Saturday, August 22, 2015

Favorites - 12 Favorite Mass Effect Companions

Yeah, I got another list. It’s the season. Besides, I’m preparing for September.

If there’s one thing I can say about Bioware, it would that they have some cool companions in their RPG games. I’ve run across a lot of them in the Dragon Age and Mass Effect games. To me, a companion not only has to be interesting,  you have to be able to use them in battle. You’ll get some good ones and bad ones. You’ll have some companions that are good in battle but bad everywhere else. Yes, I’m looking at you, Zaeed. You were good on missions, but that was it. You also have the inverse of that with a guy by the name of Kadian. Nice guy, but he was pretty weak.

Today, I’ll be listing down my favorite companions from the Mass Effect trilogy. I’ll save Dragon Age for later since I still haven’t finished Inquisition yet. Man, that game’s long and I can only play it well on an HD TV. Fortunately (or unfortunately), that’s a post for another time. Most of these companions all had something that made like or care for them. They also were pretty cool on the battlefield and that’s always good. There will be some spoilers, but I won’t spoil everything.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Random Thought #38 - It's Still Hot and Other Stuff

Well, it’s still hot. Luckily, things have seemed to cool down a little bit. It’s been a weird couple of weeks. God’s still good and work is fine as usual. So, I think it’s time for some of those Random Thoughts I have.

Weirdness mixed with Sadness
As I said, these last couple of weeks has been weird.  I don’t want to get too personal, but I will for this. I was supposed to go on a family trip to Florida but we found out that one of my cousins got shot and killed. I still don’t know what to think of it. He was only 18. Anyway, I knew that trip was cancelled the moment I heard the news. That day was really weird especially when we heard about some guy with a gun and hatchet in an Antioch theatre. That’s not far from where I live. Couple that with the weirdness that happens in general.

Man, it’s so dour these days. I mean, the world has never been a nice place, but I’m still wondering when we as people will stop being jackasses to each other. Don’t worry, my rant is done.  Be praying for my family during this time. It’s still a shock to us all.

Fantastic Four aka “Fantastic Bore” Or “Fant 4 Stic”
And now, on to a lighter subject.  This movie came and it went how I feared it would. I was interested in seeing this. Then the trailers came out and my interest did go down a bit especially when I saw the later trailers. As I said before, I would only see this in theatres if the word of mouth was good. Well, the word wasn’t good which sounds like an understatement. I will say that all of the press and reviews about this have been interesting and maybe more interesting than the movie itself.
I'm Naaaked! Now, someone buff me off... wait, that sounds a bit nasty.

Personally, I do think the team can work in a movie. While I don’t necessarily like the Tim Story movies, they had their good moments. You have people saying that the Fantastic Four are unfilmable and that’s kind of a lazy statement. If a movie starring Thor, the God of Thunder, can be good, then Marvel’s First Family could work as well. You just need someone with enough knowledge and influence to make the movie be true to the comics since none of the movies have done that. Marvel Studios could probably do it, but I don’t see a new F4 movie coming out anything soon.

Superman Month aka “Super Analogue Month” (Still working on the title)
For Superman Month, I want to do something a little different. I was thinking on what to do when I started to think about the superheroes that were direct analogues to Superman. What I mean is that they more or less have the same MO as Superman like the powers, the look, and the secret identity. I then started to look up the different versions and there are quite a few. I’ll be talking about ones from Marvel, DC, and other publishers. Don’t worry; I still got some Superman stories to review. I also have that last season of Lois and Clark to review… man, that’s taking a minute.

Here's a bit of a preview for what it may be like. I'll provide the link to that awesome picture below.


Well, I think it’s time to find one of ‘em. It’s getting a bit depressing seeing all of these photos on Facebook of friends moving on with life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m good. Still, it'll be nice to have someone to see those photos with.

Well, I'm out. I have to prepare for the funeral this weekend. Peace, God Bless, and be careful out there.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Trade Tales! - World Without A Superman

I think it’s time to give Superman a little love before September. What’s funny is that the trade I’ll be looking at today doesn’t feature Superman in any major capacity. For those who don’t know, World Without A Superman was the second part of the Death/Return of Superman storyline from the 1990’s. That part of the storyline was actually called “Funeral For A Friend.” In other words, Superman has gone on to be with “The Almighty Rao.” I mean, he is Kryptonian after all. I looked at the Death trade last September and while I did have some issues with it, I did like it.

Next up is this storyline that continues from the moments after Superman’s bout with Doomsday. The issues in it are Superman #76-77, The Adventures of Superman #498-500, Superman: The Man of Steel #20-21, and Action Comics #685-686. It also contains a couple of short stories from a one-shot called Legacy of Superman. The creative team is more or less the same. The only differences is that one of the short stories is written by Karl Kesel  and drawn by Walt Simonson.

World Without A Superman
Writers: Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, and Karl Kesel
Pencillers: Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, John Bogdanove, Jackson Guice, and Walt Simonson
Inkers: Brett Breeding, Trevor Scott, Walt Simonson, Doug Hazelwood, Dennis Janke, and Denis Rodier
Letterers: John Constanza, Bill Oakley, Albert DeGuzman, and John Workman