In which anticipation for the Avengers pays off

The Avengers has come and gone for me. Color me disappointed. Not in the film itself,it was everything I wanted it to be. The banter was there, the characterizations were there and the spectacle, oh the spectacle, was there. But what’s disappointing is that now it’s over, I’ve seen it and wonder, what’s next.

The Avengers movie was a dream in the waiting for me. Sure, I’m 45 now, but I distinctly remember as a kid wanting to see real live superheroes. Those old Marvel cartoons and Super Friends were great, but as a little kid I just knew superheroes were out there. Growing up, wanted to go to New York City so bad. Why? Just to catch a glimpse of Spider-Man swinging through the city. I knew he was there and if I could just get my Dad to take me, it would be the highlight moment of my young life. Alas, it never happened and a dream was deferred.

Later, there were some live action TV shows featuring superheroes. There was Spider-Man. Good show, not great. But Spidey’s webs in that show, classic. Those weren’t webs baby, they were some serious ropes. And I don’t recall it clearly but I don’t think we ever saw webswinging in those shows. Wall crawling, sure. But no swinging. There was, of course, the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno Hulk series. While I remember the Lou Ferrigno Hulk stuff in that show what always stood out to me was how very sad David (huh?) Banner’s life was. Not much superheroics when you’re all weepy at the end of the show. There were more: Thor, Daredevil, Captain America, etc. But none of these were really great. I guess the technology of the era wasn’t up to the challenge. So again, a dream deferred. (And yes, I know I’m not talking about Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman – buy hey, I’m a Marvel guy).

But then, in 2002 everything changed. Spider-Man was brought to the big screen and they let a geek do it. Spider-Man was everything I wanted to see when I was a kid. I had to wait until I was 36 to see it but there it was. Wall crawling and web swinging! And everything kind of spiraled out from there. So it was all good (well not Daredevil or Elektra but still, progress). Then someone at Marvel remembered the two things that made Marvel Comics so good back in the sixties. Real characters and a shared continuity. Iron Man hinted at this in 2008 with a small clip at the end of the credits when Nick Fury tells Iron Man about the Avengers Initiative. Be still my geeky heart. Were they really going to try this? Were they really going to make an ensemble superhero movie? And every movie Marvel made subsequently held out that promise.

I won’t lie, I have been looking forward to seeing The Avengers, not since 2008 but since about 1978. That small, quiet kid who so desperately wanted to be something more, to be special, wanted to see that opportunity for superheroics held out to him. He wanted to know it was possible for superheroes to exist. And Marvel finally provided that, 30 years later.

But, as with all things so eagerly anticipated, they eventually arrive. Sometimes those things are everything you hoped they would be, and sometimes they are not. But either way, they have occurred. And that, it seems to me is the real problem with anticipation. Be it for superhero movies or life changes eventually that moment will come. And then you have that “now what do I do moment?”. Personally, I’m facing that “what do you do now” moment with my career. I think the correct response is to live in the moment and know you’ll make the right decisions that will ultimately take care of the future. Hopefully I’ll be as successful as Joss Whedon and Marvel as I make my decisions.

In Which I Ponder the Future of Dungeons and Dragons

Twice a month I play in a Savage Worlds Rippers Campaign. I rarely play Role-Playing Games (RPGs) outside of D&D so this is a pretty new experience. (For the curious I play a Victorian Banker by Day and monster fighter by night named Silas Barclay.) What makes it work is the DM (who I’ve spoken about before) a good group of players and lots of imagination.

After a good night of role-playing (the only fight we had was with an animated feather, seriously). We discussed the latest news, rumors and innuendo about DND Next (i.e. the next edition of the Dungeons and Dragons game). You can search the web for all the juicy bits, but the point of the discussion is what we want from the next release. As I sit here as a MidLife Geek with two kids, a wife, church commitments, work commitments and a whole bunch of other stuff going on, what I want is simplicity and support.

So what does that mean exactly? Well, for me, what I’d like to see is a fairly simple rule set and play. Right now I run a game for a group of friends. We get together once a month to play for about 6 hours. During that time we get to play maybe 4 encounters. Why? The pace of the battles is just slow. Lot of powers, lots of effects and lots of decisions drags things out. Is it fun? Absolutely. Do I wish we could do more? Absolutely. From what I’ve read, the designers of the next edition share my goal for simplicity and straightforward play. I really hope so. My players get more battles and role play opportunity. They level faster (maybe?). And they get to do a lot more in the brief time we have together each month.

