Week of May 29th Volume 1 #598
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Japanese Trading Card Games invade Sunday Afternoons at Jetpack Comics!
Do you love Japanese Trading Card Games? So do we! We couldn't be more exited to bring you the latest HOT series of events at Jetpack, JTCG Sundays!
- Sunday JTCG Events Starting 5/21!
- Cardfight Vanguard? You know it. 12:30pm $5 entry
- Pokemon? Well duh. 1pm $5 entry
- Yu-Gi-Oh!? Yup. 2:30pm, $5 entry.
- Force of Will? Absolutely. 4pm FREE
- MORE? Much more on the way!
We aim to bring you a FULL day of your favorite games from the East, and provide a tight-knit community experience for fans of everything Anime and JTCG'S. We'll be bringing you HUGE events (like our semi-annual, 50+ player Cardfight tournament series!), tons of bonus prizes, and demo's of upcoming games from across the Pacific! Stop by and win a full days worth of prizes for every game, or pick and choose your favorites to compete in. It's up to you!
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STAR WARS: DESTINY THIS WEEKEND!
Star Wars Destiny
We will have a time limit of 35 mins as is standard per tourney suggestion.
Don't like what team you put together, just swap out some cards in between matches and fine tune your deck!
Ranking for prizes will be based on clicks of damage dealt.
Buy-in is $10 and a Prizes awarded from a current OP kit.
No resource, relics or battlefield conditions. No colossal retaliation. ATAs are good.
After the first 3 players signed in as going, all others will play head to head or battle royals and participation prizes giving out!
Avengers/ Defenders war release day OP!
Bring one clix figure up to 150pts. and buy one booster ( your choice) and build a 300pt. team to compete in a 3 round swiss style event for the LE Man Without Fear clix!
1st and fellowship gets the prize!
Buy-in= One 5 fig booster pack or 5 Gravity feed packs.
FEELING FIDGETY AND NOT SURE WHAT TO DO?
Who can say how these Fidget Spinner things got their start or why people love them so much, but they do. We've got the largest selection of fidget spinners in the seacoast with more arriving daily. They sell fast so if you see one you like you better grab it because it will be gone next time you come in. Looking for a special one we don't have? Stop back tomorrow because the selection changes fast.
Free RPG Day is coming up!
Its that time of year again, Free RPG Day is just around the corner and this year it is bigger than ever!
On Saturday, June 17th don't miss your chance to try some of the coolest new tabletop roleplaying games on the market today!
The Schedule so far:
- Numenera: The Spire of Hunting Sound
- Conann:The Pit of Kutallu
- Time Watch: Font of Knowledge
- Pathfinder: Aethera Campaign Setting
- D&D Epic: Hectacomb ***Please note, this is an Adventurer's League module and you MUST have an a.l. legal character of levels 11-20!!
- Pathfinder: Aethera Campaign Setting
Magic the Gathering Hour of Devastation Prerelease
A $20 PRE-RELEASE & $90 BOOSTER BOXES
- Midnight 7/07 (actually 12:01 am 7/08) (sign up starts at 11:00 pm 7/07)
- Noon 7/08 (sign up starts at 11:00 am 7/08)
- 6:00 pm 7/08 (sign up starts at 5:00 pm 7/08)
- Noon 7/09 - TWO HEADED GIANT so bring a partner (sign up starts at 11:00 am 7/09)
- 5:00 pm 7/09 (sign up starts at 4:00 pm 7/09)
MTG: HOUR OF DEVASTATION BOOSTER BOX SALE
Pokemon League Cup comin' up!
Pokemon League Cup
Join us for a Standard Legal Pokemon TCG League Cup!! Win special promo cards, store credit, exclusive playmats, and championship points toward the Pokemon World Championships!! Deck list is required, you can print your own at http://pokegym.net/decklist/
See you there!!
Pokemon TCG Burning Shadows Prerelease
Join us and play the newest expansion of the Pokemon TCG before it hits the shelves!! Each player gets a special prerelease deck box, prerelease promo, and 7 packs altogether of the newest expansion. Players that do not stay for the event get 4 packs instead of 7. This is a great event for beginners or players who are nervous about competitive play-- there are no losers in this tournament! Everyone gets the same thing.
You don't have to bring anything to play with us but we do suggest having 40 sleeves or buying some with us to protect your shiny new cards.
Starfinder is coming and now is your opportunity to secure your copy of the core books on release day!
