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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Badger On A DC Binge

I guess it is not a binge in the traditional sense but whenever I have time these days I am usually reading or watching something DC related. The only times that I have not done this have been when I decided to rewatch what I have of the Magicians (see my review of the show so far) and when I went over to the “dark side” and watched Deadpool with my bf and also read one of the comics. To be honest I didn’t find the comic all that smart or funny like many people have said they are and to me he just came off as insane.

Well any who back to my binge.

I think what has started this binge is the most recent DC reboot which is being called Rebirth. First off I am not the biggest comic book reader and though I do own a few selected titles (Flashpoint Paradox and a few of the Kevin Smith titles) I had never read a whole arc, if we can call it that, from start to finish.  I have read everything within in the Rebirth titles and especially enjoyed The Flash titles, Titans, Aquaman and Green Arrow.

This had bled out a little and I am now reading the Darkest Night titles, a Nightwing title and Cyborg because there is just something about Cyborg that I like. I have also finished reading Killing Joke because of the movie being release in August.

On the video side of things I have watched the following:

  • The first season of Young Justice
  • Half way through the Justice League Unlimited
  • Working my way through the Batman: Brave and the Bold and Green Lantern the animated series
  • Green Lantern: First Flight (animated movie)
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Nights (animated movie)
  • Wonder Woman (animated movie)
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood (animated movie)
  • Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (animated movie)
  • Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox (animated movie)
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (animated movie)
  • JLA: Trapped in Time (animated movie)
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (animated movie)
  • Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (animated movie)

I also started to watch The Dark Night Returns (animated movie) last night but my internet dropped and I couldn’t get it back so I am hoping to finish watching it tonight. As you can see I have not watched any live action but I do own all of Chris Nolan movies and I am planning on buying a digital version of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tonight.

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Busy Badger

It is has been a hectic couple of weeks that has been the main reason why I have not posted a lot.

First of my family is back from Hong Kong and my week without them was interesting to say the least. I did not do as planned and watch Supernatural or Flash live due to tiredness and the fact that I totally forgot that we had dinner plans arranged for the night that the Flash aired. I did however watch Arrow live so ‘Yah’.

My anxiety also flared up mightily on the Wednesday so much so that I felt like I was going to have a panic attack while walking my dogs on the Thursday and forced me to have a day off on Friday so that I can go and see my doctor and once again be prescribed medication for it. It is has helped a lot though since being back on it.

My sister behaved herself while they were away and went on a baking spree. She had also decided to give up smoking and went and saw a doctor about it and got medication for it but has yet to fill the prescription for it and so is still begging for money and smokes. She also has to look for jobs and decided that she wants to be a chef. With no tech looking for work is not going to be easy for her which means that is asking to use everyone else’s and that is annoying.

This week has been a busy week in general in relation to work. I have had very little time to think or take a breather. This morning is the only real time that I have been able to breathe a little but once it hits 10 that will end I will be nose to the grindstone once more.

My mother walks the dogs every morning except Tuesdays because she starts work early on that day and I have agreed to walk the dogs on that day for her and then accompany her every second Saturday and Sunday when we don’t have the girls. When we do have them I have to keep an eye on the youngest who is an early riser. Every other day I will go to the gym because I have a membership and have not been able to use it due to timing and the season.

This weekend is supposed to be a scorcher and I am not looking forward to it. I do have an appointment with my psychologist tomorrow in which my BF will also be attending but other than that I have nothing planned, not that I like making plans. I want to go swimming but can’t due to issues. I also would love to binge watch Jessica Jones this weekend but doubt that that is going to happen.

I am really hoping that things settle down a little in the lead up to Christmas.

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Super Badger

I have threatened in my previous posts that I will do a post on DC and my preferences to the characters from these comics opposed to those in Marvel. Today is that day I believe and this week I have the rare opportunity to be able to watch Arrow and the Flash TV shows live instead of waiting for the iTunes availability that usually comes on the Friday after the airing (The Flash airs on Wednesday and Arrow on Thursday here) but sometimes it can take up to the Sunday. 

The reason I have this mighty ability this week is because of the fact that my stepfather is away and thus does not have control of the remote control. My sister has no care of what I watch in the evening and I am not going to care what my BF wants. Hell I might even be able to watch Supernatural live tonight instead of tomorrow when it appears on the station stream tomorrow. That will all depend on other factors like me being able to get a good version of Once Upon A Time (unfortunately I have to torrent this one as the station that has the rights to this show are not treating it’s Aussie fans well and has not even aired the 4th season of the show) and what time my BF will be getting home tonight as he is going to visit his brother after work.

