Comic Books and the Badger

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I have talked about comic books characters and my particular liking for DC comic book characters and I have touched on Marvel as well and might have to update my Marvel Movie list soon though I might have to wait until after Avenger’s: Infinity War part 1 comes out. I haven’t seen Black Panther yet either but neither myself or the Eagle are super eager to see it and will wait for the digital release for that.

I have however only really talked a little of my reading of comic books so I thought that I share my pull list and also talk about a podcast that I listen that deals with comic books and in particular DC books.

Okay so my current pull list is though I might have to cut it down as it is quite extensive and expensive for someone that is on a very strict budget and is trying to save for a wedding!!

 

Action Comics

Aquaman

Batman

Batman: White Knight*

Dark Nights Metal*

Detective Comics

Doomsday Clock*

The Flash

Green Arrow

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corp

Harley Quinn

Justice League

Mera Queen of Atlantis

Red Hood and the Outlaws

Super Sons

Titans

The Terrifics

Teen Titans

Trinity

Wonder Woman

  • Indicates Events or Miniseries

I would like to cut it down and depending on how Mera and the Terrifics go as there has only been one issue of each I might be able to do that and I believe that Super Sons is coming to an end as well. Admittedly I have dropped in and out of a few of them. I didn’t really like the writing at stages for Justice League and Harley Quinn for a while but picked it up again when the story or writer changed. I also dropped Action for a while due for my indifference to Superman but a story interested me so I got back on it. That arc has come to end however and I might drop it again.

The books I have dropped are:

Batgirl

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey

Batwoman

Cyborg

Green Lanterns

The Hellblazer

Justice League of America

New Superman *

Nightwing

Suicide Squad

Supergirl

Superman

  • Now titled New Superman and the Justice League of China

Some of them I believe have been cancelled but I gave up on them before then and the rest I gave up due to the writing being quite bad and/or couldn’t justify buying them. The only one that I gave up that I wish I didn’t have to was New Superman as the story was pretty good. I wish that I didn’t have to give up Green Lanterns as well because I love Jessica Cruz, I really can relate to her, but the story was really bad and I couldn’t justify it. She is in Justice League however so I do see her occasionally. I might also re-pick up Superman when Brian Michael Bendis comes on board but will wait and see what the reviews say.

Which leads into the comics podcast that I have been listening too but before I get into that I should say that I have dramatically culled my listening list. I now only have 7 podcasts that I listen to they are:

Legends of Tomorrow Podcast

The Flash podcast

Supergirl Radio

Hollywood Babble-On

Fatman of Batman

Lore

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast

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It is the last one that I want to talk about however and it is in a way why I culled the list and also because I kind of lost interest in some of the others which pains me to say especially when it comes to the Mugglenet ones. I am thinking of dropping on the show ones but might wait till the end of the season.

Now Weird Science DC podcast naturally has a website to back it up though it is a review blog which was how the podcast got started. It’s hosts are Jim Werner and Eric Shea who are ‘friends’ and work colleagues. On the site they review all DC comics each week and then talk about them books in depth during the podcast along with various stories that happen involving their families and work colleagues which they refer to as nonsense. There are also segments provided by other contributors to the site and not all of them are DC related. They also read out all mail that they receive, I know this for a fact as I have emailed them twice and have heard them being read, and what they call a Rant and Rave line in which listeners can call in and, well, Rant and Rave about anything they like whether it be comic related or not. They are just as entertaining as the hosts.

All of this produces a podcast that can last up to 10+ hours, hence the cull of other podcasts that I listen to as theirs can take 2 maybe 3 days to listen to if I only listen going to and from work. I have been known to listen at work as well which can cause trouble as their nonsense can be quite funny and I am trying my hardest not to laugh. They look after their listeners well and call them the ‘Get Fresh Crew’ and have a private chat for them. I guess I could be called a member but I have never asked for the links to get involved and I not sure that I have to time to do so. I think the thing that I like the most is they are brutally honest. If they have a an issue with the story or art they will say so and not just give a good review just to get to be on the good side of DC.

