Just a Nice Cartoon About Modern Life

I start a busy project at work today, so I’m gonna be a little tied up for the next week or so. Should be fun! But that means I must beg your forgiveness if I slack off a little during the week. For example, I didn’t really have anything planned to write or share this morning.

So I thought I’d turn you all onto the Youtube cartoon People Watching. It’s made by Winston Rowntree and the artists at Subnormality, posted online through Cracked. Here’s the first episode!

I highly recommend watching all 10 episodes. They’re short little Youtube cartoons, about 10 minutes or so, but they’re a pretty smart, pretty deep look into modern life. Or maybe they’re overly preachy or treacly or something. I don’t know how you’re gonna feel about them! I just know that I enjoyed the episodes and they helped give me insight into new and interesting ideas about the modern psyche. And that’s good enough for me.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday! I’m thinking of writing an annoyed rant about this dumb new Marvel Legacy garbage. Maybe I’ll get around to that later….

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 4/22/17

Lots of fun comics this week! Marvel kicks off Secret Empire, which I won’t be reviewing. And DC kicks off their next big Watchmen event in Batman, which I’ve decided to get back into reviewing. In fact, we’ve mostly got DC comics this week! A reversal of the norm!

Unfortunately for DC, the one Marvel comic I reviewed — Ms. Marvel #17 — wins Comic Book of the Week for some really fun bits! Like a day-saving video game session in the middle of a convenience store!

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This is how Kamala Khan saves the world

Meanwhile, the opening salvo of Secret Empire came out this week, and while I don’t really review Big Events anymore, I’m digging it so far! I absolutely love the set-up and premise behind this event. Captain America has been brainwashed into being a secret bad guy, and he’s using his clout and heroism to build up a secret army to take over the world! And the rest of the heroes are going to need to band together against impossible odds to defeat and save their greatest champion.

That’s just good crossover storytelling! I liked all the issues that kicked off the event, I love the evil knife twists that Captain America pulls off, and I hope for an exciting ride.

Comic Reviews: Batman #21, Batwoman #2, Harley Quinn #18, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #14, Ms. Marvel #17 and The Wild Storm #3.

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That Cloak & Dagger Show Is Really Happening!

Against all my staunchest disbelief, that Cloak & Dagger TV show on Freeform is actually happening! Considering how many superhero movies and TV shows get announced, I rarely believe they’re actually happening until I see some solid footage.

Welp, here it is!

Looks neat! Definitely looks like a Freeform show. Freeform used to be ABC Family, for those of you not in the know. One Christmas holiday home with my family, we ended up watching a bunch of movies on Freeform, and every commercial break had the same commercial for one of their shows about vampire or shadow hunters? It was maddening. But it was definitely Freeform!

So yeah, this show looks kind a neat. I’ll probably check out a couple issues. But if it’s just a cheesy, teenage-angst romance, I’ll probably check out eventually.

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Which of My Favorite Characters Has Marvel Killed In This Big Event, So Far?

It’s happened again, folks! As we all know, whenever Marvel launches a new Big Event Crossover, somebody’s got to die. They’ve got plenty of characters that can be used as cannon fodder, and many of them are some of my favorite comic book characters. That’s what happens when you have a special place in your heart for C, D and Z-list superheroes.

In the last big event, Inhumans vs. X-Men, it was my all-time favorite comic book character who bit the dust: Madrox the Multiple Man.

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Never forget

Madrox died in the prologue to the main event, making it sting just that little bit more.

And sure enough, with Secret Empire kicking off this week, another one of my favorite C-list comic book characters has been killed off during the prologue. Gosh darnit!

Who bit the big one? Who has Marvel carelessly cast aside in the name of having casualties? Join me after the jump to find out! SPOILERS, obviously.

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My 6 Favorite Villains

What makes a favorite villain? How do I choose? I came across an AskReddit thread the other day asking people for their favorite villains, and it made me pause. Who were my favorite villains in pop culture? I could tell you dozens of my favorite heroes, both large and small, most of whom I connect with on a personal level. But for some reason, I couldn’t think of any real villains that I would consider my “favorite”. I couldn’t think of any villain characters that I had a real connection with or interest in.

So I gave it a lot more thought and I think I’ve come up with a pretty solid list.

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So many good villains!

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of bad guys I like. Magneto is probably the greatest comic book super-villain of all time, and I love the character, but I don’t have any real personal interest in Magneto. Darth Vader is probably the greatest villain in pop culture history, but I’ve never really cared about Vader (though his recent revival has been awesome).

Al Swearengen in Deadwood is a phenomenal villain who I really liked on the show, but again, not a character I connect with on a personal level — plus he was kind of a hero by the end. Heck, a lot of good villains I like end up being converted to the side of the angels by the end, or I only really started caring about them when they became heroes, like Ben Linus on Lost.

I think I’ve come up with a pretty solid list. Here are six(ish) villains who stay villains (so far) and who I do like as characters on a personal level. I’m surprised at how difficult it was to make this list, but I’m happy with it. Be prepared for some long-winded explanations.

And please feel free to share your own favorite villains in the comments!

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