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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dissecting Dashcon with Aurini

I was on Aurini's Podcast yesterday and we talked about the epic Tumblr convention known only as Dashcon. Also we discussed a woman's razor commercial Aurini had a morbid fascination with. Check it out here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Review of the Week: Mega Man #39

Really not a lot happens in this issue. There is some solid action, but not much plot. Basically Mega Man is fighting the Wily Walker in his time, and X, Zero, Vile, and even Sigma fight in in their time, while trying to make sure the chemical weapons on it don't spill out. Then X encounters the time traveling Xander Payne, has him arrested for obviously being a member of the anti robot terrorist group the Emerald Spears, and then Xander shifts out of X's time, bouncing around the time stream some more.

So far we're three quarters done with this crossover and there isn't much crossover going on. It's not a bad story, but like I said, it barely qualifies as a crossover. But that being said, it was a damn fun read, the action was a blast and there were some good character moments with pretty much everybody involved. All and all this is probably the most enjoyable comic on the shelves today, and if you're not reading it you're missing out.

Geeking out with Matt Forney.

The most hated man on the interwebs, my friend Matt Forney, had me on his podcast to chat about the state of the video game industry and the feminists and social justice warriors who are poisoning geek culture. Check it out here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Let me explain Nash Grier's HIV video to you leftists

For those of you who don't know, Nash Grier is a teenage boy who became famous for posting videos on Vine and making teenage girl's vaginas tingle. A while back he and his buddies posted a video where they talked about things they like in girls, all basic stuff like good hygiene, nice personality, cute looks, and they were attacked by feminists for it because feminists are insane. Internet Aristocrat did a great video on the subject you should check out. Well now he really pissed off the leftists with a video in which he watched the "public service" ad in which some gays guys say testing for HIV is not a gay thing and Grier screams "Yes it is! Fag!".

Now, all you leftists please walk with me on this journey and I'm going to explain how this video that so upset and offended you, well it's really your fault. let's look at this for a second. Grier is kinda right. No matter how much gays say otherwise, HIV is and always has been a primarily gay disease. Can straights get it? Of course. Should sexually active straights get tested? I suppose it couldn't hurt. Is HIV a real major concern for heterosexuals? Not really. And that's the cold hard truth. Now why did Grier make this point in such an abrasive way? Well leftists, first of all you demonstrated to Grier that you will attack him for simply stating his preference in romantic partners. Simply for the crime of stating what he personally finds attractive in a woman you sought to crucify the boy. Also, like many people, he's just sick of you lying to him. Well all know damn well that HIV is and will always be primarily a homosexual problem. Also, to all the gay men out there, you are bringing this sort of backlash on yourself. Be it Orson Scott Card or the Mozilla CEO, you repeatedly try to destroy the professional lives of people who disagree with you on things like gay marriage, despite the fact that you're winning that fight. You're sore winners, and there's nothing worse than that.

So given the fact that you leftists will viciously attack a boy for saying what he likes in a woman, given that the homosexual mafia tells the public at large ridiculous lies to our faces, and given that you punish those who disagree with you even when you're getting your way anyways, you can expect a whole lot more Nash Grier style backlash in the future, and probably far worse as time goes on.

So you can whine about how Nash Grier hurt your feelings all you want, but you brought in on yourselves.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Bechtloff's Podcast: Episode 14

Episode 14 of my podcast is up. I talk about the retro game scene, why speculators are bad and they should feel bad, what I love about Sonic the hedgehog, and why everyone, conservative and liberal alike, is wrong about the Hobby Lobby court ruling. Check it out here.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review of the Week: 100th Anniversary Special: Spider-man

These 100th Anniversary one shots take a look at what Marvel might be like when it's 100 years old. And apparently Marvel is openly admitting they're out of ideas with Spider-man, or more accurately refuse to allow the character the slightest bit of growth. The issue starts out with recaps of what has lead up to this point. Spider-man was wearing a techno-symbiote, which is apparently a symbiote combined with nanites and it can control technology. Anyways, Spider-man was being corrupted by it, so he wanted to destroy it, but it's former wearer Eddie Brock tried to stop him. But then the Kingpin kidnapped them both and shot Eddie and took the techno-symbiote.  And this issue has Spidey fight and destroy the Techno-Venom-Kingpin.

