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4/30/18 Blog Entry – Comics I’m reading \ Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train \ Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II

Hey everyone!
I know, I know, I promised a garden update. But here’s the thing….it has rained for days and days in a row and it’s been a struggle here on the homestead to get anything done outside. The most I have managed to get done after the one pretty day we planted flowers was picking up some scrap wood that I plan to tear apart and pile up to use to build some rabbit hutches and a chicken house. We also have to start thinking about getting a goat barn built because our baby goat is set to arrive in mid-June!

We have someone coming Thursday to pick up Butterscotch, one of our female Guinea Pigs. We decided to sell that one. We do intend to breed the other two females as soon as we find a male. But the Guinea Pigs are doing great, they are as tame and playful and eating as much as ever! We have tried several different kinds of snacks, hay and stuff. I will do a blog with more info on our Guinea Pigs and how we take care of them soon. And as our farm grows with goats, rabbits and chickens you all will be taken along for the ride!

In the meantime, check out the comics I have been reading during these rainy days.

Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train #4
Variant Cover B by Philip Murphy
Release Date: 4/11/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I have thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. It’s not something that I just simply can’t wait for each month but when it comes I do enjoy reading it. The art is fun and the story is fun. I would recommend buying this series.
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #6
Variant Cover B by Kevin Eastman
Release Date: 4/18/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: In this finale issue we get to see the story wrapped up in an efficient and entertaining way. I was pretty happy with the story arc overall for this. I’m happy that I collected and read the whole mini series.

4/23/18 Blog Entry – Comics I’ve Read Recently \ Mera \ Justice League of America \ Dark Nights Metal

Mera Queen of Atlantis #1
Stanley Artgerm Lau Variant Cover B
Release Date: 2/28/18
Cover Price: $4.49
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  Not a bad issue. I don’t really know what I expected but it seemed to fall short. I don’t hate it, and I will for sure read another couple of issues (I’ve already bought them). I hope it turns into a story I enjoy. It has the potential to do so.
Justice League of America #26
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 3/14/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I was really impressed with this issue. The art and story was fantastic and I was excited to see the finale of this story arc. Very well done.
Justice League of America #27
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 3/28/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I was excited to see this new story line and it wasn’t horrible. I was a bit disappointed  with the pacing as it seemed a bit rushed but overall I think I’m going to enjoy it.
Justice League of America #28
Francesco Mattina Variant Cover B
Release Date: 4/11/18
Cover Price: $2.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  Carrying on the story from the previous issue this story stayed right on track. I’m still not LOVING it but it’s a decent story right now.
Dark Nights Metal #6
Andy Kubert Variant Cover C
Release Date: 3/28/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I didn’t hate the issue but it seemed to rush to the end. All the build up and world changing battles and it ended so sparsely.  The epilogue really hints that big things are coming but I’m not as excited as I should be and doubt I will pick it up in May.

That’s it for today! I have been reading comics mostly for the past couple of days. Ready Player One novel is still sitting in my read pile, I’m about 3/4 of the way through. I am not watching the movie until I finish the book. In any case, stay tuned, a garden update is next! We did some cool stuff today (4/21) in the garden and will show pics in the next blog!

Blog 4/17/18 – Comics I’ve read recently — What’s for Supper Recipe \ Venomized #1 \ The Amazing Spider-Man 798 \ The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Venomized #1
Variant Cover B by Mark Bagley
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the art and story both in this issue. I also enjoyed the fact that so many characters were included in the story. It intrigued me enough to be excited for the next issue!
The Walking Dead #178
Variant Cover B by Bill Sienkiewicz
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: The art is up to par with the usual. The story isn’t terrible but it wasn’t very captivating. I do have to admit that I’m excited to see more about this new group.
The Amazing Spider-Man #798
Regular Alex Ross Cover
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this issue. In fact, I have really enjoyed this whole arc so far. It leaves me wanting more every issue! Give me more Red Goblin!
My current comic stash (recent comics from 12/4/2017 onward, old comic collection is still being stashed): CLICK HERE

What’s For Supper?
2 Yellow Squash
1 Large Onion
1 Ear Corn
3 Heads Broccoli
1 Potato

Garlic Powder
Dried Basil
Dried Dill
DirectionsCut squash, potato and onion into small squares. Cut corn off ear. Put squash, corn, potato and corn into a hot pan with 2 TBSP of butter. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried dill and dried basil. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 9 minutes. Take off lid and stir. Add Broccoli and put 2 tbsp of water over broccoli. Cover and cook another 7 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.


