A Pre-emptive pull list for tomorrow

Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #50: Fantasy novelist Tad Williams takes over the writing this issue. Maybe he can stir this book out of the crap its been wallowing in.

Birds of Prey #105: Gail Simone and Big Barda are a match made in heaven.

Ion #12 (of 12): Could Kyle die? I hope not but it’s been a helluva ride to this point.

Pick of the Week: Justice Society of America #4: This has been the most spot-on series I’ve read in a long time. Loads of fun, new characters, old characters and tons of mystery.

Shadowpact #11: Shadowpact vs. Etrigan the demon, ’nuff said.

Supergirl #15: I still maintain hope this title will be good.

The Brave and the Bold #2: Two doses of a micro-skirted Supergirl! Bonus! Plus…Hal Jordan.

Amazing Spiderman #532: Why is spidey wearin’ black again? Maybe we’ll find out some more info in the first part of Back in Black.

Ms. Marvel #13: I won’t lie. It’s the Greg Horn cover (see image below right) .

X-Factor #17: THE best X-title at the moment. New arc.
X-Men #197: Fun title with a quirky x-team (Rogue, Cable, Cannoball, Iceman, Lady Mastermind, Mystique, Sabertooth, and some part-Sentinel chick).

Well that’s it, plus anything fun I find. My wallet is hurting already.

The buck stops here!

I’m bored, and I’m at work. I’ll post those damned 10 “random/wierd things” but I’m not passing on the curse to 5 people (n.b. I doubt there are 5 people that read this….bonus points for anyone who can tell me what n.b. stands for). Ok, in no particular order.

10.) I did, at one time, watch both Gilmore Girls and the O.C. on a fairly regular basis.

9.) I’ve read every book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series (save the newest one and Path of Daggers) at least twice. For those that don’t know that is probably about 600 pages a book (on the low side).

8.) I talk to myself….a lot.

7.) I got a little teary at the end of “In Good Company”. Shut up.

6.) I think that the burning bush’s response to Moses (“I am he who is I am.”) is one of the most semiotcally fascinating sentances ever written.

5.) After studying for about an hour for my American West class during college I got so depressed and sickened by it that I gave up, threw my textbook across the room, and played video games instead. Oh sweet escapism!

4.) I’ve read parts of the OED….for fun. Great time killer.

3.) I try to make it to the comic book store every Weds for new comics. While I know I could give them a pull list I refuse to as I find the ritual of browsing the shelves somehow therapeutic.

2.) I block the vent and open my window…in the winter.

1.) I think that breakfast anytime is one the greatest creations in the history of food.

Whew! Made it. That reminds me a much lamer, slighly less creepy version of Post Secret. And I swear by all that is holy that you will never see another survey by me….ever! Later bitches.

Kicking some ectoplasmic ass….or not

So one of my favorite cartoons as a kid was The Real Ghostbusters.  It was fun, and silly, and had a great toy line.  So I’m shelving new releases last night and what do I see but Ghostbusters Season 1.  Now, don’t get excited.  It wasn’t The Real Ghostbusters, but Filmation’s Ghostbusters.  It had a monkey (named Tracey) and an evil robot ghost as the main villain…and it sucked ass.  In fact it is one of the few (if not the only) instances where adding a monkey to a concept doesn’t make it better.  So my question is: where is the season box set(s) of the Real Ghostbusters?

Little bit of trivia: J. Michael Strazynski, creator of Babylon 5, writer for Amazing Spiderman, did some of his earliest writing for episodes of the Real Ghostbusters.

Upcoming:  A review/commentary on Marvel’s Civil War (still waiting on issue 7) and DC’s Ion: Guardian of the Universe up through the penultimate issue (I haven’t talked yet about that one here).

Not only do I not know the answer I don’t even know what the question is

You have to wonder about that girl you dream about: whose face you half remember, whose touch lingers on your cheek in the morning, and whose laugh echoes in your ears upon waking; you have to wonder whether or not she exists. And, if she does, would you even recognize her at all? Sometimes I don’t know which is the scarier thought; that she does exist or that she doesn’t exist. Sometimes I also wonder if I’m delusional or romantic. Knowing myself as I do I lean towards the former over the latter. Then again that might just be my natural cyninicism towards myself leaking through.

Anyhoo, I’m currently reading Patricia McKillip’s short story collection “Harrowing the Dragon.” So far it’s been completely deserving of the praise it got from various industry sources. McKillip has a very poetic style to her writing and crafts fantasy stories more typically reminiscent of traditional fairy tales, infused with an ethereal beauty thanks to her masterful use of language, than more modern fantasy. McKillip is also a fantasy writer who bucks the “trilogy” trend, focusing her writing on tightly wrought stand-alone novels complete from beginning to end, her talent for writing this way shows in the quality of her short fiction present here.

I also recently finished Caitlin Kiernan’s “Daughter of Hounds,” a fantasy/horror story about changelings, time travel, and the nasty things normal people don’t see. Personally I enjoyed her previous book “Threshold” a bit more, but it was more directly drawn from Lovecraftian themes (unknown horrors from our ancient cosmic past persisting in the darkest spaces where human eyes were never meant to see). “Daughter of Hounds” wasn’t a bad book by any means but it lacked the creepy atmospher of “Threshold” and the more straight modern/dark fantasy themes of the book I felt didn’t play well to the lyricism present in Kiernan’s writing style.

Next I’m waiting for a book by Conrad Williams called “The Unblemished.” You can find info about it here, but finding a copy might be hard as I had to get mine off of abebooks.com. I found out about the book from the “12 Most Overlooked Books of 2006” list by Jeff VanderMeer found here on Locus Magazine’s website. At some point I’ll pobable order the Darkening Garden, also on the list, as well.

Other upcoming reads include Marvel’s Annihilation Book 1, available at your LCS this Wednesday. Ok peoples, until next time when, I promise, less sappy whining and more frustrated bitching.