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If you missed the boat on Rick Remender’s Fear Agent, there are two beautiful hardbacks encompassing the entire run. This series is the best kind of pulpy sci-fi: the kind that has tons of heart.

As with many shows, I was seriously living under a rock with this one.  A rock with a house on top of it … and a felled tree on top of that.

I dig Westerns.  I dig The Matrix.  And I dig Jurassic Park.  A show that seemed to combine all three was a no-brainer for a geek like me.  (I learned later it was less The Matrix and a little more Asimov … with maybe some Skynet thrown in.)

If it hadn’t been for the positive buzz this show gained in the past few months, I honestly would have passed after seeing the first three episodes.  I got what it was trying to communicate, I got how it was trying to do it … I just wasn’t into it.  Specific moments felt way too Groundhog Day-ish, and–honestly–padded out the show with a lot of fat.  Still I carried on because the finale had been described by a large part of the online community as better than good.  Dope even.

The finale telegraphed the turns, slightly before they happened. Which is good. Ideally, you want an audience to figure things out right before the characters do.  But the last turn–and ultimately the most important–could have been achieved easily with a two hour build-up instead of an entire season.  The destination just wasn’t worth the ride.

If you haven’t heard about his recent health problems, here is a link to a post from his wife, Kathleen.

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If you haven’t checked out Leslie Knope’s letter about the election, treat yo’ self.

 

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I wore a shirt like this one recently to a Renassance Fair, where someone pointed out that Superman couldn’t become president because he wasn’t born in the United States.

Annnnd lawyered.

 

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I recently finished The Further Adventures of The Joker, edited by Martin H. Greenburg.  In the past, I tended to stay away from short story collections, thinking that I just didn’t want to handle the constant rolling of the dice.  Sure, you might read one story and really dig it.  But the one right behind it may be a total stinker.  I since realized that was a very dumb thing to do, and I had to be missing out on some gems.   And because I’m the type of guy that tries to avoid doing dumb things, I decided to read The Further Adventures of the Joker.

The book came out right on the heels of the first Tim Burton Batman movie, and you still see a lot of Silver Age influence.  Not that this is a bad thing … as anybody who’s read my work can attest, I enjoy me some campy every now and then.  What did stand out to me about this book was how mature most of the stories were, especially given the time it was released.  I know, I know … Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen had already established a mature ground for this genre, but still–you just didn’t see it much.

I’m not saying everything in this book is great.  Far from it.  But there’s enough good here that–if you’re a Batman fan–you owe to yourself to check it out.

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Warning … spoilers ahead.  In fact, one could say those wanting to avoid spoilers have “no sanctuary.”

Get it?

Ahem … anyway, finally got a chance to watch this last night.  The best word I can use to surmise the episode is this: Exhausting.   Each scene escalates the tension from the one before.  And when the good guys finally get a chance to breathe, you breathe with them.

Usually the kind of slow roll stuff in this episode bothers the ever-loving crap out of me.  But I felt like it was just enough to be interesting, without going into full-on annoying.  Also, and maybe just because I didn’t give it a lot of thought, it surprised me that we eventually had two deaths instead of one.  Which is good.  A story SHOULD surprise you.  And then it surprises you again near the end when we know–because of all the “crap” that’s happened in the “crap day”–that Carl was about to lose a hand, and doesn’t.

As for Dean’s take on Negan.  What can I say? It’s awesome.  He delivers an engaging performance and manages to make me both utterly despise his character, yet I still can’t wait to see more.  For a villain, I can’t think of higher praise.

As for the deaths themselves … I don’t know.  The episode seems to be very polarizing.  Then again, good art often is.

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