Beyond simplicity, what else do I want? I want content. As much as I want to create worlds and adventures I just don’t have time. So what I need to enjoy the game from my side of the screen is content. And by content, I mean adventures. It seems to me (and I really came on with 4e) that Wizards has generated tons of content that is useless to me. As a DM, what I want is the ability to plug and play. I want adventures, encounters, maps and minis all packaged up and ready for me to go. I’d pay willingly for this stuff. I can customize and what I need from a pre-established base but give me a world and things to do in it.

We also discussed something which I think is very important for Wizards of the Coast (owner of Dungeons and Dragons for the uninitiated). Once you get D&D Next released, stop making new editions and rule sets. Seriously, just stop. I get that you have a business that requires a new product to be released to generate profits. But after D&D next you have at least 5 editions of the game out there. Why don’t you build your business around generating content for those editions? You can grow your market by reducing the barriers to entry for the new player and new. Make it fast and easy to jump in at any point with any group. Develop more content; envision the worlds that not all of us can. Develop tools to make it easier and quicker to DM and play. That’s how you open things up. I think a lot of people just get turned off by the level of work they need to do to prepare.

It’s just my two cents, but it’s the two cents of a guy who desperately wants to play within the confines of a life that doesn’t allow for it.

In which I tap back into my creativity.

A couple of years ago I noticed something while watching Mumford and Sons perform on the Grammys. Specifically it was the energy of their performance and the pure enjoyment they seemed to derive from it. Now it’s something I always watch for in live performances. It’s not always there, but when it is, it creates in me a desire to experience that joy of creativity and performance.

There was a time in my career which required me to rely heavily on creativity. Early on I moved from an Operations role to a Sales role. While I knew the products, I had no Sales training or experience. I wouldn’t get any for while either. I was just kind of thrown out there.  So I made it up as I went. When I hit the road, it was just me and my customer. And it was exciting. Each call required subtle variations in my performance.  In many ways I was on stage and using my creativity to succeed. And within that creativity I felt energized.

And I did feel like I had an audience. That audience provided feedback that was immediate and, often, direct. I was performing and their gestures, body language and other responses told me exactly how I was doing. I could use that feedback to gain better results on both that sales call, and the next. Over time I became very good at reading my audience and then very good at Sales.

But, over time, you know what you need to do and the creative demands on you to do it are less. I also got promoted and placed further away from the customer. Management requires its own kind of creativity but it certainly didn’t have the challenges or rewards of customer interaction. Eventually I found myself looking around asking: “where did the fun go?”

Now cycle forward a few years. I started to get back in touch with my inner geek, more as a matter of stress relief than anything else. First it was more comics, and then I discovered Heroclix. From Heroclix I got back into other games, including Dungeons and Dragons. One thing D and D encourages is role-play and I happened to have a DM who was really working to pull that from the players. The first step was creating my character and then his background. As I worked with this, I got really excited as the creative juices were flowing. Then I decided to run my own game, which required even more creative output. Finally, I started this blog. Suddenly I had regained the creative outputs I had lost. With that renewed creativity I felt that joy that had been gone for so long. It wasn’t work related, but work at least provided the financial foundation to feed my game habit.

So where do I go from here? At 45 the second phase of my life is beginning to unfold. I’m now faced with decisions about how I want to spend my next 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. The big question I ask myself is “where do I go from here?” What will drive what I do next? Do I pursue money, safety and security? Or do I step out of my comfort zone and try to find a way to earn a living in a way that lets me further tap creativity? Right now I have some ideas I’m working with. This blog is part of that. I plan to enjoy the ride and hope you do as well.

In Which More Geek Speak for Business is Contemplated

My recent entry on using Geek Speak in meetings was pretty Star Wars centric. So I thought I’d take another crack at some strong geek catchphrases you can work into your next staff meeting.

Worfed

The most underappreciated crew member on Star Trek The Next Generation is Lieutenant Worf. As Head of Security you would think his voice would be an important on the bridge. But Worf is nearly always disregarded if not outright told to shut up in many, many episodes! So how does that apply to your staff meeting? Well, there’s always that guy who brings up an idea or makes a comment that is always disregarded by your boss. We have that guy, you know you do too. Like Worf, he’s often right, but that doesn’t really matter. Every time he brings something up he immediately gets “Worfed,” shut down without consideration. Think about it and you will see what a great post meeting discussion it will create.