I actually liked this one shot. The art is decent, the writing is solid, it was just an enjoyable read. The problem with it is more what it represents. This is Marvel all but admitting that the future holds nothing for Spider-man but rehashing old stories over and over again. This is just the black costume story remixed. But worse than the fact that it's similar things happening to him, is that this issue demonstrates that Marvel will not only never let the character grow old, which is understandable as nobody wants to read about Spider-man in a nursing home, they won't even let the character grow as a person. They won't let him learn. For all it's faults Spider-man in the 90's and 00's, for the most part, featured a man who had at least in part learned from his mistakes, a character who had gone from a nerdy teenager to a well adjusted married adult, but still kept the core of who he was as a person. He had grown. The character wasn't old, but he had a past, a past that mattered because it informed his present. Marvel doesn't seem to want that for the character anymore. So every time something happens in Spider-man now I have to ask why it even matters.

Is this issue a decent read? Sure. But it also represents all that's wrong in how Marvel handles its flagship character.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MacDonald further proves my point.

On Friday I shared on this blog, and then in greater detail in my last podcast, the story of how James MacDonald and his organization Harvest Bible poisoned my church to the point where I felt I had to leave. I tweeted a link to it on my Twitter and figured I would use his twitter handle rather than name because after all, never say behind a man's back what you wouldn't say to his face. I didn't expect him to notice, let alone respond, after all I imagine his mentions feed on Twitter is pretty hectic. But he did respond, sorta. He blocked me.
I just noticed yesterday as I checked on a whim. Interesting. Frankly the fact that he even noticed indicated I might have hit a nerve. Either way I'm somewhat pleased to see he apparently did see my article. Seriously MacDonald, who am I that you need to hide behind a block button from me? Oh well, just sort of further supports my point regarding who you are and what you're about.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Separating the Game Boys from the Men: Godzilla

To say this is a really weird game is an understatement. When I looked at Wario Blast I said I would have really liked to have seen what went on behind closed doors to make that game happen. Well I say that to this a thousand times over. When you first turn on the game you get a really solid looking image of Godzilla accompanied by a really fantastic rendition of his theme given the limits of the Game Boy. And then you press start and things get weird.
You play as a cute little version of Godzilla and must destroy all the rocks in each stage and you're attacked by cute little versions of other Toho monsters. Godzilla's attack is a giant fist pops out of his mouth. And all the while cute little music plays.

As I play this one word continues to pop into my mind, and that word is "why". Why are the monsters little baby versions? Why am I climbing vines instead of destroying Tokyo? Why does a giant fist come out of Godzilla's mouth? Why would anyone think this is what a Godzilla game should be?

But here's the thing, this is actually a pretty good game. Mind you, it's not really a good Godzilla game, but it's a damn fun and incredibly challenging puzzle game. In fact challenging isn't even a strong enough word, it's hard as hell. In some of the stages you have to destroy the rocks in a certain order as you will have to use some to reach others, and the damn Rodan is hard as hell to hit. But it's fun and keeps you engaged enough that you want to keep trying, even when it gets frustrating. Still though I can understand why a Godzilla fan might dislike, or even hate this game (although I know at least one Godzilla fan who liked it). It's really not a Godzilla game. In fact you could have just called it something else and not even needed a Godzilla license. You really wouldn't have had to change a thing except maybe some of the monsters.

I would say this game is definitely worth checking out. It's probably one of the most underrated titles on the Game Boy. Good luck beating it, because I sure as hell haven't yet. But I'm still trying.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

James MacDonald killed my church.

I really don't want to write this. If you believe nothing else in this article please believe that I take no pleasure in this. This morning I resigned my membership at my church, the first church I was ever a member at, the church I was baptized in. This is the story of why I felt I had to do that. I will not be naming any names when it comes to people in my church (although if you really wanted to play internet detective I suppose you could figure it out) because this isn't about any sort of personal grudge on my part, it's about telling what I saw happen to my church, in hopes that maybe others can prevent it from happening to their churches.

