The Things We Dig Up

I have been going through all my comic books lately to see what I have. I have two collections really. One is when I was a teenager – adult and all is bagged, boarded and in great shape. Then there is when I was really young where taking care of a comic was a bit secondary to it’s enjoyment and the thought of collect collecting vs the sake of value was not really there.

I managed to find two little gems. First is Ninja Turtles # 1 which is still in great shape surprisingly and the other is Star Lord # 1. Yes that Star Lord and from the 70’s. The rear cover has a tear in it, not huge but it’s still a tear. Apparently this thing is also worth quite. I am go pick up some bags and board so I can protect these comics along with others I found. Might send Star Lord to get a proper evaluation. Even if it was worth half of what these auctions go for I’m still a happy camper considering this was free back in the day. I also found some other vintage stuff which I will talk about later.

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Steve Rogers Captain America 1

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While I was trying to get a hold of DC Universe Rebirth I came across the now famous Steve Rogers Captain America 1. If you don’t want to know any spoilers then feel free to just not read further but to be very honest just about everyone knows this now. This is also why I couldn’t help but purchase the comic.

Captain America is a Hydra double agent. Yes, you read that right. It was a WTF moment of epic proportions. As your reading the book you get flash backs of Steve’s past and you can kind of see something coming but we are also introduced to the status quo of where Steve stands with Sharon, Shield and his partners.

Now while the reveal is a bit of a shock you also have an idea that something may be at play in all this and that is the cosmic cube and that is also what I am worried about. We all know Captain America will be back to norm eventually however I feel that we are getting the reveal almost immediately.

The idea of Cap being a traitor is awesome. Someone playing the boy scout for so long and wondering know what could have his side motivations been. What could he have been involved with when not putting up the charade. The potential is great for exploring this further and I hope the prolong this as much as they can.

Also you will notice Cap sporting a retro futuristic shield. It’s cool in how it’s inspired from the past but not sure about the laser cutter on it. I suppose it works but it’s odd that he would opt for that feature but it’s still cool none the less.

Steve Rogers Captain America is a great start to a new series that is excellently written. Captain America has always been a standard to great story telling and this reveal aside it still is. It has heart and wears it on it’s sleeve and gives us both action with some tender personal moments. I know I will be continuing getting involved in this series and looking forward to where this will go but as I mentioned, with a reveal like this they need to commit.

Update: DC Comics Rebirth is Here

For all you DC Comics fans you probably all know about the first issue of Rebirth being out in stores right now. This is the big shake up which brings huge changes to the universe. For one, the universe is completely changed and I think for the better.

New 52 cleaned the slate for the DC universe which divided the community in a horrible way. While no strangers to shake up’s in the universe, fans had a history with their favorite heroes but suddenly none of that existed. It was a bitter pill to swallow but would have maybe passed if they didn’t half ass the attempt. DC tried to imply some stories happened, some histories never changed but key elements were missing. It sounds confusing just explaining that and the readers thought the same as well.

Rebirth however brings a lot of our classic heroes back. A Superman who is with Lois and has a child, a Bat family that is back to status, Wally West who is a beloved flash is returned and much more. While we don’t know the whole landscape yet, it seems to be a sort of mia culpa to the mess that was caused.

Heroes seem to also be as silly as this may sound, heroic. The New 52 came off as being very emo in the way it was written. It was dark and gritty which missed what a lot of these characters were supposed to be about. Often it seemed that these heroes weren’t being good because it was the right thing to do, it was more ‘just because’.

All that aside though we got a glimpse of the big bad that caused these universe changes to begin with…Dr Manhattan. Yes, that Dr Manhattan!!! It’s weird and not sure how it all works yet but it has potential. I am rather mixed on this though as Watchmen to me was separate in it’s own grim universe. Merging them into the DC Universe seem’s a very odd choice that I hope they can pull off. It’s a gamble but I am wanting to see where this goes.

Rebirth seem’s to have a little bit for everyone and they are trying hard to erase the divide that was caused a few years ago. Only time will tell if things pan out but I know I will be happy to be grabbing up the latest issues.

