Monthly Archives - June 2021

The Collapse of Gaming Journalism

Last month, IGN decided that the hill to die on this week was Palestine.  They printed some article on giving aid to Palestinian Children* that I didn’t care about and didn’t read because I haven’t read anything from IGN for years and I wasn’t starting now.  However, IGN Israel did read it and screamed at the corporate owners. Ziff-Davis roused itself from its dreamy lassitude and made the accurate but surprising decision that this article had nothing whatsoever to do with...

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Blogs and Ends: The Speed Blogging Edition

Busy day to today so I’m speed blogging.  Please forgive any egregious spelling and grammatical eros.  FIRST First Impressions: Loki This is the first Disney+ Marvel TV series to star one of the A-Listers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  True, Loki is a villain A-Lister but he’s definitely not on the prep-squad, he’s a starter. The series opens with Loki’s escape from Avengers Endgame.  He then gets picked up by the Time Variance Authority.  Loki does a fish-out-water thing for a while, which didn’t feel like Loki...

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Movie Theaters Are Making a Comeback?

Last year the future of the movie house looked pretty dark.   Every theater in the country was locked down for most of last year.  American theater chains hadn’t been doing well before the trouble started, so losing 100% of their income for months on end looked to be an extinction-level event. I’ve gone over this stuff before but if you’re a new reader you might have missed it.  My old readers can skip down to the last few paragraphs. Theaters have been in an...

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What is Marvel Doing to Captain America this Week?

There is a certain comfort to be found in having no hope whatsoever.   Stoicism as a philosophy has its place because there are some things that you simply have no power to change. You can rage against the rising of the tide, or you can accept it but I assure you it will make no difference at all to the tide either way.  I am not saying be a fatalist and that the motherboard will work whether it’s plugged-in right or...

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This Week’s Arktoons Roundup is Now Live

Go read it on Bounding into Comics Drama has a history of getting the short shift in comic books. Understandable of course, the bread and butter of comics publishers in the U.S. have always been superheroes. And neither superheroes nor supervillains freely lend themselves to prolonged deep self-examination leading to an existential crisis that finally resolves itself in a cathartic release. Source: Superboy #68 For the most part. .

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The Dark Herald Recommends: Army of the Dead

The one character that I really wanted to die, didn’t. That sums up this movie in a nutshell. Army of the Dead is a tragic film and by that, I don’t mean that it is a Tragedy.  I mean there was a good script here at one time and it's tragic what the studio did to it. This isn’t Snyder’s first foray into zombie movies.  That was Dawn of the Dead (2004), it was about a group of people that have to hold up...

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So How Bad Is Gotham High?

For those of you whom fortune smiled upon and delivered unto you the gift of ignorance concerning the graphic novel Gotham High, turn away now. Read another of my posts. Or read anything else. A John Scalzi novel or the label on a tube of toothpaste (of the two I recommend the latter). But don't read this. You won't be the same afterward. For those of you who already knew about this Young Adult parody...

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The Sons of Jason – The Explorer Heroes

This is the third part of my series on the heroic archetypes. Parts one and two can be found here, and here. Today, we’ll be examining a heroic type that has been quietly banned in America.  The Explorer hero. There was a huge boom in Frontiersman fiction in the America of the 1950s.  Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Jim Bowie were suddenly back in the limelight as well as a host of fictional heroes from the Old West. When Walt Disney opened Disneyland it...

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The Dark Herald Recommends: Shadow and Bone

This is an odd one to review. I should hate it on general principle, but I don’t. It is completely Woke-washed.  Every checkbox is ticked. Every card in the aggrievement pack is dealt. And yet it was a surprisingly good TV show. Any show with this much Woke is invariably too busy battling strawmen, delivering sermons and demanding that everyone love it’s Mary Sue protagonist, to remember to tell a good story. The Woke laundry list is the first reason it should have...

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