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Equal Opportunity Badger

 

Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. I have been told this many a time and have had it used as a weapon, of sorts, against me. Last year I was told that if I didn’t watch the movie Avatar my bf would not go and see Batman Vs Superman with me. He is sort of threatening it again but this time with Fate of the Furious and Wonder Woman but I think I can get around this one since I have not seen any of the Fast and Furious movies and since none of them are available to binge on Netflix or Stan here in Australia I can’t watch them. Well I guess I could buy the movies (yeah right) or borrow and I am pretty sure that the second maybe an option if his brother or bff owns them.

Well any who Fast and Furious is not what this post is about it is actually going to be about Spider-Man and another possible blackmail attempt by my bf though I am not sure what he is going to resist seeing with me, most likely Justice League at the end of the year due to his loathing of Ben Affleck. So I am going to into try to find a connection and possible liking for Spider-Man, like I did for Superman previously and am going to embark on watching/binging on the animated Spectacular Spider-Man over the weekend/week. Spider-Man, along with the Hulk, are his favourite superheroes and I have a sneaky suspicion that I will be forced to go and see Spider-Man: Homecoming when it comes to the theatres in the next couple of months.

Alas it is hard being a DC girl when you are surrounded by Marvel men.

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Well I watched the first season and had a discussion in relation to Spider-Man with my bf over the weekend while trying to convince him to go and see Lego: Batman which he refused to do saying that it was a wait til DVD movie, seriously thinking that I might torrent it, illegal as it is though I will buy it when it gets released. Our discussion in relation to Spidey was why he considered him his favourite. I can understand why too. As a young boy seeing someone that is also young doing amazing things and being a smart mouth to adults while doing these amazing things would be relatable.

Well any who back to the show. Still can’t see the appeal really but then I am not sure this is the best example that I can get of the character in this medium. The theme song was good and I like the way they indicated when he was using the Spidey-Sense but all round I couldn’t really connect with the characters or the stories being told. All the characters except maybe Gwen Stacey came across as rather self-serving and shallow. The animation was not the best rather blockish and lifeless for my taste though Marvel has not done animation well, with the exception of anything related to X-Men. That may change as they are now owned by Disney and this iteration was done before Disney bought them.

I do have the second season and will watch it as Venom was introduced in the last episode and I do like Venom, weird I know. I also have Spider-Man: The New Animated Series with Neil Patrick Harris voicing Peter Parker/Spider-Man and might give the Ultimate Spider-Man a go. I might also try live action with the Toby McGuire/Andrew Garfield movies though will probably think on this a little more as recommendation wise they are not really held in good esteem.

I will keep you posted though.

Badger, It’s Been A While

I feel like breaking into song and singing a little Staind at the moment but this is not really the time or even the place. I doubt that anyone would appreciate me breaking into song. I am not Kevin Smith after all (he always sings it when he says the phrase).

Still having inspiration and concentration issues. Started seeing my psychologist again and she has suggested that I defer on the study until I can calm done. Have done a little bit of travelling over the last month in which the thought of flying really started stressing me out which has never happened before as I have been mentioned in a previous post that I love flying. Saw my father for the first time in 27 years while on said travel which was really emotional as he is not a well man (suffers from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s). The second lot of travel took me up to a cyclone affected area of North Queensland to do a little recovery work where strangely my anxiety decided to play nice for all but one day and that was due to my dislike of confrontation. We also had a really good EAP (Employee Assistance Program) rep available.

Sister was in hospital again but is now out and being a pain in ass. She wants my bed because I have a better mattress and naturally I don’t want to give it up because it is my bed. Booked a cruise for next year for my bf’s 50th. Since he doesn’t like boats it is going to be interesting. Family are planning on selling the family home due to the fact that my stepfather and my mother have split. Might finally get the money that he owes me.

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Want to get a semicolon tattoo either behind my one of my ears or on the same wrist as my Harley’s Diamonds tattoo. Also want get a Wonder Woman tattoo on the opposing wrist before the movie comes out. BTW the trailers are awesome and so it the Justice League ones. Speaking of DC properties been reading a lot of comic books lately due to the travel and a podcast that I listen to. If you like DC comics and don’t mind long podcasts and I mean 10 to 12 hour long podcasts listen to Weird Science DC. They are really insightful and review every DC related comic weekly. They also treat their listeners well are very funny.

