Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review of the Week: Red Sonja #0

I was a big fan of Dynamite's last Red Sonja series. I finally fell out of it after the Death and Rebirth archs, mostly because I was reading so much at the time and I feel like the series was starting to lose some of its magic around that time. But I figured I would give this newest volume a shot, and I was less than impressed.

This issue starts out at Red Sonja's funeral, in which we see a large oafish, and dimwitted man named Red Malak as he laments that Sonja's death has left her "defenseless husband behind". In his grief he racks up quite the debt drinking and sleeping around. Sonja wasn't dead and was only out at sea and returns to find out that a man claiming to be her husband has racked up all this debt. Sonja is attacked by the loan sharks and manages to kill one. Eventually she catches up with Malak, who she actually barely knows and only met once. He tells her her some delusional nonsense as to why he lied and when the two are ambushed by the loan sharks, he dies defending her.

Like I said, I loved the first Red Sonja series Dynamite did, and not just because I'm partial to redheads. Sonja was a strong and bad ass, but also noble and kind character. I also loved how many red pill elements were in it such as how Sonja would lose her strength given to her by the Goddess Mitra if she ever had sex with a man who couldn't best her in battle. Hypergamy as a divine mandate my friends. And like I said, Sonja, while she certainly had her hard edges, was also full of much nobility and even compassion. Gail Simone's Red Sonja however is just Conan with tits. This Sonja is crude, selfish, and borderline infantile. Just like Conan. Now with Conan, it's fun to watch a likable but slightly amoral brute stumble his way into being a hero either by being hired to do so or just running afoul of various villains, but transferred onto Sonja, it loses some of its charm to say the least.

Gail Simone has written a lot of stuff I liked before, but in recent years she seems to have really fallen down the feminist rabbit hole. With this issue she has Sonja acting like one of those women who get drunk and make an ass of themselves to prove they're "one of the boys", and all the men in this issue are either filled with murderous greed, or just a retarded man child. Needless to say, I don't think I'll be getting the next issue.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quick little video on Geeks for CONsent.

Once again feminists attempt to suck all fun out of geek culture. This time we're going after guys at comic cons for the crime of taking pictures of sexy cosplayers. Because after all, just because a woman is dressed provocatively as a fictional character in a room full of people who are likely fans of that character, doesn't mean she wants you to look at her. A lot of people have brought this to my attention in the past couple days, so I did a little rant of it on my YouTube, check it out here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast" Episode 16

My latest podcast is up, where I talk about the feminist outrage over 50 Shades of Grey, why America has no business constantly defending Israel, why I have no interest in going to San Diego Comic Con, and I recommend some comics you should read. Check it out here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

50 Shades of Feminist Puritanism.

So the trailer for the 50 Shades of Grey movie is out. I actually read the book a while back. I wouldn't call it a good book, but I don't necessarily think it deserves quite the hatred it got from a lot of people. It had it's moments, and frankly succeeded in being exactly what it was supposed to be, a romance novel. I thought the Domination and submission elements in the book were explored in a rather competent and thoughtful way, and for full disclosure I have dabbled in the BDSM black arts more than a few times myself in the past, but the narrative was rather thin to say the least so I can't say I really liked the book.

What I found most interesting about the trailer wasn't anything in the trailer itself but rather the backlash from feminists, leftists, and other r-types. Kevin Fallon at The Daily Beast found the trailer "alarming" and at one point watching the trailer said to himself “Oh my god is he going to KILL HER!?”. That hipster feminist pseudo-geek Lindsay Ellis thought the male lead was creepy and that the trailer seemed like a horror movie to her. Seems like guys like Anonymous Conservative are right, these liberals really do have damaged amygdalas. I watched that trailer, and indeed like I said read the book it was based on, and I can tell you they're both rather tame really, no where near deserving this kind of "alarm". When did liberals become such prudes? I mean, for people who fight for the "right" of free birth control, they sure do seem to be easily freaked out by a little rough sex.

