get someone else’s take on it.

The Comic Itself: 

Annihilation Prologue: March 2006

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Random Stuff, banging around in my head

I have been having nightmares.

Work stress has got to the point that my subconscious is affected. Nightmares affect sleep, bad sleep drains you, which makes you more susceptible to unhelpful thoughts and low moods, which affect your subconscious, which can lead to nightmares and so on.

There’s a lot to be stressed about, a lot to be afraid of, from the ongoing co-vid19 crisis which seems to be unending to the events across the pond as yet another racist crime committed by law enforcement has caused protests and riots. We are watching a 1st world nation of great prominence and arguably one of the most important nations in the last century devolve right before our eyes. My heart goes out to people of colour over there and their allies and loved ones and hope change comes from this, because it really needs to, we shouldn’t still be here. The people there deserve better.

But last night I got a training session with my personal trainer Ali. We used equipment in his backyard and kept full social distance between us, but I got to use weights, TRXs and also did lunges and today I am SORE!!!!!

There’s so much to be worried about, so much to fear. But we don’t have to consider that the default. I am enjoying the sweet pain today, pain I earned, pain I appreciate. This lockdown has taken so much from me. It’s taken the freedom to move around, my walk to work/school with my son. It’s taken time with my parents, shopping being a casual activity and not some kind of psuedo-military operation and the ability to hug my parents. It’s cost me a couple of weeks away and so on.

I’m not seeing this as any kind of oppression or anything and don’t want my convenience at the expense of someone’s life or anything like that. But it’s a fact that this current situation has taken stuff off me. Last night, having a training session, it felt like I got something back. I’m paying for it today like, but it’s a price worth paying.

Little is better, work is as hellish as it has been with clients and their employees being as dickish as ever, but I got something back last night. Maybe as lockdown restrictions are lowered, we can get more stuff back.

We will be alright.

We are never as alone as we think we are.

Take care of one another and stay safe.

 

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Stuff I have enjoyed: Dan Slott & Mike Allred’s Silver Surfer

I go to work, it’s fairly negative right now. I put on the TV, it’s fairly negative right now. I go out, oh wait no I don’t.

The point is, there’s a lot of reasons to not be cheerful, so I want to do some about positive stuff.

Earlier this year, I was finally able to finish my back issue run of Dan Slott and Mike Allred’s Silver Surfer. It was 29 issues which was split over two series that started in March 2014. I missed the boat on it at first, but picked the first few issues up for 50p per issue at a mart and decided to try to get the whole thing. A month or so before lockdown I finally got the whole thing collected and then over a couple of days read them in one go.

You know what, it’s good.

Mike Allred is an artist with a very clean style that looks animated. It’s simplistic in some regards, even cartoonish. It is however very consistent and despite its simplicity is as detailed as anyone else on the scene at the moment. The writer Dan Slott is someone I have a 50:50 opinion of. I have been mixed with his recent Fantastic Four issues and I liked maybe half of his very lengthy work on Spider-Man, but I can see one thing. He is a passionate writer, who clearly loves what characters he writes about.

His Silver Surfer run seems to be the answer to the question, isn’t the Silver Surfer a bit like Doctor Who? Think about it, human looking alien, keeps getting involved with Earth, teams up with human beings, powerful and yet not violent by nature, has an implausible method of transport. Sound familiar? It’s this aspect that Slott leans into, pairing the Surfer with a woman called Dawn. Dawn gets pulled into an alien’s plan to coerce the Surfer into helping them and they start having adventures together.

There’s weird concepts, familiar characters and brand new ones. Dawn becomes the co-star of the book, rather than a supporting character and both of them grow and change because of their association. One thing I do like is that it’s optimistic. It’s hopeful and full of wonder and a nice counterpoint to both the grimgrittydark feeling of most comics and the grimgrittydark feeling of actual reality and part of that is the art, which is mostly the pencils of Mike Allred. The creator of Madman and the artist of the X-Statix version of X-Force, his art is bright, colourful and fun.

Do you remember fun? It’s all so dark sometimes, but from time to time you need some cartoony, some funny, some silly and all of that is here. It’s a fairly contained run of around 30 or so issues, broken up by 2015’s Secret Wars event, but honestly none of that matters. It’s a good comic that isn’t tied quite so heavily to the rest of the Marvel Universe and is very accessible. The art is amazing, consistently throughout and it does tell a complete story. It has heart and consequences and I really enjoyed it.

It’s probably available in trade, it’s easy to find back issue wise and it’s available on Comixology and is well worth checking out.

Anywhere and Everywhere – Hang On!