The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Season 8 just wrapped up on 4/15/2018 and I wanted to put down my opinions and thoughts about this season. Let me start by saying that I didn’t hate this season, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. The first half of the season was entertaining enough but the second half of the season sort of lost some steam in my eyes. I know they were hoping the death of Carl would have a lot of shock value and raise a lot of fur but it didn’t do it for me. Negan, while still entertaining at times, seems a bit overdone at this point. I’m also really not enjoying the ‘trash heap’ people and story-lines.  Also, they are severely over-playing their hand with Morgan. I do love the Morgan character but they are really pushing him too hard in the later episodes to prep him for the intro into Fear The Walking Dead.

So going into the finale episode I didn’t expect too much, nor did I really know what to expect at all. I didn’t know if they would wrap up the ‘war’ story line or if they’d just leave more hanging until next season like they have done before. Up until the finale episode the viewers has dropped steadily from 11 million viewers per episode to just over 6 million. Which is consistently lower than any other season. Anyway, back to the finale episode… I was overall pretty upset with the finale episode. It was pretty flat to be a finale. I didn’t like the set up with Maggie, Jesus and Daryl. The Negan scene was week and a bit lame. Just overall not very happy with it. This is a story for another blog but I was quite happy with the premiere of Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead.

Comic Bento July 2016 Un-Boxing

Hey guys! Thanks for taking a few minutes to check out my newest blog! Today we got our July Comic Bento box and I wanted to share it with you all! Below you can watch the unboxing video to see what we thought about the items inside!

Overall I do have to admit I LOVED this box. The comics came in fantastic condition, it was a nice mix of comics for the Robot Theme and I had a good time opening it up! And most importantly, I am excited to actually read a few of them!

If you liked what you saw you can use my referral link to order yours and it helps support this blog a little.


DC Universe Rebirth #1 (One Shot)

RebirthI decided today to jump on into Rebirth. I’m not sure to what extent I am going to immerse myself yet but I decided to start at what seemed to be a good starting point. The one shot DC Universe Rebirth. This comic was released on May 25th, 2016 and was written by Geoff Johns. I have been excited to see what this had in store for DC for quite some time but haven’t jumped in until today. So let’s jump in.

I jumped right into the pages and was almost immediately greeted by Superman, Batman and quickly after that The Flash. I was immediately impressed by the artwork of Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Gary Frank and Phil Jimenez. I quickly gobbled up Chapter 1: Lost and was in love immediately. From the internal monologue of Wally West to the creativity of using the Flash Point was brilliant. I knew right then I was hooked already.

The second chapter just kept getting me deeper and deeper immersed into the story, or the Microverse. I don’t want to reveal too many spoilers in this particular blog but the story just keeps getting better page after page. I soon reached the end of Chapter 2, yearning for more! Chapter 2 was called ‘Legacy’.

Without slowing down I jumped head first into Chapter 3. And as quickly as it started chapter 3, titled ‘Love’, had ended. We got to see Aquaman in this chapter as well as Wally West finding Linda only to find out she didn’t remember him! So is he lost forever? What’s going on?! Let’s keep reading!

I jumped quickly into Chapter 4. I will say it straight up, chapter 4 actually hit at the heart strings. I thought Wally West was a goner and when Barry saved him it really made my eyes watery. And at the end of this chapter we get to see Batman again, we are learning more about the ‘forgotten’ time. The story is getting deep, The Watchmen. That’s all I will say about that for now, but THE WATCHMEN!

Then I quickly (and sadly) jumped into the Epilogue. It had a strong few pages to solidify The Watchmen and created even more intrigue and mystery!