Getting Worfed

The Big Bad

In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each season had “The Big Bad” that Buffy had to defeat. While she rarely had a confrontation until the end of the season, The Big Bad’s presence was always felt. Now how might you use this in a meeting? Well, despite all your team’s best intentions, there’s always some part of the firm that will blow up all your best laid plans. Usually that’s Legal who will tell you that despite all the good reasons to do it, it’s inadvisable, risky or flat-out illegal (you should probably pay attention to that last one). But, there’s an even more insidious way to use it. Let’s say someone has a great big idea that, for you, is nothing but a source of extra work. As the idea gets discussed, throw this out there just as the excitement for the idea reaches its peak: “Well, sure, it’s a great idea, but The Big Bad will shut it down as soon as he sees it.” Momentum is immediately killed. Go back to your desk.

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal

Firefly is a never-ending source of good quotes to use it work. This one doesn’t even need much explanation. Let’s assume you have developed the next big idea. You’ve discussed it with your colleagues, they’ve bought in, and now you’re presenting to the boss (and perhaps The Big Bad). The presentation is going along well when suddenly one of your colleagues unexpectedly, but predictably, dooms your presentation by raising one issue they didn’t bother to mention to you. You can mutter under your breath: “Curse your sudden, but inevitable, betrayal.” They may hear it, they may not, but you’ll feel better. Now go back to your desk and play with your dinosaurs.

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal

Why, oh why didn’t I take the blue pill?

In The Matrix, the Blue Pill was the one that took you back to your safe existence. The Red Pill took you even further down the rabbit hole. There’s always that opportunity you have at work to take the big risk, push that new idea or take that promotion. Many times Red Pill will work out just fine. But then again, you could get Worfed right in the middle of your presentation. As you head back to your seat feeling rejected and full of remorse for stepping into the line of fire, you can mutter to yourself: “why or why didn’t I take the Blue Pill?”

I’ll be back

Looking back through it, this is a pretty cynical post today. Corporate life can’t be all rejection, betrayal and bitterness can it? Of course not. So next time you’re pitching in that meeting and you get shot down or one of your colleagues stabs you in the back during a meeting, hold your head high. Then as turn your back to them and walk proudly out of the meeting mutter in your best Ahhhnuld impersonation: “I’ll be back.”

That’s all for this week. Can you think of more? Drop them in the comments below.

-Thanks to @cobiegoesboom for some of todays quote ideas

In Which Geeks Save the World

Last week’s post generated more views and more comments than anything else I’ve written thus far. Since it’s posting, I’ve thought a bit about a particular comment and my response. In it, I tried to discuss why we, as geeks, should have a lot more openness to each other. Specifically, what I said was:

I wish there were more discussion. I think each of us have a tendency to sit in our groups (Atheists, Gays, Christians, Democrats, Republicans, whatever) and believe that the absolute worst of the other group represents reality. It doesn’t. That’s why I love being in the geek community too because I think our mutual love of things geek can overcome that mistrust and allow us to associate with each other.

Diversity of opinion is a great and wonderful thing. But as I see more and more name calling and the lessening of civility in our culture, I’ve come to believe that we Geeks can really save the world. Not in the sense of Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day but in the sense of coming together and appreciating the diversity of our culture. Some Star Trek novel I read said Vulcans value IDIC – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. That’s what we have in our culture today and Geeks are uniquely positioned to show how to embrace that diversity and work towards a common goal.

As a geek you really begin to appreciate the diversity of people. Every week in my Comic Book store or in-game sessions I see people from a variety of backgrounds and I end up talking to all of them. And the beauty of it is once you get to know the people, you realize it’s pretty hard to pigeon-hole them, much less demonize them, because their beliefs or politics differ from yours. Can you still disparage them? Can you still make overbroad statements like “all people who believe/do whatever are all scumsucking morons.” It’s pretty hard. At the least, you have to say, “except for this one girl I know, she seems OK.”

We’ve never been in a better position to save the world than we are now. Geek is chic. Big Bang Theory is the top rated show in America. Comic Book movies are blowing the doors off the theaters. Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are hugely popular TV shows (I know it’s reached saturation because my Mother watches Game of Thrones. Trust me, society is all in.) President Obama even threw out a Vulcan salute recently.

