don't tell me the ending to: Fables


I recently finished volume 4 of Fables.  It is a comic that takes very well know and established children’s story characters and applies them to a modern world.  The stories from your childhood have had to flee their lands and establish an outpost in the real world New York.  Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Big Bad Wolf all assume roles in this new society that attempts to remain hidden from human eyes.  Some characters are combined, such as Prince Charming is every Prince in each story; a womanizer who cheated on each princess when rescuing the next.

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I finally beat: Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe


Let us get this out of the way: “mortal kombat” and “teen rating.”

Now, if you are still reading, either you are new to the series or you are wondering *how* they could do that to your beloved Mortal Kombat.

The answer is: not as badly as you would think.

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I finally read Y: The Last Man

In a world with one man, the best comedian is still a man.

In a world with one man, the best comedian is still a man.

Brief introduction: I am Ben, oft-known as Pickett. If you know Aaron there is a high percentage chance you already know me as the cranky asshole who whines a lot and is not very good at video games. Ergo, I will mostly restrict my writing to comic book and television show-related topics.

As a bonus gift for reading, please download this fan-translated ROM of Mother 3, aka Earthbound 2. Available for your GBA emulators.

Get your Mother on!
And yes, you can still name your favorite food.

Brian K. Vaughan is an excellent comic writer. His Mystique stand-alone series is one of my favorite comics overall, including the non-superhero stuff. It helps to have some familiarity with X-Men, but it’s not necessary. Of course, X-Men knowledge is helpful in all facets of everyday life, when push comes to shove, as people say. In any case, outside of the author, that has little to do with Y: The Last Man.

The number one drawback to Y is that it’s very difficult to talk about audibly, as the phrase Y: The Last Man can be confusing to someone who isn’t familiar with it. Honestly, that is probably the worst thing. (It’s pretty annoying)! Also I have been asked to keep this spoiler-free to appease The Aaron, so I will do my best.

The basic premise of Y is simple enough. Except for plants, everything with a Y chromosome on the planet earth dies. The lone survivors are Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand. The letter Y itself is a pervasive symbol throughout and it can be viewed as gimmicky or thought-provoking. In any case, that is the story. What would it be like to be The Last Man on Earth? Continue reading

I finally read: Watchmen

I finally read: Watchmen

I bit behind on my posts.  Since I finished Watchmen a month or so back, I’ve loaned it out and back to about six different people.

This is one of Time’s Top 100 Novels for a reason.  Written back in 1986, this is the comic ‘blamed’ for dark comic stories.  This had the raving Conspiracy Theorist before they were popular.  A world without heroes when Batman still wore Blue and Gray.  An alternate Cold War history changed by the concept of heroes now long retired.  Watchmen is a story about people and their faults as much as the overall plot.

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I finally read: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

Out the Eyes!

I finally read: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash

Worthy of a read based entirely on concept alone: a sequel to Freddy vs. Jason, with a bit of Army of Darkness thrown in. This comic’s contents could consist of someone wiping their ass with sandpaper and you would still take a look.

Thankfully, the interior is often as entertaining as the cover.

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Don't tell me the ending to: Berserk

Berserk Guts

Don’t tell me the ending to: Berserk

Berserk is an old, still on going manga. The basic premise is a demon hunting tale of revenge. The TV Series that aired (also quite good) consists entirely of a flashback that occurs mid-series in the manga (vol 4-12 roughly). It has one of the most badass main character in any medium (see: the Lost Children story arc). The story is well done and involved. It is a fun, action-filled read.

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I read more of: Walking Dead Book 2 and 3


I read more of: Walking Dead Book 2 and 3

I finally picked up Book 2, allowing me to read through both 2 and 3. I didn’t plan on finishing them both in such short order, but I found I could barely break mid-book. It was consistently a page turner. Book 1 had an excellently structured narrative, if the main plot was a bit generic. Book 2 and 3 have a harder time keeping the narrative with a fresh delivery (stylistically, we’ve seen the ‘must-turn-page to see attack’ in Book 1), but it is still strong and new, more original plot points are introduced.

Each book has a distinct story arc, as if it was written in a style meant to be compiled in the hardcover book form.

Still, it’s going to be a long wait for Book 4 to be available….

Don't tell me the ending to: The Walking Dead

Walking Dead Cover

Don’t tell me the ending to: The Walking Dead


This zombie story is as cliche as they get. It also in a very well done way. I’ve finished reading Book 1, and cannot wait to see what happens next.

The story centers on the characters, and what they go through, rather than trying to scare or show off interesting zombie designs. As old characters go crazy under the circumstances or are eaten by zombies, new and interesting characters are brought into the story. When surprises are used, they always appear on the left page, so you have turn the page in order to see them. The Art style is well done and while on the unrealistic or cartoon side still makes the characters feel more real and grounded with costume design and expression. One other word can be used to describe The Walking Dead: