lurkerwithout: (comics)
the Wicked & the Divine #30: Writer Kieron Gillen, Artist Jamie McKelvie, Colourist Matthew Wilson, Letterer Clayton CowlesFlatter Dee Cunniffe.  Odin is working on a new machine, Baal is searching for Sehkmet still and Dio is trying to get the Morrigan to let him meet with Baphomet.  Oh and Persephone is holed up with Sehkmet.

Mech Cadet Yu #1: Written by Greg Pak, Illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa, Colored by Triona Farrell & Lettered by SImon Bowland.  Who loves giant robots?  Everyone.  Everyone fucking loves giant robots.

Groo: Play of the Gods #2: by Sergio Aragones, Wordsmith Mark Evanier, Colorists John Ercek & Tom Luth & Letterer Stan Sakai.  Groo, Ahax, Taranto, Taranto's men and the religious missionaries arrive in the new land.  Full of gold and gods.

the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #23: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico RenziLetterer Travis Lanham.  Nancy kind of flirts with a nice nerdy Latverian lad.  All while everyone tries to nerd-up a solution for the failing Savage Land climate control machinery.

lurkerwithout: (Keeyoot keetom)
bike basket puppy
pooffy dogpupper derg

puppy stare
rainbow corgi
lurkerwithout: (gaming)
More of a prepatory session as we attempted to check off that missing priest bullet point before going after any of the Storm the Castle ones.  But we learned that said missing priest was probably in the castle as his sister is the evil trainer for the Grey Maidens.  So after some Keystone Cops style breaking and entering involving an alarmed door we checked our maps and our spell-load and headed for the roof of the castle.  Where exploring the uppermost level mostly what we found is the fire safety is shockingly poor.  I mean there are rooms storing skeins of whole, alcohol, a granary and oil soaked rags and deitrius all next to each other.  But no combat or encounters as yet.  Except for finding a hidden room with the ghostly remnant of the ex-king's tiefling half-brother who asked us to bring him his bones.  I'm guessing thats to set up a safe camp zone in the castle.  So next time we'll probably be 'porting down to the bottom dungeon level to try and find said bones.
lurkerwithout: (eastman)
I'm not sure if I like the war movie bits or the bleak landscape Western parts more.  Also trying to figure out where the Ape Promised Land is supposed to be.  I mean they start off in the Redwood National Forest, then supposedly cross some mountains, then a desert and end up at a big lake.  Is that Lake Powell?

Enh.  Pretty good movie though.  Harrelson's Crazy Colonel is a little over the top.  And I kind of wanted someone to point out that humans are as much an Ape sub-species as chimpanzees, gorillas or orangutans.  But I liked how the remnants of the previous movies' Ape schism were now human collaborators.  And the implication that the Sentience Formula went globally viral so it wasn't just Caesar's tribe.
lurkerwithout: (television)
7/24-7/31
Okja:  One girl's quest to rescue her mutant giant pig friend from an evil AgriBusiness and their washed-up animal show host lackey.  With assistance from an animal liberation/rights group that somehow isn't terrible.

Legends of Tomorrow s.2.  I actually started with the finale of s.1 as that was about the maximum Vandal Savage and the Hawks I wanted to deal with.  Golden Age Vixen, Steel and the Legion of Doom were a much needed replacement.  Plus the JSA, King Arthur and Jonah Hex.

7/31-8/7
the Incredible Jessica James:  Entertaining romcom with former the Daily Show correspondant Jessica Williams and the IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd.
American Ultra:  Basically What If the Jason Bourne movies were stoner comedies.  Jesse Eisenberg makes a surprisingly competent action guy, Topher Grace is unsurprisingly a super-face punchable government douchebag and even as midlevel CIA agent Connie Britton makes a great mom.
lurkerwithout: (gaming)
Went on the roommate's extra guest membership again this year, the I only managed one of the days.  On Sunday I was just exhausted and fell back asleep in the morning.  A small pity, as I'd signed up for a session of Kobolds Ate My Baby! and to try out the board game Abyss.  But Saturday was good.  Played in the GURPS: Trollhunters ongoing again.  This time I was chipper, fanatical priestess of the God of Resurections.  I kind of picture her in a Mormon suit, biking around from dungeon to dungeon, knocking on doors.  Anyway, our group went to the ruins and encountered a band of orcs, led by a troll.  A sizable portion of the orcs were downed by the groups specialized archer, until she got knocked out by a more heavily armored orc.  In preparing for the approaching troll I attempted to boost the health of the dwarf barbarian only to suffer a critical miscast.  Which turned them into a giant naked dwarf.  They gamely tried to wrestle the troll but ended up at -66 hit points.  Still alive and walking at the end of the battle, but yeesh.  Despite several near deaths (including my priestess) the group was victorious and the characters will advance to whoever runs them next.