So let’s use our power for good. Let’s show people how to come together. Invite your friends over for a game. Bring your Christian friend together with your Atheist friend and roll some dice. Show your Republican friend and Democratic friend how to settle Catan. Teach your jock buddies why you should never pick up a duck in a Dungeon. We can do this and we can do it one friend at a time.

Who’s with me?

In Which Geek Speak is Used in Meetings

One of the more interesting aspects of being a geek in the corporate world is that sometimes people don’t “get” your humor. Geeks are some of the funniest people I know.  I appreciate the dry wit and the ability to work movie quotes into nearly any situation. My facility with both forms is what gets me into trouble from time to time.

What brought this to mind was a meeting I was in last week in which we were discussing a colleague’s new role working with social media. The big joke in the room was that he would be the Chief Tweeter. I happened to know that he had a personal Twitter account. I (and probably you) have seen many flubs on corporate Twitter accounts where someone thinks they’re posting from their personal account and instead do it from the corporate account. So, using a combination of my Twitter knowledge, insightful wit and geek fluency I said “Good luck, but make sure you don’t cross the streams.” Dead silence. I’m thinking: “really, really? Nobody got that?” Cue snickers (directed at me) and looks of incredulity. Now I have to explain the joke and the Ghostbusters reference which only made a bad situation worse.

In truth I usually catch myself before speaking geek in the conference room. But, there are so many great lines that are so appropriate for so many work situations. It’s just a shame to limit these opportunities. So I thought it might be helpful to quote a few great geek movie lines and outline their proper use in the executive suite. And by the way, I’m not going to reference the movie these are from.

I sense a disturbance in the Force.”

If this is to be a primer, we should start with an easy one. Now, how to use this at work? Let’s say you have a big project underway. You’re close to it, or at least closer to it than your colleagues and the people above you. You’ve just some to the realization that something ain’t right and this project is about to go south. But, instead of telling everyone it’s about to hit the fan, you can come at it sideways. As you give the project update stay positive, but toward the end roll out: “Project status is Green but, I sense a disturbance in the Force, so I’m moving it to Yellow until we better understand it.”

Meat Shield

Sure, we geeks have lots of uses for this phrase in-game, but the concept is prevalent in the corporate world. Let’s continue on with the scenario above. Once you’ve identified the problem, what’s next? Decide who’s accountable for the problem. There’s always someone key to the project that’s out of the office or at least not in the meeting. In your meeting prep, agree with your colleagues on which person or department will be the “meat shield” when you roll out the bad news. Let them take all the hits while you and your colleagues come up with a solution.

There is do or do not, there is no try.”

Let’s face it. Every organization has any number of whiny Luke Skywalker wannabes on staff. “I can’t meet that deadline” is really no different from “I can’t lift that X-Wing out of the muck.” You’re the wise, experienced manager who has seen much come and go. In these situations just roll out “There is do or do not, there is no try.” If nothing else it gives them something to think about. Want to really leave them wondering? Say it in your best Yoda voice.

There is no spoon.”

Now, as a manager, you will occasionally demand more from your team than they think is possible. They’ll come into your office with a thousand different reasons why the project can’t be done or the deadline can’t be met. Most of those reasons will be eminently logical. So, your responsibility is to change their perspective, teach them to look at the problem in a new way. My suggestion? Look them straight in the eye and say: “there is no spoon.” They’ll figure it out…eventually.

Many Bothans have died to bring us this information.”

In an era of corporate downsizing and doing more than less, there are a lot of impossible tasks and deadlines to deal with. Your team may have worked late nights and weekends to complete a research project or to figure out why the system bombed and the company lost a ton of revenue. But now it’s your turn to shine when you present this to the leadership team. You’re a good guy and you want to ensure people to know how hard your team worked. So as you fire up that Powerpoint, turn toward your boss and colleagues and begin with “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.” The beauty of this one is you can use a shortened version when announcing layoffs: “Many Bothans died.”

This can’t be all of them. Leave your suggestions in the comments below

In which a humble request is made

Yesterday I was reading through my Twitter feed and came across a Twitter conflict between Wil Wheaton and Adam Baldwin over a book promotion video. In the promo, Wil says the book is “funnier than the Bible” and “the Bible is supposed to make you afraid”. Baldwin claimed it mocked the Bible. I’m not sure it was that bad.. Now I have a lot of regard for Wil Wheaton (in fact my wife thinks I have a man crush), but we certainly don’t agree about Christianity. But I’d hang out with him in a minute to talk things geek and learn how to be half the writer he is.

