This was a big week. I had 24 books in my pull list! And even though I haven’t gotten through all of them, there’s already a clear winner. Kelly Thompson’s West Coast Avengers is becoming one of my favorite comics at the moment. The line up is crazy, the villains are crazy… it’s just a fun, crazy-ass book! This series feels a lot like Alan Moore’s Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. to me. I mean, come on.. when the awesome M.O.D.O.K. (Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing) shows up disguised as a big-headed ta surfer cleverly named as B.R.O.D.O.K (Bio-Robotic Organism Designed Overwhelmingly for Kissing), you know you’re in for a ride. LOL.
In other books, Logan is officially resurrected in Return of Wolverine, the first Infinity Wars merged heroe books launches with the Captain America/Doctor Strange hybrid Soldier Supreme. Issue 3 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s 12th season dropped, reminding me to pick the last issue. Multiple Man is that awesome book that I forget to read every month. And the latest volume of Avengers is slowly impressing me.
My last couple wrestlers have been women. First Sasha Banks coming off of an excellent final year in NXT, and then Asuka emerging undefeated from the same brand. But something happened to them when they made it the main WWE roster. Somehow, the creative team pulled have on their momentum and left them in the middle of mediocre divisions on both Smackdown and Raw. But with Becky Lynch, the opposite seems to be happening. True, she was the first Smackdown Woman’s champion, but the short run was forgettable. Now after being lost in the shuffle, a change of attitude has pushed her forward. They wanted for to be a heel, but fans like me just see her as the same Becky, but fed up with the bulls*t. Now that she’s bested Charlotte Flair at this year’s Hell in a Cell PPV, I’m hoping Smackdown keeps her momentum going. We don’t need a bad Becky, we need a ‘stay mad’ Becky. This video put together my Wrestle and Flow’s Josiah Williams says it all.
Holy crap. This came out of nowhere. I think this is more of a teaser than a real trailer, but pretty impressive.
XCom 2 has been one of my primary video games since it came out in 2016. There’s so much to do and so many ways the narrative could go, the replay value of huge. And when it started getting a little repetitive, Firaxis Games and Feral Interactive released the DLC War of. The Chosen a year later, which tweaked the gameplay and added new elements where it should’ve just been marketed at XCom 3. A year later, I’m about to replay through W0fC for my 8th time, when I stumbled across YouTube CaptainShack‘s video on converting the game with a Star Wars theme. It’s just a munch of community mods folks have created, but combined the right way, they game should basically give us that Star Wars 4X game a lot of us have been waiting for.
One of my guilty pleasures in recent years was the young adult horror drama, The Vampire Diaries. As someone who violently hated anything that came close to The Twilight Saga, you’d think I’d stay as far away from this show as possible. And that was the true, until I got diagnosed with shingles and was stuck in bed recuperating for two weeks. It was a time when I just had tv and streaming to keep me company, and I happened to fall asleep to one show and wake up to The Vampire Diaries already playing. I should’a just stopped it but I didn’t. I continued to watch it… and 5 episodes later I realized it was as bad as I thought I was, so I restarted watching it from the beginning.
I stuck with it until it’s faithful finale in last year, but not before picking up the narrative in the first spine-off The Originals four years before. Unfortunately, that show didn’t have the same vibe as the.. well… original show so I kinda dropped off. And any attempt to start watching it again kinda fell off due to other more interesting shows on TV.
With The Originals ending this year, I expected the franchise to also die. I mean, how many vampire/werewolf/witch stories can you keep rehashing, just with different characters. The answer is ‘one more time’. Now we get to see what happens to the next generation in Legacies. Am I looking forward to this show? No. really. Will I be watching it? Most definitely.