Set thousands of years in Pathfinder's future, Starfinder is a stand-alone roleplaying game evolved from the Pathfinder rules and designed to bring you a whole new universe of science fantasy adventures. Play alien races both new and familiar as you explore the mysteries of a weird galaxy. Will you be an android assassin fulfilling corporate contracts, or a plucky ratfolk mechanic? A spellhacking lashunta technomancer, or a rakish human pilot? Uncountable worlds are waiting for you and your intrepid crew!
Don't miss out on your first chance to play the game on Free RPG Day this year! Schedule will be posted soon!
Jetpack's Upcoming Events
New Comics Coming out May 31st!
FREE AT THE MEGASTORE ON WEDNESDAY
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with some hoops to jump through
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NEW TRADES / HCs / COLLECTIONS / BOOKS / ETC
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Jon's Righteous Comic Reviews (or you name this column chum)
Venom #150 (Marvel Comics)
Now that Eddie Brock is back in the symbiote, it’s time for a super sized special. With Venom reaching 150 issues thanks to Marvel’s method of renumbering series but still counting them so long as they can charge an extra couple bucks when the time is right, the Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval series is poised to finally get on track after a few aimless opening issues. Ever since it was revealed that Eddie Brock would be returning as Venom, it seemed like the entire book just kind of came to halt. We all knew that Eddie Brock was coming back, so paying any attention on the new guy seemed like a waste of time.
With Brock back in control of the symbiote, Mike Costa’s script is invigorated with awesome throwback fun that will instantly appeal to readers who remember Venom’s 90’s anti-hero heyday. Much of the main story is just Eddie Brock reacclimating himself to the symbiote, and going out on a patrol that brings him into conflict with Mac Gargan, who’s back as the Scorpion and looking to settle a score. It’s not the most Earth shattering of plots, but it serves as a great way to set the stage for this (other) new direction for the character.
While Gerardo Sandoval typically handles the art duties for Venom, the main story is handled by The Strange Talent of Luther Strode’s Tradd Moore. While I’ve enjoyed Sandoval’s art on the title, Moore blows him out of the water with this issue. The exaggerated anatomy and crazy action that are Moore’s trademarks are perfectly suited here. You’ll be salivating over his take on Eddie Brock’s transformations into Venom. There’s not a bad panel in sight from Moore, and he’s so good that you’ll wish he would stay on for more than this one issue.
Venom #150 features two additional back up stories, and while only one of them is necessary, they’re both really fun and reflect on the character’s history. Even better, this comic will cost you only an additional $2, as opposed to the usual $10 “special issues” that Marvel has been pumping out lately (looking at you, Deadpool). For lapsed fans or new ones, Venom #150 is a worthy purchase.
Batgirl #11 (DC Comics)
It seems like Batgirl has been on the sidelines for much of DC’s Rebirth line. She hasn’t featured prominently in Batman, Detective Comics, or All Star Batman, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t big things happening in Barbara Gordon’s corner of the DC universe. With the finale of the “Son of the Penguin” storyline, Hope Larson and Chris Wildgoose bring us another solid issue for Babs.
With the Penguin’s son Ethan moving forward with his plan to kill his father, Barbara Gordon is at a crossroads. Does she let him kill The Penguin, or protect him? You can probably guess what option Babs takes, and while it would’ve been interesting to have a little more inner conflict, the issue needs to wrap things up, so it’s not all that surprising that Barbara Gordon ends up protecting Penguin. The final battle between Batgirl and Ethan is also a bit of a let down, but Hope Larson’s script does have some pretty excellent dialogue (even though some of it seems like it will be dated in about 2 years).
Chris Wildgoose’s art is perfectly suited for a book like Batgirl. His style is the right mix of cartoony and realistic, and he really excels at making Batgirl move with the style and grace that you’d expect from someone who’s been trained by Batman would. The one negative about Wildgoose’s art is that some of the characters tend to look the same at times, which can lead to some confusion if you’re not paying attention.
Batgirl’s “Son of Penguin” storyline started off pretty compelling, but ended up being over a little too quickly. That being said, it’s still a solid storyline that shows how great a character Barbara Gordon is, and is a great comic for the younger readers in your lives. As long as Batgirl stays consistent, it’ll remain one of the better sleeper hit books in DC's stable.
THE WAUGH BAG REPORT
Volume 6, Issue 19!