Later in the evening I got to play the Red Dragon Inn card game.  In that the players are adventurers relaxing at a tavern, spending their loot on booze.  Each player has an adventurer deck, i was Zot the Wizard.  Another player picked Pooky the Bunny, my familiar.  The goal is to force the other players out, either by making them pass out from a combination of damage and drunkeness or by losing all your money.  I managed to help push out the enchantress, the drunken monk, the time wizard, the fighter AND my familiar.  But the shaman managed to block several turns of my attacks on him while right on the edge and come from behind to win.
lurkerwithout: (comics)
Lobster Johnson: Mangekyo: Story by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, Art by Ben Stenbeck, Colors by Dave Stewart & Letters by Tonci Zonjic.  The return of possessed demon monkeys!

Heroines #3: Creator/Script/Art Ted Naifeh & Letters Taylor Esposito.  Jones' back-story and Marcy learns more about her team's benefactor.

Giant Days #29: Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney CogarLetters by Jim Campbell.  Esther vs. Emila for lit-nerd dominance.

Knights of the Dinner Table #245: E-i-C Jolly R. Blackburn & Devlopment Team Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer, Brian Jelke & Barbara Blackburn.  Brian's plan for the Warhouse Spree almost comes to a damp, crashing failure but is ironically saved by diplomacy and surprise hirelings.

lurkerwithout: (eastman)
Between Leon: the Professional & the Fifth Element Luc Besson has earned a lifetime's credit with me.  But his latest scifi extravaganza is..just not good.  Parts of it are good.  Imagery, setting, weird aliens, cute aliens, goofy background people, Rhianna.  But the story doesn't really come together.  Which isn't helped by the meandering into sidequests of the plot.  And Dane DeHaan's character is both shallowly written and inconsistent in motivation.  And the only other thing I've seen Ms. Delvingne in was the twenty minutes I managed of Suicide Squad, but she is pretty terrible here.

But mostly its the way that the plot will pause to insert some secondary action sequence to showcase something cool.  See Sgt. Laureline Fetches a Psychic Jellyfish.  Rather, than say, just go to where her partner went off-line and start searching for him.  Or Maj. Valerine Meets Rhianna.  Rather than just sneak into the Froggy Aliens castle to rescue his partner (who goes from unstoppable bad-ass to damsel real easy).

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Shutter #30: Writer Joe Keatinge, Artist Leila Del Duca, Colorist Owen Gieni & Letterer John Workman.  The End.
Saga #45: Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughan & Letters & Design by Fonografiks.  Ghosts of Children Not To Be and Pro-Life Bandits.
Savage Dragon #225: By Erik Larsen with Letters by Chris Eliopoulos, Colors by Nikos Kovtsis & Flats by Mike Toris.  Anniversary issue featuring Mr. Glum!  And Darklord!  And the Dragon Family!  And Freak Force!  And people injecting themselves with Dragon blood and then exploding in a SPUT!

The Damned: Ill-Gotten #3: Written by Cullen Bunn, Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Colored by Bill CrabtreeLettered by Crank!

Lumberjanes #40: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  Stupid ol' trickster fox spirits.  And the end of Parent's Day.

Doom Patrol #7: Writer Gerard Way, Artist Michael Allred, Colorist Laura Allred & Letterer Todd Klein  Stupid ol' the Chielf, why you gotta be such a stupid ol' the Chief?

lurkerwithout: (Keeyoot keetom)
hyena spottedHappy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] wookiemonster

pangolin momhyena striped
rhino calf
tamandua mom
lurkerwithout: (gaming)
The original plan for this session was to investigate a missing high priest and possible ally.  Instead we learn about a black dragon flying over the city.  So we go to check on that instead.  Yep, big ol' black dragon.  With a rider who we identify as the leader of the Grey Maiden guards and a confidante of the queen.

In the ensuing fight they both fight very..well poorly.  The dragon lands and keeps moving around, not using full attacks, its breath weapon or spells.  And the fighter only attacks to subdue.  Still, with the dragon's high spell resistance, mirror images and armor class its still going slowly.  Eventually the dragon kicks off its rider and attempts to go full out.  But before it can go into full devastation mode Krogar finishes it off.  The lady fighter (Elona, Elena?) surrenders and so we disarm, blindfold and fly her invisibly back to our current base camp.  After some interrogation we learn more about the remaining major NPC baddies, some of the summoned devil support and some partial maps of the castle.  Plus Captain Ex-Girlfriend is willing to change sides, join the rebels and even testify (in whatever legal court the rebels plan on using) on the crimes of the queen.

