After reading House of M…

I’ve no objection to the term ‘graphic novel,’ as long as what it is talking about is actually some sort of graphic work that could conceivably be described as a novel. My main objection to the term is that usually it means a collection of six issues…or something that does not have the structure or any of the qualities of a novel, but is perhaps roughly the same size.

-Alan Moore

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The Punisher by Chris Golden ( aka the angelic Punisher)

PunisherOne of the most universally reviled chapters in the Punisher’s history is the incredibly brief (8 issues) he spent as some sort of angelic avenger.  The Punisher is pretty much synonymous with vigilante-ism.  He has no powers, just lots of guns and a mission to put criminals down for good.  He rarely interacts with the rest of the Marvel universe so it seems incredibly strange that they’d somehow decide to completely pull the rug out from under the character and intertwine him so heavily with the metaphysical. Continue reading The Punisher by Chris Golden ( aka the angelic Punisher)

Book Review: The Lost Symbol

The Lost SymbolSo my first post after years and years and it’s to share my thoughts on a novel.  I’m as surprised as anybody!  It’s not that I don’t like reading, quite the opposite in fact, I love it.  Unfortunately I don’t really set aside the time for reading, preferring to spend it playing games or watching a movie.  Still, I pick up books quite often, hoping to some day get back into a rhythm where I could finish one regularly.  That has happened to a certain degree now at work when I can use my scheduled work breaks to read a few pages of a book.  I started with comics, which will surely make an appearance on this blog in the near future, but I figured I should try throwing a novel into the wood chipper to see if it would blend.  I’m glad to say that I’ve finished my first book since 2009’s Pirate Latitudes. Continue reading Book Review: The Lost Symbol

The Great Controller Showdown

So, pro gaming has grown immensely in recent years and while it typically doesn’t intersect with my normal day to day activities.  One thing that eventually drew my attention was the influx of controllers targeting the pro-gamer demographic.  Now, first-party controllers have typically been the “expensive” controllers while third-parties filled the budget gap with less expensive accessories.  This new pro-gamer angle however, seems to have reversed this arrangement.  Pro-controllers often go anywhere from $80-$100 at retail, compared to $50 or so for a standard first-party controller.  This was insane!  Given time and the power of the internet, I was able to take some of these controllers out for a spin and see why, if at all, these controllers were worth the premium.  I was able to get my hands on 4 controllers and have summed up my thoughts below. Continue reading The Great Controller Showdown