Week of March 19th - Volume 1 #588
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Pokemon Guardians Rising Prerelease!
Fee: $25 entry
POKEMON LEAGUE CUP CHALLENGE Saturday 4/22!
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The first D&D Adventurers League season 6 epic premieres April 15th!
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Khundrukar held many fine implements of war in its heyday, many of them now lost to time. Clues point to some of the long dead Master Smith Durgeddin’s handy work in the service of sinister forces that bid their time deep in the Underdark. Reclaim the riches of Khundrukar from the darkness if you dare!
We've got Trigger Devils in stock!
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Tales from the Yawning Portal is now available for Pre-order!
Dread tales told in the dead of night!
When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.
Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others are some of the most popular adventures ever printed.
Jetpack is part of International Tabletop Day 2017!
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Live Free or Fight Every Monday!
Live Free and Fight Weekly!
Mondays at 4pm
Since we all meet up quite often, we thought it would be great to have a weekly meet up! If the interest grows, we may run a small brackets. We're focusing on Street Fighter V, but this will be a good place to learn to King of Fighters XIV, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, and Smash bros. Melee and 4 as well. Casual set ups galore!
Bring your set ups and your friends, we've got a lot of work to do to!
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Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)
American Gods: Shadows #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
With the upcoming TV adaptation coming our way, it was only a matter of time until someone decided to adapt Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in comic book form. Picking up the adaptation torch is Dark Horse Comics, who’ve had a long relationship with Gaiman’s work in the past. With longtime Gaiman collaborator P Craig Russell and artist Scott Hampton pitching in, American Gods: Shadows is a good adaptation for those who have never read the original novel before, but if you have, there’s not a lot of new things brought to the table.
Shadow Moon is on the tail end of a jail sentence. The idea of returning home to his wife and restarting his life has dominated his thoughts for the last 3 years he’s been in prison. But just days before he’s set to be released, Moon receives some tragic news, leaving him extremely lost, until he finds Mr. Wednesday, who’s offering a job for Shadow Moon, and will reveal things about our world that Moon could never imagine.
Shadows is one of the more straight-forward adaptations of a book I’ve ever seen. Using excerpts from Gaiman’s book as the caption boxes, Russell is able to create a comic that is really faithful to the original story. This was helpful for me, as I read American Gods about a decade ago and remember only snippets of it, but for die hard Gaiman maniacs it might make for a bit of a boring read. Not only that, but the opening page that sets up the book tells you exactly what happens before you even read the issue, and it’s much more spoilery than my description above.
Scott Hampton has a loose style that works well for the prison scenes in Shadows, but when he needs to showcase busy airports or airplanes it falls flat. Hampton’s style is simply too loose to accurately portray these aspects of the story, and while his facial expressions look great on Shadow, his Mr. Wednesday barely shows any movement when he’s supposed to be charming or menacing.
American Gods: Shadows makes me wonder what audience Dark Horse is looking for with this adaptation. Are they trying to attract the die hard Neil Gaiman fans that buy everything he writes, or are they trying to appeal to people who might want to check out the story before the show airs? Either way, this approach isn’t the best, as it ruins the main aspect of the story to new readers, and runs the risk of being too boring for those that have read it before. If you’ve never read the original story before, you’re honestly better off just picking up the novel.
The Amazing Spider-Man #25 (Marvel Comics)
Now that Clone Conspiracy has wrapped up, you’d probably think that Dan Slott would want to let Peter Parker take a little breather. Well, you’re wrong, as Amazing Spider-Man #25 features not only the start of a new, Norman Osborn-focused story line, but also features Stuart Immonen on art duties. Knowing that Immonen and Osborn is a big draw, the House of Ideas has decided to make this issue double sized, and cost you TEN BUCKS. But even with all of the extra bonus stories tacked on, is this new issue of Spidey worth the cash?
Surprisingly, yes. While a $10 price tag is nothing to take lightly, the main story here is full of a ton of awesome moments. After learning that Norman Osborn is back and operating in South America, Spider-Man and Mockingbird decide to take him down. However, Osborn has become harder to pin down, thanks to experimental plastic surgery that allows him to change his appearance at any moment, and use different decoys around the world. When the South American gang lord ends up being one of the decoys, Spidey and Mockingbird head to China to follow another Osborn lead.
