February 24th, 2010

Moon powers

The Curse of the Rue Wary

You guys, this month has just been one thing after another. There was the drain fiasco and I got sick and I had to renew my car insurance and I had to renew my renter's insurance and one of my co-workers left and another is being all Chicken Little and work is insane and my Comcast bill just shot up so I have to ask for another discount and now I apparently owe the state of goddamn California $800 in backtaxes plus $76 in interest from two years ago. Not to mention various other stressors. There have been many good things too, like Dominion nights and pub trivia, but even being so busy with fun things is stressful because it leaves me less time to deal with all this other shit.

One thing taking up my time is...rehearsals! So please make it all worth it. Come see me in DeathPlay, running Thurs. - Sat. next month from Mar. 11 - Mar. 27. You can buy your tickets from Brown Paper Tickets. If you act fast, you may be able to snag one of a few $11 tickets by using the code "Punch." Act fast anyway, since Thunderbird shows sell out!

In between all the Kabuki reading, I read a few other comics.

DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore collects over a dozen of Moore's contributions to the DCU, but there are a few stand-outs like the classic Superman stories "For the Man Who Has Everything," in which Superman comes thiiiiiiis close to being defeated—and on his birthday!—and "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" which tells of the final days of Pre-Crisis Superman and what came after. The collection also includes The Killing Joke, which is fantastic every time I read it. And it's pretty cool not to have to buy it separately now! Other than the famous stories, my favorites were the Green Lantern stories, which continued to make me more interested in learning about the Corps. Especially after I found out why Mogo doesn't socialize. I haven't found Moore to be overtly funny very often, but a couple of the Green Lantern stories and some of the others are pretty cute and funny.

I also read the Buffy comics I'd found in Tucson. Tales of the Slayers was quite good. As its name implies, we get tales of various Slayers throughout history—including Nikki Wood. Some of the stories take darker turns and deepen the mythology by acknowledging the dangers and prejudices Slayers may have encountered. There isn't really a weak story in the bunch, which is impressive. Tales of the Vampires is more of a mixed bag, but it has a nice frame story and has more guest appearances by show characters. There are some great vampire stories, some touching, some funny, some clever, some creepy. One of the strengths of both collections is the different artists. Even when the writing isn't as strong—and most of the stories are written by Mutant Enemy alumni, so it's generally pretty strong—it's neat to see different artists' takes on Slayers and vampires. I'd definitely recommend checking both books out, even if you're not a Buffy fan, since they don't require a knowledge of the show.

In other news, Lost sure is awesome, huh?

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