When I first started going to church I went to a church called New Song. Unfortunately my scheduel at the time kept me from attending a lot. New Song's leadership believed that churches should split off once they get too big to prevent it from becoming a bloated megachurch where the pastor doesn't know all of his congregation. So New Song planted a couple of churches elsewhere in the county, one of which being Oak Hill, the church I would come to call my church home. By that time my schedule had eased up and I became an official member, joined a small group Bible study, and even ran the computer during some services, running the Power Point during the sermon and recording it. During this time, the church we came from was swallowed up by the megachurch/network of churches called Harvest Bible, lead by a man named James MacDonald. So New Song became Harvest Lancaster. You may have heard MacDonald's radio show called Walk in the Word. I had known of him before this, I can't say I really disliked the man, but I wasn't a fan. I found he tended to fall into legalism in his teachings, plus I never found him all that intellectually challenging, he was certainly no C.S. Lewis, but for the most part I considered him just another harmless Churchianity leader. Many people I knew both in New Song Harvest Lancaster and Oak Hill just adored him. Some however seemed to think MacDonald was from the pit of hell and smelled like smoke, to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite preachers Steve Brown. Through the grape vine I heard of long standing members and Elders leaving New Song over this. At the time I considered that an overreaction. Again, I thought all the fawning of MacDonald was silly, but I figured his organization was harmless. More and more during this time I found Oak Hill was cozying up to Harvest as well. Almost all of our study guides and what not were coming from there.

During this time I found myself growing more and more distant with my church and I wasn't sure why. Something felt wrong, but I wasn't sure, it was just at the edge of my consciousness. I found myself skipping Sunday morning service more and more. I told myself that I was just tired and wanted to sleep in, I was rather busy and working 6 days a week after all, but really I just didn't want to go. Eventually I realized I hadn't been at all in several months. I decided that I needed to start going again, after all don't forsake the gathering of believers and all that, so I emailed my worship leader and told him I had been sorting some stuff out in my life and was going to start attending again and that he could put me on the computer schedule once more. I then got an email back from him saying that he and my pastor wanted to meet with me. I figured they were just going to grill me over not going to church, and I really couldn't even put my finger on what drove me away so I told them I really didn't need to talk about anything but they insisted, pulling rank with the line that "Your brother in Christ and pastor charged with the care of your soul needs to speak with you." Apparently I was being called into the Principal's office. So I agreed and then came the meeting.

It wasn't so much not going to church that they wanted to grill me over, but rather some of the stuff on this blog as well as my Facebook. For example my Church does a Halloween outreach, handing out candy to trick or treaters. I mentioned on my Facebook that I loved that we did this outreach but it bugged me that we didn't call it a Halloween out reach, we called it something generic like "Fall Fest" or something. And I made the point that it seems hypocritical that some of the very people who would get upset when someone says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" won't say "Happy Halloween" when handing out candy to trick or treaters. I was accused of talking smack about the church for what I think was a rather minor criticism. My pastor, this man I had come to love and respect, this man who baptized me, looked me in the eyes and said "You're either with us or against us."

It was such a ridiculous thing to say to me, especially over a minor criticism like that. I tried to just ignore the whole thing. I still had many close friends in the church and even was attending one of the small group Bible studies again. And then came the news that our church would be making its ties to Harvest much more official, and with that came something of an Elder civil war, with two of the four Elders leaving. Things seemed to be getting worse. People were leaving left and right, and there was just a sense of tension in the air. Then, in a move that smacked to me more of a mid-life crisis than being truly moved of God, our pastor up and announced he was thinking about moving off to Malaysia to be the pastor at a Harvest Church out there. I talked about this some in one of my podcasts, but I frankly think this is a terrible idea and I certainly don't think it's of God. He just started this church, it's still young and frankly it's in turmoil. And besides, what a Malaysian church most likely needs is a Malaysian pastor. Someone who truly speaks their language, both literally and culturally.

It's at this point that I'm really having a hard time ignoring the rapidly deteriorating state of my church. Elders jumping ship, a pastor running off in search of adventure and excitement, and no new member seems to last longer than a month or two. I start asking around in search of just what is happening. Everyone either wants to act like things are fine, or clearly senses a problem but for fear of being a gossip doesn't want to chat about it. But I do get a few people to open up to me in confidence, and it seems things are far worse than I thought. Behind close doors there is a lot of fighting, a lot of power grabbing, and some things that, if indeed true and I cannot confirm them for myself, are well into the realm of unethical if not skirting the borders of illegal.

And all of it starts right at the point that Harvest and its influence came into the picture and it only ramps up the more in bed with Harvest our church got. But what is it about MacDonald and his Borg-like collective of churches that was poisoning the punch bowel so bad? Sure he's kind of legalistic, and carries much of the Churchianity baggage that bogs down modern Evangelicalism, but is his stuff really that bad? I decided it was time to really give him a much harder listen than I had before. It was when I was listening to the June 26th 2014 Walk in the Word episode (Replace a Rebellious Attitude Part 3) that it hit me. In it MacDonald was teaching Numbers 16, the story of Korah and a couple of others trying to usurp power from Moses as the Israelites were being lead through the desert. I have always interpreted that story as showing why you shouldn't be power hungry and attempt to usurp power from others. MacDonald on the other hand seemed to think it shows why you shouldn't even question your leadership. And it began to hit me, there is a very authoritarian streak running through MacDonald's teachings. There is a real vibe of "shut up and fall in line" with him. It's not often all that overt, but it's there. And it trickled down and infected two once great and spirit filled churches in my area here.