Espionage is a surprisingly good fit for Spider-Man, and while I haven’t been the biggest fan of this new “Tony Stark” take on Spider-Man, it really works with this issue. Dan Slott keeps the action and momentum going from page one, and the use of Osborn and his decoys is really interesting. Not only that, but the pairing of Spidey and Mockingbird is really entertaining, and Slott playing up the idea of a possible Spidey/Mockingbird romance is something that I really hope plays out in future issues.
Much has been made about Stuart Immonen’s arrival on this title, and it definitely lives up to the hype. Immonen’s long been a favorite of mine, and seeing his art style on Spider-Man, especially in one with this much action, is really awesome. While some of his pages look a little rushed at times, the action sequences are so well done that it doesn’t even matter.
There’s a ton of extra back up stories in Amazing Spider-Man #25, and all of them are pretty skippable, except for one. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice to say I am VERY interested in where this revelation will go, and how it will impact Spidey and his core group of characters once this storyline wraps up (and how it will play into Secret Empire as well). While dropping a Hamilton on one single comic is a pretty tough pill to swallow, if you’re a big Spidey fan, it’s worth it.
THE WAUGH BAG REPORT
Volume 6, Issue 10
“Let’s Talk About X, Baby”
Yes, this is another column about Logan. But more specifically, it’s about the impact that Logan, Deadpool, and FX’s Legion show have had on the X-Men franchise at Fox. All three of these properties are wildly different, but they share three things: they’re entertaining, have a very clear vision, and are completely different from any other X-Men product Fox has produced. In an entertainment world that has valued the idea of “shared universes”, you would think that this strategy would work counter for the studio, but I honestly thing it’s emboldened them to try new things, and maybe even show Fox that there’s no need for the X-Men movies to try and copy what Marvel and Warner Bros are doing.
I mean, it’s not like Fox was doing very well at setting up an X-Men universe to begin with. I’ll spare you from reading me go through the long (and confusing) timeline of the Fox X-Men universe again, but trust me when I say that whatever ideas of a shared universe to come from X-Men: Apocalypse clearly didn’t work. After all of the good will that First Class and Days of Future Past gave Fox and First Class producer/DOFP director Bryan Singer, it was pretty quickly squandered in Apocalypse. It’s clear that Fox wanted Apocalypse to be the next installment of the new movie universe after DOFP, but too much of it just didn’t add up with the movie that came before it and the new timeline that it started.
Plus the addition of Deadpool to the franchise doesn’t help clear much up either. From a Colossus that is clearly very different from the one we saw in X2 and The Last Stand to poking fun at Origins’ use of Merc with a Mouth, it’s pretty easy to make the claim that Deadpool in no way, shape, or form is a part of the new universe. But for a character like Deadpool, that’s completely fine. Hell, it worked in that movie’s favor, as it allowed Wade Wilson to take shots at the wonkiness of the franchise’s timelines.
The latest addition to the X-Men franchise weirdness is Legion, which is a fantastic series that makes illusions to a larger mutant world without being too direct (David Haller is the son of Charles Xavier after all). But while Legion may make you wonder about how it directly ties into the movies, it’s not something that matters at all. In fact, Legion being separate from the movies benefits the show, as it allows show runner Noah Hawley to really dig deep into X-Men lore and focus on characters that people wouldn’t get the chance to see before.
Of course, I promised I’d talk about Logan, and despite probably repeating myself, the strength of that movie is just how damn bleak it is, while remaining hopeful. It’s a movie that is clearly made with a lot of input from Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold, and it’s obvious that they were given a lot of free reign to tell the story how they wanted to, and they created something that has a huge emotional impact, regardless of how many X-Men movies you’ve seen.
If Fox really DOES want to give the shared universe a real try, they could do worse than using Deadpool as the new entry point character. His movie is clearly the biggest success that the studio has had, and people really responded to Ryan Reynolds. Plus, now that Hugh Jackman is done, he’s the only star they have left. But one of the benefits of Deadpool, Legion, and Logan is that you could watch any one of these with no prior knowledge of the X-Men franchise at all. Sure, Logan may not leave as much of an impact on you that way, but you’d still be able to pick up on every major beat that’s in the movie. Maybe this singular vision method of handling the X-Men property is Fox’s new take on future movies. While they’d lose out on people who are looking for another universe or connected films, it might also be a gamble that pays off, as there are a LOT of “shared universes” being thrown at audiences now, and by making each film stand on its own, you potentially open up to a wider audience who otherwise may have been afraid that they missed out on something important from a previous movie. It remains to be seen if this is Fox’s plan, but for now I’m just happy that we have some solid non-comic X-Men entertainment again.