“Return to Twin Peaks”
SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING TWIN PEAKS!!
After 25 years, David Lynch’s weird masterpiece Twin Peaks is back. As a relative newcomer to Agent Dale Cooper’s investigation into the murder of Laura Palmer (I only watched the series about two years ago, and just watched Fire Walk With Me a few days ago), I wasn’t aware of the weird cultural phenomenon that was Peaks when it was first airing. But what does strike me is how mainstream America latched onto the series, which has not only one of the strangest narratives of all time, but also looked like nothing else on television either. Almost every episode of the series was a mini art house film, with odd angles, cuts, and performances. But despite all of this, Twin Peaksbecame a major phenomenon without the aid of Twitter, Facebook, or any kind of viral marketing campaign. And now, 25 years later, we’re finally getting some resolutions to the cliffhanger ending that audiences were left with 25 (or fewer) years ago.
Well. Kind of. You didn’t expect David Lynch to be completely clear cut in his story, did you? Like the show it’s picking up from, Twin Peaks: The Return is a long, strange, and trying two hour premiere. Looking for Audrey Horne? Sorry, not this episode. What about Shelly? Well, fast forward to the last 10 minutes. Dale Cooper? Oh yeah, he’s there, but not in a way you expect at all. Hell, Leland and Laura Palmer even make an appearance in the instantly iconic Black Lodge.
The first two episodes of Twin Peaks are Lynch at almost peak weird. The first hour features very little of what we’ve seen in prior Twin Peaks episodes, so those looking for answers or references right away will be very disappointed. In fact, this new series seems to have more in common with Firewalk With Me’s all over the place narrative than with the original series’ focus on a mystery and the weirdo characters that live in this Northwestern town. But if you stick around, things do start to get clearer (well, in Lynch’s definition) by the second hour.
Here’s what I’ve been able to figure out. Dale Cooper has been trapped in the Black Lodge for 25 years. During this time, his Doppelganger (which in fact is the demonic entity Bob) has been running amok, committing crimes with a group of local thugs (he’s also got a sweet mullet that Kyle McLachlan somehow pulls off). At the same time, The Log Lady has been telling Deputy Chief Hawk that her log is telling him that “something is missing”, and has connections to Dale Cooper’s mysterious disappearance.
But that’s what’s easy to figure out. Less easy to decipher is the unnamed kid working for a mysterious company in New York City that has a giant glass box that they’re paying him to watch, who then is murdered when a mysterious figure manifests inside of it while he’s about to have sex with a girl (just go with it). There’s also another subplot in the first hour that follows a murder that is linked to Matthew Lillard’s high school principal Bill Hastings, which may be the work of either Bob, or DoppleDale, or some other demonic entity. There are some minor clues (maybe) in the second episode that play into what we see in the first hour, but right now we’re left with more questions than answers.
Typically this kind of thing would drive me insane, but with David Lynch you kind of need to accept that not everything is either A) going to make sense, or B) going to be answered. However, as much as there are some really weird, long sequences that seemingly are there to pad out the two hours; we do get some answers behind what has happened to Agent Cooper over the past 25 years. While we only get a peak into what Cooper’s existence has been like (has it felt like he’s been sitting in the Black Lodge for 25 years? Does time move faster there, or slower? Time definitely passes, since both Cooper and Laura Palmer have aged), it’s at least nice that David Lynch and Mark Frost didn’t draw that aspect out. For as much as there are parts of these two episodes that test your patience, there are answers waiting for you at the end of these two parts.
A lot of people are going to be annoyed by this premiere. Entertainment has changed in incredible ways since Twin Peakswent off the air. People now are able to binge watch the entirety of the original Twin Peaks in a week if they feel like it, so it’s no surprise that the slower pace of these two episodes might annoy the hell out of them. But at the same time, David Lynch knows what he’s doing, or at least believes in what he’s doing. And for as weird as these opening episodes are, there’s something undeniably compelling about them. You keep watching to see what Lynch and Frost have next up their sleeves. It could the thing that brings everything together, or something that throws another monkey wrench into the theory you were building that you knew was right.
It’s clear from these two episodes that Twin Peaks: The Return is David Lynch, unfettered by the rules of a major TV network, audience expectations, and even Twin Peaks itself. Where will we go in the next few episodes? Will we get any answers or resolutions for our characters? The answers may fulfill, annoy, or enrage us, or not be there at all. Either way, Twin Peaks is back baby. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.