Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 6/13/18

If you’re reading this, I survived going through 3 weeks of comics last week without handing Getch my resignation! The show must go on, after all. Now that I’m nice and caught up (mostly) we can get back to the regular weekly schedule. This week has a bunch of #1’s, although I only picked up a couple. The stand out is of course Thor #1, with Odinson having regained the mantle after the bullshit end of The Mighty Thor. Let’s jump in!

Detective Comics #982

Dang what the fuck? The story arc is over for like 5 seconds and they throw in a weird one. The issue seems to be a one-shot dealing with a villain called Blackfire. Batman remarks that he’s never been sure if Blackfire is an actual ghost or a metahuman who believes himself to be one. He gains power from people believing in him, and he’s used the city’s homeless population to capture a child for an evil plot. Batman has to track down the kid, fighting through possessed homeless people and Blackfire’s evil influence on his own mind. It’s a super weird issue that has an almost Hellboy vibe to it. The art is appropriately dark and spooky, with nightmare creatures, ,hooded figures, and one very angry ghost/meta. It’s nice to see the short cases sometimes, since so often the story focuses on big world changing stuff. Batman saves people from smaller threats as well, and that’s reflected here. He wants to save a child’s life. Not the city, not the multiverse. Just a kid. That unwillingness to abandon anyone in need in Gotham that he can help is core to the character, and revisiting that in the wake of the drama within the Bat-family is sorely needed.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Giant Size Special #2 Weeks of 5/23/18 – 6/7/18

Hey y’all! As you might have noticed, Skill Floor content has been a little lighter than usual. Our fearless leader editing bitch Getch came to our humble coast for a wedding that tied up myself, Rosa, and him. We’re in the process of getting back into the flow, and what better way to do that than to try and jam like a thousand fucking comics into one review? We’ve got all kinds of stuff, from the launch of an all new Justice League, to the continuation of my beloved Moonstruck, and the merciful last issue of Astonishing X-Men that I personally will have to suffer through.

Detective Comics #981

The “Batmen Eternal” storyline actually ended up having a really excellent final issue! The threat of Brother Eye and brainwashed Tim is resolved fairly quickly, if in a slightly anticlimactic way. However, that left a lot of room for resolving the moral and ethical problems facing the many Bat-family members. This was a really strong follow up to the way some of the moralizing was posed earlier in the story. It’s not quite a magical happily ever after, but everyone sort of talks out their issues and at least manages to get to a point where they know they can count each other even if they aren’t always close. I’m curious which members of the family the story will follow going forward. Tim and Steph are following one path, Batwoman is off on her own (and has a solo book), Batwing is taking a break, Azazel has a role in one of the new Justice League books, and Batman has the whole marriage thing coming up. Regardless, we’ll see soon what happens.

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Trash or Treasure – Volume 22

The Overnight

Hello all and welcome back to Trash or Treasure. This week I scoured through Netflix looking for something exciting and instead found 2015’s The Overnight. Starring Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling, and Adam Scott (two weeks in a row baby!), the film is about a couple that is new to LA and looking to make friends, but instead get themselves into wild sexcapades (real word, look it up). I suppose I’m now four weeks in a row for raunchy comedies (yes, Sharknado, even you too you piece of shit), so why should this be any different than those? Continue reading “Trash or Treasure – Volume 22”

Trash or Treasure – Volume 21

Trash or Treasure: Volume 21 – Bachelorette

Hey all and welcome to Trash or Treasure: Volume 21. This week we’re taking a look at 2012’s  Bachelorette, easily found on Netflix, and definitely ripe with terribleness. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan in a star-studded cast playing three friends who reunite at a wedding. The film seems like a female-version of the American Pie style movie and reminds me of the movie Rough Night (which also may appear later in Trash or Treasure) but 5 years earlier. Well, let’s get it over with.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 5/16/18

What’s up Skill Floorians, it’s another exciting pile of comics. Most notably this week features the Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla special, a farewell to Jane Foster as Thor and an opportunity for Jason Aaron to look back at the time we’ve had with her. If you read my review of The Mighty Thor #706 you know I have some feelings about this, so stay tuned for more nerd rage!

The Brave and the Bold #4

We’re nearing the end of this series, much to my dismay. This issue had very little in the way of action, especially for being close to the end, but I enjoyed it immensely. After a brief sequence dealing with the fallout of last issue’s small fight, Batman (who has added a cloak to his ensemble to look less out of place) and Wonder Woman go to speak to the murdered king’s widow. She explains that the spell of forgetfulness over their home has caused them to forget much of their history, and that the king had a series of paintings done to honor King Nuada who died in the most recent war against Balor Evil Eye. That’s why I loved this issue really. A series of gorgeous paintings and just straight up telling of myth. What else could I even ask for? From the story, Batman gains a clue, which leads to a big reveal at the end to leave us hanging. I’m still REALLY enjoying the writing on this series. I can’t believe how naturally Batman and Wonder Woman are being made to fit into Celtic myth, it’s really a feat. This issue, the art deserves really special mention. I couldn’t find an image of one of the pages in question, but a majority of the book has the paintings taking up most of the page. The painting art reminds me of Ted Nasmith, an artist who did a lot of art for Tolkien’s worlds. It’s really beautiful, and stands out even from the already excellent looking book. If you haven’t been on this series, I highly recommend grabbing it or waiting for the trade for the art alone.

