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  1. Adventures of Superman #454 and Superman #31 (1987): More of my slow read-through of Superman: Exile. Amazing Spider-Man #378-379, Spectacular Spider-Man #201, Spider-Man #35, Spider-Man Unlimited #1, and Web of Spider-Man #101-102: The first half of Maximum Carnage. This time through it's much more enjoyable. Probably because I'm pacing myself. Batman #414-430 (1940): Jim Starlin's run on Batman needs more attention, because between Ten Nights of The Beast, A Death in the Family, and the story about the serial killer, it's amazing. Batman Adventures #3: Fine. Cable #1-2 (2020): Didn't hook me. Cable: Blood & Metal #1-2: You come for the John Romita Jr. art. Carnage #1-5 (2016): This series has no right to be this good. Detective Comics #1040 (1937): Bruce is in jail and a drunk reveals he knows The Secret. Doom #1-3 (2000): Wasted concept. Fantastic Four #34 (2018): Johnny's dick has gotten him in a lot of trouble. A LOT! Fantastic Four: ¬°Isla de la Muerte!: The story is good, but the art is excellent. Hitman #44-46: The dinosaur issues. Next! I Am Not Starfire: An excellent YA OGN all about Starfire's goth daughter. Think Ghost World but without the cynicism. Iron Fist #1-7, 73-80 (2017): Solid enough, but the final three issues tie into a Doctor Strange crossover that does nothing for me. (The weird numbering is due to legacy numbering.) The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel: A YA Hellblazer OGN that is absolutely charming. Nightwing #82 (2016): Apparently Dick has a half-sister. And she was raised by Tony Zucco. Plunge #1-6: @Dread, you should give this a try. Prodigy #1: Clearly Mark Millar wants this to be a movie. Which, fine. But write for the comic too, man. The Punisher #85 (1987) and Punisher: War Journal #61: The prelude and opening chapter to Suicide Run. Kinda boring. The Punisher #1-12 (2000): Welcome Back, Frank wasn't as full of Ennis-isms, but they were there. Robin #4 (2021): Little bonding time between grandfather and grandson. Star Trek: Year Five #20-21: Gonna have to read what's come before, because this is a solid continuation of the show beyond the third season. Superman: Son of Kal-El #1: Excellent! Superman and The Authority #1: Light on the story and I'm not keen on Superman being near The Authority, much less founding it, but I'll see where it goes. Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #106: The issue where Lois changes her skin color to interview the African Americans living in Metropolis. I found it rather compelling, but it is sitting on the line between the Silver and Bronze Ages. Superman: Red and Blue #1: An anthology comic. I'll read the next issue. Unfollow #1-6: The inventor of a Twitter-like platform is dying and he's gifted his money to 140 people. If people die, the survivors get more money. You do the math as to what happens next. Didn't quite land for me. January: 157 February: 125 March: 185 April: 131 May: 177 June: 86 July: 97 TOTAL: 958
  2. The WWE has released Bray Wyatt. Like, I wasn't a fan of The Fiend, but the character was massively over before they dropped that ball less than six months in.
  3. Would VLC work? I use it to watch videos on an Android tablet, and it does play MP3s as well.
  4. What Price Gloria? is so uncomfortable and did not age well at all. Sam leaps into a woman for the first time, and it's as uncomfortable as you might think. Everyone is constantly hitting on Sam, including Al. Al is so horned up by the woman Sam's leapt into, he starts seeing a psychiatrist about it. From there Al questions his sexuality, can't get it up for anyone but female Sam, and even calls Sam a hermaphrodite. And how does Sam put the antagonist in his place? By trying to seduce him while revealing that he's really a man. Yeah, it goes to some nasty transphobic places. For all of the good it does addressing sexual harassment in and out of the workplace, it's mired by everything to do with Al and that ending.
  5. Continuing my Quantum Leap rewatch, and, yeah, someone high up at NBC clearly forced Bellisario to make changes to the show. Especially when it comes to the violence. Season two opens with Honeymoon Express, in which one guy is sliced in half by a train and Sam stab another to death. Then we jump to Disco Inferno, and this one opens with Sam getting blasted with a shotgun. It turns out he's a Hollywood stuntman and the whole thing was on a movie set, but it's rather bloody. Later, while standing atop a building, a scorned ex-lover pushes Sam off said building. She falls to her death, and Sam does too. But oops! This was also a movie stunt. And it ends with a stunt gone wrong, resulting in a massive explosion, and Sam's "brother" nearly dying. And in The Americanization of Machiko, Sam's "wife" is abducted by a racist World War II vet, resulting in a life-or-death fight between the two men. It's nuts how violent the show became. One of the aspects of Quantum Leap that I did not recall is that Al is forbidden from telling Sam anything about his life, including his name (first episode) and personal history. In The Americanization of Machiko, Al jokes that Sam wasn't nervous when he got married for real, to which a surprised Sam says, "I'm married?!" Al quickly denies it, passing it off as a joke. But then he makes an "Oh shit!" face Sam can't see. This is the very first indication that Sam is married, something that would not be confirmed until the first episode of season four. It's a clever little clue to astute viewers.
  6. Are there any in-continuity stories and / or series that acknowledge the alternate Captains America set from the "death" of Steve Rogers to his resurrection in Avengers #4? With the ever-expanding timeline, there's a lush world to build. William Burnside could still be the Captain America of the 1950s. Then there could be a series of Caps who are very much controlled by the government during the Cold War, Vietnam War, and Ronald Reagan presidency. Cap of the 1990s could be used to poke a little fun at the comics at the time, with him always changing his costume and breaking away from his handlers for EXTREME~! missions. And finally there could be a gap before Steve is awoke circa 2009.
