I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Well worth the price. Even though I have all the Transformers stuff, the collections put them in the proper reading order - although I've read some criticisms and suggestions for better continuity - and the GI Joe collections? I want to read those since they're now regularly in the Transformers comics/continuity.
I saved on the GI Joe items alone, and I paid the full $25 for the whole set. ($741 total, but I still would have paid like three hundred or more for the GI items alone.)
I'll be busting through these in the next week or two, I think.
Not on the dashboard, but on the blog. I was trying to change mine and it wouldn't let me so I deleted my picture. It's not letting me use a new picture - or upload the old one. What's up, and is there anything I can do about it?
ETA: MbD to the rescue again. Thank you so, so much! This works if you save, but not until then. I haven't done it in a while and forgot that.
Saving this post mostly to save her answer for myself in the future and for anyone else who needs this answer.
And yeah. I'm still Grimlock but I do love enhancing the name. Right now, I'm so, so stoked for the Inhumans IMAX movie, I'm all in for the Inhumans. All in.
And hey, personalized card. I was going to ask for things, but I thought throwing something together might be easier on MR, plus force me to read something I haven't. Like Classic Noir? I think I want to try some Maltese Falcon or maybe even The Thin Man. (Suggestions on which one are appreciated, by the way, since out of my wheelhouse!)
Game Format Changes!
We're going to be playing our game a bit differently this year!
The first difference is that all of the players will play with a different bingo card! OB & I have come up with 31 reading "squares" that are focused in four broad categories: mystery/murder, horror, Stranger Things (the television show) and supernatural/creature feature. Each card will have a combination of 24 squares, with a free space!
So, how do you get your card? You ask me to create you one! I'll be announcing all of the categories in tomorrow's post, and you will be able to request your card with as much or as little specificity as you desire! You can give me the list of 24 squares that you want, you can identify specific squares that you don't want, you can ask for a focus on one or two of the four broad categories, or you can just let me surprise you! The easiest way to request your card will be in the bingo group, where there will be a thread created for just this purpose!
Next - we're adding bingo calls to the game! Every other day, starting on September 1, 2017, OB or I will post the "square" that we are calling for the day. You do not need to finish the book before the next call & books can be read in any order. However, to "fill" a square, two events must both have occurred - the square must be called & you must have finished the book! Every square will eventually get called, so everyone will be able to "black out" their card by the end of the game!
Group reads are optional, but are a lot of fun! We'll be doing two group reads this year, one in September & one in October. The September read will be a classic noir mystery & the October read will be classic horror. Further details will be announced on this later - but the good news is that the group reads will operate as universal matches. You can fill any square with the group read if you participate by reading the book and posting in the group discussion at least once!
This game is just for fun - so no prizes. But the winners get full bragging rights, and reading and playing is its own reward!
We're shaking up the game this year!
Richard Spencer getting punched in the face again and again to music. Nazis getting punched is beautiful.
Some of the more relevant parts are that it can be a literary fandom or a pop culture fandom.
You can also opt to get books from outside your fandom or not.
$20 minimum on all items, anything above that is your choice, and used items in good condition/dollar store shopping are acceptable if you can find something relevant to the fandoms you get in that. (Which is why I asked that people don't use all obscure fandoms.)
If I missed anything or you have any questions, feel free to ask me here, in a DM, or in the fandom box thread. I am looking for more participants, so please, please feel free to reblog this as much as you want, but since I need this information to be out there I'll add that you must fill out the Google Docs form to be entered into the swap.
IDW seems particularly adept at crossovers that might not seem to make much sense, that seem impossible to do in a way that isn't pure crack-fic, and yet... they pull it all together. (There is an adult Batman/TMNT crossover, but that's not on sale: this was, and I had a coupon that would only work if I added three dollars. It was five off fifteen I believe, and I figured I'd give this a try because the first three issues were on sale and worked in combination with the coupon.)
So far, this seems to make sense. The Krangs create portals into an alternate universe - Batman's universe, and they release Batman's villains into the Turtle's world. When Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, makes his way back to his own world, Batman catches Two-Face, only to hear his rambling about another world. (With Two-Face's duplicity and obsession with twos, I'm sure Batman thought it might be Dent's personal psychosis coming into play.)
And there are others: Joker and Harley, Poison Ivy, Clayface, The Mad Hatter. Maybe another? I'm too tired to go back and check. The turtles fight Clayface and push him back through a portal, so I suspect Batman will bring Clayface back to Arkham.
For the others, though? I suspect those will take place in the turtles' New York. So far this is fun, but the art is a little hit and miss for me. (I'm halfway through the second issue where a male character kinda looks like he has small boobs in the spandex, for example.)
