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It's that time of year again!
The crisp fall air, horror movies on Netflix. . .girls wearing black leotards, hooker heels and dollar store cat ear headbands winning costume contests over guys with elaborate movie-worthy makeup that took them hours to apply.
In other words. . .it's October!- read more
It's that time of year again, folks!
The season when the barriers between the worlds of the living and the dead thin just enough for strange things to happen. . .like your otherwise normal female co-workers getting falling down ripped on spiked punch with dry ice in it and wearing JUST enough clothing to technically qualify as a "Costume" at the company party. . .IF "Costume" is defined as "What would normally require an appointment with the HR department for a talk about professional dress codes."
In other words. . .my favorite time of the year!- read more
This 4 issue mini is another nice find that came as a result of one of my local comic shops' abandoning back issue sales and pretty much pricing every back issue in stock that sells for less than $20 online at ONE LOUSY BUCK!
As you can imagine, this has been a most beautiful bounty for a lover of Longbox Junk such as myself. I now have a HUGE pile of unread comics and definitely feel like a dollar box glutton!
ANYWAY. . .- read more
One of my local comic shops is abandoning back issues in order to turn their back room into more gaming space. A sign of the times for comic shops, I guess. The result of this is that they have greatly increased the number of dollar boxes for me to hunt through. . .from 4 to 20! A nice little bonanza for a Longbox Junk lover such as myself.
This mini is one of my many new acquisitions I've come across. Never heard of it and never read it until now. Bought them for the sweet sci-fi military covers. Let's do this!
I've gotta be honest right here at the top. . .this comic series ALMOST broke me. It's the first time that I REALLY felt like abandoning a Longbox Junk series review only halfway done. It's THAT bad.
I declared back in December of 2016 that the awful X-Files/ 30 Days of Night crossover mini was the low bar for Longbox Junk until further notice. It's taken a while, but I managed to find something even worse. . . Marvel's America is now the low bar that other crappy comics will be compared to.
THAT SAID. . .- read more
In the end there were a lot of choices given to me (and thank you to anyone I might have spoken to who is reading this) but there seemed to be one title that kept popping up. . .Kamandi.- read more
So I've gotten a good handful of interesting messages since I posted the first part of my America review a few days ago. . .
First, thanks for reading!
BUT. . .
I think I might need to clarify a few things.
Some of you think I might be just a LITTLE racist and anti-gay based on my America review and a Terminator review I did a while back (Enemy of My Enemy).
I'm NOT against "diverse" characters at all. One of my favorite Marvel titles was Captain America: Sam Wilson. I actually wish that Marvel would have had the guts to KEEP Sam Wilson as Captain America. Over at DC, the lesbian version of Batwoman introduced in 52 and still a major character in the DCU is one of my favorite characters. Back at Marvel, I really like Doctor Aphra. . .which stars a bisexual Asian (?) woman.
Just three examples. . .but the difference being that there's more to those characters than being Identity checkboxes. Their race/sexual orientation is PART of the character. . .not THE character. Diversity isn't the problem. Pandering is the problem.
ALSO. . .
My stepson is gay and happily married. I walked him down the aisle wearing a hot pink bowtie and danced with his husband at the reception. I'm a straight white guy that generally votes Republican, but that doesn't mean I have to be an @sshat when it comes to people's right to pursue their own happiness, even if it happens to be much different than mine.
ON THE "RACIST" FRONT. . .
My first wife was Puerto Rican. I have a daughter with her (the same daughter that had the America comics for me to review in the first place). Enough with the racist crap.
IN CONCLUSION. . .
Part of the reason why America even lasted as long as it did was that it got glowing reviews from "professional" comic reviewers who didn't want to call it out as a pile of pure stinky crap because they KNEW they would get called racist and/or homophobic.
I'm neither racist or homophobic and I'll say it again. . .America is crap. NOT because of the race, gender, or identity of the main character, but because it's written by an inexperienced writer that was hired ONLY because of her race, gender and identity.
Settle down, people. It's just comic books.
Let's get this out of the way right off the top. . .I am NOT the target audience for this comic series.
I am a 50 year old married straight male surrounded by the kind of opulent lower middle class white privilege that only being the night manager of a mid-range priced hotel can provide.
This comic series is LASER-FOCUSED at what I'm pretty sure is an extremely tiny slice of the overall mainstream comic readership: Young (college age), LGBTQ Female Hispanics.- read more
Apologies to the readers of this blog for the entries getting a bit sparse during the summer months. I manage a hotel in Utah that sits right at the best spot to call it a night between the West Coast and Yellowstone. . .so from June to September it's a bit of a madhouse until school is back in.
Having a full house every night is great for business, but not so great for readin' and reviewin' comic books. Even as the night manager on the graveyard shift, there's a steady stream of people and an unrelenting amount of phone calls in the strange hours of the morning that even after all these years (15 years in the hotel biz) I find it hard to believe.
Even as I write this short entry, I've taken 4 phone calls and had 3 guests at my desk needing this or that over the past 30 minutes. It's 1:30 a.m.- read more
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