Captain America #1
Rick Remender’s take on Cap is Captain America on crack. But don’t worry, Steve hasn’t started taking drugs. This volume of Cap is just more extreme and bizarre than Ed Brubaker’s deeply personal insight into Rogers. Remender understands the character so the comic still feels like Cap, but this story isn’t the usual fare of protecting America from escaped Nazis. It’s much more intense and far less subtle than Brubaker’s most violent issue. I did find the extreme nature of it to be refreshing, but it might be jarring for long time Cap fans. If you are not a long time Cap fan, now would be the perfect time to jump onboard. You do need some rudimentary knowledge of Captain America’s world, but nothing you can’t find on Wikipedia. Remender has taken Cap in a bold direction without sacrificing anything about the character in order to do it. Something the writers for “Deadpool” should have done a couple weeks back. John Romita’s art is also very well done and is perfect for Remender’s action focused style. The story’s flow is fast, the writing is strong, and the art feels like Steve Rogers meets Kick-Ass. Long time readers need to approach this book like it’s a new day, because it is.
When I was in college, I did a project for a woman who ran a free health facility. She had traveled the world on Green Peace projects and collected many types of textile art at the same time. She was in love with embroidery, batik, crochet, and pretty much every type of fabric art, and her collection decorated the walls of the large clinic. At the time, I thought that was a very strange thing to collect, but since then I’ve come to appreciate it as the art form it is. I now crochet and have hand-sewn many teddy bears as well.
If you love textile art, you’re in luck. The artists on Etsy and DeviantART have many amigurumi plushies, knit gamer hats, and pop culture samplers. I’ve rounded up the coolest ones I could find for your viewing enjoyment.
Needlefelting is a process where a barbed needle is poked over and over into a wad of wool roving until it is compressed into a solid shape. I found some super cute and geeky needlefelted dolls on Etsy.
This Marceline doll by HeartFeltByCat is awesome! She also offers other custom made Adventure Time dolls including Finn, Flame Princess, and even Tree Trunks!
OOAK Custom Made Needle Felted Plush, Marceline by HeartFeltbyCat
Needle felted sculpture- Ludo from Labyrinth by Fairyspit
Avengers vs. X-men #9 (of 12)
Okay, it’s about time Marvel handed us another good AvX book. We’re at that critical moment in the story where everything begins to deteriorate and right before everyone starts to get ready for the final battle. The key message with issue nine of AvX is that everything is falling apart on all sides. The Avengers are getting their American pattern shields handed to them, the Phoenix Five are losing their minds, and Black Panther kicked Storm out on her firm black butt. Things just get worse and worse with each panel. It’s an intriguing read even though some aspects of it are fairly predictable. The only major flaw in it is that you have to have been following “The New Avengers” to understand a great deal of it. The main story comic should feed into the tie-ins, not the other way around. You have to understand that Hope has been undergoing training and Spider-man has been her sensei. What Peter says earlier in AvX also gives greater meaning to his last stand. He goes toe to toe with the Phoenix Force like only a spider can.
I really can’t say if issue nine out does issue six, but it’s close regardless. It also serves as a strong reminder of why comic fans read major event comics in the first place. Granted it’s not the game changer we’re all expecting, but it does a very good job bringing all of these characters together in a major showdown. Watching Spider-man take one for the team is something you really don’t see in the everyday serials. While AvX has been fairly inconsistent due to the group think that binds it, issue nine really hits a seventh inning homerun. All that is really left for this comic now is to set up the final throw down and kill somebody off. Ten bucks says the unlucky victim is going to be Thor… again.
An idea attached itself to my brain and would not leave until it came to light. I watch too many movies to do full reviews for all of them, so I created a twitter account to write down brief thoughts about them. One hundred forty characters is enough for most movies anyway, so feel free to follow if you watch more movies than you probably should. Very helpful for use Netflix users. Follow the Mutant Opossum Virgin Indentured mErcenary (@MutantOpossum) on twitter.
I have been to the mountain top, and I have seen the Promised Land. At least that’s how Marvel would like you to feel about “The Avengers” movie. I will say upfront that I liked it, but I wouldn’t say I’m enamored with it. There is really nothing that is particularly wrong with it, but there are a number of small flaws that add up. “The Avengers” is still a great time, and will still get my strong recommendation. But it’s not so great that you would die happy.
Since I’ll try to end this review on a high note, I’ll start off with its flaws. First off, the plot isn’t very deep. Much of the story is clichéd, especially towards the beginning. Fairly typical alien invasion affair and just hoped for something better from writer/director Joss Whedon. The actual plot takes a backseat for most of the movie as the Avenger characters take center stage. The threat against Earth just never really feels dangerous because the predictable infighting is the real hurdle of the movie’s protagonists.
It’s that time folks, The Avengers movie is almost here! After such anticipation the release is within reach, oh, the joy! I’m not the biggest Marvel fan, much more of a DC girl myself, but I am actually really looking forward to this movie, and that’s saying a lot. As excited as I am, I won’t be seeing it in theaters at midnight. Nothing against The Avengers, I’m just not an opening weekend kind of person. Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean are the only ones special enough to get me into public that late without alchohol being involved. Well, maybe a wee bit was involved with the midnight Deathly Hallows Pt 2 premier, but something had to numb the pain!! Ahem. Anyways, the point being that some of us won’t be seeing this movie immediately. My goal is to have everyone able to join in on this geek occasion, without even having to leave their basement!
Now, I’m all about geekery, and parties. So whenever there’s any sort of happening in the geek/nerd world, I use it as an excuse to throw an awesome themed partay! Although some of us won’t be seeing The Avengers in the near future, why not celebrate it? Perhaps you’ll love the movie so much you’ll want to represent it after you see it, or you can get a head start and stock up for the DVD/BluRay release! Whichever you choose, be sure to do it in style. I’ve made it pretty easy for you by featuring some if these awesome Avengers themed supplies. After all, what can make you feel more awesome than wearing and Avengers apron, grabbing a hulk cookie, and slamming down a drink out of a thor glass? Few things, I’d imagine. Very few.
Stay tuned for Foodie Friday, when our resident food geek will reveal some exciting new recipes fit for an Avenger!
Be prepared, and check out everything you need for a super gathering.