Two things really strike me about this reaction from leftist critics. First of all the blatant hypocrisy. Here we have a BDSM themed love story, and they call it "icky" and "creepy" because they can't fit such sexuality into their insane worldview, but if a homosexual themed romance movie hit, these same people would call anyone who was disgusted by that a bigot. The second thing that strikes me is just how much these feminists are sounding more and more like Churchianity religious right moral faggots. Be it on the issue of pornography or just entertainment in general these moralizing leftists bear a rather striking resemblance to their religious right counter parts. And I love to point this out, because I know both those groups loath the other. So it amuses me to no end to point out that they are really no different from each other. A moralizing busybody is a moralizing busybody, no matter how they spend their Sunday mornings.

I don't have any interest in seeing 50 Shades of Grey, but I suspect it will do well. And now that I know it will piss off feminists I flat out hope it does well, because I do so love drinking the sweet milk of their tears.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review of the Week: Daredevil Vol 4 #6

During the Original Sin mini series a villain called the Orb hit several heroes with a psychic "secrets bomb" which revealed to each of the affected heroes a hidden secret from their past. And in Daredevil's case it was that his father wasn't the stand up guy we all were lead to believe, but rather that he used to beat the hell out of his wife. This revelation leads Matt to look up his mother, who had long ago become a nun, only to find his mother caught up as an innocent by standard in a conspiracy involving the African nation of Wakanda.

All and all the plot involving his mother and the mess she gets caught up in is actually pretty interesting and I suggest checking it out. I really don't want to ruin anything for you so I won't go into detail about it, especially since it really isn't what I feel like talking about in this issue. I want to talk about Matt's father.

I don't want to overreact or have go knee jerk on this, Lord knows there is enough of that lately involving the new female Thor story coming up, but this really doesn't sit well with me. First of all the idea that Daredevil's mom had, for lack of a better term, a mid life crisis which lead her to leave her family and eventually become a nun, is a pretty important part of Daredevil's character. It is the ultimate source behind his complicated relationship both to his faith and the women in his life. Once you reveal that his mom only left because his dad beat the shit out her, it not only smears Daredevil's father, but also undermines a very interesting aspect of the character that has been a major part of his background since the Frank Miller days on the book. Suddenly her actions in leaving her family become so much more justified and it can't help but shift the anger in Matt's heart away from his mother and to his father. I don't want to throw around any hyperbole and say this "ruins the character" but I definitely fear it may take away one of his more interesting aspects.

All that being said, this was a decent enough story, and were it not for the initial revelation that lead Daredevil to this unfolding mystery I would wholeheartedly say check this book out. As it stands I still liked it, but I think this revelation was a pretty big mistake.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Separating the Game Boys from the Men: Donkey Kong

As I was digging into the Game Boy library to do these reviews there have been a couple of games that really surprised me, maybe none more so than this one. I just picked it up figuring it would be a port of Donkey Kong, with maybe Donkey Kong Jr. also on it. It turned out to be much much more.

This game starts out with the four levels of the original Donkey Kong arcade game, albeit a little bit simplified for the Game Boy's tiny screen , then when you rescue Pauline at the end Donkey Kong grabs her again and the real game begins with 97 stages over 9 worlds of puzzle platforming to rescue Pauline. The game play is similar to the original Donkey Kong, although this time Mario has a few more tricks up his sleeve. Mario can stand on most enemies and pick them up Super Mario 2 style and trow at things. Another handy trick is when Mario has the hammer he can throw it up, allowing him to either ditch it, or throw it up right before climbing a ladder, which if timed properly allows him to then having on the next platform.

This game would be the beginning of a game play formula that would become the Mario vs Donkey Kong series on Nintendo's handhelds. Also as far as I know this is the first we see of Pauline's modern look with the brunette hair and red dress. Donkey Kong Jr. is in it as well, which I find a little confusing as I thought it was official Nintendo lore that the Donkey Kong in the red tie actually was Donkey Kong Jr all grown up. Perhaps Nintendo hadn't decided on that at this point.

This is a fantastic game and is a bit of a hidden gem in the Game Boy's library. I think a lot of people overlooked it thinking it was just a port, but it's actually one of the best original games on the system. It has tons of levels, addictive and challenging game play, solid graphics and sound, and yes, a save game system. I can't recommend this game enough. I give it five barrels of monkeys out of five.

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 15

In the latest episode of my podcast I laugh at the debacle that was Dashcon, explain why the new female Thor and black Captain America are no big damn deal, share some thoughts about the whole breastfeeding in public debate, and talk a bit more about retro gaming. Check it out here.