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Trash or Treasure – Volume 20

Sharknado

Welcome to part two of this week’s Trash or Treasure first ever double feature where I’ve decided to treat you all (and punish myself) for being so patient for last week’s article. That’s right: I’m watching Sharknado.

Now you may be saying to yourself “but Rosa, you run Trash or Treasure, and haven’t seen Sharknado?”. Well dear reader, the answer to that is yes, but the shame ends here. It’s on Netflix, stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, and is about shark tornados that ravage Los Angeles. I’ve got the alcohol on standby – let’s go.

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Trash or Treasure – Volume 19

10 Rules for Sleeping Around

And thus I returned from the pit known as finals week and we get to return to our regularly scheduled Trash or Treasure programming. This week you’ll be getting a double feature which means two movies in one day! Lucky you (unlucky me)! The first movie for this twisted mental game is 10 Rules for Sleeping Around, a movie on Netflix who’s preview includes a dude being hit with an oar sensually. The 2013 film starring Jesse Bradford and Chris Marquette, amongst other no-names, has been seated on my Trash or Treasure list since the Hot Bot days. No time to waste, let’s forge onwards.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 5/9/18

Hey everyone, jumping right back to your regularly scheduled nonsense now that the FCBD special has passed. It’s a pretty light week, but also a balanced one with one (1) entry each in the categories DC, Marvel, and Indie. I’ll enjoy the easy week of writing, Getch will enjoy the easy week of editing, and y’all can enjoy not having me rattle on quite as long as usual. Off we go!

Detective Comics #980

“Batmen Eternal” prepares to transition over to “Rise of the Batmen” with this issue which escalates the conflict with The General, Brother Eye, and the newly brain warped Tim (Red Robin). Batman, Spoiler, and Orphan attempt to get in and control the nanites (O.M.A.C.) that have possessed many of the Colony soldiers plus Azrael and Batwing. There’s a lot going on here, obviously.

The conflict remains interesting and rooted in moral questions. For better or worse this is the idea of the Bat-family expanded to its most extreme. What does that mean for what they stand for? There’s no easy answer, and even though I’m sure the comic will end up wrapping neatly, it’s still important to bring up these questions. Cass (Orphan) and Stephanie (Spoiler) get to shine a bit which I appreciated since I’m not too familiar with them yet and need more of them in the spotlight. My major complaint is tied to them though; this book switches artists every issue or two, and the guy in charge of pencils on this one can only draw one female body. Everyone is absurdly curvy in the same skintight suit even though their shapes and costumes have (slightly) more distinction than that. It’s not a huge deal but was actively distracting in a few panels. We’re still headed toward something big, and no matter the outcome it should be pretty neat.

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Comic Wolf’s Pull Box Week of 5/2/18 – Free Comic Book Day Special

Welcome to a special and late edition of CWPB! As mentioned, Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and my store really goes all out. We had a ton of artists and vendors, plenty of guests, two small concerts, and a lot of awesome sales. This was my first FCBD working and despite the stress, it was a blast as expected. Super thankful to have been involved. Anyway, due to setup and then the day itself and then clean up and recovery from all that at the store I am behind and that’s why this is late. As promised, I’ll talk about some of the free books. Much like the Superman Specials, I’m gonna bump that up into the main content so no post-credit. You’ve already waited extra, so let’s not waste any more time on intro; to the comics!

Action Comics Special #1

After Action Comics #1000, a lot of change is coming to the world of Superman. Mostly Bendis writing Man of Steel. Anyway, creative teams are changing so a Special was put together before #1001 to let the current team wrap some stuff up. The book had three short stories. The primary one involved an enemy from the future who figured out Lois Lane’s connection to Superman and attacked her. It was a pretty tense story and was really good. The villain is all at once obvious but still interesting to see the journey to Superman figuring it out. The writing is excellent, this story being the main event from the current team. Barring AC#1000, this particular story is probably my favorite so far. There’s a second story where Lex, Lois, and Superman as Clark Kent attend the White House Correspondent Dinner. It’s mostly lighthearted and full of jokes like the real dinner, but the story is from Lex Luthor’s point of view and it sets up something significant that happened before. The last story is just a small cute story about Superman helping someone out and then also being a great husband to Lois. This whole issue feels a little redundant, given that we literally just got a big pile of short stories. However, it’s short and enjoyable enough to get a pass. Definitely worth checking out.

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Trash or Treasure – Volume 18

Trash or Treasure: Volume 18 – Emo the Musical

We exit out of Nic Cage month, and I finally get to start making real choices about what to watch for Trash or Treasure. This week, I followed a line from devoted Skill Viewer Mutiny Teddie and decided to watch Emo the Musical. The 2016 film stars no one of note (including some “page does not exists” on Wikipedia), and is supposedly about an emo kid who gets caught in between two worlds at a new school: emo kids and Christian kids. It sounds stupid as fuck and not only does it have a TV-14 rating (a good sign), I should remind you that it is a musical. Let’s forge onward into darkness.

Actually before we forge, this movie does contain some pretty dark and potentially triggering themes, and if you’re not about that, feel free to read a different Trash or Treasure to satisfy your bad movie needs.

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