In conclusion, if you haven’t read this comic, you should, now. I have put a link at the bottom of this blog that you can click and buy it for only $2.99 from Amazon/Comixology. That is an amazing price for a comic, and this is a very long one too. I’m not sure how many pages there was but it was probably twice or three times the size of a normal comic. Another great thing about buying it from there is you can read it immediately. No waiting for it to come in the mail! If I understand correctly DC is going to price all the comics across the board $2.99 now, which is amazing. In any case, here is the link to purchase your copy!

News: DC Comics Rebirth

I thought I would put a list of, from my understanding, the titles that will be available during the 2 year ‘Rebirth’ of the DC Universe and alongside that put if I plan to read them. This serves as both news (in case you’re looking to find out what titles have been announced as of this blog) as well as an opinion article. So here goes:

Allstar Batman – Yes, will read
Batgirl – Yes, will read
Batgirl and Birds of Prey – Yes, will read
Batman Beyond – Probably  will not read
Batman and Batman Rebirth – Probably will read
Blue Beetle – Won’t read
Cyborg – Won’t read
Deathstoke – Probably will read
Detective Comics – Yes, will read
Flash – Yes, will read
Green Arrow – Probably will not read
Green Lanterns – Probably will not read
Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps – Won’t read
Harley Quinn – Yes, will read
The Hellblazer – Maybe
Justice League – Yes, will read
Justice League America – Won’t read
New Superman – Won’t read
Nightwing – Probably will read
Red Hood & The Outlaws – Probably will read
Suicide Squad – Yes, will read
Supergirl – Maybe
Superman – Maybe
Super Sons – Probably will not read
Teen Titans – Maybe
Titans – Maybe
Trinity – Probably will read

By my count that is 27 titles they plan to have during the 2-year Rebirth. I do see I put will read or probably will read quite a bit on there. With that many titles I may have to start a donation thing so I can buy all those and blog about them! 😉 I hear Patreon is great for bloggers but I haven’t really looked into it. I do appreciate each and every one of the 27,000+ visitors that have came and read my blog though! Which ones are you excited about?

Batman: The Killing Joke

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite comics of all time. Batman: The Killing Joke, a timeless classic written by Alan Moore. I have this in my collection as a hard cover and it’s one of the first comics I shared with my fiancee!

The comic is one of the best written comics I have ever read, the art is simply fantastic and it’s a comic that you will want to revisit time and time again. The book is a lead up to one final joke from the Joker. And it’s worth it. If you have read this comic yet, then you should, immediately! Even if you’re not really a comic fan but love Batman and/or the Joker, check it out!

Get your copy here:

Manifest Destiny – Issue 1

I decided to dive into another book by Skybound (an imprint of Image Comics) today called Manifest Destiny. It is created and written by Chris Dingess, pencils and inks by Matthew Roberts, Colors by Owen Gieni, Letters by Pat Brosseau and edited by Sean Mackiewicz. As a huge fan of The Walking Dead and since Robert Kirman is the head honcho over at Skybound I figured I would give another book in that imprint a shot. And I am glad I did.

I was drawn to the cover for this series, very well drawn, very well designed. The comic is a take on Lewis and Clark as the head to the west. But this time around they are sent by the president to basically clear the west of monsters. Most of the characters in the book (the soldiers and criminal soldiers) don’t know this, they think they are just protecting them from the Native Americans, but that isn’t the case. I found myself stopping on multiple occasions just to take in the beauty of the scenery that Matthew Roberts brings to us. The story flows nicely as well. By the end of the issue I was very glad I decided to give this book a shot. They did end up encountering a monster, a horse/man of some kind. Not much other info was given about it, but it was encountered underneath this HUGE arch that they don’t know what is.

Overall, a very good first issue that I am glad I picked up. I may decide to put this comic in my reading list, who knows. If I do I will most likely blog about it, if not, well probably not. In any case, do yourself a favor and check out this series if you are interested in the sort of thing I have talked about above. It’s only 99 cents currently on Comixology!