But his words hurt a bit. Frankly, I was surprised by his words, as Wil’s motto is “Don’t be a dick.” He defines the concept more specifically as: “you can be kind and awesome, or you can be a petty and selfish dick. What do you choose? I do my best to be the former.” And I guess, if I was talking to Wil, I’d ask him to consider how his words about the Bible might impact his Christian fans. Is it a “kind and awesome” thing to do. Not really. If Wil were right here, I’d ask him to think if his statement resonates with the “Don’t Be a Dick” philosophy.

Anyway, all this got me thinking about something else. Last year around this (Easter) time, I began to see Zombie Jesus posts. The Zombie Jesus concept seems to be kind of a hit with my geekier friends on Facebook and Twitter. And I get it, it’s kind of funny. They don’t believe in Jesus and they aren’t Christians. I’m cool with that.

But, I am a Christian. Far from the best one and far from the stereotypical one your atheist friends warned you about. Just like not all geeks have poor social skills, bad complexions and live in their parent’s basement, not all Christians are picketing Planned Parenthood or beating their neighbors over the head with a Bible. We’re certainly not all Pat Robertson or the woman with pink hair on PTL. But we all believe in a few core things and Jesus rising from the dead to free us from our sins is a pretty big one. So when I see the mockery, it hurts a bit. Many geeks have experienced mockery and I can’t imagine any of us enjoyed it.

I really struggled with this last year and truthfully, I’m not looking forward to it this year. Now I know I’m going to see it Sunday and hey, that’s fine.  I’m not hugely offended. I’m not going to yell at you. I’m certainly not going to say you can’t say it. I guess all I’m asking is; before you post it, think about it. Know it’s going to hurt someone in your geek community just a bit. And I’d like to think that’s not what we geeks are all about.

In which my wife becomes “Geek Adjacent”

This week is a celebration of sorts for geek-dom called Speak Out With Your Geek Out. The inspiration for this effort is an article by a woman who realized her dating service date was a one time Magic The Gathering Champion. She was rather dismissive about his hobby and success and essentially stated that this was a  relationship killer for her. It had a brief life as an internet sensation which resulted in  a pledge by over 2000 people to blog about their geek passion this week and how it’s a part of their life.

I’ve spent a week or so thinking through this and realized my relationship with my wife really speaks to this situation. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been a geek for most of my life. It all started with comic books and Sci-Fi and has grown into board games, RPGs and video games. I’ve also written about how I “hid” this side of myself. What I really haven’t discussed is how this all has affected my relationship with my wife of 17 years.

When I first met Wanda she was the furthest thing possible from a geek. I don’t think she even saw a comic book before she met me. As we began our relationship I didn’t speak at all about my passion for comics and other things geek. We may have seen the occasional Science Fiction movie together, something safe like Jurassic Park (yes I’m that old, it was in the theater), but I waited until she was out-of-town to see Batman Returns.

Going back a bit further to when we met, I had a good, but not great job and a lot of credit card and student loan debt. I was working to pay them down, but with true love comes the engagement. And with engagement comes an engagement ring. Well, if I was going to swing that ring and get rid of some debt before marriage, I had to get a second job. This made for busy days and busy nights. It’s safe to say I was fairly stressed. My most effective stress relief was to sit down with a beer and a stack of comics. Problem was, my shift at the second job didn’t end until after the comic book store closed. One particular day, I really wanted that stack of comics and it just so happened that Wanda stopped by to see me at the second job.  I tentatively asked if she wouldn’t mind swinging by the comic store to pick up my weekly pull. Yes, I asked my beautiful fiancée who was (and is) more cheerleader than chess club, to waltz into a comic shop and ask Pat the Comic Book Guy for Craig’s comics. And bless her, she did it. I have no idea what went through her mind that day but I have to believe she walked through that door with some trepidation. And at that point , I knew I had decided to marry the right woman.

And thus began Wanda’s life on the periphery of my geek-dom. I would not say that she has become a geek, but to steal a phrase from Wil Wheaton, she has become “geek adjacent.” She knows the characters and key plotlines from Star Trek. She knows that Han shot first and knows what I mean when I say “many  Bothans have died to bring you this information.” She knows all about which comics I like, and has bought me many great comic themed Christmas and Birthday gifts over the years. She watches Doctor Who with me and the boys and has a strong knowledge of the post-relaunch Doctors (her preference is David Tennant). And last year, she even accompanied me to GenCon for a day.

