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  1. Something that keeps gnawing at me -- shouldn't Mike and Gus be upset at Kim for drawing attention to herself?
  2. I kinda didn't love it. I'm hoping there's more to it than that.
  3. Cinder and Ashe is another worthy Jose Luis GarcĂ­a-Lopez side project from a time when DC was releasing a slew of mini series to the direct market. The artwork was nowhere near as gorgeous as Twilight, but it was a different genre. Conway has a reputation as a bit of a hack, but I thought he did a deft job of weaving together the narrative on this series, incorporating the use of numerous flashback devices to provide a backstory for the series while driving the central narrative forward. In fact, it felt more a leftover pitch from Conway's TV work than a regular comic script. The only fault I found with the series was the Master of Kung Fu style yellow coloring for Asian characters. I would have thought that was completely unnecessary in 1988.
  4. He should resign. That's what Wayne Smith did after Australia broke New Zealand fans' hearts in 2001, and he's a much better coach than Foster's ever been. EDIT: Forgot to congratulate Ireland. Been a better team than us since 2016.
  5. Even if we beat Ireland, I really want Ian Foster gone.
  6. I kind of want to see Kyrgios win Wimbledon just to see the tennis establishment lose its mind. People used to give Federer crap about how he won the majority of his Grand Slams against a weak field, and once he began being challenged by Djokovic and Nadal, he started losing, but where are the players challenging 35 and 36 year-old Djokovic and Nadal?? At this rate, they're going to succumb to injuries rather than younger players.
  7. Ireland showed enough outside of the second quarter NZ blitz to show they can win the second test if they cut down on their errors. I will admit that the New Zealand backrow played better than expected. The result was somewhat of a surprise. The scoreline flattered the All Blacks a bit. I still feel that New Zealand gives the opposition too much possession. We live off turnover ball and our attack thrives in broken play, but our losses in recent times have shown the folly of relying too much on turnover ball. England played dumb rugby, and Wales weren't brave enough, as usual.
  8. Remember the days when 378 was an insurmountable four innings target?
  9. I don't trust anyone up two sets to love against Novak Djokovic.
  10. I finished reading All-Star Superman. Personally, I thought it was kind of weird. I've read a lot of weird Grant Morrison stories, so you'd think that wouldn't be a problem, but I read that Morrison wanted to create a timeless Superman story and to me it kind of came across as a weird European arthouse take on Superman. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I was familiar with the Silver Age stories that Morrison drew inspiration from, but I kind of felt like Alan Moore wrote better Silver Age homage stories prior to Crisis, and possibly later on with those Image characters (I haven't read that stuff yet.) I did like the overall portrayal of Superman. He was extremely likeable. I didn't care for the portrayal of Lois or Jimmy, though, and I didn't like how Quitely drew them either. I suppose I'm not a big enough Superman fan to truly love a series like this, but it show plenty of heart despite how strange it was at times.
  11. I liked the finale, but it was really long. No more movie length finales, please.
  12. The All Blacks' build up to the first test against Ireland has been less than ideal with a COVID outbreak in the camp. The head coach and several members of the coaching team tested positive for COVID along with three players -- two midfielders and an outside back, the latter being try scoring sensation Will Jordan. The big news though is lock Scott Barrett being selected at 6, a move that backfired spectacularly in the World Cup semi against England. To be fair, there are some injuries influencing the selection, but the coaches are also enamored with the idea of having more size and physicality on the field. They want an extra lineout option since Ardie Savea is undersized at No.8, but this is what infuriates me about modern rugby. Scott Barrett, Sam Cane and Ardie Savea are three of New Zealand's better players, which is why the coaches want them on the field at the same time, but Barrett is a lock and Cane and Savea are both number 7s. The Irish backrow must be licking their lips at the prospect of taking on that All Black combination. Beauden Barrett was selected at 10, which personally I have no faith in. The All Blacks seem ripe for the picking. Ireland lost their midweek game to the Maori All Blacks, but I doubt that will have much bearing on the test match. Irish fans don't seem overly thrilled with their match day 23, either, but this is a weak All Blacks side. The only things in our favor are home field advantage and the possibility of a tired Irish team after a long Northern Hemisphere season. Not confident.
  13. I enjoyed Umbrella Academy S3 a lot, but the ending didn't exactly floor me. It left me wanting more, but not in a holy crap sort of way.