So dragon bullet point marked off, Grey Maiden bullet point partially marked off and me and the witch get vials of dragon blood to try and blood transcription some new spells from.  And Terry the Cleric didn't even die!

lurkerwithout: (eastman)
The mostly autobiographical story of comic actor Kumail Nanjiani meeting his future wife Emily.  The twist of the clash of cultures vs. love romcom is that during the break-up portion of the story Emily is in a medically induced coma.  So Kumail gets to navigate the whole personal growth and family confrontation while worried the woman he loves might die. Which, no real spoiler as she co-wrote the movie, she doesn't.  But still very touching and funny.
lurkerwithout: (television)
20th Century Women - good cast, barely there story, mildly funny, touching ending with a Where Did Everyone End Up.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust - best bit was probably the one involving puppy crucifixion.

Mr. Robot s.2 - less of a total head fuck than the first season (even with the reveal as to where Elliot actually was for half the season) but darker in some ways.  Grace Gummer was a great addition as FBI agent Dom.  Also more B.D. Wong as Whiterose.
Little Witch Academia s.1 - cute bit of anime fluff.

lurkerwithout: (comics)
Bitch Planet Triple Threat #2: Che Grayson & Sharon Lee De La Cruz; Danielle Henderson, Ro Stein & Ted Brandt; Jordan Clark & Naomi Franquiz.  More BP world-building shorts.
Invincible #138Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler Ryan Ottley, Inker Mark Morales, COlorist Nathan Fairbairn & Letterer Rus Wooton.  The Vitrumite Civil War continues with more mass carnage.

Aliens: Dead Orbit #3: Story, art & lettering James Stokoe.  Stokoe is just the best.  Here he shows himself the best at drawing and writing space station workers dealing with xenomorphs.

lurkerwithout: (Keeyoot keetom)
bun goes shopping

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spring bun 2spring bun
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April:
Short Fiction:  Jo Walton's a Burden Shared & Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's Cutting Corners.

New Read:  Joe Hill's the Fireman.  Apocalyptic-Dystopia involving self-combustion plague.
  • Joanne Harris' Jigs & Reels.  Anthology, decent not great.
  • Richard Castle's Driving Heat.  I actually bought like 4 or 5 more of these at once, all fairly cheap e-editions.  But this was the only one I finished as I just got bored with the series.  Kind of like how I skipped the final season or two of Castle.
  • John Wick's Daughter of Fate7th Sea tie-in novel I got for free as part of kickstarter-ing the new edition of the rpg.  Pretty good and like the better tie-in novels makes me want to play the game (again).
  • Ian Thomas Haley's the Bulletproof Badge.  Short fiction collection that ties into Haley's "Just Cause" supers series.
  • Poul Anderson's Midsummer's Tempest.  Combo Shakespeare fanfic and Roundhead English Civil War historical romance.
  • Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking.  I think this was Fisher's last memoir.  Funny if dark, like her.
  • Michael Swanwick's Not So Much, Said the Cat.  Another short story collection, all very good.

Reread:  M. Magdalene's Curvy vol.1-3.  This nekkid magical adventure webcomic is actually finishing up right now.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Faith Erin Hicks/Jordie Bellaire's the Nameless City: vol.2: the Stone Heart
  • Kristen Gudsnuk's Henchgirl
Total:13


May:
Short Fiction:  Allen Steele's Sanctuary Ramsey Shehadeh's Red & Rich Burlew's How the Paladin Got His Scar

New Reads: Adam Christopher's Standard Hollywood Depravity.  I keep trying and yet something about Christopher just never clicks with me.  This one is robots + noir + free will issues = ennh.
  • T. Kingfisher's Jackalope Wives & Other Stories.  Anthology of Ursula Vernon short fiction.
  • Marko Kloos' Fields of Fire.  Mission to Mars!
  • Walt Boyes/Bjorn Hasseler (ed) Grantville Gazette vol. 68-70
  • Megan Abbott's You Will Know Me
  • Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling (ed)  Black Swan, White Raven.  One of several of their fairy tale short fiction anthologies.
  • Avery Duff's Beach Lawyer.  Sometimes you just want to try stuff outside your normal wheelhouse.  And sometimes that just means reading an ok legal thriller full of lying liars who lie.
  • Foz Meadows' a Tyranny of Queens.  Sequel to An Accident of Stars and hopefully not the last visit to the setting and characters.
  • S.J. Delos' Some Kind of Hero.  Reformed villain supers fic.
  • Ian Thomas Healy's Just Cause Stories vol. 2 & Jackrabbit: Big in Japan.  The humor in this second Jackrabbit book feels a bit forced.  Especially the older ladies lust for Jackrabbit bits.
  • Joan Aiken's the Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Reread:  Terry Pratchett's the 5th Elephant, the Truth, Nightwatch, Going Postal, Thud!, Monstrous Regiment, Making Money, Unseen Academicals, Snuff & Raising Steam.  Just went on a big Pratchett binge to start off May.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Ben Fleuter's Sword Interval vol.1
  • Kieron Gillen/Salador Larroca/Leinel Francis Yu's Darth Vader: the Shu-Toran War
  • Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larroca's Darth Vader: vol.2: Shadows and Secrets.  Gillen and company's Darth Vader series was really, really good.  Successfully works with an evil lead and one who's early and final story has already been set.
  • Ryan North/Erica Henderson's the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.  Squirrel-Girl beats up everyone!  Even Squirrel-Girl!
  • Chris Claremont/Brent Anderson's  X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills

Total:28



June:
Short Fiction: Jessica Reisman's Bourbon, Sugar, Grace & Shira Glassman's Knit One, Girl Two.