If you had asked her 20 years ago if she’d know and do all this, I’m certain she would have laughed at you. But she has done all this and she has done it for me. So all I can say to the girl who blew off the Magic champion, you have no idea what you’re missing.”

On Comics and DC’s New 52

As I’ve mentioned, the foremost of my geek passions is comic books. I’m a  mainstream superhero guy, mostly Marvel and DC. I’ve always loved Spider-Man and the X-Men on the Marvel side and the JLA and Firestorm on the DC side. While I enjoy the continuity of comics on the one hand, I have always loved alternate reality stories in the comic world. The best example of that are Marvel’s “What-If” stories but there have been other versions of the idea, my favorite being “Kingdom Come” over at DC.

So I have been especially intrigued with what DC Comics has planned with the reboot of their entire universe. The willingness to overwrite 50+ years of continuity is audacious and I’ve been interested to see how they’d do it. DC kicked things off last week with Justice League which I really enjoyed, but the meat of it was this week with the release of 13 new books. Now a blogger I follow, CS Daley, is planning to review each of the New 52. I have no such ambition. I do plan to read them all though. I think the big 2 questions for DC in all this are: 1) how any people will buy the second issue of these books and 2) how many new people will begin reading these books.

I don’t expect to buy all 52 of these books on a monthly basis. There are certain titles that are a given: the Superman books, JLA, core Batman titles, etc. But  the reason for my buying all 52 number ones is to see if anything else grabs my attention. Out of the first week’s run here are the titles that surprised and intrigued me enough that I’m getting the next issue:

Yeah, they're bagged and boarded.

Swamp Thing In all honesty I’ve never been a fan of this book (not even the “OMG Alan Moore is a god” version). But something about this issue really piqued my interest. I like the TV Hulk aspect of it that Alec Holland is on the run from his past. I appreciated the little details like the plants constantly reaching out to him and the big detail of Holland essentially telling Superman to kiss off.  No spoilers, but the two hooks at the end of the book left me wanting more so I’ll be back next month.

Animal Man My only exposure to Animal Man are guest appearances and his roles in DC’s Infinite Crisis fallout books. I think what pulled me into this book was the focus on Animal Man’s home and personal life and less so the action. Here’s a guy struggling with what we all struggle with: career, family, fatherhood. He just happens to have a real cool side job. Not sure how long I’ll keep going with this but hey, have me for at least one more issue. I’d like to see a better artist on this book though.

Green Arrow Wow, they totally rebooted Green Arrow. It seems to me they’ve pulled generously from the Smallville version of Oliver Queen, especially his look. Of all the characters so far he seems the most obviously de-aged.  The art here is great and I like the new Rogues Gallery and support team they’ve created for GA. I think I’m on board for the long haul here.

Justice League International I went into this book tentatively. I never enjoyed Justice League Europe by Giffen and DeMatteis (I enjoy humor in a comic book but not slapstick). I was afraid JLI would follow a similar path. There’s humor here, but it’s not corny. This issue is a pretty standard team origin story. Interestingly, it’s being done in the way that many critics say the new Justice League book should have done. Dan Jurgens gets all the characters in at once and we get to see their initial effort to work as a team. I enjoyed the interplay of the various nationalities involved and the use of the old Hall of Justice from the cartoon. I’ll be back for future issues if they’re as good as this one.

As to the rest of Week 1, here’s how I see future purchases.

In for the long haul: Action Comics, Detective Comics

Giving it another try with issue 2: Batgirl, O.M.A.C., Static Shock, Stormwatch

At least I’ll have #1: Batwing, Hawk and Dove, Men of War

For those of you who also picked some (or all) of these titles up, what did you think?

The New DC Universe: Week 1 Reviews

The New DC Universe: Week 1 Reviews.

CS Daley is planning to review all issues of DC’s New 52. I’m hoping to just be able to read them all.He’s off to a good start with his review of Justice League #1. I think I liked it a bit more than he did. I’m a huge fan of Jim Lee’s art so I was immersed in the world immediately. Story-wise, I think Johns took the right approach in slowly introducing the new characters. To jam all the members of the new league into one issue would have been a stretch, even with a double issue.

Can’t wait for next week’s releases and CS, I’m looking forward to the ride!