It's not a killer for me, because it's mostly decent at the very least. And I ended up buying the last three issues before the sale ends tomorrow, because after one issue I'm invested enough to want to know. I'll probably want the original, adult mini-series, too, but not enough that I want it unless it's on sale. (I sampled the first couple issues. Good art technically, but the style is one that always makes me an unhappy reader. I may just see if this comes up on Hoopla or get it from the library, to be honest.)
Jessica Jones, ex-superhero and current private investigator, is separated from her husband, or ex-husband, Luke Cage. She's hiding their baby and this is a huge thing: Cage sends all his hero friends to ask about Danielle, and Jessica Jones tells them it'll be a Big Thing if they keep harassing her.
Meanwhile she picks up a case: a husband wakes up, says he's not married to his wife, and is in fact married to another woman. He has a child with this woman. Meanwhile, the lady who hired Jones can't have kids, so this may be something personal, something the husband is doing to hurt her.
Or maybe, she says, it's an alternate dimension or a super villain thing. That happens in their world. Maybe he's crazy. But she wants Jessica to figure it out and tell her.
The problem is that without knowing why Jones was in jail or how she hid the baby during that time, without knowing what happened between her and Luke, I'm too confused to be anything but frustrated. You don't show confusion by making the reader confused.
I didn't get enough answers for me to continue, although I might later on. For now, I got this free as a Marvel Insider - I used my points to get some free comics - so I enjoyed getting to read this. Think I'll wait for a sale to continue, though.
More Secret Empire. So gross. Especially the whole Wilson Fisk thing. I'm over this all right now.
I wish I could give this whole event and all the tie-ins negative stars.
The meta issue is back in the forefront and it looks like it might be taken to another level. I'm hoping it is.
It's a bunch of fun, especially with Gwen's brother and family involved now, and this was a lot of fun with a lot of guest appearances and references. Let's see where this goes now...
Like this is supposed to be a huge event, but there are small storylines that can feel tangental told in a row. It's getting frustrating, especially since the Kite-Man story was so brilliant that if I don't care about stories after that, well, I just want the larger story to get on with it and wrap up quickly.
That's how I felt with this issue. It's all Batman angst over not being able to stop deaths. The way that the toll wracked up and why was interesting and I liked seeing Deadshot up against Deathstroke, but overall I want this war to be done.
Joker. Riddler. Forcing villains to choose sides and all get in one big fight. Really? Ugh. I don't want to deal with this on a long term basis. I wish it were all over and another storyline would pick up right now.
Less directly said about the Croc/Enchantress relationship, and more focus on getting things done. In this case, Waller orders the team to go after Killer Frost and Batman - and they start with Frost. Still, they all know this will get Batman's attention. There's more about Killer Frost and Diablo, too, especially since Waller forces Diablo to go after Frost when he claims to be, and genuinely seems to be, sick.
Katana, and how loyal she is, why she isn't chipped, and what she wants to do for the team versus what she will do if pushed are all in here as well, and that's more exciting character development, even as a bigger storyline unfolds - a storyline that ties directly into the last storyline, and will have some big implications in the larger DC world.
Looking forward to the next issue.
In fact, she might have convoluted, terrible plans on how to get her team out of convoluted, terrible things happening to them, but she had a plan. A plan that, shockingly, worked, even if it ended up pitting a couple of her team members against each other for a while. That seems very Harley: practical for the time.
And the only reason this isn't five stars is that this takes the Killer Croc/June Moon relationship to a new, really weird place. Like I'm okay with them dating, and even having sex, but having Croc and Enchantress verbalize why they care for each other skeeves me out, mostly because Enchantress gets really fucking weird. In that two/threesome I vote that only June Moon gets to actually talk about the relationship. Period.
I think it was meant to be played funny, but I got disturbed, rolled my eyes by the third time because hitting me over the head, and then I got embarrassed for that relationship and where this comic is going with it.
On the other hand, I love what Williams says about the relationship in other ways: the fact that Enchantress was willing to kill a teammate over Croc tells me much more than the fact that she burbles about how great him being a carnivore, cannibalistic, and psychopathically violent are.
I'm excited about where this series is going as far as the metahuman threat, so there's that, too. This is a hit and miss series for me: mostly hits, but there were some times when it needed to find it's legs a bit. It's hitting another strong point and I'm glad about that fact!
Nice takes on Wolverine and Shadowcat and their history together, and how that influences what everyone does here.
Also, love seeing The Lizard, how he's connected to Spider-Gwen and the decision that's made with Venom here - and I can't wait to see how that evolves.
Especially since there's another tragedy with Captain Stacey about to unfold, although hopefully not a fatal tragedy.