  7. Quantum Leap, season one: This show is a whole lot hornier than I remembered. And not just Al's stories about Tina and his mistresses. Sam tries to seduce his future girlfriend 10 years before they meet all while pushing away someone the person he leapt into was sleeping with, then he's got a stripper girlfriend, then he tries to seduce a cowgirl, next he leaps into a hitman just after he's had sex with the ex of the mob boss, then he kisses a 16 (?) year old girl to secure his leap out, and finishes up by falling for a femme fatal. I think the only one he might sleep with is the stripper, but that's never confirmed. He does fall in love a few times though. Season one is mostly low drama, or personal drama. There's no high action outside of a quick drag race and two gun battles in the final episode. But it very much lays the framework for the show moving forward. Season two begins (and this is as far as I am on the rewatch) with Al pleading the case of Project Quantum Leap before a Senate oversight committee, while Sam attempts to save the life of woman from her murderous ex-husband. This one honestly comes off like Donald P. Bellisario working through his frustrations with producers. The whole "don't cut our budget" portions honestly feels like Bellisario fictionalized his conversations with tight-wad producers, and the thing with Sam having to violently kill two men is clearly also something the producers asked for. (And the theme of someone stealing your wife could easily be read as Bellisario having something he loves taken from him.) Can't say any of this actually happened in real life, but it very much feels like it. And while season one had a few mentions that God might be controlling Sam's leaps, season two opens with constant talk of this being a fact. It'll be interesting to see how much they keep this up.
  8. Avengers #368: The opening of the Bloodties crossover begins in the aftermath of Fatal Attractions, so the X-Men are shattered. Logan is gone, Peter is nursing Magneto, and moral is low. Things get worse when Luna, the daughter of Crystal and Quicksilver, is abducted by one of Magneto's Acolytes for use as a political pawn. The issue is very wordy, but does an excellent job setting the stage for this crossover. I will be coming back to finish it. Batman #217: After Dick heads off to college, Bruce changes the mission to one that's more about facing social ills. Quite a good jumping on point. Batman #251: The Joker returns and begins killing his former henchmen. Excellent way to reintroduce the character. Batman #416: The post-Crisis re-imagening of Dick's departure from the cave, as well as his first meeting with Jason. Bruce and Dick get into a heated, but much-needed fight over their relationship, and though things end on a sad note, there's a hint of hope. Batman Black and White #1 (1996): The start of an amazing anthology series. Birthright #1: One year after a boy disappears in the woods, he returns as an aged warrior from a fantasy realm. I can see the appeal, but not quite for me. Fantastic Four #33: Johnny fucking Storm. Also, Namor's reaction is *chef's kiss*. Green Arrow 80th Anniversary Special: A wonderful tribute to the character and the many takes on him throughout the years. Green Arrow: Rebirth: I might dive into the Rebirth GA series based on this oneshot. Hellions #12: Hellfire Gala goodness. Heroes Reborn #1-2 (2021): Without the formation of The Avengers, The JLA forms in the Marvel Universe. Was gonna read the whole thing, tie-ins included, but I lost interest due to outside reasons. Hitman #1-43, 1,000,000, Annual #1: Keeping it brief, this series can come off as ultra silly most of the time, but it gets into some very dark places and is not afraid to kill fan favorite characters. Jonah Hex #1-5 (2006): Seriously one of the most underrated books of the mid 2000s. Maniac of New York #1-5: A kind of re-imagening of Jason Takes Manhattan, but with a much higher body count. @Dread, you might want to give this a go. Nightwing #81: This run is already amazing. Radiant Black #1-5: Sort of a Green Lantern / Power Rangers crossover. Not sure where it's going yet, but it looks and reads great. Robin #1-3 (2021): Robin is off on his own in a Mortal Kombat-like setting. He's an arrogant jerk, and I love it. Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Much like the Green Arrow one, this dives into the various areas of all five -- yes, the count Stephanie -- Robins. Sara: Female Russian snipers hunting Nazis in World War II. Would have stuck with it, but after three issues there was no plot. Superman: The Earth Stealers: Very much a pre-Crisis story published post-Crisis. It's not for me, but it's not bad. SWORD #6: More Hellfire Gala fun. World's Finest Comics #133: I mean, it's WFC. X-Men #56-57 (1963): A very early Havok story that didn't quite keep my interest. X-Men #21 (2019): Again, Hellfire Gala. January: 157 February: 125 March: 185 April: 131 May: 177 June: 86 TOTAL: 861
  9. It's taken 28 years, but I think I've finally reconciled why Sam never made it home in Quantum Leap. He broke time. Better, he fixed time and created an alternate reality. In the final leap, Sam visited Beth, Al's first wife. He told her Al was still alive, and it was worth waiting for him. He then leaped away, and we're informed Beth and Al are still married and have four daughters. And this is why Sam never made it home. By saving Al's first marriage, Al never became the man we knew in the show and possibly never joined Project Quantum Leap. Both or either of these would mean Sam's timeline was altered so much, he created an alternate reality. He can't leap home because he isn't in his prime timeline anymore. Sam forever doomed himself to save the soul of Al, the man who saved his life dozens upon dozens of times. And now, for me, it's a bittersweet ending I can finally accept.
  10. Damn. My plan, which was sheer elegance in its simplicity, failed.
  11. I'm thinking Hackers and Maleficent, with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Sky Captain, or The Tourist as the third. I've seen none of these, save Sky Captain, so I can't vouch for quality.
  12. It's looking like we got it fixed. Can anyone verify?
  13. It's been a struggle to get GoDaddy and Invision to communicate. Re-started the process though.