UPDATE 05/28/16
I decided that I was going to jump into Rebirth and see it for myself and guess what? Apparently everyone did too. Seem’s that Rebirth is sold out everywhere. I tried two comic book stores and was told the same story however a second printing is coming so I just need to be slightly patient. I am considering ebaying it with a variant cover. If I am going to dish out $30 might as well get something unique though there are some variants that are selling for INSANE prices. Seem’s DC got things right thus far. I also have my friend at work who is a huge comic book buff that I have on the hunt for a local copy so either way I will get one but boy I am excited.

Captain America’s Big Surprise

Apparently this is a pretty news worthy item as it’s been featured everywhere, even CNN. The new Steve Rogers: Captain America issue revealed that Steve is a Hydra agent which would mean that all these years while he was a symbol for freedom that it really was all a sham. Obviously I don’t see this lasting long however I do admit this is intriguing and will be interesting to see where this goes.

John Carpenter Returns to Halloween

In a bit of exciting news, the master of horror himself, John Carpenter is returning to the Halloween franchise to reboot the series. He will be taking on the role of executive producer.

As you may know, John Carpenter is the one who created the Halloween series. The new movie has been in limbo since the second Rob Zombie Halloween movie. Would it be a continuation of that new mythos or a return to one of the previous mythologies. Who is to say but to be honest I wouldn’t mind if they were to forget all the movies after Carpenter originally left the franchise and continued from there. I also wouldn’t mind a new direction. I am just happy Halloween is returning.

John Carpenter Returns to Halloween via Halloweenmovies.com

Lazy Sunday’s with Carl: Ep2

Finally now things are slowly calming down so I can get back to digging into the site again. Automotive mechanics is a crazy business and for 4 months out of the year it’s pure mayhem but finally people seem to have finally gotten their tires swapped out.

You may have noticed we finally got Ordinem Ignota slowly getting it’s legs as I stir the guys awake from their slumber. I’m excited about where everything is going and I can see us getting close to the end of the first adventure. Now while I have been off dealing with cars and clients I have had some time to brush up on some reading. Primarily Cthulhu 7th edition which I will be writing up about as I go through it. Suffice it to say I am very happy about it.

I have to admit that my gaming mojo is getting back up there. Since having kids, getting a house and all of life’s adventures I have found that gaming took a back seat. My creativity lagged and I was in some sort of hibernation. Starting the PbP game helped jolt that and reading more books I just got that loving feeling again.

I am planning another game which should be relatively soon. I am aiming for a One Ring game but also an Exalted game. I think One Ring will come first but I go with my passion. Us OCD people are very indecisive but there are a lot of good games out there these days that deserve to be played.

If you have money to spend the Dark Souls board game is in it’s final hours and I highly recommend buying in. It looks like a lot of fun and with it’s huge success it has a lot of unlocked extras. Very impressive and I totally with have bought in for it but on a very limited budget for little while. Have to just love when birthdays, renovations and other tidbits fall at the same time.

Stay tuned to the RPG Hub where we always have something interesting and it is always growing.

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Arrives!

I was surprised to finally have received my package for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition in the mail. I was not even informed it was shipped with only having confirmation that it cleared customs with everyone else’s in Canada. I mentioned how long the process was to get the books via Kickstarter. The project was almost the demise of Chaosium if not for Moon Design Publication that  took ownership.

I have only had time to peruse the books but I just have to say wow. From the books to the Keeper screen to the handouts, everything is so well done. You can tell with all the details that it was really a labor of love by all those involved. I for one know that I am going to get the Arkham map laminated for deco and home use and I am also sure this will help out with ideas for the play by post campaign.

Oh and for those wondering about the campaign we should be getting back in the swing of things. As I have perhaps mentioned work at a garage and we hit our season tire rush so I have been working 6 day week and long days. It sucks because it halts momentum but it’s the nature of the beast as the say but stayed tuned, fun times ahead.