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Review – Shirtless Bear-Fighter

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Review – Shirtless Bear-Fighter

Shirtless Bear-Fighter from Image Comics is over-the-top, intentionally offensive, raunchy, cheesy, campy, and totally ridiculous. It’s also, not surprisingly, really fun.

The humor will seem very familiar if you’re a fan of parody adventure movies like Hot Shots and just about every Leslie Nielsen movie out there. It’s got all the tropes: a baby raised by wild animals, a retired warrior with a vendetta who’s lured back to the fight, a super villain gleefully rubbing his hands while he mwah ha haas his way through his evil plan, the government operative who’s too old for this but the war is all he’s got left, the hero cradling a dead body in the rain and vowing revenge…all of it. Plus bears. Lots of bears.

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Binary System Podcast #69 – WTNV #101 “Guidelines For Disposal”

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Binary System Podcast #69 – WTNV #101 “Guidelines For Disposal”

On the most recent Welcome to Night Vale episode we were told exactly what you can and cannot bring to the new Night Vale landfill. You cannot bring: physical objects. You can bring: anything else. And we do mean anything.

After that we talk about Saga since Kathryn’s finally caught up, and our techniques for remembering names that don’t really work, and finish up with the movie High Rise and how you really ought to have a drink while watching it. Maybe three.

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Review: Monstress Volume 1

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Review: Monstress Volume 1

The Shaman-Empress was the most powerful Arcanic who ever lived…and she was a Sciencemaster of the highest order. She created technology and magics that would make us look like we’re living in the dark ages.
And she buried it with her. The bitch.

After a crazy few months things are calmed down enough for me to catch up on some things, including FINALLY checking out Image’s Monstress. I’ve been hearing some buzz for a while, and I certainly thought the cover was gorgeous, but I didn’t give that too much credit, because lots of mediocre comics bring in a ringer to do a fantastic cover. But I gave it a try anyway.

And I apologize all over the place for ever doubting it. The cover is only the tip of the iceberg of how awesome this comic is.

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Review: I Hate Fairyland – Volume One

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Review: I Hate Fairyland – Volume One

“Over the top” doesn’t begin to cover it.

The first volume of Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland isn’t some sweet story in a land of spun-sugar towers and graceful unicorns, or the otherworldly beauty of Oz. It isn’t even the cute cartoon mayhem of his Little X-Men, Little Avengers issues.

Fairyland is violent and goofy and gross, as wacky a mess as you could ever want. Remember Toon Town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It’s like that, only much much worse.

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Bitch Planet: Radical Feminism, Empowerment Apologists, and Everybody In Between

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Bitch Planet: Radical Feminism, Empowerment Apologists, and Everybody In Between

In an NPR interview last week, Kelly Sue DeConnick talked about how some fans reacted to her reimagining of Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers went from a long-sleeved bathing suit with thigh-high boots to a full-cover flight suit, and that among other changes caused an outcry of “feminist agenda” and “angry feminism.”

To paraphrase DeConnick, who seems fairly laid back and thick skinned but doesn’t like the internet jumping on her any more than anyone else would, she responded with “This is not angry feminist. You want to see angry feminist? Let me show it to you.”

Out of that came Bitch Planet, a stand-alone series from Image Comics. A graphic novel of the first five issues came out last week, and I had no idea what to expect when I started it; I had some vague idea I might be offended, and that it’d either be some campy cheesecake prison fluff, or enraged political propaganda.

Turns out, it’s hilarious, and at the same time incredibly powerful, if you’re not the easily offended type. There’s tons of nudity, and the men in this world are most definitely the bad guys, but if you can jump past any knee-jerk reactions you have to those things, you’ll find a funny, intelligent, very entertaining book.

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