The Walking Dead (comic) – Issues 1 – 136

So I decided to start a blog about the comic of The Walking Dead (since I already do a show blog too). Now, based on the title you know this blog is covering a LARGE chunk of issues, so don’t expect me to discuss even a small percentage of what all has happened in the comic. This blog may and most certainly will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of the comics, don’t read this blog unless you just want the info.

Let me start by making it clear up front this is one of my favorite comics. I have only read up to issue 136 so far so I don’t know what has happened beyond that as I try very hard to not read any spoilers about issues beyond where I have read. For this blog, I am going to give my thoughts as a whole on the whole series since it’s such a large chunk of issues. Then if I do blogs for smaller groups of issues I can go into more depth for issue by issue, like I do the episodes on TV. But in any case, for this blog, here we go…

The world that started it all, The Walking Dead world. Robert Kirkman and company got me hooked from the first issue of this series by creating a world that was needed badly for the zombie genre. It was a world that was ongoing where the characters could be developed (and killed), where we weren’t rushed to hurry and get to the point. It was a world where we get to immerse ourselves into the world and image how hard it would be to survive. The series so far has dealt with a lot of topics from the walkers themselves to the people to the struggle of hunger and so on. That being said, there are still SO many things to be introduced! There are so many monumental moments in the comic so far I won’t even attempt to name them all (read them for yourself, Comixology allows you to download them and read instantly if you’re into digital comics). But I will say the current story line is dealing with the Whisperers, people that wear zombie skin and travel among the herds to stay safe with the walkers. They use the walkers to stay safe, yes, you heard me right. That is a BRILLIANT take on a way to survive in this world! There are other story lines going on such as in the most recent issue I read Carl had just nearly beaten two boys to death with a shovel. Rick’s direction is there is no need to kill anymore so this does cause quite the stir.

Overall, I really enjoy reading this comic, even though I am not 100% caught up on the issues I love it when I sit down and read a few issues to get caught up! If you aren’t reading this series, you should be. If you love the show you should read the comics as well. They do not spoil one-another and both are tremendously enjoyable.

—Other Notable Things I’m Excited About————————-
Perhaps going to read Manifest Destiny by Skybound
Man in the High Castle
Started a new novel (details later)

It’s back! The Walking Dead Season 6 Episode 1.

After what seems like forever waiting, The Walking Dead finally returned to AMC’s lineup tonight! Clearly I (and millions of others) were very excited about this return. At least this year we did have Fear The Walking Dead to sort of help bridge the gap for us (more on this in later posts). So how was it? Was it a good first episode? Read on to find out my thoughts!

First I will start with one of the main things I noticed people were whining about on Twitter tonight, the fact that a lot of the episode was in black and white. Well, I will be honest here, I think they should do ALL episodes in black and white. The reason I say this is because IT WORKED. It looked beautiful, it fit the style perfectly and it made sense. Black and white works in the comics and I think it works on the show as well, bottom line. Now let’s get into it, you may be asking yourself, did he like it or not? Yes, yes I did. You could tell in the first 5 minutes they were flexing their muscle, they were showing you the beautiful work the makeup artists are doing this year, they are showing you they aren’t afraid to put hundreds of zombies on the screen at one time while not sacrificing story. I think by the time we were 15 minutes in we were already spoiled by the fact of the show being so beautiful.

To me, in this episode, Morgan really stepped forward as one of the people I want to watch. Now, I am bias because I LOVED his character in Jericho (one of my favorite TV Shows of all time). The episode was really focused on a task at hand (and in flashback mode the events that lead up to that task). And while it did do some time jumping it was very easy to follow and very entertaining. I loved the side story line with Glenn and his crew as well, it almost feels as though he has his own zombie killing group going on, which I am all for that idea. Rick stays his typical self so no surprises there, another great performance. I did like the dynamic between Rick and Daryl in this episode, which Daryl sort of disagreeing with what Rick wants to do.

In conclusion I say this, it looks like another great start to a great season! I personally can’t wait to see what Rick and crew have in store for them this time!

—————Other Notable Things I’m Excited About—————–
The Talking Dead Starts tonight
Comic Book Men Starts next week
The Carolina Panthers are 4-0