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    The Books I Read: March – April 2022

    Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots If you’re looking for some superhero fiction, this would be an excellent place to start. This is about a henchwoman who becomes chief assistant to a supervillain because she figures out a way to really defeat heroes–in the court of public opinion. It’s all a matter of perspective–if you account for all the collateral damage they do, they end up doing more harm than good. There’s a little bit of John Scalzi’s Redshirts in here combined with Austin Grossman’s Soon I Will Be Invincible. But more to the fact, it’s “My Fair Lady”. The main woman starts at the bottom and becomes a super-villain in…

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    Is Batman the Good Lex Luthor?

    I was thinking about Lex Luthor and his quality as a villain. Cause you know, a superhero is only as good as their bad guy. We remember Joker, Thanos, Killmonger, Magneto, Venom, Vulture, and so on. No one thinks about Whiplash, Malekith, Yellowjacket, or Aldrich Killian. Lex Luthor is somewhere in the middle. He’s Superman’s primary villain, but he’s never had a real firm MO or personality. Whereas that works for the Joker, because he’s the embodiment of chaos, it doesn’t work for someone who’s essentially Donald Trump if he was the smartest man alive. On one side you’ve got the Lex Luthor who was a silly megalomaniacal real estate…

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    How to Fix Supergirl the TV Series

    I do seem to like to talk about Supergirl. So hey, why not some more. And it gives me a reason to put up pretty pictures. So Supergirl the TV series started on CBS, the network for senior citizens, then moved to CW, the network for fresh-faced teens. Went from Wheel of Fortune to Dawson’s Creek. I watched the first season and the first five episodes of the second season. I wanted to get into it, I really did. But the characters stopped me. Don’t get me wrong — Melissa Benoist is a delight. She’s like Emilia Clarke — she’s charming as hell and I’d follow her, dragons and all.…

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    Eating My Words on Wonder Woman

    Oh, look at all these words. Oh… yum… gulp… so delicious… so meaty. So good… so good to eat… so scrumptious… I’ve never eaten words as good as this before. This is delicious. Scrumpf… glomp… chew… oh so good… so satisfying… filling…can’t get enough… So in 2012, I wrote a blog about how we’d never see a Wonder Woman movie, or at least a good one. Let’s take a look at some of the points I made and why I was wrong. “…to make Wonder Woman translate to today’s audiences, you would have to alter her so radically that she wouldn’t resemble Wonder Woman anymore. … Someone’s going to leave…

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    Let’s Laugh at the Guy Who Doesn’t Know Marvel Comics (Part 8)

    Phoenix When Jean Grey died (one of the times), she was brought back somehow and became Phoenix. I guess Professor X split her mind into a light part and a dark part when they first met. Either she was schizophrenic or had a Jekyll & Hyde thing going. Anyway, now that she’s Phoenix, she can do all the psychic stuff she could before and shoot fireballs. Plus she gets these sweet fire wings. Polaris She’s the only other person with magnetic powers, so I think she’s Magneto’s daughter or wife. But I’ve never heard of her, and I wonder what “Polaris” (the north star) has to do with magnetism. Or…

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    Let’s Laugh at the Guy Who Doesn’t Know Marvel Comics (Part 7)

    Mary Jane Watson Is it possible to call a minifig hot? I don’t know… something about the black t-shirt and red hair and blue jeans really works for me. Unfortunately, she’s all distress and no damsel. You’d think that after being kidnapped so many times she’d get a gun. I mean seriously, does EVERY Spider-Man movie have to end with Mary Jane in trouble? Mister Fantastic He’s a scientist, he can stretch his body like Elasti-girl or Plastic Man, and he’s got weird gray hair. According to this game, he can turn into weird stuff like a teapot and an air traffic control tower. I believe he, along with Tony…

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    Let’s Laugh at the Guy Who Doesn’t Know Marvel Comics (Part 7)

    Kingpin Henchman What the hell kind of look is this guy going for? He’s got a yellow-orange pin-striped suit top and cowboy jeans. Did someone mix and match his top and bottom like a real Lego? I think they were trying to go for some kind of mafioso-Italian chic, but it looks more like “Dad cobbles together a costume with what’s left in his closet.” It’s almost like they were designed to be disposable. Kraven the Hunter I think this is one of Spider-Man’s enemies, but I seem to recall someone in the B:TAS stalking Batman because he was “the ultimate prey”. I find it delightfully ironic that they called…

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    Let’s Laugh at the Guy Who Doesn’t Know Marvel Comics (Part 4)

    Doombot So I guess Dr. Doom has a set of “doombots”, which must be like robot servants. Which means he knows about robotics and technology. So does that mean he’s supposed to be a mad scientist or a mad dictator? This might be the reason I’m not that thrilled with him — he’s too much like Lex Luthor. Cause inventors thrive on the accolades and praise they get from inventions. But dictators want to dominate. Anyway, cute little robots. Doombot (V-Series) Less cute.  I guess Doom needed something to take on heavy hitters like Hulk and Thing.  I particularly like the little fan thing around his neck.  Looks like a dilophosaurus…

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    Death and Further Death of Superman

    I recently read The Death and Return of Superman story arc.  Yeah, little late to the game on that one, but I’m trying to catch up.  And as I expected, it did nothing to change my opinion of Underpants Man.  All it did was remind me why I like Batman better.  Just reinforced my image of him as a proto-Captain America (who I’m not fond of either)–the ever moral boy scout.  And it’s about the only one that focuses on Superman–and not even THAT because half the story is about the other Supermen. Isn’t that sad?  “Death and Return” is the one story arc that ranks as most memorable solo…

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    The Top Three and Bottom Three of 2014

    When I rate books, I use the “desert island” test: three stars or above means “if I was stuck on a desert island and could bring infinite books with me, I’d put it on the list”. If I decide I wouldn’t bring it with me, it gets two or less. Well, this year didn’t have any one stars for finished books and very few unfinished. But also, not many five star books. I guess it was a middling year for me. That or I’m getting more critical. However, I need to recognize a certain work: “Y: The Last Man“. This, and another, were the only two things that got five…