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The Unholy Dragon

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  1. Been reading it in digital. It's shaping up interestingly, though two issues in I'm still wondering how they're going to wrap the thing in six overall. Definitely feels like it could support an ongoing. More than anything, I'm really digging the development of Korse (something only hinted at in the music videos) and the idea of the Killjoys being rebel icons in the future and influencing the continued resistance. Despite the titular characters being dead throughout, their presence is very much felt in the series. I'm digging it a lot.Wouldn't mind an adaptation of the music videos, honestly, though I doubt they'd actually do it.

  2. *ahem* As I said in another thread before finding this one...

     

    First episode of Beware the Batman: Kinda halfway between pulp style and Morrison lunacy. Struggles a bit with its tone. Turning Professor Pyg into a Poison Ivy-esque motivation is questionable. But it's *different*, both from the comics and from any animated series while still being very much a Batman show. Badass Alfred, Katana set as a genuine equal partner, Pyg charging Batman with a hacksaw...it's a lot of fun to watch and I'm excited to see what else they come up with.

    All said, it's not as good as Young Justice was, but it was probably a hotter start than Young Justice had. We'll see how it goes.
     

  3. Man, this was like "Hardway Bleeding: The PPV". So many guys getting busted open legit.Of course, it was also "The Land of Shitty Finishes" so there's that.

     

    Smackdown Money in the Bank was easily the best match of its kind in years. Stuff like Ambrose's variation on the Funk spot/skinning the cat ruled along with the Shield's involvement. Cody going nuts and busting out a fucking MUSCLE BUSTER was astounding along with him hitting the Cross Rhodes on everyone. Sandow winning does little for me, but the finish was pretty much perfect for what they're going for and I'm looking forward to the feud. Claudio was just insane throughout and the bit with him standing on Swagger's shoulders ruled, not least of which because Swagger was CLEARLY CONTENT to let Claudio win, a great character point and contrast to the match ending. Awesome match. Highlight of the whole show.

     

    Axel vs. Miz felt a lot fucking longer than nine minutes, was agonizingly boring, and amounted to nothing. Miz is the worst face ever and while Axel has a solid moveset, neither guy knows how to build a match around the moves they're doing. Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards with a third of the time and less indy movez bullshit, but seriously no psychology whatsoever here. Just stuff happening endlessly.AJ vs. Kaitlyn was great. I loved AJ working Kaitlyn's head with heelery and working her arm, Kaitlyn sold it pretty well, AJ bumps like a CHAMP. I mean, fuck, hire back Kong just so AJ can do those folded impact bumps for her endlessly. She makes Kaitlyn's Spear look BRUTAL and the armwork sold me on Kaitlyn not being able to follow up. AJ could have sold the Spear longer and the Black Widow was applied to the stronger arm, but those are quibbles. These two are clearly the ones to build the division around, as they're 2 for 2 with great PPV outings.Jericho vs. Ryback was its own level of hell. Again, I can't believe that was anything less than fifteen hours long. At some point, Jericho just stopped giving a fuck and went from being one of the best in the world to absolute liquid dogshit in the ring. He doesn't even jump for his babyface flying forearm, for christ's sake. Ryback was trying hard but clearly got gassed and they ended up doing sloppy, slow motion renditions of better finishing sequences. And all of that for THAT bullshit finish? Nah. Fuck this match. Best thing about it was the part where it was over.

     

    Del Rio vs. Ziggler ruled the roost. Two newer guys showing they can put on an awesome main event match without the current gen holding their hands. I'm mostly cold on Del Rio but he's been better than ever in 2013 and Dolph was just on fire throughout. Great match full of hot nearfalls and believable false finishes. Finish worked for what it was, playing the angle to draw out the chase and bridge to Dolph flying solo in a way that works in the context of the characters and story. Unsatisfying as hell obviously, but it's growing on me.Cena vs. Henry...oh man. Talk about a great match just fucking RUINED by the finish. Henry looked like a killer throughout, effortlessly shitting on Cena's superhero antics only for Cena to make him tap clean with minimal effort? Christ. The use of finisher kickouts, the dominance from Henry...shit, his trash talk and effortless crushing was SCARY in a way most monster heels aren't. The finisher trade didn't feel like the usual WWE "k my turn lol" kickouts...it was a GREAT MATCH, but it lost momentum toward the end and that finish just made Henry look like crap in a way that largely undid all the great work rebuilding him as a monster. At least have him pass out dammit.Then the Raw Money in the Bank...what a slow-ass, plodding ladder match this started out as. It had too many guys to be a story-based show and too many brawlers to be an effective spotfest. RVD did his stuff and everyone else did their stuff and it was just kinda happening until Daniel Bryan decided come hell or high water he wasn't going to let this dip below ***, lighting the whole thing on fire and making the crowd go crazy and having that useless fuck Sheamus die for his sins. Course, then there was the Axel bit. Heyman yelling at Axel for interfering was absolutely hilarious and perfect, as was the silent exchange with Punk before the final ladder hit. Orton's RKO on RVD was admittedly the best, most beautiful RKO he's hit in probably five years. I just...god, I don't care about Orton. He's a bland, CAW-esque wrestler whose idea of depth is to randomly add MOVEZ that he doesn't know how to build a match around. That's not to say he can't be involved in good matches...the Bryan series proves otherwise, as does his stuff with the Shield. But he's not a guy I want within a mile of the WWE Title anymore and the fact he's going to be in the mix again put a huge damper on my enjoyment at the end of the show.Kind of a blend of good and bad, with some bad finishes. Three legit great matches with a good women's match though, so all is not lost.

  4. Because we need one. And Beware the Batman just started.

     

    Speaking of which...

     

    First episode of Beware the Batman: Kinda halfway between pulp style and Morrison lunacy. Struggles a bit with its tone. Turning Professor Pyg into a Poison Ivy-esque motivation is questionable. But it's *different*, both from the comics and from any animated series while still being very much a Batman show. Badass Alfred, Katana set as a genuine equal partner, Pyg charging Batman with a hacksaw...it's a lot of fun to watch and I'm excited to see what else they come up with.

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