When the New Song and Oak Hill invited Harvest Bible into bed with them, they let in something very destructive. Something dark and authoritarian came in and it changed things. You can dismiss all this if you want and think I'm merely a disgruntled ex member of a church, or that I was reading too much into things, or whatever you want to think. But I'll tell you right now if you are a nondenominational Evangelical church there is a pretty good chance Harvest will come to assimilate you. And when they come knocking on your door, I would implore you not to throw your lot in with them. James MacDonald already killed my church, he drove a dagger into its heart and now it's bleeding out. Don't let him kill yours.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

David Finch's biggest mistake was apologizing.

I've always loved David Finch. Sure he looks like the guy from that movie Powder, but the dude can freaking draw that's for sure. He's probably one of the best pencilers out there right now. Recently he was interviewed about his upcoming work on Wonder Woman and he said this.
We want her to be a strong -- I don't want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.
Perfectly reasonable statement. Wonder Woman is not a feminist, at least not a modern feminist, because Wonder Woman doesn't hate men. Feminists hate men. In fact when you really look at it they also kinda hate women. I talked before about how the feminist mentality is contemptuous of femininity. Just look at the scorn someone like Taylor Swift gets from feminists for the mere crime of being a girl who is girly. Feminists are just filled to the brim with hate to the point where it practically oozes out of their faces.
Wonder Woman has traditionally been a champion of peace and love, so no, I don't imagine she would identify with such hateful monsters. Also, Wonder Woman is strong, not just physically but also of character and will. Feminists are not strong. They are cowards who hide behind block buttons.  

And let's not forget Wonder Woman's origin. She lived on an island of immortal man hating lesbians Amazons and broke away from that to reach out to the world of man. Wonder Woman doesn't share her sisters contempt for the opposite sex, indeed she loves and respects men. Essentially she lived on an island full of third wave feminists and rebelled against their bigotry. Seems like she would have far more in common with the gals at Honey Badger Radio than the likes of Anita Scumskeesian. 

On some level I suspect David Finch knew all this, and that's why he said what he said. But of course feminists lashed out at him, because that's what they do. And Mr. Finch made the worst possible move he could. He apologized

Oh David, you really should have stuck to your guns on this one. Not just because you were right, and you were right, but because this apology will not work. Just look at the reactions. They're still attacking him. The Tumblr crowd isn't satisfied with this and no amount of groveling will appease them. It's the nature of the modern feminist that they cannot be satisfied. Because they don't really have an end game. All they have is an endless series of complaints in a vain attempt to fill the black hole where their souls should be. 

David Finch made the biggest mistake you could possibly make with a feminist. He apologized. Never think you can give in with these people. Fighting back is the only shot you have because the feminist is either at your feet or at your throat.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review of the Week: Rocket Raccoon #1

Our story begins three years ago with Rocket saving some space Princess from terrorists, and her promptly thinking he's, as the kids say these days, totes adorbs. Then we cut to now with Rocket taking a different girl on a date to a wrestling match, with Rocket's sidekick Groot as one of the wrestlers. Space cops attempt to arrest Rocket as he is wanted for murder. While fleeing he calls the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy for help and they figure out that another or Rocket's species, of which Rocket believed he was the last of, apparently committed the murders Rocket is wanted for. Rocket decides to surrender in order to clear his name and we find out Rocket's date for the evening was a spy from a league of Rocket's scorned ex girlfriends lead by the Princess from the prologue.

This was surprisingly pretty good.  I can't say I'm much of a fan of Rocket Raccoon, but this was damn good. I love that we're going with the idea of Rocket being a ladies man. There's something pretty cool about the lovable little animal character being a foul mouthed, hard drinking, hard living, womanizer. Think of old Howard the Duck comics, that Conker's Bad Fur Day, or even Ted. It just works. And having a "Revenge Squad" made up of old lovers is fantastic. I really liked this book and give it four impressive fluffy tails out of five.