  14. I finished Martin Wagner's Hepcats. Ed Piskor unfairly shat on this series when Cartoonist Kayfabe were going through Palmer's Picks in an old Wizard mag. Wagner was a friend of Dave Sim's, and part of that small wave of self-publishers that grew up around Sim and clashed with Gary Groth all the time. Hepcats started off as a story about anthropomorphic college buddies and grew into a more ambitious story when one of their girlfriends tried to commit suicide and we slowly discovered the harrowing details about her past. On the surface, it was "famous" for showing nudity and having anthropomorphic characters have sex, but there was more to it than that. Unfortunately, like most self-published titles it was beset by poor sales and production delays and only lasted 12 issues. I actually read the reprint series, which contained new material and was supposed to restart the series with issue 13, but issue 13 never happened, and Wagner left the comics industry instead. Kind of a shame as I thought Hepcats had the potential to go down as one of the seminal books of the 90s instead of a footnote. There's an argument to be made that the writing was shallow. I wouldn't go that far, but I do think Wagner was still finding his voice. He only made 12 issues. Can you imagine how well regarded Cerebus would be today if it only lasted 12 issues? I couldn't find a lot of fault with the art. Wagner used a lot of cross hatching and screentone, and never short changed the reader on background details. In fact, he probably would have been a lot faster if like Sim, he had someone else doing the backgrounds. I'm not a huge fan of the way Wagner's anthropomorphic characters look, but then again, I'm not a fan of how Sim's humans look, so I can live with that. There's not a whole lot to recommend as Wagner never finished the series, but if you're interested in the early 90s period of creator-owned comics (Bone, Cerebus, A Distant Soil, Strangers in Paradise, etc.), it's worth checking out.
  15. Tenryu's wife passed away at the age of 65.
  16. The new Berserk chapters had pretty good art, but like I said, I'm a bit worried that it's going to be straight plot from here on out. The chapters were a bit thin on dialogue.
  17. Fables 152 was a bit of a table setter, but it did introduce a new character that was meant to be in the original series.
  18. Netflix sent me an e-mail saying Season 3 of Umbrella Academy is out. Enjoyed the first episode a lot.
  19. Not sure. They used to show it on ESPN when it was the Pro14. The season finished yesterday.
  20. South African teams no longer play in Super Rugby. They play in the United Rugby Championship along with teams from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy.
  21. It was a strange Finals series. Last weekend, Golden State desperately needed to win a game to avoid a 3-1 hole, and then they ended up winning the next three. In the end, Golden State's defense got the better of Boston's offense. I know a lot of people are saying Boston needs a proper point guard, and it's probably true, but let's not forge that Smart being inserted as the point guard was the catalyst for Boston's rise. I guess when you lose the way Boston did it exposes a whole raft of problems, but on top of how poor they were in the clutch, they seemed gassed after such a long post season. I don't think the short rotation and heavy minutes helped in the final three games. It's hard to say whether they'll be back again in the Finals since they weren't supposed to be there in the first place. I thought it was interesting how other teams that made it to the Finals with a young duo (Houston in '86, Orlando in '95 and OKC in '12) never made it back again. Everyone's getting carried away saying Golden State will repeat, but I think the chips would have to fall their way again for it to happen. I honestly felt like they were lucky to duck the Suns and the Bucks this year. Here's hoping Kawhi comes back strong next season.
  22. Golden State has been the underdog in this series because of the Celtics' defense and the fact that the Celtics stole homecourt and were leading through three games. It's been Steph vs. the Celtics for the most part. That said, the Celtics are wildly inconsistent. If they played anywhere close to their true level, they'd be up 3-1. They also seem to be gambling on a defensive strategy of Steph being unable to continue his offensive dominance since they don't want to blitz Steph and open the game up for the other Warriors. The trouble is Steph is having a field day with this drop coverage, and it seems like he has the stamina to continue playing well. Now that they took back homecourt, he might not have to score as much if the other Warriors play better at home and Klay has a big night. The series is still in the balance though because we know what the good version of the Celtics can do. That may depend on the health of Robert Williams, though, as almost everything good that Boston has done has come down to rim protection, shot blocking and rebounding. If the Warriors front court can outrebound the Celtics again, I'm pretty sure the Warriors will win Game 5.
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