Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 20

In this episode I talk about why working at a movie store was terrible, more on Quinngate/Gamergate, out of control prices in the retro game market, and more. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review of the Week: Mega Man #40

If you haven't already, check out my reviews for parts one, two, and three. Really not a lot happens in this issue. Mega Man and his crew fight the Wily Walker in his time, and X and his friends (some of whom are soon to be enemies) fight it in their time. That's it. Aside from anti-robot terrorist Xander Payne bouncing through the time stream ending up in X's time and then back to his own time just in time to get arrested, there was no actual crossover to this crossover. One interesting thing did happen though, in part 2 when Xander was bouncing around the timeline he witnessed some of the events of the Sonic/Mega Man crossover, making him the only one in the Mega Man universe to have any knowledge that it ever happened due to the fact that all evidence of it was erased by the Genesis Wave at the end of it. The last page of this issue we see Xander drawing this on his cell wall.
Guess we're hinting around to another crossover. I guess that's cool, not like the first one actually mattered to the Mega Man world though, it isn't even remembered by anyone but this guy. This story arch was good, don't get me wrong, and it will make a decent lead in to the Mega Man X title I'm sure they're planning to do. They haven't announced that yet, but this was clearly testing the waters for it. But this failed as a crossover because there was no actual crossover to it. In some ways though this book needs to stop with these sorts of stunts and just get into fleshing out Mega Man's world more before we start doing crossovers out the ass. We're still in Mega Man III territory and this is issue 40. Proto Man is still Break Man.  I love this book, but they need to focus on first things first, and that's introducing more characters from the game and building this world up. All that being said, this is still a damn fun read and easily the best all ages family title on the shelves. So check it out if you haven't.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 19

My latest podcast is up where I talk more about the Zoe Quinn debacle and what it might mean for the future of geek culture, the new project by Davis Aurini and Jordan Owen, and my favorite Sonic game of all time. Check it out here.

Also of note, I did a brief summary of the Zoe Quinn saga as a guest poster on Captain Capitalism's blog. Check it out here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Spider-woman and feminist puritanism.

So the alternate cover for the new Spider-woman #1 has her with her ass up. Most sensible people wouldn't think twice about it. Feminist, however, are having a fit over it. So I had a little video response to their totally not ridiculous complaints. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review of the Week: Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1

I picked this up on a whim because the cover caught my eye, not only did it have Wonder Woman fighting Batman villains but Harley Quinn is in her classic pre-New 52 costume. The first story in this anthology book involves Batman taken down by his villains in a Pre-New 52 type world and Oracle calls in Wonder Woman to clean up Gotham which has now been taken over by the villains. The second story is about a boy who loves Wonder Woman and his friends tease him for liking "girl stuff". I'm not even going to dignify that feminist claptrap of a story with any further analysis.

The first story however is good but also really flawed. At the beginning the Batmobile is destroyed and Batman seemingly killed but at the end he is fine with no explanation given. Also Catwoman and Harley Quinn show up just to watch midway through the fight until WW recruits them. The story had an odd feel, everything being so slightly off in characterization I expected it to be a dream at the end. And yet there were a handful of moments that showed a strong understanding of the characters, like at the beginning when they talk about how with Batman villains that "One plus one never equals two" meaning that the fact that they can't cooperate is what keeps them from winning, and this time they have finally managed to overcome that. This story had a lot of strong points, and is worth checking out, but it also at times felt like sloppy story telling, almost fan fiction like in that regard. The second story is preachy crap.

Sadly though, this is still probably better than 90% of what DC puts out these days.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Will the Zoe Quinn debacle get us to finally clean house in geekdom?

By now I have to assume you heard about Zoe Quinn and the 5 Guys saga. The reaction to it has me cautiously optimistic that maybe this will be the beginning of the end for the SJW's stranglehold on geek culture. I made a video talking about it, check it out here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 18

My latest podcast is up. I talk about Bomberman games, cops vs puppies, Eric Holder vs physical fitness, and the whole Zoe Quinn scandal. Check it out here.