New Read: Seanan McGuire's Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day, Every Heart a DoorwayVelveteen Vs. the Seasons.  The first is about ghosts and moving on.  Then the start of her new-ish "Wayward Children" series about kids who travel to magical worlds (and sometimes come back) and the last is the latest collection of her "Velveteen" stories.
  • R.J. Ross' Rocky Road.  More "Cape High" popcorn.
  • Maggie Stiefvater's the Raven Boys & the Dream Thieves.  Modern fantasy centered around the search for sleeping Welsh king in Virginia.
  • Ellen Klages' Passing Strange.  1940s San Francisco lesbian counter-culture with a dash of magic.
  • Chuck Wendig's Thunderbird.  Latest "MIriam Black" book.  With south-western doomsday prepper cult.
  • Charlie N. Holmberg's the Paper Magician, the Glass Magician & the Master Magician.  Enjoyable, if a little slight, trilogy of magical historical/romance/adventure.
  • Karen Diem's Human.  Second of her "Arca" supers series.
  • Sharon Lee/Steve Miller's the Gathering Edge.  Most recent "Liaden" book.
  • Rachel Manjic/Sherwood Smith's Rebel.  Third of their "the Change" books.  Still the best Gamma World game setting.
  • V.E. Schwab's a Darker Shade of Magic
  • Pen & Cape Society (ed) the Good Fight 3: Sidekicks

Reread
: Michael Stackpole's  X-Wing: Rogue Squadron; Wedge's Gamble; the Krytos Trap & the Bacta War.  One of my favorite bits of the Star Wars 90s EU book line.
  • Jeffrey Brown's Incredible Change-Bots Two.  I know I'd read this before but everything about it seemed unfamiliar.
  • Kate Beaton's Never Learn Anything From History
  • Rick Remender/Daniel Way/Marjorie Liu's Punisher: Franken-Castle.  This is exactly the kind of crazy that I like to see when mixing Punisher with a supers setting.

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs
:  Christopher Hastings/Irene Stychalski/Gurihiru's the Unbelievable Gwenpool: Head of M.O.D.O.K.  Hasting's is a great comedic writer and I just adore Gurihiru's art.
  • Brandon Montclare/Amy Reeder/Marco Failla's Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur: Cosmic Cooties.
  • Jason Aaron/Kieron Gillen/Mike Deodato/Salvador Larroca/Mark Brooks' Vader Down.  Vader is just super scarily competent in this one.  Like end of Rogue One scary.
  • Kieron Gillen/Salvador Larroca/Juan Gimenez' Darth Vader: vol.4: End of Game.
  • Faith Erin Hicks' the Adventures of Superhero Girl (Expanded Edition).  Just enough new material for me not to count this as a reread.
  • Ben Aaronovitch/Andrew Cautmel/Lee Sullivan/Luis Guerrero's Rivers of London: Body Work
  • Mike Maihack's Cleopatra in Space: the Golden Lion.
  • Rick Remender/Jerome Opena/Matt Hollingsworth's Seven to Eternity: vol. 1: the Godwhisperers.  I know this new Remender series gets a bit of positive buzz, but it didn't connect with me at all.
Total: 32
lurkerwithout: (television)
Haven s.3:  Only got thru thing for last week, which is only the mid-point of the series but feels like it could be a final season.  Mostly because many of the major mysteries are basically resolved.  The barn, the Colorado Kid and Aubrey's reincarnations.  Plus the season's main villain the Bolt-Gun Killer aka the Skinwalker.  Also, Duke actually remembers he has a kid (even if he never brings up his recently deceased wife).  I do hope that in s.4 Vince & Dave get some consistent motivation though.
lurkerwithout: (comics)
Groo: Play of the Gods #1: By Sergio Aragones, Wordsmith Mark Evanier, Colorists John Ercek & Tom Luth & Letterer Stan Sakai.  New Groo, same one-joke and continuing to riff on religion.

The Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl #22: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Maureen, Tippy and Nancy win a trip to the Savage Land.  Dinosaurs, rowr!

Bug! The Adventurers of Forager #3: Storyteller Lee & Michael Allred, Colorist Laura Allred & Letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot.  This issue's Kirby Cameo, Atlas the Great!

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