 

Well back to DC and why there characters are more preferable to me than Marvel. To be honest I am really not sure why. I guess I feel more invested in the DC characters than the Marvel ones. I like the X-Men characters very much and I grew up watching X-Men cartoons and my brother used to read X-Men comics. I only really saw the Batman 1960’s TV and the movies from the 80’s and 90’s and Superman from the 80’s. I loved the early X-Men movies as well. It has only been in the last 5 to 10 years that I have really come to appreciate and love DC and in particular Batman and think that is partially because of Kevin Smith.

 

His love of Batman got me interested in Batman and the character somehow resonates with me. I just think that he is believable and that he could really be a real person unlike other Superheroes that we see. The same goes for Green Arrow in a sense. I think it is the morality of the DC heroes that I appreciate as I think in someone ways Marvel Heroes are a little more selfish. I am probably one of the few that absolutely can’t stand Spiderman and don’t actually see the appeal or the fuss that is made about the character.  

 

I am not the biggest of Superman fans and I never watched Smallville (though my BF did and he wants me to watch it) but I did watch Lois and Clark (Dean Cain was/is hot!!). I am, however, enjoying the Supergirl show, another show I have to torrent because it is not available here yet and I probably won’t be able to watch live though I will buy it on iTunes if it becomes available. I really don’t get the hate levelled at Aquaman as I think he has more going for him in terms of powers than some others do and his Marvel equivalent is probably Thor and he doesn’t get the hate. I also loved the Justice League cartoon movie Throne of Atlantis and Jason Momoa looks awesome as Aquaman in the upcoming movie/s.

  

    
 I haven’t seen all that much of him other than a couple of the DC cartoon movies released but I am really liking Cyborg as well, yes I know he is in Teen Titans but I haven’t seen a lot of that yet as it has not become available on iTunes, DVD or any of the streaming services, but his character in the movies is very good. I am also gaining a great liking to Wonder Woman as well and not just because she is a female superhero. I also like the Greek mythos behind her because I am part Greek myself and Greek myths has always interested me (Percy Jackson, anyone).   

  

 I think that I will it at that for now but I reserve the right to revisit and talk more of my love of Batman in particular and also DC villains and in particular Joker and Harley Quinn.

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Pod Badge

I mentioned in an earlier post that I listen to podcasts and I really enjoy that though at the moment I think I am listening to too many but honestly I do not know which ones to give up because I enjoy them all. My love of podcast started with Harry Potter of course because all my fandom related loves lead back to Harry.

It started with Mugglecast, the Mugglenet Podcast, which is still going strong after 10 years. That lead to Pottercast but admittedly I stopped listening after a while to that one. That lead on to a series of Kevin Smith podcasts but I have cut that down to three being Fatman of Batman, Hollywood Babble-On and the Nooner podcast. Back to Harry though I also listen to Alohomora which is a re-read podcast and Mugglenet Academia which are both connected to Mugglenet.

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Other fandom related podcasts that I listen to are the After Buzz podcasts for Arrow and True Detective, The Thunder Quack podcasts for Arrow called Quiver and the one for Doctor Who called Talking Timelords.. I used to listen to another Doctor Who one called the Impossible Girls which was a female podcast for the series but one of the hosts would swear a lot and that bugged me. I know that is quite weird considering that Kevin Smith and his range of podcast are not one to hold back on language but for some reason it did with this one. I also listen to a podcast called The Flash which is of course for the TV show

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Andrew Sims from Mugglecast started his own website called Hypable and I listen to a series of podcast released from his website . They are their Hype podcast which covers major entertainments stories that had happen during the week. Hero Hype which covers comic book super heroes and the various TV Shows and news in relation to any movies being released. Re-Watchable which I think I mentioned in my Avatar post. I don’t listen to this one all the time as I haven’t watched all the shows that they have covered.

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The last of their podcasts that I listen to is called Onceable and this covers the show Once Upon A Time. There are two other shows that I listen too for this show that being Once podcast and Welcome to Storybrooke. The Once podcast has two podcast released during the week the first is a short initial reactions to the episode and the second later on is a little more in depth with a spoiler section at the end. The show is hosted by Daniel J Lewis and   Jeremy Loughlin for initial reactions and they come back for the full one with the addition of Erin Cruz. Their spoiler section is done by Hunter Hathaway and Jaqueline.

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Greetings from Storybrooke is hosted by Bill Meeks and Anne-Marie De Simone and their show is a little more light hearted and has a lot more audience participation from regular listeners who listen live to the show. They start the show with the rhyming summary for the show and though go through key points of the episode going over what they like and don’t like. They end the discussion part of the show with an random scale (ie out of 553 cold slices of lasagne from Granny’s). They then talk news, ratings and feedback. They also host another show that I listen to called Legends of Gotham about the show Gotham and that follows the same format.

Greetings Legends

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