Though this is my first in while on this blog I have put up a few posts on my review blog in which I have put up reviews for the following:

Ready Player One (Book)

Riverdale (TV)

Assassination Classroom (Anime)

Cowboy Bebop (Anime)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Movie)

Logan (Movie)

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Badger Vs Superman

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So I haven’t really completed my binge of DC. I am naturally still reading various DC titles in the comics mainly the Rebirth titles but I am also reading the New 52 Justice League Dark and I have the Grayson books as well. I went and saw Suicide Squad which I did a review for and I also got a Harley inspired tattoo. I finished Justice League Unlimited and am have started to watch Batman Beyond season 2 and also Superman the animated series as well.

I think I might have mentioned it somewhere is a previous post that I have a bit of an issue with Superman which is kinda funny because the other superhero that I have I an issue with also starts with an S and ends with a man. I mean I don’t have this issue with Supergirl at all and there is little difference between the two, power wise. With this watch of the animated series I am trying to find at the very least an affection for the character.

Maybe a little history of my interactions with the Man of Steel. I do remember seeing the Christopher Reeve movies when I was younger and they were alright. The next time he popped up on my radar was the Adventures of Lois and Clark and I remember watching the show and looking forward to it to an extent but that was more because Dean Cain is/was really good looking and I was a teenage girl who had a bit of a crush. I never watched Smallville but my boyfriend keeps on urging  me to watch it as he is a big fan of the show. I never saw the Brandan Routh Superman movie.

I have seen all the DC cartoon movies that he has appeared in as well as Young Justice, Justice League Unlimited and that completely horrible Superman/Shazam: Return of Black Adam short. I have also seen Man of Steel which I don’t have any issues with on its own as many people do. But as I still have no affection for him at all.

It can’t be his powers or background/story because as I said earlier that Supergirl has the same powers and comes from a similar situation as him. Or should say that I can’t use it as an excuse because I do have a little bit of an issue with the powers thing but for some reason it doesn’t bother me so much with her as it does with him. Maybe the little feminist is coming out of me. I mean if you think about men are already faster and stronger than women so on that score all the yellow sun did was make him more stronger and faster than the average man. But he can fly, shoot heat beams out of his eyes, blow super cold air and see through walls that aren’t lined with lead. If he wasn’t raised by Jonathon and Martha Kent he might of ended up a pervert with super powers. He could have ended up the alien that ripped off the roof of the White House.

Maybe it is his personality a bit as to me as Clark Kent he is not that interesting and even the Superman persona is a little  boring for my liking. He is not gritty enough I think and that is why I have a preference for Batman and even Bruce Wayne is quite an interesting person. Personality wise I don’t have the same issue with Supergirl but then I really only know her from the TV show and little from Justice League Unlimited but I am going off the TV version more because I like that version more because of the goofy/geeky girl is probably more like me and she reminds me of Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen/The Flash and that is probably my favourite show at the moment. I have to admit though their costuming/secret identity is a bit weak as well. It surprises me that no-one worked it out sooner.

I know he is a hero and a super one at that but the fact that he tends to drop everything to save Lois Lane is a little annoying and kind of angers me. Lois is a strong, smart, stubborn and capable woman and I know that she tends to get herself into more trouble than most women do because of these qualities but I would also like to think that because of these qualities she could probably find a way out of the situations she gets into, unless it involves falling from ten or more story buildings without a parachute. I mean she probably did before Superman showed up in Metropolis but he does not really give the opportunity too and just swoops in to save her.  He has a saving people complex like Harry Potter (see I worked him in) but only for Lois Lane.

My comic knowledge of him is only really through the Rebirth titles and he is not coming across very interesting in any form at the moment. The New Superman, the one set in China, from the get go I didn’t really like because he comes across as a bit of an arrogant bully with a chip on his shoulder and the regular Superman in Superman and Action Comics is just too confusing.

Maybe if I keep plugging on he might just become interesting.

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