Friday Slice of Heaven
AMC's The Walking Dead: "Guts" S01E02 - Okay, I might as well get this out of the way and will probably end up repeating myself every week that I talk about TWD. If a new episode is on it will be in Friday Slice of Heaven, that's just how it is. I love this damn show. When it finishes its painfully short six-episode season, I fully anticipate lamenting the fact that I will be waiting for 11 months for the new season to begin. Prepare.
The second episode was of course a great tension-filled viewing experience with Rick meeting Glenn--one of my favorite characters from the comic series. The show follows the comics quite faithfully until the introduction of some new characters who accompany Glenn on his scavenging mission within the city and things go awry. This is not a bad thing. I liked the introduction of the instantly hatable, Merle Dixon, who I am certain will show up again in the near future and gives the first glimmer of the idea that "The Walkers" are the least of problems for humanity's survivors. I cannot wait for episode three.
Mission City Brawlin' Betties vs. V-Town Derby Dames - This was the third roller derby bout that I was able to attend this year and it was out of control. For the majority of the first half, the Betties were unable to be anywhere but at half the score of the Dames. They had 10 points, we had 5. They had 55, we had 27. It was weird. But then something changed in this game, which was much more brutal than the one I saw over a month ago. The Betties changed up their strategy from trying to match V-Town's aggressive blocking to relying heavily on aiding the speed and maneuverability of the Jammer to pull ahead and steadily stretch out the lead. An intensely exciting and great way to end the season with a decisive win. *Full double rainbow unrelated side note: I met someone's brown colored 8-week old Boston Terrier puppy. Charlie, a she, was beyond cute and I considered stealing her from her owner, but then again that is not a very nice thing to do.
Wolverine Weapon X: Insane in the Brain - Written by Jason Aaron with art by Yanick Paquette and C.P. Smith, published by Marvel Comics. The first four issues in this graphic novel deal with an insane doctor, who has abducted Wolverine and messes with his mind. I liked the story arc just fine, but the real gem of this TPB is the final one-issue story wherein Wolverine "seeks" out advice about a woman from his women friends. It was refreshing to see how even a man who is over 100 years old can be at a complete loss over what to do with a woman he actually cares about. His reluctance to just say what he wants, and the dancing around the subject is realistic for the character and touching at the same time. My favorite "advice" that he receives is that which he gives to himself while talking through his problem with Rogue, who never says a word on the subject. An incredibly well-written story and well worth the price to buy the whole graphic novel. Hmmmm...I wonder what kind of girl it would take for Wolverine to seek out advice from his male friends...it would probably be someone like Emma Frost or some other wild Marvel lady he should not be around messing with. Great read.
Iron Man / Thor - written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, with art by Scot Eaton, published by Marvel Comics. I have been loving the work that these two have been doing on The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Thanos Imperative and it looks like I'm going to love this new series as well. While Iron Man and Thor sift through the rubble of what was once Asgard, two immensely powered up villains, Ulik the Troll and the Crimson Dynamo, appear on the scene to cause all sorts of trouble. A third surprise villain (?) shows up near the end and heaps of trouble lurk around the corner for the heroes. I cannot wait for the next issue!
Veteran's Day Off From Work - Amy had this day off, so I decided to take the plunge and use one of my more-precious-than-gold PTO days and took the day off as well. We slept in and picked up bagels with cream cheese, tomatoes and lemon pepper with a Mocha Chip scone for breakfast while we watched the rest of the amazing Toy Story 3 on blu-ray. I need to mention that Toy Story 3 is a MUST OWN blu-ray for the story, and the amazing quality of the video...just look at detail of Lotso Huggin Bear's fur. Yes, I almost cried...I'm so sorry to all of my old toys, you're in my heart. After that I reworked my second five-page comic script based off of feedback I received from Jason Aaron--yup, that one--and began to setup having a really amazing artist illustrate my first five-page script. Then there was the three mile run in my new shoes, hanging out with Tulip and heading downtown for coffee, comic books, drinks at Paradise and dinner at Jane. I desperately needed the day off, thank goodness I took it.
Slice Into the Woods
Veteran's Day Off From Work - As glad as I was to take the day off, there was a lurking dark side to the day that affected everyone at some point. I cannot put my finger on the problem, but it was out there and it even managed to affect me for about an hour or two. It started even before I got to the comic book store and found out that they had again shorted me on my Thanos Imperative comic...the one I was looking most forward to reading. This furthered me to become pissy and annoyed, especially with the crazy people that seemed to be laying siege to State Street and getting on my nerves. Take for instance the two weird and overly outspoken recovering alcoholic older guys who sat next to Amy and I at the coffee shop. I was having enough difficulty focusing on the odd physics article that I was reading without hearing about "talkin' to bitches" and other weird inane subject matter that I could not even understand. After we left and I had a margarita at Paradise, which helped me feel much better, my friends then each proceeded to have some bad ju-ju go down. Weird, scary and I kind of think it would have been best to hole up at home and just read. Oh well, hopefully everyone--me included--is doing better.